Slow cooker apple confit

Apple orchards are busy this time of year. Hayrides and other fun activities. With apples on special and in abundance, I was looking for a healthy apple recipe to try. This week, I’ve been focusing on using my slow cooker for the convenience – it seems like we’re always so busy!


  • Apples, 3 lbs firm cooking apples
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar

How to

Peel the apples 1/4″ thick and put in the bottom of your crockpot.
Sprinkle with the cinnamon, nutmeg & sugar. Toss to coat. Cook for about 2 hours on high or 4 on low. Before serving, stir in the vanilla. Serve with frozen yogurt.

Crockpot Balsamic Roast Beef

I made this roast in the slow cooker the other day. With only a few ingredients, it is very economical and very good. My husband really liked it – that is always the test:)


  • 3-4 lb roast
  • 1/2 c. balsamic vinegar
  • Sea salt
  • Onions

That’s all I used.

Cook on low for 8 hours. Serve with rice or potatoes and a salad or cooked vegetables. Frozen veggies are easy to heat up and serve with the roast.

Chile Mocha Shakeology

Chili Mocha Shakeology

Chili Mocha Shakeology – Healthier than Starbucks

I found this Chili Mocha Shakeology recipe and, with one packet left of Cafe Latte Shakeology, knew I had to try it. I’ve seen a similar mocha recipe at Starbucks but have never ordered it. The coffee and cocoa with a little kick has always intrigued me. This is the healthy version. (In the edited video, I cut my head off a little – oops!  😉

So, here goes!

Chile Mocha Shakeology Recipe

1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 cup ice
1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology
2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. ancho chili powder (or chili powder)

Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.


Resolution Reset

Back to School and back to your goals

It’s that time of year. Back-to-school season. And this is the perfect time to take a look at your New Year’s Resolutions and evaluate what worked and what didn’t. Now is the time to reset your habits so that you’re on a good path going into the holiday season (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas).

Tips to keep your New Year's Resolutions and reap a full harvest later on.

Resolution Reset

Think about what goals you would like to accomplish this year. What are some resolutions that you made back in January that you want to re-commit to? I completed the 21 Day Fix extreme program and I want to complete it again.

My Second Chance in 2016 Health & FItness Goals

  • Complete 21 Day Fix Extreme
  • Complete The Master’s Hammer and Chisel


3 Week Yoga Retreat – It’s not too late!

What’s this Beachbody On Demand program and what about the 3 week yoga retreat? I personally really enjoy yoga. I work in an office and sit at a desk and no surprise – my shoulders, neck and upper back get really tight. While I gravitate towards strength training workouts, I realize that I need to work on my flexibility – especially as I age. I wish I had worked on it years ago, but it’s never too late to start. That’s why I’m excited about the 3 week yoga retreat. It’s a beginners level yoga program On Demand.

Try it free

Sign up for your free account here!

“Want to try yoga but too intimidated by the complicated poses? Or, do you think you’re simply not flexible enough to contort yourself into a pretzel? Then, you’re going to love 3 Week Yoga Retreat, now available exclusively on Beachbody On Demand.

3 week yoga retreat

3 week yoga retreat – for all levels

3 Week Yoga Retreat is perfect if you’re new to the yoga mat, as this beginner yoga program will guide you through three weeks of basic yoga classes and help you feel less stressed, improve your flexibility, and increase your balance. It is uniquely designed to start on a Monday, which makes it easy to follow the Class Calendar and stay on track. The program doesn’t require any equipment (though a yoga mat, yoga block, and a strap are all helpful), and we’ve included a modifier for each of the moves to help ease you in.

3 Week Yoga Retreat makes the moves easy to understand  and was designed so you can easily follow along. Beachbody did an extensive search to find four trainers that you’ll not only love, but who are also masters of the practice. This trusted team of four will guide you through each session with cueing so precise you could do the program blindfolded (not that we’d recommend that).

After completing one 30-minute or shorter class a day, you’ll have a deeper understanding of yoga by the end of 21 days. You’ll also have the confidence to hold your own in any yoga class!”

More info here.

Additionally, if you sign up for the free account, you can try out so many fantastic programs like 21 Day Fix, P90X and Turbofire. Sign up for your free account here! It’s no obligation. You can try it free for 30 days.

The Classes in 3 Week Yoga Retreat

Mondays are Core. The foundation of yoga starts in your core. This class focuses on exercises that engage, activate, and build awareness of these very important muscles.

Tuesdays are Stretch. This class is aimed at helping you stretch, extend, and lengthen all the muscles in your body with a variety of poses.

Wednesdays are Balance. Challenge yourself with a series of different postures that engage the core and help you develop better balance inside and out.

Thursdays are Flow. In this class you’ll put together everything you’ve learned so far and connect it with your breathing in a non-stop “flowing” format. This is Vinyasa Flow, Beachbody-style.

Fridays are Flow to Go, a shorter, more advanced version of Thursday’s class that features a little less cueing.

Saturdays are Relax. Faith helps you unwind from your week with this relaxing class.

Sundays are Take 10. These are short, 10-minute classes that will help you wake up, wind down, or work those abs. Pick one or do all three.