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A Wonderful Christmas = More Stuff

29 Dec

Alright so, have I shared with you that I am a borderline hoarder? With such a small space, this is not really productive. You really can’t tell walking into our house because thanks to years of working in tedious retail jobs, I am extremely good at organizing.

YES! It's color coded, and just in case you're wondering, so is my side of the closet.

But I mean, I am a proponent of “reduce, reuse and recycle”. I do admit I am mildly harkening back to elementary school platforms (or more recently, bureaucratic 60-year-old’s platforms) where the little green arrowed triangle is stamped on to our mushy little brains in hopes that we may some day throw that cream of mushroom soup can and our soon-to-be non-existent newspapers in the recycle bin and save the world!! (Cue Star Wars theme music)

But here’s the thing, I still have my Cabbage patch doll from my 1st birthday, Valentine’s Day cards from when I was 7, and I’ve taken up an ever-expanding collection of old clothes and various fabric in hopes that some day I will make something wonderful out of them.

Why do I still have these?!

And since some extremely lazy residents in our complex couldn’t walk another ten feet to dispose of their trash in the correct receptacle, we no longer have recycling in our apartments. So now I find it extremely hard to throw away beautiful glass jars (despite the fact I have not come up with ONE idea as how to repurpose them).

But wait, didn’t global warming get de-bunked? Shouldn’t all these ‘green’ practices that we have so happily adapted be making some sort of dent in this ‘horrible’ place we’ve created for ourselves? Who knows and really that’s an argument for another day.

Anyways, in our tiny little piece of the universe, it’s getting to be a bit much.The other day, as I was trying to pull out my gift-wrapping ephemera (i.e. re-used boxes, recycled tins and wrapping paper, ribbons, etc), I thought I was either going to be killed in an avalanche of stuff or have a panic attack complete with mental break down.

Watch out!

I even considered shelling out the extra dough each month so we can have a glorious chunk of real estate (comparatively speaking) for storage space, aka ‘a garage’. All of a sudden I had wholesome daydreams of a house (rented or bought is neither here nor there) with a lusciously green back yard for the dogs and multiple rooms complete with craft room for me and man cave for Kyle. Swoon!

Then… suddenly remembering our current balance in our checking and savings accounts… I dreamt of becoming a minimalist. Ravenously throwing things out left and right. Living off of dried beans and rice, no cable/internet, and the good Lord forbid, only two t-shirts and one pair of shoes, or shall I say sandals.

Don’t get me wrong, I am SO THANKFUL for the gifts we have received, but we are dealing with limited space here people! Luckily we received some things that are going to encourage organization. Yeah for bookshelves!

I believe the exact words I chanted upon opening were “Hallelujah! Hallelujah!”

Is that blasphemous?

So needless to say the top of the list for resolutions and all that… CLEAN HOUSE!! But can I rid our place of things that I KNOW we will need at some point???

Ummmm…..

I think we need more storage.

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My Challenged Stomach

22 Sep

I can not do dairy. Well… I can, but I pay the price. My tummy DOES NOT appreciate it. Sometimes I can tolerate a very small amount, but usually it’s a no-go.

This is somewhat devastating.

I am a big fan of cheese, ice cream, cheese, YOGURT, Greek yogurt, cheese. I have been trying some substitutes. It’s not winning me over, to be honest. Especially in coffee. Nothing beats a cup of joe and a little bit of cream!

I’m starting to get a little creative though. Enter: nutritional yeast. This has helped a lot. The cheesy taste it gives off has been wonderful in dishes that I normally would love a good sprinkle of cheese on top.

This got me thinking of a dish that my mom used to make. It was a cheesy (I think she used Velveeta), rice, chicken and broccoli dish. This dish would give me a heart attack if I tried eating it today. But it was sounding so delicious!

So I thought that maybe I could fudge it… and make it healthier!

‘Cheesy’ Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Skillet

1.5 cooked chicken breasts, chopped into 1/2″ squares

2 c broccoli florets

1 c veggie or chicken broth, or water

1 c dry brown rice, cooked

1/2 c hummus

zest and juice of one large lemon

3 T nutritional yeast

3 green onions, chopped

1/4 sliced almonds

salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Method:

Cook rice according to package directions.

Meanwhile, place chicken, broccoli and broth in a deep skillet. Cover and steam until broccoli is just tender. You can cook it longer if you like your broccoli mushier.

In a separate bowl, combine hummus, lemon zest and juice and yeast. Whisk it up until smooth.

Add hot rice and hummus mixture to the skillet with the broccoli. Mix to combine. Add green onions, almonds and season with salt and pepper to taste.

This was almost exactly like the cheesy dish my momma used to make. I really enjoyed it and so did Kyle! It’s also makes really great leftovers.

A fun thing I did yesterday was make kale chips!

I’ve tried this once before and it was a total fail! I burnt them like crazy!

But this time… SUCCESS!!

Especially delicious with Sriracha and/or ketchup on top!

I also tried the Teeccino in the Frech Press.

I enjoyed it A LOT more. The flavor was a lot deeper and the texture was a bit thicker, too.

muuuch better 🙂

A pretty decent substitute, but I am going to be perfectly honest, I had some coffee today. I don’t think that I can ever stop!! It will just be a special treat.

I want to add a picture of my oatmeal, too. Just cause I thought it was super pretty!

Good news: I had a job interview today. It seemed to have gone well. If it’s where I’m meant to be, then it will work out. If not… we’ll keep on keepin’ on. Hope your hump day is treatin’ you allll-right!

Kaleigh