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Egg Breakfast Cups

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Bacon & Kale Cheesy Egg Cups – Part of a Successful Weekly Meal Plan
Yield: 12 individual egg cups Temp: 325° (f) Cooking Time: 25 minutes Prep Time: 15 minutes  

Ingredients – Equipment Needed
undefined 1 head kale, chopped
undefined 5+ strips bacon, cut/crisped (save some bacon grease for cooking the kale)
undefined 12-14 eggs, medium to large
undefined ½ cup combined, shredded Parmesan & mozzarella cheese
undefined Kosher salt/pepper to taste
undefined 12 pan muffin tin
undefined Parchment paper or cupcake liners
undefined Skillet
undefined Canning funnel

Step 1: Preheat oven to 325° (f) and prep the muffin tin with liners. Set aside. My best advice for still intact, non stick egg cups is to use parchment paper by making your own muffin tin liners or purchasing liners that are specifically made from parchment paper. Making your own is super simple and here is a really quick cool video I found on the interwebs by Cooking with Manuela on how to make your own. If making your own is not your thing, I use these from Paperchef all the time and I 100% swear by them *not a paid ad

Step 2: Dice bacon and crisp in a pan. I use a cast iron skillet, but any pan will do. Make sure to drain the fat (but save it!!) while cooking to ensure a good crisp on the bacon. Once crisp, remove from pan and set aside.

Bacon rendering in a cast iron skillet.

Step 3: Wash, dry, and remove kale from stems. Chop and place in skillet with a tablespoon of the reserved bacon fat. You can omit and use olive oil or any oil of your choosing. Kosher salt and pepper to taste. Saute until desired wilt or crispness has been achieved, add back bacon and toss for a few minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Step 4: Crack and whisk eggs with kosher salt and pepper. Set aside. Fill each muffin tin with a tablespoon of bacon kale mixture. Sprinkle shredded cheese mixture on top.

Step 5: If you have a canning funnel, I would totally use it because it will help to eliminate any drips or spills, which in turn makes egg cup removal from the muffin tins a bit tedious… the funnel helps keep everything in the cup where it needs to be. If not, use a large spoon or ladle and fill each muffin tin ¾ full.

Step 6: place in a 325° (f) preheated oven for 25 minutes. Serve and enjoy immediately or do as I do and store in airtight containers in the fridge for your meal planning win during the week.

Additional Ingredient Options: Here are some additional examples of breakfast egg cup variations I’ve made this year:
undefined Broccoli, bacon & goat cheese
undefined Kale, sweet peppers, & cheddar cheese
undefined Sweet peppers, zucchini, sausage & Parmesan cheese

A Note About The Ingredients I Use:
The eggs in this recipe and all recipes I create are made from the chickens I raise. They are fed organic feed in addition to all of the organic produce scraps from my kitchen and all that nature has to provide for them in my pasture. All other ingredients I do my very best to source locally if it does not come direct from my homestead (i.e. the produce & meats) as well as organic and non-gmo options. These recipes do not need to be local & organic but this is what I chose to do for my family.

The Story: I’m a fulltime remote employee for a global tech giant, I wrangle two very active boys and husband daily. The dog needs walking & the chickens need food. The land needs tending and there are only so many hours in a day, then you need to eat. This year I’ve decided to reinstate meal planning and meal preparation. Egg cups – the first installment of that plan. I’m typically (when Covid-19 doesn’t have us stuck at home) on the go, tacking on 120+ miles a day in the car in addition to meetings, kids activities, tending to the homestead, trying to stay physically fit and all the things life has to offer. In my back to basics journey I’ve made deep strides to improve the health in my life and I don’t want to hinder the progress by eating crap on the fly. Having good for you, fueling meals ready on the go is key for success in my day to day. This recipe makes 12 egg cups for me for the week. I warm up 2 egg cups a day from Monday through Saturday for my breakfast. Sundays are left for meal planning and meal prepping. I’ll be 100% honest, these are best the moment they come out of the oven and look a little sad on day two, but the taste is still delightful and fills me up on the go. So, here’s to your meal planning success, Egg Cups!

Let’s Talk About Mindset – 2020 Version

Happy New Year! It is still hard to believe it is officially 2020. Honestly I still feel like it’s 1995.

