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Bring on the ‘buch!

Ok I admit it!  I like to get my drank on!!!  I like to sit back on a hot day and throw one…or a few back.  I like to collect the bottles and line them up like what you find in a frat house.  I might have an addiction strong craving for a certain fizzy drink of sorts.  I mean I don’t NEED it, I can quit anytime I want.  And really…what’s it to ya?  It’s MY life!!!  GAW!!!!!

I can’t help it that Kombucha is so delicious.  I tried to resist its allure…sitting there in the grocery cooler looking all sorts bubbly and cheerful (yes drink bottles can look cheerful).  But the combination of the enzymes, probiotics, and immune boosting benefits sucked me in.

So yes I will driving 30mins to pick up a six pack.  Yes they have their own kombucha bag.  Yes I will overlook that the $2.50 price tag.  I will even pay full price.  I have no shame.  If loving kombucha is wrong…I don’t wanna be right.

But all that was about to change!  One day as I perused one of my many “crunchy” Facebook pages I spotted someone offering free SCOBYS!!!  Ummm hello?  God is that you trying to tell me something?  I really think I heard him say “of course dear…I want you to brew your own ‘buch”.  Now…I can not prove that I heard God’s voice but there really was a free SCOBY and I really was all over that offer like a duck on a june bug.

What’s a SCOBY you ask?  Well it is a nasty looking little thing, usually a disc shaped gelatinous glob.  She is not appetizing to look at.  I mean it’s not like I would gnaw on her while watching a movie or anything.  She knows her place and is pleased as puddin when she’s floating on some tea.  SCOBY, or, symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast if you wanna be hard core; is the living portion of the drink.  Are your mouths starting to water yet?  Yea…mine too.

Now with SCOBY in hand I could have unlimited Kombucha at my disposal!  I am officially a ‘buch bootlegger.  Ok ok…maybe not so much a bootlegger but I am now officially brewing my own kombucha at home.  It may or may not be legal.  I will leave you to wonder.

Let me break down the process for ya.  I brewed a batch of tea.  Approximately 1 gallon.  Of course I used organic green tea.  You can use other types (but they say not “flavored”).  Don’t ask who “they” are…you DON’T want to know.  Anywho…I put about a cup and a half of raw organic sugar in the tea and brought it to a boil.  I know a lot of you fit freaks peeps are gasping at the amount of sugar.  Don’t fret.  SCOBY to the rescue!!  Once the tea cooled to room temperature I added the SCOBY and the liquid she was in and put it all in a 1+ gallon size glass container.  The yeast and bacteria (all good kinds) feed off the sugar that is in the brew, or better yet they consume the sugar so you don’t have to.  WHAT WHAT?!?!  This process is called fermentation.  Can you all repeat that together?  FER, MEN, TA, TION.  Good job!    I covered the brew with a coffee filter and a paper towel and held it in place with a rubber band.  Then I put a paper bag over the container and shoved it all onto a corner shelf in my dark pantry and let SCOBY do her thang.

Fast forward two weeks and it was time for the 2nd fermentation.  This is usually the time where fruit or other flavorings are added. I decided on strawberry basil.  Seriously y’all…does it not sound like a delicious combo?  Thought so.  I poured my kombucha into smaller glass bottles, this time with air tight lids.  I added my strawberries and basil that I previously chopped up a bit in the food processor.  Once bottled I left the kombucha on the counter for about 4 days.  During this time the yeast and bacteria fed off the sugars in the brew and created the fizz.  Do y’all get what I am saying?  It is pretty much bottled yeast and bacteria poots.  Gross huh?!?!  But it tastes so good!!

Fast forward 4 days and I am sitting here drinking my homemade ‘buch.  Don’t mind if I do, don’t. mind. if. I. do.  I am not gonna lie…it’s pretty darn good.  Yes I may be a tad biased.  But I am proud of me and my little SCOBY!!  I’ve already started another batch.

Here are a few pics I took along the way.  They ain’t pretty.  :)  But the outcome is delicious!!

