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Most amazing birthday ever

My birthday was this past Saturday. It was, AMAZING. Probably the best birthday I’ve had yet to date. It started off with my husband and I going to the market and my parents were generous enough to look after my son while we were out! But before we left, I go to the bathroom when I got up and there was a birthday gift and a lovely birthday card waiting for me on the counter, I think that was just a sign of how well the day was going to go. ūüôā

My husband gave me 5 gifts throughout the day which were going to be randomly placed which made it so exciting!! All the gifts were incredibly lovely, and I couldn’t ask for a more loving husband!

My family and I celebrated a wonderful dinner, I had an organic grass fed steak with some organic cauliflower and broccoli and grilled onions and mushrooms. YUM, topped off with the best and healthiest cake made to date! Gluten Free, Dairy free cheesecake with an almond/chocolate crust! Hands down best thing I’ve ever had and it didn’t leave you with a sugar crash either! Amazing, and thank God for my mother, she’s an amazing cook and baker. The best I’ve ever met! ūüôā

My family also gave me the best gift I’ve ever received (well other than my kitchen aid):

THEE sharpest, awesomest Petit Chef’s knife you will ever come across! Seriously, I mean I love cooking, but now I love it MORE. Cutting is just a joke now, it’s so easy and awesome and and and makes me feel like I’m smoking weed(though I don’t know what that feels like? ahahaha)

On TOP of that, I got some pictures back from a knitting photoshoot I had the week before, which made my day go even better! It was so great, I have some of these pictures up on my shop, but I will share them with you now cause they are pretty fantastic:

I sell this hat on Etsy! Here is the link! https://www.etsy.com/listing/108394319/knitted-womens-fleece-lined-grey-hat

Here’s another picture

This is a Knitted Fleece Lined Men’s hat which you can view here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/91104578/knitted-mens-fleece-lined-black-shadow

*Photo Credit Goes to Amy’s Images Photography*

And this is what the insides of the hat look like:

Comfy, no?

That was my birthday. It was amazing. OH, how could I forget. I took my measurements the morning of my birthday, and lo and behold, I had lost another 3 inches all around! So in total for August, I had lost 8 inches all around. So, shall I say that I really enjoyed my birthday!

Until next time, happy training, and happy CLEAN eating! ūüėČ

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Eating + Fleecy Knits

It’s been a few weeks since I last posted. It’s not because I have been intentionally ignoring my readers, it’s because my business: Fleecy Knits has taken off to a rather hectic start!
For those of you that don’t know, I run a small business on the side. It’s not because I simply enjoy knitting that I have this business, it’s because funds are extremely low in our family and I am trying to pull in a little bit more $$ to help things around the house. I knit hats, headbands and mittens that are fleece lined so that way you don’t get the wind on your ears and head in the winter time.

If you care to check it out: my shop on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/BulcherM?ref=si_shop

Last week I had a photoshoot so I was spending my whole entire week trying to have a good amount of items to photograph. Currently I am waiting on the pictures so I am excited! Within a few days I will have quite a few new items in my shop.

I have realized that a huge part of having a successful online business is having good pictures. Pictures speak so loud, people want your shop, business and items to look extremely professional and that is what I am working on. As you can probably see, a lot of my items do not look very professional, well, that was from when I first started out. You live you learn!

Yesterday I added these cute toddler fingerless mitts which I am rather proud of. They are fleece lined of course. Yesterday I made Thumbless toddler mitts, perhaps I will have pictures to share them with you tomorrow.

On another note, which is fitness related. For the past 2-3 weeks my weight loss has kind of plateaued, which really stinks because I need to stay on track if I want to reach part 1. of my weight loss goal by December. I was getting a bit worried. I haven’t been able to do a whole lot of cardio lately because I’ve been knitting so much and paired with going to bed later,¬† I don’t have much energy. I have been buckling down though and definitely have been trying to maintain my resistance training workouts. This morning I got up to take care of my son, I looked in the mirror and I thought my tummy looked a bit smaller, and so then I weighed myself and sure enough! I had lost 2 lbs! YAY!
I think the difference is that for the past couple weeks I was living the mentality that I shouldn’t be eating a lot of food, recently I cut out my grains to help aid in my weight loss (as I used to when I first lost a lot of weight back when I was 16), but I was probably only having about 4 meals a day, I was going to bed really hungry, getting up late and only having a small breakfast, then lunch then a snack and then supper. Also I wasn’t eating enough protein. So yesterday I made it my goal to eat 6 meals a day, and to not let myself get hungry, to not worry about how many calories I was eating, but to make sure I was getting enough protein paired with good fats and good carbohydrates. Overall it helped my workout more, I was more energize and lo and behold, I finally lost a couple pounds.

