Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Pulse!!!

Oh my goodness you guys I am so excited that in ONE MONTH I am going to The Pulse dance convention in Dallas!!! I'm rooming with my good friend, Megan, and some of our other dance friends will be going also! I haven't gone to a dance convention in about a billion years and I am so excited for this weekend full of dancing and fun!

It will be interesting, however, to take those hip hop classes I've been hearing most of you know I am not exactly the hip hop type. Don't get me wrong, I wish I was-I love hip hop! But lets just say I wish I had these fab accessories to boost my confidence and trick everyone into thinking I know what I am doing :)

Nabbytabs-I mean who wouldn't want these??

Or some of these cute shoes to get me through class?

We'll see...maybe these will be added to my birthday list this summer :)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Why I Hate Winter

Now don't get me wrong, I love a good cold Christmas-snow makes it a plus as long as you can get to where your going. I love snuggling with my hubby on New Year's Eve; I'll even take it as far back as a nice cold Thanksgiving so I can wear a my cute tights, but that is where it stops. After New Year's Eve I say "goodbye Winter, hello Spring!!!" Here are my top 10 reasons why Spring is better than Winter:

1. I have much cuter Spring clothes than Winter clothes.
2. I can run OUTSIDE instead of on a treadmill.
3. PICNICS!!! Alex and I can go to the park and not be worried about freezing are booties off.
4. Springtime outdoor activities cost way less than Winter ones- ski lift tickets are nuts! Hiking and swimming? Free :)
5. I don't have to get up earlier to de-ice my car.
6. I don't have to get up earlier to put on more layers. And even though I am not a parent yet I can bet all of you out there hate having to take 20 extra minutes to put 12 layers more layers on your child you know... "just in case."
7. I don't have to plan out what I am wearing before I take a shower so I don't immediately freeze after leaving the toasty-warm shower.
8. My hair lightens up a bit-I don't die my hair and I like it when it is in it's Spring/Summer stage more than yucky, weird, winter hair.
9. I don't look like a ghost- I also don't tan so in the Springtime I have some color to me instead of basically being transparent.
10. My skin does not dry out and I don't look like I have OCD from washing my hands too much (except I've kind of figured this one out this year-I put lotion on my hands before I go to bed because I read your skin heals better while you sleep)! Still, I sometimes forget :(

Who else likes Spring more than Winter???

Sunday, February 6, 2011

What a Weekend!

I mean, this weekend has been the absolute greatest! Tippi Toes Day of Dance was AMAZING!!! It was so much fun-I want to do it again next year! We had about 35 (maybe a few more...!) kiddos participating and I'd say about half of them were new people who aren't in Tippi Toes classes (or at least not yet... ;) ) It was so great to have 1. Our own dancers coming to support us and 2. Meeting all these new dancers and their families! 3. My AWESOME teachers doing such a great job-of course! Emily and Kaitlyn were so helpful and the kids they taught had a blast! It came at such a great time too with this bad weather we've been having-it gave families something to do after being stuck inside! I'll keep you all updated on who all enrolls from Saturday!

Afterwards, Alex and I went and met up with some of our friends for Alex's best friend, Andrew's, birthday dinner! It was fun to see everyone and relax after some serious working and planning days before. And plus, we went and ate Braum's ice cream afterwards! I got my usual- chocolate reeses mix with caramel on top-heaven! I mean, go big or go home people!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Stir Fry Me, Stir Fry Me Not!

So I checked off another one of my recipes this evening! I made Thai-Style Stir-Fried Chicken
Alex liked it. Me? Not so much. I mean it was okay...but I wouldn't make it again. I think some of you out there would probably like it, but it just wasn't my cup of tea. Maybe it was the coconut milk? Who knows. BUT I can tell you that this one I tried a few weeks ago, Garlic Turkey-Broccoli Stir Fry, is fantastic! I used chicken because I didn't have turkey breast, but this is a definite keeper :)
Stir-fries are a really great invention I have decided. So easy to make quickly at the end of the day :)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Resolution Update

I've realized this past week that I haven't been sharing any of my new recipes with you all! Most of the recipes I have made have been good except 1) The "meatballs" (I used ground turkey) from Double Delicious-yuck! They were sick-nasty and 2) Salmon w/ Chickpea Ragu from Eillie Krieger's So Easy-this may have been partially my fault, but it was bad news...but on to some yummy treats!

