<![CDATA[The Harman Family - Journal/Happenings]]>Mon, 22 Feb 2016 20:24:22 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Nadine West Delivery - February 2016]]>Tue, 23 Feb 2016 02:56:18 GMThttp://www.theharmanfamily.org/journalhappenings/nadine-west-delivery-february-2016
February Delivery from Nadine West. 

~ The Top: Off to the Ballet! Tee in taupe. This shirt is a slick material (95% Rayon) and very light. It's slightly form fitting which will be okay after another month or two of diet and exercise ;o) I could go either way with this top. Price: $16.49

~ Necklace: Gold2arrow. This necklace seems to be made of pretty cheap material but that's never stopped me when the price is right! To be honest if I were to see this in a store I would walk right past it. It's just not appealing to me. However, when I tried it on I found I really like it. I think I'll keep it. 
Price: $14.99

~ Bracelet: Leather Wrap with Studs.
Last month I received a wrap bracelet as well that wraps twice. This one wraps 5-6 times which to me is not as appealing. It's made of real leather and could see a number of friends wearing this. I'm just not loving it though. Price: $9.99

Conclusion: I'll be keeping the necklace, returning the bracelet, and will have to think about the top. 

  • What do you think? I'd love to hear how you like these items!
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<![CDATA[Second Stitch Fix February 2016]]>Sat, 20 Feb 2016 05:27:10 GMThttp://www.theharmanfamily.org/journalhappenings/second-stitch-fix-february-2016I decided to try another round of Stitch Fix. If you are not familiar with it go check out their website. You fill out a survey about your fashion likes and dislikes. Then you schedule for a Fix. You are assigned a fashion stylist who picks out outfits and jewelry based upon your survey and links that you give them to your pinterest board or other social media pages. They send you a box of goodies. You try on over a three day period and decide what to keep and what not to keep. Then you send back in a pre-paid package anything you didn't want. Those items you want you go to their website and check out to pay for them. That's it! So here's my current Fix:
Queensland Dolman Jersey Top

I really like this piece. It's totally flattering in all areas and hides those areas that I don't want to show off. I also have a ton of pieces that go great with it. This is a winner! Price: $48

Barry Striped Infinity Scarf

I love scarves! They add a flair to any outfit. The thing I'm not thrilled with about this one is it's puffy. It adds too much around my neck area. This item I'm sending back. Price: $28

Mira Skinny Jean - Pull On Style

Though these are the right size, they fit small. I didn't even want to take a picture in them. I like that they are pull on and really soft versus stiff like other jean material. I'm a fan, just wish they were one size bigger. I'll be sending these back. Price: $78

Concord Striped Draped Pocket Cardigan

This is a great unique piece that I've never seen. The outer part loops up to create a semi-pocket. This is really nice BUT I have so many cardigans and sweaters that I can't justify buying another. I'm sending this back as well. Price: $58

Ohio Split Neck Top - FUN2FUN

When I first saw this shirt I was not a fan. Even after trying it on once I still was not a fan. I now really like it. I like that it's not too form fitting but it doesn't make me look like a box either. I really like my jean jacket accessorized with it. This is a keeper. Price: $48

Bonus! AMAZING deal I got from Fred Meyer. This red WARM coat with a hood was a steal of a deal find. Regular $100 marked down to $50, then 70% off of that. I spent a whopping $15 on this coat! That's 85% off of the original price. Geez... I love it and figure I'll get some good use out of it next year. After winter sales are AWESOME!

Final outcome: I'm keeping 2 out of 5 items. Total cost is $96 - $20 styling fee refund = $76. I would think twice about buying these at that price in store but then again i wouldn't have looked at them to try on either. I consider this another Stitch Fix win!

