Holiday Workout Playlist

Happy Wednesday Friends!  We are halfway through the week now, hows your week going? I feel like the last couple of days have just been a whirlwind of work, momming and preparing for the holidays.  Tis the season I suppose.  Speaking of the season, are you a fan of Christmas music?  I must admit, that I really haven’t listened to much of it the last several years.  The hubs is not into it, and I just didn’t go out of my way to listen to it.

This year though, this year the babies are all about it!  So needless to say, I have been making up for lost Christmas music time.  While looking for some upbeat seasonal tunes, I had the idea to make a holiday workout playlist.  A little cheesy I know, but I am looking forward to using it for my class right around Christmas.  It is also great, upbeat background music while cooking, cleaning or for a holiday party.  I just love some of the remixes I stumbled across.  The DMX remake of Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and the Sia song are two of my favorites and my little guy has been asking to listen to the Jackson 5 version of Santa Claus is Coming to Town all week.

Holiday Workout PLaylist

If you prefer (and have Spotify), here is the playlist link.

 

Christmas music, yay or nay?  If you are a fan, what are some of your favorites?

Hope you have a wonderful day!

 

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Sweet potato breakfast bowl

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Hey guys!  Hope you had a wonderful Monday and your Tuesday is off to a great start.  Today I wanted to share a quick breakfast idea with you.  I started making this a few weeks ago when I needed a break from oatmeal and happened to have a surplus of sweet potatoes.  This is a great meal plan/prep breakfast because you can cook your sweet potatoes over the weekend, then quickly assemble your breakfast bowls during the week.  It is also a great option when you are trying to eat up the last odds and ends in the fridge.  While I added a couple of things (collagen – for some protein and cinnamon – for flavor) to my mix, at its heart the base is only sweet potato and your milk of choice, and the topping options are endless!

Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl

Ingredients:

1 large or two small cooked (steamed, roasted, etc) sweet potatoes, peeled

1/4 – 1/3 cup almond milk (I use this one)

1 scoop Collagen (optional)

Dash Cinnamon

Toppings:  Get creative here.  I went with banana, raspberries and pumpkin seeds.  Any variety of fruits or nuts (or chocolate chips) would be great though.  If you want to add a little sweetness, try a drizzle of maple syrup or honey.

Directions:  Mash up sweet potato and mix in almond milk, collagen (if using) and cinnamon.  Microwave for about one minute, until heated through.  Top as desired and enjoy!

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Let me know if you give it a try!  Hope you have a great day!

Weekend Recap – Play time and Petting Zoos

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Hey guys! How was your weekend? We had a pretty good one over here.  On Friday after work and school, we enjoyed a little play date at the park. The kids had a great time playing with their friends, and I got to catch up with some of my friends. After the park, the babes and I took our time going home, so we could drive through a few neighborhoods and check out Christmas lights. It was the perfect relaxing evening after a long week.

Saturday morning started with a great breakfast! I made an egg scramble with spinach, potato and a little bacon, then sprinkled a little cheese on top and broiled it for just a minute. I then doused it with hot sauce. On the side is a piece of waffle with warm cherries and whip cream. I didn’t love how the waffles turned out.  But everything is good with cherries and whip cream!

After breakfast, I went to teach my class (it was a fun one, I have such a great group of regulars). Then we took the babies to the playground for a bit. I was afraid it would be too cold for the park, but it was actually a beautiful day, about 60 and sunny.

The rest of Saturday was just what I needed. I had been feeling a bit run down recently and needed to decompress. The hubs had a work event, so the babies and I just relaxed. We watched a movie, played Legos, I made some biscotti (recipe coming soon), and just enjoyed each other’s company.

After the babies were tucked into bed, I enjoyed a cup of tea, read a bit (I am currently reading Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire) and was in bed by 9:00, crazy Saturday night over here.

Sunday morning I was very happy with my early bedtime decision when the little miss decided we should get up at 4:30. The dude joined us around 5:30 and I was hoping to let the hubs sleep in, so we went “on an adventure” to get donuts and to look at Christmas lights that were still on in the darkness of the early morning. We stumbled across some great displays and it was a fun little morning with my babes. The hubs was also not bummed about waking up to donuts.

Later in the morning, I met my book club ladies for brunch. We went to a new to me restaurant called Sazerac.  It was a cute Cajun place and I loved the decor! The food was pretty great too. I got the Eggs Sardou, which was spinach and artichokes with poached eggs and a hash brown casserole, it was really good.  The eggs are served on top of an artichoke heart.

We do a book exchange for the holidays, and I am pretty excited to read my new book, Running: A Novel.  Which is not about actual running, but rather a group of friends on the run.  It looks interesting.

In the afternoon, we took the kids to a Holiday/Santa event. We didn’t end up seeing the big guy (the line was SO long), but we did have fun with the rides and the petting zoo.

