shoes, SHoes, SHOES!

I’m not a huge shoe person, those of you who know me probably haven’t seen me in much other than flip flops or running shoes (though I generally haven’t been for a run). But sometimes, I get in a mood and I just need a pair of shoes. This trip was inspired by the fact that I bought a dress for New Years (so cute, hope it fits, bought it online) and we got some details about our Christmas party for work so I had a little motivation.

One stop at DSW and $128 later, I am the proud owner of THESE beautiful, if not slightly ridiculous, Betsy Johnson shoes…such a proud mom.

 

Yes, a spiked studded bow

Yes Mom, I can walk in them. Yes Mom, that is very surprising ūüôā

Day 19- Paleo Chicken Curry! And Chicken Caccitore? Yes PLEASE!

First off, I would like to mention how much I love “falling back”. I woke up this morning at 7:30AM and have been productive ever since! I have gone to Safeway (twice) finished laundry, cleaned the bathroom and kitchen, made the kitchen a mess and started the crock pot for dinner all before 11:30AM. Needless to say I am feeling very satisfied with myself right now.

What is going on in my crock pot you ask? Well let me just tell you! Thanks to paleomg.com, Kevin and I are making Brazilian Curry Chicken– Paleo of course! I cannot wait to try it, it was super easy to get going. A few things to note: coconut milk in a can for $1.75 can be found in the ethnic food aisle, curry powder is NOT found in the same place, it is a spice so save yourself some time and go to the spice aisle (of course I didn’t). If you want it cheaper, there are the individual packets of the necessary spices that look like the picture below if you only want a little bit of it. I think it was $2.49 for the packet compared to $8.00 for the container.

Ground Ginger- The Curry Powder comes in the same sort of packet

When you start to pour out your coc0nut milk, make sure that you stir the container, the good stuff will be stuck on the bottom. After you mix your initial ingredients together to make the base of the sauce it may look a little like mine:

Brazilian Curry Base Sauce

While I was busy making the sauce, Kevin was hustling to chop all of the veggies and garlic. The recipe didn’t say to chop the chicken at all, but we decided to cut ours into halves to make it easier to mix and easier to portion when we are ready to eat later. This is what it looked like with the chicken and veggies added to the pot:

Base Sauce + Veggies

And now we wait…..

To speak a bit about the site where I found this recipe, while my curry simmers tantalizing in the kitchen, paleomg.com- Katie S. emailed me the link and I LOVE the writer of this blog. She is blunt, straightforward and hilarious. My favorite part of this recipe is where she wrote: “Then eat it in a cute Tupperware bowl. Or plate‚Ķ.be that way.”

Overall it is a great website and she makes her recipes absolutely enjoyable to read. If you need more healthy ideas definitely check her out!

6 hours later….

The final product!

So Kevin and I just helped ourselves to some of our Curry Chicken and it was goood. The chicken fell apart with the press of a fork (no knife necessary) and the flavors were good. Kevin added Cayenne Pepper to give him a little spice. One recommendation, if you do not like really mushy bell peppers- you might want to wait a little bit (maybe an hour or two?) and add the bell peppers later. In any case, YUM.

To follow up with my last post, yes everyone I did INDEED go to the gym Friday morning at 545AM to the boot camp class. I am INDEED still sore. I did INDEED look like the most out of shape person in the class. Indeed- embarrassed.¬† To make myself feel better I invited Kevin’s roommates from his previous place over for dinner, Andrew and Mike so I found a great recipe for “The Best EVER Paleo Chicken Caccitore” which I reblogged to my site so check out littlepaleochicken.wordpress.com!

