From Pinterest

I love social media. Things are always evolving.

But it can be too much sitting in front of a computer and not enough doing stuff.

So, NEW RULE.

I can only waste time flipping around Pinterest (oohing and aahing over things I CAN’T do, like pretty wedding photos – no fair) if I actually use it for a benefit.

My main interests from that site so far have been hairdos and FOOD. Some recipes are quick and easy. I’ve tried to cook from the internet and typically prefer cookbooks, but some Pinterest recipes are great for how idiot proof they are.

I made this

http://picky-palate.com/2011/08/25/southwest-chicken-chili-mac-skillet-style/

And I could post all my pics but WHO HAS TIME so my review is:

I didn’t use corn. It was delicious. It is my hubby’s new fave food. It is a classier version of a hamburger helper.

Give it a go!

Stay tuned for more things off Pinterest that I ACTUALLY DO – and tell me:

Have you done anything from the site?

Not Cooking

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Sometimes there’s a limit to your cooking and your desire to make a meal. I’ve been grilling a lot and have enjoyed making a few different things, none too picture worthy.

It helps to have amazing friends and family! I was spoiled all weekend – first treated to dinner at Westgate Grill, the picture shows half of our appetizers. I had a steak at Butcher’s the next night with my Great Uncle and Aunt. Then Sunday we got cooked amazing lamp kabobs. I should have taken pictures of everything, it was all too delicious!

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Tuscan Chicken Stew

The stew-iness isn’t apparent, but the food was delicious. It thickened up to a point I thought it’d be better just on a plate, then I wrestled with some quinoa.

I think the problem is the high elevation – it always needs twice as much water and twice as long to cook. I added garlic butter and Parmesan, which has made it the easiest to eat as a side dish so far.

The photo was only getting brightness on the chicken chunks and so all I could do was laugh after wrestling with the food to have to wrestle with the camera as well.

Cooking!

I always like cooking, I just never learned how. Or tried, I guess. MB and JB got me some cookbooks a little while back, and so this summer is my summer of making good food. We have mostly quit eating out as much as is possible when that’s all anyone can think of to go do…and I’ve already started making some great stuff.

The first recipe I followed from the cool cookbooks was for Honey Garlic Spareribs.

They came out awesome even though at first I thought it was a lost cause – I couldn’t even cut them up right.

Finally Hitting The Yoga Challenge!

Skiing has kinda killed me. I’m happy about it, but I’ve skied more this winter than the last two winters put together. I’ve skied harder, faster, and better. I’ve also totally repeatedly taxed my body to the point of exhaustion. I’m still wondering if what I have is a set of hairline fractured ankles.

The ‘break’ of SXSW provided not much of a break, the walking and standing didn’t give my feet, ankles, and knees the time to rest and repair I’d hoped for. Then I came home to a ton of new snow!

I’ve been trying to get back to the gym or back to yoga every day, but was just too beat. I finally started today in the basement, and thankfully there and not the gym! I had to take two ‘time outs’ on an hour long yoga workout. Sad.

If you remember me mentioning this Yoga 21 Day Challenge at the beginning of the year, I am so fortunate that all the videos are still available. You should check it out! I didn’t get to it then, but started it today.

I made it about two full months of not eating any crap. Unfortunately that kind of hurt me in the long run, eating crap in Austin made me super sick one whole night…but oh well. I’m upping the ante to no fast food and no restaurants, which will again have to wait until we get back from my Momm’s birthday vacation, although I’m going to try to force myself to either salads or small portions, haven’t quite figured that out. And again, if you ban it, then when you’re stuck with it, it hurts. Kinda curious about the appropriate balance. Thoughts?

And I have a question. I’m back to getting in shape, building flexibility, and cultivating this healthy body to ski and live with.

Do you use any supplements or swear by any product to help?

I’ve been drinking this daily and really like it, even though it’s one of those “not validated by the FDA” herbal kind of things. Any of you have something like this that you use/take/drink?

http://www.yogiproducts.com/products/details/detox/

RELATED: Read this right after posting this blog, what do you think?

http://blogs.yogajournal.com/topfive/archives/2011/03/5-reasons-i-will-not-be-cleansing-this-year.htmlb

Funny Day

It all started without coffee creamer. That’s how every bad day starts. But come on, right?

