Sleigh the Holidays

The holidays are in full swing, and you know what that means….

The season where elastic waist pants are celebrated because we want to eat alllll the things in comfort, right???!!!!!

You guys all know me….I love to eat, and I don’t like missing out on the wonderful foods associated with the holidays, yet I refuse to fall victim to the dreaded holiday weight gain. So how do I manage to still indulge at Christmas celebrations and stay on track? Here are some of my tips to sleigh the holiday season (see what I did there…..hehhehe).

1. Schedule your workouts. I know that may sound silly, but the holidays can be crazy. Brunches here, dinners there, Christmas Caroling, tree lighting, etc…. Review your schedule prior to each week to know what your schedule looks like and schedule in that workout. Make it a priority to get it done. My workouts are a non-negotiable for me. I will not miss them, especially since I know I will be eating a lot. That balance is important to me.

2. Don’t set lofty goals over the holidays. I know, I know….this probably isn’t something you are used to hearing from me. If weight loss is your goal, don’t focus on it during the holiday season. Focus instead on making healthier choices and creating habits that will allow you to be more focused on weight loss goals once you get past the holiday season. These goals could be to just getting in that workout every day or starting to pay attention to the portion sizes of what you are eating.

3. Drink lots of water. Water is your best friend when you are working on getting healthier because it helps you feel fuller longer. Try to drink half your bodyweight in ounces of water each day. Struggle with water? There are lots of great tools out there to help you. I love my Hidrate Spark water bottle because it lights up and syncs with my phone, letting me know when I am not drinking enough. You can grab one HERE.

4. Make five minutes of alone time a priority each day. Many people get overwhelmed with the holidays and the stress that surrounds them. Take at least five minutes each day where you can sit in peace and quiet and decompress from the day. For me, this time happens in the morning with a hot cup of coffee, the Christmas tree lights on, and a soft blanket. No tv, no phone, just me enjoying the peace and quiet. If my day is crazy, I will sneak in an extra five in the evening. This time may take place for you in a bubble bath, by a fire….whatever makes you feel calm.

5.  Make a plate….don’t linger by food. Snacking can do you in over the holidays. Instead of lingering by the spinach artichoke dip that you know you could demolish by yourself, make a small plate and leave the area where the food is placed. This will avoid the constant snacking and also losing track of what you eat. It is easy to “graze” as you talk and catch up with family and friends….and before you know it you will have eaten way more than you wanted. Be aware of the food choices you are making.

6. Focus on portion sizes. There is nothing wrong with eating the holiday foods you love, but eating them in excess can be detrimental. If you want to enjoy something that isn’t the most healthy of options, have a very small amount so you are satisfied and move onto something else on your plate.

7. Make healthier options if you are responsible for bringing a dish. If you are attending a potluck or holiday gathering where you are bringing your own food, make something healthier so you know you can at least count on one healthy option. If you don’t have to make something, always have some healthy snacks in your bag just in case.

8. Enjoy the things you love. Yes, eat the things. The cookies, the pasta, the appetizers….but refer back to #5 and #6.  Do NOT feel guilty for eating things that you like or that are special holiday traditions. All in moderation, my friends.

9. Drink in moderation. If you are someone who loves alcohol, opt for healthier alcoholic drinks, like red wine, white sangria, basic bloody marys, vodka seltzer. Try to drink a glass of water between alcoholic beverages to remain hydrated and also to feel fuller.

10. Wear jeans. Yes, you heard me right. The Queen of Leggings is telling you to NOT wear the elastic waist pants and instead choose something that buttons up, like jeans or dress pants. If you do, you will feel the discomfort if you start to overeat. No one likes feeling like a busted can of biscuits. No one.

Let’s sleigh this holiday season and make choices that make us feel good and set us up for success!

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DIY Wood Accent Wall

Happy almost December, friends!

