[Live Life] New Year's Resolutions, 2013

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eat healthy (shrimp, chicken, and andouille gumbo recipe)

keep fit

nourish beauty

build lasting memories 

Welcome back and Happy New Year everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday break and you're as pumped about 2013 as I am.  

With birthday parties in addition to Christmas and New Year's soirees the last 2 weeks; "Good parties create a temporary youthfulness" by Mason Cooley, was pretty much the theme of my holiday break.  While partying into the wee hours no longer interest me much, it did revive my youthful energy...temporarily.  So to that point, I've made some New Year's resolutions that will help me stay youthful inside and out on a more permanent basis:

1) Eat Healthy           
Both my husband and I enjoy gourmet food, and tend to dine out often.  I'm not much of a chef; however, I can make a decent meal provided there is a recipe.  Since recently discovering epicurious.com, I've been cooking at home more frequently, which I intend to carry into 2013.  The shrimp, chicken, and andouille gumbo is one of my favorites.       

Ingredients:  servings 16

  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 large onions, chopped (about 12 cups)
  • 6 red bell peppers, seeded, chopped (about 7 cups)
  • 8 celery stalks, chopped (about 3 cups)
  • 16 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh thyme
  • 6 bay leaves
  • 2 28-ounce cans diced tomatoes with juice
  • 4 8-ounce bottles clam juice
  • 4 cups low-salt chicken broth
  • 4 pounds andouille sausage, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 3 pounds skinless boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 16-ounce packages sliced frozen okra
  • 4 pounds peeled deveined medium shrimp
  • Minced fresh Italian parsley
  • Steamed rice

2) Keep Fit
Sadly, I have made repeated attempts on this one and have yet to successfully get my pre-baby body back.  This time is different!  No, seriously.  Now that my son is turning 4 soon, and having a flexible work schedule, means no more excuses to avoid the gym.  If there is only enough time for one exercise routine, mine would be yoga as it truly calms my mind while strengthening the body.  Fusion Hot Yoga is a great place to start!

3) Nourish Beauty
Who wouldn't enjoy a day at the spa?  I could easily live in spa if given the time and money, but realistically, I treat myself to a facial about 2-4 times annually.  Granted, I'm lucky to have Asian olive skin which seemingly ages slower (by appearance anyway), yet I can't help but notice the fine lines deepening.  So in an attempt to turn back the clock, I will have to take beauty nourishment more seriously.  Since I'm a big fan of Kate Somerville products, I'll kick off my beauty regimen to incorporate the glow kit, an easy 3-step skincare I can do at home!  They offer complimentary facials at Neiman Marcus (ask for Leilani) at the Bravern; a smart way for you to test out their products before purchasing.

4) Build Lasting Memories
Between my husband's and my work, we rack up enough frequent flyer mileage.  We also take plenty of road trips for family fun, but when it comes to family vacations outside of the country, we've done very few in recent years, which hopefully will change soon.

Well, now that my life is an open book for you lovely readers, what are your New Year's resolutions?

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