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My girlfriend Melissa sent me a link to this amazing site that allows you to donate with your brain. The smarter you are and the more trivial questions you answer right, the more you help feed the world. 10 grains of rice for every question answered correctly. www.freerice.com
This weekend we spent some time doing what I do best. And love. We piled the pack in the car and went to a few local thrift shops. My favorite ones are the kind in the basement of a church. The kind where it seems an old lady died and they filled the room with all of her treasures. It is like the room is full of stories. Years of memories. The pyrex bowls that were used for two generations to make dough. The cocktail rings that were worn and witnessed war stories.
The kids love going because they can bring money from their piggy bank and buy a few books (for 25 cents).
To top it off, my favorite shop that I frequent weekly was having their end of year sale (half off). So we spent 10 bucks and got two bags full of stuff. Ry got a few war pins. I got muchos jewelry. A few belts (another of my all time favorites to score at second hand shops). A few scarves. A few books. A clutch.
Saying that I hit a gold mine is an understatement. Looks like I may be adding to O & B vintage as soon as I get some spare time. Now the tough part is deciding what I am willing to let go of….. Right now I am focusing on getting some things together for a yardsale.
I am so pumped that it is CSA season. Tomorrow is my first pick up of the year and it makes me all giddy inside. This time of year is when I start to become inspired to experiment. I cook based on what ingredients I have. If I have beets and arugula, then we have beets and arugula. I don’t look at recipes and then run to the store for what I need. I look in the fridge and see what I have. I look at my food as fuel. Fresh, local, organic, vitamin packed, energy boosting…the best of the best. What our body truely needs.
Tis the season to eat with the season. Welcome with open arms.
Just got these for Olive and Bean. They are super fun. As soon as you put foods in the different compartments, it becomes more appetizing. Check out the link.
I can’t wait to bust out all of my cookie cutters and playdoh molds to make themed snacks and meals.
Tune in! I am so pumped. If you aren’t home, DVR it. Friday night at 8 pm on ABC. Read more here.
One of the girls new favorite snack is hummus. I don’t use the store bought since there is tahini (sesame paste) in it. I make it in the blender and it is super easy. I use a can of garbanzo beans and half of it’s water. Then add a garlic clove, some salt, and a dash of lemon juice. Viola!
Today Olive and Bean had Cucumber and Hummus sandwiches for lunch. They loved them so much we had to have a picnic on our frontyard to fully enjoy them.
Yet another great read from Dr. Mercola’s email newsletter. Read the summary below:
First lady Michelle Obama launched her “Let’s Move” campaign the second week of February to highlight, and hopefully help remedy the current childhood obesity epidemic.
If you think epidemic sounds a little too dramatic, then consider this: It is estimated that one out of every three children in the United States is obese.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has a simple formula for helping prevent childhood obesity.
It’s 5-2-1-0, and it breaks down like this:
5: Eat five vegetables and fruits a day (the majority of this should be vegetables). I would also add that you limit your fructose consumption from fruits to under 15 grams per day. You can use the table lower on this page to help you determine the fructose content of common fruits.
2: Limit screen time — TV in particular — to 2 hours or less a day. (The AAP says to avoid any screen time for children under the age of 2. Another interesting variation of this comes from Robert Lustig, MD who is a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California who specializes in weight loss. He integrates this into the next one in that for every minute of screen time (TV or video games) a minute of exercise is required.
1: Do one hour of physical activity a day.
0: Have zero sugar-sweetened drinks This is an easy one that EVERY child would benefit from following.
Additional suggestions are: Be persistent in offering your child new foods, don’t berate your child about his weight, involve him in food preparation, and be a dietary role model.
This is so worth the 20 minutes. Please take the time to watch this. Especially if you have any children in your life.
I have informally started a collection. Vintage Pyrex. The first piece I got was at a local thrift shop. My next set are these beautiful mixing bowls. Thanks to the hubby for getting me an “I Love Lucy” inspired apron for valentine’s day. I have always loved cooking, but lately I have discovered a passion for baking. Bean is now able to eat sugar cookies and red velvet cakes with the vegan modifications.keep looking »