Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Beautiful Easter Weekend

Even though we were missing a few, it was a beautiful Easter weekend.

Casey flew in from Boulder

and Katie drove down from Burlington

We all met at Patrick's baseball game 


during which his sisters embarrassed him relentlessly

Aaah siblings

The next day, everyone came over.
Easter egg hunt is on, shoes optional.

Much fun but missing Aunt Amy the ultimate egg prankster!
(Aunt Kimmie's were kind of boring....)

Everyone under 30 invited to line up
Mr Cargo pants, who is definitely not under 30
could not resist!

Lots of friends stopped by

Dogs played.

Kira read 

Lots of catching up

Lots of cuteness

and hanging with the cousins.

Aaah heaven
Hope you had a great Spring weekend too!

Sunday, April 6, 2014


To do what you love for a living, is a wonderful thing. 

 In the sailing world, I recently learned, it is actually possible to do just that,
  sail for a living that is.

Of course a lot of these guys are America's Cup and Olympic champion sailors.

 Mitch, the tactician here on the left is an 11 times World Champion, twice Olympic medalist,
and has two America's Cups on his resume.
 Mike the helmsman at the tiller,  has raced in  single-handed races around the world.
(Yeah, sailed round the world, by himself, both ways.)
These guys are impressive. It is a joy to watch them at work.

It was also a pleasure to see other crew on board  like these women, 
who have chosen to do what they do on the water. 
Sonia, on the right for example, prepares food at a 45 degree angle, that would knock your socks off!
My only regret is I did not take any photos of her work! Quite frankly I was too  busy eating it...and hanging on.

It was such an incredible experience, being on this boat, 
I cannot imagine doing it year round and being good enough to do so.

It also brought out the competitive side in all of us, as on the last day we were so excited to be ahead of these spinnakers instead of behind.
(Ok, we, the guests, did absolutely nothing but stay out of the way but still....we were emotionally invested)

The competition didn't end on the water. 
It was full-on for the boat who threw the best party on Saturday night.

Also it was much fun to check out the other boats.

We did NOT have a competition for best dancing on a table the next night at  Le Ti...

...but I am pretty sure Pam and Peter would have won!

The sailing was ......soo beautiful, like a dream.

For the crew who make it happen, is it a dream come true?
Even though racing keeps them away from home for weeks at a time and the work 
can often be inconsistent , 
 I am still convinced they might have been  among the  happiest people on that boat,

and an inspiration to the weekend warriors the rest of us may be. 
For me this experience was a great reminder,

that to follow your passion is a wonderful thing.

Love your body, love each other, eat your carrots and follow your passion!


(Photo credits-Some photos, identified by their watermarks, came from the St. Barth's Bucket Regatta website photo galleries-

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Love Your Body!!

Love Your Body Like Lena Dunham!


I try not to watch too much television, but I do have a few favorites I try to catch up on. Girls, on HBO, is one of them.  I just saw the  episode in which Hannah finds herself stranded in the middle of town in the Hamptons in just her little green bikini. (I am a little behind-it ran end of Feb)
It reminded me of  the reason why I fell in love with this show in the first place!
She loves her body!

And despite these temporary cold temperatures, the flowers are poking through-
Spring has sprung!
Yet, this happy much anticipated season 
inevitably leads to the  sounds 
of body rage as we contemplate wearing our own little green bikinis.

Well don't! Don't diet, take pills, drink only juice and generally act crazy punishing your body.
Just stop
Take some inspiration from Lena, 
and love the body you have. We're all different, thank God, and that includes our body types.

And because you LOVE your body, it will appreciate a few nice things you can do to make it feel great;

1. Buy clothes that fit. -Here I am after my Spring trip to Lululemon. 
The cute pink running bra is 2 sizes up because Lulu makes their stuff too small.  I also size up in bathing suits. Be happy, be comfortable, be yourself.

1. Eat Lots of COLOR- Half to 3/4 of your plate should be colorful, because COLOR = plants!!

2. Eat Less BEIGE Foods  Beige= fried, starch , carbs all of the food we need less of
Also, the protein, or meat, should be only the size of your palm and less than half of the plate NOT most of the plate, as traditionally served in the U.S.A. ...sigh.

