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The Weekly Adventures of Insightful Girl

All I know is spring is here.  I couldn’t be more excited for hiking, camping, flowers and green leaves.  Get outside and get some sunshine on those white legs.  If your legs are anything like mine,  you must put on sunglasses to look at them to avoid being blinded by the whiteness.   Hope everyone has a great Cinco de Mayo celebration.  Chips, salsa and margaritas, it’s hard to go wrong.

Horton Trail, near Payson, Arizona 2010

“Spring is Nature’s Way of Saying Let’s Party.”
~ Robin Williams ~

The Weekly Adventures of Insightful Girl

I am going to title this week:  Adventures in SPAM!

I know what your thinking, Spam?  Well let me give you a bit of background into why this recipe has made its way onto my blog.  I have a patient that I care for frequently at the clinic that I work at and when he found out that I do a food blog he decided to give me a challenge.  He asked me if I had ever cooked with or even tried Spam, I had to say NO!  So, the next time he saw me, he brought me a can of Spam and several recipes that I should at least “try”.  He did say he purposely bought the lite spam, because it would fit better into my healthy blog.  I’m not sure Spam is exactly healthy or can be made light, but I decided I can’t make gagging noises until I had at least tried it.  I also discovered that they make canned potatoes.  Who knew.

So, for dinner tonight I made this concoction of potatoes, garlic, onion and SPAM!  I have to say it tastes a lot like salty ham and since I am not a big fan of ham, I wasn’t a huge fan of this, but I can say that I have tried Spam.  And with that I will leave you with a quote from the recipes he wrote out for me in regards to rethinking spam.  “this recipe may appall you and is not for everyone. But do you eat hot dogs?  Well, don’t be snooty about Spam.  You know what goes into hot dogs?  No, well then do a little research and get your nose out of the air.”  I guess sometimes you can’t judge something unless you have tried it.  So, Spam, considered yourself tried and judged. 

If you would like to know for curiosities sake, how I made this the recipe follows.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 can spam lite, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 cans sliced white potatoes, rinsed and dried
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1.  Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add onion and garlic, saute until onions are clear, about 3 minutes.
2.  Add diced spam to skillet and cook 3-5 minutes.
3.  Next add potatoes and cook for 5 more minutes, stirring frequently to brown potatoes.
4.  Sprinkle basil over mixture and dish into serving size plates.
5.  Salt and pepper to taste.

So there you have it my friends, my first and probably my last adventure in cooking with Spam.  I have to say, I’m glad I gave it a whirl.  You never know, it could have been what I had been missing my whole life.  Or not.

The Weekly Adventures of Insightful Girl

To say the least, this was a hectic week of work.  By the time Friday rolled around all I could think about was laying in bed all weekend and catching up on some much needed sleep.  Thankfully, Colorado has given us an unusually warm winter and Saturday morning the weather was absolutely beautiful.  My husband and I decided to take advantage of it and took Biza for a hike up Green Mountain.  It was wonderful.  Taking a break from the fluorescent lights at work and getting some good old fashioned sunshine was exactly what I needed.  It gave me a nice energy boost, so much that I actually cleaned my entire house when I got home from the hike.  Thanks, Mother Nature.

We did make it to an old school diner on Sunday morning for breakfast, called Tom’s Diner.  It’s a bit of a greasy-spoon type of place, but I have no fear when on the hunt for a delicious green chili smothered breakfast.  I had a cheddar omelet smothered in their homemade pork green chili with  fresh cut home fries.  It was finger licking good, or should I say brow wiping spicy?  The green chili definitely had some kick to it.  Yummy!  This is one of the signs that was posted in the diner.  I wasn’t sure if I should be scared or laugh.  You decide.

 

After taking some time with nature and getting refueled on green chili I feel ready for the upcoming week.  Hope everyone has a wonderful week.

One Touch of Nature Makes
the Whole World Kin.
~ William Shakespeare ~

The Weekly Adventures of Insightful Girl

Well, as it turns out you aren’t allowed to opt out of having a birthday every year.  It appears that it ranks up in the same category as death and taxes.  I guess you could pretend you never had a birthday, although people may become suspicious when you state your age as 19 while pushing your walker down the laxative isle.  So, deciding to embrace my birthday this year I decided a nice dress up dinner was the key. 

