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The Batchelorette One & Look Ahead

Hiiiii!

We have a holiday weekend looming.

Forget that it’s only Monday, let’s get excited!

...

Okay, I realize it still feels forever away, but indulge me.

How was your weekend?!

Mine was different than most, but still good in its own right.

I was a batchelorette this weekend!

Will made a trip to Pennsylvania and back in one weekend.

20 hours one way.

Just typing that makes me exhausted.

Future disclosure to come fairly soon on why exactly Will was gone, but until then we can agree he had a whirlwind of a weekend!

And I pretty much worried the whole time. Driving that long and far is very taxing on a person. He had a friend with him, so they slept in shifts, but if was still not exactly ideal.

Anyway, with Will gone I was on my own this weekend.

If I didn’t make a game plan, I had a terrible feeling I would wake up Sunday morning in a carb stupor and find myself covered in cereal boxes, magazines, and canned frosting.

So I made a game plan. smile

Will went in early Friday, so I skipped my morning workout to help him get out the door and see him off.

The good news was that even though I skipped my usual workout, I was able to hit the gym Friday night to work back, biceps, and shoulders!

I’m not a fan of working out at night. For me, if I don’t do it in the morning, I probably won’t do that all.

However, with Will gone it gave me something to do and allowed me to “make good” on my usual Friday scheduled workout.

I got home, did some laundry, showered, and ate homemade fried rice.

Then I got to babysit!

Woo hoo.

Layla and I had a great time.

Hanging with my best gal

We played kitchen, did our hair, watched a show… I don’t know how you mamas do it.

I taught her how to hop and then march with high knees and everything in hopes it would tire her out.

Turns out I tired much faster than she. Ha!

Well played, Layla.

After she tuckered me out, I headed home with the pups.

PS- I totally hate when Will is gone, especially at night.

Saturday came early by choice.

I hit the gym and worked legs crazy hard. I’ve been going heavier lately and was pumped to bang out 5 reps of 360 on the leg press for the first time in months.

360lbs. I'm coming for you 400!

I focused on light weights and high reps for so long, and it felt good to change it up again.

As bodybuilder Dr. Jim Stoppani says, “Everything works, nothing works forever.”

I love this quote. Future blog post!

After my workout?

Well, let’s just say nothing starts your morning like a post workout slap in the face with ice cold water.

I did the ice bucket challenge. I wish I could share something witty, but all I can muster is- holy cow that water is cold!

Here’s a link to part of the video. 
Here’s my after, sopping wet.

Ice bucket challenge:After

And yes, I’m wearing the same thing as I did when I babysat Layla haha. It was well into the evening when I babysat and if I’m going to get up early the next day to workout, I sleep in my gym clothes for one less thing to do and one more reason to get up! smile

Anyway, Saturday morning we visited the Canadian County Fair in El Reno, Oklahoma!

Hanging with my best gal

We went early, before it got hot, and saw lots of animals.

The county fair!

The county fair!

I loved seeing them all. Plus seeing how friendly and playful most of them were reminds me why I enjoy animals so much and choose to follow a vegetarian friendly diet.

Layla like most of them, but was afraid of the poultry and ponies! I thought for sure she would like the horses but she was scared. Maybe next year?

The rest of the day was all about food prep and laundry. I even read part of a book, which I rarely do on weekends.

Saturday night I went back to my parent’s for pizza and hanging out.

I am so thankful for my family. I love them so much! I was bored out of my mind Saturday and am so thankful I have them so close and can spend time with them.

With Will gone, I didn’t go to service on Sunday and instead watched online. I don’t know why I’m weird about not physically going since I was on my own, and I guess I should pray about it!

I hit the gym and got a few things done, and by late morning my dear, exhausted husband was home!

He looked like a complete train wreck. From Oklahoma to Pennsylvania and back in two days. Yeah, that will do it to you.

I was so glad to have him home! I missed him so much. He slept most of the day, so we didn’t really hang out, but I was just glad to have him home.

So now we start another week. A short week with a holiday on the horizon. Woo hoo!

Let’s take a look at what’s ahead this week:

-Tuesday Things
-A gym friendly circuit
-August Ipsy Review
-A gold ring in a swine’s snout

Check in tomorrow! 

