The Little Things

Pardon the mess, but I am happy to announce our arrival to our new duplex!

It was trash day the day the photo was taken, hence the garbage out front; regardless, we’re really happy with our choice to live here! Of course, we’ll be living out of our suitcases until our PODS unit arrives next week, but I’ve already gotten my first CSA box of produce (including a garlic chive plant!), unpacked the few kitchen things we do have with us, and have already measured our living room and bedroom so that we can plan the furniture layouts before our furniture finally gets here.

Upon wandering through the new abode, we made note of some of the awesome things and one thing in particular that resulted in the all-to-familiar thought of, “Why didn’t we notice that earlier??” When I moved into our old apartment in Cincinnati, we had a moment like that when we realized that our bathroom had no power outlets. Oh, the joys of turn-of-the-century homes! This time, we realized yesterday that despite how open and wonderful our kitchen is, there is only one drawer, and it is less than a foot wide. This means we can’t fit our silverware in it. Whoops!

Those annoying little things…

In other news, my Paleo adventures, although just a couple of days old, have been full of creativity and, unfortunately, disappointment. My first day, I ordered chili at a restaurant for dinner because it listed the ingredients in the description as having beef, peppers, onions, and spices. It arrived with those things… as well as beans (not paleo) and topped with cheese (not paleo) and sour cream (not paleo). I ate some of it, but my disappointment overwhelmed me so the boyfriend finished it for me. I started anew with my entree – a chicken avocado cobb salad… which was served with ranch dressing on the side. Luckily the bacon was super flavorful and the avocado added creaminess that made every bite feel like it had dressing on it anyway.

Just another annoying little thing…

Luckily my composure was regained and my first paleo day at work went well: eggs and canadian bacon for breakfast (with coffee) and a salad from the salad bar at Fresh Market for lunch (mixed greens, pumpkin seeds, hard boiled egg, bacon, carrots, cucumber, topped with olive oil and balsamic vinegar) with a bottle of seltzer. I stopped at the market to get non-CSA essentials like avocado, chicken, beef, sausages, canned coconut milk, uncured bacon, almond milk, and some non-paleo stuff for the boy. (I forgot a few things, including eggs, because I’m an idiot!) Dinner was sauteed kale (from the CSA!) and garlic topped with a pan-seared chicken breast and a home-made garlic dill cream sauce (the solid part of coconut milk!) using the tons of dill I got from the CSA.

Without furniture, dinner looked something like this…

I still have so much of my CSA box to eat, so tonight I think I will try something shockingly new: beets. I found out how to cook beets online and will give that a try. Plan: roast beets in foil with olive oil, garlic, and some of those garlic chives I got from the CSA. Peel, cut into strips, and sautee with more olive oil and garlic. Spoon the mixture inside some blanched kale leaves and serve with some of the sausage I bought yesterday. Here’s to hoping this isn’t a complete failure!

If it isn’t good, beets will be one of those little things I have to work on!