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DIY Crochet Yoga Strap

June 22, 2017
DIY Crochet Yoga Strap

Do you ever wake up with the attitude, “I’m going to be healthy today”? Like, you’re ready to work out and hydrate and eat healthy and use soap made out of goat’s milk and stuff. Last weekend we had one of those days. We woke up early-ish and proceeded to go to the McKinney Farmers Market in Chestnut Square. If you’re in the area and you’ve never been to the McKinney Farmers Market, you should go! It’s in a little old historical section of town among all these cute old buildings and a wedding chapel. It is also where The Hubs and I got engaged (Though not during the farmers market, that would have been way to much of an audience!).

DIY Crochet Yoga Strap 1

After a long morning at the Farmers Market, at which we bought some excellent okra, The Hubs and I went to check out the local Yoga Fest near our apartment. Admission was free if you registered in advance, so we figured that we would check it out. The registration specified, however, that you must bring your own yoga mat.

While The Hubs and I have our own yoga mats, they’ve never…umm…been to yoga. They sit in a basket looking healthy while we do yoga on the carpet. We’ve never taken a yoga class, thanks to youtube, so they never really seemed worth it. However, it seemed the we were going to have to take them for a spin at the Yoga Fest. That meant I had to think about how to carry them.

Enter the crochet yoga strap!

DIY Crochet Yoga Strap

There are several very helpful and quick patterns for crocheted yoga straps on Pinterest and Ravelry. I ended up using this one. I used a worsted weight yarn held double and each strap took me maybe 10 – 20 minutes total. I braided the ends of the yarn instead of weaving them in because I’m lazy and I hate finishing. I may add some more tassels and beads later on to spruce them up. Then I tried them on our mats and they worked beautifully!

I was afraid that the straps would slip off the yoga mats and be hard to use but they were great. I even got a few compliments on how clever they were, though that may have been because some women wanted to sell me some doTerra…

We didn’t end up staying a the Yoga Fest very long, but I have my eye on a few other yoga events in the future. There’s a yoga studio in downtown McKinney that offers free community yoga on Saturdays at Tupps Brewery. There’s also Saturday morning yoga available at Klyde Warren Park! I don’t know if I’ll have any more healthy feeling Saturdays up my sleeve, but if I do, I’ll be ready thanks to my new yoga strap!

Food Lifestyle Recipe Whole 30

Chris Pratt Inspired Cucumber Rolls

May 11, 2017
Chris Pratt Inspired Cucumber Rolls

If you are like literally everyone on the internet, you’ve probably seen the hilarious series of videos by movie star Chris Pratt, “What’s my snack?”. If you haven’t, go watch..We’ll wait.

The Hubs had been enamored with Chris Pratt of late because #lifegoals. He has been eagerly watching the “What’s my snack?” updates, and saw one that we just had to recreate. During this segment, Chris Pratt’s snack is cucumber egg rolls.

Ever since this episode, The Hubs has been itching to make his own cucumber rolls. Which means he’s been itching for me to make cucumberrolls…even though he claims to be the better cook (It’s okay. We’ll let him think that.).

Here’s how it went down:

The Hubs: I want to take those cucumber rolls for lunch on Friday but I don’t have time to make them *pouts* (He knows I’m a sucker for the pout.)

Me: Aww, that’s okay. I can make them for you.

The Hubs” *perks up* Really?? Can you?

Me: You know, you could have just asked me.

I’m pretty sure he just likes to break out the pout to see if it still works on me (Spoiler alert: It always does.)

So without further ado, here is our my recipe for Chris Pratt’s Cucumber Rolls:

Chris Pratt Inspired Cucumber Rolls

Chris Pratt Inspired Cucumber Rolls

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Recipe:

Chris Pratt Inspired Cucumber Rolls

  1. Slice your cucumber lengthwise into long flat pieces using a vegetable peeler or slicer. Set the slices on paper towels to absorb the excess moisture.Chris Pratt Inspired Cucumber Rolls
  2. Make your egg salad base. Chop up your eggs into little bits, or use one of this nifty slicers that we somehow don’t own. Mix in your mayo and dill weed to taste. Go light on the mayo here because the cucumbers have a lot of moisture and you don’t want things to get runny (ew). Also, I find that this Whole 30 mayo is suuuper salty if you use too much, so start light.Chris Pratt Inspired Cucumber Rolls
  3. Let’s get rolling! Lay 1 or 2 slices of cucumber on a flat surface like a cutting board. If you are using 2 slices, make sure they overlap and are similar in length. Spread your egg salad mixture along 2/3rds of the cucumber. Top with your alfalfa sprouts. I’m not a huge fan of alfalfa, so I didn’t use much, but feel free to use more if you’re into that kinda thing. Starting from the egg salad end, roll your cucumber slice up like a little piece of sushi. Secure with a toothpick. Repeat with remaining ingredients.Chris Pratt Inspired Cucumber Rolls
  4. Serve to your very appreciative husband.

These cucumber rolls are best eaten immediately, but can last about a day in the fridge. After that they get a little too watery from the cucumber. The best part it, these cucumber rolls are Whole 30 approved!  They make a great snack or side dish to a Whole 30 meal. I think they’d be super fun to bring to a party if you need a Whole 30 option. Any other Chris Pratt fans out there? Did you have a favorite snack from his series (Don’t say Chris is your favorite snack! I know you’re thinking it. Don’t say it!)?

