Month: September 2017

New Adventure

I have done Nursing for over 17 years, taking care of seniors making sure they’re needs are met. I have always worked in a facility (LTC) and at my age and all the years I have been doing this job, I have been having a hard time.  The hard time is that I know where my heart belongs and with Mom living with my husband and myself we have found that there is a need out in the Rurals, to help the families that need help when their parents still live at home or with them.  My experience and training is not being used to its fullest potential in the facility. Thankfully, my learning and my personal development that I have been doing with my coaching has helped me grow confidence and strength. Helping me come out of my shell and know what my greatest desires are and what I’m going to do!!

So my Newest adventure is this, I’m going to be doing my own Private Homecare!! I have a good friend who actually helps me with mom and she and I are going to be partners. What does this mean? It means I can go where I’m needed most, helping those who need help and show them I care and would love nothing more than to make sure they feel loved and taken care of.  My mom is the most important person (my mini me) besides my husband of course and my kids. She’s always there to support me and my crazy ideas. So now I am able to do the same. Be there for her when she needs me most. I know there are many children my age going through this with their parents and loved ones as well, that’s why I know my heart belongs out there, helping as many as I can.

So they can stay home as long as possible. My mom’s biggest fear is to go to a Nursing Home. For as long as I can remember she has always said that she would ” Never go in one” and I promised her as  long as it’s possible I will do my best to not let that happen. Thank goodness I have the best husband in the world who has done nothing but support and help my mom and I , fulfilling those wishes.

My Company Name Is “Prairie Girls Care” I thought it was most suitable for where we live and what I do. I Care!! If my journey has helped anyone of you to go for your dreams or to chase what you love most. That is my biggest wish!! fullsizeoutput_55c6

 

New Challenge

Fit fall fun-3What’s your favourite season? Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter?  I have to say Fall is my favourite season, for so many reasons.  A lot of people love the colours of the leaves changing, I for one love the smells, the fresh crisp air, which is perfect running weather. Fall also means that Thanksgiving is around the corner, I don’t know what I love more the Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, turnip. Then there’s dessert Pumpkin pie, apple pie. What’s not to love, the only difference is that we tend to overindulge. then we feel like crap right?

Well, this is my favourite VIP challenge group! Why? because this is when you feel your best after eating comfort food and the weather is a little iffy lol, a lot of times we don’t get outside. So now we get to workout for only 30 min. in the comforts of our own home, first of all then we get to eat amazing healthy food. Did I mention you can have chocolate too?! The accountability group is the best way, I have been struggling with overweight for years, and I swear this is the first and only group I will ever do again. I have managed to stay the same weight for over 2 years. I have treats every now and then, but do you want to know the best part? Is the accountability, when I feel like giving up I have the best group of ladies that help me stay focused on what my goals are. If they have a day when they’re not feeling like eating healthy or working out, I do the same back. We help each other, we’re a tribe of women with similar interests and wants. We all have a goal and that’s to live the happiest, healthiest life we can. So we can be there for our families and be having the best life possible. I know it seems unlikely, or a gimmick, but I’m here to tell you it’s so possible.  it is reachable, it’s not impossible. If that interests you comment below or message me I’d love to chat with and find out what areas you’re trying to work on. Have been struggling with. We all have them. So why not do it with people that understand and get it. fullsizeoutput_615b

One Of Those Days

Do you ever have one of those days that you wished you never left your bed?  Well, that was me yesterday. I got up at 4:30 and started my daily routine. Went to work and I knew then I’m so not into it anymore my heart just isn’t in it anymore. Sure I did what I had to but my heart is gone, I don’t feel the empathy or compassion like I used to. I feel so torn, and I hate that. But at the same time, I know what I must do. It’s just having the guts to do it.

