|March 5, 2014||Filled under Uncategorized|
It has been almost a month since I’ve blogged. This year has been off to a crazy start. If you follow me on Facebook you likely know I didn’t even get my Christmas tree put away until the very end of last month. This wasn’t because I wanted it out that long, I was just too busy to get it put away.
I’ve been dealing with extra fatigue, I already have a lot from Fibromyalgia, since the fall. I was starting to get concerned and I was thinking about going to the doctor to see if something was wrong. I was putting it off because I had found out I was vitamin D deficient and my doctor had put me on a pretty high dose and I wanted to see if that would help. I also struggle with a B12 deficiency and at times low iron, these can also cause fatigue.
However, in November I was eating at a local restaurant with my husband when I got really dizzy, felt like I was going to pass out, and my vision got really blurry and everything was really bright. We went home and I checked blood sugar and it was normal. I have food allergies but my breathing was fine so it didn’t seem to be an allergic reaction. I took my blood pressure thinking it was possibly too high, high blood pressure runs in my family, and it was very low for me. After taking it for a few days I noticed it was dropping quite low, at one point it was 85/56.
This has meant having an echocardiogram, 24 hour heart monitor, an EKG, blood work, and other testing. So far all we know is I have sinus tachycardia (which we already knew but it’s worse than we thought) and my blood pressure drops seem to be random. My doctor can’t find the cause so I’m currently waiting to get into a cardiologist to have more testing. With one of my doctor appointments lasting around 4 hours this has been pretty time consuming.
I’m also now working on a new business. Soon we will be launching and I will share more about that. It’s exciting and a business that is needed in my area but starting a new business is a lot of work. With meetings and all of my responsibilities for the business it’s been crazy the last couple of months, it will be worth it though.
Yesterday I did finally got pretty much caught up on housework. It’s finally back to the point where I can just do a little bit everyday to keep up with it and when I have time I will tackle bigger projects that aren’t urgent. Now I’m working on getting caught up on blogging and with Green Oklahoma.
Once I’m caught up on everything I’m wanting to create a schedule so I can stay caught up. I’m not a big fan of schedules but with so many responsibilities I need one. When I create one I will be sure to share it. And hopefully it will mean I will be back to regularly posting here.
If you have great advice for how to stick to a schedule or being more productive, please share. I’m excited to finally be back to blogging and have lots of things I want to share with all of you. Thanks for sticking with me while I have been gone!
|February 9, 2014||Filled under Food, Recipes|
My husband and I are not the biggest fans of red sauces, we prefer cream sauce. However, we both really love this red sauce. And it’s really easy. I like to serve it over pasta with meatballs or just some ground beef/bison. It’s one of my go-to-meals when I need something quick. Feel free to change the amount of cream cheese and heavy cream to fit your tastes.
- 2 cups of spaghetti sauce (I use homemade but jar is fine)
- 2 tablespoons of cream cheese
- 3 tablespoons of heavy cream
- Optional: meat and parmesan cheese
- Heat sauce and add cream cheese.
- Once the cream cheese is melted, add meat if desired.
- Once all is heated, add cream.
- Serve over pasta and top with parmesan cheese.
If you make this recipe I’d love to hear what you thought. Share in the comments below or on my Facebook page.
|January 30, 2014||Filled under Home, Organization|
I’m still using and enjoying the home management binder I shared last year. I have made some updates since I last shared it. So here is a look at what is in my binder now. Click on the links to find the printables I used.
The first section is “home.” Below is a list of what’s in this section.
- Goals- This is where I keep my goals for this year.
- Year At a Glance Calendar- Just a page to quickly look at the whole year.
- Perpetual Calendar- Here is where I keep birthdays and anniversaries to add to my month at a glance calendar.
- Month At a Glance- I keep appointments, birthdays, events, etc… on here.
- Health Journal- This is where I can keep track of my blood pressure, weight, exercise, and water intake.
- Date Night Ideas- One of my goals this year is to have a date night with my husband once a week. I printed off a sheet with ideas for dates so I can refer to it when we need ideas.
- Cleaning Schedule (Indoor)- This is where I keep my list of what I need to do daily, bi-weekly/weekly, monthly, quarterly, and semi-annually/annually.
- Cleaning Schedule (Outdoor)- Same as above but for outside chores.
- Weekly Meal Plan- I use this sheet to plan the weeks meals.
- Monthly Meal Plan- This is where I keep my meal plan for the month. I don’t like to plan which day each meal will be so I made a printable where I can just list the meals and pick for each day as I go.
- Freezer Cooking Day Planner- This sheet helps you plan a day of freezer meal cooking.
- Freezer, Pantry, and Fridge Inventories- I hope these will help me reduce food waste and also help with meal planning.
- Cleaner Recipes- I keep all of my recipes for my DIY cleaners here.
- Project To-Do List- This is where I keep a running list of all the bigger projects I want to get done around the house. It also has a place for notes and contacts that are for the projects.
After that section are the sections for my blog, Green Oklahoma, my holiday planner, and my address book. I will share more about my blog planner and my holiday planner at later dates. I keep scrap paper clipped to the back off the binder to write my daily to-do lists.
