Up and at ‘em!

Nothing is better than a bright and early morning. I literally mean that—there has to be a lot of sunlight pouring in the windows for me to like early mornings.

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A glass of cold, zippy kombucha to help keep my healthy bacterium in check while I’m taking antibiotics (for my damn toe!) and I’m off to a great start.

Hoping to sign up for YogaCycle today. Hopefully there is still a spot available—wish me luck!

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Accidentally Awesome

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Sometimes the very best things begin as accidents. Like tonight’s dinner. I planned to make Whole Living’s mushroom, spinach and scallion tart.

But, I didn’t have scallions on hand and forgot to defrost the phyllo dough. Ugh!

So, I improvised. I roasted the veggies I had in the fridge that needed to be eaten ASAP and gave the recipe my own little twist.

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Recipe: Vegetable Tartlets (adapted from Whole Living’s recipe)

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 head chopped organic cauliflower
  • 1 white chopped organic onion
  • 1 cup chopped organic kale
  • 2 cups chopped organic mushrooms
  • 4 oz. pastured goat cheese
  • 3 pastured eggs
  • 1/4 cup raw milk
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground corriander
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 roll phyllo dough
  • Sea salt & pepper to taste

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Order of Operations (sense the math dork in me?):

  • Toss chopped vegetables in olive oil, sprinkle with salt & pepper
  • Roast vegetables on baking sheet in 425 degree oven until edges are lightly crisp, set aside
  • Grease cupcake pan with olive oil
  • Lightly brush phyllo dough with olive oil and press into cupcake pan
  • Bake dough until edges are lightly golden
  • Fill dough cups (still in cupcake pan) with roasted veggies
  • In a food processer, puree goat cheese, eggs, milk, corriander, cumin and salt
  • Poor mixture over vegetables
  • Bake for 20 minutes (until custard is set) at lowered temperature of 350 degrees
  • Let set in pan for 10 minutes
  • Let cool on wire rack for 5 minutes

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These were a huge hit. I can’t believe how easy they were (or how quickly they disappeared).

A few accidents turned out to be a definite yum!

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Adjusting (this time for something GOOD!)

Well, well! This morning marked Chris’s first day at his new job Smile. He’s been out of work since August, so this is a very good thing. Of course, it requires a few minor adjustments:

  • This morning we both looked at each other with that “weren’t you going to make the coffee?…I have to get ready” look. I was pretty spoiled with yummy breakfasts these past 6.5 months.

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  • I had to actually pack a lunch. I’ve gotten used to running home and eating something warm and freshly made with my hubby and puppy. Yep, spoiled.

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  • With the resident “contractor” at a real job all day, we’ll be without a kitchen floor for even longer. I know, boo-hoo, right?

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  • The Chihuahua will have to learn to jump to pee. The former house’s owner’s dogs were HUGE and the current doggy door is taller than our pup. She’ll either have to learn to hold it or pole vault. She did not look happy when we broke the news.

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Although I’ve gotten used to being spoiled (and the Chihuahua to, you know, peeing), adjustments we can do.

Yes, today is a very good day. Chris is so excited about working and to be helping out with expenses (a single income has made for tight budgeting for projects at Our Corner House and hardly allows for international travel—a serious addiction).

And me, I’m gonna have to get creative if I don’t want to eat a sandwich and handful of pistachios every day for lunch. Winking smile

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Woe to Foot

I would’ve thought that no morning that began with this breakfast could bring bad news:

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I know. Delish, right? I cooked the whole rolled oats in goat’s milk, then added dates, walnuts and banana.

(One guess which cup is Chris’)

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But then I went to meet my new doctor. It wasn’t supposed to be an appointment, just a “meet and greet,” so to speak.

I have this thing with doctors…I have to interview them first. I’ve decided that a doctor’s paradigm of treatment is of paramount importance to me and I’ve decided that most doctors fall into one of two camps:

1. Debby Drugg ‘er Up (or DDU for short) – Debby hears her patient utter words like “pain” “stiffness” “numbness in arm” and “trouble sleeping” and whips out the prescription pad. If I’d listened to every Debby I’ve had the misfortune of seeing, I’d be wearing methadone patches and peeing in a little plastic cup every 15 days by now.

