tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-35827367608254980602015-09-16T12:54:14.337-05:00Everyday EllisRachelhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11251489001916930039noreply@blogger.comBlogger231125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3582736760825498060.post-83879411309558745712012-05-24T10:09:00.000-05:002012-05-24T10:09:28.743-05:00It's Not Easy Being CheesyLike most people I know, I love cheese...just not on my thighs.&nbsp;&nbsp;Even though cheese can be a good source of calcium and some protein, it isn't always the easiest on the waistline.&nbsp; We all know by now that Greek yogurt is&nbsp;a great source of protein and can be used in baking and cooking.&nbsp; Did you know you can turn it into cheese?&nbsp; Once the liquid is drained overnight, you are left with a soft creamy cheese that is about the same consistency as cream cheese.<div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">To drain:&nbsp; I placed a piece of cheesecloth over a small bowl and taped it to the outsides so that the yogurt&nbsp;was suspended over the bowl allowing the liquid to drain under it.&nbsp; You do not want the yogurt to drop back down into the liquid, so make sure the tape is secure.&nbsp;I doubled my cheesecloth just for a little added strength.&nbsp; I put about a cup of yogurt on the cheesecloth, covered it with Saran wrap and placed it in the fridge for about a day.&nbsp; </div><div style="text-align: center;">This is what it looked like after draining:</div><div align="center" style="text-align: left;"></div><div align="center" style="text-align: left;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ad3Tjb9CQpQ/T7494QV88bI/AAAAAAAACUw/McEJEci_D_k/s1600/IMG_3338.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ad3Tjb9CQpQ/T7494QV88bI/AAAAAAAACUw/McEJEci_D_k/s400/IMG_3338.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;">Lots of liquid left underneath!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-VRF2JLUhiuo/T74-JBOJZwI/AAAAAAAACU4/XW9BbJbGkxk/s1600/IMG_3339.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-VRF2JLUhiuo/T74-JBOJZwI/AAAAAAAACU4/XW9BbJbGkxk/s400/IMG_3339.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;The texture is fluffy and creamy</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-nsx3TnKLkno/T74-SsHUikI/AAAAAAAACVA/_sUTSbjf2NE/s1600/IMG_3341.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-nsx3TnKLkno/T74-SsHUikI/AAAAAAAACVA/_sUTSbjf2NE/s400/IMG_3341.JPG" width="400" /></a></div>The possibilities are endless for this cheese.&nbsp; I added about 1/2 packet of stevia and a heaping teaspoon of cinnamon.&nbsp; I've schmeared it on my rice cakes and apple slices.&nbsp; It would also be good on some cinnamon Ezekial toast.&nbsp; You could easily go savory and add mexican spices and&nbsp;cilantro for a sandwich spread or maybe mix in some lemon zest and herbs to spread on little toasts and top with cucumbers or roasted tomato for a healthy appetizer.&nbsp; <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-BqGiJtR0glA/T74-lSyRrjI/AAAAAAAACVI/A6sqWyQtCt4/s1600/IMG_3342.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-BqGiJtR0glA/T74-lSyRrjI/AAAAAAAACVI/A6sqWyQtCt4/s400/IMG_3342.JPG" width="400" /></a></div>Rachelhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11251489001916930039noreply@blogger.com26tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3582736760825498060.post-73182957263340977292012-05-22T09:36:00.000-05:002012-05-22T09:36:19.058-05:00TruRoots Does It Again<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-C-ZOaRScpFo/T7uiLvLQStI/AAAAAAAACUM/__cDDjhZosY/s1600/truroots-logo.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-C-ZOaRScpFo/T7uiLvLQStI/AAAAAAAACUM/__cDDjhZosY/s1600/truroots-logo.png" /></a></div><br />I have yet to buy a TruRoots product that I don't love.&nbsp; While at Costco last week, I came across a ginormous bag of their Sprouted Bean Trio.&nbsp; It's a combination of sprouted lentils, mung, and adzuki beans.&nbsp; After checking out the nutritional information, I couldn't say no.&nbsp; <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2ddRbyoNgTA/T7ui4ZJ9SBI/AAAAAAAACUc/wj8iywSWINA/s1600/IMG_3346.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2ddRbyoNgTA/T7ui4ZJ9SBI/AAAAAAAACUc/wj8iywSWINA/s400/IMG_3346.JPG" width="265" /></a></div><br />In just a 1/4 cu of this little powerhouse blend, you will get the benefit of only .5g of fat, 27g carbs, <strong>11g of dietary fiber</strong>, <strong>11g of protein</strong>, 4% of calcium, 10% of iron, and 160 calories.&nbsp; I compared this to my normal Texmati Organic Brown Rice.&nbsp; The same serving has 1g of fat, 35 carbs, only 6.5g of dietary fiber, and only 4g of protein.&nbsp; Obviously, the bean trio is a much better choice.&nbsp; As suggested on the TruRoots website, these beans can be used in salads, soups, in casseroles and burritos, or as an easy side dish.&nbsp; According to the cooking directions, it says that it only needs 15 minutes, but I found that their definition of "al dente" is more like "al break a tooth" so I cooked it for about another 15 minutes.&nbsp; Since this was my first experiment with it, I just sauteed about 3/4 cu mirepoix (equal parts diced carrots, celery, and onion) until soft in a tablespoon or so of olive oil and splash of unsalted organic chicken stock.&nbsp; <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oDD9p0s-YS8/T7ui2kujJhI/AAAAAAAACUU/xlEr6Sxm96c/s1600/IMG_3344.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oDD9p0s-YS8/T7ui2kujJhI/AAAAAAAACUU/xlEr6Sxm96c/s400/IMG_3344.JPG" width="400" /></a></div>After about 8-10 minutes, I added one cup of the dry&nbsp;bean mixture and kept stirring over low heat so that it could meld together with the vegetables for just a minute or two.&nbsp; Then I added 2 cups more of the chicken stock and brought it to a boil.&nbsp; Once boiling, turn down the heat to low, cover,&nbsp;and simmer for 20-30 minutes depending on how "al dente" or soft you like your beans.&nbsp; I would just check it after 20 minutes and go from there.&nbsp; Once cooked, I seasoned them with a little salt-free garlic and herb spice blend (another Costco purchase) and ate it as a side dish with my salmon and squash.&nbsp; It was delicious (which is a good since there is no such thing as a small bag of anything at Costco!).&nbsp; <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-I_j3FDW6MoY/T7ui5-9R6NI/AAAAAAAACUk/2jTzefziOLY/s1600/IMG_3347.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-I_j3FDW6MoY/T7ui5-9R6NI/AAAAAAAACUk/2jTzefziOLY/s400/IMG_3347.JPG" width="400" /></a></div>Rachelhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11251489001916930039noreply@blogger.com6tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3582736760825498060.post-78984279248547695922012-05-21T10:50:00.001-05:002012-05-21T10:50:31.931-05:00Things don't always go as plannedI think I'm pretty good in the kitchen.&nbsp; I can read a recipe and execute it, make changes to it to make it my own, and come up with new ones.&nbsp; However, there are the occasional fails.&nbsp; This is one of those times.&nbsp; For the most part, my fails are salvageable.&nbsp; This one...not so much.&nbsp; I tried to eat them a few times and just couldn't choke them down (not even with help of a little wine!).&nbsp; Into the trash they went.&nbsp;We eat a lot of protein and I'm always looking for new ways to use protein powder for something other than a shake.&nbsp; I'll choose chewing rather than sipping any day.&nbsp; <br />The recipe came from Clean Eating Magazine for Protein Cookies.&nbsp; Looked simple enough.&nbsp; All I had to do was beat 1/3 cu of egg whites until frothy and mix in 1/2 cu of protein powder (I think these were the measurements), drop on a silpat and bake at 200 degrees for 2 hrs.&nbsp; Easy schmeeasy, right?&nbsp; Wrong.&nbsp; <br /><br />Here they are ready to go in the oven.&nbsp; <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-uJ69p4Bpitk/T7ph8XTXmiI/AAAAAAAACTw/s-JMC-lobZI/s1600/IMG_3331.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-uJ69p4Bpitk/T7ph8XTXmiI/AAAAAAAACTw/s-JMC-lobZI/s400/IMG_3331.JPG" width="266" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div>At this point, I'm dreamy of fluffy, chewy protein packed cookies that resemble French macarons just like in the recipe's picture.&nbsp; Well, French macarons look like this:<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Vfm82DXkMDQ/T7pi-8kwWTI/AAAAAAAACT4/_o51HPA7DaU/s1600/dsc_2805.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Vfm82DXkMDQ/T7pi-8kwWTI/AAAAAAAACT4/_o51HPA7DaU/s400/dsc_2805.