The View From Here: June

June has left me feeling a bit more tired than normal. It’s not from the (extremely) hot weather, although that probably factored into the equation some. No, it was this little guy.

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Yep, this little man has decided to go straight from nothing to standing up, skipping the crawling phase entirely. Almost as soon as he started crawling, he started climbing. And oh my…when he’s awake, it seems like he’s non-stop, always on the move. Which means I have to be on the move. And put other things on hold. And then the other things begin piling up…and piling up…

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But I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

And this kitchen-friend has been more exhausted this month too. Between all the coconut milk and gobs of cold smoothies and drinks I’ve been making (like this one and this one), it hasn’t really gotten a chance to slow down.

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One other noteworthy item for June is the Savor the Taste of Summer Blogger Challenge and Giveaway that I’m participating in. The purpose of the challenge is for bloggers to display their best summer-food recipes, tips, and articles, and then for readers to vote on their favorite. I felt like this was a really beneficial event in a few ways: 1) It’s nice to find new ways to use seasonal food; 2) I enjoyed discovering and viewing the blogs of the other participants; and 3) There is a pretty sweet giveaway for you guys (and all you have to do is vote for your favorite to be entered into the drawing). So if you haven’t already, check it out. It’s still live until July 4th.

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Favorite New Recipe: I have two of them to share this month. The first is this Chop and Drop Roasted Veggies and Sausage from “Paleo Newbie.” It is such a delicious and easy meal to put together and I love how versatile it is. I’ve fixed it a few times this month already and haven’t fixed it the same way twice (substituting and adjusting based on what I have on-hand). It’s a win at our house. And the second are these N’oatmeal Creme Pies from “He won’t know it’s paleo.” They. are. AMAZING. But not just because they taste wonderful (I assure you, they do), but they are also AIP friendly (AIP is an elimination diet geared toward those with various autoimmune diseases—check out this link for more information.) They are free of grain, nuts, dairy, eggs and soy. AND they are good.

Frugal Change: Purchasing a water filter. This is actually something we did a few months ago, but it’s still helping us save money now. The initial investment was a little tough, but the money that it saves over time is really worth it. I use it in cooking, cleaning produce, and some drinking (I struggle with the taste some so I still do the fill-up jugs of reverse-osmosis water from the store. I’m hoping to get a Berkey filter for our drinking water—but that’s a post for another day.) Overall, this is still a money-saver.

How has your month been?

The View From Here: May

May has been full of sunshine and warm weather here, perfect for walking outdoors. We’ve had a few of the really hot days that will become the norm later this summer, so we are soaking up the mildish warm weather while we can.

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Now that Josh is out of school (as I mentioned here), we’ve been trying to catch up on some projects around the house (okay, maybe just one project—unpacking!) One of the annoying things about moving is that the boxes never seem to go away. But I think this really is the last of them. It feels good to be somewhat more settled. Now if we could just make everything fit…

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Budgeting has also been on our radar this month. We’ve been looking for ways to really stretch our income without compromising on some of the things we are committed to (such as high-quality food sources). It’s a challenge to say the least, but budgeting/analyzing our costs (as much as I didn’t want to do it) has been very beneficial. I’ve been able to monitor and keep tabs on exactly where our money is being spent and look for ways we can cut back. Hopefully I’ll be able to share more about this in the coming months.

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Favorite New Recipe: While I am currently on a grain-free diet, my husband is not. But we still do our best to make sure the grains he eats are prepared for optimal digestion (think traditional methods like soaking, sprouting, etc). I made these gluten-free Soaked Granola Muffins for his breakfast one week and they were pretty amazing (yes, I did try one…or two…). By soaking the oats overnight, the antinutrients are broken down for easier assimilation and absorption (check out this article for more information on traditional preparation of grains).

Frugal Change: We started cutting my husband’s hair here at home. It’s pretty easy because he keeps it short. We’ve talked about doing it for a while but finally pulled the trigger this month.

I’d love to hear how your month was or any new recipes or changes you’ve made. Please feel free to share!

The View From Here: April

I thought it would be fun to share a snapshot of what’s going on in our home each month with you. So we’ll start with April and see how it goes!

We’ve had gorgeous warm days this month but some chilly days along with it. The ups and downs with the temperature have caused some severe weather. Thankfully, though, nothing too serious in our neck of the woods has happened.

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Josiah hit six months during April, so we’ve been introducing some solid foods! We’ve started really slowly with just a few tiny bites each day (and only about 5 days so far). Unfortunately, he hasn’t been too keen on any of the foods that we’ve given him—avocados, carrots, and sweet potatoes. I’m beginning to wonder if it could be an issue with textures. At any rate, try, try and try again!

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Josh, (my husband), is wrapping up a class this month. He just submitted his last assignment and will be completely finished by the end of this week for the semester. It’s such a relief—even though he’s the one in school, I feel like I kind of am too….

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Favorite new recipe: Okay, so I have two (and both are sweets!). These Pumpkin Chocolate Muffins are delicious and low in carbs. They make a great snack and you can’t tell that pumpkin is in them at all (for those of you who may be leery of muffins that contain pumpkin).

And these Paleo “Peanut Butter” Cups are a new favorite too. I’m a diehard fan of Reese’s Cups, but I no longer eat them since I have gone to a real-food diet. This is an excellent substitute (much more nutritious) and so easy to make. Both of these are allowed on the Paleo diet and are great options for those with food allergies/intolerances.

Frugal change: Since moving to this new area in February, I’ve been buying most of our food from the grocery store. However, I’ve been researching purchasing options for local, high-quality meats. We made our first order this month from a local farm and we are really pleased. We didn’t necessarily set out to decrease our cost—although we did have to consider cost as we looked at all of our options—but I’m happy to say that making this switch did lower it a bit!

How was your month? Anything new? Please share!