What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear them! If you are interested in giving it a try use my link here by clicking on these words: Stitch Fix Website

Cheers!
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<![CDATA[Stitch Fix February 2016]]>Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:23:39 GMThttp://www.theharmanfamily.org/journalhappenings/stitch-fix-february-2016Today I received my first Fix. I am more than just a little giddy over it. If you have never heard of Stitch Fix before, it is a monthly box of stylish goodies that your personal stylist picks out just for you based on a style profile you fill out and any pinterest boards you have on fashion. Then you have a few days to try on your items and pack up what you don't want and drop off at your mailbox or at the post office to ship back. You then pay for the items you kept via their website and leave feedback on that month's Fix so your stylist can start on choosing your next month's Fix. So simple and fun!

This month I received a jacket, two shirts, a pair of jeans, and a necklace.

The jacket was super cute but didn't fit me so I didn't take a picture of it. Here is a picture someone else took of the same jacket to give you an idea:
The brand is SKIES ARE BLUE and the name of the item is Elista Stitch Detail Quilted Coat. Totally adorable but as I said did not fit well.

The necklace I tried on with the jeans and shirt but decided it just wasn't me. You can see it in the pictures that follow. The brand is 31 BITS and it's called Zita Large Beaded Necklace.

The jeans are KUT FROM THE KLOTH and item name is Aviva Boyfriend Jean. While I couldn't find the exact jean, Kut From The Kloth is sold at Nordstroms online and the selling price of these by Stitch Fix is actually pretty comparable to other places on the internet. See pictures below with the tops.

First top is MARKET & SPRUCE Aleah Heathered V-Neck Dolman Top. It's not very thick and the V-neck is a little bit lower than I'm used to but I LOVE this top! It hides my problem areas but still gives me shape. This one is a keeper despite the price ($48).
Last item, PIXLEY Messi Lattice Neckline Knit Top is an undecided at this time. I LOVE this one as well, but at a hefty price of $68 it's just enough to make me think twice. It's a heavier material than the Dolman top and the lattice detail is spectacular but I really don't know how I would wear a bra with this. I love how it hides problem areas on my body yet is flattering. What to do... what to do...
Overall impression: My stylist really gets me. I would have kept three out of five it the cost wasn't so high. To keep both tops and the jeans would have been $184. That's an average of $61 per item. I guess I am cheap because this is more than I typically spend on new clothing. I will keep one of the tops but will be sending back everything else. I am very much looking forward to next month!
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<![CDATA[Meal Planning Week of May 11th]]>Sun, 10 May 2015 03:12:11 GMThttp://www.theharmanfamily.org/journalhappenings/meal-planning-week-of-may-11thI have to admit I'm quite disappointed in myself with my eating habits over the past week. I need to reset my sweet tooth. So I'm meal planning for this week with that in mind.

Monday
Breakfast: Cinnamon Apple Pecan Oatmeal
http://www.eatclean.com/recipes-how-to/cinammon-apple-pecan-oatmeal
I use Steel-cut Oats

Lunch: Three Bean Salad
http://dawnastone.com/recipe/three-bean-salad/

Snack: Strawberry Banana Blender Sorbet
http://www.superhealthykids.com/strawberry-banana-blender-sorbet/

Dinner: Slow Cooker Parmesan Honey Pork Roast
http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/slow-cooker-parmesan-honey-pork-roast/#_a5y_p=1968094
I don't use the cheese for dairy free option. Instead of cornstarch opt for arrowroot powder, 2tsp. I also leave out the sugar.
Sides: Roasted asparagus and brown rice


Tuesday
Breakfast: Leftovers from Monday


Lunch; Leftovers from Monday


Snack: Leftovers from Monday

Dinner: Blackened Salmon with Mango Avocado Salsa
http://againstallgrain.com/2013/05/18/blackened-salmon-with-mango-avocado-salsa/
Sides: quinoa

Wednesday
Breakfast:
Bacon and Sweet Potato Skillet (with over-easy egg)
http://notenoughcinnamon.com/2013/09/12/bacon-sweet-potato-skillet/

