Friday, July 25, 2008
If you'd like to make your own here is my recipe.
1 small yellow squash cut in half and then sliced into small planks
1/2 of a red pepper (it was a BIG pepper....so if your pepper is small....just cut up the the whole thing into matchstick sized pieces)
1/4 onion...cut into slices
Put these veggies into a bowl or ziploc baggie and add about
1-2 Tbs. Mexican Seasoning,
the juice of 1 lemon
and 1/4 cup refined coconut oil (breaks down less at high heat levels) click HERE to read more about the benefits of coconut oil for cooking
and many other things or you can always use olive oil.
Shake and let sit for at least 30 min.
In the meantime cut 1 large portabello mushroom into fajita sized pieces.
Heat up your skillet or wok to medium high heat and dump all ingredients into skillet and stir until veggies start to become soft....add salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with sides of guacamole, sour cream (soy sour cream for me) and salsa (ours was made fresh with tomatoes from the farmer's market).
Go forth and be creative,
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I think it would help if I had some coffee, but since I just have 5 days left of "the cleanse" I'll just have to mentally muscle through it.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Speaking of the garden....OMG! It is totally working overtime!!! I thought I had best get out and get some pictures before the heat dries everything up and it looses some of it's beauty....here it is in full swing!
We have so much STUFF that my husband, Kenny, decided to get himself a flea market booth. These are just some of the treasures that we are parting with! Parts of a huge cookie jar collection, salt and pepper shaker collection, fishing items, books, rug beaters and lots of other things to boot. He spent most of yesterday evening tagging items and then I helped him tag a few more things this morning before he took his first load to his booth.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Kenny brought me this book, "The Darkest Evening of the Year", home from the library and I spent an entire day by the pool over 4th of July just reading, reading and reading. Such a GREAT book!!!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
So what have I been up to? On Monday I started the "21-day cleanse" that is in the book "Quantum Wellness".
and my father's parents raised chickens and pigs
......meat and dairy were staples in my diet and as far as the caffeine and alcohol go......me loves my coffee in the morning
and a good mojito when I get home from work.
Well, Sunday was my breaking point. I put on my bikini to enjoy the 4th of July holiday by the pool and I was like "OMG!".....I've GOT to do SOMETHING.
All of the "eating out" while we were remodeling the kitchen had finally caught up with me.....no bikini this summer....we're talkin' TANKINI this year.....where did that chub around my middle come from?! Hmmm...could it be Chinese take-out, McDonald's, Taco Bell? This is when I decided that now is the time.
I started on Monday and it's been quite a journey.....what do I eat? Oatmeal with berries and soy milk for breakfast.....actually really good.
Then I made one of the recipes from the book that was a hot and spicy rice concoction with black beans, peppers, Ro-Tel tomatoes, avocados, cilantro and olives....once again....surprisingly good!
Snacks....yeah, gotta have my snacks.....pita chips and hummus (oh yeah...not real sure about the whole gluten thing, so I'm trying to do whole wheat products and no white bread or anything junky.
I'm at day 6 and so far I've really missed my coffee with Starbucks liquer in it on Saturday morning (it's my ritual weekend morning drink)......surprised to say I really haven't missed the meat or the sugar.....mainly I've missed the convenience....shopping and cooking takes way more thought and effort. I'm learning about tofu (I have some in the fridge but haven't made anything from it yet), agave syrup (way good substitute for sugar) and coconut oil for cooking.
I've eaten out 3 times....once at Taco Bell (bean burrito fresca), once at Panera Bread (portabello mushroom and mozarella panini...hold the mozarella, and black bean soup and an apple), and last night at San Francisco Oven (Sonoma Garden Pizza.....substitute red sauce for white sauce and hold the cheese). Do I feel self-conscious asking for these "changes".....yes.
Do I feel better because I'm not contributing to animal suffering and factory farming....yes.
Do I have more energy...yes.
Have I lost weight....yes.
Have I stretched myself....yes.
I've realized that I eat a lot of crap.......there are a few other books out there that are basically educating people about a vegan diet and the ones I've read are
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Here's a great view of the range hood and gas stovetop.....lots of wool dyeing hoping to be going on this holiday weekend!!! The dogs LOVE being in the kitchen. It's their favorite hang-out!
Here is looking into the kitchen from the den. I got home today and Kenny had hung this great big vase with fresh-cut hydrangeas in them......my aunt Joan calls him "Mr. Martha".
This is our mongo fridge/freezer.....Let's see.....yup...you guessed it....Kenny picked that out!
Here is a picture of the sink area....we got a Bosch dishwasher as recommended by Ev in Alaska....I love it....it's so quiet!
Can you see the 4th of July banner that Kenny put up for us today....and he also did the decorating in the dining room.....what a doll face!
I usually try to make my pictures "pretty"....today I just wanted to share a slice of our "real" life....stuff out in the kitchen to cook and all that.
Go forth and be creative,