a meal & a move.

by Janetha on October 24, 2014

in meals,moves

hey! happy friday! i thought i would pop in and share a recipe that we made last sunday (and i’ve been dreaming about ever since—it was so good!) and a workout i managed to squeeze in last night (and am already feeling sore from, thanks to my 10+ months of lethargy.)

first, the meal. because food always comes first. this recipe is a cross between french onion soup and beef stroganoff.. and it’s a casserole. no wonder it was so good. i came across the original recipe on pinterest and changed it to fit our needs.

i began to prepare the meal and i was fully planning to do a step by step photo tutorial as i used to always do with my recipes.

and then i had to mom. not complaining.. i love momming! fox is way more fun to hang out with than the stove.

so marshall stepped in and finished the second half of the meal. teamwork at its best. so, no step by step photos.. just the recipe and the final result.. which was DELICIOUS!

french onion beef stroganoff casserole.

prep time: 20 minutes; cook time: 25-30 minutes
yield: four servings


  • 4 oz wide egg noodles, cooked and drained
  • 1 tb olive oil
  • 1 lb tri tip sirloin steak, cut into 1” cubes
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced into thin half-moons
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced into thin half-moons
  • 1 cup crimini mushrooms, sliced thin
  • 12 oz (1.5 cups) beef broth
  • 2 TB whole wheat or all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup seasoned croutons
  • 1 cup shredded swiss cheese (or gruyere)
  • sour cream, for garnish


  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees (f).
  2. cook and drain noodles according to package directions, place in an 8×8 or 9×9 casserole dish.
  3. in a deep skillet (i used my le creuset), heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
  4. add onions and cook for 5-7 minutes, until onions begin to soften.
  5. add steak and mushrooms, stirring frequently until mushrooms have softened and steak has browned on all sides.
  6. transfer mixture to casserole dish, combining with noodles. mix everything up a bit!
  7. in a saucepan, bring 10 ounces of beef broth to a boil.
  8. in a small dish, combine remaining 2 ounces of broth and 2 TB flour. pour this mixture into the boiling broth in the saucepan and whisk vigorously.
  9. add thyme, salt, and pepper to broth mixture. continue to whisk until mixture thickens.
  10. pour mixture over beef and noodles. top with cheese and croutons.
  11. bake for 25-30 minutes, until cheese is melted and browned around the edges.
  12. serve with a dollop of sour cream. enjoy!

this really was so good! marshall loved it, too. the croutons were a fun addition to the casserole. we can’t wait to have it again!

and now.. the move! or i guess i should say moves. this is a 20 minute tabata workout that you can do anywhere—the gym, outside, in the comfort of your own home. that is key for me, because fox comes first and i can’t always make it to the gym between feedings.

the workout is actually 30 minutes total with a little warm up and cool down, with 20 minutes of tabatas. in case you don’t know what tabatas are, it’s a four minute block of 8 rounds—20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest for the 8 rounds. i love tabatas because you can truly adjust them to your skill level and go at your own pace. you simply do as many movements as you possibly can in the 20 seconds of “work”. i chose to do 5 separate movements for a total of 20 minutes of tabatas.

i use this app to time my tabatas from my iphone. it’s pretty handy. here’s the workout.


cool down with 5 minutes of walking or you could opt to stretch for five minutes. or you could get crazy and take 10 minutes and do both!

here are links to demos of the movements:

i chose to do burpees first because that’s when i had the most energy and they are the most demanding.

my butt is super saggy these days, and while i know you can’t spot train anything.. squats and bridges really can’t hurt my situation at this point.

my biceps are getting a ton of action carrying fox’s car seat, but my triceps are getting neglected so i chose to do those.

and, finally, i am not going to be doing sit ups and crunches for awhile (to each their own when it comes to postpartum core work) but i do want to strengthen my core.. so i threw a plank in there for this reason.

while i am still not quite back on the regular workout wagon (i worked out three times last week and twice this week), i am definitely all about quick and effective workouts when i do find the time for them. this one fit the bill.

well, finally the weekend! it’s been another long work week for me, and now that i am a momma, weekends are even more special. i really look forward to spending those two days with fox and marshall (and penny and randy!) and just soaking up our time off together. and that’s just what i plan to do.

hope you have a good one! :)

xo. janetha g.


two months old.

by Janetha on October 21, 2014

in fox


dear fox,

you are two months old! can you even believe it? you are the light of my life and this past month has been the best ever.

so much has happened this month! where should i even start…

first of all, you started working this month. i had to go back to the office when you were just over six weeks. you go to work tuesday through friday and i love having you with me. you sleep most of the morning and you eat three times while we are at work. you have already peed on me twice at the office.. i need to start bringing myself a change of clothes. ;) you stay home on mondays with daddy, and it’s so great that you guys have that time to hang out together one on one!

so many developments have happened with you this month…

you found your smile. it’s the cutest smile in town and it makes me and daddy so happy when you respond to us with that big, gummy grin. something that makes you smile (and even laugh, once or twice!) is when we play “ski jump” off your little nose with our finger. i have a feeling that’s something we will do with you for your whole life.. so i sure hope you continue to love it.

your eyebrows are the talk of the town. you are so expressive and always moving those eyebrows around like two fuzzy caterpillars. pretty sure you get that from your daddy.

you have become so responsive and get really excited about some things—namely your play mat and your changing pad. you love these two places. the play mat is fun because there is a mobile that turns and plays music. we aren’t quite sure why you love your changing pad so much, though. but you do. you get SO happy and could lay there for ages, just staring at the wall. it’s pretty cute.

you still have reflux that gives your tummy a hard time, but doctor rhonda put you on zantac and it’s been helping SO much. we can tell it has made you feel lots better and your reflux fits occur much less often.

you have finally come around to bath time! we started putting a warm rag over you in the tubby and that keeps you warm and comfy. we also started warming up your towel this past week, so when you get out you don’t make a peep. you are just clean and happy and snuggly.

you love your bedtime routine MOST nights. after bath time, you have naked tummy time. penny sits in your chair and watches. one time you rolled from your tummy to your back! i am fairly certain it wasn’t on purpose, but it was still very exciting.

after tummy time, we put you in your jams and daddy reads you a story. some nights you are just cranky and want nothing to do with a story. after story time daddy puts you in your sleep sack (we call it jail, and he sings you the “jail song”) and then i feed you before bed.

the night before we had to go back to work, you started going eight hours between feedings. i was super scared the first time it happened, but now i know it’s normal. sometimes you will still wake up around 3, but for the most part you wake up at 5:30 for breakfast and to get ready for work.

even though you sleep pretty well at night, you are a binky monster! me and daddy take turns on binky patrol. one night you sleep on my side, the next you sleep on his. you go to bed without your bink, but then you cry for it around 1 AM. the rest of the night is spent putting it back in your mouth when you spit it out and then cry for it. it’s not our favorite game, but we know you will be able to do it yourself one day… so we don’t mind helping you out for now.

you are growing much too fast. you are one tall fellow! you don’t fill out the width of your clothes, but the length keeps getting tighter and tighter. i have had to put so many of your newborn clothes into storage, and it makes me sad. but i am happy to see you are growing! we have your 2 month check up next week to see how much you have grown.

you love to be outside. we have been trying to take you out more and more before winter hits. this past month you went to snowbird for oktoberfest and you also went to the pumpkin patch to pick some pumpkins for the porch. it is so fun to create these traditions with you.

fox man, i love you more than anything ever. seeing you grow and learn and change fills my heart so full that it might burst. i am the luckiest. i am excited to see what next month’s letter will say. but, until then, keep being the sweet little man that i love so much.

love, your momma


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