{Recipe} Healthy Copycat: Chipotle Burrito Bowls

This is hard one to photograph and make look yummy, but I swear that if you love Chipotle burrito bowls like I do, then you need this recipe in your freakin’ life! I, in fact, want to make up every meat ever with the marinade. Truth fact.

Things you’ll need:
For Marinade:
1 can chipotles in adobo sauce
1 tsp pepper
2 tsp salt
1 tbsp EVOO
6 cloves garlic, minced

Also:
Chicken (I used a package of tenders – they cook quickly and evenly!)
2 cups Riced cauliflower (I get it from Trader Joe’s, but I hear Green Giant makes it now in your freezer section! Or make your own with fresh cauliflower and the pulse setting on your blender or food processor! Or if you’re anti-cauliflower, brown rice is an option!)
Lime juice
Cilantro (if you like that sort of thing)

Any toppings, such as:
-Caramelized onions and/or bell peppers
-Beans (black or pinto)
-Jalapenos
-Chopped lettuce
-Salsa, pico de gallo, etc.
-Guacamole
-Monterrey jack cheese

Preparation:
Put together all the marinade ingredients and put chicken into marinade and let sit for at least 15 minutes. (I let mine sit for at least a couple hours! YUM!) Once ready to eat, pull out the chicken from the marinade and pan cook it on medium. The tenders only take about 3-4 minutes per side!
Caramelize onions and/or bell peppers in a little EVOO on medium-low heat until soft and tender.
If you’re making beans, prep as you like (I don’t like beans on mine!).
Prepare rice that you’re using. If you’re using riced cauliflower, it’s super easy! Just place the bag contents in a pan and put a lid on it and let it steam itself until tender! Once cooked, mix rice with a little lime juice and (optional) cilantro and a pinch of salt. For added flavor: cook your rice in the same pan you caramelized your onions and peppers in! YUMMY!
Slice jalapenos if you’re using them (then wash your hands, because capsaicin in your eyeballs HURTS!), prep guacamole, etc., based on what toppings you choose to put on your bowl!

Layer rice and then all your toppings as you wish and DIG IN! So much flavor and WAY less guilt! (I mean, seriously, I LOOOOVE Chipotle, but have you LOOKED at their caloric intake?! HOLY POOP, BATMAN!)

Try it out. Let me know what you thought. And let me know what YOUR fave toppings are for your burrito bowl!

BONUS RECIPE: Guacamole!
I make a mean guac, and I don’t know that everyone is always adventurous to make their own or knows how. Mine is SUPER easy but also full of flavor! I also make a lot, because you can never have enough guac. ūüôā

2 avocados (you can tell ripeness by gently pushing around the stem area – if it has a little…not a lot! it should not be mushy!…bit of give, you’ve got a good one!)
1 roma tomato, minced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
Lime juice (approximately 2 tsp)
Paprika, chili powder, cumin, and salt TO TASTE (I use probably about a teaspoon of paprika, chili powder, and cumin. Then salt at the end a little at a time until all the flavors POP!)

Mush all together until it’s the consistency you prefer!

*You can also add diced onion if you wish, I would go with yellow or red depending on the amount of onion flavor you prefer, but Dan and I are not a fan of onion in our guac! I’m just not a raw onion fan at all. ūüôā

{Recipe} Tilapia Tacos

First, a backstory. Early last month I discovered that my friend Angie’s sister is a personal trainer. And that she was running a “jump start January” training program. And was only charging $40. Done. Sign me up. She’s in California, but was creating meal plans and workouts and able to contacted regularly. And I needed something to get me back on track so I could return to not being a total fatass and feeling guilty and gross about regaining half of the 70lbs I lost a couple years ago back. 

Because of that, Dan and I are working on making better food choices, eating less food, and working out regularly. So far, so good. This was the first meal we made on the healthier lifestyle train. It was in the meal plan given for the training program. And it’s a true winner. Fresh and light and delicious and filling. All at the same time. And easy. Sosososo easy! 

