Look for the Helpers #prayforboston

Last night as pictures, posts and tweets of the Boston Marathon explosions filled my social media feeds, I came across a very inspiring article.

If you are losing hope in human nature, go out and watch a marathon.

Take the 5 minutes out of your morning to read it–it’s worth it.

It’s easy to look at a horrible event like the Boston Marathon explosions, and completely lose faith in our fellow companions. What terrible person could do such a thing–nonetheless, think up and plan such a thing?

But even in the midst of tragedy, there are signs all over the place that America is reaching out. Moving into action. Holding out a helping hand to those in need. Just check your facebook newsfeed. Prayers are being prayed. Blood drives are being set up. Donations are being sent. It gives me a renewed faith that shines through this dark cloud.

A light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. -John 1:5

Pray for Boston

I hope this post reminds you that there are still caring people in this world. Just look for the helpers.

โค

K

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April 16, 2013 at 10:00 am 1 comment

Simply Stuffed Peppers

Good morning friends!

First of all–let’s just state the obvious. IT’S FRIDAY!

WAHOO!ย AWESOME! I’M-SO-FREAKIN’-EXCITED!

With Spring time rollin’ into NC, I have had a pretty awesome week. Any week that brings sunshine, warm air and flowers is a wonderful week.

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I don’t need the huge clouds of pollen. But I’m loving the spring flowers!

So, new-to-me this week has been some fun early morning exercise classes at my gym [more to come on that later…] and a yummy experiment in my kitchen.

I give you…

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Heart-shaped red peppers are the yummiest!

Simple, cheesy, low-carb, high-protein stuffed peppers. All in about 30 minutes. BAZINGA!

Stuffed Bell Peppers

  • 3 bell peppers, any color
  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey
  • 1 T EVOO
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 1/2 lb. white mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 T reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • a few shakes of Italian herb blend
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese (I used part-skim mozz)
  • 6 slices of cheese (I used lite white cheddar from TJ’s..SO good!)
  1. Preheat oven to 350*.
  2. Place a skillet over medium-high heat and add EVOO, turkey, onions, mushrooms, soy sauce and garlic.
  3. While they begin to brown, halve and de-seed the peppers. Line on a baking sheet to be filled.
  4. While the meat “stuffing” is cooking, add a few shakes of italian seasoning and salt and pepper to taste.
  5. When browned, drain and place in a large bowl. Stir in shredded cheese–just long enough to let the cheese melt slightly.
  6. Fill the peppers with the mixture. Stuff those babies!
  7. Place one cheese slice on top of each stuffed pepper.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes and the broil for 1-2 minutes more, keeping an eye on the peps so they don’t burn.
  9. And finally…ENJOY! ๐Ÿ™‚

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6 Servings (each pepper half): 250 cal, 7g carbs, 14g fat, 26g protein

YUM!! The combo of soy sauce and italian herbs may seem odd–but it works. You’re mouth will thank you. They are simple to throw together and can even be eaten like a little taco. Anything that can be eaten like a taco gets bonus foodie points in my recipe book.

Are you a fan of bell peppers?

It took me a while to get used to the taste, but now I love them. They are always a staple on my grocery list!

Inspired by all the springtime colors and blooms, I stopped by Lowe’s this afternoon–so I’ll be spending my weekend planting some of these pretties…

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Well, happy Friday!

โค

 

April 12, 2013 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Color Mania 5K

I have had pink hair for about a week.

Color Puff

Cloud-O-Color

This weekend I ran the Color Mania 5K in Cary with some good friends. We ran through clouds of pink, green, orange, yellow and red. Almost every half mile, volunteers dumped colored powder ALL OVER US. I mean…poured, flung, chucked…powder at us!

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I ended up with powder in my ears, mouth, eyes, toes…holy moly…

IMG_3336Check out those color lines. But despite the the-dyed everything, I had a blast! If you ever do a color run, be sure to bring your friends and be prepared to eat colored powder. And most importantly, be prepared post-run with towels, old sheets, or trashbags to line your car seats. Otherwise, you’ll end up like us. In ponchos we found in our trunks.

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What have your adventures been like lately?

I’ve begun to take to morning exercise classes at my gym. Those 5AM wake up calls are a little painful…but the feeling after a good booty-kickin’ workout is totally worth it. So is some blueberry oatmeal post-workout-class-craziness.

Blueberry oatmeal with nuts. and cinnamon. Disregard my collection of grapefruits at my desk. :)

Blueberry oatmeal with nuts. and cinnamon. Disregard my collection of grapefruits at my desk. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a good morning!

xoxox,

K

 

April 11, 2013 at 10:00 am 2 comments

Bazinga

For a while, I thought I had created the word Bazinga. You know…it could have come to me in some kinda ninja-booty kickin’ dream. Hence the reason why I want to karate chop something when I say it.

Just try it.

BAZINGA.

Makes you want to karate chop something…right?

Ok, maybe it’s just me. ๐Ÿ™‚

So when I set out to create a spicy lettuce wrap–this is the only word I could think of to describe it. They’re spicy, tangy, crunchy and healthy.

BAZINGA.

