Tomato + Basil = LOVE

What up:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Cereal 120
Skim Milk 90
Lunch Left over chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy 190
Apple sauce 50
Drink Grande Soy Iced Chai Latte 240
Dinner Pasta mix with veggies and Vodka sauce 280
Tomato basil wontons 192
Total 1162

Booyah! Under 1200 calories again. While Daniel and I are temporarily staying at my parent’s house, any condiments and such that we had at the apartment are now being stored in a mini fridge in my parent’s garage. We decided to use up more of what we have by finishing off the Vodka Sauce bottle and some of that pasta stash we hord have. We bought some fresh yellow and orange peppers to add some bulk.

vodka sauce pasta

At the store we decided it was also necessary to get some wonton wrappers, mozzarella, Roma tomatoes, and basil. I think you know where I’m going with this. Tomato Basil Wontons!

They are so good and stupid easy to make. This time, I decided to try to fold them up more and I’m liking this way MUCH better. First, they fit into your mouth easier (always a plus); and second, I think they look more wonton-y and less crab rangoon-y, you know?

tomato basil wontons

tomato basil wontons

Yeah, check out those glamour shots. I ate six of them. I love them so much. I want these served at my wedding some day, that’s how much I love these things. Tomato + Basil = LOVE.

Ok, enough drooling over food.  Workout time! I did nothing yesterday.  After moving everything out of the old apartment I did some cleaning and decided that was enough, ha. But I did an intense run (by my standards) today to make up for it.  But for now, I gotta go sand a table!

Slow and Steady Wins The Race

So I owe you another weigh in. Today I’m at 132.8. That’s almost two pounds down since I started this blog weighing at 134.6. That’s only 0.5 lb per week weight loss. Not exactly as fast as I would like, but at least I’m seeing some kind of result. I also only weigh myself in the morning so I can be consistent and see change.  Your weight fluctuates during the day depending on food and drink intake so it’s best to weigh in the morning before you’ve had anything to eat or drink (also it’s usually less than during the day so that always makes me feel better!).

A combination of consuming less calories and working out is the best recipe for results but we all know I’ve been slacking in both departments. I have new goals for this week to make sure once I hit my calorie mark at 1200 that I don’t exceed it, and I hope to make more of an effort to workout. Daniel has been failing at training me so it’s all his fault! Ok, I know I should be the one making the effort, not him (but I’ll blame him just a little, ha).

Here’s what all I ate yesterday:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Laughing Cow cheese wedge with whole wheat tortilla 180
Lunch Salad Bar 324
Dinner Fried chicken wing and drumstick 206
Mashed potatoes and white gravy 140
Fried okra 86
2nd Dinner Left over Frickdella with brown rice 170
Steamed veggies 75
Total 1181

We’ve been doing a lot of moving so my parent’s made dinner simple by picking up some chicken and sides from the grocery store. Not the healthiest but definitely a nice change for once. I rarely eat fried chicken and mashed potatoes. It was so good!

fried chicken, mashed potatoes, okra

We have officially completely moved out of the old apartment now. FIVE more days until we can move into our next place! I’m soooo excited! Can you tell?



Excuse my French. Just kidding, it’s German! And it’s not a curse word!

My dad decided to try out some recipes he had brought back from Germany on us.  Frickadella is similar to meatloaf consisting of minced meat with onions, eggs, milk, and bread crumbs. It is a popular dish in Germany but from Danish heritage. They are pretty tasty!


My dad did a good job, though I have nothing to compare it to since I’ve never had it before. I’m not a huge fan of meatloaf but this was good and I ate all of it! So that says something.


He also made Spargelsuppe, or white asparagus soup. It is a delicacy in Germany during the springtime. White asparagus is only in harvest during that time. I have been to Germany twice to visit my dad when it’s in harvest and have actually tried this dish before. It’s one of my favorite soups! My dad brought back a mix of it from Germany but apparently at Commissaries you can buy canned white asparagus so he removed the dried pieces of asparagus and added the canned ones to make the soup fuller. It was good!

white asparagus spargelsuppe

If you ever get a chance to try this soup, you should! Here‘s a recipe that sounds pretty good that I found online. If you have access to a Commissary you can pick up some of the canned white asparagus (I think it’s Reese brand?), or ask you grocer if they can order it in if they don’t have it.

