Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Recipe Wednesday

Since I was out of school all week last week I was able to get out of my apartment complex and venture over to C's for 4 days! It was a nice unplanned visit :)

I absolutely LOVE cooking and baking but I rarely have anyone to cook for so I love when C is in town or when I am at his house! This time around I wanted to make him a dish he talks about quite often, English Sunday Roast.

C is very well traveled and this is a meal he has brought to my attention quite often! I was excited to give it a shot! 

English Sunday Roast

1 Prime Rib**Much preferred but I substituted Tender Roast 
2 lbs of potatoes
1 lb carrots
1 Sweet Onion
5 Cloves of Garlic
Red Wine 
3 Tbs Flour
Ground ginger

1. Preheat oven to 325. 
2. In a roasting pan, place 1 cup of water and some red wine (I would say about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of red wine). 
3. Next place sliced Onion and 5 cloves of garlic in the pan. Generously salt the meat and place on top of the onions and garlic. Cook for 30 Min.
4. After 30 Min take out the pan. Take the garlic and smash it all over the meat. Toss in Potatoes and Carrots. Cover potatoes, carrots, and meat with Rosemary and Olive Oil. Take 2 Tbs of Ginger and sprinkle over the meat.  
5. Cook for another 1.5 hours. Check the meat with a meat thermometer. The inside of the meat should be around 130 degrees. Once it reaches that temp, let it stand outside the oven for 30 min. 
6. Drain the juices into a sauce pan and add 1 cup of red wine. Bring to a boil and add in flour to thicken. Let the grave stand for 10 min before serving. Add more wine to thin the grave and flour to thicken it. Be careful of string in the flour so it does not get all chunky! 

The roast is drier than a normal roast, and thats the way it was in England. C said it was very similar to what he had and he really enjoyed the meal! I loved it too :)

Lol I forgot to take a photo of it so this is what it SHOULD look like haha, I cut into it and ate it way to fast to photograph :)

Let me know what you think! Plus, this meal is SUPER easy and doesn't require to much effort! 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Plague and Water

Nothing like a good sickness to take you out of your game for 2 weeks! After battling a fever and major digestive issues (oh yeah and I caught a sinus infection in there too) I finally got some answers! 

A virus in my intestines was causing some inflammation and serious pain. Luckily I'm in some medication to take down the swelling! 

Meanwhile, my hometown could really use your prayers! I live in the town in Texas with the major flooding. 

Luckily for me I am safe, but my students and community is suffering greatly. I teach 8th grade at one of the middle schools in the community. I know hundreds of families are without homes and many schools facing damage. 

Prayers for the community are much appreciated!! 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Recipe Wednesday

Check out this AWESOME Recipe from Beachbody On Demand!! I actually substituted the chicken out and made it with fish, but it is good with both!! 

This is a family friendly meal, homemade, clean eating, and good for EVERYONE! 


Nonstick cooking spray
8 (5 oz. each) raw chicken breasts,
boneless, skinless, pounded thin 1⁄4 cup Dijon mustard (or spicy
Asian mustard)
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1⁄2 cup nonfat yogurt
2 Tbsp. sesame oil
4 tsp. dried parsley
3⁄4 cup panko (Japanese-style)
bread crumbs
  1. 1  Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. 2  Select a baking pan large enough to fit all
    8 breasts in a single layer; lightly coat with
    spray. Set aside.
  3. 3  Combine parsley and bread crumbs in a large
    bowl; mix well. Set aside.
  4. 4  Combine mustard, garlic, yogurt, and oil in a
    second large bowl; mix well. Set aside.
  5. 5  Wash and dry chicken breasts. Dip each
    chicken breast into mustard mixture, then roll in bread crumbs. Place chicken breasts side- by-side in baking pan.
  6. 6  Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, or until coating has browned and chicken is no longer pink in the middle.
  7. 7  Slice before serving. Serve with Dijon Sauce.
Calories: 227 / Total Fat: 7 g / Saturated Fat: 1 g Cholesterol: 91 mg / Sodium: 362 mg / Carbohydrate: 7 g Fiber: 0 g / Sugar: 1 g / Protein: 32 g 

Monday, April 11, 2016

10 of my Favorite Things

I love 10 on Tuesday link up! Check it out here :)

Here are 10 of my FAVORITES :) 

1) Pink Lipstick

I have NEVER been one to wear lipstick! Until recently! My newfound confidence has totally brightened up my wardrobe and even my make-up! My basic make up is now GONE and here they are, HOT PINK LIPS! I was nervous at first, some people stare straight at my lips, but hey, I love it! 

