Sunday, February 28, 2010

a fast week

This week flew by. I went to the gym almost everyday (6) and tried to shed some pounds but was still disappointed with the scale. So i am seeking a protein meal replacement shake that is safe while breastfeeding.
I worked at Monte Vista on Saturday, a great young reggae band from my old High School played and partied their with their fans. Good Times, good times.
I also hung out with an old buddy from HS. I have been drinking a bit, getting ready for the homies to come into town. I wonder what we will be cooking or where we will be. I know we had a ski trip in mind, but thats outta the question because Dave broke his wrist snowboarding. So maybe just friends food and more good times.
I am thinking I am gonna make abig casserole and salad while they are here. Plus Dave wants to cook really good New Mexican food for our Oregon friends. I can't wait to see the babies and kiddos!
So this week, we made food based on the CSA box that we get at the pickup store (or the Farm). The fruit we got this week was delicious! And good for our bodies.

Monday_Veggie Rigatoni with eggplant, zuchini, red peppers and mozzerella.

Tuesday_Lightly Breaded Chicken with sauted brocoli, peppers, eggplant.

Wed_Slow Cooked Pinto Beans, Spanish Whole Wheat Rice with cumin, garlic, onions, celery, tomatoes, red bells. topped with sharp cheese and avocado. YUMMM...


Friday_Pork Chops with Mashed Papas and Corn

Saturday_Red Chile with Tofu, Fried Potatoes, Eggs, Refried Beans

Sunday_Whole Wheat Strawberry Pancakes with Honey, Peanut Butter and Greek Yogurt.

This past week I made some trail mixes and oatmeal peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. I also made some dips for the delicious carrots and cucumbers that picked up. I need to go pick up some t shirts for my friends kids...or spend it at the spa. Birthday month is starting!!!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


So Thirty is quickly approaching. I am trying to get some party details worked out and then I am gonna get the house ready for my homies who are coming from NM, CO, AZ, and OR! I thank God for my friends because they are all unique and awesome! I can't wait to meet the new additions to our clans!!!
So I have been calling some restuarants to have a cocktail party and dinner. I have also been trying to get some flowers and maybe a cake too. But mostly I have been at the gym everyday. It is good for the kiddos too! I try to go when other kids will be in the Child Watch while I work out. I am meeting other moms and dads too! But mostly I listen to Michael Franti and workout.

I have decided to start writing about the Menu at the end of the week once we make the actual meals. I am doing this because my hinny is a great chef and so sometimes we might feel like something easier or different, and he will just whip up something tasty! Plus, we are shopping for our produce through a CSA and they choose your "basket" every week; which means that we have to plan our meals around what we are getting from their greenhouses and co-ops.
We are also getting our garden ready in the back yard. I wish I could have some chickens.

Tell your friends about me!

Monday, February 15, 2010

menu Monday

Menu Monday!

DAVE PLANNED the menu this week. Today has already been a crazy day because last week I worked 40 hours! Holy Crap. was that exhausting. I worked at the flower shop. I got to see a lot of pretty designs from lots of professionals, young and old. One of the ladies made my moms bouquet, and i got one awesome one for me from another artist. I am going to get my check this week and pick up another arrangement for my sister. I noticed it getting a little catty towards the end of the week, which just made me the peacemaker because i am a lover of mankind, even if you are a terrible driver!
Thsnk Goodness I am back home with my precious children.


Maybe I will bake some Coconut Pumpkin Bread this week. Its a great healthy breakfast bread and tastes delicious. I try to use all organic and healthy products with low sugar but full flavor! I am always changing recipes and writing down new ones. I love talking food and cooking for others!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Working Mom

How crazy it is to get two babies ready in the morning and then go to work. I am struggling with that for the week, but its okay because we are blessed and I normally stay at home with our babies.
Elias seems to have grown up since Thursday (when I started the job). And Lucia nurses all night long now.
I ordered some flowers for my dad for Valentine's Day. They are so pretty. Tulips, roses (reds, creams and peaches) and lilies. It is a huge arrangement. I am gonna have Yoli make me one too! I asked Dave to get me some flowers from the shop and he said i was silly and should get them myself. So today I am ordering a beautiful bunch from a local shop that makes great stuff.
Support Local!!!
Love Each Other!!!

