Traveling Around

Last Tuesday I left for Westminster, Colorado. It’s basically on the outskirts of Denver, like a half hour from boulder. It’s right around where things are happening!

Anyways, I’ve been hanging out in Westminster with my Grampy. We’ve been going on all sorts of adventures and seeing some new things and I’m even kind of teaching him how to cook. (That’s my last post, read it if you’d like to hear about how to cook without any spices)

Anyhoo, I figured I’d share all the amazing places that we’ve been to because they are BEAUTIFUL. Would 10/10 recommend going sometime in your life if you like nature or hiking or being outdoors or even seeing mountains or water or if you’re living and you just like nice things.

First place we went to was Garden of the God’s in Colorado Springs. It was about an hour and a half drive but I spent three to four hours exploring around the place with Grampy’s dog, Izzy.

Then our second stop was supposed to be Pike’s Peak, which is once again in Colorado Springs. My niece was sick though so it was just an adventure with Grampy day so I suggested something closer! I had a friend in lives out in Colorado and I sort stalked her insta in order to find somewhere that I wanted to hike. Luckily, I found something! Button Rock Trail in Longmont, a forty minutes drive away! Once again Izzy and I hit the trails and went for a five mile hike up the mountain and it was beautiful!

You might be wondering why Grampy didnt join me on any of these hikes. He’s got some heart and back issues and walking is not his strongest skill, so he just drops me off and finds a comfy place to read and then I share all the adventures with him when I get done!

Both of these places were beautiful and I would highly recommend going to see them yourself because the pictures don’t do them justice at all.

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-kk

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Makin’ Memories

I’m off adventuring into Colorado for the week! I’ve been visiting my grandpa for the past few days and I’m loving every second of it. Now, my grandma passed away in January of this year and this man, my grandpa, has never really lived alone or had to take care of himself food and cleaning wise. When I visited over January, I tried to teach him how to make basic foods. It’s safe to say that he didn’t pick up on these quick little cooking lessons even though he’s a very smart man.

This time around I decided to make meals that we could freeze so that he could pull them out later on and eat em up instead of eating pre-packaged frozen meals for every meal.

I’ve decided on three meals that’ll make a surplus of food to save and still be delicious. 1.Meatloaf           2. Tuna Casserole         3. Beef Stroganoff

Now, this was a bit of a challenge because the man has no spices or seasonings or food in his house. My Uncle Paul had taken all of the spices to his house to use for his family since they’d use them up before Grampy ever did. He has random bits of food too; like four jars of Prego, half used bags of different sorts of noodles, a million baggies of Tuna, 6 jars of Peanut Butter. All things like that.

I’ve only made the Meatloaf and the Tuna Casserole so far so I’ll give ya the recipes that I used for those!

Meatloaf

1 Pound Ground Turkey,  1/2 Ranch Dressing Mix Packet, 1/4 Prego Sauce, 2 TBS bread crumbs, and Salt/Pepper.

I literally just mixed all of this stuff together, threw it in the oven, in a greased pan, for 35 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and called it a meal. It was surprisingly good, maybe a tad bit moist, but otherwise good.

Tuna Casserole

8 oz Tuna, 2 Cream of Mushroom Cans, 3/4 Cup Frozen Peas, Salt/Pepper, 3 Cups Any Type Of Noodles (I used Penne and Rigatoni because that’s what Grampy had), and a Sprinkle of Shredded Cheese.

I boiled the noodles until they were tender, I threw the rest of the ingredients together and into an ungreased pan then went. It baked for 35 minutes at 450 Degrees.

While cooking and prepping all this food isn’t the reason that I’m visiting it is nice to know that I’ve left my grandpa with options and a variety of food to eat instead of just Lean Pockets of Eggo Waffles! I know that he is truly appreciating the fact that I’m visiting and he is enjoying the time we’re spending together. I will have a post up later of our adventures together 🙂

-kk

 

 

Tasty Little Treats

When I say Treats in the title of this blog, I mean meals; However, the word Meals didn’t sound as good as the word Treats and even then, meals can be treats, right? I think so!

I spent the past week and a half of my life living alone with just my puppers. I forgot how hard it is to cook for one person. Normally my parents will eat whatever I’ve made and vise versa. When I lived with my roommates they would eat left overs and when I was with my boyfriend all the time he would devour the food because he has an ENORMOUS appetite. The kid is 6’3 but only like 165 lbs and his metabolism is ridiculous.

