Thursday, November 29, 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 around this and doing what I can. Since right now the idea is just to show the cover of your book here's mine:



If you're a regular reader or follow me on Instagram then you've seen this pic before. I'm going to use the journal on the left as my list journal. It's perfect because it's got a lot of great space as well as some basic prompts that I can fill with other goodness. I would love to embrace the idea fully and paper craft each month's prompt but I know that just won't happen. So if you're looking for other ideas check out what Her Sunday is up to as well as Kapachino. Kathleen has links to 4 others who are doing this and you can see that everyone is so different so anyone can play.

I know it's late in the game but if you're interested get in on this action and be ready to post your first month's list on December 3rd:

Next month’s info: We’ll be posting on Monday, December 3 and the topic will be wishlist. Starting with a fun and easy one. :)

So, all you've got to do is post your cover now and come back on or around the 3rd and post your wishlist. As you can see this is very flexible and easy to do plus it's only once a month. Your list could be two things, twenty things or two hundred things just depending on what suits your fancy and your time. Be brave, be bold and have fun! If you're going to play leave me a link to your cover page so I can follow what you're doing. I'm excited to see everyone's wishlist next month!

Are you a list maker? Do you love to have everything organized in a nice and neat fashion? What's your top secret to staying organized and getting everything done?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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 how you can turn the holidays back to the true meaning of the season. Whether you believe the meaning is religious or just about giving and being grateful that's up to you but in doing good things for others you can help make the world a better place.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. ~ Margarette Mead
It's so true! No matter what you do no gesture is futile. Give a dollar, give a toy or give your time. Advocate for your favorite cause. Participate in a random act of kindness or pay it forward. Whatever you do, you can make a difference this holiday season!

If you want to participate feel free to comment here or share what you're up to on your favorite social network using the hashtag #GivingTuesday. It's not bragging, it's spreading inspiration to help others see how easy it is to do simple things to help make life better for others. Feel free to also use the hashtag #LIVEUNITED and show how you're living united to make our community a great place to live and work. 

If you need something simple to do join me and the United Way of Salt Lake Young Leaders in supporting Guadalupe School and PAL Boxing Center this holiday season. You can get all the details on how you can donate a toy or donate cash to support our efforts HERE

Join us on Giving Tuesday and let's make a difference for those around us!

How do you share love during the holiday season? Do you have any family traditions around giving back through monetary donations, giving toys or volunteering?

Sunday, November 25, 2012

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.

Beautiful handmade jewelry by Marskii's! Buy local whenever you can folks!

Panda's a little snuggle muffin AND I love my job! LIVE UNITED!

I love spending time with my little man and he loves spending time with us.

I'm so happy Russell is healthy and strong. He's come so far!

I'm happy to spend time with family and enjoy another Thanksgiving full of yummy food.

I'm happy for cute moments with my little moose man!

There is nothing like the sense of wonder a child has when they discover something new.

Yep, proving again how much of a cuddle muffin Panda is. Love these guys!


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, November 24, 2012

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
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
One 15-ounce canned pumpkin puree

1. Preheat the oven to 350; spray a 9" glass pie plate with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle the graham cracker crumbs over the bottom of the pie plate.

2. In a food processor or blender, combine the cottage cheese and ricotta; process until smooth, about 1 minute. Transfer to a large bowl; stir in the egg substitute, sugar, ginger, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt. Reserve 1/4 cup of the batter. Add the pumpkin to the batter; stir until blended. Scrape the batter into the pie plate, then drizzle the reserved batter in 3 concentric circles over the pumpkin batter. With a knife, lightly draw a line through the batter from the center toward the outer edge; about 2" from that line, lightly draw the knife through the batter from the outer edge toward the center. Repeat around the pie, alternating directions, to make a spiderweb.

3. Bake until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 45-50 minutes. Cool completely on rack. Refrigerate, covered, until ready to serve.

