Whoooo! This weekend was chock-a-block full of playdates and parties, which meant there was little time for much else. My kids were having the time of their lives so at that point nothing much matters beyond that.
They are learning what it’s like to be kids and I say that because at our last house we had no yard so they spent a lot of time indoors. At our new place they have ten acres to explore and rediscover their imaginations.
When I was a kid [said in voice of crochety old man] we played outside from morning until dusk and most of the time our parents had no idea where we were. I don’t want to swing the pendulum that far [because anxiety] but I do want my kids to get lost in playing games in the fresh air and building things out of mud and sticks because I think it is good for their brains.
While all of the wonderful chaos of these playdates was going on I was trying desperately to set up my lighting and camera to film a makeup video. There is nothing more annoying when you are so excited to get going on a new project only to find out you are missing some key components. Gah! So, I am going to get my hubs to help me next weekend so that I can be truly up and running.
Here is my makeup free face (in one of my new pairs of glasses):
And my “after” photo post makeup application that was supposed to be filmed:
Sidenote: I am LOVING Wet n’ Wild Photo Focus Foundation!!!! YouTubers be like “in other tell me something I don’t know news…”, but it is new to me and I love it!!! A word of warning: it stinks. Like, straight up will make you want to gag a little but the formula is so good you will just power through.
Back to food-whoring…
I made some vegetarian chili from scratch that is always a quick and simple way to feed a crowd. I never follow a recipe I just throw in two or three large cans of salt-free diced tomatoes, black beans, kidney beans, corn niblets and frozen, chopped celery. If you weren’t lazy like me you could sautee the holy Trinity (onions, carrots and celery) as Jamie Oliver calls it and then add your tomatoes and beans. I work around this by skipping the carrots and using onion powder 🙂
Once everything is combined in a large pot I add the following slices to taste:
- Smoked Paprika
- Chili Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
If my family weren’t so sensitive to heat I would also add cayenne and red pepper flakes.
My son is Celiac so everything in our house if Gluten Free or GF as those in the know refer to it. I find the best brand for GF products to bake at home is Bob’s Red Mill. I grabbed a package of their cornbread mix, subbed applesauce for eggs, plant milk for regular milk and skipped the oil. Poured the batter into mini muffin tins and voila! Mini cornbread muffins.
I have tried this recipe before in a loaf pan and it didn’t bake as nicely as the muffins did. I made some quick guacamole with mashed avocados, lime juice, onion powder, garlic powder and fresh cracked pepper and dinner was all set to go. Seriously one of the easiest cold weather meals you can whip up.
Today there were more playdates and parties so I was again a bit short on time. I didn’t get my food prep done but I did make lentil stew.
- Dried green lentils
- 2 baking potatoes (peeled and chopped into small pieces)
- 2 carrots (peeled and chopped into small pieces)
- 2 tetra packs of vegetable stock
- Minced garlic (approximately 2 cloves)
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Cracked black pepper
- Ground cloves
- Gluten Free Worcestershire Sauce
Combine all ingredients into large pot and boil until lentils, potatoes and carrots are tender. You can add spinach and zucchini at the end as well. This stew has such a hearty flavor and it gets even better the second day once the slices have all married.
I also made a delicious vegan, gluten free frozen chocolate mousse cake that was incredible. Truth be told I made two so I will be sure to post pictures and the recipe (it was not my own). This weekend.