Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Old Sacramento

It might be considered a bit cheesy and a little touristy-- but if you live in Sacramento, or are visiting, you should take the opportunity to go back in time and visit a little place called Old Sacramento.

Photo Source: Trip Advisor

This part of town lines the Sacramento River downtown, but it's a bit hidden behind the modern-day city.  Once you turn on Front Street and round the corner, you're transported back into the Mid-19th Century complete with cobblestone roads and a wooden boardwalk along the river.  You could spend an entire day exploring the shops and museums.

Honestly, this is our go-to place to take people visiting from out of town because there's something for everyone.  So if you're interested, I've put together a list of things to checkout if you find yourself in Old Sacramento.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Chicken-Hummus Power Bowl

I don't know about you, but sharing recipes is my favorite part about blogging.  I love good food, and sharing it with friends and family.  Today's recipe is one of my go-to lunch recipes.  It's delicious, easy to make, and super healthy!

Originally, I ordered something similar at Panera Bread.  It's called their "Power Bowl"-- and it's chock-full of powerful protein.  Plus, it's only about 300 calories!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Starting Over, Yet Again

Welcome to May my lovelies!

It's been such a long time-- but I am ready to get back in it.  Before we dive right back into living healthy and finding alternative ways to destress, I must confess something to you.  I have not been good to myself.  The move to Sacramento 2 years ago was much harder than I would like to admit to anyone.  And having Jason gone in South Korea only added to my hardship.

When I got down here, I felt confident, healthy and happy.  And despite my therapist's suggestion that my first move down here, after finding a place to live, should be to find someone to continue working with on my depression-- I didn't.  And that only led me back down a very dark path.  I let my anti-depressant prescription run out, without getting a new one.  I became withdrawn again.  And I started binge-eating my feelings.  It wasn't good.

And after two years of wandering down a dark and emotional path-- I've decided to get back into it.  It helps that I now have a pretty ring on my finger to motivate me, but that's not the real reason I am choosing to get back into this.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Guess Who's Back!

It's me!  Remember me?  I know it's been a while-- bunt I am excited to return with new goals, ideas for revamping my blog and of course, new recipes.  But today, I am going to use my space to update you on what's been going on in my life.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Early Grape Harvest

The third story I field produced for CBS 13 was my favorite so far!  Late last month, I got the chance to head up to Amador County to talk to a winery about the early grape harvest and the impact it's having on California's wine country.  Grapes came in about a month early, partially because of the drought and partially because there was an early harvest last year.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Korean Beef Tacos

Asian cuisine of all kinds is one of my favorite things on the planet-- and so is Mexican food.  Put them together, and I am one happy girl.  Back in September, I introduced you to Yum Pow Chicken Tacos, a dish so fantastic I can eat the ENTIRE thing in one sitting.  Today, I want to introduce you to Yum Pow's equally delicious cousin:  The Korean Beef Taco!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Alternative ADHD Treatment

Some stories are just so easy to put together.  All the elements fall into place, the interviews are scheduled early and the writing comes to you like that.  That's how it was when I got to turn my first story since college for my TV Station.  (In case you missed it, my bosses are letting me out of the newsroom to field produce a few stories.  It's been a fun break from my regular job as the 5 O'clock News Producer.)  However, not all stories are easy to turn.  And I certainly struggled with my second story.

It all started when I heard a story on NPR about a tech start up in the Bay Area.  They are working to get a game approved by the FDA with the hope of using it to treat kids with ADHD.  Say what??  I had to talk to them.  And I had to talk to a doctor to find out if there was really a need for something like this.  And so, my story was born.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Beale Falls

I love many, many things-- and waterfalls just happen to be one of them.  In fact, when I am looking online or in may many hiking books for a new trail to explore-- I will more often than not choose the one with a waterfall.   Unfortunately, the waterfalls here in California are not as impressive at the waterfalls in my homeland of Oregon.

Case in point, the falls pictured above.   It goes by many names: Fairy Falls, Shingle Falls and Beale Falls.  But type "Beale Falls" into Google and it will get you there.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Sugar and Stout

Late last month, I was given the opportunity to step out of the newsroom and turn a story for our 5 o'clock newscast.

