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Sometimes You Need A Push!

I’ve had a lot of people telling me recently that I’m looking great and are asking if I train everyday and for how long but I want to set some things straight: yes, I do workout everyday, I only work out about 1 – 2 hours, and above all I love to do nothing with the rest of my day.

When I say that I love to do nothing- I mean if I could lay in a blanket all day I would. Before I wrote this I was currently binging on Netflix. What I hope I can make clear is that changing your lifestyle doesn’t have to be a big change.

For me, my biggest challenge was that I needed to stop buying food that would make me feel bad about myself and start buying food that would fuel me. My motto is, “if I don’t have those bad foods in my house, I won’t eat them”.

My “big” change that I made was getting my tired butt out of bed an hour earlier if I had to work, or just do the damn workout first thing on my day off. I understand that to some people, that might actually feel like a huge change and implementing this cold-turkey method is daunting- trust me it is- but one day the light will go off from “needing” to change to “wanting” to.

It’s hard; I know. For myself, it took years until my light finally clicked and I haven’t looked back. All my life I struggled with my weight, self confidence, and my overall health daily. I would yo-yo between not eating enough to eating far too much; worst of all I would never eat the right foods for me.

Before I started my daily workout (and by daily, it is usually only an hour), I would take a dance class every single morning then go to the gym for far too long to try and make myself feel better to maintain my weight; coupling this routine with eating horrible foods made me feel horrible. Most days I HATED doing it but I didn’t know there was any other way to help me stay healthy.

My husband has always supported my insane ideas about working out, but he was blessed with a freakishly fast metabolism and can eat whatever he wants. He never has to think about what he eats before it burns right off of his body. Myself on the other hand, well I  have to chalk it up to another hour at the gym. We used to meal prep heavily to make up for his metabolism but this meant that I was eating the wrong foods (and frankly too much of them).

What I decided then was that I wanted to push for a change; luckily my husband was there to eat the remains of our junk food. Small changes (like not buying junk food) does not have to be a leap off of a cliff!

Slow and steady wins the race and you are your only competitor.

Start with one thing in your life that you know is bad for you- say you have a can of coke a day or you like an extra scoop of sugar in your coffee- try one less a week and see how you feel. Don’t be afraid to try that substitution- try a bag of baby carrots and dip instead of chips. The message here is to not starve yourself from nutrition or deprive yourself from necessities: make the changes that are within your reach one at a time. Tell yourself: slow and steady wins the race.

A good friend of my replaced his daily Pepsi intake with water for one month and has since lost almost 20 pounds. That one small change impacted his entire perspective on what he is capable all from doing that one thing.

If tackling your diet isn’t something that you’re ready for, try your fitness. Have you considered the stairs verses the elevator? Adding in those small changes can make the world of difference. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t see results the day after you implemented something; wait. Give your body about two weeks before you start to analyze it.

Small changes guys.

These changes have changed my life but I’m also doing this FOR A LIFE. I want to travel, I want to dance, I want to live a long life with my husband Matthew and not worry about later. I haven’t taken anything out of my everyday life that brings me joy though. I still sing too loud, dance when I get ready, paint pictures for my walls, and watch way too much Netflix. I will still say yes when I want to treat myself to burger once in a while but it’s nothing that I can’t live without. I still live my same life, only I have made healthier choices; all one by one.

 

If you start with just ten minutes a day, that’s ten minute more than yesterday. I just take one hour or less out of my day to work out and make smart choices in my meals.

 

THAT’S IT.

 

The rest of the day is mine.

 

So Netflix, stop asking me if I am still watching- YES!

 

Everyone’s path is different and I can’t stress that enough. So you need to decide what works for you and if you need to or want to, then let’s talk.

 

Treat Yo’ Self

I’ve been thinking a lot about rewards lately. And not just with fitness.

Whenever I did thing something “hard” or accomplish something, I used to think “Ah! This deserves a cupcake!” (Sorry I use cupcakes all the time guys, I LOVE THEM) Then I would eat said cupcake and it would all be over in 5 minutes (or less if I shoved the whole thing in my mouth).

But why does it always have to be food?

