Thursday, October 1, 2009

For the month of October

I'm making a concerted effort to blog on a daily basis. Don't know how well that's going to work, but hey. I can try. So, I'm posting this on all of my blogs tonight, October 1st, and taking it from there. Life is no more less hectic now than it was before. I just have a lot to say! lol You know me. I talk a lot.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Nee canning advice

I'd like to start canning my own pickles and relish and stuff. But I'm allergic to the whole onion family, which includes garlic. Anyone have any suggestions about what I can substitute? Or can I just leave them out?

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Power brown out and black out

Yep. Since Sunday, we've had an enduring brown out/black out. Insanity. So, I am behind on my blogging. And all my life. I will catch up with my entries in the next few days. Right now, the house is a wreck, more so than normal. Must put that to right first.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

I planned to take pictures - really I did

So, I made a really good meal tonight. So much so that I meant to take pictures for here and they ate it. They ate it all. lol I made brat burgers, coleslaw, grilled corn, and lemon bars. I have to cook up the rest of the meat tomorrow, so I will take pictures then. If I can keep them from the food until after I do. Yes, it was all dairy, onion, garlic, MSG, meat tenderizer, and all that stuff free. I'll post the recipes when I post the pictures. They all had less than 10 ingredients each and took an average of 15 minutes hands on. Seriously. The cost of the whole meal was right around $10. We had company, so that was for six people with some leftovers. I'll tell you how tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

My vegan pizza

I cannot eat dairy without getting very very ill. Two years ago, I became very ill and they found a cyst on my liver. It was probably caused by my body rejecting the dairy I was eating, knew I shouldn't be eating, but was eating any way. Yeah, it was a special kind of stupid. Now, I don't eat it at all if I can help it. Sometimes hidden dairy happens, but I try to be really careful.

There are times I really want pizza. I don't like most of the cheese substitutes out there, so I just do without. I also don't eat a lot of meat. Lately I've been on this meat kick, but my body is telling me to stop, so I'm going to limit it to fish a few times a week. Maybe. I really wanted pizza for the last few weeks, and finally gave in. I made it with a Pillsbury pizza crust, just because I didn't have time to make it from scratch. I really need to make some and freeze it. I also used some crushed tomatoes, roasted red peppers, olives, and thinly sliced squash and zucchini. Oh, and mushrooms. I love mushrooms. I sprinkled oregano and basil over it, and baked it for a while. Really. No recipe or specifics. I just kinda made it up as I went along.

Here's the result.

It was yummy and didn't last long. I served it with grilled corn. Pizza is so easy to make as a healthy dish! What was for your dinner tonight?

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Bah hahahaha!

I just read the one post I did here before life became truly crazy.

"My aim is to update this blog several times a week. I'll be honest. Life is busy and I've already mentioned my disorganization. There may be weeks when I slack a little."

...said the woman 3 months ago. lol Well, I am getting back to my routine. I'll just call the break between posts my summer vacation. Yes, I am getting back to blogging. I'd ask if you missed me, but unless you read my other blog, you barely knew me. I'm going to start posting meals and menus, and to do lists, and all kinds of stuff. I have so many fun things going on in my life right now! I purchased the rest of my mentor's candle business, so I have something like 500 candle molds now. I have so much wax I barely know where to start! We now have a new fully functional stove that I have NOT lit on fire yet (that is kinda how the old one died). We got it the day before the microwave died, so that's a blessing. We were using two burners and the microwave to cook for a while. Now, life without a microwave is getting to be the norm. School starts in a little more than a month. I'm training to do a marathon with Team in Training. I am trying to greatly grow the business. The house is still torn up while the waterproofing and reconstruction downstairs goes on. And on and on goes the list. My disorganization is becoming more and more evident and dangerous.

So, my blogging time is almost over for today. I have a to do list that is incredibly, and may I say unrealistically, long. I'm going to cut this off now and move to the next thing on my list. Talk to you all later!

Thursday, April 23, 2009


Hello everyone. My name is Chele, and yes, I am domestically challenged. When I was a little girl, our housekeeper called my room Little Vietnam. I am better now, since I'm looking around and can see the floor in our home, but still have a long way to go. The one thing I can do well is cook. I love to cook! It's a good thing too. I have a ton of food allergies/intolerances that make life interesting. You try cooking when you can't eat dairy, onions, garlic, meat tenderizer, MSG, most food preservatives, and artificial sweeteners. I will be putting recipes up to help those with similar type allergies. My scale will testify, you can eat well even when you have a long list of things you can't eat.

Now housekeeping and organization are two things that are lacking in my world. I have an intolerance for them too. lol Seriously, I know that you can learn these things. I'm just not so good at them. I am learning and improving. Hopefully sharing my journey with you all will keep me honest and moving forward. In addition to my duties as wife and mother, I am a small business owner and am active with volunteering. I'm finding everything hard to keep up with unless I really take the time to plan out my day and set myself up for success.

My aim is to update this blog several times a week. I'll be honest. Life is busy and I've already mentioned my disorganization. There may be weeks when I slack a little. Bear with me, and enjoy the journey. We're gonna have a great trip together! I'm going to move some posts from another blog that I have. Yes, I have three blogs that I'm building. I'll tell you all more about that later. Have a great day!