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Even my daughter doesn't like Mondays!

Even my daughter doesn’t like Mondays!

Normally most of us are like Monday *sigh* *groan* and want to crawl back into bed, but not me today. Not only did I start my day with a delicious Chocolate Cherry Smoothie! But today’s the day (hopefully) my new pole comes in so I’m like watching out the window for any sign of the UPS guys like a dog watching for the mail man.

So I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, I know I did. I nerd-ed it up Saturday night with some D&D!

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I play the Dungeon Master and right now the party is going through a dungeon I made myself and seem to be enjoying it, they haven’t even gotten into the first room but in order to get into the dungeon they had to solve a riddle (Pictured to the left).

I really like to go all out for anything that remotely takes creativity. Turns out, riddles are a lot harder to come up with than I thought. It’s all about how you word things and you have to make sure you don’t contradict yourself half way through.

They did eventually solve it, but it was such fun to watch the little cogs in their minds at work as they discussed/argued with each other over what certain clues meant. Of course my love decided that they should just pull the lever to see what happens, regardless of the riddle and clues, and they did in fact get attacked by a skeleton.

IMG_20131116_195109This is the party that I play with, there’s my little sister, my cousin Matt beside her, my cousin Greg in the orange and red, my brother Dan beside him, of course me at the end of the table, and my love was gracious enough to take the picture for us. Next time I’m going to get a picture of all of us.

So enough of the epic nerdiness that went down that night. This Sunday was also my loves birthday! I had planned a surprise party for him, kind of, it wasn’t like I brought him somewhere and people were all hiding, it was his day off so I couldn’t do that sneakily enough. Instead I had them come to our house and had him answer the door. He was surprised to see people so I succeeded!

Tyler and Alice blowing out candles

Tyler and Alice blowing out candles

Now I love baking, but this boy is so damn picky that he shot down every idea I had for a cake last year that I said screw it this year and picked him out a store bought cake (blech) that he had been pointing out all this month every time we went grocery shopping, sort of a major hint hint Elise, hint hint.

We had a delicious sweet and sour chicken on rice for dinner, a meal I love but takes a lot of time to make. But it fed 11 people so it was a success. And all the birthday money he got will be going towards the PS4 we’re buying each other for Christmas.

As for the gift I got him, well I was a good girlfriend and bought him GTA 5 (which I’m not going to lie, I plan to play once he’s done)

WHICH REMINDS ME! I made him go to the strip club in GTA so I could get all judgmental on the pole dancers and when we got there… I was thoroughly impressed. Like really REALLY impressed!

The developers obviously did their research, which I’m sure none of them complained about, but they obviously didn’t do their research at any plain ol’strip club, because these girls were doing shoulder mounts, inverted V’s, corkscrews, martini, and even caterpillar. There wasn’t any gyrating and grinding the pole, okay maybe a little, but it was mostly all very impressive, and lets not forget the body waves and grinding can be important in a routine, you want a certain degree of sexy.

Alright so I’m not going to lie, I missed the blog over the weekend, but I had to stick to my guns because some weekends I wont be able to post and I want to be consistent. But because I missed it so much, today I’m going to leave you with another healthy but delicious recipe! This one is definitely one of my favorites for lunch.

Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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Photo by She Wears many Hats

I LOOOVVEEE anything in a lettuce wrap, it just adds that great crunchiness that bread just can’t mimic, even when toasted. And this recipe has an Asian twist, which is my favorite type of twist! So please enjoy this semi-simple healthy recipe because I know I sure do!

Ingredients

For stir fry sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground red pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

For Cashew Chicken:

  • 2 chicken breasts (about ¾ lb. total), diced
  • 8 leaves of greenleaf or iceburg lettuce
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil (or oil of choice)
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • ¼ cup cashews, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

For stir fry sauce:
  1. Mix all stir fry sauce ingredients making sure to dissolve brown sugar. Set aside.
For Cashew Chicken:
  1. Heat canola oil in pan over medium to medium high heat. Add diced chicken and brown (about 4-5 minutes). Remove chicken from oil. Add onions, garlic and 1 teaspoon soy sauce to pan; brown. When onions and garlic are brown and tender, add stir fry sauce, browned chicken, and cashews. Saute mixture for a few minutes and remove from heat.
  2. Spoon chicken mixture into individual lettuce leaves. Add your favorite hot sauce, more cashews or basil.

mmmmMMMMM! So good! I could eat sooooo much of this, just remember moderation is the key in eating. Until tomorrow my loves!

