Latests 11/14

I did a flow class at yoga tonight and it was TOUGH. I think mostly because my entire body has been extremely sore the last few days. I did manage to get in my first full bind though! So now, 16 hours after I began my day, I am finally showered, in bed, and watching SOA. The chances of me falling asleep in the next 10 minutes are highly probable.

But, [hopefully] before that happens, I want to share this week’s latests!

We hopped over to Home Depot this weekend to grab some paint and FINALLY cover the god-awful orange that’s in our entry way downstairs. So far, we’ve only had time to put one coat on and it already looks fantastic! It really makes the space lighter and larger. We opted for Behr”s Manhattan Mist.

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Metamucil! Tyler and I are both adding more soluble fiber to our diets. And I gotta tell ya, it’s working wonders for my digestion- especially during the week when I load up on veggies and get stuck at a desk all day. It also helps lower cholesterol and maintain healthy blood sugar levels. The orange flavor isn’t that bad, either! (Has anyone/Is anyone taking this?!!)

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A cast iron skillet! We found one at an unbelievable sale price and couldn’t resist. I absolutely cannot wait to make frittatas and [more] cornbread!!!

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My music obsession for the past week or so has been Eminem’s new CD and the Dubstep Pandora station. Both are great for workouts.

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Well isn’t that a sad roundup of latests. There might be more that I’m forgetting to include, but I am .2 seconds away from getting some serious shut eye.

Tell me: What are some of your latests?

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Yesterday morning I woke up and wanted to bake a cake. So bake a cake I did. I pretty much perfected my moms wacky cake. And by ‘perfected’ I mean that I actually waited for it to cool before icing it. I have never had that kind of patience before. And it paid off. So tasty.

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And I ate a big dumb piece of that cake, so of course I had to take the dogs out somewhere so that I can burn at least one bite off. And I guess they needed the exercise too.

We headed to Edworthy Park because it was close and gave us what each of us wanted: water to ‘hippo’ in for Layla, bushes and trails for Reggie to sniff and pee on, and a steep hill for me to break a sweat. Happy group all around.

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I watched Vegucated. Have you seen it? It’s a documentary about a vegan women who chooses 3 different people in NYC to live a vegan lifestyle for 6 weeks and see how it affects their health and whether they’ll continue the lifestyle. Also, it showed lots of raw footage from slaughter houses which totally grossed me out. I mean, I was already aware of how yuck it was, but the images are just…..well, yikes. Tyler caught part of it and suggested we go vegetarian at least once a week. Ha! We shall see. PS: I like bacon.

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I FINALLY got a strength workout in. It has been almost two weeks since I did a legit strength workout, and I could almost immediately feel it. Heading to a yoga class afterwards really helped. Anyhoo, I opted for the workout at the bottom of this post. I chose to do each circuit 2x through. Layla joined in for most of it.

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In case you were wondering, I am a master at the camel pose (haha rhymes with camel toes!) Ok, not a master, but it was one of the few moves I hated and could never do without wanting to pass out, and now I really get into it.

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I came across this post on Job Applications. I am on THE EXACT SAME PAGE as this gal. Like take anything you’re frustrated in and raise it to the Nth power. Points include:

  • long application processes
  • the internet is a black hole
  • i have lots of education but never the EXACT stuff that’s desired
  • Full time v part time
  • It’s not what you know, it’s who you know
  • Social media
  • I’m so much more than a piece of paper!
  • No Canadian experience- you have no idea how much of a factor that is, although no one will admit it

If you’e still reading (fingers crossed at least a half dozen of you will make it this far) I thought I’d close out this post with something *i think* might be fun. You know when certain songs or smells or words or whatever consistently remind you of something else? Well, I decided to put my iTunes on shuffle and listen the first 10 songs that come up and explain what I think of whenever I hear each of those songs. Get it? Here goes:

1. Rude Boy- Rihanna. I always think of the route I take when I do an outdoor run in my hometown (Glens Falls, NY) I would run from my parents house to the high school and back and I think I did it a few too many times when I first added this song to my playlist because I think I heard it almost every time I got to this one intersection and would have to run in place.

2. Genie in a Bottle- Christina Aquilera. I can ALWAYS picture the outfit she wore in this video. It prompted me to buy a pair or baggy orange pants, too. Believe me, I didn’t look anything even CLOSE to her.

