Monday, December 30, 2013


cereal & strawberries

farmers market

(no filter)



veggies ready for juicing
oranges from our tree
 his & hers

stir fry

veggie stir fry
red bell peppers

grilled veggies

grilled veggies & rice

soup & bread

butternut squash soup

the best bread recipe ever

Merry Christmas


green & red


Time for another remodel at the musings blog.  I'm going to try and post more pictures and inspire myself to eat healthier foods.  2014 marks my ten year blogaversary.  Woohoo!  Happy New Year!

stir fry

veggie stir fry
red & yellow bell peppers
brown rice


Monday, June 10, 2013

Summer Break

First day of summer!  I am super happy to be out of school for the summer (although I still have a few comments to enter for my student's report cards . . . ).  I started my day off by getting up early and making blueberry muffins for the kiddos, who have four more days of school.  Having our schools on different schedules has been a challenge, and while August was tricky with me working and them not in school yet, June is a.w.e.s.o.m.e.  I can get the house in order in peace while they finish up school, and I can attend all their last-day-of-school festivities.

I am also looking forward to actually doing some of the things I have been pinning on Pinterest.  (I know, I know, everyone says that.)  I put together some Homemade Taco Seasoning this morning, thanks to Rachel Cooks.  I'm going to use it to make some Quinoa Taco Salads for dinner, thanks to The Yummy Life for inspiration.

Of course, summer is for lots and lots of reading.  I'm working my way through the Thursday Next books again (just finished the third one last night), and I am picking up so many more of the overlapping inside jokes this time around.  I have a stack of books to make my way through, and I'll be visiting the library more than a few times.

And the knitting.  Yes, I still do that too, just not as often as I would like.  I made a darling baby sweater and matching hat for an arrival this summer.  LOVE knitting for babies!  Everything is so DARLING!  I have a whole mess of things that I want to knit, and I can't wait for a few uninterrupted hours to sort through all my yarn and needles and line up some new projects.

The family plans on spending lots and lots of time in our lovely pool, which was just cleaned and looks brand-new.  I really think June is one of the best months for swimming, especially in the evenings.  The air cools down to just lower than the temperature of the water, and it is such a luxury to swim after dinner. (Somewhere, someone is worried that we violate the "don't swim until thirty minutes after you eat" rule.  We do.  We're fine.)

So that's the summer plans.  Who has time for cleaning or getting ready for back-to-school?  Not me!!!

Friday, April 05, 2013

Recipe Links

We've been trying new recipes over here!  Click the links below.

These buttermilk pancakes are winners. 
(this post is a work in progress.  more to come!)

With all the recipe websites, food blogs, and pinterest, I'm at a crossroads with my cookbooks - keep or toss?  There are a few standards that I will always keep - the Betty Crocker classic that I got as a wedding gift, the Barefoot Contessa cookbook that inspires me, and one or two more.  The rest?  They are dusty.  I think it's time.   What do you think?

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Foods that make you feel good

It's been awhile since I posted here.  Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have been my main outlet for the past few months.  However, the New Year has brought a new challenge for me:  my husband wanted to do the Virgin Diet.  I'm pretty skeptical about most diets - I'm not even a faithful vegetarian! - but after hearing him talk about this, I became interested.  It's a diet to help you figure out what foods make you feel good and healthy, and what foods you may have an intolerance to and should eliminate from your diet.  I decided to give it a try, and shortly after the New Year, we begain the 21-day elimination of these 7 intolerance foods:

sugar and artificial sweeteners.

That's a pretty big list!   Soy, corn, and peanuts weren't so hard to do without, but gluten? dairy? EGGS? Those were a challenge for me!  And that last sneaky category, sugar AND artificial sweeteners.  Well, that eliminates almost everything to drink - no soda of any kind, no juice (too much sugar), no creamer for my coffee.  I started drinking green tea more, and tried almond milk in my coffee.  (By the way, no good.)  I tried hot tea for breakfast - with almond milk and no sugar - and that didn't do it for me.  By the end of week one, I caved in and said I was adding back my non-dairy creamer to start my morning with coffee!  I couldn't deal with the alternatives!

The rest of it, though, we did without.  We ate lots of fruit and vegetables.  We tried lentil chips with hummus (which we like very much).  We tried kale chips (no good) and black bean chips with guacamole (not bad).  We ate chicken and salad and homemade soups (the best was this one) and sometimes lean beef (not me, but it's allowed on the diet) and more fruit and more veggies and lots of water.  And by the end of the 21 days, I did not crave sweets like I used to!  But I really missed dairy, so we deicded to add in dairy and see what happens.  The diet has you add back one category, and notice how you feel after you eat it.  I am sorry to report that cheese and eggs are not good for me.  I feel bloated and bleh after eating them.  However, gluten is good (oh, thank God for bread!) and small amounts of sugar don't seem to make much difference (except being unhealthy, but that's another issue).  Corn - I learned that my body does not digest corn at all.  (yuck - sorry.)  So cheese and eggs and corn are off the list.  After being soda-free for over a month, I am actually happy about that.  I think the soda and artificial sweeteners are on the No List for me as well.

Although I really was skeptical about this diet, it was worth a try.  It's main goal is not to lose weight (although all my clothes are looser now) or count calories or fat, but to find what foods are really good for YOUR body.  Everyone is different, and everyone should learn what foods to avoid to feel your best, sleep your best, and LIVE your BEST.