Animals Love Us.

I never imagined that by owning our own home, we would be constantly attracting unwanted animals.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of kittens and puppies, but when they show up uninvited, I find it a little harder to love them.

What makes me even angrier, is that the cat had to come from somewhere–there is nothing worse than an owner who decides it no longer wants its pet and simply drops it along the side of the road for it to fend for itself.  I have no idea why, but it will not leave our house.  It’s been there since Sunday, and it showing no desire to leave anytime soon.  I haven’t even fed it, so I’m not sure why it thinks we want to take care of it, but we don’t.  I probably seem pretty cold-hearted for writing this, but it’s been a real pain in our butt.  We can’t even go onto our deck to throw things into our recycling without worrying that the germ-laden cat will get in.  It’s really creepy, too…it will just sit on the window sills and watch us from outside.  When we move from room to room, he does too!  UGH.  We’ve tried calling animal control, but they won’t do anything until we “trap it”, which is why the police officer looks a little annoyed for showing up and having the cat nowhere in sight.  I don’t know about you, but finding a dead bird beside my car, isn’t what I like to see when I leave for work in the morning.  I mean, doesn’t the thing know what we do to animals?!

Anyway, enough animal drama.

I made my first gluten-free loaf of bread the other day.  I had no idea what I was doing, but I looked up this recipe from Elana’s Pantry, and subbed ingredients that I did have for ones that I didn’t have.

It didn’t get quite as big as I thought it would (high, I mean), but it tasted pretty delicious!  Here’s the called for ingredients list, and you can see what I used as a substitute (I’m not even sure they’re compatible, but whatever):

  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1 C. brown rice flour + 1 C. sweet sorghum flour
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut flour
  • ¼ C.  golden flaxmeal
  • ¼ tsp. celtic sea salt
  • 1½ tsp. baking soda
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey 3 Tbsp. Truvia
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar

Basically, you combine all the dry ingredients and then add the wet ingredients.  Then, you bake at 350° for 30 minutes.

What have I been eating on it?  Everything from hummus to peanut butter… not just any peanut butter, but Pacific Beach Peanut Butter.

CinnaYUM style.  Phenomenal.  Review coming soon!

A quick, successful weeknight dinner we’ve had recently: Stuffed Peppers.

Not the most appealing picture, but let me tell ya, they were yummmyyy.  I browned extra lean ground turkey on the stove with some peppers, onions, and Italian seasoning + salt.  Then, after it was cooked through, I poured in about 1C. of Light Ragu No Sugar Added and allowed it to summer for a few minutes before pouring it into peppers (which I’d already de-stemmed and de-seeded).

pepper

I peeled some part-skim mozzarella cheese sticks (we keep them on-hand for quick snacks), laid it across the top of the peppers, and baked for about 15-20 minutes at 400º.  Then, I popped them under the broiler until the cheese was all melted and the outer pepper started to brown.  Boom. Dinner is served.

I know this doesn’t look like much, but I was thrilled when I came home from work to check on my garden and find these little sprouts!

On the left, we have onions and on the right, we have lettuce!  Nothing better than free fresh produce!  Unfortunately, my tomato plants had been killed by a frost that we had a few weeks ago, shortly after planting them.  The good news is, my pepper plants are still thriving!  I haven’t seen anything from the spinach seeds yet, either.  We shall see!

Lately, since we seem to be in a heat wave, reaching temps in the 90’s, I’ve been craving COLD, cold drinks.  Water always seems to do the trick, but when I want some flavored, I’ve been reaching for KVASS by Zukay Live Foods; a new-to-me probiotic drink loaded with veggies and antioxidants!

This Super Greens flavor was the first I’ve tried, and I really enjoyed it!  Chock full of Water, Organic Cabbage, Organic Fennel, Organic Kale, Organic Spinach, Organic Chard, Organic Lemon, Organic Ginger, Organic Watercress, Organic Wheatgrass, Organic Spirulina, Celtic Sea Salt, Hand-Batched Live Active Culture, Organic Raw Green Stevia.  It was super refreshing and JUST the pick-me-up I needed after a long day at work.  There will be a review coming, soon!

Last night, Jarid & I went shopping again.  I haven’t been shopping for a long time, mainly because we’ve been trying to save money, but I’ve been selling clothes like crazy through a local online yard saling group, so I happily shelled out a few bucks for two new tops last night.

On the left, a sheer yellow top from Forever 21, and on the right, a comfy, baby blue & grey,  scoop neck sweatshirt from Victoria’s Secret PINK collection.  This will be perfect for the cool nights at the beach in June!

One more day until Friday, and it’s a THREE DAY weekend for this chick.  I couldn’t be more ready to enjoy a day off of work.

What are you most looking forward to this weekend?  Saturday, Jarid & I will be going to the BARN DANCE that my cousin & her husband have every year… one of the first places Jarid & I ever went together!

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6 thoughts on “Animals Love Us.

  1. I want to make those stuffed peppers! How much turkey did you use, Sami? Might try the bread too. I have yet to find that brand peanut butter, but I’m searching obsessively as I have read such good things about it.
    Thanks for another wonderful post! Your my girl!

    • Beth! Guess what? I didn’t even measure, and you don’t have to either 🙂 I know that I used 1 lb. of extra lean ground meat, but I have no idea how much was stuffed into that pepper. I just kept adding until I reached the top! I hope you make them and enjoy them the way we did!

      XOXO.

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