August 31, 2011

The Plank Pose.


Some of you might be familiar with the plank pose. The plank is a great exercise to retrain your ab muscles to work more efficiently. Yes, I can testify its killer, but very effective. This is just one of my personal trainer's fave moves, which pretty much leaves me wasted after just two minutes.

If you’re wondering how balancing on your elbows and toes will help with your ab and stomach muscles you should give the plank a try. The weight of your body and gravity will pull the middle of your body towards the ground, and your back will have the tendency to sag and arch.

To prevent this you must use your ab and stomach muscles and pull in your belly button to keep your body in good alignment.
If you are a beginner like me, you may notice that your body starts to shake terribly, after a few seconds of holding the plank position. This is simply due to a lack of coordination and strength in your core muscles. Anyway I'm hoping after doing the famous plank pose, I'll look something like the image below and if I can do that...it would have been worth every aching second. Hey a girl can dream can't she....LOL.




Loves and Hugs. Be sure to check out Scrapbooking Ideas for lots of great creative craftiness.


Images via tumblr.








August 30, 2011


Sometimes its hard to trust God when facing particular challenges in ones life. Today I am reminded that it is more important to know God's character than to ask why. Why God, why me? The Word of God serves as a reminder and an encouragement, for me not to doubt God or question why he allows certain obstacles in exist in my life. Like difficult family and work relationships, illnesses and death of a loved one. Today I will hold my heart high as I remain righteous, blameless and conduct myself always in a manner worthy of the Gospel. Ultimately it 's my desire to please God, no one else.


Have a great week everyone.Hugs and Loves.




xx






August 26, 2011

Happy Weekend: Tres Leches Cupcakes

 

OK, so I'm not eating any cupcakes for the next 9 weeks. But a girl can dream so here is a great recipe I found via Bakers Royale. I am managing my sweet tooth with yogurts and cereal bars, and I'm also not craving dairy as much as I thought I would. Anyway beach workout again tomorrow morning and I'm actually looking forward to it. Cheers and have great weekend.

 

Tres Leches Cupcakes

Makes 14-16 cupcakes
Tres Leches Cupcake
Cupcake portion adapted from Foodnetwork.com
Preparation: Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cupcake wells with paper liner.
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup lightly toasted flaked coconut (Mounds or Angel Flake brand), optional for garnishing the frosting
Instructions:
  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy on medium speed. Add egg yolks one at a time, mixing until combined and all the yellow disappears. Add the vanilla, mix to combine. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Alternately add the dry mixture with the buttermilk to the creamed butter beginning and ending with the flour.
  2. In a small bowl, beat the egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form. Gently fold into  cake batter.
  3. Fill paper-linyed wells 3/4 full. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Transfer cupcakes to wire rack and set aside.
  4. Stir together the evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and the coconut milk. Use a meat injector needle to inject cupcakes all over with about 1/2 to 3/4-ounce of the mixture. Alternatel, poke several holes in the top of cupcakes with a wooden skewer and then pour the milk mixture over each cupcake while they are still warm, filling each hole. Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight before frosting.
  5. Save lightly toasted flaked coconut for garnishing cupcakes once frosted.
Dulce de Leche Buttercream Frosting
  • 5 large egg whites
  • 11/2 cup sugar
  • 4 sticks unsalted butter, diced and softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2-1 cup of dulce de leche, room temperature (click here for a homemade recipe with a step-by-step pictorial instructions)
Instructions:
  1. Combine egg whites and sugar in a bowl placed over simmering water. Bring mixture to 150 degrees F while whisking constantly.
  2. Transfer mixture to stand mixer bowl, fitted with a whisk attachment and beat on medium speed until mixture cools and doubles in volume.
  3. Add butter in one piece at a time, mixing to incorporate after each addition. Add salt and vanilla and mix to combine. Add dulce de leche and mix to combine.
*NOTE: The consistency of the dulce de leche frosting will depend on how much or or how little you add of the dulce de leche sauce. I’ve written the recipe as 1/2 cup – 1 cup to account for varying ducle de leche consistency that can run on the thinner side when purchased from the store versus making a homemade version that is usually thicker. I recommend starting with 1/2 cup and mix to combine then taste and add more if needed.  
Assembly
1. Frost cooled cupcakes with dulce de leche buttercream and either sprinkle lightly toasted flaked coconut on top or dust with grated chocolate.




xx






August 24, 2011

Summer's End: Pina Coladas & Pool Parties.

