I’d ask how you’re doing but, I’m pretty sure I know the answer to that. Times are weird, scary, and the uncertainty is the hardest part. During these moments, I try my best to stay optimistic and positive through it all. I hope you’re staying home if you can, helping out loved ones who can’t go out, and trying to make the best of it all by connecting with friends and family. I’m a true believer in “this too shall pass,” and I’ve been leaning towards a whole lot of prayer lately. You have to do whatever gives you comfort and joy.
I’m happy you’ve stopped by today, and I hope I can give you a brief timeout from everything going on in the world. I tried my best to document things this week, but it was super hard. Not only was it uninteresting, but it was one crazy week for us. We put the house on the market, which was risky, considering we are in the middle of a pandemic. We weren’t sure how it was going to go, but fortunately, we had several offers and accepted one on Tuesday morning. I’m excited to share a blog post I’ve been working on about selling the house, but I’ll have that go live once we are moved into our new home, which is happening in 24 days! I cannot believe it.
Firsts things first, let’s start with this morning’s smoothie! I’m still fighting allergies, so anything cold feels so good on the throat. The tree pollen down here in the south has been horrendous the past week. My smoothie had a cup of fresh strawberries, one frozen banana, one cup of homemade almond milk, and a scoop of vanilla + greens protein powder. It tasted like a strawberry banana treat ♥️ Now that I have my smoothie in hand let’s catch up on the week!
Monday was probably the most stressful day.
We had to hurry up and get the house spotless and shining because we found out late in the evening that we had five showings on Monday. I guess people were house shopping at midnight? This meant working from my car ALL DAY because I couldn’t just pop over to my parent’s house during the quarantine time. We made sure to disinfect every doorknob, light switch, and cabinet in the house before and after showing. We had sanitizer for people coming in, and luckily everything went smoothly. There are a few funny stories about Monday I’d like to share, but I’m going to wait a few weeks before doing so. Kyle picked me up coffee while he worked from his car, and I worked from mine. We were finally allowed to go back into the house after showings ended around 4 pm. It was a pretty crazy day!
On top of that, we had some things to go over with builders, and that’s why the recap post wasn’t posted on Monday as planned. I knew something like that would happen, but it was all worth it since we accepted an offer, and they’re willing to work with our closing date. We don’t want to close on this house until a week after we move into the new house just so we have time to move out slowly, get our new lights, fence, and other home projects installed. These may be the longest or the fastest 24 days ahead.
I picked up the dogs from my parent’s house, but it’s so strange not being able to go in there and hang out with them. The pups are funny, though, because as soon as I opened the door, they ran straight into the car and were ready for their rides!
I wanted something quick and easy for dinner, so I roasted some brussels sprouts, potatoes, and green beans with olive oil at 350 for 30-minutes. We also made some gluten-free, vegan mac and cheese. We watched American Idol, and then I was out like a bulb.
There wasn’t much to report on since all we did was work from home and not go out to explore. I had another smoothie, this time with spinach, banana, mango, cashew milk, and topped with granola and cranberries. I’ve been so bored that I never missed a day of watering my plants 😊 I’m also so caught up on laundry that I’m officially washing things that are already clean. Just kidding, but I have been washing the drapes, bathroom rugs, pillowcases, and other random things around the house.
This week, we’ve been staying on top of our long dog walks. I appreciate getting outside, especially with how beautiful the weather is. The only bad thing is fighting the tree pollen. Luckily there is plenty of room to keep the distance from people on walks.
My flowers are thriving ♥️ I know I have said this a million times, but I cannot wait to start gardening at the new house. I think this quarantine life would be much easier if we were already moved into the new house. I’d be able to tackle all the projects I’m itching to do. The anticipation is killing me.
Prioritizing my sleep has been very important to me these past few weeks. Getting sick and dealing with allergy season has me hitting the pillow extra early. Last night, I was asleep before 9 pm and didn’t wake up until 7. I felt like a new woman when I woke up! Remember when I mentioned going to bed 45-minutes earlier last week? Well, I definitely feel like it’s helped me! Even one extra hour of sleep can do wonders. If you missed my post last week with my sleep routine, make sure to check that out! I’ve partnered with CVS Pharmacy to help bring awareness to the importance of sleep by joining their sleep campaign, #DontSleepOnSelfCare. I shared my night routine and offered tips that help me fall asleep better each night. It’s been super fitting for me since sleep has been my best friend lately. Even when I get past allergy season, I’m going to continue putting sleep on the top of my self-care routine. Sleep is an essential foundation for overall health and wellness and can affect everything from your physical health, mood, stress, cognitive function, energy, mental wellbeing, and more. I feel like more sleep has helped me with allergy symptoms, and it’s made me more energetic throughout the day. Make sure to check out my post with sleep facts & myths + all the tips to help you fall asleep better each night!
