Showing posts from November, 2012

Book of Lists

Sometimes I like to be really creative and come up with my own ideas but a lot of times it's just easier to jump on the bandwagon with another persons creativity. BA HA HA! So today's nugget of goodness comes through Her Sunday and it's called Book of Lists. For those of you who love making lists read on. If the thought of writing out a list sends shivers down your spine skip on and come back for my next post.

The idea originated over at Kathleen's blog Kapachino. Here's what you've got to do:
Every month there will be a topic for a list, and the object is to craft it on a blank page, take a photo of your list, then blog it. You can get elaborate scrapbook-style, or even jot it down with your favorite pen. If you want, you don’t even have to make a book and you can just blog about the list topic (even though then it’s not really a book of lists, but that’s cool).
I am super crafty but I also know my limitations with time so I'm taking the basic idea ar…

Giving Tuesday

It's like Black Friday only better! Well, at least for the soul that is. Fear not! There will be no trampling, pepper spraying, fighting or anger on Giving Tuesday. Here's the idea:
On Tuesday November 27, 2012 charities, families, businesses and individuals are coming together to transform the way people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. It’s a simple idea. Find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to join in acts of giving. Tell everyone you can about what you are doing and why it matters. Join a national celebration of our great tradition of generosity.
I love this idea because it seems like everyone is super thankful for all this stuff and then they go out and bust out some serious hostility and craziness just to buy the latest gadgets and toys. (Remind me again what you're truly thankful for? HA HA HA!) Anyway, I love the concept of taking a day to look at you and your families situation and deciding …

A Look at Last Week - So Much to be Thankful For

Whenever I feel that life is hard or that I wish I had something more it never fails that life sends me a gentle reminder that I have it pretty good over here. I recently saw some friends lose loved ones which just reminds us how fragile life is and that we should constantly work to live in the moment and love those around us as much as we can because we never know when that moment will be the last. I think we always hope we have decades left with our loved ones but if we're real with ourselves we should see that's not always the case. So this week I wanted to recap a few more things I've been thankful for this week. There are so many blessed and beautiful things in my life and I hope to never forget that.

If you celebrate it, did you have a great Thanksgiving? How do you live in the moment and enjoy the little things in life? What matters most to you during the holiday season?

Saturday's Supper - Pumpkin Cheesecake

In case you haven't had enough of holiday type foods today's recipe is lighter and totally different from your typical cheesecake. It's lighter and almost more of a custard-type consistency (though not quite that smooth) and it's not that rich cheesecake flavor because it doesn't have cream cheese in it. That being said if you are open to trying something new and different I think you'll like it. The first few bites for me were deciding if I liked this or not but once I realized it wasn't going to be a typical cheesecake I decided I loved it! Plus it's super healthy compared to a typical cheesecake since it's only 6 points (serves 6) on Weight Watchers. BOOM!

Pumpkin Cheesecake
Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook

9 graham crackers (2 1/2" squares), made into crumbs
1 cup low-fat (1%) cottage cheese
3/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
3/4 cup egg substitute
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Thankful Thursday - Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates it! I hope you have a wonderful day filled with delightful goodness all around! In our family the traditions vary but they pretty much all equal getting together and eating lots of tasty food.

 When we lived in Vegas we'd gather for lunch at my in-laws because they all typically had to work that night. (Yep, casino workers and nurses don't get days off because of holidays.) We'd enjoy turkey, corn, green beans, rolls and mashed potatoes and gravy. The tradition typically included having a snack platter with olives, veggies and those tiny pickles that everyone in his family loves. Those typically were gone before dinner hit the table. HA HA HA! Oh and of course FOOTBALL! Joe's family is from Wisconsin so they are die hard Packer Fans. Since I have no team of my own, I am a fan by association. HA!

I think this year will be our first Thanksgiving with my family. My Mom will cook a delish spread of yummy goodness and we're …

Adventures in Food - So. Jo. Yo!

Holla at my hommies who live on this end of the world. Yeah that's right. For some people who live downtown South Jordan is the other end of the world but I love it. It's close to the family and it's been good to us so far. Anywho... My picks for food this week are both in South Jordan and both right across the street from each other. YES! Nothing like quick and easy.

My first pick for a fabulous food adventure is Saffron Valley. You can read my Yelp review HERE. I love Indian/Himalayan food and this place will not disappoint. They have a lunch buffet that is available every day from 11-3 so if you've never tried Indian food I suggest you give that a try first to see what you like and don't like. Some of the food had a little spicy kick and others were very mild. They have a variety of vegetarian and meat dishes along with some tasty sauces you can try.

As mentioned in my review you can check out their cooking classes in case you want to learn to make some of these…

A Look at Last Week - Random Goodness

So I had some fun pics to share and they're rather random when combined so I'm sharing them here.

What's happened in your world in the past week? Are you planning anything fun for this week for Thanksgiving?

Saturday's Supper - Faux Gumbo

Ok so enough of snacks. I'm sharing a recipe both Joe and I enjoyed. It's a Weight Watchers recipe but it's delightfully filling and great with a dash of your favorite hot sauce. The perfect recipe for a cold winter meal.

Faux Gumbo
Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook

4 teaspoons reduced-calorie margarine
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
6 scallions, sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
One 14 1/2-ounce can no-salt-added crushed tomatoes
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup trimmed sliced fresh or thawed frozen okra
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crumbled
1 bay leaf
1/8-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup regular long-grain rice
1/2 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 pound boneless chicken breast, cut into 1/2" pieces
One 2" piece kielbasa, cut into 8 slices

1. In a large nonstick saucepan, melt the margarine. Saute the bell pepper, celery, scallions and garlic until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, broth, okra, thyme…

Adventures in Food - Near and Far

Last week I enjoyed reviewing a couple of the places I've eaten at lately so I wanted to share a couple more reviews today. My picks for the week are close to my end of town (South Jordan) and a little further away in the downtown area.

