Children. The Most Epic Guilt-Trippers EVER


Sunday morning was really only a quick soy latte on my way to pick up a friend’s daughter to run some errands.  Coming off feeling sick, I didn’t have much of an appetite, and the coffee was more than enough.

Lunch was a smoothie, and dinner was supposed to be at Busch Garden’s.  Alas….M and D didn’t want to go, so I had to cook.  I didn’t feel like going to the grocery (though I felt just fine and healthy….but lazy), so what did I do?  I whipped up a 6 course Indian feast!  I’m sorry, but it’s just cool to think I have the foods in the house just lying around for that 🙂

For inspiration on what to make, I emptied the majority of my spices onto the kitchen floor to look through.  I’ve become a wicked spice snob…


all courtesy of the Spice House and Penzy’s!


I first made a homemade Garam Masala blend because I was out (hard to believe I ever run out of spices).  Using the dry container of my vitamix, I put in some whole nutmeg, cinnamon, black peppercorns, cumin seeds, and I think a few other things. and blended up an amazing spice combo.  I needed SO much less than the jarred McCormick’s stuff I had just run out of.

So, here was last night’s menu: basmati rice, garlic naan, green lentils, tofu mutter, cauliflower and potatoes, and even a desert!  Vanilla/cinnamon/coconut rice pudding.  I have to say, it was all yummy (I didn’t have any naan, but the rest of the family gobbled up 9 pieces), and I was quite proud of the meal!

yummy in-home Indian buffet
yes…dessert in a martini glass. It’s a spin-off of something my Dad used to make me for breakfast all the time. It’s short grain sticky rice, and I simmered it in vanilla coconut milk, and added lots of cinnamon, a little vanilla extract, and a very small amount of sugar.

This morning was another green juice.  Romaine, lime, cucumber, apple, pear, and pineapple for this one.  So, so yummy.

can’t get over how much I love these. I couldn’t have imagined as a child that I’d grow up craving lettuce in my juice! 🙂

Lunch was leftover Indian food (and believe me…I have TONS leftover), and dinner was a BAS with a Country French Vinaigrette and a small bowl of pasta with beans.  I used gluten-free spaghetti noodles, and made a sauce of veggie broth, Italian seasoning, garlic, sautéed onions, salt, cannelloni beans, and green beans.  Nothing fancy, but it was light and tasty.

my Big A$$ Salad, Veggie/Bean Pasta Bowl, and homemade dressing courtesy of a Penzy spice mix.


It felt so good to feel normal again!  Today I went for a run in the morning, and hit up crossfit with M after work.  It was my first “real” class (no more training wheels!), and it was tough!  We did our warm up and stretches, then got into skill drills for cleans.  Bascially a barbell (mine had no weights yet) that you start to dead lift, and then eventually get into a deep squat and stand with it on your shoulders.  We drilled for about 20 minutes to get corrected on form, and then got into our WOD (workout of the day).

Today’s WOD was simple (but by no means easy).  21 cleans, 21 pull ups, 15 cleans, 15 pull ups, 9 cleans, 9 pull ups.  For time.  I was done in 9:57.  I will admit that my pulls ups were on rings and not the straight barbells or bands.  I did try to make them as difficult as I could and still pull myself up.

I know that was only 10 minutes…but I swear, it’s the most intense 10 minutes I’ve ever experienced.  You know how Jason Bourne describes how he can run flat-out for 10 minutes before he starts to shake??  Yeah.  Call me Jason.  I was shaking when I was done.  But it was awesome anyway.


One bonus of being sick this weekend was D taking M to crossfit.  Not only did D get to see what we’re doing, but he spent a good while talking to the owners and getting a feel for the place.  Later that day, M told D that he really wanted his Dad to do it too, because it would be good for him.  The strength training would strengthen his back and lessen the frequency of back related pain (his PT told him 10-15 yrs ago that the only thing D could do for his back was to strengthen his back muscles to provide stability to his spine, which would lessen the pain).

After thinking about it for a few hours, D told the kids that he’d start crossfit this coming Saturday.  Our eldest A has been wanting too also, so they will begin together.  Yay!  A crossfit family affair 🙂  I can see R getting into it in a few years too.

The point is…I’ve spent untold years trying to convince D to workout.  All it took was some puppy dog eyes from our son and he’s toast.  I can’t believe I didn’t think to try that tactic long ago!  And I think he’s serious, since he’s at yoga as I type this.  On his own.  Of his own volition.  Yay!!!

Saturday morning I picked up my friend’s daughter to take her fabric shopping with A.  My friend asked if A would be willing to make his daughter’s dress for her 8th grade dance next month.  So off we all went (A, J, and J’s mom) to hit up the fabric store.  The girls were like kids in a candy store.  Afterwards, we all hit up Trader Joe’s and the Asian Market.  It was a nice morning, and A and I were home just after noon.

Since D and M tanked our Busch Garden’s plans, I decided to pout and read for a while before I got busy in the kitchen.

Today was business as usual, and feeling back to myself again (yay raw food!  Or honestly, the virus passed.  But hell…I’ll give my food the healing credit).

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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.

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