Friday, November 21, 2014

Music to Write by

Just in case you need some really kick ass music to listen to while you work on your dystopian fiction, here is a playlist of what I am listening to while writing this book.

Jimmy Eat World - Pain
Rise against – Entertainment
Lindsey Stirling - Elements
Spineshank- New Disease
Lindsey Stirling - radioactive
Lodre - Yellow Flicker Beat
Rise Against - collapse, the dirt whispered
Lindsey Stirling - Crystalize
Anberlin- The Feel Good Drag
Dropkick Murphy - Shipping up to Boston
Fort Minor - remember the name
Rise against – Whereabouts unknown
Skillet - Monster

And and amazing video, because I seem to be obsessed.

In case you are wondering yes this is a total reflection of the type of book I am writing.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Maple Chipotle Turkey Chili

Thanksgiving is on its way and of course I’m already thinking about what I can do with the leftovers. My priorities are on point.

Lately I have been in a love triangle with chipotle and maple. What is it about maple in the fall? We typically make this stuff by the gallons in the spring, but I’m all jazzed up to use it in the fall. I don’t know what the deal is with that, but the combination of maple and chipotle is seriously holding the reins around here.

I’m putting it in everything, even my tea. Ok that was a lie, but you see where my obsession is going here. It’s an awesome combination that I think you should try soon and preferably with this recipe or this one. There may be more similar recipes coming soon, I know you’re as excited as I am.

This recipe is a pretty simple recipe you can make for a different twist on leftover turkey. Don't get me wrong I love a good, hot turkey sandwich, pot pie or soup, but sometimes you just need a little something different.

Maple Chipotle Turkey Chili (Serves 4)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, peeled & Chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (14 oz) can diced tomatos
1 ½ tsp chipotle chili powder (more if desired)
1 tsp ground cumin
½ can (8oz) tomato paste
12 oz liquid (water, beer, or broth are all good choices)
2 (14 oz) cans black beans
1 (14 oz) can kidney beans
4 cups cooked, shredded turkey

In a large thick bottomed sauce pan heat oil over medium high heat and saute onion, for 2 minutes or until it becomes translucent. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute before adding tomatoes, and spices. Stir well to mix then add tomato paste and liquid. Stir well to combine and add beans and turkey. Allow the mixture to cook and reduce for 5-6 minutes (can stay in a crock pot for a couple of hours on low as well). Serve warm with your choice of toppings.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Part Time Vegetarian – 6 months In

I have been doing this part time vegetarian thing for 6 months now (you can find out why here). I can’t believe it’s already been so long. As I kind of predicted the whole thing has gone pretty easily for me, and I think it’s a lifestyle change that I am going to stick with for the long hall.

There are a few things of note however that I want to mention about this change. It’s been hard to organize my thoughts on anything but writing lately so I’m just going to use bullet points right now.
  • Weekends are the worst, especially while travelling, or visiting friends. I mean bacon with breakfast is so hard, and not always doable.
  • When traveling most rest stops are not equipped for anyone with any kind of dietary restrictions. Everyone must be better at planning for car trips than me.
  • Everyone is suddenly worried about my protein intake, even after I tell them all I’m still getting more than I need.
  • Chuck never seems to be full if I cook a vegan meal. I think it’s his mentality, or maybe because veggies are not as calorie dense I should cook more than I would if we were eating meat? We are working on that.
  • Almond milk. I always knew it was good, but oh my, it’s so good. All in my granola, and oatmeal. Phew! So good.
  • I’m forcing myself to eat an actual breakfast. It has not been easy. This is something I have struggled with since I was a teen. Breakfast first thing in the am is not my thing, but we are getting there.
  • Skipping milk in my tea (unless its almond milk, again yum). I’ve also successfully cut out sugar, except for the occasional afternoon treat.
  • I am going vegan more often, and craving more vegetarian and vegan meals.
  • Eating more raw food. I mentioned before that I started just grabbing random odds and ends from the fridge to comprise my lunch, well now that’s a habbit, and I’m eating a lot more raw veggies because of it, and our fridge is not piled high with all kinds of random food that goes bad (bonus).
  • I feel lighter, and my digestion much more pleasurable.
  • My past cravings for mounds of cheesy pasta have subsided. Now I crave soup and rice. Odd right?
With the holidays approaching I'm wondering if anyone else is changing their diet in preparation? Are you packing in a few more vegetables before you overload on sweets?

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