My Workout Jams

Posted July 7, 2014 By dealinanddishin

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We joined the YMCA before school let out, and I love it!!! It has been over 6 years since I have belonged to a gym. I managed to lose 30 lbs. on my own (have gained 10-20 lbs. back), but the last year has been a struggle and I am gaining and losing the same 5 lbs. every week. I have hit a plateau in the 160′s that is driving me nuts. I am needing some balance and a kick start. I am hoping hitting the gym again gets me back on track and out of my rut.

Why do I love the Gym?

1. I burn calories with an intense workout that I can customize easily. I love the Arc Trainer machine. It is like a suspend elliptical. I love the treadmill as well.

2. I get a great energy boost after my workout! I am energized for hours…I love it!

3. It is MY time!! I put in my head phones and I am in “the zone” for 45 minutes. I don’t think about what I need to do, should do, have done, or want to do. I am focused on my exercise and my music!!

I love music!! It helps lift my mood, give me energy, make me happy, or make me sad. I listen when I clean, when I am painting (project right now), mowing the yard, weeding, and exercising! I thought I would share what I like to listen to at the gym. I have all of these songs on my iPod right now, except for Bodies by Drowning Pool. That is going on the next time I synch up!

Here are my Workout Jams. I have three playlists of songs: light cardio/warm up, high cardio, and cool down.

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Visiting Grant’s Farm with The Family

Posted June 30, 2014 By dealinanddishin

I am joining Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop this week, and sharing about my favorite photo I took in June, which happened to be when we took our family vacation.

This past month we went to St. Louis for our vacation. We decided instead of city hopping we would stay in one city and do fun stuff. I like to plan out our trips so we had an itinerary. We had decided to visit Incredible Pizza (thanks for an awesome gift card deal I got in December), the St. Louis Zoo (everyone recommended it), shopping at  West County Center (Lego Store), St. Louis Premium Outlets (Disney Outlet), and Grant’s Farm.

We went to Grant’s Farm ($12 Parking Fee No other admission charge) the day after a very long and hot day at the St. Louis Zoo. It was going to be another hot day, and wasn’t sure how much walking we had ahead of us. My son (10) is a pretty good trooper when it comes to walking and being outside, but his little sister (6) can melt sometimes very rapidly in the heat and get tired.

I was happy to see that we could see the Clydesdales right off the parking lot. That was the first stop…I wanted a family pic (cost us $30 for prints and emailed copy), because it is rare we have photos of us all. I am the photographer so I like those instances when there is proof that I exist! Even though I really don’t care for pictures (something I am working on) of myself.

Then you head to a station house and they  have trams..large ones that you don’t wait long for..yes! So I knew that would save us some whining and tiredness for a bit longer. We rode through the deer park and learned about the history of the farm.

We then arrived at the main area with the shows, food, animals, and beer samples (tried the apple ale..not bad!). There was a $5 card you could buy for: a sno cone, carousel ride, and 2 goat bottles. My son doesn’t like sno cones or the carousel, so it worked to buy one card, since it came with two bottles. I had not heard of feeding goats milk at feeding stations. Normally it is some seed, but that can spill easily so I liked the bottle idea.

The goats apparently LOVE the milk! My son went right in with the bottle he had, but his sister panicked and wouldn’t go in the pen. You could feed through the fence (a lot of littler ones were), and it is a good idea for small children.

This is my favorite vacation photo. The look  on my son’s face is priceless! He could’ve panicked (he is my more reserved child), but he just went with the flow. That is how we got to my favorite picture of June!bottlegoatscopy

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Homemade Croutons

Posted June 26, 2014 By dealinanddishin

I eat salads at least 5 times a week. I love them, and they are a great side dish for me while I’m watching what I eat. I cannot have my salad if I don’t have croutons. From what I have noticed at restaurants a crouton is just dried bread.

I will make rolls or loaves of bread quite a bit as a side chili or potato soup. A lot of times there is bread leftover. I hate to see it mold or just throw it out in the yard for the birds.