Lunch:
Leftovers from Monday

Snack:
Fresh Salsa and Tortilla chips
http://dawnastone.com/recipes/fresh-salsa-and-tortilla-chips/

Dinner:
Slow Cooker Roasted Chicken
http://thenourishinghome.com/2014/02/slow-cooker-roasted-chicken-gf/

Thursday
Breakfast:
Leftovers from Wednesday

Lunch:
Leftovers from Monday

Snack:
leftovers from Monday

Dinner:
Black BeanTostadas with Salsa (adding ground beef as well)
http://dawnastone.com/recipe/black-bean-tostadas-with-salsa/

Friday
Breakfast:
Leftovers from Wednesday

Lunch: Tomato Zucchini Pasta Salad
http://www.thecookingphotographer.com/2009/07/tomato-zucchini-pasta-with-sherry.html
Lots of subbing so bear with me:
Instead of Sherry Vinegar use Red Wine Vinegar
Sub in gluten-free pasta such as brown rice pasta or quinoa pasta
Add chopped up chicken

Snack:
Leftovers from Wednesday

Dinner:
Honey Mustard Chicken
http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/honey_mustard_chicken/
For sides, I'll be roasting potatoes in the oven and having simple green salad.

Saturday
Breakfast:
Leftovers from Wednesday

Lunch:
Leftovers from Wednesday

Rest of the day:
My daughter's birthday party and my nephew's birthday party!

Sunday
Breakfast: Cinnamon Apple Pecan Oatmeal
http://www.eatclean.com/recipes-how-to/cinammon-apple-pecan-oatmeal
I use Steel-cut Oats

Snack:
Peanut Butter and celery (raisins too if I feel like it)

Lunch and Dinner:
At a relative's house

Grocery List

Grains:
2 cups Steel cut  oats
Brown rice
Quinoa
16 corn tortillas
Package of brown rice or quinoa pasta (elbow or curly)

Fruit:
2 Apple
3 cups strawberries
2 bananas
2 Lemon
2 lime
Mango
2 Avocado

Veggies;
Grape tomatoes
3-4 roma tomotoes
6 celery ribs
½ red onion
Bunch asparagus
2 sweet potatoes
5 tomatoes
½ onion
Leek
Carrot
Shredded lettuce
Bunch Green onion
2 medium or 1 large zucchini
shallot

Fresh herbs:
Cilantro
Garlic

Spices:
Salt
Cinnamon
Ground pepper
Basil
Oregano
Paprika
Onion powder
Cumin
Chili powder
Thyme
Parsley
rosemary
cayenne

Nuts:
Pecans

Oils and Vinegars:
Balsamic vinegar
Extra virgin olive oil
Red Wine Vinegar

Meat:
3-4 lb. boneless pork loin roast
4 salmon fillets
Bacon
4-5 pound whole chicken
1 pound ground beef
1 boneless skinless chicken breast
2-3 pounds chicken thighs or legs

Other:
Honey
Can white beans
Can chickpeas
Can kidney beans
Can black beans
Soy sauce or Tamari
Chicken broth
Eggs
Dijon Mustard
Peanut Butter
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<![CDATA[Meal Planning Week of May 4th 2015]]>Sun, 03 May 2015 05:38:53 GMThttp://www.theharmanfamily.org/journalhappenings/meal-planning-week-of-may-4th-2015Monday
Breakfast:
Sweet potato quiche (left over from last week)

Lunch:
Chicken-Brussels Sprouts Slaw
http://dawnastone.com/recipe/chicken-brussels-sprouts-slaw/
Dressing:
http://dawnastone.com/recipe/maple-hazelnut-vinaigrette/

Snack:
Strawberry banana ice cream
http://www.skinnymom.com/recipe-4-ingredient-strawberry-banana-ice-cream/

Dinner:
Chicken with Garlic Roasted Sweet Potatoes
http://paleoleap.com/chicken-garlic-roasted-sweet-potatoes/ 
I will be a doing half sweet potatoes and half russet potatoes
For greens we'll be enjoying asparagus and a simple salad

