Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Monday, May 28, 2012
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Friday, May 25, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
In all the Victorian-era 'womanly spheres' that encompass my duties as housewife and mother, I can say that I earn an "A" in parenting, teaching, and artistic expressioning. I'd give myself a "B" in housekeeping-- and I'm ok with that. I think my cooking/nutrition grade would fluctuate between an "A" (we buy mostly local, grass-fed meat, belong to a veggie CSA in the summer and have a fairly solid weekly meal rhythm) and a "D" (I have been known to drive through a fast food restaurant or two a week when I'm running around and have forgotten to pack healthy lunches. I've also been known to revert to frozen chicken nuggets for dinner on a busy day). A personal goal of mine is to make sure that I can average a B+ / A- when it comes to nutrition. I control what I feed my family and there is no excuse for them getting subpar, 'empty' calories.
That being said, we are taking baby steps in the world of Real Food. We are completely cutting out refined white sugar and processed white flour from our baking and cooking. I am carefully evaluating the need for buying prepackaged items when it comes up. Baby steps. We'll still go out to eat occasionally, and we will enjoy ourselves without worry when we're being hosted at our friends' and familys' homes (so don't stop inviting us for dinners!)
Our first Real Food Breakfast--Pecan Maple Breakfast Cookies (which everyone LOVED)!
To begin our journey, I revamped the menu plan-- and, using the 100 Days of Real Food blog as inspiration and recipes, have started using a lot of whole grains in our menus. It does take a bit longer to prepare dinner, but if I've done the shopping (which, incidentally, is actually cheaper because I'm just buying fresh produce) it's not much more work than normal. The kids still help wash and chop and mix and prep. Our tastebuds are simplifying and getting more satisfaction and nutrition out of natural sugars.
Here's to a new adventure!
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Weird camera-phone juju going on here... but it kinda looks vintagey
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Justin wasn't a big fan of the sand in his sandals. He also doesn't really like wind..... or sand in the wind. Let's just say that he'll probably enjoy the beach MUCH more in a year or so. It was just too 'exposed' for him at this point in time. And the shells were sandy, which made them taste awful.
Family shot - morning at the beach:
Monday, May 7, 2012
Saturday, May 5, 2012
What we did this week: Pretty much par for the course-- Alex went to school, Justin threw balls, we started a new family goal (more to come on that later), we cooked and baked and I stayed off of Facebook (now THAT was easier said than done-- I realized how much of a habit it's become to quickly check my FB page everytime I sign on the iPad or the computer). I broke the screen-free rule when I unwittingly went into the cardio theater at the gym. Didn't even regisister that I'd watched part of a movie (btw: The Iron Lady is fantastic!) until I'd finished my 30 minutes of treadmill time. We spent the rest of the week packing for our upcoming Phoenix/Mexico trip (updates and PHOTOS to come soon!).