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Five Things

The boy came back last week after being away for 4 work weeks and it was nice to be able to get back to our routine. On Sunday, we picked out a few recipes then went grocery shopping. We were VERY happy with the recipes we chose and thought I’d share them with you.

Recipe (and image credit) – We made a couple of changes to this recipe – we omitted the Dijon mustard. We used a regular beer, but there are some gluten-free beers than can be used instead (image via)

Recipe (and image credit) – I mentioned this recipe on my post on Wednesday… so easy and delicious! It’s a great fall recipe

Recipe – I posted this recipe a couple of months ago and like I mentioned then, we absolutely love it. We only used 1 serrano pepper instead of the jalapeno and poblano. It could have used another half serrano.

Recipe (and image credit) – We were out of rice vinegar so I omitted it. We loved the recipe as it was, the sauce was nice and light, and didn’t overpower the flavour of the vegetables.

Recipe (image credit) – Even though I’m no longer having smoothies for breakfast, I still make them for the boy so he can enjoy them on his way to work. I used frozen pineapple chunks and he would have liked a little more pineapple flavour; perhaps next time we’ll add a little bit of pineapple juice. We’ll try to make this one again.

What are you doing this long holiday weekend?

We’re going to keep things a little low-key. I’m going to make some cake pops for a pool party we’re going to tomorrow, relaxing, and packing for a trip next week.

I hope you enjoy your weekend!

WIAW #12


It’s been a few weeks since I’ve done a WIAW, but it’s back now :)

As per my post on Hashimoto’s last week, I’ve had to make a change to my breakfast routine and I’m now having yogurt for breakfast. Our local grocery store has been out of Chobani lately, so I’ve had to go with Fage yogurt. I really enjoyed the honey flavour, although it was a little hard to mix.


For my morning snack, I wanted an apple with almond butter, but I was all out, so I had cashews instead.

I’ve been craving salads lately and I had some leftover rotisserie chicken, so I made a lettuce with romaine lettuce, baby spinach, strawberries, red bell pepper, and chick peas. I put some key lime juice as my salad dressing. The lime juice brought out the sweetness of the strawberries.

After my workout in the afternoon, I had a Strawberry Core Power.. I LOVE it!

For dinner, we decided on a new recipe: Pork Chops with Roasted Apples and Onions from Cooking Light {I used gluten-free all purpose flour}. It was really easy to make and it was ready in no time! I accidentally used the dried thyme instead of the fresh one I had in the fridge, but it still turned out well. We could have used a little more gravy but it was enough for the two of us. The pearl onions were a nice change, and I’ll be incorporating them into more recipes. We both gave the recipe an A.

What recipe will you be trying this week?

The weekend

I know it’s a little late, but here are some pix from the weekend.

On Friday, I took a half day off work and went to a Cake Pops class at Make It Sweet {the same place I took the cake ball class}. It was a lot of fun, and some things were a bit challenging such as the cupcake and the teddy bear. The teddy bear was adorable!

On Saturday morning, I went back for the Petit Fours class. I was hoping the class would involve “advanced” petit fours {those with layers} but these were just the pound cake already  baked into the shape {in our case, circles} and then we filled them with raspberry jelly, then dipped them in icing and chocolate. The icing was definitely more temperamental. They still turned out well :)

On Friday evening, I met up with my running friends for dinner and drinks at Bellini’s Texas Grill. My friend and I shared a gluten-free pizza; it was delicious! After miscalculating what time I had to leave for the airport, I rushed to pick up the boy. We then met up with our friends at a bar downtown. One of our friends brought her dog, Piper; she was SUPER tiny!! I had only ever seen photos of her so it was good to finally meet her. She was very affectionate.

The rest of the weekend, we ran errands, and stayed in on Saturday night. It was nice to just have a quiet evening to ourselves. On Sunday, we planned the next 4 dinners and went grocery shopping. As we were leaving the grocery store, we noticed this awesome cloud; it looked to me like a UFO but the boy thought it looked like a mushroom cloud on its side.

And the weekend was over :( I hope you guys had a good one!


