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It’s pole day, pole day, gotta get down on pole day!

Alright that’s the last time you’ll ever hear me quote that “song”. That doesn’t mean I’m any less excited though! Wednesdays are my favorite day, it’s the night I go to the studio with my best friend, we go and get lots of bruises! Woohoo! I still have bruises from last week, they’re pretty nasty.

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This year I got my Christmas tree early!

I got a nice big fat tree! I love it! My little one is super excited to decorate but I have to hold her off until Daddy is off work on Thursday so we can all do it together.

It’s one of my favorite parts of Christmas, and now my house smells like beautiful pine!

One tradition that my family has is we get a new ornament every year to hang on the tree. I have a total of 30 or something close to that, some years when I was younger I got more than one. Now I do the same for my daughter, it’s great to carry on nice family traditions!

What are some of your Holiday traditions you do with your family? Be it Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, I’d love to hear about them!

Alright time for a delicious recipe! Today is another treat, who am I kidding, they’re always treats. Truth is I love sweets so when I can find a way to make them healthier, all the better so I don’t have to feel guilty after eating it.

Skinny Chocolate Candy Cane Bark

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Image from Damyhealthy.com

Makes 3 Servings.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Natural Raw Almonds
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped 70% Dark Chocolate (or Chocolate Chips)
  • 2 Mini Candy Canes (crushed)
  • 1/2 Tsp Peppermint Extract

Directions:

  1. Place almonds, chocolate and mint extract in a double boiler (if you don’t have a double boiler, a glass pyrex bowl or something along those lines, well fitted on top of a pot of boiling water so that it melts the chocolate will work just as well)   until almonds are completely coated in chocolate.
  2. On a wax-paper covered plate pour chocolate almond mixture into a single layer.
  3. Sprinkle crushed candy cane over top or layer.
  4. Cover with saran wrap and place in the freezer for at least one hour.
  5. Remove from freezer and cut into three pieces.
  6. Enjoy!

Delicious! And dark chocolate is actually good for you, in moderation of course! Enjoy a holiday treat, December is one of my favorite months because it’s candy cane flavored EVERYTHING! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! (Thought that if I started this post with a song, I should end with one too!)

Good Morrow!

“Good morning, good morning it’s time to start the day! Good morning, good morning, to you!” That is how I started my day today at 6:15 am. My little one burst in my room singing that as loudly as she could, who could get mad at that! Even if it did scare the living daylights out of me. I wish every morning I could wake up that joyful, but you know, I’m an adult, and I like my sleep.

So I need some help from some of your readers, and yes I know you exist, I see the numbers in my stats! And I see the number of shares my posts get, so I’m talking to you! I’m running out of ideas, what would be something you’d like to read about on my blog? More recipes? More routines? Pole moves? More randomness about my life (although I’m sure that’s not as interesting)? How about reviews on games since I’m an avid gamer? Or pole products? I think I’m giving myself ideas as I’m typing this out. Let me know what YOU think I should write about, sound off in the comments below!

So I mentioned a week or two ago that I’d be starting a new clean eating  diet (although I hate that word, I’m not dieting, it’s a change in eating habits really) through blogilates. They provided a 12 week eating plan and I failed a couple of the meals. Not that I cheated, I just failed at making them. So get ready for some delicious healthy recipes in this blog!

IMG_20131201_082622Crepes!

First came the crepes, which turned into pancakes! Regardless they were delicious!

1 egg
1 tsp cinnamon
1 banana
1/3 cup oats
1/4 cup almond milk
1 tsp of honey
strawberries galore!

Mix your dry ingredients in a blender or magic bullet until it’s a fine powder.

Then add half a banana, an egg and almond milk.

Pour onto a pan on low-medium heat, just a thin layer (That’s the key that I missed) wait until you see bubbles on top and then flip.

Then just fill your crepes with strawberries and the other half of banana. Drizzle honey on top.

IMG_20131202_165632Quinoa Edamame Salad

This was a really good recipe, but I found the dressing was a little too tart for my liking. So when I make this tomorrow I’ll be adding sweet chili thai sauce instead because I think it would suit it a lot.

1/4 cup of Quinoa  (prepare until rice consistency with about a cup of water)

1 cup of edamame shelled

5 grape tomatoes halved

1/3 cup onion

2-3 tbs of vegetable broth

The sauce that came with the recipe is made with the following

2 lemons squeezed

2 tsp djon mustard

1 tsp honey

sprinkle of cumin and/or black pepper

Make the Quinoa. Heat vegetable broth in a wok and stir fry onions, edamame, and tomatoes. Add Quinoa when it’s ready and stir fry with sauce.

IMG_20131203_074845Banana Pancakes

Now these are the easiest recipe in the world… I’m not even kidding

1 Banana

2 Eggs

Yup that’s it. Mush the banana and stir with the egg.

Heat a pan with coconut oil (or PAM) on medium heat and do it up like pancakes! Super easy! Super good!

Alright, don’t forget to leave me comments on what something you would like to read about! Until tomorrow my loves!

Happy Turkey day to my American comrades!

