Country Cleaver http://www.countrycleaver.com Cookin' My Way Back to the Country Sun, 26 Apr 2015 19:34:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.3 Eat Sea Retreat at Terranea Resort http://www.countrycleaver.com/2015/04/eat-sea-retreat-at-terranea-resort.html http://www.countrycleaver.com/2015/04/eat-sea-retreat-at-terranea-resort.html#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 19:34:41 +0000 http://www.countrycleaver.com/?p=17093 For me, traveling is one of the best ways I relax. I love seeing new places, spending quality time with dear friends and most importantly, being inspired by my surroundings and those friends. Last weekend I went to southern California for EatSeaRetreat, with a group of wonderfully inspiring bloggers to regroup, gather my thoughts and […]

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Eat Sea Retreat at Terranea Resort - 40 minutes outside LA and a WORLD away!For me, traveling is one of the best ways I relax. I love seeing new places, spending quality time with dear friends and most importantly, being inspired by my surroundings and those friends. Last weekend I went to southern California for EatSeaRetreat, with a group of wonderfully inspiring bloggers to regroup, gather my thoughts and hone my mission with this blog. This space, this little corner of the internet, is one of my favorite things in the world. Sharing my love of cooking, photography, my dream of a small and humble country life in the city is what makes me get up and hit the ground running every day.

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Seattle to LA is a quick two and a half hour jump, but a whole world away. Thank goodness Alaska Airlines has a bunch of non-stop flights. In a couple of short hours I was in a whole new environment, filled with sunshine and warm weather, and a sea breeze in my immediate future.

Along with me was:

When we arrived at Terranea Resort, we swung open the doors of our villa and soaked it all in. It’s hard not to be overwhelmed by the beauty of this place and feel the immediate relaxation kick in. Terranea Resort - A World Away from LA - www.countrycleaver.com #EatSeaRetreat

Whether you’re wanting to just lay pool side, do some walking around the resort, or hit up the links, of eat at one of the MANY restaurants, you could do it all and stay right on site.  Our first night we dinned at Mar’sel where we dined on local delicacies, fresh from the sea. One of the things all of us girls loved about Terranea was their pride in local, home grown, sustainable food. From the produce grown on site, to their own honey and sea salt – the restaurants all showcase the best that is available, at the peak of freshness. You can’t argue with that!Terranea Resort - A World Away from LA - www.countrycleaver.com #EatSeaRetreat

We woke up the next day to get down to business. Unlike large conferences, these small retreats provide us bloggers with a chance to really dig deep into our blogs, help each other diagnose our challenges and come up with creative solutions. Over breakfast, provided by Nature’s Path Organic and Stonyfield, we talked about critical elements that help our blogs run smoothly – like time management, blogger outreach and growing our readership.

One of my problems is balance and burnout – especially since I work full time on top of blogging. With seven other experts and friends, who care deeply about my success as well, it was so helpful to get creative and innovative feedback that went beyond anything I could have come up with on my own. We’ve all been there, and done that at some point – so it’s great to get another perspective.
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In between sessions, we had lunch made for us by the executive chef of Terranea who gave us a spread, with fresh local cod, chicken with a Moroccan seasoning, local wines, and a chocolate mousse that would make your head spin.  Hearing the passion these chefs had for their job was inspiring. And it did more to inspire me in the kitchen as well.

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One of the great things about all that eating we did, was that the resort had plenty of walking trails around as well. If I hadn’t let my FitBit die that weekend, I probably would have hit my 10,000 steps by noon! Sunrise walks along the rugged coast with Lauren and Ashley got the mind in gear for the last sessions and burned off some of the calories from the ice cream sandwiches from Sea Beans as we all stayed up way past our bed time the night before.

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Not to mention the pretzel, and s’mores we had cliffside at Nelson’s, too.

We ate our way through two days and two nights, in a sea side retreat with seven other inspiring women, at a resort that exudes pride and passion in everything they do. If that isn’t a recipe for success, I don’t know what is.

