2nd Saturday Market – 2/13/16

“People who love to eat are always the best people.” – Julia Child

Hello my awesome Maricopa friends and readers! I’m hoping most of you were able to make it out to the market today to pick up your produce (60 lbs for $10), to shop from the other local vendors, and maybe you were one of the few lovely ladies who made it to my free yoga class in the park. If you didn’t make it by my Inspired by Sisters booth (quote painting and natural body products), make sure you stop by and say hi next time!

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My beautiful yogis this morning @tarynraineyoga

I was very excited about this week’s produce selection because of the massive amounts of tomatoes and onions! This means a freezer full of pasta sauce and homemade salsa. No complaints here! This month, we got the tomatoes (plum, beefsteak, and yellow grape tomatoes), zucchini, onions, acorn squash, green bell peppers, and grapefruit. Last month, I gave some of my favorite tomato, green bell pepper, and zucchini recipes, so I would encourage new readers to take a look at THIS POST as well 🙂 for some other great ideas.

Of course, I mentioned my tomato sauce and salsa recipes… I’ve posted about the roasted vegetable spaghetti sauce in my previous post about meal prepping. It is a great way to sneak in some added veggies for those in your household who may be leery of them. I found this recipe a few years back from the blog Peanut Blossom. It is delicious! There are soooo many scrumptious salsa recipes, so I am always trying new things. Here is a great recipe for simple and yummy salsa you can make quickly and confidently at home (simply replace the canned tomatoes with your fresh ones).

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Without further adieu, let’s get to the rest of my recipe suggestions:

Tomatoes:

I eat tomatoes like apples; I LOVE them raw. Sometimes, I’ll just slice them up and eat them with balsamic glaze or a sprinkle of salt. I also love caprese recipes:

Green Bell Peppers: 

I love simply slicing them up and eating them with hummus, but here are a few other ideas:

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Mexican Stuffed Peppers @tarynraineyoga

Zucchini

Acorn Squash

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Stuffed Acorn Squash @tarynraineyoga

Grapefruit

Just like oranges last month, grapefruit is delicious all on it’s own. You can juice it, cut it in half and enjoy it with a spoon, or try one of these recipes below:

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Grapefruit Blood Orange Juice @tarynraineyoga

Well there you have it! Tons of delicious recipes for you to try. I know everyone has favorite tomato sauce and salsa recipes, so I would love it if you’d share your own and other recipes in the comments below. Also let me know what you think of the recipes you are able to try.

Enjoy your produce and thank you very much for coming out today!

❤ Taryn xoxo

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5 Ways I Practice Self Love

I  have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival. – Audre Lorde

I have been preaching about self love the last couple of days in my yoga classes, which has moved me to write this post. Often times, I mention self love and self care and receive some eye rolling and laughs from people. This breaks my heart! There is some terrible message out there telling people that self care is silly or self improvement is for losers. This cannot be further from the truth! Media and society fill the world with lies, claiming “once you have a better body, you will love yourself and be happy” or “with this shiny new car, you will feel confident” or “once you find the one who ‘completes’ you, you will be happy”. These are LIES! Happiness is found when we are able to find it within ourselves and acts of self love will help you get there.

The other big lie we hear about self love is that it is selfish or narcissistic. I’m pretty tired of hearing those two wor8e00fbb61eb51394a66cab05baa7a45ads being used so casually. Being able to take care of ourselves will help us take care of others. It is about replenishing our own resources so we can continue to share, or else we will deplete ourselves to the point of helplessness and will be of no use to anyone we care about. When we practice self love, we can push through the limiting beliefs that the world has put on our shoulders and we can live life radiantly.

Self love is a daily practice. Some days are easier than others. Some days, we face challenges or hear lies about ourselves (both within our heads or through the opinions of others) and we let it consume us. The biggest thing to remember about self love is to NEVER beat ourselves up when we have off days. Shit happens. We must continue to talk to ourselves with pure kindness, embracing ourselves when we are down, and lifting ourselves back up, ready to try again.

