Let the Adventure Begin!

Recently I took on a new job. But as these past three months have gone on, I realize this isn’t the place for me.. So where am I going to next? No idea. I just know that I’m going to have fun wherever I go and enjoy the adventure that comes along with it.

I’m young, determined and so ready to try new things.  I just have to be fearless and not take no for an answer! Prove myself because this career isn’t for the faint of heart.  Obviously.  Work at places that will continuously bring me closer to my goal in life.  Owning a restaurant. Which seems to be every Chef’s dream, but some settle for less and some settle for working under someone else. I’m determined to have my own place, and to get there I need as much experience as I can get!

On a side note, later this week I will be taking an adventure to Gilmer, Texas! My family is apart of a four wheel drive club and we are going to MegaRun! Anyone ever heard of this?

Hundreds of families come out to the mountain this weekend with their Jeeps, Wagons, Dune Buggies pretty much any vehicle made into a four wheel drive is out there. I mean HUNDREDS of people! It’s so much fun! I’ll definitely be posting tons of pictures and video if I can figure out how to post one of those up here. haha. So stay tuned for that!

Now on to the best part of the blog, the FOOD! I have a crazy recipe for you today.  A Kale Salad with some interesting flavors. :)

I can’t seem to link the picture on here, but you can find it on my Instagram! http://instagram.com/p/kn9MTcjbkG/

Kale Salad:

1 package Baby Kale

3-4 Blood Oranges, peeled, segmented

2 Small Red Beets (pickled, recipe down below**)

1/4 cup Pecans (chopped)

Quick Pickle Beets: 

2 small beets, sliced thin into triangles, or whatever shape you like

1/2 c water

1/2 c apple cider vinegar

1/4 c sugar

2 T pickling Spices

Instructions: 

Mix the pickling liquid and spices together and add the beets, let sit for at least 20 min, or longer!

Toss ingredients together with vinaigrette and enjoy this flavor explosion in your mouth!

 

Vinaigrette: 

Juices from the blood oranges (from segmenting them..)

zest of 1 lemon

1 1/2 T honey

salt and pepper to taste

6 T olive oil

Instructions: 

Whisk together the ingredients, taste and adjust the seasoning to your liking.  I like my vinaigrettes  sweet, so I added a bit more honey until I liked the taste :) But make it however you like! add more flavors or completely do another vinaigrette! Make it your own and let me know what you came up with :)

Enjoy!

-April

Shrimpies and Superfoods!

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Spring time has actually started showing its face here in Texas now. Rainy days and nights, little bit of thunder. It’s quite nice. :)
I have a salad for you today, my fellow readers… And it fits the summer salad category more, but its Texas and the weather is so bipolar that, well you can eat it whenever ;)

So this is a superfood salad I assume that is what you would refer to it as.  Kale, Swiss Chard, pecans, purple onions, dried blueberries and green apples.  Deliciousness in a bowl. Yes. Paired with a light vinaigrette. Winning!   So onwards with this awesomeness! I really do like Kale… in fact, its slightly bitter taste is growing on me. I like how at first its kind of sweet then goes bitter and when you pair it with sweet toppings it tastes wonderful and balanced. Yay! As I was making this I also thought that it needed some meat, so I added some little shrimpies to the mix :) Yes, I said shrimpies.. because I’m cool like that.. ;)

The wagon pictured below was just so cool I couldn’t resist sharing it with you guys :)

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This wagon is so awesome, I couldn't resist not sharing it with you guys!

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Recipe time! Needs a cool name.

Delightful Kale Salad

Serves 6-8

1 bunch Kale, chopped

1 bunch Swiss Chard, chopped

1/2 purple onion, thinly sliced

1 granny smith apple, thinly sliced

1 c pecans

1/4 c dried blueberries (or other dried fruit you like)

2 T organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar

2 T brown sugar

1/2 t salt

1 t black pepper

5-6 T olive oil (or walnut oil)

 

Method:

Chop, rinse and dry your Kale and Chard.  Prep all of your other ingredients.

Make the vinaigrette. Mix the vinegar and brown sugar together. Whisk to dissolve the sugar a bit, add salt and pepper whisk again. Then drizzle in the oil as you create and emulsified dressing! Congratulations you just made a simple yet elegant salad. :)

If you chose to add shrimp like I did here is what I did :)

Shrimpies: 

2 lbs shrimp peeled and deveined.

2 t smoked paprika

2 lemons, juiced

2 limes, juiced

Salt and Pepper to taste

1 T coconut oil

Method:

After your little shrimpies are prepped and ready to go. Mix them with the paprika, lime and lemon juices, salt and pepper. Let it mellow together for a bit as you toss your salad all up.

Heat your pan add the oil and then saute those bad boys up. Top your salad with them and enjoy!

