Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Five Whole Foods Suppers

This whole foods thing is pretty cool. Since I last mentioned it, I've been pretty good about avoiding gluten and dairy, I've mostly not eaten eggs, and I completely haven't eaten corn, soy or peanuts. Sugar, on the other hand, is much harder to avoid, but I've done a lot better than I thought I would.

I actually did eat some gluten over the weekend, and you know what? By Sunday I felt terrible! I was so groggy and sleepy with a constant little headache. Weird, but I've read that can be what it's like for your body when you do eat gluten after avoiding it for awhile. It's back out of my diet and next time I'll remember the brain fog before choosing to eat a regular sandwich again!

I've been keeping tabs on which meals we really like and feel good after enjoying. Also which ones are easy, our kids like, and there might be leftovers for lunch the next day.

These Sesame Noodles with Wilted Garden Greens by Bev Cooks were surprisingly good! I didn't even have all of the ingredients, but I did have fresh Swiss chard from a neighbor and we enjoyed this recipe a lot! We used gluten-free noodles and will be making this again.

I found this recipe for Cauliflower Coconut Masala on the Roasted Root but it was actually created by Coffee & Quinoa, just so you know. It was easy and delicious! Our whole family loves Indian food, so it's nice to get it at home when you know exactly what goes into it and it costs a lot less.

I knew we liked cauliflower alfredo, but I wanted a vegan version as I'm avoiding dairy right now. Again, I didn't have all of the ingredients, but this Creamy Cauliflower Alfredo from Evolve Vegan was so very good! I left out the roasted onion and garlic as well as the rehydrated sun-dried tomatoes and just used some onion and garlic powder. This recipe is a keeper! I have to admit, I liked it better than the cauliflower alfredo with dairy milk and parmesan! Weird! We used half zucchini noodles and half gluten-free spaghetti.

This Burrito Bowl from A House in the Hills looks absolutely amazing. Ours were much more humble but even then, this is one of my all-time favorite foods. We used jasmine rice, black beans, salsa, non-dairy ranch dressing and a handful of corn chips on top for the boys. Yum!

We love lentils and tomato bruschetta, but until recently we'd never put them together. Again, the link to the Lentil Bruschetta Salad is what I based the recipe on, but mine was different. I made regular tomato bruschetta--roma tomatoes, minced garlic, basil and parsley (fresh is better but dried works), a drizzle of olive oil and vinegar and a shake of salt. Then I added a couple scoops of fresh cooked lentils and served it over--of all things--a baked potato. So good! In fact, we're having this for supper tonight.

Martha Stewart's team of elves usually gets things right, but sometimes they forget the humble home-maker doesn't have a team of elves to keep up with the kids and laundry and everything while she cooks all day. But this Roasted Pumpkin Soup recipe is seriously easy! It has only 7 ingredients including the pumpkin, salt and broth! And it's vegan! The hardest part is cutting up and roasting the pumpkin. Not that I've tried it, but we have a pumpkin who's days are numbered! I'll let you know how it goes.

So, now you know more of what we're eating. Have you found any great recipes lately?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Baby Malcolm Update

It's been a week or two since I updated you on my nephew, Malcolm. Since the last update, Malcolm has been eating and growing well. He is on some oxygen and is still in the NICCU. Part of that is to finish up a long round of antibiotics that he has to take, and partly because he sometimes has apnea episodes.

Today is one of those days, as was Thursday about 10 days ago. The episodes are unbelievably scary, and as of yet have not been connected to anything.

Our prayer for Malcolm is that the doctors find the cause of the apnea so they can treat it. Thank you for continuing to pray for Malcolm, his doctors, and his mommy and daddy.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Ellie's Closet {Fall 2}

Hi! How is every one? Did it snow where you are? We got a light dusting and my boys were thrilled but it seems awful early to me.

I think if Ellie lived in Nebraska, she'd need to add a coat and warmer shoes to a couple of her outfits this week. What can I say, it was still warm when I created this week's wardrobe.

I have to say, I'd love to have a few of these pieces in my own closet! That polka-dot dress would be so fun, and I love the red rain boots! What items do you like?

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Fall Finale

It's still November, but Nebraska has snow on the ground. Not much, but it's there.

We've had a beautiful, mostly warm fall that has been so pretty!

Until the cold weather rolled in on Monday afternoon, we were enjoying being outdoors with just a light jacket, if any! I caught these pictures of my boys on Sunday when it was 60.

