Thursday, January 19, 2012

Canvas Play

This year I am working on improving my painting skills and what better way then joining Donna Downey's Monthly Canvas classes.  I completed Canvas January and learned lots.

I was very happy with my flower, but not overly excited about my background.



What do you think?

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Dinner is served.....

That's how I like it and especially when everyone is happy with the menu.  Last weeks meals where a hit, especially the Taco Soup and Grilled Zucchini with Lemon Vinaigrette.  So big shout out goes to For the Love of Cooking for helping me make my family happy with you recipes.  They are easy and very delicious!

This week where not trying anything new because the request was the family was to go back to some old favorites. So here's what on the Menu....

Monday - Baked Shrimp in Tomato and Feta Sauce by SimpleRecipes.


Tuesday - Roasted Orange Glazed Pork Loin with Soy Sesame Edamame.
Soy Sesame Edamame:





Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
•1 1/2 cups of whole edamame
•1 tbsp soy sauce
•1 tsp sesame oil
•1 clove of garlic, minced

Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add the soy sauce, sesame oil, and garlic together in the skillet and mix well. Add the edamame and stir to coat evenly. Cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring often. Remove from the skillet and serve.



Wednesday - Black Bean Soup and Salad

Thursday - We will be eating out.  Dani is dancing on the Ave.

Friday - Cook is out of town with Dani for a NYCDA Dance Convention.

Easy week ahead, well at least for meals!

Bon Appetit,

Monday, January 9, 2012

Back in the Kitchen...

School break is over and kids are heading back on schedule, so that includes me.  With all the holiday parties and dinners, I am glad for the break on one hand and excited to get back on a routine again on the other. I hate when I didn't know what I am going to have for dinner every night.  Made me not want to cook, because I had nothing planned.

So Sunday bright and early, I planned my menu, headed to the grocery store and market and spent my afternoon preparing this weeks meals.

Here's what's cooking.....
Monday - Chicken Parmesan

Tuesday - Taco Soup from For the Love of Cooking Blog.

Wednesday - Grilled Chicken with Mustard Tarragon Sauce (Repeat from Week 10) along with a new recipe Roasted Green Bean Parmesan from For the Love of Cooking blog.
Thursday - Pork chops with Garlic and Ginger sauce paired with a new recipe Grilled Zucchinii with Lemon Vinaigrette all from For the love of Cooking blog.
Friday - Pizza Night

Bon appetit,

Friday, January 6, 2012

Doodling Unleashed - Week 1

For 2012 and I am taking some on-line classes to improve on my ability to create art freely.  I struggle with allowing myself to just create and not worry to much about what the final piece should look like.  I have been trying all sorts of art medium's and platforms and never realized how I would fall in love with all the colors.

I am already addicted to color and patterns, first in paper for scrapbooking, then in fabric for quilting, but now it's crayons, markers, paints, pastels for my art journals.

This weeks assignment opened up me up to allowing myself to doodle with color.  So here is a glimpse into my journey of Doodling Unleashed.



The class is being offered by Strathmore On-line Workshops for Free!  Traci Bautista is teaching the workshop.  Go over there and sign-up, I am sure it's not to late to join in the fun!  You too could get addicted to color!

Monday, January 2, 2012

I am off and running into the New Year.....

Did you notice my new side bar button?  For 2012, I am making a committment to "Move more and Eat Well".  I joined Big Picture Scrapbooking class being offered by Cathy Zielske that will run all year long.   I looking forward to her monthly lessons and motivation in hopes to keep myself focused on my intentions.

Our Pre-class assigned was to Journal our intentions and start our scrapbook.  I am going to do my scrapbook digitial, and then keep a Food and Exercise journal that I can carry around with me.

Here's a peak at my Pre-class assignment and the start of January's assignments.



Did you notice the red ribbon over my shoes? I learned about this ribbon on the Dr Oz show this morning. He gave 5 tips to getting rid of belly fat. The 5th tip was to make a belly band at the length of 32 inches. This is the ideal waist size to have a healthly belly.  I loved this idea, as it will give me something to shoot for since my mid section has gotten out of control and I would really love to see some curves once again.

I'll share where my Belly band reaches in my next January Assignment once I complete.  It will be a great way to measure my progress, as my belly reduces in size, my red band will begin to close the gap!!!!!


Here's to a move, grooving new year!!!!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

It was a wonderful way to ring in the new year!!!


Last night was a special night because we were blessed to have family in town and all gathered at our home to ring in the New Year together.

Lots of drinking, dancing, eating and catching up on all our lives that we are so busy living and don't get the chance to spend time together like we use to when we were kids.

I am feel very lucky to have such a loving family who knows the importance of family and spending time together!

Here we are having some fun together....



And some of us just didn't make it to the count down!


My wish to all a very Healthy and Happy New Year!  Here's to 2012!

I'll be back to share my goals for 2012, once I get some rest.  I spent today de-christmasizing my home and cleaning up the New Years Party mess.