Getting Fit & Staying Honestly Healthy

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Many of you know that back in February I took a leap of faith and decided to get fit, get healthy, and work my job into my daily lifestyle. Besides my blog I spend about 50% of my other time answering emails about my product, what it does, why we need it etc. So to be a product of the product I’ve been going to the gym religiously every day (yikes. some days are TOUGH) and trying to cut out the sugar sweets and basically all around bad things that I can without giving up EVERYTHING, I’ve definitely limited myself.

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My favorite thing about leaving the gym though is coming home and getting to mow down on some protein I’ve been currently working out on an empty stomach which– some people get heated over so we wont get into that, but it’s something that I’ve been trying because I’ve heard good things and I actually like the results I’ve been getting.. Google it. ha ha, but once I’m done.. The monster inside wants FOOD. NOW.

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Enter Lean Cuisine Honestly Good meals that I got at Target. My favorite thing about them? Besides the fact that they’ve got natural products in them and a sauce packet so I can add a little (or a lot, some days ha ha) of the sauce depending on how my taste buds are feeling that day. They cook in 6 minutes flat! When I’m STARVING, that’s just the pick me up that I need. Low calorie, high protein, good veggies and a bit of carbs to make me feel full.

My favorite is the Honey Citrus Chicken.. Once I leave the gym, I have the house to myself.. put on some netflix shows (breaking bad.. oh my gosh! So glad I started watching it.) and have some Mommy time in a peaceful house, muscles burnin, and chowing down. haha.. guilty pleasure for SURE!

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Mmmm.. Carbs!

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Going going gone! If you’re looking for a healthy alternative that’s all natural and tastes good I definitely suggest checking out the Lean Cuisine Honestly Good line at your local Target store! They were on cartwheel this week and who DOESN’T like to save a pretty penny while trying to eat healthy? Plus– you’ll do good while doing so. Together with farmers they’re donating a portion of the veggies grown for the Honestly Good line to local communities. Doing good things with every bite I tell ya. This world does still have good in it.. :) Happy Tuesday.. Happy healthy living!

 

Twisting things up Tuesday..Or something like that

Howdy Howdy.
I never know how to start introductions or blab about myself (pshhh, isn’t that
what bloggers do? anywho..), so here goes.
I’m Allison and I blog a little here and there over at Two Thirty~Five Designs.
I met Rachelle through the crazy intrawebs and God knows how grateful I am for
her. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have my nightly chat buddy….I
would probably have to interact more with the little humans, hmmm.
I am obsessed with everything Rachelle creates. Probably a good thing she lives
1,259.78 miles away, or I would be at her door.

We decided to swap a few posts out for a bit and get all cray cray.
Yes, it’s true. We are wild, wild women.

I have begun to despise email subscriptions…

 

So much so, I hate to check my main email account,
I just skim through.
I had sworn off subscribing to anything else,
and you guessed it, I started to subscribe things to another email
account.
help.me.
There are just a few, for the most part, that I read daily,
and of course they have to do with food, design & fashion…
in that order.
I try not to click on them, but for reals people,
how could you not when you see this come through?I digress…..
It’s like ooey goodness, stuffed with warm yumminess and topped with fall.
I know your drooling and have temporarily forgot about all those nagging email
subscriptions you have..
Ingredients:
6 large honeycrisp apples
2/3 cup oats

 

2/3 cup loosely packed brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup softened unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup apple cider
1/3 cup bourbon (or less, depending on how much you
enjoy bourbon. I used a bourbon that had spiced apple cider in
it)

 

cinnamon ice cream for serving (pumpkin or vanilla will work. I
actually couldn’t find cinnamon and found pumpkin, odd….)



directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Core the apples – but not all the way
- using an apple corer or a paring knife. You want to cut about 2/3 of the way
down to remove the seeds if you don’t have an apple corer. Carefully cut a
circle around the stem and cut about an inch downward. From there, use the same
knife or a spoon, remove the core and the seeds.
In a bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, flour, salt and cinnamon. Add
softened butter and vanilla, and mix thoroughly with a fork and your hands until
it becomes clumped together. If desired, you can also add nuts here! Stuff the
mixture equally inside each apple. Sprinkle with additional cinnamon if
desired.
Place apples in a large baking dish. Pour apple cider and bourbon in
the bottom of the pan, then bake for about 45 minutes. This will depend on the
exact size of your apples (if using small/medium apples, start by baking for 30
minutes), but it is easy to keep an eye on them because a few times during the
cooking process (every 10 minutes or so), you want to spoon the cider/bourbon
mixture overtop of each apple. Once the skin looks all wrinkly and slightly
darker in color, remove from the oven. Serve immediately with ice cream on
top.


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Big thanks to Rachelle…you rock my friend.
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Check ya on the flip side

Yummm!
Allison is seriously the sweetest– You’re going to see her face a lot more around here in the near future..For now I’m over at her blog sharing a lil’ sumtin’ sumtin’
I’m making this– TONIGHT! Seriously!

Celebrate game day with Rubbermaid from Target!

