Actually, it’s my 300th blog post.  And if you’ve seen the movie 300, you’ll get my title.  If not…well….watch the movie!


I love weekends devoted to cooking.  Yesterday was all about baking (and gifting tins of baked fun), and today was down and dirty cooking.

For lunch, I made the totally awesome Happy Herbivore Tortilla Soup (from her cookbook).  I crushed some tortilla chips and sprinkled those and some diced avocado on it.  I loved it so much, I’m actually gifting a mason jar full to a friend at work who eats gluten-free veggie, since this will be perfect for her.

this had a really nice mild heat to it since I used a hot chili powder (yes...the Xmas spice kit strikes again!) instead of normal chili powder.

I also made a kale, cabbage, red bell pepper, spring onion, cucumber salad topped with Oh She Glow’s Lightened Up Lemon Tahini Dressing.  It’s been marinating all day, so I  know it’ll be awesome for dinner tonight and leftovers tomorrow.  I’m making a big batch of brown basmati rice right now, and I can see adding some to the salad to make it a little more hearty for lunch tomorrow.

my hearty salad, good for a few days. One of the best things about kale is it gets better when it sits in a dressing for a while. So sturdy, it's good for a couple of days!

We’re about out of bread, so I baked up a loaf of wheat agave bread (veganizing a wheat honey loaf recipe in the recipe book that came with my bread machine).  We go through a loaf of bread every 2 days or so between lunches and breakfast, so I’m anticipating another loaf on Tuesday.  I love making lunches for my family with food that I’ve made myself.  While buying a loaf may be easier (and I think my husband prefers), it still makes me happy to give them things I’ve made.

I know I used a flash, good lighting in that part of the kitchen

I also made a recipe from my Indian cookbook for a vindaloo.  It’s cooking now on the stove, along with a double batch of rice in the rice cooker.

I also decided another soup was in order (I love soups….probably the only thing I like about winter is my soup consumption going up).  I whipped up a batch of red curry soup from the Post Punk Kitchen’s site.  I LOVE this soup…probably my favorite.  Only sub was using green kale, not purple.

ready to pack into mason jars to grab and go throughout the week!

I’ve also spent an hour or so dicing and slicing up veggies for snacks and lunches for the week.  A prepared veggie is a happy veggie.


Today’s fitness report is about when a great idea goes badly.  Horribly, horribly badly.

I’ve really wanted to watch the Librarian movie series (with Noah Wyle) for some time.  It was on earlier in the year on TV, and I forgot to record them, so I put them in my queue in Netflix.  D doesn’t have any interest in watching them, so his plan was to burn them and put them on my iPad to watch at my discretion, and to ship them back as quickly as possible in order for him to obtain movies he DOES want to watch.

So my plan today was to put my bike and trainer in the green room, pop the movie into my computer as loud as I could (since my trainer makes some noise), and spend the duration of the movie (92 minutes) doing an interval cycling workout.  At first, I was going to use a yoga timer to trigger me to switch between a high intensity spin to a recovery spin, but decided a much less scientific approach was best; switch between the two at each scene change.  Bloody Brilliant.

That is, until I twisted my knee.  Yep.  Only I can twist my knee on a stationary bike.  I had done a 10 minute warm up at a steady speed, but not much resistance.  Then I pumped it up through the first scene, and went back and forth like that for 20 minutes.  I was in a recovery scene, when I sat up straight, reached my right hand around my body to grip my seat and pop my back….and ended up with a shooting pain in my right knee.


Last night, D and I went to AC and JC’s house for some board game fun.  They introduced us to a game called The Settlers of Catan when we were on a weekend vacation a little over a year ago, but we never played.

After some snacks/appetizers and a couple of drinks, we set to playing.  I immediately wanted the rule book so I could read it and try to understand (I do better learning by reading than someone explaining something to me).  Anyway….after being mocked that my educational background would mean that I would produce a color coded project and implementation plan in the very near future – we got to playing.

The first game (which was abbreviated so D and I could learn the rules) was fun.  The second full-fledged game…wasn’t as much.  It’s not that it wasn’t fun, it was that the placement of my settlements in concert with the dice that were being rolled meant, I couldn’t do squat.  My goal went from learning and trying to win, to trying to keep JC from winning.  Then trying to keep my husband from winning.  In the end (nearly 2 hrs later), I think AC threw the game to allow JC to win just to make it stop.  Meanwhile, I played (and won) a game of solitaire on my phone.

We left just before 1am, and had a really fun time.

D let me sleep in until I woke up this morning, which was just after 10am.  After meal planning for the week, I got busy in the kitchen, so all in all, it’s been a fantastic day (not counting the knee).

Also, the kids got around to building their gingerbread house today (from St. Nick’s on the 6th).  They spent a good portion of the afternoon putting it together and decorating.

a front view. They cut out the door so you can see inside
this is the second year where they removed part of the roof in order to decorate and model the inside. What you can't see is a tree, people, and gifts they made out of the gingerbread house stuff

Oh, and I took pictures of Kiko in his new aquarium.  It’s huge!

floating log, lily pad, heater, and grass. He's been swimming around and climbing on everything like crazy since moving in yesterday
sitting on top of his water heater. Can't say that I blame him!



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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 “THIS IS SPARTA!!!

    1. I’m getting a lot more confidence with the Indian cooking. It’s taken a few times, and it seems to take a REALLY long time to make a full meal, but it’s fun. And thanks…knee is MUCH better today.

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