Kimberly Peil

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Part-time Vegetarian

In Recipes, Uncategorized on January 9, 2012 at 9:34 pm

I make a lot of vegetarian food.  And not because I think meat is bad, or because I feel sorry for the poor animals (maybe I should), but because I honestly think our bodies were designed to consume mostly plant products.

If I were to imagine myself being self-sufficient (i.e.- no large-scale manufacturing plants to provide my food and 1lb. of meat per night), I think I would eat mostly fruits, veggies and grains.  I could definitely milk a cow and collect eggs from a chicken too, so those proteins stay.  But I am pretty sure that I would not raise and slaughter enough animals to provide myself with the amount of meat that the average American eats on a daily basis.

In my quest to eat less meat and more veggies, I have discovered some amazing chefs/bloggers/authors who have helped me discover that eating vegetarian can be both delicious and filling.

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My friend Brenna first introduced me to this book about six months ago, along with Heidi Swanson’s blog/website 101cookbooks.com.  I have yet to make something out of this book that is a failure.  Hunter is in love with every recipe and keeps asking if we can add many of them to our weekly menu rotation.  So far her Black Pepper Tempeh, Cabbage Soup, Wild Rice Casserole and Magic Sauce are my favorites.

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Next on my list of new favorites is this Oregonian and her vegan cookbook.  I borrowed it from the library, because I wasn’t sure I was going to be down with her vegan style.  But her recipes are simple and tasty.  And the best part is that Ella has liked everything I have made so far!  The black bean burgers are my absolute favorite, and next week I am going to be giving her Spanish Quinoa a shot.

Even if you aren’t vegetarian or vegan, I highly recommend checking these books out.  The recipes are ridiculously simple for weeknight suppers, and they are loaded with good-for-you stuff.  One thing that I hate about a lot of vegetarian recipes on various websites (i.e.- Cooking Light, Food Network) is that they don’t think out of the box.  They are always pasta and cheese dishes.  What about the stuff that’s good for you– the beans, the veggies, the whole grains.  Isn’t this why people should be eating vegetarian anyways?

Seriously, try it.

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The Craftiness Continues

In Uncategorized on January 6, 2012 at 4:18 pm

I think I have become addicted to sewing.  I am not sure if it is because I actually love it, or if I am just using it as a tool to avoid work.  What I do know is that sewing has come in very handy.  I was looking over my Target baby registry the other day, and realized that there were several things on there that I could make for about 1/4 of the price.  And so I started sewing away!

So here is what I made for baby boy over the past two days:

Sock Monkey/Minky Blanket

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It’s just a big square.  Easy enough, right?  Plus, I think Sock Monkey stuff is adorable.

 

Car Seat Cover

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This is also just another big square, with some rounded corners, with some Velcro loops.  Cluck Cluck Sew provided the great tutorial.  I am much more of a baby-wearing hippie, but there are the few times when you just don’t want to wake your sleeping baby.  I didn’t even know they made these things.  And while I blanket should suffice, it really does not.  It is impossible to carry the car seat with a blanket thrown over the handle.

This weekend I am planning on making padded car seat strap covers,  because I make chubby babies, whose necks get scratched up by the mean car seat straps.  

Christmas Gifts

In Uncategorized on January 4, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Now that Christmas is over, I can finally reveal what I spent the last two months working on:  Homemade Christmas gifts.  I wish I could say that I creatively came up with these on my own, but alas, these gifts came from the creativity of several others.  Thank goodness for all the bloggers out there who post tutorials!  Here’s a peek at what went out on Christmas day.

Casserole Carrier

I will definitely be making one of these for myself in the near future!  I also made a miniature version as a lunch carrier for my dad.  Just bought a container and made it to fit that size.  Thanks to 2 little hooligans for the great tutorial.

Body Buddies

Also known as lavender rice heat packs, these guys are amazing for cold feet or aches and pains.

Sugar Scrub

The store-bought stuff is Expensive!  Plus, there are usually a thousand unknown ingredients in there. Stick with the basics.  It works amazingly well.  Thanks Maybe Matilda!

Makeup Bag

Next time there are a few improvements I will make to this, but overall a simple and fun sewing project.

Please excuse the horrible photos.  There was no way I was dragging these things outside in the rain for a photo op.