With football season in full swing and the Superbowl right around the corner one of my favorite things comes to mind.

Food.

More so, finger food.

Wings..Dips..Brownies..Mini sandwiches, you know–the works. Besides of course being around family, and friends that’s probably my favorite thing about the Superbowl.. And the commercials. ;)

When I saw Target had online coupons for some Rubbermaid Take Alongs I was all over it. You can never have too many food storage containers, especially if you’re like me and end up always leaving them at the party. Whoops!

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They have a ton of different sizes, from SUPER big, to nice and small.

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I picked up the deep square ones and some of the medium rectangle containers. Perfect for the items I bring.

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Chili dip and brownies.

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Yum!

My favorite thing about these Rubbermaid Take Along containers are how tight the lids snap. Even if you drop them, not that I have…ahem. The lids didn’t pop off at all. And, when you’re carrying chili dip– that’s a heaven sent. They’re also really affordable (under $5.00 for each set I got.. Plus the coupon!) so when you do accidentally leave them at the party, you’re not out a ton of money or a  sentimental storage dish that your grandmother passed down to you and really get mad at yourself. Not that I’ve uh, done that either.

So the snacks are made.. Just waiting on some football and friends!

Oh.. Pst! Want to know something else?!

Rubbermaid is hosting a Game Day Party Sweepstakes.  They are offering the chance to win an Easy Find Lids Party Pack, a 48Qt Cooler and $100 VISA gift card! To enter the sweepstakes check it out here: http://www.rubbermaid.com/sweepstake/pages/sweepstakeRegistration.aspx?sweepstakeId=35
Entries are limited to one entry per person / per email address / per day. Sweepstakes starts December 19, 2012 and ends January 21, 2013. Good Luck!

And, don’t forget to head on over to Target and print out the coupon for your own Rubbermaid Take Alongs and if you’d like, check them out elsewhere on the web. They’re all over the place! Even Pinterest!

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Christmas Crack

Did the title scare you a little bit? Last year I found this amazing recipe online for this “Christmas Crack” and do you know what I found out? Besides it being 100% addicting, I was the only person on the planet who hadn’t heard of it. I know, right? Anyways this year I figure maybe, just maybe someone somewhere out there hasn’t heard of it either and I could show them the goodness!

No, this is not a “how to stall your viewers post before the big giveaway tomorrow” nope, not at all.

Let’s grab our ingredients shall we?

1 cup of butter (No I didn’t say this was healthy for you)

1 cup of brown sugar

1 package of saltine crackers

1 package of semi sweet chocolate chips

Heat your oven up to 400 degrees and bring your butter and sugar to a boil in a sauce pan, while stirring for 3 minutes.

Align your crackers on a cookie sheet, you’re supposed to use parchment paper or something of the sort I just spray mine with some non-stick spray and call it good.

Pour the mixture over the crackers and throw ‘em in the oven for 5 whole minutes.

Once you take them out sprinkle the chocolate chips over the whole thing, let it set for a few minutes till the chips are soft enough to spread.

Throw it in the fridge (or freezer if your like me and want it N.O.W.) once it’s hard break it up by hand. Yum yum yum.

I do things a tad different as once I’m done spreading the chocolate over the top I throw another layer of chips on it just to melt a tiny bit, it makes it thicker. I’ve googled Christmas crack and came up with a 7 layer one I’d like to try. But I’m pacing myself with this whole “kitchen, cooking, domestic” stuff. Also, I used chocolate chips and the peanut butter ones this time. Goodness, that’s some good eatin’. You could use mint, or sprinkle candy cane bits on it too. The possibilities are endless!

Don’t forget tomorrow’s giveaway! It probably won’t go up until the evening as I need to take some good pictures of it and well..it’s 9:00 at night right now!

Good stuff. See you there.

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The Girl Creative

Meatloaf Muffins

I hate the word “MEATLOAF”, it grosses me out a lil’ bit. Who wants a loaf of meat? Reminds me of Sweeny Todd.
But, before I gross you out more and you LEAVE, these are delish so I have to share!
I got the recipe from Kraftfoods.com they have all these add ins too so you can make a bunch of different ones, think: Taco, Italian, old school ketchup, and my favorite- BBQ & Cheese!
To start- Mix 1lb of hamburger, 1 packet of stove top mix, and 1 cup of water. Mix and scoop into muffin tins. Pat the middle down and top with your add in (ie. BBQ..mm!)

See, I used spaghetti sauce for one batch, bbq, and ketchup.

Bake at 375 for 30 minutes, take those suckers out, sprinkle a ton’o cheese a smidgen of cheese because well, it’s bathing suit season..and pop back in for 5 minutes. Then let cool for 10.

Yum! So good, and I’m not even close to a cooker- and I made this. So absolutely anyone could do it! They freeze well too! Easy to pop some out for a quick.. “oh great I forgot to make dinner”.. moment.
Obviously you can tell we liked em! I’m off to find some more muffin tin ideas! I may or may not be addicted to teeny tiny servings of things from muffin tins now.
Oh, and my clocks off. We do not eat dinner at 8:44 at night. :)