Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tasty Tuesday! New Recipe - Freschetta Chicken

It's Tasty Tuesday, folks!! Not only did the very first edition of The Recipe For Fitness Newsletter go out this morning, with a whole buncha tasty Turmeric recipe links, but I've also got a fresh new recipe for you on the website!! And when I say fresh, I mean FRESH!!

Unlike a previous recipe test, ahem, this one was hubby approved. He even ate the spinach - which he doesn't particularly care for. Bethany, however... well, she said the chicken tasted great.
She scraped all that beautiful freshness right off to the side. She's missing out, I'm tellin' ya, because this was one tasty dinner!

It comes together super quick, is easy to cook, and gorgeous to look at - Oh, and it tastes fantastic! ;-)  I hope you'll give it a try and let me know what you think!!

Head on over to recipe...

Monday, January 26, 2015

Finally!!!! A few goals completed... including a Newsletter!!

Hope your weekend was fantabulous! Ours was busy - we were able to finally complete a couple projects we've left hanging (um, for a while).

The first was Bethany's headboard... since she moved to a larger (not twin) bed, she's not had a headboard and after pricing out what she wanted (and having a minor heart attack - about $1200 for a headboard and two nightstands) I hit up Pinterest. Did a major sell on the hubby that we could do it ourselves, and then headed to Home Depot. And then I began to question my sanity. ;-)

The project was more involved than expected - and since neither Bill nor I are particularly handy, it was a challenge. However... challenge met. Check out Bethy's new headboard.
Take particular note of the hardware...
Talk about challenging!! Those nails, while adding just the right touch we wanted, were  a pain in the ass! And  yes, two of those split the boards. We're calling it "character". Lol.

Next up are her nightstands - these will be stacked together to make the right height, then she'll have one on either side of the bed :-)  The final coat of stain is currently drying, and Bill will drill them together when he gets off work.

Cost of the headboard: $25 for the wood (half a "fence" panel), $8 for the stain, $3 for the stain applicators, $10 for the legs, $15 for the hardware. Total: $61.

Cost of the nightstands (each): 2 crates @ $12 each, $3 for stain applicators. $27 each.

Not bad, right? Thank you, Pinterest for the DIY inspiration!! :-)

We've also got planned turning this...

Into something like this or this...

We've got two of those doors, so maybe we'll do one of each ;-) Bill started sanding off the paint this weekend (and that's gonna take a while). While he was doing that, I finally got my decals on the laundry room wall, WOOT!!!
I still have a few things I want to do in the Laundry room, just to give it a bit more... ambiance? character? Either way, I'm not done yet :-)  And yes, we have a lot of spare socks. 

And... I also cooked and worked on new recipes. I've got one I'm (hopefully) doing the final test run on today, then I'll be sharing it tomorrow - which coincidentally... is when I'm sending out my very first...

Major Goal Achieved!!! I've wanted to offer a newsletter for... well, for a really long time, but it didn't work out until now.  And I'm so excited about sharing it with you!!! 

If you're interested in receiving it, be sure to sign up - just click on the link below! 

In the meantime... looking for a quick and easy dinner tonight? Try out my Chicken Verde Tostadas

Thursday, January 22, 2015

In Remembrance... Greg Plitt

Last Saturday, the fitness industry lost an icon of physique, motivation, and courage - Greg Plitt. I was deeply shocked and saddened to read the news. Greg was someone who made a tremendous impact on my own life, and I had the honor of meeting him on two occasions. He was truly a kind and generous man.

My very first awareness of Greg Plitt was on the Bravo Channel show, Jackie Warner's WorkOut, then later through a variety of magazine covers, articles, and then his videos. One video in particular (the one that used to be on his home page - it was clips of this) especially motivated me, and I thought, "I want to be that brave, that open and fearless!"  It spurred me to step out of my comfort zone, to reach higher and go farther. And I am so grateful.

Today, as information continues to trickle out, it appears that the fearlessness I envied, may have played a part in his death. The legacy of his life, his message, will live on through all of us who were touched by his joy. The lesson of his death, I hope, will remind us that balance in life is not optional. One can reach too far. One can be too fearless.

While fear should never be allowed to hold us back, it also serves a more noble purpose - it keeps us alive. Fear causes the hunter to respect the prey. Fear causes the climber to respect the mountain. Fear causes the athlete to respect his/her limits. The tragedy of Greg's death - the consequences of a mistake, a miscalculation, perhaps an error in judgement - brings home to me that life is short - and while I strive to make each moment count, to live fully in each one, I am also responsible to find balance - to respect boundaries and limits, even while working to expand them - to cherish each moment, while working toward making a better tomorrow.

The Legacy that Greg Plitt has left us includes an extraordinary impact that is felt, honored, and a loss that is deeply is grieved. He gave us so much, and had so much more life to live. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones.

Greg's family have posted the following information on social media and on his site - if you are moved to give, here are their requests.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made in Greg Plitt’s name to one of the following charities that support initiatives that were near and dear to his heart. All knew about Greg’s love for animals, especially his precious pit bull puppies Gunner, Zepplin and the late Quest. As a former member of the military, Greg also had tremendous respect for those who have and are currently serving our country. We thank you in advance for your support.
Donations can be made to:
Lynda Blair Worldheart Foundation (http://www.lindablairworldheart.org/donate)

Memorial Service
Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 2:00pm
Church of the Good Shepherd
504 North Roxbury Drive
Beverly Hills, California 90210
Viewing Service
Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 2:00pm-4:00pm and 6:00pm-9:00pm
Ruck Funeral Home
1050 York Road
Towson, Maryland 21204
Memorial Service
Friday, January 30, 2015 at 2:00pm
Immaculate Conception Church
200 Ware Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204