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Adventures in Healthy Pt. 3

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Well it’s Monday and we all know how that goes.  Maybe a good dinner can turn this day around?  This is a “skinny” chicken fajita and it is delicious.  I made this as part of my “freezer meal” endeavor with my workout buddy and it was so simple.  I think you could definitely add more peppers if you like things spicy.  I’ll be doing that the next time I make these.

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Ingredients

2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

2 peppers ( I chose 1 red and 1 green), chopped

1 white onion, chopped

1/2 cup chicken broth

1 taco seasoning packet

1 tsp. chili powder

1/2 tsp paprika

1 tsp salt

Directions:

Combine all ingredients into a 1 gallon freezer bag and store until ready to cook. Thaw and put in crock pot for 3-4 hours on high or 5-6 hours on low. Serve warm with tortillas, sour cream, cheese, and the other fixings you and your family love. This recipe will serve 5-6.

Happy Monday yall!

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Adventures in Healthy Pt. 2

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Let’s keep it rolling with some healthy recipes I’ll actually eat.  And more importantly, a recipe that I will make again, a true sign of deliciousness.  Erin and I decided that if we were going to run a food prep marathon, we deserved a decent dinner during the process.  We got some fresh shrimp that day so that dictated which meal we were making that night.  We crossed our fingers and attempted to make Shrimp Scampi.  It was a shot in the dark, I’ve made shrimp once, and homemade sauces, like, never.

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Ingredients:

4 tsp olive oil

1/2 lb raw shrimp, deveined without tails

6-8 cloves minced garlic

1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth

1/2 cup white wine

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup minced parsley

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

Directions:

Heat the oil in a nonstick skillet, then saute the shrimp for 3-5 minutes or until barely pink.  Add the garlic to the skillet and stir constantly for 30 seconds.  Remove the shrimp and keep warm.  In the skillet, add broth, wine, lemon juice, parsley, salt, pepper and bring to a boil.  Boil until the sauce is reduced to half the original amount.  Pour the sauce over the shrimp and serve on a bed of rice or with fettuccine noodles (we chose the latter).  Garnish with uncooked parsley if you wish.  This makes 2 servings.

I’m here to report it was fantastic.  It might sound crazy but I think this would be perfect for a summer dinner party because it’s so light.  Sangria, scampi, a fabulous dessert.  Yes, I said dessert…because everything in moderation.  If you know of any crowd-pleasing skinny recipes please send them over!  Have a great week yall!

Adventures in Healthy

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Like I mentioned before, eating in doesn’t always sound so appealing.  When you compare it to the probable sabotage of eating out though, you might be like me and want to find a way to make it work.  Now,  I’m no foodie and I do not have a refined palate.  I’m good to eat a chicken sandwich for dinner from now until kingdom come.  But I figure if I’m going to try to cook some healthy options at home and expect my husband to eat, I’m going to have to venture out of my comfort zone.

So my workout partner, Erin, and I discussed “freezer meals” in an effort to have real food to eat while at work and attempting some healthier recipes in the process.  It was an all day marathon of selecting our recipes, making our list, shopping at 3 different stores, making our dinner, two snacks, and four freezer dinners.  It remains to be seen if all these recipes will be edible…I don’t have much hope for any kind of sauce made from cauliflower but we’ll see.

But right off the bat, we do know there are a couple of recipes that are winners.  Erin really wanted to try these no-bake energy bites.  They remind me of those no-bake cookies I have made in the past.  You know the ones….2 cups of sugar, a ton of butter, cocoa, oatmeal.  Yeah, they’re delicious.  Delicious and terrible for you.  Cue the energy bites.  I could certainly eat those and not feel like I cheated myself out of what I wanted.  And not in that, “I wanted something sweet so I settled for this thing instead, but now my craving really hasn’t subsided because my substitute was no real substitute” sort of way.  Like, it’s a real substitute and can satisfy whatever craving you’re having.

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Ingredients:

1 cup old fashioned rolled oats

1/2 cup smooth peanut butter

1 cup sweetened coconut flakes

1/2 cup ground flaxseed

1/2 mini chocolate chips

1 tsp vanilla flavoring

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly.  Roll into bite-size balls and store in the refrigerator.

Pin this, not that.

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Ok, Pinteresters!  I’ve tried a couple more pins and I’m gonna share one with you.  So around the beginning of 2013 I agreed to this Creative Pay it Forward pact that I’ve talked about a few times.  My former coworker was my 4th person and she loves a good scarf.  Being a scarf lovermyself, I could get down with this project.  A company called We are Owls makes tons of beautiful scarves.  For people like me, they’re a little unattainable, but nice to look at nonetheless.  I found something similar to this scarf on Pinterest, and one woman’s efforts to recreate on a realistic budget.  All you need is a scarf, a paint product and a message you find inspiring.  The pin suggested Tee Juice and I found it online in tons of colors and I went to World Market for a scarf.  Some people might find it cheesy but I absolutely love this quote by Wilferd Peterson, and I’m inspired by it:

“Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it…”

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Unfortuately, there’s not much practice that can be done on this project unless you plan on ruining your clothes.  You’ve got one shot to make it right or mess it up.  And of course, nothing I make ever comes out perfect.  But sometimes that’s the beauty of a handmade gift, right?  I wish I had been able to “map it out” a little better because I started making the letters huge and I forgot how long the quote was.  Oops.  So the words get smaller and smaller, and the lines aren’t straight BUT when she wears it I’m not sure anyone will notice.  It’ll be pretty illegible at that point.  Ultimately, this pin is a good one, but the ability to practice would have been great.   Tee Juice is a great product too, and I would suggest it for similar projects.  Just make sure to use something behind the fabric because the paint does bleed.

