Monday, April 16, 2012

Monday Links

I've got some great links I've been wanting to share.
So, without further ado...

Over the weekend, I made these.
Holy moly are they awesome. 
Now, I'm not supposed to have chocolate in my diet.
I made these primarily for Matt and Griffin
but I have snuck a few and wow. They stick with you and are packed with goodness.

The website that those protein balls came from?
Changing my life. 
Really simplifying everything for me. 
Exactly how my doctor needs me to eat. 
All in one place. 

Matt, Griffin, and I did this over the weekend.
It was soooo much fun for Griffin!

This morning's breakfast was done like this.
It works best with white bread but we had wheat. 
It still turned out awesome and we had such fun doing it!
You can check out some pictures of our version on Instagram.

This skirt is screaming my name.
Must make!

Happy Monday, all!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Working Through It...And a Recipe.

 There has been a LOT of interest regarding my new eating habits. 
I haven't posted anything before now due to the fact that 
I had no idea what I was doing until now.
I still have a lot to learn
but I'm less overwhelmed now and that has allowed me to 
develop a pattern, try out some recipes, and do more research. 

I will go into more detail soon but basically
(doctors orders)
I must eat a largely organic, clean diet 
free of ANY AND ALL high fat foods, fried foods, processed sugar, chocolate, and soda.
I heard my doctor tell me that and my first thought was
You know I live for cupcakes, right? 
And Diet Coke?
And Dr. Pepper?

But here's the deal. 
No one has ever looked me in the eye and flat out told me
"Cassie, you have been sick for a very long time. 
If you do as I say

On board.

There are a list of other foods and supplements and teas that I MUST include in my diet
but the "don't" list seemed really small at first. 
But then we started to read labels. 
Did you know that sugar is in EVERYTHING? 
Or High Fructose Corn Syrup that immediately turns to sugar the moment it hits
your system? 

Things quickly got overwhelming. 
As a woman, we tend to think in "diets".
There was no "diet" that fit this.
But then, I'm not on a "diet".
This is a whole new lifestyle.

So, starting small, I began making a list of foods that I love. 
Now, we are in the process of finding alternatives to those foods.  
The rule is that either I can live without the foods I love, 
or I can purchase an alternative to those foods (which is usually more costly),
or we can find a way to make those foods ourselves.
(By "we" I mean Matt and myself. He's totally on board with this and has embraced 
this new lifestyle as his own as well.)
The first of the foods that I love
is bread. 
We went to the store and guess what?
Sugar sugar sugar.
Oh yeah, and High Fructose Corn Syrup. 
Not wanting to delete this staple from my life, 
I decided to tackle this bad boy myself. 

I've only made one recipe so far but I think we'll stick with it for awhile. 

Basic White Bread Recipe
(Adapted from a recipe I found on

Here's what you'll need:
6 c flour
1 tbs sugar (SUGAR! Gah! I substitute the sugar with honey.)
2.5 tsp salt
1 envelope active dry yeast
2 c very warm water
2 tbs softened butter
BONUS! We started juicing and we add 1-2 c of pulp from the juicer straight
to the bread mixture.
DOUBLE BONUS! I add 2-3 tbs ground flaxseed.

 Okay, so first up, combine 2 c flour, honey, salt, yeast, and flaxseed.
Beat at a low speed and continue beating while adding the water and butter.
Beat on high for 3 minutes.
Add 1/2 c flour and beat for another 4 minutes.
Add 3 c flour until all combined.
 On a floured surface, knead for about 8 minutes. 
You can add more flour if the dough becomes sticky. 
You'll want an elastic-y consistency.
 Butter a large bowl and place dough inside.
Turn dough over in bowl so the butter gets all over it.
Cover for 1 hour.
 Uncover and punch down.
 Cut dough in 1/2 and cover the 2 halves with your bowl.
Let them stand for 15 minutes.
Roll each out and fit into loaf pans.
 As you can see, I only have 1 loaf pan. 
The other loaf gets stuck in a 9" square pan.
We call that one Ugly Bread.
Okay, now that the dough is in each pan, cover them with towels
and stick in a warmish place for 45 minutes. 
Then pop them in a pre-heated 400 degree oven for 25-30 minutes.
 What comes out is a vitamin packed, dense loaf that is soooo yummy.

So, there you have it. 
I'm not gonna lie. 
It's a pain in the ass to make. 
The first time I made this it took me 4 hours total.
I've been able to get it down to 3.
But I've come to love the preparation. 
It requires my time and energy. 
Exactly what I should be giving myself and my family.

If this sounds appealing to you, 
kick your family out of the house,
turn on some tunes, 
and bake some bread. 
Oh, and grab your favorite magazine or book. 
There is plenty of time to sit and read and enjoy some YOU time too. 

Monday, April 9, 2012

HI! Yup. I'm Still Here.

As you can see, I've been a little absent from this blog 'o mine for awhile.
I decided weeks ago to just forgive myself.
My energy
my heart
my presence 
have all been needed elsewhere. 
And that's okay.

But today I have some links to share with you! 
Fun fun.

I'm so PSYCHED to try this.
Since my new lifestyle began (more info on this later), there have been some rough days.
Days that I have felt deprived from my old sweet tooth happiness.
But this?! 
Guh. Cannot wait. 

Good news!!
It has been a long 2 years of trying to move on. 
And now we can! 
So, a lot of what I'm looking into these days are easy, rental-friendly
things you can do to your home since we will most likely rent for the next several years. 
And this is just the ticket.

I'm doing this next weekend. 

Speaking of selling our house...
I've wanted to do this for years and finally get a chance to.

There you have it! 
Happy Monday! 
Happy Day!