I would post the recipes on here, but then my post would be outa-control long and you might fall asleep!

Easy Chicken-Mushroom Quesadillas- So Easy by Ellie Krieger
^SO easy and so good! Alex and I love them!

Chicken Satay- Double Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld
^Yum, yum, yum! I could eat them everyday...! I think I made them with these:
Cracked Black Pepper Chips-So Easy by Ellie Krieger
^ I didn't make that dip with it. This was the easiest link I could find :)

Tortellini Spinach Soup- So Easy by Ellie Krieger
^Again so fast! Also I love that the tortellini is in soup and not like a heavy cream sauce. Also tortellini isn't the best thing in the world for you and you aren't eating tons of it because its in soup! I'd leave out the tomatoes next time though because I don't like tomatoes :)

Okay I can't find these online so I will type them out:

Pasta With Spinach and Edamame-BHG
1 9oz pkg refrigerate fettuccine (I used dried)
2 C frozen sweet soybeans (edamame)
1/2 C walnuts, broken (I left these out because Alex doesn't like nuts in his food)
2/3 C bottled Italian salad dressing w/ cheese (I didn't get it with cheese and added parmesan to the finished product)
1/4 tsp black pepper
4 C. baby spinach

1. Cook pasta and soybeans.
2. If using, toast walnuts in a skillet over medium heat for 3-4 minutes.
3. Stir salad dressing and pepper into the hot pasta in the pan. Add spinach and nuts and cook over medium heat for 1 minutes.
4. Enjoy!

Vermicelli w/ Sausage and Spinach-BHG
If you know me, you know I didn't use sausage-yuck! I used cut-up chicken instead :)
3/4 C chopped onion (clearly I left this out too)
2 large cloves of garlic, chopped
2 tsp. olive oil
2 14 oz. cans reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/4 C water
8 oz. pkg dried vermicelli or angel hair pasta, broken in half
1 9 oz. pkg fresh prewashed baby spinach
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/3 C whipping cream (I used half and half)

1. Cook chicken (or sausage if you choose), onion, and garlic in hot oil in a 4-qt Dutch oven over med-high heat until chicken is cooked through and onion is tender.
2. Add broth and water and bring to a boil. Add pasta, cook 3 minutes, stirring frequently.
3. Add spinach and pepper; cook about 1 minute until spinach wilts
4. Stir in cream and serve!

Okay, I feel like this last one should have it's own post, but I don't want to overwhelm all of you! It's like magic in a bowl-the possibilities are endless!

20-Minute Noodle Bowls
1 14 oz. can reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/4 C teriyaki sauce
1/4 C water
2 C frozen stir-fry or mixed vegetables
2 3 oz. packages ramen noodles (Okay, you know I hate even the idea of Ramen noodles, so I used angel hair pasta and broke it in half)

In a large saucepan, combine the broth, teriyaki sauce, and water and bring to a boil. Stir in frozen veggies and noodles (if using ramen, discard the seasoning pack). Return to boiling; reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 3 minutes or until noodles and veggies are cooked. Enjoy!

BUT the great thing about this is you can use all sorts of substitutes and it is the best weeknight meal!!! Here are some:

Instead of teriyaki and water use:
*1/2 C peanut sauce
*1/2 C sweet-&-sour sauce
*1/2 C alfredo sauce (not sure about this one, but it's listed)!
*1/2 C italian dressing and add zucchini, spinach, and green beans
Any of these can have chicken or some sort of meat added

Which recipe do you think sounds the best?