my favorite place...on the farm...honeysuckle in the air...the summer sun starting to set...serenity

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Mele Kalikimaka

Merry Christmas everyone! And if you don't celebrate Christmas, well maybe you got the day off and are enjoying yourselves. The nice thing about spending a holiday vacation somewhere warm is that you aren't sitting around eating holiday food all day long. We're spending lots of time outdoors walking around, going to the beach, etc. Although we did go to a bakery in Winter Park called Ballard and Corum to eat their delicious cupcakes.

My Dad's friend at work gave him use of a timeshare in Orlando (for free) so we were super lucky to have that. It is new and very nice and you can walk to some outlets and a grocery store.

I will be making the infamous green bean casserole but we aren't eating dinner for several more hours. Well it looks like the sun is out and it's supposed to be in the 80s today so I better take advantage of it. I think at home it is probably 32 degrees.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

vacation

I'm back in Florida for Christmas break which means one week of no work! But I have been checking my work email periodically so I don't have 300 emails to go through when I get back. It is sunny and beautiful here and has soon as my other sister gets here we plan to go to the beach every day. All of my family will be here except my sister from Hawaii.

Last night we went to a free concert by Eric Darius, a saxophonist who is a popular smooth jazz artist. Even if you don't like smooth jazz you would of probably enjoyed it because he's a young guy and very energetic and entertaining. And he even played music by Alicia Keys and Neyo.

Hope everyone is having a lovely Saturday. We might go to an art museum that is nearby. I also want to go to the Salvador Dali museum in St. Pete's.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Corset Boots


I really like these boots from Anthropologie. Maybe it is because they remind me of Laura Ingalls.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  We actually had our dinner on Saturday when my brother and his family could be here but still had a big spread yesterday.  This year we had salmon instead of turkey courtesy of Costco.  I personally prefer salmon or ham over turkey.  

I've been feeling sick since Monday and of course I had already scheduled off Wednesday and Friday.  Oh well, it's been a lot of lounging around the house and cleaning my apartment.  Plus having people over.  I've got to catch up on my blog reading.

Monday, November 17, 2008

boots

So here is a picture of some boots I saw that I liked. They are made by Sofft (a shoe company that makes comfy and cute shoes). Price: $160





Then I went to Target and saw these ones for only 39.99 and they are very similar...I like the color better too. I usually wear size 10 shoes but these boots are made kind of big so I fit in a size 9. Yay for Target! They are comfortable too, and hopefully will last long.




I still have a lot of dress boots that I bought a few years ago that I really never wear. I am debating if I should sell them on ebay. That is why it is good to clean out your closet because if you haven't had a good reason to wear something in the last 2 years, maybe it is time to donate it or ebay it.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

vacation cookies


I leave Florida to go home tonight...wish I could stay here a few more days.  The weather is lovely, as usual.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Florida




This is Pass-A-Grille beach in St. Petersburg.  I think I have gained 10 pounds this trip and I've only been here two nights.  Must be all that chocolate! 

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

new winter coats





Here are my two new winter coats. I had a magenta long wool coat I wore in the past that looks a bit like the first picture but moths ate lots of holes in it. These are both J. Crew outlet/overstock so I did not have to pay the retail price which would of been over $600 total.

How can anyone pay $300 for a coat? I guess if you have lots of money...or buy it with the intention to wear it for many years. I like this classic look and they look more feminine than those puffy ski jackets.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day


Hope you all did too....

update at 11:10 pm: Barack Obama, elected our 44th president! 

Monday, November 3, 2008

November the 3rd

So today is the day of my birth :) I even received a chipotle gift card, I mean what else could I ask for? I love burrito bowls!!

The other night I was driving home late at night and I kept seeing a stray cat here and there run across the road. Then a raccoon ran across right in front of me and I swerved to avoid it and ended up swerving all over the road! Yikes! Thankfully there were other cars on the road because I am pretty sure I would of hit them head on and that would of been the end of me.

Anyways I am really looking forward to going away this weekend, did I already say that...yippee

Friday, October 31, 2008

sunshine state

I am looking forward to going to Florida next weekend for five relaxing days. I will be happy to sit on the beach all day and soak up the sun since it has been cold here. Also I'll see if I can pack just one small suitcase and not take a lot of unnecessary items. Usually I am the one with a bajillion suitcases and bags.

My sister has some plumeria and white ginger plants so I hope they are in bloom. All I can say is it's pretty nice when you have relatives that live in a tropical area!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

my un-smoothie

So tonight I tried to make a smoothie and turns out the rubber thingy wasn't in the bottom of the blender and stuff started leaking everywhere.   I looked all over for that thing but couldn't find it. 

Finally I just dumped my fruit/yogurt mixture into a bowl, stirred everything up and ate it.  It was pretty good because I had a tablespoon of frozen OJ concentrate and that gave it a nice sweet orangey flavor.  So if you  need a yogurt dip for fresh cut up fruit just take vanilla yogurt and add a bit of frozen orange juice to the mix.  Yum!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

skirts on the line


Today was rainy day and I stayed indoors to work on getting my artwork mailed out.  Here is a picture of some of my favorite skirts...I do seem to have a lot of peasant skirts.

Friday, October 24, 2008

jasmine rice

Today at the grocery store I found a good sale on jasmine rice, 20lb bag for $6.99! When I took it to the register the cashier had to call a manager because it kept ringing up as 19.99. Anyways I did get the sale price finally, you have to be persistent and make them check the shelf.

Jasmine rice has a sweeter taste than regular white rice and I prefer it. It is especially good with chili (or maybe that is just me). You can also make it even sweeter by adding 1/2 coconut milk and 1/2 water to the rice cooker or pot. Yum!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

my apartment

If you look closely there's a pan of brownies on the microwave.  Brownies are a must in this household :) When they go on sale I buy 30 at a time.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

on kindnesses

Have you ever done something for someone without expecting anything in return? Like maybe doing their laundry, filling up their car with gas, baking something, writing a sweet note. Sometimes it can be hard not expecting anything in return if that person is especially difficult or if you are the only one doling out the kindnesses. Anyhow you can't ever change a person, they have to want to change! I always say we don't have control over anyone's actions but our own.

I was watching Ed Young and he was talking about dating a person long enough that the eros love wears off to make sure that they have agape love. You can know someone for years and years and they will still surprise you. I like the quote by Rob Bell "Agape doesn’t love somebody because they’re beautiful. Agape loves in such a way that it makes them beautiful".

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

feeding calves


I had the day off on Monday so we went to a dairy farm and had some fresh icecream. I picked up some cream top milk that comes in a glass bottle. The calves were pretty cute!
This peasant dress is from Target, I got this one and another in brown. It is so comfy.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

moving

Today I have been doing a bit of moving. My new place is surrounded by farmlands so I have a beautiful view! It certainly gives you a good workout, running up and down steps unloading heavy bundles.

Right now I am enjoying Mom's ginger chicken rice soup which consists of a Costco chicken, ginger, veggies, and of course rice. It tastes pretty good for this fall evening. Today was unseasonably warm out, it felt like an Indian summer. Although I feel a cool evening breeze coming through the window just now.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Little Heathens


I loved reading this book about Mildred's life as she grew up during the Great Depression. For some reason I love to read about how people lived a long time ago on farms or the western frontier. Or medievals times or whenever. I wonder what are people going to say about the way we lived now?

My Grandpa liked the book as well and he and my Grandma grew up on big farms with big families during the Depression out in Montana. We sometimes give Grandma a hard time because she saves everything and makes do with very little. They are in their 80s and still getting up at the crack of dawn to farm all day long. When you work hard it gives you a strong constitution.

