Sunday Salads & Sunshine

October 16th, 2016

It is no secret that I love all seasons, but if I was asked to choose an all time favorite, I believe it would be fall. Granted, if you ask me in the Spring, my response may be Spring, or if you asked me in Summer, and so on. I am a lover of all seasons for the uniqueness and their individuality, but there is something about Fall or Autumn, depending on what you prefer.

Often in Neverland, the weather this time of the year isn’t pleasant. Truth is, it bothers many people, but not me. It is like everything else- it has it’s plus and min points, but we have to take things as they come. Fortunately, the weather has been amazing. Sure, we’ve had a few grey days, but on the whole, thus far it’s amazing. This morning- despite the crispness to the air that only Fall brings, summer also decided to show up and give us yet another kiss. It is although she wasn’t quite finished with us yet for this year, so it’s a beautiful 64 degrees, blue skies with not a cloud to be seen.

img_0404I put on my running shoes, grabbed JJ and went out for a long walk. Truth is, I could still be walking if Marcel hadn’t had other ideas, or if JJ wouldn’t have given out, or my stomach hadn’t started grumbling, reminding me that I wasn’t hungry when I woke up this morning and hadn’t eaten.

Despite having a few projects I needed to do inside, I knew that I couldn’t spend anymore time inside than necessary as those days will come soon enough. Right now, we’ve been given one of those rare Autumn days where it’s pure weather perfection and I plan to enjoy it to the fullest. My rumbling stomach took me to the kitchen where I whipped up a Fall salad, filled with delicious seasonal gems, such as pomegranates, beets, pear, avocado, almonds, plus I sliced some fresh chevre I picked up at a market and crusted it with almond flour- then slowly let it toast in the pan, creating a delicious nutty crust and a delciously warm cheesy center. I topped the salad with a mixture of champagne and cranberry balsamic, plus a little Vanini Osvoldo EVOO that I picked up last fall in Lenno, Italy. Not only was the salad flavorful, being able to eat it Al Fresco this time of the year was a huge bonus.

Even now as I type this- I’m sitting outside. I can’t bring myself to stay inside. I did dinner preps, grabbed the laptop, a cappuccino and a glass of water and here I sit- feeling the kiss of the wind in my hair, the sunshine on my shoulders,, and a wink from summer letting me know she is never far away.

Well Hello October!

October 2nd, 2016

The last quarter of the year- We have officially entered it upon the beginning of this month. The temperatures have dropped, the daylight hours are becoming shorter. Last night and today- it rained on and off & even though this is the beginning of the season of ‘slumber’, I personally find myself energized and ready to take on SO much!

Despite the Plantars issue I’m having with my right foot- I’m back on the elliptical and getting into that groove again. I decided to start with 10 minutes- which isn’t an exuberant amount, but it’s enough for a start. I am doing half the resistance that I used to do at my strongest- but keeping close to the same speed- just under a mile in 10 minutes- where as before I was doing just over a mile. It has been challenging in a good way- mostly because it makes me realize that I feel best when I am getting in the cardio my body needs.

Now that I don’t feel as distracted by the gorgeous sunshine luring me out to ‘play’ – I feel as though I can focus on all the little projects that I’ve had on my ‘to do’ list. Granted, I am hoping for sunshine some of the time- as I would love to finish my painting project with the Annie Sloane paint before winter rolls in, but right now- I’ll settle for a blanket and a good television show.

What’s your favorite thing about Autumn?

When Summer Gives Way to Fall

September 21st, 2016

Life continues forward at quite a busy pace (as I know it is for all of us).   We finished Whole 30 and that evening I went out and got some amazing sushi take out.    I rarely eat rice, in fact- sushi is my exception, or unless I’m at someone else’s home and they make rice.   I don’t even keep rice in the house- Quinoa yes, rice, nope.

We had some REALLY warm temperatures for our area last week to the point of I was watching the weather like a hawk, counting down until the daytime highs were around 70.    I was over the moon when that day finally arrived and I’ve been enjoying them ever since.img_9348   I guess it’s ‘safe’ to say that we are kissing summer goodbye for 2016 and on the threshold of leaping into Fall.

Since some of the summer fruits are still amazing-  I made myself a bowl of Greek yogurt this morning with fresh fruit.  As you can see, I’m still playing with my food, but I believe starting the day with happy colors sets the tone for the entire day.    I couldn’t eat this without smiling, so it definitely did it’s job, in addition to nourishing my body.   Add a fresh cup of coffee and it was pure bliss.

It was also very simple to make-    Greek yogurt- strawberry puree that I made from fresh strawberries an did a reduction on the stoves, blueberries, mango and a little Kashi granola.    It was done and ready to eat in less than five minutes and that includes the peeling of the mango.

As the last of the summer fruit makes its way out to give way to Fall, I find myself thinking more and more about steel cut oats and other delicious Fall eats-    What about you?  What is your favorite Fall breakfast?


Loud Dreams

September 21st, 2016

Last night I had a dream that my neighbor had a concert in our street.   It is no secret in our neighborhood that he has aspirations of being the next Bono and he does have a lot of talent.    But I did wake up in the middle of the night with my heart pounding, because I was worried about being kept awake by the egnater rebel 30. As it turns out- it was only a dream. When I ran into him today- I told him about it and he laughed. He said as fun as it sounds, he doesn’t see it happening as our city would protest it in a big way. I believe he’s right.

