Chocolate Berry Shake

I should have become a blogger that just writes about random things instead of one who is supposed to do projects first. Then I would probably have more posts. Oh well, at least I am still doing some posts and hopefully after the new year I will have a bit more free time.

Random Fun Fact: This time next week I will be drinking a fruity drink in the BAHAMAS. And a week after that it will be Christmas… and the week after that it will be a new year. This week is like the calm before the chaos and I cannot wait!

So anyways I have another (it is only my second, settle down) protein shake. “But Mandy” you say. “Shouldn’t someone who drinks protein shakes workout?”…. To that I say “working out twice a week and sometimes constituting 20 minutes of yoga in the morning as a whole workout… is working out”.

I mixed up this chocolaty treat the other day and drank it on the way to work. If you think the idea of fruits and chocolate is yucky then this shake probably isn’t for you. It is a lot different than my last protein shake which was delish if you ask me.

And as I mentioned in the last protein shake post, Core Power is awesome for you! I’ll let the bottle speak for itself.

Chocolate Berry Protein Shake

Here is the recipe!

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Ingredients:

1/2 Bottle chocolate light Core Power

1 Cup spinach

3/4 Cup frozen berries

Chocolate Berry Protein Shake

Toss it all in the blender.

Chocolate Berry Protein Shake

Mix it up and you have a healthy breakfast to take with you that will keep you full till lunch.

Chocolate Berry Shake

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Sweet Chili

It is getting cold outside!!! To be honest it is not that cold yet, we just aren’t used to it and think 50 degrees is cold (at least here in Michigan). If it were this warm in February us Michiganders would be wearing t-shirts and packing away our mittens.

So while pondering the aisles of my local grocery store (I was actually stalling because it was currently sleeting out) I thought chili sounded like a good warm food to have for dinner one night. It ended up being the night my mom and grandma came over for my mom’s birthday dinner.

So I wanted to have something a little different than regular ol’ chili and this is what we ate.

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Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs of stew meat/beef
  • 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1 can black beans
  • 2 cans chili beans
  • 2 cans stewed or dice tomatoes
  • 2 cans corn
  • You could add a little chopped celery in here but my boyfriend is picky :p

Sweet Beef Chili

On to the challenging recipe

Step 1: Put it all in your crockpot and stir it up.

Sweet Beef Chili

Step 2: Let it cook in your crockpot for 5 to 6 hours on high. If you’d like to leave it on low for 8 to 9 hours while you are at work that should be no problem.

Step 3: Eat!

Sweet Beef Chili

I made some cornbread on the side of my chili. It went together awesome!

Hope the chili tastes good. Feel free to comment on any changes you made to the recipe and how they turned out!

You can also find some more comfort food recipes here!

Only 5 more months till spring!

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Hey everybody!

Today I wanted to point your internet perusing on over to fellow blogger Trisha’s site Black and White Obsession. The name should sound familiar because she was nice enough to do a guest post for me last Friday on her director chairs makeover.

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Which kind of reminded me of my chair makeover a couple of weeks ago.

Folding Chair Painting

Anyways, I was happy to feature my $10 or less fan remodel post yesterday, so I thought I would share it with you. Reading it a few weeks after I wrote the post I am unpleasantly surprised at my attempt at humor. Please forgive my beanie baby jokes as well as the fan puns and just visit the post. Have an awesome day!

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P.S. Guess what day it is?

Banana Berry smoothie core power

I am sure I already mentioned it…. but I got a new job. I say that randomly to everyone; my boyfriend, the dog or anyone who will listen and at completely random times. Just before falling asleep, in the car, while cooking, watching basketball and any other time you can think of. I am so elated to be at the company I work for and feel soooo blessed and thankful for the opportunity.

Anywho.

The company I work for makes this amazing product called Core Power. Unlike other protein drinks this one is actually made from real milk, not some powder shaken up with water. Seriously just turn the bottle around and read what is in it. You can pronounce all the natural ingredients. Even more awesome is it tastes great! Not all chalky like the protein mixes that have been sitting on the top of my fridge for last 9 months that I stopped drinking because they tasted like…. well crap.