I am starting to wonder if there are any real men left...that actually like to do physical labor!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

celeb baby names

So I just visited Homegirl's blog (www.vivalahomegirl.blogspot.com) and she had a link to a celebrity baby name generator.  Of course I had to put in my last name and I got some girl's and boy's names:

Girls:
Libra Meringue
Barrymore Fox
Sunshine Flouta
Vixen (ok what on earth)

Boys:
Matterhorn Greenwild??
Eagle Figment
Zeus Hawk
Lexus Cactus

Each time I hit refresh the names got more bizarre!! I have to admit that when I was younger I thought I was so creative when I came up with "Montana Skye".  Another one I liked was "November Jewel".  I still like the name November (by itself) but it would be weird to name your kid that if they weren't born in the month of November.  And I like the name Ada, like in the Cold Mountain book.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Pello chair


I found one of these on craigslist for under $20 so I am getting it after work. My brother has this chair and it is actually quite comfortable...especially if you are on your laptop. Plus I like the design. It is the pello chair made by Ikea. Yes, that is the store where you can assemble everything with an allen wrench...not sure if that is a good thing or not.

Fall

Well Fall is here I guess...time to get out your sweaters! There are plenty of orchards around here and I'm ready to go apple picking to make applesauce and apple pie.

Yesterday I went to the natural healthfood store and am amazed at how tiny they are compared to the huge grocery stores, yet they still have everything you need. (Even if it is more expensive). I had to buy some coconut water which I had been missing. Next time I will get some vanilla hemp milk, it is great to put oatmeal and you don't even need sugar.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

pictures around the farm

Bees buzzing around the flower garden...


A blueberry pie I made a few weeks back.  I did cheat and use pre-made pie crust and dough...but when you make it from scratch it is way better.


Grandma's apples that we feed to the cows, but if there are any good ones she makes apple sauce and the best apple pie!


My uncle sheep shearing


Yet another picture of the lovely tomatoes that keeping popping up....


Our neighbor's pretty horses/ponies


raw

Eating raw food is starting to look better and better again. These past few days I have been eating less (mostly smoothies, milkshakes) and not a lot of heavy meat. I feel pretty good! However I still need to figure out why my hair is falling out.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

dealing with toxic people

Here is an article I found (on www.fitfare.net). This morning I decided to clean my desk and the desk in front of me where other people come to do work. Then as I finishing up someone (not my boss) asks me why I am doing that and don't I have work to do. I tell them it needed to be cleaned and yes I do have work to do, don't they have their own work to do? They say well it is just odd I am doing that if I have work to do. Maybe that isn't toxic, but more passive aggressive. Or simply annoying!

I don't think people realize the stuff that comes out of their mouth sometimes. The thing I can not stand is people that direct negative comments your way and then the next minute are all laughing/joking. I think that is called an energy vampire. The trick is to not soak up all of their negative energy like a sponge. Stay far away!!

Anyhow here is the article by Angelmary Koola

Imagine a world where people were always pleasant and kind. Everyone helped one another, no one judged each other, and every relationship you have enhances your life. Unfortunately, the reality is not what John Lennon sang about in his song ‘Imagine’. In fact, the truth is, almost everyone has to deal with a toxic person in their life at one time or another. Whether is a family member, a co-worker, a boss, or even a friend, these people are the ones that end up causing you unnecessary stress.

Stress happens to be a major player in how your body operates. It is true that stress is needed for your body to function. However, excessive stress can cause your body to begin to move down an unhealthy road where diseases and illness start to take over.


For example, when you feel depressed about anything, you will feel that depression throughout your body. You will feel sluggish, lazy, tired, and generally under the weather. The stress from being depressed effects your eating habits and your lifestyle, in turn causing your body to work less efficiently. Whether it is an abusive spouse, a neglectful parent, a condescending boss, or a leech-type friend, the stress can become toxic to your health.

Recognizing toxic people
Who are these toxic people to watch out for? Toxic people are ultimately the people who cause you the most negative stress in your life. They are the people that make you feel unhappy, or spoil your mood purposely every chance they get. They are also the people who tend to be manipulative, deceiving and conniving. They could also be the ones that inadvertently cause you stress by harming themselves, for instance a family member that is a drug addict.


Sometimes toxic people are people you love very much like your children, parents or spouse. At times, it is hardest to distance yourself when you are actually related to the toxic person in your life.
Handling yourself around toxic people


First and foremost, keep it in the front of your mind that it is not at all selfish to change the way a toxic person affects you. Keep in mind that when you are stressed, your immune system becomes weaker. Therefore you are more prone to disease. Look at the following advice as a way to stay healthy, just like exercising or eating well.


1. If possible, let whatever toxic nonsense they spew go in one ear and out the other. Pretend to listen, but don’t really hear what they say or do altogether. If you are in a situation where you have to listen to someone, like your boss, then look below.


2. Kill them with kindness.
I know this is easier said than done. Sometimes your kindness can be taken advantage of, which might even make it worse. Other times though, if the toxic person is trying to break you down by saying rude things, they might realize it’s not worth the effort since it is no longer affecting you.


3. Do your best to be cautious and to avoid the person as much as possible.If you are at a party, occupy yourself with helping the host instead of being in the room with the other person.
If you are at a family function, be busy chatting with cousins so you don’t get a chance to see or hear the toxic person. This may not work with a boss at work, but can work with co-workers.


4. Focus on the good things you have in your life when you are around them.
This will make it difficult for them to penetrate and ruin your mood. Be happy to have a roof over your head, meals to eat, quality friends and family, and pretty soon the toxic person will have no affect on you. Any time they begin to wear down on you be thankful for what you have and realize they may lack many of the blessing you have in your life.


5. Realize that you should feel sorry for the toxic person.
They are not blessed with a good life and mind, which is why they spend their time ruining your day. When you begin to pity them, you will find that their misdeeds are minor.

simple things I love

To get the day started I like to enjoy a bowl of oatmeal with some honey for sweetness and a bit of hemp milk. Oatmeal is good for you and so much healthier than boxed cereal. And it sticks to my ribs and keeps me full until lunch time.

You can add dried fruit, fresh fruit, candied fruit (yep that's a lot of fruit) spices (cinnamon) and nuts for extra flavor.

Monday, September 22, 2008

old is new

This weekend I was poking around in the attic and found some nice J. Crew skirts that I can wear to work (there are lots of old clothes up there). I also found a pair of cute shoes I can wear to work, they are my sisters but she will no doubt say they are out of style by now. So it was like shopping but for free.

I think I paid for it on Sunday because I was sneezing up a storm. Either that or it was allergies. So I went to bed at the unheard of hour of 9:30 pm because I couldn't breathe that great. Although I did drink some ACV.

Today I am going to have my car checked out and see why it keeps overheating.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Happy Birthday Dad!

Happy Birthday Dad, he is only one year away from being 60. Today we had a potluck after meeting and then later on went to the diner for a birthday dinner. Except they always mess up Dad's order, it is bad luck or something. I mean it is every single time!

Some of his favorite things are surfing, spending time with his family, mowing the lawn (hahaha), trips back home to Hawaii, relaxing, dreaming of the day when he can retire (you know I had to throw that one in there).

