Why do I love Pinterest? It is a visual smorgasbord of everything you can think of eating or making in your kitchen. This is another hit from Pinterest one of the best new Apple Bread RecipeI have tried. It is definitely moist and the crumb topping is the best part of the recipe.
1 cup sugar
½ cup butter softened
2 tablespoons sour cream
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups apples, peeled and finely chopped
4 tablespoons butter, softened (room temperature)
4 tablespoons sugar
Click the link above to get the full recipe! I hope you enjoy!
Workout: Own Your Age Workout
My workout regimen gets a little boring which forces me to look for new ways to get fitness scheduled. After discovering the video, Own Your Age, I was able to interview Lorraine Gantt, founder of Own Your Age. During the interview, we discussed her motivation for fitness, food regimen and the Own Your Age workout. I was very impressed because she is over 60 and committed to a life of fitness and eating right.
The following information was shared by Lorraine during the interview:
- She is currently juicing 6-7 times a day
- Meal prepping on Sunday, enough meals for 3-4 days
- Breakfast includes oatmeal, eggs with ground turkey and vegetables
- Lunch fish, chicken, eggs
- Water, vegetables, fruit
Lorraine also said to make a conscious effort to eliminate fried foods, fast food,white sugar, candy and reduce soda consumption. She also educated me on the fact “fluid follows salt” so monitoring your intake of sodium is key for all meals.
I did order the video for Lorraine’s Own Your Age workout. The video is very inspiring for those over 50 to get started no matter their fitness level. My preference is workouts with high intensity so I found this video to be tailored to fitness beginners. The video is great for someone who is looking for a fitness regimen that requires minimal equipment and a small interval of time. The best advice I can offer for anyone who is interested in transforming their lifestyle is to get started!
Today I had an interesting conversation with a good friend. The time has gone by so fast we had years to catch up on but of course one conversation is not enough. One thing we did agree on is what to teach our sons.
I am in no way saying I want to take the role of dad but I have learned that I can instill in my son the things that are important to me. Here is my list of things to teach my boy child who is now a teen:
1)There is a reason to put down a toilet seat especially if you are living with females, it is a common courtesy and considerate
2)Opening the door for me and/or his sister before we reach the door
3)Walking on the outside of me and/or his sister if we are walking down a street
4)Opening a car door for a female is not old fashioned it is being a gentleman
5)Learn to be self sufficient, even if that means learning to cook for yourself and doing your own laundry
6)Never disrespect a female in any way verbally, emotionally or physically
Although I cannot guarantee my son will continue to do these things he can never say I did not teach him what to do.
Did I ever write how I hate to pay full price for retail items? A few months ago I wandered into a consignment shop in Ardmore and was thoroughly excited. The selection of designer shoes, handbags, dresses, blouses, skirts, and evening wear that was reasonably priced. There was also a gizillion pieces of jewelry to choose from like oversized cocktail rings, bracelets, earrings, and belts.
Yesterday I bought 3 items for $100, a pair of black elastic strap Charles David wedges(look brand new, never worn), a BCBGMaxAzria for under $50 and an off white bubble dress for less than $20. This dress pairs well with the wedges. These were truly end of summer great finds.
Check out owner Ani’s Facebook page for new merchandise listings Personally by Ani.K., she is also a personal stylist.
Brown Betty is located in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia and another location downtown at Liberty Place. This was my first visit to try the sweet potato cupcake with spiced vanilla buttercream and an extra one to share with my mom. My ladybug selected the red velvet cupcakes with the cream cheese buttercream. I also purchased a vanilla pound cake with chocolate buttercream for my #sweettooth accomplice.
The bakery is named after Elizabeth Ruth Hinton who is called Betty by friends and family. Her love of baking inspired her daughter, Linda to continue sharing the baking tradition with friends and family. In 2004, Linda decided to share their baked goods which is how the idea was born. Linda with a team of bakers and decorators is now able to provide amazing desserts. The other member of this baking tradition is Norrinda, granddaughter. She is instrumental with encouraging her mother, Linda to bring their brand to the Philadelphia market.
