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February Challenge

A Pinterest Challenge

I came across as challenge on Pinterest. I was brain storming what I wanted to concentrate on with my blog writing. It had to be something simple and meaningful.

A photography challenge was on Pinterest. This might be fun and interesting.

Challenge Accepted

There might be more than one blog posting from me on some days in February. One will be the photography challenge and the other will be from my other topics, art, crafts, simple life, recipes etc.

Happy Day

Caroline

autoimmune · dairy free · rheumatoid arthritis · simple life

Blueberry Muffins

This is the first time using this mix. Very easy to make, with eggs, milk (I used almond milk) and oil. It suggests add-ons and gives the amount. I used blueberries since I had more than enough in my refrigerator.

I recommend to use this mix. It is simple and easy for anyone needing gluten free and dairy free products. But it is also simple for those with autoimmune and chronic pain to make. The time standing in the kitchen is only a few minutes.

Blueberry muffins were fabulous. The texture of the mix reminds me of using all-purpose flour. This mix is gluten free and it has a sweetness to the mix. Definitely will buy this mix again!

Happy Day

Caroline

art studio · book · crafts · cross stitch · knitting · needlepoint · simple life

Update on My Goal List

I made goals at the beginning of this year. The goal is to complete what was started! Let’s see what has been done. And read the books I have. Plus no additional shopping, use what I have with my arts and crafts.

The Knits

There are 2 knitting projects, one a scarf and the other is a wrap.

The scarf is knitted with seed stitch. The wrap is knitted in hurdle stitch. It has 4 rows which is row one: knit stitch, row two: knit stitch, row three: knit, purl, row four: knit purl

The scarf is getting close to being completed. I may be able to wear this scarf before the winter ends!

Below is purl stitch. Garter stitch is the edge.

The wrap has much more to finish. I just added the other skein of yarn a few days ago. I also have to stop knitting it at a certain length, so I can knit pockets for it. (being a little adventurous)!

Below is close up of hurdle knit stitch.

Books

I am not a fan of reading. I prefer to write, but I know my writing is not professional.

The Bible study is going well, every night I listen to the study and make notes. I have been learning a lot.

The other books-well they make it out of the bin, but then onto a table. I just can’t get myself interested. The goal was to read, not to complete the entire bin. Maybe I have revisit this goal.

I Bent the Rules

I was going to finish another cross stitch before I began Rue Paris. But I just wanted so badly to start it. So I am now focused on Rue Paris. I am ok with that. I think I will alternate between the one I need to finish and Rue Paris.

Below is how much I have accomplished on the stitching. I’ll stitch Rue Paris on Sunday.

Happy Day

Caroline

autoimmune · dairy free · dinner · gluten free · mindfulness · minimalism · recipes · rheumatoid arthritis · simple life · spiritual

A Review of Meals this Week

My diet consists of gluten free and dairy free and soy free. I have an autoimmune illness, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

On Monday, tuna, chicken BBQ and chicken burgers were prepared. Rice and roasted vegetables were also prepared.

An order from Whole Foods Market was made. They have the best gluten free and dairy free products, that I can not find anywhere else. Plus they deliver, so it’s easier to order there as my work schedule can be difficult to get to a grocery store.

I did not have a dessert every night. I finished the cinnamon muffins last night. The gluten free homemade biscuits were starting to loose it’s freshness so I had to toss those.

A spinach smoothie was made for Breakfast, along with eggs, avocado on toast and left over veggies were warmed up.

The refrigerator is now empty of this week’s meals.

This evening, I’ll make dinner. It will be a salad and a baked potato.

Tomorrow I work, so I have the chicken soup and tuna thawing. I will make those for dinner when I get home from a long day at work.

I’ll have to eat the grapes today for a snack. I also got out of the freezer the gluten free brownies I made the other day. And today I’m going to make blueberry muffins. Blueberry muffins will be my breakfast for tomorrow along with fruit. I’ll post the gluten free blueberry muffins.

Meals

Happy Day

Caroline

art studio · mindfulness · minimalism · photography · simple life · smoothie · spiritual

Friday Morning Cleaning at the Studio

This morning, the floors needed to be cleaned. I decided to get the floors finished before I get ready for work. Today I’ll be working from home. I love Friday’s for that reason.

There’s some areas of my house that needs dusting. I’ll try to do that in-between my sessions.

The candles in my family room and bathroom are turned on(I use hot plate warmer and plug in candle wax- I have cats!) Hoping the fragrance from the candles will energize my home and make it feel refreshing.

Photos of Fresh Snow

We had fresh snow last night. Maybe 2 inches of snow. It’s much warmer than it was the last three days. But there’s more cold and snow in the forecast next week.

On my walk early this morning, these photos were taken.

Preparing for Smoothies

On my counter there’s bananas that are becoming brown. I don’t care for them at that point, so I cut them up and put them in the freezer for future smoothies. Also can be used for banana bread. Great way to save money and be intentional about your diet.

This evening I’ll be knitting and resting. I work on Saturday, all day!

