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A Salad A Day and Look How Domestic I Am!

Greetings, readers!

It is getting to be that time of year. It is colder and darker and the holidays are right around the corner. I have gotten my organizational butt in gear to get the house ready. Poor, CDR. He’s had to deal with me in my new role as Tasmanian Devil Molly Maid cleaning psycho. But I’m sure he’ll thank me later…he will. 🙂

And thanks to Trader Joe’s and their cinnamon brooms, our house smells delicious 100% of the time. Just took a few strategically placed rustic-looking brooms soaked in cinnamon oil–and it totally counts as Halloween decorations, right?

A mini-broom in the bathroom:

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Bathroom Broom!

A mini-broom on CDR’s side of the bed:

See that birdhouse? That's going to be spray-painted white and filled with red LED light candles. You know.

See that birdhouse? That’s going to be spray-painted white and filled with red LED light candles. You know.

And a regular-sized broom in the kitchen/dining room:

Look at all of our cool stuff!

Look at all of our cool stuff!

And thanks to my new favorite blog obsession Young House Love, I am finally inspired to do something about these big windows that need curtains (that aren’t shower curtains).

Yes, that is a brown shower curtain in ONE of our windows. Just wait till you see the 10 yards of fabric I just bought.

Yes, that is a brown shower curtain in ONE of our windows. Just wait till you see the 10 yards of fabric I just bought.

And curtains to our bedroom windows (see how they’re lopsided?! Currently trying to problem solve):

The window on the left is about an inch taller…bizarro. And yes, that is a WHITE shower curtain in one of the windows.

The window on the left is about an inch taller…bizarro. And yes, that is a WHITE shower curtain in one of the windows.

But anyhoozle, you’re here for the food aren’t you?

I’ve decided that I need to find a way to sneak more veggies into my diet. We eat healthy, but I think we could stand to add more greens, so to get into the habit I have decided that I will have at least one salad a day for the next week. This started at Panera two days ago, and I’ve continued it through today.

For dinner I had a simple salad of spinach, arugula, sunflower kernels, cranberries, tomatoes, and a  little parmesan tossed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Fresh, healthy, and tasty.

Mmm…healthy.

Mmm…healthy.

I also had some of that Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato soup from Trader Joe’s. Can’t go wrong there.

Yeah, we have both square AND round bowls because we're awesome like that.

Yeah, we have both square AND round bowls because we’re awesome like that.

Oh wait…I’m still hungry. Maybe something I ate last week at Ms. Archer’s will inspire me…

Hmmm…what can I make for a yummy snack?

Hmmm…what can I make for a yummy snack?

There's those bacon ends'n'pieces from Trader Joe's...

There’s those bacon ends’n’pieces from Trader Joe’s…

And there's those dates CDR picked up a few weeks ago...

And there’s those dates CDR picked up a few weeks ago…

Oh, I know...

Oh, I know…

BACON WRAPPED DATES…good thing I had the forethought to buy toothpicks today…Bake for about 35 minutes at 350 degrees.

BACON WRAPPED DATES…good thing I had the forethought to buy toothpicks today…Bake for about 35 minutes at 350 degrees.

Mmm, gurl! Delicious!

Now those are some HOT DATES!

Mmm, the smell of cinnamon and bacon swirling around my house and the desire to craft my shit up has me thinking of that thing that’s right around the corner? What’s it called, again? It’s my favoritest thing ever?

CHRISTMAAAAASSS!

CHRISTMAAAAASSS!

Oh yeah. Christmas.

Sigh. Can’t I just be a crafty foodie for a living? People make livings from their blogs, right? I can has do it too?

Bye for now.

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A Milkshake for Tummy Troubles

Hey everyone–

Thank you all so much for your support (in regards to my last blog post). Special thanks to KM, CDR’s mama who forwarded me this recipe for a delicious milkshake. Good for the digestive track, and the cinnamon is great for mental health. Read about it here.

So, we blended 2 cups of almond milk, 1/4 inch of grated fresh ginger, 5 pitted dried dates, and a nice sized dash of cinnamon (maybe 1/8 of a tsp). The recipe said to serve room temperature, but I needed it to have a little ice. Just four ice cubes did the trick (and then two after pouring). Divide it evenly between two glasses, garnish with a bit of cinnamon and mmm. Tummy troubles no more.

Mmmm! Yummy!

I should mention that I was pretty much keeled over with nausea before drinking this. And whether or not it cured my nausea, I can’t really say–but it did feel so good for my body. Nourishing. So try it.

And thank you all again for the support. If you haven’t yet checked out yesterday’s post, please do so. And if you feel like it, share it. I think it’s an important message to spread.

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