On Saturday, we hung around the house watching Ozark. We made a quick trip uptown so Kyle could pick up some weights from a friend. He’s turned our back porch into a Gold’s Gym, and it looks pretty intense. He said it inspired him to turn our new garage into a gym, so there’s that 😂 I told him it’s fine as long as I can get a Peloton.
For lunch, I made one of the Home Chef salad kits. I spiced it up and glaze the walnuts with maple syrup, cinnamon, and sea salt instead of leaving them plain.
The salad had spinach, apples, shallot vinaigrette, dried cherries, and glazed walnuts. This salad was so tasty! It came with goat cheese, but I left that off and added it to Kyle’s salad. I will certainly be making this again. 😋 It was so simple and refreshing!
I decided to try making my nut milk on Saturday.
I guess when you’re stuck inside, doing “homemade” things is fun. It’s something I’ve wanted to try out for a while now, and I’m so glad I did because the almond milk and the cashew milk turned out delicious. I am going to do this again for my next vlog, but here’s a little recap on how it turned out!
First, I soaked the almonds and the cashews in water overnight. I did about a cup and a half of each and filled the water to the top. I’ll make sure to take better measurements next time for the video.
I added the jar of almonds to the blender with an additional two cups of water, 1 tbsps of agave, a pinch of cinnamon, and 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract. I blended it on high for about one minute.
I lined a bowl with cheesecloth and poured the milk into the bowl.
I let the milk strain for a good five minutes and then squeezed the additional juices out of the cloth. You’ll want to make sure your hands are clean during this because you’ll be putting your hands in the milk, so it’s kind of like milking an utter.
Both milks turned out extremely creamy and the best flavor of nut milk I’ve ever had! If I had to choose, I’d say the cashew was better than the almond milk, but I like cashew better than almonds anyways. I will for sure make both again! There’s something so satisfying about drinking something youve made vs. storebought. The one thing I can’t wait to do is make homemade ice cream this summer with these nut milk.
Now, wasting is never good. I would NOT just throw out the leftover almond bits because 1. they’re expensive, and 2. they’re so good for you! You can make nut cheese, face masks, cookies, or add the mixes to smoothies. Get creative; just don’t throw the pieces out. I decided to make an apple crisp! I had a bag of apples that were on their last week of life, so I knew it would work out perfectly!
You can change up the ingredients to make this healthy if you want, but I used real sugar, and it was a nice treat 😉 In a small mixing bowl I melted 1/2 stick vegan butter and added 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, and two tablespoons of cinnamon. I chopped up five small apples (you can remove the skin, but I’m too lazy for that) and added it to a bowl with the leftover nuts from the almond milk, and stirred in the buttery mixture. When the apples were coated, I transferred the ingredients to a baking dish and cooked it in the oven at 350 for one hour.
This apple crisp surprisingly turned out to be one of the best desserts I’ve made in a long time. We topped it with coconut whipped cream and treated ourselves to it while watching the new season of Ozark.
For dinner, we had another Home Chef meal. We made Greek chicken 😋 with tomatoes, guacamole, cucumbers, and roasted potatoes. Kyle and I did a late-night walk around the neighborhood because the weather was gorgeous on Saturday and we just needed to get out of the house for a bit.
On Sunday morning, we dropped off my parent’s groceries for them. We’ve been using Instacart to order groceries and pick them up. It stinks we can’t just hang out there and play cornhole, grill out, or just spend time with them. I’m so looking forward to this all ends soon, SO STAY HOME PEOPLE!!
For lunch, I had my gluten-free sandwich with lettuce, turkey, and mustard. It’s simple, but a favorite of mine. I had grapes and a side salad to go with it.
After lunch, Kyle and I did almost four miles at the new trails. It was 80-degrees and a perfect day to be outside. I mean, my allergies said otherwise, but it was worth the flare-ups.
We were starving by the time we got home, so I popped some salmon in the air fryer with everything but the bagel seasoning, made some Alexa sweet potato fries, and had a salad on the side. It hit the spot! 😋
If you want to keep up to date on the home build, make sure to follow my home account! I’m going to be doing a fun giveaway this week, and you won’t want to miss it! 😃
As for the wildflower project, well, it’s doing amazing! 💜
We have sprouts coming up all over the hill, and it makes me so happy. I think I may get that wildflower meadow this summer. 🤞
And as for my front porch wildflowers…Id’ say they’re doing pretty well! 😉
Questions for you!
- What is getting you through these tough times right now?
- Are there any types of blogs that you’d like me to write?
- Tell me something positive about your weekend!