Tag Archive | Strawberry

Be My Valentine?

1620561_10152249949412464_883120738_n

Happy Valentines day lovers! Or happy hallmark day, or even happy Friday. Whatever it may be I just hope you have a wonderful day.

I’ve decided to give up on the video blogs for now, or maybe just do them when I feel like it. At least until I have to cut down on the amount of times I write a week. This will most likely happen during the summer or around September when I head back to school. I feel like right now I have nothing to talk about during the videos without repeating myself since I write this blog 5 days a week right now.

Not to mention it’s super boring around her right now because it’s winter and I am not a winter person. I may be Canadian but dear god I hate the cold. I’m out a lot more during the spring and summer, and even fall, but during the winter I hibernate.

Now I’m not going to lie, I really don’t like Valentines day, not since it pretty much got ruined for me by an ex-boyfriend who broke up with me the day after, and it was a long-time boyfriend which I didn’t have many of, so it was painful. It made me really sour towards this day, but that doesn’t mean I want to ruin it for others, so I try to make it special for my boyfriend as well as my daughter.

I’m not going to be a hipster like half the people I know though and be like “oh you should love whomever every day of the year blah blah blah I’m so hipster blah blah blah” While I think that’s true, at the same time I think it’s very short sited. It’s not that you just love a person the one day of the year, it’s just the one day of the year where you celebrate love. Just like I’m a mother every day of the year, it’s nice to have a day where you celebrate the fact that you are a mother. Amongst all the shit wrong with our world, we need days to celebrate so we’re not always depressed. Although funny enough this is probably one of the most depressing holidays for some people.

Anyways, before we get to the Valentines day stuff, lets talk #FrontSplitsFriday!

picstitch

I’ve really seen progression since starting this challenge and I hope you have too! Don’t for get to hastag #FrontSplitsFriday on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, what ever, I want to see your progression!

Next week I’ll have a side by side comparison of Week 1 and Week 4. So makes sure to watch out for that. I’m excited to see the difference.

Alright now that we’ve got that out of the way lets’ talk Valentines day!

easy valentines day glitter sign 2014 valentines day signs-f95697

I have some wonderful recipes for an EASY romantic dinner for two. First off I’d like to start by saying this is not what I’ll be making for my dinner tonight just because my boyfriend reads my blog because he’s a good boyfriend and I want dinner to be a surprise tonight.

But with that being said, I know my boyfriend will also love this meal so sweetie I will make this at some point for us to eat as well. Love you!

So I know a lot of you are busy, weither you be a mom or work, or are even a working mom. So lets’ do something that can be done in advance so it’s ready to go and the biggest part of your meal is out of the way.

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

1073048

Ingredients

3 pounds of baby back ribs, trimmed

Salt and ground black pepper, to taste

½ cup water

½ onion, sliced

1 clove garlic, minced

1 (18 oz) bottle barbeque sauce

Directions

  1. Season ribs with salt and pepper.
  2. Pour water into slow cooker. Layer the ribs into the slow cooker. Top the ribs with onion and garlic.
  3. Cook on High for 4 hours (or Low for 8 hours).
  4.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  5.  Transfer ribs to a baking sheet. Discard onion and garlic. Coat ribs with barbeque sauce.
  6.   Bake in preheated oven until the sauce caramelizes and sticks to the meat, 10 to 15 minutes.

Easy right?

Next we need a side dish, preferably done at the same temperature as the oven needs to be for the ribs.

What better to go with meat than potatoes?

Roasted Rosemary Red Potatoes

409206

Ingredients

6 red potatoes, scrubbed and cut into wedges

3 TBS butter, melted

3 TBS vegetable oil (or coconut oil like I like to use for everything!)

1 TBS chopped rosemary (Fresh is preferred but doesn’t have to be)

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Mix together melted butter and oil, then pour into a 9×13 inch baking dish. Place the potatoes into the dish, and stir until coated. Sprinkle with rosemary, salt, and pepper. Cover with aluminum foil.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. Stir the potatoes occasionally to ensure even cooking.

