Updates-Taco Tuesday Recipe-Music

Hi All,

Can’t believe it’s already September! Speaking of which….Why are Halloween decorations already for sale? No, wait, why are THANKSGIVING decorations already for sale?

Stop- slow down…smell the roses! Time is flying by so fast… everybody needs to relax.

My Husband and I completed our second mud run- Warrior Dash … what can I say, we love getting down and dirty.

We wanted to get one more trip in before the end of the year so we will be celebrating Thanksgiving in Prague!

This past weekend my two other blog-mates and I got to stand along side our friend and watched her marry the love of her life.

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I discovered a delicious taco bake recipe that I would like to share with all of you! I am in love with this recipe for several reasons: It’s versatile (can add/swap ingredients), make a big batch to last all week or to freeze, it’s low carb, easy and quick to cook.

Taco bake recipe found here *I did make some changes to fit my needs so check out the original if you do not wish to follow mine

Ingredients

Crust

  • 4oz of cream cheese softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon taco seasoning
  • 8oz shredded cheddar cheese (I used taco blend- that’s what I had on hand)

Topping

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 teaspoons taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce (I did not have this on hand so I used marinara and tasted just fine!)
  • 4oz chopped green chilies
  • 4oz shredded cheddar cheese (I used taco blend)

Directions 

  • Preheat oven to 375F
  • Beat cream cheese and eggs until smooth
  • Add whipping cream and seasoning- blend well
  • Grease a 9 x 13 pan
  • Spread shredded cheese evenly throughout the bottom of the pan and slowly and evenly pour egg/cream cheese mixture on top
  • Bake for approx 30 min
  • While your crust is baking, cook the beef until brown.
  • Drain fat
  • Stir in chilies, taco seasoning and tomato sauce
  • Once crust is cooked, remove from oven and let it sit for 5 min. Then spread meat mixture over crust, top with additional shredded cheese.
  • Lower oven temp to 350F
  • Bake for another 20 min or until bubbly. I like my cheese more burnt so I baked for approx 30 min.

Additional topping ideas:

  • Salsa, guacamole, sour cream, scallions.

I divided the pan into 8 squares- one square for lunch each day this week and some left over slices for Hubby to enjoy with a side of brown rice and salad.

Sooooo… some music for ya. I have to listen to people all day long and sometimes, I just love the silence. Don’t we all? But, I don’t like to work out in silence… that’s just boring. I have found a happy medium for anyone in the same predicament.

Instrumental music! Don’t sigh at me. Give it a chance… here is some of the music I’ve been listening to:

Lindsey Stirling- Swag

Lindsey Stirling- The Arena

Lindsey Stirling- First light

Audiomachine- Legions of Doom

Jorge Quintero- 300 Violin Orchestra

London Music Works- Requiem For a Tower

Roberto Concina Escala Chris Elliot- Children

I have some more recipes for you but I will be posting in the days to come. Let me know if you like this music, I can give you all some more ideas.

Xoxo,

Rachel

 

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80’s Music Hump Day Playlist

For your listening/work out pleasure:

  • Whitney Houston- I Wanna Dance With Somebody
  • Madonna- Papa Don’t Preach
  • Devo- Whip It
  • Aretha Franklin- I Say A Little Prayer
  • Michael Jackson- The Way You Make Me Feel
  • Techtronic- Pump Up The Jam
  • Pat Benatar- Hit Me With Your Best Shot
  • Prince- Kiss
  • The B-52’s- Love Shack
  • Eurythmics- Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
  • Survivor- Eye of The Tiger
  • Salt N Pepa- Push It
  • Duran Duran- Hungry Like The Wolf

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Hump Day Playlist

Some sexy music to get you in the mood…..

 

TO WORK OUT. Where did you think this was going? You guys are sick!

  • Selena Gomez- Can’t Keep My Hands to Myself
  • Ginuwine- Pony
  • Afrojack-Hey
  • Nick Jonas-Jealous
  • David Guetta (feat. Nicki Minaj)- Turn Me On
  • 50 Cent (feat Justin Timberlake)- Ayo Technology
  • Beyonce- Run The World
  • Swedish House Mafia- Greyhound
  • Major Lazer- Watch Out For This
  • Rihanna (feat. David Guetta) – Right Now
  • Ciara-Like a Boy
  • Nicole Scherzinger (feat. 50 Cent)- Right There
  • Pitbull/T Pain/Sean Paul- Shake Senora
  • Grace Valerie- When the Lights Go Down
  • 50 Cent/Ne-Yo – Baby By Me
  • Keri Hilson- Knock You Down
  • Rihanna- Birthday Cake
  • Beyonce- XO

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I Want to See You MOVE!

I am going for the “NOW” music effect here… soon I will have 4893582958520535 playlists for you to choose from. We are so close to the weekend, maybe if we run fast enough, we can get there quicker.

Work out mix #2

  • Rudimental (feat. Ed Sheeran): Lay It All on Me
  • Inna (feat. Pitbull): Good Time
  • Zedd (feat. Selena Gomez): I Want You to Know
  • Chris Brown: Don’t Wake Me Up
  • KSHMR: Burn
  • Years & Years: King
  • Inna (feat. J Balvin): Cola Song
  • Edward Maya: Stereo Love
  • Bob Sinclar: World, Hold On
  • Florence + The Machine: Shake It Out (I think this is a good cool down/stretching song)

 

Happy running, lifting, cycling, flipping tires!