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;(picture courtesy of <a href="http://theculinarychronicles.com/2010/08/06/french-macarons-the-holy-grail-of-pastries/">Culinary Chronicles</a>)</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">When I opened the oven to check on my delectable morsels, I found these.&nbsp; WHAT happened?!?&nbsp; They look like rotting Pringles and kind of tasted like it too.&nbsp; I think the fact that I used the convection on my oven had something to do with it.&nbsp; They were crunchy right at first and then immediatley turned into glue and adhered to every inch of my teeth.&nbsp; I'm not giving up, I will figure these out!!&nbsp; </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-em1bXmtv6B8/T7pjATt2rsI/AAAAAAAACUA/10GGdA75BhU/s1600/IMG_3337.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-em1bXmtv6B8/T7pjATt2rsI/AAAAAAAACUA/10GGdA75BhU/s400/IMG_3337.JPG" width="266" /></a></div><br />Rachelhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11251489001916930039noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3582736760825498060.post-31404692353060178072012-05-06T15:08:00.000-05:002012-05-07T08:26:44.376-05:00T-shirt Overhaul<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">If you are like me, you sweat when you work out. &nbsp;When I say sweat, I mean&nbsp;<b><i>SWEAT</i></b>. &nbsp;I love running in 5ks, 10ks, and obstacle races and have quite the collection of race t-shirts. &nbsp;However, I hate working out in short sleeved t-shirts. &nbsp;I usually end up rolling the sleeves and tucking them into my sports bra and they just feel tight and hot. &nbsp;I saw this t-shirt makeover on Pinterest which is cute, but none of it was sewn, just cut. &nbsp;I loved the idea of re-vamping a t-shirt into a tank, but took it a step further.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b>Pinterest version:</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-d2WLAbOwkpg/T6bYuAfyAGI/AAAAAAAACTk/v0TW56WRbWo/s1600/DIY-Shirt-520x623.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-d2WLAbOwkpg/T6bYuAfyAGI/AAAAAAAACTk/v0TW56WRbWo/s320/DIY-Shirt-520x623.jpg" width="267" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b>My Version:</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IYw9Nxg-CW8/T6bXmYz7TZI/AAAAAAAACSU/Uy3ZneEPa4M/s1600/IMG_3276.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IYw9Nxg-CW8/T6bXmYz7TZI/AAAAAAAACSU/Uy3ZneEPa4M/s320/IMG_3276.JPG" width="213" /></a></div><br />I marked off one side of where I wanted to make the cuts. &nbsp;Then, I used that as a pattern for the other so that they matched.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-E-WFoBVqdio/T6bXup9WF1I/AAAAAAAACSc/7RSIghiX_LU/s1600/IMG_3278.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-E-WFoBVqdio/T6bXup9WF1I/AAAAAAAACSc/7RSIghiX_LU/s320/IMG_3278.JPG" width="213" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9bpbod2-pBA/T6bXvcW_FxI/AAAAAAAACSk/DEdOJ4l2jEA/s1600/IMG_3279.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9bpbod2-pBA/T6bXvcW_FxI/AAAAAAAACSk/DEdOJ4l2jEA/s320/IMG_3279.JPG" width="213" /></a></div>&nbsp;All cut down, looking much cooler...<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-f37tMc1IQIA/T6bXwP8HjFI/AAAAAAAACSs/me1LmDvx_OI/s1600/IMG_3281.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-f37tMc1IQIA/T6bXwP8HjFI/AAAAAAAACSs/me1LmDvx_OI/s320/IMG_3281.JPG" width="213" /></a></div>&nbsp;I then used the sleeves and made two bands to criss cross across the back. &nbsp;Is it perfect? &nbsp;No. &nbsp;Is it pretty good for the gym? &nbsp;You betcha. <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-QwIB6ongAxs/T6bXwqTWxtI/AAAAAAAACS0/usRl6fYAG18/s1600/IMG_3284.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-QwIB6ongAxs/T6bXwqTWxtI/AAAAAAAACS0/usRl6fYAG18/s320/IMG_3284.JPG" width="213" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fSLkiJGDWMo/T6bX38JQFBI/AAAAAAAACS8/qoF1JL33TNM/s1600/IMG_3285.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fSLkiJGDWMo/T6bX38JQFBI/AAAAAAAACS8/qoF1JL33TNM/s320/IMG_3285.JPG" width="213" /></a></div>&nbsp;Here is one more:<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-BrmSr_yU9Es/T6bX5ExcKHI/AAAAAAAACTE/UBhTV7zcfis/s1600/IMG_3287.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-BrmSr_yU9Es/T6bX5ExcKHI/AAAAAAAACTE/UBhTV7zcfis/s320/IMG_3287.JPG" width="213" /></a></div>&nbsp;Cut this down into a racerback tank<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-zC8fciJ_e3o/T6bYBhQ8C9I/AAAAAAAACTM/gU8AZONUYYA/s1600/IMG_3288.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-zC8fciJ_e3o/T6bYBhQ8C9I/AAAAAAAACTM/gU8AZONUYYA/s320/IMG_3288.JPG" width="213" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_bYh01RuXnM/T6bYCcmx9QI/AAAAAAAACTU/AqzgPbVF7ps/s1600/IMG_3289.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_bYh01RuXnM/T6bYCcmx9QI/AAAAAAAACTU/AqzgPbVF7ps/s320/IMG_3289.JPG" width="213" /></a></div>&nbsp;For this one, I took the "cuffs" of the sleeves and a strip of the other part of the sleeve to make three strips that got braided together. &nbsp;Then, I just sewed the ends of the braids together and attached them to the t-shirt. &nbsp;Not too shabby, especially for an old crusty shirt.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-59PTpdEFnyo/T6bYKcZ5rzI/AAAAAAAACTc/pDEqf0k58HY/s1600/IMG_3291.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-59PTpdEFnyo/T6bYKcZ5rzI/AAAAAAAACTc/pDEqf0k58HY/s320/IMG_3291.JPG" width="213" /></a></div><br />Rachelhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11251489001916930039noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3582736760825498060.post-4671115975221610892012-05-02T15:15:00.001-05:002012-05-02T15:15:39.341-05:00Pump Up The JamI'll admit it...I love peanut butter and jelly.&nbsp; However, there is no way I'd eat the same PB&amp;J that I did back before I knew better.&nbsp; Nowadays, everything that goes in my mouth needs to contribute significant nutritional value or there is no reason to eat it in the first place.&nbsp; <br />Lets compare:<br />Old School-white bread, processed pb, store bought jelly<br />New School-toasted Ezekial or sprouted grain bread, organic pb with reduced sugar and salt, chia seed jam<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JlEaQMe2kqo/T6F15J5-nrI/AAAAAAAACR8/myibnFXCqz0/s1600/IMG_3269.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JlEaQMe2kqo/T6F15J5-nrI/AAAAAAAACR8/myibnFXCqz0/s400/IMG_3269.JPG" width="266" /></a></div><br />The chia seed jam is my newest love and so easy to make.&nbsp; All you need us is a bag of chia seeds, berries of your choice, and a little water.&nbsp; I put stevia in the picture, but honestly, the berries were sweet enough that I ended up not using it.&nbsp; If you need something a little sweeter, then a sprinkle of stevia should do the trick.&nbsp; <br />Use 1 tbsp of the chia seeds per person and a handful of berries.&nbsp; Finely chop up your berries and mix them in a bowl with the seeds.&nbsp; The chia seeds soak up the juice from the berries and naturally thicken the mixture (thats why no pectin is required).&nbsp; You may have to put a few drops of water or a splash of o.j. if the mixture gets too thick.&nbsp; Let this sit about twenty minutes.&nbsp; After that, spread it on peanut butter toast, top off your yogurt with it, or eat it by itself.&nbsp; It is so good.&nbsp; I mixed it in my oatmeal this morning and loved it.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tJCpVZPm7H4/T6GU_0GIgZI/AAAAAAAACSI/R-9AKsrjr94/s1600/IMG_3273.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tJCpVZPm7H4/T6GU_0GIgZI/AAAAAAAACSI/R-9AKsrjr94/s400/IMG_3273.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br /><br /><br />Now for a nutritional comparison for 1tbsp of each:<br /><strong>H-E-B More Fruit Raspberry Spread (this is what I used to use)</strong><br />Calories&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 30<br />Fat&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 0g<br />Sodium&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 5mg<br />Carbs&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 7g<br />Sugars&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 6g<br />Vitamin C&nbsp; 6%<br />0% calcium, 0% fiber, 0% iron, 0% protein<br />Overall, just a non-food with processed sugar<br /><br /><strong>Chia Seed Jam (chia seeds plus 10 raspberries)</strong><br />Calories&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 65<br />Fat&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 9g<br />Sodium&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2mg<br />Carbs&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 7g<br />Sugars&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1g<br />Calcium&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 7%<br />Iron&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1%<br />Vitamin C&nbsp;8% <br />Protein&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2g<br /><strong>Fiber&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 7g!