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I’ve mentioned here and there that I have this penchant for ripping recipes out of magazines and storing them in a folder to make at some undisclosed date. Well, here is one of those recipes! And it cooks in a slow-cooker! And it has cheese! And I love exclamation marks! ;)

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Cheesy Italian-Style Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup instant brown rice
  • ½ pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 4 red bell peppers, tops removed, cored and seeded
  • Nonstick cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Cook rice according to package directions.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine rice, turkey, Italian seasoning, onion, Parmesan cheese, ¼ cup tomatoes and 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Fill peppers with rice mixture.
  3. Coat the inside of a slow cooker with cooking spray and place filled peppers upright in cooker. Spoon remaining tomatoes over and between peppers; top each pepper with ¼ cup mozzarella cheese. Cook on low for 8 hours.

**Recipe adapted from Fitness Magazine

Lol, remember when remixes were all the rage for songs? :) Ha, I thought that was funny.

Anyways, I wrote a post about things I don’t miss about the 80’s previously, and I thought now would be a good time to add another one, cause they are fun, and totally rad ;)

VCR’s. Yes, I know people still have them and some people pat themselves on the back that they still have a working VCR after all these years, but I mean they really were the worst. Raise your hand if you lost a precious videotape to your VCR deciding now would be a good time to eat it? Yup, we’ve all been there :( And then all the times the videotape would just stop playing for some unfathomable reason. And the constant rewinding of the videotape just sucked. I personally think whoever invented the DVD player was an absolute genius :)

My Little Pony. Oh, wait… those darn things are still here. Having a second revival… Ugh, can’t we just leave these annoying ponies back in the 80’s?

This one is my daughter's. I have no idea what her "pony name" is.

This one is my daughter’s. I have no idea what her “pony name” is.

Bad Sitcoms Who Always Had a “Lesson Learned” At The End. I am looking at you Growing Pains, Family Matters, Charles in Charge and Who’s The Boss. If you did something wrong, it’s okay as long as you learned “a valuable lesson” in less than 30 minutes. Gag me with a spoon. Seriously…

Kenny G. Apologies to those that heart his music, but it makes my ears bleed and want to hide his saxophone where he could never, ever find it.

Lee Press On Nails. Why was this a thing? No really, why? Plastic nails that used some sort of sticky waxy substance that sort of but not really, attached the fakest looking things you’ve ever seen in your life, to your nail. You hoped that it wouldn’t fall off, but it always did. It always did…

Jelly Shoes. For those not in the know, jelly shoes were some cheap concoction of plastic webbing that was super inexpensive to buy, and came in all sorts of colors including fluorescent pink (my color of choice at the time). They were these slip-on shoes that caused your feet to sweat immediately after putting them on, and because they were cheap plastic without any sort of proper sole, your feet would literally burn on the pavement the minute you stepped out into the sun. Wearing those shoes was like walking on hot coals when it was summertime. And yet, everyone continued to wear them. With sky-high bangs and permed hair probably.

What don’t you miss about the 80’s? Do you still have a VCR? :)

Hey Everyone! We are halfway though the month and still battling the summer heat. I bet many a reader is ready for fall and some cooler weather, amiright? ;)

Off to the donation station!

Off to the donation station!

I have been getting rid of clothes. I went though my closet and really looked at each item and really asked myself if I actually do wear the item and if not, it went into the donation pile. Also anything that had holes or was ripped, came off the hanger and into a pile as well. I am someone who hangs onto clothes until they literally shred into pieces people… Like, seriously, that’s how I roll, so some of the things were hard to let go of, but I know it really is for the best. I did end up filling several bags, so that’s a good thing right? Now, all I have in my closet are pieces that I absolutely and truly wear, and there is no more standing in front of my closet, staring at my clothes, wondering what I am going to wear. Now I know! :)

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The school my daughter will be attending for kindergarten sent out a list of all the things I need to get for her, so I will be officially joining the throngs of parents who have to back-to-school shop for their kids. I am now part of the club ;) By the way, if you are looking to save money on this particular task, check out my friend Shannon’s post over at The Heavy Purse.

A book I just finished reading that I really loved was Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider, the creator of The Art of Simple. Absolutely great book for anyone to read but especially as a mom, I really enjoyed the parts of the book where she talks about having a homemaking/household binder (which I do) and how to streamline and simplify your life when you have young kiddos. I give the book two thumbs up!

Anyone else counting the days till Trader Joe’s has this in stock? I know I am not the only one!! ;)

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My friend Tonya over at Budget and the Beach made a hilarious video about what it is REALLY LIKE to be a freelancer. It is not full of martini lunches and long days at the beach, if that’s what you thought! Go check out her post, I swear you’ll love it!

What’s been going on in your world? I want to know! :)

 

 

 

If Not Now, When?

If not now, when?

If your dreams aren’t important, well… when will they be?

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Putting off what we wish for the future is folly. What we want to come true will not just happen at some point. We have to make it happen and we have to do it today. Tomorrow is a promise that is often broken.

When will you live the life that you were meant to live? When will you stop living vicariously through other people? Don’t just wish you had a life like theirs. Make your own life and makes yours better.

If not now, when? When will you make your dreams happen? When will you stand up and at some disputed barricade of your own making, scream out, enough is enough. Be tired of not living the life you want to live. Be tired of seeing other people follow through on their dreams and you just walk idly by. For goodness sake, be tired of living a life so painfully unfinished.

