Monday, October 11, 2010
It was amazing and gorgeous! We got there Friday and were lucky enough to grab a spot right on the lake with our own tiny beach (very rocky so not good for swimming but great for fishing and relaxing.) Before we went, I bought an e-book: Kitchen Stewardship in the Big Woods: A Family Camping Handbook with Real Food Options and it was filled with really great tips and recipes for preparing your own food and surviving in the wilderness with little ones. Such a great buy! It was less than $5 and well worth it. So let's just say that we were prepared for every eventuality. Friday was great and we spent the day fishing (and learning we are not good at it) and getting our camp ready. The weather was gorgeous and the facilities were very nice. Saturday was spent the same way and we were thoroughly enjoying ourselves. The little bug was having a blast and we even saw a baby snapping turtle and other creatures! So cool.
Saturday night we had an event at our church which we decided to attend since we were already committed and only 20 minutes away. And upon returning had a lovely evening with the husband chatting and drinking wine (the bug was asleep in the tent by herself! A feat I thought impossible to accomplish!) In the Family Camping Handbook, Katie Kimball, the author talks briefly about what type of campers your family is and about an hour later we found out what kind we are. Definitely not the "crowded-modern-campground-with-lots-of-party-people". Late Saturday night the campground filled with people who maybe were there to enjoy a little more than nature. Let's just say that someone tried to fight husband when he asked them to turn their music down at midnight. Yikes! But kind of a funny story since the gentlemen in question was well over 70.
So the party didn't stop until 4am and suffice to say, we left Sunday morning instead of staying as planned until Monday. Kind of a bummer as it was beautiful and we didn't get to explore as much of it as we wanted to but we had a great time learning a little bit about ourselves and now know that we are willing to give up a hot shower for a little more solitude. And we now have a better idea of what to pack for the next adventure!
P.S. We also got a little revenge... up at 7am and not quiet at all while packing up. Serves 'em right!
Posted by Megan at 12:39 PM
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
How on earth have I never heard of this guy before!? I just watched the documentary about this family and geez-louise- I am the wife!! She cracks me up- in fact- husband and I have had the exact same argument that the Beavans had about coffee. I laughed out loud- it was like verbatim- hilarious.
Also- he totally copied me =)
Check out his website- it's got a lot of great information and watch the documentary if you can. He's a total hippie chick!
Update: I'm a dummy and forgot the link: http://noimpactman.typepad.com/
And the documentary was on watch instantly on netflix.
Monday, August 16, 2010
This recipe is super easy and can easily be doubled making it a great potluck dish. I love those veggie crumbles because they always fool meat eaters when they are in a casserole (or "hotdish" if you're Minnesotan) or stew. I've also made this with 2 cans of black beans and eliminated the crumbles for a 'less-processed' version and it was delicious too. Again, for my Minnesotan friends, this has got a little kick to it but you can substitute regular ol' diced tomatoes for the rotel to help cool things down. enjoy!
1 cup of chunky salsa verde
1 (10 ounce) can rotel (diced tomatoes and green chiles), drained
1 can (15.5 ounce) black beans, drained and rinsed
1 12 oz package frozen veggie crumbles
1 cup cream-style corn
1 (8 ounce) box Jiffy cornbread mix or 1 (8 ounce) box other sweet cornbread mix
1 can (2.25 ounce) sliced black olives, drained
1 cup shredded cheese, mexican blend
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Mix the salsa verde, the rotel, black beans, and veggie crumbles in a casserole dish.
3. In a small bowl mix the cornbread mix and the cream corn just until moist and mixed.
4. Spoon the corn mixture into the casserole dish, spreading it evenly over the bean/veggie mix.
5. Sprinkle the top with sliced black olives.
6. Bake for 40-50 minutes. During the last five minutes of cooking add the shredded cheese, and return to oven until cheese is melted.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
1 part cornstarch
1 part baking soda
1 part coconut oil
A few drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)
Mix together and store in a cool place.
