Category Archives: Food and Drink

Perfectly Proportioned

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Are you one of those people who watch the latest Netflix movie in envy of the chiseled tough guy or perfectly sized soccer mom? Do you still have the jeans you wore in college hoping one day the zipper will finally zip? Do you feel like if you could just lose a couple of pounds your life would be more enjoyable? Well, you are not alone.

Obesity has become a staggering epidemic in the United States. According to PBS 68.8% of the United States is either overweight or obese. It has become a contributing factor to death and even more specifically a contributor to the risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and kidney disease. And if you think that number is decreasing think again. The portion size of everyday fast food dining is consistently growing. To put things in perspective think of a delicious slice of pepperoni pizza. In the 1970s the average calorie count of two slices of pizza were around 500. Now there are on average 850 calories in 2 slices of pepperoni pizza. That 350 calorie difference could your entire breakfast the next day!

Do you think you would eat as much food you constantly had to get up to refill your plate? If the extra 200 calories of macaroni and cheese wasn’t on your Sunday dinner plate would you really miss it? Chances are probably not!

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Sippin’ on a Slurpee

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It’s a typical hot summer day here in the Carolinas. It’s humid and muggy and there is an afternoon storm headed our way. Ugh…I just want something cold and refreshing. Oh wait…today is July 11 aka 7/11 Day! The convenient store that started in 1927 in Dallas TX, has made their own customer appreciation day known as 7/11 Day! Serving 13 million Slurpees a month, the 7/11 franchise offers a FREE Slurpee each July 11!! What a perfect way to cool off in the summer. Thanks 7/11!

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Hobby Happiness

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How much time do you actually sit down and take sometime to yourself doing something you truly enjoy?  We all have hobbies. Some of my hobbies include writing, tanning, and hosting parties.

Writing is therapeutic for me. Some people do yoga others take walks to go to clear their mind. My therapy is writing. Nothing helps me get into my zone like writing. There is nothing in particular I write about– just whatever  comes to me at the moment. It is my way of expression. Sometimes I write for an audience but other times I write to meditate or help gather my thoughts.

Sometimes I take my iMac to the pool with me and write by the pool. Which brings me to another one of my favorite things to do–TAN! I know there are many risks in soaking up the UV rays so I do my best to protect my skin. Now that is summer I try to lay out a few hours a week in order to get my much needed Vitamin D intake.

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Sometimes while at the pool I entertain. Summer+parties=AWESOME! My boyfriend Quentin isn’t a fan of sitting out in the sun but if I ask him if he wants to grill at the pool, 9 times out of 10 he agrees. We grill at the pool all of the time! We invite friends and family over at least once a week to grill poolside. Everyone is invited. My favorite item for him to grill is kabobs! We have a system. I put them together (we switch up or veggies and protein every single time) and he grills! It’s a win win situation for us and our guests always LOVE them!

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These are a few of my hobbies. I’m sure yours may very but the point of this blog is to have fun. Tomorrow is not guaranteed. Do things you enjoy. laugh often, and make the most of every day!

Memorial Day Weekend!

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Memorial Day is a day in which we remember those who have lost their lives fighting for our country. This Monday, we observe the federal holiday.  I can’t wait to show off my new bathing suit at the pool while grilling out  and catching up with some long time friends.  Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest weekends for drivers. Beach trips, parades, and barbecues are a few popular destinations for the holiday. While enjoying your three day weekend, be sure to keep in mind those who lost their lives serving our country and also be aware of other drivers while on the road.

Keep driving fatalities down by these easy steps (I know they are common sense but just thought I’d remind you):

-Focus on one thing and one thing only…DRIVING

-Do not text and drive

-Do not speed

-Do not drink and drive

-Watch for motorcyclists

Now that you made it to the party….what are you going to eat?!

