Femme Experiments for Mankind

How I feel about writing papers for English today:

In the name of avoiding more revisions, I look to some interesting tea time news… Grocery Findings!

2 (Hopefully) Tantalizing Experimental Products:

xocolatl by Dagoba: dark chocolate, cinnamon, cayenne – sounds sexy, doesn’t it?

Crisp White & Dry White fermented sodas by Cascal: no wine? is fine.

Hopefully this July 4th holiday is looking wonderful for you. I have plans to donate a plethora of canned goods to the food bank since so many are needing. There are so many different mini-disasters happening out there, I think everyone would do well to offer support to those who might like a fourth of July better with a can or two extra to put on the table. Yes? All these extra cans may be found in your pantry if you look hard enough. I live week to week on my groceries, but my family does not. With permission, I managed to raid the pantry for a nice stash: soon-to-expire, excess, etc. types. You might be able to as well, with a little commotion and perhaps some work boots…?

My femmes, we too can be manly in boots. 😉

Editorial, YYLady

*images: rollerblades, flag, xocolatl, bubbly, boots

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Letters!

Apologies, loves. My schedule and gut have been a bit frazzled this week. Tomorrow I hope to have some pictures taken as a break from yet another paper-writing session, but until then…

…a letter from my friend interning at Land’s End! Oh, how I love to receive mail. You’ve brightened my day, Chuuuu. 😉

Any of you interested in a gander of her work? She’s a dazzler: {Dazzle Me}

Love & Wishes, YYLady

Diagnosis Help!

Gracious alive, I believe I have found my own food allergies (but I need your help!). My story:

Until 5 weeks ago, I ate a primarily vegan diet, with a focus on strictly raw vegan eating for 2 months. Never had I enjoyed such an ease of digestion and adequate waste removal in my life. Wonderful, wonderful feeling and completely worth experiencing at least once in your life. Now that said, I have since re-introduced a plethora of food items. In this process, I realized today that my indigestion issues over the past few weeks could be stemming from consuming certain products again for the first time in months.

In fact, my indigestion symptoms, upon thinking, reminded me of all these allergy-related symptoms I read about in blogs I came across while searching for brother-friendly recipes (he’s a celiac). Abnormal bloating and feeling just weak and sickly really put me off the past two days more than I feel okay with. It suddenly reminded me of experiences from elementary school, experiences when I stopped feeling hungry after a point. I realize this may seem odd, but my stomach could go eight hours without any sense of hunger, though my energy and adrenaline would just continuously spike. Really odd, I realize. I just always felt super “full.” Or now, I think, rather bloated.

Contemplating this more, I reason that I must be either allergic or experiencing an autoimmune response to some food(s). My brother is a diagnosed celiac, so it would not be unreasonable to think that I have some gut issue. On top of this, Reynaud Syndrome is an autoimmune disease I already have, so there might be even more sensibility in looking to food allergies/responses.

Would anyone be willing to share how they tested themselves or others for allergies? Perhaps what the symptoms were like? The internet is only so helpful with its inexhaustible, vague descriptions of symptoms… I might have every disease if I tried hard enough. 😉

Thank you loves, YYLady

PS- this is gorgeous:

images: fall, pink

Dreaming of a kitchen

My Williams and Sonoma Dream Kitchen:

a copper mixing bowl and wire whisk

glass and stainless measuring cups, spoons

2X copper saucepans, always with lids and maybe a frying pan

one extremely high quality chef’s knife

quintessential food scale

fruit and vegetable peeler

long grater – perfect for fruit zest, perfect for cheese

stainless spatula – no plastic please

bamboo utensils – vegetarian living

There is my basic dream list for the apartment I wish I lived in some days. Bakingware, of course, was left out. If allowed to dream, the list might never end!

What items do you see in your dream kitchen?

*images: bowl, measures, saucepot, knife, scale, peeler, grater, spatula, utensils

Special Wedding Wishes

Today marks the most wonderful occasion of another sweet woman’s life. Here are my wishes for her most special day:

All earthly goods I wish thee.
All that’s good for thee and thine
And still, not only earthly
But all we know to be divine.

May earth and heaven mingle
May earth and heaven be one
All through your earthly journey
Till sets your earthly sun.

In Sunshine and in shadow
Through dancing and in song
May heaven bless your union
Throughout your whole life long.

