Cocktail Experiments

If you’re playing Red Dead Redemption like my husband is, you may have come across a recipe for the St. Denis Sazerac. This was delicious to sip while watching my husband play the game.

This classic is made by rinsing a glass with absinthe, then dropping in some ice. Shake 2 oz. cognac or brandy, 1 cube of sugar and 2 dashes bitters in a shaker with ice, then strain into the absinthe-washed glass.

For my second cocktail of the evening, I wanted to give a new spin to an old favorite: the Manhattan. I substituted vermouth for PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur and maraschino cherries for pomegranate arils in this Pomegranate Manhattan. Mix 2 oz. rye whiskey, 1/2 oz. PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur and a couple dashes of bitters in a shaker with ice. Strain into an ice-filled glass and garnish with pomegranate arils. Cheers!

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Greek Chicken Pasta Salad

This was so quick and easy I had to share! Cook a box of fusilli or other small pasta (the pasta I used was gluten-free). While that was boiling, I chopped a cucumber, half of a red onion, artichoke hearts, tomatoes and some cooked chicken and tossed them into a big bowl. I added a small can of black olives, then drained and cooled the pasta. I drizzled on some olive oil, some balsamic vinegar and some honey, then added a few dashes of salt, black pepper, a container of feta cheese and some Italian seasoning (basil, oregano, etc.). And voila! A simple healthy lunch.

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Ingredients:

1 lb. chicken breast, cooked and diced

1 box fusilli or other small pasta, cooked, drained and cooled

1 small can diced black olives

1 medium cucumber, diced

1/2 medium red onion, diced

1 small container cherry tomatoes, halved

1 small container feta cheese

1 small jar artichoke hearts

2 tbsp. olive oil

4 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

3 tbsp. honey

salt, to taste

pepper, to taste

Italian seasoning, to taste

Preparation:

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and enjoy!

 

My Workout of Choice

I first got “Shred it with Weights,” Jillian Michaels‘ kettlebell workout dvd, about five years ago when I started running regularly so I’d have a strength-training workout to do on my off days from running. I loved the two different workouts on this dvd because they were quick (around 24 minutes each) and each had a great combination of moves. They trick you into thinking they’re easier than they are.

I was excited to find out that Jillian also has a fitness app with a wide variety of workout programs. You can choose from beginner, intermediate and advanced workouts, 30-day or 90-day full programs, 5k training, kickboxing and more. Each individual workout is customized according to your skill level, and you can choose to make future workouts easier or harder once you’re done. Daily meal plans are also included. You’ll also have access to a custom workout generator that lets you choose 10, 20, 30 or 45 minute length, easy, medium or hard workout and where to focus (i.e. abs, total body, arms, chest and back, etc.).

What’s your favorite fitness app or workout?

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Slow Cooker Steak Fajitas

This was such a delicious and easy way to enjoy fajitas for dinner from the crockpot. I grabbed some steaks from Lidl (about a pound worth) sliced it up and added it to the slow cooker with a bunch of green and red peppers and red onion and my two secret ingredients: homemade fajita seasoning and liquid aminos.

For the homemade fajita seasoning, I whisked together the following ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 2 tbsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. parsley

This recipe doesn’t include chicken bouillon, which is used in some other homemade fajita seasoning recipes, so it’s paleo and Whole30 approved.

Crockpot Steak Fajitas

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. steak, diced into thin strips
  • 1/2 green pepper, diced into thin strips
  • 1/2 red pepper, diced into thin strips
  • 1/2 red onion, diced into thin strips
  • 4 tbsp. fajita seasoning
  • dash liquid aminos

Cook on low for 4 hours, or on high for 2 hours. Serve on whole wheat tortillas or in a bowl with cauliflower rice, black beans, lettuce, Greek yogurt, guacamole and tomatoes. Yum!

Slow Cooker Steak and Sweet Potato Stew

Today was #SlowCookerSunday, and I wanted to make something warming and hearty, but also healthy, for family dinner. Into the slow cooker went two pounds of diced sirloin, two diced large sweet potatoes, one diced medium white onion, three sliced large carrots, three diced celery stalks, one carton of beef broth, one teaspoon of rosemary, one teaspoon of thyme, one teaspoon of salt, two tablespoons of soy sauce or liquid aminos and a dash of pepper.

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I set my slow cooker for four hours on high, but you could also do six to eight hours on low. Once the sweet potatoes have cooked through and started getting a little mushy, it’s ready to serve. I cooked a pot of quinoa for the kids to have on the side, though it’s a full meal in itself.

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Delicious!

New Year’s Magic Cocktail

This sweet and tart champagne cocktail is the perfect way to ring in 2019.

New Years Magic Cocktail

New Year’s Magic Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur
  • 1/2 oz. cranberry juice
  • 2 1/2 oz. Champagne
  • Dried or fresh cranberries

Preparation:

  • Muddle dried or fresh cranberries and St. Germain gently at bottom of a champagne flute with a thin spoon.
  • Pour in cranberry juice and give a quick stir.
  • Top with champagne.
  • Toast and enjoy!

Best wishes to all in 2019! May the New Year bring you love, light and success.

Loving my FabFitFun winter box!

I’m so glad my favorite radio host, Taylor Strecker, recommended the FabFitFun box on her show. I already get an Ipsy and Play! by Sephora box of sample-size goodies each month, but the FabFitFun box is so much more than just a few samples.

Each quarter, FabFitFun puts together a selection of premium, full-size products to welcome the season. From jewelry to lotion to makeup and more, there are plenty of new things to try in each box. In my winter box, I received these items:

  • Thrive Causemetics Brilliant Eye Brightener in “Stella” – This champagne toned highlighter is perfect for a bright daytime eye, or a shimmery highlight in a nighttime look.
  • Ahava Hydration Cream Mask – A hydrating treatment with mineral spring water, shea butter and vitamin E, this mask is going to be a Christmas present for someone near and dear!
  • Blaq Hydrogel Eye Mask with Hyaluronic Acid – Detoxing and depuffing will be a cinch with this activated charcoal eye mask.
  • Mark and Graham Colorblock Throw in “Natural/Ivory” – Oh my goodness, this mini blanket is soooo warm! I can’t wait to take it to the office for when it gets chilly at work.
  • Moroccan Gold Series Treatment Mask – Argan oil and keratin will help seal my dry, split ends and make my coarse curls more manageable.
  • Lele Sadoughi Silver Circle Necklace – This is a beautiful statement necklace that will be easy to wear at festive holiday get-togethers.
  • Pur “Be Your Selfie” Palette – This palette of shimmery shades is perfect for a nighttime look.
  • Anthropologie X Mer-Sea & Co. Sea Whip Body Cream in “Coconut Sugar” – This rich body cream smells delicious and feels so soft and cozy!
  • Kate Somerville Exfoli-kate Treatment – I signed up with a special coupon code, so I received a free full-size Exfoli-kate scrub in my box. It’s perfect to use a couple times a week to slough off all that dry, winter skin.

Beyond the box, when you’re a FabFitFun subscriber, you also have access to an online community with forums and exclusive content. There’s a video library of tips for using the items in your box, along with fitness and yoga videos, product reviews, makeup tutorials and much more.

Overall the FabFitFun box is a great value, especially since there’s so much additional online content. There’s no way you could purchase all the premium, full-size items in each box for less than the $49.99 quarterly price. Plus the online workout and yoga videos add so much more value.

I have 5 sampler boxes to give away. If you’d like one, comment on my Facebook post and I’ll email you a link to sign up for one. You’ll only need to pay shipping and you’ll receive a sampler box containing some of the items from the quarterly FabFitFun box.

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