Millet Muffins

Sadly I didn’t take a picture of these, although they turned out nicely! I made Super Natural Every Day’s Millet Muffins a couple of weeks ago. I had planned on making them for just our family, but remembered at the last minute (when I got a reminder email) that I was supposed to bring ‘treats’ to church on Sunday morning. My girls weren’t big fans and both Jeremy and I were a little unsure of the crunch that the millet added to them. I did like how they were not very sweet and had just a hint of lemon to them. They were good but I’m just not sure I will make them again (even though a lot of people said they liked them!). My favorite muffins to make are still, by far, Sprouted Kitchen’s Multigrain Carrot-Date Muffins.

Pan-Fried Mung Beans with Tempeh

photo 3Even though it didn’t sound awesome, I tried Super Natural Every Day’s Pan-Friend Mung Beans with Tempeh. I had never eaten mung beans and can’t remember if I’ve ever tried tempeh before…This was a very ‘healthy’ tasting meal. I was thankful for the soy sauce. It wasn’t amazing, but Jeremy said it was good. My girls liked the tempeh. I do think I prefer tempeh to tofu – the texture is better. Not gonna lie, probably not one I will try again…(I may have had extra mung beans and instead of saving them to use for something else, used them in my preschool Sunday school class to make a craft…they weren’t my favorite)

Recent Reads: I Am Malala (and Super Natural Every Day)

supernaturalcookingSuper Natural Every Day: Well-Loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen 
by Heidi Swanson I am not going to say too much about this book because I post so many recipes from it that I think that it speaks for itself. I enjoyed reading it very much. And I really did read it…every page, every recipe! I love her voice in describing the recipes and the simplicity of putting each one together. This is not only a whole foods cookbook, but also vegetarian (which I didn’t even notice at first!). The recipes have been simple, healthy, and yummy. I look forward to sharing more of my Super Natural adventures with you!

17851885I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban 
by Malala YousafzaiChristina Lamb I wasn’t able to go to bookclub this month because we were out of town, but I wanted to get the book read anyway. I was very sorry to miss all the yummy food, but even more disappointed not to be able to join in the discussion about this book. This was a very interesting and eye-opening book about a young girl growing up in Pakistan around the time of 9/11. She and her father fought bravely for girls’ education. Most of the book is about that fight, but her increased fame happened after she was shot by the Taliban. She is young and very focused. It was an excellent read and I highly recommend it!

 

Rye Soda Bread and Spinach Strata

photo 2A couple of weeks ago I made Super Natural Every Day’s Rye Soda Bread. Soda bread is so simple – just three ingredients! I was suprised not to find rye flour amongst the many different flours at both Whole Foods and Ccentral Market’s bulk sections, but I did find a small bag of it at Central Market. I thought this was good just out of the oven and slathered with butter. Jeremy felt like it was a little too ‘hearty’ or ‘rye flavored’.  We weren’t eating it fast enought, but Heidi suggests using it in her Spinach Strata, so I did! My parents were going to spend the night and have breakfast with us the next day so I put the whole thing together the night before and then put it in the oven the next morning. I thought it tasted excellent! My mom said it made her feel like she had stayed at a B & B :) The only change I made was to add a little bit of bacon to the strata because you can never go wrong with adding bacon! I’m not sure I’ll make the bread again (but definitely a non-rye soda bread!) but I think I will make the spinach strata again and try it with a less intense bread.

Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?

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Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? Was the first book we used for our Before Five in a Row ‘preschool’ venture. I got the book from the library a week before, both for the girls and for me! Capri really likes it and asks to read it every night. I’m looking forward to reading some of the other Jesse Bear books. As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m using Before Five in a Row for some basics to get me started. I read through the short chapter and have tried to keep talking points in mind when we read the book together. I pulled a couple of activities from the curriculum book and printed off a few of the Fold n Learn Activities that you can get for free on their website.

Matching

Matching

However, this printable preschool pack was invaluable! It’s free and it was great! I didn’t print out the entire thing because Capri isn’t ready for all of it, but we did most of them! It’s so nice to have some things ready to go! The cutting/pasting activities were especially enjoyable for her! I came up with a few ideas on my own and scoured Pinterest to see what other moms had done!

Cutting and Pasting

Cutting and Pasting

The curriculum suggests a Bible verse so I printed mine out and added some cheesy clipart to help Capri remember the verse. We kept it on the fridge and practiced in the mornings and I tried to bring it up during the day. It was about having a happy heart, so it was relevant pretty much all the time (both for me and her!).

Dressing Bear

Dressing Bear

In the Fold N Learn there is a bear you can cut out and put clothes on but I went ahead and traced the bear onto some extra Pelltex I had.The books suggests using swatches to feel different fabrics, but I just cut out the swatches into shapes that were shirts and pants, etc.  I cut some out before hand but then I let Capri choose the article of clothing, ‘the pattern,’ and then the fabric so we could ‘make’ the clothes.