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All I want for Christmas is my two bottles of grip!

Alright, I’ve had very little sleep, which really is normal, but last night was worse. My poor little girl is a little sick right now and with her stuffy nose it was impossible for her to sleep. She kept waking up randomly whimpering, it was so consistent to the point that she was in my bed and my love had to go sleep in her bed because he gets up at 6 am to get ready for work. So all of this makes me wildly edgy this morning, and I made the worst mistake… I got on the internet. Feel free to scroll on down to the next paragraph to avoid the incoming rant. On FB a local radio station had linked some website that is petitioning to bring back “merry Christmas” … cause you know… no one EVVVERRR says that anymore (Please feel free to wipe up the dripping sarcasm from that sentence). You know where they don’t say it… businesses, because Canada is such a diverse place with many religions it makes sense to do so, but outside of a business, say it to your hearts content. You can wish me a happy Hanukkah,a happy Kwanzaa, or even Merry Christmas and you know what, I’m not offended because I am just thankful that you took the time of day to wish me good tidings… What irritates me the most about this whole BS site though is the fact that there are such large scale natural disasters happening right now and people are concerned with a saying. If you’re going to reach out to people with a cause, how about make it a positive cause to help people instead of something so petty as a couple of words. Anyways END RANT. FIN. I’m done.

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Anyways back to more positive things, like pole! With the winter seasons approaching fast the air is getting more dry and it is getting much colder (at least where I live, in Canada where winter lasts 6 months). But thankfully my teacher at pole keeps a bottle of grip ready for people who need it, but I feel bad using it so I’m going to look into purchasing a couple of bottles, one I’ll keep at home and one will be in my work out bag for pole. At the moment it’s my legs that are suffering the most, obviously from my post yesterday my hands aren’t having an issue yet. When ever I try to do the lay back I slide right down, so gracefully, straight on my bum.

The lay back

The lay back

 

Now I learned this move as the lay back, but what some people call the lay back, I know as the cross ankle release. I know confusing right, there’s so many different moves with so many different names. So you can see how I would just slide down when your legs are dry and have no grip. What makes this even worse is that this move is in our routine! 

 

 

There is a spray you can get for your legs to help, I’m not to sure where to get it, that’ll take some research. But hand grip is easy to get, I can get it from say x-pole but I’m going to try and find a site that offers a little more to Canadians. Although my first choice for pole shopping will always be x-pole.

Today I’ll be making some pole related crafts, I’m hoping to open a little Etsy shop. I’m not going to tell you guys with what just yet, you’ll have to wait and see. But right now it’s hard for me to find a job because I can only get something part time since day care is like 800$ a month here. I have to say single working moms are like super heroes to me, they are truely amazing and don’t get enough credit. Even working moms are amazing, it takes a lot to leave your child for the better of your child, although some women are just dying to get to back to work, it was the opposite with me. I didn’t want to leave Alice at all, she was such a bright light in my world that I wanted her around me all the time.

So no recipes today, but I will leave you with this, go see Thor! I went and saw it last night, it was fantastic! See you on Monday mes amours!

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Thor ❤ Epic movie

Dear Mother of Pole my muscles hurt!

Good morning! Although I’d really like to just head back to bed. Last night was my pole class and today I am dying, I did not take it easy and the palms of my hands are suffering because of it. While I love my studio, I’m having mixed feelings about brass poles. While super sticky is fantastic for upside down holds, it’s killer on my hands when we practice our routine (which is to Tear Away by Drowning Pool)

Ouchy!

Ouchy!

See this is what happens, I don’t know if you can see that well but on the palms of my hands I have two nice blisters from the brass pole. I’ll wear them like medals for now though, because I got them from working my ass off on the pole! Didn’t learn anything new last night, although we did practice our Scorpios, Gemini, thigh hold.

