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Fashion

Mixing Patterns

mixing patterns

 

Who says you can’t mix patterns?

Clearly, not me.

You have no idea how many times I’ve pulled out a leopard print belt and mixed it with stripes, floral, or in this case, butterflies. I also can’t call you how many times I’ve been styling someone and I’ve had them give me the stink-eye for suggesting they start mixing patterns. I swear, I won’t let you walk out of the fitting room looking crazy, I just want to see if you can pull it off. Fabrics, too. Cotton does not have to go with cotton, linen can be mixed with wool if you do it right.

So I my argument today is this denim skirt, cotton tank top, gold necklace, leopard belt, and polyester butterfly blouse. It can be done folks… it can be done.

Check out my Pinterest inspiration.

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Food, Savory

Buffalo Chicken “Hot Pocket”

This is delicious. You’ve been warned.

Buffalo Chicken Hot Pocket

Turns out, that after I made the Philly Cheesesteak Stromboli, I was destined to continue creating similar dinners, like this Buffalo Chicken Hot Pocket. So when one of my friends came over today, we decided chicken was going to be our main subject. Buffalo chicken, to be exact. But I had this feeling that I couldn’t just stuff some buffalo chicken in some dough and call it a day. So we went all the way: carrots, celery, ranch dressing, and cheddar cheese stuffed inside, too. The result? A very fabulous adult version of a Hot Pocket.

Buffalo Chicken “Hot Pocket”

Gather:
1 chicken breast
1 roll of whole wheat dough
1/4 cup of Franks Red Hot sauce
1 tablespoon of butter
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
3 tablespoons of Parmesan peppercorn ranch dressing
1 carrot, peeled and minced
1 stalk of celery, cut into small pieces

Topping:
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon garlic powder
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 450.

In a skillet, cook diced chicken cubes. Add butter and hot sauce, cook until chicken is cooked through and sauce has thickened. Should not be runny.

Cut dough in half. Roll each half into a 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness. Place on a cookie sheet.

In a bowl, add celery, carrots, cheddar cheese, ranch dressing. Mix. Add chicken from skillet into bowl. Mix.

Evenly scoop out mixture onto dough.

Buffalo Chicken Hot Pocket

 

Fold dough over chicken to enclose the filling. Flip over. Score two lines on the top.

Mix melted butter and garlic powder. Pour over the top of each “pocket.” Grate Parmesan cheese over the top.

Buffalo Chicken Hot Pocket

 

Place in oven. Bake 12-15 minutes, or until dough is golden brown. Remove from oven. Let cool for 5 minutes. Serve.

Life In General

Over Budget By An Onion

over budget

I made a decision to budget, clean out my cabinets, and monitor my eating better. And it all started because I got a credit card statement in the mail (yikes) and then noticed my cupboard was overflowing with food I keep buying, but don’t eat. (Closet Rice-A-Roni hoarder, here.)

Turns out if the Zombie Apocalypse happens, I’ve got enough food to ratio for months. And it’s not just beans and cans of tomatoes, I can make homemade soups, lasagna, burritos, cakes, pies, and even chili. Seriously, there’s enough to go around. Cereal for days, too.

So I decided I would not allow myself to purchase any food for at least a week. No new purchases. The only things I could have would have to already be in my freezer, fridge, or cupboard. Let me tell you, for the first five days, it wasn’t hard at all. Even by day seven, I still had a well-rounded meal: frozen fish, peas, and couscous. Really. So I kept going, to the point where all I really have left is a few boxes of rice, oatmeal, baking supplies, butter, frozen peas, frozen spinach, and all the fixings to make veggie lasagna. Actually, that’s not too bad.

But I was craving food. Fresh veggies and fruit to be exact.  And I was stuck. Do I cave and spend money, swipe the credit card again? OR do I wait it out another few days. Then I noticed the quarters in my car door… and I had an idea. If I could get in and out of the supermarket with only the change I had at my fingertips, I could do it. I counted: $1.87.