WTF happened to November (other than flying by)??? In my world, that is okay…..we all know I am not a fan of the month and anxiously look forward to getting past the holidays. Still, I hope you had a good Thanksgiving!

I have been working on a lot behind the scenes, and when I say a lot, trust me…..it’s A LOT. My biggest focus has been getting my book finished up for publication, but I’ve had a lot going on with my business (good stuff….our team is kicking some serious butt) and personally. I could use some extra hours in the day every day, and I know I’m not alone with that statement.

In the mix of all of my craziness, I decided I really wanted to focus on doing some projects around the house and finally finishing all the interior design. Since moving in a little over two years ago, there are a few rooms I hadn’t truly decorated or paid attention to, and my goal is to get them done asap. One of these rooms was the great room, which is located to the left of the foyer, meaning this space is one you see immediately when you enter the house. I had taken forever to pick out the blue velvet furniture for the space and knew I wanted the room to be a mix of blues, white, grays, and silver, but I had one big problem with the room: the huge wall that your eye went to as soon as you walked in the house.

I knew I did not want to have a flatscreen in that room, nor did I want to do a large gallery wall of photos or anything like that, so I was torn with what to do with that space. One day while spending an excessive amount of time on Pinterest, I came across a tutorial and pics of a DIY project that I felt would be perfect for that wall. Ironically, a few days later a few of my friends ended up doing a similar wall in their home, only in a deep blue color. I shared the idea with my mom, and we decided to do it when we had time.

This weekend we FINALLY got around to getting our DIY on, and I couldn’t be happier with the result. Here is a look at the wall before we did anything to it. We had already painted the wall white to make it pop once the wood detail was added (the rest of the room is a light grayish color).

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My mom and friend Lori measuring

This wall project cost me less than $100 to do and requires minimal supplies. Here’s what we used:

-Trim boards (purchased at Home Depot)
-Nail Gun and nails
-Saw (we used some fancy electric one that my uncle owned)
-Paint (The color we used was Behr Satin Polar Bear)

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When your friend is an engineer, you rely on her expertise!

Basically all you are doing is creating a grid with the trim pieces you have cut to fit your wall. The sizing of your grid depends on you. I have seen some that are smaller squares, while others have been larger more rectangular types. I did attempt to use the nail gun, but I liked it maybe a bit too much and had it taken away from me, so the majority of the project involved me supervising. It probably was better I did that….

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Here is a look at the final grid! I am beyond in love with it! This was before we applied the final coat of paint to the pieces of trim board.

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The original tutorial I found on this can be accessed HERE.

The most challenging part of this was just figuring out how to use the nail gun (thankfully my friend Danielle figured it out for us) and just how time consuming it was to cut all of the pieces of wood. There is a lot of measuring and precision involved, so if you do this, make sure you are good with that stuff or someone is helping you who is.

I love how the eye goes to this wall now when you walk into the house! Now I just have to finish decorating that room……..

If you do this accent wall, make sure you send me pics!

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Oh, fudge!

Because I’m all about that pumpkin life, here is the recipe for the super easy four ingredient pumpkin fudge I’ve been snacking on the past few weeks!

PUMPKIN FUDGE

Ingredients:
-1/2 cup almond butter (creamy)
-1/2 cup canned pumpkin
-1/2 cup coconut oil
-1/4 cup maple syrup

Pour all ingredients into a pan and stir over medium heat. Once completely mixed, pour into silicone trays or a glass dish lined with parchment paper. Freeze for at least two hours before serving.

How easy is that?

Enjoy!

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Go for the Goosebumps.

“Follow your passion. It will lead to your purpose.” -Oprah

How many times have you sat around and thought about what you are passionate about? Like really truly thought about it? I can tell you this….up until about five years ago I NEVER thought about it.

I mean, what the heck could I be passionate about? At that time I was an alcoholic living off of fast food and White Russians every day. I had given up basically all hobbies and things I used to enjoy doing….so what were my passions? The funny thing was…I wouldn’t discover my greatest passion on my own; it surfaced unexpectedly.

