listening to // Sturgill Simpson - Remember to Breathe // Julieta Venegas - Eres para Mi // Panama Jane - OOF // Molchat Doma - Volny // CocoRosie - Restless // Chaka Khan - Ain't Nobody // Atmosphere - Lovely // Froth - Department Head // Brandy - I Wanna Be Down // A.A. Bondy - Images of Love // Sturgill Simpson - Long White Line

eating // Mostly stress eating the fudge stripe knock offs from aldi in the mornings and frozen pizzas at night, but also getting some healthyish things in here and there. Like this easy chana dal recipe and this chipotle beans and rice recipe.

I also made this sweet and sour chickpeas and green beans recipe. The chickpeas were a little weird in a stir fry for me, but I think if I subbed those for tofu and added a bit of pineapple juice to the sauce, it'd be perfect! I really want to try some of her other recipes too.

thinking about // So, we got a puppy at the end of January. Ginger is a super cute yorkie/chihuahua mix and really is a good dog. I've never had a puppy before, and I stupidly thought it would be no big deal. ya'll.. I'm going to be honest and it will sound horrible, but I do not enjoy it AT ALL.

I've been working really hard with training using videos from Kikopup (her method takes time but works) and Kaelin Munkelwitz (I've only used her attention barking video so far, but it worked and Ginger took to it very quickly). I'm just drained. I will say that I crate trained her using the Kikopup videos and I can now have her out playing for an hour and half or so and then can put her in her crate for a long nap with no issues and just alternate that schedule all day.

But I'm constantly having to watch over her because she gets into and tries to eat everything. Plus, our other dog can't stand her - we have a 13 year old american eskimo - so I have to keep her leashed to me whenever she is awake. It's just bringing a bunch of stress and little joy to my day. And I know that I sound like a brat saying that. It's especially tough and draining during this super stressful time of isolation/homeschool/job limbo.

I keep reading about people getting the "puppy blues" and that you'll regret getting a puppy for awhile, but it gets so much better. I'm hoping it does 🙏

wishing // Everyone was able to use this time to decompress and not have to worry about anything, but I know that's not the case at all. I wish we took better care of our people in this country.

by @emilycoxhead

watching // I downloaded the PlutoTV app on my phone and have been using it to watch aaaaall the trash tv. Mostly Kitchen Nightmares. They have an entire Kitchen Nightmares channel so it was like a dream come true to me 😆 It's a free app and you don't even have to register to use it. They offer a ton of shows, so check it out!

loving // AOC ♡ She has been doing a lot of Instagram live videos lately. She has been explaining the process and what certain bills means in a really easy to understand way. I think we are very lucky to have someone like her fighting for us. Always and especially right now. 

I'm also loving this art by ArtByAngieCo. I just love this style and the colors she uses - so cozy! Here's her instagram so you can check her work out.

Alright, onto some random fun things I wanted to share:

» photopea // web based site similar to photoshop. it works really well!

» my 90's tv // so someone took a bunch of 90s videos off youtube - including commercials! - and made this amazing site that plays tv just like it was in the 90s. haha I love it! There's also a my 80's tv!

» radio garden // radio stations from all over the world in real time.

» taste dive // you can put in any thing you like, such as a tv show, movie, book, music, and it will give you recommendations on other things you might like.

» boil the frog // enter two artists and it will create a seamless playlist between the two.

» ymca360 // a bunch of free ymca workouts if you're wanting something new.

» bardot brush procreate videos // she has been doing some live draw with me videos that are really fun! If you have the procreate app (so worth it, btw), follow along sometime. I've learned a ton of tips and tricks from her!

» artofteaching // one of my favorite instagram accounts. She's a high school art teacher and she's sharing a lot about distance learning right now. My daughter and I did her homemade zine project together and really loved it.

take care everyone 

Meals Lately » Grocery List » Free Pantry/Fridge/Freezer Printable

Hey everyone, hope you're doing well during this surreal time we are living in. I've been alternating between panic cleaning and panic cooking - and eating - then I remembered this blog 😅 it's a good distraction at the moment and I've really enjoyed reading and writing blogs again and the few minutes of peace it offers.

When all of this started, my mind instantly went to food. As it does in most situations. I think if you've gone through food insecurity at any point in your life, then that's probably the case. I made lists of shelf stable meal ideas, meals I could make and freeze, etc.

Here's what I've been making lately:

- instant pot vegetable stew (pictured above) // I've made this four times in the past couple of weeks. It's so good & comforting! I will say that I haven't actually made it in the instant pot. I've just used the stovetop. I follow the same instructions and then simmer until potatoes are done.

- instant pot chipotle black beans // this is THE dried beans recipe to make. My goodness, it's incredible! I'm going to try this beans + rice recipe of hers next.

- general tso's broccoli mushroom stir fry // this recipe is for you all that have tahini on hand and aren't in the mood for hummus, but need to use it up. I was super skeptical about tahini in a stir fry sauce, but it's legit. I'd use a tiny bit less than the recipe calls for next time I make it though. I also subbed tofu for the chickpeas. But honestly, this sauce with a bag of frozen stir fry veggies would be great. 

Here's what my grocery list looked like last time I went shopping and was focusing on foods with a long shelf life:

- tuna packs
- eggs // hardboiled, add to ramen, in tortillas
- tofu // stir fry, baked for salads, tofu scramble
- almond milk
- blocks of cheese // shredded to top salads, make quesadillas, on baked potatoes/chili/tortilla soup
- tortillas // I got these navy bean ones from Wal-Mart that are really good with a long shelf life
- ramen noodles
- russet & sweet potatoes // baked with chili on top, enchilada sweet potatoes, make fries, potato nachos. sweet potatoes last forever in the fridge.
- tortilla chips // for chili and nachos
- dried beans // nachos, the black bean recipe linked above, burritos, on top of salads
- rice // add to canned soups, beans + rice, burritos, add to chili
- spaghetti & marinara
- hard taco shells + refried beans
- onions // chop these and freeze
- apples + oranges // last a long time in the fridge
- bananas // freeze for smoothies and oatmeal
- oatmeal
- jars of garlic // super cheap at aldi, like $1.29 I believe
- ginger // lasts forever in the freezer and thaws quickly
- tomato paste
- pizza sauce + mini pizza crusts // freeze the crusts! these are nice for kids to make their own pizzas.
- frozen pizzas
- frozen veggies // peas, corn, stir fry mix
- cheesecake // froze a couple because I know I'm going to need them. need.
- popcorn kernels // cheap and a great snack. I had a giant bowl of popcorn for dinner last night 😂
- better than bouillon broth // I find that boxed broths taste tinny and thin. I love this stuff because a tiny bit can transform a recipe - it's great! Cheapest at Wal-Mart.
- coffee and tea // earl grey for when I need caffeine but don't want coffee and dandelion chai because it has probiotics and is super good!
- mac n' cheese // for my seven year old

I hope that this is helpful and gives you some ideas if you need any. Our list might look a little different than yours as we only have a toaster oven, stovetop, and instant pot. So I'm not able to bake large meals or anything. Our toaster oven will fit a frozen pizza exactly and that was all that mattered when I bought it 😂

I made this pantry/freezer/fridge inventory printable and wanted to share. >> download it here << I've been using to to see what I have on hand, how much there is, and what meals I can make with it. It's helped with the anxiety around food a bit, and I hope you find it useful as well. You can print it or use it in apps such as Goodnotes if you are into digital planning.

Take care everyone ♡

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