Archive | July, 2012

Summer Games

28 Jul

This morning was another hard wake up call.  It’s so hard to stay on routine when you’re away from your bed.  This is what this morning’s work out looked like.

20 minute jog outside followed by this circuit:

  • 50 jumping jacks
  • 30 sec. jump rope
  • 20 alternating lunges
  • 30 sec. jump rope
  • 10 tuck jumps
  • 30 sec. jump rope
  • 20 squats
  • 30 sec. jump rope
  • 60 sec. high knees
  • 30 sec. jump rope
  • 10 jump squats
  • 30 sec. jump rope
  • 10 burpees
  • 30 sec. jump rope
  • 60 jumping jacks
  • 30 sec. jump rope
  • 20 sec. mountain climbers
  • 30 sec. jump rope
  • 25 push ups (girly style)
  • 30 sec. jump rope
  • 60 sec. plank


For an after workout smoothie, Mom didn’t disappoint with a protein and fruit packed smoothie.


“Fruity, Smoothie!”

Summer Olympics

If you saw me at any point yesterday, I may have mentioned once or twice that I will be watching the opening ceremonies that night.  Of course, I did miss the beginning due to some much anticipated best friend time and some peanut butter goodness…


“Big Ice Cream Cup, I Fill You Up!”

We did catch the team walking in and the lighting of the torch.  (Hellooo, David Beckham!)  I was quite excited about watching and for the anticipating next couple weeks.  I love watching the swimming and my husband can’t get enough beach volleyball, so our TV time is set for a while.

Question of the Day:

What Summer game are you most looking forward to watching this summer?

Now, wedding time!  Congratulations Jesse and Jessica!

Till later.

Side Note:  How do you think I can improve this blog after seeing some of the beginning stages?  I’m open to comments.


Kicking the Caffeine

27 Jul


As you may have guessed, this new season of blog life is starting off slowly by surely.  My days are often spent thinking of new posts and new things to share about my everyday living.  To be honest, this has been a crazy week.  I’m currently typing from my hometown in NE Ohio about 6 hours from my home in Central Maryland.  While I should be used to this hike of a trip and my wonderful husband insists on doing much if not all of the driving, the full day of work, overnight driving and then running around visiting can take a toll on this graduate student.  Oi.

So last night, with all the running around and proposed running around to come I broke my caffeine cleanse and bought an extra large Chai Tea Latte from the turnpike Starbucks…

“Oh, how I have missed you…”

I started this caffeine cleanse a couple of weeks ago to prove to myself (and my husband) that I am not addicted to caffeine and I do not need the sweet taste the warm cup of coffee gives me when I sit at my office chair at 6:45 AM every weekday morning.  After a couple weeks of clearing out (and a few lack of caffeine headaches), I received a wonderful gift in the mail from Starbucks.  It was my Free birthday drink for being a member on their website.  They must have known and I of course had no problem giving in to my favorite treat.  Yum!  It’s official, I can live without caffeine, but I can’t live without my favorite drinks.  Time to start looking into decaf.

Today’s Quick Morning Workout Circuit

60 Jumping Jacks
40 Crunches
10 sit ups
10 Tricep Dips
20 side lunges (each side)
15 incline push ups
10 oblique sit ups (each side)
30 butt kickers
5 jump squats
15 jacks knife sit ups


Quick but manageable being at my parents this weekend.

Question of the Day:

Do you need caffeine to get through your day, or do you simply just love the taste of your favorite drinks?

Early Rising, Pizza Suprising

23 Jul

Happy Sunday everyone!  I hope your weekend is winding down and preparing you for the week to come.

This morning we defeated our snooze button and actually woke up and made it to early service this morning at church.  May I also include that when I mean “we” I mean my husband defeated.  😀  Every weekend without fail we decide to try early service and somehow when morning comes, late service welcomes us with open arms.  However, this week we managed because my husband had to be at work by noon today.  What a change.

After service I did a little cleaning up before heading out for a run.  (Remember those ribs and all that BBQ from yesterday?)  The workout today was simple, but it left me in a good sweat.

Went to Lake Elkorn for a 2 mile run and came home to wrap up my first week, Pinterest inspired circuit.