Inslee

 As summer draws to an end, I've been looking for every opportunity to wear my new swimsuits. Not just because of my exercise program, but isn't that what summers are for. Being 40 plus, I've now hung up my bikinis from my yesterdays  and now want a more age appropriate look for my lounging at the beach and by the pool. Who am I kidding!!!!! Yes; a swimsuit that holds all of these curves in, something sturdy and not at the sight of a huge wave leave my body and go running for cover. You laugh but I'm serious, a girl my age can't afford to look like I'm trying to be twenty... that ship has sailed. 

As the weekend draws near, my social calendar has suddenly been filled with end of summer barbeques and of course pool parties masked as kids pool parties. So here are a few lovely swimsuit cover ups that I could look stylish yet modest in while chasing my kids around the pool.

Nautical Cover Up by Victoria's Secret


Marilyn Pop Culture Cover Up by Victoria's Secret

I'm really loving these cover ups very much. What about you???? I'm also craving a Pina Colada right about now, and nothing says end the summer like a big chilled, tall glass of Pina Colada. (without the RUM, of course). Needless to sat this is no where near being on my meal plan for the next 12 weeks. So it looks as though I'll have to stop counting calories when it comes to the coconut milk, I'll be drinking in large quantities.



So here's to a sweet summer's end my Lovelies. 


xx




August 22, 2011

Monday's Inspiration: Favorites List.


by Sara @ sprouted kitchen.


Well, I'm into my third week of my weight loss exercise program and I'm trying to eat healthier. This weekend my beach workout was killer, as I couldn't move afterwards. I tried washing my hair and just to raise my arms was darn near impossible. Hubby has been my biggest supporter and my son says he loves me just the way I am, no exercise required. My son will make some girl a happy wife one day. Anyway, I'll keep you up to date with my progress, but for right now I'm starting the week off with some of my favorite links...
so Enjoy and have a great week ahead my Lovlies.

1. A One of a kind engagement shoot @ Swoon.

2. Handbag love @ Anve.

3. Zest Magazine: Summer Issue.

4. Herbed Cream Cheese Scrambled Eggs @ 101 Cookbooks.

5. Summer Maxis that transition to Fall.

 6. My next major purchase.

7. A Summer cheese plate @ Sprouted Kitchen.

8. 6 Rules to a more Balanced Life.




xx

August 19, 2011

Happy Weekend and Beet Cake (seriously who knew...).








Today I'm pondering family gatherings, a big table with platters of fresh food, laughter and good conversation in a relaxed and comfy atmosphere.  But I have nothing planned so I'll just go with the flow.

The weekend so far is unplanned, except for an exercise session on the beach Saturday morning and church on Sunday. I am hoping for a relaxed weekend and a maybe a small family gathering, who am I kidding, my family ain't small and this will be a huge undertaking.  I can do potluck, and try my hand at this lovely beet cake I found over at Natalie @ Blossoming Visions.

Isn't this just the cutest cake and it looks easy enough and delicious as well, whose with me??? ;)

Love to you All and stay inspired this weekend whatever you do.


xxx



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August 18, 2011

August 17, 2011

 My Hunny reading his Bible.


 Me getting ready for our dinner date.


As promised here are some pics from my weekend. I am grateful to my loving husband for the little getaway we had this pass weekend. He planned for us to watch the sunrise together Saturday morning, as we spent time in prayer and Bible study. Then we went off to a lovely resort for some much needed rest and relaxation. Needless to say the entire time together was a blessing. I'm such a lucky girl to have such an incredible man of God in my life. Just between us girls, there is nothing hotter than a man who loves God and desires to put what he reads into practice. Seriously!!!

Loves and Hugs.







August 15, 2011

Fashion In Watercolor: Kareem Iliya

I have been recently obsessed with Kareem Iliya a renowned artist.  I love his style, and it all makes me yearn to resume painting again. Kareem Iliya illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, Vogue, Nike, Tiffany & Co. among other major Fortune 500 brands. His artistic style portrays a beautiful and elegant water-colored images such as these:

 





all images via pichaus.

I hope you enjoy his work as much as I do. This weekend I was grateful to getaway with hubby and it has left me with in a sense of euphoria.  I am so glad we spent some much needed time together.  I look forward to sharing some photos from our little getaway with you soon. 

