Sunday, November 25, 2018

Snow Day Sticky Note Workout

This day is soooooo snowy! Thankfully, we spent all yesterday outside doing leaves (again), putting up Christmas lights and creating some fun holiday pots for our front steps. So check that stuff off our list.

Since I don't feel like driving in the snow to the gym, I did this workout this morning and it was quick and sweaty and perfect for getting rid of some Turkey Day bloat. I did the list 5 times through with no breaks and it took me 22 minutes and 31 seconds. It wasn't easy, but it was simple and went fairly quick. My family joined me in doing it and the kids were super "helpful," riding our backs while we did push ups and going through our plank "tunnels." Quality family time in the works!

Snow Day Sticky Note Workout: (so good it took TWO sticky notes)
  • 10 Jumping Jacks
  • 10 Jump Squats
  • 10 Lunges (each side)
  • 10 Push Ups
  • 10 Mountain Climbers (each side)
  • 10 Sit Throughs
  • 100 Bicycle Crunches
  • 10 Single Leg Bridges (each side)
  • 1 Minute Plank
Do the list 5 times (or more or less depending on time)


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Most delicious Brussels sprouts EVER

So normally, I only cook/bake the easiest, most lazy recipes, but this one is worth a little tiny bit of extra work. These are my three step perfect Brussels sprouts for any occasion...and what I'm bringing to both our Thanksgiving meals tomorrow. Not only are these delicious by themselves, but you can dress then up anyway you want. Bacon/maple, cherries/almonds, bacon/cranberries are some of my favorites.

What you need:

  • fresh Brussels sprouts (the smaller the better and because I'm lazy, I like the ones you can buy that are pre-washed and trimmed)
  • a carton of vegetable, chicken or turkey broth
  • olive or avocado oil
  • salt and pepper (and any other spices you like...i sprinkle some garlic and onion powder on when sauteing)
What you do:
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees
  2. Slice your washed and trimmed sprouts in half.
  3. Boil them in your broth of choice for 1-2 minutes in a large do NOT want them to cook fully
  4. Drain sprouts and in same skillet, dump the sprouts back in with your oil
  5. Saute the sprouts in oil until they start to brown and soften a bit (don't worry if some of the leaves come off...those will be the yummiest parts later!)
  6. Drain sprouts again if there is any liquid in the pan.
  7. Spread the sprouts on a lightly oiled cookie sheet in one even layer
  8. Salt and pepper them
  9. Roast those puppies for 20-30 minutes until they are brown and crispy. You'll have to toss them at least once during the roasting process.
  10. SERVE!
Note: if you are dressing them up with extras, I like to throw the "extras" onto the pan while roasting about 5-10 minutes before they are finished.