Healthy Sheet Pan Meals for Entertaining

welcome to my kitchen

A special place of creativity and joy!

To me, cooking for family and friends is how I show my love. 

Last Saturday night we had friends over for dinner. There were six of us all together. I wanted to have something delicious, healthy and easy so we could all enjoy our evening. So I decided on a sheet pan meal.

It was so simple because I could do almost everything ahead of time. Thirty minutes before time to eat I just popped things into the ovens. The asparagus went in 15 minutes before time to eat because they didn't need as much time in the oven. 

To prep I just seasoned the chicken breasts, chopped up the veggies or bundled them up and tossed in olive oil, course sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper and put them in a 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes. 

For the tomatillo salsa (sheet pan 3 below) I roasted garlic, tomatillos, red onion and pasilla peppers, then I put them in a blender and blended to preferred consistency and viola! Perfect sauce for the amazing roasted chicken. 

Below is everything ready to go into the oven.

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I wear aprons often!

I am a apron collector. I have even made several over the years. I love them because you can dress for dinner and not worry about messing up your outfit. They are cute and fuctional!

I made this dessert and we ate the whole thing! I used this recipe, one of my favorites but changed it up a little. Instead of graham cracker crust I used ginger snaps because I love ginger and lemon flavors together. I used Meyer lemons rather than plain lemons just to give it a more intense flavor. I also topped with blueberries to give it additional flavor and color which the recipe did not call for. And the final step? While everyone was standing around, I whipped fresh whipped cream to top it. Boom! 

setting the table

The most fun part of entertaining!

You get to go way outside the box creatively! 

This was a casual dinner party. Everyone hung out in the kitchen and we used our kitchen table to eat at. I love a fun table setting which you can see above. No one was a drinker so I made a Very Berry iced tea (recipe here) that everyone enjoyed along with fresh coffee for the pie.

This party was a little different because I am a dog lover and so are all our friends. So everyone brought their dogs and they all ran through the house playing and entertaining us the whole evening! There were five dogs all together! I wish I could have gotten a picture of them all together but they were too busy to sit for one!

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace!


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Creative Healthy Cooking

Baked Cod on a bed of

roasted-garlic, sun-dried tomato mashed cauliflower with roasted yams and napa cabbage.

I have cooked for so many years and learned almost every time I made something, a new tip, trick or way to love food. This is a recipe I made up one night after seeing a few inspirational pictures of healthy meals. I am like most people, always trying to up my healthy lifestyle game. Cooking healthy but creatively adds so many dimensions to a rich life. It incorporates my creative side, healthy but delicious food for sustenance but also time spent learning and thinking about what my body needs physically and emotionally. And really, if you can think outside the box, anyone can do this.

Recipe

Ingredients for two:

Cod portions (I used frozen but fresh would be great)- 2

Cauliflower- 1/2 head

Napa Cabbage- 1/2 head sliced lengthwise in half

Yam or Sweet Potato- 1

Fresh Garlic-4 to 5 cloves

Fresh Rosemary- 2 springs

Sundried Tomatoes-2 tablespoons

Olive Oil-as needed

Fresh Cracked Black Pepper-as needed

Course Sea Salt-as needed

Red Pepper Flakes- 1 tablespoon

Garlic Powder- 1 tablespoon

Italian Seasoning- 1 tablespoon

Chicken broth-as needed but at most 1/4 cup

First, Roast all the veggies

Toss course chopped cauliflower, potato of your choice, garlic left in skins in olive oil and place on a sheet pan. (Tip: I always cover the pan with tin foil for easy clean up). Sprinkle liberally with course sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper. Then pop into a 400 degree oven for up to 30 minutes turning it over half way through. Check every ten minutes in case it gets done faster. 

 

You are looking for a nice lightly browned vegetable like in the picture below. Place the cauliflower, garlic, sun dried tomatoes and finely chopped rosemary in a Cuisinart. Make sure at this point you took the garlic out of its skin. Add a little vegetable or chicken broth 1/8 to 1/4 cup to blend it to a thick smooth consistency. Cover to keep warm while you prepare the rest of the meal. Set the potatoes aside to keep warm too. I use my warming oven. 