- (1 serving of Metemucil only has 3) this is equal to about 25% of your recommended intake of fiber</strong><br /><br />Chia seeds are quite the little powerhouse.&nbsp; Yes, there are more calories and fat in the seed version, but those come from healthy omega 3s that your body needs.&nbsp; Plus, there is less sodium and sugar and more vitamins and minerals.&nbsp; Did you notice the fiber?! I'd much rather eat the seeds than drink fiber powder or FiberOne bars (those things are lethal).&nbsp; <br /><br />Here are even more benefits of chia seeds:<br /><br />1.&nbsp; Aid in weight loss- the outside that absorbs liquid forms a gel like coating increasing its size and weight.&nbsp; It will help you feel full faster and stay full longer.<br />2.&nbsp; Balance blood sugar-chia seeds help slow the process of starches turning into sugar and helps your food provide a steady stream of energy rather than spiking.<br />3.&nbsp; Helps with digestion- the insoluble fiber of the chia seed aids in keeping the digestion process smooth (if you know what I mean) while the soluble fiber maintains hydration in the colon<br />4.&nbsp; Bake with less fat- baking with chia gel (just seeds mixed with water) allows you to cut the amount of oil or butter in half and replace it with gel.&nbsp; Plus, the antioxidants will help keep your baked goodies fresher for longer<br />5.&nbsp; Used as a natural thickener- chia seeds take on the flavor of whatever you mix it in.&nbsp; You can add them to soup, to sauce, etc.&nbsp; All the benefits without any flour or cornstarch.<br /><br />I found my bag of seeds in the grain aisle of our local grocery store, but they are available online from Amazon and other retailers.Rachelhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11251489001916930039noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3582736760825498060.post-15371486826264899002012-04-30T08:49:00.000-05:002012-04-30T08:49:06.604-05:00Need to jazz up your workout?<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MwEc0u29tik/T56XFfmAusI/AAAAAAAACRw/734fB7ZVx8Y/s1600/rectangluar_logo.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="46" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MwEc0u29tik/T56XFfmAusI/AAAAAAAACRw/734fB7ZVx8Y/s320/rectangluar_logo.png" width="320" /></a></div><div align="center"></div><br />I don't know about you, but if I listen to the same songs or playlist at the gym, it gets a little mundane after awhile.&nbsp; Nothing will spark some new life into your runs or workouts like some new jams.&nbsp; I usually have to work out at night and my energy level is more than likely on the downhill slide by then.&nbsp; I need upbeat music to keep me going.&nbsp; I don't want to listen to the same music I hear on the radio all day and I really like dj remixes to keep things fresh.&nbsp; I stumbled upon a link to <a href="http://www.rockmyrun.com/">Rock My Run</a> on Pinterest not too long ago and I love it!&nbsp; They come out with new mixes two to three times a week and have them all broken down by beats per minute, genre, and length.&nbsp; Today's mix (Quicken Your Pulse) is just what I needed.&nbsp; I'm really looking forward to tonight's workout!&nbsp; An even better plus?&nbsp; You receive a free credit every month to go towards your downloads.&nbsp; If you don't have enough credits accumulated, you can buy them for as low as $2/each.&nbsp; The longer mixes are usually two credits but that is for at least an hour worth of music.&nbsp; Not too shabby.&nbsp;Rachelhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11251489001916930039noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3582736760825498060.post-33516553216821971502012-04-23T15:47:00.001-05:002012-04-23T15:47:33.653-05:00What Was I Doing the Last Six Months?Even though I didn't blog for six months, that doesn't mean I wasn't being crafty!&nbsp; Thank goodness I took some pictures along the way.&nbsp; I knocked out three more quilts and have four or five more in the line up.&nbsp; Maybe one of these days&nbsp;I'll actually make one for myself.&nbsp; I did see a great tip the other day for a light quilt, use a cotton flannel sheet as the batting.&nbsp; Genious!&nbsp; It rarely gets cold enough in Texas for a thick blanket and the sheet would be perfect for a summer one to use while taking a Sunday nap or to use for a picnic.&nbsp; <br />Once my husband saw all the other quilts that I had made, he was no longer telling me that I am a 30 year old trapped in an eighty year old's body, but rather asking if he was ever going to get one.&nbsp; So, for Christmas, he got a huge (almost king size) quilt with prints of old hot rods and pin up girls.&nbsp; The color combo isn't my favorite overall so he will eventually get another one, but I did figure out how to do really cool applique!&nbsp; I found a retro font online, printed it out, cut it out and then traced it onto the batting.&nbsp; I then laid that out onto the print and cut the print a bit bigger than the batting.&nbsp; I tucked the print over and under the batting and glued it down on the backside to make it easier to stitch down.&nbsp; Once that was done, I stitched that down to the black, cut it out and then sewed that down to the corner of the finished quilt.&nbsp; The pups love nappy time with their pop...<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-U5tLP1JvHZc/T5W7jvMPJbI/AAAAAAAACQs/g_Ibv0bLIWo/s1600/Liberty+Hill-Cedar+Park-20111231-00048.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-U5tLP1JvHZc/T5W7jvMPJbI/AAAAAAAACQs/g_Ibv0bLIWo/s400/Liberty+Hill-Cedar+Park-20111231-00048.jpg" width="300" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">My good friend Montana is a fellow dog lover.&nbsp;Her cockapoo and our two dogs are best friends.&nbsp; I was so happy to find a cute dog print for her son Sam's quilt.&nbsp; There are even little bostons on it.&nbsp; This was obviously not finished when I took a picture, but all that was left at this point was the binding.&nbsp; The oversized chevron design was really fast! Ruby sure&nbsp;liked it...</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sSWl6rQXA2Q/T5W83eG8EZI/AAAAAAAACQ0/JYKRH2GWTC0/s1600/Liberty+Hill-Cedar+Park-20120101-00050+(1).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sSWl6rQXA2Q/T5W83eG8EZI/AAAAAAAACQ0/JYKRH2GWTC0/s400/Liberty+Hill-Cedar+Park-20120101-00050+(1).jpg" width="302" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">The most labor intensive quilt as far as cutting goes was definitely the following quilt.&nbsp; My best friend asked if I would sew one for her to give to her husband for their anniversary since he had always wanted one.&nbsp; I wish I had taken a picture of the finished product.&nbsp; It turned out great!&nbsp; I will definitely use that pattern again.&nbsp; This pattern came from the <a href="http://www.etsy.com/shop/quiltmakerscottage">Quilt Makers Cottage</a> on Etsy.&nbsp; They have the cutest patterns!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-F49i9HdF_x4/T5W-DWwDeaI/AAAAAAAACQ8/AKkO2lv4LRU/s1600/IMG-20120204-00080+(1).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-F49i9HdF_x4/T5W-DWwDeaI/AAAAAAAACQ8/AKkO2lv4LRU/s400/IMG-20120204-00080+(1).jpg" width="300" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I'll make sure to keep taking pictures and blogging, especially since these were with my phone's camera!&nbsp; I'll do a tutorial for the applique technique on my next one.&nbsp; It makes the quilt look really fancy but its soo easy!</div>Rachelhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11251489001916930039noreply@blogger.com8tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3582736760825498060.post-12239604652035583972012-04-18T06:16:00.000-05:002012-04-18T06:16:07.649-05:00Eat Clean, Stay Lean<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">The hubs and I like to eat...a lot. &nbsp;However, we still look for meals with low salt, sugar, and fat content. &nbsp;Why spend hours at the gym only to destroy your hard work with horrible food? &nbsp;Clean Eating magazine has been a great resource over the years for delicious, super healthy, and fairly simple recipes. &nbsp;We are big fans of turkey meatballs and usually they are my normal Italian style ones. &nbsp;Then I found a recipe on SkinnyTaste for <a href="http://www.skinnytaste.com/2010/08/greek-turkey-meatballs.html">Greek</a> style that have now moved up to #1 on the favorites list. &nbsp;Yesterday, we tried a southwest version from <a href="http://CleanEatingMag.com/">CleanEatingMag.com</a>. &nbsp;It was a great shake up to the old meatball mix and deemed a keeper by the big man. &nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lXAEmsvGaQU/T46hzXt814I/AAAAAAAACQg/ehIhQG611gI/s1600/IMG_3258.