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Sunday Dinner: Cauliflower Alfredo Pizza

This weekend seemed strange, just because I have the week off, so I am all goofed up. I went to my very first cattle sale! It worked out that since I was off, I could come with and experience it all, from taking the cows up to sell and the entire sale! It was a pretty long day, and by the end, I just wanted to go shopping! haha! I got in some quick grocery shopping at Target! If there is one store that I miss shopping at, it’s Target! I told Taylor, now with working at my new job, we need to make it a priority to get to Fargo or Bismarck more often!

Since starting back on track on literally the 26th of December, I have lost 3 pounds! SERIOUSLY! I am proud of myself for taking no cookies or chex mixes home and digging deep and getting back on track so quickly! So that is why this week, I was really craving pizza, BAD! So, I caved and made myself pizza with cauliflower crust!

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I was amazed at how the crust “transformed” in the oven! My mind was blown!

I had always heard that the cauliflower crust was awesome, but I never had tried it or made it myself. This week, I decided that it needed to be done. My biggest concern was a crust from cauliflower? How? But the crust actually turned out quite nicely! I think I was just scared to follow all of the steps of making the crust, but in reality, it was easy! You could definitely make it any style of pizza, I just did alfredo, because that is what I was craving. This recipe is by far (BY FAR!! just had to add more emphasis) one of the best “healthy” recipes I have made and needless to say, I will be making it again! It’s an added bonus that it also reheats nicely as well!

Cauliflower Pizza Crust:

  • 1 Head of Cauliflower, Steamed (should yield about 2 cups if grated first)
  • 1/2 Cup of Almond Meal
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. of Coconut Oil, Melted
  • 1 Tsp. of Italian Seasoning (I used Mrs. Dash – no salt)
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Roughly part the cauliflower and chop for faster cooking.
  2. Put a baking mat or parchment paper on a baking sheet and pray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. In a medium pot, steam the cauliflower chunks in water until soft. Drain.
  4. Put the eggs, hot cauliflower, almond meal, coconut oil, and seasoning all in food processor or high powered blender, until creamy.
  5. Pour out mixture on to baking sheet and spread into a round, pizza crust shaped circle. Spread evenly.
  6. Place in preheated oven for about 20 minutes. Do not let the edges burn.
  7. Take out of oven and let cool while you assemble your toppings.

For my alfredo toppings, I used precooked chicken seasoned with salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic power. Store bought alfreado sauce (I tried to find a natural, organic brand with lower calories), cheeses, an onion, and bacon bits. I just used what I had on hand, but I think a red pepper and mushrooms would have been great additions! Next time…

 

 

 

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Preparing Your Home for Holiday Guests

I have been wanting to a post on preparing/organizing your guest bedroom and bathroom for quite awhile now. I thought, now would be the perfect time due to the holiday season approaching very quickly!

Since being married for almost 2 and a half years, I have gotten our guest room ready and waiting for overnight guests! It is also the room where I have my elliptical and where I store my garden potatoes and squash!! Cozy, I know! And even better, I store sweatshirts, boxes, blankets, and a guitar in the spare room closet! Ideally, I’d like to have a space that IS cozy and welcoming for guests that can meet their needs while they are staying at my home.

These are some things I have been wanting to do in my guest bedroom!

