Daily Roundup

Productivity:

  • Peeled and cut for various uses, 10 lbs of carrots
  • Cleaned out the refrigerator
  • Cleaned out the back of the truck – it was full of boxes, plastic and paper from the hardwood flooring.  I broke down the boxes and bundled them, gathered up the plastic, and separated the paper — all for recycling.  Also, this was done in 20 degree weather…

Nutrition:

  • Coffee
  • Cheddar cheese and Boar’s Head Pepperoni (I didn’t want to cook anything and make the guys jealous)
  • Spinach dip, guacamole, peppers
  • Primal Cavatini – zucchini, squash, mozzarella, sauce, pepperoni, ground grass-fed beef, parmesan, mushrooms

Budget:  Let’s not talk about the budget while the house is under renovation…

Tip:

  • Cooking things in bacon fat is one of the great culinary joys of life.  Cook up your bacon (preferably in a cast iron skillet and preferably nitrate-free bacon).  Strain the bacon fat through a fine mesh strainer into a Ball canning jar.  Store the jar in the fridge.  Whenever you need to cook something in bacon fat, nuke the jar in the microwave for a minute or so (depending on how much you have in your jar).  The point of straining the bacon fat is so you don’t end up with little pieces of bacon in your bacon fat jar.  This way, the bacon fat will stay good for a long time.  Remember, fat is your friend.  If you think you can’t eat bacon fat, or beef fat or any other kind of fat because it raises your cholesterol, you are mistaken.  Fat is what gives you your energy.  If you think carbs give you your energy, you are mistaken.  Educate yourself – http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/ and http://www.marksdailyapple.com
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Daily Roundup

This is actually for yesterday, but I was too tired to post before bed last night.

Productivity:

  • On the needles – finished the last pot holder in Nonie’s Christmas order.
  • Planned meals for the week and went grocery shopping

Nutrition:

  • 4 strips of nitrate-free bacon
  • coffee
  • salad with chicken and guacamole
  • strawberries with primal whipped cream
  • Simply Bliss Mint Chip coconut ice cream
  • Honey Hoisin pork tenderloin with mashed cauliflower, red wine
  • egg nog (yeah, this isn’t great but, ’tis the season!)

Budget:

  • Stayed under budget in total for Costco and Holiday Market.  I admittedly bought some things that were not necessary – the little Christmas pine tree, coconut ice cream, egg nog – but still ok because still under budget.
  • Stayed in and watched “Christmas Vacation” so didn’t spend money out.

Tip:

  • To clean stainless steel appliances, cut one lemon in half and sprinkle with salt.  Scrub the appliances with the lemon and they will be clean and sparkling.  As an added bonus, your kitchen will smell lemony fresh!

Daily Roundup

Productivity:

  • On the needles – Finished the third pot holder of Nonie’s order.  Hoping to start and finish the fourth and last one tomorrow.
  • Raked front lawn.

Nutrition:

  • 3 strips nitrate-free bacon
  • coffee
  • chocolate soy pudding (trying to use this up…), primal whipped cream (heavy whipping cream, tsp vanilla, tsp pure maple syrup)
  • German Sausage and Sauerkraut Casserole
  • Homemade Primal Beef Stew (beef, carrots, celery, onion, garlic beef stock), red wine
  • Royal Oak Brewery – beer!

Budget:

  • I didn’t leave the house, other than to go to the ROB, so pretty good.

Tip:

  • As promised, a replacement for your conditioner:  Mix 1 tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar with 1 cup of water.  Rinse well.  Apple Cider Vinegar seals and smooths the hair follicles and as long as you rinse well you won’t smell like salad dressing. 🙂  I’ve been doing this and the baking soda and water mixture for months, never have to use a styling product, and my hair has never been healthier!

Daily Roundup

Productivity:

  • On the needles – Finished the second of four pot holders in Nonie’s Christmas order.  Two more to go!
  • Cooked and shredded three chicken breasts for daily salads for me and Nick.
  • Raked the back lawn.  Still have behind the garage and the front lawn to do…  Thankfully the trees are almost bare!


Nutrition:

  • 3 strips of nitrate-free bacon
  • coffee
  • 1 serving of German Sausage and Sauerkraut Casserole (http://busycooks.about.com/od/sausagerecipes/r/sausagekraut.htm – I use 2 lbs of sausage instead of one, raw sugar instead of brown)
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs with organic salted butter
  • figs covered in almonds (I suspect these were old, so threw the rest away)
  • Salad with shredded chicken and guacamole
  • String cheese
  • water

Budget:

  • I didn’t leave the house, so I didn’t spend any money!

Tip:

  • Instead of using shampoo, use 1 TBSP of baking soda diluted in 1 cup of water.  Commercial shampoos strip your scalp of its natural oils and contain parabens and other nasty things.  Beware — there is and adjustment period for your scalp and your hair may seem greasy at first.  This is normal.  This is your scalp balancing out oil production.  You will find you need to use this mixture less and less, often just giving your scalp a good scrub under warm water to move the oil around.  It is also important to brush your hair regularly with a boar bristle brush.  This also disperses the oil to the rest of your hair.  The other bonus is that baking soda is very cheap.  Think of all the money you’ll save!  You’ll be healthier for it too!  Check back tomorrow for a tip on a conditioner replacement.
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