Tilapia Fish Tacos

Ingredients:
Tilapia (we got three filets – about a pounds worth)
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder 
3 c. shredded cabbage
Grape tomatoes, diced
2 green onions, sliced
Cilantro, chopped (optional – we hate cilantro so I left it out of ours!)
Lime juice
Salt
Whole wheat tortillas

(I did end up doubling the spice amount, because I sort of coated the filets on both sides and rubbed it in. Worth it.)

Instructions:
Mix cabbage, tomatoes, green onions, cilantro, lime, and salt in a bowl and set aside. Coat and rub the filets with the seasoning mix (chili powder, cumin, salt, garlic powder) and pan fry in about a tablespoon of evoo on medium-low heat for 3-4 minutes per side. Warm up tortillas (oven or microwave both work fine). 

Place filet and cabbage mix in tortilla and enjoy! 

We had a few tortilla chips and salsa with ours, but didn’t have any additional sides, because we were fine with just that, but some refried beans would be delish! 

Let me know if you try this yummy recipe and what, if any, side(s) you have with it! 

Rebooting the blog!

I haven’t blogged in almost a year. Literally. So there’s that. But I think it’s time to bring that ish back! And this year is going to be quite the journey (not that the past copule years haven’t been), so I think it’s appropriate to reboot this little baby back up!

Things happening this year:
-New goals and dreams
-A quickly growing and successful Scentsy career
-A brand new career in Cincinnati real estate
-Lifestyle changes to be healthier versions of us

And these are just the things I know RIGHT NOW. I thought rebooting this blog would mean you could follow along with the ups and downs AND give me a way to look back on the moments that 2017 has in store AND track some of the best recipes Dan and I try during our healthy life changes!

So while this is mostly a product of me wanting to keep track, I know there are some people with interest to follow along, so thank you for reading about my crazy life. ūüôā

Let’s go live a beautiful 2017! Here we go!!!!!

Setting Goals

I’ve been contemplating this post for a while. Well…a few¬†weeks, as it IS now¬†almost a month¬†in to 2016. That whole new year concept always leads people to make “resolutions”. I long ago learned that I suck at resolutions. And so do almost everyone else. Just go visit a gym in January versus February versus March. You’ll watch everyone’s resolutions bite the dust as the days pass and you’ll agree with me. ūüôā

So, I don’t do “resolutions”. What I can get behind is GOALS. Because goals are measurable. They’re things you create a plan for. They’re not just words you throw out in the universe in hopes they come true. Or at least that’s not how I view my goals. And I also don’t believe in¬†creating them just at the beginning of the year (although, I do find the new year¬†a great time reevaluate yourself, your life,¬†and your goals).

I’ve spent the past¬†few weeks doing a lot of evaluating of things:

  • How did my 2015 go?
  • What does my dream board look like?
  • Has it changed? Do things need to be added/removed?
  • Have I succeeded in checking off as many goals as possible because I successfully pursued them?
  • What goals didn’t get completed and do I want to keep reaching for them, or is it time to adjust them because things have changed/altered?
  • What is my word for this year?

See, I’ve taken to having a theme word for the year. Something to aim for every day. MOTIVATION.

Last year my word was DAUNTLESS.

daunt·less
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adjective
adjective: dauntless
showing fearlessness and determination.
“dauntless bravery”
synonyms: fearless, determined, resolute, indomitable, intrepid, doughty, plucky, spirited, mettlesome
I knew that 2015 was going to be¬†a year of so much change for me. I had just moved to¬†Orlando with nothing, started a job at Disney,¬†and applied for and was accepted¬†to a leadership training program¬†with Scentsy. I had no idea what was in store for me, but I knew I was going to give it my everything with FEARLESSNESS and DETERMINATION. I think I kicked 2015’s ass, if I do say so myself. The job became a better job with a promotion. Disney became a happy place that made me Dawn again. Scentsy became a place where I could soar, and I realized, FINALLY, that I was absolutely capable of being successful with it and at leading a team and helping them be successful, too. And we, my “little” team of 13 amazing friends that I call family, DOUBLED (or more)¬†our successes from 2014 (and that team number doubled, too).

