I am who I am

This last weekend I had the opportunity to meet Lee’s 80 year old aunt which by the way is a hoot. She filled up her glass with a nice white wine and began with the questions.

Where are you from? how long have you been married? what do you do????

Anyways, we continue to drink and she continues to ask. Im not sure how this happened but my husband mentions the fact that I was baptized in a horse trough at a prison camp, true story. Usually when people hear that they response with…”no way”, “you serious” or they laugh as if I’m joking. Barb responded differently, she simply said with an East Coast accent, tilt of her head and a shrug of the shoulder, “you are who you are”.  I loved her response and I embraced it.

Let me tell you more about who I am.

  • I was born in Colorado and raised on farm/ranch depending where you’re from.
  • I was a clogger for 10 years.
  • I showed Llamas in 4H.
  • I was the fashonista in my middle school.
  • I started Snowboarding at 13 years old.
  • I didn’t have a swimming pool growing up so I swam in horse troughs.
  • I grew up wearing cowboy “girl” boots.
  • I helped my grandma drive the tractor.
  • My first big responsibility was a double wide trailer.
  • I drove an orange chevy caviler that was to fast to furious, it contributed to my nick name “orange crush”.
  • I dated boys based off of their cars.
  • I went to jail… no need to discuss why.
  • I have a successful carrer 12 years and counting.
  • I’m married and have a son.
  • I own my own home.
  • I live in California.
  • AND I have loved and love every bit of my life.

My point to this is “I am who I am”.

Embrace who you are!

Tell me about you.

34th

Year 34… its not an exciting year like 21, 30, or 50. In fact I don’t think anyone really cares about the year 34. All I know is, 34 means I am getting one year older and and my husband is frolicking around at the fact that for the next 13 days I am 2 years older then him. WHAT-EV!

Anyways, I guess if I cant change the fact that I am getting a year older, I can at least try to make myself feel younger.

plastic-surgery

AHHHHHHHHH, No No No not like this!

Im ready to try some new things out for my 34th year of being alive.

I want to do yoga. The only yoga I have done was from the book “Yoga for dummies” which lasted me about 2 days and I never looked back. It’s hard for me to workout at home, Im like a kid with ADD who just saw a butterfly while you’re trying to have a conversation with him.

Pilates too, I have always wanted to take the class but my wallet wont let me, maybe I can skip buying the shoes and take a class. Ummmm, probably not going to happen. Maybe I’ll skip a few meals instead.

Schedule mommy recovery weekends, yeah… that sounds like a good plan, who’s with me???

Learn another language, I read that you live longer if your bilengual.

Do a better job at remembering birthdays, that way I can see others growing a year older too. HA, HA

OK, OK, what I think is important here is that I want this year to be exciting whether its taking care of myself or spending quality time with the family.

Im putting this in writing so that I have a higher chance of actually doing it. Yes, I am referencing  “The Secret”

Here it is year 34, this is what I need to accomplish.

Take care of myself “ME TIME”

Do more adventures with my family

Do more adventures with my friends

Spend my time and energy on what matters

AND…

Add to my family!

Happy Birthday to me, and anyone of you who’s having one this year 😉

 “Get busy living or get busy dying”

Chicken for your chicken with a side of peppermint candy canes

I got a couple sick chicky’s in the house and thought I would make some soup. Chicken tortilla sounded good so I pulled out the cookbook and went to town on a recipe I havent tried yet. Im so excited about this creation that I want to share it with you.

I subed a few ingredients and it was fab.

photo 1-4

SOOOOO Yummy!!!!!

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
    • my substitute: 1/2 red bell pepper, diced and 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • One 32oz box chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels
  • One 15oz can diced tomatoes
    • My substitute: One 15oz can of diced tomatoes with green chillies
  • 1lb boneless skinless chicken breasts whole
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • crushed tortilla chips
    • my substitute: warm tortillas
  1. In a large sauce pan or Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium heat. Add in the onions and sauté till soft.
  2. Add the salt, bell pepper, garlic, and cumin and sauté for 2 mins.
  3. Add the broth bay leaf corn, tomatoes, and chicken. Bring to a boil then simmer on low for 10-15 mins till chicken is cooked through.
  4. Once chicken is cooked through, remove chicken from the pot and set aside to cool enough for you to touch. Once cooled shred with a fork or your fingers.
  5. Place the shredded chicken back in the broth, add the lime juice and simmer for approx. 3 mins to warm the chicken back up.

Additions to yummy it up: Shredded cheese, avocado, sour cream, cilantro, green onion.

Thank you Weelicious cookbook for the great recipe!

 

photo 2-4

As for dessert… Do you have any left over candy canes?????????

  • Crushed up candy canes. put the candy canes in a plastic baggy and crush them with a meat cleaver.
  • Vanilla ice cream as much as your heart desires
  • Chocolate syrup or fudge (optional)

Make your self a bowl of ice cream and sprinkle the candy cane on top.

Enjoy friends.

 

 

Inspirations of 2013

Before I head out for the night and get to drunk to remember, eat more food then my stomach can handle and celebrate 2013 I would like to look back on a few people who have been an inspiration to me this year.

Now, Let me clarify… All of my friends have inspired me through pictures, conversations, comments, and stories but there are a few that really stood out.

The Harrison Family

Shannon, a loving wife, mom, friend, and a great human being who has always been my inspiration to be a great mom and have fun doing it. Shannon taught herself photography and started her own gig while raising 3 adorb littles while her husband Chris works full time being my boss.

