Friday, August 31, 2012


Presently I am developing recipes, building content and taking care of other aspects of my life.  I plan to be back with more of my whole in the raw adventures soon.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Budgeting and Bubbles

This is what happens when I take time to work on the budget (or do anything on the computer) when the Monkey is awake.  I try not to get on the computer too often when he's awake, but sometimes if he's playing well I hurry to get some things done.  This is how he occupied his time.  He loves playing in the sink and lately if there's soap available he ends up dumping it all out.  This time he plugged up the sink and when I heard, uh oh, I discovered this...As I always say, good thing he's cute.

Monday, August 6, 2012

My Dinner Diary: Week 11

Monday, July 30, 2012
We had the pleasure of Sista G and her kids A & T visiting today.  Thankfully the Monkey was feeling much better, though my hubby and I did take him to see a dentist.  Like we thought, there's nothing we can do, but watch his teeth and wait and see what happens. We were able to get an x-ray surprisingly.  All is well in that area.  We played at the spinny park after so hopefully he'll associate that with going to the dentist.  While Sista G and I made dinner, the hubby took A and the Monkey out on the kayak.  I had invited our missionaries over for dinner so with our bigger group we decided on spaghetti.  We made whole wheat noodles and homemade spaghetti sauce (tomato sauce with sea salt and Italian seasoning).  I also made a smaller batch of the tuna pasta sauce since I wasn't sure if it would be a hit.  It actually was.  We used up the last of the pre-made pizza crusts for garlic bread, had salad with home made cabbage salad(poppy seed) dressing and raw brownies for dessert.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
The Monkey and I enjoyed our visit to our sweet neighbor in the morning then headed off to the library for story time.  After played at the beach for a short time.  The rest of the day wasn't too exciting, just lunch, naps and cleaning and preparing for my family reunion the rest of the week.  I did make up super yummy salmon with salad, corn, and baked potatoes.  After the Monkey went to bed I finished preparing muffins and granola to take to the reunion and then took some time to relax with the hubby and watch a little of the Olympics.

Wednesday, August 1-3, 2012
The morning was spent packing for the reunion.  I was pretty proud of myself for how calm I remained while preparing and packing all by myself.  We made it to my parents in good time and before everyone else was ready to go.  Yeah me!  The reunion was so nice.  The weather was warm and sunny, but bearable (until the end).  I had a great time visiting with my many relatives and getting to know them a little better.  My dad has 12 brothers and sisters which means I have a lot of cousins (68 I believe).  It's sad, but I just don't know them all and add to that spouses and their kids's a lot!  I went to college near the reunion and decided to relive my glory days of hiking the Manashtash Ridge.  With the company of Sista L and my Aunt Rosanne and Nancy, Uncle Joe and cousin Chris we set out.  It was hard, but I felt surprisingly energetic for not being in the best shape.  Yeah us!

So now for the food.  Thank you to the Mark and Patty family for planning such a wonderful menu that was easily adaptable for the slightly more health conscious.  There was lots of fresh fruit, greens, and vegetables to enjoy.  My green smoothies I made also sparked a few questions about the sludge I was drinking.  I refrained from the desserts, but the night after hiking I couldn't resist partaking of the lasagna and garlic bread.  I'm sorry, I was just so hungry and salad just wasn't going to cut it, though I made sure I had vegetables with it.  All in all, I was very pleased with my food choices and didn't feel terribly deprived.  Oh, and the muffins I brought was a lifesaver as the Monkey mostly at those and I loved my granola for breakfast and to snack on.

Saturday,  August 4, 2012
I was glad I left Friday night from the reunion so the Monkey and I could recuperate and I could get the house in order.  I was able to even mow the law.  The hubby had to work, but at least he got home earlier than expected.  We ate at the Family Inn near our house.  It was late and we were hungry.  I wouldn't go there again.  It's not horrible, but there are just not many healthy options.  I chose a black bean burger on whole wheat bread with a side salad.  Not bad, just nothing special.  The Monkey ate some beef and barley soup (way too much beef) and some of the hubby's breaded and fried prawns.

Sunday, August 5, 2012
Another pleasant valley Sunday (don't you love the Monkey's).  I was able to get up at a quarter to 6am to prepare my primary lesson and with only 3 boys in the class it went quite well.  The Monkey made it through the hour of our sacrament meeting, which is always an accomplishment and enjoyed the rest of church in nursery.  Thank you to his nursery leaders!  After lunch and naps I made dinner.  I had bought some red and green cabbage the night before because cabbage salad sounded so good.  So for dinner it was cabbage salad and our traditional breakfast for dinner of hash browns, eggs, and toast.  This time I added nectarines to the cabbage salad and it turned out so tasty.