Two Lives, One Lifestyle

All Things Green by Kelli
June 28, 2010, 10:14 pm
Filed under: Food, Kale chips, Kelli, Lunch, Spinning, Workout

Hey all!  I hope you had a wonderful Monday!  Mine flew by, per usual, in a whirlwind of emails, phone calls, and stress.  No worries though, it was the good kind of stress.  The kind that makes you really motivated to get everything done 🙂  After work I went to my 6:30 spinning class and hit the grocery store.  After texting with Katie I decided something tonight while grocery shopping.  I am going to make this week MEATLESS.  I honestly feel like my digestive track could use a break, and there are also lots of vegetarian recipes I would like to try.  So there we go, this week will be without meat (for me at least.  I don’t think I could ever convince the husband to give up his BEEF!).  At the grocery store I loaded up on tempeh, fresh whole grain bread, beans, and lots of veggies.  My cart was very GREEN!

I came home to something else that was green…

My dining room!  The husband got the first coat of the light green paint done tonight while I was at work, spinning, and grocery shopping!  This man moves at lightning speed.  He also go the entire section of brown wood paneling in the living room painted.  Just so you can appreciate what a difference painting brown paneling has made, here is another before picture:


(Picture taken when the previous owners were still living here)


(This isn’t really an “AFTER” picture.  It’s more like “at the first rest stop on a long decorating journey.”)

I love the beige that we picked out!  It made the room a lot brighter!!  Needless to say, I was very impressed with the husbands progress.  I wanted to jump in and help but I had wanted to start making moves in the kitchen.  I had some plans for more green…

KALE CHIPS!   I have never made these before and am really impressed with how crunchy and delicious they turned out!  I used Kath’s recipe and am in love.  I only ended up using about 1/3 of the kale tonight, so I am looking forward to using the rest tomorrow night!

While these were baking I made two black bean quesadillas.  One for dinner tonight, and one to put in the fridge to take for lunch tomorrow.  I found the recipe in this magazine over the weekend.

Easily the best impulse purchase ever.  This magazine has so many great recipes in it and I cannot wait to try them all!!  Please excuse the mess behind the mag.  With this many re-decorating projects going on at once organization is no where in sight!

Well I am off to bed.  I am waking up early for a workout in AM in my new home gym 🙂 .

2-for-1: Mushroom Bourguignon [& Kale Chips] by Katie
February 10, 2010, 11:11 pm
Filed under: Dinner, Kale chips, Katie, Mushrooms, Wine

Ever since the Julia and Julia release, I have had an urge to try my hand at a Julia Child’s recipe.  With neither the time nor the skill nor a well stocked kitchen, I haven’t quite made it there.   The other night, I was dreamily staring at the Chocolate Whiskey & Beer Cupcakes on Smitten Kitchen and clicked around a bit to find a mushroom bourguignon recipe.  Much simpler and quicker than the original Julia Child’s version with beef.  Even better, I love mushrooms of all kinds, but especially portobellos and criminis.

I halved the recipe found on Smitten Kitchen (by the way, truly amazing) and made a few small changes- including no thyme.

  • 1 TBSP olive oil, divided
  • 1 TBSP butter, divided
  • 1 pound mushrooms- 2 portobello caps and “a bunch” of cremini mushrooms
  • 1/3 carrot, diced
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 cups beef  broth
  • 1 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup pearl onions

I followed the directions exactly, including the cook times, and the end result was a beautifully thick sauce full of mushroom goodness.  Now for some food porn thanks to my new camera.

Don’t worry, I drank some of that wine too.  Not sure why you would be worried?  Sauteing vegetables.

Pearl onions

Steamy bowl.  I served it over about a half serving of whole wheat penne.

While the mushrooms simmered away, I decided I needed to make a green, too.  I bought kale for the first time this week and wanted to make kale chips (sooo food blog of me).  Ashley of edible perspective posted a recipe for salt and vinegar kale chips that caught my eye.

In order to “evenly disperse” the oil and vinegar, I used a pastry brush since I thought pouring it over the top would go poorly…. or should I say pourly?  They were extra crispy (I may have over done it) but very tasty, with a flavor reminiscent of cabbage.  I will be making this more often and experimenting with various toppings.

All in all, two succesful food experiemnts gone right! Now, I just need to learn how to say the word “bourguignon” instead of pronouncing it like “bore-gig-ni… or whatever.” 😉