That was quite a break! Didja miss me? Well, here are a few things that I’ve been obsessed about the past several weeks!
1 – Back to School!
We are halfway through our first full week of school! The kids love being back and are making new friends pretty quickly. I’m so thankful to have some order back in our lives and a few hours of “me time” during the day. But it’s also back to frantic mornings of making breakfast and packing lunches. After lamenting about my failure with meal planning last year, I vowed to be more disciplined about it in my “Back to School” special with #SundaySupper which, by the way, featured over 50 recipes that could be completed in less than 30 minutes. If you’ve never heard of #SundaySupper, we are “a group of bloggers who are on a mission to bring back Sunday supper around the family table in every home”. We feature a different theme every Sunday and everyone is welcome join our live chat every Sunday at 7 p.m. EST.
2 – Kaenip (perilla leaves)
This bitter green always reminds me of summer! They are also know as perilla leaves, sesame leaves, and its Japanese cousin is called shiso. Its bitter and peppery flavors are truly unique and intense. It can be steamed, sauteed, pickled, or fried. They peaked last month, but you can find them in your local Korean market year-round. Check out these recipes on my site…
3 – Goodbye Migraines!
So about a couple of months ago I decided to reduce my carbohydrate intake mostly for “weight maintenance”. This carb reduction mostly entailed no bread, no rice, and no pasta. Sounds like hell, doesn’t it? The last time I was on this diet was when I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes with my first child. I was able to control my blood sugar and lost so much weight! Yes, I actually lost weight while I was pregnant! Anyway, I loosely followed what I call my “diabetes low carb diet” and I admit I feel much better – less bloated and “healthier”. But an expected side effect was that I was no longer having migraines! I couldn’t believe it! After years of stabbing pain behind my eyeballs, they just stopped! I’m not sure if I was experiencing less blood sugar fluctuations, or if I was or have become gluten-intolerant. Either way, I’m pretty happy about it and sticking with this low carb diet! (Note: I’m not recommending fellow migraine sufferers to go on this diet without consulting a physician, but just letting you know it worked for me!)
By the way, it’s good to be back!