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Chili “Pigs” in a Blanket

As a mom continuously on the search for exciting new recipes, with kids who are hungry every five minutes during the summer, I was pleased when I was scrolling through facebook for inspiration and saw a picture of something that even I would eat!

You guys already know the tradition here: Sundays are family days where we love to try something new for dinner and dessert! Summer time is no exception! What’s more traditional than chili dogs in the summer?

These were a hit with even my pickiest eater, so parents, please take note!

My husband had bought jalapeno cheddar sausage specifically for me (my taste buds thanked him) but I used regular Johnsonville brats for his and the kids’. The recipe that I saw said to use cheddar sticks and crescent rolls as well, but I decided to make this my own but using what I had – a can of jumbo biscuits and shredded cheddar.

14 oz can of chili
1 can of jumbo biscuits (Pillsbury or the off-brand, we used Safeway’s brand)
8 Brats or sausages
Shredded cheese (we used cheddar, but make it your own)
Butter

The directions are very simple:

  1. Preheat oven to 375, and spray oven safe glass container with Pam or whichever cooking spray you prefer
  2. Empty the chili into a pot and heat on the stove. Once it’s heated, pour it into the glass container
  3. Unroll the dough and flatten each biscuit. Pour a hefty amount of shredded cheese along the middle, followed by a brat or sausage, and wrap the dough around. Pinch the dough together, and then place seam-down atop the chili. Do this for the rest of your brats.
  4. Place the dish in the oven and cook for 15 minutes or until the dough looks golden brown, then smear the stick of butter atop the biscuit (add parsley or garlic powder to the butter and melt it prior to this as an option)
  5. It’s ready to eat. Enjoy!

If you make this or switch things up, be sure to take a picture and tag me here or on instagram (you can follow me here!) I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with. Have a wonderful summer, folks!

Next up, I’ll have a variety of “bombs” to drop on y’all! Stay tuned!

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Motherhood Depression

We’ve all heard of post-partum depression and while I’ve never dealt with that, I have dealt with depression my whole life, and depression as a result of being a mommy. Before you twist my words, let me explain what I mean by that.

Being a mom is already a taxing, and thankless job. Yes, I’m saying it is a job because it is hard work! When I became a mother for the first time, I was not together, my anxiety was absolutely through the roof, and I felt completely unprepared. It didn’t help that I was the almost on my own raising him. Point being, it’s work!

Lately there’ve been a few celebrity suicides in the news, and I think it’s important to point that out regardless if they’re parents or not, because the root cause of it is depression. Post partum depression is not uncommon – and if you’re dealing with that, I urge you to try your hardest to reach out.

I made a friend in the past couple months who I’ve gotten close to, and she’s a mom as well. One of the main things we’ve been able to bond over is depression. When you’re a mom, there’s a lot of judgment – not just from other parents, but of complete strangers, exes, exes’ new beaus, etc. It feels like the list goes on. It doesn’t matter what we do, someone is going to think we’re doing it wrong and that can weigh heavily on a parent.

Additionally, when you’re a working parent, it’s hard to find time to be active, keep up with household chores or repairs, keep the kids happy, socialize with your own friends, etc. All of those things can play a role in depression.

I know there are those who think depression is all in your head (um, yeah, that’s why it’s called a mental disorder), but if you see a friend who seems off, please reach out. Depression makes it very difficult for those suffering to reach out, so it’s important for us to help our loved ones!

Here are some helpful phone numbers, I urge you to copy and paste them if you know of anyone in need of help!

