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Doofus

That’s me.  Blogging doofus.  I appreciate the understanding that life is just so hectic that I’m struggling with the blog regularly.  It’s not that I don’t think about it.  But when I do, it usually means I’d have to skip studying (which, sorry, but hell no) or sleeping (oh HELL no).  So – I’ll keep trying, but until I finish this whole grad school thing, I may continue to be a doofus.

FOOD

Happy to say that eats have been more at home and bringing to work from home than dining out.  D and I get into a pretty regular (and terrible) habit of eating out too much.  This is largely thanks to summer, because D can satisfy his urge to cook outdoors – and ends up doing most of the cooking!

first time ever actually having a veggie hot dog. Pretty darn good!

first time ever actually having a veggie hot dog. Pretty darn good!

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grilled tofu, asparagus, and corn!

grilled tofu, asparagus, and corn!

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And aside from that, lots of smoothies (current fav is vanilla, mixed berry, and fresh basil!), salads, and simple and quick meals like baked potato tacos (baked potatoes topped with beans and hot sauce), tofu stir fries, and pasta dishes.  Also – D and I are making #smoothieselfies a thing.  And yes – we actually text each other these.  He almost never reads my blog, so he has no idea you now know this:)

the morning of our anniversary on 6/25 as we were heading out of town

the morning of our anniversary on 6/25 as we were heading out of town

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made too thick so it became almost an ice cream breakfast!

made too thick so it became almost an ice cream breakfast!

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Of course I eat more than smoothies!  I made some pistou (similar to pesto, but no cheese or nuts and much heavier on the basil).  I used that pistou in a few dishes – my fav was just blending up about 1/2 a cup with a box of silken tofu and some nutritional yeast.  Made a creamy basil-flavored alfredo I mixed into veggies and pasta.

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I even made homemade tofu green curry for the first time!   It came out great!  Not as good as my fav Thai places, but definitely better than some I’ve had!

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notice - only pic of a meal out! Lentil soup and a vegan falafel wrap.

notice – only pic of a meal out! Lentil soup and a vegan falafel wrap.

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FITNESS

Typical mixture of running, workout DVD’s, the gym, and yoga.  To be honest, the RA is has been flaring a bit since China so the running has been less than I’d like, but I’m feeling much better and lacing up more!

I will say – I should start running in my bathing suit (or at least, having that as a base layer.  It’s been HOT and on Sunday afternoon – no kidding – I jumped into the pool in my running clothes.

just before hitting the pool in all this glory. At least I took my shoes off!

just before hitting the pool in all this glory. At least I took my shoes off!

And because I’m on a group that does post-working “prove-it” selfies, here are a couple more.  Because I know you always want to see me sweaty.

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And my little yoga spot in my bedroom.

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LIFE

Well, when you last left your heroine (okay, I’m not likely anyone’s heroine, but roll with me on this!)…

D and I celebrated our anniversary with a weekend in Williamsburg.  We had a blast and it was nice to get away (even though that was the weekend exams opened, which means I did NO studying at all).  It was worth it.

on our way home after a very good weekend

on our way home after a very good weekend

I then had 2 weeks to finish all my end of term exams, papers, and other deliverables, so I was literally in the office until 9-10 pm every day and all day all weekend after that.  Term wrapped on 7/9 and the new term immediately started.  Our school has no breaks – it’s 21 months of full time crazy!  But don’t let me fool you – I absolutely love it.  Hardest thing I’ve ever done, but everything I’m doing is exciting in some way.  And my family is so amazing that they understand why I go MIA for hours every day just to study.  Here’s the end of a chapter after a particular crazy chapter.  The first two sentences in the summary section made it all worth it though!

I went with a vodka cranberry only because I didn't have tonic water. Otherwise I'd have been all over that gin and tonic!

I went with a vodka cranberry only because I didn’t have tonic water. Otherwise I’d have been all over that gin and tonic!

R went to camp for a week and had (as usual) a total blast.  We took Kuma with us to drop her off and she promptly became the camp puppy.  D picked her up (I had class so couldn’t go), and the two of them passed out on the way home.  R and the dog.  Not D.  He was driving.

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pulling into camp!

pulling into camp!

the day before she left was just me and her having a great day together!

the day before she left was just me and her having a great day together!

And I always have to end with gratuitous pics of Bumble, Ginny, and Kuma.

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all 3. in the same space. at the same time. Ginny captivated by the ceiling, Bumble ignoring Kuma, and Kuma realizing she's being completely ignored by the two she wants to play with the most

all 3. in the same space. at the same time. Ginny captivated by the ceiling, Bumble ignoring Kuma, and Kuma realizing she’s being completely ignored by the two she wants to play with the most

rough life of a puppy.

rough life of a puppy.

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outside away from the other beasties, asleep on the porch sofa

outside away from the other beasties, asleep on the porch sofa

puppy kisses!

puppy kisses!

it was hot. I can relate.

it was hot. I can relate.

first beach trip! We couldn't walk 5 feel without people swarming her.

first beach trip! We couldn’t walk 5 feel without people swarming her.

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#fluffystudybuddy

#fluffystudybuddy

waiting for me to finally come to bed!

waiting for me to finally come to bed!

Making Eats for a Week at Once Increases Sanity

FOOD

Bulk cooking on Sunday’s really comes in handy!  I had salads and soups most days for lunch.  Lot’s of smoothies too.

I have a fridge in my office, so these are big containers.  The soup lasted 2 lunches, and the smoothie and salad in a jar were my bfast and lunch one day.

I have a fridge in my office, so these are big containers. The soup lasted 2 lunches, and the smoothie and salad in a jar were my bfast and lunch one day.

at the office and ready to start my day!

at the office and ready to start my day!

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BAS!  Romaine, tofu, lotsa veggies, and my balsamic dressing.