Tuesday
Breakfast:
Apple Cinnamon Pecan Oatmeal
http://www.eatclean.com/recipes-how-to/cinammon-apple-pecan-oatmeal

Lunch:
Leftovers from Monday

Snack:
Leftovers from Monday

Dinner:
Slow cooker honey pork loin roast
http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/slow-cooker-parmesan-honey-pork-roast/#_a5y_p=1968094
For this, instead of cornstarch use arrowroot powder, about 2 tsp, and skip the sugar altogether since you are using honey.
For a side, consider this: 
Garlic Mushroom Quinoa
http://damndelicious.net/2014/05/02/garlic-mushroom-quinoa/

Wednesday
Breakfast:
Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
http://www.plaidandpaleo.com/2014/04/paleo-twice-baked-breakfast-sweet-potatoes.html
I'll also enjoy a piece of fruit, most likely a pear

Lunch:
Leftovers from Monday

Snack:
Celery and peanut butter

Dinner:
Blackened Salmon with Mango avocado salsa
http://againstallgrain.com/2013/05/18/blackened-salmon-with-mango-avocado-salsa/ 
I'll also be adding brown rice and steamed green beans to this meal

Thursday
Breakfast:
Leftovers from Monday

Lunch:
Leftover from Monday

Snack:
Very Berry Smoothie
http://dawnastone.com/recipe/healthy-you-very-berry-smoothie/

Dinner:
Honey Mustard Chicken
http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/honey_mustard_chicken/ 
For sides, I'll be roasting potatoes in the oven and having simple green salad.

Friday
Breakfast:
leftovers from Wednesday

Lunch:
Spinach Walnut Pear Salad
http://dawnastone.com/recipe/spinach-walnut-and-pear-salad/
For the dressing:
http://dawnastone.com/recipe/walnut-vinaigrette/

Snack:
Banana and strawberries

Dinner:
Crockpot Balsamic Beef Roast
http://www.primallyinspired.com/crockpot-balsamic-roast-beef/ 
As a side, potatoes, carrots, peppers, and mushrooms all cooking in the crock pot with the roast. I will also add a cup of brown rice in the rice cooker.

Saturday
Breakfast:
Leftovers from Wednesday

Lunch:
Chickpea salad with lemon and mint
http://dawnastone.com/recipe/chickpea-salad-with-lemon-and-mint-2/

Snack:
Celery and peanut butter

Dinner:
Out

Sunday
Breakfast:
Leftovers from Wednesday

Lunch:
Out

Snack:
Cookie Dough Snack Balls
http://www.primallyinspired.com/cookie-dough-snack-balls/
II will be enjoying either half an apple or a whole pear as well

Dinner:
leftovers

Shopping List

Fruit:
1 Granny Smith or Fuji apple
1/3 cup pomegranate seeds or juice-sweetened dried cherries
2 lemon
1 lime
4 bananas
1/2 cup + 10 strawberries
1 red apple
1 large ripe mango 
1 large avocado
¼ cup diced grape tomatoes
1/4 cup frozen berries
2 pear
orange

Vegetables:
3/4 pounds Brussels Sprouts
4 carrots
4 scallions/green onions
3 large sweet potato
3 pound russet potatoes
1 bunch asparagus
1 bunch of lettuce of choice
1 pound cremini mushrooms
1 medium sweet onion
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons red onion
1/2 pound or so green beans
4 cups baby spinach (0.2 pounds)
1/4 cup sliced button mushrooms
1/2 leek
1 pound any mushroom
2 Red pepper
1 cucumber
3 ribs celery

Herbs:
29 garlic clove
Salt
Black Pepper
1 TBSP paprika
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp dried basil
1 Tbsp + 1/2 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp arrowroot powder
3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp cumin
½ tsp chili powder
1 TBSP dried rosemary or 2-3 sprigs fresh
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves