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lXAEmsvGaQU/T46hzXt814I/AAAAAAAACQg/ehIhQG611gI/s400/IMG_3258.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><b>Southwest Meatball Skillet</b></span><br /><br /><h3 style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; margin-bottom: 5px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">INGREDIENTS:</span></h3><ul style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 20px; padding-left: 15px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;"><li style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">1 lb ground turkey breast</span></li><li style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">2 large egg whites</span></li><li style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">1/4 cup whole-wheat bread crumbs</span></li><li style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">1/4 tsp sea salt</span></li><li style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper</span></li><li style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">2 tsp olive oil</span></li><li style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">1 cup frozen yellow or white corn</span></li><li style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">1 15-oz BPA-free can low-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed well</span></li><li style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">2 cups diced vine-ripened tomatoes</span></li><li style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth</span></li><li style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">1 tbsp fresh lime juice</span></li><li style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">1 tsp ground cumin</span></li><li style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro</span></li></ul><h3 style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; margin-bottom: 5px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">INSTRUCTIONS:</span></h3><ol style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 20px; padding-left: 20px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;"><li style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">In a large bowl, combine turkey, egg whites, bread crumbs, salt and pepper and mix well. Shape into 16 meatballs, each about the size of a golf ball.</span></li><li style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">In a large skillet, heat oil on medium-high. Add meatballs and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, turning frequently, until browned on all sides. Add corn, beans, tomatoes, broth, lime juice and cumin and mix well. Reduce heat to medium, partially cover and cook for an additional 3 to 5 minutes, until meatballs are cooked through. Stir in cilantro and serve.</span></li></ol><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px;"><b>** I added 1/2 jalapeno chopped, and little shredded cheese on top, and served it over brown rice. &nbsp;Also, the meatballs tend to stick to a regular skillet. &nbsp;I would suggest a non stick until they are browned on all sides or bake them for about 8-10 minutes until they are golden brown before adding them to the corn/bean mix.**</b></span></span></div>Rachelhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11251489001916930039noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3582736760825498060.post-77612079016138039222012-04-16T09:12:00.000-05:002012-04-16T09:12:23.250-05:00Down and DirtySo after a little convincing from the fam this weekend, I'm starting this back up.&nbsp; May not be necessarily every day, but will definitely be more than every six months.&nbsp; I can't believe it has been that long since the last time I got on here!&nbsp; <br /><br />I started quite a major project yesterday and had such great results that it gave me a great reason to blog again.&nbsp; I love having tile in my house.&nbsp; I absolutely can't stand carpet.&nbsp; My OCD kicks in when I think of how much dust, dander, and pet hair that gets trapped in it even though I vacuum all the time.&nbsp; Plus, we only have three rooms of carpet and have managed to get coffee stains in two of them.&nbsp; My next cleaning experiment to figure out how to get those out of beige shag carpet.&nbsp; If anyone has a suggestion, please leave a comment!&nbsp; Moving on.&nbsp; The rest of our house, besides the office, is tile.&nbsp; Over the years, no matter how much I mop, the grout has gotten really gross.&nbsp; I thought of having it professionally cleaned and sealed, but its pretty pricey and I love a challenge.&nbsp; I've always heard of using Borax for tough jobs and wanted to give it a whirl.&nbsp; I've been using more eco friendly cleaning solutions and figured it was worth a shot.&nbsp; Most of the sites I read suggested that you make it into a paste using lemon juice, baking soda, Borax, and water.&nbsp; I added a little white vinegar as well to kick it up a notch.&nbsp; My measurements were roughly 1 part baking soda, 1 Borax, a shot of vinegar, how ever much lemon juice you want (I like the smell), and enough warm water to make a thin paste.&nbsp; I suggest finding a grout brush or a long skinny scrub brush.&nbsp; I lucked out since my mop had a scrubber just like that and it was detachable.&nbsp; It worked much better than a toothbrush.&nbsp; I did a test section, scrubbed away, mopped it with clean water, and let it dry.&nbsp; HOLY MOLY.&nbsp; It looks like the day we moved in.&nbsp; I was shocked, not only at how clean it came, but just how disgusting it was before then!&nbsp; Now, the bad part.&nbsp; It is pretty labor intensive and I have the rest of the house to go.&nbsp; Also, it does take mopping with clean water a few times to get all the residue from the paste to come off without leaving a chalky feeling.&nbsp; Once it was all dry, I swept againand got up a bit more.&nbsp; The high traffic areas are the worst and I don't have to worry about tile under the furniture, so I think I can finish it all in more evening.&nbsp; Totally worth it.&nbsp; <br /><br /><div align="center">My Cleaning Dream Team</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--rBz8BE_1To/T4wiBSv20SI/AAAAAAAACQQ/Clj3Cw3o7Gk/s1600/IMG-20120415-00092.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--rBz8BE_1To/T4wiBSv20SI/AAAAAAAACQQ/Clj3Cw3o7Gk/s400/IMG-20120415-00092.jpg" width="326" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">My Test Patch- Amazing!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-NiLcMfiNxPE/T4wiCkmj0kI/AAAAAAAACQY/K0iKexjVOzM/s1600/IMG-20120415-00090.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; 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margin: 0px 8px 8px 0px; padding: 2px;" width="50" /></a></div><div style="margin-bottom: 8px;"><a href="http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/thing.outbound?.embedder=622579&amp;.svc=blogger&amp;id=44147132" rel="nofollow">Carolee LUX gold bangle</a><br />$125 - bloomingdales.com<br /><br style="display: none;" /></div><div style="clear: both; margin: 0em; padding: 0px;"><a href="http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/thing.outbound?.embedder=622579&amp;.svc=blogger&amp;id=43600872" rel="nofollow"><img align="left" force="1" height="50" hspace="4" src="http://ak1.polyvoreimg.com/cgi/img-thing/size/s/tid/43600872.jpg" style="background-color: white; border: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); margin: 0px 8px 8px 0px; padding: 2px;" width="50" /></a></div><div style="margin-bottom: 8px;"><a href="http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/thing.outbound?.embedder=622579&amp;.svc=blogger&amp;id=43600872" rel="nofollow">American Eagle Outfitters loop scarve</a><br />$20 - ae.com<br /><br style="display: none;" /></div></div></small></div>Rachelhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11251489001916930039noreply@blogger.com4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3582736760825498060.post-44088878819111733812011-10-16T17:57:00.000-05:002011-10-16T17:57:09.940-05:00While I Was OutEven though last month was crazy busy, I did finish my nephew Noah's blanket in time for his first birthday. <br />A little embroidered patch:<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0uA8iFV7RHU/TptgCK6v1UI/AAAAAAAACMk/04NDiVllsu8/s1600/293567_2493174012327_1342107223_2962716_1081396029_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0uA8iFV7RHU/TptgCK6v1UI/AAAAAAAACMk/04NDiVllsu8/s400/293567_2493174012327_1342107223_2962716_1081396029_n.