Monday, July 11, 2011

Day 11, July

Good meals have been plentiful this week. I found an excellent recipe for Edamame and Blueberry Salad. Except I didn't really follow it. But I never follow recipes. Not even my own. Anyway, it still tasted good.
I thawed some frozen edamame, peas, and speckled butter beans in the microwave then tossed them in a vinagarette of olive oil, rice vinegar, some maple syrup, some of my Gramma's blackberry jam, and some brown mustard (couldn't taste the mustard... probably don't need it). After it cooled I threw in the blueberrys and some chopped fresh mint and basil. Nom. I loved it, although I think I added too much olive oil. I'd make sure there is as much or more of the other ingredients as olive oil. The awesome thing is that this salad is low in calories, low in fat, and high in fiber and tastiness.
Tonight was Southwest Chicken Salad. John cooked up a lot of chicken last night and seasoned it with lemon juice. Makes for some tasty chicken on its own, but its not very southwesterny. So I sauteed some onions in paprika and jalapeno powder. Yay for a kick! Add some toasted corn torillas with melted cheese and we're good to go. Izzy stuck with her carrots and salsa. Not feeling adventurous tonight. She did try the chicken last night though -- after some encouragement.

In other news, the Cloth Wipes Challenge from Mama on a Green Mission is going spectacularly. I'm definitely a fan of our bamboo french terry wipes over the cotton ones though -- so much softer. I might have to get some more french terry to make wipes and some robes. John has been fawning ever so slightly over the bamboo robes my mom and I made for the kids :) I have to admit -- they are pretty awesome.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Super Stalker Sunday

Ah.  Sunday afternoon.  The kids are napping (thank you swing).  The husband is sawing a log on the couch (thank you nerve pills).  The diapers are soaking.  Perfect time for some online socializing.  Enter the Super Stalker Sunday blog hop.  Take some time and check out some other totally awesome bloggers.  I know that's what I'm doing ;)


And here's a lovely picture to start it off -- a couple years old.






Friday, July 8, 2011

Day 8, July

I am very excited for this coming weeks' meals.  I think for the first time in my life I've actually planned a meal for myself further ahead than a day or two.  Its not that I'm incapable -- its that my natural state of being is spontaneity.  And, while I still love spontaneity in my life, with a 2 year old and a 5mo old I'm finding that some structure and planning has become a necessity.  Otherwise we end up placing an order for Papa John's on a Friday night at 9pm after the kids go to bed because our kitchen is lacking the makings for a complete meal and we are dog tired.
Tonight was some leftover turkey dogs and slaw.  Nom.  John got a head of cabbage and it turns out it is not as much of a pain to cut as one would think.  Here's the tutorial I used, from startcooking.com.  It was easy to understand.  When they say "Stabilize your cutting board" please do.  I nearly injured someone.  I'm not sure if it would have been me or John, but someone would have been bleeding.  And be sure to put your weight into it.  Cabbage, it turns out, is a tough nut.  As for the rest of the slaw, vinegar, mayo, and sugar.  My mother's recipe.  I'd give you the amounts, or even the ratios, but I have honestly have no clue.  And neither does she.  We just toss it all in and adjust until it tastes right.
Overall, not the healthiest, but it sure was quick: 15 minutes.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

30 Days for Change -- July

Happy 4th!  We stayed in and fell asleep to the sounds of fireworks.  Quite pleasant since they were not just down the street this year.
This month our focus is going to be food.  John and I both want to eat better, in part because he is developing all the health accoutrements of middle 30s, namely high triglycerides and high LDL.  Bring on the oatmeal and cheerios!  Thankfully I have youth and genetics on my side, but even those will only account for so many hamburgers and slices of bacon.  Equally (probably more) important, we want to set a good example for our kids and refrain from putting trash in their bodies.  Our aim this month is to try to cook good, healthful, fresh food.  Sometimes this is a challenge during the school year because of time constraints so we are going to try cooking for a week at a time on the weekends.  We are also going to give making our own frozen dinners a shot.  John got me a Lean Cuisine for work the other day (300cal?  For dinner?  Really?  and 980mg sodium?) and I realized that our options for quick dinners that I can take to work or school are extremely limited if I want something healthy and satisfying.  We are also going to try to make use of the Farmer's Market within walking distance of our apartment.  Its a shame we don't shop there more often since it is all local and very tasty food.

In other news, I found the most delicious and decadent brownie recipe the other day.  Too bad we are cutting our desserts to once a week.

Friday, July 1, 2011

June Wrap Up

So the beginning of June I set the following goals for our family:



  • Switch completely to cloth inserts -- no more flushables at day or night, even when I'm feeling lazy :)
  • Devise a night time all-cloth solution for my supersoaker son
  • Switch to cloth wipes
  • Sort out our washing routine -- I feel an experiment with hand washing coming on

I'm happy to say that I think we have hit all these marks.  We've been using the fitteds I made with fleece covers overnight for Johnny with much success.  The fitted diapers are pocket style so they dry easily and we've found stuffing them with 2 inserts works well.  The fleece cover keeps Johnny's clothes from getting soaked and everyone is happy.  We still have the flushables around and I did use them this week to help battle Izzy's rash.  She still has a bit of a rash that keeps coming back.  I might have to strip the inserts and try adding Funk Rock to our washing routine.  Or we could just potty train her.  As for cloth wipes, John and I have been using them every day for every change.  I like them a lot better than the disposables.  Finally, the wash routine: I think this is always going to be a challenge, but I feel as though I have more of a handle on it.  The RNG is getting our inserts clean beyond belief -- after a 10-15 minute soak and several rinses the stains are usually gone.  Tougher stains have sunned out in the time it takes for the inserts to dry.  I actually prefer the hand-washing to our washing machines downstairs.  I know our inserts are getting cleaned and rinsed thoroughly.  Sometimes it is better to just do things yourself!  

I promise there is a video on hand-washing planned.  I forgot that shooting video is not like shooting photos and I filmed everything in portrait when it needs to be in landscape.  Oops.