45 Jumping Jacks
15 Squats
5 Jump Squats
50 Russian Twists
30 Seconds Plank
10 Standing Calf Raises
5 Kneeling Push Ups
30 Seconds Superman
10 Lunges (Each Leg)
40 Crunches

I think this little silent killer of a workout was kind for its last day of the week, but I was sweating.  This past year, I seem to be turning to running more and more and ignoring the full body workouts that I used to love.  So, this is perfect to get back in the swing of things.

For dinner tonight, I tried a new one from Peanut Butter Fingers.  She is fantastic at creating some great health conscious recipes.

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Food process at least 1 cup of cauliflower and then rice cook it.


Add 1 egg and 1 cup mozzarella cheese till it forms a paste

Spray a baking sheet, spread the cauliflower mix on the baking sheet and set oven to 450 degrees.

Add spices as desired and place in the oven for about 15 min.


Once 15 minutes is up, remove from oven and add toppings as desired.


“Bring on the veggies!”

Put it under the broiler until cheese melts.


“Pizza, Pizza!”

Now, who could mistake this crust for anything other then homemade pizza crust?  This was delicious and well worth the try.  Weighing in at less than 500 calories (give or take the toppings), I say this is another go to meal for the future.  Yum!

Another dinner dilemma solved in our house.  What’s cooking where you’re at?

Date Night – Pork Barrel BBQ

22 Jul

The hubby and I are big fans of hole in the wall, non-chain, gem restaurants.  We almost never eat at the same place twice.  When we moved from NE Ohio to Central Maryland, we were in a heaven of new eats to try from seafood to burgers to Ethiopian to Italian.  The list goes on forever.

While the summer has been full of beach Saturday’s this year, today was a rather rainy one, so we skipped out and stayed in…but the dreary day got the best of me…

“I needed to get out!”

So, we did a quick wardrobe change and headed to Old Town Alexandria, VA for dinner.

After watching one of our new favorite shows, Shark Tank, we were excited to go check out a local BBQ place that “struck a deal” to get their signature sauce out on the market and open their first restaurant.  After getting to know a bit of their story from the show, I knew we had to give it a try and the hubby is never one to pass on BBQ ribs.

After some rainy traffic, we made it to Pork Barrel BBQ around 6:30 pm and we were so excited to get things moving because our stomachs were now officially rumbling.  With a glance at the menu, we chose what we each wanted…and then decided to ditch that idea and go for the “The Big Feed”!

Holy Meat! 1/2 Rack of ribs, brisket, pulled pork, 2 sides and a couple others I know I’m forgetting.  Needless to say, we shared this and brought a good portion home for leftovers.

Review:  We we pleasantly surprised with the flavors of their sauces.  There were three to choose from.  Original, Sweet and Mustard.  We both agreed and made the Sweet our flavor of choice for the evening.  Our sides included Sweet BBQ Baked Beans (right) and Texas Caviar (left).  If there were to be a next time, I would order two orders of the Sweet Baked Beans. Yum!!

The ambiance of the restaurant was laid back, seat yourself with a busy bar scene to take advantage of.  My type of place 😉  Apparently everyone else thought so too, because at 7:00 pm on the dot…this sign went up.

Glad we got there when we did.

Overall, it was an relaxing evening out to a place we wanted to try and adventurous drive through rainy, DC traffic.   We got a peek at Old Town Alexandria and now I get to contemplate the workout routine for the morning to burn off those ribs 🙂

Pork Barrel BBQ – You didn’t disappoint!

A New Adventure

21 Jul

For many years, I have read blogs from start to finish while consistently trying new recipes, decorating my home and all and all living the life through the eyes of a blog fan.  Today, I start my new adventure in the blog world and start my own.

Now, what will it be about you ask?

That’s just it.  I do not know that first rule of “blogging”, but I’m excited to figure it out.  I hope to write a blog that not only you will enjoy, but also a blog that I, myself would actually read too.

Frugal living, insane kitchen cooking, delicious baking and even a little travel from a newly married, beach loving, professional learning how to survive next to one of the most powerful cities in America, Washington, DC.

Here we go…

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