The kids were pretty tired by the time we got home, so we fed them a quick dinner and got them ready for bed. The hubs and I then enjoyed a late dinner after they went to bed. While I was starving by the time we ate, it was a nice to catch up a little one on one, and a relaxing way to wrap up the weekend.

So friends, how was your weekend? What do you have going on this week? Hope you have a great day!

Friday Favorites – 12/8/17

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Happy, happy Friday! How was your week? Any big weekend plans? I have book club this weekend and am hoping to get some cleaning in between activities with the kiddos. I also want to work on some planned posts, I have a recipe and a holiday-themed workout I’d love to share with you guys soon!

Before we get to the weekend, let’s talk favorites. I love taking a moment to reflect on Fridays on the highlights from the week.

First up, this little cutie turned 10 yesterday!  I can’t believe it.  He has been the best little friend and fur baby a girl could ask for and has always been right there when I needed him.  Moglei is still the sweetest little guy and we enjoyed showering him with extra treats and attention to celebrate his big day.

Earlier this week we had a cookie exchange at work. I love baking, so it was fun to prepare and helped me get more into the holiday spirit (I had felt a little blindsided by it being December already). I tried to stick to only sampling the goodies that really spoke to me, and the fam loved digging into the rest.

Friend dates!

I always love an excuse to catch up with friends. I had a Chipotle lunch date with a friend and her adorable little baby this week.

I also met a friend to see Ladybird on Wednesday night, which I really enjoyed.

On a whim, I bought the babies Advent calendars this year. Which they love (who doesn’t like a daily chocolate), it has also been a fun way to practice number recognition with them. I picked these ones up at TJs for only .99 each.

I have also been admiring some sweet, baby twinkle toes this week. As it’s cooled off, the little miss has been rocking these slippers. I can’t help but smile every time I see her in them.

I feel like I have to include this popcorn because I have had a bag almost every day this week. It is so good! I found the individual bags at Fry’s but you can also get them at Target, or of course, Amazon.

On the workout front, it’s been a pretty mild week while I have been getting over a cold.  I did get in a couple OrangeTheory classes though, including a rowing heavy one that I really loved.  I also completed a couple shorter cardio and stretch sessions, as well as my usual teaching schedule.

Online this week:

I saw these Goldfish Cracker Christmas trees at Carter’s Cozy Nest and thought they were just so cute.  I think this would be a perfect little craft to do with the babies.

This letter about being brave, written by Corey at the Nostalgia Diaries to her daughter, was just so beautiful.

Questions: What are you loving this week?  Any big plans for the weekend?  Kind of random, but have you tried Buti Yoga?  It looks like an integrated movement/dance yoga, I really want to try it out.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Vegan Shepard’s Pie

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Hey guys, how are you today?  Not too shabby over here.  Yesterday was a bit calmer than Monday and Tuesday were, so I am feeling a bit more collected today.

Recently, it has cooled off and is feeling like winter (its Arizona, so we are talking 60s), which has put me in the mood for warm and cozy food.  Recently, I had a hankering for Shepard’s Pie, had a bunch of potatoes that needed to be eaten, and wanted a satisfying vegetarian meal.  Which resulted in the creation of this delicious dinner!

If you have leftover potatoes in the fridge, this meal can be pulled together and ready for the oven in minutes.  If you need to make your potatoes first it takes a little longer but is totally worth it.  Made as described below, this meal is actually vegan, and a total comfort food dish.  My family loved it!

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Vegan Shepard’s Pie

Step 1:  If you need to make the mashed potatoes (if you already have leftover mashed potatoes, skip to the next step:

Ingredients:

  • 5-6 russet potatoes, peeled and diced (my potatoes were medium-sized, if yours are really big or small, adjust the count accordingly).
  • 3/4-1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Boil your potatoes in salted water or broth (I used Better Than Bouillon to add a little flavor) until fork tender.  Drain and return to pan or a bowl.  Add almond milk (start with half a cup and continue to add small amounts until desired consistency is reached) and blend or mash.  I used a hand mixer so I could have smooth potatoes, but hand mashing works too.  Mix in salt and pepper to taste.

To make gravy:

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, minced
  • 1/2 tsp (about 1 clove) garlic, minced
  • 2 cups veggie broth or Better Than Bouillon
  • 2 tablespoons flour

Directions: Add olive oil and onions in a saute pan, cook until onions are soft and starting to brown.  Add garlic and stir for about 30 seconds, until fragrant.  Slowly start stirring in flour, forming a roux.  While continuously stirring, slowly add all broth.  Continue to stir frequently until gravy thickens and begins to reduce.

Other ingredients:

  • 4 cups mixed vegetables  (I used peas, green beans, carrots, and celery, but any vegetables that roast well will work well here).
  • French fried onions (optional)

Directions: After making gravy, add vegetables to the gravy.  Ladle into an 8×8 baking dish.  Spoon potatoes over the top, sprinkle with onions if desired.  Bake at 375 for 45-55 minutes.

