Dec 29, 2015

Fitness Tuesday

I hope everyone had a good Christmas. My consisted of driving from North Alabama (in rain) to South Alabama and back. I have gone to Pilates twice a week for the last three weeks since my school's gym is closed for break. Here are some home workouts for this week:

 I bought a resistance band from Marshalls on sale for $8.00 that I think I am going to start using at home.

Everyone have a great Tuesday!!!

Dec 24, 2015

Thoughtful Thursday

Happy Christmas Eve all!!!! This is going up later than usual due to the ridiculous weather that was going on down here in Alabama last night. I was going to type it last night but, I didn't want to risk the whole getting struck by lighting thing. Considering, when I was driving home I saw a tree split in two didn't want to risk it. Anywho, here are some  thoughts for this hot (its' suppose to be 75 today here) and mugging day:
Curiano Quotes Life - Quotes, Love Quotes, Life Quotes, Live Life Quote, and Inspirational Quotes.:
words of encouragement for women-The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before:
True story. Quotes for women. Strength:
There's no need to make noise about every little thing you do. Just do the job that you were hired for.:
Just keep pushing and stay focused. The hard work will pay off. - Sports Motivation Quotes #motivational #Inspirational:
If you compete with everyone else, you will become bitter.  If you compete with a previous version of yourself, you will become better.  It’s as simple as that. -- read:
Everyone have a great Christmas Eve and Christmas. Next week, I will be writing about all the NYE prep I am doing so get excited. Merry Christmas!!!!!

Dec 22, 2015

Fitness Tuesday

Hi all. I spent yesterday recovering from all the Christmas parties I went to the last three/four days. This is fitting since the year is about to end in a little over a week. Starting this week, I am going to post some exercises that I have done from Pinterest as well as some of the fitness brands and foods I like/tried. With that being said, I know that there are days when I can't make it to the gym or I am just too lazy to go (we all have those days). Here are some that are of the ones that I have tried lately:

Since the school gym is closed for the holidays, I signed up for Pilates classes. Yesterday morning I went to an express leg & glutes class. To say I'm hurting is an understatement. If you ever get a chance to do a class on a reformer I highly recommend it. 

Dec 18, 2015

Friday thoughts

Hi all!!! I am officially done with school so I have removed some of the stress from my life for a tiny bit. Usually post these thoughts on Thursday but I had to much fun celebrating the end of school. Anywho, here are some thoughts for today:

I have a few post lined up for the next couple of  weeks so be on the lookout for those.
Everyone have a good Friday and a great weekend!!!

Dec 15, 2015

Stress release during the holidays

As we get closer to Christmas, I know that everyone is super busy and a little stressed out. Between school, work, and life I have been under a great deal of stress lately. I know that I have went to the gym/worked out five days last week and I also tried out a Pilates for the first time on a reformer. It has helped a bit.

For everyone who doesn't have time to go to the gym to relieve some stress, here are some exercises that I found to do at home when you have some free time:

During the holidays or any stressful time in life, I find that exercising works wonders. Does anyone have some exercises or hobbies they like to do to relieve stress during the holidays and in general?

Dec 14, 2015

Bacon Cheddar cheeseball

For anyone who has been reading the blog for a while knows that I love food in particular appetizers. One day when I was on Facebook (which I get on every blue moon) 
I saw a video of someone making one of these cheeseball. In all honesty, I have never eaten a cheeseball before due to the fact that most are covered in pecan or walnut. I did add my own twist onto this recipe to make it my own.

1-8oz container whipped onion and chive cream cheese
1-8oz container whipped plain cream cheese
1-8oz extra sharp cheddar
1-8 oz bag Italian five cheese blend
1 1/2 boxes of microwave bacon
8oz green onions
1tsp pepper
1tsp garlic powder

1: Shredded the block of extra sharp cheddar cheese.

2: Take bacon out of bag and place on plate. microwave for 1:30 or until crispy. Cool.

3: Empty both container of cream cheese into a large bowl. Let sit for 5 minutes or until softened.