A decade has come to a close and a new decade is upon us. 2020 is considered perfect vision and I’d like to think that after the past 10 years my vision is finally clear. You see, this is not my first time writing about weight loss, fitness, or mental health. Since the decade started, I’ve lost 100 pounds two times over. This was due to extremely difficult pregnancies and an unhealthy outlook on myself. Sadly the weight continued to return. From the start of 2010 over the past 10 years I’ve spent learning how to be a mom, fully devoting myself and every moment of my time to my family. I completely lost myself and my identity in the process.

Around the summer of 2018 I had about enough and I started to dig my way out of a decade (possibly a lifetime) of funk. After months of research I came across a woman who lived in Denver. She was young. She was an athlete. She was preaching some pretty back to basics information that just clicked. She was in the process of developing an online subscription fitness program and recently became co owner of a gym in Denver, CO . You know a million people can tell you the same thing but it will be just one person who says it or performs it in a way that just gets through. Tara broke through.

The following is a testimonial I wrote the first week of January 2019 about the fitness program TL Method and how it has drastically changed my physical and mental health. It is January 1st 2020 and I’m revisiting this write up, realizing not much of my thoughts have changed so I want to share it again. I can’t thank Tara enough. I also can’t thank my team enough. I hope you enjoy. I’ve also included some photos and sample workouts from the program for reference. One of the biggest things that still rings true is that I’m just going to keep going. I’m not going to stop working my ass off to do better and be better than I was yesterday. My life depends on it and I will become a better mom with it. Thank you for reading and thank you for your support.

The LEFT picture is from July 2018 when I made the mindful decision to join the #TLMethod with Tara Laferrara. The picture on the RIGHT is me today, just two days before 2019 came to an end. Not sure how much weight or how many inches have been lost and I don’t care… I look and feel awesome!

PAST POST: Let’s talk about mental health. Let’s talk about fitness. Let’s talk about food. Let’s talk about resolutions & goals.

We’ve made it through the first week of 2019!  High five! The first couple of weeks of the new year seem to be flooded with blueprints for resolutions, reinventing, trying new things, setting new goals.  I believe goal setting is important and I definitely believe in trying new things but I wanted to do something different this year. I’m going to simply keep going. I am going to keep working hard. I am going to keep pushing myself to be better than I was yesterday and the day before.  That’s it. Nothing drastic, nothing out of reach. It is sustainable. I’ve made huge strides in 2018 as it relates to my mindset, my mental & physical health, so I’m just going to keep working hard in 2019 and trying to be a better me every day.  That’s it.  In the past I would set out these giant, unobtainable lists. The ideas are grand but not sustainable by any means.

2018 was a year of lessons, a lot of opportunities to challenge myself and operate outside of my comfort zone.  It was also a year of learning to be comfortable in my own skin.  Sounds a bit odd at my age, but it happened.  Since childhood, I’ve not had a healthy view of what being beautiful & fit was. I had curves and I was beautiful but I didn’t see it as such. I always wondered why I was always more developed than others and it made me embarrassed. I hid under large sweatshirts and baggy clothes.

Never would you find me in tight anything because I was always afraid of how I looked… I’m done worrying about what other people think of me and how I look. I am only concerned with how I feel and I feel great which in turn radiates in my energy I put out.

It has taken years of hard work but I’m learning to have a healthier view of myself vs. what I’ve been fed from childhood. It’s taken time to understand everyone’s body composition is different and that is OK. Once I had my two boys, I struggled with my new body even more than before. There are a lot of stretch marks, scars, and extra skin.  Mentally I was fat, ugly, and exhausted.

Over the last 8 (**now 10 yrs**) years, I’ve lost 100 pounds, twice, after each pregnancy. I experienced difficult pregnancies so physical activity was null each time. My system and metabolism were shot from the hormone changes as a result . I met my weight loss goals each time but my mental goals were far from attained. I obsessed over the number on the scale vs. how my body and mind felt. This was probably the worst part of the process. You believe you’re working so damn hard but yet the number on the scale doesn’t move. I struggled with food. Large portions and emotionally eating. Not necessarily bad foods; simply lacking balance. I would restrict myself from carbs or other foods that made me happy. In my life, restriction equates to failure. I need to be able to sustain the lifestyle and keeping myself from something I loved was making it hard for me to maintain.

For those who have been following me for some time you know I like to cook a lot of good food and drink lovely drinks. This makes me happy and taking away those things was breaking down my mindset to keep going, to be consistent .

I make much of what my household eats, from scratch. I also rely heavily on food prep to ensure I don’t mindless snack or go through a drive thru. I also don’t restrict myself from things that makes me happy.

