Vegetable Chili

So the picture I took of this yumminess is not working out. So I’ll be making a video of me preparing this tonight to upload! YAY. It is so delish and whole 30/paleo friendly. I know you’re going to love it! If you’re not familiar with thrive foods please check out my site at cbottali.thrivelife.com

Ingredients

  • 6 tsp Thrive beef bouillon
  • c thrive fd roast beef dices
  • 1⁄2 c thrive fd onion
  • 1⁄2 c thrive fd celery
  • 1⁄2 c thrive fd carrot
  • 1⁄2 c thrive fd zucchini
  • 1⁄4 c thrive fd bell pepper
  • 1⁄2 c thrive tomato powder
  • T chili powder
  • T smoked sweet paprika
  • t granulated garlic

Instructions

Combine 6 C water and Thrive Beef Bouillion. Bring to a boil. Add all other ingredients, stir thoroughly. Return to boil, cover and turn off heat. Allow to sit for 15 minutes. Serve with avocado on top.

Notes

For a spicier chili, add .5 tsp Chipotle pepper powder. Smoked Sweet Paprika is optional in this recipe, but it truly makes a huge difference– giving it a slow cooked, smoky flavor. If you like your chili without a tomato base, substitute 2 T. corn meal for the tomato powder.

Home Store Challenge Day 3 & 4

Two more days down! I’m having to get creative now with what I have. I haven’t had a meal yet I’ve been disappointed with, though. Maybe I can do this longer next time :)

Menu Day 3:

Breakfast – Oatmeal with Brown Sugar and Raisins

Lunch – Grilled Chicken and green salad

Dinner – Veggie Sausage Frittata, my adaptation of this recipe

Dessert – 5 minute Black Cherry Ice Cream ( I used cherries instead of the strawberries called out in this recipe)

Menu Day 4:

Breakfast – Peanut Butter Protein Shake 

Lunch – Thrive Chicken Salad, green salad and Corn Muffins

Dinner – 15 Minute Shepherd’s Pie

 

Half way done with the challenge! How are you doing?

 

Home Store Challenge Day 2

Happy Tuesday! I found some brown sugar in my basement pantry so coffee was almost normal today :)  How did you do? Here was my menu:

Breakfast:

Oatmeal with Brown sugar and grapes

Lunch:

grilled chicken (left over from the weekend) and salad

Snack:

pepperoni, cheese and rice crackers

Dinner:

One pot creamy skillet with Pasta, Sun Dried Tomatoes and Broccoli

Looking forward to tomorrow! What was on your menu?

One Week Home Store Challenge

Hi guys! This is my first post in a long time. Thanks for dealing with my hiatus :)

As I was perusing facebook yesterday I stumbled upon a post from a good friend and Thrive mentor. It said “Who will join me? No grocery shopping. Only make meals from what you have on hand at home. That includes lunches, coffee etc. if you eat or drink it must have come from home. Document and share what you do. Monday to Monday! Who is in?” I immediately thought “What a great idea!” I have so much food that I store in case of emergencies but if I don’t use it soon it is going to expire. AND I ate out 4 times last week. I need to get my budget and eating habits back on track.

SOOO, I told her I would join her! This was day one, and first thing this morning I realized how little I prepared for it. I’m out of sugar for my coffee and I NEED my coffee. Luckily the kids had a gallon of chocolate milk in the fridge. Mochas anyone? Otherwise the day was a success! Here’s how it went:

Breakfast:
Peanut Butter Protein Shake
Scrambled Eggs for The LOs

Snack:
Grapes

Lunch:
Grilled Ham and American Cheese Sandwiches and a side salad

Dinner:
Thrive Taco Night and Margaritas (Happy Cinco de Mayo!)

I’ll be posting my menus and recipes all week. So who of you will join me?!

Update

So the court hearings have ended and transitioning has started. The weeks Alex is away are tough on me but even more so on Henry. He’s not used to being an only child. You would think since he’s our first child that experienced attachment parenting from birth that he would enjoy this alone time with mommy. Turns out he’s just as attached to big brother.

Alex met with his new therapist that is going to help him with the transition. She was very attentive to him. I think I like this one. Now to find one for myself…

One day at a time

Stopping the spinning

I know I have been quiet lately. It may be because I was looking for the words to describe how I’m feeling. Or it may be because I don’t want to say it out loud. But until I do I can’t come to terms with it. My worst fear is coming true.

In June, A’s father petitioned for full custody. After a long litigation process it seems the court is siding with him and Thursday is our final hearing. After which “transitioning” will begin.

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Comic relief aside, Heavenly Father I am trying to understand your plan but I’m having trouble seeing the good in it. This child saved me from a life of temptation, is he now meant to do that for his father? But when does he get to rest and enjoy unconditional love? Can anyone possibly love him more than I do? Will I still be his mother?