Meats:
1 large chicken breast or rotisserie chicken
boneless skinless chicken breasts
4 pounds boneless pork loin roast
4 slices bacon
2 pounds wild salmon filets (4-5)
3 pounds chicken thighs or legs
4 pound beef roast


Nuts:
1/4 cup hazelnuts
1/4 cup pecans
2 TBSP Raisins (usually found in the nut section a the store)
1/4 cup walnuts

Grains:
1 cup gluten-free rolled oats or steel cut oats
1 cup quinoa
2 cup brown rice

Oils and vinegar:
1 cup + 3 TBSP Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup coconut oil

Other:
2 TBSP pure maple syrup
3/5 cup + 1tsp Dijon mustard
2 TBSP coconut milk
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup + 1.5 TBSP honey
2/3 cup + 2TBSP Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup + 1 TBSP gluten free soy sauce or tamari
1 1/4 cup chicken broth
4 eggs
1 can garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
1/2 cup + 1 TBSP peanut butter
1.5 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
2/3 cup Enjoy Life semi-sweet chocolate chips (soy/dairy/gluten free)
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<![CDATA[Celebration of Me or Glory to God?]]>Wed, 29 Apr 2015 14:59:16 GMThttp://www.theharmanfamily.org/journalhappenings/celebration-of-me-or-glory-to-godPicture
I've been getting this email daily this week for the 5 day Mom Prayer challenge. They have been really thought provoking. In fact so much so that I felt compelled to write this and confess my wrong doing. You see, I started planning my daughter's birthday a couple weeks ago. That's 5 weeks ahead of time. The invites were complete and sent 4 weeks ahead, and I'm pretty much finished with everything else with the exception of the food of course. I'll wait for a week before for that one. I've put lots of thought and love into planning a beautiful party for Hannah's 5th birthday. Why? Because I love this girl. I love her with all the love this mommy heart can muster, and I want her to feel special. Special to me and special to everyone else that will be there. She is special. I love her! So when my special day rolls around whether it is Mother's Day or my birthday, I have the desire to feel just as special, to know someone was thinking about me and planned something to make me feel extra special. Instead, most years it's a "Happy Mothers Day" or "Happy Birthday" and if I'm lucky there may be a gift of interesting kind. I remember a flower basket that was so sadly lacking with flowers that were very unattractive. And most years I want to cry. Because I wasn't thought of ahead of time, and no research went into what would I want and what would make me feel special. 

BUT... what have I been focusing on so very much? ME... and what is our purpose while we live on this earth in this life? To give GLORY TO GOD in EVERYTHING that we think, say, and do. Was I shining Jesus in these thoughts and my grumpy attitude? NO! It was all about ME. 

So this year, I choose to be happy and thank God for all that I have and that HE thought about me long before Mother's Day and long before each birthday, and HE gave me the best gift in the world that could make me feel special: the gift of forgiveness through the death and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ! 

If I want to do something special for these two days every year, I will plan it. I will stop hoping and expecting to feel special through other's actions. I am special to my family and I choose to embrace that. Amen!

Psalm 19:14, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

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<![CDATA[Blessings Abound]]>Sun, 26 Apr 2015 06:15:04 GMThttp://www.theharmanfamily.org/journalhappenings/blessings-abound
This is my daughter Hannah, named after the prophet Samuel's mother who's great faith in a GREAT GOD resulted in HIM opening up her barren womb and giving her a magnificent son, Samuel. What an AWESOME God we serve!

This week Hannah graduated from being a Cubby at Awana (a children's Bible club) to being a Sparky! In September she'll no longer be a little girl but a big girl, moving on to an older group of kids and also, dare I type it without crying, a KINDERGARDENER! I am so proud of the young girl she is becoming. She is beyond smart and always fun, spunky, and a super fun traveler. Hannah was accepted into the Spanish Immersion kindergarden at Evergreen Christian School. We are so excited for this amazing opportunity that will be to her advantage in the years to come. And, all despite my goals of having her attend another Christian school here. Yes, I had in my mind from the day she was born which schools she would attend. God had a bigger and better plan for her though and I'm so humbled that he orchestrated a series of events to show us in a tangible way which path he wanted Hannah on. God still moves and directs us!

