Travel Thursday Colorado

January 29, 2015

Scott and I spent a week out in Colorado skiing, hiking, snowmobiling, eating and enjoying some local beer. It was such a fantastic week! We drove out (16 hours) and stopped just over the Colorado border on the way there. Spent a week at a beautiful cabin near Grand Lake and ended up driving straight through on the way home.


The idea for the trip started with Scott’s friends Jeff and Vickie that he has been snowmobiling with for years. They rent a cabin for January-March and Scott had a brand new sled that he needed to break in before his big Wyoming trip in a few weeks. And I was in desperate need of some time away! I did snowmobile a  few times that week too and had a blast. Being very new to it I didn’t want to go out with them on their crazy mountain rides but we did do local trails one day and had so much fun.


Our week of activities:

Visiting Grandy, Grand Lake and Winter Park



Cross Country Skiing

Enjoying local beers

Cooking! We made lasagna, chili, big breakfasts every day

Taking pictures (hello amazing views)




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Let’s take a little trip to Trader Joe’s for Wine Wednesday. I have found myself buying a lot of wine there lately. It’s easy to stop by and just pick a few bottles and they always have new kinds to try. I make it my goal to get a least one bottle that is new to me.


Tusk ‘N Red. From Mendocino County, a red blend that was under $8 and had notes of berries and just a hint of oak. This is great if you are just wanting a glass or two. I had it open for 3 days and it was perfect.


Black Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. A little trip out to Lodi and this cab is a nice big cab that has some of those old vines characteristics.


And one of my all time favorite wines from Trader Joe’s… Cocobon. It’s a another red blend and if you want a great wine to pair with chocolate this is it. Strong notes of chocolate and when you have it with a few bites of dark chocolate it is even more pronounced.


Having a few bottles under $10 around for everyday drinking is key, yes we spend more for special occasions but sometimes I just want a glass to sit and enjoy. These are the perfect wines for that!


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Shrimp Pasta with Pesto

January 27, 2015

Back to cooking in my own kitchen. It had been so long! Between traveling and just being in a kitchen rut I just wasn’t myself. But I am back with a delicious recipe. Pasta with fresh pesto, a bit of cheese and shrimp. It was nice to have a little more green in my life from the pesto too.


This is perfect with smaller shaped pasta, the pesto coats it well and it’s bite sized with the shrimp. This is a recipe you could even make with jarred or frozen pesto if you had it around. That would make it a really quick meal. And with the white wine, it’s nice to cook with a glass in hand as well. I know I did.


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Shrimp Pasta with Pesto
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  • 1 cup uncooked mini farfalle or orichette
  • 1½ cups arugula
  • ¼ cup basil leaves
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1½ pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • ¼ cup white wine
  1. In a large saucepan, cook farfalle according to package directions, Reserving ⅓ cup pasta cooking liquid.
  2. Place arugula, basil, cheese, pine nuts, pepper, salt, and garlic in the bowl of a food processor; pulse 6 times. With the processor running, add 2 tablespoons olive oil through food chute, and process until smooth.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add remaining oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add shrimp; cook 5 minutes or until golden, turning occasionally. Remove shrimp from pan with a slotted spoon. Add wine to pan; cook until mostly evaporated. Add basil mixture and reserved pasta water; bring to a simmer. Remove pan from heat. Top pasta with sauce and shrimp



Sorry for the break last week, we were back from our amazing trip to Colorado and I took a little more time for me. I barely checked email! It was fantastic. I am working on a post for Thursday and I can’t wait to share a few pictures. Our trip was perfect.


Even though the trip was amazing, travel and altitude did a number on my skin. My hands and feet were cracking, my hair was in desperate need of a mask and I am pretty sure my body would have soaked up an entire bottle of lotion. The joy of living in a cold climate usually means dry skin! These are a few of my go to products to treat that dryness.


Lather AHA Hand Cream ($18) this was in a monthly subscription box and I have used it every single day. It absorbs quickly and really helps with dry, crack hands.


Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment. This was an Ulta find and it helps my fine blonde hair grow. Seriously! It’s also a great treatment for dry hair. I’ve been using it once a week and my hair has never looked better. And its $12, but you can usually find it on sale.


Chapstick Hydration Lock, at $3 this is a bargain find but it is super moisturizing and I put it on before bed for nice soft lips. I got this in my Birchbox last fall but I have seen it at Target.


Tarte Maracuja Oil. When I bought a value set with a Tarte eye shadow palete I get a sample of the oil. And while I am not normally one to get dry skin on my face this has been a lifesaver this winter.  A few drops before bed and I wake up glowing (it I got enough sleep).


And the holy grail moisturizer that I use on everything and even put on Henry. Plain old coconut oil, it does wonders. I’ve been using Nutiva because I love the consistency but any brand will work.


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Any finds you need to share about Winter Skin? I love hearing others’ remedies?



The winner of the Jawbone Move was Katie C, I will email you. Sorry for the delay on picking a winner!


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We are in Colorado this week skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling and while it is warmer than Minnesota I still need a few layers that keep me warm and wick sweat. Nothing worse than being active outdoors and feeling damp from sweat. That’s how you get sick! Since we are going out and being active most day I […]

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Fitness Friday: First Full Week

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Vanilla Lavender Body Scrub

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The past few years I have attempted to use more organic and natural beauty products. That’s not the case for every single thing but I do to try to use them for skin care products. Coconut oil is an amazing moisturizer, using facial oil to wash my face, Rosehip Seed Oil as a facial moisturizer […]

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