{healthy recipe & give-away winner}

Hi there!!! Happy Friday to you.
My friend and I are supposed to go to Lake Michigan today....but of course it's cloudy here in Indiana....go figure.

I really wanted to say think you to everyone who participated in the simpledaisy give-away!!! I really love finding new blogs to read and have tried to go take a peek at all your blogs:)
I do enjoy doing these give-aways and plan to do more in the future. It's a nice way to say "thanks" to all you lovely peeps for reading my blog and leaving me nice comments that keep me going~

and now for the WINNER......

Glad I didn't have to count too far down:)

Anywho....I am so happy Maya won! She is a total ocean girl. I am constantly inspired by her blogs....
Completely Coastal
Daily Vitamin Sea
Trust me ... they really help to get me through the long midwestern winters:)
If you have a moment....stop in and say "hello"...you won't be disappointed~

Now for the Fresh Friday post!

If you're new to simpledaisy....every {or almost every} Friday I post a healthy recipe and might talk a little bit about fitness:)

Grilled Mahi with Chilled Vegetable Salad

I know if you're like me.....always in a hurry....it's nice to whip up something quick that still tastes good.

Enter jarred marinades.
It's not often that I use jarred anything....but I have to say...this one was really good:)
I just grilled some mahi and topped it with this tasted marinade. Delicious.

Another thing I really love are VEGETABLES:)
I eat tons of veggies and have found that if you have them all chopped up and ready to go it's much easier.
I just chopped up a ton of veggies...you can pick any you like....add a bottle of dressing {I used fat free italian} and chill!
Yummy and oh so healthy:)

Oh and you know how much I love my vino....well here's what I do with all my corks when I am done with them {that is when I am not making something with them}!

I just throw them into my pots! I added a few shells too. I do think it looks much better then just plain dirt:)

Oh and I have to tell you......if you're looking for a new workout to do...
Try Chalean Extreme.
I just finished my first week with it and can hardly move:) But in a good way!
I love working out but sometimes I get bored with the same old routine so I think it's good to swtich it up. Plus it's good for your muscles to mix it up. They get pretty used to what your doing pretty quickly!

I am still running and riding in addition to this workout... it's a pretty short { 30 min. to 40min} and it's a nice way to add muscle building in with cardio!!! I still haven't decided if I am going to train for the 100 mile bike ride or just do the 50 mile ride. Decisions...Decisions:) Training for something like that is SOOOO time consuming. There were times last year that I was on my bike for 4 hours at a time.
I usually prefer to keep my workouts to 1 hour or under:)
I'll keep you posted.

She is super motivating and if your looking for even more motivation....I found her blog...

There are tons of motivational videos on there. She is also a motivational speaker!!! Anywho...just wanted to share...who couldn't use a little motivation every once in awhile!?!?!?!

I'd be lying if I said...I was totally happy with my body!!! I still struggle with 10 - 15lbs {just keeping it real}! I lost it last summer and then winter hit...........now I am having a hard time getting it off again. Darn wine:)

Doesn't it stink that we all {or at least most of us} struggle with this?!!?

So I am always looking for motivation....and right now her video and motivational blog are fitting the bill for me:)

I am just glad I love to workout!!! I don't know where i'd be if I didn't work out as much as I do!!

I think at the least....it offsets my wine drinking!! haha!!

Well have a great weekend .......make a healthy dinner and at least go for a walk.....it'll make you feel pretty darn good:)

“Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.” Oprah Winfrey


  1. Congratulations to Maya! Enjoy enjoy.

  2. Daisy..
    beautiful post!!
    upbeat and inspiring!!
    and congrats to Maya..
    I would've preferred it be me as the winner..but..I know Maya will adore it equally as well..
    thanks again in being so generous!!
    warm sandy hugs..
    (even tho I am back in Denver!)

  3. Great post! That mango marinade looks delish! And fresh veggies are the best, it's one of the things I love most about summertime!

    Great idea for the corks, they look great mixed in with your seashells in that planter!

    And Maya will do that bracelet proud! She is a great person and beach lover extraordinaire!

    I hope the sun shines so that you can head to the lake over the weekend!

    Kat :) *who writes too much!*

  4. Heather, thank you so much!! I'm super excited to have won a simple daisy bracelet, yuppppieeee!!! I'll email you my info shortly.

    I eat tons of veggies too..., regarding the marinade, I'll probably love it too, I have to read the label though..., I don't buy anything with more than 3 (absolute max 5) grams of sugar per serving (I save my sugar intake for Ben & Jerry ice creme, haha).

  5. I love your blog. I just found it and it's my fave especially on Fridays. I have Chalean Extreme too. Just started it but I need to restart it this week. I over worked my knee doing a mud run this past weekend ao workouts were not 100%. have a great weekend.

  6. Congrats to Maya! Love those blue woven charger mats under the plates.. woo hooo.... great color!


  7. Congrats Maya!

    Your food always looks soooo goood! For some reason I always want a glass of wine after I read your Friday posts : )

    Thank you for the heads up on the new work out - always looking for ways to change it up!

    Have a fabulous weekend! I hope the sun comes out in IN!

  8. yay for Maya! i love fresh fridays and i feel you on the 10/15 lb thing. I just keep telling myself to continue to make good food and exercise choices but to also continue to enjoy the good things in life like wine!

  9. Super uplifting post, Heather! You're such a doll and so darn ambitious. OK, I'm off for a walk with my pedometer...does that count?

    Have a great weekend!

  10. Super uplifting post, Heather! You're such a doll and so darn ambitious. OK, I'm off for a walk with my pedometer...does that count?

    Have a great weekend!

  11. Great post (as always)!
    I'm with you. I love to work out because it makes me feel good, and on the other side - sometimes it gets the better of me.
    Have you tried spin biking? I love it. I take it at the local YMCA. It might help you w/your outdoor biking.
    Have a happy weekend!

  12. you go girl !!! You are an inspiration!! I have been doing my 2 mile walk/jog everyday now. I missed today and I feel crappy. I think my legs miss it. : )

    Great ideas for the corks and shells. The dinner looks great!!!
    Have a happy weekend.

  13. This is such a wonderful post!! That food looks yummie!! I also adore that corks and shells idea!! Congratz to lucky maya! Have a lovely merry weekend and love to you!

  14. Great post...as always! So glad someone wonderful like Maya won your giveaway. Hope you enjoy your weekend.


  15. Yahoooooo for Maya. The bestie beachie! And YUM on the food. I always love to see what you have cooking on a friday!

  16. Congrats to Maya-I will have to check out her blog-I used Denise's Daily Dozen to get me started on losing weight-I started about two weeks after Easter and am down 8 lbs-I was religious initially and then have been laissez faire since going to NYC.

    BIking about 7 hours a week I am sure helps.

    Best of luck.

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  19. I just stumbled upon your blog this morning. I had to go out so I bookmarked with a note-look at when I get home. I live for being around water - ocean preferably, but any body of water with a great view will do. Just loved reading thru some of our posts - you remind me of myself. It is refreshing and I have subscribed and a follower.
    I love your idea of mixing the shells and wine corks. I can't wait to do it tomorrow as I have a large stash of each.
    I am looking forward to your posts and hope you get to the beach lots this summer.
    My best - Diane


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