3. Beware Giant Portions! Do you ever have the feeling I do at a restaurant,  
that the portion size is big enough to feed a family?
Okay this hamburger is an exaggeration, but you know what I mean. So portion size is something to keep in mind. Why not leave some on your plate?

2. The DON'T Clean Your Plate Club- that's what dishwashers are for. Seriously, yeah it's a little wasteful, but better down the drain than down your gullet making you feel gross and blech.
You love your body remember? Don't stuff it to uncomfortable. Just eat enough to satisfy then put the fork down.
The waiter won't give you a timeout. I promise.

3. Drink Water-especially before a meal if you want to help yourself NOT eat to discomfort.

4. Eat At Regular Times- Try to eat regular meals because your metabolism will operate more efficiently. Also, it helps alleviate the kind of hunger that leads to mindless snacking, which then leads to killing your appetite for the healthier dinner you would have had  and then leads to that before bed snack and on and on. 

5. Walk More, Ride More- In addition to your exercise, whatever that may be, remember to keep walking more. Park farther away from the door, go outside, walk at work, walk around the airport when waiting for a flight-keep moving.
Cuz, you love your body, and your body is meant to move.

Spring also means getting our bikes out there again.
And seriously, you don't have to have a racing bike, the shoes, the clothes, all that jazz to enjoy biking. You can just bike to get around. And that body you love, will love you for it.

So happy Spring everybody!!
And don't fret the whole body in a bikini- thing
Love your body like Lena!
If she can do it, so can you!

Love your body, love each other, eat your carrots!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Corned Beef and Cabbage YOU Will Love

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Here is a great corned beef and cabbage recipe that you will love, 
unless of course you are Tommy Craig.

Is he really Irish??? 
Can you really be Irish if you don't like corned beef and cabbage....

or a nice dark ale like Guinness..
or even this nice nut brown ale from Samuel Smith???
(Bummer, couldn't find the Guinness at Whole Foods but this was yummy btw..)

Or what if you don't like Irish soda bread? 
I don't know....seems to be a litmus test to me.

And we go through this every year. 
I cook it but Mr Irish here, won't eat it. 
But he did come to Whole Foods with me.

I picked up a 3-4 pound piece of corned beef.
(He picked up a burger)

Once home, I put the corned beef in the bottom of the pan and covered with 2 onions each with 3 cloves, 3 carrots cut in half, 4 stalks of celery and  3 sprigs of parsley.
Then let simmer for 2-2 2/12 hours.

After the meat is tender, you remove it from the pan, keep it warm and then boil leeks, carrots potatoes and some more parsley, for about 25 minutes.
Don't overcook!

You don't have to, but I like to cook the cabbage and leeks separately because I like the veggies a little crunchy. Therefore they don't cook as long as the carrots and potatoes.

Don't forget a nice horseradish sauce.

When done platter and serve. Yum What could be better?
I just love this meal.
And Mr. Irish? He enjoyed the burger he cooked out on the grill with a hearty root beer,
while his Irish grandmother rolled over in her grave.
Some Irishman!

Love your body, love each other, eat your carrots

Corned Beef and Cabbage
from The Silver Palate The New Basics 

1 fresh corned beef 5-6 pounds ( I used a small one 3-4 lbs.)
2 onions studded with 3 whole cloves
4 carrots peeled and halved
4 sprigs of Italian (flat leaf)  parsley
1 green cabbage
12 small red potatoes
6 small leeks ( white part and 1 inch of green), well rinsed
6 carrots peeled and cut into 2 1/2 inch lengths
Salt and freshly ground pepper
4 T chopped parsley
horseradish sauce

1. Place the corned beef in a large soup pot. Add the onions, carrots, celery and parsley sprigs. Cover with cold water. Bring to boil then reduce the heat cover and simmer for 2-3 hours until the meat is tender. When it is done remove the meat from the beth and keep warm

2. Strain the broth and return it to the kettle. Add the cabbage, potatoes, leeks, carrots, salt and pepper and 2 tablespoons of the chopped parsley. Bring to a boil; reduce the heat , cover and simmer until the vegetables are tender 30 minutes. ( I cook the cabbage and leeks separately for less time approximately 15 minutes or until fork tender)

3. Arrange the beef on the platter and surround with cooked vegetables. Ladle broth over top and sprinkle with parsley. Serve with horseradish sauce.