Monday, May 6, 2013

this and that

our little family over the weekend....

Here is a little of this and that:

The Weekend
My sweet handsome boy was baptized and confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints over the weekend. (In our church we are baptized by immersion at age 8).
 It was such a happy weekend and we had family in from Montana, up and down California, Wyoming, and Colorado.
He is one loved (and seriously how handsome is he??!) little boy.
My house is a Pet Store. Zoo. Petting Zoo. Our "chicks" are giant (and dirty and smelly) and the coop should be ready this weekend.......thank goodness....I need them out of my house. (pictures soon!)

I'm going off sugar for the month. (whaaat??!! why??!!) I was inspired by my friend Hayley, who's doing a complete sugar cleanse, and feeling fantastic. I started reading more and more about it--finding different "cleanses" and trying to figure what would work best for me. I've always believed in everything in it's not forever--I've just been looking for a few new ways to jumpstart my body and get some of the junk out. I love baked goods......we all know that. I'm active and burn enough calories that I don't worry about my weekend dessert intake. I don't like candy--I have no problem passing it's just the weekend cookies and spoonfuls of peanut butter and chocolate chips (heavy on the latter) at 4:00 (and maybe then 5:00 also) every afternoon. I really don't eat a lot of simple carbs, but I do like a good piece of artisan bread every now and then so I'm nixing that as well (and any other simple carbs that try to sneak in). I'm keeping fruit in my diet--I'm trying to get my short runs faster and my long runs for now I want that fruit. The past few weeks I've even skipped out on whole wheat I'm basically trying to eat only whole foods (with no "ingredient lists") for right now. I won't be perfect, I guarantee a little of this and a bit of that will sneak it's way in, but I'm going to try the best I can for the month and see how I feel.
Anyone want to join me? 
(and yes, Sunday I had a giant banana split with homemade caramel AND homemade hot fudge to wish myself well on this sugarless journey.)

My friend somehow tricked me into singing up for a 20 mile trail a few weeks. ha. ha. hahahahaha. I have been running, but nowhere near (nowhere!) 20 miles. So it should be really, really, interesting. And entertaining. And terrifying. And maybe, eventually, worth it. maybe.

While I have been off antibiotics for a while now (hooray!!) my body is still trying to rebuild after 3 years of on and off use (doesn't that just disgust you?!) My skin has suffered the most, and I feel like I have been running circles trying all kinds of "solutions". I have recently been reading up on The Oil Cleansing Method.....have you heard about this? (google'll learn lots. THIS lays it out very simply). I'm going to give it a try and I will report back to you in a few weeks. (why was I on antibiotics forever? I've battled Lyme Disease for the past several years. I'm currently living symptom free (weeeeee!) after years of traditional and homeopathic treatment. read more posts here.)

We have 3 weeks of homeschool left! We have all learned so much (well, at least I hope they have learned something.) We definitely have our routine down each morning, and things go smoothly as long as I don't leave the room for more than 3 minutes.....otherwise they'll be rolling around on the floor in math facts and pronouns. My house is usually in some sort of disastrous state, but I know that right now this part of our lives is more important than my house being perfectly clean (or perfectly unpacked for that matter). Some days I turn in to "grumpy mom", so I have to make sure that "fun mom" makes appearances too. We try and find time to play outside and hike together each week. We play board games and read together outside of our school reading.

Robby and I are reading The Magician's Nephew to the kids right now. I have never read all of The Chronicles of Narnia, and we are loving reading this book together. 

One of the many benefits of homeshcool is that I get to read more. I read when my kids win. Right now I am in the middle of Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert by Terry Tempest Williams. In the past year, I have declared my love for the desert over and over again, and this book has been so good for me to read. It brings the desert to me when I can't quite get there--I can feel the heat bouncing off the rocks and see the sun casting shadows over the sand when I read it. I'm pacing myself because I don't want it to end. (more desert photos from last week coming soon!)

and lastly......Soup
Soup?! In May?! Why was cold and rainy and I wanted soup.
Kale and Bacon Soup
6-8 strips of bacon
1 onion, diced
4 large handfulls of kale, roughly chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2TBS chopped fresh oregano
2TBS chopped fresh thyme
pinch of red pepper flakes
1 can of diced tomatoes
2 cups of shredded zucchini (optional. I happend to have this in the freezer from last summer....)
2 cans of beans of your choice (I used black eyed peas and butter beans), drained and rinsed
4 cups of chicken broth
dash of worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper to taste

In a large pot, cook the bacon,
Remove from pan and add the onions, kale, garlic and cook for a few minutes. (add a bit of olive oil of the bacon fat isn't enough)
add pepper flakes and fresh herbs and cook for a few minutes more.
add tomatoes, zucchini if using.
add beans,  chicken broth, and worcestershire.
Salt and pepper to taste.
bring to a low boil and then turn heat down and simmer for at least a half hour so all the flavors can come together.