Momma SCOBY in batch of fresh brewed tea
Momma SCOBY in batch of fresh brewed tea
She's growing...makes me proud.
She’s growing…makes me proud.
Look away...she's hideous!
Look away…she’s hideous!
After first fermentation and after strawberries and basil were added
After first fermentation and after strawberries and basil were added
After 2nd fermentation...final product.  Some bottles are missing i.e. consumed.
After 2nd fermentation…final product

 

let’s go

wanderlust

(n.) A strong desire or urge to wander or travel and explore the world.

Do you have that one thing in life that feeds your soul?  Gardening, writing, dancing, etc?  For me, it’s traveling.

I constantly have this tiny voice in my head that says “let’s go”.  No, not the kind of voice that warrants medication and a psych consult.  But an ever-present little whisper from the world beckoning me to come marvel in her awesomeness.  Whether it is East Texas backroads or European vacations, small towns or big cities, mountains or beaches. It doesn’t really matter to me.

I love the memories, experiences, and pictures that I have collected from each adventure.  When I see the beauty of the world I am reminded how amazing our God is.  Although I try and capture it all with my camera…the pictures never seem to do it justice.  I really need to work on that.

Traveling challenges me to do more and to need less.  For this introvert it allows me to move out of my comfort zone yet still feel comfortable being a stranger in a “foreign” place.  I love accents and languages and not knowing my surroundings…almost feeling lost.

I have not been everywhere, but it’s on my list.  –Susan Sontag

Don’t get me wrong…I am blessed to have a home with my husband and our family.  But our house and our things are not what fills my cup.  In fact I have very few belongings that I would mourn if I lost them.  To never be able to see new places or go wander on a whim would mean a part of me would die.  I feel at home when I am away and each trip I take renews my spirit.

I am blessed to have been to such beautiful places and more so that I have been given the insatiable appetite to explore.  There is such beauty, grandeur, and majesty out there, all handcrafted by God.  What an amazing gift!

Travel changes you.  As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small.  And in return, life–and travel–leaves marks on you. –Anthony Bourdain

 

Let’s eat!

Tonight I decided to cook!  Not just warm something up…but REALLY cook.  I found this lovely Paleo recipe on Against All Grain.  I have been ogling the cookbook and all of the beautiful recipes for some time now.  I don’t know what took me so long to check out her website.  I guess sometimes I can be a little slow.  But it is now book marked!

I planned this meal a few days ago and headed out on one of my days off to shop for the ingredients.  However, the 3 stores I went to were out of leeks.  Yep you heard that right…out of leeks.  I have never had a Leek in my 40 years on this earth…and you’re telling me that they are so popular that Sprouts, Kroger, AND MarketStreet were out of them?  Hogwash I tell you.  So take note, even though I pride myself on following a recipe to a ‘T’ the first go-round, this one was Leek-less.  Oh well, I am sure I would not like Leeks anyway.  They look very vegetable-y.  My unhealthy body can only handle one new veggie at a time…and tonight it was cauliflower.

I hadn’t even planned on cooking tonight.  It was the fear that my cauliflower and already thawed organic chicken would go bad sort of forced me into it.  The meal didn’t take too long to prepare.  However, one of the first steps is to remove the chicken tender from the chicken breast.  WHAT?!?!  Are you telling me that the tender is not the same thing as the chicken breast?  Tenders are not just chicken breasts cut into strips?  I was stumped.  So I did what any novice chef would do.  I Googled “How to remove a tender from a chicken breast”.  Thankfully, there was a YouTube video of just that…removing a tender.  My chef ranking has now gone from novice to novice II.  I’m a fast learner.

The recipe states that the prep time is 20 minutes.  Well, that is only if you have already removed the tenders and made the pesto sauce.  Which I hadn’t.  So I am going to say the prep time is more like 40mins.  Just a heads up.

So enough fluff.  Let’s get to the meat of the matter.  Get it?  Do ya get it?  The “meat” of the matter?  tap, tap, tap is this thing on? 