That time of my life was a little over five years ago. Fast forward to today and I can tell you that I have never been as passionate about anything in the history of life as I am about my career as an online health and wellness coach. If you follow me on social media, I am guessing you can tell that I am passionate AF about it, and since lately I have been getting more questions than ever about what I do I figured today was the perfect day to share a little more about why this business sets my soul on fire and why I truly believe it can change anyone’s life.

I believe in what I do SO MUCH because of one big reason: it changed MY life, and because of that I know it has the power to change so many other lives, too.

I started this coaching thing with ZERO desire to make anything of it. To me, I would get the special savings discount and then quit. But something crazy happened…..I ended up losing almost 50 pounds during my first two months as a “silent” coach and was so blown away with how I felt that I wanted to pay it forward and help others feel the same way. I didn’t want to be silent anymore….I wanted to shout from the rooftops and make a difference to everyone I possibly could. I knew it was my PURPOSE to do this.

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Left: The day I became a coach. Right: Two Months and 47.5 lbs later

What I do isn’t your typical coaching gig. We are really more like fitness influencers or cheerleaders, as we use social media and our experience to help influence others to live their best life, encouraging them and supporting them along the way. While I have multiple certifications under my belt to help with how I can assist my clients, most coaches don’t, nor do they need to. The company I partner with has nutritionalists who determine all the meal plans and nutritional info anyone could need, and we have fitness experts to create all the workouts. Our job is to connect our clients with the best options for them based on their individual goals and needs. After that, how we help can differ….it all depends what the client wants.

I have some clients that thrive in my monthly online bootcamps, groups that differ in theme and length and encourage results. Others prefer one on one support through email or text. Some of my clients I meet up with regularly to help support them with things like grocery shopping and meal prep. Everyone is different, so how I help is different, but regardless of the client, there is one common thing: we are working toward achieving some kind of result. THIS is what drives me.

I think back to the end of my first online group and the moment I stepped on the scale to see that I was 47.5 lbs lighter. I remember the goosebumps….the tears….the feeling of “Oh my gosh….I did it!” Those feelings….THAT is what I am working to help each of my clients achieve. They may not be driven by weight loss, but they are driven by something that can get them those feelings of accomplishment and goosebumps like I have.

Let me tell you a little something something…..the feeling you get when someone hits their goal….seeing their eyes light up….feeling that pride…..there are few feelings in this world that can best that. Imagine getting to see that happen every single day and get paid to do it? That’s what I do.  That’s what being a coach is all about.

Sure, there are lots of other amazing things about coaching….the income, the perks (who doesn’t love to travel around the world), the community. And while Beachbody cannot guarantee any level of income or success, I can guarantee you that the warm fuzzies…..those feel good moments…those moments that you know made a difference in the life of someone else….those will happen in this business over and over and over again.

I could talk about coaching all day everyday, but since I would like to keep this on the shorter side, I want to end with this…..

Before I started coaching I worked many long hours in the higher education industry…many long, thankless hours. I had limited sick and vacation time, bosses who were assholes, coworkers that made the jobs miserable. I dreaded Monday mornings. I dreaded the weekends because I was so busy during the week that I jampacked them with activities and events so I could make up for not being present during the week. I would come home at night and wonder why i spent so much money on fancy degrees to do something that did not make me feel good. The truth was….I didn’t know that something like online coaching existed. In my mind I had all these preconceived ideas about MLMs…..ideas only told to me from others, not determined by my own research and questioning.

I got out of my own way….I ignored what people said/thought….and I made a decision that was best for me. I’ve never regretted making that decision. However, I know I would’ve regretted staying in higher education and feeling like I wasn’t making a difference in the world.

I now get to be a small part of so many people’s success stories….it may be teeny tiny, but if my involvement in their lives leave them in a better place than when I found them then I know I did my job.

