Breakfast Salmon Scramble

Gooooooooood Morning Charlotte!  Today I wanted to share a hearty breakfast scramble that I created earlier.  Packed full of veggies, protein, and omega-3’s, it’s sure to start your day off right.  One key ingredient to this baby is salmon.  To make it all that much easier, I like to use this Alaskan Salmon from Trader Joe’s:

And then a chopped variety of the usual suspects:

You can use any veggies you want, but this is what I had on hand. This recipe is meant to serve two, so I’ll have this for breakfast again tomorrow morning.

Ingredients (serves 2):

4 eggs
6-8 cherry tomatoes, chopped
1/3 cup of zucchini, chopped
1/3 cup of summer squash, chopped
1/3 cup of bell pepper, chopped
1/2 of the salmon from TJ’s {wrap up the other half for something else}
Salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste
1/2 Avocado {to put on the side}

To prepare, I cooked everything but the eggs and avocados in a skillet on medium heat.  Once they were softened and cooked through, I added the eggs and the garlic powder and S&P.

Add some avocado, Sriracha, and fruit on the side and you’re all set.  I love adding Sriracha to my breakfast-anything {except pancakes, duh}.  Try this out and let me know what you think!

See ya’ll later on!

Happy Thursday!  How else have you incorporated salmon into your breakfast?

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On Wednesdays We Do Bodypump {and eat dinner together}

Today I visited my frist Bodypump class at my new gym, and I am officially in love.  As you may know, Wednesdays are my off days, and conveniently enough there is a Bodypump class at 9:30am every Wedneday {for free}.  For a day off, 9:30 is perfect.  Just enough time to kind of sleep in, and then a convenient way to wake up, ensuring that I’m going to have a great day.  I don’t know about you, but if I can get a super sweaty workout done in the morning, then there’s hardly anything that can bring me down for the rest of the day.

For those of you who don’t know, Bodypump is an amazing class that involves lower weight, higher reps {more info in the link above}, and a lot of pulsing.  I’m still feeling it in my arms tonight.  When I went to send massive texts out to exclaim my love for the class, my arms actually shook a little bit.  I still have a little while to get back to where I was, but this class is clearly going to help catepolt me to where I want to be.  This was my first Les Mills class, so I’m excited to see what the rest are like, especially RPM {spinning}.

Today was a day of getting odds and ends done.  I had originally planned to go on the NODA Brewery run again with my brother tonight, but I got stuck in traffic running errands {grr!}.  On the other hand, I can hardly walk or sit down without feeling like I’m 87, so going on a group run may have been difficult.  Next Wednesday, and every Wednesday after, I plan on going to Bodypump in the morning and the NODA Brewery Run in the evening.

The one thing I wasn’t going to change, was the already scheduled “family dinner” with my roommates and my brother.  I’ve decided that since I have the time to, I’m going to prepare a group meal for all of us on Wednesdays.  I love cooking, and while my current schedule has allowed me to become adventurous in the breakfast relm, I haven’t really had time to cook anything else.  Today’s meal, however, didn’t require much cooking because I dusted off my old friend, the Crockpot.  I decided to make one of Jimmy’s favorite meals, Hawiian Crockpot Chicken.  I originally found this recipe on the blog, Notes From the Nelsens about two years ago.  Like anything for the Crockpot, throw in a few simple ingredients and you’re good to go!  I especially like how she uses this Hawaiian BBQ sauce found specifically at Target.

Ingredients:
8 Boneless Chicken Breast Tenderloins, frozen
1 Bottle Archer Farms Hawaiian Style Barbecue Sauce (from Target)
1 20 oz. can Pineapple Chunks, drained
1 large sweet onion
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup of your favorite shredded cheese

I tried to keep the cheese off of a corner for myself, but it all blended together {duh, Christine}.  Oh well, a little cheese won’t kill me.

Before serving, shred the chicken and lay it on a bed of rice, side it off with some greens and presto!  Dinner is served!  Pretty soon I’m going to invest in a Ninja, and when I do I’m going to make so much cauliflower rice.  Cauliflower rice fo days.  Next time I make this {or any other rice dish for that matter} I would sub that for the actual rice.

Deeeelicious.  I love adding Spike to my green beans, it gives them the perfect amount of flavor.

See ya’ll later on!

What did you guys do today?  Have you ever taken Bodypump before?