On the day of my visit, there were cupcakes as well as an assortment of cookies available for purchase. If you are in the looking for a one of a kind wedding cake or fancy desserts this is the place for you. You can visit the website for some visual inspiration on why you should try this dessert boutique at Brown Betty Dessert Boutique. I also learned all of the cupcakes are based on poundcake recipes.
I really enjoyed the sweet potato cupcake with the spiced vanilla buttercream. I assume everyone has their own way of eating a cupcake, some peel the wrapper off first, others dive right into the icing and then into the cake, some cut the cupcake in half and eat each piece. Well I think this is the perfect way to eat a cupcake. I have provided my before and after pictures, tell me your thoughts! How do you eat your cupcake?
My ladybug and her red velvet cupcake with cream cheese buttercream.
I am baffled sometimes by the word “happy” and yes when I hear the word I think of Pharrell’s song and video, “Happy”
It has taken me a little bit to taste a slice of happy, and honestly I think we look for it in the wrong places. My happy is good with being me and not making any apologies for being me.
The teen and I were out running errands at the local drug store, when a woman approached us with what I thought was a strange request. When we came out of the drug store, I asked the woman to come over to my car. As we were walking in I totally misunderstood her question. She was asking for money to purchase food. I know some people often doubt the intentions of those asking for money. I am in no way able to judge the intentions of others however if I have extra cash it may very well help this woman get a meal for the night. My teen even offered her the money in his pocket but she refused it. When we pulled in front of our door my teen insisted we stop and pray. His prayer was for all the homeless people in the world. I was shocked that he showed such empathy for the woman who was obviously going through tough times.
We are all blessed in our own right, so how often do you show gratitude and appreciation for your blessings?
photo credit: girlsautoclinic.com I found out about Patrice Banks through the local radio station 107.9. She was a guest on the morning show and shared some great information on handling the maintenance of your vehicle for females. I immediately went to her website and have learned a wealth of information on how to take care of my aging vehicle. On May 17th she hosted a “free” workshop at Crest Auto Center in West Philadelphia. Patrice is a very thorough instructor she talk the attendees about serpentine belt(what wear looks like), bushings(that are part of suspension system) worn vs. new, wheel (sometimes called hub) bearings, spark plugs(how these work in a 6 cylinder and 8 cylinder vehicles), rotors(worn vs. new), brake pads(worn vs. new), and air filters. Patrice taught us how to check the measurement line on our oil dip stick(how to use a funnel to add more oil, turn on car to get the oil moving and check the dip stick, one quart at time), the color of coolant(the composition of the fluid : water/antifreeze), brake fluid(cannot be topped off), the importance of the engine and cabin filter and how often it should be changed. I rode around for about three years with a tire air pressure gauge and never learned how to use it. Here is Patrice to the rescue she taught us what a correct air pressure should be between 30-33psi. You can check the side of our driver’s side door for your tire size and air pressure specifications. She taught us how to check the tire pressure and how to release the air if there is too much. Did you know that you can use a penny to check the wear on your tire? Take the penny head side down and if the treads are worn the head will disappear. Did you know if the brake pads are replaced the rotors should be also? Do you know how to properly jump start a car? She covered hooking up the cables. The importance of an oil change for your specific vehicle, a lot of new vehicles have a maintenance schedule. The type of gas was covered especially when it comes to foreign vehicles that require premium gas and specialized oil. The workshop covered a lot. Patrice is currently looking for a location so she can open her own garage that caters to the female consumer. Manicures will be one of the services offered while you wait. If you want to check out the next workshop, visit the website girlsautoclinic.com to subscribe and receive monthly blog posts on vehicle maintenance. Follow her Facebook page GirlsAutoClinic, on Instagram @girlsautoclinic
Our week 1 and week 2 food makeover results were featured in the May 2014 issue of All You magazine pg. 48 Diet Section. Check it out if you get a chance. I will admit reducing sugar is a challenge but not impossible. One thing I learned is how to stop drinking soda and also learning to try new snack alternatives. Yes, there are cheat days to but the key is limit those days to less not more. Also you have to MOVE, you have to find a way to burn what you eat so find a fun way for cardio and weight training to build muscle mass. The key is to HAVE FUN at the same time!