The Green Musketeers

February 1, 2010

Hello!!

Call me crazy, but I’ve been cleaning all morning. It seems no matter how much I clean I still am finding areas of gunk!! Things that I have lived with for 3 years, but I pretend I’m a future buyer looking around and touching surfaces and decide dust and crud is not acceptable! The kitchen, which I feel is NEVER clean, is about 75% of the way there. Not sure it will ever get above 80%….

I was having major kitchen floor issues too. I still had some OrangeGlo in my cleaning bin and used it a few days ago. It left the floors looking pretty good! But then I did my weekly Mrs. Meyers clean with my spray bottle (all of this is explained here!!) and all of a sudden the floors looked like they had a white film on them. Probably the OrangeGlo, which I should not have used! So I have mopped THREE times today trying to fix it. I went to Target and bought some more of that Method cleaner, which I really like, but I should have gone and read my old post to remember that it doesn’t really work!! I had forgotten about vinegar too. GUF!

I went from Target straight to the gym. And call me crazy again, but I was wearing SHORTS! It feels so warm out there. Maybe its the reflection of the sun on the snow that is heating it up? I felt great! (Although I went from house –> car –> gym in 30 seconds.

At the indoor playground, I found some new toys!! First I warmed up with 30 minutes of ellipticalling, but then I went to do some weights. As you may know, I despise weight lifting and I told myself I had to stay for 15 more minutes and do stuff. So I found the kettlebells (which I had never used – they were so easy to hold!) and the foam rollers (OK, so that part wasn’t lifting, but it was fun!) and I had fun :mrgreen:

Whew! Too much text!!

So once home I showered, cleaned the floor again and made lunch:

The Green Musketeers

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I was craving green juice this week and decided to make it for lunch instead of breakfast one day

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ALL VEGGIES! (Well, I guess lemon is a fruit, but hardly!)

Kale, cuc, carrot, celery + lemon. I just love kale + lemon juice!!

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It was quite lemony and a bit stinky from the kale, but I have the palate for green juices now and love them.

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Served in a Bodum glass :)

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Second in line was egg salad!

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Matt had hard-boiled an egg yesterday and I chopped it up with the following:

  • Half a carrot
  • A small amount of cucumber
  • Half a celery (I had to preserve my last veggies for the juice!)
  • Pickled jalapenos
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • 1 heaping tbsp greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • Seasoning From Hell
  • Franks Red Hot

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Last but not least, a slice of Dakota with Crofter’s Superfruit spread

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Enjoyed with a dose of sunshine

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Afternoon = presentation prep on portion distortion for 7th graders and some BAKING!

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1 Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries February 1, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Egg salad is my FAVORITE deli salad–and I love getting creative with it! I’ve never tried pickled jalapenos in any of my mixes but that sounds incredible!!

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2 Jessica @ How Sweet February 1, 2010 at 2:13 pm

I love that spoon! Is it so cute. :)

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3 Chelsea February 1, 2010 at 2:13 pm

I put lemon in EVERY SINGLE juice combo I make. I lurve it. I feel you on the “dirty” house. People see my house but I see all the grime!

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4 Heather (Heather's Dish) February 1, 2010 at 2:14 pm

wow, that juice sound intimidating, but it’s gorgeous! i totally feel ya on the cleaning thing too…it’s hard to keep everything perfectly clean all the time! sounds like your house might be a bit cleaner than mine though :)

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5 Hannah February 1, 2010 at 2:14 pm

I’ve never been a fan of mayonaisse-y egg salads, so this looks divine! Capers, mustard, hot sauce = heaven. And I’m sure your future buyers will be impressed with an 80% clean kitchen – unless the kitchen has never been used, it will never be entirely spotless. But you buy homes to live in, right? :D

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6 Kaite@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle February 1, 2010 at 2:15 pm

I haven’t tried a completely green juice ever… not sure if kale stink and I would get along :-P. Egg salad sounds good though!

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7 Ameena February 1, 2010 at 2:15 pm

I love egg salad but not mayo so I use yogurt too! It works out great.

