Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Mental Cooking Cleanse...
I'm ready for this week to be over. I would say I'm happy it's Wednesday, being that would mean that it's almost over, but no, I've wanted it over since Monday about 10:00am. Not that it's been horrible, but really the accumulation of crap has left me quite underwhelmed. Seriously, I had to find my happy place yesterday. In case you were wondering, that place is always my kitchen...

Slow roasted pork butt for my men...

Gluten free dinner rolls to enjoy the pulled pork...

Pulled pork sandwiches!

Gluten free monkey bread (revised from original)

Dark chocolate protein microwave cake with peanut fudge topping (blueberry version here)

Open face egg white omelet loaded with green peppers (from my garden), red peppers, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, red pepper flakes and nutritional yeast!

The last think anyone wants to hear is my silly frustrations with the week. Tony did indeed get picked for jury duty despite his attempt to look like lumber jack. What can I say, I have a thing for the mountain man look he's sporting these days. They asked him about how long he had been married and some personal stuff about work. I told him they picked him because he was reliable and loyal. UGH! So, this one car family that owns there own business doesn't get paid much this week. Luckily I have some online work to do! Being self employed has it's perks and this is not one of them. 

I will share the recipes from my mental cooking cleanse in the next few posts. How do you deal with stupid stress? Oh, my workout helped too! The baking really helped. 

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 6:00 AM  
  • At July 18, 2012 at 7:48 AM, Anonymous Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table said…

    I'm in the same boat this week. Trying to pull myself out of the funk by focusing on good stuff... but I really just want to wallow in it. *sigh*

  • At July 18, 2012 at 8:16 AM, Blogger Heather Iacobacci-Miller said…

    Hopefully the trial won't last long. That really makes it hard when you are in a situation like yours. It's not just missing work. It's missing a paycheck and not having a vehicle! That salad looks fantastic maybe with that roll on the side ;-)

    It can be really hard to get caught up in stress - stressors you can't even control. Just try to focus on what you can control and those little things that make the day good.

  • At July 18, 2012 at 9:02 AM, Anonymous Amy B @ Second City Randomness said…

    Oh pulled pork...

    I would enjoy coming to be your houseguest for a week. I promise I clean up after myself! :)

    I hope this week gets a little better for you. And just remember- we're half way there!

  • At July 18, 2012 at 9:18 AM, Blogger Tip Top Shape said…

    I deal with stress much the same way as you, but with more baking! Nothing cures the blues quite like a cookie! Hope the rest of the week goes better for you.

  • At July 18, 2012 at 9:32 AM, Anonymous Lisa said…

    Boo for jury duty! I feel you on this---every time something gets in the way of me working, I feel like my bank account is work, no money comes in!

    This week can definitely speed up for me too (till fri morning when I fly to LA)....
    Your kitchen adventures look just like therapy to me :-)

    Hope things start looking up for you (and that jury duty is over quickly)!

  • At July 18, 2012 at 9:51 AM, Blogger Christina said…

    I'm drooling over that pulled pork sandwich. DROOLING.

  • At July 18, 2012 at 10:07 AM, Anonymous fartygirl said…

    I love the idea of eating artys on an omelet. Totally copying off you with that one soon. And like I said on the book of faces, those rolls are blowing my mind. The little flecks... flax, I presume? Flax gives food such a neat kick - in appearance as well as taste. It LOOKS like it tastes good.

    Boo about jury duty! My daddy got stuck doing it a month ago. But he got through it pretty quickly. Hopefully this case doesn't last long for Tony.

    As for stress - did you check out Iris' latest post at the Daily Dietribe. Exactly what she talks about is exactly what I've been doing. Basically - we've both been saying no to stuff. When we feel overwhelmed, we figure out what can be cut from our itinerary, cut it, get done the most important stuff, then relax. It helps to just say "EFF THIS" sometimes, and go watch TV or read a book.

