Friday, January 26, 2018
I've found that over the years,raising a family and taking care of a home tends to monopolize most of my time. Last year, I made it a point to take some time for just me and it has been great both physically and mentally. I don't own a scale, so I'm not in any kind of fitness frenzy,but rather I am enjoying feeling fit,healthy and occasionally,well rested. I have incorporated more exercise into my daily routine as well as healthier snacks. Five days a week,after the kids go off to school, I take a long walk with our dog Gigi. I then spend 30 minutes following a yoga program on tv,followed by working out for 10-15 minutes with weights. After, I like to make myself a protein shake. This is the one I am currently using and I love it. I add a little cocoa powder,a heaping spoonful of peanut butter,almond milk and some ice. Occasionally, I will throw in some flax seed as well.
I've also found some great products this week. I picked up this deodorant at Target. I'm always reading about how aluminum in deodorant is bad for you and this one is aluminum free. The smell is nice and more importantly,it works.
I have always been a fan of Clinique,and love this lip gloss, It is from the Marimekko collection and this color is Bubbly Pop...sounds a bit teenage, but it is a very nice shade.
I am always surprised by the talents of my boys. When my son came home this week with his artwork,I was impressed with his skills. He has created many beautiful works of art for us, and while this is based on Mario Bros., he still did a great job on it! Made me smile.
Thursday, January 11, 2018
For this salad I used tri color quinoa , but regular quinoa can be used..Quinoa is a healthy grain that is a wonderful source of protein. The quinoa and vegetables can easily be made a few days ahead,and assembled when you are ready to serve. Feel free to use whatever vegetables you have.Today, I sauteed the veggies, but you can roast them if you prefer. This is a great recipe to add to a buffet table or to serve at a luncheon.
1 c, quinoa,rinsed
1-1/2-2 c. chicken stock( I prefer homemade,but in a pinch,store-bought is fine)
1 small onion ,diced
1-2 carrots,peeled and diced
1 large zucchini,diced
1 bell pepper,chopped(I used half of a red and half of a yellow)
freshly grated parmesan
In a medium sauce pan, heat the chicken stock and add the quinoa. Boil until the "little tails" of the grain become visible and the liquid is absorbed. Set aside.
If you want to get a little fancy as I did above, just spread the quinoa on a serving dish, layer the vegetables on top, sprinkle arugula or the greens of your choice around the edges and add some crackers for color. I used beet and sweet potato chips that I found at Trader Joe's, love them!
Monday, January 8, 2018
As the new year begins, one can't help but reflect on the year before,so with that in mind,today I am sharing some things from December,rather than the entire year. Lots of pics to share, so here we go...
I started off the season with decor in mind. Picked up this adorable and useful rosemary tree at Trader Joe's.
Naturally, cookies played a big part of my life in December. The season started with some Elf on the Shelf cookies.
I also put together a few boxes of cookies,which make great gifts for teacher,hostesses and friends.
These little kits from It's Written on the Wall were fun to put together.. Her Etsy shop has so many great designs! I used them as advent calendar gifts for my boys, but they make great stocking stuffers or party favors as well.
Etsy is one of my favorite places for online shopping. I love the variety and unique gifts I am able to find. This was one that I thought was special. I bought this for one of my boys and filled it with art supplies and treats that he loves. It was a big hit. It is from Cufflinksgalore.
This year on the blog, I am going to change things a bit. I will continue to share photos of my creations as well as recipes, but also will be adding a bit more about life in general, gardening, projects, great books to read and products that I love and think you will too. Please stop by often and see what is new!
Have a sweet day!
Monday, October 30, 2017
You will need:
Bowl with ice water
As you can see, this is a dirty bunch of carrots. Cut off a small piece from each end,then peel each carrot.After peeling,wash them,then slice into the desired size.
Nice and clean.
Monday, October 23, 2017
1/2 c. of fresh herbs(parsley,rosemary,thyme,basil,sage,chives,dill)
1 stick of unsalted butter
The first butter I made was rosemary because I have numerous plants in my garden. It is one of my favorite herbs.
Stop by often as I will be sharing more tips to make your holidays a bit easier! Enjoy your day!