Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Starting Seeds

Planting little seeds in dirt and then watching them emerge has been so rewarding for the kids and I.   We stare at those little sprouts longer than might seem normal.   We show each other what we think are the tallest  or tiniest.  The plan is to transplant them all outside in May but I wanted to document how much we are enjoying this stage of the process.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Whole Wheat artisan bread

Thanks to the encouragement of my baking friends I finally tried this technique.   Looks alone have made it so rewarding!  

Here's my recipe :

2 C whole wheat flour
1 C white flour
1/2 yeast
1/2 t salt
2 C water

It is so easy!  Just make sure you have a big bowl and mix these ingredients.  Then cover it with plastic wrap for a day (I think mine ended up being around 20 hours ).  Plop the blob out on some flour.  Let it rise while you prepare the pan.

Then preheat a lidded Dutch oven in a 450 degree oven.  Pull it out, open the lid, and throw the blob into the pan.  Put the lid on and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.   Reach in and take off the lid and then bake 15 more minutes.

It popped right out of the Dutch oven after baking and I'm cooling it here on this rack.  I still can't believe it worked so well with so little handling.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Today: green smoothies and netflix

In today's update:  I am drinking green smoothies again.  Trying to work it back into a habit.  A few things I have changed is using plain greek yogurt (about 1/3 C) instead of little containers of sweetened.  Other than that it's my tried and true recipe and still tastes great.  And its still funny how my youngest loves them.  You wouldn't think a drink like that would be a kid favorite but I drank them regularly while pregnant (especially at the end) so I blame that :).

Part of my renewed motivation for eating well is health hasn't been well the last few weeks (although I think I'm blaming allergies and viruses more than the lupus--who even knows?).  Because of that I've done more resting and enjoyed some Netflix.  My favorite shows I've taken in are these:

I share because I care, so you need to tell me what you're loving these days too!  I like being prepared for my can't get out of bed time :).  I just remembered there are two others.  I watched the whole Hart of Dixie run but honestly can't recommend it.  It was just a bunch of love triangles--basically by the end everyone had dated everybody so it was very unrealistic.  But since I had to act like I'm not a quitter I just kept going until it was done.  Also I enjoyed the documentary "Tricked" about the terrible problem we have with modern day slavery right now but the cover pic was too racy.  I will say that I do recommend the show itself.  It casts a more realistic light on the problem in contrast to the cover picture.

And that's my update!  Catch up with me on Facebook or Instagram anytime!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Lana Del Ray style Inspiration

I'll never have long hair like her--or probably even dark again for that matter (I'm headed back to platinum) but the vibe of her clothes and eyeliner and attitude is very summer.  I am ready for a summer state of mind!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

House Update (before and afters)

It's been awhile since I've shared any remodeling updates, right?

Here's where we're at on a few different views, comparing the photos Casey took during the inspection before we bought it, compared to today.  Given it has taken 3 years it's no reality show special ;), but it is becoming our very homey home and we love it.

Downstairs 1/2 Bath


Master Bathroom

Next up, I'll be featuring some views of the entry and stairways.  Doesn't sound like much, but given the previous owner's penchant for loud wallpaper they are pretty big changes.


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