Surprise!

Yes, it’s me…the Internet did not in fact swallow me up. It did almost chew me up and spit me out, though.  It’s been about three weeks since I’ve posted anything on the blog, and even though I pretty much Dave Chappelle-ed everybody, I am officially back! There have been a lot of changes going on in my life, and on the blog. Blog changes will be discussed now, life changes will be discussed later!

About three weeks ago I decided that I needed to upgrade my wordpress blog from a “.com” to a “.org” site, mainly because I wanted more creative control, etc.  Even though I researched and followed everything step by step, while exporting my old blog and importing the information to my new blog, I thought for a moment I had lost everything.

Cue overly dramatic, self-loathing Christine.  As you’ll soon find out I didn’t lose everything {the people at Bluehost ROCK}, and I’ll explain everything else that’s been going on later this week.

I have made the creative decision to improve the blog in a variety of ways, first by improving the name from just “Skinny Fingers”, to “The Skinny Finger Chronicles”.  I tried to take the opportunity to adjust the name while changing the blog from a wordpress.com to wordpress.org site. In terms of what’s on the new blog, every thing is identical, you wouldn’t even know that I had changed anything except for some cosmetic stuff if I wasn’t bringing this up.  My final step before getting things back to normal revolves around me moving my subscribers.  If you’ve subscribed via email I have transffered you to the new blog, but if for any reason you don’t get the new posts, sign up for the new blog at “www.theskinnyfingerchronicles.com”.  Now, if you’re a follower via bloglovin’, the wonderful people at bloglovin’ will be moving you today, and again, you will now be able to find me at “www.theskinnyfingerchronicles.com”.

In the next few days I’ll be redirecting this site to my new one, so there won’t be any confusion. But like I said everything that’s on this blog can also be found on the new one, so no worries there. 🙂

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Monday, I can’t guarantee a new post every day this week, but I do promise that I’m back and won’t disappear like that again. 🙂

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Tone It Up Sunday // Make Ahead Meals // Home Improvement

With yesterday being my only day off this weekend, it was quite a busy one.  After spending the first part of my morning posting #FiveThings and watching copious amounts of Jimmy Kimmel, “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets” videos, I headed out to brunch with my brother, roommate Andrew, and some other friends.  Have you ever seen any of those Jimmy Kimmel videos?  If you haven’t, YouTube it right now.  I was crying laughing.  The NBA video’s and the most recent one {#8} are by far my favorite.

After running a few errands, I came home and FINALLY stained the headboard that Ali brought down over Halloween weekend.  Now just waiting for that puppy to dry so I can set it up and take more creative pictures to show you guys.

There’s a little sneak peek…

In terms of exercise, I was hoping to fit in a nice, long, and leisurely outdoor run, but the weather had other plans.  It rained, nay…poured…all dang day.  So I squeezed in a quick two mile treadmill run, and completed this KettleToning workout from Tone It Up.  I love those beach babes, Karena and Katrina.  It’s also nice to pretend like you’re working out with them on the beach in sunny CA, where most of their workout videos take place.

Earlier in the day, I also prepared some of their Pumpkin Crockpot Soup, to have for dinner last night and a few meals this week.  I also sauteed some brussels sprouts, red onion, cherry tomatoes, and chicken sausage to have on the side.  It was quite tasty.

Notice the fall decor…also, I have no pretty bowls, so for the sake of the picture, let’s use a cool mug.

On top of the original recipe, I also included 3 Bay Leaves to enhance the flavor!  I think you can see one peeking out of the soup there.

Rounded out the night by catching up on The Walking Dead and making a batch of egg muffins that I’ll eat for breakfast throughout the week.  This was my first time making egg muffins, and I followed The Primal Palate’s recipe, here.

These things a perfect to chow down on while I’m running out of the door in the morning {they even taste good cold…yes, it’s true!}.

Finally got a second to post this baby on my lunch break, so now it’s back to work for me!

How was your Sunday?  Prepare any make-ahead meals or get stuff done around your home?

