VEGGIE “FRIED” RICE

Ugh…riced cauliflower.

“Riced” anything except for actual rice sounded BLAH at first but this a game changer people! This is the year of BIG changes for our family and healthier eating is one of them. I grabbed a bag of frozen riced cauliflower that already had some peas and carrots in it rather than try and rice it on my own…I have zero patience and time for that. Honestly, I don’t even know what “ricing” means…

I followed a super simple if-you-mess-this-up-you-are-a-dummy recipe and it came out AMAZING. This is my latest addiction…recipe below:

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1 bag frozen riced cauliflower

3 eggs

1/2 bag frozen peas/carrots (or any veggies you choose)

chopped rotisserie chicken

soy sauce

garlic salt

Microwave the frozen riced cauliflower according to the package directions…also the frozen peas/carrots. Heat a frying pan on medium with a little bit of olive oil (or any oil you prefer) and scramble the eggs. Dump all items in the pan and add a few drops of soy sauce (go easy…it can get pretty salty very quickly!) and sprinkle garlic salt. Use the items to your taste…and serve. Enjoy!

Thank you for reading…

AN OPEN LETTER TO MYSELF

As the end of 2018 began approaching, I began to think of all the things I wanted to do differently in 2019. Since making and sticking to resolutions has never worked for me in the past, why repeat that? Isn’t that what the definition of “insanity” is? Thus, an open letter to myself was drafted…

Dear Kara-

I am writing this letter to you as a way to hold yourself accountable for a better 2019 rather than another list of New Year’s resolutions that will fade into the distance after a week. I could sit here and post the 287 things I think you need to work on but let’s go with the top #5 that have bugged you for a looooong time. Here goes:

First on my list is to CALM DOWN. Not everything has to have a DEFCON1 level reaction to it. Some things are just not worth it. You are the only one that can determine what to give attention to and what to pass on. If you can’t change it, why worry about it? If it won’t matter 5 years from now, why give it 5 minutes? Food for thought. Chill out.

Second on the list is DON’T LOWER/DROP YOUR EXPECTATIONS OF PEOPLE. Why should I? I keep hearing “well if you don’t have expectations of people, you won’t be disappointed.” Well, I am. This is where I am going to be more vocal about how someone has upset me and not just let it go. I work better like this…get it out and move on. If they are a repeat offender, this is a good time to determine if you really want them to be a part of your life or not.

Third on the list is STOP ABSORBING OTHER PEOPLES ISSUES AS IF THEY ARE YOURS. You can have empathy, but just like America, you are not the world’s problem solver. Deal with your own sh*t and let others figure out theirs.

Fourth on the list is to KEEP BUSINESS AS BUSINESS AND PERSONAL AS PERSONAL. With a few exceptions along your career path, most people you work with are not your friends. They are business associates and should stay that way. Don’t take the chance of pouring out your soul to someone your work with only to have it come up in the most inopportune time and of course, against you. Leave your personal stuff for the closest of friends.

Last on the list is to MAKE YOURSELF HAPPY AND STOP WORRYING ABOUT EVERYONE ELSE. Do you think for a second someone else is thinking about what YOU think about a decision they are making? Uh, no. Make YOU happy. Your happiness hopefully will be an inspiration for others to follow their path to happiness. Oh, and if you want to cut your hair short because that is truly who YOU are, DO IT!

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Happy 2019!

THE CHRISTMAS SMOOTHIE

I have no idea why I called this the “Christmas Smoothie” because nothing about it says Christmas/holiday season except maybe the color. I am sure this recipe (or some variation of it) lives in a blog or website somewhere but here is my latest obsession:

1 huge handful baby spinach

1 small banana

1/4 avocado

1 cup frozen mango chunks

local honey

water

Blend away…it is sweet, creamy, wholesome, filling and super healthy! Enjoy!

COFFEE ACROSS THE MILES

Relationships have always been very important to me. Back in October, my family and I made a “change of life” move from Florida to Texas leaving behind friends and family. Though 1200 miles separate us from the ones we love, it is important to keep in touch as best we can with them. What better way to do this than to meet each weekend for coffee…via a video chat. Thank goodness for technology!

This is my bestie Laura (yes, I did get her permission to use this picture); we catch up weekly via WhatsApp. Its free and pretty reliable.

Video Chat with Laura

I even have both sets of parents using video chat as well! Don’t let distance become an excuse for not keeping up with the ones you love…its 2018.

EASY CHRISTMAS WREATH

Hey Ya’ll! Do you have 3,794 Christmas tree ornaments and no room to hang them? Use what ya’ got and make a wreath! I stopped into Michael’s the other day and picked up this wreath on a 50% off special (cost me $4) along with some basic floral wire (less than $3). When I got home, I took inventory of all the decorations and started to lay them out. I cut off pieces of the floral wire, threaded them through the ornaments and started randomly wrapping! I love the way this turned out:img_20181203_1852031972

I know I have been gone for quite some time so thank you to ALL who have stuck around. I am back now…and more on what I have been up to, where I am now and why I said “ya’ll!”

Kara

 

Spirulina is the ***!

Have you guys tried spirulina yet? HOLY MOLY…it is the shizzz! Packed with nutrients, this powerhouse powder is so good in my green smoothies…I really feel like I am doing a good thing by adding this to my daily routine.

The serving size is 1 tsp but I went with a 1/2 tsp last night since I wasn’t sure how potent it was or how I would even like it. This morning I kicked it up to 1 tsp because I am in LOOOOOVE:

Warning…it smells like the Atlantic Ocean once you open up the packet but as long as you can get past that, you will be good to go. In order to adjust the flavor, I added a little more honey to my smoothie and off I went…literally “went!”

Here is the link to where I bought it: Natural Nutra Organic Spirulina Powder from Amazon.

*I was not compensated in any way for this post…I simply blog about what I love.