27 February 2015

HEY! Do you remember me? Once upon a time, I had a blog, and then apparently dropped off the face of the earth. WELL, I'm back to brief you on everything I haven't been doing for the past 11 days! For being the shortest month of the year, I feel as though it has been the LONGEST one to get through, what's up with that!? It still isn't over! That's okay though, I'm a winter lover and will take these days any day! I left off talking about my ski trip to Vermont, oh Vermont, I love you...

For Valentine's day (ya know, almost two weeks ago), L and I kept it simple this year and indulged in some heart shaped pancakes, and then went crazy with some heart and lobster shaped sugar cookies. I once again used my absolute favorite sugar cookie recipe which calls for...

1 cup granulated white sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon of almond extract
1 egg
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 Teaspoons baking powder.

1 - Preheat oven to 350 F
2 - Mix the butter and sugar together until it is creamy
3 - Beat in the egg, vanilla extract and almond extract
4 - In a separate bowl, combine the baking powder and flour. Slowly add to the wet ingredients while still mixing.
5 - Divide the dough into two batches. Roll one dough ball out (about 1/4 inch thick) onto floured parchment paper.
6 - Punch out your cookies using your favorite cookie cutters and then place on a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
7 - Bake 6 - 8 minutes and let cool completely before frosting and decorating. 

We did our own number with the frosting by mixing together powdered sugar, vanilla, food coloring and milk. 

I think Boston might be done getting dumped on with snow. Aside from the random snow hour that we get every here and there, it's starting to warm up and people are beginning to dig their cars out of the piles!

I just finished up day 24 of P90X3, and it definitely has me feeling stronger than ever. The first two weeks, I was eating whatever I wanted and wasn't feeling/seeing much progress. I'm now following the 21 Day Fix nutrition plan and have noticed a huge difference. It's all about portion control, and since your actual workout is only about 30% of the effort, and nutrition is the rest it has really helped me out! Basically the nutrition plan I have been following requires less carbs, and more protein. I am waiting on the edge of my seat for my Shakeology to arrive! I have all these fun recipes to try out like Shakeology balls or these Shakeology bites ... and they're good for you too!! I'll continue to post updates as I work through the program!!

 What's your weekend looking like!!?

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  1. How do you like P90X3? We have been doing the original P90X and its so hard and time consuming! Are you having a hard time sticking to the meal plan? That's always where I fall off the wagon.. haha

  2. I love, LOVE P90X3! The best part about it is it's only 30 minutes which I'm able to make time for everyday! I'm following the 21 Day Fix meal plan which has been really easy for me to stick to surprisingly, AND I'm always full afterwards making me not even want sweets anymore. The 21 Day Fix has been a real popular one lately, I think that it's because they focus so much on eating healthy and portion control. Let me know if you have any questions or want to try one of these programs, I'm loving them! (:

  3. I am looking for info on the P90X3 meal plan.

  4. I love Beachbody programs!! I did T25 and LOVED IT. I can't wait to start again once this baby is born. ;) Where did you get lobster cookie cutters? They are SO CUTE!!

    1. I'm hooked on BB programs and Shakeology, I love it! I got the cookie cutters from True Value, but I'm sure they have them in any little gift shop up the coast of Maine! They're so fun!


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