Green Days

This starts today.  I’m doing it even though my love for green juice is not yet realized.  You should get on this.  Seriously.  Your body and mind will love you for it.  Trust me.

I watched The Impossible today.  It is a true story of a family during the tsunami in 2004.  The mama in me didn’t breath for probably at least 30 minutes of the movie.  Oh my.  I can’t comprehend how the people who experienced this must feel.  No words.

For supper we are having stuffed peppers without the processed/high sodium fake meat I usually use.  I found this recipe and I’m giving it a whirl.

Update:  For some reason, the recipe link won’t work.  It’s from the Reboot With Joe Website and it’s called Fiesta Stuffed Peppers.  Here’s the recipe if you want to try it:

 Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes

Yield: 4

Ingredients:

2 cups/260 g black beans (cooked)
1 cup/ 128 g  quinoa(dry)
2 cups/ 500 mL water
4 bell peppers (capsicum)
1 head broccoli
1 onion
3 cloves garlic
½ Tbsp./7.5 mL chili powder
1 teaspoon/ 5 mL cumin
¼ teaspoon/ 1 mL sea salt
¼ teaspoon/ 1 mL ground pepper
1 Tbsp./15 mL olive or coconut oil

Directions:

1.) Soak beans and prepare as above ahead of time, or rinse from canned.

2.) Preheat oven to 350 F/177 C.

3.) Cook quinoa by adding the dry grain to 2 cups of water. Use rice cooker or cook on stove.  Simmer for 30 minutes until water is absorbed.

4.) While quinoa is cooking, wash peppers, broccoli.

5.) Slice tops off of peppers (capsicum) and chop flesh around stem.  Remove seeds and place to the side.

6.) Chop broccoli, onion and garlic.

7.) Add olive/coconut oil to sauté pan and heat to medium.  Add onion, peppers (capsicum), garlic and spices (chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper).

8.) Sauté until soft, about 5-8 minutes.  About 3-4 minutes in, add broccoli.

9.) Mix in black beans to sauté veggies.

10.) Once quinoa is ready, place in the bottom of the pepper then scoop in bean/veggie mix.

11.) Repeat for each pepper (capsicum).

12.) Place on baking sheet and bake for about 6-8 minutes until pepper is a bit soft.

13.) Serve and enjoy!

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Juicing Radishes, What?

It has been 15 days since I began my three-day juice fast.  After my fast, I have continued to drink a juice a day for breakfast or lunch.  All in all, things have been pretty good. As of this Monday, I am down 7 pounds in the past month.  I started weighing at the beginning of the month, so 15 days before I started juicing.  In hindsight, I guess I knew I needed to make a change and one was a coming.

The only thing I have changed apart from juicing is that I have cut out all sodas/teas/coffees.  However, I did have one small cup of coffee last weekend just because I wanted to enjoy a Saturday morning cup and I haven’t really felt the strong urge for a cup since.  #winning.  Maybe an infrequent healthy relationship with coffee is possible?  We shall see.  I will say that as I was drinking it, I recalled how awful I felt day two of my juice fast from the caffeine withdrawals.  I surely don’t want to feel that again.

Along with my juicing, I have made a pledge (to myself) to use all our produce box each week and not waste perfectly good food and money for that matter.  Three weeks into delivery season and I’m doing pretty well.  However, I did have some radishes that were slated for compost if they weren’t used today, so I decided to juice them.  It was “different.”  I wouldn’t say it was my favorite, but not bad either.

Recipe for my Get-Rid-Of-Them-Radishes Juice:
All the radishes that I had left (probably 5?)
3 carrots
2 apples
1-inch piece of ginger

Isaac has dubbed tonight “Taco Tuesday” so I’m off to go make tacos.  Adios.

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Juicing Day Three

I felt amazing today. No headache, no nausea, no nothing. Smooth sailing. I stuck with the same juices and they seemed to work just fine. I plan on keeping up the juice with one meal a day from here on out.

What I Consumed:

Breakfast Juice:
3 carrots
1 grapefruit
1 beet
1 inch of ginger

Lunch Juice:
A handful of kale
1 lemon
1 apple
4 sticks of celery
1 cucumber
1 inch of ginger

Supper Juice:
A handful of kale
1 lemon
1 apple
4 sticks of celery
1 cucumber
1 inch of ginger

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Juicing Day Two

Today was tough.  I have pretty much had a headache all day and have been very nauseous.  I vomited twice; once early this morning before I drank anything and second after my “breakfast” juice.  I think I was a bit too adventurous with my juices last night and this morning and it caused the nausea. Last night, I decided to throw in a bunch of stuff I thought would be good and did the same this morning. After the extreme nausea, I have decided to stick to the tried and true recipes instead. I am feeling a bit better now after a long nap this afternoon.  Today definitely tested my resolve.  The boys got subs from Jimmy John’s and it was very hard even smelling Isaac’s sandwich.  I was hyper aware of everything on his sub when I smelled it. One day down one more to go.

