Sunday, November 20, 2011

Just when you think you don't do enough.........

Here's a challenge for you! For some reason this morning I decided to go in and clean up my photo files. When I load my pics to my editing program they automatically go in by date. If I'm in a hurry, I grab the one I want and post it to facebook, my blog, or send it to a client. So at the end of each year I'm left with lots of files that just have dates on them..............come to find out 2011 was a pretty epic year for me!! It started out with me floundering for direction, ambition and ispiration.................then I took Soul Restoration 1 and 2, from Brave Girls Club, found this photo of my vision board which I LOVE!!

Then we all packed up and went to Sayulita, Mexico.....the whole crew and it was magical!! And WARM!!

There were graduations, first day of highschool, first day of junior high, therefore lots of lasts as well.....

We had lots of parties, birthdays and weddings, and some just for the heck of it!!

And I went to Brave Girls Camp in McCall, Idaho and came home with 30 plus new, amazing friends!!
Here's a pic of me and my roommate!
Kathy and Melody, the founders of Brave Girls and who made it all a reality!

The fall out from these photos was I realized how much weight I had gained, 30 pounds in the past three years......thus September 1st I went back to my trainer, cleaned up my food and started doing my cardio on off days, 10 down, many inches gone. 2012 will see a slimmer, fitter, healthier me!!

Another of my big dreams came true in October, Born in a Barn was birthed and what a great success!!
And what I've noticed about everything I write about this past year, it's not ever about things, but who was there..........because in the end you really do just remember how people make you feel!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Buffalo Chicken Salad

I have a few weaknesses...............okay, alot of weaknesses!! But one in particular is for the Buffalo Chicken Salad at the Rib and Chop House here in good old Sheridan, Wyoming. They take an innocent fat free chicken breast, cut it up in pieces, deep fry it, coat it in hot sauce, then into a bed of greens (the healthy part), sprinkle with blue cheese crumbles and bacon (cause, why not?) and two big fat sides of creamy blue cheese dressing. And oh ya, my girlfriend and I like to order a side of fries and toss those into the salad! In my quest to lose some pounds, (by the way I weigh and measure this Friday, so we'll see if this helped), I had to find an alternative to my weakness. After much trial and error......I have succeeded!! And here you go!!

Buffalo Chicken Salad

2 pound chicken breast, pounded and cut into pieces
2/3 c flour
6 T cornstarch
¼ t cayenne pepper
1 t garlic powder
2/3 c Franks hot sauce
1 T olive oil
Heat pan to medium-high, combine flour, cornstarch, cayenne, and garlic powder in a Ziploc bag. Toss in the chicken and shake it up to coat.
Add olive oil to pan and once hot, add chicken and cook on both sides.
Once chicken is cooked put it in a bowl and cover and toss with the hot sauce.
Serve 6.4 ounces of chicken (180 calories) on a bed of greens with lowfat blue cheese dressing.

Lowfat Blue Cheese dressing (best to make day before, tastes just like the really fattening kind)
½ c crumbled blue cheese
6 oz greek yogurt fat free
1 T lemon juice
1 T white wine vinegar
Combine all in a bowl and wah-lah!! Only 85 calories in ¼ cup!!
Total salad calories 265!!

There are just some battles I can't win and craving this is one of them, so why not figure it out!!
I don't have a photo but I'll take one of the real one and my reduced version so you can see it for real!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Wings for Minnie

A real sweetheart named Rach Rogers wrote to me on my blog about getting a pair of wings for her daughter, Minnie. I tried to e-mail her back but I'm pretty sure I've got something wrong with my blog settings because I can never e-mail back....this of course makes me all the more determined to find this person. I found her, and her sweet blog and her story about Minnie. Minnie has had many surgeries and her Mom, Rach, tell her that the scars on her back are her angel wings. I asked Rach why so many surgeries and her reply was,

"She was born with cancer, when they took her tumor out it caused her to get sever scoliosis.
I have almost everything blogged...
she had her first surgery when she was one day old.
her last big one one was last February, she has had a rough ride since this last surgery...",

I don't know if it is because I am nosy, or what, but I always have to know who I am making my wings for, so I can think about them while I am making them, and I like to write a personal note on the back.
These wings are for a very special little girl, and I'm pretty sure this is why they have so much spirit! I hope she likes them and she can fly with no more surgeries.

Just for you, Minnie!


Born in a Barn Photos!!

This sale was an amazing success!! The vendors, the weather, the stock, the energy, everything combined to make our very first Born in a Barn an amazing event!! Stay tuned for our next one in June, 2012!!