  1. Closet Cleanout. Clean out the closet! Leave lots of room for guest’s items that need to be hung, along with extra hangers, and a laundry basket incase they want to do some laundry during their stay.
  2. Decor Ideas. Think about the decor. The ideal guest room is cozy and comfortable. I try to have no personal pictures in the guest room. I like plain, colorful, warm prints of canvas or cute decorations to add color and texture. Adding candles is always a great idea! Having a few lighthearted books for guests to read is another great idea! In case they can’t sleep or need some reading materials to relax from a long traveling day, light reading or books are great ideas! I like books on fashion, farming, nature, travel, or interior design!
  3. Storage. Do think about where guests can properly put away their belongings if needed. Have a dresser or a couple of night stands where they can comfortably store away pants, sweaters, scarves, jewelry, and shoes, if needed.
  4. Think Simple and Sophisicated. My guest room is painted a beige, off-white neutral color. The bed has a white, ruffled comforter, cream sheets, and comfy, vintage throw pillows. I have a large teal, cream, and brown multi-colored canvas print from Hobby Lobby hanging over the bed. Make things simple for guests, but fun and pretty. Make sure they have plenty of light. Place a lamp or some form of good lighting by the bed, on the night stand.
  5. Cool or Warm. Some things to also add in your guest room are a fan and extra blankets! A fan incase they are warm and it doubles as a light noise machine. Your guests are in a new bedroom in a different home, they might need a little noise to get sleep! I know, I need noise to sleep when I am in a “strange” place! Blankets in case they are cold to cover up with! I already have a soft blanket in my bedding, but have a few extras in the closet or dresser for guests to use.
  6. Wash Up! Remember to wash the sheets before AND after you have guests, including the extra blankets! I like to wash them before just so everything smells pretty and clean or incase it has been awhile since I had guests over!

Now for the guest bathroom…

  1. Towels. Always have fresh towels out in plain view. I keep a few of my extra towels in a vintage, metal wire basket by the tub. That way, they are accessable for guests! I keep the hand towels and washcloths in a over-the-toilet cabinet.
  2. Toiletries. ALWAYS keep some simple toiletries on hand for guests’ needs. Things like mini shampoo, body wash, conditioner, tooth paste, an extra tooth brush, face wash, lotion, emery board, chapstick, nail clipper, and of course, toilet paper.
  3. Organize. Remember to organize and re-organize where things go and are to go in the guest bathroom! I know for us, Taylor uses our guest bathroom to shower in when he comes in late from working. I have to remember to take his shampoo and body wash out, as well as keep it cleaned up! Have designated spot for guests to hang towels and washcloths after they are done. I have a towel rack behind the door.

Hopefully, these tips help for getting your guest rooms ready for the holidays!

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Fashionista Friday: Holiday Party Outfit Ideas

This weekend is our first out of several upcoming holiday parties to attend! The looming question is always, “What do I wear?!”!! This weekend is my office party, which is more on the dress-y-er-ish side. This spring, when all the winter stuff went on sale, I thought ahead and purchased a gorgeous dress for under $20! It’s dressy enough for the Christmas party and to take on furute vaccations or fancy occations!

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The dress is red, long, and super sparkly! It is a sweetheart cut neckline, strapless, and perfect for the season! I plan on wearing my hair down and curly, with a vintage Hollywood 1940’s look. Th holidays are the perfect time to try out that hair tutorial you’ve been meaning to get to or get your nails done! Not only do you have Christmas and New Years Eve as major holidays, but also all the little events inbetween, so it is definitely worth the time and money!

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Today, I am inspiring you with some great holiday party looks, wether your event is dressy or casual, you’ll shine!

 

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Entertaining 101: Part II

If you haven’t already, read Part I of my two part series of Entertaining!

Part I Overview… Over the past few years, one of my favorite things to do (even though I don’t do it as often as I’d like because of busy schedules) is entertain. I love having a big crowd of people over, sitting around the table or island and enjoying good food and conversation!

I grew up having a grandmother who loved to entertain. Almost every weekend, after church her and grandpa’s home would be filled with the smells of amazing meatloaf in the oven, a table full of people, and wonderful conversation. It just seems that these days, entertaining is a lost art.

No one does it. No one goes visiting after church anymore. I mean, I totally am guilty as well, and I completely understand the need for family time with your own family, as well as busy, hectic schedules. I have to say, I miss those days…

After covering some of the things that goes into PLANNING an event, today I am sharing some things that are hostess duties on the day of the event and during! Not matter if you dinner party is formal or not, you always have to be a good host. People will either like how they are treated while in our home or not. I am sharing with you five tips that I do every time I have people over. These are things that can be done either a week before or some the day before and others the day of!