Next coat your fish with olive oil and seasonings. I use garlic powder, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper on both sides. But you can use the seasonings you love. Use the same pan that you used for the other veggies for less clean up. Pop into a 400 degree oven for around 20 minutes turning half way through.

Also at the halfway point of cooking your fish add you wedges of Napa cabbage that is lightly coated in olive oil, sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper. It will turn light brown too. Perfecto!

Presentation is so important!

It makes you look like you know what you are doing! Use pretty dishes that show off your meal. They don't need to match either, it is fun to use different tableware to add interest to a meal.

When your fish is done, it's time to build. Put your mashed cauliflower down for a bed. No need to be perfect, rustic is fun. Then place your potatoes and cabbage on and finally top it with your gorgeous fish! Garnish with a wedge of lime and more rosemary or cilantro.

Before serving, warm your plates. You can put them in your warmer, run them under hot water or set in your oven for a couple of minutes while it is still warm (if they are oven proof). 

Bon Apitite!

Linking up some of the things I use so often. My dishes are several years old from Costco but I found some that look identical at Walmart. 

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Thanks for stopping by!

Peace!

P.S. If you have questions feel free to ask. I am not expert at writing recipes as you can tell ! Ha ha!


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Cheers To Each New Day

happy monday gang!

I hope you are ready for another week. An important one because it is one week closer to spring! While we're waiting however I'm celebrating each new day!

One of the things I love to do is celebrate each day and the way I do that is each evening (well most of them) I make a nice meal and make a big deal about the ritual of cooking and eating. I love to cook so I usually put on music and pour a glass of wine. I try to dress for the occasion (meaning getting out of exercise or house cleaning clothes) and set a table and think about how grateful I am for life, food and home. 

This is not new, I have done it most of my adult life. It comes somewhat from my parents and grandparents always pointing out the importance of meals and family time. I don't always set up our meals in the dinning room or kitchen, sometimes it's on the patio, in the living room or even on a tray. But the sentiment it the same, to celebrate the day.

I usually wear jeans and a fun top when cooking.

But I have often worn, maxi dresses, casual dresses, shorts, slacks or pretty lounge wear. Just something nice that seems fitting for celebrating the day knowing no matter what I achieved (or didn't) I put my all into it as I try to do everyday.

My kids will tell you that dancing in the kitchen while I'm cooking may or may not happen! Ha Ha! A girls gotta get her cardio in when she can! 

For this look I am wearing jeans from Express, a top from Ross and Marc Fisher platforms. I love the whole retro look of these jeans and top. Kind of a 50s or early 60s look I think. I added big hoop earrings for jewelry and my outfit was complete. Everything is old so I linked up similar things I am loving that you can use to create your own look!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Peace!

pinterest group board

We've all been hearing about using Pinterest to help grow our followings by getting our work out there and I have been taking classes and learning more about using my favorite form of social media. And now I'm inviting you to join my group board titled Style Wise. Check it out here. It was created just a couple of months ago and needs some more inspiration so if you are a fashion and style blogger and would like to be a contributor let me know in the comments section of this post or by sending an email to northwestmountainliving@gmail.com or you can DM me @northwestmountainliving.

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I spent a day this week on my YouTube channel and had so much fun! I have all kinds of plans for using it this summer so stay tuned. Meanwhile scroll down to see some of my videos. They are short and sweet. I hope you will subscribe too!

other link ups

I'm proud to participate in the following link ups and am always looking for more! I love to start my day checking in with them and seeing what everyone is doing and connecting!I hope you will join us HERE!


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Denim DIY For Spring Fashion

Faded Hem DIY On Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Faded Hem DIY On Northwest Mountain Living & Style

the scoop

Last summer I saw the cutest jeans (see below) and thought wow, I think I can recreate these for a fun DIY. It's a good time of year to work on little projects while I wait for the arrival of spring!