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Quality control check by Bruiser. &nbsp;He agreed it was just the right weight:</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Nr21V_U_YKk/TptgDLTi2KI/AAAAAAAACM8/bo4HByvacj8/s1600/307464_2493174172331_1342107223_2962717_264489284_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Nr21V_U_YKk/TptgDLTi2KI/AAAAAAAACM8/bo4HByvacj8/s400/307464_2493174172331_1342107223_2962717_264489284_n.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Nr21V_U_YKk/TptgDLTi2KI/AAAAAAAACM8/bo4HByvacj8/s1600/307464_2493174172331_1342107223_2962717_264489284_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="-webkit-text-decorations-in-effect: none; color: black;"></span></a><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Noah's smash cake was my Grandma A's Banana Cake recipe. &nbsp;It was pretty delish. &nbsp;This was so easy for lettering. &nbsp;Melt some dark chocolate in a double boiler and pipe it onto wax paper. &nbsp;You can put a font under it if you find a certain lettering you like. &nbsp;Freeze the letters and then pull them off and stick them on the cake. &nbsp;That way if you mess up, just pipe a new one!<a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-idRsC0eTamc/TptgCViwQDI/AAAAAAAACMs/RJ18cGAmjLo/s1600/300404_2493174452338_1342107223_2962718_731371603_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="273" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-idRsC0eTamc/TptgCViwQDI/AAAAAAAACMs/RJ18cGAmjLo/s400/300404_2493174452338_1342107223_2962718_731371603_n.jpg" width="400" /></a><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">And the man of the hour...isn't he a doll?</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NWLzAqGVKZw/TptgC30cBaI/AAAAAAAACM0/O0nRVcu1XW0/s1600/304183_2493176972401_1342107223_2962726_1541743064_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NWLzAqGVKZw/TptgC30cBaI/AAAAAAAACM0/O0nRVcu1XW0/s400/304183_2493176972401_1342107223_2962726_1541743064_n.jpg" width="285" /></a></div>Rachelhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11251489001916930039noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3582736760825498060.post-69188732770273613742011-10-14T17:39:00.000-05:002011-10-14T17:39:09.829-05:00Back from BreakWow, how quickly a month goes by! &nbsp;September was quite the whirlwind for us in the restoration business. &nbsp;The fires in Bastrop completely overwhelmed our staff and crew, but in the end, customers were happy and homes were restored. <br />Even though I haven't blogged, I have been up to some of my crafty ways. &nbsp;Bunco was back at my house this past Monday. &nbsp;Can you believe it has already been a year since I started our group? &nbsp;I get a little over the top for Bunco, but I love entertaining. &nbsp;The bad part is that I was so busy cooking, that I didn't take pictures of the food! &nbsp;My brother came over on Saturday and we cooked while the UT game was on. &nbsp;We made homemade chicken and seafood stocks and started the gumbo. &nbsp;Saturday night I baked the desserts. &nbsp;Yup, I baked again and they all came out great! &nbsp;I guess I'm getting the hang of it. &nbsp;I made apple pie bars, pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and a candied walnut, and pumpkin tiramisu (the big hit of the night). &nbsp;The recipe for the tiramisu can be found <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/pumpkin-gingersnap-tiramisu">here</a>, trust me, you will want to make this for Thanksgiving. &nbsp;It is that good. &nbsp;I did manage to snap a picture of my cupcakes. &nbsp;Funny how a gold wrapper, a sprinkle of some cinnamon/nutmeg, and a candied nut can make a plain ole cupcake look so fancy:<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3g1BwfRtTTM/Tpi1zulJJcI/AAAAAAAACLs/9tTIfNdnvnE/s1600/Liberty+Hill-Cedar+Park-20111010-00023.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3g1BwfRtTTM/Tpi1zulJJcI/AAAAAAAACLs/9tTIfNdnvnE/s320/Liberty+Hill-Cedar+Park-20111010-00023.jpg" width="239" /></a></div>So, we had gumbo, shrimp etoufee, cornbread, cucumber salad, and desserts. &nbsp;For a fun cocktail, I mixed pretty much equals parts of Applejack brandy, Woodchuck hard cider, and sparkling apple cider. A used thin slices of granny smith apple for a garnish. &nbsp;It was great to have something different than our wine and it was autumn-y without being heavy. &nbsp;All in all, dinner was a success. &nbsp;There were barely any leftovers which is also a good sign. &nbsp;I'll also give you my cornbread secret. &nbsp;I tried this awhile back and I will never make cornbread again without adding about three to four heaping spoonfuls of canned creamed corn to the batter. &nbsp;It makes the cornbread so moist that you can't stop eating it!<br />Bunco and parties also give me a reason to get my butt in gear in the decorating department. &nbsp;The mantle is always a good focus spot. <br />So, I started with these that I found at Jo Anne Fabrics:<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-XAzlqbaX30Q/Tpi3noyJz9I/AAAAAAAACL0/tN1cwhzlPgc/s1600/IMG_1300.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="253" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-XAzlqbaX30Q/Tpi3noyJz9I/AAAAAAAACL0/tN1cwhzlPgc/s400/IMG_1300.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I sprayed them with two coats of this engine spray paint. &nbsp;Why engine paint? &nbsp;Well, its orange...and free. &nbsp;Clay had some from a car he had been working on. &nbsp;I would suggest spray painting a base coat on these cardboard letters since you can do light coats and avoid them getting soggy. &nbsp;Plus, the spray paint hardens them up a bit.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0h7V78gL0hk/Tpi3pWV9fuI/AAAAAAAACL8/h9KEoqCSKs8/s1600/IMG_1302.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0h7V78gL0hk/Tpi3pWV9fuI/AAAAAAAACL8/h9KEoqCSKs8/s400/IMG_1302.JPG" width="265" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I got this. &nbsp;They were a little too red-orange</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-T_SVJ9jdbU0/Tpi3q-kq6HI/AAAAAAAACME/Iu68YBKO-Nw/s1600/IMG_1304.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="259" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-T_SVJ9jdbU0/Tpi3q-kq6HI/AAAAAAAACME/Iu68YBKO-Nw/s400/IMG_1304.JPG" width="400" /></a></div>&nbsp;So, I added some streaking with some different colors of acrylic craft paint<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-44zkW5oZH6Y/Tpi3sYapy_I/AAAAAAAACMM/HfEyXh3GSIQ/s1600/IMG_1306.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-44zkW5oZH6Y/Tpi3sYapy_I/AAAAAAAACMM/HfEyXh3GSIQ/s400/IMG_1306.JPG" width="285" /></a></div>&nbsp;Then, I cut out the backs, took out all that zig zag cardboard in the middle. &nbsp;I used an ice pick and punched holes all over the fronts of the letters. &nbsp;Then, I filled the back with orange Christmas lights and put the backs back on. &nbsp;I left a little slit in the bottom for the cords to come out. <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-taxIoAFEYmA/Tpi3vELE5SI/AAAAAAAACMU/1A3Saovq1DY/s1600/IMG_1308.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-taxIoAFEYmA/Tpi3vELE5SI/AAAAAAAACMU/1A3Saovq1DY/s400/IMG_1308.JPG" width="400" /></a></div>Then, I added some little spiders I found at Michaels and set them on my grass boxes that I get soo much use out of from the wedding. &nbsp;When I plug in the letters, they look like old school marquee lights. &nbsp;Not too bad for about $15 worth of supplies!<br />p.s. that fake raven still catches Bruiser off guard. &nbsp;Every now and then, he come running in the living room and bounces back like its about to swoop him up. &nbsp;Dogs are so simple...<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-G8v5d1_PJOA/Tpi3x1gdfUI/AAAAAAAACMc/rNyUv6DqzK8/s1600/IMG_1312.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-G8v5d1_PJOA/Tpi3x1gdfUI/AAAAAAAACMc/rNyUv6DqzK8/s400/IMG_1312.JPG" width="400" /></a></div>Rachelhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11251489001916930039noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3582736760825498060.post-16790692961725363772011-09-13T16:19:00.000-05:002011-09-13T16:19:37.958-05:00On HiatusI'll be taking a bit of a&nbsp;break from the blog for about a week.