Ali and Dirk also came over and we ate, drank, played SmartAss (Im pretty sure Mike won), drank, drank drank, went to Khartoum, drank, got in a cab, went to THE WILLOW DEN…you know I was drunk for agreeing to go there…

Bar at the Den

…ugh drank, danced (I’m pretty sure at this point I was dancing by myself but that is questionable), bought my new friend (to my new friend who I bought a bud lite, I’m sorry I cannot recall your name), kissed a friend I haven’t seen in a long time on the cheek when I said hi, got bitched out by his girlfriend (rude), walked away awkwardly, got in a cab, got home, passed out (there may be missing pieces here)- In brief, that was my Friday. …Kevin and I didn’t wake up until 1PM Whoops! Andrew, I think you car is still out front.
I wish you all the very best Monday! Thanks for reading!

This really is an awesome recipe!! Easy and so delicious!

littlepaleokitchen

Hey everyone!¬†¬†This is¬†a recipe¬†adapted¬†from the lovely¬†Giada¬†De Laurentiis¬†from the Food Network.¬† I‚Äôm not sure I‚Äôd ever had this before the un-paleo¬†way, so I can‚Äôt say how different my paleo version is, all I know is that it is truly delicious.¬† The chicken just gets so ‚Äúsoft‚ÄĚ as Alex put it!¬† I like it with roasted veggies on the side.¬† It‚Äôs a really soulful dish and the best part is that it‚Äôs great for you!

The Best Ever Paleo Chicken Cacciatore
Ingredients:

4¬†large chicken breasts ‚Äď (Giada makes hers with 4 bone-in thighs and 2 bone-in breasts but Alex won‚Äôt eat anything off the bone so I stuck with large chicken breasts because that‚Äôs what I had on hand.¬† I‚Äôm going to try it with skin-on chicken next time!)

2 teaspoons salt, plus more to taste

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste

1/2 cup coconut flour,  1/2 cup almond…

View original post 291 more words

Continue reading

Day 16: Paleo…I dont work out

Alright, since honesty is the best policy, I’m going to tell you all that the last time I worked out was my 545AM morning work out with Katie about a week ago. And guess what? I’ve lost 5lbs since I weighed in on Day 7 of my Paleo mission. So, it looks like the whole lifestyle transformation hasn’t really started yet- but like I always say…Baby steps right? In case you are wondering I plan on going to the gym at 545AM tomorrow morning to get back in the swing of things.

In regards to cheating and such, I have been doing pretty well for the most part. No grains, minimal eating out, minimal beer (soo soo difficult) minimal sweats, I would like to say that I have eaten NONE of these things. But that would be a blatant lie and I would never lie to you. This Paleo journey has also helped my bank account. Since I feel as though I would be too tempted to eat some delicious pasta or french fries if I went out to eat, I have been cooking at home a lot more often.

One breakfast recipe that Julie gave me (per the idea of her wonderful mother) is egg muffins!

Basically, to make 12 muffins, I beat 14 eggs together with a whisk

added bit of turkey bacon I had cooked earlier and chopped to the mixture

added them to my butter greased muffin pan

sprinkled some grated cheese on top

I threw them in the over at 350 degrees for 20 minutes (OK, I forgot them in there and they cooked for 30 minutes)  and had a TOUGH time getting them out of the pan. 3 washes and over night soaks later, the muffin pan still has egg freckles all over it, so I recommend either cooking it for the right amount of time, or using PAM instead of Smart Balance butter like I did. I think on my next go (If Kevin lets me use his muffin pan again) I will add bacon, bell peppers and onion. Yum.
Today is going to be a difficult day for me as well, because we are having an office pot luck, and we have the BEST pot lucks- Kimchi and Rice, Korean BBQ Beef, Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Spice Cookies, Carne Asade and various pasta salad dishes- I am hoping my will power will hold out all day because the kitchen already smells amazing. I feel as if I write this post before lunch,I will remind myself that I am a stubborn ass who will not falter under the delicious smells that waft through the office. I have noticed that I am a very stubborn, sass-a-frass in many aspects of my life, but when it comes to eating and losing weight…I tend to be quite forgiving of myself. Thus I am trying to change that mind set! I will let you know how it goes!
Things to look forward to in future posts to come! Sake tasting and review in Berkeley, a night of laser tag and drinking, and a rant about a recent phone call I had with a candidate.  Happy belated Halloween all!

