Archive | March, 2012

Foodie Penpal!

30 Mar

I had SO much fun participating in a foodie penpal program this month!  You sign up and get assigned to one person and another person gets you.  We are supposed to tell them any food intolerances we have.  Poor, poor gal.  Can you imagine how she felt when she got all of my food intolerances?

But she did a phenomenal job!!!! Here is what arrived:

My foodie penpal is : Paige  Click to visit her blog!

Paige managed to find some great treats for me!  She included a yummy honey roasted fresh peanut butter, some green tea that is so good, a coconut water (which is fabulous for rehydration after a workout!), a Larabar (a flavor I have never tried- banana bread!), a Pure Organic Chocolate Brownie Bar -YUM!, some pecans that taste like pecan pie, and my favorite: Organic black bean spaghetti.  What?!?!  Black bean spaghetti?  How have I never heard of this?  I wanted to make it this week, but the recipe on the back looks so good that I want to wait until Luck is back in town.  I can’t try that alone!  I have high expectations!!!  She also included a recipe I can’t wait to try and a sweet, sweet note.  I feel very blessed by her!  Thank you, Paige!

I will let you know when my penpal posts about the box I sent.  I hope she likes everything!

Do YOU want to have a penpal?

If you’re interested in participating for April, please send  an email to Lindsay at and include the following information:
-Your full name
-Your email address
-Your blog name/address (you don’t have to be a blogger!)
-Your twitter handle (if applicable)
WHETHER YOU ARE A US RESIDENT OR CANADIAN RESIDENT. – this is SUPER important so you get on the right list!

The Lean Green Bean

Boerne Cooking Cottage

25 Mar

Well, I had the best time teaching my little cooking class this past week!  It was a very small class…3 people, my mom, and the head chef.  I am so glad to have had the opportunity to have such a small class so that I could get my feet wet without drowning.  We already have another one booked!  It is super fun to have found another side job that allows me to contribute to the family financially, while giving me something that makes me use my brain.  And the bonus is getting to teach people about living healthy lives.  Love it!

Showing them that you truly CAN saute’ in water and don’t need oil!

Kinda funny to have the person who has taught me everything I know about cooking sitting in MY cooking class!  Ha!

This sweet vegetarian has never learned to cook.  It was so rewarding to get to help her learn some basics.

What is a good vegan class without some kale?

I think I finally saw a similarity in us…look at our mouths!  I can finally say I have something that looks like my mom!

Realizing here that we both use the lime press opposite from each other.

Everyone got their hands dirty!  Love that it is a hands on class.

This is the sweet owner, chef Lauren. Sign up for her mailing list so that you can find out about cooking classes. She has camps for kids, classes for adults, couples nights, girls nights, kid’s birthday parties, and SO much more!  Check her out:

The next vegan class will be in June!

As for my meals this week, I have an easy week planned. I am trying to use up what we have…so it is kind of starch heavy.

Sunday: Crockpot pinto beans

Monday: Gretchen’s pasta

Tuesday: Mashed cauliflower/potatoes with peas and asparagus (didn’t get to make last week)

Wednesday: Roasted Brussel’s sprouts, new potatoes, red peppers, and onions (also didn’t get to that one last week)

Thursday: Salad and leftovers

Friday: Sunday: Will report on THAT next week 😉

Ahhhhh, FREAK OUT! (and menu planning)

18 Mar

This Thursday, I am teaming up with Boerne Cooking Cottage and teaching a vegan cooking class.  Excuse me while I scream….aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh!

I am super nervous, as I have never done ANYTHING like this!  After my first one, I will post when the next one will be. This is very exciting!

We have had another very stressful week that snuck up on us.  Wasn’t expecting this one.  But between my new cooking class, my new small group personal training starting up this week, a very long meeting which requires a lot of prep work, and getting back into homeschool after the awesome week off, I am tired just thinking about it all.

Here is my menu:

Sunday: Practicing what I will be making Thursday

Monday: Crockpot vegan chili…SO yum! For us and Gretchen.

Tuesday: Long meeting early in the evening: so big salad night.

Wednesday: New potatoes, Brussels sprouts, peppers, and onions, all roasted together with s and p.  Fast, easy, healthy.

Thursday: Mashed cauliflower/potatoes, peas, and asparagus

Friday: Pizza night

So what is on YOUR menu?

Running two races!

15 Mar

No real reason for the pic of the kids other than the fact that I like those 2.  They are now 10 and 7.  Time is going so fast.  We are sort of in the honeymoon of parenting…out of preschool issues and just shy of adolescent issues.  Deep breath.

Lupus update:  I was really struggling over the last month, physically.  I think that now I am starting to see some light.  I am having a few hours at a time where I feel normal!  That is a fabulous thing.  I still have some fever and struggle with energy.  But sores in my nose are gone, tummy aches are less, and on and on.

I have remained on a few non-Lupus meds (or at least meds that don’t directly treat the Lupus) because of an inability to get off.  I have been treating Lupus naturally for almost 9 months.  Ever since that time, I have been trying to wean off of my sleeping pill.  The insomnia was just about sucking my life away.  And I didn’t feel like I could ever start the healing process because I was so TIRED all day, every day.  Here is the good news:  by pouring out more and more of my medicine every night, Luck has gotten me down to HALF of my pill!  Yay!  The challenge right now is to conquer the other half.  So little by little, we chip away.  I am confident that I will get there.  Nine months ago I could NOT have slept with only half of a pill.  I am pushing hard for this one!

