Back to Blogging!

Hello all.

This year has been an extremely hard year for me.  As some of you may know, my parents were both very sick, my Father with lung cancer and my Mother with a rare form of leukemia.  My Dad passed away at the end of March and my Mom at the end of April, and they both passed away within a year of learning that they were sick.   I was traveling a lot, between the end of January and the end of April. There was a lot of back and forth between Atlanta and Rochester, trying to take care of my own family as well as my parents.  So I thank everyone for their well wishes during those difficult times.

Mom and Sophia

and of course,

Dad with Aidan and Sean

I’m ok, but I miss them terribly.

So onto the plans I have for the blog.  Out with the old foods, and in with the new!  I’ve gotten myself a Vitamix, which is just fantastic, and have many plans for it in the future.  Unfortunately, I decided to blog on “leftovers day”, so my foods were all different and whatever I felt like eating today.  So here it goes, I hope you enjoy my first blog in 3 months! 🙂

Breakfast was eggs.  And no, I don’t have a picture of the eggs that I cooked.  I have a picture of the fresh farmers eggs that I’ve been getting down the street, instead!  Did I mention that they are fresh?  He only charges $2/dozen.  I typically buy 2 dozen at a time, and will go through them in less then a week:

FRESH eggs!!!

Who knows how long the eggs at the grocery store have been around? I’ve been told that they’re at least a month old before they get into our hands. UGH.

My review of farm fresh eggs:  The yolks are brighter, the whites are runnier (when raw), and they have a milder taste than the eggs from the store without the after taste.  If you have a chance to buy some, I highly recommend them!

I recently made some homemade salsa:

Salsa

Tomatoes, onions, jalapeno, lime juice.  Easy, simple and absolutely clean. I took the salsa and decided that tonight would be a good night to mix it in with a guacamole, to make the guacamole salad that they sell in Mexican restaurants here in GA:

It turned out really, really good!

Today I also made homemade black beans.  The beans are actually from my garden last year.  I made a sofrito (green pepper, onion, garlic and spices) mixed it in with the beans, boiled them down, and it was awesome.  I guess I was into eating Mexican today!  And beans are a good source of protein and fiber, also.

step 1.

and then the finished Sofrito:

Sofrito

and my dinner:

Leftovers.

Those are the beans, down in the front part of the picture. To the left is guacamole salad, roasted broccoli, steak and salad with mushrooms.  All of it was so good!  The beans had a ton of flavor. I made a pound of beans, so they’re kind of coming out of my ears. 😀

I was still hungry after dinner so I had a snack I hadn’t had in a really long time…

apple. natural peanut butter.

Isn’t it on such a pretty plate? I really have to get back into the swing of things, lol!  Sorry!

One thing that I want to mention is that I have been trying to drink 60-80 ounces of water every day. I tend to retain water, and I find that this is helping.  Plus it’s good for you. I also went to the gym and did the Les Mills BodyAttack class.

Hope you all enjoyed the blog…I will try to post as much as I can! You can also follow on Facebook.

Ciao for now,

Jessica

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5 Responses to Back to Blogging!

  1. Kim says:

    I am so sorry for your losses – lucky you were able to go back and forth and help out! You are a strong woman!

    I missed your blog – glad you are back!

  2. april says:

    Welcome back!! I missed you! I’m so sorry to hear about your losses, but it sounds like you are a strong and loving woman, and I know you’ll get through this!

  3. amy says:

    My condolences for you and your family for the loss of your Mom and Dad.
    Glad your back, actually was just wondering how you were doing. Glad your back.

  4. Veronica says:

    It’s good to have you back. I’m so sorry to hear of your losses. It’s good you were able to be with your mom & dad when they needed you the most.

    Your guacamole/salsa salad looks fabulous. I’m definitely going to try that!

  5. Hi Jessica! Welcome back! I am SO SORRY for your losses. You are an incredibly strong person and I admire your strength so much.

    Looking forward to having you back 🙂

    Lauren

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