Wednesday, November 30, 2011

NHBPM: Last Post! & $4 A Day Sandwiches!

NHBPM Day 30:
Play that horn. Want to hear a secret? You’re awesome. (It’s actually not even really a secret.) This is going to be hard for you, O Modest One, but you gotta give yourself props today. Write three things you love about yourself – things you’re great at – or just want to share. Don’t you dare signpost or undercut those self-compliments!

1. I love my zest for reading and writing. 
2. I love my ability to create atmosphere anywhere. 
3. I love my food creations!

What do you love about you? (and thanks for hanging out with me for these 30 days of WeGo Health blog posts!)

And now for the eatz! I am really enjoying my Eat Vegan On $4 a Day cookbook, although sometimes it prolly costs more than $4, as my husband is REALLY enjoying these recipes and polishing off several servings at a time- a running, soccer playing, drumming dude has to get his fuel! The recipes would be way less $$ per day for me, as I accompany everything with a gargantuan salad (usually made with .99 cartons of clearance produce- score!).

Today's $4 A Day  recipe: Bean sandwiches! I turned these into wraps- they are perfect as a tuna or egg salad sub. (The scary flag indicates the presence of chickpeas, which my honey called "dynamites" for their, erm, gas-inducing effects :p)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

NHBPM Day 29

Day 29:

Greeting card post! The greeting card industry is all about writing generally universal feelings in a presentable way that you can use to express yourself when you just can’t think of the words to say.
Write a greeting card for someone in your community to help them express themselves about a new diagnosis, treatment, or experience.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving Potluck & NHBPM Day 28

Day 28:
Say WHAT?! What’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve heard about health or your condition. Was there any context? What did you think at the time you heard it – and what do you think of it now?

I can think of a ridiculous thing I told myself...I figured out that I was lactose intolerant in high school. Due to little information and very traditional eating habits, I immediately jumped to the conclusion that I would just have to stuff those Lactaid pills in my mouth in mass quantities so I could continue eating favorite foods like pizza, ice cream, cheese, and so on without dying of cramps, upset stomach, and general bad tummy experiences. It took several years, a lot of reading, and a good amount of kitchen experimenting to learn what I should have guessed all along: I feel 100 times better when I just skip the dairy. I hate medications and I hate feeling bad, so I have learned how to eat exceptionally well without the presence of dairy in my life. Yay! 

And here are some highlights of our after-Thanksgiving Potluck. On the menu:
enchiladas, mashed potatoes, red beans & rice, sweet potato biscuits, pasta, carrot cake cupcakes, key lime pie, and lots of wine! :p

Sunday, November 27, 2011

NHBPM Day 27!

NHBPM Day 27:
Quote Unquote. Grab a quote from this site (type in any word – see what comes up!) 

I typed in the word "amaze" and chose this quote:

Writing is like getting married. One should never commit oneself until one is amazed at one's luck.
-Iris Murdoch

Saturday, November 26, 2011

National Health Blog Post Month Day #26: How It All Vegan!

NHBPM Day 26:

I still remember… Free write a post that starts with the line “I still remember…”

I still first vegan cookbook!  How It All Vegan, by Sarah Kramer! It was wonderful then, and it is wonderful now...a decade later! 

Since my original copy has been burnt, spilled upon, waterlogged, and such, I plan on adding this 10th anniversary edition to my cookbook shelf. 

In magical vegan bonus world, I had the fun experience of briefly meeting Miss Sarah Kramer! We were in the Pacific Northwest for a belated honeymoon and visit to friends. We decided to take a ferry from Seattle to Victoria, B.C. and get honeymoon tattoos at her husband's shop, Tattoo Zoo. 

Lovely, lovely, and lovely!

Friday, November 25, 2011

NHBPM Day 25

NHBPM Day 25:

Never Have I Ever. You stick to your guns – now tell us about what. 

