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Hello Friends!

Ah! It’s been a little while since I’ve posted. Wow. One thing is for sure, I’ve thought about this place every day. Life gets busy, hectic even. The plan is to be back here a little more regularly with an update or perhaps an inspiration. Let’s catch up…

Last fall, I began my Masters of Business degree. This is the main reason for the break in posts. I love learning, I think I always have. Maybe it’s influenced in my absolute love and fondness for discovering new places, new adventures and new places on this world we live on. Getting back into the rhythm of school does take some adjustments but it will be worth it in the end. I’m really excited!

Traveling? Adventures? Well, if you know me, you know I can only sit for so long without getting up and having a little fun. So, what have we been up to? There’s so much to share, here’s a glimpse.

We ran a 5k (and I decided I need new shoes).

We had such a great time at the @rahrbrewing Oktoberfest 5k yesterday! Fall is here! @Oktoberfest #seefortworth #rahr

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Of course we attended TX vs. OU weekend at the Cotton Bowl! 

Another great weekend in the books! #txou #cottonbowl #hookem #redriverrivalry

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Came to terms that The Pioneer Woman makes the BEST chocolate pie. It’s so simple and delicious, you’ll want to forget that you made it for your family, hide in a closet and eat the whole thing yourself. Just kidding. Kind of. Here’s the link for the recipe.

I found the bagpipers in Fort Worth during their annual Christmas bar crawl! Spencer didn’t believe me when I said I heard bagpipes. Ho! Ho! Ho!

When bagpipers show up to the bar… #fortworth #tistheseason #bagpipers

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A girls weekend to Choctaw Casino in Oklahoma for Spencer’s Grandmother’s 90th Birthday.

As always, enjoying the local watering holes and live music as well as finding some new ones. (More to come on this.)

We explored our backyard (aka Fort Worth) and came across this gem!

Yesterday, we decided we would explore parts of Fort Worth that we had not yet seen. As soon as we drove by this home, I was intrigued. Then, I saw a historical marker and knew we had to stop. Rock Island is one of the oldest parts of Fort Worth, known for the proximity to the railroad and the Rock Island Railroad Company. This is the Garvey-Viehl house. Built in the early 1880’s, it sits high on a hill overlooking the Trinity and the Coyote drive-in, not far from the historic Stockyards. Mr. Garvey was a grocery dealer who had a store on Main Street near the courthouse. His wife, was granddaughter of Baldwin Samuel who the street is named after. Imagine it’s grandeur years ago in all of its glory. (Yes, those are lions next to the front steps.) Now on the verge of being condemned and Fort Worth loses a little bit of its history. This would be the best little B&B or home if restored. What’s gem. Sadly, we never knew this part of town existed and it was the top find of our day. Now, I’m only intrigued further with a dream of restoring this home. #exploreyourcity #seefortworth #historicalmarker #thisoldhouse #ipulledoverforthis #garveyveihlhouse

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And most recently, we went to Houston for an engagement party and had the chance to swing by NASA! 

Captain Kirk’d our morning. #houston #nasa #nerds #space #rocketships @spencerdavis10

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And so much more!

Stay tuned! I have more to share including a little something for one lucky reader!

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Hummus Made Easy – Quick, Fit Meals

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Over the last month, I’ve proposed an extra dedication to exercising more and eating healthier. With summer practically here, it’s now or never! It’s super hard-working a desk job, maintaining a blog as well as all of the other life and day-to-day activities that come up. To say the least, time is scarce which makes it a little more difficult to keep on top of this goal. I want to share a few tips that help keep me on track and I would love to hear some of your tips as well!

My goal is called “Project Carrie Underwood”. Do I want to look exactly like Carrie Underwood? Of course not. Do I wish I had her legs? Sure do! Am I going to get there tomorrow? Definitely not. What I can do is give myself small goals to help me get in shape, feel better about myself and keep me motivated day to day.

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Eating habits This may be the most difficult part of all of this. What’s even tougher is having a huge love for carbs and sweets. It doesn’t really go with the whole “weight loss” project does it?! SO I’ve been trying pretty hard and have come up with a few tips that help keep me on my journey.

  1. Portion control. It’s pretty amazing what looking at labels for portions and dietary concerns can do to a mindset. For instance, something that may look like one serving may actually be two (or three – gasp!). Paying attention to nutritional labels may save us that extra sweat in the gym!
  2. Meal Plan – Plan ahead and never go to the grocery store hungry. This will help you keep on track of your healthy meals (and avoid temptation).
  3. Work off the good foods you LOVE! My favorite. There’s certain foods that I LOVE that are good for me. For instance, I LOVE hummus. It’s great to include as a snack or in a meal. It’s also SUPER easy to make at home.

Bush’s (the same family that makes the beans we all love) has come out with Bush’s Hummus Made Easy which may be the easiest and most delicious appetizer I have ever made. For less than what you can buy pre-made hummus in the grocery store, we can all make hummus at home, just how we like it. What I loved even more – I knew what every ingredient was that was going into the hummus! No preservatives or ingredients that I didn’t know how to pronounce! Yes please! How many products can we say the same about?

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Current flavorsClassic, Roasted Red Pepper and Southwest Black Bean (found at Walmart next to the beans).  YUM!

As little as two ingredients: the pouch flavor of your choice, one can of beans (as suggested on the pouch).

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One step: Mix the pouch flavor and can of beans (drained and rinsed) in a food processor until the consistency desired.

