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My Favorite Sites for Healthy Eating & Fitness

New years are such a good time to get back on the healthy eating track after lots of treats over the holiday. Some people are pro-resolutions, some are not! I’m neutral. If it motivates you to make a change, I say go for it! Mine oo I hate to say it because it’s so typical, is to drop a couple pounds. I’ve always had a belly (must be the butter in those treats I like to make?) and I’d love to lose it! Not a bad jig especially since I’m leaving for pastry school here pretty soon. So goal- drop a few before the new move so my pre-pastry school weight isn’t quite as bad as my post. :-) :-)

We’re almost to the end of January! and now’s the time when it gets so rough to keep on to those goals. Here’s my tips for you! Hopefully they help a little bit.

1. Stick to it! Weight loss is hard, and takes consistency. But also remember that no one is perfect. One day won’t ruin your good strides but also don’t take it as an excuse to go all crazy for a couple days. Acknowledge it, then jump back in the next day.

2. Find an exercise that you like! Groupon is perfect for trying out different things in the fitness realm. I’ve gone from running, to yoga, to Camp Gladiator. It can also be as simple as walking around the block.

3. Exercising doesn’t mean you eat back those calories you burn. *this one is SO hard for me!

4. Drink lots and lots of water and get lots of sleep. I totally just ordered this water bottle that tracks how much you drink~so excited! I don’t care how much the guys at work make fun of me. ;-) haha

5. Eat well. Weight loss is 80% nutrition/20% exercise. Meal planning really helps.

A couple of my favorite healthy eating & fitness sites:

  • Pinterest! Look in the Health/Fitness category. I also have a Healthy Food board. oh my gosh I have so many recipes I want to try!!
  • Tone it Up! I LOVE Tone it Up. Katrina and Karena~the Tone it Up girls! The site is geared toward women. They release workouts every Tuesday, healthy recipes a couple times a week, and do nutrition/fitness challenges. I love how they promote healthy eating and are so positive. There’s also a great community full of supportive people. They also work with Self and LiveStrong Woman.

Other great resources: Cooking Light, Whole Foods, Self, Fitness Magazine, Eating Well

What are your favorite health and fitness sites?

I’m also looking for guest post-ers! If you’re interested, shoot me an email at toffeebitsandchocolatechips@gmail.com.

20. January 2013 by Molly
Categories: healthy | 2 comments

Meters Squared to Feet Squared: Apartments in France

Two and a half months till I’m hoping on a plane for Paris! eek!

I feel like questions are starting to get answered and we’re getting places with tax, visa, bank, and phone talk.

Then there’s the apartment. It has been so hard to find an apartment in Paris!  OMG! I think we’ve been looking for four months. haha You want to be in a good location, the apartment has to look nice, be available the dates you’re there and have the amenities you’re interested in. And there’s so many to choose from!

My awesome roommate and I have been perusing the following sites looking for places:

Lodgis

Paristay

VRBO

Paris Attitude

We’ve had the most luck with Lodgis and Paristay as far as selection and price. VRBO (Vacation Rentals by Owner) is very nice because it’s through the owners so no agency fees, which can be astronomical. The downside there is that the owners can be hard to get ahold of and slow to respond. For example, we found an apartment that was perfect, but the little old lady that owns it after responding back once confirming the price has not gotten back to us in about a month and a half. I was blaming the slow French way of life- but 1 month?

So we’re looking for more options- one in particular has my eye from Lodgis.

ParisAptPic

The pics keep going and there’s a floor map but that’s the general gist. Don’t steal it!

There was a debate on size- so I brought my dad into the room (an engineer) to help. We first calculated meters squared to feet squared then found that the total size might not be accounted for so I decided to reach out to the agency. I thought the discussion was over until… I heard the sound of a measuring tape after much pacing in the living room. After looking up the dimensions of a full sized bed and scrutinizing the possible size of the desk, doing several calculations, then walking into my room and measuring, I think we have now figured out the actual size of the apartment and bedrooms! That’s engineers for ya. haha

Unfortunately this apartment isn’t available till June.. and I’ll be there in March. Noo!

We’re thinking that we might get a place for March to May and then look at apartments for the remaining time once we’re there. It might be the best plan, since it is so hard to tell from the pictures the lay of the apartment and if it’s in a good location, etc.

Because of all the frustrations in finding, I might lend myself out to people moving overseas that need someone to inspect possible living arrangements when I’m there. haha oh France.

31. December 2012 by Molly
Categories: culinary school, France, Travel | 4 comments

Greens Over Grains: Edible Schoolyard

Edible Schoolyard Greens over Grains Kitchen Lesson from The Edible Schoolyard Project on Vimeo.

A lesson from an Edible Schoolyard kitchen classroom in efforts to teach kids where food is grown, how to cook, and healthy eating habits.

So cool!

29. December 2012 by Molly
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How to Clean a TON of Cookie Cutters

Holiday clean up is upon us!

Here’s how to semi-quickly clean a boatload of cookie cutters.

  1. Fill sink with warm soapy water.
  2. Dump in all your cookie cutters.
  3. Swish them about.
  4. Drain sink and transfer soapy cookie cutters to a large colander.
  5. Run water over the cookie cutters to rinse!
  6. Preheat oven to warm (usually 190-200 degrees)
  7. Line 1-2 rimmed baking sheets with paper towels.
  8. Transfer rinsed cookie cutters to the paper towel lined sheets.
  9. Stick in the oven for 5-10 minutes to dry.
  10. Allow to cool then pack away for next year. We use holiday cookie tins.

Be careful when sticking plastic cookie cutters in the oven to dry. You should be ok at the low temperature- but it might be best to lay those out on a kitchen towel on the counter to dry.

How to Clean Cookie Cutters

28. December 2012 by Molly
Categories: baking tips, christmas | 1 comment

Round One of French Paperwork Done: Allons-y!

phew! It’s been an hour plus and three computers were involved- but! the first round of paperwork for my visa is complete! It might have been done with a chuckle and a fist clenched at the ceiling, ‘ahh you French system!!” and those three computers… one had a video pulled up with step by step instructions (which I was also informed I should print out), the other had the program pulled up, and yet another was used to locate all sorts of random documents needed.

And that was the first step to applying for a long term student visa. tehe

Complete Pastel Registration through Campus France – Done! Now to mail a money order for the $100 fee, and a copy of my Cordon Bleu admittance letter. Then, the real fun begins with a trip to the French consulate in Houston to interview for my visa. And yet more fun in France with a visa validation at the local immigration office and with a follow up visit to a doctor, I believe, for a lung scan (?).

ah Paris- I shall dream of you like this, not through silly paperwork.

paris in the winter

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28. December 2012 by Molly
Categories: culinary school, France | 1 comment

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