Monthly Archives: April 2014

Dehydration Nation

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Hello, lovers.

Just had a pretty solid rock climbing workout! Max and I have been going quite frequently, and we even went and climbed outside (!!!!!) on Sunday at Lincoln Woods. We didn’t climb for long, but it was pretty cool to have our first outdoors adventure. This summer, our goal is to get outside and climb as often as possible, and I want to try and go camping at places that have diesel climbing — gotta love the outdoors!

Today, we finally started belaying in Rhode Island for the first time. We were certified in Florida, but didn’t actually start climbing at The Rock Spot until today. It was a good time, and what was really great is that we can now climb everything minus the lead routes in the gym. WOOO! We’re getting into the big leagues meow.

So, how is everyone? Ready for spring? I sure am. I’ve been working more frequently now being the manager at this new juice bar two gentlemen and myself as starting up, called The Power Bar. We put in our first full order of basically everything on Monday, and yesterday I completed the first weeks’ employee schedule, so I’m feeling pretty excited about the whole thing.
We still have to set up all our equipment, and I have to schedule a training day for my new employees, but it’s a little too early in the game to do that just yet. It’s fun though! For the most part, I have always enjoyed the jobs that I have worked, but this one is a different level of enjoyment. It’s quite awesome being the head lady who gets to make executive decisions and actually come up with creative ideas and such. Let’s hope it stays this awesome! I think it will — I enjoy the environment and the people, and that’s the majority of the battle right there.

Want to hear something else uber exciting?? I GOT A DEHYDRATOR!! It finally came in the mail on Monday, and she’s so beautiful and awesome and I can already tell that this is going to become a mild addiction of mine. Yeah!!

ExcaliberWhat you’re looking at there, folks, is the Excalibur 3926TB… a 9-tray Excalibur dehydrator with a timer. It was a pricey toy – $300, but totally worth it in my opinion. It has a 10-year warranty and the timer allows me to not have to watch my treats as they dehydrate; it shuts off once the timer hits 0.

There are about a million and one things I want to make, including jerky, dog and horse treats, fruit leather, dried fruits, veggies and herbs, and even yogurt. I currently have beef marinating for jerky, and I just finished these lovely ladies this morning:

Apples^^ Those are two Empire apples dusted with cinnamon, before and after they went through my dehydrator. I left them in for 12 hours, and I think next time I’m only going to leave them in for 10; they weren’t as pliable as I would have liked. However, they taste awesome and for my first attempt, I would call it a great success!! Don’t worry, this is not going to be the last time you will see my experiments up here – addicted! Soon enough I will let you know why things are so awesome when dehydrated, but I want to have all my facts straight first.

Well… I need to go do some studying for my second servsafe exam coming up (oh joy oh rapture). I already have my Food Handler Certification, but since I’m going to be the manager, I have to get my Manager’s Certification as well. Fun times up in hurr. As always, if you want me to talk about something in particular, let me know! I don’t bite. Usually. 😉

Have a great evening my friends! x’s and o’s.

 

Smoothie Thickeners

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Hello, loves!

How art thou? I worked this morning and then went to this soap spring day thing, there was tasty food so I would call it a success. The weather however was no not spring-like, today! Rain rain rain; fun times.
Anyway, I have some fun tips for all of my fellow smoothie-makers out there. I like to use thinner liquids like water or apple juice as my base sometimes, so naturally my smoothie will be a little thinner than I always want. In order to combat this, I add various thickeners to my smoothies, and presto! A delicious, thick, lip-smacking smoothie.

The Thickeners:

Banana. Fresh will add some thickness, but for a more ideal thickener, use a frozen banana. 1 should suffice.

Oatmeal. The key to using oatmeal in a smoothie is to finely grind it first. I would add about 1/4 of oatmeal powder.

Chia Seeds. I love these guys! They can act as a binding agent and a thickener. Add 1 tablespoon to the blender or stir the seeds directly into the smoothie, letting it sit for a minute to thicken up.

Avocado. I use this all the time! It has a different color and flavor than banana, and makes smoothies extra creamy. Use 1/2 or 1 avocado, depending on how ambitious you are.

Frozen Fruit. Frozen fruit can thicken a smoothie right up, as well as provide natural sweetness to your drink. Any fruit will do, but for extra creaminess, choose mango, peach or young coconut.

Yogurt. This is another go-to of mine. Any kind of yogurt will work, but for an extra thick smoothie (and the healthiest option), I would use Greek yogurt. If you don’t like Greek, use drained yogurt instead.

