Month: February 2016

Veggies are Taking Over

I mentioned a few weeks ago that D and I decided to join Hungry Harvest. To be more specific, we joined the “mini harvest”. This means that we are purchasing non-organic fruits and veggies that are recovered, meaning, not pretty enough to sell in a grocery store but still taste great. (As much as we’d love to purchase all organic foods, at this point in our budget we are committed to organic milk and meats. We do some organic fruits and veggies but not very consistently).

Anyway-its rocking our worlds. D and I are pretty crazy when it comes to food waste. We really try our best to not get rid of food that can be eaten, its not weird for us to be eating the same soup for a full week. With that being said, the last two weeks we’ve noticed a huge change in our diets. We have been focused on not wasting an ounce of these fruits and veggies so very rarely reach for something that is packaged. Its a huge bonus!

Another cool thing is we are eating foods that are not our “go-to’s”. I have never purchased red cabbage, chayote, acorn squash, minneola, and GASP eggplant. I also have only purchased a whole butternut squash once, more about that later.

I thought Id share a few recipes that we really enjoyed!

First things first, red cabbage. This first recipe came in an email from Hungry Harvest. A few friends were over when I made it and it got thumbs up all around, only problem was it was enormous and was more of a salad with dressing which gets funky after a few days. Just today I decided to use the second half of it and found a warm recipe for red cabbage and had three bowls, it was so yummy! Here’s that recipe

 Chayote. This was a food I’d never even heard of. The inter-webs described it as a cross between a pear, a zucchini, and a cucumber. We roasted it and I think it ended up tasting a bit like a sweet zucchini. Here’s the recipe, it was good. I’d make it again!

Acorn Squash. This is one of those foods I just think of when I go to our local apple orchard as a decoration. I’m not sure why it never dawned on me that people eat it. Anyway, today I sliced it up after getting the guts out, and tossed it with some olive oil, garlic powder, and parm cheese. I roasted it and it was really good! A bit intense, maybe next time I’ll do less garlic. Here’s that recipe

 Minnelo is just a fruit, no need for a recipe. I liked it, kind of tasted like an orange and a grapefruit got married.

Oh, eggplant. I’m going to be honest. D’s “mommom” makes fried eggplant almost every Monday at family dinner and it is so delicious. I am scared to even attempt eggplant because it could never measure up. I may put my big girl pants on tomorrow and give it a try. I’m also scared because I’ve recently gone Gluten Free due to some migraines so I wil have to use gf flour and the whole thing is making me nervous!

Lastly, I bought a butternut squash exactly one time. It took soooooo long to cut the skin off of it that I vowed to only buy them pre-cut for life. Of course, week two a butternut squash came in our box and I got online and was elated to find that you can cook them in a slow cooker. I’m serious. You put the entire thing in the crock pot for 7 hours on low and then peel the skin off like a band-aid. That’s a gross visual but its true. So easy. As if you need a recipe, here it is.

That’s about it! Just got the email and we will have the following foods delivered to our doorstep on Sunday:

  • Mustard Greens (no clue, help!)
  • Yukon Potatoes
  • yellow Onions
  • Snow Peas (never made them)
  • Red Plums
  • Nectarines
  • Rutabagas (no idea. Elle watches a show (Tumble Leaf) which stars a rutabaga)
  • Grapefruit

So if you have any great recipes or ideas, send them my way!

Also-Stay tuned, we are picking colors now for our dining room, living room, and master bedroom! So many colors!!!

 

 

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These Are a Few of My Favorite Things…(Round Two)

So I had a Christmas gift idea/favorite things post and people loved it. So now with some changing seasons and my own personal excitement for spring, I thought I’d do another!

