Archive | July, 2012

Spicy Pumpkin Chicken Chili

25 Jul

I know it’s summer, I know it’s hot out. But, is it me, or do the mornings and evenings feel like fall already? Either way, when the cool comes I want pumpkin. Pumpkin everything. Good for your body, skin, and soul. So yesterday, I made a big pot of (healthy!) pumpkin goodness.

Spicy Pumpkin Chicken Chili

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
  • 2 jalapeños, seeded and finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 cups roasted chicken, shredded
  • 1 (14.5oz) can diced tomatoes, with their liquid
  • 1 (15oz) can Libby’s pumpkin
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbs chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 (15oz) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained

Heat oil in large pan, add onions, garlic, jalapenos, and bell pepper. Saute until soft. Add chicken, tomatoes (liquid and all), water, pumpkin, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to med-low and add beans. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.

Serve with a dollop of 0% Fage Greek Yogurt, green onion, and a sprinkling of red pepper flake.



Pairs ridiculously perfectly with that Full Moon recipe I shared awhile back. Full size this time. Ball jar sized.


Weekend Things

23 Jul

Warrior Dash 2012: Completed. Go me! Go us!

Eaten on the way up to the Dash. PB and Dakota = full for hours.

Me. Looking for my people.

The crew, before. “We are Sparta” faces.

The only time I’ve ever been simultaneously filthy AND happy.

Post-Dash pastrami and swiss at Twedes Cafe in North Bend.

Late-night snack. I think I earned it.

This also might have happened.



















This weekend was one of the best of my life so far. Fears were conquered, new friendships were formed, and existing bonds were made stronger. Come participate with us next year, the Warrior Dash is our new tradition.

Oh my goodness, I am still so hungry . And thirsty. And happy.

A Better Baked Potato

20 Jul

I am so boring today.

Workouts, child-rearing, laundry folding, bill paying, Warrior Dash + “Dirty 30” party excitement building.

Thunderstorms all night and still going on when I finally gave up and got up at 5AM. Humid. I kind of love it. Justifies this:


My hot morning standard, lately: Strawberry Chobani and Great Harvest Groovy Granola.


Last nights dinner leftovers = today’s lunch. Minus fries. Not because I’m saintly, but because I didn’t feel like waiting the 60 minutes it takes to make them before eating and I have to eat burgers and fries together. Always. Separate is just sad and wrong. To me, anyway.


3pm rolled around and all I wanted was a fully-loaded baked potato. Maybe it’s the anticipation of county fair season, maybe it’s hormonal (sorry, boys), maybe it’s because I really missed the fries at lunch.  I don’t know, but the craving was all-consuming. So I made one. Fortunately, I had the good sense to tweak it.

Better Baked Potato

  • 1/4c Daisy Sour Cream
  •  3/4c plain 0% Fage Greek Yogurt
  • 3/4c green onions
  • 3-4 oz Cabot 75% Reduced Fat Sharp Cheddar
  • Salt, pepper to taste
  • Tiny splash of Frank’s Red Hot

Mix. This makes a lot because like yesterday’s tartar sauce, the longer this sits, the better it gets. Within reason. About 1 week. Don’t keep it for 3 months and then blame me for your intestinal problems.

Plop 3ish Tbs on your (dry, small) baked potato and enjoy a little guiltless comfort food.



Now if I could just find a substitute for waffle cones, corn dogs, and ferris wheels.

His & Her’s Burgers and Brews

20 Jul

After a hectic morning and an afternoon of yard and house work, the husband and I were definitely feeling burgers. We are very different people though, so when I said, “I bought these Mahi-Mahi …,” he looked like he wanted to cry. Being the amazing woman I am, I also bought some fresh butcher-ground sirloin just for him. And the kids, probably.


Mixed the ground sirloin with a little seasoning salt, pepper, and minced garlic. “Oooh, fancy,” said the man.

Oven French fries, homemade tartar sauce


Soak fries in salt water for about 15-20 minutes and dry completely before lightly tossing in olive oil. Season and bake at 425 for 40-45 minutes.


Sauce: throw a couple blobs of mayo, 2-4 pickle slices, and a dash each of salt, pepper, and Frank’s Red Hot into the food processor. The longer it sits, the better it gets. I made extra for tuna Mahi-Mahi salad sandwiches tomorrow.

The Burgers


His: sirloin, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, ketchup, mustard

Her’s: Mahi-Mahi, avocado, sprouts, lettuce, tomato, onion, tartar

(Her’s is better. No question.)










Both: on whole wheat buns

And finally, the drink that made my birthday weekend . . . .

Mini Full Moons


  • 1oz peach schnapps
  • 1 blue moon beer
  • 2oz lemonade

Serves 2. Usually.


A classy drink, to sip while I catch up on dvr’d Real Housewives episodes. Don’t judge. You know you secretly love it.


30 for 30

19 Jul

I feel like I’ve been running around and accomplishing nothing today.

Thanks 2 hour DMV license renewal.


Thanks “hilarious” 30 burpees for 30th birthday warm up. Okay, I’m now 30, I get it. And you know what? I plan to own this decade. Maybe I’ll drop and do 30 more before bed (lying liar).

Lunch time, thank you very much.


  • Co-op chicken
  • Carrots
  • Red pepper hummus
  • Green leaf garden lettuce with about .5 Tbs Ken’s Caesar
  • Red grapes

To health, to better complexions (I’m vain like that – seriously, hard Montana livin’ jacked my face up!), and to strength. Bon appetite.

Later today: a beertail recipe. Beer+cocktail=best thing that will happen to you all summer.

Home Again

19 Jul

Play time is over. Back to Olympia, back to obligations, routines, and business. With the Warrior Dash only 3 days away (!), I have some work to do. The fridge is bare, my diet has been questionable at best, and although I hiked a lot in Montana, I’m feeling a bit unprepared.

For breakfast, I saved half of yesterday’s whole wheat marionberry scone, paired perfectly with coffee and a splash of 2% milk.


Now, I have a date at a Crossfit box.

Sweet, familiar soreness later today.

Have a good one!

On the Range

19 Jul

Missoula, Montanta

Buffalo burger a la Fuddrucker’s. I have no regrets.