Sunday, July 20, 2014

Summer In The Whole30

Having lots of summertime fun and my Whole30 Paleo diet has turned into a Whole90. 

 The weight is still coming off slow but sure and I am shopping in my closet finding smaller sizes to wear. 

The Avocado is my favorite summertime treat.  I think they are perfect in every way possible.

So glad to be getting fit and taking care of the grands this summer. 
We have stayed busy.

modeling Wooden Shoes

Playing in the suds
Visiting the beach
Looking out for Water Spouts over the Gulf

I have been knitting and the kids always have requests.
Susan B. Anderson Itty Bitty Toys

Slither the Snake has returned this time in green.
Now I have a to make a pink one. In between knitting pigs and Hippos.  
What are you up to this summer?

Monday, June 23, 2014

Talking To My Dog @ weelambievintage: Pig In A Basket

Talking To My Dog @ weelambievintage: Pig In A Basket: Make Me A Pig Gramma! Susan B Anderson's Pig from  itty-bitty toys I made a little change to the pig this time. I made the legs t...

Pig In A Basket

Make Me A Pig Gramma!

Susan B Anderson's Pig from itty-bitty toys
I made a little change to the pig this time. I made the legs the same as the arms
instead of shaping the foot separately and having to sew it onto the leg. I consider it a minor cheat!
Vintage Sewing Knitting Basket
from my Etsy shop.
I have so many project bags and baskets. There is always a need for more.  Any seamstress or knitter will tell you that!
Beautiful Antique Basket from LakesideCottage
Pigs have the cutest tails!
Petunia The Pink Pig
I got some knitting done this weekend while watching the  Grands play.
Marigold Eyelet Anklet Sock

My Whole30 turned Whole60 is still in full swing.
There is a whole lot of weekend vegetable cooking going on.  
Roasting eggplant and winter squash

 I plan ahead and roast enough staples like eggplant, squash, sweet potatoes, and any other veggies that happen to be looking good at the market .  Once they are all cooked and in the fridge in their containers I have no excuse not to grab them for easy fix meals.
I am feeling better and better.  I celebrated that little boys (pool picture) 2nd birthday this year with a Lara Bar ~ I felt wonderful about it.  I don't want any sugar for the first time in my life.

Pretty much sums up my week. Whole30 eating, knitting, listings for my Etsy shop and watching the Grands on the weekends. If they would just let me knit at my day job life would be perfect!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Monday, June 9, 2014

Making Mayo in My Vintage Kitchen

I did it I made my very own mayonnaise for my Whole30 Paleo diet.
It was easy.  So Easy!
You just need a couple of things.
A pretty apron of course!
The Cottage Workroom Barkcloth Apron

 First the recipe.

Simple Whole30 Compliant Mayo

1 1/4 Cups Extra Light olive oil (you don't want a strong tasting oil)
1 egg
1/2 tsp salt 
1/2 tsp Colman's Mustard powder
2 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice

 A blender or food processor. 

Oceanside Castle  Vintage Waring Blender

1. Plan ahead everything NEEDS to be room temperature so leave an egg out overnight.
2. In the blender whiz together the egg, 1/4 Cup of the olive oil, the salt, mustard powder and lemon juice until it is all mixed up.
3. Add the 1 Cup of Olive Oil. Slowly and I mean as slow as Molasses in January drizzle a very tiny stream of Olive oil into the mixture while the blender is whizzing away. This is a very important step and cannot be rushed if you want a nice thick mayo. It will take several minutes to trickle all the oil in.  
4. It will become thick as the last of the oil is going in. You can stop mixing when all the oil is in and it has thickened up.

Pour a very tiny drizzle of oil into the blender and really take your time with this step. I made mine in a shake blender.

So thick and creamy. I was AMAZED !
Store your mayo in the fridge in a glass jar. 

Vintageer  1930's Ball Mason Jar
Why make your own Mayo? Make it because it is so fresh, delicious, full of a healthy oil, a fresh egg and has no sugar, no starch, no artificial anythings to mess up your Whole30. It is next to impossible to find this even in the best health food store. The cost is much less too. Plus you get to dance around your own kitchen shouting I did it, I made it, It's Amazing!

