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Week In Review: What Is Feeling Good

For this week’s Week In Review, I’m documenting the things that seem to be feeling good right now. A retake on my “What’s Working” post. Achievements of any kind always feel good, hence why this weekly link up always feels good, but last week there were a few extra shifts which seem to be fitting a pretty nice groove. 

Go visit Meg for all the list-loving-self-gratifying celebrations

Doing things right away

I love lists. We all know this. But lately –  ever since I cleared my to do list the other week and got over the initial freak out/anxiety/utter confusion of what to do  – I’ve actually wanted to not have a to do list. I’m starting to get better at just doing things right away. Or….ish. I’m still human. Instead of thinking, “oh I need to do this,” but then for whatever made up reason…. not doing it… I’m beginning to take a second thought, go back, and say, “oh for christ’s sake just do it NOW and get it over with.” I did this a number of times and as a result crossed off a number of annoying tasks that would have so easily get pushed from day to day to day. 

  • I called, emailed, called and called again an insurance company and finally got myself set up with Tenant Insurance. Big numbers to do with money give me serious anxiety. 
  • I emailed and re-emailed my website people and ad people to try and figure out a few questions
  • I found a way to help protect and clean my Mac, and also asked for guidance about all these phishing emails I’ve been getting lately. Damn companies trying to tell me I’ve made purchases from them. 
  • Made and re-made a doctor’s appointment
  • I took out my compost and garbage and made a fruit fly trap because once again I am INFESTED

 

Trying new things. Purple things, apparently. 

  • I made beet chips!

So I don’t own a cooling rack (I KNOW. With the amount of baking I do!? I’m a total imposter you guys). But I was so jazzed when I first saw Meg’s recipe for sweet potato chips and then Annemarie’s recipe for BBQ beet chips in which neither uses a dehydrator, but I wasn’t able to give them a go because I didn’t have the secret behind their baking success. I was finally able to borrow a baking rack from my friend and since I had a couple big beets that needed to be used, I got my BEET on. They were sooooooo good. I love trying new things in the kitchen and seeing how they work out. I’m coming for you next, sweet taters. 

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  • I also made my first ever noodle / thai / pho style soup from scratch. I made Kat’s super simple Thai Vegetable Noodle Soup and added nice big hunks of fried tofu. Lots of lime. Lots of coriander. Lots of flavourrrrrr. 

feeling good

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  • I tried my first ever Jamaican Sweet Potato!

I had never seen them in my grocery stores before, so when I spotted the regal purple shimmering in the distance, I had to pick up a couple. Basically…. I fell in love at first bite. Utter, complete, drooling, stumbling love. So I went back the next day and picked up 5 more. 

That being said, I thought they were going to be purple inside? I guess that is a “purple sweet potato?” and thus, a form of the tater I still have yet to try. But oh man one of these babies baked up with lots of butter and salt? Colour don’t matter for that. 

 

Returning to old favorites 

  • I made a batch of my absolute favorite Cottage Cheese Fluff. I made it with 3/4 pack of stevia, extra cinnamon, extra vanilla. Ahhh this stuff is ammmazzinnnggggg. I plopped it on anything I could find… like this thick slice of carrot cake (we’ll call it “loaf” for breakfast purposes, mmk?) that I had taken home from a cafe. It was the most delicious start to my day. 

feeling good

Or on leftover beet coconut bread for a light snack/lunch. 

feeling good

 

Treating myself to little purchases

  • I took myself shopping to the dollar store and salvation army (woooo shopping spree!!) and found myself a few things I’ve been needing but keep forgetting about. Some of which being: new bath drain stopper, a divider for my bowl cupboard, and batteries (willllld woman y’all). I couldn’t find a baking rack or a pot, but I did find some sweet ass pants!

