Friday, March 31, 2017

5 Spring Vegetables You May Not Know

Seeing the first glimpse of spring vegetables make their appearance at the farmer’s market this month is a welcome change from winter’s hearty abundance. While the usual suspects — bright pink radishes, tender asparagus spears, and bright green snap peas — are there, you’ll also find more unexpected options like fiddleheads, ramps, morels and more. While these vegetables aren’t as common, don’t be intimidated! Familiarize yourself with each of these unique spring market finds and ways you can use each in a fresh and flavorful spring recipe.

 

Fiddlehead ferns

Fiddlehead ferns are the coiled tips of a young fern; deriving their name from the resemblance to the decorative end of a fiddle. This unique vegetable has a grassy, slight nutty flavor that’s similar to asparagus. Try them lightly steamed or boiled, then finished with olive oil and lemon for a quick side dish. They can also be swapped into almost any cooked recipe that features asparagus or haricot verts.

Let fiddleheads take center stage by replacing them for the asparagus in this Healthy Roast Asparagus with Creamy Almond Vinaigrette.

 

Ramps

Also referred to as wild leeks, ramps are a member of the allium family along onion and garlic. This wild onion looks similar to a scallion but with larger, flat leaves. Ramps are more pungent than onion and garlic, but cooking them will mellow the flavor.

Try grilling them and adding to a spring pizza.

 

Morels

Morels are a cone shaped mushrooms with a honeycomb texture and a nutty, deep earthy flavor. While morels may be harder to find in markets (if you aren’t foraging for them yourself), they are worth seeking out for their unique taste and texture. As with other mushrooms, make sure they are free of debris and dirt by lightly brushing them with a dry pastry brush or kitchen towel before preparing.

Try fresh morels in this Mushroom and Barley Roasted Asparagus Salad.

 

White Asparagus

This ghostly pale vegetable is actually the same plant as green asparagus, but is grown in conditions that block out the sunlight. Without natural light, the asparagus is unable to produced chlorophyll, hence the white instead of green color. Taste wise, white asparagus is slightly sweeter and has a less fibrous stalk than the traditional variety. White asparagus can be used in any dish that calls for asparagus, but use a vegetable peeler to remove the bitter outer coat before preparing.

Try using them in this fresh Shaved Asparagus and Fennel Salad or simply roasted as a side.

 

Sorrel

Though sorrel is commonly regarded as an herb, it’s actually part of the buckwheat family. This leafy spring vegetable has a tart citrus-like flavor, a cross between tarragon and a crisp apple. Young sorrel is less tart and can be served raw in salads, made into sauces or steamed as a side dish. More mature sorrel is a stronger flavor and works well in creamy soups, sauces or stews.

Try using sorrel in place of basil in a pesto, like this blanched pesto or in this sorrel, pea and leek soup.

 

Alex Caspero MA, RD, RYT is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Yoga Teacher. She is the founder of Delish Knowledge (delishknowledge.com), a resource for healthy, whole-food vegetarian recipes. In her private coaching practice, she helps individuals find their “Happy Weight.” 

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My “Almost” Success Story

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. In fact, I have a contest going right now. So if you have a story to share, no matter how big or how small, you’ll be in the running to win a big prize. Read more here.

realifestories in line I’ve entitled my story as an ‘Almost’ Success Story because my story is not yet complete. After having lost 50 kilos (just over 100 pounds), I still have about 10 or 15 kilos to go.

Can I say that while I don’t consider myself Paleo (mainly because I don’t believe in evolution, so I’m pretty sure that disqualifies me….lol), but I do appreciate the articles on all the individual foods that have helped me make healthful choices in what I eat and how many carbs I consume. They have been invaluable, and I am so very grateful for this community and especially for Mark and all he does to help people on their journey to good health. I have adopted the low-carb way of eating (between 50 and 150g daily), and I believe this has been the key to my success. I seldom eat anything refined or highly processed, and I eat all dairy.