2018 I made the year to get comfortable with being uncomfortable; trying new things and stepping outside of my comfort zone. I’ve got two boys. I’m still young (definitely at heart). It was fucking time to get off this emotional roller coaster because I have a life to live.  

I did a lot of research, seeking out communities I could relate to.  Growing up, I watched my hard working, single mother use free weights and workout in her living room every evening no matter how long or difficult her day was.  She loved weightlifting.  I remember, I was of preschool age, waiting in line with my mom at a local gym grand opening to get Rachel Mclish’s autograph. Her influence guided me as a teen to purchase my own set of weights & strength train at home.  In my 20s I dove into yoga under Ben Thomas who was a direct student of BKS Iyengar.  In my later 20s I began Sanshou with Cung Le at his Santa Clara gym.  Weightlifting, yoga, and mixed martial arts were all components of fitness in my life as I got older. These are communities I sought out to guide my mental & physical groove today.  It took a few months of trying new things; 8 week yoga or animal flow programs, kickboxing, kettlebell & body weight challenges.  All things I loved but nothing was resonating, still I kept going, I kept trying new things.  The cool thing about exploring new programs was opening connections to people I would not have come across before. This brings me to Tara Laferrara.

I’ve been following a lot of personal trainers on Instagram over the past year. This is how I discovered Tara. May of 2018 I did her 7 day body weight challenge.  After the challenge, she offered an 8 week program that included 6 days a week of planned workouts from weightlifting, body weight, yoga, and mobility exercises. Along with the program came an accountability group.  The accountability group was WAY out of my comfort zone. The program as a whole, included everything that fired my soul. The major plus is I gained a group of supportive people who helped me get through mental challenges. The group on Facebook is private (some of us connect else where as well), and lets you know you’re not alone on the journey.  After the 8 week program she launched a full membership, called the TLMethod, very similar to the 8 week program. I’ve been a member ever since.

I’ve had gym memberships and I’ve signed up for online workout communities but I never stuck with any of them. I live in the country. I don’t have a lot of options close to me. Any extra funds fuel my children’s & husband’s extracurricular activities (Jiu-Jitsu and Mountain Biking). I have a very full schedule and no extra child care. I need something flexible, cheep, and that I can do at home with the equipment I have.

Let me preface this is not a paid promotion. I believe in the program and the support of a community, whether it be live or online. The TLMethod is a program I access via my phone or laptop, anywhere. Over the years I have been gifted or acquired free weights ranging from 1 to 35 pounds. I invested in resistance bands and makeshift certain household items for benches or steps. These, in addition to my body are the only tools I use in the TLMethod. I plan my day to ensure I make time for myself but I don’t have to think about workouts that will challenge me and provide results, Tara does it for me, 6 days a week.

The key statement here is “make time for myself.” Life happens. Life is always going to happen. Life will always provide some road block, speed bump, something to challenge my day to day. How I chose to react to the situation will determine my success to keep going. I also have to make a conscious effort to ensure I make time for me to take care of me because no one else will do it for me. If I am no good to me, I will be no good to anyone else. The work, the chores, the challenges will be there but those moments for you will not. We’re only given so many hours a day. Be wise how you use them.

The program and accountability group is comprised of so many different people, so many different components, yet we’re all showing signs of success through our various journeys. Some Vegan, some Vegetarian, some on Keto, some just going with the flow. Minimal judgement yet full support of the journey. I chose to stop restricting myself and just made better judgement on size and moderation.  I eat everything that makes me happy, but I am smart about the process. 

I wish I could say what the ahha moment was for me.  Possibly seeing the progress.  I stopped obsessing over the number on the scale.  I’ve kept some measurements to give me a gauge but the big win, the success has been how I feel about me.  I feel good.  I feel strong.  I feel beautiful.  I read something about progression photos and how the photo doesn’t show how your mind has progressed. I have no idea how many more inches has been lost since I started this journey and I don’t care. What I care about most is how I feel physically and mentally and right now… I feel fucking awesome!

Me two days before 2019 came to a close. You see, I’ve lost a lot of weight more than once. I have a lot of loose skin and stretch marks for days. I’ve come to love these parts of me because it tells a story of overcoming adversity… bish… those are my tiger stripes!