I think we are all caught up......for now anyway.


Robyn said...

I love soup too,any time of year.a 20mile trail run,wow,sounds great.enjoy

Becky said...

My husband and I went sugar free for 21 days last month and absolutely loved it. We also cut out grains. We feel so fantastic and now limiting sugar to weekends. I do eat some fruit throughout the week.

I also use the oil method and it is fabulous! Good luck!

Danielle said...

I have always felt best when I am off of sugar! It is REALLY hard though! Especially when you are around family or events. Right now I feel I am in a good balance of treats on the weekends :)

Okay- I am SO excited to hear how your skin does! I hope it works! Both my husband and me also suffer with annoying rashes since being treated for lyme. UGH. I'm so happy you are still symptom free. Such a happy thing. Good luck on the oil thing. Please report how it goes!

emily o. said...

I have been low-carbing (no sugar no grains) for a month now, and it is remarkable how good I feel! So much more energy and my chronic headaches are almost gone. It is tough at the beginning, but once the sugar is out of your system, it's really not bad (at least for me). I do still eat fruit and some of the higher carb veggies like carrots and sweet potatoes and corn, and we do occasional treats on the weekend. Anyway, it has been such a life changer for me. Hope it goes well for you!

Hayley said...

so the other deal with the sugar thing is that it should help your skin!!

it helped mine.

you can do it. so so so worth it 100x.

Brianna and Tyler said...

I've been using coconut oil on my face for a few weeks and so far my skin loves it! A couple times a week I mix it with a little bit of baking soda to exfoliate. Hope it goes well for you!

teamcowan said...

I've been doing the Oil Cleansing Method for about two months now and I LOVE it. Never going back. I use equal parts Castor Oil, Avocado Oil and Jojoba Oil as the cleanser and then follow up with just plain Avocado Oil to moisturize. My face feels and looks better than ever. It took a couple of weeks to totally get used to it, so watch out for that and hang on. ;)

My sisters and sisters-in-laws are starting the 21 day sugar cleanse, but I'm pregnant and happy if ANYTHING sounds appetizing, so I'm not playing with them this time. Good luck with it though!

Jackie said...

Ah! Which race?! It will be worth it :)

Meg said...

so I am TERRIFIED that Reese got lyme from that nasty tick that bit her over the weekend! Ahhh! What symptoms should I watch for? I know fever, rash, flu symptoms...but is there anything else I need to watch for? Nasty evil buggies.

Once the chickens start laying you will love them again. Right now they're like awkward teenagers and they behave like them too. Not the brightest of creatures, and throw hormones in the mix and it's like a batch of beehives. Special.

Congrats on the baptism. Such a fun motherhood moment!!!

Aurélie said...

I'm going sugar-free and grain-free this month to see how it can affect my skin. So I'm excited to learn about this oil cleansing method. Thank you for sharing and good luck with it!

Tara : Damon : Ellis : Hudson said...

I've been toying with the idea of cutting sugar for months now (in february I dropped dairy and meat, though I've added in very lean meats some in the last few weeks)- i especially need to stop the cokes... I'm in!

Debbie said...

Congratulations to Mr. J!! What a wonderful thing when you turn 8!

Good luck with the sugar and with the oil treatment. I'd love to hear how it all works out.

We miss seeing you across the street..but, thanks for placing a nice family in your place! Stop and say Hi next time you come down.

kassidi bridge said...

I love all of this!! Great job and good luck on your sugarless journey. I've decided to do a juicing fast when I have the green light in between chemo sessions. I'm so excited to see pics of your chickens. I've been taking liquid chlorophyll and spirulina with water, which I've heard does wonders for your skin. And lastly I know you'll totally kick butt on your trail race. 20 miles! So awesome! Loved this post! Love you!

hanna anderson said...

ah, man. I am in. this is gonna be rough.

hanna anderson said...

ah, man. I am in. this is gonna be rough.

Unknown said...

Yummy this soup looks amazing. I am currently growing Kale is my garden and looking for ways to use it! You have such a beautiful family :)

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