Hello everyone! Sorry I haven’t been around the past week. Not to give excuses, but I couldn’t exercise, I was busy studying for my real estate exam, and I made all meals that you’ve all seen before. Pretty boring stories, huh? Well I passed my exam so this is a new week! No more studying! We’ve already finished painting and installing all our new doors and hardware, and now we’re planning our next adventure… Fireplace shelving! We’re thinking open shelving in some distressed wood. What I really wanted was to install some nice thick reclaimed wood, but it’s really hard to come by. I’ve checked lumber yards, Craigslist, I’ve driven around neighborhoods, but I’ve been unsuccessful. So instead we’re leaning towards using this cool tutorial on a DIY distressed faux reclaimed wood. What do you guys think?
For dinner I made us a Greek pizza. I know some people don’t consider pizza a healthy meal, but when you cover it in veggies and heart-healthy olives, how can it not be? It’s like a salad on a crust, covered with yummy cheeses and baked until bubbly and golden! Mr. Bean was the inspiration for this one, as he’s been sending me pin after pin of Greek foods. He really loves the freshness and simplicity of Mediterranean cooking (he’s Italian, go figure), so I thought I’d take some of his ideas and whip up something yummy.
I used my amazing Wheat Pizza Dough recipe and topped it with a creamy Greek yogurt-feta sauce and then loaded it with kalamata olives, sliced red onion, fresh spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and more cheese. I used sun-dried tomatoes instead of fresh because in my experience the fresh tomatoes always give off too much moisture during cooking and I don’t like soggy pizza! But do what you like. I just love the tangy bite sun-dried tomatoes have. They’re like candy to me!
prep time: 10 minutes
cook time: 10 minutes
1 prepared wheat pizza dough (I use this recipe)
1 cup crumbled feta, divided
1/2 cup plain fat free Greek yogurt
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 onion, sliced very thin
1/2 cup sliced sun-dried tomatoes
1/2 cup Kalamata olives, drained and sliced
1 cup fresh spinach
8 oz mozzarella, shredded
fresh ground black pepper
Preheat your oven to 425F. Mix 1/2 cup crumbled feta, Greek yogurt, and minced garlic until combined. Spread evenly on your prepared pizza dough. Then top evenly with red onion, sun-dried tomatoes, Kalamata olives, spinach, mozzarella, and remaining feta cheese. Add fresh black pepper to taste. Pop in your preheated oven for 10 minutes, or until bubbly and a bit golden brown. When finished, remove from oven and cool slightly before slicing. Enjoy!
It’s Thursday and my precordial catch crap has finally subsided! My goodness I was starting to get worried there. I kept thinking that some deep stretching would do the trick, but deep stretching needs deep breathing. Something my lungs were not allowing. Man I did not enjoy being a lounger! Mr. Bean always says I’m a busy body (in the sense that I can’t sit still) and boy is he right! I kept trying to make up for it by cleaning because between me and my dog, there’s always hair to sweep up, haha!
Anyway, I commenced my exercise with an old workout from when I was pregnant. I used to follow this site called CrossFitMom.com, but unfortunately it was shut down (I have no idea why). They used to post a new workout every day with modifications for fitness level and how far along you were in your pregnancy. It was really cool! And even though the workouts were geared toward pregnant women, they were no less intense than a regular workout! Here’s mine from today:
3 rounds: 21-15-9 (reps)
My time was 17:33. I used a 6lb medicine ball for the wall balls and used a tree in my front yard instead of a wall because it was taller than my wall. I just picked a spot on the tree and made sure I hit it each time otherwise I didn’t count that rep. I used 10lb dumbbells for the push presses, and the pull-ups were assisted (I did a few on my own, though). I feel great and I’m so glad I can take care of my body again!
Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Are you all ready? Have a great day!