Monday, August 15, 2011

How I Get Through My Day

Sorry for being gone so long.
We are finally back from vacation.
Which means we have tons of laundry, cleaning 
and sleep to catch up on. 

Makeup Remover

When I packed for vacation
I totally forgot to pack my makeup remover.
This is my all time favorite,
I missed it so much.
Poor guy, being left all alone at home.

Earth Science Eye Makeup Remover.
I love it because it is gentle on the eyes.
I have zero eye lashes, so when I put on mascara 
I put on about ten layers.
This stuff is the only remover I've used 
that gets the mascara off without a fuss.

Organic Produce

I'm passionate about organic produce.
For more reasons than one,
I think it is so important to shop organic.
Unfortuatly, our budget doesn't allow us 
to shop exclusivly organic right now.
So I follow these two lists 
put out by the Environmental Working Group.

The Dirty Dozen

This is produce that must be bought organic 
because they absorbe pesticides.

Bell Peppers

What is great about this list is that 
it includes berries that I don't buy all year long.
Since it does include lettuce and kale, 
I go a step further and buy all my leafy veggies organic.
Such as swiss chard, watercress, and spinach.

The Clean 15

This is produce that is fine to buy 
when grown conventionally.

Sweet corn
Sweet peas
Sweet potatoes

See a pattern? Most of these have thick peels 
or hard shells to protect them from pesticides.


I'm so proud of myself.
While on vacation, I started running again 
with my sweet cousin, Rosalia.
It totally helps to run when you have 
a great partner who pushes you.
We were both on runners high all day 
with the extra energy boost our workout gave us.

When I started running, my husband bought me a pair of Asics 
which are the greatest thing that has happened to my feet.
I love them so much, that I asked my husband 
if we could name our first son Asic.
And when I go long periods of time without running,
I look at them longingly.
Oh Asics, you make running so comfortable.

The same shoes isn't right for everyone.
My hubby took me to a running specialty store, 
where they have you try on shoes,
and you do a lap around the store 
to find out which is right for you.

Whole Grain Salad

When I was visiting family in Washington
my aunt made this salad.
Talk about fantastic!
So delicious and satisfying.
All my cousins raved about it 
and they were right!
Perfect for a hot summer day.
And it's super easy. 
Just cook the quinoa,
chop the veggies,
mix and eat!

I love that it's made with quinoa.
Quinoa is a superstar in the food world.
Full of protein and fiber, you can't go wrong.

Black Bean, Corn, and Quinoa Salad

1 cup water or vegetable broth
1/2 cup quinoa, well rinsed
1 teaspoon olive oil
3 teaspoons lime juice
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon minced scallions
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1 15-ounce can no-salt black beans, rinsed and drained
1 ear fresh corn, cooked, kernels removed (about 1 cup kernels)
1 small tomato, chopped
(about 3/4 cup)
3/4 cup chopped bell pepper
(red, orange, yellow, or a mix)
2 tablespoons canned diced
green chilies
1 cup chopped fresh mango or peach
Lime wedges

1. In a saucepan, bring water or broth to a boil. Add quinoa, cover, and simmer on low heat until water is absorbed, 10–15 minutes. Cool.
2. In a small bowl, combine olive oil, lime juice, cumin, cayenne, scallions, and cilantro. In a large bowl, combine cooled quinoa, green onions, beans, corn kernels, tomato, bell pepper, green chilies, and mango or peach. Add olive oil mixture and toss gently. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until cool. Serve with lime wedges.

Looking forward to what the rest of summer hold for us in our home.
So far we are plagued with Adventure in Potty Training.
All day my toddler had accidents all over the house.
Finally, this evening she told me she needed to go, and went in the potty.
Success!! Sigh. It does actually work to be persistent. 
Thank goodness! I'll be ready again tomorrow to clean up the puddles
and reward the flushes. 


Anonymous said...

Hi good to see you are back...but I guess we all need to get away right. I commented asking you about your pantry and meal planning, remember me? I tried the Santa Fe recipe, mine was a bit dry, did you add the bean juice(?) to the pan. the first time I made it I used black beans, I was out of kidney the second time I used kidney and tossed out the juice before I realized I should have tried it with. I'll be trying the quinoa salad soon...thanks for the blog

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