Saturday, June 1st, 2013
2 years, 6 months.
Some people just love doing home renovations. I wish I was one of them.
Walking into Lowe’s not only intimates me because of my lack of knowledge and skills as a handyman, but also because I know there’s no such thing as walking into Lowe’s just once for a project.
It’s simply the first of many times I think I have everything I need. Typically, a medium-sized project ensures at least four Lowe’s trips.
The dollar signs associated with those trips, plus knowing that I’ve underbudgeted my money as well as my time, well… it just helps explain why I’m not one of those people who loves doing home renovations.
Fortunately, Papa (my dad) knows how to do ceramic tiling and was willing to spend his Memorial Day weekend doing a backsplash for our kitchen while Mommy and I… assisted.
And by that, I mainly mean that we prepared our delicious vegan meals for him and Nonna.
I had feared that the whole time that while Papa was trying to work, you’d be trying to hang all over him, saying, “Papa, Papa! Play with me! Hold me!”
Instead, you chilled out with everyone. Thank you for that.
I appreciated your demonstration of becoming more independent.
You were soaking it all in, though. During lunch, you declared, “I tiling!”
After watching Papa glue the tile panels on the wall, you decided you would do the same with your yogurt and pieces of wheat tortilla.
In hindsight, I now can clearly see why you asked for those two items for that meal.
Fortunately for you, your yogurt and tortilla project wasn’t your only hands-on exposure to doing a backsplash last weekend.
Nonna took a couple of pictures with her phone and sent them to me while Mommy and I were at church.
I have to admit, you actually looked like you knew what you you doing… definitely compared to me, at least.
Ah, at last, our backsplash project is finally complete!
That’s one major milestone for our family as we work our way closer to moving our way out of our townhouse and eventually into “a real house.”
A real house where there will be more room- in case we end up needing it.
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Sunday, February 3rd, 2013
2 years, 2 months.
I have trust issues with major yogurt brands. They have a nasty habit of throwing in mysterious ingredients that I can’t feel good about you consuming, as your health freak dad.
Like I mentioned yesterday in “Buying The Family’s Groceries Based On Ingredients, Not Calories,” I’m a stickler for finding out what’s in food, then researching the ingredients I’m unsure of:
“When we’re buying groceries, the first thing we look for on the front of the package is ‘No artificial flavors, artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, or high fructose corn syrup.’”
This past weekend I did my homework. I went to different grocery stores comparing their yogurt brands.
Here’s what I learned:
Even aside from all the fake red food dye which is derived from their petroleum or bugs, the well-known yogurt brands put gelatin in their product.
That means that their yogurt contains a mixture of the skin, cartilage, horns, and bones from animals like pigs and cows; or fish, if it’s labeled “kosher gelatin.”
Interestingly, the more expensive organic brands of yogurt, often aimed at babies and young children, do not contain gelatin.
It’s not just because we’re vegetarians that we avoid ground up animal bi-products in our foods. The way I see it, a hundred years ago when people ate yogurt, they probably didn’t go through the efforts to sprinkle their yogurt with gelatin.
Since I’m very deliberate that our family avoids processed foods as much as possible, I feel that a non-meat food product that requires ground up animal bi-products to taste or look right is too processed for us.
What is the alternative to gelatin in yogurt? Locust bean gum, which is derived from the seeds of trees; I assume they cost more than the animal bi-products that gelatin comes from.
However, there was one brand of yogurt that met all my strict qualifications: It had to be all natural, healthy, vegetarian, kosher, and yet still as affordable as the competition.
The winner… Chobani Greek Yogurt!
So I bought you an 8 pack of their Champions Tubes, which are portable pouches of their Greek Yogurt.
You had no hesitation in trying it. In fact, your immediate response after your first taste was, “I can like it!”
Then I grabbed a tube myself and realized just how good it was. I’ve never tasted yogurt that was so pure and “unchemically,” which is a word I just made up.
You immediately got upset that I ate one of your Chobani Champions Tubes.
Jack, just realize how epic that is. You got upset with me because I took from you the only all natural, vegetarian, kosher, and yet still affordable yogurt on the mainstream market.
We both win.
My congrats to Chobani Greek Yogurt, who I’m sure have no idea who I am, for earning my trust and becoming the only yogurt brand that shares my same high standard and beliefs in what good food should be.
I can like it.
- Only natural ingredients
- No synthetic growth hormones, preservatives, or artificial sweeteners
- A good source of protein
- An excellent source of vitamin D
- A good source of bone-building calcium
- Five live and active cultures, including three strains of probiotics
- Gluten-free and Kosher certified
- Free of nut, soy, wheat, and shellfish allergens
- Available in four delicious flavors that kids will love. (Verry Berry, Honey-Nana, Orange Vanilla and Vanilla Chocolate Chunk)
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