Whole Picture | Whole 30

My Whole 30 journey began back in October of last year. It was actually something I learned about via Instagram as some of my favorite bloggers began posting photos with captions donning the hashtag. I decided to give it a go because it was only a month. Little did I know that month would be a game changer.

Besides visiting the Whole 30 website and sifting through a few terrible recipes on Pinterest, I did very little research. Pinterest really was no help, and I believe I complained about the lack of appealing food grams in this post. The program is pretty straightforward as to what you can and cannot eat, so I really just took that and ran with it. In the kitchen, I do very well by instinct and intrigue, so having a recipe spelling out every step on how to make sweet potato fries is not necessary. If I buy a vegetable that I am not all too familiar with, say kohlrabi or fennel, then I will consult the great internet about pairings and cooking methods, etc.

Here we are now in February, probably the coldest month of the year. I have since completed two Whole 30s and have kept up with a paleo diet 80% of the time. I am not going to lie and say chinese takeout and pizza have not been godsends during the icy, subzero, and all around miserable weeks starting off 2015. But that little splurge will only happen once a week. Luckily, some of my favorite neighborhood restaurants have dishes that are indeed paleo & even Whole 30 apropros. I was planning on starting #3 a few days ago on Ash Wednesday, but lo and behold a ridiculous virus or maybe even the flu (?) has taken over my immune system. So I have been living off gross canned chicken noodle soup and green goddess smoothies. I really just can’t wait to be feeling like a normal human again. That new gym membership isn’t going to work itself out. Anyway, I have had a few friends reach out to me recently, so I thought I would put together a quick Whole 30 Q&A.

Is the Whole 30 hard? What can you even eat?

Honestly, in my opinion it is only as hard as you make it. The program lists in bold black and white the things you must abstain from: all grains, legumes, sugar, alcohol, and dairy. I’ve never been one for soda and oreos so the sugar part was not that difficult. I’m much more of a carb combo kind of girl. Like give me a bowl of rice and beans or polenta or steel cut oats and I am in hog heaven. If this is also you, might I just suggest a pantry purge before starting. That way you won’t be tempted. My dog was very happy about this. 

There are SO MANY things you can eat! The next time you go to the grocery store, try out perimeter shopping. Almost everything in produce is part of your Whole 30 oyster, and if you step on over to seafood you can get the real deal, too! I’m talking about oysters. My grocery list’s go-to products are: eggs eggs eggs, sweet potatoes, spaghetti squash, Brussels sprouts, ground turkey and beef, coconut and almond milk, avocados, apples, almond butter, dried mango, and coconut flakes. Just be sure to read your labels and make sure you’re going with the uncured, no sugar added varieties, because FOR REAL sugar is in everything. 

I’m going to do a Whole 30 but I’m still going to drink beer/wine/liquor…

Just don’t then. Seriously, it’s 30 fucking days. I assure you that bars do serve water. If you want to reap the full benefits of this program then you have to be 100%. That means no beer! 

This part was pretty damn easy for me because all of my drinking friends (really almost all of my friends in general) live far far away in the land of Texas where the Lonestar flows freely and Tuesday nights are just another excuse to get wasted. Had I still been living in Denton, I may have had a more difficult time with this. But then again, you have to look at the big picture. What do you even want to achieve? Is that beer really worth messing up your 15 day good streak? It’s 30 days, it’s more than doable.

What can achieve in 30 days? Will I lose a lot of weight?

To start this answer off, every body is different. Some of you were blessed with a high ass metabolism while others not so much. The things you will achieve are better skin, higher energy, better sleeping patterns, and yes you will probably shed a few pounds. Just go look at Whole 30 success stories on the internet. People have changed their lives for the better. Like, this isn’t a fad/quick results diet. It’s more of a marathon. A life marathon if you really embrace the program.

But you’re a size 4 now? How much weight did you lose?

I posted a photo on Instagram of me at the laundromat in size 4 jeans eating a donut. Yeah, those jeans were really worn in by my sister and barely buttoned on my body. I had to wash my size 6 jeans, which I suppose is my current size in jeans I like to spend money on, see- J Crew and Madewell.

