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Almost Back & What’s in Season

Hi Friends,

I’ve been gone way too long and I’m dying to get back. Evolve with Mary’s new look is almost done, I still have to correct some broken links as well as add more page elements, but we are almost there. The look is different and my style has also changed. How you ask?

    Shorter posts
    Less frequent posts about 3 a week
    Queen of Hearts…

What’s Queen of Hearts? You will have to wait to find out, everyone loves a cliff hanger. For now chew on what’s in season this month.

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Ouch

Hi Friends,

I was a little under the weather last week but started feeling better, that all came crashing down Friday night. Around 1am a gut-rettching cramping, pain started in my stomach and got increasingly worst, until it was almost unbearable. I ended up crying, curled up into a ball on the cold hardwood floor. Tony picked me up and helped me into bed where I went through a series of deep breathing techniques to control the pain. I almost called 911 but the pain slowly subsided. I’m not too sure what happened to, I staid in bed all weekend sleeping and hopped up on ibuprofen, my stomach is still pretty sore. I’m taking another week off the blog to nurse myself up back to health and keep working on my re-design. Hang in there with me friends, Evolve with Mary will be back soon, better than ever.

XOXO,

Mary

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Under Construction

Hi Friends,

I’m a little under the weather this week. While nursing myself back to health I’m also redesigning Evolve with Mary. Everything should be up and running ready for action by Monday! Send good vibes this coding stuff is hard!

website-under-construction

 

XOXO,

MARY

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A Sexy Nicoise Salad

Hi Friends,

I’m feeling a little under the weather today, not sure if its allergies or if I’m getting sick, whatever it is Mama ain’t happy. I wish I could say I’ll take it easy but easy just isn’t in my vocabulary.
I’m sharing sexy salads over the next couple days. I’ve been planning for this challenge for the last few weeks. Tony and I have been stuffing our faces with these sexy salads and we both seem to enjoy them. As long as you add a few eggs and some cheese to anything I’m pretty happy, and these salads have so much more than just egg and cheese.
Other than not feeling well I’m excited to tackle the week. I’ve been putting off a much needed call to the IRS and paying that last parking ticket I got a few years back. I’m going to make a special trip to Oakland California to rid myself of the ticket in person, up close and personal. I called the IRS today and a friendly recording suggested I call back tomorrow since the wait time is longer than usual. I’ll try back early tomorrow morning before my power yoga class.
Once I get everything squared away with the IRS I need to tackle my student loans, either placing them in deferment or making small payments. I’m hoping to have everything on the right track by May 1st. I’ve put all of this off for the last few years and I’m not to happy about that. Like most women I take care of everyone else and slack when it comes to myself, but that’s not an option any more. Soon I’ll be taking on some coaching clients and need all of my ducks in a row to be able to really concentrate on growing a successful business.
Enough about me and my busy work, lets get to this recipe.
I’m a nicoise salad lover. It was my go to salad while traveling around France a few summers ago. The combination of green beans, potatoes and eggs always turns my frown upside down. This recipe instructs to you to fry capers and use the excess oil to season your salmon. Once my capers were fried I nearly ate
half of them straight from the pan, those crispy little flavor balls are as addicting as Lays potato chips, it was impossible to eat just one.
This salad is sexy because of all the savory ingredients. The soft boiled eggs adds an enhanced yolk flavor that goes well with frieese and all the other goodies.
Time to eat with your eyes.

Nicoise Salad

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Sexy Nicoise Salad
This recipe instructs to you to fry capers and use the excess oil to season salmon. Once my capers were fried I nearly ate all of them straight from the pan, those crispy little flavor balls are as addicting as Lays potato chips. The soft boiled eggs adds an enhanced yolk flavor that goes well with frieese and all the other goodies.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 mins
Cook Time
25-30 mins
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 mins
Cook Time
25-30 mins
Sexy Nicoise Salad
This recipe instructs to you to fry capers and use the excess oil to season salmon. Once my capers were fried I nearly ate all of them straight from the pan, those crispy little flavor balls are as addicting as Lays potato chips. The soft boiled eggs adds an enhanced yolk flavor that goes well with frieese and all the other goodies.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 mins
Cook Time
25-30 mins
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 mins
Cook Time
25-30 mins
Ingredients
Servings:
Recipe Notes

