Jan 14, 2014
This is me letting you know
I Did it.
What you say?
Something I’ve promised you, my dear reader, since October.
Here’s a hint.
Can you guess?
Jan 13, 2014
All thanks to changing a cat box, I now know how to roast vegetables. And lemme tell you, roasted vegetables are way better than boiled or steamed any day. Oh but you want the cat box reference explanation?
As I was lining a fresh kitty litter tray with newspaper, I saw a book review on a book called The Perfect Recipe For Eating Great and Losing Weight by Pam Anderson. I was intrigued by her story. This is the America’s test kitchen lady, Cooks Illustrated lady, Martha Stewart of recipes and she had made an intention to change to her mind and body and lost a substantial amount of weight.
I held onto the scrap of newspaper for when I was ready to make better choices for myself. A year later, when it was that time, I bought her book. I really embraced her style and reuse many of her recipes as well as her philosophies.
The two big take-aways were a confidence to make soups and to roast vegetables. I had tried red potatoes and sweet potato cubes with red onions, carrots, and mushrooms tossed with balsamic and oil and rosemary as a bed for a pork tenderloin . But now I’ve roasted green beans, beets,cauliflower, and yes, asparagus. When you toss the roast veg back into a salad with crumbles cheese, nuts, and fruit, you are eating a masterpiece.
All that is required is that the vegetables to be a uniform size small enough to be roasty and sweet after 20-25 minutes. The veg chunks only need to be tossed in olive oil and a little salt, I use kosher, and placed on a cookie sheet in a hot oven, 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
Try it out if you haven’t and you’ll marvel at the difference. The natural sugars caramelize and beets and carrots end up like vegetable candy. I was most shocked by the cauliflower and the green beans. But one of our favorites is the asparagus. Snap the end off of each (they naturally snap at the perfect spot) and you won’t have a fibrous inedible end of the stem to deal with.
Jan 12, 2014
I attempt to push a little beyond my comfort zone as often as I am inspired to do so. Challenging myself to grow is one of my “things”. And I think am not alone. There’s a gal who had an idea for a project. Her post on her blog this heart of mine was inspirational.
I am accepting her invitation, along with a group of other women, to be a part of the Bold Brilliant Beautiful You project.
Instead of wishing for change, I am making the choice to create the change and joining a community of people with the same purpose. By using the hashtag #boldbrilliantbeautiful on Instagram, Flicker, and Twitter to find the others involved, we intend to connect, support one another, and accept whatever we’re dishing up this year without judgment. I am already committed to a process (blogging) and I really like the idea of not having to go it alone. To post my posts as if shouting to an empty room. To stick my neck out and know perfection isn’t necessary.
For me, Bold is about risks. Setting goals and mapping them out. And then following the map to accomplishment. Bettering my skills. Reaching out to the unknown (especially when it scares me),to other people, and asking for their help. Big.
Brilliant is me being crafty, clever, and shining while doing my best and letting go of the pesky rest. I want to follow whims and oversee my to-do’s in a way that actually works. As well as taking that blog ‘o mine to the next level. I want to believe that my creativity is worthy of your admiration and mine.
Beautiful is letting my inner beauty come out into my environment, my art, and my consciousness. Taking care of my body and my soul. And about gratitude for the lovely little people who give me such joy.
I am posting my last selfie to Instagram and reaching out to the unknown. Declaring my intention with the picture of me and the project’s name. And am hoping I will better know myself and a bunch of other women by the end of the year. If I am in need of permission, I have found a place to receive it ten fold. A community awaits me with support and acceptance. Thank you y’all.