Keto Friendly Spiralizing Good Times at Houlihans

It’s Italian. It’s keto friendly. It’s Houlihan’s Butternut Squash and Sausage Lasagna with Zoodles! Hey there, darlings! It’s been a minute. Or a year, or whatever. They forget to tell you that you’ll have to juggle business with pleasure when the real world takes over. There have been so many …

‘Tis the Season… For Getting Real

Hello my darlings.

Long time no blog seems cliche, but I can’t think of a better term to chalk my blogging absence up to. It’s been an exciting year, and now that my shoulders are sitting a little lower and my breathing has slowed, it seemed appropriate to give this site a good refresh. But what would I write about?

I graduated last December. It was a surreal moment. My boyfriend at the time was off doing who knows what in Australia, and my parents flew in when I was flying around like a chicken with its head cut off. Between working nearly full time and finishing up capstone courses, I’m surprised I had the energy and mental stability to throw on a dress and walk across that stage to receive that hard-earned piece of paper.Read more

Pink Zebra Sprinkles – Product Review

Hi lovelies!

I’m so excited about reviewing Pink Zebra Sprinkles! This review has been a long-time coming. You see, I wanted to try out each scent before writing about them. Umm… BAD idea. Turns out these suckers burn for quite a long while. (Yeah, even the samples!)

Trying out Pink Zebra Sprinkles

So, I got in contact with Leah from Pink Zebra Sprinkles, who asked what kind of scents I liked. I told her herbal scents, and clean scents, nothing too fruity or dessert-smelling. (I already munch enough as it is, there’s no need to fill my room with cookie dough scent!) Leah hooked me up with a handful of samples, and I swear it was love at first scent! The scents included were as follows:
– Stone-Washed Denim
– Turquoise Waters
– Gentle Rain
– Amaretto Cream
– Citrus & Herbs
– Honeysuckle Hugs
– Beach Breeze
– Island Coconut

Pink Zebra Sprinkles Care Package Assorted Sprinkles Wax Scents Assorted Sprinkles Scents

Do those sound dreamy or what?! I have to say, I think Gentle Rain was my favorite, with Stone-Washed Denim being a close second. They were ALL great smelling though, without being too strong. I don’t know about y’all, but I get headaches when they’re too overpowering. Let’s smell pretty, not forceful, know what I mean?!

Pink Zebra Sprinkles Gentle Rain Scent Pink Zebra Sprinkles Gentle Rain Scent

These samples burned, and burned, and burned, and burned! I was surprised at how long they last, until Leah gave me the low-down on how these little delights burn 30% longer than most candle. And the best part? They’re made with renewable and sustainable, Earth-friendly wax. They burn smoothly, and keep most of their bright, fun colors while doing so.

Wax melts Pink Zebra Sprinkles Wax melts Pink Zebra Sprinkles

The absolute only down side that I had with these vs. Scentsy wax bars is that I didn’t have as much flexibility of changing scents as I did with wax bars, as these are sprinkles, and the samples didn’t come with the store-away carton. BUT, Pink Zebra Sprinkles allows for mixing your favorite scents together in a glass container to create a bomb-diggity smelling, personalized scented candle, so that makes up for it IMHO.

Go check out the different scents available and get in touch with Leah. She’s awesome, and so are her scents. Not to mention, how ridiculously cute are their Simmering Lights shades? I’m going to need to do some serious wax-melting upgrades soon!

Shout out to Leah for the samples! Once I’m all moved in to my new humble abode, I will be having to try out some of those new, adorable simmer light shades!

(Didn’t know I was moving? Take a peak at some of the budget furniture randoms I’ve been collecting here and there, and stay tuned for my budget-design reveal in August!)

Odds and Ends

Decorating a 20-something single apartment with used furniture and a tight budget.

Let it be known, folks: I hate change. I loathe it. Fatigue and fear both hit me equally when I think about the process of moving all my belongings down 3 flights of stairs and back up three more flights of different stairs in a new area.

But, two other feelings overwhelm me more than the former: excitement and creativity. Not only is this the first time I will get to live in my very own, but it’s a blank canvas to express myself through interior design.

Since this realization, my Pinterest board dedicated to apartment inspiration has been going CRAZY. But now, about four months to move-out date, I’ve started to slowly collect some essential items for the new apartment-to-be.

Standing floor mirror – $10 on an online garage sale.

standing mirror inexpensive on a budget

 

and, my latest thrifty find might quite possibly be my favorite:

Queen Size Brass Bed Frame, $75 online garage sale

brass bed frame antique queen size on a budget inexpensive

Quite a beauty, eh? I also snagged a comfy-as-heck queen-size ALL-WOOD futon for $150 at an actual garage sale. Not to shabby, I’d say. I’m at $235 for the furniture, and all I really “need” is a spine-worthy mattress.

With that in mind, I’m opening the floor to y’all! What items or must-haves did you wish others would have told you to buy when moving into your own place? What’s something you would not have survived living alone without? Can’t wait to hear your suggestions!

Sugar-Free Yogurt Popsicles – DIY Recipe

Tired of the same ‘ole yogurt and fruit routine? Follow this incredibly easy recipe for a quick, cheap, low-calorie snack that’s  deliciously addictive! These sugar-free yogurt popsicles will be a hit for your little ones, or at any party this spring and summer season.

