Last weekend, we traveled to New Orleans to get some inspiration for our blog! In a city full of culture and great food, we definitely found it! Besides just hanging out on Bourbon Street and eating pizza at the daiquiri place on every corner, we took a city tour and ate really amazing food. A couple of things that we plan on making for Tasty Tuesday include Pickled Green Beans and Fried Green Tomatoes! We also had an Irish Coffee (coffee/creamer with Jameson whiskey) and now we’re obsessed.
One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to start getting healthy and fit. I hated the way I felt. I didn’t necessarily want to lose weight but start feeling better and I knew that it started with eating right and working out. My co-worker has been on the Beach Body 21 Day Fix plan for several rounds and she is what got me started. I didn’t have much faith in the program because it just didn’t seem like it would work. I mean, a 30 minute workout DVD at home and eating up to 1,500-1,799 calories a day to maintain my weight seemed very suspicious. I knew the only way to know is to give it a go!
I got my DVD’s and eating plan book in the mail and I was really excited…actually! I liked that I was in an accountability group on Facebook and everyone was so positive and motivating. It really helps keep you going. We were getting ready to start the program and the day before it started I sat down and made a grocery list and meal plan for the week! Yes, it took awhile since it was brand new but it is way easier than you think when you get the hang of it. I got the following containers to eat daily:
4 green (veggies), 3 purple (fruit), 4 red (protein), 3 yellow (carbs), 1 blue (healthy fats), 2 orange (seeds & dressings), and 4 teaspoons (nut butters & oils).
It really is so much food. Usually I didn’t eat all my containers (which you are supposed to).
Day 1: It is hard at first not eating whatever you want but I liked that I had a meal plan to keep me on track. This is an example of what my daily meal plan looked liked. (I usually kept it the same but my salads had different veggies in them and my dinners were different.)
Breakfast: Protein shake (1 red), banana (1 purple), and Peanut Butter (1 tsp.)
Snack: almonds (1 blue)
Lunch: Mixed veggies salad with romaine lettuce, tomatoes, banana peppers and seasoned Tuna (2 greens & 1 red) It’s that good you don’t even need salad dressing!
Snack: apple (1 purple) I usually ate this on the way home from work so that I wouldn’t be tempted to snack when I got home. I would get home and immediately work out.
Dinner: Chicken Stir Fry (1 red, 1 green, 1 yellow, 1 tsp.)
Snack: Peanut Butter (1 tsp.)
As you can see I didn’t use all my containers everyday and I felt so satisfied not to mention…HEALTHY!!
Now the (dreaded) workouts…
Everyday you do a different workout: Total Body Cardio, Upper Fix, Lower Fix, Pilates Fix, Cardio Fix, Dirty 30, and Yoga Fix.
As you know I was very suspicious I just didn’t think an at home workout DVD would really be a workout. Boy was I wrong! I was sweating like a pig and I usually don’t even sweat on a treadmill. They are really great workouts! They are hard at first but when I woke up the next day to sore to even put on my riding boots I was happy and wanted to continue.
Week 1: lost almost 1.6 lbs.
Week 2: lost 2.2 lbs.
Week 3: lost 1.2 lbs.
Total 5 lbs. and I wasn’t even trying to lose. I felt great and all my clothes fit better. Most importantly I felt happier, less stressed, and had more energy! 🙂
I went to a bistro about a month ago and ordered French Onion Soup. Ever since I finished my meal, I’ve been wanting more and decided that I had to make it! Although it is time consuming (takes 1 1/2 days!), it’s so easy since it’s in a crock pot. I highly recommend making this – it tastes just like the one that I ordered!
– 3 pounds yellow onions, peeled, sliced, and cut into quarter-moons
– 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– 1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
– Freshly ground black pepper
– 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
– 10 cups beef broth
– loaf of french bread (2 slices per bowl)
– 1 1/3 to 2 cups grated Gruyere cheese (1/3 cup per bowl)
1. Place the onion slices in a 5-quart (or larger) slow cooker. Stir in the butter and olive oil, salt, and a generous quantity of black pepper.
2. Cover and cook on low overnight or for 12 hours. The onions should be dark golden brown and soft.
3. Stir in the balsamic vinegar and the broth. Cover and continue cooking on low for 6 to 8 hours. This is flexible; longer cooking will only intensify the flavors.
4. When you’re ready to eat, heat the oven to 350°F.
5. Place a slice of bread on the bottom of an oven-safe bowl. Then, ladle the soup and onions into the bowl. Top each bowl with a slice of bread and a generous amount of shredded Gruyere cheese.
6. Bake on a cookie sheet until the cheese is completely melted, about 20 minutes.
7. Turn the oven to broil and broil the soup for 2 to 3 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling and browned. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes, then enjoy!
*Adjusting Consistency & Thickness of the broth: If it seems a little thin or watery, you can quickly finish it off on the stovetop by simmering gently in a saucepan for 15 minutes or until the broth has reduced a little.
I absolutely love breakfast food and French Toast is my fav! French Toast is easier than it seems. I had never made French Toast for my husband before, so I decided to wake him up with the wonderful aroma! He loved it too! I served it with bacon, so of course I couldn’t go wrong! While we were cleaning up the dishes he said we need to do this every weekend! 😉 #bestwifey
-1 Egg (makes about 4 servings)
-1/4 cup of Milk
1. Beat in a shallow bowl the Egg, Milk, and Vanilla Extract (I don’t know the exact amount but my mother always said you can never have to much Vanilla).
2. Dip the bread in the mixture so that both sides are coated evenly.
3. Grease the griddle or skillet.
4. Cook bread on medium heat until both sides are brown.
5. When done cooking pour syrup over bread and sprinkle with powdered sugar for added sweetness.
This is an easy project that looks like a million bucks! I wish I could take all the credit on making this but my husband helped me. I never went to Home Depot for wood before so I needed him to guide me through it. I am ready for my next project because Home Depot will cut all the pieces for you. You can get started right when you get home!
-2 1x6x4 plank boards
-1 2×4 studs
1. Cut the 2×4 the same length as the 4ft boards
2. From the stud cut off 2 pieces 3.75″ for the sides
3. Stain all the pieces of your desired choice(wear gloves). I used MINWAX Dark Walnut stainer.
4. When finished drying glue the 1×6’s to the 2×4. Use clamps so it will hold together.
5. Glue the 3.75″ pieces to the 1×6’s.
6. I kept mine clamped together for a day to make sure it was secure. When finished I pulled out all the Starbucks coffee drink bottles, placed my floral decor, and stared at the beauty!