Monday, January 31, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
I've started going to yoga! I hear that Leann Rimes does yoga and she is most definitely my "I-want-HER-body" celebrity. See what I mean?? [I realize I will never look like her...but it motivates me when I workout, ha!]
So, yoga. The first time I went I was a little skeptical cause when I think of yoga, I think of...weird stuff. Like, meditation, sitting cross-legged and trying to reach a "higher plane" or something goofy like that.
Well, hells bells, this yoga was TOUGH. Kid you not, I was so sweaty and just cashed at the end of the session. Turns out the class is called "Power Yoga/Pilates". That would explain it. At any rate, I loved it and really felt like I got a great workout. I had sore muscles in places that never get sore when I workout!
Excited for the weekend! I have a hair appointment tonight - thank GOD - and we're probably going out tomorrow to our favorite bar in town. Brad and I are going to do some cross country skiing tomorrow, which should be fun as long as I don't die. If you ever want a workout where you feel like you're going to literally fall over and die in the first 10 minutes, try XC skiing! Promise, it will kill you until you finally get a little more comfortable. I haven't skiied since last year so I'm really looking forward to it. Sarcasm. No, really, I am...just have to resign myself to skiing alone at a turtle's pace for 2 hours cause God knows my incredibly skilled husband won't wait around for me!
Thursday, January 20, 2011
That right after I write about how un-stylish I am, I not only go and buy $100 worth of sweaters (five of them! That's good value right there, folks) at AE Outfitters. I guess we'll see how they fit/work out...perhaps I'll post them on here for opinions.
But what's so ironic is that Miss Aly over at It Ain't Always Pretty But It's Real gave me The Stylish Blogger Award. Ha! I will accept it humbly, knowing that I'm far from it these days...(as I wear my husband's gray tube socks and a pill-y sweater).
2. Share 7 facts about yourself
3. Pass the award onto 15 ladies
1 - I'm an iTunes addict...once I get started I have a hard time stopping. I love to buy songs!
2 - I work in the racing industry, and my company works with some very well-known names in the racing & entertainment industry. You'd be amazed at the celebs in racing!
3 - I was a huge Hanson (MMMBop?) fan in high school, and through my obsession, I met an Internet friend back in 1995 who I would later be college roommates with in 2004. She was a great girl, and our parents were present THE ENTIRE TIME. So it wasn't so nutty.
4 - Nashville is my favorite city in the USA.
5 - I would do crazy things just to be able to go back to Paris. Most.Amazing.City on Earth.
6 - I have a stripes obsession that is beginning to creep its way into my home decor. I'm dying to black and white vertical stripe curtains in my office.
7 - I'm a blog-reader addict.
Thanks for the award, Aly!
These sweaters are all from AE.com, the store my husband hates. I will admit, I feel slightly juvenile buying clothes there, but it's not like I'm buying denim cutoff skirts and graphic tees.
So - we'll see how they work out. They're all pretty basic, which I prefer. I also read the reviews for every item (love that about AE) and they each got really good reviews. I'm sure it was 16 year old's reviewing them, though, haha!
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Since I consider myself "out of the loop" when it comes to fashion, it could be me. However, I do think I have a fairly decent eye for classic style, and believe me, this stuff does not fit into that category.
1 - I'm really SICK of those curvy cardigans...and I'm over the layered look. Short sleeve sweaters are incredibly impractical when you live in the Tundra.
2 - Color block? Really? I swear I had that sweater in the 6th grade, no lie.
3 - Now, I'm not completely opposed to this sweater, I think it's called a "dolman" sweater? However, those "bat wing" style arms just annoy me.
4 - Does this sweater look good on anyone? Talk about making you feel fat and shapeless.
5 - I HATE FUNKY LENGTH SWEATERS. HATE, HATE THEM. They look sloppy to me and I swear they're only flattering on little, tiny people. And even then it's debatable.
So! If you wear these types of clothes, don't worry - you're obviously much more in fashion than me cause you're wearing something that's current. I am sorely not in style these days. And it chaps me, badly. Not like I have tons of money, but I feel like Julia Roberts in "Pretty Woman" when she comes back from shopping on Rodeo Drive and all the snooty women won't help her and she pulls out big wads of cash, saying that she HAS money but NOBODY WILL HELP HER.
I feel like I'm ready to shop, want to shop, and can't find anything to save my life! I need a personal shopper. Taking applications.........now :)
Monday, January 17, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
6 chicken breasts, boneless/skinless
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup chicken broth
6 slices Swiss cheese, divided
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
¼ cup milk
12 oz cornbread stuffing mix
½ lb cooked sausage
½ cup butter, melted
1. Lightly spray crock pot insert with nonstick cooking spray. Place chicken breasts in pot. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pour chicken broth over chicken. Top with 3 slices of cheese.
2. Combine soups and milk; stir well. Spoon over cheese. Place remaining 3 slices of cheese on top of soup mixture.
3. Combine stuffing mix and sausage; spoon over cheese. Drizzle melted butter over stuffing mixture.
4. Cook on low 8-10 hours (or on high 4-6 hours).
1 pound large fresh white mushrooms - (abt 24) - cleaned
2 tablespoons vegetable oil - divided
4 ounces bulk Italian sausage
1/2 cup sliced green onions
2 garlic cloves - pressed
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese - plus
2 tablespoons shredded mozzarella cheese - divided
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Remove stems from mushrooms;
finely chop enough stems to equal 1/2 cup and reserve (save remaining stems for another use). Place mushroom caps in a bowl and toss with 1 tablespoon oil.
Arrange caps cavity side up on a shallow baking pan; set aside.
Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add sausage, green onion, garlic, Italian seasoning and reserved chopped mushroom stems.
Cook, stirring, breaking sausage into smaller pieces with a fork, for about 5 minutes, until cooked through. Remove from heat; add 1/2 cup mozzarella and the Parmesan cheese and stir just until cheese melts.
Stuff mushroom caps with sausage mixture; sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons mozzarella.
Bake 10 to 15 minutes, until mushrooms are tender.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
Anyway, I have ELEVEN followers, all of which bless my little heart. Haha! However, I have a new follower whose blog I randomly checked out, and I'm in love! Go check her out @ bun&burough.
I also downloaded the soundtrack to this movie:
It's surprisingly very good - lots of authentic country music (even though Gwyneth & Leighton Meester are on it, whom I don't consider country at all. Their songs are actually very listen-able). That new guy in the movie, Garrett Hedlund, is amazing. There's a great song on there by Ronnie Dunn (of Brooks&Dunn) and it sounds like something B&D would've come out with years ago. So, needless to say, I'm loving it!
Tonight's agenda is Friday Happy Hour (a tradition with my best girl and sometimes husband, mother-in-law & father-in-law) and maybe good 'ol fish fry at our favorite lake lodge. [don't knock it til you've tried it - it's a Northwoods thing!]