Food Lately

Hey sweets!

Let’s talk food lately.

I get on kicks and eat things for weeks on end, get bored of it, start with something new, remember the precious thing, and then the cycle restarts.

Today I wanted to share a few things that have tickled my fancy lately.

Like the fact that Morningstar finally stepped up and created a veggie burger made with nonGMO soy.

I was so excited to see these in the store, and am glad to know Morningstar listened to what so many vegetarians and vegans have been begging for.

Food lately

The burger is good, full of veggies, and doesn’t taste fake. A winner overall.

Okay, confession time.

I’m kind of anti juice.

I mean, I like juice, but so much of it is full of sugar. Plus it’s liquid calories. Calories I can use for other things like whole fruit.

Or peanut butter.

Anyway, when Will’s family visited last month I picked up this Tropicana Farmstand juice.

Food lately

I had some leftover and decided to swap out my almond milk for juice in my green monsters to use it up.

Let’s just say it was the best worse decision ever.

Or worst best decision?

I have no idea.

Let’s just leave it at being a good decision. 

It turned my green monsters into a delicious choco fruit smoothie (thanks also impart to my chocolate protein powder).

I’m not going to make buying this stuff a habit, but I definitely see myself doing this as a treat again fairly soon.

The 90s called and they want their food back.
Food lately

I had an insatiable craving for something crunchy and salty last week. All too often I succumb to digging through Will’s chip bag for the tiny pieces at the bottom just to kill the craving.

As an aside, why are those tiny pieces so darn good!?

Anyway, on a whim I tossed these guys I to my cart. Like juice, I kind of feel like rice cakes are airy nothingness and empty calories.

However, here’s the thing. Either I eat 150 calories worth of super processed greasy potato chips, or I eat two rice cakes for a total of 70 calories.

If I mix together some PB2 as a topper, I still have a crunchy and salty snack for under 100 calories.

It had to be done.

I don’t know why, but I totally think of the 90s, Billy Blanks, and neon when I think of rice cakes.

Here’s my lunch this week:

Nigella’s Beetroot Feta Pecan Salad.

I’ve said it a hundred times before, and I’ll say it again. I have a total girl crush on Nigella.

I don’t often make anything she cooks, but I find such soothing pleasure watching her cook.

These stuffed poblanos are de.lic.ious.

I made them for dinner last week and they were a hit. I substituted brown rice and even veganized my portion and omitted the sour cream and cheese, and they were still delicious. Yum.

Guysssss. You have to talk me out of making whoopie pies this weekend.

Help!

I used to make these sorts of things all the time years ago when I wasn’t into healthy eating.

And they were magnificent.

Actually they are magnificent.

They’re super easy too. You use box cake mix and can frosting, and then sort of oomph it up a bit with your own ingredients.

Anyway, I saw something on TV that made me think about them and now I.cant.stop.

I’m thinking if I impulsively decide to do it, I need a game plan…

and since I basically have decided to do it, here’s what I’m thinking:

-1/3 to my parents
-1/3 to P and Layla
-1/3 for me and Will

That’s 4 a piece, which is much more manageable.

I’d hate to find myself hiding out in our back bedroom with the entire pan, crying while watching You’ve Got Mail. #eatingyourfeelings

Good plan.

That’s all she wrote today.

Anything I need to add to my cart?

posted in Food Affairs,Veganism bullet permalink bullet 8.19.2014

One Minute, 100 Calorie, Single Serving Summer Treat

Let’s be real here, I’m no food blogger.

However, I enjoy sharing super easy and super healthy recipes that I enjoy and maybe you’ve never tried.

Which is what brings me to today.

It’s practically one ingredient,

it takes just one minute to prep,

it’s just at 100 calories,

and it’s perfect for just one person.

One, one, one.

Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! smile

As you know, I’ve been up to my sticky,drippy, juicy elbows in the most delicious, ripest peaches ever.

They’re killing me.

I certainly like the idea of making a pie or a crisp, but quite honestly?

I love these golden gems, just as they are.

Today’s treat takes the simple succulence of a ripe, juicy peach and just enhances it.