2) Starbucks Black Mango Tea

I just....I just...I kinda want an IV of this stuff pumping straight into my body. Yes, its good mixed with lemonade but I like it PLAIN! I want one right now as I write this. 

3) Seafood

All sea food! Tuna, crab legs, scallops, shrimp, lobster, crawfish, if its from the sea Ill eat it! 

4) Wedge Heels

I'm 5'1". If I don't wear a heel to work my 8th graders tower over me. Who am I kidding, they still tower over me! But I love a wedged heel! Stability and height! It's what I need! 

5) Maxi Dresses

Love them! Mostly because its unknown if my legs are shaved under them (who else is with me on this!?) Haha but thats not the only reason I love them! They are just so comfy! 

6) Michael Kors

My whole life I wanted a Michaels Kors purse!! It has been something I have asked for, for years! Apparently Santa has been misplacing my list, but I finally bought myself one! I always told myself I know I have made it when I can afford one of these! HAAAA thank goodness for the outlet store! 

7) Shakeology

You knew this was coming! But seriously, this stuff is my non-negotiable daily! No more sweet tooth cravings, not more blood pressure medicine, weight loss, daily vitamins, this has it all! 

8) Pink Nails

I use to pain my nails purple. Yes purple (Although C argues with me that they were black) but it was just that REALLLLYYY dark purple that almost looks black but isn't! Now that its summer its time to brighten these bad boys up! 

9) Reading 

I love reading! I don't get too much time for reading because of teaching school and being in grad school but I can't wait for summer! I spend most of it in the Library! 

10) Summertime

Just a few weeks till summer vacay! Its bittersweet! I enjoy the break but I am not going to lie, I cry on the last day of school! Im worse then the kids haha Its a very emotional time..every. year. 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Candles and Flowers

This weekend was kind of a bore, but in a good way!

It's been really busy lately and a reallllyyy long week, so this week of not doing much was PERFECT! I would say not doing anything but getting your Masters degrees gets in the way of that!

The most exciting thing to happen was my blog make over! Love Etsy! This design is PERFECT! 

While my blog got a make over I worked on a make over of my own :) Continuing with my 22 min hard Corp workout! I love how much stronger and confident I feel! Weight loss is awesome, don't get me wrong, but I truly believe FEELING good and watching your strength progress is so much better than watching the lbs decrease on the scale! 

My night ended with candles (my favorite) and these beautiful flowers I got from Trader Joes! 

Sunday I woke up super early! I just can sleep in :( so I went for a nice run before church! 

I ended Sunday making delicious coconut crusted Mahi Mahi with homemade mango sauce! Recipe to come Wednesay! And a 3 bean salad for the week :) 

How was your weekend!?

Linking up for my favorite Monday Link Up!

B ~ Loved Boston

Friday, April 8, 2016

For Real Friday

I finally feel like my mind just opened up to the possibilities of this world! It's crazy at what this journey has done for me!

I'm reading this book called You're a Badass (which I can't disagree with the author, I totally am ;) ). Anyway this quote really got to me! 

If I want my body to change or my business to change, what am I doing differently? If it's nothing than how can it change? 

If I do something different, then there HAS to be a different result! 

So, if you're on a journey for something different, whether it's physical, career, living situation, whatever it may be, we HAVE to do something different, otherwise expect the SAME results! 

Now some of you are reading this thinking, "wow, she just figured this out!?" And yes I did! Haha but I'm hoping someone out there could use this piece of advice and go out and make a change! 

My Friday link ups! Here   and  Here

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

10 Tips if you Forget your Lunch

When you forget to post your 10 on Tuesday it turns into a 10 on Wedneaday! Haha

First of all, don’t do this.  But if you happen to forget your lunch or run short of time, this is a guide to healthy options at Fast Food chains and Convenience stores.

