Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

A Peek Into My Makeup Bag

by Kristen Suzanne in beauty, Kristen Suzanne
Peek into my makeup bag.

Peek into my makeup bag.

I was in mom’s bathroom a moment ago, and I dumped out my makeup bag so I could access it all. Goodness, I love makeup.

It’s small and I don’t carry much… not like the old days, geesh, you should’ve seen me back then. Goodness, I love makeup.

Anyway, here’s what I got!

Tarte lipstick: This particular color isn’t my most prized, but it’s what I’m carrying because I used up the one I liked more. I refuse to spend more money on more lipsticks until I use up the ones I already have. For now.

Christopher Drummond Beauty concealer: I was introduced to this makeup via an old friend. It’s quality stuff and non-toxic. My favorite product of his is the concealer which I like to dilute with a pump of Eminence Bamboo Firming Fluid (or any moisturizer), which makes the concealer more like a foundation. It’s fast become a staple in both my mom’s makeup drawer and mine. I bought my first one through his website and then the second one mom treated me to via Amazon. Thanks, mom!

MaidenFern Blushing Balm: This is one of my most prized beauty possessions and it’s from Living Libations. It’s totally #allnatural and actually GOOD for your skin. Gives cheeks and lips a glow, but requires frequent application.

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Saturday, February 21st, 2015

OMG EASY Slow Cooker Granola – Yes! SLOW COOKER GRANOLA!

by Kristen Suzanne in ghee, gluten free, recipe
Slow Cooker Granola. I kid you not.

Slow Cooker Granola. I kid you not.

You all KNOW I love me a slow cooker, and I recently learned that I could make granola in it.

Wait.

Hold the phone.

Granola? In a slow cooker?

Yup.

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Friday, February 20th, 2015

I Didn’t Expect This From Yoga

My yoga mat… ready to help me get flexible. Ommm.

My yoga mat… ready to help me get flexible. Ommm.

Unexpectedly, yoga has given me confidence… in the way I move.

Some backstory: As I have gotten a little bit older, I have become more protective in the way I move. I frequently make sure that my posture is proper and I make sure that I’m not mindlessly bending in positions that could cause an injury. You know how it is… digging toys out from under couches or constantly picking stuff up off the floor. 

A couple times I have bent over to pick up a doll and I tweaked my back. The tweak made life miserable for days. I now squat when picking up things, but there are many times I find myself in weird positions cleaning or carrying things or digging around cupboards. Or this(!)… I find that when I am getting my daughter out of her car seat (or strapping her into it) and tightening that belt while I’m in an awkward twist, I can’t help but think I’m perfectly primed for a tweak.

I lived life in such a way that I was a little guarded in my movements. I figured it came with the territory of getting older.

But something unexpected happened…

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Thursday, February 19th, 2015

My Favorite Way to Roast Brussel Sprouts (with carrots. Oh, and onions)

by Kristen Suzanne in carrots, ghee, MAC knife, recipe
Roasted Brussels sprouts, carrots, and purple onion in ghee.

Roasted brussels sprouts, carrots, and purple onion in ghee.

Finally. I have found a way to roast brussels sprouts (and many other dense veggies) that works easily and wonderfully every time.

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Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

“In A Minute” Comes Out Of My Mouth To My Daughter Too Often

by Kristen Suzanne in Kristen Suzanne
My sweet daughter patiently waiting for me to play with her.

My sweet daughter patiently waiting for me to play with her.

After a morning of running around to get Kamea fed early enough to get out the door…

to fight traffic so I can get to the farmers’ market in time  (which is across town)…

just to get home in time to unpack the veggies and have a snack …

so I can get to my Deep Stretch and Meditation class on time…

and spending most of my time in the kitchen, when I’m home, because I try to make all meals from scratch…

I just gotta throw up my hands.

I’m going “crackers” as my friend, Myriam,​ would say.

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Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

My Best Chicken Soup – Inspired By My Daughter’s Distaste for Carrots

by Kristen Suzanne in carrots, offal, pastured chicken, soup, Vitamix
My Best Soup Yet

My Best Chicken Soup

I just made my best soup ever. It’s chicken soup, but I added an extra step and an extra ingredient that took it to new levels of comfort and deliciousness.