Here's What I Did:

1. I took a pair of old jeans, cut them the length I wanted. Tip: Jeans always look best on me if they hit the smallest part of my ankle.

2. I  filled a bucket up with cold water and added about a quarter cup of bleach.

3. I dipped the jeans keeping them smooth and straight down in the liquid to the level I wanted the faded section.

4. I let them set without moving them for four hours.

5. Then I dropped them down a little further and let them set for one hour. 

6. Next I took them out and hung them up outside in the sun to dry. Tip: You could let them dry inside a tub area or anyplace as long as the dripping has a place to go.

7. Once completely dry I washed them in the washing machine and dried them like I normally would. Tip: I always hang dry my jeans to make sure they last. I have jeans that are close to 15 years old that are still perfect.

My next DIY will be a tulip hem which I recently saw and love. I have done about every hem you can name, raw hems here and here, step hems here in white and  here in black and here and here in blue, and faded hems as seen in this post. So I might as well try the tulip hem. Here is a pair of cropped flares with sort of tulip hems that I wore last summer.

Citizens Of Humanity Jeans Sold Out

Citizens Of Humanity Jeans Sold Out

my look

The jeans are a pair of old straight legs,  my sweater is old from the Gap, shoes are Marc Fisher and my bag is Louise Vuitton Never Full GM. I layered some of my necklaces which was really starting to get popular when I took these pictures last summer.

create your own look

I've linked the same shoes in different colors, I am obsessed with the olive green! Then I linked similar pants if you don't want to DIY, and some fun sweaters and bags to create you own look!

Faded Hem DIY On Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Faded Hem DIY On Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Faded Hem DIY On Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Faded Hem DIY On Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Faded Hem DIY On Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Faded Hem DIY On Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Faded Hem DIY On Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Faded Hem DIY On Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Faded Hem DIY On Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Faded Hem DIY On Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Faded Hem DIY On Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Faded Hem DIY On Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Faded Hem DIY On Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Faded Hem DIY On Northwest Mountain Living & Style

pinterest group board

We've all been hearing about using Pinterest to help grow our followings by getting our work out there and I have been taking classes and learning more about using my favorite form of social media. And now I'm inviting you to join my group board titled Style Wise. Check it out here. It was created just a few weeks ago and needs some more inspiration so if you are a fashion and style blogger and would like to be a contributor let me know in the comments section of this post or by sending an email to northwestmountainliving@gmail.com or you can DM me @northwestmountainliving.

Make sure you check out what's new in my Boutique under the shop tab top left!

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace!


other link ups

I'm proud to participate in the following link ups and am always looking for more! I love to start my day checking in with them and seeing what everyone is doing and connecting!I hope you will join us HERE!


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Too Busy To Cook Roasted Tomato Soup

Roasted Tomato Soup On Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Roasted Tomato Soup On Northwest Mountain Living & Style

the scoop

I thought I would throw out an extra post this week so I can share what's cooking in my kitchen. I love to cook but usually don't have the time to take pictures and create a post. But sometimes I come up with something too good to not share!

 We all have times when we don't think we have enough time to make a meal from scratch.This is my go-to for those times. It is completely healthy, tastes amazing and takes about 30 minutes start to finish. You can exchange ingredients to meet your tastes or what you have on hand.

the recipe

Ingredients:

6 to 8  fresh roma tomotos (any kind of tomato will work just fine)

2 fresh pacilla peppers (red peppers can be used for a more mild flavor)

3 to 4 gloves of garlic (leave in skin)

1 red onion (any type of onion is great)

2-4 cups chicken broth (vegetable or beef broth work great too)

canned tomato paste

extra virgin olive oil

coarse sea salt

fresh cracked black pepper

For garnish, sour cream ( I use Greek yogurt), avocado, and cilantro. You can use anything you love.

Directions:

  1. Slice tomatoes and peppers in half and toss in olive oil and place on a cookie sheet ( I cover my cookie sheet with foil for easy clean up).