 

Finishing up items in my fridge

  • I finished up a tub of cottage cheese with above mentioned recipe, as well as a number of tupperwares, random bits of veggies and a good selection of stored away baking treats. I was rather stocked up after my parents left last week, and as nice as this was, it is also really nice to see everything being used up and emptied out without any waste. 

feeling good

 

Crushing Creative Urges

  • I got out my pencil crayons 

For the first few days of the week, I had this really, really strong urge to paint. Or draw. To just, make some sort of art. So finally, when I could not ignore the craving any longer, I grabbed my sketchbook and box of pencil crayons and just let them take me where they wanted. Guys. This felt amazing. Not only because it was crushing the obvious desire/craving I had, but because it was like journaling…. or mind dumping… only with colors and swirls and the complete allowance to totally go outside the lines. No plans. No judgements of what comes out. If you have never tried this, and especially if you like to journal, I so highly recommend it. It was such a soothing therapeutic night for me. 

feeling good

feeling good

  • I spent a lot of early morning studio time to myself

There is nothing I like more than quiet, alone time in a theatre or studio. I perform a 30 minute one woman “show” tomorrow night – something I’ve been working on since the summer – so I spent a lot of time in the theatre, often early in the morning before anyone else was even around – rehearsing and fine tuning. I really like my piece. It is very personal, speaks to something I hold very close and means a lot to me – so I just hope others like it as well. 

New Inner Dialogue

  • If you read this post, you know I’ve had a return of motivation to start trying to gain weight again. Instead of having this motivation emerge and then quickly dissipate, it has actually been growing stronger and stronger. And unlike previous attempts where telling myself “but I need to gain weight” has been more of a disservice than anything, it is now actually feeling really good to have this new inner dialogue. So I guess this is all to say… I’m going for it. And its feeling good. Oddly good. Better than it ever has, to be honest. Though….Can we all just give a few knocks on some wood for me – so saying this doesn’t come back to bite me in my butt? 

So… I “celebrated” with a big ass piece of carrot cake. 

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Tell me,

What was feeling good to you last week?

Do you find doing art therapeutic?

What new recipe do you want to try?

Jamaican Sweet Potato vs Purple Sweet Potato… different things?

What is your “celebration” food of choice?

33 COMMENTS

  1. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table | 6th Mar 17

    You are on a cooking bender! I’m so glad you like the crusts. I always have a bunch in the freezer for “emergencies.” I love the sound of the BBQ chips. That’s on my list to try if we ever stay in town long enough. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Yay for weight gain! And carrot cake. That is my 2nd favorite cake (chocolate is forever my #1).
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    • Cora | 7th Mar 17

      Your crusts are da bomb. I still can’t believe how well they worked in the quiche, too. Carrot cake will alllwayyyyssss rule over for me. Even over chocolate! GASP.

  2. Susie @ Suzlyfe | 6th Mar 17

    What a fabulous week in review! You really had an amazingly well rounded week! I love all the food projects! You;ll have to try my cauli crust next!
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    • Cora | 7th Mar 17

      Oh don’t you worry, your crusts are next. I need me some cornmeal!!

  3. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy | 6th Mar 17

    Beet chips? Be still my heart! Sounds like a great week in review – I agree that if I just do the dang thing right away rather than putting it off, it saves me so much stress and brainpower!
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    • Cora | 7th Mar 17

      I don’t know why it can be so hard to just do things as they come up for us – even if we have the time right there and then – but forcing yourself over that big of procrastination can make you feel so much better… afterwards. We don’t have it lingering in our brains anymore and can just move onnnnn.

  4. Heather @ Polyglot Jot | 6th Mar 17

    omg beet chips sound amazing–I love terrain’s beet chips! Getting things done and checking things off of my lists definitely make me feel good too!
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    • Cora | 7th Mar 17

      Mmmm yes I love treating myself to bought bags of veggie chips. But making them yourself makes you feel SO accomplished. And cool.

  5. Kat | 6th Mar 17

    I’m glad you liked my super simple thai soup girlie!! Maybe I should re-name it that? ๐Ÿ˜‰ I seriously love that soup but you are right – the key is definitely the lime juice!! I used almost an entire lime in mine – it brings out the other flavors SO well!! And I want to try making my own beet chips soooo badly. I’ll have to go and check out that recipe!
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    • Cora | 7th Mar 17

      I think Thai Vegetable Noodle is much classier. “Super simple” can just be a caption. And “delicious.” I made mine a little extra spicy – so my nose has been running this week, but my insides are feeling cleansed!!!

