Sunday, January 25th, 2015

I Got Slow Cookers Coming Out The Wazoo – I Have My Reasons

by Kristen Suzanne in Kitchen Tools, slow cooker
My slow cooker collection.

My slow cooker collection.

I wouldn’t have felt compelled to share my slow cooker collection with the world except that the last two people who came to our home exclaimed, “Wow why do you have so many slow cookers?”

Doesn’t everybody? Just kidding. I know most people don’t have a stash of slow cookers.

I asked Kamea the other day, “Kamea, if someone asked you about your mom, like, what does your mom do? What would you say?”

Her response… “I’d say you like pots.”

Me: “Ha – cute and funny but make sure you emphasize the “s” on the end of pot.”

It is what it is. I love the kitchen and cooking and everything that comes with it – pots and all.

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Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Spin Class Kicks My Ass (and makes me hungry) But I Have Dreams of Fit n Sexy Legs

by Kristen Suzanne in exercise, Kristen Suzanne
Hello spin bike. We meet again.

Hello spin bike. We meet again.

We joined a great gym over the summer (2014), and when I looked at the fitness schedule of classes offered I saw a lot I wanted to take.

But. I was out of shape. Therefore, I created a plan of attack in how I would eventually make my way into classes. Simply this: I needed to be in shape before I took classes to be in shape. Makes perfect sense to me. I liken it to cleaning the house before the housekeeper comes – you know who you are.

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Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Mom’s Back Yard Is Turning Into A Citrus Orchard – My Kid Loves It.

by Kristen Suzanne in arizona, Kristen Suzanne, lemon
A chair begging to read in with a cuppa tea.

A chair begging to be read in with a cuppa tea in mom’s back yard.

I’m lucky that my mom lives only about 38 minutes from our home which makes for frequent visiting. That’s especially great when my mom is one of my daughter’s favorite people – Nana is big fun. Part of that Nana-fun extends beyond Nana to include her house with four dogs and a crazy yard of colors and imagination. The backyard is of decent size and filled with rocks, flowers, bird houses, bird feeders, bird baths, windmills, tons of wind chimes, tinsel on the trees, holiday lights on the trees year round, and what’s turning out to be an organic citrus orchard.

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Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

The Farmers’ Market is Filled with Veggie Treasures (Alien Lettuce, Anyone?)

by Kristen Suzanne in Kristen Suzanne
Today's farmers' market bounty.

Today’s farmers’ market treasure booty with crazy alien lettuce on the left.

I’m overwhelmed with gratitude in this moment at how wonderful our farmers’ market is here in Scottsdale. Not only is it local and fresh, but … I’m spoiled because it’s also certified organic. Gratitude full on.

Today, I was in wonder as I saw purple cauliflower, orange cauliflower, and even green cauliflower. Super fresh broccoli and so much more.

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Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

How I Eat Raw Eggs: Down The Hatch, Baby

Raw egg yolks for a primal n sexy food.

Raw egg yolks for a primal n sexy food.

When I’m wanting to feel extra cool, and dare I admit, extra sexy…. I eat raw egg yolks. I don’t know why I like it so much because it’s not for the flavor. However, if I think about it, the flavor is pretty nice.

If I think about it even more, I probably think it’s so bad-ass because it feels primal. That’s hot.

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Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

2015: Time for Changes Like Streamlining Food, Slashing Obligations, and Pillow Talk

Kamea and independent play offers me time to myself

Kamea and independent play offers me time to myself

I needed to make changes this year. Changes I made.

Last year, 2014, was a fun year, but pretty busy and consuming. There were times I felt a bit out of control as I navigated motherhood, wifehood, and balancing my insane foodie passion among other things. Culinary School anyone?

As some of you might know, for 2014, I was drawn to working on one goal throughout the year and that was meditation. I wrote about it here in more detail with info on how I did it with tips. I had decided that meditation, and calming my mind in general, was of paramount importance to my well being, even more so than diet and exercise.

How did it go? Well, it was a successful endeavor for the most part. Meditation, even if only a few minutes a day, became a regular part of my life. Mission accomplished. I also found that I immediately went to deep relaxing breaths when stress appeared – it became my natural response.

So why did I still feel a bit crazed as 2014 was coming to a close? I thought meditation would have been the answer to, well, almost everything. It helped for sure and I will continue to practice it. I imagine my telomeres lengthening with each session, and there are undoubtedly longevity benefits manifesting as a result.

I needed more though. Something was just too jittery in me to feel totally at peace and I don’t think it’s the coffee I drink. I felt a bit unbalanced and it made me uncomfortable.

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Monday, January 19th, 2015

I Must Want to Live A Long Time… Sardine n Smoothie Lunch

Large smoothie and sardines cuz I want to live longer.

Lunch: Large smoothie and sardines cuz I want to live longer.

I’m sitting here eating my lunch after a Basic Yoga class.

I’m eating sardines and a large veggie smoothie. It’s soooooo not a fun lunch. I’d rather toast some of that organic 3-day fermented sourdough bread from my freezer and slather it with a butt-load of grass-fed butter. Yes sireeee that’s what I really want.

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Sunday, January 18th, 2015

Hungry Woman’s Food Journal – Here’s What I Ate Yesterday

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal
Hungry Woman's Breakfast: 4 eggs + buttered mochi

Hungry Woman’s Breakfast: 4 eggs + buttered mochi

I get asked a lot about what I eat. It seems kind of weird, but then again, I’m always curious about what others are eating, too. Maybe it’s a foodie thing. Or maybe it’s an obsessive thing. No matter the reason, I aim to please.

Here is my Hungry Woman’s Food Journal from Saturday. I say Hungry Woman because it just felt like one of those days.

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Saturday, January 17th, 2015

Taking Days Off Taking Vitamins. A Supplement Sabbatical.

by Kristen Suzanne in Kristen Suzanne, vitamins
A snapshot of my supplement and vitamin "collection" for lack of a better word.

A snapshot of my supplement and vitamin “collection” for lack of a better word.

I like to listen to my body for cues or inspiration when making health decisions. The other day, with no reason I can pin point, I decided that I wanted (and needed?) to take a break from taking vitamins and supplements all the time.

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Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Top Gun Inspired Juicer Purchase: “I Feel The Need… The Need For Speed.”

Welcome to the family, Breville Juice Fountain Plus

Welcome to the family, Breville Juice Fountain Plus

Juicers are not a new topic on this blog. I’ve been using them and writing about them for years. There was a time I loved my twin gear Green Star back in the day when I was a newbie to raw food. Then, I moved to a cute n fast Breville because motherhood was taking most of my time (actually I’ve owned a couple of Breville juicers). I also fell for the Hurom single auger juicer in an attempt to up my quality of juice while keeping it easier than the Green Star. Finally, I topped out at the all time ultimate Norwalk Juicer thinking that it would save me money in the long long long long run, give me a superior juice never to be more superior, and offer me the option to juice big batches that can be stored for a few days so I wasn’t juicing every day. I wrote about these juicers, and I imagine when this post is done that the bottom “similar posts” links will feature them.

But, things change.

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