Cauliflower Pancakes

First off, can I just say that I have never hated Cauliflower….nor have I ever really found myself craving come cauliflower. Well folks, I am here to say that this lovely vegetable has amazed me….especially in pancake form. They are so yummy! They taste similar to potato pancakes, but better for you and soooooooo much easier to prepare!

I have a large family and wanted to make a bunch so this recipe will make approximately 25-30 mini pancakes.

  • 2 heads of cauliflower
  • 1- 1/4 cup of panko crumbs
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup green onion
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (I use cheddar)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • dash of garlic powder
  • pinch of cayenne pepper

First you have to cut the cauliflower into florets and toss in boiling water for approximately 10 minutes, until tender.

While that is boiling I combined the remaining ingredients in a large bowl.

Once cauliflower is tender, drain and drain well. I put it back in the pot and in the burner to get residual water out of it while I mashed it. Once mashed well, add to the mixture in the large bowl and mix well.

Form the mixture into little patties and fry them up! Whatever oil you typically use should be fine. I let them go till they were crispy and flip!

I am telling you guys….these are bangin! My kids loved them, my husband threw salsa and sour cream on them, even my co-workers that looked at the suspiciously were amazed at the flavor packet little patties.

Enjoy! Let me know how yours came out! Did you do anything differently?

Hair Rinse

I am beginning a new hair rinse and here is the recipe!

2 Cups of vinegar. Any vinegar work, but most people prefer apple cider.

5 – 10 drops of essential oil.  I LOVE lavender but any will do. Rosemary is great for your hair too.

Mix the vinegar and essential oil in a GLASS bottle/jar. Oils can react with other materials go with the glass.

You can choose to let it sit for a day or two before using or use it right away! Add approximately 1/2 tablespoon of the mixture to approximately 1 cup of water and toss in your hair. You can also choose to rinse it out or leave it in and towel dry.

I have an old conditioner bottle that I add my mixture to before I get in the shower, I add warm water, shake and rinse when it’s time. Otherwise, if I prepare it ahead of time, I end up with freezing cold water on my head and back. I don’t know about you, but I am not a fan…nope, not at all.

Yes, your hair will smell like vinegar….until it dries. It’s magical! Once my hair dries it smells so good! Not even a hint of vinegar.

Play around with the amount of mixture vs. water and see what works best for your hair. I would not use any more that frequently than every other day. If you are transitioning to a new shampoo or no-poo regime then I would suggest every-other day, otherwise everyone is different and the dryness or oiliness of your hair will determine washing and vinegar rinse frequency. I have oily hair myself and wash every other day most of the time.

Have you tried this recipe? How did it work for you? Did you change anything up? I love to hear from you!

Fearless

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41:10 ESV

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Do not be anxious about anything,  but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7 ESV

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For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. – 2 Timothy 1:7 ESV

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When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. – Psalm 56:3 ESV

Diet change is going great!

So, this change in eating habits started Monday and I am really feeling great!

First, let me start with some challenges I’ve had this week.

Tuesday, day two, was great. The only issue I encountered was when my girls wanted whipped cream and ice cream for their sleep over. …it was snowing pretty bad out at that point sooooo that saved me.  If I had stopped,  I am not so sure I could have refrained from Ben & Jerry’s. Thank you snow storm!

Wednesday, day three, this was the roughest day of them all. That day was full of long meetings at work.  I didn’t eat or hydrate properly and was feeling it that afternoon. At one point a Co – worker was placing bright orange mini sticky notes on a plate, all I could think of was wanting a plate of Doritoes! Yes, orange pieces of paper caused me to crave cheesy chips. She encouraged me to take a bite of the paper to cure my craving,  I opted not to. Haha

Friday, another great day! We had a bunch of friends over for a pot luck type dinner and fellowships. We eat, chat and the band, Imperial Boxtruck, practices for a bit. I made pork, salad and potatoes. I actually refrained from my potatoes and without much struggle. One of our friends brought a hash brown casserole full of potatoes and cheesy goodness. THIS was a challenge! I struggled. I took a pic and sent it to two lovely ladies that are partaking in this diet change with me. I felt like I was reaching out to my sponsors. It helped! I don’t think I’d make it too far without support!!

