Posts tagged ‘#food’

Beasting Up!

Ho. Ly. Cow. Where’d did the time go? I didn’t realize that I had let so much time get pass me without writing for awhile.

So what’s new? Well, I’m getting to do several gigs this year and I’m looking forward to what the new year is going to bring me job wise. This has been quite the journey of faith this past couple of years since I graduated, but I feel that I have grown. Hopefully, I have been able to become more patient in my waiting season.

But trying something interesting this Lent season! (You’re probably thinking, ‘wait, Lisa Lent? It’s not time yet!’) I want to do a spiritual challenge and a physical challenge!! Oh but it is friends, it’s right around the corner! And so for this year, I have took some time and really thought through this and I believe that what I’m going to do is give up all processed foods.

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It’s not completely like the Whole 30, but kind of close. I’ve always been one for history, and I’ve really always liked the idea of living off the land. (There are days when I would like to just do that; garden veggies and deer meat) But the challenge in today’s world is that everything is…well….processed.

So I will try to update you all on this every week and tell you how it’s going!! If you’re up for a challenge as well–would you want to join me? Shoot me a message or comment below and let’s talk!!! I’d also love to get some ideas from you guys and see what you guys think!! Combining this with Body Beast should unveil interesting results I think!

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Care to join? Let’s do this together!!!

 

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

We’ve now come to probably my favorite time of year–like seriously, my favorite time of year! I know, I know. You’re probably all thinking, “oh dear night, she’s one of THEM.” And….you’d be right 😛

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Okay so yes, I do listen to Christmas music in October, and dream about all the food at Thanksgiving, and know for a fact that I’m going to be ridiculously busy until January 1st–but I wouldn’t have it any other way. (I’ll quote a movie here) There are some people who look at the holidays as the worst time of year. That their favorite day is December 26th. But that’s the saddest day for me.

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I had to wonder why I’m such a holiday nut? (Or probably more, a Christmas nut) Why are the holidays so special to me? I think the main reason the holidays are so special to me, is because there is still a mystery to me about the holidays. There is still a bit of childish wonder that just makes me so happy and gives me a warm feeling all over.

Growing up, our parents always made Thanksgiving and Christmas feel special. Family gatherings on both sides were filled with love, family, and amazing food. We would watch the Macy Day Parade’s, football, and Christmas movies. Every Black Friday, my mom, brother, and I would put up all the Christmas lights. Dad and David would put up the house lights and the star on the manager. And when it was dark, I would watch in wonder, as the house was flooded in different colored lights.

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So maybe having a good family experience at the holidays helped with my love for the season. But a lot of people grow out of that. I think, however, that with how the world is right now—maybe having some childlike wonder isn’t a bad thing. Seeing the world how we did when we were kids, and let the magic of the season bring the mystery of it to life. Remembering that the holidays are not a time to despair and be grumpy about; but instead, reaching into us and finding what the holidays really mean to us. So some advice from me—a person who got these and who’s life is better for it, and can’t wait to share it with my man and kids when that time comes:

Return to that childlike wonder.

Remember the real reason for the season.

Embrace your inner child and don’t be afraid to dream and be amazed.

Don’t try to solve every problem.

Make a snow angel.

Drink hot coco.

Make Christmas cookies.

Eat pumpkin pie.

Play with your cousins.

If you got kids, spend time with them.

Get off the electronics.

Trim the tree together.

Drive everyone around the neighborhood to look at lights.

Hug your grandparent’s necks.

Forgive someone who’s hurt you.

Love on those around you.

Don’t yell at fellow shoppers.

Pay it forward.

Don’t tell kids Santa isn’t real.

Watch sappy Christmas romance movies.

Read a book.

Turn off all the lights and just leave on the tree.

Snuggle up with someone you love.

Create memories!

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Saturday Seasonings: Crockpot Chicken Teriyaki

Well, today has been a bit more unproductive homework wise….and cleaning wise…I had all these plans but then my ADCD (Attention Deficit Cleaning Disorder) has been kicking in so BAD!!! Not to mention, my fast from yesterday left me hungry this morning, and so I’m hoping that won’t kill me tomorrow because I was happy to see that 152. Then the KU game came on, so I thought I’d write up this blog real quick in between practicing my recital and doing some actual cleaning!!

Ok, I found this recipe on pinterest (like I do a lot of recipes) and it sounded pretty good, so I thought I would try it. I, however, did change it around from the original. I’ll give you the way I made it and then the link to the actual recipe 🙂 K? K. Let’s get going 🙂

For this recipe I used:

16 oz of Daily Chef Boneless, skinless chicken breast

1 cup of Wild Oats Organic Chicken Broth

1/2 cup of Great Value Low Sodium Soy Sauce

1 tsp of ground ginger

1/2 cup of Teriyaki Sauce

4 Tbsp of dark brown sugar

and 1 green onion

First thing first, defrost that chicken 😛

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While the chicken is defrosting, mix together all your other ingredients together in a bowl, and then cut up your green onion into fine little pieces

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After the chicken is done defrosting, cut it up into little bit size pieces (and yes, that is a cutting board in the shape of Kansas…….. 😀 😛 )

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Next, put the chicken into your sauce. I let it sit for about 30 minutes (more like 27 ’cause I got impatient) in order to let it kind of marinade.

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Then into the crock pot it goes!!! Look at that yumminess!!! Here I let it cook for about 4 hours, it might have been a bit less. But really just cook it on low (or high depending on how much time you got) until the chicken is completely cooked.

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The picture is sideways, and some of the chicken is missing because I ate some. I put it on top of some rice, and boy was it GGGGOOOODDDDD!!!!

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However, don’t take my word for it. My roommates liked it as well!! My version of this recipe was (according to myfitnesspal) :

105 calories

2 grams of fat

(The sodium was EXTREMELY too high as I found so I probably won’t make it again for that factor unless I can figure out how to get that salt down). Sodium was 1803 mg

7 grams of carbs

no dietary fiber 😛

5 grams of sugar

and 16 grams of protein

That’s all I got for this week!! I will have quite a few recipes next week, so I won’t be able to probably go THIS in depth with them, but I hope you like them!! This really was good, but that sodium *shudder*………..

Have a great rest of the weekend and a good start to week! I’ll be seeing you when I see you 😀

~The Farmer’s Daughter

http://www.food.com/recipe/crock-pot-chicken-teriyaki-500510