For me, it all started after I got a blood test back on October 10, 2015. I was prediabetic at 47 Hba1C, had a slightly fatty liver, and my triglycerides were 2.9 mmol/L. I was also experiencing gout in my big toe (OUCH!), my hips would burn in pain after walking anywhere, I was barely able to move without feeling discomfort, and I had IBS which pretty much ruled my life (as any of you with that condition can attest to). When I got my blood tests back, I remember saying out loud (I was the only one in the room), “I am NOT going to get old and sick!” (I was 48). I had tried so many diets and failed. I, like many of you, had had some successes on the typical LF/HC diets commonly recommended, but I could never stick at it long term. Cravings were simply insatiable, and, let’s face it, who has the superhuman willpower needed to be able to apply it every single day for the rest of your life, which is what one needs to do if one is going to keep the weight off eating LF/HC.

beforeI had already done quite a bit of reading on this website, and I knew controlling my carbs and eliminating highly refined/processed foods was going to be the key for me. So I began immediately. I’m an all-or-nothing girl, and I literally went through my pantry and all my cupboards and ditched everything that was now out of bounds. My darling husband, who is simply awesome, btw, was supportive from the start. After being together for 25 years, and not once with him telling me I needed to lose weight (Oh, and he is slim and 6’4″), I knew that he would eat whatever I put in front of him and never complain. Just as well, because at that stage I simply didn’t have the energy to cook two different meals every night. He has also adopted this way of eating fully, although I am stricter with my carb load than he is.

So off I went, full tilt. I remember sitting on the couch about 3 days after I started, and I said to my husband, “I feel funny….in a good way, but I can’t put my finger on it.” It took me 24 hours to realise what it was: I was no longer experiencing any cravings! Seriously, you’d think I would have recognised that instantly, but what can I tell you. I didn’t. Then, after about two weeks, I was sitting on the couch watching some telly at about 10 pm, and I said to DH, “Man, I feel so good that I could literally get up and go for a long walk!! This is so weird!!”….lol.

Can you believe that! I mean, why couldn’t my doctors have told me that? I’m very grateful for the medical profession when it comes to broken arms, surgeries, etc…but nutritionally…..forget it. Man, they are hopeless at dealing with health issues using food.

I had a blood test three months after I began. Predictably, my fatty liver disappeared, my cholesterol improved (even though I was eating way more saturated fat than I used to), and my BS had gone from 47 to 32 (barely on the start of the scale they measure with). A couple of blood tests later showed that my HDL had risen, my Triglycerides had dropped from 2.9 to 0.4!, and my BS had dropped to 26 (with a note on my tests from my doctor that you don’t get much lower than that!!). My gout has gone, as has the burning pain in my hips. The tiny skin tags all over my neck have disappeared, and, unexpectedly, but very happily, my skin really cleared up! At 48, I still had terrible skin from acne, and the colour and texture also improved.

My hobbies used to be: couch potato or anything else that involved sitting on my chuff. And my poor, enduring husband, who hunts and is as fit as the day is long, would ask if I would accompany him on the odd walk, to which I occasionally agreed out of guilt, but would struggle to complete even short walks. Now he calls me a machine as I hike with him up and down dale (and this coming from a guy who would hunt deer and pig, walking for anything up to 8 hours at a time, carrying a pack and then meat from any animal he was blessed enough to get). So I take his encouragement as a real compliment.

after9A1C19C27I also love to cycle. I don’t think I’m super fit, by any means, but I’m pretty fit. The first time we walked up Kaiti Hill together (a local landmark in my city which is a 1 kilometre hill climb), I thought I was going to have a heart attack at the top. I was heaving and sweating like the proverbial and honestly, I only shuffled up that flippen hill at a snail’s pace. But it almost killed me….lol. Now it’s like a walk in the park. Really. I love it. And we do much longer walks together.

My life has changed completely. I am, in the first, so grateful to God, and second, to the people who have encouraged me along the way, and to the people in this community who have shared their stories of encouragement, and of course, last but certainly not least, to Mark and his diligence in food research.

To anyone who is contemplating changing their eating to reduce carbs, eat whole foods, eliminate grains and sugars…..don’t wait one more day! Do it! I am turning 50 this year, but I feel like I have gotten younger!

Thank you, everyone.

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When first reached drinking age and started to dip my toes into a barrel of grapes, aka buying the cheapest wine I could find, I knew nothing about it except there were four kinds: red, white, bubbly, and pink. (Surprisingly, I didn’t like the pink stuff until I discovered the wonders of a good rosĂ© later in life!)

