Archive for April, 2011

April 28, 2011

Barre: for the ballerina in all of us.

When I was in elementray school, my Mom signed me up for dance class.  It was socializing at its best.  You get 10-15 giggly girls in a room in pink tights and ballet shoes and there’s bound to be craziness.

Yesterday, I went back to my ballerina roots and took my first barre class.  If you’ve never heard of the barre technique, join the club!  Before attending the class, I thought I would be stretching the whole hour and showing off how inflexible I am.  No, no, no sister…this was a workout.  My legs were burning, my arms were exhausted, and I was asking, “How long is this class?”

“barre54 offers a full body, cardiovascular workout inspired by pilates, yoga and ballet.  Each 54-minute class features a mix of isometric exercises and orthopedic stretches that challenge every muscle in the body, creating long, lean, supple muscles and strong, sculpted physiques.”

(barre54.com website)

barre54 is a new studio opening soon in Central Florida and the teachers needed some extra hours of practice so not only did I get to try out barre for the first time, it was also free!  However, even if it wasn’t free, you better believe I’d want to go back!  You totally work muscles out you don’t even know you had.  The incorporation of three pound weights, the ballet barre, and the use of your own body weight was amazing.  You really get out of this class what you put in; but, even if you’re not putting in much you’ll still feel the burn.

Though I’m a runner by trade, perhaps I’m a ballerina at heart.  I’ll just have to remember to leave the pink tights at home next time.  🙂

Have you heard of the barre technique before?  Would you ever try it? Have you ever taken a ballet class before?


April 27, 2011

Farewell to a dear friend.

Dear Megan,

Do you know how much we’ll miss you when you move back home?!  You don’t know how much J and I have loved getting to know you and how much your friendship has meant to us.  Thank you for inviting us into your life and loving us so well!  This post is for you, dear friend.  Promise to keep in touch.

Love, Soo

Tonight, we sad farewell to Megan and celebrated her new adventure with our traditional dollar burger night.

A few burgers and sweet potatoes later we were downloading a new app “heytell” to keep in better touch.

And now I’m writing this post thinking about how sad I am to see you leave.

You’re the best, Megan!  You will be missed.

April 25, 2011

Today’s Deal!

If you’re in Central Florida, are familiar with Living Social, and are looking for an easier way to shop for produce, be sure to check out today’s deal! 

Fresh Box Organics delivers organic produce right to your doorstep.  Each week you can review the new variety of fruits and veggies that will be brought weekly or bi-weekly.  Are you not a fan of sweet potatoes?  No prob!  Just make a note of that on your “Never Send” list and they will be sure to keep those of your plate.  Need to cancel a delivery?  No prob!  Want to eat organic but are unimpressed with your grocery store’s selection?  Then check out today’s deal!  I did.  Will you?

What was the deal for your city today?  Do you use Living Social or Groupon?

April 22, 2011

The Friday Five: Hot Dates!

It’s date night tonight and I can’t wait!  You know it’s a hot date when your husband and you plan it a week in advance! 🙂  In honor of a Friday night out, I thought I’d make this Friday Five:  Hot Dates.

Disclaimer: We are simple people with a budget; so, the following are for all of you who want to save a little $ and have a lot of fun doing it! 🙂

1. A hot date is biking to Jeremiah’s Ice!  Living in Florida makes this a hot date, literally!

2. A hot date is going to Barnes and Noble, getting a coffee and holding hands through the aisles of new books that are waiting to be read.


3. A hot date is eating in while wearing our pj’s and renting a Red Box!

4. A hot date is heading to Target and getting to pick out one treat each…even if that treat is a new coffee pot!

5. A hot date always ends with a goodnight kiss!


April 20, 2011

Going Green

There are two things I love in the morning.

1) Knowing it’s a new day that God has given J and I.

2) Eating my breakfast with Matt, Meredith, Al and Ann.

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I started watching the Today Show in college with my room-mates in-between our classes.  We’d all get home from an early morning class and race to put on sweats and zone out until our next class.  I’m not sure if I love the show itself more or the memories made while watching the show.

In any case, there are so many stories that have tugged at my heart and brought tears to my eyes, inspired me to try new things, and encouraged me to start new habits.  Such being one of their latest stories on a family that creates zero waste!  That’s right, zero-nada-nothing.  They do this by using sealable glass jars, baking bread, shopping farmer’s markets, throwing food waste into a compost, buying foods in bulk and more.

You’ll want to check out their story here.

This story made me realize how not-green I am!  I get plastic bags from the grocery store, I forget to recycle, I throw food away.  So, as a way to kick-off my efforts in going green, I found these produce bags at Crate & Barrel and can’t wait to use them!

Eliminating one plastic bag at a time.  Hey, you have to start somewhere!

What efforts do you make in going green?  Help me, please! 🙂

April 18, 2011

Happy Birthday, Pam!

This is Pam.  She is my good friend.  She is also J’s mom and my mother-in law.