So by the time I got home I found Mom watching “13 Reasons Why”, I’m not sure why but I just felt like crying all afternoon, and then more so in the evening. Could it be my menopause acting up? or just one of those days. After supper I went to do my workout and low and behold the internet wasn’t working, then when I got upstairs I found Mom had an accident. Not in the nice way So off to the tub we go. Did I mention before that this was the least favourite part for her and myself at this point? Especially when I have to surprise her with that and she doesn’t have time to think about it. So after our fun bath time, I come out to the Kitchen only to find one of the Dogs had thrown up all over the kitchen floor. I can’t believe how things can go down so quick so fast. lol. I went to bed hoping that yesterday morning would be a much better day. Well, I woke up at 5am, thanks so my girl Sadie. Let them out then went back to bed. lol but laid there till about 7:30 and wondering if my day was going to be any better. SO I came up with the attitude that I can make my day anyway I want. If I want to be grumpy and miserable I will be grumpy and miserable.

I did my best got up happy, ready to conquer the world only to realize that when I went to switch the laundry from last night over and found this white stuff all over inside the washer. A gel-like substance, that’s when I realized I had left Mom’s pull-up in the pile that I threw in the wash. So I had to spend a great deal of time cleaning out the washer.

But I thought that’s ok, I can handle this, went upstairs with the dry laundry into my room only to find my husbands dog Wylie was cocking his leg to pee on the end of our bed. I yelled at him and he scurried away. I was thinking to myself. ” really?” What more can I handle today, went out to the living room and found my Polar bear aka “Tug” thinking he was a little dog and could climb on top of the couch and sit on the cushions at the back of the couch. UGH!! it didn’t work out for him that great.

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I could have given up, I could have thrown in the towel and say ” forget it” But I’ve done that so many times before I wasn’t going to do that this time. So I changed into my workout clothes because everytime I work out I always feel so much better, in fact, I tend to feel like a badass lol.  The internet wasn’t working very well, so I had to put in my DVD and my old faithful. I have always been a little intimidated with Autumn but I knew I had to do something and I thought let’s try Chisel Balance( which by far I was most terrified) but I surprised myself and it wasn’t as intimidating as the first time I tried it. HEY!! this actually works,  the more consistent the easier it gets!!  I felt like a badass Dragon Slayer!!  Totally changed my look of how this day was going to end up. So if you’re having a bad day, don’t give up my friends, there’s always a dragon to be slayed, and your just the right person to do it.

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My Daughter’s Birthday

Untitled designToday is a day I will never forget. It’s the day this beautiful soul came into my life. My first born, my daughter. I was pretty young when I had my daughter and I was so scared when I held her for the first time. I can remember thinking ” They’re going to realize I don’t know what I”m doing and take her away from me!”  I didn’t know the first thing about what to do with a baby. Let alone my very own. She was so tiny and beautiful and soft.  But boy could she cry, and she was determined from the first day I swear. She knew what she liked and didn’t like. So she taught me very quickly, how it was to be.

She never crawled, she went straight from sitting to walking. She was talking full sentences by the time she was One.  One of my dearest friends(now)  was moving next door and my daughter Eryn popped her head out the window and said:” I’m Eryn, who are you!” So my friend said, ” I’m Christine, this is my baby Jessica !” That was my daughter not a fear in the world. Said it like it was.

I still find it hard to believe she is “27” I can still see her tiny finger, her chubby cheeks. She has a heart of gold ( I like to think,  that was from me) because the rest of her is pretty much her Father. The stubbornness, the say it like it is, the determined. The SO SUPER SMART!!  I can remember her being right beside her daddy trying to do drywalling, then taking apart computers when she was bigger.
She get’s her flare from my Mother and Sister. Especially when it comes to makeup and clothes.  Her creativity is incredible and I am so proud of every bit of her.

She has become a beautiful, strong woman. Who I know will find her way and will flourish in it. That’s where I’m glad she has her dad in her, her determination !!  I love her to the moon and back, that will never change, or that when I see her I see that precious face that I held in my arms, through everything. When she was sad, angry, sick or just needed a hug.  I cherish every moment I have with her, and I look forward to spending, even more, time with her when I can.

I love you so much Baby Girl!! Have a Happy Birthday, I can’t be there with you now, but I”m there in spirit!!

Thai Lettuce Wraps

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These are one of my absolute favourite’s for my meal prep and I fell in love with them when we tried them at a restaurant.  Then luckily I found this recipe on Skinny taste.com and if you want to really good recipes (besides me) that’s the place to go.  So when I found this recipe I had to try it and boy were we glad I did.  It tastes just like the restaurant’s version only better. Mostly because it’s way cheaper and more for the buck! My husband always says. lol. So here is the recipe, I made a few differences mostly to cut down on the time it takes to cut everything from scratch. With meal prepping the least amount of time for the tedious stuff the better to concentrate on getting the meal ready.

