Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sliders

My weekly cooking adventure this time had me making Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sliders.  This is a very “have-no-time-to-sit-around-and-cook” meal.

Husbands rating: 5/5.  He even e-mailed me at work to tell me how much he liked them.

Ease: 5/5.  Just dump in some chicken breasts, cut some onions and throw in buffalo sauce.  Cleaning is easy too because I only used my slow cooker and I use the slow cooker bags so that it does not make a mess.

Changes: None

Recipe: You can find it here.

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May Stitch Fix

Every other month, I get clothes from Stitch Fix. This has helped me get creative on work clothes so I am just not wearing black pants and a single color top (which if that is what you do, then that is perfectly fine, it is just not me).

First, if you are not familiar with Stitch Fix, here is how it works:

1. Fill out your Style Profile. This gives detail on your style, sizes, budget and anything else like a link to your pinterest board.

2. Once you have “ordered” your box, they will send you 5 items from a personal stylists.  It is a $20 styling fee which is applied as a credit toward anything you keep.

3. Try everything on. They send you Style Cards with recommendations on how to wear your outfit.  You have three days to decide what you do and do not want.

4. Buy what you like and return the rest. If you keep all 5 items, you get 25% off your entire purchase.  Don’t like something, they send you a pre-paid mailing bag to drop in the mailbox.  It is free shipping.

This month and I asked for the last stylists I had and wanted something for upcoming family photos. Here is what I got in May.

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Here is my note from the stylist.

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Bancroft Leighton Metal Bauble Necklace- $34

The necklace is cute but it didn’t sit right on me, like it all bunched up so I returned.

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Moon and Sky Melbourne Lace Overlay Knit Top- $54

Top fit fine and it is cute but I have a similar top to this already. Return.20160513_17300420160513_173000

Fate Selita Strappy Back Top- $48.

My only concern is how wrinkly it is.  I am not one to iron.  However the husband really liked it. Kept.

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Kut from the kloth Mindy Printed Maxi Skirt-$68

The maxi has a nice flow to it and it has two cut slits on both sides.  I am not a floral person.  After much debate with friends (since my husband likes everything) I kept it.

Not shown is the Adelyn Rae Treena V-neck Dress $108

Cute dress but it is too heavy for the summer, a little too short for me and would not zip up past my boobs so I returned that item as well.

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Orange Soda Slow Cooker Chicken

This week for my husbands lunch I made Orange Soda Slow Cooker Chicken.  I picked this one but it was super easy and he was interested in the meal since it had an Asian influence.

Husbands rating: 2/5.  He said it was dry and it needed a side.  My bad.  I thought he had one-serving size rice packets at work, which he didn’t.

Ease: 5/5.  Put chicken, soda and soy sauce in bag overnight.  Slow cook it and serve.

Changes: I used Orange Cream Soda because that is what he bought.  I also wasn’t sure the exact time/setting for the slow cooker so I did 6 hours at low.

Recipe: You can find it here.

Picture: I am bad and didn’t get one.

2nd Trimester and Working Out

Disclaimer: I am not a fitness expert nor am I a doctor.  This is just my experience with my pregnancy.  I worked out 6-7 times a week before I became pregnant and did not try anything new during my pregnancy.

During my 2nd trimester, I felt really good.  I wasn’t nauseous anymore but I was starting to slowdown. By the end of it, I was doing a lot of modifications during Crossfit and sometimes at yoga.

I still made sure I was well hydrated and always had snacks on long runs. I never noticed having to use the restroom more while running because I am a teacher so I am use to holding it.

During my 2nd trimester, I ran a marathon and was still training for another.  I did speed work still but ended up stopping towards to end of the trimester because I didn’t find a point as I was getting slower.  I also was getting prenatal massages once a month to help with any soreness.  I did notice my Friday nights ended up with me resting on the couch more.

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Crossfit:

Please excuse my face, I do not make pretty faces when working out.  This photo is from when I was about 14ish weeks pregnant and I entered a charity Crossfit competition for fun.  Since it was for charity, it was not super serious.

For awhile, I did everything everyone else was doing.  However, I decided not to move up on weights and always stayed where I was before I was pregnant.  By the end of my 2nd trimester, I went down on some weights like Deadlifts and Overhead Squats.  I also used stronger bands for pull-ups.

Once my belly was out, I started doing “Pregnant Burpees” meaning I just jumped back to a plank and jumped back up.  For push-ups, I would put my hands on a box and do them that way.  I also did not do Box Jumps.  I would just do Step-Ups.

Somethings took me longer than usual because depending on the day, I might take awhile to get off the ground.  One website I would look at for advice was Crossfit Mom which looks like it is not a website anymore.

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Running:

In the above picture, I am about 24ish weeks pregnant.  This to date is my slowest marathon. You can see I also fell during this marathon but luckily I just landed on my knees and hands.  They say you lose balance while pregnant but this was me listening to other people’s conversations and tripping on the one and only root. I was fine, nothing big.

