Fridays Are For Snow

by Heather on March 19, 2010

Good morning guys!  Hope your Fridays are going well :)  I know mine is…it’s a snowy Friday and I get to spend it hanging out with my sister!  I just wish my sweet husband were here too.  I have a winner for the contest, but you’ll have to go all the way down to the end (because I’m super tricky like that ;))

So let’s backtrack a tad to yesterday.  It was my sister’s first time skiing ever, and so I made sure to document it!  I started off with some honey Oikos:

And I added some of my Dylan’s French Vanilla Pecan Chia Granola…but mixed it all together before I remembered to take the picture!!!  Do you guys do that – make the food pretty for the picture then mix it all together? I would say I do that about 97% of the time :)

And of course a ski trip wouldn’t be complete without a ridiculously weird face self-portrait!

Salah and Chad:

And the learning begins!  She did really really well…much better than I did my first time out.  Of course, my first time out was in the middle of a blizzard on the busiest day of the year and on a blue!

Fun with Nate:

She seriously picked it up so quickly!  The only times she really fell were because she was needing to regain control, which was super smart of her.  So proud of my little sister!

We stopped and had lunch at the cafeteria.  I had a veggie burger that was AWESOME except I couldn’t find any veggies to put on it…

And Nate and I split some fries:

Nate and Chad took off to tackle some of the harder runs, and Salah and I sat in Adirondack chairs (a special love of mine) in the sun while they skied some more.  My knee was starting to ache and Salah has compartment syndrome in her leg that was getting irritated from the boots.  I had fun though, just relaxing and talking!  I might’ve gotten a little sunburned…but I put on sunscreen!  Guess that stuff does wear off after a while!  On the way back down we stopped at New Moon Bakery in Nederland, which is one of my favorite places ever!  They have the most amazing baked goods and espresso.  I had an unpictured raspberry square and savored every last bite!

When we got home we all immediately laid down for a nap, then got up and went to California Pizza Kitchen for dinner.  Salah really wanted to go since she hasn’t been for a long time!  We started off with some garlic cheese focaccia:

Nate had a root beer and spilled it, so our sassy waitress brought him a kiddie cup…teehee!

I decided on the Pear & Gorgonzola pizza!  It’s cool that I’m not eating meat at the moment because I’ve always wanted to try this, but then opt for something with chicken instead.  It was really freeing to be able to order something I’ve wanted to try for so long!

What a beauty, eh?  I love gorgonzola….the salty tangy creamy heavenly cheese that it is!

Nate got the Chipotle Chicken – and he let me have a meatless bite.  SO SPICY!  I love spicy things…this just made me want to lay into the rest of his pizza!

When we got home I made some of Jessica’s Chewy Cherry Chocolate cookies, but in bar form (I’m a lazy baker) for the office.  Since I didn’t have any chocolate chips, I made a fudge icing that was super easy!

  • 1 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp corn syrup

Mix everything together but the marshmallows over medium-low heat.  Once it’s all combined, add the marshmallows and cook, stirring constantly, until the marshmallows are all melted in.  Pour over hot cookie bars and let sit at room temperature overnight.  I’m not in the office today, but Nate said they’re a huge hit!  Thanks for yet another fabulous recipe Jessica!

This morning I woke up to around 3 inches of snow already on the ground!  Since Nate took the Jeep (our 4WD vehicle) in to work, I decided that if I was going to get out at all I better go then.  I bundled up and got some groceries for dinner tonight (can anyone say vegetarian slow cooker chili?!  Recipe to come…) and rented some movies.  When I got home I made a Green(ish) Monster, but split it in half with Salah since neither one of us was super hungry.  I tried to capture the snow fall too, but not sure if you can really tell!

Today should be a fun lazy day of cooking and movie watching!  Then tomorrow I will be hitting up the Denver Urban Homesteading farmers market tomorrow with Ashley, so get excited about that…I know I am!  I kind of have my fingers crossed that Salah and Chad will get stuck here and she’ll just have to come with me, but we’ll see… :)

And, without further ado, the winner of the Wholesome Foods Bakery FoodBar giveaway is:

Congrats Miss Sara!  Please email me your address at  Thanks to all of you who have made this contest such a success!  You can still get 15% off by ordering with the discount code ‘HeathersDish15′ at checkout!

Hope y’all have a fabulous Friday!  What are your weekend plans?

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 19, 2010

Lucky Sara!! Congrats!
I LOVE that pizza place but we don’t have one around here… :(
Sounds like you had a GREAT day yesterday!
And I totally always take pictures of my food with it looking pretty and then mix it all together.. yummm… delicious but makes for some awful pictures.


2 Jess March 19, 2010

That pear and gorgonzola pizza sounds sooo good! I love Adirondak chairs too : )

Glad you are having fun with your sister!


3 Shannon (The Daily Balance) March 19, 2010

CPK is the best! always so tough to pick something!

This weekend one of our friends is coming into town from NYC and staying with us — the Mister and I CANNOT wait to spend time and catch up with him – should be fun!

have a great night ;)


4 Meghan@traveleatlove March 19, 2010

We are on our way to CA for some wine country fun this weekend! Love the pics in this post, so fun!


5 Christie @ Honoring Health March 19, 2010

Yum! Everything looks delish!

We don’t have anything planned except spending as much time outdoors as possible!! It is going to be mid 70′s and sunny this weekend!


6 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 19, 2010

i was hoping to take a ski trip this year. it was hindered by lack of funds :(


7 Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle March 19, 2010

I was planning to go to the Farmer’s Market after my long run tomorrow! Maybe I’ll see you :) Sitting in the Adk chairs in the sun is just as fun as skiing.


8 lpskins March 19, 2010

Oh how fun! You guys look like you’re having a blast. I hope they get stuck in CO too. CPK is so good–esp the TriColore Salad. Ever tried that one?


9 Jenny March 19, 2010

That’s my favorite CPK kitchen!


10 Kelly March 19, 2010

Skiing looks like so much fun! I haven’t ever been…we were always a beach family growing up and now that I am adult I have kind of stuck with that tradition! :) Looks cold…


11 healthy ashley March 19, 2010

What a fantastic post! A ski trip sounds very nice right now :) And all the food looks super-yummy. I love gourmet pizzas!


12 midgetkeeper March 19, 2010

Just came across your blog and I just love it. I am also a TX girl away from home, but I’m jealous your in CO much better then Rhode Island. Can’t wait to read more!


13 Madeline - Greens and Jeans March 20, 2010

So jealous of your ski time!


14 lauralei March 20, 2010

spring sounds like the best time of year to go skiing


15 Jenna @ Healthy. Happy. Well. March 20, 2010

Skiing is such a fun workout! I wish I would’ve gone this year for spring break. I’m loving the pizza! It looks delicious!


16 caronae March 20, 2010

Oh you just made me miss downhill skiing so much! Sounds super fun. It’s pretty much already spring in NY, sadly. Although it is nice for running, of course. That pizza looks fab; Ive been craving some good pizza lately. Mmmmm. Happy Saturday!


17 Gabriela (froyolover) March 20, 2010

Amazing pics, Heather!
I bet y´all had a BLAST while skiing! :D
Have a terrific Sunday!


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