Ready to start showing yourself some love? Take a deep breath in, give yourself a tight hug, and remind yourself: I AM WORTHY OF LOVE. Let’s get to it 🙂

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HERE ARE FIVE WAYS THAT I PRACTICE SELF LOVE AND WHY YOU SHOULD TOO:


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1. Eat like you care! Be honest about this one. How much time and consideration do you put into your food and eating habits? Are you eating because you are bored, upset, or hungry? Are you eating foods that are high in grease, fats, and sugars? Or are you filling your body with colorful, nutrient rich foods designed to fuel you up? Your body is craving for nourishment. One of the best ways you can express love for the body is by giving it the tools it needs for success. Listen to your body’s needs. Slow down and really enjoy the first 3 bites of every meal. Contemplate the texture, the taste, the richness of the different flavors. And give appreciation. If you can change anything about your eating habits, simply slow down and be grateful!

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2. Repeat affirmations DAILY. This is a big game changer for me and it sounded really stupid to me in the beginning too, don’t worry. I challenge you to make a habit of saying loving affirmations to yourself aloud at least once a day (preferably first thing in the morning). I also encourage you to say these things to yourself while looking into a mirror. Trust me, it is not as crazy as it sounds. There are many affirmation ideas all over the web. You can also purchase affirmation cards, books, signs, etc. You can change it up every day or you can pick one affirmation that truly speaks to you and use that same one daily. If you like the idea of consistency, try taping the affirmation to your bathroom mirror or you can make your own piece of pretty artwork to display and remind yourself (or you can order one from me).

Here are some super simple affirmations that really click with me:

  • I am worthy (of love, abundance, beauty, etc.)
  • I am enough
  • I am valuable
  • I am perfectly imperfect
  • I can accomplish anything I put my mind to
  • I love my body. It is strong, beautiful, and capable
  • I am grateful for the abundance in my life

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3. Enjoy stillness. It is important to take time for rest and quiet. I know we are all busy and we are filled to the brim with obligations and to-do lists, making it difficult to set aside time for ourselves. However, it is absolutely necessary to our self care. Make this a priority. Maybe wake up a little bit earlier, while the rest of the house is still asleep, or explain to your family that in order to do more for them, you need ten minutes for yourself and go lock yourself in a room. I can promise you, everyone can handle at least 10 minutes without your help. Of course, if you have toddlers home, you may find it a little more difficult to them to fend for themselves. However, you can make it a priority to take ten minutes for yourself when they are down for a nap before you start on a list of chores. This should be non-negotiable. Stillness can be anything that involves quiet and peace. You can spend some time in meditation (guided or silent) or relax into a steamy bath with luxurious bubbles or salts. It doesn’t make you are not moving at all, just peacefully. You can enjoy some creative work, tend to your garden, color, read a book. But it is time for you and only you!

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4. Enjoy movement. As important is it is to slow down and find stillness, it is just as vital to find energizing movement. Hopefully, something that you love! The gym may not be your thing, yoga may not be your thing, biking may not be your thing. However, there is some kind of movement that will excite you, you simply need to find it! Create a fun family workout routine, go for a jog, go play kickball at the park, go to a Zumba class or kickboxing class or crossfit class, go hiking, go dancing, do yoga. I don’t care what you do, but move! With movement, you will learn more about your body and everything it is capable of. Do not focus on its limitations, but find amazement in what you can do. If your movement gets you outdoors, even better! We all need a little more vitamin D in our life.

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5. Date yourself. This is my favorite act of self love and probably the one that sounds the silliest… I decided a long time ago that I am more than capable of doing things for myself and I should. I buy myself flowers, with no shame! I write myself love notes to put on my desk. I get dressed in my favorite clothes, put on some bitchin’ lipstick, and wear some yummy perfume; just for me! I tell myself, “Damn, you look good!” Selfies encouraged! I make it a habit to take myself out. There is nothing to be embarrassed about. I go to the movies, to dinner, to the park, on a solo day trip. Sometimes, I just stay in and do something I love. Dating yourself is about treating yourself with respect and having some fun along the way. I dare you: write down a list of things you LOVE to do, new things you want to try, or places you want to go. Now, pull out your planner and start scheduling your date nights. I aim for at least one per month. Put it on your planner with a pen or even a permanent marker. This is your “me time” and it is not selfish. It is essential.