These are not your ordinary tacos – these chicken tacos are spicy and exotic, made with my light peanut sauce which I make with PB2 (powdered peanut butter) sriracha, ginger and spices. To balance out the spice, I chose to serve these in crisp cool lettuce wraps but tortillas would work great too!

INGREDIENTS:

For the Peanut Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tbsp PB2 (or 2 tbsp peanut butter)
  • 1/2 tablespoon Sriracha chilli sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce (use Tamari for gluten free)
  • 1/2 tbsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed

For the Chicken:

  • cooking spray
  • 16 oz ground chicken
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha chilli sauce (more or less to taste)
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce (use Tamari for gluten free)
  • 3/4 cups shredded carrots
  • 2/3 cup scallions, chopped
  • 3/4 cup shredded red cabbage( to save time I have used the bagged Broccoli Slaw )
  • 2 tbsp chopped peanuts
  • cilantro leaves, for garnish
  • 4 lime wedges
  • 8 iceberg lettuces outer leaves

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Make the peanut sauce; in a small saucepan combine chicken broth, PB2, 1/2 tablespoon sriracha, honey, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1/2 tablespoon fresh ginger, and 1 clove crushed garlic and simmer over medium-low heat stirring occasionally until sauce becomes smooth and thickens, about 6 to 8 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large non-stick skillet or wok over high medium until hot.
  3. When hot, spray with oil and sauté the chicken until cooked through and browned, breaking it up as it cooks; add the sriracha, remaining garlic and ginger and saute 1 minute. Add the tablespoon of soy sauce, cook 1 minute.
  4. Add the shredded carrots, and 1/2 cup of the scallions and sauté until tender-crisp, about 1-2 minutes. Set aside.
  5. Divide the chicken equally between 8 lettuce leaves, top each with shredded cabbage, remaining scallions, drizzle with peanut sauce, chopped peanuts and cilantro, for garnish and serve with lime wedges.

NUTRITION INFORMATION

Yield: 4 servings, Serving Size: 2 lettuce tacos

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Smart Points: 6
  • Points +: 7
  • Calories: 252
  • Total Fat: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: g
  • Cholesterol: 96mg
  • Sodium: 567mg
  • Carbohydrates: 18g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 9g
  • Protein: 25g

 

Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito​ Bowl​

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I have to say this is one of my absolute favourite Meals, it’s so easy and so tasty and the best part is that is that it can be cooking while you’re at work! So when you come home all you have to do is add some chopped tomatoes and a little bit of cheese and voila. If you like a little Taco Tuesday kind of flare or burrito’s this is your ticket!

Here are the ingredients of this fabulous Meal :

Chicken Burrito Bowl :

Rating: 5

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours, 45 minutes

Total Time: 5 hours

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

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  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts about 2 large breasts( to shorten the time you can use cooked chicken or pork)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 3 teaspoons of onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons of garlic powder
  • 3 teaspoons of chilli powder
  • 2 teaspoons of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 3 cups of low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 15 oz can of diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 14 oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 3/4 cups of instant whole grain brown rice
  • 1 1/2 cups of shredded Colby jack cheese

 

Instruction

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  1. Place chicken breasts in slow cooker.
  2. Pour chicken broth over chicken breasts and stir in canned tomatoes, olive oil, onion powder, garlic powder, chilli powder, cumin, salt and pepper.
  3. Cook on low for about 4 hours, until chicken reaches 165 degrees.
  4. Remove chicken breasts from slow cooker.
  5. Turn slow cooker to high and stir in instant rice and black beans.
  6. Let cook 30-45 minutes on high, or until rice is tender.
  7. Add chicken back in, top with cheese and let cook a few minutes longer until cheese is melted.
  8. Serve with fresh diced tomatoes, sour cream, green onions, avocados or guacamole.

IMG_1730If you love a Mexican type of food I know you’re going to love this.  Comment or message me below and let me know what you think!!

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