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.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Moving for the Health Conscious

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This move has taught me quite a few things...  but the most important lesson I've learned is how easy it can be to slip back into old habits-- when you're schedule is out of whack.  So I came up with a list of tips that could help you, and me in the future, when we find life taking over our healthy routines.

Let's talk about tips before I dive right in to mine-- I sometimes find when people give me advice it can be overwhelming, especially when my schedule is filled to the brim.  But I've also found that having a few pointers can help me stay focused during those busy times.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Ok, I lied

I told you I would be blogging more last week... and I didn't.

I also promised a post about staying healthy during a move... and that didn't happen.

Basically what it boils down to is:  I'm a big fat liar!  But before you get mad, and find a better blog where people actually deliver what they promise-- let me explain myself.  Things had finally calmed down,  boxes were unpacked, work schedule settled, and I was finally starting to feel like myself.... and then I noticed just how empty and quiet the house was with Jason gone.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Getting Back in the Saddle

It's been a crazy several months!  New job, new house, new state.... and an extra 20 pounds.  That's right over the past four months with the packing and the moving I've slipped out of the fitness habit.  It's been terribly reminiscent of my college days.  Eating pizza and Chinese food, staying up late, sleeping in until 11, vegging in front of the TV.... it's been awful!

Thankfully, things started to change last week.  For the first time in about a month, I headed to Zumba at my new gym.  It was fun!  And I'm excited to get back into the saddle.  My schedule at work is stabilizing, I have a steady cash flow coming in, and I'm ready to stock the house with deliciously healthy foods-- and get my sweat on.

This fitness thing is always frustrating when I get out of the habit.  It's crazy how quickly you can fall out of the habit... and how long it takes to get back into it.   But this detour has taught me a few things about controlling your own food and exercise situation.  I'll be sharing them with you this week.

It's time to get to it today-- heading out for a walk with Miss Khloe!  Hope you're all having a beautiful weekend.
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