I’m late to the party of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” The author already has written a sequel to her first book. Luckily, the quietude of our new surroundings (and the fact that exterior home improvement has to wait for a better month than January) is now allowing me to catch up with things I’ve meant to learn more about. This is Marie Kondo’s answer to excess: Toss almost everything and keep only what sparks joy (which may or may not spark joy tomorrow, so more stuff to toss). For many, it seems draconian. Really, it’s common sense. Her best advice is to start with culling your clothes and move up the chain of possession sentimentality; I actually think that’s smart because I lived it last year without even knowing I was practicing “KonMari.” Continue reading “The magical art of silence”
Hello! What happened to me? Well, last year we sold our Olympia house and moved to Key Peninsula. We bought a new house (new to us, it was built in 1998) and it was only December when we reached a point that we could take a small break from the endless upgrades we’ve been making to the place. I normally write about plant-based living in this blog, but bear with me on this one. I will veer back to food by the end of this. So read on. Continue reading “New year, new house, new recipe”
It is now officially hot in the Northwest. Temps are hitting the 90s and today will have the added bonus of humidity. This salad used to be our go-to hot weather dish even before we went plant-based, and I’ve modified it beyond the old salad-with-a-bottle-of-Catalina-dressing version. Now it uses miso, and you would never know the difference! If you already have a salad made and a can of beans on hand, this comes together in a flash. Continue reading “A new spin on Fiesta Salad and the magic of miso in dressings”
What you don’t see in the above photo is the $4.65 prescription of prednisone I had to go fill last week. But that’s jumping ahead in this story. Let me go back to where things went sideways in my no-drugs-but-still-have-RA life.
If you have the ingredients, and there are not a lot of those in this, you can put this together in about five minutes. Perfect as a personal dessert pie for guests, or for yourself for breakfast, which is what I served myself this morning.
Hello! It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged and, since Dr. McDougall is featuring me again as one of the success stories in his newsletter, I wanted to put up a new post for those just coming to my site for the first time. Welcome. I hope if you are suffering from the debilitating effects of RA that you will find inspiration in my blog. I also want to show I am proof positive that dietary changes work if you have an inflammatory/autoimmune disease. As Dr. McDougall likes to say: “It’s the food.” I would also emphasize it is nature. Both are powerful in healing.
The last thing I want to do when I come home from the store is cook, but Mick Jagger was right, you can’t always get what you want. Continue reading “Easy Italian Stew from Leftovers”
You hear a lot of talk about “Meatless Monday” on social media. Here’s a different recipe that is plant-based and might inspire you to branch out and go meatless on your Monday … maybe for the first time ever. This recipe is affordable, quick, and so easy that you probably already have all the ingredients in your kitchen now.
Earlier this month, we had unseasonably clear and warm days at Mount Rainier. So we celebrated by hiking. I felt better starting out this year than last year, with a full year of plant-based eating under my belt (literally!) The hike went well and I had good energy through the whole trip. Continue reading “Back in the Hiking Groove”
Back when I wasn’t eating like I do now, Ro-Tel dip was a regular side dish in our house. This is a simple cheese-free dip reminiscent of that dish.