Friday, February 28, 2014

What I Wore: Sartorial Medley - Season of Love

It is time again for Sartorial Medley, a monthly themed fashion post hosted by myself and Aislynn of Aislynn's World.  (Did you miss the previous posts? Check them out!) We welcome participation from anyone, regardless of your dress size.  From now until the end of the month, email me your photo and link to your blog post  - diva (at) divinemrsdiva (dot) com.  

To participate, even if you don't have a blog,  just Tweet/Instagram/Pinterest/etc. your photo with #SartorialMedley to be featured in the blog post.  We can't wait to see you rocking your outfits!  (Follow me on Twitter and Instagram @DivineMrsDiva.)

Now on to this month's theme: Season of Love.  I'm making it in under the wire this month! - Sartorial Medley: Season of Love (Feb. 2014) SWAK Designs Amber Shrug, Old Navy Skinny Jeans, Torrid Peplum Top, Reebok Trainers

This month's theme is pretty open to interpretation.  Whether your outfit is for a date night, features an item you love, or involves you doing something you love, it is ALL about the love!  I pulled some photos from our jaunt to the Chocolate Festival to share with you.  Yes, I totally love chocolate, but what I love most about going to events like these is the fact that I get to do it with people I love.  Sean and I were joined by my mom-in-law and a couple friends for assessing chocolate vendors and tasting all the yummy chocolate we wanted. - Sartorial Medley: Season of Love (Feb. 2014) SWAK Designs Amber Shrug, Old Navy Skinny Jeans, Torrid Peplum Top, Reebok Trainers - Sartorial Medley: Season of Love (Feb. 2014) - Sartorial Medley: Season of Love (Feb. 2014)

Not only do I love the people I was with, but I love the fact that I could go to the Chocolate Fest at all, and eat chocolate, and have fun.  All this cancer mess and recovery can really get a girl down.  I know I have previously professed my love for the Amber shrug, but I really do love how versatile it is and how it can add color to any outfit.  I'm definitely a jeans and cute top kind of girl, keeping it casual a majority of the time.  These knit peplum tops from Torrid are great for a comfy and casual look.  They can be a bit fitted on top, but I found sizing down was a better look for me. - Sartorial Medley: Season of Love (Feb. 2014) SWAK Designs Amber Shrug, Old Navy Skinny Jeans, Torrid Peplum Top, Reebok Trainers
Glitter Striped Peplum Top - Torrid
Amber Shrug - SWAK Designs
Dark-Wash Skinny Jean - Old Navy
Yourflex Trainette - Reebok

Show us what you love!!

Sartorial Medley: Season of Love

Sartorial Medley Aislynn - Season of Love
Aislynn of Aislynn's World

Thursday, February 27, 2014

What I Wore: Lady In Lace - Kiyonna Lady In Lace Peplum Dress, Groopdealz Flora Jeweled Statement Necklace

This year we decided to veer from our usual Valentine's dinner - homemade fondue fun at home - for the delectable delights that would await us at one of our favorite restaurants.  Naturally, this made me want to get all gussied up for a romantic dinner out.  Kiyonna to the rescue with this classy number - the Lady In Lace Peplum Dress. - Kiyonna Lady In Lace Peplum Dress, Groopdealz Flora Jeweled Statement Necklace, Avenue shrug and velvet bow wedges

I was really excited to try this dress because I don't own a dress like it.  It is more fitted than I normally go for, but I was ready to take the risk.  I am so glad I did because I absolutely love this dress!  It fits fantastically and is such a ladylike and flattering silhouette.  I also love how easy it is to wear because it is made of a ponte knit fabric that moves with ease.  The lace peplum and bodice are made of a stretchy lace that moves great as well.  It made me feel so classy and pretty and confident.  So confident that I am uncharacteristically showing my upper arms without a second thought. - Kiyonna Lady In Lace Peplum Dress, Groopdealz Flora Jeweled Statement Necklace, Avenue shrug and velvet bow wedges - Kiyonna Lady In Lace Peplum Dress, Groopdealz Flora Jeweled Statement Necklace, Avenue shrug and velvet bow wedges
Lady In Lace Peplum Dress - c/o Kiyonna  (For reference, I am 5'9" and wearing a 3X.)
Purple Shrug and Velvet Bow Wedges - Avenue
Statement Necklace - GroopDealz - Groopdealz Flora Jeweled Statement Necklace, Avenue velvet bow wedges