Chris Pratt Inspired Cucumber Egg Rolls
Serves 3
Egg salad rolled in cucumber slices for an easy Whole 30 snack!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cucumber
  2. Alfalfa Sprouts
  3. 3-4 hard boiled eggs
  4. 2-3 tablespoons Whole 30 compliant mayo (we use Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Mayonnaise)
  5. Dill Weed to taste
Instructions
  1. Slice your cucumber lengthwise into long flat pieces using a vegetable peeler or slicer. Set the slices on paper towels to absorb the excess moisture.
  2. Make your egg salad base. Chop up your eggs into little bits, or use one of this nifty slicers that we somehow don't own. Mix in your mayo and dill weed to taste.
  3. Lay 1 or 2 slices of cucumber on a flat surface like a cutting board. If you are using 2 slices, make sure they overlap and are similar in length. Spread your egg salad mixture along 2/3rds of the cucumber. Top with alfalfa sprouts. Starting from the egg salad end, roll your cucumber slice up like a little piece of sushi. Secure with a toothpick. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
Adapted from "What's My Snack"
Adapted from "What's My Snack"
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Food Lifestyle Mini Monday Whole 30

5 Things Saving My Whole 30 Right Now

May 9, 2017
5 Things Saving my Whole 30 Right Now

All right! Week 1 of Whole30 Round 2 is in the bag! I’m feeling pretty good. Still hungry all the time, but sleeping like a rock. I had my first super realistic food dream (Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups…), and we’ve handled our first party of Whole 30 Round 2. Let’s just say, I’ve never seen The Hubs feed red velvet cake to a toddler so intently. He was living vicariously.

Even though I’m feeling good about Whole 30 Round 2, The Hubs and I are having one of those phases where there is not enough time in the world. It’s moving too fast. Somebody slow the clock down, please. We’re feeling a little rushed. Since I’ve been scrambling to get it together, here is a list of 5 things saving my Whole 30 right now:

5 Things Saving my Whole 30 Right Now

5 Things Saving my Whole 30 Right Now

Snap Kitchen

Snap Kitchen saved my life on Day 1 of Whole 30 Round 2, when I realized that I did not plan an appropriate lunch. Luckily Snap Kitchen has a whole set of Whole 30 options to chose from. Imagine, Whole 30 compliant food that I didn’t have to cook! There are Snap Kitchen locations near both my office and my apartment. Score! It’s great to know that I can grab a quick, compliant lunch there. I can’t wait to try more of their options. Also, Their cauliflower is amazing!

5 Things Saving my Whole 30 Right Now

Canned Olives

Ya’ll know that a major Whole 30 struggle for me is that I am always. hungry. Like, all the time. One of the suggestions of the Whole 30 Forums for the constant hunger was to incorporate more fat into your meals. Nut butters work well for me, but another suggestion was olives. Olives can be tough because of some of the additive that they use. Using the handy dandy Whole 30 Additives Cheat Sheet, I was able to determine that Trader Joe’s canned black olives were Whole 30 compliant. So I bought a ton. They make my life so much easier.

5 Things Saving my Whole 30 Right Now

Kalua Pig

Okay. You have to try this slow cooker recipe. It’s so simple. The end result is both amazing and versatile. The recipe is by Nom Nom Paleo, and she has not steered me wrong during this Whole 30. We bought the pork shoulder on Friday night (we used 2 lbs instead of 5) and cooked it in the crock pot overnight. It called for Hawaiian red salt, but we just used Himalayan pink salt instead. It was in about 11 hours (the 5 lb one in the recipe cooks for 16 hours.). The next morning I shredded it and we’ve been using it all weekend. On potatoes. With tostones. In this delicious breakfast concoction. It’s a Whole 30 lifesaver recipe for sure!

5 Things Saving my Whole 30 Right Now

Topo Chico / Kombucha

I’ve decided to delve into the realm of Kombucha on Whole 30 Round 2. Kombucha is tricky in that it can have sugar in it, but it is usually added as part of the fermentation process and is not present in the finished drink. As long as no sugar is added after the fermentation, Kombucha is fair game for Whole 30. The first time on Whole 30 I was afraid to try Kombucha because I was afraid of picking the wrong brand that might have added sugar. Since it’s my second time on Whole 30, I’m more willing to experiment. After perusing the Whole 30 forums online, I decided to start with GT’s Trilogy Kombucha. I’ve been mixing it with Topo Chico (mineral water) because I’ve heard that it can have an, umm, moving effect if you drink too much. It’s my little special treat drink and yes, I drink it out of a wine glass. Don’t judge.

5 Things Saving my Whole 30 Right Now

Sweet Potato Hash

For breakfast. At HG Supply Co. Under bison burgers. With chorizo.  I am living for sweet potato hash. Whether it’s cubed, shredded or in hash browns, it’s the perfect vessel for just about anything I want to eat. Especially fried eggs. Mostly fried eggs… Last night, The Hubs and I experimented and came up with a recipe served on sweet potato hash that was seriously good. Like, it might need it’s own blog post. Because I love sweet potato hash.

Are you like The Hubs and I in feeling like life is moving way too fast? What do you do to slow things down? Is there anything saving your life right now? I’d love to hear about it!