Monday, June 4, 2018

I made Homemade Sourdough Bread

Well, hello there!

Yup, yours truly took a little hiatus from blogging and man did it feel good, but what feels even better is being back. I missed all your pretty faces. A lot happened in May. For instance, my sister had a baby and I turned 36! Sadly, there will not be a recap. Instead, we're diving right into the fact that I made homemade sourdough bread.

YES, I made SOURDOUGH BREAD from scratch!


I can't hardly believe it, but it happened and it was a process. So how did it come about? Well, about a week ago we were at the beach, with friends talking about making Kombucha, and one of the dads mentioned wanting to attempt making sourdough bread from a starter. I was intrigued. Intrigued enough to go home and google sourdough starter and proceed to make a starter.

For the next five days, I grew wild yeast above my refrigerator. Every day I fed it equal parts flour and water. Friday night, I prepped the sourdough starter for baking. Did I mention it's a process? The magic happened on Saturday. Over the course of the day, I tended to the dough, let it rise then repeated over the next few hours. YES, a few hours!


Once the dough was ready, it was time to bake. Before I knew it, I was enjoying a fresh slice of sourdough bread. You could say I'm now sold on sourdough bread from scratch. While the bread wasn't perfect, nor anywhere near bakery status, it was good for the first attempt.



So what am I doing with four loaves? Duh, eating a slice with every meal. For instance this morning I made avocado toast with eggs. Tonight, garlic bread. Tomorrow who knows as our options are truly endless. Oh and I totally sliced two loaves up and froze them. That sourdough bread life, though!

I will now be making all the bread! Who wants a loaf?

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Friday, April 27, 2018

This + That


OMG, where has the month gone?! I can't believe May is next week. OK, sorry but I think I'm starting to sound like a broken record. This month has been good to me in life and business. Things are crazier than ever, but I end every day like - Today was a good day.

and now for the good stuff...

FAVORITE DISH THIS MONTH 

Say hello to the best cauliflower pizza crust I've ever had -- Califlour Foods. Earlier this month I scored the starter park during one of their sales because you know I love testing new foods and reporting back to y'all. So far I've tried the Plant-Based and Sweet Red Pepper crusts and both were tasty. The above photo is the Plant-Based crust topped with non-fat Trader Joe's pizza sauce, shredded mozzarella, basil, cherry tomatoes with balsamic glaze. WHAT! Yes! Order them online, HERE. #notsponsored

DEAL OF THE WEEK

Hands down finding Wild Friends PB at Grocery Outlet for $2.99-$4.99! You better believe I bought all the flavors, Yes, I have a slight peanut butter problem. So my advice is to seek out a Grocery Outlet and buy all the Wild Friends PB - if it's available.

But let's talk about deals that shouldn't be missed. Macy's is having their Friends + Family Sale; A+F is having a 40% off sale making it the perfect time to pick up summer basics -- like this Ruffle Sleeve top for $20!; Target's patio furniture is 25% off + an extra 15% with code PATIO through Saturday - How cute is this little seating combo; Everything is on sale at the GAP so I bought Em this lightweight Floral-lined Jacket.

THIS + THAT

I passed my CF Level 1 Certification! Wahoo, now I can start helping around at the gym.

I started working on my Nutrition Certificate! It will be a few months before I'm finished, but expect some serious food knowledge bombs coming your way! In the meantime, you can join my private FB group - A Happy Healthy Home Tribe. Basically, I just want to help moms create a healthy and balanced life. I would love you to join the conversation.

Again thanks for bearing with me and the radio silence on the blog while I put things in motion! If you want to know what I'm up to on the daily follow along on IG (@tiara_wasner) -- it's where all the fun happens these days.

...and that's a wrap.

Monday, April 16, 2018

In the Open: 18.5 and Final Thoughts



You guys! We can't forget about the last open workout! All the thrusters and chest to bars. Yeah, I know it ended a month ago, but life happened. What can I say! Let's dive right into things.

THE WORKOUT

This was a repeat of 11.6

Complete as many reps as possible in 7 minutes of:
3 thrusters / 3 chest-to-bar pull-ups
6 thrusters / 6 chest-to-bar pull-ups
9 thrusters / 9 chest-to-bar pull-ups
12 thrusters / 12 chest-to-bar pull-ups
15 thrusters / 15 chest-to-bar pull-ups
18 thrusters / 18 chest-to-bar pull-ups

If you complete the round of 18, go on to 21. If you complete 21, go on to 24, etc.

INITIAL THOUGHTS
Honestly, I think we all knew thrusters and chest to bars were coming so I wasn't really surprised. I was surprised that Castro gave the CrossFit community a choice of 3 to vote on prior to the announcement. I knew I would have to break up the thrusters and hammer out the chest to bars.

MY PERFORMANCE
Surprisingly well. I hit 91 reps. I broke up the reps early kept the transition quick and never stopped moving. The thrusters never got hard, but those linked chest to bars fell apart at around 15. I actually redid this workout with a different rep scheme and got the same score... I was not pleased.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Overall, I'm happy with my performance. This is a workout that would have previously crushed me and it ended up being my second best finish during the 2018 open. It just goes to show how much I've improved in the last year.

OVERALL THOUGHTS ON THE 2018 OPEN

Now that the open is over I can reflect on my overall performance. It was 10 times better than previous years. I'm actually really happy with my overall finish -- 3,062 out of 30,915 worldwide! My takeaway... I have a lot of room for improvement. A few goals include bar cycling mid/heavy loads, overall strength, and butterfly pull-ups.

WHAT'S NEXT...
Fingers crossed I pass my CF level 1 cert. and then start working on my nutrition cert.... because I have SO much time. Oh, and keep training.

From my CF Level 1 training weekend...

Photo Credit: CrossFit.com