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The Yesees and the Noees

Christine here, extremely sore and finding it extremely hard to walk these days.  I’ll share the lower body workout I did with you in a bit {I want to make it look all pretty}, but for now I wanted to stop in a share something that I found this weekend.  I was working on Saturday and one of my bosses had to bring his daughter to work.  She was seriously the cutest thing on the planet and she just learned how to read.  She actually read quite well and she read a few poems to me.  Two of her three books were Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends and Every Thing on It.  I used to love Where the Sidewalk Ends growing up, but I had yet to read through Every Thing on It.  As I was flipping through the book, I came across the poem, The Yesees and the Noees, and I thought I would share it with you all today.

The Yesees and the Noees

“The Yesees said yes to anything
That anyone suggested.
The Noees said no to everything
Unless it was proven and tested.
So the Yesees all died of much too much
And the Noees all died of fright,
But somehow I think the Thinkforyourselfees
All came out all right.”

Shel Silverstein, Every Thing on It

It ‘s funny to me that a variety of Shel Silverstein poems have themes like this one for “children’s books”, when this is actually something a lot of adults would benefit from reading.  When I think about it, I would like to consider myself a “Thinkforyourselfee”, but sometimes I think I can be a little bit of a “Yesee”, because I don’t particularly like confrontation and I’m pretty easy going.  Bottomline, I think the “Thinkforyourselfees” are an even combination of the “Yesees” and “Noees”, and working towards finding that balance between the two will have you “coming out all right”.

What are you?  A Yesee, Noee, or a Thinkforyourselfee?

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Hashing out Day Two

Shew!  Day two of being back in the gym, and I’m feelin’ fine.  Well, let’s be honest, I’m feelin’ alright.  I’ve already mentally prepared myeslf for the fact that it’s going to take me a little bit of time to get back to where I was, so that’s what I was ready for this morning.  Jimmy leaves for work at 7:15AM, so I’m setting my alarm for 7AM so that I can be sure I get out of bed in the morning, rather than hitting snooze {I am the “snooze” queen}.

I started out with one of my favorite treadmill workouts from PBF.

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I love this baby because it keeps me sweatin’, and it’s one of the only things that will keep me on the treadmill for 55 minutes.  Run 13.1 miles outside?  Of course.  Run over an hour on the treadmill?  I’ll pass.

I decided earlier this morning that I wanted to focus on my arms/upper body after cardio.  So after doing 3 sets of 10 assisted pull-ups, I grabbed a set of 10 lb dumbbells and completed the circuit below as quickly as possible {going for the lower weights/high reps type of idea}.  I probably haven’t done anything upper body in about 2-3 months, so I will most likely be sore tomorrow….

Speedy Upper Body Workout*:

20 Bicep Curls
15 Shoulder Press
15 Hammer Curls
15 Bent Over Rows
15 Tricep Extensions

Repeat 3X

*I was having trouble uploading my meme for this workout for some reason.  Repeat each move back to back to back, only taking a 30 second rest between each set.

I then came home to eat a quick breakfast and get ready before work.  The day before I cooked my Brussels Sprout and Sweet Potato Hash and added tomatoes.  It’s delicious and super easy.  When you’re ready to chow down, simply fry and egg to top it off.

And Turkey Bacon….can’t forget the Turkey Bacon.

Oh, and the grapefruit.

And the coffee.

Okay, now I’m done.

Look at that nummy close-up.  One of my favorite breakfasts.

What are some of your favorite breakfasts?  What strategies keep you on the treadmill longer than 30 minutes?

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The Beep is Back

Today was my day off, so on top of running some other errands I finally got signed up with a gym membership!!  Wahoo!!  I’m so excited I can barely contain myself.  Like I mentioned on Friday, both Jimmy and I were able to join our local Gold’s Gym through his work.  I’ve literally been chomping at the bit ever since I found out that joining was an option.

My info packet and “Golden Ticket” keytag.

Things that I’m excited about?  Besides the fact that it’s a gym with full amentites, they also have a whole mess of Les Mills classes that are free to members {RPM, Bodypump, Body Attack, Body Flow, Body Combat}, in addition to other classes.  I’ve never taken any Les Mills classes, but I’ve only heard great things.  I like working out on my own most of the time, but sometimes those classes are just what you need when you’re feeling unmotivated or “too tired”.  Who knows, maybe these classes will change my stance {except for spinning, I’ve always loved spinning}.

