Muffin and Beet Madness. Not Necessarily In That Order


Saturday morning breakfast was a quick and easy meal of Grapenuts and vanilla coconut milk.  And coffee of course.  I was up early enough before having to leave, but while drinking my coffee and catching up on blog reading, my morning really got away from me.  Before I knew it, I was making breakfast for R and I so we could head out the door.

I wasn’t really hungry for lunch, so I ended up eating popcorn.  While I realize on the outside that this isn’t a great meal…I’ve always considered popcorn more or less a food group unto itself, so while possibly not nutritionally well-rounded, it was still awesome.

I did end up making a BAS (big-ass-salad) mid-afternoon because my body was wildly craving something fresh.  It was just romaine, onion, and tomato with my homemade dressing of happiness.

Dinner was great though (if I do say so myself).  I made a 4-bean vegan chili with TVP and veggies.  Well…it’s normally 4-bean, but I wasn’t feeling like making black beans two days in a row, so it really ended up being 3 bean (navy, pinto, and lentil).  It’s one of those that the whole family loves.  Mainly because they can eat it with tortilla chips.  I serve it atop some spanish rice and put Daiya, Tofutti Better then Sour Cream, and hot sauce on top!  Then…open the big family sized back of tortilla chips and go to town.  I think D ate 3 bowls 🙂

SO not pretty, I know...but really very tasty

I was up really early this morning.  If you ask my Dad, it was likely due to Michelle Bachman nightmares.  Alas.  I made a coconut milk latte and read some blog posts.  Then made up a random juice of juicable things I had lying around.  I used a beet again (only one though, as it’s all I had left).  I’m finding I’m not the biggest fan of juiced grapefruits…but with enough apples, you don’t taste anything else anyway.

lettuce, grapefruit, apple, beet, celery
24 ounces of "leftover" juice!
and I drank it ALL in a pirate glass. Because I'm a rebel.

I also baked a batch of banana chocolate chip muffins from The Joy of Vegan Baking.  They were done by the time everyone else woke up this morning, so great timing on my part today!

heading into the oven at 7am!
you should all want to live with me. I make yummy muffins for breakfast! Yes...and strange beet juices...but you learn to live with that because of MUFFINS

Lunch was leftover chili and again a mid-afternoon salad.  Dinner was the most fun though – we did homemade pizza night!  D was cute as he diced up the tons of veggies.  I ended up skipping the Daiya today.  I just wasn’t feeling like a cheezy-type pizza.  Mine was simply tomato sauce, spices, broccoli, trio of bell pepper, mushrooms, olives, and onion.  I ate almost all of it, it was so yummy!

pizza dough, ready to go
R rolling out her her Tigger jammies!
A rolling out hers...

so yummy!


Saturday was a good hour+ of intense yard work.  I hacked the crap out of a wisteria bush (those things are insidious and nasty), and it took me forever.  Followed by some raking and hedge trimming.

From there, I did an hour-long yoga class from Yoga Today especially for low back pain.  It was a slow class that was all lying down (either back or belly), but it’s focus was on stretching and strengthening the low back.  There were high repetitions and while not a typically class, I found it still challenging and pushing to the outer edges of comfort with my back.

Today I hurt so much I wasn’t sure what I should do.  I just did some stretching poses and took it easy.


As predicted, it’s been a pretty low-key weekend.  While I was at gymnastics with R, the older kids cleaned out the attached garage yesterday (and did a great job).  Then we all did yard work.  D went a little crazy with the weed whacker and ax, but the front yard alone was in dire need of it.  It’s been either too hot or too wet to really get out there the past several weeks.  I really want to live somewhere with little to no yard…we all suck at yard work.  That, or I’ll have to hire someone to deal with it.

I spent most of the afternoon working, knowing I’m going to be in DC for a couple of days made me nervous about not getting much done while there.  I’m sure it’ll be okay, but there were a few things I really wanted to be sure were done.  Most of tomorrow morning is tied up in interviews (hiring a contract project manager for a new IT system project of mine), and then will be hitting the road for the 3 1/2-4 hr drive around 2.

I went to the grocery around 1 to get things for pizza night, and then came home to start prepping.  Between the kitchen, work, laundry, and packing, it’s been a long day.  But an enjoyable one since the house and yard are so nice looking!

I took a picture of the dumb people who can’t park in VA.  I’ve noticed this as a regular affliction here that I didn’t really see (or pay attention to) in other states that I’ve lived/worked (California, Washington, Florida, Wisconsin, and Illinois specifically).  I know I’ve complained about this before, but people here often pull forward in their parking spaces.  IN ANGLE PARKING!  I get it if it’s straight pull in parking.  I do that all the time.  But angle parking?  What the heck is the point??  All you end up doing is facing the wrong way and screwing up everyone else.  I’ve thought about stopping one of the morons who do this and ask them why they think it’s a good idea, but I don’t want to get beat up.  Instead, I’ll go to THIS website and print out the notices that they “park like an a**hole to place on their windshields.  As long as their not looking….

and it's not like it's one's MOST of them! Ugh...

I also finished my latest book and started on my next one 🙂

D and I had planned on going to a 430 movie of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but we’re both just so sore.  I can’t sit for too long without needing to walk around.  Sitting for 2-3 hrs doesn’t sound like a fun idea.

At one point as I was finishing up making pizza, D went up to check on R and found this!  Sort of wrapped up the day, really!

little monkey in a basket

I’ve spent the rest of the evening commiserating with my Dad on the sad state of affairs of American politics and catching up on the billion posts on the Vida Vegan Con website!  I can’t believe that the first ever vegan bloggers conference is a little over a week away, and I’M GOING.  I can’t WAIT to meet everyone, learn a ton, and have a great vegan time!

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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

2 thoughts on “Muffin and Beet Madness. Not Necessarily In That Order

  1. I’m really excited, but nervous too. Not really “knowing” anyone will be a bit daunting for me in the beginning. Oh well, I’m sure it’ll pass quickly!
    She loves the laundry baskets. And so does the cat! Always finding the two of them in there…

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