Sunday Happenings on a Monday Morning

Morning everyone and how are you on this stormy Monday morning? At least it was storming when I woke up, but it has since moved on east of our area. Right now it’s a pleasant 73 degrees yet soon it will be a sweltering 97 with a heat index of 105! Thank you humidity! ;(  I wouldn’t mind so much if it was accompanied by a lovely ocean breeze!

Yesterday we attended church and then ran our errands to get our food for the week. After cleaning out the fridge of older food, we cooked dinner and prepped our food for the week. I made my oatmeal “muffin” size servings by cooking a batch of steel-cut oats, then spooning it in lightly greased muffin tins. I had so much left over I put that in a container in the fridge. When my servings were frozen, I just popped em out and put them in a gallon freezer bag to be used for this week’s breakfast. When I’m ready, I’ll just pop a couple into a microwave safe bowl and add my toppings, like nuts and butter (the oatmeal has cinnamon and maple syrup added during the cooking process) and I have a quick breakfast! Of course, I use Bob’s Red Mill Steel-Cut Oats because they just taste the best!

Individual portions for quick breakfasts

After that, I made David’s portable breakfast-Egg Cups! Kind of made in the same method, I just scramble up some eggs, broccoli, bacon, orange bell pepper, shredded cheese and sliced up cherry tomatoes. I then ladle that mixture into muffin tins and bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees. We let them cool on the stove before bagging them and he takes one or two along with his fruit and yogurt for a quick and healthy breakfast. Hey, during the week we try really hard to eat well, it’s the weekends that we fall off the wagon so to say. 🙂

Easy to make and portable too!

Once all that was done and supper was prepared, we invited Dad over and together we enjoyed fresh green beans, grilled pork chops and baked potatoes (Dad and I ate sweet potatoes). It was delicious and then Dad and I played several games of pool. When I had been beaten enough (the old man has still got it!), I asked him if he would like to try my take on Almond Joy Paleo ice cream. He agreed and it was pretty good, even though it had not frozen solid enough yet. I got it off of Pinterest (of course) and it was easy peasy using only 7 ingredients! Bananas, coconut milk, almonds, vanilla, maple syrup, toasted coconut flakes, and dark chocolate chips. I didn’t even need an ice cream maker!

All of the stuff I talked about here can be found on my Everything Paleo board on my Pinterest page. Let me know if you have questions or try anything, I’d love to hear about it!

 

 

 

 

 

Day 230-Free Days-Sunday Happenings

I so hope you have enjoyed the beautiful day this has been! Sunday in our part of the world got up to 80 degrees, and was spent working on the blog, the yard and dinner for family. Now, to be honest, Dave did the yard, I worked in the office and cleaned up after dinner, but hey-it was still a team effort…go team Smyth, lol.

The family, sans Chris, enjoyed thick, juicy Angus beef from Sams, baked potatoes (some of us had sweet) and salad. Unfortunately, Chris opted to go play disc golf with his friends, which is his choice of course, but he missed out for sure! I did try to help him out before he left by preparing him a special foot soak to treat his athletes foot (poor thing has a chronic problem) and dab treatment with specific essential oils. The foot soak had Epsom salts, tea tree oil, lavender oil, eucalyptus and peppermint, along with baking soda in warm water with apple cider vinegar. After he soaked for five minutes, he dried them well and I dabbed them with a cotton ball that had a few drop some of lavender and tea tree oil. These oils are anti-fungal and anti-bacterial, and some, like lavender, provide anti-inflammatory benefits. I sure hope it helps, but truthfully, he should do the treatment every day.

Now, everyone is gone and I have the evening breeze flowing through the living room, as I Watch Shades of Blue and compose this blog. A perfect end to a joyful weekend. Join me this week for my regular daily features and to hear the outcome of my appointment with the ENT and kidney doctor, which will hopefully end my doctor chores for the month. See you mañana, on the patio! 😎