I hope you're warmer, wherever you are!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Ellie's Closet {Fall 1}

I sprung the news last week that I was going to start a series called Ellie's Closet. I'm taking a basic wardrobe that I created on Polyvore and mixing and matching the wardrobe into several week's worth of outfits. I'm trying not to repeat any outfits, but if you catch one, don't fire me! Please also remember that this is for fun. I'm not trying to make any fashion statements, just trying to inspire myself to mix and match my own wardrobe to keep my outfits more interesting. And to inspire myself to wear something other than yoga pants and a sweatshirt.

So, here's week 1!

Ellie is not me. I don't dress that nice all the time, and she's thinner than I am. She was also really insightful about building her wardrobe to include so many mix-and-match basics. While some of her outfits are super cute, they wouldn't be as practical for a stay-at-home-schooling mommy of little boys. White pants? Love the look but they wouldn't stay clean until breakfast time! Booties? Cute! But would I wear them if I had them? Not on most week days.

Having said that, we can use Ellie as an example to bump up our daily selections. For instance, I started wearing a lot of skirts this summer. I love the look and found them so simple and comfortable! I also LOVE scarves and usually throw one on.

Ok, looking forward to sharing the next set next week!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Life Lately-October {Day 31}

It's the last day of the month! Here's a round-up of all my Instagram posts this month which shows you a better glimpse into our lives. Or at least when I'm out and about and things are pretty and my boys are cute. Or something!

So pretty it hurts! 
 Stop. It's jammy time! / Rain, rain, go away... / What mommy did during homeschool time.

 My three cuties trying to hold still long enough for mommy to get a picture.

 Making applesauce from apples we picked at the orchard!

 Family bike ride! / The lake got really full after the rains early this month. / My backseat driver.

A BHG project I tried with the boys. It was fun! And cute!

 We stayed up late one Saturday night to take the boys to the local observatory. We watched a video about the size of stars, then got to see some--and Mars and Saturn--in the telescopes. / Gary and I went on a date. We ate Greek food and hung out at Barnes & Noble and enjoyed being able to finish sentences! I wanted to read this book cuz it seemed really funny at the store. When I got home I looked it up and there was a movie about it that I could watch on YouTube. Not that funny! Now I know. / We took Daddy to the Children's Museum. Did you  know he's a trained pilot?

 Before, after, and real life.
The boys were watching the failed Antares launch on NASA.tv.

Apple orchard outing on my birthday! / A really full lake. / Our friends' chickens.

We went to a giant indoor playground. The boys had so much fun!

Jared and Josiah "hiding" in the ball pit. 

Nature is putting on quiet the show this fall. That's one thing I love about the Midwest!

Gary had to study, so the boys and I rode our bikes to the lake. They love water. I wish they were a little more afraid of it! The love to throw things in and pretend to fish.

 More Nebraska fall, indoors and out.

Well, I did it! I blogged every day for 31 days!

 The End! 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Ellie's Closet {Day 30}

Do you ever wish you had the perfect wardrobe? Everything coordinates, everything matches, everything looks amazing on you, and you don't have too much stuff.

Mine isn't like that. I have my share of complaints in that department, but you know the wonderful part of this virtual world?

You can change it!

So today I'm introducing you to Ellie's Closet. I'm not Ellie, by the way, nor is she me. She doesn't truly exist, remember? My name is Elizabeth and I was always called Lizz. Or Lizzard or E-Lizzard-Breath, or E-Lizzard-Buggers. Such a beautiful name.

I made up Ellie when I started this blog four years ago. I was shy and felt an alias would help me find my voice. I don't know how much of that is true, but for the purpose of this series, because I'm going to make it an on-going thing, Ellie is not me. Savvy?

Anyway, I spent way too much time this week developing Ellie's wardrobe on Polyvore. I thought I published the collection but then I couldn't find it anywhere and basically had to start over. The second incarnation isn't as perfect, but Ellie is working on that. You know, your own closet doesn't have the perfect everything!

I've purposely left Ellie's bio pretty vague. She could be a stay-at-home mom, but she really dresses nicely if that's the case! She might be a teacher. Or a secretary. Or a stay-at-home business owner. Or a work-at-home mom with client meetings on various days. She definitely goes to church most weekends and leaves her yoga pants and sweatshirts out of the wardrobe series!

The purpose of Ellie's Closet is to inspire. It's a mix-and-match approach with everything following a set color scheme. I can see Ellie getting tired a red by springtime and maybe changing it for a few pink things. Or feeling like her turquoise things need a break for the winter, you know, small tweaks. Ellie will once in awhile buy a new piece or two, but she'll play by the rules of having to get rid of something when she does that.

I'll be trying to do a What Did Ellie Wear weekly series starting in November, but for now, here's a glimpse of Ellie's basic wardrobe.


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