Happy Day

Caroline

autoimmune · book · gluten free · simple life

Chicken patties gluten free

Gluten Free Chicken Patty Ingredients

  • ground chicken
  • coconut aminos
  • sesame oil
  • minced garlic
  • minced ginger
  • sea salt
  • sesame seeds
  • red pepper
  • black pepper
  • pineapple rings

Recommended Cookbook

from Against all Grain by Danielle Walker

I usually serve this with my salad. I like to have the pineapple cut up in the salad, along with watermelon, cantaloup and cucumber, with a lemon basil dressing from Paul Neuman. There is a toping in the recipe book that is exceptionally good and tasty, but I don’t think I will be making that when I pull this out of the freezer.

This is one of my favorite recipes to make, because it is simple and easy to freeze.

Dinner

I warmed up the left over rice and veggies from earlier this week. Then I warmed up the chicken burger. (Goal for meals, is to use what I have and what I made).

For Dessert

Warmed up the last of the cinnamon rolls.

Happy Day

Caroline

meditation · mindfulness · minimalism · simple life · spiritual

Morning Solitude

“The difference between a flower and a weed is a judgment.”

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This morning is a solitude morning. Quiet again. It is below zero wind chill and the cold really does go through your clothes. The house constantly is heated. I had to put blankets at the bottom of my doors to keep the cold out and the heat in. The windows also have towels along the window sill for the same reason.

I started my morning with hot tea and breakfast. It appears today will be a slow quiet day. I am hoping it will be that way for the entire day, as I will have to go into the office later.

Meditative Thinking

These slow quiet days allow me to think about what I want and to dream about it. The one thing I really want is to have a small house in the country and be able to work from home. I have not decided if I want to work from home at this time, or if I will wait another few years and do it. I need to also decide if I want to stay in my field. Working as a counselor for over ten years has been rewarding, but it is intense and quit frankly I am getting a burn out from the codependent needs and anger that comes through the office.

Meditative Goals

I dream of a holistic business, selling lotions, fragrances, candles, art, yoga and meditation items. I dream of providing coaching to improve the overall health. I want people to see the beauty and magic life can bring them. I want beauty around me and soft fabrics and warm colors and simple pleasures at work and at my home. I dream of a business with love and respect. I dream of peace and not having to worry about money and needing to worry about liability issues. I dream of a change for me.

Happy Day

Caroline

mindfulness · simple life · spiritual

Quiet Day

It’s a quiet cold morning while the snow blankets every reminder of grass and spring time.

The birds are quite, the people in the city are quiet and my home is quite.

Things to do on a Quiet Day

  • Be creative
  • write
  • cook/bake
  • learn a new recipe
  • make crafts
  • take a walk
  • meditate
  • take a bath
  • read
  • watch a movie/documentary
  • rest
  • meet up with a friend for coffee
  • sit at a cafĂ© by yourself and have coffee

Smoothie

Spinach, blueberries, banana, protein powder, almond milk. Blend together

My breakfast was the spinach smoothie, warmed up gluten free biscuit with dairy free chive cream cheese from Kite Hill, and a mandarin orange.

This is a wonderful book. It is for those yoga fans out there. A must read.

Happy Day

Caroline

autoimmune · gluten free · mindfulness · simple life

Restocking Pantry

This morning an order was made from whole foods market. I decided to buy for only this week, instead of thinking about next week. The goal is to use what I bought.

My meal plan is to use the meats that I already cooked and are now in the freezer, ready to be thawed and warmed up. This saves me time on the long days of being at the office. Having an autoimmune, being smart about cutting down time standing or waiting for food to be done is a definite goal.

Grocery List

  • broccoli florets
  • bananas
  • blueberries
  • watermelon
  • cantaloup
  • spinach
  • romaine lettuce
  • mixed lettuce
  • vegan may
  • vegan ranch dressing-first time trying it
  • vegan cheese-for my tuna melt
  • popcorn
  • plantation chips
  • gluten free crackers
  • almond pudding-first time trying it
  • tomatoes
  • turnip-planning to roast veggies
  • carrots
  • asperagus
  • almond milk
  • bacon
  • potatoes
  • gluten free bagels
  • dairy free cream cheese
  • vegan butter

I think that was all…

Meal Planning for Breakfast

  • gluten free bagel and cream cheese with fruit
  • finish cinnamon muffin with fruit
  • fruit smoothie
  • egg and avocado with gluten free toast

Meal Planning for Dinner

  • Tuna melt with roasted veggies-asparagus and turnip and radishes
  • Finish BBQ chicken and rice-add a salad to it
  • Roman Lettuce-roasted, with side of roasted vegetables and potato with chives
  • Salad with chicken patties

Desserts

  • almond milk pudding
  • coconut milk pudding
  • gluten free brownies
  • mandarin orange

Breakfast

This morning, I was up early, just couldn’t sleep, but wanted to so badly.

I warmed up the cinnamon muffins in the toaster oven and made gluten free hot chocolate. Added watermelon and cantaloupe.

Dinner- Tuna Melt

Tonight dinner was made and it was delicious.

I cooked carrots, turnips, asparagus until tender. You can roast them. I chose to saute them. While the veggies are cooking, I warmed up the tuna from yesterday, mixed in vegan mayo.

I used Miyoko’s cheddar cheese. It is gluten free and dairy free. It is the best brand for cheeses and butter. It had me fooled it was the real thing.

On the side I included plantains chips. Gluten free as well.

I recommend this meal. It will fill you up and keep you warm.

Happy Day

Caroline