And sometimes you need to commit 100% of your time to that change.
In July my mother-in-law moved in permanently with us. There is good with this change – our home is now paid off and we have ZERO debt. There is also the bad of change – learning to live with a new person. Learning to cook gluten free. Becoming a family of five trying to live together in harmony.
BUT we are learning and it’s time to get back to what I love – COOKING!! And…I signed up for my first 5k coming up this November. I may die, but I’m trying something new. I like to lie to myself and say I’m a runner…LOL so NOT!! Wish me luck!
Please note my online store is closed for a bit. I am taking wholesale orders still at this time. I plan on having my store back up with new designs shortly!
Looking to make a vegan Thanksgiving?
In the next couple of weeks I will be sharing my Go To Vegan Thanksgiving recipes!! I promise you can be vegan and ENJOY Thanksgiving dinner!! I normally cook both a vegan and non-vegan meal. It’s work, but I love cooking for my family! I feel rewarded the next day…Black Friday!! Woot-Woot!! Shopping!!
Recipes coming up…
Vegan McMuffins, Healthy Cranberry-Pistachio Bites and another DELISH Tomato Soup (perfect for cool Fall days!).
Adult-ing isn’t always easy and at the kate & kale home front we have faced some major life changes over the last couple of months. The number one life change – my husbands mother is now living with us. Well, sometimes you have to turn those lemons into lemonade! Right? Hello world of gluten free cooking!
I am ALWAYS up to a good challenge! With Fall right around the corner (not as fast as I’d care for) I have been in the mood for chili!! I have a new found love of polenta and I knew I HAD to incorporate it in to my chili recipe!
What is polenta?
I myself have only just discovered polenta about a year ago. Polenta comes from Italy as a comfort food. Basically, polenta is made from ground cornmeal (corn), much like grits from the American South. It can be served creamy, chilled and cut into squares and then baked or fried. AND…you can buy it pre-made in a tube. Gotta love that lol!
I have used it several different ways, but I prefer the quick and easy like in my recipe below. The first time I went to buy it I had NO idea where to find it in my grocery store. Duh…it was with the pasta and pasta sauces lol. I might have walked the whole store several times looking for it.
Donate $25 before Friday, July 28th and receive a FREE #adoptdontshop Tee*
Ryder our foster Cavalier had surgery on Tuesday to amputate his leg that was badly damaged while living in a puppy mill. We are still working hard at helping raise all of the funds needed to help cover the cost of the surgery.
By DONATING $25 before Friday, July 28th you will receive this FREE #adoptdontship tee or tank top made JUST for Ryder!!
This beautiful art work features Ryder and was created by the very talented Wendy Beugels. Donate $25 to Ryder’s Go Fund Me account and you will have your option of a ladies’ or men’s tee shirt OR ladies’ tank top size XS – 2XL. **
HURRY – We only have 30 FREE Tee Shirts/Tank Tops to offer!! You must also have a US address for shipping.
BUT – That’s not all!!
Every $25 donation will give you TWO entries into our raffle! OR a $10 donation will give you ONE entry! Entry to what you ask?
Teri Wilson has donate an autographed copy of her fabulous book Unleashing Mr. DarcyAND a DVD copy of the Hallmark Channel – Unleashing Mr. Darcy. If you are a Cavalier (or dog lover) you will LOVE this book/movie!! I’ve watched it several times myself!!
“In this modern day spin on “Pride & Prejudice,” Elizabeth Scott (Cindy Busby), is fishing for direction in her life and gets the opportunity to professionally show her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in a fancy New York dog show.”
Remember, all donations need to be made by Friday, July 28th for the free tee shirt/or tank top and the entry into the Unleashing Mr. Darcy autographed book and DVD.
Ryder came to us from a puppy mill. Dogs like Ryder who having medical issues, look different and not up to pure breed standards go up for auction to the highest bidder since they are no good to the mill.
When rescues take in these dogs we have no idea medically what is wrong until seen by our vets or the medical issues arise. We have wonderful families who adopt from us, but our fosters are FOREVER part of our family and we swing into action to help when we can.
Ryder is only six months old and deserves the best life possible. Please if you can, 1. donate today and 2. ALWAYS adopt not shop!
Thank you friends for any and all help! Please stay tuned as we are working on more fundraising events to help Ryder.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who goes a little “overboard” when it comes to vacation time. Bad eating choices, too much wine and not enough exercise. Am I right?
I also tell myself to relax and enjoy. It’s allowing yourself those times that makes life so much fun. BUT you need to also remember “balance” and that you can’t live like that 25/7/365. When vacation is over, so is the over indulging.
My husband and I just enjoyed a long weekend up north to one of our favorite haunted mining towns – Jerome, Arizona. If you live in Arizona and have never been to Jerome – you are totally missing out!
Jerome has fun little hotels to stay in (some haunted!), great places to eat, shopping, music, amazing winery’s to visit and a few spirits wondering around town if you’re in to seeing dead people! LOL!
Okay, so not that all of that “vacationing” is over it’s time to pay for all of the damage you now see on the scale!
Magic Pill – Undo the Vacation Damage
Why, oh why can’t their be some magic pill to undo all of that vacation damage? Life just isn’t that nice I guess, so time for some hard work to get back in shape and cleaning it all up.
Tips to get started:
Start that first breakfast back with a power packed Green Smoothie or Juice
Re-hydrate (the more water the better)
Catch up on sleep, it does a body good
Embrace the veggies, fill up your lunch and dinner plate with lots of veggies
The day after vacation, get back into your healthy routine and hit the gym
It may take a good week to see those vacation pounds disappear, but the sooner you start the sooner you’ll see the results! Those first couple of days may be painful, but remember back to your pre vacation days and how great you felt. You’ll be there again before you know it!
Tomorrow is the first day of summer – go forth and vacation!!
Seriously, I lose my shit when walking down the produce isle at my grocery store and see Rhubarb for sale! LOL! When growing my my mom made the most AMAZING Rhubarb bread EVER! It had this buttery sugar topping that was to die for! I might have to see if I can dig that old recipe out and making it vegan.
Today however, we are talking Vegan Rhubarb Strawberry Oat Bars – and they are amazing!
Not too many people even know what Rhubarb is, which blows my mind! Even the cashier ringing me up had NO idea what it was lol!
So, what exactly is Rhubarb and why is it good for you?