My Bizzy Kitchen Goes on Vacation!

Well the day is finally here!  Come 5:00 today, Hannah and Jacob will pick me up and we’ll start on our road trip to Virginia.  Jacob’s Mom is going to be staying at our house to watch the dogs.  Thanks Val!  But it got me thinking.  I don’t have keys to my house.  I know Tony had one on his key ring, but I know I’ve put his keys someplace where I wouldn’t lose them, and well, I’ve “temporarily” misplaced them!   You may be asking “Biz, you don’t lock your house?” and the answer is well. . .no.  Usually someone was always home.  If Tony was away, I’d be home, if we were both away Hannah would be home.  I do have a dead bolt on the inside of the house to lock at knight, I just can’t unlock it from the outside.  I thought Val might appreciate being able to lock the door from both sides!

So I saw that you can find keyless entry locks so that you just enter a passcode and no one needs a key, they just need to have the password.  I asked Jacob if his grandpa, who is handy, could install one and he said he probably could.  Jacob texted me while at Home Depot and we picked out one that would work, only it didn’t work with the type of door I had, so he returned it and got another one.  Now here is something that I am very proud of – Jacob installed it all by himself!  It took him three hours, but it works perfectly, and now we can actually lock our door.  Thanks Jacob!

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And yes, I know I need to power wash my back door – it’s on the list of things to do this summer.

So I will be taking a blog break and won’t post again until July 8!  I think my longest blog break since I started this blog in September 2008 – if someone would have told me I would still be blogging near seven years later, five days a week, I would have doubted that I would have stuck with it this long, but I actually love it.  When Tony was sick it was my way of being social while he was sleeping, or we had quiet nights at home and he’d fall asleep by 7 p.m. on a Friday night. 

I will, however, be keeping up with the 101 Days of Summer Challengers via email and Facebook while I am gone.  These are such a strong group of women!  I had to post this to my blog because this post by my blog friend Errign really struck a cord with so many of the challengers:

So, I logged on this morning intending to post about my breakfast & run today because that’s my preferred way to check in, but I couldn’t stop thinking about all of the posts I’ve been reading on here lately. I see so many beautiful, strong, powerful women who are making healthy choices for themselves EVERY DAY, and then getting so down about a small slip up. Life isn’t perfect, I’m not perfect, you’re not perfect. Being healthy isn’t about judging yourself, comparing yourself to others, or making yourself feel bad about making a choice that isn’t the norm for you. Having one “bad” meal or missing a workout isn’t going to ruin everything for you, but letting your negative thoughts get in the way of your healthy choices just might.

You are all SO inspiring. You get up and move when it’s hot or raining and when you’re tired, sad or lonely. You make healthy choices 90% of the time – why bring yourself down over that 10%? You know what I did last night? I went out with friends and I ate cheese fries and buffalo tenders for dinner. Did I feel guilty? No, because I know that one meal isn’t my norm, and is not going to make me gain 10 pounds. I ate it, I liked it, I had zero regrets or misgivings, and I got up this morning and got into my normal routine of exercise and breakfast. I honestly didn’t even think about it, because it wasn’t a big deal. I am, just like all of you, healthy, empowered and strong, and I think that life is for living, not for feeling guilty. So, today, I challenge all of you to focus on the positive things that you did today, and share them on this post tonight/whenever you get a chance. Hugs – have a great day!

Thank you Errign for clarifying that this is lifestyle – the operative word being “life” and that life is not perfect.  It involves treats, and cheese and wine on occasion.  And there is nothing wrong that.  I am happy to say that I’ve been able to arrange a lunch with Errign while I am on vacation – she’s not working at the moment so her weekdays are pretty open and we’ve “known” each other since about January of 2009?!  Now she’s happily married with a baby on the way.  Super bummed my schedule didn’t permit me to meet up with Rachel and Dave, or my dear friend Janine (Skippy Mom).  But we will meet one day – promise!

So while I will be on Instagram (are you following me?!! My Bizzy Kitchen – duh), and keeping in the loop on emails and Facebook, the blog will be on vacation.  So while I won’t be posting any recipes or delicious food here for a while, go ahead and check out what my friends are making!