Now for the positives!

I didn’t realize just how bloated I was. My rings fit bettter now. Typically I would wake up and have to drink a full glass of water before I could put my rings on comfortably. Now, not even a week later, no such issue! My clothes even fit better. This past week, I was able to wear two shirts that I have not worn in a really long time. My knee high boots even feel looser now. My belly has gone down noticeably.

I have more energy. I am sleeping more soundly and have more energy throughout the day. I have a toddler,  so I am still tired, but definitely felt a big difference these past few days.

My hunger has changed. It’s hard to explain,  but I’ve noticed that I am feeling like I want food,  even when I’m not hungry. I think this is part of the transition phase where my body is craving the sugar I am withholding. Otherwise, I am eating until satisfied and don’t feel sluggish after meals. I am not getting that gross, “I ate way too much”, feeling. I also don’t want coffee as much. Apparently it was the sugar I was craving. Now tea has become more appealing.

I am truly amazed with the changes I am feeling through this process. I am so happy that I started this. I am so thankful that my friends at work are with me on this and planning for our daytime eating!

Basically we’re eating real, unprocessed,  foods. No sugar and only natural carbs. Full fat foods only. During this transition phase were also omitting root vegetables. We will reintroduce them in small portions eventually.

I will keep you posted as I continue on this journey!

Love you all!

Changing the way I eat!

So, I have never been the type of person to try new diets all the time. I know that it’s not good to approach my eating in a drastic way and that it can create more issues than it would help resolve. Over the years I have been taking a more passive approach to making healthier choices. I have not gone crazy, as I have heard others do, but it’s something I am always thinking about.

I am not at a healthy weight and have not been since the birth of my first daughter. Prior to that I could eat anything I wanted and, with no formal exercise, stay thin. After having my girls back to back, I stayed where I was and teetered back and forth between heavier and lighter. The change mostly depended on what was going on in my life at the time as I have found that I am an emotional eater.

As far as vices go, I would say that salty/crunchy foods are the number one problem for me. This is why Doritos are not allowed in my home very often. They are irresistible to me!

So over the years I have gained a better understanding of portion control, I successfully lost weight on Weight Watchers and I visited the vegetarian side for a few years and that is about it. The vegetarian part of life had more to do with my husband and the fact that the meat industry pumps our food full or hormones and antibiotics. This year we are buying a half cow from a local farm! Possible a half pig too. So, I am still moving towards making healthier and more local purchases in that area. We will be participating in the local CSA to ensure a more well rounded, healthier choice of veggies while supporting the local farmer all at the same time 🙂

Anyway, I have struggle between hating my body and trying to accept my body. I have discovered that I have a distorted view of my body also. I feel that I am much larger than I am. Kinda crazy, right? I will see a person much larger than I (no judgments!) and think that I am bigger than them or close to their size, then I would catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror and realize that I am not. This has pushed me to look in a full length mirror more often. As I avoided mirrors, I began to think I was “uglier” and “fatter” then I am. I know this is something a lot of people struggle with even when looking in a mirror often.

Part of the changes I am making is that I prepare myself before looking in the mirror. I remind myself that God made me and that I am His perfect creation. My husband thinks I am beautiful, my children think I am beautiful, so it’s time that I start seeing myself how I really am. Time to stop allowing my emotions distort how I see life. Oh how that emotional baggage can effect everything.

So here I am on January 22nd and I am making another change. My co-workers and I decided that after the New Year, we were making healthier choices in the office. No more eating out several times a week! Breakfast is mandatory after our morning meeting! We will combine our efforts and each pitch in a health snack and salad fixins! We were doing well 🙂

Enter IT guy who only visits our office like twice a year. He was thinner and full of energy this visit. He shares with us that he is now following a high fat, low carb diet these days. He dropped 50lbs and is feeling great.