What I consumed:

Breakfast Juice:
1/4 of a head of cabbage
1 cup of strawberries
1 apple
1 pear
2 sticks of celery

Lunch Juice:
1 grapefruit
1 apple
2 carrots

Supper Juice:
1 handful of kale
1 cucumber
2 sticks of celery
1 apple
1 lemon
1-inch of ginger

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Juicing Day One

Day one of my three-day juice fast is complete. All in all, not too bad. I felt a bit tired mid-afternoon and had a slight headache late afternoon, but I kinda expected that since no caffeine this morning.  A 30-minute nap helped a lot.

What I consumed:

Breakfast Juice:
3 carrots
2 grapefruits
1 beet
1 inch of ginger

Lunch Juice:
A handful of kale
A handful of spinach
1 lemon
1 apple
3 sticks of celery
1 inch of ginger

Afternoon “Snack”:
Boiled water with ginger and some honey.

Supper Juice:
A handful of kale
A handful of spinach
1 lemon
5 sticks of celery
1/4 of an onion
1-1/2 tomatoes
1 inch of ginger

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Car Game

Raleigh has a new radio station, 95.3 (95X for those in the know).  I listen constantly while in the car.  Dial never moves.  It’s that good.  Before this station, I didn’t listen to much 30 Seconds to Mars.  Enter my new favorite car game.  I try to guess when it’s 30 Seconds to Mars before my car tells me what song/band is playing.  I haven’t missed yet.  I think Jordan Catalano’s voice is forever etched in my mind.  Sigh.

After searching way too long for the perfect Jordan picture, it’s official – I much re-watch My So-Called Life this weekend.  Thanks 95X.  John will be SO pleased.

Image found here.

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Christmas Baking

 

This year I am attempting to make something yummy for our neighbors.  I am trying my hand at Pioneer Woman’s cinnamon rolls.  I went to Target and bought all the ingredients; 10 pounds of AP flour, sugar, two gallons of milk, tons of powdered sugar, etc.  Long story short…massive amounts of baking materials since I am making several batches.

Today, I decided to do a dry run so we can taste them and see how great they are and all.  The dough is currently rising and whilst it’s doing its thing I am reading the rest of the recipe.  I like to plan ahead – it’s my charm.  I have now learned I am currently in the midst of making SEVEN pans of cinnamon rolls.  I guess I should’ve read the entire recipe before buying out all the baking goods at ol’ Tarjay.  I guess the home ec teacher was right after all – whatev.

I foresee a sugar high in our future.

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Nahla Needs a Home

Image by Mary Shannon Johnstone.

There once was a dog named Nahla.  She lived across the street and belonged to a 14-year-old girl.  Each day we’d hear Naaahlaaaa being shouted and would see said girl chasing this dog who loves to run.  She’d go up and down the street running at nothing in particular, just wanted to run.  The girl was under the impression that leashes weren’t necessary and maybe liked chasing Nahla?  Not a past-time I enjoy, but whatever floats her boat.

Cut to about three weeks ago…

June 21st, I’m in bed with a nasty migraine when I get a knock at the door accompanied by her asking me to watch Nahla for a week while she’s out of town.  “I’ll be back July 3rd.”  (Which at the time was more than a week, but who’s counting.)  I even asked her if she was sure she was coming back just before the holiday.  She said she was sure she would be back on July 3rd.  John has told me under no circumstances am I to make animal decisions without him.  He knows me very well.  I have a really soft heart when it comes to animals and sometimes I abandon reason, so it’s a necessary rule to implement for our sanity.  Being that I was woken up from a dead sleep and still had the migraine, I say yes without hesitation.  She says okay and she’ll bring her over in 30 minutes.  As I walk back inside I asked myself what in the heck did I just agree to.  Then, my next thought is that John is going to have my hide.  I quickly email him with the subject line “please don’t hate me.”  He wasn’t too thrilled, but it’s doable for a short period of time.  Ha.

July 2nd comes.  I get a text.  She won’t be home until Friday (this was Tuesday).  I didn’t even respond.  I just got this oh-shit gut feeling.

Friday arrives.  I get another text.  She won’t be home until NEXT Friday.  I again didn’t respond.  John gets home from work and he has had it.  I did forget to mention that her mom has been home the ENTIRE time she has been gone and don’t think we didn’t wonder why in the heck her mom wasn’t watching the dog.  John decides to take matters into his own hands and takes Nahla back over so her mom can deal with her, roach infested food that they brought with her in hand.

I get a text now saying that her mom is going to take Nahla to the shelter.  She actually isn’t allowed to have the dog anymore.  She was just buying time by having me keep her and wasn’t honest with me when she left her with me.  Oh shit.  Here we go.  To top it off, Nahla has never been to a veterinarian – she is unspayed and has had NO vaccines (per the mom).  Just icing on the cake.  Having volunteered at several shelters, I know that there are no shortages of pit mixes on death row.

John tells me that if they are truly having to take her to the shelter and they need to find her a new home that we can keep her and look for a home for her ourselves.  I walk back over and get the dog.  The mom hands her over gladly.