So this year, I’ve been unsure as to what the word would be. What would be the word to guide my 2016 goals? SO HARD! It came easy last year, but I just could not figure it out this year. Things and changes¬†this year will be just as huge, if not even more huge than last.¬†And things have been tough to start the year. I’m in a much better place all around¬†and, in reality, things are great, but I’ve been hard on myself for a lot. For no reason really, but I’m my own worst critic. Always. ūüôā

And then it hit me: BELIEVE.

be·lieve
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verb
verb: believe; 3rd person present: believes; past tense: believed; past participle: believed; gerund or present participle: believing
1. accept (something) as true; feel sure of the truth of.
“the superintendent believed Lancaster’s story”
synonyms: be convinced by, trust, have confidence in, consider honest, consider truthful
Because I’m my own worst critic, I often struggle with believing in myself, my goals, my dreams, my successes, etc. It sounds ridiculous, and most people would probably not believe it, even though I’m sharing it, because I try to stay outwardly and publicly positive, and that’s the side of Dawn most people see and know. But this year I want to BELIEVE.

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BELIEVE in me.
BELIEVE in my dreams.
BELIEVE in my goals.
BELIEVE that I’m capable of happiness.
BELIEVE that I deserve good.
BELIEVE that I can run a successful and thriving Scentsy business.
BELIEVE that I have figured out what I want to do “when I grow up.”
BELIEVE that 2016 will be great because I BELIEVE in myself to do the things necessary to make it so.

I will spare you my list of goals for this year. It’s extensive. But it’s created. It has everything on it from completing real estate school and getting my license to becoming¬†a Scentsy director to taking an actual vacation for the first time in 3+ years… And I’m looking forward to checking¬†everything off one by one and living this year to the fullest.

I hope for all of you that you set goals and have things to live for in 2016. Dreams to pursue and checklists to complete. And, most of all, I hope you BELIEVE you can achieve all those things.

Do you have any big goals for this year?! A word you’ve chosen to guide you? I’d love to hear! I feel like we can all help each other succeed with support and encouragement. And speaking things into the universe doesn’t hurt either. ūüėČ

The time I told you about the worst customer experience EVER…

Let’s start this story with the fact that I, Dawn, live in Orlando, Florida. My parents live in Indiana. I, Dawn, work for a little bitty company called Walt Disney World and do not get holidays off. This Christmas my parents bought me some really nice pots and pans for a gift, because that’s something I really needed. Because of the distance, and not being able to be with my family for the holidays, my mom ordered them from kohls.com and had them delivered straight to me. SMART MOM!

So Christmas morning I open the pots and pans via FaceTime (yay, modern technology!) and I start excitedly putting lids on pots and whatnot. Sadly, one of the pots had a little defect in the rim and the lid wouldn’t fit on it correctly. NO BIG DEAL! Right?! Just take it back. Even exchange that sucker. All will be AWESOME.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! WRONG. Oh, so very wrong.

So, let’s discuss how the nearest Kohl’s to me is about 40 minutes away. I finally had an evening off a week later¬†and I went straight from work to Kohl’s with the big heavy box of pots and pans. I carried them in and put them on the counter.

Me:¬†“Hi! I got these for Christmas and there’s a defect in one of the pans and¬† I just want to exchange them for the same pans!”
Kohl’s Lady #1: “No problem! For kohls.com merchandise we give you a merchandise gift card for the amount and you can go home and reorder the set to have it delievered to you!”
Me: “That sounds great and easy!”

So she does the return and gives me the gift card and on my way I go.

The next day I go to actually sit down and order the pots and pans set thinking life would be easy peasy pudding pie. But I sadly discover that the set is not $79.63. Oh, no, no it is not. It’s $190. UM. WHAT IS GOING ON. I immediately text my mom and inquire and it turns out she’s the savvy shopper she is and used discount coupons and Kohl’s cash and pixie dust and bibbidy bobbidy boo and whatever it is you use at Kohl’s to discount things to normal human prices. She sort of flips out, as my mother would, and I reassure her.

