It Feels Like a Normal Post!


Friday was a simple green smoothie of coconut water, spinach, hemp seeds, banana, and frozen pineapple.


Lunch was some leftover tofu stir fry that I had made on Thursday for dinner.  Super simple (and I have no picture, sorry!), but sauteed cubed tofu in a bit of coconut oil then added onion, garlic, red bell pepper, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, and green beans.  Added soy sauce at the end, and served over rice.

Dinner was a potato burrito and some Spanish rice.

I had class yesterday morning, so I heated up some leftover cream of broccoli soup (a Happy Herbivore recipe from her Holiday’s and Gatherings book).

Lunch was pretzels and hummus (bad, I know…was studying and didn’t feel like cooking).

I did cook for dinner though, and have a recipe to share!  I made butternut squash risotto from a mix I picked up at Costco last week – by Manitou Trading Company.  It was a huge hit, so find it if you can!  Served with a mushroom and broccoli bake and Lightlife vegan Italian smart sausages.

very flavorful and perfect for a chilly fall night
very flavorful and perfect for a chilly fall night

Crissie’s Mushroom & Broccoli Bake


  • 4 cups broccoli – steamed
  • 3-4 cups quartered mushrooms (I used baby bellas, but any would work)
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 can (14 oz) coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp Earth Balance
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • bread crumbs (I used Italian seasoned panko)


  • steam the broccoli for about 4 minutes
  • put broccoli and mushrooms in a 9-in (or similar sized) baking dish
  • in a skillet, melt the Earth Balance
  • saute garlic and onion until onion is clear
  • add flour and make a roux
  • slowly add coconut milk and stir until a thick sauce forms
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • pour coconut milk mixture over the veggies and stir well
  • sprinkle with bread crumbs
  • bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees

I’m actually thinking of making this on Thanksgiving – it’s been quite awhile since I’ve felt any creativity in the kitchen, and this recipe didn’t disappoint at all.

this came out so bubbly and creamy!
this came out so bubbly and creamy!


After class yesterday I went for a run before getting busy working on laundry and studying.  Not too far – only on Day 2 of the 10k training program!

Still, it was a nice day and at one point D drove past me (heading to the gas station to get gas for the mower) blaring Eye of the Tiger in case I needed some motivational tunes.  He’s so cute.

I also went ahead and signed up for the Shamrock 8k in March here in Virginia Beach.  It helps to have a race to train for, and I’ve been running the Shamrock for all but one of the last 12 years!


After work Friday was a retirement party for my CIO and then D and I went to AC and JC’s house to relax and hang out.

We have class on Saturday’s for half of this term – I think it’s to work around the holiday’s and to lesson our workload in our Brazil residency – which is just 2 weeks away!  So, I was up around 8 on Saturday, studied for a bit, had class from 10-1130, and then got back to studying most of the day (mixed with a few breaks for a run, shower, and laundry).

I’ve really been getting into candles lately, and a packaged arrived yesterday with three I had ordered!  Unfortunately, as I was taking the bubble wrap off of one of them, I lost a chunk of finger on broken glass 😦  Seriously, it bled for about 4 hours, and was seriously wondering if I needed stitches at one point.  What sucks too, is that it’s my pointer finger on my right hand – so the one I need for typing, using a mouse, and writing.  Ugh.  At least I’ll be exempt from washing dishes for a bit – and you can  bet I’m going to milk that for as long as I can!!  🙂

After dinner last night, I decided no more studies, and D, R, and I watched Die Hard!  She’s starting to get introduced to some of my old action favorites – like James Bond, John McLane, and next is Armageddon!

I went to bed fairly early, and the two of them stayed up and watched another flick.

Today’s plans are – meal planning, finish laundry, and study!

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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 “It Feels Like a Normal Post!

  1. Great eats and that’s great about signing up for a race, I’m signed up for a Shamrock race in March too. Sorry about your finger, I’ve done that plenty of times too – liquid bandages are my friend! 🙂

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