&nbsp; I'm sure you have all heard of the horrible fires we've had here in central Texas.&nbsp; This is the worst fire event in history that&nbsp;followed the hottest and driest summer on record.&nbsp; We keep praying for some relief from the drought, but we're still having weather forecasts in the 100s with little to no rain in sight.&nbsp; But I digress, I work for a restoration company.&nbsp; In this case we work insurance companies to come in a remove all the smoke odor and try to get these people's homes back to a livable condition.&nbsp; To make a long story short, I'm buried under mounds of paperwork but will promptly return to blogging once I have dug myself out.&nbsp; My nephew Noah turns 1 next week so I'll have lots of posts ready to go!&nbsp; <br /><br />In the meantime, please take minute to donate to any of the following charities to help out the fire victims.&nbsp; Many of these had their whole lives burned down to a pile of ash.&nbsp; There are also many animal shelters that have set up in Bastrop to round up all the pets that were evacuated with their families and get them food and medical attention (and hopefully get them back with their families).&nbsp; <br /><br />Please keep Texas in your prayers.&nbsp; We need it.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.austindisasterreliefnetwork.org/apps/articles/default.asp?articleid=75376&amp;columnid=6357">Austin Disaster Relief</a><br /><a href="http://www.suficenterbastrop.org/donate.html">Sufi Center of Bastrop</a><br /><a href="http://www.bcocchurch.org/giving">Bastrop Christian Outreach</a><br /><a href="http://www.austinfoodbank.org/how-to-help/">Capital Area Food Bank</a><br /><a href="https://www.austinpetsalive.org/donate/donate-now/">Austin Pets Alive</a>Rachelhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11251489001916930039noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3582736760825498060.post-86145928781674260602011-09-08T05:56:00.000-05:002011-09-08T05:56:49.127-05:00Pie for Two<span class="Apple-style-span" style="-webkit-text-decorations-in-effect: underline; color: #0000ee;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="-webkit-text-decorations-in-effect: none; color: black;">It is so hard to cook for two without having a ton of leftovers. &nbsp;Its even harder when it comes to sweets. &nbsp;Clay and I don't eat them that often and it definitely isn't because we don't like them. &nbsp;A lack of willpower has a bit to do with it. &nbsp;As I wrote earlier, this past Monday was Clay's birthday. &nbsp;I was going to do baked apples in the crockpot, but we were running around all day and I ran out of time. &nbsp;I looked around my pantry and freezer and found some frozen pie dough and the Granny Smith apples I was going to use. &nbsp;So, mini apple pies it was. &nbsp;This was so easy and sooo cute! &nbsp;</span></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="-webkit-text-decorations-in-effect: underline; color: #0000ee;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="-webkit-text-decorations-in-effect: none; color: black;"><br /></span></span><br /><b>Mini Muffin Tin Apple Pies</b> (makes two minis with extra apples for sauce)<br />1 roll of pre-made pie dough<br />2 apples (whatever kind you like to bake with) sliced or diced (diced in small chunks fits better in tins than sliced)<br />2 tsp of flour<br />2 tsp of sugar (I substituted with Splenda for baking)<br />1 tsp of cinnamon<br />Dash of nutmeg<br />a little butter<br />Turbinado sugar<br />Apple cider<br /><br />Pre heat your oven to 425. &nbsp;Spray your muffin tin with cooking spray. &nbsp;Roll out your pie dough and cut out four circles a bit larger than your muffin holes. &nbsp;I happened to have a tupperware that was the perfect size. &nbsp;Mix your apples with the flour, cinnamon, sugar, and nutmeg in a bowl until apples are coated. &nbsp;Take two circles of dough and line two of the muffin holes with them. &nbsp;Fill with each one with enough apple mixture so it is a little over the top (the apples will cook down). &nbsp;I added a little tiny dollop of butter on top just like you would with a normal apple pie. &nbsp;Take the remaining two circles of dough and cover the two pies. &nbsp;Pinch the edges together to make sure the top and bottoms doughs are adhered and cut a few slits in the top for steam. &nbsp;Brush with a little melted butter and sprinkle with the turbinado sugar. &nbsp;Bake in the oven at 425 for 15 minutes, then turn down the oven to 350 and bake for another 15 minutes. &nbsp;Remove from the oven and let cool. &nbsp;I used a butter knife to loosen the edges and they popped right out. &nbsp;Then I took the leftover apples and cooked them down with some apple cider until the juice thickened up to form an apple sauce. &nbsp;I plated the mini pie, added some frozen yogurt, and topped with the cider apple sauce. &nbsp;Loved it. <br />p.s. warm apple pie and birthday candles DO NOT mix. &nbsp;Clay pulled his candle out only to get the wick. &nbsp;The rest of the candle had melted down into the pie. &nbsp;I ate the one. &nbsp;Oh the things we do for love.<br /><br /><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QllIqnSyOl4/TmgihxgFi6I/AAAAAAAACLo/Nv8B7oWvF-g/s1600/IMG_1204.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"></a><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WdoXdwWFqpM/TmgihLtc4FI/AAAAAAAACLk/qAFc5PonFuk/s1600/IMG_1202.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WdoXdwWFqpM/TmgihLtc4FI/AAAAAAAACLk/qAFc5PonFuk/s400/IMG_1202.JPG" width="400" /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="-webkit-text-decorations-in-effect: none; color: black;">I</span></a><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QllIqnSyOl4/TmgihxgFi6I/AAAAAAAACLo/Nv8B7oWvF-g/s1600/IMG_1204.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QllIqnSyOl4/TmgihxgFi6I/AAAAAAAACLo/Nv8B7oWvF-g/s400/IMG_1204.JPG" width="400" /></a></div>Rachelhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11251489001916930039noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3582736760825498060.post-69262598122097440252011-09-07T20:59:00.000-05:002011-09-07T20:59:25.394-05:00Wino WednesdayI haven't posted a Wino Wednesday in awhile for a simple reason. &nbsp; I found my new favorite cab, the Bota Box, at Costco for a little under $14. &nbsp;$14 for 4 bottles on wine...that doesn't taste like rot gut? &nbsp;I'm sold! &nbsp;However, I don't know if having wine on tap is such a good idea. &nbsp;Anyway, it has been so hot here that I thought I'd try something new. &nbsp;I usually don't like white wine at all. &nbsp;In fact, I refer to it as the White Devil. &nbsp;It sneaks up on you and before you know it, you are "accidentally" a little tipsy. &nbsp;But, I figured it was worth a shot, and a blog post. &nbsp;I went for sparkling wine just to give it a little fizz. &nbsp;I have to admit, I really liked it. &nbsp;The bad part is that it does go down really easy, but it is refreshing on a hot day. &nbsp;My favorite was to drop in a few blackberries and let them get soaked while I sipped. &nbsp;The first one I got was il Dolce. &nbsp;For about $10, it was a great buy. &nbsp;Not overly sweet and so good with the berries. &nbsp;It obviously went fast since I only got a picture of the empty bottle:<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-tb6p4-8N7NY/Tmgf7Adc2aI/AAAAAAAACLc/iZIkkmE_v5w/s1600/IMG_1188.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-tb6p4-8N7NY/Tmgf7Adc2aI/AAAAAAAACLc/iZIkkmE_v5w/s640/IMG_1188.JPG" width="433" /></a></div><br /><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Tonight we found a stash of Martini sparkling wine up in the pantry. &nbsp;I threw a bottle in the freezer while I cooked dinner so that it would be nice and chilly. &nbsp;For some reason I thought I 'd mix it with some concord grape juice for a little spritzer. &nbsp;I think I used a little too much juice the first time around. &nbsp;It tasted like fizzy communion wine. &nbsp;The second try was all sparkling wine with a splash of juice. &nbsp;It was great and a nice change to our normal reds.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-o96cbF9aUXE/Tmgf8IzN9fI/AAAAAAAACLg/9y8zA1AhEcA/s1600/IMG_1224.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-o96cbF9aUXE/Tmgf8IzN9fI/AAAAAAAACLg/9y8zA1AhEcA/s640/IMG_1224.