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Early in my adult life, I noticed that some of the local grocery stores held weekly tastings, and I would always stop and try a thimble while doing my weekly shopping. Information is always absorbed best when more than one of the five senses is involved, so seeing the bottle, hearing the host describe the wine, smelling it, and tasting it all helped me start learning more about the different varietals and complexities in the glass (er, plastic cup).

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Of the four wines we tried, the fan favorite was the Torrontes, a grape I’ve never tried before. The bouquet was amazing – extremely floral and reminiscent of one of my favorite perfumes. I am not sure I would have picked up on the nose if I had just cracked this bottle open and sipped it with friends. We also loved the Guadalmare Morellino di Scansano, an Italian red blend, which our Sommelier Laura described as “the perfect wine to pair with pizza”. (YES!) The tannins cut through the fat, and it even smelled a little like tomato sauce. I am always amazed at the nose-to-brain recognition that sommeliers have!

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Clean Eating Taco Shrimp Recipe

Clean Eating Taco Shrimp Recipe

Shrimp. It’s nearly impossible to not like those little buggers. Versatile and great with almost anything, shrimp are a fantastic way to get some protein.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Cubed.

^^After school snuggles!

M and I went to Sweethaus to pick up some buttercream frosting for our trip. You’ll have to wait and see what it’s for!

I mentioned packing cubes in my lunch post and got a few “what are packing cubes?” comments. Again these are the ones I got, and they arrived just in time for my trip! The set came with three cubes and 3 pouches for laundry or smaller items like underwear. Here is the contents of my carry-on suitcase. I am a huge overpacker, so this is only 3 night’s worth, but I have to fit in all the categories: daytime clothes, dressy clothes and shoes, layers if it’s cold, workout clothes (the WORST to pack with the shoes included), sleepwear, underwear, toiletries.

Here was my first attempt to pack them in:

Haha – look at how many didn’t make it! #fail

Attempt two went stacked instead of sideways, and I made lots of progress:

And then I realized I could go above the zipper because my suitcase expands.

Success! My suitcase is Jessica Simpson’s brand from TJ Maxx about 6 years ago. I love it!

Mazen played “airport attendant” for a good 30 minutes loading and unloading our suitcases into the trunk.

I said goodbye to him for the night when Matt came to pick him up for one last visit before we leave tomorrow morning.

Thomas and I went out to dinner to Tavola to celebrate his mom’s birthday!

We had mussels, and crusty bread, and white wine to drink.

I had the most AMAZING gorgonzola angel hair shrimp dish. Seriously, SO good!

And we shared a few desserts, including this delicious tiramisu and a flourless chocolate orange pie.

Hope you guys enjoyed a day of meals in real time! I really enjoyed it, and I hope to make this a weekly, or at the least bi-weekly, event. It’s nice to get back to the “what I ate” style! Stay tuned to tomorrow for a little “what I drank” review : )

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Lunch Bunch

I’m back!! This is fun!! Haha. Is this giving you guys deja vu?! After breakfast, we bike/walked to school. I love this 20 minute walk I do most mornings. We walk everyday unless it’s raining, and we braved the winter cold all season. It’s great to get in some movement before I start my day even if it’s not an official workout.

Mazen loves dandelions so much! He’s so excited they are popping up all over. But that does mean we have to stop ever 10 feet to blow them 🙂 Also that Spiderman jacket from ThredUP is our fashion MVP for this year. He wants to wear it everyday!

I split my time this morning packing for a trip we are taking this weekend (!!) and working on KERF and DTF. I am obsessed with packing cubes and lost one of mine in St. Lucia, so I just ordered this inexpensive set from Amazon to get a few more. They make packing so much more fun! I also bought this Sophia Joy cosmetic bag (seen on the right below) because it’s kind of shaped like a packing cube and I was tired of having 2-4 smaller bags for all my toiletries. I have been obsessed with cosmetic bags my whole life, and this is one of my favorites!

Editorial planning…hydrating…

For lunch I had Whole Foods prepared kale salad topped with leftovers from Downtown Grill that I brought home from a date night the other night. Steak, asparagus, shrimp, yum! Surf n turf salad.

We have a birthday dinner on the calendar for tonight, so I’m really excited to go out!

