The Difference Between Boys and Girls and Some Miscellany: 7 Quick Takes

The Difference Between Boys and Girls
We reached another domestic milestone this week with the installation of our kitchen floor. I'm not going to miss our painted subfloors even a little bit. The new vinyl plank flooring is pretty awesome and won't warp when we spill stuff all over it daily.

It is also really fun to slide around on when wearing socks. The kids tested this out today and I took some video of their fun. When I watched the footage later, I discovered a comical example of the many innate differences between boys and girls...

Experiments in Healthy Eating
I have eliminated the garbage and toxins from my diet and now am working on returning to full health after two decades of what has essentially been malnourishment. Trying to work in new foods is tough. I like bland food and I am happy eating the same favorites day after day. So I'm working on baby steps.

My first small success this week was adding avocado and spinach to my beloved fruit smoothies. My second was introducing chia seeds into my life via smoothies and puddings. My third was adding some high quality gelatin to my diet via homemade healthy gummies.

Gummy recipe here.
Chia seeds here.
Gelatin here.

I did have one big fail. I tried an even healthier version of the gummies and no one, including myself, could eat them. The strips of brownish pink gelatin also prompted my husband to have a bit of fun on my account as he raised the ugly stuff and declared "Soylent green is people!" For those of you who haven't seen this classic Charlton Heston film... you're just missing out on perpetual fun.

I struggled with this throughout pregnancy and it has continued into the post-partum period. I'm guessing that the only iron I was getting before my dietary changes was from the ton and a half of enriched cereal I was eating every day. Even though it is a bit of a trial to get my body to a healthy state, I don't think it's a bad thing that I eliminated the vitamins in the cereals. I was basically squeaking by nutritionally with "enriched" products. Now I have the opportunity to eat the real thing... leafy greens, veggies, meats, nuts, seeds, etc. and restore the health that I had lost. I have also continued taking gluten and soy-free iron supplements and am finding that I need fewer doses to feel well.

New Recipes.
Healthy, clean, real food main dishes are easy. There are about a billion different yummy ways to serve meat and veggies. What we have really been having fun with though is real food wheatless baking. I know there was a day not long ago when gluten-free bakery meant cardboard for dessert. That day is gone. We avoid the "gluten-free" boxes in the grocery store (it's still garbage food, folks) and use almond and coconut flour for most of our treats. Check this out...

My recent experience and a brief perusal of the ingredient list tells me that this is going to be delicious.

 Rosary Making Tool

This is a great tool. We haven't used it for rosaries yet, but we have for little projects like earrings. If you've been making your own wire loops with your jewelry pliers (or whatever they're called), you might like to get one of these in your stocking this year! I first saw this on a rosary making site but found it for half the price on Amazon.

Getting Rid of Corn Syrup
I'm trying to clean up my pantry and I realize the thing has multiple personalities. If I'm going to great lengths to get little bits of corn syrup out of my food, why do I still have two bottles of it in my cupboard? We need a new vision...

C.S. Lewis Quote

“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” (C. S. Lewis) 

Linking up with Jen at Conversion Diary for 7 Quick Takes.
Posted on November 22, 2013 and filed under "7 Quick Takes Friday".