Monday, February 8, 2010


So...hmm whats for dinner? This week Los Poblanos sent us a bunch of fruit and salad veggies, so that what we will be having with our CSA Box. I really like the concept of a CSA, plus Farmer Monte puts out a weekly newsletter on sustainable living.

This week the Swans will be having...
FRIDAY-GREEN PIZZA WITH TOMATO SAUCE (we had this last week, but its so good)

This week I am baking sugar cookies for Valentines Day. I will be baking these again in March when all my friends come to Burque to celebrate my thirtieth. WOOHOO!
I will also be making some banana bread with wheat germ, craisins, and walnuts).

I have to get some party planning done for this party in my spare time. You know from going to gym, to making meals, changing clothes and diapers....etc...
I can't wait!!!

Peace and Love,
A lover of Mankind...


What a crazy week!!! I actually interacted with tons of adults this week! I am learning how to talk to big people again! I spent Tuesday and Wednesday working out at the gym and preparing for a crazy weekend.
Then I spent Thursday through Saturday at ABQ Florist for the Valentine's Holiday. It was so great to hang out with ladies, and talented ones too. I saw many arrangements and corsages go outta that shop this weekend, and am so impressed with the ladies who work there on a daily basis. Plus we had a delicious pot luck and have fun getting ready for a crazy week.
Saturday was crazy because I had to work at the flower shop and then bar tend at the end of the night. Thankfully Andrew and Jaime are fun to work with, although they were "grumpy" that I brought some pretty flowers with me. And good thing it was busy because it gave me some money to spend at the employee party!
So SuperBowl Sunday is always the employee party, where we pot luck and party like those in the business do! A little gambling and a few shots of tequila along with some good friends, food and football...what a day. And thanks to my mom and sister (and dad and nephew too) who watched Elias and Lucia so we could go party...Arm Pump!
This morning was crazy getting up, but, coffee, two gym sessions, and some good home cooking have got me through!
One Love...

Monday, February 1, 2010

Menu Monday

Our family tries to eat local and healthy. We have been creating our menus for a few years now because it lets us try new things, keeps us organized and not stressed about meals, helps me journal my food to watch my weight, and we both love to cook, so why not.
We just joined Los Poblanos Organics CSA Program. My kids and I started going down to their lavendar field in the North Valley, and quickly became a fan of their fields and animals!
So now we plan our menus based on whats in the "box" that we pick up on Monday afternoons.
Los Poblanos Organics
Harvest Box for February 1-3rd
Week #5

Red Cabbage
2 lbs Mixed Potatoes
4 D’Anjou Pears
1/2 lb Baby Arugula
2 Avocados
Red Leaf Lettuce
1.25 lbs Cucumbers
Satsuma Tangerines
2 lbs Fuji Apples

MONDAY: ALYSON'S GREEN PIZZA WITH HOMEMADE PESTO AND PIZZA CRUST. I added caramelized onions and garlic to the veggies.
TUESDAY: One Pot Meal: Chicken, Dill, Feta, Lemons, Orzo
WEDNESDAY: Tuna Melt & Clam Chowder
THURSDAY: Loaded Salad with cucumbers, pears, arugula, red leaf, spring mix, avocados and walnuts
FRIDAY: Soy Ginger Chicken with Brown Rice (CROCKPOT)
SATURDAY: Roasted Winter Vegetable Gratin and a loaded Salad

I am baking chocolate peanut butter chip cookies, healthy breakfast carrot muffins with oats, wheat germ, and flours, and pizza crust this week.