BAS! Romaine, tofu, lotsa veggies, and my balsamic dressing.

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Silk soy vanilla yogurt and fresh blueberries

Silk soy vanilla yogurt and fresh blueberries

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there's oatmeal buried under this dish.

there’s oatmeal buried under this dish.

I also made a home made black bean burger that was really good and has also been lasting me for days!  It was pretty simple – 1 can refried black beans, 1/2 cup cooked oats, 1/2 cup (ish) salsa, fresh chopped cilantro from my garden (about a cup), 1/4 chopped red onion, 1-2 tsp cumin, and enough coconut flour to bind it all without falling apart.  It certainly wasn’t an exact science, but I put the mixture in the fridge and have whipped up a yummy burger on demand!

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pre-cooked burger

pre-cooked burger

as a lettuce wrap topped with simple slaw (Just Mayo & rice vinegar) and a baked spud with plain soy yogurt and hot sauce.

as a lettuce wrap topped with simple slaw (Just Mayo & rice vinegar) and a baked spud with plain soy yogurt and hot sauce.

just the burger topped with more slaw and red onion.  Side dish is whole grain pasta with a green sauce of tofu, cilantro, garlic, and lemon juice, tossed with spinach, green onion, and red bell pepper.  Recipe courtesy of China Study Quick & Easy.

just the burger topped with more slaw and red onion. Side dish is whole grain pasta with a tofu-based creamy sauce, tossed with spinach, green onion, and red bell pepper. Recipe courtesy of China Study Quick & Easy.

FITNESS

This week was mostly DVD workouts because it’s been hectic.  I did get to the gym one day, just one run, and twice daily walks with Kuma.

post gym & run sweat bomb

post gym & run sweat bomb

LIFE

After my last post on Sunday, D went to the restaurant where both A and M work and hung out with them a bit.  So cool.

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and a quick one with R after he got home!

and a quick one with R after he got home!

Since it summer break right now, there’s no morning pics with D and R😦

However, most days in the summer I’m up and gone before anyone else wakes up.  And D and I are total nerds so we send each other good morning selfie:)

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On Tuesday we went out to see the USA v Argentina game (we don’t have cable).  It wasn’t as painful as I feared it would be, but still sad we lost.  M and I got in our Chelsea gear to get in the soccer spirit!

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I got to see AC and E yesterday for a quick visit!  First time since AC moved to NOLA about 5 months ago.

The rest of the week was work and studies, cats and dog and general Clan mayhem!  It’s the end of the term for me at school and exams are starting through the next two weeks.  Wish me luck!

laying claim to the dog's toy

laying claim to the dog’s toy

puppy love!

puppy love!

enjoying my global economic research documents

enjoying my global economic research documents

a shot of Kuma last night to send to BF - a classmate of mine who's a major pup lover...and wanted me to name her Donut.

a shot of Kuma last night to send to BF – a classmate of mine who’s a major pup lover…and wanted me to name her Donut.

Mine and D’s anniversary is tomorrow, so we’ll be out of town most of the weekend having a good time – which I may or may not blog about😉

Happy weekend everyone!

 

Finally a Grown Up Because I Have Curtains

FOOD

When I went vegan a little over 9 years ago, I had no problem giving up some foods.  Desserts were a big one for awhile – at least until I found my vegan baking mojo (and to be honest – I hate to bake and have more of a salt-tooth vs sweet tooth, so it never really bugged me).  My mom’s egg salad sammiches and tuna noodle salad were two of my favorites growing up, and even though I’ve tried multiple recipes over the years, this one still stands as my fav egg-less salad.  I don’t make it as often as I probably should, but it’s so yummy as a sammich or with crackers.  It’s mostly adapted from my mom and other recipes collected through the years, and I think is one of those stand by recipes.

Crissie’s Tofu Eggless Salad

Ingredients

  • firm silken tofu – best is the cardboard box Mori-Nu brand found in the Asian food aisle vs where regular tofu is found.  Sliced small (I still use an egg slicer for it)
  • 1/2 cup vegan mayo (I use Just Mayo)
  • 4 tbsp yellow mayo
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup pickle relish (I like the sweet kind)
  • salt and pepper to taste
Directions
  • mix and eat!

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I prefer toasted Ezekiel bread or whole wheat pitas and with added veggies like lettuce, tomato, and onion.

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Other eats  were an Amy’s bean burrito (hey, even I eat food from a freezer now and then!), green smoothie, salad from Moe’s (Welcome to Moe’s!), veggie soup with toast, and a yummy dinner with roasted portabello mushrooms, butternut squash risotto, and a vegan chorizo sausage.

topped with my tart homemade soy yogurt and some hot sauce

topped with my tart homemade soy yogurt and some hot sauce

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FITNESS

Runs every day (but today – yucky rain and snowy weather), yoga, and meditation.  I had my 2nd meditation class yesterday and I very much enjoyed it.

So I started this meditation class for a few reasons.  The first is that I’ve gone down this road before – gung ho to figure out how to stop the constant chatter in my brain – but gave up.  I kept thinking of all the other stuff I could get done if I didn’t just sit still.  The second is because I suck at sleeping.  Seriously – if you look up “insomnia” in the dictionary, it’s quite possible you’ll see my face.  I honestly want to learn how to turn the noise down enough to sleep like a normal person.  And finally, on the advice of a speaker we heard in Brazil last month.  He talked about meditation being a huge key to his balance (he works for a very prestigious global consulting firm), and goodness knows I could use some balance.  So…it was pretty awesome to find that the yoga studio closest to my house actually was starting a 5-week meditation course.  Naturally, I signed up!