Then there is my antidepressant.  I know it is a bit taboo to talk about these kinds of drugs, but it is what it is.  A regular dosage for someone my size is 10 mg of Lexapro.  I have been on this since I had a major bout with depression after I finished nursing Reid.  It hit like a Mack truck.  I have weaned off several times, but ended up back on it. I never, ever, ever want to feel what I did in those dark days again.  And it sufficiently scared me in to being okay with taking some meds.  I have been on a half a pill (5mg) for quite some time.  And now, we are taking me as low as I can go.  Maybe off???? I HOPE!  Right now, I am doing a quarter pill every other day and a half pill on the other day.  Every few weeks, we will adjust lower and lower.

Here is my advice for getting off meds: 1) GET YOUR DR.’S APPROVAL!!!!!!!  2) Go super, uber, crazy slow!  Remember, if it takes a year and a half to completely get off, isn’t that better than being on forever?  That is my take, anyway. As most of you know, I went cold turkey off my other 3 Lupus drugs.  The doc told me to go for it.  So I did.

I feel like I am running a marathon.  I am actually super glad that I run races.  The visual of sprinting to the finish and pushing ahead even when you know you have 12 miles to go, etc…  those really help me in life.  There is no question in my mind why Paul in the Bible alluded to running a race a lot.  Life is hard and that is how he saw it.  That is also how I see it.  If you come to my classes, you will OFTEN hear me telling people to sprint it in or push for the finish line or pace themselves, etc…  I even have them visualize the finish line just ahead.  Then I yell, “Now, PUSH!!!!!!”  It helps me.  They might think I am nuts, however.

So while I push ahead in that race, I decided to sign up for a sprint triathlon!  I am super excited.  I have a lot to learn.  I don’t know how to take care of my bike.  I don’t really even  know how to ride it.  I can’t swim well and haven’t since I did a few mini sprints summer before last.  And I never, ever run.  (Well, I ran a 5k with a friend, but other than that, no running for me!) When am I gonna train, you ask?  Not really sure! But I want to do something for myself.  So I picked this and am going for it!

Sunday, June 3:  400 M swim, 17 mile bike, then a 3.3 mile run

I can do that triahlon!  I can get off those meds!

I have a finish line in sight and I am pushing toward it!  Will you join me? Is there something YOU are wanting/needing to do?  We can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens us!

Spring break, meal planning, and sushi!

11 Mar

Struggling this week with inspiration.  It is spring break! We have some sweet friends coming in for a visit for a few days…yay!  The kids got to make a list of what they wanted to do this week.  One of the things was ride bikes to a park for a picnic.  We did that together as a family.  So beautiful and so much fun!

Another thing requested was that we go for sushi.  LOVE that one!  Mostly because we get vegan sushi and the kids love it!  I LOVE that the kids love Japanese food as much as we do.

Monday:Coconut Curry Peanut Soup (pictured above)with an Asian salad: lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, peppers with a miso dressing

Tuesday: Gretchen’s fabulous meal (Can’t remember what).  Our friends will be with us and I will make mashed potatoes for all of the kiddos, as well as a veggie.

Wednesday:My black bean and quinoa tacos with homemade guacamole and Jack’s salsa from Costco.

Thursday: Take the kids out to sushi!!!

Friday: Homemade pizza night.  Why mess with a perfect night?  We watch America’s Funniest Videos and eat our own pizzas.  So fun and relaxing.  And the best part, we LAUGH OUT LOUD!!!

That is all I have for now.

What are YOUR ideas?  I come back and look at comments for ideas, so post away!


8 Mar

I haven’t posted in a while.  Mostly because I am speechless.

Randomly on a Friday evening, Lucky tells me that we have something on the porch.  He goes and gets it and it is a big box.  It is labeled with a word on it that I find hard to even type.  I am just going to post a picture of what we got:

Vitamix 5200 


There was a note on it.  It was typed on white paper.  It has been sitting next to my bed ever since and reads, “You are loved and God wanted this to be yours.”  No name.  No precious person wanting credit.  Just the Lord laying it on someone’s heart and them listening and responding.


Now as you know, I have a blender.  NOT a Vitamix, but a super power blender.  I am SOOOOO excited about how this blender will now be used!  I have countless people who want to try to eat the way I am eating.  I have people regularly tell me how they wish they had an awesome blender.  And now I get to give them the opportunity!  Here is the deal:  If YOU want to be one of the people who gets to use it, all you have to do is let me know!  You will get it for 2 months.  That way, you will be able to REALLY know if it is worth your investment.

I have one sweet friend who is fighting off an illness with all her might.  She is on the cusp of a diagnosis.  But the prayer and hope for her is that  she won’t ever get diagnosed.  And she is starting with smoothies!!

I, on the other hand, am LOVING my new Vitamix!!!!!  It is super awesome!  The purchaser even bought the dry container, so that I can grind rice and grains to make my own flour. I am giddy each time I use it.  The kids are in awe.  They can’t believe that someone would do this without saying who they are.

To the giver:  May the Lord richly bless you.  And may all of the recipients of my “blender ministry” be given the gift of health for two months (and a lifetime) because of you.  Your gift will keep giving and giving and giving.

If you want in on the fun, sign up now!