A friend and I skied together on Friday and spent a lot of time talking about safety on the mountain. We both have kids and have experienced our fair share of near misses as our kids have come through the ranks of skiing over the last decade. We don’t want to scare our kids out of skiing or squash their fun, but they need to learn early on (and all the time thereafter) the rules. I reminded my kids each and every time we are out there (“we know mama”). Adults need a refresher, too.Read more “Ski Safety Rules: Teach Your Kids Early and Often”
Today was my first day back running in a while…I’ve had a lot of ups and downs in the daily routine with the start of the year. I was ready to come into the New Year with excitement and resolve and instead it was more like a roller coaster of colds, back to school, and looking for some balance while trying to accomplish a lot in the first few weeks of the year. And, if you’ve been around a while, you know I don’t do resolutions! No, this was more about feeling really ready to hit the ground running.Read more “Part 2: 100 Days of Something Update”
I realized a few weeks ago that I have been skiing on or around my Birthday since I turned 18! My 18th birthday skiing adventure was certainly a right of passage of sorts and I guess I am feeling some nostalgia as I enter into my 40th Birthday Week.Read more “Reflections on Skiing: Shared Experiences and Why They Matter”
They say it’s all about the journey. But, in skiing with kids, it’s all about making it to the chairlift to start the day with your sanity, kids and gear fully intact. Am I right? I mean, I fully believe they are learning something along the way…rising up in the face of adversity from the “longest walk eveerrr and this stuff is soooo heavy and I’m hooooottt” but seriously, it’s no way to start the day! Stick with me and I will share with you our favorite set up across ages for getting to the chairlift.Read more “How to Get Your Skiing Kids and All their Gear from the Car to the Chairlift”
Our Snow Happy kiddos are now 6 and 9 (well, 6 1/2, to be precise, according to my daughter). They have been on skis since they could walk, tromping around the living room and yard in little plastic skis and then moving on to ski boots and skis around two. Now, when we see the little ones out there, stumbling around in cumbersome boots or riding along in a backpack, cheeks flushed we feel all the feels. There is so much nostalgia there for us in those early days. They were hard, but filled with joy and oh so worth it.Read more “How to Raise Skiers and Why It’s Important For Your Family”
Have you cleaned out and cleaned up your make-up bag yet this year? No? Now is the time!! Spend some time looking up the ingredients of what you’re currently using and don’t forget to check those expiration dates! I just realized my mascara is over 6 months old and optometrists recommend you replace it every 3 months for eye health! No wonder my eyes have been bugging me…who knows what’s lurking in that tube.Read more “How to Clean Out and Clean Up your Make Up Bag”
Well, who knew??? It’s National Gluten Free Day today!! Anything can be a thing. In honor of this day, developing a path to cleaner living and healthier eating, I wanted to share this delicious, decadent and hearty soup recipe with you all. This non-dairy, gluten and grain free soup is loaded with greens and will disappear before you know if so double up for leftovers! It is a family favorite here in the Snow Happy house and will leave you feeling all warm and cozy.
Let’s take a quick minutes to talk ingredients:
I always buy organic greens (lettuce, kale, spinach, you name it) because heavy pesticides are used when growing this type of produce. Typically, farmers use a lot of pesticides to grow anything not super disease resistant or produce that bugs love. I highly recommend checking out the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 lists as a great place to start when evaluating what’s most important to buy organic.
Gnocchi is a really fun way to involve the kids in cooking if you have the time. But, when you don’t, and you need grain and gluten-free pastas, I highly recommend Cappello’s. The gnocchi is an amazing stand-in for the real deal and their almond flour based pasta is fresh and takes like homemade egg noodles. Need I say more?
When buying coconut milk, be sure to read the label (well, really, read the label on anything that didn’t come directly from a tree, bush or the dirt) to make sure the ingredients include coconut cream and coconut water. Many brands add fillers and gums for consistency and to keep it from separating, but I prefer it as nature intended!! Separation? No problem. Stir well if you need a small amount and if you don’t just dump the whole thing in!!
And finally, beware the ingredient list on any store bought stock. Look out for words like “natural” and “flavoring” and sugar. I know, don’t even get me started on why there is sugar in the stock. The organic stocks are typically okay, but give that box a read nonetheless. I try to keep homemade on hand, but you know, sometimes you just need things to be easy!
Just a note on gluten-free eating…it’s not for everyone for sure. We definitely practice eating in moderation around here and love a crusty loaf of sourdough and pasta, but we are working on gut-healing and for now, avoiding gluten is part of our plan. You can most certainly modify this recipe with ingredients that suits your family’s dietary needs and tastes (sub high-quality organic milk for coconut milk and/or pasta for the gnocci or almond noodles). I love soups because they are flexible and forgiving!!
Hope you enjoy!!!
Creamy Sausage and Greens Soup with Gnocchi
- 2 tbsp extra olive oil or ghee
- 1 small diced onion
- 1 lb italian turkey sausage Ground turkey works well, too. Just add a couple teaspoons of italian seasoning to taste.
- 4 cloves minced garlic
- 4 cups chicken broth or stock
- 2 tsp Italian seasoning blend
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 2 bunches kale, chard or spinach chopped or torn Any greens will work. Frozen is great, too! If using fresh kale or chard, remove from stem before chopping
- 2 cups coconut milk (1 can)
- 2 tsp dijon mustard Or 1 tsp mustard powder
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 12-15 oz gnocci or pasta
- Heat oil or ghee in a large stockpot and saute onion until translucent. Then add sausage and cook until browned.
- Once meat is browned, add garlic and saute a few minutes (you will start to smell it). Add stock, remaining seasonings and bring to boil. Once boiling, reduce to simmer.
- Add greens and stir in coconut milk, mustard and vinegar. Bring back to a simmer.
- In the last few minutes of cooking, add gnocchi or pasta. Simmer until cooked through (the fresh pastas will only take a minute or so; dried longer). If planning leftovers, some prefer prepare gnocchi or pasta separately and add to each bowl so it doesn't break down too much when storing).
- Season with salt and pepper to taste!
Skiing is hard. It does not come naturally to humans…especially learning as an adult, or trying to improve as an adult. There is nothing intuitive about it. It requires practice and the learning curve is (ahem) steep. So why do it? Whether it’s skiing or some other physical challenge, why do something you don’t have to do when it’s so darn hard?Read more “Why Having a Growth Mindset Should be a Part of Your Skiing Practice”
A couple weeks before Christmas, our Snow Happy family was lucky enough to take a mid-week getaway to Beaver Creek Resort. Not only did we get to experience the beautiful resort and amazing skiing, but Mother Nature dumped the goods on us for two straight days!! Needless to say (because what place don’t we love skiing) we had a fabulous time in both the town of Avon and at the resort.Read more “Snow Happy Just Skied Beaver Creek Resort and it’s Great Place for Families!”
It’s been a while since I’ve been on a formal skin care routine. Since I cleared up my acne, I never really got back to taking care of my skin – soap and water and a moisturizer. But, now, nearing a new decade, years of sun-damage becoming apparent and my skin just feeling “congested” (no acne, but dull and clogged pores), I knew it was time to face it head on. I tried all kinds of “natural” and “organic” products without results. (Not to mention, with the lack of regulation in the cosmetics industry, those words have little meaning).