31 March 2013

Happy Resurrection Day!

I don't do Easter. Today is about Jesus Christ dying on the cross for us then resurrecting 3 days later proving that he is the son of God. So, enjoy your food and family but never ever mention the bunny to me.

27 March 2013

My kind of bracket

Garden & Gun Magazine has become one of my absolute favorite periodicals! It is all about The South; their inhabitants, cuisine, fashion, etc. I need to ask someone for a subscription. Usually I find them at the library for $.50 (did you know there isn't a cent sign on my iPhone?!).

Right now there's a March Madness-esque battle at G&G about Southern food. Now though my hometown of Louisville appears to be headed towards the finals in basketball, I'm more interested in if my hometown (for the last 16 years) of Atlanta's Coca-Cola will win for best soda in the South. I was heartbroken when my Lily White flour and Ale8 didn't go to the next round.

If interested, vote here http://gardenandgun.com/southern-food-bracket!

Follow G&G on Twitter (@gardenandgunmag)


25 March 2013

Monday, Monday, Monday

This day has not been red letter, so to change my thought path, I'm going to talk about food...that I can't eat...because my sphincter feels like it's about to rupture in my upper stomach...sigh...oops going back to that thought path again. While listening to the maintenance workers change out my water heater that busted causing my 15 year old and I stand out in 30 degree weather, I will talk about Meatless Monday.

Meatless Monday was started a few years ago to encourage people to give up meat 1 day a week for both combating the obesity epidemic and helping the planet. I also think that if you're saving a few dollars that's a good reason as well. Meat is expensive. I'm not going to get into the political debate about Mother Earth, as that's not my main focus, thought it is important. For me, eating more vegetables and/or whole grains is a good way to lose some poundage, which all but 1 of us is in need. We are also working hard to save money on groceries since my husband's recent unemployment, so it's pretty much a no-brainer, IF, done right.

Vegetarianism and Veganism can lead to many nutritional abnormalities such as becoming deficient in iron, b12, and zinc. It can also lead to diabetes, which runs rampant in my husband's side of the family. Protein is very important to keep your body healthy and not have the highs and lows of blood sugar crashes. One of my family members is lactose intolerant, so dairy is not a source of protein we can utilize. That being said, if you give up 1 or 2 suppers without animal protein, ya ain't gonna die.

So, we eat rice and beans, beans and cornbread, vegetable soup containing beans, spaghetti squash, risotto, and quinoa. Quinoa is a big deal lately as it's now a superfood. It's taken me awhile to get used to the flavor. Okay, I hate it, but, I will tolerate it once or twice a month. My older 2 teens and husband love it! I incorporate broccoli in our foods on MM as it turns out there's protein in it! We eat a lot of salads with nuts and garbanzo beans as well.

Here are a few tried and true recipes that my teenagers will eat. I do the salad. I'm pathetic, I know. ;)

Quinoa and Red Pepper
Pleasantview Soups
Mediterranean Quinoa
Creamy Tomato Soup (add white beans)
Spaghetti Squash
Quinoa Mac and Cheese
Trader Joe's Brown rice and Tofu (I add black beans, cilantro, and I eat sour cream to tolerate it!)
Baked Beans and Cornbread (my fave!!)
Giada's Lemon Risotto/Butternut Squash Risotto from Everyday Italian

Farrah's Vegetable Soup:
In a 4+ Qt. dutch oven or pan add:
2Tbsp. olive oil
1/3C onions (if you have peppers, add a Tbsp.)
4 cloves of minced garlic (Trader Joe's has them minced and frozen, yippee!)
Saute until onions are transparent. Then add:

2.5C mixed vegetables or whatever veggies you want that are NOT cruciferous
1 can white kidney beans that have been drained and rinsed
1 carton LOW SODIUM broth (vegetable or chicken)
Add water if needed to cover the vegetables and beans. Simmer over medium-low heat for 30 minutes.



21 March 2013

Hello Spring.

Today I am in bed with a stomach ailment. So, I'm sharing a few pictures from my Tumblr. (The Bradford Pear is my own photo.)







17 March 2013

Spring Cleaning

This week I begin the bi-annual thorough cleaning of our petite mason. Mother taught me to scrub the home from top to bottom in the spring and fall. Ceilings, base boards, fans, air ducts, windows, windowsills, closets, couch cushions, lampshades, lamps, cabinets, wash the curtains, and organize the pantry are the areas I plan to tackle.

The weather will be in the 60s, so that will work for opening the windows to sweep the dust out, yet it lets in the pollen. Whatcha gonna do.