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#FiveThings {Oct 26}

The weekend has finally coming to a close.  Got a lot of things done, but also spent a lot of time taking my time.  After being so busy these past couple of weeks/weekends, I can’t complain…ready and refreshed for another week!  Let’s jump in to the week’s #FiveThings…

The Skimm

I understand that I’m a little late jumping on this train…but I’m officially obsessed with The Skimm.  It’s perfect for those on the go, with honest and funny {honestly, it’s funny} recaps of what’s going on in today’s world.  Their tagline?  “We read.  You Skimm”

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I read it on breaks at work, and it catches me up on need to know info.  Even election/midterm news, which is extremely important if you’re living in NC…Tillis/Hagan…Hagan/Tillis…things are heatin’ up down in North Cakalacky.

Work Salad

If I said I eat this 4 out of the 5 days of the work week, I’d be telling the truth.  The cafe at my job has a variety of amazingly delicious food {and it’s subsidized…work perk}.  However, since I sit all dang day, I try to be as healthy as I can.  This curried kale salad has been my saving grace…

It’s full to the brim {the salad line people hook me up}.  The ingredients?:  Baby kale, cucumbers, carrots, red onion, real bacon bits, beets, mandarin oranges, blueberries, chopped blackened chicken, almonds and cashews, topped with curried dressing {they still won’t tell me the ‘secret’ ingredients in the dressing}.

After 5+ months, I haven’t gotten tired of it, I’m a creature of habit, what can I say?  If anyone knows any good curry dressing recipes, let me know. 🙂

Nick Jonas

I’m a sucker for bad music.

But really, where did Nick Jonas come from?  Left field, that’s where.  {Almost} completely shaking his Jo-Bro sound, I can’t get enough of his new music.  I love listening to it when I workout.  My current favorite?  “Chains”…

Split Jumps/Jumping Lunges

Call them what you want, but split jumps are in my top five of workout moves…ever.  I’m not sure exactly what it is about them, but I always find myself completing three sets of twenty of these babies before my workout is done, most days of the week.

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My New Cooz

Last weekend, when I went to Miami, my brother went home to Durham to participate in the Bull City Racefest.  After the race there were, as always, a variety of vendors and sponsors where you could pick up some free SWAG {or as Michael Scott would say, “Stuff We All Get”}.  Ryan decided to be a nice sibling and bring me back a themed Durham/Running coozie.

Classic.  And extremely fitting for a place like Durham, if you’re not from there you probably won’t understand.  Stay weird, Durham.

So there ya have it, what are your #FiveThings for the week?

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If You Liked it then You Shoulda put an Egg on It

Channeling some Beyonce play on words to make it through this Monday morning.  Monday, Schmonday.  Let’s try to pick up the Monday morning slump by talking about some creative breakfast ideas.  When it comes to breakfast, my go-to move is the fried egg.  Create a medley of whatever I want, and top it off with a gooey, dippy, runny egg. 

It first started with my love for this breakfast hash over a year ago, now it’s become a morning staple.

Top it off with some guac and this breakfast burger.

Or if I’m feeling green, I’ll often steam some kale and spinach in veggie broth to top with a fried egg.

You can’t really tell what’s under this one, but if I’m in a little “huevos rancheros” type of mood then I’ll chop up some Jalapeno Chicken Sausage and saute peppers, onions, and tomatoes.  {Click the link for another tasty chicken sausage breakfast recipe}.

The fried egg, while versatile, is also extremely delicious and nutritious.  Since I’m currently free in the mornings, my cooking creativity is channeled mostly for breakfast.  So, I like to do what I can to try to come up with as many breakfast options as possible!

What do you guys like to have for breakfast?  Like the fried egg as much as I do? 

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I Like My Chicken Sausage Scrambled

The other night I was having drinks with a friend and we got on to the topic of health foods…a common theme, I’m finding, when drinks and talking are involved {could be worse…but hey, I’m not complaining}.  I love any opportunity I can get to learn new things about food and health!  Sharing similar belief’s and grocery lists, she rocked my world by telling me about something I had no idea existed…and it lives at Trader Joes.  I might be way behind on this, but that’s what I get for not living within a 100 mile radius of the beloved grocery store for 6+ years.