Here’s what you need:

-1 large ripe peach
-1 teaspoon, honey
-Dash cinnamon

Did I mention it takes just a minute to prep? Seriously.

Slice up your peach, drizzle with honey and top with cinnamon.

Broil for 15 minutes.

Done.

Summer in a bowl.

Summer.

I love the syrupy goodness of the honey mixing with the juiciness of the peach, and the cinnamon just adds a little more depth.

It’s even more delicious over organic yogurt (cough: or ice cream).

Aside from the taste, my favorite thing about this recipe is that it feels like dessert but is entirely diet friendly and only 100 calories.

Enjoy these remaining weeks of summer with a simple juicy treat.

I’m down to my final peaches, but have a feeling I’ll be buying a few more before the season ends!

Check in tomorrow for an at home workout!

Colorful Roasted Carrots

I like to think we go together well in this little blogosphere.

Like peas and carrots.

But mostly carrots.

I like them both, but carrots get the edge.

When I went to Canada, I couldn’t stop obsessing over the delicious carrots I had at dinner with Angela.

I can’t even take it.

So darn good.

They were on my mind ever since I had them, and I knew I needed to try my hand at recreating the deliciousness.

Lucky for me, I didn’t have to wait long.

All it required was a quick trip to the farmers’ market to pick up these gems.
Roasted carrots

I love the beautiful colors!

I like to think the purple ones are somehow more delicious, but the truth is they taste the same.

But can we please bury our heads in the sand and pretend they are?

Thanks.

Roasted carrots are ridiculously easy.

But since they’re so darn pretty, I feel like you have to try them.

Here’s what you need (this is a recipe for four large carrots):

-4 large carrots, peeled
-3 tablespoons, sea salt
-1 tablespoon, honey
-1/2 tablespoon, olive oil
-Water

That’s it.

Here’s what you do. It’s hard stuff y’all so pay attention.

1. Brine your carrots.
Dissolve the salt in enough water to cover your carrots.

Let it sit in the fridge overnight.

Roasted carrots

2. Roast.
Remove your carrots from the brine and pat dry with a paper towel.

Place in a pan.

Mix the honey and oil and gently drizzle over carrots.

Roasted carrots

Cook at 400 degrees for 40 minutes, turning once. They should be tender and slightly wrinkled, so if they’re not after 40 minutes give them a little longer.

Roasted carrots

That’s it!

These puppies were so darn good. I’d love to tell you I shared them.

But I didn’t.

Next time I’m going to triple the recipe and be kinder and share.

Maybe.

smile

More to come!

posted in Food Affairs,Veganism bullet permalink bullet 7.29.2014

The One Hosting Company & Look Ahead

Whew. How is it Monday again!?

My weekend was a complete whirlwind.

In fact, as I type I’m pretty certain I have a load of wet laundry I forgot about that will be sitting in the washer all day (yay!).

Happening.

My goal today is to try not to do in one evening what usually takes me half the weekend.

This is me giving myself a public self talk. Sorry for hijacking today’s post.

Let’s get back on track.

Friday was all about creating the semi-fake house.

Getting ready for company

I hit the gym and worked legs hard, and then did a 30 minute cardio session knowing I probably wouldn’t get to workout Saturday.

Afterward, all sweaty and disgusting, I went grocery shopping.

It’s true, please don’t judge.

Anyway, I cleaned, prepped, and made some goodies for our guests.

I even took time to see my mom and favorite niece. I’m always glad when I get to do that.

Taking a break to play with little miss

Our visitors arrived Friday night. We are dinner and then came home and “visited” over cake and iced tea in true Oklahoma fashion.

Since our third bedroom is officially transforming into “the man cave,” we gave Will’s parents the spare bedroom and his grandparents our room while we used the air mattress in the living room.

I slept like a baby.

Not.

Saturday came early with a 6:30 trip to Starbucks to get our 96oz coffee traveler.

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Real life.

What is it about the elderly that make them wake so early? Will’s grandpa is an early riser.

Anyway, while Will and his dad got coffee, I made breakfast.

We enjoyed breakfast and more chatting. And coffee.

