Mushroom Marinade

Not a huge fan of mushrooms (it’s really the texture more than the flavor I have challenges with) but as the health benefits are amazing, they are a great savory substitute for meat and my husband loves them, I try to include them periodically.

Flipping through a book for recipes he’ll like I came across Raw Sushi Rolls…it looked super simple. Cauliflower “rice”, raw unroasted Nori sheets, which I had in the pantry, sliced veggies and marinated mushrooms.

This marinade is the bomb! I like soy sauce but soaking anything in straight soy sauce?…not a good idea. The intense flavor and SALT would be overpowering.

Diluting it with oil and lemon juice is perfect, garlic is always good and ginger adds a surprise to your tastebuds.

Marinade recipe:

  • 1/2 c olive oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce / liquid aminos or tamari
  • 1 Tbl fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves of garlic, or more if you like!
  • 1 1/2 Tbl fresh squeezed lemon juice

Blend until smooth. You don’t want any chunks of ginger remaining.

Marinate the mushrooms for at least an hour. I put them in a ziploc bag as it’s easy to moosh around the mushrooms to make sure they are get covered in the marinade.

The mushrooms will keep for several days. Leftover marinade I keep in a mason jar, it pretty much lasts “forever”.


After making the sushi, I threw a few of the left over mushrooms into the dehydrator for a few hours. These now “cooked” mushrooms went onto a bowl of cauliflower rice with chickpea hummus and alfalfa sprouts. YUM! ?

Joie’s of a #WorkFromHomeDogMom – Ep1: Lunch

Unexpectedly is one of the best ways for JOIE to show up in your life. Yet, how do you control “unexpected” joy?

Great question. The simple answer is – you make space for it.

You choose to allow it in. Yup, it really IS a choice.

Queue the backstory…..

I’ve been married for 18 years now and even just a couple years ago had you asked me to envision my life today, I would be nowhere close. How do you imagine what you’ve never known? Watching other people who have gone before you can help but so many of the changes have been in my head, unseen. I’ve chosen a path of self care, learning and growth. I’ve explored new ideas, opened up to the “wooo wooo”, questioned the system and whoever ‘they’ are. I mean for real, who has ever met Them? Yet, we live our lives by the facts They tell us. Yes, there are loads of people who are much smarter than me and have incredible amounts of knowledge and still I will say that nobody has my best interests at heart more than me. It’s okay to ask questions, it’s okay to learn from them, it’s okay to say no, that doesn’t work for me and it’s definitely okay to try something new you’ve learned and see what happens.

How does that definition of Wisdom go? Something like this:

Knowledge is only potential power; it must be experienced and lived to really become part of you.

This #workfromhomedogmom blog series will be about me intentionally sharing my joie as this path I am on is making space for more of it to show up in my life. It can show up in yours too! I hope that my stories will inspire you to take a look around in your life and see simple ways that you too can make space for unexpected joie.

*Are you ready for it?!

Here’s today’s story….

My honey (and yes that’s how his contact name is in my phone too ??) texted me and said he would be working late, picked up 6.5 hours of overtime for our family, the babies ???? and me. I was sad it would be more hours without him, happy it was overtime as OMG, how can you not love being paid 50% more for doing the same job? It would also give me more focused time to work on logging my business receipts so I can get the taxes in on time. Fingers crossed for another huge refund! My heart was also filled with love that he would do this for us. I asked him to let me know if he needed more food and I’d take a break and bring him dinner. He said yes. I put a reminder in my phone and continued about my day.

When the alarm jingled I got to work. I got him another helping of the huge salad I’d made that morning for our lunches. I picked romaine leaves from my garden and made lettuce wraps with the leftover walnut paté. For desert I pulled out 2 frozen chocolate banana bites and some chopped frozen mango I have to keep hidden from him. ? Plus an extra banana, 1 EHT pill and 1 Youth Factor packet to keep his energy up and brain working so he stayed safe at work AND the drive home. I put it all in a simple cloth bag I love as it has good memories and was a gift from a friend.