US Suicide Hotline 1-800-784-2433
NDMDA Depression Hotline – Support Group 800-826-3632
Suicide Prevention Services Crisis Hotline 800-784-2433
Suicide Prevention Services Depression Hotline 630-482-9696
Child Abuse Hotline – Support & Information 800-422-4453
Crisis Help Line – For Any Kind of Crisis 800-233-4357
Domestic & Teen Dating Violence (English & Spanish) 800-992-2600
Parental Stress Hotline – Help for Parents 800-632-8188
Runaway Hotline (All Calls are Confidential) 800-231-6946
Sexual Assault Hotline (24/7, English & Spanish) 800-223-5001
Suicide & Depression Hotline – Covenant House 800-999-9999
National Child Abuse Hotline 800-422-4453
National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-SAFE
National Domestic Violence Hotline (TDD) 800-787-3224
National Youth Crisis Hotline 800-448-4663

The Perks of Mental Growth

I read a quote the other day from Dita von Teese and I absolutely loved it. I’ve seen it around for a few years now, but it’s just really starting to hit me on how accurate it is.

This just hits me on so many different levels. I try my best to be positive and send good vibes out into the world, but if I have a bad day or write something negative on my social media, there have been people who said I’m fake because of that.

A lot of what I do, I do it for myself, for my family, my friends. I don’t generally do things to get on anyone’s good side. I don’t feel like that’s necessary. If my energy attracts you, then great. If not, that’s fine too.

What I think a lot of folks have a hard time grasping is that you don’t need to be friends with everyone. There are people who don’t like Cassey Ho, who is sunshine in human form, because they think she’s fake. She’s human, and I’m sure she gets sad or mad sometimes, but that doesn’t mean all the times that she’s doing her blogilates she’s fake. She’s better at compartmentalizing those negative emotions.

I’m not saying you should be rude or mean, or even ignore those who you know don’t like you, or don’t want to be around you. That’s not necessary, you can still be cordial. But if there’s one piece of advice I can give to you guys, it’s not to compromise yourself to fit what you think others want from you. I’m sarcastic sometimes, I’m extremely positive sometimes, I’m a disciplinarian sometimes, etc. I’m not going to stop being me just because someone else doesn’t like me.

 

Bridal Bootcamp: June Edition

Y’all ready for this

Get it? See what I did there?

No but seriously, I’ve got 5 months until I walk down the metaphorical aisle and I want to look as badass as humanly possible, which means it might be time for a little diet switch. I’ve hit a plateau and it is not settling with me very well. Why would it? It’s a flippin plateau! The further along in this journey we go, the more plateaus we hit, that’s just the reality we face.

Before I talk about my health and fitness plans for this month, I need to talk to you guys about something and maybe one of you can offer some advice: My back pain (which may be a workout injury, or a bad mattress, or a number of things that I can’t diagnose) has gotten worse. I no longer sit much during the day and if I do, I’m extremely self-conscious of my posture for fear of back spasms. I thought getting a new mattress might help things but I don’t think that’s going to help. So I’m definitely going to take it easy on my workouts this month, on the off chance that it’s workout-injury related.

TO THE PLANS!

My meal plans are going to stay the same with regards to calories, but instead of just blindly looking around for the least carbs/most protein noms that we have I’m going to be drinking a juice (of my creation, recipes to follow if I can manage that), a protein shake, a salad, and an intuitive meal for dinner.

My workouts will be light and include more yoga (well, yoga in general because my yoga has been so bloody limited). Fingers crossed, I’d love to tone up but right now I need to heal my rebellious back!

I’ll check in with you guys on Monday!

 

Cowgirl Casserole

You’ve heard of cowboy casserole… or maybe you haven’t, I don’t know your life. But I’m here to tell you about COWGIRL CASSEROLE! It’s a bajillion times better, or at least my kids and fiance would tell you that.

COWGIRL CASSEROLE 2

This, my friends, is one of my proudest chef-ing moments. Now, I may be eating vegan-esque this month, but I haven’t posted in quite some time and again, I was incredibly proud of this.

The great thing about being a stay-at-home mom (besides the fun and proud, tear-inducing moments), is that you can experiment with crafts and recipes in your spare time, which is exactly what I did with this.

I love – you don’t even understand how much emphasis I put on that word in this very sentence – watching cooking, baking, and decorating videos, so I’m following a plethora of foodie type facebook pages (and instagrams and tumblrs). There was a post by Southern Cooking, I believe, on cowboy casserole. I didn’t have, nor did I want all of the ingredients it had listed, so I… improvised!

