America’s Pastime

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It’s about time we got to go to a baseball game. And on dollar beer night. Even better.

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But, since we’re being honest, I’m not a huge beer drinker. I drink bourbon and wine. So I drank a lot of diet cokes. I picked a grilled chicken sandwich! Oh man, but I wanted these perfect nachos I saw this skinny girl eating. Story of my life.

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Mike had two hot dogs and we shared fries. I also got a snack size of crack.
A.k.a. roasted almonds.

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Oh, ballpark food. My mistress.
I’ll be back soon, love.

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This is jake the diamond dog. He carries a basket of water bottles to the umps in between innings. And he also runs out and grabs the bats and brings them back to the dugout. He’s perfect.

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This is Jake after the game. What a baby doll.

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I’ll leave you with the loves of my life.
My momma, Joe and my man.

I’m so proud of myself for not eating nachos, hot dogs and funnel cakes.

See you tomorrow!

Xo

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Hump Day and Bourbon Baked Chicken

Very busy but awesome day!

I have an amazing recipe for you at the end of the post. Boyfriend and myself approved. And I’m my harshest critic. It’s PERFECT and light. So excited to share!

Today was art day at work. A gallery in town brings tons of local artist’s work and we pick what we like for the office. It’s a really cool program to get local artists known and also makes our office look lovely!

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So, basically from 9-11am, I felt like I was at an art show. Pretty rad.

I highly recommend the TJ’s wonton soup. Very delicious and only 220 calories! Yum!

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I also had ANOTHER piece of perfect German chocolate cake from a perfect local bakery.

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Don’t worry. I worked off my piece of cake at Zumba. With my best girls.

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Now. The best bourbon chicken in the world!

Bold statement, I know. But let me tell you. It’s as good as at home bourbon chicken can get.

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There’s actual bourbon in it y’all. I’m a Kentucky girl. Nothing bothers me more than recipes claiming to be bourbon when there isn’t any in it. Bourbon tastes delicious! USE IT IN YOUR FOOD.

You will need:

1 pound boneless skinless chicken tenderloins (thawed, fresh)
½ cup soy sauce
¼ cup olive oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
¼ cup bourbon (Jim Beam is my bourbon of choice for cooking!)
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon of garlic powder

Whisk EVERYTHING but the chicken together in a bowl. (A bowl that has a lid is even better!) Whisk it good!

Put all of the tenderloins into the marinade. Soak em up good! Now, I marinated mine overnight and all day at work. And I’m sure that had a lot to do with how juicy mine came out. Put a lid on the bowl of chicken and marinade and let those babies sit all night. Trust me.

When it’s time for dinner, preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Pour chicken and marinade into a deep baking dish so juices can continue to soak chicken. I used a deep glass baking dish!

Bake for 15 minutes. Turn chicken tenders over and bake another 15 minutes. I then turned my broiler on high for about 2 minutes to make them beautiful.

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I’d say it worked. This is by far the most gorgeous chicken I’ve ever made at home.

I recommend eating with some rice. Rice soaks up all of the perfect flavors involved but I wanted to watch my carbs tonight so I whipped up some frozen stir fry veggies. The beauty of this dish is you have so much extra sauce, you can douse the chicken AND the veggies in it!

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This is Asian persuasion at it’s finest. The smell in my house made my mouth water. And this dish delivers! I hope you all enjoy this as much as we did!

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Lay Off Me

I would say it’s been a rough week. But really, all things considered, I held up on my promise to myself.

Oh, but there were times…

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And reactions to burgers on T.V…

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And that time I ate maybe 50 tortilla chips with our fish tacos and I got so mad at myself that I literally THREW the bag to the other side of the table with great force…

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And that time that I ate the giant yeast roll with butter and let it melt in my mouth for way too long…

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But, if the worst thing I did this week was eat a buttery yeast roll and too many tortilla chips one night, I think I’m pretty solid.

Honestly, the only thing I’m “mentally” struggling with right now, is I DON’T WANT A SALAD FOR LUNCH TOMORROW. But you know me, always figuring it out. Which I will.

Oh, and I’ve dreamed up 4 new recipes to try/master next week to share with you guys! Sorry for another weird week! Dad is okay! No worries!

 

WEIGH IN TOMORROW. See ya there!

