the Trigger-happy housewife

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A new favorite!

Cumin and cinnamon roasted carrots! Seriously – the best thing!photo 3

You start with around a pound of carrots cut into strips roughly the same size to help them cook evenly. Mix one tablespoon of melted coconut oil and a teaspoon of cinnamon and a tablespoon of cumin with a sprinkle of sea salt and a pinch of pepper. Toss the carrots in the mixture and spread them over a baking sheet lined with parchment. Baked them for 18-20 minutes in an oven that has been preheated to 400 degrees. Let them cook and enjoy the world out of them!

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Vegetarian stuffed cabbage rolls.

I was SO STOKED to see the cauliflower in my Good Eggs delivery! I have been waiting to try to make “rice” and I did. It was, interesting, lol I think I chopped it too small and will be trying something a little different next time. This time I mixed the rice with vegetarian crumble and green onion and I dry fried it. I then rolled it into boiled cabbage rolls and covered them in red sauce and baked! YUM! To serve I topped them with my nutritional yeast that I told you guys about! So good!

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Good Eggs – March 11th

Another inspired week! I’ve already made the cauliflower into “rice” and stuffed the outer cabbage rolls. I’m going to be making cumin and cinnamon carrots, sweet potato fries and a many other things!

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Being me, again!

I’ve been lost, seriously! I guess that is what happens when you grow and evolve. You lose yourself, all the trivial bits, in the new and in the change. Once the change settles in and become a part of you those little bits that have drifted sort of settle in and fine their new place. I have found my rhythm and I have found my motivation. My sobriety is in check, and my health is better than it has been in over a year. (I’m still dealing with fibro, but nowhere near what it has been and my sciatica is resolving slowly but surely!) Along with the reawakening I have been clearing things out and it feels great! I’m taking care of myself, painting my nails and caring for my skin! I feel like me!!!

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Making happy changes.

At the moment I am typing this the post has no title. That is because I have absolutely NO IDEA what to call it. I am about to talk about my period, so this post is ultra girlie and I apologize to anyone who may have delicate senses and be made upset. If that is you – stop reading. :)

I am proud to say that as of February of this year I am an eco-friendly menstruater. lol An earth girl, a moon woman – I am using reusable menstruation products. It is the best “lady-parts” choice I have ever made. I have mentioned now and again – I think – that in the last few years I have become allergic to different things. When I was a child I have various food/irritant allergies but it seemed I had out grown them. Over the last couple I have discovered new ones, like I am allergic to raw shrimp. If I touch a shrimp my hands instantly get red, bumpy, swollen and itch painfully. Peppermint makes me violently ill. Smells, all sorts of smells make me feel awful. That all lead to me discovering that I was having a reaction to any pad I wore. I tried them all: the soft feel, cotton feel, air dry max, supper absorbent. I tried all sorts of tricks: changing them every hour, using powders or creams. Nothing worked, if I wore a pad my sensitive parts would have painful reactions.

You may think, “Why not use a tampon?” That is a fair thought, and I will answer that now. I have always preferred tampons, and then I didn’t. I don’t know the science behind it, but it just got uncomfortable and they are not always reliable. I still used them for the most part, but in the early and late stages they were overkill and, to put it bluntly, they hurt. I had been feeling pretty over it, to say the least. Then I read an article about Femme International, a charity that works to better the lives of East African girls and women by providing them reusable menstruation items. (I really suggest that you look into it, it is amazing the things we take for granted as a woman in America. Yes, there is a LONG road to equality but we are still very blessed.) Along with being completely overwhelmed by their mission I was intrigued by the use of reusable menstruation items. Yes, it makes sense that they exist, but I had never thought of it.

I started to do some research and it was, to be honest, overwhelming. lol There are so many different options. Menstruation cups, that catch as the body expels and it then dumped and rinsed and reused. There were reusable pads. There were sea sponges. Seriously, if this post makes you consider switching to non-disposable menstrual methods you have SO much to choose from! I decided I would rather not really “deal” with a messy pad to be reused and that I would look into the menstruation cup and a few washable panty liners for the learning curve and for exercising.