Silken Tofu. Personally, I’ve never tried this before. Apparently silken tofu has a neutral flavor with a smooth and creamy texture, which works splendidly in smoothies. It also has the benefit of being additional protein!

On a different note, check out this beautiful crystallized ginger! I buy this from our local co-op in Wakefield, and it’s pretty stellar. I use it to cook with, in tea, or when I’m feeling a little daring and stuffed up, I pop a small sucker in my mouth. As the sign states, ginger is an effective digestive aid by helping to relieve ingestion, gas pains and stomach cramping. I am a huge ginger supporter, so please, get in on this!

Crystallized GingerYums

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well my darlings, I’m going to go continue my Saturday night laziness! I have to work again in the morning, so it’s a cozy night in for me. X’s and O’s!

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The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered “Man…. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

Oh, Man…

The Power Bar Gig

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Bonjour, Beautiful Souls!

Phew, have I been off my blogging grind, or what! I suppose I had been doing daily posts for a while, so my average is still pretty good. Anyway… do I have news for you! I have a new job 😀 Well, I’ve known about said job for a little while now, but it’s officially official, so I feel as if I can actually talk about it to the general public.

Care to know what it is?
Basically, starting on May 15th, I will be the sole manager of a juice bar called “The Power Bar”. It will be located in Cranston, Rhode Island within a current large fitness center, called “LA Fitness”. The Power Bar is an entirely different entity than LA Fitness, and we (the two owners and myself) plan on opening up a few more in the coming months and years. In October, we will be opening a second Power Bar in another LA Fitness in Warwick, Rhode Island.

Not too shabby, huh? I’m pretty excited. To start, we will be focusing on protein shakes, fruit smoothies, green smoothies and juices, along with light fare (oatmeal, salads, parfaits) and frozen yogurt. Ideally, we want the focus over time to be taken off of protein shakes and onto juices, which is why I was brought onto the team.

Before I actually become manager, I am pretty much playing the role of one of the co-founders. I am involved in almost every aspect of starting this juice bar, and I am in charge of creating the juice and smoothie menu (it was hard!) and hiring and training my employees. It’s cool – it’s fun! I’m enjoying it so far, and I feel that I’m going to be really good at this. The way I look at it, this is the perfect stepping stone for me before opening up a juice bar business of my own.

So… that’s what I have been up to in my life lately. How are all of you?? Of course, this is going to be full-time (and then some) job, so I won’t be blogging every day, especially since it will be summertime! I’m so so happy it’s spring. I feel like I speak for the majority in saying that winter extended its welcome this year.
I want and need to do so many things, though! I want to attempt another garden this year (fruit and veggie recommendations?), as well as focus on herbs, plus Max and I are so into rock climbing we want to climb outside, and I want to try and go to a horse show – or at least ride regularly this summer. Eep! I’m going to need to work on my time management…

Well my loves, that’s all I’ve got for now. I need to finish a few things before bed, but I will try my best to touch base soon! I still haven’t shared any Seattle adventures with you awesome peeps, now that I think on it. ALSO: Come into LA Fitness in Cranston, Rhode Island if you can on May 15th! It will be The Power Bar’s grand opening. I’ll give more details as the date approaches.

Kisses and hugs xxoo

Your Majesty, The Canine

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Bonjour mes petits amis!
Here is an article I came across on Huffington Post a few days ago. It’s adorable, hilarious and about dogs – so it’s pretty much a guaranteed win. Per usual, I’ll copy and paste a few pictures, but please click here to actually see it in its entirety. Good stuff, I promise!

Behold the majestic dog.

Yes, the dog is perfectly elegant in every way…

Maintaining unflappable focus…

Derp.

Whether in motion…

Or at rest…

Daaawwww ❤ Stay grand!

Human Experience Is A Powerful Thing

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Hi Babes!

HAPPY FRIDAY!!! I actually have tomorrow off so it’s sort of like a real Friday for me — wahoo!
Anyway, I just wanted to share some beautiful pictures with you lovely people (no I did not take them). The title of the article is “The 60 Most Powerful Photos Ever Taken That Perfectly Capture The Human Experience”, and I think Ms. McCann did a great job compiling all of these.

I’m posting the first few pictures below, but please click here to see the rest of the article — I highly recommend it!

17 year old Jan Rose Kasmir offers a flower to soldiers during the Pentagon anti-war protest in 1967.

17 year old Jan Rose Kasmir offers a flower to soldiers during the Pentagon anti-war protest in 1967.

Marc Riboud

A Brazilian protester stands before gunfire during protests against corruption and police brutality.