Friday, September 19, 2008

economy

So...today the President has to talk to the nation and tell them no one has ever lost money that has been insured by the FDIC blah blah blah. That is not a very good sign.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

inner harbor


I took the day off on Monday and we headed to the Inner Harbor in Baltimore to tool around. We spent most of our time at the Aquarium and saw all kinds of amazing fish, sharks, even an alligator. I took so many pictures but will try and post some later on today. Of course when you take a day off work it is so nice and you don't feel like going in the next day. But today we got bonus checks so I am happy to work here.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

aapl

Apple stock has been down the last couple days so I bought some in hopes it will go back up to $200 a share. Last time I sold my apple stock it went up $100, what was I thinking...I should of kept it. Well that was a few years ago to say the least.

Also I bought some penny stocks for a dollar and unfortunately they tanked and have been only worth a penny a share since last December. Honestly I wonder if my stocks will even be worth anything when I am retirement age...or if the stock market will even be around. Just kidding, I mean I hope it is!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

car cleaning

I just went and vacuumed out my car at a carwash place near my work. The vacuum at home kicked the bucket and I really wanted my car to be clean. There were three pennies on the ground, isn't that good luck?

Clutter everywhere adds extra stress and that is something I don't need right now. So I figure if my bedroom is clean that is good since it is the first thing I see when I open my eyes. Then my car should be clean since I spend sometimes 3 hours in it everyday just on the commute. Also at work I try to keep my desk organized, although right now it is piled full with work since I took the day off yesterday.

I know one day I will get it down!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

sideways


Here is a recent picture of me. I don't know why but I look better sideways. My hawaiian name is Ka'iulani which means the highest point of heaven above the ocean. (That is what my mom and dad told me anyhow and my dad is hawaiian). I googled it and found heavenly waters, gift from the heavens, heavenly flower, royal sacred one.

I was just reading how sharing your heart openly, vulnerably and freely with another is the strongest and most courageous thing a person can do. I think it's true. Sometimes it takes people years to do this because most people have a problem being "real". I always try to be genuine (say what I mean and mean what I say). Well I hope I am not throwing too many cliches out there. But it is easier to be yourself rather than be what you think people want you to be.

Today I was feeling kind of bad about something that was said to me but it wasn't like that person was trying to be mean but somehow I still ended up feeling bad. But later I thought "the issue" wasn't even an issue and if they wouldn't of said anything it wouldn't have crossed my mind. Brother! Then I am wondering why am I even wasting my energy on this.

Anyhow tonight we had a yummy appetizer which is a bit of macadamia nuts, a dash of Jack Daniels, and brown sugar spread over brie cheese. You spread it on toasted bread after putting it in the oven to melt. So good! Then there was a huge spiral sliced ham, fontina scalloped potatoes, asparagus, jello, watermelon, corn on the cob and key lime pie.

Happy Birthday C!

Happy birthday to my younger sister C who has been living in Hawaii the past five years. Some of her favorite things are: surfing, photography, painting, creating new recipes, making gourmet cupcakes, something in New Zealand (haha), and vintage clothing.

We called and sang her happy birthday on her voicemail because she is in my cousin's wedding today on the Big Island.

Friday, September 12, 2008

happy Friday







Today I am working 1/2 a day and taking off on Monday. My brother & his family from NC and my relatives from Portland, OR are going to be visiting so we'll have lots to do. Also our county fair starts today so I'm sure we will have to check it out.

Here are some cute kitchen tools I have my eye on. Although I do love the color pink, having too many pink things in the kitchen might be a bit much. But you can never have too much Hello Kitty :) That middle picture is a kitchen sponge.
Well everyone have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

sewing

Lately I have been thinking about getting a serger and starting a sewing business. I could hire my mom because she made a lot of our clothes growing up. My two younger sisters would probably die if they had to wear some of the clothes we did. There was nothing wrong with them, Mom made us jumpers and culottes and skirts and dresses. My sister told me I had no style the other day. Well if style means walking around with barely any clothing or undergarments, no thank you! I tried to tell her nicely that when she dresses like that she is asking for the wrong attention from guys. Anyways, I think my pencil skirts and bateau tops are just fine.

I'm glad to see more feminine clothing that has become available within the last 5-8 years. The only thing is that a lot of the skirts and dresses are uber short. Plus since I am almost 6' that turns it into a mini dress on me. I did find one solution which is at
http://www.vintagehem.com/ They make cute slips with lace or tulle on the bottom so it gives your dress or skirt extra length.

Maybe I should start a business for tall gals! I remember reading somewhere that it really only costs about $5 to manufacture a pair of blue jeans so when those designers sell them for $200 they are making a $195 profit.

Monday, September 8, 2008

more pie

Yesterday evening my little brother and I made banana bread and blueberry pie. We used a recipe from a Sesame Street book for the banana bread which used honey in place of sugar. After slathering butter on it I thought it was pretty good. Well I guess you will notice I am not eating all raw food anymore because here I am talking about all this non raw stuff. Anyhow I probably should go back to it to clear up my complexion.

Plus I made two batches of chili and used lots of fresh garden tomatoes. What can I say, I just love cooking and baking. When my sister opens her cupcake shop I told her I would help her out....until then I better practice my frosting skills.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

from my garden


This is a picture of some of the produce from my garden. I actually took this picture in July. The yellow heirloom tomatoes are very sweet and taste pretty good as a snack. The best part about a garden is getting to pick the harvest. You forget about all those hours you toiled in the sun as you gather up the fruits of your labor.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

hairdos


This is a feminine hairdo I like to do....kind of like a french twist/chignon except I prefer to have bits of hair hanging out. What are y'alls favorite hairstyles? I also like to straighten it and pull it back in a headband since my hair is naturally curly and pretty unruly.


When I was growing up my hair was pretty long, in fact I was looking at some old pictures and surprised that it was below my waist. But now when it reaches a certain length it gets stringy so right now I have it a little below my shoulders. I am always envious of the hula girls that have super long and thick hair. Maybe I need some protein pills or something, it is starting to fall out again...wait maybe I do have a thyroid problem. I found some website that is supposed to give you super long hair and they sell some kind of pill with a bazillion types of vitamins/minerals that are supposed to give you long hair.

Friday, September 5, 2008

hanna banana

The leftovers from Hurricane Hanna are supposed to hit us tomorrow with rain all day and 30 mph winds. On the radio they said we could experience power outages but hopefully we won't! It seems like everyone gets in a tizzy and runs off to the grocery store to strip the shelves. The last big storm knocked our power out for 3 days and of course we didn't have running water either since the well needs electricity to pump it up. It would be nice to have one of those old fashioned sinks that has a hand pump and then you pump out how much water you need.

I've been thinking about setting up a rain barrel water system on the farm with the house and all the barns. I mean that is quite a lot of water that could be collected.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

a hairy situation

Ok the one thing I can't stand is when I am eating out and I find a hair in my food. I just got back from lunch and was halfway through eating a japanese rice bowl when I found a hair. I'm sorry but that just grosses me out.

I know it is probably a bad idea but I threw the rest away since I lost my appetite for the next ten years. This is another reason to pack a lunch or eat at home, you know what is going on with your food.

Happy Birthday J!

Today is my older sister's birthday, she is turning 30. Oh no...that means I am not too far behind! Some of her favorite things are: her husband, traveling, yoga, gardening, interior decorating, designer handbags (ha ha), being hospitable to the many guests that seem to be a constant flow to their house in Florida, good literature & healthy eating.