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It doesn’t matter if you are single, dating, married, divorced, etc. Make it a priority to take time out to practice self care. Enjoy your own presence and become your own best friend. It does not make you crazy, it makes you better connected to your mind, your body, and your soul. Understanding who you are can help refresh all the relationships around you, learning how to step away from those which are not healthy and how to show sincere gratitude to the friends and family that nourish you.

I would love to hear what you think. Have you ever been on a self date? What did you do? How do you like to practice self care?

Happy Friday, y’all! Namaste 🙂

Taryn

My Word for 2016

“She made a promise to herself to hold her own well being sacred.” – Unknown

January is the season of goal setting, resolution, diet trends, and packed gyms. Great people with good intentions set out for a New Year, perhaps an opportunity to redefine themselves or their lifestyle, and make positive changes to their daily habits. It truly breaks my heart that resolutions have become a joke, as few people follow through with their goals after a couple weeks into the year. I, too, used to make giant lists of New Year resolutions until my mother introduced me to the practice of picking one word to focus on the for year, and that’s it. This gives a focal point to decisions I will be making throughout the year, how I choose to spend my free time and money, and gives directions to my short term goals throughout the year. You read that right, I still make other goals! Of course, with my career, two small businesses, and my own needs, I continue to make goals. I still take the time to strategize how to make more sales, how to increase my number of yoga students, how to pay off my credit card, etc. However, my word is my resolution. The word defines my year… those other goals simply support it.

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Last year, I selected the word Growth, which I reviewed at the beginning of the year. I always take the time to look back at the previous year, see the things that worked and didn’t work , clarify any unfinished business, etc. It’s my way of peacefully coming to terms with the ending of another year so I can graciously open doors for a completely new beginning. This is always exciting to me. Opportunities are limitless, so long as you continue to be open to change. That being said, I wanted a drastic shift from my experiences last year. I definitely grew, which is a journey I know will never end. However, I am all for slowing things down now.

The memories I have from 2015 of genuinely feeling happy, blissful, and naturally high were kind of limited to these few experiences where I was able to get away for a weekend, travel to family or friends, and trying new things. The rest of the year, I was busy chasing opportunities for growth (no complaints, btw).  This year, I am making more time for the people, experiences, and things that feed my soul. My word for 2016, naturally, is NOURISH.

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I don’t know if I will ever feel 100% satisfied, but I want to start catering to my hunger for connection, my thirst for adventure, my deep desire for passion and fire.  Really, my goal this year is to be guided by my heart, to stay in tune with it’s needs, and to take time for myself. I will eliminate the guilt that typically surrounds me when I’m spent too much time doing things for only my benefit, and more importantly, move away from that same guilt that haunts me on every adventure I take that I think may be costing too much. In reviewing 2015, I followed a prompt that asked me to review the things I felt like I wasted money on and to recognize the money spent on things that were absolutely worth it. Trips, work shops, festivals, moments with friends and family. All of these things were TOP of my list for what felt worth it. So, why would I deprive myself of that?
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I do not want to live the same day, every day, for the rest of my life. My soul craves way too much freedom and adventure for that. In 2016, I will be nourishing my soul, my mind, my body. I hope to be keeping you updated along the way… but I cannot make any promises. I am ready to be filled to the brim with nourishment and only chase after things that do not deplete me.

