Are You There, Angela? It’s Me, Your Blog.

I may or may not have made this post title using inspiration from one of my favorite comedians Chelsea Handler and her book, “Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea.” Great, funny read. A little racy, but a good laugh. Check it out sometime.

I just want to take some time today to fill you in on what’s been happening in my life, i.e. why my posting has been so sporadic and even non-existent at times. I truly hate being away from the blog. I have so many ideas swirling around in my head, so many big plans for this space, and just, frankly, things going on that are taking precedent or not leaving much time for me to create content. Not all of these things are bad — actually, I should say none of these things are inherently bad. It’s just different, and I need to work on finding a schedule that fits my life right now. A groove, if you will.

If you must know, when I typed the word “groove,” I definitely had a groovy mental tune playing in my head and did a little dance move in my chair.

So, where to start. Ugh, and yes, whenever I wrote “start” the very first line of  “Do-Re-Mi” from “The Sound of Music” popped into my head (“Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start…”). Did you know I played Maria in my HS’s version of that six years ago? Well, now you do.

The beginning. A few weeks ago, things got a little crazy at my part time retail job and my hours were bumped up by a lot. I was happy to help out (and make some money, truthfully), but I was also simultaneously starting a full-time job as a legal secretary. No, that’s not in my field. Yes, I’m still looking for jobs elsewhere. And yes, my current job knows that. They’re wonderful.

Basically, for the past month, I’ve been doing my 40 hour weeks plus my part-time job right after, leaving little time to do anything else except wind down and watch the previous nights’ The Tonight Show while I eat some a lot of chocolate at 10 pm. I don’t mean to sound like I’m complaining because I am truly grateful that I do have two jobs right now when some people can’t find one.

Two jobs comes at a good time, too, considering I just got this:

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Meet Vivian (Viv for short) the Volvo. She’s a gorg 2007 Volvo s60 that my dad happened upon because he was in the right place at the right time. He has very good karma… good things happen to good people and all that. Anyway, she’s mine, and I love her, even though I have to pay for her 😉 I don’t really know anything about cars but according to Amanda this is a good one.

Hmmm ya. So I’m working a lot, driving my new car around a lot, and on the days when I have a few hours off I’m either at the yoga studio, with my family, or hanging with friends (which admittedly, ins’t a lot). I wish I had more time to put some love into this space because some things are in the works (aka a redesign… it’s happening slowly but surely). Until then, you’re stuck with the old N4L experience, and I’m going to cut down my posting to Monday, Wednesday, Friday with a random other day here or there just to make my head feel a little less boggled. Hopefully by setting this goal for myself, posting will feel more manageable.

I’ll be back on Friday with a new “Nutty For…”
Talk soon!

Questions of the Day:
>> Have you ever had a period in your life that left you feeling overwhelmed? 
>> What is your favorite job you’ve had? Hopefully what you’re doing now 🙂

More places to find me:
Twitter: @angiggy
Facebook: nuttylifeang
Instagram:@angiggy
Pinterest: Ang @ Nutty for Life
Email: nuttylifeang@gmail.com

Nutty For… [9.5]

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So, today is supposedly the last “hot” day of the season. As a girl who isn’t afraid to say she loves fall (go ahead and call me basic, I don’t care. PUMPKIN.), I’m more than ready to get rid of the muggy, humid, sweaty days of northeastern summertime. This is just a warning: in the next few weeks, get ready for all things fall and wonderful. It’s my favorite time of the year.

Other things I’m nutty for? These links!

Nutty For… Not-Even-Trying Exercise
I’m one of those annoying people who would prefer to take the stairs (even when I lived on the fourth floor in college). Sometimes, we’re exercising and we don’t even know it. What’s more, we don’t give walking the extra distance from a far-parked car or walking three flights of stairs enough credit. All of these little things that get you moving actually do count for something. Don’t underestimate just simply moving!

Nutty for… Digestion
I’m all for trying the next best thing when it comes to digestion. Example: I used to hate kombucha (literally spit it out the first time I tried it), forced myself to get accustomed to the flavor because I knew it was good for me, and now drink it twice a week at least. I might have to try this tea soon… would you?

