This site is about my life in the art studio. It includes drawings, paintings, knitting and cross stitch and fun art techniques. I will also include recipes and yoga and book reviews. This is a lifestyle blog with intentional and simple living ideas.
Today was extremely hot. I started my day off drawing and working. I have been working from home lately. In a few weeks I will no longer be going into the office and I will be starting a new job working from home. This is a really good decision as I’m noticing my artwork has been improving and I am enjoying it.
After I had breakfast I had to get measurements for compression socks. I am having swelling in my legs and have gone to a specialist. In 2 weeks I have testing scheduled to determine what could be going on with my legs. So in the meantime I have to wear compression socks and keep my legs elevated as much as possible.
But today it wasn’t elevating my legs it was keeping my head down and my eyes closed because I had a migraine all day. I was able to make my dinner but I took a nap afterwards. It has stormed but my head still is throbbing so it’s another few hours of resting. I tried drawing throughout the day but did not get as much done as I hoped.
My dinner was gluten free dairy free macaroni salad and a tomato and cucumber and radish salad with lemon dressing. I cooked chicken thighs in a crock pot to go along with a salads.
This afternoon, lunch was planned. Lately, my stomach has been picky. I have to eat gluten free dairy free and soy free. Having digestive issues, rheumatoid arthritis and lipedema, this is the best diet to keep inflammation under control.
Portobello Mushroom Pizza
Vegan parmesan cheese
Set toaster oven to 350 degrees.
Cut the stems and scrap out the black veins of the mushroom. Use a spoon or something blunt.
Put some olive oil on the mushroom where the stem was.
Bake in toaster oven for 3 minutes.
Flip the mushrooms over.
Add tomato sauce and cheese. Bake for 20 minutes. Keep an eye on it, mine was done in 15 minutes.
I served it with potatoes fried in olive oil. You can make a salad or have it with spaghetti. I was craving potatoes!
This is a gluten free dairy free and soy free meal. It is a meal for autoimmune.
Gluten free Rice noodles
Lemon basil dressing
Boil 3 tbsp water with sesame oil. Add the Rice noodles to the boiling water, cover and cook for 3 minutes. The noodles will break apart. Turn off the heat. Add cilantro and lime juice when it is finished
While the noodles and salmon cooks, make a salad.
Combine the noodles and salmon on a plate add watermelon and cantelop for a side along with the salad.
Let’s just face it, we all need a break and a relaxation night. I worked from home. (by the way, I have a second job) and I was exhausted. This night, nothing seemed to satisfy my taste buds. So my idea of feeding my stomach was simple and sweet.
This is the easiest snack to make. This can be for breakfast, lunch, snack and for this night, dinner.
Rice Cake with Peanut Butter and Strawberries and Bananas
Gluten Free Rice Cakes
Peanut Butter, Almond Butter, Cashew Butter
Spread the peanut butter on the rice cakes, layer bananas on it. Use the remaining banana for a side snack along with strawberries. It can be made in 5 minutes!
For the drink: Almond Chocolate Milk
Why we Need to Rest
It is vital for mental health
improves concentration and memory
healthier immune system
make you happier
help your creativity
Ways to Rest
take deep breaths
Practice sleep hygiene-scheduled sleep routine, unplug electronics, dim lights
This is a gluten free and dairy free spaghetti dish. Great for lunch and dinner.
Gluten free spaghetti
Boil water and cook spaghetti until it is to your liking. While it is boiling saute the mushrooms and garlic. Add tomatoes until the skin peels off. Set aside and pour olive oil in another pan and saute the spinach.
When spaghetti it done. Mix all ingredients together and add some nutritional yeast.
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