Menu Plan Monday: Using the Whole30 Cookbook

July 20, 2015
The chores never end, even when you work from home. The Man asked if he could help with anything, so I handed him the cookbooks and said "Pick a few recipes".

Going back to strict Whole30 is helping him, I'm supplementing my mood with raw honey and dark chocolate. Trust me, it's needed. And with the <insert expletive> heat and humidity in Houston, I'm ok with not losing weight the way I was in California. I figure I'll hit goal weight eventually. It's taken over a month for me to get back on a regular walking schedule, that's good enough for now.

In no particular order this week:

Sunday: Tilapia with Green beans and Cherry tomatoes

Monday: Shrimp with Romescu sauce and Zoodles (definitely a favorite)
Garlic Shrimp with Romescu Sauce
Garlic Shrimp with Romescu Sauce and Zoodles

Tuesday: Grilled Steak & Avocado with Garlic Shallot puree (pg 216) and mandarin strawberry salad
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Wednesday: Kitchen Sink Scrambled Eggs (pg 202) - which oddly enough, I do a kitchen sink omelette, so it might turn into that.
Kitchen Sink Omelette
Kitchen Sink Omelette

Kitchen Sink Omelette ingredients

Thursday: Chicken Hash (pg 228) - I hope I find the cheese grater in time.
Friday: Thai Chicken Mango Pineapple Salad - I need a little more flavor and summer type foods.

What's on your plate this week?

Bantu Knot-Out (FAIL)

July 15, 2015
So, unintended consequences of having all that exposed scalp? SUNBURN!!!! Yay. A sunburned scalp is a very uncomfortable thing. Guess I'll be wearing it down anyway, or at least half up and half down.

And my hair still can't figure out how to hold a wave or curl even after being in Bantu knots for three days. The front kind of waved, but it fell by the end of the day. These were taken right after letting them all down. 

The back didn't wave or curl at all. And the sides, forget it. They were just confused. My ends ... they are still doing their own thing. I am about at my wits end about what to do with my hair in this freaking humidity! I can't even get it into a bun that looks respectable. And I still managed to get dog hair in my hair. Sigh.

I really need to figure out a summer hairstyle that is easy and quick and fairly humidity proof. My length during my installation was between 8"-11" and I haven't gotten everything cut to an even length yet because some sections are not fully locked. I'm now much longer than that. It's a really weird feeling for me to put my hair in a low ponytail and feel it brushing my back. With all the Houston bugs, I often mistake it for flies landing on me. Though it could be that too.

Any ideas or products to help me out?

Got Crabs?

July 13, 2015
If I ever have the need to absolutely destroy something like Hulk under the influence of the Scarlet Witch, that would be the time to make me eat crab (in the shell, crab cakes are another story). Otherwise, I just want to eat my food, not work for it. I mean, anything that needs a nutcracker and a tool that looks like seam ripper just to get to the meat ... too much work.
KJ Steampot
Snow crab, seared scallops and mussels in a light
Kendall-Jackson wine sauce with hints of garlic, pepper and notes of citrus.
I do have to admit that the scallops, crab, and mussels were delicious, I just didn't want to work for my food, get crab juice shot into my eye, or get so messy that I needed baby wipes and to wash thoroughly with soap and water. That kind of stuff should only be reserved for BBQ ribs. I mean, I haven't worn a bib since I was 4!
Crab Lover - only if it's already out of the shell
Dessert made up for some of it.

What's left of the Campfire S'mores
A huge slice of chocolate cake between two crispy
graham crackers topped with a Hershey's® Chocolate Bar and freshly toasted marshmallows.

And then we really needed to work off that dessert, so we walked back down to the Pier. I was somewhat reminded of Santa Monica.

Beautiful sunset at the pier
And I thought it would be cool to walk down the pier and check out the rides for a future trip, but unlike Santa Monica, you have to pay to get past the entrance. Just to walk around. What the fruit?

Bonus: All that walking paid off in a new badge.

Summer Style: Bantu Knots

 OK, Houston, you win. I can't take it anymore. After this morning's walk, I was once again drenched in sweat. I think my hair gained a pound or two between myself and the ambient humidity. And there is so much hair. I had barely gotten my hair contained into something one could very loosely call a ponytail (seriously, it was a grocery store rubber band holding my hair off my face. I couldn't even wrap it around twice).
Nailed it, right?

So after washing my hair I opted to bantu knot it. No more dog hair (hopefully), air flow on my scalp and hopefully less weight gain due my hair's amazing ability to absorb all the moisture from the air or from sweat. I just wish I could have gotten them to lay nice and flat. Not all of my ends wanted to be tucked, so the back doesn't look quite as good, but at least it's off my neck!
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