Saturday, July 5, 2014

All Moved In

I am very pleased to announce that we are all moved into our apartment cottage by the lake!
I can't believe this is in walking distance from me.

Here is our main room, all done up. It was challenging to make the room seem less long and narrow, but I gave it my best shot. Beanka is in her new spot, she can see out the front door from the couch pillow ha!

This is our closet, which we laugh about and call it our "walk-in closet", it's the hallway connecting our living room and bathroom!

Kitchen, is another long and narrow room...

This is Sunset a couple days ago, I feel like a very lucky lady...

P.S please check out Ashleigh's blog, funkybeets, to learn all about a radish salad that I dare call one of my all time favorites. It even has a sweetie pie picture of us together! I'll be putting up the kale hummus recipe very soon! Stay tuned!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Rosemary Balsamic Strawberry Jam

What to do when you are up to your ears in moving boxes?

Forget all your troubles and make jam!

This is a great recipe to fiddle with too, the rosemary adds a smoky floral note, the balsamic adds depth and umami, the strawberries are little jewels of love... yum.
To make this very unique, yet totally approachable jam, start with six cups of halved strawberries.
add 1/4 cup sugar
and 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

 Bring to a boil, trying not to hypnotize yourself too much...
Then simmer for 25 minutes, until jam is syrupy and thickened, add chopped fresh rosemary (about 1 full sprig per recipe) and wait for the internal "oohs and ahhhs"
Cool and refrigerate in an air tight container, keeps for two weeks. 
I like mine with butter on toast, or with a lovely hard cheese and crackers
 How did I have so much strawberries in the middle of a move, you might ask?  
My best friend and I just went strawberry picking yesterday, and what a bounty we picked! We shared this box full and I have so many Strawberries to play with. There is something very satisfying about knowing you picked the produce yourself.

Here's Ashleigh enjoying the sun, what a beauty!

My favorite strawberry of the day, what a funny shape!
 Today we did a food demo at the farmers market, and Ashleigh will be doing a guest post right here on Czesia Lives! I'm very excited about that, and to share our recipes with you!
See you all very soon!










Friday, June 20, 2014

What's New Baby Boo?

Hi guys!

I wanted to update you on various things.

I had originally planned n a Father's day post but tried to keep my mind busy packing things and putting things away to give to charity. Why, you might ask? More on that later. I just wanted to start by giving a HUGE thank you to everyone who gave me an apple pie recipe. On the day of, I just couldn't do it. The image of me sitting at home by myself eating pie was just off-putting. I'll be making a pie when I have people around to enjoy it. Marc had to work that day, and everyone else was visiting with their Dads (as they should be). The next best thing? Apple candle, this is a nice one and helps me in a ritualistic type of way. I think of a memory with my Dad and light the candle.
So you might be asking yourself, packing? What's going on? Well Ladies and Gents, the "D" family is moving..
To our own semi-local slice of paradise, yep this will be my backyard. Source

Oh yes, this is my backyard as well...source
My goal is to enjoy "my backyard" as much as possible, hopefully everyday. It'll be worth the commute that I will be making.
Also, I'm moving into a cottage of sorts (okay a 1950's revamped garage, who's counting) but I will be updating with pictures and videos of our new 600 square foot nest.
Lastly, my hair she be a growin'! I am very happy that my hair grows pretty quickly. I've already chopped the back a few times, but just a few more inches and I'll have the length I originally asked for. Did you miss my hair disaster? Check out this blog entry (my most popular to date post, thanks guys for wanting to see me with a terrifying haircut haha!)
Thanks again for tuning in, and keep on checking in to see more about our July 1st move!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Daddy's Apple Pie

It's getting really close to Father's Day, my first without my Dad.

My Dad and I dancing on my wedding day...
The only thing that I think is going to get me through the day is making my family an apple pie. For as long as I can remember, my Dad always got a homemade apple pie to celebrate him. Whether it be his birthday, a congratulatory meal, or Father's day... it's that apple pie! So without further ado I need an apple pie recipe and I need you help to find the best one!

 Please send me your favorite recipe and I'm going to make it, even if the apples a fifty dollars a piece and out of season.

