Kiss the cook…

14 11 2009

Holy Guacamole Batman!  There was a whole lotta creatin going on here today!!  And Guacamole may or may not  have been one of the creations…

Black beans soaked overnight were put on to simmer early this morning.

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Along with:

1 onion diced and saute’d in 1 T coconut oil

3 cloves garlic

1 T cumin

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

sea salt to taste

4 cups Organic Vegetable broth

while the beans were a simmerin…. I had about 2 cups of this wonderful tonic, to which I added about 1 tsp coconut oil and 1-2 tsp of Agave….

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Now that’s some good stuff.

Because the kitchen is still clean and it’s not even 9 AM let’s pull out the food processor and whip up some Mamabites,  gotta 6 miler planned in the morning after all, we may need em.

1/3 C Raw Cashews blended into pulp

8 dates

about 1/3 cup ground flax seeds

2T ground Hemp seeds

1 T Hershey’s Dark cocoa powder

dash cinnamon

and because I love me some Vanilla, about 1T of Madagascar Vanilla

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blended until it was a big ball of brown goodness and put in the fridge to chill….

Now, because I’m nut much of a ‘bar’ eater I thought I’d make mine bite size, so I rolled out my dough

IMG_2659Geez, I better cut this up before my kids see it!

so I cut it into bite size pieces and put away for later.

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Beans simmerin, tea drinkin, Mamabite a makin…  I don’t even know who I am anymore!

Just about the time I got these put away I heard the mailman,  that means MOVIES!!

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Earlier this week Natalie posted about this movie and I was intrigued to say the least.    My family has had more than it’s fair share of the “C” word and it hits VERY close to home.   I have to say there was alot of great information but because I am ultra sensitive to it I couldn’t watch the whole thing.   I know that may sound like I’d rather burry my head in the sand and ignore it, and I promise that is NOT the case.   But for me I tend to get hung up on stuff and I am a constant worrier.  I realized I was chewing on my cuticles like they were Orville Redenbacher Popcorn and decided it was time to turn it off.   I will definitely look more into the Gerson Therapy because I think they are on to something with that but other than making daily improvements to my diet and doing all I can do to stay healthy there really isn’t any good that will come from the worrying.

After that, I felt the need to cook some more!!   So, taking Ali’s lead I went ahead and roasted this beauty

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1 onion saute’d in 1T coconut oil

1T Curry powder

1 can diced tomatoes

4 C Vegetable broth

salt and red pepper flakes to taste.

IMG_2661You’d think after all that cooking I’d be anxious to eat all of this but for some reason I’m not… maybe it’s all the tasting I’ve done, but whatever it is, I’m not all that hungry.   I’m actually feeling like a smoothie so I think that’s what I’ll make next.  I’ll enjoy it while watching my other movie,  Sunshine Cleaning

And because Brendan hasn’t steered me wrong yet, I will be adding Vega Smoothie Infusion to my smoothie!  If you haven’t tried it, I can tell you I really like it!   It adds alot in the way of protein, fiber, Omega 3’s and green foods and isn’t gritty like some protein powders can be.  It doesn’t change the taste of my smoothie either which I like because I like to taste the fruit.  It does add a green tint to it but hey, we’re not afraid of green smoothies right??

Love from ME…

xoxo

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Little bit of this…and a little bit of that…

9 11 2009

First things first….  Thank you Cindy for the scrum-ditly-uptious cup o’tea I’m enjoying as I type!!   She sensed I was having TEA ENVY and kindly sent me a few bags.  Of course the day after I got them I found the Holiday Teas in my Sprouts, isn’t that how it always happens??

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lookie lookie it's a cookie (tea bag)!!

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the cup says it all...

We started with a few of these beautiful little pumpkins.  They’re so adorable that I always am tempted to keep them as fall decor, I feel so guilty cutting into them.

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After meeting it’s fate with my knife, this is what they were reduced to…

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hello my pretties…

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all the kings horses and all the kings men couldn’t put Humpty together again… still applies even when it’s not an egg.

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but would you look at all that tender pumpkin we got from 3 little pumpkins.  8 cups!!

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and seeds… geez louise did we get seeds

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roasted to perfection

Our harvest is in!!  The avocados are ripe!  There are still lots of smallish ones so I should be set for a while…

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And the Habaneros, they WONT QUIT!!   I actually bought this teeny weeny little plant at the begining of summer as a joke!  And it has gotten HUGE I say…

IMG_2600It’s amazing what some worm compost will do to a plant!!   If ya haven’t already, I suggest you try it.

Back to the joke.  My dad makes THE BEST salsa, he makes it daily and living right next door to my parents, my kids and I usually have some daily.   One day he says “I think I want a My Space”  HUH?  What did you just say????

apparently he’s been hanging around the 13 year old grandkids and “heard about it”  this coming from the man who just got an ATM card THIS YEAR!!  I don’t know how they make it thru life sometimes!  Anyway, he’s also mentioned on more than one occasion he want’s to be known as Chili Willie (his name is Willie) , I guess he’s got an idea he thought would be good for My Space, all things salsa… Um No Dad, that’s not really what it’s about…  so I bought this plant as a joke for him…and now it wont stop!

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In other news… Natalie @ NoNo2YoYo is having an awesome giveaway.  And she’s also doing some great work with her Project Feed Me campaign!!   It’s a great way for all of us to help out in a BIG way.  I signed up to purchase 2 items a week for 9 weeks and at the end of the 9 weeks which will be right before Christmas, I will take all my food items to a local food bank to help feed the less fortunate.  Most weeks you will not spend much more than $1 per item.  We are on week 5 this week and the item is Peanut Butter.   Imagine if we all did a small part what a BIG impact we could have as a group.  There’s still time for you to get involved and I’d be so grateful as I know she would also if you’d help!   You can either click on her link above or on the Project Feed me button.

Now, let’s talk RUNNING….   last week I said I wanted to Challenge myself to RUN all my training runs thru the end of the year.   So far so good!!   I ran a glorious 5.2 miles on Sunday with my sister and am happy to report I didn’t walk one single step!   It felt sooooo amazing, which is the best part of running- how amazing you feel afterward!

The training plan for this week calls for a 2.5 mile run a 3.5 mile run and a 6 miler on Sunday…

Have yourself a good sweat today and be good to yourself, your worth it!!

xoxo

Berni