1 part cornstarch
1 part baking soda
Apply liberally with a fancy powder puff
Monday, July 19, 2010
I recently bought the book Handmade Beginnings: 24 Sewing Projects to Welcome Baby by Anna Marie Horner and I can't say enough about how much I love it! Such cute, simple projects and Anna Marie has introduced me to the world of quilting which is helping (sorta, not really...) with eating up my ever-growing stash of fabric. I made a pair of the quick change trousers for my bug and her BBF (best baby friend) that lives next door. Aren't they adorable!
"Why make something when you can buy it for less?" I get this question a lot and I've never had a really good response. I like making stuff so I do. I tend to cherish things that I've put a lot of work into and it makes me happy! But I recently read a very good article about the ethics of handmade. Why can we buy things for less than it would cost us to make them? Does it make sense that I could purchase a pair of pants for less than half what the materials cost me, before even counting the labor? So I started looking at where things are being manufactured and it makes me so sad!! All these things are made in countries that have lax labor laws including sweatshops and child labor. Boo on that and yay on handmade lovely things I say. Here here!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
My high school ten year reunion is this year and time for some reflection on where my life is and where I wanted it to be. wow. Who knew that I would end up so incredibly happy with my life now when...
...I live in Omaha.
Nothing against the midwest but during high school in California, I don't think I could have even pointed Nebraska out on a map.
...I'm a stay-at-home-mom.
Yeah- I wanted to be one of those super-sluething journalist types when I was in high school. You know, fighting the good fight, righting wrongs, traveling the world. That cracks me up.
...I married a lawyer!
Who (whom? I never know) I met like the minute I left California and have been with ever since (going on 10 years!!)
Life is so funny- I had a long talk with my high school BFF Jen today and was half covered in snot and chocolate and who knows what. I have a super dirty kitchen right now and haven't brushed my hair today. I'm super pudgy and the most sluethiest thing I've done this year is find all the pieces to the bug's wooden puzzle under the couch. But I've never been happier. who knew that this is the life for me?
Yay for BFF Jen! And for some perspective on my fabulous life, even if no one else thinks so.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Hippy chicks knit. They just do. All of my hippy heroes knit (check out Amanda Soule's amazing blog at www.soulemama.com. I want to be her when I grow up!) I should knit. Oh- but I really, really suck at knitting. Erg.
I just don't have the craft stamina for knitting. It takes dedication, and patience. My crafting style is more like "I-need-it-quick-so-I-can-show-off-what-I-just-made" which is why I like sewing. It's more instant-gratification. But I do get a craving to knit at times, especially when it gets cold outside and right now, for whatever reason. I just feel like the bug needs a knitted sweater. Why? I dunno- it's been in the 90s here so of course she needs something made out of wool right this minute right?
So knit I must... I'm thinking of trying this baby pullover from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. Does anyone have any other super easy patterns? Or have any other similar knit love/hate stories?
Friday, April 9, 2010
Megan's Lazy Aloo Gobi with Pumpkin Pie Spiced Rice
I never met a spice mix I didn't like. Curry purists will tell you that you should make your own mix but I just buy a big container of premixed curry and use it liberally. A mix may contain cumin, coriander, turmeric, pepper, Ginger, coriander and/or cardamom. If you like one of these spices more than the other (I can't get enough cinnamon in this dish) buy it and add extra to taste.
1/4 cup olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1/4 cup curry mix (choose your favorite mix, this might take a little trial and error)
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (15 ounce) can coconut milk (Light coconut milk can be substituted)
3 large Yukon Gold potatoes, cubed (you can peel if you'd like but I leave them unpeeled)
1 medium head cauliflower, chopped into bite size pieces
3 cups of your favorite rice, cooked
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice mix (sounds weird, but go with me)
1. Heat oil in a large pot on medium-high heat and add onion. Cook until softened, about 4 minutes, then stir in garlic and curry mix. Continue to cook until onion begins to brown.
