Mid-Week Pick Me Up

So it’s hump day and you need a pick me up..?  Try this low calorie bubbly drink.  Pour some Deer Park® Brand Sparkling Natural Spring Water into a wine glass and add any flavored all natural fruit popsicle and some fresh fruit and voila.. you have a fun mid-week drink.  Add flavored vodka for a fun, end of summer weekend drink.

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Cheers!

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August ’13 Bucket List

Although we’re almost a week into August, we still have the rest of the month to squeeze in any last-minute summertime activities. Once September rolls around, I immediately get sucked into the “Halloween/crisp air/layers of clothing/new Fall tv shows/Pumpkin Spice Latte” mode that I am really starting to love. BUT, before this mode shift occurs, I’ve decided to make a short and sweet (and realistic) bucket list to wrap up the month of August and Summer 2013!

1. Hiking, Yikes

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I wouldn’t consider myself super “outdoorsy”, but I think it’s good for the mind, body and soul to spend a day hiking. Get outside, sweat a little, swat a few bugs, and reach a point and feeling of accomplishment.  Go with the first outfit for a beginner’s hike on a not-so-treacherous route.  If you plan on getting down and dirty on a real-deal mountain, you will definitely need to invest in some hiking boots.

Check out these 6 hiking tips for beginners!

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2. Dinnertime Grillin’

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Grilling is a must in the summertime and I’ve been wanting to have a Kabob-a-palooza all summer now.  Slapping this on the bucket list seems silly but these recipes require a little more effort than your average dinner planning.  I’d love to make all 3 version and pair it with a side salad for a fresh and light meal on a Friday night with my honey or a small group of friends.  And you better believe I’ll be sippin’ on a margarita (salt, on the rocks) while I’m grilling!

Kalyn’s Kitchen – Steak and Mushroom Kabobs

Skinny Taste – Lime Cilantro Shrimp Kabobs

Betty Crocker – Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs

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3. Pool Party

I don’t have a pool in my backyard and unfortunately I don’t know anyone who has one, where I could just show up and plop myself in their water.  That’s when you have to make do with what you’ve got.  Be it the neighborhood community pool, or a local pool in your area, pack a small cooler (check the pool’s regulations, some don’t allow any outside food OR drinks in), a book, music, and most importantly, FRIENDS, and make a day of it. 

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4. DIY Project

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A great way to keep the summertime vibe alive during the transition into fall is your decor.  I wanted to find a DIY project that was “beachy”, yet not typical.  I have seen on various blogs and websites a a super easy and inexpensive way to jazz up seashells.  Using spray paint, you can transform a typical seashell into a work of art. This blogger gave a great tutorial on chroming shells she found on the beach.  My plan is to do the same, but use a matte black spray paint instead to give it a very unique and funky look.  If you’re unable to collect your own beach shells, Michael’s has a great variety of cheap shells you can decorate yourself!

5. Circufairnival (Circus + Fair + Carnival) 

I NEED to go to a circus, or a fair, or a carnival–BADLY!  I love the atmosphere of a the lights, the smell of the food, the animals, people watching, the shows, etc. These events can be pricey, so be aware of the money you’ll be forking over!  This is also a great opportunity to wear something fun and festive! 

Cupcakes: Oz the Great and Powerful

This past weekend my super artistic boyfriend and I made Oz themed cupcakes for his daughter’s 7th birthday.  Between my crafty skills and his artsy fartsy talents, we made some pretty awesome cupcakes. 

We were inspired by another blogger, She’s Kinda Crafty. Her cupcakes were amazzzzzzing so we did our own little version of them. 

We got all of our craft materials from Michael’s, including all the decorative baking essentials.

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The Theodora Cupcake

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The Oz Cupcake

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The Evanora Cupcake

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The Glinda Cupcake

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Although the cupcake decorations weren’t exactly like the blog we found, we certainly appreciated the inspiration and we were very excited about the outcome! FIND US ON INSTAGRAM@alex_bubblyonabudget@kristin_bubblyonbudget 

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Girl’s Night – Tailgating Edition

This past weekend we decided to do something fun to celebrate the Brunette’s upcoming birthday.  We decide to attend a country concert and tailgate.  We brought food and drinks and braved the heat!!  Here are a drink and food idea for your next tailgating event!  We have recipes for Beermosas and a fun spicy hot dog.

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You will need:

  • Orange Vodka
  • Beer
  • Orange Juice

In a solo cup (because that is the only way to do it!!), pour half a beer.  I used a cold Bud Light.  Then mix in about a shot and a half of orange vodka.  I have seen some recipes call for orange liquer, but that’s a little more expensive even for off brand.  Finish off the cup with orange juice.  Swirl around the cup a little and enjoy!