I know it’ll take me a long time to get it, but I was heartened when a girl in my class mentioned that she, too, has difficulty sleeping, and that even one week of meditating before bed has helped.  I don’t expect a miracle overnight, but sometime in the next month would be nice!

after a long run on Friday - apparently Ginny loves to snuggle when I smell...

after a long run on Friday – apparently Ginny loves to snuggle when I smell…

60's yesterday and a run around the lake!

60’s yesterday and a run around the lake!

LIFE

The past few days have been pretty great.  I get up so much earlier than my family, so I’ve had a lot of quiet study time.

And while we didn’t win the lotto, my son did play for the first time (he’s 18) and won $4!

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We also – after almost a year in our new house – got curtains.  Only for 2 of the windows, but I’m feeling very grown up all of the sudden!  I fretted over them for a long time.  What looks right?  What fabric?  Ugh.  I’ve stalked Pinterest and finally after a xmas gift card from my parents and a not so subtle “get some damned curtains” nudge, we finally did.  Holy crap, curtains are expensive!  Even on sale, these two windows were nearly $300.  Yikes!  Alas, now I have the “curtain bug” and will not rest until all my windows are appropriately dressed.

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Friday night we all hung out and watched Mission Impossible.  Last night, D and I had plans to check out the new cinema café that opened near us and watch 13 (the Benghazi movie).  We even got there an hour early thinking we’d get great seats and grab a beer or something.  Silly movie was sold out!  So…we went out for dinner/drinks and then went back today to watch the flick!

Bumble snuggling with M on movie night

Bumble snuggling with M on movie night

out on Saturday eve

out on Saturday eve

and finally at the movies today!

and finally at the movies today!

The rest of the evening is doing some studying, laundry, bulk cooking, and prepping for the busy week ahead!

 

 

Have You Seen My Zen? Me Neither…

FOOD

It’s crazy, but (wait for it), I haven’t snapped many food pics lately!  Meals have been pretty standard; green smoothies, salads, and simple eats.  I did make an stew with the leftover seitan that was super awesome and ate for several meals.  See recipe – I used an electric pressure cooker.  Specifically, and Instant Pot.  You can totally do this on the stove top too -just cook longer.

Crissie’s Irish-ish Beefless Stew

Ingredients

  • 1 lb cubed seitan (it was my leftovers!)
  • 3 peeled and cubed potatoes
  • 2 cups peeled and cubed carrots or bagged baby carrots if you’re lazy like me
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cubed onions
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-2 tbsp coconut oil (you can use any oil you want – or none in a nonstick pot)
  • 6 cups veggie stock

Directions

  • Heat the pot on the sauté setting and melt the coconut oil
  • add the seitan and stir until browned
  • add everything else in
  • close lid, cook on Soup setting for 20 minutes (or low pressure for a regular pressure cooker)

Seriously, that easy!

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would've been perfect with a chunk of crusty bread!

would’ve been perfect with a chunk of crusty bread!

a quart of leftovers!

a quart of leftovers!

Other eats…

typical smoothie for me!  Coconut water, strawberries, banana, pineapple, and spinach

typical smoothie for me! Coconut water, strawberries, banana, pineapple, and spinach

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baked and skinned sweet potato with sliced banana, cinnamon, and a little maple syrup.  Also cook these in the pressure cooker for 15 min before getting in the shower, so the skin falls right off and a hot breakfast is ready

baked and skinned sweet potato with sliced banana, cinnamon, and a little maple syrup. Also cook these in the pressure cooker for 15 min before getting in the shower, so the skin falls right off and a hot breakfast is ready

and of course….Taco Tuesday!

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FITNESS

Running almost every day and yoga several days per week.  Weather has been crazy.  High’s in the 30’s yesterday and near 60 today.  I vacillate between gloves, hat, and many layers or just a long sleeve T.  Whatever – it’s all good.  Even wore my blinky light tonight.

I also started a meditation class at the yoga studio – its a 5 week class, and have been pretty good about meditating at home.  Though sometimes it’s tough when all I can here is Leaf Blower Man, noisy family, or am too tense to slip into a zen-like state.  Who am I kidding?  I don’t think I’ve ever been in a zen-like state!  I’m trying though!

before yesterday's run.  Tank, thermal, turtleneck, sweatshirt!  Knew it was going to be cold...and I think I was mostly frozen the first 1/4 mile or so.

before yesterday’s run. Tank, thermal, turtleneck, sweatshirt! Knew it was going to be cold…and I think I was mostly frozen the first 1/4 mile or so.

LIFE

So in my last post when I mentioned it was time to get back to the routine, I forget how insane that routine can be!

Work has been good, kids have been good, school has been good – so no complaints, just very little free time.  Which is totally fine, but I realize how much time slips by between posts.

I leave you with typical life pics!

Starting with cats – one in particular who hates it when I study (which is pretty much all of the time!)

eating my hoodie tie...

eating my hoodie tie…

and then snatching my pen...

and then snatching my pen…

the cat who never snuggles - crawls in my lap whenever I'm studying!

the cat who never snuggles – crawls in my lap whenever I’m studying!

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Other cat pics because this is the internet and it would be sad and boring without cat pictures.

water thief

water thief

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oh, is that yours?

oh, is that yours?

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get outta my house

get outta my house

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my cold-night study spot.  Where they surround me - not because they love me, but because they want to be by the fire

my cold-night study spot. Where they surround me – not because they love me, but because they want to be by the fire

Morning Pictures!  I promise, R does wear different clothes every day under her hoodie.  Rest assured that you can tell because D changes has different clothes on!

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I got one because it was an ortho appointment day!

I got one because it was an ortho appointment day!

 

 

Pizza Fun, Ticket Bonanza, & Practical (ish) Meal Planning

FOOD

Yesterday was all about the tofu pot pie.  Seriously, I had it for breakfast AND lunch.  You know.  Need to clear out the space in the fridge because I was going grocery shopping…

Dinner was nothing fancy – the leftover boozy beans from the other night over a bowl of romaine, onion, and quinoa.  No pics.  My bad.