Chicken Sausage

But not just any chicken sausage, the variety of styles and flavors that are at Trader Joes are what gets me.  Then of course like everything else there, the reasonable price tag that’s attached.  What is chicken sausage?  Chicken…in the shape of a sausage.  Tastes pretty much like sausage, but it’s chicken.  Kind of like ground turkey v. ground beef.  I try to not eat soooo much red meat.  I’m more of a fish, turkey, chicken kind of girl, so this is a great substitute- because let’s be honest, sausages and red meats can be pretty great, just not in excess.

I picked up two “basic” flavors to try…notice the already opened packaging and absent sausages.  Needless to say, I’m going back for more, and I’m especially excited to try some new flavors.  I haven’t gotten too adventerous with them yet, mostly adding them to my breakfast {since cooking dinner and work don’t really “work” together these days}.  My favorite way to eat them so far?  Scramble ’em!

The following, basic b-fast recipe includes the following ingredients (of course you can sub any veggies that you want)

3 eggs (1 whole, 2 egg whites)
1 Chicken Sausage link of your choice (I used Jalapeno)
5 asparagus spears, chopped
1 cup organic spinach
1/4 of a red onion, chopped
1 Tbsp of coconut oil (for cooking)
S&P and Garlic Powder to taste

***I pretty much always add a side of 1/2 avacado {w/ hot sauce} to my breakfast…do the same if you wish***

Directions:

1.  Start by heating the coconut oil over medium heat, once melted add the veggies and chicken sausage.  Cook until the spinach has wilted and the onions begin to become translucent.

Steam always makes my “stove top action shots” so blurry…anyone have a remedy for that?

2.  Scramble the eggs in a separate bowl, add a splash of almond milk to make them more fluffy if desired.

3.  Add eggs and seasoning to the skillet and scramble around until cooked through {I’m drawing a blank, but you know how to cook scrambled eggs}

Ta-Da!!  Like I said I always like to have avacado on deck, as well as a side of fresh fruit.  This week the melons and nectarines were lookin’ mighty fine at TJ’s, so I decided to add them to my shopping cart.

Oh yea, and coffee.

So, I realize that I might be way behind on the whole chicken sausage discovery…what else can I do with these babies?  Sharing is caring ! 🙂

Ever used chicken sausage before?  In what ways do you like to cook with it?

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The Cardio Blues

This morning I awoke fairly easily…a lot more willing than usual.  Unfortunately my desire to workout was not up to par.  Up and moving by 7, and getting myself ready to go to the gym, the last thing I wanted to do was anything cardio related.  Knowing that I needed to do it made it that much less appealing.  Pretty soon I plan on picking my distance running back up {I have a few races in mind}, that being said I’ve been trying to incorporate cardio into my workouts in any way that I can so that I’m not entirely starting from square one. I put on my gym clothes, walked around my apt, took a few swigs of pre-workout, all in the hopes of igniting my cardio flame.  I was having no such luck.  All I kept thinking was….

caaaarrrrdddiiiooooo?

EW!

{If you’re not on board, watch the Jimmy Fallon “Ew” video(s) here}

I’ve been great mentally cranking out cardio recently, but today I was in a slump.  Sprinting on and off on the treadmill for 30-40 minutes sounded like the last thing I wanted to do.  So I improvised.  I decided to spend 15 minutes on three different pieces of cardio equipment.  First, 15 minutes of the 5X8 Workout, 15 minutes alternating resistance on the elliptical, and 15 minutes on the stairmaster…viola! 45 minutes of cardio completed.  I then did a bunch of upper body stuff that I’ll share later on. 

Speaking of cardio, I’ve been wanting to sign up for another half marathon soon.  I might do the MU Half again, there is one coming up in Durham…and I haven’t looked yet, but I’m sure there are a few around Charlotte.  In the mean time I’ll be doing some research and a better job at motivating myself to willingly run around.