“No big deal. I’ll just go back in and tell them the issue and have them fix it! Honest mistake and I didn’t know all the info I needed going in. It’ll be fine!”

Little did I know how NOT fine it was going to be….

So now I go back. Yes. The 40 minute one way trip back to Kohl’s. I take my little booty up the counter, where I stand. Because one person is working it and one person is already¬†being helped. And then another person walks up to wait. And then the one person working helps the person who arrived after me first. But I stay patient. I’m not in a rush. My issue is EEEEEEASY. Finally I get helped and the worker lady doesn’t understand me. She’s not normally the customer service/returns lady. She’s “just helping out”. So¬†Kohl’s lady #2¬†calls for help. So I explain my story to Kohl’s¬†lady #3. Let’s call her Patrice. (Her name was Patrice.) Patrice stays straight faced and unemotional the whole time. So talks down to me. Acts like I’m an idiot. Like I don’t know what I’m talking about. Tells me I’m “out of luck” and that The $79.68 is what I have. So I have no Christmas gift, and only $79.68 to replace a $190 product?! UH NO. But, oh yes, she says. That’s how it is because kohls.com and Kohl’s stores are different. They’re not the same. So all discounts that were applied don’t matter. She’s been working retail for 21 years and she knows better than me: words she actually vocalized to my face. DO TELL, PATRICE?!?! DO YOU!?!? (Please read that in Robin’s voice from HIMYM. Because I think I now understand her issue with Patrice now. If Patrice was a negative nancy meanie¬†know-it-all¬†bitch type.) She refused to call a manager. So, between frustrated tears,¬†I demand she go to the back and find the defected set of pots and pans I had returned two days prior, because having defected merchandise was better than dealing with this situation.

<inhale> <exhale> <BREATHE.>< do some yoga>

I carry the pots and pans back out to my car and I proceed to sit in my car, in the Kohl’s parking lot, and call customer service. I get¬†Kohl’s lady #4¬†with kohls.com who is marginally sweet and I instantly burst into frustrated sobbing as I’m trying to tell her what’s going on. She tells me to stay on the phone with her, take the pots and pans back in, get the merchandise gift card back, and that she will do the exchange over the phone and honor the price they gave on the gift card. So I do that. And then I’m on the phone with this lady for FIFTY-TWO MINUTES. 52. I know, because my phone told me. She could not get the order to go through. The Kohl’s lady #5¬†next to her couldn’t figure it out. I hear everyone talking and trying to figure it out, but no one is successful and I’m on the phone for 52 freaking minutes. Finally, she determines that it’s because there is no more inventory of the set I need, but that some is on order and will be in stock soon, so she’s going to give me a reference number for my case so I can just call back and order when they’re back in stock. A thing, by the way, of which I have to be responsible for, because they have no alert system or anything. I just need to keep stalking kohls.com until they show back up. WHAT?! Is this real life?! But okay. WHATEVER.

I finally am home, and trying to eat my Chipotle and calm down. I decide:

“You know, those pots and pans were on their site last night and this seems weird…”

Sure enough. There they were! Available! Ready to ship! SO I CALL BACK. I can’t even believe my (in)sanity. I call those mofo’s back. This lady (#6 if we’re only counting the people I dealt with Thursday) takes my reference number and I explain that they are right there on the site and please just order them before I go insane. I should have known something was fishy when I had to read her the merchandise gift card number like 5 times, but I let it slide. Because she says:

“Your order is placed! Here’s your order number!”

I almost cry for the 3rd time because I’m so excited that the whole scenario is finally done.

NOPE. J/K. NOT DONE. SUUUUUUCKER!!!!

I finish my Chipotle. Oh that delicious Chipotle. Your tacos are where life is. Carnitas. OMG. I want some right now…. BUT! Distraction. I’m so sorry….

