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let’s celebrate

All was quiet on CSM last night.  I just needed a little bit of time to unwind and disconnect from everything. Jon and I took Olive and went on a walk, which we haven’t done in awhile bc we’ve been so busy.  I’ve missed our walks so much!

Yesterday afternoon I took a trip to a new Farmer’s Market on our university’s campus.  It was fairly small, but each farmer had a good array of fruits and veggies.  I was hoping to pick up some swiss chard, and while they didn’t come through for me on that, I did score all of this

cucumbers, zucchini, bell peppers, tomatoes, canteloupe, squash

I love all the different shapes of produce you find at the Farmer’s Market.  When food is grown naturally, you don’t get the perfect, uniform look that you see in the grocery stores.   It reminds me of how fresh and natural these veggies are.  Beautiful!

It also reminds me of us as humans.  We are all so different in shape and size…and that is something to celebrate!  It’s our individuality and uniqueness that makes us beautiful. I know I need a frequent reminder of that!  All too often I find myself envying someone else – their job, their body, their personality – but I try to redirect my thoughts to focus on what I love about myself

squash the size of my arm!

This morning I got up and enjoyed a bowl of plain soy yogurt, fresh berries and raw oatmeal before heading off to PiYo class!

A little while after getting back home I snacked on a whole wheat tortilla and some salsa.  I usually try to base snacks around fruits/veggies, but when a serious craving strikes…I have no choice but to listen!

I’ll be spending the rest of the day working on Outbox tasks and practicing PiYo.  Things are moving along with preparing to teach.  Slowly, but surely.

Tonight Jon and I are going to make a run to the city, so I can look for a dress to wear to the Healthy Living Summit cocktail party!  Hopefully I’ll be able to find something on sale!  Wish me luck:)

What is one thing you can celebrate about yourself? It can be something about your body, personality…whatever!  And you can’t avoid commenting on this post because you don’t want to answer the question;)  We all have wonderful amazing characteristics, and it’s good for us to remind ourselves of those things.

I’ll get the ball rolling:  I love that I have a high sense of compassion for people.  My heart breaks so deeply when I see other people hurting.

Ready…GO!!

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the mailman = my best friend

The mail man is my new best friend!!

Yesterday when I got home from tutoring, a much anticipated package had been dropped off.

Jon and I have had our DSLR camera for about 4 months now, and I still don’t really know how to use it.  I mean, I shoot using the manual setting, but oftentimes it’s just a shot in the dark (on more than one level:) on whether or not it comes out a good photo.  I’ve been wanting to take a photography class since we got our camera, and now that I’m working part time helping Jonathan with Outbox, I have an even greater urgency to improve my photog skills:)

Enter Nicole Hill Gerulat. Nicole is the writer and photographer of A Little Sussy, and she offers online photography courses.  I signed up to take a month long course throughout August to learn everything from lighting to staging to the inner workings of my camera and beyond!  I am beyond stoked about it…and I’m counting the days ’till August! Nicole writes the reference book herself, and I jumped for joy when it came in the mail.  The front cover makes you want to just devour it!

Also causing me to literally jump for joy was the sweet mail man’s delivery when I got home from Turbokick today…

Okay, okay.  So he didn’t deliver this exactly.  But I went from picking the box up off the front porch to spiralizing a potato in about 12 seconds flat.  No time for photos, people…I had to get this baby going!!

I spiralized my little heart out.

First I made some curly fries for the husband.

I mixed up one tablespoon of olive oil + 1/2 tbsp of seasoned salt + a heavy sprinkle of ground red pepper.  After placing the fries in a gallon sized plastic bag, I poured in the oil and shook it like a mad woman.  Last, I dumped them out onto a greased cookie sheet, spread them out evenly and baked them for about 30 minutes at 375 degrees, flipping them ever 10 minutes or so.

I think I could go into business making curly fries for my husband.  He LOVED them!

S is for spiralizer!

Next I made some zucchini noodles.

I was planning on eating them raw, but as I was putting the potatoes in the oven, I got the bright idea to soften them up a bit by adding a sprinkle of kosher salt and black pepper and baking them for about 20 minutes at 375 degrees.

Then I topped them with some leftover Easy Vegan Crock-pot Pasta Sauce.

Eeek (said in high pitched squeaky voice:)!!

with a side of plain soy yogurt and fresh blackberries

Best. lunch. eva.

CSN stores sent me this spiralizer, and I’ll be doing a full review soon!  I promise…you’ll be wanting one by the time I get done with you:)  And you wanna hear the best news?  I’m going to be giving one away!

I’m off to get some work done….see you guys later on!

Have you ever taken photography classes?  Is that something you’d be interested in?
Have you ever used a spiralizer or eaten anything created by using one?  What did you think?

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second time around

Thank you all for the wonderful comments this morning!  You guys totally made my day!  Well…you and Foodbuzz :)   lol.

I really do appreciate your support tremendously.  ChiaSeedMe would not be the same without you.

After yesterday’s 7 hours of driving and 8 hour certification class, I just could not pull myself out of bed on time this morning!  I slept in until Jon left for world at 8am, then finally lured myself out of bed by envisioning a refreshing and energizing juice. mmm.

1 beet, 1 apple, 1 pear, 2 carrots

Totally did the trick:)

I also managed to make it to the gym and crank out a 5k on the treadmill.  It was a tough run…but I’m really trying to start pushing myself more.  Instead of focusing on the discomfort, I want to focus more on the satisfaction of sprinting that last mile….or running it 20 seconds faster. Whatever it may be.  It really worked today, and I felt so great!

Lunch was leftovers from the other night.

stir-fry veggies with bulgur, chick peas and chias

I had mentioned before that this stir-fry sauce I made was a total fail…but honestly, it tasted better today than it did the first time.  I kinda liked it!