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The Plight of the Modern Foot: Conditions that Plague Us—and How to Avoid Them

Inline_Foot_ProblemsFor all the focus on hearts and arteries, brain tissue and muscle mass, we tend to neglect one critical part of the body with dramatic influence over how we fare in later decades. It’s little surprise really. Feet don’t exactly garner much attention, let alone media time. Yet, the stakes are big.

For example, research shows that foot conditions like hallux vagus (HV, a common forefoot deformity in older people commonly referred to as “bunions”) was directly associated with marked decreases in quality of life. Foot pain, reduced foot function, lowered social capacity, and even degraded general health. That sort of thing.

But that’s just one foot condition, right? Yes…and no. The picture of averages looks rather bleak.

A clinical assessment of 166 Hong Kong hospital outpatients over the age of 65 found that 70% of those patients had some sort of foot condition. In the U.S., things aren’t much better. While surveys have shown extensive variability in reports of foot problems (anywhere between 30% and 95%), other research points to more dramatic prevalence of what I’d consider significant problems. Large-scale, random epidemiological studies aren’t available without confounding factors that muddy the waters. Still, one extensive European study found that 78% of people over 65 suffered from kind of diagnosed foot issue. Even at the most conservative of estimates, that means a minimum of one third of all Americans over 65 will have some form of debilitating foot disorder. And the worst part? Many of the studies discovered that only a small percentage of these people actually report or complain about their foot problems. Apparently, for them it’s just a fact of life.

But most of us here choose differently for ourselves. We prefer to challenge that fatalist “come what may” approach to aging. Feet shouldn’t be an exception. In fact, given the statistics, they might well be a smart priority.

Common Foot Conditions to Avoid

The human foot is an anatomical masterpiece. Each one is made up of 42 muscles, 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 50 ligaments and tendons. That’s more than a little impressive, but it also means that a lot that can go wrong…especially given their workload every day.

Gout

Gout targets the feet and particularly the big toe, causing intense pain and a whole lot of swelling. Unfortunately, many health care providers seem to take great pleasure in informing the Primal, paleo, or general whole food eater that their chances of gout have just skyrocketed on account of all those purines. Purines from organ meats, seafood and various other quintessentially Primal go-to’s.

I’ve talked about gout at length before, so there’s no need to delve back into it. Suffice to say that these kinds of “rich man’s” foods do elevate purines and therefore uric acid in the blood, but they’re also generally high in anti-inflammatory fatty acids. Research shows that systemic inflammation is a key catalyst for gout attacks, meaning high-quality Primal-friendly meats can actually reduce your risk of gout by lowering this causative inflammation. Hah!

I’d personally be more worried about fructose. In elevated doses from the likes of high fructose corn syrup and table sugar, fructose has been shown to promote excess uric acid production and prevent it’s excretion in urine. Alcoholic and smoking binges will have much the same effect.

Athlete’s Foot

As you’re probably well aware, athlete’s foot is the work of our good friend, fungus. Ideal conditions for this mildly repulsive affliction are the same as those for most fungi—warm, dark, moist environments. The same environment that you’re creating on your feet every time you slip on socks and shoes for the day… Look for signs of athlete’s foot between the toes or on the soles of the feet, indicated by inflamed skin or a white, scaly rash with a red undertone. Delicious.

And while most of us would file athlete’s foot under minor inconvenience, there’s sometimes more worth considering. The cause of athlete’s foot can morph from a fungal-derived condition at the early stages to a bacterial overgrowth-derived condition as the skin slowly but surely becomes more “macerated.” Athlete’s foot also has a strong association with cellulitis. Marathon runners have been identified as one of the most at-risk groups for developing athlete’s foot. (File it under obvious on account of having their feet shoved into hot, sweaty shoes for hours at a time.) Barefoot running, anyone?

Hammertoe

If your second, third, or fourth toe is crossed, bent in the middle of the toe joint, or just pointing at an odd angle, you may have a hammertoe. Hammertoes are the tip of the poor foot-health iceberg, and can pave the way for various other foot conditions. The number one cause of hammertoe? Ill-fitting shoes. This might seem straightforward, but, again, the picture gets more complicated than shoe design.