OH but I did do my first cross ankle release (but didn’t get a picture of it) with some help from my teacher. It’s another move that really does require some good ol’ lady balls. Not to  mention some sticky thighs and a tight butt! If someone reading this doesn’t know I’m talking about pole fitness this would sound extremely and unnecessarily dirty.

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Alice doing The Tree

So this morning is gymnastics time for my little one! She’s quite excited. I really am hoping that when she’s a little older she will get into pole fitness. I see those young girls from Europe and Russia doing it and it’s like an art, it’s really like ballet/gymnastics and I think it’s beautiful. Hopefully by the time Alice is that age it’ll be more mainstream in Canada and she’ll be able to do competitions. I’ll just teach her until then.

At the moment she has gymnastics once a week, if she likes it maybe she’ll continue it and do it more. But next winter she will also be signed up for hockey and then soccer this summer.

I come from a very athletic family, my mom was like ‘the sport girl’ when she was in high school (which I wasn’t in anyway, I was super competitive in gym though, but I was more of a trouble maker in high school). My little sister played hockey for a long time, my brother did as well and now just plays casually. I was big into soccer and basketball, as well as swimming when I was young enough that my parents could force me into it, don’t get me wrong I enjoyed it, but my interests shifted as I got older. Pole is the first physical activity that has really peaked my interest in years, which in turn lead to me loving Pilates, and HIIT (High intensity interval training.) I even tried out running this summer, but found it really hurt my shins, I don’t think I know how to run right to be honest, which was something that I never thought was possible. I though… you just run…right? WRONG… there’s actually a certain way to run so you don’t injure yourself.

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The Extended Spiderman (Aka the extended butterfly)

One of my favorite things about pole is dress up week, which is coming up in only a month. It will obviously be Christmas themed and if I have the money by then I have the perfect outfit to wear. But it’s like 65$ so I don’t think it’s worth it.

But don’t fret! I have a back up outfit, I’m just hoping to slim down a little more before wearing it. Also December 1st I’ll be starting a 12 week shift your diet to healthy eating. I’m hoping since it’s 12 weeks I’ll be able to stick to it afterwards and it’ll become more natural and it’ll be something I can carry on long term, because lets face it, I’m addicted to sweets. The only “eating out” I do is sushi, which really isn’t that bad for you, you just have to be picky and stay away from the deep fried deliciousness. But I love raw salmon, especially spicy salmon so it’s not so bad.

Well I have to leave soon to take her to gymnastics so I’m going to leave you guys with a delicious frozen treat that’s not unhealthy but should still be consumed in moderation! A recipe from one of my favorite sites, http://www.paleomg.com Go check it out, from breakfast to dinner, to delicious desserts, it’s by far one of my favorite websites for recipes!

Chewy Pecan Brittle 

Pecan Pie Brittle

Image from Paleomg.com

Ingredients

Instructions
  1. Place a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add a tablespoon of coconut oil then add your pecans to the pan. Toss around to coat in the oil and keep moving to help roast your pecans without burning them.
  3. When your pecans begin to become fragrant and browned a bit, add your honey and maple syrup. Mix well.
  4. Once your sugar begins to thicken just a little, add your coconut oil and coconut cream concentrate. Keep mixing with a rubber spatula to make sure your coconut cream concentrate doesn’t burn.
  5. Then add your cinnamon, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt.
  6. When everything is well combined, turn burner on low and let simmer for about 3-4 minutes to thicken just a bit. (it won’t get super thick, so don’t expect that)
  7. While your mixture is thickening, line a 8×8 glass baking dish with parchment paper, pressing the paper down into the sides of the dish.
  8. Then pour your mixture into the parchment-lined baking dish and use a spoon to spread out the pecans throughout the mixture.
  9. Place in the freezer and let freeze for an hour or more. When you pull it from the freezer, it should be completely hardened but still have a chewiness to it.
  10. Use a knife to break it into pieces.
  11. Store in the freezer until serving!

I’d just like to say how thankful I am that wordpress periodically saves your posts because my laptop decided it was a good time to shut down everything without asking me so it could do an update…. SO THAT GOT TURNED OFF!!! *RAGE* Until tomorrow, ciao!