No modifications this time. Joe baked this and he usually follows the directions. I did cut our pie into 8ths instead of 6ths to save a few points and spread the pie love for another day. You could serve this with your favorite whipped topping or maybe some ice cream if you're not watching your intake.

Try a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg on top of your whipped topping for some extra flavor!

Do you have a favorite holiday dish you'd like to lighten up or do you consider the holidays a time to indulge?

Thursday, November 22, 2012

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.

Thanksgiving 2007 HOLLA! Our first Thanksgiving together!
 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!

Football time! I actually had a broken wrist in this picture. 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 bringing a sweet potato dish. My Mom usually will have the parade on in the morning while she cooks and then everyone eats around lunchtime. Of course after the massive feast it's all about snacking on leftovers throughout the rest of the day. I always love everything my Mom makes because it's so good. I'm excited to share Thanksgiving here in Utah this year.

In the spirit of giving thanks I'd like to share a few of the things I'm thankful for.

I am so grateful for a job that I LOVE, amazing co-workers who I respect and the ability to afford my families lifestyle because of the work I do. I love that the work I do also helps others. What more could I ask for?

I am always thankful for time with my sweet Russell man. He's a handful sometimes for sure but he's a good kid and I love him oh so very much.

I'm thankful for fun times like snow days full of frozen yogurt. Nothing like a hubby who's willing to have some fun in life.

I'm grateful for sweet moments together. Little Russell's hand on his Daddy. They're so handsome!

I'm grateful for the ability to be creative and crafty. I love that Joe supports my hobbies and encourages my creativity.

I'm so thankful that Russell is healthy and happy. His rough start was scary but makes me appreciate all he is even more. He's a blessing to our home and our families. Everyone adores this sweet little guy.

This was at our Veteran's Day lunch. I'm so grateful for my husbands service and all the others out there past and present who are serving our country, defending our liberties and putting their life on the line to protect our freedoms. I am especially thankful for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and given their lives for us. To the military families too you have my ultimate respect while you worry for your loved ones and raise children at home alone.

I am grateful for great friends who are a positive influence on my life.

What are you thankful for this year? Do you have any fun Thanksgiving traditions you participate in? How did your traditions change once you got married or had to blend multiple families traditions?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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.

Russell checking stuff out. The place was empty when we got there as you can see. It's a cute place just really small.

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.

Some of my amazing coworkers at our cooking class with Lavanya. Such a blast and great food!

As mentioned in my review you can check out their cooking classes in case you want to learn to make some of these delightful foods at home. I'm definitely thinking this would make for a fun girls night out! Lavanya also shares many of her fabulous recipes online too in case you can't get out for a cooking class. You can even buy spices from her website too and there's a little Indian market a couple doors down from her restaurant.

A sampling of the foods they had on the buffet. Russell liked the lentils and rice as well as the bread stuff.

Now if you still have room for some dessert after your Indian meal head across the street to Schmidt's Pastry Cottage. They do serve a deli style menu of soups, salads and sandwiches but we stopped there to check out their desserts. Yep, got my Yelp review online HERE. Lots of delightful goodies to pick from and the person we worked with was very friendly and super helpful. She knew her stuff and even gave us a price list of their bakery items and lunch menu so we could come back. Overall I'd give it a whirl again when I'm having a serious sweet tooth.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie. YUM!

Mint Cookie from http://www.schmidtspastry.net/. We got one of these but we ate it before I took a pic of it. Oops!
Do you have any favorite places that are close to home? If you live on the south end of the Salt Lake Valley I'd love to hear where you love to eat so I can try more fun and fabulous places.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

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.

RAWR!!! Little Russell doesn't know Minx is staring him down.

Guess who got a new tubby? Russel liked it in the living room too!

I might have to do a Saturday's Supper on this meatloaf! It was healthy and tasty. YUM!!!

Photo a Day for 'What's in Your Bag'. This is Russell's diaper bag which actually has a TON more stuff.

I love my little man and his daddy. They are so cute with their hats on.