It’s one of those Whole 30 rules that you don’t weigh yourself before and after. I don’t have a scale so this rule was pretty easy to not break. I really just let my body/clothing do all the talking. “These jeans are falling off.” “Can we go swimming today in this sweater?” “Good thing you like oversized tees because that is what we all are now!” I remember when I was out shopping for something to wear on NYE the lady at BCBG put me in this weirdly flattering maxi dress romper thing in a size 6. It wasn’t a struggle to get on and I almost cried. I so would have bought it as a small victory dress had it not affected my ability to pay rent. I went on later that night to wear a dress of my sister’s in the same size. I still felt like a million fucking dollars.

I finally hopped on a scale a few weeks ago out of shear curiosity. 60 SIXTY 60 pounds down. What the? This didn’t even feel like a chore! How much time had gone by? About 4 months had flown. But it only took 30 days to solidify those changes.

Did you work out a lot? If so, don’t you have to eat more? Do you have to count calories?

Autumn in Pennsylvania is absolutely beautiful. If you’re not spending any free moment outside then you are just an idiot. I started the couch 2 5k running program in September as part of my birthday goal plan. Running every day before or after work was completely doable when working part time. Then I started my first Whole 30 and shortly after that was offered full time. My running schedule changed with that and as the weather evolved. I had it all planned out to continue running outside even as the bleakest weather approached…yeah right. During the months of December and January, any type of exercise that was not walking to work and lifting boxes came to a complete standstill. I joined a gym a week ago, though. Worked out every single day. And then got the flu. Go me!

As for eating more when working out/counting calories…no and no. I continued on with my normal breakfast lunch and dinner and the occasional snack. Why count calories when you’re eating only real food? Shit, I don’t even measure things out. Why yes, I will eat that entire head of cabbage or broccoli. 

How do you have so much self control? How do you deal with cravings? What about pie? Isn’t baking your thing?

Once again, you have to look at the big picture. What do you want to achieve and are you going to let that ice cream cone of cupcake bring you down? I only really get cravings for sugar goodness one week out of each month. I’ve learned that frozen bananas blended with coconut milk and topped with chia seeds and toasted coconut comes pretty damn close to ice cream with sprinkles. Dates off some pretty natural sweetness, too. Self control is definitely a learned art form. After a lot of time without sugar goes by you really learn not to miss it.

I work in a bakery, so temptation is all around. I think what really helps is seeing other people buy and buy and consume and consume and they don’t even blink twice about the 700 calorie brownie they are having for dessert. I’ll also have dreams about pizza, but I never take a bite! Go me!

Yeah, pie and baking are “my things”. Now that I am working full time again, I don’t spend my off hours slaving away over some cookies or scones. I’ve started to delve into the wonderful world of paleo baking, though. Some things however, cannot be recreated to their full taste potential without butter. Yeah, I celebrated National Pie Day with ALL OF THE DAIRY and had no regrets. 

 

SO, once I am feeling better, it’s on to #3. I’ve got a little ways to go before reaching my end goals. This time around, I plan to momentarily post the occasional favorite recipe, etc. I have so many favorites to choose from! Please follow along on the journey if you’d like OR begin your own! Down below are some of my favorite dishes to date. All photos were taken from my Instagram, let’s be friends!chicken eggs green meatballs roots samosa

 

Stay well, y’all!

Galentines 2015: Share the Love

We all know what the middle of February brings. A overload of red and pink everything, too much chocolate, terrible poetry, and expensive bouquets. All in the name of L O V E. Yeah, it’s Valentines day. I’ve celebrated the holiday as a single and as a couple, with friends and with strangers, all alone and with pets. While I do not necessarily believe you should spend a bunch of money in order to show that special someone how you feel on ONE day, it’s nice to let them know that on February 14th they are loved just as much as the other 364 days.

This year, my sister and I celebrated an early Galentines day (part one for me). Cupcakes and cookies and laughs and lots of love all included.

