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This morning I found myself wanting oatmeal for breakfast, but also wanting pancakes, so I decided to make an Instant Oatmeal Pancake. They are really fun and easy to make. This is all you need.

Ingredients and Directions:

  • 1 Package Instant Oatmeal
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/3 Cup Liquid Egg

Combine all ingredients and pour into a hot greased pan and cook each side until golden brown. I cooked them about 4-5 minutes on each side.

They start to bubble, letting you know it’s time to flip.

Flipping was not the easiest for me today and I lost the round shape, but that did not matter after I topped with banana slices, walnuts, and then drizzled some maple syrup.

Today’s plans are already in full motion, breakfast Check, workout Check, prepping for the week Check.  The next two weeks are going to be extra long workdays for me, my boss is going on vacation so I have to work much later than I normally do, so I plan on making it as easy as I possibly can. I am making a few dishes today so I have them ready during the week.

Before everything else, getting ready is the secret to success. Henry Ford

So I had this going in the crock pot today, and I really do not know why I have never made it before today. This was one of the easiest meals I have ever made.

Crockpot Chicken Tacos

  • 16 ounces Chicken Broth
  • 1 Envelope Taco Seasoning
  • 3 Pieces Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Can Mexican Diced Tomatoes
To be added later:
  • 1 Can Black Beans
  • 1 Can Corn

Spray the crock pot with non stick spray and add the diced tomatoes to the bottom then, add the chicken breasts, mix the spice packet with the chicken broth and pour over the chicken breast.

Cook on high for 4 to 6 hours or on low for 6 to 8 hours.

The last 30 minutes of cooking, I add a can of  drained and rinsed black beans and a can of rinsed and drained corn to jazz up the tacos. When done, the chicken should shred easy. Just use a fork to separate.  You may need to drain some of the broth. I used a  ladle and scooped out all the good stuff.

For tacos, serve the chicken with soft flour or corn tortillas, lettuce, shredded cheese, sour cream or guacamole. Make it to your own liking. This is very versatile and can be used for enchiladas, nachos, tostadas, etc.

First Part of the Ingredients

Crockpot

Second Set of Ingredients

Now here’s what it looks like done and ready to be eaten.

The meat is so tender and really soaked up all the flavor from the seasoning and the broth.

Also made a side of nachos

I breezed through my elliptical workout today. I did 30 minutes and It felt really good. I also did a few other little add-on exercises. I did a few sets of push ups and a few sets of crunches. I also threw in 10 burpess, because I’ve neglected them all week. I’ve been trying to add-on different exercises and challenge different muscles.

I read a blog yesterday that explained the proper way to do Mountain Climbers, I am so thankful she covered them, I have been doing them wrong.

Here’s the best tip of all: If mountain climbers feel too easy, you’re doing them wrong.

To do the move:

  • Come down into a push up/plank position
  • Pull a knee up toward the chest, while keeping the abs braced, the butt down, and the gaze ahead of you on the floor
  • Switch feet (pulling the opposite knee in as the first leg goes out) without pulling the butt upwards
  • Switch knees back and forth for a total of 20 seconds.

Here’s my week workout recap:

Monday 

  • 60 Min Treadmill on Incline
  • Lean Leg Pyramid, Lean Ab Pyramid

Tuesday

  • 45 Min Elliptical
  • Arms by Bethenny
  • Lean Arm Pyramid

Wednesday

  • Power 90 DVD Approximately 40 Minutes

Thursday

  • Rest Day

Friday

  • 60 Minute Treadmill Walk
  • Abs and Back

Saturday

  • 30 Minute Elliptical

Sunday

  • 30 Minute Elliptical
  • 10 Burpess
  • Crunches
  • Push ups
  • Mountain Climbers
Here’s to the end of another great week-end. Hope it treated everyone well.

Question of the day: Do you prep your meals ahead of time?

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My work party is this evening. My boss likes to do the party in January after the holidays. It always seem to work better than during the busy holiday season. She always has really good drawings for prizes, and cute gift bags. One year I won an  Apple shuffle. So I am looking forward to what she has this year. Plus it’s always a really great meal.

This morning I almost made another smoothie, but changed my mind after I pulled out my frozen stash.

Frozen and Ready

If I can say one bad thing about bananas its that they don’t freeze as pretty as they really are, but they sure do taste good blended.

Bananas and Peaches

I opted for a bowl of fresh strawberries with yogurt and granola.

Look at all that crunch, and I love the dried raspberries in it, they really have a ton of flavor, and then being mixed with Chobani pineapple yogurt, I was so glad I changed my mind. My Kroger was running a 10 for 10 on Chobani. How can you pass up a deal like that.

Now that looks refreshing.

I also drank lots and lot of this. I have been so dry this week, my skin, my throat, even my cuticle’s are dry. I know I need to get a humidifier and get it going as soon as possible. I plan on doing some research on it this week. I did do a quick search on it and found this.

How a humidifier works and the benefits of running one in your home.

Winter is the season for humidifier’s in most areas of the country. Whether you use gas or electric heat, the air from your furnace will not only keep you warm, it will dry out the air in your home. The humidifier works, by sending small molecules of moisture into the air, that can help keep you healthier.
Well that’s all I needed to read and I was sold, but I want to look at brands and models to see what would work best for us.
There are not many days that go by that I don’t eat something with hummus on it, I have been an official addict for many, many years.
So for a light lunch I had a hummus sprout whole wheat pita with a side of grapes and Wheat thins. I also had a piece of string cheese and another glass of lemon water.

Hummus and Sprouts on Whole Wheat Pita

With us having my work party tonight and the dinner being family style, I wanted to leave plenty of room for a big meal.

Projects, projects, projects. Sometimes I laugh at all the craft projects I want to do, but this one is going to be fun. I love to sew and I am making a beach sarong from some material I found on the clearance rack at a fabric store. It’s my favorite color orange and it has palm trees on it. I can’t wait to get it going. I’m using a sarong that I already have as my pattern.

I have a trip planned to go to Miami to spend sometime with my best friend. She moved to Miami 3 years ago for a work opportunity. She has an amazing live there now, she lives in a beautiful high-rise apartment, she boats, she beaches it and she now loves to fish. She really enjoys everything Miami has to offer. I visited her in 2010 and had a great time, I did not get to see her in 2011, but I made a promise that I will never let a year pass without seeing her.

Workout Recap for the week:

Monday

Elliptical
Time: 45 minutes. With Lean Leg Pyramid and 10 Burpees

Tuesday

Treadmill Walk
Time: 60 minutes. With Lean Arm Pyramid, Leg Press 4 Set with 12 Reps,  and 10 Burpess

Wednesday

DVD Workout No More Trouble Zone, Jillian Michael’s
Time: 45 min.

Thursday

Elliptical
Time: 45 minutes. With 10 Burpees

Friday

5,4,3,2,1 Circuit
Time: 30 minutes. With 10 Burpees

Saturday

Elliptical
Time: 45 minutes. With Lean Arm Pyramid

Sunday

Rest Day

Really liked the way the weeks workout made me feel, I was not too sore, except of the ab portion in the No more Trouble Zone DVD, that was killer.

So I’m off to get ready for my work party.

Check ya later.

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