I received a lot of compliments on my whole ensemble, including my sparkly necklace.  I bought it in the purple and mint, but I recently picked it up in coral too because I love it so much.  It was a gorgeous night out, so after our amazing meal (roasted red pepper soup and bacon wrapped scallops with celery puree and a caper lemon sauce to start, entrees of horseradish crusted salmon with creme fraiche cucumbers, and dessert that included an espresso creme brulee with almond macaroon and a sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream.  O.M.G y'all!  It was SO GOOD.) we went for a walk around the grounds of the hotel/restaurant/winery/golf course. - Valentine's Day 2014 (McMenamins Edgefield) - Valentine's Day 2014

Once we arrived home, we opened our gifts to each other and hung out with our Fuzzy Valentines.  We definitely had a laugh when we realized that we both got each other Lord of the Rings themed Valentine cards.  Great minds!  I made Sean a "Love Tickets" book that includes "coupons" for things like breakfast in bed, a back massage, and a Star Trek Movie Marathon, etc.  He gave me a lovely ceiling light for my dressing room.  I can't wait to see how much it sparkles! - Valentine's Day 2014 - Valentine's Day 2014 - Valentine's Day 2014

Disclosure: I am a member of the Kiyonna Blogger Brigade and they provided me with the dress in this post.  All opinions on the item are my own.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Thryoid Cancer Update: Preparing for Radiation

It has been a while since I posted an update on my thyroid cancer, so here I am.  My last post on the subject was around New Year's Eve, so I definitely have some new updates.  Again, I am trying to be as thorough as I can with details in the hopes it helps someone else going through the same thing.

It was a week after surgery when I had my stitches removed and a follow-up with the surgeon's partner.  Since it was the day after Christmas, my surgeon was out of town.  It was another couple of weeks before I saw my surgeon for a follow-up.  During the visit, he had me do some breathing and talking exercises while he examined my throat inside and out.  He felt around on my neck a bit and had me do some exercises that tightened the muscles of my neck.  This helped him determine that my neck muscle on the side of the nodule was still weak and the incision site was a bit tight.  I was having trouble moving my neck too far back or side to side too much.  For this, he gave me the homework of doing neck stretches three times a day.  I had to tighten my muscles (kind of like you are trying to do an impression of Fire Marshall Bill), roll my neck all around, and pull the skin near my incision down and around to help loosen it up.

The Scar

He was also  not liking the look of my healing incision. There wasn't anything wrong with my healing, but he said I am too young and too healthy which creates a more red and bumpy scar instead of it smoothing out and disappearing faster. - Thryoid Cancer Update: Preparing for Radiation

Overall, things were going good and he promised to refer me to an endocrinologist that most of his thyroid cancer patients have seen and really like.  I told him I didn't like the one I saw previously and was looking forward to this one since she had such glowing reviews.  She specializes in thyroid cancer patients, so I hoped she would be a great match.

The neck exercises greatly increased my neck mobility within three days.  I continued them beyond that, of course, but I was surprised at how fast they worked in giving me more movement.  I was feeling pretty good and healing well.  Sean and I went out to a comedy club, we took the boys to the vet for check ups, hit up the Chocolate Festival, had another Bunco.  We just spent our weekends doing fun things and relaxing.  I'd spend most of the week catching up on housework and chores or projects that needed to be done.  Even in present day I mostly feel like I am constantly playing catch up.

A New Endo

At the end of January, I met with the new endocrinologist.  She seems very kind and warm and nice, more approachable and easier to talk to than the last one.  She explained some things about doing the radioactive iodine treatment and answered some questions I had about it.  She went over the basics really, but it was what we needed to do to get the ball rolling.  After speaking with her, I decided to wait until after Valentine's Day to start the Low Iodine Diet; so Sean and I planned out when it would be best for me to do the radiation.

