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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Pumpkin Protein Muffins

I've been working on a Pumpkin protein muffin and I think I've finally found a good combination of ingredients for the perfect, healthy, cold weather muffin. The original muffin recipe that I played around with to come up with my recipe can be found here at Dashing Dish.  As with most of my muffin recipes, this one includes no added refined sugar and it gets its sweetness from honey and dates. It is also classified under the gluten free category and it got two thumbs up from my kids and fellow "health nut" trainers at the gym. So I think we're good!! If you like pumpkin I think you will really like this, and I love that it has a good little dose of protein to it, making it a great pre or post-workout snack. Enjoy!

 Ingredients: 



Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thankful for my fans GIVEAWAY!

As Thanksgiving week is upon us, I am taking a moment to reflect on how thankful I am for my awesome Facebook followers!  What better way to do that than to offer an awesome giveaway for them!!  Therefore, I've teamed up with three amazing companies to bring you a fantastic giveaway this week.  You will have from November 18th through November 23rd to enter and you can come back EVERY DAY for additional entries.  Here's the scoop:

One lucky winner is going to win THREE great items:

1. A GymBoss Interval Timer - so great to have for interval training!  It can be used as a repeating interval timer, countdown timer or a stopwatch.





Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Turkey burgers - Southwestern Style baby


  • I've been enjoying my Greek turkey burger recipe for awhile now, but decided to switch it up tonight and go Southwestern.  This was a huge hit with the family.  They turned out incredibly moist and flavorful, which can sometimes be a challenge when you are working with turkey breast.  So if you give this one a try, you will not be disappointed I'm sure!!

  • Ingredients:
  • 1.2 pounds ground turkey breast
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic 
  • 1/4 cup white onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground red cayenne pepper
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • good sprinkle of salt and black pepper
Directions:
Gently mix the ground turkey together with all of the ingredients listed.  Form into 6 patties.  Drizzle a nonstick skillet with extra virgin olive oil.  Cook the patties on medium high heat for about 7 minutes each side or until fully cooked.  Serve in a bun or bunless......your choice!!





Thursday, November 8, 2012

Chicken Parmigiana meatballs


Recently, I've seen a variety of chicken meatball recipes online.  Of course I had to create my own version, so I opted for an Italian spin.  I'll be working on a Greek version over the next couple of weeks, but for now, here is my recipe for Chicken Parmigiana meatballs.  I hope you give it a try, because this was an absolutely delicious meal the whole family loved!





Sunday, October 21, 2012

Cinnamon Chia Oatmeal bake with Coconut Whipped Cream


I made the kids and I some baked oatmeal this morning.  I adapted the recipe from a new blog I found called, Skinny Mom's Kitchen.  Her recipe looked delicious, so I just made a few changes using coconut oil, coconut milk and added some chia seeds for additional nutrition.  Since I was on the coconut theme, I played around with the coconut whipped cream as well.  Don't like coconut??  No worries!  Outside of the whipped cream, which you could omit, you will find that there is no shockingly crazy coconut flavor to this dish.  It's very cinnamony (is that a word?) and this is a basic recipe in which you could play around with all sorts of flavors.  How about almond flavoring, using a mashed banana rather than applesauce, or adding peanut butter........PEANUT BUTTER, why did I not add that??  The possibilities are really endless.  Play around with it and let me know what you come up with.




Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins

Yep, another muffin recipe!  What can I say.....I love 'em and my kids will eat them.  Score!  As I was pinning today, I came across this that I repinned from Toni, one of my facebook fans at Fit and Healthy with Debbie Reichert.  Here is the original recipe if you would like to check it out at chase and em's site!

I did not add any sugar at all, and substituted with honey, as I usually do with my muffins.  Therefore, these muffins were not overly sweet, making them truly perfect for breakfast with a cup of coffee.  Oh, who am I kidding, I just ate 2 at 2:00 in the afternoon with some skim milk......so sue me!  Since I have been eating clean, I honestly don't miss the sweetness in certain foods.  That said, if you are looking for a sweeter muffin, then use the sugar that is called for in the original recipe, OR use more honey than I did.  But play around with it and make it your own.  I found the recipe below to be just right!




