Getting fit for Life

Taco Time….mmmm

This past weekend we made homemade tacos…shells and our own seasoning for the meat.

For the meat: We fried around 1 pound of lean ground beef and added a seasoning of

  • 1 tbsp – Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp – Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp – Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp – Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp – Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp – Cumin
  • 1 tsp – Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp – Ground Pepper

we just mixed it and put aside until the ground beef was browned…then added around 1/2 cup water and the spices.  then let it cook down…I think next time I may add more chili powder.

For the Shells:

  • 1 cup – Masa Harina
  • 1 Tsp – Sea Salt
  • 1/3 cup – hot water ( you may need to add more if it’s too dry)

Blend dough in a bowl until pliable and smooth. If dough is too sticky, add more masa harina; if it begins to dry out, sprinkle with water.

Then cover dough with plastic wrap and place in fridge for 30 minutes.

Divide into six equal balls and roll out to about 6″ and cook on griddle or non stick pan until lightly browned or until done.  Your kitchen will smell awesome…

To keep them moist while cooking remainder place on a wet paper towel .

Serve up with your favourite taco toppings: salsa, guacamole, cheese, sour cream…

Pizza on the BBQ!

Saturday we made some BBQ pizza…It’s rather easy I must say.

Step 1:

First make your dough; when it’s ready divide it up and roll/stretch into your desired pizza size…we like the mini style easier to work with.

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Step 2:

Prep your pizza toppings: cheese, sauce, veggies, pepperoni, and we did some ground sausage…you want the toppings ready to use when the dough comes off the grill.

Step 3: Now it’s time to cook:

  • Heat grill to high
  • Place your dough on (we didn’t need to oil the grill but keep that in mind)
  • Cook until golden…you may want to keep moving to make sure it doesn’t stick
  • Remove from grill and reduce heat
  • Flip over and bring to your topping station…you want to be putting the toppings on the side you just cooked
  • Once you have topped bring back to grill and cook the rest of the way until golden on bottom and cheese starts to brown…
  • Serve up with a caesar salad and BBQ’d garlic fingers…

Step 4:  Chow Down!!

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We haven’t bought any peanut butter or spreads ever since we invested in this blender. Here I used the twister jar to make the peanut butter….

Recipe:
Yields a little over a cup of peanut butter.

Take 2 cups of peanuts and roast at 350 to desired darkness and let cool.

Place in blender* and and blend until desired consistency.

Scrape into jar and let cool (it gets warm in the blender) before placing cover and refrigerate.

*you can most likely use any blender (maybe even a food processor) you would just need to scrape down the sides and blend a few times…

If you find that the butter is too dry you can add a little oil (a tsp at a time) to thin it out… But very rarely do you need to do that.

We even make pumpkin seed butter ❤ , sunflower seed butter, almond butter, pistachio butter, hazelnut spread (like nutella)

Give it a try and let me know how it goes.

SL 🙂

We returned home last week from Punta Cana Blau Natura Eco Park…it was so beautiful there. Perfect for those who love nature, birds and walking.

I got plenty of steps in; after our winter and having an awful sinus cold that made my head spin so bad i got sick a few times…it was great to see the sunshine and get out and walk and feel the warmth…one day I got just under 20,000 steps.  I still had the sinus cold the first few days but nothing like I had the week before.  Just grateful I was still able to make it on vacation 🙂

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There are so many birds; the ones I can think of at the moment are

  • Thick Billed Cuckoo
  • Wood Pecker (green back?)
  • Flamingos
  • Snowy Egret
  • Great White Egret
  • Peacocks
  • Common Moorhen
  • American Kestrel
  • White Cheeked Pintail
  • Ducks
  • Snow Geese
  • Night Heron
  • Green Heron
  • Tri Coloured Heron
  • There was a huge mallard duck with an afro type feathers…read that it is probably a cross bread of some sort.
  • Flying we saw lots of Pelicans and Buzzards

At night we saw a huge bat the first few nights we were there but couldn’t get a photo of it…so fast and dark.

Saw a huge frog or toad, and very little ones after a rain storm (lasted maybe an hour).

We didn’t walk the beach this time…just never got to it.  But it was beautiful.

White Cheeked Pintail

Tri Colured Heron

For more Punta Cana pictures check out my flickr site.

Thanks 🙂

I totally recommend the onsite photographers; you can either get your photo done with some of the animals (the go around the resort so sometimes you have to flag them down if they are busy) or you can get your photo done with people in costume. If you want something a little more formal you can get pro shots done and go around the resort to get your photos done…

No commitment or costs unless you want to purchase.  We did both and got some of each for our anniversary of being together for 22 years. ❤

Punta Cana Pro Shots

Full Album is on my flickr site

I love my Blendtec

If you’ve ever contemplated getting a powerful blender I just saw on the Costco site that they have the Blendtec on sale (only till Oct 26)  I think they do this a few times a year…probably even cheaper in store.

I love ours; we use it just about every day either for my Shakeology or making soups or seed/nut butters, curry sauces, humus, green smoothies, banana ice-cream (just frozen bananas…that’s it) and many more things. I think it would be great for parents with babies they could make their own baby food.  It’s so handy in the kitchen.

When you aren’t using it slides under the upper cupboards out of the way.  We keep it on the counter all the time because if we didn’t it would go to the grave yard cupboard for appliances :o.

This is an older picture from when we first got the Blendtec – roasted cauliflower & broccoli with chickpeas…making a soup.  Our reading is now close to 500 uses :).

 

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We made these last weekend…tastes like fall

Butternut Squash Soup

Pumpkin seed butter

For nut/seed butters you can use the large jar that comes with the blender or can purchase a twister jar (which is what we did) makes it way easier we can make seed/nut butters in one cycle usually without having to remove cover and scrape down the jar; the twister cover does it all for your while you are blending ingredients.  It is also available at Costco but not in the store (here anyways).  You may be able to find it cheaper elsewhere online I think I got ours at amazon.ca

I have to say I enjoy using this and knowing what ingredients I am putting into my body is a big bonus.

Anyhow take care and have a good one

Thanksgiving Walk

Thanksgiving day we went for a little hike to walk off the turkey dinner we at the day before.  We headed out to Frog Pond then walked around the paths and crossed over to Sir Sandford Fleming Park also known as The Dingle…and what do you know The Dingle was open.

I was all hyped up; gotta go in and get to the top…but my fear of heights got the best of me…on the first spiral stairwell I go up halfway up before I turned around. I was like if I can make it to the next level should be fine the stairs are wider and I wont be able to see down…so up we go.  Got to the second spiral staircase and started up then lost it…huge panic attack.  I made Brian walk me over to the wall so I could lean up against it while he went up and looked out the tower and take some pictures. I didn’t really think at the time he was taking a photo of me; I may have extend my middle finger. 😉

Holding up the fort

Holding up the fort

Then we headed down and I’m still nervous; we finally get to the first spiral staircase I start panicking and talking to myself.  What am I gonna do? What am I gonna do?  Brian was like your going down the stairs cause I’m not carrying you…down we went one hand on the rail and the other holding his; I don’t know if you know how narrow those spiral stairs are but they aren’t made for two people walking down at once.

I had been to the top before doing a trash the dress photo shoot but for some reason my mind wasn’t up for it that day. I had it happened too when we were in New York and went to the Brooklyn Bridge I had the death grip on poor Brian’s hand . ❤

Dingle Park & Frog Pond

So apart from that it was a great outing.  Good company beautiful weather and some nice fall colours.

Have a good day everyone.

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