I Want to be a Hobbit…but With Normal Feet

FOOD

Christmas breakfast for me was my normal green smoothie.  I don’t like eating big elaborate breakfasts – and even though I made one for D and the kids – I stuck to what I know my body needs.  It was a simple one – banana, strawberry, and spinach.

Christmas dinner wasn’t something I actually planned.  Holiday’s are usually spent either planning a big meal or going out to dinner.  We did neither – though I will say that dinner came out very well.

I have to tweak the following recipe, but it’s going to be awesome when I do.  I decided to attempt a Holiday Tofu “Ham” recipe.  I marinated a pressed brick of extra firm tofu in cloves, brown sugar, pineapple juice, and coke.  Then I baked it for an hour whole.  Next time I’m going to slice the tofu before marinating it and baking so the flavors seep through better.  Overall though, it was tasty – but needs that extra soaking time.

sprinkled both sides liberally with cloves
sprinkled both sides liberally with cloves
pat with brown sugar, then add cola and juice.  I used a very small baking dish so the tofu could mostly be submerged
pat with brown sugar, then add cola and juice. I used a very small baking dish so the tofu could mostly be submerged

I also made a pumpkin risotto that I’m really proud of.  Those were served with a spicy green bean casserole (fresh chopped mushrooms sautéed in a homemade white sauce made with soymilk.  Lot’s of cayenne and garlic and baked with fried onions on top!), corn, and salad.  Not bad for an unplanned holiday dinner!

Christmas dinner!
Christmas dinner!

Crissie’s Pumpkin Risotto

Ingredients

* 1 1/2 cups Arborio rice

*4 1/2 cups vegetable broth (I used bullion powder in water)

*1/2 cup white wine

*3 TBSP vegan margarine (I used Earth Balance)

*1/2 cup chopped onion

*3 cloves minced garlic

*1 can pumpkin (I used the organic 365 brand from Whole Foods, but any will do)

*salt and pepper to taste

Directions

*preheat oven to 375 (I used my toaster oven)

*put rice and broth into a 2 qt casserole dish and cover.

*bake for 1 hr., stirring every 15 minutes.

*in the last 10-15 minutes of baking, heat a large nonstick skillet (the largest you have – wok sized works great) on medium high heat.  Sauté the onions and garlic until translucent.

*stir in the can of pumpkin and mix completely.

*scoop in the cooked rice and blend well.  Add the wine and margarine and stir until melted.

*salt and pepper to taste.  I imagine this would take a cheesy flavor with the addition of some nutritional yeast or vegan parmesan.

It ended up being a very creamy dish, and I loved it.

FITNESS

After the opening of gifts and eating of breakfast, I went for a run.  I will admit that I was in a funky mood, and was hoping the run would help shake it off.

Day after Christmas was a nearly 2 hr. gym workout.  I did a 45 minute whole body strength training workout, and then a 4 1/2 mile treadmill run.  I absolutely hate running on the ‘mill, but it was pouring outside with no chance of letting up, so I didn’t have much choice.

One thing I noticed is that my pace on a treadmill seems slower than when I’m on the road.  I don’t know if it’s a mental block of pushing the up arrow to make the belt go faster, a lack of wind cooling me off on my run, or the fact that I’m so focused on trying not to hate running in place that I can’t just zone out and enjoy myself – but my treadmill pace tends to be significantly slower that my normal outside one.  Anyone else ever experience that?

LIFE

I’m off this week, so of course things have been low-key.  Christmas eve we did the jammies and game thing like we always do, shuffled the monkeys off to bed, and then stuffed the loot under the tree.

The kids seemed happy with their gifts.  iPad minis, tons of gift cards, clothes, new bedroom sets for the youngest two, games, hiking gear, textbook (yes…my oldest asked for a college patternmaking text book for Christmas….), books, etc.

peaceful before going to bed Xmas eve
peaceful before going to bed Xmas eve

 

Bumble had a blast playing in piles of wrapping paper
Bumble had a blast playing in piles of wrapping paper
R getting new hiking shoes!  Pay no heed to the crazy bed head.  Christmas pictures would be boring if we all looked put together :)
R getting new hiking shoes! Pay no heed to the crazy bed head. Christmas pictures would be boring if we all looked put together 🙂
M bought R a DVD set of her favorite cartoon - Adventure Time - which included this ridiculous hat.  That she's barely taken off for the past few days.
M bought R a DVD set of her favorite cartoon – Adventure Time – which included this ridiculous hat. That she’s barely taken off for the past few days.
putting together her Harry Potter Hogwarts lego game from her aunt...listening to Cage the Elephant channel on Pandora on her new iPad mini...and wearing that silly hat.
putting together her Harry Potter Hogwarts Lego game from her aunt…listening to Cage the Elephant channel on Pandora on her new iPad mini…and wearing that silly hat.

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We went to see the Hobbit and just loved it!  I knew I would though, but still…I was happy my expectations were met.  I now fanaticize about being a hobbit (without the big hairy feet though – otherwise I’m good…I’m already short) and taking cross country adventures that involves a lot of hiking and camping and cooking outdoors.  Since I’ve never been camping and am just starting hiking, that may be a stretch of the imagination….but it’s fun to think about.

Most of this week will be cleaning up the Christmas mess, taking down the tree (I’m one of those people who wants to rip it down on the 26th), and getting back to work/school organized.  I have two scheduled hikes planned – one with R and one just me with a hiking group at a beach that I’m really looking forward to.

 

 

 

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RunCrissieRun

I am a 43 yo busy career single mom, attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free & nut-free 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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