Okay I swear I’m not getting paid to gush, I just think it is a great product. So I decided to replace my almond milk in a smoothie I make and see what it tasted like. It tasted awesome, but you can see for yourself and make the recipe below. You won’t be sorry and the smoothie is a great way to start your day.

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Here is what you will need:

  • 1.5 cups spinach leaves
  • 1 celery stalk cut up in to 3 or 4 strips
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup berries (mine were frozen but you can use fresh or a different type of berries)
  • 1/2 bottle of Strawberry Banana Core Power
  • 4 or 5 ice cubes

Core Power Berry Smoothie

This will make you one big smoothie and will keep you full for a while

I’m not sure I really need to give you instructions for this but just in case. :)

Step 1: Put everything in blender.

Core Power Berry Smoothie

Step 2: Mix it up.

Core Power Berry Smoothie

Step 3: Eat it.

Core Power Berry Smoothie

Pretty rough instructions right? This tastes awesome and is great for you!

Nutrition

  • Calories: 215
  • Fat: 2.5
  • Sugar: 23
  • Carbs: 38
  • Protein: 13

The drink has 30% of your protein needed for the day (well it does if you are a woman, I imagine there are not a whole let of men reading this blog except for my close family members who might feel guilty if they don’t at look at it once in a while). 30% of your daily protein packed into 215 calories is pretty awesome.

Did I mention I have a new job?

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Happy Friday everybody! This Friday is especially great for me for two reasons.

Reason #1: I am wrapping up my first full week at my new job at Fairlife, the company that makes the drink Core Power and I absolutely LOVE it. I am so blessed to have found such a great place to work!

Reason #2: With all the job hunting I have been doing in my spare time I have had a lot less time for blog things. I am sure I will get to posting more again soon. Especially with all the fun holiday stuff coming up. However, today is great because I get to hand off today’s post to Trisha from Black and White Obsession.

I am sure you will love her director’s chair revamp as much as I do!

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Hi The Unhinged Home followers! I’m Trisha D. from Black and White Obsession where I blog about remodeling our smelly 100+ year home, adventurous DIY projects, and the occasional life story/randomness here and there. Amanda graciously accepted the invitation to exchange blogs.  And today I’m here to talk about our Directors Chair Transformation.

We began this little DIY excursion by scouting for the perfect project to complete in less than two weeks (we’re slow DIY’ers) for a Goodwill contest we entered. During one of our last stops we stumbled upon these bad boys:

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The chairs were looking rather warn and tattered, but still had good structure. Looking past the signs of age, we knew we could transform these babies into something classic yet fun.

After we lugged them home, we disassembled them and gave them a bath with mild soap and water. We then proceeded with some light sanding, another wipe down, and finally some primer to cover up the unsuccessful attempt at removing stains ingrained the wood.

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Then, we popped open a can of a moody charcoal grey and painstaking rolled and brushed just about every nook and cranny. We purposely avoided the areas where the dowels (for the seat) were to be inserted and the hinge hardware- which we agreed was easier just to leave intact.

It was then time to sew new seat fabric which came from a Goodwill rescued tablecloth. Using the original canvas material for a pattern, the new pieces were measured and cut; followed shortly by a couple quick passes through the sewing machine.

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Next, I created designs for the back of the chairs. The image was then cut out on freezer paper using one of my favorite creative tools, the silhouette cameo. If you don’t own a Silhouette, you can print the image and use an exacto knife (with a rubber mat) to cut out your design. After that, the image was applied to the ‘directors’ side of the chairs.

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My beau adores The Simpsons, while I am the huge Batman fan.

The Simpsons design was conceived after a random, yet successful, brainstorming session. Whereas the Batman scene was actually a rendering of My Geekery’s cityscape spotlight canvas. Exclusive tidbit: the Batman chair was originally planned as a silhouette of Batman, but after stumbling onto My Geekery’s artistic creation we knew the search was over.