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8 Barbara(Blood, Sweat and Heels) February 1, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Homegirl likes her vitamix:)

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9 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 1, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Hmmm….I’m still at the point of barely being able to choke my green juice down, but forcing myself to do it because I know how good it is for me. Maybe one day I’ll have the palate for it? :-)

Your egg salad looks delish!

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10 Kristen @ Change of Pace February 1, 2010 at 2:17 pm

What a good lunch! Never thought of doing egg salad that way! Awesome idea :)

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11 Wendy February 1, 2010 at 2:17 pm

LOL at your shorts! I was outside in a t-shirt yesterday and thought to myself, hey it feels pretty good out here! I think is was MAYBE 40? This winter has my perception of cold & warm all askew.

The one and only kettlebell exercise I know is a fun, total body one…squat down with a wide stance & bring weight between your legs and toward back of room. In one smooth, controlled motion, bring the weight up over your head (keep arms straight the whole time) and stand up straight. Then go back to the starting position for one rep. (Hope that description made sense!) I did two sets of 15 the first time, and boy I could feel it the next day!

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12 Estela @ Weekly Bite February 1, 2010 at 2:20 pm

I really want a juicer to make this green juice! It’s going on my wish list!

Enjoy the rest of your day!

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13 Lauren @ Eater not a runner February 1, 2010 at 2:22 pm

I love kale but I would be nervous to have it in a juice….I’ll have to try it out!

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14 Lisa @ Early Morning Run February 1, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Sounds like a great day so far! I don’t like cleaning our kitchen either. My husband is so good at it ;)

Word of warning, be careful with the kettlebells. I haven’t used them myself yet (and want to) but I’ve heard that users can easily pull muscles or be injured in other ways if they don’t use them correctly. I’ve heard they’re really fantastic though!

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15 Shannon (The Daily Balance) February 1, 2010 at 2:24 pm

your egg salald looks increidble! If you are looking for good kettlebell exercises, let me know! They are my FAVORITE! I’ve reviewed and explained quite a bit of them on my blog — just search “kettlebell”

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16 Brittany February 1, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Your egg salad looks So yummy!

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17 Jenn (www. j3nn.net ) February 1, 2010 at 2:31 pm

The egg salad looks fab! I had a hard boiled egg today, too. Yummy! I have yet to try a green monster, I’m going to take the plunge tomorrow. :)

Jenn

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18 Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) February 1, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Cleaning the floors are my least favorite chore! My kitchen floor is gross linoleum and it never looks clean :-(

Love the veggie juice! I need my own juicer so I can stop paying $5+ for juices here in NYC :-)

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19 Ashley February 1, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Hmmm…I wonder what you’ll be baking!!?? I’m excited to see! I’m going to make another version or 2 of the doughballs today…yummmmm. Oh, you don’t have to tell me about your kitchen never feeling clean. For some reason in the house we’re at, Kenna’s hair gets everywhere! It didn’t happen in Charlotte or Pat + Nat’s house. I scrub the kitchen everyday and now have to vacuum the whole house every other day [should be every day but i just can't!]. It’s quite quite annoying! I think the heat vents have something to do with it and blow her hair around here more…carpet would help to keep it on the ground. Gross!! So basically…I feel ya ;)

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20 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) February 1, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Ooooh baking!! I love when you bake….not sure why :)

I won’t call you crazy if you don’t call ME crazy! Although I would like your crazy cleaning to come over here one day!

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21 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) February 1, 2010 at 2:48 pm

I admire how much green juice you consume. I love my greens and veggies, and do like a Green Monster now and then, but don’t think I could drink one every day.

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22 Freya @ foodfitnessandfreya.wordpress.com February 1, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Ooh I’m surprised you could make a juice with a whole lemon, and not be blown away by sharpness! Though I’ve never juiced before so I have NO idea how it all works….but the more you make them, the more curious I get…..
Haha I know what you mean with the cleaning – it’s like once you get started, you can’t stop; you clean one bit, which then in comparism makes the bit next to it look terrible and so on and on….
At least you’ll have a sparkly house at the end!

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23 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write February 1, 2010 at 2:57 pm

I’ve never seen an egg salad like that, EVER! Very creative.

I would never have thought to put kale and lemon together. Nice.

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24 Wendy February 1, 2010 at 3:09 pm

I totally feel you about the house. I live in a 115 year old farm house and it is never clean. There is like an acutal centuries worth of grime built up in some places.