When I changed my diet last year, I didn’t let myself cheat AT ALL for the first few months. I couldn’t trust myself. I knew if I had a little piece of cake or a Richmond Station Burger (DROOL), I knew I’d fall back off. So how was I going to reward myself when I measured myself and lost a half inch in my waist?

I decided that I was going to make a reward Goal. If I lost 2.5 inches in my waist, at least 1 in my hips (the hardest place for me to lose) and 1 inch in my chest and thighs, then I would go out and buy myself a new outfit(s).

And that’s what I did!

2 Months later, I went shopping I bought 3 dresses and a couple of tops. And the best part? The shirts were a size small and everything else was a medium! (I was a large or or more before) I still have those dresses today and still love the way I look in them 🙂

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This is one of the dresses! (Matt’s favourite)

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And this is another one of them! I LOVE how bright it is 🙂

When I started 80 Day Obsession, I didn’t really think about rewards. I just jumped in. But after the first week, I saw a lot of progress in my strength and began thinking of what would push me harder.

The problem is, with so many successes, I don’t have the money to go shopping all the time!

So I decided on a long term reward. This may not work for some people but I think it will work for me! When I finish 80 Day Obsession, I’m going to get part of costume I want to cosplay for Fan Expo in September. Now I haven’t decided on which cosplay yet, I have a few in mind and they are a little pricy for me so I’ll have to do it little by little.

So after I’m done 80 Day Obsession at the beginning of May, I’ll decide on a another program and make my reward goal from there.

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I’m just using my planner to map out my days and tick them off. But you can use whatever format works for you! Example: A calendar on the fridge, an app etc.

Everyone is different and everyone needs different motivations. Some people need constant gratification for each step they take, while others are just madly driven by personal motivation. While some, (like me) are driven to better themselves but would work extra hard if there was something waiting for them at the end.

Goals also don’t have to be finishing a program! It can be like what I did before with losing inches or it could even be doing 20 push ups everyday for a whole week straight.

Whatever works for you and what you want to see progress in! Rewards also don’t have to be shopping. It could be a day with your friends, or maybe a movie or even taking the whole afternoon just to sit on the couch and watch Netflix.

One of the first things I ask my clients is “What are your goals?”

Ask yourself that, then ask yourself, “How are you going to get there?”

Please feel free to message me if you want set some goals for yourself, have questions about rewards or if you have questions about 80 Day Obsession! I would love to help and I swear, I’m a nice coach. (Not like the one I got at my old gym who just yelled at me to “PUSH HARDER!!” the whole time… anyhoo) But I will still give you a kick in the butt if you need it! 😉

 

Why am I doing this?

So I’ve been neglecting this blog for a while. I didn’t feel like I had anything to write and honestly had no time for it either.

But now I feel like this could be a great place to share my fitness journey and and my business!

So here it goes… Probably with a few tangents…

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Many  people wonder why anyone starts these ‘fitness crazes’ and I’ve got a lot of people asking me why, myself. My answer is simple. It makes me feel AMAZING.

I never realized how little energy I had before I changed my nutrition. I was constantly bloated and usually nauseous. I thought this was normal.

Guess what??? It isn’t!!

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(This picture was taken from our AMAZING honeymoon in 2016. I had SO much fun but I was tired everyday and needed a nap. I was also bloated AF. It was just a few month before I decided to change my lifestyle.)

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After I changed my nutrition (meaning I not only only started eating better, I added more protein to my diet and finally stopped eating things I was intolerant to) I felt SO much better. I wasn’t bloated anymore and wasn’t sick every day!

I also lost a fair bit of weight in only a few months, so not bad!

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(This picture was from our trip to Europe in 2017, not even a year after the last photo. This was also taken on one of the last days of our 30 day trip around Europe and eating A LOT. But I was eating smarter and not gorging myself at every meal!)

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I would work out as well, but I found it hard to motivate myself to do so, and I REALLY hated going to the gym. I was always self conscious there, unsure of what to do, and the weights I usually wanted were being used by other people.

It was also hard to get motivated when I had back pain all the time. (Back injury, ouch.) So I kind of stopped for a bit.

I didn’t gain anymore weight, I was still on track with my nutrition, but I wasn’t losing anymore inches and my energy was going down a little. I felt stuck.