The Slamdown: a Reinstatement

I just reread a post I wrote while I was in Australia called, “For Love of the Irish: A Slamdown” and realized that I was a much better writer while living across the world. Maybe it was just the content? More of it, more entertaining, more things that were “new” to my life.

Anyway, oh faithful reader,¬† I have decided to continue my “Slamdowns” which will be both Things I Love (A knockoff of my cousin Tammy’s blog posts called “Things I love Thursdays” from quite awhile ago) and Things I Don’t Love, my own addition. Today will be the first reinstatement¬† of said Slamdown.

Things I Love:

Going to the gym at 5:45AM with Katie.

Pablo Sandoval hitting three home runs against the Tigers.

This little gem my coworker just got:

She is still nameless!

Great Travelzoo deals my mom sends me like this Sake Tasting in Berkley.

Wonderfully written resumes by kind and qualified candidates.

Dinner at my house! Shepard’s Pie (Paleo of course) and Game 2 tonight! #orangeoctober

Redundant, I know

Turbokick, unless it is the Sunday class with Crazy C****** quit adding your own sections. They suck.

Book Clubs! Both of them!

The books I am currently reading:

                           

Things I Don’t Love So Much (or even at all):

Going to the gym at 5:45AM with Katie.

The little puppy isn’t mine to keep forever and ever, she is such a little Ewok!

Chopping veggies, my fingers are very important to me.

Realizing that before I can chop the veggies, I have to peel them.

Not having a peeler.

That Taco Bell is NOT Paleo.

That so many of my Facebook friends are my Michigan Friends and they are Tigers fans. No comebacks for you!

AIX Engineers, where are you and why won’t you respond to my emails? Oh you are one? Well here is my email: jgowin@astreya.com

Ah, relief. I have been waiting to spill my guts about the potato peeler for awhile. I have a Julienne Slicer but not a potato peeler. Really! Feel free to comment with your own “Love” and “Love Nots!”

Day 8: Paleo CHEATER- It’s always the sweets….Plus some info on M8trix Casino

So, I cheated. We went to Maggiano’s yesterday for a team lunch and I was able to keep my cool through the bread baskets, the pasta, and the chocolate cake. You know what my downfall was…apple crisp with ice cream on top. Really? Of all¬† things….apple crisp. Oh well, not deterred just feeling extremely guilty. I was able to dodge the offensive launched by the bagels in the break room and head straight for the new espresso machine (phew!) this morning so that makes me feel better.

Additionally, Katie (clearly not Japan Katie) and I went to the gym this morning and took a Spin class at 24hour fitness. Spinning isn’t really my thing but that feeling of being done with your workout for the day at 6:45AM is definitely a nice feeling to have! We are trying to go in the mornings 3x per week, so hopefully the darkness that is a winter morning doesn’t bring our plan to a disappointing halt.
To recap the last two days..they have been pretty standard, sausage for dinner (turkey or chicken) with broccoli and cauliflower as a side. Actually, on Monday we went to M8trix Casino to watch the Giants WIN THE PENNANT! I had some Filet Mignon Bites…yum

M8trix Casino

The sports bar in the back is AWESOME to watch a game, assuming you get their early enough like we did to claim enough space for your party. We had to keep beating the hostess off because she kept asking if we were going to use all of the seats. For God-sake lady, I would tell you that I don’t need one of these whole tables if I didn’t, I’m not trying to be a huge prick over here. Jesus.

Anyway -there is a huge projector screen, movie theater status, and 4 TV’s on¬† left and right with various games. The place is pretty large and the ambiance is alright. Lots of “just got out of the office after a bunch of very important meetings” types.

