I woke up at about 5:45am this morning. That's such a crummy time to wake up. It's just so early, but I knew if I went back to sleep, some kid was going to wake me up in about 45 minutes. I don't know about any of you, but I feel like crap if I go back to sleep and then have to get up before I'm ready. So I opted to enjoy some alone time, some peace and quiet, and some coffee. There aren't many things better than a cup of coffee fixed my favorite way (lots of cream and sugar! It's Saturday so I get sugar!!) and sipped in the quiet that is 6am.
Yes, the children will be awake soon. Eli might sleep past seven, but Reese has always been a little early bird, hopping out of bed all cheery and light. I think I'm mostly a morning person too, minus the cheery and light. The nice thing is that Reese is content most mornings to play with her dolls and guys while I do some yoga or just zone out. It's after Eli wakes up that the demands of the day begin.
So what's been happening, let me see. Oh the raw experiment. That was kind of a fail, not really because I disliked raw food or because it was too hard or anything. It failed because of leftovers. I'm really the only person in the house who will consistently eat leftovers. I've been really trying to make just enough food for one meal so we don't have sad containers of food wasting away in the fridge. Sometimes I'm successful, sometimes I'm not. It just irks me to no end to waste food, so a lot of times I'll eat leftovers for lunch. In the interest of not wasting food, I only ate raw maybe two days last week. However, I liked the way I felt. I felt very clean, and like I was doing a good thing for my body. And with my vitamix, it's not a problem at all to whip up a raw veggie soup.
Speaking of raw foods and my vitamix, they can both just take responsibility for me discovering a most delicious raw dessert: banana soft serve. I can't believe I didn't know about this awesomeness before now. It's so good, you should try it. Here's what you do:
Freeze some bananas (maybe break them in pieces before you freeze them? I broke them in half).
Get some kids to put the bananas in the vitamix (cause why should you do all the work, am I right? Unless you don't want to share...)
Dump in maybe a couple tablespoons of maple syrup (or your liquid sweetener of choice).
Add about a teaspoon of vanilla.
Have aforementioned kids flip the Vitamix switches and blend the heck out of the contents of the blender. And you have a smooth, sweet but not too sweet, perhaps healthy dessert. Om nom nom nom.
Oh! I sewed some stuff this week! Not a really lot of stuff though. Sometimes I get in a sewing frenzy and pound out a bunch of projects, and sometimes I'm too lazy. This week was in the middle of those extremes. I did sew up a pair of flannel pajama pants to give as a birthday gift. And I got a good chunk of the most current batch of cloth pads done. I hope to finish the cloth pads this weekend.
I worked on a super secret project too. I guess I can tell you about it. I ordered a zine off Etsy recently and was inspired to create my own zine-like thing, but it's a coloring book so perhaps not so zine like? Don't laugh, but it's an animal rights coloring book, you know, all pro-veg and all that. It's not propaganda, just some line drawings of animals that I found on google, and some fun facts about said animals. Can I even legally use line drawings of animals that I found on google in a printed book? I don't even know. Anyway. It's cute and dorky and hippie-like. I titled it Animals are Friends...Not Food! I have a friend who says that to her kids, and I always secretly loved it. My plan is to put copies on Etsy but I might chicken out. Let me know if you're interested in a copy.
So it was a busy week when you also add in all the homeschooling and baking and cleaning up. And laundry. However, I'm still thankful that I'm able to do the laundry because there was a stretch in the last year that I wasn't. You can read about that in my other blog, RIGHTHERE
Okay, so I made the linky work but now my letters are all purple. See that? Ah technology.