Wednesday, April 23, 2014

My Questions Answered By Chef Pati Jinich - Video

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Rob and I have been focusing on finding foods and spices that will help us take some weight off.  I've been slightly obsessed with staying on my exercise track (on week 8 now :->) and hope to get rid of this jiggly belly that has become wa-a-a-ay too comfortable on my body.  The older you get the harder it is to lose weight.  What I would say to my 40 year old self - 'See that pouch starting?  Do your crunches and planks now!  7 years from now it's going to get ugly!'

I've found that spices cumin, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes and turmeric are noted to increase metabolism.  (Yes please!)  After a good workout coconut water is more beneficial in regulating your electrolytes, and lower in calories, than sports drinks.  It also contains more potassium than other drinks which is an important component in helping to build muscle which, in turn, helps you burn more calories. And my most surprising discovery - eating avocados help burn belly fat!

I've always thought of avocados as full of fat and felt guilty when my mouth was completely enjoying them.  I would keep in mind 'OK.  Eat this now, extra lunges later.'  But now I've learned that they are beneficial to our bodies due to their healthy monounsaturated fats which include Oleic acid, that helps your body quiet hunger.  Avocados are high in fiber, have good levels of protein and are low in carbs.  You feel fuller with fewer bites of food.  Sounds good to me!

Recently I was able to connect with noted Chef, Pati Jinich, host of the PBS series Pati's Mexican Table.   So cool!  She answers my questions in the following video:

(There's an extra 'a' at the end of my name.  Bonus! ;-> )
 

I'm so happy that I was asked to participate in this interview.  Providing healthy foods for my family is a priority and I hope I've shared information to guide you toward healthy, and tasty, choices.


ABOUT PATI JINICH:
Pati Jinich was born and raised in Mexico and comes from a family of accomplished cooks. She is the host of a highly popular PBS series called Pati’s Mexican Table, a culinary program which consists of cooking demonstrations, tasting dinners and workshops, and has appeared on The Chew, The Talk, The Better Show, The Today Show.  Jinich has also been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Eater, and The Daily Meal.


(*Disclosure:  No financial compensation was received from my participation.  My words are my own.)

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mother's Day Ideas at Turn It Up Tuesday Blog Hop

Welcome to the 31st week of Turn It Up Tuesday! Thanks so much to my fellow hosts and our April team and to all of you for making every week so successful!  And thanks so much to all of you for submitting such excellent posts last week! You gave us some hard decisions to make to decide on the Featured post and Best of the Best!

 

 As you may know, Turn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic...and having fun! Link up your favorite posts and meet some awesome bloggers in return! Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, recipes, mommy moments -- anything at all, as long as it is family-friendly. We want to laugh, be entertained, be inspired, and have a good time!

Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

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And welcome our awesome guest hosts!TUT April co-hosts

Interested in co-hosting? If you are interested, please complete this form. Monthly co-hosts will be chosen on a first come first-serve basis. We're now accepting co-hosts for October & November.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Stacey chose How to Monetize Your Blog with ShareASale | Commissions, Sponsored Posts, Review Opps & More from So Simply Stephanie. "This is amazing information! I am still trying to figure out how to make it work for me, and with this I plan to put a bit more effort into it! Thank you so much for sharing!"


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Lorna chose Stamped Quote Charm Bracelet (Tutorial) from Jewelry Making Journal. "I love this because the jewelry has great inspirational quotes and also it looks like something I can make quite easily."


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Cathy chose 30 Places to Submit Food Blog Posts and Drive Traffic to Your Blog from My Family Mealtime. "Jennifer has put together a terrific list of sites to promote posts that a new blogger as well as 
established blogger can use! Very informative!"



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Debbie chose "My Heart is Beautiful." from The Intentional Momma. "I loved this simple sweet post about teaching our children while they are young that beauty comes from within. As I read this, I could hear this sweet little girl say, 'my heart is beautiful'!"

Ann also chose this post. "Sweetly retold lesson of Brooke's daughter not only taking to heart the words of her mother but also being a teacher to her mother as well. So sweet! Made my heart happy."


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Michele chose Upcycled Foot Stool from Redo It Yourself Inspirations. "I chose this because it uses everyday things like a belt and turns it into something unexpected. Very creative!"


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April chose 6 Foods That Love Dill (Easy, Inexpensive to Grow Herb Series) from Earning and Saving with Sarah Fuller. "I have started to implement more herbs in my cooking since they add a lot of flavor and no calories! I was in the midst of searching for recipes for the dill that I bought. This fits in perfectly!"


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Juanita chose Tea Basket & Cocktail Basket from Georgie Lee - Writing to the Sound of Legos Clacking. "I love gift baskets, and lately I have been obsessed with tea. This is a great idea for Mothers Day methinks."


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Natasha chose Coming Clean from Loving Marshall. "Great post! In the midst of comparing yourself to other moms with other kids in other homes, it is so important to come clean and realize that you can only be yourself."


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Katie chose Strawberry & Angel Food Cake Tiramisu: a delicious & family friendly recipe from A Dash of Sanity. "It sounds mouth-wateringly good and looks just perfect!"

Rachel also chose Strawberry & Angel Food Cake Tiramisu: a delicious & family friendly recipe from A Dash of Sanity. "I always take advantage of strawberry season and this recipe looks amazing! Cannot wait to try it!"


This post also received the most clicks.

This has been a popular post this week! Congrats to Sandra at A Dash of Sanity! 