Here are the Director’s Chair in all their cartoon/comic glory:

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And a good ‘ol before and after:

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I hope y’all enjoyed our cartoon/comic Director’s Chair makeover. Want to check out the full tutorial, including a how to transfer the image to fabric? Visit the original Director’s Chair Tutorial post here. There’s even additional tips and tricks when using Silhouette Studio (Sihouette’s software)! Thank you for having me Mandy!

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I think the chairs turned out awesome! The idea of the Simpson’s sillouete is pretty creative too.

Have a great weekend everybody!

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Shrimp Parmesan Spinach Salad

I have been eating super healthy lately. Other than last Saturday when I was in the U.P. and had 4 cookies in one day and 3 handfuls of Doritos. (If you are reading this, not from Michigan and wondering what U.P. means, it means the Upper Peninsula of Michigan) But other than that I have been doing great!… Except I do eat more M&M’s because of this new addition in our entry way. But seriously other than that I have been eating well. I swear. :)

One thing I have been eating a ton of is Spinach! If it worked for Popeye it might work form me.

So I came up with the recipe a couple weeks ago and have been eating it a few times a week because it is delish. The sauce is from Buffalo Wild Wings and usually isn’t something you mix with shrimp or spinach but I tried it out and it was awesome. I basically just gave away the whole recipe, which is hard not to do when their are only 3 ingredients.

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Here is what you will need:

  • 2 cups of fresh spinach.
  • 10 to 15 shrimp
  • 1 tablespoon of Parmesan Garlic Buffalo Wild Wings Sauce

Parmesan Shrimp Salad

Thing number one:

Put the shrimp in a bowl of hot water for about 3 to 4 minutes to let them defrost.

Thing number two:

While the shrimp is defrosting, start cooking the spinach in a frying pan on low. I like to chop my spinach up a bit before doing this, you can do whatever you would like with the spinach, I won’t tell anyone.

Parmesan Shrimp Salad

Oh and as you can tell from the picture, I like to take off the stems… I don’t like the texture too much.

Thing number three:

Once the spinach gets cooked down and the shrimp is defrosted, toss in the shrimp. (I hope this goes without saying but take off their tails first. Nobody wants a shrimp tail in their salad. At least nobody that I know, or want to know.)

Thing number four:

Add a tablespoon of the sauce. A little goes a long ways, so you may not even want a full tablespoon. I also try not too use to much because the sauce has a bit more sodium than I would like.

Parmesan Shrimp Salad

Thing number five:

Eat it!

Parmesan Shrimp Salad

 

Of course you can always add some of your own mixings in their. Maybe some cooked peppers and onions would be good, or some mushrooms. Happy Friday!

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Folding Chair Painting

First off 2 points for creative title? No?

Moving on. The setting is October 2010 and I have lived in my house for about 3 weeks. Most of the top floor is painted and everything is unpacked. I am about to have 10 people over to have dinner/hangout. The problem: I own 4 chairs in my whole house and I am poor… I mean really poor, I was 21 and just bought a house. The fact that I had to purchase my own dish soap and pay to have trash taken away was still an issue to me. So I jumped on my laptop at the corner of my house that I could steal Wi-Fi from my neighbors for free and began to peruse Craigslist.

After a few minutes I found “4 old folding chairs” for $10. SOLD! They have worked out great for the past 3 years but are such an eye sore. I love the design of them and how they are not your regular folding chair you can pick up at Walmart, but the color was just blah. So I decided it was time they get a face lift.

Here are a couple before shots.

Folding Chair Re paint

Folding Chair Re paint

I wanted to paint them but I was worried if the paint would stick to the material on the seat of the chair. The material is a very heavy duty vinyl type. I reassured myself that it would, considering I used one of the chairs to stand on while painting the top of a wall 2 years ago and I dripped some paint on the material. I didn’t try too hard to get the paint off but it hasn’t faded a bit since then, so I assumed I was safe.

After fulling making up my mind I got to taping off the chairs…. If I were to redo this project again, I’m not sure I would. It probably took a good 4-5 hours to tape and paint these. The main reason being all the nooks and crannies that you had to tape off. I did them in sets of two, so I would keep my sanity.