My first pick of the week is Kathmandu. It's downtown if you're in the area and we went for a birthday lunch for one of my co-workers. (They also have another location on Highland Drive but I haven't been there.) They have a $10 lunch buffet which I highly recommend for anyone wanting to try Indian/Himalayan/Nepali food. I find at these types of places ordering off the menu can be intimidating if you're not use to the cuisine. Sampling the buffet allows you to see what you like and then know for later if you want to order a whole plate full of the stuff. My review.

My second pick for this week is The Tin Roof Grill. If you're looking to enjoy some tasty brunch that's not from a chain restaurant this is your place. It's…

Saturday's Supper - Hummus

Today you get another snack option instead of a meal. This hummus would be AMAZING with the Microwave Potato Chips I posted on last Saturday's Supper. I say make the two together and enjoy something that's pretty healthy and tasty. I've tried another hummus recipe and this one is my favorite so far. If you're on Weight Watchers this recipe is 2 points per serving. The recipe makes 8 total servings.

Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook

One 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup nonfat yogurt
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 garlic cloves
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice

In food processor or blender, puree all the ingredients with 1 tablespoon water.

Hummus sometimes includes tahini, a paste made from ground sesame seeds. If you have some on hand, add a teaspoon or so. Believe it or not, peanut butter (creamy, not chunky) is a great "fake-out" for the tahini flavor.


A Look at Last Week - Team IronDean 5K

I wanted to share the fun we had at the Team IronDean 5K. Joe and I walked with Russell to support Dean in his fight against brain cancer. I don't know Dean and I don't really know his kids but I ran track with one of them back in high school. When I saw this was going on I wanted to go out and help support.

It was an early morning but the turnout was fantastic. It was so good to see so many folks out and ready to run. There were families with kids and plenty of folks who you could tell were serious runners. Dean himself run all sorts of races including competing in Iron Man Triathlons. That's some serious stuff right there. I even saw him running the course the day of the race which shows just how well he's been doing after all the treatments.

We bundled up little Russell in his stroller and walked most of the course. We turned around just after the 2 mile mark because Russell didn't seem too happy. We fed him some fish crackers on our way back to the finish line …

Adventures in Food - Asian Persuasion

Last week you might have seen my post about Sushi and Snow which included a couple of my reviews on Yelp. If you also Yelp be sure to find me so we can be friends.

Anyway, this week I wanted to share a couple new reviews I did. I don't claim to be some sort of fabulous foodie or anything crazy but I do love food. Especially good food. I like to provide my reviews because I know I look at Yelp to see if a place looks worthwhile so I'm trying to contribute to the cause of good eats!

First up this week was Myung Ga. It was my first time here and I must say I'm now a huge Korean food fan. I've eaten a lot of Korean foods before but I don't think I identified them as Korean. I just knew they were good. Check out my review and let me know if you're in for some Bi Bim Bop or whatever it's called. HA HA HA!

My second review of the week is for Sawadee Utah Thai Restaurant. This place is a staple for the folks at work. It's close to our office downtown and has a g…

A Look at Last Week - Halloween Fun!

Last week was busy yet fun. I was out all day on Tuesday for my the Women and Education Summit and Power of Your Purse events. It was the first time I'd been a part of these events and I thought they went really well. It was good to see so many strong women from our community come together to support helping girls get through school. It was a really long day but definitely worthwhile.

The next day was Halloween and we had such a fun time with Russell. Last year he slept through Halloween but this year we braved the wild beasties, ghosts and goblins and went out to trick-or-treat. We actually just hit up a few of my mom's friends houses so Russell could show off his cute costume.

At first Russell was very shy and didn't know what we were doing out so late. By the end though he was ok checking out all that was going on. He even liked to try and take all the candy from people though all he wanted to do was pull it out of their bowls and drop it on the ground. HA!

When we came…

Saturday's Supper - Microwave Potato Chips

Yeah that's right! This Saturday's Supper is actually a snack. Microwave Potato Chips! Who even knew this was possible but it is. The potatoes turn out delightfully crisp and you can control what you put on them which makes them fabulous! My Mom and I tried regular white potatoes and a sweet potato and both turned out nice. I got this recipe from an email and wasn't sure it would work but my Mom and I were daring and gave it a try. I will definitely use this recipe in the future when I'm craving a crunchy potato fix.

Microwave Potato Chips

(makes 4 servings, 12-14 chips each)
1 1/3 pounds Yukon Gold or red potatoes, unpeeled, scrubbed
2 teaspoons or so of extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
Cooking spray

Slice potatoes into 1/8-inch rounds for thicker potato chips. For thinner ones, use a mandolin to cut very thin slices. Toss slices in a medium bowl with oil and salt to coat evenly.

Coat a large microwave-proof plate with cooking spray. Arrange some potato slic…

Four Fabulous Finds

I decided I wanted to share Four Fabulous Finds I've come across lately. Each month I plan to share Four Fabulous Finds that could be places to eat, things I've bought, places I've been to or anything else Fabulous. This month they are websites/blogs that I have been visiting quite often. I highly recommend you check some of these delightful pages out:

My standby for good posts is Her Sunday. My best friend since back in the day, she writes about food, family, her home, her garden, crafts, fashion, travel and books. If you enjoy DIY's you'll love her blog. I even ventured to create my own Halloween Wreath from a DIY she posted which turned out great. You can also follow her fabulous sister site Bookmark to Blog if you're really into books. If you're an avid reader I suggest you join her 2013 Nerdy Non-Fiction Reading Challenge.

If you've been following my blog lately you know I've also found Fat Mum Slim. An Australian based blog that provides some …