Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Up unti now, You have been quietly preparing me to be your disciple.
Now the time of preparation is ending.
I seem to hear you say to me as once to Peter:
"Will you also go away?"
You were saddened then by friends who failed You.
But Peter did not fail.
"Lord" he said, "to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life."
I stand with Peter.
Through prayer and counsel, show me, Lord, where it is in Your vineyard that You want me to serve.
Then give me strength to be faithful.
Mary, mother and model, help me to respond in generous love to the call of your divine Son.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
So let's get going!
Breakfast = Greek yogurt with Barlean's lemon smoothie oil (awesome stuff!), with strawberries, some orange pieces, and raisin bread
Dinner = turkey, steamed veggies and mashed taters
oh and of course a side of fruit!
...please take notice of the "couple" of peanut butter cups we 'obtained'
Snack #1 = peanut butter and raisins on celery... and if you think I just licked off the peanut butter and raisins and left the celery you'd be right
I can't help it - I just can not take celery!
Snack #2 = graham crackers and apple slices with lemon pudding... I've been pretty into pudding these days!
Supper = toast with peanut butter, topped with bananas and strawberries and then drizzled in honey :)
Snack #3 = If you're wondering what in the #!*?@ this is... just look here
p.s. I don't actually cuss - ever.
Well that's all - hope your day is spectacular! Mine will be filled with packing, packing and packing... oh ya-maybe studying for finals? But probably not. Oh well!
~KristenThanks Peas & Crayons - http://www.peasandcrayons.com/ for this awesome par-tay!
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
This recipe is a little more cultural than my usual creations. But I feel that's a good thing - we all need to switch it up and get a little crazy every now and again!
So this chicken is great in a wrap (obviously *hence* picture)
But also delicious on rice, in a taco or even just by itself with some delicious sides to round out the meal
It's a spicy blend of flavors complimented by the crunch of the cashews and tender chicken pieces. You can adjust the spice to fit your likings (just add more/less red pepper flakes)
The original recipe came from my sister who is doing an awesome job this year at making all her meals for the upcoming two weeks on a Sunday... brilliant! And this was one of those meals - so FYI it freezes beautifully!
-4 chicken breasts (cooked and diced)
-2 TBSP soy sauce
-1/2 TBSP olive oil
-1 tsp red pepper flakes (or to your liking)
-1 onion - minced
-1 TBSP. minced garlic (or garlic salt)
-1/2 cup cashews
-4 TBSP. soy sauce
-1 1/2 TBSP cornstarch
-1 TBSP sugar
-2 tsp. white vinegar
1. Combine 1 TBSP. soy sauce and olive oil in a bowl, add diced chicken and let marinate while you prepare the other ingredients
2. Whisk 4 TBSP soy sauce, cornstarch, sugar and vinegar - set aside
3. Add chicken, onions, garlic and red pepper to a pan set on medium heat
4. Cook until chicken is golden - about 3 or 4 minutes
5. Add cashews and cook another minute
6. Add the sauce and let it simmer until thickened, around 5 more minutes
7. Serve HOT over rice, in a tortilla, any which way your little tummy desires!
Monday, April 29, 2013
(taken from this song)
Anyways - since today is such a good morning I figured I would make it even better and write a product review (because really, who doesn't love a good product review to start out a Monday?!)
So today I'll be talking (errr typing) your ear (errr eyes?) off about Kauffman Market.
It really is like a big farmers market. But open 24/7 because, well, it's online! You can order a ton of fresh, locally grown, delicious products from a variety of producers. Genius. Genius I tell you. Genius.
They seriously have everything. From fresh apples to apple cider, baking mixes to beans, trail mix to beef jerky!
They have both organic and non-organic items, sweet treats and healthy options, really the sky is the limit with this company! And nearly all is minimally processed which can make you feel great about life.
So the quality? Let's talk about the quality.
It's awesome. Moving on..
Ok ok, just kidding-it really is amazing quality! I was given a cappuccino trial mix & iced java smoothie mix
Boy. Oh. Boy.
They made me smile rrrrrrreal BIG! :) Neither is extremely nutritious, so be weary of that - but for a treat every now and again it is perfectly fine!
So if you'd like to support a great market and give your tastebuds a treat as well - go with Kauffman!
*I was given no compensation, only the samples. All opinions are my own (as usual!)