So, if you’re trying to lose weight, don’t be stupid like me and not eat enough because that won’t get you anywhere. Try and eat healthy meals more often! It does wonders!

Oh, and check out my shop online. ūüôā

 

 

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Weekend of food and knitting (my other addiction)

I have this other secret obsession…well no so secret anymore:¬†it’s knitting. I LOVE knitting, I go in and out of phases, depending on how my last creation went, I have been out of knitting since March, mainly because I was knitting a beret (was turning out BEAUTIFULLY) and I ran out of yarn half way through and didn’t have money to get more yarn (*cough it was around $26 this yarn for not much yardage) so I was frustrated and put my needles¬†down. Since then I was too busy planning a wedding to have time to pick the needles up again, until this weekend.

My coworker just had twins, and I didn’t get them a baby shower gift cause well I had no money, until I thought of this brilliant idea to MAKE my gift! I had a gift card from the wedding to a yarn shop¬† (yes my friends know me well) so I used that to get some yarn and needles and off experimenting I did!

Little Mary Jane style baby booties! When the first one turned out I was so ridiculously happy cause they are so adorably cute! So tiny with cute buttons on the side!

It took me about 1.5 hours just to make one booty, and that was knitting as fast as I could, it took me one afternoon to make one pair, I just started on my second pair! If anyone wants some I will gladly make some and send them to you! =)

                         

Fishy Business

Okay so on to the food aspect of my weekend. On Friday night I made yummmmyyy¬†breaded haddock fish, and for once, Paul actually devoured it! That’s when I knew I had succeeded in my breading seasoning. (Paul doesn’t really care for fish in general so this is a great improvement).

What you will need:

  • 4 pieces of medium sized haddock
  • 1 piece of gluten free¬†corn bread¬†crumbled¬†up(refer to my recipe on gluten free corn bread)
  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup of brown rice flour
  • 2 tsp of parsley flakes
  • Dash of salt and pepper
  • Dash of Montreal chicken spice
  • Mix all ingredients together in a pie plate.
  • 1 egg whipped up.
  • Olive oil

Put the piece of haddock in the egg, make sure it is coated on both sides then place it in the breading, bread both sides then put it in the pan. I had the pan on medium heat, so the haddock would slowly cook, fish is very quick to cook but I wanted it to get through half the haddock before flipping it. Once it was flipped I put some olive oil (1 tsp) on top of each piece to add to the flavour. I could do this because i wasn’t using high heat. (Never use olive oil on high heat) Then serve! It is truly delicious!

Perfect gluten free pancakes

I’ve been making gluten free¬†pancakes for a long time, and they’ve been okay, but I’ve never been able to make them just like normal pancakes ever, until this weekend. I normally make pancakes on Sunday morning, along with eggs and bacon, that’s our traditional Sunday brunch. Well I was taking ingredients out and I had an idea. Thanks to Stephanie Tucci’s baking skills, I’ve incorporated some of her ideas into my baking and lo and behold: Perfect pancakes! The picture really doesn’t do justice.

  • 1.5 cups of buckwheat flour
  • 1 egg (whip up the egg whites before hand to make the pancakes fluffier)
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/3 cup of apple sauce
  • 2 TBSP of Dark cocoa
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 2 TBSP of brown rice cane sugar
  • 1 cup of soy milk (or almond milk) I started out just pouring some in until it got to the right consistency so this is a guess.

Mix all the ingredients together EXCEPT the soy milk, this goes in at the end, I used a beater because with the mash banana a whisk won’t work so well. Start pouring the soy milk in at the end until the batter becomes not quite liquidy but not watery.

To end I have to give tribute to my husband because he made his first batch of bread from scratch last week by himself! The bread turned out lovely! Sorry gluten free fans, this is normal whole wheat brown bread.

That’s it for now! =) Hope you try out the recipes, if you do let me know!

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