  2. Slice the onion in quarters and toss in olive oil and place on cookie sheet.

  3. Toss the garlic left in it's skin in olive oil and put on the cookie sheet.

  4. Sprinkle sea salt and cracked black pepper on everything. Put into a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.

  5. After everything is roasted put it in a soup pot making sure to squeeze the garlic out of it's skin.

  6. Add 2 cups of chicken broth and heat up the mixture.

  7. Add 2 tablespoons of tomato paste. (This is optional but I find it gives the soup richness and thickness and enhances the color).

  8. With a hand blender, blend until smooth.

  9. Add more chicken both to the taste and consistency of your choice.

Note: I love to make grilled cheese sandwiches and slice them in sticks for dipping into my soup. But this soup is amazing and filling just on its own. 

set your table

For me one of the most important aspects of making a meal, is presentation. I always try to use fun dishes that feel appropriate for the food. I used fun bowls with handles and placed them on colorful plates. 

I often pick up fun dishes at thrift shops and in the stores so I have lots of variety to choose from. I love to set a table where nothing matches. 

Fresh Tomatoes, Peppers and Onion for Roasted Tomato Soup On Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Fresh Tomatoes, Peppers and Onion for Roasted Tomato Soup On Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Tomato and Garlic Prepped For Roasting for Roasted Tomato Soup On Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Tomato and Garlic Prepped For Roasting for Roasted Tomato Soup On Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Pasilla Peppers and Onion Prepped For Roasted Tomato Soup On Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Pasilla Peppers and Onion Prepped For Roasted Tomato Soup On Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Here Everything is Roasted for Roasted Tomato Soup On Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Here Everything is Roasted for Roasted Tomato Soup On Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Roasted Peppers And Onion For Roasted Tomato Soup On Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Roasted Peppers And Onion For Roasted Tomato Soup On Northwest Mountain Living & Style

In The Pot For Roasted Tomato Soup on Northwest Mountain Living & Style

In The Pot For Roasted Tomato Soup on Northwest Mountain Living & Style

This Broth Concentrate Was Picked #1 By America's Test Kitchen And It's All I Use. It Comes In Beef and Vegetable Too.

This Broth Concentrate Was Picked #1 By America's Test Kitchen And It's All I Use. It Comes In Beef and Vegetable Too.

It's Ready to Blend With Emersion Blender On Northwest Mountain Living & Style

It's Ready to Blend With Emersion Blender On Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Blending Takes About Three Minutes On Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Blending Takes About Three Minutes On Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Depending On The Kind Of Peppers You Use The Color Varies On Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Depending On The Kind Of Peppers You Use The Color Varies On Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Colorful Dishes Are Used For Serving On Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Colorful Dishes Are Used For Serving On Northwest Mountain Living & Style

I Garnish with Greek Yogurt (It tastes just like sour cream to me), Avocado and Cilantro On Northwest Mountain Living & Style

I Garnish with Greek Yogurt (It tastes just like sour cream to me), Avocado and Cilantro On Northwest Mountain Living & Style

I hope you try this recipe and let me know what you think!

As always thanks for stopping by!

Peace!


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Waiting On A Friend

Waiting On A Friend on Northwest Mountain Living

Waiting On A Friend on Northwest Mountain Living

the scoop

Remember the Rolling Stone's song Waiting on a Friend? Well that is just how I felt when I met my friend in person for the first time. We were put together virtually for a campaign one year ago called the Fierce 50. We hit it off immediately and have stayed in close contact every since. Luckily we both ended up in Phoenix at the same time and got to meet in person! Her amazing husband Rob was with her and let me tell you, he is so supportive and wonderful. 

After we screamed and hugged like nuts we started talking and didn't stop for hardly a breath. I felt like I had known her for years. We always suspected we had a lot in common but we realized we had even more than imagined. I am hoping we get the chance to see each other again soon. I'll be waiting on a friend!

Make sure to stop by Jodie's Touch of Style to see why I love this girl! 

