I am SO FREAKIN excited that I finally figured out how to get my blog to show up IN FULL in readers. Probably the highlight of my month (exaggeration, obviously, but you’d be mortified to know how much time I spent trying to do techy computer crap to fix that). I also re-opened comments because I’m hoping the time off made all the spam crap go away. I haven’t gotten any in a really long time so fingers crossed. I still have to approve comments, which is annoying, but I really miss reader interaction so let’s see how long this lasts before all the internet machines figure it out and manifesto length comments full of creepy fake links.
On that odd note, here are some random (mostly food) tidbits that have excited me over this past month. I took pics of fun things, you see, that don’t fit elsewhere in a post with purpose and direction (read: this is a pointless post that I felt like writing for no reason other than to ramble about my latest obsessions). Oh aren’t you excited now!?! Me too
We all know about my undying love for ginger everything so when I recently re-discovered this honey in the depths of our pantry (turns out
spring winter cleaning has a legit positive beyond organization) I was super excited. I ginger-ed it up even more by stirring a spoonful into some hot water steeped with chunks of freshly shaved ginger. How many times can I write the word ginger in one paragraph?
He is too much.
We bought a stand up freezer for the garage. So now we have insane amounts of storage (yes, that’s an extra fridge next to it). I’m very excited by this. It’s the small things. I’ve already stocked it like whoa.
I’ve been on a massive pancake breakfast bender. I make one huge pancake (1 egg + almond flour + coconut flour + baking powder) and top it with spoonfuls (several) of sun butter.
Because of how many times I go back to the jar to re-slather my ‘cake in butter, I’m pretty sure I eat more sun butter than pancake, but I’m content with this choice. I’d venture to guess I eat 1/4 cup per breakfast but there’s no sugar in my pancake so it’s all about the topping.
As you can imagine, we got through jars of sun butter FAST in this house. Especially now that it’s a favorite of pacman.
Much like our lemon and tangerine trees, our chard is booming like mad. I am eating heaping salads for lunch and still can’t keep up. It’s even more awesome because P likes to share the chard with me too. He even likes the raw stems.
Speaking of salads, this raw brussels slaw I made was bomb. I marinated it overnight in a home-made honey dijon vinaigrette and that was all it needed to soften up the raw cruciferous greens. Tossed with dried cranberries and it was a meal! Definite food baby afterwards though.
OMG this bark needed to get out of my life. It was TOOOOOO good I couldn’t stand it. The box says the serving size is 1/6th of the bark, but I ate half of it in one sitting. Shocking I know. Who are they trying to kid with that 6 servings BS. Puh-leeze.
And while we are on the subject of TJs dessert products, can we please discuss why nobody told me GF joe-joe’s exist? I think I’m destined to eat an entire box one of these nights. It’s hard to stop. So. Yum.
Miso butter. It’s a thing. I like it. On greens mostly, but I don’t think you have to stop there. I plan to see how many things I can dump it on over the course of the next month.
Only 10 years behind the trend, we finally watched Frozen. I already knew all the songs, obviously, but now they have context. P was in bed so yes, this was how Kyle and I chose to spend our Friday night.
Did you know you can eat cauliflower leaves? I roasted them. They are like a cross between bok choy and broccoli stems. But anything with oil and salt is winning at life, so obviously they were good.
Best in snacking award goes tooooooo…almond butter with bananas and a LOADED fro-yo (mostly with peanut butter and chocolate crap that we don’t keep at home). The almond butter was a splurge because we had stopped buying nut products and nut butters a while ago, but recently I made the concession for this jar. It almost saved my life this month too! Alright, yes, I’m being dramatic but I had just finished a work out when I started to feel woozy. I staggered into the kitchen and basically shoveled a spoonful in my mouth with half a banana. Then I sat down and waited for it to hit my bloodstream. Oof. It was a rough morning. After Kyle left for work, P had to suffer through my queasy start to the day, but eventually I got myself pulled together enough to parent in a decent manner (and shower!).
Making pancakes with patty-cakes has become a weekend tradition. He helps get the ingredients out and (kinda) stirs the batter with me and boy does he ever looooooove pancakes. All I use for his is: 1 egg, coconut flour, all purpose gluten free flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and a pinch of coconut sugar. Sometimes I leave out the sugar and instead add syrup on top. And sometimes I omit any sweetener altogether. He doesn’t seem to notice or mind either way to be honest. What he loves is helping me make them, watching me flip them, and then eating them with his fork. The above portion is 1/3 of the yield. I usually make him 6 small pancakes and he eats them all in one meal. At the present (although it’s bound to change any second) it’s his favorite breakfast. Shockingly, he doesn’t request them though. But if I offer them, he will not turn them down.
Silly kid pretending to “sleep” in our closet while hiding under my clothes. Notice the thumb sucking and hair twirling. Signature move.
In case you were looking to avoid buying Girl Scout cookies (I was) I recently discovered TJ’s chocolate coconut almonds, which taste EXACTLY like samoas (or caramel delites – whichever you know them as). They are my all time favorite and obviously not a health food. But the Trader Joe’s version has fewer weird ingredients, plus it costs less, and most important of all, the portions are smaller so you can
eat more try to practice better self control. To me, the Thin Mint people always lucked out because they got SOOOO many more cookies per box. Not fair! The pistachio crack pictured above is also amazing (as if you had your doubts).
And even though I have more to share, I’ll pause and wait for next week because (omg) January is almost over! How cliche of me…fun things in store for Feb and March.