Spicy Lettuce Wraps

Spicy Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Wrap

  • 1 lb. ground turkey (I’ve used chicken too, and it works just as well!)
  • 1 small can of water chestnuts, drained
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 head butter lettuce, leaves rinsed and patted dry
  • 1 small bunch of scallions, chopped
  • 2-3 bell peppers, chopped

Sauce

  • 6-8 TBS Ponzu sauce
  • Squirt of Sriracha (more or less, depending on how bazinga spicy you like it)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  1. Brown meat over medium-high heat. Add water chestnuts, salt and pepper and cook for 1 minute longer.
  2. While the meat is cooking, I like to chop my scallions and peppers. You can really add any veggie you like on your wrap…you can even add the peppers in with the meat if you like them cooked.
  3. While the turkey and water chestnuts are still warm, arrange the meat on the lettuce “cups” and top with peppers and scallions. Drizzle with the the ponzu-sriracha sauce and enjoy!

This makes 4 servings, and each serving makes 2-3 lettuce wraps.

Per Serving: 230 Calories, 16g carbs, 8g fat, 26g protein

eat the rainbow

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These wraps are spicy little pockets of crunchy yumminess. And they are healthy.

BAZINGA.

((After a quick google search, I learned I may or may not have gotten it from thisย show.ย For now, let’s just roll with this ninja/dream/karate chop idea…))

Are you a fan of spicy food?

I can’t get enough of it!

 

Happy Hump day y’all!

xoxox, K

April 3, 2013 at 10:00 am 2 comments

Gettin’ Back in the [healthy] Game

Hi Peeps! (Pun intended. I think I ate my body weight in peeps this weekend… ๐Ÿ™‚ I have no shame. )

I hope you had a wonderful Easter that was filled with laughs and lots of love. I spent mine with my family in Charlotte.

Easter Brunch

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Uncle Stan, Hayden and Zach at my end of the table

My weekend was filled with lots of family time, which is exactly what I needed! Since beginning my first big girl job, 3 hours away from my family, it’s been a hard adjustment into the real world. Hence, the blog divorce that’s been going on since October.

But I’m finally settled in and ready to get back into the swing of things. After a little health scare that turned out to be nothing major, I am SO ready to begin exercising my booty off. I’ve joined a gym up here in Raleigh and have signed up for a few 5K races to get me feeling good. There is a triathlon I have my eye on that I am considering participating in this May. It’s a sprint triathlon–the Ramblin’ Rose–that would be a good intro to my first Tri.

Have you ever participated in a Tri? What are your thoughts?

Well since both the Birthday Fairy and the Easter Bunny have visited me this past week, I have had my fill of sweets.

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Oh Easter Bunny–you know me too well… ๐Ÿ™‚

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It feels so good to back into the swing of things. Bikini season here I come!

xoxo,

Kath

April 1, 2013 at 10:00 am 2 comments

Practical Paleo

 

So the endeavor begins…

This week I’m beginning my ventures into the Paleo diet. Sunday night I loaded up on lots of fruits, veggies and lean meat. No carbs. No dairy. No processed foods. Yikes…this is going to be tough!

I’ve hesitated about the Paleo diet before, because I generally don’t think it’s a good idea to cut out entire food groups from my diet. But we’ll see how this goes over the next few weeks. I have been curious to try it to see if it really is worth all the buzz!

Monday wasn’t too bad to start off this new way of eating. Breakfast included egg whites and coffee with coconut creamer.

Side note: cooking egg whites in the office may make your coworkers think you have really bad gas. They wreak! This occurred to me after I cooked mine in the microwave… haha ๐Ÿ™‚

Coconut creamer = my new favorite foodie stuff. Creamy, dreamy, delish. The Paleo lifestyle is all about fruits, veggies, lean meat and healthy fats. So bring on the coconut oil and avocados!

Mid morning grapefruit snack was super refreshing at my little desk. And lunch was a big spinach salad beast with grilled shrimp, avocado, veggies and lemon juice.

Afternoon snackage included a big gala apple and natural PB. Lots of small snacks and meals throughout the day kept me full (with lots of fiber!).

This weekend I returned home to switch out my summer clothes for some fall fashion. I love switching out clothes/closets…it’s like Christmas with the clothes I forgot I had… haha ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve been looking into some Paleo cookbooks and this is one I really like…

Has anyone used it? Does it make Paleo more…practical??

See what I did there? Ok, enough with the corny puns. ๐Ÿ™‚

Any Paleo advice is more than welcome!!ย Happy Tuesday!

xoxo, Kath

October 9, 2012 at 9:00 am 3 comments

Finally Fall

Fall is finally here and all I want to do is find some good apple cider. Can I get an Amen?!?

Until then, I’ve settled for a few other falls favs.

1. The Leaves candle from Bath and Body works. Love their candle collection, and this scent is delish–lots of warm cinnamon and crisp apples.

2. Fall nails. I find myself going back and forth between neutrals and dark purple/indigos. What is your fav fall color?

3. Weekend movie and TV show marathons with a few of my favorite guys. Can’t get enough of Sons of Anarchy—they have me addicted!

When we sat on the couch…all snuggled up…all I could do was sing “we’re the 3 best friends that anyone could have…” a la Hangover.

4. Crank up the oven, turn on the crockpot and get to cookin’. This weekend I made a bunch of homemade goodies, including cinnamon applesauce, gooey mac n’ cheese and french onion soup. Fall food may be my favorite food to cook ๐Ÿ™‚

And I picked up two cans of my favorite fall ingredient.

It’s pumpkin season!

Crossfit is going well…this week I am venturing into a pale-style diet to give it a try. Has anyone tried the Paleo diet before?

Happy Monday!

Kath xoxox

 

 

October 1, 2012 at 9:00 am 9 comments

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