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So this past week-end I attended the Blend Retreat. It was the highlight of my year so far. I had an amazing time. I met so many amazing ladies. It was really fun being a part of the First Annual Blend Retreat.

It was held in Boulder Colorado at Chautauqua Park.

I had great roommates, Katie at Talk Less, Say More and Amanda at Diary of a Semi-Health Nut.

We had this super cute cottage.

All the rooms were cozy and rustic.

  

Then there was the view off the back porch.

Once I arrived I was greeted by our hosts Lindsay, Katie and Janetha.

Above photo taken from Katie’s Blog.

Also received my Big Bag of Swag. There was some really Amazing stuff in this bag. I think I will dedicate a post to the swag bag. I really want to cover all the goodies we received. There are some very generous companies that showed us bloggers some serious love and I’d like to do the same in return for them.

After we settled in to our cabin and got to know one another a bit, we headed to the dining hall for a meet and greet cocktail hour followed by dinner and dessert. This gave us an opportunity meet fellow bloggers.

  

The table was loaded with some of my favorite bloggers.

Had some cupcakes from Street Fare.

They were so beautiful and taste.

There was a mad rush for the cupcakes when dinner was over, we each got to choose 3 mini cupcakes, I choose the Raspberry Lavender, S’mor, and Peanut Butter Pretzel. Absolutely loved the Raspberry Lavender.

Saturday morning at 7am, we had Boot Camp.

I was really excited to meet my Best Body Boot Camp instructor Tina.

Tina and Lindsay lead the Boot Camp on Saturday morning. It was so much fun.

Above picture taken from Lindsay.

Here are some scenes from the Boot Camp.

     

Got to meet the lovely ladies from fitmixer. I start the fitmixer Boot Camp on May 14th. so it was really nice to meet them and talk to them about the program and what to expect. I really liked meeting the people behind the products.

   fitmixer Boot Camp

My favorite Boot Camp picture has to be this one.

After Boot Camp it was off to breakfast.

We had an amazing breakfast courtesy of Xagave.

     

Beverage by Cheribundi.

Loved the tart cherry flavor, I am not a coffee drinker so I headed straight to the Cheribundi table.

So far this post covers Friday evening through Saturday morning breakfast. I really wanted to break up the post into three parts due to how detailed this trip really was. Plus it’s difficult to cram an entire week-end into one post.

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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!

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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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Today I received a notice from Word Press that I have had 100 plus likes on my posts. Thanks to everyone who liked my previous posts, it is always great to know that someone is reading them.

One thing I really enjoy is Meatless Monday. I look forward to it, I normally make a noodle dish and tofu with a vegetable. So for this Monday’s Meatless Meal I tried something new, Tempeh. I can not get past the fact that I have never tried it before. I have seen many recipes for ways to use it, but I just wanted to try it as simply prepared as I could to really test out the flavor.

Wow, the amount of protein in Tempeh is amazing, 22 grams with two servings in the package. So not only do I have a protein packed dinner, but I will have enough for a protein packed lunch.

I’ve been on a Brussels Sprouts kick lately. I just can not get enough. So I did my favorite preparation and Roasted them on 400 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes, I like them well done so I go the entire 35 minutes, but if you do not like them crispy then 30 minutes is all it will take.

Now to the His part of my post, my husband will eat anything I cook, he is not picky and he loves all kinds of food, but the last few times he has eaten soy or tofu he has broken out in hives. So I surprised him with Home Made Venison Helper.

For the Tempeh and the Her part of the post, I followed the package directions, oil in the pan with 2 teaspoons of soy sauce and brown both sides. This only took about 8 minutes.

Now getting back to the Venison Helper I finished the dish by adding some shredded cheese.  In my opinion cheese makes everything taste better. That is the main reason I could never become a vegetarian. Cheese. Heavenly Cheese.

Can you blame me for being hooked on the Brussels, look at them.

There was so much leftover, that I will not have to cook tomorrow night and I really want to try it out.

His Meal.