This morning was a smoothie (though NOT a green one!).  This one is from one of my fav smoothie books ever – 365 Vegan Smoothies.  This is the Strawberry-Chia Synergy one.  By the way, great book if you’re new to smoothies.  I’ve bought it as a gift a few times now!

pre-blend before heading to the office

pre-blend before heading to the office

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Lunch was a to-go salad I brought to work.  Romaine with scallions in the big section, sliced beets and cubed herbed tofu in the smaller ones.  I brought and used up the rest of the dressing I made the other day (balsamic/orange/champagne).

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Dinner was homemade pizza!  I’ve modified a dough recipe through the years, and here’s what I’m currently using.

Crissie’s Pizza Dough (makes 4 good sized pizzas)

Ingredients

  • 3 cups lukewarm water
  • 2 tbsp yeast
  • 2 tbsp sugar (we use the raw sugar, but any sweetener would do)
  • 4 tbsp olive oil (I use an infused olive oil with Italian seasoning.  If using regular olive oil, add 1 tbsp dried Italian seasoning)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 7-8 cups flour
  • any toppings that tickle your fancy

Directions for Dough

*I use a kitchen aid stand mixer so it’s ridiculously easy, but you can do this by hand too

  • put the warm water, yeast, and sugar in the bowl and let it proof for about 10 minutes (it should get a bit bubbly)
  • add the salt and olive oil
  • turn the mixer on the lowest setting and add 1/2 cup of flour at a time until you get a nice dough (or do this with a wooden spoon and call if your bicep workout for the day)
  • if doing by hand, you’ll likely have to hand knead in the last 1 – 1 1/2 cups
  • let sit until doubled.  At least an hour, but can let it go all day if you want

Directions for Cooking

  • preheat oven to 450
  • spray your pizza pan and sprinkle with cornmeal if you have it or flour if you don’t
  •  turn the dough out onto a floured surface.  Knead in any dough you need to make it easy to work with
  • cut into 4 sections
  • roll each out and place on the pan
  • top with a bit of olive oil – I also sprinkle with garlic salt and extra Italian seasoning.  For those who like spice, crushed red pepper is a great add here.  Cooking it mellows the heat out a bit, but retains a good bite
  • top with a sauce of your choosing (tomato, prepared pizza, BBQ, white sauce, pesto…you get the idea)
  • add any other toppings you dig
  • cook!  Set timer for 15.  That usually does the trick – but if you’re extra loaded you may want another minute or two.

Dig in!

some of the veggies

some of the veggies

decorating the pizzas (yes, we call it decorating...)

decorating the pizzas (yes, we call it decorating…)

FITNESS

Holy soreness, batman.  I don’t know if it’s the daily running after NOT running as much, or the yoga class that stretched my hamstrings in the other direction, but it’s all sore.

I did a light walk/jog yesterday to work out some kinks and yoga today.

LIFE

Yesterday morning was meal planning, grocery shopping, and studying.  For meal planning I use One Note.  That way I can share the grocery list with D if he does the shopping (usually so I can study!).  Here’s the plan for this week.  Knowing it’s more of a guideline than a plan!

 

12/27 – 1/2

Day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Snacks

Sunday

Green Smoothie – Sassy Green Kick-Start p. 81

Colin’s Blueberry Muffins (PPN)

BAS

Homemade Pizza (normal dough & PPN dough)

Monday

Green Smoothie – Strawberry Chia Synergy p 82

BAS

Mac No Cheese

Snobby Joes/Misc Sammich Fun

Tuesday

Green Smoothie Super Blue Recharge p. 85

BAS

Taco Tuesday!

Rice

Wednesday

Green Smoothie – Green Chia Monster p. 93

BAS

Baked Tofu

Sautéed mushrooms

Salad

Roasted potatoes or mashers

Thursday

Green Smoothie – whatever I have!

BAS

Leftovers & Snacks

Friday

Green Smoothie

BAS

NEW YEARS!

Saturday

Green Smoothie

BAS

Build-A-Bowl Asian Style

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 BAS Stuff:

  • Roasted Chickpeas (PPN p. 83)
  • Tofu Feta (PPN p. 113)
  • Quinoa
  • Brown Rice

Misc Stuff for Lunches

  • Egg-less Tofu Salad
  • Hummus w/veggies
  • Wraps
  • Buffalo Tofu (PPN p. 154)
  • PPK red Thai soup
  • Marinated cucumber slices (Asian style -> Ani Phyo)
  • Caribbean Quinoa Bowl
  • Kale chips

To give you and idea of how it’s just a guideline – totally didn’t make pizza last night.  Ended up going to Busch Gardens with the young one and letting everyone else fend for themselves.  But…because pizza night is so much fun, moved it to today and am totally skipping the snobby Joe night (lentil based sloppy joes).  I typically put a bunch of extra recipes or items I want to prep so there’s always food on hand for lunches, snacks etc.  They don’t all get made, but it’s the basis for the grocery list.  The goal is no one starves when the week gets into full swing and we’re all so busy, we end up ordering take out.  Also, I try to have a BAS most days (Big A$$ Salad) since they’re fun, yummy, and good for me too.

Oh, and for reference, PPN is Plant Pure Nation – another book I love.

So, hello novel.  After meal planning and all the associated fun, I asked R if she wanted to go to Busch Gardens for Christmas Town.  Because nothing says Christmas like 80 degree weather…..

D was at the office, A was with a friend, and M had no interest.  So just R and I went and had a blast.  We spent much of the time in an arcade (rides weren’t going for the most part), and she hit some mega jackpot and was buried in tickets by the time we were done.  It was awesome.

as we got to the park

as we got to the park

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getting my you-know-what handed to me in air hockey

getting my you-know-what handed to me in air hockey

skee ball

skee ball

jackpot!!

jackpot!!

