Adventures With Ellie

Season of Gratitude : 31 ways to Show it

I had shared on twitter how I can't believe it's already the last week of October and for me personally I love to be able to start to be able to get into the season by doing a challenge for myself and I share it with my children as well. Today I will share it with you. If you would like to join me I would love to hear that you will.

I keep it easy but for each day I make sure I take to heart what it is that I am doing. What I have learned from doing this is that we gain so much more then what we are offering or doing. I give thanks to our Lord for his blessings no matter how hard or tough I think things might be going doing good makes it all better and you feel your heart be filled that much more with being thankful.

I hope you join me in this challenge and again if you decide to join me please to let me know.

Sweet & Savory Crockpot Chicken

Over the weekend it seems that Mother Nature let Fall come back in and a little preview of Winter too. I thought it's time to get a little crockpot action going for our dinner and share it with you guys.

I actually had seen this recipe on the web and also in the weight watchers magazine but I never seem to have all the ingredients and therefore I did grab what I had and said let's see what I get if I put them into the crockpot.

Here's the recipe for you to try out.

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Simple Sweet Spicy Chicken
Crockpot for The Win! Savory Chicken recipe that will surely become a family favorite.
  • 1/2 cup Lite Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Lite Honey
  • 32 ounces skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 sprays Vegetable Spray
  • To Taste Salt & Pepper
  • 2 tsp Water
In a Bowl mix together all the ingredients expect the chicken.Make sure to mix the ingredients well and place the chicken. I like to put it in the fridge for 15-20 minutes before cooking.Spray your crockpot with the vegetable spray and place the chicken and liquid in.Cook on high for 2 1/2 hrs or 3 1/2 hrs on low. Once it's done you can serve with a side of veggies or brown rice and Enjoy!
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1/3 cup

I love my crockpot and will be sharing more recipes with you as I find it to be such a wonderful piece in my kitchen and did you know it was actually a birthday gift from a dear friends years ago and I always tell her I smile and think of her when I use it.

What's your favorite thing/tool to use to cook in the kitchen.

Quick & Healthy Game Day Snacking

Now that we are in full swing in the Football season it is when Hubby parks himself with snacks and let's face it that aren't too healthy. That's where I've found a way to change that with the help of GoodFoods. I made a very easy and healthy treat for Hubby and the rest of the family.

Today I'm sharing how easy it is to make Guacamole Panini Sandwiches which you can make with only 10 minutes to game time!

For us the weekend is always busy but we always make sure we squeeze some time to watch our Sunday games.  Of course we need snacks how else would we have enough energy to cheer on our teams.

All you need to do to create these yummy panini's are ciabatta bread and GoodFoods Tableside Chunky Guacamole and you could use a sandwich press or what I used is our little grill to make them.

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Game Day Guacamole Panini Sandwiches
Easy Game day treats to get your ready to cheer on your team!
Warm up your toaster/press. While you prepare your rolls. Open your GoodFoods Tableside Chunky Guacamole and enjoy one of the chips (SO good!) w/the GuacCut open the rolls in halves and spread the Guacamole inside. Take a few of the chips and crumble them over the open sandwich and close.Place on your toaster and press down for 10 mins. (or until you see the toasted marks) Remove and cut in triangles and serve and enjoy your healthy and quick treat!
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 2 sandwiches

What I loved more about  GOODFOODS Guacamole was that I was able to find a  To GO Container  that included the chips with it! So if your late and need to snack right away just open up the pack and get to snacking!

Plus did you know that it's made with all natural ingredients : Hass avocados, tomatoes, garlic, onions with fresh lime juice. I love that it has no sugar added either. 

If you want to find out where you can go pick up some up as well as some of the wonderful products they offer for your next game day hop on over to GOODFOODS and give them a try.

Word{less} Wednesday : It's Been a While

This past weekend we had one very rare thing happen. Hubby had a Saturday off. It actually will be the last one he has for the next 6 months as he just received his work schedule for the next 6 months and no weekends so it meant that much more.

We decided we would head to the pumpkin patch although I was missing one of my kids as he had to work.  We also got a huge surprise as we found out 2 of my SIL's were there with their babies and husbands so we got to enjoy seeing their youngest be at the pumpkin patch for the first time too.

I love and cherished our time all together. It's going to an "interesting" 6 months as Hubby will basically become a vampire and we will still be stuck in the "normal" world but we will work it out and remember each day our blessings and be thankful.

I must be honest I have been grumpy, sad, angry and even a little bit of "it's not fair" but I also have to remember we have gone through crazier bumps and events but giving it to God and having faith it all has by his grace made us stronger.

Remember to enjoy all the moments you can I know I will. If all goes as planned we have some more fun planned this weekend and on Monday it will be a very blessed day for our family as my youngest son will have his Confirmation so my heart is already bursting because of that.

Well besides making memories one has to remember to take care of oneself so today Hubby actually has off so how romantic is it that we will be going into get our annual physicals and flu shots since it's that time of the year. Well hopefully after I'll squeeze a run to the craft store so I can share a cute little project I have planned with the girls!

Now go and enjoy your day. If your in NY REALLY enjoy it since today's the last day of Summer in the Fall kind of weather they say!

Any fun/milestones happening for you and your family soon?

Mouth Watering Apple Baked Goodness

Did I surprise you as I'm not going to mention pumpkins this time around?  Well I thought it's only fair I give love to another food I love to cook with during the Fall.

I'm sharing a recipe that not only is super delicious but it's also healthy. It's perfect to help curve that sweet tooth. Which is why I love this.

