Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Yum Pow Chicken Tacos

Prepare to have your world rocked!!  This is my all-time favorite recipe, and it's incredibly simple and fast.  I like to pull it out when I have guests coming over-- because they're always so impressed I made it all by myself!


So delicious!  That's plate above contains Kung Pao Chicken Tacos and Coconut chicken tacos.  They're so delicious.  The right hint of spice, and cooling coconut.  Plus, you make anything into a taco and it's delicious!

Monday, September 8, 2014

A Guide to Vitamins

I've heard mixed reviews on vitamin taking.  Some people swear by it, others say it makes them throw up.  I've been experimenting with it for the past few months now-- and I've got to say I like it.



It all started when I still lived in Portland, and my OBGYN suggested that I start taking a daily Vitamin D supplement, because Oregon doesn't see much sunshine in the winter.  I added it along with a good multivitamin to my routine, and started noticing that I had more energy.

Friday, September 5, 2014

What I've Been Reading

Now that life has calmed down a bit, and the house is mostly unpacked-- I've finally managed to do some reading.  In fact, for the past 2 months I've dived right in and read some really great works of fiction.  So great, that I wanted to share them with you.


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Pressed Penny Magnets

I have a confession my friends, I'm a total nerd when I travel.  I collect smashed pennies!  Wherever I go, if there's a penny machine I have to have one.  Some people collect pens or shot glasses-- I collect pennies.

I've been doing this since I was a kid, which means I have TONS of pennies!  Jason and I broke down and bought a penny passport to store all of our pennies at one point.  But at one point we had so many we had to triple up on slots.  And I wanted to do something different with them.  So I emptied out the passport, and did some thinking...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Lost at Horsetail Falls

My first adventure in California after Jason left for South Korea was one giant mess.  It was a big reminder for me of just how out of touch with singledom I had become.

I decided I wanted to go for a hike.  I didn't really know many people at my new job that well, so I went online and started researching nearby hiking trails.  Having lived in three different cities, all with hiking trails within city limits-- and all that I was pretty familiar with, I was a bit rusty at searching for quality hiking trails.

That was mistake one.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Banana Smoothie Muffins

I love to start my day with a delicious smoothie!  Those of you who have been following this blog for a while an attest to that.

I've shared some of my favorites with you right here:  The Monster Smoothie, The Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie, and The Apple-Kale Smoothie.  It's the perfect way to get protein, veggies, and fruit in your breakfast.  Plus, I can drink them during the car ride to work.

Monday, September 1, 2014

A Shift in Focus

Forgive me readers, I've committed the ultimate blogging sin-- it's been about four months since my last blog post.  I won't bother you with excuses... because I don't have any.  I've been doing a lot of thinking over the last few months about me, my life, and my blog.

Last year, I put a lot of emphasis on weight loss as Jason and I embarked on a journey to lose weight and get him to Korea.  At the end of last year, and for the first half of this year-- I've struggled with stress and gained some of my weight back.  I've had a hard time finding the motivation to get back into my healthy living style and have stayed away from this blog, since that was the main focus of my posts.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Food Slut

It's time for me to come clean about something I'm not proud of.  Despite my wanting to get my act together and finally get back into a routine of healthy eating and being active-- it's all just words.  Once I log off my computer, I plop my much bigger booty in front of the TV, and start whoring around with the junk food in my house.  Yes, I said whoring around with junk food.  Chips, cookies, ice cream, candy-- you name it, I've taken it up as a lover.... sometimes putting entire packages into my body all at once.

At first, it was just once in a while.  A little backslide into old habits to deal with the fact that I'm lonely and missing Jason.  Then, it became once a week...

I'm up to multiple days a week now.  People, yesterday I ate an ENTIRE tube of Pillsbury-Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls for breakfast... they were cooked.  Don't worry,  I had enough restraint to wait until they were fully cooked....

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:

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...

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