"The chief aim of house cleaning is to produce a sanitary condition and to make the home ready for bright spring days. March is a busy month for the homemaker; there is a garden to plan, the spring outfits to sew, and standing out above and beyond everything else, the house to clean. Modern devices have so systemized the cleaning department of the home that the annual upheaval from attic to cellar has been partially eliminated. With all the rooms used during the winter they are given a weekly or daily cleaning. But there comes a time in the spring for the more thorough investigation of the closets and cupboards. One never realizes how fast the clippings and papers and magazines put aside to be read at our leisure can accumulate until our attention is called to them when cleaning day comes. During the early days of March with its variable weather, high winds and dark days, there will be an occasional sunshiny, warm day that brings out the dust streaks on the windows and the smoke-covered wallpaper becomes very noticeable. Then the housekeeper feels the need of indulging in the thorough renovation of the house. On all sides come the swish of the broom and the hum of the vacuum cleaner, the sound of the carpet beater and the backyard fills with lines of bedding and clothing showing that the campaign is on." -"The Young Housewife", 1927

13 March 2013

Homemaker


For the time being I am a homemaker. Husband has had a job issue arise, which may mean that I will need to work outside of the home. Having been a homemaker for the last 12 years (off and on), I am blessed to see the fruits of my labor as my youngest turns 15 next week. 

Please pray for our family as we go through some changes and as I figure out what type of work field that I will go into this fall-ish. As a fashion marketing major with an ankle that is non very functioning, I am limited. Thankfully I can type well and am happy 80% of the time. In the meantime, I will enjoy being the homemaker of our home.

12 March 2013

Whiny Tweets

Today I posted at least three whiny tweets. I am a very optimistic person; not quite Pollyanna, but pretty close. Today was an Anne day. I've felt pretty much every emotion possible, which resulted in whiny tweets. So unlike me...

Nothing particularly bad happened, but nothing seemed right. This time change is truly driving me crazy. I'm exhausted then O.D. on caffeine, get revved up, crash and become frustrated, then have more caffeine. I had given up caffeine for about a month until last week when I had half/half and now it's getting out of hand. Today I had half/half coffee, iced tea and Mt. Dew. The only caffeinated drink I didn't consume was Red Bull. That may be required by the end of the week!

We have even more changed our eating habits. I haven't had fast food in over a week! It took seeing we spent about $100 last month on fast food for me to wake up. You can find healthy fast food, but it's not easy. M is on Weight Watchers and it isn't fair to tempt her to eat something unhealthy. Lord knows I need to lose weight so why spend money on food that will make us fat? I think though that the lack of fast food is making me a little cranky. My body is used to bacon biscuits not oatmeal or eggs every morning. Dinners are super duper healthy. Today was the first soft drink I've had in weeks.I think in time though my body will adjust and the healthy food will be easier to consume. Missing biscuits though may take some time! :)

Also today I went to 3 grocery stores, THREE! Only 1 store had a working wheelchair (messed up ankle surgery acting up). That's so tiring. First, I went to my least favorite place, Walmart. Wanna know why it's one of my least favorite places? Ever since I found out that $1 in $4 is spent on groceries at Walmart it made me concerned about the small farmers. Still, they have cheap toothpaste and stuff. I left there giving the huge conglomerate $180, which made me feel guilty...even though I bought a cute tank top to sleep in this summer. Next, husband and I went to Costco and spent $118. Last, we went to Trader Joes and spent $50. So, we're now broke!

Mostly, I think the reason for my crankiness is I'm late, and no I'm not pregnant. As I've gotten older, my hormones have gotten more erratic  I'm only in my mid-30's, but this year, I'm feeling the changes for the first time since beginning my monthly at age 10. The doctor thinks I may be getting endometriosis.

All of these things have led to a series of whiny tweets today. So for those of you that have read this post and my Twitter account today, I apologize. There will be less Jonah and more Pollyanna very soon. I just took a Benadryl...

08 March 2013

Suit & Tie

Father wears a suit, tie, and Allen Edmonds loafers every day for work (he is an insurance agent, and until this past November owned the company). Father is in semi-retirement now, so he wears them less frequently. Unfortunately I do not have any pictures to show you all, but he looks handsome. He has blonde hair, blue eyes, ruddy complexion, and is 6'2 and until age 60 was trim (as he has been less active he's gotten a little belly). He purchases his suits from Rodes of Louisville or Brooks Brothers. His shirts used to be a pale yellow, white, or pink with matching rep stripe tie. In the last decade or so, Father has been a bit bold by purchasing dark colored shirts and solid ties from the Donald Trump Collection. I am not a fan. This time also brought a Camaro, ewww. Mother and he finally compromised and he bought a sporty Cadillac and he now purchases his shirts at Brooks Brothers again (not happy with his leather blazer from BB though). Good job, Mother!

