~Lazy Days~

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~I love winter. I love winter especially on the weekends when I don’t have to go out. I love staying in my flannel pj’s and lazing about.

~Eating yummy salads.

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Yummy winter salad. xoxo it.
~Starting a new quilt, using my stash. Make do and use it up~

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Scrappy Trip Along

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~Sewing for a new little boy named Finn.

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The best baby newborn pattern for pants. So darn cute.

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~Knitting for same little one.

( can’t show you because I’m blocking and need to add buttons)
I hope it fits!

I love winter!

Out with the old in with the new..

Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. ~Hal Borland

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Clearly I hope for the same things each year. Health and happiness for myself and my family. I always yearn for more time to do the things I need to do and to do the things I want to do. I want to achieve balance in my work and free time. I want to prioritize my obligations and still have time to be creative. I want to be a good wife and a good mom.

I want to nurture my spirituality, my health, and my creativity and that of  my family.

Wishing you the best 2013 and that it will be all that you need it to be.

~What I ate on my 14 day raw food cleanse~

Each day starts with the “daily cup.” Everyday. This is coffee with almond milk. Delish. I tried to cut back on my caffeine. I did ok, I am down to 2 cups in the morning. That’s the best I can do and it’s an improvement. I used to drink 3 or 4 cups a day. The last time I went off of caffeine was when I was pregnant 18 years ago and it made me feel not great. If I do try it again it will have to be a slow and gradual process. I do have a really good option when for when I am ready.

This is what I ate for lunch. Corn Chowder. Oh my. It was so good. Made with cashew’s. It was really nice.

~Lastly,here is my dinner. Bacon,lettuce and tomato. You will not believe it if I told you what the “bacon” is. Try to guess. Ok, I will just tell you. Eggplant. Dehydrated for hours. Seriously it did taste like bacon. On Ezekiel 4:9 bread. It was awesome!

This is just a sample of my meals for one day. Every morning starts with a smoothie and snacks of seasonal fruit. I have never felt better. There are so many reason’s to consider a cleanse.  The reason I choose to cleanse was to obtain clarity and to cleanse my body from the inside out. I want to eat food that will nourish my body, not make me sick.  I don’t want my food choices to be the cause of any physical pain and disease.  The goal is to gradually add back different food to determine what works and what doesn’t work for me. The funny thing is that what works for me might be totally opposite of what works for you.

~Father’s Day breakfast~

~ saute onion and garlic~

~add fresh corn~

~add a little yellow squash fresh off the vine~

~I love brown eggs, so pretty, beat about 4~

~ gather fresh herbs and cherry tomatoes~

~once the veggies are little sauted  add eggs, top with tomatoes and fresh herbs~

~add fresh grated Havarti cheese, salt and pepper~

~toast wheat bread and top with sunflower sprouts~

~I added a little bit of cheddar~

~serve with a side of fresh fruit  and enjoy~

~ Garlic, herbs, tomatoes,  and squash from our little garden.
~~ Corn, brown eggs, and sunflower sprouts from the Urban Market , which is just down the road from us.

~~Fruit also from the Urban Market.

I love summer time ther are so many good things to eat. I can’t get enough fruits and veggies. I need to power up to finish quilting a queen size quilt. What the heck was I thinking? It’s huge.

Happy Father’s Day!!

 

~What’s for lunch?~

Yesterday mid-morning I went out back to my little teeny tiny potted garden and picked my lunch, or parts of it. I had a zucchini and a squash from my mom’s garden and I picked pea’s, carrots and the ever-present cherry tomato’s. It’s a start. Hmm. A little bit of rice, a little bit of quinoa. Grated veggies, sliced carrots, peas in the pod, and a finely chopped pepper. Toss. Stir and enjoy.
Yummy. mish-mash veggie soup, it’s what’s for lunch.

~Food from the Garden~

 

Fresh lettuce from the garden.

I’ve harvested all the lettuce I could, now I must plant more.  I need a long flat trough- type vessel to maximize production. I love being able to eat my fresh lettuce.  It tastes so much better than anything from a store and it’s pretty.

First little harvest of peas and tomato’s.

Beans and tomato’s. I love cherry tomato’s.

Teeny tiny carrots. I got excited and pulled some out to see what was what. I think this is “short and sweet” variety.

More tomato’s and my first little yellow squash. Yummers.

A humble first harvest, prepped and ready for dinner.

My first garden dinner.  Quinoa Veggie Medley. It was good!

 

Ever since reading In the French Kitchen Garden, I had dreams of creating a little potager garden outside my own kitchen where I could wander out and pick a few things for dinner. Many years have passed since I first read this book, but I am slowly, very slowly beginning to achieve what I read about so long ago. Losing the tree last year has left us with much more sun right outside my kitchen, I take my blessings where I can find them, I am thankful for my little sunny patches. I want to find this book and read it again. It is a very lovely book.