What do you guys do when you’re having the cardio blues?  Any tips?

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High Five Friday {Aug 22}

Another week, another time to be positive.  Let’s go, what are some things you’re vibin’ with this week?  Below are my five:

Tony Chachere’s

Tony Chachere’s (n.)- Christine’s default spice.  I love to cook, but honestly if I’m feeling uninspired, or I’m short on time and my brain short circuits and doesn’t know what to make, I always reach for this stuff.  It goes on everything, and I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it.

Paleo Blueberry Muffins

From the cookbook that I ordered the other week, OMG That’s Paleo? I’ve been planning on trying a variety of her recipes, as soon as I have the time.  One thing I’ve made once a week since I got the cookbook are these Blueberry Muffins…O..M..G.  I’m officially convinced that Paleo muffin batter tastes better than any other type of muffin batter {yes, I ate some, yes there were raw eggs in it, I live on the wild side}.  So the muffin batter is awesome, but the muffins are dilectible.  So perfect, so healthy, {essentially} guilt free.

Cupcake liner cred:  Lori Wenz.  Jimmy’s mom is so sweet.

Taylor Swift’s New Song

Yes, I said it and I don’t care what anyone thinks.  One thing I can’t deny is that while I love all music, I have a weak spot for fun/catchy/poppy music from time to time.  Specifically Taylor Swift.  Like her new song, “Shake it Off”…I just can’t help it.  I was legit awake for an additional hour in bed last night because I couldn’t get it out of my head.  One of Ryan’s friend’s girlfriends said it best when they visited last weekend, “Taylor Swift is my spirit animal”.  Say what you want about her, but I’ll always have love for T. Swiz.

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Speaking of Happiness

Following up with the TED Talk post about Happiness, I encountered two things the next day that reminded me to keep it all in perspective.  The first, believe it or not, came from Instagram.  I noticed a picture that a friend of a friend of a friend posted {pretty sure that’s how that went, you know when you fall through the blackhole that is Instagram}.  I screenshotted it and cropped it the other day as a quick reminder and I thought I’d share it with you all.

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Not even kidding, a few minutes after I saw this I ran into a coworker in the break area at work.  We’ve met a few times but we work in different areas of the building so we don’t really “know” each other.  You know, when you know a person enough to smile and say hello, maybe make small talk but nothing much past that.  After exchanging niceties, she stopped and looked at me and said, “Do you ever have one of those moments when you talk to someone and you think ‘Wow, I don’t really have it as bad as I think I do’.  You know, you think YOU’RE having a rough day and then someone comes along that’s actually having a rough day and it puts everything into perspective for you?  I just had a moment like that.  It’s crazy how caught up in everything you can get.  I don’t know, I just had to say that to somebody.”  And then she went back to work and was gone.

But she’s right, and I find myself in situations like this as well.  Life can get stressful and overwhelming, not discounting that, but oftentimes we can lose perspective on things when we’re in these stressful and overwhelming situations, and being able to maintain that perspective can keep us grounded.  No matter what happens, there is always someone out there who is having a harder time than you.  I always try to remember this.  Not in an “I’m better than someone” kind of way, but just in a way of seeing things realistically.  Yes, maybe something sucks for a moment, or for a day, {or for a few days}, but when it all comes down to it, is it REALLY worth it to let it negatively affect you?  Learn from it, grow from it, move on.  Life is too short, be thankful for what you have.

This Yoga Video

I love yoga, and I’ll admit I took all the free yoga classes that were at the Marshall Rec Center for granted.  I don’t think I realized how unbelievably convenient it was to have free yoga throughout the day.  Now, I haven’t been able to find a class that fits my new schedule {and it costs dough- who woulda thunk}.  So when I want to scratch my yoga itch, for now I always do this POPSUGAR 30 min yoga video.

 

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It’s an excellent all around basic yoga vid for “avid” beginners like myself.

So what about you guys?  What are your five things for the week?  Find it in everything.

See y’all later on!

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