After signing up, I just wanted to spin my wheels a bit and I did a quick bike and ab workout {to share later} and headed home to pre-make a few meals {also sharing later}.  I already had plans to meet up with my brother, Ryan, to run with the NODA Run Club later that day so I didn’t want to leave it all at the gym.

Which is another reason why I’m loving having Wednesdays off.  Since moving to Charlotte, my brother and I always meet up to go running in NODA {a “hip” district in Charlotte that’s located on North Davidson street…get it?}.  Every Wednesday at 6:30pm a group of 100-200 people, maybe more, meet up at the NODA Brewing Co. and run together on either a one mile, three mile, or five mile loop.  Ryan consistently runs the five, and today I chose to run the three since it’s so hot, and I honestly haven’t been running outside recently.  The routes take you through some cute parts of NODA, which reminds me a lot of the historic district of downtown Durham.  At the end of the run, you’re greeted with a nice view of Uptown’s skyline….{I’m still new here, and I still don’t know why downtown Charlotte is called “Uptown”}.

Can you tell how hot and muggy it is in the evenings?  Headache status.

It felt amazing to get back into the swing of things….a little eye opening because I was MAYBE going at 60% of what I’m used to, but still great.  I’ve got a lot of work to do to get my butt back into gear, so let’s get started.

See y’all later on.

What do you like about Wednesday’s? 

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Look Back at It: July 18/Weekend Recap

My weekend in Chicago is overrrrrrrrr {cue the music}.

Remember how I talked about how much my friends mean to me?  Well, this was another one of those weekends.  Abby and Liz are two of my other amazing friends that I couldn’t imagine life without.  The month of July has seriously spoiled me….mehhh, I miss my frands.  We all talk almost everyday {Jess included}, and what’s crazy is that it doesn’t even feel like I was visiting.  When I got to Liz’s apartment on Friday night it felt like I was just popping over from my apartment like it was no big deal, and when I left, it was super sad but it felt like I was just going home for the evening and I would see them tomorrow.  I guess that’s a sign of true friendship!

Below is a quick weekend recap of our time together.

Friday

Like I was saying, I flew into Chicago right after work on Friday.  It ended up working out because Jimmy was working in Joliet {about an hour outside of Chicago} for the weekend, so he was able to swing over and pick me up from the airport and spend the night with Abby, Liz, her bf, Shane, and myself.  He did have to work the rest of the weekend, but it was nice that everyone got to hang out, the boys got to meet, etc.  We had such a good time, and even though we were determined to take pics 24/7 since we were all together, I think the fact that we were all together distracted us and we ended up taking exactly no good pictures on Friday {womp, womp}.  Oh well, gotta work on that!

Saturday

Saturday was full of brunch, shopping, and excitement for what was to come that evening…the Blake Shelton concert at Wrigley Field!

We got ready and grabbed a smorgasbord of a brunch at a cute little restaurant by Liz’s apt, Jack’s on Halstead.  It was amazing…and a good thing I only had one Guava Mimosa {pictured above} because I would have made more than a few questionable shopping decisions later that day.

We then walked around and shopped for the day.  The weather was absolutely perfect, and made me fall in love with Chicago even more than I already am.  Even though it’s almost been a year since I last visited it felt like I had never left {and I didn’t want to this time either}.  I’m keeping my eye out for a job where I work in Chicago over the summer, and then head back down south when it starts to get chilly.  That would be ideal, so if anyone hears about one, you know where to find me.

Can you tell how beautiful this day was??  Perfect.

There are those two cuties!  I absolutely love Liz’s neighborhood, walking around Chicago was a great way to spend the day with my friends {and work off that brunch}!

Our seats were perfect for the concert, The Band Perry opened and they put on such a great show.  I love them, and I love the fact that they’re siblings.  They sounded awesome and were full of energy, definitely a great band to get everyone ready for Blake.

Beauties.  Hands down, the most basic way to put it- Blake stole the show.  Playing everything from his new songs to his oldies {Ol’ Red and Austin…seriously}, in addition to the fact that it was at Wrigley Field, the entire thing was perfect.

This was one of my favorite {and blurry} shots from the encore.  Everyone had their cell phone lights out {the age of the lighter is long gone}, it was absolutely stunning.

We then went to meet up with some friends of Liz’s and hang out around Wrigleyville- so much fun!

The next morning we went to Ann Sathers, one of my favorite brunch places in Chicago…because, cinnamon rolls.

Check out those buns.