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div>Rachelhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11251489001916930039noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3582736760825498060.post-45439248839606329462011-09-05T09:01:00.000-05:002011-09-05T09:01:53.339-05:00Birthday Breakfast of ChampionsToday is Clay's birthday. &nbsp;I wanted to make something really yummy and warm for his breakfast this morning. &nbsp;We are HUGE breakfast people. &nbsp;You'll never hear either one of us say that we forgot to eat in the morning! &nbsp;His birthday also gives me a reason to use my blue plate. &nbsp;My grandma had a plate like this and it was always a big deal to get to use it at her house:<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-i5hgny8zA-M/TmTRpmCDEhI/AAAAAAAACLI/hLTpriHz31Y/s1600/IMG_1193.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-i5hgny8zA-M/TmTRpmCDEhI/AAAAAAAACLI/hLTpriHz31Y/s400/IMG_1193.jpg" width="400" /></a></div>I made it a few years ago at my friend's pottery painting birthday party and plan to use it for all our special days. &nbsp;Moving on. &nbsp;I found a recipe in my Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook my Tosca Reno for Carrot Bread. &nbsp;It looked like a good choice for my birthday man. &nbsp;I grated all the carrots last night so it would be at least that far along and mixed up the rest this morning. &nbsp;It turned out great but is a little heavy. &nbsp;I might do it in a muffin pan next time. &nbsp;She also recommends topping it with unsweetened applesauce instead of butter which I think would be awesome. <br /><br /><b>Carrot Bread:</b><br />1 lb (454g) of loose sweet carrots, peeled and grated<br />1 1/4 cu of whole wheat flour<br />1 1/4 cu of cornmeal<br />pinch of sea salt<br />1/4 cu of flax meal (I already had flax seeds and just put them in the blender to grind into meal)<br />1 1/2 tsp baking powder<br />3 egg whites<br />1 egg yolk<br />2 tbsp of canola oil<br />1/2 cu organic honey<br />3/4 cu skim milk or low fat soy milk<br />1/4 cu of raisins<br />1/4 cu of dried cranberries<br />cooking spray<br /><br />Preheat oven to 375.<br />In a small saucepan, place carrots and enough water to just cover them. &nbsp;Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. &nbsp;Remove from heat, drain, and let cool.<br />In a medium bowl, place dry ingredients: flour, cornmeal, salt, flax meal, and baking powder.<br />In another bowl, whip egg whites until stiff.<br />In a small bowl put egg yolk, oil, honey, and milk. &nbsp;Mix well. &nbsp;Add to dry ingredients and mix until just combined. &nbsp;Add whipped egg whites and fold until just combined. &nbsp;Add dried fruits and cooked carrots and mix until just combined. &nbsp;Do not over mix, or your bread will be tough.<br />Spray a 9x5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray. &nbsp;Pour batter into loaf pan and bake for 60 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean. &nbsp;<br />**After an hour, my tester came out clean but it was little on the uber moist side. &nbsp;I cut the slices I was serving and put them on my pizza stone under the broiler just long enough to toast the top. &nbsp;I buttered the warm bread and topped with banana slices. &nbsp;Yum!<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-qrUNeI93s-c/TmTRqLb-0CI/AAAAAAAACLM/Ah6SjHLraWA/s1600/IMG_1196.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-qrUNeI93s-c/TmTRqLb-0CI/AAAAAAAACLM/Ah6SjHLraWA/s400/IMG_1196.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IiWpcje4Hmc/TmTRqwago9I/AAAAAAAACLQ/VTRzWrlbbuY/s1600/IMG_1198.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="-webkit-text-decorations-in-effect: none; color: black;">I completed the breakfast plate with scrambled Soyrizo eggs and turkey bacon. &nbsp;Never heard of Soyrizo? &nbsp;It is one of the best products EVER. &nbsp;Regular chorizo is great, but so full of fat. &nbsp;This cooks up just the same and the only difference I can tell is that my plate is not swimming in red grease.</span></a><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; 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text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8YdMFzlrbu8/TksaSOCj6qI/AAAAAAAACKQ/ukM4psZkCw4/s1600/trade+days+may+001.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8YdMFzlrbu8/TksaSOCj6qI/AAAAAAAACKQ/ukM4psZkCw4/s400/trade+days+may+001.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />They just posted a bunch of pictures on their blog <a href="http://housewrenaustin.blogspot.com/2011/08/nice-and-cool-at-city-wide-garage-sale.html">here</a>. &nbsp;If you haven't seen the show, Picker Sisters, then please disregard the comparison. &nbsp;I totally thought of that show when I walked into their booth. &nbsp;<a href="http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/picker-sisters">Picker Sisters</a> airs on Lifetime (ooh, I think tonight now that I type this) and is about two sisters that live in L.A. but travel all over the U.S. picking great antiques and taking them back to their builder to make really cool furniture. <br />Check out the culvert that they converted into a backyard swing. &nbsp;The only thing is that in Texas, you would basically be putting yourself in an oven to sit in that during the summer. &nbsp;Definitely made more for California.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-OKwjpN50-UQ/Tksa2sUOQAI/AAAAAAAACKU/Pb4ikV6u3A0/s1600/PickerSisterEpisodeP7.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-OKwjpN50-UQ/Tksa2sUOQAI/AAAAAAAACKU/Pb4ikV6u3A0/s400/PickerSisterEpisodeP7.jpg" width="265" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />I never thought to use an old tin sign as a headboard but it looks great! &nbsp;I wonder if it rattles?<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3KaKq4PqPyQ/Tksa3IuPYfI/AAAAAAAACKY/-n3Gw0NgzaU/s1600/PickerSisterEpisodeP14.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3KaKq4PqPyQ/Tksa3IuPYfI/AAAAAAAACKY/-n3Gw0NgzaU/s400/PickerSisterEpisodeP14.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />House Wren is a husband and wife that do basically the same thing. &nbsp;The lighting really caught my eye. &nbsp;Check out these pendant lights made from the whisks of old commercial mixers. &nbsp;Wouldn't they be cool over a kitchen sink? &nbsp;Check out their <a href="http://housewrenaustin.blogspot.com/">blog</a> to see where they will be next...<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZVX87ED0X_4/Tksbyih7yzI/AAAAAAAACKc/531jGdmhs8w/s1600/hico+pics+017.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZVX87ED0X_4/Tksbyih7yzI/AAAAAAAACKc/531jGdmhs8w/s400/hico+pics+017.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">What makes this couple even better? &nbsp;They have two Boston Terriers...and one is named Ruby. &nbsp;</div><br />Rachelhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11251489001916930039noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3582736760825498060.post-594852885087468752011-08-15T20:16:00.000-05:002011-08-15T20:16:47.416-05:00Semi-HomemadeI got a call from my mom on Saturday wanting to know if we wanted to come over for supper on Sunday. &nbsp;Of course we did. &nbsp;I told her I'd bring a 2 sides and a dessert. &nbsp;Well, two out of three were hits. &nbsp;I made summer pesto pasta salad, balsamic portobellos and polenta, and a sorbet trifle. &nbsp;The pesto pasta was great but I used brown rice pasta which got a little soggy when I warmed it back up. &nbsp;I think if I was going to make it again, I'd cook the pasta until it was almost done so that when liquid was added back during warming, it would be perfect. <br />The portobellos were great. &nbsp;Since I'm not eating bread (the whole gluten/wheat thing is a bummer), I thought I'd do the mushrooms and polenta as a base for my hamburger. &nbsp;I could have definitely skipped the burger (even though they were great thanks to my brother) and just had the huge marinated fungus (as Clay refers to them). &nbsp;The recipe can be found <a href="http://www.blogger.com/%3Ciframe%20src=%22http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/minieditor?id=9912%22%20width=%22474%22%20height=%22504%22%20scrolling=%22no%22%20allowTransparency=%22true%22%20frameBorder=%220%22%20%3E%3C/iframe%3E%3Cbr/%3E%3Csmall%3EGet%20your%20own%20%3Ca%20target=%22_blank%22%20href=%22http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/minieditor.config%22%3EMini%20Editor%3C/a%3E%20from%20%3Ca%20target=%22_blank%22%20href=%22http://www.polyvore.com/%22%3EPolyvore%3C/a%3E%3C/small%3E%3Cbr/%3E">here</a> on Martha Stewart.