Cauliflower Fried “Rice”

This is a great quick easy and healthy recipe! Takes little to no time or thought which is great after a long day!

What you will need;

  • Riced cauliflower
  • Frozen mixed veggies
  • Avocado oil or olive oil (or sesame oil-I am just not a fan)
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • Soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 2-3 eggs

I don’t have a wok, but if you have one this would be ideal to use!

Add your oil of choice to your pan and heat it up, I used avocado oil this time around.

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I am a HUGE Trader Joes fan so I use their “riced” cauliflower and frozen veggies their bag of cauliflower is the perfect amount! Place the entire bag in the pan with 1-2 cups of frozen veggies.

Mix the two together for about 3-4 minutes. Make sure you wait the full 3-4 minutes then add in salt and pepper to season (you can also add in minced garlic and green onions for additional flavoring).

Stir for another 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Next, (this is where a wok comes in handing) push all of your stir fry to the edges of the pan or wok.

Next you will mix 2-3 eggs in a separate bowl and place some oil in the middle. Pour the scrambled egg mixture into the center.

Let the egg sit on the bottom and mix until almost all the way cooked then begin mixing in with the stir fry.

After the egg is fully cooked and mixed in add some soy sauce for seasoning and your done!

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Enjoy!

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Zucchini Ravioli

Quick easy and healthy! The next time I make this I will update the photos, I apologize in advance!

This is such a great recipe you can easily put different spins on!

What you will need;

  • 2 large zucchini’s
  • Cottage cheese
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Shredded Italian cheese
  • Chicken sausage or ground turkey
  • Pasta sauce
  • Cheese slicer  -linked here this is a game changer for this recipe! I failed at the first few attempts!

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

First, make sure to wash your zucchini! You will cut the ends off of your zucchini and use your cheese slicer to make thin long slices. (I will add more photos when I make this again for the beginning steps) You will slice both of the zucchinis these will be your “noodles”

Next, you will make your “stuffing” for the ravioli. This you can mix and match and make your own! I mixed cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, and shredded Italian cheese, but you can make it your own! Add in some salt and pepper to taste ( you can also add in some fresh chopped basil for even more flavor) Once you make this you will also make your sauce, you will want to put this on top of your ravioli while you bake it so it doesn’t dry out. My favorite go to is either ground turkey or chicken Italian sausage. Same with this, make it your own! This is what I love about this recipe you can use the base and customize it to your own liking.

Now the fun part! Making your ravioli!

You will take two of your zucchini slices and make a plus (+) sign with them. Where the two overlap in the center is where you will put your ravioli stuffing (there is a fine line between too much and too little!) I decent spoon full size is good. You will then fold each of the ends of the zucchini on top of each other to close up your ravioli. Keep doing this for however many ravioli’s you are wanting to make.

Once you complete this you will place them in a greased pan ( I use olive oil, avocado or coconut oil works too)

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Now you will take your pasta sauce and lay it over the top of your ravioli, I add shredded Italian cheese on top for presentation, but this is optional.

Place in your preheated oven at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes and enjoy!

 

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Homemade Chicken Parmesan

I am still perfecting this recipe with seasonings, spices, etc, but thought I would share what I have so far and have made previously!

What you will need;

  • Chicken breast
  • Bread Crumbs
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Eggs
  • Olive oil or avocado oil
  • Shredded parmesan cheese and/or Italian shredded cheese ( I used both on this one)
  • Seasonings (salt, pepper, basil, onion, garlic, Italian, whatever else you like to use to spice it up!

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

First take your chicken breast out you will tenderize it to create a thinner piece.

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Add olive oil or avocado oil whichever you prefer to a pan and heat it up, you will pan fry the chicken for a couple minutes on each side a few steps down.

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Next you will tenderize your chicken and add all the spices and seasoning you like. I used onion, garlic, salt, pepper, basil, Italian seasonings and tenderize that into the chicken until it is thin.

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Next, you will coat the chicken in egg and then coat it in Italian bread crumbs.

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Once your chicken is full coated you will place it in your pan with your oil and brown each side (roughly 2 minutes on each side) I have noticed you may need to add some additional oil when you flip over the chicken.

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**This is a key part! I never knew this would make or break this recipe in the past!**

While your chicken is browning in your pan you, grab a baking sheet and place some oil on it so the chicken doesn’t stick, I also add pasta sauce on the bottom as well for some extra flavoring.

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Once your chicken is browned on each side you will place it on your baking sheet.

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I am a total cheese lover so I add cheese on top of the chicken prior to placing the additional pasta sauce (this is not necessary though)

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Add pasta sauce on to of the chicken and then your shredded parmesan and/or Italian cheese mix on top.

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Place in our pre-heated oven at 425 degrees and bake for 20-30 minutes. I check on the temperature throughout as it is hard to gauge depending on the thickness of the chicken.

Bon Appetite!

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The Why.