Today was back to the office where I sorted through 1200 emails!  It took me almost 7 hours to clear out my inbox and catch up, but it was great.

I got home at a good time, spent about 4 hours studying, made dinner, and am not getting ready for bed!

So good night all (oh, and Chelsea managed to not lose today.  Not exactly stellar, but it beats getting our butts kicked…).

It Feels Like a Normal Post!

FOOD

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


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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

Ingredients

  • 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)

Directions

  • 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!

FITNESS

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!

LIFE

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!

Build a Bowl!

FOOD

Oh, it’s good to be home!  I’ve missed my kitchen and cooking food the way I know I like to eat it.  Don’t get me wrong – my eats were great in the 3 weeks I was away, but nothing beats cooking for myself!

Friday night I made a quick sweet potato and red lentil soup that was light yet filling, and with a surprising kick to it.  I ate leftovers for lunch on Saturday!

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my leftovers - often in a mason jar

my leftovers – often in a mason jar

Both Saturday and Sunday mornings were some variation of oatmeal.  On Saturday it was cinnamon and banana and on Sunday it was pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and banana.

banana and cinnamon

banana and cinnamon (and upside down!  Weird…)

pumpkin pie!

pumpkin pie!

Lunch on Sunday was red lentil dal.  It was supposed to be a red lentil soup – but I swear, it never turns out soupy enough.  And since I “thought” it would be a soup, I didn’t make rice.  So….I ended up eating my non-soup with saltines.  Still good though.

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I was up before everyone on Sunday, so I made a batch of pumpkin spice muffins.  I used this recipe – and it was amazing.  I subbed Ener-G for the eggs and used maple syrup instead of honey, but they’re moist and yummy – and incredibly easy.

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Clearly I want Fall to hurry up and get here!

Dinner last night was my favorite.  Like most families, we have our stand by meals (like Taco Tuesdays, anything Italian, soup & sammich night, etc), so I sometimes struggle coming up with something completely new.  Perhaps I was feeling more creative coming home after several weeks, but I put on the meal plan that Sunday night would be Build-a-Bowl night.  I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to make, but knew it would involve a buffet-style dinner where everyone could build the meal they wanted.  Sort of like how we do tacos, but with an Asian flair.

It was a raging hit!  Here’s what I did…

  • Put a big pot of rice in the rice cooker – this was one of the “bases”
  • made a homemade Asian-style broth and then simmered rice noodles in it – this was the other “base”  (broth recipe below)
  • peeled, diced, and roasted 2 sweet potatoes
  • steamed 1 bunch of asparagus
  • cubed and pan sauteed 1 block of pressed tofu.  Sauteed in a small amount of coconut oil until they began to brown, sprinkled with garlic salt, and then soy sauce – let the soy boil off and done!
  • 1/4 head of shredded napa cabbage (kept raw for a crunch)
  • 1 can bean sprouts, heated
  • 1 bowl of steamed carrot slices
  • 1 bowl of steamed broccoli slaw (would have used regular broccoli, but my youngest has braces and she can’t eat an actual stalk right now!)
  • put out jars of soy sauce, ginger miso, BBQ sauce, sriracha, Korean BBQ sauce – in case anyone wanted additional flavor

Crissie’s Asian-ish Broth

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion, large dice
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp chili oil
  • 8 cups veggie broth
  • 1 1/2 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 chopped green onions

Directions

  • heat the chili oil over medium heat in a large stock pot (you can use any oil – I considered using sesame, but was afraid it would over power the dish.  The chili oil gave it a little bit of heat)
  • saute the onion, garlic, cloves, cinnamon, and ginger for a few minutes – until the onion starts to brown.
  • Add the broth, soy sauce, hoisin, and salt.
  • Bring to a boil, then simmer for about a half hour
  • at this point, I strained out some of the onion chunks, the cinnamon, and the cloves, then added the green onions.
  • About 10 minutes before dinner, I turned the heat back up to medium and added the rice noodles

Everyone was given a bowl and went to town – with pleas that we do this again!

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bad pic, but this was my bowl.  M had taken most of the broth, so I had a little bit, some noodles AND rice, plus all the tofu and veggies toppings!

bad pic, but this was my bowl. M had taken most of the broth, so I had a little bit, some noodles AND rice, plus all the tofu and veggies toppings!

I have a big bowl of leftovers to take to work tomorrow!

FITNESS

After lots of hemming and hawing – I went ahead and canceled all my gym memberships.  It’s not like I go anyway, so it was just burning $210 a month, which is ridiculous.  If I have a burning desire to be in a gym environment, my office has one (I just have to find it!).

Since my favorite activity is running anyway, this will work out fine.  As such, every day since I’ve been home has been a run day!  Yesterday’s was especially good, as the weather was cool (80), cloudy, and a bit wet and misty.

LIFE

It’s been a really nice weekend, and I really am happy to be home.  All of my kids are home this weekend – so it really feels normal!

Saturday was cleaning day, and we all spent about half the day scrubbing, changing sheets, doing wash, etc.

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Ginny – either wanted to help clean or wanted us to stop….can’t really tell what her intentions were! Could be she just wanted to sit in a bucket.

Between cleaning and running, I’ve been working, cooking, but mostly studying.

Today will be more or less business as usual, except M goes back to the dorms and I have a learning team meeting at 6 pm (that’s my study group for school).  I’ll also be making sure everyone is ready to go back to normal routines tomorrow!  R goes back to middle school, A is in school and now working 2 jobs, M is back to university, D is back on day shift (he spent a week on night’s for a go-live), and I go back to the office!

