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Ultimate Coffee Chat: August Edition

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So I have missed a lot. Well, I think that is clear. But I mean, I have missed you all a lot! This summer is flying by huh?!

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If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I haven’t done any back to school yet:

Not buying for or even thinking about. I am sure many of you have gone back to school already or your kids did anyway, but mine go back on the 30th. Whoohoot!  I only know this because I got sort of mom-shamed into not know the date my kids actually go back…but honestly, I rely on other people to tell me dates of where I need to be atleast half of my life. I seem to do a lot of running around in the summer as well as the school year, I guess. It has been so long since I have spent so much time at home and honestly, I have enjoyed the lack of schedule, but am looking forward to the routine that fall brings. Anyone else like this?

cute kids

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I am officially an iPhone gal now!

Those who know me, and most of you reading this do (!), know that I have been fighting getting a “real” phone forever. I have had a hand-me-down iPhone5 for a couple of years, and my daughter uses one, but I just didn’t want to be a slave to the phone- I am on the computer and social most days and a lot, so I just wanted my time to be less on the phone as a computer- get it? Three things pushed me to finally get it:

  1. I need it to find my way around this fall traveling all over for travel soccer- last year I got lost a few times and my kid and someone else’s kids (since we help drive) were late. Not good.
  2. My iPhone daughter doesn’t have a plan since she’s so young, but she can text- but not anyone in our house since none of us had iPhones. Just Samsung. Stupid Apple.
  3. I couldn’t get any group messages past three separate emails- my phone couldn’t handle the texts, and wasn’t able to “download” the messages. It literally sort of just blew up.

What I’ll miss:

  1. The unplugging effect. I am the only person I know who could actually not look at any social or email for a week of vacation…because I couldn’t on my phone.
  2. Now I have to see emogis. Ugh. They were just boxes on my old phone. *My friends, words work nicely. I don’t need a picture too. At least not every time. Memes and gifs on the other hand are super fun and will get me in a load of trouble!

iphone upgrade

Wow, I had a lot to say there. Okay then!

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I am wondering if I should do another marathon or only do a Half.

It hurts, the marathon. Both the training runs that get super long and also the aftermath. My old-lady body doesn’t love it. I have always said that I am not sure that I am built for marathons and I still think it’s true. I can do it. I know this. So I am super glad that I have done my 2. But I take Advil more now. And it takes a lot of time to do those longer runs, and I am not sure I have that time.

The half-marathon I think may be my sweet spot. I feel great leading up to it, I get good times, I feel good after too. I have running consistently this summer, but I like fall races, so if any of you want to weigh in on this one, please do!


If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I have been working a lot more, writing posts here on the blog:

My focus seems to have shifted a bit more toward food- sometime healthy and sometimes just fun or functional for my 4-kid family. I don’t get a lot of action about my fitness-type posts but I like to re-cap in monthly posts like this one. Travel and food and books seems to be my jam right now. Oh, and randomness. That of course is my overall personality and blogging style, so friends, I am not going away, just shifting a bit! I hope you will continue to read here though, and connect in some way. 

If you missed them, here are some recent posts:

Nightstand: HAG Read for July

books I am reading this summer

Spiked Arnold Palmer Cocktails

Spiked Arnold Palmer Cocktails

Peach Sorbet

Peach Sorbet is non-fat and delicious!

Loving Lately: Favorites for Summer

Loving Lately: HAG Favorite Things This Summer

So that about wraps it up! I hope you have a wonderful rest of your Saturday and great Sunday tomorrow! Happy August! I am linking up with my other bloggers this morning over at

Thanks for coming by to chat~

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Healthier Baked Italian Meatballs #SundaySupper

Healthier baked italian meatballsFitting with the theme of this week’s Sunday Supper, as “Cowboy Cooking” I am making Healthier Baked Italian Meatballs. So what is Cowboy Cooking you ask? (and I’m glad you did) According to Cowboy Kent Rollins (THE modern day authority on Cowboy cooking)  it’s hearty food, not fancy! You can see him on CBS Sunday Morning to get his gist!   Kent and his wife Shannon carry on the tradition of cooking on a Chuck wagon as they make their way across the country feeling hungry cowboys and cowgirls with recipes like Chicken Fried Steak, Sparkly Taters (add beef!), and Green Pepper Frito Pie.

So why “healthier” meatballs for me? Well I love all kinds of meat, but I am not paleo. I am not totally veggie either. I just wanted a healthier meatball but still had plenty of flavor...So I made one. Click To TweetWith  only egg-whites, whole-wheat breadcrumbs, and no cheese, I consider it “clean” and also Advocare compliant (you can read more about that here). In the recipe I note that the breadcrumbs are optional- and guess what?! They are! I like the texture better with the added crumbs, but if you are following a paleo diet, take them out and these are still delicious!  If you are just wanting to eat healthy foods, but still want a really tasty meatball…here you are:

meatball ingredientsHealthier Baked Italian Meatballs

Makes 20

1 and 1/2 pounds ground Certified Angus Beef® brand beef
4 oz. mushrooms, chopped fine
1/4 cup egg white liquid
1/3 cup onion, chopped (either green or white)
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. garlic powder
*Optional: 1/3 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs (and I opt)

Preheat the oven to 375*. Spray a rimmed baking sheet with non-stick spray.

Mix all the ingredients until thoroughly combined. Form into 20 meatballs. The best way to do this is to wet your hands and scoop a large heaping tablespoon amount into your palm. Roll and place on the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes until no longer pink in the middle. Serve with your favorite sauce.Healthier Italian Meatballs

To get more great Cowboy Cooking ideas check out Kent and Shannon’s blog recipes HERE. You can also find inspiration on Certified Angus Beef® brand’s website HERE. Look for this label:

certified angus beef brand

This is the pre-made patties label too, but you need to look for that little cow and the “Certified Angus Beef” brand!

The recipes do not have to be made over a campfire (but they can be)! They have some amazing recipes for using beef and their burger recipes look perfect for summer grilling. And don’t forget, for the best recipes using Certified Angus Beef® brand check out our Sunday Supper Bloggers here, thanks to the host today, Cindy Kerschner of Cindy’s Recipes and Writings.

More Sunday Supper Cowboy Cooking Recipes

Beefed Up Main Dishes

Hearty Sandwiches

Sizzling Sides

Substantial Steaks

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement

Healthier Italian Meatballs