Convenience Stores
  • Water
  • Iced tea or coffee
  • Raw unsalted nuts
  • Pretzels or baked chips (single serving bag)
  • Banana or fresh fruit
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Low-fat or nonfat Greek yogurt
  • Whole-grain cereal cups like Cheerios, mixed with nonfat yogurt and a banana
  • Energy bars
    • Quest Bar
    • Kellogg’s Special K protein meal bar
    • Kasha Go Lean protein & fiber bar
    • Luna bar
    • Cliff bar

Burger King
  • Whopper Jr.  NO MAYO!
  • BK Veggie Burger NO MAYO!
  • Tendergrill chicken garden salad with low-fat or fat-free dressing
  • Apple slices
  • Plain garden salad

  • Three hard tacos with vegetarian black beans, sautéed peppers and onions
  • Carnitas burrito bowl with sautéed onions and peppers, cilantro-lime rice, romaine lettuce, and tomato salsa
  • 3 barbaboa tacos on soft corn tortillas with lettuce and tomato salsa
  • Vegetarian burrito bowl with brown rice, black beans, fajita vegetables, lettuce, and roasted chili-corn salsa

  • Grilled chicken Caesar salad
  • Light Italian dressing
  • Thin crust vegi feast medium pizza slice with green pepper, onion, mushroom and black olive

Dunkin Donuts
  • DDSMART egg white veggie flatbread sandwich
  • DDSMART egg white turkey sausage flatbread sandwich
  • Regular coffee
  • Caramel, hazelnut, French vanilla or toasted almond flavored coffee
  • DDSMART latte lite
  • DDSMART southwest chicken flatbread

  • Grilled chicken breast plus mashed potatoes NO GRAVY!
  • Original recipe chicken breast (without skin or breading) with sides of green beans and three bean salad
  • Honey BBQ sandwich

  • Regular Hamburger (remove bottom bun)
  • Premium southwest salad with grilled chicken
  • Grilled honey mustard snack wrap
  • Grilled chicken sandwich NO MAYO (remove bottom bun)
  • Egg white delight McMuffin (remove bottom bun)

Panda Express
  • Shitake kale chicken breast
  • Grilled Teriyaki chicken
  • Mixed veggies

  • Steel-cut oatmeal with summer blueberries & granola
  • Egg white, avocado, spinach breakfast power sandwich
  • Low-fat garden vegetable with pesto soup
  • Power steak lettuce wraps
  • Power chicken hummus bowl
  • Classic salad with grilled chicken

  • Tall nonfat cappuccino
  • Tall shaken tazo black tea lemonade (unsweetened)
  • Tall light blend coffee caramel Frappuccino
  • Check & hummus bistro box plus a banana
  • Veggie and brown rice salad
  • Steel-cut oatmeal

Taco Bell
  • Fresco steak burrito supreme plus black beans
  • Fresco chicken soft taco plus pintos ‘n’ cheese

  • Chicken spinach salad with tomatoes, green pepper, onions, olives and cucumbers with honey-mustard dressing or vinegar plus yogurt parfait

  • Grilled chicken sandwich with apple slices (remove bottom bun)
  • Large chili plus garden salad (no crutons) with fat free French dressing
  • Any of the garden sensations salads
    • Balsamic vinaigrette
    • Light classic ranch
    • Fat-free ranch

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Relaxing weekend

So this is the first weekend in the past month and half that I haven't had any visitors or been traveling!

I have to say it was nice to have a weekend to myself :) 

I started with a good Saturday morning workout! I have had such amazing support from my team recently that I even hit a new level in my business!

Beachbody now trust me with some of their customers :) I was so excited for all
my hard work to pay off that I treated myself to a massage! I gave my facebook followers the option to help my choose, they all know me so well ;) 

Sunday I went to church and worshiped Jesus! It was a great service about sacrificing and focusing on what you can give to others!! 

This week I am so excited to share my story in my Love your Body group! If you would like to follow along its only 5 days and completely free! 

How was your weekend!?