  1. Set the Mood. Right after planning the menu, you need to set the mood. You can do this a few weeks before or the day of. Make sure your home is comfortable. Clean up, organize, and make things look and smell pretty! Light a few candles, set some mood lighting or twinkle lights on the china hutch or buffet cabinet. Those throw pillows that you stuff beside the sofa on a normal night, set them out! Organize the bookshelf to look pretty and organized. Just the small things can have a huge impact on how guests feel while at your home.
  2. Define the Feeding Line. At our home, we have a big main island in the center of our kitchen. I would be completely lost without it. Taylor and I always sit and eat there instead of the table. When guests come over, it serves as seating and a buffet line. I set all the food out and let people go through. That way, your aren’t constantly passing the pots along. It just works more smoothly.
  3. Smile and be Hospitable. Relax!!! Finally, this is the day you have planned and planned for! Enjoy it! When your guests ask if they can help with anything or getting things ready before eating or clean up, take them up on their offer! Most likely they actually want to help! Plus, getting the dishes out of the way makes the eating area less clutter-y and more comfortable for guests. Your number one priority is to make sure your guests are comfortable and happy…. Oh, and full! 🙂 Your guests are your priority!!
  4. Be Prepared. Be prepared for SOMETHING to go wrong. Not everything will go smoothly. Maybe you’ll be short a spoon or someone will want a toothpick, which you forgot to purchase at the store. Be prepared for something to happen or not go perfectly.
  5. Relax and Have Fun. This tip is HUGE! It may not seem like a dinner party is relaxing, especially as the host, but ENJOY your time with your family and friends! Visit, laugh, and have fun! Your guests can tell when you are stressed and running all around the kitchen fussing over the meatloaf. Just don’t! As the host, you set the attitude and mood of the event! Don’t ruin it by being a bad host!

There are my top tips of being a host and some duties of making your guests comfortable! It’s all about being yourself, being a great host, and enjoying the party!

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Sunday Dinner: Buttercup Squash Mac n’ Cheese

It’s the Sunday before Thanksgiving, and it is quiet at our house. I am the first one up. The best part of the day is getting up early, watching the sun rise over the heard, enjoying a good cup of coffee in my favorite mug, and writing. The perfect way to start out a perfect week filled with food and family.

I am already starting to plan my grocery list for the week. It’s my first time hosting Thanksgiving at our house, so I want to make everything perfect! I will be cooking, cleaning, and prepping everything over the next three days.

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Thanksgiving morning, I am having everyone over early for a breakfast of caramel rolls and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! I just can’t wait for it to be here! I am also looking forward to a FULL four day weekend!

Yesterday, I made this amazing and totally healthy, gluten free Buttercup Squash Mac n’ Cheese casserole. It’s so yummy, healthy, and the perfect dish for a cold, snowy evening! It has snowed here, but nothing stayed! The first REAL snowfall is so exciting! Anyway, this is the perfect recipe for winter comfort food!

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For Thanksgiving, I will be making an un-healthy version of baked mac n’ cheese, I will be having the healthy version! The recipe calls for whole wheat noodles, but I used Quinoa noodles, which are so yummy and gluten free! I also used Monterrey Jack Cheese instead of Swiss. It was amazing!

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Here is the link to the recipe! For every one cup serving, for the 21 Day Fix, it is 2 Yellow, 1 Blue, and 1 Green! Enjoy!

http://www.beachbody.com/beachbodyblog/nutrition/butternut-squash-mac-and-cheese

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How to Wake Up Happy and Motivated

For the past several weeks, I have been getting up at 4:30 AM to get my daily workout in, send emails, get some personal development reading in, and even clean my house or do laundry. Just a few months ago, if you would have told me, I’d be getting up this early and workout out, I would have said you were crazy. Granted, I already got up at 5 or 5:30 to get to my big girl job in town, so 4:30 is only a half hour extra.

Waking up at 4:30 at first, was an experiment for me. I wanted to see my how my days goes when I wake up early, get my workout in, vs. working out after a 9 hour day at work and 2 hours of driving. My little, but big experiment worked! I found that when I workout in the morning, I am more energized, motivated, and I also do better with my eating choices throughout the day. It’s so amazing what just a little change can do!