Yesterday’s meals:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Eggs 200
Lunch Spargel soup 200
Snack Crackers 40
Dinner Frickadella and brown rice 335
Dessert Pecan Pie 420
Total 1195

Woohoo, even with pie I was under!  I was pretty hungry for most of the day until I had the soup and Frickadella. I had them pretty close together so I don’t know if you could call the soup lunch at 4 in the afternoon.

Workout Report:

This just in! I didn’t work out! Let’s be honest — no surprise there. I was moving more stuff so I “didn’t find time” to workout. Lame excuse I know. It’s been raining though and running just doesn’t sound appealing. I should be doing indoor exercises though. Maybe I’ll get on that tonight. Wish me luck motivation!



Chipotle Raspberry Salmon and Pecan Pie

I feel like I ate a feast yesterday! I have lots of tasty recipes to share!

First let me brag about my pecan pie. This is the second time I’ve made this recipe and it is always a hit. This pecan pie does not require any corn syrup but tastes just as good! It’s from It is really easy to make.  The first time I made it, I didn’t mix in the pecans, I just placed them on top after pouring the mix into the pie shell. This time I decided to follow their directions and mix the pecans in. It ends up creating this delicious flaky crust on top.

pecan pie

This allows for the pecans to be mixed in more with the gooey innards of the pie.


Pecan pie is my favorite kind of pie. It always sounds good to me!

pecan pie 4

I went back for seconds… I couldn’t resist!

pecan pie 3

For dinner we had some left over raspberry sauce at my parent’s house from a previous time of making the Chipotle Raspberry Black Bean Dip so we decided to use that with salmon. There’s actually a recipe suggestion on the bottle of Bronco Bob’s that explains how to use it as a marinade for grilling salmon.  We grilled at 350 degrees F for about 8 minutes on the first side and then flipped it for 3 more minutes. We were gonna flip sooner but it didn’t look ready so we waited. I think it was cooked a little longer than necessary but it turned out great!

raspberry salmon

Definitely gonna keep this recipe in mind the next time we cook salmon. This could even be made in a skillet if you don’t have a grill using medium-high heat. Sooooo good!

raspberry salmon:asparagus

Here’s the rest of my meals:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Cereal 100
Almond milk 15
Lunch Breadstick 70
Left over Marco Polo 550
Dinner Chipotle Raspberry Salmon 170
Steamed asparagus 20
Dessert Pecan pie 400
Total 1325

If it wasn’t for the pie, I’d be under my calories. However, I worked out yesterday! Daniel and I ran about 3 miles (not many hills this time). So that’s about 300 calories right there burned.

Later that night we went to watch some friends perform at a local bar with their band, Skip Trip Fly. They were great!


All-in-all it was a good day! Great food, family, and friends!

Marco…. Polo!

Daniel and I were in Topeka yesterday to have lunch with his mom, sister, and niece. We went to Paisano’s Ristorante, a better version of Olive Garden. I had the Marco Polo which is grilled chicken breast with broccoli, zucchini, and carrots, with fettuccine and garlic. Then it’s smothered in this flavorful almond  cream sauce. Heavenly.

Marco Polo fettuccine chicken almond cream sauce

I actually ate a lot of the salad and breadsticks that come before the meal so once I actually received my dish I was too full to eat much. But that means left overs for today!

Before lunch, we were actually early and it’s right by this big park so we walked around there for a bit. Daniel grew up in Topeka so he knew it well and took me to the carousel.


We decided not to ride it (the music was really loud). But we did take advantage of the Wizard of Oz characters. Here is Daniel being an adorable Dorothy.