Reason it was my slowest?  It was December and in the 70s.  The race also ran out of water which means I ran out of water.  Yes, I was carrying my own as trail races only have water every couple of miles but when I got to mile 12 and was empty, so was the race.  I didn’t get water again to mile 23 so I walked. That is why it was my slowest race.  I decided to be smart and just walk.

Enough about the bad race, let’s talk about running while pregnant.  I was starting to run slower during this trimester but not enough to make a huge difference.  For example, I ran a 5K about 2 weeks before this picture was taken and my 5K time was only about 2 minutes slower than usual. Really no big deal as my time could be 2 minutes slower on any given day.

I was running on the roads and on trails.  I also always made sure someone knew where I was.  My marathon long runs were with a running group.  If I was running by myself, I made sure my husband was home as he knows my neighborhood route.

I never ran with a pregnancy belt.  I would cramp up on my sides and I could tell where the baby was laying but I never felt like my belly was moving too much.  Maybe I just got use to it since I ran 4 times a week.  I never wore pregnancy running clothes either.  All my running clothes have really good stretch (and they did not stretch out as I still where them). For the most part, I felt pretty okay while running. As the weeks went on, I would put on compression socks when I finished a long run just to help with blood flow.

The biggest thing was I stopped doing track as I only had one speed now.  For me, it was better to just go on an easy run then try to push myself running 12 400s.

Yoga:

I do not have pictures of my doing yoga but I did start modifying some moves.  For example, cobras were a no go. As my bump got bigger, it would get in the way a lot during some moves.  For example, pigeon.  I couldn’t rest on the ground because my bump would not allow me.  I just worked with what I could and just tried to enjoy the stretches and the quiet.

Working Out in General:

My biggest piece of advice is only do what you are comfortable with and always listen to your body.  That should be advice for everyone, no matter what.

Steak and Potato Nachos

This week for my husbands lunch I made Steak and Potato Nachos. I thought this would be a little different from what he usually gets for lunch.

Husbands rating: 4/5. He says it would have been a 5 if he ate it straight out of the oven.  He said heating it up at work still tasted good though.

Ease: 4.5/5. The hardest part was cutting up the skirt steak after it had cooked.

Changes: I used mozzarella cheese and not much cheddar because I used what I had.  My husband loves cheese of all kinds so it was no big deal.

Recipe: You can find it here.

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This is another picture from my husbands office as I forgot to take one.  This is also taken on either day 2 or 3 of left overs.

1st Trimester and Working Out

Before I start, I am not a doctor in any way, shape or form.  I am just writing about my experiences.

I found out I was pregnant at the beginning of August 2014.  I had a feeling I was pregnant because I went on an easy 3 mile run and I had to stop at 2.75 to dry-heave.  If I was going at a full-out sprint then I can see that but not for a relaxed easy run. I had run a half marathon the week before and felt fine.

Too be honest, I did not change my workout regime.  There was like a two-week period where I got nauseous while running but it went away pretty fast.  I worked out a lot before I became pregnant so my doctor was not concerned if I kept up my routine, as long as I did not add new things to the mix. I was also about to start marathon training which she was fine with because I would be running my 9th and 10th marathon.

My workout routine at that time was running 2 easy runs during the week, 1 track workout and 1 long run.  I also would do yoga once a week and crossfit a couple of times a week. I also did quick 12 minute HIIT workouts in the morning to wake-up.  I continued doing all that and did not need to scale anything that I had been doing.  I could still lie on my stomach (which is good because I am a tummy sleeper) so I could still do burpees and planks. I also had told my coaches I was pregnant so if they saw that I was taking a break then they knew why. I also drank plenty of water to keep myself hydrated. I think the biggest thing I changed was I carried a snack with me on shorter runs.  I normally do not eat while I run unless I am doing like 18+ miles but I was carrying food for even 6 miles just in case I got nauseous.  I did have morning sickness the first trimester but if I drank juice and ate Cheez-Its before I got out of bed then I was fine. I also normally only got sick on Tuesday nights which is weird.

I was very honest with my doctor upfront about my workouts and what my goal was and she was very supportive.  I also have a great group of friends who are supportive too. My husband also supported this routine. People could not tell I was pregnant from my workouts but could tell by not enjoying a beer after a really hot run.

If I ever have another kid, I plan on the same routine as long as my doctor okay it first.

Slow Cooker Tacos Al Pastor

This week for my husbands lunch I made Slow Cooker Tacos Al Pastor.  He loves tacos so I thought this one would be a little different to mix it up.

Husbands rating: Forgot to ask but he liked it a lot.  He said had a nice flavor and the meat was juicy.

Ease: 4.5/5.  Cut up the pork, put the other ingredients in a blender (I used the Magic Bullet) and throw it all in the slow cooker.

Changes: Beer is too precious to us so I used chicken broth.  I also used jalapenos because the chipotles had gone bad.

Recipe: You can find it here.

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I had completely forgotten to take a picture but my husband did at work.  He added rice to his tacos and some hot sauce.