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Did you choose a word for the new year? Do you want more information on how to pick a word or how to sustain your word throughout the year. Thanks for my wonderful mama, I have some great resources for you:

  • Susannah Conway: She has great tools for help you choose your word of the year (for free)  and you can sign up for her email guidance
  • One Little Word by Ali Edwards: This was my first guide for choosing one word. If you are motivated by videos, photo journaling, and visual tools, this is where it’s at! You can purchase her kits for art journaling at home, take her classes on how to do it, etc.
  • Christine Kane: FREE discovering tool and all kinds of classes designed for self improvement.

One last thing before I go… I must share a book I have read recently that I think will be a big game changer with myself and my sisters. Miracle Mornings by Hal Elrod is a book that teaches you how to add more productivity, organization, direction, and energy to your life, all by wakings up a little earlier than normal. Sounds terrible? I promise, it is not so bad! Check out his site for some tools to help you get starts!

What’s your 2016 going to look like? I would love to hear from you in the comments below!

Namaste, Taryn xoxo

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2nd Saturday Market – 1/12/16

“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” – Thomas Edison

Happy Tuesday friends!

Within the last couple of months, I have gotten involved with the City of Maricopa’s 2nd Saturday Market. Right from the beginning, I was very excited about this event because they were focusing on making healthy living accessible to everyone by bringing POW (Produce on Wheels) out to the community, offering free classes, and local businesses together for the cause. POW brings out rescued produce from farms who had overstocked and delivers the produce to communities that may not have access to inexpensive produce. In fact, they offer the residents of Maricopa 60 pounds of delicious fruits and veggies for only $10! I am not exaggerating. It is incredible! (Learn more about Produce on Wheels). I have gotten involved in this event by offering free yoga in the park at 9 am an12193550_720071014794462_4614228810550842255_nd my small business, Inspired by Sisters, sells natural body products and positive quote paintings. There are gluten free bakers, one of my favorite coffee shops (Bead & Berry), our local honey farmer, and so much more!

 

In addition to the yoga class and vendor booth, I have also offered to share some fun, unique, and healthy recipe ideas for the produce received at the market. Unfortunately, the market was cancelled this past Saturday due to a vehicle accident with the produce truck. On the bright side, the City of Maricopa has worked diligently to offer the missed market to its residents and has rescheduled the market to be hosted today! While I eat mostly vegetarian or vegan, I will share some additional recipes for you.

The following recipes are inspired by the produce received on January 12, 2016:

Oranges:

Of course, you can always eat an orange just as it is, but I love fresh orange juice! It is a great way to naturally introduce extra energy to your morning and it tastes amazing. You can hand squeeze your orange juice, use a citrus juicer, or a regular juicer. If you own a juicer, try adding some carrots to the juice. It tastes amazing and will add some beneficial nutrients.  If you aren’t into juice, here are some other awesome recipes:

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Follow me on Instagram: @tarynraineyoga “Orange Carrot Juice”

 

Watermelon:

Just like the oranges, watermelon is totally scrumptious on its own. However, if you are looking for something creative, check out a couple of these recipes. I am a huge fan of the first salad:

  1. Watermelon & Feta Salad by Cooks with Cocktails (vegetarian)
  2. Watermelon “steak” by the Ravenous Couple (vegetarian)
  3. Watermelon Margarita by Recipe Diaries (vegan and delicious)

Mexican Grey Squash

Grey squash is very similar to zucchini and can typically be used in any recipe designed for zucchini. Some of my favorite ways to eat these kinds of squash are in a raw pasta or lasagna, ratatouille, or stew. Check out some other ideas here:

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@tarynraineyoga Zucchini Fritters

Butternut Squash

Butternut squash is one of the staple foods in my household. It stores well and there is so much you can do with it! Here are some of my favorite ways to eat it:

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@tarynraineyoga Roasted Butternut Squash

Green Beans

Green beans are super yummy raw paired with some flavorful hummus or dip of your choice. However, there are tons of ways to eat green beans outside of the traditional Thanksgiving casserole:

Green Bell Peppers

Again, these are super yummy raw with some hummus or in nearly any salad, breakfast scramble, etc. Here are other ideas:

Green Chile Peppers

I LOVE green chile. In my household, we roast a bunch in advance, remove the skins, and freeze the chile to be used year round. I dice it up small to add to nearly any Mexican dish, add to burgers (ahem, veggie burgers), and most soups. I hope you fall in love with them too. Visit the Yummy Life for more info on storing Green Chile.

