Monday, April 13, 2015

Gotcha Day and Why It is Important to Our Family

Happy Gotcha Day, Forever Family, Family Day, etc... (I like them all)

Today, April 13th is our forever day. We flew the long trip back from Korea arriving at midnight greeted by family and friends. People seem to be indifferent on this day in terms of what to call it or should it be celebrated. Hell ya!  I, to myself, call it my Labor Day. It is a day I remember and cherish as it is the day we became parents to the most wonderful boy. A boy who lights up our world. His laugh, smile and wonder of all things is both inspiring and captivating to me.

A few of Cy's favorite things...

Favorite Color: Pink
Favorite Foods: Mandu, Bibimbop, Hot Dogs, Ranch, Chicken, Veganaise, Hamburgers, Tacos
Favorite Veggies: Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, Beets and Daddy's Sauteed Collard Greens
Favorite Dessert: Fudge Popsicle and CHOCOLATE!
Favorite Fruits: Grapes and Strawberries
What Makes Me Happy: When I play with Mommy and Daddy
Favorite Drink: Uyu (milk). Lemonade and OJ
Friends: Yosh, Atticus, Mackenzie, Berkley, Seely, Alex, Cousin Owen
Favorite Movie: Paddington
Favorite Book: Pirates love Underpants
Favorite TV Show: Octonauts
When I grow up I want to be: A Firefighter
Favorite Animal: Rolly Pollies, Humback Whale
Favorite Things: Trucks, Ferrys, LOVES Trains (He says they make his heart happy), Monster Truck from his friend Alex
What makes me laugh: farting and burping
What I love to do: watch movies, ride in my whee-hoo with Mommy and Daddy, sharing and Dressing fancy. Cy loves art. He loves creating whether with play-doh or drawing. He is so into drawing and all things art. He loves to go on dates and special events. This was the first year he got into the zoo.

Cy wears a tie almost everyday. It is funny as last year all he wanted to wear was jeans and this year he wants dress pants, dress shirt and tie...even just hanging around the house or he is naked. I feel bad as Sunday I got into an argument with him, begging to just wear play clothes. I lost. I used to find it endearing but I love the days where he is in his sweats and a t-shirt. He still loves all things chocolate. Our celebration this year is Cy's favorite homemade pepperoni pizza and chocolate fondue!

Oh the Places we will go....

Korea Camp for the first time at Snow Mountain Ranch in Winter Park, CO
Daddy and Cy went for a week to Grandma and Grandpa Nelsons in Minnesota
Weekend Camping trip with Grandma Irene and the Sonnhalter's to Colorado Springs
Disneyland, visiting the California clan and celebrated Great Grandma Mary's 105th birthday
Steamboat Springs for New Years with the Ringerud's 
Glenwood Springs, CO weekend getaway with Grandma Irene

Mickey Mouse!

Looking fancy!

Disney Adventure

Korea Camp Snow Mountain Ranch Winter Park



Huntington Beach, he got his stitches right before we left.

My beach boys, Huntington Beach
Campfire at Korea Camp

Cy's class at Korea Camp

Seely and Cy getting their nails painted at Korea Camp

Meeting one of the chipmunks

Exchanging Hi Fives with Donald

Cy's first play at the Buell in Denver with Grandma Irene, Cinderella

Korea Camp Snow Mountain Ranch, Winter Park, CO

4th Birthday Pirate Party!

Fascinated by the train in Glenwood Springs, CO

Cy and Aunt Jill at the North Pole in Colorado Springs

Cy and Coco, Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs

Grandma and Grandpa Nelsons - Horse Whisperer

Cy and Great Grandma Mary
The family! Disneyland, what a wonderful...wonderful vacation!

Every year we are living, loving, laughing and lounging! Take time for the small things in life. Slow down and don't miss anything. Savor every moment and every flavor. My beautiful boy, you're light shines so bright every day. You are wonderful, special and filled with so many wonderful talents. My wish is you have happiness, health and success. That you are kind and maybe cause a little trouble now and than. Also, never ever let someone's words define who you are...celebrate your uniqueness.