These are in no specific order

  • We had the stomach bug in our home while we were snowed in and Thieves Cleaner was my saving grace! It comes in a concentrated form and lasts forever. Not to mention I feel better about Jay doing the inch worm on thieves vs. a harsh chemical.
  • Dining room chairs. I’ve been seeing this style of chairs EVERYWHERE. I really like the rustic/farmhouse style so when Elle peed on one of our upholstered chairs during that same blizzard I decided enough was enough. I got a set for $90, plus a $5 off coupon, and used my red card for 5% off and free shipping. Do the math (I can’t) they were an awesome deal. We hope to have a farmhouse table once our children can act like civilized humans.   
  • Next. This ones weird. I started using Piper Wei deodorant. It’s a putty like deodorant that you put on your pits and it doesn’t cause breast cancer. Full disclosure today is day one. When you put it on it smells very earthy. I’m a sweater. I schlep two kids around with me and there is lots of picking up and wrangling and sometimes by the end of the day I’m not fresh. (Code for D saying “ew you stink”). So far so good. I still smell earthy but not bad earthy. Truly, if I’m going to be real, bring on the B.O., no more chemicals on this mama I’ve got babies to raise and a man to love. (Update: I’m several days in and LOVING IT!)
  • Ok time for my soap box. I’m pretty liberal in most of my thinking but when it comes to modesty just call me Grandma Thor. I say cover it up! I don’t want Joe Schmo seeing about six square inches more of me than my dear hubs. I also don’t love when my people are essentially running around naked in front of my man! (A friend of mine texted me this summer when she was at the beach with her husband and two kids. They were minding their own business when a group of ladies stretched out on blankets in front of them wearing thongs. COME ON!) Anyway, I’m full-on obsessed with this bathing suit line. Adorable. Modest. Figure-flattering. What more could you want!? Rey Swimwear
  • These curtain/shade things from IKEA. My sister found them a few months ago and put them in her sunroom, then my mom got one for her kitchen. Now we’ve ordered them for our living room/dining room. At $17.99 a pop they are A STEAL! What do you think? Here’s the before:     And after! (Excuse the mess 😁)       I really like that you can put the shades to all different levels.  D likes windows all the way covered and I like bright light so we can try to compromise with this!
  • Im trying to lose weight (cue sob story of a baby who weighed 10.2 at birth just eight months ago!) I love Starbucks with gobs of cream and sugar. Grande decaf coffee in a venti cup extra coconut milk. Done. No sweetener. So yummy and creamy. Try it.
  • I could’ve read Wonder by R.J. Palacio in One sitting. You know, if I didn’t have kids. Either way it was such a delightful, sob-worthy, enlightning story. I told my husband that I want my kids to read this the minute their little brains can understand it. Such a great book for teaching kids and adults alike to be kind to people who are different.
  • A friend of mine has been using Hungry Harvest and couldn’t stop talking about it. I just ordered my first weekly delivery. We’re super excited about getting fresh fruit and veggies delivered and even more excited that someone hungry will get free food because of our purchhase. Check this out!  Put my name in the referral box and we’ll both get half off of our food for the week.  
  • I’m experimenting with going gluten free to hopefully control some migraine issues I’m dealing with. My parents had us over for dinner and my mom made me these brownies by Krusteaz. I couldn’t tell the difference! So yummy. (Very unlike an unfortunate attempt at carob brownies. So bad).
  • This isn’t really a thing but an experiment. I pretty much gave up Facebook and about a month in I’m so pleased that I did. I’ve gained a thousand hours of time and lost absolutely nothing of value. 

That’s a wrap! I hope you enjoy these things as much as I do! are you loving something right now?? please share!

    I (kind of) Quit Facebook

    The humor of it all is not lost on me. You are probably reading this blog because you found it on Facebook. I still have an active account, I just don’t have the password. I check my notifications a few times a week. No browsing. No stalking. Then I started getting these emails that are quite comical!

      
    The craziest thing happened, though. I started doing some of the things I didn’t think I had time for. (Jay also started taking naps in his crib around the same time so I’m not sure I can blame it all on Facebook but it certainly gets a good share). Here are some things I’ve noticed since stepping away.

    • I have read two books in a week. I do have time to read.
    • My house is cleaner. Like way cleaner. 
    • I have been more intentional with being relentless (my word this year). Some of this is because it feels like some precious worlds are crumbling around me so I have been flat on my face begging God for BIG miracles. Either way, my mind is quieted so I’m more willing to fully think/pray through chaos. More on the quiet mind later.
    • I have been following up with people when I think of them. I used to think about someone, then look them up on FB to see what was new. Let me just say that it is nauseating to admit that. I value relationships-but I’m getting back to  actually following up with people who are not in my inner circle.
    • This one is plain and simply the ugliest. I’m having more fun with my kids. No other way to put it-I’m more patient and enjoy their company more.   
    • My brain is less cluttered. I’m not sure how I can actually explain this but the information overload was hurting my brain. It feels clear and crisp. It’s bizarre.
    • This last one is hysterical to me. I’m fully one thousand percent more annoyed with people who are on their phones while in my presence. I’m a stay at home mom so conversations with adults are so important for my sanity. (Duh- to escape the diapers and explaining why ballerinas have sweaters because it’s January  and a sleeveless leotard is not appropriate to wear in the snow). Anyway, I’m working on not being SO annoyed. But I’m still annoyed. And embarrassed for the millions of time I’ve surely been the biggest offender.

    I think that’s it. It has been quite timely, this stepping back from FB. Gods funny like that. Would you join me in praying for a few friends? Some of our people are walking through the depths of hell and I’m praying that they will come out on the other side, not a hair singed, no smell of smoke on their clothes. Their stories aren’t mine to share but could you join Dee (and Elle) and I as we bring some of our people to the Ultimate Healer? We’d love you for it. I’m just on pins and needles to share a miraculous story in a few months and I’m believing God will do it. Join us.