Tomatoes

When I get a bunch of extra tomatoes, my favorite thing to do is make a big batch of vegetable marina sauce and freeze it (see my blog post on freezer meals). I’m also kind of strange because I love eating tomatoes plain, maybe with a little sea salt. Here are some other awesome tomato recipes:

 

Well, there you have it! I hope you all enjoy your baskets and some of these recipes. I would LOVE to hear from you in the comments below. Which recipes did you try? What did you like or not like? What other recipes did you use with your baskets? I’m here to answer any questions you may have!

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@tarynraineyoga 2nd Saturday Market!

 

Live in Maricopa? Come out for free yoga next 2nd Saturday Market at 9 am and follow me on Facebook for updates on classes at Copper Sky, Maricopa Crossfit, and more!

Thanks everyone!

xoxo Taryn

New Look! New Logos!

“To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.” – Bruce Lee

Quick morning post today, simply to share my excitement for my fabulous new logos my little sister, Sierra, created. She is so talented and I am too eager to share her work with the world to wait on my yoga website to take form. If you are a regular reader, you will see the blog got a face lift. The lotus-cowgirl you see in my new banner is one of my sister’s designs. She also created the yogi without the cowboy hat, so I can use it outside of my blog:

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While I LOVE the lotus design. However, my sister and I were talking about my lifelong obsession with trees (I know, weird huh?) and my mother tends to poke fun at me for standing in tree pose all the time. (I seriously don’t even know I’m doing it!) Therefore, she wanted to create an extra logo that incorporated my love for all things green:

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She rocks! I am so thrilled about the new graphics and think I will be making some fun tanks and bags to sell. What do you think of the new logos? I would love to hear your opinions!

Interested in a custom logo or other design? Email my sister, Sierra, at inspiredbysisters@gmail.com and tell her I sent ya!

Namaste friends! – Taryn xoxo

Weekend Fun: Puppy Party

“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” ~ Tim Cahill

Tanner and I were so lucky to share a unique experience with our lab, Wesley, this weekend. Wesley’s breeder had a great idea to bring together Wesley’s litter and his parents to have a party together! This was an opportunity for Wesley that we simply could not miss. Saturday, we loaded up the truck with the pooch and a pot luck item (yummy guacamole) and headed an hour south of us to join the fun.

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On our way!

Holy labs! There were eight adult labs total and a little puppy from the breeder’s new litter. Thankfully, the new puppy already had an owner because Tanner was dying to take the little one home with us.

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Puppies and babies. Can’t get any cuter

Tug-a-war, keep-away, laps in the pool, and more! The dogs all got along so well and it was such a good time for us to sit back with other owners and compare stories. Thank heavens we are not alone in our puppy chaos! For instance, our dog is not the only one who likes to shred the recycling all over the backyard or eat firewood. Wesley is not the only one who likes to jump around on the bed while trying to put on new sheets. And, he’s not the only one who doesn’t believe in behaving at home, but acts polite at other people’s homes.

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We feel so blessed to have such an incredible joy in our life. Wesley has really helped us to feel like a family, so I am thankful to do things for him. He was so happy to play with friends and lead the pack. We couldn’t stop smiling at our charming, little goofball! (well, maybe not so little; he is the tallest out of all the dogs)

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Honestly, the best part of the party was getting the energy out of him. Wesley slept for the rest of the weekend, letting momma get some cleaning and cooking done!

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I would love to hear about fun ways y’all spoil your pets! New ideas are always welcome in our home.

Xoxo Taryn

Our yoga class on Halloween :)
Our yoga class on Halloween 🙂

Brunch & Bubbly Bridal Shower

I finally get to write a good post because I am not having to hide all my secret projects from my sister-in-law!