Now for the long awaited (and I try not to write an entire blog post before the actual recipe because who wants to scroll that far?) recipe:

COWGIRL CASSEROLE

Ingredients:

1lb Ground beef or turkey (I used the latter)
1 packet of Taco Seasoning
Plenty of Mexican cheese blend (seriously this depends on how cheesy you and your family like your food)
1 can of diced tomatoes
1/2 a can of black beans
1/2 a can of sweet corn
A package of frozen tater tots

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees while you brown your ground meat, then add the black beans and corn
  2. Follow the directions on the seasoning packet – usually it will tell you to pour in 3/4 of a cup of water and the seasoning, then simmer
  3. After you’ve seasoned the meat, turn the stove down to low, and mix in the diced tomatos for no more than 5 minutes
  4. You can grease the pan if you like your food a little on the buttered side, but we didn’t, and we poured the mixture in
  5. Top the meat mixture with cheese and then place the frozen tater tots atop the mixure
  6. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes, take the pan out and sprinkle it with a generous amount of cheese, and place the pan back into the oven for 5 more minutes
  7. Boom! Cowgirl Casserole! I strongly suggest adding jalapenos, habaneros, or even just sriracha sauce if you’re like me and need the heat. Otherwise it’s perfectly scrumptious with a dollop of sour cream on top!

If you end up making this dish, I’d LOVE to see your version of it. Please don’t hesitate to tag me in your posts! Have a delicious day, everyone!

FABUARY CHALLENGE!

Hey guys, I’m going to keep this as short as possible! This month I’ve putting a focus on my abs and back (aka my girdle).

My workouts will be simple:

  1. Running outside twice a week
  2. Dancing more
  3. Abs on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

My diet has a couple of rules too:

  1. No alcohol or beverages with calories
  2. No red meat
  3. Caffeine free the first seven days
  4. Eat fish twice a week

Since this has been day 1 of my caffeine cycle, I’m having a fair amount of brain fog. Hopefully, tomorrow will bring a more clear-headed day. I hope everyone has a great rest of the week!

Better Late Than Never | No Junk January

I know, I know, I completely dropped the ball on my Monday check-ins, but I’m happy to say I managed to maintain my two videos/week goal!

Whew! Where to begin!! I guess I should start with saying I’ve lost a grand total of 11.25 inches in the first two weeks of January! 6.75 in week one, and 4.5 in week two.

I’ve managed to maintain an average of 6 glasses of water a day, but I’m trying hard to keep it at a daily 8. I can’t expect perfection but I can certainly try to get as close as possible.

The downside to my progress updates is that my progress will be slowing down a LOT in these next weeks of January, because I managed to pull both a pec muscle, and a muscle in my lower back.

I’ve been feeling ill this past week as well and I’m not 100% sure why. It could be low blood pressure, overworking myself, stress, I’ll even throw vertigo out there.

My goal this next week is to lose a quarter of an inch per thigh, and to just take it easy on the rest of my body.

Spicy Chicken: Two Easy Ways

I’ve been on an adventure trying to come up with ways to make pretty much all of my food as spicy as I can handle and these two chicken recipes have gotten me pretty darn close to perfection.

This is pretty basic, and definitely not a complicated recipe but you’re going to get your hands messy, so prepare yourself!

This is a great recipe if you need protein for meal prep. This calls for just enough for one chicken breast each! My significant other thinks the hot cheeto one is too spicy, but the cayenne one was just right for him!

Spicy Chicken

Ingredients:

1/2 tablespoon cayenne
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic pepper seasoning
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
One chicken breast

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Rub the chicken breast down in the oil
  3. Combine cayenne, black pepper, and garlic pepper in a bowl and mix together
  4. Rub the seasoning on the chicken breast
  5. Place in the oven for 35-45 minutes (I’d suggest checking every five minutes to see how it’s cooking)

This goes great with angel hair pasta!