Then I had a friend contact me asking if I was interested in being a fitness coach! While we were in school together, I had a great schedule of going to the gym after dance class in the mornings and I would always pack my lunches. She remembered that and thought this could be something I could share and improve upon.

I never really thought of being a coach until I realized I was kind of already coaching a lot of my friends and family on nutrition and fitness for a while after I had found success in my own nutrition. So why not coach officially? It would keep accountable for my own fitness and I’d be able to help others.

I’ve now been coaching for 1 month and I’m SO proud of progress of my clients and amazed by the progress I see in myself as well!

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(This picture was taken TODAY at one month of coaching. I’ve lost 1.5 inches in my waist, 2 inches in my hips, and .5 inches in my thighs since I’ve started!)

One of the reasons why I love coaching with online tools is that I can reach people all over the world, I don’t have to live in the same city as them! I even have a friend in Switzerland who has been using the programs! It also comes with hundreds of different workouts so you can always find at least one that works for each person. There are also recipes, nutrition guides you can follow, as well as me, helping you along.

Most of all, the programs I use are NOT a gimmick.

I know you see ads on the internet or hear about certain “Diets” or pills that say you’ll lose weight. And yeah, maybe sometimes those work but I’ve also seen a lot of yo-yo effects with solutions like that.

How I want my business to work is by dedication to yourself and HARD WORK. That is the only way you’ll see the results you want and KEEP them. By changing your mindset about the foods you eat and taking care of your body by exercising, (and pampering it with baths! :D) you’ll find that your life will change.

Best of all, you can work out at home! All you need is a space in your living room, bedroom, or in my case, my “Princess” room and you’re set! Some of the programs do need weights or resistance bands but you can get those online or at Winners for a great price.

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(This is pretty much all I use to work out now. Bands from Winners, my tablet with the workouts on it, and exercise gear! It doesn’t have to be Lululemon. My go to is usually Hyba or Winners. Or honestly you can work out in your pjs if you want to. Who cares? No one to impress at home but yourself!)

AND

It costs MUCH MUCH less than paying a ridiculous gym membership each month. (I was paying $80 a month at one point to go to the gym!)

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So what is really the reason why I want to coach others?

Let’s be honest, the past few years have been hard for a lot of people. And now that I’m getting older, I’m finding it harder to focus on my health and happiness so I know others are going through the same thing.

I remember how I felt when I wasn’t treating my body right. I had no idea where to start and I felt like nothing was working for me. It can make you feel awful. I want to encourage everyone I talk to that it IS possible to make a change and live a happier, healthier life without sacrificing everything! I don’t want anyone to feel the way I did before. If I could transfer the energy I have now, into another person someway, I would! It feels amazing!

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions! Or if you want to just see what I do on a regular basis, follow my Facebook Page: Fitness and Nutrition with Cassandra Clifford

I look forward to talking to you!

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Can I Eat That? And Other Things (A Healthy Lifestyle Post)

One of the most important things I thought about before deciding to do Isagenix was: Will I be able to eat regular food still??

The answer?

YES!

Even though I’m doing a “strict” diet, I’m still eating real food.

I’ve been sticking to having at least one meal a day under 600 calories that is good for me. At first, I thought 600 calories wasn’t enough. Then I did some research…

A lot of salads, sandwiches, soups, and meals with protein and veggies are well under 600 calories!

I also love doing rice or green bowls with avocado and making your own is easy. And guess what??? Most of them are under 600 calories! 😍 When I’m out, I like to go to Freshii. Most of their bowls and salads are under 600 calories and are a WAY better option than other fast food places.

Today I got the Oaxaca Bowl from Freshii for lunch and I was literally dancing in my seat while I was eating it. (My coworker can attest to this, she was giving me a WTF face the whole time I stuffing my face).

I also really love to go to BGood. My favourite thing is the Southwestern Chicken Salad:

LOOK AT THAT.

SO FREAKING GOOD.

And it’s under 600 calories!!

Just goes to show, if you do just a little bit of research and thought into what you’re eating, you can make 600 calories go a long way. (And taste delicious!)

 

Now for the first week I was doing this, it was a little hard. I’m not going to lie.

I wanted cake.

I wanted pizza.

I wanted a Richmond Station burger (Heaven).

But by the 2nd week, my body started craving other things.