The bridal shower finally came around and we had such a blast. Check out this great overview of the planning and details. Everyone was perfect and the bride-to-be was knocked off her feet!

Me and the lovely bride to be!
Me and the lovely bride to be!
Check out this girl!
Check out this girl!

FOOD AND DRINK

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  • Mimosa bar – complete with different juices and fruits for the garnish. The guests were each given a hand-painted champagne glass as their favor
  • Tea bar – the bride to be loves tea! We offered a wide variety of hot and cold teas with beautiful china tea cups to sip on (the caffeine was a great contrast to the champagne)
  • Giant cheese and cracker board
  • Lunch: 3 different tea sandwiches, caprese, macaroni salad, ramon salad, and fruit
  • Desserts: beautiful chocolate truffles and creme brulee served in tea cups (both regular and chai tea flavors)

DECORATIONS

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We really focused on incorporating a champagne theme with pink and gold decor, while also incorporating an antique tea party theme by using aged items and gorgeous antique tea cups. The entire house was filled with pictures of the beautiful bride-to-be and her studly fiance. At the front entrance, we used a paneled room divider to hang string of fake flowers, tiny jars full of fresh baby’s breath, and the couple’s engagement pictures.

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We really loved the idea of incorporating fresh flowers all over the house, a bride favorite. The morning of the shower, one of the bridesmaids stopped by Trader Joe’s and grabbed banquets of wild flowers and baby’s breath. We used wine bottles, jars, and medicine bottles (some of which were spray painted gold or covered in sparkles) as the centerpieces on the table. Some tables had picture frames or tea cups or antique lanterns. And, of course, everything was filled with flowers.

GAMES

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The maid of honor did a great job of coming up with some games. We had some simple games spread out through the house to entertain people while we waited on the guest of honor to arrive. There was a game to guess the number of corks in a jar and a “write a date night” jar, to which Spencer got to pick her favorite date. The best game of the day incorporated the groom! The maid of honor prerecorded a bunch of interview questions with the groom and Spencer had to guess his answers. The best part was the fact that the groom got to “say hi” to the room and give a super emotional message to Spencer in the end that had all the women in the room in tears.

GIFTS

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Man did this bride get spoiled! It was so much fun to see the creativity from all the women in the room. Some of the best gifts included: a towel cake, homemade initials wall decor, custom frames, and a custom hanger for the bride’s dress. I was lucky enough to have kept the bouquet she had caught at my wedding, so I framed it for her along with a photo strip of her catching the flowers and a poem to her. The maid of honor did a fabulous job putting together a “365 days” photo project for the married couple to capture their first year of marriage on disposable cameras (therefore, no retakes available!). We also put together a combined gift from everyone who was invited to the shower: a Project Life book filled with pictures of the bride with her guests, recipe cards, and notes of advice from all those dearest to the bride.

It was such a special day and I am so glad I got to be a part of it. This weekend, we get to host the bachelorette party and I cannot wait to share the planning and pictures for that event!

XOXO Taryn

Camping meals

“My fear of camping: I’m convinced bugs will crawl up my vagina and lay eggs. Isn’t everyone?”
― Kathy Griffin, Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin

I told you I would remember to get back online and post some of my recipes from the weekend. Unfortunately, I was so caught up in the gloriousness of nature that I forgot to take pictures of all the meals. (I know, gloriousness is not a word…) My favorite part of camping is planning the meals and finding new ways to out smart all the added cooking preparations.I pack pretty basic snacks: pre-cut fruit and veggies, lots of chips and dip (the boys can’t get enough), cookies, granola bars, and I definitely cannot forget stuff for s’mores (…. and beer!).

Long post for today, but I hope you enjoy all the meals we had each day.

 

DAY ONE

 Lunch – Typical hot dogs, baked beans, and broccoli slaw

                This one is pretty self explanatory and a must-have on the men’s list for suggested meals.