I believe it is about time for me to make another trip down there. Hmm what holidays are coming up? It would be nice to spend my birthday there at the beach.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

farm omelette

One thing I have been eating nearly everyday for the past week is my "farm omelette". The ingredients that come from the farm or local market are: eggs, jalapenos, tomatoes, onions and scallions and the cheese is store bought. Just don't put in too many cut up pieces of jalapeno pepper or you'll be gulping down the water like I was last night.

I usually use 2 eggs per omelette, the time I used 4 I had to share with my sister because it's a lot to eat. Anyhow when it's dinner time it is nice to go out to the garden for a bit to pick the peppers and tomatoes, gather the eggs and then come inside and whip up this tasty recipe. It is even better if you have some type of meat (bacon, chicken, etc).

freezer burn

Oh dear...the last few days I have been freezing peaches in ziploc bags but when I went to check on them last night I noticed they all had some freezer burn. Man! The problem is I mixed them with sugar (no water) and did not have them completely covered in syrup so that is how they got freezer burn. Now I am wondering if I should de-thaw them enough to pour some sugar solution in or just leave them be. Hopefully I will find a canning pot and just can the rest.

This morning I went to feed the sheep and one of the lambs had died (I am in charge of the farm goings on while the family is in Hawaii). Mom says it is because they have worms or parasites in the pasture. I will have to research it but in the meantime find them a new pasture.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad

Today is Mammy and Pappy's anniversary, they have been married for 31 years. They are in Hawaii right now because my Grandma's funeral was on Sunday. No need for any gifts, I mean you can't top a trip to Hawaii ha ha. I will have to look around for one of their wedding pictures.

duck pen

Right now I am researching an easy to build duck pen. I know someone that has an old wooden playhouse so I might try and convert it. That would be easier than hammering nails all day and trying to construct something by myself. Since the ducks do not follow anyone when it is time to put them away for the night I have to spend a half hour chasing them down!

Last night I managed to freeze a few bags of peaches. Grandma informed me that she didn't know if she had her big canning pot so I decided to freeze some in the meantime. Seems like no one sells those canning pots anymore. I tried Walmart, Big Lots, grocery stores, Home Depot...it has to be at least a 21 qt pot because that is what the rack I bought will fit in.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Rekindled


The other night at the library I was looking for something to read so I picked up this book. Then last night I read the whole thing in an hour or so. (I am a fast reader). I liked it but found it hard to believe she did not recognize her own husband even if he had lots of burn scars. Still, it was a good love story.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

bed


I found somewhere on craigslist where they are giving away free bedframes so I am going to take a look on Friday. I've never had a real bedframe so it would be nice to have one so my bedroom will look more put together. This is a pretty bed I found on Pottery Barn's website, I like the canopy and the white linens look so crisp and clean.


Monday, August 25, 2008

Pennsylvania Peaches

Yesterday I was in the lovely state of Pennsylvania to attend a church convention and on the way home picked up two bushels of peaches and an apple tree loaded with apples. PA is such a beautiful state and I wanted to snap some pictures of the scenery but since I was driving a van full of people it was best to keep both hands on the wheel.

Tonight I am going to can the peaches (I'll have to ask Grandma for tips) and get that apple tree planted. One day I hope to live somewhere with my very own fruit orchard.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Happy Birthday Z!

Happy Birthday to my cutie pie niece who turned 2 today! She is really precious. I am going to sew her an apron for her birthday which reminds me I need to get started on it as her birthday has already passed...dear me.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Happy Birthday A!

Happy birthday to my dear youngest sister A who is a college student. This is a recent picture of her (on the far right) with my older sister.

Some of her favorite things are:
indie & reggae music
enjoying nature
photography
painting portraits (she is an excellent artist)
learning the ukulele
sleeping in
crab meat
saving the environment
decorating her bedroom

Friday, August 22, 2008

global rich list

Today I went to http://www.globalrichlist.com/ and typed in my salary. Turns out I am in the top 4.33% of richest people in the world. Whenever I get down about something it is always helpful to remember that I have basic things such as a roof over my head, food, clothing, and a job. During high school I worked for a young neighbor man who was paraplegic and had cerebral palsy. He was very smart and had a college degree but was confined to a wheelchair and paralyzed. I did basic things like open the mail for him, enter his stock quotes on a spreadsheet and fix him meals. It was a reminder that I'm lucky to have use of all my limbs.

It is easy to fall into the trap of not being content with what we already have. I like to think up ways to further simplify my life. Not having a television is a great help because I don't know how I would get anything done if I had one. Another thing I am constantly working on is my bedroom. It also doubles as an art studio so I have all number of art supplies as well as clothes everywhere. Whenever I am in there all I can see is clutter!

I have found it is good to keep a clean room / home because clutter is very stressful. My goal for now is to donate a bunch of stuff to thrift stores. I could probably sell things on ebay but it would be so much easier to have a clean room now instead of a month from now when everything sells.

This weekend once again I am going to work on the garden. It hasn't been getting watered...Eek! Luckily next week the forecast is lots of rainstorms.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

I can see clearly now

Today I went and got another contact lens prescription and a new set of contacts. I had only been wearing one contact for the last two weeks as one fell apart and I couldn't find my written out prescription (plus the doctor I had seen in January had moved to a new location and taken the client files with her). It is pretty amazing how clear I can see now since I had been walking around in a half haze of blurry vision. (My eyes are pretty bad like -4.75). Of course it's my fault for not being organized and knowing where my old prescription was..plus I was too prideful to wear my glasses. Honestly I look like that actress on Ugly Betty with my cat eye glasses and braces. Even though I have good insurance through work I still ended up paying $62 for "Contact Lens Evaluation Level 3".

You might have to be careful when going to the doctor because sometimes they sneak these little things onto the bill! Now I know why my Mom always asks up front how much the bill is going to be with their insurance coverage.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Proper Food & Clothing

I am a bit confused when it comes to buying wholesome nutritious food at the grocery store. You can get a box of chocolate Debbie cake snacks for 99 cents but then it will cost you over a dollar to buy a single peach!! When I go to look at the sales flyers for our different grocery stores usually the stuff on sale is junk food, sports drinks, and processed food in a box like Hamburger Helpers. No wonder our nation is mostly overweight with everyone eating "trash". I guess that is one good thing about having a large garden, all you have to do is walk outside and pick something fresh off the vine. Whenever I give someone a friendly suggestion to plant a few tomatoes or something easy that can grow in a pot they say why do that when they can just get it at the grocery store.

I was reading somewhere that our grocery stores get their food every couple of days by trucks so if something were to happen (natural disaster, etc.), the shelves would be stripped bare probably within a day. That is why I believe it is good to have extra food on hand for emergencies and just to be prepared in general.

Also it would be nice for once to see pretty dresses and skirts on sale instead of ripped t-shirts and jeans and ultra miniskirts. It is sad when I see little girls (age 10 and under) wearing very short shorts and skirts. I don't know what their parents are thinking! Yesterday when I was out at lunchtime I looked around to see if anyone else was wearing a skirt besides me. Um, no. I was the only one and most of the people around we were all women. So ladies, please keep wearing your skirts and dresses.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Silhouettes


I found a delightful website today (www.simplysilhouettes.com) that creates silhouettes from your photographs and makes canvas art, stationery, clothing, stamps, dishes, pillows and much more. This couple silhouette was my favorite, I love the lady's hairdo.

Monday, August 18, 2008

beating the heat


Today during lunchtime I headed for the bank. It feels like it is 90 degrees out and of course my car was overheating...so I had to crank up the heat and sweat it out. I'll have to figure out what the problem is because when I bought the car the guy said he replaced the radiator and all the hoses. Then I told myself I couldn't complain because at least I have a car. It seems to only happen in stop and go traffic in hot weather, whatever that means.


