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Old Year Old You

Monday, December 31st, 2018

There is nothing wrong with wanting to be new or better or different or improved. And saying you want change doesn’t mean you are filled with self-loathing or hatred or despair. Or maybe it does. I don’t care if someone does resolutions or habit changes or words of the year. I don’t care if they don’t. I like the refresh and change vibe for the new year and I don’t think it disparages the old me to think I could do a few things better.  In fact. I can do a whole lot of things better.

I used to have a career in performance improvement long ago. I wired my brain to look at a system and try and find the flaws, identify the missed opportunities, rearrange the pieces to make a better, more optimal workflow. Another, trickier,  part of my job was goal setting. Part of that was convincing people who think everything is fine that there is always room for improvement, which is true for systems and workflow, but maybe not so much for people.

The week between Christmas and the start of the new year is interesting on the internet. Endless year end best of lists, which I love, and endless bickering about resolutions vs no resolutions which I love a lot less. I fully get the need for people to state they aren’t doing resolutions this year, what I don’t love is the way a lot of people make it seem like their s position on not needing a resolution  is better than the people who do.

So I wrote to here and then I had to fold some laundry and make some tea and heat up some applesauce and other various ephemera of the weekend home with kids and as I performed the mindless tasks I realized that I was doing exactly what the people I am complaining about are doing. I can’t say I believe that you be you, but add on a but. Well. Clearly I can. But I don’t think the person I am hoping to be should.

More on who I am hoping to be tomorrow. I have plans for 2019.

Plans.

Big plans.

Huge.

Resolution Prepping

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

If you are anything like me, well then, one I feel so very sorry for you and two it is time to start thinking about New Year Resolutions. I like to obsess the entire month of December about them and then pretend to casually think them up on New Years Day and be all unprepared.

But.

This year I am going to be a little more proactive. I know I will be going back to low carb/keto, hopefully this time as a permanent lifestyle change. (In fact, I hope to be implementing quite a few permanent lifestyle changes for 2019- more to come one that). One of the things that always trips me up when switching to a new way of eating is that step one is almost always throw out all non-compliant food, which seems so wasteful.

So this year, my action plan is to plan ahead! Between now and January 1st I am going to use up/eat up/clean up and toss all expired non-low carb food that I might eat. Spencer can keep his Easy Mac because it is disgusting and not at all tempting. The cookies? I will eat them. The candy? I volunteer as tribute. All Christmas treats lurking about will be enjoyed by the end of 2018. It must be done.

40 by 40

Monday, July 30th, 2018

We almost bought a house yesterday but it was over budget. Not a little bit over budget, but a lot bit. Blow the roof off the the budget. It was exactly like the first house on the Property Brothers. You know, when they take people to their dream house and then it is hundreds of thousands of dollars over their budget and they laugh at them at tell them they should have made better life choices to have that house.

So now I am in crisis. I have been thinking all day about what we would do if that house came up for sale again next summer, which is when we were planning on looking for a house to buy. Maybe prices would drop! That seems like a reasonable thing to pin my hopes on. If the price drops enough, odds are that my investment account aka the downpayment would also drop and then we start to have a reverse give a mouse a cookie situation.

I have stared at the wall most of the morning. I have rage scrubbed a floor, deep in a pit of what if, should have dones and self loathing and then it hit me. I am doing nothing RIGHT NOW to help me buy that house in the future. And also, truth be told, I would rather go to Hawaii than have a house with a pool. A bigger house is just more to keep clean.

I think it is time to get my priorities straight. And figure out what exactly I want out of life and then make it happen. I need a list. I was going to do a 50 by 50 list, but being solidly planted in my early but not quite mid forties, being 50 is too much to think about right now. So what about a 40 in my 40s lift. That’s a thing, right? No. Well, I am making it one. Starting…. now.

Also, hey! hi! hello! I guess my blog is back.

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Tomato and Bacon Soup (pressure cooker)

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Whole30 and Paleo friendly

Paleo Whole 30 tomato bacon soup instant pot

My first pressure cooker/instant pot recipe! I am by now means an expert but there are lots of blog posts out there with tips. I wouldn’t normally post a recipe using such new (to me) equipment, but this recipe for a Whole 30 and paleo-friendly tomato bacon soup SO GOOD that I had to share.

The smokey flavor is really strong in this soup, it makes a non-dairy tomato soup taste so full and rich. It’s great. A little cup of leftover soup would go great with eggs in the morning, too.

Ingredients

  • 1 slice thick cut bacon (or some prosciutto or pancetta), chopped
  • 20 ounce can of whole tomatoes (no sugar added)
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped in to 4 pieces or so
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled (whole or chopped)
  • 4 cups water or chicken stock
  • 3 fresh basil leaves (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
  • smoked salt, to taste (about a teaspoon during cooking, more to finish) or sea salt

Equipment

  • pressure cooker (I used an instant pot, adjust cooking times for stovetop)
  • immersion blender or blender

Directions:

  1. Add the chopped bacon to a small pan and turn the heat to low/medium low (you can use the saute function on an instant pot, but I wanted to keep the heat real low and not brown the onions). You want to begin to melt the fat of the bacon without it getting crispy.
  2. When there is a nice coating of bacon fat on the bottom of the pan, add the onions. Cook until onions are translucent, trying not to brown them too much. About 10 min. Stir occasionally.
  3. Add the onion bacon mixture and the remaining ingredients to the pressure cooker.
  4. Cook using the soup function and either vent naturally or manually. (Please follow all pre-cooking safety checks per your user manual as well as proper venting procedure.)
  5. When soup is finished, blend with an immersion blender (or a regular blender, just don’t fill it too full!) to a mostly smooth texture.
  6. Garnish and serve!

Garnish ideas: chopped fresh basil, sliced green onions, coconut cream swirl, roasted pumpkin seeds (Or if you eat dairy try a little grated cheese or sour cream)

Note: I bet this could be made just as deliciously on the stove top or with a slow cooker, just cook it long and low and really allow the smokey bacon flavor to permeate the soup.

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