I couldn’t WAIT to eat my veggies and hummus.

I was SO EXCITED to eat my cherries.

I appreciated the taste of healthy food so much more.

My whole body had changed.

I had a lot more energy than before and I felt stronger after my workouts.

And I wasn’t bloated!

I honestly had no idea that you could go through the whole day without feeling bloated. I thought it was normal.

BUT NO!

So life is pretty good.

Some things I got in my first Isagenix order! :

With the kit I got from Isagenix, I got a lot of great things to help me through cleanse days, I got snacks to have between shakes or meals and supplements to help boost metabolism and digestion. I also got a blender and of course, the shakes!

This is just a few things that I got in the kit.

I love everything that I got in this kit but I especially love the Cleanse for Life. If you’re like me and your body LOVES vitamin B6 and B12, it’s going to love this. It’s full of it, amount other great ingredients and every time I have it, my body feels SO good. (I used to get shots of vitamin B12 so it’s nice not having to anymore!)

I also got a great schedule for regular days and cleanse days that my friend gave me, so it’s easy to follow along and know when to have all of these products.

If you want to know what else was in the kit, shoot me a message! I’d be glad to tell you about it 😄

 

OH! And guess what flavour came out today??? Peach Mango! I already ordered one and I won’t be surprised if it sells out. It looks delicious. I’ll let you know how it tastes when I get it!

Shake it up! (A Healthy Lifestyle Post)

One of the best things about being on Isagenix is the fact that they have lactose free shakes that are plant-based protein instead of whey. Yay!

Being pretty lactose intolerant myself, that makes my tummy feel good.

Although, I recently did a test with their Isa Pro powder and I didn’t react to it like I do with other whey products so I’ll be ordering some of the seasonal shakes that usually just come in whey form. It’s probably because of the quality of whey they use.  It’s undenatured whey that still has all of its nutrients because it hasn’t been boiled down like most whey products. Whatever the case, my body seems to handle it well.

 

 

Seasonal shakes you say??? Yes! Every two months or so, they come out with a fun new flavour that is available for a limited time. (There’s one coming on Tuesday and one coming out in August that MIGHT be cookies and cream flavour and if that’s true, I will surely cry happy tears of joy)

Seriously, I had a dream that the shake tasted like an Oreo blizzard and I was very disappointed when I woke up.

 

But that doesn’t mean that their normal shakes are bad!

I’m OBSESSED with my lactose free chocolate shake. I like to add ice cubes made of some coffee and unsweetened almond milk and this makes me happy every morning.

It’s also really good with a little bit of peanut butter too, or just on its own!

Bliss.

I also really like the lactose free Berry flavour. BUT you need to add some frozen berries into it. Otherwise I find it a little sweet by itself.

They also have a lactose free Vanilla Chai flavour that I personally don’t like because I don’t like chai flavour. My friend that I’m doing this with, is obsessed with it though. She likes to add matcha into hers sometimes even! So it’s worth a try!

Now, I like to add a scoop of my Isa Pro to my chocolate shake in the morning after I workout to get me more protein but some people like adding to their shake at night. It’s up to you 😊

Isagenix also has lots of regular shake flavours and even some kosher flavours so there are lots to choose from.

But how excited am I for the new flavour coming out on Tuesday and in August??? SUPER EXCITED. Even though I’ll be in Europe in August I’ll probably be making a purchase while I’m there. I can’t wait!

Now, you must excuse me, I think I hear a berry shake calling my name….

 

 

After the Jean Shorts (A Healthy Lifestyle Story)

So after I tried on those shorts and had my revelation, a couple things happened.

I cried. Hard.

Because that’s a logical reaction to potentially shorts shopping right?

Then I decided to workout more and eat only healthy things.

No more chocolate. 😭

Then I went to work the next day and the most amazing thing happened.

My coworker told me she was going to an event that evening with her friend against her will.

How was this amazing?

When we came to work the day after she told me that she went to an Isagenix event.

I already knew about Isagenix because my dad had tried it a few years ago. (Although, he didn’t stay on it long because he’s lactose intolerant and didn’t realize he should have been getting the lactose free shakes instead of the whey shakes…. Love yah dad!)

But what is Isagenix?