The Low Iodine Diet

The Low Iodine Diet is imperative in the preparation for radiation because you want to starve any leftover thyroid cells of iodine.  You want them to be craving it.  The thyroid uses iodine to produce thyroid hormones.  The radiation comes in the form of a radioactive iodine pill.  Any leftover thyroid cells will be starving for iodine and take in the radioactive form, essentially then killing the cells it goes into.  Once I take the pill, I will rush home and be isolated in my bedroom/bathroom for about three days to a week.  We have to cover everything in plastic.  I will need to take multiple showers a day and pee as often as possible.  The radiation escapes your body via bodily fluids.  I will constantly have to suck on sour candies to help my saliva glands and wear rubber gloves when I use my laptop, iPad, or phone.  I'll make sure to take pictures for you when we get everything set up. I think it will be at least two weeks before I can leave the house and another week after that before I can be too near or even kiss my husband (or fur kids).  I think the isolation bothers me more than being radioactive, though that is quite unsettling as well.

This diet (which I am currently on) is limited to vegetables, fruit, 6 oz of chicken a day, and about 4 servings of a grain like quinoa.  I can't have any dairy, seafood, sea products, soy products, restaurant food, pre-packaged food, or anything containing salt because I don't know if these last three things have been made using iodized salt or not.  So I am using these restrictions along with my gluten free, grain free, sugar free restrictions.   I can have coffee and wine, so that helps me keep my sanity!  I have been getting creative and using my recipes I saved on Pinterest to make some pretty tasty meals so far.

Higher Dose of Medication

In addition to this diet, the endo upped my thyroid medication in order to suppress my TSH further.  In her explanation to me, this helps keep the thyroid cells from growing too much, which should keep any thyroid cancer cells from growing any.  Once I started the higher dose, my anxiety issues came back full force (constant nervous feeling in my stomach, obsessing over everyting and overthinking, crying a lot, etc).  I ended up having the worst panic attack I have ever had a couple weeks after taking the higher dose.  It is no fun.  A nurse from her office called to go over blood work and asked how I was doing.  I brought up the anxiety issue to her, but she thought it was impossible that I would have any symptoms until two months after starting the medication.  I told her I knew what I was feeling and that it came on after I started the higher dose, so I didn't know what else to tell her.  She promised to speak with the doctor, calling me back the next day to let me know I could take the higher dose four days a week and the smaller dose three days a week.  I think this has helped a little bit.

The blood work seemed okay to them, but it does show my parathyroid glands are still in shock.  (The parathyroid glands make calcium for your whole body.  So if they don't start working more in the next few months, I will have to take extra calcium supplements forever.) 

Living Life

Between then and now, Sean and I went to the Portland Seafood and Wine Fest, I had another haircut, and took a wine and painting class that was really fun.  The last week before saying goodbye to iodine, we kind of overdid it with tasty meals.  We went out for a lavish Valentine's Dinner complete with seafood, bread, and dessert.  We ate abundant Mexican deliciousness with friends and dined on Southern classics with the mother-in-law.  (Screen Door in Portland is YUMMY!!!)  I also had my last follow-up appointment with my surgeon.  The verdict is I will probably need the whole six months for my scar to lose the redness and for my neck muscle (which is still really weak) to get back up to where it should be.  Otherwise, I am doing well.

And now I am just trying not to stress too much about being radioactive and isolated, while I make lists and gather supplies for my time in the slammer.  I leave you with a recent picture of me and my healing scar. - Thryoid Cancer Update: Preparing for Radiation

Monday, February 24, 2014

Q & A Monday: "Randomly Getting To Know You"

I hope y'all are having a great Monday and settling into the week.  I am running around the house like a chicken with my head cut off trying to get stuff done.  Today is all about laundry, prepping food for the week, folding laundry, and tidying up.  It will be a busy week of reorganizing, cleaning, and tidying.

It seems like a long time since Q & A Monday happened.  The host, Kenlie, has been super busy.  For the next month, she is turning the reins over to Sarah at Losing Weight and Having Fun.  Without further ado, here is this week's questions:

It is time again for Friend Makin' Monday.  If you have a blog, I would like to invite you to answer the questions as well.  Leave me a comment here, so I know you are playing.  Then you can also leave a comment over at Losing Weight and Having Fun, so other folks can check out your answers as well.  It is a fun way to connect to other bloggers.