Courtney had me at this super summery roasted shrimp with garlic and lemon.  I could seriously slice up a bagette and call this dinner!


You know how I could eat Mexican just about every day, and this Mexican goddess dressing is screaming my name!  Thanks Ashley – can’t wait to try this with my family next week on vacation!


I am all over savory breakfasts vs. sweet ones – this Breakfast Fried Rice screams me – can’t wait to make this Jessica!

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Alright – time to double check my packing list and get this show on the road – “see” you when I get back!  Have a wonderful 4th of July!

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  • Bonnie Hunter
    June 26, 2015 at 6:08 am

    Happy trails! Hope you have a great time in the Old Dominion!!


  • Ashley Renee
    June 26, 2015 at 6:35 am

    Have SUCH a fun time! I’m looking forward to being updated in the challenger group 🙂 xoxo

  • Liz
    June 26, 2015 at 6:49 am

    Have a great trip!!

  • Kym
    June 26, 2015 at 7:02 am

    What great words from Errign! I think we are all our own worst critics. Thank you for leaving us with a few recipes from others to check out while you are gone. I personally will view one a day and come back to your blog to link to them. That way I feel I’m getting my “Bizzy fix.” Happy vacation dance!!!! Enjoy yourself!!!!!

  • Bonnie, from Ohio
    June 26, 2015 at 7:24 am

    Have a great vacation Biz! Enjoy time with family!

  • Shelley B
    June 26, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Have a wonderful vacation!!!

    (love the new lock – nice job, Jacob!)

  • Lynne
    June 26, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Thanks for sharing Errign’s words – well said and so true! Have an awesome, safe vacation – I’ll miss your writing and will look forward to all the details when you get back. 🙂

  • Sherry Werth
    June 26, 2015 at 8:52 am

    So glad you posted Errign’s Challenge post! Tonight we’re having a gym girls cookout & I plan on having a nice meal with a great group of ladies. And I don’t plan on feeling an ounce of guilt! 😀
    I hope you have a wonderful vacation!! Can’t wait to hear all about it & see all the pics! 😀

  • Melissa
    June 26, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Enjoy your vacation! Can’t wait to check out your good eats on instagram!

  • Louise
    June 26, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Have a great trip and remember to ENJOY!!!!

  • Sandi
    June 26, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Have a wonderful time! You are so inspiring to so many people yourself! I love that new lock. Hugs,

  • Randi
    June 26, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Have a great trip. We have a keyless entry lock too( its a schlage). We love it.

  • SuziCate
    June 26, 2015 at 10:36 am

    Enjoy vacation and Virginia!

  • Roz@weightingfor50
    June 26, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Safe travels Vat!!! xo

  • Kimberly
    June 26, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    I hope you have a relaxing and restorative vacation!! Enjoy!

  • Patti M
    June 26, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Have a great vacation! Hope you have lots of fun and laughs. Thanks for setting up the challenge group I really appreciate it and the e-mails and positive words. Safe travels 🙂

  • kris
    June 26, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Have an awesome time my friend. Be safe and enjoy every minute but know that your daily presence in our lives will be missed. Have some good eats for me too and pictures, take lots of pictures. Hugs

  • Carol Keefe
    June 26, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Enjoy!! You are making the world a better place each day! You are so refreshing…and a great Mom!

  • Fran
    June 29, 2015 at 7:16 am

    Enjoy your vacation Biz, you totally deserve it. I hope you have a fantastic time with your family and good weather.

    And I will still be here when you return to read all about it.

    Have fun!

  • Jersey Girl Cooks
    June 29, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Have a wonderful vacation!

  • Jen@Jpabstfitness
    June 30, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Have a fabulous vacation!!!

  • ERIN
    July 1, 2015 at 3:18 am

    What a cool looking lock! When we lived in our condo out on the golf course, we never locked our front door. The back door, we did lock because the clubhouse and putting green were right off of our patio, and some of the league golfers were asshats and I didn’t trust them.

    Hope you are having a GREAT vacation! B and I had a wonderful weekend visiting a few historical sites and camping about 3 hours from Omaha. This weekend we are off to Kansas City! Fun times. 🙂

  • elizabeth
    July 3, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Enjoy your vacation! Photo dispatches on IG already show that you seem to be having a blast! 🙂