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As a fan of most holidays, I like Valentines especially because I feel so inclined to wear pink. It’s actually one of the few times a year I will purposely wear the color. Something I like even more about the holiday are all the decorations and crafts. Homemade garland, paper streamers, cut outs, and heart shaped everything really gives me major emoji heart eyes in real life!unnamed5 9 10 11For Galentines 2015, cupcakes took center stage. Strawberry champagne cupcakes to be exact (thanks Whole Foods)! These heavenly concoctions were too sweet not to share. 6 7 8 12 13 14 15 17 18

I consider myself to be pretty damn lucky to have such a rad little sister to spend Galentines with, as well as a bunch of other off holidays. And when the 14th comes along and I’m sitting on the couch watching Sleepless in Seattle with my cats (Growlentines), I’ll still feel pretty damn lucky.

 

Don’t be a grump on v-day. Smile & share the love, yall!

 

(Galentines Part Two in NYC will also involve sharing love and lots of pizza.)

 

7 Minutes in Heaven

I never played that game because I was home schooled.

This post pertains to my favorite thing- eggs! It’s no big secret I love them. I even have eggs listed on my top 6 things I can’t live without on OkCupid! At some point last year I learned I have been hard/soft cooking them wrong my whole life! My grandma always stressed 20 minutes for boiling so I wouldn’t get salmonella. The end result was always a rubbery white and dry chalky yolk. My grandma would tell me the yolks were full moons so I would eat them. A much later teenage obsession with all things Austen and Brit Lit led me to discover 5 minute eggs. You know, the ones that get their own holder that looks like a candlestick and special little spoon. It kind of grossed me out, so i just continued to think British people ate weird things.

One fateful day last October, during my first Whole30, I was seriously stalking HomeSweetHomestead’s blog. This babe is living my dream, basically. She has chickens! (More on that later!) When you own chickens you eat a whole lot of eggs. After what seemed like a continuous scroll of photos of 7 minute eggs, I knew I had found my magic number. Processed with VSCOcam with e8 preset

7 Minute Eggs

  1. Bring a small pot of water to a boil.
  2. Lower eggs in with a spoon.
  3. Cover pot. Lower heat to medium. Cook for 7 minutes.
  4. Remove from pot and run under cool water.
  5. Peel. Salt. Dill. Enjoy!

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I am a fan of eggs cooked all ways, but this may be my favorite. For the sake of time and because my name is not Sheila. Sheila makes the best scrambled eggs on the planet. During the Whole30 these guys were my go to breakfast, paired with sliced apples and almond butter or lightly roasted asparagus. And coffee, always coffee. I put these eggs on a pedestal. Processed with VSCOcam with e8 preset Processed with VSCOcam with e8 preset Processed with VSCOcam with e8 preset Processed with VSCOcam with e8 preset Processed with VSCOcam with e8 preset

If you like a runnier yolk, may I suggest less on the timer. If you prefer the opposite, aim for 8-10 minutes. I will stick with 7 for now.

Side note: I have really been thinking about getting chickens. Currently trying to figure out how that would work with cats.

SOUPER BOWL

This year and most years I could really care less about the superbowl. No Dallas Cowbows? Pshhh. No Beyonce? Uhhhh. Snowstorms +the season finale of football a Twin Peaks binge are two good enough reasons to sit on the couch for the entirety of an afternoon. (Couch sitting is even more justified if you went to the gym earlier that day.) (Add two cuddly cats and an attention-deprived dog and you have the most ideal of couch sitting situations.)

Since I am currently half-assing another Whole30 and had no real plans to watch the sports game, I didn’t deem it necessary to binge on chips and dip and other snacks of their kind. Also, I do not have any of that in my house. Also, I am pretty poor until payday. So what do you make when all you want is a damn fine cup of coffee and something else just as warm? And your refrigerator boasts ingredients like Russian kale & ground turkey & a few tomatoes that you need to hurry up and use? All signs point to soup…er…stew. Processed with VSCOcam with e8 preset Processed with VSCOcam with e8 preset Processed with VSCOcam with e8 preset

