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Becoming A Sun(screen) Worshipper

29 Dec

As I just turned 30, I am realizing that there are a lot of things that I have put off doing for a variety of reasons. Sometimes I am putting things off because of not prioritizing the money for it (like travel), sometimes it’s because I’m lazy or forgetful (like backing up my computer hard drive so I don’t lose all the pictures of my kids) and other times it’s because I know it will be unpleasant (like avoiding getting the flu shot). So today I finally stopped putting off something that I knew would be unpleasant, going to the dermatologist to be checked for anything suspicious.
Living a healthy lifestyle includes more than just eating right and hitting the gym more, to me it also means being sure that I’m getting preventative care and showing my kids (and sometimes my husband) the importance of check ups and it’s high time for me to take those actions.

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I used to be a sun worshiper when I was younger, I loved the beach and even worse- I used to love the tanning salon. I would slather on some delightful smelling tanning bed lotion and climb in for a 30 minute warm relaxation time… daily 😁. And I know that this was the worst thing I could have done and I was, for a time, addicted to the tanning salon. I also wasn’t great at remembering sun screen. I once tanned at the beach, became insanely burned and then went out the next day to the beach again, which resulted in a purple burn and not being able to lift my arms because it hurt too much for a couple days. I never liked sun screen much because it felt greasy and clogged my pores, which is a classic rookie mistake when it comes to sun exposure.

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After being tan for the majority of my junior high, high school, and college life, I have finally given in to the reality that I am a fair skinned lady thanks to my Northern European ancestors. I, along with most of my girl friends are now taking up residence under large umbrellas with wide brimmed sun hats, and cover ups when we hang out at the pool. And we most certainly seek out the highest SPF we can find. And I’ve worked hard to make sure that my daughter knows that whenever you go out in the sun you must put on sunscreen and I carry it around in my bag for her.

So now it’s time to get things checked out and since I’ve been irresponsible in the past, it’s time to find out if and how I will pay for those mistakes. I got my check up and had to have two moles removed. Now the last time I went to get checked the Doctor came at me with a needle and a scalpel and I nearly passed out right there on the examination table and couldn’t let them do it. But I needed to (wo)man up and had to be brave, because being afraid of something doesn’t change the outcome. Waiting longer to find out if there is something wrong will only make my situation worse. So now I have a week or so to wait until my results come back. I’m thinking positive thoughts (which is another thing I’m working on while building a new and improved Amy).

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Super Veggie Soup

21 Jun

Growing up I didn’t like a whole lot of different kinds of soups except my mom used to make a vegetable bacon soup which had a base of V8 juice. And oh man did i love it when I was a kid! Now, if you have read any of my previous posts regarding The Veg Project you will note that I haven’t eaten any pork related products since I was 11 years old, therefore when in my mid-twenties I decided that I wanted that little slice of my childhood I needed to adapt the recipe. It also involved a series of microwaving different items- which I am generally not in favor of doing so it differed greatly, but still provides me the same comfort as it did as a child.
It’s healthy, delicious and above all, nutritious. I honestly don’t think you could pack any more servings of vegetables into one soup! I am also a weirdo who happens to love making homemade soups all summer, I know I’m strange. I don’t know if its because I soup is light and I generally try eat a little lighter in the summertime or if its because my husband keeps my house Arctic cold (and my office at work is as well), but I love soup in the summer.
Here’s my Super Veggie Soup recipe:

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Super Veggie Soup: 

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 yellow onion chopped
4 Yukon gold potatoes peeled and diced
3 celery sticks chopped
3 carrots chopped
3 cups Original V8 Juice
1.5 cups water
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
2 zucchinis quartered
1 yellow summer squash quartered
1/2 cup frozen peas
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
*A couple dashes hot sauce optional

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Heat olive oil over medium high heat and add chopped onion, sauté but do not allow to brown, add carrots, celery, and potatoes, cook for approximately 3-4 minutes stirring occasionally to avoid sticking. Add V8 juice, garlic, and water, stir to combine. Add salt and pepper and a couple dashes hot sauce if desired. Bring mixture just to a low boil and add zucchini and summer squash and reduce to simmer. Simmer approximately 20 minutes until vegetables (specifically potatoes are tender), add frozen peas, allow to summer for another 3-5 minutes until cooked through. Enjoy!
I decided in the middle of making the soup that I would enjoy mine with some freshly baked wheat bread (since I had it on hand) so I made a “no knead” wheat bread mix. I must say that for a 50ish minute box recipe deal, it wasn’t bad at all. In fact it was quite good!

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