So, I finish my Chipotle. I check my email. And there’s the email confirmation of my order. YAY! Scrollscrollscroll. WAIT WHAT?! Am I reading that correctly?! DID YOU SERIOUSLY CHARGE MY CREDIT CARD ON FILE AND NOT THE GIFT CARD I READ YOU FIVE TIMES?!?!?!?!

So. I. Call. Back. <sigh>

I actually DO cry for the third time when I get Kohl’s guy #7 on the phone. And after explaining everything, he says, no joke:

“There’s nothing I can do about it. It’s already¬†a submitted order so I can’t cancel it or refund you. You can use your gift card on something else.”

At this point I’m in complete “HELL NO!” mode and I demand a supervisor. He tries to not send me to one, by repeating that I’m out of luck and no one will be able to help me. Yep. That helps, sir. NO IT DOES NOT. So here comes the doozy….are you ready for this?! Kohl’s guy #8, the supposed supervisor, gets on the phone with me. Acts as if I’m bothering him and an idiot and tells me he can do nothing after an order is submitted. I tell him I REFUSE to believe that. Refuse. It hasn’t shipped. I just submitted the order like an hour ago. There’s just no way that order can’t be cancelled and my money refunded. I don’t believe him. He says, and I quote:

“I can buy you another set using your gift card and then you can call your bank and report the charge we made as fraudulent. It’s the best I can offer.”

I didn’t even know how to react to this. I mean, seriously. How do you react to this?! I question him, because seriously. You WANT me to report your business as fraudulent?! REALLY?! But, I agree.

“Yes. I will ABSOLUTELY report you as fraud. I will also be telling the world about my 6 hour adventure with Kohl’s and how horrible this whole day was.¬†How disrespectfully I was treated and¬†poorly this situation was handled.¬†And I will never ever in a million years be stepping foot inside a Kohl’s for any reason. Ever. And I will make it my mission to make sure no one I know ever does either.”

So, now I have two sets of pots and pans coming to me. And my bank is taking care of the charge. And I’m blasting Kohl’s EVERYWHERE and to EVERYONE. I cannot even handle that 6 hours and 8 customer service reps later, my issue was still an issue. And¬†NOT ONCE did anyone apologize to me or act like I wasn’t an inconvenience to them. I’ve had some bad experiences in my life that now look like roses in comparison. I’ve dealt with people, as a customer service worker, who I’ve watched pick things up from shelves and try to return them for money (Yes. Seriously.) who were easier to handle than every single person I dealt with on this Kohl’s experience.

This is my story, people. The worst customer experience ever. It makes me wish I was still at Panera, teaching the new hire class, talking about customer interaction good/bad, because this story would have been the PERFECT example. ūüôā

But, seriously, do not ever go to Kohl’s. At least not if you want someone to be helpful or expect good service.

Scentsy: The Sisterhood

I missed posting yesterday, but I DO NOT CARE. I took a mental break. And I had the privilege of spending some time with some of my favorite people in the whole wide world, a small group of my Scentsy family. This was such a needed time for my soul and I just cannot say enough about it. And I don’t need to.

These girls know exactly how much they mean to me. My life is forever changed for the better because of Scentsy and them. ‚̧

 

This is our excited face.

Late night pizza runs call for selfies!


There is so much love in this photo. You have NO idea. OMG.

Everyone needs a little sand and sun.


That blue water. The sound of waves crashing. My soul is happy.

 

Thank you for letting me come crash the party before your big leadership cruise! Cannot wait to be with y’all again at reunion and to do whatever the big trip is for leadership next year!!! Y’all are my people. My tribe. And I would have it absolutely no other way. (And, yes, I am definitely real. Hehe.)

Best. Friends. Ever.

Little known secret: I sell Scentsy. This has been a blessing in so many ways, but the friendships have been the best part. Like, just the BEST PEOPLE. And I can’t even.

For my birthday, one of them (hi, Rachel!) sent me Jonathan and Drew Scott bobble heads.

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And then I got a package in the mail yesterday from my beautiful friend, Brittany. And OMG. The handmade Harry Potter cuteness is INSANE!

