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food diary-January hits and misses

So I’m done with month one of my Pescatarian diet. It has surprisingly been easy. In one month, I had salmon twice and shrimp once. Otherwise, no meat. My stomach feels flatter and I am pretty certain I’ve lost some weight. I ordered a scale so will report back if I have or not. My migraines aren’t a lot better but they aren’t worse. On the food front, a big miss for me is Boca Crumbles. They smell funny, taste funny and tore my tummy up. All of the Morningstar products I’ve had so far are the opposite: No weird smell, taste good and no bad side effects. I am not as hungry as I used to be, and I thought eating this way would cause me to feel very hungry all the time. It’s the opposite.

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I hope you all have a wonderful Superbowl Sunday! Love, HauteAngel

January 11, 2015 Food Diary

Happy Sunday! Buddy Bear is taking a nap.

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BREAKFAST: Trader Joe’s Gluten Free frozen waffles with 100% pure maple syrup

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LUNCH: Small field green salad with mushrooms, avocado, broccoli and flax seed, also a sprinkle of EVOO and Balsamic Vinegar. I had a handful of Trader Joe’s Pita Chips too, so good. Did you know all the items with a “V” on the corner of bag or box at Trader Joe’s indicates it’s a Vegan item?

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DINNER: Butternut squash cubes, salmon grilled with a little lemon, kale sautéed in garlic and a tad of olive oil and mushrooms. One butternut squash cubed fills up a large pan. Put two tablespoons of olive oil, a little salt, pepper and a tablespoon of garlic power/or two minced garlic cloves. Mix it all up, spread out on pan and cook at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes. It’s wonderful.

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I have been putting flax seed in salads, yogurt and oatmeal a lot lately, so I thought I’d give you a bit of information on them and some of their benefits:

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FLAX SEEDS (from WebMD):

Although flaxseed contains all sorts of healthy components, it owes its primary healthy reputation to three of them:

  • Omega-3 essential fatty acids, “good” fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.
  • Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods.
  • Fiber. Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types.

Have a great Sunday evening! Love, Kathryn (aka, the “HauteAngel”)

HAUTEANGEL’S PESCATARIAN 365 JOURNAL OF a JOURNEY TO HEALTH

January 7, 2015

BREAKFAST: Odwalla breakfast bar (I did not like it)

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LUNCH: Leftover Portabella mushroom and mango salsa tacos

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DINNER: Yes, I had it a third time…Leftover Portabella mushroom and mango salsa tacos

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Thank you for joining me on this journey to health. Any advice, recipes and support you can provide is greatly appreciated. Anything you want to know about me? Just ask! Love, Kathryn (aka HauteAngel) 357 days to go.

sara’s favorite cookie

Wondering what is a great cookie to take to your cookie exchange? My daughter Sara’s favorite is the old-fashioned Snickerdoodle. It’s a cinnamon sugar cookie. Recipe is courtesy of Pose.com, a new website for selling your fashion items. I really like it! Enjoy and love, HauteAngel

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Christmas with southern spice

I am a self-proclaimed half breed: Half Southern by birth c/o my father born in Johnson City, Tennessee and Half Yankee by birth c/o my mother born in Pontiac, Michigan. Even though she was raised in Miami, Florida, that basically still kept her in the “Yankee” status. I learned this by moving from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida at 15 to Chattanooga, Tennessee to be immediately classified, a “Yankee”. This always confused me but I learned to accept it, as well as the difference in clothing in the two places. For one thing, I had a lot of bikinis, no coat, mini skirts and shorts. The first day of school, I walked through the halls with the Scarlett “Y” on my chest, dazed in shock at all the overalls, Dickies slacks in every color (this is the horrible era of everything hot pink, navy and kelly green), whale belts, and Sebagos. Nightmare. I flung myself on my bed that day after school, sobbing in my theatrical manner and told my mother, “They have overalls on and I thought that was a costume on Hee Haw!”

This experience led me to a love and disdain of certain fashions, but the move itself led me to my eventual husband (now of 29 years) and two beautiful kids. So Dickies be damned, I became a Southerner and I love everything about it. My mother is a staunch outlier toward most things Southern, but she’s cute and related, so I’ll keep her.

