Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I'm so proud of myself! I've actually succesfully made it through 5 straight days of juicing! And I'm so in love!

Since my first not so tasty juice I've had much more success. I have kept my veggie juice pretty consistent (mostly because I needed to use up all the produce I bought) but tomorrow will be time for a change up because I'm due for another round of shopping.

Last night I juiced my first pineapple. It came out much more frothy than the other fruits. You could almost eat it with a spoon! My goodness it tastes amazing, so sweet I would drink it for desert!

My goals for this week:

Buy a few more mason jars (and not, not to be trendy) they have been the most useful thing with my juice! They clean MUCH easier than storing juice in reusable water bottles. They make taking juice with me so easy and allow me to make more than one batch at a time. I juice the night before when I have to be at work early in the morning, that way I'm not making too much noise, or wasting too much time in the mornings.

Try a few new variations of veggies! I love the juice I've been drinking all week, but I don't want to get too used to the same thing. So maybe I'll get brave and throw some beets in the mix this week.

J is starting to embrace the juicing, he definitely loves the fruit juices! Now if only I can get him to drink the mean green veggie machine! I took it upon myself to mix him up one of each this morning and hopefully he will actually try both tonight!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Juice Day #2

Today was my day off, and I have to admit after working til 3:30 am the last two nights I slept most of my day away. The boyfriend made me a wonderful breakfast so I skipped the juice but tonight I whipped up a double batch of veggie and fruit juices, drank one of each for today and packed the extra's away for tomorrow at work.

Veggie Juice #2
This veggie juice was INCREDIBLE! I don't know if the kale really threw my taste buds off yesterday, or if adding an extra piece of fruit made all the difference but I chugged this juice down almost as fast as my fruit juice! I shall no longer avoid broccoli in the grocery store!

Veggie Recipe #2:
1 Celery stalk
1 small broccoli head
1 handful spinach
1 apple
1 pear

Fruit Juice #2
Today's juice was very similar to yesterdays, but instead of starfruit I used strawberries. I have to admit it was a bit tart, next time I might use one less orange or perhaps just wait until strawberry season when the berries will be sweeter!

Fruit Juice #2
3 Oranges
1 Nectarine
6 Strawberries

Friday, February 17, 2012

This was my breakfast! Kale, Spinach, Celery, Carrots and an Apple! Juice #1 was a success!

I'm so incredibly impressed with my Breville Juice Fountain! It have to admit it was a bit of a struggle to drink my breakfast, not sure if it's because I was feeling a little sick this morning, or my body just isn't used to drinking (or eating!) so many vegetables...but i had to choke it down a little. But I suppose if I upped my fruits to veggies ratio a little it would probably make a big difference. Either way, it was worth it! It feels good knowing I'm packing my body full of all this goodness to start my morning out!

Before heading in to work the closing shift at the bar I whipped up a quick juice boost to get me through the night. I used 3 oranges, 1 nectarine and 1 starfruit. I wish I could just live off the fruit juices, it was amazing! I wished I'd taken 2 or 3 of them to work that night!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Dear 2012:

Dear 2012,

I have some big plans for you!

Step One: Juice based diet! Finally ordered a juicer and starting next week I will have a whole new diet! I can't wait to reap the benefits of a fruit and veggie based diet. I've been looking at a lot of different diet plans and I think I will be settling on the juice + meal plan...meaning I still eat dinner (mind you it will have to be a balanced, fresh, healthy meal) I may try the juice fast just as a cleanse, but I can't picture living purely on juice...I think I would miss chewing!

Step Two: Seriously put my dog treat/food making skills to use and try to come up with a legit product that I could market and maybe make a few bucks off! It may just be more of a hobby, but I have to admit I LOVE baking/cooking for Zoe...and it was so awesome to be able to share some treats with my family and friends for their loved K9 friends.

Step Three: Promote the crap outta my boyfriend...he is such a talented artist, and he does well already with his shows here in Portland...but I would LOVE to really get his work out there online and in other cities. We finally put together an Etsy account for him this month, and I'm really trying to stay on top of his blog...slowly but surely fine tuning the little things that make a big difference!