If mothers can go on after their child goes to heaven, surely I can survive mine moving to the next state. But how can I act like everything is normal when I feel like my world is ending.

Not so proud mommy moments

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Sigh. Lately I’ve been feeling like I’m failing at the whole mom thing. My patience is gone, I’ve been yelling A LOT, I even hang out with some mainstream parents so I don’t feel as bad for it. 

But I do feel bad. When I’m trying to sleep, staring at the ceiling, I can’t help but feel the guilt creep up. I know better. It’s time I DO better.

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I haven’t quite figured out HOW I’m going to do that. I have some good inspiration from fellow bloggers Our Muddy Boots and The Orange Rhino. I already took the first step – apologizing. 

Do you have any not so proud mommy moments? Any gentle advice?

 

Frugal Friday – The Stock Pile

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Thanks to TLC everyone knows what Extreme Couponing is. But to me it’s more than saving a few dollars on toilet paper. It is essential so I can fund allergy safe food for Chicken little and myself. Anyone with food allergies can attest to the high cost of living associated with it. Especially when Hippie Husband won’t give up his junk food (notice all of the gluten above).

 

The key to great couponing is a stockpile. To save the most you have to buy while there are sales and corresponding coupons, and buy enough to last you until that next sale. So here’s a look into my personal stockpile. Not the most impressive I’ve had but it’s getting back to par. Heres how I did it:

1. Sunday circulars – Traditional coupon cutting is still the best way to save money if you have time. I like to do it during nap time every Sunday, with a nice cup of coffee and some relaxing music in the background. It’s quite zen like. Most of these coupons are doubled at traditional grocery stores if they’re less than $1!

2. Printable coupons – I don’t do this much because the cost of ink really brings down the value, but if you weren’t opposed to using company resources this may be a good option for you.

3. A wholesale club – many put out monthly coupons that can give you a really great deal. But be careful, buying in bulk is not always cheaper especially for short shelf life items. 

4. Research – Online forums like afullcup.com and thekrazycouponlady.com are great to get you started on your couponing journey. 

Do you coupon? What has been your best haul?

It’s my Blogiversary!

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Wow I can’t believe it’s been a whole year! When I was writing my first post I felt so silly. I never expected anyone to actually read this. Thanks to everyone that does, you have no idea how special that makes me feel.

I have grown so much in these last 12 months. Things are looking a whole lot more hippie and a whole lot less city around here. There are even talks of moving to Tennessee and having a honest to God farm. More details on that if it comes true ;)

I’ve also become a lot more forward in my activism, and have lost a friend or two because of it. I’ve embraced my role as WAH crunchy super mom and am over the moon with the path that God has put me on. I want to spread all of the information I’ve collected and benefited from.

Thanks again for being here. This past year has been bumpy and without you all and this blog it would have been rough. Looking forward to the next year!

And as a big thanks I’m offering up 10 Cloth Napkins Made by me! Enter the giveaway below!

 

 
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Ageism, It’s time we fought for children’s rights

It’s spring time in New England and that means wedding season. Being in my late 20s, a lot of my friends are getting married. Among each of their different styles, colors and flowers I am seeing a recurring theme. NO KIDS ALLOWED

On one hand I can understand, who wants a baby crying while you say your vows, or a 3 year old running about while everyone should be sitting and eating? But on the other hand it puts us young families in a tough situation. I’ve spent the last 13 months building a bond with my son and struggling with milk supply. Am I wrong that I’m not ready to hand over the reigns even just for the night? Does that make me the ever feared helicopter mom? At the same time I have known the couples for years and it feels wrong to miss their big day. The whole situation confuses me to the point of tears.

So it’s got me thinking, how often are we seeing this happen? Restaurants, stores and even housing refusing admittance of children. Would similar places feel comfortable posting signs that said “no blacks” or “no women”? I highly doubt it. So why do we permit discrimination of our kin which need the most protection?

What is this teaching our children? That they are outcasts just because they’re smaller? That they are inherently bad because they have more energy and find it difficult to sit still? “Age discrimination reinforces stereotypes that young people are helpless, marginalised, and delinquent. Children may struggle to build positive identities and maintain a strong sense of self in the face of ideas that they are fundamentally inferior.”

Children are humans and need to be treated with equal human rights. It is illegal to use corporal punishment on adults, yet spanking a child it socially acceptable. It is illegal to segregate based on race, yet we do so based on age regularly. Children should be taught they are active members of our society, that we trust them to contribute and teach them how to do so. We should not be showing them that they are a nuisance or that they are inferior.

As Dr. Seuss says “A person’s a person no matter how small”.

Resources:
1. DISCRIMINATION: Briefing on age discrimination