- New JOB! This was probably the area that needed transformed the most, I could not stay at my job. In January I got the offer I was waiting for and in February I started. Best. Decision. EVER!
- Photography! I have had my little portraiture business for a few years now, but was having trouble with inspiration. I decided to start to take more photos for myself and much to my surprise I actually sold a few (3 to be exact). I am so excited and have actually been inspired to create a few collections a year. To see some of my work, click here!
- Sailing - Since leaving a job with great travel benefits which allowed me to explore the world, my husband and I decided that we needed to come up with something to occupy us in NYC. It was such a refreshing thing to do and really created transformation for us. We were able to explore parts of NYC that most people don't get to see (NYC by a 24ft sail boat is pretty cool). I also took 2nd place in the photography contest at the club(I think it should have won...but I am biased).
- Fell back in LOVE with NYC - After 7 years in NYC I love it more than when I moved (which feels great)!
- Hair - I cut off all of my beautiful LONG straight hair. Its still straight, but short. Sometimes I regret it, but for the most part I like it.
- Sophie - I transformed my DIVA monster puppy into a celebrity ala facebook! Check her out Sophie Chunk
- Gym - After running the NYC marathon in 2008 I have really struggled with a work out routine. I loved training for the marathon (I am a creature of habit), but have struggled with a solid/fun routine. Since joining an external gym again I have LOVED taking classes and really enjoying different kinds of working out (yoga, spinning, weights, kickboxing, dancing, etc).
- Vacations - At my job that I left earlier this year I had lots of opportunity to travel around and visit lots of vacation spots. It was cool to see everything, but nothing truly felt like a vacation as I was always taking meetings while I was there. This year we took a dream vacation and I actually took the full 12 days off and didn't check-in with work 1 time. It was very transformational for me mentally and physically. I even learned meditation and took lots of yoga classes. I want vacations in the future to involve yoga of some kind...more on that later this year.
- Cooking - I like clean superfoods. I taught myself to make homemade foods (that you would normally buy from a package) and have really embraced from scratch cooking. This does not mean that I will never make or eat packaged foods again, but it does give me the confidence to continue to make from scratch foods more. Things I made for the first time; Turkey (whole bird), roasted chicken (whole bird), pasta (regular and whole wheat), canned jam, canned salsa, fish (yes people, I had never cooked fish before this year...weird since its is one of my favorite foods).
- Clothing - since I don't really have to dress up every day, I have tried to learn how to dress casual but chic. I am still working on this, but its been fun to transform my wardrobe.
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Friday, December 30, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Tonight my husband (and I) made a delicious homemade dinner! Homemade pasta, meatballs, bread, salad, salad dressing (and to top it off...chocolate chip cookies). All in all a great way to end the long weekend!!'
Good food, good company, good wine!
Friday, November 25, 2011
It's the day after thanksgiving and after a day of cooking and eating most Americans like to run to the mall (or in my case manhattan) and get Christmas shopping started/finished. In my case black Friday has a whole different meaning. I fight crowds every day to get to and from work. My very busy 4/5 train during rush hour daily from my little piece of heaven (Brooklyn heights) to Grand Central has all but eliminated my patience for crowds. So instead of fighting the crowds I had a very different day!
Things I have accomplished today...
-cereal for breakfast
-90 minute killer 90 spin class (so proud of myself)
-egg whites and turkey bacon for lunch (made by myself)!
-researched things to buy for myself (coats, boots, dresses) online
-considered shopping in the neighborhood but declined for second nap
-caught up on DVR shows that I have not had time to watch
-snuggled with my monster
And because no post is really complete without a photo; below is the monster (aka: Sophie) eating her thanksgiving dinner!
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
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- Beat everything together
- Heat griddle (or pan) on medium-high
- Soak each bread slice in the egg mixture, soaking both sides thoroughly. Cook until golden brown
- Top with desired toppings
- Satisfy your hunger!
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Simple Sourdough Starter:
- 3 cups warm water (110 degrees F - just use faucet water on hot)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast (aprox 1 1/2 packets)
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
In a large bowl, combine the water, yeast, and sugar. Let sit until the yeast becomes foamy (the way you can tell is if you watch it you can see the yeast almost explode up to the surface of the water), about 5 minutes. (If the yeast does not foam, discard the mixture and begin again with a new yeast.)
- 1 3/4 cups bread flour (you can substitute regular flour if you want)
- 1 1/2 cups sourdough starter (recipe above)
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- Extra flour if necessary
In a Kitchen Aid mixer with the dough hook (if you don't have a kitchen aid then you can knead by hand), combine the flour, starter and salt, and knead until it no longer sticks to the sides or bottom of the mixing bowl (if it too dry place mixture on counter and knead in water as necessary to form a dough ball).
Place a lightly oiled bowl, turning to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and let dough rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Sprinkle lightly with flour and knead gently, removing any large air bubbles. Knead into a small circle, then shape into a tight ball, pinching the seams together underneath. Place on a baking sheet, seam-side down. Cover with a kitchen towels and let rest until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. With a sharp, serrated knife, cut a large "X" or cross-hatch pattern into the top of the dough. Bake until golden brown and the bread sounds hollow when thumped on the bottom, about 60 minutes.