Randomly Getting To Know You

1. Introduce yourself in under 10 words.
Happily married, NKOTB fan, two chihuahuas, creative, in Washington State.

2. How did you find Friend Makin Mondays?
I stumbled upon Kenlie's blog and related to many of the things she talked about.  As I was reading through her blog, FMM stood out to me as something fun to do on my blog.

3. Have you ever met any of your blog readers?
Aside from friends and family who read my blog, I have met one or two readers.

4. How many states have you visited?
I have visited 29 out of the 50 states if you don't count the ones I have driven through or just been in the airport of.  That number goes to 37 if you count all of it.

5. What did you have for lunch yesterday?
Hmmmm, yesterday was Sunday...I am trying to remember....OH, we didn't have lunch because I was running around trying to get ready and we hit up the Home and Garden show.  I was so hungry!  I did have some gluten free oatmeal and a banana for breakfast and then a salad for dinner.

6. How many different places have you lived in?
I've lived in 14 cities, across 8 states, but also lived in different houses in those cities for a total of about 28 moves.  My husband and I just bought a house this past summer and I look forward to settling down in our own space.

7. What’s your favorite color?
PINK!  Preferably a deep and bright fuchsia pink with sparkles.  Kinda like the color of my dressing room walls, but MORE SPARKLES!

8. Do you have any pets?
I have two long-haired chihuahuas.  Rusty is 17 and Kiki will be 13 in July.  They are father and son.

9. What would your ideal job be?
I kind of like the one I have now - Domestic Goddess and Blogger. I just wish they paid more. lol  Otherwise, I have always been interested in acting, interior design, fashion styling, and the like.

10. Do you have any tattoos?
I have three - all on my ankles.  My first one was a shooting star when I was about 23.  Then a small bumblebee that I got with my cousins and aunt. And finally a martini glass.  I have some more ideas for ones I want to get, but I get nervous about finding a good artist.

Have a happy week!  Don't forget to link up with Sarah if you participate or answer the questions here.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Ipsy Bag: February 2014

I've been subscribed to Ipsy since June 2013 when I signed up on a recommendation from my aunt.  Being such a product/makeup/beauty junkie, I adore obtaining these bags and trying all the products.  Some are new to me and some are not.  Some are from brands I trust, while some come from brands I have never heard of before.  Either way, I enjoy trying products out and giving my opinion on them.

Ipsy is a monthly box subscription service ($10 a month) that sends you about five sample and/or full-size products that could be makeup, skin care, hair care, or nail care.  Based on your answers to a short Beauty Quiz, you are sent the best products for you geared towards your skin tone, hair color, eye color, and other beauty concerns.  You earn points by reviewing the products and those points can be redeemed for selected items.

This month's theme was "The Look of Love".

Ipsy February 2014 - POP Beauty Plump Pout Gloss in Peony Petal, Zoya Nail Polish in Odette, Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner in Starshine, First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleasner with Red Clay, Jesse's Girl 9 Pan Eyeshadow Compact

POP Beauty Plump Pout Mini in Peony Petal - First, the color is a beautiful deep rosy pink.  The texture is a creamy, thicker consistency that doesn't feel overly sticky.  On the lips it feels more like a NYX butter gloss than a MAC gloss.  It lasted a few hours on me, while I was drinking coffee.  The pigmentation is pretty good, but if you blot it at all the color seems to fade a lot so you are just left with shine.  The one I received is .14 oz, but I don't know what size a full tube is.  They retail for $16 for the full-size.  Overall, I like this gloss.  I think it is the first thing from this brand I have enjoyed. (Swatched below)

Zoya Nail Polish in Odette - I received a full-size bottle of this nail polish and love it.  It is a great spring color that is not a pastel.  The website describes it as a "sultry orchid maroon cream".  I would probably describe it as a purple mauve.  It is a cream, so while it doesn't have sparkle, it isn't completely matte - just a well-pigmented solid color.  I had no issues with streaks; and it applied well in one coat.  It retails at $9 for .5 fl oz.