 

Dinner – Dutch oven Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

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  Ingredients:

  • 1 lb chicken
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 cups of cheese (Colby or Monterey Jack)
  • Green Chile Enchilada Sauce (28 oz)
  • Small corn tortillas (enough for three layers)

 

  1. The trick to making this recipe super simple is to prep the meal before camping. I boil my chicken to make it easier to shred. Typically, chicken tenderloins will take 10-12 minutes to fully cook while full chicken breasts will take closer to 20 minutes. Be sure there is enough water to fully cover the chicken.
  2. Once cooked, shred the chicken using forks or a kitchen mixer (my kitchenaid shreds chicken in about a minute). Add the sour cream and garlic powder. Mix thoroughly and place mixture in Ziploc or container to bring camping. This can also go in the freezer if you need to prepare this more than a day or two before the trip.
  3. Prepare coals for the Dutch oven. I use a 12-inch Dutch oven that typically requires 8 coals on the bottom and 16 on top. Always place fewer numbers of coals on the bottom to prevent food from burning on the bottom of the oven. For easy cleaning, line your Dutch oven completely with heavy duty aluminum foil.
  4. When your coals are close to ready, start putting the casserole together. Pour 1” of sauce on the bottom and then line the bottom of the oven with tortillas. Layer half of the chicken mixture on top of the tortillas, followed by a third of the cheese and a third of the remaining sauce. Repeat the layers (tortillas, chicken, cheese, sauce). Add a third layer of tortillas and spread the remainder of the sauce and cheese along the top.
  5. Place the coals accordingly and cook for about thirty minutes. To make sure the casserole is cooking evenly, you may want to rotate the dutch oven every ten minutes or so.
  6. Enjoy with some chips and salsa and a large margarita! Perfect for summer camping by the lake.

 

 

DAY TWO

Breakfast – Dutch oven breakfast casserole

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Ingredients:

  • 12 eggs (for easy storage, wisk eggs as home with a little salt and store in a large water bottle)
  • ½ a stick of butter
  • 2 lbs of frozen hashbrowns (any kind is fine; I used country style)
  • Pre-cooked Turkey sausage crumbles (or your favorite breakfast meat)
  • 1 ½ cups of shredded cheese
  • Your preference of salt and pepper
  • Optional veggies: diced tomatoes (or rotel), green chiles, spinach, onions, etc.

 

  1. Prepare coals for the Dutch oven. I use a 12-inch Dutch oven that typically requires 8 coals on the bottom and 16 on top. Always place fewer numbers of coals on the bottom to prevent food from burning on the bottom of the oven. For easy cleaning, line your Dutch oven completely with heavy duty aluminum foil.
  2. Melt butter in the bottom of the oven. Once melted, add all the hash browns, meat, veggies, and spices. Allow the mixture to cook with the lid on for about 10 minutes (be sure the mixture is warm and the hashbrowns are no longer frozen)
  3. Add eggs and top with cheese. Cook for an additional 15 minutes or until the eggs are cooked and the cheese is melted.
  4. We enjoyed this casserole with a serving of fruit salad and morning coffee.

 

 

Lunch – Taco Salad

 Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • Taco seasoning
  • 1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can rotel (drained)
  • Tortilla chips (or nacho Doritos)
  • Optional toppings: Shredded cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, chiles, sour cream, salsa, avocadoes, etc.

 

  1. This is another one that can save a lot of time by prepping at home. Cook the ground turkey in a large skillet on the stove top. Once fully cooked, drain out excess oil. Place back on the stove top and add the taco seasoning, rotel, and black beans until the combination is thoroughly mixed and warm. Allow the mixture to cool before placing in ziplock or plastic container for camping trip.
  2. Another thing that can be prepared at home is the topping. Shred lettuce, dice tomatoes and onions, etc. and place items in plastic containers or baggies for camping.
  3. When ready for the meal, you can choose to reheat the meat mixture or leave it cold. Prepare each plate with a scoop of the meat mixture and crushed chips. I like to allow others to put their own toppings to fit their unique tastes.

