Monthly Archives: February 2012

BBQ Chicken & Creamed Corn

Let’s just say I was in the mood for a southern style meal…and I didn’t have much time so I needed it to be fairly quick and easy. It turned out pretty good, and slightly healthier than a full-blown southern meal would have been 🙂

BBQ CROCKPOT CHICKEN TENDERLOINS

adapted from Stick A Fork In It

  • 15 pieces frozen chicken breast tenderloins (I use the ones from Trader Joe’s)
  • 1/2 bottle BBQ sauce (I always use Stubb’s original)
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

1. Mix BBQ sauce with vinegar, red pepper flakes, brown sugar, and garlic powder. Place chicken in crockpot. Pour sauce over it and stir to be sure all chicken pieces have been immersed in the sauce. Cook on LOW for 4-6 hours, and check about halfway through to stir the chicken around a bit. Serve with white rice, and creamed corn (see below for recipe).

HEALTHY CREAMED CORN

  • 4 cups fresh corn kernels (or you can use frozen corn, just be sure to defrost)
  • 3/4 cup 1% milk
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • Sea salt to taste

1. Put 2 cups of corn, milk, and cornstarch in a blender, and blend until smooth. Transfer to a small saucepan, add the remaining 2 cups of corn, and salt to taste (probably about 1/8 or 1/4 of a tsp…you really don’t need too much because the corn’s flavor will take care of itself). Cook the mixture over medium-low heat, stirring often, until you see some simmering. Continue to cook for about 7-8 minutes, or until corn mixture has thickened and corn is tender.

 

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New Friends

Yesterday was the perfect Sunday afternoon. My sister and I both went over to my parent’s place and introduced our dogs/puppies. They became fast friends even though mine is about 4 and a half years old, and hers is 3 months. Here are some cool pictures of them together:

Hi, I’m Bella. Woof, I’m Luna!

Wow, you’re so BIG. C’mon, let’s play!!

Yippee!! This is fun!!

Whew that was exhausting. Let’s take a power nap so we can play again in 10 minutes!!

Needless to say, Bella and Luna are new best friends 🙂  It’ll be interesting when Luna grows into her full size…she’ll probably be about Bella’s size, or maybe a bit smaller.

In the evening, my dad whipped up some asparagus risotto (risotto is his specialty!) and we had some Italian wine to go with it. Delicious!!

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Versatile Blogger Award, YAY!

A couple of days ago Creative Noshing nominated me (along with 6 other bloggers) for the Versatile Blogger Award. I’m excited to be chosen – it’s pretty awesome to get recognition from your fellow bloggers, and especially from those that totally rock. Creative Noshing is always posting some pretty creative dishes, not to mention she has a pretty cool background (lived sustainably and bartered with neighbors growing up, was allowed to roller-skate in the house in her younger days, etc.) and I always look forward to reading her blog posts. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!

Anyway, so of course there are rules to this award and rules for spreading the love, so here goes…

7 Completely Random Facts About Myself

  1. I ran and finished my first 100 mile trail race last year (Western States 100)
  2. My spirit guides are butterflies
  3. I absolutely love white chocolate (even though I know it’s technically not even considered a real “chocolate”)
  4. I really value time alone, with myself, preferably in nature. Last year I left for a month to stay in a cabin in the woods by myself (ok, not entirely, my dog went with me) and it was one of the best experiences of my life. And no, I never got bored.
  5. My favorite exercise is the burpee. Speaking of versatile. You can do burpees in so many different ways: burpees with pushups, renegade row burpees, bosu burpees, kettlebell pushup renegade row burpees…and the list goes on…
  6. I’ve been practicing yoga for about 4 years and I love it. It’s the one activity I can do without feeling the need to compete with others (amazing for me) or to push myself into the ground. It’s a true practice to heal the mind, body, and soul.
  7. I read the Twilight series and I love every second of it. Shhhhhh.