 

xo

 

*It should be pretty obvious that the above photos are not mine. They are from google search of things like “hungry” “fat” and “funny”. I do not own 3 cats and a Chris Farley. So I’m sure you knew that but I wanted to be safe!

 

This week’s menu and mini quiche!

I have so many things to share with you guys!

Mike and I had double date night with Jess and Brad last night. We got Mexican and then went to see Godzilla. IT WAS SO GOOD. Better than I thought it would be by far! I ate what I wanted to. I eat so healthy during the week, I don’t worry too much about the weekends.

Today we went to the mall. We ate at California Pizza Kitchen. I was craving their thai crunch salad. So Mike and I split that. Yum!

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We stopped in H&M. Mike got some sessy new jeans. I didn’t find much I wanted. I’m so apprehensive buying clothes right now. I’m losing weight consistently so I don’t want to waste money on something that will only fit for 3 weeks. I stopped in bath and body works to get their new summer candles. Yay!

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Our last stop was our weekly trip to Trader Joe’s. We got lots of goodies on the menu this week!

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I wanted to show you guys how I keep my salad fresh for the week. Load up a few bags of salad mix in a giant Tupperware bowl then add a square of paper towel to the top. It soaks up excess moisture. Which leads to crisper lettuce!

I made mini quiche for our breakfast all week. So excited for them. We took a bite. Oh, so freaking good.

Mini Quiche!

You’ll need:
4 eggs
1/2 cup low fat milk
1/2 heavy whipping cream
1 pie crust (roll out, such as pillsbury)
A large handful of baby spinach
1 healing cup of cut up/diced ham (we used sandwich meat ham)
Roughly one cup of shredded cheese
Salt
Pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Roll out the pie crust. Use the top of a cup to create circles in the dough.

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Grease up your muffin pan really well. Make sure all of the sides are oiled as well. You can use Pam or any oil you have on hand. Press circles of dough into muffin pan, making sure it is all pressed down and into the sides.

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In a bowl. Combine 4 eggs, 1/2 cup of low fat milk, 1/2 cup of heavy cream, salt and pepper. Whisk well.

Add baby spinach on top of pie crusts in pan. Then add chopped ham on top of spinach.

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Lastly, add egg mixture to each muffin tin. Fill to where it is equal with the top of the crust. I used my 1/2 cup measurer so I didn’t make a mess.

Sprinkle cheese evenly onto all of the quiches.

Bake for 30 minutes. Pull them out and let them cool! Then pack them in plastic baggies for breakfasts or eat one right away like us!

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I’m obsessed. They are PERFECT.

Anyways, I’ll leave you with this weeks menu. Mike is grilling steaks and squash and I need to help. Hah

Monday: Fish tacos!
Tuesday: Flat Out Pizzas
Wednesday: Orange Chicken and stir fry vegetables!
Thursday: Bourbon BBQ Turkey Burgers!

Fitness this week includes Monday and Thursday Zumba! Tuesday and Wednesday jog/walk at the park! (weather permitted. Hoping I don’t get stuck in the gym!)

See you guys soon! I’ll post some more info about Zumba! And fun pictures of the class!

Xo

Beauty tips and signature lipsticks.

Growing up, my mom always wore the same lipstick. I mean, I’m sure after the 90’s to 2004, at some point in there it changed with the times. (Let’s be honest, the 90’s didn’t end until at least 2003.) I have memories of stealing her red lipstick and trying to use it. Way outside the lines. I couldn’t wait to be like mommy. To be a classy lady who caries around her bullet lipstick. Like a weapon. It was her color. Everyone associated her with her color.

I’ve never grown up. I still use Chapstick and colored lip balms. My best friend and I discussed this. And how we think it’s time to find our signature lip stick. Thus, the hunt began about a month ago.

$30 later, I feel like I’ve finally found it. For now. Until 2020 maybe, when the times change. I’m in love. It makes my lips feel so soft. Look so soft.

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Revlon Super-lustrous Lipstick in Primrose. $4.50. It’s basically a perfect dupe for MAC’s Angel. If not better.

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It makes me feel ready to take on the night. And that’s all I wanted. Does anyone want the 10 other lipsticks I’ve bought in this process that didn’t turn out? Haha

I want to touch on skin. I have terrible skin. Everywhere but my face. Now that I’ve reached 25, I have realized that I am very lucky to have balanced facial skin. But it takes a lot of work to keep it that way. ESPECIALLY in the winter. I want to share with you products that I literally couldn’t live without.