This week I'm attempting to save money by packing lunches and not doing any shopping unless it is for groceries. Yesterday I spent most of the day rearranging and cleaning and ended up sneezing all day and night. Today I am grateful I haven't sneezed once and my nose seems back to normal.


Also last night I watched the movie "The Last Sin Eater" based on the book by Christian author Francine Rivers. Overall I thought it was good although some parts were sort of slow and other parts I was like well how come that person didn't think of this or that. It made me want to read the book as I read her other book "Redeeming Love" and it was pretty good.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

lazy river days

Today a group of us gals headed for the Shenandoah River and went tubing. It was very peaceful and relaxing (took us about 3 hours to drift down probably less than a mile). I think I drifted in one spot for about 1/2 an hour because the current wasn't carrying me anywhere. I didn't take my digital camera because I didn't want it to get soaked. The water of course was only about a foot and a half deep so there was no fear of tipping over. It was waist high water near the end where we got out of the river and I felt like I was walking to a baptism.

This lovely evening I checked the garden and picked a bunch of roma tomatoes, heirloom yellow tomatoes and a few jalapenos. I don't know how all the weeds sprouted up but it seems like I am walking through a jungle just to get to my garden patch. The romas went into tonight's chili and they added a sweetness to it. (Or maybe that was my imagination)

Tomorrow I will be spending lots of time in the garden making up for my laziness in not keeping up with the weeds. I'm wondering about my lettuce plants because they are supposed to produce a head of lettuce but look like they are just going to seed. My watermelons are doing good though, climbing all over the creation.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Big Island sunsets



Gorgeous sunsets every evening. This was the view from our house, looking right out at the ocean!






When I was visiting Ree's website yesterday (www.thepioneerwoman.com) and saw her sunrise photos I actually thought she was really on the Big Island. It is eery how the colors in my top sunset photo are almost the same as her Oklahoma sunrise photos. She could of fooled me :)

That is one thing I miss about the Big Island... lovely sunsets and sunrises everyday and clear skies at night where you could see all of the stars. Not to mention the 77 degree weather! We lived next door to a botanical garden so sometimes we'd hear the wild birds.

Hopefully I can save up enough money to take an extended vacation over there...

God's creation is so beautiful!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

porch swings


What's not to love about porch swings? A spot where you can sit on a lazy summer day drinking mint tea cozied up to a good book. Or perhaps gliding away in the evening breeze nestled close to your love.

Oftentimes it is nice to get away from the constant media we have in our lives (cell phones, internet, radio, tv, etc) and just enjoy nature!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Happy Birthday Mom!

I better not put how old she is because she might be reading my blog, ha ha. She is a mother to 6 children, one grandchild, a westie, several kitties, many sheep, ducks and chickens.

Some of her favorite things are:
gardening
Williamsburg
west highland terriers
farming
quilting
photography
sewing
oil painting
writing letters
and of course her family :)

XOXO

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

blueberry pie

I made a blueberry pie on Saturday night. This is one of the easiest pies to make because unlike apple pie there is nothing to peel. All you have to do is mix blueberries with a bit of sugar. You might want to make sure they are well coated because mine turned out a little tart. Then stir in some flour to make it set up (a few tbsp is good). Line the pie dish with pie crust dough and dump in the blueberries. Then add a couple pats of butter and put the top layer of pie crust and pop in the oven. So easy and yummy! I think I ate half the pie myself. Actually, I know I did...haha.

I made this with the easiest how-to recipe from Ree's Pioneer woman website. Here is the direct link:

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2008/08/blueberry-pie-for-betsy/

Sunday, August 10, 2008

my hawaiian Grandma

My hawaiian grandma passed away on Friday. I'm glad I got to spend some time with her when I lived in Hawaii a few years ago. My Grandpa passed away several years ago but they did make it to their 50th wedding anniversary. We called my sister who was over there and got to tell Grandma over the phone that we loved her...she tried to respond but was just to weak to form any words.

We have lots of good memories of Grandma :) She was in the Women's Army Corps and my Grandpa was in the merchant marines. When her and Grandpa would visit us on the mainland they would bring over candyleis and lots of poi. I have a cute picture of my older sister and I in our pajamas when we were about 2 or 3 years old with Grandma and Grandpa, I'll have to find it and post it.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

braces

I'm glad I have braces so my teeth will finally be perfectly straight. However I am starting to wonder what people did in the olden days...I guess if your teeth were crooked, they stayed crooked.

This is from http://www.bracesinfo.com/
  • The first "braces" were constructed by Pierre Fauchard in 1728. Fauchard's "braces" consisted of a flat strip of metal, which was connected to teeth by pieces of thread.
  • Bands were invented by Schange in 1841. The first bands consisted of an strip of metal, with a screw to adjust their size.
  • Orthodontic Brackets were invented by Edward Angle in 1915. The brackets consisted of little hooks of metal, which were attached to bands which went around your teeth

My braces are the "Damon System" so they are supposed to move faster and have a shorter treatment time. We'll see!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Hawaiian Concert


Last night we went and saw the Cazimero Brothers, Ledward Ka'apana and Halau O Kekuhi. It was a great concert! That is a picture of the Caz from way back in the 1970s. Dad got to see Robert afterwards (they all went to Kam school together). Of course I starting missing Hawaii again so I better save up so I can go back and visit next year!

My workplace is sponsoring a free self defense class and it was a good refresher course of some of the stuff I had already learned in my thai kickboxing classes. I started to think of how fun it would be to do kickboxing again. Maybe I can find something affordable near my home as I really do not want to be paying $180/month like I had been...funny how at the time I thought it was worth it but now I am like whoa that is a lot of money.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

farm boots



I have been looking for farm boots that I can wear when feeding hay and other miscellaneous farm stuff. It's probably not a good idea to wear slippers! I just found these lovely boots by UGG. They are $228 and shearling lined of course. They would look cute with a skirt or dress as well. I wish it didn't have a 1 1/2" heel, if I buy these I might be 6'1".

p.s. These boots are a lot of money and I probably won't buy them unless they fit right and then will plan on wearing them for a long long time. It would be nice to have one pair of boots that I really love and can wear with skirts and dresses (then I can sell all my other dress boots on ebay).

Sunday, August 3, 2008

car stuff

Today I polished up the honda's headlights and had a friend install the hood release cable. It took a couple hours but I saved hundreds of dollars! Hurray! I am coming in way under budget and all the car stuff is going better than I could of imagined. I'm very happy that I won't have a car payment, that is best thing about owning a used car.

One thing I don't understand is people that look down on you if you don't have the latest and greatest car. Hello, not everyone wants to make payments their whole lives or be in debt up th their eyeballs! I want to live a more self-sustainable lifestyle...live out in the country, grow my own food, be self-employed, learn permaculture, etc. Actually I already do a lot of those things, but I need to work on the self-employment part a bit more so I can quit my day job...

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Frugal Supper

This morning I went out to the garden and pulled the weeds off of the watermelon plants. I think three survived but that will probably yield a lot of fruit! Then I picked about ten roma tomatoes, a few yellow heirloom tomatoes and two yellow squash. A thunder and lightning storm came through twice today so luckily I didn't have to worry about watering.

Tonight for supper we had pork chops and the recipe is very simple. Simply fry the pork chops in a frying pan with a can of Campbell's cream of mushroom soup and a bit of Lawry's salt. Serve with rice and vegetables (or whatever you like). The cost for four people comes to about $6-7 total.

