Monday, January 16, 2012

Roasted Acorn Squash with Wild Rice Stuffing


We're always experimenting here. :) Above is a close up for a stuffed acorn squash recipe I found at Chow. The wild rice mix is missing the cellery, but it tastes delicious anyhow. I haven't tried the combined product yet. (Nice smells in my kitchen though...)
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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Re-Boot Camp has begun!

Tonight has been night two of my eight week "Re-Boot" Camp at our local YMCA. Our trainer is a friend and motivated us to some deep soreness etc. :) I'm not actually a fan of circuit training (which we do twice a week together) and motivation to catch up to people etc., but it is what it is that way. Certainly I can work out hard regardless of the format.

The other aspects of the week are solo but accountable when we meet which I like. Jen helped me modify our typical interval training (treadmills and the like) to try things I like and can do at home like kicking. Eric wants to kick along with me. I did my cardio tonight like a good girl (Zumba DVD), and Eric and I ate well (salmon etc.). (I'm liking my food log because the variety of foods I typically eat actually encourage me on this journey--like one part of it isn't that hard to improve.)

Food is an interesting issue for me right now though. There are differing opinions about health/wellness as regards diet. There's the whole Nourishing Traditions community (book is in progress for me), and there are the traditional diet peeps who go low fat etc. (Let's not exclude the vegetarian/vegan peeps as an third important generalized camp.) All three perspectives have some claim on my mentality. I'm working through the later two in order to feel balanced in my understanding and to then build a base for myself. Still, I'm going to follow Jen's advice at least often so that I can be true to the program here and achieve the results indicated by it. Afterwards, I'll balance everything the way I need to if changes are good.

Right now, I have a new recipe in the oven: Baked Oatmeal with Blueberries and Bananas.

Monday, January 9, 2012

snowflake arts and crafts

We used coffee filters to first cut out snowflakes (Eric's and my contribution) and then had Z use water colors to enhance them. We had them taped to cardstock, so you can see in the third image here what a successful "background" looked like. The Artful Parent was our source of ideas for this one.



We used painters tape on cardstock, painted with winter colors and then peeled off the tape. Check out the instructions at Frugal Family Fun.
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