05/30/15

So you wanna do more than a 5k?

A few months back I wrote a post called “So you wanna do a 5k?”

I’ve had so many people ask me about how I started doing races and share their insecurities about starting their own running journeys with me. I always respond the same way: “Insecurities that may be floating around in your head should never come in between you and your goals!” Like I’ve stressed before, don’t wait until the “perfect” moment because that perfect moment is NOW! Continue reading

05/28/15

Fox Fitness: Tampa Personal Training

I was invited to participate in a 21 Day group training challenge with Fox Fitness of Tampa through my work with the Tampa Bay Bloggers. All sweaty, muscle-building, fat-burning opinions are my own. 😉

I love working out.
Like, LOVE it. Continue reading

05/20/15

4 steps to overcoming fear

I have a fabulous person in my life that I am lucky enough to call family. My cousin Chris did something amazing a few weeks ago. She overcame fear. I wanted to share her story with you in hopes that you will be inspired to do the things that you want to do- regardless of the fear you may feel.

Steph invited me to guest blog and I’m excited to share with you about how I overcame a fear and took a huge leap in my life…literally.   Continue reading

05/18/15

#BrewsWithAttitude 5th annual beerfest

The other day the guy and I headed over to Pepin Distributing Company for the 5th annual Brews with Attitude beer fest.  We were invited to attend the event as part of the Tampa Bay Bloggers… And what a fest it was!

I have driven by Pepin a handful of times, but had never been inside. It truly is the perfect place to host an event such as this one. With adequate parking (including parking lot shuttles to carry people to and fro), a spacious outdoor area, covered seating and a huge air conditioned space to escape the heat, TPepin’s Hospitality Centre has it all. Continue reading

05/10/15

Mother’s day moments

This weekend marked the fourth Mother’s Day weekend without my mom.

And like in the three years which have passed, I tried to make this a memorable weekend of reflection, kindness, positivity. 

Saturday was the 4th annual Jogging for Judy even at the Miles for Moffitt 5k race. It was a beautiful day to remember my mom and others who have lost their lives or who are currently fighting against cancer. As a team we raised over $600 for Moffitt Cancer Center and enjoyed the morning out at USF. Family, friends, and even some Orangetheory buddies came out to support #TeamJudyContinue reading

05/1/15

Spicy crispy cauliflower

There was a time in my life when I hated broccoli and cauliflower.
They looked a bit too much like “trees” and the texture turned my stomach. Big time.

As an adult I’ve grown to LOVE both of these cruciferous veggies (but continue to semi-hate their close cousin the Brussels Sprout), and eat them almost daily.

Getting the picky eaters in your life to eat these super nutritious veggies can be quite the challenge. My favorite way to sneak the broccoli in is to roast it with salt and pepper until it is super duper crisp. Those crispy broccoli florets become addictive (I swear!) and there are times I’ll end up eating a whole head in one sitting (it’s THAT good). I dare those picky eaters to say these aren’t delicious!

Tonight I whipped up an equally scrumptious recipe as a side for dinner. These cauliflower florets have the same satisfaction you’ll get from the crispy broccoli, and have a kick that would be delicious as a taco filling for all of my veggie friends out there!

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Spicy Crispy Cauliflower
serves 2-3 (or 1 lol)
Ingredients
1 head of cauliflower (or 1 frozen steam-in-bag)
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1  tsp. cumin
1 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
fresh herbs for garnish

Directions
1. Steam cauliflower using this recipe, or instructions on the bag (if using frozen). Pat dry.
2. In a small bowl, combine cumin, paprika, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt and red pepper flakes together. Set aside.
3. In a medium sized frying pan, heat olive oil on medium-high heat (closer to medium than high). Place seasoning mix into the hot oil and use a wooden spoon or spatula to move around the pan and incorporate with the oil. Add cauliflower to the pan “floret side down” into the hot oil making sure not to crowd the florets.
NOW DON’T MESS WITH THE FLORETS! DON’T TURN THEM! DON’T SHAKE THEM! DON’T ROTATE THEM! DON’T MESS WITH THEM! I’m watching you………
5. Let them sit floret side down in the pan for 5-6 minutes. Pick one floret to flip and check. You’ll be looking for a caramelized, brown, beautifully crispy floret!
6. At this point, turn all of the florets and continue to brown on their sides for another minute or 2.
7. Remove from the pan and serve warm with some chopped fresh herbs over the top.

Enjoy! 🙂