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Special Deliveries…Love them, Good eats…Love them. Especially if they are a special delivery with good eats in them! Also love having a good time. Here are a few of all the above.

I recently subscribed to a Vegan Monthly Delivery Box called Conscious Box. Here’s their Mission.

The Mission of Conscious Box

Conscious Box is dedicated to introducing you to the most ethical, sustainable, and honest businesses that create the purest products available. We scour the marketplace to find those that stand above the rest. Discovery defines the Conscious Box experience.

I was so excited when the box arrived I could not wait to share it with you. Look at all these goodies…While I am not Vegan, or even vegetarian, I am currently working on how I live my life and choices I make. I realize that you have to start somewhere.

This box was loaded with great items. Teas, coffee, chocolate, snacks, and hb&a items. It was nicely packaged and the quality and quantity was amazing.

Sharing time… I made a really great crab sandwich the other day. Delicious.

Seriously, it was delicious. I added a side of roasted broccoli, but this sandwich could have stood alone on the plate.

One of my favorite lunches lately has been a ham and egg salad. I have been finding fresh spinach and sprouts at the farmers market along with some cucumbers and avocados and just mixing it all together and enjoying.

Recently I won a giveaway on Erin Berries Blog for Rebootizer. I have started it and cannot wait to do a quick review on it once I have completed the detox plan.

My amazing friends at Chobani sent me a 6 pack of their 16 ounce blended flavors. Okay here’s where the gushing comes in. I love this company, they are amazing friends to us bloggers, and on top of that their products are GREAT. I absolutely am in love with the Vanilla Chocolate Chunk.

I did share approximately 2 teaspoons with my husband, I felt like in order to do an honest review I had to eat the rest! Then I started in on the Mango. I really love the blended flavors. I have always been a huge fan of Chobani’s fruit on the bottom Pineapple flavor, but now feel like I should alternate my Chobani love to the blended yogurt as well. I am planning a few post with some of the ways I enjoyed the Chobani yogurt other than straight out of the container. What can I say, I  sometimes can’t help myself. Once it hits your lipsit’s so good! (Old School Movie Reference). Sorry.

I have been on a roll with blog giveaways lately and hit it BIG with the next two prizes. First up I won a $50.00 gift card to Lululemon. One of my favorite bloggers Calee from Life + Running was hosting this giveaway, and I could not have been happier when she notified my that I had won. I am so looking forward to spending that gift card. When Lululemon sent me the gift card they also sent me a reusable bag that I think I will use as my lunch bag and a change purse. Loving them lots right now.

My next big prize was from Rachael at Passing Daisies. I have been reading Rachael’s blog for a long time and love her dedication to honest blogging.  She really has well written posts with some great recipes. So back to the prize, I won these Zaggora HotPants. I was really pumped about these HotPants and put them to the test and loved them. Here’s some information on them taken directly from their webpage.

 HotPants increase energy expenditure during exercise by 6% versus the control garment. HotPants increase energy expenditure in the hour after exercise by 26%*.

In 30 minutes of exercise, weight loss is around 4x greater in HotPants than in a standard garment. On average, subjects lost 1.13% of body mass in HotPants compared to 0.27% in the control garment.

HotPants increase the core body temperature by an average of 18% more than the control garment, which leads to an increase in metabolism.

I ordered the Orange, because it’s so HOT right now. Nah, I just love Orange. How cute are they? I can tell you this from just wearing them once, I sure did sweat more doing the same workout I normally do. So I will have to keep you posted on them. They have a Take the Challenge for new users of the HotPants. So me loving a challenge is all in. What they expect is just this: Wear the pants a few times a week during exercise and share your results! Easy. Like I said I am all in. So I will share my experience here with you once I have completed said challenge. Orange HotPants are so hot right now! Just saying. 

Now on to a few of the good times I was talking about earlier. Hit a Tigers game with my husband over the Labor Day week-end. Even though we lost and it was 86 degrees, we still had a great time. I love going Downtown Detroit, the city is always so much fun. We had a few beers, had some hot dogs and some frozen lemon aid. It was a fun afternoon ball game.

Photo: Hot day at comerica

We also spent time with our friends having a few beers at a backyard birthday party. I do love beer. Another reason I am happy I won the Rebootizer, I could use a detox plan after indulging on so many festive foods and drinks this summer. It really has been the summer of fun.