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3. Lose Yourself- Eminem. Oak Square YMCA Tuesday night Kix class and having Sarah freak out because it was her favorite. (Sorry only about 6 of you will get this. And probably laugh. Hi Sarah! Now you know I’m thinking of you!) And I picture Mekhi Phifer.

4. Paradise- Coldplay. Makes me want to be in the crowd of one of their concerts and wave glowsticks.

5. Just Dance- Lady Gaga. First time I heard this song I was at me then-favorite bar, McFaddens (in Boston. And I just read that it closed! So sad, that was my favorite place when I was 21) and was wearing a gaudy purple top and only knew the words ‘just dance’ and jumped throughout the entire song. Then the bartender gave me and my friend shots.

6. Kung Fu Fighting- Carl Douglas. Class talent show back in elementary school. The grade above mine did a routine to this song and I can picture it like it was yesterday. Plus, I want to kick someone when I hear it. Not out of anger. Just out of awesome kung fu-ness.

7. Steve McQueen- Sheryl Crow. The summer I moved to NY I would ride my bike to the high school track then run the track while the boys football team was practicing. Like, every day. (Hi, are any of you from high school reading this? Are laughing about it? Cause I can’t believe I would do that.) I listened to Sheryl Crow ON MY DISCMAN. THAT I HAD TO CARRY IN A DRAWSTRING BACKPACK. #firstworldproblems

8. What’s Your Fantasy- Ludacris. HAHAHHAHAHAHAHA ok, this is ridiculous. I remember being on the middle school track team and one of the girls on my team would sing it verbatim. Odd song for a pre-teen to know. And now I just laugh. And also know the WHOLE song by heart (singing aloud to it RIGHT NOW)

9. Harder to Breathe- Maroon 5. Held a party at my house while my parents were gone the summer I graduated high school. String christmas lights in the basement (you know the kind that have all those different flashing options) and someone brought the Maroon 5 CD over and it played on repeat the whole night. Also, I was fascinated that the beat of this song went oh so well with the particular flash setting for the christmas lights.

10. How Bizarre- OMC. Driving from NY to MA when I was little. And going to Salem, MA and seeing a liquor store named ‘The Bunghole’

So there you have it for odd memory associations! I’d love to hear some of yours!!

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Best Banana Bread

Well, hello there. I hope this Hump Day is treating you all well. I am currently typing this in my pajamas (typical), on the couch, watching trashy day-time TV with the dog cuddled up next to me. Don’t shoot me out of jealousy just yet, I am also on the hunt for a job and predict that I will be miserable, in pants, and behind a desk in the near future.

Just thought I’d pop in real quick to share some random bits with you. Shall we get started?

  • I made the TASTIEST banana bread yesterday (I forgot to allocate for the altitude and therefore it did not cook enough for me, but I crumbled it up and stored it in an air-tight container for future dessert and snacking use). I still thought I HAD to share the recipe, because it really can’t be passed up (I know, I know, how many recipes for banana bread do you see on the internet? The answer: LOTS)

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Here’s What you Need:

  • 2 c almond flour
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c coconut milk
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1/4 c agave
  • 2 ripe bananas (mashed)

Here’s What you Do:

  1. In a bowl, combine the almond flour, cinnamon, and soda. Set aside.
  2. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, then add the coconut milk, vanilla, agave and bananas. Stir until incorporated.
  3. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture.
  4. Pour in a prepared loaf pan and bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes.

You can totally mess up and not let it fully cool like I did then have banana bread bits to toss in your yogurt for later!

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  • The strength portion of my workout yesterday was a Deck of Cards workout. I wrote up my entire week’s workout plan earlier this week, but I didn’t specifically designate which exercises I would do for this specific workout. Knowing that I wanted to target, ummm, my WHOLE body, I came up with these moves:
    • ♥= Jump Squats
    • ♦= Pushups
    • ♣= Side plank hip dips (each side)
    • ♠= Weighted donkey kicks (each side)

Video Demonstrations can be found here: Jump Squats, Side plank Hip dips, Weighted donkey kicks

  • This is one of my favorite new songs right now. I kept hearing it in the car and tried Shazaam-ing it, but Shazaam doesn’t recognize it. I did the grunt work and found it the old fashioned way (google), and here ya go:
  • (Ok, apparently, the video doesn’t want to appear, so here’s a link: http://youtu.be/gAwj-EuZc2w)
  • WARNING: I am not PROMOTING the following. I am simply allowing you to use my link to get 20% off if you are interested. OK?!

