Every year we contemplate a handful of destinations to travel to, but end up rediscovering different parts of Europe. We don’t mind it, in fact when we go down the list, at the end of it, we smile to one another because we know deep down Europe will always win.
Anyway, I have actually become an expert traveller, in the sense that I know exactly what I need to take and what should be left behind for a 2 week trip in most any predictable and unpredictable weather.
For this year’s trip I have selected the following travel wardrobe from here and here:
Colorful tops in different styles from here
Jeans, Khakis and shorts and capri pants from here
Comfortable dresses which do not take up too much space from here
Sweaters for the evenings and chilly weather and 1 all-weather jacket just in case from here
Comfortable all-day walking shoes and sandals and beach wear from here and here, since heels don’t work well on cobblestoned streets
Conservative yet sexy swim or in my case beachwear (for the woman over 40) from here
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I must admit I live by protein shakes, almost on a daily basis. But buying one made from Starbucks, Jamba Juice and other healthy drink bars can be expensive, even though they are delicious and hastle-free.
Just recently I decided to purchase my very first industrial strength blender and some good old fashioned Whey protein powder from a health food store, as well as found some recipes here which I think are pretty easy to follow in order to make my very own shakes at home.
The wonderful thing about making shakes at home is that, you can actually add fresh fruits rather than the frozen ones from the specialty stores. Not to mention the fact, Springtime is also the best time of the year to mix and match different fruits as they are in season and more available in your local supermarket.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Wild Berry Boost
2 scoops Vanilla Whey Powder
16 ounces nonfat milk
1/2 cup ice cubes
1 cup of pineapple juice
1 teaspoon of yogurt
1 scoop of your choice of protein
2-3 scoops Vanilla Whey Powder
1/2 to 1 cup mango pieces frozen or freshly sliced natural mango
1 cup Brown Cow Vanilla cream top yogurt
1 Tbsp Flax seed oil
6-8 oz water
Not a shocker to anyone in the U.S. trying to make it through the holidays without over eating or avoiding eating things that are not good for you.
Although if you think about it, the Thanksgiving meal in itself is pretty healthy, based on today’s healthy eating standards. But just in case you are thinking about how to add more to the healthy Turkey, Cranberry, sweet potato or green beans dishes, I have included a recipe for stuffing which I have found here, that I plan to incorporate to my menu this year.
Pear, prosciutto and Hazelnut stuffing
- 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 4 ounces prosciutto, thinly sliced, cut into ribbons
- 2 cups onion, chopped
- 2 cups diced fennel bulb
- 1/4 cup minced shallot
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh sage
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
- 8 cups stale baguette, preferably multi-grain (not sourdough), cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 2 Bosc pears, ripe but firm, chopped
- 1/3 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
- 1/3 cup chopped hazelnuts, toasted
- 1 14-ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Freshly ground pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
- Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add prosciutto; cook, stirring, until crispy, about 5 minutes. Drain on a paper towel.
- Wipe out the pan and heat the remaining 2 teaspoons oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, fennel and shallot and cook, stirring, until softened and beginning to brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Add sage, thyme and rosemary and cook, stirring, for 1 minute more. Transfer everything to a large bowl and gently stir in bread, pears, parsley, hazelnuts and the prosciutto. Add broth; toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon the stuffing into the prepared baking dish; cover with foil.
- Bake for 40 minutes; remove the foil and bake until the top is beginning to crisp, 25 to 30 minutes more.
TIPS & NOTES
- Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 3 and refrigerate for up to 1 day.
- Note: If you don’t have stale bread ready to use, spread the baguette cubes on a baking sheet and toast at 250°F until crisped and dry, about 15 minutes.
- Tip: To toast chopped nuts & seeds: Cook in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.
Per serving: 176 calories; 5 g fat (1 g sat, 2 g mono); 8 mg cholesterol; 29 g carbohydrates; 9 g protein; 6 g fiber; 489 mg sodium; 283 mg potassium.
1 1/2 Carbohydrate Serving
Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat
Posted in brandy and cognac, champagne, Eat, exercise, Food, gourmet cooking, healthy cooking, Holiday Decor, San Francisco Apartments, Thanksgiving Decor, Thanksgiving healthy cooking, wine
Tagged food, healthy cooking, healthy eating, motherhood, Thanksgiving Healthy Cooking, women over 40
I had written an entry back on June 22, 2010 here about how I planned to follow the recipes in the book French Women Don’t Get Fat to see if I am able to shed a few pounds and improve my somewhat healthy eating habits.
