Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Food Should Taste Good. I received product and compensation for hosting an event and developing a recipe. 

 

Yesterday I mentioned our girls night in my Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad and Food Should Taste Good was generous enough to send delicious chips, goody bags, and recipe ideas for our evening. Besides having just chips and salsa I wanted a warm dip to dig into. Cheesy, creamy and corn dip to be precise. Perfect on a chilly fall evening with dear friends, delicious food, glasses of wine and a roaring fire.

 

 

Food Should Taste Good Girls Night  (1 of 7)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food Should Taste Good Girls Night  (2 of 7)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food Should Taste Good Girls Night  (4 of 7)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food Should Taste Good Girls Night  (3 of 7)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We know how to fill a table with delicious food!

 

 

Food Should Taste Good Girls Night  (5 of 7)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food Should Taste Good Girls Night  (6 of 7)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food Should Taste Good Girls Night  (7 of 7)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s talk about this corn dip. If you are looking for an EASY recipe to make to bring to a party, this is it. Only a few ingredients and all you have to do is mix it all in a baking dish and go. When this comes out of the oven steaming with melted cheese just try not to eat about half of it. No really. I had to stop myself from eating it all!

 

Cheesy Corn Dip (2 of 2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheesy Corn Dip (1 of 2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food Should Taste Good Girls Night and Cheesy Corn Dip

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Serves 6-8

Food Should Taste Good Girls Night and Cheesy Corn Dip

An easy cheesy, warm chip dip.

Ingredients

  • 4 cans sweet corn, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Sliced jalapenos

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a large baking dish combine corn, mayo, cheese, salt/pepper. Stir until incorporated.
  3. Place jalapenos on top and bake for 15-20 minutes.
Schema/Recipe SEO Data Markup by ZipList Recipe Plugin
http://www.afitandspicylife.com/2014/10/21/food-should-taste-good-girls-night-and-cheesy-corn-dip/

{ 0 comments }

Saturday night I had a few dear friends over for dinner, wine, a fire and a chance to catch up. It was low key but a night I think a lot of us needed. There were no hopping clubs or shots just a chance to enjoy delicious food and curl up with a few glasses of wine. It was perfect. Everyone brought something to share and I made a few heartier items. The first one on that list was a Kale and Brussels Sprouts salad. Vegetarian friendly, gluten free and really good. It brought some of those flavors of fall into a healthy salad.

 

The key to this salad is the raw shaved Brussels Sprouts. With the group I had coming over I knew most of them would be all for the sprouts. I used about a cup and shaved them with my mandolin. They added a great flavor to the salad! Don’t skip them. And I am always the one that makes sure there are plenty of healthy options on the table!

 

Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad (1 of 3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad (3 of 3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meatless Monday: Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Serves 6

Meatless Monday: Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad

A great Fall salad with kale, Brussels Sprouts and a homemade dressing.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups baby kale
  • 1 cup shredded, raw Brussels Sprouts
  • 2 ounces blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 3 tbsp chopped macadamia nuts
  • For the Dressing
  • 1/4 cup hazelnut oil
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Salt/Pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl toss together the kale, Brussels sprouts, blue cheese, cranberries and nuts.
  2. Whisk together hazelnut oil, garlic, Dijon, balsamic vinegar and salt/pepper.
  3. Pour over salad and serve immediately.
Schema/Recipe SEO Data Markup by ZipList Recipe Plugin
http://www.afitandspicylife.com/2014/10/20/meatless-monday-kale-and-brussels-sprouts-salad/

{ 0 comments }

Disclosure: The items in this post were samples that I have received. If I am featuring it, I have tried it and loved it! I will never feature an item that I don’t actively use.  

 

During the week I am usually getting ready at the gym or yoga at least 3 times. I’ve got the packing down to a science. Except the day a few weeks ago when I forgot a shirt. Yes, a shirt. Thank goodness I was at yoga and could buy something that was somewhat appropriate to wear. It was a day that I wore my office sweater all day…

 

My trick is to leave my bag packed with the essentials and just add in the clothes, jewelry and shoes that I am wearing for the day. Here are a few of the things you will find in my gym bag:

 

Cute Headphones (I have the uncanny ability to loose headphones and having a pair of brightly colored ones helps me not leave them in places). The chicBuds come in a few patterns.

Wojo Wallet. I’ve learned to keep my gym cards, check card, license etc with me. They are all tucked inside this waterproof wallet and go in the same pocket of my gym bag.

A great toiletry bag. I had used a 31 organizer for years and it finally broke. I’ve been using this bag with my hair products in the zippered area and then I refill the shampoo, conditioner and facewash. It keeps everything nice and organized.

Post workout drinks including Daily Greens and Muscle Milk Organic. I’ve been working on drinking more juice and getting that protein in 30 minutes within a workout is so important. Daily Greens makes ready to drink juices that are really good. Scott has even had a few. They sent me some samples and I’ve picked up a few more at Whole Foods.