I got outbid on a ton of Victoria magazines. Grrr!! I didn't want to put in a huge bid because there are lots of other sellers selling them. Victoria is one of my favorite magazines. The latest issue has a pretty dress by Whitewash that I love. I'll see if I can find a picture of it on their website.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Stroopwafels

I discovered these lovely dutch treats today (my co-worker spent a few weeks in Holland and came back with some)...they are called a "stroopwafel". It is a thin waffle cookie with a layer of syrup or caramel in between.

They are very delicious! Try your local Trader Joe's to see if they are in stock.

I wonder if I could make them myself...Then I could eat one every day :)



Pies

Today we are having a bbq at my work so I went to Giant's and bought a lemon meringue pie and a chocolate meringue pie. The regular price was 7.99 but each of them had a 2.00 coupon. I didn't get home last night until 11:30 pm so I didn't have time to make anything. The only bad thing about the pies is when you look at the ingredients it is a lot of weird sounding chemicals! That is why I like to bake from scratch because you know what you are eating.

Another thing I like to bring to bbq or potlucks is the ambrosia salad. It is basically a five cup recipe Mom pass down to us...1 cup of each of the following:

shredded coconut
mandarin oranges
sour cream
pineapple
mini marshmallows

Drain the oranges and then mix everything into a bowl. Let it sit in the fridge for an hour or so. Yummy! You can adjust the sour cream and coconut to your liking.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Car repairs

I called a Honda dealership to see how much it would cost to fix a hood release cable...they quoted me $175 and it would take 2-3 hours. What on earth! When the seller gave me the cable and said he was going to install it but just never got around to it I really didn't get it a second thought. I am tempted to fix it myself but can't seem to find anywhere on the internet where it gives a step by step "how to".

I'll probably wait until the inspection tomorrow and see if it passes. I don't forsee any huge repairs if it fails other than this hood thing since the seller was a mechanic did a full tune-up (all belts, water pump, radiator, etc). Let me tell you after driving various cars during the past year with no AC I am really loving having the cold air blast me in this 90 degree weather :)

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

denim skirt



Look at this adorable denim skirt from Down East Basics! It is hard to find a basic denim skirt that does not end 10 inches above the knee. I like the length because it is not super duper long but not a mini either. Of course since I wear green all the time I'll have to get the long sleeve tee as well!

http://downeastbasics.com


Tuesday, July 29, 2008

me car

Well I have a new car finally. It's not brand new as in 2008 but it is new to me! Turns out there might be something shady going on with it but I'm looking forward to driving it, it gets 32 MPG and is automatic (my days of driving stick are few and far between) and black and super cute...Yippee!!

Hopefully the DMV will be a breeze, I am headed there this in about an hour. Next thing is to get it inspected and on the road...and then drive off into the sunset

Update: Ok it is a day later and I am going to the DMV today instead of yesterday. I will need your prayers that I can get the temp tags and get it through the state inspection without any shady-ness.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Comfort Food

Do you ever have a certain dish or food that you can eat and never get tired of? For me lately it has been the raw mousse and fresh fruit. Actually I do get pretty full but then I just stick it back in the fridge for next day.

I find that when I eat mostly raw I don't fall into the trap of eating when I am bored or just because it looks good.

Here are some other things I like to eat:
tuna fish out of the can with diced onions and tomatoes
home made crepes (Yum)
thai fried rice
fresh pineapple
tomato soup
guacamole
Carmel's cupcakes
Mom's bean/ham soup
coconut water (technically that is a drink) And also the last one I had when I opened it smelled like tuna fish. What on earth??? I should of returned it to the grocery store!!

Wait a minute, did you notice I did not stick raw chocolate chip cookie dough in there?? I am so proud of myself I have not partaken of that for a long while now! Also I have cut out hot chocolate (because most places make it with dairy) but that reminds me I can make it with almond milk instead.

Spoonflower

Back in June I signed up to be invited to the beta version of Spoonflower. Spoonflower is a company that prints your designs onto fabric. How exciting! Lo and behold they sent me an invitation around the end of June and I just found it today by cleaning out my emails.

I have a ton of ideas floating around in my head, now I just have to decide what to get printed. Here is a link to the flickr pool...you can see what other people have created.

http://www.flickr.com/groups/spoonflower/pool/

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Summer cleaning


This afternoon I was in the pantry on my hands and knees scrubbing the floor. I used Dr. Bronner's all purpose soap with hot water and a splash of bleach. The all purpose soap is lavendar scented so it made the whole kitchen area smell like I was in the south of France!

You can wash your hair, brush your teeth, do the laundry, clean the bathroom and much more with this all purpose soap. I was reading about it and I guess it got popular in the 60s but it has been around for awhile. Probably won't be brushing my teeth with it but it sure smells good. They also have peppermint and other scents.

Then I went outside and tried to tie up my tomato plants. They have grown into huge bushes and spread out all over the creation! It is my fault for not staking them as they were growing. Plus I haven't been that good about weeding them. Sometimes I get home from work around 8 at night and when it is 90 degrees out the last thing I want to be doing is yanking weeds.

Yesterday we went to the Farmer's market and I got a Kiefer yogurt drink. It is orange flavored and delicous. (I think they had it spelled wrong). Anyhow, "Kefir" is a milk drink that is fermented (sort of like yogurt). It was pretty yummy and to me tasted like runny yogurt with orange chunks. (The creamery sold pineapple, orange & blueberry flavors).

Grandpa's eye has a blood clot underneath the skin and it looks pretty trixy! He was in the emergency room this morning but they sent him home and said it was due to some of the medicine he is on. I will have to post a picture. He has the lightest blue eyes so it looks pretty intense.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Cacao - chocolate bars and nibs


At the local Lindt chocolaterie I purchased a 99% cacao bar. (Um...well I was trying to avoid all dairy). Little did I remember the slightly bitter taste of the raw cacao nibs I had bought a few weeks ago. So I tried out a tiny piece...and thought hmm maybe 99% is not for me. So now what am I going to do with this huge bar?

I guess I can mix it with something else to make it sweeter and heat it a little to make a chocolate glaze for a raw pie. One thing I tell myself about eating raw desserts all the time is that they are actually good for you because nothing is processed and the ingredients are good for you. Now I eat my raw chocolate creations without a care in the world.

The label on the cacao nibs said "Warning...eating cacao nibs may cause you to have an incredible day!".

No bake cookies (raw) experiment

Last night after dinner at the famous diner we popped over to Grandma's to hang out with Portland and Kenneth. I decided to try and make the chocolate oatmeal no bake cookies "raw style".

Here is the regular non-raw recipe (courtesy of cooks.com)

2 cups sugar (Yikes!!!!)
1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 tablespoons cocoa
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 cups oats

In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients except peanut butter and oats and cook over medium heat. Let boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and oats.

Spoon out quickly onto wax paper or aluminum foil. Cookies will harden as they set.

(Note: the above an excellent recipe, I could eat this dough all day long. However, all that sugar is terrible for you...no wonder it is so addicting!)

Now here is my recipe that I tried to experiment with:

1 C oats
1/2 C almond butter
1/2 C cocoa powder
1/2 C agave syrup

Needless to say, it turned out "interesting". We rolled the dough into balls and then stuck it in the freezer for 20 minutes. After taking them out and testing them, they hadn't hardened at all. Oh well. So I just ate some more dough.

Alana said she preferred the peanut butter over almond butter. I think it turned out way better than my coconut oil fudge that I dumped oats in. Time to do some more research and adjust the ingredients some more...

