Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Seeds of Change: more raw, less processed foods

Lately I have been inspired by personal friends and internet connections to change my eating habits.  While my diet isn't terrible it does, or did, include lots of processed foods like crackers, pasta, breads, etc.  I am not attempting to become a raw vegan but I am incorporating much more fresh fruits and veggies into the day.  Here is a picture of the breakfast that Dot and I shared this morning.  Blueberries, strawberries, pineapple, orange slices, avocado, and a hard boiled egg.  It was satisfying and held us both over through lunch.  For lunch dot had watermelon, bananas, and mozzarella cheese.  I had the rest of the avocado and some baked chicken breast (Dot had one bite of chicken). 

I started buying only dried beans a year ago and also eliminated most canned foods at that same time.  I still buy canned tomatoes to make my pasta sauces and canned black olives as well as a few jarred foods like green olives, pickles (although I am really starting to prefer fresh, raw cucumbers with a dash of vinegar on them), marinated artichoke hearts.  I also buy some frozen vegetables.

So, anyway, my plan is to keep adding more and more fresh, raw foods, and slowly, maybe replace the breads and pastas.  Replace them with what I don't know right now.  There is so much out there but it takes time to 'discover' it all.  And here I am trying to do make time to craft, which has been impossible lately, and now I want to start this new endeavor.  That is why I am starting simple.  We eat fruit and an egg for breakfast.  We eat fruit or vegetables and cheese for lunch.  For dinner, I don't know.  Tonight it will be baked chicken breast with black bean and mango salsa over brown rice. 

Thursday, May 13, 2010

a study in BLACK

Dot has been very persistant with her usage of black lately.  There will be a beautiful palate of colors in front of her and she picks the black.  It seems like she is testing the power of this obliterating color.  We were painting a card for her science teacher (today was the last class, sniff, sniff) today and not only did she paint it nearly all black but she continuously and methodically dipped the brush into the water, then the black and covered all the other colors until it looked like a pack of all black watercolors.

Yesterday, she was playing with a book that came with a dry-erase marker to draw on the pictures.  There was a sea turtle.  After coloring its eyes very meticulously and entirely black she continued to color all other semblance of life on the page black while saying, "the turtle's whole world is black."  It was a little creepy.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Mother's Day Boating

We had a nice time out on the boat this Mother's Day.

For my mom, Dot and I made her a card with lots of glue and glitter, and picked her a bouquet of flowers from out back yard.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Pill Boxes

I have several little pill boxes I painted with bug themes.  This one is a polyphemus moth.

This one is a praying mantis....

Luna Moth.....

Monarch catipillar....

Venus Fly Trap Boy

I replaced some dolls at ARTpool with hair clips.  Now I will be listing the stuff on etsy!  I like this little guy!  He has a double venus fly trap on his shirt and a poor little fly that is about to be lunch ;)