My Kid is Part Penguin

FOOD

Okay, two weeks of eats.  I seriously can’t believe it’s been two weeks!  Needless to say…tons of good meals!

this dish was called am fog from this yummy place called Clementine's in Harrisonburg.  It represented the farm these mushrooms were grown on the mountain across the way.  On a risotto with asparagus, and I was in heaven!
this dish was called am fog from this yummy place called Clementine’s in Harrisonburg. It represented the farm these mushrooms were grown on the mountain across the way. On a risotto with asparagus, and I was in heaven!
vegan breakfast wrap from Yorgo's Bageldashery in Norfolk.  One of my very fav places.
vegan breakfast wrap from Yorgo’s Bageldashery in Norfolk. One of my very fav places.

Last Friday I made mushroom ragout with polenta and tofu.  This ragout dish is one of my favorites – takes about 2 1/2 hours, but is so worth it.

ragout ingredients.  Mushroom, carrots, bell peppers, celery.  So simple.
ragout ingredients. Mushroom, carrots, bell peppers, celery. So simple.
cook until juices run clear, add about 1 1/2 cups broth, bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 2 hours.
cook until juices run clear, add about 1 1/2 cups broth, bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 2 hours.
also made stuffed mushroom caps.  Vegan cream cheese, garlic, spices, and breadcrumbs.
also made stuffed mushroom caps. Vegan cream cheese, garlic, spices, and breadcrumbs.
pan cooking some seasoned tofu cutlets.
pan cooking some seasoned tofu cutlets.
not a great pic by any means, but it was still very good.
not a great pic by any means, but it was still very good.
so good, I ate the leftovers for breakfast the next day!
so good, I ate the leftovers for breakfast the next day!
my mother's day breakfast!  D is so cute...he doesn't know how to feed me (he tries, he really does), so he woke up early and drove out to Yorgo's for to buy breakfast!  And that's love right there, because we live a good 20-25 minutes away :)
my mother’s day breakfast! D is so cute…he doesn’t know how to feed me (he tries, he really does), so he woke up early and drove out to Yorgo’s for to buy breakfast! And that’s love right there, because we live a good 20-25 minutes away 🙂

Typical daily drinks.  Green juices and smoothies!

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Monday I decided to make Indian food.  Started the naan dough before work, and even got to use up some of my homemade soy yogurt.

using the mortar and pestle that D got for me at the Luray caverns last year.
using the mortar and pestle that D got for me at the Luray caverns last year.
homemade yogurt!  I let it incubate a long time because I love my yogurt tangy.  Perfect for curries.
homemade yogurt! I let it incubate a long time because I love my yogurt tangy. Perfect for curries.
homemade garlic naan.  Made 15 pieces.  I ate one, and there were none left after dinner.
homemade garlic naan. Made 15 pieces. I ate one, and there were none left after dinner.
dinner!  Herbed basmati rice, adzuki beans, potato curry, and cauliflower.
dinner! Herbed basmati rice, adzuki beans, potato curry, and cauliflower.

Makes this bowl of oatmeal seem boring….

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Tonight was dinner on the grill.  Eggplant, red onion, and bell pepper rings tossed in olive oil and then grilled – and then tossed again in hot sauce, tamari, and rice vinegar.  Served on a lavash with lettuce leaves, Dijon mustard, and balsamic vinegar.  Oh, and a side of grilled asparagus.  SO GOOD.

before the grill....
before the grill….
after (they shrink so much!).
after (they shrink so much!).
tonight's eats
tonight’s eats

Other miscellaneous foods from the past two weeks….