 

It is program to help people cleanse their bodies on a cellular level and get rid of visceral fat and gain muscle. Or it can just help someone start eating more clean and make better eating habits.

One of the biggest reasons I decided to join her on Isagenix was because the last time I had a blood test done, the results came back saying I had a warning of 10 years before I could possibly have heart disease. It wasn’t a huge shock to me given my family’s medical history but when I thought of having heart disease at 35???? I needed to make a change.

I needed a way to not only get rid of the extra pounds I’d accumulated, but change my eating habits and lifestyle even further. And besides, what’s the harm in trying it for just one month? If I didn’t get the results I wanted, I’d stop. Easy.

So I picked the 30 day system that my coworker was also doing so we could at least encourage each other throughout.

And guess what happened??

Within the first two days, the gut that I had shrunk like crazy.

Within a week, I wasn’t craving chocolate and chips as much.

And I had SO MUCH ENERGY.

One of my favourite things about the Isagenix shakes is that they promote the development of lean muscle, which went great with my exercise regimen.

Now I am going to post something I thought I’d NEVER post. Before shots.

Ugh.

Now, I know most people would say I look fine but for me, I felt sluggish and huge and it wasn’t sitting right in my head.

Now almost 4 weeks later and almost at the end of my 30 days, here’s where I am:

Please excuse the mess that is my room, I was too excited to take these photos to clean.

Again, doesn’t seem like much, but I had lost 2 inches in my waist, 2 inches in my hips and almost an inch in each thigh. No inches lost in my arms but now they are more muscular than ever.

I would say that’s a win right???

So I’m going to keep going with this to see just how strong my body can get.

 

I plan on posting about the shakes I like and how these products work and how they have benefitted me, so stay tuned!

OH!

And did I mention I fit into my jean shorts again????

Maybe by the end of the summer I’ll have to go shopping for new smaller ones! 😄

 

Update: My husband has now informed me that my jean shorts are looking really big on me. I may need to get new ones before Europe. Ahhhh!

 

A Pair of Jean Shorts (A Healthy Lifestyle Post)

This post is about a pair of jean shorts.

Well, maybe a little more than a pair of jean shorts.

But it started with a pair of jean shorts.

 

 

Last year, Matthew and I decided to be wild and spontaneous and booked a trip to Europe for this summer.

Exciting right???

Right.

 

Well about 2 months ago, I took out my shorts from last summer to try them on knowing I wanted to bring them to Europe.

And they didn’t fit.

Now, I had bought these shorts last summer because the ones I had before didn’t fit me last summer and I remembered how awful I felt while trying to find a new pair.

So trying on these ones 2 months ago was a hard punch to the stomach.

I could go out and buy ANOTHER pair, but then where would a be next year?

I decided I needed to do something about it.

Now, I’d like to think of myself as a pretty healthy person. I work out at least 5 days a week and try to eat as healthy as possible. I even have a trainer that I go to once a week! (Post to come about the gym I go to, stay tuned!)  But for the past year I’ve been gaining weight and feeling very tired and sluggish.

I had also injured my back last year so working out had become very painful for me and I was limited in what I could do.

I’ve  always thought about making a blog about getting back in shape but I always nixed that idea because then I’d be held accountable and who really wants that right??

Or maybe it was because I really didn’t know where to start.

So here I am, writing a blog about my personal road to being a healthy human being, all because of a pair of jean shorts I tried on two months ago.

So in other words, it’s the most common blog topic out there.

So yeah.

Feel free to join me in my journey!

 

 

 

Passion Tea Lemonade DIY

Hi friends!

Sorry that it’s been a while since I’ve posted, life has been busy and to be honest, I really didn’t know what to post about. I like being helpful. (Or just plain weird.) So today, I’m deciding to be helpful!

Raise your hand if you like Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade.

You raised your hand right?

If you didn’t, then you’re the one that’s weird. (Sorry.)

I love PTL SO much but I hate forking up 4 dollars to get it and I always end up with a lot of ice anyway.

So I decided to try making it at home.

And guess what???

I worked! It tastes just like it!

(Maybe I should start a Brewing with Cassie, I wouldn’t fail so much as I do with Cooking with Cassie…)

Anyhoo, I give you guys my secret.

