Cool things will happen.

03 Jan
Burton LipStick + snow = happiness

At 9,000 feet elevation, I’m standing above the cloud line

Just a little eye candy for you while I’m still on vacation. To be fair, it’s only eye candy if you’re into snowboarding, but let’s pretend, shall we? We hit the slopes at Mt. Rose in Nevada today. It was a great warm-up day on my new board. Check this baby out! I am officially even happier than when I was posing with my other board.

This little number is the Burton LipStick that I’ve been coveting for months. It’s a little stiffer than last year’s model which means I’m not compromising on speed. But she’s a little gal, this one: light, flexible and nimble. I found her so easy to ride, quick to pop, even quicker to turn through the trees, and this is just my first day of the season. I’ll be reporting back on all the cool new things I learn to do on it because cool things will definitely happen.

Tagine served with spicy chickpeas over quinoa

Last night, I made a root vegetable tagine with spiced chickpeas over quinoa for dinner. This is my second attempt, I made some modifications to the recipe which I think improved it considerably. Half the lemon, no olives for the hubby, twice the spices and I added potatoes to the mix. I still think I could improve upon it but I’m ambitious that way. It was a hit. I got to use my new 8 quart grass green Chantal dutch oven, which was a steal at T.J.Maxx, which made me very happy.


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  1. Rose

    January 4, 2011 at 4:06 am

    Ooooooh, that looks scrumptious! The tagine, not the snowboarding so much, though your board sure is snazzy! But back to the food…care to share the recipe? I'm cutting back on wheat and gluten grains, so quinoa is my new Jesus…tonight I made chicken soup (with homemade stock! Woot!) with lemon, chili paste, and coconut milk, and quinoa instead of noodles and it was amazing. I luuuuurve the crunchy bits.

  2. Emma at Daily Clothes Fix

    January 4, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Thanks for sharing the photos. Glad your new board is good (although I didn't understand any of the technical bits). You look stylish and warm in your gear, although are you sure you should stand under those icicles? They look lethal. Happy holiday.

  3. Fabienne Jach

    January 4, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Lol! I was actually just a few inches shy of them. The icicles dripped on me and reminded me that they were too close for comfort.

  4. Jodi

    January 4, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Okay… I will be coming with you on the next trip. nuff said!!!

  5. gangsterpixiestyle

    January 5, 2011 at 8:52 am

    I just found out Hummus is made from chickpeas. I never knew…

    I love your board! I have never been snowboarding but wanted to in HS.

  6. Mackenzie

    January 9, 2011 at 7:05 am

    oh my goodness! so dreamy and unreal. you are living in my dreamworld, tagine of deliciousness AND A snowy mountaintop?! can i come? ;)

  7. Fabienne Jach

    January 10, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    @ Mackenzie: It's likely I'll be heading to the slopes on a weekend when you're in SF, so if you're feeling adventurous, holler!