Okay so I heard there is a difference between being in a relationship and dating? Now I can argue this two ways. This is strictly my opinion as we may all have varying views of this.

For the first one I understand dating is different from being in a relationship, as people who a dating can say “we are just dating and is therefore free to date whomever they want to and can date more than 1 person at the same time” versus people who are in a relationship can say “we are in a committed relationship and is past the stage of dating”.

Now for the second one and this is the one that I more or less agree with, to me being in a relationship does mean dating, and by dating I mean still going out on dates with that same one person. I don’t want to just hook up with one person and then after a few months you say to yourself “Oh we are in a relationship now so we can just sit on the couch as a date night”. Er no…that is not what I think of as a relationship.

In any romantic/love relationship you have to date each other and I think you should date each other for a lifetime, even if you are married, why can’t you date your wife or your husband? The day you stop dating each other then guess what, you get into this routine and you forget the romance and you forget each other and what that person made you feel. Take me out so I can get dressed up and you can see me in something other than my sweat pants or in my case my exercise clothes! The End.

Now because it is officially fall here in MN, and I still have an abundance of vegetables in my garden and my fridge this first dish is perfect for cleaning out the last of your veggies.

Its a Veggie Bake! You can add any vegetable, tossed with EOO, salt and black pepper and some cheese, pop it in the oven to roast and there you have a healthy, quick side dish.

And for dessert, to keep you on the healthy track here are the recipes for three different types of Oatmeal Cookies! There is a Carrot Cake, an Apple Cinnamon and a Chocolate Chip cookie recipe.

Its one of my go to treats! Give it a go.

Click here for Veggie Bake and for Oatmeal Cookies Recipes.

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I am once again part of a new team challenge at my boot camp, no surprise there! Part of the challenge this time around is food prepping weekly. Food prepping is a major challenge for me as I like to eat my food freshly cooked. And lets admit it, food prepping a week in advance is a lot of work. I mean you have to have a whole day just to prep everything, your house gets very hot from the stove or oven running all day and who has all that free space in their fridge for storing a weeks worth of cooked food?

Since I am not one to give up easily…I accepted this strenuous challenge and set about to do my first week of meal prep.

I am sharing some techniques and short cuts I have learned while doing my first week. Most of the recipes I used for my meal prep are already on my blog. I only did lunches for a week and I will make dinner myself when I get home. So I still get a fresh, hot meal.

Tip 1. Very important, plan out your menu for the week. Write down what you want to eat for lunch each day.

Tip 2. Write down a grocery list of the items you will need. To reduce the cost of this, try to get at least two meals that uses similar ingredients.

Tip 3. EAT BEFORE YOUR GROCERY SHOP!!!

Tip 4. When you get your grocery home, try to place each recipe items in a group so they are easy to find when you are ready to use it.

Tip 5. If you are making Veggies, try peeling, chopping and roasting them all at the same time to save on time.

Tip 6. Preseason all your meats at the same time and allow it to marinate while you prep your veggies.

Tip 7. Get microwave and dishwasher safe topper ware with lids, so that you can package each meal in advance. This way you grab and go!

Tip 8. Play music or catch up on Game of Thrones while you chop all those veggies! It helps take your mind off of how long it takes.

Tip 9. Try to use different variations of spices and seasoning salts on your meats or veggies. Try changing up the meats and the veggies weekly so you don’t get bored.

Here are some pictures I took this weekend while I did my meal prep.

I Prepared three different meats. The first is a Jerk Pork that I baked in the oven at 250 degrees for 5 hours.

The second is a Greek Lemon Chicken that I paired with sweet potatoes and Brussels sprout.

And the last is a simple Seasoned chicken thighs that I paired with sausages and apples with green beans and asparagus.

And last but not least…Check out this Saffron Seafood Risotto I did over the weekend!

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I have heard so many stories from different people saying they don’t like Brussels Sprout. Mainly because someone cooked it the wrong way when they were a child and now they will not cook it or eat it. Well I am here to tell you Brussels Sprout are super yummy and its quick and easy to cook when prepared the right way!

Have you ever tried roasting those tiny morsels in the oven with bacon? How about pairing it with sweet potatoes and throwing in some apples for good measure? Dah-licious!!!

This recipe has to be one of my all-time favorites for One Pot Dishes. It is easy to prepare, easy clean up and healthy. What more could you ask for in a One Pot Week night meal?

Give this Chicken and Sweet Potato dish with Brussels Sprout and apples a try.

Click here for Chicken and Sweet Potato dish.

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Today I am sharing with you my 5 time winning Chili Recipe! Yes 5 times in a row I have won the Chili competition at work. There are some extremely secretive ingredients in this recipe that I trust you will not divulge to anyone!

The secret is…are you ready? Okay here goes….its coconut milk! Yes I said Coconut milk in Chili. The coconut milk adds the creaminess and the sweetness to the chili that tapers off the spiciness.

The other secret is adding lots of meat! I grill hot Italian sausage, slice it and add those in along with chunks or salted pork belly.

Who does not love a steaming bowl of hot chili on a cold night? And with Football season officially starting tonight what better time than now to whip up this Lots-ah-Meat Chili dish!

Click here for Lots-ah-meat Chili recipe.

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Not to be confused with we built a zoo! But I think I walked the entire zoo this past weekend with a power walker!

I mean if you are going to the zoo, should we not stroll through and enjoy it, instead of speed walking through like we are on a mission? Don’t you just hate it when you go walking anywhere with them short legged people who like to take big steps and have you running beside them the entire time! It gets a bit tiring…would you not say? What an exercise to those kids though. If you want to get them tired, just bundle them up and head to the zoo! All that walking will surely tired them out. It tired me out and Kubes could not keep the eyes or the snoring down!

I think this was the first time I went to the zoon and some of the animals, besides the monkeys was actually awake! I was wondering if they can see and hear us through the glass enclosures they were in. But then we saw the hug bears and one of them was definitely putting on a show for us!

He was in his swimming area that was right against the glass and was just swimming back and forth, back and forth, staring at everyone, counting how many people he could probably sink his teeth into if only he could escape! LOL

It was fun visiting the zoo. What a great way to workout!

Which brings me to my latest obsession, that is not good for the tummy and the hips. Homemade Bread! need I say more? Who does not love the smell or the taste of freshly baked bread, hot out of the oven, slathered with some butter and melted cheese and a nice cup of hot chocolate! Heaven on earth!

Homemade bread is naturally heavy and it will fill you up quickly…but I love dipping my bread into my hot tea and eating it like that. This recipe is great as it is not complicated at all!

Click here for Homemade Loaf Bread recipe.

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