Wednesday, September 3, 2014

An Update

Has it really been almost a year since my last post?  Where has the time gone?!

Well...I'm married now.  We bought a nice brick ranch on a quiet dirt road.  It has a large workshop for Ben to fix cars in the winter.  I have a cute little garden with chives, oregano, 8 tomato plants of various heirloom shapes/sizes/colors, banana pepper plant, mini-red-bell pepper plant, four eggplants, a few struggling pea plants (I don't think they like the nearby day lilies), and a fall crop of carrots and radishes.  All of our plants came from friends or family this year.  Seeds were left over from last year.

Each week I am making food from our garden.  The most helpful plant is one that produces giant, meaty heirlooms.  Yesterday, I cooked down 6 of them in my dutch oven and have enough spaghetti sauce for 7-8 lunches.  I did this last week.  I will have a few more by the end of this week, so they might become sauce, too.  I pickled the first round of banana peppers in the fridge.  They taste good, but it is not a finished recipe.  That plant has surprised me, though.  I thought it was done for the year, but didn't have the heart to pull it out.   A few rainstorms later, and it has 4 inches of new growth and flowers!  Come on back bees!  The red bell peppers have made appearances on sandwiches, salads, scrambled eggs, risottos, meatballs, and just eaten plain.  The herbs have been wonderful!  Word of advice, though, cut off all of the chive heads before they dry out and go to seed and turn your garden floor into a baby chive nursery...the flowers are delicate and edible and great in salads!   The yellow and purple tomatoes have been on sandwiches mostly.  I have also cut them in quarters and sprinkled them with salt and pepper to eat plain.  The red cherry and yellow pear tomatoes are usually in salads, but also tossed in with the occasional refrigerator pasta dish.  The red cherry and yellow tomatoes are my favorites this year so far.  :).  The biggest eggplant is about 4 inches long.  It is purple with white speckles.  I have a lot of them on the plants in various sizes.  I am excited about eating those!

I'll get some recipes up soon.  It's been crazy moving for the first time!  My poor parents are still housing some of my stuff.  But, that will all be brought home soon!  Hopefully.

Blogging vision:
Healthful living products (I am a consultant for Norwex now.)
Maybe a list of my "favorites" every now and then

Monday, September 23, 2013

Day 22 -- Continued Birthday Celebration!

Sunday, September 22nd.

Meal 1:
We went on a special trip to Palm Palace.  I had a free birthday meal there, so we decided to eat out after church.  After much deliberation, I got the quail with roasted vegetables and a side salad.  Yummy!  I also had their mint lemonade, which is fantastic.

Meal 2:
Can this really be called a meal?  It was what I ate while watching a movie...

Popcorn (air-popped, nutritional yeast, olive oil)
Blood Orange Sorbet in a GF cone

Day 21 -- Leftovers

September 21st

I had yummy leftover pancakes and bacon!

I had my salmon salad leftovers.

My mom made Mexican Sandwich filling in the slow cooker.  It is a really simple recipe, but very tasty!  I had some of that with tortilla chips.

A bowl of Joe's O's with almond milk.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Day 20 -- Happy Birthday to Me!

September 20th

Hello world!  I am skipping September 18th and 19th because I honestly do not remember what I ate.  Consequently, it must not have been all that exciting...

Yesterday was my birthday!  My mom made me yummy pancakes, bacon, eggs, and orange slices for breakfast.  Then I went and had my hair done up all fancy.  My dad came home early and surprised us, so we went out for lunch and friend Kellie joined us. :)  Then, I had dessert and opened presents, played Boggle, and went out for dinner with Ben! Overall, a very good birthday!

GF/DF Pancakes
Sunday Bacon
Orange slices

Salmon Salad

My mom made raw, vegan carrot cake muffins. Very yummy!


This was special. We went to a sushi place in Ann Arbor, and it was amazing.  We went all out and had an appetizer, entrees, and dessert!

They brought edamame to the table like a bread basket.  And then we ordered Tuna Ceviche.  It was fantastic!

I ordered the sashimi platter, which was beautiful and delicious, and Ben got some fabulous sushi.

Then, I got their mango shaved ice with passion fruit beads and mango syrup on top.  Yum!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Day 17 -- Two and a Half Meals

September 17th

Meal One:
I had some leftover oatmeal.  I also enjoyed a smoothie I made with about a cup of frozen mixed berries with cherries, 8 oz POM juice, 6 ice cubes, and a third cup or so of goat yogurt. I added a squirt of lemon juice to brighten the flavor.  It was tasty, but a bit too heavy on the yogurt.

Meal Two
Mom made a chicken, onion, yellow pepper soy sauce stir-fry.  I had it over those no-calorie noodles.  It was pretty good. The noodles are like glass noodles in texture, but it is strange for me to eat food that is nutritionally void.


Lucy's Brownie Cakes 

I had a pack of these for a snack.  They were pretty tasty for packaged gluten-free foods.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Day 16 -- Meals at Home

September 16th

We tend to love leftovers.  We cook a large enough portion at dinner for lunch the next day or so.  Ergo, I eat a lot of the same thing over the week.

I had some of the Steel Cut oats recipe  I posted at the beginning of this 30 day blogging challenge.  I didn't soak it ahead of time, and I think I prefer the soaking method for digestibility.

Leftover Spaghetti


I had a salad with avocado, cucumber, and a bit of goat cheese. 

Air-popped popcorn with olive oil and nutritional yeast.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Day 15 -- A Church Potluck


I grabbed a quick Kind bar on the way out the door.  We played a game of Monopoly the night before, so I was tired!

This was one of the first times I haven't taken something to a potluck that I could eat.  Instead, I brought my grandma's apple cake recipe.  I was still able to find food to eat, though.  A bunless burger. Some sauerkraut and Cole slaw.  A few potato chips.  A deviled egg.  And some fruit. 

We cooked up t-bones.  I ate the filet portion and part of the strip portion.  I mostly just enjoyed my salad topped with avocado, kalamata olives, onion, tomato, and bell peppers.  I had a few raspberries to end the meal.

Soon, I intend to made a gluten-free adaptation of my grandma's apple cake recipe.  I haven't had a successful batch in the past, but I hope to try again and introduce a fool proof recipe!  I will present it with the originals, of course!