This starts to bring to the forefront of my mind how many people I have heard tell me this. Drop the carbs (other than natural ones), drop the sugar, eat full fat foods, eat like our ancestors did before the introduction of processed foods….

So after much discussion and research we are moving in that direction. As of this past Monday we have increased out fat intake through meats, upped the veggies (other than root veggies for now), dropped the sugar and carbs, and are eating together in this fashion at work and on our own at home. We have also increased our water and sodium intake to help our bodies regulate.

In short, we are dropping the carbs that turn into sugar, this then allows our insulin levels to drop back down and for our bodies to begin to utilize the stored fat. There’s more to it, I am just updating you guys on the basics of what we’re doing 🙂

So on with the sour cream, full fat cheeses, meats and vegetables!

I will keep you all posted on this journey and can tell you that today I can feel the difference. I am eating less and am way less bloated. Here is to a happier, healthier me! I did not weigh myself as I feel weight loss will just be a bi-product of getting my body to run more efficiently :0)

Talk to you soon!

Emotions and Authenticity

Along my travels in this world I have been faced with different views on emotions and authenticity. Lately I have begun to understand them a bit more and would like to share with you all.

Emotions, they are tricky little things aren’t they? I know that my emotions can change in a split second and can also take over if I am not careful. I have gone from calm, cool and collected to angry and off the wall when taken off guard. It has always been easy for me to flip off the handle. My prayer once sounded something like, “Lord, please help me to control my anger” but they are now more along the lines of, “Lord, please rip open the hardened and angry places in my that rise to the surface when faces with adversity, remove the filth and replace it with Your love and Grace”.

You see, I have begun to truly understand that what comes out of me when faces with adversity, is ultimately those hidden places that rise up when I am off guard. These are the things that I stuff down and try to cover up day to day, the places I hate. Hoping to maintain control of these places is not the approach I should have been taking all this time. Controlling the uncontrollable is exhausting.

Only recently have I been in the place of looking to God to remove these pieces of me. This is work and can be painful as I have spent a long time stuffing and covering up. It was uncomfortable at first, as these pieces have been in my for so long and even though I no longer want them to be part of me, I was still clinging to them in a way. The Lord has been patient with my through this process and He ever so gently brings me to where I need to be. He has shown me how I need to allow Him to open up old wounds, cleanse me and then healing can take place. He has shown me that my emotions are fickle and cannot always rule my behavior, but that I must allow myself to feel deeply at the same time. Confusing! Fortunately Jesus came to our rescue and now the Holy Spirit is able to dwell in me. The Spirit has given me the strength I have needed during this process.

Part of the struggle for me, is that I always want to remain authentic, genuine. I don’t want to seem fake and am striving for transparency in a world that hides. I think I am beginning to see what that might look like for me. I read an article the other day that really shed some light on what it means to be an inauthentic Christian. It helped me to realize that, as a Christian, I am striving to be more like Jesus. I am striving to be patient and loving in all things and with all people. Sometimes this means I “fake it until I make it”. Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to ever seem fake, but sometimes my actions will be contradictory to my emotions. Jesus did not command us to have feelings of love towards each other, but He has commanded us to the action of loving each other.

With time, prayer and the Holy Spirit, I know that my feelings will change. As I choose to allow God to work in my life, my emotions will begin to mirror His will. As I choose to remain patient despite the inpatients creeping up on me, the easier it will become over time. As I choose to be silent when my emotions are screaming in injustice, my anger will subside.

Today I choose to allow the Spirit to work in me, through me and to remove those dark, filthy places so that there may be room for the peace, love, patients, and joy.

I am and will always be amazed that as I come to the cross with my broken life, Jesus takes it and replaces it with beauty and love.