Thursday, March 17, 2011

Things I Love Thursday

Turning my kitchen into a food science lab! There's so many different batches of fermenting, pickling and whatever-ing things in my house. It's fantastic!

Pokemon - pre-ordered it way back in September and finally it is MINE! Gave Black to Mr. Rainbow & I've been playing White like crazy. So many new Pokemon to memorize...

Sake. My parents used to drink sake heated up in a server and cup set my Oba brought over from Japan. Well, instead, I've found a company that make sake here in Oregon and it is DELICIOUS - some infused flavors too. It was on sale at the local Uwajimaya & I may have bought A LOT of bottles.

Watching some of my favorite movies from childhood. Mostly Space Jam.


Relaxing nerd out days spent with Mr. Rainbow and our friend.

Signing myself up for a burlesque class! Extremely nervous and excited at the same time.

Off to eat some green tea ice cream! Have a wonderful evening.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Things I Love Thursday

Sailor Moon! Currently re/watching the entire series - Sailor Uranus & Neptune are finally here!

New ear piercings. There was recently a Groupon in my area for 1/2 off piercings at an amazing piercing/tattoo studio, which was the final push I needed to get my 2nd ear piercings.

Fermenting. Right now I've got about 5 'experiments' going on in the kitchen and received my copy of Wild Fermentation in the mail last Friday. Yay!

Watching Life is Beautiful with friends while eating the slow cooker jambalaya he made! Nom.

My collection of footie pajamas. For the past few years, my family has gotten me a pair or two from the children's section at Target. 6 and counting!

Spending all morning cuddling with my partner and our two cats, Magic & Captain.

The new My Little Pony series - Friendship is Magic. I love the original and held out for a while. It is ridiculously cute though and it's done by Lauren Faust. My resistance didn't last long.

Have a wonderful Thursday! Off to eat the giant primal/paleo meatloaf I made (^_^)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

To Beer or not to Beer?

Quick follow up on the beer rinse from this Monday!

Hair took a little while to dry (it's bra strap length and curly), which isn't unusual. Upon drying, it felt crinkly and looked shiny, as though I'd put gel in my hair (not necessarily naturally shiny). It wound up not smelling like beer once dry, which is fantastic!

After brushing my hair out a bit and playing with it, it lost some of the stiff  feeling. I left my hair to stew overnight and yesterday it actually felt a little greasy! Perhaps the beer was a tad too moisturizing or left some gunk on my hair. Either way, my normally curly (never greasy) hair looked like I'd come back from a salon that likes to use pomade. Interesting. Luckily braided pigtails worked out fine...

Overall? I don't think I'd do this again. This might work for someone with dry or straight hair, couldn't tell ya. Seems like I'll have to stick to throwing out the beers Mr. Rainbow doesn't finish...what a waste (T_T)

Monday, February 28, 2011

I Smell Like A Frat Party

Beer, coconut oil & leftover perfume from last night.

Sounds like I had a wild weekend, right? Actually, I spent the entire thing indoors doing taxes & helping Mr. Rainbow recover from a tough work week.
Mr. R's Brew of Choice
The reason for my hair smelling so delicious? A beer rinse this morning, a little perfume from trying to cover up the fact that I'd spent all weekend in PJ's when we went running on an errand last night, coconut oil from drenching the ends of my hair in it to condition it before sleeping.

This morning I decided to use the beer Mr. Rainbow didn't finish from Friday to try out a beer rinse! I'm on a journey to grow my hair out long in a nice, healthy way, and since it's curly it needs some tender, loving care. I just massaged my scalp and hair with the warm, flat beer & rinsed it out. Hopefully the slight beer tang will leave before I get to work! I'll update later with how it works out.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Coconut Explosion


In the exciting journey of self-experimentation and learning about health, I've found quite a few fantastic cookbooks. In an effort to actually go through and try out some of the recipes, I'm going to be posting general book reviews and recipe reviews from some of my favorites.

The first one up is by Sally Fallon, who is an author and co-founder of the Weston A. Price foundation and Dr. Mary Enig, called Eat Fat, Lose Fat. When first landing upon the idea of the primal lifestyle and reintroducing healthy fats into my diet, I had a ridiculously tough time getting enough fat into my daily intake. I used to believe 100% that any fat = not fitting into my favorite pair of bright green pants.

This book has helped tremendously. The first part is informational and tackles the ins & outs of healthy, traditional foods versus today's standard (American) diet. Then you get into the good stuff: menu plans, ideas for fermented drinks and RECIPES!!

Favorite part of the book so far? The huge use of anything & everything coconut related.

If you're looking for a book that has easy to digest information about traditional eating and real food plus a ton of great recipe ideas, I'd  pick this one up. It runs around $16, however I got it at Powells used for $8.

Tomorrow I'm hoping to try the Coconut Mashed Potatoes (probably going to use sweet potatoes though). Nom!

Monday, February 21, 2011

A New Love

When I was a child, I wasn't what you would call an "adventurous eater". Plain white bread with a slice of bologna, McDonald's hamburger with just patty + bun, you catch the drift. Luckily for me, a lot has changed since those days.

Today I decided to finally try a food that has struck fear in me since those plain white bread days.

Cow stomach? Chicken feet? My partner's cooking?

Nope. Sardines.

I've had this can of sardines sitting in my cupboard, staring at me, challenging me, for the past 6 months. Kept hearing it was good for me & an easy way to get some good ol' seafood in my diet. I also heard they smelt funny, were salty, were entire fish in a know, things that sound appetizing.

Well, tonight I can proudly say that I have battled the sardines and am now in love. With sardines.

Going to go back to the store tomorrow and load up on all the different tasty brands I can buy (for cheap). Here's the one I found on sale about 6 months ago at the local grocery:

Wild Planet Sardines

P.S. I have tried all of the other foods above and with the exception of Mr. Rainbow's cooking, they're pretty tasty.