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Twenty fifteen

Published on January 2, 2015, by in Uncategorized.

Hey everyone! I’ve been in blogging hibernation since June. Last year was a crazy but wonderful year. I did a ton of travelling and was glad to spend time with friends and family all across the country. It was very much a year of enjoyment. So, where does that leave me in 2015? Ready for a little more consistency and moderation. I tend to a be a little too strict and rigid with myself at times. Then other times, it all goes out the window. My goals for 2015 are to work out 3-4 times a week, every week. I’ve gotten much better about doing a variety of workouts and would like to continue that. And when I work out consistently I automatically eat healthier. So, if I am working out, I don’t really need to set any food based goals. I also got a great planner from my Secret Santa at

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Baking in my bones

Published on June 26, 2014, by in Recipes, Update.

There have been many exciting things happening in my kitchen lately. I got this beauty of a book in the mail: Which caused me to make this delicious cheese: I’ve also had a big urge to do some baking. This week I put my baking urge to good use and fed my co-workers breakfast two days in a row. Cinnamon rolls: And a new donut recipe I’ve been wanting to try: What’s been happening in your kitchen lately?

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Sum sum summa time

Published on June 19, 2014, by in Uncategorized.

The polar vortex is very much over in Chicago and we have moved to hot and humid. I am enjoying the warmth that summer has finally brought to us! Last weekend, I kicked off the weekend with a summer work BBQ and enjoyed some refreshments: Saturday morning, I headed to the post office to pick up my package from Thailand. I ordered a tank top from Etsy that happened to come from there and they wouldn’t deliver it to my house, so I had to pick it up. I loved the postage stamp: Then, I headed up and watered the garden. One of my co-gardeners has an abundance of radishes right now, so he shared some with me! Eeek! I love radishes and butter, salt and radish sandwiches. Thank you Grandma Domino. Keeping up with the low to no sugar plan, I made some oatmeal banana donuts for Brian to

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Sugar Free Fed Up Challenge- Day 10

Published on June 11, 2014, by in Update.

So, here it is. The last day of the sugar-free challenge. Honestly, I think Brian and I both accidentally had sugar once or twice. Did you know that plain Triscuits do not contain added sugar but the sea salt and black pepper version has added sugar? Yep, guilty of eating added sugar there. How do I feel? Not any different. I eat a low added sugar diet on a regular basis and gave up fake sugars long ago. So, I’m probably not a good person to speak on the subject. I think I actually ate worse while doing the Fed Up Challenge than I normally do. Why? Because I ate a TON of cheese. Almost all condiments and seasonings have added sugar, unless you make them from scratch. Even some store-bought hummus brands include added sugar.  So, I mainly used hot sauce, mustard and one salad dressing. I also made

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Mexican pizza

Published on June 6, 2014, by in Recipes.

I mentioned in an earlier post that I made some quick and easy Mexican pizzas when I was exhausted the other night. I thought I’d give you the details, so if you ever need a quick dinner you make them, instead of picking up the phone and ordering out. You can thank me later for saving you a delivery fee and lots of calories. Ingredients: corn tortillas black beans sweet potato chicken corn cheese hot sauce All of these ingredient are options. Add and omit as necessary and you can easily make these vegetarian or vegan. They are already gluten free and do not have any added sugar. Pretty healthy for being so delicious, huh? Preheat oven to 400F with a pizza stone in it, if you have one. Use one corn tortilla per “pizza”. Open a  can of black beans and rinse. Smash some black beans on the tortilla.

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No sugar Fed UP Challenge-Day 4

Published on June 5, 2014, by in Recipes, Update.

Brian and I are on day four of the Fed Up Challenge of not eating any added sugar. For the most part, we are both doing great! I’m so proud of Brian as he has given up regular and diet pop. I kicked that habit a few years ago and it was tough. I was a Diet Coke addict. The hardest part is there is very little “quick” food to go to. It’s all processed and has added sugar. Last night I was really tired from 3 nights in a row of bad sleep and didn’t have the energy to make dinner. Finally, I came up with some quick Mexican pizzas with corn tortillas, black beans, sweet potato, corn, and chicken. I topped them with hot sauce and cheese. Added an apple with a little coconut butter as a side and called it a meal. So, what’s the plan for

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Whirlwind few weeks

Published on June 4, 2014, by in Update.

Wow. It’s been a great few weeks. I was in baking mode when we had a birthday at work and I made a peach pie with a new crust recipe that involved vodka. The vodka evaporates out, leaving the crust nice and flaky. It’s definitely a keeper of a recipe. I also made a giant cookie cake. Over Memorial Day weekend, Brian and I traveled to Florida for his family’s annual reunion. We had a great time with his family and it was very well-organized.   While we were there we also hit up a giant flea market. I bought my brother an unopened pack of baseball cards from 1990 and we saw this guy doing karaoke. I was back in Chicago for one day, which Brian and I used to watch the new movie Fed Up. The movie about how we’ve been dieting all wrong for the last 30

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Collard green wraps: Take 2

Published on May 15, 2014, by in Recipes.

Last weekend I bought a bunch of collard greens with the grand plan to make more collard green wraps. I was doing some food prep last night when I ran across them in the fridge. I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand to make the Thai peanut wraps. I also didn’t have the energy to simmer and cool the greens to make the wraps more pliable. I halfheartedly chopped up some vegetables and made a new creation. I was hesitant that they would be any good. I was afraid that uncooked leaf would be bitter and that the combination that I used wouldn’t taste all that good. I was pleasantly surprised that I was wrong! Ingredients: 2 inch piece of cucumber, cored and diced 3 mushrooms, sliced thin 5 baby carrots, sliced thin 2-3 ounces of shredded chicken 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds 1 tablespoon Annie’s light Goddess dressing hummus(I

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Increased activity

Published on May 14, 2014, by in Update.

In my last post, I reported that I was struggling with getting back to consistently eating healthy and exercising. I’ve been doing great since that post. However, that means not a lot of exciting recipes using a lot of ingredients, but we have been eating a lot of lean protein, vegetables and a few complex carbs. I feel a million times better and that sluggish feeling is gone. I’ve also increased my exercise and am on track to complete the 21 Day Fix in 14 Days. Woo hoo. I even bit the bullet and rode my bike to and from work one day. Friday night, we had  hodge podge for dinner. It was part cleaning out what we had and part not much time to make dinner. I had what I like to call a snack plate. It’s really one of my favorite things. Lots of different stuff on my

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Vitamix lemon sorbet

Published on May 9, 2014, by in Recipes.

I had completely forgotten that I had made this until having a conversation about my Vitamix with a friend the other day. So, I decided I would blog it. This past winter, Brian and I were sitting on the couch having a tv/movie marathon because he wasn’t feeling well. It was also double-digit negative temperatures out. Brian was starting to get a sore throat, turned me and said, “Some lemon sorbet would feel really good on my throat.” A quick google search later turned up several Vitamix lemon sorbet recipes. Fortunately, we had all the ingredients on hand(you probably do, too), because I was definitely not going out in a polar vortex to get sorbet. Ingredients: 2 lemons, peeled 1/3 cup sugar 2-3 cups of ice Place all ingredients in blender, turn on Vitamix to “frozen desserts” setting, tamper down as necessary and let your Vitamix work its magic! This

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