Category Archives: Inspiration

Qi (chee) on this.

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It’s time to update you about my long-time health drama.  I have had a sour stomach most of life.  Just before I chose to stay at home,  it completely whomped me.  Throat, esophagus, stomach.  Likely stress-missed meals-stress-missed sleep-stress- induced….numerous doctors, tests, meds and diagnoses culminated into one thing – not solving my problem.  Finally, I quit what doctors told me to do.  I stopped all medication.  I changed the way I ate, in an effort to eliminate “pain” foods.  I loyally attended yoga (stress reduction/better circulation) and even started acupuncture sessions.  I wanted to fix myself – naturally.

*Enter new alternative medicine doctor.*

WOW.  Her therapies literally swept pain out of my body.  I FELT it.  And in the process of treatment, she coached me about lifestyle and diet.  She described me as an ‘earth’ body (whaa?) and someone who deals with spleen Qi deficiency.

Okay…..

I researched it.  I was shocked, to say the least, to find case after case about people with the same issues and a common theme for resolving the problem:  diet.  Over and over again….all of my crazy symptoms didn’t seem so crazy.  Was it possible that there was something to it?  After all, Chinese medicine has been around for a heckuva lot longer than western medicine.  There must be something to it.

According to literature, I am eating all the wrong things.  My favorite foods essentially ‘weaken’ my spleen Qi.  (stay with me).  Instead, I need to drop the last of my dairy intake.  Wheat is out.  Refined sugar.  High carb fruits- gone.  Uncooked veggies.  Cold food (ice cream!), soy, greasy food, bananas and anything unnatural -moot.  Instead, my new diet is rich in other grains, cooked beans, garlic, baked root veggies, mushrooms, some red meat, basil and various strong spices.

And here I am.

My first efforts at cooking this food introduced me to TarteletteBlog’s version of Butternut Squash and Coconut Milk Rice.  I found it on Pinterest, which continues to be an awesome source of information and inspiration.  After tweaking it to meet my needs, it was awesome and substantial enough to leave me fulfilled.  Better yet, my husband liked it.  Best yet, it’s a great way to incorporate one of my favorite veggies:  butternut squash!

Butternut Squash =


Butternut Squash and Coconut Milk Rice by TarteletteBlog

So far, I don’t feel better….or worse.  But I just had that surgery….AND I admit I cheat here or there.  After all, life is too short to absolutely cut out chocolate (dark please) and frozen desserts (hello, ice cream).  I just need to incorporate loads of the ‘good’ foods, until I can feel fulfilled by those means.  Sigh.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

Before I go, guess what?  I’m in the process of updating my NEW blog title and site.  Talking about work-to-home is limiting and frankly, it doesn’t fully express what I’m about.  Change is refreshing.

Til’ then,

~Edhead

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Love is in the Air

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and POOF!  I’m back in the blogosphere.  Happy Valentine’s Day!  I’ve been laying around my house because of my hernia surgery 2 weeks ago.  This down time is frustrating.  Luckily, I also caught a bug – Pinterest !  I have been “pinning” and sharing a wealth of inspiration with friends…all pulled from the internet.  What a perfect organizing tool.  All of my decorating/recipe/inspirational thoughts are quickly filed, so my brain has room for creative thinking.  LOVE it.

Despite doctor’s orders…I couldn’t stop myself from moving at least some of this time.  It’s amazing how pain killers can make you feel productive LOL!

First family movie night, featuring Free Willy 2.  The husband and oldest son where off to see a basketball game…or the movie might have changed.

Movie Snack and yes, I hit up pretzel M&M clearance after Christmas

Inspired by Valentine’s Day and a belly full of M&Ms, I launched a crafty project.  It was so fun and easy!  Thanks to the inspiration weibo.com/wodiy, the entire project took about 30 minutes.  You can see the original instructions here, but you can also enjoy our pics below.  The felt I bought was a little flimsy, so I incorporated a bead between hearts – double strung – so that the bead helped hold the hearts in place on string.  I plan to use it for classroom decorations today.

Grab your favorite felt rectangle.

Fold it in half and sew 1/4" seam down folded side.

Open your felt like a book.

Now fold the opposite way from the first fold. Sew another 1/4" seam down the length of the open seam.

Repeat.

Now flatten your heart and cut it into 1 to 2" strips. It doesn't have to be exact.

Ta-Dah!

Cut a length of thread (we used about 5 feet). Thread a sewing needle and push through your heart.

Keep threading in any pattern you like. It will look something like this. (Those are tiny beads between hearts.)

Fun!

While my daughter and I were being crafty, we also made some delicious whole wheat bread.  Mmmmmmm!

Bubbly goodness.

= Tummy Goodness!

See how uneven the tops are?  If I had taken the time to shape the dough nicely, these would have baked up a little prettier.  But the taste of homemade bread makes you forget about that.  Mmmmm…

Here’s our recipe, courtesy of my favorite recipe website, AllRecipes.com:

Ingredients:
3 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45
degrees C)
2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
1/3 cup honey
5 cups bread flour
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/3 cup honey
1 tablespoon salt
3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons butter, melted
Directions:
Step One
In a large bowl, mix warm water, yeast, and 1/3 cup honey.  Add 5 cups white bread flour, and stir to combine.  Let set for 30 minutes, or until big and bubbly.
Step Two
Mix in 3 tablespoons melted butter, 1/3 cup honey, and salt.  Stir in 2 cups whole wheat flour.  Flour a flat surface and knead with whole wheat flour until not real sticky – just pulling away from the counter, but still sticky to touch.  This may take an additional 2 to 4 cups of whole wheat flour.  Place in a greased bowl, turning once to coat the surface of the dough.  Cover with a dishtowel.  Let rise in a warm place until doubled.
Step Three
Punch down, and divide into 3 loaves.  Place in greased 9 x 5 inch loaf pans, and allow to rise until dough has topped the pans by one inch.
Step Four
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes; do not overbake.  Lightly brush the tops of loaves with 2 tablespoons melted butter or margarine when done to prevent crust from getting hard.  Cool completely.  Slice and enjoy!  We ate ours with South Dakota honey.
I am going to try really, really hard to share more Edhead thoughts in 2012.  I am very inspired by all of my creative friends.  Stay tuned!
-Edhead