Terranea has a won me over, heart, stomach and soul.

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*Fine Print* Thank you so much to Terranea Resort, Nature’s Path Organic, and Stonyfield for sponsoring our stay, and fueling us up as we brainstorm, inspire each other and rejuvenate! All opinions are my own.

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Thai Turkey Sliders http://www.countrycleaver.com/2015/04/thai-turkey-sliders.html http://www.countrycleaver.com/2015/04/thai-turkey-sliders.html#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:34:19 +0000 http://www.countrycleaver.com/?p=17084 Thai food and sliders come together in these mini burgers with healthy ground turkey, and lots of fresh Thai flavors! Dish Count :: 1 Mixing Bowl, 1 Baking Sheet, 1 Cutting Board A certain puppy had to go to the vet yesterday. Nothing major, just a routine doggie dental, but as any nervous mama would […]

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Thai food and sliders come together in these mini burgers with healthy ground turkey, and lots of fresh Thai flavors!

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Thai Turkey Sliders - www.countrycleaver.comA certain puppy had to go to the vet yesterday. Nothing major, just a routine doggie dental, but as any nervous mama would be, I texted Ben to make sure that Huck got in okay and wasn’t panicking or anything. By now I should know he is the weirdo who loves the vet, because it means two things – treats and pettums from the techs. He loves his vet. Me? I used to work at vet hospitals, and I miss it every day, but I still get antsy being a doggie mama sending her kid under.

The only saving grace of my nerves? That he was going to be an evenings worth of entertainment coming out of the anesthesia. Dog parent of the year here, folks.

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30 Minute Apple Strudel http://www.countrycleaver.com/2015/04/30-minute-apple-strudel.html http://www.countrycleaver.com/2015/04/30-minute-apple-strudel.html#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:41:30 +0000 http://www.countrycleaver.com/?p=17079 Feed the craving for traditional apple strudel without all the time! This 30 minute apple strudel will fill the craving in a hurry! Dish Count :: 1 Baking Sheet, 1 Mandoline, 1 Rolling Pin, 1 Pastry Brush Coming back from vacation is really hard, you get to this point of relaxation that it feels like […]

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Feed the craving for traditional apple strudel without all the time! This 30 minute apple strudel will fill the craving in a hurry!

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30 Minute Apple Strudel - All the comfort of a traditional strudel in half the time!

Coming back from vacation is really hard, you get to this point of relaxation that it feels like there is no coming back from. Four days away from the office and I have to spring back into acton and head to an all day work shop today. Someone send prayers, coffee, and maybe a cattle prod because this is going to be a challenge.

What’s not going to be a challenge was devouring the remains of this apple strudel. It tastes just like my Czech grand mother’s but, it didn’t take me hours on end to make it. Hallelujah!

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1st Annual Reader Survery + $50 Williams Sonoma Gift Card Giveaway http://www.countrycleaver.com/2015/04/1st-annual-reader-survery-50-williams-sonoma-gift-card-giveaway.html http://www.countrycleaver.com/2015/04/1st-annual-reader-survery-50-williams-sonoma-gift-card-giveaway.html#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 22:34:06 +0000 http://www.countrycleaver.com/?p=17073 Fill out the Reader Survey Next month marks five years of Country Cleaver. FIVE YEARS! That’s a kindergartener, people! And can you believe how much has happened in that time? I made my first recipe, Beer Cheddar Bread, and thought uber close up photos under florescent lighting was where it was at. You’ve seen my […]

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Next month marks five years of Country Cleaver. FIVE YEARS! That’s a kindergartener, people!

And can you believe how much has happened in that time?

I made my first recipe, Beer Cheddar Bread, and thought uber close up photos under florescent lighting was where it was at. You’ve seen my love of the Palouse in photographs from the small towns to Ben’s family farm. And you have also followed me through my wedding to Ben from start to finish.

