This Grand Adventure: Chelsa-Bea: January 2014

January 30, 2014

Good Food and Simple Hangouts

I’ve been quiet over here this week because we’ve been hosting some of our dearest friends from Des Moines, Zach and Emily. If you follow me via Instagram, you may have seen some of our (mostly food related) escapades. We decided to have a mid-week adventure in MKE after realizing our schedules coincidentally lined up. They made the trek over to the arctic tundra of Wisconsin and we’ve spent the last three days doing what we do best: laughing until our faces hurt, having deep and often silly conversations, and, of course, eating and drinking far too much.

Emily was actually one of the very first people I met when I moved to the Midwest. Her charming demeanor, welcoming presence and adorable style, are just some of the reasons I forced her to become friends with me. Emily’s probably one of the most delightful and generous people I’ve ever met. I’m fairly certain the girl doesn’t have a mean bone in her body. Anyway, Emily’s also a bit of a wordsmith and filled my heart with so much joy when she wrote this little tidbit about our friendship, “our bond was created over good food and simple hangouts, adventures and rambling conversations; I cannot image a better way to spend this trip than enjoying all the same.”

January 24, 2014

Fresh Vegetable Scramble

Healthy Fresh Vegetable Scramble Recipe

I’ve been pretty active these last couple weeks between skiing and keeping up with regular Barre classes. The increase in exercise has made me think a bit more about what I’m putting into my body. I’ll be honest, I’m pretty lucky I don’t have any food related allergies, nor do I really have to avoid any food groups. I know this is a real luxury, but I still want to make sure I am feeding it things that make it feel good.

I’m a firm believer in eating what you love and loving what you eat. I don't follow a super strict diet, and I’m not usually one to substitute. If my body says veggies, then that’s what I’m going to eat. If it says frozen pizza and Coors Light, well then that’s what I eat.

January 20, 2014

Spicy Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas with Pick ‘n Save

Delicious Spicy Buffalo Chicken Enchilada Recipe Perfect For The Big Game #MyPicknSave, #shop, #cbias

I love this time of year because it means we get to spend the weekends with friends catching up over beers, football and game day treats. I’m a total sucker for sports cultures that brings people together. Whether or not I understand what’s happening on the screen is irrelevant because if there’s good food, good people and good drinks, I’m in. So, when some friends invited us over to catch the playoffs yesterday, I knew exactly what I wanted to make! I hustled over to Pick ‘n Save and grabbed the ingredients for these spicy buffalo chicken enchiladas.

January 17, 2014

Recipes Around The Web: Browned Butter Blueberry Muffins

Browned Butter Blueberry Muffins Recipe from Joy The Baker

It’s been one of those weeks where I just can’t seem to focus. Monday felt like Friday and the whole week I just felt upside down. I don’t know if it’s just January or what’s going on but I need to get back to the groove I found in December.

When I can’t focus and I’m trying to get back on track I tend to do what all home cooks do, right? I bake. Baking always seems to clear my mind and bring me comfort. When I’m really trying to find my way, I usually dive into a new a recipe, get my hands dirty with butter and flour and hope for inspiration and clarity.

January 14, 2014

6 Things I've Learned in My First 6 Months of Blogging

Lessons, Tips & Tricks I've Learned in My First Six Months of Blogging | This Grand Adventure -

While this isn’t my first go at blogging, like all new adventures, this time around has been a bit different. I thought I would share some of the highlights of what I’ve learned the last six months or so. Please remember I’m no expert, and everyone’s experience is going to be different but I just wanted to highlight a few of the things that I’ve discovered along the way.

January 10, 2014

30 Before 30 - Quarter Birthday Update

Well, this is the week of personal posts over here on This Grand Adventure. I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen with some new recipes that haven’t actually panned out which is why they aren’t up here on the blog. So, instead, you’re hearing a little bit more about me.

In case you were keeping track, which I’m sure you were. Wednesday marked my quarter-birthday! Woohoo! 3 months into 29! Yippee! It also was my father’s birthday. So, here’s a quick shout out to my Dad. Happy Birthday, Papa! Love you so much!

Anyway, I wanted to give you a little update on where I’m at with my 30 Before 30 List. You can see from the pretty chart above, that I’m slowly making my way through it. Actually, it looks like I haven’t accomplished much in 3 months time but as you will see I am making some headway.

January 7, 2014

Idaho Recap

We’ve been back from Idaho for a week now, and 2014 is off to a pretty good start minus the fact that it feels like -30° F outside. Anyway, I wanted to give you a little recap of our Christmas holiday. It was a glorious vacation filled with lots of family, friends and food. We flew in late Christmas Eve and then back on New Year’s Eve. Our days were jammed packed but in the best way possible.

January 1, 2014

New Year's Cookies

German New Year's Cookies Recipe

Happy New Year! We spent the last week celebrating the holidays with our families back in Idaho. It was such a treat to be with them since we hadn’t actually been home for Christmas in 4 years. The trip was just what I needed to finish off 2013 and jump head first into 2014.

As you may have guessed, I spent the majority of my time at home in the kitchen with my mom. We cooked up a storm, making all sorts of old and new recipes. While we have lots of food-related traditions around the holidays, the one that stands out the most and is closest to my heart is making my Great-Grandma’s German New Years Cookies.