Game of Thrones Dinner: Winterfell

This past Sunday, we were kind of tired. We had a huge Winterfell menu planned, but it was only going to be the two of us (me and Steve), so we pared it down. Instead we cooked a delicious and hearty meal straight from northern Westeros:

  • Beef & Bacon Pie
  • Onions in Gravy
  • Crusty White Bread (to soak up all that gravy)
  • Baked Apples
  • Mulled Wine

I will say though, this menu is probably my favorite so far. All the flavors paired perfectly with each other, and everything was just so scrumptious! And since we had a dinner rather than a feast, we felt pleasantly full rather than stuffed. Plus we still had a TON of leftovers since we accidentally-on-purpose made two beef and bacon pies.

This was also my second shot at the mulled wine, and I definitely learned where I screwed up last time. I used Pondre Forte rather than Pondre Douce in my first attempt, which is meant to accompany savory dishes, not sweet wine. And I definitely used more than a tablespoon and a half last time, which is why the wine turned out almost undrinkable. WAY too spicy. This second attempt was extremely pleasant, slightly sweet, and definitely left me wanting more. I let it cool to room temperature before drinking it, however, and I think I might have enjoyed this as a hot wine drink. Will try that again next time!

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Game of Thrones Dinner: Kings Landing

So Sunday night was the premiere episode of Season 5 of Game of Thrones. So of course, we partied. And by partied, I mean we spent all day cooking, last minute shopping, and polishing silver. But it was all worth it! We had a Kings Landing themed feast! We had mead, GoT beers, custom designed tea blends (Kingsblood tea… yum!), Cornish game hens, pigeon pie in Joffrey’s honor, and delicious fruit tarts! (and MORE!) Menu and pictures below!

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Random Photo #4

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Still working on touching up the photos from Miranda’s 1 year baby shoot. There are so many great shots!! I wasn’t even looking through the lens on this one – we were just playing with the camera!   =)

Millennials – The New Generation

Defined as anyone born from 1980-2000, the millennial generation is the largest in US history, and the bulk of us are entering our prime working and purchasing years. But while the older folks in this generation (ie: anyone born in the ’80s) still carry some resemblance of previous generations, the youngest of this group vastly differ in their life goals and purchase behaviors. Goldman Sachs recently completed a large scale survey to pinpoint the differences of this group, focusing on what they want and don’t want, as well as when they expect to hit major life milestones like marriage, buying a home, and having kids. There’s a lot of information in there, but it’s all a very good read! So if you’re marketing to this generation, or even if you’re part of this generation and just want to see if you identify with the rest of us – check out the entire set of results.

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ViewRoom with a view! This was the view from my bedroom window yesterday evening. We had ice a few days before, but last night, the snow came down with a vengeance! It didn’t snow for long, but man was it beautiful when it did!

So it’s been about a year…

I was excited about this blog. I promise. But I’m not going to sit here and make excuses – instead I’ll just start writing again.

So…

WELCOME BACK! It’s 2015 now and I’m still in love with my NutriBullet, though I didn’t use it for a few months while we moved because I didn’t know where it was. And a follow up to the homeopathic medicine post – it was bullshit. I think it’s sad, but it seems like those folks just prey upon the dreamers of the world who hope with all their might that there can be another way to good health. But the best way is to commit yourself to living a healthy life of eating fresh foods and getting some exercise fairly regularly and start early.

So now that we’re all caught up again, I just want to warn you that this blog will see more posts this year. Even if it’s just more random photos that I see and are inspired by each day, I will post more! Get ready to hear about all sorts of random things that are part of my life!

Why “The Adventures of Giggles”?

I have to be honest. It’s because of this guy:

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This is my favorite picture of Daniel Dillard (aka Dilly). Dilly has been a friend of mine now for about 8 years, and a friend of my husband’s for much longer. He was the best man at our wedding, and is currently following his dream of going out West by making a new life in Denver, CO.

So one not so special night, Dilly referred to me and a friend as “Giggles and Haha” since we were cracking up about something. The two of us agreed that I would be Giggles and she would be Haha.

I’m pretty certain she didn’t keep her nickname, but I cherish mine. I haven’t received many nicknames in my life, and I think Giggles sums me up pretty well.

=)

 

Nutribullet Goodness!

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Let’s talk about the Nutribullet for a minute. This little thing is the best gift I received from last year’s Christmas. For around $100, you get the Nutribullet, 2 blades, 2 small cups for blending, 1 large cup, and a great recipe book. I am in love with this thing!

First, I completely devoured the recipe book, soaking up all the knowledge about what foods help fight inflammation, aid digestion, and a hundred other natural solutions/supplements to common health issues. Plus there are a number of real food recipes in the back. The hummus pictured above was made from the recipe in the back of the book. There’s even one recipe for a strawberry face scrub to make your skin glow!

Then I got to town buying all the ingredients needed for my desired smoothie combinations. I started small: organic apples, lemons, and bananas and tons of frozen organic berries of all kinds. And spinach. I never graduated from spinach. It has such mild flavor and I love using it for salads when it isn’t the base of my smoothie, so I don’t buy any other greens. Sorry, kale lovers – I just don’t get you.

But then I wanted to explore with the more expensive additives, like raw almonds and cashews, and even pricier cacao nibs, chia, flax and hemp seeds, and maca powder. That got expensive quick so my advice is to read tons of reviews before you purchase anything. It took $20 for me to find out I don’t like maca powder.  Well that and an upset stomach. Did I mention that maca powder has an acquired taste?

Then you can get creative and make your own recipes with your favorite ingredients. For instance, I made one that tasted like dark chocolate covered raspberries rolled in crushed almonds. Delicious! 

Well, I’m off to think about what new combination I’m going to put together in the morning!

Goodnight!

Homeopathic Physicians – The Real Deal?

I heard a story today from my boss who recently went to see a homeopathic doctor in Greensboro NC. He said that by hooking him up to a machine and poking him in various parts of the body, she was able to tell exactly what had been ailing him, down to emotional ailments from his childhood. And with spectacular detail to boot. The remedy is a combination of natural supplements in liquid form (based on your own unique variety of health issues) and prescribed in drops. For example, take 3 drops three times a day at least 4 hours apart.

But here’s the kicker – after 30-45 days of your treatment and following her instructions, you don’t just feel better, you’re cured. She doesn’t treat the symptoms, she treats the disease.

Now generally I prefer using homeopathic remedies for sicknesses, or natural supplements rather than a pill from big pharma, but this lady sounds almost too good to be true. Like she’s magic or something! I tried to get more information about her from my boss, but he insisted that he try her drops first and see if they work. Then he’d feel comfortable recommending her to friends and coworkers. Which I think is a smart choice, given that the initial visit costs $150 and the drops don’t come cheap. So I’ll keep you updated on his progress and if she is a miracle worker – I’ll let you know!

…but I’m skeptical.