Tuesday, March 23, 2010

{Off to Washington}

I am off...leaving on a jet plane as soon as I get out of this crazy place called work! I am boarding the plane, grabbing my free cocktail (thank you Southwest airlines) and catching some zzz's. I am heading to WA to see my best friend Becca. We are going to spend the weekend in Port Townsend, WA at Art fest! I can't wait to show you what we create! Enjoy this first week of Spring!

Friday, March 19, 2010

The Boy's Come to Board

Beau, Nick Me and D at the top of Whales Tale before we tumbled down.

Nicks Spill down the hill.

Beau's spill down the hill.

Good thing mine didn't make the camera!

I was telling my friends the Peterson up in WP that my brother Nick and our friend Beau were coming out to visit they got all excited and started planning all the things the boys could help with. There were dead trees to chop and bonfires they could help set up into flames...I had to remind them and myself that these boy's weren't really coming to see us, but rather to get as much snow boarding in as possible! So that's what we did! We did have the evenings to relax and hang it was nice to catch up and be around 2 boys I just love!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Sara's Shower

We just recently showered this lovely girl Sara (a friend from Church) with baby gifts and goodies. She is due any day now with her first little boy!

We had a great turn out, her mom even flew in from WA.

I had fun decorating a little blue egg carton to fill with little baby goodies.

Katie made some delicious from scratch cupcakes.

At the shower we also found out 2 other girls from church are pregnant!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Eats of Last Week!

Sorry I ran out of time last week to share my newly tasted fruits and veggies! Here they are!

Last week I choose to try the Atulfo mango grown in Mexico. This specific type is also known as the champagne mango for is superior taste. I read up a little on how to choose a good mango and all you basically need to know is that is should be slightly soft and smell "fresh" (whatever that means) before eating. The seed was much smaller in this variety and it was delicious!

So I have definitely eaten artichokes before, but I had never cooked one my self. The website above had a lot of different ideas on how to cook them. I ended up baking mine, I added olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and garlic to it...mmmm it was delicious!

Friday, March 5, 2010

{Day's Off}

Do you ever get in that clean up and clean out mode? Last week after working all night I decided to stay up and clean out my closet. Being sleep deprived may have been helpful in my decision making process, because I let a lot of things go. I ended up pulling out a full garbage bag full of stuff to hall off to Goodwill.

I also spent a day up in Winter Park with Amy P. and her family. Amy and I are working on an art project that I will have to show you when we are done. On my way back home to Denver I saw this pair of moose down by the creek in Fraser. They are the second set of moose I have seen in my life, they are massive creatures!

Adventures in Fruits and Veggies...

I decided that my meals needed a little spicing up. I was getting sick of broccoli and green beans and apples and oranges. So I thought it would be fun to challenge myself to eating 1 new fruit and 1 new veggy every week (until my grocery store runs out of things to offer). So some of these things I have tried when I was a child, or I may have had them disguised in a sauce of some sort. So in order to truly say i have tried it I want to try one bite raw and then do a simple preparation like steaming it or just adding salt and pepper. Only after that can I cast a judgement of whether I like or dislike the item.

This week my tastes buds tried the Golden Beet

And the Blood Orange

It turns out that they were both great. The golden beet was little bitter and crunchy raw but when steamed and salt and pepper are added it is sweet and delicious! The blood orange was good a well, mine was a little dry but that may have been just a bad pick on my part.

Drop me a line and tell me about you favorite "off the beaten path" fruit or veggy.