Step Four: Thanks to Pinterest I have been more inspired in the last month that I have been in a few years, and for that I am very grateful! I think my last goal for this year is going to be to take some of the things I've made, or been really inspired by and share them here with all of you.

Sounds simple enough right?! Lets just hope I can stay motivated...

<3 jules

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Robbin Hood's Bay, oh what a day!

Friday we went on a group outing to the coast. I didn't realize how long it had been since I'd been to the coast and how much I've missed it! There is just something amazing about looking out and not seeing anything but water on the horizon. It sure makes you realize how far from home you really are!

So a few of us got up extra early to cook breakfast for everyone...I was on pancake duty. But because there was so many people cooking I ended up cooking them on a stove on top of the BBQ of all places!

After a great big breakfast we all loaded into vans and drove to Robbin Hood's Bay. It was absolutely beautiful. Probably one of the cutest little fishing villages in the world. We walked through town and down to the beach and spent an hour and a half or so venturing around. It was so nice to walk barefoot through sand, searching for shells and other such beach treasures!

After spending a few hours at Robbin Hood's Bay we started on our way to Whitby. There is a beautiful hike that follows right along the coastline all the way from robbin hood's bay to whitby. It's a good 7 miles, through sheep fields, cow pastures, along the cliff side, over streams, and up and down some serious hills. Half the students walked, and half got a ride in the vans. But my roommate and I decided to try to run it...I should mention she is a marathon runner...and I am not in the greatest of shape. But it sounded like a good idea, and i wasn't going to be able to get a run in that day any other way! So we went for it! I didn't realize quite how many hillsides we'd have to deal with, a lot of uneven, stone steps that you really just can't run up or down, so there was some stuff we were forced to walk, but those were very welcomed breaks for me! In the end I think we ended up running just a little over half of it, and walking the rest, but it was awesome! It you are going to run anywhere, I suggest running along the coast on a sunny, but cool day.

The only downside was I didn't have a camera with me to capture just how beautiful it was, but I'm sure I can steal some pictures from someone!

When we finally got to Whitby we went to tour Whitby Abbey which was absolutely beautiful.

I must say, Whitby was probably one of the most american feeling cities I've been in yet. It reminded me of San Fransisco with it's hills and the houses all stacked together, and all the vendors, the boat tours, fish n chip places, and ice cream stands. But then it had loads of little English cobble stone streets filled with little shops, tea rooms and such. It was like the perfect mix of both worlds! We finished off our day with a much needed meal at The Magpie, which has the BEST fish and chips and mushy peas I've ever had. I'm sure it helped that I was absolutely starving after my run, and that we were right on the coast so the fish was really fresh...but I have to say, if you ever find yourself in Whitby I strongly suggest you stop there for a meal!

24 days now til I'm home sweet home. I can't wait to see my parents...I miss them more than anything! I will definitely miss this place (it is all still so beautiful and new to me!), and my roommates (who have become more like sisters to me)...but it will be so nice to be back in the tri cities, at least for the summer. After that, who knows...maybe back to school, maybe just moving out...either way at least I'll be in the same country as my family again and that will be a blessing in itself!

okay, time for a run...apparently i need it more than i thought. One of the lovely little girls in sunday school this morning asked me if I am going to have a baby...oooh how precious the blunt honesty of little kids can be...haha.

It's amazing though, everytime i've had to step out of my comfort zone since I've been here I've been so incredibly blessed. Whether it was getting involved with the prison ministry, and forcing myself to talk to strangers about the gospel, teaching at our morning devotionals infront of all the students and staff, being so far from home and living with so many people, or helping out in the children's ministry this moring...it just blows me away. As hard as it is to take that step and just agree to do these things, i've walked away from them all with a completely new attitude. In blessing someone else whether it's by serving for them, or sharing with them, I find myself feeling more blessed than they probably felt. In putting my insecurity about my ability to handle children behind me I was reminded what an absolute blessing children are and how precious they really are (and of course what a handful they are!)

I guess it really is easy to stay where we feel safe and comfortable...in our own little bubble. But it's so amazing to see the changes and the growth that occurs when we step out from there in faith that God won't give us more than we can handle, and that in our weakness he is strong.

God is so good