 

I hope you enjoyed this salad recipe and as always let me know if you added or changed this recipe in any way. Get creative! Make it your own! :)

-April

 

 

You Dip, I Dip, We Dip! Triceps :)

I have another workout for you, my fellow readers! :)

Legs and Triceps my friends! I know everyone focuses on those legs for the summertime and well, of course I do too.  Because swimsuit season is just around the corner everyone is working hard to look good! Don’t worry, you’re not alone.  Nothing weird about this, but alas, I am here with a wonderful workout to help you along your way. :)

Whenever I was doing this workout I started laughing because it made me think of an old song from the 90’s (from when I was a kid!!) Da’ Dip! Which in fact came out in 1996, I was three when it came out. How crazy is that?! Anyways, whenever I was doing the triceps dips that song popped in my head… “when I dip you dip we dip, I put my hand up on your hip…”  Its good motivation, eh? :) And while I’m talking about this song, my favorite part in the song, well the funniest part, rather was “This is my world I’m just a squirrel trying to get a nut so what’s up?”  It’s just funny to say.. and then you get to thinking about some squirrel that just wants to be left along because all he wants is his little acorn.. haha Makes me think of Scrat from Ice Age.

Okay, enough goofing off. Let’s get down to business, the whole reason for this post! THE WORKOUT!

Da’ Dip Workout

Run (I ran about 1 mile and 3/4)

60 Walking Lunges (I did 30 half-way through my run and then 30 at the end)

after your run:

100 Squats (You can even add weights!)

50 Tricep Dips

100 Crunches (i.e. 25 each of raised leg, elbow to knee L+R and normal)

finish with stretching and foam rolling!

Feel free to add or take away from this workout. I know my legs were dying by the end of this workout haha but its nice!

Enjoy and have a nice day! :)

-April

15/20’s Leg Rage

Hey guys! I’m bringing you a killer workout today! Which is then brought to you by a very crappy day at work. So benefits all around. Yay.

Well to begin the day, I was yelled at by my boss. A no-no whenever someone talks to me. Do not yell at me and I will be calm and peaceful with you.. Yell at me, I will treat you how you treat me right back. Point established? Yes. So 8 a.m. get yelled at while having a “professional” conversation discussing my status at work. Benefits, insurance.. the whole nine yards. Mind you, whenever I get really really angry, I cry. Which sucks because it’s like I’m not weak, I just have a problem controlling my anger and so I cry so I don’t beat the crap out of you kind of thing. Make sense? I hope so. haha. Well what was supposed to be a five minute meeting turned into like twenty five minutes. Right before lunch rush. Who the heck talks to someone right before a huge rush?! Especially in that manor.. Ruined my whole day. But I somehow managed to get myself together and stay in a semi-non angry mood the rest of the day. Just kind of depressed. Lame.

It seems like I’m always picked on or pointed out the most for stupid crap. I blame it mostly on the fact that I am a Female who is 19 years old and working in a kitchen. See the problem? I’m a very young female working on a line. You never see that. But here I am trying to make my career choice happen. I will be a chef, and I will be respected! I’ll respect you if you respect me! That’s how it should go at least. The Golden Rule right?

 

Okay, So enough about the terrible day. On to this awesome workout! I came up with this workout a long time ago. Just a forewarning when I’m angry or frustrated I tend to go a little overboard with my workouts. Just to let it all out. This is particularly going to target the legs, thighs butt.. whatever you want to refer to the lower half of your body as workout wise haha. I call it 15/20’s because 80% of this workout involves repetitions of 15 or 20. Makes it easier to remember. And Leg Rage because it focuses on legs and I was in rage mode. Moving on! Get that Metal music playing and start this workout! :)

 

Workout:

—-stretch, foam roll, stretch—- DO IT!

Started with a 2 mile run. Moderate pace.

50 standing squats

20 side leg raises (Right) — lay on your side and keep your leg straight, raise up and down.

20 side leg raises (Left)

20 in and out raised squeezes — lay flat on your back, raise your hips and move your legs in and out, squeeze your butt.

20 L-raised small presses (Left) — elbows propping you up, L shape leg and raise. Do small upwards presses with leg.

20 L-raised small presses (Right)

15 Straight leg reverse up and over bent leg (Left) — elbows propping you up, straight leg up and down the up and across other leg.

15 Straight leg reverse up and over bent leg  (Right)

15 Push-ups

15 Tricep dips

50 Knee-raised crunches — hold legs up at a 90 degree angle and do normal crunches.

Finish with stretching, foam rolling again!

— Feel free to add or deviate from this workout. You can add weights on your legs if you wanted to! You can repeat as many times as you want to, I did it once and I was dead. Then again I have a kneed injury so I’m taking it easy. Remember as you’re doing these leg exercises to keep your core tight. Go slow if you need to, focus on technique rather than speed. It’s not about how many reps you do, it’s about how well you do them.  If you have any questions at all feel free to ask. I know some of these exercises you may be like What in the world does that mean? well I’m here to help! Don’t be afraid to ask! :)

I hope you enjoy this workout!

-April