Skillet Stew

1 pound ground turkey

1/2 butternut squash, peeled and cubed

1 large red onion, roughly chopped

4 ripe tomatoes, diced

6 cloves garlic, diced

1 bunch Russian kale, roughly chopped

2 strips uncured bacon

4 cups water

seasonings to taste: oregano, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, s&p

*cast iron skillet* or a medium sized pot

  1. In a large cast iron skillet or soup pot, skillet preferred (hence the name) on low-medium heat, begin to fry you bacon. Add garlic and onion. Stir around until the garlic turns golden.
  2. Add squash and let cook for about 10 minutes.
  3. Add kale, tomatoes, and seasonings. Stir.
  4. Add water, cover skillet and let simmer on low for about 2 hours. When your butternut squash is nice and tender you are done.

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Three days later and I am still living off this stew. Three days later and I still have no idea of what went on during that halftime show.

(Bring on baseball season!)

This is also Whole30 apropros. The mug cake I made later that night, however, was not. Souper!

Stupid Simple & Vegan

Way back in the day I used to flip-flop between being a carnivore and a vegetarian. I even dabbled in veganism for about a month. It was actually during my first month of grad school. I’d amble around Denton with my nose in the air because I was smart, didn’t eat animal products, and rode a bike. Then one morning I woke up to yet another eggless breakfast and realized it was a life I did not want to live.

Fast forward four years and I am doing yet another Whole30. This means no dairy, among other things. Eggs are okay. But this post will actually focus on potatoes. Of the mashed variety. The vegan mashed variety! Processed with VSCOcam with e8 preset

Vegan Mashed Potatoes

12 small, organic red potatoes cut into quarters

2 tsp coconut oil

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk

1 tbs garlic powder

s & p to taste

  1. Rinse and quarter your red potatoes. Boil in a pot of salted water until soft- about 20 minutes.
  2. After draining the potatoes, place in a bowl or the original pot. Add the coconut oil, coconut milk, and garlic powder. Mash away.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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Blogging a recipe that is this simple is actually really weird for me. It’s like posting about how to put on socks and then calling myself a fashion blogger…

BUT

Some people don’t know how to make mashed potatoes? Or maybe they don’t know coconut oil easily replaces butter? Whatever. I quickly added these vegan mashed potatoes to a very non-vegan fried egg and even later, I topped my stuffed peppers with ’em to make shepherd’s pie. Potatoes are pretty damn versatile and my go-to comfort food while on a Whole30. And, when paired with eggs, they make up 1/2 of the breakfast power couple! (Even when they are mashed!)

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The End.

Life Lately | In the New Year

Here I am again after taking another 2 month blogging break. Because I always conveniently fall off the WordPress map during the winter months, I’m going to allocate all blame to hibernation. I have been sleeping more as of late, though sometimes it feel like not enough. That’s what a crazy work schedule plus forced upon night owl tendencies will do to ya.

So what’s been going on with me during my absence? Well, I’ve completed two Whole30s and did a few days of a third [Whole30]; made the most amazing Thanksgiving bird; had a glorious week in the Burgh with my mom; got all the pickle novelty gifts for Christmas; took a few hard falls on the ice/snow; whipped my hair back and forth on New Year’s; consumed more coffee than I ever thought possible for my low caffeine tolerance self; taught myself how to weave; cuddled the shit out of all the Murder House animals. Seriously. I’ve spent the last few months tangled in yarn with cats on my lap or shoulders, in my kitchen, or at Whole Foods. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. (Unless I could be animal free on a beach in Tulum.)

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Listening to… A whole bunch of Rilo Kiley/Jenny Lewis and Shannon and the Clams. I’ve had these two in my rotation for about a month. Perfect music to sing aloud to in your kitchen. Major emphasis on the loud part.

