Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Back from the East!

Miss me!? Probably not, though my page views indicate that this little blog has been viewed more than 1000 times, with at least 500 of those probably being me looking at it because I'm so impressed with the number of times I've posted! :)

So, I got back late on Sunday night from an epic trip out to the Eastern coast of Canada. I was lucky enough to get sent to a Career Fair in Fredricton by my work. My friend and I decided we best make an adventure out of it, so we rented a car and headed to Moncton after we closed shop on Thursday night. It was awesome! Pictures will be posted below. I ate a lot of seafood. I ate lobster at least 3 times. I love lobster. Period. We stayed at the Downtown Bed & Breakfast in Moncton. Linda, our host, made us french toast all 3 mornings as well as the best homemade banana bread I've ever tasted! Catch 22 in Moncton, is worth the visit as is the Pumphouse Microbrewrey - they make VERY good blueberry beer! DELISH. I ate the best coconut macroon square ever that I only paid $1 for from the Farmer's Market. Yes, my mind is always thinking about food. If you haven't been able to tell - I love eating.

The week before I left, I was back into the kitchen with several, in my opinion, awesome creations! :) Again, and as always - the pictures certainly don't do it any justice but here's what I threw together last Tuesday! Apologies for the lack of measurements!

Salmon Cakes
salmon, no skin (you could use canned) - I used 2 fillets
almond flour, probably about a quarter cup
capers
garlic, diced
red onion, diced
1 egg
dill
salt
pepper

Throw all of the ingredients into your food processor. Turn it on. While this is whirring and whizzing about, take out a frying pan and heat it up. Put some oil into it. Then take the salmon mixture and make patties. Put them in the heated pan. Fry. Eat. AWESOME. This made about 4 cakes which was good for 2 meals! :)


Old Train Bridge in Fredricton

Confederation Bridge
Beach at Aboiteau

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Sunday Funday!

Happy Sunday Funday People! I have had a very good weekend, thank you for asking! It has been low key and very needed. I didn't end up racing in the Spartan Race which was a bit sad but it meant I got to go to Crossfit and work on some more lifts which is super cool in my life! I would like to update you that my front squat PR (personal record FYI) is 185 pounds. I managed to overhead squat 105 pounds which is pretty cool but failed at 205 pounds for my back squat. It pissed me off because I know I could do it, just lost form and was tired. Anyway, you guys don't want to hear about that crap. I love it but let's not let me go on and on and on... Silliness. (BUT I LOVE IT FYI)

Weekend recap: Friday started with crossfit and I got to see Michelle was a quickie date on Friday which was lovely, and also got a visit in with some family friends. I went to Crossfit and  then got to watch a bit of rugby on Saturday. I watched my old team kick ass and win City Finals playing against the other team I used to play for back in the day. SO GOOD! YAY RAMS! I'm proud of you ladies! There were quite a few playing that I got to play with. I'm so lucky, they are great players and I admire that they are still out there - they are ALL older than me and still kicking ass. What an inspiration! Then, Jana and I hit up  the Stampeders Football game. It was a good time. Stamps won! I'm sure I don't need to tell you but I generally go for the beer and the company. I don't care too much about the game! Jana is my "Everything Friend", so we got some good girl time - YAY! Then today, I picked up my lovely friends Stacy and Kristy from the airport. The jerks just spent a week in Barbados! So jealous!! They took me out for brunch to an AWESOME WICKED place called Blue Star Diner. It was delicious! I need to go back. I had the Pulled Pork Hash and drank WAY too much coffee (I'd give up beer before coffee FYI), then I got my nails done which makes me feel super girly (I've decided since my hands are gross from weights, my nails need to be pretty), and coffeed with Allison and am now waiting to meet up with Jackie for some dinner! I'm looking forward to it because I'm cooking! I've missed my kitchen and this week, I actually got some time in it which has been f*&$ing great!

Now, (drum roll please) for this weekend's creation! Again, a rip off from my girl crush's blog. I did the no sugar thing ALL week and am back on it today. Saturday was my cheat day so I wanted to make something delicious to cheat with and wow, did I ever! I gave 3/4 of them away but ate a 1/4 of the tray myself. I couldn't help it! I made some mods to it, ENJOY!

Sticky Apple Bars - find the original hereCrust
12 medjool dates, pits removed
1 cup almond butter
1/4 cup Honey 
1/4 cup Unsweetended Shredded Coconut 
1/2 cup Coconut Cream Concentrate
1 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt

Topping
3 apples, cored and thinly sliced
3 tablespoons Coconut Oil
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1/4 cup pecans, chopped
2 tablespoons Coconut Cream Concentrate 
pinch of cinnamon
pinch of salt

Put all of the ingredients for your crust into the food processor. Once blended, press into a pan. I used an 8 X 8 pan. Put in the fridge or freezer and let harder. Now, heat a skillet, and add your apples and coconut oil. Cook the apples until soft, add the nuts, coconut cream and cinnamon and salt. Then put on top of your hardened crust and try to flatten it down a bit. I sprinkled the top with coconut. Then put them in the fridge and let harden. Then cut them and stuff your face! :)





 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

MUG CAKE

Hola! Don't get overwhelmed - yes... I know, 3rd post of the week! BAM.

I've been tired all week. I don't want to sound like a whiny baby, but I've been really tired all week! I mean, come on... I just came back from a stellar week off. The last thing I should be is tired! Anyway - I am. I ran with Bethan on Sunday - 8km and let me tell you, she just had a baby in June and she is looking HOT. I did Crossfit the last 3 nights. 2 out of 3 workouts were great, and last night's was poop. I'm wondering if maybe I pushed myself too hard this week? The thing is, I don't want to stop, or rest, or be tired. I got on the plane this morning and fell asleep right away and tonight, I got on the plane and didn't even make it to take off...which was a disappointment, it's my favorite part!