Note: This recipe also works well for “Tacos in a Bag” and is great for kids. Simply bring individual sized Doritos bags or Ziplocs of tortilla chips and scoop the meat mixture and toppings into the bag. It’s the perfect lunch on the go!

 

 

Dinner – Dutch oven BBQ Chicken and Potatoes

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 Ingredients:

  • Chicken of your choice- breasts, half chickens, leg quarters (I used three leg quarters)
  • 2-3 large potatoes
  • BBQ Sauce
  • 1 tbs Olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper

Sauce ingredients:

  • Bottle of BBQ Sauce (18 oz, I used Sweet Baby Ray’s)
  • ¼ cup Italian dressing
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbs minced garlic
  1. Prepare coals for the Dutch oven. I use a 12-inch Dutch oven that typically requires 8 coals on the bottom and 16 on top; however, for this recipe, I like to have extra on top, closer to 20 coals. Always place fewer numbers of coals on the bottom to prevent food from burning on the bottom of the oven. For easy cleaning, line your Dutch oven completely with heavy duty aluminum foil.
  2. I mixed the sauce prior to camping and brought the sauce with me in a container. You could also pour the sauce ingredients into the bottom of the Dutch oven and mix it that way. Once the sauce is poured into the bottom, place the chicken on the bottom. I suggest flipping and stirring the chicken a few times to evenly distribute the sauce.
  3. Chop up the potatoes into desired, bite size pieces. Toss the potatoes in olive oil and desired amounts of salt and pepper. Pour the potatoes on top of the chicken and place lid on the dutch oven.
  4. Once the coals are placed, the cook time can take anywhere from 1 to 1 ½ hours depending on the size of the chicken and the amount of heat in the oven. To check if the dinner is fully cooked, poke the potatoes with a fork and be sure they’re at the desired texture. You could also check the temperature of the chicken, but I have noticed the chicken cooks faster than the potatoes so I test the potatoes.
  5. Enjoy!

 

 

DAY THREE

Breakfast – Crunchy Eggs

This is my camping favorite and, of course, I forgot a picture. It sounds totally weird, but trust me on this one. It is delicious!!! And if you can’t tell, I really like Rotel!

 Ingredients:

  • 2 large skillets or a large flat top – makes it easier to cook all at once
  • 8 eggs
  • ½ a bag of potato chips (crushed)
  • 1 can rotel (drained)
  • 1 tbs minced garlic
  • 2 tbs olive oil (1 tbs in each pan)
  • Desired salt and pepper
  1. Heat olive oil in pans. Once hot, add garlic and rotel into pans (1/2 in each skillet). Once the garlic starts to brown, stir in crushed potato chips and continue to cook for about five minutes.
  2. Next, make four circular “baskets” of mixture in each pan, exposing the pan in the middle of the “basket”. Drop an egg into each “basket” or hole and cook to desired tempature (sunny side up, over hard, etc.). If you would rather do scrambled eggs, simply wisk the eggs and stir into the potato chip mixture until fully cooked.
  3. This recipe is super yummy with some hot sauce or salsa on top!

 

Enjoy the recipes! xoxo Taryn

TGIF!

Morning Check List:

Clothed? Ah sufficiently

Keys? Yep just found ’em

Coffee cup? FULL

Sanity? Sanity?

and we have a runner…

Saw this quote this morning and had to laugh. I seriously cursed my way out of bed this morning after tucking in much too late and having battled with my lab all night (he decided between 2-3 am was the best time of day to play fetch with himself on the bed…)! 

I had my first night of yoga teacher training last night and loved it! Although, I am a little freaked out about the amount of time it is going to consume and the lack of sleep I will be getting Thursday and Friday evenings. But hey, how can one find success without making a few sacrifices? 

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But, honestly, thank God for Fridays and coffee!

I hope y’all have an amazing weekend. I’ll be heading up to Williams, AZ suuuuper late tonight to visit my sister-in-law and I cannot wait to share pictures with y’all of beautiful northern Arizona!