And in case no one has stared into your soul today, let Oreo oblige and give you a good stare down. HA!


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

Saturday, November 17, 2012

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, bay leaf and cayenne; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, 15 minutes.

2. Stir in the rice and simmer, covered, 15 minutes. Add the shrimp, chicken and kielbasa; simmer, covered, until the shrimp is pink, the chicken is cooked through and the rice is tender, about 5 minutes longer. Discard the bay leaf.

Modifications:
* We did use frozen okra and shrimp but it turned out just fine.
* We used a turkey kielbasa which helped to cut out even more calories and fat.
* The recipe makes 4 servings but I'd totally double it and have extra for leftovers for a few days. It holds up well in the fridge and is very hearty and satisfying.
* We added some hot sauce on top which is a great way to pump up the flavor and spice if you like that.

What's your favorite winter meal? Do you have a go-to soup or stew that's a big family favorite?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

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 located up in Sandy and has a great menu with a good variety of options. There are so many different things that look good so I try to sample something different every time we go. There's even an early bird menu option from 4-6 every day of the week. My review.

Do you have a favorite ethnic food? Is there somewhere you've been waiting to try for a while but haven't gotten around to it. Let me know if there's somewhere you'd like me to try and review. I'd love to check out some of your favorite places.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

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.

Hummus
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.

Tip:
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.

Modifications
* I used my stick blender because we don't have a blender or food processor and it worked great.
* I used nonfat greek yogurt and it was great.
* We didn't have fresh lemons on hand so we used lemon juice and I thought it was fine.
* I used my garlic press and the final product is rather garlicky. Good but maybe go less garlic if you don't like such an assertive flavor.
* I tossed in about 1 tablespoon of sundried tomatoes and blended and it was really good.
* I eat this with sliced veggies as a snack at work which doesn't add any points!

Do you have a favorite snack you just can't get enough of? Have you ever tried to make your favorite snack at home?

Thursday, November 08, 2012

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.

The man we were all there to 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.

Gorgeous morning even though it was freezing out.

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 and he ended up being fine. Russell's first race ever!

Ready for action!

Once we were back we enjoyed a hot dog from J Dawgs who was one of the sponsors. If you're down in Utah County I would highly recommend checking them out. They have locations in American Fork, Orem and Provo. I feel they need to branch out up here in SLC because I would totally hit them up. YUM! It's not your average dog and their special sauce is delish. It's a sweeter sauce but top your dog with some onions and peppers and it's fabulous! Totally worth breaking your diet for one.

Breakfast of champions! J Dawgs! NOM NOM NOM!!!

We hung out to see if we won any raffle prizes which we didn't but it was still fun. It was great to see some old friends and enjoy a fun morning together.

Waiting to see if we won anything.

What would make you get up early on a weekend and walk for a cause? Do you support any specific charities by participating in walks/runs? What's your favorite race for charity?

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

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!

Yummy fabulous delights at Myung Ga!

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 great lunch menu. We've had no trouble even with larger groups and the service has always been great. Go for lunch because I've heard the food is pricy otherwise.

One more thing for my fellow Yelpers you should check out if you haven't already is the Bookmarks. I personally bookmark my favorite places and places I want to try. I know a lot of the places I've reviewed are downtown but one on my "to try" list is Saffron Valley. It's here in South Jordan and I've heard the food is great. I love Indian/Himalayan food so I'm excited to go there one of these days and give it a try. Another one we want to visit is The Original Pancake House. It's up in the Sugarhouse area but we had a few in Vegas and always enjoyed their breakfast. I am curious to see if it's the same stuff as we had in Vegas.

Do you use apps/websites like Yelp or Urbanspoon to decide where to eat? Do you believe everything you see in reviews? What's your go to for deciding on somewhere new to try?

Sunday, November 04, 2012

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.

He didn't like his costume at first but it sure kept him warm and cozy.

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!

Who's a cute little dinosaur? Russell is!