Hot Cheeto Chicken

Ingredients:

1/4 cup Pancake mix
2 1/2 tablespoons of Grated parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cups Hot cheetos
1 Egg
1/4 Salt
1 chicken breast
1 tablespoon water

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Place your Hot Cheetos and parmesan into a food processor (I use a blender so it’s not as well crushed), set aside in a bowl
  3. Whisk together pancake mix and salt
  4. Whisk egg and water (I strongly suggest using a wet hand and a dry hand for this next part
  5. Coat chicken in flour mixture, then dip into egg mixture, and finally dip into Hot Cheeto/Parmesan mixture
  6. Place chicken on a greased (or buttered) baking sheet and bake for 35-45 minutes

This chicken goes well with rice dishes!

I hope you enjoy!

No One Can Motivate You But Yourself

In the first week or so of 2018 – and of having a motivation/accountability group – I’ve noticed that most people don’t make their health a priority. It’s not my business what someone looks like or how high their blood pressure is or what their TDEE is… except when someone asks me for help.

The whole reason I got my personal training certificate was so that I could help people, and then after I had my baby, I would have the knowledge to help myself. The first step to all of this is having the motivation to do it.

Anyone can say they want to lose weight, but if you don’t have the motivation, it’s not going to happen. I see people using humor as a defense mechanism, or complain about the way they look, but make excuses for not making changes.

If you can only make excuses, then you need to stop making statements of what you want. “I want to lose weight, but my knees/shoulder/tendons hurt”, or “I want to workout, but I don’t have any time”, etc.

You’re not handed a perfect bill of health, you have to work for it. These are the only reasons I can think of that might convince others to change their lifestyle:

  • Lack of exercise increases body fat. You are meant to have a certain amount of fat on your body, but increased body fat shows in between your organs (it’s called visceral fat). Too much body fat between your organs can cause: coronary heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, sleep disorders, depression, etc.
  • Not eating healthy can result in nutrient deficiencies, which results in anemia, defected bone growth, muscular dystrophy, higher risk of chronic diseases, accelerated aging, and a decline in mental health
  • Lack of exercise can result in high blood pressure, osteoporosis, easily getting winded (grocery shopping or walking up stairs could become a challenge), slower metabolism, prone to injury, sexual dysfunction, etc.

Christmas Coal Recipe

Tis the season! It’s also the season of figuring out what to put in those stockings, and this is an easy, delicious snack that the kids will love finding (whether they’ve been naughty or nice).

This was so fun and easy to make, so parents gather around. You don’t need a whole lot, just a bit of butter, mini-marshmallows, chocolate rice crispies, and semi-sweet milk chocolate chips!

I’ve been trying to post more on my facebook page (which I’ll obviously be sharing this on) and managed to figure out how to do page stories! You guys already know how much I love doing instagram stories!The first thing you do is melt the butter, then add the mini marshmallows. The reason we do mini, is because A)  they blend better and B) it’s easier to measure the minis since there’s less airspace. Look at those and I tested these a couple weeks ago with the boys. They INAHLED these! “Mommy, this is GOOD!” is something I heard a lot during this little trial, so trust me when I say, these are immediate winners!These don’t really need any garnish, but I wanted to give it a little something special so I added some gold luster! It’s not necessary but if you have some extra time, it gives it a bit of mining sparkle!

Ingredients:

3 tbsp butter
3 cups mini marshmallows
3 cups cereal
*gold or silver luster
*a couple drops  lemon or vanilla extract

*Items optional

Directions:

  1. Melt the butter and combine the mini-marshmallows until dissolved and well blended
  2. Add in chocolate cereal and fold the cereal into the mixture until once again it is well blended (take a shot every time I say that… just kidding, don’t do that)
  3. Spread into a pan and let cool (I put it in the freezer with a plastic cover and left it for about an hour)
  4. After the coal is cooled, shape them into little balls
  5. Melt the chocolate chips and roll the balls into melted mixture before placing on a sheet and cool them in the freezer
  6. This part is optional: Use the luster and a couple drops of extract and brush it on the cooled chocolate coal to give it a fun little finish

I hope you guys have fun with this and have a great weekend!