Today, I am her to share with you some of my tips to get up early, be happier, and be more motivated not only in the morning, but throughout the entire day!

  1. Don’t Snooze. This is one of the major problems people have today, the snooze button!! I NEVER hit the snooze button, instead, I stroll through my Insatgram or look at emails. Then I tell myself three times, “I’m Awake”. It seems silly, but it definitely works! It’s almost like you are telling your body that your mind is awake and your body needs to get out of bed and get moving ASAP!
  2. Get Motivated! While I am scrolling through my Instagram, I look at motivational quotes. I follow a lot inspiring fitness people that I look up to and admire. Some of them are on East Coast time, so they are already working out! If seeing someone else sweating doesn’t make you want to workout, you need help! 😉
  3. Throw on Those Workout Clothes. The night before, I make sure I go to bed wearing a clean sports bra and that my workout clothes are accessable and laying out for me to thrown on right away. In our master closet, we have some built-in shelving where all of my workout clothes lay and are waiting for me in the morning! Just getting in my workout clothes, makes me want to workout! Whether you workout in the morning or at night, and you feel like you don’t want to workout, just get in your workout clothes! I can guarantee that workout WILL happen!
  4. Wake Up 30 Minutes Earlier.  Right now, is probably when you’ll stop reading! Yes, getting up earlier helps you get movitivated to GET STUFF DONE! Make that date to workout. Make it a GOAL to get up and be working out by 5 AM, or whatever time you want. The secret of a productive day, is getting up early!
  5. Go to Bed an Hour Earlier. Right along with getting up earlier comes, going to bed earlier. We all need that beauty sleep especially if we are working out in the morning! It is SO improtant to get 7-8 hours of sleep EVERY night! Since I have been getting up earlier to workout, I also get to bed earlier! How else do you think I get up that early?!
  6. Skip a Late Night Dinner or Snacking. In order to get up early, I cut off all food, with the exception of my Vanilla Recovery Shake, at 7:30 PM. If I get home from work late or don’t get to eat before then, I just drink more water. It helps keep me feeling fuller. Eating late at night will hold you down for getting up early in the morning. Don’t snack either! Have a complete “shut down” time for your kitchen.
  7. Fun Tunes! Set your alarm to a fun tune or a song that will get you up! If you sleep through your alarm easily, switch the song up every week if you have to!
  8. WORKOUT! Half of this post was about my switch to AM workouts. Working out and getting your sweat on, really does make a difference in your ENTIRE day! Plus, you get to get it done and overwith, so you can do other things in the evening!
  9. Don’t Watch TV! For some people, this might seem strange, but I never watch TV or the news in the morning, unless I have the day off, or I chose not to workout that morning. Watching TV will be an excuse the get off the couch and workout! The only button you should push is play to get your workout on! Plus, let’s be honest, the news isn’t exactly happy and positive! It can add more stress to your already hectic morning!
  10. Take a Shower. Last but not least, one of my favorite morning rituals is taking a shower! It is so invigorating! I usually shower at night, but on Sunday mornings, or when I can, I love showering in the morning! It just gets me up and ready for the day!

Are you a morning person?! What do you do to get yourself up and motivated in the morning?!

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Have a Happy Weekend: 10 Fall Table Centerpieces

Some things in life, just make me h.a.p.p.y. and decorating and design is one of them! No matter what the season, there is something so festive about table centerpieces! Our dinning room area, is pretty much dead-center of our home, therefore, sets the mood for the rest of the house! I love creating decorative and seasonal centerpieces! Here are a few to inspire YOU!

  1. I love lanterns!

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2. How neat is this?!

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3. Perfect Thanksgiving Centerpiece!

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4. Anothern Lantern…

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5. More Lanterns…

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6. So cute!

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7. Lanterns again… And would make a cute fall wedding centerpiece!

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8. Candles are so cozy!

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9. So beautiful!

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10. I love the idea of using a pumpkin as a vase!

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Have a Happy Weekend! Xo