Birthday Party!

November 28, 2010 § Leave a comment

My husband recently celebrated his 28th birthday.  Most birthday celebrations involve me going through my phonebook and making a list of friends to invite to a party. This is preceded with an hour or two spent on opentable.com researching a new and exciting restaurant that will suit everyones culinary tastes while bringing an element of excitement for those friends who haven’t been out in a while and making sure that paying for a babysitter and going to the trouble of getting all dolled up was well worth it when everything is said and done. To my surprise, this year turned out to be a little different and just as much fun in my opinion.

My husband and I have both been extremely busy lately and he requested an intimate night in with his closest friends and pizza! Since I’m gluten intolerant, pizza is not something that is really ever eaten at our house (unless I’m out of town or not around for dinner). Since it was his special day I made the sacrifice and watched my friends inhale the cheesy goodness while I had chips and veggies.

A birthday party is never complete without a cake, so I made a Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter frosting for him. This part I wasn’t going to miss out on, so of course it was gluten-free and just as good as the original. Everyone left that night full of pizza, cake and sore abs from all the laughing. Happy Birthday Dan! I have a feeling this is going to be a great year for you:)

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Thanksgiving

November 27, 2010 § Leave a comment

This year I got the privilege of hosting Thanksgiving dinner at my home. My younger brother flew into Seattle from college, and my parents and other brother traveled over from the east side of Washington, taking time out of their busy schedules to spend this holiday with my husband and I. We were all privileged to be together and give thanks for everything wonderful we have been blessed with this year. Needless to say, I had been a busy little bee cleaning, shopping and prepping a lot of food for the big day.

I spent a great deal of time looking for new recipes to try for the big meal, but I kept coming back to the same tried and true recipes that the fans always request. While my husband was tethered to his BBQ (as he swears a BBQ Turkey is the best and only way for it to be cooked) I was inside making my infamous Cornbread Stuffing (thank you Katie Lee). I came across this recipe a few years ago and since then I seem to only be invited to big family/friend gatherings as long as I bring my stuffing. What Thanksgiving recipe made your fans rave? I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and has been as blessed as I have this year.

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

November 24, 2010 § 1 Comment

This morning I woke up to several inches of snow! As a child this would have called for much celebration followed by many hours spent outside building snow angels and tobogganing. Since those wondrous years are behind me, and I now have way to many responsibilities, my initial reaction was dread and fear as to how I was going to get to work. As I was worrying my cell phone chirped and gave me some of the best news…the office was closed! With a full day off and nowhere to go I was finally able to do a few things that I haven’t gotten around to.

After indulging in many pots of coffee and Live with Regis and Kelly I put on my workout shoes and did a workout DVD that I haven’t done in ages. This was followed by a relaxing shower, more coffee and finally getting a chance to read some magazines that I haven’t had a chance to crack open. All in all, my day was wonderful and relaxing, and I hope those who did have to bare the elements today did so in safety.

Faux Findings

November 21, 2010 § 1 Comment

Faux Fur vest: Macy's; Black Top: Nordstrom; Jeans: Citizens of Humanity; Shoes: Nine West Mary Janes; Watch: Michael Kors; Bangle Bracelets: H&M; Cuff Bracelet: The Loft

I’ve had an obsession with faux fur for quite some time now. From the first magazine ad I saw last year with faux fur it was lust at first site. Over the seasons I have built a small collection and this cropped vest is the newest addition.  Not only is faux fur extremely fashionable it has also proven to keep me warm on those days of mixed weather here in the Northwest. Be it gray, black, brown or caramel colored, vests can be paired with anything. I love making my vest the statement piece and pairing it with a simple top and jeans.

Contrast Training

November 20, 2010 § Leave a comment

I am all about getting the most out of a workout and Contrast Training is one of the best ways to fatigue your muscles and really feel the burn. This type of training involves performing a resistance exercise with weights, immediately followed with a high intensity body-weight exercise that works the same muscle group. The idea behind Contrast training is to exhaust the muscle group being worked to its fullest.

In this training the second exercise performed mimics that first one and trains your body to engage more muscle fibers. Since weights are involved, Contract training will build lean muscle mass while your body becomes a fat-burning machine.

Try these moves and see how your body reacts:

Holding 10 to 20 pound dumbbells in your hands, perform five to ten squats. Next, ditch the dumbbells and do ten jump squats. With a short break in between, repeat this sequence and work your way up to five or six sets.

Using the same dumbbells, perform five to ten chest presses. Follow the chest presses up with 10 explosive push-ups. Again, repeat this sequence until fatigue sets in or form becomes strained.

Winter Veggies

November 16, 2010 § Leave a comment

There is nothing better than being able to make a complete meal in one pot (even two is amazing). As I was looking for a new recipe for Pork Tenderloin the other night I came across this suggestion for Winter Vegetables in the November issue of Runner’s World. Healthy ingredients,simple instructions and minimal preparation; who doesn’t love that?

Mix two TBSP mustard with crushed garlic and pepper. Spread mixture on a one-pound pork tenderloin. Place tenderloin in a casserole dish and add Brussels sprouts, sweet potato, fennel, carrots and seven ounces of chicken stock. Roast at 375°F for 45 minutes. Bon Appetite !

The Color of Fall

November 14, 2010 § 4 Comments

 

Dress: H&M; Hat: Forever 21; Tights: Hue; Boots: Sam Edelman; Purse: Betsy Johnson Hobo; Watch: Michael Kors; Bracelets and Belt: Gifted; Nail Polish: Black Cherry Chutney, OPI

This past Saturday turned out to be one of those great days where nothing necessarily gets accomplished but when it’s all said and done you go to bed with a real feeling of success. My day started with a Spin class at the gym and ended with great conversation over coffee with friends. The Seattle forecast called for a “chance” of light afternoon rain so I decided to where a dress before the opportunity passed me by. If you have ever been to Seattle you know that once fall hits you should never leave home without an umbrella. To give my purse size leopard print umbrella a rest, I recently purchased this great hat and wanted to put it to the test (as well as channel my inner Lauren Hutton). Needless to say, the hat proved to be a purchase I will not regret any time soon.

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