Update: Well it sat the fridge and I tried it out again. I think it gets better after it sits awhile because I polished off the bowl this weekend. I got some real maple syrup so I will try that next time.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

75 degrees

It is so beautiful out today! I can't believe it is only 75 degrees but I'll take it. We have had some scorching days lately so this is a welcome change. I am planning on leaving work early to enjoy the rest of the day. Looking forward to getting a new car sometime soon as well. Yay!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Modesty

From another website regarding swimsuits:

"It is not only acceptable, but it is highly encouraged by the world system to dress in the equivalent of your underwear, and walk, swim, sit, and to "lay out" in front of anyone who cares to look on. We purposely strip our bodies, literally, and expose our flesh to public view, to friends and strangers alike. And we have faithfully passed that heritage on to our children and taught them that it is okay to be immodestly dressed-as long as it’s by a pool or in a lake or at the beach. And, of course, all of it has been in the name of "relaxation" and "healthy exercise".....

"Here’s a good test to let you "feel" the wrongness of it. How would you feel if you and your family saw someone in a bra and panties at the table next to you, down at the local family restaurant? Or if all the cashiers at your local grocery store were in their bras and panties? Probably you’d feel a bit embarrassed and think it a pretty inappropriate way to dress or place to shop. But put the same person poolside, add some color to that underwear, and suddenly it’s completely "acceptable" and appropriate.

Why?! What a double standard! It’s okay in this physical location, but not in that? It’s okay for people to see you at the beach in your underwear, but it’s not okay in the grocery store or restaurant. Or what about in the "church building?" Or would you and your children sit in your living room, along with total strangers, all of you in your most immodest underwear? Suddenly, that’s NOT okay. What has changed? Only our perception about what is acceptable."

Ahhh! I totally agree with this. Yes it is different when you are at the beach...it just feels natural to lounge around in your swimsuit whatever it may look like. (However you will not find me jogging down the beach in a bikini, lol). And then you start watching everyone else walk down the beach and suddenly start to mentally list their bodily imperfections or wonder why your body doesn't look at nice as theirs. Suppose I was at grocery store or elsewhere in public in a bikini..yes I would feel totally exposed! It's kind of the same as being in your bra and underwear. I've had dreams where I'm at the grocery store and realize I'm naked and wanted to die on the spot. I don't know what that dream means.

I think you should wear whatever you feel comfortable with but at the same time have some modesty. Looks like I won't be going to the beach until Christmas time so I have awhile to ponder what I'll be wearing. Probably a cute sundress because I'll already be super tan from the tanning bed. (Just kidding! I know tanning salons are bad for you!)

April Cornell

I haven't been inside this store in ages...I guess I always thought it was for "old ladies". But while browsing their website I saw some pretty dresses.

Midnight Dress


Looks like a nightgown...


Annalise Dress

Here is one of my favorite styles (I am partial to white lacey dresses or anything old fashioned) but I like the empire waist and square cut neckline as weel.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Cosi Salad

Today I had a Salmon Salad from the Cosi eatery. It was pretty good with the pesto dressing. Some days I am 100% raw and other days 90% like today. The main thing is I am excited to be eating healthier because I can feel the improvements. When I am not as raw it means I eat chicken or fish. (I don't eat anything else cooked/wheat/dairy/soy/refined sugar/salt).

Last night I made my own poke (hawaiian fish salad) out of tuna and diced onions and tomatoes. It was so good! Well I am off to look for some pesto recipes.

avo fudge parfait

I found another raw fudge recipe that is very simple: avocados, agave syrup, cacao powder and a pinch of sea salt.

I brought the ingredients with me to make it at lunch time. You're supposed to make it in a blender but I can probably just handmix it fine. I will let you know how it turns out. Also brought fresh strawberries and blueberries to turn it into a yummy parfait!

Update: 5:20 pm
I just mixed this up and let me tell you it is divine! Especially with fresh strawberries. This is a lovely substitute for brownie batter and my new favorite dessert. One of my avocados was bad so I used 1 avo, 1/4 C cocoa powder(pinch of sea salt) and 1/4 C agave syrup. It smelled so chocolate-y when I was stirring it. You probably want to use a blender or processor, I mixed it pretty good but didn't get all the chunks of avocado blended. Oh well it is so yummy anyways!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Cotton Dress


This cotton dress is soon to be mine. I had hearted it on etsy and then the seller emailed and said it was on sale so I snatched it up :) It would of taken more than $8 and a lot of patience for me to sew this myself. Which reminds me, I need to get started on my regency dress. A month ago I found some really cute floral fabric so now all I have to do is cut out the pattern and find my sewing machine.

Manic

Is it just me or is everyone manic depressive?? I always try to have a positive, cheerful outlook and treat others the way I want to be treated. Now obviously I fall short sometimes but I have put up with a lot of you know what.

One thing I can not stand is people who are constantly moody and blame it on "pms" or "it runs in their family". Or if you try and peacefully disagree with them (in a normal tone of voice), they get mad and cut you off and take off in a huff. I am so used to it, sometimes I think it is normal for people to act that way. It is not normal!!!

People need to start eating healthier and taking care of themselves! It would probably give them a better outlook on life...and possibly rearrange their brain chemistry (I can only hope). Sometimes happiness has to be a choice you make.

Coconut oil fudge

I went to the grocery store yesterday and actually found a bunch of stuff I had been getting at the co-op. (Like the coconut water I must drink every day). Anyways some of the prices were a little bit higher but with gas I think it would be the same. I just wish I lived closer to the health store.

This weekend I was looking for a raw fudge recipe. I found one but had to substitute the cacao powder with carob powder. I'm not really a big fan of carob powder, but it had to do. The truck has been on the fritz for a week now and I couldn't just run out to the store.

Anyways the I used equal parts coconut oil and honey with lots of carob powder and then sea salt and vanilla extract. It turned out ok but not really the consistency of fudge. I dumped a bunch of uncooked oats in it and made it into no bake oatmeal cookies. (Man those things are addictive, when I used to make them I would eat the whole batch of dough in one day!).

I put the rest of the fudge in the fridge. When I checked on it later, there was oil gathered at the top. It did not look appetizing at all. Then I started wondering, should I really be ingesting all of that coconut oil....ahhhh!!!

Another raw fudge recipe called for raisins and dates. The last time I mixed those two together for a raw torte, it made me really sick. I was out of raisins too. Guess I'll have to get on youtube and watch them make it so I can see which one looks like it will taste the best.

I got up at 8:30 am on Saturday, I guess it is from eating healthier and drinking lots of green smoothies. Normally I could of slept in til noon! But I was ready to wake up and I actually thought it was already late morning. Anthony from http://www.therawmodel.com/ was talking about how he only needs 4-6 hours of sleep, that is my goal! I'd love to go to bed at 2am and then pop back up at 6am.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Chipotle Calories

Today I had a craving for guacamole so I decided to look up the amount of calories in the Chipotle burritos. I usually get the veggie burrito bowl with black beans, corn salsa, sour cream, cheese, lettuce and guacamole. According to Chipotlelovers.com, it equals a whopping 875 calories with 389 of them being from fat!!! No wonder you always feel so full after eating there. I can only eat half of it before I get too full anyways.

It is always odd when a restaurant like that does not post their calories. Even Quiznos won't reveal that info. Someone said one of their sandwiches is almost 1300-1500 calories! I suppose you could always work out for 3 hours afterwards to burn off the calories but who wants to do that?