I love how easy it is to make this planner fit my needs. If you are making one be sure to check out my Household Binder Pinterest board for even more printables.
If you have a home management binder I’d love to hear about it. If not, what do you use for a planner?
|January 18, 2014||Filled under Food|
Last Saturday, my mom and I went grocery shopping in the Oklahoma City area. This taught us an important lesson, we need to always shop during the week because trying to shop on Saturday is a mess. The locally owned stores were okay but we needed some things at Whole Foods and that was a mistake! We still didn’t take too long but the lines to check out were massive.
This Thursday we also picked up our Oklahoma Food Coop orders so both of our homes are well stocked. Not sure you about you guys but a full pantry and fridge make me very happy and grateful.
I did get several more packaged food items than normal. I’m trying to get back to making my own to freeze and what not but I’m so behind I knew it would be a bit until I could. Having things like frozen pizza on hand helps prevent meals out so I figure it’s the better option. So for those that are nosy curious, here is what I got for groceries this month. Oh and I still had a ton of food on hand.
- Stevia Soda
- Organic All-Purpose Flour
- Breakfast Chicken & Apple Sausage
- Biokleen Bac-Out
- Spry Mints
- Dish Powder
- Dr. Bronners
- Organic Sun-dried Tomatoes
- Organic Garlic Powder
- 2 Sun Cups
- Sundrops candy
- Organic Whole Wheat Mini Pancakes
- Organic Mini Waffles
- 2 Uncured Pepperoni Pizzas
- 2 Organic Cream Cheese
- Small Organic Chocolate Milk
- Organic Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
- Organic Onion Powder
- Organic Ketchup
- Organic Apple Peach Sauce
- Active Dry Yeast
- 4 Baking Soda
- Organic BBQ Sauce
- Organic Peas
- Organic Spelt Flakes Cereal
- Organic BBQ Chips
- Organic Potato Chips
- 2 Organic Tortilla Chips
- Organic Apple Sauce
- Organic Sugar
- Organic Chicken Broth
- Organic Strawberry Jam
- 2 Organic Mac & Cheese
- Organic Orzo
- Organic Whole Wheat Pasta
- 3 Organic Tomato Paste
- 2 Queso
- Organic Medium Salsa
- Parchment Paper
- Organic Bread Flour
- Fabric Bandages
- Gauze Pads
- 3 Uncured Pepperoni
- 2 Organic Sliced Chicken Sandwich Meat
- 2 Whole Milk Ricotta
- 4 Organic Pepper Jack Cheese
- 5 Organic Cheddar
- Fresh Cheese Ravioli
- Applewood Smoked Cheddar
- Cookies (from the “cookie bar)
- Organic Whole Wheat Sandwich Flats
- 3 Organic Bread
- Organic Bananas
- Organic Red Onions
- Organic Apples
- Organic Oranges
- Organic Potatoes
- Organic Kiwi
- Epsom Salt
- 2 Hydrogen Peroxide
- 2 Gallons of White Vinegar
- Organic Baby Spinach
Oklahoma Food Coop
(All items from the Oklahoma Food Coop are local)
- Non-GMO Eggs
- 5 lbs of Pastured Chicken Tenders
- 2 Grass-fed Beef Tenderloin Filets
- 2 lbs of Grass-fed Ground Beef
- 2 cups of Frozen Grass-fed Buttermilk
- 1 Dozen Amaretto Truffles
- Grass-fed Ghost Pepper Cheese
- Grass-fed Raw Milk Pepper Jack Cheese
|January 14, 2014||Filled under Food|
Kraft has confirmed that there is a Velveeta shortage. ”As you have likely seen or heard by now on social networks and major media outlets, there is currently limited availability of some Velveeta products in many stores nationwide. We want you to hear directly from us that it’s true — we are experiencing a temporary scarcity of our nation’s most precious commodity: Liquid Gold.”
While this shortage is being called the “cheesepocalypse,” I’m not sure Velveeta can really be called cheese.
Here is what’s in Velveeta: Milk, water, milkfat, whey, milk protein concentrate, whey protein concentrate, sodium phosphate; contains less than 2% of: salt, calcium phosphate, lactic acid, sorbic acid as a preservative, sodium alginate, sodium citrate, enzymes, apocarotenal (color), annatto (color), and cheese culture.
That’s a lot of ingredients for “cheese.” On the other hand, Organic Valley Raw Sharp Cheddar Cheese only contains Organic cultured unpasteurized, milk, salt, and enzymes.
You may be saying, “but cheese dip and queso!” It is possible to make queso without Velveeta. I haven’t tried this recipe yet but it uses all real ingredients, Chile Con Queso.
And if you really can’t live without Velveeta, check out An Organic Housewife’s homemade Velveeta using real food!
Life without Velveeta is possible, I promise. Why not take use this “cheesepocalyse” as a chance to start the year off right? It’s a great time to start switching to real and better for you foods. If you have any recipes that can help get people off of the fake cheese wagon, post in the comments below or on the Retro Housewife Goes Green Facebook page.
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