Weekly ‘wine’ down: A potato, a fat, and a reminder

Wine? What’s that? It’s been so long!
I didn’t realize that my juicing experiment didn’t include the juicing of grapes? šŸ™‚
Jk-But, I will be looking forward to that one glass of red wine that I intend to thoroughly enjoy come Friday evening.

In the meantime, let’s highlight some of our favs from the internet this week:

WARNING: This post could be all about food and the foods I’m currently craving…since, you know, I haven’t had a lot of solids all week!

 

To eat:

Do you love avocados? I do and I’ve been eating the heck out of them this week (one/ day)!
Don’t be worried about the fats. They are good for you fats.
This may look funny…eggs, with whole wheat toast and avocado…but, trust me, it’s delicious!
Plus, you get heathy fats, protein from eggs and avacado, whole grains, and enough carbs to carry you through mid-morning!
Simply a perfect start to the morning.

15 Flat Belly Breakfasts // wonderful for quick meals and snacks too #protein #clean #healthy

http://www.alagraham.com/2013/03/egg-and-avocado-toast-clean-eating.html

To DIY:

This is a really great, and looks easy, idea for homemade Christmas gifts!
Creative, homemade gifts are the best to receive. It means you put some thought, effort and time into it.
Will you be making any homemade gifts this season?

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http://www.thesmallthingsblog.com/2014/11/handmade-gifts-lotion-bars/

To crave:
I’m craving sweet potatoes!
That’s not a bad thing, right?
These don’t look the healthiest butĀ alongsideĀ some brocoli and chicken or fish they could surely fit the bill of a perfect meal!
Or, they could be that side you are looking for Thanksgiving!
Any time of the day…yummo!
Let me know if you try them out….before me.:)

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes Recipe : Guy Fieri : Food Network - FoodNetwork.com

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/guy-fieri/twice-baked-sweet-potatoes-recipe.html?soc=sharingpinterest

To think about:

Isn’t this the truth?
I was reminded of this quote just this week when a friend of ours passed away unexpectedly…just one evening after dinner….at age 50!
So young. So much left to do and live.
I can only imagine the heartache his parents, siblings, children, and dear friends are facing this week.
Death…it’s so final.
So eternal.
So gone….forever.
You don’t get that chance to re-do…do the things you missed out on…undo the things you did wrong….
You really have justĀ a short time here on earth….who know’s how long or short.
Make the most of this time…and remember this quote.

Leuk idee om er een originele muursticker van te maken door www.muurtekstenonline.nl. In diverse maten en kleuren.

Sorry to get so philosophical on you….we just all need to be reminded of this every once in a while.

Here’s to a great weekend friends!

I’ll be back on Monday with my juicingĀ experiment final wrap up! I know you are on pins and needles in anticipation…..

In the meantime…enjoy this picture of our 2014 People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive!

Chris Hemsworth

(Nice necklace, btw! …..Made you look)
I think the media finally got something right!!!!!
Word was this was who originally was thought to play Christian Grey in the book turned movieĀ 50 Shades of Grey!
He would have been perfect!!! Grrrr……

That’s better looking than those sweet potatoes up there…..nah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ENJOY THE JOURNEY!!!!!!!

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Weekly ‘wine’ down: A totty and a hot totty

Happy Friday!

We are headed out-of-town this weekend to visit with family. Yeah!

Plus, the pups will get to play with a new family member this weekend, as my dad got a puppy. That should be interesting. I’ll let you know how it goes.

But, first, let’s ‘wine’ down with some favorites from around the web!

To DIY:

I absolutely love following this fashion/ lifestyle blogger!
Not only is she my age (yes! trust me-it’s rare), married, and has no children but she’s very pretty, has naturally curly hair (like me), has 2 adorable pooches (that she got after losing one dear to her heart), and lives in a picturesque part of California, with mountains, and snow, and lakes, something I don’t see a lot of on the coast. We have a lot of similarities!
She occasionally comes up with these awesome DIY’s that, trust me, are not hard!
This one is too cute…the hard part will be finding a pair of shoes to do this with!
I agree with the blogger…these would be really cute for Christmas attire and parties!
And, be sure to scan through some of her fashion posts on her site (Very talented) and don’t forget to swoon at those cute adorable pups!

