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cucumbers and colors

It’s officially cucumber season in our household!  I’m picking an average of about 10-12 per DAY in the yarden.  Please keep in mind that it’s just Daniel and me here, so I have been busy figuring out some different ways to use our cucumbers (you can only eat so many plain or in salads).

So far, I have a few favorite ways of using our abundance of cukes.

Cukes

First, they are perfect for fresh juice.  This one was a no brainer considering how much I love making fresh green juice.

Greenjuice

The second way is another type of juicing, but it’s for later use in smoothies or blended juices.  I juiced about five million cucumbers and then poured the juice into ice cube trays and transferred to the freezer.  Once frozen, I put them in freezer bags.  Seriously, how easy is this?  Now whenever I want a little extra green in my smoothies, I can just pop a few cucumber cubes (not an appealing name if you ask me) in the blender and voila!  I’m also planning on using them in blended juices (I’m thinking pineapple, orange, spinach, and cucumber will be a perfect combination!).

Cukesicecubes

Finally, I used them in my quick pickles (also known as marinated cucumbers).  This is one of my favorite summertime snacks of all times.  

Slicedcukes

Quick Pickles

2-3 large pickling cucumbers or 1 regular cucumber

1 cup white vinegar

3/4 cup white granulated sugar

1/2 cup water

1 tsp salt

Thinly slice cucumbers (the mandolin made this very easy for me – I used the 1/8 inch setting) and place in bowl medium bowl.

Heat vinegar, sugar, water, and salt in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until sugar and salt are completely dissolved.  

Pour vinegar mixture over cucumber slices.

Let sit for about 15-20 minutes and then enjoy!  

(I prefer to chill mine before eating and then store in the refrigerator.)

Marinatedcukes

This is a quick and simple recipe that makes a great snack or the perfect side dish for a summer cookout or picnic.

With all the different ways to use these green beauties, I’m sure none of them will go to waste!

Now, how about something NOT green?  This is the pedicure I got today for vacation.  The guy who did it kept asking me if I was completely sure that was what I wanted.  Apparently he thought it was strange. 🙂  I like it.

Pedicure

Yes, I do know that two of my toenails are orange.  And yes, I know they are not the same toe on each foot.  I tried to blur out my super bony feet, but there was no way to fix the stubby pinky toes.  Sigh.

While we are on a color theme in this post (do you see it?  first everything was green, then neon pink and neon orange, and now…..), let’s take a look at one other little thing I had done recently.


Colortattoo

Just kidding!  Mom, are you okay?  Did I fool anyone????  When I get my next tattoo, I will definitely show y’all, I promise!  And don’t worry, no swirly pink flowers will be involved.  (source)

This is what I actually had done last week.

Bluehair

Blue streak underneath – I love it!  This isn’t something I did myself (I don’t do anything to my hair except wash and dry it – no dying, cutting, or anything like that for me).  It’s an AVEDA color treatment, in case you were wondering.

The colorful post now comes to an end.  Time to start packing!!!!!!!!!

much love,

natalie 

so tell me…

Do you have any recipes or serving suggestions for all my cucumbers that will be waiting for me when I get back???

What’s the most colorful thing on you at the moment?

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Unexpected Awesomeness

So, today was just supposed to be another Monday.  You know, wake up thirty minutes late and scramble to get ready to leave for work on time and not miss the morning staff meeting (again).  Luckily, I took the time to pack ALL my food for the day and my gym bag last night.  I somehow managed to get showered and completely ready and out the door in under 40 minutes this morning.  I know this isn’t really a stretch for most people, but I always take the time to shave my legs in the morning, and I have to actually spend a little time on my hair.  I am incredibly jealous of all those girls that can just tousle their hair and it has those amazingly sexy loose curls or waves.

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Yeah, that is definitely not how my hair works!

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That’s more like the hand I was dealt. 🙂

Kidding (not really) – at least I have hair!

Anyway, back to the point.  It takes me a while to get ready to be gone an entire day (leaving at 7:15 and not getting home until almost 9 that night).  When I got to school, I attended my meeting, and then headed to my room to welcome my precious angels.  Since this is the last week of school before Spring Break (WAAAHHOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!), the kids were extremely wound up.  By the time lunch rolled around, I was ready for a break and some adult conversation.

This is where part one of the (unpictured) unexpected awesomeness comes in.  I threw my lunch together last night without too much thought.  Oh my gosh – it was SO delicious!  I mixed together one can of chicken breast meat, about 1/4 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt, some mustard, and sriracha.  The chicken salad was enjoyed atop a bed of spinach and served with strawberries, cottage cheese, and two dates on the side.  In case you were wondering, that small lunch packed in 42 grams of protein!  I’ll be making it again this week!

Now for part two – dinner.  I think that somehow we subconsciously were thinking about St. Patrick’s Day when we planned tonight’s dinner (which Daniel cooked).  It was full of delicious GREEN foods!  Daniel made a simple stir fry of half a huge head of cabbage, three smallish zucchinis, and fresh broccoli.  We used a little rice wine vinegar and light soy sauce to season it up, and then topped it with a little sriracha (yes, I am addicted to my favorite “rooster sauce” and all spicy foods in general).  Some chicken breast cooked in a skillet were also added to the mix.  I’m telling you – if people only knew how delicious healthy foods can taste… Mmmm – I’m already looking forward to my leftovers tomorrow!

Now it is already way later than my bedtime, and I need some sleep!  I hope that your Monday had a small piece of unexpected awesomeness. 🙂


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