At the first attempt, I was pretty excited and nervous. Honestly, now I’m hooked and will be making my own hummus from here on out. One, it’s cheaper and it makes more than the small pre-made packages in the store. It’s DELICIOUS! It’s pretty good freshly made but let it cool in the fridge for a few minutes and the flavors really blend together! Finally, I can get creative! Add extra ingredients to really kick it up a notch! Trust me, you’ll be hooked!

Eat as an Appetizer!
Use as a snack paired with your favorite veggies, crackers or chip pretzels.

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Incorporate into a Meal! 
As soon as I tasted the Southwest Black Bean Hummus, I knew I wanted to incorporate it into a burrito. Midweek, it was pretty tough for me to go to the grocery store so I made due with what I had available and voila, a healthy single-girl burrito!

 

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Ingredients:
Bush’s Southwest Black Bean Hummus
Flour Tortillas
Grilled Chicken
Optional: Any fillings of choice: veggies, cheese, guacamole, salsa, etc.

  1. Warm up a flour tortilla and spread Bush’s Southwest Black Bean Hummus.
  2. Add a layer of guacamole and salsa (and any other ingredients at hand).
  3. Add grilled chicken.
  4. Top with a little bit of cheese.
  5. Roll into a burrito or eat as a taco.

This is a super easy meal which can easily be portioned controlled. Filled with protein and whatever ingredients are easily available in the kitchen, this meal has turned into my go-to midweek dinner!

What’s your favorite way to eat hummus? What flavor do you want to try first? 

Search #HummusMadeEasy for more amazing recipes!

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Homemade Potstickers for Under $10

Cooking for one is hard to come by. Grocery expenses add up, ingredients sometimes go to waste and sometimes it’s so much easier to try to meal prep. We recently made two batches of these potstickers to freeze, one chicken and one pork. They are super easy, affordable and great to freeze and portion out.

The following recipe is for one batch. Each batch makes around 36 potstickers. We made one batch with ground chicken and one with ground pork.

Homemade Potstickers

Ingredients:
1 pound ground chicken (or pork)
1/2-3/4 cup of shredded cabbage (shredded finely)
1 large carrot, peeled and shredded
1 tsp. minced garlic
2-3 green onions, thinly sliced
1 TBSP freshly grated ginger
2 TBSP soy sauce (reduced sodium)
2 TBSP olive oil
2 tsp. sesame oil
1/4 tsp. ground white pepper
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
36 won ton wrappers

**Sesame Oil – make your own sesame oil by bringing olive oil (or vegetable oil) and sesame seeds to a boil. Once seeds brown, drain seeds. You are left with sesame oil!

1. In a large bowl, mix the cabbage, carrot, garlic, onions, ginger, soy sauce, olive oil, sesame oil ground white pepper and red pepper flakes.

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2. Add ground chicken or ground pork to mixture and stir until well blended.

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3. Add about 1 TBSP of the mixture to the wonton wrappers. Use a small amount of water around the edges to seal the wonton wrappers. We pressed down with a fork after folding the edges to ensure they were sealed.

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4. In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Add a few potstickers at a time. Potstickers will be ready when they float to the top and are poofy (around 6 minutes in cooking time).

5. Drain potstickers on a wire rack to reduce moisture. They can also be slightly browned in a large skillet after boiled.

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6. Freeze: Once cooled, place in a large ziplock bag or freezable container.

Dipping Sauce:
I prefer soy sauce however you can make an olive oil based sauce. For the olive oil spicy sauce heat in a saucepan 1/2 cup olive oil, 1 tsp. minced garlic and 1/8 to 1/4 cup of crushed red chili flakes (depending on desired heat). Cook until flavors combined and warm.

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Homemade Potstickers for Under $10
Easy potsticker recipe for less than $10 per batch.
Serves: 36
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground chicken (or pork)
  • ½-3/4 cup of shredded cabbage (shredded finely)
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and shredded
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2-3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 TBSP freshly grated ginger
  • 2 TBSP soy sauce (reduced sodium)
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • ¼ tsp. ground white pepper
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 36 won ton wrappers
  • **Sesame Oil - make your own sesame oil by bringing olive oil (or vegetable oil) and sesame seeds to a boil. Once seeds brown, drain seeds. You are left with sesame oil!
Directions
  1. In a large bowl, mix the cabbage, carrot, garlic, onions, ginger, soy sauce, olive oil, sesame oil ground white pepper and red pepper flakes.
  2. Add ground chicken or ground pork to mixture and stir until well blended.
  3. Add about 1 TBSP of the mixture to the wonton wrappers. Use a small amount of water around the edges to seal the wonton wrappers.
  4. In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Add a few potstickers at a time. Potstickers will be ready when they float to the top and are poofy (around 6 minutes in cooking time).
  5. Drain potstickers on a wire rack to reduce moisture. They can also be slightly browned in a large skillet after boiled.
  6. Freeze: Once cooled, place in a large ziplock bag or freezable container.
  7. Dipping Sauce:
  8. I prefer soy sauce however you can make an olive oil based sauce. For the olive oil spicy sauce heat in a saucepan ½ cup olive oil, 1 tsp. minced garlic and ⅛ to ¼ cup of crushed red chili flakes (depending on desired heat). Cook until flavors combined and warm.

 

Enjoy!

For an authentic potsticker recipe, see Chinese Dumplings.