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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Busy, Busy Life

I may have just taken my longest blogging break since I started almost 2 years ago.  And it isn't because I'm bored with my blog, but because I've just been so busy with other things.  Prioritizing my days' activities often means that this blog gets put on the bottom of the list.  But I don't want to abandon it.

So...today is day 1 of trying to get my blogging act together.  :)


Currently, both of my boys are sick.  The kind of sick where we have to chase them around the house with kleenex in an attempt to keep their rivers of snot from getting everywhere.  Pleasant visual...I know.


I worked on a fun project for Tuff Kookooshka last week.  I photographed my boys wearing some of their merchandise for their website.  Good thing I got it done before the river-of-snot-fest started.  I'll be sharing more about this project soon (not the snot...but the photography).  


Besides loving on my boys and their Daddy, I've also been really focusing on my health.  My free time is usually occupied by riding the exercise bike or running, which is crazy.  If you would have asked me 2 months ago if I could run for longer than 10 minutes, I would have said, "no way, Jose."  But surprisingly, I can run for a bit longer than that.  And, even more surprisingly, I enjoy it.  I just ran my first double-digit run last weekend.  10 miles done.  And I'm looking forward to running a 10-miler again this weekend.  Crazy...yes.  

Another Tuff Kookooshka shot. 

I've also taken on the roll of social media ambassador for a pretty cool startup, which is a lot of fun, but does require some time.  

As much as I wish there were more hours in the day, my husband reminds me that I'd rather be busy than bored.  He knows me so well.  Sometimes it's stressful, but I like having things to do.  As fun as it can be to surf my reader and catch up on blogs or browse Twitter, having something real to do is much more fulfilling.  

So if it's been a week or so since I've posted, just know that it's because I'm busy and a busy life is a good life. 




Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Seattle

How about visiting me in Seattle?


We've had some great weather lately.  Even though the forecast shows a cool down, I'm just enjoying the warm days.


Can you see Mt. Rainier in the distance?


Cutest boys in Seattle.  Whoa.  Did I just say that outloud? I'm not completely biased.


Cheesy pose.  Sorry


First-timers to Seattle always get a tour of the Pike Place Market.


It's pretty much hoppin' all the time.  We pushed our double Bob stroller through that place as fast as we could.  Double strollers and crowded market places don't exactly mesh.


Oops...trying not to run people over.


 Just keep moving...just keep moving.  Don't feel claustrophobic...


Fish flyers. Fish tossers.  I'm always impressed.  Movies filmed in Seattle always show these guys.  I'd work there just to be in movies.


Hottest guy in Seattle happens to be in that picture below.  See him?  Black collar shirt, glasses on the back of his head...yep, that's my guy (standing next to a guy wondering why I'm snapping pictures...).



That's all for today.  Feel free to hit me up if you're ever visiting Seattle.  :)

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Recipe: Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Sausage

With my dietary focus being on eliminating sugar, incorporating mostly whole foods, and controlling portion sizes, it's easy to get into a salad rut.  Don't get me wrong.  I love me a good salad.  Andi, from Can You Stay For Dinner, has a wonderful post called How To Make a Delicious 400 Calorie Salad.  If you haven't checked it out, you really should.

Anyway, in an attempt to include meals that aren't salads, I've started making this tasty concoction in a variety of ways, but I'm keeping it simple today.

Let me introduce you to Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Sausage.  In my opinion, it's the perfect lunch.  Filling and tasty.

Preheat your oven to a toasty 400 degrees.

Begin with a big bowl of rinsed brussel sprouts.  Cut off the ends and then cut them into fourths.



Next, make a drizzle (that's what I call it).  Combine 1/4 cup of Olive Oil, a few shakes of salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons of dijon mustard (optional).  Stir it together and then pour over the brussel sprouts.  Stir them to coat.

Next, take some sausage of your preference (I used brats from Costco), and drop bite size pieces into the brussel sprouts.


Sprinkle on some salt and then pop it into the preheated oven for about 20 minutes.  Then take it out, flip everything over and put it back in for another 15 minutes.


When it's done, you'll have a crispy, tasty, veggie-filled lunch.  In my opinion, roasted is the best way to eat brussel spouts.  When paired with sausage, it's a dynamic combination. 

I've also made this with cauliflower, onions, and mushrooms added into the mix.  Basically, the sky's the limit.  It's like a salad, but warm.  :)

Alright.  I'm hungry now.  Do you ever make anything like this?