Two More Days

September 11th, 2016

I am happy to report that I have ‘almost’ made it through another Whole 30.    I will be the first to admit that this time around has been MUCH more difficult for me than the first time.    The reason why, I believe is because my husband joined in and it made meal prep extremely challenging and time consuming.   I’m very easy-  I can keep things simple for myself and keep rolling along, but he isn’t quite that flexible.   He decided mid Whole 30 that he no longer wanted eggs or anything to do with them.    Oyyy-   That somewhat limited breakfast, but he did finally agree to breakfast with eggs- and his lunches have become daily salads- which I’ve added a variation to.       I would spend time each week cutting and shredding veggies, then all I’d have to do is add the base of mixed greens and various toppings- and a drizzle of good olive oil.   He was happy and so was I.

It has been a good experience though and he swears nothing has changed for him.  I find that hard to believe, but I have to take him at his word.  Those guys-  you gotta love em. :)

Late Night Sounds

September 11th, 2016

I was up somewhat late last night- first talking to mom and then my sister. I always enjoy my conversations with both of them, so last night was no exception. It was a great way to spend my Saturday evening. At around 12:30 I decided I had better get into bed and I start hearing music coming from somewhere. I listened and eventually was able to pinpoint that it was coming from my neighbor’s home. He’s in a band and when I saw him this morning he asked if he kept me up last night with the noise. He said he’d received a new boss gt-8 and couldn’t wait to test it. I told him it did bother me a little but nothing that I couldn’t manage since he doesn’t do it often. He’s a great neighbor and I love seeing him thrive with his music passion.

Welcome September

September 1st, 2016

IMG_8580Can you believe it, we are 2/3 through this year!    Four more months and we will be ringing in a new year.   First though, lets not get ahead of ourselves as there is still a lot of fun to be had between now and then.

September-  the month where summer gently gives way into autumn-  the air shifts and a slight crispness can be felt.  I’ve been feeling it for several weeks, despite some very warm weather.  How about you?    It’s also the month of my dad’s birthday. I was blessed enough to be able to spend last year with him, so I can’t complain much this year, although I’ll miss spending some time with him on his special day.

The daylight hours are getting shorter, and life tends to slow a little.   I love this time of year-  what about you?

In Full Whole 30 Swing

August 31st, 2016

We are on day 18 or 19 of Whole 30.  It’s round 2 for me0  round one for my guy.    This time has been more of a challenge for me, as I spend a lot more time in the kitchen making breakfasts and lunches for my husband- since he’s so used to having a sandwich of some sort every day.  Whole 30 breakfast On the days he works early in the morning- I’m left to my own vices for breakfast-   which today was a vice of mashed sweet potatoes, bacon, avocado mash, and scrambled eggs.   I added a little pepper to add a kick, oh and a few pumpkin seeds.    It was delicious & simple.   Two things I can really get behind when I’m doing Whole 30, or anytime, really.

Dinner tonight was another simple fare-  chicken breast that had been seasoned and grilled,  roasted eggplant and zucchini-  alongside a few browned potato slices.     I kept the potatoes at a low-  but again, an easy meal.

What’s your favorite ‘go to’ healthy meal?


Warm Weather Eats

August 24th, 2016

Just when I was sure Fall was knocking on the door-  summer came back with a vengeance.  Tropical temperatures for a few days, then the wind will shift and the hint of Fall will reappear-   In the meantime?   We have been eating salads since yesterday with more on the menu for the rest of this week.     It’s the great thing about the summer season, there are SO many wonderful delicious vegetables out there.   I spent a good portion of the day yesterday roasting vegetables, grating and peeling others and the fridge is stocked full of salad healthy salad toppings.    We have an assortment of greens, and since we’re doing Whole 30 we are forgoing the salad dressing fare and adding a bit of olive oil and the juice from the roasted tomatoes.  It’s so delicious and healthy on top of that.    You can’t go wrong with either.

Dessert has been fresh fruits-  all of which is a whole lot of delicious!

What is your favorite warm weather ‘go to’ meal?



Learning Something New

August 24th, 2016

My brother is in the process of building a new home, so I haven’t talked to him as often as I usually do. The other day I gave him a call, and while he was giving me an update he started talking about vapor mitigation and he lost me. I interrupted him in the midst of a technical explanation that sounded ‘Greek’ to me, so that I could have him explain it more in terms that his dear sister would understand. Granted, he laughed at the idea of me not having knowledge of something and him actually having to explain it to ‘big sis’, but he did explain it well enough that I got the gist of what he was trying to explain.

Since I’ve never built a home from the ground up- or had one built, I really didn’t know that sometimes you need to have things tested for specific sorts of toxic gases. I asked a lot of questions, some of which he had answers to and some he didn’t. When I could tell he was getting frustrated at my endless questions, I gave it a rest and asked him something much less time consuming to answer: What color scheme are you using in the house? He did send me some photos and I’ll admit it made me homesick and wishing I could be there to help when they get ready to move in, plus to help decorate and do little things that need to be done along the way. It’s one of the many things I miss out on by not living nearby. Thank goodness for technology which allows me not only to talk to my family and friends regularly, but also allows me to easily look up information about subjects that I have no knowledge about.

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