#ManDayMonday, Challenges, Goals, Video

{Man}Day Monday … Yes, but Does He Have a Koala?

Hey Luv-lies,

Good Morning!

Good Monday Morning!

If it’s Monday. And it’s Morning.  Then that means only one thing here at the ‘Phat’…

{MAN}DAY MONDAY!!!!

Why is it that Guys come up with the damndest things!  It’s like they never stop drumming up danger AND suspense!

Take this video recorded by all of the testosterone over at Dude Perfect

Interesting.     Suspenseful.      Head Scratching.      Adventurous.      Risky….

What adjective would you add to the mix?
Do Tell…

There’s definitely one question to ask, after watching this….
Why do the Guys do That?

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#Yumlicious!, Inspiration, Liquid Luv, Recipe

Drink Up!!!!

Hello Luv-lies, 

I’m not much of a water drinker *I know.   That’s not a good thing*.  So I’ve been trying to find different ways to get in at least the daily requirement of this must have goodness.

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I came up with this deliciousness !!!!
It’s chock full with lemons,  oranges, strawberries, blueberries,  ( the infuser has blackberries and cucumbers). And from my herb garden ( first time ever growing herbs ) –   spearmint and mint leaves ….

#Yumlicious !!!!!!
Any other healthy suggestions?
Do Tell. ….

{Post Update}:: 6/14/2014 @ 1620hrs
….. Hey Luv-lies,
I received this nice comment from someone near and dear to me, requesting that I post a pic of a better another bottle of this thirst quenching magic.
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Soooooo *drum roll puh-leaze* without further ado….
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Blog Luv!, C25K Workout, Fitness, Girl on Fire!, Goals, running outside, W.T.W.!!!!? {What the What!!!?}

I’ve Been Benched! …*Pouf*!

Good Evening, Luv – lies

The weather here is awesome! And it’s only Spring. Since the weather is a beauty,  thought I’d take my first official ‘outside’ run.

Planned to run a 10k but the endorphins kicked in!!!   *don’t you just live that natural high thingy? !*   Ended up putting in 10 miles!!  *Woot Woot!!!* 
I was beaming. Ear. To. Ear. …. Yepppp! 🙂

Until this…

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Yepppp!   Took a Big fall!   Right at the end of the run!  OUCH!!!!!!

Doc says it’s a stress fracture.  Can you say ‘Woman Down’?  For at least a month.
..WTW?! 
There goes my Memorial Day Race
*pouf!!!* 

Aqua Aerobics here I come! !

How was your Hump Day?
Do Tell….

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#Yumlicious!, Blog Luv!, Food, Friday Food Porn, My Pinterest, Pinterest

Friday Food {Porn}:: Decadent Eats

Hey Luv-lies!

It’s Friiiiii-Day!!!!!   That has to  mean ….

Friday Food Porn!!!

I’ve been on this journey to a healthier me.   It’s been a road of, among other things, self-discovery, self-control and self-appreciation.  There have been temptations *many. many. temptations*.  This is where the self-c0ntrol comes in…  You see.  I’ve learned that I don’t have to eliminate any of the delicious eats that I once over indulgenced.  It’s truly about control…. portion control.

With that in mind, Come.

Feast your Eyes.  My Food Porn.  At its most decadent.

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Who doesn’t LUV Chocolate?

Sign me up!!!!

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Boysenberry Sorbet.

Okay.

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Blueberry Ice Cream.  With a Hint of Lavender.

Yes. Lavender.

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This delight is ‘Pie in a Jar’

What’s in it?: Berries – Blue, Straw & Black.  Lemon Juice (just a little).

….and….

Brandy/Cognac.  Yes.  Brandy/Cognac.

Remember.  Portion. Control.  *and maybe a designated driver*

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Chocolate on a Stick

#Yumlicious!

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#Yumlicious!, Farmer's Market, Food, Garden, Mindful Eating, Nutrition

Making your Produce Safe… Tips

Happy Thursday, Luv-lies,

I think that we’ve seen the end of below 32 degree days ( and even colder nights) for a few months.  Yeeeeeah!!!  *Clapping hands*

As a matter of fact, over the last few weeks, I’ve seen the early signs of Spring…. tulips, daffodils, and the re-opening of Farmer’s Markets.  I can hardly stand the wait to get my hands on the fresh fruits & veggies from my local Farmer’s Market.  I’m looking forward to taking it all in…. the hustle of other eager market goers, the crisp new air of a changing season, supporting the local farming community, meeting up with neighbors, and of course, ALL of the fresh sights & smells and of this seasons wonderful produce.

It’s all quite cathartic… I think….

 

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All of this goodness has a much more serious side.   These jewels of the earth, if not handled properly, carry some risks.

So here are a few tips that will help to keep you healthy while you enjoy nature’s yumlicious  goodies !

Enjoy!!!

Five general produce safety rules

  1. Start with a clean kitchen, including cutting surfaces, colander, knives and sink.
  2. Wash your hands well before, during & between handling produce.
  3. Rinse produce under cold running tap water. In some cases, you’ll want to use a brush for extra cleaning (i.e. potatoes, mushrooms, yams, etc).
  4. Blot dry with a paper towel or clean cloth to further reduce any ‘bugs’ that may be left after the first rinse.
  5. Wash fruits and vegetables right before you plan to eat them. Washing and then storing them can promote mold and bacterial growth…. and who needs that?!

 

Nine more produce safety tips

  • Scrub firmer produce like potatoes, carrots, and cucumbers with a vegetable brush under running water to get at pathogens that may be in grooves or sticking to any waxy coating. For softer produce, like tomatoes, peppers, and peaches, rub them gently with your hands under running water. It’s often recommended that mushrooms be simply wiped with a wet paper towel or soft mushroom brush—but if needed, rinsing or spraying them with water, briefly and gently, is okay, too.
  • With melons, wash the rind well before cutting to prevent any bacteria on the surface from being transferred to the inside by the knife blade.
  • Yes, do wash your bananas—at least if you are going to handle the flesh. They could have bacteria on the peel. The same goes for oranges, lemons, avocados, mangoes and other fruits with skins or rinds that you peel with your hands or cut with a knife.
  • Discard the outer leaves of lettuce. Rinse even the tightly packed leaves in the interior, individually when possible. You can use a salad spinner to dry them. One way to clean loose gritty greens, like spinach, is to immerse them in a large pot of cool water and allow a minute or two for debris to sink to the bottom; then lift out the leaves, rinse them in a colander, and spin dry.
  • To clean berries, first pull off any leafy stems where bacteria may be lurking. Place in a colander and rinse or spray with water, shaking them gently. Blot dry gently. Some salad spinners come with special inserts to dry berries (and herbs).
  • To wash herbs, dip and swish them in a bowl of water.
  • Don’t use soap and detergents. They can leave residues that affect the taste and may not be safe to ingest. Special produce washes are expensive and not proven to be more effective than washing with water.
  • Be aware of bruises. Bruised areas on produce may harbor bacteria. If there’s a small bruise, cut away a large section around it before washing. If there is significant bruising, especially on small fruits and vegetables like berries and grapes, toss them altogether.
  • Wash organic fruits and vegetables as you wash conventionally grown produce. The same is true of locally grown produce and even produce from your own garden.

 

I hope that this info is helpful….

Do Tell….

 

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