While adopting a Primal diet greatly diminishes your diabetes risk, it’s useful to know that people suffering from diabetes have a much higher likelihood of developing foot problems like hammertoe. In fact, of the 16 million or so Americans with diabetes, around a quarter of them will develop foot problems related to this disease. Pro-inflammatory cytokines, appear to play a role in the development of diabetic foot disorders like hammertoe. Diabetic neuropathy lowers one’s sensitivity to pain, meaning they’re more likely to develop foot-stressing gaits and wear ill-fitting shoes that can then lead to the development of hammertoe. Neurological conditions like Parkinson’s and Cerebral Palsy or any other health problem that distorts the gait can put you more at risk.

Bunions (Hallux vagus)

Got a weird-looking joint on your big toe that forces it to turn into your smaller toes? You’ve probably got a bunion. Research has time and again identified shoes as the leading cause of bunions. As one study observed, “hallux vagus (the condition I mentioned earlier) occurs almost exclusively in shoe-wearing societies.” (Grok is nodding here….)

The more constrained the shoe, like heels or pointed dress shoes, the higher the risk. Safety footwear has also been identified as a common harbinger of bunions.

Women and anyone who is flat-footed might take special notice.

Corns and calluses

An oddly visual yin and yang of the hardened skin world. Corns look slightly cone-shaped and point inwards, while calluses cover a larger area and are more convex in nature. If you’ve got hard areas of skin forming where certain foot pressure points are rubbing on your shoes, you’ve probably got a corn or callus forming.

Corns and calluses can be the result of stresses imposed by ill-fitting footwear, foot deformity (and the subsequent mechanical abnormalities), as well as high activity levels. Essentially, corns and calluses are your skin’s attempt to protect itself from excessive friction. And I think you know where that friction is coming from.

Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Spurs

Plantar fasciitis occurs when the connective tissue between the ball of your foot and the heel becomes inflamed. Coming from experience, it feels like a perpetual bruise on the bottom of your foot. Heel spurs are bony growths at the heel base that often develop after you’ve had plantar fasciitis.

I’ve actually had plantar fasciitis before, and I can confirm that it’s no fun at all. My theory is that it developed by repeated jumping and high-impact exercises performed on a hard surface with no shoes. It wasn’t the lack of shoes that was the problem, it was the hard surface – repeated slamming of the feet (and perhaps not enough landing on the balls of my feet) on that surface was bound to result in bruising, and hence plantar fasciitis, eventually. This didn’t go away until I ditched my nearly every shoe I owned and spent more time on grass and sand than hard surfaces.

Using Primal Approaches to Promote Foot Health

As much impact (oh, the puns…) as foot health can have on mobility and quality of life, it’s really rooted in the basics of Primal well-being. The more your feet can emulate those of Grok, the more robust they’ll likely end up being. As always, we modify for the necessities of our immediate environments. Wood chopping barefoot? Heavy weightlifting barefoot? Strolling the urban jungle barefoot? I’d be inclined to opt for the “shoed” option in those scenarios.

I’ve written at length about bare footing and minimalist shoes. In the past, I’ve highlighted research showing that societies that have largely forgone the whole shoe craze were completely free of all the modern foot conditions I discussed in the previous section. I’ve reflected on the ways shoes have become a part of our psyche, and why switching to a shoeless way of life can ensure continuing foot health into the future.

So what are you to do when faced with a compulsory shoe scenario? This is where our conventional practitioners’ advice may finally be of some use. Unsurprisingly, research shows that folks who switch to wider, higher, “box-toed” shoes reduce their risk. Research also indicates that those who wear constrained shoes like heels or pointed dress shoes are at the greatest risk of developing foot problems. The take-away from this is self explanatory, really – give your feet room to move within their compulsory housing. Avoid shoes that taper in towards the end, that have a low ceiling, and that don’t allow your toes some lateral and vertical wiggle room. Free range toes, as it were.

LIkewise, it’s important to keep feet both dry and supple. This might seem like a bit of a conundrum, but they don’t have to be mutually exclusive. As soon as you get home from work, ditch both the shoes and the socks. If you have access to sunshine, whether through an open window or (preferably) on a sun drenched lawn, get those feet in it!

