Today Is Take Down Day

Are my priorities right??

I make time for my daily workouts. I make time for food prep for the week, but I can’t squeeze in time to take down the last Christmas tree and the rest of the holiday decorations.

Yup!  That is correct!  So what, the tree is still up.  With the Superbowl and Valentines Day quickly approaching, I could just as easily add a few more decorations and all is good.  Besides, the tree is pretty to look at.

Since today is a snow day for me, I guess I feel like taking the remaining decorations down.  Wait!!

Awe man… I forgot I had brussels sprouts cooking on the stove!  Hubby turned them off, but they’re already burnt!  See this is why I’d rather bake my veggies in the oven. The chance of burning is slim-to-none.  I use the oven timer.

brussels

Hubby said they burnt “a little.”  Haahaa!  They are well overcooked for my liking! Besides the brussels are going to take on the nasty flava of the burnt residue on the bottom of the pot.

Anyways making the decision to take down holiday decorations or working out is a no brainer.  Workout! Workout! Workout!   The tree ain’t hurting nobody in the house, so the rule is, hubby takes it down or it stays up until I feel like taking it down.  Lol!  🙂

If fitness is a priority for you, then it is your lifestyle.  When it’s a lifestyle, you make no excuses for not fitting it in.  Remember… NO EXCUSES!

Today is take down the decorations day… gotta go!

By the way, when I’m done, I’ll be working out my abs at home.  🙂  Oh my gosh!  The burnt brussels stink!  😦

Smooches!

 

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Thanksgiving Food Prep

Three days from now and around this time (8:27 p.m.), most people will be rubbing their bellies trying to digest dinner. Maybe even contemplating second or third helpings, or another trip to the desert table.

I was not feelin the kitchen after work this evening, but I’ve been on a roll cooking my share of Thanksgiving dinner, so just like I push myself to go to the gym some days, I pushed myself to cook another dish.

This year’s Thanksgiving eve, I just want to chill and don’t want to be slaving in the kitchen. Everything, except the salmon will be cooked in advance.

Here is six pounds of a blend of collard greens and kale. I wanted to cook the greens vegan style, but my peeps wouldn’t have that. But I think for Christmas dinner, I am just going to cook them without the smoked meat.  That stuff is bad for you! :0(

greens

I cooked them using smoked turkey legs. However, I just couldn’t contribute too much to the clogged arteries, high blood pressure, and added fat. I’m serious! I parboiled the four (4) smoked turkey legs in a handful of fresh garlic cloves and crushed red pepper.

The legs boiled until the skin begin to fall off. I then remove them from the pot and take off the skin, fat, and bones. It’s still unhealthy, but slightly better than with the excess fat.

I layered the greens in the pot with a little of the broth from turkey legs, sweet onions, and this seasoning.

seasoning

The outcome is amazing! I compromise this way because I understand that 20+ folks coming for dinner have not interested in eating clean. A small section of the kitchen counter will be dedicated to clean eating.

I am just about done my cooking.

freezer

The garage freezer!

On Saturday, I cooked six pounds of mac and cheese and  B’Dazzle helped me with 15 pounds of yams by peeling them for me. I’m so lucky! He’s an awesome kid and did a super-duper job. :0)

tailor peeling

On my way home today, I was deeply saddened when I saw a long line at the local food bank. The parking lot was full, an attendant directed traffic, and a long line of cars sat along side a busy roadway waiting for their turn to pick up donated food. I haven’t seen it like this before. A recent and sudden surge of casino closings in Atlantic City has many families struggling… struggling to find work… struggling to provide food for the family… struggling to pay rent/mortgage… heat… electricity… etc…

Regardless of where you live, if you are blessed to enjoy the festivities of a holiday dinner or a daily meal, heat, or a warm and safe place to sleep, I urge you to help someone in need. Invite them to dinner or give food, clothing, or whatever it is you can offer. Every bit of help can make a difference to someone in need.

Don’t judge, be kind, and be generous.

giving

Sweet dreams!


Finding Balance

Happy Sunday!

If any of you are Philadelphia Eagles fans, I feel for you!  My hubby, a long tine Eagles fan is catching hell from his so-called friends today.  Oh my!  Being an Eagles fan is not easy.

Today is rest day for me.  Well… not exactly rest from everything, but rest from weight training and CrossFit.  Yesterday was leg day at the gym and I am a little sore.  I know my legs are the strongest muscles on my body.  At their sorest (if there is such a word) they are never as sore as my arms and shoulders post workout.

My blog description talks about trying to find “balance” in my life.   It’s tough, but I am not complaining.  I just make it work.

Though I woke at 8:30 a.m. this morning, I lounged around for a few and cleaned out my junky nightstand draw.  The “lounging” around set me back, but I’ve come to accept the fact that setbacks are simply part of my norm.

Typically it goes something like having a to-do list of about 10 items or more. There’s no way in hell, everything is getting crossed off the list.  So I prioritize what’s most important and chip away at it like that.  Whatever is left on the list, I will tackle another day.

Lounging recharges my battery.  One good night of 7-8 hours sleep and waking without an alarm clock at 4:30 a.m. puts me in the energy bunny mode.  I go on and on and on….  Lol!

As I write this, I am also cooking my meals for the week and figuring out tonight’s dinner for my family.

Parts of my “mini” grocery haul still sit on the kitchen counter.

Mini grocery hall

Mini grocery haul

While shopping this afternoon, my son discovered this nail in my tire.  I need to get his fixed ASAP!

While shopping this afternoon, my son discovered this nail in my tire. I need to get his fixed ASAP!  I hope my tire isn’t flat tomorrow morning.

SuperSoul Sunday plays in the background and I leisurely move from computer to stove, to oven, to fridge and so on…. Y’all cookers out there know exactly what I’m doing.

I just finished tossing my steel oats in the crock-pot, white baked potatoes (for my peeps) and plain sweet potatoes (all mine) in the oven.

Next on the list…. Ugh! Chicken drum sticks for my family and boneless, skinless chicken breast for me.  Ugh, because of the clean up after I’m done.  I bleach out every part of the kitchen sink and around it.  There will be no cross contamination in my kitchen!

I  haven’t made zucchini cakes in about a month, so I picked up four decent size ones at the produce store. During the winter months, medium to large size zucchini are hard to find in South Jersey.

What else?  Broccoli, broccoli rabe, mixed vegetables, a pot of quinoa, brown rice, and small whole wheat buck wheat pan cakes–  No syrup thank you.  A friend recently hipped me to these.  Yum!

I think that’s it.  There’s so much stuff on the counter, I could be missing some food.  🙂

Oh yeah, I have to slice up two fresh pineapples.  I hate doing this, but I like to keep fresh pineapples in the fridge.  They are great in smoothies and are good for you.  Read more about pineapples here. 

Well, I really need to get back to my cooking.  I will chat with you later.  Tomorrow is a busy day.  After work, I’m headed straight to the gym, then later, B’Dazzle (my son) has a basketball game.  The holidays are over and it’s back to the grind.

Talk to you later and thanks for stopping by!