  6. Emily Swanson | 6th Mar 17

    So I stink at any drawing or painting, but I LOVE coloring, so I love crushing those creative urges with some coloring with my sister; I hope I never grow out of it.

    And I love that you did the things right away; I procrastinate way too much, and it’s never helpful.

    And that soup that you made from Kat’s site had me craving some Oriental soup.
    Emily Swanson recently posted…A Day In The Life of A Recovered Runner (Creamy Almond Chocolate Smoothie)My Profile

    • Cora | 8th Mar 17

      I don’t believe ANYONE “stinks” when paints, crayons or pencil crayons are involved. Putting color to paper will always be beautiful. And something we should nevverrrr “grow out of.”

  7. Carrie this fit chick | 6th Mar 17

    Cottage cheese fluff?! That sounds and looks delicious!!! I 100% gotta try that! Those crusts look great too! I’ve tried to make cauliflower crust before and totally failed… woops!
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    • Cora | 8th Mar 17

      Hey Carrie! So glad to have found your blog and that you are now “back!” Looking forward to keeping up to date. I hope you try the fluff… its sooooo coooool and delicious. Cauli crusts are hit and miss. I tried a few that definitely didn’t turn out but this recipe of Laura’s is a real winner.

  8. Ellie Pell | 6th Mar 17

    I’m happy you’re listening to your inner dialog. I hope I can be a part of this new journey. I am really motivated to help you not just with training, but also with expanding your life. You deserve so much beauty and love Cora <3
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    • Cora | 7th Mar 17

      Thanks, Ellie. Can’t wait. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Evangeline | 6th Mar 17

    This makes me so happy. You are so radiant, Cora. I love it. Oh my gersh BEET CHIPS. They have been on my “to bake” list forever. I also do not have the luxury of a dehydrator OR a cooling rack. I need to make a new friends who has these nifty things. I’m thrilled that the new strength training endeavor is going well and feels right for you. Major win.
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    • Cora | 7th Mar 17

      Haha you and I both need to find ourselves a cooling rack!! They can’t be too hard to find can they? Or just… good friends with well stocked kitchens.

  10. Casey the College Celiac | 6th Mar 17

    Girl, high fives on so many levels! Those pizzas look AMAZING and it’s always so awesome to try new recipes or foods and fall in love at first bite. And I’m so glad that your mindset is on point right now – along with that carrot cake ๐Ÿ˜‰ Honestly, last week was rough…and the next few weeks probably will be too thanks to grad apps (6 rejections, 1 acceptance possibly w/o funding, 4 to go). But I’m doing my best to accept my feelings (whatever they are), accept the uncertainty and focus on enjoying every day as much as I can! Big night snacks, yoga with the dad and long walks definitely help! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Casey the College Celiac recently posted…7 Gluten Free Frozen Foods Always Found in a Celiac’s FreezerMy Profile

    • Cora | 7th Mar 17

      Thanks Casey. A healthy mind is all the better to enjoy the carrot cake with. Or maybe the carrot cake is making the healthy mind? Whatever it is, I’ll keep both. This is very hard time. Both the receiving of the acceptance/non acceptance letters AND the waiting. Ugh. “This too shall pass,” is what my mother always tells me. Soon all this suspenseful waiting WILL be over, and there will be an answer, and you will be somewhere… where you are meant to be. So until then, just keep holding on – to those railings, those bits of silence, those moments of groundedness – and focus on each day as it is.

  11. Kristy from Southern In Law | 7th Mar 17

    Sooo, sweet potatoes totally confuse me because I’ve bought sweet potatoes that are purple on the outside and white on the inside and then the other day I bought Hawaiian sweet potatoes which were white on the outside but purple on the inside?! So weird!

    I need to try your cottage cheese fluff! Have you ever tried freezing blended cottage cheese? Or blending it with frozen banana? It’s like a super creamy ice cream treat!
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    • Cora | 7th Mar 17

      Lol WHAT!? Really!? Weeeeiiirddd. Why do taters have to be so confusing? That would have been a very pretty surprise, though?