Regretting… I regret ever letting the cats on the table/kitchen counters. Both now pose as Sid and Nancy’s breakfast bar & prime nap location. I lose count how many times I have to throw Nance off the counter when trying to slice sweet potatoes. Luckily Sid is much more passive, and if you sing very loudly in a Louis Armstrong voice, she will book it for my bedroom. Processed with VSCOcam with e8 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with e8 preset

Eating… Clean. Ugh, you know I hate saying that! But yeah, doing the whole30 a few times around has changed my diet. Mainly I’ve just cut out dairy, grains and legumes, and added sugar whenever possible. Brussels sprouts, eggs, Russian kale, coconut milk, bacon, and Kiku apples are my go-to’s. I’ve been living the paleo lifestyle except for when it’s too cold to cook and my sister and I binge on Thai or Chinese takeout. #NotWhole30 but who the fuck cares. Last Sunday I pre-gamed the Superbowl with almost an entire Papa John’s pizza. No regrets!

Wearing… All my sister’s clothes and too much JCrew. I attribute this to the above. Shopping not exclusively online is kind of fun again! Except I really prefer to just not when it comes to the mall. Still all about that all black errr’thang because I got two pairs of ripped black denim in a JCrew sale! Booyah!

Spending… Too much money at the yarn store.

Planning… A trip to Texas. I always insert <triptoTexas> in this spot. Hopefully In late April. I want to do NIOSA with my dad and then spend some quality time in Dallas with my best babes. And I want to get my cowgirl tattoo. Been saving that one for Denton.

Laughing… At everything Nancy does and at myself. Yeah right for thinking you were going to keep up your outdoor running routine in the dead of winter.

Dreaming… I want to be on a beach. I want to have something that resembles a tan. I want salty air and sand and sun. Whether it’s Mexico, the Jersey Shore, or the god-forsaken Gulf of Mexico, I will turn this dream into a reality this summer. Until then I guess I will just think warm thoughts.

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Dutch BAE

Another post a long time in the making:

 

If you know me, you know kids and babies and little people altogether are not my thing. I prefer dogs and old people. That being said, the Dutch Baby is the only baby type I will welcome into my life with arms wide open.  And unlike the real deal, this breakfast/brunch/anytime delight takes way less than 9 months to make.

I did not have the slightest notion of the Dutch Baby’s existence until I stumbled upon Amber Wilson’s lovely Instagram feed. Talk about a life changing event! Here is the 15 second rundown: pancaky-crepey-custardy-popoveresque deliciousness.

After re-introducing the cast iron skillet into my culinary repertoire, I went searching for the recipe. Camille Styles blogged her DB recipe on my birthday, how serendipitous! I used her recipe my foundation, making small changes here and there.Processed with VSCOcam with m3 preset

Dutch Baby

Ingredients:

3 eggs at room temperature

2/3 cup milk, 2%-whole works best

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 tablespoon white sugar

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup flour

1-2  tablespoons unsalted butter

*Note: cast iron is a must for Dutch baby makin’

  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees and place your cast iron skillet towards the back on the middle rack.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk your eggs for about 2 minutes until nice and frothy.
  3. Add in your sugars, milk, salt, and vanilla. Sift in the flour and whisk all ingredients until smooth.
  4. Let the batter rest for 10 minutes.
  5. Take your cast iron skillet out of the oven and coat the surface with butter. Quickly pour in the batter and pop the skillet back into the oven. bake for 15 minutes.

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Dutch babies are traditionally served doused with powdered sugar and accompanied by lemon wedges and butter galore. Fresh fruit is also another great addition. It is amazing how simple they are to make, too. That’s why this recipe is my BAE (before anything else) when it comes to breakfast.

Oh yeah, this recipe is very forgiving. I’ve made several different versions so far: chocolate, french coconut, buttermilk and berry, etc. etc. While it’s good to go Dutch on this pancake I really do not feel bad if I accidentally eat the entire thing.

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Whole 30 & About Fifty-Million Other Things

HI YALL! Can you believe October is almost over?? I figured I should squeeze in a post before the month comes to a close. I’ve been meaning to write up my Dutch Baby recipe for you all to enjoy, but that has somehow moved to the blogging backburner. Maybe tomorrow, after all it is another day!

