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4th of July recap, buffet-style

Ok, folks…now that the 4th of July festivities are over, it’s time to bust out your best rain dances. We’re expecting several days of 100º+ weather this week, and the lovely veggies are looking verrrrry wilty.

Despite my pitifully slow new internet service (pics are taking FOREVER to upload), I’m ready to recap the river party! I’m happy to report that once I was around my friends and family, I all but forgot about the body issues that had been creeping up on me (see previous post.) It helped me relax a little knowing many of them had been hitting the keg, so any flaws I felt self-conscious about were probably nicely blurred. Besides, all the attention was on the baby anyway… :)

I knew there would be lots of kids around (not around the aforementioned keg, of course), so I picked up these faux Silly Bandz in an attempt to spread the healthy eating bug. See…it’s a veggie burger, sweet potato fries, whole wheat pizza, an iced decaf green tea with lemon and a banana dog, a la the Healthy Everythingtarian!

They were more interested in this:

Here’s an overview of the day. Sorry about the meager photos…it was a juggling act with baby in one hand, camera in the other.

Jerk chicken, a honey mustard pork loin…this was only the beginning…

There were hundreds of burgers and dogs, but my pic mysteriously disappeared, much like they did…

You can see some of them here, with Chef Extraordinaire, Rich.

The spread just kept keep growing as the day went on…

Doin’ it Central PA-style, with crock pots and lots of stuff made with mayo and eggs…

Yikes!

 I have to give the prize for Best Scary Buffet Item to the CAKE-EATING CAKE MONSTER!

I managed to refrain from digging in to the massive tables of junk food, opting instead for some fresh salsa (funny, no one else touched that…), a few blueberries and a bit of Chef Rich’s Jerk Chicken (BANGin’!)

My husband was SO excited for our boy’s first dip in the river. Me? Nervous? Of course not, why do you ask? ;)

Little man had a blast licking watermelon, eating the guts out of my squished blueberries, and getting attention from everyone. There were lots of other babies to play with (and 2 other breastfeeding moms for me to chat with! Yay!).

Don’t worry….he was slathered in baby sunscreen.

I wish I always had this view while nursing my boy…he drifted off for a nap, and I just sat and looked at the water for about a half an hour. THAT certainly doesn’t happen much lately…

The long, hot day ended with a bang…several of them actually. Big, loud ones that made my poor baby cry and cling to my neck. He shrugged it off quickly, though, and watched the rest of the show with wide eyes and a big “O” shaped mouth. 

Fun stuff. Hope you all had a happy 4th! 

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How was your 4th of July celebration?

There’s a picnic buffet, you scan the table: What are you looking for?


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Diaper Junkie, Internet Junkie, Junk Food Junkie

Wow! What a fun blogging weekend it was!

I heard from so many supportive, encouraging, cloth-diaper-loving moms after my Fuzzibunz post, and I couldn’t be more excited to keep building our collection! It really has the potential to become quite an addiction, but it’s all for the greater good of our Mother Earth, right? Yeah, that and cute fluffy little butts in rainbow colors. :D  There’s such a passionate community of women out there (and some men, too, I’m sure) and I’m elated to have found them! Huge thanks to everyone for all your comments and suggestions! More cloth diaper updates are coming in the near future…

On another note: Hold on to your hats, people. I have some really exciting news!

I now have internet service….IN MY HOUSE!

I should explain. For the past three years, since I’ve been living in my current home, I have not had internet service. I can’t get DSL because Verizon won’t run the necessary lines down to our street (even though it is available just a few houses away) so my only option has been dial-up, and I’m not havin’ that. 

I’ve been lugging my trusty Mac around with me, using the internet on my lunch break at work, setting up camp at local internet cafes, and even driving around looking for a connection when I need to send an important email. NO way to live, let me tell you.

And yes, I have been blogging under these crappy circumstances. I think I should get some kind of blog rewards points for that…

So last Saturday, I went to my local Verizon store and got an aircard!