Kevin and I had dinner at the Capital Grill.  The filet mignon was out of this world, I barely needed to use a knife it was so tender.  Then the creamiest mashed potatoes I have ever had.  I am sure there was at least a pound of butter in the potatoes.  But as one of my birthday cards said, if it has a candle in it, the calories don’t count.  Or as I say if it is your birthday day, calories don’t count all day.  We then were treated to a sinfully good dessert, coconut cream pie.  My mouth is watering just remembering it.

To finish off the night we ended up at the Green Russell, a speak easy bar in Larimer Square.  A fun secretive little place in the basement of a building, where the bartenders are dressed up in 30′s garb including tweed hats.  As you belly up to the bar, you simple ask for the bartender’s choice.  They ask you what type of alcohol and what sort of favors you like.  I told him vodka and cinnamon.  He made me an incredible martini with vodka, cinnamon, nutmeg and a splash of cream.  It was amazing.  

So as I head into being 36, I  feel thankful that I have been given yet another year on this amazing earth.  Also, that I am back in Colorado and soooo happy to be back home.  Here is to making every moment count.
                                
                                                           I love Colorado!!

taken the night of my birthday in Larimer Square

The Weekly Adventures of Insightful Girl

Well, despite having to work all weekend, the blog must go on.  So here is my weekly update of adventures.

Unfortunately this week I was a bit under the weather, so my adventures have been horribly boring.  I did eat some delicious Thai food though, spicy basil chicken.  I have to say the spice definitely helped to clear up my sinuses (added bonus to filling my stomach).  I love spice, as I always say, “spice makes everything nice.”  I think I may have to come up with a Thai recipe to incorporate into the blog.  So, keep you eye out for that one.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend.  Keep a look out for more delicious recipes to come this week.  And let the countdown to the Superbowl begin. 

You have to play this game like somebody just hit your mother with a two-by-four.
DAN BIRDWELL

The Weekly Adventures of Insightful Girl

Hello all.  I know, I know I have been a total slacker with my weekly adventures.  It seems from the time Thanksgiving rolls around to Christmas and New Years, time just flies.  Every spare moment seems to be packed with parties, family and to-do lists.  So I am hoping since the holidays are done, life will again slow down and my blog will get more attention. 

I do have a funny story.  I was at work the other day and had to give my patient a shot, and while I was drawing up the medication I asked him, “which arm do you want your shot in?”  My patient immediately answered, “your arm.”  I just had to stop and laugh.  Sometimes you get into such a rut in what you are doing, you forget to stop and take a look around.  I thought it was such a perfect response to get me to check back in.  So, thank you to my patient for the laugh. 

I have a new nightly ritual of vanilla chamomile tea, it has tricked me into thinking I am having dessert.  I first discovered this wonderful tea when my husband and I were having movie night.  We watched Safe House, which was an amazing movie if your looking for a good flick to rent.  Lots of action and Ryan Reynolds.  Need I say more.  He is a great actor whether it be comedy (The Proposal) or this action flick, he seems to do a great job.  Besides he is like dessert for your eyes.   Yummy!

Since the Broncos decided to loose last week, I am now forced to pick another team to win the Superbowl.  I guess there is always next year.  Sob, sob.  Ok, I’m over it and with that I leave you with this quote.

Recipe Review:
 
Coconut Poke Cake

                                        

The Weekly Adventures of Insightful Girl

This week was pretty uneventful.  Work, cook, clean and play with the dog.  I did take Biza, my dog, to City Park and there are about a billion geese there.  Really, a billion.  And a billion geese mean, truckloads of goose poop.  Something I discovered about my dog is she REALLY loves to roll in it.  It was lovely, let me tell you.  My once red dog was now red and green.  Maybe she wanted to start Christmas early.  Needless to say, once we got home she got the scrub-down of all scrub-downs.

I did get to cook some delicious food this week, so be on the lookout for those recipes.  Hope everyone had a great week and a restful weekend.  Happy Sunday!

Recipe Review:

Guilt-free Onion Dip

White Turkey Chili

 

 

 

 

 

Also, remember not to take life to serious, enjoy yourself and have fun.  And with this I leave you with a picture of my husband having a fun kid moment and posing with a gorilla.  Who says in your 30′s you have act like an adult.

Fun is Good.

 ~Dr. Seuss~

The Weekly Adventures of Insightful Girl

As Thanksgiving weekend is coming to a close, there is so much to be thankful for.  Even despite having to work on Thanksgiving day, we were able to make the 4 hour drive to see my family after I got off of work and arrive just in the nick of time to say hello to all my family and devour a delicious plate of Thanksgiving delights.  From braised turkey and cheesy augratin potatoes to insanely rich chocolate cake.  Yummy!

