Mac n Cheese for My Grown Up Self

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After a bit if inspiration last night, I came up with Cheesy Quinoa and Chicken! (Aka Mac n Cheese for my grown up self.) In college I lived off Mac n Cheese and had a real craving for it yesterday.

This recipe makes two medium sized portions and pairs well with a salad or veggies.

What you’ll need:
1 to 2 chicken breasts
1/4 cup Colby jack cheese
1 egg
3/4 cup of quinoa

It’s a pretty simple recipe and only takes about 20 minutes to complete. Just FYI I mix the egg in with the quinoa and cheese on the stove top, then stick the mixture in the oven for 5 minutes at 350 degrees to cook it through.

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Workout: Booty-fied!

Hello all!

Sorry for the hiatus last week, but I’m back! I stumbled upon a great combination of squats, weights and the elliptical machine last night that left my backside feeling the burn.

Part 1:

Weighted Squats (10 lbs.)

Weighted Lunges (2- 10 lb weights)

Jumping Squats (no weights)

[Believe me by this one you’ll be thanking Jesus I left the weights off this one]

Side Twist (10 lbs.)

[It’s been about a week since I’ve hit the gym this hard and thought my legs could use little break in between reps]

10 reps each x 4 rounds

If your legs aren’t feeling it by round 4 – I would add a little more weight.

After the fourth round I walked a couple of laps and stretched out my legs.

Part 2:

The Elliptical Machine

I put it on the glutes setting for 15 minutes, which is basically level 3 on an 85% incline with 1 minute spurts of level 6 on a 100% incline. I made sure to keep a steady pace the whole time (mainly because I thought I’d fall off the machine if I slowed down, my legs were feeling really out of shape last night).

And We’re Back!

It’s been an excruciating couple of months, but everything is almost back to normal in the Life by Emily household. If you haven’t seen on my facebook page I’ve had a crazy couple of months. Early July I went on vacation with my family, but a week after I came home my hot water line under the kitchen sink burst and flooded my apartment. [Serious vacation-high-killer!]

Story:

On Friday the 13th (seriously bad ju-ju day) we woke up to a sauna – I’m serious the thermostat read 85 degrees – and a fountain of water spraying from under the kitchen sink. After shutting off the water, we called our landlord – like any good tenant would – and she refused to do anything, call anyone or even come see the damage. We’re guessing the water line busted around 3 AM and ran for a good 2 and a half hours, leaving us with an inch or 2 of water by the entry way and kitchen. We quickly swept, soaked and carried the standing water out of our apartment – could have used a wet vac right about then. Once the water out I realized my bookcase, rug and purse were all soaked. The bookcase is from Ikea, so not a huge loss, the rug dried well, but everything in my purse was ruined. Best part: my camera that had all my pictures from that wonderful vacation with my family – in my purse, in the water. I lost everything on there and I almost cried. FYI that was about three weeks ago and BestBuy is still trying to fix it.

Now the real story begins: Remember how I told you my landlord didn’t want to come out and access the water damage? Well she didn’t do anything. Finally after countless text messages, emails and certified mail, we were told that due to the extensive damage she was breaking our lease and we had two weeks to get out. [It was a great week for us.] Let’s just say I know now more about the Texas Property Code than I ever wanted to.

Luckily we were able to find a great apartment in the same area. We are finally settled in at our new apartment!

So that’s where I’ve been the last month and I’m hoping to have some new posts heading your way soon!

Inspiration: Dashing Dish

Good Morning all!

While cleaning up my inbox and checking some emails this morning I stumbled upon Dashing Dish. Its creator Katie has an amazing collection of recipes, fitness activities, meal plans, etc. to help readers achieve a healthy lifestyle. It really is a great site and I recommend signing for a premium membership!  [Note: You can give as much as you want for the membership fee – but it is definitely worth way more than $5 a month]

Go check out her site and let me know what you think! I can’t wait to start trying out her recipes and workouts!

Life by Emily is officially off the ground!

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After years of trial and error, countless hours and lots of soul-searching: Life by Emily is officially off the ground. In the right hand column you will find six categories: Projects, Sgt. Pepper, DIY, Noms, Heart and Seasons.

A little about about Emily (me):

This blog is basically the random assortment of my everyday life.

My parents both come from strong Cajun French/French families so I love great food, enjoy simple pleasures and am completely obsessed LSU football!

I have a small child named Sgt. Pepper (okay so he’s a dog). He is a 5 lb. Yorkie and he stole my heart from the moment we met (I’ll post the story). I love that dog!

I am a Marketing/ Advertising/ Promotions coordinator at an engineering company by day and an amateur designer by night. Life by Emily has become my creative space! Here you will find posts about things that I love, my current design work, DIY projects, funny stories from my life (seriously I couldn’t even make this stuff up) and a random assortment of things that inspire me.

Projects:

While I am a Marketing Coordinator at an engineering company by day, my true passion is print design. Lately I’ve been asking (we’ll begging) my recently engaged friends to let me help with designing save-the-dates, announcements, invitations and just about anything else they need. The projects page will showcase those projects! [So yes a couple of them said yes!] So far I only have a couple, but I’m hoping to have more soon.

Sgt. Pepper:

I have a small Yorkie – Sgt. Pepper. Yes that was a Beatles-inspired choice. I call him Pepper for short. While I am whole-heartedly for rescuing dogs sadly Pepper was not rescued. When i first met Pepper he was so tiny (1 lb. exactly). And he was still the biggest little trouble maker I have ever met. Right then I knew we were prefect for each other. On this page I will try to continuously update it with pictures and short posts of my life with Pepper. He’s a feisty one so that page may get a bit interesting!

DIY:

Do-it-yourself or DIY is now a huge part of our weekends, am I right? Do you spend time during the week scouring Pinterest for the latest and greatest DIY projects that will complete that room you never finished or update that tiny apartment you’ve crammed yourself in? No worries I do it too. This page will show your all of my DIY projects that I’ve boldly taken on. Many of them are in the process of being completed to stay tuned!

Heart:

This is basically a compilation of things that I love and/or inspire me to be a better person. This page may get a bit random so be prepared to find something new and exciting every week!

Noms:

I grew up in a large cajun-french family, where seasonings reign as king and roux is a staple in every dish. Needless to say I love to cook and I love even more to eat! This page is where I will share my favorite recipes.

Seasons:

I’m a huge fan of holidays, maybe it’s the religious aspect or maybe it’s the excuse to get a little drunk with your favorite people. I also love to make seasonal cards – which will be posted here! So Merry Christmas, Happy New Years, Happy Easter or whatever time of year it is!

So that’s just about sums up Life by Emily! Thanks to those who have followed me though the painful year and half it took me to get here. And for those of you who are just joining me thanks for visiting I hope you continue to read up on Life by Emily!