I am also jealous of your shorts and your sunlight. I did my run today with a long sleeve tec shirt, short sleeved shirt, vest , long pants and gloves and was still cold.

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25 Jill February 1, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Now I know what to have for lunch! Yah-for egg salad!
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

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26 lynn (The Actors Diet) February 1, 2010 at 3:11 pm

yummy chunky egg salad!!! my aunt makes one that’s super crumbly, but still delish – she adds raw onions to it, which i’m sure you would LOVE. tee hee.

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27 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] February 1, 2010 at 3:13 pm

I like the sweet component of your lunch – toast & jam. Gotta get in all the flavors : )

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28 eliza February 1, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Kath I had to do a portion distortion bulletin board the other day! However, it wasnt for kids it was for a company that has work site wellness (for adults) through my company. Too funny !

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29 Jamie February 1, 2010 at 3:27 pm

ugh, i still dont think i can stomach (literally and figuratively) eating vegetables in juice form! I’m much more of a fruit smoothie girl

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30 christie @ honoring health February 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

I had egg salad for lunch, too!

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31 Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life February 1, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Love the green theme!

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32 Leslie February 1, 2010 at 3:54 pm

you’ve inspired me to go get some kale next time i go grocery shopping

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33 Gena February 1, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Wooohooo! So happy you’re becoming a juice-aholic :)

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34 Jessie February 1, 2010 at 4:02 pm

I hope you are enjoying your snow day. I am jealous!

Thanks for the link on the cleaning products. I have been looking into Method and Mrs. Meyers and was not sure which one to try first. They are kind of pricey. I will definitely be giving that Mrs. Meyers All Purpose Cleaner a try.

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35 Annie @ stronghealthyfit February 1, 2010 at 4:03 pm

That lunch looks SO delicious! Your egg salad is amazing- I’m going to try that w/all the veggies. Don’t worry so much about the cleaning :-)

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36 Amy February 1, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Hi Kath-lovin’ the green! Quick question…I’m pregnant and having a tough time all the veggis that i should be. I used to eat a big salad once a day, but can barely stand the site of leafy greens right now. What is your opinion of beverages like low sodium V-8 Juice?

Thanks!

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37 Kath February 1, 2010 at 5:07 pm

I think V-8 is a good option, esp. since you dont’ have a taste for veggies right now. Low sodium is a good choice too. I’m not a big V-8 fan (because I’m not a big tomato fan – I prefer green veggies!) but it’s pretty nutritious!

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38 Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather February 1, 2010 at 4:08 pm

I wish I had a palate for green juice… it packs some major good nutrition in those veggies!

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39 [email protected] February 1, 2010 at 4:12 pm

I don’t have a juicer but I love kale in my smoothies and with the Blendtec it becomes completely smooth but you still get the benefits of the fiber.

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40 Lisa @bakebikeblog February 1, 2010 at 4:12 pm

What a great healthy juice :) And a great start to the day!!

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41 Allison K February 1, 2010 at 4:19 pm

I wish someone would have taught me about portion distortion when I was in 7th grade! also, I wanted to let you know that your internship inspired me to make Cherry Sparkle as a dessert for my families sunday dinner last night. But we topped ours with a dollop of fresh whipped cream!

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42 Kath February 1, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Oh how fun! I’ll let my preceptor know :)

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43 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope February 1, 2010 at 4:32 pm

It always feels great to be productive on a day off! And I totally know what you mean about it “feeling” warm… it’s been about 10*F in Wisconsin the past couple of days, but the sun has been shining without a single cloud, making it feel quite comfortable! I love it! :)

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44 Emily Eats and Exercises February 1, 2010 at 4:53 pm

That’s quite an egg salad! I’m not a caper fan, but the rest sounds great.
I’m impressed with all your cleaning – I can’t imagine what you’d think of my apartment. :(

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45 Larissa February 1, 2010 at 4:54 pm

when you make all these green things does it taste like spinich or more like the lemon or banana and other stuff you put in it?

