Food & Recipes
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 5:49PM
By -AML
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Its time to find out about new ways to send those who just had a baby a gift. I know that all I wanted in the hospital was a nice home-cooked meal made of all my favorite comfort foods. The Meal Stork is exactly that gift. This company literally prepares and delivers delicious meals to a family that is so busy enjoying their new addition and has no time to worry about eating, let alone cooking. Forget those flowers and spend your money on something the family actually needs. It is an age-old tradition to make a family that just had a baby a home cooked meal. Some of us don't always have to luxury of living close to our loved ones or even having time ourselves to prepare meals. 

 

 

These meals are around the same price as a traditional flower arrangement and arrive within 1-3 days of ordering. This makes it perfect for those that want to send something right away to a hospital and/or home. What is even sweeter is that you can leave a personal message with the delivery that makes this the ultimate gift. :) 

 

These meals can be saved so that the family does'nt have to eat them right always and the smallest order feeds 4-6 people. The menu constantly changes so that you can always send great meals without redundancy. The food is prepared to meet high quality taste with the intentions of making you feel warm and fuzzy after such a joyous and traumatic experience. 

 

 

The company was founded by David Stroke who has 4 boys himself. He definitely knows how difficult it can be when you have a newborn. This gift is not only practical, but its affordable and very simple! 

 

Check out all they have to offer on their website The Meal Stork. Enter AML10 at checkout to receive 10% off your purchase. :) 

 

Again, the main things about my labor an delivery were the joy of my beautiful baby girl and the amazing foods I received thereafter. 

 

ENJOY! xoxo AML

 
Friday, April 26, 2013 2:16PM
By -AML
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Feel like there are too many Hot woman around? Wanna be one of them? 

 

I know that every women, whether they will admit it or not, has looked another girl up and down with envy for their hair, body, wardrobe ect. We have all done it. But I think we more wish we could be the woman that other women look at and think, "I want to be that skinny."

 

Want to learn how to really look and feel your best. Its time for you to understand and accept that those women you may envy are not on some super awesome fad diet that you can just start yourself. Those women have a lifestyle that includes making the choice to eat healthy and exercise. There is no magic potion or secret society it is just simply your decision to live the lifestyle needed to look and feel that way. This again, is a choice you have to make every single day. This I promise you will be the miracle you have been praying for. Its actually very simple. 


Since giving birth I never thought I would make it to a day that I can honestly say I look my body and the way I dress better than I ever have before. When I thought to myself, "I look fat", I felt like a fat ass. When I would say it out loud to others then others began to think to themselves she is fat. The more negative things I would think and say to myself and others the more those were the thoughts roaming around my enviornment.

 

So I decided that thoughts have power and it was time to use that power for the positive. I began to change my lifestyle. Soon enough I started to think "I am getting skinner." Then others began to comment on how amazing I was looking. Since this epiphany of now I feel great all the time, I never allow myself to put myself down in my head or out loud.

 

Here is how I changed my lifestyle. First credit has to go the birth of my daughter. She inspires me everyday to become a better person that she can use as a role model. I had felt very lonely and misguided after giving birth. I had this pouch that would not go away and these things called hips. I had never had these problems before. Granted, I had some body issues but now I had to add to new annoying ones to the list. I felt overwhelmed as if nothing I ever do will get me to be where I wanted to be, the girl everyone else envies.

 

My mother came to visit and made me watch stupid Dr. Oz. Of course my eyes rolled to the back of my head as she told me about this amazing discovery that we all were part of this epidemic of "Wheat Bellies". What is that you ask? This idea that we are killing ourselves with obesity and big guts due to the over use of white and wheat flour made foods. Yes, this includes anything whole wheat. So come to find out the only we can have is Gluten Free products. I thought to myself "ya right, how in the world is that possible." So I indulged her and watched and then didnt think about it again. Before she left she made me promise her that I would also watch a documentary on Netflix called "Hungry for Change". I told her I would even thought I never really planned to.

 

A few weeks later I was at home alone bored waiting for the baby to wake-up from her nap {yes, I actually had nothing to do at the moment}. Here I got searching through netflix for something to watch and I see this "Hunger for Change" crap. Somehow I convinced myself to press play. 5 minutes into it I was mesmerized. Granted, the way these things are produced is meant to brain wash the hell our of you, but it all made so much sense. It was this idea that its not about all these fad diets. It was about doing little things in steps to change your lifestyle so that eventually you arent on a diet you just are a healthy person.

 

After this I promised to do two things to start changing my lifestyle.

 

  • Workout three times a week. Do anything, take a long walk, play tennis, do a fitness class, hike, ect.
  • Stop Eating anything with Gluten. At first I knew it would be hard to find anything that was gluten free. Then I was surprised. Trader Joes is my savior.
  • Start Juicing. Once a day I would drink a veggie and fruit concoction that would probably be disgusting.