Waiting On A Friend on Northwest Mountain Living

Waiting On A Friend on Northwest Mountain Living

my look

I think I spent more time getting ready for our meet up than I do on date night with my husband. Knowing how we both love fashion I really wanted to look nice! I wore a Tommy Bahama shirt, 7 For All Mankind skinny jeans, Sam Edelman platform sneakers and a Lucky Brand jean jacket, cause darn it, it is still chilly here in Phoenix! I carried my Tory Burch bag put on some bracelets, big hoop earrings and my Mexican fire opal necklace and boom I was meet up ready!

I'm seeing and hearing that floral prints are going to big again this spring. And these platform sneakers are going to be big hits in footwear.  Jodie and I didn't know what each other was wearing and we both have on floral prints! 

create your own look

I'm linking my exact shirt, jeans and platform sneakers and then lots of other options for creating your own look.

Spring Style on Northwest Mountain Living

Spring Style on Northwest Mountain Living

Spring Style on Northwest Mountain Living

Spring Style on Northwest Mountain Living

Spring Style on Northwest Mountain Living

Spring Style on Northwest Mountain Living

Spring Style on Northwest Mountain Living

Spring Style on Northwest Mountain Living

pinterest group board

We've all been hearing about using Pinterest to help grow our followings by getting our work out there and I have been taking classes and learning more about using my favorite form of social media. And now I'm inviting you to join my group board titled Style Wise. Check it out here. It was created just a few weeks ago and needs some more inspiration so if you are a fashion and style blogger and would like to be a contributor let me know in the comments section of this post or by sending an email to northwestmountainliving@gmail.com or you can DM me @northwestmountainliving.

Make sure you check out what's new in my Boutique under the shop tab top left!

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace!


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Food Choices

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the scoop

It would be reasonable for most people who read my blog regularly to think all I really enjoy is fashion. But the truth is fashion is easy for me to blog about. Cooking is one of my true loves. I also love home decorating, crafts, learning about wines, running and dog psychology! Ha! Ha! I am always wondering what my dogs are thinking.

Anyway, I thought I would sprinkle a little of my other interests here and there in my blog. Today I am showing you the versatility in my food choices. I above all am about health. But physical health is based a great deal on mental health for me. I need to love what I see, do and eat to feel content in this world. So I eat almost everything that is edible. I believe in balance, fresh, natural and most of all, home cooked. I think you can make anything you love healthier if you make it yourself with fresh ingredients.

Although I usually intermittent fast until about 11 AM, I still love breakfast foods. One of my favorite breakfasts is shown in the first picture. A poached egg on top of fresh sliced avocado on whole grain or sourdough bread with a drizzle of honey, a drizzle of sriracha and fresh cracked black pepper. To me this is a gift from the food gods!

Presentation is also important to me so I always use fun dishes when I do anything cooking or eating related. I have so many dishes that I have a dedicated dish room in my home in Idaho.  My little condo here in Arizona is bare bones so there is a lot of making do. Eventually I will get things arranged so both places are set up the way I want.

This next group of pictures are of the cake I made for my daughter-in-law's birthday this year. We were at the condo so I improvised some. I am not a cake mix user but for this cake you use a cake mix but add other things to amp it up. So I got the most chocolaty cake mix I could find and added some things. Here is the recipe from Giada on the Food Network. This recipe is a keeper. You add coffee and coconut and all sorts of goodness to make it taste home made! I love toasting the coconut and other little things that make this cake special. And more important than anything else, my family loved it!

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I think it is so fun to toast coconut!

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This last picture is of a salad I made out of Brussels Sprouts. This is goodness to the max! I chop up Burssells Sprouts added roasted red peppers and red onions. I chopped up a tart apple and added a little tomato and cooked this heavenly thick sliced bacon bought at the meat counter at Sprouts to mix throughout. I made a vinaigrette out of olive oil, cherry preserves, balsamic vinegar, fresh lemon and salt and pepper.  A sprinkle of goat cheese on this salad makes it perfection! 