Be bold. Make a plan.

Because we all, each of us, only get one life. That’s it. There are no do-overs. You can’t go back in time and erase a page here and there. We’ve all screwed up, we’ve all made mistakes, and sometimes, it’s hard to know what’s good for you. I get it.

But how can you live every single moment and not truly be living the life you really want to live?

Put pen to paper, ideas to actions, breath to life.

Ask yourself, if not now, when.

When are you going to make your dreams happen?

I Heart Oregon

As I mentioned last month, I am moving back to California soon, and although I am super-duper OVER THE MOON excited about that, it doesn’t mean that Oregon doesn’t have its own brand of awesomeness! Although my time here has only been a little over a year and I still haven’t had a chance to see all that Oregon has to offer, here are a few of my faves

Cannon Beach

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What can I say? This place is awesome, and anything that ends with the word “beach”, has my name written all over it :) Plus they have this wonderful place to eat called Bill’s Tavern Brewhouse. You must go there and eat all of the food.

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What You’ll Find in the Supermarket

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Portlandia is not just a TV show folks. Here it is in liquid form for your drinking pleasure.

Astoria

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Good beach, good food, and of course Goonies :)

Ice Cream

Cool Moon Ice Cream was all kinds of awesome!

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Salt and Straw was good and they have some interesting flavors, like avocado ice cream which they were trying out when we went. Not sure if they still have it, but it definitely had an interesting taste :)

Powell’s Bookstore

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Also known as Booknerd Heaven. I mean, C’mon! Even though I can’t buy all the books that my heart desires, it has been nice to be close to this bookstore, and be in my happy place :)

Voodoo Doughnuts

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Mmmm… Yum!

Portland

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So much history!

So here are some of my favorites about Oregon! What about you guys? Have you been to Oregon and what are your favorite things to see and do here? :)

I am sure at some point in your life, you have read the book Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Whether it was required reading, or it was on purpose that you read this tale from the 1800’s, we have all heard of the novel or seen the film versions.

This post isn’t to wax poetic about the book.

I am here to tell you that this copy of Little Women which was gifted to me when I was in elementary school, has not been opened in almost 30 years.

Yes, you read that right. I received this book as a gift in 1986. I read it once. It is has been on one bookshelf of mine or another for almost 30 years.

There is so much wrong with this, I can’t even…

I know you are wondering, why hold onto a book that you never read? Great question.

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I remember getting this book and being excited to read it. I had heard about how good of a book this was and I couldn’t wait to crack open the first page. So I read Little Women and…

Sigh.

I did read it and I know I am probably in the minority on this, but I didn’t like it. I just didn’t get what all the fuss was about. Later in my schooling, I had to read it again for a class, and I was underwhelmed all over again.

But I still had this book. I held onto it thinking maybe one day I’ll like it. Maybe one day I’ll get what the fuss is about and fall in love with the stories of the March sisters. One day I am going to own all the books of classic American literature and this book will be a great addition to the collection.

I am sure you can guess, that never happened.

So that is how I still have my almost 30-year-old copy of Little Women. And I think about the money this book has cost me. All the times I have moved in my life, and all the times I have packed and unpacked this book and dutifully put it on a shelf. This book was part of any number of moving trucks, packed inside a cardboard box, taking up space.

I cannot believe I have carted around this book for all this time.

Well now the March sisters will be finding a new home with someone who loves their story and can truly appreciate the words of Ms. Alcott.

I am selling my copy.

Moral of the story is, if you have a book that you have been holding onto for any number of umpteen years, find a new home for it. I am speaking from experience here folks, if you haven’t read it recently, you are never going to read it.

If money were no object, what would you buy?

Let’s say you won the lottery and your life changed forever, what would you do? What’s one of the first things you would buy? Would you buy a house? Travel the world?

Altruism aside, because that really is important and should probably be its own post, here is what I would do if the lottery decided to grace me with a winning ticket and made money and my name synonymous… ;)

  • Travel to London…FIRST CLASS BABY! I am obsessed with London. The culture, the dialect, the history, the penchant for afternoon tea. I want to go there so badly and if I won the lottery, that really is one of the first things I’d do: book tickets. My husband, my daughter, and my dad, because he has always wanted to see London too. Jet-setting, here we’d come!

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  • Buy a house. Yeah, I know everyone says that, but this girl needs some roots. I need to bloom where I am planted. And renting sucks. If I could afford to purchase a house outright, then heck yeah, I am going to do it.
  • ACTUALLY GO TO FIN-CON!!
  • Buy season-passes to Disneyland. I love that place! Look, I will be 80 years-old and still going there, and if I have grandchildren by then to go with me, the better!
  • Purchase a brand new car for my dad. Whatever one he wants, it’s his!
  • Shop at Whole Foods Market ALL THE TIME.
  • Go to Target and NOT CARE what ends up in my shopping cart :)
  • Order furniture from the Pottery Barn catalog without even batting an eyelash.
  • Hire a personal chef.
  • Travel to Hawaii to see Pearl Harbor. I have been to Maui only, and seeing Pearl Harbor is an actual bucket-list item for me.

So besides running through Target like a mad-woman and throwing stuff in your cart at reckless speed, if money were no object, what would you spend it on? :)

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