Excuse my grainy pic…but I started cooking late and well, our lighting stinks.

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Here is the recipe that I followed!  Try it out for yourself.  You will not be disappointed!

Little Miracles

I am just sitting here on a Thursday night thinking about my week thus far.  It has been a week of ups and downs to say the least.   I turned 40 on monday.  Although neither an up nor down I was off of work and with my husband and daughter.  No place I would rather be.  But then came Tuesday.  When I got to work I was told it was going to be a busy day and that I had a nursing student assigned to me, which adds more work from the get go.  Even though it is a necessary part of getting through school it makes it hard on the “teaching” nurse.  I know,  I know…we shouldn’t dread students.  But we do.  Don’t judge me.  Just being honest.

I was then given report about each patient and was told one in particular was gonna be a challenge.  Already frustrated from having a student nurse, I was instantly dreading what I was going to walk into.  Actually, I was pouting inside; borderline pissed.  Fast forward and I walk into that patients room and instantly smell something I was familiar with.  Thieves.  I smelled Thieves.  As I approached her bed I noticed other Young Living oils on her bedside table.  So of course I told her that I too use YL oils.  She looked at me in disbelief and started crying.  After a few minutes she calmed down and I asked her to tell me what was going on; why she was crying.  Long story short…what SHE knew to be best for her baby was not in line with what some of the DRs’ and nurses’ believed to be best.  She felt alone and helpless.  I let her know that she would not feel like that from me.  I told her that I am oily, and natural, and of the belief that she is the mom and knows what is best for her baby.  I let her know that I would not challenge her belief or pressure her to do something she didn’t want for her baby.  She cried and cried and said that she posted a prayer request to friends and family on Facebook that morning before I got there…and asked them to pray that God would send someone to help her.  And then she said “and then you walked in!”  She told me God answered her prayers with me!  ME!  Plain jane frumpy 40 year old me!!  I ain’t nothing special.  I hold no superpower.  I am flawed beyond belief.  Me…the same girl who just 5 minutes before was pouting about the crummy day she was about to have.  Little did I know that what I was actually walking into was a the little miracle of answered prayers of so many people.  I even had a friend, Melissa,  in East Tx who saw my patient’s original post and felt so sad for her that she prayed “that God would send her a sweet nurse”.  She had no idea that the person she was praying for was in DFW, let alone at my hospital, let alone going to be assigned to me.  Melissa said she cried when a follow up post was put up by my patient tagging my name as an answer to her prayers.

Yall with me?  Have I lost you?

Come to find out we are all part of the same “oily” facebook group.  A place where we go to learn and share about oils.  Had I not been so busy pouting and dreading my day I may have seen her prayer request and probably would have whispered a little prayer for her.   Thankfully she was assigned to me.  Because when I finally got on Facebook in one of my few slower moments I was blessed to  read her prayer request and all of the amazing responses from dozens and dozens of prayer warriors.  And I was truly humbled after reading her follow up post tagging me as her “angel”.  I am no angel.  But man it feels good to have been able to make someones day better.

I never started using Young Living oils for money.  I started using to help myself and my family become healthier in a natural way.  I started sharing them with others so that they could learn of how they had blessed me.  Never in a million years did I think they would lead me to another person in this manner. But what a blessing this experience has turned out to be to me!

Oh…and the last little blessing?!?!  Her little one was born on my birthday.  :)

 

 

Investigative Reporter C.Reynolds On The Case.

Where is my magnifying glass and my houndstooth Sherlock Holmes hat?  Because I am on the case peeps…tracking down answers to the world’s mysteries!!  Sort of.  Well, maybe not mysteries.  Ok maybe I got an answer to one question.  But I got an answer none the less.  And you, my fellow crunchy friends, may want to take a gander.

