Crested Butte

Christmas Day J, Trey and I headed to Crested Butte, CO to spend some time with my brother Matt and his wife Dorcha and daughter Luella Trout.  My parents, sister Kelli, brother-in-law Mike, and niece Emmerson drove the long 15 hr drive the following day. (I think we were the smart ones 🙂  Below are a few pictures from our fun-filled week.  Although, no food recipes or pics rest assured we had fabulous fixins with multiple chefs in the house.


Trey was a little tired from his early morning wake up call and took a snooze through security

He enjoyed his first flight…especially looking for santa!

We were so excited to see the Boisen’s (Matt, Dorcha, Luella, Harley, and Maggie) on Christmas!

Before we headed to Crested Butte we spent some time at their place in Montrose and took a beautiful walk around the neighborhood

Luella (71/2mo)

some cousin bonding time, Luella and Trey (10mo)

“please tell Trey to stop mooning me!”

we took the kiddos for a hike in the Chariot
we also went to the hot springs in Ouray for a relaxing dip, sorry no pics at the moment

Trey decided to make his own dinner

Not sure Luella was too fond of her new ride or maybe just the driver

Crested Butte!  The view out back the “cabin.”

Notice they didn’t have a lot of snow…but we managed to hit the hill behind the house with the sleds.  Have fun walking back up Mom!

Man that’s tough hiking back up at 11,000ft.

Time to hit the slopes…not the trees Mike!


a stop at the ice bar is always a must

Emmerson (11) learned how to ski!

Good times in Crested Butte!  Thanks Matt and Dorcha for hosting us all!

Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good
Sara B.

All I want for Christmas

Is snow!  Although I traditionally do not care for the fluffy wet stuff I do not mind it anytime prior to mid February.  There is CC skiing to be done and snowmen to be built. 

So here is the new Christmas cookie recipe I added to the lin up this year…drum roll please…
Peanut Butter Chocolate Kissed Pretzels
I found the recipe on Pinterest from a site called Sweet Peas Kitchen
Ingredients:
1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons softened butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
Pretzels
1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions:
Line a baking sheet with wax paper and set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat peanut butter and butter until combined. Scrape down bowl, add sugars and beat until combined. You should be able to roll the mixture into balls without sticking to your hands. If needed, add more powdered sugar until you reach a consistency that is easy to roll. Roll the mixture into small balls, about 1 teaspoon of mixture for each ball, and place on prepared baking sheet. Sandwich the balls between two pretzels and place in the freezer for 30 minutes. Melt the chocolate in a metal bowl over a pan of lightly simmering water. Stir occasionally until smooth, and remove from heat. Dip each pretzel bite halfway into the melted chocolate and place on the prepared baking sheet. Chill in refrigerator until chocolate is set.

Jesus Christ is born!  Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!
See you next year!

Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good
Sara B.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Well…not really, no snow and it was in the 50’s last week with thunderstorms.  Well if the weather wont cooperate the kitchen will!  There’s not too much healthiness going on with this post…just a lot of joy…Christmas joy!  I do appreciate making and tasting good Holiday treats so here are a couple I like to share. You may have seen on last year’s Tis the Season post!

Aunt Pam’s Gingersnap Cookies
Ingredients:

2 C flour – I used about 1/2 white whole wheat flour
1/2 T ground ginger
1 T fresh grated ginger is the secret ingredient
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 c molasses
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 c butter
1 c sugar
1 egg
sugar for bowl
Instructions:
Measure flour, ginger, soda, cinnamon, and salt into sifter. Cream butter until soft and gradually add sugar. Beat in egg and molasses. Sift dry ingredients over creamed mixture, blend well. Form mixture unto balls and roll in granulated sugar. Place on ungreased cookie sheet 2 inches apart (they spread quite a bit). Bake at 350F 12-15 minutes or until they are slightly browned, rounded, and cracked on top. Cool thoroughly before storing.

Benefits of ginger:
Ginger aids in relieving nausea. Ginger has an anti-inflammatory effect and aids in muscle recovery……your excuse for having a cookie post workout 😉

Peanut Butter Chocolate Kisses
Ingredients:

1 3/4 c. flour – I used about 1/2 white whole wheat flour
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. peanut butter + I tend to use slightly more (maybe 1/4c) to make doughy cookies
1 egg
2 tbsp. skim milk
1 tsp. vanilla
Instructions:
Combine ingredients. Roll into balls, roll balls in sugar. Bake on cookie sheet at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes. Top with chocolate kiss immediately upon removal from oven. Place in hot oven for 2 more minutes (don’t forget about them!!!) This helps glue the kiss to the cookie.

This year I added a new cookie to the line up…you’ll have to check back to get the recipe!

What’s your favorite holiday cookie?

Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good
Sara B.

5 Tips & Tricks to Prevent Holiday Weight Gain

Have you picked up the latest Iowa Momentum Magazine yet!?  Not only is there a nutrition article by yours truly BUT it’s the annual GIFT GUIDE

Inside you will find tons of good ideas and deals for your loved ones.  Just a few that are included: Sara B Consulting, Crossfit Des Moines/Waukee, and Melissa B Photography! 

Here is my article: 5 Tips & Tricks to Prevent Holiday Weight Gain and recipe.

You can find Momentum at newsstands inside your grocery store or coffee shop.  Look for some exciting announcements with Iowa Momentum next month…stay tuned!!!

Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good
Sara B.

