Monday, December 30, 2013

Soup time

It's that time of year again for most and includes myself.  That time when you've over indulged during the holidays and the old waist line and tummy let you know about it.  I have a house full of sweets and enjoyed a little too much bubbly lately.  Time to detox and get back to business.

It's always good to start with letting your system rest, hydrate and fuel.  Soup is always a great option and very inexpensive, especially vegetable soup.
When I make soup, I always make plenty!  It's hard not to.  This soup had the trilogy of carrots, celery and onions with garlic, kale, potatoes and black eyed peas.  I'll freeze some for a rainy day and then just eat the rest little by little until gone!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Bella's Science Experiment

This year Bella is conducting her first science experiment.  I myself am enjoying helping her with the process and seeing the results.  Not sure if all of you have ever seen online those McDonald's burgers and fries that claim to be months and years old unchanged.  I believe it.  It gave us the idea to create our own experiment. 

Would we be able to replicate that?  If we added other brands and a homemade burger to the mix, which one would decay first and which would decay the least?

I was surprised by the results myself.  Firstly, the McDonald's burger and fries did decay, and actually the burger decayed most between the two other fast food chain samples of Wendy's and Burger King.  Burger King's burger decayed last and the least, but their fries deteriorated first.

Of course, the homemade version became disgusting right away and showed the most in mold growth.   Remember, anything that bacteria will eat  is organic and "real".  You would want to eat something that breaks down and decomposes. 

When I was frying up the homemade burger, it smelled appalling.  Sautéing onions and vegetables smells ten times better than fatty ground chuck.  The fat that came off of that patty also was a reminder of how artery clogging that stuff is and why I stay away.

 A creepy issue with the McDonald's food was that the mold growing on it was somewhat different than the others.  The fries were very green and it was the only item that grew black mold.  I suppose if we conducted a more advanced experiment, we could determine the types of mold and why some grow and others don't. Probably depends on the materials of which they grow.

I had to end the experiment at 12 days.  Couldn't take it anymore and didn't want to risk letting loose those mold spores too much.  Especially the black mold, which I am allergic to.

Here are the results after 12 days:
 Burger King Whopper meal day 12
 Home prepared ground chuck burger and baked fries at day 12.
 McDonald's Quarter Pounder and fries at day 12.
Wendy's Single meal day 12.

I guess if I were to conduct this again to try and replicate those that left the items in the bag, it may have turned out differently than ours being housed in sealed containers.  I just didn't want to leave food out in a bag.  This was gross enough.

So if you intend to clog your arteries with a burger, make it at home.  If you prefer a fast food heart attack, eat Burger King fries and a McDonald's Quarter Pounder.

Was a Merry Christmas!

We celebrated Christmas in our new home and we are loving it here.  It's peaceful up on this hill and the house is very cozy.  Still trying to settle in and unpack everything and still trying to get Chris to hang up all the wall art. The man hates to put holes in the wall.


 Meet Pepe.  An elf we adopted this year. Kids were able to hold him for eight minutes on Christmas Eve.  Dude moved all over the house.  Kept mommy and daddy very busy.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Long stretch

It's been such a long time since my last post that blogger has revamped its layout and I'm like a beginner again. 

Let's see....Since August - The quick rundown:

Bella had a wonderful birthday and also had a sleep over with many little girls over while her mommy was a nervous nelly!  It wasn't bad.  It was also my first sleep over, being the mom.  My mom celebrated her birthday by sharing some time with us while they stayed at Disney for vacation.  The kids got to eat at the T-Rex restaurant and look at all of the wonders inside.  Halloween was interesting this year.  Bella dressed as a Mindcraft character and had a blast, while Kris stayed home with me due to a little behavior issue at school.  There's always next year.

Soon I'll be preparing for Kris's 6th birthday and also our move.   Oh, and somewhere in there I need to prepare for Christmas. We've been working very hard upgrading grandpa's house to become our home.  The addition is almost complete, yet there is still a lot of painting, changing, and fixing to do.

I apologize, but I really don't have many pictures for you.  I've been too busy.  I will post some before and after pictures of the house once we are moved in.  Right now; to say I'm trying to catch up, are some pictures to share.  Once the dust settles (if there is such a moment), I want to begin my garden and return to my blog and sharing recipes and other things along the way.

I can't get enough of our new view. 
Kids playing near the "pole barn".  We hope to convert part of that into a chicken house and garden tool center. 
Kids at T-Trex restaurant. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Man I'm full!

I just finished my mammoth salad for lunch and I am full!  But I'm not worried that I over ate and I'm not feeling guilty about being so full of food because I know I didn't cap my calorie intake for the day on that salad.   

Check this chart out!  You will notice that the plant based foods are far superior to the animal based in nutrients and even supplies more protein.  Only lacking in heart clogging cholesterol and fat. 


Notice how easy it is to over consume on fats?  The stomach receptors for the first two stomach samples won't send a red flag up to the brain that you are full yet with 400 calories of oil or meat, so you can see how you can easily double, triple or quadruple your calories before ever feeling full.  With the veg sample you fill up faster, pack in more nutrients but consume far less calories.