Rundown of Eats, Plus Run Your Heart Out

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It seems as if this week has passed within the blink of an eye, especially since I had to catch up on so many things after coming back from Kansas.  Thankfully there’s always food that’s worth posting about and workouts to share with you.  Yeah, I always have something up my sleeeeve. Smile 1)  On the same day of our date night we had some business to take care of in the Rowland Heights area, so we decided to stick around the city of La Puente which is next door to RH.  I mean, how could we not after the enticing Yelp reviews of Crazy Rock’n Sushi?  This place is pretty legitimate when it comes to the freshness of the raw fish.  Their dishes are extremely affordable and the staff couldn’t be any more attentive to the customers.  Another big plus is that their spicy dishes actually have the perfect amount of kick in them!

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We ordered their jalapeno poppers as the appetizers because we’re well aware that one roll usually doesn’t satisfy our hunger.

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Greg ordered a spicy tuna type of roll.

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Although I’m not normally a California Roll fan since I much prefer real fish inside and out, I just had to order this salmon and avocado sushi because salmon is one of my all-time favorite fish.  Their presentation is pretty good if you ask me, and that’s always a fun bonus to any food.  Pretty food=more fun. Open-mouthed smile  On the other side of the plate there were lemon slices and with those squeezed on top of the rolls, my dish tasted heavenly.

2)  Look at us, look at us, we’re making fools of ourselves!  Thankfully no cars came our way or that would have been embarrassing.   I truly commended Greg for allowing his picture to be taken, and he’s smiling too!  Hehehe.

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3)  Did you know that the combo of marinated chickpea salad from Trader Joe’s with greens, hummus, avocado, and feta cheese tastes fantastic?  Neither did I, until yesterday.

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4)  I made some seafood enchiladas last night and I was more than surprised by how well they turned out.  I paired them up with my Best-Ever-Guacamole.  Don’t you love it when recipe success happens?  I’ll be sharing this enchilada recipe soon, so that you guys can join me in seafood overload as I’ve eaten fish every single day this week.  I’m still trying to figure out if that’s a good thing or not.

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5)  I’m putting myself in real danger by showing you this picture, but I just couldn’t resist!  Awww this picture of our “big boned” cat Orion and his daddy makes me melt.  Oh by the way, the aforementioned enchiladas may be on the healthier side, but they must have been tasty and comforting enough to put Greg to sleep.

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6)  Okay everyone.  Don’t blame me if you become addicted to buckwheat pancakes drizzled with blueberry coconut cream up on top.  This breakfast was a huge hit (in my mind) this morning, and I roughly followed this pancake recipe from decades ago, but instead of flax seeds I just added a whole egg.  For the blueberry coconut cream I just mixed Trader Joe’s highly addictive canned coconut cream with some natural blueberry preserves.  It was almost like eating a super gourmet sauce melting on hot pancakes!

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7)  Yesterday’s workout was beyond amazing, and uhhhh my lungs were crying at one point.  I just love that adrenaline rush of exercising even if I’m at the brink of pulling a Hulk on everyone around me.  You know, when you start to feel like jumping all around the gym and growling from the soreness while throwing fitness balls everywhere?  I don’t know.  I’m just strange like that and I’m fortunate you even come back to say ‘hi’ to me. Smile

Run Your Heart Out Intervals

Before starting any kind of exercise, it is essential to warm up the muscles by a brisk walk, the elliptical, or some light jumping around.  It’s always wise to follow your own level of fitness and work your way up.  That way, you can succeed and not get discouraged!  I’m a firm believer that a friendly competition with myself can be healthy if I want to become stronger and build more endurance.

  • Walk on the treadmill at speed 3.5+ incline 10.0 (Approximately 3-4 minutes)
  • Jog at speed 6.0+ incline 4.0 (7 minutes)
  • Sprint at speed 9.0+ incline 3.5 (1 minute)
  • Jog at speed 6.5+ incline 4.0 (7 minutes)
  • Sprint at speed 9.0+ incline 3.5 (1 minute)

I repeated this type of increment until I got to speed 7.5, and then worked my way back down until I completed the duration of 30 minutes.

8)  Word.  I love how true this is, and it seems like the older I get, the more I find myself learning this truth every single day.

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I hope you have a blessed day!  Carpe diem.

