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The hardest season

Published on May 7, 2014, by in Update.

Hello. I usually don’t get very personal on my blog, but today, I am. I am sitting behind my computer with my pants a little tight from all the amazing food I have been eating lately. I completed the 21 Day Fix and had amazing results. I absolutely love the program and can’t stop raving about it to all of my friends. So, what happened? Well, I didn’t completely undo my progress, but I am definitely feeling bloated from the food I have been consuming. This is the hardest season for me. It’s my husband’s birthday, then my birthday, which leads directly into patio weather. And since I live in Chicago, the few warm months must be taken advantage of. I am actually healthiest in the winter. I will go to the gym more days than not, because I don’t want to be outside. Since it the hardest season for

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Eggcellent weekend

Published on April 21, 2014, by in Recipes, Update.

See what I did there? I made an Easter joke. Ha. This weekend was exactly what I needed. Lots to time outside in the beautiful temperatures. It was the exact weather that you hear Chicagoans talk about all year. The weather that is reason we live here and endure the winters. It was perfect. Friday night, Brian and I met for dinner at Dawali Mediterranean Kitchen. I had been there on my last girl’s night and knew he would love it. He did. After eating a lot of hummus, we were both pretty full and didn’t even put a dent in our dinners. The good news was that we then had lunch for Saturday. The only problem was that we didn’t have any more hummus. I did have an eggplant on hand, so I roasted it and made some baba ghanoush to supplement our left overs. It is delicious and

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Last weekend-ish

Published on November 9, 2013, by in Recipes, Update.

Why the -ish? It also included a very productive Tuesday. I had my final wedding dress fitting Saturday morning. We had a a BBQ chicken and pineapple wrap for lunch. I got up early on Sunday morning and cleaned out my garden plot. The end of season garden is such a sad looking thing. The pulling of plants was fueled by a lot of hot coffee. When I got home from the garden, I picked 55 pears off the tree in our back yard. Then I made myself a large, hot breakfast and more coffee. Ham, egg and cheese on an everything bagel thin with lots of fresh fruit. After that, I got to work using some pears by making cranberry pear bread. I already talked about staying home sick from work on Tuesday. I used it to my advantage by doing meal planning for the rest of the week and

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Fun and fantastic

Published on June 10, 2013, by in Recipes, Update.

This past weekend was awesome. The weather was great and Brian and I ended up doing some spontaneous things and really taking advantage of the city. Something I need to do more often. That’s why I live here, right? Brian took me out to dinner on Friday night because our fridge was bare! We hadn’t really gone grocery shopping in 2 weeks and we had been squeaking by on pantry staples and freezer meals all week. The upside to this was that, our fridge was bare. How is that an upside? It was the perfect opportunity to pull everything out and wipe down the shelves. A task that was long over due! Look at its glowing beauty afterwards: After my speed cleaning fridge session, I headed out the door to walk to meet Brian for dinner. The weather was perfect for eating dinner outside and this place had a patio(no

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Meal Planning 101

Published on May 9, 2013, by in Recipes.

I’ve had a few people ask me lately about meal plans. I’ll give you a run down about how I plan our meals. Brian and I pack and take our lunches to work most days of the week. It’s way cheaper and healthier. Even if you are getting an inexpensive meal out, just keep in mind that restaurants charge you at least 3x or more what it costs them to make it. Meaning: You can make it sooo much cheaper at home. Let’s do the math. If you spend $5 on lunch everyday eating out(which if you live in Chicago you spend more), that means that it’s costs that restaurant at most $1.66 to make your meal. So $5 x 5 days per week is $25 per week on lunches. If you made that same thing at home for $1.66 x 5 days a week, you would have spent $8.33.

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Tips to succeed in healthy eating

Published on January 2, 2013, by in Recipes, Update.