Oh friends. All.the.coffee.

I am a tea drinker and probably only have coffee 1-2 times a month maybe. However, it tasted so good and I drank so much that I unknowing made myself a complete jittering, palpitating mess!

Smooth move.

Anyway- breakfast was nice. smile

Will and his dad had to run a quick errand, so the rest of us chatted in the living room.

I love Will’s grandparents so darn much, and our talk Saturday morning made me love his grandpa all the more. They are such good, honest, godly people.

He shared a bit of his testimony and talked about how important it was for him to share God’s love with others and tell the truth even when it’s hard. He was on a roll and I was loving it! Next to his dad, Will’s grandpa is one of his heroes and I wish he would have been there to here him.

Will and his dad got back, we enjoyed another round of cake (because cake at 10am is entirely acceptable), and then they were on their way.

It was nice to have the rest of the morning and afternoon to recover a little and get ready for the evening ahead.

I washed sheets, made tahbouli, and even snuck in a quick workout.

We had a BBQ with one of Will’s friends from work. I had never met his wife and kiddos, so it was nice to spend an evening with them.

They were so super thoughtful with their menu, too and had tons of veggie friendly options. We all had a good laugh when they brought out the hummus, something neither of them had ever tried.

“That’s the first thing that comes up when you google vegan,” they said. smile

We had a good evening, but didn’t stay too long. We watched an episode of Andy Griffith and called it a night.

I had the hardest time getting to sleep (maybe all the caffeine?), but sweet Lucy kept me company.

She’s rarely in a snuggly mood at her old age these days, but she crawled up on me and laid on my stomach and let me pet her. She was so sweet and it was a special moment for me. I love that old bird, and am glad for those moments.

I think she missed us

Yesterday was lazy and all about relaxation. We decided to watch church online since we missed our usual Saturday service, and spent the rest of the day doing very little.

I managed to prep food for the week and do some laundry, but that was about it!

Today we have softball games and will be on the go! Let’s take a look at what’s coming up on the blog:

-Recipe roundup
-An indoor friendly cardio workout
-July Ipsy review!
-And all about hospitality

Check in tomorrow, and have a good day!

Summer Sammie

Let’s talk summer lunches.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t be bothered with elaborate lunches.

I like the idea of making myself something fancy, but somewhere between hitting snooze a second time and trying to brush my teeth while simultaneously getting dressed, I’m lucky to get out the door on time, let alone pack food for the day.

For that reason, I always prep food the night before. Even still, it’s never anything cumbersome.

Summer salads are my favorite, but occasionally I find myself “saladed” out.

Saladed out.

Did I just make up this terrible concoction of a word?

Is this a thing?

Let’s just go with it.

When I get burned saladed out, I start getting whacky with sandwiches.

Which is what we have here today.

A salad.

On a sandwich.

Because sometimes, bread makes everything better.

Actually…

Most of the time bread makes everything better. Ha!

Oh, and I should also confess this salad-y sandwich is void of a lettuce base.

For no good reason. smile

Feel free to add your own of you want.

Start with your favorite bread.

Add your favorite hummus,

Summer Sammie

Tomatoes,

Summer Sammie

Roasted red peppers,

Summer Sammie

Green peppers,

Summer Sammie

Onions,

Summer Sammie

Kalamata olives,

Summer Sammie

And anything else your little heart desires (feta would be so good!).

Put a lid on it, slice it in half (because sandwiches always seem to taste better when they’re cut in half), and be done with it.

There’s hope for getting saladed out.

Any sandwiches I need to know about?

posted in Food Affairs,Veganism bullet permalink bullet 7.15.2014

Things I’m Loving Thursday: 10 July 2014

Hey there sweets! Here are a few things I’ve been fond of lately.
Favorite Indulgence

Celebrating national sugar cookie day

Eileen’s Cookies. 

Specifically her frosted sugar cookies in fabulous neon colors (because neon pink makes everything better).

These things kill me.

Did you know yesterday was National Sugar Cookie day?

It’s a thing.

So naturally I used it as an excuse to celebrate.

Favorite Healthy Side

To balance the cookie, I feel like we also have to have a healthy favorite too.

