Well, first off I want to give a shout out to my girls Krys, Mandy, and Stacia!! These are three close girlfriends of mine from my old online home (a fitness site) and I am so happy that they have found their way to my blog. Don’t worry – none of them are the watermelon dress friend 😉 And I honestly don’t diss on her color choice and do think it can be pretty with her wedding plan…I just don’t think it will be a friendly color to a watermelon belly. But, then again, NO bridesmaid dress is going to be! 😉
But moving on. Today I am actually going to post about FOOD! Now, you may notice that I do not post my meals every day and sometimes not even a single mention of a meal for a week. The reason why I don’t do this is because feeling the need to document everything I eat with a photo is unnecessary and detrimental to me. Some people enjoy it, but I can get way too caught up in it too fast. I prefer to eat what I enjoy as long as it is all part of a healthy, balanced, moderate diet. I have spent way too much time analyzing everything I eat and allowing it to put me back into a bad relationship with food, so documenting it all is not good for me. I’m at a good place with my lifestyle and plan to stay that way. Plus, I prefer my blog to reflect the many aspects of who I am, not simply what I do in the kitchen. And I only get about 10 minutes to eat at any given time with a one year old at my feet, checking me out like this:
I will, however, post reviews of things I tried and enjoyed and recipes I experiment with. Today I decided to go for a yummy sounding recipe that the awesome Danica posted on her blog last week. Kung Pao Chicken. It sounded and looked oh so good. And it uses the appliance for people who don’t cook crock pot! Perfecto! Or however you would say that in Chinese. Anyhoo…it went like this…
Cut up 1 lb chicken breasts into chunks and place in slow cooker.
Mix together hoisin sauce, soy sauce, cooking sherry, ketchup, ginger, red pepper flakes, hot sauce.
Pour over and coat chicken in slow cooker. Cook on low 6 hours. Gotta love being able to go shopping for a few new workout clothes, play, read a book, and go to the gym while dinner is cooking 😉 I hit up TJMaxx and picked up a few workout tops and two sets of capris, all for $60!
So, I got to look cute while doing the following workout:
- 10 min elliptical warmup = 1.14 miles
- walking lunge + db pullover
- wide stance bb squat + incline bb bench press
- upright bb row + bb bicep curl
- 20 min treadmill = 4.0 speed, 5.0-7.5 incline
Back to the recipe. About 45 mins before serving, chop up your choice veggies.
Mix water and cornstarch. Throw in the water/cornstarch mixture and veggies for the final 30 minutes of cook time. Let simmer and get thick and yummy.
The TASTE of this was really good….but I was even able to screw this one up. I cooked it too long and the chicken was too dry. So, if you keep an eye on your cooking times I know it would be awesome! You can find the full recipe HERE.
To make up for the lackluster meal, my sister and I have been getting in some quality goofy time.
We decided to sort through some boxes of old books my parents brought over to salvage any that might suit Makenzie. It was very nostalgic. Can you tell I was an 80’s baby by my elementary school reading?
And we found this old joke book for children. Holy cow!!! There must have been a lot less of filtering what kids say and protecting kids back in our time. Here are some of the jokes we found while reading and laughing hysterically…
Nice, huh? Quality stuff for us kiddos! Another good one was “You’re just like scrambled eggs! — Why? — Because you get beaten often!” WOW! At least it provided some good laughs to think that we used to be entertained by this when we were under the age of 10. 🙂
Okay, time to watch The Biggest Loser! Have a great night!
- Anyone else still watching The Biggest Loser out there? I still enjoy the show, but I really wish that the producers would stop trying to get the oldest and biggest contestants. I much preferred when the contestants needed to improve their health and lose weight, but I could SEE the results throughout the show by visible increased fitness and health and better body composition through the show. I understand the larger contestants are in need of the help, but I don’t think how strenuous the expectations of the show are is suitable to them. It’s not as enjoyable to see contestants who aren’t really able to do anything and at the end of the season still have such a long way to go. They either need to extend the length of time contestants are at the ranch, or not have it be the biggest people they can find.
- Do you blog ALL of your meals? Just some of your meals? Or very rarely focus on your meals like I do? If you do blog your meals most of the time, does it ever wear you out or cause any negative thoughts/feelings/stress on your approach to food or what you’re eating? Do you ever feel guilty for eating something or not eating something?
- What’s a childhood joke you remember? Or what things were you into as a child?