It’s day 2 of the new year! How is everyone doing on their resolutions? I had a very successful day yesterday. After having a few drinks on New Years Eve, I wanted to eat crap yesterday. Even if I only have one drink, I always want to eat crap the next day. I hate it. Which is why I have cut back and almost eliminated alcohol from my diet. But I didn’t eat crap yesterday. I knew ahead of time that I would probably want to eat crappy and safe guarded myself against it. How? Planning. That is the number one key to being successful in healthy eating. Plan your grocery lists and stick to them. Plan your meals. Plan to have healthy snacks ready. Look at restaurant menus ahead of time and decide on what you will order. Doing this will eliminate the impulsive poor decisions. I almost always

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Crockpot chicken curry

Published on November 15, 2012, by in Recipes.

I love Indian food. I love curries. I love the way your house smells after you cook them. What’s better than to come home to that smell and dinner made? Not much. Adapted from this Pinterest recipe. Ingredients: 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes 5 large carrots, peeled and diced 1 medium onion, peeled and quartered 1 large bell pepper, seeded and chopped 2 cloves garlic, peeled 5oz tomato paste 14oz can light coconut milk(use full fat if you want) 1 1/2 tsp salt 1 1/2 tablespoons curry powder 1 tablespoon garam masala 1 jalapeno(I used two and it was very spicy) 2 tablespoons water 1 1/2 tablespoons corn starch Place carrots in bottom or slow cooker. Place cubed chicken on top of that. Put everything else except the water and corn starch into the food processor. Process/blend until mostly smooth. Pour the sauce over the chicken

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Easiest baked potato soup

Published on November 7, 2012, by in Recipes.

I saw this pinned and thought it had to be too good to be true. I am so glad that I did! A few years ago at Christmas time, my dad and I set forth in the kitchen with the goal to make loaded baked potato soup. Ok, so maybe it was my goal, I just drug him along for the ride. He was a good sport about it. It started with a roux and cooking things in bacon fat. All things that sound wonderful and delicious. It was a painstaking and time-consuming process and highly disappointing when we ended up with a blah product. So blah that we just kept adding things to it to try to give it flavor. It ended up turning out acceptable tasting after a lot of tinkering and no where close to the original recipe. This soup is much different from that soup. Flavorful

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Weekend pot roast

Published on October 14, 2011, by in Recipes.

What’s perfect for a Sunday evening dinner? Meat and potatoes that cooked in the crock pot all day. Tender meat, warm and filling potatoes and vegetable with minimal work. Perfect. So do yourself a favor: stop at the grocery store on the way home tonight and pick up the stuff to make this easy roast so you can have a relaxing Sunday. Salt, pepper, and rub herbs(thyme, rosemary and oregano) into a 2-3 pound beef pot roast. Place pot roast into bottom of crock pot. Cover roast with assorted vegetables. I used 3 medium red potatoes and 2 purple potatoes cut into chunks. Two stalks of celery cut into 3 in pieces. A handful of baby carrots and a yellow onion cut into wedges. Pour vegetables over meat. In a large bowl, stir together 1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup, 1/2 package of dry onion soup mix and 3/4 cup water. Pour mixture

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Bust-a-gut buffalo chicken

Published on May 28, 2011, by in Recipes.

If you like buffalo chicken, this is a MUST MAKE recipe. Why is it called “bust-a-gut”? Well, you won’t want to stop eating it. The best part? Amazing simple. I adapted this recipe from What’s Cookin with Mary. Put on your easy pants, because this easy. And make sure they have an elastic waist band. Ingredients: 2 pounds of raw chicken breast(trim all fat off) 1 1/2 to 2 cups Frank’s wing sauce (or your favorite wing sauce) 3 Tablespoons butter 5 cloves garlic(peeled and lightly smashed) Additional wing sauce for sandwich Place chicken in the bottom of your slow cooker, in a single layer if possible. Tuck garlic cloves around chicken. Cube butter and place on top of chicken. Pour wing sauce over chicken. Place lid on slow cooker and cook on low for 6 hours. After six hours, shred chicken. It should be so tender that you can

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