My Real Trip to Ski Resorts

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When I was in my teens, I could see it – me, in my fancy fur-edged parka, slim pants, and cool boots, swooshing down a hillside, going a million miles an hour.  I would ride up the side of the mountain in the open chair lift, cute boy at my side…

I have wanted to learn how to ski since I was young. I love the snow covered mountains, and I have watched many people maneuver down the hillsides. I would love to be one of them, and in my mind’s eye, I am! I see these little kids skiing, and they take to it so naturally. What is my holdup?

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Vegetarian Chili Recipe

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I love chili.  I like it in the winter when it's cold and dreary outside.  It's a kind of stick to your ribs meal that leaves you full and satisfied.  Of course, I also like it in summer because I'm weird.  I make this Vegetarian Chili at least once a month.  I load it up with whatever vegetables are in season at the time.  In the summer, it's fantastic with zucchini.

Vegetarian Chili Ingredients

  • 1 Large onion, diced
  • 8 oz. Mushrooms, chopped
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, smashed
  • 3-4 TBSP oil
  • 2-3 Stalks Celery, thinly sliced
  • 2-3 Large Carrots, thinly sliced or diced
  • 2 Cups Broccoli, chopped (I used one large crown fresh)
  • 1 15 oz can Sweet Corn
  • 1 15 oz can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 15 oz can Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 15 oz cans Beans (I used a can of vegetarian pork and beans, and a can of chili beans)
  • 1-2 TBSP Chili Powder (I use a mild one)
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste (I use a seasoned salt blend)

Of course, if you like it spicy, you can adjust for your own flavorings.  We're mild food eaters here.

Vegetarian Chili Directions

Place your soup pot (at least 5 quarts) on medium-high heat and add the oil. 

Chop the onion and put it in the pan.  It should be sizzling, but not burning. 

Start chopping the mushrooms, and add to the pan as you chop them, along with the garlic. Stir a couple of times as you are chopping each vegetable to add in.

Chop/slice celery and carrots next, add to the pan. 

Chop the broccoli (or add a bag of frozen chopped broccoli). 

Stir every 2-3 minutes, and cook about 10 minutes.

Open your cans and dump them into the pan. 

Add a couple of cans water. I usually use the tomato sauce can, and rinse the extra sauce out of it. 

Stir.  Taste for seasoning. Add salt, but with a light hand. You will be cooking the broth down, and you don’t want it too salty.

Add the other spices; bring to a boil.  Turn down heat to medium, where it should simmer.  Simmer uncovered for a total of about 45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so.  After a half hour, taste for seasoning.  Add more of whatever it needs – salt, chili powder, cumin.  Continue cooking for another 15 minutes.  It should be slightly thicker, and will thicken more upon standing.

Serve with optional garnishes – shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, chopped tomatoes, chopped onions, jalapenos.

It tastes better the second day – it makes leftovers!

Total time: 90 minutes

Cook time: 90 minutes

 

 

Winter Wedding Ideas for 2012 – Elegant and Formal

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It used to be that people only got married during the Summer.  Well, if they were having a big wedding, that is.  Nowadays, weddings are happening year-round.  The only problem with this, is that you need to prepare for a Winter wedding much differently than you do for a summer wedding. 

Here are some of the hot Winter Wedding Ideas for 2012 + 2013

Winter 2012 & 2013 Wedding Dresses

Wedding Dresses are leaning back towards the elegance of yesteryear.  Lace, silks, and brocades can be seen in dresses from the top designers.  Modern twists like high-low hemlines, sheer necklines, and bare backs are also on-trend.  And, of course, lace sleeves are still so hot, thanks to Kate Middleton. 

Colored gowns are very popular this season as well.  Most brides are keeping it to a soft shade like silver, icy blue, or a blush pink. 

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No nonsense Tights and Leggings

This post brought to you by No nonsense. All opinions are 100% mine.

 No nonsense Tights and Leggings

Hi.  My name is Greta and I like to wear leggings.  It’s true!  And for some reason, people think that should be a shameful thing.  

Let me clarify.  I don’t wear leggings every day.  I don’t believe leggings are a replacement for jeans or trousers.  I do think it’s perfectly fine to wear leggings with a short dress or a long tunic top.  And by long, I mean it has to come past your hips.  No one wants to see that!

And if you’re wearing a longer dress?  Tights are the option to choose.  I consider longer to be knee length or longer.  This looks super cute with boots, booties, and even pumps.  


 

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Softlips Lip Balm Winter Flavors – Review – Gift Guide

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 Softlips Lip Balm Winter Flavors   Review   Gift Guide

I may have mentioned a time or two that I like lip balm. I mean, I really, really like it! Softlips has always been one of the brands that I carry with me. When I saw that they were bringing back the Holiday flavors of Sugar Cookie, Winter Mint, Sugar & Spice, and Sugar Plum Berry, I was a pretty happy girl! I bought a set last year, but ended up using it as a gift and didn’t get the chance to try these limited edition flavors.

One of the features I really like is the fact that Softlips is moisturizing without being sticky. I’m also not a fan of heavily-flavored lip balms. These have a hint of flavor, or it may just be scent, I’m not sure. But Softlips doesn’t taste like you have something on your lips, so you’re not always licking it off. I love that! Another feature that is so under-rated – Softlips products have an SPF of 20! Since your lips can’t create moisture to protect themselves, that’s soooo important!

Winter Mint – A fantastic mint flavor. Cool and refreshing.

Sugar Cookie – Slightly buttery and sweet. Just the way sugar cookie dough tastes.

Sugar Plum Berry – A mild berry flavor.

Sugar & Spice – Sweet and subtly spicy, kind of like gingerbread or spice cookies.

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During the holidays, you can get selected duos for just $3.99! You can choose from combos such as Winter Mint & Vanilla, Sugar Cookie & Raspberry, or Sugar Cookie and Cherry. The best part is that these are available at your favorite retailer – like Target, CVS, and Rite-Aid! There’s also a special 5-pack of seasonal flavors that’s available exclusively on the Softlips website. That pack includes all of the special winter flavors (Winter Mint, Sugar Cookie, Sugar Plum Berry, Sugar and Spice) plus Mint with a hint of Vanilla. They come packaged, ready for gift giving. Priced at just $9.99, it’s a fantastic little gift or stocking stuffer!

I received no compensation for this review. I did receive product to review, but was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are mine.

Fashion Friday: Sweater Dresses

I love a good sweater.  I’m not super fond of wearing a jacket unless I’m going to be outside for a while (like apple picking) or it’s really cold.  I find a sweater keeps me toasty-warm but not too hot.

 

 Fashion Friday: Sweater Dresses

 

Pink Rose Dress V-Neck Cable 

How great is this mini sweater dress?  A great cut that is so flattering to most body types.  I especially like the cable knit pattern.   While I’m digging the Teal, this sweater is also available in purple, brown, and a burnt orange.  The best part?  It’s from Pink Rose, is available at Macy’s, and really reasonably priced.  How reasonable, you ask.  Does $38 sound good to you?  It does to me.  Oh -  it’s on sale right now for $24.99.  For that price, you can have sweater dresses in every color.

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