Thursday, July 17, 2014

No, I'm NOT perfect!

So yea, I guess that's no surprise.

ESPECIALLY to those who know me well. :)

So it's always mildly amusing when people comment on my diet - my food choices. . . . from the perspective that I eat SO healthy or that I must be depriving myself of something.

Nothing could be further from the truth. I think most 'online' lives are a little different than the fully rounded offline life. Not that most of us are trying to misrepresent - it's just that we share things we think will be of interest or the things that interest US. So, like it's not that interesting (I don't think) to post my recent cheeseburger (unless there was something unusual or exemplary about said burger) but it's interesting to me (and I think to a certain portion of readers) if I find a new recipe or if I get hooked on a new breakfast. Typically when I'm striving for something or interested in something - well, that's what I'm going to post.

So, in terms of dietary interests. I'm interested in a relatively healthy diet. But YES, I eat things that are not considered very healthy. OVERALL though I am aiming for a healthy diet.



I want to FEEL GOOD.

Our bodies are 'machines' and need the right fuel. Anything else is harmful to some degree.

I posted today on the new blog a few quick and easy changes you can make if you are interested:

It's not hard to make these changes even if you aren't going to give up other things. And truly, we can all stand to make some changes to increase our health because I'm not the only one that's not perfect :)

Monday, June 16, 2014

It's official - I'm moving!!!


That's right.

I'm moving.

It has been a very tough decision and SO many things factored in. I've gone back and forth and up and down about it. And I know that it's a TON of work and will take some time. And I know I may lose some friends along the way.

But I finally decided it's what is best for me and my family.

Soooooooooo, my new address will be: 

Hey, you didn't think I was moving my physical residence, did you!??

Oh holy cow no!!

I can't even begin to imagine that. Not again. Not this soon.

Maybe never. (ok, so no, I KNOW I will move again, but oh my gracious, not any time soon)

I appreciate the feedback I received when I did my little survey a while back. And I SO appreciate everyone who has supported me here on blogger.  Your visiting, commenting, sharing, etc has meant so much to me and I REALLY hope you will follow me to my new blogging home.

I know I can't be everything to everyone and I know that not everyone will like the new blog, and while that makes me sad, I also know that I need to carve out a little niche on the web that is authentic to me. I think I've outgrown the blog name here - I don't want to maintain 3 blogs or sites but I REALLY want to share my other passions and fun.  So, at Just Enough Hours, I can do that and it makes more sense.

Why the name?

Well, how often do we say "there aren't enough hours in the day!"

I don't know - maybe you don't say it. But I do. And I know a lot of people, especially women, who say it as well. But I got to thinking - - - - - dangerous I know. But seriously. Could you imagine if we had like 34 hours in the day? At first glance you might think this is a kick-butt idea. But SERIOUSLY - you think you're tired now? What the freak do you think you'll feel like if you cram in more STUFF into an additional 5 or 6o or 7 hours?????

uh-uh. Not me. NO way. I'd put myself in an early grave working or busy-ing myself to death. Literally.

so I think we have JUST enough hours in each day.

It's a good reminder to me of how time passes and what I'm doing with my time. What I'm capable of doing with my time. What I WANT to be doing with my time.

I'll be blogging and sharing about life in general, food, family, and tricks or things I do to help me 'get it all done' (hate that phrase) - I'm not telling anyone how to do anything, just sharing my experience - my successes and failures. And hoping to encourage other women who are in the process of busy-ing themselves to death.

There's got to be a better way. :)

Bookmark it, RSS it, get it in email. Visit, Comment, Share it.

Please. :) I don't want to lose touch with you.


Monday, June 02, 2014

Little things add up!

I've been reminded of this in different ways recently.

How little things add up.  

Metalsmithing is like this in so many ways.

Each piece we make is the product of so many small steps along the way. And not only do we build on those steps but how well we complete each step often impacts the final outcome.

Little things add up!

Most pieces we make are the product of smaller components that we've made. Make earwires, make connectors, make a focal, made small detail elements. . . .and............

these little things add up!

Into a fully finished functional piece of jewelry. 

Janice Fowler, Handcrafted earrings
Earring components by Doxallo Studio in progress

Earrings ready for final clean up and polish

 Part of what has me thinking about little things though is this.

That is my bread dough getting ready for it's first rise. 

If making sandwich bread from scracth doesn't teach me to slow down and see the little things, I don't know what will! 

Every little thing you do to that recipe, all along the way, impacts how it turns out. 

From mixing proportions, to kneading time, to rising temperature and duration.....I am learning this by trial and error (and 3 loaves of bread in less than 10 days)

Every little thing, every choice, they build on each other. 

This lovely little lump of dough  belongs to my grandson. He often joins me in the kitchen. 

He likes to help. and I like to let him. :)  

From pouring ingredients, to stirring, to kneading dough...I even let him crack eggs. 

He has his own technique he has developed - it goes like this:
tap tap tap, hold egg over secondary bowl, and fist it, smashing it to smithereens. It's quite effective. 

Yes, it's messy.  But it's really effective. :) 

I just scoop the shells out, wash his hand, and then he dumps the eggs into the main bowl. 

it works for us. 

and you know what? It's a little thing that we do together. One of many little things --- that will build on each other. and will contribute to something in him. Hopefully something positive. :) 

In addition to baking bread, I have made brownies twice in a ten day period. 

This is good -- YUM!

and this is bad...... Ummm, YUM! 

I have gotten in the habit of making my brownies in cupcake tins. Everyone gets a corner! 

A round corner, but let's not get technical. . . it's the same effect. 

Crunchy edges, chewy insides. Oh em gee. 
 hello calories! how'd you end up on my thighs? 

ohhhhh, yes..................

little things add up.

So, I suggest cutting them in half  BUT, here is another 'little thing' I started doing a few years ago. I add fresh ground flax seed to my brownies. . . and sometimes some ground oats. 

This stretches the batter a little and adds some healthful qualities to the brownies. 

It's a little thing, but if done in various foods we eat, these little dietary changes will add up! (you can also sub out some fat and other things but I haven't done any testing with that yet)

One last little thing. :)  

Try adding a tablespoon of instant coffee granules to your brownie batter. 

You'll thank me for it.