Christmas Traditions

One present wrapped, online shopping almost done. it’s Game time ;)

What do you have planned Christmas Day?

a. waking up early to travel to your families house and spend the day with loved ones eating loads of yummy food and listen to chrismas music and look at old pictures of you as a kid.

b. waking up late, eating a huge breakfast, waiting for family to arrive then just lounging around, serving your favorite appetizers, unwrapping quirky gifts from family.

c. waking up early, traveling hours and hours, from house to house, seeing family you hardly know, eating fruit cake, feeling like a fruit cake.

d. waking up late, staying home with no agenda- enjoying the day with the one you love.

e. nothing. call me the Grinch!

f. working… working at 3 in the morning until 3 in the afternoon. taking care of people.. maybe Santa will crash his sleigh and come to the E.R and I’ll take care of him, and Rudolph too. Heck- I might see him on my way to work. (can you tell what I’m doing on Christmas?)

 So- what do you have planned? ____

Picture Book of Colorado..

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Life has been busy. Dinner dates, training runs with Sly and Holiday stuff! Oh and Recovery week this week!

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is already come and gone :( Did you get to have a Pilgrim Sandwich? I sure did- and it was amazing! can someone tell me again why we only cook turkey and all it’s fixin’s one or twice a year?

Here’s some pictures from Colorado. This about sums it up= Awesome-ness. and …When can I move there?

Here’s our welcome snack to the Hotel -Thanks to Erin (aka-Ms. Montana) and her many stays at Hyatt Hotels for work ;)

view from the room.. I wanted to drop everything and go find those mountains!

As we were exploring a bit of the city we noticed a huge group of poeople. We thought it was a parade or something cool. Nope.

It was occupy Denver..

Weird

Just walking around with the new camera..

The hotel lobby climber’s..

Chow time… I had my first Jamba Juice and Starbucks out there… now I’m totally hooked. Starbucks was literally on every corner, no wonder why people are addicted! Jamba juice was the perfect pick me up afternoon snack… my favorite was the Orange Carrot Karma smoothie.. YUM

Traveling I’m not too keen on. The whole security thing is so stressful. You have everything tucked in it’s spot, just so- then you have to take it ALL out for them to scan it, rush out of the way, run through the scanner.. then grab your stuff all disheveled, then try and re-organize everything on a tiny bench…. and THEN some lady asks you to borrow nail clippers? Ummm NO. Gross. The flights were kinda long, but I was prepared ;) 

check this out.. and guess where the “Shelter” was?

…. in the Bathroom! Haha

I went hiking in Boulder one day, up to the Flatirons. The weather was perfect, 60 and sunny. It was absolutely breathtaking.

The elevation and the sites ;)

see the rock climbers?..

After Hiking I headed down to Boulder for some shopping and lunch… love, love, love it.

The last night in Denver, Erin and I set out on the Town. We managed to find a few breweries and have our own little beer tasting :) It was a lot of fun. My favorite one of all was at Wynkoop Brewing.. their Chili Beer. It was the perfect pairing for nacho’s & anything chili… except we didnt have either. It wasn’t hot or spicy, it just tasted like… well- chili’s! It was just so good. We asked all the other breweries thereafter if they had any chili beer, no luck :( but that chili flavor lingered in our minds, so we had to order some nacho’s for a snack later that night ;)

check out this bartender’s choice for me at another Brewery.. a raspberry beer! That was legit red… it was waaaaaaay to sweet- but it was pretty good..

Until next time Colorado… :)

Are you a fan of flavored beers?

What’s your favorite?


Haven’t been adding in those green tips in a long time, but recently I’ve been reading a lot… so you’ll be seeing more :)

  • Bring Back Cloth Napkins On average, each American uses a staggering 2,200 paper napkins a year, none of which are recycled. Why not reduce waste (and deforestation) by choosing cloth instead? You might even boost your mindful eating quotient: It’s much easier to linger over dinner with the table set the old-fashioned way. Read more at Wholeliving.com: Room-by-Room Tips

whole wheat buttermilk pancakes

hey! sleepy head. Wake up..

Leftover Buttermilk was just sitting there in the fridge from the cornbread. I wanted to make SOMETHING..

BUT WHAT?

the first think I thought of was pancakes.. so that’s what I did :) Scoped out this recipe on one of my new favorite sites and got cookin’

For two hefty servings (or one F-in LARGE ‘JB size’ serving).. you need:

sift together in a bowl-

  • 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 c. white flour
  • 2.5 T wheat germ
  • 1/2 T light brown sugar
  • 1/2 t. baking powder
  • 1/4 t. baking soda
  • 1/8 t. salt

mix together then add into dry ingredients..

  • 1/2 T butter
  • 1 ¹/3 c. buttermilk
  • 1 egg beaten

use a ¼ c measuring cup and pour onto hot skillet..

yummmm :) perfect way to start a Sunday!

 

How was your weekend?

Any leftover recipes?

Cornbread & Sage “Dressing”

cornbread

 HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Started the day with a quick run with Sly.. knowing I’d be sitting and eating most of the day ;) My runs are getting better and better… thanks to PW and Courtney! Looking forward to see how I do in the 5k planned… red line?

JB had a little fun with the camera..

 

So- Do you call it ‘dressing’ or ‘stuffing’?

Dressing is on the side, and stuffing is well- stuffed inside..

So I guess I should call this dressing then right? But I for one am NOT using stale bread! No sir- I’m baking this delicious cornbread to make a special stuffing.

Here is how It all came together…

So- Here we go.. I used our cast iron skillet for easy clean up and even cooking ;)

Mix. Mix. Mix..
Fold. (don’t over mix!)

pour into preheated skillet with a little EVOO swirled around..

bake for 23 minutes @ 400 until golden brown and glorious looking.. brush with a little honey..

Sit and stare and let it cool.. or wait, better yet-

cut a slice and eat it. ;) don’t worry there’s plenty for the stuffing.

I had to keep him from eating the whole skillet.. it’s that good!

Now- I must assemble the Dressing. Jeez- that just sounds weird…

You need:

  • 1 T butter
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • this cornbread recipe! (see above silly) crumbled into chunks
  • Handful fresh sage leaves, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 375. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and caramelize, remove from heat and add sage to onions then toss into large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the cornbread pieces to the mixing bowl, season well with salt and pepper, and give it a good toss until it’s well combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, cream, and stock, and pour that over the cornbread.

4. Spoon it all into a buttered baking dish & Bake until hot and crusty on top, about 30 minutes… ENJOY.

Hope you are having a nice relaxing Thanksgiving with your family. Gobble.. Gobble! :)

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

Thanksgiving is TOMORROW PEOPLE!! It’s time for me to start making that cornbread stuffing I mentioned ;) Oh- and another thing I’m whipping up is my own little pumpkin pie spice. I’ve use it enough so why not make my own? Instead of buying it all the time, it makes sense to use the spices that I have (I barely use them anyways!).

Allrecipes has a recipe for pumpkin pie spice that’s simple, so I had to try it. I’ve been reading a lot of blogs and they’be been making their own PPSpice so why not try?

Here goes-

  • 4 T cinnamon
  • 4 t. ginger
  • 4 t. nutmeg
  • 3 t. all spice

…voilà! :)

have you made any homemade spices?