What’s New This Week 3.11.13

Another week is here! Holy moly. We’re starting Week Seven of our moving back to FL countdown! It’s already a blur and a joy and a sadness and a hope-filled adventure.

Here’s what’s new with us. What about you?

Listening

  • The Strokes (thanks, Christoph for letting me know how out of the loop I’ve been) 🙂
  • She & Him (Zooey Deschanel is my girl crush)

Reading

  • Rise Up & Sing by Lex Buckley (almost done with this re-read…even better the second time!)

Learning

Cooking

  • Carrot, Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Muffins (I’ll add some banana and sub maple syrup or honey for the brown sugar)
  • It’s Just Good Chili
    • 1 lb ground beef (I sometimes sub cooked lentils for half of this)
    • 1 med onion, chopped (1/2 cu)
    • 2 cloves minced garlic (or equivalent of garlic powder…to taste, really)
    • 2 cans diced tomatoes, undrained
    • 1 can tomato paste (and one can water to make “sauce”)
    • 2 tbsp chili powder
    • 1 1/4 tsp ground cumin
    • 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
    • 3/4 tsp pepper
    • 4-5 cups cooked beans (more if I want to stretch this meal) or 2 cans kidney beans, drained
      • Cook beef, onion and garlic over med heat until browned; drain.
      • Stir in remaining ingredients except beans. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally (I never let it cook that long…I’m just usually in a rush to feed people)
      • Stir in beans. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered for 10 min, storing occasionally, until desire thickness.
  • Fruit Leather
  • Breakfast Ice Cream or The Only Way I’ll Eat a Banana
  • Strawberry Kefir Pancakes (kind of made this one up on the fly for the Pink Ladies, Teagan and Kylie, the other day)
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 cup white whole wheat flour (or all purpose gluten-free)
    • 3/4 cup strawberry kefir (blend your kefir with fresh or frozen strawberries–I used about 5 strawberries for each cup of kefir)
    • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
    • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (melted) or olive oil
    • 3 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp salt
      • Yields 4-6 4″ pancakes

Creating

  • Recovering our (landlord’s!) dining chairs. Borrowed antiques and toddlers don’t mix!

Doing

  • Purging for the move and prepping my merchandise for the Mama Cents consignment sale this month!

Enjoying

  • Singing. By myself, with others, anywhere, anytime. It’s hard to be angry or stressed and sing at the same time! Ok, well, unless you’re in an angry band or have strep throat.
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