Sunday, July 27, 2014

Saturday at Sauvie's Island

My summer adventures continued with the scent of lavender, wheat fields, beautiful flowers, wildlife, bridges, bodies of water some vast, some not and mountain tops. There's so much to be seen here in the great Pacific Northwest. You don't have to travel far or be loaded with cash. You only have, to have a heart that desires to see it, experience it. This is truly, God's country. Thanks to my chum Jamie for another fantastic day! Can't wait until our next adventure!


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Saturday at The Gorge

The Columbia River Gorge has it all -- majestic views, fruit orchards, wineries, water falls, mountains, clean air, and on this particular Saturday -- warm temperatures and sunshine. Oooo la la.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Taste of Summer: Green Bean & Potato Salad

Green beans are in season here in Oregon and Washington. To celebrate their arrival, I made a Green Bean & Potato Salad with a tangy Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Recipe from Shop, Cook, Eat: Outside of the Box with Chrisetta Mosley



1 1/2 pounds small red potatoes
1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
1 small red onion, diced
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped

Balsamic Vinaigrette

1/2 cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 cup Balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
1 garlic clove, minced


Arrange potatoes in steamer basket over boiling water; cover and steam for 20 minutes until tender. Place in large serving bowl. Arrange beans in steamer basket over boiling water, cover and steam 10 or until tender, but still a bit crisp. Try not to overcook.

Meanwhile, make vinaigrette. Combine all ingredients in a salad shaker bottle or covered jar and shake vigorously.

Cut potatoes in half, add beans, onion, and basil. Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette and gently combine. Serve immediately or cover and chill. 


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mouthwatering Munchies for Teens at Camas Public Library

I had a blast today at the Camas Public Library hosting Mouthwatering Munchies for teens. It's always a good time showing them how simple and fun cooking can be. I have the coolest "job" ever!

We whipped up delicious snacks using whole foods:

- Blueberry Kale Banana Smoothies
- Oat Energy Bars
- Brown Bag Popcorn

This event was part of the 2014 Summer Reading Program at the Camas Public Library. Now, that's super duper cool!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Farewell Fatso! Celebrates 4 Years

July 2010: I began penning my lifetime battle with obesity in a blog, Farewell Fatso! I never imagined all the places blogging would take me. Nor the doors of opportunity that would be opened for me because of my willingness to share my story and take chances on myself. To all of you who have supported, encouraged, and followed me  -- this one's for you!

My journey of health, fitness, and weight loss began four years ago. After a battle with depression and an awful period of self-loathing. One afternoon, I was abruptly awakened from one of my sleeping pill induced comas by a nagging voice that loudly told me, “Go outside and take a walk!” I grudgingly followed the order.

The first walks were foggy, but I soon found the walks to be cathartic and began enjoying and looking forward to them. The walks were a time I could think clearly, breathe fresh air, and begin working on my inner and outer self.

At the time, I wrote about my walks on my Facebook page. Many of you would comment on these postings saying, I was “encouraging” and “inspirational.” Your comments encouraged me too. I’ve always loved to write so I decided I would pen my battle with obesity — openly and honestly in a blog, “Farewell Fatso!” It was/is my way of further sharing my story with you and much needed therapy for me.

Oh my, here we are four years later. What a bumpy, amazing road we’ve traveled. I’ve learned so much about myself through this process. I’ve learned so much about the process. Most importantly, the course is not linear. There is no straight, clear path to the finish line. There is no finish line. I take two steps forward and three steps back. Such as life!

I could go on about my failures and successes, but no need — most of you have been here every step of the way with me. I want to take this time to say: THANK YOU for traveling this road with me. THANK YOU for encouraging me. THANK YOU for celebrating me. I’ll even pause to say THANK YOU to those who haven’t celebrated me. THANK YOU to those who have put road blocks in my way. You strengthen me too!

Last, but in no way least, thank God for giving me the strength, courage, and tenacity to fight this battle. It’s long from over, but I know that with His continued guidance I can do anything. I’ll close by saying, this journey has not been about what I’ve LOST, but about EVERYTHING I’ve GAINED.

Much love,


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Catering by Chrisetta: United Way Retreat

Today, I catered breakfast and lunch for 60 United Way employees. Since they requested a simple, fast lunch we opted for box lunches. Here's what I came up with for a menu:

All orders included their choice of cookies or apple, chips, and a beverage

- Albacore Tuna Salad Sandwich on Multi-Grain
- Roast Beef Sandwich on Dark Rye with Horseradish
- Turkey Avocado Sandwich on a Ciabatta Roll (most ordered)
- California Veggie Sandwich on Multi-Grain
- Waldorf Chicken Salad
- Albacore Tuna Salad
- Chopped Santa Fe with Lime Vinagrette
- Asian Chicken Salad with Lime Ginger Sauce (most ordered)

Shh...Before today I never catered box lunches. Instead, of shying away from the opportunity I jumped at it. Hey, you have to do something for the first time, at some point. As the saying goes: "Fake it until you make it." 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Cully Farmers Market


The next best thing to having a garden of your own, is buying fresh produce from the Farmers Market. The Portland area has an abundance of Farmers Market. Buying from the Farmers Market pretty much guarantees that your buying fresh, local, and organically grown produce. Since, I now call Portland home again, I've decided to make it my mission to visit all the neighborhood markets.

My first trip was to Cully Farmers Market located in NE Portland. It's a small but lively market.  I found a stand (Mt.View Fruit Stand) with the SWEETEST cherries and BEST apricots I've ever eaten. Here's a few photos of the beauty I encountered...

The Obesity Epidemic is REAL!

The evidence of an epidemic is everywhere.

· Two-thirds, more than 190 million Americans are
overweight or obese.

· Obesity-related diseases are a $147 billion dollar
medical burden every year.

· Childhood obesity has tripled in the last thirty years

Source: CBS News