Going to relish my morning java a bit longer before life gets hectic again…

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Veggie Burger Recipe, and am I a Politician Now?

FOOD

You know what I love about short weeks?  Pretty much everything, but beside that – I have more time to play in the kitchen

On Monday, the entire meal was dishes from the Vegan Richa’s great new book Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen.  Everything was so simple to make, and the family enjoyed everything.  I made the Cumin-Scented Rice with Peas and Onions in the rice cooker, and the Split Pea Soup with Potatoes in the pressure cooker.  It was made with chana dal, and came out more the consistency of dahl than soup, but was still amazing.  Served with spicy baked cauliflower, biscuits (I was too lazy to make naan), and some greens, it was awesome.  Also was my lunch the next day!

getting the Spicy Baked Cauliflower Florets ready (these were amazing)

getting the Spicy Baked Cauliflower Florets ready (these were amazing)


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For our 4th of July meal (grilled goodness, of course), I finally tried my first homemade veggie burger!  It’s hard to believe I’ve never made them before, but there ya go.  I was quite happy with how they came out, and will make them again, I’m sure.

Crissie’s Spicy Veggie Burger

Ingredients

  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed (I imagine any bean will work)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice (I had some leftover in the fridge from an earlier meal – great way to use up leftover grains)
  • 1/4 sweet potato, shredded
  • 1 diced jalapeno
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro (fresh coriander, for my overseas friends), chopped fine
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup yellow mustard
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs

Directions

  • Preheat over to 350
  • Prepare a cookie sheet.  I used parchment paper and a light spray of cooking oil.
  • Run the chickpeas and rice through a food processor until well mashed.  Put into a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and mix well with your hands.  If it’s too sticky, add more breadcrumbs.  If it’s too try, add a little more BBQ or mustard
  • Prepare into 6 patties
  • bake for 15 minutes, flip, and bake an additional 15 minutes.
  • YOU CAN STOP HERE….OR GRILL THEM
  • I pre-baked them so they wouldn’t fall apart on the grill.  D grilled them up, and they were awesome.
before baking them - and you can stop after baking and eat them

before baking them – and you can stop after baking and eat them

my grilled version piled high with lettuce, tomato, onion, sriracha mayo, mustard, and grilled mushroom.

my grilled version piled high with lettuce, tomato, onion, sriracha mayo, mustard, and grilled mushroom.

Dinner also consisted of grilled broccoli and zucchini, corn on the cob, two different pasta salads, cole slaw, and brownies.

my plate. So full!

my plate. So full!

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Just Mayo, raw sugar, cider vinegar, and salt.  Simple, but yummy!  Shredded cabbage and sweet potato.

Just Mayo, raw sugar, cider vinegar, and salt. Simple, but yummy! Shredded cabbage and sweet potato.

There were also several BAS’s, smoothies, rice and beans, and even some homemade sweet pickles from my very fruitful cucumber plant!

our typical topping spread for rice and beans nights - which we have at least a couple times per month.

our typical topping spread for rice and beans nights – which we have at least a couple times per month.

my bowl - always has crumbled tortilla chips for some crunch!  Great way to use the chips at the bottom of the bag

my bowl – always has crumbled tortilla chips for some crunch! Great way to use the chips at the bottom of the bag

BAS that D made for me from the grocery.  Plus my oil-free balsamic dressing.

BAS that D made for me from the grocery. Plus my oil-free balsamic dressing.

D sending me his smoothie selfie!  :)

D sending me his smoothie selfie!:)

pickles!

pickles!

salad in a jar!  BBQ sauce is the dressing here.

salad in a jar! BBQ sauce is the dressing here.

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another BBQ chickpea salad

another BBQ chickpea salad

a bad picture of an amazing vegan quesadilla from Hell's Kitchen in Norfolk.

a bad picture of an amazing vegan quesadilla from Hell’s Kitchen in Norfolk.

sounds weird, but this was amazing.  It's Oh She Glow's savory oatmeal and lentil breakfast.  I added spinach in mine for some greens.  It was very, very good.

sounds weird, but this was amazing. It’s Oh She Glow’s savory oatmeal and lentil breakfast. I added spinach in mine for some greens. It was very, very good.

FITNESS

Most workouts have been runs, but there has been a trip to hot yoga in there this past week too.  I’m still loving my new running shoes, so that’s always exciting!

after my run yesterday.  I really need to sign up for a race soon.

after my run yesterday. I really need to sign up for a race soon.

LIFE

D has been on nights most of this week, so it’s been us juggling keeping everything rolling as smoothly as possible.  At least it’s summer break for the kids, so it’s much easier than it may have been if it weren’t!

R is getting ready to head to camp next weekend for a full two weeks!  She’s excited.  I’m nervous.  Typical mom stuff:)  The camp is nut free, and she went last year, so I know she’ll be safe, but still….always nervous when your baby takes off!

On Thursday afternoon, I met up with NS for some happy hour, snacks, and girl fun.  It was a nice break.  I got home before D had to leave for work.

On Thursday, I also received very exciting news!  Most of you who know me, know that I have a passion for health and healthcare, and my long term goals are to get involved on the policy side to help generate programs and public policies to provide equity in health care and healthcare access.  Well, on Thursday I was awarded a political appointment in my local government to advice the city council on health and well being!  I’ll likely be sworn in in September, but I’m looking forward to getting involved and making a difference in my community.

Other than that, our week has been pretty chill.  I leave you with random pics, and of course the morning java shots!

Ginny helping me in the kitchen

Ginny helping me in the kitchen

harvest!

harvest!

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Bumble wanting morning java too...

Bumble wanting morning java too…

okay, not morning, not java, but still my fav spot in the house

okay, not morning, not java, but still my fav spot in the house

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Bumble enjoying a lounge chair

Bumble enjoying a lounge chair

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raining skies on Friday night

raining skies on Friday night

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studying

studying

meal planning!

meal planning!

lazy day with Bumble

lazy day with Bumble

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Hope the remainder of your weekend is peaceful!