Ipsy February 2014 - Zoya Nail Polish in Odette

Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner in Starshine - I am always wary of eyeliners because I have such an issue with them moving around, fading, or creasing on me.  I pretty much stick with Urban Decay or Stila Waterproof liners.  I was excited this one was "waterproof", but that doesn't always mean they will perform well on me.  This one, however, is great!  It stays in place.  It did not budge on me all day long, so I was really impressed.  The color I received is Starshine which is a shiny silver.  This eyeliner retails for $15 for .04 oz. (Swatched below)

First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay -Received this facial cleanser in a 1 oz tube.  It is a light, gel texture with a subtle rosemary scent.  (It contains rosemary leaf oil.)  This cleanser is ideal for oily/combination or problem-prone skin.  I love the rosemary scent and the lighter texture.  It makes my skin feel smooth and soft.  I mix in a bit of baking soda for exfoliation.  At $24 for 4.7 oz I feel like it is a bit spendy, but I appreciate that it contains no parabens or colorants.  I would definitely use this again, but only if I could get it on sale.

Jesse's Girl 9 Pan EyeShadow Compact in Tickled Pink - This palette comes with nine shades that range from a pale pinky-peach to a purple-brown color.  Only four of the shades offered any real color; the rest are pretty much a waste.  These are powdery, not-very-well-pigmented shadows.  The compact retails for $3.99.  I think this would be good for young girls playing dress-up or maybe someone who is just starting to use makeup or figure it out.  It is cheap enough to play with and not worry too much about.  I would not buy this for myself.

Ipsy February 2014 - Jesse's Girl 9 Pan Eyeshadow Compact
Ipsy February 2014 - Jesse's Girl 9 Pan Eyeshadow Compact
Ipsy February 2014 - Jesse's Girl 9 Pan Eyeshadow Compact

Ipsy February 2014 - POP Beauty Plump Pout Gloss in Peony Petal, Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner in Starshine

Have you tried any of these products?  Let me know in the comments below!

I am not affiliated with Ipsy (or any of these other companies) and have not been paid for my opinion.   Also, once I catch up on reviews I will let you know via Twitter/Facebook.

Monday, February 17, 2014

What I Wore: Polka Dot Blazer

Sorry for the lack of posts last week.  I had issues with my photo hosting site.  Now it is fixed (hopefully) and I am back on track. - Lane Bryant Polka Dot Blazer and Black Tee, Old Navy Dark Wash Skinnies, Avenue Boots

This outfit came about when I was trying to find a cute t-shirt that would go with this blazer.  This is the first time I wore the blazer, which is made of a ponte knit material.  It is stretchy and so comfortable, plus polka dots are my favorite!  My graphic tees ended up being too long, so I tucked in one side of a plain black tee to make it a good length.  (I received a sewing machine for Christmas, so I am going to be busy hemming shirts pretty soon.) - Lane Bryant Polka Dot Blazer and Black Tee, Old Navy Dark Wash Skinnies, Avenue Boots

I really love the look of the laid-back, deconstructed weekend jean with a blazer, but these jeans just don't fit me correctly anymore.  It makes me super sad because I really like them.  I then opted for the tighter, dark rinse jeans; I like this look a lot better.  For a pop of color, I added the statement necklace and finished it off with some flat boots. - Lane Bryant Polka Dot Blazer and Black Tee, Old Navy Dark Wash Skinnies, Avenue Boots
Polka Dot Blazer & Black Cotton Slub Tee - Lane Bryant (Blazers were on clearance at my nearby store.)
Dark Wash Skinny Jeans - Old Navy
Statement Necklace - Etsy
Boots -  Avenue - Lane Bryant Polka Dot Blazer and Black Tee, Old Navy Dark Wash Skinnies, Avenue Boots

Friday, February 7, 2014

What I Wore: Teal Rose Remix - Torrid Rose Print Dress, Avenue Perry Stretch Riding Boots and Lace Cami, Target Metallic Dot Scarf