Are you a believer of interval training and the benefits that it boasts about?

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten lately?

Share something fun and smile-worthy about your week!  It can be anything from an event to an attitude.

Love,

Ellie <33


Listen.

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Oh, the art of listening...after all, we have been given two ears instead of one, right?  It's so that we can listen more intently to everything and everyone in our lives! Imagine having just one ear.  Not only is that freaky but our listening skills would probably suffer more than they already do.

This can be either about listening to God's call to us every morning as we wake up, or it can be listening to our bodies when they tell us to eat, sleep, and work out.

Listening closely is most indefinitely essential when it comes to our loved ones, or perhaps strangers that need a listenin' ear for that day.

Today, I'm learning about listening in all these ways--I hope you will too! ;) Well actually, I think God has been teaching me to listen more closely in every area in life.  So that's always good!

Thank you so much for all your prayers and sweet wishes in regards to my sickness!  I went to the doc and apparently I've been fighting off the stomach flu.  Today I should be completely fine.  I'm fine enough to work out.

HOWEVER!!

There's always that however isn't there? :P  I'm listening to my body!!

After sustaining my 5'1" self for almost a whole week with porridge and soup (which I happen to love by the way)

I knew late last night and this morning that I had finally gained back my appetite, and I could actually stomach some overnight oats!!!!

So Black Cherry Almond VOO it was. It really hit the spot!

(All inspired by the awesome Angela and Thrifty's Black Cherry ice cream)

  • smashed half banana
  • 1/2 TBSP chia
  • 1/3 C oats
  • frozen cherries chopped
  • 1 C almond milk+1/4 C water
  • 1/8 tsp almond extract <-- I think this goes so well with cherries don't ya agree?!
  • topped with homemade granola <-- finally crunchy food hooray!
  • chocolate chips and PB

I dare you to try this combo!!  I did expect a stronger almond flavor, so next time I would add 1/4 tsp instead of 1/8.

Then I was certain that today would be my first workout of this week, but as the hours went by, I realized that I wouldn't be listening to my body if I did that.

Although I'm feeling fine, somehow I duped myself into thinking that I would crank out the strongest workout ever that even ROCKY would approve. (Any Rocky lovers out there?)

As I sit here typing away, I'm realizing that my body needs to take it easy today as I have a whole slew of assignments to complete and not to mention, I just need to recover 100% once and for all!  The typical me would never do that.

You see, as my blog's name says it--we should strive to be fit in our souls AND in our bodies and minds. I can't emphasize enough that spiritual, mental, and physiological health are highly intertwined.

Thus, I am striving to listen up and let my body rest for today and perhaps start working out tomorrow.  You see, this wasn't always easy for me.  Actually, even until last month I'd just work out even if I had the mother of all colds! I just love working out, but what good is it if I'm not being efficient because of it and then I get sick from it? There you have it.  I'll practice what I preach. :D

In addition to all that, I want to listen up to my surroundings and to what God has to say to me.  It's so crazy! This morning I woke up saying, "Lord, in what ways can I be a better friend to others? I want to be a GREAT friend before expecting others to be GREAT friends to me."

Then, I saw this devotional in my email.

Friendship in the Pit

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” – Proverbs 17:17

“I am in there again,” I told my friend. “The pit.” A time when no one can cheer you up and you wonder if there ever was or is a God. Have you ever had such times? Discouragement can be devastating even to the best of saints. It can bring us so low. The writer of Proverbs phrased it well when he said, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick” (Prov. 13:12). When we get so low that we despair of our belief, we can identify with the prophet Elijah who wanted to die after being so discouraged with life.

“I’m coming over,” my friend said.

“Aw, you don’t have to do that,” I said.

“I’m coming over. We’re going to pray.”

About 30 minutes later my friend walked in the door. We sat in living room and my friend began to pray. I didn’t feel like praying. I was too deep in the pit. All I could do was listen. After awhile my friend was quiet. We both sat quietly for ten to fifteen minutes, praying quietly to ourselves. Suddenly my friend said, “First Thessalonians 5:24!”

“What verse is that?” I asked.

“I don’t know,” she said. “That is the verse He spoke to me.”

I grabbed my Bible and looked up the verse. “The one who calls you is faithful and He will do it.”

