“He don’t eat no meat? Okay, I make Lamb.”

Starting this post off with one of our families favorite quotes in the title above!

That’s right you guessed it, it’s from “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” That movie is an absolute classic and staple on both sides of my family.

Okay, so if you haven’t guessed yet, we’re making lamb today! Lamb chops in particular. This recipe is super easy yet flavorful and turns out great every time.

The key is to let the meat marinate and to let the meat rest post cooking it for about 5 -10 mins for all of the juices to set in. I prefer these chops cooked a nice medium.

When at your grocer, be sure you have the chops “frenched”. It saves you both prep and cooking time. It basically means they clean off the excess fat and cut the rack for you. ūüôā I also LOVE to drizzle a honey balsamic sauce over the top of my finished lamb. I’ll include the simple recipe for that below as well.

Here are the recipes and a couple of photos. Enjoy!

Ingredients 

8-12 Lamb Rib Chops (serves 3-4)

2 tbs Olive Oil

2 pinches of Coarse Sea Salt (note*- a pinch is thumb, index AND middle finger )

3 sprigs of Fresh Rosemary (pulled off of stem)

1 ziploc or sandwich bag

Directions 

Preheat your oven to 425. Place your chops into your ziploc bag. Then, you simply pour in the two tablespoons of olive oil, two pinches of salt and your rosemary. Seal the bag and shake away! Store the meat in the refrigerator for about an hour or two. Next, heat your pan on medium high heat. When the pan is piping place your marinated chops into the pan for about 1-2 mins on each side, or until you get a nice and beautiful golden brown sear. Lastly, place the pan into the heated oven for about 5-7 minutes. This will give you a nice medium to medium well depending on your liking!  Remember to let the meat sit post cooking!

For The Sauce: Simply blend together 1/2 cup of honey, 1/3 cup balsamic and 3 cloves of garlic until smooth and creamy. Lightly drizzle over top of the lamb before serving.

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Pumpkin Patch 2013

We had the pleasure of going to our local pumpkin patch this weekend as a family. It was everything I could have hoped for and more. It sounds corny but I think i’d been subconsciously waiting for this moment for a long time. No, not to go to the pumpkin patch. It’s that moment of building or starting a tradition. We’ve sort of just started our little family and we’re figuring things out day by day just like any other family. To have that special first moment with Riley and my husband over the weekend was such a joy and warmed my soul in such a way that could only be described as pure love. I’m very sentimental and I cherish moments and building traditions with my family. To see the look on Riley’s face when she saw everything was priceless.

Okay enough with the cheese ball, romance, sap‚Ķ I’ll spare you, for now. ūüėČ

Needless to say we had an amazing time at the patch. We enjoyed fresh slow cooked brisket sandwiches that were nothing short of perfect and caramel apples that I am still slowly devouring (with large glasses of water ;)). They had a small animal farm that could’ve used some more animals, but got the job done for Riley. We rode an adorable little train around the patch and went through hay mazes. Then, we topped off the afternoon with Riley picking out the cutest pumpkin that was just her size. We plan on decorating it later this week. ūüôā

How was all of you weekends? What did you do? Comment below.

Here are a couple of photos from our day. Enjoy!

FITNESS FRIDAY: My Diet Alternative

I hope you all had a fantastic week! It’s that time again… FRIDAY !!!

I can tell that I’m really going to enjoy checking in with you guys every week! I want to first thank you guys for all of your amazing feedback and input from our first fitness friday. Okay so lets get to it…

This week were talking about “My Diet Alternative.”

I for some odd but hopefully genius reason (when all is said and done) have made it a point to not put any pressure on myself to diet when it comes to food. Why, might you ask? Well, I feel that the concept of diet on a whole is just a giant fad. A lapse in time where you make drastic and sometimes unhealthy choices to get quick results and ultimately end up right back where you started. When this happens you often revert back to your old eating habits, but with a vegence and fire that was 10x worse when you started. 1, because you’re starving and miserable and 2, your body goes into shock because it doesn’t know what’s going on and starts to store food and fat that it didn’t before.

okay… I’m rambling

Here’s what my game plan is and what I feel is the right way to go about getting fit and healthy.

A real lifestyle change when it comes to your eating habits! A routine, a choice and control!

THE GAME PLAN 

*PORTION CONTROL – I love food way to much and enjoy cooking way too much to give up anything. I am going to eat what I want but in smaller, controlled and less gluttonous amounts.

*SUBSTITUTE- When cooking, I am going to make it a point to select healthier options when it comes to my ingredients. Picking the brown rice over the white rice, using lots of coconut oil and olive oil instead of canola and butter. There are so many easily accessible alternatives on the market now that it’s easy to do so.

