How To Set Daily Goals

I’m a goal-setter. Whether or not I meet my goals, I like setting things. I like lists and things to be organized.

So when I found this article (http://www.wikihow.com/Set-Daily-Goals) I was tickled and thought it could be useful to those of you who have trouble setting goals or are thinking about having daily goals. 🙂

Hope you find it useful!

Ciao for now!
❤ Bree

First Recipe of 2015!

Wow! Time has certainly flown! Here we are almost 1 month into 2015 and Alissa and I have been cooking up storms in our own respective kitchens. 🙂

Here’s a delicious recipe I found, made, and loved!

Stir-Fry

My finished product! Would be great over a bed of rice!

Note: I am not the biggest fan of kale, but even in this dish I was able to eat it.

Ginger, Beef, Mushroom, & Kale Stir-Fry
Yields: 2-4 servings

Ingredients

Marinade:

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce (if making gluten-free, be sure to use GF soy sauce)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth (or chicken/beef broth, or water)
  • 3 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. corn starch
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Stir-Fry:

  • 1 lb. thinly sliced flank steak or sirloin, cut diagonally across the grain into thin strips
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 8 ounces baby Portobello or button mushrooms, halved
  • 4 ounces shiitake mushrooms, halved
  • 3 cups chopped kale
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced

For directions on how to cook this delicious meal, click here!

If you try this recipe, let us know how you liked it in the comments section!

Happy cooking!

❤ Bree

 

 

7 Ways to Have a Happier Morning

If you’re anything like me, you are not a morning person. At all. Bree can vouch for me here; she’s gone on trips with me and has experienced first hand how you practically need dynamite to get me out of bed in the morning!

I found an article that I think is a nice supplement to the post I wrote last month, “Sleep Tips for the Sleepy.” It lists 7 things you can do to make your morning a little more pleasant and get your day off to a good start. Check it out here!

Let us know in the comments if you try any of these tips, or if you have any tips of your own!

⭐ Alissa

Someone Smell A Turkey?

Ahh the smell of candied apples and popcorn balls are slowly leaving the air. Halloween is over and with that comes the sugar-crash and cleaning up after the holiday.

But with Halloween out-of-the-way, there is now room for Thanksgiving! Turkey (or what-have-you), stuffing, potatoes, broccoli, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, stuffing, and don’t forget stuffing! Ok, maybe I go a little overboard with stuffing…you think so?

What I’m trying to get at is the Holiday Season is upon us! Foods that we only get to indulge in once a year are going to be made and I know it will take every ounce of willpower I have to not dig into the stuffing dish with a spoon and bib.

Alissa and I will do our best to bring you the best articles and advice during this season to help you stay on track!

❤ Bree

As always, if you have questions, comments, or concerns feel free to contact us via Facebook, Twitter, in the comments section, or shoot us an e-mail! We’d love to hear from you!

Busy

Hey there!

Apologies for the lack of posts lately! It’s shameful really. Alissa has been busy with work deadlines and Bree has been busy packing and dealing with interviews trying to land a job.

So today’s post is about busy lives and how to stay healthy during the busiest of times! I know you’ve heard this from me before, but make time for you!!

If you have a treadmill, make a goal of walking for 10 minutes. Yes, just 10 minutes. Some of you may even be able to stay productive during this 10 minutes by catching up on your favorite magazine, listening to the newest song you bought, or even just walk-off some stress from the day. If you don’t have a treadmill, go around your block once or go to the end of your street and back (depending on the length of said street…)

I try to prep food for a few days in advance so all I have to do is grab the already-peeled carrot and eat it while sorting through the mail and throw my chicken and veggies in the microwave while I hop in the shower. (Alissa and I are “master-multitaskers” and we find ways to do multiple things at once.) Healthy food can really make you feel good after a hard day…so can coffee-cake, but your hips/thighs/stomach won’t appreciate it and I know I feel guilty if I give in to stress-eating….

I know these things may seem common-sense, but take some time to look into your life and find ways to make positive, healthy changes!

Alissa and I will do our best to bring you posts more frequently!

❤ Bree

As always, if you have questions, comments, or concerns feel free to contact us via Facebook, Twitter, in the comments section, or shoot us an e-mail! We’d love to hear from you!

Cheese Steak Stuffed Peppers

We’ve got another amazing recipe for you!

These little gems are perfect if you don’t want bread with a meal, but you still want to enjoy the flavor of a Philly cheese steak. This is a simple recipe that includes complete proteins (meat) and gives you a healthy dose of veggies.

Cheese Steak Stuffed Peppers | Image from A Few Short Cuts

Cheese Steak Stuffed Peppers
Serves: 4

Ingredients:
8 oz. Philly Style Shaved Beef (Freezer Section)
8 Slices Provolone Cheese
2 Large Green Bell Peppers
1 Cup Sliced Sweet Onion
6 oz. Sliced Mushrooms
2 Tbs. Olive Oil
1 Tbs. Garlic – Minced
Salt and Pepper – to taste
 

View the full recipe here.

Alterations/Suggestions:
I made no changes to this recipe. You could however do one slice of provolone and one slice of American if you want a more creamy texture. I also like to add a little mayonnaise on the side of my plate to dip my stuffed peppers in. 🙂

Mangia! 🙂

❤ Bree

Mashed Cauliflower

Bree here and I’ve found an amazing recipe for mashed cauliflower!

This recipe is simple, easy to make, and delicious!!

Mashed Cauliflower | Image from Faithfulness Farm

Cauliflower Mash
Yield: Serves 4-6

Ingredients:
1 head cauliflower
salt & freshly cracked pepper
4-6 cloves garlic, peeled
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup cream
1/3 cup grated Romano cheese
View the full recipe here.

Alterations/Suggestions:
The only change I made to the recipe was that I used whole milk instead of cream! And if you find your mashed cauliflower to be too thick, just add a bit more milk.

Let us know if you try this and what your thoughts are about it! Mangia! 🙂

❤ Bree