I drove to the airport, all the while filled with so much Joie! I could’ve said nothing and let him go up to buy some food in the airport terminal. I could’ve grumbled about the 75 minutes the drive would take round trip. I could’ve grabbed a salad and the coat he asked for and left it at that.

Instead I made space for Joie to show up.

The unexpected surprise of it showing up was simply the best feeling!

I loved spending the time intentionally putting a meal together for him with love. I love how easy it is now to eat Raw healthy food. I loved my drive there thinking about how cool it was going to be for my honey in front of the other guys; he has a wife who makes him dinner and hand delivers it to him. How lucky I am to be that wife! How many other wives are out at their own offices working, unable to leave their jobs? How many other wives simply don’t take the time to make the space?

It’s a choice. I choose joy!

I took the back way my honey tells me he takes to avoid the freeway traffic for the drive home. (Nope, I’m not telling so don’t even ask! lol ?) I only saw him for 30 seconds but it didn’t matter, I wanted the whole moment to freeze. For time to stand still while I sat in the joie. It felt like a real thing, this joie. If not for being a #workfromhomedogmom this would not have been possible. I remember what my life was like back when I worked in the Corporate World. (feels like it should be capitalized, it’s such a massive entity! ??‍♀️?) Talk about feeling full of gratitude that I was able to do this simple thing.

Shortly after arriving home he texts me and says “thank you for all the food ?”. That just added on another layer to my feeling good. ? Trust me, I captured this moment in my head and marked it “do not delete”. Ever do that? I believe it really does work. Writing about it in this blog post helps too.

When your moment arises and you have a choice to make – choose LOVE. You will never go wrong. It’s the simple little daily opportunities that sneak up on you, that allow joie in, unexpectedly and yet….you had planned for it all along. ???

The next moment of unexpected joie you experience, I hope you’ll come back to this post and tell me about it. Put the “do not delete” seal on your memory by encapsulating it into words and sending it out into the ether of the world wide web.

Till next time…

Always Choose Joie!

Rebuilding The Runway

The path all 4 dogs take as they go tearing out the back door after a bird they’ve spotted in the yard is what I call The Runway. ?

The dirt had sunk, especially in the corner, so it was a low point in the yard collecting water and the sprinklers were too high to water it properly. Add originally laying it in the dead of summer, which is 110° around here, didn’t help. So it was looking a little sad.

With all I’ve learned this past year, and since not being able to use grass seeds due to crickets that love grass seedlings ?, I can now do a great job transplanting, patching holes and putting seams together ?.

This was my biggest repair job yet. Unplanned too. The idea struck and I knew if I didn’t do it now it wouldn’t get done this year. The seasons of life in nature trump time and agendas.

The prep work was Not Fun. And to not waste the bits of living grass I pulled up I used it to patched other various holes in the yard. Time consuming, ugh, for sure and yet I do love not having holes. ?

Actually laying the sod was the easy part. 🙂

Now if I can keep it alive and the fence not peed on (or jumped over)??‍♀️while it grows roots. ????

I want to know why human urine is good fertilizer for grass but dog urine is not? ?

All that being said, the reason I work so hard on the grass is for the Joie on my dogs ? faces when we play ball on it…

watching them roll in it….

enjoying the coolness in the shade on grass that never gets too hot to burn your feet….

being able to ground myself… sinking my bare feet into REAL grass that feels like coming home is an awfully nice side benefit.

then there’s playtime…

and mealtimes with no danger of eating rocks….

#selfcare at its finest ??

#homeownerlife #lovemydogs #gordonsetter #lifeofjoie

Update: I am ecstatic to share that after a couple weeks of extra daily waterings, the new grass is doing better than any sod previously laid! Except for the brown patches where the fence was peed on while we were gone for 12 days and they “forgot” where they aren’t allowed to pee. It’s now had two haircuts and can be walked on. The chairs are my genius idea to have them go around The Runway while the new grass is settling in as they take off out the back door. ? And they can pee on the chairs which are on the rocks. ??

This new patch is now Ian’s favorite spot in the yard. ?

So now you know I’m obsessed with grass. Lol. I’m sure if you’re a dog owner you too have great stories of the things you do for them and because of them. I’d love to hear some!