Friday, March 30, 2012

Mile high stadium....where the Broncos play.

Exactly...hahah!

Ma'am, you got a baby face

When did I become a ma'am? Why is it that I don't mind it when people tell me I have a baby face? Ahhh, crap! It's happening! My little sister and I are in Denver visiting our older sister for her birthday and in our travels we usually have some fun, some mishaps, and definitely some shenanigans. Basically, we like to booze heavily before and during our flight. Don't worry, we made it this time. We have missed flights before due to irresponsible time management, falling asleep at the gate, and mostly overpriced alcohol consumption. I know it is polite to say "ma'am" to a person you do not know, but there are three factors that determine if it is percieved as nice or condescending. To me anyway. 1). Are you way younger and more attractive than I am? (this is a biggie) 2). Did you take a snotty tone with me/do you have a genuine tone in your voice? 3). Are you from the south? New rule...only Southerners can use ma'am to a woman and if you are not a card carrying member of the Southern states, then 'miss' is the appropriate way to address a lady. Fact...Southerners sound more polite. I got carded (yes!) on the plane and the flight attendant was surprised at my age (33). "Well, you just got a baby face!!" Awesome. Now, if someone had told me (which they did) when I was in my 20s that my face resembled as baby's, I would has been royally insulted. Now, complimented. Seems I'm the Babyface Madam though. So I'll rock it...embrace it....and get drunk on flights.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

In the DTW airport flying Delta. Each gate has several outlet towers. Most are being utilized....pretty cool.

Spring in Ohio! Beautiful day today...

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Whoa (Joey Lawrence)!

Have you seen that Old Navy commercial starring Joey and Blossom?  It's ridic.  Anyway...

I was perusing this cake blog at lunch today and look.at.this!  A LIFE SIZE STORM TROOPER CAKE.  I mean, come on!  Thank god I didn't find this before our wedding. 

The big question is, as always, are these elaborate cakes good?  Do they still taste like cake?  Next question...who gets the codpiece? 

Friday, March 23, 2012

Green Tip of the Month

At our monthly meeting, all employees get to learn the "Green Tip of the month" and this month was about produce.  Have you been eating organic?  I love apples and think the organic ones just don't taste as good and are less crisp...am I crazy?  Trying to make better choices is tough, but knowledge is power, right?  Here's some power for you:


Are you getting your 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day?  If so, good for you!  However, it’s likely that you’re also ingesting more than your share of 14 different pesticides.  These chemicals have been linked to health problems, such as birth defects, nerve damage and cancer, especially in pregnant women and children, whose organs are still developing. They also wreak havoc on the environment by degrading groundwater and killing beneficial insects (and thus upsetting the natural balance of the environment).  The Environmental Working Group compiles a list of the 12 most pesticide-laden produce items each year.  If you’ve been thinking of going organic, these food items would be a great place to start.  However, there are fruits and vegetables that are typically grown with fewer pesticides, leaving them a good choice for those that don’t want the expense of going organic for all foods.

The Dirty Dozen
The Clean Fifteen
1.       Apples
1.       Onions
2.       Celery
2.       Sweet corn
3.       Strawberries
3.       Pineapple
4.       Peaches
4.       Avocado
5.       Spinach
5.       Asparagus
6.       Nectarines (imported)
6.       Sweet peas
7.       Grapes (imported)
7.       Mango
8.       Sweet bell peppers
8.       Eggplant
9.       Potatoes
9.       Cantaloupe (domestic)
10.   Blueberries (domestic)
10.   Kiwi
11.   Lettuce
11.   Cabbage
12.   Kale/collard greens
12.   Watermelon

13.   Sweet potatoes

14.   Grapefruit

15.   Mushrooms

 Growing your own vegetable garden?  You can go organic yourself.  Check with the Lucas County Extension service for tips.  419-578-6783 or http://lucas.osu.edu/topics/horticulture

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Shrimp with Adobo Sauce

Way to go Weight Watchers!  This recipe was so good!  I subbed FF Fage Greek Yogurt for the sour cream and added onions & peppers, then served on brown rice for a complete meal.   Omitted the poblano.  Spicy....seriously!  So freaking hot!   My chef hubby loved.  Would be awesome with chicken too.

