Today was an amazing day!
For those of you who missed it, I’ve been keeping my own photo journal of my 50th year. This blog has suffered a bit, because it’s really easy to just pop a photo up with a short caption.
But today, I am sharing this because it was an epic day.
This morning at 8:00am, Telluride HeliTrax was hired by a few entities to release snow on Ajax – the peak at the back of our tiny box canyon. I have only seen this on a video from 1997ish, but in real life, incredible. Talk about the power of nature. The avalanche started off in slow motion and moved like cold smoke until the cloud of powder covered the Idorado tailings piles at the end of the valley. I do not even want to think about the power behind all of that snow.
Even though it was beautiful, you have to remain in awe of nature’s might and power.
Behold (and sorry for the underexposure…it was bluebird and everything was backlit.)
So, after all of that excitement, it was mandatory to go play! Only had a short period of time, but made it count. I think only one run was groomed! Can’t wait for next week!
Ok, ok, I know it’s been November 25th since I last posted. In fact, I haven’t posted on my hidden blog since I don’t know when. (Contents of which will be revealed on 04.10.2013 – European date.)
We have been up to our eyeballs in World Cups. Literally.Aspen Winter National and Ski and Snowboard Cross here at home. (BTW, could someone puhleeeeze update the photos….hint, hint @Telluride…) Needless to say, the last month has been insaa-aa-ne!
So today, we’re back on track with Meatless Monday. Being less than inspired to cook, since I was in 120sf hotel room for 15 days and logged 48 hours in 7 days of competition here in Telluride, I had no idea where to begin. I looked up a couple of favorite recipes, but nothing was grabbing me. So, I followed the KISS theory and simply jumped to the MM website.
Today, it was all about beans. And I was kinda craving Mexican, soooooo….
Make it, do it, try it…so freakin’ good, even the DH had seconds! Mmmmmmmm!
(Sorry! No photos, it’s gone…)
Well, we’re back on the road. This year in Aspen, our king room has been reduced to a queen room that has about 120sf. We do have a fridge and the microwave upstairs is at our disposal, so we’re making do.
Eating out in Aspen gets expensive very quickly, ($12.00 for a hamburger and fries?!), so we try to keep it close to the hotel and healthy. Hence, the Hotel Room Gourmet. I’m a little bit behind, so I’ll try to catch you up on our successes to date.
Saturday, I started out with something fairly simple, that turned out absolutely delicious! Chicken and dumplings. I added carrots, celery, and peas to give it more oomph and used fat free cream of chicken and cream of mushroom soups. I also quartered the amount of biscuits, but still ended up with, what I felt were, too many. Still, it was a hit and is on the ‘do again’ list.
Sunday, it was vegetarian lasagna. I’ve done this one before and actually took a microwavable lasagna recipe and just put it in the crock pot. It was a little gooshy, but still quite good.
Last night, we used “A Man, A Can, and a Microwave” cookbook and did a Meatless Monday One Fish Dish. This one was so easy. Took about 5 minutes to throw together, 9 minutes to cook, and less time to devour. Another hit on the ‘Make it Again’ list.
Hey ho! Haven’t been around much I know, but…
I had a big event on October 4th. I turned the big Five-oh! That’s right, over the hill, in the third quarter, the downward slide…Well, pooh! I did it, I made it, and on we go.
On that marvelous day, a friend of mine treated me to a two hour massage. (Ahhhhh!) And after if was over, she told me a little bit about the Anti-Inflammatory Diet. After some searching and talking to a few other folks, I decided to give it a go. I mean it doesn’t stray that far from my normal diet. With the exception that there is no sugar, no wheat, and no wine for 28 days. I can handle that.
Right now, I’m eating salmon, salmon, and more salmon. Along with veggies, fruit, eggs, and the occasional oatmeal. As somewhat of a foodie, I am getting pretty bored.
In addition, we are heading out of town for work that will take us to a location that is not terribly well known for its healthy eating selections. I’ve packed my tuna, my sardines, my canned salmon, but what could I nibble on whist trapped behind the desk in our office on wheels?
BEHOLD THE CHURCH OF GOOGLE!
(Where miracles happen everyday….can I get a Hallelujah!
I’m calling it “Ginger Snap Granola” because I added 2 Tablespoons of ground ginger along with 1 tsp of cinnamon. I also mixed a variety of nuts (almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and black sesame seeds) to come up with the requisite amount of those and eliminated the coconut.
Smells like heaven! (And I think it will taste even better!)