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Back in my Corporate America days

Life is too short to spend all your time doing something you hate or that doesn’t make you feel good. If you are someone who right now is working in a career where you despise clocking in or feel like you have no purpose, I’d love to talk to you!

Remember this…..if you are unhappy with where you are in life, move. You are not a tree.

I challenge you to find something that gives you goosebumps of happiness. I truly hope you find it.

Click here to contact me to discuss becoming an online coach!

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Mexican for the gluten intolerant!

I always hate going back to back with recipes on the blog, but sometimes you just have to…especially when your inbox is blowing up asking for the recipe for one of the items on your weekly meal plan!

That recipe: Zucchini Enchiladas!

If you have been following my blog for awhile, you know I am a big zucchini lover and constantly trying recipes that involve it. One of my recent favorites, zucchini ravioli, can be found here . That recipe has become one that I have made over and over and surprisingly, I don’t miss the pasta portion of it!

This recipe is one that, similar to the ravioli, is an great option for those who struggle with gluten intolerance like I do or who need to get more veggies into their diet. Again, I don’t miss the tortilla that I would’ve used in a typical enchilada recipe, so if you are skeptical, just give it a shot!

Katie’s Zucchini Enchiladas
Ingredients:
-1 large onion, chopped
-1 tbl EVOO
-2 cloves garlic, minced
-1 tsp ground cumin
-2 tsp chili powder
-3 cups shredded chicken or beef
-1 1/3 cup red enchilada sauce
-4 large zucchini, sliced with mandolin or vegetable peeler
-1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
-Sour Cream or Greek Yogurt for topping
-Fresh cilantro to garnish

Using vegetable peeler or mandolin, cut a zucchini in half lengthwise and slice zucchini into thin strips. Heat oil in a large skillet, adding onion and salt. Once golden brown, add cumin, garlic, chili pepper, chicken/cooked beef, and 1 cup enchilada sauce. Stir until well combined.

Using four zucchini strips, lay them on a plate or cutting board, slightly overlapping. Add about 2 tbl of the protein mixture, then roll up and place in baking dish. Repeat until you have used all of your zucchini and mixture. Top with remaining enchilada sauce and sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 20 minutes at 350. Serve topped with sour cream or greek yogurt and cilantro.

It’s that easy!

**I sometimes prefer the green enchilada sauce when making this recipe, as you will see in this picture.

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Meatballs for everyone!

And when I say everyone, even those of you who don’t eat meat!!!!

Yesssssss that means these meatballs are meatless, and while that may sound strange, trust me, they are DELICIOUS!!!! Now I need to say this…I don’t typically seek out meatless recipes. I am a hardcore carnivore, and I love meat with every meal. However, I saw a friend post about these eggplant meatballs, and I had to try them, especially since I follow a “veggies most” mentality.

I know what you are thinking….eggplant meatballs, gross! Just try them….because I was prepared to hate them, and I freaking love the things.

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Look at this plate of deliciousness!

Eggplant Meatballs
Ingredients:

-3 cups fresh eggplant, dice into small pieces (you can leave the skin on the eggplant)
-1/4 cup fresh basil
-2 Tbl EVOO
-1/2 cup breadcrumbs
-1 tsp salt and pepper
-1/4 cup parmesan cheese
-1 tbl garlic powder
-1 egg

How to make:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a saucepan, cook EVOO, eggplant, salt and pepper over medium heat for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally to soften the eggplant. After eggplant is softened, allow it to cool for about 10 minutes, then transfer to food processor and pulse with the basil until eggplant is in smaller pieces. Combine eggplant with parmesan, bread crumbs, garlic powder, and egg. Stir until well combined. Roll mixture into balls and transfer to baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 20 minutes until “meatballs” are golden brown and firm to the touch. Serve over zoodles or pasta with marinara or your homemade sauce!