I have a lot of American friends, and American readers of this blog. So here’s to them, hoping they have a wonderful turkey filled, thanksgiving dinner coma, friends and family together day!

Last night was a first for me! I did my first shoulder mount, all by myself! I had some help from my teacher at first, but once I grew the lady balls I was able to do it myself. Not going to lie, my shoulder muscle is hurting a little this morning from doing it over and over again. You know that feeling where you get a new move and you’re like, oh my god, was that a fluke? I better try it until I’m good and injured just to make sure. Yea… that’s what I did. I’m going to have to lay off the shoulder mounts until next week I think, it’s not pulled or anything, I think it’s just badly bruised.

So look forward to tomorrow’s post, I’ll be doing post on increasing your flexibility. Remember increasing your flexibility doesn’t happen over night, I’ve been working on it for months and am still not where I’d like to be.

A short post today, I have to take the little one to her gymnastics class soon. But in honor of American thanksgiving, I’ll leave you with a delicious recipe! A healthy alternatives to potatoes and I promise you it tastes just as good!

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

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Ingredients

  • 8 cups bite-size cauliflower florets (about 1 head)
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
  • 1/3 cup nonfat buttermilk (No buttermilk? You can use buttermilk powder prepared according to package directions. Or make “sour milk”: mix 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar to 1 cup milk.)
  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Snipped fresh chives for garnish

Directions

  1. Place cauliflower florets and garlic in a steamer basket over boiling water, cover and steam until very tender, 12 to 15 minutes. (Alternatively, place florets and garlic in a microwave-safe bowl with 1/4 cup water, cover and microwave on High for 3 to 5 minutes.)
  2. Place the cooked cauliflower and garlic in a food processor. Add buttermilk, 2 teaspoons oil, butter, salt and pepper; pulse several times, then process until smooth and creamy. Transfer to a serving bowl. Drizzle with the remaining 2 teaspoons oil and garnish with chives, if desired. Serve hot.

 

There you go! Super easy, delicious and healthy! Until tomorrow mes amours!

Snow Day!

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That’s right people, it’s a snow day! Which I know some of you are groaning at but it’s so beautiful! We got 15-25 cm of snow from last night to this morning. And the majority of it came between 2 and 6 because I was up at 2 and it wasn’t that bad and I wake up at 6 with my little one, and there’s so much now! My little one is absolutely thrilled, as soon as she’s done breakfast we’re going outside to shovel, well my love and I will shovel, my little one will be fooling around in the snow. I expect no less from her!

Well my cool down routine was quite the success yesterday so I’m thinking I may do another warm up and cool down sometime soon. They’re such important parts of your work out and there are so many different ways to do them. Also I may include a routine to increase your flexibility. While I’m not fully flexible, where I am now compared to where I was in the summer is amazing. I’ve never been flexible in my life, but if you keep working on it, it will happen!

So one thing about me that you don’t know is that I love Christmas! Christmas music (I don’t work in retail so I don’t have to listen to it for 8 hours a day 5 days a week, so I’m not sick of it just yet), Christmas trees, Christmas baking! Another major love of mine is anything candy cane… seriously… if it has the name candy cane in it, I’m there. The peppermint hot chocolates are at McDonald’s and Timmies right now and I’m just crazy for them. For the holiday season I’m switching up from my Chocolate Cherry Protein Shake for breakfast.

Introducing the…

Vanilla Candy Cane Protein Shake

From youngmarriedchic.com

From youngmarriedchic.com

 

WHAT!?! Amazing right! Doesn’t it just look like something you could have ALL the time! I’m drooling right now just looking at the picture. What’s that? Hmmm? “Elise show us how to make such a delectable treat!” Well I guess I could, all of you are pretty fantastic!

 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of lowfat cottage cheese or 0% greek yogurt
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • Few drops of peppermint extract, to taste (be careful- it’s strong!)
  • 1 tbsp of  instant vanilla pudding dry mix (A lot of recipes call for sugar free pudding, but honestly the risk of ingesting aspartame greatly outweighs the sugar content of regular pudding)
  • sweetener to taste (I used stevia)
  • 1 small piece of candy cane, crushed
  • 4 oz water, start with that and add more if you want to thin it out
  •  ice

Instructions

  1.  Mix all together in a blender- blend it up!
  2.  Pour in a glass and garnish with chopped candy canes

Now this still constitutes as a treat, because of the sugar in Candy Canes and the pudding. But you know what, a treat like this a couple times a week isn’t all that bad, and if it hits that sweet tooth for you and keeps you away from the chocolate bars and ice cream then good!

Yum yum! If that looks good to you then just get ready for the whole 24 days up to Christmas because it’ll be filled with healthy treats as well as just plain old treats, because once in a while its nice to indulge in something we love. Until tomorrow!

 

The wonderful weekend!… is over…

Merry Monday dear people! Or not, like I said last week, Mondays can be a pain if you work a Mon-Fri job. But hopefully you’re nice and awake and getting ready to go. Even though it’s a Monday doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy it like it’s a Saturday. Keep a positive outlook on it! For me, I just remind myself that it’s only 2 days until I get to go to the studio!