So, now I have a dog who needs a home.  She did visit the vet yesterday (thank you Shannon and Anthony!).

She is heartworm negative (un-freakin-believable).  I mean we do have mosquitoes in our neighborhood that can lift small dogs off the ground.  And poor girl was often tied up out in the yard for hours on end.  It really is a miracle.  After her negative test, she has now been started on heartworm prevention.

She did have hookworms, but that’s an easy fix.  Two doses of dewormer and she’s all set.

She has now been spayed and fully vaccinated.  She will need a distemper-parvo booster in three or four weeks, but that’s a minor expense.

A crate is necessary because she’s still a young dog (just under a year – her birthday is August 11, 2011) and she will chew if left alone.

The only thing left she needs is a loving home.  She is such a sweet girl.  Please let me know if you or anyone you know might be interested.

Image by Mary Shannon Johnstone.

How can you resist that face?

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Lighter turned into Lightning

For a while now I have wanted to lighten up Isaac’s room.  He picked a wonderful green color (Behr Par Four Green), but it has made his room seem too dark.  The wall opposite his bed is used as a gallery wall for his art projects, origami creations and a shadow box full of rocks and other treasures he has come across.  My grand idea was to paint this wall bright white to highlight all the cool things we hang there.  It is bordered by his closet door and the door through which you enter, so I thought that would be the perfect frame for what is essentially a large wall of art.

Then came the conference with my 8-year-old.  He didn’t like the idea so much.  I suggested white stripes of differing thicknesses.  Nope.  He wanted…

Drum roll…

A white wall with green lightning.

Since it is in fact his room, I obliged…

Here is what it looks like with the art (excuse the bedpost).

Some of the hanging/taping is a bit wonky, but my boy does his thing.

Here it is without the art.

Taping her up…

After two coats…

I will have to say that my boy was over the moon while this was underway.  He was so happy to help tape, paint and lend words of encouragement while I painted.  He was talking a mile a minute and I just couldn’t stop smiling.  While lightning isn’t my first choice, my first choice is what makes him happy.  Mission accomplished.

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Working Outside – Front yard

As you may or may not know, it has now gotten H-O-T in North Carolina.  This weekend it is supposed to reach over 100 degrees.  Since I will not be working outside in the heat, I’ve decided to recap some of the recent changes we have made around (literally) the house.

It all started when I came back from Girls Weekend in Kill Devil Hills…

Glorious sunrise.  Seeing this picture makes me take a deep breath and feel relaxed.  I’m so ready for another beach trip.

Enough about that, getting back to the story.

When I pulled up, John met Isaac and me at the car with a paint can in hand.  Oh no, here we go.  While we were away, he had decided to paint the yucky/discolored cement around the bottom of the house.  I’m not sure what it’s called.  Maybe the top of the foundation?  Anyway, he went all by himself, picked, bought paint and began painting.  He just got white and asked them to add black.  No color selection required.  Boy don’t give a flip.  Me on the other hand, this would have been a week-long situation.  So glad he did this.

Here is what the cement looked like before.  Ignore the bushes (they are now trimmed) and we have mulch with border, etc.

It was gross.  Now, not so much…

BIG improvement.  While John was finishing up painting, I casually mentioned that we should repaint the shutters while we are at it.  I mean check them out.  They are worn out.

Great in theory.  However, I just volunteered myself to remove all the shutters.  Let me rephrase.  I removed two shutters.  I was hard at work until a wasp flew at me.  John heard me scream and quickly offered to switch jobs.  I became painter and he shutter taker downer.  Afterwards, we were left with this…

Naked house.  I never realized what a difference shutters make, but indeed they do.  We skipped on down to Ace to get some paint, Benjamin Moore Gargoyle to be exact.

Painting commenced.  First, a pic of the old shutters…

Definitely in need of some paint.  Here’s the new color going on…

As John was finishing up with the shutters, I decided that the mailbox needed repainting to match.  Of course it does.  We were on a roll, why stop?

Status check:

Newly painted shutters/ cement foundation (whatever)…

Newly painted mailbox to match…

Oh, and our porch ceiling is now this color…

This project is a couple months old.  We tackled it when we happened upon a free quart of Kensington & Clark paint at Ace.  Yes please.  Our own little haint blue porch ceiling accomplished.

As far as the shutters/mailbox go, I must admit, I am still getting used to the new color.  I’m a tad worried I should have gone with a grayer color.  A nice, rich, darker gray.  See how I am talking myself into painting them again?  Even thinking nice, rich, dark gray sounds like I’m describing chocolate.  I know for sure John will look at me like I have lost my mind if he sees the shutters (and mailbox to match!) being painted again.  His shutter days are over.  For now, I’m sitting on my hands and holding myself back.  The weather is definitely helping in this department.  Painting in 103-degree weather = not fun for me.

Any indoors fun plans for this weekend?  I’m planning on finishing up The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest.  Stay cool.

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