Tuesday, 15 July 2014

{RECIPE} Easy Tin Foil Potato Packets

We love to camp in the summertime, at least once. We've been doing it since the girls were babies.  But before we head out I like to test out recipes at home to make sure they will work for us when were out there without my bare necessities (back-up food).

Recently I tasted tested these at home and they turned out amazing. Kids loved them too!

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Tin Foil Potato Packets


Ingredients:
  • 6-8 medium potatoes, cut into thin slices
  • 1/2 cup sliced onion
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp of canola or olive oil
  • 1 tsp of favourite steak seasoning
Directions:
  1. slice onion and potatoes and place in large bowl, add garlic, seasoning and oil and mix together.
  2. Meanwhile rip a heavy duty tin foil into large squares. (I like to double mine too, just to make sure). Usually for 6-8 potatoes I make two packets that feeds my family of 5.
  3. To middle of each square add potato/onion mixture, leaving enough room to fold the tops and crimp the sides. 
  4. Grill over low - medium heat, with lid covered for 30-45 minutes. When I get close to end time I packet to check. ;) Open packets slowly to release steam. Enjoy!

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Are you like me? Do you taste test your recipes at home before going camping?


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Monday, 14 July 2014

Losing it and Winning - Week 10

If you are new to this series, I wrote a little bit about my 12 week challenge in this post.  Here are the recaps for week 1week 2week 3week 4week 5week 6week 7week 8 and week 9.




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I have had a few people ask me about an update pic so, I managed to take one yesterday after my group session.  If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen this already. Thanks to all for your kind comments, it gets me through the tough parts of my day, knowing that someone is rooting for me.


And to remind you where I started... My before pics taken May 4th!



WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE

Here are my measurements as of  Sunday, July 13, 2014:

Weight:  148.4 lbs
Bust:       38" 
Waist:     31 1/2" 
Butt:       37.5"

Here is my original starting weight and the measurements as of Sunday, May 4, 2014:

Weight:  172.3 lbs
Bust: 41 1/2"
Waist: 39 1/4"
Butt:  40"

Yeap... I'm up .3 lbs from last week. And I know why! Nope I didn't go on a drinking binge (I don't drink) or food binge. But what I did do, was miss meals (snacks mostly), and when I did eat they were not on schedule, I did not get enough sleep, I missed a bunch of workouts, I slept in late and my first "meal" was usually coffee first thing in the morning and I ate half a bag of Honey Teddy Grahams one night for dinner. Yeap that will do it! At least I'm being honest right? I'm just glad the damage was not worse than .3 lbs, it could have been worse, alot worse. The bad part is that I lost 1st place, I had it and then I lost it, because I was not organized and on track during the week.  But that week is done and it's time to leave it behind and keep working.  

PHYSICAL CHALLENGE

Like I stated above I did not work out nearly enough to burn enough calories to promote weight loss. Working from memory I did a couple of classes (3, I think) and ran a couple times.  The running was nothing major, I think I did a mile or two on the tread each time. I was short on time all week and low on energy (lack of consistent food) and then my motivation went out the window.

MENTAL CHALLENGE

At the beginning of the week ( Sunday, Monday) I was motivated and then it tapered off. Two many late nights at out-of -town baseball games for the kids meant I wasn't getting to bed until midnight and getting up the next day after 8 or so. It threw off all my meals, which threw off my workout times and my energy levels. It was one big ferris wheel that kept going round and round! 

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Two weeks left, and I've reset myself.  I've enlisted a buddy to work out with me everyday, early in the morning, even before my family is awake. My meals and snacks are all planned out and I will bring them with me to our late night baseball games this week. I'm not allowing myself any coffee until I've had my breakfast. ;) I've got this. I'm giving it 200% for the next two weeks to see how far I can take this! 

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Friday, 11 July 2014

{RECIPE} - Best Ever BBQ Sauce

This has become my go-to home made BBQ sauce  and my kids love it. I've used it on chicken wings, as a hamburger topping and even with these holiday meatballs. It is so easy to make and you can control how much heat you want. I love the sweet and spicy flavour.

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Best Ever BBQ Sauce

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup finely diced onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 white wine vinegar
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp steak sauce
  • 2 tbsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • a couple shakes of hot pepper sauce (depends on how spicy you want it)
Directions:
  1. In sauce pan, saute onion and garlic in oil, until slightly browned.
  2. Stir in remainder of ingredients except for hot pepper sauce.
  3. Bring to a boil and simmer on low for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and add a couple of shakes of hot pepper sauce to desired spiciness. Enjoy!

* Refrigerate the leftovers.
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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

{RECIPE} - Grilled Vegetable Salad

I love grilling in the summer time! I love to eat salads in the summer time! I have found a way to combine my two faves into one big bowl of yummy goodness. I'll even call it healthy yummy goodness... mmmkay? You can use whatever vegetables are in season or whatever you have in your crisper. 

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Grilled Vegetable Salad

Grilled Vegetable Salad

Ingredients:
  • Fresh Summer Vegetables (not frozen)- red and yellow peppers, zucchini, asparagus, eggplant, mushrooms, etc.
  • 2-3 fresh tomatoes
  • 2 - 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Balsamic Dressing ( i used my favourite)
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
Directions:
  1. Prepare your vegetables for the BBQ (see pic below, to see how I did it)
  2. In a bowl, pour olive oil over vegetables and sprinkle salt and pepper.
  3. Place on grill until you have your desired doneness. We like ours on the softer side.
  4. Once vegetables are grilled, carefully chop them up into bite-sized pieces.
  5. In a bowl add chopped tomatoes, chopped grilled vegetables and pour balsamic dressing over top. Mix together. 
  6.  Sprinkle feta cheese over top. Enjoy!
Grilled Vegetable Salad

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TIP: Skewer your mushrooms so you can easily turn them.

Grilled Vegetable Salad

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Are you a summer griller or a year round griller? Do eat like to eat salads in the summer?


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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

{RECIPE} - Pound cake with Ice-cream and Strawberry Sauce

Do you have one of those recipes that is so crazy simple you almost feel silly writing up a post about it?

This is one of those for me, but I figure if I can help just one person with a quick after dinner dessert I've done my job as a blogger! lol

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Pound Cake with Ice-Cream & Strawberry Sauce

Ingredients:
  • 1 store bought pound cake (I used Chocolate marble loaf cake in this recipe)
  • Vanilla Ice-cream
  • Strawberry Sauce (see below)

Strawberry Sauce:

2 cups of Strawberries - cut in in small pieces
1 cup of water
1/2 cup of sugar

Mix all three ingredients in a small pot and let it come to a boil and stir for 2-3 minutes. If you want a thicker sauce add 1 -2 tbsp of cornstarch before adding the pot to the heat.

Slice pound cake and place a scoop of vanilla ice-cream on top.  Serve hot strawberry sauce over ice-cream. Enjoy!

The combination of cold ice-cream and hot sauce is amazing! You can refrigerate left over sauce for a a couple of days (if it lasts that long).



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There is very minimal cooking involved with this recipe people! And I have yet to find one person who did not like it! The hot sauce makes it look like you have spent hours in the kitchen. Your guests will be impressed. ;)

Here is another easy no bake summer dessert you may enjoy!



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