Let’s break down that choice! It seems simple, a cup and a few liners. Guys, there are so many different cups and everyone has a favorite. They can range from 15 – 50 dollars. They have sizes: no vaginal childbirth, vaginal childbirth, some sellers include over 30 and other’s leave that out. They have shapes and stems that differ, some are harder and some softer. In the end I just didn’t want to spend too much on a concept I wasn’t sure about. I found a cup on Amazon.com (that sadly is no longer available, though there are similar products, such as this one) that was nine dollars and I ordered both the size A (post vaginal childbirth or over 30) and a size B (no vaginal childbirth and under 30) so that I could start off with the smaller size (I am 34, but my child was born via c-section) and use the larger if being over 30 mattered. I also found a set of panty liners on Etsy (where you can find many) from a shop called Marley’s Monsters. While looking around I saw that many people had cute little carry cases and I HAD to have one. I found mine at Love A Little, also on Etsy.

Then, I waited. I was, honestly, really excited for my period when she finally arrived at the beginning of February. The cup took some getting used to and was uncomfortable at first because the stem was so long. I trimmed it as I had read many do, and then I was scared it would get “stuck” and made my wife promise to remove it without laughing at me if that happened. She gave me a sympathetic nod and added, “It won’t get stuck.” Every time I inserted it I was unhappy and I was almost going to quit, but I had told myself that I would NOT use anything disposable this cycle and that meant I was left with only the option of three panty liners. That wasn’t going to work, so I sat down and got over myself. Finally I went at it with gusto and inserted it further up – perfection. It was instantly comfortable and I went about my day. I did continually check because I couldn’t believe that it wasn’t leaking and I wondered how I would know if it needed to be changed. (I can tell you now that as if fills it gets heavy and begins to slide lower, almost to the shallow place I had been inserting it. This means I feel the cup. Nothing uncomfortable or painful, just a bit of pressure and a knowledge that it is there. This also makes it easy to reach when it is time to remove it.) Removal isn’t tricky really, just remembering that you are dealing with a cup and keeping it upright will do. If it’s too full you may get a twee of mess but I only had that happen once. Within the first two days I was golden and I was sure that this was it. There are two different methods of inserting that I found and one of them worked well, while the other sucked for me. Though now I have even changed that a little to be what I need it to be and really if you get the job done, it’s your body there is no wrong way!

Here is the surprising thing. The last day was really light and I was tired of inserting anything, even if it was awesome, so I decided to try the liners on their own and I love them! EASY to use and clean and not at all what I expected. I decided that I would be using washable pads as part of my normal cycle care. Again, there are so many and you need AT LEAST ten to get through a cycle. I found a nice set from Earthgirl Pads on amazon, though she has an Etsy and her own website as well. Because I already had the three liners I picked up a ten pack with five HEAVY and five regular. I picked them up from her and not from Marley’s Monsters just because I needed enough to cycle without the cup if I chose and Marley’s is more pricey (though COMPLETELY WORTH IT.) (I actually have several Marley’s items in my Etsy cart and I will be purchasing many things in the future.)

Perhaps the best part is that my wife is interested in going reusable and we have daughters who will be raised with this as an option. I know that being young it may be easier to simply toss them, but I think that as they grow if this is a normal and talked about option that is readily available they may choose it. I hope so.

Once the reading and researching and choices were made this became a really easy thing and I am inspired to go reusable in other areas. Soon we will be a reusable napkin family (there will still be paper towels available for certain situations) and we are reducing, reusing and recycling in other areas in life.

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Good Eggs – March 4th

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Broccoli, green onions, sweet potatoes, grapefruit, Mandarins, strawberries, yellow tomatoes, bib lettuce and greens.

This week’s delivery:

I think as the summer comes the basket will start being a brighter and brighter in color!

