Restless Legs Bailey

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Thank you all so much for your insightful comments on Monday’s post about Jeremy (click to view comments). I wasn’t sure how the post would be received, but I’m so glad everyone seemed to get the positive message I was trying to convey.

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Fall is definitely here, but the only thing telling me today was fall was the plethora of golden-hued leaves on the ground. The weather was balmy and warm!

Hubby and I had a horrible night of sleep last night thanks to Bailey being completely restless. He jumped up on the bed around 2am this morning, landing on my head and the pillow. Then, he tried laying on the pillow…while my head was still on it. After we kicked Bailey off the bed, he decided to go into our bathroom and pee on our bath mat. What the…? So, we decided maybe Bailey was freaking out because it was raining outside and sometimes storms scare dogs. So, we let him get back up on the bed where he restlessly moved around. Laying in one spot. Then moving to another. Then another. Hubby was getting annoyed, while my paranoia kicked in. What if Bailey was trying to tell us something? Like a huge storm was coming. Or that someone was trying to break in. Or that there was a gas leak in our house and we needed to get up immediately?! Meanwhile, hubby decided to just take Bailey out to see if maybe he just needed to do his business. And that’s when I fell back asleep till the morning.

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So, breakfast was a bit of a rush and I decided to eat it on my way to work.

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Just PB WW toast with chia seeds.

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Mmm…car fooooood.

Work was a little rough today thanks to Bailey and my lack of sleep, but I pulled through.

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After work, hubby and I took Bailey for a little walk.

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Bailey loved it! I thought the fresh air was pretty energizing, too.

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Once home, hubby and I got started on dinner.

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I made some Simply Sauteed Swiss Chard with some chard hubby picked up at the market (do I owe you guys this recipe?)…

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…plus I concocted a new recipe using pantry ingredients – Shrimp in a Saffron Broth.

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I served it over rice, though I think maybe I should have used orzo or something else that didn’t sop up the liquid quite so much.

I’ll post the recipe soon. Recipe posted! Click here to view my Shrimp in Saffron Broth recipe. It’s a goodie – uses few ingredients, fast, easy. And it’s pretty cheap, too, as long as you already have saffron on hand.

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Mmm…local veggies.

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And there’s always room for cake (click to view more about this particularly yummy, from-scratch cake)!

And have you seen about my latest challenge – Healthy Thanksgiving 2010? Please click on the image below to learn more – I’d love to have you participate!

Plus my beef stew recipe is now up – click here to view it (it would be fab to make this weekend!)

Also, Happy-Happy 26+2 Birthday to Kath!

Does your pet ever get super restless? Did your pet have an upset stomach or was it trying to save your life? Have any funny or interesting stories? Tell me about it. :)

Cozy Beef Stew Recipe

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Now that the weather is getting cooler, my mind is turning towards cozy and comforting eats like slow-cooked stews and casseroles.

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There’s something about a home-cooked meal simmering away gently on the stovetop that just makes you feel more relaxed.

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Like you want to cozy up on the couch with a good book or knitting project so you can casually wait for your cold-weather feast to finish.

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And then maybe enjoy your stew couch-side whilst enjoying the show outside of golden falling leaves drifting slowly down from the trees.

This beef stew is particularly easy and has a simple and short list of ingredients, which makes it a popular recipe in our household.

Cozy Beef Stew

Serves 2-3 (Though the recipe is easy to multiply)

Adapted from this recipe by Paula Deen

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound stew beef
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 medium-large onion, sliced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • Dash ground allspice or ground cloves
  • 1 cup baby carrots, chopped (I used baby because we have them on hand for snacking or adding to salads. You can also use 1 large carrot or 2 small carrots, chopped)
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp tapioca starch (or cornstarch)

Directions:

  1. Heat a medium-large pot over medium heat. Add EVOO. Add beef to the pot and brown all over, roughly 5-8 minutes.
  2. Add wine and cook for just a minute, stirring a bit.
  3. Add water, Worcestershire, garlic, bay leaf, onion, salt, sugar, pepper, paprika, and allspice/cloves and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce to simmer and cook for 1 1/2 hours.
  4. Remove bay leaf and garlic. Stir in carrots and celery. Cover and cook 35-40 minutes.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together water and tapioca/corn starch. Whisk in a bit of the hot liquid, about 1/4 cup. Stir mixture into the pot. Cook till sauce is thickened (should be just a minute).
  6. Serve over rice or pasta or with biscuits or cornbread.

