She Went Vegan

Next to possibly Ronald Mc Donald I am the last person on Earth that any one would ever think of as being Vegan and yet here I am making a dramatic dietary change.. in fact just about a 180 considering that I was before this time pretty much a Paleo girl.

Problem was- even though I was happy by body was not and my diabetes was becoming more aggressive and my autoimmune system we continuing to fail ( fun huh??)

So with that in mind as well as my husband's cholesterol levels we made the big jump to a plant based / no oil diet ala Engine 2 .

Massaged Kale Salad
 Start with  2x the Kale you think you will need, the massaging really brings down the volume.
Using just a bit of kosher salt or in my case the oil free Sesame oil dressing, using clean or gloved hands massage the ripped up Kale bits until the darken, and become soft and silky ( 3-5 minutes).  To this I added hunks of avacado, some walnuts, tomatoes and slices of cooked sweet potato that I quickly pan fried to warm them. 

This actually was not as hard as you would think since I have already ditched sugars, most processed food and a ton of other things that the world around me eats on a daily basis, so saying goodbye to the meat was easy.. the oil... not bad.. but the dairy.. there I let out a little sob and a whimper but I will survive.

Today's lunch was Massaged kale with sweet potatoes, avacados, tomatoes and walnuts.  Dinner was toasted brown rice with roasted vegables topped with homemade (no oil or cheese) pesto.

New shopping lists are being made, the fridge and freezer are being cleaned out  and adjustments in preperation for this new adventure.

Interested in more good reasons to do this?   A good place to start is the documenteray Forks over Knives

Want and easy read with all the science in the footnotes?  Rip's new book is a great place to dig in!

 I don't know often I will be posting ( crying?  rejoicing?) about this adventure but this will be where I will be doing it if you want to follow along!

Simplify - Spring Edition

Spring is here in Eastern TN and that means I am ready to throw open the windows and  start airing out my life.

First step, getting control of my morning routine.  These days it seems like we suffer from a wealth of options each day and while all this choice can be nice it adds a lot of time to my day so my hope is to weed out what I don't need in favor of what I love. 

Turns out out that I have a lot of make-up. Not as much as some but more than enough and a lot I don't use.

 See.. a lot of stuff and it is going away!

I have decided to keep the items you see in the top photo. These are my go-to products that don't let me down and are all I really need for my personal beauty kit.

So I sorting and boxing up the rest, if I have not needed it by the end of summer I will just throw it all away.. if not I will add it to my much sleeker arsenal of beauty magic.

What about you.. are you paring down these days?

Mock Piped Pillows

Yes, I love color, why do you ask?

If I was a woman of greater integrity I would show you what these pillows looked like yesterday, but I am not. I will only say that they were very much the worse for wear after being ravaged by a very chewy puppy since last summer.

It was time for new pillows and I lucked into the orange and creme daisy fabric for a song so the project was then a go.

I wanted something nice but not something that would take days on end to make then have me wail and beat my chest should the puppy go to nibbling again.

I decided on a simple pillow with a mock piped edge to class them up a bit.  Since while a simple seamed pillow would have been ok I tend to think they look a bit unfinished and for just a few minutes more work you can have something that people assume you paid big money for.

Making a Mock Piped Pillow

Start with the two pieces of fabric, 1 front, 1 back and sew them together with right sides facing. Leave at least 3/4 of one side open to insert pillow form later. - turn right side out.

Next- with a matching thread you are  are going to sew around the outside of the pillow just a wee bit in from the edge so that you are catching the inside seam and it's bulk is going to give you the look of piping in your pillow!
  You do this buy rolling the top edge just a wee bit further towards the front so it is nice and full.

You will run your foot right on the edge and adjust your needle so it rides in the depression as it sews along. 
Before top stitching for a mock piping finish

So you start with the pillow cover as is ( above)

After with mock piping 

And this is what you get.  A simple professional looking finish that adds structure and support to your project without a lot of hassle or time.

 How easy was that?  Want to see a little video?... sure you do!

So there you go.. mock piped pillow edge for painless pillow refurbishing!

No Capes! Lessons from My Sick Bed

This winter has sucked when it comes to being sick..  and here I am writing from just the other side of 16 hours of sleep trying to get rid of this awful crud that has once again come our way.  

While I am sure it was just the cough medicine talking Edna Mode came to visit me in my dreams - her message was short. No Capes!

No Capes!- To remind me to get rid of things that are dragging me down.

No Capes! - To remind me the same about people who are not a positive influence in my life.

No Capes! - To let go of pseudo-obligations that drain me and don't move me closer to my goals.

No Capes! - To put myself first so I can be there to take care of others. 

No Capes! - To let go of what I cannot change ( like being sick)  and be flexible like my other hero.....

She hangs here on my desk as a daily reminder, I need to find an Edna now!

What does Edna's message mean to you and your life?