I Am No Longer a Black Thumbed Vegan

FOOD

For the last day of VVC, I was only there for breakfast before I had to head to the airport.  Once again though, it was awesome!

this version had tacos and hashbrowns!  If I were smart, I would have put the hashbrowns in the taco...but the shells were just too small for that.  Plus a slice of toast with coconut butter spread and a slice of vegan cheese.

this taco version had tofu scramble and hash browns! If I were smart, I would have put the hash browns in the taco…but the shells were just too small for that. Plus a slice of toast with coconut butter spread and a slice of vegan cheese.

At the airport I had more time to kill than I planned, and stopped for a mimosa and olives.

a drink and my Surface.  A girl needs little else....

a drink and my Surface. A girl needs little else….

other than, perhaps, olives.  Life would've been complete if I had popcorn too....

other than, perhaps, olives. Life would’ve been complete if I had popcorn too….

Once I was home though, the big heavy meals had to end.  I realized that I usually have a very light breakfast – a smoothie – maybe a mid day small snack, and then lunch and dinner.  Well, at least lunch…but that’s a topic for another day where I psychoanalyze my overly hectic life and inability to always eat consistently.

Anywho….

Breakfast yesterday morning was a green smoothie in my new smoothie jar!

mint chocolate smoothie.  So Delicious coconut milk, banana, vanilla, spinach, and raw coco nibs.

mint chocolate smoothie. So Delicious coconut milk, banana, vanilla, spinach, and raw coco nibs.

Lunch was a taco baked potato.  Seriously, I love taking a baked potato and filling it with taco stuff.  In this case, it was black beans, vegan sour cream, and topped with hot sauce.

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Dinner was a salad with lettuce I GREW.  Yes, I yelled just there.  I’m growing things, and this is monumental.

fresh lettuce, clipped from my garden and into the spinner!

fresh lettuce, clipped from my garden and into the spinner!

freshly picked radishes to add to it

freshly picked radishes to add to it

turned it into a meal-salad by adding some cooked brown rice, arugula, tomatoes, and black beans.  Topped with a homemade strawberry dressing I made two weeks ago.

turned it into a meal-salad by adding some cooked brown rice, arugula, tomatoes, and black beans. Topped with a homemade strawberry dressing I made two weeks ago.

Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh strawberries
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard

Directions

  • I feel silly here…but blend it.  Eat it.
really yummy salad dressing.  Olive oil, strawberries, balsamic vinegar, and Dijon mustard.

really yummy salad dressing. Olive oil, strawberries, balsamic vinegar, and Dijon mustard.

 

This morning I was in a rush, so after my morning java on the back porch, I noshed a banana on the way to work.  Thankfully, I stock my desk with emergency meal things, and had this oatmeal once I got there and ran into my morning meeting.

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It’s possible I was in a rush, because I actually made my lunch.  Another ginormous BAS (big ass salad, for new readers!), but this time using some homemade tangy soy yogurt and salsa as a dressing.

I also whipped up some tofu eggless salad, and made a sammich.  My favorite sammich, actually.  This version had sliced up silken tofu (the Mori-Nu in the sealed package, not the fridge version), so Just Mayo vegan mayo, yellow mustard, turmeric, diced white onion, and diced sweet pickle.  I didn’t measure, but it’s pretty straight forward to figure out.  Put on rye bread with tomato and lettuce.

all packed up!

all packed up!

BAS

BAS

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For dinner, I made slow cooker red beans for red beans and rice.  Stupid simple really.  Recipe is a family fav from the Better Homes and Garden cookbook, but in the slow cooker with half the water and no meat.  Easy peasy.

FITNESS

Well, it’s entirely possible I lost my running shoes.  Or perhaps I left them in my hotel room in Austin in order to make room in my tiny suitcase.  Yeah…that’s probably more likely.

Though in my defense, they’ve been dying a slow death, and in my last run in TX, the sole tore apart.  And I haven’t made it to the store to buy new ones.

I have done yoga and home workouts like boxing that don’t require shoes…

LIFE

Well, it’s been a crazy few days!  My last day in Austin was only a partial day because I had to catch my flight.  Even leaving early, I didn’t make it home until after 1 am my time on Monday morning!  Part of that was weather delays, and part just the drama of traveling.

The last pics of the fun stuff I got at VVC!

new buttons to feed my obsession!

new buttons to feed my obsession!

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Sights from the airport….

Texas is a very proud state.  Which I find commendable.  I do find it weird that they emblazon their state on everything though.  I saw Texas pasta, signs shaped like Texas everywhere I went, and so on.  These were at the shop at the airport.

Texas is a very proud state. Which I find commendable. I do find it weird that they emblazon their state on everything though. I saw Texas pasta, signs shaped like Texas everywhere I went, and so on. These were at the shop at the airport.

and so was this guy.  Sorry it's blurry, I was circling for a few minutes trying to figure out how to take his picture without being obvious.  He's a hipster cowboy!  Big had, handlebar mustache, big belt buckle (but of something kinda hippie), what looked like pajama pants, and cowboy boots.  I had a hard time not staring.  I've never seen one before :)

and so was this guy. Sorry it’s blurry, I was circling for a few minutes trying to figure out how to take his picture without being obvious. He’s a hipster cowboy! Big hat, handlebar mustache, big belt buckle (but of something kinda hippie), what looked like pajama pants, and cowboy boots. I had a hard time not staring. I’ve never seen one before:)

I got home, and M was still awake.  D had to work nights starting that night, so he was already gone.  He did turn down the bed though, and leave me this sweet note!

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Then I did some unpacking and the girls had a blast with that.