In other news, I am on day 4 of the Whole 30 challenge and so far it isn’t much of a challenge. Sometimes I have dreams about cookies or cheesy pizza, but I always wake up right before I take that first bite. You go, subconscious! I am making it my personal mission over the net 30 days to bring to you…or the internet…or whoever, really, meals that are not only appealing to the taste buds, but also the eyeballs. I can only cringe when perusing the whole 30 hashtag on Instagram. Sorry MzFit_Momma or whoever, but your “plated” Jenny-O turkey slices and banana protein balls look like shit. and they don’t make this healthy lifestyle look appealing at all. I get not everyone is talented in the kitchen, or works a part time job, or has an iPhone 5-6, or even a camera….but come on. You take a selfie with your fake eyelashes on and matching PiNK gym attire, why not make what you’re putting into your body look as put together as what you are putting on it. I know this is sounding kind of ranty, but if i have to read one more basic ground turkey Pinterest recipe I am going to freak.

End rant.

And so the mission. I will be posting the occasional photo on my Instagram of meals, dishes, original recipes etc. If you would like the recipe, send me a DM or email and I will send it straight to you. I have been Facebook messaging recipes to a good friend and have found it a bit easier than photographing the process, editing said photos, and writing up a post. It’s something I enjoy doing, but since new cat Nancy knocked my camera off the kitchen table, I’m going for quality over quantity.

In other news, we got a new cat. She is fat and fluffy and black. Sid is her name and cuddling/peeing on piles of clothes is her game.

In other other news:

-I’ve been getting back into running.

-I haven’t washed my hair in two weeks.

-My friend Lauren and i are taking on Thanksgiving this year.

-Lauren also recently got engaged, so I am taking on her Thanksgiving week wedding shower!

-I really, REALLY, REALLY want to go the Texas Style Council 2015 conference. All of my favorite bloggers will be there and it’s CAMP THEME. Nuf said.

-Autumn is making me fall in love with Pittsburgh all over again.

-I’m also ready for this crazy winter. Bring on the snow.

-I’ve become quite good at dating.. and I also eat a lot of dates thanks to Lara Bars.

-My Whole 30 is made possible by my Whole Foods discounts and the lack of alcoholic friends in Pittsburgh.

That’s all for now! Sorry MzFit_Mommas of the internetz. I don’t mean to be a bitch. I’m a virgo– can’t help it.

Alotta Frittata

There is one food if which I had to live without I would probably die. Breakfast and brunch would have no soul, veganism would be the easiest triumph, and the souffle would cease to exist. This food is the incredible, edible egg.

Ah, the egg is alive and well in my refrigerator, and since my birthday cast iron purchases, it has played a frequent supporting role in my life. With frequent trips to the farmers market, frittatas and green smoothies have become necessary. This post is dedicated to the better of the two. Processed with VSCOcam with m4 preset

I jokingly started the hashtag #52weeksoffrittata on Instagram, mainly for the alliteration’s sake. All jokes aside, my weekly frittatas have been rather consistent. You too can eat delicious frittatas on a weekly basis without owning a chicken farm! For the very low quantity of 4 eggs a week + whatever produce/cheese/extras you have on hand! Get creative!

Here are the varieties I’ve had so far:

Week 1: sweet & spicy peppers + feta

Week 2: Greek Style (spinach+tomatoes+feta)

Week 3: London Pub Style (wild mushrooms+onions in malt vinegar)

Week 4: Fall Yall! (spicy sage+potatoes+fig&honey goat cheese)

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I’m not going to post a recipe for each frittata individually because if you have a brain and can saute vegetables, you can surely do this without detailed instructions. I use 4 eggs for each one. That’s really all you need to know!

I can’t wait to carry on this new weekly love affair!

Do y’all have any frittata favorites?

 

XOXO

Life Lately | September Musings

Life has been quite the whirlwind since my last blog post. So many things have happened, including but not limited to: starting a new job, getting a haircut, becoming a cat lady, turning 26, etc. Those are all pretty big life moments if you ask me.

