So, It is Official.


Well, better late than never right? So Kyle and I got married last July. Our amazing photographer shot all the perfect details and the day really could not have been any better. See the photographers blog (with lots of pics of our wedding! Page one, page two, page three)




Local Eggs


 I have been trying to eat healthier, with mixed success. I tend to go in week long shifts; eating well and my days with wild rice and salmon but then disaster strikes with weekends full of hash browns and whiskey spiked apple cider. All in all I am doing better, I am certainly shopping smarter. I can't afford all organic, but I do go organic on veggies highest in pesticides like lettuce and broccoli. I am also going for brands (when I can) that don't use growth hormones on their animals or antibiotic laden feed. This is much harder than it sounds, particularly given that the only grocery store around here that has an organic section is Fred Myers.


 The farmers market is unfortunately over (it gets too cold here), and many of the farm shops that sell organic are a ways out of town. But a new shop has just opened here that sells a nice mix, it is called Mikes Meat and Farmers Market and they sell lots of local grown goodness including those beautiful free range eggs! Until I buy a house, I am stuck buying my eggs rather than raising my own chickens (which is just a matter of time!) For anyone who still hasn't tried local, free range eggs you really should. I suggest frying one up next to a store bought one and trying the difference because it really doesn't even seem like the same food!


These eggs come from Mason, a town near here and are called "Happy Hen Natural Eggs"; they have a yolk that is near orange and the are unbelievable fresh. For breakfast I made a high protein little scramble that goes a little something like this:


2 eggs
1 egg white
1/4 cup chopped turkey breast
2 tablespoons chopped basil
1-2 slices of tomato chopped
a little salt
1 slice of bread (I used Dave's Killer Bread, the Good Seed Light variety)


This is dead easy to make, just scramble the eggs and add the bits in then put it on the toasted bread. It is a fabulous and filling breakfast with just 256 calories but packing 25 grams of protein! And get this; 


"Eggs are exceptionally high-quality protein. In fact, the only source of protein higher in quality than eggs is a mother’s breast milk. Amino acids are the building blocks for proteins in our body, and eggs contain all nine of the essential amino acids—the ones our bodies cannot produce." (from sparkpeople.com)

Pore Reducing Sugar Scrub




I love homemade beauty products. Just because you put it in a fancy jar and charge 40 dollars for an ounce doesn't make it any better! This scrub is made to help ex-foliate, and reduce pore size. It contains all kinds of awesome good for the skin things. First of all, honey is a natural anti-bacterial and has been used for over 2,000 years to treat wounds, and skin problems. It also contains anti-oxidant properties to keep skin healthy, wrinkle free, smoother and softer.  Vinegar is a natural cleanser, and can also work to tighten pores- apple cider vinegar is usually best, it also smells better. Sugar here is the perfect exfoliator, and olive oil helps to add natural, healthy moisture to the skin. It is also dead easy to make, and smells completely amazing. 


Lavender Rosemary Sugar Scrub
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2-3 tablespoon honey
a few drops of oil (until it forms a paste)
3-4 drops lavender essence
3-4 drops grapefruit essence (optional)
1 sprig chopped rosemary (can use dried if needed, about 1-2 tablespoons)

Mix until you have a paste you want, and add more sugar if it is too liquid or more honey/vinegar or oil if it is too dry. Apply to face in a circular motion after normal washing, and rinse with warm water. 

BPA, Plastic and the health kick.

I have been reading the most fantastic book, Origins: How The Nine Months Before Birth Shape The Rest of Our Lives. By Annie Murphy Paul. It is really so much more than a book about pregnancy, it is a surprising eye opening into the effects a mother's healthy, physical and emotional wellbeing has on the fetus- effects that can last well into middle age. NPR had an interview with her, which is how I heard about the book- and I would highly recommend that anyone interested in human development, heath, pregnancy (or what your birth weight can mean for health effects in later life) should listen to the podcast (by clicking here). 




Well her chapter on plastics freaked me out a little. Patricia Hunt, a researcher the author interviewed has done studies on the effects of BPA on mice, where it is linked to hormonal and reproductive abnormalities, such as abnormal eggs. Or worse, according to a 2008 study published in Environmental Health Perspectives found that male fetuses exposed to phthalates such as BPA have been linked to penis abnormalities, where the urethra is located in the wrong place. Now among the parent set, worried about their little ones, alarm bells have been ringing since the 2008 National Toxicology Program's report but among those of you hiding out from the world in law school I had yet to hear about it.


Annie has a great little rhyme to help you remember which plastics are okay: "Four, Five ,One and Two; all the rest are bad for you". So today, after reading the book cover to cover last night, I went through my Tupperware and tossed all those that are either too old to be labeled at all and those numbered 7 (of which I only had one). I am keeping all my number fives, which supposedly are alright, but I am going to register for glass containers with plastic lids (BPA free ones!) for the wedding and switch to those, so at least I know my food isn't just sitting in plastic which has got me a little freaked out at the moment. 



Mum's Granola

My Mum loves ginger. She is slightly obsessed. Which why, when it comes to producing a gift, ginger granola popped in to mind. I have been wanting to try out homemade granola for a while now, and this was perfect; she loves fruit with yogurt for breakfast during the summer months and a little splash of spicy grains would go perfectly with it. Granola is dead easy, you just need a mix of nuts and cereals that you wet down with a little oil (in this case butter) you bake and bang- granola. You can add in anything you want, toasted coconut, sesame seeds, rye, anything you can find at the store. I happen to just have a huge Costco bag of almonds, so I went heavy on those.



Ginger Almond Granola
4 cups oats
1/2 cup flax seed
1 cup raw wheat germ
1 cup almonds roughly chopped
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon cardamon
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 stick butter, melted
3/4 cup honey

1/2 cup currants
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup crystallized ginger

Mix everything together except for the fruit and bake on a baking sheet at 300 degrees for 30 minutes. Let it cool slightly, and then mix in the dried fruit. Store in an airtight container.

Shenelligans Now Open!

I am super excited to announce my little sister has just opened her shop, Shenelligan's on etsy.com! She is uber talented and you should all check it out! She only has one of her prints up there now, but watch for more to come!