We laughed. Can He be so personal? Can He care that much? That night I grew more in my love of my two friends, not to mention being brought out of the pit.

Do you have a friend who is there when you need somebody at any hour of the day? Are you there for your friend? Ask the Lord how you can be a better friend to someone today.

Crazy timing.  Awesome.

I truly believe that our words, smiles, and encouragements hold the power to kill or give life!! I know that sounds dramatic, but please hear me out.

I mean, how much more joy would it bring to someone working behind the Walmart register or at the local gas station if we didn't just have the attitude of,  "just give me what I need and let me out of here?" But instead, how life changing could it be to simply smile at them and GENUINELY ask them how their day is going?  Quite a difference, I say!

Not only does this heal their souls, but it heals ours as well.

Then as our souls are healed little by little, our minds and our bodies will follow.

It's all related I tell ya! :)

So why not strive to listen to our bodies, to our loved ones, and to our surroundings today? No, make that everyday.  We may fail and get discouraged when that doesn't go the way we expect it to.  But I challenge us to do it!  It didn't go quite well today?  Well, let's pick up where we left off!

And of course, I don't mean a fake "hi, how are you?" but a genuine one.  I always say to myself, "if you don't really want to know how they are, then don't ask."  :D

By the way...have I mentioned how amazing you guys are?! I am so grateful and appreciative of y'all that I can hardly stand it! I hope you know that you also make my day. ;)

And I would like to say congrats to Katie and all the amazing bloggers out there who raised over $3000!! I am inspired by the way that Katie listened to her conviction to help Japan in this manner, and now it's an accomplished goal.  Awesome example!

In what ways do you think that you have to listen up more?

Do you usually listen to your body? How do you, or how do you not? I really don't listen when it comes to working out :P

Love,

Ellie <33


Wedding Prep Phase #1

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Hi friends!! Yes yes, I finally had the chance to take some time and browse through a handful of wedding magazines at Ralphs! Hmmm you still remember that I'm engaged right?  I haven't talked about it much on this blog lately.

I took Kat's suggestion to go out and hunt for mags.  She's such a sweetheart! I once had left a comment regarding wedding planning and she emailed me a bunch of suggestions. <3

This is the 2nd time in my life ever buying a magazine. 0_o" It is strange, I agree, haha!  It's just that.. I don't usually like what magazines promote to already beautifully created humans, and the messages they convey aren't helpful to women for the most part.

However, I have to point out that wedding magazines are awesome!  Perhaps these will be my staple reads all the way into my ripe old age? :P

I totally realize that the world doesn't revolve around me, but I know some of you have been wanting to see updates regarding this matter.  And plus, what girl (or guy?) doesn't want talk about marriage and weddings?  Okay okay, some of you don't..

Guess which ones I chose.

Real Simple Weddings is so easy to read and it's so very helpful in the way that it breaks down wedding planning altogether.  SCORE!!! :D  I don't know if it's just me, but when I see magazine pages they make my eyes go googly because the pages look so busy and all over the place.  So this one is definitely a keeper.

The Insider is great in that it shows little cute ideas for decorations, planning, and even DIY projects.  I know that there are also many great websites out there!

As of now, Greg and I are just talking about budget, wedding location, and the very basic deals.  We both love the outdoors, but we would want our guests to be able to hear the beautiful vows and all that jazz!  Or else, what's the point?  At the same time, indoors may be safer because everything can be better controlled.  Any suggestions or opinions? :D  I'd love to hear them pretty please!

As for this past weekend, there were many unphotographed events and delicious eats.

I just love cooking for Greg and love seeing him enjoy the food I make. :)  Haha yep, we always light candles when we eat together.  Is that old-fashioned? *giggle*

And just what do I do when I have a handful of old veggies and delicious fruit?  I go ahead and juice the life out of them for G-money and my fam.  Got to get those vitamins!

And this is a really simple Korean side dish called sheegheumchee namool. Say it with me, sheegheumchee...it's one of my fave Korean foods and it's basically spinach!  I'll give you the recipe someday if you like.

Time with Russell was well spent, too.  It was such a treat and blessing to see him! I feel like he's my biological dad haha.

This one cracks me up! Russ is trying to stick in his stomach and Greg is trying to stick it out to look like him. :P

As much as I refused to let him buy me anything, he ended up buying Greg some really nice suits on sale, and 2 outfits for me.