This was a total hit with the husband. I think he was relieved that his dinner was soy free. I certainly do not want to serve him anything that he might be allergic to.

Her Meal. 

I topped my meal with some leftover pasta sauce. I liked it, but my mind drifted off to my Favorite Tofu Meal. Lime marinated Roasted Tofu. I have a feeling that I will be making it real soon. I will defiantly try tempeh again, but I think I will jazz it up a bit.

In case your interested in the recipe for Homemade Venison Helper. Here you go.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground venison or use ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder or 2-3 tsp. onion flakes
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder (or 1 clove minced garlic)
  • 1 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • hefty squirt of mustard
  • 1 3/4 cup water
  • salt to taste
  • 2 1/2 cup pasta-your choice
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (added once the cooking is completed)

Method:

Brown and drain meat.  Stir in pepper, onion powder, garlic, tomato sauce, and mustard.  Pour in water and pasta.  Bring to a boil and reduce heat; cover and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until the water is absorbed and the pasta is cooked.  Turn the heat off and stir in the cheese. Serve and enjoy. 

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Boot Camp Update: We are into our last phase of the Boot Camp, we have two weeks left, and the thought of it ending makes me really sad.

Mondays workout had a few boxing exercises in it. I found my self having so much fun doing them. I took a few cardio boxing classes in the past and I forgot how much I loved punching and striking moves.

Question of the Day: Do you ever find yourself making different meals for family members?

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Trying to keep dinner’s fun and healthy is something I enjoy doing. I like to spend time looking at recipes and planning meals. I always try to have balanced meals. One way I balance meals is to always include a vegetable and a grain or bread with a protein. Over the years I have learned how I like to eat and prepare vegetables.  One thing I can not stand is when you go to a restaurant and get a side of vegetables that are limb and soaked in butter, yuck. I love to roast vegetables with a little oil and seasoned with salt and pepper. For me that’s perfection.

Sweet potatoes to me are a root vegetable that is hands down a true winner all by itself. Sweet, hearty and good for you, sign me up for some Wedged Sweet Eats.

I went with a wedge cut on these three beauties.

After I wedged them I put them in a ziplock bag and added salt, pepper and olive oil and shook them up in the bag to coat all the wedges.

I also added another pinch or two of a really coarse sea salt to the top before putting them in the oven. I roasted them on 425 degrees for 30 minutes. The skin and the top of the wedges come out crispy with a salty bite and on the inside they are soft and sweet.

Made an easy side dish of pearled couscous with a basil and herb seasoning. I really liked it you could really taste the basil.

These pearled couscous were huge compared to the standard couscous.

Picked up these Seafood Stuffed Salmon steak’s at Sam’s Club while I was picking up some paper products. I warned myself before I went in that I was only getting paper products, but clearly that did not happen, and I am so glad. These were amazing. My husband ate two of them. I had one and saved one to take to work for lunch.

I was so excited to see how these tasted.

I have seen these in the seafood area of Sam’s Club before but always passed them by. I will be getting these again, for $12.00 it was a great deal on something that we both loved.

This meal reminds me of a post I did a while back about being an Orange Eater. I think color has so much to do with the foods we eat and the foods we find more appealing than others.

I am drawn to Green Foods like: Kale, Spinach, Pea’s, Avocados, Cucumbers, Broccoli, Asparagus. Orange Foods like: Pumpkin, Sweet Potatoes, Salmon, Carrots, Papaya. Red Foods like: Apples, Strawberries, Cherries, Watermelons, Raspberries.  

No let’s get Physical.

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Boot Camp Update: During Boot Camp, Tina  included Modified Options for all the exercises in case it was too much of a challenge for your fitness level, and for those who needed more of a challenge she include an Increased Challenge Option, and for those without gym memberships like myself there was an At Home Option. I used all the options at one time or another during these past 6 weeks.

One thing that has been the best aid during the Boot Camp has been the links to each exercise. This has been so helpful. Having it explained so clearly or to have an actual video showing proper movements has made it easy and fun to tackle all the new exercises.