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So, thank you, Scentsy, for bringing these people into my life who just get me and are amazing and brighten my soul.

Saying goodbye to the Osborne Lights

THANK YOU, SWEET BABY JEBUS! Disney extended the lights for 3 more days and Morgan, Elissa, and I got one more dose of the magic in¬†tonight before they wrap up this amazingness. This is literally the best Christmas thing that has ever happened to the world, and I’m skeptical that Disney will actually keep it gone for good. Every Disney Christmas loving bone in my body is struggling with the fact that this could be the last time I ever see this in person, so…

Dear Disney,
I implore you. Find somewhere new to hang these lights and continue the magic for many more years to come. Please. Myself and many other fans would be forever grateful to be able to continue seeing this tradition. Christmas will never be quite as magical without it.
Sincerely,
Dawn (and a bazillion other people, as proven by the droves that came in to see them)

Morgan and I

Morgan and I

 

Elissa and I

Elissa and I

 

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And, of course, a Darth Vader cupcake. Because chocolate + PB.

And, of course, a Darth Vader cupcake. Because chocolate + PB.

 

So much magic.

So much magic. You will be missed.

Is this the laziest day ever?

Yesterday¬†was the laziest day ever. At least in my life. We didn’t even get out of bed until after noon. AFTER. NOON. Who have I become?!? Oh. And I loved it. 10 out of 10. Would do again. ūüôā

When we finally got functioning, we did venture into the world and did some Epcot fun. Because that’s just the kind of people we are, World.

Onslaught of cute selfies!

Onslaught of cute selfies!

 

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In honor of Dan's first watching of Big Hero 6 last night, we met Baymax. GROUP HUG!

In honor of Dan’s first watching of Big Hero 6 last night, we met Baymax. GROUP HUG!

 

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Dan designed our Test Track car. We scored a 205. Not so bad, Engineer Dan.

Dan designed our Test Track car. We scored a 205. Not so bad, Engineer Dan.

 

No shame in that matching Purdue game.

No shame in that matching Purdue game.

 

And now I ruin Dan’s great moment. Yes. I fall asleep when we watch movies and TV. Pretty much every time. He “took photo proof” of this. I have no shame though. And this is kind of adorable. So you’re welcome. Even stand up comedy couldn’t keep away my exhaustion of only being awake for about 12 hours. HA! ūüôā

I'm sure he thought this was some sort of future sabotage....

I’m sure he thought this was some sort of future sabotage…..

Lastly, shout out to Mary! Who went to dinner and played video games with me and distracted me after my super sad send off of Dan today. Great friends are worth millions, and you’re one of the bestest. ‚̧

LDR: The Struggle

Dan and I started a dating at the beginning of December. Which is pretty much the best. There is only one¬†problem really: he’s in Cincinnati and I’m in Orlando. This would make no sense and suck more if we hadn’t already known each other for so many years. As it is, it sucks enough, and getting to be together once a month is not ideal, but it is what we have for now.

So, with that distance, comes the LDR (long distance relationship) struggles and awesomeness. Yes, it sucks to not be able to see him whenever I want. But, yay, technology! Because these days you have pretty much 24/7 access, if you need/want it, via messaging and texting and phone and OMGTHANKGOODNESSFORVIDEOTECHNOLOGY!

This weekend though, I win. He is here. And that’s the best. Literally. The best. Those times you get to be together in person are like little pockets of magical moments (and not because I live near Disney World).

This is my excited face!

This is my excited face!

Driving to the airport to get your significant other is pretty much the most ridiculous thing you’ll ever do. You make faces like this the whole time and completely involuntarily. You’re just that happy. And then you get out of the car and that hug is like the best moment that has happened to you since….well….since the last time you were together. And he’ll probably tell you that you’re suffocating him. But he’s joking. And you laugh.

Snapchat is the recipient of all your excitement.

 

But you don't even care, because he's here!

But you don’t even care, because he’s here!

Time for some Beaches and Cream and a couple days of annoyingly couple-y couple time! And I have zero apologies for it. ūüôā

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