So the atmosphere is great, and the TV’s are awesome…what is the catch? Prices. The food is expensive and so are the drinks. There is no happy hour special at this joint so I ended up floating $35 for one drink, an appetizer (though they were delicious Filet Mignon Bites) and tip. But I am also the girl that was happy going to St. Johns and getting killer specials (half of burgers? YES PLEASE) and having a beer. But not more beer for me!

I managed to keep Paleo while at M8trix and was so so pleased to see that the Giants smashed the Cardinals into the muddy muddy ground. Huzzah! Go Orange! I have also decided (I am sure like millions of other NLCS watchers) Marco Scutero is my favorite player and I love love love him!

Marco Scutero, my favorite Giant. Other than Vogelsong, Pagan, Pence (but just for today) and Panda (with a nickname like that??)

Sorry for the mishmash of information!! Will try to organize my thoughts better on the next showing ūüôā

Day 6: Paleo Pre-Game Weekend!

This was quite a sports filled weekend with wins for my teams all of the country. Michigan, beating Michigan State (welcome back little brother!), the Pats beating the Jets (barely…) and the GIANTS winning game 6! Needless to say, there was a lot of eating to be done this weekend and my biggest difficulty was finding a beer substitute!

The weekend kicked off Saturday afternoon watching the Michigan game at my mom’s house. Everyone knows you can’t have a football party without food, so I figured I would bring a bunch of my own appetizers so I wouldn’t impose my new eating habits on anyone who was planing on making something.
The menu was as follows:

Bacon Guacamole Sammies

 

Bacon Guacamole Sammies My recommendation here is to make the bacon as crispy as possible and serve immediately. I made the mistake of precooking these the night before, and putting them in the fridge. The texture of the bacon wasn’t perfect so it made the sammies a little moist, which for me, is not OK with bacon.

 

Zucchini Noodles, Zoodles!

Zoodles! Delicious. This is my new go to meal whenever I am hungry because it is so easy and tastes amazing. I’m actually having them for lunch today! (I just did, they were great leftover)

Brownies! I did not add a link the recipe here, because they were terrible. I am trying to find a new one that doesn’t taste like I am eating dirt. These used avocados instead of flour and there was no added sugar, I am not sure if I am just a terrible cook, or it was the recipe. I will let you know how the next batch goes!
The Zoodles were definitely the hit of the afternoon, though the Julienne Slicer and the dedication you need to peeling 12 zucchinis is pretty intense. I did indeed slice my thumb on zucchini number 4 so Kevin had to finish the rest of the bag.

 

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites

On Sunday, we made more Zoodles for lunch and then had a few friends over for the Giants game. For this, I made Bacon Chicken Bites and had a Dijon Mustard as the dip (though I am not sure how Paleo the mustard is).  I found this recipe on Pintrest actually and it directed me back to another one of my favorite cooking websites, Skinnytaste.com I, being the wonderful cook that I am, forgot to turn them over halfway through the cook time and they came out a little bit dry. However they were really easy because you do not have to add anything to them, the deliciousness of the chicken and bacon can definitely stand alone.

I will admit that I cheated Sunday night. I at some Cadbury chocolate¬† before bed. I couldn’t help it. I am not sure how much of cheating it really is, but I thought I would be honest with all of you!

Also, as I mentioned before, beer was a difficulty for me. I do enjoy a good Lagunitas more often than not,  and when a friend came over to watch the Giants game, he of course had the delicious beer in tow. I have read the tequila is the best alcohol to have if you need to have something. This is the recipe I found that I will make sure I keep on hand!

1-2oz tequila (tequila is OK because it comes from Agave plants and does not have additives when purified)

Juice from 1 lime

Soda Water to taste.

I have yet to try this recipe out but have seen great reviews on it, which were very positive. Once I do I will take a picture for your viewing pleasure, and probably regale you with a tale of the shenanigans that ensued afterwards! Happy Monday everyone!