Cheers to 2012!

There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” 

I like that.  It’s true. And in 2012, I had my fair share of question marks.  I’m hoping that 2013 has more answers.  I’m not the only one…

Joseph McClendon said on a recent FB post:

“Most people I talk to are saying that last year was a difficult year and that they can’t wait until it’s over. Remember, adversity MUST exist for growth to happen. It’s a universal law. I say… celebrate 2012 and grow from it’s lessons…I Can’t wait for 2013 to start! Can You feel it?!?!? Can ya Smell it?!?!… CAN YOU TASTE IT?!?!”

So cheers to 2012!!!  Thanks for the lessons!!!  And here’s to 2013 – I can’t wait to get a taste!!!

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If it’s the End of the World…What Would You Eat?

12/21/12….the end is near!

Actually I don’t think the world is going to end.  But if it did, and you were to have one last meal – your all-time favorite meal – what would it be??

Back in the day (a year or so ago) I would’ve said pizza…or pasta…even old school Pasta Jay’s. Those were the days.  Days filled with bloat and a sick feeling after every meal.  No thanks.

I have to say my hands-down favorite meal of all time is a perfectly grilled filet – (new favorite: Whit’s Amuse Bouche’s restaurant style filet – love the blogger and the steak.  It was seriously the most perfect filet I’ve ever cooked indoors.  I used my regular old non-stick pan – just remember to wrap the handle of your pan with foil!), a loaded baked potato, and grilled romaine.  And a big ol glass of wine (or 3).

Where?  Not in some fancy restaurant, but on our deck, in the summer…which kinda conflicts with the Mayan’s prediction for Friday, but whatevs.

For dessert…I’d totally eat a dozen or so of those pumpkin cheesecake truffles I mentioned a couple posts back.  Hey, it’s the end of the world, who cares about gluten?

What’s your favorite meal of all time?

Chicken & Sweet Potato Stew

Baby it’s cold outside…. And that calls for crockpot time!

Not the prettiest of pics but what did you expect stew to look like?  It's orange & it's yummy.

Not the prettiest of pics but what did you expect stew to look like? It’s orange & it’s yummy.

Chicken & Sweet Potato Stew (adapted from the cookbook that came with my crockpot)

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled & cubed
  • 2 medium Yukon gold potatoes, peeled & cubed
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled & cut into ½ “ pieces
  • 1 – 28oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp celery
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup chicken broth

Directions

  1. Put all ingredients in the crockpot and cook on high for 3-4 hours.
  2. Dinner is done.

Tis The Season

You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  Well this is the first year I heard about Giving Tuesday.  And here in Colorado there’s Colorado Gives, which is tomorrow! What a great idea!  Instead of buy, buy, buy…these sites are all about give, give, give.

In addition to all the gifts and fun this season, I encourage you to give as well.  Give what you can.  I don’t have any set charities I give to, but around this time of year I make a conscientious effort to give when I can.  To me, that means a dollar to every Salvation Army bell-ringer.  And if I run out of dollars, then whatever spare change I have.  Before Thanksgiving, my local grocery store had a food drive as well, so I donated a bag of canned goods.  And I always round-up if there is an opportunity at the grocery store to do so or even donate $5 for a meal for a family in need, if that is offered. I may not have hundreds or thousands of dollars to donate, but I feel like this is the least I can do to help make this holiday season a little brighter for others in my community.

What are some other ideas you do to give to your community during the holiday season?