Southern Grilled Barbecued Ribs

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds baby back pork ribs
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup prepared mustard
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place ribs in two 10×15 inch roasting pans. Pour water and red wine vinegar into a bowl, and stir. Pour diluted vinegar over ribs and cover with foil. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. Baste the ribs with their juices halfway through cooking.
  2. In a medium saucepan, mix together ketchup, water, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, butter, brown sugar, hot pepper sauce, and salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer barbeque sauce for 1 hour.
  3. Preheat grill for medium heat.
  4. Lightly oil preheated grill. Transfer ribs from the oven to the grill, discarding cooking liquid. Grill over medium heat for 15 minutes, turning ribs once. Baste ribs generously with barbeque sauce, and grill 8 minutes. Turn ribs, baste again with barbeque sauce, and grill 8 minutes.

and what are you going to wash your food down with?

Easy Raspberry Lemonade

ADULTS CAN ADD VODKA

Ingredients

  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can frozen raspberry lemonade concentrate
  • 3 cups water
  • 3/4 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries, garnish
  • 18 Mint leaves, for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. In a large punch bowl, combine raspberry lemonade concentrate, water and lime juice. Stir in lemon-lime soda and crushed ice. Garnish each glass with a fresh raspberry and a mint leaf.

and for dessert?

Wave Your Flag Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 quart strawberries, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 pkg. (8 serving size) JELL-O Brand Gelatin, any red flavor
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 (12 ounce) package pound cake, cut into 10 slices
  • 1 1/3 cups blueberries, divided
  • 1 (8 ounce) tub COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed

Directions

  1. Slice 1 cup of the strawberries; set aside. Halve remaining strawberries; set aside.
  2. Stir boiling water into dry gelatin mix in large bowl 2 minutes until completely dissolved. Add enough ice to cold water to measure 2 cups. Add to gelatin; stir until ice is melted. Refrigerate 5 minutes or until slightly thickened (consistency of unbeaten egg whites). Meanwhile, line bottom of 13×9-inch dish with cake slices. Add sliced strawberries and 1 cup of the blueberries to thickened gelatin; stir gently. Spoon over cake slices.
  3. Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm. Spread whipped topping over gelatin. Arrange strawberry halves on whipped topping for ‘stripes’ of ‘flag.’ Arrange remaining 1/3 cup blueberries on whipped topping for ‘stars.’ Store leftover cake in refrigerator.

Don’t forget to keep the kids entertained..

-Set up a sprinkler in the yard or get a slip and slide

-Create a Memorial Day obstacle course

-Have a Memorial Day treasure hunt

-Hide and Seek

-Anything fun outdoors to get them out of your hair!

Finish the night with some beautiful fireworks…

Fiesta Fiesta

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Cinco De Mayo is a day honoring the Mexican defeat over the French during the American Civil War’s Battle of Puebla in 1862 in Puebla . Many people are mistake this day with Mexican Independence day, which is actually celebrates in September. Cinco De Mayo, is mainly celebrated in the region of Puebla and the US. Typical celebrations include Mexican cuisine, music, and beverages. Whether you go to a Mexican resturant with friends or host a fiesta at home, have fun and enjoy! Salud!!

SIMPLE MARGARITA RECIPE

Ingredients

  • 1 (6 ounce) can frozen limeade concentrate
  • 6 fluid ounces tequila
  • 2 fluid ounces triple sec

Directions

  1. Fill blender with crushed ice. Pour in limeade concentrate, tequila and triple sec. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.

Monday Funday!

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Everyone dreads these two words :”It’s Monday”. It seems like the older I get, the quicker the weekend ends. For the past few months my friend Blair and I have made it a point to make Monday one of our best days of the weeks. I’m not exactly sure what brought it on, but since about January we have made a routine of hanging out and doing things we enjoy. After work we meet at my house and do something active. We either take my sweet puppy Phoenix on a walk, get a group together and hit the tennis courts, or play Just Dance for about 30 minutes on the Wii! This is a great way to get past the fact that it is Monday! After we get a good half hour or so of cardio we indulge in a healthy (most of the time)  dinner and an adult beverage or two while watching our weekly show, Basketball Wives. Not only is this a great way to jumpstart the rest of the work week, it is also a chance to bond with a wonderful friend.

