Monday, April 9, 2018

Weekly Meal Plan ~ Week of April 9th

Happy Monday! I'm back to school after a week off and so I'll be trying to keep my meals quite simple. My family has recently decided to commit to a plant-based diet so there will definitely be a learning curve when it comes to finding & preparing new recipes. 


Here's what we are eating this week:


Monday: 
Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili
Served with broccoli, baked potato and sliced avocado

Tuesday:
Wednesday:

Thursday:
Friday:
Homemade Veggie Pizza

Saturday:
Avocado and Lime Bean Bowl

Sunday:
Vegetable Soup
Crusty Bread


Breakfast ideas for this week:
  • Avocado Toast
  • Breakfast Bowl: Fruit, nuts, oatmeal and nut butter
Lunch Ideas for this week:
  • Vegetarian taco chili with a sweet potato & broccoli
  • Leftovers
Dessert/ Treat this week:
  • Salted caramel chocolate bars {Avent Garde Vegan}



I hope you join me in getting your week off to a great start and try out meal planning. 

Here's to a productive week!

Friday, March 30, 2018

It's Been Awhile


t's been awhile since I've sat down to write anything here. I haven't felt inspired lately and I just had nothing to say so instead of trying to fill the silence, I just stayed away.

Truthfully, I haven't felt like writing because I've been grieving the loss of my sweet little Luna.


She got out one day and had a terrible accident. It was so awful and I sobbed for days...and I'm absolutely heartbroken. 



She was so sweet...and had an amazingly funny little personality.

She would just sprawl out in the center of the kitchen floor and sleep. 

Or she'd snuggle in with our younger golden, Pippin. 

She loved to sit and watch the mouse on the computer screen and try to catch it. 

She was playful and inquisitive.
and cuddly and snuggly...

We miss her terribly but we aren't the only ones... her brother, Jasper is missing her, too.

We're all trying to heal and adjust to being without her. It's amazing how such a little life could make such a huge impact in our home. I miss her and will forever hold a special place in my heart just for her.





Friday, February 23, 2018

Crustless Broccoli Quiche



I'm always looking for breakfast ideas that can be made in advance so I can just grab and go in the mornings. This crustless quiche is delicious and reheats beautifully so you can whip one up on the weekend and warm up as needed. 

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Crustless Broccoli Quiche
  • 10 ounces Frozen chopped broccoli, cooked and drained
  • 8 ounces Shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup Chopped onion
  • 6 large Eggs
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 teaspoon, divided Salt
  • a pinch of Nutmeg
  • a dash of Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
Instructions
1. Preheat the oven to 350°.2. Spray a large glass pie plate.3. Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the broccoli and 1/2 teaspoon salt, stir together an continue to cook for 1-2 minutes.Add to the bottom of the pie plate. Cover the mixture with the cheese.4. In a large bowl, beat the eggs then whisk in the cream, nutmeg, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper.5. Pour the egg mixture over the broccoli and cheese.6. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean and the top is golden brown.


Enjoy!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Warts Be Gone~ A Natural Approach to Removing Warts



My daughter has a spot on her foot that she has been complaining about for awhile now. It looks just like the wart that we had removed a few years ago. So I called her doctor to make an appointment.

 According to the doctor, warts on feet can be persistent and she suggested that we try some over-the-counter methods before we bring her back into the office{she had a lot of bleeding last time that took almost an hour to stop}. So, I looked up warts on my Reference Guide for Essential Oils app and found that oregano, frankincense and lemon may possibly help

I've decided to try a more natural approach before looking into other common options such as harsh chemicals and painful 'freezing' of the wart, which requires multiple trips to the doctor's office over a span of weeks.

I created a "Wart Be Gone" roll on for her to use on her foot.

Wart Be Gone Roll On:

You will Need:

15 drops oregano essential oil
7 drops Frankincense essential oil
7 drops of lemon essential oil
Fractionated coconut oil
Roller bottle {I used an empty essential oil bottle and a roller top}

Directions:

1. Place the drops of oil into the bottle.
2. Fill the rest of the bottle with fractionated coconut oil. Shake well.
3. Roll onto the wart once or twice a day and cover with a bandage or you can saturate a cotton pad and leave it on the wart covered with the bandage.
4. In between applications, pare away the dead skin with a pumice stone or emery board.
5. Repeat this process for up to 4 weeks to completely eliminate warts.

I'm sure this will take some patience, but I'm interested to see how this blend works on warts!




Monday, February 12, 2018

Weekly Meal Plan ~ Week of February 11


Happy Monday! This is going to be a crazy week. Three basketball games, three soccer training sessions, my mom's birthday {Valentine's Day}, a lacrosse game and two after-school meetings.  Looks like the crockpot will get lots of use again this week. 


Here's what we are eating this week:



Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Pot Roast with Root Vegetables
Mashed Potatoes

Thursday:
Crockpot Rotisserie Chicken
Mashed sweet potatoes
Broccoli

Friday:
Eat Out

Saturday:
Al Pastor Salad Bowl

Sunday:
Tuscan Parmesan Chicken Skillet
Pasta
Salad


  • For breakfast we will have a Peanut Butter & Jelly Be Well Smoothie~ I add almond milk, a handful of spinach & one ounce of Young Living's  Ningxia Red juice for added health benefits and amazing taste! 
  • Lunch will be a Fab Four lunch bowl with a mix of Protein, fat, fiber and greens, along with fruit and water or a cup of taco soup.