We of course had a main meal, but everything comes with two sides, one of them being two cinnamon rolls {yes you heard me right}.  My flight wasn’t until 8 pm that night, so it was almost like we had a whole other day together, which was extremely nice.  For the rest of the day, Liz took us down to hang out on Lake Michigan, where we met up with some of her sweet girlfriends that we had met the night before.

I love how everyone walks everywhere in Chicago/takes public transit from place to place.  Call me crazy, but I’ve never lived in a bigger city where you rely on transportation in that manner and I just feel like it’s so busy and exciting.  Maybe I have some stars in my eyes, but I love it.  We walked all the way down to the beach on this walking/biking/running path that lined the lake.

Wouldn’t you just love having this to run everyday?  This would definitely serve as some motivation, so gorgeous.

It was a perfect way to end and even more perfect weekend.  I am however going through some serious Chicago withdrawals, which is typical after a Chicago trip, and will take a few months to get over {{guess that means I’ll just have to go again soon}}.

I already miss Liz, Abby, {and Jess} so much, but I’m so grateful for the friendships I have with them, and some plans are in the works to see each other again super soon.

Until next time, Chicago.

Have you guys ever been to Chicago?  How was your weekend?

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High Five Friday {July 18}

High five for this being the first High Five Friday!!  What is a High Five Friday, you ask?  Well, to be honest, I’m only partly sure.  I’ve decided that I want to make Friday’s a type of positive and reflective day, a look back on the week and a peek ahead at what’s in store.  Let’s call it a friendly reminder to look at the positives once a week.  I’m excited to see what this day will grow into, I’m not sold on the name just yet {I honestly don’t even dish out high fives, it’s more of a figure of speak than an action}, so it may change…but for now, Skinny Fingers: High Five Friday Edition works for me!

So basically, what I want to do is select five things each week that I am either thankful for, looking forward to, think are funny, etc…anything positive, big or small!  So this week, here are my five things:

Going to Chicago

By far one of my most favorite cities in the country.  This weekend I’m super duper excited because as you can guess, I’m going to Chicago to visit with some of my best of friends!  (I’m actually on the plane now…first air blog, woop!)  My friend and old roommate, Liz, lives there now and our other friend Abby (who is already there) is visiting too!!  Only downside is that our fourth compadre, Jess was unable to make it :(….we’ll miss you Hessica, you’ll be there in spirit…in memoriam of last year’s Chicago trip, here’s a clip of the four of us last year…

Getting out of Training

On the 16th of this month, I officially completed my first full month at my new job.  Today marked our last day of training, and it definitely feels like I’ve reached a milestone.  I am an Inside Sales Rep for a company in Charlotte, and while it is similar to other things I’ve done in the past, in a lot of ways it is very different.  At multiple times in this past month, the job itself became very challenging and I had to power through a lot personally so that I could learn, grow, and become a better sales rep.  Being able to learn a new task and consistently progress (haven’t quite mastered it yet) is a very rewarding experience {tip taken from The Happiness Project}.  However, it was also kind of sad because I will miss my training buddies dearly.  We will all still be within the same sales field, but on Monday we will get divided into preexisting teams and most of us will no longer be working right next to each other.  We all became very comfortable in our “newbie niche” and it was nice to have each other to lean on…but so it goes, at least this will be another opportunity to meet more people in the company!

Gym Membership on the Horizon

Yes, it’s finally here!  Next week I will FINALLY have a gym membership back.  I’ve been chomping at the bit ever since I found out that Jimmy and I could get a discounted membership at the Gold’s Gym up the street through his job.  We kept going back and forth on what we wanted to do and where we wanted to join, then we were in and out of town or extremely busy most weekends, and to be quite honest, time got away from us.  So I ran, and ran, and ran (and did a few inhouse circuits) and ran some more.  Then I stopped running as much the past few weeks with work (honestly), and I’m in need of something to kick me back into gear.  I’m thinking this is going to be just the ticket.

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Jams of the Week 7/16

Thanks to my friend, Molly, a big group of my friends and I have an almost bi-weekly thing going on that we call “Jams of the Week {insert month/day here}”.  When the time is right, Molly sends out a mass text- JAMS OF THE WEEK..GO!  And everyone recommends one or two songs that they really like, can’t stop listening to, consider a classic, etc.  By the end of the day we all have this awesome playlist on Spotify that we can follow and listen to whenever we want.  Earlier this week was another session of JOTW and the playlist was awesome!  I love being able to have JOTW’s because as we’re all getting older and living lives in different cities, it’s hard to constantly stay in touch.  Albeit it’s a different way to stay in touch sometimes, but it’s so funny to listen to what people come up with.  It’s like your friends are all right there listening with you.

