appetizers

Baked Avocados with Mini Shiitakes

Wordless Wednesday.

I haven’t done one of these in a long while. and if you’ve [click to continue…]

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roasted garlic mushroom pizza

“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…

So.

I have heard many friends talk about Girls for some time now. Finally decided to look for it, watch it.

Um.

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…]

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spinach scramble stuffed 'shrooms

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…]

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You guys.

It’s March.

First day of Spring. St Paddy’s Day. SXSW. March Madness.

…and for the math nerd in me, Pi Day.

lemony blackened broccoli pizza

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…

spicy potato lentil pie

 

 

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.

 

 

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kicked up queso bean dip

Happy Monday everyone!  Meatless Monday, at that.

I didn’t know the ingredient for this week until after we were already snowed in. Have you all heard what has been happening in Portland since [click to continue…]

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spicy Thai totchos

Last month we flew down to L.A. for four days of fun with friends just before Christmas. We had front row seats to The Dan Band (extremely fun and I highly recommend!), we cry-laughed through the Anchorman premiere, and we sang Christmas carols in our fluffy robes to people in our hotel lobby. Super fun shenanigans and [click to continue…]

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Southern Belle-ini

For all of the holiday festivities, to ring in the new year, even kicking back on a Sunday for the football game – you know I have the food and drink all planned out.

It seems every time I throw a party, there are some tried and true standards that always come to play. Our favorites (um, my favorites? okay).

Even so, I do like to mix it up and wow people with something new. I have another Foodie collection to share with you, this time it is my Top 16 Cocktail Party Recipes of 2013. Hand held nibbles, things to dip and dip in to, a savory stuffed waffle and a stuffed avocado. Bright and pretty drinks, festive and fruity, this list is sure to inspire.

Because even if it is football, it can still be a cocktail party.

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.

 

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taco crunch wrap

veganmofo

Just a couple years out of college, I was well versed in the Portland night life. My friends and I went dancing every weekend. Sometimes both Friday and Saturday nights.

Oh, who am I kidding, we went dancing every Wednesday evening too.

The weekends were reserved for Santorini, a Greek restaurant and club downtown. Santorini is where I learned to sing several songs in Arabic, where I had at least one birthday party, where from the deejay to the bartenders to the owner, everyone knew our name.

Wednesdays you could find us upstairs at [click to continue…]

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