Now on a rabbit trail here. I have to admit my faith and commitment to Christ Jesus has been stale lately to put it mildly. I find myself running all day long until I collapse at night and realize that I didn't get to my devotional or reading the Word of God or saying a single tangible prayer. I have been horribly bad at putting God in front of me to ensure I'm walking with Him throughout the day.  I feel it. I have been doing things in my own strength instead of leaning on the One that provides strength. And now, after the amazing week I have had, in awe that God is still pursuing ME. 

Okay back to it, another awesome thing that happened this week was I received an amazing generous raise. I was not expecting such a large raise and am thankful and humbled that my amazing boss thinks I deserve it. On a side note, this did not push us into another tax bracket which I am so thankful for. We are still at almost 30% of our incomes going to taxes. Even so I'm still a little irritated at that percent. Plus sales tax, property tax, vehicle tax, air-you-breath tax... oh wait. They haven't done that one yet. 

So an exciting week! Filled with blessing after undeserving blessing. I am filled with thanksgiving to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! 

On to meal planning. Did anyone else do a meal plan last week? I had a few things I substituted throughout the week because I was sick for the first half and couldn't eat much except bland foods. Has anyone else had that? It lasted just short of a week. I'm glad I'm better! I've lost 2 pounds this week :)

So here's my meal plan this week. I'll even put down a grocery list in case anyone else is interested in it. So here we go!


Monday
Breakfast:
SWEET POTATO QUICHE
This could easily provide breakfast for the entire week! However I think I will cut the recipe in half and make something else for the later half of the week. For those of us that are in a hurry in the morning, I suggest making this Sunday evening and refrigerating it. A substitution I'll be doing is less sweet potatoes and adding spinach for some greens and to make it less carbs.

Lunch:
Gluten-free Pasta Salad with Vegetables
This is a delicious salad! I have started to make sure the things I make have veggies or fruit in them at all times. This one expect and delight in leftovers!

Snack:
6-8 sliced strawberries and banana

Dinner:
Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry

Tuesday
Breakfast:
Leftovers from Monday
Lunch:
Leftovers from Monday
Snack:
Apple & 1 Tbsp Natural Peanut Butter

Dinner:
Flank Steak with Arugula
White Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing (from dawnastone.com website):
Makes about 1 cup.
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground black pepper
Mix altogether and store in fridge.

Wednesday
Breakfast:
Cinnamon Apple Pecan Oatmeal
This is one of my favorite breakfasts! I subbed in gluten free steel cut oats. To alter the recipe:
1. Put 1 cup of steel cut oats into 3 cups of water and add cut-up apple and dash of salt. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and cover to simmer for 15-20 minutes
2. Remove from heat and add 1 tsp cinnamon, honey and chopped pecans. Divide into two bowls and eat one and store the other for leftovers.

Lunch:
Leftovers from Monday

Snack:
Very Berry Smoothie

Dinner
Halibut (or Cod) with Tomato-Mango Salsa


Thursday
Breakfast:
leftovers from Monday

Lunch:
leftovers from Monday

Snack:
Hummus and Vegetables
You can choose which veggies you want to dip

Dinner:
Honey Mustard Chicken

Friday
Breakfast:
Leftovers from Wednesday

Lunch:
Chickpea Salad with Lemon and Mint
Enough for leftovers!

