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Summer Update

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Remember that list of Summer To Do’s I created before the summer began?  I wanted to check in and let y’all know what progress I’ve made.  And also some goals that might have changed.

1) Hard Core Decluttering

Clothes: Check.  We got rid of our dresser which really opens up our bedroom.  All of our clothes now fit into the closet.  After I did this, I was enjoying just how open the bedroom felt and wanted more of it.  So I kept going with the clothing purge.  I managed to find a place in the closet for our laundry basket and my jewelry, which had previously been on my night stand.  Then I got rid of the nightstand.  I’ll explain more on this project later, but suffice it to say that I am loving my bedroom without all the stuff.

Kitchen: Check and check.  I went a bit further with this than I expected.  I expected to get rid of a bunch of unitaskers and utensils.  I didn’t expect to be so ruthless with our appliances.  Several left our home completely (afterall, do we really need a blender and a food processor?).  Others went to the attic.  They’re accessible when I really want them, but they aren’t unnecessarily cluttering our kitchen.  Loving the bare counters and organized cabinets.

Cleaning Supplies: I finally got around to this yesterday.  It’s so nice to know that we don’t have all these toxic chemicals sitting under the counter.  I also stocked up on baking soda and vinegar (my two favorite cleaning supplies) from Costco, and it’s nice that I have space for them now.

2) Organization

Flours: If you follow me on instagram (@eatingourheartsout), then you know that I did this awhile ago.  I stocked up on quart sized mason jars, labeled them, and placed them neatly on a narrow rolling cart that fits perfectly under the counter in this bizarre crevice between the wall and the cabinets. (Our kitchen has a kinda wonky layout, which I actually really dig, but it means for some odd angles.)  What you may not know is that less than 5 minutes after I posted the picture to instagram, I went to push the cart back under the counter, only to have it completely collapse.  Whoops.  I found another rolling cart that is actually an even better fit, as it completely fills the space.  It’s fits all of my flours on the top two shelves, and now I can put extras on the bottom shelf.

Craft Supplies: After I ditched my nightstand (which was really just a really ugly shelf), I replaced it with my antique sewing table.  Aside from a box of tissues and a glass of water, nothing goes on the surface, which really adds to the openness of the bedroom.  I also put all the fabric into underbed boxes.

Comic Books: I just remembered that I said I was going to do this.  Blech!  I need to get organizing.

3) Becoming a Little Crunchier

This is by far the section I’m most excited about.

Shampoo: I’m using a really simple water/baking soda mixture.  It’s a sort of paste that you just rub into your hair.  Then, after I’ve rinsed, I do a quick apple cider vinegar (highly diluted) rinse.  The result is super soft, super affordable dream hair.  I’ve heard rumors that you can wash less often, as the chemicals in conventional shampoo are often what causes your hair to look so disgusting so fast.  I haven’t played around with that yet, but so far so good.  I use zero styling products, just a blow dryer and a straightener.  Loving it!

Body Wash: One of the ingredients should be coming in the mail tomorrow.  I’m jazzed to try this out.

Face Wash: This wasn’t something from my original to do list, but I’m thrilled I switched over.  My dear friend Bekah from Pretty Little Snippets did a post this last winter all about oil-based face wash.  If you’ve seen her skin, you know that clearly whatever she’s doing works.  That said, I was still a little skeptical about smearing oil all over my face.  Still, if I was going to go all natural with the shampoo and body wash, this seemed a natural companion.  I followed her recipe exactly, and I am digging the results.  Day 3, I noticed loads of pimples, but I stuck with it, allowing my body chemistry to adjust, and it sure has.  I’m on day 7 now, and my face seems cleaner and fresher than ever.

Make-up: Again, this wasn’t originally on the list, but it quickly got there as I started researching cosmetics.  I wasn’t willing to go make-up-less, but I wasn’t liking what I was putting on my skin.  Then I found Shea Moisture, which is not only far more natural than what I was using, but also cruelty free, fair trade, and sustainably produced.  Woot for ethics!  It’s also quite affordable, which is a bonus to me.  But this did mean cutting back on the foundation I was using.  I now only use a light powder, which at first scared me to death.  I’ve never had particularly good skin.  But using all natural products seems to be helping with the skin, and now I can’t imagine going back to a heavy foundation.

4) Health/wellness

Exercise: With Joel being so busy with work this summer, I’ve taken over the morning dog walks.  Unfortunately, that’s about all I’ve done in the way of this.  Need to get on it.

Food: Certainly, this summer has been a lot better for me.  I’m learning new ways of cooking that require a whole lot less time.  I’ve also been freezing meals so that I have healthy easy options during the school year.  So far, frozen pizzas, lasagna, and chicken and stuffing casserole (a favorite from my childhood).  I’m also hoping to put away a couple meatloaves.

Mind: I’ve done better on both of these, but not well enough.  Meditation usually only happens when I’m feeling tired, but it’s good that I recognize it as a viable solution.  I did really well with reading at the beginning of the summer, but have really slacked off these past two weeks.  The first week, I had an excuse.  Last week, well… I’m just assuming becoming obsessed with the Kim Kardashian app is not an excuse…

So all in all, I’m making progress.  I do have some other things to update you on.  One, I’ve moving to a different school which I’m excited about.  I’m still working with a very high needs population, but it’s a better fit for me, which I’m hoping will translate into less stress.  There’s some other exciting things in the works, but I’m going to wait until we actually break ground on them to share.  Jinxing and what not.

