For the Love of Walnuts

I can’t say enough about this magical nut.  We use walnuts for everything in the house.  Chop some up to spruce up any plain salad, grind them up to add to your favorite sweet bread, add them to pasta…just about everything.  If I could diffuse them in my water…I would try!!!

What do you use them for????

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Wednesday Night Dinner

goat curry
Yup…Goat Curry!!!! Have I lost you?!??!?! I hope not because this is the most amazing thing EVER. Thanks to our local CSA, we get fresh meat (and veggies) from the farm. We recently picked up some goat. I had NO IDEA what to make with it, so I researched and voila…Goat Curry. The meat is like nothing you have ever tasted, so tender and juicy. The best part…bean loved it!!!!!!

Local Farm = Localvore

Bean and Larry

Bean and Larry

We are super lucky to have a local farm.  And not just any farm a farm that is dedicated to all things organic, natural and from the earth.  We live in a time when organic is tossed around like a catch phrase.  Everywhere you go you hear it, there is no escaping it.  But to go to a farm and chat with the farmer (Karla) and get to know her on a personal level is something way more than ‘organic’!

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Toddler Taste

Everyone….and I mean EVERYONE told me that once my beautiful little bean turned 2 she would no longer be interested in eating her ‘super green’ breakfast.  I, however did not believe a word of what anyone told me.  They had no idea that I was about to prove everyone wrong and have that perfect little child who asks…no demands…to have her kale mixed into her porridge and broccoli with ever meal.

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Eat Fresh!

I seem to have a new mantra for 2015, start something new!  Well I started a blog, started a cleanse, and now I vow to make fresh meals for the family.  Don’t get me wrong…I wasn’t serving my family TV dinner every night, but I was (am) the Queen of ‘make ahead meals’.  I would make a big lasagna, shepherds pie, or a stew on Sunday and that would propel us well into mid week.  On Wednesday I would make a pizza and Thursday and Friday it would be pasta.  My husband nor bean ever complained, but I was getting bored.  So I took a vow (after my ‘cleanse’) to eat better and fresher.

So here I am taking this big step into cooking fresh meals every night.  I know there are tons of moms (and dads) that do this every night, so why not give it a whirl.  Now I need some ideas for quick, simple and fresh meals.  I tapped into my cousin’s wealth of information and she supplied me with a few tools to get started.  So yesterday it was fish tacos with fresh black bean salsa and tonight we will be feasting on chicken stir fry with ginger jasmine rice.  Sounds pretty good huh?!??!  I just have to get out of the mindset that as soon as I get home from work I relax…nope…not until dinner is done.

Tell me your quick, easy, and fresh meal ideas!!!!!!

Juice Cleanse…Day 3

salad

Yup…I’m a quitter, a BIG, FAT…QUITTER!!!!!  I gave in and had a salad last night.  I don’t know what it was about the juices, but they did not sit well with me.  The thought of drinking the juice made me want to run to the bathroom and dry heave.  So after 2 days of pretty much starving myself, I gave in and had a salad.  I must say that it was the BEST salad of my life, the crunchy greens, the tender carrots and sweet bell peppers…YUM!!!!

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Juice Cleanse…Day 2

For the love of GOD, why am I doing this.  This is by far the worst I have felt in a long time.  It’s like the worst hang-over…without the fun memories of the night before.  My head feels like a mouse is burrowing inside, my stomach is doing back flips and just the sheer THOUGHT of drinking another juice is making me feel ill.  But besides all that…I feel great?!?!?!?

As I mentioned before…I do A LOT of research and I did come across several articles saying the detox side effects did include…nausea, dizziness, headache, fatigue and cloudiness.  Well, I can check all of those off the list.  At some point today I started to question why I’m actually doing this.  Then I remembered it was to clean out all the toxins that were laying dormant in my GI tract, liver and kidney’s.  Well my friendly organs you are welcome…I truly hope you are enjoying this cleanse as much as I am.  I will think twice before having that second (ok who are we kidding…third) glass of wine, or before I devour a grilled cheese sandwich made with Wonder Bread and good ol’ processed American Cheese.  I will put the hot dog down and instead pick up a delicious celery stick instead.  I promise to do all this, if you just please make the next 3 days a bit more tolerable than the last 2!!!  I think about the women that do the ‘Master Cleanse’ which is nothing more than water, cayenne pepper, lemon, and maple syrup and they do this for 10 days.  That is insane….I can’t even last 5 days drinking delicious juice.

I don’t know what the end results of this will be, but I really do hope that I;m doing right by my internal organs…and that they will forgive me next time I decide to go for broke and drink a vodka and soda…or two!