Friday 5

Happy Friday! Friday 5 time: Just a random 5 things I’m pinning, making, eating, doing & loving..

Pinning.

DIY Cleaning products. There’s so many recipes for homemade stuff, I get lost in all of them- here’s a site with the basics.

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Making.

Turmeric Tea. In my research of thinning out my blood- Turmeric is suppose to be awesome.  I was hesitant about the taste, but this is legit good. A litttle kick from the cayenne, and ginger (not shown) really gives it a unique flavor. It’s not bitter or gross- I SWEAR.  (The turmeric, ginger, cayenne AND Ginger are all spices high in salicylates.) I know it looks gross.. just trust me.

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Eating.

When I need a sweet treat, these little puppies hit the spot. Just enough to satisfy that chocolate craving… Portion Control people!

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Doing.

Dancing to this song. If you don’t dance when you hear this- you may be deaf. Just get up and move!


Loving.

My hair after the salon. Why can’t I do this?! Time for practicing my curling abilities. It’s amazing how your hair can make you feel. Even if I’m wearing sweats and a flannel- I still feel like a million bucks ;)

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Have a great weekend guys! Thanks for stopping by :)

My take on Social Media

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Hi all. I want to start by thanking you for following my blog. Especially those of you who comment and actually READ it. I have been writing it on and off for years now and loved sharing my life with you, however all things must come to an end.

I’m logging off social media. Why? One good one is that it’s a waste of time. Here’s a few more

  • It’s addictive.
  • Privacy concerns.
  • Disconnected from the real world.

How often do you find yourself checking Facebook updates for people you don’t even know? Better yet- how many strangers like your Instagram picture? Oh and Twitter? #istilldontgetit.

Here is a great article about cutting out social media and how much it really effects you. I couldn’t agree with it more. I already deleted my Instagram, Foursquare, and Twitter. And honestly, haven’t missed it one bit. I have already found myself with more time on my hands, to do the things I enjoy.

Next is Facebook, and soon my Blog.

I challenge you to take a good look at where you are spending your time. I’m not losing friends by deleting social media, I’m only losing the virtual ones.

Have a fabulous day!

♥ Meg

checked off the bucket list.

To kick off our vacation week JB and I decided to ride our bikes to the cape. I gave all our clothes to my mom to bring down beforehand so we wouldn’t have to worry. The ride was LONG, but really kind of fun. We traveled through 20+ towns, got lost only once, had one flat tire, and made it in decent time. It got quite busy by the end of the ride, towards the Cape, which was not as fun. Wicked sketchy actually. Crossing the Bourne Bridge was white knuckles the whole way. Here we are right when we got to the house. 1 And our post ride snacking. 2 That night we went to Paint It Falmouth! I’ve never done one of these, neither has JB, so I was excited. Exhausted from the ride, but excited. My brother opened this place up recently in the Center of Falmouth right on Main St. 3

Sunday JB and I walked down the the beach for a bit, then headed back for some Lunch. 4

Later on in the evening, we wanted some Guac, so naturally we headed to Anejo. Our minds were blown when we saw guacamole with bacon. GENIUS! Totally remaking this ASAP. It was SO SO good. And I tried a Jalepeno cucumber Margarita. It totally hit the spot. 6 1

Ice cream followed. Obviously ;)

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We came back from the little getaway yesterday. I opened the fridge this morning and found some ripe bananas, and i picked some zucchini yesterday, so decided to make some muffins this morning. I found a recipe, and tweeked it a bit (my specialty!). 87 9101

Here’s how I made my version: You need:

  • 1 c. Almond Meal
  • 1/2 c. Coconut flour
  • 1/4 c. brown rice flour
  • 1 1/4 t. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 t. melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c. shredded zucchini, squeezed and dried on paper towel.
  • 2 T. unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 c. nonfat plain greek yogurt
  • 2 T. mini chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 12-cup muffin tin with liners and spray inside of liners with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon together.
  3. In another bowl add mashed banana, oil, honey, vanilla and eggs- mix well. Add in zucchini, applesauce, and yogurt and mix again.
  4. Slowly mix in dry ingredients until just combined.
  5. Gently fold in chocolate chips.
  6. Evenly divide batter into muffin cups.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes.
  8. Eat up!

Have a great day! :)

Friday Favorites: IV

Friday! Thank goodness!

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A few friday favorites for you today :)

This jam:

Garden goods: Our first garden HAD to have some hots… MmMmMmm- what to cook.

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Shoes: Looking through my pictures on my phone gives me ideas for my posts. I took a picture of my new shoes to show my mom- and they are by far my favortie thing right now. Clarks makes a killer wedge, the cork makes it so comfy and very forgiving. I can dress them up or down- which is what I really love about these. You like?

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Dinner time: Chicken is a staple in this house, so keeping it interesting is sometimes a challenge. Grilled chicken is always good, but mixing it up once in awhile is always needed :) I found this Recipe and just swapped out the rice for quinoa, and used a little less cheese, more chicken and NO tomatoes…

Here’s how I make it: Cheesy Quinoa with Chicken and Broccoli

  • 6 slices of bacon- chopped into pieces
  • 2 chicken breasts, boneless & skinless, diced into bite size pieces
  • 1 T. Butter
  • S & P
  • 1 C. Tri colored quinoa
  • 2 C. water
  • 1 small Onion, diced
  • 1- 2 C. broccoli florets
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 2 T. gluten free flour
  • 3/4-1 C. reduced sodium chicken stock
  • 3/4 C. shredded cheese (I used a mix of 4 cheese, and sharp cheddar)
  1. Cook Quinoa according to directions, then set aside.
  2. In a large pot, cook bacon then remove with slotted spoon and place on paper towels.
  3. In same pot cook up the chicken with some S & P until done. Set aside.
  4. In that pot again, add in onion and broccoli, cook until tender (6-10 min). Add garlic and heat for 30 seconds, stirring continuously.
  5. Add in cooked quinoa, bacon and chicken to onion and broccoli, mix well and reduce heat just to keep it warm.
  6. In a small saucepan, melt butter and whisk in flour until thickened. Add in the chicken stock, some S &P and stir well until bubbles form. Remove from heat, add in cheese- stirring continuously.
  7. Pour over quinoa mixture and mix well. Serve warm :) So good…

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Sorry for the blurry picture here, I wasn’t patient enough to wait and get a good one. {it’s too good to wait!}

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Happy weekend!… well almost. Do you have anything fun planned? It’s suppose to be gorgeous, so get outside!

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Happy Friday gang! Looking pretty nice outside- so I’m about to hop on my bike soon, then do some gardening (exciting stuff I know)… Here’s a few of my favorites lately :)

This song:

This recipe is too good not to share: It’s the perfect side dish! Check it out… seriously I couldn’t stop eating it.

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This Skinny Vanilla Latte I make. Move over Starbucks, I’ve got it. Check out how I made it on Instagram.

This place: Kate’s Powerhouse! Not only is it right in town, it’s so much fun! Her classes are intense, making me want to go back for more. I’ve been going for a week now and can’t wait to see some results with all the different classes. If you live in Princeton, or surrounding town, stop in for one! You won’t be disappointed- Oh and if you do, let me know so I can go with you ;)

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This sweatshirt I found at Target… it’s the most comfortable light summery shirt ever. I need another I think  ;)

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This Microdermabraison system by Neutrogena. It’s gently enough for sensitive skin, yet strong enough to see results. Win Win.

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Happy Friday! Hope you have a great weekend… I’ll be working, so have some fun for me!