Wednesday, March 17, 2010

KALE CHIPS

so, some people don't eat enough greens. and then on top of that, when something like kale is mentioned -- it's definitely not something that makes one think "YUM!"

if this is you, and you want to start eating healthier, this recipe is great to start with. it's a good way to get your greens in. they are very yummy and taste like healthier, home-made potato chips. also, after trying these, feel free to play with the spices. if you think you might like more salt, add more. if you like cayenne pepper or chili powder, add it!

Kale Chips
1 bunch kale
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 gallon plastic ziploc bag

1. pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or foil.
3. remove kale leaves from their thick stems.
4. tear leaves into bite-size pieces.
5. wash leaves.
6. fully dry leaves - either with a salad spinner, or leaving them to dry for a couple of minutes on top of some paper towels.
7. place leaves, olive oil, and salt in plastic bag.
8. shake it up (vigorously, to use mark's favorite word) until all leaves are covered.
9. pour leaves out onto lined cookie sheet and spread out as best as possible.
10. bake for 10-15 minutes, or until edges of leaves are brown and crisp.
11. take out of oven and enjoy!

Monday, March 15, 2010

i'm the worst blogger everr.

the vicious cycle of blog updating:
1. you feel the need to update, but you're "so busy right now," so you'll do it later.
2. "later" becomes weeks later, and those weeks turn into a month or two (or three).
3. you want to update so bad, but since you were "so busy" for those few months, you have so much to update about and you feel overwhelmed by the amount of it all, therefore putting it off even further.
4. you become "busy" again, but decide to update before you forget your password to log in to blogger. but since there is so much to blog about, you fill people in by creating a list about your happenings in the past months, using short, unspecific sentences.
5. you think "it's okay, my next blog will be more detailed and personable."
6. yeah right.
7. repeat steps 1-6.

oh well. i guess that's me. because i'm making a list today! haha.

what's been happening?
- we started puppy training classes in january for quinn. (and next week is the last week!) he's been doing really well, but still needs work on obeying commands when he's distracted and hyper.

- mark had four weddings that he was the dj for in january, a daddy/daughter formal and a high school formal in february, and march has been pretty laid back so far. next week, we are djing the texas state phi lamb formal.

- dallas had a huge snow storm at the beginning of february.

- we (me, mark, my niece brianna, and quinn) visited carley in fayetteville, arkansas in february. we also got to see our good friends kyle and kris while we were there.


- mark and i started and finished (successfully!) our 21-day purification detox. it was awesome.

- because of the detox, i was cooking every meal every day for 21 days. crazy, huh? i never liked to cook before but now i enjoy it. i'm thinking of making a blog especially for recipes that i've learned, modified, and created. people keep asking me for my recipes and i'm so flattered!

- cynthia (best friend of mine) needed some portraits taken of her, so she asked me to do it for her! i was extremely flattered at this, too! we found a cool place to take photos: deep ellum in downtown dallas, tx. here's one of the edited pics:

- we are taking a mini-vacay for our 1st anniversary. we're going to fredericksburg, tx for a long weekend to hike, climb, spelunk, eat, relax, and be together. we're super excited.
- taxes. we're actually thinking (along with our cpa) that we'll be getting a pretty big return! we're praying about what to do with whatever we get. the lord blesses!
- mark and i have been getting into some really good habits lately that are really improving our lives in every way. this includes, but is not limited to: daily study of the word, daily time to reflect on our jesus and the relationship we have with him, weekly husband/wife meetings to share what jesus has been teaching us in our walk when apart and when together, eating right, exercising daily, and other healthy habits. this is so awesome for us!
i'll try to be more diligent about using this blog. i do like it. i really do. maybe i'll pressure mark to update. :)