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*Try to cut the vegetables into uniform sizes, baking time will be influenced by how large the veggies are, and how soft you like them.

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Please let me know if you give it a try.  What are some of your favorite cold weather meals?  I love soups and chili when it is cold out.

Hope you have a great day!

What I Ate Wednesday

Happy hump day! How was your Tuesday?  I started the day with a stubbed toe, a scraped hand and tried to put my pants on backward.  Not my smoothest of mornings, but it happens.  Despite a kind of rough start and a busy workday, it shaped up pretty well overall.  Thank goodness for a good workout to end the day, always leaves me feeling calmer.

For my post today, I am sharing a day of eats, this past Monday to be exact.  I feel like this is a pretty honest account of a stressful weekday’s eats for me. I had planned for some more exciting meals, but there was just no time.

A day in eats:

I started the day with a big cup of water, followed by an iced coffee and a hot tea. I still had a bit of a cold going on, and it had my throat dry and in need of all the beverages. My current favorite coffee combo is a scoop of collagen, splash of almond milk, cinnamon and a drop or two of liquid vanilla stevia.

A short time later I had some Ezekiel cinnamon raisin toast with butter (I ended up having a second slice) and an Emergen-C (all about the beverages!)

Once I got to work, I had a sweet potato breakfast bowl, for which I will be sharing the recipe next week. This was absolutely delicious, though slightly less pretty than the one pictured below. This one was from the weekend, my Monday one was all mixed together in a Tupperware.

We had a cookie exchange at work on Monday. I decided to participate even though I am trying to limit the sugar a little right now since it was such a dessert rush at Thanksgiving and with more coming for Christmas. I did just take the cookies home for the family, but couldn’t resist breaking into this chocolate peanut candy my coworker makes each year.  It is so good. I’d like to say I just had a piece, but that would be a fib. I ate the whole bag over the course of the workday (no regrets).

For lunch, I had leftover ham, green beans, and twice baked potato. The hubs loves ham, so I planned a ham dinner for him on our actual anniversary. I also had a cute little mandarin orange on the side.

After a busy afternoon, I snacked on this bag of kettle corn on my way to pick up the babies. I love popcorn and these individual bags are so convenient.

I had plans to make a big dinner, but we got home late, so leftovers and freezer items to the rescue! I made the babies picky plates out of leftovers and fruit. I cooked up a little more leftover ham with a bag of frozen veggies for myself, with some random seasonings. It was ready in about five minutes and actually really good. I also had a few chips with salsa while getting everything ready.

I went to a later Orangetheory class and needed a little something afterward so I ended the day with a smoothie made of almond milk, a scoop of Vega protein powder, half a banana and spinach.

All in all, not too shabby. I definitely got plenty of sugar in, but got a good amount of fruit and veggies as well.

Any recent eats you have really enjoyed? How do you take your coffee?

Hope you have a great day!

What did he say? – Significant other survey

Hey, hey! How are you today? Hope your week is off to a great start! Mine started off much busier than anticipated.  Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I definitely felt like I hit the ground running yesterday.

I saw this significant other survey on Erinn’s blog the other day, and especially with our anniversary over the weekend, thought it would be fun to do. I tried to get my three-year-old in on the fun as well, but he was not interested. It was a fun little activity with the hubs though!

This picture doesn’t really have anything to do with it, but this is my “what?!?” face, captured by the hubs, so it felt right.

What is something I say a lot?

I don’t know, I don’t think you have a particular saying, you ask for shoulder rubs a lot.

(True, he does give good shoulder rubs)

•How tall am I? 5’7″ (nailed it)

•Where is my favorite place? London (maybe, it is definitely my favorite city and I like to fantasize about moving there)

•What is my favorite thing to do? Hang out with the kiddos (definitely)

•What do I do when you’re not around? Cook (I usually try out new recipes on evenings the hubs works)

•If I became famous, what would it be for?  Some awesome recipes (aw, shucks, wouldn’t that be something)

•What is my favorite food? Tacos (maybe, they are definitely high-ranking).

•What is my favorite restaurant? Cafe Poca Cosa or Mi Niditos (I don’t think I could pick between the two. Both are local Mexican food, and both are amazing).

•If I could live anywhere, where would it be? Hawaii (the hubs and I had a several month’s long fantasy about moving to Kauai after our honeymoon)

•What do I do to annoy you? Nag (not my fault he sometimes needs…prompting)

•What is my favorite movie? I don’t know, maybe Idiocracy or something with Denzel (Well, it is what plants crave.  I don’t know that I have a favorite movie, but I do love Denzel Washington).

•Who is My Celebrity Crush? Apparently Common (I had mentioned he was cute recently, lol)

•You get a phone call that I am in trouble, who am I with? Probably the little dude (I’m not much of a rule breaker, but if I got in trouble it would probably some sort of momma bear moment).

Wanna play along?  Ask you hubs or little one to answer a question and share it in the comments.

Hope you have a great day!