Thursday, April 24, 2014

Good Morning & Good Night Yoga

One of the habits I've picked up over the last month takes up a total of 45 minutes of my day.  I had just started getting back into my fitness routine, when I noticed my body getting really tight.  So, I decided to start doing a short Yoga routine every morning.



I love this routine-- it's short and the instructors voice is very calming.  After searching through several different routines, I found this one.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken

Another round of double recipes from this Amazon Woman in Pink Heels.  I've been having a lot of fun testing out my Pintrest recipes.  The two I want to share today are fast and easy-- and perfect for spring.  I have a lemon theme this month for my recipes.

Let's get started:


Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken
Printable Recipe

4 Lemons
2-3 Heads of Garlic
1 Whole Chicken
Fresh Rosemary Sprigs
Lemon Pepper Seasoning

Cut garlic heads and lemons in half and lay in the bottom of your slow cooker.  Cut the tops of the lemons so they lay flat.  Add a sprig of Rosemary to the bottom of the slow cooker.  Remove insides of the chicken, rise it and pat dry.  Then stuff  it with a lemon cut in half, and a garlic head cut in half.  Cover the chicken in seasoning-- then place it on top of the lemons and garlic in the slow cooker.   Cover the top of the chicken with lemon slices and sprigs of rosemary.  Turn slow cooker on high and cook for 4 hours.  When chicken has reached 165-degrees remove it from the slow cooker, let it rest before cutting into it.

Tip-- for juicy white meat, place the chicken upside-down in the slow cooker.

Recipe courtesy of No. 2 Pencil.

About an hour before the chicken is done-- make yourself these delicious potatoes:


Roasted Red Potatoes
Printable Recipe

1 1/2 Pounds of Baby Red Potatoes, cut in half.
Large-Flake Sea Salt
3 Tablespoons of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 Cup of Parsley
2 Cloves of Garlic, chopped

Heat the oven to 400-degrees.  Toss potatoes into a bowl with oil, salt, parsley, and garlic.  Place potatoes onto roasting pan and bake in oven for 25-30 minutes until they're soft when you poke them with a fork.  Enjoy with you delicious chicken.

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart.

I like to serve this combo with my favorite Lemony Kale Recipe.

There you go-- another delicious meal recipe I like to make for the week ahead.  The chicken is also perfect to use in recipes that need leftovers.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

UHG.... Crazy Neighbors

I really wanted to write an update last night-- because as you may have noticed, toward the end of the week I dropped the ball.  I owe you guys a craft, an update and a fitness tip.  All of that is forthcoming-- and I had every intention of writing something...

And then, the neighborhood troll appeared at my door for a yelling match.  Long story short, she claims my dog is trying to attack her grandson through our fence.  I told her she's only outside when I'm home-- and while I admit I don't watch her 24/7, the doors and windows are open and I can hear when she's getting too rambunctious.... that only happens when there's a squirrel involved.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Best & Easiest Bead

This is by far my favorite bread recipe ever!  It's so easy, and quick to make-- and you can alter it to have a million different kinds of bread.  No joke!  It is dairy free-- and can be made to be gluten-free if you know the right substitutes (I don't, so I'm sorry my gluten-free friends I don't have a gluten free variation for you)


I originally found this recipe on the blog "Making Things is Awesome", and tried it out and loved it.  I've since passed it along to several of the women in my family-- and now I'm going to pass it along to you, with several variations I've been trying.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Love at a Long Distance: An Introduction

It's been about two months since Jason left for his South Korean adventure... and I've got to tell you it's been a lot harder than I thought it was going to be.  Our schedules are completely different, now that I'm on a new one... and I forgot how important just spending time sitting in the same room and holding hands is to a relationship.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

A Productive Weekend!

Happy Sunday lovely people.  It's been quite the weekend! I spent all day Friday off of work, sleeping in bed and watching hours of movies.    It was exactly what I needed after work, work, working super hard on different shifts.  I was feeling so beat and worn down, I just needed some time to sleep...

I woke up on Saturday feeling refreshed and ready to do some much needed work in the yard.  The grass was so overgrown--after the lawn mower broke.  The new one showed up on Friday-- Thank God!  It took me two hours for me to slice through the long-ass grass in the front and backyard.

Friday, April 11, 2014

California Beach Day

When Jason finally got to California-- we decided our first order of business would be to visit the coast.  We didn't really have anywhere specific we wanted to go-- but my family recommended Bodega Bay. So we packed a lunch, harnessed up the dog, and made the drive to the beach.

When we got there-- there was no beach to be found :)  So we found the visitor center and asked where we could find the sand.  The woman was not that excited to hear we had a dog-- and something about California's beaches that is different from Oregon's...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Hummus-Crusted Chicken

Today I'm going to blow your mind with my favorite dinner recipe-- which includes two recipes!