This is a pretty easy recipe and as you know I'm all about easy and quick. You can even get your kids to help you mix the ingredients while you take care of the apples.

Below is what you will need to make the recipe.

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Baked Apple Goodness
Sweet,delicious and healthy baked apple treat
  • 4 Honeycrisp Apples
  • 4 sprays Can't believe It's Not Butter Spray
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup cranberries
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl mix together the cranberries,walnuts and brown sugar and blend well. Next wash your apples and slice the tops of them and scoop enough to make a pocket for the filling. Use an 8x8 pan to bake your apples. Fill pan with enough water to cover the bottom.Take apples and fill with topping (should be enough to fill each apple) Now use the spray butter and spritz once for each apple and sprinkle cinnamon on top of each apple.Place in oven and bake for 50 mins. until apples appear tender. Once done you can serve as is or if you like add a dollop of fat free whipped cream. Enjoy!
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4 servings

If you try this recipe I'd love to hear what you think. Also I found a way to format my recipes to make it easier to share and for you to print and use. 

I have some more fun recipes coming up this week along with a fun craft you can do with your Little ones to celebrate Halloween.  Can't wait to share. As always thank you so much for stopping by.


Let The Count Down Begin

In just one month and 1 day I'll be 41.                          

Yup I had to pause and just think about that for a minute.  I must say it's been a roller coaster of a ride for me to say the least. I had goals and one of them I wanted to achieve was to reach my health goal.
Which I am happy to say I did reach. It was BEYOND awesome to see my hard work pay off no operations, pills, strange starving diets but hard work and correct eating did it for me.

If you followed me you know I was a fan of Weight Watchers and was basically the Number fan UNTIL they changed the plan I had followed and succeeded for a year.

It was just a few weeks into reaching my goal what I had been working so hard for and poof my sense of what I  had worked so hard was taken or so it's what I felt. I was furious. I admit it. I went into a protest you could say.

I canceled my membership (even though it was free at the time all I had to was keep basically 5 pounds from my set goal) but I was done.

So it started my own year of finding my own way to healthy living. I even found an app which had similar weight watchers but it wasn't the same but it wasn't the same.

I must say I have gained back some of the weight but it's like the freshman "10" and so now that I have a month to my birthday it's going to be my challenge for myself.

I am not doing anything really so this will be my gift to myself. I will be starting my real focus come Friday.

Strange date to start but for me it will make the month. OH and funny thing you know how they say NEVER say NEVER..well I saw a deal on groupon of all places.

2 months of Weight Watchers for the most INSANE price. I actually had to do a double check and look again. 

Can you guess what I did. Yup. I got fished in. This time I will give it a real chance. I've had a year to let go of my bitter silliness.

I'm actually looking forward to seeing if it's true if the "New" weight Watchers" helps cutting the sugar factor. I admit it I have a thing for sugar /sweets and that's my down fall (thus my picture) 

Now even of my rambling.  I've got a question for you?  Would you like to join me? I will be documenting my challenge on my Health Journey IG account which is : healthyadventureswithellie
so follow me & leave a message and I'll follow back to keep ourselves in check. 

or look for the hashtag : #CountDownTo41

I'll update each week for the next 4 weeks and share how my process goes and a favorite recipe or food I discovered.


Help Them Shine Bright

This coming Saturday is a very special day for me and for so many others around the world. To many I know October means Breast Cancer awareness and that is a cause I stand very strong for but for me October has become the month I remember my oldest baby girl who passed to SIDS in 2006 at the age of 2 1/2 months old and for all the babies who were lost due to miscarriage, born sleeping,infant death or SIDS.

On October 15th is the day for the parents who lost a baby to unite together and light a candle across states/world at 7 pm (your time) so for 24 hours there will be a light remembering our little ones.

If you want more info please stop at HERE for information and support. I actually am part of the support group and have meet some amazing and wonderful people because of the amazing site.
Just 5 months after our Anjie had passed it was passed in the House that this date would always be remembered as the day of remembrance of our little ones.

That and for so many other reasons I have to share each year. It's my way to share the hope and love that was given to me and still till this day which I am so appreciated. 

For me it is an important date not only to remember our little ones but it reminds everyone that even if that little one is not physically with us they are with us always in our heart. To remember them is to keep growing that love we have for them and that counts so much. Over the years as my tears of sorrow have not turned to tears of love and even a few smiles I can not help think of how thankful I am for the people I have meet and how my faith has been an ever growing blessing. I would love to share something I wrote only 2 months after our Anjelique had passed away.


I hold to the thought that my Lord will help me walk the path that is my new Life..

I Believe…

One’s time here is just a moment, life begins after when we are Held in the Lord’s Glory in Heaven
That is what our goal here should be….

I Believe

That what we need the Lord knows and will give it to us without us asking for it…

I Believe…

In miracles they are real….

I Believe…

Each day I will strive to make you proud and spread the love you gave and taught me even in your short time.

And I dream of the day  to be greeted by our Heavenly father with my little one by his side because

I Believe….

Till this day each word from that holds true that much more. I feel so blessed. I am so thankful. Through the pain the love has over come. For her and her siblings and Daddy is the reason I try to be better because of the promise I hold dear that one day we will be reunited.

 If you have experienced a loss I hope by me sharing this today it has helped you in some way and when we light our candles this coming Saturday we all remember that we are not alone but we are together and that from the Heaven's our little ones watch and on Saturday they will see the amazing and beautiful remembrance  all of hold for them till we meet with them again one day.