 

Sugar-free Yogurt Popsicles

Nutritional Facts Per Serving (Serving Size: 2 mini popsicles):

Calories: 44 — Sugars: 6g — Carbs: 6g — Protein: 3g

Ingredients Needed:

 

  • Fruit of choice (personal favorite: 6 strawberries)
  • Greek yogurt of choice (personal favorite: Yoplait honey greek yogurt)
  • Popsicle mold set (I snagged a mini 8-popsicle set for $1 at the Dollar Tree! I did notice that they were out of stock when I went this last week, but there are several inexpensive popsicle molds available online on Amazon.com
  • ** Optional: Don’t like the tart yogurt taste? Add a packet or two of your sweetener of choice (I recommend Pure Via) for a sweeter, more traditional popsicle taste.

Directions: 


1) Place the greek yogurt and 3/4 of your fruit of choice in the blender. 

Blend well. Add last 1/4 of fruit toward the end and blend lightly, until only small particles of fruit are visible (for that “real fruit added” texture). DO NOT add water or ice to your mixture, as this will cause the popsicles to not harden the correct way in the freezer and make them more likely to break off in pieces when trying to remove them from the mold set. (Also, keep in mind that more fruit leads to a sweeter tasting popsicle!)

 

2) Prepare your popsicle mold set. 

Make sure it is clean and ready to go. (Be sure to double check the part that will be attached to your popsicle mixture when frozen, as any remanence may cause problems with attachment.


3) Pour your popsicle mixture into your mold set, making sure not to overfill. 

Overfilling can cause breakage when trying to pull your popsicle out of its mold later on, and can lead to a mess when trying to eat your icy-cold snack. Place the filled mold set in the freezer.

 

4) Leave your mixture to freeze for about 3 hours, and you’re set! 

Make sure your sugar-free yogurt popsicles are fully frozen by giving your holders a light tug. They should NOT move when being tugged on. If they give way in the slightest bit, your mixture is not firm, and should be placed back in the freezer for a while longer. When you’re ready to eat your popsicles, run the particular popsicle that you’re trying to get out under hot water. The heat will help the popsicle detach from the mold, and your home-made dessert should pop out easily when pulled by the handle after less than 30 seconds under the faucet.

Enjoy these mini delights! I tested the little smoothie ice poppers on both my roommate and my boyfriend. My roommate loved it, and though my boyfriend isn’t the biggest healthy-snack fan (he calls them “girly”), he enjoyed the flavors, as well! (Double win!) These sugar-free yogurt popsicles are the perfect cure to the terrible ice cream cravings that come over me while trying to eat right. They are ESPECIALLY perfect as a mini cool down in this God-awful Texas heat!

If you try this recipe (or even a different fruit/yogurt variation), be sure to let me know how you like the results!

 

Dashing Dishes: Sarah’s Skinny Pizza

I’ve dedicated my time and efforts towards eating clean since January of 2012. I technically started over a year ago, but took baby steps. In January 2011, I began to cut out fast food restaurants from my daily routine. Then, I started portioning my desserts and snacks. In January 2012, I began to count calories and make a diligent effort to stay around 500 negative net calories each day. If you’re looking to do this, sites like Calorie Count and My Fitness Pal are great resources to use. While I have grown knowledgeable of most calories values in certain foods and no longer feel the need to watch the numbers, I still use the former website when logging my weight monthly. 

With that being said, often times my biggest “cheat” craving is pizza. I don’t know what it is about the delicious dinner pie that gets me wishing I had 500+ calories to fill for dinner, but I can get the urge to eat a slice at any time of the day. Since I know how costly pizza can be to one’s diet, I decided that there has to be a way to meet my craving and still feel good about it, too. And so, I introduce to you today’s Hearth-Healthy Culinary Creation:

 

Sarah’s Skinny Pizza

 

Nutrition Facts: 

202 Calories, 13g Protein, 27g Carbohydrates, and 100% Delicious! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 multi-grain tortilla
  • 1 slice fat-free cheese (I prefer Swiss or cheddar), cut into small squares
  • 2 tbs low-sodium marinara sauce
  • 1/4 green bell pepper, cut into slivers
  • 1/4 red bell pepper, cut into slivers
  • 1 slice low-sodium turkey ham, broken up into bite-size pieces

Prep Time: < 5 Mins 

Cook Time: < 5 Mins

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Build pizza ingredients on top of the multi-grain tortilla. Start with the sauce, adding the cheese squares, then the toppings you desire. To keep it low-calorie but extremely tasty, I suggest toppings like bell peppers, olives, and/or even some pineapple chunks.
  3. Place your pizza on a flat baking tray (a cookie sheet or pizza tray will do, as well.)
  4. Place pizza in the oven and cook for a few minutes (time will vary depending on amount of topping).
  5. Watch your pizza through the oven window. When the cheese is fully melted, the edges of the tortilla are golden, and the toppings look crisp but not burned, use an oven mitt and remove the baking tray.
  6. Let your pizza cool for 1-2 minutes, then enjoy!

 

Sarah’s Skinny Pizzas are perfect for a small lunch meal to fix your craving without compromising the calories. I typically enjoy them with a few pieces of fruit on the side and a glass of water or Snapple Diet Iced Tea with a wedge of lemon.

If you try it out and/or change any ingredients, let me know! I’d love to hear your feedback 🙂 Stay healthy and Bon Appetit! 

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