Nutty for… Crystals
Sometimes I like to pretend that I’m a hippie even though I know I’m really not. Case in point: Free People has had a lot of buzz about crystals on their blog lately, and I immediately wanted some for myself. And then I found this crystal-growing tutorial and I said to myself, “too far??… nah.” So I’m going to grow some crystals soon.

Nutty for… Relaxation
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: as much as I love being active, I also love to be lazy. It’s good for you!

Nutty for… Being Real
How many times have you tried to “balance” the picture of yourself you present to the world. Especially as someone who touts herself as pretty health-conscious, I always get surprised looks or remarks when I eat a burger or a bowl of pasta or something. Like… I’m human, okay?

Nutty for… Food
Frozen Yogurt Pumpkin Pie Bites
Cinnamon Bun Healthy Bites
Raw Fig Bars
Pumpkin Spice Fruit Dip
One-Pan Fiesta Chicken and Sausage
Grain-Free Protein Peanut Butter Cookies
Toffee Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookie Bars
Mango Coconut Overnight Oatmeal with Puffed Wild Rice
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola
Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Banana Yogurt Skillet Cake
Peach, Goat Cheese and Almond Butter Pancakes

Make some good food this weekend! Take care. xo

Questions of the Day:
>> On a scale of one to Woodstock, how hippie are you?
>> Fermented food (good for digestion): yay or nay?
>> Whatcha doin this weekend?

More places to find me:
Twitter: @angiggy
Facebook: nuttylifeang
Instagram:@angiggy
Pinterest: Ang @ Nutty for Life
Email: nuttylifeang@gmail.com

Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken

For those of you who don’t know, I have a brother. His name is Adam. He would be my twin if we weren’t four years apart (he got the better looks, though). I can prove that we are twins, but not today. I’ll show you tomorrow, perhaps, for Thinking Out Loud. That’s when I can share the strangest things with you and tell myself no one is judging (I know there are still people judging. Humor me).

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One trait that Adam and I do not share is a penchant for all kinds of food. He is as picky as I am not. Thus: I have to have a plan for at least one “plain” meal a week (i.e. no vegetables included in the main dish, preferably potatoes or rice on the side). Don’t get me wrong, I like a simple meal as much as the next person. Throw some chicken, veggies and a carb on a plate and call it a day. It gets old after a while, though!

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That’s where this dish comes in. My Honey Mustard Chicken is zesty, tangy, and slightly sweet – enough to make my tastebuds happy. Still, it’s not so complex that my brother will refuse to eat it. Plus, it doesn’t have any nasty additives! You probably already have everything you need for this recipe in your pantry.

Here’s a fun fact! My house doesn’t have a pantry. We just have a ton of cupboards. I’ve always been mad about that.

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Back to the chicken: I made this recipe with breasts, but it would also work with chicken legs. My family prefers the breasts because they soak up more flavor. Yay homemade honey mustard!

Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. chicken breasts (4 breasts)
  • 4 tbsp. dijon mustard
  • 1/3 c. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Directions

  1. If chicken is thick, pound until it’s about 1/2 inch thick (or you can butterfly the pieces).
  2. In a quart size freezer bag, combine all ingredients except for the chicken.
  3. Close bag and shake to mix the marinade.
  4. Add chicken.
  5. Let marinate in fridge overnight or for at least three hours (for the best flavor!).
  6. Heat your grill for a few minutes.
  7. Put the grill on the chicken for 10-15 minutes, flipping once.*
  8. Chicken should reach a temperature of 160 degrees when its ready (use a meat thermometer). Let rest for a few minutes, then serve.

*Here’s another fun fact! Our grill is super wonky and takes 30 minutes to cook chicken breasts. These cooking times come from my previous experiences cooking on a grill that actually functions.

Questions of the Day:
>> Were you ever a picky eater? Tell me you grew out of it.
>> Do you have a pantry in your house/apartment?
Am I all alone?
>> How are your grill skillz?

More places to find me:
Twitter: @angiggy
Facebook: nuttylifeang
Instagram:@angiggy
Pinterest: Ang @ Nutty for Life
Email: nuttylifeang@gmail.com