Confessions

I haven’t worn “pants” or “a real bra” since Monday. Yes that means I went to Costco, Wal-Mart, and Ulta in yoga pants and a sports bra.

 

I tried out a juice fast for two days and loved it because it gave me a good excuse to nap all day. I quit after the two days because I didn’t lose any weight. I may try it again and for a longer period, today I just want to be awake and coherent.

 

I caught up on this season of Parks and Recreation on Hulu. I love Amy Fuller and I think I am getting my “I used to work for the government” fix out of it.

 

I have had a complete and utterly lazy week on unemployment (still applied for three jobs) and loved it!

 

Next week it is back to the crazy and dealing with people.

 

Love,

Amanda

Stuffed Strawberries

I am a BIG fan of pinterest. How else would I have learned how to stick a sock in my hair to make the best bun ever!

That’s halfway through my spring barrel wine tasting J I was having a great day with some girlfriends.

Stuffed strawberries have been all over pinterest lately. Mother’s Day seemed to be the perfect excuse for me to make my own version of this sweet summer treat.

 

Stuffed Strawberries

1 8oz block of 1/3 fat cream cheese

¼ cup powder sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 tbs lemon zest

1 small container light cool whip refrigerated

2 lbs strawberries hulled

 

Whip up the cream cheese until it is nice and fluffy. Then add in your powdered sugar, vanilla and lemon zest, mix with the beater until it becomes a dense frosting consistency.

 

Take half of the container of cool whip and mix in well with a hand spatula. The goal is to loosen up the cream cheese mixture. When well combined add in the second half of the cool whip and lightly fold in. Transfer the mixture into a gallon sized ziplock bag and let rest in the refrigerator for about a half in hour.

 

Wash the strawberries and hull them, then arrange in an upright position on a tray. I used a glass pie plate with some napkins underneath.

 

To fill strawberries cut a small opening in a bottom corner of the bag to create a pastry bag. Twist the open top to seal out excess air, then squeeze out the cheese mixture into the strawberries. When I was done filling the strawberries I may or may not have been taking shots of the cheese mixture out of the bag. . . I have no shame.

 

I topped the strawberries with crumbled gram cracker crust. It was mostly for you guys and a prettier picture, I found it unnecessary to the actual taste of the dessert.

 

These babies where a big hit for the family and were gone by the end of the day, though with my family anything with cream cheese in it will be a hit.

 

Is there a certain food that everyone in your family loves? I was serious with the cream cheese, if anything involves cream cheese my family will demolish it.

 

 

 

 

Solo Sesh

I know it’s been a while but I refuse to apologize. I am just starting this and realize that I will lose the two followers I have if I can’t keep a regular posting. My “visit” home was more of a vacation with two of my friends that I hadn’t seen in a year. We had a blast. I am not going to recap my whole time there because as it turns out I’m not into recaps. I know a lot of other blogs do it but I find them to be overwhelming. This blog showcases snapshots of my life not my whole life. I don’t want to apologize for life. I will try to post more regularly and am even coming up with a format of what subjects I will post on. I know so exciting.

 

I love being outside. I am terrified of being outside alone. Hiking, snowboarding, mt. biking are all things I prefer to do with other people around me. Not only does it make the time more enjoyable, I look silly when I am just talking to myself, but it adds an extra set of hands to help pick me up for when I break something or get eaten by a bear.

Today I worked on my fear. I took my bike and headed out to Cowiche Conservancy. I rode mostly the top canyon trails but will defiantly venture down next time. I loved it.

It was sunny without being hot and I had the whole cannon to myself. Now all I have to do if figure out what to do with the rattle snakes up here. I can deal with bears but have no idea what to do with rattle snakes.

 

What is a fear that you are working on concurring?

Catch up

This is the first time since I came home that I have had more than an hour to sit down and work (i.e. look for work). It has been chores, run out to see friends, chores, ect. I have loved every minute. I had to say no to a facial this morning so I could wait for the repair man, and actually get some work done. I thought I would write a short post recapping some of the last couple of days.

I was so excited to come home on Thursday and be greeted by this:

All of the trees and wildflowers are in full on bloom. It makes me so giddy every year.

I also got greeted by this face:

Her face also makes me giddy.

 

Friday and Saturday morning I became a spider serial killer, no cobweb left behind. Our canning room got cleared out and scrubbed down, then I sprayed spider killer ALL over the place. I still have to put everything back in the canning roomL

Saturday night was Cinco and I got to see JB!

We like to get really goofy and Cinco gives us a good excuse to do that.

Sunday was strictly for recovery and hanging out.