I decided to be a cowardly lion.

cowardly lion

Here’s what all I ate yesterday:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Cereal 75
Almond milk 20
Lunch 2 Breadsticks 280
Salad 150
Snack Marco Polo Chicken with almond cream sauce 145
Dinner Chipotle Burrito Bowl 645
Drinks Lemonade (2.5 glasses) 225
Total 1540

So Daniel and I have been slowly moving things to my parents house. There will be a few days between move-in of our new place and the end of our current lease so we’re temporarily storing things at their place. Speaking of “their” place, you may have noticed me referring to it as my mom’s house before. Well that’s because my dad has been working in Germany for 3 years. Yesterday he officially moved home and we picked him up from the air port last night! As a welcome home, Daniel and I are cooking dinner for my parents tonight. We’re having salmon and asparagus and I’m making pecan pie for dessert! Get excited for those recipes tomorrow!

Anyway back to my point, we were moving some things yesterday so we were too hungry to attempt to find something to cook. We went to Chipotle and I ordered a burrito bowl with brown rice, black and pinto beans, mild and corn salsa, a little bit of sour cream and cheese, and lots of lettuce! I get the same thing every time. I think that’s common. Do you ever order something different each time from Chipotle?

Chipotle Burrito Bowl

After all the moving we ended up not working out. It was definitely tiring lifting heavy wooden furniture. Even though I know I should have made time for it, the important thing is that I was at least up and moving and not sitting around. Every little bit counts.

It’s A Double Rainbow All The Way

Yesterday was a busy day working on those said chairs that Daniel and I are re-staining and reupholstering. We tried to get a lot done so we could finally have two chairs complete! We decided for easier moving we’re not going to put all the chairs back together until they’re in our new place. However, I could not wait that long to see the final result so we pieced one together real quick. Here it is next to the last chair that we need to work on.

Chair old and new

Major transformation! It’s doesn’t even look like they came from the same set! I’m so happy with how the stain turned out. I wish I would have taken some pictures when we used the horrific 2-in-1 Polyshade. It literally just looked like chocolate paint. So we sanded THREE times! That’s right. The initial sand, then after the Polyshade, and then again after some stain when we realized not all of the Polyshade was off so some of the stain wasn’t absorbing.  But it was all worth it! Check out that contrast! (Ignore Daniel’s white legs, they’re not part of the contrast).

Chairs old and new stain

And that fabric upgrade?! Totally worth the $4.50/yard. Score!

Fabric old and new

The rest of the after pictures will have to come once we move.

So here’s my meals from yesterday:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Cereal 100
Almond milk 30
Snack Protein Shake 120
Dinner 5 Tacos with salsa 552
Drinks Double Rainbow, Tarantula, Lemonade & gin 409
Total 1211

We were so busy in the afternoon working on the chairs that we didn’t really have a lunch. I was stuffed after those tacos though.  By the time we did finally eat dinner I was so hungry that I forgot to take a picture of it but they were tasty as usual. Every thursday at Porter’s, a local bar and deli, they serve 50 cent tacos. They’re simple but delicious and you can’t go wrong with the price. After consuming half my calories in tacos, Daniel and I preceded to hang out with our friends and have a few drinks. Now, tarantulas and gin lemonades are nothing to get excited about but have you ever had a DOUBLE RAINBOW?! No? Well I feel sorry for you. Look at it’s beauty.

Double Rainbow

It’s one of the bartender’s specialties. He takes fruit juices and Kool-aides and freezes them in ice cubes trays. Then he adds two of each color to the glass (hence the name Double Rainbow). He then pours the equivalent of typical long island liquors with some club soda over it. It’s the best drink I’ve ever had. So fruity-licious!

Double Rainbow

You can enjoy this delight at Auntie Mae’s Parlor. It’s not available until after 10pm when this particular bartender arrives. And it may only be on thursdays. But you should check it out. Or make your own at home!

As for my exercise yesterday, Daniel and I went on a run in the rain. It was that 2.5 mile route again. This time we ran it faster than usual since it was less hot. I was proud and tired. We’ve decided we’d like to run and marathon someday. Ok, Daniel wants to do that, I’d just be happy making it through a half marathon. I think we’ll start smaller though with a 10K and then work our way up to longer distances. Any suggestions on how to train for these races? I assume just slowly try to increase mileage but I wonder if there’s other techniques for faster times. Let me know if you have any advice!