2. Stir in tomatoes and coconut milk. Stir until mixture begins to boil, then put in the potatoes and cauliflower. Blend well. Reduce heat to low and cover.
3. Simmer until the potatoes are tender, 45 minutes to an hour (this will depend on the size of the potato chunks).
4. Add pumpkin pie spice to the rice and stir. Serve the aloo gobi on top of the rice. enjoy!
Thursday, April 8, 2010
I am the laziest person when it comes to cooking. If the recipe has more than 5 ingredients or more than 3 steps, I lose interest pretty fast. I also hate when a recipe calls for some ingredient that you are only going to use once for this one dish or worse when a recipe calls for a cup of something that comes in a can. Triple erg. That's why I love Sandra Lee. She always uses a can of this or a box of that. My kind of gal. Problem is she rarely has vegetarian menu options so I've started coming up with my own recipes based on this same philosophy... Maybe call it my lazy vegetarian philosophy.
Also, my super friends Beth and Christina schedule their family meals by week by having a different theme for each day. That way it is easier to plan for the week with minimal stress. For example, Tuesday is taco night. Now, that can be fish tacos, bean tacos, tofu tacos... Whatever. Great idea right? So I'm totally steal in it. Yay!
I'm going to start posting some of these awesome recipes so you all can steal them too and see how lazy I am (and awesome too!) so look forward to that friends!
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Apparently there is a whole community of "full-timers" who live in their airstreams. Some of the new airstreams are wired for adding solar panels to the roof and these awesome hippies can just find a spot in the woods and live off of their solar energy- and they do it with internet, cell phones and satellite TV too. How great is that! Some families will buy a used airstream, gut it, and then totally hippify it (although I am nowhere near that skilled). I found one family who use only 9 gallons of water a day when the average household uses over 100. How crazy is that! So we decided to start searching and see if we can find one. I know right! Now whenever husband needs to travel, we can go with him. We'll see what the hunt turns up- but I'm really liking the idea of living like a turtle. Hmmm... more researching needs to be done but if you have any suggestions please share them!
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
This is so funny and random but I had to post about it as I don't think I've ever won anything before but I entered a contest that one of my favorite baby clothes stores had on facebook (My Baby Rocks) and I won a super cool organic onesie for my favorite bug! Super day!
Also, it has been in the 70s here for the past few days and I am loving life! Also, I'm thinking of getting a chicken.
Posted by Megan at 7:25 PM
I feel like half my posts are me apologizing for being gone for so long. You would hate to live in my head- it is a guilty, guilty place and it is turning this lovely blog into a guilty place so from now on no more pressure but just writing whenever I can. yay!!
Now onto the guilt for my swiffer wet jet... I went to the WalMart the other day (don't look at me like that- we don't have a febric store anywhere near us so I have to go there sometimes for fabric and other crafty related items.) Anyhoodle, I usually just keep my head down to avoid temptation of unnecessary purchases but this particular trip I couldn't avoid the swiffer wet jet that was on sale. Big time hippy fail!!!
Alright, no problem- I have a fix on how to hippify my new mop. Weeee! Apparently, many people on the internets have faced this same conundrum. Here's the sitch (as in situation): 1.) Order some homemade cloth pads from etsy (check them out here) 2.) figure out how to "green" up the cleaning solution and I found a great article here 3.) and last but not least use my awesome rechargeable batteries.
Okay, so I know that I had a giant fail but I think I made up for it a little and that is a giant hippy win! And that is so great because I lurve my wet jet and it would be so sad if I couldn't use it but now I can because it looks so cute with its new homemade pads and little corked bottle filled with white vinegar. Yay!
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Sunday, January 31, 2010
erg and double erg!! I haven't been able to get online for the last few weeks because we got a terrible virus on our computer which I attempted to fix with all of my techie prowess (which equals none) and ended up erasing too much from the computer. Anyhoodle- we ended up having to get a new computer. Erg.