Plank Club Update: I have been holding a 42 second Plank and doing it at least 3 times per day. In addition to the Standard Plank, I started adding the Reverse Plank.

Question of the Day: What’s Color Food are you drawn to?

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Stuart wanted to be the headliner for this post, he had such a great Easter and wanted to share some of his favorite moments, so towards the end of the post you can see some of the things he enjoyed.

Easter is a favorite holiday of mine and apparently my little guy Stuart’s. My favorite food related reason is because of Eggs.  I love Deviled Egg’s. So when my mom whipped up a batch on Saturday afternoon I was really excited.

These snacks came just in time, we had just taken the 3 dogs on a 2 mile walk, and dinner was still a few hours away.

For dinner we had Ham and all our favorite side dishes.

Cheesy potatoes.

Sweet baby peas.

Olives.

Sweet potatoes.

I loaded up my plate.

I opted for my favorite cocktail, Vodka and Cranberry juice.

Everyone else had wine, but Vodka is my drink of choice right now.

Here’s a few pictures of the doggies trying to get a little love from the dinner table.  I have to be honest, I’m a sucker for my dogs on Holiday’s, I let them try all the foods I eat, I know that is not a good thing to do, but I only give them little bites, I feel bad not including them in Holiday meals. The middle dog is Charlie, my parents dog, I call him my furry baby brother.

  

I waited until dinner was over and I tested Stuart to see if he would try to eat off my plate, ahhh yeah he did! He even tried to jump up on the table for a better view. I then put him on my husbands lap to see if he would try it with him, I’m usually the one he knows he can get away with stuff like that with, and sure enough, the power of the ham took over Stuarts fear of being a naughty dog. He went for it!

    

For dessert we had Creme Brulee, I was out playing with the dogs when my mom torched them with her little butane torch, I really wanted to get pictures of her browning the sugar and before she topped it with whipped cream and fruit, but I missed out on those photos. It tasted amazing.

I love the texture of Creme Brulee, so smooth and thick.

We let the doggies try the Creme Brulee, they loved it. I know I’m a naughty mommy, can you imagine what I would let real kids get away with.

  

Look at the little dog, he balanced like that for about 30 seconds, he really worked hard getting this taste, and this was my husband giving out these tastes.  This was Stuarts favorite moment, he loved the Creme Brulee.

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Looking forward to a great week, I’m at Week #6 of Boot Camp. It has been a great experience so far.

Question of the Day: Do you let your kids/furry kids get away with things on holiday’s?

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Yesterday was a really big day for me, I pulled out the grill, and I had a blast Getting My Grill On. I really missed my grill over the long winter, it is the only grill that I have ever been brave enough to start on my own. Let me explain, I had an incident when I was 16 years old lighting a grill. I made the mistake of having my face to close to the grill and as I dropped the match to light the flame and it sent a puff of flame straight up at me, and I ended up singeing my bangs and my eyebrows.  I have been afraid of grills ever since, but that all changed with a new grill purchase last spring.

Greek food is a favorite of mine and I just love Chicken Gyros. I really love the fresh flavors from the cucumber and yogurt sauce that is called Tzatziki.

I Grilled up some broccoli. That is my favorite way to prepare my vegetables during grilling season. I just make sure I toss the veggie with olive oil and use cooking spray on the pan I am using to prevent the vegetables from burning or drying out.

Here’s my Grill, she’s a beauty, I just love her. It’s so nice to have an electric start on a grill, nothing to light, no way to singe your hair, and it’s a perfect size, with 2 shelves.

Perfect for grilling your veggies and cooking your meal at the same time. I have even cooked french fries on the top rack using my toaster oven tray. We had a power outage last year for over a week (in August) and I made all our meals on the grill. It was fun and I looked at it as an adventure and I found that I learned so much about cooking that week. I really got creative.

Made a Simple Tzatziki Sauce.