Homemade Croutons


Leftover Bread or Rolls
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Butter Spray

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I took my rolls and chopped them in cubes, and put in a large bowl.

Sprayed them with butter spray (it’s the not butter stuff in the refrigerated section)croutonbaking

Added seasonings like Oregano, Onion Powder, and Garlic Powder.

Mix Well and then spread out on a cookie sheet. Feel free to taste while baking and add more seasoning or spray.
Bake at 350 until dried out (no longer soft to touch) and a little toasted. I hate to give an exact time for this, because I really can’t remember how long mine took. I would start at 20 minutes and if not done like you want check every 5-10 minutes after until finished. Store in a air tight container after cooled.

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Bread Machine Dinner Roll Recipe

Posted June 26, 2014 By dealinanddishin

 


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I have owned bread machines for probably 20 years now. I think I am on my 4th one. I could easily find out by looking through my cookbooks. I keep every bread machine recipe book I have ever had. My very first book has the only cinnamon roll recipe I can recall, or at least the only one I refer to. Here are some tips for bread making.  I currently own this 2 lb. Oster Bread Machine.

One of my favorite things to make in my bread machine is dough. I prefer rolls to loaf bread, and it seems more popular with my family as well. After a few attempts I have adapted the Oster recipe to what I now use every time I bake rolls. Another yummy recipe I need to make again is my Cinnamon Almond Braided Bread. It is much easier than you’d think and involves the bread machine as well.

In the recipe below you can use butter. The original does, but be sure it is room temperature so it can blend it well. I rarely have butter, so I just use margarine. The yeast I like is the Fleischmann’s yeast in the jar. Store it in the refrigerator for best results.
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Bread Machine Dinner Rolls

1/4 cup Water                                                                                    3 cups Flour
3/4 cup Milk                                                                                      2 Tablespoons Sugar
1 Egg                                                                                                    1 Teaspoon Salt
1/4 Cup Margarine                                                                           2 Teaspoons Bread Machine Yeast (Active Dry Yeast)

In your bread pan pour the water and milk. Add in one egg, and the margarine (chopped up). Next put in the flour, followed by sugar, salt, and then yeast.
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Set your machine to “Dough” and it should be ready in about 90 minutes for kneading, rising, and baking.

Preheat oven to 200 degrees.  Once the temperature is reached turn off the oven. This is a proofing area for your bread (a warm place for it to rise before baking).
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Spray a 13×9 cake pan with nonstick cooking spray. When I knead dough I hate dough being stuck to me, so I spray cooking spray on the counter and my hands. Keep some flour out just in case the dough is too sticky. Knead your dough. Make dough balls and place in pan. 13 rolls were made with this recipe.dinnerrolldough

Let rise until double in size (30-60 minutes). I personally cover my pan with a flour sack towel to avoid drying out, but that is my own preference.  Some may not feel comfortable with the towel in the oven. The oven is OFF. It will rise just fine without the towel.risingdough

Once the bread has risen remove your towel (if you chose to use one), turn the oven on to 350 degrees and let bake until golden on top (about 15-20 minutes).

Once done, remove from the oven, use a plastic spatula to loosen the dough that make be stuck to sides of pan. Lay out a towel on your table or counter, and turn pan over on it. If the bread doesn’t fall out immediately just leave your pot holders under the pan ends so it isn’t flat on the table.BreadMachineDinnerRolls

Rolls are pretty popular here, but we are known to have leftovers. Best thing to make with those are croutons for your salads!

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We took a road trip today to celebrate being done with school and scouts for the school year! It has been a super crazy busy year. We are finishing up our last rank of Cub Scouts (we are now Webelos II), and then I signed up to be a leader for my daughter’s Daisy Girl Scout Troop. Sadly the blog has been effected by my lack of time, and family outings just for us have as well.
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Today we had nothing planned and I had some free tickets from sharing about Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park so we went on a road trip. The park is usually open 9:30 am- 9:30 pm so that gave us plenty of time to get there without having to get up too early.

