Win a $30 Amazon Gift Card

Now that spring is around the corner I figured I’d start up another giveaway on my blog. I wasn’t sure what to go for at first, but I wanted to do a gift card instead of the regular prizes. That way you can decide what to get for yourself! And in the end I settled on Amazon.com since I get a bunch of my nail polishes, beauty products, and books from there. So I’m sure everyone will be able to find something new and fun for spring. I actually just ordered a bunch of nail polishes myself!

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You know the little widget that most people use for their giveaway? The one that makes it really easy to enter the giveaway right here on my blog? Yeah. Well, that one doesn’t work on WordPress, sorry. But if you click on the link below you will get to it!

–> TrineMarie’s Spring Giveaway <–

The widget will look something like this. Remember that you don’t have to do every entry; doing them all simply gives you a better chance of winning. But you can even participate by only leaving a comment.
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Thirty Before Thirty

I was inspired by Nykki’s Thirty For Thirty post to write one myself. I have always been a huge fan of to-do lists, grocery lists, packing lists – any types of lists you can imagine. And I’m sure I’ve had at least 10 different bucket lists while growing up. But I don’t remember what they were and I never saved them to my computer, so now it’s time to start over. This time I’m not aiming for lifetime goals, but things that I want to achieve in the next 5 and a half years, whether they are important or silly, or simply important to me. Lists are motivating, and I could definitely use a bit of motivation every now and then.

4 down, 26 to go! I wonder how this list will look in about a year or so.
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I would also love it if your guys did a similar post on your own blogs. Maybe we have something in common? If you do I would love share your link at the bottom of this post.

Just let me know!

Egg Salad With Ham And Green Onion

On a lchf (low carb, high fat) diet you often end up eating a lot of eggs, simply because they contain hardly any carbs and are so easy to make. But I know I’ll get tired off only eating hard boiled or scrambled eggs, so I wanted to come up with some other options. This time I decided on a very simple egg salad made with whatever I already had in my fridge.

Ingredients:

  • 2 hard boiled eggs
  • 6 slices of smoked ham
  • 1 small green onion (about 2 tbsp) – chives would also work
  • 2 tbsp. mayo
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning

Boil and peal the eggs, let them cool while cutting up the ham and green onion.
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Cut the eggs into squares and add everything to a bowl. Mix it well and eat as is or on a sandwich. I ate mine straight from the bowl and thought it was absolutely amazing! The smokey flavor of the ham was a perfect addition to the eggs and mayo, and I will definitely be making this again.
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I use large eggs and boil them for 12 minutes. So all of this only took about 15 minutes.

Sundress

Here’s a belated “outfit post” from our trip. The problem was that we tried to take the pictures after getting back from dinner and drinks, and I was very intent on getting a good picture while I was doing a spin. It didn’t happen. But the dress is too cute not to show you anyway. I am really starting to fall in love with cute summery dresses, and this was only $25 at Charlotte Russe.
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I don’t even remember what I was laughing about here, but I think the frozen margarita pouch might explain it. Andy took advantage of it and took about 20 pictures of me looking absolutely retarded (you don’t get to see those, though).
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However, I DO remember being extremely proud of how well I tied my bow.
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Oh well, being serious is overrated. I love to laugh, and sometimes I’m so silly that Andy can’t handle it. And I enjoy an alcoholic drink once in a while. Especially on vacation.

Crockpot Chicken Tikka Masala

I love all types of Indian food, and nothing beats making dinner in a crockpot, so when I found this recipe at Tablefortwoblog I just had to try it out. I’ve actually had it bookmarked for weeks.

Ingredients:

  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins, or about 5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 3 lbs.)
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 (29 oz.) can of tomato puree
  • 1 1/2 cups plain yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. Garam masala
  • 1 tbsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp. paprika
  • 2 tsp. salt, or to taste
  • 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • 1-3 tsp. cayenne pepper (depending on your heat preference)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp. cornstarch
  • Chopped parsley or cilantro, for topping

I made some necessary changes because I was missing a couple things. I used curry instead of garam masala, my can of tomato puree was only 28 ounces, and I skipped the cornstarch all together.

It’s such a great and simple recipe, but there is a bunch of chopping to be done. First you want to chop the chicken and onion, and mince the garlic and ginger.
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Then you want to mix together everything but the bay leaves, cream, and cornstarch. I have a big crock pot, so I mixed everything in there. If you don’t you might want to use a big bowl. After it’s all completely mixed, add the bay leaves and put it to cook for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low.
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After it’s done cooking mix together the cream and cornstarch in a small bowl and add it to the crockpot to thicken it up. Let it cook for another 20 minutes before you serve it with rice.
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PS: Pay attention to the measurements. I didn’t, and ended up reading “tablespoon” everywhere it said “teaspoon”… Needless to say it was a lot spicier than intended. So I added a bit more yogurt before cooking it, and I was surprised at how much I still liked the finished result. It will definitely clear out your sinuses, but if you love “Indian spicy” I would say to give it a try! (Although I only added one tablespoon of salt, not two!)

OPI Liquid Sand – Get Your Number

I’ve seen the liquid sand polishes everywhere lately, but I just didn’t get around to buying one myself until yesterday. I thought the effect looked so cool I just had to try it out. Since blue is one of my favorite colors I ended up with Get Your Number from OPI, which is a gorgeous light blue (even though it looks dark blue in the bottle) with tons of glitter.

I started out with just one layer and actually thought it looked good even though it’s kinda see through.
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Then I added another and was amazed at how pretty it was. And the formula is perfect! I imagined it being hard to apply, or at least a little annoying like most glitter polishes, but I had no trouble at all. In these pictures I haven’t even cleaned it up. The edges came out like that on first try.
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Here you can see the texture a little better. Even though I’m in love with how it looks it still takes some getting used to. In the beginning it really just feels weird every time your nails touches anything.
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So, in conclusion, I am definitely getting more of these!
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Update: After 5 days this polish still looks amazing! (But it’s time for it to come off.)

Back To A Healthy Diet

Being back from vacation means going back to better habits. No candy and no more eating out. I really haven’t kept it up at all this year after several weeks of being sick, but now I have no more excuses! I’m going back on a low carb diet (lchf). I did it for about a month and a half back in November, along with regular workouts, and I felt ten times better. I started with filling up our empty fridge, and right now I feel more motivated than ever before.
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I really can’t remember the last time we had this many vegetables in the house. But I am loving it! (And, yes, I do know that bananas and tomatoes are fruit. But still.)
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I’ve always thought structure is the key behind keeping up with a diet, a workout regime, or any other lifestyle changes, so I’m writing down this weeks dinner plan. Hopefully I will stick to it and make another one next week. Although I’m leaving one day open for each week – this time It’s Sunday.

Today’s dinner was a success. I haven’t tried this recipe since I posted it on the blog, so I had forgotten how delicious it is. This time we also added fresh cilantro, which really hit the spot!
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