I shopped at Express and got some good bargains!  I got a pair of form-fitting slacks and this adorable dress.  It was hard using the DSLR to take a shot of myself :P  *NOTE:  you have been warned about my pale legs!  But running is getting them darker slowly*

And Daniel's walkin' hurrayyyyy! It's so cute when he's about to topple over.

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My Question:  So what are your ideas in regards to wedding locations, etc.?  Where do you like to shop normally?  What was the best part about your weekend?

P.S.:  Sophia's going through some rough times, let's encourage her! :)

Sweet Jemma is giving away some crazy snacks by the way! Mmmmm

Thankful to my readers,

Ellie <33


Vanilla Bean Muff-Cakes

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Do you know what you do when you're craving both pancakes and muffins for breakfast? :D Why, you make Vanilla Bean Muff-Cakes, obviously!

What is that you say? You don't know what a muff-cake is?!! Haha well...I don't expect you to! Because this morning I wanted something like a cross-over between a pancake and a muffin.  Alas! The Muff-cake was born!! *cue the AHHHHH sound with golden rays of sun*

Vanilla Bean Muff-Cakes

Ingredients:

1 C oat flour (I just grind my own--at least 1 heaping cup of oats in a processor)

1/2 C whole wheat pastry flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp sea salt

3/4 tsp vanilla bean powder (You can still use 1 tsp extract instead)

1 TBSP olive oil

1 egg

1/4+1/8C honey

1 C buttermilk***

Directions:

***You can make buttermilk by first adding 1 TBSP lemon juice or vinegar in a measuring cup and then filling it up to 1 Cup with almond milk or any milk of your choice***

First, start with the buttermilk process so that it curdles while you're making the mixture.

Then, grab a large bowl and mix all the dry ingredients together.  In a separate small bowl, whisk the wet ingredients.  Pour it into the dry ingredients and whisk away.  Just don't over mix as it can beat the air out too much.

Lightly spray or oil a muffin pan and pour the mixture about half way.

Bake it at 375 F for 12 minutes and it is finished! :) This makes approximately 11-12 servings.

So moist and chewy...Just the way I intended it to be! Not too sweet either, but perfect for breakfast.  At least for moi. :)

And of course I had to smother it with homemade chocolate PB!  And with some yogurt and banana on the side.

I was so very happy that these muff-cakes were such a great success! SCORE! haha it just feels so good when baked goodies come out the way you want them to, no? :P

The vanilla beans give it a subtle hint of aroma, and the buttermilk along with honey makes it unfathomably moist and perfectly chewy.

Now, moving onto tomorrow~Russell is comin' to town! This time it's only him, and he's only here for Sunday.  Even though we only get to see him tomorrow, I'm so excited to spend time with him.  His visit is actually kind of random...haha.

Today was a rather chill day for me.  Although I have to admit that as the day passed by, my mind and my heart were a-racin' with weird emotions! However later, I really had the opportunity to internalize everything in my mind lately. As each day goes by, my hunger for God grows deeper.  Nevertheless, I don't want to just DESIRE more of Him because He's already given all of Himself to me!  I want to actually step out in faith in everything and anything that I do.

I am by no means attempting to gain His favor, but I'm just merely wanting to draw closer and deeper into His love and find the little gems of revelations He has in store for me.  This is truly about a relationship with Him.  It's not about rules or trying to gain anything from Him, but just spending time with Him and knowing Him more, just as I would with Greg or any loved one. ^.~

Fortunately, I got to do just that today!  I mean, I love my sis and her family--but I haven't gotten that completely quietness at home lately.  But good news is that I did today because they were out and about for several hours.

I just turned on some music and sat there in His presence! As much as I have to tell God about everything, I knew that He just wanted me to "be still and know that He's God". It was such a sweet moment in slowing down and giving Him thanks for just WHO HE IS. :D

It was definitely a good breather and a time of refreshing my spirit!

I genuinely hope for y'all to take a breather as well if you're needing it! :D

My Question:  Have you been needing rest in your life physically or mentally?  If so, how have you been dealing with those times?  What are you up to tomorrow?  And will ya go in the kitch and make these Muff-Cakes?!! :D

Love,

Ellie <33

P.S:  Let's keep Japan and Myanmar in our prayers and thoughts!