      Oh my god that idea is so simple but so brilliant! It would be like cream cheese icing in frozen yogurt form! Doing ittttttt.

  12. Abigail T | 7th Mar 17

    Love your weekly review posts! Haven’t heard or seen of the purple sweet potato. I was thinking about one of your recent posts (It might have been the eating more than everyone else post) and it made me think of this sketch done by Tim Hawkins about his response to “eating clean” (he’s not the diet kind of person). It’s pretty funny: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbwiehKE3yg&feature=youtu.be

    • Cora | 7th Mar 17

      Hahaha! Eating donuts in the shower. Heck yeah I’d do that. Love it. Thank you!!!

  13. Juli@1000lovelythings | 7th Mar 17

    I love the focus on what’s working rather than always only seeing what’s not working!
    This looks like a pretty great week indeed! The drawing, solo studio sessions, listening to yourself, treating yourself and on top of that ALL THE GOOD FOOD!
    Carrot Cake is my birthday cake so I had carrot cake almost every day of last week. Oh the joys of a whole cake for two people ๐Ÿ™‚
    I have never seen Jamaican Sweet Potatos. I am so intrigued now. I need to keep my eyes open!
    Hope you have a great week!
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    • Cora | 7th Mar 17

      Now I am EXTRA jealous of your week. Carrot cake is always my birthday cake. And I welcome the week’s worth of leftovers (if it lasts that long). Keep your eyes open for them… they are pretty. They are closer to a regular white potato, but with this delicious unique sweet taste to them.

  14. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 7th Mar 17

    That pho looks amazing and don’t even get me started on the carrot cake. I’ve been wanting to make a carrot cake lately. I have to make a cake every Spring so I think this year, it’ll be a carrot. I’m also thinking about doing something crazy, like hosting Easter dinner and the carrot cake would be a perfect dessert.

    I’m so glad you busted out the pencils and got your creativity on. That’s what working in my planner does for me. It allows me to be creative and a bit practical while not using much mental energy.

    Yes, yes, yes to doing things right away. It’s so rewarding to just having it done.
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    • Cora | 8th Mar 17

      Ooooo it would be nice to feel the motivation to make my own carrot cake. But I know it wouldn’t turn out half as good as these restaurant butter laden ones, so, I’ll continue to splurge. Or I’ll just come over once you tell me you’ve made your own and help you taste test. I’ll even try to save some for your Easter Dinner company. Maybe.
      Working on your planner would be the exact same thing. Bright colors can do a lot for our spirits.

  15. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 7th Mar 17

    I love how this WIR focuses on all the positive things that are working well for you right now. ๐Ÿ™‚ Kudos on the doing things right away. It’s those little “logistic” things that are so hard to get done…like doctor’s appointments and insurance and utilities and sending emails.
    I really want to try Kat’s Thai noodle soup. Looks so good!
    Shopping secondhand. So fun!
    Sounds like you and me are both trying to make some progress on the ED front. Maybe we could be a team…and have a team name? Or superhero names?
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    • Cora | 8th Mar 17

      Those damn small logistic things always take the LONGEST to knock off our lists.
      I think we need a superhero name. Co-Joy? Cor-royce? Thespian-Lit-Writer-Food-Dominatrix… es. Ninjas?

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  17. Kaylee | 10th Mar 17

    Love this neat little format for your WIR! Might have to steal this idea from you too.
    You’ve also convinced me to start hunting down some Jamaican sweet potatoes. I am a huge fan of sweet potatoes in general and love trying out all the types; Japanese ones are the ๐Ÿ’ฃ
    Art is definitely therapeutic for me but I wish I allowed myself for my to do it. I love coloring (if that counts), crocheting, and pottery in particular!
    So happy to hear about your renewed–and sustained–motivation! You go girl!
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    • Cora | 12th Mar 17

      I wish I let myself do it more too. Of course coloring counts!! I think we need to schedule in art times for ourselves, so that it is more of a “must do” that we can’t cop out on. We know it will make us feel better afterwards.

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