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Here is a link to 10 amazing Brussels Sprouts salad recipes. I always alter mine to meet what I have in the kitchen or am in the mood for. 

ideas for creative time in your kitchen

It the first picture of this post my plate is from Williams Sonoma. I  have so many plates and things in my kitchen from this store. They have beautiful everything for the kitchen. My cake plate is Gracious Goods, I have two different cake plates from this company and I adore them. They make any cake look beautiful and I need all the help I can get! My salad serving bowl is from Target, as well as other cups and small plates seen in these pictures. It is another great place to get kitchen stuff! I linked up some fun cook books as well as other things that make time in the kitchen almost spiritual for me! 

P.S.

I was going through photos and realized I am starting to get homesick when I saw my fireplace back at my Idaho home. As much as I love Arizona in the winter, there's no place like home. 

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Thanks for stopping by!

Peace!


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Goals For 2018

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the scoop

I am a big fan of writing down goals. I have done it for years and rarely has there been something I haven't written down that I didn't achieve. Books have been written on research which supports writing down goals to help achieve them. I think my success is partly because my goals are usually realistic. So, although a lot of people think new year's resolutions are silly, I do make them. I just call them goals for the new year. I break them down into categories like health and fitness, financial, career, etc. This year one of my goals is to really take care of my skin. Try new things with skin care and see how it goes. That's doable, right?

Below is my list for 2018. It's about all I do (detail wise) but it is effective for me. 

Even though I am very techy, I still love to have a simple planner that I can have by my desk and carry in my tote. Here are some really cute options.

most exciting goal

The goal I am most excited about is skin care. I will investigate and experiment with natural beauty techniques, over the counter products and even talk more to my skin care provider to see what is new in the medical industry. I'm excited to see what I learn and how my skin reacts and even how it all makes me feel.

To be honest as much as I say this aging thing is okay, fun, interesting, etc. It really can be difficult at times. It's so hard to watch and feel physical changes. Everything from more easily being injured while exercising, to not having as much energy and yes even to seeing more lines and drooping on my face. I am big about never quitting as you will have seen in this post. I don't quit when I get injured from running. I go to the appropriate health care provider, learn how to fix the problem and make sure I avoid it in the future. So I'm not going to quit on my skin either. It's no different than the rest of my body. It all adds up to feeling as great as possible as I continue to travel down the road of life!

Natural

So for starters, what I am trying right now? When life gives you lemons, use them. I recently read about using lemons to decrease spots and uneven skin tones. So off to the the grocery store I went to buy lemons! One lemon lasts a week easily. I slice a thin slice off and rub it all over my clean face, neck, chest and hands. I use it at night before I go to bed and again in the morning.  The verdict is still out but it smells good!

over the counter

One thing I am adding to my routine is RoC Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Creme. This company was so sweet to gift me a package of this cream and I am excited about how my skin is reacting. I have heard only good things about RoC products! And when I went to my skin care provider and told her what I was trying she said it was perfect to be using as a brightener. I love it so much, I am adding this brand in a night cream because I was advised to slather on a nice thick layer of night cream to help hydrate my skin and decrease wrinkles. 

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Other RoC products I plan to try this year as part of my skin care goals. 

Professional advice

Earlier this week I met with my skin care professional and am so excited to share what we are up to. It will be in my next health and beauty post. Let's just say, it's an exciting journey!  Meanwhile, I will be adding  and trying new things, natural, over the counter and at the doctor's office so stay tuned it you're interested.

Let me know what you do for skin care. I would love to get a conversation going so I can learn more from you and hopefully you can learn from my experiences.

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace!


Let's All Go To The Mountains

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the scoop

There's not a lot you can say about dressing for the cold mountain weather. The last week has on hit about 20 degrees for a high if we were lucky. The point is if you are going outside, it is all about function. I try my best to put a little pizzazz into it but what are you going to do? Luckily, staying warm is a lot more fashionable than it used to be, with great puffer coats and adorable boots. And I am a big fan of beanies of all colors and styles.

the outfit

Here, I am wearing a puffer coast that is warm but not too bulky or heavy. I really love this coat! It is a dark navy color which is a nice change from black. It also comes in olive. The faux fur on the hood is removable. It has lots of fun pockets and works great with taller boots so you are not over powered by coat and boots. 