  • 1/2 – Cucumber deseeded, and Chopped
  • 1 – Small Container Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Diced Garlic to Taste
  • Processed in a Food Processor until Incorporated

It came out smooth and creamy. I love the slight bitter flavor you get from the yogurt. I think you could put this on anything, I am going to use my left over sauce as a salad dressing. I will let you know.

Once the chicken is done grilling I let it rest for about 3 minutes then slice and dice into strips or chunks.

The broccoli cooked the entire time the chicken did and it was done perfectly. I kept the grill on medium the entire time.

Once I took off the chicken and broccoli I put the flat bread on the top rack for a minute on each side to warm.

Loaded the pita up with chicken, spooned on some of the Tzatziki sauce and topped with some feta cheese. I only wish I had some tomatoes to top it off with.

It was a really easy meal to make and I had a good time Getting My Grill On. Plus I am all for the easy cleanup in the kitchen, which leaves me with more time to spend with my guys.

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Boot Camp Update: Feeling really sore today and in lots of places. Upper chest is sore, hamstrings are really sore and my inner thighs are super sore. So I have been trying to get up from my desk and stretch throughout the day.

Plank Club Update: Had a set back this week in my Planking time, for some reason I have not been able to hold a Plank longer than 35 seconds, so I have been doing several throughout the day. It’s a work in progress.

I’m attending Blend Retreat 2012.

So in just under a month I will be flying out to Boulder Colorado to attend the Blend Retreat. There are still tickets available for anyone who wants to attend, just click here for the Blend Retreat Link. This retreat is for Bloggers and Readers. The list of sponsors just keep getting bigger, which means the Swag Bag’s are getting bigger and bigger. We have all kinds of activities planned, Hikes, Yoga Classes, Boot Camp Class, Food and Fun. I am so looking forward to meeting all the ladies.

Question of the Day: What’s your favorite Greek Food?

Additional Random Question: Have you ever been to a place that did not have Wi-Fi and you were not able to blog?

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Some weekends I like to indulge in a fun breakfast, but don’t feel like pulling out all my cookware and making a mess, so I have a Sweet and Fun Go To breakfast.

These French Toast Sticks come  packaged as a full slice with perforations to pull apart to sticks, but I leave them intact and make a sandwich out of them. I have about 4 boxes of these left in my freezer. The Kroger’s I shop at had them on closeout for $1.96 a box, and I cannot pass up on a great deal like that.

On a recent shopping trip Saving = More, I found this Peter Pan whipped creamy peanut butter, so I thought it would be perfect for the filling in my french toast sandwich. I also sliced a banana and added some fresh blackberries.

Here’s how my husband had his, he didn’t want to mess with spreads and berries, he went for the banana and maple syrup.

Here’s how my plate turned out. The whipped peanut butter has less sugar and was very easy to spread, I really only needed 1 tablespoon to cover both slices, added the berries and banana slices and a little love from my favorite Chia Seeds.

Smashed it together, and  here you have my Sweet and Fun Go To breakfast. I am happy to report that nothing squeezed it’s way out this sandwich, everything stayed in place thanks to the Whipped Peanut Butter.

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Boot Camp Update: We just entered Week #5 of Boot Camp and I am really feeling the benefits of it. I can tell I am able to do higher resistances on my elliptical for longer periods of time, and I have an amazing amount of energy. I also noticed that my back has not been bothering me as much, I normally have aches and pains in my lower back and I think the strength training has helped improve my back’s strength. I have been developing better sleeping habits, and have been Planking daily.

One of the side challenges to Boot Camp is each week we can pick two new goals to work on during Boot Camp: Example – drink more water, stretch before workouts, etc… Well I have been doing a Bed Time Goal the entire time and have only missed it one time, I am in bed by 11 p.m. and I feel better and more awake in the morning! I really have been loving Boot Camp it’s been the motivation I needed to get into Health Workout Routine that is challenging.

I will be joining the next Boot Camp when Tina has one, she has a real gift for kicking you in the pants, and that’s a Good Thing.

Question of the Day: What’s Your Go to Meal?

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