In I went for an orange and bananas. Two bananas, check. One orange, check. Oh wait, I miss having green peppers and they’re on sale. In went one to the basket.. then an onion… and then a kiwi. Whoops.

I checked out, and totaled $3.54. Quite over my budget, but since the self-checkout wasn’t taking my coins anyway, I took out two dollar bills and said what the heck.  To be fair, that’s over a week and a half with only spending $3.54 on food, which I have to say I’m proud of myself.

And it also makes me wonder how many people spend money on food, only to throw it out when it goes bad, when all they had to do was dig into their dry goods for week. I can’t be the only one.

Fitness, Health

Reasons You (and I) Are NOT Losing Weight

 Losing Weight

I am clearly not an expert on nutrition, but if I’ve learned anything in the last two years, it’s the following 8 things. I’ve learned more, but these have been key factors in if my waistline balloons or diminishes, or at least what I’ve noticed.

1. Not Drinking Enough Water

Simple enough, drink water. But for some reason when I look back on my day, I’ve had maybe one glass. The key is remembering that half the time you’re not hungry when reaching for that bag of trail mix sitting in your desk drawer, you’re just dehydrated. Having two coffees in the morning or a can of soda doesn’t replace the water you need to hydrate, either. And the added calories from that soda, an unwelcomed friend. Keep a water bottle next to your desk and every time you want to snack, grab a few sips of water instead and see how you feel in 15 minutes.

2. Walking to the Store/Coffee Shop/Drug store on Your Break Isn’t Enough

It’s a start. Instead of taking the car for a 30 second drive, you walk the 5-10 minutes to grab your lunch for work. That’s a great way to get off your butt, but it’s not enough. Add in 30 minutes of heart-pumping, sweat-inducing excercise in your daily routine and you’ll start to see results. Burn calories with a run, some spin, a 30-minute Richard Simmons VHS, or even a hike with a friend. If you’re sweating, it’s working.

3. You Buy Groceries When You’re Hungry

I’ve done this a million times, then wonder how the cookies came home with me. When you’re starving, that bag of potato chips (baked or not) looks mighty fine and somehow made it’s way into the cart. Your hunger helps you justify the purchase. Whoops. Opening the bag on the way home to snack on a few isn’t helping the waistline either.Turns out all those foods you’ve been avoiding are hard to miss when you’re walking the aisles for dinner. Don’t do it.

4. You Don’t Eat Breakfast

Even Dr. Oz says a morning meal is your best ally. A big breakfast instead of a big dinner helps your body take advantage of its natural metabolic cycle. So go big breakfast, medium lunch, and small dinner – calorie-wise, that is.

5. You Don’t Eat Enough

Sure, the calorie tracker says if you want to lose 2 lbs a week that 1,200 calories a day is enough. Well, to be frank, if you’re excercising daily burning an additional 200-400 calories a day, you’re starving yourself. Fuel your body, just don’t over do it. And if you don’t eat the minimum, you’re body will go into starvation mode, meaning it will hold on to all that fat you’re trying to lose.

6. You’re Sleep Deprived

Working two jobs, trying to balance friends and family, while getting the house clean, planning meals, and trying to find time to workout can be exhausting. But if your body is worn out, you won’t be able to do any of those things and your body will actually increase your appetite, making you gain weight. Yikes!

7.Your Partner Isn’t On Board

Wondering why you’re gaining weight when you have a boyfriend? Could be that their unhealthy habits are rubbing off on you. It’s super hard to say no to that extra slice of Domino’s pizza when they’re eating it, too. The buddy system can actually keep you in check. If they’re hitting the gym with you, instead of encouraging you to sleep in, you’re more likely to keep up the healthy habits.

8. You Don’t Track Your Food

I’m totally guilty of this one. The moment I stop tracking my food, my calorie intake skyrockets. One cookie turns into four cookies, and I just put sour cream on my taco and extra cheese because I’m not measuring my food. It’s super easy to add an extra 500 calories a day without even noticing. MyFitnessPal.com (and the app) have been super helpful for me.