Coffee, Food, Health

Adventures in Eating

Adventures in Eating

I am back on the THM (Trim Healthy Mama) wagon and very happy about it!  I have been needing to take a good long look at my eating habits for a while. I am a pig if you must know.  I have been blessed with a high metabolism but as I *ahem* mature I have noticed that it is  less speedy.  Also, sugar and gluten aren’t friendly to me- ever. I love them but they do not love me back and so I’m ending our relationship before anything drastic happens.

One of my morning go-tos is bulletproof coffee.  If you haven’t tried it you should at least once.  It’s creamy and frothy and YUM! It does require using a blender which can be an extra step that some people don’t have time for in the morning but it can hold it’s own against any fancy $5 drink and it’s GOOD for you!

This morning as I was putting the finishing touches on my coffee the blender seemed a bit off… not quite right…very bouncy and loud…

Hmmm… upon further investigation I could see nothing noticeable about the contents of my blender so I poured out my big cup of love and took a big ol’ swig.  Strange…it’s a bit chewy??? I quickly spit out a solid piece of something.  It was a chunk of black rubber.  I know I live on a farm and things can get misplaced very easily when you have 4 outbuildings each with their own belongings, not to mention 5 different people moving those items about… but really! Trying to save my cup of perfect deliciousness I grabbed a fine mesh strainer to strain out all the rubber bits.  It almost worked.  If I only looked at the beautiful frothy top I could not see the black flecks below!  But my better judgement took over and I realized that it’s probably not a good idea to drink inedible things.  Well, I guess I could always make another cup- but this time I’m writing down exact quantities so I can replicate my little cup of heaven!

 


Basic Bulletproof Coffee:

1 cup of freshly brewed coffee

1/2 tsp. coconut oil

1/2 tsp. butter

stevia to taste

sprinkle of salt

1 tsp. collagen

flavoring of your choice

blend on low for 30 seconds to 1 minute until fully emulsified and frothy

Drink up!


 

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Food, Frugal

My Grocery Strategy

My grocery strategy

Today I’m going to share my grocery budget tips! I LOVE saving a bit of $ wherever I can and here’s what I found works for me. I’m pretty fussy about doing things how it works best for me. I have tried other methods but I can’t make them stick. One thing I forgot to mention in the video is to use cash whenever possible! This makes my budget so much more real to me. I know, I’m weird but I’m saving money so it’s all good!

 

 

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Project FEED ME chicken tacos #hungrymama

This meal was actually made for dinner but I had leftovers for lunch the next day. It was so stinkin’ fast (and good) that I’m thinking it might need a permanent spot on my regular weekly menu.

First off, my Wednesday schedule leaves me with very little time to make a meal. We had instituted “pizza night” for Wednesday and that was awesome but now that we are cranking down on the budget the pizza had to go. Sad, so very sad.

Here is my Wednesday:

6:30 wake up, do chores, eat breakfast, COFFEE, not kill anybody while trying to get everyone out the door and to school on time. Yes, I go to school too. (I’m a teacher though);)

3:00 School is over! Go directly to daughter’s allergy shot appointment.

4:00 (ish) Home we go! I have a whopping hour and 30 minutes to make food, feed people, make sure everyone is appropriately dressed and stay sane 🙂

5:30 Go to practice followed by church.

9:00 (ish) Go home,and go to bed….*ah*

So when I whipped these chicken tacos together I was shocked, amazed and astounded to find that I was EARLY to practice! It’s true! ( even if there wasn’t anyone there to witness it!) I didn’t keep tabs on the time but I’m certain it was less than 30 minutes in all. Of course, I did precooked the chicken.

The stars of this meal are…

The amazing, incredible time saving wizard…it’s the INSTANT POT!!!

I prepped my chicken in the morning so it was all cokked when I got home from the allergist.

The modest but multitasking jem of the kitchen…it’s the KITCHEN AID!!!

