H2O

Something that has been overlooked in the blog world and on this blog is WATER. Something so simple, yet so beneficial.

On almost every post I include a food picture. On every few posts I discuss fitness. Every now and then I show the crafts I’ve been working on. What I drink, however, isn’t documented or discussed as much as it should be. I drink coffee probably 3 times a week, but water is the main man around here.

For me, water has helped keep my body lean, my skin clear, my organs hydrated, replenished my fatigued muscles when working out and many other things. Nothing is quite better than having a cold glass of water when first waking up (which I do every single morning), especially after a fun night out.

 I try to get at least one liter per day. My trick is filling up a 1 liter bottle every night before I go to bed and having it with breakfast and taking it along with me throughout the day. When I am out to eat, I always order water and drink it with a straw which somehow causes me to drink like a fish. Waitresses probably hate me.

Next time you decide to take a water pill, diet pill, or any other absurd toxin to “look good”, just remember a healthy diet, exercise, and WATER is much cheaper(in the long run) and beneficial than any caplet of damage could ever be.

Water. My diet pill. 100% guarantee.

Like the Rest of the World

Or better yet- the female population, I am a Pinterest addict. Not only do I pin the mess out of crafts, recipes, color schemes, furniture, and many other things- I try to apply the ideas to my own apartment and life. I almost always post my projects on Facebook and while some may roll their eyes when reading “Mindy Lord just posted a photo.” almost on a daily basis, it seems as if others are interested. The following crafts aren’t the only Pinterest projects I have done; Click here to see other ones.

Proof of my ADD

While pinning is fun, finding all ingredients or materials for a Pinterest recipe or project can be expensive. The one thing I was looking forward to over Christmas break was digging into my mama’s pantry stash and craft closet :). I still had to purchase various materials from different craft stores, but thankfully they had holiday sales going on. The stores I purchased materials were: Gifts Galore in Dublin, Ga., Office Max in Dublin, Ga., Hobby Lobby in Warner Robins, Ga. and Michael’s in Warner Robins, Ga.

Holly covered initial

Holly covered initial: Original found here.

  • Wooden letter: Hobby Lobby
  • Holly branches: Hobby Lobby
  • Gold(R) and satin gold ribbon(L): Hobby Lobby

Painted wooden letter red. Used several branches of holly, broke them off branch and hot glued the individual pieces to the letter. Created a bow (my first one, right-hand side), and made a long loop to serve as a holder for the “S”, attached leftover holly on top of the loop. Hung on a door or wall. Given to my Mema.

The “M” was done the same way. The loop in the bow was evenly cut and glued to the back of the peaks in the “M”. Given to my mama’s co-worker. Note: The bow was re-done after the picture by my grandma ;-) Ha!  

Adorable!

Jewelry frame: Original found here and here.

  • Frame: IKEA (originally a mirror)
  • Cork sheet roll: Office Max
  • Wooden letter: Hobby Lobby
  • Plastic hooks: Office Max

Removed the mirror, placed it on a cork sheet and traced the outline with a pen to fit the frame. Cut the outline with scissors and placed securely inside frame. Spray-painted letter and plastic hooks, let dry overnight. Glued the “B” with hot glue and inserted hooks with the straight pins already attached to the back.

Created by my brother and me. Given to my brother’s girlfriend.

Simple paper bags with stencil:

  • Regular-sized paper bags: Gifts galore
  • Paper lunch bags(‘ruff’ bag): My mom’s pantry
  • Tissue paper: Gifts galore
  • Netted ribbon: Hobby Lobby

Practiced using the stencil sheet on scraps piece of paper.Laid the bags on a flat surface and stenciled the appropriate name on each bag. For the ‘ruff’ bag, I punched two holes using a hole-punch and strung the netted ribbon through them to create a bow. These were for my boy’s family.

Love Map: Original found here.

  • Frame: Micheal’s
  • Maps: Google Maps
  • Marker stickers: Hobby Lobby
  • Stencil sheet: Hobby Lobby

Found appropriate maps and measured them to fit inside frame. Removed the picture mat and carefully stenciled words with a pencil under each frame (necessary to pencil so the words will be aligned). Then stenciled with paint and let dry. Put marker stickers on the appropriate city. They read 1. good 2. times 3. together. Taped maps to frames and placed the mat into the picture frame. Given to my boy.

