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We like to watch the show "Shark Tank." On one episode, there was a segment for DDP Yoga. This product really caught my interest because I saw this video a while back and it was very inspirational.
I've talked to my husband about doing yoga in the past, and although he has considered it, he didn't take it seriously until we watched the "Shark Tank" episode. I'm not sure he has even watched this video yet, but it really shows what yoga can do for you. Soooooo, we ordered the DDP Yoga set.
I haven't received it yet, but it's on its way. There are some testimonials on their website with some serious transformations. I don't need to lose weight or get as toned as some of these people, but I still want to help my body stay on the healthy path. My husband has been losing weight pretty well these past few weeks with not much exercise. We'll see how these yoga videos help him. Whether it helps to lose weight, lower stress (he's been super busy at work), relax..... I'll be doing the videos with him because I seriously lack exercise in my life. Plus it's good to have a workout buddy. :)
Anyway, we enjoy watching the "Shark Tank" as a family, and seeing all the cool business ideas people come up with. We'd like to have our own business someday, but really don't know what it would be. In the meantime, he's working his tail off at work, and I'm having fun with Lilla Rose. :)
We have home videotapes from almost 18 years ago that we are just now watching. We no longer have our really old video cameras and the one we do have, the battery is dead and I'm not even sure we can find another battery for it.
Costco has the service where they take all kinds of video tapes and turn them into DVD's. My unorganized self didn't label most of the tapes, so we have no clue what is on them. It's a surprise every time we receive our DVD's as to what was on them.
Our first DVD had my husband and me on it when we were newly weds. The first 45 minutes of the whole tape was about our kitten. My husband had an accident and was laid up for a few months, and it seemed all he did was video tape the kitten while I was at work. :) The kids enjoyed watching us in our younger days. My son thought his dad looked and sounded so cool. Does that mean he doesn't think his dad looks and sounds cool now? Ha, don't know.
Another DVD was when our baby girl was a new born and the whole tape was about her. My son thought it was all cute at first, but then he started getting jealous because it was all about her. Never mind the fact he wasn't born yet. Then he said we better have as much recording on him as we do of her, and my DH and I looked at each other questioningly. Did we videotape as much after he was born? The next DVD we got was his birth and his first few months, so he was happy about that.
For 17.99, Costco will put 2 hours of tape onto DVD. You actually get 2 DVD's, one is a spare copy. Usually 2 of our video tapes run over 2 hours and they have to use an extra DVD costing another $17.99. So it does get really expensive, and for now, we are only dropping off 2 at a time. It will take a long time to finally finish all the transfers, as we have a lot of tapes. The service also sends you an email saying they have received the tapes or that they are ready to be picked up. They even show you clips of what was on your tapes. Their online service allows you to share your videos, as well. I'm glad we haven't lost the tapes after all these years and moving around. I can't believe we haven't watched them in over a decade, or that it's the first time our kids have seen themselves as babies. It's just like all our digital photos that have not been printed up yet. Yeah, I'm several years behind in scrapbooking.
We have been pleased with the service from Costco so far. We do have one tape that the ribbon is ripped in half. I'm hoping they can repair it and still get the recording off it.
Take lots of videos of your children, and don't stop recording after the first child. The siblings will be very upset. :) Take all those tapes to Costco or somewhere who does this service and have them transferred to DVD. Someday, all our old equipment will be obsolete and you'll have tapes that you can never watch again.
Talk about cuteness overload when we watch the tapes of our babies. It's funny the things we recorded and the kids are laughing at how silly we were while entertaining them as babies. As they grew up we recorded less and less. Now it seems we only record birthdays and Christmas. Shame on us! Same with pictures. We took more photos of them when they were younger. This just reminds us to capture as many precious moments of our family as we can. My kids are teenagers now. I don't want to regret not getting enough footage of them while they were young. Time to break out the cameras!!!
Are you in the same boat? Have you transferred all your video tapes?