Visiting With Family

This past weekend Jimmy’s dad and brother, Pat,  came to visit, and while I miss my own family very much, it’s always nice to visit with his.  Although it was a quick trip is was nice to hang out with Jimmy, his dad and brother, and my own brother, Ryan, all at once  Definitely a special treat that doesn’t get to happen very often.  Pat and Big Jim are hilarious people, and I was laughing pretty much the entire weekend. There’s nothing that’s better than a little family time for the soul.  Hopefully now that I have my official work schedule I’ll be able to find some time to go to Durham soon.

Alllllllrightie then, well, off to Chicago I go {eeeeeeeeekkkkk!!}

See y’all later on!

High Five, it’s Friday!  What things are you grateful for this week?

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Paleo Fajita Chicken Lifestyle

Remember that time I said that I try to eat mostly paleo?

Oh yea, that’s right, I did say that.

The past few weeks have been a huge adjustment for me, a “so much to do, so little time” type of living, with my new adult schedule.  Needless to say I have slightly let my Paleo ways fall to the wayside for every meal.  But then that reminded me of a conversation that I had with Molly and Jess the other weekend regarding “diets” and “lifestyles”.  Just to clarify, when you really think about it, there is a huge difference between a diet and a healthy lifestyle.  Not to say that one is better than the other, but they aren’t really something to be compared.  From my perspective, when you say you’re on a diet, I see that as a strict way of eating and living for a set amount of time.  When you say that you have a lifestyle {for example, a Paleo lifestyle}, that is more of a general term.  You live your life flexibly while following a set of rules and guidelines.  So yes, I try to lead a Paleo lifestyle, but if I want to eat a cup of froyo every now then, I will.  Or if I want slice of pizza?  Okay fine, I’m not going to die or gain 20 pounds, but it’s important to monitor your intake and be self aware.  That way you can successfully lead your respective “lifestyle” for your life {get it?  Lead a lifestyle for your entire life? Funny concept}.

Alright so onto today’s recipe that I eat on the reg while I lead my “lifestyle”…

I love experimenting with recipes, but it’s always nice to have a couple basic recipes that you keep on rotation to pull out whenever you want.  This recipe is one of them.

First, I always have to make sure I have this baby in stock:

It doesn’t have to be the Trader Joe’s brand, any Taco Seasoning mix will do.  I then make sure that I have some form of these few things:  meat, bell pepper, onion, tomatoes, avocados, lettuce, and salsa.

Then I follow the most basic directions possible:

Basic Paleo Fajita Chicken (2 servings)

Ingredients:

2 Chicken Breasts, chopped
1 Green Bell Pepper, chopped
1/2 Red Onion, chopped
1 cup of tomatoes, chopped
1 Avocado (1/2 each)
Shredded/Chopped Lettuce (for the “bed”)
Salsa* (optional)
Lemon Wedge* (optional)

Directions:

1.  Chop up meat and veggies, and season with taco seasoning in a skillet.
2.  While the previous ingredients are cooking, chop the lettuce (or pull some salad mix out of a bag) and lay in on the plate.  Also cut the avocado in half and into cubes.
3.  Once the ingredients in the skillet are cooked, serve on top of the bed of lettuce and add a splash of salsa.

And then in true Christine fashion, I would mix everything together and chow down.

It’s the poor man’s paleo….and it’s really friggin’ good.

What are some of your go-to meals?  (Paleo or Non-Paleo)

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Look Back at It: Weekend Recap/July 4

Ahhhhh!  Super late weekend recap, I know, but this past weekend was insanely exciting and I got home late Sunday night.  I then immediately hit the ground running with work and life and haven’t had time to come up for air.  I’ll post over the weekend to make up for it.

Anywayyy…

I am thankful for a lot of things in my life, one of the most important things being the relationships that I have with my friends.  I love them all so much I can hardly put it into words, so I won’t even try.  The connections that we have are on another level, like I would imagine your relationships are with your friends.  Needless to say, when we get to spend time together, it’s good for the soul.

This weekend I got to hang out with two of these friends- Molly and Jess.  Although I had to work on July 4th {I know, right?}, I left straight from work and drove right up to WV for the weekend to meet up with them and some other friends.  We all had plans to go to the  Jimmy Buffett concert at the Greenbrier Classic Concert Series on July 5.  The Greenbrier Classic, is an annual golf tournament that’s held in WV over the July 4th weekend.  Paired with this tournament are two awesome concerts that take place on the Friday and Saturday night of that weekend.  This year the GBC brought in Maroon 5 {July 4} and Jimmy Buffett {July 5}.