Monday I had an interview at a temp agency and somehow ended up signing up for their agency, and took a surprise pee test. No worries, I live a healthy, clean lifestyle; but I wasn’t impressed by the fact that I had to take the test before I interviewed for any actual jobs.

After the interview I headed up to my friend’s house and we went on a mission to find me a bridesmaid dress for her wedding. It was horrible. I will probably make comments about pear shapes from time to time, I am very happy with my body because it does amazing things; it does not do A line or empire waist though. House was a kind description of me in a couple of those dresses. We did end up finding one at six thirty that night.

The highlight of Monday had to be getting Trader Joe lunches, heading to Manito Park and picnicking for a lunch break.

Yesterday was a whirlwind of errands, meeting friends for lunch, going to another friend’s house to get my hair done, then mountain bike riding with yet another friend. (I missed all my friends!) I didn’t get home until nine pm last night.

This morning I made myself a “light” French toast with almond butter smear and sugar free syrup. I’m going to be spending the morning catching up on emails and cleaning the hot tub. Oh chores.

 

See you later!
Amanda

Breakfast Mousse

 

Right now I’m driving over three hours for an interview. I’m excited for the chance for this job but not so excited to move, and start all over in another small town. I hope I get the job because a good job is always worth the move. With me driving all day I thought I would do a pre-post and share my latest breakfast concoction. It is like eating dessert for breakfast. I usually go to the gym really early in the morning and don’t eat breakfast until I get back home.

 

Breakfast Mousse

Serves one

1 cup plain nonfat greek yogurt

1 cup frozen berries

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1 tbs white chocolate sugar free instant pudding

Defrost berries in microwave. There needs to be a good amount of juice to help absorb all the powder.

Combine the yogurt, and powders in the bowl and mix together.

Make sure and let the mixed concoction rest in the fridge for five minutes. This is usually when I hit the shower. When I’m ready to eat I have this wonderful mousse like concoction with chucks for juicy berries.

Wish me luck!

 

Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies

It’s a two for the price of one day! I am sorry I didn’t post yesterday, I thought I would make up for it by posting twice today. What better way to say your sorry then making butterscotch oatmeal cookies. These are making my house smells so good right now. I was planning on lighting some candles later on today, but I can’t now, that would just ruin the smell of orange infused butterscotch oatmeal cookies.

I want to post a dessert reciepe a week but this week I had dessert block, no matter how much I pintrested goodies I couldn’t think of any ones to make. Then suddenly while suffering through the elliptical this morning these babies came to me.

Butterscotch Oatmeal cookies

Makes two dozen

½ cup room temp butter

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

½ tsp cinnamon

Gradated peal of one orange

Juice of half an orange

¾ cup of all purpose flour

1 ½ cup oats, not quick cook

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

2/3 cup butterscotch morsels

Beat the butter untill it’s nice and light, then add in both of the sugars.

Cream together the sugars and butters untill it looks like the sugars are mostly dissolved into the butter mixture. Then add the vanilla, orange peel, cinnamon, orange juice and egg.

Beat until well incorporated, your looking for a unified consistency. In a separate bowl mix together all of the dry ingredients minus the morsels. Add half of the dry mixure into to the wet mixture bowl.

Mix until incorporated, then add the other half of the dry ingredients, when all of the ingredients are incorporated mix in the butterscotch morsels. Portion them out onto a cookie sheet and put them in an oven preheated to 375 degrees for 12 minutes. You smell them before they are done. I really need to cook with peels more often, my house smells amazing.

Let the cookies cool on the pan for a couple minutes then transfer them to a cooling rack till they are room temp. Feel free to snag the broken cookies and taste test;)

I’m off to deliver these bad babies to JB’s work so that the boys can get a treat.

Have a wonderful day

Amanda

Mason Jar Smoothie

I am a huge smoothie fan and was making it a goal to consume more of them to help get more nutrients in my diet. It was a great coincidence when the Fitnessista set out the challenge smoothie a day for May. This morning it was my breakfast but it also works as a great quick lunch when your jetting out the door.

Amanda’s Mason Jar Smoothie

Serves 1

½ cup fat free milk

1 ½ cup baby kale

½ frozen banana

½ cup frozen berry mix

1 tbs chia seed

I only have a bullet blender to make smoothies in, which makes adding greens to my smoothies a little difficult. A trick I have learned is to add the milk and greens in first and blend them until the greens “liquefy”.

After you “liquefy” your greens add the rest of your smoothie mixins and blend away. I had completely forgotten how good bananas where in smoothies. I had found a banana in the back of my freezer and was like “why not?” So glad I did.

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Lastly put in an adorable mason jar, and then go sit on your imaginary porch to watch the corps growJ

Today I am using the mason jar as an easy handling device to accomplish my very long to do list today. This includes but is not limited to packing for my trip back home, getting ready for an interview, baking cookies (will post that soon) and clean some bathrooms.