Sometimes I hesitate to post the same basic outfit more than once because I don't want to bore y'all.  But then I know how much I enjoy seeing posts from my favorite bloggers where they wear certain things in different ways.  Even though there is this underlying pressure as a blogger to constantly acquire new things and only post new things, I am a normal person with a normal person budget.  I wear the same things over and over again if I like them.  It is just the reality.  While this outfit may be the same basic thing as when I wore it before, I thought I'd show you my layers for winter. - Torrid Rose Print Dress, Avenue Perry Stretch Riding Boots and Lace Cami, Target Metallic Dot Scarf - Torrid Rose Print Dress, Avenue Perry Stretch Riding Boots and Lace Cami, Target Metallic Dot Scarf

I previously wore this dress with my black boots but, since buying these brown boots from Avenue, I couldn't wait to pair the teal with brown.  I absolutely love these colors together!  I wore this outfit out to dinner to celebrate a friend's birthday and my husband's belated birthday.  Aside from getting a haircut and a follow-up appointment with my surgeon, I hadn't rocked my scar around strangers yet - only friends.  I was a bit nervous to have my scar uncovered, so I wrapped this awesome polka dot scarf around my neck.  Before dinner even started I had to take it off because I was too warm.  And you know what?  I was fine.  I didn't feel self-conscious about it from there on out.  There is really this peace and happiness in accepting it.  It was such a fun night with my friends, and that is the feeling I hang onto and recall. - Torrid Rose Print Dress, Avenue Perry Stretch Riding Boots and Lace Cami, Target Metallic Dot Scarf

To keep me warm, I added this great Lane Bryant clearance find to my scarf.  This jacket is different from other jackets I have in my closet, so I was excited to get my hands on it.  It was originally $130, scored by me for $30.  Oh yeah!!  If you are curious about my boots, I talked more about them in this post. - Torrid Rose Print Dress, Avenue Perry Stretch Riding Boots and Lace Cami, Target Metallic Dot Scarf

Rose Print Faux Wrap Knit Dress - Torrid
Leggings - Fashion Bug
Lace Trim Cami and Perry Stretch Inset Riding Boots - Avenue
Faux Leather Jacket - Lane Bryant
Metallic Dot Scarf - Target
Simply Vera Vera Wang Necklace - Kohl's - Torrid Rose Print Dress, Avenue Perry Stretch Riding Boots and Lace Cami, Target Metallic Dot Scarf

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Diva In The Kitchen: Zucchini Fettuccine with Rosemary Butternut Creme Sauce

Zucchini Fettuccine with Rosemary Butternut Creme Sauce -

When I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and then thyroid cancer, my doctor encouraged me to go on a gluten-free, grain-free, and sugar-free diet for various reasons.  So I did.  Cold turkey and hardcore.  (I was also told to watch my intake of fish and red meat, iodine, and sodium.) 

The thing is, there didn't seem to be too much I could eat with all those restrictions.  And nothing that seemed very easy or quick to prepare. Three and a half months later, I am still working on a balance to find what works for our household schedule and makes us feel nourished.  Lately, I have found a whole lot of new recipes that I am ready to try.

Not everyone has to have these restrictions, but I feel that excluding these foods has helped my health a lot.  I want to get back into sharing tasty recipes with you, and it just so happens that these new recipes I am trying are pretty healthy dishes.

To introduce this recipe, I found it on In Sonnet's Kitchen when I was looking for alternatives to my favorite brown rice pasta noodles.  She utilized this great spiral vegetable slicer to make noodles out of zucchini.  I immediately bought one to use for the recipe and am super glad I did.  It works really great and is really easy to use as well.  I'm going to make carrot spaghetti noodles for a chicken soup soon!

Zucchini Fettuccine with Rosemary Butternut Creme Sauce

  • 1 medium butternut squash
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, divided
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary (Hailey's Note: I always add way more rosemary because I adore the flavor.  I added at least 2 tablespoons, probably more, and I wish I added even more than that.)
  • 1 cup full-fat canned coconut milk
  • ½ cup vegetable or chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 pound shiitake mushrooms, sliced (Hailey's Note: I substituted sliced baby bella mushrooms.)
  • 3 pounds zucchini, spiralized into fettuccine
  • Freshly-ground black pepper to taste  (Hailey's Note: I usually also add smoked paprika, turmeric, and Mrs. Dash Chicken Seasoning also.)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Slice butternut squash in half lengthwise. Grease a baking sheet with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and then lay butternut squash (cut side down) on sheet pan.  Roast for 30 – 45 minutes, until squash is tender and flesh can easily be pierced with a fork.

