Saturday, March 07, 2015

Keeping Track

This has what my homeschool has looked like for the past two weeks.  First I had the flu, and then the boy had the flu, so there has been a lot of time spent lying around the house watching Minecraft videos.  The last of our symptoms have been really tough to shake so we're still lying around the house watching Minecraft videos.

Well, he is watching videos, and I'm wasting time on the Internet thinking that I'm going to start something really productive and post about all the cool homeschool things we do so when I'm insecure about what I'm doing I can look back and say, "Oh yeah, we do a lot of really great stuff."

Maybe I should pick a better photo and show him building a movie theater in the middle of our living room, or growing crystals, or demonstrating how the moon changes shape, but this perfectly represents how we've spent the majority of time for the last two weeks, and will probably spend most of today like this, too.

Inertia is a bitch.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Raw Vibe

I've been working on constructing a new site using WordPress.  I have only a couple of sample posts up (one, a super decadent chocolate pudding recipe) while I'm still learning to navigate through an unfamiliar program.  Check it out at Raw Vibe.  When I get all the kinks out, I hope to be posting there more frequently about all the great raw recipes I've been discovering and creating.  Come on over for a visit.

Rain, Rain...

Lot's of rain here over the weekend here in Chicago, which seemed to be the perfect time to set aside my walking/running routine and call it a needed rest.  I didn't call it in, though.  The hardest part of running in the rain (or under the threat of rain) is getting started.  Once out there, it's so refreshing.  Except for the seemingly excessive amounts of goose poop - that was like running an obstacle course.

Monday, October 08, 2012


I'm no where near the level of endurance to get up and run 26 miles, but jumping out of bed Sunday morning to run out and watch more than 30,000 people start was awesome.  Seeing all those beautiful people starting out on their race is so motivating.  I've had running on my mind for the rest of the day.

Although I had "completed" the Couch to 5K program a couple of weeks ago, I haven't actually ran an entire 5k route.  That is until Saturday when my husband joined me for an early evening jog along the lakefront.  He hasn't run with me since the first months of meeting me.  I suppose after getting married, he didn't have to work so hard to catch me {wink}.  Running with him, the miles flew by and before we knew it, we had finished my 5K loop without a stop.  Yippee.  We had to hurry home because it was freezing in Chicago, and you know, once you stop running, the wind blows right through you.  Some warm tea and a few moments in the steam shower was the perfect cure.

Now that I've seen it possible, I'm so psyched for my first race in November.  Time to gear up for winter, because running on a machine in a gym just doesn't appeal to me.  I'm convinced that the best way to conquer a Chicago winter is all about dressing warm and getting outside daily - exercise, fresh air, natural light and gazing at the horizon is the best prescription to beat the winter blues.

What do you do for exercise throughout the winter?

Friday, October 05, 2012

Chipotle Creme Sauce

I made this chipotle creme sauce last night to drizzle over tacos.  It turned out a little too spicy for my kids, but for the rest of us, it's a great substitute for boring, old, sour cream.  And for me, it's the oomph to make dairy-free tacos completely unapologetic. 

Today I poured it over a bowl of kale.  Such an easy and delicious lunch.

With the remaining leftovers, I massaged the creme onto kale leaves to dehydrate.  In about an hour or so, I'll have a bunch of crunchy, chipotle kale chips to snack on when tempted with a bag of potato chips.

For this usually unorganized, hurried mama, this was all so accidentally efficient.

Here's the recipe:

Chipotle Cashew Creme Sauce

  • 1 cup soaked (1-2 hours) raw cashews
  • 2 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1 tbsp raw agave nectar
  • 3/4 cup water
Blend on low in VitaMix blender for a minute.  Switch to high and blend until creamy consistency.  (I've learned that to start on high send all the chunks up the sides of the blender, never making their way down to the blades.  It took a few messy cleanups to figure this one out.)