Month: January 2017

That Road Less Traveled

Sometimes the road less traveled can lead to beautiful things, in this case… seeing the beauty of nature on what otherwise would have been a typical trip to a nearby city was my great reward.  I am so glad I made that unexpected turn  A gorgeous glimpse of our lake, here in Eastern Riverside County I think I shall make a habit of this road less traveled.  Beauty afar, beauty, beauty everywhere.  Sometimes you don’t have to go far to feel like you’ve been somewhere special, sometimes, it’s in your own backyard. Such gorgeous everyday beauty in our world.  I invite you to take a road less traveled. You might be in for quite the treat.  I’m so thankful for that unexpected (unplanned) turn…     May you, in life, take a few amazing turns too.                                                                        g. 

Motivation Monday

Be inspired…  This goes for most things, right? Fitness, weight goals, finances, relationships, travel goals, etc…  I say if your desire to achieve a goal is strong, seeing or feeling day by day progress goes a long way.  I find this for myself,  In fitness… Monday through Friday workouts, whether it’s a yoga practice session or a light weights workout, these workouts make me feel good and I’d like to think make me look a little better/more fit I mean, too. If your schedule is tight consider starting with 2/3 days of a fitness routine, starting might be your first step and that’s huge and good. Keeping up with my routine (a workout of some sort every weekday) I’m able to see bigger results as time goes on. The fact that I keep to this routine for the most part, of course (there are some days when I am just not feeling it due to pain issues, or because of other obligations and I just can’t get to it)  is motivating in of itself. On …

Roasted Rosemary Red Potatoes 

A few good things can make for a good thing. I had some red potatoes to use up, decided to make Rosemary Red Potatoes to costar with my seared sirloin dinner this evening.  This time I went to my front yard potted rosemary for help. I’m lucky, this is one of just a few things that grow well all year here in my neck of the woods and I just love the flavor it can add to certain dishes. These red potatoes will be delish with the addition of rosemary, I’m sure of it.  I trimmed off just one med size sprig today. I removed the green just by kind of pulling down at the main spring (the woodsy part) and then I chopped the rosemary up very small. This tablespoon of minced rosemary will add tons of delicious flavor to the potatoes.  All tossed up!  Ingredients… 6-8 red potatoes 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon minced rosemary  1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp onion powder Process… Preheat oven to …

A Fine Fried Rice w/Chicken 

Hey all, happy Sunday. It’s been a rather busy news weekend with all the whoop la about the new president, pro and against.  I’ve decided, I will just take it all in and enjoy the the never ending debate.  How else to take in a lovely rainy debatable 😉 day than to cook a fine meal.  Here’s my recipe for a delicious fried rice. I invite you to make it your own, sans meat, with pork or without, maybe ground turkey, add in more vegi’s to your taste, whatever you decide.  This is a great base recipe, may it inspire your own perfect take on fried rice.  I happened to have a few of Chinese take out containers. I purchased them some time back at a Smart and Final, they are fun to serve in.  and so it begins…  The eggs just take a minute or two, take them off the heat when they are done.  I browned the chiles next, watch them closely as they can burn easily.  And here you go… This is …

Vanilla Crepes w/Fresh Fruit Medley and Cream… (Whipped That Is) 

It’s my husband’s birthday 🎈, what better way to help him start his special day.  💙 A delish and special breakfast it is… I just made the batter ahead in order to let it rest, according to Alton Brown who’s recipe I tweaked a tad… this will keep the Crepes from tearing easily. Here I sit… giving at least one hour time for the bubbles in the batter to go down. This batter can be made ahead and kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 days, love that. I’m hosting a sisters (I have 4💖) slumber party in the next few months, this recipe will definitely be on my planning list.  I’m waiting for the birthday boy to gently awaken into his special day. Here’s the crepe recipe link, the only change I made was to add 1/4 tsp of real vanilla extract, it gives the crepes a subtle flavor of vanilla, they are delish.  http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/crepes-recipe.html For the finished crepes, fruit… Chop up 2/3 cups of assorted fruit To the fruit add a sweetener …