But the happy ending to this story is that I should be back to our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow- so yay!
Also, the bug caught a "wicked cold" (as her pediatrician so eloquently put it) and I earned a few punches on my mommy card by staying up with her all night and holding her as she could only sleep if she was sitting up. So it has been a couple of crabby weeks here at the house but now everyone is getting back to normal and all is well and I promise to bring lots of hippy goodies to you this coming week =)
Posted by Megan at 7:39 PM
Friday, January 8, 2010
I'm totally convinced after seeing this episode of The Colbert Report. Captain Moore found a floating island of trash that is twice the size of Texas just floating in the Pacific. Erg. Check it out:
|The Colbert Report||Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
Yikes! It makes me so sad that we have been so wasteful, but fear not hippies! I have not lost all hope, I'm just more convinced that plastic is non-biodegradable and awful for our environment and will be ever more mindful of what I purchase and use and what I throw away. I also love that Captain Moore is so dedicated to telling people about this. I feel like I'm on his team- Captain Moore is definitely a hippy chick!
Posted by Megan at 8:45 AM
Thursday, January 7, 2010
I was at the book store last month and had to have this book Sewing Green: 25 Projects Made with Repurposed & Organic Materials. I have been on a serious sewing kick because of this book. Most of what is in this book is common sense; buying material at thrift stores, repurposing things you would be throwing out, etc. But there are some great projects in here like making an apron out of a man's dress shirt and how to make reusable sandwich wraps (might help a little with my ziploc obsession).
So armed with my new repurposing resolve, I visited my local Goodwill and found a great lime green sheet to remake into a bed skirt for a twin guest bed we found on Craig's list. And here is the result:
Posted by Megan at 8:41 AM
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Yes, this is a post about the majesty of ziploc bags. They are magical and lovely and I've decided that they are way too convenient to pass on. I made this realization after the last two weeks of the never-ending food parade that has been going on at my house. Erg to holiday hippy weight, but it is soooo cold here that I needed the extra layer of blubber! Seriously, it was -18 degrees here last night. Is it ok to hibernate? I'll be taking my ziploc bags of course....
Posted by Megan at 8:31 AM
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
It has been a busy couple of weeks here at hippy headquarters and I am sure it has been busy for you as well. Just a few more days and we will be back to our regularly scheduled hippy programming. In the meantime I just wanted to pop in and say Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! (Or is that Hippy Holidays and Hippy New Year?? Hmm?? Is it? Wow... maybe my gift to you guys this next year will be no more bad hippy jokes... nope sorry, can't do it. That is just too much than I am willing to give.)
Posted by Megan at 1:16 PM
Monday, December 14, 2009
Wow! You hippies are sooo creative! There were some great suggestions and I am going to be stealing these and claiming them as my own ideas to be sure... Here's a sample of the awesomeness:
- Hippy Lola suggests "You could take a bunch of jars and fill them with the dry ingredients for cookies, then tie a patch of fabric around the top and include instructions. Voila! instant cookie mix."
- Hippy friend Julie recommends "Homemade heating bags: I have one that I bought at a store and I use it all the time. I looked at it and thought, this is SO easy to make, yet I paid $16 for it. I just sew up a rectangle of thicker cotton cloth and fill it 2/3 full of flax seeds. Super easy, and you can fill it with something a little cheaper than flax seeds too.
- Virginia, my español hippy chick says "I just made a bunch of change purses from vintage silk neckties. Super fast and easy. You can either machine sew or hand sew. Cut off about 8" from wide end of tie. The point becomes your flap. On the inside of the point the two halves of the tie need to be sew to each other. Then tuck the raw ends inside each other and sew that hole closed. Fold into desired shape, sew sides. Sew on snap. About a 30 min commitment. (The narrow end can be made into headbands!" (Sidenote: Check out Virginia's etsy shop for awesome "upcycled" projects that she makes including her neck tie coin purses. Very hippy chic. I also am using her suggestion of making napkins and a table runner for Christmas dinner out of old linens I found at Goodwill.)