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I discovered that eggs are my best friend. My absolute favorite food friend that I can mix with any amount of vegetables. I can make keto bread with them or I can smush them up once they’re hard boiled. The possibilities are endless.

I’ve also come to love making any sort of Taco. Fish Tacos, Beef Tacos, Breakfast Tacos, Sweet Tacos, Chicken Tacos! The possibilities are also endless for this type of food! Here I’ve got

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I really just wanted to throw out a few quick ideas for any meal of the day. You can always play around with the ingredients to change them to you’re tasting! Or if you’re a vegetarian, add in some beans or tempeh to the tacos. There’s always so many options!

-kk

 

 

 

Big Changes To Come

I had a mid-mid life crisis this week. I say mid-mid because I’m in the middle of the middle of my life at 20 years old. I decided that I didn’t want to continue with my chosen career path anymore, I decided I didn’t like all the hoops I had to jump through to be a registered dietitian, and I decided that it wasn’t too late to change my life and figure out where I really wanted to go.

I am now a full fledged Business Major; I figured this sort of major change would give me the options that I was looking for and the variety and just the options! So many options!

This fall I will officially be starting and it shouldn’t put my graduation date behind, maybe by a semester but I was already graduating early anyways so that’s fine. I’m just so excited to start on this path! It’s sad that I took Organic Chemistry and Bio-Chem and no longer need them but hey they were an experience and I met the coolest Russian teacher that way.

All in all, I know that I’m young enough to change my life like this and it won’t set me back that far. I’m really glad that I figured this out before I graduated or I was already invested in the career field. I don’t really know what I want to do yet but I’ll figure that out as I get farther into it, I think I’d be good with event planning! But we’ll see.

In other news, I fly out to Denver for a week on Tuesday and then onto Seattle a week later! I’m sure I’ll have lots to update and many photos to post! I’m so excited for these changes!

-kk

Work Work Work Work

This weekend has been a rough one. From Friday to Saturday, I worked 17 out of 26 hours. Since I’m a bar tender, it was worth the tips. Oh my god was it worth the tips.

Was it worth it physically or mentally? Nope, not at all.

I woke up with shooting pains in my abdomen on Friday morning, I thought that it was appendicitis. That might just be the baby hypochondriac in me but my god did it hurt. It woke me up, in fact. These pains dulled down a bit but were still hanging around when I moved certain ways or carried heavy things. At the end of my first 11 hour shift at the bar, I was crying to one of my customers Christopher. He ended up being the nicest guy and he told me that no matter what happened I needed to take care of myself first. My body and my health and me came before work and every thing else. He also told me that if he came into the bar the next day and I was working, still in pain, he was going to yell at me and take me to the hospital.

This was exactly what I needed. I’m very stubborn and I hate letting people down and I respect what doctors do but my god do I hate hospitals.

From this very dramatic conversation I learned something, I need to take better care of myself. I need to put myself first sometimes instead of doing everything for everyone else. I need to feed and water and exercise my body like I love it, because I do. So here’s to you body, here’s to you and here’s to taking care of you forever and always.

-kk

Two Decades Old

Yesterday was my birthday and it was a wonderful birthday! I ended up actually having to work for 9 and a half hours but that’s okay because all the regulars at the bar knew it was my birthday and they sang me songs and the Shakespeare cast was super understanding and tried to buy me alcohol and Kaila bought me sushi for dinner, chocolate for my life to be great, and then spend the entire night with me at the bar. It was great and it was wonderful and I loved turning two decades old yesterday.

My real birthday celebration was on Friday. My mom and I went on a date day! First we

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just went on a super long walk and then took a nap……. Then we headed over to play some Putt Putt. I used to really like golf in high school and I would play all the time! I kind a fell out of it but I still love me a game of Putt Putt!

 

I always get to choose the place where I want to eat and I had settled on Suncrest Farms! It’s this super cute little farm out in the country, they’re all natural with their composting toilets and their recycling and composting bins. I was really happy to go there and enjoyed my time and the pizza!

I had a really great birthday and I owe it to a lot of people who came together and made it the best it could be.

*Best present award goes to Ryan for getting me a fern which I promptly named Celia

-kk

Almond Flour Chicken Tenders

I have been cooking up a storm lately! It’s amazing and I love it and I love creating real, whole food with good, quality ingredients. I know I talk about different diets to lose weight and to make my body happy and what not, but there is nothing better for you than eating real, whole foods!

