Tuesday, July 4, 2017


Thursday, June 29, 2017

3 Hip Hop Moves For Fitness

Exercise is very important to physical and mental fitness. Second only to your diet, getting proper exercise is essential in your quest for a healthy body. However, there are some people who dread the very idea of going to a gym. A stationary bike is going nowhere in their book and an elliptical is out of the question. These people struggle the most with weight loss and acquiring a fit body. The trick is finding a way to work your body and burn calories, while you are having fun. They have conquered the concept of healthy eating and treats are usually reserved for sugar-free candy which is tasty and easy to have on hand.

The Hip Hop Craze!

Just as they tell you to wear the proper attire to the gym, you should wear the proper attire to Hip Hop dance. This tells your brain you are getting serious and it makes you feel great. You can wear a leotard, or if you are more comfortable, a cool pair of dance pants with a matching top. This tells your mind it is time to play and work-out.

Beyonce’s Bounce and Flick

This is a great warm up step. It is incredibly easy to do. It goes to an eight count. You begin turned to the side. You will bend your knees a little and you are going to wave your arms to the front of you curling all your fingers except the index finger and thumb on each hand.

As the music begins, you will bounce by bending your knees and rocking forward and then backward without moving your feet. You will count each bounce (forward) 1. Backward bounce 2. (forward again) three. On the count of four, you will bring your hands around to the front of you with your index finger and thumb extended (like a gun) and point to the ground. Now repeat the next four bounces. This is your eight count. 4 count bounce - point - 4 count bounce -point. You will notice this is a move Beyonce does quite well.

The Squat And Pop

This is a great exercise step for the legs and the rear.

Stand with your legs and feet pointed slightly out and wide apart. Squat until your knees are bent and your legs partially lowered. Place your hands on your hips. As you move your body down, you will turn your elbows in toward the stomach, pushing your stomach in and rounding the back. As you ride (never straighten the legs) move the elbows in the same movement while pushing the stomach forward. Here’s how.

The Body Roll

This is a simple step that is in most routines. This is a simple body roll. With knees slightly bent and arms in a forward semi-circle in the front of the body, on the count of 5 you will move the stomach in and out quickly, and turn your entire body to the left of where you begin. On count 10, you will continue your body roll until you have made a complete circle with the entire body.

With a little practice, you will master these moves and that will improve your life.

(Guest Post)

Monday, June 19, 2017

This poor blog

Gets no love.  No respect.  I've neglected it for so long. 

However, I did try a new recipe over the weekend, Chicken Tortilla Soup.  It was delicious.  I will post the recipe this week.  Because it was that good.  And because it was that good, I'll make it again. 

So, one way or another, I'm going to get back into blogging. 

See you soon!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Quicky dinner

Let me tell you about one night a few weeks ago.  I was tired and bored and not really feeling like making anything for dinner; and, I didn't have a lot to work with as it were, so I was feeling a big desperate too.

It has been a rough road recovering from the Bar exam, starting a new job, gaining weight, then losing it, etc.

I looked in the pantry and all I could see were bags of rice, some spaghetti sauce, a can of cream of mushroom soup, a few bags of cereal and two bottles of soy sauce.  Yum.

The kids were whining because they're starving (they are ALWAYS starving by the way) and The Man was claiming hunger pains to the Nth degree.

In the freezer I found a pound of frozen shredded cheese, a pound of hamburger and a bag of tater tots.

WALA! An idea struck.

I chopped the only onion I had, sauteed it in a little butter, then added the now defrosted hamburger, seasoned with some garlic salt and pepper, and browned it up like I was making taco meat.

While the burger was browning, I took to the task of spraying a 9x13 cake pan with non stick spray. Then I stood each of those cute little tater tots on end and lined that pan all sorts of orderly.  And pretty.

When the burger was done, I drained the excess grease and added my large can of cream of mushroom soup and a 1/2 cup of milk.  When the soupy burger mixture was hot and steamy, I poured it across the tots and then added a layer of shredded cheese to the top.

I baked it at 400° for about 40 minutes.  When the dinger went off, I proclaimed dinner was served.

The 16 year old wouldn't eat it.  The 18 year old said it was delicious. The Man and I decided it was good enough to fill us up but it wasn't going on the permanent what sounds good for dinner menu.

But, it was quick, easy and didn't take a lot of effort.  I call that a win.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Stress Relief of the quick and dirty kind



Can we talk about relaxing? I don’t mean take the day off work and have a spa day – although I would be all over that opportunity if it came my way.  No, I’m talking about relaxing in a very primal, albeit quicker kind of way for those of us who work full time, raise babies (and by babies I mean, kids, dogs, husbands).  Let’s talk about toys; Toys of the, cough*adult*cough variety.  I like toys. Because sometimes, I girl just needs a couple two, three, 20 minutes to herself for some immediate stress relief. And if that stress relief is waterproof also, BONUS!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Next on the agenda

So, now that I've passed the Bar, I think I'll read a few books.  Write a few reviews.  Try out some new recipes. And maybe have my nephew teach me how to play guitar. Then I would understand when he says things to me like "It would be awesome if you bought me some rotosound strings for my birthday.” And I would not have to look at him with that blank stare and ask what the heck does a rotosound string do?  Oy.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Potatoes, Sauerkraut and Kielbasa Sausage

So I was bored and didn't really want to slave over the stove. But the kids claimed they were starving. And I hadn't gone grocery shopping yet, so I had limited resources to work with.  So I took what I had and made quite the tasty treat.  Quick and easy too.

1 kielbasa sausage (sliced)
1 pkg frozen Potatoes O'Brien (the diced potato with chopped bell peppers)
2 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese
1 16 oz jar sauerkraut (drained)
4 tablespoons butter/margerine
salt, pepper, garlic powder, pinch of red pepper flakes

Preheat oven to 350°.  Spray 9x13 cake pan with non-stick spray.  In a mixing bowl, pour in frozen potatoes; season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and red pepper flakes; sprinkle on drained sauerkraut and add sliced kielbasa sausage. Mix and pour into cake pan.  Add butter pats or spoons.  Cover and bake 50 minutes.  Remove cover, add shredded cheese. Return to oven (uncovered) for 15 minutes, until cheese melts. 

Serve with garlic toast, dinner rolls, a side salad, or rolled up into a tortilla, or just eat alone.  It was quite delicious so I've deemed it a keeper.  I may add more bell peppers next time.