The only problem? My reception at home sucks arse. It often tells me that I’ve disconnected my device when I haven’t, and I don’t get a strong signal, but it’s WAY better than nothing. I’ve been told that I can try a signal booster, but I’m not sure what that is. I think I have some research to do.

Until then, I’m having some often-interrupted but long-awaited fun online! And I’m not even going to feel guilty about it…yeah, right…

That’s where the junkie part comes in. I can see where this could become a problem, especially since I have two boys, big and small, who are used to having my undivided attention. It would be easy to spend hours upon hours online reading blogs, shopping for diapers and fun baby stuff, networking with other like-minded mommies and working on freelance projects, but I do solemnly promise to remember that I have a family, and they are much more snuggly and lovable than my laptop.

So after a very baby weekend on my blog, I think it’s about time to share some food pics!

I’m afraid my meals haven’t been all that interesting. I tend to eat the same things quite often (oats, veggie burger, etc.) because, quite frankly, it’s just easier for me to make healthy choices that way, but it doesn’t make for a very interesting blog. So I’ve decided to share the abundance of snack foods I’ve eaten recently. There are days when I am just a snackin’ fool, and when that happens, I figure it’s my body’s way of telling me I need something, but I’m just not recognizing the signal. So, I go with it (with restraint, of course.)

A few days ago, we visited the Cherry Alley Cafe again and I mealed on a terrific tempeh wrap, which I followed up with one of these BACON COOKIES, thank you very much...

Yup, vegan sandwich, bacon cookie. Watch out…I’m just that crazy. :razz:

These followed me home from a trip to get photos printed…

Mmmm, pickly. They were pretty salty, and I know better, but I ate them anyway. How could I not?

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a total ice cream fanatic. I’m sure it goes back to long Sunday drives on Long Island with my parents, which inevitably ended up stopping for a hot dog at a roadside truck or a soft ice cream cone.  I’m sticking with the ice cream for the sake of nostalgia, because I sure ain’t eatin’ no hot dog any time soon.

Now that I’ve decided that most (not all, just as much as possible) of my ice cream will be dairy-free, I’m trying to narrow down the stores that carry coconut milk ice cream so I can keep some on hand.

I found some Purely Decadent Vanilla Bean from Turtle Mountain, and it’s just as good as I knew it would be topped off with a Kashi cookie hat.

I’ve had several different flavors of Purely Decadent now, and they are all no-brainers at this point. I just love this stuff. My issue is that I can’t find any CHOCOLATE!! :cry: Where’s the CHOCOLATE!!!???

I’ll tell you where…it’s in this pint of Luna and Larry’s Coconut Bliss! I found this almost an hour away at a grocery store near my office. The price was a bit salty, but the flavor was magnificent!

(and just to clarify, I don’t consider ice cream to be junk food. Especially not when it’s made with coconut milk…isn’t that a food group?)

Chocolate Hazelut Fudge, anyone?

Nice texture, too. You have to let it sit out for a minute before you dig in, but it was nice and smooth and creamy and yum. Can you believe I made this pint last a whole week?! Two woots for self-restraint!

My love still goes out to the folks at Turtle Mountain, but it’s nice to have another option for a product that’s so hard to find. And sometimes, nothing but chocolate will do. You know how it is.

Luna and Larry’s offers a fun variety of flavors, all certified organic and non-GMO, and their website is really fun. Their retired flavors list made me drool on my keyboard…

It’s been a snacky few days, but I must be doing something right with my portion sizes and mindful eating because I lost 2 pounds this week! I’m not watching too closely, but I felt a difference so I checked. I now weigh less than I did on the day I got pregnant, and I am eating all the foods I love. 

Neat.

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Are you feeling snacky? Tell me!

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The rest of the day has to be better, right?

Ugh! What a morning!

Let me tell you one thing I know for sure: Automatic door locks are NOT as much of a convenience as you would think. I was at the gas station today, in the midst of a mayfly swarm, and I shut my door, only to hear a click and realize my keys, phone, wallet, etc. were locked inside. 

