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Four Things Friday

Posted Feb 08 2013 7:54am

Happy Friday y’all! Lets dive right into things, shall we?

Have you ever tried kale chips? Most people make them by drizzling with olive oil, sprinkling with salt and pepper and baking. I’m not knocking that way, but I found those to be so-so. I can never get the whole chip consistently crispy. Then I bought a dehydrator from a friend for $30 and my world changed.

cool ranch kale chips

Not only would the entire chip be crispy and delicious, I also discovered this recipe for cool ranch kale chips and it is PHENOMENAL. I made 2 bunches of kale worth yesterday and David and I finished them off in 15 minutes. I HIGHLY recommend making them this weekend.

In other news, I tried spinning for the FIRST TIME ever yesterday.


I’ve always been intimidated by the class, but I walked by and there happen to be a free bike and Holly, the teacher, roped me in. My legs were feeling in within the first 60 seconds and I was so scared. By the end, I was drenched in sweat, my legs felt like jelly and I was still jamming to the tunes. It was great! And since you control the resistance, no one knows if your resistance isn’t exactly where it should be (which mine never was). I may be a few years behind this trend (what’s new?), but I’ll certainly be going again.

Thank you for all the book feedback on my facebook page . There are some great suggestions and I really want to read Unbroken and 1929 . Both appeal to my inner history geek. However, I’ve also heard a lot of great things about Sarah Jio, so next up, I’m choosing to read

blackberry winter  

Seattle, 1933. Single mother Vera Ray kisses her three-year-old son, Daniel, goodnight and departs to work the night-shift at a local hotel. She emerges to discover that a May-Day snow has blanketed the city, and that her son has vanished. Outside, she finds his beloved teddy bear lying face-down on an icy street, the snow covering up any trace of his tracks, or the perpetrator’s.

Seattle, 2010. Seattle Herald reporter Claire Aldridge, assigned to cover the May 1 “blackberry winter” storm and its twin, learns of the unsolved abduction and vows to unearth the truth. In the process, she finds that she and Vera may be linked in unexpected ways…

It sounds like a page turner and it happens to be Julie’s book club read for February, too.

Finally, don’t tune out yet, I have to introduce to Jessica Reinhart.

Jessica Reinhart-healthy eating

Jessica is currently going to school to become a certified health coach and her goal is to work with children and families to help instill healthy eating habits at an early age, a topic obviously close to my heart.

She reached out to me because she currently has her first program in the works and will be teaching a young class in DC about healthy eating beginning later this month. Each lesson will consist of a short nutrition lesson along with an activity and end with the children making a healthy snack on their own.

Isn’t that great?

However, since she is starting all of this on her own, paying for the costs are up to her, and she could use our help! She has a modest goal of $250 to help cover the cost of food and other items for the kids. If you are interested in helping, even if it’s just $5, check out Jessica’s RocketHub page to donate and help Jessica teach young kids how fun and delicious eating REAL food can be.

Have a great weekend! Smile

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