365 Days of Self Discovery: Your Past

4.06.19

Day 30

What smells brings about good memories?

  • BBQ’s
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365 Days of Self Discovery: Your Past

3.12.19

Day 5

What was the best birthday you ever had?

  • The best birthday I ever had was when I was a youngster just growing up and my family would take me to this Mexican restaurant each year for my birthday and I would always get a new sombraro. It was a cool experience and the food was good, it was tradition for me. 
Do you have birthday that stands out to you as the BEST birthday? Share it! 

365 Days of Self Discovery: The Past

3.10.19

Day 3

What were the good things you remember from your childhood?

  • Being outside all the time with my younger brother playing sports, riding our bikes, playing with the neighbor kids, and skateboarding
  • My mom taking us to get ice cream before heading to the car wash
  • My mom making it a habit to buy us a cookie whenever we went shopping at the mall — I would always choose M&M and my mom would get peanut butter cookies 🙂
  • Playing basketball ALL THE TIME! lol That was my life most days
  • The holidays always being HUGE, so many people and food
  • Christmas, our Christmas every year was amazing, we would always get whatever we wanted, it was always exciting
  • My mom always being a great cook, she always cooked us a full course meal. We loved her cooking & still do
  • My younger brother and I staying up extremely late playing video games together
  • spending time with my grandma at her house. I would always watch my favorite Disney VHS movie from her HUGE collection (she still has all the Disney VHS movies) and my favorite to watch was “The Lion King”.
  • Going to the park for hours
  • Sledding during the winter
  • playing kickball with my childhood friend and younger brother each summer
  • Dancing in front of the TV in the living room to Backstreet Boys, Usher, NSYNC, etc it was how I learned how to dance — self taught
  • Walking to school with my younger brother – he always walked super slow, it made me pissed off most mornings, lol 
I had some good childhood memories, more than what is listed but to keep things short. I was very smart when it came to school, so I won tons of academic awards & athletic awards sometimes too. Not everyday was a good day, but the good times were great times. 
 
What are some good childhood memories you have?
 

“whole 30” Diet & Exercise

This blog post sheds light on the “whole 30” diet itself and how well it works with ongoing exercise & new exercise regimens. I had a client who did this diet plan, along with this wife and expressed how it gave good results but over time they both were getting bored of the concept of eating the same foods daily, he expressed to me how strict the diet was, gave me some insight into the results it produced but wanted to know more information besides what he had researched because now they are both my clients at the gym & are looking to possibly start this diet once again along with starting their new workout agenda (will have been with me for a month now) and he wanted to know 1) my opinion 2) if it will help or hinder while he and his wife exercise 3) is it worth doing 4) is it something that can be adjusted so that they don’t run into the same issue of being bored of the same food 5) where to go from there once the 30 days is over . All of which were good questions and figured, I would post about it so that if others have the same thoughts, or questions, we could solve this together. 

Personally, I have never done this diet & I don’t recommend diets to my clients (out of my scope of practice) but to learn more about nutrition and teach good behaviors would be within my scope and help them prepare for the end of the road with a positive mindset and continued results. Hopefully the research I came up with you find helpful, feel free to also share it among your peers Whole 30 & Exercise

If any of you have more to add about this particular diet, please leave it in the comments — I love hearing personal experiences and stories (who knows, I might consider you writing a guest post about your experience with this diet) 

 

 

365 Days of Self Discovery: Feelings & emotions

2.24.19

Day 56

What are the little things that make you happy?

  • good music
  • sunshine/warm weather
  • organized and clean bedroom / space
  • accomplishing a goal
  • helping others
  • phone calls from my youngest brother 
  • being alive
  • healthy overall
  • something positive, sweet that someone has said to me
  • food
  • friendships
  • dogs
  • being able to spend the day relaxing, laying in bed
  • working in my profession
  • my faith
  • observing elderly couples holding hands — the cutest
  • being outside among nature
  • kind gestures
What are some of the little things that make you happiest?

365 Days of Self Discovery: Feelings & Emotions

2.12.2019

Day 44

What do you like to do to relax and wind down?

  • Sleep, lay in bed to music, drink wine/eat good food and watch a movie, play video games, spend time alone. 
What do you like to do to relax and wind down? 

Sausage gravy stuffed biscuits

sausage gravy

This southern recipe is popular by far when it comes to hearty breakfast food. I wasn’t raised in the south, but I am no stranger when it comes to biscuits & gravy.  Currently residing in Ohio, the weather changes more often than not, and when the cold strikes us, there is nothing like a warm supper that comforts our stomach and soul, if you are someone who is looking for an easy but very delicious meal ticket, look no further because I think I found the right recipe for you. 

Ingredients needed:

  • 8 ounces of bulk country breakfast sausage (or any type of sausage that pleases you)
  • 3 Tablespoons of all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups of whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of rubbed sage
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 8 count tube of GRANDS refrigerated biscuits
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten with a little water

Instructions:

  1. Cook sausage in a nonstick skillet, breaking it apart with a spoon as it cooks
  2. Sprinkle flour over sausage, stir and cook 1 minute
  3. gradually whisk in milk
  4. Add garlic powder, salt & pepper, and sage to taste. Simmer until thick.
  5. Either refrigerate gravy overnight or line a baking sheet with parchment paper, spread the gravy thin, and freeze for 30 minutes
  6. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, pull each biscuit apart into 2 layers
  7. place 1-2 tablespoon of chilled gravy on a biscuit half and top it with another biscuit piece. Seal around the edges, and tuck the edges under somewhat so they are less likely to pull apart
  8. Repeat for remaining biscuits. Brush top of each biscuit with egg wash
  9. Bake 15-18 minutes

Note: you may have some leftover gravy — the recipe calls that you can thin it out with some milk and microwave until warm and use it over the cooked biscuits

Follow the author of this recipe at spicysouthernkitchen for more recipes  

 

Enjoy!