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46 Kath February 1, 2010 at 5:08 pm

Well the juice I made today was in a juicer and it tasted like lemonade. But yesterday’s LIAB was in the blender and the addition of milk and banana really covers up ANY green taste. I dont’ think I’d put cucumber or celery in that kind of drink though – only greens.

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47 Jil February 1, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Mmm, I have not had egg salad in sooo long!

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48 Cynthia (It All Changes) February 1, 2010 at 5:54 pm

I’m glad to see your review of the method stuff. I always think about getting it but haven’t yet. I think I’ll stick to other things.

Kettlebells can be so fun if you learn some moves to do with them. They are functional training which works your whole body.

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49 vegantickles February 1, 2010 at 6:05 pm

kettlebells are my absolute favorite form of exercise ever. Cardio and strength in one? A portable gym. I do kettlebells at least 3 times a week. You should definitely go check out IRONCOREKETTLEBELLS.COM asap. Sarah Lurie has 3 great kettlebell dvd. HIGHLY RECOMMEND her and kettlebells.

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50 Mrs. Money February 1, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Kath- I made lentil chili last night and topped it with plain yogurt. Um, YUM! I wanted to thank you for the inspiration. And I tried Oikos yogurt because of you. My hubs is now addicted. Too bad it’s so expensive! :)

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51 Kath February 1, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Yay! Yes, it is $$$. Sadly. But one of the many “worth it” foods on the earth.

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52 Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 1, 2010 at 6:13 pm

I love egg salad but i’ve never had any like yours.. that sounds incredible and so flavorful!! I hate it when egg salads are just eggs and mayo… :(

And girl your house must be spotless. It always looks so CLEAN.. I can’t imagine dirt getting anywhere near your house!!

Very interested to see what you are baking..

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53 Foy Update - Cook. Garden. Write. Repeat. February 1, 2010 at 6:44 pm

I forgot all about egg salad. I’ll have to add that to this weeks dinner menu. Yummy!

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54 Antonia February 1, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Your food looks delicious… I love how you’re so creative when it comes to cooking. I wish I was. =(

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55 Megs February 1, 2010 at 7:33 pm

I LOVE kettlebells!!!! There are so many great exercises to do with them! Let me know if you ever want some to do!

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56 Jonna February 1, 2010 at 7:50 pm

Hi Kath,
I’ll be glad to know if and when Kodiak Cakes get in your Open Sky store. I was looking into ordering from the direct and a min order has 3 boxes and $8.50 in shipping charges, so it’s prohibitive if you’ve never tried them before.

Great news about Naturally Nutty in your store. I was lucky enough to recently have a local Great Harvest start stocking a few flavors and when I suggested they get a couple of other flavors they happily obliged and I was able to buy from them and not have to pay all of those shipping charges. Yeah for Great Harvest (and Naturally Nutty)!

Thanks!
Jonna

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57 Kath February 1, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Def. will take box amount and shipping into consideration for Open Sky. Sometimes I don’t have any control, but I forwarded them your comment.

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58 Cole February 1, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Those Bodum glasses are super cute.

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59 Nutritious Foodie February 1, 2010 at 8:21 pm

I know what you mean about cleaning the floors… it took me 6 months after we installed our hard wood floors to find the right cleaner that wouldn’t leave a film on the floors… very frustrating.

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60 Kath February 1, 2010 at 8:44 pm

What is your secret!?

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61 Kath February 1, 2010 at 8:42 pm

RE. Kettlebells – I’m intrigued with these workouts. I thought they were just a kind of weight! But you’re supposed to swing them and stuff for cardio? Can someone point me to a specific workout online?

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62 Jenna February 1, 2010 at 10:56 pm

Lunch looks so good kath!

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63 Erica February 2, 2010 at 12:04 am

So glad to see you mention kettlebells, Kath. I lift them religiously and love them.
Kath, check out the free kb workout at mbodystrength.com. Also look for Steve Kotter’s videos on YouTube. I took 3 mos of kb classes two years ago and was upset when my teacher packed up and moved. Mbodystrength and Steve were great resources for me.

KBs are the only reason I haven’t gained tons of weight! Terrific cardio effect and let me eat pretty much whatever I want. Though, I still try to be sensible, which is why I visit your site! Any kb ?’s feel free to email me!

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64 Erica February 2, 2010 at 12:07 am

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