Don’t forget to include a veggie with your dishes, simple enough something like steamed broccoli and carrots with a little bit of melted butter is perfect for a dinner like this!

And last but most definitely not least, a delicious Valentines day dessert!

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

cheesecakeberries

Ingredients

1 lb. big, ripe, fresh strawberries

8 oz. softened Philadelphia Cream Cheese

1/4 cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs

Directions

1.Wash berries and cut just the top off of each one. Remove centers of strawberries using a paring knife. Gently blot each berry dry and stand them upside down on a paper towel while you prepare the cheesecake filling.

2. Place the softened cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla in a medium size mixing bowl. Using a hand-held electric mixer, whip the ingredients together until completely blended and smooth.

3. Fill the strawberries using a small spoon, butter knife or cake decorating tube. Once filled, dip each berry (cream cheese end) into the graham cracker crumbs.

4. Place berries in a container with a lid and refrigerate until ready to serve. (These are best made and served the same day.)

Another super easy dessert is also to just do chocolate strawberries. A classic but a good one!

So there you go mes amours! A wonderful dinner for you and your love. I hope you all have a wonderful day, love everyone every day but celebrate love today because without it our lives would be empty.

Advertisements

Pilates, Pole and …P…injuries!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I sure did! I didn’t do much, but I did spend time with my family which is always a good day to me. My mom and step dad are pretty amazing, because my daughter is learning to skate this year they decided that on the warm day this week to dig out in the backyard a small rectangle and have started to make a rink! I’m very excited, but we have to wait a couple of days for it to actually fully freeze, but my daughter is ecstatic!

I too am excited for this week, on Tuesday I start Pilates! I’ve never tried class Pilates, I’ve only tried home Pilates, so I’m excited to see how this goes. My only concern is that it’s the day before pole, so I’m hoping I’m not too tired for pole the next day, but my choices were either Tuesday or Thursday, so it was either be sore for Pilates or sore for pole, but I’m taking the class with my aunt and Tuesday turned out to be the better day.

I love the idea of Pilates, how it works on your core muscles, and it’s funny because it looks like the easiest exercise compared to lifting weights at the gym, but you know what, when you’re using your body weight it’s just as hard. Not only is it more awkward to lift but for me it’s lifting 135 lbs. I’m looking forward to building a stronger more stable core, because that’s something that you need for pole, so it really is going to benefit me, even if I am sore the next day for pole (which won’t stop me from trying my hardest at pole!) I just can’t even imagine how I’m going to feel on Thursday, it’ll definitely be a rest day that’s for sure!

So I think I mentioned last week that we’re learning our new level 6 routine, it’s to Rihanna’s Rockstar 101. And the first little bit is pretty easy. Spiral, diamond to chair, spinning eagle to fireman, spin under the arm, grind it down the pole, L turn, hip up, body wave, fan kick to back arch (Some of the terms may be different where you come from but these are the names I’ve learned them as) So I was like, pfftt this is easy! Then I got home and it hit me, oh they actually have this routine up on their YouTube channel. So of course being pole obsessed and just generally ambitious when it comes to pole, I thought I`d look ahead and learn some more before the next class.

Well wasn’t I just blown away! The first part is cake compared to the rest of the routine, I understand why my teacher ended where she did for our first class back. Right after the back arch you flip upside down and do the thigh hold. Which I can do but it’s so fast and the thigh hold is still something I have to think about when preforming it, trying to remember which leg goes back and which one remains on the pole, so you know, I don’t fall right on my face!

Here’s the video of the routine with two very talented teachers, the one on the left is my teacher. The thigh hold is not a problem, it’s the multiple holds in a row that I`m scared of. It`s something that I have never done, and I’m completely looking forward to, don’t get me wrong, but I`m a little scared because I have issues with some of the moves. At one point it goes from the butterfly to flatline to starfish. Now on their own I can do the butterfly and starfish, but I have some issues with the flatline. I’ve been practicing hard at it but again it`s another move that confuses me, what goes where?!