Here's my variation:



Thursday, October 4, 2012

Apple oat muffins

In my effort to continue to get rid of all of our freshly picked apples, I found this recipe online, made a few changes, and it was super easy and yummy!  The original recipe can be found here if you are interested.   I'm VERY happy with how these turned out! They are not as much on the sweet side, so I'm picturing me in the morning, with my cup of coffee and one of these beauties, alongside my Greek yogurt and fruit.  My 7 year old LOVED it for his after school snack.  He had 2 of them with some yogurt. Score Mom!!!  

I try very hard to keep my refined sugar intake to a low but you'll see I did throw in a little bit of brown sugar.  To me, the combination of apples, brown sugar and cinnamon is second to none.    Try throwing some walnuts into the batter as well.  I did not because my kids are not big on nuts in their muffins.  That, however, would have made me even happier with this final product......the things you do for your kids, right??  Next time, I'll make a special "Mommy batch."

If you use gluten free ingredients, then this is another great GF recipe.  If you've been following me for awhile then you know I've chosen to decrease the amount of wheat in me and my family's diet, so I've been making quite a bit of gluten free recipes lately.  My reasoning for that are for another post, for another time.  Until then, read this fabulous recipe and then use the apples (that I know you have during this prime picking season) and ENJOY!!







Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Delicious oatmeal bake

This recipe was an accident.  A delicious, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, protein and omega-3 packed accident that you should all try.  NOW!!

I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, whether it be testing someone else's recipes (usually making changes) or creating original recipes of my own.  I was craving an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie, while also feeling adventurous, so decided I'd make up my own recipe.  Here is the thing though......baking is a science.  Unlike cooking, with baking you can't just add a pinch here, a dash there and have it turn out just right the first time (typically).  Let's just say I figured going into this experiment that my cookies were NOT going to rise and set right.  Mainly because I wanted to use almond meal/flour in lieu of all purpose or whole wheat flour.  I still haven't figured that whole conversion thing out yet.  But the end result was a success.  I turned my cookie recipe into an oatmeal bake recipe and BOOM.....



If you are wondering what made me turn my "cookie" recipe into something else.....here ya go.....



Saturday, September 22, 2012

Healthier Dark Chocolate Muffins



I guess it's muffin week in my house, because this is the second batch of muffins I've made in the past 3 days.  In case you missed the post earlier in the week, you may want to head over and check out the Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip muffins that were consumed immediately upon removal from the oven by my sons and their buddies.



Thursday, September 20, 2012

Banana Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Chip Muffins

A healthy muffin?  Yep, it exists and I found the ultimate recipe on pinterest of course.  I changed it up a bit because I never follow a recipe as written (curse of being a "foodie").  And I can officially say this is one of the best health food muffins I have ever eaten.  No all purpose flour, no whole wheat flour, no refined sugar............sigh...........A clean eaters muffin paradise.  The sweetness from the banana and honey is just so special........I love you little muffin!

The original recipe can be found here on GreenLite Bites.  I now follow her on her blog and facebook and will surely be using more of her recipes in the future.

Now, although I call these muffins, due to the fact that I used almond flour, you are not going to get that standard muffin top, and these are going to be more flat.  No big deal, right??  Let's just call them a cup instead of a muffin to be politically correct.  I mean who wants a "muffin top" anyway, and at only about 130 calories/serving you don't have to feel one bit guilty about eating one of these beauties.  You've got a powerful protein punch in these little guys too! SCORE!




Sunday, September 9, 2012

Spicy Asian Salmon Burger w/ Avocado Yogurt Sauce

Lately, when I've been visiting my Mom we've been getting delicious pre-made salmon patties at Whole Foods.  But as you know, if you've been following me for any length of time, I LOVE my time in the "test kitchen" and I've been wanting to experiment with salmon patties for awhile.  Now, before I go on, let me give you the definition of my test kitchen.

Test Kitchen - noun - (/test/ /kitch-en/)
A place where I go when my 2 young sons are not beating one another up, screaming for food, water, help, or otherwise just consumed with doing something else besides being under my feet (ie. playing their Ipods, watching TV, chasing the cat, reading or quietly plotting together their next "adventure" which hopefully will not end up with stitches or a trip to the ER.)
How do I use in a sentence?  I go to my TEST KITCHEN when I want to get away from all of my responsibilities and make something really kick ass, clean, delicious and healthy.  AKA, my happy place......