There truly is something about a man in a suit and tie that demands respect. They are taking care of their appearance. They care what others think about them. They know that to be overdressed is far better than being under-dressed.

My husband has worn scrubs to work for years, but just recently, he has had a position change and will soon be wearing suits as he did when we first met. Let's just say I'm thrilled! Gentlemen, you wanna know how to get a woman to find you attractive? A tailored suit or even sports coat with dress shirt is a very good start.


05 March 2013

Simple Woman's Daybook



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FOR TODAY

Outside my window... Cool temperatures, cloudy skies that will soon develop into severe thunderstorms, mostly bare trees though a few have tiny buds on the ends of the branches, and the branches are currently swaying quite dramatically.

I am thinking... about how much we spend on groceries that end up going down the drain. If y'all have any suggestions on frugal foods let m know!

I am thankful... my new pink yoga mat.

In the kitchen... healthy foods.

I am wearing... black tank top and gray yoga pants as I just finished my workout. 

I am creating... a binder for special blog posts to encourage my WASP wardrobe and Christian walk.

I am going... to pick up the teenagers from their respective locations, library, and post office.

I am wondering... if I should purchase a sewing machine. 

I am reading... A Place Called Sweet Apple by Celestine Sibley. It's about a woman who lives in downtown Atlanta then decides to move out to the country during the 1960's. 

I am hoping... to make some new friends soon.

I am learning... about everything...why not have a constant sense of wondering?

Around the house... nothing special, but always something.

I am pondering... when the children move out, will we have a sudden influx of money?

A favorite quote for today... "To say we are seeking Him with all our hearts but are not willing to spend time with Him each day would appear hypocritical." Teri Maxwell, Sweet Journey

One of my favorite things... Celestial Blue Le Creuset tea kettle.

A few plans: be happy.

Photo of my day: This happened.



04 March 2013

The Crippled

This weekend was not the best of weekends in a few ways, but eye opening in another. Here's the lowdown:

  • Last week was extremely busy, which is why I was feeling overwhelmed and wrote my last post. I put on 400 miles in 1 week, not in 1 day, in 1 week. This meant I was driving a significant amount every day. If y'all recall, I have had 6 surgeries on my right (driving) ankle and I still walk on the side of my foot. By Friday I was in so much pain I couldn't walk, and have thus since been on crutches. Husband stepped up and did the chauffering and everyone was on their own food-wise. It was almost a vacation!
  • On Sunday, my husband "delivered a tiny baby". He had a kidney stone and with the help of some medications, he was able to deliver it almost pain free. Then I did what I could to help his chores.
  • Purchasing a 30 year old motorcycle isn't the best decision. The oldest child let the oil burn out of his Honda and the engine tore up. He's fine, thankfully, but the bike was not. He then purchased another also 20 year old bike, that worked fine...for a week. Husband grew up working on motorcycles and went to fixing it, but N thought he knew everything. Turns out after speaking to an actual motorcycle repairman...husband knows a lot about motorcycles and N knows to listen to him. Oh the joys of being 18.
  • The middle child, M, worked 2 days and was determined to "go out" on Saturday night. So she did. She went to a coffee shop/poetry reading place and didn't get to her friend's house until 12:30. She didn't sleep that night so when she came home on Sunday she slept all day. Which means she didn't sleep last night. Today she tried to get out of going to school until I said that she will not stay the night over anyone's house until spring break, so she went. She learned that it's best to sleep at friends houses.
  • The baby had no issues this weekend...that means he didn't learn anything. Isn't that how we grow?
Today, I did my bible study, which talked a lot about being in the Word. I wanted to mention here that if you are having a lot of "learning experiences", then learn from Him what to do.

I'm not going to take a total break this month, but I will not make a set amount of posts. 

01 March 2013

Welcome March

I'm sorry to say this, but I am taking a break from blogging for the month. We have three birthdays and Easter this month, and I'm having a difficult time keeping up with everything. For Lent, I had determined to finish a bible study, yet here it is 2 weeks in and I've only completed one day. I need to focus on my relationship with the Lord, family, teaching, homemaking, and taking care of myself. Remember how it's nearly Memorial Day and I have to lose a bunch of weight? Yeah, so, I need to take this month off. I hope you understand and stick around for April!

Don't get too wasted on St. Patrick's Day!

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