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Serge (hubby) is so manly and strong. GRRR!

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Gym Buddies

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This is my swolemate/hubby pushing me around the gym on my chariot (sorry for the terrible quality photograph). 

I used to love working out alone, don’t get me wrong, sometimes I still do. I love getting lost in the music and my own thoughts. It’s very rare that we get “me” time or “alone” time. Even though I am not the biggest fan of working out on the treadmill or elliptical (like I mentioned in an earlier post, I like to move around more), it’s sometimes nice to not think about what you are doing and just run and listen to music or sometimes, if I am feeling extra tech-savvy, I will bring my iPad to the gym and binge watch shows that I don’t normally watch when my Husband is around, like “Pretty Little Liars”. There is no excuse to be sitting home on the couch all day. At least go to the gym and move around while catching up on your favorite shows and burning those calories.

When my Husband and I first started working out together, we had a very basic routine. Pick a cardio machine, put our headphones on, and reconvene in about an hour or so. That got old pretty fast so we started to broaden our work out horizons. In addition to the gym, we joined a Pilates studio and fell in love with the Reformer (I highly suggest trying it out. The stretching is amazing and it helped relieve tension and any pain I had in my neck, shoulders and back).

We ended up canceling our gym membership to join a new more upgraded facility that provided classes. Spin classes, TRX, Zumba, Abs, oh my! Doing the same thing every day becomes so stale so having the class options really helped. We also have a Trainer who’s really opened our eyes to new techniques and moves that you can do anywhere. You don’t need the gym to get in a good work out (I will dedicate a post to a good at home work out routine).

Why Gym Buddies are Awesome

  • Bets: I can get super competitive especially with my Husband. Friendly wager ideas “Whoever does more squats in a minute wins. Loser has to clean the cat litter for the next week”. You bet your burning buns and thighs that I will win that bet.
  • Support system: You can still support your loved ones even if you are competitive. Listen, at the end of the day, I love my Husband more than anyone on this planet (although, if you ask him, I love my dog more than him) and I want to see him succeed. I will always support him. “You can do it!”
  • Motivation: Sometimes you just don’t feel like doing it. Sometimes you are just too tired. Excuses, excuses. Your gym buddy is there to remind you that you are about to eat a slice of pizza for dinner and you need to go to the gym!
  • Spotter: Your gym buddy is also there to dangle that slice of pizza on a fishing rod and you gotta keep lunging or running towards it if you want to eat said dinner above. And if you aren’t eating pizza for dinner, a spotter is good so you don’t drop that weight on your head. Fun story: the other week, my trainer had me doing kettle bell swings with a much heavier weight. I almost fell to my demise but my husband caught me just in time. Yay!
  • Bonding: Working out is a great group activity. No cell phones, tv, computer, no distractions. I truly cherish the time I get to spend with my husband doing things that we love to do and also benefits our health.

Dogs are also a great work out companion! Go to your local shelter and walk a dog for the day. Who knows, you may fall in love and go home with a new best friend.

New to town? Join a running, cycling or hiking group!

I am leaving you all an open invitation to join my future silver sneakers club when we retire. We can meet at the mall in matching sweatsuits and briskly walk in circles. Who’s in?

Do you prefer working out alone or in groups? Are you part of any groups? How did you get into it?

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Running, running as fast as I can

There are so many things we can all debate about, but I think there are a few things we can all agree upon:

  • Waking up and the first thought being, “Why?”
  • Commuting to work and asking, “Why?”
  • That urge… that deep deep desire to turn your car in the other direction and drive far away and then asking yourself, “Why not?”

This was one of those weeks for me. I had this urge to just throw a dart at a map and let this dart decide my fate. I am not sure if this is a bad or good thing but my friends, family, and husband are all encouraging me to just do what I want. It’s good because I have their support, it’s bad because they are encouraging this impulsive behavior.

I can’t just go. I have a few concerns like finance and the fear of not being able to provide for my animals (we have three and they are our babies). I need a plan first. I need a plan to justify this change in life.

But for now, I will run on the treadmill or ride that stationary bike off into nowhere… sigh…

This post was somewhat of a rant, a way to unscramble my mind and to also share my current music play list. This makes my cardio work outs a bit more bearable. I am more of a “let’s move” kinda girl. I am obsessed with strength training thanks to my awesome Trainer and I love being outdoors. Running on the treadmill makes the urge to just go so much worse. Is this how vampires feel when they feel the thirst for blood?

My Playlist:

Coleman Hell- 2 Heads

Arctic Monkeys- Do I Wanna Know?

Soul Asylum-Runaway Train

Major Lazer- Lean on

Icona Pop- Love it

Charli XCX- Boom Clap

Calvin Harris- Sweet Nothing

Benny Benassi- Satisfaction

Marvin Gate- Sexual Healing

The Clash- Rock the Casbah

Falco-Rock Me Amadeus

Third Eye Blind- Semi Charmed Life

Aerosmith-Sweet Emotion

The Smashing Pumpkins- 1979

Natalie Imbruglia- Torn

Spin Doctors- Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong

The Weeknd- Earned It

Lana Del Rey- Summertime Sadness

Ariana Grande- Love Me Harder

Blue Swede- Hooked on a Feeling

Lady Gaga- Do What You Want

Ellie Goulding- Love Me Like You Do

No Doubt- Just a Girl

Taylor Swift- Out of the Woods

Do you guys ever feel this way? What’s on your playlist?

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