Thanks friends!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Yesterday's Eats

I read in a magazine recently that when life isn't normal, do normal things. This will help calm you and bring a sense of capability to handle what life throws at you. So what is more normal to me then food? I thought I'd share my first day back on plan, yesterday's eats. I have started trying recipes from the Eating Well website it's a good one... okay Eating Well where's my check? just joking!

Broccoli Frittata, Strawberries, Skim Milk, Black Iced Coffee

Air Popped Popcorn with Smoked Paprika, Roasted Red Pepper Sub (Kalamata Olives, Spinach, Dijon, Parmesan, Roasted Peppers, Jalapeño, and Pea Sprouts... phew!), and delicious grapes.

Carrot Sticks with Black Bean Curry Dip

Skim Milk with Cinnamon and Vanilla
Sunflower Pesto Pasta, Smoked Sesame Carrots and Spinach with Sesame Ginger Dressing

and parm! Mmm

Yummy dessert, apple cinnamon muffin, strawberries and whip.
I had a couple HANGRY moments but I woke up this morning energized and ready to start the day. Now I'm taking an extended break from studying for finals. I'm ready to lose some of this weight this summer, and I think I have some pretty good tools to get it done.
Have a good day, enjoy time with your loved ones.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Bye Daddy

My Daddy passed away May 10th.

This is a picture on his wedding day, he was 40 here. He was 68 when he died.

We all thought he was doing really well and then he was gone. All I can really think about is how he wont hold my children, he wont see me graduate college..etc. I'm trying to go on the  "he will be there in spirit" jazz, but it doesn't really help.

I went to Florida for a couple days for his service, I got to see my sister and went to the beach. The warm waves were very comforting.

It's still not real yet, and life isn't the same. I'm trying to do better, and am just taking things minute by minute.

Hold on to your loved ones.

I miss you Dad.

Monday, April 21, 2014

What does 1500 calories look like?

Hi lovely blog readers! My hair and I are doing well, that post is actually one of my most popular in the four years I've been blogging! I'm not even going to think that it was because people want to see my mug with an ol' lady coif. We've become friends :)
So lately, I've been feeling not myself. Which is why I am so excited for the warmer weather, it makes me want to go outside, go running, get in shape! I usually gain some weight back in the winter, this season was no exception. With this being said, I'm back to my calorie counting. This might sound sad but it's actually not a bad thing, I feel more in control then ever. So my calorie range is about 1200 with the option of earning additional calories by working out. * This is totally personal and what works for me might not work for you, check out a calorie counting website, or even better an RD to really personalize your plan, just as a side note. *
I feel longwinded today, are you still there? Anyway, I wanted to show you what 1500 calories look like. Marc and I went out for 3.5 mile jog today so I earned 300 calories on top of my baseline, YAY!
Breakfast was an smoothie after our run, it's thin mint inspired! (spinach, milk, vanilla protein powder, oats, honey, cocoa powder, and mint extract)

Whip on top!

Delicious breakfast!
Lunch was leftovers! My favorite! This is called Otsu, a Japanese noodle dish that has a citrus-y taste. It has tofu, cucumber, and pea shoots on top. Yum. A big tip about reducing calories that I could give is to always make your food beautiful! That way you aren't as apt to be sad about the portion.

Snacks are important! It's a great way to stave off hunger and increase nutrition! I love almonds, great source of protein.

Wow this dinner! I impressed myself, I can't deny it. We had kale salad and leek quiche. The quiche was so buttery and actually had half and half in it so it felt luxurious. That's another tip for you, try to get as much flavor in your food as possible, who wants boring crudité and boiled chicken everyday? Not this chick! Haha get it? Chicken... hehehe! Now I have leftovers for lunch tomorrow too! Woop!

Dessert is still in the freezer, it is grapes covered in plain Greek yogurt. I had a lot of yogurt left over which was a delicious (and unexpected) after dinner treat.

So counting calories isn't bad! Here's the breakdown from my fitness pal calories in kcal, the rest are in grams:
Calories 1482.     Goal 1523
Carbs 144           Goal 190
           Fat 70.                Goal  51         
Protein 87          Goal 76
Sodium 2090.      Goal 2300
Sugar 53             Goal 57

I went slightly over on protein and fat <-- gasp, vegetarians can get more than sufficient protein, whaatt? I went slightly under in everything else, so it's all good.

I hope you enjoyed visualizing what a 1500 calorie diet can look like and I can vouch for it's deliciousness.