Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Something that makes me mad.

I hate it when Christians hide behind "religious freedom" to spread hate. I was reading about the new law Arizona passed that would enable Business owners to be able to with hold their services from certain individuals in order to "protect themselves from a lifestyle they oppose". Quote taken from this article,  http://www.allgov.com/news/top-stories/arizona-legislature-passes-bill-allowing-businesses-to-discriminate-against-gays-140225?news=852529. 

What the hell?!?! I think the general public needs to be protected from Christians who use Jesus's name to spew hatred. If they truly wanted to represent Jesus they would not only serve the people, but they would invite them into their home (gasp) for a meal. If they wanted to go even deeper in obedience to Jesus and what he stood for they would make friends with the gay person...even invite them to their children's birthday party. 

I would be a whole lot happier if those people would just admit thy maybe they are a bit uncomfortable around a gay couple. It makes sense. If you are used to surrounding yourself with people who are exactly like you it can take some getting used to. But If you call yourself a follower of Jesus Christ then you need to get used to it. Gay people are not going anywhere anytime soon and they deserve god's love to be shown to them just as much as a person sitting in a church pew.

 I grew up in a very tiny community  and really never encountered black people until I went to jr. High. Now my parents weren't racists at all, we just didn't leave our community very often. I remember trying not to stare at a black girl in my 7th grade pe class. I was so curious about what her skin felt like. I just wanted to go up to her and ask if I could touch her. Thank god I never did. I just got used to it...quickly. So that is my plea to these people...so you have never really been around gay people? Oh well...get used to it please. Especially if you have a business that allows the general public in. 

Gay people have been oppressed by the Christian community long enough. Jesus said, "Love your neighbor as yourself, there is no other greater commandment." How can you ignore that scripture?!?! 

So as a Christian I have to once again say to the gay community, I am so very sorry for the hatred you have experienced in the name of Jesus. I hope that when you experience or hear about things like this that you realize that these actions are not from Jesus, he loves you. .

Friday, February 14, 2014

Butternut squash curry (paleo)


This is probably must favorite way ever to make curry. It is so tasty and pretty simple. 

Ok so gather your cast of characters. 

Protein- i used 1.5 lbs of chicken chopped. But you can use whatever you want!! Or no meat at all if you want to be vegan :)

Veggies- I used a head of broccoli (stem included) and asparagus cut into bite sized pieces. I also used 1 diced shallot. Once again you can use whatever veggies you want. Zucchini, mushrooms, bell pepper...whatever you have (in my opinion...some people like to stay authentic but I use whatever is in my veggie drawer!!). And you will need half a butternut squash cut up into medium sized chunks. These will be boiled and purred for the sauce, so the size really doesn't matter. 

Spices- curry powder,cardamom, garlic powder and salt. 

You also need coconut milk and coconut oil. I have no idea what category that fits into. Get the full fat kind. It's the best :)  

Ok, so fill a pot with water and add butternut squash and let that boil till they are fork tender. While that is boiling sautée your shallots in some coconut oil along with a pinch of your spices ( apparently this is a method that allows your spices I bloom, I learned that from Michael symon on the chew). Add chicken and stir fry that for about 5 minutes. 

Remove the chicken from the pan and add the broccoli and a pinch of salt. Micheal symon says adding salt with every ingredient brings out the sweetness in the veggies. Cook that for a bit and then add the asparagus. You want to wait till you are closer to being done to add the asparagus because you don't want it to overcook. There is nothing worse then mushy asparagus...except world hunger. Add the asparagus and stir fry it for a couple minutes. Then add the chicken back. At this point I think I actually turned the stove off because I didn't want the asparagus to overcook. 

Now your butternut squash should be done by now so drain it and transfer to a food processer. Add a can of coconut milk, a spoonful of curry powder, a pinch of cardamom, a shake of garlic powder, and some salt. Do you like my measurements? This really is to taste and I think would be hard to ruin it. Also, if I wasn't cooking for my husband I would add some fresh (or powder) ginger. But alas he doesn't prefer gingery tasting things so I performed the selfless act of leaving it out. And if you have a similar living situation as me you will have a 15 month old who will demand that you feed her some of the solid coconut milk. Ok, so purée all that goodness and then give it a tast and add whatever you want. Once you have the flavors down add it to your chicken and veggies and bring to up to heat for a few minutes. 

This is such an amazingly delicious and creamy sauce. If you want to be super indulgent you can serve it over some white rice, or like we did, you can have it with some cabbage "noodles". I just thinly sliced cabbage and sautéed them in some coconut oil. I will be honest though and say they did not resemble noodles like the internet promised. They just tasted like cabbage and that was fine with me :)

As long as we se being honest here, this was a little annoying to make because it requires a good 20 minutes of me standing at the stove which my angelic 15 month hold hates. She spent the entire time asking politely (ha!) to stir the pot, or it have a snack, or she was just pulling every wash cloth out if the drawers or just sitting at my heels crying...sigh...cooking with toddlers is not fun. I cant wait till she is big enough to stand on a stool and help but until then I will continue to make pretty basic meals that don't require tons of time and effort. This also produced more dishes then I prefer...but it was so good I didn't mind waking up at 6 before my baby was up to wash the dishes.