Halloween Tips and Tricks

Halloween Trick-or-Treating Tips
Rd411.com


Most parents realize that overloading on candy is not the best option for their children, but often feel trapped by the notion that Halloween revolves around delicious, sweet confections. Of course, adults are not immune to Halloween snacking either. These tips will help you prepare you and your child for a ghoulishly fun Halloween evening and week after, without the ghastly sugar highs and upset stomachs!

For your child
Do not make trick-or-treating the focus of the day
First, make costume design a part of the holiday. Rather than buying a costume out of a bag, spend the day or part of it brainstorming costumes with your child and then making it! Or if you do not have much time, have your child design an accessory for a prebought costume—Spiderman needs his webs!

After getting into the costume, initially choose an alternate event to trick-or-treating, such as going to a haunted houses, pumpkin picking/carving, and hayrides. Contact a local pumpkin patch or haunted house to see when they hold events. Children will have a ton of fun, especially while dressed in their favorite costume! Then if your kids still have some energy left, a little trick-or-treating provides a nice way to conclude your day.

Practice moderation
Once your kids or teens return home from trick-or-treating, allow them to choose a set amount of candy, three to five fun/mini-sized pieces for example. Let them pick which ones they want. Also, as silly as this sounds, unless your children offer you some candy, do not eat their candy!  Then, allow them to select any two remaining pieces of candy every day until the stash is gone. Ask them which pieces they chose and why, so you learn which ones they prefer, or better yet, sit with them as they choose and watch their decision-making process. It may amaze you to learn about how much or little a child thinks about candy.

For other children and yourself
Choose better candy options or give a toy instead
If you choose to offer snacks to trick-or-treaters, choose options that provide at least a little nutritional value. Compared to most other candies, dark chocolates, such as Hershey’s® Dark Chocolate Kisses® or Special Dark Miniatures, have a bit less sugar, plus some fiber, protein, and antioxidants.

Mini packages of popcorn, baked chips, pretzels, or Fig Newtons® provide some nutrients from the corn, potato, grains, or figs. If you give candy, give the mini-sized pieces rather than the fun-sized ones, which usually are at least twice the size and calories. This allows children to choose multiple candies for the same number of calories.

Try to avoid giving any snacks that are pure sugar. Look at the nutrient label and if the only calories come from carbohydrates and sugar (no fat or protein), then it is a safe bet that it is all sugar. Another alternative to all of these snacks are mini packs of gum, which tend to have fewer calories and are enjoyable for almost any kid! For even less sugar and fewer calories, consider giving out sugar-free gum.

If you do not want to give out candy or gum, researchers have found that children 3−14 years of age were just as likely to choose a small toy instead of candy. Think about passing out bouncy balls or temporary Halloween tattoos instead of candy. Visit your local party favor or discount store for even more ideas.

Out of sight, out of mind
Get rid of leftover candy and chips that you did not hand out as soon as possible. Take the extras into work, donate them to a shelter, or throw them out. This way you and your children do not have devilishly unhealthy snack options staring you in the face. The sooner you return to normal habits, the sooner you can prepare for the next major holiday, Thanksgiving, which of course also revolves around food.


seriously Mom, what am I wearing!
How do you manage the trick or treats in your house?  I’ve heard about a local dentist office who will swap your candy for $$ and a Halloween Fairy who trades the candy for a toy!  Please share your ideas in the comments!

Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good
Sara B.

Peach-Mustard Pork Chops & Fourth Festivities

I hope everyone had a fun and safe Fourth of July! J, Trey, and I had a fabulous holiday weekend with lots of friends, family, fun and food. Here are the highlights and a delish recipe.
Kelli and Mike invited my parents and us over for a first-class BBQ…

Mom made these adorable flag cupcakes for dessert and Mike was the master chef for the rest

Italian Grilled Portobello Mushrooms


Mini Reubens


Iowa Sweet Corn


Italian Grilled Veggies


Look at this spread! The pork chops would have knocked my socks off had I been wearing any.

Peach-Mustard Pork Chops
Adapted from Food Network Get Grilling

Ingredients:

4 pork chop (1 1/2 inch thick)

Safflower oil for brushing

Sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper
For Sauce:
3 T unsalted butter (you could use Land O’Lakes whipped)

2 T minced onion

2 cloves garlic, minced
3 T cider vinegar
1/4 C Dijon mustard
1/2 C whole-grain mustard
3/4 C peach jam or preserves

1 T bourbon

1/2 tsp sea salt

Instructions for chops:
Prepare grill to high heat. Position a drip pan under the grate on the cooler side of the grill. Brush the chops on both sides with salt and pepper and oil. Set aside for 15 minutes. Grill chops over heat until brown on both sides about 4 minutes per side. Move them to the cooler side and brush with sauce. Cook the chops, covered, turning and basting with sauce every 5 minutes, until thermometer inserted into chop reads 140F. Let rest 10 minutes.

Instructions for sauce:

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the vinegar and boil until almost completely reduced and the mixture looks like wet sand, about 4 minutes. Whisk in both mustards and jam. Simmer, whisking, until jam melts, about 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the bourbon and salt.
Jordan Creek Dueling Pianos and Fireworks


we met some of our good pals, Jack, Rachel, and their daughter Ella (6 months)



seriously Mom, the ladies love me


my boys 🙂
Lake Panora

Our new neighbors invited us up to their lakehouse Monday….thanks Chris and Tracy! What a perfect setting for the Fourth of July!
We did all the summer appropriate activities


watermelon eating in the lawn


our sweet neighbor girls…Stella, Jordan, and Chloe

We enjoyed lots of water activities…

tubing….and crashing

skiing and jet skiing



and of course, fireworks!

Until next time…

look good, feel good, do good