Today is her birthday!

Pam and I love to talk about what’s for dinner when we’re eating lunch, find bargains at Marshall’s, watch the Food Network, are fans of Phil Vassar, encourage each other on our fitness endeavors and have fun together! I am so grateful that God chose herto be my mother-in-law!  Here’s to you , Pam, on your birthday!  May this next year bring you blessings in abundance!

Now, on to a recipe you’ll want to try, share and keep on hand.  It comes from a family I nannied for one summer in the San Fran bay area.  Not only does it give me a taste of California each time I make it, it is the best addition to any summer grill out.

Sally’s Orzo Pasta Salad

Orzo. (Finely chopped) Red Onion. (Finely chopped) Kalamata Olives.

Good Seasons Italian Packet. Feta Cheese.

**I didn’t add measurements because it’s totally up to you on how much of each ingredient you’d like to put in.**   However, this is what I did:

  • 1/2 box of orzo (cooked and drained)
  • 1/2 medium red onion (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 can of Kalamata olives (finely chopped)
  • Dressing to taste
  • Feta Cheese to taste

Voila!  The easiest orzo salad ever!!

Enjoy!

April 17, 2011

Sunday Lemonade

As you all know,  I love heading to the store with a game plan.  Having a list gives me grocery shopping freedom!   So, today when our fridge was bare and our bellies were empty, I headed to the store.

This is what I bought:

Produce

grapes. pink lady apples. mini sweet peppers.  organic lettuce. pears. organic grape tomatoes. sweet potatoes. lemons. red onion.

Protein/Dairy

voskos yogurt (with coupon). fage greek yogurt. parmesan cheese. feta cheese. organic steak. all natural chicken (with coupon). icecream (buy one get one).

Carbs

alexia bread (buy one get one). orzo pasta. wheat thins (buy one get one).

Extras

lemonade. pop tarts (buy one get one and a coupon). olives. good seasonings dressing kit. reynolds wrap (coupon).

To my surprise, with the coupons and the buy one get one deals, I saved $23.40!  I think this is the most I’ve ever saved…or close to it! To a new couponer, this is a big deal! 🙂

I do believe it’s time to celebrate.  I think I’ll take up the saying “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” literally!

What’s your favorite summer time drink?

April 16, 2011

The Friday Five: Friday Recap!

Thank Goodness It’s Friday!

It has been a busy week, hence why I’m blogging “The Friday Five” at 11 p.m. tonight!  Despite the craziness, it has been a wonderful week and I’m now cozied up next to my husband watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows…ready for the weekend.

Friday’s are usually my day off and I have time to catch up on all sorts of fun things.  For today’s Friday Five I would love to share a Friday Recap.  Then, I want to hear about yours! 🙂

Friday Recap:

1) Enjoyed a morning run!

2) Read!  I love having the time to sit in a comfy chair and read and journal.

3) Brought  Starbuck’s to J at school. 🙂

4) Washed a lot of laundry!  I started using Seventh Generation laundry detergent and am loving it.

  5) Got a lift from some colorful balloons. 🙂

Now, tell me…what’s your Friday Recap?


April 13, 2011

Cinnamon Streusel Bread

One of my favorite things about looking at your blogs is browsing your recipe page.  Everyone has a way to present their favorite meal in a unique way, even if that favorite meal is something as simple as meatloaf. 🙂

This past weekend, I found a receipe I knew would be a winner:  Cinnamon Streusel Bread.  Cinnamon, butter, brown sugar…what’s not to love?  So, thanks to Courtney at The Granola Chronicles, here it is!

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour bottom a loaf pan or a muffin tin.

Combine the following ingredients

  • 2 C Flour
  • 4 t baking powder
  • 1 1/4 t salt
  • 1/3 C oil or applesauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1 C buttermilk
  • 2 t vanilla

Next, combine the following ingredients to make your streusel.

  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 2 T softened butter

Finally, pour half of your batter into your loaf pan or muffin tins.  Sprinkle half of your streusel mixture over the batter and add your remaining batter.  Polish off the streusel mixture by sprinkling it on top.

Bake for 45 minutes. (This is a minimum.  It took about 15 minutes longer for mine to be baked through.)

**If you are using muffin tins, be sure to keep a watchful eye on your muffins as they will be done sooner than the loaf pan.

Enjoy!

Do you try recipes off of blogs?  If so, what’s your favorite one?


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April 12, 2011

Lazy Dinner Date

Sometimes we all need a break.  Tonight, I decided I was not going to turn on the stove, heat up the oven, or ask J to go out to eat. Instead, I decided it was a lazy dinner date at home.

A platter of goodies!  Whole grain bread, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, carrots, green onions, ripe tomatoes, carrots, peppers and grapes.

It may have been easy, but it sure was good…and of course made with a lot of love. 🙂

Question of the day:  What’s your idea of a lazy dinner?