I was craving Chicken Tenders and Ranch so bad one night that I just had to make it! So that’s exactly what I did; however, I modified it to make it healthier for me!

Ingredients:

Chicken Breast (I used one for me but only ended up eating half of it at a time)

Spices (I used Oregano, Thyme, Hot Pepper Flakes, and Onion Powder)

One Egg           Almond Flour     Milk (I used Cashew Milk)

First I preheated the oven to 400 degrees and then I rolled out a piece of Aluminum Foil

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I don’t have any measurements for the ingredients (sorry!), I just sorta mixed the egg and like a tablespoon or two of milk together. I then poured out enough Almond Flour to bread my Chicken Breast and threw in a bunch of spices until it smelled delicious!

I cut up the Chicken Breast into long, thin strips. dipped it into the egg/milk mixture, rolled it around in the Almond Flour concoction and plopped em down on the pan. I then baked them in the oven for around 25 minutes or until they looked nice and crispy.

The Almond Flour is a replacement for the Bread Crumbs, cooking them in the oven is a replacement for deep frying, and making dinner at home is just good for the soul.

I hope you all enjoy this new recipe and try it out at home for yourself! If you have an suggestions for me to add feel free to let me know!

-kk

Me Before You

I’m an avid Netflix scanner during the evening. After I’m spent my day outdoors, I enjoy trying to find a movie or tv show that will capture my interest. Which can be a difficult thing to do! I’m not particularly picky about what genre I watch; what I’m picky about is the quality of the content that I’m being shown.

I typically enjoy documentaries because they’re teaching me something and I love learning. I tend to like reality sort of tv shows as well, things like Shameless (not a reality show but also has no real plot and just sort of shows a family living) or Survivor or Big Brother. Watching people go up against each other and seeing how they’re going to try to survive longer than anyone else is very fascinating to me.

The other night I was scoping out Amazon Prime Videos, something I don’t do often, and I stumbled upon “Me Before You”. I knew it was a book and I really wanted to see it when it first came out to theaters! It looked so cute and I couldn’t resist seeing if it could capture my attention.

Okay, this movie made me feel. I was probably crying for the last half hour of the film. I’m not talking like ridiculous sobbing but just sad little tears because I knew what was going to happen and I also knew what I didn’t want to happen and my god did I cry!

The plot is good, I’ve never read or seen anything with quite the same story line! I really enjoyed it and I’m sure I’ll watch it again with Ashton or Ryan and I’ll cry those same sad little tears again and again. I’m also trying to get my mom to watch it because I know she’ll cry and then I won’t be all alone in my crying.

I would recommend this movie but I would also recommend some ice cream and some tissues. Maybe it’s not actually that sad and it’s just me! Regardless, I still cried but I thought it was a lovely movie and I’ll be watching it, and probably crying, again.

-kk

Gettin HIIT

Yesterday it was super beautiful outside and I felt so pressured to go spend the day outside. Which I did, kind a. I went on two long walks with Alexis and my mom and I had every intention of going swimming. However, I couldn’t bring myself to do it. I knew I should and I knew that it would be good for me and I knew it was beautiful outside but I couldn’t bring myself to do it.

I knew I had to do something though.

I threw together this little circuit for myself because I like circuits and I wanted it to be a good leg and booty day with my resistance bands! I’m really starting to incorporate them into my routine more and I’m really liking them.

The thing about resistance bands is there’s tension throughout the entire move, not just when you’re contracting your muscles to preform the main portion of the exercise! This makes them a great workout!

Leg and Booty Circuit: Do the circuit 3 times!

8 Curtsy Lunges (Each Leg):  10 Narrow Banded Squats:  10 Sumo Banded Squats

10 Clam Shells (Each Leg):  20 Banded Crab Walks:  10 Banded Hip Thrusts

I inserted a photo of clam shells (photo 1) and crab walks (photo 2) because I feel these are less well known than the other 4 exercises!

If you really wanna get a good workout, do a fourth run through this circuit but do as many reps as you can until you can’t go on, with proper form, any longer! That would be the burn out circuit to really target your booty!

I enjoy making my own sorts of circuits because then I can incorporate whatever I want into them. A lot of the times, between circuits I’ll for 30-45 seconds of jumping jacks just to get my blood moving and my heart beating! Or you can time these exercises, so say you’d do each exercise for 45 seconds and then repeat that four times. This circuit would only take you 18 minutes then and you’d be getting a good workout in that short amount of time!

Let me know if you try it or any other workout ideas you have!

-kk

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