Spicy Hot Dog

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You will need:

  • Hot Dogs
  • Hot Dog Buns
  • Bacon
  • Jalapenos
  • Tomatoes
  • Onion

First take a piece of bacon for each hot dog and wrap it around the hot dog.  You can get fancy and slip some slices of cheese between the hot dog and bacon.  When you put the hot dogs on the grill, be aware that they will need to be on there for a long time to get the bacon really crispy.  If you take it off too soon, the bacon will be a bit to chewy.  While cooking the dogs, prep the salsa.  Cut the tomatoes, jalapenos, and onions into small chunks.  For a pack of hot dogs, I used two Roma tomatoes, half an onion, and two jalapenos.  Once they bacon is nice and crispy, put in bun and top with chunky, spicy fresco salsa.

Enjoy the spicy hot dog and refreshing beermosa on a hot day with friends and/or family!!

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Gourmet Turkey Burger, with a Kick!

Nothing compares to a damn good burger.  I’ve had my fair share of greasy, bacon wrapped, cheesy, juicy, ridiculously delicious burgers.  Unfortunately, the older I’ve gotten, the more I realize that I might as well staple those burgers to my thighs and rear end.  Gravity and age are no longer on my side, which is why I’ve turned to a healthier version of one of my favorite dishes. 

While I’m sure there are thousands of turkey burger recipes out there similar to this, I wanted to give you MY take on a healthy and filling burger.  This gourmet style bruger is packed with a punch; not for the faint of heart!

Ingredients:

  • ground turkey (1lb. makes about 4 burgers)
  • fresh cilantro
  • jalapenos
  • pepper jack cheese
  • fresh garlic
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil

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Form ground turkey into patties.  I like to ball up the meat and flatten with my palms so that the edges are jagged and not perfectly round.  Call me crazy, but I firmly believe this “old school” shaped pattie makes a difference in the taste of the burger.   I also make my patties HUGE and flat; they will thicken up as they cook.  Season both sides with salt and pepper and set aside.

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Chop about 3 garlic cloves.  Add a thin layer of olive oil to pan on low heat and toss in the garlic. 

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Cut jalapenos into thin slices and chop the cilantro. 

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Add jalapeno slices and chopped cilantro into pan with garlic to saute; increase heat to just below medium.

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Add the seasoned patties to the pan; directly on top of the sauteed mix.

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Increase heat as necessary until patties are fully cooked.

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Once the patties are fully cooked, add slices of pepper jack cheese and take the jalapenos and cilantro on the pan to layer on top of the patty. 20130713-123040.jpg

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I like to add Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce for dipping and pair this with sweet potato fries, a side salad, or corn on the cob.  It’s a zesty and light meal, perfect for summertime.  Use reduced fat cheese, no dipping sauce, and no bun if you’re looking to be extra healthy!

 

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Dress up a sugar cookie

Everyone loves a cookie; but, why not dress it up during the summer with some fresh fruit?  I had some ready to bake sugar cookies in the freezer and some strawberries and yogurt from my breakfasts.

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You will need:

  • sugar cookie
  • fresh fruit
  • yogurt

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This is sooo simple it would be ridiculous to take photographs of every step.  Bake the cookies according to the package.  Once done, and cooled, put about a tablespoon of yogurt on the top of the cookie.  I used vanilla yogurt but feel free to use any flavor.  I then sprinkled coconut flakes on and topped with strawberries.

Another great flavor I tried was peanut butter and banana.  I added a little bit of peanut butter to the tablespoon of yogurt and mixed well before slathering on top of the cookie.  I then put a few slices of banana on top.  Ahhhhh-maze-ing!

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Muscle Monday Protein Shake

I love a good protein shake after a hard workout; but, this girl is on a budget and cannot buy one every time I hit the gym.  So, I have come up with a few recipes that I really enjoy.  Today, I will show my pineapple protein shake.

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You will need:

  • mixer/blender
  • vanilla whey protein (Target)
  • canned pineapple (and juice)
  • ice
  • flax seed (dollar store)
  • greek yogurt

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First, put in as much protein as you would like.  Place close attention to the back.  I put in one scoop which was 25g of protein.

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I then added more protein by using greek yogurt instead of frozen yogurt.  I only used half of the container.  Greek yogurt has a sour taste and using only half keeps the shake from taking on that flavor. Tip: If you freeze greek yogurt and it helps thicken the shake up.  You can also eat it like frozen greek yogurt and it is a lot cheaper.  If you want to enjoy it like ice cream, pull it out about 30 minutes before consumption so it can thaw a bit.

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Next, I add in flax seed; I actually found these at a dollar store a while ago (check expiration date).  I used one spoon full.  The seeds grind up enough so I do not notice then and this is a great place to add in more protein, fiber, iron, and omega 3.

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Next, put in about 7-8 ice cubes and about 10 pineapple chunks.  Pour in a little of the pineapple juice from the can to keep the ingredients moving in the blender.  Then, mix!  You may need to shake the mixer just to make sure nothing is getting stuck to the sides or top of the cup.

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Done.  I usually just take it and drink it right from the blender cup.  Be creative, substitute the pineapples for peanut butter and banana.  Tip: Drink the shake within 30 minutes of your workout.