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Enjoy!

Healthy Thanksgiving Challenge 2010

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It’s here! Time for my 2nd annual Healthy Thanksgiving Challenge! Read on for details on how you can participate…

The Challenge Concept

If you’re like me, you believe that every change, no matter how small, in a positive direction, helps make the world a better place. So, why not use our knowledge of healthful eating to help our friends, family, and co-workers enjoy a slightly more healthy Thanksgiving?

Many people associate the holiday season with a time for indulging in a plethora of not-so-healthy eats. We eat at friends’ homes, office parties, and family get-togethers. At most Thanksgiving dinners, whether you’re hosting the whole meal or just bringing a side dish, you can bank on being able to share your mad cooking/baking skills with your friends, family, and even co-workers. Whether you’re cooking the main dish, bringing something on the side, or baking dessert, you can help make the world a healthier place by making your contribution a little healthier. Then, all your friends, family, and/or co-workers can reap the benefits of having healthier eats, too!

Show your loved ones that Thanksgiving can be a healthy indulgence.

How to Play

The Thanksgiving Food Challenge is simple – choose a dish and make at least one small change to make it healthier. You can make as many changes as you want, but even one change is great.

Here are some examples:

  • Use an organic ingredient (sub organic milk or eggs for your famous dessert)
  • Use a local ingredient (local veggies anyone?)
  • Use a humanely raised turkey (find one at LocalHarvest.org *click*)
  • Substitute a healthier ingredient (try brown rice syrup instead of sugar as a sweetener)
  • Serve a healthier alternative (steamed green beans instead of green bean casserole)
  • Give a family recipe a complete, healthy make-over (tofu pumpkin pie is tasty!)

Click here to view my healthy makeovers for my family’s Thanksgiving 2009 for ideas.

Click here to view the entries from the 2009 Challenge for ideas.

How to Enter

You don’t have to have a blog to play!

There are 3 ways to enter (1 mandatory and 2 optional if you want extra chances to win):

  1. *mandatory* Leave a comment explaining what you made and what you changed.
  2. Tweet about the contest using the following: “I’m playing in the Healthy Thanksgiving Challenge 2010 t! http://bit.ly/bPBTCn #healthythanksgiving”. Leave a separate comment on this post to let me know that you tweeted an entry.
  3. Link to this contest from your blog. Leave a separate comment telling me you did.

Easy Rules:

  • Each entry must be left as a separate comment on this post to count individually.
  • All entries must be received by 8pm ET Saturday, November 27th, 2010.
  • Winner will be randomly selected.
  • Shipping of prize is for US only.
  • Winner will be notified via email and so must have a valid email address.
  • If winner doesn’t reply within 48 hours of email notification, a new winner will be selected.

Banner

I’ve created a banner for the challenge if you’d like to use it on your blog or web site:

You can use the following code to add this banner to your site:
<a href="http://thechiclife.com/2010/10/healthy-thanksgiving-challenge-2010.html"><img src="http://thechiclife.com/wp-content/uploads/images/HealthyThanksgiving2010.gif" border="0" width="170" height="170" /></a>

The Prize

The prize is helping make the world healthier one ingredient at a time. :) Oh wait, you want something for you? Ok…

I’ll randomly select someone from the group who posts by the deadline to receive a handmade (by me) pair of Swarovski pearl drop earrings (sterling silver) – perfect for your next holiday party and just in time!

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I have a couple other pearl colors and several crystal colors and would be happy to help you pick some colors to match your preferences.

Wrapping Up

With this challenge being so simple, it should be pretty easy for lots of people to participate. Let’s spread the healthy word and show people that healthy can be tasty! And if you’re wondering how changing out 1 ingredient can make a different, I truly believe that every change for the better makes a positive impact overall. I leave you with this quote:

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. ~Margaret Mead

Who’s in?!

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