So here is the 411.  A friend of mine posted a question on Facebook asking how can a restaurant say they are going to go GMO free in 2014.  What about the corn and flour tortillas they serve?  All wheat and corn is genetically modified right?  The company she is talking about is Chipotle and is a big favorite among A LOT of people.  Plus their commercials ROCK!!!  Anyhow…so we were wondering if in fact this was just a marketing ploy or a ruse to attract more customers.  If so, well, no bueno Chipotle.  No bueno!!

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Food with integrity?  RE-HE-HE-EALLLY?  (That is my Ace Venture ala Jim Carey impression)  I nailed it right?  Thought so.

But first here is my understanding about GMO’s regarding corn and wheat.  I have read that MOST corn we eat is in fact GMO unless you buy organic corn grown from heirloom seeds.  However, ALL the wheat here in the US is genetically modified.  It was modified because the tall wheat could not withstand the winds.  They would bend and water could not make it up the “stalks?” in order to keep the plant alive.  Sort of like laying on your arm too long and it falling asleep.  Ya know what I mean?  So wheat was genetically modified to be shorter.  Whereas wheat used to be 5ft + tall long ago, now it is maybe 3ft tall.  I am not saying I am 100% right on this; but I would say I’m about 96.78% accurate.  Sooooo…now that you know that I can continue telling you about my investigation.

I did not want to believe that my beloved Chipotle was trying to deceive us.  Please say it ain’t so!!  I decided to go to their website.  I advise you all to go check it out.  Lots of great info about where their meats and veggies come from and changes they plan to make.  However I did not see anything about the GMO free plan.  So I emailed them.  Yep, I’m that girl.

Here is my email to them:

Hi there…A friend of mine on facebook said yall were planning on going GMO free in 2014. But then she brought up the fact that all wheat nowadays is genetically modified. She included corn in that but I believe there is corn that is not GMO. I could be wrong. Either way, what will your tortillas be made of if not wheat? I definitely do not mind paying more for safe food. And getting to eat out and still have safe food is a bigger plus. Thanks so much for your efforts!!
Christina Reynolds

And the response I received not long after:

Christina,

Thank you very much for your interest in this. Indeed, it’s our intention to eliminate GMOs from our menu. We do not have a firm date set for when we will achieve this goal, but we have made some great strides in this direction. Our biggest push right now is eliminating soybean oil from our cooking process. We’ve already taken the soybean oil from our fryers and replaced it with GMO-free sunflower oil. All our restaurants have eliminated soybean oil from the beans, carnitas, and barbacoa and switched to GMO-free rice-bran oil or sunflower oil. In several markets, we have eliminated soybean oil from our rice, fajitas, chicken, steak, and vinaigrette and switched to the rice-bran oil as well, and we do hope to have phased out the soybean oil in our restaurants entirely by 2014.

I am familiar with your friend’s concern about how wheat is genetically modified; William Davis talks about this in his book Wheat Belly. When we talk about reducing GMOs, we are more concerned with those organisms that are genetically modified to be herbicide-resistent (or “Roundup ready”), not those that have been genetically selected for certain traits, as modern-day wheat has. We do still intend to make our tortillas with wheat, but if you have concerns about wheat that are specific to the way it has been genetically manipulated, please know that it is very easy to avoid wheat in our restaurants. The only wheat-containing items we serve are the burrito- and taco-sized flour tortillas. So you are free to enjoy salads, bowls, or corn tacos.

I know this is a complex issue, but I hope my response clarifies somewhat the distinction between the GMOs our restaurants are trying to eliminate and ingredients like wheat that have been heavily genetically selected and bred to have certain characteristics. We appreciate your recognition of our efforts and we hope to serve you soon.

Sincerely,
James

Customer Service Consultant
Chipotle Mexican Grill

 

How cool is that?  Why do I feel like I am BFF’s with a celebrity or something?  Well, I liked the honesty and am pretty cool with their efforts.  What do y’all think?  Food with integrity like their ad says?  I’m gonna go ahead and say I believe so.  And just because Chipotle and I are close…y’all don’t be hittin me up for free burrito bowls. :)

 

 

I’ve got bones a brewin’!!