another grill night - veggie burgers and mixed veggies (potatoes and broccoli I think).
another grill night – veggie burgers and mixed veggies (potatoes and broccoli I think).
you know I need at least one tofu green curry....
you know I need at least one tofu green curry….this was my Mother’s Day dinner (after drying off from Ana)
another great breakfast from Yorgo's!  I love having meetings down there in the morning.  Tofu, vegan cheese, and tempeh bacon on an everything bagel.
another great breakfast from Yorgo’s! I love having meetings down there in the morning. Tofu “egg”, vegan cheese, and tempeh bacon on an everything bagel.
linguine with tons of fresh garlic, olive oil, and mixed veggies.
linguine with tons of fresh garlic, olive oil, and mixed veggies.
don't judge.  Realized I was out of hot dog buns after the Tofurky kielbasa was cooking.  So I cut it and stacked in on a hamburger bun!
don’t judge. Realized I was out of hot dog buns after the Tofurky kielbasa was cooking. So I cut it and stacked in on a hamburger bun!
tofu teriyaki
tofu teriyaki
edamame
edamame

 

FITNESS

Quite literally, the only workouts the past two weeks have been runs.  It’s all I’ve had time for.  Luckily, I’m pretty much okay with that!

LIFE

You know, I think time is a tricky thing.  It goes by so quickly when you’re not paying attention!  Two weeks is a long time between posts, and I’m sorry.  Between D working nights, me getting a ridiculous sinus/ear infection (completely lost my hearing in my left ear for almost 2 days – freaked me right the heck out), a last minute work trip, and regular life….it’s remarkable how fast the time flies.

Mother’s day was nice – though we should have checked the weather for that whole “tropical storm” thing.  Alas, we went to the theme park anyway, managed to get one roller coaster down – before the sky opened up and the storms hit!  Seriously though, it was still a great time.

me and D when the kids went for round 2 on the Griffon
me and D when the kids went for round 2 on the Griffon
all of us drenched.  Cracks me up how unamused A is, and that R's nose is flaring so much.  They're clearly annoyed at the rain.
all of us drenched. Cracks me up how unamused A is, and that R’s nose is flaring so much. They’re clearly annoyed at the rain and even more annoyed that we stopped for a selfie.

Miscellaneous pics…

hello mountains!!  One of the things I love about Virginia.  We have it all - beaches, mountains, forests, cities, swamps (okay, I don't like swamps, but we have them), and everything in between.
hello mountains!! One of the things I love about Virginia. We have it all – beaches, mountains, forests, cities, swamps (okay, I don’t like swamps, but we have them), and everything in between.
rub da belly!!!
rub da belly!!!
no words other than Ginny doesn't look so much like a kitty anymore
no words other than Ginny doesn’t look so much like a kitty anymore
the girls in the front window when I left yesterday
the girls in the front window when I left yesterday
Love 80's music.  Okay...not music like Whitney Houston or Tiffany...but fun stuff, like Roxy Music.
Love 80’s music. Okay…not music like Whitney Houston or Tiffany…but fun stuff, like Roxy Music.
still my favorite room in the house!
still my favorite room in the house!

Probably the most fun thing is the pool was opened on Monday.  It was supposed to be last Friday, but the pool people had a truck breakdown, and we didn’t get done.

So Monday it was this green jello-looking thing, and by today, my family (NOT me), actually went in.

me Tuesday evening lying in one of the lounge chairs and reading.  It was almost 90 and perfect.
me Tuesday evening lying in one of the lounge chairs and reading. It was almost 90 and perfect.
yesterday R spent over an hour cleaning the pool.  Kid is desperate to get it ready.
yesterday R spent over an hour cleaning the pool. Kid is desperate to get it ready.
D, M, and A all jumped in this evening wearing their clothes.  Keep in mind it was in the 60's.
D, M, and A all jumped in this evening wearing their clothes. Keep in mind it was in the 60’s.

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this is me....on the chair with a hot cup of tea and a blanket.  While they swam.
this is me….on the chair with a hot cup of tea, new cookbook, and a blanket. While they swam.
she couldn't wait anymore.....
she couldn’t wait anymore…..

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I want you all to keep in mind that our pool is not heated.  And that water was in the pool ALL WINTER LONG.  And R swam for about 20 minutes before I made her get out for fear of hypothermia…..

She is clearly part penguin.

And finally, the morning pictures!

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okay, this was today's, and it's freaking me out how grown up R looks....
okay, this was today’s, and it’s freaking me out how grown up R looks….

 

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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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