I learned something the other day, do not skip warm up, it’s very important. I was eager to show my love the beginning of the new routine so I was like “Warm up? What evs!” (Yes I just said what evs. I didn’t actually dismiss it that easily but I was overly excited and kind of just didn’t bother) but do I ever regret it. I pulled something in around my shoulder blade, to the point it hurts when my shirt touches it. Don’t skip warm up people! It’s dangerous! And I know I should probably take it easy but I really can’t, well not that I can’t, but I really don’t want to! That would mean no pole, but also injuring myself further would also mean no pole. It’s very conflicting!

Today before I leave I’m going to give you one of my favourite smoothie recipes! Strawberry Kiwi!

Smoothie1Ingredients

1-2 Kiwis

1/2 cup of frozen or fresh strawberries (if you’re using fresh I suggest tossing a few ice cubes in there as well)

3/4 – 1 cup of almond milk

1 scoop of protein powder (I used vanilla flavored, yum!)

1/4 cup of greek yogurt (Make sure you get one with no trans fats)

Smoothie2

Looks yummy!

Throw in your fruit first, I do my smoothies in my magic bullet because it’s awesome, but blenders work just as well.

Throw in the rest of the ingredients and then blend, blend like you’ve never blended before!

Smoothie3

Doesn’t it look delicious! (and magical)

Well it was!

This smoothie keeps me full all morning until lunch, although sometimes I have a snack in between just because I know it’s healthy.

Tomorrow I’ll have another delicious smoothie for you! I love smoothies, there’s no denying it. For someone like me who has issues with eating right in the morning because it hurts my stomach sometimes, these are perfect because it’s not hard on it at all.

Until tomorrow mes amours!

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!

Untapped Energy Source of a Toddler

Good morning beautiful people, did you get a good sleep? Well then I am extremely envious! Anyone with kids knows how ridiculous it is when they sleep in bed with you… I woke up with a tiny little (albeit adorable) foot in my face at one point. I am exhausted! And on pole class night, which is at 8:30 at night (with a toddler it had to be at a time where she was already in bed). I wasn’t able to take any pictures last night, unfortunately my phone died. But my friend had to bail anyways but for a good reason, she got a new job! yay! Which means she’ll be back to pole next week! I did get to pole with my friend Danielle though, whilst watching my hockey team getting pummeled by the flyers… smh…

So this morning I’m going to start with something delicious and energizing! If you haven’t caught on by now, I am a HUGE fan of food, I honestly don’t know how I’m not like 500 lbs by now. I always used to say I could never be anorexic because I just loved food way too much (not that anorexia is anything to joke about, it’s a very serious illness of the mind, but that’s just how much I love food)

Alright so if I could have dessert all the time, I definitely would, so this is one of my favorites! It’s something classic, something simple, but has all the components to give you that energy to keep up with with that crazy untapped energy source that children seem to have. It’s the (drum roll please)….

SIMPLE STRAWBERRY PARFAIT! 

Strawberry Parfait

O-M-G I know right! So simple, so delicious. As I give you the ingredients I’m also going to break it down for you as to why this is a great breakfast dessert!

Ingredients

1 cup of sliced Strawberries

  • Strawberries, my sweet love, there are so many reasons why these little red gems are so good for you. Firstly they’re high in antioxidants, this keeps your heart in tip top shape. They’re rated 4th highest fruit in this category, being beaten by blackberries, cranberries and raspberries, so if you love any of those fruits grab a handful and toss them into your parfait! They’re also an excellent source of Vitamin C, which keeps our immune system on its toes!

1/4 – 1/2 cup of vanilla Greek yogurt

  • Protein, Protein, Protein! You need to curve that appetite, what’s the point of eating if we don’t feel full after? Greek yogurt is packed with the protein you need to fill you up. Now you could use a regular yogurt, yea I guess that’s okay, but here’s why you want Greek yogurt. A typical 6 oz (approx. 3/4 cup) serving of Greek yogurt contains 15-20 g of protein, compared to normal yogurt which only contains 9 g. Greek yogurt also contains about half the carbs of regular yogurts. So in my opinion, if you haven’t already, switch to Greek yogurt, it also is just plain delicious.

