Calico Tales

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

on roasted red pepper and cauliflower soup with goat cheese...


I made this soup up last night. It's super quick and easy yet the flavor is phenomenal. The goat cheese that I crumbled on top really infused everything together. It's some of those soups that you can eat and don't feel super full and bloated but more satisfied with leaves you feeling happy and healthy. Try it out for something quick during the week!

Ingredients:
4 red bell peppers
2 tablespoon olive oil
2 whole tomatoes
1 small head of cauliflower
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
4 cups chicken broth
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
crumbled goat cheese for garnish

Directions:
1// Cut up red bell peppers, cauliflower and tomato and spread onto a baking seat. Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil onto vegetables. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
2// In a pot, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil and add chopped onion. Cook until onion is opaque. Next add all the veggies along with chicken broth, minced garlic and sweet paprika. Let everything cook together for about 15 minutes until it all boils together.
3// Turn heat off. Use a hand blender and puree soup to your desired consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste (tip:goat cheese is pretty salty already so do not over load soup with salt).
4// Garnish with some crumbled goat cheese and if you're like me and like a little extra zing! a few shakes of hot sauce really seal the deal.



Enjoy!
Monday, March 10, 2014

on being a student...


It's been a while since I've been able to update. It's also been quite crazy around here. A good crazy. I finally started on something that I've only been dreaming about for a really long time now. Becoming a hairdresser has been my biggest dream and it's so overwhelming thinking that I am pursuing it! It's already been a month and one week and I am head over heals for the school I am attending. Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy is beyond a perfect fit for me. 

Within the first week of being there I was already asked by one of teachers to be her model! It was a fun and exhausting experience but in the end I have some rad hair and experienced something that many don't. Each month as a school we have photo shoots that the students can participate in. Each of them are themed. My first one is in March and the theme is FANTASY and all over men's look! Which for me is totally the best thing ever. I always have tons of ideas and can't wait to get started on them. I'll be using my little sister and her boyfriend as models! 

I've already got from being a freshman to a sophomore. The first month went by in a flash and we've nearly learned six different haircut that we've done on mannequins. So far I've been extremely impressed with the techniques and terminology that Toni & Guy teach. Now that I'm in sophomore we are learning about color which to me is such a fascinating subject. Also being a sophomore I get to have models every Saturday to do cut and color. Just this past Saturday I had my step sister as my model and I ended up doing a total transformation on her. 


She left happy and I was swelling with pride! I love that it comes so natural to me. Next month I'm out of the classroom setting and get to be on the "floor", where I will be taking real clients! I'm more excited than anything.



I hope to be around more sharing my journey. It's a lot of work. The commute is daunting at times and my days start from 4:45am- 5pm. Long days. Some days are harder than others but in the end I'm excited and happy to wake up every morning to learn and thrive in something I know I'll love for the rest of my days. It's an industry that is forever changing and growing. That in and on it's own is what's most appealing to me. 

I wouldn't be where I am at if it weren't for my husband and my family. Sebastian thinks it's the coolest thing that I'm going to school. I tell him every night that I won't be seeing him in the morning because I'll be at school and he is alright with it. He bobs his head up and down in approval. It's quite cute. 

I don't think anyone in the school fully understands how big of a deal going to Toni & Guy is for me. Every day I walk into the school thankful for the chance to be there. 

xoxo!
Monday, January 20, 2014

on homemade whole wheat flax muffins...


I've been experimenting with muffin recipes lately. I wanted to create a muffin that was low in calories but high in protein and also low in sugar. I know what you're saying to yourself…What kind of muffin is that?! But for me, I wanted to find a perfect muffin that I can grab and go when I start school. I'll be waking up early and so I've been thinking up different breakfast goodies I can make ahead of time. This morning I tried out a recipe that I sort of put together with all the ingredients that I had hoped to be able to use and it worked out! And they are delicious!

Ingredients:
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup flax seeds
1 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup honey
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
4 oz apple sauce

Directions:
1. Heat the oven to 375°F. Prepare a muffin pan with liners, or by lightly greasing each well baking spray. In a large bowl, lightly whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and ginger.
2. Whisk the sour cream, honey, egg, olive oil, and vanilla extract together in a separate small bowl. Make a small well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in this liquid mixture. Use a spatula or wooden spoon to gently but firmly fold the ingredients together, folding from the bottom up to make sure all the dry ingredients are incorporated. Stop as soon as the mixture comes together; do not over mix. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until barely golden on top.
3. Enjoy with jam, butter or whipped honey! Yum!! 

xoxo.
Monday, January 13, 2014

on 2/52...