Chipotle Raspberry Black Bean Dip

Last night while Daniel and I were contemplating what to have for dinner we realized we had all the ingredients necessary to make Chipotle Raspberry Black Bean Dip. Now, before you convulse in disgust, hear me out. In this wonderful town I live in there is this popular restaurant called So Long Saloon. They have this amazing dip and at first I was skeptical too but your taste buds will thank you. It’s so good, it should be sinful.

Now, I realize there are a lot of versions of this recipe out there, but mine is very simple, quick, and you only need THREE ingredients!

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 can drained black beans
  • 1 8 oz package of cream cheese (preferably 1/3 less fat)
  • 1/2 bottle of Raspberry sauce

There are many different brands of the raspberry sauce — a popular one is Bronco Bob’s (definitely a good choice) but I really like Fiesta Juan’s Raspberry Jalapeno — less calories and just as delicious. Even though they have different ounces in their bottles still just use half. Fiesta Jaun’s is a little thicker so no need to add extra.

So here’s what you do:

1.  Preheat oven to 350 F. In a 9 X 9 baking pan spread the cream cheese evenly in the bottom. You may need to set the cream cheese out for a little bit so it is soft enough to spread. Then pour the drained black beans over the cream cheese. Drizzle the raspberry sauce evenly all over the top.

bean dip

2.  Place dish in oven and bake for 15 minutes. Remove and stir ingredients until well mixed.

bean dip

3.  Enjoy with tortilla chips!

Chipotle Raspberry Black Bean Dip

This recipe makes 4 servings at 179 calories.

That’s not bad until you add the tortilla chips. I also ended up having almost two servings last night! It’s addictive stuff. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Similar recipes add various ingredients such as caramelized onions or pepper jack cheese. There are lots of versions to try! Get playful with it if you want. I just like it quick and simple — especially when I’m hungry!

Now on to what all I ate yesterday:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Cereal 100
Almond milk 30
Left over Alfredo & Shrimp 60
Snack Wheat Thins 140
Pistachios (small handful) 40
Lunch Almond butter & jelly sandwich 250
Dinner Rice & Veggie Stir Fry 150
Chipotle Raspberry Black Bean Dip 358
Tortilla Chips 350
Total 1478

Not only did I make the dip but I also made the stir fry! Daniel was busy working on a paper (summer classes, bummer). But I enjoyed trying to show him up with my version of the meal. I started with chopped green peppers, then I added a slew of ingredients:

  • Onion powder
  • Sesame seeds
  • Ground red pepper
  • Greek rub
  • Garlic salt
  • Sesame oil
  • Honey
  • Soy sauce
  • Lemon & lime juices
  • Rice!!!

Stir fry

Mmm, mmm good! I tried to eat as much of this as I could but the bean dip was calling my name! Oh, and in case you’re wondering, Daniel was proud of my version of the stir fry 🙂

At least we’re slowly getting rid of stuff in our cabinets/fridge. So it was totally necessary to make the bean dip… but I didn’t workout yesterday. Some one tell me to get off my butt and exercise! Please?

Alfredo & Shrimp Mostaccioli

As I mentioned yesterday, Daniel made a delicious pasta dish using some shrimp we picked up from the store. We already had the mostaccioli so that’s what we used but any form of pasta would taste great with this! We also had the Classico Light Asiago Romano Alfredo sauce.

Here’s what he added to the sauce:

  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Black olives
  • Cucumber
  • Green pepper
  • Shrimp

Alfredo & Shrimp

It was a little shrimp heavy (there was some miscommunication on how much shrimp was unthawed). Whoops. But a little extra shrimp never hurt no body! It was tasty!