Snack:
Fresh salsa and corn tortilla chips
I omit the chili peppers to make it mild

Dinner:
Spaghetti Squash with Fresh Herbs

Saturday
Breakfast:
Leftovers from Wednesday

Lunch:
Leftovers from Friday

Snack:
Leftovers from Thursday

Dinner:
Out

Sunday
Breakfast:
Leftovers from Wednesday

Lunch:
out

Snack:
Celery and 1 TBSP peanut butter

Dinner:
Leftovers from throughout the week




Shopping List

Vegetables
1.5 pounds sweet potatoes
3 cups of spinach
2 Heads of broccoli
5 carrots
5 medium-large tomato
11 scallions (green onions)
Garlic
Celery
1.5 cucumber
½ red bell pepper
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
¼ cup onion
1 cup of cilantro
Ginger
1 cup snow or snap peas
1 cup bean sprouts
Arugula
Mango
½ cup red onion
1 lb asparagus
Spaghetti squash


Fruit

1 Lemon
3.5 lime
12 Strawberries
2 banana
2 Apple
¼ cup frozen mixed berries


Meat

2 slices Bacon
4 boneless skinless chicken breast
1 pound flank steak
1.5 lbs halibut or cod fillets
2-3 lbs chicken thighs or legs


Poultry
Eggs


Spices

Salt
Nutmeg
Italian seasoning blend
Dijon mustard
Pepper
Cinnamon
Fresh or dried rosemary
Fresh basil



Grains

1box (12 ounces) brown rice or quinoa pasta such as penne, fusilli, or bow tie
1 cup gluten-free steel cut oats
4 100% Corn tortillas
1 cup brown rice
1 cup quinoa



Oils/vinegars
Extra virgin olive oil
Red wine vinegar
Gluten free soy sauce or tamari
Balsamic vinegar
White balsamic vinegar


Other
Peanut butter
½ cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
2TBSP Tahini
2 cans (15oz each) chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
¼ cup chicken broth
Honey
Pine nuts
Grated parmesan
 

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<![CDATA[Wonderful World of Whole Foods]]>Sat, 18 Apr 2015 05:09:45 GMThttp://www.theharmanfamily.org/journalhappenings/wonderful-world-of-whole-foodsOne new thing I've subjected my family to is a change in diet. I have a daughter that continues to grow her waist outwards (moving into the size an 8 or 10 year old wears!) and is showing signs she may have the same fight ahead of her with her weight and Ernest's health issues and my ever diminishing metabolism (love getting older don't you?) have opened my eyes that we could benefit from a change. That's not to say our diet was that horrible before BUT it could stand some improvements. 

I ventured upon a challenge called The 14 day Healthy You Challenge put on by Dawna Stone. I honestly don't know much about this lady. I don't think she even has any credentials behind her to make her an expert in anything (much easier to trust a dietitian or nutritionist than someone with nothing that proves they know what they are talking about). However when i read the challenge it provided a meal plan and shopping list. And most of the recipes looked simple and doable even by me. So i joined. i'm in week 2 right now and nearing the end but I'm hooked! I dropped several pounds, my clothes feel looser, and I have a  bit more energy. So I decided that meal planning with mostly whole foods is going to be are new way of life. 

Now meal planning: I've always found it daunting and unrealistic for my taste. It would take me several hours on a Saturday to plan all of our meals and create a grocery list. Then I'd have to go grocery shopping. And there was most of my Saturday. Too much when I only had two days to get everything done that I can't get to during the week and have some fun too. BUT I finally found a way to make it less of a chore. I plan throughout the week and reuse recipes. And best part: I always have the ingredient I need and I don't have to think of what to eat. I don't grab unhealthy things because I don't have a plan. I now grad healthy foods. Big victory! Now to work on my closet-eating problem :\

So I thought I'd leave you with my meal plan for this week. Notice most of my recipes come from Dawna Stone's website and one or two from Eatingclean.com. There are some great recipes out there!