What summer projects have you made progress on?  Or are you simply soaking up the sun?

Let’s talk about health

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Let’s even talk about your health.  My health.  Yes.  Let’s do it!  It’s important.


Because.  Let’s get started…

Last night, I got glutened.  I’m still getting the hang of this whole thing, and sometimes, I make rookie mistakes.  It was probably in the sausage.  I didn’t read ingredients.  It’s my own fault.  My tongue was all swollen last night, and this morning, I’m feeling it in my tummy.

But here’s the thing.  It matters that I got glutened last night.  It matters because I feel yucky, and I’m not supposed to feel yucky.  It matters because it affects my ability to function.  It affects the kids I haven’t had yet.  It affects me, but it also affects you.  And that’s important.

So here’s the deal.  Don’t be that person who thinks that what you put into your body doesn’t matter.  It does.  For serious, it does.  You can be healthy.

I know this all sounds super self-help-y, and I didn’t really mean it to.  But I’m fed up with the attitude that a lot of Americans take where they don’t care how unhealthy food is for them, they just want to be happy.  And if that means dying a few years sooner, at least they’re happy.

Be happy.  Be healthy.  Be both.  Don’t eat only celery for the rest of your life.  That’s weird.  But eat some veg today.  Go to the gym.  Or even just go for a walk around your neighborhood.  Be healthy today.  Be happy too.  But be healthy.

P.S.  It’s like they knew my tongue was swollen.

Growing Up

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

I’ve been trying to get at least 3 servings of veg into my diet every day.  It’s harder than it sounds.  Maybe it’s not, but it is for me.  That means I have to have 1 serving for lunch, 1 serving for snack, and 1 serving for dinner.  Snack is easy: carrots and hummus.  Lunch is always leftovers from the previous night’s dinner, so… I mostly just have to make sure I eat some veg in my dinners.  I made lettuce wraps early on this week.  I was doing quite well with those.

Then I saw this come up on my google reader.  For starters, I don’t make anything fancy.  I take fancy and make it casual.  It’s what I do.  I’m good at it.  So “Fancy Sloppy Joes” isn’t really my style.  But do you know what is?  Sneaking veg into sloppy joes.  So I ran by the grocery store on my way home from work, all prepared to pick up some carrots and zucchini to put inside of them.

Sloppy Joes

These are a bit on the spicy side of things, but feel free to modify them to your taste.  I wouldn’t at all frown on you if you wanted to use a spice pack, either.  I was going to, but the only brand I could find put all kinds of gluten into it.  Dumb.

I ate it on two slices of Rudi’s multigrain, and while the flavor was great, the texture wasn’t quite right.  The bread fell apart in my hands so I went at it with a fork.  Manageable, though not ideal.

Sneaky, Sloppy Joes:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 zucchini, shredded
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1 c. water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • dash red pepper flakes
  • salt to taste (I probably used a couple teaspoons)

Cook the ground beef and onions over medium high heat.  Drain off any excess grease.  Mix in veg, water, tomato paste, and the remaining ingredients.  Cook until veg is soft and cooked through and excess liquid has thickened.

a bit distracted

Monday, March 21st, 2011

I’m a slacker.  With ideas for wonderful things I will someday do.  Like recipes I still haven’t made, they sit on a shelf, waiting for me to remember that they exist.  I dropped the ball on a project I’m working on this week.  It wasn’t a major thing.  I told my friend (who is also working on it with me) that I’m a slacker-face.  He said he already knew that.  My other friend pointed to the boy and said that I’ve been distracted.

It’s not that.  It’s really not.  But between you and me, I’m sometimes a bad rememberer of things I don’t really want to do to begin with.

But I’ve been cooking up a storm.  And Nate hasn’t been around to photograph very much of it.  … so you’re going to be seeing some really rough looking pictures of really yummy food.  And you just have to trust me that you want to make these things, mk?

Today, I’m not going to post any picture at all.  Just say that I did a fruit and veg cleanse, which required me to try out that whole spinach in a smoothie thing.  It’s delicious.  Really is.  I didn’t believe it, but everyone was right.  My basic smoothie was this:

  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup fresh spinach (loosely packed and all that)
  • orange juice until proper consistency

Sometimes I put strawberries in it.  But that was unnecessary, really.  Try it.  Amazing!  And healthy!


Friday, January 21st, 2011

My official least favorite programmer phrase is “no need to reinvent the wheel”.  I’ll let Val explain it to you.

That said, I like reinvention.  It’s fun.  It’s familiar.  But only sort of.  It’s perfect.

Remember the time I made empanadas?  They were really good.  Seriously.  Whoa.  This time, I made them like this…

  • 1 lb. chorizo, casings removed
  • 1 zucchini, shredded
  • 1/2 head of cauliflower
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2 cups shredded cheese

I roasted the cauliflower, then mashed it up with my potato masher.  It felt good.  While that was roasting, I shredded the zucchini in Lola, and sauteed it just a bit with the onion.  I set aside the onion/zucchini mixture, and cooked up the chorizo.  Now this is very important: I drained the chorizo of all that disgusting greasiness.  Then I mixed it all together.  And into my beautiful little dough it went.  Baked as usual.  Then I totally snarfed it.  All by myself.  That’s a lie.  I ate with other people.  But still… I would have made these even if nobody had told me they were “dank”.