Friday, April 18, 2014

What's Your 20?

Someone should have warned me last week when I thought everything was a mess that this week would be a hell of a lot worse. It’s cool though, I have learned more this week at work than I have in a very long time, and I’m excited for what the future could potentially look like for me there.

You don’t come here to talk sop though do you. I had had a great post planned for today with great Easter Menus and MyRecipeMagic.com but I never got the time to put it together so I guess we will just scrap that. I was reading a magazine the other night and saw an advertisement for a credit card with Tina Fey. I of course actually read this advertisement because, Tina Fey.



I chuckled quite a bit and started thinking about what my answers would be, then my genius brain decided it would be a fabulous idea to turn it into a post, and since I got out of work early today (I’m actually pretty shocked about that) I decided to slap that baby up here for today’s post.

So here is my 20.
  1. Stewarts Breakfast Sandwiches
  2. Doggie Daycare; Someone in this family should be able to play all day long.
  3.  Tickets to As I Lay Dying at Upstate concert Hall (I’m a dreamer).
  4.  Beer.
  5.   Gas. At almost $4 we are breaking the bank around here.
  6. Stewarts Milkshakes
  7.  Impromptu target trips.
  8.  Price Chopper Market Bistro Sushi.
  9. Sons of Anarchy downloads from amazon.
  10. Bacon, because everything is better with bacon.
  11. Beer.
  12. Stewart’s hot fudge Sunday, I love that place.
  13. Pedicure. Because when you lift/run a lot someone needs to take care of those callouses.
  14.  Monthly cake day at work, because that’s just how we do.
  15.  Dog treats as bribery for abandoning him daily to go to work.
  16.  Paper umbrellas for no reason at all.
  17.  A gym membership so I can take out my aggression in a semi-safe environment.
  18. Where does the beer keep disappearing to?
  19. Beads and craft supplies from my favorite hippy store. I would like to be buried there.
  20. Magazines: Bon appetite, Clean Eating Magazine, Oxygen magazine, Elle, Women’s Fitness, I may have an addiction.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sunday Dinner: Asian Style


A few Sundays ago, if you follow me on instagram you know I made a boat load of wontons. What you don’t know is that I made an entire Asian inspired Sunday dinner that day. I meant to post it last week, but life got in the way, it happens.

Regardless, I spent a peaceful afternoon watching New Girl and folding these little babies. I used this recipe pretty much to a tee (Check this girl out she knows what’s up), because let’s be honest I have no clue what I’m doing here with most Asian flavors, aside from soy sauce. The one main difference is that I followed the instructions on the back of the wontons package to create the shape you see. These came out magnificent! I loved them! Like totally completely loved them, and have big plans to make them again in the future, maybe with a few more changes/additions. I did however get uber fancy and make my own dipping sauce.



Wonton Dipping Sauce
¼ cup rice wine vinegar
¼ cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp sesame seeds for garnish


Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl and serve.

In addition to these guys I made Korean Style Beef in the crockpot. It was totally inspired by this recipe, also from Damn Delicious, she’s totally my new food blog crush can you tell? Anyway I wanted to make something that was clean, so I took her photos, and general idea and made it my own. It came out AWESOME! I am seriously proud of this one. It’s super easy and healthy what more can you ask for? It’s definitely going into the I-have-to-work-too-late-to-cook-anything rotation.


Clean Crockpot Korean Style Beef
Crock Pot Korean Beef
1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
2 tbsp raw honey
1 tbsp sesame sauce
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
¼ tsp red pepper flakes
½ tsp ground ginger
2 lbs lean beef roast, trimmed of visible fat
10 mini sweet peppers, sliced thin
1 cup broccoli florets (optional)
Sesame seeds for garnish


In a small bowl combine soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, and ginger. Place roast in slow cooker and pour the mixture over the top. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. Remove the roast from the slow cooker and shred the beef before returning it to the pot with its juices and mini peppers and broccoli florets. Cook on high for another 30 minutes. Stir well and serve immediately. 

To round out this meal I also added a little side salad of bagged Asian slaw, simply because I felt more vegetables were required, and after making all of the wontons I knew I would be to fried to make something else.

Hope you guys enjoy this as much as I did. I'm also wondering what your favorite kind of take out is. I would really like to come up with some more easy, and clean takes on traditional take out so please give me some ideas!!


Monday, April 14, 2014

Sometimes You Just Need to Move On



Sometimes life just takes off on us. It has its own plan in mind regardless of whatever we might think should happen.

This past week was a good reminder of that.

It’s hard sometimes for us to let go of the reins and let life take us wherever it may please at its own pace. Those small things that don’t matter in the big scheme of things take over in our minds and propel us to react immediately in order to get us back on the course that we think we should be on.

Usually when things go wrong, even in a small way, I put the breaks on in every other aspect of my life until I can get that one thing under control. This week we had what I think a lot of people would consider an appliance calamity. Somehow I was able to just let this ride, I lost the few precious hours that I am able to set aside for blogging to hash out this issue, but I didn’t let it bother me. I didn’t even post for the better part of the week because I had no time to.

Writing this now it all seems so silly. I’m stressed about my messy house, and not being able to blog for a few days, while there are people literally starving probably only a few miles away from me.

Why do we let ourselves get so wound up? Why do we let these stupid things matter to us so much? Why do we let our happiness lean so heavily on this preconceived idea of perfection? This same idea that we all spend so much of our efforts striving for?

Next time something feels like a disaster take a step back and tell yourself it’s part of life, it happens. Let that stress go and simply deal with the problem to the best of your ability. Then move on.

I can only speak form my own experience, and I know I’m not perfect (case in point), but from this week alone I know that letting go a little more often can have a huge affect on me and my happiness, so maybe it could for you too?
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