Monday

Breakfast

Very Berry Smoothie

http://dawnastone.com/recipes/veryberrysmoothie/

Lunch

Quinoa Salad with Black Beans and Avocado

http://dawnastone.com/recipes/quinoa-salad-with-black-beans-and-avocado/

Snack

½ Apple & 1 Tbsp Natural Peanut Butter

Dinner

Grilled Herb Chicken and Broccoli with Green Salad

http://dawnastone.com/recipes/grilled-herb-chicken-and-broccoli-with-green-salad/

Tuesday

Breakfast

Cinnamon Apple Pecan oatmeal

http://www.eatclean.com/recipes-how-to/cinammon-apple-pecan-oatmeal

Lunch

Leftovers from Monday

Snack

Sliced banana and 4-6 strawberries

Dinner

Grilled Salmon Citrus Salad

http://dawnastone.com/recipes/grilled-salmon-citrus-salad/

Wednesday

Breakfast

Leftovers from Tuesday

Lunch

Leftovers from Monday

Snack

Hummus and Vegetables

http://dawnastone.com/recipes/hummus-and-vegetables/

Dinner

Rosemary Chicken and Wild Rice and Asparagus

http://dawnastone.com/recipes/rosemary-chicken-and-wild-rice/  

Thursday

Breakfast

Pineapple Avocado Smoothie (adding protein powder)

http://dawnastone.com/recipes/pineapple-avocado-smoothie/

Lunch

Leftovers from Monday

Snack

Celery and peanut butter

Dinner

Fish Tacos with Mano Avocado Salsa

http://dawnastone.com/recipes/fish-tacos-with-mango-avocado-salsa/

Friday

Breakfast

Vegetable Scramble and Oatmeal

http://dawnastone.com/recipes/vegetable-scramble-and-oatmeal/

Lunch

Lentil Carrot Salad

http://dawnastone.com/recipes/lentil-carrot-salad/

Snack

Medium Apple & 10 Raw Almonds

Dinner

Vegetable Soup and Green Salad

http://dawnastone.com/recipes/vegetable-soup-and-green-salad/

Saturday

Breakfast

Veggie Omelet and Melon

http://dawnastone.com/recipes/veggie-omelet-and-1-slice-of-melon/

Lunch

Chicken Brussel Sprout Slaw

http://dawnastone.com/recipes/healthy-you-recipes/chicken-brussels-sprouts-slaw/

Snack

Leftovers from Wednesday

Dinner

Eat Out

Sunday

Breakfast

Radiant Red Juice

http://dawnastone.com/recipes/radiant-red-juice/

Lunch

Not Home

Snack

Leftovers from Wednesday

Dinner

Black Bean Tostadas with Salsa

http://dawnastone.com/recipes/black-bean-tostadas-with-salsa/


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<![CDATA[Samuel's One Year Pictures]]>Wed, 29 Jan 2014 15:17:26 GMThttp://www.theharmanfamily.org/journalhappenings/samuels-one-year-picturesPicture
Sam is now one (at this moment 13 months even) so of course we had to have Cristal Bennett out again for another shoot. This time only a couple poses. Click on the link to be taken to the gallery. They are adorable! Also, if you live in Whatcom County don't forget to book your photography session with Cristal! She really is awesome! You can find her at her website.

Okay, now on with the show:
http://iwonderphotography.smugmug.com/Sam-One-Year/n-3V6DC/

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<![CDATA[Mini Broccoli and Cheese Quiches ]]>Wed, 15 Jan 2014 06:10:29 GMThttp://www.theharmanfamily.org/journalhappenings/mini-broccoli-and-cheese-quichesPicture
While thinking long and hard about what I was going to have for lunch tomorrow (remember I'm a drive-through Sue), something that I could just grab because, well I don't really take a lunch during the day just so I can get off 1/2 hour earlier, I found this recipe on pinterest and boy am I excited to eat it tomorrow! Click on the link below to be taken to the Pinterest post for this recipe. Also leave me a comment letting me know what you think about it. I'll comment and give you the run-down on what I think about it later this week. Enjoy!

For Mini Broccoli and Cheese Quiche recipe, click here

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