Saturday Adventures In CLT

One of the coolest things about my job is that I get to go to new places and meet a lot of cool people. It also helps when you get to eat the newest foods from the best local restaurants.

This past Saturday my wife and I wanted to get out of the house as we have spent the last two weekends at home. I am usually one to stay home as I love to be in my recliner watching the latest episodes of Mickey Mouse and Sophia the First. That is a total lie and any parent that tell you differently is a total liar. At around noon and after we got the house cleaned we all got dress and loaded the car and went on a little adventure.

Since I work really close with the website C5 I get recommendations on restaurants all the time as most of our most popular stories are about new restaurant opening and new items on local menus. One of my reps told me about Bang Bang Burgers and that I was going to have to try it. I love a good burger anyways so this was the first place in our list.

I knew I was in for a real good meal when the parking lot was full. Also, when we entered the restaurant we noticed there was not an open table to be found. We placed our order and waited against the wall for a table to open up. I guess that is what we get for going to lunch at 1 pm. Finally a family got up from a booth and we slid in as they walked out the door.

We got the kids situated and got our drinks and waited patiently for our food. When the food came, which was really fast, I was really impressed with how everything looked. My wife and I both got the pimento cheeseburgers while the kids stuffed their faces with chicken nuggets. Big shocker there.

The food was awesome. The burgers were very flavorful and the sauces they give you were amazing. I personally liked the Bang Bang sauce and their ranch. So good and my kids loved their nuggets.

After lunch, we got back in the car and rode over to the Dillworth area cause I wanted my wife to try the amazing Duck Doughnuts. I am a huge doughnut fan and I love trying locally made doughnuts. Their is nothing better then supporting local business in your area and it helps if they have a really tasty product.

When we got to the store it was also busy. People were everywhere and we finally got up to the counter to place out order. My wife and I decided to get a dozen so we could have breakfast on Sunday morning also. We ordered a wide variety from my personal favorite which is the maple bacon doughnut to the French toast flavored doughnut. My kids got a strawberry one and a chocolate covered glazed one.

The only thing about our experience was that they lost our ticket and we waited for over 20 minutes before they noticed that we were waiting. Now I am never one to complain at restaurants and I did not. The manager took it upon herself to come out and apologize and gave us a card for a free doughnut. That was nice and very thoughtful.

We sat at the bar by the front window and ate some of our doughnuts and enjoyed each others company. My kids loved their doughnuts cause they came out fresh and warm. They kept telling me how much they like it and that they wanted to come back. I told we would but I want to try some of the other local doughnut places first.

When we for back in the car my kids fell asleep and my wife and I headed home. That was enough adventure for one day. We already started planning our next one and can’t seem to decide where to go next. I will keep you posted.

Going Through The Holidays

It has been a while since my last post and a lot has happened. The holidays are full swing here at our house but lets catch up first.

Halloween was a lot of fun. I dressed us as Flynn Rider while K-Dub dressed like Rapunzel. Evie was Mickey Mouse and BrittWhitFun was a witch. Check out our pics.

No Halloween could be complete without some pumpkin carving and trunk or treating with the nephews.

Thanksgiving is and will always be my favorite holiday and this year was no exception. I made lunch for about 10 people and I made all the fixings. I made the turkey, Mac and cheese, green beans, stewed cabbage, mash potatoes, and rolls. I also made cake pops for the kids, a butterfinger cheesecake, and a apple pie. It was so good I spent the rest of the afternoon passed out on the couch.

Now we are at Christmas and our house is in the full Christmas spirt. The gifts are bought, tree is up, and the lights are shining outside.

Got some great stories coming on the blog this week after having a reader reach out to me wanting an update. Stay tuned.

 

Finally A Date Night

My wife and I never get to have a date night. It has been really hard to schedule one. We are usually decide last minute to have a date night and find it hard to find a sitter. So we don’t get to go out together very much.

When we do get to go out we often find ourselves at one of our favorite little secrets in Charlotte. That is this little place in the Metropolitan area called Dressler’s. Now it is on the pricey side but they usually have a Groupon out there to purchase. The Groupon is dinner for two for $69, which includes two appetizers, a salad to share, two main courses, and a desert to share. It is a lot of food but the food is what makes the trip.