Now, I consider myself a pretty disciplined individuals and when I put my mind to something I normally or usually do it. But in the case of this “diet” plan, I somewhat put it on the back burner for more reasons than one. So, as I began to strategize for the Fall to Winter season meal plans for myself to avoid gaining the holiday pounds, I decided to check out the website for French Women Don’t Get Fat as well as flip through my copy of the book in order to chart my meals for the next few months.
So, here is one that I will use over and over again, I guarantee it. My favorite soup, Buttersquash. I have included the recipe here just in case you are a fan. Enjoy!
1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cut into large pieces
1 large yellow onion, peeled and coarsely chopped
1⁄2 pound red-skinned boiling potatoes (about 2 or 3), peeled and cut into 1⁄2-inch cubes
6 cups water
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Yield: 4 servings
Put the squash, onion, and potatoes in a large pot. Add the water. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and cover. Simmer gently, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes.
Remove the vegetables with a slotted spoon, and purée in a food mill or food processor, using the cooking water to thin it out to the consistency desired. (If you’re preparing soup ahead of time, use all the cooking water, since the soup will thicken as it stands.)
Just before serving, add to the heated soup the butter, and season with salt and pepper. Cook 2 minutes more, and serve.
Note: Just before serving, you can add fresh parsley for color, or ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg, or both. A swirl of crème fraiche or sour cream would be nice, too.
Posted in Eat, exercise, Food, French Desserts, gourmet cooking, healthy cooking
Tagged food, French Inspiration Decor, healthy cooking, healthy eating, midlife, women over 40
I am not a jealous woman nor envious but sometimes I just want to say, STOP IT “celebrity” you’re making me look and feel bad about myself. Yes, you might think this is childish but reality is that most women in their 40s have as much insecurities as teenage and girls in their 20′s.
It’s that whole, body deciding what shape it should be, sometimes no matter how much you exercise or diet, and then there are the wrinkles and the gray hairs sneaking up on you and the pre-menopausal state taking over. Shall I go on?
So, when we pick up a magazine or look online and see, in this case, Halle Berry, in all her beauty, we tend to second guess ourselves, physically that is because God knows what her personal life is like, and suddenly become sad (at least in my case).
I am not sure if she has had plastic surgery or a nip tuck or whatever and frankly I don’t care. I do appreciate the end result and in my own twisted way, use her physical appearance as my gage to try and look better, so that I could feel better about myself.
In the meantime, I always wonder why some women look their age and others don’t, and I also wonder why some women who have had children look like mothers and others don’t. I know its part genetic and no matter how many makeover shows and guidelines there are on TV or in magazines, the division is forever obvious between motherly women and the Halle Berry’s of the world.
So, I have no idea why I wrote this entry but I suppose a recent photo of hers online triggered it and I would love to hear your thoughts on this, if you have a few minutes to yourself today between taking kids to soccer or ballet and juggling laundry and grocery shopping while your husbands golf or watch sports on TV.
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I understand advancement, enhancement, upgrades, more, much more, sharper, deeper, 3-D and all the jazz associated with making photos and film more appealing to the eye, but for heaven’s sake, these enhacement are really not good for the aging man and woman. It not only makes the photos clearer and sharper, but it also makes every wrinkle, blemish, scar, unwanted hair and other scary facial and bodily defects more visible and troubling, to the point where any person over 40 and some under 40, should probably avoid being photographed or filmed EVER.
So what now? How do the inventors plan to address this MAJOR problem? Even celebrities are beginning to look scary on the screen. There is only so much that can be done to edit a film, or touch up a photo shoot before the person begins to look like something out of a wax museum display instead of a their natural self. What went wrong? Is more truly better than less? I mean I for one am probably going to retire from having my photos taken and will for sure hide behind a curtain when a family member decides to film a get together.
I am serious, I do wonder if this problem will ever be addressed, but for now, can we please stop enhancing the megapixel on the cameras and while we are at it turn down the HD on that television set will you, I am starting to have nightmares.
Posted in exercise, Fantasy, Fashion, fiction, fitness, Hair, Makeup
Tagged Celebrity, digital camera, fashion, HDTV, makeup, midlife, motherhood, women over 40