I've been celebrating my feeling better with baking projects and more smiling. I whipped up another pumpkin pie a few weeks back, from the last of our local farm's sweet little pie pumpkins.
|Benia's Pumpkin Pie|
After the pie was gone, I decided to make Oatmeal Craisin Cookies. I have a big box of generic Quick Oats that I usually keep at my work desk for a quick lunch, in case I'm crunched for time and hungry. I brought it home and made a batch of the cookies using the recipe on the box and substituting the raisins for dried cranberries (craisins) which we always keep for snacks or adding to breakfast. They went fast and were tasty.
|Oatmeal Craisin Cookies... YUM!|
I decided on glass because I don't like the possibility of plastic bits getting scraped into the food by the mixer blades, plus I wanted something nice that would last and could be microwaved if need be, and is dishwasher safe. I prefer clear glass because it makes mixing easier when you can see where things are sticking to the sides and need scraping.
I came upon a great little store designed for parents who want to avoid exposing their kids to toxins. (Shouldn't that be everyone?) It's called Mighty Nest. They sell a lot of baby stuff and kid toys, but also kitchen and cooking items. And this online store is where I'd finally found the perfect mixing bowl and another one just a bit smaller that matches it, too. They are great! They are just what I needed and are shaped to perfectly fit into my cupboards, too. They are located in Evanston, IL, just a few towns away, too, so I didn't wait long for them to arrive. Bonus! I wonder what I'll whip up next.
Finally now that we've gone through all the sweet stuff, here's a little healthy stuff. Remember Calorie Camp? I'm still logging foods and tracking my calories and weight there. The more I log, the more information I have to learn how to improve my nutrition and be healthier. As I started looking at my analysis and seeing a pattern - too little fiber and protein, too much sugar. So I got proactive about it. On workdays, for lunch, I have been having big, healthy salads from the nearby Whole Foods Market. Why not? Making salad at home is nice, but takes a lot of effort (I still have trouble with the prep sometimes) and the food doesn't long. The way Don and I shop, we'll have produce for a couple days, then nothing for two weeks or so until we go grocery shopping again. It just wasn't working out.
|My big salad from Whole Foods Market. I added a baby octopus to this one for fun and protein. Isn't it cute?|
Oh and I bring my own reusable bag and keep a real (non-disposable) fork at work so I don't have to make so much trash. The box is not reusable, but I like to bring the salad back to my desk and eat it most days, so I grab a paper box from the stack and use that. At least it's compostable. I also keep an old cloth napkin in my desk so I don't use so much paper. I just swap it out and wash it now and then. (It's not that hard to be green. Every bit helps.)
So I'm doing okay, enjoying life and food and trying to stay positive about my world. I'm hoping you are smiling.