Diet and nutrition, Uncategorized

This, that and everything else.

IMG_3486I have always been a person that hates waste, I am known as queen of the leftovers in our house, I am constantly checking dates on food in the pantry, fridge and freezer and trying to use up all the food we have before I restock, well now I am even worse than I was before, I have reorganized my pantry and have itemized each category so that I know each time I use it I need to replace my staple items, pasta sauces, jars of tomatoes, pastas, rices and any grains are just a few items that have made my itinerary.  Another way I have reduced waste in my kitchen is by making bone broth once a week, I have a bag in my freezer for all my veggie scraps, onions, celery, carrots, ginger, anything really that I can throw in that pot of simmering bone broth, I also now try to shop for meat with bones and save any bones from any meat that I buy and cook up.

Friday is the day I throw all my scraps in the slow cooker covered with water and leave to simmer for anywhere from 24 to 48 hours, the reason I chose Friday was because Friday night is always pizza night in our house, so that means my crock pot is always free, as each person comes home in the evening they smell the broth cooking and go over to the pot to see whats for dinner, they lift the lid and pull a face as they look at a pot of scraps of food… its quite funny to watch.

I am a firm believer that we are what we eat, I may not have always practiced this, but as I grow older I want to keep my body in the best possible condition and that includes diet and exercise.  I have never really been one for intense exercise, I had a regular routine of step aerobics before I moved to the US, I had also dabbled in some yoga, and when I established myself here in the US I used to walk a lot around the town I lived in.  Since moving to our house we live in now 7 years ago and having had my two babies I have struggled to get into any routine of exercise, I am the type of person who puts a lot of pressure on myself to be perfect, I have had to learn to let this go, as I strive for perfection I create an image that is hard to maintain so I fail before I even try, and that is so often the case.  I want to be healthy, live in a nice environment and just be happy… but today I have learnt to just be happy with everything I am, and every day is a new learning day, and that is why when I am learning yoga I am not putting any pressure on myself I just do what I can, when I can, I am the same way about most things these days, homeschooling is the same, we do all the things we love to do, when we want to do them, Florence has taken a real interest in mermaids so this week we will look at under the ocean, and if the weather is kind to us we will go visit the zoo again and look in more details at the sea lions and other aquatic creatures that they have there.

I realize in life we need balance in all things, our health, our minds, our bodies and our spiritual well being, so I have decided to look more deeply into Holistic healing… I want to be balanced and it seems that together with learning yoga, holistic health could help balance not only me but make me a better person for each person in my family.  IMG_0635

 

Uncategorized

Simplifying life…

When you are a mother of a large family you get to a point in life when it is time to simplify your chaotic crazy life.  The first step for me to do this was treating myself to the Romba vacuum, oh how I love this addition to the house, the Romba works hard, she never complains and always completes the task she has been given in good time, unlike some other members of our house, not to mention any names… Wink wink!

The next task in hand is a major de clutter of every room, over the years I have been known to collect and hoard unnecessary junk, you never know you may need it some day, but to make life simpler and easier I think that junk all around needs to go, simplifying everyday tasks and giving me more time to enjoy life.

The next thing I thought about was grocery shopping, it’s not a task I relish each week, but it is a necessity.  I am becoming more and more a natural, organic freak, if it’s not organic or gluten free it quite often doesn’t make my shopping cart, with this in mind I have decided to revisit online shopping, something I frequently did when we lived in the UK, Waitrose was my favorite delivery service giving me good quality products and great service, so I would like to replicate this over here, unfortunately due to our location I am restricted to two shops and there delivery options, not overly impressed I have decided to use a new service  Thrive Market in conjunction with an organic fruit and vegetable delivery.  I try to buy as much organic meat as I can, I have mentioned trying to use a local farm for my meat, but most of them are closed at the moment, so I will continue using Costco for now, they have some good quality organic meats and some nice nitrate free, gluten free sausages and bacon.  Hopefully shopping online will free up some much needed quality time for us.

Due to health issues in our house, gluten free is a diet we are adopting in the main, it’s been difficult finding recipes that live up to there claims and photos of being beautiful baked goods, so here is my recipe for a huge family favorite in our house… Gluten free skillet brownies

Ingredients 

A large skillet with 1 tablespoon of melted coconut oil coated on the bottom

1 cup of melted coconut oil or butter

2 cups of organic sugar or a sugar substitute of your choice, I’ve used Blu agave before and coconut sugar

4 organic large eggs

2/3 cup of cocoa powder

1 cup of all purpose gluten free flour

1/2 teaspoon of pink Himalayan salt

1/2 teaspoon of gluten free baking powder

1 cup of semi sweet chocolate chunks 
Add sugar and eggs to melted coconut oil and beat til completely combined.  Add in the rest of the ingredients, except the chocolate chunks, stir until just combined, fold in the chocolate chunks until they are enemy distributed then pour into the oiled skillet, place in a pre-heated 350f oven and bake for 20-25 minutes… Take out of the oven and enjoy warm and sticky perfect gluten free brownies. 

  

Uncategorized

Simplifying life…

When you are a mother of a large family you get to a point in life when it is time to simplify your chaotic crazy life.  The first step for me to do this was treating myself to the Romba vacuum, oh how I love this addition to the house, the Romba works hard, she never complains and always completes the task she has been given in good time, unlike some other members of our house, not to mention any names… Wink wink!

The next task in hand is a major de clutter of every room, over the years I have been known to collect and hoard unnecessary junk, you never know you may need it some day, but to make life simpler and easier I think that junk all around needs to go, simplifying everyday tasks and giving me more time to enjoy life.

The next thing I thought about was grocery shopping, it’s not a task I relish each week, but it is a necessity.  I am becoming more and more a natural, organic freak, if it’s not organic or gluten free it quite often doesn’t make my shopping cart, with this in mind I have decided to revisit online shopping, something I frequently did when we lived in the UK, Waitrose was my favorite delivery service giving me good quality products and great service, so I would like to replicate this over here, unfortunately due to our location I am restricted to two shops and there delivery options, not overly impressed I have decided to use a new service  Thrive Market in conjunction with an organic fruit and vegetable delivery.  I try to buy as much organic meat as I can, I have mentioned trying to use a local farm for my meat, but most of them are closed at the moment, so I will continue using Costco for now, they have some good quality organic meats and some nice nitrate free, gluten free sausages and bacon.  Hopefully shopping online will free up some much needed quality time for us.

Due to health issues in our house, gluten free is a diet we are adopting in the main, it’s been difficult finding recipes that live up to there claims and photos of being beautiful baked goods, so here is my recipe for a huge family favorite in our house… Gluten free skillet brownies

Ingredients 

A large skillet with 1 tablespoon of melted coconut oil coated on the bottom

1 cup of melted coconut oil or butter

2 cups of organic sugar or a sugar substitute of your choice, I’ve used Blu agave before and coconut sugar

4 organic large eggs

2/3 cup of cocoa powder

1 cup of all purpose gluten free flour

1/2 teaspoon of pink Himalayan salt

1/2 teaspoon of gluten free baking powder

1 cup of semi sweet chocolate chunks 
Add sugar and eggs to melted coconut oil and beat til completely combined.  Add in the rest of the ingredients, except the chocolate chunks, stir until just combined, fold in the chocolate chunks until they are enemy distributed then pour into the oiled skillet, place in a pre-heated 350f oven and bake for 20-25 minutes… Take out of the oven and enjoy warm and sticky perfect gluten free brownies.