2-3 tbs granola

  • Now granola is only as healthy as you make it. Literally making your granola is probably the best way to go, but for the fast paced world we live in, sometimes there is just no time. So it’s up to you to open your eyes while you’re at the grocery store, staring at all the brands of granola, and look for certain things. One important one being the sugar content, aim for something with less than 8 grams of sugar. Another is the calorie count, a healthy granola will have less than 200 calories per 1/4 cup. Keep your eyes open for unhealthy oils such as palm oils and hydrogenated oils, they’re high in saturated fat and bad for your heart. Lastly you want something with 2-3 g of fat per 1/4 cup serving, granola can have a lot of healthy fat, don’t be afraid of the word fat, there is such thing as healthy fats. But you still want to take healthy fats in moderation, just as everything else! 

Now here’s my favorite part, building your parfait! Do as your heart desires! If you want yogurt, fruit, granola, yogurt, fruit, granola, GO FOR IT! If you are more of a fruit lover maybe go yogurt, granola, fruit. Honestly you have full freedom on the creativity of your parfait here. Either way it’ll turn out delicious and filling, serve in a fancy glass or if you don’t have that, just a plain old bowl will work, I promise you it’ll be just as healthy.

Tomorrow I’ll have a more pole related post I hope, seeing as how my pole class is tonight. But in the mean time I’m going to leave you with a drawing I did yesterday, my passion for pole spills out into my creativity!

1002607_10152039449192464_1380965890_n

Check out my deviant art http://elisetrations.deviantart.com/

I’ll have the pole with a side of wine please!

So one of my friends from pole hasn’t been able to take pole for the past two classes due to financial reasons and it makes me a sad panda. Tomorrow is pole and while I hope she is able to attend, I certainly can understand that it is an expensive hobby, trust me, my credit card understands…

Tonight she’s coming over to my friend Danielles! Danielle is also a friend in pole, but she’s also my best friend and we’ve known each other since high school, her daughter and my daughter are the bestest of friends! We decided that so our pole friend doesn’t fall behind, we’d get together and show her the routine and just general things we’ve learned. Such as…. Gemini!

gemini

I find this photo looks strange because where it looks like my belly should be, it’s actually my hip because it’s being braced against the pole, and my body’s all twisted. Regardless it was a very neat move to learn, I was afraid to let go at first but eventually grew “the lady balls”, if you will, and threw my hands back!

(There’s my awesome teacher in the back, also owner of the studio. She’s an amazing teacher and just has the personality you want to be around)

So tonight will be some wine and some pole, obviously there will be no drunk poling, I’m not willing to injure myself and potentially not be able to pole because of a drunken mistake! But you know how every idea is like a BRILLIANT idea when you start to drink… well I’m thinking we should probably put something up around her pole so that we aren’t tempted to flip upside down and try say… the ayesha… thinking we’re amazing… Haha! I can see it going so horribly in my head.

Ayesha

This is the Ayesha

As soon as I figure out how to do that move I’ll post some tips to get into it. I’m thinking I might do that with all the new moves I learn, as soon as I get my pole at home. Which by the way I went and paid for last night but have to wait until it gets here, sad face. That burned a 425$ hole in my pocket! (Worth every cent)

I’ll take some pictures tonight and post them here tomorrow so you can witness the fun that ensues.

I was also thinking of making a post every couple of days, mainly Thursdays (the day after pole) At the moment, it’s when I feel like it but when my schedule changes up it might go to once a week.

Now I’ll leave you with another protein shake, this is a shake that I normally drink after my work outs or pole. You could drink it in the morning like my other one but I find I want chocolate so bad in the morning that the chocolate cherry shake is the best. This smoothie always hits the spot, tastes like candy to me, but I loooovvveeee strawberries!

Vanilla Strawberry Protein Shake

Vanilla Strawberry Protein Shake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1 tbsp almond butter (creamy roasted) *Optional*
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • ice cubes

Mix together in a blender or magic bullet, pop in a straw and enjoy. Trust me you’re going to want more than one cup of this but pace yourself, use it as a treat to motivate you. As soon as you finish your workout you get this delicious treat!

Until tomorrow mes amours!