 

Ok so I had my starting changes that I would begin to do. Here is how it went. At first the working out was not a problem. I enjoy physical activity. Finding time to do it is a totally different story. I have a 10 month old, a business, friends, family, a home to manage, a husband and well sometimes I get to take care of myself too. I had made a promise and even if that meant working out three days in a row, or doing it in the middle of the night that is what I did. {Breaking a promise to yourself is just as bad as to someone else}. I tried to get the working out, out of the way at the begining of the week so that I wouldnt be stressed to squeeze fitness into my schedule. Also that meant that any extra activities I did was a bonus. ;) 

Next thing I did was stop eating gluten. Anything that said gluten free on the box I ate. I also found that there is pretty much a substitution for everything you can think of that is gluten free. I had brown rice pasta, gluten free breads, rice cakes, and found an awesome recipe for a gluten free flour mix. Can be used to substitute for any other recipe that includes white or wheat flour. The texture of the food might change due to gluten free but it will most likely taste the same if not better. So this meant no cereals, breads, pasta, cake, cookies, pretty much anything that was made with dough at any point. 

Then I started to juice. The first day I grabbed what I had in my fridge. It consisted of 2 mini cucumbers, 2 celery sticks, a carrot, 4 strawberries, a whole lemon and 3 cups of spinach. It didnt taste good but it didnt taste bad either. I learned that the colder it was the easier it was to drink. It was kind of refreshing. I had a whole glass first thing in the morning and suddenly my energy went through the roof. I am a vivid coffee drinker and I couldnt even imagine having a cup that morning. I felt great. Even more I was so PROUD of myself for accomplishing what I had promised.   

{update: I have also started doing smoothies to change up texture and flavor. I blend 4 strawberries, 1 banana, ice and 1 cup of nonfat organic milk, with 2 scoops of chocolate protein powder to keep me full} 

 

I have received so many compliments on my new body. Everyone is asking me how and what I do. Well that is it, {so far}. I think that I am more happy about feeling good, both in my clothes and with them off ;). I have more energy Im not tired all the time and not feeling bloated 24/7 is amazing! Go ahead and make just three commitments today and see how you do. Once you have mastered those commitments and you start to feel good then slowly add another one. Soon you will have adjusted to a completely different lifestyle and you wont even notice it accept for the pounds you will lose. 

 

 

Here are some great inspirations I have found on Pinterest! Check it out..... Keep It Simple Fitness! 

 

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013 12:28PM
By -AML
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Corn & Green Olive Salad!

 

 

 

Ingredients: 

 

2 cans corn {no salt added}

1 Red Bell Pepper Chopped

1 Sprig of Dill {or 1 tsp ofdried dill}

2 Tbspn Mayo

1-15 Green Olives Chopped

Salt & Pepper

 

 

 

Instructions:

 

Mix all together and ENJOY! 

 

xoxoxo

-AML

 
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 11:04AM
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Ingredients:

 

  • 2 large eggplants
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 sprig parsely chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 lbs ground beef
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • olive oil for spreading
  • 1 bottle of your favorite marinara sauce.

 

Instructions:

 

Preheat oven to 425F degrees.Slice eggplants in 1/2 inch lengthwise. Put them on a baking dish and brush with olive oil. Bake until eggplant is soft approx. 15 mintues. {turn once and brush other side with olive oil}. Meanwhile, brown onion, meat and garlic. Once cooked, add the parsley and tomato paste and mix well. Grab anothe deep baking dish and begin assembling your layers. First, pour a small amount of the marinara sauce {about 1/4 of bottle} on bottom of baking dish. Then, add 1 layer of eggplants. Add the entire meat mixture. Add another layer of eggplants. Now pour the rest of marinara sauce over the last eggplant layer and make sure it makes its way in between the layers. Lower oven tempurature to 350F and bake for 15 minutes or until the top browns. Add some extra fresh parsely for garnish. 

 

 

 

A great alternative is to bake the eggplant and then breadit and lightly fry. It give the dish a great crunch. Just dip baked eggplants into an egg, then into breadcrumbs, and lightly fry until it forms a crust. Then layer into recipe like instructed. WARNING: This will add mroe calories! :)

 

Enjoy! 

 

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Easy Chocolate Cake with Ganache Topping

Red Wine and Thyme Briskett

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Thursday, March 28, 2013 1:05PM
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Chocolate Cake With Ganache Topping

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder (mix with 1 cup hot water)
  • 1 Bar dark chocolate
  • 1 Bar milk chocolate
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream

 

1. Mix eggs and sugar with a mixer until blended on low speed.
2. Then gradually add the baking soda, baking powder, cocoa in water and oil until well blended.
3. Gradually add flour
4. Once mixture is well mixed pour into a 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Bake at 350F until toothpick comes out clean. Approximately 20 minutes.
5. While cake is baking put the two chocolate bars and whipping cream in the microwave at 15 second increments until melted. Be careful not to overheat and burn chocolate. {this is my shortcut way} 

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Another great way to make a ganache is to heat heavy cream in a small pot, break up the chocolate into a bowl, pour the hot whipping cream onto chocolate and mix while it melts chocolate and combines the cream. 
6. Once cake is done baking pour chocolate ganache topping over the cake. Let cool to room temperature before serving.

 

Extra toppings optional {I think it makes it look tastier with a bit of crunch like the coconut}