Let me know if you try it!!




Monday, February 10, 2014

Recipe for paleoish frittata.

I told someone on Instagram that I would post this recipe. I need to actually do it before I forget. I get nervous when I post recipes because most of the time I just throw a bunch of stuff together and sometimes it turns out amazing. I get scared that someone will try to make if and it will be super gross or something and I will feel bad that they invested their time and ingredients. I will try my hardest to describe accurately what I did. 


What you need 

-chopped chicken sausage (I like aidells brand) about 3 I think. 
-1 sweet potato chopped into small pieces
-1 leek, chopped
-1 head of broccoli cut I to small florets
-7ish eggs
-coconut oil
-salt, chili powder, and cumin. 
 
The first thing I did was brown some chopped chicken sausage in some coconut oil in an oven safe pan.  Remove sausage from pan then add 1 whole sweet potatoe (cut up into little pieces). Add a pinch of salt and a little more oil and cook that stirring frequently for a couple minutes, add one cut up leek and 1 cut up head of broccoli. Add a pinch of salt again. Mix about 7 (random number but it was all the eggs I had) eggs in a bowl with a little chili powder and cumin. Add some more oil to the pan and then add the eggs. Move they pan around a little to evenly distribute the eggs. Now here is the part that makes it paleoish and not strict paleo, I sprinkled some Italian cheese blend on top.  You could probably put some cashew meal or finely food processed cauliflower on top instead and it will still have that nutty/cheesy flavor. Then place it the Oven at 350 for about 20 minutes. You want to eggs to just set up but not overcook around the edges. 

Getting it out of the pan is a little tricky. I suppose you don't even need to do that just cut pieces right out of the pan. It got Sean to help me and we just loosened the edges and slid it out using spatulas. 

This is a fun recipe because you can play with you ingredients a bit it it will still be delicious. Try it with asparagus, or a little curry (if you haven't tried curry in eggs you haven't lived!!) You could use bacon instead of sausage. The possibilities are endless!! It made ordinary ingredients seem a little fancy, which is perfect for a Sunday morning breakfast 😆




Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013

2013 has been...amazing. To say the least. I decided dona year In review for the 3 of us. Unfortunately I only have pics from the last couple of months on this phone and I dont have a computer at the moment, so pics will be limited. 

We rang in the last new year with our dear friends. I distinctly remember that night was the first night little 1 1/2 month old Eloise slept a 4 hour stretch. I wish she would sleep a 4 hour stretch these days!! Eloise went on to learn how to roll over, crawl, walk and say a few words. She started eating solids around April and quickly showed me that she was an independent woman who would only feed herself. I gave her finger foods almost immediately. Now she sits in a booster seat at the table and eats with a fork. She went on her first plane rides in August when we visited friends and family in TN and ND. She did great. She started using a pacifier around that time also and it was amazing. She starting sleeping long stretches and even through the night sometimes. Alas, those days were short lived. Lately she has been up every couple hours...and I think her pacifier might be part of the problem, but I'm  not about to take it away from her. So, I will just continue to get up with her until she sleeps again. Hopefully soon, but I am going to be realistic with myself and expect her to keep waking up for a while.  She has accomplished so much this year and she is such a funny, stubborn, and adorable child. 13 months is a magical age. 





Sean started the new year working as a private contracter so he was home most if the time. It was a blessing, but also sometimes difficult. We loved the flexibility and extra time with Eloise. He also had most Fridays off so that was nice . The hard parts for all of us were all the little interruptions he would get during the day which ended up making most of his work days longer. A couple of months ago he got a job with a really meat start up company called "Work Truck Solutions". He is happy there and it seems like a good fit for our family. Eloise gets so excited to see him when he comes home :) 





I started back at work part time in march. it was so hard leaving my little 3 month old. After a month I  cut back to 1 day a week, then in august I quit.  It was a really tough decision for me to make. I felt like i had worked  so hard to get the job that I had, but I also felt like I was only working for the sake of working. We were able to live off Sean's income, and me being out of the house for that time was not a good balance for my family. I will go back someday, I have the rest of my life to be a nurse, but I only get to be mommy to my baby for a short time. Being at home full time has been a hard transition. It's hard to keep your energy up all day. The couch is constantly calling my name to come lie down for a bit, but Eloise doesn't allow for that. I do indulge In a nap with my baby on most days and that is a wonderful thing. 






As a family we have put some roots down in our new church. There are aome great families there. I have been exploring the true meaning of what it means to call yourself a follower of Christ and finding freedom and life in it. Our marriage is stronger then ever and we have are slowly adjusting to being a family of 3. 