My daughter was super excited to go, but my son was a little leery. He is not a fan of water, and doesn’t know how to swim yet (lessons start this week). I was able to check out all the attractions on their site, see water depths, and find out that they had life jackets so that helped a lot with concerns.

We got to the water park, which is attached to a hotel. You go up the stairs by the outdoor pool for Day Passes. When you enter the building you enter the arcade..smart move Big Splash..kids were all about that, but we were on a mission to get to the water!

Of course we had clothes with us (it was mid 70′s for a high that day) to change later. We needed a locker. I will admit when I saw that a “locker band” was going to cost $6.42 I had some sticker shock. Then I learned that this bracelet when waved in front of the locker would let us lock or unlock it. No need for a key, and this wouldn’t come off and get lost.
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We had a great time! The whole family enjoyed it, which was great and a big relief. The pools seemed to have a max depth (that I saw) of 4 feet. There were plenty of life jackets (great for the leery 10 year old and small 6 year old). The lazy river was a big hit with both kids. They loved floating around, but it would bottle neck at times when too many people in areas by stairs going in and out.GiantBucket

They also love the pool that had a whirlpool in it that spun you around. We did not go on the slides. I had concern since most people that came out either flipped or got completely covered in water. My kids do not care for water in their eyes..goggles were key there!

We only spent two hours since it was past lunch time, and I wanted Denny’s (there was food there but I am not sure of cost). We still had about a two hour drive home as well. We ended up driving a little farther East and going to Marengo Cave for a tour before heading home.

We definitely want to go back to Big Splash Adventure Water Park, but next time stay the night. It would be great to go play, go back to room, play some more, etc. Also there is a train museum there, and my daughter loves trains. Just down the hill (big hill the water park is on top of) there is Shotz, which has mini golf and lazer tag.

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No Sew Fleece Dog Toys

Posted April 21, 2014 By dealinanddishin

Our Daisy Girl Scout Troop is going to be visiting the Warrick County Humane Society in a couple weeks. We are going to collect needed items like cleaners, paper towels, blankets, toys, etc., but decided to have a craft at our meeting before this visit to actually make some toys. This is all for our Sunny Petal (Friendly and Helpful).

I have sewn catnip cigars before (my kitties love them!), but I had never made dog toys.
After some looking it seemed that the braided pull toys with balls were the best choice.
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What do you need?

Fleece Strips 2 inches wide by 36 inches long
Tennis balls (got these in packs of two for $1 at Dollar Tree)
X-ACTO Knife
Needle Nosed Pliers
Scissors or Rotary Cutter
Ruler
Cutting Mat (if you have one)

I prefer to use a Cutting Matand Rotary Cutter, but it isn’t required. You don’t have to be super precise with this  project. I searched through my ridiculous amount of fleece and started cutting 2 inch wide strips around 36 inches long. For each toy you need three strips and one ball.FleeceStrips

I used my X-ACTO knife to make an “X” cut on top and bottom of the ball. It took a few tries on threading the fleece through. The pliers worked great for this. You put them through the ball. Just the tip will go through, and you can open it just enough for the three layers to fit in. Then just squeeze hard and pull through.Cuttingball

1. Cut three strips of fleece.
2. Cut “X’s” in the tennis ball.
3. Pull fabric through.
4. Either knot fabric on top of ball to make a long braid, or pull the ball to the middle of the fabric like I did and make a knot on either side then braid and knot again.

I prepped all the toys to save time. I am not sure how the girls will do with braiding since they are in Kindergarten, but it is a good project to have two work together. One can hold the toy so the other can get a tight braid.Dogtoysprepped

You’ll notice in the picture some without balls. I thought those would be good to braid all the way down for a pull toy, or leave as is for a dangle toys for the cats.

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#40Days Challenge–Last Update

Posted April 19, 2014 By dealinanddishin

I made it!!! Tomorrow is Easter and my 40 Challenge is done.

Recap:

I decided this Lent to exercise for 30 minutes everyday (planned exercise: bike, aerobics, etc.). I even included the Sundays which made it more than 40 days.

