Monday, May 7, 2012

The perfect Saturday...

Surprise surprise, I'm updating for the third time this week.  This time I'm laying out on the beach under an umbrella watching the hubby play with kupcake 1.0 near the water while kupcake 2.0 sleeps.   Today has been one of those days that falls into the win category.  We started the day off with a five mile walk to get coffee and a bagel, cleaned up the side patio for a play/lounge area, then off to Malibu for lunch and some sun.  We'll finish the day off with a trip to Sprouts and Trader's and some yummy tacos and a Cervesa.   I'm sure there are tons of chores waiting for me to do and lots of work too but like Ferris said, "life moves pretty fast.  If you don't stop and look around once in a while you could miss it." Word.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

coconut oil makes all your dreams come true...

okay, maybe I embellished it a bit but seriously, this stuff is all that and a bag of chips. 

A few months ago I was reading through google reader and saw someone was cooking with it.  Then it popped up again to relieve diaper rash (my daughter looks at an orange and breaks out... poor girl, she could eat a whole tree's worth if we let her).  Then read something about fixing cradle cap on newborns (dry scalp on babies if you didn't know what that was).  So one Sunday while we were doing our usual grocery haul at Trader Joe's I saw it and picked up a can.  At first I thought it was weird since it's hard but figured might as well give it a whirl. Worst case I can use it to massage little toes. 

  Coconut oil:

The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer, dental care, and bone strength. These benefits of coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, soothing, etc.

  First think I did was cook with it.  The hubby hates coconut.  HATES.  So what did a good wife do? Just not tell him I used it.  Low and behold he raved about dinner that night, mentioning something about multiple layers of flavor and how good it was (while licking the pan clean...). I kept cooking with it and every meal since he just adores more then before.  Score points for Coconut oil for cooking purposes.

  Next I used it on the burn I got while cooking, like magic the pain went away.  I wonder if this was in that little tin Katniss got (2 points for you if you got it, if you didn't, you must be the only person on the planet that didnt' read the books).  Used the stuff on my daughters and again, magic!  Bye bye citric acid burn/rash. 

  If you are wondering about it, get it.  Not because Dr. Oz did a whole show on it but because you like to cook or want a new massage oil. 

The art of typing with one hand...

That's me, one hand holding kupcake 2.0, the other finally getting around to updating the blog. Having two is both easier and harder than I thought. The harder comes up when I need motivation to go running or workout after they go to bed. Sadly, I didn't do much working out. That half marathon I said I'd do? Well, it's looks like I might be in a lot of pain if I don't start running tomorrow. I just want to finish it without crying now. No breaking personal records here. I need to really use my Bikram yoga pass I have too. I got it as a groupon and hate wasting those things. Last week I let my 9cent smoothies go to waste I was mad at myself the next say when I realized I missed the expiration date. I know, I should have just taken care of it way before but HELLO, I have 2 kids under two. I can't even remember how old I am. (true fact: I had to ask the hubby how old I am and was a little shocked and didn't believe him at first.). Another fun thing going on here t the LMP household is that I'm back on weight watchers because the simple fact is I need a planning tool to keep me regimented on how many spoonfuls of sun butter I can have. I'm a little worried what tomorrow's scale will say. Scared enough to not even do a mid week weigh in. I know I know, I'll lose it all in time, but seriously, I'm done waiting for time when that scale says the same number for 4 weeks straight. In any case, I doubt I'll see a good number since I ate like rubbish while I was on vacation (it was an overnight trip but in my world I felt like I was gone forever!). Fingers crossed right? Oh and the best news, I crested the most amazing new recipe: the gardenilla 1 apple (diced) 2 cloves of garlic (I loooove garlic, you can always add less) 1 teaspoon of goat cheese 2 cups of spinach 2 whole wheat tortillas A little coconut oil for the pan Sautée the garlic, apple and spinach up until the the spinach is wilted and the garlic is golden. Put it in a bowl and mix the goat cheese with it. Then smother it on the tortilla and place it back in the pan, add the other tortilla on top and toss it after a few minutes until the tortilla looks crunchy. Place it on a rack to cool off and get crunchier and slice it up to serve. Great way to get your veggies in and eat something that is ohhh sooo good! Ok, off to bed, until next time. Hoe you enjoyed today's ramblings!