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Where is That Darn Balance?

Where is That Darn Balance?

In life- that is. Holy cow. I have to vent a little before I post the recipes I talked about in last night’s post. Is that okay? The whole idea behind this blog was for me to put everything out there and write about my journey to find balance. I feel like I’m going the wrong direction a little bit. I’ve been staying up way too late trying to figure out how all this blog stuff works (the blogging community, computer stuff, etc.) and I feel like it’s taking a toll on me. Sad smile  Man, I know I haven’t been getting enough sleep because I’m craving carbs like crazy. That is NOT a good thing. Here are my usual “red flags” in life that tell me I need to get some rest and focus on taking care of myself:

  • my feet feel like lead bricks when I run
  • I make more mistakes than usual while I’m teaching my fitness classes
  • my pants are too snug (I am NOT a fan of that feeling)
  • I have less patience with my boys (this makes me sad)
  • my eyelids are DROOPY
  • I’m even more indecisive than usual (and that is hard to do)

I guess I’m having a hard time because my mind is always running with things I want to share and write about, how I want the blog to look, what I can do to make it better, where I see it going, etc. I really just need to take a breath though and take it one day at a time. Oh, my poor family having to put up with me and my poor office that is STILL a disaster (oh and my toes too- yikes).  Remember my office was one of my first weekly goals and then again on my second set of weekly goals (where I even showed a picture of the messy office)? Oh man. It should just be a perma-goal (along with getting more sleep). ha! Well, anyway, I just had to share. I have this anxious feeling that I can’t get to go away. Maybe some wine (or sleep, or both actually) will help. I may need to make some posts a little shorter and take some time to just ORGANIZE (this blog, my life, my office, my Tupperware drawer Smile, my closets, etc.).

Okay, sorry about the venting. I got a little carried away. Hopefully you’re still there and maybe some of you can relate? Hey, I know what will help…….


Oh yes. I feel better already. Thanks Kitty. Smile

Okay, as promised,  here are the fun recipes from yesterday’s post that I made for my friend. This soup is my mom’s recipe. Thanks Mom!

Mom’s Tortellini Soup



  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage (cooked and crumbled) I used these IMG_1381IMG_1382
  • 2 cartons (or 4 cans) beef broth
  • 7 cups of water
  • 2 boxes cheese tortellini
  • 1/2 pound shredded cabbage
  • 2 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil (or a little fresh basil)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients and bring to a slow boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes.



Top with parmesan cheese before serving. Mmm……

When I’m making this for just Andrew and myself I add crushed red pepper (surprise, surprise) and I use Jennie-O Hot Lean Italian Turkey Sausage instead of the sweet sausage.

Next recipe.

It’s not the healthiest, but I wanted to make something easy and toddler-friendly just in case my friend’s 2 1/2 year old wasn’t ready to feed himself  soup. Smile I saw something like this awhile back and I thought it was brilliant- like a little corn dog muffin top cup. (Ha ha- every time I see or hear “muffin top” I laugh.) Anyway……………

Doggone Corn Muffins

(I know you can’t see me, but I’m acting all cool right because I just came up with that name. I am SUCH a nerd. )

Here’s what I used.


  • 3 cups corn bread mix
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 package turkey dogs (cooked and cut up)

Mix corn bread mix, water and corn together. Then add the cut up turkey dogs.


Pour into a 12 cup muffin tin sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Bake for 20 minutes at 375.


Ta da!



They’re cute right? But are they tasty?????


Guess so. Smile 

I made a better version of my hooligan pancakes this morning that I’ll have to share tomorrow. Ooo.. and some yummy, easy Italian dinners and some smoothies. Buh Bye!

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  1. 1
    Annette says:

    Oh, I think you have been reading my mind for at least 7 years now. 2 topics not to discuss with me are the tupperware drawer or scrapbooking. I haven’t printed out a picture in 5 years and my tupperware drawer cannot even be opened anymore it is so unorganized. I remember Dr. Laura saying that a clean house is all that matters when you have little ones… it is not going to be organized or neat. That is my house. When I start to look around I almost have a panic attack. Just take 1 hour at a time and do what you can. It is never going to be all done. You will never be able to look at your house, office, job, kids and say finally I am finished and caught up so don’t beat yourself up over it. Life is too short….just enjoy it and do what you can. I tell myself that every day. Good luck, we all need it.

  2. 2
    STUFT Mama says:

    Oh Annette- Thanks for writing a comment. Scrapbooking??? I’m embarrassed to say that the boys’ baby books are untouched. How sad. There’s a couple of pictures thrown in there, but that’s about it. Oh man. I don’t know how moms find time for that. One hour at a time- that’s a good way to look at it. Thanks for the advice. It’s the special momments with the family that matter anyway, right? 🙂 Thanks for insipring me everyday with all you do!

  3. 3
    Robin Baker says:

    remember when I said posting here EVERYDAY was a huge goal and a lot of work? just cut back a bit. take care of yourself so you don’t burn out.
    I am with you…you have seen it. It’s not pretty and it can get worse if you don’t nip it in the bud now. I’ve been trying to get back to “the simple life” for years… I need a nap just thinking about it!
    Kristin: robin, how do you do it all?
    Me: I don’t.
    Kristin: but you do x,y,and z!
    Me: I don’t sleep and I yell at my kids (very sad inside)
    Krisitn: you are my inspiration
    Me: (thinking to self….is she kidding me?! I’m a mess!)

    mmmmmmmmm k?!

    let’s go out for happy hour!


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