4th of July fun

I love grilled veggies year round, but usually only make them myself during the summer. These giant skewers totally hit the spot.

Favorite Thoughts Lately

Things I'm loving

Things I'm loving

Plumb- Hang On Remix

Things I'm loving

I like Plumb’s remixes, especially her collaborations with Paul Van Dyk. This is a good one to add to your workout playlist.

How to Grow Herbs

Very helpful.

Tips to Naturally Reduce Cellulite

Always appreciate these sorts of tips. They’re always the same, but hey, it doesn’t hurt to try!

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Is it me, or does it seem like there’s still a lot of things to wrap up in the last episode?

It’s always like that, though. However, I can’t help but think another 12 hours would have helped! smile

Apparently the ratings aren’t that great, even though the show is so so good. Not sure what’s up with that, but sadly I fear we’ve seen the last of Jack. Boo!

Favorite Recent Pup Pic

Nighty night

Lucy. And an eye nightie. She’s way too spoiled. wink She didn’t enjoy this look as much as we did. Ha!

That’s all for now! Anything you’re loving lately? 

Green Mocha Monster

Coffee smoothie

Over the last few years, I’ve mostly tried to supplement coffee with green tea.

It’s delicious and healthy, but let’s face it- it’s not coffee.

One of my favorite ways to treat myself is to incorporate coffee into my morning green monster.

That way, not only do I get my morning vitamins, protein, and antioxidants, but I also get a nice dose of caffeine!

I blend everything up with chocolate protein powder.

Oh yeah.

Totally have a fancy schmancy cafe mocha frappuccino love going on.

Shut.up. 

It takes just a few minutes of upfront prep, and boom, you’re set for several mornings ahead.

It’s not rocket science at all, but if you’re curious about dabbling in green smoothie territory, this is a super safe place to start.

Bury the green in caffeine. smile

1. Brew your favorite pot of coffee.

Hmm- let’s camp out here for a second so I can confess I don’t own a coffee maker.

Do you know many 30 something’s that don’t own a coffee maker?

Seems weird…

Coffee smoothie

Anyway-

Brew a pot.

Or if you’re me, use your pathetic favorite flavored instant coffee flavor to make a couple cups of coffee.

2. Pour into ice cube trays.

Coffee smoothie

3. Freeze.

4. Place the following items in a blender:

-A big handful of greens (kale or spinach are good places to start)

-1/4 avocado

-1 tsp ground flaxseed

-1 scoop chocolate protein powder

-1-1 1/2 cups almond milk

-Anything else that tickles your fancy. I like to add chocolate flavored greens powder, coconut oil, and even a date or two to add more sweetness.

Coffee smoothie

5. Then? Add your cubes!

I like to add about 6 cubes, as that’s equivalent to about a cup of coffee based on how I brewed it.

Coffee smoothie

6. Toss it in, give it a blitz, and voila!

A green monster mocha masterpiece.

Coffee smoothie

I should also mention this trick also makes a delicious, icy frappe blend when simply blended with almond milk!

Coffee smoothie

Coffee smoothie

Coffee smoothie

Give it a whirl, and enjoy starting the morning with a nice, healthy shot of caffeine. ☕️

Check in tomorrow! 

Super Duper Fast & Easy Potatoes O’Brien

Let’s cook up a quick dinner that requires little more than chopping.

Seriously, that’s it.

Okay, an occasional stir, too.

You know by now I like cooking whole, real food, real fast. For the most part on weeknights, nothing I make takes a lot of brain power ( I like to reserve brain power for work and hobbies. 😊).

I know the summer heat is here in all its sweaty glory, and the last thing you want to do is be in a hot kitchen, so I promise to keep it short and easy.

Last week I mentioned making homemade potatoes o’brien for the first time in awhile. I forgot how stupidly easy it was, and filling too.

Oh- and can we please lighten up a little on the poor old white potato? Sure, I’m not going to eat a pound every night before bed, but I wouldn’t do that with anything!

Potatoes have gotten a bad wrap, but let’s remember they’re super high in B-6 which is known to help nervous system function, cell development, and even help cardiovascular functions.