Here’s the back story…

I love making super easy chicken soup, as illustrated here in a previous post. Everyone likes it, including my young daughter, but she’s not a fan of carrots. Weird, I know. She loves broccoli and brussels sprouts. But carrots? Meh… she’s not a fan.

I decided to try a trick this time. I blended the soup, which had lots of carrots. And, for extra wonderful-ness, I added a bit of heavy cream.

She loved it. Yay, cuz trying to get her to embrace carrots for their night-vision superpower wasn’t working.

We all loved it. It’s become the new chicken soup staple around this house.

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Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

One of the Best Things I’ve Done – A Journal to (and for) Kamea, My Daughter

by Kristen Suzanne in family, kamea
Kamea having fun. A memory.

Kamea having fun outside of True Food Kitchen. A great memory for us.

I started a practice at the end of 2013 that I’m so glad I started. It goes on the list of the best things I’ve done.

I started a journal for (and about) my daughter, Kamea. It’s a journal where I simply write a few notes about the day we had, or things that were special, or just a little something about my feelings for her. Capturing the moment for her (and me) as best I can.

It’s not only a beautiful thing to read myself, thinking back on our time together as I read the entries, but it’s going to be something special for her. When she’s older I will put it all in a book or something and give it to her as a gift. I keep it a secret for now. Perhaps I’ll tell her about it sooner than later, but for now, it’s my own special gift to us.

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Monday, February 16th, 2015

EYE of the Round (again)…A Cheap (and delicious) Way to Eat Grass-fed Beef

by Kristen Suzanne in gluten free, grass fed beef, paleo, recipe
Grass-fed Eye of the Round all sliced up to serve.

Grass-fed Eye of the Round all sliced up to serve.

I have blogged about grass-fed eye of the round beef in the past. I decided to chat about it again because I made it recently and it was a smashing success (again). It was such a success because it was rich in flavor and mega tender to boot, not to mention cheap.

But, if you know anything about the different cuts of beef, eye of the round is usually known as a tough-y. The game is changed though. Now, you can use a sous vide to gently cook it for hours and hours and hours, effortlessly, and yielding a result that is as tender as any other cut in my opinion. Even better is that you don’t pay out the nose for this particular cut. It’s one of the cheapest so that makes everyone extra happy.

Cheap and Tender – that should be a country song.

Using a sous vide to cook it is the best way in my opinion (yeah, those cost money, but pay for themselves over time when you make things like I’m writing about today).

This past time, however, I made it just a tiny bit differently than the last time. I dare say, I like it better this time. Here’s what I did…

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Sunday, February 15th, 2015

Rosemary Infused Purple Cauliflower Mash – It’s Purrrrrty

Rosemary Infused Purple Cauliflower Mash

Rosemary Infused Purple Cauliflower Mash. Family style.

I was at the market and saw organic purple cauliflower. Cauliflower isn’t my favorite by any stretch, but it was purple so I had to buy it.

I bought a lot of things that day and I made my way through the rest before approaching the cauliflower. I hadn’t decided what to do with it. Roast it with ghee? Make a purple soup from it? Oh! I know… I’ll make a cauliflower mash.

But, not just any cauliflower mash.

Purple.

And.

Infused with rosemary.

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Saturday, February 14th, 2015

A Starbucks Date With My Husband

by Kristen Suzanne in family, Kristen Suzanne
Greg & Kristen. Valentine's Day 2015. Madly in love.

Greg & Kristen. Valentine’s Day 2015. Madly in love.

Right now I’m in Starbucks, on a date, with my husband, Greg. It’s Valentine’s Day and we carved out some “alone time” while Kamea spends the afternoon with her Nana.

It’s weird though, we’re at Starbucks of all places. We’re in Sun City West area, a retirement community because that’s where mom lives, so there’s not a lot of hot-n-happening places from which to choose. We considered a movie, but strangely, it wasn’t attractive. We couldn’t help but find ourselves with laptops, Justins’ peanut butter cups, green tea, and coffee at Starbucks. (I was secretly hoping they’d have their new coconut milk option but it doesn’t roll out until Tuesday).

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