Monday, July 2, 2012

Chia Seeds...wha??

Two weeks ago, I had never heard of chia seeds.  This changed when I read this post on one of my favorite blogs, THE LITTLE RED HOUSE.

It got me curious about these little, nutrition-packed seeds.  So, on my next trip to Whole Foods, I bought about 1/4 cup from the bulk bin.  I know this may seem like a pathetic amount, but these babies go for $15.99 a pound!  YOWZA!  I did see some packaged versions of the seeds that seemed to cost less than that per ounce.  I'll have to do more research.

Lots of people around the blogosphere are experimenting with these seeds and finding different ways to use them.  I was intrigued by THIS recipe for chia seed pudding (and check out the other awesome breakfast ideas on that link!).  I had heard that chia seeds soaked in water turn to gel, so I followed the extremely easy recipe, and BAM!  Chia seed pudding.  Here is how I did it:

Step 1: Mix 1/4 cup chia seeds with 2/3 cup water.  Stir for at least 3-4 minutes, until the mixture becomes thick

Step 2: Place in the fridge for 10 minutes

Step 3: Remove from the fridge.  It should have a thick, pudding consistency

Step 4: Top with your favorite fruits and be ready for an energy-packed breakfast...or snack!

I thought the pudding was really good.  The pudding itself didn't really have a taste, but it made the fruit flavors explode in my mouth!  I would definitely eat this again!

Have you ever tried eating chia seeds?  Thoughts?


Let's Talk Cabbage

I've been experimenting with a lot of vegetables and foods lately.  I don't eat meat (except fish) so I'm constantly trying to find new, yummy ways to eat veggies. 

Last week I decided to tackle cabbage.  There are lots of ways to eat it, but I decided to roast it after seeing several pinterest recipes floating around.  The result was...YUMMY! 

Olive Oil
Sea Salt
1 Head of Cabbage

Step 1: Cut the cabbage into about 3/4 inch slices.  If they're too thin, they're not as good.

 Step 2: Place the cabbage pieces on a pan that is lightly seasoned with olive oil.  
Step 3: Spread about a tablespoon of olive oil on each cabbage slice

Step 4: Lightly sprinkle sea salt and olive oil on each piece

 Step 5: Place them in the oven at 400 degrees for 40 minutes
When they come out, they look like this:


I ate these for lunch and they were SO good and filling.  Who knew cabbage could be so good!  Feel free to season them with whatever herbs you enjoy, but for me just some salt and pepper was perfect. 

How do YOU cook cabbage?

New Beginnings for the Faulk Family!

New jobs!  New apartment!  New US!

Today Daniel starts work at Williams Gas in Salt Lake City as a Data Technician.  He was really sad to leave Ice Edge, the company he was with before, but thinks that this new job will get him closer to a career in his field (and the larger paycheck doesn't hurt either!).  Unfortunately for me this means no more daily catered lunch for Daniel = daily lunch packing for Camee.  Blah.

My new job will start in August at Jefferson Academy in Kaysville (formerly Oquirrh Mountain Charter School).  I'm super excited to finally get to teach theatre full time in my own classroom!  In Park City I was the long-term sub so it never really felt like my own program and I mostly had to follow the normal teacher's way of doing things.  At American Preparatory Academy I was the assistant theatre teacher and most definitely wasn't able to do anything the way I would do it if I were the lead teacher.  While these experiences were amazing for me, I am SO ready to just be THE theatre teacher at a school.  I can't wait to meet my students and get started!  I will be teaching Drama I, Stagecraft/Set Design, 2 Video Production classes, and 2 Musical Theatre classes.  YAY!

Because we're both working farther north, staying in Midvale is just not an option.  We decided we wanted to move to Salt Lake, closer to my sisters and closer to both our jobs.  We've been looking to buy a house there, but every time we offered on one we got beat.  After we offered $15,000 over asking price on our dream house and STILL got beat, we kind of gave up...for now.  So, the apartment search began.  It wasn't easy.  Every nice complex we looked at was INCOME RESTRICTED!  As in, if a couple makes more than $35,000 together they cannot live there.  I was a bit furious about it.  I mean seriously, people making less than $15,000 are getting to live in card-access buildings with swimming pools and exercise rooms and we are looking in these nasty dumps for over $700 a month.  Something seemed off.

Well, I couldn't fix Salt Lake housing, but we did finally find a great apartment for us!  It's a condo that we're renting--2 bedroom, hardwood floors, AND, most importantly, it has a dishwasher AND a washer/dryer!  Daniel and I agreed that after living without those two items for over a year and a half, that these were no-compromise items.  I'm glad we stuck to that because we finally found a place with all our requirements that wasn't $1000 or more a month.  Hopefully we'll secure the place later today!  Here are some pictures:
Living Room

Kitchen...please note the DISHWASHER!

Master Bedroom

Second Bedroom

Bathroom...gotta get some color in here

My favorite...THE WASHER/DRYER!  Hallelujah!

Hopefully everything pans out today as we solidify our lease and then we'll be moving out next weekend.  Crazy!