Week of Kitchen Sink/Cupboard Eats, Movies, Chess, and a Birthday!

FOOD

Okay, another week, another chance for some fun eats.  This week we had a bet that we could eat yummy stuff every day without actually going grocery shopping because we’re such massive food hoarders.  Okay, maybe not that, but I have a tendency to shop and buy stuff that I “plan” to make, and then don’t and then buy something else.

Anyway, the week started out with some Sweet and Sour lentils that were just amazing!  Loaded with carrots and pineapple, I could eat this (and did as leftovers for lunch) for days!  It was largely inspired by this recipe, but modified for what I had on hand and to increase the veg content.

on some basmati, it was perfect
on some basmati, it was perfect

Other eats include smoothies, salads, stir-fry’s, and easy eats.

brain food
brain food
a bit hot ginger tea
a bit hot ginger tea
Cajun tofu cutlets with mashers, roasted maple sweet potatoes, and sage gravy.  My personal fav of the week!
Cajun tofu cutlets with mashers, roasted maple sweet potatoes, and sage gravy. My personal fav of the week!

D’s bday was yesterday, and his meal was a special request – though comfort food at it’s finest.  Including mushrooms, mashers, gravy, stuffing, and salad.  And cake, of course!  This was a triple layer chocolate cake with chocolate malt frosting!

another upside down pic.  Sorry!
another upside down pic. Sorry!
so, he's not actually 04...but the numbers were correct (just in the wrong order!)
so, he’s not actually 04…but the numbers were correct (just in the wrong order!)

For V-day breakfast, D went out to Yorgo’s to get me a vegan breakfast burrito!  Tofu scramble, Diaya cheese, potatoes, tempeh sausage, and red onion.  I added a ton of hot sauce and loved it!

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FITNESS

I’ll be honest, only one run this week.  It’s so cold, and I no longer have access to a treadmill.  So – lots of yoga and a few workout DVD’s at home.  Not as much fun, but better than freezing!

LIFE

Another week gone by, and it was pretty normal.  Lot’s of work and studying and as much family time as I could get.  I’m heading out for a week at the end of the month for a work conference (Vegas…I know….suffering, right?!), so being home is where I want to be this week.

D pulled some major muscle in his neck and ended up at urgent care and then mostly immobilized for a few days.  He’s a lot better, but not healed all the way yet.

We’re on a chess playing kick the past few days.  M beat me in a game.  I beat R (barely).  And then the kids did their own little tourney last night.

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Friday I went to see The Big Short and loved it.  Wow, I totally want to see it again!  Other than that, we’ve watched Forest Gump, Indiana Jones (finished out the series), and James Bond!

And here are the obligatory pictures.  Beginning with how Ginny doesn’t want me to study…

and when I gave up, she started to use my pillow too
and when I gave up, she started to use my pillow too
oh look, you're really busy...rub my belly! (yes, a cat who loves her belly scratched)
oh look, you’re really busy…rub my belly! (yes, a cat who loves her belly scratched)

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Morning pictures….

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And miscellaneous fun!

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while not my studies, she still couldn't handle me reading something....
while not my studies, she still couldn’t handle me reading something….
"while you all play chess, I'll just sleep in the box..."
“while you all play chess, I’ll just sleep in the box…”
have been a big fan of Andrea Bocceli for years, and was excited when there was a whole playlist on Spotify!
have been a big fan of Andrea Bocceli for years, and was excited when there was a whole playlist on Spotify!
such snuggles!
such snuggles!

Have a great week, and I’ll post again soon (ish!)

My Life (mostly) in Pictures!

FOOD

It’s been a good few weeks on the food front.  D and I have pledged to go out to eat less, so that means more fun food at home!  And…since I do most of the cooking, they more or less eat what I eat!

Not that they’re complaining – heck, even D decided one evening to make dinner and whipped up an amazing tofu stir fry!  Other yumminess includes tacos, smoothies, salads, wraps, falafel burgers, squash, pasta, homemade breads and soymilk, and Indian food, just to name the highlights of the past weeks!

last night's multicultural dinner!  Homemade baked falafel patties with tzatziki sauce, served as a burger with lettuce, tomato, and onion, and a side of Italian garlic, spice, and oil pasta.  Don't judge...
last night’s multicultural dinner! Homemade baked falafel patties with tzatziki sauce, served as a burger with lettuce, tomato, and onion, and a side of Italian garlic, spice, and oil pasta. Don’t judge…
Taco Tuesday!
Taco Tuesday!
leftover taco filling makes it a taco BAS Wednesday
leftover taco filling makes it a taco BAS Wednesday

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kale, quinoa, butternut squash soup
kale, quinoa, butternut squash soup
D's delicious stir fry
D’s delicious stir fry

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roasted acorn...
roasted acorn…
to make a yummy sauce...
to make a yummy sauce…
for mac no cheese!
for mac no cheese!
salad dressing
salad dressing
Indian feast!  Garlic naan, tofu korma, Chana dal, and curry veggies
Indian feast! Garlic naan, tofu korma, Chana dal, and curry veggies
fresh bread and rolls for the week
fresh bread and rolls for the week

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rice pudding breakfast!  Leftover brown and wild rice simmered with soymilk, cinnamon, and a little maple syrup
rice pudding breakfast! Leftover brown and wild rice simmered with soymilk, cinnamon, and a little maple syrup
fresh soymilk
fresh soymilk
dual appliance cooking (rice cooker and slow cooker).  Secrets of a busy household!
dual appliance cooking (rice cooker and slow cooker). Secrets of a busy household!

FITNESS

Running and yoga – as usual!  Can’t complain though, they’re what’s most readily available to me.

D and I are talking about building a home gym over the course of the next few months.  We both want to workout, but finding the time (or the desire) to go to the gym just isn’t there.  All 3 kids really want this to, so for now we’re doing research and pricing and will go from there!

LIFE

Well 3 weeks of life is a LOT of life!  With that said, no major complaints or anything.  There have been a couple illnesses, but nothing tragic (thankfully).  Between work, school, and family, I’m pretty much never bored!

I got to see several classmates last week, which was just amazing.

(from left) AF, JN, me, SH, & JC
(from left) AF, JN, me, SH, & JC

My fluffy study buddy, always willing to “help” (aka…get in the way)…

VERY intent on that equation...
VERY intent on that equation…
at least it's R's homework this time
at least it’s R’s homework this time

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Random shots

LBM using his leaf blower to remove snow from his car
LBM using his leaf blower to remove snow from his car

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at a restaurant where we said goodbye to AC as she takes on a new job and adventure in another state!
at a restaurant where we said goodbye to AC as she takes on a new job and adventure in another state!

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she loves shoes....
she loves shoes….
one stray piece of paper on the floor, and she makes it a pillow...
one stray piece of paper on the floor, and she makes it a pillow…

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And finally, the morningpictures!

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