“a portrait of us, once a week, every week, in 2014.”

Sebastian// Smile Sebastian. "Like this mom?" Yes. Yes. That will do. 
Me// Spontaneous shot on the board walk. My favorite of the bunch. Funny how that works.
Bobby// Playing his new ESP, late Christmas gift from me

xoxo.
Saturday, January 11, 2014

on white bean & chicken sausage chili...


It feels like forever since I've posted a recipe on here so when I was cooking away in the kitchen yesterday I got a bit excited thinking this would be a nice thing to share!
I made quick and easy White Bean & Chicken Sausage Chili along with Homemade Honey Cornbread! Try it out this weekend for dinner.

White Bean & Chicken Sausage Chili

Ingredients:
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 red onion, chopped
2 large clove garlic, minced
2 sticks celery, chopped
2 cups chicken broth
1 (15.5 oz) can great northern beans
1 (15.5 oz) can pinto beans
1/2 pound chicken sausage, casing removed
2 (14 oz) cans diced tomato with green pepper & onion
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tbsp cumin powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp dry oregano
salt & pepper to taste

Directions:
1. In a large skillet add olive oil. Remove chicken sausage meat from the casings and add into skillet. Break up meat with potato masher or wooden spoon until meat is in bits.

2. Add onion, garlic and celery. Next, add chili powder, paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper, oregano to the meat and stir.  Cook everything together until the meat has browned and the vegetables are tender.

3. Lastly, add canned beans, diced tomatoes and chicken broth. Simmer chili on low for 30 minutes to allow it to thicken up! I used my potato masher before to mash some of the beans up inside the chili to help thicken it a little.

4. Serve with chopped cilantro, shredded cheese of chose and also some sour cream! Oh and don't forget to make cornbread. I can't eat chili without a slice of it!



Honey Cornbread

Ingredients:
1 cup flour
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup buttermilk (make it like I did!) 
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup honey
1/2 stick butter, melted
2 eggs

Directions:
preheat oven to 375

1. Combine both flour, cornmeal, baking powder, sugar and salt.

2. In a separate bowl combine buttermilk, honey, melted butter and egg. Whisk ingredients together well.

3. Add wet ingredients into the dry and stir together so that everything is combined but do not over mix. Pour batter into a 8x8 greased pan and bake for 20-30 minutes or until golden and tested with a toothpick. Or use a muffin tin to make little individual cornbreads!

Enjoy!
Thursday, January 09, 2014

on a theme word...


I was gifted a really great workbook for Christmas and fell in love with the thoughts that author Leonie Dawson implanted into my brain. It's a fabulous tool to map out goals and dreams for the new year and also takes it a step further and helps to plan things to achieve in your business (if you have one). One of the things she has you think about is a theme word for the year (or a sacred word which is how she describes it!). 

It didn't take long for me to come up with my word. Growth. I knew that this year I want to grow. In so many ways. I hope to grow as a person. I want to grow in taking care of my body. I want to grow in my passions and focus on myself more often. I want to grow as a mother and learn what it means to be a mother and more about what kind of mother I want to be. I yearn to help Sebastian grow. Guide him to be the best, to learn and achieve all the good that he has in him. I want to grow as a wife. I want to be more patient and more open. I want to lift Bobby up and be a cheerleader to all his wants and dreams even if he doesn't think he can make them happen! I want to grow and mold into the person I see when I close my eyes.

I want to grow into my faults, not just know them, but overcome them. We never stop growing but I know now that I want to grow more than ever. I will never be perfect but I want to try to be! Not only do I want to grow but I want to help others grow. I want to see people in my life be the best that they can be. Inspire and encourage them to understand that they don't have to succumb to person they think they need to be. You never have to be that person just because, you chose to be. There's never ever anyone forcing you to be who you are, you can be what you want to be in this life.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that I hate seeing people give up and keep living just because they don't seem to want or now how to grow. Doesn't matter who you are, how old you are or what has happened to you in the past. I believe we can all rise up to ourselves and grow to be a better version of ourselves. To be happy and whole and love ourselves and for others to love us in return.

Growth is my theme word and it's not only my theme word for this year but for the rest of my life. I hope to always grow and learn about myself.

What is your theme word for the year? I could pick so many!!

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

on 1/52...




“a portrait of us, once a week, every week, in 2014.”

Sebastian// a devilish grin showing every ounce of his personality!
Me// sitting in my favorite chair with beautiful natural light while reading a really great book. 
Bobby// getting his snowboard boots ready for a trip to the mountains on Sunday. 

ps: these are from last week due to technical difficulties I post them now! 

xx.