Well being home in my own kitchen just makes me insanely happy (and it turns out, makes my family happy too!). I picked up my CSA (last week’s was donated to a local food bank since we were heading out of town and wouldn’t have used it), went grocery shopping, and went nuts cooking.
M, for his first day home, got to make a special request for dinner. Lasagna – which I knew he’d pick! For me, I made a BAS (for my newer readers, that’s the Big A$$ Salad). This one had tons of romaine, red onion, avocado, fresh CSA corn, and a lime/cumin/olive oil dressing. D ate it too – M and R didn’t like it.
I went to visit A at her pre-college program, and we went out to a local hippy restaurant. We split an appetizer and dessert!
our vegan corn cakes! Served with a tomato ceviche, grilled zucchini, and micro greens. By FAR my fav of all the dishes.
roasted quinoa dish with summer squash and eggplant. It wasn’t bad…but it was bland. Nothing special, but grateful for a vegan and gluten-free main dish offering.
vegan creme brulee made from coconut milk! It was super tasty. Too sweet and too rich for us to finish, but that doesn’t make it not tasty.
I finally jumped on the salad-in-a-mason-jar kick. I’ve been seeing them on other’s blogs and most recently the Vitamix Facebook page. I couldn’t handle the coolness factor anymore and made one. Two actually – put one in D’s lunch on Monday. He giggled.
the trick is to put the ingredients that won’t wilt on the bottom. Mine has radish, onion, corn, cucumbers, and thick tomato slices (in a homemade vinaigrette). Topped with romaine. When ready…shake and eat!
Monday was Indian, which is the usual for our Meatless Monday’s. Potato and peas in a tomato cream sauce (cream provided by coconut milk), and a mixed veggie curry. Served with cumin seed basmati rice, and for the rest of the family, garlic naan (none for me since I didn’t feel like making a gluten-free version).
D asked the kids if any of their friends cook ethnic food. They said no. Makes me sad for them…and happy that my kids get exposed to a world of food outside of traditional american fare….
Since getting home, all my workouts have been runs. I’m itching to be able to get back to Crossfit though. It’s been nearly 2 weeks, and I hate that.
Today’s run was a blessing and a curse. It was really hot and 100% humidity. But still…it was great. I brought water with me, and was really getting into a killer part of the book I’m listening too (CIA spy thing). So anyway…a few hours after I’m back and cleaned up, I pop my headphones in to listen to my book some more….and my iPod has a white screen. Nothing. Nada. DEAD. D does some research, and it turns out it’s a common problem when it’s overly sweat upon. I had it clipped to my bra strap, and I got so sweaty in today’s run that I maimed and possibly killed my iPod. It’s now draining the battery and sitting in a bag of rice hoping to be resurrected. Wish me luck…this is my 3rd one….
I’m trying to find a local-ish half around Christmas time. I think that would be a fun time to do a big run. There’s a Disney one in January, but I don’t think I’ll be free to take the time off to enjoy it. Planning to finally do another full next year too.
It’s been insanely busy. Obviously vacation was a busy time, and it was a blast.
last day! D, R, and I before we left FL.
super sleepy girl. Passed out. Snuggled up. And still wearing her seatbelt
I’m very proud of M. We picked him up from camp on Saturday, and during the awards ceremony, his cabin was given an honor award. These young men took it upon themselves to take younger homesick kids under their wings – cheer them up, play with them, check up, and make them feel safe. I love him for that. And honestly…expect no less from a child of mine.
I’m also very proud of A. She’s been away from home for a few weeks now, and even though having some homesickness as well, she’s really being independent. She’s taking this program very seriously, and I cannot wait to see her and her creations on Friday.
I felt great going back to work yesterday since I was so caught up before I left. On that front, I have great news! The final funding hurdle was surpassed and my project is officially a go! That means….much more travel in my future. But that travel takes me back home, so that’s an extra cool benefit.
Also on the work front, I’ve been asked to help consult on a gig on the west coast. If all goes through, I may be spending some time in the Bay area coming up too. Anyone want to come with??
Last night when I was cooking, I had to spread out the spice bag to get to what I needed (seriously….Indian food cooking uses an impressive array of spices). I left them so I could catalog some ideas, and while I was cooking, I noticed Bumble going crazy with some of the bags of spices. Not like batting them around…but rolling around in them like she does around fresh catnip (Mom gave me a paper bag full once….Bum kept running full speed into it and rolling around and actually slept ON the bag). We did an experiment and discovered that Bumble treats celery seed the same way. It was absolutely the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long time….
Cat Seeking Rehab From Celery Seed….
Okay, even though I try to keep my blog silly and funny and happy….it’s time for a bit of sobering comments. Sorry.
I refrain from commenting on or posting anything political on Facebook. I have a large number of family and friends who have very different opinions than I do, and I find that engaging in any of the discussions isn’t worth the damage it could to do those relationships I value so much. It’s going to be hard because it’s an election year, but I don’t care. These are people I either love or respect, and they are entitled to what they believe (even if I think it’s wrong).
But that said. This is my blog and I can say whatever the hell I want. And right now, I want to talk about guns. And murder. And Colorado. I’ve read a number of posts about how it’s not our gun laws that are the problem. And it’s a load of BS in my view. Here are a few statistics I want to share about the number of gun-related deaths annually in different countries, and you draw your own conclusions….
Australia – 35
England AND Wales together – 39
Germany – 194
Canada – 200
USA – 9,484
Seriously. What will we do in the US? We will hold a vigil. We will sing songs as we display the victims’ picture. We will light candles. And we won’t change a damned thing. Shame. On. Us.