Tuesday, January 28, 2014

what i ate #17

Just because I haven't been posting as much doesn't mean I've been eating any less!!

I started January off with a 3 day winter juice cleanse.  Truth be told, I only lasted 2 days, but I would try it again come spring!

I made these chewy almond spice cookies (and added some chocolate chips)

My husband hand made this amazing pasta (lots of hidden spinach in there!) with meatballs:

This airplane salad has become a staple around here. I love the mix of kale, avocado and pineapple: 

This has become one of my favorite snack: banana, almond butter, sprinkled with hemp seed:

Yum yum!!!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Sound of Taste

This may be the first commercial I have ever posted on this site, but it's SO worth your while! The sound of taste is meant to show people visually what it's like to taste something. 

Click here to see for yourself!!!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


Sorry I've been absent lately….I've been taking time to smell the roses and watch the California sunsets!

And now I'm home with a child with a fever. More soon, I promise. 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

cooking the books

In an effort to transform our home from a cluttered mess to an organized oasis, Mr. P. and I tackled our shelves of cookbooks last night. 

Let me just say, in defense of why on Earth we have so many cookbooks, we are both hardcore foodies and hardcore cooks. We cook almost every night. But now with the ease of Pinterest for a lot of my recipes, I really don't need or use this many cookbooks. 

We went through them all last night and let go of the ones we either have never, or seldom cook from. I took a few upstairs to Xerox the one or two relevant recipes and then returned the books to the giveaway pile. 

The kids excitedly counted up the rejects - 39!

We reorganized our current collection and look! Two free shelves available!

The kids decided their large Lego creations should live there for easy access. 

Little by little, this home will be transformed!!

Friday, January 10, 2014

fabric stash app

Trolling through blogs yesterday, I came upon one users comment that they use an app called "fabric stash" to store their swatches. 

My fabric is piled into two baskets, one for larger pieces and one for scraps. That's about as far as my organization takes me. 

I have heard of a method where people cut little squares of each type of fabric and stick them on a 3 x 5 card and make notes about how much material they currently own and where they got it. But this seems like a big time suck to me. 

Fabric Stash seems to take this idea and make it easier. From the looks of the app, you take a photo of the swatch, name it, add any other info about it, and it goes into a virtual storage system where you can sort by color, etc. It's $3.99.

Hm…I may just have to check this one out. 

Anyone out there in cyber space tried it? Thoughts? 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

let it go

I love this pictograph from the Huffington Post on the life and death of a New Year's Resolution. 

I used to make long, complicated lists of resolutions. This year, I've decided to work off of the theme of Letting Go….and whatever that happens to mean in the moment. Letting go of stress, extra weight, the piles of toys and paperwork weighing my house down, spending my time doing things I really don't want to be doing…..I'm letting it all go!

I used to be the kind of person that would say "yes" to anything that anyone asked of me. But recently, I've started saying no, when it's something I don't have time for / don't want to do. Suddenly, I have a lot more free time to do the things that I do want to do!!

Another sidebar about the "Let it Go" song from Disney's Frozen, which the kids are still obsessed with…the very last line, Elsa sings, "the snow never bothered me anyway." and we recently learned that Doodle sings it, "Nicole never bothered me anyway." This gave us a good laugh and I thought back to all the songs on the radio that I used to sing (and still sometimes sing) incorrectly.

So, here's to letting it go. Whatever that "it" is for you!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Yogurt Parfait

This is the new favorite snack around these parts inspired by this hysterical Bugs Bunny video, which highlights how to eat healthy (Who doesn't want to watch Bugs keep a food journal?)  At one point Bugs offers "Black Bart" a yogurt parfait as a peace offering. The kids thought this was hysterical and then insisted they eat some yogurt parfait of their own. 

I simply layer granola, yogurt and fresh berries. When I make these for myself, I use coconut yogurt and drizzle a little honey over the top. It's a perfect breakfast / snack / dessert. Here's a link to my homemade granola

Thursday, January 2, 2014

2 minute scarf

I've purchased many an infinity scarf in my lifetime and I am here to say, never will I buy one again, because they are SO easy to make!!

The key here is to find great looking, soft jersey fabric. 

Materials Needed:
One yard of soft jersey fabric
matching thread
sewing machine or serger

Place the short ends of the fabric right sides together. 

I added my Meremade label. 

Serge or sew together. If you're sewing use a 1/4 inch seam and back stitch at the front and end of your thread line. If you're serging, leave a little thread tail 

and use a knitting "needle" with a big eye

 to grab the extra thread and weave back into stitching. 

Turn right side out and enjoy!!!

Make one in every color! Make one for every one of your friends!

American Apparel offers many ways to wear their circle scarf!