Today's post is more about livin' large than livin' lean! What I mean by this is that for the past week, my experiences have been bigger than I could have ever imagined. The people, the places, and the memories we shared were incredible. Like I told Paula on Wednesday before the live event, "No matter what happens tonight, my life has been changed because of this." I sincerely meant it. No, I didn't walk away with the grand prize, but I definitely didn't lose a thing. Kraft, EQAL and Paula Deen have given me an incredible opportunity and a sneak peek into what is out there. I have big dreams now; clear dreams. Dreams that will become a reality by putting ideas into action. I am excited to celebrate one year with my readers and this blog. I am also very excited with what is yet to come!Stick around and see where this next year will take us.
Here are a few picks from my fantastic week in Savannah! Congratulations to the four winners: Mandy, KC, Caryn and Sheila. You ladies are wonderful! Once again, big thanks to Paula Deen, Kraft, EQAL and the Real Women of Philadelphia.
All my Philly Ladies!
They don't mess around with accommodations! Nice, right? First class all the way.
Just before the cook-off! We are ready!!
Me...in Paula's kitchen!!!
My biggest fan & hubby, Rudy.
What an amazing experience! I can't say it enough. The fun still continues, so please check out realwomenofphiladelphia.com and see how you can become a part of the action. Maybe your Philadelphia Cream Cheese creation will make it into the cookbook! Get cookin'!!
Hi all! Just wanted to tell you a little bit about myself. In a nutshell, I am a 31-year-old mother of one little girl,an elementary school teacher, fitness lover and slightly new cook. My interest in healthy living goes way back to my years growing up in an active family. I have always been involved in athletics and made efforts to eat well. With a Bachelor's Degree from Elon University in Exercise/Sport Science, I am able to make educated choices about health and nutrition for myself and for my family. Exercise and healthy eating have gone from something I study, to simply a way of life. To top it off, my new found love for cooking has been a way to apply what I know and to tap into my creative side. This is my passion.
Just to let y'all know, I am not Paula Deen. Although I did get to cook with her in Savannah last June, Paula is not affiliated with this blog. The same goes for Bobby, Rachael, Ina and Giada. I am simply a woman that loves finding inspiration in their fabulous recipes and making them work with my passion for healthy eating. The content of this site is protected under copyright law. Please do not use or reproduce without consent. Oh, and one last thing. The nutritional information provided was calculated using information gathered from www.livestrong.com and the packaging of the products used. They were not figured by a nutrition professional, but they are as close as I can get.
THE LADY'S HOUSE SEASONING
Many of Paula's recipes call for the "House Seasoning". This is how she likes to spice up her dishes:
* 1 cup salt *1/4 cup black pepper *1/4 cup garlic powder
Mix it well and store it in a shaker near your cooktop!