Happy weekend friends! I'm SO happy to say I'm writing you today from sunny Arizona - just what this girl needed after months and months of cold Oregon rain (with a few snow and ice storms thrown in). I know I'm not alone in this feeling and that many of you are longing for sun and warmth to return. I wish I could bring you all with me, but I'll just have to enjoy it for all of us. 😉
On to this week’s three things and links I think you’ll love! (As always, some of the links I provide are affiliate links and I receive a small percentage if you buy through them - at no cost to you. Thanks for your support.)
Warm Arizona and a milestone birthday. We brought our daughter with us this time as we visited my folks in Arizona for her last college spring break before she graduates (!). The picture on the top left is our view out of the main window we all get to enjoy of the Santa Rita mountains south of Tucson - so pretty.
The picture on the top right is those same mountains at the restaurant where we celebrated our daughter's 21st birthday a few days after arriving, only they're glowing from a pretty sunset. We shared a wonderful meal together - that's my dinner lower right: salmon and crab cake on asparagus and smashed potatoes with a flavorful dill sauce, #sogood A sweet memory for a sweet girl.
A note on the garnish: those are beet seedlings before they've formed true leaves! Who knew? Think how easy that would be to have a pot of little seedlings ready for garnishes.
Rootsy's free challenge series. There's a fun new membership site opening up called Rootsy that's all about helping you to gain the know-how and skills to do more yourself whether it's homesteading, gardening, DIY, raising animals or whatever your heart desires. I'll be talking a bit more about this through the month of April because my two Thrift Store Transformations eBooks (one that's not even available to purchase) are going to be offered through the month of April as a part of their Upcycling theme.
Right now you can see a little of what Rootsy is about through a FREE 3 part series called “Overcoming the 3 Big Challenges to Self-Reliance: Time, Money, and Knowledge.” It's an interactive mini-course that will help move you towards a life of simple living. I've been going through it and at just 10-15 minutes to complete each challenge, it's really doable! There are short videos and pdf workbooks to download that really help you to apply the principles to make the challenge work for you. Click here to sign up and check it out.
We did a Potato Hack. Brian and I, my sister, and our daughter with her friends (though not all at the same time) ate only plain potatoes with a bit of salt for 3 days. Yep, just potatoes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I talked about it a bit in my weekly newsletter, how potatoes have gotten a bad rap and how nutritious they are for you (you're getting the newsletter, right? It's bigger and better than ever with something for everyone - sign up here), and my sweet readers encouraged me to share it here on the blog, too.
Before you think too badly of me for going on a 'fad diet' (since I preach moderation and variety of foods), let me share a little of what it is and why we did it, which was not mainly for weight loss (even though that seems to be the emphasis of the book from the subtitle). Here's what The Potato Hack is:
- it's a temporary "hack," not a "diet" and isn't recommended to do for more than 5 days
- it's based on an 1890's diet the author found for modern 'dyspeptic gut' issues
- it's the resistant starch in potatoes that makes this so good for your digestion, feeding your good gut bacteria
- it's a 'reset' that helps to curb cravings (especially sugar) and binge eating
- it feeds the gut with good resistant starch, helping you towards a healthy gut
- some of the (glowing) reviews on Amazon even say they slept better, it was easy and they were never hungry
- it's not for everyone, but it is for most people (this is my way of saying if you have medical issues, check with your doctor…)
Why did I do it? As a reset for my digestion. Did it work? I think so, though I'd like to do a variation again to see if it's the same result (probably a "potato by day" variation where you eat healthy dinners). Yes I did lose 5 pounds and Brian lost 8, but we did each gain 2 pounds back the next week that we ate normally (some of the reviews said they continued to lose weight…). Both of us really liked the sense of control we felt in taming our eating for a few days and how easy this was - no worrying about what to eat, it's just potatoes!
There is so much more to it, and if you're interested, I really encourage you to go to Amazon and read the reviews of The Potato Hack (they are what encouraged us to try it). There are also other books jumping on the potato-resistant starch bandwagon, too, like The DIY Spud Fit Challenge: A How-to Guide to Tackling Food Addiction With the Humble Spud, and Resistant Starch Cookbook: Restore Your Health, Heal Your Gut, and Lose Weight Fast While Eating the Foods You Love! you can check out, too.
Links To Check Out:
DIY natural alternative to bleach.
Love these vintage looking DIY storage boxes.
Have you ever made a shrub? This one looks good, but I'm not sure what I'd do with it - any suggestions?
Now this is my kind of salad in-a-jar.
Build a dry stream in your yard for interest and water runoff.
Get your pantry in shape for the coming season with these pantry management tips.
Did you ever watch Trading Spaces? It's coming back!
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