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How To Cook a Turkey, By Kristy (Age 8)

10 Jan

how to cook a turkey


This was re-written by my grandmother, but I’m sure my mother has the original somewhere. I’d say Zach is happy I’m a better cook now than I was back then. Happy Friday!

Will I Ever Learn My Lesson?

2 Jan

This morning’s desk breakfast is oatmeal, which never, ever keeps me full until lunch, but apparently I will never learn my lesson:

desk breakfast

This time, I added 2 egg whites and a scoop of peanut butter to the oats to give them some staying power, and paired them with a pear on the side. The oats were really thick and creamy and delicious. I also drizzled some honey on them and cooked them in almond milk. Surely I’ll be starving by 10:00, but I was just craving a hot bowl of oats this morning!

I need to talk about my fitness plan. I’m feeling overwhelmed by my fitness desires lately. I want to do more running, and I also want to keep up with the Jamie Eason LiveFit Trainer (which I put on hiatus over the holidays), and as of today, I really want to get back to going to my group fitness classes, but it just doesn’t seem like there are enough hours in the day to meet all of my fitness wants.

This morning, I went back to the 6:15 Cardio Fusion class at my gym. I used to attend this class incredibly regularly, but I stopped going altogether after the half marathon and starting the LiveFit Trainer.

Whew, it was a rough one! Here’s what we did:


Circuit 1: 30 seconds work/15 seconds rest; 2 times

– Sumo squat with dumbbell curl
– Push up, then move foot to elbow
– Renegade row (on each arm), with burpee
– Dumbbell curl with push out to squat
– Bent over dumbbell row to flye

Cardio blast: Run the length of the gym and back with Bosu over your head, then do 6 Bosu push ups. Repeat run, followed by 6 Bosu burpees, repeat run followed by 6 mountain climbers on Bosu — do 2 x

Hold wall sit, then raise each leg for 8 reps. Then hold wall sit again for 2 8 counts. 

Circuit 2: 30 seconds work/15 seconds rest; 2 times

– Half get ups (right) with dumbbell
– Side lunge (right) to curtsy lunge with curl (alternate lateral raise every other time)
– Half get ups (left) with dumbbell
– Side lunge (left) to curtsy lunge with curl (alternate lateral raise every other time)
– Chest flyes with double leg lower on floor

Repeat Cardio Blast

Do one set of all 10 exercises from both circuits, 30 seconds work, 15 seconds rest 

Cool down and STRETCH! ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Whew!! My heart was pumping and I sure was glad to reach the stretch portion of this class! This workout made me realize how much I miss going to this class. It’s so nice to wake up, throw on my workout clothes and shoes, and just go to the gym. No need to make a plan, no need to make sure my phone is charged, no untangling my headphones.

However, I am loving the muscle building that is going on with LiveFit. As much as I love my class, it’s more of a fast-paced, low-weight, high rep class with emphasis on fat burning. I need to figure out a way to fit it all in with running as well. Which means that I won’t be following LiveFit strictly anymore. I think because the Cardio Fusion class meets 2x a week, I can probably fit in one of those days. Since I made two fitness resolutions (run 600 miles this year and make a specific strength training plan each week), I will have to sit down and figure out how to fit it all in. I will keep you updated!


In other food news, I wanted to share my dinner from last night:

good luck dinner

I had to fit our cabbage in yesterday, and what better way to do that than with sauerkraut!? I made smoked sausage sauteed with peppers, onions and kraut, the Pioneer Woman’s crash potatoes, and roasted broccoli. It was so delicious, and I feel luckier already!

Question of the Day:
Do you ever feel like you can’t fit in all the different kinds of workouts you want to do? 



Healthy Steps Portion Control Utensils Upgrade

8 Sep

I subscribe to Bulu Box, which is a monthly box service for health and fitness supplements. Well, I also follow them on Twitter and last week they had a contest to win a Utensils Upgrade, with the prize of a set of Healthy Steps portion control utensils, and I won!


The box arrived today and it was like Christmas! Kelsey at Bulu Box wrote me a very nice personalized card and I got six awesome utensils. Of course, the kitties were thrilled with the box full of tissue paper. Who needs toys when you have garbage? The first thing I busted open was the Portion Control Dressing Cruet:

This thing rules. Not only does it have  a portion control lid, but it also has marked measurements on the side with ingredients so you can make your own dressings. The emulsifier in the bottle is also really great. I like making my own dressings, so this will come in handy.

The next exciting utensil was the perfect portion Pasta Basket:

I’m really excited to use this one, too. The handle has a hole that measures out a serving of long pasta and you can measure out small pasta directly in the basket. You can even cook the pasta directly in the basket! I’ll be buying one more of these so I can perfectly cook two servings of pasta every time for myself and Zach.

The third utensil I broke out was the Herb Multi-Tool. This is more of a healthy living tool than a portion tool, but it’s also super cool. It has a lock on the blade you can store it closed. The blade has circular cut outs for stripping herbs from their stems, and if you open the circular part at the top, there is also a rotary blade. Pretty cool.



I also got these other three tools:


On the top left, that is the Chicken Rotisserie tool, which claims to skin and debone a chicken or turkey perfectly. On the bottom left is a cereal portion scoop and on the left is the Tea Infuser.

You can purchase all of these products in the Healthy Living category of my Amazon Store. I’m in love with these products. There are tons of other tools that Healthy Steps offer. I love the starch server, the protein server and the ladle. They would be perfect for families wanting to watch their portions. The other tools they offer that I’d love to try are the cookie pro (makes uniform cookies for portion control), the nut bowl (perfect for portioning nuts for work snacks), and the cheese grater bowl.

Thanks so much to Bulu Box and Healthy Steps for the opportunity to try out these great products!

Question of the Day:
How do you watch your portions?