I wish you all the happiest of times in 2013. 
What are your resolutions for the New Year?
I'm learning calligraphy. Wish me luck! 

Bruises by Chair Lift

Little Talk by Of Monsters and Men

Best Day of Your Life by Katie Herzig

I can't stop tapping my toes along to these great tunes. Something about these mellow, sunshine infused athems make me want to wander the vineyards.  

Ps. I recently switch to Songza (from Pandora) to steam music and I have found so many great new artists, and I love to use their music concierge to help me select the right music for my mood. 

Every day I’m here I’m blown away by the beauty of the Napa Valley. I want to mount a GoPro on my car for the drive to work, and I’m always wishing my Oakley’s had a camera built in to snap pictures on my runs. I hopped on my Mixte the other day and snap some pictures of the views from my favorite run!

Between starting a new job and the lack of  permanent residence there has been very little working out, cooking, or blogging going on in my life. It’s heartbreaking, but I’m sure once I settle into my own place in a couple of weeks I’ll get back into a routine. In the meantime, please bear with my sporadic posts.

I am very excited for the upcoming Christmas holiday, mainly for the food. From grandma to cousins, I must say my family can crank out some seriously good eats. We always try to keep things new and fresh but you can always count on there being a delicious Prime Rib and savory Lobster Bisque (my favorite) on Christmas day.  This year I’ll be contributing a vegetable side dish, and I just can’t decide what to make! 

Roasted Beets with Pistachios Herbs and Orange.  

Roasted Broccoli with Garlic and Parmesan. 

Spicy Brussels Sprouts with Fried Capers. 

Spinach Bread Pudding with Lemon and Feta. 

Winter Squash Risotto with Radicchio. 
What do you think I should make? Does your family have any staples on their holiday menu?

UPDATE: Colleen Busch is our winner! Please email me at Jaclynapplegate@gmail.com!

I am so excited to host my first giveaway! I am very excited to be the new staff blogger for ActivewearUSA.com, and to celebrate my new gig we have an awesome giveaway from new employer.

ActivewearUSA recently launched their new Treasure Box, and let me tell you this is loads of fun! For $75 they send you a Treasure Box filled with at least $150 worth of premium apparel. After ordering, an ActivewearUSA style consultant will email you to gather information on sizing, fit preference, style, activities etc. Then your style consultant will hand select pieces just for you and ship them out the same day.

I recently received a Treasure Box, and I loved everything I got! I told my style consultant that I had recently been doing a lot of yoga, like spaghetti strap/loosing fitting tops, and needed to add some color to my wardrobe. 3 days later I had a package on my doorstep!

Here is what I got:
MPG Sports Cadence Top

VATA Brasil sports bra

Vipe boot cut pants

You want a Treasure Box now don’t you? Well, one lucky reader will be getting their very own Treasure Box! Here’s how to enter:
  1. Like ActivewearUSA and Bicycle Chef on Facebook.
  2. Shop around on ActivewearUSA.com.
  3. Comments on this post and tell me what you hope will be in your Treasure Box.

The winner will be drawn at random on Tuesday, December 11! Good luck! 

Thanksgiving seems like months ago, but I promised to share my unusual selection of recipes. So, better late than never! KP and I enjoyed a quiet Thanksgiving with just the two of us amongst a sea of packing boxes. I have pinned a ton of deliciously looking fall recipes and I was determined to try a few of them for the holiday.

The Thanksgiving Day Players.  
First off, there is no such thing as a “small turkey.” The man at the grocery story found this to be quiet the humorous question and told me what I was looking for was called a chicken. Touché Mr. Grocery Man. So, I settled on my favorite roast chicken. It never disappoints.

The side dishes are always what I look forward to most and this year I must say I knocked it out of the park. I made Eat, Live, Run’s chipotlemashed sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts with bacon, dried cranberries, and Israeli couscous. Both were absolutely delicious and a fun twist on Thanksgiving classics. The raspberry Tabasco added complexity to the sweet potatoes and made them a very dynamic dish.  I can also see myself making the Brussels spouts over, and over again. There was a great contrast of textures and flavors, and it also held up very well for leftovers.

The showstopper was without a doubt the cornbread. I had been craving Bandera’s cornbread for weeks, and it finally dawned on my to see if Lord Google could dig up the recipe. I was delighted to find numerous copycat recipes and the one I used turned out perfectly! This is a VERY dense, rich and moist cornbread. I was also very happy to find one last bag of roasted Hatch green chilis in the freezer to make this dish extra special.

Now I want to have Thanksgiving all over again! 

Hello? Are you still there? I hope so! My apologies for the silence but the last 2 weeks have been crazy. I accepted a job as an event manager for a private wine club in the Napa Valley, and I quickly packed up my clothes and my bike (ok… 3 bikes!) and hit the road.  Let’s just say the last few weeks have been a trip!
The view from my new office. Life if hard. 
Want to know what the best part about moving back to California is? The food! Incredible lush produce, farm fresh eggs, and locally raised meats everywhere I turn. Toto, we aren’t in Tucson anymore. I have had numerous fabulous meals already, but my favorite was a rabbit tostada from Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen. Yum. It was like super moist and flavorful chicken.

Rabbit Tostada from Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen. 
I can’t wait to share my adventure with you all!