What is something you’ve never done but want to. 
I really want to :
travel to Europe
have a totally different hair color
go to a spa

What’s something you’ve never done and won’t budge on?
I've actually tried everything I ever had an urge to try, at least once :p
I'm of the school of thought that you should just jump in and give something a's not always good and I wouldn't want to repeat some of my experiences, but I am 100% glad I've had all sorts of adventures!
I guess I won't budge on not killing anyone...that's pretty much a good one to stick to.

:) How bout you?

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Tofurkey Day! NHBPM #24

Happy Thanksgiving!!

NHBPM Day 24: 

My Mascot! Give your condition, community, or self a mascot. Who is it? What do they represent? What is their battle cry?

Unicorn! They are friendly (at least in my brain), magical, loving, unique, creative, resourceful, and strong. Anything is possible! :P

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

NHBPM Post Day 23:

"Health Activist Choice. Write about whatever you want!"

Here we go!

A collage I made this week...happy happy!

Deeelicious soup I made this week from Eat Vegan on $4 A awesome with sweet potatoes and russet potatoes!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Vibrations of love...via pistachio!

Today's Health Blog Post:
"Be present. Describe something peaceful with as much sensory imagery as you can. What are the sights, sounds, scents, and feelings?"

With that in mind, I give you this:

You know when you go into an awesome little shop that seems to fit you to a tee? Or maybe you walk into someone's home and you just can't stop looking at everything...sniffing scents, feeling textures, wanting to explore more? 

That is exactly how Living Tree Community Foods make me feel from start to finish. They graciously sent me a nut butter to review, and I must say, I am hooked. The Berkeley-based business seems to truly infuse their products with love, compassion, integrity, and a general sense of respect- respect for health, respect for the environment, respect for the magnificent experience of eating wonderful foods!
I received Pistachio Butter to try...I wish I could say I've done anything creative with it, but it's so heavenly on sprouted grain bread, that's as far as I've gotten. It is rich, thick, and full of complex flavors. Love on a bun, I tell ya! I suspect it would be amazing with shortbread or as a pesto-type spread on bruschetta. Raw foods speaking, it would be delicious on dehydrated breads, crackers, or crisp sweet potatoes. Yum!! 

Other Living Tree delights I want to get my mitts on:

Thank you Living Tree Community Foods, for inspiring me and for making some new kitchen favorites!

Monday, November 21, 2011

NHBPM: Ekphrasis post...

"Day 21: Ekphrasis (writing about another art form) – Find a Flickr Image in Creative Commons that inspires you in some way (positively or negatively) and free write about it. Give yourself exactly 15 minutes to write without stopping. Don’t think!"


I'm cheating on this...15 minutes is too long...ya'll would be snoozing.
In brief: I chose this picture because it relates to my fairly new habit of meditating. I started while doing the Crazy Sexy Diet cleanse, and it's a habit that has stuck.

I was gonzo for guided meditations, but now I think I'm moving towards plain music, or maybe just silence. I love that meditation makes me more aware of my breathing, calms me down, and helps me get into a more appreciative, content, and open mindset.

Thas' all! xo!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Tea Soup?!

I used to be a tea snob, preferring brands like Tazo & Yogi to the  more easily available grocery store brands. Celestial Seasonings somehow cosmically knew this, stepped up, and created some varieties that I drink like they are lifeblood!

Cases in point:
Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride, Candy Cane Lane, Sugar Plum Spice
Zingers, Bengal Spice, and more!

I have been drinking a ton of Bengal Spice, as it is chai-esque without all the soy milk and sugar I require in a chai latte! I found the soup recipe below on the Celestial Seasonings site...wonder how it would taste veganized...?

Bengal Spice® Mushroom Soup

November is the perfect month to indulge in hearty, delicious soups. The addition of Bengal Spice to traditional mushroom soup results in a delightfully seasoned broth that will warm even the chilliest of nights!