Again, ugh. 

Needless to say, I was an hour late to work and now I am in super-overdrive. I apologize if this post seemed a but rushed…

Silver lining: Baby was NOT in the car. See…something to be happy about :)

Anyhoo, let’s rewind to the much more relaxing yesterday:

My little man and I got up early and shared a smoothie! Well, he only licked the spoon because he can’t really have strawberries yet (they are a common allergen, so the recommendation is 1 year.)

The mash-up: Kale (from Grammie and Pop Pop Garden Pea’s garden!) strawberries, fresh bloobs from the yard, a nanner and some coconut milk.

Sideshow included a Food for Life sprouted grains bread heel spread with coconut butter. Dipping: YUM!

It had a few more chunks than I’d like, but pretty, I think. I had to make it in my food processor since I broke my faux Magic Bullet-ish puree machine. I’m thinking that what I need for a truly smooth smoothie is a Vitamix, but not so sure one is in the budget any time soon. I’d like to get the healthy smoothie habit started early with my boy, though, so I may have to do some shopping…

During naptime, I cut up this watermelon to snack on after dinner. Not fancy, just functional. Kind of feels like summer…

After naptime, we were both ready for playtime! You just can’t beat a blanket in the grass and a $.99 bottle of bubbles. 

Dinner included these zucchini fritters, adapted from a recipe in this month’s Food Network Magazine. (I’ll always take a new zuke recipe!)

  • 1 beast of a zucchini, shredded
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan, shredded
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill
  • 1 egg 
  • 1 small onion, chopped

I shredded the zuke and tossed it into a colander with the salt for 10 minutes, then pressed out the liquid. I then combined all the ingredients in a bowl, mixed well, and dropped the batter by the large spoonful into a bit of olive oil to pan fry until brown and crispy. Easy as that!

I’m thinking these would be good with a yogurty dipping sauce, or served with a dilly salmon. Next time…

Fritters alongside a plain old tuna salad, served in Belgium endive leaves, and some kale massaged with lime and sea salt. A simple, satisfying dinner that did not require a trip to the store.  :D Goal accomplished yet again!

Sadly, the lovely lunch of leftovers I packed for today lost its life in this morning’s keys-in-the-car-for-4-hours-on-a-hot-morning debacle. So, I ended up with chocolate chip cookies for breakfast (I was not entirely disappointed… ;) ) and this “veggie bowl” from the convenience store for lunch. Can you believe this was $6.65? It was totally plain–not even salt or anything–so I added a packet of Parm. This time, I was entirely disappointed.

…and hungry. :(  

I will not be locking my keys in my car again!

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What kind of appliance do you use to make a smoothie? What are your favorite smoothie ingredients?

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Rainy Day Squash Boats

I’m all for rain, but what’s with the threatening skies every time I have a day off!? Not being able to hang laundry outside really throws a wrench into the rest of my week. 

Rrrrr…. :x

Oh well. It’s good for the garden, right? Besides, a rainy day is the perfect time to take care of some things on the To-Do list and spend some playtime in the kitchen!

To-Do for Today? Baby food!

Back when I was prego, I got a lot of cr*p from people when I said I wanted to make my own baby food (among other things…) I never said I wanted to make every single bite of it, but I did want my baby to eat homemade food whenever possible. You should have heard all the comments I got…“You just wait…you won’t have time”…”Must be nice to have that much free time on your hands”…”Ha ha…I said that, too, and then I woke up to reality.” I heard ‘em all. Some people just laughed at me and rolled their eyes.

For those people, this is for you.

I timed it, and it took me all of 20 minutes during my son’s midday nap to turn one organic mango and 3 organic peaches into 7 servings of fresh, healthy, beautiful baby food. I mean, come on…it’s not rocket science.

Only the nice fleshy parts are included.