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Then it was work and busy, busy busy!  Lot’s of snuggly cats though.

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Ginny figured out how to stack her toys and play with both at the same time...

Ginny figured out how to stack her toys and play with both at the same time…

Perhaps even more exciting is seeing how much my garden has grown!  I tried once – about 14 years ago – to grow a garden, and it was a colossal failure.  This was pre-vegan days, and pre “wanting to be one with nature…but not get it on me” days. Well, I still don’t like nature on me so much, but I’ve really wanted a garden.

I’ve also never successfully kept a house plant alive, though I stopped trying about 15 years ago.  After all, dead plants give room character.

I’ve become obsessed with it, to where I inspect it several times per day and get totally excited about every little sprout and flower.

In the 3 days I was gone, I swear I was like a freaked out new mom.  Has anything new grown?  Look how big it’s gotten!  Like I left my newborn and missed her first word or something.

But alas, I digress.  The most important thing is that it’s growing!  Food is sprouting – heck, even harvested radishes already!  So now I am convinced that should civilization fall, I can still take care of myself and my family and grow food!

No longer will I be known as “she of the black thumb” and “the vegan who kills all plants”.

MY HOW MY GARDEN GROWS!!

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No morning pics yet this week.  R had an ortho appt today and yesterday she stayed home.  Perhaps the rest of the week!

 

 

Oh Spring, How I Love/Hate You

FOOD

So last week Wednesday was national empanada day!  I wasn’t able to celebrate properly, so we had a delayed feast this weekend.  I made empanadas, rice and beans, a cabbage salad, and a spicy green sauce.  Not a hungry belly left!

Crissie’s Attempt to Recreate the Epcot Mexican Slaw

Ingredients

  • 1/4 head green cabbage, shredded
  • 1/4 head red cabbage, shredded
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1 roma tomato, diced small
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar (or sweetener of choice – I used raw sugar)
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt

Directions

  • mix everything together!
  • let sit in the fridge for 30 minutes to meld flavors
rolled out and cut dough circles, ready to go!

rolled out and cut dough circles, ready to go!

ready to bake

ready to bake

ingredients ready for the beans

ingredients ready for the beans

spicy green sauce ingredients before....

spicy green sauce ingredients before….

...and after!

…and after!

DINNER!  As a side note, D fell in love with the slaw at Epcot, and while I didn't recreate it exactly, I think it was pretty close...and was well received!

DINNER! As a side note, D fell in love with the slaw at Epcot, and while I didn’t recreate it exactly, I think it was pretty close…and was well received!

For breakfast yesterday, I may have gone a bit overboard on my smoothie, and ended up with two to-go cups!  Lasted me half the day, so that was totally awesome.

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Last night D and I went to run errands (IE – buying chaise lounges for the pool!) and we went out for Japanese food.  After miso, yakisoba, edamame, and a veggie roll, I was beyond stuffed.

D thinks miso looks like brains....

D thinks miso looks like brains….

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Perhaps because I had such a big dinner, I haven’t had much of an appetite today.  A simple stir fry of tofu, red onion, garlic, bell pepper, and coconut aminos has been enough so far.

FITNESS

I actually went to yoga on Sunday.  I haven’t gone to a physical class since LC and I went in January to her studio.  It’s not that I don’t love it and miss it – because both are true – but I think I’ve been a bit depressed about it.  Here’s what I mean…

I really want to be a yoga teacher.  Like, a lot.  I’ve had this goal for years, and had finally committed to doing it.  I spent the year socking money away, and was going to start my 9 month teacher training this past December.  I was all set and excited and ready to go!

And then life got in the way.  I had to take a serious look at if I could actually fit it into my life at this point, and the sad (but honest) answer was no.  I went into a soft of yoga funk after that, and couldn’t bring myself to hit the studio.  And then we bought a house, moved, and had all sorts of other things come up, so it started to be easy to not go.  I’d log into Yogaglo and do some classes at home (or in the hotel), or do some simple sequences on my own, but hadn’t actually hit the studio.

It was time.

Unfortunately, I didn’t go to my normal studio and went to one I used to go to.  I did that because 1 – they had a class at a time that suited my schedule better, and 2 – I think I have some trepidation of going to the studio where I failed to start yoga teacher training.

Bad move.  I really disliked the class.  A lot.  It didn’t feel balanced, and the instructor yelled out quite loudly.  And talked about herself a lot.  Basically, the class was not my speed, and I’m actually sorry I went.  I didn’t want my first day back on the mat in a studio to be a bad experience.  One the plus side, I think I’m ready to head back to my home studio.

Today was a muggy run between the storms.  Thankfully it felt better than my run on Saturday, though my pace was a bit slower.  Funny how that works:)

LIFE

Spring has sprung, the air is green, and I am sneezing at EVERYTHING.

I always get excited for Spring.  It marks the end of Winter (and I HATE winter….I hate being cold more than almost anything else) and is a signal that days are going to get longer and warmer.

And then I start to see the pollen, and everything gets a thick covering of green.  I throw open the windows to welcome in the warm air and light and revel in the day – and then spend the evening scrubbing the table tops and floors to make the green sheen go away.

And I sneeze.  All the time.

I can’t wear contacts because my eyes burn and occasionally swell shut.  Forget mascara!

And I am reminded that the only season I really need is summer.  Things bloom without trying to kill me, the days are really warm and sunny, and there are no coating of green hell powder over everything.

So come on Spring, you’ve outlived your welcome.  Bring on summer.

In the mean time, some random extra pics from the past week!

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this one followed M around

this one followed M around

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the #morningpictures are back!!

the #morningpictures are back!!

a girl and her lazy cat (that would be me and Bumble)

a girl and her lazy cat (that would be me and Bumble)

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yeeessss.....

yeeessss…..