Wednesday, September 22, 2010

the blue lemon and family

We just got back from a catered party at the blue lemon (which I love) for my dad's aunt's 87th birthday. She looked great. It was fun. I met a bunch of relatives (cousins-- twice, second, removed or something). Reilly immediately found a group of kids running around and joined in. He had a blast and wants to go back tomorrow even though we explained that it wouldn't be a private party and the kids wouldn't be there, etc. Most of the kids were girls even. He has come a long way.

So......the blue lemon. That is a unique, locally owned and operated restaurant that I discovered shortly after we moved here. I liked it so much that I took my mom to it and we had a wonderful time that we have plans to go back. Their food is on the more natural, healthy side, but with a twist. Everything is a bit different but absolutely delicious. They have carrot cupcakes that are made with whole wheat flour and agave for the sweetener. They served them tonight and yummmmm.

It turns out that the owner of the blue lemon is one of my second-cousins-removed-or whatever. Yes, it's a stretch, but I am excited to find out that it is owned by someone in the family. My family is huge. I do look forward to getting to know more of my extended family.

They also have cooking classes that look wonderful and I plan on taking some next year. Raw Melissa has also taught there.

Anyway, I'm excited that I found this cool place and then found out that it's in the family.

I am really into supporting locally owned and operated businesses of all kinds.

Ok, gotta run. Boys are waiting for me to do the night time routine stuff.


Saturday, September 18, 2010

Raw Melissa, Buy Local CSA and early Halloween costume pics

I had the pleasure this morning of meeting Melissa of Raw Melissa at the local Natural Foods Store--Good Earth in American Fork. She was there signing her new cookbook which I have purchased. I have loved eating her raw desserts and the cookbook is filled with yummy looking recipes. She was great in person. I am really enjoying the opportunities I am finding here.

I have also found, through Raw Melissa, Jacob's Cove Heritage Farm. They have are local--located in Orem--and have a year round CSA. They are the only one in Utah County so far. I am excited for the fall share starting on October 4th.

Mom and I went to Ginger's Garden Cafe for lunch this week. That is where Jeff and I went on a date recently. I braved something new and tried their raw pizza. I didn't like it near as much as the other food I tried there. I do want to go back and try some of their other options.

Speaking of mom, she is off this weekend attending her 50th High School Reunion. Wow.

Jeff and I watched The Ghost Writer last night. Now I am going to have to read the book. It was suspenseful and interesting.

This week was kind of awash. I did go to my mom's and help her in the garden. Other than that, not a whole lot is going on. We are now on Step 2 of Green Smoothie Girl's 12 steps to whole foods. We are eating lots of salads. I am doing my best to make a variety so we don't get tired of them. Raw Melissa's book "Faves" has several salad's that look different and absolutely delicious.

I did some fall planting of cool weather crops and greens. They are beginning to sprout. I intend to cover them when it begins to frost and see how long I can get them to last. Then, hopefully they will come back in the spring. I am excited to put in a few raised beds next year to start my own veggie garden.

This post has turned into a series of ramblings. That's where my thoughts are right now, I guess. All over the place.

Reilly is doing well in school. He has a really cute friend, Joe, that lives a couple of doors down. Joe's 2 older brothers start for BYU Football--it makes watching the games more fun (thankfully, I missed their heartbreaking loss last week). His brothers are Terence Brown and Rhen Brown.

Our calling in Cub Scouts is going ok. We have lots to learn to make it a real success. The boys seem to be having fun in the meantime, regardless.

We are all loving the weather. It is so nice outside. The mountains are starting to turn red and orange. We are going to go for a drive to see the leaves in the mountains around the first of October.

We bought Reilly his Halloween costume already. He is going to be Harry Potter. He was just introduced to the first book and movie this summer. I'm including a few pictures.

I hope everyone is having a good week!


Thursday, September 9, 2010

Raw Food, No Pictures

I thought I'd blog even though I don't have pictures ready to put up yet.

Jeff and I are really getting into eating whole foods, green smoothies, raw, etc. is the coolest. We went to one of her classes after we moved here. I must say that consuming so many green, leafy vegetables has done more for my health than any of the medication, supplements, therapies, etc. that we have tried. I feel really great and it keeps on getting better.

Tonight for dinner, I had bought a smorgasboard of raw foods to try (crackers, dip, salad dressing, something we don't know what it was-but it was good, then the desserts--truffle pie, chocolate covered macaroons and a lavender apple cinnamon cookie). That cookie was a bit heavy on the lavender and unfortunately, wasn't a favorite. Everything else we really enjoyed quite a bit. I am so proud of Jeff too. He has gotten totally on board with the green smoothies and everything else. I am also proud of myself. If anyone knew me back when, I don't think a single vegetable touched my lips for the majority of my life (until my 30s). Now I love them and am not the picky eater, in the slightest, that I once was. Although, I still take exception to eggplant. I may give that another try.....maybe.....

Our grand goal is to get Reilly on board and cure all of his ills. We have yet to figure out a way to do that. I am hopeful that we will get the help we need for him. We have lots of appointments coming up.

Love and miss y'all



Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Hi Again!!!!

Hello long lost blog. Oh how I have missed you. Well, the good news is that I am back (to blogging, that is).

So much has happened this year. Where to begin. Well, our biggest news is that we have moved from Maryland to Utah. That was a HUGE move. We love our home and our neighborhood. Reilly loves his new school.

Speaking of Reilly......he was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Saturday.

I love the opportunity out here to see more of my mom's side of family and friends who might be passing through. We have plans this fall to go to a BYU football game, a BYU basketball game, the play "The Scarlet Pimpernel", etc.

Most of all though, Jeff and I are focusing on the basics. Our basic morning and night routines, cooking and eating at home, being back on weight watchers, working with Reilly's eating, etc.

I decided that I was not ready to start taking piano lessons yet. I do practice everyday. We had our piano tuned and fixed. Some things obviously hadn't been done since it was made (I think it is older than me). We hope to have it refinished this year too as it sustained some injury from the move.

I have not done much in the way of photography. I have missed that too. Moving was a big deal, but it went fairly smoothly. We decided not to sell our home yet and are renting it to some close friends.

I live 30 minutes from my parents and 5 minutes from my brother's family and a cousin. I go over weekly to help my mom in the garden.

The weather here is really lovely. I love the lack of humidity part.

After being away from the west for 20+ years, I was finally able to attend a family reunion on my mom's side. It was fun to introduce Jeff to more family.

I need to get some pictures of our house taken so I can post them. The few we took during our househunting trip are still in raw format and I'll need Jeff's help to get them usable.

I do have several pictures I took at the reunion. My goal with my photography is to take candid portraits. I want them to look like portraits but to catch people's personalities and expressions without having them "pose". are some of those.

I do tend to gravitate towards baby's to photograph. Just a bias of mine.

Another purpose for this blog is now to keep in touch with all of the family and friends that we left behind when we moved. We love and miss you all!

I'll blog again when I get some more photos processed.

Until then......