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Happy Pinning…and Happy Thanksgiving!

I saw that on Pinterest (Vol. 2)

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Did you see it on Pinterest?  Did you repin it?  Did you try it yet?

NOOOO, you didn’t try it yet because you binge-pin.  And there aren’t enough hours in the day to bake those miniature cheesecakes, work out until you look like a Greek goddess, decorate your dream home, and host a dinner party with handmade place cards and chandeliers hanging from the trees on a cool summer’s night.  Or maybe you did do all that and I’ll just have to hate you.  Keep it movin’ you heifer.

For the rest of us, I’ve documented two more of my pins and how they worked.

A few months ago, I begged D to let me paint a wall in chalkboard paint.  He was not a fan.  When he fights me on something decor-related, I typically resort to downplaying his opinion by shaking my head, scrunching my face in disagreement, and throwing my right hand in the air saying, “oh, you don’t know.”  Eventually, I convinced him.  Our friends write us messages when they come over and we write funny messages to each other from time to time, so I think we’ve both come to love it.  But I kinda love-hate it because chalkboard walls do not come clean!  You can scrub like Cinderella all you want, sister.  Chalk dust is like glitter.  You think it’s all gone, but it always resurfaces.  Since I like things to be super clean and presentable, I was getting desperate.  

This is my wall.  Do note that everything around the writings from my friends had already been cleaned (eek!):

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NOT clean by my standards, but that was done with just water.  This Pinterest method instructed to use a washcloth wet with water, then dipped in Coca-Cola.  Surprisingly, it is NOT sticky when it dries.  Here are three test spots:

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Much improved!  So I dove in and cleaned everything I could reach at 3AM without D’s help.

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I didn’t want to use all of his coke so I did just one pass through.  I would be homicidal if I found he had used the last of my Mountain Dew on some harebrained idea.  But that’s totally a Pin Win in my book, even with only one attempt.  So if you’re searching for a chalkboard cleaning, use Coca-Cola!

As you can imagine, 49er girls are looking for all sorts of ways to show their Niner Pride for the football games.  And I want my pride to show too, right down to my fingertips.  I love nail polish, but I’m not known for my steady hand so nail art can be a challenge.  I saw this pin that said you can paint a design on a plastic bag and let it dry, then simply peel it off, apply to a painted nail, and seal with a topcoat.  I wanted green hearts for Saturday’s game.  Here we go!

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I will say I had to keep adding coat after coat to get a uniform color and shape.  I had to let it dry overnight because I started this project too late in the evening.  The numbers didn’t work out, they were far too thin and fragile.  But the hearts did well!

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I’ve got nothing but love for the 49ers and this pin, so pin away girls….it WORKS!  If you like these posts, and want to see more like them, let me know in a comment.  If you’ve got a pin you want me to try, I could do that too.  Have a great week yall!  Talk soon!

I saw that on Pinterest!

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I don’t know about you, or if you’re as obsessed with Pinterest as I am, but we are gonna talk about it today.  I get real pissed off when I find an idea on Pinterest and I expect miracles to occur and the Earth to move based on how much stock people put into said idea.  I mean, if you tell me its the best thing since sliced bread…I expect it to be true.  But sometimes it just ISN’T and you sit around wondering if you actually did it right.  So, let’s dive into a couple of these ideas and I’ll tell you if they’re worth it before you invest your energy.

So did you see the whole “soak your shower head in vinegar” to improve water flow and rid the shower head of any moldy gunk with minimal effort on your part?  Yes?  Ok, I let my shower head get as disgusting as I could stand for the sake of this post.  This was difficult for me since I’m pretty anal retentive about my house being clean.  I have been in living situations so cringe-worthy that I have LITERALLY been reduced to tears in my past.  But that’s just a whole other thing all together.  So here is the before picture:

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Don’t JUDGE me, I did this for you!

And here is the during picture:

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And here is the after:

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So basically, not worth your time.  Obviously, I need my shower head to be spotless.  So I still ended up having to clean it with the old toothbrush like I always have.  Not to mention the fact that I left the vinegar bag hanging for way longer than the post instructed me to just because I wasn’t getting any of the desired effects.  So my whole bathroom smelled like stanky vinegar for over a day.  And if you’re having trouble imagining what that must be like…think about a locker room occupied by a gym class full of sweaty boys knowing they barely place enough value on personal hygiene to be considered “good human code.”  That ought to do it.  Pass on this pin.

Another post that sang to me was the “Sharpie Art Mug” because I think on the whole, nurses consume ungodly amounts of coffee and there are statistics that prove it.  We’ve made the top ten list and when someone brews a fresh pot of coffee at about 3AM this is what my coworkers look like:

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So of course my nursing buddies could appreciate a thoughtful coffee mug.  I got a mug at Dollar Tree and used some sharpies I had on hand.  I do suggest using a fat-tipped marker, not a skinny one.   I think the handwriting just looks better!

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I wrote a real sweetsie note to my friend and baked it in the oven at tree-fiddy for 45 minutes.  Simple as that.  I let it cool off and wrapped it up with all kinds of coffee and coffee-themed snacks.  This pin was totally worth my time.  And It can be worth yours too!  I wish this idea was mine originally, but it ain’t.  I never would have thought to bake a mug in the oven because I wouldn’t want it to shatter in a fiery inferno ball and burn my house down.  But people bake in ceramics all the time so I don’t know what I was afraid of.

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I hope you all have a great week.  Maybe you can actually make something you’ve pinned for once if you’re feeling up to the task!