                 Above is a photo of myself and  my Monday Funday partner &  best friend, Blair

OTHER AFFORDABLE MONDAY FUNDAY IDEAS 

  1. Makeover Monday- Enjoy a spa day after work! Pour yourself a glass of wine, light some candles, fill up the bath tub with and indulge! After your bath, put a face mask on and experiment with different nail polishes and hair styles. This is not only a great way to relax, it is also a great way to find new styles during the week!
  2. Monopoly Monday- Play a board game! Invite some of your neighbors over and play a game. This is a great way to  feel like a kid again and socialize about things non-work related.
  3. Man Up Monday- Take a boot camp class or other strength building exercise course. Working out is the ultimate stress reliever and also will help you prepare for bathing suit season. 
  4. Margarita Monday- Grab a few coworkers and go to a local bar for happy hour. It’d be a great way to get to know people you work with outside of the office (reminder: don’t overdue it you do have work in the morning)
  5. Meditation Monday- Set aside about 30 minutes to meditate. Whether you pray or do yoga, use this time to focus primarily on relaxation through deep breathing exercises.

 

Here Comes The Chicken….

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Have you been dating your boyfriend for years? Do you bring up the word marriage and constantly get  ignored? Well ladies you may be in luck. At work yesterday my coworker who is  former wedding planner told me about an engagment chicken. I looked at her like she had lost her mind. She brought a book in to work called 100 Recipes Every Woman Should Know. In the first few pages of the book they were speaking about this chicken. There were quite a few testimonials from women who swear by it. One woman claimed she made the chicken for dinner and that night her boyfriend asked her to marry him. I find it extremely difficult to believe making a chicken with specific ingredients can persuade a man to ask for your hand in marriage.  Don’t get me wrong, it does look like a good meal but isn’t marriage suppose to be about love not a silly recipe?!

Engagement Chicken

Ingredients:
  • 1 whole chicken (approximately 4 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice, plus 3 whole lemons—including 1 sliced for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon kosher or coarse sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Fresh herbs for garnish (4 rosemary sprigs, 4 sage sprigs, 8 thyme sprigs, and 1 bunch fl at-leaf parsley)

1. Position an oven rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat the oven to 400°F. Remove the giblets from the chicken, wash the chicken inside and out with cold water, then let the chicken drain, cavity down, in a colander for 2 minutes.

2. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Place the chicken breast-side down in a medium roasting pan fi tted with a rack and pour the lemon juice all over the chicken, both inside and out. Season the chicken all over with salt and pepper inside and out.

3. Prick 2 whole lemons three times each in three different places with a fork and place them deep inside the cavity. Chicken cavity size may vary, so if one lemon is partly sticking out, that’s fine. (Tip: If the lemons are stiff, roll them on the countertop with your palm before pricking to get the juices flowing.)

4. Put the chicken in the oven, lower the oven temperature to 350°F, and roast, uncovered, for 15 minutes.

5. Remove the roasting pan from the oven. Using tongs or two wooden spoons, turn the chicken breast- side up. Insert a meat thermometer in the thigh, and return the chicken to the oven and roast for about 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes or until the meat thermometer reads 180°F and the juices run clear when the thigh is pricked with a fork. Continue roasting if necessary. Keep in mind that cooking times in different ovens vary; roasting a chicken at 350°F takes approximately 18-20 minutes per pound, plus an additional 15 minutes.

6. Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes before carving. And here’s the secret: Pour the juices from the roasting pan on top of the sliced chicken— this is the “marry me juice.” Garnish with fresh herbs and lemon slices.

Read More http://www.glamour.com/magazine/2006/07/engagement-chicken#ixzz1tH5I5fzw