Saturday, September 1, 2012

Getting Serious in September

If you have been following my Facebook page for awhile, then you know that every month I put together a little challenge for anyone to take part in if he/she wishes. In the past, we've done burpees, we've planked, done wall sits, pistol squats, focused on our abs, drank a ton of water, etc.  Well, this month, I'm going to try something a little different........

This challenge is serious, and it's for those that are ready to get serious.  Are you serious about losing weight?  Maybe you are struggling with maintaining your weight?  Maybe you are just serious about getting more healthy?  Maybe you want to increase your strength?  Well, then this challenge is for you. 



Monday, August 20, 2012

Italian style turkey meatballs with spicy marinara


I rarely eat pasta.  It's not like I'm anti-pasta or anything.  I just try to keep it to a minimum with the lifestyle I have chosen.  I tend to get my carbohydrates through my fruits, veggies, whole grains, quinoa, beans and oats.  That said, I still like to have the occasional pasta meal.  Lately I've decided to try some quinoa varieties, since I tend to try and keep my wheat intake to a minimum.  That makes whole wheat pasta not as much of an option for me, and regular white pasta is just not typically something I eat.  Again, this is just my choice and if regular pasta is what you like, please still try my meatballs and sauce :-)

The pasta I used tonight was a corn quinoa blend.  I really liked the texture of it.  I've heard that a lot of the brown rice pastas turn out mushy, so I have yet to experiment with them.  But this is the second time I've used a quinoa based pasta and I have to say I really like it, and so does my family.  The texture is more similar to a white pasta than a whole wheat pasta which I liked.  It had a tad less fiber in it than the whole wheat variety, but I like that it has the nutritional advantage of being a complete protein.  Pasta oftentimes makes me feel bloated after I eat it.  I don't feel that way after eating this gluten-free version.





Sunday, August 19, 2012

My sugar experiment


Over the next 2 weeks I am going to pay a little extra attention to my sugar intake.  Call it an "experiment" because I don't really like the term detox.  I will not give up my fruit, b/c I feel that the nutritional benefits I get from fruits far outweighs the natural sugars they contain.  And I just dig fruit!  However, it's still nice to see how different fruits stand up to each other, and to see that some fruits may in fact be a better choice than others for me during this 2 week timeframe.






Friday, August 17, 2012

LEG DAY - Nuff said.....

I've decided to put some additional emphasis on my leg training.  I'm not getting the results that I would like to see in my lower body so I've put a plan in place to fix that.  Easy enough....increase my lower body workouts (it's not rocket science people......)

So I started today.  I needed some cardio so I picked a cardio workout revolving around my legs (spinning) and then put together some supersets for my legs and back (lat muscles need some attention as well).  As always, had to throw in some core ;)  So here is the workout.  Try it and I hope you enjoy it.




Debbie's Make Your Legs BURN Workout 
(and throw in some back work as well)



Monday, August 13, 2012

Slow Cooker Taco Soup

From the request of my lovely Facebook followers here is my taco soup recipe for you.  I have to give a HUGE props to my friend Amber, who sent me her taco soup recipe!  It was a great recipe as is, however, I'm kind of "known" for taking a recipe and making it my own.  So I add, take out, do whatever to suit my taste buds.  So, thank you Amber for a GREAT base recipe for me to work with!  You're the best!!!

If you are on Pinterest, do me a favor and PIN THE HECK out of this recipe so I can get it floating around there :)  Let's get this blog some exposure people!!!  Thanks!! xxoo

So, onto it........I took all of the ingredients in the above pic, dumped them in the crock pot, walked away, and came back 6 hours later to delicious taco soup!  Read on for the deets......and keep in mind that my recipes are a little frazzled.  I'm not a recipe follower, so do your best to follow me and I apologize in advance if you get annoyed.




My First Giveaway - with Abundant Heart Apparel

People.........I'm so EXCITED to announce the very first giveaway on my blog!  I've had this blog up now for  just a little over a month and it seems like the perfect time to give something away!!!  I know I was teasing you a little bit last week on my Facebook page with a sneak peek of the goods, so wait no more.  I'd like to introduce you to Abundant Heart Apparel!!  Jenna is a small business owner, with this great shop on Etsy and you can find her on Facebook as well!  She personally screen prints the designs on the tanks with "love and fitness in mind."  Jenna was kind enough to send me a couple of tanks to wear and review, and I'm nothing but impressed!