Later on I snacked on a brown rice cake with natural pb, sliced banana a chia seeds – one of my favorite snacks:)

Dinner tonight was leftover enchiladas.  muahahaha.

Today when I met with Mohammad for our tutoring session, he had some bad news to tell me – he’s moving!  This was totally out of the blue.  Basically (we learned that word today:) he just isn’t happy with the classes he’s taking at the institute here, so he’s moving to OKC to attend a different one. Wednesday will be our last meeting together.  I’m really going to miss it because I’ve been enjoying tutoring a lot!

So, you guessed it.  That leaves me jobless once again.  And once again, I’m just trusting that God has something better for me. It’s not easy, but I’m turning away from lies and believing truth.  Something that I’m getting to work on a lot lately:)

In other news…

…this little guy left us yesterday.  While Olive certainly has a little more peace in her life, Jon and I are kinda missing him.

Well, I’m off to cuddle with the husband.  What a great day it’s been; let’s try to top it tomorrow!

And a couple questions for you guys because I love getting to know more about you!  What better way to find out more about you guys than hearing about your lovable fur babies? Or lack thereof;)

Are you a dog person or a cat person? Or neither?
What kind of pet(s) do you have and what are their names?

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all in a day’s eats

Eek!  I can’t believe I’m just now getting around to posting.

I have been pulling some seriously late nights this past week, and it needs to stop!  It’s causing me to be so exhausted during the day.  I just love staying up late, though!

Lunch today was simple.

Two slices of Ezekiel bread, Morningstar black bean burger, hummus, a healthy dose of sunflower sprouts, and rotel tomatoes.  Yum!

And the biggest watermelon spread ever! I promise I didn’t eat all that…at least not for lunch;)

I’m pretty sure I’m going to morph into a watermelon before it’s all said and done. That or a sunflower sprout:)

I had totally forgotten that yoga was tonight until I started craving it this afternoon.  Then it hit me!  So, after tutoring I went straight to class, and did some lovely sun salutations, half series and child’s poses.  love. love. love.

Since I knew I’d be getting home sort of late from yoga, I spent some time this afternoon chopping up veggies and making a stir-fry sauce.  So, when I got home all I had to do was dump it all in the wok and cook some bulgur!

I included cabbage, bell pepper, pattypan squash, carrots, onions, zucchini and sunflower sprouts.  Obviously I added a sprinkle of chia seeds to top it all off!

The most important thing about stir-frying veggies is timing.  I always put my carrots in and let them cook for a bit first (same story with broccoli if you’re using it); then I add bell peppers.  Soon after the peppers I add in everything else except for the sunflower sprouts, which I toss in at the very end.

I would give you the recipe for the sauce I made, but it needs some revamping.  It involved low sodium tamari sauce, garlic, olive oil, maple syrup, seasoned rice vinegar and ground red pepper; it was a bit bland unfortunately, so I’ll spare you the details.  The incredible veggies were the star of this show!

Dessert was a brown rice cake with a thin layer of Maranatha Chocolate Almond Butter spread.  This stuff is just like eating icing.  It is so good!

With a cup of decaf iced coffee on the side.

Well, I hate to cut this short, but I gots to gets to bed!

Tomorrow is a special day here, but I’m going to wait ’till tomorrow to tell you why!  Any guesses?!

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day at the market

There are only 2 days left in my chia seed giveaway.  There will be two winners, and currently the entries are low, so get over there quick ’cause you have a great chance of scoring some seeds!  I’ve also posted the amazing benefits of chias and here are some posts with ideas of how to use them if you’re interested.

What a lovely Saturday morning we’ve had here at CSM headquarters:)

We managed to rise and shine this morning in time to hit up the Farmer’s Market.  We haven’t been in awhile for various reasons, and it was much more impressive today than ever before!  I was in heaven!

We made up a little early morning to-go snack before heading out the door

repeat from yesterday – brown rice cake with natural pb and sliced banana.  With a sprinkle of chia of course!

There’s nothing like the Farmer’s Market to get a person excited about eating healthy and fresh!  Everything is just so beautiful and natural.

swiss chard!  I’ve been dying for some swiss chard, but none of our grocery stores have it. This one is huge!

Thai basil- I feel a stir-fry comin’ on:) muahahaha

eggplant in the back.  in the front is a variation of squash called Patty Pan Squash – have you heard of it?

lemon cucumber.  The word on the street market is that it tastes just like cucumber- we shall see!!

fresh tomatoes in the sunlight

giant squash:)

tiny red bell peppers

best find of the day – sunflower sprouts!

Here is what I actually came home withsunflower sprouts, cabbage, patty pan squash, swiss chard, blackberries, red potatoes, giant zucchini, lemon cucumber, Thai basil and regular basil.

I am most excited about the sunflower sprouts!  Here is some info from the farmer

Amazing little guys!  I’m dreaming of putting them in green monsters, wraps, salads….the possibilities are endless!!!

Two years ago I never would have believed you if you’d have told me I’d be so excited over a plant. lol.

After the market, we stopped for some coffee at one of our little local coffee shops.  Actually, I was a barista here for a summer in college, so I have a special affinity for it.

iced decaf americano with a splash of soy

I’ve become obsessed with iced americanos lately.  I’m not sure why I had them add soy today because I really like it better straight up.  It just wasn’t quite strong enough today.

We drove around, scoping out garage sales for awhile, but didn’t find anything good:(  Now I’m off to clean clean clean!  Our house is way overdue for a deep cleaning, and I’m just the girl to do it:)  See ya later!

What is something that is true about you now that you wouldn’t have believed had someone told you in the past? Spill it!

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