Saturday, January 25, 2014

You Don't Have To Have Allergies

Thankfully, we don't have food allergies in our house.
We can eat whatever we want, but that doesn't mean we should!
I am very conscious of what I put in my body, both for health and weight reasons. 
(especially now since I'm sitting in a chair in a classroom 8 hours a day)

Since I'm already a huge fan of flax in my smoothies and baking, when I 
came across this cereal I just had to give it a try.

Oh, and it stays crunchy!
Did I mention it's crunchy?
Just a faint hint of sweetness.
Lots of protein and fiber.
And for those who have nut or gluten allergies...go right ahead, it's allergy friendly!
I love it with a little almond milk or sprinkled dry on top of my yogurt.

It's a nutritious and delicious snack!

Just because you don't have allergies, doesn't mean you can't enjoy 
some of the wonderful allergy friendly food products out there.
You might be surprised and find yourself a new favorite like I did!

Have you come across any great food products lately?

Sunday, January 5, 2014

A Busy Start

As my school vacation is quickly coming to a close,
I thought I'd share with you a few of the things that I've been busy with over the break.

First there was Christmas!
We had a lovely, low key day with family.
The only bummer was that my son who works at a local grocery store got a shift mid day. 
He was a real trouper about it though and went with a smile. 
We worked around it so as not to dampen any of the day's festivities. 
(Let's just say I'm not a huge fan of things, 
besides the hospital being open on Christmas Day...
I mean come on, you've known it was coming all year long...but I digress)

We all got some fun new things to play with, which is always a nice treat.
My son who works and earns his own money surprised me with this...

I'm a huge fan of The Mentalist and just knowing that
 he worked for it and came up with the idea all by himself makes it that much more special.
Love it!

My husband has been wanting to try his hand at home brewing, so I got him a beer making kit!
First we steeped and boiled.

Then a quick improvise to cool down the wort when we realized
 that the extra large pot didn't fit in our sink!
Thank goodness for a wheelbarrow and lots of ice!

So now it's nestled in a corner busy fermenting away.

Fingers crossed we did everything right.
We should be ready to bottle in less than 2 weeks!

Then....yippee, yippee...home improvement project for the New Year!
Between dogs, kids and just regular wear and tear our bedroom carpet had seen better days.
Bring on the laminate floors!!

Bye-bye stinky old carpet!

Get the sub floor ready.

Hello Allen & Roth

And then there was this score.
A fab mid century dresser with a $29 price tag at Goodwill.
Yes please!
All it needed was a little love and some Danish Oil and she was as good as new!

So pleased with the way it turned out.
And those shelves in the background...another DIY
that we tackled.
Instructions via here.

While I still have a little styling and finishing touches to do, I can't believe what a difference a couple hundred dollars and some elbow grease made!
A wonderfully fresh way to start off the New Year!

So while I may not have spent as much time in the kitchen as I had hoped for, 
I sure got a lot accomplished.

I hope that you all enjoyed a wonderful Holiday season,
 and may the New Year bring all kinds of great things!


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