Jul 172014
 

When I see storage organization ideas in magazines they generally come with a hefty price tag for the beautifully decorated storage containers.  This tutorial from Gathering Beauty teaches you how to decorate magazine holders from IKEA so that you can have a color-coordinated look without hurting your wallet.

Crafty Thursdays are an ongoing feature of The Daily Citron.  I picked Thursday because it leaves just enough time for busy people to collect their supplies for doing the craft over the weekend.

Jul 152014
 


[Expired] Urban Gardening: The Urban Farmer Handbook – How to Grow Beautiful Fruits, Vegetables, and Plants in Any Space by Dane Alexander is free right now on Amazon.  It’s an Amazon Kindle ebook, but even if you don’t own a Kindle you can still enjoy it by downloading it to your computer (PC or Mac), iPhone, or iPad. The instructions for doing so are included under the “Buy Now With 1 Click” button.

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Jul 132014
 

I don’t post weekly meal plans because I think that our meals are particularly impressive (they aren’t, hate to admit it), or creative (not really, eek).  For me, it’s a matter of giving an example of how a fairly ordinary (now Paleo) family plans out their week of meals.  I’ve always been a big proponent of weekly meal planning, and I hope that by showing you how we do it, you might be inspired to try it yourself.

Paleo Weekly Meal Plan- July, Week 3

Dinners

  • Monday- Merguez Meatballs from the Well Fed 2 cookbook (pssst, you can also find the recipe at the author’s website)
  • Tuesday- SimplyRecipe’s Poached Salmon (same as last week- it’s that good)
  • Wednesday- PaleOMG’s Sriracha Cod
  • Thursday- Entree Chicken Salad, which is basically a big salad topped with grilled chicken breast, and finished with a drizzle of olive oil and apple cider vinegar
  • Friday- Rotisserie Chicken from New Leaf, one of our local health food stores.  Unlike Whole Foods, they make one without soy or gluten.
  • Saturday- Crispy Garlic Curry Chicken Drumsticks from PaleoMagazine/AncestralChef
  • Sunday- Beef Stew by NomNomPaleo

Dinner sides are mix-and-match as usual, and include sautéed spinach, sautéed chard, oven-roasted cauliflower rice  by Melissa Joulwan, roasted sweet potatoes, roasted winter squash, steamed new potatoes, Michelle Tam’s braised red cabbage, sauerkraut, and fresh salads.

Lunches

Lunches this week are the leftovers from the dinners, plus fresh fruit like melons, peaches, strawberries and blueberries from the farmer’s market.

Breakfasts

Paleo Chunky Monkey MuffinBreakfasts include Berry SmoothiesBanana Walnut Smoothies, PaleoParents’ Chunky Monkey MuffinsBanana Faux-tmeal, and sweet potatoes sautéed with apples.  Plus protein on the side- usually sausage, bacon, sardines, or kipper snacks, and usually extra fresh fruit, too.

Have you tried weekly meal planning yet?

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Jul 122014
 

green beansThis is a hearty and satisfying way to enjoy fresh green beans.  It’s especially helpful for tenderizing broader, tougher heirloom variety green beans that show up at the farmer’s markets and in CSA farm boxes.  This recipe was inspired by a recipe in the Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer and Ethan Becker- a fabulous cookbook I would recommend to anyone, of any dietary preference.

Paleo Green Beans with Dill

What You Need:

  • 2 tbsp tallow
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 lb green beans
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp salt

What To Do:

  1. Heat tallow in a large pan over medium heat. Add the onion and saute for about 5 minutes, until it’s softened.
  2. Add the garlic and saute 1 minute, until aromatic but not browned.
  3. Add the green beans, tomatoes, dill, parsley and salt. Cover and simmer until the beans are tender but not mushy, 10-20 minutes.
Green Beans with Dill
Servings
4servings
Servings
4servings
Green Beans with Dill
Servings
4servings
Servings
4servings
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp tallow or fat of choice
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1 lb green beans
  • 2 tomatoes chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  • 1/4 tsp salt
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat tallow in a large pan over medium heat. Add the onion and saute for about 5 minutes, until it's softened.
  2. Add the garlic and saute 1 minute, until aromatic but not browned.
  3. Add the green beans, tomatoes, dill, parsley and salt. Cover and simmer until the beans are tender but not mushy, 10-20 minutes.
Recipe Notes

You can use a can of chopped tomatoes, with juice, in place of the fresh tomatoes.

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Jul 112014
 

Ice Cream Cake from Paleo Parents and So Let’s Hang Out. Check out the post- it is laugh-out-loud funny.

Kiplinger (a personal finance magazine) recently posted 5 ways to save on gas money- one of them was a surprise to me: that there are certain times of day when gas is cheaper.

Speaking of saving money, if you’re having a hard time talking to your spouse about money issues, check out The Simple Dollar’s Twenty Powerful Tips for Discussing Money Topics with Your Partner.  My husband and I already use quite a few of the tips and it’s definitely made us a stronger couple as a result.  Reading the article reminded me that there are ways we could improve in that area, too.  Recently we’ve been talking a lot lately about our financial goals and which purchases would make us truly happy versus just being impulse buys that don’t mean much in the long term.  Becoming Minamalist has an inspirational post on how people can get caught in a cycle of purchasing items in order to bring satisfaction to their lives, only to find that an excess of material goods doesn’t bring them the happiness that they were looking for.  We can relate to that, and have been doing a lot of talking about whether our financial goals are aligned with our heart’s desires.

If you looking for a way to clear out some of your excess stuff, Be More with Less has put together a list of 10 Tiny Tasks to Declutter Your Home.  I love the idea of going through my bookcase and finding at least five books that I would like to send to five people.  I have some “old favorites” that are just gathering dust, but it’s hard for me to donate them because I love them so much.  But giving them to people I care about would feel really great.

If you need a healthy treat after all that decluttering, try the scrumptious looking Banana Lemon Cheesecake Carrotcake (Paleo of course).  But even if you never make the cake, the post itself is laugh-out-loud hilarious.  Food bloggers aren’t all that funny, but she is clearly an exception.

Jul 102014
 

Here’s a great way to reuse jello molds- upcycle them into planters for your garden.  SecondChanceToDream gives a step-by-step tutorial on how to do it.  I like this idea, although I probably wouldn’t paint them- the original metallic color of the molds was beautiful, in a vintage-with-industrial-flair way (before and after photos are in the post).

Crafty Thursdays are an ongoing feature of The Daily Citron.  I picked Thursday because it leaves just enough time for busy people to collect their supplies for doing the craft over the weekend.