Popcorn, Wine, and Fighter Jets

FOOD

Honestly, the last two days I’ve not had smoothies (I KNOW – shocker. I’m okay, I promise). Yesterday was coffee and a banana. This morning was just coffee. Granted, I spent the night at my guys house – and he always makes us coffee in the morning. Then we snuggle outside and enjoy it until life takes over.

I did make a big batch of homemade soy yogurt on Wednesday. Couldn’t be easer – 1 carton Westsoy soy milk (the shelf stable kind, not the stuff from the fridge – I order mine from Amazon), 1/2 tsp vegan probiotic powder – put in jars and put in the Instant Pot on the Yogurt setting for 15 hours. It makes a very tart – almost sour cream-like yogurt. I use it for dressings and honestly just eating plain. NOT meant for any sweet dishes though. Would bump the incubation down to 9 hrs or so for that. Final step is to put on the lids and leave in the fridge for 24 hrs to finish. Perfecto.

Dinner on Wednesday was a BAS (Big A$$ Salad for newbie readers). Super simple really – pressed and cubed tofu that is dry fried in a skillet until starting to turn brown, and then put about a tablespoon or so of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (tamari or soy sauce would be the same) – cook until it boils off and toss it in a salad. Mine was lettuce, cucs, cauliflower, and red onion and then a FF Catalina. I had to almost fight R over the tofu cubes though. She declared this her “favorite ever”, which is hilarious. Clearly all my other tofu dishes I’ve been trying too hard….

I didn’t get a shot of dinner last night. Was at my guy’s house. He grilled and made mashers and I made mushroom gravy and brought pie. So it was a veggie burger and corn on the cob. His son put the mushroom gravy on his burger, which I have to admit is pretty bloody clever!

Today’s first meal was lunch – and it was a Happy Herbivore Alfredo with edamame and corn. It was super filling, but only “ok”. Think it needed more spices and salt to be honest. I’d make it again, but play with the recipe more.

Dinner was the last of the leftover Caribbean Beans & Rice. I topped with lettuce, hot sauce, and some homemade soy yogurt.

Then there’s the popcorn and wine snack. Don’t judge. This just may be my favorite meal ever!

FITNESS

Kickboxing yesterday. Nada today. Was going to run, but found I’m just a bit too sore for it. So a day off won’t kill me. Did some yoga this afternoon – about 20 minutes of sun salutations. Felt wonderful.

LIFE

Well, it’s only been 2 days since my last post so there can only be so much that’s happened!

Work and life. That’s about it. Let’s see. I mowed the front lawn and R did the back. House is still clean and laundry is still mostly done. Got a lot of research done (work related mostly) and read, which was awesome.

Last night after dinner, my guy and I went to a fav bar – Birch Bar. It was advertised at Cider Thursday – and you know we’re cider fans. It’s also their 43 Hours of Sour, and I’m a huge sour beer fan. So – out we went. Cribbage board in tow (he kicked my a$$), and we had a few. The cider wasn’t blowing him away (I mostly had the sour beers and only one cider). I think the ciders were sour, and he’s not the biggest fan. But it was still a ton of fun. Then again, we always have a good time. Then it was back to his house and I spent the night there. Home and work in the morning!

Today was busy for work, and my last meeting didn’t end until 5 – which kinda sucks for a Friday. Alas, is what it is. Was still a great day, and I’m feeling all floppy and chill, which is never a bad thing.

A really good book. Sent this pic to a co worker when she told me she “loved my brain” after a meeting where I’m working on some business development for a new product to bring to market. It’s all in the story – it’s how you relate to your market…

This evening has been doing more research, and the chilling outside and reading. It’s an amazingly beautiful night too.

Lying on my enclosed back deck, feet up, enjoying my library book!

Excited for tomorrow! A grad school friend of mine is retired from the Airforce as a pilot (he’s a commercial jet pilot now). But he’s still very engaged in military air shows, and we’re going to see him tomorrow! He’s in town for a big air show, and after the flight, we should get to see the planes up close and personal! Mostly I’m excited to see him – he’s a really awesome person and friend. I’m pretty positive my next blog post will be full of pics of planes!

MY YEAR OF LESS

Well, I haven’t spent any money that wasn’t bill related or other necessary expenses like gas for my car. Well, other than the pie I got the boys yesterday, but I consider that part grocery, part gift – both allowed on the spending ban.

I was more than ready to use last night’s outing as my final “go out” for the month, but my guy picked up the tab. It wasn’t bad really – we basically had flights which are small pours and cheap – but still. It was nice. I’m usually very adamant about always splitting down the middle, but I couldn’t argue with him when he said it meant more outings with him yet this month!

I will be honest, I’m rethinking the 4 outings a month and thinking of turning it into a dollar limit. Like $200 per month in going out. Thing is – I do like going out, and find it can be a very small amount of $$ spent. So who cares if I go out 8 times or 4 as long as it’s kept to a dollar amount. Will finalize that after I analyze the September spending and budget. Would like to know your thoughts on that tho….

So that’s it! Hope you have as exciting of a weekend as I’m planning to have! (FYI – air show is free!).

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RunCrissieRun

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.

5 thoughts on “Popcorn, Wine, and Fighter Jets

  1. I’ve made that alfredo from the HH blog. I up the onion and garlic powders and the salt and pepper. I do NOT use cayenne because I do not like it. I also use full-fat Thai coconut milk. I am not an alfredo purest so a few times I’ve added browned mushrooms.

    I think that setting a dollar amount is a great idea.

  2. AND another thing I forgot. Does it have to be soy milk? Gord would rather not have soy milk. Can I get the same results with coconut milk?

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