After trolling the web a little, I found a new food-truck style company in Sacramento that uses locally made beer to create delicious desserts.  It's called "Sugar & Stout"  and the woman behind it is Linda Gooch.  She agreed to make a few desserts for us, and do an interview about her new idea.  I also got to talk to one of the breweries working with her about the idea.  Check out the story below:

Sunday, April 19, 2015

A Rude Awakening

It's been about 2 years since we've had a working scale in the house.  Well, working for me.  Since that time, our scale has decided to guesstimate just how much I weigh.  During our "Operation: Sweating for Seoul" mission, it was a bit annoying.  But once Jason was off to South Korea, it kind of allowed me to slip back into my bad habits, and be come blissfully unaware of the damage I was doing to my weight loss progress.

I mean sure, I knew I had put on some weight-- because my clothes were a little snug, and my face was a bit more round.  But I didn't really know how many pounds had made their way back onto my thighs...

Flash forward to two weeks ago.

"We need to buy a new scale."  I said out of the blue one day after work, when we had stopped at the Wal-Mart across the street to buy a money order to pay for something or other.

"Why?" Jason asked.  "Our old one works fine for me."

"Well it doesn't flash 'ERROR' every time you step on the damn thing," I said.  Then hustled over to find a scale, grabbed one off the shelf, and hurried to the check out line to make it mine.  We got it home, and it sat in a box for a day or two before we finally opened it, set it up and stood on it.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Lemon Chicken Soup

Spring has sprung!  And to me that means sunshine, flowers, and the beginning of the fresh fruit and vegetable season.  Jason and I are working on starting our own vegetable and herb garden-- more on that later-- and that will soon mean lots of delicious recipes riddled with vegetables, herbs and hopefully fruit.

That brings me to my reason for this post.  I love sharing the delicious recipes I've found all over the internet, and this one certainly evokes the feeling of spring whenever I eat it.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

48 Hours in San Francisco

I've only been to San Francisco a time or two-- and only for a day.  It was never really a destination I HAD to see.  Sure, if given the chance I would vacation there-- but we had never made specific plans to go.  So when Jason got home, we decided to take a long weekend-- and see San Francisco!  (He'd never, ever been-- by the way)

Before Jason got home from South Korea, I'd done a bunch of research about the city, and found several blogs about things to do when you visit, listed below:

There's a lot of good information in these posts-- and our bucket list was long after I read through them all.  When Jason got home, we narrowed things down, writing the "Must See" things down on the back of an old receipt, and sticking it in my wallet. 

There was so much to see and do, we didn't get to it all.  But we managed to pack quite a bit in our 3-Day "Weekend."

Monday, March 23, 2015

Positive Body Image

As many of you who have been following my weight loss journey know-- there is a point where I get discouraged, start binge eating and gain back the weight I worked so hard to lose.  Usually that point comes hand in hand with a big life event.  The passing of my grandfather, Jason losing his job, moving to Portland, the death of my grandmother, my other grandmother's battle with cancer, my move to Sacramento, Jason's move to S. Korea, and my Grandmother moving in to a retirement home and selling her house.  It's definitely a pattern of mine to eat my feelings when I'm down and out.

Over the past five years, I've begun to notice another pattern of mine.  I like to make goals for what I'm "going to do" if I ever lose the weight.   At first glace, this may seem like no big deal.  Just goals.  But after thinking about it-- I realized making these goals doesn't push me any harder.  In fact, I usually wind up shrugging and saying to myself: "Oh well."  And upon further inspection of these habits, I'm starting to realize that a lot of this comes from my complete lack of self confidence when it comes to my body.

Oh sure, I'm confident in my personality, my smarts, and my abilities.  But do not underestimate how little confidence I have in my body.  I've never really been all that confident in my body, to be quite honest.  I've always been on the bigger side.  Both in height and weight.  And for some reason, people have always managed to point that out to me.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Getting to Know Sacramento

Now that Jason is back home, I wanted to show him our new hometown.  We moved to Sacramento right before he left for South Korea-- so we didn't get much time to explore the area.  I saved a lot of things for Jason, and I did a little exploring myself while was gone.  So after all the hugging, kissing and ... when Jason first arrived home, we spent a day getting to know Sacramento.

Rooting on the Sacramento Kings

My friend and coworker Maria managed to get us some pretty awesome seats to the Sacramento Kings game versus the Boston Celtics.  I'm not a huge sports fan, but I'm also not one to turn down and opportunity to got to a game for free.

We got to sit in the mid-lower level, with a pretty nice view of the court.  But I''ll tell you one thing-- seats in an old basketball arena are not spaced well enough for anyone more than 5'7" tall.  Jason and I were crammed in those seats and I felt bad for the people whose backs we were kneeing.

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