7 Nominations for the Versatile Blogger Award

  1. Gluten Free Zen
  2. Kofegeek
  3. Lara: On The Weigh Down
  4. Dot Dot Dash
  5. Lead. Learn. Live.
  6. Girl In A Food Frenzy
  7. It’s a BEEautiful Life

If the above mentioned nominees feel moved to play the game, here are the rules:

  1. In a post on your blog, nominate 7 fellow bloggers for The Versatile Blogger Award.
  2. In the same post, add the Versatile Blogger Award.
  3. In the same post, thank the blogger who nominated you in a post with a link back to their blog.
  4. In the same post, share 7 completely random pieces of information about yourself.
  5. In the same post, include this set of rules.
  6. Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs.
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Misaki Kaneko – A Measure of Continuity

Tonight we went to see an art exhibition titled “A Measure of Continuity”, by the very talented Misaki Kaneko. I hadn’t intended to go to this exhibition, so I wasn’t prepared to take any photographs of her artwork, but it was very precise, and very gorgeous. I look forward to seeing what her next move in the art world will be…

Here’s a sample of Misaki’s art taken from the event invite. Cool stuff!

 

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Friday Relaxation

My little (big?) princess is having a really tough time relaxing today…

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Stop and Hear the Music

This is awesome. Read the below blurb (quoted from an unknown source) and/or the full article in the Washington Post here. Then check out the video below. Don’t keep missing the little things in life that make it beautiful…

A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that 1,100 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by, and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace, and stopped for a few seconds, and then hurried up to meet his schedule.

A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping, and continued to walk.

A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.

The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried, but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally, the mother pushed hard, and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money, but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the most talented musicians in the world. He had just played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, on a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.

Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.

This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste, and priorities of people. The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?

One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?

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Glazed Salmon & Caramelized Red Potatoes

Yum… last night’s dinner was a great send-off for my boyfriend who is heading out for yet another weekend out of town. Delicious meals can only be accompanied by delicious wines (and water), and last night we had ours with Francis Coppola Chardonnay. Mmm…

BALSAMIC GLAZED SALMON ON A BED OF ARUGULA
(adapted from mykitchenintherockies)
1 lb salmon (wild salmon from Alaska is the most eco-friendly choice)
2 tablespoons olive oil
Sea salt and pepper
1/2 cup good balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoons light maple syrup
1 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, pressed
Organic baby arugula, about a handful for each plate served
1. Heat a grill and baste with oil.
2. In a small pan, heat balsamic vinegar, syrup, mustard, and garlic. Bring to a boil and simmer on low for about 12 minutes. Set aside until ready to use.
3. Rub salmon steaks with olive oil, sea salt, and pepper. Cook salmon on grill for about 5 minutes on each side. Plate salmon on a bed of arugula, and drizzle with glaze.
CARAMELIZED RED POTATOES AND CARROTS
(adapted from My Fabulous Recipes)
8-10 small red potatoes cut into 1-inch pieces
2 medium carrots, sliced into 1/2 inch circles
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tbsp butter
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1. Heat 1-inch water to boiling in 3-quart saucepan. Add potatoes and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Continue to boil about 3-5 minutes and reduce heat to medium. Cover and cook about 12 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
2. When the potatoes are tender (and most of the water is absorbed) add butter, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, salt, and pepper; stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to simmer until the sauce thickens. Serve with salmon.
ENJOY!!!
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Driving in Los Angeles…

This is not what you pictured, is it? Beautiful day after a rain, driving on the 10 heading west toward home….life is good.

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The World is Where We Live

Found this on David Kanigan’s Blog: Lead. Learn Live., and had to re-post. It’s a very simple 1 minute video that the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) posted November of last year, and it is beautiful.

Check out David’s blog when you get a chance – he always has plenty of inspiring stuff on there, and also check out the WWF website when you have a moment, because heck, you can adopt a pygmy elephant if you want to. Um…YES PLEASE!!! So cute. Anyway, enjoy this video, and Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you!

No words needed to describe how we are all connected, how we are all alike, and how it’s always good to be reminded of this…

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Gotye Cover with ONE GUITAR – Video

Ok, so I posted that awesome Gotye song Somebody That I Used To Know last month. It’s an amazing song. Check out the post here if you didn’t get a chance to watch it. Well, one of my friends brought it to my attention this weekend that there is a FANTASTIC cover of this song by Walk Off The Earth, where you will find, 5 people playing that song with 1 guitar. <—-Yes that sentence is phrased correctly. Anyway, very very fun to watch! ENJOY, my friends:

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