Today I am home with body aches, nausea, and fever.  It started up last night but hopefully it won’t stick around too long.  I am diffusing Thieves and have oiled up for the fight!!  I find it a bit fortuitous that I baked a whole chicken yesterday and never ate any of it.  So today I plan on making some homemade chicken noodle soup.  Is there anything better when you’re feeling under the weather?  I think not.   Some of you may be up in arms with contempt and ready to point out that CNS (that’s what the cool kids call it) is, in fact, NOT paleo.  Tap the brakes peeps, tap the brakes.  I am making a small portion for myself sans noodles.  So put the clubs and stones down.  :)

I also plan on making some homemade bone broth with the left over skins, bones, and cartilage.  I baked another chicken a couple of weeks ago and saved the carcass in the freezer for this very moment!!!  Had I planned this out a little better I would have made my bone broth yesterday so that it could be used as the base for my CNS.  And because I have the Veruca Salt mentality (I want it now Daddy!!!!!), and I am sick, I didn’t want to have to wait for my soup.  Alas, I will just have to use chicken broth instead.  Only free range organic, Dahling!!  (You have to go back and reread that sentence in a snobby accent…or it just doesn’t work).  I will wait.

Raise your hand if you make, drink, or use homemade bone broth.  Anyone?  No?  Well you should!  Why you ask?   Here are 10 good reasons! (snagged from here)

1. It heals a leaky gut.

The gelatin in bone broth protects and heals the mucosal lining of the digestive tract and helps aid in the digestion of nutrients.

2. Fights infections such as colds and flu.  

A study published in the journal Chest shows eating chicken soup during a respiratory infection reduces the number of white blood cells, which are the cells that cause flu and cold symptoms.

3. Reduces joint pain and inflammation.  

The glucosamine in bone broth can actually stimulate the growth of new collagen, repair damaged joints and reduce pain and inflammation.

4. Produces gorgeous skin, hair and nails.

The collagen and gelatin in bone broth supports hair growth and helps to keep your nails strong.

5. Helps with bone formation, growth and repair.

The calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus in bone broth helps our bones to grow and repair.

6. Saves you money.

Homemade bone broth is cheaper and healthier than store bought.

7. Super easy to make.

All you need is a crockpot. Throw all of the ingredients into the crockpot and it cooks while you sleep.

8. Healthier than buying supplements.

Homemade bone broth contains all nutrients and minerals found in bones and tendons rather than just one or two found in pills. Slow cooking preserves the nutrients better than the high heat extraction used to make supplements.

9. Fights inflammation.

Bone broth is very high in the anti-inflammatory amino acids glycine and proline.

10. Promotes sleep and calms the mind.

The amino acid glycine found in bone broth can be very calming.

So you may be asking, “How do I make this lovely healing nectar?”  Or not.  But imma tell ya anyway!!!  Get yer pens and paper ready…

In a crockpot I put 2 medium onions quartered, 3 carrots chopped into big chunks, some chopped celery stalks, a small handful of thyme sprigs, 2 bay leaves, some garlic, and some peppercorns.  Oh…and 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar.  This helps draw the minerals out of the the bones and into the broth.

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I used two chickens (one I had frozen previously).  And by chickens I mean the bones, skin, and cartilage.  Throw em in along with the veggies.  Now pour in water just enough to cover the ingredients.  Pop the lid on and and cook on low for about 24 hours.  Then use a fine sieve and pour the liquid through to remove all of the veggies and anything else leftover.   I can’t post pics because, well…it’s still brewin’ up.  But here are a few of the process:

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Let me just say how much I love buying a whole chicken, baking it, and using every single bit of it from meat to bones to nourish my family.  I used to just buy boneless chicken breast thinking I was being healthy.  Even though I will still claim the breasts as “MINE!!!” over the dark meat I am glad I understand how healthy the whole chicken really is.  Try it peeps…you will love it!!

