Carnitas

I’m still drooling over the incredible dinner at Mandy’s the other night… Crockpot carnitas (finished under the broiler), cilantro cauli rice, avo-tomatillo salsa, toasted pepitas + house-pickled carrots. (My contributions were much less exciting: water, lettuce, chocolate.)

Time for these folks to open their own taqueria.

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This was a real testiment (and inspiration) to how satisfying and wholesome a paleo diet can be. Tomorrow night E + I are making paleo jambalya with Cajun cauli rice… Happy Mardi Gras, y’all!

Solo spin for the win

Wouldya just LOOK at the sun streaming into my lonely cycle room today! Sometimes I like to go in when there’s no class in sight and workout and sing Dr. Dog and ditch the junk of the day. Thirty-five minutes of that and I was back to my old self. Check ya later, Wednesday, I’m over you.

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Houston!

Texas in February is where it’s at… Thanks to Nicole and Iver for showing me that Southern hospitality!

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Nic + Poor Brewse

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Dr. Dog!

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Discovery Green, downtown

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Mimosa in the park

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Tarragon gnocchi and squash

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Mardi Gras in Gavelston

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Hurricane

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Gulf of Mexico

my reset-button salad

Y’all know I can’t go on vacation (pics tomorrow, I promise!) without fully punishing myself the day after. Work, Spin class, the DMV, and seemingly endless errands during this drizzly 45 degree Monday can really send a gal packing back to that Texas sunshine.

Do any of you follow the Shutterbean food blog? She occassionally posts to Instagram “reset-button salads” on Mondays as she makes up for those weekend indulgences. That’s a diet plan I can get behind! How many salads does one need to eat to reset daily margaritas and chips/salsa? I don’t even want to know…

Here’s my lunch version today:

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Roasted butternut squash and massaged kale, tossed with golden raisins, red pepper, onion, balsamic and olive oil — and apparently — healthy shots of parm and sriracha

Ok, excuse me while I go find the first martini I can get my hands on. 🙂

Skunked in Garibaldi

Our coastal crabbing weekend was full of raging winds (80+ miles per hour!) and hotel snuggling (hot tubbing). By Sunday morning the storm subsided long enough to get our traps out, but we didn’t catch any keepers.

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Cape Mears

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Empty trap

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Ma + Sis

I didn’t take many pics when my family was visiting, and now I’m regretting it. There were so many highlights: mom rolling off the bed, lots of basketball and shopping, lots of food and wine, and plenty of quality time with my peeps.

I miss them like crazy and am bummed I don’t have pics to reminisce over. Come back soon, you guys!

Breezy left before we were able to see Ty’s family. We should Photoshop her into this photo.

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I’m still trying to rebound from the sloth of oral surgury, a bum wheel (ankle issues abound lately), snow days and the family vacation. Bodypump was pretty rough the other night, and my hamstrings are still moaning. Now I’m at the gym waiting for spin class to start. I promise not to leave early, I promise not leave early!

Crabbing, storm watching, seafood and karaoke at the Coast tonight… So psyched.

back on the spin bike

Finally, after over a week of staying out of the gym (some of the crabbiest days of my life), my face is healed up, and I returned to spin class. Every cell in my body decided to fight off this foreign experience, but I forced my brain to push forward. It really gave me a new appreciation for anyone embarking on a fitness routine for the first time. Starting is seriously the hardest part (and finishing isn’t that great either)… but now tomorrow’s class will surely be a more pleasant experience.

Something else went very wrong this past week – I returned to my old habit of “grazing” all food in my vacinity. Cookies? Zucchini bread? My roomates ice cream? Old Christmas candy? Crackers (which, by the way, I wasn’t supposed to eat because of my teeth)? Random leftovers? Sure, I’ll have a little taste of all of you. No mind to sugar, carbs, preservatives or nutrtition. Seems so silly considering I just ate so cleanly and happily for nearly a month! What is it inside of me that is so infatuated with any and all food?

New committment: Low carb, no/low grains, no extra sugar (baked goods or candy) – one exception that I need to eat real pizza when my family is here next week. Otherwise, I’m going to focus on these guidelines. Tonight we’re going to make a primal (paleo style with dairy) pizza, made with a spaghetti squash crust. Yum!

Ok, please excuse me while I go shovel the entire city out of this ridiculous winter mess so I can lay the red carpet out for my Mama and Breezy – who arrive on Sunday morning!

Soft food for a big baby

Turns out that laughing with friends is pretty much the worst thing to do when your mouth is full of stitches. Fail. Today is all about pain pills, frozen bags of veggies (ice packs) and soft foods. Yogurt, pudding, eggs, avocado and this tasty Chinese New Year inspired lunch: Butternut lo mein with mushrooms and tofu.

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I roasted the spiralized squash at 425 degrees for 10 minutes or so and then tossed that with stir fried oyster mushrooms, Napa cabbage and pan-seared tofu. Seasonings used: Chinese five spice, fish sauce, soy sauce and  sesame oil.

Tonight we’re steaming gyoza from the Asian market. Happy Year of the Horse, y’all!