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Olay Regenerist cream cleanser is perfect. It’s creamy but also has exfoliating beads so I truly feel clean after I use it. I only wash my face every other day. If I’m desperate, for instance I have makeup all over my face, I use aloe sensitive skin baby wipes. It doesn’t dry my face out and gets the job done. For an every day,
Pre-makeup moisturizer, I use Olay Complete for sensitive skin. I cake it out pretty good, all over my face and down my neck to my chest. But my most favorite product of all. Is the St. Ives Timeless Skin moisturizer. I put it on every night before bed. It’s very potent and VERY moisturizing, a little goes a long way. I knew I wanted a little bit of anti aging when I noticed my forehead started to get a little wrinkly when I made different faces. And I swear, they’re practically gone. The answer to youthful skin is moisturized skin.

Remember, I have dry skin. So if you have very oily, acne prone skin, I wouldn’t moisturize as much as I do. And I know you hate it now, but when we start aging and your face looks 20 and mine looks 40, you’ll be okay with those pimples you got when you were 25!

Be back soon with this weeks menu!

Xo

Wild Eggs and a Weigh In

HAPPY FRIDAY!! woop woop!

I truly was nervous about today’s weigh in. It’s mother nature time of the month for me. And that usually does disastrous things to your body’s physical weight. And mind. And diet.

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But wow. I am so proud of myself. I’m tooting my own horn.

I LOST 3 POUNDS THIS WEEK!!

So, onward, I’d just love to be able to, at the very least, lose every time. Even if it is just a pound, I’ll take it!

I treated myself with a healthy version of my Wild Eggs favorite. Kalamity Katie’s Border Benedict.

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It usually comes with queso. I said no to queso. It was hard as hell to do that. I also got just egg whites. It also usually comes with potatoes. Which I switched out for fruit. Like I said, I’m in the zone!

we’ll touch base this weekend!

Have a good one!

 

xo

Baked Tilapia with POW POW Sauce

POW POW Sauce is my special Asian sauce that is my at home version of BANG BANG sauce from Bonefish Grill’s Bang Bang Shrimp. If you haven’t had Bang Bang Shrimp, stop what you are doing, get in your car, and go wait at Bonefish Grill’s door until they open. You think I’m kidding…

This is a really quick and easy recipe that tastes difficult. My favorite kind.

And because it’s baked, you can have the yummy breaded fish taste without breaking the bank.

 

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You know me and my rough guesstimates of measurements. Another dish that’s hard to mess up though, I promise!

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

In a big bowl, combine one cup of Panko Breadcrumbs with a half of a cup of whole wheat flour, or the flour of your choice. Sprinkle in a little garlic powder and red pepper.

In a small bowl, fill with milk of your choice. We used whole because it’s thicker and is better for coating. You can use heavy cream, but go easy on it! 😉

Dip one tilapia filet at a time into the milk, let it drip a bit, then dunk into the breading mixture. Get it nice and covered. Then place on a greased baking sheet.

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It should look like this before going into the oven!

Bake for 10 minutes. Then flip the fish filets over and bake for another 10 minutes. Baking times can vary depending on your oven. This worked perfectly for us.

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While it is baking, combine Thai Kitchen Sweet Red Chili Sauce with Sriracha Mayo. About 2 tablespoons of each. (You can buy pre-made sriracha mayo or make your own just combining equal parts of both items) Add in one packet of Truvia or Splenda and one teaspoon of garlic powder. Whisk together.

When fish is cooked, plate it immediately and top with the POW POW Sauce.

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Enjoy the sweet,salty, spicy crunchy fish. I ate mine so slow because I didn’t want it to be over. That’s how much I love this dish.

 

Oh, and guys, I’m doing Zumba tonight with my best friend. SO EXCITED. It’s my first time going to this specific place, so I’ll report back. Dancing is the one thing that will never ever feel like a workout to me. When we go out to bars, I usually lose a pound the next day even with the 6 whiskey diets and after bar Taco Bell. That’s how hard I dance.

It’s almost the weekend. You have no idea how happy this makes me.

 

xo