I love going back home to visit my family, I’ll be there for over a week this time and can’t wait to hang out and help out. I just HATE to leave any mess in my house before I leave for trips. This makes leaving my house a stressful tornado of cleaning and packing all at once.

Are any of you on the Mason Jar trend? I have bought two antique blue ones in the last couple months to add as décor and have started using the above clear one as a fun alternative to glasses. To be truthful I am on the fence with the whole Shabby Chic décor trend.

Have a wonderful Day!

Amanda

Inside Out Chicken Enchilada Burrito

I have been good lately about waking up really early and heading to the gym. That didn’t happen this morning; I ended up sleeping in till JB had to go to work. On his way out he asked what we were having for lunch. I can take a hint. I got ready to do some cooking. JB loves McNuggets, chicken noodle soup form a can, and top o ramon. It has been a struggle to find the happy medium between my veggie dense diet and his fast food dense diet.

Luckily he likes my Inside out Chicken Enchilada Burrito.

 

Serves 4

2 roasted chicken breast

1 can black bean, drained and rinsed

½ cup frozen corn

½ onion

1 bell pepper

1 cup frozen spinach

1 can tomato sauce

1 tb new Mexican chili powder

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp salt

 

First I minced the onion and bell pepper then started them in the skillet as I minced the chicken breast.

When pepper and onion are softened add in the rest of the ingredients. Let everything simmer till the sauce thickens up.

 

I lost the photo of his burrito but I topped mine on a bed of baby kale and added a quarter of avocado.

This is what I call a huge salad. It was so good to, I love adding cooked veggies into salads.

 

What’s your favorite tip for salads?

If you have a significant other have you found it hard to eat with them as well? When John first meet me I was a vegetarian.

 

 

Challenge: Can I make money without a job?

This all started about a month ago when JB and I were at another couples house. The wife of the couple stated how she hates waking up early, because she gets all the household chores done by noon, and then is bored the rest of the day. This is probably JB’s biggest pet peeve. I mentioned the conversation the next day and promised never to just sit on my ass. I vowed that even if I didn’t have a job, that I would be doing something to try and generate money. Less than a month later here I am, jobless no income and saying “touché Karma, touché”. This is where my challenge comes in. I will make some sort of money by the end of May without the benefit of employment. I really want to see if I can make something out of nothing. This may be very mundane to most people but I have never gained money without employment.

I have currently am working on two different projects. The first one is selling on EBAY! I have never done this and it was kind of exciting. I have been going through my whole apartment looking for things with tags still on them. So far I have gotten some of my yarn up there and I have a jacket that will be going up there as well soon.

The second project is ESTY. I currently don’t have anything up there yet but I have been working hard on making some accessories to put on the site.

I know pretty sweet sewing machine. Be jealous I bet you wish you could only do one stich too.

 

By no means am I’m thinking that I’m going to get rich by doing this. I am just hoping to be productive and not get depressed about life. I think if I can actually sell something I think I will grow confidence that I can do something with my life even with it looks bleak. I will be updating the blog on my progress.

Have a wonderful Friday Night. I’m off to go winetasting for Spring Barrel and listen to some live music!

Love,

Amanda

Kale Salad with Avocado, Oranges, and Almonds

I have been having a small and very satisfying love affair with raw kale salads lately. I can get a good healthy lunch and get away with eating a large amount of avocado. mmmmmm.

I usually just do a massaged kale salad, which is avocado, kale, lemon juice, and I put in halved cherry tomatoes. So when the very talented Jenna from Eat, Live, Run posted a recipe for Kale salad with Avocado, Oranges and Almonds I was like “I’m on it!” After a trip to the grocery store for some oranges I was ready to roll.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The goods, minus the second orange.  

I took the orange pictured and mashed it with a fork over a measuring cup. (note to self: buy a citrus juicer) It was not pretty so there is no picture. I then combined it with salt, pepper, and the olive oil. I then poured half of it over the kale.

I then dumped in the almonds, diced second orange and half of an avocado in the bowl. I use avocados a half at a time since JB (the BF) doesn’t like them. I just cut an avocado in half use whatever half the pit free, and put the other half in a plastic bag. It keeps in the fridge for a couple days without browning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
The finished salad. I ate the large chunk of avocado off the top the second I was done taking the pic.

The salad is good, I enjoyed the sweet orange mixed with the kale, but ended up adding a half of lemon juiced to it. I think I just like the kick of the lemon. This would be great as a side with salmon. I think tonight I’m going to enjoy it with a side of wine and the new Eating Well magazine that came in the mail today.

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