One of my favorite items on the menu is the blackened ribeye. It is so good with the blue cheese butter and the side of fingerling potatoes and asparagus really complment the dish. I know this is not a restaurant review but you have to try it.

I love spending time with this girl. She is so funny and I smile when she talks. I just love it when she talks. We had some drinks before dinner and just sat and relaxed with no kids grabbing our legs and saying “Mommy”, “Daddy”. It was very refreshing to just sit with your spouse and have a real conversation about something other then nap schedules and diaper rashes.

Our dinner was so good and the conversation was uplifting. This was short lived when we got a call from our sitter to say that the dogs got a hold of the trashcan with dirty diapers in it and the whole house smelled like crap. Straight up crap. So we headed home and cleaned it up. It was a not so good end to a great night but at least I got alone time with my bride.

Whats New With The Funderburkes

Its been a while since my last entry. The family is getting ready to head to Disney soon and we have been swamped trying to get last minute details made. Last night we finally got our magicbands for our trip. it was like I got the golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.

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I just wanted to write a post and give a quick update as I have been away yet again from the blogosphere.  I will talk more about Disney later.

Like I said on my last blog entry, I signed up for a 21 Dad Bod Challenge. I just finished this past week and I have to say it was just what I need to do. I was in a funk with my fitness and nutrition. I was just going through the motions during my workout and not really getting anything out of it. My nutrition was horrible and I ended up gaining 20 pounds back. Not the best news.

So I enrolled in this challenge to shake things up and get me back on track. The first week I went from a starting weight of 251 pounds to 240 pounds. This was a result of eating nothing but meat, veggies, and nuts and drinking water. The second week we added 100 grams of carbs to the mix. The third and final week we increased our healthy fats to 90% which was crazy. I went from 251 pounds to 234 pounds. It was insane. I learned so much about how food influences my body and that I need to find a health balance with my carb intake.

I normally never post pictures like this but I did such a great job and the results were so good that I had to share
I normally never post pictures like this but I did such a great job and the results were so good that I had to share

W managed to take K-Dub to the circus to see the last show form Ringling Brothers. It was so much fun and K-Dub got to be spoiled by Mom and Dad so she like that. She had a great time but kept questioning me on why there was not any elephants.

On Valentine’s Day I took BrittWhitFun on a night out to our favorite restaurant in South Park. We had a nice time talking over a bottle of wine and stuffing our face with some great pasta. It was nice to get away with the wife and not have to take someone to the bathroom every five minutes.

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As for the kids, K-Dub is going to start playing soccer soon. So I was trying to teach her how to play and the importance of her keeping her hands off the ball but she is four and not Mia Hamm. Super excited to become a soccer dad cheer on my girl.

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Everly has not been doing so well. She has been battling with her 7th ear infection in less then five months so we are going to see a specialist soon about putting tubes in her ear. Not going to be a fun visit but it is very much needed.

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Ok lets talk about Disney!

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So we are fixing to head to Disney in less then three weeks. I am so excited it has been hard to go to work. My wife actually told me to stop talking about cause I was becoming obsessed, I have spent A LOT of time planning fun things to do for us, picking out some restaurants I want to eat at, some shops I want to visit, fun things for the kids to do, somethings for the adults to do. There are so many things at Disney World that it has become a little bit overwhelming.

There are nine of us going. Half of us are staying at Port Orleans- Riverside and the others are staying at Arts of Animation Resort. If anyone has any suggestions or tips regarding these resorts please let me know.

We are doing the Deluxe Dining plan based on a suggestion from my BIL. We managed to make reservations to all the good restaurants like Chef Mickeys, Cinderella’s Royal Table, Tusker House, Coral Reef Restaurant, and even Be Our Guest. If you have any menu suggestions or other tips and tricks about the dining plan please let me know also.

All and all we are super excited. We have already begun packing for this trip. Everyday we are going down the list with things to bring. Like above, if anyone has any Disney tips please share them with me as I have never been. I need to know the dos and don’ts.

So I promise to blog more about my Disney trip. If you follow me on Instagram be prepared to have your feed blown up with pictures and videos. You have been warned.