My journey has been a long one.  I’ve struggled with my mental outlook from childhood to present day.  The addition of becoming a mom made the struggle that much more difficult.  The journey through this program has made me love how I’ve grown.  I love how strong I am.  I love me.  So this new years, I’m going to continue being a bad ass and working hard to be a better me every day.  Ending with an example workout that is part of the TLMethod program . 

TL Method Upper Body Day Example Workout – for complete workouts signup at http://www.taralaferrara.com

Tomorrow I keep going no matter what. This year… I’m going to keep going.  

Rocking my #TLMethod gear into 2020…
Happy New Year & Happy New Decade… YOU GOT THIS!

The Last Time

The Last Time…

Last night, after the hubs and I finished reading a story to our oldest son, the kiddo passed out his typical round of hugs and kisses before jumping into bed. He jumped into my arms and at that moment I realized times were changing and fast. It happened before my eyes. Our oldest son is now 5.5 years old and for these 5.5 years I feel like we’ve done what we could to soak up every minute of his growing, his life, and his experiences… until this moment. He was so heavy; heavier than I could remember. His long legs now dangled down past my knees as he wrapped his arms around my neck. He is no longer the tiny little boy who could jump in my arms and I could carry him around on my hip. He’s a big boy now.

He went from this…Last Time 

…to this overnight!Last Time

Over the past several months I have nursed a high risk pregnancy, recovered from a cesarean section, and since have been carrying a baby around daily. I’ve not been able to pick up my kiddo as I used to months back. At that moment of him jumping into my arms I realized how much I missed. Despite me being present I still missed out on his growth and development into such a big strong boy.

The hubs and I wanted a second child but we had put off getting pregnant for a long time. I knew pregnancy would hinder me useless for several months due to a couple displeasing conditions (Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) and a Septate Uterus). My lack of activity and participation wouldn’t be such a big deal if we were solo but we had a growing preschooler to tend to. I couldn’t pick him up as much, and towards the end, at all. Here today, 11 months later I see how much I have missed out on. I felt like years flashed before my eyes. What happened to my sweet baby?

A couple weeks after we told him he was going to be a big brother. I was at the height of my sickness (HG) and was couch or bed ridden. He was showing me his Ninja Turtle moves to cheer me up.Last Time

The hubs recently wrote two numbers on our kitchen white board. These numbers represent the number of times we have left to plan special moments with the boys before that telltale age when they’re ready to not “hang out” with mom and dad anymore. It makes you realize the time allotted for building memories with them as littles is all too short.

Brothers…Last Time

Time seems to pass even faster now that there are two. I can’t keep my eye on both of them long enough without a growth moment passing before my eyes. In the past three months, since our second son was born, my oldest son has blossomed into a brave, outgoing little boy; doing things we’ve never imagined he’d be doing until now.

Rock climbing all the way to the top!Last Time

First day of KindergartenLast Time

The littlest one is hitting his own milestones, changing diaper sizes, holding his head up without support, cooing, smiling and aware of the world around him. I’m not ready to hear “mom” instead of “mommy”. I’m not ready to let go of the cuddles. I’m not ready to let go of being their comfort when they’re scared at night after a bad dream. I’m not ready to let go of bedtime stories or kissing boo boos or any of it. I want to savor every minute… I wish I had savored more.

I look back on the years I stayed home with my first child and wish I had slowed down and soaked it all in just a little deeper. Due to my age and physical ailments while pregnant this will be the last time. The last time we’ll surprise our family with the news of a baby. The last time I will listen to a heart beat in my belly or feel the moment of flutters and kicks late at night. The last time I wake up in the early morning to change diaper after diaper and nurse hour after hour.

Moments after our 2nd son was born…Last Time

Last Time

I’ve heard some people say “I can’t wait till they’re out of the baby phase.” I get it. The whole process of trying to figure out what the hell you’re doing with this tiny fragile human life and to make sure you don’t fuck up is pretty damn stressful and hard… but I wouldn’t want to rush through any of it.

