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May 5th, 2014

There’s so much I’ve been wanting to write about and share, but somehow it’s May.  Therefore, it seems a little off to be sharing about how I took the kids on a train ride to Kansas City to help throw a baby shower back in February.  March was just cold and fussy, and I’m not sure what happened to April.  Did it exist this year?

Anyways, let’s pretend we’re friends who haven’t seen each other in months and run into each other at Trader Joe’s on a Saturday.  So here’s the flyover view of life in the Food Snob world recently. . . .

1. I lost my camera. . . .

Let’s just misplaced.  Thus, I will grace you will grainy cell phone photos from here on out.

2. I’m going back to work full-time . . .

This is almost a laughable statement because everything has felt full-time since about January (mothering, wifeing, working at two part-time jobs, consulting).  Basically, one of my part-time jobs became full-time, and I’m thrilled.  It’s something I love doing and cannot wait for it to be the only thing I do outside the home.  (Hopefully) simplifying life here.  It wasn’t an easy decision, but that is a post in and of itself.  At the rate I’m going, look for it sometime in 2020.

3. I made the most delicious chocolate cake for the Food Snob’s birthday . . .

It’s from the Miette cookbook.  Wow.   That’s all I’ve got to say about that.  And no, there is no picture.  We ate it all.

4. I totally jumped on the Stichfix bandwagon . . .

And I’m a believer.  Of course, all the pictures are on my camera (see #1), but I did keep two items.  One of those was a pair of jeans.  In fact, the best-fitting and most comfortable pair of jeans I’ve ever owned.  I’d say they know what their doing over there if a complete stranger can pick out a pair of jeans for you.  I also scoured the internet, and no, they are not cheaper anywhere else.  So, yep I’m willing to roll the $20 dice again and see if I can score some cute items . . . .probably just not every month, more like a few times a year.

5. KIND sent me these granola bars . . .

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And I was going to make a recipe with them, but I ate them all before I could.  Their that good.

6. I was also sent these cookbooks . . .

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I’m kind of paleo . . .except for the dairy . . . and those granola bars . . . and that jar of peanut butter . . . . and that chocolate cake.  So yeah, not paleo, but I stocked up on frozen fruit and have been going to town on the smoothie book.  I also grilled for the first time (by myself that is), and I’m really excited to try out some of the grilling recipes from the other one.

7. We decorated our bedroom. . .

May not seem like a big deal, but we’ve lived 4 places in the 6 years we’ve been married.  This is the first time we’ve actually decorated our bedroom.  It only took 1.5 years after moving in.

8. I’m making baby food. . . .

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These are prunes.  Let’s just say they did their job for the recipient.

9. I’m obsessed with our children. . .And I’m not afraid to say it.  Here we are making dandelion jewelry in the backyard (just like recess in 3rd grade).

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And then there is this.

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I can’t even handle it.

10. I stepped on a snake in our backyard. . .

This doesn’t seem very relevant in the grand scheme of things, but it was scarring.  And I didn’t feel I could end my list with 9 things.

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April 15th, 2014

Hi there.  Things have a been a little quiet around here lately.  At some points in this blog that would of made me stressed and anxious to get some content out there.  Right now though, I feel good about it.  Going with our goal of rest in 2014, I decided to start to let blogging take a natural flow.  Rather than feeling like I have to post a recipe every week, I’m just waiting until I make something that is outstanding, and I have the time to take and edit some photos of it.

This blog has never been a full-time job.  It’s not a source of income for me.  It is what it is, and that is a hobby.  A space to write and share some recipes and to brain dump thoughts about parenting and life and eating on those who choose to follow along.  And I like to give stuff away whenever possible :)

So if you’ve stuck around, thanks, whoever you are.

And now on to this kale salad . . .

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I recently did a huge book purge.  I’m trying to just get rid of stuff we don’t need/use/takes up space.  Some of those things are books, and we’ve got lots.  I kept the ones I want to read again or that I need for work.  Everything else went into a huge purge pile (goodby Food Snob’s MBA books! so long my old statistics book! – why on earth did we have these?!).  Then, I was left with a pile of cookbooks.

I’m trying really hard not to think in the world of, “well maybe I’ll use that someday.”  Someday never comes.  So I went through the cookbooks and tossed (well, donated) the ones I’ve never even opened, but kept the ones I’ve used and the ones I realllllllly intend to use (definitely not following my someday rule).  In order to justify this, I decided I need to actually cook some things from them, which is how this kale salad was born.

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Kale Salad with Toasted Coconut and Barley (adapted from Supernatural Everyday)

1/3 cup good olive oil

1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

2 tablespoons tamari (or soy sauce)

4 cups loosely packed kale (chopped, trimmed from stems and large rib removed)

3/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

2 cups cooked barley

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a mason jar combine the olive oil, sesame oil, and tamari.  Shake to mix.

2. In a large bowl place coconut and kale.  Pour about 2/3 of the dressing on top and toss to coat, and then spread evenly on 2 baking sheets lined with parchment paper.

3. Bake in oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until coconut turns a light brown, stirring half-way through.

4. Remove kale from oven and toss in bowl with barley.  You can add part or all of the remaining dressing if desired.

This can be served warm or cold.

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What cookbooks are just sitting on your self that you need to break out?

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