*STAY HYDRATED- water plays a big factor in weight loss as well as your overall well being. Making sure I drink enough water is going to be key for this journey. This is what I am the worst at for sure. A friend of mine and I made a pact in China to drink a glass of water before we eat ANYTHING, meal or snack. I think this is a great rule, have any of you tried this? If not, lets get to it! If so, still… lets get to it!

*BREAKFAST- Ladies! We need to make sure we are putting something into our bodies when we wake up in the mornings. Not eating breakfast could be our biggest down fall! We need to jump start our day. A smoothie, a banana, small bowl of whole grain cereal, oatmeal, omlette, an avocado… anything! A cup of coffee is just not going to cut it anymore.

*SNACKING- snacks are important in between meals. they keep your metabolism up to speed and nourish your body throughout the day. The point here is to make sure we’re making healthy snack choices. lots of fruit, nuts, yogurt and smoothies or fresh juice!

*ORGANIC- I’ve been doing this for a while now but eating a mostly Organic diet is just better for your body. We want to be fit but ultimately the goal is to be healthy on the inside too. Not everything needs to be organic, but when you have the option go for the “O”. ūüôā

*VITAMINS – I think it’s important to take some sort of multi-vitamin.I’m still taking pre-natals because I nursed Riley for so long and we do plan on having another at some point (NO, not right now… don’t get ahead of yourselves ;)) ¬† ¬† ¬†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Here is a link to the vitamin I am taking:¬†https://www.honest.com/health-and-wellness/prenatal

*SLEEP- for all you mommies and pretty much any adult out there, I know this is a tough one. Sleep is really important for our overall well being. We need to make it a point to turn the TV off, put the phones down and GO TO SLEEP. A nice natural sleep. Essential oils, a colder room, humidifier, sound machine and warm tea before bed are all things that could aid in a better nights sleep.

… That’s all I have for now. Of course it’s fine to have that slice of pie every now and then. I feel If I implement these rules and lifestyle changes into my daily routine i’ll see significant and long term life long results. This is a great game plan for anyone of any age. Pregnant, nursing, or not. I think this is why it’s going to be so great, it’s a lifestyle not a diet. A “DO-IT”, NOT A “DIET” (OY! so corny, I should stop now).

 

Let me know what you guys think of the game plan. Stayed ¬†tuned for next week! We’ll be talking about my current weight and progress and the weeks workouts. Yes, I am putting myself on full blast.

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Chicken Soup

Hello Everyone!

Happy hump day!!! As I told you all a couple of days ago, I was battling a nasty cold/flu after returning from our long trip to China. I wasn’t in the mood for anything heavy or fancy and wanted something to warm my soul (no pun intended ūüėČ ). Just a nice meal that I could make quickly and digest easy. BINGO, chicken soup. I didn’t want anything out of the can, so I went online and researched a couple of homemade options. I came across Pioneer Woman’s version and fell in love. It was quick, simple and looked delicious.

I found enough energy to get myself to the grocery store and run a couple of errands at my local target, then hauled it back home to make my soup! Even put the bay leaf right in the middle of the chicken like the Pioneer Woman told me too (see photo). It was yummy. I kid you not I woke up yesterday morning feeling 1,000 times better, like a new woman! A little more Ariel and a little less Ursula (I get mean when I’m super sick, sorry husband!) I did a little research and found that chicken soup could quite possibly help relieve a cold! Here’s why…

*The broth acts as an anti-inflammatory by stoping the movement of neutrophils- immune system cells that participate in the body’s inflammatory response

*The broth speeds up the movement of mucus, possibly helping relieve congestion and limiting the amount of time viruses are in contact with the nose lining.

HA! How cool is that?!

Any who…. Here is a link to the Pioneer Woman’s recipe as well as my own photos from my cooking process. Note that I added freshly chopped parsley, leaks and scallion to mine. ¬†I also added in some fresh pasta right when the soup was done! ¬†It added some nice texture.

Let me know what you think. Enjoy!

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www.thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2011/12/chunky-chicken-soup/

 

The Curry Family In CHINA

Hello Everyone !

I hope you’re all having a fantastic monday. I am currently back at home battling a nasty little fever and cough. Luckily I am the only one in the household doing so. It’s been a rough past couple of days trying to get back on a good sleep ¬†schedule as there’s a 15 hour time difference for us between here in California and China. We’re slowly but surely getting back into the swing of things. I must say though that Riley has been an absolute trooper through all of it.

China was a blast. We visited Beijing and Shanghai. The two cities were extremely different from each other. Beijing  like D.C and Shanghai like NYC (or vegas). Both were beautiful and had different things to offer. We visited the Great Wall! I was so happy that we were able to do it as a family, I carried Riley the whole way in a back carrier. She was so good about it and I got a nice little workout in too!

We also got to tour the Forbidden City. That was super cool. Did you know that the emperors had concubines?! like, 70+?! Yikes !