How it went:

I exercised for 30 minutes every day except one when I had a fever and stomach flu. I ended up adding 3o minutes to another day to make it up.

Results:

I do feel accomplished. After a month I lost 8 lbs. then I had my birthday and my eating went to hell..real bad! 5 pounds came back on pretty fast. I got back on track this last week with the eating. My body is very ready for a break…every day exercise is hard!! Bodies do need at least a day break.

Days of Exercise: March 5- April 19= 45 days (excluding the one sick day)
Hours of Exercise: 23 Hours
Starting Weight: March 1, 2014= 168.4 lbs.
Ending Weight: April 19, 2014= 166.2 lbs.

So I am down 2.2 lbs., which is nice, but I was done to 163 lbs. at the end of March. So goes to show that exercise alone is NOT enough!! Eating bags of Reese’s Pieces will bite you in the ass!

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The Scents of Spring with #FebrezeSpring

Posted April 15, 2014 By dealinanddishin

As a member of SheSpeaks I received the opportunity to review share about my experiences with Febreze in exchange for my honest opinion I received products to try and compensation.FebrezeSpring

This has been the longest winter!! Even as I type this we have had another cold snap with Freeze Warnings for our area tonight.

I’m craving Spring! I love flowers! The ones in Spring are my favorites, in particular the Hyacinths and Daffodils. They are beautiful, colorful, and smell wonderful. After the dreary brown of dead grass and leaves the color is so very welcome. What is your favorite part of Spring?

When I can’t have the color of Springs I will settle for the scents! That’s where Febreze comes in with their Febreze Spring Collection.
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There is Rain, Nectar, and Wildflower. I also received Sweet Pea! They offer their scents in the wax melts, air freshener, car vents fresheners, stand alone air fresheners, scented oil fresheners, and fabric refreshers. You can see all the products at Walmart!

This is not the first limited edition scents that Febreze has come out with. They had a great line in the Winter as well, with a cranberry I loved! Keep up to date with Febreze and their new scents and products on Facebook and Twitter.

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Easter Ideas for the Family

Posted April 14, 2014 By dealinanddishin

EasterFunI always have these great big plans (in my head) for each holiday, and every time it seems to sneak up on me! I end up spending all this time searching for ideas that I don’t have much left for the actually doing part. I thought why not put some of the things I have done over the years for Easter in one spot for you to check out.

This year my BIG surprise for Easter for the kids was the Disney Infinity game! Target had it for $39.99 last week, which was a great deal. I bought it and hid in the storage ottoman in the living room. I was busy and forgot to move it to a more secure place. Mind you the kids never open these ottomans (usually too much piled on top). Well this day I went out to get clothes off the line, and you guessed it, the Girl opened it and got her brother to see what was in there! They still are excited about it, but I lost the whole surprise part.

Anyway to what you are actually here for…Easter Ideas for the Family!

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#40Days Challenge Update-Day 22

Posted March 29, 2014 By dealinanddishin

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I’m finally back to posting my updates on Saturdays.

This is Day 22 of my 40 Days Challenge of exercising for at least 30 minutes every day.

This was Spring Break week with the kids. The week did not go as planned. The weather was crappy, had vet appointments, plumber visits, and general annoyances throughout the week. I still exercise every day!

I mixed it up a bit this week. I used the stationary bike, Walk at Home Walk Away Your Waistline, Your Shape for Xbox 360, and Tae Bo Amped.

My eating was decent. I had a very over do (like 3 months over do) night out with a friend. I was pretty good and had 1 1/2 Sex on the Beach (here’s my own recipe for it) and some fried food, but not a whole lot.

Last week’s update is here.
This Week’s Weight was 163 lbs. (+ .6 lbs.)

A little disappointed, but after losing 4 weeks in a row it happens. Hopefully next week is better. I have to admit I’m pretty tired! The body is tired, and did not sleep great this week. We have the new kitties (read about our addition), and the kitten is a handful. Plus a nice storm the one night as well.

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