Goals Update: Week 28

Let’s see how well I did with this week …

1. Loose some weight: Packed the scale

2. Exercise:  Total Biked: 206 miles… still waiting until after the move

3. Eat more whole foods: Fail… moving…

4. Pay off some debt: 28.91%

5. Finish 6 quilts: on hold… moving

6. Host 4 dinner parties: 5/4

7. Try 12 new recipes: 6/12

8. Read 12 non-fiction books: 7/12

9. Write at least 100 words a day on my maybe novel… that would be at least 36,500 by the end of the year: 8.24% to 36,500 words… I have not wanted on this at all something about not being inspired… maybe it is writers block

10. Go to Ireland… again: are we planning on this?

11. Try 12 new wines: 7/12

12. Learn some basic phrases in German: too busy this week… I really need to work on this

13. Go to Saint Augustine or New York City: not yet

14. Switch banks: not yet

15. Participate in 6 WDC review raids: 2/6

16. Find a new place to live and move: Closed and moving

17. Attend couples cooking class: not yet

18. Join a meet-up group: Already complete

19. See 6 movies in movie theaters: 3/6

20. Visit 3 new wineries: 1/3

21. Get rid of 100 things: I have thrown out quite a bit and given away about 50%… moving will help

22. Make cleaning schedule and stick to it: working on it… I don’t think it is a schedule until I follow it for a few weeks

23. Yoga!: starting to get back into basic stretches

24. Stay on budget: so far so good

25. Take vitamins on regular basis: fail

26. Date night out at least once a month preferably somewhere new: 6/12

24 more weeks to go.

~Emme

June 2012 – Grocery Staples

What did we end up using the most of this month with our at home cooking… since we are getting ready to move?

  • Bananas
  • Bread
  • Chicken
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Chocolate Milk
  • Avocados
So getting ready to leave… eating tons of random things out of the freezer and cabinet.
What did you eat the most of this month?

~Emme

How Not To Use a Grocery List

Grocery shopping? I’m game! Here’s how I did this week:

What was on the list?

  • Chicken
  • Chocolate Milk
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Cucumber
  • Feta
  • Bread
  • Rice

What did I come home with?

  • Chocolate Milk
  • Rice
  • Salsa
  • Chicken
  • Tortillas
  • Cucumbers
  • Avocados
  • Feta
  • Bananas
  • Watermelon
  • Bread

What was thrown out this week:

  • Apple Juice
  • A banana
  • A cucumber (hiding under the celery)

What did you throw out this week?

~Emme

What’s local to me in July?

 

Mission: Drink Street Water in Rome 2011

What is local by you right now?

I had no idea, so I asked the internet what is local to my state and what should be freshest this month.

  • Basil
  • Blueberries
  • Butter Beans
  • Cabbage
  • Chard
  • Cherries
  • Collard Greens
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Green Beans
  • Greens
  • Green Onions
  • Kale
  • Melons
  • Wild Mushrooms
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Peas
  • Pea Pods
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Radishes
  • Scallions
  • Summer Squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelons
  • Zucchini
  • Zucchini Blossoms

We do have quite a bit that are year-round foods. My assumption is that this is due to storage of root vegetables/pods and greenhouses.

  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Garlic
  • Herbs
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Shallots
  • Sorrel
  • Spinach (We like to buy it frozen as we use it mostly in smoothies or soups)
  • Sweet Potatoes

Oddly enough I know what everything is this month and I am very excited for more of a variety!

What are your produce plans this month?

~Emme

100 Foods: Savoy Cabbage

While decluttering my bookcase I discovered a hidden gem: Parragon Books’ “100 Best Health Foods.”

This book takes an interesting, in-depth look at 100 amazing foods and discusses their healthy properties. That said, Parragon does not bother to go into any sort of detail as to which seasons the foods are from or where they are from, which is great… as the publisher is in the UK and I am not.

Also the recipes in this book are not necessarily for the busy on-the-go people or they don’t really make the healthy food the stand out in the completed dish.

My plan… I’m going to tackle these 100 health foods relative to their seasonality in my area (some are never seasonable here… but I will follow their seasons in the location in which they are grown) and find simple easy recipes that showcase the foods. Which could be great for amazing foods like plums… but not so great for anchovies…

Savoy Cabbage

At least Parragon was more specific with what type of cabbage they were talking about.

Now I grew up eating boiled cabbage. Cabbage is not a new thing to me; however, doing something other than boiling cabbage is something completely foreign to me.

Savoy Cabbage is packed with Vitamin C, K and Folate. It is a low calorie food which can aid as an anti-inflammatory.

Savoy, at least to me, appears to be more fibrous than most cabbage. I have used it as an alternative to a tortilla shell when eating fish tacos and I have stir-fried it while cooking Thai peanut chicken. Served whole and raw it is especially chewy; although, the bite to it was nice in the stir-fry.

I plan on boiling the white insides of the head. Yum!

~Emme

Closing Week is here!

Mr. Wonderful and I are closing on our new home this week! If you have been following the countdown, there are only 2 days left! Tonight we will do the walk-through and make sure all is well. Hopefully it is since the sellers are leaving town after closing. We’re very excited and I will be showing pictures of the whole empty house and pictures as we fill it.

Wish us luck!

~Emme