Halloween For Grownups?

What to do if you are a childless couple to celebrate Halloween on a weekday night?

Heck if I know. That  is what I have been wondering all month!

Halloween is actually my most favorite holiday… it is the start of the fall holidays and it brings back good memories of years past. While we will be giving out candy for the first time ever… it was just not something that was done in our apartment communities… I still feel like there is something lacking here. I would say it was pumpkin beer, but I have yet to find a gluten free version.


Who knows.

What will you be doing for Halloween?



October 2012 – Grocery Staples

What did we end up using the most of while working on the never ending project list…

  • Bananas
  • Chicken
  • Milk
  • Chocolate Milk
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Apples
  • Cranberries
What did you eat the most of this month?


What’s local to me in November?

Mission: Baltimore Aquarium 2010

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.

  • Apples
  • Arugula
  • Basil
  • Broccoli
  • Broccoli Raab
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Celeriac/Celery Root
  • Celery
  • Chard
  • Chicories
  • Collard Greens
  • Cucumbers
  • Escarole
  • Fennel
  • Greens
  • Green Onions
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Wild Mushrooms
  • Parsnips
  • Radicchio
  • Radishes
  • Scallions
  • Winter Squash
  • Turnips

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?


Goals Update: Week 45

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

1. Loose some weight: Not speaking to the scale.

2. Exercise:  Total Biked: 206 miles… must clean area around it. Still 2 more boxes to go.

3. Eat more whole foods:  Pretty good this week.

4. Pay off some debt: 81.99%

5. Finish 6 quilts: got the thread, just need to sit down and finish the quilting process on the fairy quilt

6. Host 4 dinner parties: 5/4

7. Try 12 new recipes: 8/12

8. Read 12 non-fiction books: 10/12

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: Went elsewhere

11. Try 12 new wines: 10/12

12. Learn some basic phrases in German: whose bright idea was this?

13. Go to Saint Augustine or New York City: maybe next year

14. Switch banks: not yet

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

16. Find a new place to live and move: Complete

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: Complete

21. Get rid of 100 things: about 75% there

22. Make cleaning schedule and stick to it: making a new one

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

24. Stay on budget: yeah… about that…

25. Take vitamins on regular basis: 4/7 days… weekends are hard

26. Date night out at least once a month preferably somewhere new: 7/12

7 more weeks to go.


100 Foods: Soybeans

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…


Soybeans are a type of legume that originated in Asia. You might also know them as edamame.

Raw soybeans are toxic to humans, pigs, chicken and all other animals with one stomach. They must be cooked in a wet bath to remove the trypsin inhibitors. Once cooked they are a source of complete protein… meaning it contains not only protein, but also all the amino acids that are required to break them down. They also contain Vitamin B6, Choline, Vitamin K, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

Eating soy can reduce the risk of colon cancer, though it can force the body to produce extra estrogen which could increase the risk of some estrogen related cancers.

How to eat soy: as a cooked bean, tofu, soy sauce, boiled, soybean paste, miso soup, soy meal, soy flour, soy milk and as vegetable protein in simulated meats.

While I am at high risk for estrogen related cancer, I still consume soybeans. My absolute favorite way to have it? Boiled as a whole bean and then sprinkled with a little kosher salt. I’m not a big fan of the texture of soy milk and many simulated meats and soy sauces contain gluten so I usually only consume soy as a whole or an additive (soy flour). I do not go out of my way to consume soy products and given the option will still sway towards animal protein instead of soy; although, I do make sure to only buy animal products that have not been given hormones or antibiotics. Yes, it is more expensive and yes it is still the consumption of animals; however, we mainly eat veggies around here so adding in some healthy lean meats is a good substitute for a different type of protein that could potentially be bad for me.


How Not To Use a Grocery List

Mission Ignore tradition at tower of Pizza 2011

Grocery shopping? I’m game! This time I visited the grand opening of our new Whole Foods Market with Tick Tock. It is hard to shop when it is very crowded, but I still gave it a try. Here’s how I did this week:

What was on the list?

  • Beans
  • Coffee
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Kale Zucchini
  • Milk

What did I come home with?

  • Milk
  • Gluten Free Crackers
  • Gluten Free Elbow pasta
  • Bananas
  • Gluten Free Bagels
  • Salami
  • Mung Beans
  • White Beans
  • Kale
  • Apples
  • Grapes

What was thrown out this week?

  • Garlic cheese sauce… expired… only about a teaspoon left
  • Old Vodka sauce

What did you throw out this week?