Sunday funday

Im nixing the posting schedule. I thought it was a great idea but Im obviously having a hard time keeping up with myself. And then I feel bad… because I can’t follow a simple schedule that I gave myself. I love this blog and love writing posts, but the stupid schedule has to go. Oh well, it was worth a shot. That was my Sunday rant.

Today was my day off (technically so is tomorrow but Im ignoring that fact and going to work…too much to do) and they are starting to get scarce due to the upcoming Holidays. Our greenhouse is a hot spot for gifts and decorations. So today was a day I could have to myself, relax, and just take my time. I spent the morning with a coffee and coconut milk, some eggs and bacon, and some trashy tv.

After I filled myself up with those things I made my way down to the laundry room and washed every towel I own (because I wait til I have none left) and some clothes for the work week. I was feeling pretty productive by then.

I made myself a lovely sandwich for lunch. Sandwichs are few and far between with me since I don’t eat wheat, but I made this one on millet toast. Yum.

I didn’t take a photo of the actual sandwich but it was natural beef bologna, mayo, arugula and hot peppers that my dad pickled from our garden. Delish.

After lunch I made myself a grocery list for lunches this week, and decided to also make my family my famous pad thai for dinner. I spent two hours in the grocery store! I milled around buying fruits and veggies and healthy snacks. (I also finished my shopping for my Foodie Penpal, can’t wait to send it!). I love grocery shopping. I couldn’t find the rice noodles that I needed for my pad thai though which was super aggravating. (Ill be putting this recipe off until I can find them..Ugh). I promise I will share it soon!

While I was at the grocery store I found a new treat for myself.

I have never been an advocate of energy drinks, I actually think they are terrible for you and usually make fun of the kids at work who drink them. But these are different. They are basically flavored seltzer waters, with natural caffeine in them. No sugar, no sugar replacements… just good old flavored seltzers – with a kick. I already tried the grapefruit one and it was tasty, with just a hint of the fruit flavor. While I was in the natural foods aisle shopping these seltzers I also noticed the Steaz energy drinks.

They are also organic, natural, energy drinks. I have not tried this one yet, but Im really excited about it. The one I bought was a berry, green tea, yerba mate. This one does have cane juice and berry juice in it. But Im ok with that : ).

I stopped on my way home to get a quick haircut that I’ve been promising myself for the last month. It was necessary. I only had 1/2 an inch taken off, but it feels so much better.

Now Im going to munch on some chocolate. Im a sucker for dark dark chocolate and I think Im in the mood for the almond and sea salt one.

Here are some links to check out from this post:

Hi Ball
Steaz
Chocolove

So my question for everybody today is,

Have you ever had any of these energy drinks? Do you have any natural energy drinks that you love?

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

A few of my favorite things…

Back in April I did a post about 5 things that I love… and on this dreary, windy, hurricane day I decided to write about some things that make me happy and comfortable. The wind is ripping through the trees right now and rain is pelting my windows. Luckily, we have a huge generator that runs our entire house. My moms cooking and doing laundry while everyone else watches tv and I sit at my computer. I guess it could be worse, huh?

Its still miserable. I probably wont work tomorrow…. and I can’t sit in the house for long periods of time without much to do. So I decided I’d share a few things that I just cant get enough of right now to kill some time. Here we go.

Jasmine Green Tea

I always love green tea. Hot tea seems to just soothe everything. There is something very addicting about Jasmine tea to me though. It calms me, its tasty, and it makes you feel good. Yum.

Spicy Food


Its a pretty general statement but in general I love spicy food. I’ll put hot sauce on almost anything and I’ll mix chile sauce into almost anything. Have you ever had spicy hot chocolate??? Incredible. I’ll have to post a recipe for that one. Spicy food is also extremely good for you. Hot peppers are full of vitamin c, can ward off parasites and colds, and can raise endorphins. So eat up and sweat it out! : )

Lemons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love lemons. I rarely drink water without a lemon in it. It just feels so refreshing to squeeze a lemon into cold water. But I also love lemons when I cook… I can’t eat seafood without some kind of citrus, and I usually add extra lime to guacamole. I’ve noticed that if you are cooking and you feel that your dish is missing something, a sliver of lemon can usually finish it off. I also feel like I’m always adding a boost when I use a little bit of a lemon for flavor because its such a great detoxifier.

My Betty Crocker “Hearthealth” Cookbook

This cookbook got me through college. My roommates and I had a deal that we would each cook dinner one night a week, and scheduled it depending on our class situation. This forced us to be creative and not eat the same-old-college-kid-dinners every week. I found some of my favorite recipes in this cookbook (including a pad thai recipe that has topped the rest, which I plan on sharing sometime in the near future!). The book also has a lot of tips and tricks in it, and teaches the basics for those who may not be so savvy in the kitchen.

Chilly, sunny days

Almost everybody loves fall, but the cold, gray days are the worst. I love those days when its crisp and cold but the sky is as blue as it can be. Those are my favorite days. September was full of them but now that we are really getting deep into fall the grayness is starting to last longer.. and the hurricane isn’t helping!

Ps. These photos today aren’t mine. Not usually something I do, but I borrowed them all from Pinterest.

Have a warm, dry day and be safe.