Sunday, April 28, 2013
But wished you felt like this...
Well many people turn to coffee - (i.e. ME!) - but I know not everyone enjoys that beautiful drink :)
So I'm here to give you an alternative method to getting your nervous system going!
It's a company called Celsius - and like their tagline says, "So much more than an energy drink"
It's true. Celsius claims that not only do their drinks provide healthy energy - but also burn calories in the process. (I say 'claim' because I only had a couple of their drinks so cannot say for sure what tole they took on my calorie expenditure)
Their products come in both carbonated and non-carbonated; they also have a line of on-the-go packets. Their flavors range from wild berry, to cola, to peach mango green tea.
My favorite was peach mango green tea; but all of them were delicious!
My only negative(ish) comment is that I really didn't care for the non-carbonated beverages. They just seemed to be missing something - but that's just my humble opinion. I also didn't overly love the orange on-the-go packets I tried. But again-I'm not a huge fan of orange juice, so you may have a much different experience.
So did it give me a buzz? Ohhhh ya!
It gave me much more of a caffeine jolt than a regular cup of coffee or glass of tea. I thoroughly enjoyed it. :)
So over all - if you're looking for a kick start to your day - or something to get you over the midday hump; this is a perfect drink. Delicious, healthy (Celsius has a TON of vitamins in each energy!
*I was not given any compensation, all I received were the samples.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Ever wonder where the heck it came from!?
Well - in case you're curious like me....
I've Been Working on the Railroad is noted to have been published in the University of Princeton Songbook in 1894. Another side note- this song is an extremely popular nursery rhyme in Japan. How's that for some useless info you may just need on day in a game of Trivial Pursuit.
Ya. You're welcome...
Ok so where did this rampage actually come from?
Well I'm getting ready to do a product review from a drink company I'm just stoked to tell you all about!
And it just so happens that the name of this company is "Big Train" <- See the correlation?
Big Train is a drink manufacturer that has been going at it for the past ten years.
And when I say 'going at it' I mean they have been ROCKIN' the world with some really tasty and healthy drink mixes. Now they even sell healthy baked good mixes as well.
So what are some of the products?
Well - there is pretty much something for everyone...
Protein mixes, smoothie mixes, coffee, tea, lemonade, etc. etc, etc.
I was given a few coffee drinks to try - it is their new line, called: "Fit Frappe"
Fit + Frappe = :) Kristen!
It was so smooth and creamy, I never in my wildest dreams would have thought it was made from just water and dry mix!
And it is sooo healthy!
Yeah. Be excited.
I'm banking on the fact that all their other products are just as delicious since I haven't tried one of their "Fit Frappes" I haven't love love loved!
Thanks Big Train for allowing me to review your product! *The samples were all that was given to me; I received no compensation and as always - all opinions are completely my own. (Because that's just how I roll)
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
But this is none of those - so I'm ALL in*
(*hopefully I do this right... is there a wrong way to tell the world what you put into your belly? I guess I'll find out...)
Alright - here we go!
Some egg whites, toast with honey drizzle, and a huge bowl of fruit (blueberries, grapes and pineapple) with a little yogurt and granola with pecans
My university has this great thing that lets you sign up for a sack lunch on days you have classes over the noon hour (so handy!)
And on Wednesdays, it is always a banana and peanut butter sandwich - but today I had some dark chocolate chips (that I got from the trail mix below) and threw them in... WOAH! Totally made my day.
And then some yummy grahams between classes...
Supper = giant bowl of pasta with chicken and veggies and mixed berries
Can't forget the 'snackage'
Who else is
enjoying obsessed with Naked juice?
I know I am! And those cute little packages of peanut butter? Such a great idea. Genius.
...I may or may not have 'obtained' the peanut butter and crackers from my college cafeteria...
So this may look like a big bowl of crazy... and it it. Delicious crazy that is.
It's pistachio pudding with bananas!
So easy to make in a dorm room for any fellow college students out there!
I just mix up two TBSP of dry pudding mix with 1 cup of milk in a protein shake blender thing and shake, refrigerate and enjoy!
So that's it! I'd love some feedback from my first go at this from all you pro's out there! :)
Have a wonderful Wednesday!
Thanks http://www.peasandcrayons.com/ for hosting this great party idea!