Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Farm Love

During my recent trip to Colorado, the combination of hungoverness, exhaustion, and altitude had finally caught with me. Feeling rather low one morning, my friend suggested we stop by a farmer's market since, as he stated, "farmers markets make you happy."
And he was right. They do. They really do.

My mood immediately lifted as I walked around the different vendors with local products and produce. The market was not yet in full force as the season had not yet hit Colorado, but what was there was enough to excite me!

Getting caught up in all my angstiness at where I wish this blog was, I have neglected to share my continued  passion for the beauty and wonders of my local farmer's market! Which I have been going to religiously, week after week. Well, no longer, my friends! The weekly installments of Dirty Veggies is back!

Only, this season, I'll be calling it Farm Love. Seems more appealing, no?

In case you're not familiar, here's the deal. Each week I share with you my farmer's market purchases with the intention of sharing the recipes that become of these beautiful fruits and veggies in hopes of encouraging you to support your local farmer's market too. I also hope to dispel the myth that farmer's markets are too expense. I go to the market each week with a $15 budget which gives me a enough produce to last me through the week.

Here is this weekly roundup:
1 head red leaf lettuce - $1
1 large head of kale - $1
1 bunch of baby beets - $2
2 zucchini - $2
1 large head of cilantro - $1.50
1 heirloom tomato - $1.75
1 pint of fresh, local strawberries - $3.50 - this was the splurge of the week
Grand Total: $12.75 - wahoo, I'm under budget for a change!

To learn more about Farm Love posts, read here and here.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Holy Crap!

Has it really been two weeks since my last post?!

Apparently, it has.

I've been writing less and less, if you haven't noticed. I think there are multiple reasons for this decrease in posting. First and foremost is I'm a little disappointed in where the blog is right now. I had high hopes of moving platforms, taking more professional looking photos, and spending more time developing recipes. Unfortunately, none of those things have happened and I'm feeling pretty down about it.

Second, I've been busy and haven't had as much time to enjoy myself in the kitchen as I would like. I can provide you with some simple instructions for scrambled eggs as that ends up being my week night dinner a lot of times, but I'm sure you're interested in more than that.

Lastly, I am pretty embarrassed about my diabetes control lately. In that there hasn't been much of it. My numbers have been crazy, scary, skyrocketed through the roof high, so I haven't felt good about that either. I'm not sure what the deal is, if it's insulin run amok again or I'm just bad at being diabetic. Either way, I need to get shit under control.

Jeez, what a downer post!

I guess I'm writing to ask all of you to bear with me as I try to make changes and transitions in my life. I am hoping to accomplish some of the goals I had set out for myself way back in January, which included turning this into a kick-ass professional looking blog (that I can hopefully make some dough off of...and not the literal kind). It's on my summer bucket list to get Goodbye Pancreas a nice new home with nicer photos then those taken with my iPhone.

Hang around, please. It'll get better soon.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Hey, Hello there....

Hey friends,

It's been a while since my last post. Were you worried that I had been arrested at the airport, violently clutching onto my Brooklyn Bagels, screaming that they could take my life, but never take my bagels?! Luckily, the TSA agents and I did not come to blows. In fact, I feel like I made it to second base with the lovely older woman who frisked me at the Denver International Airport when I refused to go through the 3D scanner. I offered to buy her dinner afterwards.

I have returned home from my trip in desperate need of some water, rest and blood sugar regulation. My blood sugar has been quite screwy lately. I believe "screwy" is a clinical term. I feel like I have not been able to get out of the 200 and 300's no matter how hard I try. I'm not sure if it's coming back down from vacation-mode, another Bad Insulin Debacle, or if I throw caution to the wind as soon as my pasty legs are able to see the sun again.

Here's an interesting diabetes fact. Usually, in the summer, insulin needs are lessened. Whether it's due to increase in heat, in general activity due to nicer weather, or just the bodies need for less, generally, most diabetics will need less insulin. It seems, for me, however, that I am an anomaly. It seems that I struggled with blood sugar control at this time last year too. Not sure what the deal is, but I'm definitely trying to get back on track with regulating my blood sugar, eating a healthier diet, and exercising more regularly.

You should start looking forward to new recipes and the start of my ever-popular (at least in my own mind) weekly farmer's market roundup! Yippee!!