Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Home is where the poetry is

Hello hello hello!

 Hubby and I are doing everything we can to raise money for a down payment on a house (we need around $3,000). We are determined to use our art to help raise that money. That's where you come in.

If you're willing, please please please forward the link at the bottom of this post to everyone you know. The link takes you to a donation page. Submit a donation of ANY amount and I will send a link where you can download my chapbook of short stories and poems, as well as several of Hubby 's chapbooks, audio tracks and high-resolution photographs.

Any donation over $0.01! Whatever you are able.

Tell your friends. Tell your neighbors.

Our Goal: Raise the necessary funds for a down payment on a home loan before July 1st


Why should you donate?
My husband and I have never really had a home. In the four years we’ve lived together, we have rented eleven different properties. To put it simply, we need a home. Not an apartment or house, but a place to make ours – a place where we can raise a family.
In three months, a law will go into effect which prevents us from qualifying for a home loan. Since we’re both in education, loans are pretty much our only hope for purchasing a home, so we need to get under contract before this law takes effect. To do that, we need to raise $3,000 for a down payment as quickly as possible. Everything donated here will go directly to that down payment, and ultimately all donations will help us create a home for us and our (future) family.
All donors will receive a link where they may download ebook versions of our recent chapbooks, audio recordings of hubby's poems and flash fiction, and high-resolution photographs taken by hubs and me!

Thank you! You're the bestest!

http://ronniekstephens.wordpress.com/donate/

Friday, April 13, 2012

Cleanse, Day 4 nearly killed me

This cleanse has been such a whirlwind already. From trying to pack our lunches in the morning to figuring out what to eat for dinner, it has been rather exhausting. I am so lucky to be a part of Cleanse America and to be able to rely on everyone involved for strength.

I remember why I am doing this.

I am too young to be as sick as I am all the time. Heart burn, digestive issues, fatigue, weight gain. I am stronger than this. I have the choice to be healthier or to eat bad foods.

I have a choice.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Cleanse, Day 3 in review

Good morning! It is now day 4 of the Cleanse America raw food cleanse. Yesterday was excellent. And by excellent, I mean challenging. Someone was cruel enough to bring churros in to work. If you don't know what a churro is, it's a cinnamon-sugar covered, deep-fried donut stick... equaling heaven.

At first, all I could think is, "I can't have that!" Then I realized that this was an opportunity, not a loss. It's not that I can't eat the churro, I told myself. I absolutely could pick it up and eat it, no problem. Only, I have the opportunity to choose not to. This week, I am doing raw food. That is a choice. Next week if I want a churro, I can go get one.

By acknowledging that power in myself, that every time I am presented with a situation -large or small- I can choose how to respond, I immediately felt so lightened, so strong. I, of course, promptly ate a raw macaroon instead, but STILL! I beat the churro! Go me!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Cleanse - Day 2

Well yesterday was great. I had plenty of delicious raw food to keep my tummy full all day.

My very full fridge!

Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

1 cup frozen strawberries
2 cup frozen banana
3-4 tablespoons almond milk
Mix in Vitamix!

Tomato Zucchini Soup, topped with avocado and flax seed crackers

Mango Salsa

Romaine Lettuce, Mango Salsa and Mung Bean Sprout "taco"

Anybody else think sprouts look like sperm? I suppose that makes sense...

Sometimes I make ugly food. Spinach, tomato basil sauce with zucchini noodles.


Amazing Green Smoothie!

1 large handful Spinach
1 handful chopped Collard Greens
1 large Banana
2 cups pineapple or other frozen fruit
3-4 cups Water


Here is today's vlog!





Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Cleanse America - Day 1

My first video blog!

I am doing Cleanse America! 10 days of raw food.

It's not too late for you to join, too!





Monday, April 9, 2012

Fail Better

I adore Samuel Beckett. Just sayin'.

Here is a free printable of my favorite quote, "Try again. Fail again. Fail better."

Click here for the pdf. Have a super day!



Sunday, April 8, 2012

Indian Pot Pies!

This weekend has been a tiny bit blah. Quilt making was a bust. How does anyone manage to line up all the layers??!! We didn't get much cleaning done. We did get our fridge stocked and ready for the 10-day cleanse we are starting tomorrow! I will be updating frequently about that, so keep watch.

But for today, we needed to clean out a few things that might tempt us next week. This recipe was so easy, you won't even believe it! I feel like a big cheater, actually, because it only took TWO ingredients to make it. I feel like one of those moms in the 70's who's discovered microwave cooking!
Hubs and I bought some little baking pans at a restaurant going-out-of-business sale. Hooray for small foods!



Makes 4 pot pies

Ingredients
1 pouch TastyBites Jaipur Vegetables
1 package Big and Flaky Crescent Rolls (6 count)

That's all you need!

Spray baking dishes with Pam.
Take one crescent roll, lay it in the bottom of the pan, rolling it in such a way that it forms a pie-crust type situation... (uses 4 rolls)
Then! Cut the corner off the vegetable pouch. Pour a quarter of the pouch into each pie-crust.
Take the remaining rolls, tear them in half and lay one piece on top of each pie to form the top crust.
You should have this:

Put your little pans onto a small cookie sheet for easy maneuvering.
Bake at 375 degree for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
Cover with tin foil. Bake an additional 8 minutes.
All done!
These should pop right out of the pans. (This is why it's so important to spray!)
Enjoy!