One for the next day at Grammie’s house, and the rest for the freezer. He’s not eating a whole lot at once right now, so I’m still making small batches. Once we graduate up to big batches, it will be even more efficient. 

I paid a total of $5 for the lot, and I don’t have to worry about all these scary recalls. Priceless, in my opinion.

It’s that easy, and believe me, I don’t have ANY spare time on my hands these days.

Note to self: People will always tell you YOU CAN’T. Always know that YOU CAN. (especially when little eyes are watching your example and taking notes…)

Once that was done, the sun came out so grilling came to mind. I have vowed not to shop for a few days because I want to use up some of the masses of random groceries taking over my kitchen, so I started rummaging…

Hmmm….a few yellow summer squash from the garden. Those are fresh and perishable, so they definitely need to be involved here…

Quinoa needs to be used up….have a can of black beans….some tomato sauce…garlic, sea salt….hmmm….

Squash boats! Sort of. They were too small to dig out the middles and stuff, but they were happy to be topped with a yummy quinoa something-or-other.

Olive oil, salt and pepper.

Oh, too dark. Nope! Turns out they were just right.

Pot full o’stuff. More than enough for 2 dinners and 2 lunches!

I feel like this was missing something green, but my kale was buggy. Eek! A good dousing of hot sauce kicked it up a little.

In the end, I feel like I accomplished a few things: I spent very little, I used up some neglected pantry items, and I fed my family the way I want to without much time in the kitchen. 

Feeling like a pretty good mommy today… :D

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A lot of people say that they can’t eat a healthy made-from-scratch diet because they don’t have time. What’s your response to that excuse?

The zucchini/squash onslaught has begun! What’s your best recipe?

Reminder: don’t forget to enter to win free products from Turtle Mountain! I’ll be picking a 2 winners on Saturday, 6.26…

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A Simple Father’s Day

Dinner is done, baby’s in bed…phew. Time to sit for a minute.

This was our first Father’s Day, and we’re not big fancy-shmancy people, so I planned a bunch of small things which all added up to a pretty perfect day.

First, we visited the Shade Mountain winery in Middleburg, PA. We had our wedding celebration there, and many of our pics were taken in the vineyard (see My Story.) Now that we have a tiny new family member, we thought he deserved a few pictures among the lovely grapes too…

After a bit of misty reminiscing, we grabbed a bottle of Shade Mountain’s spearmint wine and headed to the Selin’s Grove Brewery for sandwiches to take on our picnic. If you ever find yourself in the area, be sure to stop in…they have great beer, and they find themselves towards the top of many “Best Brew Pubs in the US” lists! Bonus: Much of the menu is locally grown or made, and they have a fun veg selection. :D

And off we were to drive up to the Mt. Pisgah altar. It’s a long, bumpy drive, but it’s totally worth it if you’re looking for the ultimate picnic spot.

**FUN FACT: When we first started dating (again), we drove up this mountain and saw 36 dead porcupines!

It’s like a big beautiful piece of art right in the middle of nowhere…

The view is stellar…

Daddy and his boy…

You-know-who…

The official Father’s Day photo.

Silly me…I nearly forgot. You can’t have a picnic without food!

He: The Chipotle Turkey Wrap. Chips were stale. Boo on that.

She: The Sunflower Sandwich (Cheddar cheese, mixed greens, tomato, red onion, honey mustard and sunflower seeds on locally baked bread. It seemed to me that there should be apples in there, so I added them on. It was perfect with a side of zingy apple slaw and a fat pickle. I don’t eat a lot of pickles because I have high blood pressure, but I didn’t want to be wasteful ;) )

We washed it all down with cocktails of spearmint wine and iced green tea, garnished with a sugar cane swizzle stick! Too cute! They went down waaaaay too easily…

We ate, we talked, we played with our boy and we thought about how lucky we are. Then, I relaxed on the blanket with one love of my life while the other hunted for wild blueberries.

It was a good day, for a good daddy.

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How did you spend Father’s Day? 

What is your favorite picnic food?


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