Hey there! Anybody home??? It’s been quite awhile since I’ve posted here on eatingRD and I’m not sure if anyone is out there still. Any who…I wanted to share a little update with you as to what I’ve been up to. A few weeks ago Chris fractured is elbow so I’ve been taking care of him and the extra things that he can’t manage with only one arm It’s amazing how much we rely on our limbs for so many things!
He is doing sooooo much better thank goodness. The first few days after surgery were pretty rough and he was having to take strong pain meds. Chris has had quite a few surgeries as a kid so he is pretty much a pro and has a very high pain tolerance. I don’t think I would have been able to do as well as he did.
Here is a shot of his elbow before and after surgery.
I bet you are wondering how the heck he did such a thing, right? Can you guess? Yep, it was riding his bike! gah I was working when I received the news. He was riding in a pretty fast pace line and lost his concentration for a second as a teammate in front slowed down slightly. Before he knew it, his front wheel was crossing the back wheel and lost control. And then Bam! It was onto the pavement and gravel at about 25 mph. ouch! I’m glad nothing more serious happened. I met him at the ER on Saturday and then he had surgery the next Thursday. He’s been in a cast a little over 2 weeks and the doctor said it was healing so well he could come out of it. Next he will be able to do some physical therapy so he can get strength back.
In other news….
Did everyone have a nice Thanksgiving holiday if you celebrate? I wasn’t sure if we were going to make our travel plans with Chris’ accident, but he ended up doing great with the weekend to recover. We went to the Salt Lake City area to visit my dad’s side of the family. It was great to see everyone since I hadn’t been up there in forever!!
My dad’s side of the family is very large so it’s not a get together without at least 60 people lol And that’s not even a small part of my whole fam
We also got to visit my uncle’s house with all his farm animals
We also had fun one night visiting Temple square and all the purdy Christmas lights.
Overall it was a great holiday and it was so nice to see my family.
I finally got some Pickl-It Jars!!! I’m so exciting to get my anaerobic fermentation on!
I got some water kefir grains, so I whipped up a batch of water kefir to get them going.
This recipe inspired by Loving Our Guts contains:
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp molasses
- 1 dropper of a liquid calcium supplement (I used Mineralife ionic calcium)
- 1/2 cup water kefir grains
- filtered water to fill the 1.5L Pickl-it jar just to the shoulder
It will sit for about 2-4 days. I may need to do this a few more times just to get the grains active and happy.
I also whipped up a batch of fermented veggies. I can’t wait till these are ready. I wish they were faster!
For my veggies I like to use:
- 2 heads medium sized cabbage, cored and shredded
- 1/2 cauliflower pulsed in the food processor
- 3 carrots pulsed in the food processor
- 4 cups filtered water
- 19 grams unrefined salt (I use Celtic Sea Salt)
- 1 tbsp grated ginger
- 1/4 cup Pro-Belly-Otic fermented drink to help inoculate (optional)
A Dunk’r can help keep it submerged and I also like to use a cabbage leaf.
This will sit at room temp (about 65-72 degrees F) for about 5-10 days. From there it should then go into colder storage (about 45-55 degrees) for 10-12 weeks or longer to 6 months. I’m not sure if Chris and I can wait this long though! We love it too much and I usually don’t do big batches. I need to get more Pickl-Its!
I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas again! Has anyone finished with their decorations? With the cooler weather Chris and I have been making lots of comforting soups. We have a Soup Challenge going where we are trying to make one new soup each week. The Veganomican Cookbook has been an awesome inspiration with some delicious soup recipes.
I will work on a future post with all the yummy soup recipes…another good one we made from CookingLight was Red Lentil Pumpkin Soup. I used coconut milk instead of yogurt. Yum!
Another frequent weekend occurrence is waffles I’m still doing gluten-free and Pamela’s Baking Mix is awesome. It does have buttermilk in it though. We make flax eggs using 1 tbsp ground flax to 3 tbsp water. They get crispy on the outside and spongy on the inside, just the way I like ‘em!
These festive waffles were topped with ghee, pom arils, avocado, real maple syrup, avocado and hemp seeds. Yum!
I hope everyone is doing well, and while the eatingRD posts are becoming few and far between, I’ll still be back here and and with some yummy food posts to check in All the best!!