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Tortillas- Day 15

Who knew there was so much junk in corn tortillas? Perhaps all you label readers out there, knew, but I didn’t realize they added extra ingredients like cellulose and fumaric acid. I don’t even know what those are, but I was shocked to see them in my tortillas. Fumaric isn’t even a word according to spell check!! Well, am I half Mexican or am I half Mexican?  Surely making tortillas can’t be that difficult. And…finally…something was as easy as I anticipated!!! I happened to have some Maseca from making Tamales at Christmas and the instructions for making tortillas were right…

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Juice Pulp Muffins- Day 14

Juice pulp has always been fascinating to me.  Since we started composting last year, I found myself quite pleased to throw my leftovers from juicing in for the worms. This time however, I wasn’t content to throw the pulp away. Surely it can be used for something. Thankfully Google often thinks for me and as I began to type juice pulp the word muffins popped up.  Well hello juice pulp muffins. It is sincerely nice to meet you. Let’s see if this will be a long time friendship. I, of course, wanted to eat my muffins, immediately so I had…

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Insanity Day 8

Top 5 Worst parts of my Insanity- Day 8 I didn’t start until 6:45 Before I even brushed my teeth the boys were up. During the 18-15 minutes left mark I time warped into some alternate universe and an entire hour passed. At one point I wanted to quit so badly I started hoping I would hear the baby cry on the monitor. At one point I wanted to sit down and cry myself. Perhaps the victory is more enjoyable when the obstacles seem more intense. I finished the workout strong. There seemed to be more sweat this round of…

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A Vegan Friend- Day 13

About day 2 of this vegan thing, I ran into a friend at church who had been cooking vegan for several months. We spoke enthusiastically about how we both used to think vegans were crazy but now we are eating vegan. It was a conversation in a parking lot standing between 2 minivans full of children. Much to my surprise and excitement, I received a text later the same afternoon asking if she could bring me dinner. This is an offer I NEVER turn down these days. So she brought her 3 boys and the 2 of us with our 7…

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French Toast- Day 12

French toast and I have never really been friends. Once, when I was a little girl, my uncle’s girlfriend made me finish a plate of French toast with only peanut butter and milk. As a child I didn’t like eggs or milk and it was possibly, to date, my most traumatizing food experience. Since I’m still not a big fan of eggs, I’ve never really loved French toast, however since having children; I do make it on a semi-regular basis.  My husband makes really good French toast actually, and is a bit particular about how it’s best. I learned 2…

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French Toast- Day 12

French toast and I have never really been friends. Once, when I was a little girl, my uncle’s girlfriend made me finish a plate of French toast with only peanut butter and milk. As a child I didn’t like eggs or milk and it was possibly, to date, my most traumatizing food experience. Since I’m still not a big fan of eggs, I’ve never really loved French toast, however since having children; I do make it on a semi-regular basis.  My husband makes really good French toast actually, and is a bit particular about how it’s best. I learned 2…

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Insanity- Day 2

Insanity-Day 2 Plyometric Cardio Circuit Wow! That was INTENSE! This is my favorite type of workout. It’s meant for an athlete. All the drills reminded me of “Hell Week” in high school sports. If you ever played sports in high school you might remember suicides and high knees. So does Shawn T. the trainer in the video Shawn T. rivaled in 41 minutes (including warm up and cool down) what most high school coaches made their athletes do in a week. OK, I’m sure I’m exaggerating a bit, but it really felt  bad an hour ago in the middle of…

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Insanity Day 1- Fit Test

I’M GOING TO LOVE THESE WORKOUTS!!! I’M SO EXCITED!!! There will be no boredom or getting used to these. At some point I will probably want to quit or die or throw up but hey that is a sign of a great workout right!!?!?!  Ha! Sitting down at the computer I realize its 7:15am and I’ve just finished my first real workout in months. My little Shiloh is 2 months old and since she has been born the only real exercise I have done is walking…pushing a triple jogger up hills…but walking nonetheless. My husband set up the garage as…

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Cereal Bars Day 5

  Sometimes I think more highly of my skills than I ought. Today was definitely one of those days. Though I have never made granola or cereal bars I heard they were super simple to make and I glanced at a couple recipes for ingredients and then decided to whip up something on my own. I failed. Apparently if you are going to use dried fruit its generally blended and used as binding material. Ooops! I thought using Agave nectar and maple syrup would be enough to bind everything together. Some recipes baked their granola and some cooled it in…

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Grocery List- Day 3

  The Grocery List Since I cleaned out my pantry my cupboards are looking very bare. Though it’s not necessary to practice Vegan, we are cutting out white flour and white sugar too. I will be experimenting with almond and wheat flour. It will also be interesting to see if substituting Agave Nectar and/or raw cane sugar will work in recipes. After changing my mindset and emptying my cupboards I researched some recipes and compiled a list of things I would need to make some basic (ha!) dishes.  Produce Blackberries, bananas, apples, blueberries, spinach, bell peppers, radishes, cilantro, sprouts, lettuce,…

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