Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
In my quest to feed my family, I have found, for me, that it is a constant tug of war between healthy eating and prepared foods. Yeah, yeah, I know the American philosophy is that you can have instant prepared healthy food! Have your cake and eat it too. But I feel that so much is missing still. I am one of those "Natural" girls at heart and I have always felt a pull towards the organic, granola way of life. So, in my quest, I have discovered the french food philosophy! After research, and reading some books and cookbooks, ("Barefoot in Paris" -Ina Garten, "French Women Don't Get Fat" -Mireille Guiliano, "French Food at Home" - Laura Calder) I see that there are a few things the french do, that I do not.
1.The French eat fresh, and value the region. I didn't think about the fact that a tomato grown in California will taste different that one grown in Colorado. I never liked tomatoes until I grew them from my own garden.
2.The French see that less really is more. Good quality food that takes time and some effort to make or find, has concentrated flavors and more value. So we tend to eat less of it. It is much richer. ex. Homemade artisan bread vs. "wonder".
3. The French also keep a "contained variety" in their kitchen. They have accessible ingredients in their home all the time so they always have enough at home to make something good.
In the past my "contained variety" has been frozen pepperoni or cheese pizzas. - I don't think the French would count that.
I am going to try this summer to do a few things different. Some of which are: working on baking a mean loaf of bread, shopping the farmer's markets, and keeping a healthy "contained variety" in my kitchen so I don't have to worry about making something I don't have ingredients for.
And maby I will lose a couple of pounds along the way!
P.S. my husband asked me if I was going to write about our sex life. I said probably not. He said, "I wish you would, mabey we would get more hits" -Ha, ha
Friday, June 6, 2008
N -"I'm about ready to lose it."
D - "When is hubby coming home?"
N- "I think he is pulling up now."
D - "You know what you should do, tell hubby that you need a half hour of time to yourself. Just a half hour laying in your room with no kids will make a ton of difference. I promise"
N - Yes, but I can still hear the kids, it won't be relaxing to me."
D - "Dude, put your headphones on, listen to music and stay in your room for a half hour, minimum."
Did any of us think we would have crazy conversations like that? Has anyone ever had to actually lock themselves in their room and put headphones on just to refuel and get some peace and quiet? I have, and its the cheapest and easiest form of refueling the old tank. Be sure you have a lock on the door. - hmmm, I could seriously expand on the benefits of a lock on my bedroom door.....I'll save that thought for another post.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
I am a stay at home mom with 6 children (4 of which are 1 year old quadruplets as my sister informed you already) Life has been tough this past year. So when do I have time for an awakening? Oh yah, that mommy time we are suppose to take for ourselves. Um...okay?
It seems like the only mommy time I get is when I run to the bathroom as fast as I can and hope none of the kids saw me. But, usually they find me and I have an audience and find myself conversating with my 7 or 4 year old whilst using the "potty". Any way enough of that. Back to my awakening. I suppose I had somewhat of an awakening 1 1/2 years ago when I found out I was pregnant with quads (who wouldn't right?). My life changed dramatically the very moment I heard the words................... "THERE ARE 4"!
Don't get me wrong, it absolutley changed my life for the better. I love my life and wouldn't change it for the world. Each one of my children bring joy, love, laughter, and much more to my life. They have made me a stronger mother and woman! Well, I have to go to bed now so I can get up for the morning feeding, but I will be back and can't wait to share more of my life with you!