Archive for June, 2011

Time is of the essence
June 22, 2011

Be grateful for the time you have with your loved ones.

 

And a poem:

 

First Light,

an owl flies home.

Restoration.

 

-Amy, June 2011

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Pride
June 18, 2011

Don’t feel embarassed about having greens stuck between your teeth. It just means you’ve been eating your veggies!

“American Robin,”
June 17, 2011

is a curious fellow.

Watching your every move

(hoping you won’t notice).

I turn to look

at his red breast;

beady eyes catch mine–

embarrassed,

he runs away.

 

 

 

-Amy K., May 2011

Current Obsessions
June 16, 2011

Seasonal eating is awesome. As the heat waves come in, I find myself craving cold foods.

Tomato paste on just about every vegetable/grain/egg I can lay my greedy paws on.

Cereal topped with a cold banana and ice cold almond milk.

Baked sweet potatoes, cooled in the fridge and eaten in cold chunks.

Muesli 101
June 15, 2011

I actually sent this to my sister earlier this morning and thought this would make a great blog post! Enjoy 🙂

 

MUESLI

Pronounced “moose-lee,” it is a European breakfast cereal that normally comes pre-packaged and is high in calories and sugar. It’s basically composed of oats, dried fruits and nuts.

Making homemade muesli guarantees healthy, clean food going into your body at the most important meal of the day–breakfast!

Start with a base of basic rolled oats. I usually use 1/3 cup or more. Then start adding your extras, usually no more than 2 Tablespoons each. Here are some suggestions that I use. . . never tried the veggies before but is sounds legit, haha. Mix and match, making sure you have at least one nut (for fat) and dried fruit (for energy):

NUTS
almonds
walnuts
pecans
almond butter
peanut butter

DRIED FRUIT
raisins
prunes
dates

FRESH FRUITS
banana slices on top
apple chunks
orange chunks

berries of any kind–mmm

pineapple

SEEDS
sesame
sunflower
sunflower seed butter
pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
chia
flax

EXTRAS
unsweetened shredded coconut
spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, etc.)
cereal (puffed rice lends to a fun texture)
baked sweet potato chunks
grated carrot/zucchini (mild veggies)
chocolate chips :3

There you go! Top it off with some icy cold milk of any kind and enjoy. It’s sooo good and you don’t even need to add any sugar to it!

Summer Lentil Salad
June 14, 2011

I have a problem.  For the longest time–since winter actually–I avoided any type of “basic” foods like beans, kale, collards, etc.  Said foods were avoided because I just didn’t like the plain taste of them.  Seriously? Amy doesn’t like healthy food? Now that’s not true, but indeed I hit a major clean food rut until my most recent (and obvious) discovery: SAUCE.

Ohhh sauces. They dress up the simplest foods and change them into something worth talking about.  Like this lentil salad, for example:

 

“Summer Lentil Salad”

Serves 4 as a main dish, 6-8 as a side dish

4 cups cooked lentils (I used green)

4 medium carrots, diced

4 spring onions OR 1 small red onion, thinly sliced

1/4 cup chopped fresh dill (more or less depending on your preference)

1/4 cup Nayonaise or Veganaise

Salt & pepper, to taste

Cook lentils if not done already. Let cool.  Meanwhile, dice the carrots, slice the onion and chop the dill. Mix all of the ingredients together and let chill for at least 1 hour. Serve warm or cold.

Optional: You could add some sliced celery to the mix for a veggie boost. Also, this could be serve atop a bed of (un)cooked greens. Go crazy!

 

 

So simple, it hurts.

Wonderful Weekend
June 12, 2011

All I can say is, “wow.” I had such a great weekend! I had off Friday night, all day Saturday AND Sunday. ❤

Friday night was Tokyo Hibachi and The Crazies with three close friends.

Saturday was a great bike ride and a trip to Lancaster-turned-Lititz. B and I had the original plan of heading to Park City in Lancaster, but as we drove through Lititz, we saw a street fair going on! So plans changed and we hung out and walked around the city for a few hours. Some highlights:

Nutella crepe

Pina Colada from Cafe Chocolate

Zest store = heaven

HAND FEEDING DUCKS

We then went to Penn Cinema and saw The Hangover part 2 (my second time, B’s first). So funny!

 

Sunday = lazy morning. Wasn’t feeling well so I stayed in bed and watched Legends of the Guardians. I baked a little, then went to B’s house for a cookout. We spent some time with his family and later took a walk and watched a movie.

 

Now I’m here waiting until B comes over (!!) to just sit outside and chat. Love that boy. ❤

Best/Worst Day Ever
June 12, 2011

Best because I kicked a groundhog while riding my bike to the bank. Worst because said groundhog retaliated and bit me. One rabies shot and 4 stitches later, I’m sorry for what I did.

 

Oh. . . if only that were a true story! Haha 🙂 Happy Saturday.

What makes a recipe your own?
June 9, 2011

This question has always been my origin of apprehension when it comes to posting recipes. I mean, who hasn’t thought of your combination before? There are millions of cooks around the world, at least one of them is bound to have a recipe similar if not identical to your own.

Maybe a recipe becomes your own because it’s you who’s making it, regardless if the recipe has been done before.

 

Eh?

Ephesians 5:18
June 5, 2011

says, “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. . . ” (NIV).

Ephesians chapter 5 was covered in church last night, and upon hearing that verse it got me wondering, How do you spend your weekend?  Is it spent with a bottle on Saturday night, or at evening church? Is Sunday morning spent nursing a hangover, or does it consist of worshipping the Lord?

I’m not trying to say that people who drink alcohol are terrible souls, or that people who choose to attend church are saints–I’m strictly curious.

Food for thought: How do you spend your weekend?