Soaking up the moments of bonding…Last Time

Looking back on my first son, I was so lucky to have the opportunity to get the extended time with him that I should have savored it more. This is why I’m trying my hardest to savor these moments with my youngest, because this is the last time.Last Time

365 Project 2014 – Extra Long Week In Review 18 – 27

365 Project 2014 – Extra Long Week In Review 18 – 27 It’s been a little over a week since my last 365 post. I’ve been taking pictures daily, keeping with the cadence of the 365 idea but to avoid inundating those with daily posts I’ve kept it brief. We’re still getting immersed in our surroundings and are still attempting to work out a schedule – there is so much to get started on our tiny homestead… each day is baby steps to our new life…

365 Project 2014 Day 18 – Good day Saturday. Good day Sunshine. Like most Saturdays, I hit the road extra early with my ol’ girl and we trek out a few good miles through our hills. Upon arrival back home the sun begins to peek it’s way over our mountain side and push through the trees. At this point in the year I’m feeling extra guilty for enjoying such a beautiful sunrise as it should be cloudy cold and raining. Not beaming with sun and mild weather.
365 Project 2014 Extra Long Week In Review 18 - 27

We typically don’t let weather stop us from doing much. So even if it was cold and windy out we would have made this trek. But alas, it was not cold and windy… it was perfect weather for a beach day. After a bunch of errands we did just that and hit the beach. It’s the best get away because it’s free and you get the best nature has to provide. Here is my kiddo attempting a sand angel since snow has only been in our dreams.
365 Project 2014 Extra Long Week In Review 18 - 27

365 Project 2014 Day 19 – Day of Rest My beautiful niece and her new best friend. She’s giving comfort to my ol’ girl who is resting on this warm winter Sunday.
365 Project 2014 Extra Long Week In Review 18 - 27

One of the reasons we got to see our niece was for the family to pick up a few jars of my last batch of canned homemade applesauce for the season. It tastes like apple pie and the kids love it.
365 Project 2014 Extra Long Week In Review 18 - 27

365 Project 2014 Day 20 – Sharing is Caring. Our kind neighbor allowed us to invade their Meyer lemon tree. The possibilities are endless with Meyer lemons. Imagine if every neighbor had a fruit tree and shared.
365 Project 2014 Extra Long Week In Review 18 - 27

One of the many Meyer lemon results – candied Meyer lemon slices.
365 Project 2014 Extra Long Week In Review 18 - 27

365 Project 2014 Day 20 – Beach Day, again… We had taken a break from the beach because the past couple of months had been filled with preparations to immerse ourselves in a new environment, then we had the holidays to get past… we’re finally settling back into a routine and one major part of our routine is enjoying plenty of activity outside. We’re fortunate to be close to such beauty and minus some gas for the tank, adventure like this costs nothing but your time… this is time well spent.
365 Project 2014 Extra Long Week In Review 18 - 27

365 Project 2014 Day 21 – Sweet Start One of the results of the Meyer lemon cook off… Meyer Lemon Coffeecake. Yes, breakfast was delightful. Local organic ingredients and homemade. There is nothing better.
365 Project 2014 Extra Long Week In Review 18 - 27

365 Project 2014 Day 22 – Hey What’s That in the Sky? I almost forgot what clouds looked like. We’ve had clear cloudless skies for a couple weeks now. It’s the middle of winter and we’ve not a drop of water, not a cloud in the sky, not a cool day in sight. It’s scary to think about what is going to happen in the face of this drought. I’m doing my research and making every effort to conserve, educate, and hope for rain. Rain dance anyone?
365 Project 2014 Extra Long Week In Review 18 - 27

365 Project 2014 Day 23 – Good Night Sun. Despite a short week it’s seemed quite long and tiring to say the least. Letting go of the day’s stress to a peaceful sunset… good night sun, thank you for the beautiful view.
365 Project 2014 Extra Long Week In Review 18 - 27

365 Project 2014 Day 24 – Growing Up Fast I’m trying to figure out where the time went. I’m sitting here working when I look over and see my soon to be 4 year old attempting to write the word SHOES. Moments ago I had listed off to him the various errands that we had to run last that day and he then asked me how to spell SHOES. I spelled it for him and as I did, he wrote. I’m so proud but at the same time… wishing time would slow down just a bit… I’m not ready for this 🙂
365 Project 2014 Extra Long Week In Review 18 - 27

365 Project 2014 Day 25 – Exploring with Daddy It’s something special when you can hike off into the woods and explore… right in your own backyard.
365 Project 2014 Extra Long Week In Review 18 - 27

It gives me a warm feeling to watch my boys wander off in the sunset…
365 Project 2014 Extra Long Week In Review 18 - 27

365 Project 2014 Day 26 – Seed Count In the face of a drought, planning is key. Now that we’re settling into our new surroundings it’s time to get the garden in order. Our dependence on mainstream agriculture is causing a depletion of resources. If those who could, would grow their own produce, using water saving techniques… imagine the resources we could save and repair. The plan is to start the garden earlier this year to avoid the major heat of the summer and need for extra water. Time to take stock of those seeds…
365 Project 2014 Extra Long Week In Review 18 - 27

