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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Wine Glass Craft | Decorative Wine Glass to Show 5 oz. Line

If you've read any articles on wine lately, you might have read that drinking a glass of red wine is equivalent to an hour of working out.  .  .  .  or something like that.  But did you know that a glass of wine is only five ounces?  If you're like me, you have no idea what five ounces of wine actually looks like in a wine glass.  

I did a craft that was quick, easy and fun to show me where my five ounce line is on my wine glass.

We received these blue stemless wine glasses as a wedding favor at a wine-themed wedding we went to a couple years ago.  These are my go-to wine glasses now.  I love blue.  And I've found that stemless wine glasses are so much easier than wine glasses with stems.  They're a lot less wobbly and less likely to fall over and make messes. . . . . . .especially when there are kids around.  

This craft is super easy and only takes five items:

Wine glass of your choice
Measuring cup
Painter's tape
Oil based Sharpie Marker-- I used silver and gold

First, measure five ounces of water in your measuring cup.
Pour five ounces of water into your wine glass.
Mark where the line is with painters tape. 

Paint whatever design you like with your oil based Sharpie markers.

I've got to admit, five ounces is a LOOOOOOT less than I thought.  And to be quite truthful, there might be some nights that I'm not going to stop at those five ounces.  Like tonight.


By the way, I plan on hand-washing these. 

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Finally Got a Workout In!

 Well, it's been a heck of a couple weeks.  Man!  I feel like I'm going to be woefully unprepared for the half marathon at the end of April.  It seems like every joint in my body hurts.  I don't know it it's because there are so many illnesses going around. . . if it's a side effect of the cold that is hopefully on it's way out?  

I did finally get a workout in today.  I wanted to start out light so I did my Denise Austin Pilates video.  I don't know why, but it's my favorite Pilates video that I have.  I have a about 4 or 5 different Pilates videos.  I think I'll try to fit in Pilates and Yoga as much as possible in the next 7 weeks as I train.  I had fallen away from doing as much yoga and pilates since my time has been placed into long workouts on the step.  

Before today, it has been a week since I've worked out.  I still have two kids at home who don't feel well.  Hopefully the kid with the horrible, horrible stomach virus will be going back to school tomorrow, as he's already been home all week and the symptoms seem to be getting better.  And hopefully we've pinpointed why the other kid is getting headaches.  The doctor said that she thinks they are tension headaches.  Now, it seems that she has a pinched nerve.  We're taking her to the chiropractor today.   We're at out wits' ends here.  I never in my life thought that I would take a child to the chiropractor, but if it helps, it helps.  We'll try anything at this point.

Now, we just have to figure out how to deal with what's causing the tension headaches and pinched nerves---- girl drama at school.  Really!  I know that the girl drama starts in preschool and seems to never end.  It just stinks that we have to deal with it.  So, pretty soon I'll be searching out articles about getting along with friends in elementary school and avoiding conflict.

Anyway, thank goodness I finally got a workout in.  I'm going to go work out on my step now.  Wish me luck!

Hopefully you've been able to get your workouts in!!  How are your workouts going?

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Colorful Mango Slaw with Spicy Mustard Roasted Almonds

I wanted to use my cabbage and one of the mangoes that I received in my big Organic Fruit & Veggie Haul this week.    I also used a small red pepper, a carrot and a little cilantro from the same organic veggie haul.   I love all the different colors and crunches in this slaw.  It has a sweet and tangy Asian inspired dressing that is not based on mayonnaise at all, which is nice and it also has spicy mustard roasted almonds. 

Here's what I used:

1/2 head of green cabbage, shredded
1 mango, peeled and diced
1 carrot, shredded
1 small red pepper, diced
5 oz. can sliced water chestnuts, drained and chopped
1/2 cup raw almonds
Dijon mustard
cayenne pepper
garlic powder
cilantro (around 1/4 cup leaves)

Dressing Ingredients

1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup rice vinegar
3 Tbsp. Soy sauce (low sodium)
1/4 cup sugar
1/8 tsp. ginger


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place almonds on baking sheet and drizzle with Dijon mustard and sprinkle with garlic powder and cayenne powder.
Roast in oven for 20 minutes.  After the first 5 minutes, flip almonds around and make sure they get coated with the mustard and spices.  Flip almonds every 5 minutes until the 20 minutes is up.  All ovens and baking pans are different, so make sure you're checking each time that they don't burn.

While almonds are roasting, shred and chop all the vegetables and place in medium sized bowl.  

Whisk together all the dressing ingredients and pour over veggies.  Toss to make sure that everything is covered.  When almonds are done roasting, let cool.  After almonds are cool, chop them and add them to the slaw.  Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least an hour.


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