Painted Hills and the Clarno Unit

The Painted Hills and The Clarno Unit | Get Inspired Everyday!

It all began with a coffee-table book. We were shopping in Calgary (I’m guessing it was for kitchen stuff), and at some point I noticed Tyler had drifted  into the travel book section. I found him sitting on the floor paging through a book with the natural wonders of the world in it. Pretty soon I was sitting on the floor too, captivated by all the neat places to go and see. The John Day Fossil Beds were listed in the book, with pictures of the Painted Hills, and that got the ball rolling for the whole Oregon trip.

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Fudgy Grain Free Brownies | Get Inspired Everyday!

When I want a brownie, what I’m craving is a dense, fudgy, ultra chocolatey experience. A little bit of chewiness and a crackling top are all a necessary part of the package. No fluffy or cakey brownies to be found here. I found the perfect ‘better than the box’ recipe a few years ago and would make it from time to time for the occasional guilty indulgence. These days, I’m still wanting all that yumminess but without the processed ingredients. Now, you wouldn’t think that would be possible, but I have the pictures to prove it.

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DIY Glitter Shoes

DIY Glitter Shoes | Get Inspired Everyday!

I first saw this idea on the blog Once Over Lightly, and I pinned a photo for later, (Pinterest is so handy for that). I can’t help it, I’m a sucker for anything that glitters. I don’t know if this ever happens to you, but whenever I do something as fluffy as spending a couple of hours glittering my shoes, I feel the need to put on my sweatpants and rebel a little.

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Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken | Get Inspired Everyday!

So…, here’s the thing, I promised to make Butter Chicken for Tyler’s birthday and somehow it’s taken me over three months to get around to it. If I waited too much longer, I’d have to make it for the next birthday. It’s embarrassing how long it takes me to get the simplest of things done. I would say though, this Butter Chicken is definitely worth waiting for.

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April Showers

April Showers | Get Inspired Everyday!

April showers indeed, April snow showers! This is the beautiful scenery that I woke up to this weekend. All the bright green grass was turned to white. The sun was peeking out again but it was sure cold. It’s a good thing that I’m making Butter Chicken, our favorite Indian dish. I think we’ll stay inside and eat our warm, richly spiced chicken, enveloped in a creamy tomato sauce with rice and cucumbers on the side, (recipe to come).

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Vegetable Noodles

Vegetable Noodles | Get Inspired Everyday!

Today we are making Vegetable Noodles. It’s more of a how-to than a recipe, but you will find a printable recipe option at the bottom of the page. I first made vegetable noodles about a week ago, and I was surprised by how easy it was. I had seen the concept before but never tried it. I thought that it looked like a time-consuming task. I mean, who has time to be making vegetable strands when it is already 7:00p.m. and dinner isn’t even started? The answer is … me! I timed myself, and it took only 6 minutes to turn 2 pounds of zucchini into ‘pasta strands’.

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Crater Lake and Garfield Peak Trail

Crater Lake and Garfield Peak Trail | Get Inspired Everyday!

Let me start by telling you that the color of Crater Lake is even more mesmerizing when you are there. We still can’t get over the color,  neither one of us has ever seen anything like it before. We first arrived at the rim of the crater at 2 a.m. and there was a stunning reflection of the moon glittering across the surface of the lake. Unfortunately, I didn’t have good enough camera equipment to capture it. The photos turned out totally black with the moon glowing in the sky.

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Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan | Get Inspired Everyday!

This is one of Tyler’s all-time favorite dinners. It has been a popular choice in the past, but we haven’t been eating it since we started trying to eat healthier. I thought is was more than time to come up with a healthier version that still has all the requisite crispy-cheesy-goodness. The good news is, the new recipe has the ‘Tyler Stamp of Approval’ which is probably the highest praise I could get.

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Facial Oil Cleansing Method

Facial | Oil Cleansing Method

This is the third post in a 3-part series of facial care, and it is perhaps, the most important. Steps 1 and 2, the Pineapple Facial and Baking Soda Exfoliation are primarily exfoliation with some cleansing. This Oil Method Cleansing is not only cleansing, but also mildly exfoliating and moisturizing. If I had to choose just one facial treatment, it would be this one because it does a little bit of everything. At this point, I use all three equally, each treatment once or twice per week. I’ve noticed a significant improvement in my skin since I started these treatments on a regular basis.

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