365 Project 2014 Day 27 – Avatar Tree The hubs calls this our Avatar tree. It’s the biggest tree in our view. It’s so majestic and mysterious. When Eucalyptus moves in the strong winds it makes a squeaking howling sound if you will. This morning’s fog was so thick and the wind blowing good that it sounded like rain falling. A girl can dream right…
365 Project 2014 Extra Long Week In Review 18 - 27

365 Project 2014 Week in Review 13 – 17

365 Project 2014 Week in Review 13 – 17

365 Project 2014 Day 13 – Homemade Bread After a full weekend of sick boys I had to spend Monday catching up on some of our basic staples. One of which is homemade bread. We have not purchased store bought bread (minus the occasional local baked sour dough) in years. I make our daily bread, buns for burgers, I’ve attempted hot dog buns or pretzel buns if you will but those need some perfecting. Considering 2 loaves of well made bread from the store costs roughly $3-4 each, I estimate I’m saving $20 bucks a month on bread alone in my grocery bill. That’s a rough estimate but either way I’m saving money and I know exactly what ingredients are being put into my bread.
365 Project 2014 Week in Review 13 - 17

365 Project 2014 Day 13 – Tea Time I’ve never been a big tea drinker. I can remember spending nights at my grandmother’s house and her evening routine always involved a hot cup of chamomile tea. Anytime she was sick she always had a cup of tea. It was a warming healing comfort to her. Well I needed that very much Monday evening. With boy the big boy and the little boy very sick I could feel it creeping up on me. Thankfully my cousin had gifted us some tea recently so I pulled out my cups and enjoyed a warm cup of calming chamomile tea. It worked. At least in my mind it did. It soothed my throat and relaxed me for the evening. Thankfully for the remainder of the week I fared way better than the boys. Could it have been the tea?
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365 Project 2014 Day 14 – Learning to Snap No he’s not flipping me off although it looked like when I took the picture. He’s learning to snap and doing a mighty fine job at it too. He was so proud when his little fingers made the sound.
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365 Project 2014 Day 14 – Bird Watching More like deer watching.
365 Project 2014 Week in Review 13 - 17

365 Project 2014 Day 15 – Happy Hump Day We’re mid week…watching the sunset on our ridge line gives me a sense of calm.
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365 Project 2014 Day 16 – I’m an Artist! You sure are kiddo… you sure are!
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365 Project 2014 Day 17 – Homemade Granola Bars TGIFF! It’s Friday and it couldn’t come too soon. I’m not a fan of rushing my days by but this week has been tiring with sick men and being cooped up with them. Once again, catching up on our weekly staples since I was preoccupied with my guys. Granola bars is another staple like bread that I choose to make myself. Consider you buy a box of granola bars at the store containing 6 bars at roughly $5 a box. I would have to go through a cost breakdown but on the surface the ingredients I used today didn’t equate to $5, it was less than and I came out with 24 bars. My kiddo eats at least one to two of these a day. Filled with organic oats, nuts, dried fruits, honey, and peanut butter… these have been the best homemade treat I’ve made to date.
365 Project 2014 Week in Review 13 - 17

365 Project 2014 – Days 9, 10, 11, & 12

365 Project 2014 Day 9 – Pinch me, I’m dreaming. The hubs and I both agree it’s still not sunk in that we live amongst such beauty. We were in the thinking realm of something’s got to happen… you can’t live waiting for something bad to happen. You can be prepared as best as you can but for the most part you must enjoy the moments as they are here; one day they will not be. Enjoy every moment you can.
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365 Project 2014 Day 10 – Dusty poo. This is what my son calls horse manure. He greeted our neighbor to tell them we were here to get some dusty poo. Yes, I’m shoveling shit for our garden. Some people would think gross, ewe, stinky, yuck and well, yes after all I’m shoveling shit. Surprisingly though I am fine. I don’t mind being outside working hard towards something that will overall benefit my family, our health, and our environment. Let’s also address the elephant in the room – the obvious 20 pounds extra on my frame. I’m not making excuses. Plain and simple, I didn’t put in the effort when times got rough over the past few months. From October till recently my mind has been preoccupied but today I am back on track. It’s ok to detour, whether good or bad, you’ve learned something from the unplanned path. Now back to where I was headed… 365 Project 2014 Day 9, 10, 11, & 12