Hopefully 2014 will be a year that is filled with more traveling, camping, naps, love, good food and much more. Thanks for reading!!!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

New Years Resolutions

I need to be a better person. I have always had a bad habit of being really obnoxious, loud and overly sarcastic when in social situations. I often don't realize it till everyone has gone home, that maybe I joked around a bit to much. Maybe I embarrassed someone by making them the but if my joke, or maybe I just went to far with coarse humor. I know that part of that is just who I am and that is fine. Sarcasm is a wonderful tool when not overly used. I also have felt a conviction to try and be a better person/friend. 

I have always been the class clown. I was the one who would humiliate myself just to make everyone around me laugh. For some reason when there is a lull in a conversation, I feel like I need to fill it up with some funny story or joke. A lot of times it is funny...but a lot of times it is awkward...and unnecessary. 

I think part of this issue is the fact that I live a pretty isolated life these days. Don't get me wrong . I am so grateful to God and my husband for the opportunity to stay home with my funny little girl. I just feel like because of my current situation when I do get a chance to hang out with friends my sarcastic/attention seeking behavior is kicked up a notch just because I am so starved for adult interaction. 

I feel bad about this. I feel like I may have pushed some people away because I have made them feel awkward. For that I am truly sorry. I hope to change. I plan to be a better friend this year. To form deeper connections and relate to people by listening and not being so quick to crack a joke. 

And I am sorry if I hurt anyone's feelings or made you feel embarrassed at one point in time. That truly was never my intention. It is just my insecurities about social settings coming out. 

One last thing. This is not a plea for people to tell me that I am fine and I don't need to change. I honestly just wanted to express this to some people and this seemed like the best way to do it :)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thankful list 2013

I am thankful that Jesus Christ was such a revolutionary and that his character is so much more gracious and loving then a lot of his followers make him out to be. 

I am thankful for a healthy baby girl 


I am thankful that Sean had such a great job that enables me to stay home with our baby. 



I am also thankful that if I had to I could easily get a job and support our family with my RN license.

I am thankful for a comfortable home, although it may seem a bit small at times, its the home we were able to afford. 

I am thankful to live in Chico where I have access to amazing local,organic and healthy food. I don't have to look far for grass fed meat or pasture raised eggs and my csa is amazing. 

I am thankful that I have access to unlimited free babysitting from grandmas, we may not always live in the same town as our moms but for now it is a good thing we do :) 



I am thankful for best friends, even if they move away from you right when you need them the most (Natalie!!!). If I went from Chico to Seattle to Tennessee to Cool to salinas I know I would be able to find a best friend to hang out with. 

I am thankful for a great church that fosters a great community. 

I am thankful for my family and the family I married into with all my nieces and nephews. 

There is so much more, this was just the big stuff. Maybe I will do a materialistic thankful list on Black Friday :) 



What she are today 11-26

Today started off with Eloise's usual morning apple which allowed me to sit on the couch and drink some coffee before getting started in out real breakfast.

 We had an egg and broccoli scramble made with our pasture raised eggs. It's amazing how delicious eggs are when the chickens are left to do what they are supposed to do. Which is forage, eat grass, weeds and bugs. The shells are super hard and the yolks are a vibrant orange, full off good minerals and cholesterol for a growing brain. 



Eloise also got a spoonful of cocnut oil. She has got used to me giving her a spoonful of coconut every time I use it, so gets a spoonful most mornings. She also are half of a persimmon with her breakfast. 

We went to the store to get a few thanksgiving essentials and Eloise got to have an organic fruit leather thing for the way home. She is so cute, I usually give her a piece ten start driving, when she runs out she signs please and sticks her hand out for it. Also while I was putting the groceries away Weezy took a big bite of raw ginger. I didn't see her do it but I did see her trying deaperately to scrape out her mouth. Haha...

Lunch was leftover beef stew. I have to say this was the most amazing beef stew I have ever made, which is funny because I just threw it together whole Eloise was taking a nap and let it summer on the stove for a couple hours. I will try to post my recipe if I can remember what I did. I used Turri farms 100% grass fed beef. Soooo delicious. 



Weezy also ate some persimmon and kiwi with this lunch. 

We had to run to the farm to get out weekly csa box and Weezy snacked on some rice crackers in the car. I feel like I might be creating a monster, but the only way she tolerates car rides is if I provide her with snacks...so that is exactly what I do. 

After her nap she had some raisins and an apple which kept her occupied long enough for me to throw together a meat loaf, sweet potato fries and some sautéed chard and kale for dinner. Unfortunately it didn't all turn out that great. The meatloaf was good but the fries and veggies were a little salty. I was in a hurry and didn't pay very good attention. Weezy loved the fries and greens so that's good. She wasn't as into the meat but that's ok, because the fries were pretty filling and she are a lot of them. 



Looking back on today I realize that she are a tin of fruit...I hope it don't regret that tomorrow. If you are a parent you probably know what I mean.