No one prepares you for what life really is about and you don’t know what to expect or how to handle it until it is right at your doorstep. You are also never given more than you can handle. Needless to say going through a divorce, loosing my Mom who was my best friend and watching her going through what she did, on top of taking over a newly acquired community going through a multi-million dollar renovation while back-filling my old position really tested me over the last year or so.  Through it all I felt defeated and as though I was treading water barely staying afloat thinking I would be a single crazy cat lady for the rest of my life, but my Mom had a better plan. I am a firm believer in signs and that everything happens for a reason. Had I not gone through the chaos, I would not be where I am at today and appreciate the big and little things in life like I do.

As I embark (or re-embark) this blog I thought I would share the why behind the revamping and reviving. After working in property management for almost 8 years, I gave my 2 weeks notice. It was a rough and well thought out decision and something I never thought would happen or even thought about in general.

Maybe I should back up a little…

Online dating…after ending my marriage, I took the plunge into online dating. Let me tell you, it was quite the learning experience. I never in a million years thought I would actually find someone this way, but figured it was a good start to get myself back out in the dating world after being removed from it for such a long time! Like I said before, my mom had a better and bigger plan for me and it just so happened that I met and fell in love with my person. It was a little rocky in the beginning, but there was something about him that intrigued me. It’s been a somewhat fast moving relationship, but I believe it is true, when you know you know. I will spare the details of the rocky beginning 😉 Anywho, a weekend away in Lake Chelan is when it all changed.

Fast forward slightly- I remember my Mom telling me numerous times growing up that at one point someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up and my response was a mom. That dream is finally coming true. After we found out we were pregnant I decided to take a leap of faith and put in my 2 weeks to spend time with my Dad before he leaves for The Clipper Around The World Race and live life before our little bundle of joy arrives.

When making this decision I was so worried about what I was going to do and that I needed sometime to do on a regular basis that is when I ran across this blog I started years ago. As I sit here on my last official day with the company who was my family and my home, I am going out on yet another ledge! So, here goes nothing, something, or everything!

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Cheers to a New Chapter

It has been a minute (more like a few years) since I started this blog and stayed consistent with it, but I am bringing it back! I figured this would be a great platform to share my past, present and future adventures, recipes, stories, hacks, tricks, tips, and well life in a nutshell! I have been asked by many people about recipes I’ve made and posted on social media, along with ways to stay motivated with working out, and staying positive among many other things, so I figure why not bring this back to life and share!

So, cheers to a new chapter! 

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Maui Sunset and Wine-May 9th, 2019

 

Gold, gold, & more…GOLD….

Yes….gold….wait GOLD?! Oh no….for everyone who knows me I CANNOT stand GOLD! I have no clue why, or what started this hatred for gold for so many years, but whatever it was seems to have lifted. Maybe age plays a key role? Who knows! I blame the gorgeous Michael Kors bag I purchased with gold accents (fav bag for sure), anywho…on to gold…I wanted to make a statement in my bathroom. Something I had never seen before, something that popped, one of those double take reactions you see in the movies! I think I succeeded since I still have to do a double take, more of a “what was I thinking!?”

So I began to think, I wanted a sophisticated bathroom, what comes to mind when you see that word? Yep, your right GOLD! There is is again! When I bought my condo the walls were a (in my opinion) horrendous desert color scheme of burgundy and an odd orange, this does not fit my style so it HAD to go!

Previous colors;

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Yep….not to my choosing!

So my other bone to pick with gold is who knew there were so many different shades! So I had to make sure whatever I used matched the rest of my colors that I couldn’t change (flooring, countertops, backsplash, etc) Which brings me to this….

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Yep….that is a wine bottle wrapper…true story! Found my paint sample!

So after the years of hatred I had towards gold…the final product turned out pretty amazing!

Did I mention how spendy this gold paint can be?!

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Here we go!!

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It took about 2-3 coats to get a good solid color;

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But it turned out amazing!

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I just love these towels! They really tie in the colors, and you can forget about my scentsy!

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Of course this is still a work in progress, but one of my favorite “final” touches is this;

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Ooh la la !

Dry Brushing!

Summer is almost here which means sunshine, water, and possible dry skin…ick….but there is a great fix for that! Two simple words….Dry Brushing ! Yes there is such a thing…weird right? The first time I tried this was after spending all day at the pool….I was rather toasty! My skin had never felt so moisturized and soft…EVER!

So what is it?! Its two simple things…almond oil, and a shower brush! That’s all folks! My favorite oil is this; Almond Oil! They have so many other amazing products as well! And a shower brush from your local drugstore will do the trick. I have learned over the time of doing this, a pump on your almond oil makes it a little less messy, but hey what is the fun in that right?! Right before you get in the shower add almond oil to your brush and scrub/brush away! After your all oiled up take a cold…(I am a chicken so I make it lukewarm) shower to rinse off. Your skin will thank you for this!

There are so, so many benefits too! Exfoliation, circulation, reduces cellulite, stress relief, improves digestion and kidney functions, supports muscle tone, helps with your immune system, improves the appearance of your skin, the list goes on and on! So what are you waiting for?!

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