In our efforts to eat healthy, I've really limited my processed foods purchases. It gets hard in the middle of the day when we get the munchies and just want to snack on something. Usually something crispy, crunchy, salty, or sweet. Usually something unhealthy. So to make it easier, I have put together these grab and go snack bags. Costco is great for buying some healthy bulk snacks or even the bulk bins in the grocery store.
For these little baggies we used: mixed unsalted nuts, dark chocolate drizzled popcorn, Bark Thins Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed with Sea Salt 16 Oz., Sunrise Energy Bars with Omega-3 (half of one in each baggie), trail mix, brazil nuts. Pre-bagging snacks helps us control our portions and it's easy to just grab and go, especially for my husband when he goes to work.My husband has been know to eat a whole bag of dried young coconut
in a day, if I don't portion it out. He thought it was healthy not realizing how much sugar was in it. Yeah, he got in trouble! We're talking 216 grams of sugar and 360 grams of carbs, or something crazy like that.
Most of these I picked up from Costco. By the time we get through these baggies, we will probably be sick of nuts, as that is the majority. I mixed up the baggies a bit for variety, but most of them have 1/2 an energy bar in it and 2 brazil nuts. Brazil nuts are high in selenium, which is great for low thyroid function. I did measure out portions, but I didn't count calories. I wasn't feeling up to doing math calculations. :) It may not necessarily be low cal, low fat snacks, but to me they are healthy compared to chips and cookies.
Other snack bag options would be uncured salami and cheese. Uncured because my Dr. said that nitrates/nitrites were one of the leading causes of prostate cancer. I haven't researched that, but I've always heard that we should stay away from those two ingredients. So lately, I've been buying uncured salami and bacon. Also, cut up veggies with homemade ranch or hummus. Fruit bags.
I've also made Chewy Granola bars and No Bake Energy Bites. Now to come up with more ideas for easy, healthy grab and go snack bags before we begin to despise nuts. And, no, I didn't buy raw nuts to soak and sprout for easier digestion. That's a lot more work, but I have done it before and they are really good.
So pass on your ideas for make ahead grab and go snack bags. We are looking for low carb, low sugar, low sodium options. Thanks!
My friend and I both have the Nourishing Traditions
book. We always talk about making some of the recipes in it such as Sauerkraut, but I never do it. My family doesn't really eat much sauerkraut or much of anything that's really fermented, but I know how healthy it is for us and I want to start incorporating those foods into our diets. Azure Standard sells a case of organic cabbage, so we decided to split a case and get together to make sauerkraut. We got a 40# case for under $30. I haven't checked the grocery store prices, but for organic cabbage at less than a dollar a pound, sounds pretty good to me.
We used this big board specifically made for shredding cabbage that "A" had purchased almost a year ago, but never used. Like this Cabbage Shredder from Amazon. It was quite the arm work out and was a bit difficult at first, but easier as we got the hang of it. I had my food processor too, but we didn't use it for the cabbage.
Making sauerkraut was super easy, but a bit time consuming because we had to keep pounding on the cabbage for 10-20 minutes. My friend even made some whey, which I've never done. The cool thing is she made it without knowing what she was going to use it for. Great timing, as we were able to use it for this recipe. Just cabbage, salt, whey, and caraway seeds. 1 head of cabbage made 1 quart of sauerkraut. We made 3 quarts of sauerkraut for each of us, and we also made 4 quarts each of latin sauerkraut which uses carrots, onions, and oregano instead of caraway. On top of all that, we had 4 heads of cabbage left for each of us. Cabbage doesn't go bad quickly, but it's not something I use too often. I usually buy the finely shredded cabbage to make an apple cider slaw. I'll have to look up recipes to use the rest of my cabbage. I haven't tasted our homemade sauerkraut yet. It has to sit for 3 days, then go into cold storage. Not sure if that means fridge or somewhere cold like the garage. But we finally did it! We found that it's quite simple. We made a mess, but we had fun spending some time together. It took us about 3 hours to make everything.