Shrimp with Adobo Sauce
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44 people rated this recipe
5 PointsPlus Value
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 8 min
Serves: 4
A super main course - complete with a homemade dipping sauce - for those who love spice.

Ingredients

Instructions

  • To make dipping sauce, working in a small bowl, mash 1 tablespoon chipotle pepper in adobo sauce with back of a spoon; add sour cream and 1 tablespoon each poblano pepper and lime juice. Add lime zest, if using; mix well and chill.
  • To make shrimp, set a medium skillet over medium heat; add oil. When oil begins to shimmer, add remaining chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and remaining poblano pepper; break up peppers with back of a wooden spoon and cook until oil turns reddish. Add shrimp to skillet; cook until pink and no longer translucent, about 2 to 2 1/2 minutes per side.
  • Remove shrimp to a serving plate and drizzle with remaining tablespoon lime juice. Serve shrimp with dipping sauce on the side. Yields about 3 1/2 ounces shrimp and 2 tablespoons sauce per serving.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Product Review - Vaseline Coco Butter

No, ladies and gents, it is not 1950.  My mom swears by the original tub of Vaseline or petroleum jelly.  Vaseline is the name brand..  It always grossed me out and now, naturally, I love it and find that it works beautifully.  As usual, Mom is always right, and it's annoying.

Vaseline comes in a tub/jar that is so big you could never possibly use it all in the same calendar year, unless you used it to grease a turkey (which certainly you would never do), or play slip n slide on a house, but you get idea.  Vaseline is cheap, people.  It works for everything.  Here are the fantastic uses:

1)  Eye make up remover.
2)  Under eye smother aka miracle wrinkle cream
3)  Lip balm - the original!
4)  Hand salve - seriously, put this on at night and notice how amazing your hands are in the am
5)  Cuticle oil - see above steps and results
6)  Greases squeaky doors

Ok - there you have it!  I love that tub of Vaseline and it's the ultimate value.  Go get some today.  Click here for the Vaseline site for all the amazing Vaseline products including the original petroleum jelly and the coco butter that I like.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Granola or something...either way...it's amazing

I saw this on Pinterest, and since I gave up sweets of all kinds for lent, this looked so good.
Well, I made it last night and it was INCREDIBLE!  SO INCREDIBLE!  I didn't follow the directions so it was crumbly, but crumbly delicious. 
 
Baker's notes - I omitted the chocolate chips but raisins would be delicious!  I didn't measure anything, just dumped and mixed.  Also just chopped, did not put in food processor.  But, as seen above, crumbly (delicious).   Great on yogurt and fruit.  Or a handful in the middle of the night.
 
Raw cookie dough bites
 
Ingredients
  • 2/3 cup raw almonds
  • 2/3 cup raw walnuts
  • 2/3 cup raw oat flakes (see note below)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup raw agave nectar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp cacao nibs or dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, process the almonds, walnuts, oats, cinnamon and salt to a fine meal.
  2. Add the agave nectar and vanilla and process to combine.
  3. Next, add the cocoa nibs (or chocolate chips) and pulse just to combine.
  4. Roll the cookie dough into balls (about 1 tbsp each) and place them on a cookie pan lined with parchment paper. Place the pan in the freezer for about an hour to firm up. Store balls in a tightly covered container in the freezer.
Notes
Raw oat flakes can be substituted for regular rolled oats, but if you want this treat to be truly raw, look for raw oat flakes, which haven't been steamed or toasted during processing. I buy mine locally from a company called Grainstorm.


Monday, March 19, 2012

The Hip Bone's connected to the....wallet

It's been 5 months since my hip surgery and I am still in PT.  I am not sure how much it is helping, but the medical bills are rolling in.  And they keep rolling.  Plus they can be confusing, so when you call, you expect the person to know exactly what they are talking about.  However, not so much.  So that's fun.

The doctor said that I would not further injure myself my exercising and, frankly, I am tired of feeling tubby, so I went and signed up for a personal trainer on top of the physical therapist.  Doesn't hurt to have a second opinion, right?

So, I feel refocused and good right now.  Still having hip pain (which I have been told is normal - to which I say WTF for lack of better phrasing), but not more than what I was having before the surgery.  It's tolerable.  The PT and the Trainer have different approaches and different exercises.  Overall, I FEEL better.  I am eating MUCH better (notice how excersice and a good diet go hand in hand?) and feel I am doing everything possible to continue the healing process.