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Breakfast: Yogurt Parfait

  • 2 spoonfuls of plain greek yogurt <- protein, low-fat dairy
  • 2 spoonfuls of low-fat cottage cheese <- protein, low-fat dairy
  • 1/2 cup of frozen mango <- fruit serving, natural sugar
  • 4 or 5 almonds, chopped <- healthy fats
  • A splash of honey
  • Added after picture: a teaspoon of crunchy SunButter <- healthy fats

I ate this with a non-photogenic Cinnamon Raisin bagel thin. A wedge of swiss Laughing Cow spread and a spoonful of blackberry jam was spread on each slice.


A Challenging Werk Wednesday + WIAW

Happy WIAW! After reading today’s post, hop on over to Peas and Crayons and check out a variety of food from all across the world! Thanks to Jenn for being the hostess with mostest (food pictures)!

What Mindy has been eating lately:

1.) Hard boiled egg + S&P’ed tomato slice on whole-wheat english muffin. A side of clementine of S&P’ed cucumber slices. Hits tha spot!

2.) Funky Vegetable Enchiladas

3.) Yogurt bowl- 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt, dry oats, KASHI Warm Cinnamon Oats, 1/2 banana, warmed frozen berries, and drippings of crunchy sunflower butter

4.) A glass of almond milk

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You may remember when I posted about being stubborn and skipping the gym. I have definitely been stubborn skipping the gym and skipping workouts. Over the course of the past 3 weeks since I have been on Christmas break, I have worked out a total of 3 times. Blah. I have been feeling rather lethargic lately, haven’t been sleeping well, and have a cold. I am a firm believer that exercise is a form of medicine.

Pretend like the water splashes on the mirror aren't there + I didn't take a mirror pic ;-)

Trying to motivate myself, however, has been very hard these past few weeks. When someone recently asked me what to do when they were bored with their workouts, I suggested taking fitness classes (my go-to when I am seeking motivation and a sweaty workout.) Thankfully, my school has a 3-story fitness facility that offers AWESOME classes. Unfortunately, I have another week until classes start so my workout schedule is now in my hands.

I came across a blog post about the BodyRockTV 30-day challenge yesterday. As soon as I clicked over to the website I was intrigued with the workouts, the plan, and the hardcore “teacher”, Lisa-Marie. While I have never participated in a workout challenge before, I am excited to start and can’t wait to see what my results are 30 days from now. This post will help me hold myself accountable of the workouts and will serve as a reminder that working out makes me feel and sleep so much better. The 30-day challenge is just what I need to make me feel normal again and whip my booty back in shape!

Click here for the 30-day challenge including the workouts, tutorials, and diet plans. <— BUT, come back here!!

Day 1: Personal Fit Test

Complete each exercise for 50 sec. recording the number of repetitions you completed.

Squat jumps: 36

Pushups: 20 + 2 aSISSYted

Burpees: 17

High knees: 76, each leg

Switch lunges: 18

Tuck jumps: 20

Straight abs: 18

***By the way, I did this last night at 10 PM and was breathing very hard between each workout. 3 weeks without exercise, what do you expect?!

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If you feel as motivated as I am, and want to join in on the “at-home workout movement” comment below and we can communicate back and forth on our progress, workouts, complaints, etc.

Remember: If you want to do something, you can do it. You just have to do it.

Question for today: Do you ever workout when you have a cold? I woke up this morning with a stuffy nose, plenty of sneezes, bad cough, and feel very  sleepy. I am debating if I should do challenge #2 today or wait.

Funky Vegetable Enchiladas

I would tell you that I read a recipe, went to the grocery store to purchase all necessary ingredients, and cooked up a delicious dinner. But that didn’t exactly happen.

During a impromptu grocery trip this afternoon, I remembered the ‘Veggie Enchilada’ recipe I pinned last night. It sounded very yummy, so I tried to remember the ingredients off the top of my head. This recipe calls for a sauce and a filling which made me sort of nervous. However after throwing all of the ingredients in the buggy I felt confident this recipe would turn out great.