A little more on Hashimoto’s

As I mentioned in my About Me page, I have an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. What that means is that basically, my body attacks my thyroid, which results in an underactive thyroid also known as hypothyroidism. I was diagnosed back in 2008 and have been taking Synthroid {a T4 hormone replacement; read more on thyroid hormones}.

Ever since I moved to Austin, I hadn’t found a doctor that I felt took my symptoms seriously– brain fog, memory problems, fatigue, inability to tolerate cold weather, and hair loss. They were always trying to get my Thyroid Stimulating Hormone {TSH} to a normal level, and never worried about my complaints. My friend recommended her endocrinologist, and I finally made an appointment for Monday.

During my appointment, the endocrinologist and I talked about how my TSH has been all over the place, and even when it was in a “normal” range, I still didn’t feel normal. We are going to try a couple of things, including Cytomel {a T3 hormone replacement} to help me feel better, and I’m to have Greek yogurt with fruit for breakfast in place of my morning smoothie to let the medicine have a chance to work.

I also mentioned to her that almost 2 years ago, I had been diagnosed with Chorioretinitis – which means I have some scars in my right retina, and as a result, I see some darker spots when I close my left eye. When I was diagnosed, the ophthalmologist told me that Chorioretinitis could be caused by an infection or an autoimmune disease. I was quite upset when I was told the scars weren’t spots that would eventually go away; they are actual scars and will be there forever. I told my doctor about this because it’s something that has me a little worried, and that wasn’t in my history from my primary doctor.

I will be getting blood work done in October and then a week later, I will go back for a follow-up appointment.

On Wednesday, my right eye was bloodshot when I woke up. It started hurting while I was at work, and after I left work, my eye was very sensitive to light. I looked at my eye more closely and saw a bump in my eye {sorry if that’s TMI}. I dropped by the optometrist to make an appointment. She saw me shortly after I got there, and it turned out to be Scleritis. I got some eye drops and made an appointment for next Wednesday. I was relieved to find out it wasn’t an infection, but rather an inflammation, but upon more research online, I saw that it’s caused by autoimmune diseases. Oy!!! My poor right eye, will it ever catch a break?!? Anyway, I’m going to talk to my optometrist about this next week; it really worries me to have a second problem in the same eye. I will also be letting my endocrinologist know when I go back in October.

In regards to Cytomel, I haven’t felt any changes yet, but I think it takes about 2 weeks to feel the difference. I’ll let you guys know how that goes :)

Hope you have a good weekend!

Disclaimer: This blog is just about my personal experiences; I’m not a doctor, so nothing on this blog should be construed as medical advice or instruction. Consult with your physician regarding your health. 

Wii U Preview & the rest of the weekend

As I’ve mentioned here before, I’m a big Nintendo fan, so when I got the invite to go to the Wii U Preview event here in Austin, I jumped at the opportunity! I invited a friend along, and we met there at 4pm on Saturday. As we were waiting in line to get our badges, the people who arrived before us were let in. The cheering reminded me of the time when Apple stores open on the release date of something… I was looking forward to going inside. As we went in, we were offered snow cones and cookies… I had a grape snow cone and a small water bottle, and off we went to explore. The place was divided into small rooms, and in the center, there were 4 setups with TVs and couches around them. There were also standalone stations where we were just standing. There wasn’t much of a wait for any game, so we tried the games we wanted: Super Mario Bros. U, Just Dance 4, Sing and Dance, and Wii Fit U. We were told the photos would get posted to our Facebook {if we had opted to do so} or emailed to us, but so far, we haven’t seen them… so instead you get my iPhone photos :)

We had a lot of fun, and I can’t wait for the Wii U to be released!

After dinner, I met up with my other friends for the Pubs for Pups bar crawl benefiting Austin Pets Alive. We only made it to 3 out of the 4 pubs, but we had a good time chatting. Even though it had rained earlier on in the day, it began to pour while we were out, and the power went out at the bar for a bit.

After my workout on Sunday, I rewarded myself with the new Super Mario Bros game. I was exhausted once I got home, and it took a lot for me to get out of bed, so I didn’t end up doing much on Sunday.

What did you do this weekend?

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