If you are struggling with veggies, try these. If you love eggplant, try these. Just try them!

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Super easy to prep for the week!

 

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Apples: The Versatile Fruit

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year….pretty much because I’m a basic bitch that just wants all things pumpkin, flannel, and ugg. The past few years I haven’t fully embraced the wonders of the season as I have wanted to, so this year I created a fall bucket list to make sure I did all the things I have missed out on the past few years. Here’s my fall to do list!

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Naturally, I took care of that pumpkin donut right away….I had to!

Once that pesky donut has been crossed off the list, I decided I wanted to tackle the apple farm next. I’m fortunate to live in a part of Ohio where I have a ton of great apple orchards nearby, which made my decision of where to go somewhat challenging. Finally I decided on Rittman Orchards, a local orchard that many of my friends recommended. I was not disappointed.

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We couldn’t have picked a better day weather wise to pick apples!

Rittman is a great local farm that I strongly recommend to those in the Cleveland/Akron area. While we went to get apples, they also have a great market and pumpkins to pick as well. From a price perspective, apple picking was very reasonably priced. We were given a bag that cost $19 to fill it up with the apples available that day .The day we went we were able to pick Red Delicious, Melrose, and Jonagold apples, and trust me….we got our money’s worth. Check out how many apples came home to our house that day! And your eyes aren’t deceiving you….they were huge apples!

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So what did I make with all these apples??? I made lots of stuff, including two of my favorite recipes that I want to share with you today: Easy crockpot apple butter AND apple dumplings.

If you are a fan of apple butter (who isn’t), you have to try this recipe. It is super simple and turns out so, so, so good!

Katie’s Apple Butter

Ingredients:
-6 lbs apples (I use a mixture of apples…my favorites are pink ladys, honey crisp, and Melrose apples, but you can use any kind)
-1 cup brown sugar
-1/2 tsp nutmeg
-1 tbl cinnamon
-1/4 tsp salt
-1 tbl vanilla extract

How to make:

Core and peel all apples, cutting into slices and placing in a crockpot. Mix together the cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and sugar, then toss apples with the mixture. Cook on low in your crockpot for about 10 hours. After the 10 hours is up, stir in vanilla and smash up any larger apple pieces that still are visible. Cook on low for an additional 2 hours. Allow the apples to cool, then puree in either a food processor or with an immersion blender. Store in airtight containers in either your fridge or freezer! This could double as a great gift or housewarming present, too!

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The finished product: Beautiful apple butter

When it comes to apple dumplings, I have two recipes I go between. The first is one that is much more sugary and calorie filled; the other not nearly as heavy with sugar. Since I have been trying to limit my sugar intake to just my donuts, I opted to make the healthy-ish version this go round. Again, this is a simple recipe that everyone always loves and is a great fall dessert.

Apple Dumplings

Ingredients:

For the apples:
-Puff pastry sheets (found in the frozen section at your grocery store) . If you prefer, you could make your own dough instead of purchasing it.
-6-8 medium sized apples (go for tart)
-1/2 cup sugar
-1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
-6-8 tbl unsalted butter

For the syrup:
-2 cups water
-1 cup granulated sugar
-3 tbl unsalted butter
-1/4 tsp cinnamon

How to make:

Preheat oven to 425 and spray cooking dish with nonstick spray. Core and peel apples (this is a great time to buy an apple corer if you don’t have one). Set aside. Prepare the syrup by bringing 2 cups of water, 1 cup of sugar, 3 tbl butter, and 1/4 tsp cinnamon to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, reduce to a medium heat and allow to simmer until it becomes thicker and more syrup-like. In a small bowl whisk together 1/2 cup sugar and 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon.

