Friday, July 25, 2008

Turkey Taco Meatloaf

This meatloaf is addictive! Once you start eating it, it's pretty had to stop. Luckily, it's super-low in calories and packed with lots of good for you foods!

1 pound raw extra lean ground turkey
2 slices fat free cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded fat free cheddar cheese
1/2 cup canned sweet corn kernels
1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup salsa
1/2 package of taco seasoning mix

Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Cook peppers and onions for 3 minutes over medium heat in a pan sprayed with non stick spray
In a large bowl, combine onions and peppers with turkey, corn, and seasoning mix.
Spread half of the mixture evenly into the bottom of a loaf pan sprayed with non-stick spray.
Layer the two slices of fat free cheese on top of the mixture (try to keep slices away from the pan's edges). Evenly top with the remaining meat mixture.
Pour the salsa over the top of the loaf. Cook in the oven for 30 minutes.
Top loaf with shredded cheese. Return to the oven and cook for another 15 minutes.
Makes 6 servings.
This is a really hearty and good for you meal. And three points per serving, not too shabby!
Per Serving (1/6th) of loaf): 127 calories, 1g fat, 688 mg sodium, 7g carbs, .5g fibre, 2g sugar, 22g protein.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

A Thursday "Stroll"er to the Library

Well, the kids and I were feeling a little stir crazy this morning. So I piled them into our trusty double stroller and we took a walk to the Aurora Public Library! Welcome to Aurora!
Connor really got a kick out of all the "wildlife" LOL! These duckies are busy swimming away from him!

I was excited to see a Sports Nutrition store on the way. So I thought I would stop in and see what they had to offer in the way of advice..........

Unfortunately, this was what we saw when we got there. A sign of the times I guess!

Just how many Maple Streets do you think there are in North America? This one is just north of Wellington Road, at Yonge Street. The houses in this area are very old and beautiful.

This was one of MANY roadblocks on the way to the library and back. But these gentleman were nice enough to stop and let us pass by without electrocuting us! Thanks guys!

We made it to the library in just over an hour. Not too bad, if I do say so myself. Registered for my Library Card (which was free. Awesome!) and picked up two cookbooks and "Running for Mortals". This is the check out area. And the only place they would let me take a picture!

A beautiful, mint condition Cadillac Eldorado. This car is gorgeous. It is so spooky looking and I must admit, I wouldn't mind driving it around. It has such a great look to it!
Once again, a road block that we didn't go past. Asbestos. Yummy!

The historic Hillary House. We were going to go in.................

But couldn't seem to find the entrance!

Stopped at Shoppers to get some band aids!

This is becoming a habit of mine..............cross the street Sarah!

I found a gift certificate in my purse for a free six inch sub from Quiznos! I got a Veggie Sub. I know, don't go too wild Sarah!

Craddock Park, off of Yonge Street. We were going to stop........but there was work going on in the soccer field!

The kids are having a blast so far! Only a few k's left guys and we will be home!
I decided to take Old Yonge for a change of scenery.................

Which promptly put Connor to sleep!

But smiling Sydney is still with us! Way to go girl!

The home, that looks like a steep hill.........
You may have to squint, but there is a herring and some geese there. I think?

This tree is at the corner of Industrial and St. John's Sideroad. It is so old and weathered. I can only imagine the things it's seen and how long it has been here.
Finally home and down for the count. Way to go guys!
Well, we managed to walk over 10k, and had a great morning. Now everyone is sleeping. Except Mom of course!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

My Life As I Know It

It's been a tough week.

On Thursday, my dear father in law Dave succumbed from a short battle from cancer. It was shocking and fast. His last few hours were comfortable for him. And luckily Colin and I were at his side with Mom in his last moments. It was heartbreaking and life affirming for me all at the same time.

The last four years have been trying on my own body. When Dave joined Weight Watchers in the fall of 2004 he had made the decision that he wanted to live a healthier life for himself. He was successful in taking off the weight and HE inspired me to do the same. After almost 80 pounds myself I became pregnant with Connor. And of course after, Sydney.

So I look at the positives of where I was and where I am today. I am still almost 80 pounds lighter than where I started. And I have two beautiful kids that I adore. And a loving and caring husband that loves me more today than yesterday.

This has been a week of reflection and sadness. I have a deep hole in the place where my heart should be. I ache for Colin and my mother in law. They have lost this wonderful husband and father. My kids lost an amazing grandfather. And I lost an amazing friend.

Some things will need to change for me to get back on track. But I am taking the rest of this week with my family to reflect on the time that has passed and the love we share.

When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary;
When troubles come and my heart burdened be;
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence,
Until you come and sit awhile with me.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up... To more than I can be.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

We're Sick

The ENTIRE family is sick with a wicked head cold. So no running so far this week.

Check back in a few days. MAYBE there will be some progress!

Thursday, July 3, 2008


On July 1st, 2008 a very special friend from a long time ago, Erin, told me her little sister Ashley passed away.

I feel so sad for her today. Ashley and Erin shared the same birthday (March 17th) like me and my sister Meghan. So while we were growing up we always felt that special connection. I want her to know that she is in my thoughts today. Her loss is unmeasurable.

Today I want everyone to take a moment to remember those gone before us, those that may have touched our lives irrevocably.

Ashley is in my thoughts and prayers today and always. Rest In Peace.


Wednesday, July 2, 2008


So this weekend was a bust!

But that is ok. Back on track. Running home from work tonight, which is 5k and running TO work on Saturday morning, baring any major storms or bad weather. Also trying to fit in 4k tomorrow!

I really need a bike........

Hope that eveyone has a great week!