One thing though…finding a couple feathers on a chicken you are about to bake is disturbing.  Just saying.  But I felt all native plucking those two feathers off.  Kind of like I needed to put two swipes of blood along each cheek because I was SAVAGE!!

As for the CNS…I pretty much used the same ingredients.  Carrots, celery, thyme, garlic, onion, bay leaf, and chicken broth.  I also used the meat from a whole chicken and egg noodles.

I used my big dutch oven and put a little olive oil in the bottom then added the veggies, thyme, and bay leaf.  Cooked it up for a few mins until softened.  Then I added 2 qts broth and let it come to a boil.  Once boiling I added noodles and then let it simmer for about 5 mins.  Last I put in the chicken and let it simmer for a little longer so the chicken could absorb the flavors from the broth.  Thats it.  DONE.  Family fed.  This woman is going back to the couch and I ain’t moving nary an inch for nuthin!

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I forgot to make my noodle free CNS so I had to scoop out only the veggies, meat, and broth.  Kinda difficult which leads me to this disclaimer.  The recipe called for 8 oz of Egg Noodles.  That was way too much.

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Would you like some soup with those noodles?

All in all I got thumbs up from the fam.  Yay!!  So go out and get yourself some free range organic BONE IN chicken.  Start treating your family to some real wholesome goodness.  Foods that heal…It’s what God wanted.  I am sure of it.

Surefire Ways To Derail Your Diet

As I start week 4 of eating a paleo diet I thought I would take this time to warn you of a few pitfalls you may want to avoid.  Not me because I am doing so well, but some of you who may be feeling a bit weak.  Me…I’m going strong.  Fighting temptations like I am Mohammed Ali.  So here is my advice to all of you:

1.  Never head into the weekend with an empty fridge/pantry saying “I will shop sunday”.  Not a good idea.  Don’t expect those two eggs to be there the next morning.  Let alone be able to feed a family of 5 for the entire weekend.

2.  Never try to be supermom and get the kids donuts because there are only 2 eggs in the fridge.

3.  Never let each kid choose 2 donuts, plus 3 glazed and 3 chocolate in case the hubs wants some, plus chocolate milk and kolaches.

4.  Never let the donut shop lady throw in an extra cinnamon and glaze twist just to be nice.

5.  Never assume that the extra donut was God saying “you’ve eaten so well…here ya go”

6.  Never agree to go out to a mexican restaurant for your friends 40th surprise birthday.  Because you won’t be able to eat Paleo…that is just being selfish and the night is not about you.

7.  Never let them set a basket of warm chips directly in front of you.  Again God?  “Awwww…You shouldn’t have.”

8.  Never accept the “extra” margarita that the server ordered accidentally.  And DEFINITELY do NOT believe God was giving it to you.  That is just wrong.

9.  Never head out to an all day cheer competition without having eaten breakfast…and without packing snacks…AND thinking I can just grab something there.

10.  Never let your husband go grab drinks and snack for you at the cheer competition…he just might come back with nachos and a coke.

11.  Never leave the cheer competition and go directly to the state fair whilst hungry.  However…the crazy crowds and lines just might save you from faltering.  Maybe!

12.  Never let your husband and kids decide on dinner on the way home from the fair and cheer competition…they might choose Subway.

13.  Never ever let your husband order your dinner…you might end up with a turkey and salami sandwich with chipotle mayo, jalapeño chips, and a coke!!!

14.  Never get home late Sunday evening and remember you were supposed to go grocery shopping and now you work tomorrow and you have nothing to take for lunch.  (Except two eggs)

To set the record straight…I am not necessarily  talking about me.  I am just saying these might be good tips to consider if you find yourself trying to stay healthy.   But if you do fall into any of these traps…just realize that tomorrow is a new day.  And you can start again.  You.  Not me…because I am doing SOOOOOO perfectly good!!

Wanna see what the hubs and son were doing at the cheer competition?  Check it out!