What I have learned through this process:
1)  Stop reading web MD.
2)  Everyone is different.
3)  Other people have different journeys than you do.
4)  AKA No two bodies are the same.
5)  When doctors say, "This will be a breeze," ASK MORE QUESTIONS!
6)  Always expect to pay a lot in bills
7)  Don't feel like you are bothering the doctor.  You are paying for it!
8)  There is a fine line between being polite and being direct.  It's YOUR body.
9)  Expect setbacks.
10)  Keep trying.

Happy Monday! 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Shrimp and Grits

Grits are one of the best grains to cook with (they are so EASY) and a nice alternative to brown rice or pasta if you need a change.

Sorry I don't have a picture, but here is a little recipe I made up last night and I just wanted to share:

Not quite Shrimp and Grits, serves 1 (lol)

1/2 C Quick Grits (pre-made in the microwave)
3 oz Raw Shrimp, tails off
1 clove garlic minced
3 green onions
1 red bell pepper
1/2 C grape tomatoes sliced
1 C baby spinach
1 tsp. safflower oil (or you can use olive, canola, whatever)
Salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, old bay on the shrimp

Heat oil in wok.  Add onions, peppers, tomatoes, garlic and spices and sautee for a few minutes until you like it.  I like my veggies crisp so I only sauteed for 3-4 minutes.  Add spinach and sautee for about another minute.  Add the shrimp pre-seasoned with the old bay.  The shrimp will only take a few minutes - maybe 3 - to turn pink. 

Serve over 1/2 C grits - you might like more - but I wanted to keep the Points Plus low on this one...only 6 points plus!

This was delicious!  Next time I might add a little white wine, and lemon to it for a bit of a sauce...and of course I will remember to take a picture.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Cookies for a wedding shower. Wedding's in Cleveland :) Congrats E and D!

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Friday chuckle. Our local candidates. Eff....Seaman? Imagine presenting to a local high school.

Friday, March 2, 2012

TGIF

Star Wars: 3D

Finally!  I saw my first 3-D movie.  I was sad that the lenses were not the original blue and red, but rather grey like those transitions when you have come in from outside and they are still adjusting. 

Anyway.

Being a giant Star Wars geek fan, I was pumped up to see this movie again on the big screen and in 3D no less.  To add to my excitement, I had just finished a book called Star Wars: Darth Plagueis.  What can I say, it interests me.  I have tried to read chic lit and I hate it.  Star Wars novels?  Awesome.  This book covers the era of the Old Republic before Star Wars:  Episode I and details Palpatine's training and rise to power.   We also meet Palpatine's master (Plagueis) and find out about his beginnings, who his master was, uncover a history of the Sith, and learn more information about Darth Maul (which we all want), among so many other details that I won't bore you with spoil for you since you obviously want to read this book.  This book would make an awesome movie - it is a very dark and sinister book with nefarious characters. 

I read this on my iPad which was very enjoyable.  The back light was so nice and I found that I could read in the car, on the treadmill, and in bed.  Another nifty feature is that you can click on a word and the dictionary will define it for you.  LOVED IT!

Back to the movie - Podrace scene was even cooler in 3D, Jar Jar Binks still annoying in 3D, but just seeing it again was thilling. It took about 10 minutes to get adjusted to the 3D, but then it didn't bother me or make me sick like omnimax.  I was worried about that.

Looking forward to the next Star Wars release!  Also, I will be reading a book about Darth Vader next. 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Danny on the news!

Just incase you didn't see DT on the news again!! Here he is cooking for the American Heart Association last Saturday. He is right after the AHA rep. Great job Danny!

Click here to see the video (I can't upload it for some reason).

The Dog ate my Homework

You know how when you are so behind you feel like you will never catch up?

That's how I feel. 

Here's to a good month of blogging.  My posts might be back dated, but at least they will be appearing!

Here is what I have been doing:
1)  Seeing my first 3-D movie
2)  Traveling for work
3)  Being sick - twice
4)  Trying to work out with a trainer - always a saga
5)  Going to see my favorite band
6)  Working - duh
7)  My best friend had a baby but I was too sick to go see her in the hospital (insert guiltiness)
8)  Giving up all sweets for lent - UGH
9)  Going to Chicago for some fun
10)  Missing my blog world!