So I Don’t Have a Black Thumb in ALL Things I Try to Grow!


This morning was some leftover Chinese tofu and rice.  Nothing fancy, but wanted to get something in my belly before running.  I’m not one of those people who can run after not eating all night.

Lunch was Thai when I was out running errands.  At this point, I’m only going to mention if I get something different.  I didn’t.  Why mess with a good thing?

Dinner was definitely inspired by my trip to the Veg Fest yesterday.  I picked up some marinated tofu, and made my own caprese salad!  I made mine a bit more hearty though, by putting tofu, tomato, and red onion slices on a bed of chopped romaine lettuce, then drizzling with Italian herbed olive oil and an aged balsamic vinegar.  I also made this brown rice Mediterranean salad.  I changed it up slightly based on what I had and what I like.  No olives (don’t have), no parsley (don’t like), and I used jarred fire roasted red peppers because I have them and I’m too lazy to roast my own today.

I really should use more of these pre-packaged tofu thingies. Yummy and a nice variation on how I usually use tofu.


my light and refreshing dinner!


Today was another hot day, so I didn’t want to wait too terribly long to go for a run.  Of course for me, that meant 1030 am.  An early bird, I am not.

Tomorrow I am off, and am thinking about going to a 6am CF class.  Note…thinking about.  Good intentions don’t always survive my alarm clock.  If not, it’ll be a rest day, as I’ll be at Busch Garden’s with D drinking beer and riding roller coasters (sans children…we’ve done that every year for our anniversary since moving to VA 8 yrs ago)!


I am finding myself slipping back into my old bad habits when it comes to sleep.  I’ve lost a bit of the fortitude I need to get through this stupid insomnia thing.  I’m going back to the whole sleep restriction thing next weekend for round two.  Ugh.

On a fun note, my sprouts were finished today!  I started them 4 days ago.  Since it was so beautiful, I put them in the sun this morning to get that chlorophyll boost (I usually just put them in a sunny window).  It’s amazing how 3 small tablespoons of seeds can produce so many sprouts!  I like this blend, as it has quite a horseradish-like bite to them.  I’m looking forward to wraps and salads all week with my fresh sprouts.


While I was out there, I took some pics of the new deck too.

After my workout and my shower, I went to run some errands.  I have a couple of packages to ship (but who knew UPS stores were closed on Sunday’s!), so they’re in the car waiting for the morning.  Then it was a stop to drop off items at Goodwill, a visit to the mall to hit up a some sales, and then Fresh Market to get a few groceries.

I picked up two photography books and a magazine while at the mall in anticipation of my new camera arriving on Tuesday!  I am VERY excited about it.  Also, the new golf clubs for D should be here on Tuesday also, and once they are, we’ll be scheduling our lessons.

On a funny note….A picked up a friend of hers to go to the Y to hang by the outdoor pool and do a Zumba class.  They got the lady I had the other day…..oops.

So all told, a very great Sunday.  That I’m going to go finish enjoying with my family!

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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.

10 thoughts on “So I Don’t Have a Black Thumb in ALL Things I Try to Grow!

  1. Nice sprouts! I have been looking into making sprouts and I think you just inspired me to do it! I have a “black thumb” as well!!

    1. I love sprouts too. I’ve bought a few seed blends over the past year, and my favorite is the 3 part blend with alfalfa, radish, and broccoli. I’ve tried a few with beans too, but never seem to get them to sprout evenly!

    1. I can’t believe I’ve never bought the pre-marinated stuff before! It’s just amazing…I bought that and a smoked tofu too. I’m thinking breakfast this morning will be that salad again!

  2. I tried to reply and it seems it didn’t work. I hope I am not double posting :). The dinner looks amazing. I love marinated tofu! I could eat it every day. I am going to try that salad for sure!!!

      1. Smoked tofu is awesome as well. I love the texture of both the marinated and smoked tofu. It is completely transformed! The job I worked before where I am at now had a high-end grocery story around the corner. I would grab a package of marinated tofu for lunch a few times a week. I love the Italian one. The Asian is my favorite.

      2. I’m so in love with them right now! I seriously can’t believe I’ve never picked one up before. I’ll totally have to try the Asian one next!

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