Quilts and Quinoa

Life moves as a breakneck pace so there has been no time for recording it. Today is not an exception but I have decided to blog anyway, in these few minutes of quiet before the squalls rise up again.

As far as the "quilts" portion of Quilts and Quinoa goes, there has been little to none. I made a few small projects over the holidays, mostly stockings and some small quilted gifts for the kids. Other sewing has been home decor and a couple of alterations for people. 

About to quilt these pieced stockings - a project I worked on with my niece

All the backs and fronts completed - getting ready to make the stockings

These were little bags I made for advent - inside each bag was our daily reading, a little joke and a random act of kindness we were going to do

The "quinoa" portion is a daily event, making plant-based meals for the family. We slipped on the really healthy part over the holidays and even before with the move. We started introducing way too many plant-based convenience foods and even processed junk like chips and lots of wheat products and rich plant foods, drowning in cashew cream. Never a good thing for our crew. 

On a whole spelt grain crust, topped with loads of veggies and drizzled with Italian seasoned cashew cream - not a weight loss food!

Rice bowl also with way too much cashew cream - really had to cut back on that stuff

100% plant-based and oil free but still not a weight loss food - whole grain spelt chocolate chip muffins - no
I did not eat just one

Whole grain spelt raisin biscuits drizzled with maple syrup - just don't ever make these. 

More beautiful chocolate chip muffins - pure evil

Life is mostly back to normal now. We did a pantry sweep in January to use up what we had so in February we are doing a week-long healthy reset, eating lots of veggies, skipping any kind of bad snacking and restocked the pantry with truly healthy whole plant foods. 

It's good to be back! 

My energy has definitely returned and the scale is trying to make nice these days, which makes me happy. I had gained about 15 pounds during all the madness. 

Note to self: must learn to deal with the madness a different way. 

Challenges include a very tiny, dark kitchen which we can't reno yet. Need to find ways to brighten the space and make it more usable. It is where I spend a good portion of my time after all. You can see a glimpse at how dark and dated it is in the picture below. I'm trying desperately to be content with it until it's reno time. Any helpful tips on how to make a tiny kitchen more functional are definitely welcome. 

February's first grocery shop

A beautiful plant-based breakfast my 11-year-old son prepared for me as a surprise one morning. Cooking plant-based is so simple even a young fellow can do it!

Delicious dinner - carrot dogs with broccoli coleslaw and lentil chili - definitely a family favorite

Comfort food at its best! Inspired by Jill McKeever at Simple Daily Recipes

Going to wrap this up now. The rest of our busy day awaits! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

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