Tag Archives: Fall

My “Favorite Fall” Recipe

18 Oct

Over the past few weeks, Erik and I have recommitted our lives to being healthy… and not just in the sense of working out but also in nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle, that will not only affect us, but our four daughters as well.

I have become very passionate about learning the philosophy of nutrition and clean-eating. For someone who has struggled all my life with weight and bad eating habits, I was beyond ecstatic to find a nutrition program that allowed me to eat and not feel guilt. I have realized how and WHY I was doing everything wrong in the past. I am so thankful that I no longer “fear food” but embrace meal prepping, eating amazing foods and also incorporating some gnarly workouts that are already transforming my physical body.

So periodically, I will be posting a recipe that is easy to make, falls under the nutritional guidelines of clean-eating and one I personally love.

Right now my favorite is: Homemade Baked Sweet Potato Fries.  I am addicted! They are great to pack in your purse when you are on the go, eat with lunch and dinner… or have as a sweet treat in the evening without feeling guilty. Love. Love. Love! So, here is how you make them.

~Ingredients~

– 3 to 4 sweet potatoes peeled
– 1/4 cup light olive oil (I use Trader Joe’s Grapeseed Oil)
– 1/2 teaspoon paprika
– 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
– 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
~Directions~

– Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F
– Cut the potatoes lengthwise into 1/4-inch thick matchsticks
– In a plastic ziplock bag, toss the potatoes with the oil, kosher salt, paprika and cinnamon.
– Toss until all potatoes are covered in with the ingredients

– Spray a baking pan with cooking spray
– Arrange the potatoes in a single layer on the baking pan and place in the oven for 30 minutes or until you feel they are crispy enough (I recommend turning them every 10 minutes, so each side is evenly cooked)

Let cool, serve and ENJOY! Easie Peasie. Delicious and Healthy… it is a win-win for everyone. Oh and your house will smell like all the greatness that is FALL.

Many Blessings ~Summer

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Whats your favorite holiday?

5 Sep

I love this question because A.) It reminds me that we are approaching the holiday season and B.) I simply love talking holidays. So, to answer the “plinky prompt” of the day, my answer is: THANKSGIVING.

Just last week, while strolling alone, through the aisles at Costco (yes, as a mom with 9 month olds, going to Costco alone is the highlight of my day so that is why “alone” is emphasized here) I spotted something that caught my eye and made my heart happy… an oversized “fall-like” wreath. It was orange, brown and red, with ribbons and decorations of pumpkins and acorns draping from it. It was screaming “Thanksgiving.” I wanted to buy it right then and there, but remembered I already had one sitting in my garage. I felt like dancing down the aisle while singing “Oh Happy Day,” but didn’t want to blow my cover and be asked to leave the store, because then I knew “my alone time” would come to an end, so I controlled the impulse and kept walking.

There is something about that time of year that brings great joy to me. When I was a kid, Christmas was my favorite holiday, but that was because I wasn’t “Santa.” As an adult, Christmas becomes more of a burden each year. In fact, I am glad when it is over, but not Thanksgiving. Oh no, I love it and wish it lasted more than a day. Is there a “Jewish version” of Thanksgiving… one that lasts 8 days? If so, please let me know so I can sign up.

In all seriousness though here is what I love about Thanksgiving and the fall season in general:

  • Running in the cool evening breeze.
  • Watching the trees change color.
  • The smell of pumpkin spice lattes filling every Starbucks I go to.
  • Sipping wine while sitting by a fire.
  • Little reminders to be “thankful” where ever I go.
  • Writing my annual “thanksgiving” letters to my family.
  • My Grandma’s apple pie topped with vanilla ice cream.
  • Being able to wear sweaters and UGG boots… at the same time.
  • Running the annual “Turkey Trot” as a means to make myself feel better about how much I am going to eat later in the day.
  • Watching my Grandpa carefully carve the turkey. That is his special job and he is amazing at it 😉
  • Watching football and the Macy’s Day parade.
  • Getting ready for “Black Friday.

I could go and on, but what I love most about Thanksgiving, are the memories I make every year with my family. Memories that are built around a table eating, laughing and simply enjoying the moment.Writing all this is making me wish it was November and about 25 degrees cooler outside, but until then, I will mentally prepare for my favorite time of year and look forward to new memories and traditions that will soon be made.

So, What is your favorite holiday and why?

Blessings ~ Summer

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