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to see ol’ Bimmy Juffett with Molly, Jess, and tons of our other friends from Marshall.  We all split a limo and rolled out.  No time to mess around.

Below is a quick snippet of my friend Jess and me in the limo…it was such a great time!

Not only being back in WV, but being back with my fellow Marshall people is always much needed.  That place is like a second home to me, and while I love being in Charlotte, I still miss it from time to time.  This is the emotional tug that I imagine plenty of people get when they think about their college town, and for me and my friends, Huntington was something pretty special.

This is an unfiltered shot from the top of our limo over the parking lot before the concert, Wild and Wonderful never fails to impress.

Here are the three of us in all of our Jimmy Buffett glory, notice I’m wearing my DIY Highwaisted Shorts, which I am absolutely in love with.  Now on to the concert….Fins Up!….

 

We found a big patch or grass and marked our territory.  If you’ve ever seen Jimmy Buffet live, then you understand what I mean when I say that I had an amazing time.  If you’ve never seen Jimmy Buffet live, get online, find the closest location in proximity to you where he is performing, and go.

He’s the coolest dude I {kind of} know.  You’ve somehow made a very profitable living, and created a lifestyle desired by millions that revolves around being on island time?  Maybe the rest of us should start taking notes.

We then got back to Huntington incredibly late {GBC and Huntington are about 3 hrs apart}, and passed out.

The one thing Huntington, WV does not mess around with is it’s love of food.  We visited my favorite Sunday brunch place, Backyard, and I quickly scarfed down some walnut reduction french toast and chocolate covered bacon {hey, I was on vacation!}.  I swear I meant to snap a picture, but I got a little too distracted once my food arrived.

We were also on a huge Freaks and Geeks kick, Bill easily being Molly, Jess, and my favorite.

But then again, how can you pick anyone over baby James Franco?  SoOoOoOo dreamy…

If you have a Netflix account, this show is the next thing you need to be watching.  A classic Judd Apatow creation that was too early for it’s time.  I’m still so sad it only ran for one season.

And then, what’s a weekend with your friends without constantly quoting the “EW” skit from Jimmy Fallon?  If you have no idea what I am talking about, then you need to watch my two favorite EW skits with Channing Tatum and Seth Rogen.

Warning:  You WILL laugh out loud if you watch these videos.

“Jimmy Buffet?”…”Kinda cute”….”EW! Really?”…”Yea, he’s like, an amazing songwriter and performer.  Haven’t you ever heard of Margaritaville?”

Maaarrrggaaariittaaviille?

Nope!  Never heard of it, EW!

Repeating the lines from the skit is funny, but making up your own is hilarious, and as you can see from my example above, we spent plenty of time doing that.

So that’s my very long overdue July 4th weekend recap in a nutshell, hope you guys had a great one as well!

See ya’ll later on!

How did you guys spend your 4th of July weekend?

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Dried Stevia Leaves – HELP !!

Even though my porch doesn’t get much light, my herbs are growing faster than ever, especially my stevia.  This baby isn’t joking around.

I orignally bought the stevia simply because it peaked my interest.  Suuure, basil, parsley, rosemary, all awesome herbs that you can do a variety of things with…but stevia?  As in the natural sweetener in products like Truvia and Pure Via, grown on my own back porch?  Yea, let’s give it a shot.  Additionally, anyone that knows me knows that I say a big N-O to artificial sweeteners, so having some stevia around could be a neat idea.  It really is incredibly sweet {stevia extracts have about 300 times the sweetness of sugar}, if you nible on the leaf you almost instantly get a sweetness explosion.

But then something happened…

It grew…

ALOT.

So I’ve been doing some research on what you should do with stevia leaves.  Most info that I’ve found has said to dry the leaves and then grind them up and use them the same way you use sugar {sprinkle it in coffee or tea, etc}.  Following this idea, I’ve trimmed some stevia and hung it out to dry as a trial run.  I’m really hoping that this is the start of something new {High School Musical Style}, and something that I will be able to consistently do, because that would be pretty rad.

My question, to any other stevia farmers out there is:

One- is this how you do it?  & Two-  what other ways have you used stevia in the past?  Help a stevia sista out!

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