 

 

Gym Bag Essentials

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Workouts This Week:

Sunday: Cardio and Weights

Monday: Cardio and Weights

Tuesday: Off

Wednesday: Cardio and Weights

Thursday: Off

Friday: Heading to the gym after work

 

I’ve been alternating between Girls Gone Strong (if you are thinking about buying this, do it. It’s such a great program) and Body Beast. Yes Body Beast is targeted towards men but it really is a great way to get the basics of lifting and focus on a body part split style workout. The arm workout is especially difficult and by the end my arms were feeling like big noodles. Loved it! They have an app to go along with so you can do the DVD’s at home or follow the program in the gym (which is what I am doing).

 

 

 

 

 

 

{ 0 comments }

This blog has always been my creative outlet and I try very hard to stay positive and keep it upbeat, but 2014 has been a pretty challenging year. I will come right out and say there have been a few days/week that have been downright horrible. There won’t be lists of all the reasons and this won’t turn into a bit complain fest. Instead I am choosing to focus on a few positive things:

 

  • Girls nights this Saturday with a few dear friends
  • Having a feeling that SOMETHING good is going to happen. And soon.
  • Cleaning, organizing and just getting rid of clutter!
  • We are getting a puppy next spring. He will be a hunting dog and a much bigger dog than I am used to but I have already searched cute dog beds for him. Can’t wait to figure out all the details.

 

In my 33 years I have learned a thing or two about dealing with life’s struggles:

 

  • Let go. There is no need to constantly worry about those things that I can’t control. That is easier said than done but I am working really hard on it.
  • Stop reading certain blogs. I found myself in the comparison trap with a few other bloggers who are pretty negative when they really don’t need to be. Solution. Stop reading them! Their complaints about tiny problems were annoying me so much. This isn’t just about bloggers either. I have hid people on Facebook and even unfriended them. I don’t need their negativity bringing me down.
  • Knowing that I will never be like everyone else. I don’t want to be!

 

 

  • Being unique is something I have always strived for.  I do my own thing and live my own life. That keeping up with the Jones’ mentaility just isn’t there for me. I don’t want to be them! I want to be me. Surrounding myself with a large social network and a few very close and trusted friends has helped that. These friends don’t fit a mold but they are all special in their own way!

 

 

 

 

If I end up taking a few days off from blogging here and there I am doing that for me. I will always keep a space to write and be creative. While it may not always be public I need that time to write. 5+ years of constantly blogging has brought me so many amazing opportunities. Some of my best friends have come from the blogging/social media community.

 

I am here. I will keep writing, cooking, drinking wine, working out, and traveling. A Fit and Spicy Life may not get 1 million hits but I write for me about the things that I like. I don’t fit a mold and don’t plan on that changing anytime soon. Keep coming back and checking out what I have to say. You will always be reading 100% Mellissa.

 

See you tomorrow with my regular Fitness Friday post.

{ 1 comment }

Wine Wednesday JaM California Red

October 15, 2014

As a Marketing Manager in real life I am drawn to creative and interesting wine labels. It’s where my eyes immediately are drawn to and if I am deciding between two wines at a price point I tend to pick the one with the better label. I know, I know. You aren’t supposed to pick […]

Read the full article →

Salted Maple Apple Bourbon Cocktail

October 14, 2014

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC.   Growing up in the Midwest had a few perks. I know most people think of the area as flyover country but nothing beats wide open spaces, fresh air, being able to ride your back miles and miles from home as an 8 year old. Another amazing […]

Read the full article →

Meatless Monday 5 Bean Chili

October 13, 2014

Confession time: normally when I make chili it is loaded with venison. We have a huge freezer full of it and it’s delicious. This time I went vegan and gluten free. And no one missed the meat. Seriously! Both Scott and my father in law ate this late one night after working all day. No […]

Read the full article →

Fitness Friday Online Workouts

October 10, 2014

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Grokker. I go in spurts where I want to workout at home a few times a week. It can save time! Instead of packing up my gym bag, driving to the gym, working out and then driving home I can just head downstairs to […]

Read the full article →

Wine Wednesday Honig Sauvignon Blanc

October 8, 2014

One more white wine before it really gets too cold. My friend Bridget and I were at a wine tasting at Haskell’s on Saturday. And found quite a few wines that were new to us and really liked. The Honig Sauvignon Blanc was at the top of the list.   A few things about this […]

Read the full article →

1 Month In with Jawbone Up

October 7, 2014

When I first got my Jawbone UP I was excited but hesitant. I had heard mixed things about it and wasn’t sure if I would like it. Now that  I have been wearing it for about a month I wanted to do a quick update about how it has been going: Sleep is still an […]

Read the full article →