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K, that’s all. For now..

Thursday Things

1. Check out this little craft I did yesterday that cost only $5 and took about 5 minutes to complete:

Each of those 81/2×11″ frames were 25 cents and the scrapbook paper was 99cents a sheet!

I have two other christmas craft projects that I might wait to complete over the weekend (it includes paint and candles and glitter and glue and all that jazz)

2. Last night’s dinner was FANTASTIC. I took the recipe from SkinnyTaste, and only tweaked it a bit. <—because I am terrible at converting ounces to grams and then usually halving the recipe for just the two of us. Yes, pretty much everything here is in grams which drives me freaking batty.

Chicken and Broccoli Noodle Casserole

Here’s what you need:

  • 2 large boneless chicken breasts
  • 3 cups no yolk noodles
  • 1 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large crown of broccoli
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/8 cup minced onion
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar
  • 3 tbsp parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp bread crumbs

Here’s what you do:

1. Put the chicken in the crock pot on high for roughly 4 hours and shred with two forks when it’s done. (submerge the chicken in chicken broth, enough to cover the meat- this is not included in the list of ingredients0

2. Cook the noodles until they are almost al dente. Strain and set aside.

3. Preheat oven to 375, spray 8×8 with cooking spray.

4. Put the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and allow it to simmer for about a minute. Then add the broccoli florets. Turn the heat to low and cover the skillet to allow the broccoli to steam.

5. In a large pot, add the butter. Once it’s melted, throw in the onion and allow the onion to soften for a few minutes. Add the flour until incorporated. Then add the chicken broth and whisk thoroughly. Add the milk and bring the mixture to a boil (stirring occasionally). Once brought to a boil, turn it back down to medium heat and allow 6-7 minutes for mixture to thicken. Remove from heat, and add the cheddar cheese and 1 tbsp parmesan. Mix well.

6. Add shredded chicken, noodles, and broccoli to the cream mixture in pot.

7. Pour the mixture into the 8×8 dish. Top with remaining 2 tbsp parmesan cheese and bread crumbs.

8. Bake for 20 minutes, then allow it to sit under the broil for a couple minutes to allow the top to brown.

9. Eat! (We added some sriracha to our portions. yum!)

 

(I always use the smaller plates for my meals, and leave the big plates for Tyler. Perception of having the plate full can really deceive your eating habits!)

3. I worked out at home yesterday and did the strength workout B from Best Body Bootcamp. It was an interesting workout, and I adjusted a few moves to accommodate the equipment I have. The toughest one was what I substituted for hamstring curls- I actually used my gliding discs for these. Yikes, my hammies were screaming after that set. There were cardio intervals within the supersets and I finished it off with some kickboxing. Check out this super flattering picture.

(Notice that my HEAD is wider than my entire body. Oy)

4. It was during my workout (in ‘my’ room) that I noticed it’s been a while since I updated my calendar.

Just a few months off. No biggie. But July is my favorite. 4th of July, my birthday, summer= all happy things.

5. A lot of people do throwback thursday pics. Since I am now 3000 miles from home, I couldn’t really bring any of my stuff with me, so I don’t really have any of my childhood pictures. But I do have this gem that my mom somehow brought this summer.

It was my understanding that in 5th grade, prescription sunglasses were HOT. Looking at it now: NO THEY’RE NOT.

6. I got shout outs on both Leigh AND Alison’s blogs today (ladies, I am totally stealing that post soon!) Woo hoo!

7. It’s not a new song, but it’s been a huge player this week in my workouts. Love me some hip hop/electro mixes (mostly the hip hop part though). The best part:

Ugly girls be quiet, quiet, pretty girls clap, clap like this
Ugly girls be quiet, quiet, pretty girls clap, clap like this

(I obviously clap)

Pretty Girls (Benny Benassi remix)

What song (new or old) do you have on heavy rotation lately?

This week’s eats and beats

Some of this week’s eats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week’s music downloads:

 

That’s all for now. Talk to you later!