- Hippy neighbor Stephanie suggested making handmade ornaments for the grandparents and I found a few simple recipes for those dough ornaments that you used to make in school here and here.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
This year, the family and I are trying a new thing: making each other Christmas gifts. It seemed like a great idea at the time (take the focus off of shopping for the holidays and put it back where it belongs) but now I am rethinking this idea. I should have started like January of last year making gifts as I think I will be lucky to finish one before December 24. Eeek! Maybe everyone will just settle for me making copious amounts of food and that can be everyone's gift. What do you think? Any quick gift projects you like to use? Come one hippies! Help a gal out for the holidays!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
So good to be back! Our trip went so well and the bug did so good on the car ride. Our family is being really supportive of our new-found hippy-hood. Woot! They did think that the knitted plastic bag bag was a little weird (more on that later) but they were nice enough to not make fun (they are so polite =). And they even let me spread potato peelings in their yard. Awesome.
Also, I would like to take this opportunity to give mayjah props (yeah, that just happened... don't laugh, I'm old) to the city of Fort Collins, Co. Honestly if you have the chance to go it is so awesome and hippies thrive there. And they have lots of sweet parks where we took the bug to swing. Honestly, the picture says it all:
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
The fam and I are heading to Colorado to spend the week with Grandma. Yay for car trips! We will be back to our regularly scheduled super bloggy program next week. In the meantime let your hippy out and enjoy some well deserved tryptophan related activities (a.k.a. napping).
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I totally forgot to tell you what happened at the chili cook-off!!
....Yeah, I didn't win. Boo.
But- good news! No one knew that my chili was veggie and it was super delicious. Yay! Also, husband named it "Very Exciting, Good, and Noteworthy" Chili. Get it? V.E.G.A.N. Chili?
....Yeah, no one else got it either.
Oh, and the guy that won made a brisket and then added chili to it. Being veggie sucks for contests.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
...But have you ever had one of those days? It's currently 2:30 am and I'm awake, have just cleaned the kitchen and my dog has an ear infection (which was the original "awakening"). I can already tell that today is going to be rough, but I soldier on hippies! Silver lining= I have cleaned the kitchen and therefore can spend my day napping. Sweet!
Can I tell you that it is crafting week here at my house? (And apparently talk-like-Sandra-Lee day) Seriously, I have things spread all around my house and husband is not happy that he has to hop-scotch through every room. We've argued about this before. He logically says "Can't you finish one project before you start another one??" And I logically say real whiney-like "But baaaeeeebeeeeee, that's not how I work!". In truth, I'm super lazy and ADD so I'll start something, figure out it's going to be hard, and then tell myself I'll leave it and come back to it. Like it's magically going to finish itself while I'm gone. Then he'll finally get to the breaking point and I'll "clean-up" by stuffing everything into a box and putting it in the closet and forgetting it.
What does his have to do with hippy-world you might be asking yourself? Well, I'll tell you. It really doesn't. But, I am slowly working on some new fab hippy projects to post as long as my ADD doesn't win out because I was forced to clean out one said closet this weekend and found all of my hippy crafting books! So expect those soon! (Give me a break, this is what you get from me at 2:30 am!)
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Check out this super sweet diaper pail I made. This would be a good way to repurpose a trash can (or just jazz one up). Unfortunately, I had to buy the pail but ended up saving some cash by decorating it myself.
First I made a pail liner out of some water resistant fabric. Then I used stencils and spray paint (for plastic, it is best to use paint suited for plastic like Krylon Fusion, it's a little more expensive but won't flake off). Now it won't be mistaken for a trashcan when grandma comes and visits! Yay!