I have to say I love driving I-70 from Denver to the Western Slope.  You get to zoom over 2 beautiful mountain passes, through the Eisenhower tunnel and my favorite, wind through the Glenwood Canyon.  I love the canyon because it is a raised interstate, winding through a tight canyon above a river.  Also,  I like to pretend I am a race car driver and zip around the corners.  Sorry mom, I hope your not reading this one.

Over all, it was a wonderful holiday.  I am so thankful for so many things, but today I am especially thankful for my family.  I have been truly blessed to live this life surrounded by loving people.  Thanks to everyone for being a part of it and looking forward to many more beautiful memories.

Just a few pictures of the cutest nephews ever made.  I might be a little bias.

 

Recipe Review:

                             Oatmeal Applesauce Blueberry Muffins

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday.  And with this I will leave you with the thought below.

“Having a place to go – is a home.  
Having someone to love – is a family.  
Having both – is a blessing.
 ~Donna Hedges

The Weekly Adventures of Insightful Girl

Can I say again how I love living in the city.  I walked to the grocery store yesterday and when I arrived home realized I had forgotten the applesauce for my delicious blueberry muffins (recipe will be posted this coming week).  So, I dropped off my groceries, walked back to the store got the applesauce and was back home again 20 minutes later.  It’s awesome.  I hope I never have to fill my tank with gas again.  I should start my car every once in a while to make sure it still works.

Last Sunday was a lazy day, we ordered calzones from a place called, Sexy Pizza.  I know the name is weird, but it was delicious.  And hey if the name can distract you from the fact that your jeans will no longer fit after all the cheese you consumed, all the better.

I also found a Whole Foods near my house this week.  I wandered around the store thinking it has to be one of the most beautiful, peaceful stores.  With the dim lighting and beautifully decorated fruit stands, I think it’s a way to distract you from the fact you’ll need to get a second job to pay the bill when you check out.  Maybe they secretly spray aroma therapy into the air as you shop, to help you relax and avoid a heart attack when you check out.

I also went to dinner at the Capital Grill in Larimer Square on Wednesday.  It is a beautiful restaurant with outstanding food.  But seriously, did I need to order the 10 oz filet?  On the other hand, my dog was a very happy camper when I brought home my left overs.  Hmm…I guess in this case it really would be a doggy-bag.  Interesting.

Recipe Review:


Italian Spaghetti Squash

 

Hope everyone had a wonderful week.  And to this I will leave you with the thought below.
 
This is a lyric from an amazing song by Tiesto.        
 
 

The Weekly Adventures of Insightful Girl

Well, sorry for the lapse in my chronicle of adventures, but this past weekend was moving weekend.  In other words, craziness!!!!!!   But I have to say it is done, went off without a hitch and the Yox family is now back together.  We are now living back in uptown Denver and in the thick of it.  I love the energy that comes with living in the midst of the city, it makes me feel alive.  One of my big accomplishments for the week is getting my parking permit, there is nothing worse than having to park on the street and move your car every 2 hours in front of your house to avoid a ticket.  Hey, at least I am getting my practice at parallel parking.

And here’s to a blast from the past, I watched the movie The Breakfast Club.  Ah, the 80′s…crazy hair, day-glow, acid washed jeans, aerosol hairspray, shoulder pads and Molly Ringwald.  Do you think being able to put on lipstick with your cleavage is a lost art form?   In the movie Molly Ringwald seemed to have it down to a science.  Anyways, it was the perfect film to bring out a great time for laughing.  Thanks Molly Ringwald for all the 80′s classics, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, For Keeps and last but not least The Breakfast Club.

On a more serious note the Election is over.  I want to shout it from the mountain tops, stop knocking on my door, calling my phone, sending me mail, posting signs in my yard and bombarding me with commercials.  No matter who you voted for, whether you agree or disagree the decision has been made and remember what is most important, to work together for common goals.  After all we are named the United States.  Hope everyone had a wonderful week.  And to this I will leave you with the thought below as we move into a new era with our current president.

“An idea not coupled with action will 
never get any bigger than the brain 
                                cell it occupied.” 
~Arnold Glascow~

Recipe Review:

Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal                                                                        Fall Vegetable Curry

                          

 

 

 

Delightful Breakfast Toast                                                                       Vegetable Quinoa