Trying to stifle my inner Neanderthal

Hola and happy Saturday all you busy bees ! Today has been quite productive. A few days ago I went on a 3 day fruit flush by Jay Robb.  I have never done anything like it before and it really got me into a better mindset of eating more healthy, at a more reasonable time of day ( rather than 11:30 pm). I will admit though, that by the end of the third day I was ready to eat  devoured a cold left over steak that was just taunting me from inside my refrigerator. All it took was one hand and a little channeling of my inner  Neanderthal and that sucker was history. Oh yeah, and I forgot to mention that this all took place approximately 1-2 hours before my family was to arrive to celebrate my birthday with 6 pizza pies, ice cream cake and fruit and veggie salads. I did behave though and limited myself to one slice. It’s really surprising how small the portions that our body require if only we give it a second to think. 

Since the flush, I have gained a new drive to eat healthier and exercise more. It helps that it’s bikini season too and…well let’s just say…no one wants to see a blob walking around.

Today I passed on the yard sale-ing to sleep in and make some breakfast. Saturday morning and afternoons are a time that I get to spend with my man and just enjoy the day, weather and each other. I decided to look up a healthy pancake recipe for breakfast, preferably one involving egg whites and oatmeal. I found the recipe, blended everything up to make a batter and poured it in the skillet.

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Holey Moley ! A pan-sized pancake. This recipe does not mess around. The cake smelled delicious as the cinnamon gave off a pleasant aroma.

The next hurdle was to add a topping or syrup, all while avoiding actual syrup and the evil sugar within. I decided to utilize some of the fresh blueberries and strawberries left over from my flush, blend ’em up in my awesome NINJA that I got from my C.V. and S.V. for my birthday and create a fruit sauce topping.

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I topped it right onto the monstrous cake and this is what I had. Vuala !  

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Doesn’t look too bad eh.

Well to my surprise and chagrin the cake was a little more  ALOT more dense than I had anticipated. It had a decent flavor, kind of a mix between baked oatmeal and an omelet, but lordy bigordy that sucker was thick and the word “cake” should not have even been added to this recipe. 

I think I ate about a third of sucker and I had enough. Plus sides.
1. It’s filling
2. It’s got pert near 21 grams of protein in each cake
3. You won’t be hungry for the rest of the day…ok thats a lie, but it is definitely hearty. 

I kept on a healthy kick and warmed up some lowfat turkey and a piece of 2% provolone cheese on the griddle and stuck it in a pita pocket with some lettuce, tomato and cucumber. No sauce necessary. Boy was that good. I think that will be my dinner as well. 

I finished the day out with an all fruit smoothie, some fresh, some frozen. I kinda eyeballed everything but I know that almond milk went in along with 1 banana, quite a few blueberries, about 10 strawberries and about a half bag of frozen pineapple (DOLE) and 5 ice cubes. No added sweeteners required. DELICIOUS and perfect for this warm summer day.

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Not so crafty or thrifty I know but I will show you what I have been working on lately.  
First, here is the first of 2 pillows that will be displayed in my sunroom.

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Initially my plan was to cover this entire pillow, but when I saw how much felt it was taking and how time consuming it was I decided to stop here , and I am in love with how it turned out.

I also told you that I was working on something new to add to my HortDecor Etsy Store

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I love this. I made one of these for my kitty last year, but this one, I think is a thousand times cooler. The cushion was hand stitched with quality printed fabric and tufted with my own hand made jute button balls.

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I wanted to make it to really scream, CUTE ! so I added the striped fabric bow at the top for a stunning contrast.

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All in all, I’m really happy with how it turned out. It is one of a kind and available now. If you are interested, in it, you better act fast before someone else gets their paws on this beaut. Get it here.

Alright. Enough for now. I’m going to get some more wreaths made. Go out and soak up the sun !

Hugs and Stitches,

Sarah

P.S. For more healthy meals, snacks and breakfasts that are sure to be delicious, check out my friend Emily’s blog EmilysHappyHomestead. She’s got some awesome stuff going on in her kitchen !  

The 48th Hour

It feels like its been raining for 40 days and 40 nights !! It’s only really been 2 1/2-3 days, but the last 2 days have been NON-STOP steady rain. The weather unkindly sentenced me and the kitties to indoor activities, or the lack there of for the last 48 hours. I did not see the weather’s attitude change first hand, since my working hours are spent inside a windowless, flourescently lit office, however I was elated to feel the warm sun on my face when it was quitting time.

Although I have found the past 2-days’ weather to be tedious, I think my plants rather enjoyed it. They are all looking bigger and greener than I left them.

A tomato plant…
A bunch of sprouting Cucumbers…..Don’t you dare wag your finger at me you green thumb extrordinares (sp?) I know you are supposed to plant cukes so many inches apart and in a really big space, but the truth is, I don’t have a big space. I rent a lawn along with my apartment and am not sure how my landlord would feel if I took the kibosh to his lawn….so I put them in a pot. All of them. If they choke each other out…oh well. At least I tried. If I get a few good vines and some tasty cukes….kudos to me. You may follow my methods next year if they prove successful.

And my transplanted Succulant or known to others as Hens and Chicks. I LOVE THEM!
I hope you enjoyed my time in the sun looking at my plants as much as I did.

Anyways, last week B.S. came over to pay me a visit and we went for a lovely stroll through the borough and when we came back I agreed to make us some smoothies. It was a little before dinner time for me so I didn’t want to ruin my appetite by having a HUGE glass of smoothy-liciousness  like normal, so I ended up having lots left over. I stored the rest in the freezer till today. I am sad to say that my $5 yard sale Osterizer is starting to call it quits on me so I am trying to use it sparingly until I can replace it. Today I got ‘er up and running long enough to liquify the remaining smoothie mix. I decided I would make Popsicles out of them !

My first and last attempt at making healthy yet delicious frozen treats was a flop. I saw this fantastic recipe on Pinterest for a mixed berry, greek yogurt, raw honey concoction for popcicles. Sad to say, they were much too sweet for my liking and didn’t solidify. Not sure if it was the Honey or the Yogurt…so if you saw that recipe and are lured into trying them from the decadent picture posted before the instructions, I caution you to think twice and remember my words. Too sweet. Won’t Freeze up.

So I’ll show you what I did:
I found this GIANT bag of mixed fruit at Wegmans for $10. That is a great buy. Normally a bag of peaches half the size of this bag costs that much and you need to buy pineapple and strawberries in addition. Your healthy snack can turn into quite the expensive snack pretty quickly.
This is the most delicious combo. of fruits ever !
I just fill the blender about 3/4ths full of this fruit , add a tsp of Stevia for sweetness and maybe a half cup of plain greek yogurt. I add milk too but sadly I just kinda eyeball it until I get the right smoothy consistancy I want. Next step: Blend your little hearts out my friend.

You can stop here and slurp the fruity goodness as is and if you’re like me you will have leftovers.
Put them in an icepop mold !

And FREEZE !!!

Not you silly! Freeze the pops ! You may continue reading now.
It’s always a good Idea to have someone stand guard so no one comes along and snatches a pop before it is properly frozen. In my case, I designated the shrimp to do the job for me.

I’ll let you know how they turn out !

Hugs and Stitches,

Sarah