Serves 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • 1 diced shallot
  • 2 large Portobello mushrooms, cubed
  • 2 cups sliced button mushrooms
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 Bengal Spice tea bags
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • Salt and pepper
Sauté the shallot and mushrooms in butter until tender. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan, and add the tea bags. Lower to a simmer, and steep the tea bags for 5 minutes. Remove and discard the tea bags. Add the cream to the tea; then whisk in cornstarch. Return to a boil over medium heat until thickened. Then add the mushrooms and shallots and salt and pepper to taste.

"LOL post. Write a post about a moment that made you laugh. Or a video, picture, blog post, or something else that made you laugh."

Natalie Dee males me laugh...

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Foodbuzz Tastemakers: Baking Edition!

We recently had a girls' night at my house! We played the Game of Life (somehow generating 12 of those peg-baby children between the 3 of us playing!) and baked. It was a cozy night and we decided to give this Duncan Hines mix a try, along with some Comstock-Wilderness Apple Pie Filling. I picked these out using coupons provided by the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program and socked them away in the pantry for a night just like this!

The Apple Caramel Cake mix was easy to use and the kids did all the measuring and stirring. 

The cake baking, topped with the caramel mixture....

Enthusiastic bakers!

When the cakes (2 8" layers) came out, we used the Comstock apple pie filling as a middle layer, then stacked the cakes. 

Smelling good!

We surprised the mister with a little candlelight late-night cake party, wherein (quite unusually!) sweet treats were consumed and (not so unusually) we all gabbed about stuff!

Very fun night, and the Duncan Hines mix made for a fun project for the kiddos. Girls' night in, success!

NHBPM Day 19:

"“Best of” post. Grab a post from your archives and repost it! Add a few sentences at the beginning to frame it. Why you chose it. Why you liked it. And why it should be shared again."

I'm reposting the homemade deodorant chronicles...that's one topic that has been wonderful!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Eat Vegan on $4 A Day! & #NHBPM Day 18

Being the lucky star that I seem to be, I won something again! I must say, this is an awesome prize, at a perfect time.

Eat Vegan on $4 A Day!  It is really well-written, with great info on budgeting, advertising, health, culture, and more. The recipes aren't earth-shattering, especially if you are a pretty seasoned vegan eater. Nonetheless, the are all tasty, filling, healthy, and budget conscious. I love it! I've been cooking up lots of selections. 

Here is the extremely tasty minestrone. It calls for 2 types of beans and a plethora of veg. Perfecto!

 I added some quinoa as well. 


National Health Blog Post Day 18:
A comment as a blog post. Pick someone else’s post (from the past or from today) and write a comment to them. Write that comment as your blog post for today. Link back to them to let them know you were inspired.

Blog: The Love Vitamin
Post: Could Meditation Be The Key That Sets Us Free?

My comment: "Yoga and meditation have both helped me untold amounts in terms of my health, my daily outlook, and (according others and my own observations), my looks! I am calmer, happier, and just look nicer! Love this post and love the part in your free e-book where you discuss that our bodies and minds don’t know the difference between worrying about things that haven’t happened, and actually experiencing stressful events. Why the heck would I put myself through that by worrying all the time? Operation No Worries- engage!!!
Looking forward to reading more of your posts :)"

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Love List

Today's National Health Blog Post: 

"Let It Be. What’s something that bothers you or weighs on you? Let it go. Talk out the letting go process and how you’re going to be better to yourself for it."

Related to food and health, something that weighs hugely on me is seeing people I care for make poor choices regarding their food and self-care. I feel like I know the *right way* (:P) and could just explode their worlds with amazing green happiness!!!...except maybe they feel just fine as they are. I am working on living by example and stopping that judgy voice in my head...but it's hard. Along those lines, here are some things that inspire love feelings, which are prolly the most productive route in most situations. 

Indian Food Night!

Prayer Candles


Dancing with my bestie

My kitty ♥

Hello Kitty!

Garden projects :)

Our wedding robots!

My wacky mister ♥

Role Models

My pup!

Old times..

What do you love today?