To see more of Kareem Iliya's Fashion in Watercolor visit here.

 

Have great week everyone. Love and Hugs.




xxx






August 12, 2011

Weekend Style Inspiration.







via keikolynn.com




 ...is all we need to end this week on.  I have been loving what a little shimmer does to  a woman. I love the makeup, clothing, accessories and of course the shoes that I have been seeing. But for me I can only do shimmer in moderation,  to much of it can make a person seem like they're trying too hard. Simple touches is what I definitely go for, like the above shimmer strands added to this french knot...it's lovely and unique.  So to everyone I say, have a relaxing and enjoyable weekend and don't forget to sparkle.


xxx


Images via Pinterest.



August 09, 2011

Eye Candy Decor.

 I hope everyone is having a great week. So much to be inspired by at the Lennoxx. A blog devoted to beautiful, gorgeous decor. This light cream bedroom with turquoise, mint, aqua and orange accents are just divine. Just seeing turquoise and orange together makes me very happy, hence I'm taking the time to share this post with you.



I adore the orange book liners that add a pop of color. I must try this.

 And what do we have directly opposite of the seating area? A soft drink buffet ....Brilliant!!!!! Wouldn’t you just love to be cozy with a good book and a refreshing beverage? I know I would! But I would prefer Pina Coladas with lots of fresh pineapple. Yum!

 I adore authentic sea coral in decor even though one of my friends who is an environmentalist, says its a no-no  because its harvested illegally in most cases around the world. Hence destroying coral reefs in the process.




Designed by Tobi Fairley and featured in Traditional Home.




xo


August 08, 2011

Monday's Inspiration: You are MY God.


I am so amazed by God and all he does for us in spite of the imperfect people we are. I feel very blessed to have the husband and family that I have.  I cannot credit anyone but God, who has allowed 
"... my lot secure.
 and my boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;"

Psalm 16
  
My prayer is that I will live a life of gratitude for the blessings I have received and yet to receive, to always live my life being the example He has called me to be.

xo




August 07, 2011

Sunday Servings: Mini Breakfast Stratas.

These are so easy and delightful to make, I just had to share them with you. Not just a breakfast recipe but also a great option as a light lunch or dinner. These stratas can be a meat lovers dream or made to vegetarian specifications. Great for picnics and barbecues as  side dish or a main meal. Whatever you do, these little babies can be made the night before, refridgerated and just popped into the oven in the morning, making more time for lounging in bed on a Sunday morning. Enjoy!!!!

Ingredients

5 large eggs
1 1/3 cups milk or half & half
1/2 teaspoon prepared mustard
1/8 teaspoon paprika (sweet or smoked)
A pinch of cayenne
A dash of nutmeg
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon salt
5 slices day-old bread, cubed (about 2 cups)
(Optional) 4 ounces cooked smoked ham, cubed (about 1 cup) or 5 slices cooked bacon, drained and coarsely chopped
1 cup cooked and very well drained mushrooms, spinach, swiss chard, potatoes, or other vegetables (double the amount of vegetables and dispense with the meat if opting for the vegetarian version of this dish)
6 green onions, the roots and half the greens removed, thinly sliced
4 ounces (about 1 1/2 cups) grated cheddar, emmental, or other cheese
(Optional) 1 tablespoon chopped bell peppers

Preparation 

 Oil 6 jumbo-sized, 12 regular-sized, or 24 mini-sized non-stick muffin cups.

 In a mixing bowl with a spout, whisk together well the eggs, milk or half & half, mustard, paprika, 
cayenne, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside.


 Evenly distribute among the muffin cups, in order, half each of the bread cubes, meat (if used), vegetables, green onions, cheese, optional bell peppers (if used), and the milk/egg mixture. Repeat.Cover the muffin cups with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 24 hours.When ready to bake, heat the oven to 350 degrees F. with the rack in the middle position. 

Bake for 15 to 35 minutes, depending on the size of the muffin cups used, until the tops are lightly browned and the eggs set. Allow the mini stratas to cool in the muffin cups for five minutes, remove them, and serve.



xo

August 05, 2011

Canary Yellow...Anyone????




shop.nordstrom.com


Barcelona Fashion Week 2011



H&M Summer 2011


Calvin Klein


I hope you all have a dreamy weekend and 
don't forget to wear something yellow, fun and flirty.

Loves and Hugs.


xo



images via pinterest.com

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