    I've also been trying to schedule my time more effectively. This is simplistic, but for someone recovering from a year of constant drinking, like myself, it's really helped me get my life back on track. I've been trying to set aside time for specific tasks. I'm also working to get those tasks done quickly. Grading papers can take me HOURS. Recently - and as a teacher this sounds HORRIBLE - I've been cutting back on how much I sweat over my students' papers and class planning. (I really overdo it sometimes). There's a set amount of time I take to grade papers and plan. And I will get it done in that amount of time. By six o'clock, I'm done working. No matter what. Allowing myself to stop at the same time every day REALLY HELPS!

    And - as Iris says in her brilliant post - the world keeps turning. :-)

    I hope some relief from the stress comes to you soon. :-)

  • At July 18, 2012 at 10:42 AM, Anonymous Paige @ your trainer paige said…

    I hear ya on the self-employed pros and cons.
    I also hear you on this week! Why is it dragging so much?!

  • At July 18, 2012 at 1:31 PM, Anonymous Kathryn @ Mamacado said…

    My husband had to go through with 2 full days of jury a few weeks ago - not a fun experience! I hope your husband doesn't get chosen for a long trial. Sending you positive thoughts!

  • At July 18, 2012 at 1:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Those rolls look so good! Is the recipe posted?

  • At July 18, 2012 at 1:45 PM, Blogger Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen said…

    Thank you Anonymous! The rolls are a recipe that I'm saving for my cookbook. So, it will be available, but just not online yet.

  • At July 18, 2012 at 1:49 PM, Blogger Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen said…

    Laura, I'm wallowing in it...but trying to get out of it!

    Heather, I am definitely trying to focus on the positive! I'm getting there!

    Amy, come on over!

    Lisa, they are starting to look up. The week is almost over!

    Christina, that is a huge compliment coming from you!

    Fartygirl, thank you! I totally needed that. You are the queen of flax and I'm so impressed by you all the time! Thank you for being you!

    Paige, we are almost done!

    Thank you Kathryn! I'm hoping he will be done today!

  • At July 18, 2012 at 2:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    aw, i'm sorry your week has been less than stellar. Hang in there:) and enjoy that monkey bread while you're at it -- it looks amazing! sending hugs:)

  • At July 18, 2012 at 3:56 PM, Anonymous Kris said…

    geez, those rolls look perfect. PERFECT. I want one right now, fluffy warm and covered in earth balance.

    sorry his 'look' didn't turn them off... Jason once did the same thing, wearing an old t shirt and shorts - his standard drummer outfit when his band played shows. I think he also wore his wallet on a chain. it worked.

    here's to a short jury duty, and a very interesting one.

  • At July 18, 2012 at 4:25 PM, Blogger Cotter Crunch said…

    you know you can email me and vent anytime! thinking and praying for this time. Stay strong, positive, and love one another. <3

  • At July 18, 2012 at 10:36 PM, Anonymous Purelytwins said…

    thinking of you!! we are here if you need to talk

  • At July 19, 2012 at 3:23 AM, Anonymous STUFT Mama said…

    Oh Sarena- Sorry about your stressful week. Darn it friend. Hopefully it goes by fast. Looks like you've created some pretty marvelous things in the kitchen though. YUM. If you were closer I'd give you my dirty car to take anywhere. Ha ha. Hugs!!!

  • At July 19, 2012 at 5:19 AM, Anonymous Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli said…

    Ugh, sorry to hear this has not been the best of weeks for you! It's always nice to lose yourself in the kitchen when you just need to clear your head...I think I'm due for a round of that myself!

    Hope the rest of the week turns up for you! *hugs*

  • At July 19, 2012 at 11:58 AM, Blogger Heather said…

    I hate to say it, but the boys must love when you are trying to deal with stress - because that food looks DELISH!!!!!!!
    Hope you're feeling better today after your "cleanse"... :)

  • At July 20, 2012 at 9:02 AM, Anonymous Cait said…

    Oh my goodness there certainly has been some deliciousness going on in your kitchen! Those gluten-free rolls with the pulled pork looks to die for!

  • At July 20, 2012 at 4:07 PM, Anonymous Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said…

    Perhaps there is something in the air right now. I am seriously feeling the same way about this week. I have been overwhelmed with a number of different projects and work-related items on top of having no activities planned for the kiddos (which meant they were home and stir-crazy all week). So glad the weekend is finally here!!
    And...I am so making your monkey bread this weekend. That sounds amazing!

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