I tossed the cooked chicken in my trusty Kitchen Aid. I set the mixer to low. In about a minute I had shredded chicken. Yesssss.

It chops! It dices! It minces! And more….it’s the ECOCHOP!!!

Cilantro, lettuce and onions each got their turn in here. It takes less than a minute to chop with this thing. Im not a gadget person but I LOVE this one! You can contact me if you would like more info or look up ecochop from BONcook.

Now all I had to do was crack open a can of rotel and set out the, sour cream and shredded cheese. Oh, and taco shells!

Ready for assembly!
Don’t mind if I do…do…do…
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Project FEED ME tilapia #hungrymama

Tilapia, mango chutney, sautéed kale

Yesterday’s lunch was tilapia with mango chutney and sautéed kale. I like the single serve fish filets because they are so fast! If I get salmon I can cook that up quick too if I have it thawed before hand. The mango chutney was really just frozen mango chunks that I combined with leftover rhubarb freezer jam and a bit of water and cooked up in a saucepan. My favorite was the kale though…I know, I’m weird. But seriously it was pretty yummy. I chopped it fine in my ecochop and sautéed it with smart balance and a bit of Chipotle seasoning. I’ll definitely be doing that again!

What is your favorite “fast food”?

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Project FEED ME #hungrymama

Quesadilla with bbq sauce and elk meat. A glass of water with lime 🙂

I am currently making my lunches at home. I know it sounds like a lot of work to do on lunch break. However,  I have noticed some serious benefits already!

Real food people, it’s REAL FOOD!

It’s HOT food (not the same as a cold salad or sandwich)

I get to eat sitting down and not in a car or at my desk! Like real adults!

I eat healthier.

I look forward to planning my meals as I am a planner at heart.

I feel like I am caring for myself. Certain things mean more than others to each person. (Love languages) I guess food is my love language!

I am happier.

No weight lost but I feel thinner.

I get to invite friends to my home to join me 🙂

I can make full use of what I have on hand. My meals must be quick so that means what I have in the fridge (or cupboards) gets used up and we have less waste.

It’s very budget friendly !

I feel more rested and satisfied after a real meal. Frozen burritos are not really my thing…

Well, there you have it. I think I’ll continue my meals at home as often as possible.  If you are free for lunch come on over!

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Potato Soup (the abbreviated version)

On one of my lunchscapades I started tinkering in the kitchen. It was a cold and blustery day so soup was on my mind. I had some leftover mashed potatoes in the fridge and I thought I’d make a quick potato soup. The fact that I had a bit of leftover bacon from breakfast may have influenced my lunch choice as well! This was a fast substitute for what usually takes hours of simmering. Without further ado, I give you Potato Soup, the abbreviated version.

2 tablespoons butter in crock pot on high

Add in 1 tablespoon minced garlic (I get the jarred kind not the dried stuff)

Add desired spices- generally salt and pepper suffice but I added a dash of no salt Greek blend, a teaspoon of “soul food” blend and about a teaspoon of parsley

Mix spices into melted butter and add about 2 cups mashed potatoes. Mix well and turn crock pot to low.

Add about 1 cup heavy cream. Mix well

Thin with milk to desired consistency and turn crock pot to warm. Add chopped bacon and mix well.

I was careful about my crock pot as it runs hot but you may be able to get away with keeping the temp higher. My “keep warm” temp is the perfect eating temp so that’s where I kept it. With milk based sauces and soups higher temp can “break” it so I erred on the side of caution.

I’d give you a picture but it’s gone. As in I ate 4 bowlfuls  gone…oops!

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Lunch Oasis

Today’s meal consisted of fried mashed potatoes with eggs and summer sausage. Country comfort food!

In an effort to make my day less like a perpetual to do list I have decided to try using my lunch break more like a dinner party. The goal is to build in a bit of down time into my day so that I’m less frazzled at the end of it. Not to mention it saves money and is probably a lot healthier.