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Peace!


Before Things Get Too Deep

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the scoop

I am sitting on the bed in a hotel in Nevada as I write this post. The elevation here is about 7000 feet so up high but it is nearly 60 degrees with no snow. A little unusual for this time of year. Usually when I travel through here this time of the year it is very cold with lots of blowing snow. Kind of treacherous really. I'll take it the way it is today!

my outfit

Since I am on the road still, heading back home to Idaho I have been using some of my favorite pictures from this time last year. I love this cozy look with a light cream colored down coat, a cream beanie with a light pink pom pom, a light pink long tee and warm stylish snow boots. My favorite thing to wear with these sort of bulky boots are heavy weight black leggings. They keep me warm and balance out the rest of the look.

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Peace!

Welcome To My Mountain Life

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the scoop

By the time you read this post I will have left Arizona after a four-week visit and be back in my mountain home. We don't have a lot of snow right now which is unusual but we all know now that unusual in the usual anymore. We have enough that it is just right as far as I'm concerned. I can still get outside to walk and get around.

We will be really busy this week preparing for our annual Christmas party. It is always so fun that we look forward to it. So far we have 40 RSVP, we have a piano player coming to play our piano and lots of good food and drinks will  be served. I am thinking about making room for dancing which will be fun too. My tree is up but is artificial (I had to use artificial because of the timing)so to add a scent of pine, we go out and get pine boughs from our trees and I make sprays with lots of ribbon and hang them around the house for an added festive touch. We will have our fireplace burning and it will be cozy and comfortable for everyone. I will try to get pictures when everything is ready and share them soon!

my outfit

These pictures are from last year. I remember is was fun to get out and play in the snow and share some of my outdoor looks. I am wearing a red coat, black leggings, fun snow boots and a warm cap. No big deal but I loved the bright red in the winter outdoors. I remember I had a red nose too by the end of the shoot!

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Peace!


Happy Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving Friends!

I am taking the rest of the week off from blogging and social media so I can spend time with family and friends. That means the Style Wise link up will not be happening on Friday. Stay tuned because next week I have an exciting series planned. 

Before I sign off for the week I want to say from the bottom of my heart, thank you for your readership. You have no idea how much your comments, likes and just reading my blog means to me. May you have the most blessed holiday this year and enjoy all the things that bring you peace and joy!

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace!

Facing My Truth

MY OUTFIT

Well luvs, its time for me to face the truth. Winter has full on arrived. We had a little snow a week or so ago, but it warmed up and melted and everything was still green. But over the weekend in started snowing and it snowed so fast and hard that it knocked our power out for a few hours. I'm writing this on Saturday, a sunny but cold day (high 33) knowing that tomorrow we are getting more snow. Temperatures are going to remain cold so this snow will be here until spring.

So I'm going with it and pulling out the boots. I have lots of snow boots for here in the mountains, one for each day of the week! ha ha! This is a cute light colored pair so I wore them with white jeans and a fun little jacket. Cozy and fun is how this outfit turned out. I took a few pictures outside but my hands starting getting so cold I was driven inside near the fire.

WHAT TO DO

I love living in the mountains and the snow but only for a bit. So what do I do? Well having lived in Arizona for many years I know how nice the weather is in the winter and so we pack up and head south. I guess we are snowbirds! And that's ok because I can hike mountains, run outside and not freeze my buns off. We will be back here for our annual Christmas party that we host and a few weeks more of winter before we head back south until spring. I am so excited for this winter and plan to enjoy were I am, when I'm there! As for Christmas day, I will be hiking a mountain and maybe toasting the holiday with a little eggnog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace!


Blogger Things We Do

THE OUTFIT

It's official! I'm bat a_ s crazy! You know how hard it is to get pictures of yourself leisurely working in your bedroom? I had to get up, set the timer on Mr Tripod and with 10 seconds dive-bomb onto the bed and look casual! Where is the white coat?!! All in the day of a life of a hobby blogger! P.S. that cup was empty.