I wanted to share with my readers some fun Southern gift ideas:

Get everyone this book: Stop Dressing Your Six-Year-Old Like a Skank

1) This book is sure to get the giftee talking and laughing, guffawing, hands downs. A signed copy was gifted to me and I delight in it still. It’s a rowdy collection of essays, where Ms. Rivebbark takes on baristas (“It’s America, call ‘em what they are, COUNTER HELP”), the Cruise/Holmes pod baby, skanky kids clothes and how to make sure your precious child gets a seat at the Disney character breakfast (or you’ll risk eating chicken out of a bucket with Sneezy). While Celia had rather walk on her lips than say something mean, she doesn’t mind WRITING plenty of mean stuff. Dig in; it’s delish.

Rivenbark has seven or so more books out that are equally delightful. She clearly understands than there is no rude comment that can’t be forgiven if it’s followed with, “Bless her heart!” As in, she’s dumber than a bag of rocks, bless her heart.

Although Southern folk love dressing to the nines, seersucker suits and sweet tea, we have a wicked sense of humor and adore Ugly Christmas sweater parties. My place of work is actually having a contest this year. Check out Ugly Christmas Sweatter Ugly Christmas Sweaters best offerings in sizes XS-XXXL, but wait, they don’t just have sweaters, they now have THE BEST Ugly Christmas Jackets! Plus customers get FREE SHIPPING on all order now through December 13th, use code FREESHIP. A few of their horrifying offerings are as follows:

Sequin Gingerbread Man Blazer Jacket

Red 3-D Christmas Sweater with Stuffed Moose

Christmas Cardigan with Bow!

Not to be outdone by any Ugly Sweater, the true Southern lady appreciates high quality fashions.

SheFINDS has reported Saks Fifth Avenue has cashmere sweaters buy one, get one free right now. This is the time to get a great investment piece with another one to gift to a lucky person.

Cashmere Cable-Knit PulloverPlaid Front Cashmere SweaterCashmere Cowlneck Tunic

The thing I love about Christmas the most at home is putting a blend of spices, oranges and cranberries on our pot belly stove to simmer and make the house smell divine. Use this recipe:

This simmering potpourri is simple to make, and will have your whole house smelling like a holiday.

Gather These Supplies:  Bay leaves, orange, lemon, cranberries, cloves, and cinnamon sticks

The best thing about this potpourri is that you can mix and match it to fit your needs. If you have everything but the cranberries, don’t fret! Just add the remaining ingredients! Don’t have a pantry stocked with bay leaves, that’s okay! But, the base of this potpourri is the cloves and the orange. Those should ALWAYS be present in the recipe.

To begin your simmering potpourri, first measure out 4 cups of water and add it to a deep pot.

Measure four cups of water.

Pour your water into a deep pot.

Next, add the cinnamon sticks. You can use as many as you like. The more, the better in my opinion! For this batch, I add 5.

Add cinnamon sticks to your simmering potpourri. You can use as many as you want, but 5-6 is ideal.

Then, add the bay leaves. Again, add what you have on hand. If you have 2, toss them in! This time around, I add 4.

Add bay leaves to your homemade simmering potpourri.

Next, add the cranberries. I add ½ cup.

One half cup of cranberries.

My favorite! The cloves are added next. They add the perfect touch of spicy goodness. For this batch, I added 2 tablespoons. If you want a more clove enhanced scent, feel free to add more.

Add two tablespoons of whole cloves.

Then, add your citrus. Slice up an orange and a lemon and toss them into the pot. This adds a fresh smell to your simmering potpourri.

Add a sliced orange to your potpourri gives it a citrus kick.Slice your lemon before adding it to your pot, for a citrus kick to your simmering potpourri.

That’s it! Set your burner to low and allow it to simmer. Love, HauteAngel

Photographs and Recipe c/o The SITS Girls

One Lovely Blog Award – HauteAngel

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Thank you for the nomination by Redeem Cliche’, please check out her great blog! (http://redeemcliche.wordpress.com/)

 Here’s the Rules…

  1. You must display the award logo at the top of the post
  2. You must thank the person/people who nominated you and leave a link to their blog in your post
  3. You must add this set of rules so your nominees will know what to do
  4. You must add 7 facts about yourself in the post
  5. You must nominate 5 other blogs and leave links to their blogs in the post
  6. You must let the people know you’ve nominated them
  7. You must follow the person who nominated you on Bloglovin

Okay, okay enough rules. Let’s get started:)!

Seven facts about myself, Kathy aka HauteAngel:

1. I’m the oldest sibling of three.

2. My daughter cheered for 17 years and at NC State University. Her blog is theworkingathlete.net

3. My son is a writer too. He writes fiction, short stories and poetry. I have no acumen for any of those genres.

4. I attended four different colleges to finally attain a B.A. in English over a twelve-year span of time.

5. My husband and my son are both former high school state champion wrestlers and NCAA college wrestlers. I can spout off wrestling stats like people who love football and basketball do : ).