My FAVORITE tank she sent me was a cute burnout tank with a saying on it that certainly goes with my mission to change the world one bicep curl at a time....Biceps don't grow on trees!





Sunday, August 12, 2012

That was a good workout!!

Sometimes, I create a workout that I love so much I just have to blog about it.  This was definitely one of those times.  Why keep it all to myself??  Here's what was up today at the gym.  I'd love for you to give it a try and let me know what you think!!

I felt like running just a bit to warm up and get in some much needed cardio.  I put together a 30 minute HIIT treadmill workout.  I ended up getting in about 2.3 miles from this workout and burned close to 300 calories if I remember correctly, so not bad for a "warm-up" to kick off my upper body strength training.  For my upper body workout, I chose to do to do some Tri sets and Super sets to hit my shoulders, biceps, triceps and chest.  I threw in some burpees, because ummmmmmmmm.....do you know me?  I freakin' love 'em!  Then I ended with some quick core work.  I'm looking forward to coming up with something similar later in the week focusing on my lower body.  I'll share with you then.

Here was the treadmill workout.  Threw in just a couple sprints...nothing too outrageous cuz I don't roll like that with my running........YET! Running is something I'm working on, but have to really listen to my body on this one because I do have a bum knee (I'm icing said knee as I type this because I forgot my brace....dummy!).



Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Where my hummus lovers at???

Do you guys like hummus?  I sure do!  I used to buy the pre-packaged kind all the time.  It's pretty good, don't get me wrong........BUT, I recently had a fling with some home made hummus and don't think I'll ever be able to go back.




Sunday, July 29, 2012

It's not luck......

Let me preface before you read this.  Sometimes I go on a rant.  This may be one of those times.  I hope you don't mind and hopefully you even get something out of it and get to know more about me and my relationship with food and exercise.

I'm a pretty laid back person.  I know that most of you don't personally know me, but I hope that you can see a bit of my personality come through my Facebook page and this blog.  I'm pretty easy going, but super serious about the important things like work, my husband, my in-laws, my Mom and brother, my friends and keeping my kids alive, happy and well (that in itself is a very serious job when you are the mom of 2 little boys by the way). In most everything else I just try and have fun, hang out and chill, and make really bad ass food and work out like a champ ;)   But a few days ago someone said something to me that got me thinking, and even a little fired up.  She said that "I was very lucky to have such a fit body after having two kids."  Now, trust me, I do not think that in any way, shape or form that this person meant any ill will in that statement.  In fact, I think it was her way of complimenting me maybe.  So I just smiled and nodded and jumped in my uber-cool mini-van to head home.  Throughout the day, her words kept ringing in my ears and really got me thinking....and questioning.  Was I just lucky?  I mean, I've never really had a serious weight issue.  I certainly was thicker in college, and managed to maintain that thickness for the next 9 years or so, because I didn't work out as much as I should have, and I pretty much ate and drank whatever I wanted throughout my 20's.  Even then, at my highest weight I only reached 139 pounds on my 5 foot 3 inch frame, except when I was pregnant.  Even then, I gained an average amount of weight with both boys and lost it all quickly.  I started to really question my mission.  Am I really just lucky to have stumbled upon this healthy lifestyle and a 20 lb. weight loss??  I mean, to some people that is nothing.  Some people lose 100 pounds or more!!  I started to question if I could really inspire people to live a fit and healthier life since I never had the "ultimate struggle" with my weight and never dealt with those demons.  Would people listen to what I had to say??  Right at that moment, I looked at my forearms that were quite bruised from the previous days up/down planks. I felt my aching pulled hamstring muscle that has not had a chance to heal in over a month because I don't want to take a break from teaching my fitness classes.  At that point I quickly snapped back to reality...........Are you kidding me?  This is not a result of luck!  In no way will I chalk up my hard work, willpower, dedication, POOLS OF SWEAT and nausea from doing way to many burpees to LUCK.  