Shannon, thanks for being you. You inspire me to teach myself new things and remind me that if you can do it with 3 kids I can do it with 1. Don’t stop doing photography and post more pics of your kids. xoxo

Chris, a loving dad, husband and the best boss I have ever had. What makes Chris great?!?! he’s real with me, challenges me, and can relate to me personally and professionally. Chris has empowered me through my career and seen me succeed to a promotion I received this year.

Chris, don’t stop being you and keep telling your stories. Thanks for Everything

Krista Graham

She is one of my favorite friends. Although we don’t hang out a lot, or girl talk over the phone I enjoy the small times that we do spend together more then ever. Krista is a free spirited woman who will fly to any part of the world at the drop of a hat. She is not afraid to take risks and she always finds a way to do whatever she wants whenever she want and remain successful.

Krista, You have inspired me to be more spontaneous and travel more. I cant wait till we take a trip together.xoxo

Austin Tx.  NY, NY. here I come!!!

Amber Lewis

Ohhhh AMBAAAA, we have only known each other for a year or so but damn… a lot went on during this year. Amber is a mama of a beautiful little lady, she’s married to a British man, and is an awesome interior designer that started her own business from the ground up. You might know her as Amber Interiors. Amber has introduced me to new things like TV shows, drinking beergaritas, and any social media one may need to know to survive in this world. Knowing her and hearing her story has inspired me to start up my own little gig. Im not really sure what that will be yet but one day Ill figure it out. My favorite thing about Amber is she don’t give a F@!*about what other people think.

Amber, thanks for your fun corky personality and making life exciting. One day I inspire to be in boots similar to yours. xoxo

Ashly & Kyle Collins

OK where do I begin. Their story is amazing.

Ashly a loving mama married to Kyle a loving daddy who have been battling their daughter’s cancer all year long. Just this December they have been relieved of this nasty demon and are onto bigger and better things. Ashly and Kyle are two of the hardest working and passionate individuals I know. They have tought me that when times get tough you just have to keep on keeping on. They never once gave up or looked back.

Ashly & Kyle, I admire your strength through this year. You have inspired me to look at life differently and understand that theres no mountain high enough to get in the way. Thank you for all you do and for producing one of the sweetest, strongest little ladies I know. xoxo

Everyone, have a safe and fun New Year and let 2014 be the best year for you!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Sunday Funday

SUNDAY FUNDAY!!!! Yup it’s SUNDAY!

drank 2 glasses of wine and I’m feeling fine.

its holiday season in my industry and its time to unwind.

tonight is movie and special popcorn night. you want some? go ahead and cook some up.

  • 3 Tbls of oil
  • 1/3 cup Popcorn kernels
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • drizzel of honey
  1. heat your oil in a deep pot on med-high.
  2. place 1 keranl in the pot, when it pops your oil is ready.
  3. add your kernels to the pot and cover. shake every 10 seconds. when your kernels slowdown popping, turn the heat off.
  4. sprinkle a desired amount of cinnamon onto the popcorn and mix.
  5. dump 1/2 of the pop corn into a bowl, drizzle desired amount of honey onto the popcorn and mix. dump remaining pop corn into bowl and drizzle desired amount of honey onto remaining pop
  6. corn and mix.

and there you have it. SUNDAY FUNDAY’S special pop corn.

Image-1

 

Tag I’m It: chain mail

This gallery contains 7 photos.

Tagged by one of my favorite people and an amazing interior designer Amber,  it’s now my turn to Spill the beans. Last but not least… . Enough about me, I tag the beautiful and very talented Casey Leigh, my favorite … Continue reading

Grandmas Pumpkin Roll

Grandmas Pumpkin Roll

pumpkin-roll-11

Cake Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 can pumpkin
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

Filling ingredients:

  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 2 tsp butter
  • 1 c powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. In large bowl combine eggs and sugar, beat well. Add pumpkin and lemon juice and mix till blended.
  3. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, and spices. Add to egg mixture.
  4. Grease a large cookie sheet and line with wax/parchment paper. Spread batter onto the wax/parchment paper.
  5. Bake for 10-15 minutes until spongy.
  6. Lay out a clean hand towel, flip the cookie sheet over on top of the towel so the waxed paper is on the top. Discard the cookie sheet. Peel the waxed paper off of the pumpkin cake and roll the sheet of cake in towel. Let stand for 10-15 mins.
  7. In the mean time make the filling.
  8. Combine all filling ingredients into a bowl and whisk till fluffy.
  9. Unroll the cake and discard the towel. Evenly spread the filling on the cake and role back up.
  10. place on a platter cut into slices and chow down!

Itty Bitty Christmas List

feliz

Holy crap… before Halloween even ended stores were setting up Christmas stuff as if Santa moved Christmas up a month.

Jeeeesh!

If you’re anything like me you are currently thinking your kid has way to many toys and the last thing you should do is play Santa and bring more toys into the house.

Or…

 You think about Christmas and wonder why it has become a day of getting whatever you want and way to much of it vs. what its really about. I know, I sound like an old person but for real, its getting out. of. con-trol!

This year we decided to do the itty bitty Christmas list. I think its important that the kiddo still gets a few gifts for Christmas, I mean… Santa has to leave something behind doesn’t he, but I don’t want it to become this cray ordeal where he gets whatever he wants and expects it every year.

Grandparents, spoil him howev, we are sticking to our guns “you’ll shoot your eye out”.

I want to thank a close friend of mine who has many kids who gave me this idea.

Its simple || 4 gifts.

Something they want
Something they need
Something they can read
Something they can wear

I’m even thinking that me and the hubs should test this for each other while we are at it.

Merry Christmas after Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

My Christmas List Part Uno.