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New Stretches, Delicious Dinner, what more could you ask for!

New stretch Wednesday is here! Now I wasn’t able to take a picture again, I’ve been taking some time off, just haven’t been able to get my butt into gear to work out. This weather exhausts me and I can’t seem to shake it! I’ve had a lot of stuff on my mind as of late so that has also been hindering my attempts at hoping on the pole. I’ve literally been going to bed around 7-8 at night. I’m praying spring comes soon, before I completely lose my mind!

Here’s the new stretch for today!

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PsycheTruth on YouTube

I’ve been trying out this new stretch routine by this YouTube channel called PshycheTruth. I’ve really enjoyed it, it has both an advanced girl who can do the splits so you know where you want to aim, as well as a novice girl who’s still unable to do the splits but it’s a bit more of reasonable for where most people are probably at.

Now for me personally I think the flexibility in my hip flexors is great, and if that’s all the splits depended on I’d already have them. Unfortunately my quads are not as flexible and I can feel them pulling every time I go down into the splits. So this stretch I found was really useful, it stretched my quads just like I needed. And to get an extra stretch out of this move, you follow up by doing these moves while your legs are in the same position.

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PsycheTruth of YouTube

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PsycheTruth of YouTube

For me the forward is what gives me trouble, I can lay flat on my back no problem, well a little problem, I can feel it pulling through my bent legs quad, but that’s exactly what I want it to do right? So it’s perfect. Fantastic round of stretches, if you’d like to see the video and follow along I’ll include that in today’s blog as well because I really enjoy this routine.

Lots is changing for me as of late, looking into getting a new car for the summer, rearranging  a lot of my house so I feel like I’ve actually moved in. I’ve lived here for over a year and I think this is the first time I’ve started to feel like we’ll be here for years that it’s not just a temporary living place. I only lived at my previous place for about a year so I haven’t had that feeling of a permanent residence before, and now I’m starting to. I’m thinking long term for once and while one of those long term thoughts is about our next house and saving up for a down payment, I’ve come to accept that we will be at this house for a while before we get a bigger place. I’ve even planned where I could fit another child in here, I live in a two bedroom, 4 story town house, but there’s still room for another bed room so it’s perfect. Not that that’s happening any time soon, just future thinking again.

I’ve been going Pinterest crazy lately, finding tons of things to do with Alice, foods, house things, even baby things. I do this every so often, there’s just so many things on Pinterest worth pinning. If you want to keep up with my pinning you can follow me here!

 

Here’s one delicious pin I found the other day, and I’ll be nice enough to share it with you!

Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken and Broccoli

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  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha (more/less to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 heads of broccoli florets, steamed
  • Cooked white or brown rice
  • 1 bunch scallions, chopped, for garnish
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish

 

Instructions

Remove excess fat from chicken thighs and place in slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine honey, soy sauce, tomato paste, rice vinegar, olive oil, sriracha (optional), onion powder, and garlic powder. Pour over chicken and stir to coat. Cook for 4-6 hours on LOW.

Remove chicken from slow cooker and set aside. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and water, and stir into the sauce in slow cooker. Turn up slow cooker to HIGH and allow sauce to thicken, about 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile, shred chicken with two forks. Add shredded chicken back into slow cooker and stir to coat.

Divide rice among four bowls. Top with broccoli and chicken. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and scallions.

 

 

I love a good slow cooker recipe, especially anything with broccoli! So I hope you all enjoy this recipe and today’s stretches and I’ll see you on Friday for #FrontSplitsFriday week 5! How exciting!

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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!