September 2011

Project 40

by Sally on September 28, 2011

This year, on the morning of my 39th birthday, I woke up with a feeling of dread.

There I was, in the last gasps of Thirtysomething. And there it sat: 4-0. But not just 40. The next part of life.

There were good things about being in my forties: I wouldn’t be bouncing a baby on an exercise ball at 2am or chasing a toddler around Target. There were also bad things:  I wouldn’t be bouncing a baby on an exercise ball at 2am or chasing a toddler around Target.

In my forties, both kids would be at school all day. In my forties, I wouldn’t be at the playground on an Tuesday morning in October. At some point in my forties, I wouldn’t need to wipe anyone’s nose but my own.

I can already sense my boys needing me less. That’s both a slight relief and a terrible heartbreak.

But this much is true about the next chapter: I will no longer have an excuse for wearing mismatched shoes to the supermarket (yes, it has happened). More importantly, I won’t have an excuse for not taking care of myself.

Ideally, I’d like to wake up on the morning of my 40th birthday knowing that I’m doing all I can for my health. Dare I say, I’d like to look and feel better on my 40th birthday than I did on my 30th.

Right now, I’m in okay shape, but not great. I’m at a healthy weight, but parts are pooching and bulging in ways they didn’t before. Lately, I’ve been blowing off exercise to work (read: watch TiVoed episodes of “What Not To Wear”) and eating cereal for lunch because I’m feeling lazy. In short, it’s possible that I’ve let myself go a bit.

I turn 40 in six months. So in these next six months, I’m turning it up a notch. I’m recommitting to regular exercise and refining my eating habits. I’ll be posting my fitness plan and explaining how I’m changing my diet.

Who’s with me? If you would like to start your own Project 40 (or Project 34 or 52 or 29 or whatever age you choose) leave a comment and let me know. I’d be thrilled to have some company.


{Recipe} Peanut Butter Balls

by Sally on September 21, 2011

My kids are frequently hungry. Or, at least that’s what they tell me. Sometimes I think they’re just bored, so I give them an apple and suggest we read a book or go outside.

But some days, their appetites seem to have no end. And there are times–like when we’re going on a car trip or headed up to bed–when full tummies are helpful. That’s where this snack comes in handy.

I first made these Peanut Butter Balls during the Pantry Challenge earlier this year. Desperate for something sweet but facing bare cabinets and a busted budget, I rolled peanut butter and powdered sugar together and fell desperately in love.

Since then, I’ve tweaked the recipe–upping the nutrition and downsizing the decadence. Feel free to add more or less honey, depending on your sweet tooth.


Peanut Butter Balls
  • ½ cup natural peanut butter
  • ½ cup oats
  • ½ cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • ¼ cup honey
  1. Combine all ingredients. (f the consistency isn't quite roll-able, add more peanut butter or more oats or dry milk powder to get the right texture.)
  2. Roll into small balls, about golf ball size.
  3. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.



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Organic Mom was in line behind me at the grocery store the other day. Full disclosure: I have this really bad habit of looking at the contents of other people’s grocery carts. I’m not judging them. Okay, sometimes I am judging them. Mostly, I view it as “research”. But when Organic Mom was behind me […]

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I know I said I would shut up about snacks for a while. I also know that I’m developing somewhat of a reputation around town for being That Mom Who Won’t Shut Up About Snacks. But like any monomaniacal  impassioned mother worth her weight in playground rants, I’ll keep talking about this as long as […]

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