One pot meal – Italian Wonderpot

Another winner found on pinterest.

Yummy, Easy, Cheap, Healthy, Fast.

I have made other meals from Budget Bytes before and always come out great.

Who doesn’t love to cook something that involves some simple cutting and one pot? I definitely do.

I didn’t have red pepper flakes on hand so didn’t add them & also want to add mushrooms.

My friend added some canned chicken to his because he has to have meat. So feel free to add your favorite meat ; you favorite sausage, ground beef, ground turkey, shredded chicken, ect.

Let me know how you like it and what your additions were.

Italian Wonderpot

What you need:

  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 12 oz. fettuccine
  • 8 oz. frozen chopped spinach
  • 1 (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • ½ Tbsp dried basil
  • ½ Tbsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • 2 oz. feta cheese
Instructions
  1. Add four cups of vegetable broth to a large pot. Break the fettuccine in half to make stirring easier later, and then add it to the pot. Also add the canned tomatoes (undrained), olive oil, frozen spinach, onion (thinly sliced), garlic (thinly sliced), basil, oregano, red pepper, and some freshly cracked black pepper.
  2. Make sure the ingredients are submerged under the liquid, place a lid on top of the pot, and then turn the heat on to high. Allow the pot to come up to a full, rolling boil over high heat then remove the lid and turn the heat down to medium.
  3. Allow the pot to continue to boil over medium heat, without a lid, for 10-15 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked and most of the liquid has been absorbed. Stir the pot every few minutes as it cooks to prevent the pasta from sticking to the bottom, but avoid over stirring which can cause the pasta to become sticky and mushy. The pot must be boiling the entire time.
  4. After the pasta is cooked, crumble the feta cheese over top and serve.

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Workin on my fitness

I’m in a work out rut, I’ve been slacking…. a lot and I’m over it.

This past year has been total chaos with moving around, living like a gypsy and out of a suitcase, multiple heartaches for different reasons. I’ve been stressed , usually I work out to take my mind off of whatever is going on but its been hard in my situation.

I will probably blog about my year of chaos at some point but not just yet.

On top of not working out as much as I would like, I also have been indulging in cookies.

P.S I gained 5- 7lbs! ahhh lol Thank goodness for being tall and not being able to tell but I can tell.  Also its not bad for a year .I can also feel it , I don;t have as much energy  and though Im thin, I am not as toned as I was a year ago.

So I saw this boxing gym offering their first class free, so I decided to try it out and get out of my rut yesterday.

There was a choice of kickboxing and boxing…. I took kickboxing with a trainer named John.

I had no idea what to expect.

First, the warm up which was tough! I was sweating just from that. It involved push ups, which I hate ( yes I did girl ones)

Then we put on the boxing gloves and used the bag. Jabs, cross punch, upper cuts & kicks. We would stop throughout and do jumping jacks, jumping jack push ups, and various other exercises then back to the bag. I was sweating so much and was like I need a break but kept on going. There was also an older guy in my class that didn’t look so in shape and if he was going, I needed to ! lol It was like when I would run all the time, if someone was running in front of my I would pretend it was a race in my head , it would motivate me to go harder and farther. I also liked punching the bag, definitely good to let out anger or whatever out on the bag.

Quit because I was suffering

After the punches & kicks we went to the floor for abs. I though it was cool to use the bag for some of the ab exercises. My abs were shaking, it was a tad hard to do some of them because I’m so tall like swinging my legs side to side of the bag.

I felt so good afterwords and had so much energy. I felt it right away, walking down stairs I was a little shaky but not sore.

Today though I can feel it in my chest, back, triceps, outer leg, abs.

I would love to go more but its monthly membership only , if I could drop in a random class here and there I would definitely go back.

Next week , hopefully I will try out LA Fitness. I have a free pass for a week and would love to try out some classes and just workout in general. I know I want to take a yoga class & cycle class for sure . Other classes that I might try is body works w/abs, zumba, kickboxing cardio. I might not be able to do them all just because I might be sore from other classes but will definitely try to get them all in. I will keep you updated ! 🙂

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Battle wound from elbowing the bag.

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Halloween nail art ( part 2 )

Halloween Nail Art Part 1

I use tools everyone probably has around the house.

Bobby pin, a pen that no longer has ink, a pin with a round top

For the splatter , this one was a tad messy. I ended up using a throw away mascara comb thing and blew on it and also tapped it on my nail. I also read if you have a straw you dip it in the nail polish then blow on your nail. Make sure you put a piece of paper/newspaper when doing splatter.

Zombie Nails : Inspired by Cutepolish ( hers are way better, the fake nails added a great effect)

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Milani ( no color name more of a pearly white)

Rimmel London Speed Dating

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Halloween Nails also inspired by cutepolish

Frankenstein, Ghost, Peeking Eyes, Dripping Blood, Witch Belt

Rimmel London Black Satin

NYC High Line Green

(White) Wet ‘n’ Wild

Milani

Made my own lavender

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I liked ho he turned out! 🙂

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I found these via pinterest:

Jason mask, vampire/scary mouth, crossbones

Rimmel London Speed Dating

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Halloween nail art ideas

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Haven’t done much nail art posts in awhile. Haven’t had the patience to sit still 🙂 thought I would do a few to test out , will try out some others soon.

I was looking on pinterest and came across these.

Cat eyes , spiderweb and monsters

Colors used::

Rimmel London + minerals Black Satin

Chelly #20 – ( cat eyes) mixed with covergirl nailslicks smoky topaz

Monsters:

Rimmel- Aqua

Rimmel London +minerals Speed Dating

NYC- High Line Green

lavender ( mixed purple & white)

 

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