Tuesday, February 25, 2014

It's been a while...

It really has been quite a while since I last posted. But since I didn't seem to have followers I kind of felt there was no point. I've had many downs and some ups in that space of time and I finally got sick and tire of being sick and tired... got onto a program and am feeling better than I have in a really long time!

I'm losing weight and gaining energy - so I'm going to start posting again! And it's okay if no one is following, because these posts are also going to be a time line for myself. I started a 30 day nutritional cleanse February 11th and my last day will be March 12th, it's so close! I think I'll give myself a couple days to eat some cravings and then do another 30 day...

Summer bodies are made in the winter after all and even though my goal is not to wear a bikini, it is to have a healthy body as soon as possible, and summer seems like a good goal! So get ready world, or just the few followers I do have, for some healthy 'recipes' I've been eating during my cleanse, before and after shots, and some good ol' emotional and excited rambling! ;)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

"me without you"

This song just reminds me of how thankful I need to be on a daily basis, because I'd be somewhere very different right now if I didn't have the Lord.

"In everything give thanks... "       1 Thessalonians 5:18 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

ultimate egg salad

 I've never understood why a good amount of people claim to not like egg salad... except for the smell. You know - the aroma that escapes your container when you open it for lunch? Everyone within a couple feet of you can get a whiff, and they're not always happy about it.
Yet, it just tastes so good!!!

I have two tips for this recipe - and they'll all be separate posts, so bare with the links - but I'll explain the tips here so you don't have to click them if you don't want to.

First, hard boiling eggs! I personally have never had a problem with simply putting eggs in cold water and bringing it to a boil, then timing from that point 10 minutes. After 10 at a boil I take them off the heat drain the water and add cold water, and drain that when it gets warm and add more cold water...
Now here's where it gets tricky: peeling. There are so many tips involving baking soda and blowing the egg out of the shell with your mouth... it's too complicated for a fast lunch. So let your eggs cool completely, in the fridge overnight for tomorrow's lunch. Then in a bowl put your hottest tap water. Submerge an egg, count to 30 - remove. Roll the egg on a paper towl cracking the entire surface and peel. Tada! It works for me... hope it works for you but please let me know!

Second tip involves everyone's beloved bacon. Whether it's turkey bacon or pork bacon - in this house we cook it in batches. When you want a quick breakfast what always takes the longest? The bacon! Well, unless you're okay with non-perfectly-crispy bacon...
I line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper - then fit as much bacon down on it as I can without overlapping. Then cover the pan with foil and place a smaller cookie sheet on top. Place in oven while off and then turn the oven on to 375 ˚ F. Now the cooking time varies depending on each type of bacon, it's type and it's thickness so you'll just have to keep checking it after 20 minutes till it's to your liking. But the effort is well worth it - I promise. I take my bacon out right before it starts crisping up - where it's still a bit floppy. I bag it and stash it in the fridge. Then in the morning when making breakfast for the hubby I heat it up in a pan and it crisps right away and leaves just a little fat behind to cook an egg in for him too.

  • 3 large eggs (hardboiled, peeled, and minced of course)
  • 3 Tbsp of your favorite mayo (about 1.5 heaping spoonfuls will be plenty if you use your larger eating spoons to scoop out the mayo, but just eyeball it if you'd like)
  • 1 tsp of aioli garlic mustard sauce (trader joe's) OR 1/4 tsp crushed garlic and 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2-3 small stalks of scallions or chives cut into cute tiny pieces
  • 2 slices of your favorite bacon crumbled (optional - but oh-so-yummy!)

Friday, October 26, 2012

photo fridays: hang in there

On our way to the beach while in Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland we saw these guys amongst the hundred others that were doing the exact same thing - hanging on tall blades of grass. I wish now I had gotten a shot of how many more there were surrounding these two but at the time I was focused on getting an artistic shot of the pair. 

  I'll be sharing more Ireland photos as the weeks go by so keep checking in. Everyone talks about the millions of sheep over there - but I wasn't in the right area to see that, even though I wanted to see it. But I'll have to share a photo of when I finally did see a small flock of sheep on our last day in Ireland! That was such a blessing.

  Below is a photo from one of our day hikes that took us hours longer than we thought it would - but it had wonderful views along the way, like this one.

"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable,
always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil
is not in vain in the Lord."             
                                         1 Corinthians 15:58

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Treasury Thursdays #1

I try my best to feature those who have featured me in treasuries - also fellow CAST Team members - but if you'd like to be featured and have an idea for the treasury in which you'll be featured - just leave a comment for me. (^__^)