4: Add half of the Italian and extra sharp cheddar cheese to the bowl. Place the rest of the cheese on a plate.

5: Clean and chop green onions. Put in bowl with cream cheese.

6: Chop the bacon adding half to the bowl along with the pepper and garlic powder. Add the rest to the bacon pieces to the plate with the cheeses.

7: Stir the ingredients together. Then start to form the cheese into a ball.

8: Once the in ball form, roll the ball in the bacon and cheese mixture, covering the whole ball.

9: Refrigerate for 2 hours until ready to serve.

Sidenote: I ended up cutting the ball in half due to it being the size of a 2 lbs medicine ball.
I made this for the SEC championship party I went too. I took this and my Citrus Salad drink (I made it with champagne this time) and both were a big hit. I am making both for other parties that I plan on attending.

Dec 10, 2015

Thoughtful Thursday

Happy Thursday, peeps!!!!
Today is the last day of finals for me, thanks goodness. I have been stressing like a mad woman over here. Plus side is that I have been able to schedule some of my future post so. I should be posting 3-4 times a week again. YAY!!! Here are some thoughts for today:

Everyone have a great Thursday and think about the fact that the weekend is almost here!!!

Dec 8, 2015

Libby's Pumpkin Cheesecake

I hate to admit it but I jumped on the pumpkin food train. For Thanksgiving, I decided to make a Libby's Pumpkin Cheesecake instead of a cake this year.

 I have to say that this was extremely easy to make even for a person who is "cooking challenged".I decided to make the cheesecake in cupcake size since it was easier to transport.

-Contents of box: 1 can pumpkin,1 pack of filling mix, and 1 bag of graham cracker crumbs
-8 oz cream cheese
4 tbsp butter

1:Melt the 4 tbsp of butter in microwave. Combine the butter with graham crackers. Push some of the graham cracker in each of the mini cupcake tins. 

2:Combine pumpkin, filling mix and cream cheese in a bowl.

3:Mix all the three of the ingredients together with a hand mixer until smooth.

 4:Spoon filling into each mini tin.

5: Bake for 15-18 minutes. 

6:After cooling, top with with topping and sprinkle cinnamon on top.
They ended up turning out better than I though they would. I have already bought another box to make for Christmas.

Have a great day!!!!

All opinions about the product shared are my own.

Dec 7, 2015

King's Hawaiian Dressing

For the next week, I will be posting some of the foods that I made for thinks giving. I tried a couple products that I have never used since I usually make pies and my stuffing from scratch. A few weeks before Thanksgiving I was in the store and saw that King's Hawaiian rolls now make a stuffing. Of course my being me and always trying products that are labeled "new" I had to by it.
One of the things that I find great about this product beside it being well seasoned was that the bread wasn't super hard like some stuffing mixes. They also have the recipe for making it as stuffing as a side and in the turkey. Being in Alabama, I ended up making it as a dressing with Cornish Hen meat.

Here are the instructions and ingredients:

One bag King's Classic Stuffing,
1 cup onion, chopped
4 celery stalks, chopped
1 1/4 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups Cornish hen, shredded
1 tsp pepper 
1 tsp garlic powder

1: Place the chopped in onions in a food processor.

2: Place the onions and celery mixture in a pot and let saute' for 2-3 minutes.

3:In a bowl, empty stuffing mix, onions, celery and the spices.

4:Add the shredded Cornish hen and chicken broth. Mix well then place in a casserole dish.

5:Bake for 30 minutes .

The verdict was that it was pretty good. It was something different for me since I usually make my own bread crumbs and add my own. I will most likely us this for Christmas since it is easy to make in a time crunch.

All statements made are my personal opinion.

Dec 3, 2015

Thoughtful Thursday

This week has been super busy since finals week is about to start. Luck for me though, many of my teachers are giving us the option to take them early or on the assigned day (we option I am picking). I am going to start doing three to four post a week starting next week. So, get ready for lots of food, drinks, and entertaining post coming your way. Here are some thoughts for this Thursday:

Have a great Thursday!!!!!