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2. Nancy Nice ‘N Natural (or 4N for short) – Nancy sees her patients as sad little wilting flowers who just need exposure to things like spices with anti-inflammatory qualities and yoga. Nancy believes that once you try these things, you’ll start bouncing out of bed in the morning and scoff at people who “think” they feel pain.

Why oh why is it so hard to find physicians who embrace what works from both camps? I’m sick of Debby, who won’t renew my referral for physical and massage therapy. And I’m sick of Nancy, who won’t renew my pain killer and muscle relaxer prescriptions even though it takes me almost a year to go through a 30-day supply.

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So today, when visiting this physician for the first time in an attempt to establish care in our new town, I never anticipated having an actual “appointment.” But I ended up really loving this physician! She is more than willing to allow me to continue with physical and massage therapy as much as I’d like and understands that occasional use of pain killers and/or muscle relaxers (as-needed) keeps me livin’. She’s also suggested we get more, updated imaging of my spine and send me to a nerve pain specialist. She’s willing to let me take the lead on that.

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So here I was, having such a great time getting to know my new physician (whose name happens to be Nancy, by the way…although she’s no relation to the 4Ns I reference above), that I ended up having an appointment.

(Here’s where the bad news comes in)

Turns out, not only do I have a stress fracture in my food (And no! I’m not 80!), I also have plantar fasciitis. Oh! It hurts me to even write that! I have a diagram of exercises and stretches I’m supposed to do for it but can’t until the fracture heals. For now, I just limp about and hurt in my feet as well as in my thoracic spine.

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Then (you didn’t think that was it, did you?) she noticed the small bite on one of my toes and thinks it’s infected. I have an infected toe!

Now I’m taking antibiotics for my bitten toe and limping about while waiting for my fracture to heal so I can do stretches for plantar fasciitis!

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On the flip side, projects at Casa Corner are getting along nicely (check them out over at Our Corner House) and my work week is shaping up to be fantastic!

How’s your week going? Anyone else feel like they aged 50 years over night?

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When the Bough Breaks

Yep, you’re seeing it right. That’s a huge branch from our huge maple tree leaving a huge dent in the roof of our newish car.

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Such a bummer. The car was in the driveway so Chris could cut subfloor in the garage for projects going on over at Our Corner House, and this happened right when he went out to pull it in for the night. And this right after we raised our insurance deductible because we haven’t had a claim in so long. Crying face

Hope everyone else is faring better this winter.

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Sunday Morning Double Dark Chocolate and Ginger Biscotti

Last night while Chris was catching an improv. show with friends, I made Whole Living’s double dark chocolate and ginger biscotti.

 

I love crystalized ginger…in just the right amount in baked goods it adds a subtle spiciness without an overly ginger flavor.

Since C and I intentionally eat very little, if any, added sugar, we opted for 100% cacao (totally dark) chocolate instead of 70%. It added a nice, earthy bitterness.

I couldn’t believe how easy these were to make!

I can tell you, nothing was nicer than waking up late this morning to steaming hot coffee and these double dark chocolate and ginger biscotti. They won’t last long. Yum. 🙂

Have a good week!

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Mine, In Pictures

Better late than never, no? I present to you mine, in pictures…

A. Age:

B. Bed size:

C. Chore you hate:

D. Dogs:

E. Essential start to your day:

F. Favorite color:

G. Gold or silver:

H. Height:

feet  inches

I. Instruments you play:

J. Job title:

K. Kids:

L. Live:

M. Mom’s name:

N. Nicknames:

O. Overnight hospital stays:


P. Pet peeve:


Q. Quote from a movie:

R. Right or left handed:


S. Siblings:


T. Time you wake up:

U. Underwear:


V. Vegetables you dislike:

W. What makes you run late:


X. X-Rays you’ve had:

Y. Yummy food you make:

Z. Zoo- favorite animal:

 

Wanna give photo credits but runnin’ outta time, most are from welikeit.com and all the rest are mine.

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