The radio silence is coming to an end. As we move into a new season, I sense a re-birth of blogging coming along. Also, the new job leaves me with 20 extra hours a week to mess around in the kitchen, take photos, go on dates (!), and really just time tot throw a pursuing other passions. I have been filling my notebook with content, so hopefully, for you all, that means more blog posts aka pie and recipes and photos of my hair. Until then, here is a look at the current picture.
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Not going to… Apologize for my lack of presence on the internet. As you may be able to infer from the introductory blurb, I was busy and then I had all this free time to, honestly, not spend on blogging. Instead I went kayaking, visited museums, went on hikes, started learning Hebrew, and yeah, maybe I watched an entire series or two on Netflix..

Listening to… Pandora is playing Band or Horses, which is a pretty accurate representation of my momentary musical tastes. Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes, and The Lumineers consume my internet radio speakers. Last week I almost overdosed on Neil young in honor of the Harvest Moon. As real bonafide baking weather approaches I feel myself going back to the late greats of vintage country: Waylon, Willie, and the Boys + Patsy, Dolly, and Loretta. Oh yeah, Gene Autry, too.

Loving… Allow me to introduce you to my sister’s new kitten, little miss Nancy. While she technically belongs to my sister, her heart kinda sorta belongs to me. She sleeps with me every night, takes naps on my lap, and de-pots all of my succulents. Maybe it’s because I feed her every morning, or because I let her lick my face, but I consider her my little fur baby. I still love my smelly, old Gypsy, but Nance has very quickly changed my opinion on cats altogether. Processed with VSCOcam with s1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with b1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with m4 preset Processed with VSCOcam with s1 preset

Eating… So my new job is in the bakery at Whole Foods. It’s pretty great- the people, the culture, the 20% discount. Since living up north, I’ve really let my granola flag fly, but not I can eat organic on a budget. My current obsessions are garden frittatas, General Tso tofu, and all beets everything. Oh yeah, Siggi’s Icelandic style yogurt is my jam. i eat it everyday and will never go Greek again. I bought myself another cast iron skillet for my birthday. It appears that I am starting a #52weeksoffrittatas with the frequency in which I make them. Also, two words for you: DUTCH BABY. Expect a blog post soon. Processed with VSCOcam with s1 preset

Thinking about… Buying a ukulele to become a youtube sensation, going back to grad school to pursue the degree I should have gone for, forgoing the graduate degree and just getting my ESL cert, moving to a foreign country to teach English, where/when my next move will be. Each year on my birthday I set my New Year resolution. Last year’s was getting the hell outta dodge (Denton|Texas). This year I am dedicating to pursuing what I really want whether it be school, living in a different city, being a full time creative/baker. I’ve also been doing a lot more writing, my comical upbringing being the topic of intrigue. Everything is still a jumble in my head. That’s why I call it the thinking process. And who says I have to choose just one!

Planning… A trip to Texas! My good friend is getting married in October, so down south I will go! I am trying to figure out how to not so evenly divide my time between the DFW and San Antonio. Things that go along with trips include plane tickets. I need to get on that..

Anticipating… The arrival of fall. This past weekend showed signs of an early arrival. The temperatures staying in the 50s for the majority of the weekend. Instead of taking advantage of the perfect hiking weather, I spent the day on Lauren’s couch napping and binging on Gilmore Girls and Thai food. Which brings me to my next bullet point of anticipation *Gilmore Girls October 1st!

Wearing… Entirely too much flannel for the late summer, birkenstocks, and my usual all black everything. My wardrobe has also seen a resurgence of denim since jeans have now become a work staple. I won’t even begin to tell you about my new pair of clogs…Hipster Heidi of the Alps called. She want’s her wardrobe back but she aint gonna get it!

Spending… Money on farmers market flowers. Last week I bought a $7 bouquet that was so big I needed both arms to manage it on the short walk home. I felt like I was hugging a tree! See also, Siggi’s yogurt. I am about to purchase a case of that stuff!

Being thankful for… There are so many things on this list. I’ve been very blessed to have such wonderful people in my life, near and far. I love that I have animals to keep me warm as the mercury drops. I have a sister to laugh with. I have flowers to weave into something pretty. I have family planning trips. I have freedom to be doing what I want. So many, many things. These are just a drop in the bucket.Processed with VSCOcam with e8 preset

Stay tuned, y’all!

XOXO