I love you two, YYLady

Muesli Conquerer

Last night I spent one too many (ahem) hours debating the nutritional outlook for this week.

Frazzling. Towards the dawn of morning (yes, I started quite late at this game) I decided to throw it to the wind and not plan my last meal dilemma- breakfast. Pouring over muesli ideas left me desirous for a strong espresso with a small piece of toast in the morning…

No such thing- I recomposed and enjoyed a strong tea from Hong Kong instead. Jasmine never fails.

A late night and early rise to the store. I kidnapped a certain Man with me. The end results looked something like this:

4 bunches bok choy
2 yellow onions
1 green bell pepper
1lb baby bella mushrooms
~1lb green lentils
2 cans split pea soup
32oz sans MSG mushroom broth
8oz tomato sauce
6oz tomato paste
32oz plain, grass-fed goat kefir
yellow mustard
16oz frozen spinach
~1lb sunflower seeds
0.75lb raw almonds
~1lb coconut flakes
~1lb turkish apricots

All organic. All for $60. I am getting better at this.

To be fair, I am using garlic cloves and seasonings from home, as well as an extra head of romaine, a jar of sauerkraut and 6.4oz raw goat cheese from last week. My plans are to make a muesli-style breakfast (sans oats) with kefir, enjoy a vegan snobby joe with seasoned bok choy for lunches, and finish well with either split pea soup or mushroom-spinach cream soup and salad for dinner.

Scouring the store for a suitable muesli nearly killed my partner in crime. The (hardly) Little Man poured over failed box after failed box until we both agreed I needed to create my own.

A tropical combination of turkish apricots, coconut chips, almonds, and sunflower seeds will grace the table this week.

How do you enjoy dried fruits, nuts and seeds? A breakfast cookie perhaps? Any suggested combinations for a high protein, low sugar breakfast? Please chime in!

Time for more tea, YYLady

PS- A little something cute to add a golden glow to your summer Saturday…

*images: frazzled, tea time, breakfast, fishes

Oo La La

Loves, this morning’s baguette could not be stopped. In one hand and out before the other could snap a picture. Pleasurable food seems to act that way. However, I do have pictures for you.

One mouth you might not realize you had is your skin

Like Mom would always say, your skin will be the first to tell on you. What you put onto it gets absorbed. From a less medical standpoint, this makes sense: how else could there be such a thing as clogged pores? Your skin obviously has had a case of indigestion when a polka dot appears on your face. If only these were cute!

In order to feed yourself well, it takes quality care. For me, this means lots of yummy plants, fruits, flowers, and food-grade essential oils. After all, a girl’s skin likes to dine five-star.

This leads up to a comparison of what I used to wear for fragrance. You may wonder, why fragrance? Skin care or make-up might seem more obvious, yes? Well, I think this is the point. Perfume, body mist, and the complimenting lotions all douse your skin on a regular basis, just like skincare.

Do not worry, loves. Transition is key, and throwing out all your perfume is not what I think necessary. Here I show my favorite fragrances:

Beautiful fragrances. Such a disappointment to find that these are not among my high dining standards. Regardless of the name brand, from Bath and Body Works to high end Burberry, the end goal of nourishing skin food means an honest judgement call. Though I j’adore such fragrances, here are the transitional products I discovered to replace them…

La Vanilla and L’Occitane both reflect what is, in my opinion, the best among fragrances and product. Cheap? You knew the answer- no. Outrageous? Not quite.

However you feel, I have a tip to help you stretch, without any reductions, the life of your perfume:

Not samples, either, loves.

Apply a sample-size dose of a tasty lotion to hydrate your skin where you would like to spray your perfume. This initial layer feeds your skin before the application of perfume and keeps you from re-applying. You use less product, and rarely replace the bottle. Once every 6 months I buy a new 1.7floz perfume. As for the 3.4floz I just bought today, I think I can assume I will wear it for the year, if not longer.

We only order “best”, YYLady

Side Note on Deodorant if Interest: My mother hosted a series of ill-luck with deodorant-induced cysts. Frankly, attempts at changing product, diet, and so much more over 40 years did nothing for her. Only after using La Vanilla product did these cysts cease to return (verging on 2 years now). To her joy and mine.

*images: sunrise makeup, asian model