                       10 YEARS AGO                           TODAY AT 38 & 2 KIDS LATER



Monday, July 23, 2012

Plank challenge

If there is one thing I've learned from the awesome folks that follow my Facebook page, it's that y'all are ALWAYS up for a challenge!!  We have some great challenges every month, and this month is no exception!  You're drinking a TON of water and really taking advantage of the ab workouts I've created.  So, KUDOS to everyone that is taking part.  I wanted to do something different with today's ab work, so the first thing that came to mind was.......PLANKING of course!!!  This ab workout is all about endurance.  It will be KEY to keep that core tight and activated the entire time your holding your plank.  I've given designated rest periods, however, at anytime if you feel you need a quick break then take it and then come right back into your plank.  This is NOT cheating....short breaks are fine.  I'm just going to ask that you don't give up and that you finish.  You can drop down to your knees at any time to modify the plank.  Get your timer ready folks and let's STOP, DROP and PLANK!!




Sunday, July 22, 2012

Banana Protein Pancakes with fresh cherry sauce

I LOVE this recipe for protein pancakes!  I've tried a few different ones and have experimented with different ingredients, but always come back to this one.  When I started making them, I would top them with sliced bananas, berries,a drizzle of honey and sprinkled with cinnamon.  It is ridiculously delicious, and really a great pre-workout meal for me, full of protein and carbs.


Recipe for Banana Vanilla Protein Pancakes




Thursday, July 19, 2012

Ab Workout Pyramid

Here's the latest ab workout for our July challenge from my Facebook page.  Throughout the month, I've created for you various ab circuits and even an ab tabata, trying to show you a variety of different abdominal, oblique and back exercises.  I decided to go with a pyramid style for today.  Add this into your regularly scheduled workout for a little abdominal burn that will feel oh so good!!!  I've attached a few clips for you to review each exercise beforehand.  I'm attaching 2 clips for the jack knife sit ups.  This can be a bit of a challenging exercise, therefore, I wanted to make sure and include a less advanced option for you.  Go at your own pace and your own level.  Enjoy!!





Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Tabata Full Body Workout - No equipment

Oh Tabata, how I love thee.....True story!  I'm a weirdo.  Don't care ;)  I've done just about every style of workout out there......spinning, step, kick boxing, bootcamp, HIIT, yoga, pilates, barre, TRX, weights, weights and more weights.  But lately, I just can't get enough Tabata.  Maybe it's because I can get bored easily?  Tabata allows me to do an exercise for only 20 seconds before moving to the next.  I dig that!  I really enjoy creating my own by offering a variety of different exercises, usually combining plyometric cardio with strength exercises.  I'm what I like to call an "efficient exerciser."  So the more that I can get in in a small amount of time the better.  However, it's crucial that in that timeframe I bust out as many calories as possible.  Tabata is where it's at!



HIIT Cardio Strength Workout

I've really been enjoying my vacation workouts so far this week.  As much as I love teaching my group classes at Urban Active, it's nice to be able to come up with some original workouts for myself and really spend some time on me and my own fitness goals.  Therefore, I take FULL advantage of my vacations by really digging in and getting in some good sweat time!  On Monday, I did a sweet tabata workout and yesterday I got in a good 3 mile run, followed up by a core circuit.  So, this morning, I was all about some HIIT training, and decided to use some of my favorite exercises.  Of course, I had to throw a little Shaun T in there, right??  And no day is complete without a few burpees.  So I really hope you like this workout because I was totally digging it!  I've shown you videos and pictures below of each exercise, so please make sure to review them for explanation and form before attempting.  



Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Core workout

For our July abs and H2O challenge on Fit and Healthy with Debbie Reichert, here is another core workout to fit in this week, in addition to your regularly scheduled workout.  Enjoy!!  And P.S......drink your WATER!!!!



Monday, July 16, 2012

12 Minute Cardio Burst

Looking for a quick burst of energy?  Look no further.  This is a great, quick way to start your morning by getting that heart rate up and giving yourself a great boost!  Go through the circuit 3 times for a simple, 12 minute burst of energy!!  This would also make a great warmup before a strength training session, or abdominal workout.



