Archives for February 2013

The Sixteen Year Old Me Would Be Horrified . . .

I remember myself as a delightful teenager.

I suppose it is possible . . . though . . . that I wasn’t.

A still-dear friend once told me (years after high school) that she kept a journal of what she wore to church each week.  She did this out of fear.  She had heard me express disgust at the thought of someone wearing the same outfit two weeks in a row.

Yes.  I am properly horrified with my teenage self.

Well, here I am more than two decades later and (hopefully) much less obnoxious.

And I’ve realized that I wear almost the exact same outfit . . . every single Tuesday.

See, Monday is Laundry Day.  Therefore, a specific outfit is (almost) always clean on Tuesdays.  And it’s on Tuesdays that I work with 10-12 year olds, choreographing a musical.

And choreographing a musical is the most-fabulous-ever reason/excuse to wear comfy clothes.  Specifically, my favorite sweatpants and one of two favorite comfy t-shirts.

But Tuesday, as I once again felt giddy at the realization that my Weekly Perfect Excuse for Wearing Sweatpants had arrived, and that my Favorite Sweatpants were CLEAN . . . AGAIN, it hit me that I’m quite a bit different than my teenaged, obnoxiously-obsessed-with-spacing-out-outfits self.

And I wondered if perhaps I should wear something else since I’m pretty sure we’re going on four Tuesdays in a row of these sweatpants.

But I didn’t wonder for long.  I prefer the me now over the me then.

And I really love these sweats.


Changing to a Real Food Diet?

I’m sorry. This bundle is no longer available., 5 eBooks for $7.40!

I’ve told myself I’m not going to stress about posting this week since I’m kind of in a stop-everything-and-get-those-taxes-done-or-else position right now.  (Blogging is fun, doing taxes is not.)

But when I remembered what this week’s Bundle of the Week topic was, I thought I’d share it.  If you’re like me . . . you’ve thought about thinking about maybe attempting to kind-of-sort-of move toward a healthier overall style of eating.

Or perhaps you aren’t so non-committal about it.

Anyway, this is something I’ve though a lot about in the past year and we’ve taken some baby steps.  So I have personally purchased this set (which is another baby step) and someday soon might even take the Big Girl Step of actually reading them.

If you’re interested, here are the titles included in this set of 5 e-books on sale THIS WEEK ONLY for 7.40.  That’s a big time savings over buying them individually for $3-$6 dollars apiece.

Real Food on a Real Budget by Stephanie Langford
In this 280-page book, Stephanie provides a primer for families who want to learn how to save an average of 20-30% on their food budget ($100-$200 per month for most families), while at the same time serving better quality and more nutritionally dense foods. Based on 6 years of hands-on experience and hundreds of hours of research, Real Food on a Real Budget is packed with practical tips and suggestions to help you become a better a steward of both your finances and your health.

Real Food…Real Easy by various authors
With more than 70 recipes from 7 authors, Real Food…Real Easy is not only a cookbook, but also a handbook providing in-depth information about real food sweeteners, an introduction to soaking and sprouting grains, recipes for every meal of the day, a list of additional resources and more!

Real {Fast} Food by Trina Holden
Real {Fast} Food is a treasure trove of time-saving techniques and simply wonderful recipes that are custom fit for you and your schedule. You’ll learn everything from painless freezer stocking and bulk food prep to quick, healthy meals for day trips. Trina teaches you how to think about whole food prep in a whole new way, allowing you to make more real food in less time than you ever imagined, and even giving you the feeling of a “day off” once in a while — all without sacrificing quality.

Sourdough A to Z from GNOWFGLINS
Learn to put sourdough to work in your kitchen to produce naturally-leavened foods of all kinds, including healthy and nutritious cakes, muffins, pasta, crackers, pizza, cookies and more. Sourdough A to Z is your complete sourdough guide, including 25 lessons to walk you through sourdough baking step-by-step, ingredient and equipment notes, a suggested schedule, the science behind sourdough, a few gluten-free adaptations, dozens of recipes and more!

Treat Yourself by Kate Tietje
Treat Yourself: Real Food Desserts is exactly what it sounds like: a book filled with delicious, sweet, tempting desserts that fit the real food model. The recipes in this ebook are full-fat, full flavor, and low-sugar. There’s no white flour, white sugar, or vegetable oil to be found. In fact, they’re all based on sprouted flour, soaked flour, or almond flour, if flour is used at all (yes, there are several grain-free and even GAPS-friendly treats!). This ebook shows you how to make delicious desserts with real food, so you can have your cake and eat it too…without the guilt!

The Real Food bundle is only available through 8am EST on Monday, 3/4. Click here to get yours today!, 5 eBooks for $7.40!
Are these my affiliate links? Hahaha!  Oh. You’re serious. Of course they are!!!

Making Pancakes Over the Campfire

Is anyone going camping over Spring Break?

We (kind of) are.  We’ll be at the lake, but with all the modern conveniences.

I’ll be honest.  I wasn’t going to worry about writing a post today since I’m determined to get my taxes done this week.  (Yikes!)

But then I saw this coupon for Bisquik and it reminded me of the BEST pancakes I’ve ever eaten.

$0.50 off ONE Bisquick Baking Mix

We camped (like, in a tent and everything) over Thanksgiving break in 2011. My leaky air mattress and a rainy night made it a less-than-exciting sleeping experience, but the breakfast Hubby cooked over the campfire the next morning made up for my misery.

The keys to a successful breakfast while camping is to keep it simple.  Bisquick’s shake and pour pancake batter was perfect because you simply add water and pour it straight from the container.  We also had deli ham as our meat because it was quicker and easier to work with than bacon or sausage.

And the coffee.  Oh my word, the coffee.  I have no idea what makes it so fabulous when done over a campfire, but we still talk about how awesome that coffee was.

Just bring SEVERAL thick hot pads.  Cast iron pots and campfire coffee pots get HOT over a campfire.  Duh, I know.

Now I’m thinking we’ll have to come with a way to cook breakfast over a campfire over spring break.

What are your plans?

$0.50 off ONE Bisquick Baking Mix

Oh.  The coupon links and the Amazon link?  Those are my affiliate links, of course!

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