I threw in this picture. I love this picture. It was taken on a houseboat trip I took in August. There was 30 people on this trip and all us girls got together and all piled on a floating island with our drinks and took tons of pictures, this picture happens to be my favorite. So much fun. Girl Power.

I included this picture because it’s pretty and I love water lilies.

Killian and Stuart say Hi! See my Orange stripped sweater with the Orange tissue tee, told ya I am loving Orange right now.

How cute are my fur babies? They look freaked out in this picture, but man I just love their little faces. They make my heart go Pitter Patter.

heart clipart love

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So this grumpy little guy fell out of his nest early. He perched himself on the Concrete Turtle that my Stuart loves to jump on. Looks like Big T has a new friend. Fearing my dogs would get him, I went and grabbed my gardening gloves, put down my camera and went over to grab him and move him to a safer place.

So here’s what happened. I picked little grumpy up and was immediately attacked by both his parents. It scared the heck right out of me. I am so glad I had my hair up in a bun on the top of my head, because these Robins went straight for my head and one of them actually hit me in the bun on my head. Flash backs to one of my first horror movie The Birds came streaming back….But I was on a mission to move this little one for his own safety.

It did not bother them when I was taking his picture, I actually did not even see them or hear them anywhere near me, but once I had him in my hands they pounced on me. I was able to get him into the front yard and placed him near a bush and he hopped under it and I ran back into the back yard. They were flying down on me and making enough noise to alert the entire neighborhood. I have rescued birds before, but have never been attacked by them, I guess there is a first for everything. I’d do it again, I will just wear my motorcycle helmet next time!

Grumpy hung out in my front yard for the next few days, with mom and dad staying very close and keeping an eye out for me. I have not seen him since so I like to imagine him flying high and telling stories of the human he escaped from.

So anyway, enough with the bird stories for now, and onto some food talk.

I made a steak, egg, blue cheese and brussels salad. I roasted the brussels on the grill for 20 minutes, fried the egg and used some pre-cooked fajita steak meat to create this really fun dinner. Along with the salad I also made an easy dressing, I took A-1 steak sauce, a splash of balsamic vinegar and Dijon mustard and mixed it all together and lightly coated the lettuce with it. I had no idea what I was setting out to make, but it sure did turn out well. Plus the toasted pita squares really added to the meal.

Sometimes the meals thrown together on the fly are the best. I smashed it all up together and dug in.

Now back to some more bird news. So during a recent visit with the chickens at my neighbors farm, I left with a parting gift.

Poison Ivy. I was visiting my Lovely Ladies and pulled some weeds in the coop that seemed to be growing like crazy. I did have gloves on, but when I stacked up the weeds in my arms to move out of the coop, I had on short sleeves and ended up getting poison ivy on my upper arms by my biceps. Within 5 minutes I knew I came into contact with something because my arms were on fire. So I went to my doctor and got a cortisone shot and some cream to help with the itching. What is it with birds and me lately?

Sometimes you have to take the good and the bad. It makes me think of the theme song from the Facts of Life TV show. Back in the day, that was my favorite show. That show ran from 1979 to 1988. I seriously grew up watching that show. I really did learn the Facts of Life from those girls. Well I’m off, hope you have a great day free from attacking birds and poison ivy plants.

Question of the Day:  Have you ever had poison ivy? I sure hope I never get it again.

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Over the Thanksgiving holiday Jeff’s boss got us a Honey Baked Ham. We look forward to that ham all year-long, and we get the most out of it. Once I get my hands on the ham, I get to portioning it up. We have it for a few dinners and then I like to chop the rest up into bite size pieces and put them in snack size bags and keep them in the freezer for when I want to add them to my eggs.

They thaw fast and only require a few minutes to heat up. After they are heated I just pour in the eggs and scramble them all up with a little salt and pepper.

Pile the scrambled eggs and ham onto an  English Muffin.

Top with your favorite cheese.

And eat it up.

Question of the Day:  What is your favorite breakfast? 

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Loving a good old egg breakfast. One for me two for him.

Microwave for one minute and thirty seconds. Make sure to spray the glass container with cooking spray.

LOVELY.

Toast an English Muffin, top with cheese and get your egg on.

Done. I could pound down two of these without a problem, they are so good. Easy fast food, made at home.

Question of the Day: Have you ever blown up an egg in the microwave? I have. Messy. Very Messy.