6. I moved to Tennessee when I was 15 from Florida and flung myself on the bed crying after the first day of school. Why? Because kids had on overalls at the high school and I thought those were a costume on Hee Haw. (True Story!)

7. I attended the Ft. Lauderdale Children’s Theatre for many years and danced growing up too (ballet, tap and modern).

I nominate these wonderful blogs:

Interactions by Jessica Dawn Jones (great writing!)- https://allthatjazzblogdotcom1.wordpress.com/

Paul Militaru’s incredible photography blog http://photopaulm.com/

Poms and Blondes http://pomsandblondes.com/

ask Aunty Elle http://auntyelle.com/

Beatlands http://beatlands.com/

Chronic Migraines…my journey back to health!

Chronic Migraines!

I have just been diagnosed with this after growing up with lots of allergies, constantly stuffed up, have had sinus surgery and had a lot of relief from that. But the last nine months, I’ve had a headache and my CAT scan showed my sinuses are clear. I assumed it was that again and it wasn’t. So I saw a Neurologist and filled out about 15 pages of forms with all my information. She met with me for three hours, which is unheard of in healthcare and I truly appreciate it and thank her for great care. So there are tons of different things we can try to get me better and the first thing she told me I have to do, to my chagrin, is stop drinking diet soda. And not because of the caffeine. Because of the “fake” sugar or aspartame. I have heard many times it’s bad for you and being that I’ve been on a very low carbohydrate diet for a couple of years now, I really indulge in diet sodas and fake sugar in coffee and tea to get “sweet” in my diet.

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In a nutshell, she said these fake sugars are toxic and are even illegal in a lot of countries. Who knew? So today was my first day fake sugar-free and I will let you know how things go in this journey to headache-free wellness.

Mayfel’s – Asheville’s awesome downtown Bistro

On a recent “reconnect” trip with my husband to Asheville, NC, a hub of great art, interesting people and dining, I had researched where to eat and visit. Many online reviews recommended the now being franchised Honey Tupelo. But it was under construction/renovation when we were walking downtown and on the same side of the street a little ways down, I had read really good things on Yelp about the little outside Cajun bistro called Mayfel’s. So we stopped in around 2 p.m. and ate outside for a late lunch.

Mayfel's - Asheville's awesome downtown Bistro

The menu says the name “Mayfel” is short for Mary Felonise, the owner’s grandmother’s given name. While attending boarding school, she was teased with the name “Mary fell on your knees,” so she shortened it to Mayfel. The restaurant prepares everything from scratch, in order to provide wholesome food. They buy local when available and all meals are made to order, but we waited about 30 minutes to be seated and did not wait long for anything else. And it was simply awesome from start to finish.

The restaurant serves a full breakfast until 4 p.m. every day, including Shrimp and Grits, a variety of omelets and french toast.

The interior is small and quaint and the outside is small and narrow, with a rod iron black gate, it’s very pretty and we preferred being outside as Asheville is the most amazing place I’ve ever been for people watching.

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When I walked inside, I noticed inside a homemade Bloody Mary bar with fresh horseradish and all the fixins. It looked really great, but I indulged in a house favorite called Mayfelade instead. It is simply the most tangy, refreshing, citrusy burst of ginger, mint and yum, YUM, UMMMM you could ever wish for. But even though you think, “I could drink 8 of these”, they will knock you on your Keister and I could only drink one with my meal once all was said and done.

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Mayfelade – recipe courtesy of WNC magazine

Servings: 2

Ingredients:

Three springs fresh mint
Ice
1.5 oz. vodka
1.5-2.5 oz. ginger lemonade*
Club soda
Slice of lime

Directions:

Muddle two sprigs of mint in a 16-ounce glass, then fill with ice and add vodka and ginger lemonade. Top with club soda. Shake with a Boston shaker, then garnish with  lime and sprig of mint.

*Ginger lemonade: Coarsely shred
1 cup of ginger, place it in a 16-ounce bottle, and fill with your favorite lemonade. Refrigerate for two weeks, shaking the bottle occasionally. It’s ready when the ginger starts to turn the lemonade slightly pink.

For a starter, we ordered the Pimento Cheese Bake, only $6.50

House baked cornbread topped with cheesy pimento goodness.

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Other menu Appetizers options include: Fried green tomatoes, smoked rainbow Trout dip with toasted French Bread that has been featured in Gourmet magazine, for example, and Seafood Gumbo.