Love Mom and Dad

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Vegan Tacos

Vegan Tacos

Taco Seasoning
2T chili powder
1T ground cumin
2t sea salt
2t ground coriander
1t paprika
1/2t ground pepper
Pinch of cayenne - I was fine without it

Lentil, Kale and Quinoa Tacos
1C dry quinoa
1/2C dry lentils
1 recipe of Taco Seasoning
2-3 large Kale leaves, stems removed and chopped

Cook lentils and quinoa per instructions

While quinoa and lentils are still warm, fold in taco seasoning and chopped Kale leaves.  Serve as tacos/burritos with desired toppings. Squeezed limes, tomatoes and avocados are fantastic!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Best Power Meal!

Quick and Healthy Weeknight Dinner

This is probably not new to most people but a recent discovery to me and I love it! As a working mom, quick meals and healthy are essential!

Here is how it goes:

Veggie Burger! - your favorite recipe or frozen if needing fast. Fry an egg over easy and place on top. Cut up a whole avocado and some tomatoes! Bam! Filling and healthy!

Easy and Affordable!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Black Raspberry Jam , Nelson Family Tradition

One thing that I have loved since marrying into my family is my mother-in-laws black raspberry jam. We crave it and cherish every jar. After moving into our house we purchased some plants...and 5 years later we have an abundant surplus! Tomorrow after picking today we will be making our own small batch!

I will share our success after tomorrow! Keeping traditions alive is what it is all about, but more importantly is continuing those traditions!

Monday, May 26, 2014

38 is going to be Great!

As I turn 38 I can't help but look forward to this year and all it has to offer! I always hear women say, "how does it feel to be 29."  I am not afraid of 38 (except maybe 5-8lbs more tone) but embrace it. We as women only get better, stronger, prettier, bolder, more relaxed and maybe a little more adventurous! So I want women to embrace their age as we are just getting better with it! 

I call this my year of core! Working hard to prevent future injuries. I just transitioned to a new job I love and my family and life couldn't be better! Thankful everyday! 

Goals for 38:

1. Do 100 days of Pure Barre
2. Work on patience
3. Be more present
4. To laugh more each day
5. To just have fun! 

38 feels good!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Sun-dried Tomato, Mushroom and Artichoke Creamy Pasta

I love this yummy recipe! I feel like you can do anything you want with this, the sauce itself is to die for, reheats well throughout the week.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 package of baby bellas, quartered
  • 2 tsp of pre-cut garlic in the jar
  • 4 oz of chopped sundried tomatoes
  • 2 cups of Vegetable broth
  • 1 can of artichokes
  • 1/2 sweet onion diced
  • 1 tsp of red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp of Herbs de Provance
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese 
  • 1 package of linguini
  • Corn Starch as needed
  1. Heat olive oil on medium-high heat, add onions and garlic - and saute until onions are translucent.
  2. Add the quartered mushrooms and artichokes towards the end of saute.
  3. Heat the 2 cups of vegetable broth in a separate pan. Once heated add the broth to the skillet - continue to cook the vegetables in the vegetable broth on medium heat until the mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes absorb some of the broth and the broth reduces. Add half and half, heavy cream and bring to boil just for a short moment. Add Parmesan cheese and cook the sauce, stirring, for a couple of minutes, on low-medium heat until the cheese melts.
  4. Add Corn Starch to thicken sauce slightly. Whisk continuously until dissolved.
  5. Keep whisking and add red pepper flakes, Herbs de Provance - keep whisking.
  6. Cook linguini al dente according to the package instruction.
  7. Drain and than add to the sauce and toss with tongs.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

New Pizza Recipe!!

My son's top request is pizza and beets! Today we tried a new recipe.

Pesto, Sausage and Red Pepper Pizza!

Use your favorite dough!

Pan cook or grill 1 Basil n Garlic Chicken Sausage (Whole Foods)

Pre sauté red peppers in olive oil until al dente.

Once your stone is ready:

- Spread pesto on bottom layer of dough
- Place cooked chicken sausage throughout pizza
- Disburse red peppers on pizza
- add mozzarella 
- add Parmesan 

Once finished cooking add fresh spinach and drizzle with good balsamic (the thicker version)