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Snack Plate Rules! I love them, and my typical snack plate looks like this. I have been addicted to hummus as long as I can remember. Recently I tried a new brand, I always thought I would never stray from my favorite brand Sabra, but the Kroger brand is just so amazing. I bought it for the first time on my last shopping trip, because the plain Sabra flavor was sold out. The texture and thickness of the Kroger’s brand is perfect.

So on my snack plate is the Kroger’s hummus, a string cheese stick, a whole wheat pita, carrot sticks and a hard-boiled egg. The combination of this snack plate kept me as full as a meal would. Loved it.

In other news, I never heard back from the Luna Bar Winner so I did a Redraw and the New Winner is: Meagan, who I have already notified. Meagan your package is on the way!

BEST BODY BOOTCAMP

Boot Camp Update: 

Well this is the last and final week of Boot Camp, and I can truly say I will be walking away from it with New Friends, New Confidence and New Moves. I have said it before during these last 7 weeks and I will say it again, I love Boot Camp, I learned so much. I cannot think of a time where I pushed myself more to achieve a fitness goal.

Here’s My Fitness Confession: I am no longer a Cardio Junkie, I Love Lifting Weights. 

I’m attending Blend Retreat 2012.

Blend Retreat News:  I have roommates. I am paired up with a non-blogger named Patricia, who I can not wait to meet. I also have two other roommates: Amanda at Diary of a Semi-Health Nut, and Katie at Talk Less, Say More. I am really excited to meet them all and have a great weekend.

Question for the Day: What is your current fitness goal?  

Here’s Mine:  To continue learning new exercises involving weight training.

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If you had to choose would you make a pancake or an egg dish for breakfast? Well I could not choose So I made both. Yesterday I picked up some farm fresh eggs and had a Frittata in mind that I wanted to make, but when I woke up I was only thinking about an oatmeal pancake. This works out perfect, the Frittata reheats nicely so Sunday morning breakfast will be ready and waiting.

First off take a look at these eggs. These were provided by my Lovely Ladies. They have started laying their eggs again. They tend to lay less in the winter, but since it’s been so mild this year they are back up and producing.

Here’s what the ingredients look like.

Kale Frittata

Ingredients

  • 6-7 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1/2 cup diced ham (not pictured) (it was a last-minute add-in)
  • 1/4 cup grated cheese
  • Nutritional yeast to shake on the top of Frittata before it goes in the oven
You will also need additional seasoning for the cooking of the onions.
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Note: You MUST use a cast iron skillet or a sauce pan with a metal handle so it can be used on the stove top, and also be placed into the oven.
Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Beat the eggs in a mixing bowl until smooth. Whisk 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper until evenly blended; set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onion, and season with 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cook and stir until the onion softens and turns translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the kale and the diced ham and let cook an additional 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from the burner and pour in the egg mixture, add the shredded cheese and sprinkle with Nutritional yeast.
  4. Place the skillet into the oven and cook uncovered for 16-20 minutes or until it is golden brown and the center of the Frittata has set. Remove from the oven, and let stand 3 minutes before serving.
I just love the way the Kale brightens up while it cooks, it gets such a deep green color.
Once the egg mix is added I pop it in the oven and let it do its thing for 16-20 minutes.
Once the edges start to get crispy I know the Frittata is ready to come out of the oven.
This is an easy no fuss meal that is loaded with protein.
The Frittata was then boxed up and put in the fridge for tomorrows breakfast and I got on to making my Oatmeal pancake.
Instant Oatmeal Pancakes, are easy and super filling. The entire process takes about 10 minutes. Plus there is little cleanup after.
Here’s what the ingredients look like.
Mix and mash, then add egg substitute.

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet instant oatmeal (any flavor)
  • ½ banana , mashed
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon Swanson Organic Cinnamon
  • 13 cup Egg Beaters egg substitute

Directions:

  • Mix and combine all ingredients.
  • Pour into non-stick skillet and when you shake the pan and the pancake moves, it’s time to flip.
  • Brown on both sides
Once I see the bubbles, I know it’s time to flip, I actually did a flip!
Top with the other 1/2 of banana, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and drizzle with agave nectar.
You will not regret making this, it is very taste.
So now I am off to get in a workout, I have a 40 minute elliptical resistance workout waiting for me. Happy Saturday and tomorrow I have a great recipe to share with you, hope you come back to see it.
Question of the day: Have you ever used agave nectar? I am a huge fan! 
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