Dressing

Mash anchovies, mustard and sugar in a large bowl to form a coarse paste

Squeeze fresh lemon juice into paste

Whisk in shallot then slowly whisk in remaining 1/4 cup oil

Season vinaigrette with salt and pepper

Salad

Place potatoes in a medium saucepan cover with water, salt water

Bring to a boil

Cook until fork-tender
15-20 minutes
Transfer potatoes to a plate

 

Return water to a boil and cook haricots vets in same saucepan until tender about 2 minutes
Transfer to ice water bath
Chill until cold about 3 minutes
Transfer to paper towels and dry

 

Add more water to pot
Boil eggs for 8 minutes
Transfer eggs to bowl of ice water and chill for 5 minute
Peel and set aside

 

Heat 2 tbsp oil in sauté pan over med-high
Add capers and cook until capers get crispy and burst about 5 minutes
Transfer capers to paper towels to drain
Let oil cool down, set aside

 

Preheat oven to 425 degress
Rub caper oil on salmon
Season with alt and pepper
Roast until med-rare
10-12 minutes
Let cool

 

Break salmon into large flakes, discard skin
Cut potatoes & eggs crosswise
Arrange frisee on a platter
Season with salt and pepper
Drizzle with half of dressing
Top each ingredients in separate piles
Potatoes, haricots vets, hard-boiled eggs, olives, and salmon
Drizzle salad with remaining dressing and top with fried capers
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XOXO,
MARY
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Challenge Monday

FITNESS CHALLENGE

I challenge you to complete my Cheerleading Arms workout everyday this week

Why Why Why

– This is a low impact workout that you can do sitting down

– Everyone can participate and receive a serious burn

– This workout is cheerleading and Pilates inspired

– This routine is quick and effective so you should be able told do this one everyday this week

MATERIALS

-Timer

DIRECTIONS

Complete each exercise for 30 seconds

Arm circles front (small)
Arm circles back (small)
Arm circles front (large)
Arm circles back (large)
Ts
Goal Posts Up Downs
Diagonal Arms Switching sides each time

MY TAKE

I’m all about toned arms, I’ve spent years doing thousands of push-ups and I’m finally pushed out. Since I’m doing everything in my power to get my summer body right, I tried adding push-ups into my routine again, but to no avail. I just don’t like them anymore. That’s where this workout comes into play. it only takes 3:30 minutes and my arms are on fire when it’s done. You might not work up a sweat but you will defiantly feel the burn.

NUTRITION CHALLENGE

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I CHALLENGE YOU TO EAT A SEXY SALAD 5 DAYS THIS WEEK

Why Why Why

-Eating salads at least 5 days a week, is the best healthy eating habits you can adopt

-Salads are a convenient way to work in your daily serving of fruit and vegetables

-Salads are a colorful, fun to eat and easy to customize to your personal taste

MATERIALS

– Sexy salad recipes

– I’ll be featuring a few later on this week

DIRECTIONS

Eat a salad at least 5 days this week, preferably during dinner
Make sure they are sexy salad
Example
Sexy steak salad
Sexy cob salad
Sexy bean salad
Lol feels funny writing that

MY TAKE

I used to hate salads, after years of conditioning I’m finally a fan. I eat more rabbit food than the average human being and I love it. Salads are crunchy, satisfying and filling, if you get, or make, the right one. Which is the point of this weeks challenge.

SELF IMPROVEMENT CHALLENGE

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I CHALLENGE YOU TO WRITE A HAIKU EVERYDAY THIS WEEK

WHY WHY WHY

– Write one haiku a day everyday this week

– Haiku writing can improve your writing skills by forcing you to express yourself in fewer, more descriptive words

-It’s silly and fun and should add a much-needed mental game/break in hour day

MATERIALS

– Your favorite writing utensil

– Paper or phone app

DIRECTIONS

– A haiku is a structured Japanese minimalist poetry,  3 lines long, 5-7-5 syllables

– Do not stress over these daily haikus keep it fun and loose, try not to take yourself or your non-existing poetry career seriously

MY TAKE

I absolutely love poetry. I wish I had the talent to be a poet but i just don’t have the writing chops. This weeks challenge is going to be fun.
 XOXO,
Mary