Okay, off my potato soapbox. smile

Here’s what you need for 4 servings:

-4 chopped peppers
-1 large chopped red onion
-1 bag (1.5 lbs) baby Dutch potatoes
-1 Tbsp oil
-Salt
-Cayenne pepper (optional)
-Sliced sausage (Optional for any meat eaters)

So, the night before, I like to chop my peppers and onion while watching TV. I can see the living room TV from the kitchen, so I enjoy a little multitasking in the evenings.

Its so much easier to be able to come home and almost immediately get a start on dinner without 15 extra minutes of chopping.

I stick it in a bag, and boom, I’m done.
Potatoes o'brien

When you’re ready to cook, heat your skillet on medium high heat and add your oil.

I like this little bag of baby Dutch potatoes because they’re cute, tiny, and easy to quarter. While your skillet heats, chop/quarter those up into smallish chunks and add them to the pan.

Potatoes o'brien

Potatoes o'brien

Stir and salt liberally.

Now dump in your bag of pre-chopped veggies, add your pepper, give it a stir, and take it easy!

Potatoes o'brien

This dish doesn’t require much oversight other than an occasional stir to make sure nothing is burning or sticking to the pan.

Everything needs about 15 minutes to cook.

While the veggies cook and soften, I thinly slice an Eckrich sausage for Will and add it into his portion. None for me.

Potatoes o'brien

Seriously, the fastest and easiest dinner.

Less than 30 minutes from start to finish, and only 15 minutes of actual cooking. Easy peasy.

Potatoes o'brien

We’re talking foam rollers tomorrow, so check in!

posted in Food Affairs,Veganism bullet permalink bullet 7.01.2014

All About Food: What I Ate Today

Foooood.

Sorry.

I have no idea why I felt compelled to lead with something so caveman-y.

Or why I just said cave man-y.

Let’s just go with it.

Today we’re talking food.

Or fooood, depending on how caveman-y you feel…

(HELP ME!)

I tend to get kind of bored with daily, “What I ate today posts.” However, I occasionally find them interesting and inspirational for my own meal plans.

So today I present a fancy schmancy (haha) “what I ate today"post.

Only, it was yesterday.

You get the idea.

So eat it up girls, ‘cause there’s about to be some serious food action before your very eyes.

My mornings start with a post workout green monster protein smoothie every single day.

Really- every.single.day.

What I ate

The ingredients slightly vary, but I always use the same base ingredients: protein, flax, greens powder, greens, avocado, coconut oil, and fruit.

I guess we can call that “breakfast number one?”

Once I get into the office, I have my real breakfast (or what we’re calling breakfast number two).

Typically breakfast number two is oatmeal.

Because I’m old and unadventurous.

But alas! Yesterday was actually different.

What I ate

I finished off a container of organic plain yogurt with raw almonds, oats, stevia, and pumpkin pie spice.

About an hour or two after that, I like to have some tea or hot lemon water.

All breakfasts are done.

So let’s have lunch!

I cooked lentils, roasted garlic, salt, and a drop of olive oil in my rice cooker over the weekend. I divided it up for the week, added some veggies, and am able to grab and go each morning.

What I ate

My first afternoon snack was a protein bar left over from my trip last week.

What I ate

I prefer to eat “real” foods as much as possible, but love to pack these when I’m on the road. They seem like such a treat.

So I enjoyed that early afternoon

I find I do best and binge less at night when I eat a snack before dinner, so I had a small apple with a big spoonful of almond butter.

What I ate

I made homemade potatoes o’brien for dinner, something I hadn’t made in for-ev-er.

It was so darn good. I added sliced summer sausage to Will’s half, and tofu to mine. We will definitely have this again soon!

What I ate

I’m easily tempted to snack while we watch TV after dinner. Sometimes I’ll have some tea. Depending on my macros for the day, sometimes I’ll have some chocolate chips or a protein shake. Last night I did a pepper with a couple tablespoons of salsa. So very good and just enough to kill the craving.

What I ate

So that’s it! A “what I ate today post.”

Tune in tomorrow for a sweaty workout review. 

posted in Food Affairs,Veganism bullet permalink bullet 6.24.2014

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