Friday, November 13, 2009
Here's the story about my yo-yo vegetarian diet... it's very exciting so dust off the edge of your seat and here we go!
Both husband and I used to be vegetarians because while he was in law school, he was challenged by one of his professors (a vegetarian) to read an article by Alastair Norcross called "Puppies, Pigs, And People: Eating Meat and Marginal Cases". (To read the article in full, click here.) After reading the article the students had to defend their eating habits. Pretty cool assignment huh? Well I participated as well to help husband study (it was their final!) And after reading it we both realized that we couldn't defend it. I should have stayed ignorant, I love meat! But, change our habits we did and I'm not going to lie- it's hard! You have to be a lot more proactive about preparing what you eat and where you eat but all-in-all I do feel better about our decision.
Then I got pregnant I not only craved meat but found out I was anemic. Erg. My doctor suggested I add meat back into my diet and I did. (She really had to twist my arm!) And I loved it, every minute. But now I am no longer pregnant and am taking supplements to combat the anemia and feel great. I can put off going back to the veggie no longer. Sigh.
So there you have it and now I'm working on slowly getting rid of all meat products from my house and my life and it's sad. Husband is still deciding if he's going to go back fully or just at home (I do all the cooking so he has to be veggie here =) I'm hoping my "meat taste buds" switch over soon... I remember that it took awhile the first time to get used to veggieville. Let's hope it happens sooner than later this time!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Tomorrow is the much anticipated chili cook-off and husband's response to last night's vegan chili first try? "Eh... it's good for vegan." Great. There goes my hopes for an award winning veggie chili. I really want to prove to these carnivores that vegan chili can be so good you won't even miss the meat! I can do it! right team?
So, tonight's 2nd attempt will include this recipe for "The Best Vegetarian Chili in the World". I can't go wrong with that- right? Also, as a twist I will be adding some cornbread dumplings to take it up a notch as husband really liked those from last night. Wish me luck!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Have you hugged a veteran today? No? I can wait... seriously, you still have time and I'll be here when you get back.
Done? Sweet... let's carry on...
Today husband had off from work so we spent the day in true hippy fashion: eating lunch at this incredible veggie place called McFoster's Natural Kind Cafe. (Yeah, I'm back to the vegetarian stuff... more on that later) It was so yummy. Then we went to the Schramm State Park and went on the hiking trails. Very naturey.
Yay for days off! Tonight, I'm working on making chili as there is a chili contest on Friday. But making vegetarian chili for meat eaters is going to be hard! The solution: Chili with Cornmeal Chive Dumplings. Hmmm.... I'll let you know how that turns out. In the meantime, enjoy some nature!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I always keep a bin of socks that have either lost their mate or are too holey/dirty whatnot. I usually use these for random cleaning jobs around the house but hippy friend Neva had another suggestion: Baby legwarmers!
So of course I had to try it and this is what I came up with:
They work great and look so cute. I just cut off the foot and attached some rick rack to the top and bottom and they already survived a wash. I let her wear them around the house and it's one less layer for me when doing diaper duty. Plus they are soft and cuddly.
Next time, I will use the stretchy kind of rick rack as it was pretty difficult to sew them on, but I like that she's wearing her daddy's socks around. Flashdance baby!
Monday, November 9, 2009
And look how good I am already! Ok, so it's going to take a little practice but you can see where I'm going. I wish someone would have told me how easy these are. Honestly, we've been using them all weekend and except for having to do an extra load of laundry everyday they aren't any more work than disposable. Yay me! We got a kind of sampler pack that we can return after 21 days so we have a few brands to try out but I'm pretty sure we are going to go with the old fashioned cloth and cover type during the day and the BumGenius ones during the night (The bug does not like to get changed at night so we need something that can handle 10 hours!) I might keep a few of the easy ones for the diaper bag and babysitters as well. Also, we call these "nappies" for obvious reasons (meaning there is no obvious reason, we're just weird.) Now I have another project to add to my list: diaper pail!