So I have one of those fancy ice tea pitchers from Teavana:tea pitcher

Mine is purple though. Because, duh.

If you don’t have one of these then just use tea bags or another big infuser.

The thing I like about this one though, is you can make hot tea in it and it won’t warp.

So that’s what I did!

I took a 3/4 cup of Teavana’s Passion Tango Tea and put it in the infuser part.

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Then I added 5 teaspoons of Teavana’s rock sugar. (This tea on its own is VERY tart)

I filled the jug with hot water and brewed it for 5 minutes.

Then I took the infuser out.

While it was brewing I made lemonade in another pitcher!

(I just got some of the frozen lemonade from the grocery store)

Then I took a third pitcher (I know, I have a lot of pitchers. But doesn’t everyone??) and poured half of the Passion tea in, then half of the lemonade. Then I poured the rest of the lemonade in with the Passion Tea.

Et Viola! 2 full jugs of Passion Tea Lemonade!

I had to put them in the fridge for a few hours to chill but you can always just put some ice in your cup if you want it cold right away.

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And there we have it folks. I have enough tea to last me two weeks. (Just kidding, Matt really likes this. YES!)

And I never have to worry about my cup being too full with ice.

If you have any other questions or have other questions about brewing tea hot or iced, just let me know!

 

Recipe: Passion Tea Lemonade

What you need:

3/4 cup of Teavana Passion Tango

5 tsp of rock sugar (or regular if you don’t have any.)

1 jug of lemonade (doesn’t matter how you make it)

3 pitchers

What you do:

  1. Brew Passion Tango in hot water for 5 minutes
  2. Make lemonade.
  3. Pour half of each in a pitcher
  4. Put in fridge or add ice to chill
  5. Drink Passion Tea Lemonade
  6. Enjoy Life

Cooking with Cassie: Matcha Muffins

Hi World!

I’m sorry about being MIA for a while. What can I say? Life is busy.

But I had some extra time tonight and decided to try something new.

I decided to make Matcha Muffins.

Say whaaaaat?

I didn’t feel like going to the grocery store to get flour, sugar and all that stuff to make it from scratch, so I cheated.

Plus, if these turn out ok then it is an easy recipe for all of you out there!

Because if I can make this work, so can you.

So I took an instant muffin mix from the cupboard and my favourite matcha from Teavana and went to work.12696745_10153142120220904_1291641171_o

 

The muffin mix only called for 1 cup of water but I added a little bit more because I added 2 tsp of matcha and didn’t want them to be dry.

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So far so good.

Matt just came home, and he says they smell good!

Anyway, back to making these muffins.

Once I mixed them up it looked like this:

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Looks soooo good right?

…not.

Ugh. Why does Matcha look so gross all the time but taste SO GOOD?

I mean look at that:

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Ew.

 

Anyway.

I also decided to add some chocolate chips I found in the cupboard into my muffins. (Just incase they don’t taste very good. Always got to have a back up right?)

Damn, I forgot to take a picture before they went into the oven.

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Oven photo! Can you see the chocolate chips?

No?

Me either.

But they’re there, I swear.

… I hope these turn out well.

I never follow baking and cooking recipes and just hope for the best.

Maybe that’s why everything I make is never that good.

Maybe Matt has something going there…

So the bag says to take them out when the muffins are golden brown.

…But they’re green?

HOW WILL I KNOW?

 

Matt says that some of them are looking a little brown on the outside so I’m going to say they are done.

 

Ok so the first batch is out of the oven and I’m putting the second one in. I remembered to take a picture this time!

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There!

Now you can see the chocolate chips right?

…In all honesty, these muffins look like something that came out of my dog once.

…Yum?

Ok here is what the finished product LOOKS like:

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They don’t look too bad right?

Slightly green, as if they ate something that didn’t agree with them but also a little golden as if they went to California for the week.

Ok.

Moment of truth.

Tasting.

They’re good!

They’re not too matcha-y and chocolate chips give it a little bit of more flavour.

I can’t say they that this is the best muffin I have ever had, because let’s be real, I made it. So that can’t be true.

But they’re good!

I’ll take good!

And I’ll consider this evening experiment a success.

…I just realized that the muffin bag I used expired in August.

… But I won’t say anything if I get sick.

