Family and Time

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I sometimes find myself running around like crazy to clean the house and do the wash…now in the middle of that I have a soon to be 2-year-old following me around saying “up mommy up” or should I say more like screaming “UP MOMMY UP!” In the next room I have a 6-year-old just making a complete mess of everything I just cleaned up.  Books, toys, and clothes everywhere.  The 6-year-old has just changed into her 8th outfit of the day. Now she is wearing her workout clothes, in hopes I will be going to the gym soon.

Oh right the gym (CRAP! I yell to myself)…that $55 a month membership I pay to workout and feel better about myself. I have been really trying to make time for myself to go to the gym. So I get dressed and out the door I go. I feel so good after and happy I did.

Then comes the rest of the day of one thing after another. So and so called out of work. There is nothing in the house for dinner need to make a stop. The 6-year-old needs to get to karate. Wait it isn’t Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday…thank goodness I didn’t have a clean uniform for her to wear anyway. Ok get your homework done. Honey I need work clothes for tomorrow. The next thing I know it is midnight and I realize I haven’t showered after the gym.

As I sit there and think about my day, I often wonder how did it all get done, why do we push ourselves to do so much, and why does it matter? I walk in my daughter’s room and it hits me. Them! I give them each a kiss fix their blanket and go to bed. I lay there as I drift off to sleep and think they are the reason why. They are ones that keep me going crazy. They are the reasons everything gets done, why I push myself so much, and why it matters.

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Easy Baked Apples

My daughter will do just about anything if I make these for her!  There are only 3 ingredients and they are ready in about 45 minutes total time.  I like to make them with baked pork chops as a sweet side instead of apple sauce, especially in the winter because it makes the house smell heavenly!

What you will need:

  • A baking dish (I use a 5 x 5 deep dish for 3 medium apples)
  • 3 or 4 medium apples (I like Macintosh)
  • About 1/4 cup of light brown sugar
  • About a tea spoon of cinnamon

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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Clean,peal and slice your apples. (pealing is not necessary, my daughter just likes them that way)
  3. Sprinkle with cinnamon to lightly cover
  4. Add brown sugar
  5. Mix to coat
  6. Cover with aluminum foil and place in oven for 25-30 minutes.

Makes enough for 3 as a side dish.

 

Stay the Course

Today,  as I was trying to do 10 things at once because I had a day off and wanted to accomplish everything, I realize how easy it is to fall off course and accomplish nothing! No matter if it’s with your diet, household chores, your business, or any other part of your life… many people have a tendency to let things send them off on a detour.

Sometimes, it may be because we try to get too many things accomplished at once. We are, as a society, multitask oriented.  We even raise our children to be involved in multiple activities which often times conflict with each other and our schedules!

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Sometimes, we get distracted by something we discover.  For instance, today I was cleaning out the guest bedroom and happened upon some old business cards… I got to wondering where are these people today? What did I do? I got right on social media  and started to search for them. Before I knew it, 15 minutes had gone by and I hadn’t found anything out about them and was now 15 minutes behind in my schedule to get the room cleaned up and get my daughter from school on time!

Other times we get off course with things such as a diet or exercise. We tell ourselves there’s a great show on TV and missing one day of walking won’t really matter!  Or boy that piece of chocolate cake looks really good, one piece won’t really matter.   And you know what?   Missing just one won’t really matter except often one time or one piece turns into many more   I speak from experience, I have lost the same 6 pounds each month for the last six months!

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Many things in life  that are truly important  require persistence and effort.  They require a commitment!    To help you stay on course in your life no matter what it is you’re trying to accomplish, Try these helpful tips:

  1. Remember the WHY, that got you started doing what you are doing.  What was it that made you decide that this was important for you to do? Focus on that.
  2. Each day before you go to bed take five minutes and write down a plan for the three most important things you need to get done the next day.
  3. Set aside a specific time to get those things done and do not let distractions get in the way. If that means locking yourself in the bathroom to get away from the dog and the kids, then do it!

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Honey Mustard Chicken and Baked Sweet Potatoe Fries

As promise yesterday, I have a deliciously sweet and spicy dish for you. I found the original recipes on My Fitness Pal’s Blog and Pinterest and then modified them to fit my lifestyle and kitchen supplies ;-).

I love seasoned sweet potato fries!  What’s not to like right?  Sweet and salty at the same time and a good source of fiber! They also have less carbs and calories than regular potatoes.  But here’s the thing…I have to stay away from fried foods. 😦  So I scoured the internet for a baked version.  Here’s what I found out…If I want simple and easy, they are not going to be crispy.  I’m okay with this, because as long as it has flavor, I can deal with them being a little on the soft side.  These were very flavorful and relatively easy to make!

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I like recipes that I can reduce or increase as needed.  My husband and daughter don’t really like variety so I often have to make a separate meal for me.  This recipe is for 1 medium potato, but the original recipe was for 2.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Scrub the potato and slice it into strips about 1/4 inch wide (I do not own a very good knife so this was a little challenging but I did the best I could lol)
  3. Mix all the ingredients in a plastic, resealable bag and add the sliced potatoes. Seal bag and shake well until all the potatoes are well coated.
  4. Place the slices in a single layer on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.
  5. Place in the oven for 25-30 minutes.