So I get off my butt and go for a hike with KP today. She and Lily-puppy took me to a new part of Park City that was beautiful. And we saw a small herd of elk, the one thing I hadn’t seen up close around here yet. So far so good.

Then we head out to lunch at the Bridge, at the base of Town lift. I’d never eaten there, most likely because it is at the base of Town lift. YUM! It’s actually a Brazilian inspired, fancy and features a reasonably priced menu for downtown and on the ski hill. We discuss our many blessings (KP has a BUN in the OVEN), and we laugh over my car seat electrical issue like the little thing it is. And how I was mad about being without creamer. Silly!

After our delicious appetizer, I sunk my teeth in to my half of a chicken sandwich. Literally. The sandwich ripped out a tooth. Ow. One of my veneers, now five years old, decided to jump ship.

I don’t have a dentist here.

I start frantically making calls (and chewing on the far right of my face) and am able to find a place that will see me and give me a before-I-try-to-travel verdict.

Miracle! The dentist is able to take the whole veneer and reattach it to my face…IN SPITE OF BEING AN AGGIE!

I didn’t even wait. It took no time.

And they had TVs on the ceiling.

I am reasonably sure the ladies in the office were divine, the Dentist is my HERO, and I’ll be singing his praises all the way to and in Austin when I flash my non redneck smile.

Even if he does use his diploma to park in handicapped spaces.

So- moral of the story is don’t take the good stuff for granted, but also don’t think something eventually won’t go wrong. It does. Just have a good laugh, even if it is one with your hand over your mouth.

Success

Here I told you I wasn’t able to keep up with yoga (still waiting for the day I get going on that) or blogging successfully everyday for you (trying infrequent and uninteresting on for size) but – I did manage to keep one deal with myself and not eat any fast food for an entire month!

I cut back on drinking and eating out in general – and much to my chagrin – have totally lost a whole bunch of weight. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy. Skiing every day has made skiing a total non workout, so this helped. But it sucks to admit just how much junk I was pigging out on that in the shortest month I dropped a whole size. I’m unhappily happy.

I guess I have to see if I can make it through March now too (SXSW not included that week doesn’t count!).

 

Fast Easy Cooking

There is nothing better than going out to eat. That’s how I grew up. It was a treat, a reward. With my aunt it was recon. As soon as it was my job to cook I got why people like eating food the didn’t waste the whole day on. But that’s a bit of  problem in Park City. No matter how good the food is supposed to be, there are only two places that MK and I enjoy going.   So I became determined to find some things I love to cook and can whip up on demand, usually with stuff I keep in the house, definitely in a short amount of time.

We borrowed the B’s grill and already have used it a ton. It really makes meat so much better and it’s great not having to have the oven on in the summer. MK grilled some chicken breasts I’d marinated. While looking around for a side he saw some StoveTop stuffing. Being neither healthy not appealing, I wasn’t looking forward to cooking it until I saw that you can add a can of diced tomatoes and some garlic, some basil and then top it with shredded cheese… it became bruschetta. It might sound odd but it was soooo good, try it!

My other necessity as I get back into working out – this hiking is tough stuff – is a healthy carb. I can’t live without it, but don’t want to waste my workout, I’ve found two brands I’m on love with:

Earth Grains. Their bread is sold cheaply here and is delicious. Perfect for any sandwich, amazing for a grilled cheese for some reason, and light and healthy.

Flatout Bread. If you grew up in the age of the pita, you get this, a roll up better than a tortilla to make sandwiches on. Their website is full of awesome recipes, and we’ve made pizzas too. ALSO – they come in a variety of flavors. I  used the Italian Herb roll yesterday, put some romaine lettuce, fat free dressing and cheese and ta-da. A Caesar wrap the rivals a restaurant. The best part is I’m going to add some of that left over grilled chicken today. Yum.

I’ve become a big fan of any Asian noodle dish I can try, I’ve even perfected my own from scratch lo mein sauce. It’s surprisingly quick and easy. Also lighter, healthier and more filling than regular pasta. Can’t wait to try it out on some company.