Say what????!!?

You heard right.  I found all of these recipe on Pintrest, and I think they're perfect for Spring-- light, delicious, and lemony!  You need three recipes for this meal... so let's get started!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Diets & Cleanses

When I moved to Sacramento, I wasn't expecting much to be different.  Sure, I'd be living in California.  But this is Northern California.  It's not the vapid, looks-obsessed, self-loathing community I picture Southern California to be.  Can you tell I have no desire to ever live in SoCal?  To me, Northern California is a sunnier version of the Pacific Northwest.

Courtesy: J. Smith

Boy was I wrong... kind of.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

A New Schedule

Hey there blog fans!  I wanted to write a short little update tonight just to say hello, and give you a bit of an update.  I'm prepping for my week-- as of tomorrow I will be on a new schedule, producing a new show and taking on a new routine.

I'm hoping this new schedule will be a jumping off point for me to get back into my weight-loss goals, my healthy eating choices, and my workout routines. This has been such a hard transition-- and try as I might I've been letting my depression take over.

But I'm hoping to change that tomorrow....

I've got a healthy lunch packed, a bag of gym clothes packed, and an outfit and hairstyle picked out for tomorrow.  New schedule--- New Kerstin.

I'll let you know how it goes!  Hope your week is great!

Friday, April 4, 2014

DIY Craft Table

Most of you know, I'm a pretty crafty person... you've seen my many, many projects and some of you have even been on the receiving end of them.  Since I moved to college, my crafting supplies have been confined to Rubbermaid bins, Tupperware, and closets.  When Jason and I moved to Sacramento-- we sold all of our clunky, old, hand-me-down furniture.  I decided to use this furniture-less opportunity to figure out exactly what I wanted-- and take the time to actually design my rooms, and buy the furniture.

One thing I've been hoping for is a table tall enough to cut fabric at, or paint at, or do other crafty things at.  As a tall woman-- I always feel like I'm hunched over assembling things, and it's annoying.  So when I found this idea on Pintrest, I knew I had to do it!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Strawberry Protein Smoothie

You may have noticed that I love smoothies.  They are the best way for a girl on the go to get some nutrition in the morning.  I like to make them and drink them while I get ready for the day-- portable and healthy breakfast!  I've shared a few favorites in the past, and I'd like to add this one to the list.


Strawberry Protein Smoothie
Printable Recipe

1 Cup Strawberries (Frozen or Fresh)
1 Banana
1/2 Cup of Oats
1 Teaspoon of Raw Honey
1/2 Cup of Peanut Butter
1 Cup of Almond Milk

Put everything in a blender with a handful of ice, and blend together until smoothie :)  Enjoy!  This recipe works very well with any kid of berry.

Monday, March 31, 2014

An Update-- and Some Blog Changes

Man oh man, it's been a difficult two weeks.  As much as I am working on it-- my depression has started to affect my routine.  Despite the good intention, and goals I've set for myself.... they've fallen by the wayside.   You guys, I really wanted to keep up with things-- but I chose to stay inside my big, warm bed and watch old episodes of the Office.

It's been so hard being in this new place.  I really love the job, the people, and the area... but I'm just so damn lonely.  And let's be honest, I've been wallowing in my sadness when I get home.  It's a difficult cycle to get out of.

The good news here, I'm starting to.  Last week, I made a few dinner, lunch and snack options for myself-- so I could take it to work and have a better option than eating out.  I've been doing a morning and evening yoga routine when I get up and before I go to bed.  I've been having smoothies in the morning, and making better choices to fill my time.  I feel like I'm starting to slowly get back on the wagon... 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Still Transitioning

What a week...


I apologize for falling off the face of the blogesphere after Tuesday's post.  I had the best intentions to write some amazing posts, and then I got busy with work, dog sitting, building furniture, etc.  I'm still transitioning from this move.  It's taken quite a bit longer than I imagined it would.  I'll be honest with you, I think a small amount of depression has snuck in.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Oats and Berries

Now that I'm all moved in, I've been doing some pinning and some cooking.  It feels good to finally have a kitchen and be cooking for myself again.  I've stumbled upon some great recipes I want to share with you here... starting with today's...


What you need:

     1/4 Cup of Steel Oats
     1 Cup of Almond Milk
     2 Tablespoons of Ground Flax Seed
     2 Tablespoons of Honey
     1/4 Cup of Frozen Mixed Berries
     Dash of Cinnamon

Directions:

Combine Oats, Milk and Flax Seed in a pot and bring to boil-- simmer for 20 minutes.  When you have five minutes left, combine honey, berries and cinnamon in another pot and bring to a low boil.  Let simmer for five minutes and combine with oats.  Then enjoy!

I got this recipe from "Girl About Columbus."  It's the perfect way to start your day.
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