So, all of this tiredness got me to wondering... What can I do differently!? Well, I decided that I was going to cut out refined sugar (which it's Day #4 SUCCESS), so I am hoping that helps in the long run with my health and even with the short term stuff! Then, I got to thinking... maybe I need to S.....L......O.....W.... down. I've been pushing myself SO hard. I haven't really given myself any downtime. I need downtime. So, here I am blogging and watching Breaking Bad Season 1. I have intentions of being in bed in approximately 1 hour. It's going to be glorious!

With this no sugar thing, and recovering from my vacation - I had some weird cravings. These cravings have included spinach in large quantities and kale. Today, I couldn't even look at kale after wanting it SO bad on Monday and Tuesday. Tonight, I came home and literally wanted a big plate of spinach with tuna. Yeah, crazy...I know. ha. I did, however make a little sugarless treat which was pure awesome! I am going to share it with you! The picture, once again, doesn't do it justice! In fact, the picture does it some major injustice but I would strongly suggest trying it! It was once again a rip off from my girl crush's sweet a$$ website: PaleOMG.

Sugar Detox Pumpkin Cake, original found here
1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
1.5 tablespoons coconut flour
1 egg + 1 egg white
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 tablespoons canned coconut milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt

Put all of your ingredients in a mug or in a small bowl and whip. Then, put it in the microwave for 1:30 - 2:00 minutes.

She made some chocolate whip with it! I modified her chocolate whip for my recipe.
Cocoa Whip Topping
Coconut Cream
Cocoa Power
Put it in a bowl and whip it together. I know it's hard to believe, but holy mother this tasted AMAZING! (sorry, didn't measure). Put this on top of the cake.

EAT & ENJOY. Don't feel bad because it has NO SUGAR! YUM!

It's not dog food, PROMISE

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

In honor of....

Shark Week! (and Hump Day!)
courtesy of http://oceana.org/en/blog/2012/08/get-ready-for-shark-week-2012
I don't even really like sharks and actually, swimming in the ocean scares me because I think about sharks. FYI.

HAPPY HUMP DAY PEOPLE!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Missing In Action!

Good Day My Faithful Followers!
It has been brought to my attention by the best reader EVER, that it's been a while since I've posted anything! And, I KNOW! I'm sorry Faye and whoever else here just dying to read about me! :)

This summer, for the record, has been maybe the best summer of my life. In fact, I think Bryan Adams sang about this....but it was called Summer of '69. So, it's not 1969, but it is 2012 and it is AWESOME. So just a little recap about what I've been up to: May - Half Marathon was the big event, June - Trail Race & Vegas Trip with my Everything Friend (xoxoxox), July - Waterton Camping Trip, Stampede Fun, Stampede 7s, Rebekah's Stagette Fun, Trail Race, Mud Hero,
August - Visit with my Gramps in BC, Cousin Kirby got married, and then in the next weeks.... Spartan Race &New Brunswick is coming up!

This only includes the highlights, this doesn't even begin to include all of the other cool random moments I've had, laughter I've shared, pure joy I've felt & the other cool stuff coming down the line. Seriously...I have it SO good. Like really good. Life. Is. Good. YAY!

So, I took a mini amount of time for myself last night and still need some more tonight if I can! I am tired. My body is tired, my mind is tired - I've been pushing myself a lot! Don't get me wrong - I just had a week off work...had the most amazing visit with my grandpa where all I did was sleep, eat, read books and golfed. Then, I got the honor of being invited to the Spa Day with the girls and the wedding for my cousin Kirby. SIDE NOTE: She is a beauty! I am so very blessed to have her, her brothers & my Aunt & Uncle in my life. I love them all - very much! And now, what's really cool...is that I get another new cousin! Welcome Andy! You're alright! :)

Ok so, back to last night - I decided that after my week off of eating, eating, drinking, eating, drinking, drinking, eating (you get the idea).... I am going to cut any refined sugar. Thus far - Day #1 SUCCESS!! I went to Crossfit, had the most amazing workout! I even got a little private session with the coach after to work on getting my max weight on Front Squat (173 pounds btw) and Deadlift (233 pounds). I'm hoping in a few months from now that those numbers will be higher because I've decided that the show must go on! I'm addicted to Crossfit. In love. Ok, wow - keep on track Kyla!! So, with the deciding to cut sugar & feel healthy came a little creativity. The other evening I picked up some bacon and some ground pork. My original intention was to make some burgers with bacon in them but instead stumbled across this recipe. My creation was inspired by this but was not nearly as eleborate but delicious nevertheless & I am, as Ceara mentioned, supporting the pork industry which in turn supports her parents! YAY ME. For lack of creativity and inspired by what I ate at Model Milk with Jessie last week, I've decided to call this Pig Loaf. The picture is awful but trust me when I say it tastes good!

Pig Loaf
Approximately 1 pound ground pork
1 package frozen spinach, unthawed and drained
1/2 onion  diced - can be white or red, whatever you prefer
4 - 5 strips of bacon
1/4 cup almond flour
1 egg + additional egg whites
garlic
salt
pepper

Saute your diced onions. I sauteed them in bacon grease, but use whatever you like! Then, put your pork in a bowl, add the spinach, flour, egg, egg whites, garlic, salt and pepper. Mix it up! Then, put it in a pan. I used mini loaf pans. It made 4 pretty sizeable loaves. Once you put it in the pan, put a slice of bacon on top. Bake it at 400F for about 25 - 30 minutes. Keep watch of it! Then turn it to broil for about 5 minutes to crisp up the bacon. Then take it out of the oven and eat the shit out of it.

ENJOY!



Don't let the picture scare you.