300 Rep Core workout

Because you can NEVER have too many ab/core workouts to do I came up with another one!!!  Enjoy!!  I love this one and if you do as well, please share with your friends and feel free to pin away! :)




Vacation Workout - Day 1

I promised everyone over at my Facebook page, Fit and Healthy with Debbie Reichert that I would post my workouts everyday while I'm on vacation this week.  So here is my workout for today.  I chose to do another Tabata style workout because they are extremely quick and efficient.  Set your timer for 5 tabatas, 8 cycles, with a 20 second work and 10 second rest period.  Each tabata will be done 4 times through (hence the 8 cycles since there are 2 exercises per tabata).  If you do not have a timer, you can use the free one at http://tabatatimer.com/.  There is also a free app available for your smartphone.

I hope that you enjoy this workout and let me know if you try it!!  It's pretty intense, but muscle through it and you'll be happy you did!  Have a GREAT Monday folks!!




Sunday, July 15, 2012

Complete core workout

As part of our July abs challenge on Fit and Healthy with Debbie Reichert, I'm posting 3 unique ab/core workouts every week for the entire month.  So here is the first of 3 for this coming week.  Go through the circuit twice for maximum results.  This is a great warm-up to do prior to any cardio or strength training sessions as well.  Enjoy!!

In Good Health,
Debbie





Friday, July 13, 2012

1000 Rep Workout

I'm so excited that after only 3 months with my Facebook fitness page active, we've hit 1000 likes!  How cool is that!!  So, to celebrate, I put together a 1000 rep workout for myself and my page fans!  This is definitely a tough workout but it's going to feel SO GOOD.

You will want to use a light to moderate weight for the bent over rows into the tricep kickback, as well as for the side lateral raises, overhead tricep extensions and squat/overhead presses.



Monday, July 9, 2012

Tabata style Ab circuit

Happy Monday Fit and Healthy Crew!  For July's challenge, I promised that I would give you 3 different ab circuits to do each week.  If you have been following me for awhile, then you know my latest passion  obsession interest is the Tabata style workouts.  For those of you that are unfamiliar with this style, let me quickly give you a recap.

"Traditional" Tabata training is actually a type of High Intensity Interval Training (aka. HIIT training) that follows a very specific format.  It includes the following:
  • 20 seconds of a very high intensity exercise (e.g., sprints)
  • 10 seconds of rest
  • Repeat 8 times for a total of 4 minutes



Sunday, July 8, 2012

To Zumba or not to Zumba

As a group fitness instructor, I'm constantly telling my class participants to change up their workouts, make sure they are getting both cardio and strength training into their routines.  If they primarily just take group fitness classes, and do little else, then I urge them to try new instructors, different classes and be "open" to change.  Well, here is the deal.........I don't always practice what I preach.  WHAT?  I know, what sort of a role model am I anyway?  That said, I stepped out of my comfort zone today and went to my friends Zumba class.  Now, you may be thinking that this isn't really that big of a deal, right?  Well, let me tell you that it kind of IS a big deal.  I'm a kick boxing, boot camp, weight lifting kind of girl.  I run, do yoga, circuit training, tabatas, and spin occasionally.  I have a pretty good mixture of workouts, constantly creating muscle confusion, but I never really step out of my comfort zone.  If you give me a dumb bell, I feel comfortable and in charge.  But hip hop dance, Cha Cha, Mambo, Sangria (wait, that's a drink....)  I can't do ANY of that.  I mean I kind of CAN, but I don't look very coordinated.  Not like those sexy little numbers in the Zumba infomercials.  This reminds me of a picture I recently saw on Pinterest.




My Virgin Post

Well, I've gone and done it........I've started blogging.  I thought about doing this over the years and it wasn't until I recently started my Facebook page, Fit and Healthy with Debbie Reichert that this whole "blogging thing" started to really take a front seat.  I was looking for a way to reach even more people in regards to living a fit and healthy lifestyle, so what the heck!  Just like that........I'm a blogger.

Let me preface a few things.....if you are looking for a blog with a bunch of pretty pictures, this won't be it.  Don't get me wrong, I'll supply pictures of my latest creations in the kitchen, but I cannot guarantee the photography will be ummmmmmm......all that???  I can guarantee you, however, that the food will be delicious and healthy, and made with love.  I am a Mom to two little boys, Alex (7) and Andrew (5), so most of my recipes will be kid approved as well :)