Did this weekend fly by for everyone else, or just me?
While it was a perfect mix of fun things and relaxing down time – yes I enjoyed a short nap – it just went too quickly.
A sign of a good weekend, I suppose?
It definitely was. My weekend started on Friday, when I spent the whole day in the kitchen. It was glorious – I created and photographed two project recipes, with French Open tennis in the background. My perfect day, really.
I spent part of Saturday on wedding planning – it is [click to continue…]
It truly is my favorite time of year. Longer, warmer days equal more time outdoors, fresh creations with garden ingredients, cool cocktails with friends.
Sitting out in the evening, relaxing while the daylight leaves and the yard’s nightlights come on. Frogs in the pond croak now and then, causing the dogs to jump off our laps and snif snif snif in search of the frog…
My latest libation creation is a fusion of two favorites – mimosas and margaritas. Fresh herbs from the garden (the thyme came back from last year!) mix well with bubbly and my favorite reposado tequila.
Follow me over to Kim’s place for my recipe: Grapefruit Thyme Mimosa-Ritas.
Black Bean Totchos with Garlic Lemon Sauce – a flavorful platter of comfort food goodness – great for your next Happy Hour at Home, Game Day, or lunch!
Taxes week – I survived. Big project week – I’m excited. Easter brunch – I’m looking forward to it.
Easter plans? Weekend plans? I have a lunch idea for you, a deliciously easy one.
After making my [click to continue…]
*tee hee* I love word puns.
I also love jack fruit, it makes the perfect Plant Based Pulled ‘Pork’. Adding a hearty sliced mushroom to the mix really amped up the oomph factor here. Sweet, savory, tangy, spicy – in a mini size slider.
Important Note: the peperoncini is an essential pairing here, please do it. It brings a tangy heat to the spicy sweet, and layering them first on the bottom bun? Not an accident – the [click to continue…]
I haven’t done one of these in a long while. and if you’ve [click to continue…]
“I’m really intuitive about these things. I’ve predicted two of my friends’ divorces, one pregnancy and a couple of natural disasters.”
Elijah is one of my favorite Girls characters. I can still see him edging his way into the cast photo at the end of the season three finale…
I have heard many friends talk about Girls for some time now. Finally decided to look for it, watch it.
That was when I returned from vacation last week. Jason and I watched all three seasons, in time to catch up and watch the finale this past Sunday.
This is our favorite way to watch a series, actually. We [click to continue…]
SPABETTIE IS A FINANCIALLY COMPENSATED BLOGGER AMBASSADOR FOR THE MUSHROOM COUNCIL, AND IS PARTICIPATING IN THE #MUSHROOMMAKEOVER 30 DAY WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE. THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED HEREIN ARE THOSE OF SPABETTIE AND ARE NOT INDICATIVE OF THE OPINIONS OR POSITIONS OF THE MUSHROOM COUNCIL OR MAMAVATION.
Week Two of #MushroomMakeover is coming to a close, and for me, this week was even better than last!
The workouts from our trainer Mark Segedie, continue to be both fun and challenging! This week included two arm circuits – good because I really want to focus on my arms lately, bad because I have not focused on my arms lately. Ha! Noodle arms over here. I am loving the challenges, making sure I get to my 10,000 steps a day (some days, SO EASY, other days that number seems so unattainable). Most days I get there, as well as drinking plenty of water as RD Corrine reminds us to do.
Working with the registered dietitian Corinne Dobbas this week was a good thing too – our focus this week was to be mindful with our meals – focus on the food rather than the television, laptop, whatever the usual distraction may be. Eat slowly, enjoying the flavors, the textures, all of it. I will admit this was a difficult challenge for me, and one where I learned some things about myself. It took some effort at lunch time – when I am normally on my own during the day – to sit and enjoy, without working in front of the computer or watching television. I made myself go outside to sit in the sunshine during breakfast one day – I enjoyed the sunshine and the dachshunds sat out there with me, taking it all in. A big challenge for me is background noise – I found I need it, or at least think I do. I will definitely continue to work on this one, as it is bigger than this one week project for me.
Between the workouts, staying hydrated, eating healthfully and mindfully, I found the number on the scale is once again less than the week before. This is a positive for me – I rarely step on the scale and this was not my biggest reason for taking on the #MushroomMakeover challenge, but it is definitely a nice aspect.
This week’s Mushroom Makeover meals:
visiting a brew pub with friends for lunch one day, I was happy to [click to continue…]
First day of Spring. St Paddy’s Day. SXSW. March Madness.
…and for the math nerd in me, Pi Day.
Longtime readers know I celebrate each year. Always with pie, usually shaped into Pi.
I do have a pie coming up for you all, and it is good.
In the meantime, to kick off the month I have a Pie Collection for Pi Day – sweet, savory, pie bites and pizza pies included.
I think I need to make these Spicy Potato Lentil Pies this weekend…
If you cannot see the slideshow, click here to see the whole collection.
SLIDESHOW SPONSORED BY FOODIE VIA GLAM MEDIA. ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED HEREIN ARE THOSE OF SPABETTIE.