Happy Valentine's Day!! We celebrate ours a day early to avoid all the hubbub and the disappointment of florists running out of red roses, like this post.
My husband took me out, but didn't tell me where we were going. He was adamant we leave by a certain time. I knew we were going out to dinner, but he usually doesn't rush. So I thought maybe we were going to a theater or dinner and a show. Instead it was dinner from a show. :)
A few days ago, we were watching TV and Mystery Diners from Food Network came on. The restaurant featured was from Burien, Wa, so we decided to continue watching it. The restaurant is called Bistro Baffi and I started laughing when I found out that's where we were dining.
As soon as we walked in, we recognized one of the servers from the show and Chef Michael was walking around talking to customers. He was even delivering food and showing specials. He disappeared when it started getting busy. Our server happened to be Stacy, whom we are pretty sure is from the show.
The menu has great options to choose from and goes from moderately priced to higher premium dishes. It was very difficult to choose. I usually go for creamy white sauces and they did have alfredo, but I decided to go with a dish featuring the Chef's signature pink spicy sauce. The servers come by with a couple of trays, showing us the specials and foods, such as stuffed mushrooms or the salmon entrée. We were served complimentary bread with a dip of oil, balsamic, and basil. Very good! As an appetizer, we went with the Pizza Romano. Wow!!! It was thin, crisp crust with cheese, prosciutto, and arugula. The flavors were amazing and I loved the crust. We were sure to only eat a couple of slices each and save the rest for our kids. Besides, we had plenty of carb loaded entrees coming our way.
I chose Penne alla Mike. It has penne, prawns, shiitake and portabella mushrooms in spicy pink sauce. We've been avoiding seafood for awhile because of Fukushima, but decided to indulge and hope I don't start glowing. The signature sauce is fantastic. It had a little bit of heat, but not too much. There was so much flavor in this dish and the prawns were delish. They still had their shells on, so it was a bit of effort to peel, but so very worth it.
DH ordered Ravioli D'Aragosta. Ravioli stuffed with lobster and topped with spicy pink sauce. You'd think our two dishes would have a similar flavor because of the sauce, but they had very different flavor profiles. These raviolis were made with homemade pasta, so you can tell the difference in texture from commercial raviolis. They were packed with flavor and tasted so much better than similar raviolis from another chain restaurant.
Being Valentine's Day, we decided to order dessert. It was hard to pass up Tiramisu, but we really wanted to try the Chocolate Walnut cake. While waiting for dessert, my husband looked at me and said, "I love you so much!" Then BAM!, a vase of long stemmed red roses show up on the table. How romantic and thoughtful my husband is! The chocolate walnut cake was not what we were expecting. We were thinking it was cake, like real cake, with flour and frosting. This dessert had several layers of walnut filling separated with a fudgey chocolate ganache. I guess we should have read the menu-it did say flourless! Nevertheless, it was actually pretty good after we got passed our first bite. You know how your expectations make something taste different than it actually is?!? This dessert really did taste good and we felt better eating it than any other dessert. All those good healthy fats in walnuts, right?
The restaurant was packed and we wondered how many of them saw the show. Otherwise, how do they really know of this place. It is located in Burien and in a really strange low-key location. It's like a hole in the wall kind of place, but it's not a hole in the wall kind of place. The décor and the ambiance were beautiful and romantic. They are only open for dinner Monday-Saturday from 5pm-10pm, so we highly recommend making reservations. It was crowded on a Thursday, though it was the night before Valentine's Day. The service was great. We did want to ask Stacy about the show, but she was rushing back and forth, and we didn't want to take up her time. Chef Michael has personality. We didn't get to talk to him, but he did deliver our bread. :)
Bistro Baffi is the perfect date night restaurant. My husband did a good job!
As for my gift to my husband, I ordered these sweatshirts from Marriage-Gateway We follow this Marriage facebook page and we always see couples wearing these shirts, so he laughed when I came downstairs wearing mine and presenting him his own sweatshirt.