I hope you join me in getting your week off to a great start and try out meal planning. 

Here's to a productive week!













Weekly Intention ~6


Happy Monday! Setting weekly intentions is a simple, effective way to find your focus and keep you in that driven, motivated mindset. I find that writing intentions down makes it easier to get things done and to really live an intentional life. Whatever is on your to do list, I believe it’s the little choices you make each day that will get you that step closer to developing the true YOU!
My Weekly Intention:  This week I am using the Intention Flashcards from the Soul Shaker kit in order to build my weekly intention. I am placing the cards face down in 3 piles. I will randomly  choose 1 from each pile. Here are the cards I chose:

Finding my way to simplicity.

Looking around my house I see that I have way too much stuff. Little piles of excess items strewn around the rooms. Piles of papers, notebooks, clothes and bags filled with impulse purchases... All of the excess is causing me to feel overwhelmed in my living space. This week I'm going to commit to experiencing my life in simple and intentional ways. One way of doing this will be to declutter and eliminate items that are detracting from peace and simplicity in my home.



Ways to Thrive This Week:

Exercise & Nutrition:  This week I will focus on intentional eating by staying present and continuing to be aware of my feelings while I am eating. I will ask myself, "Does this taste good? Am I still enjoying it? How much more do I want?" This will help me from checking out and eating on autopilot. Once again this week I am going to make drinking more water a focus,too. I know that as I get dehydrated, fatigue is one of the first symptoms to hit and when I feel low on energy, I reach for a snack, thinking that food might perk me up. I need to get more water into my body.

My home & environment:  A part of the Soul Shaker class was to cut down your wardrobe in an attempt to save time, money and energy. This week I am going to work on creating simplicity by limiting my choices of clothing and work towards creating a type of capsule wardrobe. I will cut down my wardrobe to 5 tops, 5 bottoms, a few dresses, a few jackets, and a few pairs of shoes and accessories. The rest will be packed away or donated as I work through simplifying my closet.

Personal Development:  Last week I decided that I needed to implement an evening wind down plan so that I have an easier time falling asleep. I did an ok job with that. I'd like to tweak the plan a little bit. I am going to make sure that I have switched off all electronics one hour before bedtime...so looks like shutting down by 9:00 every night this week will be my goal.

Creativity:  I want to get caught up on my online classes so, I will work on my vision board for OLW.
I also need to paint the flamingo that I didn't finish last week, as well as add words to some paintings that are on my art table. 

Relationships & Connection: It's my mom's birthday on Wednesday {Valentine's Day}. I will focus on spending some quality time with her this week. And, of course time with my hubby.

Take Action~ Try Something New: I have not participated much in my Wellness Tribe. So this week, I'm going to check in on Monday to set & then share my wellness goals for the week. I'll also show up on  Wednesday for our self-compassion check in and on Friday to share how things went this week with my wellness journey. 

Have Fun!: This week there should be lots of opportunities for fun! It's the week before winter break, so fun things happen in school...there are the Valentine's Day parties, a field trip to the planetarium {which I love} and then there's happy hour on Friday afternoon. 

Work: I want to declutter my classroom this week. I purchased lots of bins from the Dollar Tree last week, so this week I want to get my book shelves all organized and also bring in some plants to help create a more welcoming space.  

Something to Think About This Week:
"Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage by considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them; every day begin the task anew."             
                                                  ~Frances DeSales

Here's to a productive, mindful week!


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Homemade Granola



I made this home made granola Christmas morning and gave a jar of it to my sister to take home. She recently emailed me asking for the recipe. So here it is:

Homemade Granola

You'll need 

these

ingredients:

  • 4 heaping cups of rolled oats
  •  1 1/2 cup chopped nuts and seeds {I used pumpkin & sunflower seeds & slivered almonds}
  •  1/4 cup dried fruit {I used Southern Grove Dried Mixed Berries from Aldi ~dried cranberries, cherries & blueberries}
  •  1/2 tsp. salt
  •  1 tsp. cinnamon
  •  1/4 cup honey
  •  1/4 cup maple syrup
  •  5 tbs. butter, melted {I've used Earth Balance, too}

The 

directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350ยบ

2.  In a large bowl, mix together the oats, nuts, seeds, fruit, salt and cinnamon.

3.  In a separate, small bowl whisk together the honey, syrup and melted butter until it is no longer separated.

4.  Add the honey mixture to the oats mixture and stir well until the oats are thoroughly coated.

5. Line a large baking sheet{12 X 18} with parchment paper. 

6. Spread the granola into an even layer over the parchment paper and place in the oven. 

7.  Bake for 15 minutes and then stir the mixture to ensure even cooking. Bake an additional 10-15 minutes until the granola is golden brown. 

*The granola will be soft when you remove it from the oven. It will turn crispy as it cools to room temperature. 

* Feel free to add optional ingredients with the dry ingredients such as shredded coconut, orange zest, chocolate chips, other dried fruit, nuts and seeds. 

I served the granola over a bowl of vanilla Greek yogurt.

Enjoy!