Cut your pastry sheets into squares (I can get four squares per sheet with the store bought kind). I set one square aside for later, so I typically make 7 at a time. Place one apple on a square, filling the core with the sugar mixture and a bit of butter. You have butter freedom here….use as much as you want or as little as you want. Bring pastry points up over apple to wrap it, tucking the ends into the core cavity. Moisten with a little water to seal, then place in a baking dish. Repeat with remaining apples.
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Pour the syrup over the apples once all have been wrapped. You can pour excess around the dumplings as well. I get next level with mine and use a cookie cutter and some extra dough to cut out a small leaf to top the dumplings, and I like an extra sprinkle of the cinnamon sugar mixture here, too. You can do something similar if you choose, or just go without. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the crust is a light golden brown. Serve with the syrup warm and if you want to get crazy, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Enjoy!

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Crostinis….because they sound fancy, right?

And who doesn’t like being a little fancy??????

With the holidays approaching rapidly, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite quick appetizers that you can serve at your holiday gatherings. I’f you’re like me and swamped during the holiday season, the quicker and easier the app the better, especially if you are entertaining and making a variety of foods to serve.

I recently made this appetizer for a luncheon I was going to with some friends and had to share the recipe with you all. To be honest, I was also going through a peach kick and kept buying them in excess, and this is perfect with peaches. However, with the winter months around the corner, we all know (especially those of you in Ohio) that produce can be a little iffy when the cold weather hits, so don’t be afraid to change up the fruit you use here. I’ve made this same recipe with strawberries, blackberries, and even blueberries.

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Ingredients:
– 10 oz goat cheese
-2 oz whipped cream cheese
-1 french baguette, sliced
-1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
-2 Tbl EVOO
-2 peaches, sliced
-1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped

Begin by laying the baguette slices on a baking sheet, drizzling with olive oil. Do not overlap slices or stack. Bake for about 7 minutes at 375 degrees or until lightly browned. In a saucepan, bring balsamic vinegar to a simmer over medium heat. Allow to simmer for about 5-7 minutes until the balsamic has a thicker syrup-like consistency. Remove from heat, and set aside, allowing to thicken slightly more.

For the whipped goat cheese, place goat cheese in food processor with the cream cheese, as well as salt and pepper to taste. Pulse until combined and mixture is smooth.

To assemble, place a spoonful of whipped goat cheese on each baguette slice, then top with one peach slice and some fresh basil. Drizzle some of the balsamic syrup over and serve.

***A few tips…….

-If your local grocery store doesn’t have baguettes on their floor, ask for them. I purchase mine from Giant Eagle, and I have learned they typically keep them frozen in the back. You also want to make sure they are the mini baguettes and not full size (unlike you want super big appetizers).

-Chop your basil into strips. I feel this not only looks better for presentation purposes but ensures you get some basil in each bite of the crostini.

-Do not use canned peaches. The excess juice in the fruit itself can make this soggy.

Enjoy!

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WTF, Katie?

That’s exactly what I said this to myself when I realized I have been slacking so badly and haven’t posted any of the blogs I had planned and prepared for September. WTF!

If we are being 100% honest here….I feel like the entire month of September went by in the blink of an eye. It was just one of those months where I felt behind with everything…..my house, my to do list, my business, my LIFE! We all have months like that I suppose.

A big reason why September was a little crazier had to do with my business. I know, I know…I just said I felt behind with it, but I don’t know if I could’ve gotten ahead of the curve if I tried. My team and I are pushing for some huge business goals (eek….so close to hitting them) which means I am being pulled in more directions than usual as we get into crunch time. I’m not complaining though….this is what I live for, and I love what I do so much that I didn’t even notice how much work I was putting in with Sparkle Fitness. I can’t wait to see how our year ends up.

I have had some other things shaking besides business stuff….from my favorite charity to travel, I’ve been a busy bee.

Thanks to that skank Hurricane Florence, my family had to cancel our trip to Myrtle Beach a few days before we were scheduled to leave. Initially I was upset because I love Myrtle, but I was pleased when my mom decided we would all just head to Hocking Hills and rent a big cabin for the week. To me, the most important thing was getting to spend time with both my mother and brother at the same time because we rarely get to anymore, and this allowed us to do so.