Since you're being all healthy and caring about what you eat, how it's processed and where it came from I thought you'd love to shop some of my favorite Etsy shops for vintage kitchen ware. Enjoy!
~ Anne

Sunday, June 1, 2014

My Whole30 ~ Day 30

Day 30

When I embarked on my Whole30 I knew I could do it.  Now I am so glad that I did it.
I am going to continue and make it a Whole60.
I have lost 15 pounds and gained confidence, more mobility and the energy needed to take care of those two little munchkins on the weekends.  Family life changes from time to time and my precious little grands need a gramma that can keep up with them while Mama goes to work for them.  So thanks to Whole30 I have been physically and mentally able to take on this new challenge while still working as a nurse during the week.

Angie has been keeping up with them too.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Planters & Paleo

My little succulents that I planted  almost a year ago are still thriving.

I love my vintage snail planter.
Finding vintage planters has become a passion for me. I am always on the lookout for them and love featuring them in my Etsy shop WeelambieVintage.

Cottage Country Planter White Roses
I also found some pretty vintage wire baskets that look great with plants in them.
Chippy White Fleur De Lis

French Provencal 

My Whole30 update ~
Paleo is starting to roll off my tongue like it is a normal word for me to be saying and not some crazy fad diet.  I still haven't gotten very adventurous in the cooking department. I have found that while I am on my Whole30 it is better to keep things simple.  If I start experimenting I might find myself eating a whole bagful of trouble.  There are wonderful recipes out there Nom Nom Paleo is a perfect example of eating extraordinary food. 
My go to easy does it favorites~
Veggies~ spinach, baby greens, radishes, sweet potatoes, peppers, eggplant, olives and zucchini.  
Proteins~ chicken, pork loin, steak, salmon, cod fish, scallops, shrimp, eggs
Fats~ EVOO, Coconut oil, avocado 
Fruits~ bananas, oranges sweet section by section a treat, Georgia peaches, berries.
Other things I love but have in moderation~ cashews, raw almonds, flaked coconut, once in a while a date or two for my sweet tooth. I have to buy dates just 4 at a time out of the bin at the health food store. They are that yummy. Food without breaks for me.
I drink water by the gallon all day long and black coffee in the mornings.
My breakfasts are usually steamed spinach and eggs. Lunches are baby greens and I cook enough chicken on Sundays to shred some to take in a packet to work for my salad.  I also put other left over meats on my salads. Salmon or pork loin are favorites. I make my own dressing with EVOO, lemon juice or cider vinegar, sea salt, pepper and some dried mustard . I have a bottle of it at work and one on my kitchen counter at home. I pack my Monkey Salad and have that at work either mid morning or mid afternoon if I am hungry.
Dinners are easy throw together meals. I roast sweet potatoes on the weekends so I can heat them up on weeknights.  I have salad a grilled meat and what ever veggies I have ready to cook or left overs.  On Sundays when I am cooking all that chicken I also roast a big pan of veggies drizzled with EVOO, salt and pepper and roast the sweet potatoes.  Thus all these ingredients are ready to divvy out during the week at lunches and dinners.  I am telling you I don't miss my old Lean Cuisines at work one stinking bit.  This is more work but so worth it and makes the weekdays easier.  
These radishes are the bomb-diggity!
Colander is here
 I have not been having cravings!  Having sugar and grains out of my system has gotten me off the merry-go-round of eating  and then being a starving hungry run to the kitchen shove it in my face lunatic binge eater.

a simple Whole30 meal. 

That has been my week. Vintage planters, Whole30 challenge, meal planning and of course a little knitting.

I tried on several blue nail polishes at Big Lots today while I was picking up that swimming pool.  Here I am knitting and waiting for it to fill. Tomorrow the grands will be playing in it.  
Thanks to everyone for your kind comments and cheering me on during my Whole30!
~ Anne