~Home begins in the kitchen~

~home made latte~

When we left our home in February due to the unfortunate tree incident, I had no idea how long we would be gone. I was in a state of numbing shock. When I went to my home, post tree-fall, I just wandered around the kitchen lost. I wanted to clean, but it was almost pointless. There were holes in the ceiling, it was constantly raining, constantly saturating the whole place. The insurance company told us we would be “packed” out.   Well, as far as I was concerned they could just throw it all out. It was a total loss in my mind.  I really detached myself from my home. I think it was a coping mechanism because my house was so broken, it was just so sad.  We took the items from the fridge, freezer, our coffeepot and a few spices. Duh… what was I thinking?? I was so lost without my “things.”  I did not want to become too comfortable at our rental home, all I wanted was to go home, so we made do. Now that we are back and mostly unpacked when I am in my kitchen I feel that I am HOME.  It brings me great joy to be back home, in the kitchen.  I could not be happier.

~fresh tomato’s on the sill, yes, it’s Summertime~

~fried egg sandwich on home-made english muffin bread, yep.

~~ tomato, avocado, mozzarella salad with zucchini fritters, yes please.

I love to cook, love to eat.  I feel a little behind on the season, but I am catching up as fast as I  can.  I am going to try to savor these last few months of summer and enjoy each fresh prepared meal I make.

~ a little roasted chickpea snack, yum.

:: All recipes can be found on my Pinterest, under “Yummy Food to Make” ::

~Sharing and Joining~

Doesn’t this just seem right? I am going to participate and I am really excited.
Heather of  Beauty that Moves is leading this wonderful workshop. I have followed Beauty that Moves for a long time.  Heather has a wonderful “voice”, fantastic recipes and I know this will be a wonderful experience.  

** photo from Heather’s blog Beauty that Moves **

Not only do I want to do this, but I need to do this.  Just wanted to share!!

~Goodness where does the time go??~

How can the weekend be over again?  It feels like the days are simply whizzing by. Like lightning really.

I am loving my library right now. LOVE!  Look at my new cookbooks I checked out last week!!

I have been really working hard on decreasing our packaged foods. We are down by a great deal. I am speaking of packaged prepared foods like: mac and cheese, frozen pizza’s, crackers, kid food, snack food, etc.  I am on the search for new and better recipes daily.

For example:

Pretzels. Yum!  Recipe from here at Maya Made.  They have been a big hit.  My one weakness is pretzels. It’s like crack and I can’t get off of them.

I’ve been making  Rosemary Crackers .  Each time I make them they get better and better.  The secret is to roll the dough just as thin as you can. Paper thin. These taste kind of  like Cheese It”s to me, but much, much better. It’s kind of like  love really.

What I have really been wanting to try is pasta. I tried a recipe a few months ago, and it turned out so bad. I mean like clumps of clay bad. Ugh. I was determined to try again. I  used the recipe from the Alice Water’s cookbook.  The Art of Simple Food.  Oh my, oh my, oh my gosh. I kind of felt like I died and went to heaven. I have no words to describe how good this pasta was. My dad would have been so proud. He always made fresh pasta and I remember he used a  pasta  machine.  I used me,  myself, and I to roll the dough out.  It worked  just fine. Here are a few of the steps..

It is hard to believe egg and flour make pasta, with just a little splash of water. That’s it.

Resting.

I can’t believe I am showing a picture of my kitchen.. oh me.

Just waiting to be cooked. Alice said that hand cut noodles are rustic and charming.  Ok, Alice, I agree.

A finished dish, sorry, so blurry!

Oh my, yum!!  Noodles with a splash of olive oil, butter, zucchini, mushrooms, lemon juice, and lemon basil (from my garden, yay!)

My toughest critic and  she really liked it!

I think I will buy this book.  It is a winner!!

 It seems all I do is spend my day in the kitchen. That is the one thing about changing the way you eat. Whole foods do take more time to prepare. It is well worth it not only for me,  but for my daughter as well. She is beginning to experience  joy in our kitchen, and the joy of creating.  She makes a little something to go with our evening meal. This is joyful time we spend together laughing and being silly.  

This is an added benefit I was not completely expecting, however, she imitates what I do and her creativity is fueled. I have really enjoyed our time together. Especially on the weekends. Her father is working and her big sister is as well. It is just us girls usually.

 I really want to read this book ,  I hope I can find it at my library.  I want to read this one too. I love Cookus Interuptus  their videos are hilarious..! 

Ok, so if you’ve made it this far– I hope you had a wonderful weekend!!