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I don’t like spicy food, so ordered the Grilled chicken breast with tasty, seasoned collard greens and more delictable cornbread. It was so good and filling. We just ate slowly, sipped our drinks and didn’t even go out to dinner that night, that’s how totally satisfied we were with the experience.

Other items for carnivores like us are as follows:  Jambalaya, Seafood E’touf’fee, an assortment of burgers, even including a Creole crab burger. If you are a vegetarian, there are options such as Southern Fried BBQ Tofu and the Tree Hugger black bean burger.

I highly recommend this wonderful restaurant and can’t wait to revisit it!

 

Mother’s Day Cherries

So I have to preface this by saying I am an English major and usually my math prowess hovers at its highest during sales, preferably for clothing or jewelry. But on a recent shopping trip with my 25-year-old daughter, I puffed myself up proudly making her put back higher priced brands for better priced items over and over again. I told her I would make her a better grocery shopper if she would just listen and watch. Of course, I was at one of my favorite stores, Whole Foods, which can be pricey but has so many scrumptious, healthy options. And the produce is so pretty, succulent and inviting. I was totally taken in by the beautiful red cherries that, PEE SHAW, I didn’t even look at the price until I got home and saw on my receipt…$19 for a tiny bag of gorgeous cherries. Yes, God will slap a prideful Southern mama down in a flash, won’t he! My daughter, Sara, who could have given me hell for it, instead was scarfing them down in her oatmeal this morning and telling me how good they are. (She’s home temporarily while renovating a townhouse, read about it on her blog theworkingathlete.net). Since she’s an Accountant, HOW DID THAT HAPPEN???, that was a pretty nice Mother’s Day gift of silence and non-judgment. Better than flowers, I would say. Happy Mother’s Day ladies! May you be as blessed as I am with my beautiful daughter and handsome, wild, loud-mouthed son.

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“When God Created Mothers”

When the Good Lord was creating mothers, He was into His sixth day of “overtime” when the angel appeared and said. “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.” 

And God said, “Have you read the specs on this order?” She has to be completely washable, but not plastic. Have 180 moveable parts…all replaceable. Run on black coffee and leftovers. Have a lap that disappears when she stands up. A kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointed love affair. And six pairs of hands.” 

The angel shook her head slowly and said. “Six pairs of hands…. no way.” 

It’s not the hands that are causing me problems,” God remarked, “it’s the three pairs of eyes that mothers have to have.” 

That’s on the standard model?” asked the angel. God nodded. 

One pair that sees through closed doors when she asks, ‘What are you kids doing in there?’ when she already knows. Another here in the back of her head that sees what she shouldn’t but what she has to know, and of course the ones here in front that can look at a child when he goofs up and say. ‘I understand and I love you’ without so much as uttering a word.” 

God,” said the angel touching his sleeve gently, “Get some rest tomorrow….” 

I can’t,” said God, “I’m so close to creating something so close to myself. Already I have one who heals herself when she is sick…can feed a family of six on one pound of hamburger…and can get a nine year old to stand under a shower.” 

The angel circled the model of a mother very slowly. “It’s too soft,” she sighed. 

But tough!” said God excitedly. “You can imagine what this mother can do or endure.” 

Can it think?” 

Not only can it think, but it can reason and compromise,” said the Creator. 

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek. 

There’s a leak,” she pronounced. “I told You that You were trying to put too much into this model.” 

It’s not a leak,” said the Lord, “It’s a tear.” 

What’s it for?” 

It’s for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, loneliness, and pride.” 

You are a genius, ” said the angel. 

Somberly, God said, “I didn’t put it there.” 
― Erma BombeckWhen God Created Mothers

First Blogger Event at PDQ

My family and I were invited, via my daughter’s blog (follow Sara at theworkingathlete.net on wordpress, as her blog has really taken off…to a new restaurant in our NC area called PDQ. It had an event that certain local bloggers were invited to and she got an invite. Lucky us! It is the cleanest fast/fresh food establishment I’ve been to in a long time. The fresh apples are soaked in pineapple juice (who knew? amazing!) and comes with this caramel/chocolate…kind of cookie dough consistency goop of goodness that was absolutely killer. My family was tearing that up and we are grown! All the food was great:  fresh, not frozen and not microwaved. Thanks to PDQ for the wonderful invite, food and hospitality!

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Sara on the tour at PDQ

Meat is kept fresh, never frozen

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Handcut Fries are soaked several times to remove starch, then baked, then fried

All the dressings are handmade and have no preservatives

Cutest handwashing station, A+ to PDQ from this healthcare professional

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