We had so much fun relaxing, cooking out, hot tubbing, making candles, and hiking at the various caves in the area. I’m not someone who typically loves spending that much time in nature, but I actually loved it. Sometimes it is nice to slow down a little.

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When we got back from Hocking Hills, I FINALLY was able to visit an art exhibit I had been trying to get into all summer long, the Yayoi Kasuma Infinity Mirrors exhibit at The Cleveland Museum of Art.

This exhibit was a nightmare to get tickets to. Every Monday at 9am a limited amount of tickets for the exhibit were made available for purchase. One they were sold out, you had to wait until the following Monday to try again. I tried for weeks and weeks! The final week of Kasuma’s exhibit being on display I was successful! I woke up 2 1/2 hrs early to get in the ticket queue and snagged two tickets….so stressful!

The exhibit itself was unbelievably amazing, and it was so worth it. This was the largest grouping of Kasuma’s work ever showcased together at one time, and it won’t be together again until she either turns 100 years old or she passes away. I feel very fortunate to have been able to experience her unique brain and artwork in person. My favorite of Kasuma’s work: her “All the Eternal Love I have for the Pumpkins” piece. We weren’t allowed to take our phones into that room and had to have a chaperone, but I assure you, it was fantastic. Her exhibit is making just a few stops before returning to Kasuma’s home in Tokyo, so if you have the opportunity to get tickets to this, DROP EVERYTHING AND GO.

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The fall means it is time to support one of my favorite charities, The Alzheimer’s Association, and its annual Memory Walk took place the final weekend of the month. This was the a year of firsts for my family. For starters, my mother, who had managed the raffle for nearly the past decade and rocked the socks off of it, had made the decision to strictly walk this year and no longer assist with that aspect of the walk. I was always so proud of her for how hard she worked with fundraising and leading that auction, but it meant she wasn’t able to walk with our team. I was very proud to be able to walk with her for the first time in a long time, especially since this was the first year our family was walking in memory of my Grandma, as Bubu passed away just days after last year’s walk. I brought Luigi with me for support, and we represented our team along with my mom, her best friend Bobbie, and two of my besties, Kelly and Krista (plus baby Whitney).

Of course, a HUGE part of the month was spent on the development of my book. My goal is to have it published by the end of the year, so I am working tirelessly to make that happen.  I can’t wait to get it published and to share more about it with you!

I promise, you’ll be hearing from me much more!

These sliders are a real peach.

Sliders…..they are the best, aren’t they???!!!!

Tiny little sandwiches that can help you stay on track by not overeating…..or tiny little sandwiches that you feel you need to eat ten of to eat an entire regular sized sandwich. Such a versatile food, right?

For my Labor Day picnic I wanted to do something a little different than the usual cookout foods and thought about sliders. After some trolling around on Pinterest I came across this recipe that sounded delicious and selected it to be the slider recipe on the menu!

Spicy Peach Chicken Sliders

Ingredients:
-1 large yellow onion (sliced thin)
-1 3/4 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
-1 cup peaches, sliced (you can use fresh or frozen)
-1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
-3/4 cup bbq sauce
-1 tbl chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (mince peppers
-1 tbl adobo sauce (I just use some of the remainder from the chipotle pepper can)
-1 tsp salt
-Slider buns
-Coleslaw

How to make:

In a slowcooker, place sliced onions and peaches, then top with chicken. Whisk together vinegar, bbq sauce, chipotle peppers, salt, and adobo sauce, then pour over chicken. Cover. Cook on low for about 6 hours . Use a fork or your Kitchenaid mixer (paddle attachment) to shred chicken. Serve on sliders topped with coleslaw (you can make your own or purchase). The coleslaw is a great accompaniment to the spice of the chicken!

Enjoy!

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