We got to do a little bit of shopping and bartering in the Silk Market. That was fun but stressful at the same time. I came out a better haggler though thats for sure!

Stephen had two Under Armour appearances that we attended. The turnout was amazing! It was so cool to see all of the fans that came out. They presented us with an authentic tea set! I can’t wait to use it.

The only thing I regret about the trip is not getting to try some authentic Chinese cuisine, all of our food was very americanized. I guess that’s just another reason to go back!

Overall, the trip was fantastic and I was so happy to have Stephens family there with us to experience it all. We left with two wins and a new appreciation for different cultures and an even better appreciation for our home. We love to travel but are so so so happy to be back in our own home.

Have any of you ever been to China? I’d love to hear about your experiences!

Here are a couple of photos from our trip! Enjoy!

FITNESS FRIDAY: Greek Yogurt Dessert

Hi Guys!

Welcome to the first of many Fitness Fridays!!! I hope you guys enjoy this first official post! Below is a video of my quick and easy recipe for a daytime snack or dessert replacement! This is so simple and delicious, I couldn’t get enough of it this week.

I stepped way outside of my comfort zone this week and attended a ZUMBA class with some friends. If you know me, then you know very well that I can’t dance and have very little coordination (although my husband begs to differ, God bless him). Anyway, I went with much hesitation. It was an hour long class and even though I couldn’t get all of the moves down as quickly as my friends, it was a fantastic workout and I did have a blast with them. I would even consider going again. Other than that I took a stroll or two with Riley around the neighborhood and thats about it.

Eating wise, other than this healthy meal replacement, my eating choices were miserable. It seems my problem is more so skipping meals when I know I shouldn’t be and I almost always eat an enormous dinner because I cook it almost every night. So backwards, I know. It’s all about baby steps though and any progress is good progress in my book.

So, for this coming week my goal is to exercise portion control, because I am not a fan of dieting. I’m also going to make it a point to exercise in some form at least twice this week. The goal is to get all the way to 4 times a week, by the end of the month.

What are you guys doing to stay fit? What choices are you making? Let me know in the comments below! I am glad we are doing this together. Hope you enjoy the video!

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Baby and The iPad

Hi Everyone

I wanted to take a moment to address my feelings on babies and ipads/tablets. Im going to go ahead and get straight to the point. ¬†I LOVE the ipad for Riley, in moderation of course. If i’m in a tough situation like shopping at grocery store and she just isn’t in a patient mood that day I can whip out the ipad and get a good 15-20 mins to get all of my groceries picked out, bagged up and in the car. If we’re driving or flying for a long period of time she can be easily entertained with it. As long as it’s not an everyday thing, I’m okay with it. Completely satisfied with it actually. I get peace knowing that with today’s technology she’s not just watching a movie on her tablet, she’s learning on an alphabet app, or figuring out where her nose is with another.The possibilites are endless. I love that she can learn even when we’re on the move. Again, I said in moderation. I do believe that outside time and hands on play time is way more important for her development than any app on her ipad. How do you feel about “Baby and The iPad”? Let ¬†me know your thoughts in the comment box below!

Thanks guys and Happy Monday!

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New Series Coming Soon

Hi Everyone!

I wanted to let you guys know that i’ll be starting “Fitness Fridays” next week! As a new young mom it’s sometimes hard to find time to work out and eat right. I figured we could all go on the journey to being fit together and be each others support! I’ll post weekly what workouts i’ve done, ¬†and what healthy alternatives i’ve picked throughout the week. It should be a fun and rewarding ride! Be sure to comment below and let me know what you’d like to see more of on “Fitness Fridays”.

Ginger Limonade (lemon/lime)

Here is a super easy recipe I came up with for a refreshing take on your typical lemonade. It’s a mixture of fresh lime, lemon, mint, ginger, vanilla and raw cane sugar. Nothing short of delicious. Try not to devour this before you serve it to your guest! Let me know what you think. Enjoy!

Ingredients 

Juice of 7 limes and 4 lemons (or 2 cups of citrus juice)

1 tbs of freshly grated ginger

1 cup raw cane sugar  (give or take)

vanilla extract

6-8 cups water

Mint (for muddling and garnish)

Directions 

Roll then squeeze the juice of all of your lemons and limes. This should give you roughly 2 cups of citrus juice (salivating already). Next freshly and finely grate your ginger until you have about a tablespoon. In a beverage pitcher add your cup of raw can sugar and a tiny bit of hot water to dissolve the sugar crystals. Now add in the citrus juice, ginger, mint and vanilla into the pitcher and muddle or mix for a minute or two. This helps all of the flavors to mend. Finally, add water to fill your pitcher. Should be about 6-8 cups depending on the size of your pitcher. Chill in the refrigerator or immediately serve over plenty of ice. Completely up to you! I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do.