Today was another “do” day where I ran around and did all the things that needed doing. That’s all great and stuff but I’m getting sooooo tired. I can’t spend my life rushing through projects and lists. It’s not healthy and I think it may even be counter productive sometimes.

So I’m going to take the time to make myself a nice meal. Yes. I’m going to COOK on my lunch break. Not because I have to but because I want to. It feels nourishing and it’s almost a luxury. I happen to love cooking just a bit more than I love eating. I get that I’m weird and that many people would prefer a drive through meal over cooking. I just feel like cooking for someone is a wonderful way to love them. Why not love myself a little then?

Care to join me for lunch? 🙂

DIY, Food, Health

 Trying to Stay Healthy with Fire Cider Tea 

I had made fire cider in the past and even blogged about it. Its basically a bunch of good for you ingredients steeped in apple cider vinegar for a few weeks. It is to be used as a health tonic to build up your immunity. Instead of eating whole cloves of garlic and smelling like an italian restaurant from a mile away you drink a small amount of this and still get the benefits. The ingredients : horseradish root, ginger root, lemon juice and garlic (plus a few spices) make up my fire cider tea. Here’s where I tweaked the original recipe. Normally these ingredients will steep in the vinegar FOR.EV.ER. and I’m not patient. So I decided to can the ingredients in boiling water like a tea and see if that sped up the process. It actually worked pretty well! I’m not sure if it affects the properties of the ingredients but it still has the same firey  bite to it so I’m thinking it’s about the same. Oh, and I add the vinegar to my glass before taking it.

My main ingredients: ginger, garlic, horseradish, lemon
Chopped ingredients ready to go along with rosemary, cinnamon, cayenne pepper and lemon juice

Here lay the humble beginnings of my fire cider tea. Chopped and ready to be canned up.

Into the jar you go!
All canned up:)

After canning I gave it a few day to steep and then tried it out. It seemed just like the regular version that takes weeks so I’m pretty happy. Stay healthy!

Farm, Food

Eggcellent

I am a happy chicken mama right now!  Those ladies upped their game and I am getting an easy dozen a day and usually round 14-16.  So happy! Super eggcited!

Some of the things we did to make our girls happy:

Cleaned the coop

Made a hot mash with oatmeal, cornmeal, molasses and oyster shells

Finished the outdoor pen

Fed cracked corn for scratch grains outside

Fed kitchen scraps once a day outdoors

Our neighbor also killed 2 foxes behind our house a week ago so that may have been a factor as well.  I’m not sure what made everything cluck, er… click but we got eggs so I’m a happy girl!

From our farm to yours “Bock!” (that’s chicken talk for  happy Monday)

p.s. These lovely homegrown gems are posted on the classifieds!

p.p.s. We have a FB page just for farmy things! Henneke Farm

DIY, Food, Holidays

Measure Once, Cut Forever

Here is a quick glimpse into the pretty much regular happenings of my life.  Illustrated for you in caramel.  This is what happens when I find a new recipe (or anything) that I HAVE to try.  I search, I find the instructions, I read them 2x, I get proper equipment…and then I dive in! Halfway through I usually forget something and frantically try to ad lib. Apparently if you are making caramel sauce and forget to add water at the end you end up with plain caramel candies.  Not a bad deal really.  Not if you have a proper way to package it and haven’t already poured it from it’s liquid state into jars….

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Hurriedly scooping the warmed up caramel from the jar

 

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Thank goodness for my BON COOK Roulpat! I was able to cut the caramel so much faster with the Roulpat and knife.
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Don’t let that sticky sweetness fool you – that stuff is as hard as a rock by now!
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My fabulous team of Umpalumpas…er, my family, helped me wrap each and every sweet bite (except what made its way into our mouths)

Moral of the story is- it’s always good to give a new project a trial run before the big show!  So now everyone gets caramels, you’re welcome!