Here’s the rest of what I ate yesterday:


Finally staying under my calories! I’ve noticed I’m not snacking as much as I used to. That could be because I’m so busy every afternoon working on updating those chairs! It’s taking us over two weeks just to do two of them and we have 4 chairs total plus the table to get done. It’s definitely a workout in itself sanding outside in the heat. Sweat literally drips off of me. Sexy, right? The good news is we’re finally done staining and should be adding the polyurethane today. Can I get a hell yeah?! Maybe we’ll be able to put the chairs back together tomorrow. I’m so excited to see it with the new fabric!

Check out the pattern we reupholstered the seats with. Imagine some delicious chocolatey dark walnut wood surrounding that. Mmm…..


 Ok, that’s enough for now. Stayed tuned for some before & afters in the future!

As for my workout yesterday, I just did Day 3 of the Five Day Workout Plan. Check it out here.

One More Swai

Yesterday I woke up early and couldn’t go back to sleep. I decided to start my workout early by perusing Pinterest for some inspiration. I found this workout that sounded interesting. It was a good full body workout. Here’s the image for easier viewing.


I did the Monday exercises. Then after that I went on a 2.5 mile run with Daniel! I felt great afterwards. It was my best workout day in a long time.

Here is yesterday’s meals:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Cereal 80
Almond milk 20
Eggs 220
Snack Smoothie 140
Wheat Thins 160
Dinner Almond Crusted Swai 424
Rice and veggies 160
Total 1204

So we made that delicious Almond Crusted Swai again. This time instead of mixing in parmesan with the almonds I added Panko bread crumbs. It made it crispy without as many calories. For mine, I just sprinkled a little parmesan on top.

Almond Crusted Swai

The rice was topped with a can of green beans, cucumber, yellow pepper, and I added a little soy sauce for flavor. The swai was my favorite part of the meal. I added a little lemon juice on top too. I could eat it every day and be happy. It’s sooooo good! Everyone should make it!

We actually finished the rest of our swai. Don’t worry, this won’t be the last of swai that you see on this blog. We plan to do some grocery shopping once we moved. Although we did end up buying some shrimp tonight for dinner. It was super tasty! Stay tuned for some delicious Alfredo & Shrimp Mostaccioli.

Abs of Steel

I’m actually doing better when it comes to staying under my calories! My weigh-in hasn’t been showing it too much though. I am at 133.6 lb now. Slowly but surely.  If I stayed under my calories every day and worked out I’d probably see faster results.

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Smoothie 180
Lunch Planet Sub veggie grinder 455
Dinner Rice & veggies 250
Snack Tortilla w/ cheese wedge & chicken salad 240
Dessert Dark Chocolate Toblerone (1 piece) 40
Total 1125

The smoothie was my usual with lots of blueberries and some orange juice added in. I was also out of greek yogurt so I added some protein powder. I took it to go. Tasty!


The smoothie didn’t really fill me so by lunch I was starving. I went to Planet Sub and got the Veggie Grinder. I rarely go to Planet Sub, but they always have something that sounds good on the menu. It was full of veggies with mozzarella and pizza sauce. It was like a pizza in sandwich form! Ingenious!

Veggie Grinder

For dinner I had Daniel back to cook me something. Life is good again 🙂


He started with brown rice and added a can of green beans, a can of corn, some fresh spinach, yellow pepper, and pesto. We sprinkled a little parmesan on top. It may sound odd but it was good! We’re trying to clean out our cabinets now for the move. We have a surprising amount of corn and green beans. They will probably be apart of our meals for the rest of the week.

So here’s the last installment in the Five Day Workout:

Health My Lifestyle's 5 Day Workout Plan Day 5

It really targets the abdominals. You will feel a burn! So with these five workouts you will see some results within a couple weeks. Last summer I felt a lot stronger after doing these exercises on a regular basis. And I lost ten pounds! I also combined them with a 20-30 minute cardio workout (typically intervals on the treadmill between walking and running). I did them Monday-Friday but you can do them continuous with a one day break each week.

I took 3 days off from working out but I can assure you I did lots of working out today! It was a sweaty workout too. I’ll be back tomorrow with the details. What kind of workouts do you like to do to feel the burn? Cardio? Spinning? Water aerobics? I wanna hear it!