365 Project 2014 Day 11 – Good day. 5 miles of hills under our belt and now a cup of coffee in hand while we watch the sun rise. Always a great way to start the day.
365 Project 2014 Day 9, 10, 11, & 12

365 Project 2014 Day 11 – Got Pie? There is nothing better than a warm gooey slice of homemade apple pie. This pie is for some friends who so generously donated practically brand new items to us for our new abode. They were moving and donating as they went. Since we’re unable to monetarily compensate I bake instead. This is my way of thanking those who provide such generosity. I wish I could do more…
365 Project 2014 Day 9, 10, 11, & 12

365 Project 2014 Day 12 – More dusty poo. Today I built out a temporary compost bin. Our neighbor was so kind enough to provide some temporary supplies till I get my plans in order. Given I am a little behind in the garden preparation area they thought it only fitting to help us get started with a few bits here. The surrounding material is a thick black flexible plastic with holes for air. I’ve got T-posts in various places to keep the sides from falling in. I then began layering. I was fortunate to have access to a tumbler composter so I had a good batch of moist already composting bits to add to the dusty poo. For now I will use the tumbler in conjunction with the open container. Each day I have a bucket of compost I’ll add to the tumbler and by end of week I’ll get a load of dusty poo and add the contents of the tumbler in layers. I’ll turn everything once I get to 3 or 4 feet of mix (reminder since I’m just starting). Soon I’d like to have at least 2 large rotating bins in conjunction with the tumbler and of course… a worm bin or two 🙂
365 Project 2014 Day 9, 10, 11, & 12

365 Project 2014 – Day 7 & 8

365 Project 2014 – Day 7 & 8

SLACKER! Yes, I’ve already fallen off the wagon in terms of keeping up with my posts. It has been a while since I’ve been in the blogging cadence so bear with me folks as I get my organizational act together!

365 Project 2014 – Day 7: Tuesday. Zombie Status. It was a rough morning. I woke at 1230am and never went back to sleep. A whole whopping 3 hours of sleep. I didn’t let that hold me back though… the ol’ girl and I hit the hills for our daily early AM trek. Needless to say I believe we were both pooped and cold when we returned. She’s always raring to go when we head out. Dog nails tip tapping on the hardwood floor, getting overly excited while I gather her leash and other items. Now she’s snuggled in her favorite blanket, out for the count as soon as we returned.
365 Project 2014 - Day 7 & 8

365 Project 2014 – Day 8: Rhubarb. The hubs came home with a donated rhubarb transplant for the garden. This weekend we’ve got to get the deer fencing up so I can start laying out the container system we will use for this year’s garden.
365 Project 2014 - Day 7 & 8

365 Project 2014 – Day 6

365 Project 2014 – Day 6

A Moment of Peace…
365 Project 2014 - Day 6

He’s Got the Eye of the Tiger (< —YouTube link) In our house we often break out into random song. It could be an original or a cover but song will occur. Don’t worry, we’re not attempting American Idol anytime soon but this moment I just had to capture. The kiddo was playing with some fun activity stickers he received as a gift and felt the need to belt out this tune. You can thank the hubs for this one; he’s a fan 🙂
365 Project 2014 - Day 6

365 Project 2014 – Day 5

365 Project 2014 – Day 5

Sun & Dirt Therapy Now that we’re finally unpacked (for the most part) and settled in to our new homestead the planning, cleaning, and preparation of all sustainable tasks begins. I realize now, even though I’m damn good at what I do professionally (what I went to school for), I was meant to be and work outside. I’m working hard today to balance the two worlds and so far it’s paying off but it’s not been an easy task. Being surrounded by all of this… is my payoff for the hard work.
365 Project 2014 - Day 5

365 Project 2014 – Day 4

365 Project 2014 – Day 4

Time for Fun! As the chaos of life grows and family gets larger and more spread out, the “holidays” last well into the new year. Today the kiddo got the opportunity to spend time with his cousins, share with his immediate family the joy of his new home, and best of all enjoy the extension of more Christmas. This picture sums up the entire day of family gathering in our new home… spinning but oh so much fun!
365 Project 2014 - Day 4

Time for Cuddles! As with any packed house of a happy active family comes a quiet evening of cuddles and snuggles. My two kiddos enjoying their peace after a full day of family fun. This is what it’s all about!
365 Project 2014 - Day 4