Meal Prep Wednesday, A Run, And A Monsoon

IMG_3155So today ended very crazy for me. I have never been more on the go then I was tonight. I really did experience the whole “not enough hours in a day” tonight as I scambled to get some many things done in so little time.

I left work today to with every intention to go run by the hospital to see mom before heading home. Well the weather has other plans. Not only did it pour down rain, but it was windy also so my umbrella could not save me as I got pelted with rain from all sides.

I actually ended up taking an Uber back to my car that was parked a half mile from the building. This was my first Uber ride and it was pretty cool to be on the other side of it. By the time I got to my truck to take me home, I was soaked from head to toe. So I dedcided to skip the hospital and head on home.

When I got home I played with my oldest daughter and ate dinner quick. i knew I had some solid meal prepping to do and I needed to hurry. This week I wanted to do something different cause I was getting burnt out on broccoli and brown rice. I spent a couple of weeks looking at other people’s meal preps on Instagram. I decided to try red cabbage instead of broccoli and use avocado instead of brown rice.

So this weeks protein was taco chicken, ranch turkey burgers, and Montreal seasoned STEAK!!!

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This weeks veggies were red cabbage and broccoli and this weeks starches and healthy fats were avocados and brown rice.

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I am actually really excited about this weeks meal prep. I love trying new dishes.

After meal prepping, I still had one thing left to do and that was RUN! I missed crossfit this morning cause I wanted to help my wife with the kids and I was hurting from the Extra Filthy workout. I managed to kill 3.50 miles in under 32:00 minutes. I got that Greek Festival 5k next week and I need to keep my legs warmed up.

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Now it is time for this blogger to head to bed. Goodnight Web!

Meal Prep Monday- Snacks

I have always wanted to post a blog entry about the famous hash tag #MealPrepMonday but I have never gotten around to it. So I figured there is no time like the present.

I have recently discovered  the greatness that is Youtube and I have been using to find ideas for my meal prepping needs. I have shared videos from the channel Fit Couple Cooks before and I have to say that these videos have changed the way I meal prep. They make it look so easy and I love how good the recipes are and how informed they are about questions from the audience.

My favorite thing to do in this world other than coupon, run , and be an amazing father is snacking. I love to snack and when I decided to try meal prepping I always wondered how I was going to make it from meal to meal or when I have those long meetings.

Needless to say Fit Couple Cooks must have heard my cry and made the video below.

I can’t wait to make those bar.

What is on your  meal prep menu?

Zucchini Lasagna 


I know I said I was done for this week but my Facebook and Instagarn friends are asking me for this recipe as my family had this for dinner. 

I have really been into healthy eating  lately (I know that is a shock!). So I have recently came across this app called fit men cook. How come no one has told me about this amazing app? 

I came across this recipe and I was excited and curious to see how this would taste. I love lasagna but I never had it with zucchini as the noodles. 

One of the things I was not excited about was the cottage cheese taking the place of the ricotta. I HATE cottage cheese! I do know that it has tons and tons of protien which is what I love! So I bought some to see if it made a difference. 

Once we took it out of the oven and put it in to a plate, I took a bite and WOW! This was amazing! You would never know there was cottage cheese in this. I looked at my wife and we both agree that this will be in the next meal prep! 

Zucchini Lasagna 

  • 1lb of ground turkey
  • 1 1/2 cups of low sodium marinara 
  • 1 zucchini 
  • 1 egg white
  • 2/3 onion
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste( I used minced garlic)
  • 1/4 cup of mozzarella reduced fat cheese
  • Coconut or olive oil spray
  • Seasonings- cumin, garlic powder, & onion powder for ground turkey. 

Directions

  1. Spray pan with oil and add garlic and onion and cook until onion is translucent. 
  2. Add turkey and seasonings and cook. Add marinara at 90% of cooking turkey. 
  3. Cut zucchini into pieces
  4. Mix cottage cheese with egg white
  5. In a glass pan layer with zucchini, then meat mixture, then cottage cheese, then zucchini, then meat mixture. 
  6. Top with mozzarella 
  7. Bake on 350 for 30 minutes. 
  8. Enjoy! 

Makes 6 servings- 1 serving

387 calories 

12g fat

16g carbs

55g protein