Source for recipe: Gimme Some Oven Blog

I paired the sweet potato fries with honey mustard chicken breast. I love the blend of spicy mustard with sweet honey and spices.  This was a very easy and tasty recipe. The original recipe was created for 24 ounces of chicken, but I only needed about 1/2 of that, so I modified the amount of the ingredients. I also didn’t include parsley because I didn’t have any handy.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1/8 cup of honey
  • 1/8 cup of spicy mustard
  • 1/2 Tbsp of dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 Tbsp of lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste (I used about 1/4 tsp.)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Rinse and pat dry the chicken breast, place in a baking dish, salt and pepper.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients.
  4. Pour the mixture over the two breasts to coat.
  5. Place in oven and bake for 40 minutes.

Enjoy!

Source for recipe:  MyFitnessPal – Hello Healthy Blog

 

Out and About

Usually on Mondays or Tuesdays, I try to cook something new or make a healthier version of a favorite food.  This week has already gotten away from me, lol.  One thing I discovered in my mad rush to find something quick to eat for lunch yesterday was a new dish at Wawa. (For the readers who do not have a Wawa, it’s a chain of retail convenience stores in 6 states along the east coast.)  Back to my discovery…it’s a Burrito Bowl!

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It is offered in 4 varieties and allows customization.  I chose the chicken without the cheese sauce.  Ordered this way, it’s a pretty healthy option packed with protein and plenty of fiber (both from the black beans) and very tasty!  Since I’m trying to lose weight and be more healthy, this was a great find!

Why am I telling you all this?  It’s not because I’m working for Wawa or promoting their product. I’m simply saying that, if you find yourself on the run and needing to pick up something fast, look for healthy options. They’re out there!

Stay tuned…I’m making a delicious baked chicken dish tonight!

 

2 Fun Things You Can Do with 10 Minutes. 

OK, so after spending the day cleaning, shopping and preping for Super Bowl 50, I decided to do a little posting about 2 things that only take 10 minutes each.

I wanted to share one of my favorite snacks for parties or gatherings.  I call it my Tostitos dip.  It only takes about 10 minutes together and is always a crowd pleaser.


Ingredients:

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 15 oz of your favorite salsa (I use Tostitos chunky salsa medium. Which is how I came up with the name for the dip ;o))
  • 3 oz of sliced black olives
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese of your choice. (I like a Colby/jack blend)

Instructions:

  1. Select a shallow dish. I used a 12 X 12 inch dish.
  2. Spread the cream cheese in an even layer.                                     img_3986
  3. Add the salsa and spread all over the cream cheese.
  4. Sprinkle the sliced olives all over the salsa.                                                                        
  5. Sprinkle the shredded cheese to lightly cover.                                                                  
  6. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. This can be made the night before.  
  7. Take it out about 15 minutes before you want to have it. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips.

After I had everything all set, I found myself with a little time for me!  So I treated myself to my favorite exfoliating peel.

This only takes 10 minutes and about 6 drops, but makes my skin feel as though i went to a spa for a facial. It smells heavenly and my skin is soft, smooth and more firm after I rinse it!

At 50, I look forward to these 10 minutes a couple times a week to keep my skin looking younger!

So, there you have it…2 great things to do with 10 minutes!!  One for the crowd and one for you. Enjoy!

Maple Glazed Broiled Salmon

Yummy!  That’s what this dish is!

I love ordering salmon when I go out to dinner and have often wished I could have all wonderful flavor at home. Tonight, I got exactly that with this extremely easy recipe!  Not only is it easy, but I made it and my steamed veggies in 30 minutes from start to finish. That is very important to me because, like many parents today, I’m constantly on the run with work and my daughter’s busy schedule.  It’s so important to find healthy meal options that can be prepared quickly.

Ingredients: (meal for 2)

  • 2 – 6oz salmon filets
  • 2 Tbsp Pure Maple Syrup
  • 3 Tbs[ Balsamic vinegar
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 2 cups of broccoli florets
  • 2 cups of baby carrots

Instructions:

  1. Mix the maple syrup and the balsamic vinegar together in a plastic resealable bag and place the salmon in the bag.  Seal and let marinade for 10 minutes.
  2. While the salmon is marinading, place your broccoli and carrots in a steamer.
  3. Remove the salmon from the bag and place on a broiling pan.  Baste with more of the marinade and salt and pepper to taste.  Broil for 10-12 minutes.
  4. Steam the vegetables for 10 minutes.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition:  Calories 452; Total Fat 13g; Saturated Fat 0g; Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 303mg; Carbohydrates 37g; Fiber 6g; Sugar 25g; Protein 45g  (source of nutrition from http://www.myfitnesspal.com

This recipe is based on original recipe from Hello Healthy at blog.myfitnesspal.com