Folding Chair Re paint

Folding Chair Re paint

Folding Chair Re paint

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Doesn’t all that taping look like a blast? I think what bothered me most was that it took 30 minutes to tape each one off and only 5 minutes max to paint them. I painted two coats of white Valspar primer, letting it dry about an hour in between coats. Random Fact: Valspar is my favorite spray paint.

Folding Chair Re paint

I let the chairs dry over night so I could start taping again the next day, but this time I was taping off the legs and all the white paint so I could paint the seat and seat back.

Folding Chair Re paint

Then I got to painting. My plan was to do two coats but after painting a minute I realized the second coat wasn’t necessary.

Folding Chair Re paint

I had blast trying to paint behind the the legs in the picture above. It was only after that I realized I could have folded up the chair and it would have gone a whole lot easier… Oh well. Next time I paint folding chairs I will be all over that technique.

I let them dry over night and brought them inside the next day.

Folding Chair Re paint

I think that they turned out pretty great but we will see after a few uses how they hold up and I will let you know. Here is a close up shot of the color.

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I keep hearing that I only make everything 3 different colors, so I painted them a fun deep purple that somewhat goes with my house’s color scheme. I don’t think the purple is too much because they are only out once or twice a month when we have people over and need a spare chair (to have an affair?… No more dumb rhymes)

Happy Wednesday!

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simple apple crisp

I am crazy about apples. But don’t worry not in the kind of way where I decorate my home with apples or anything, I just think they taste great. I have been that way since I was a kid and for some reason I remember that the first word I ever learned to spell was apple…. not my own name or anything, but the word apple. I already know I am not normal, don’t worry.

I had all the ingredients I needed for my apple crisp except the actual apples so I headed down to the farmers market. While I was there I got these pretty flowers. :)

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And Nova got this bone too… She was a very happy pup! (Not sure why I let her eat that thing on the couch?)

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Oh yeah and I bought some apples.

Anyways, this is the recipe for the apple crisp I whipped up on a Saturday afternoon.

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Here is what you need.

  • 5 apples (I used galas but the choice is yours)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • One package of graham crackers, preferably cinnamon (by package I don’t mean the box, I mean the package in the box… So about 8 or 9 cracker sheets)

Simple Apple Crisp

1. To get cooking you will need to preheat the oven to 350.

Simple Apple Crisp

2. From there you will peel all your apples and dice them up.

Simple Apple Crisp

Simple Apple Crisp

3. After the chopping is done you will mix the cinnamon, apples and half the sugar in a baking dish.

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4. In a separate bowl mash together the butter, flour and remaining sugar. Once it is mixed well you are going to crush up your graham crackers and stir them into the mixture.

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5. Hopefully by then oven is preheated and all that is left to do is toss the graham cracker mixture on your apples and put it in the oven for 45 minutes.

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6. Let it cool for a minute and eat!

Simple Apple Crisp

This stuff was delish and not too bad nutrition wise. From my math it is about 150 calories if you split it up into ten servings.

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So far I’ve had better response than I thought I would for my survey I posted on Friday. However I want to post it one more time just in case people had already checked out for the weekend and didn’t see it.

Just click here to get the survey.

I’ll be back tomorrow with a super easy apple crisp recipe.

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Hi There!

Two posts in one day can you believe it? I can, but only because this one is quick and easy.

Also just giving you a for warning Monday’s post is going to practically be the same thing as this post…. I want to make sure everybody gets a chance to see it.

Below is a link to a survey I made and I would love (LOVE) for all of my readers to take it…. All 13 of you! :)

All you do is click the link and it will bring you to a quick and fun survey that should take maybe 50 seconds.

At the end of the survey there is a little part to send me a comment about what you think of the site or anything else.

Click me for survey!

Did you click it?

Seriously! Click me!…. Pretty please?

Thank you for taking part if you did. I want to see who my readers are and plan to test out my inDesign skills and make a fun infographic of the info for my Fall media kit.

Nova and I appreciate it!… Basically just me, but I needed an excuse to share another picture of my dog. Have an awesome weekend!

nova the unhinged home

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