ooh, those Tortilla Soup Enchiladas up there are one of my favorites – light and fresh and full of flavors and textures – I need to make those again soon.
My Foodie Slideshow for April is all about fresh and light – Sunday Suppers for Spring!
Here’s the beginnings of my Broken Record Moments when I talk all about the sunshine and weather changing and grilling out and sitting deck-side for happy hours and eating lighter, seasonal fresh foods.
I have hand picked twelve of my favorites – plus one dessert – and while doing so have added several things to my must make dinner list.
Of course there is a list. You know me and my lists.
If you cannot see the slideshow, click here to view the whole collection.
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Golf, skee ball and shuffleboard, oh my!
Jason and I were both in need of a relaxing, let’s go play kind of weekend. It began Thursday afternoon, and a nice long weekend was enjoyed.
I spent Friday morning with two girlfriends and one of their new babies – oh. so. cute. Sweet and mellow and did I say sweet? Left the girls at lunchtime, swung by the house and picked up Jason for vegan burgers at one of our regular favorites.
The weekend also included a couple movies, outside time with the dogs, veggie sushi, and shuffleboard. We played two games, I won two games.
One of my [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.
This has been the best week so far for #MushroomMakeover - I loved last week’s workouts, and I think I must be seeing the results this week. I have also had positive feedback from a couple people who don’t see me daily. The CORE and GUNS workouts from last week are definitely going to become regular workouts for me, in addition to my favorites we are revisiting this week, the BURN and BUILD. My energy level is high, and I am not really feeling the afternoon tireds I sometimes do. (When I do? Green Tea!)
Corinne’s weekly focus is a really good one this week as well – I talked about one aspect of it here. The other part is keeping a food journal, via an app or old fashioned pen and paper. You know me and my lists and my handwritten everything – I totally got into this. I also noticed that it helped me continue last weeks focus of eating mindfully. Heh – it’s almost like Corinne planned this, yes?
It was a good week all around.
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Each week during #MushroomMakeover, Corinne gives us a new focus (this has been one of my favorite parts of this challenge!). This week our focus is three parts, and one of them is self talk.
This is timely, because I just had a really great conversation about this while on vacation. I am acutely aware of the effect of language, how our declarations are tied directly to outcomes and outlooks – good or bad.
I have said this before – I have a pretty high level of confidence. I have no idea how or why, but I certainly am grateful for it every day.
Now, the conversation I was having was with two dear friends, who also possess a healthy level of confidence. Except two of us were stopped in our tracks when the third said “I’m kind of good at it,” referring to [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…]
Last week was catch up time for me – I just returned from L.A. where I not only spent four days at Expo West – the Natural Food Products show, but I also took another week for vacation, just by myself. Expo West was amazing and overwhelming and so much dang fun, I cannot wait to go back next year!
…and vacation time was so nice. I went to the beach, I walked all over everywhere, I relaxed and I ate some fantastic food. I have at least a couple of posts to recap, coming soon.
So, all of that means I have not been around for Meatless Mondays. This week the ingredient is squash, which I love in so many ways. In lieu of a new recipe, I am sharing some of my favorites with you.
Anyone want to take a half a guess at what my favorite squash is? It may not be apparent here. But it might. Do you have a favorite?
roasted butternut lasagna with crispy sage
Dijon-apricot goat cheese squash blossoms
kabocha fries with buffalo celery ranch
pumpkin coconut caramel sauce
spicy chipotle butternut soup
caramelized onion kabocha sandwich with garlic and avocado
pumpkin cheesecake spread
spiced maple kabocha smoothie
sage butternut hand pies
pumpkin whoopie pies
maple cream pumpkin pie with buttery gingersnap crust
Happy [Meatless] Monday!
We are halfway through week two of the #MushroomMakeover. I am obligated to post one recap per week, but as always, when excited about something, I do more – in addition to the weekly review, I will be sharing some of the recipes I’ve been making recently. My recap posts will be at the end of each week, on Fridays or Saturdays.
This sandwich was especially good, and I am really liking arugula lately also. Such a unique flavor, and it goes well with the crispy sauteed mushrooms and the sweet and mildly spicy red peppers. The garlicy bean spread provides some extra oomph and flavor – this would be great as a bowl, as well – over quinoa or salad.
A couple of years ago, via The Chew, Mario Batali taught us [click to continue…]
So, that Matthew McConaughey.
I have always liked him, but he has become a really good actor. Really good. Real.
Jason and I waited until the season finale of True Detective, then began watching the series. One episode after another, all in one day. Yesterday. I won’t say much for those who have not seen it – those who have? let’s discuss somewhere else! – but wow. So good. I have heard some say they were disappointed in the finish, but we both liked it.
Did you know you can make a roux out of pureed spinach, coconut oil and coconut flour?
Yeah, I am positive someone or many someones will be eye-rolling and side-eyeing my spinach roux, but that is what I am calling it.
A tasty, bright green, havarti-garlic saucy roux. For pasta to [click to continue…]