DIY Holiday Shoes // Pretty T-Straps with Ankle Bows

http://www.lovemaegan.com/2014/11/diy-holiday-shoes-pretty-t-straps-with-ankle-bows.html

To watch (again):

We love SNL! We can’t stay up that late (and hate commercials) to watch it so we record it and watch it the next day.
Did you catch this skit last weekend?
It is absolutely hilarious and probably explains my condition…sometimes.
Her songs have a way of getting in your head and the next thing you know you are singing or humming it and you are like ‘WTH’?!?!?!?!?
Watch it! A guaranteed laugh.

Taylor swift

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/02/snl-swiftamine_n_6089948.html

To store in my memory bank:

This is good info to know as I’m always curious if the store I’m about to walk into with the pooches actually allows pets.
I think I’m curious because if they ask me to leave (realizing I don’t take them inside stores with food-I know that’s wrong) I will in turn ask them why and could go off about how well-mannered and clean my pets are (more so than some adults).
I definitely need to remember this…because sometimes you can’t leave them in the car.

Image via Flickr

http://barkpost.com/dog-friendly-stores/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post

To eat:

One of my favorite food bloggers has turned out what looks like another great recipe!
I think I may have to put this on the menu next week!

Salsa Verde Chicken and Rice Casserole is totally cravable. Creamy, cheesy comfort food with a Mexican twist. #glutenfree | iowagirleats.com

http://iowagirleats.com/2014/11/03/salsa-verde-chicken-and-rice-casserole/

That’s it! That’s all I got!
Let’s finish with a warm hot totty, since we have cooler temps, again!
Heck, I could be craving a pina colada next week with these crazy temps!

Clint Eastwood's son :O

Oops! No! Not that kind of ‘hot totty’…although he is hot! Nice stogie!
Btw-that’s Scott Eastwood, Clint Eastwood’s son! See the resemblance???!

cinnamon toast hot tottie :)

This kind of hot totty! This sounds delightfully warm and comforting…with a stogie, of course! šŸ™‚

Wildcard Wednesday: You can freeze anything!

Hello friends and followers!
Sorry I’ve been out of pocket for a couple of days.
We took a quick ‘end of summer’ vacation to the gulf. It was fabulous.
Now I’m refreshed and I’m back at it and have a great cooking tip for you guys!
Problem:
Have you ever bought an ingredient for a recipe, used a little, and then thought, “well now what do I do with the rest of this?”
Maybe it was that parsley you needed just a tablespoon of or that herb that grows like a weed in your garden ( this would be me and mint! Out of control).
Well, folks I have a solution.
Unfortunately I didn’t invent this and I can’t even remember where I found this idea. I’m sure it was Pinterest, as the recipes are in abundance.
But it is nothing shy of genius.

Solution:
Tonight, I made this Thai flatbreads ( delicious and easy, btw) and it called for cilantro.
Here’s the delicious finished dinner product:

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Don’t you want to come over? šŸ˜‰ BYOB!

Anyway, back to cilantro….
It’s definitely not one of my favorite herbs.
But, none the less, I bought a ‘bunch’ of cilantro.
A bunch. All I need is a couple of tablespoons? Why do I have to buy a whole bunch? Ugh!
So, after I cut up what I needed for my recipe, I washed the rest; took the leaves off the stalks; and put them in an ice cube try, topping each cube with a little bit of water.
I put it in the freezer to freeze ( bet you saw that coming) and when frozen, I’ll pop them out of the tray and put in a freezer ziplock bag, labeled of course (because we don’t want unknown objects in the freezer). Then, in my next recipe that calls for cilantro, I’ll just use a frozen cube.
Genius!
Here’s an illustration of the process, for you visual peeps:

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Now, I doubt using frozen herbs would work very well when you need that ‘fresh herb effect’ maybe to top off a salad or recipe.
But for those recipes that require herbs in sauces, soups, stews, meats, etc. …it will be perfect!!

I sort of touched on freezing leftover pumpkin in my last post. That works wonderfully. Avocado works great too ( who knew?!?).
Here’s what a finished product looks like (my homemade pesto).

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Freezing really works good for pesto, as it allows you to portion control what you need and freeze the rest.
You can use the frozen cubes all year long for pastas and such. It’s an awesome way to use up all that basil that can grow super fast in your garden.
This weekend I’ll be doing this for the mint in my garden ( which is fabulous in smoothies, salads, and homemade mojitos- of course!). FYI- mint grows great in humid climates (aka, here!).

How would use this easy diy?
Give it a try and tell me how it works for you.