I’m going to keep this as a win.

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And with that, I’m off to bed.

Goodnight world.

A Very Merry Star Wars Christmas

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Or Happy Holidays.

Whatever your holiday is at this time, I hope it was amazing!

Matthew and I spent our Christmas in Toronto this year. I only had a few days off from work this year and tickets to Calgary are expensive!

So it was just Matt and I this Christmas for our first Christmas together as a married couple.

And even though it was just the two of us, we certainly had a great time!

Our tree went up the first week of December:

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Decorated with our favourite colours, red and purple!

I love our tree. There is something so soothing about sitting by the tree at night with just the tree on while listening to Christmas music.

Ahhhhh.

On the night before Christmas (hahaha see what I did there?) we watched the best Christmas movie ever.

Ant-Man

Ok, not a Christmas movie, but we wanted something different this Christmas eve.

I was so excited to go to bed and wake up in the morning. (And not just for Santa, haha).

I couldn’t wait for Matt to open his Christmas gifts! I think I picked up the best gifts for him this year 😀

We woke up fairly early Christmas morning (we both have been waking up early lately so this was nothing new except that it was CHRISTMAS!) and made breakfast!

Pillsbury Strawberry Turnovers!

 

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Matt helped me make them. That’s why they aren’t burnt.

But he let me ice them!

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I started with the ones on the bottom and made it look all pretty then quickly ran out of icing and had to get creative with the rest… Can I do anything right in the kitchen?

They were really yummy though.

Opening gifts with Matt was fun, we got stockings filled with socks (you know you’re becoming an adult when you’re excited about getting socks for Christmas) and I got 3 new scarves!

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This scarf is from and Matt and my mom got me that pretty headband! Well done to both. I love sparkles.

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I also got two new giant mugs so I can make giant matcha latte’s with. YAY MATCHA!

 

When Matt started opening up my gifts, I told him that I was giving him a Star Wars Christmas. (Que excited Matt here)

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I got him a Start Wars watch, a Darth Vader Mug, a POP! Darth Vader, a Darth Vader alarm clock and the new BB-8 droid! (Can you tell his favourite character is Darth Vader?)

I think I nailed it on the head! He spent most of the rest of the day playing with BB-8. He’s so cute! He runs around and checks things out and you can talk to him and give him commands.

After we did gifts, we turned on the TV and found out that the Comedy network was doing a marathon of The Big Bang Theory so we kept that on in the background the rest of the day.

We are such nerds.

I love us.

After watching an episode or two I realized we didn’t have any dessert for after dinner!

So I decided to bake Red Velvet Cupcakes.

On a whim.

Because I’m spontaneous like that.

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From the box. Of course.

I used coconut oil instead of vegetable oil because I find it makes the cupcakes lighter.

And I had no vegetable oil.

 

And guess what??

They turned out ok!

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Look at that pretty cupcake!

Now, all of them didn’t turn out as pretty as this one, but they all tasted good so I’m counting that as a victory.

I also helped Matt make dinner!

And by help I mean I peeled the sweet potatoes, cut them and mashed them with brown sugar and nutmeg.

So I did the sweet potatoes.

Matt did the potatoes, carrots, green beans, gravy, and roast beef.

….

But I still helped!

And friends, when I say that this dinner was delicious, it was TO DIE FOR.

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I mean, it was so good that all we could talk about for the last few days is how good dinner was.

Matt put garlic and onion powder into the mashed potatoes and he cooked the beef “low and slow” and gave it a lot of “love”. IT WAS SO GOOD.

We should all give our meat some love.

I wish there was a way I could let you all taste it.

The people who run the internet should get on that. (Tasting the internet!)

We had white wine and rum all night. (Or maybe Matt had one glass of wine and I had the rest of the bottle… but who’s counting?)

So that was our low-key Christmas.

We watched Big Bang for hours, made a kick ass meal, delicious cupcakes, drank alcohol, played with BB-8 and cuddled on the couch.

Even though we wished we were home or in Wawa with our families, we had a great day together and I wouldn’t have changed it for anything.

Because I love him.

And Christmas is about being with the ones you love right?

Right.

 

Que. cute Who’s singing that Christmas song around the Christmas tree at the end of How The Grinch Stole Christmas.