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This is the fitness and music section for the week. Below you will find an exercise tip as well as a few songs that I feel are great to work out to. Now, I don’t actually put the songs in any order(because I feel everyone works out at a different rate), they are simply here to put an idea into your head as to say, “HEY that would be cool to have on my ipod!”
 
 
Interval Training Slims You Faster:
 
If you incorporate quick bouts of vigorous exercise or activities your body can speed up weight loss and cut your workouts in half the time or more. It is said in Prevention magazine that Australian researches found that women who alternate just 8 seconds of high intensity exercise with 12 seconds of low intensity exercise for 20 minutes 3 times a week, slimmed down faster that steady-paced exercisers, who worked out twice as long.
Here is one of the calorie burners that was in that issue of Prevention.
 
12-minute Calorie Burner:
 
0:00 Warm up by going at an easy pace.
2:00 Increase your speed, incline or resistance so your pushing yourself really hard.
2:20 Ease up and decrease your speed, incline or resistance so you are going at a comfortable moderate pace.
3:00 Increase your speed, incline or resistance again and push yourself.
3:20 Ease up.
4:00 Alternate 20-seconds of pushing yourself and then 40-seconds taking it easy intervals 7 more times.
11:00 Cool down by going at an easy rate.
12:00 Finish
* As with anything check with your doctor before starting any exercise regiment.
 
 
 
 
 
MUSIC:
 

Mama Mia: ABBA

The Sweet Escape: Gwen Stefani ft. Akon

Always Something There To Remind Me: Naked Eyes

Another Race: Eiefel 65

Anything But Ordinary: Avril Lavigne

Baba O’Riley: The Who

As Long As You Love Me: Backstreet Boys

Back Here: BBMak

Beat It: Micheal Jackson

Beethoven’s 5th: TSO (Trans-Siberian Orchestra) *Trust me it’s good!

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In My Kitchen

Welcome to my kitchen. This is were you will find some great recipes for you and you family to try. Each week I will try and keep the recipes related in some shape form or fashion, wither by ingredient or theme. Cooking is based on trial and error, so if you make any modification to fit your families needs, please comment on what you did so everyone else can try as well. Thanks and I hope you all enjoy the recipes.

This week’s special ingredient: LIMES!

Appetizer: Southern-Style Crab Cakes with a Cool Lime Sauce( Nabisco’s Holiday Appetizers and More mag-07)

*Grated peel and juice from 1 lime,divided

1 c. Kraft mayo or Miracle Whip,divided
1 env. Good Seasons Italian Salad Dressing & Recipe Mix
2 tbsp. Grey Poupon Country Dijon Mustard
2 cans (6 oz. each) crab meat, drained and flaked
25 Ritz crackers, finely crushed, divided
1 green onion, chopped
1/4 c. Breakstone’s or Knudsen sour cream

Mix half of the lime juice, 1/2 cup of mayo, salad dressing mix and mustard in a medium bowl until well blended. Add crab meat, 1/2 cup of cracker crumbs and the onion; mix lightly.

Shape into 18(1/2-inch-thick) patties; coat with remaining cracker crumbs.

Cook patties in batches in large nonstick skillet on medium heat 2 min. on each side or until browned on both sides and heated through. Meanwhile, mix remaining 1/2 cup mayo, the remaining lime juice, the lime peel and sour cream until well blended. Serve with crab cakes.

Makes 18 servings, 1 crab cake and 2 tsp. sauce each.

Note: If skillet is nonstick, cook crab cakes in 1 tbsp. oil

Entree: Pepper-Lime Chicken ( Better Home and Garden Cook Book)

2 1/2 to 3 lbs. meaty chicken pieces ( breast halves, thighs and drumsticks)
1 tsp. finely shredded lime peel
1/4 c. lime juice
1 tbsp. cooking oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. dried thyme or basil, crushed
1/2 to 1 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. salt

If desired, skin chicken. Place chicken pieces, bone side up, on the unheated rack of a broiler pan. Broil 4 to 5 inches from the heat about 20 minutes or until light brown.

Meanwhile, for glaze, in a small bowl stir together lime peel, lime juice, oil, garlic, thyme, pepper and salt. Brush chicken with glaze. Turn chicken; brush with more glaze. broil for 5 to 15 minutes more or until chicken is no longer pink (170º F for breasts; 180º F for thighs and drumsticks), brushing often with glaze during the last 5 minutes of cooking time.

Makes 6 servings




Dessert: Lime Meltaways (Betty Crocker Best of Baking)


1 cup margarine or butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 tablespoon grated lime peel
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Lime Glaze (recipe follows)

LIME GLAZE
1/2 cup powdered sugar
4 teaspoons lime juice
2 teaspoons grated lime peel

Heat oven to 350º. Beat margarine and powdered sugar in large bowl until light and fluffy. Stir in remaining ingredients except Lime Glaze until well blended. Place dough in cookie press with ribbon tip. Form long ribbons of dough on ungreased cookie sheet. Cut into 3-inch lengths. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove from cookie sheet. Cool completely. Prepare Lime Glaze and brush on cookies.

LIME GLAZE:
Mix all ingredients.

Drink: Lime Daiquiris ( Better Home and Garden Cookbook)

1- 6 oz. can frozen limeade concentrate
2/3 c. rum
2 1/2 to 3 cups ice cubes

In a blender combine limeade and rum. Cover and blend until smooth. With blender running, add ice cubes, 1 at a time, through opening in lid until slushy.

Makes 7 (4oz.) servings

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Considering this is the first post on my blog, I would like to say Thank You! My goal for this site is to bring you the information you need. Some of the sections I will be adding are; Cooking, Fitness/Music, Movie Review, Coupon Deals, Money Makers, Homeschooling, and My Journal. Here is a brief description of each.

Cooking: Each week you will find a new recipe for a Appetizer, an Entree, Beverages, and a Dessert.

Fitness/Music: I plan to post a new playlist each week to workout to, I will also post which exercise will work best with each playlist. Also will be posting some exercise tips and tricks.

Movie Reviews: My family and I watch a lot of movies, we have quite a collection. Each week we probably watch 1-3 movies, so I figured I would just post what I think of that movie on here.

Coupon Deals: Everyone wants to find a good deal. I will be posting freebie items, places to get coupons, and sites that teach you how to save money.

Money Makers: I will post sites that I work with that you can make legitimate money at.

Homeschooling: I am homeschooling my daughter, Marina. Each week I will post out lesson plan on here. Also I will navigate you to some really awesome free homeschool sites that deserve a lot of credit.

My Journal: Just a way for everyone to get to know me each week.

Well, I hope everyone will enjoy my site, become followers, and be patient as I get this up and running.

Love Always,
Crystal
xoxo

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