Fall Food Withdrawal

Another thing about Fall (don’t worry,there are only a few more months of every post starting this way), is the cooking! Finally I can turn on the stove without having to strip down to my skivvies to prevent heat stroke. You are welcome neighbors and family.

That being said, I may have picked a really shitty time to attack the Whole30.  In case you are unaware of said program; the gist of it is no grains, dairy, legumes (beans for you who don’t want to Google legumes like I had to), dairy or sugar. So, I have been reduced to eating eggs, meat, eggs, veggies, eggs, fruit, eggs and an obnoxious amount of coconuts (oil, butter, milk…).

Truth be told, it is not so bad. I definitely have food aversions coupled with food addiction, making the thought of this really scary. But, for the first time in my life, I feel like I am ready to get down to the root of it.

I am on day 8.  There is nothing really glamorous about the process or really revolutionary for me. It has boiled down to some simple truths about myself that I have just had to accept:

  1. I need to stop eating like I am 22
  2. I need to stop eating shit
  3. I need fuel for my life and the right foods can give me that
  4. I need to be more active

So there it is. This 30-day adventure is meant to jump start putting those truths into action. So far it is working.

Here is some visual on the not-so-glamorous aspects…

I give you Banana Nut Portage


This was supposed to replace oatmeal. It did not. Not even a little.

HOWEVER, most things have worked awesomely! Because of great friends, I was gifted some great cookbooks and an All Powerful Spiralizer. If you are unfamiliar with a Spiralizer, become family. This is a recipe that uses one, along with a VitaMix. I am pretty sure I have not lived prior to the possession of these two beauties.  After the recipe, I will give some links for you to crack out on as well.

Pesto Zucchini Noodles

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Spiralizer 3-4 medium Zucchini

(you can freeze extra if you want to do more)

Go HERE to learn more about how to spiralize

Fry for about 15 minutes in a tablespoon of coconut oil

(longer to make softer, shorter to keep crunchy)

Make Pesto

combine in this order into high powered blender (ahem, VitaMix) or food processor:

1/3 cup olive oil

2 cups packed fresh basil

1/4 cup pine nuts

2 cloves of garlic

1/4 cup Parm. Cheese (optional, I leave out)

Pinch of salt


Add some sun warmed tomatoes from your garden and presto pasta BAM


Now, here are the good links…Got 3 hours to crack out???

Go use your Noodle (see what I did there) and enjoy!!



Wednesday Link Love

It is official, I am a craft blog stalker.
I think I have OCD. I have an order to the sites I check; Gmail then Storeenvy then Facebook then One Pretty Thing then Etsy then, in a new tab, people.com, People of Walmart and Regretsy. Once I have satiated my daily character assassination, I pop back to One Pretty Thing and can waste 3 episodes of The Wire (or whatever current series obsession I am having) just going through blogs. In the end, I am over inspired that I slap my computer shut and forget all about them. Until about 4am, when I wake up and it all comes flooding in. At 4am, in my mind, I have a stenciled ceiling, a homemade chandelier in my bedroom, my bathroom is redecorated, sewing room is organized, I made about 7 outfits per child, designed a wedding dress, and solved the random stitching problem I had in a bag from earlier in the day. By 4:15, I am sound sleep dreaming about how I met JK Rolling and told her how she changed my life (which was really my dream last night. I had no idea Harry Potter had such an impact in my life).
Dinner tonight you ask? Roast chicken from Costco and instant Miso Soup. Picked one hell of a week to start being productive.