<br />The dessert was also Martha inspired from <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/339346/tropical-sorbet-terrine?czone=holiday/sixty-days-of-summer/recipe-ideas&amp;backto=true&amp;backtourl=/photogallery/ice-cream-treats">this</a> recipe. &nbsp;I bought a pint of raspberry sorbet, a pint of mango, and a half gallon of pineapple/coconut ice cream. &nbsp;I added some fresh berries to the raspberry and some chopped pineapple to the coconut ice cream and then layered them in a loaf pan. &nbsp;I let it refreeze overnight to reset. &nbsp;When we were ready for dessert, I put it in a sink with a little warm water to loosen up the edges and took it out in slices. &nbsp;It looked so pretty with all the colors. &nbsp;I put each slice over a little piece of store bought pound cake. &nbsp;It was a great dessert that not only was fairly easy, I didn't have to heat up the house with the oven. <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; 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float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-r2cp4nbqD3Q/TkkAqG_XHwI/AAAAAAAACJ4/MAGFswjcQyY/s400/IMG_1143.JPG" width="400" /></a><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Once it is done, pull it out, and zest the lemon over the top. &nbsp;Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice &nbsp;over it and then sprinkle with parmesan. &nbsp;I put it back in the oven for about 8-10 so that it would get all crispy again with the lemon and cheese. &nbsp;It was THE BEST broccoli ever<br /><br />AFTER:<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1ObKX5IU_J0/TkkAsvVUUyI/AAAAAAAACJ8/vV8j2gihAUk/s1600/IMG_1146.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1ObKX5IU_J0/TkkAsvVUUyI/AAAAAAAACJ8/vV8j2gihAUk/s400/IMG_1146.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br /><br /><br />Rachelhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11251489001916930039noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3582736760825498060.post-33435371559081393142011-08-02T20:01:00.000-05:002011-08-02T20:01:17.820-05:00On a RollI've been on a roll with recipes from Skinny Taste. &nbsp;They are all fairly simple and most include ingredients that are already in the fridge. &nbsp;After a long night of sushi and cocktails topped off with dessert on Friday night, we were back to a nice light dinner at home on Saturday. &nbsp;I love Italian food, but don't want to eat a ton of carbs before bed. &nbsp;I tried the <a href="http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/04/chicken-rollatini-with-spinach-alla.html">Chicken Rollatini with Spinach a la Parmagiana</a>. &nbsp;It was delicious! &nbsp;I loved every bite. &nbsp;No pasta at all and I didn't even really miss it. &nbsp;For the side, I made a caprese salad with a twist. &nbsp;I was inspired by this picture I found on <a href="http://pinterest.com/rachele81/">Pinterest</a>. &nbsp;I roasted the tomatoes first and then sliced them like the picture. &nbsp;Then I tucked a few small pieces of mozzarella in the slices and stuck it back in the oven. &nbsp;Once the cheese oozed a little, I took them out, added a little fresh basil and topped it with balsamic reduction. &nbsp;Even though it was really good, Clay decided he likes it better raw. &nbsp;I just had a couple of small roasted tomatoes with the balsamic reduction and they were great. <br /><br />From Pinterest:<br /><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-OvsoGC-trJQ/Tjia2IXh9eI/AAAAAAAACJs/aXWeLDtTtyg/s1600/32442408_YajSxPvj_b.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; 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float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><br /></a>Rachelhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11251489001916930039noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3582736760825498060.post-12114068203154372242011-07-28T14:57:00.000-05:002011-07-28T14:57:41.151-05:00How Quickly A Week Goes ByPoof!&nbsp; There goes a week since my last post.&nbsp; Crazy how that happens.&nbsp; I'll blame it on <a href="http://pinterest.com/rachele81/">Pinterest</a>.&nbsp; Seriously, it is so incredibly addicting.&nbsp; I still have lots of decorating to do in the house and many things to cross off my 30 in the year of 30 list so the blog will definitely pick up again.&nbsp; I didn't buy any wine this week (I guess hell must have frozen over), but we did take a bottle to a friend's house last weekend that was one I will put on my "to buy again" list.&nbsp; Clay and I have always been a fan of Becker Vineyards.&nbsp; It is a Texas winery not too far from Austin.&nbsp; In fact, once it cools down a bit, I'm going to see if I can talk him into a little day trip to check it out.&nbsp; While perusing the wine aisle, I noticed that&nbsp;they had a Merlot Reserve 2008 that I have yet to try.&nbsp; It was delish and a great buy for about $13/bottle.&nbsp; It went perfectly with our steak and not too heavy or woody.&nbsp; I didn't take a picture of the bottle before we left and all I could find on their site was this tiny picture:<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-yl31fHvEKjs/TjG9T4-Qm6I/AAAAAAAACJo/JhzyTR0HdDE/s1600/BeckerVineyardsRaven.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-yl31fHvEKjs/TjG9T4-Qm6I/AAAAAAAACJo/JhzyTR0HdDE/s1600/BeckerVineyardsRaven.jpg" t$="true" /></a></div><br />Also new on the Ellis front, I joined Weight Watchers online this week.&nbsp; I was killing myself with workouts and not seeing anything budge.&nbsp; I knew my portions were out of whack and just needed a way of tracking that is easy to stick to.&nbsp; Since I started it after I had done the weekly grocery shopping, I've had lots of meat and salad this week until I can sit down and plan it out.&nbsp; What I like about it is that it tracks your points daily as well as weekly.&nbsp; Basically, you can save your points for when you eat out and know you'll have more than a little 4oz shot of wine.&nbsp; It also gives you extra points for your activity.&nbsp; I'm a little skeptical since supposedly you can eat as many fruits and vegetables as you want.&nbsp; Fruit has a ton of carbs so we shall see.&nbsp; It is worth a shot and makes me more aware of how much I am eating.&nbsp; I'll keep you posted.&nbsp;Rachelhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11251489001916930039noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3582736760825498060.post-44768684837709482222011-07-21T08:49:00.000-05:002011-07-21T08:49:57.186-05:00Need to send flowers?We've used <a href="http://ww10.1800flowers.com/template.do?id=template4&amp;page=7903&amp;cm_mmc=email-_-ep-_-fy2012emailep-_-aDOGables&amp;bannerBeacon=true&amp;conversionTag=true">1-800-Flowers</a> at work to send flowers occassionally.&nbsp; You know how it goes, use them once, and then you're on the email list for eternity.&nbsp; Usually I just delete them, but today they sent an email about the new A-Dog-Able collection.&nbsp; I don't know about you, but one of these sure would brighten up my day. <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-026YQv3fj9o/TiguOB7wUvI/AAAAAAAACJg/cs-MEWR0vHo/s1600/90891z.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; cssfloat: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-026YQv3fj9o/TiguOB7wUvI/AAAAAAAACJg/cs-MEWR0vHo/s400/90891z.jpg" t$="true" width="365" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ioI79PJGYRc/TiguQaSEe7I/AAAAAAAACJk/K9BCPuum_-0/s1600/91182z.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; cssfloat: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ioI79PJGYRc/TiguQaSEe7I/AAAAAAAACJk/K9BCPuum_-0/s400/91182z.jpg" t$="true" width="365" /></a></div>Rachelhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11251489001916930039noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3582736760825498060.post-29993554201922891762011-07-20T18:20:00.000-05:002011-07-20T18:20:22.553-05:00Wino Wednesday<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-13yAkeZGy24/Tia3t6mmw_I/AAAAAAAACJc/E24S1abBwWU/s1600/IMG_1052.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-13yAkeZGy24/Tia3t6mmw_I/AAAAAAAACJc/E24S1abBwWU/s640/IMG_1052.JPG" width="441" /></a></div>Finally! &nbsp;I found one that I like. &nbsp;This week was 2008 Red Velvet from Cupcake Vineyards. &nbsp;I've been on the hunt for a good blend that could work for big groups of people. &nbsp;At about $10/bottle, this one fit the bill. &nbsp;The blend of cabernet, merlot, and zinfandel creates a really smooth taste that would go well with just about any meal. &nbsp;It is a little on the sweeter side, but I'm thinking that is just in &nbsp;contrast to some of the drier, heavier reds that we've tried lately. &nbsp;Perfect in a sangria.Rachelhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11251489001916930039noreply@blogger.com1