When I took these photos I was laughing a lot. It was so ridiculously funny to think about the things I do as a blogger. I take my own photos. I use a cannon camera set on auto with a timer set for 10 seconds and it's set up on a tripod. So I have 10 seconds to get into position for pictures. I usually take about 15 to 20 pictures per outfit and about half of them turn out decent. Sometimes none of them can be used. I decided for this shoot I wanted to do a blogger thing I have seen. Me, casually working in my bedroom. Now there are lots of mornings that I do work in bed but I do not look like this and my bed is not made up. But I was trying to create an illusion here. It was fun and my sweet dog sat on the floor beside me watching the whole episode very curiously. He is used to his crazy mom so he just guarded me until I was done.  My outfit was an off the shoulder sweatshirt that I got last year with a comfy lace bralette, skinny white jeans and my bar necklace. At least I was dressed comfortably.

NEW PINTEREST GROUP BOARD

I wanted to share with you a new group board on my Pinterest! I love Pinterest as many of us do but it seems as in many things, it is more represented by the young and fabulous in the fashion and style genre. I am moving to make a change and created a group board titled Style Wise. Check it out here. It was just created and needs some more inspiration so if you are a fashion and style blogger and would like to be a contributor let me know via northwestmountainliving@gmail.com. I would love to have more Style Wise women help me show brands and society our value and relevance!

MOVE IT OR LOSE IT

On this past Saturday's edition of "Move It Or Lose It" segment, I talked about breaking up with exercise. It was a fun post and well received. Check it out if you haven't already!

OTHER REMINDERS

I didn't shop the Nordstrom Anniversary sale this year, I wasn't seeing anything really new. I did find some amaing things at the Rack so I added links to my finds. An amazing white shirt with fringe tail, my favorite jeans both on sale as well as a camo jacket and a pale pink and cream shearling jacket also both deeply discouted to my Boutique and Chatter page here. So check it out and all the other noise on my blog. 

I've been bringing in new clients for blog designing and so enjoying the process. So if you are thinking about starting a blog and need a designer give me a holler! I've had many clients that already have blogs but want my phase two and three services. More detail are on my Services page here.

I think I am going to offer a free course on starting up your own blog so if you have interest let me know and I'll put you on my list for the first course. More details to come.

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace!

Casual Summer Hair Style

In my last post (here) I showed you how I wear a scarf in my hair. I had seen it on a few people lately and just loved it so wanted to try it out. I really liked how it turned out. There are not a lot of things I can do with my hair without feeling silly but this feels sophisticated and stylish. For this outfit I used a white scarf. I wish I had a smaller one but this was the only white I had. I plan to get more now that I know how I can wear them. I wanted an old fashioned, sort of old Hollywood look so I wore a maxi dress and lower heeled mules and I carried a wicker cross body bag. I was pleased with the result and plan to wear this a lot over the summer. Now I just need to check out the thrift shops and online for some fun smaller scarves to style in my hair! The dress in London Times, mules are Reaction Kenneth Cole, the scarf is Anthropologie and the bag is Sun N Sand.

Big News! We are having an Instagram only link up party today! It so easy and fun and you can grow your following while meeting other amazing Instagramers! See below to join in the Instafun!

Shop with me for my outfit and scarves on my Boutique & Chatter page here

If you are interested in starting your own personal blog but not sure where to start, check out the new service I am offering here or click on the Services link up top.  It is so fulfilling to share your interests whatever they may be with friends and family and it is an excellent way to journal and document moments of your life. I have enjoyed my blog so much and it has introduced me to the most amazing people all over the world. It is a hobby that I can continue for the rest of my life, on my own time, in my own way. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace!


LINK UPS

I'm proud to participate in the following link ups and am always looking for more! I love to start my day checking in with them and seeing what everyone is doing and connecting! I hope you will join us HERE!