The benefit of this will be two-fold: first, research has shown that light therapy, whereby concentrated UV irradiation is used to treat fungal infections of the skin and nails, is an effective form of treatment. That sunshine is essentially providing your own light therapy, albeit at lower concentrations than in the lab. Second, you’re re-activating the small muscles of your feet that have essentially been in hibernation since you donned your shoes that morning.

Once you’ve immersed your feet in some healing sunshine, or perhaps just thrust them out in the general direction of a fireplace or heater, you’ve essentially fulfilled the “dry” requirement. Next, lock in the moisture by applying a natural hydrating product like coconut or avocado oil. Both have the added benefit of being anti-fungal and antibacterial, killing two pathogenic birds with one stone. Moisturizing your feet in this way should help to prevent the development of hardened skin layers, which as we know can lead to nasties like bunions, corns and calluses.

And why not give your feet a little care and attention? Therapeutic massage can soften clenched muscles in the feet, reduce inflammation, and remove adhesions between muscles and fascia tissue. All of which means the likelihood of developing muscular or bone-related disorders of the foot are further reduced. Consider it justification for frequent indulgence. It’s just possible that massage therapy may also alleviate the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy, which can contribute to foot problems down the line. Post-oil application, use your knuckles and thumbs to knead the sole, arch and toe joints as you would a lump of (Primal) bread-dough. Mmmmm, dough.

On a side note, I know most people these days rip up any remaining carpet in their house and install hardwood floors, tiles, or even polished concrete. It may look sleek, but our feet weren’t designed to spend their days pounding perfectly flat, unforgiving surfaces. From an evolutionary perspective, this is a relatively recent development. Even post-Agricultural Revolution, most people would have lived in houses with either dirt floors or dirt floors covered in straw. I like the cleanliness of hard floors, but I keep plenty of rugs in the living areas and gel mats in the kitchen and workout room. If you have a standing workstation, consider it for there, too.

Beyond these simple daily steps, there are plenty of other pro-foot changes you can make:

  • Gut dysbiosis has often been linked to a greater risk of toenail fungus and athlete’s foot. Ditch the antibiotics, up the probiotics, and ease up (big time) on the sugar intake.
  • Up the anti-inflammatory ante. As I discussed earlier, foods that are high in omega-3s and low in omega-6s can help to reduce your risk of gout, but they can also reduce your risk of developing the likes of plantar fasciitis and any number of other arthritis-derived foot conditions.
  • Stretch those feet! Studies have shown that stretching is one of the most effective forms of both prevention and treatment for many muscular and tissue-based foot conditions.
  • Ample low level, low impact activity (e.g. biking, walking, swimming) can keep foot muscles and tendons in good shape, too.
  • If you’re suffering from recurrent fungal foot attacks, consider investing in a strong topical anti-microbial like tea tree oil. And apparently marigold therapy shows some promise for natural treatment of bunions, warts, and even plantar fasciitis. It’s not a sure thing, but it might be worth considering.

Thanks for reading, everybody. Have you dealt with any of the above issues? Have you found any particular Primal-friendly steps to be effective? Share your solutions (or questions) in the comment section. Take care.

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Old Skool KERF

Surprise! I figured I’d throw back to the old days and do a series of live blogs today! Breakfast, lunch, and dinner – hold on to your hats! Haha.

Mazen woke me up at 7, as he usually does, with snuggles in my bed. His latest thing is running across a room and saying “HUGGIE!” and today he did that and dove under the covers with me. It’s the best way to wake up! (Actually I was already awake and checking emails on my phone, but still : ) )

We were not alone though, because Thomas and Gus have moved in with us! After a long time of going back and forth, we decided to consolidate our lives here, and we are so happy <3 He is renting his house (which he owns and renovated), so that’s been a great financial bonus for him too.

Good morning Gussie!

Thomas’s full pot of delicious regular coffee has definitely had an impact on my caffeine adventures ; ) Full mug of regular – no more, no less – today.

I made banana pancakes for breakfast per Anne’s recipe:

We had mango on the side. The best way to cut a mango is to slice off each cheek and then cut those into thirds and eat them like you would orange slices.

Mazen and I shared the pancake, plus he had a little smoothie.

He’s been playing postman this morning, and he wrote me a love letter and delivered it. It was a jumble of letters, but I made out “From” and “Mama” in the mix.

I gotta run or we’ll be late for preschool!! See you for lunch!

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