Then there is all the travel adventures in between from one coast to another and everywhere in between from Wyoming, to Idaho and Texas to name a few!

Are you tired yet? I am, but also reinvigorated! So today, I want to hear from YOU – about what you think of Country Cleaver and everything that has happened so far. What do you love, hate, want to change or stay the same? Fill out the Reader Survey let me know!

To sweeten the deal, I’m even throwing in a $50 gift card to Williams Sonoma for one of you!

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I honestly couldn’t be here, five years later, without you – your continuous support, love and patience as I figure out this country life in the big city. Thank you for giving me an outlet, a place to call home when all we dream of is the country, where I live out my dreams in an apartment kitchen, with a trusty husband and Huck by my side. What do you say to another five years? *crickets* Ya sure? Because I have some good stuff coming up and I hope you’ll be here to ride along on this adventure!

The survey takes mere minutes and will get you entered to win a $50 gift card, so be sure to take a hot minute out of your day to Fill out the Reader Survey.  And again, THANK YOU!

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Earl Grey Cake with Vanilla Bean Buttercream http://www.countrycleaver.com/2015/04/earl-grey-cake-with-vanilla-bean-buttercream.html http://www.countrycleaver.com/2015/04/earl-grey-cake-with-vanilla-bean-buttercream.html#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:00:12 +0000 http://www.countrycleaver.com/?p=17059 Celebrate any occasion with this Earl Grey Cake for two. Especially when it’s covered in light and airy vanilla bean buttercream and filled with zesty lemon curd! Dish Count :: 1 Mixer, 1 Mixing Bowl, 1 6-inch Cake Pan

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Celebrate any occasion with this Earl Grey Cake for two. Especially when it’s covered in light and airy vanilla bean buttercream and filled with zesty lemon curd!

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Cherry Cheesecake Cookies http://www.countrycleaver.com/2015/04/cherry-cheesecake-cookies.html http://www.countrycleaver.com/2015/04/cherry-cheesecake-cookies.html#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 12:31:28 +0000 http://www.countrycleaver.com/?p=17049 If you don’t have the patience for making (or the will power to not eat) a whole cheesecake, these cherry cheesecake cookies will do just the trick! Dish Count :: 1 Mixer, 1 Small Bowl, Baking Sheet Every spring the gardening bug hits, and it’s about the time again. This weekend it came and there […]

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If you don’t have the patience for making (or the will power to not eat) a whole cheesecake, these cherry cheesecake cookies will do just the trick!

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Every spring the gardening bug hits, and it’s about the time again. This weekend it came and there was no stopping it. Yesterday morning I asked Ben if he wanted to go to the gardening store with me to pick up some more plants and potting soil – and so that I would avoid overbuying as I have a tendency to do when left unattended like a kid in a candy story. But he declined citing studying, with a dabbling of Boom Beach for his break time, only to have me come home and hour later with a Subaru packed to the gills with dirt and flora

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Fresh Spring Broccoli Salad http://www.countrycleaver.com/2015/04/fresh-spring-broccoli-salad.html http://www.countrycleaver.com/2015/04/fresh-spring-broccoli-salad.html#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 12:46:52 +0000 http://www.countrycleaver.com/?p=17042 This homemade version of a store bought deli classic will have you asking for more! Perfect for lunches, or summer picnics, give this healthy version a try today! Dish Count :: 1 Cutting Board, 1 Mixing Bowl Every time I go grocery shopping and stop at my deli for the week’s turkey for Ben’s and […]

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This homemade version of a store bought deli classic will have you asking for more! Perfect for lunches, or summer picnics, give this healthy version a try today!

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Every time I go grocery shopping and stop at my deli for the week’s turkey for Ben’s and my sad desk turkey lunches, I always peruse the deli salad section to see what they have whipped up. My store always has wonderfully fresh looking salads in the cases, but I never take the plunge because at $6 a pound it’s just not worth it. I know I can make something just as good or better, and for that same $6, I’ll be able to make enough for a week, not just one meal.

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