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Faux Pho

Sometimes giving up can be really smart because sometimes it isn’t “giving up” it’s realizing that you bit off more than you could chew and you are about to choke. THAT, my blogging bunnies, is where I was when I was staring into a pot of burning beef syrup that was 20 hours into become delicious bone broth when a sleeping me got up to stir it and apparently self-sabotaged it by turning UP THE HEAT!!! “I can’t do this to myself!” I thought rather dramatically. I went back to sleep sad and defeated.

When I woke up and realized that the burnt ooze wasn’t a bad dream I became a twee depressed because I eat “pho” everyday for lunch. I was out and I didn’t have 24 hours to make more. So, I decided to fake it. Basically I made my little spice sachet of clove, star anise, cinnamon and cilantro. I brought store bought low sodium broth to a boil and tossed in my spices. In a separate pot I boiled my extra thin mung bean noodles (in place of rice noodles.) I took out five jars and lid sets and placed a serving of boiled noodles in each, filled with broth and added a scoop of coconut oil then put the lids on and let them seal themselves.

To serve as lunch I warm the jar (after removing the lid of course) and pour over thin sliced onion, tamed jalapeños, fresh cilantro and whatever “meat” I have chosen that day (usually a Boca original veggie burger or fried tofu!)

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Food discovery!

Can we talk about this for a quick second?! I can’t even remember when or how I found this stuff, I think it was a Buzzfeed video. Anyway, I was told or watched or read that Bob’s Red Mill Large Flake Nutritional Yeast could be used as a popcorn topping and a substitute for cheese flavoring. So I tried to find it all around here and couldn’t – thank you yet again Amazon Prime! I had it in my hand two days later! I ADORE it on air popped popcorn, and scrambled eggs. I use it as a topping that one may use Parmesan cheese, I use it inside my omelets and on sandwiches. I mix in a little pepper and salt and crust seafood with it! AWESOME!!!

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These juices WILL be happening!

I found these at this site!

Power Gulp

This green goodie sneaks in a dose of iron (you need extra during your period and pregnancy), key for healthy blood cell and muscle function. It also delivers more than your daily rec of vitamin K—another must for blood and bone health.

Ingredients: Kale, green grapes, cucumber, Granny Smith apple

Calories: 110

Total Health Booster

A swig of this vitamin-packed (A, B, C, E) beverage fuels your whole body. It even fights aging: Lutein plus vitamins A and C up collagen production (for strong bones and younger-looking skin).

Ingredients: Apple, pears, cherries

Calories: 192

Antioxidant Supreme

Antioxidants in berries boast potent anti-aging benefits.

Ingredients: Blueberries, strawberries, mango

Calories: 151

Energy Upper

Natural fruit sugars give you an instant boost, and electrolyte-loaded coconut water helps keep you hydrated.

Ingredients: Lychees in syrup, peaches, coconut water

Calories: 105

Immune Booster

Ward off colds with this vitamin bomb! The kiwis alone pack nearly twice your daily vitamin C—and the citrus delivers even more of the cold-busting vitamin.

Ingredients: Grapefruit, oranges, kiwis

Calories: 156

Post-Workout Refueler

Almonds’ protein helps build and repair muscle. Plus, the potassium (twice as much as you get in two bananas) balances your electrolytes and fluids.

Ingredients: Oranges, almonds, sweet potato, apple

Calories: 231

Detox

High-fiber root veggies and fruit keep things moving through the digestive tract, while ginger calms your stomach.

Ingredients: Ginger, beet, carrots, apple

Calories: 155

They also gave this tip to turn the juice into a smoothie: Combine 1 cup juice from any recipe, 1 cup ice cubes, 1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt, and 1 medium peeled banana in a blender. Purée until smooth.

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#40BagsIn40Days – Day 1, 2, & 3

This is going to be liberating! I am loving it. There are officially 37 days in 2015’s #40BagsIn40Days because Sunday’s are considered “off” days. I have decided to use those last three days to revisit the first three days I am doing. Day one was my shirt drawer, day two my workout drawer and day is my phone files (photos, apps and junk I don’t need taking up space on my phone.) I did this purposefully so that I could get them done, and then in a month and a few days when laundry has been done completely and when I have lived my phone for a while I can re-clean them and be really done!

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