A Brazilian protester stands before gunfire during protests against corruption and police brutality.

Huffington Post

Sergeant Frank Praytor looks after a two-week old kitten during the height of the Korean War.

Sergeant Frank Praytor looks after a two-week old kitten during the height of the Korean War.

A North Korean waves at his South Korean brother after inter-Korean temporary family reunions.

A North Korean waves at his South Korean brother after inter-Korean temporary family reunions.

Thania Sayne leans on the headstone of her husband the day before their wedding anniversary on 16 October 2013.

Thania Sayne leans on the headstone of her husband the day before their wedding anniversary on 16 October 2013.

Manuel Balce Ceneta

Have a great rest of the work day, and remember to enjoy yourself tonight! o_O

Detox Your Socks Off: Cleansing Through Juices

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Hello my loves!

As a precursor to this blog post, I should probably warn you that I have had a Heady Topper with my dinner. Don’t know what a Heady Topper is? I am truly sorry. It is greatness in a can that is only brewed in one of my favorite states: Vermont. It has the extreme hoppiness of an IPA and well, it is my favorite beer that exists on this planet. Here’s the packaging to get a gist for what this beer really entails.

Heady Label bottle

Anyway. I know I should be catching you up with my West Coast escapades, but I want to mix it up a little bit tonight and tell you about my juice cleanse that I just finished yesterday. First of all, let me tell you: IT WAS BRUTAL. If you ever talk to someone who tells you that going on a detox juice cleanse is easy, they are lying to you.

As you may know, I currently work at an amazing juice bar, and I recently accepted a job (that starts next week!) where I am actually co-founding a new juice bar in Rhode Island, so juicing definitely has its claws in my life. We offer a detox juice cleanse at Raw Bobs, so I am constantly giving people advice throughout their cleanses, but I had never actually given it a try for myself.

After my travels, I  came down with a persistent cold, and I figured this was as good a time as ever to actually practice what I preach… hence the start of my juice cleanse!

Here’s the breakdown:

I did a three-day cleanse. I had hopes to do five days, but let’s face it: I love food. I love making it, I love looking at it, and I especially love eating it, so three days was as much as I could bear.

When doing a cleanse, please be sure to not exert a ton of energy. You are healing your body from the inside, so it is crucial to not kill yourself physically — give your lovely self those days to relax; let your body recuperate. I went rock climbing on my second day, but it was an easy climb. I just couldn’t stay inactive. I have a problem; oh well. I probably wouldn’t recommend that to everyone though. You must remember.. I work at a juice bar. Juicing is a huge part of my life, so going on a cleanse was not as difficult for me as it is for the general public.

ANYWAY. Here are the rules of my juice cleanse: for 3 days, drink five 16 oz juices (six if you are a male), followed by 32 ounces of water per juice. This way, you are keeping yourself hydrated, as well as flushing out all that nastiness that calls your body its home.

A Quick Pic From Portland

A Quick Pic From Portland

Below, I will post my personal juices that I used, but don’t feel obligated to use those on your own cleanse. Yes, mine are quite ideal because they are super low in calories and are jam-packed with nutrients, but I can’t boast that they taste mega-delicious. I tried to make them as yummy as possible for me, but it’s a detox cleanse; it is not all rainbows and unicorns. If you do decide to deviate from my menu, please try and avoid fruits — sugar is a no-go! Stick with the greens, and have as many veggies in your juices as possible.

All in all, I recommend that everyone try this at least once in their lives. I’ve got to say, this nipped my cold in the butt AND I lost 7 pounds in 3 days!! BOO-YAH. If you want anymore information about juice cleanses, please don’t hesitate to ask me.

Les Juices:
Day One: Green apple, kale, lemon, ginger, cayenne (2 juices)
Kale, celery, cucumber, grapefruit, cilantro, basil (2 juices)
Beet, dandelion, lemon, turmeric, mint (1 juice)

Day Two: Celery, tomato, mint, ginger, beet greens, mango (2 juices)
Kale, lemon, cucumber, burdock, apple, cayenne (2 juices)
Beet, dandelion, lemon, ginger, mint, pear (1 juice)

Day Three: Celery, tomato, basil, spinach, lime (1 juice)
Kale, lemon, cayenne, red pepper, pineapple, parsley, cilantro (1 juice)
Beet, apple, carrot, lemon, ginger (1 juice)
Red pepper, cilantro, ginger, cucumber, celery, blackberries (1 juice)
Dandelion, green apple, burdock, celery, lemon (1 juice)

You are all awesome; stay that way! 😀