So this weekend I had my friends baby shower, her baby is due right around when my little one was born. We’ve been friends for years so I found it pretty funny when she told me her due date.

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This is the cake I made for her shower, turns out fondant is a pain in my… you know… to work with. But the cake was delicious and we had such a blast and her boyfriend showed up and he’s pretty funny.

There was delicious food, good friends, music, and of course the mother to be, looking tired but I wish I could look that good when I’m tired.

We also played a hilarious game, I was crying because I was laughing so hard. And of course there were lots of adorable presents.

So I’m crossing my fingers that my grip for my legs comes in today, I’m really hoping to start practicing my holds and cross ankle releases. Which right now feels impossible on my chrome pole, my cold chrome pole, with my dry Canadian skin.

Short post today so I’m going to leave you with another delicious recipe, and keep an eye out tomorrow for my cool down routine.

Now if you’re like me, cooking dinner every night for the hungry mouths that live in your house, coming up with a main dish is work enough. So today I’m going to give you a recipe that is a quick and easy side dish to go with that delicious pork, or chicken, or ribs.

Parmesan Garlic Orzo

I love orzo, it’s so quick and easy, I can also trick my daughter into eating it because she thinks it’s rice!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup of Orzo pasta
  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 2 tbs of minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook orzo in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain.
  2. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir garlic in melted butter until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Stir orzo into garlic mixture and mix in Parmesan cheese, milk, salt, black pepper, and parsley.

See, simple, quick, and trust me it’s delicious.

 

So again keep an eye out tomorrow for my cool down routine, and I thought I’d share the pillow I recently sold locally.

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More pillows soon to be sold on my etsy shop, as well as a special Christmas treat for the passionate poler! Until tomorrow mes amours!

The Day after Pole Day

I don’t know about you but the day after pole day is the most painful day of the week for me, every little part of me is sore. Not going to lie, for the past month I’ve been slacking, but for good reason! ( I swear)

1146550_10151824658652464_1037744909_nMy work out room, aka my garage, has now become packed with stuff from outside that needed to come in for the winter. So I had to move my work out inside, and to be honest carpet feels super weird on my feet when I’m trying to work out. But that wasn’t even the biggest problem, the problem was with my pole. The 50 mm was really hurting my wrist and I didn’t want to injure myself to the point I couldn’t go to pole every Wednesday.

But now, now I have my 45 mm pole, so no excuses (Other than the carpet one… but I’ll stop using that as an excuse).

Last night we didn’t really learn anything new, lots of practice on Scorpio and Gemini. I’m very proud of my friend Danielle, she has successfully preformed the Gemini now! Her progression out of anyone I know is the most impressive. She went from doing very little physically to holding herself upside down with no hands, she’s pretty damn amazing.

Today I’m going to share one of my favorite moves with you, pretty simple but I just love the look of it. We call it the bow, although I’m sure, just like every other move, there about 100 other names for it.

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The Bow

So this move is started in the handstand position and then you shift your hips forward, bend your back and hang on for dear life with your ankles. Okay maybe not for dear life but when you’re in fishnets it feels like it!

My back isn’t too flexible at the moment but it’s something I’m working on every day. It’s the same with my front and side splits, I’ve never done them in my life, but you know what gives me hope? My mom! She didn’t do the splits until she was in her 40’s doing taekwondo, and I’m only 26 so I’m sure if I practice at it, I’ll eventually get it!

Oh! Exciting news! Lucy was finally back in class, Danielle and I were thrilled. You’d honestly think she had been gone for months but it’s only been like 2 weeks. Just like Danielle and Courtney from yesterdays post, you make some fantastic friends in pole class. You even become outside class friends. We all went out for Halloween this year and had a blasty blast!

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Yea it was a good night!

 

I have to cut this blog short today, Alice has gymnastics soon and I don’t even have my face on (meaning my make-up) But to make up for the short post, I’ll leave you with another delicious recipe!

Lemon Poppy Seed Waffles

(recipe from paleomg.com)

I love lemon so much, if it’s lemon flavored anything I must have it! Lucky for me, one of the healthiest things you can drink is water with cut up lemon in it, one of my favorites!

From paleomg.com

From paleomg.com

Ingredients
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ⅓ cup coconut flour
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 4 eggs, whisked
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • zest of ½ lemon, or whole, whatever you see fit
  • 1-2 tablespoons raw honey
  • ½ teaspoon poppy seeds, or however much opium you want
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Turn on your waffle maker. (if you don’t have a waffle maker, turn these into pancakes!)
  2. Mix together all your dry ingredients.
  3. Mix together all your wet ingredients.
  4. Mix ALL OF IT together.
  5. Pour into waffle maker.
  6. Cook until done.
  7. Pour a sh*t ton of syrup on top.

Alright, I’ll see you tomorrow mes amours, last post before the weekend! Make sure to check in because I’m going to include my warm up routine for home poling, pictures included!

It’s Pole day!

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!