When we came back to Grandma's house Russell even took their candy and dropped it into his toy box. When he did that he decided he wanted it back and actually dug through the box until he found it. He's such a cute little guy.

Now where did I put that KitKat?

Overall Halloween was a big success and a great time. Next year he'll probably have even more fun since he'll be able to walk around. Oh and one house in my Mom's neighborhood gives out hot chocolate and scones. Hopefully they'll do that again because that was awesome! My favorite costumes this year was one of my co-workers who dressed up in a giant panda bear costume and one of my Mom's neighbor kids who dressed up as the guy with the fro from LMFAO. Totally awesome!

Rocking his Happy Halloween shirt after a successful night trick-or-treating.

What did you do for Halloween this year? Do you love giving out candy and dressing up or are you the type who prefers to turn out the lights and hide in the basement? What are your thoughts on older teens dressing up and going trick-or-treating?

Saturday, November 03, 2012

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 slices in a single layer on the plate. Microwave, uncovered, on High until some slices start to brown, 2 to 3 minutes (depending upon potato thickness and microwave power). Turn slices over (they will be hot, so take care with your fingers) and continue microwaving until they start to crisp and brown around the edges, about 35 seconds for very thin potato slices to 2 to 4 minutes for thicker slices. Check frequently and rearrange slices as needed to prevent scorching. Transfer chips to another plate and   allow to cool completely. (They will crisp up more as they cool.) Repeat process with remaining slices.

Storage: Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Per serving: 141 calories; 2 g fat (0 g saturated; 2 g monosaturated); 0 mg cholesterol; 26 g carbohydrate; 3 g protein; 2 g fiber; 291 mg sodium; 807 mg potassium. Nutrition bonus: Potassium (27 percent daily value)

Modifications
* We didn't flip them part way through and they turned out fine.
* Watch these carefully though because they will burn and start to smoke if you don't.
* I can imagine using a variety of flavored oils, herbs and spices to make these in a variety of flavors. 
* I have no idea how well these store because we ate them all. We only made a couple potatoes worth too so this is the perfect way to cook a potato if you only have a couple on hand.
* Since this recipe came from an email I have no idea who to credit to or who figured out the nutrition information.

Have you ever found a forwarded email recipe to be really good? On the flip side, have you ever tried something that was in an email or online that turned out really bad?

Thursday, November 01, 2012

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:

http://hersunday.blogspot.com/

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.

http://www.bookmarktoblog.blogspot.com/


If you've been following my blog lately you know I've also found Fat Mum Slim. An Australian based blog that provides some fun Photo a Day Challenges for you to enjoy. Chantelle blogs about her life, recipes and other fun things. I enjoy her writing style especially when I see some fun words you know aren't typically used in the US. HE HE HE.

http://fatmumslim.com.au/

From the Fat Mum Slim blog I found We Heart Life. I love this blog because it's so positive and fun. Carly has a variety of contributors which makes the different posts interesting. Plus if you enjoy one persons style over another you can always follow their individual blog or search for their posts. The best part is, if you follow them on social media or comment on their blog they WILL respond. I am always amazed that some people try to be social but don't respond to their fan's/followers. Since they were so responsive I decided to participate in their I Heart My Body 2012 campaign. It's all about learning to love your body no matter what which I feel is a huge issue for girls these days. It's fun to read about how others see themselves and know we all share similar issues no matter how big, small, short, tall, pear shaped, hourglass shaped, etc. that we all are.

http://weheartlife.com/

A recent find that is totally fabulous is Deliciously Organic. Carrie's blog focuses on recipes using organic, unprocessed ingredients. I came across her blog when I saw her post for Homemade Coffee Creamer. I've been thinking there has GOT to be a better way to flavor my coffee in the morning and I'm excited to try some of these recipes. YUM! If you're looking to make some healthy changes I suggestion you bookmark her site and give some of her recipes a try.

Do you have any standby blogs you check when you're in the mood for some great content? Do you have any fabulous finds you'd like to recommend?