Once cooked, allow squash to cool, then scoop out the flesh (this should yield about 5 cups of flesh) and discard the skin.

This is the portion of the recipe I did things differently.  I don't want to make it super confusing, so I am adding what I did in place of the original.  The main difference is that she cooked things in a different order and blended her sauce in a blender, not baking it at the end. 

Meanwhile, add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to a pan over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and saute for 3 – 5 minutes, until onion is translucent and garlic is fragrant.  Place onions in a bowl and set aside.  Add another tablespoon of coconut oil to the pan.  Add mushrooms and saute until they are starting to brown.  Pour the mushrooms into the bowl with the onions.

Next, add the coconut milk, broth, and seasonings to the pan.  Add butternut squash and use an immersion hand mixer (like this one) to make the sauce creamy.  When the sauce is hot, add the zucchini fettuccini and cook for a few minutes.  Stir in the rosemary and onion/mushroom mix.

Stir well and place all contents into a casserole dish.  Bake at 375 for about 15 minutes.  Serve hot.

Zucchini Fettuccine with Rosemary Butternut Creme Sauce -

Zucchini Fettuccine with Rosemary Butternut Creme Sauce -

Compared to the beautiful photos on In Sonnet's Kitchen, my butternut squash was way bigger than hers because this made a lot of sauce.  You really don't need a very big squash because it makes way more than you think it will.  But the sauce is super tasty.  I used the leftover sauce on a baked potato, with delicious results!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Q & A Monday: Random Questions

Hey y'all!!

I had a busy, but super fun weekend!  We headed to the Portland Seafood and Wine Festival on Saturday with my mother-in-law and some friends.  We had so much fun tasting all the things!  I tried crab tamales, clam chowder, a mini shrimp melt, and scallops with curry and pesto rice.  They were all so good!  We also tried lots of wines from lots of vendors and bought a few bottles for future enjoyment.

Sunday was a little more low key.  Sean ran some errands before the Super Bowl.  We did a few house chores and then made snacks for the game. The rest of the day was pretty lazy.

It is time again for Friend Makin' Monday.  If you have a blog, I would like to invite you to answer the questions as well.  Leave me a comment here, so I know you are playing.  Then you can also leave a comment over at All The Weigh, so other folks can check out your answers as well.  It is a fun way to connect to other bloggers.

Random Questions

1. Did you watch the Super Bowl?  If so, what was your favorite part?  
I sort of watched it.  Mostly I was on my iPad doing stuff, so I would occasionally ask my husband what happened. 

2. What is the weather like where you live?  
It looks like this week will be partly cloudy with highs in the upper 30s and lows in the teens.  I just don't really want it to snow.

3. When is your birthday?  

May 12th

4. Do you prefer sparkling water or flat water?  
I typically just drink flat water, but when I need something jazzy for my taste buds I rely on sparkling water.  I love the Mixed Berry flavor from Trader Joe's.

5. How many hours did you sleep last night? 
About 8 hours.

6. What is your favorite day of the week? 
Saturday because I get to hang out with the husband,  We typically run errands or do something else fun or, if nothing is planned, we hang out at home and get some projects done (or play video games).

7. If you had to choose between riding a bike or swimming, which would you choose? 
I've always loved swimming.

8. How often do you eat red meat?  
Not very often.  I think I will have some tonight because I have some ground beef in the freezer and we haven't been to the store.  Otherwise, we have it maybe twice a month at most.

9. What time did you wake up this morning?  
10AM.  I need a better sleep schedule I suppose.  I set my alarm for 7. lol

10. Do you have any goals for the week?  
Hmmm Get up earlier, exercise more, work on blog posts, and clean house.  I still have to put the Christmas stuff away. lol

There you go!  Happy Monday!  I hope y'all have a great week!

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