Recipes

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Izzy got a "Big Girl" hair cut!

I took the girls to get their hair trimmed last weekend.
Izzy's was long over due- no longer rocking a mullet, but more a Farah Fawcett ala Charlies Angles look. That was still a little mullet-y.
I tried one time before to get it trimmed, but I was feeling wishy-washy, so when Izzy said no I said next time.
I was surprised when she walked over to the chair all by herself and climbed right in!
She had just watched Jessica do it, but still- she's getting so big!

 Jessica got her hair trimmed too.
She wants to grow it as long as Miss Justine (our fabulous babysitter and sub-teacher at school)
Her hair is down to her bum, so we'll see if Jess can do it.
We're also going to grow it until next year right before kindergarten, where we will then cut it and donate it to locks of love!
(Not sure if you can see her feather, but its black & pink to match her soccer uniform)
 Izzy got a little stacked bob.  So cute, and her hair looks so much thicker in the back!

 We love Miss Rosana, and love the new hair!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Pockets

So Izzy is currently obsessed with anything with pockets.
Skirts, shorts, pants, dresses
If it has pockets, she's all about it.
She also still has a bit of a mullet and enjoys wearing her sunglasses inside.....



Monday, September 12, 2011

Jessica's perspective....

Jessica has been really into using my camera to take pictures recently (Izzy is, too, but I don't let her do it as often. She IS only two.... I posted one of her pictures in this post).
Maybe she'll be into photography like her mommy!
Here are a few shots from August:













Obviously Mommy & Daddy are her favorite subject to shoot :)
I kind of love this shots, for her little 4 year old perspective 

Saturday, September 10, 2011

I'm a juicer

So, as a part of my "health & all that jazz" journey, I've started juicing
I bought a cheap, $30 juicer on amazon- not wanting to splurge in case I didn't enjoy the juice
But now I'm kicking myself, and already have an eye on an upgrade
I've been juicing pretty much every day since I started my raw/vegan ish kick
And I'm hooked.
I actually find myself craving the juice!!!
What I have (from The Raw Detox Diet):
1 bunch of celery
5-6 Kale leaves
Ginger (about an inch or so)
A lemon or two
2 apples or other fruit (pear/plum/peach)
Occasionally a carrot stick or two
Delicious and nutritious!

The girls like to help me juice



But they aren't so into actually drinking the juice with me.....






I also recently watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead on netflix
Super inspirational- check it out!

I've tried a few other juice connoctions, but I really like this juice
The lemon + the apples really make it not taste like I'm just drinking leaves
The celery makes a lot of juice, so I like that as well

Will check back and let you know if I discover any other juices, and let me know if you have any favs!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Just two more bites....

Dinner time, most nights
Coaxing Miss Izzy (who, by the way, LOVES to eat)
To finish her dinner.
She just likes to be difficult

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Anatomy of a Preschoolers Outfit

Seriously, where did she come from????






Tutu outfit- hand me down
Hello Kitty Rainboats- Target
Sass a frass attitude- alllll her
seriously not sure where she gets this. but i love it!

Monday, September 5, 2011

GF/SF Zucchini Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies!

ZUCCHINI CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES (vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free)

In a large bowl, combined:
1 ripe banana, mashed
1/4 cup chia seed (this, combined with the banana, binds the cookie together like an egg normally would)
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup mayple syrup
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1 tbsp. vanilla extract

In a separate bowl, combined: .
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup gf oats
1/2 cup gf all purpose mix
1/4 hemp protein
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg

Pour the second bowl into the first, then add:

1 finely shredded zucchini (about a cup)
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup cranberries
1/4 cup nuts of your choice (walnuts are delicious!)
Stir these into other ingredients, mix well.  Drop by spoonful onto greased baking (I used coconut oil)
sheet, and flatten with the back of a spoon.  Bake at 350°, 10 to 15 minutes.









This was originally adapted from the book Animal Vegetable Miracle (inspired me to eat locally! AND to live on a farm. We'll see about that one. At least I'm working on getting my own chickens.....), but then I went a  little crazy and it now looks nothing like the original recipe.  Oh well!  It has almost all the food groups (except the meat & dairy, but is that still a food group? Or is it the protein food group? Cause we have that....), it has protein, carbs, fruits AND veggies, the good kind of fat, and its delicious!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Friday, September 2, 2011

Go Padres!

For a family fun day a few weeks ago, we went down to Petco Park to cheer on the Padres!
We hadn't been since Izzy was just a month old!!!!
(Steve's been quite a few times with friends, but even I haven't made it down there!)
We love going to the padres games, so excited to do it as a family!

 Pretty exciting stuff!
 Izzy kept calling it football, and was looking forward mostly to eating hot dogs, but we have a baseball fan for sure in Miss Izzy!
 Daddy saved the day and got tattoos for when the girls started to get a little antsy....

 Jessica also took over camera duties and snapped a few pics of the game 
Such a fun day, can't wait to do it again!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

sprouted lentils


One of the thing Raw Foodist are really into is sprouting foods. I have to admit, when I first started looking into the raw food thing, this part really scared me! It looked waaaaay too complicated. But the idea is that, when the grains are sprouting, they are starting to digest themselves, therefore making it easier on the human body to digest. Make sense? Kinda, not really, I know. I thought the same thing. But my friend Patty (she's my Raw food partner in crime these days) told me it was really easy to do lentils, and I should just give it a try. So I did.

First- soak a cup of lentils over night.  Be sure to at least double the water- those lentils will get big!!!

The next morning, drain and rinse the lentils.  I then laid them out on a towel covering a baking pan, covered it with another towel, and stuck it in a "dark place" ie. under my dining room table.  I kept it there until that night, where I rinsed them then re-laid them out.  The next morning I noticed some little baby sprouts!!!!  I let them sit another day and that night I put them in mason jars and in the fridge.  So yummy to snack on and in my salads!  And so good for you! (and for some reason I cannot understand, they are less calories this way than when cooked)

I tried to sprout some quinoa but they smelled funky. Guess thats part of the process, but wasn't a fan so not going to try that again.  Anyways, if you're thinking of sprouting, give lentils a try. So easy and so yummy!!!