Ay Caramba!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

hair cuttery

I went to the Hair Cuttery at lunchtime today and got a new haircut. Of course the hairdresser said I should go get my thryoid checked...how come every single time I get my haircut they always say that? It never fails. She said because she was combing my hair and it was falling out left and right. I was happy that she blow dried it straight! The last two times I have been I have gotten a super young person and they always have a hard time getting it straight. Anyhow $19 for a shampoo and cut is a good deal. She was very nice and said I had gorgeous hair, maybe it was the transformation of me looking like a drowned rat to having bouncy hair...bwahahahahah.

sedu review

So last noche when I finally got home, I opened the new sedu!! It is superlight and you almost wonder if it is gonna do the job. Anyhow I fired it up and went to work on my hair. I put VS so sexy hair gloss on my hair to protect it (probably need to get something better or actual hair heat protectant) and straightened away. It really does make your hair very smooth and silky feeling! My arms weren't tired either. Yay!

I put my hair in a ponytail and checked it about 4 hours later. I noticed it was getting ever so slighty wavy (but still way straighter than my natural curls). I do wish that the straightener was thinner (my old cheapo straighter was probably about 1/2" width and this one is 1") so I could straighten hair closer to my head without fear or burning. It did get kinda close and that thing is hot! Next time I will probably blowdry my hair and then immediately straighten it so it has some body to it. Also I'll have to use this thing for awhile before I can give it an official review.

Update: 7/23/08 Ok so I have used the sedu a couple times since I first got it. Yes it does make my hair soft and silky but it doesn't stay "pin straight" very long. I think I might have to crank up the heat to the highest setting. Or I can try and have another person straighten my hair for me (that might be the trick).

Monday, July 14, 2008

raw raw

I am still mostly raw except for cooked oatmeal which I like to eat. I guess I should find something else that will fill me up in the mornings and keep me full til lunch time. Spent a lot of money at the healthfood store near us, probably $100 this weekend. The raw cacao goji snacks are sooo good!

Now the almond milk I bought tasted kind of weird...I couldn't place the taste until I figured it out..play doh!! Yikes! I've been drinking coconut water everyday though and it is identical to human blood plasma. I guess back in the 1940s soldiers got emergency transfusions with fresh coconut water.

Another good thing is that I no longer look like I am 4 months pregnant everytime I eat a meal. My stomach stays mostly flat. That hasn't happened since I did a cleanse a year ago. I also can't believe how my stomach isn't growling like crazy. I usually eat every couple of hours and graze on stuff when I get hungry. I guess my body is getting real nutrition. Still have to find a use for the bazillions of squash I keep harvesting from the garden.

I love eating lots of fruits! Only wish papaya was cheaper, I could eat that all day long. There is a huge bowl of cookie dough in the fridge and I am not even tempted. Imagine that.

My new hair straightener is coming in the mail today :)

Friday, July 11, 2008

Yummy Pinkberry Smoothie

Here is a recipe for a delicious smoothie I made last night...

1/4 C soy milk (you can use any sort of milk)
2 bananas
handful of frozen strawberries
honey for sweetener

Blend until smooth. Enjoy.

So far my mostly raw diet has been going pretty good. I had bananas for lunch yesterday and a salad & smoothie for dinner. It is amazing how my stomach has not been growling like it usually does if I don't eat right away. We are going to to lunch today for my friend's birthday at work so I'll order a huge salad.

Sweet Sedu



I have been using the my Burt's Bees natural shampoo and I love it! It makes my hair very light, even right out of the shower. Yesterday I looked around online for some high quality hair straighteners and I am going to go with the SEDU Ionic Ceramic Tourmaline Flat Iron. It is around $115 and I read through 10 pages of reviews and looked at lots of pictures of straight hair. That is a lot of money but also going to the hair salon and getting a blowout/flat iron is $45 so this will pay for itself within a week. Also, having lovely hair is priceless.

If it does what everyone is saying: make my hair pin-straight and keep the style even in humid weather or after putting it up then I will be very amazed! I straightened my hair before going to the beach one time and about 2 seconds after being in the salty air my hair turned curly and frizzy. I've considered getting the japanese thermal hair straightening but all the hairdressers I ask say my hair is way too fine.

Update: I just called folica.com and even if I get the next day shipping it won't get here until Monday. Seems like you can only find this brand online. Until then, I will be dreaming of straight hair!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Salty

Last night I made guacamole/pico but couldn't quite get it to taste like Chipotle's or Rio Cafe's. I did dump a bunch of garlic powder on it to make it halfway edible. The cilantro leaves weren't chopped up enough so next time I will cut them really fine. After that I did the farm chores (I am doing them for my parents while they are in Florida, lucky ducks) and felt kind of sluggish and a headache coming on.

When I went to give the chicks their chicky feed and water two of them jumped out of their little pen. I caught one and put it back but then didn't have time to get the other one before SIR SALTY ran over and give it a wild chase. The chick managed to hide for a little bit before Salty sniffed it out and terrorized it. I kept hearing "peep peep PEEP" and then saw Salty have it in his mouth. I almost had a heart attack because I was worried Salty would kill the chick but I think he was just playing with it. Somehow I managed to catch the poor thing and it looked like a drowned rat since it had been running around the wet bushes. Ay caramba!

I did let Salty out again and he immediately ran over to the chicken pen and clawed at the wire trying to get to the chicks. He might have a soft spot for small animals because when one of the barn cats had kittens in the yard he nicely picked them up in his mouth and put them on the porch. (The cat must of been crazy because she just had them in the middle of the yard and left them there). Then he stood guard and barked at anyone that tried to come near them.

Today's lunch and dinner looks like lots of bananas and salad. I think my skin might look better from not eating too much cooked/dairy foods but it could be my imagination.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Westie Cupcakes

Here are some cupcakes my Mam made. Aren't they cute? She just loves anything with Westies! Her inspiration for them was her west highland terrier named "Sir Salty".






Good job Mammy!

Raw Food...again...

I am slowly getting excited again about transitioning to eating raw foods. I tried it a few years ago and got nausea and threw up a lot so I caved in. It was probably the sushi I had that was made out of raw cauliflower or some other gourmet concoction I whipped up. (This is after spending $300 on groceries at the local health food store). Not sure how long I will be motivated since I seem to be addicted to sugar. One thing that helps is eating dates whenever I get a sweets craving.

Today for breakfast I had my usual staple of oatmeal and honey with soy milk instead of cow's milk. Since I've felt sick to my stomach today the only other thing I've had is 1/2 a banana. After work I plan to go to the grocery store to get some more fruits to have as well as a huge salad for dinner.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The Burt's Bees Knees


Last night I went to CVS to use up my extra care bucks before they expired. I looked all over for a natural/organic shampoo or anything Burt's Bees related and didn't see anything. Just as I was getting discouraged I noticed this travel kit hiding in the makeup aisle. It was $12.99 and since I had about $9 of extra bucks I got it for cheap.

The best thing is the shampoo and conditioner do not contain Sodium lauryl/Laureth sulfate or Paraben. The honey milk lotion smells yummy too. My hair finally feels clean! I am probably going to use this from now on and skip the baking soda trix. (It made my hair the texture of straw...eek!)

I give this two thumbs up!

Update: I went to another CVS today at lunchtime and lo and behold they have a huge Burt's Bee's display with huge bottles of shampoo and conditioner. Of course I felt bad that I bought the little travel kit when I could of bought a large shampoo and conditioner for the same price but live and learn. I know our local CVS did not have that display.

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