Unloading the groceries and placing them into the fridge and pantry until dinner time, I still felt sure I did a great job of remembering the recipe. When 6:30 rolled around and I started prepping the ingredients, I realized I may have merged two different recipes into one.

Example 1: The sauce calls for a can of tomato sauce and I bought black bean and corn salsa.

Example 2: The filling calls for a jar of green chiles and I bought a can of rotel tomatoes with green chiles.

Example 3: The recipe calls for two onion, one zucchini, and one green pepper. I bought two onions, one zucchini, TWO green peppers, and a avocado.

Example 4: The recipe calls for a mexican cheese blend and crumbled queso fresco or feta. I bought a mexican cheese blend and nothing else. Thankfully I had a half block of pepperjack cheese that I attempted to ‘crumble’.

The amateur cook in me always frets when not having every.single.ingredient the recipe calls for. When cooking I always JUST GO WITH IT though, because you win some and you lose some. All the while, you definitely learn some. And that I did. I followed every step to prepare the sauce as instructed. I thought surely the can of rotel tomatoes would be fine as a tomato sauce substitution. WRONG. One taste of the sauce was all it took to forget the 10 minutes of preparation that just passed and open the container of salsa to use instead.

Despite the sauce fail and the unrelatable ingredients, it ended up tasting very good. You really can’t go wrong with vegetables wrapped in mini corn tortillas and covered in cheese and salsa.

Veggie Enchilada

Adapted from Apple A Day

Serves 4, or 2 with a half pan of leftovers ;-)

Sauce:

A container of fresh black bean and corn salsa

Filling:

1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 TBSP canola oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, seeded and chopped fine
1 zucchini, seeded and chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 c. enchilada sauce salsa (above), divided
1 1/4 c. finely crumbled queso fresco or feta cheese 1 c crumbled pepperjack cheese, divided
3/4 c. minced fresh cilantro, divided
salt and pepper, to taste

For assembly:

6 (6-in.) corn tortillas
1 c. shredded Mexican blend cheese

*Note: The original recipe calls for 16 (6-in.) tortillas, and I only used 6 tortillas to serve the two of us. I obviously had leftovers of the enchilada filling. I would recommend refrigerating the left-overs no longer than 4 days or freezing it for later use.

1.) Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Transfer half of the can of black beans into a small bowl. Smash beans with fork just until smooth. Set aside.

2.) Add the oil to a large skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Add the onion and bell pepper and cook until slightly softened, 5-7 minutes. Add the zucchini and cook just until tender, 3-5 minutes more. Stir in the garlic and cook just until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the mashed beans and remaining whole beans and cook until warmed through, about 2 minutes.

3.) Transfer the veggie mixture to a large bowl and stir in 1/2 container of the salsa, one cup chopped pepperjack cheese, and 1/2 cup cilantro. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

4.) To assemble, briefly microwave the tortillas until warm and pliable, about 30 seconds. Place a generous 1/4 cup of the filling mixture down the center of a tortilla. Tightly roll up the tortilla and place in a 8 x 8-inch baking dish, seam side down. Repeat with the remaining filling and tortillas.

5.) Pour the remaining salsa over the enchiladas, spreading evenly. Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the top of the sauce. Cover with foil and bake until the enchiladas are heated through, about 10 minutes. Remove the foil and continue to bake until the cheese is melted, 3-5 minutes more. Sprinkle with queso fresco or feta and cilantro for garnish. Top with plain greek yogurt.

And if you need someone to chop your vegetables before cooking let me know. I have a boyfriend who demanded he prep the vegetables, because I “chop vegetables funky.” Noone wants to eat funky vegetable enchiladas I suppose.

A whole lot of Nothing

I have been doing just that. Lots of sleeping, cooking and eating.

Since I am back from visiting my family for Christmas break, I am trying to settle in and get back on a regular sleeping, exercising, and eating schedule. Things are looking a lil’ inconsistent right now. On Saturday, I woke up around 8;45; on Sunday, I woke up around 9:15; and today, I woke up around 10:30 and didn’t eat breakf… I mean brunch, uh lunch until 12:30!

I also have a whole lot of nothing to say today so here are a few things that have been happening in the kitchen. Recipes to come soon!

Oh, and Happy New Year!