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Week One Down in the History Books

I survived my first week of eating strictly paleo!!  Wahoo!!!  I have to say it went a lot smoother than I thought.  Except for Tuesday…it was just an unprepared and unorganized mess.  But each day after that got easier and easier.  I am still reading and researching about it all.  Learning what I should and shouldn’t eat.  Why some things are on the no-no list.  If I know the reason or the science behind something it makes it easier for me to digest.  Get it?  Digest?  Ha!!  Anywho, I did give myself a cheat day…which backfired on me.  An instant headache and nausea were my parting gift.  Ummmm no thanks!

I have felt amazing!!!  Before I started this I was constantly exhausted, sluggish, moody, with daily headaches.  This week I have woken up feeling refreshed and the ONLY headache I had was after my cheat meal.  I’m not as moody…except when helping with the kiddos’ math work.  But that is enough to make anyone go nuts.  But overall I have felt better than ever.  Now if that don’t tell ya something I don’t know what will!!

So what have I eaten?  Well…meat, fruit, and veggies.  Lots of them!!  Although I need to work on eating more veggies.  As I sit here typing this…there is brisket in the crockpot.  The crockpot has been my saving grace on days I work.  Nothing is more frustrating than working 12 hours and coming home hungry with nothing cooked.  Before I would just come home and have a bowl of cereal or peanut butter sandwich.  My biggest challenge though is planning what to eat when I am at work.  The food in the hospital cafeteria is subpar to say the least.  Even the salad bar.  But this week I am super prepared!!

In case yall are thinking I am just eating chicken and broccoli.  Think again.  Take a gander at these bright plates of food.  Nothing plain and bland about em!

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Grilled Chicken and Mango/Jicama/Carrot Slaw
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Yummy, Hearty Breakfast
Quail Eggs
Quail Eggs

Just kidding…I didn’t eat quail eggs!!  But I could if I wanted to…but I don’t.  :)

Week 2 has started out even better.  I have lots of recipes pinned and am hoping to add more good eats to my menu.  I will update again next week.  Do you all have any good recipes to share?  What healthy changes did you make this week?

Stats:  34.5lbs to lose

Inches: Lots

A Post about Nothing.

Do you hear that?  Me either.  It is so quiet in the house right now.  All I can hear is the trickle sound from my diffuser.  The kiddos are gone.  My hubby is sleeping.  It’s just me and computer right now.  I love my quiet times!!  Especially after the crazy homeschooling and work week I have had.  Nonstop!!!  Busyness on top of trying to figure out this blogging and paleo thing wiped me OUT.  I was tempted to turn the TV on for a second so that I could set my dvr to record The Pioneer Woman’s new episode tomorrow…but I didn’t.  I knew I would get sucked in.  Even if I muted it…I would still have the busyness of the TV in my view.  For now…I want the stillness and calm that is my living room right now.

I love times like this.  They always make me sit back and laugh at what went on the days before.  The things that absolutely made me think I was gonna lose my mind seem so minuscule. It makes me thankful for this very moment.  There are things I should be doing.  I have a ton of laundry, probably some dishes, a cluttered craft table and no telling what the kids have left for me upstairs.  Oh and of course the whole “whats for dinner” question.  But I don’t care.  I will tackle all of that another time.  Right now I am gonna sit on my perch a little longer and just chill.

Does anyone else neglect their To-Do’s to take advantage of quietness?  Or do you always use those times to get things done?  Isn’t it funny that we think that if we are not busy all the time that it is lazy or neglectful?  I feel like that a lot.  But today I look at it as being healthy.  I needed this.

Take some time for you today, and when you do don’t feel guilty.  Be thankful.  All those other things will still be waiting for you later.  As for me, my quiet time is up…my husband is up, had his coffee, and is now playing GTA 5.  Talk about a peace killer.

GTA V–Ugh!

 

Side note:  I could not wrap my head around the fact that busYness is in fact the correct spelling.  Ha…I tried business…and even busy-ness.  Nope…busyness.  There ya go.  Your schooling for the day.