Saturday, August 31, 2013

Roasted Mixed Veggies

So for the last few weeks these veggies have been something I look forward to at every meal. It's just something one evening I threw together And it turned out so good so I wanted to share with you!!! 
You can switch up your veggies or use what you have. This is my recipe: 

              Roasted veggies 

1 zucchini quartered and thickly sliced 
1 yellow squash halved and sliced 
1/2 red onion sliced into slivers
1 red pepper, sliced 
1/2 box baby Bella mushrooms, halved

1tsp basil 
1tsp oregano 
1/2 tsp thyme 
Salt and pepper. 
 Toss lightly with olive oil just enough to lightly cover. 
Add all ingredients to rod iron skillet lightly brown veggies. 
Next add entire skillet to broil for about 7 mins or until veggies are roasted. 

Complete meal with steak or chicken or any protein and its amazing!!! Enjoy!! 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Cilantro Lime Chicken....Crockpot!

The easiest dinner to ever prepare is the one in the crockpot... when all you can think of all day is going home and dinner being prepared and that amazing smell the moment you step foot into your house! I also love crockpot recipes for when I have someone flying in to visit and don't wanna stop for fast food so I am sure to have something prepared for when we arrive home. Although I would cook in it daily I don't have enough recipes to keep it going. As fall and winter start approaching I will say I use it a little more frequently for "Paleo Comfort foods" but for now here is an amazing recipe I snagged from a site I frequently visit for something new and yummy...

Cilantro Lime Chicken
In a crockpot mix together the following
One 24 oz. jar of salsa (Your choice on how hot you want it... we go for medium)
Juice one lime
1 bunch of fresh cilantro, chopped
one pkg taco seasoning
2 jalapeno peppers finely chopped, optional
Add 4 chicken breast halved place in crockpot be sure and coat with salsa mixture.
Place on low 6-8 hours.
Once you arrive home shred chicken stir all together.
I Place them in a lettuce wrap topped with tomatoes and maybe a few jalapenos and there you have it an amazing quick and easy dinner prepared!!!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Love for a lollipop.

So yesterday as I was surfing around checking out other blogs and finding things that inspire me in my life. I ran across Strong is the new skinny blog. (What a fab blog!) It made me realize that I have a little better understand how we rely on food as a comfort and how so many people use this to train their children.... Including my mother.   You disobeyed as a child or didn't wanna do something so your mother would say ill buy you an ice cream if you.....  Now as an adult when I'm not feeling well, had a bad day, PR'd a workout or whatever reason I can come up with for an excuse for a treat this is what I turn too....JUNK FOOD
So now I'm sitting here stumbling in my brain. I don't have kids but they are definately in the very near future. So I found myself enjoying lots of things about parenting, raising your child and the quirks of being a parent. I'm just trying to be well educated to prepare myself for my future of healthy children who start their lives eating right and making healthy decisions from birth.  So here I am stumbled. So what do you do instead of bribe your child with a lollipop or ice cream?


Monday, August 19, 2013

Reunited once again.

This past week my mom came and visited us here in Washington for the first time. It was a much needed visit. Although I was recently home and we usually try to space out our trips I can never get enough time with my momma!  She fell in love at first sight with my house. Which of course made me and my inner goddess for decorating feel good. While she was here we became tourists for a week. We did a waterfall hike while on our way to Mt Rainier hiking a total of almost 6 miles. My mom was a champ and kept right up! We really enjoyed the beautiful views up at the top of the mountain.   Next visit was Seattle to Pikes Place Market, the Space Needle, Kerry park and many other attractions. During the remainder of her visit we spent time chatting, eating yummy foods, painting nails, transformed her hair into a new do and lots lots more fun! Never like some quality mom and daughter time! Until next time... 
Just  being silly. While out shopping. 

Eatonville waterfall. 

Mt. Rainier 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

The beauty of a flower garden.

As I was running out the door late this morning my eye got swept away by my beautiful tiger Lilly's in full bloom. It really is a fabulous thing when you realize all your hard work of picking out flowers at the nursery, purchasing bulbs in the spring, digging holes while pulling out Washington boulders is all paying off and totally worth it. One of the best part about it mostly being in full bloom is I learned all of this from my mother, whom is on her way to visit. I can't wait to show her all our hardwork and she will be able to witness its all paid off. So a huge shout on to her for teaching me this beauty. My plan is to cntinue to develop an english flower garden overflowing with every flower imaginable to the eye....This is the beginning of a long process. Happy end of summer full of bloom peeps! 

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Mmmm... Salsa

So I have to admit... My biggest weakness in the health world must be chips and dips. With that being said salsa and some good white tortilla chips...mmmmmm..... Nothing is better! So as you are going to learn from me I prefer things made my me instead of bought in the store in a can.  Well that's if I have time to make it. I have several different salsa, pico,verde sauce recipes. Typically made with all fresh ingredients. This one is now at the top of my list. And I must say I can't keep it around here, as its Derek's new fav too! You'll be glad my sister in law shared this one with me! Try it and tell me what you think.... 
Blend all ingredients in food processor or blender: 
3-cans stewed Mexican tomatoes 
One yellow onion chopped 
One bunch of cilantro chopped 
1/2 jalapeƱo shopped 
1/2 jar chopped mild green pepperonicinis 
1/4 cup franks hot sauce.