Hanging Clothes

Hanging Clothes

We also hung up a clothesline and pretended to wash the clothes and then hang them up to dry.

photo 1 (2)We got out all of our stuffed bears one day to play with them. We did some science experiments –  gummy bears in regular water vs salt water overnight. We pretended a box of cornmeal was a sandbox. . We did several crafts where we made a scene based loosely off the book – outside with sun, flours, snakes, etc, night time with moon and stars, bedroom, paper flowers and butterflies.

What’s up next? Well, I thought that I might do the Before Five in a Row stuff every other week and on the off weeks we would do some stuff based on movies we have! So next up, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves!

Open-Face Egg Salad Sandwich

We eat eggs for breakfast almost every day so I wasn’t sure about making an egg salad sandwich, but it sounded good photo 1so I thought I’d give it a try! I made sure I made something that did revolve around eggs for breakfast and then made Super Natural Every Day’s Open-Face Egg Salad Sandwich for dinner. As it turns out Jeremy, wasn’t home for dinner that night so it was just me and the girls. I used Whole Foods’ Seeduction bread and it was so tasty! I really enjoyed this sandwich and it was the perfect easy meal for a warm spring day!

Birch Box!

photo (3)My sweet friend, Chrissy, gave me an awesome gift for my 30th birthday – a three month subscription to Birch Box! I had seen this around but it hadn’t sparked a lot of interest for me…Well, I totally love this! For starters, I love that I get a little box of surpise goodies in the mail every month! I love that it introduces me to new products because, let’s be honest, I’m not good at trying new ‘beauty’ items. And finally, it’s only $10 a month! That is awesome! It’s totally worth it. And it has kept my deep desire to join Stitch Fix at bay!

How does it work? You subscribe and receive a box every month for just $10. You get 5 sample items in your box (so it’s like paying $2/item!). Sometimes they are sample sized and sometimes they are full sized. You can log into your account and set your preferences, so if you don’t want to receive any perfume samples you won’t. And you also let them know your skin tone, hair type, etc…so they will send you products you will actually use. If you want to check it  out (which you totally should) you go here https://www.birchbox.com/invite/5qgbj  It’s a referral link so I get points if you sign up through me! :)

So my first month, they sent me stuff before I could edit my preferences. Still, there was only one item that I didn’t end up using:

Beauty Protector Protect and Detangle – Full-size, $21.95 This stuff is awesome! It smells so good! It’s a little sweet like cotton candy, but it’s better than that. I’ve been using this every day and totally love it!

INIKA Eyeliner in Green Lagoon – Full-size, $20. I’m pretty sure they sent me the full size of this. It was a full size pencil with a shrapener on the end! This seemed really cool, but I don’t use green eyeliner so I gave it to a friend. It’s the only thing I didn’t use from the box.

Juicy Courture Viva La Juicy – Full-size, $25-90. This one totally took me by surpise. I smelled it at first and wasn’t sure but Jeremy really liked it and it has grown on me. I’m pretty sad my little sample is almost gone :(

Mox Botanicals Bath Milks – 2-Pack, $12. I love to take baths so I was excited to get something to use in the bath. I think the idea is cool and I have no other bath milks to compare it too, but I wasn’t super impressed with this…But it was fun to try!

Ahmad Tea London – Full-size, $7. I love tea and these were quite tasty! They were a great afternoon treat to replace the many, many cups of coffee I have been drinking lately!

March was my second month and I was so excited to receive my box! They sent me an email when it shipped and I was checking the mailbox excitedly for a couple of days before it arrived!

Air Repair Rescue Balm – Full-size $12. This is for dry skin and I have used it on one spot but haven’t noticed significant difference yet. I have also been using it on my lips and that has been great!

grand Central Beauty S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting Serum + Primer – Full-size, $68 From the get-go I knew I didn’t wan to get too attached this since I knew how much a full-sized bottle would be. I’ve only used it a couple of days so I’m still waiting to see major results but I do noticed that my skin glows after I put it on!

Keims Cleanshine Energizing Shampoo – $9.50 – I’ve been using this every day since I received it. I really like the clean and energizing smell!

Stila Lip Glaze – Full-size $8 – So I couldn’t get this to work for several days and then Capri was playing with it and finally got it to work! I tried it on, but I’ve never been a big fan of lip glaze. It’s a little sticky on my lips. The color is also really light, maybe I’ll enjoy it more in the summer. In general for something like this, I’ve been a big fan of Buxom Lip Gloss.

Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream – I’ve only used this a couple of days so I haven’t seen amazing results yet, but I think it like it. I’m still a little unsure of BB cream for my body, I haven’t even purchased any for my face yet!

Overall, I’ve been so happy! I have been trying to really use everything in box. And I am so excited to get April’s box!