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"My Heart is Beautiful." from The Intentional Momma


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Friday, April 18, 2014

It Makes Me Happy And I Love It

I'm participating in Mama Kat's (pretty much world famous) Writer's Workshop.

My chosen writing prompt:  Something you bought this month that you love.

The fact that this little thing makes me so happy may sound odd, but I love it!

There are days when a certain item pops in my head and then I'm in search of this said 'item' for days, or weeks, until I find it.  It could be a particular candle holder, a specific lamp design or glass ware.  Things like that.  I don't know why it happens, it just does.

My latest was a small pedestal, called a Cupcake Holder, to raise my most recent obsession; birch candle holders.  I found this sweet accent at a gorgeous store in Cannon Beach, OR called Sesame + Lilies.  Gor-Ge-OUS!  This store is a complete knock-out.  (Check out their website).


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With regard to the birch candle/candle holder Cost Plus World Market carries some but the color of the birch bark wasn't the color I had in mind.  I was so excited when I found what I had in my mind's eye, at a favorite stop in the wine country of Dundee, OR - Red Hills Market.  This market carries a line of birch candle holders created by the company Roost.  (Just in case you've been searching too :->). 

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Most often for me it's the little things that bring me so much joy.  Unless it's a Coconut Cream Pie, then I want a very large slice, thank you very much.  Did you pick up something special this month that makes you smile?  

There are 4 other writing prompts waiting for you over at Mama Kat's.  Why not visit Mama Kat, choose a writing prompt and take part in her (pretty much world famous) Writer's Workshop :->
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Monday, April 14, 2014

Join The Turn It Up Tuesday Blog Hop!

It's been a busy week in the Harrison household.  Our days have been filled with painting the living room (I naively thought our little room would take a day with all four of us working.  It took 4!)  And my husband Rob building a fence for my mom.  I'm helping mightily ;-> by selecting the wood and removing nails from the old boards so we can use it in our little fire pit.  Yum!  Summer time S'more's!  My blogging this past week has been nil so I'm so happy to be a Guest Host this April to see what lovely posts others are writing!  Join us and Enjoy! 

Welcome to the 30th week of Turn It Up Tuesday! Thanks so much to my fellow hosts and our April team and to all of you for making every week so successful!

Please share your Easter-related posts (and non Easter posts) here with us this week on Turn It Up Tuesday. Easter is right around the corner and we'd love to hear how you'll be spending it. Will you be baking? Share your recipes. Will you be going to church? Share your beautiful outfits. Share anything at all with us.
 
  As you may know, Turn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic...and having fun! Link up your favorite posts and meet some awesome bloggers in return! Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, recipes, mommy moments -- anything at all, as long as it is family-friendly. We want to laugh, be entertained, be inspired, and have a good time!

Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

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And welcome our awesome guest hosts!TUT April co-hosts

Interested in co-hosting? If you are interested, please complete this form. Monthly co-hosts will be chosen on a first come first-serve basis. We're now accepting co-hosts for October & November.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Cathy chose Lemon Blueberry Cake Recipe from Creative Pink Butterfly. "Oh my! I love everything lemon and blueberry! I can't wait to try this recipe!"


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Rachel chose My Power Struggle Secrets! from BLOSSOM FAMILY. "I have a lot of experience with power struggles both as an incredibly stubborn child and now as a parent. I chose this post because it was a great reminder that defiance is not always directed related to the "request" that is being defied. She gives great tips on keeping communication respectful and open. Wouldn't we all like a more peaceful house?"


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Angel chose Easter Baskets from Of Mice and Ramen. "I love these Easter cookies. They are just adorable. My daughter would absolutely love these."


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Katie chose Bath time!! from Living in Mommywood. "Although baths are so relaxing, they can be stressful for kids. Mari has lots of lovely tips to make bath time fun for kids too!"


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Debbie chose New Pompeian Varietals and Caprese Style Pizza Recipe from Lori's Culinary Creations. "This recipe sounds so amazing and had my mouth watering! The directions are broken down perfectly. I can't wait to try it, and to try this different type of olive oil."


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Juanita chose Deviled Chick Eggs from Foodista. "These eggs are so adorable. I'll be making them for our work Easter luncheon this week."


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Michele chose Picture Ledges from Normal Everyday Life. "I picked this because something as simple as a DIY ledge can cost so much at the store (even IKEA!). It is nice to see a DIY version for those families that want quality things in their home without breaking the bank."


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Jessica chose The money talk | Talking to your spouse about finances from Thrift for Today. "Loved the post! This is something I think all couples need to discuss with each other. Money is definitely a touchy subject but it's something that must be discussed especially if, God forbid, someone loses their job. I especially loved #3! In order to have a successful relationship period don't keep secrets! Thanks for sharing :)."


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Lorna chose How Old is "Sexy?" from Ms. Toody Goo Shoes. "This story had great writing and inspiring to women of all ages."


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Stacey chose 10 WordPress.org Plugins I Couldn’t Do Without from Budget Girl. "This is fabulous information! A couple of them I already use like CommentLuv & "Pin It Button" and a couple of them I am definitely going to look into. I love the recipe one, it is something that I have always wondered how it was done. I am glad that I added CommentLuv early on, it majorly cut down on the spam that I was getting. Thank you so much for sharing!"


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Natasha chose You Walk that Way, Superwoman, and I'll Walk this Way from Time With A&N. "I completely agree with this post. It's so hard to engage your child every second that you're together. To me, it's more important to be together and to always be so interactive. Great post!"


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