…forget about just the rainbow!
So, I definitely called in to work today. There was SO much snow, and it was still coming down like crazy. That and, all the forecasts were saying it was only going to get worse. So even once I got there, coming home would really be miserable. Luckily, I have bosses that are pretty understanding, and especially this time of year, when there isn’t so much work in the lab.
I pretty much figured it would be this way when I went to bed last night, so the decision was easy to make this morning, too. If I didn’t have such a long commute to and from work it wouldn’t be such a big deal – but I already drive an hour each way – gives a lot of places for me to wind up in a ditch!
For some reason, I didn’t have much of an appetite when I woke up – which is quite rare for me! Usually I’m raring to eat 🙂 So since I had extra time I just brewed some Golden French Toast and surfed some blogs for a bit, leaning towards a yogurt mess. I then all of a sudden had a quick change of heart and was suddenly ravenous for my usual – and the plums that I’d been complaining about being under-ripe were now begging to be used. So that settled that!
On the Top: “caramelized” plum with shredded coconut, Naturally Nutty White Choco Coconut PB, flax, icing, dates
In the Icing: greek yogurt, almondmilk, acai, chia seeds, vanilla
Whilst observing the great outdoors:
I seldom eat my breakfast in the living room – too distracting! I like to sit and enjoy my meals at the table. Eating breakfast while blog-surfing totally reminded me why I do that, too – it took me eons to eat! I was still able to enjoy every bite, though 🙂
Do you multi-task while you eat, or pay 100% attention to your food? I used to eat my breakfasts while surfing the web, snacks while watching TV, etc. Now I pretty much eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner with no distractions, unless I’m slowly flipping through the free-press or something. I realize I am able to enjoy what I’ve made so much more!
Afterwards, it was play and shovel time! And let me tell you – that is some heavy, wet snow that we got. My arms got quite the workout, and I am definitely grateful that we have a snowblower so I only had to shovel the decks and portions of the walkway.
I pretty much knew while I was shoveling that enough was falling, and going to continue to fall, for me to only be back out there in a couple hours – but I enjoyed running around with Kaia, and also knew it’d be much easier to shovel a couple inches in another hour, rather than 12″ all at once!
After my fingertips became numb, it was time for a warm-up.
Hint? Leave your breakfast dishes for after the shoveling. Your frozen hands will appreciate it!
We also made it back inside in time for Rachel! Rachel Ray, that is. And yes – when I say we, I mean Kaia and I. She watched it too. She even took the good couch. About halfway through my mom and Henry came home from work, too – school closed! They both work at the college. We’re on break right now so it’s kind of weird that they closed anyway, but I don;t think they complained.
Foraging the day resumed, while I hopelessly tried to find television shows worth watching:
I can’t help it. I love raw carrots. It’s hard for me to be making something in the kitchen without eating one. Seriously: I nom away on a carrot while making my lunch, making my dinner, baking, you name it. I better have 50/50 eyesight when I’m 80.
This is another used foods store item that I was beyond excited to find. There was a slight spark of hope that they would also have the elusive sugar cookie sleigh ride since they also had their Candy Cane Lane tea, which is another of their seasonals. But – no dice. Le sigh – Gingerbread is good enough for me, I suppose.
And boy, was it. I don’t think I’ve had an herbal tea this good. A lot of times I find the flavors to be too mild and muted – not with this! It is pure gingerbread, through and through. No “well, I kind of taste gingerbread…” which is what I love. May need to pick up some more 🙂 I can only imagine how good the sugar cookie tea is!
A short while later I decided it was time to go play again!
Are you all tired of Kaia photos yet? Sorry – should have been a forewarning that this post would be photo-heavy! We came back inside eventually, though, and I put together another amazing lunch – not to sound conceited or anything! haha. Seriously, though – don’t know how I live with eating away from home. Lunch is my favorite meal to be able to make and enjoy at home.
With a side of sea salt and cracked black pepper kale chips, and two random slices of orange that was sitting on the cutting board. I’m thinking it had something to do with my mom’s knack of leaving just a small amount of anything.
I was pretty much useless today – but it was quite nice! Even though I have Tuesdays and Thursdays off anyway, it was neat having an additional day off to really take advantage of not having to do anything. Even my days off I do something – chores, clean, bake, shop, meet up with someone, run errands, etc. And the snow made it so much more enjoyable 🙂
At some point I also had another version of my “banana-pumpkin bread pudding” concoction of yesterday – but it was far from photogenic, and I’m sparing you the photo.
For dinner, I still had that craving from yesterday for a biiiig salad with a bunch of veggies and a veggie burger. Here is where I eat the color spectrum!
Not sure why I was craving this so much, haha. It actually ended up reminding me why I make so much of my own food, even though pre-made versions can be purchased. I can so make a better veggie burger than Boca. Sorry.
Regardless, it did end up hitting the spot. Does anyone else ever get cravings for food you know isn’t necessarily delicious – but for some reaosn you just want it? Yeah, I think that was me with this meal. I know frozen garden burgers aren’t anything to write home about – but for some reason I just couldn’t shake the craving!
I also whipped up some zesty homemade ranch dressing. I love making that ranch dressing! It’s based off of Clean Eating’s recipe – but I just add all the seasonings until I’ve got it where I want it. This time I added in some mesquite BBQ sauce, too.
Didja notice the natural light?! Yeah, I ate an hour and a half earlier than usual – but it’s also staying light out sooo much longer. Love it!
I’ve been dying to try the frozen banana soft-serve that I’ve seen frequently – just process a frozen banana – and decided to try it tonight, too. Unfortunately, I had to use my blender – so my results weren’t so successful. But hey, I still had a banana + greek yogurt + dates + coconut + maple sizzurp. So it’s not like it can be bad.
And that, my loves, is all she wrote.
Do you ever buy pre-made food – like veggie burgers, baked goods, sandwiches, etc -even when you know you can just make it yourself at home? If so, what? (not basic things like bread)
–I don’t often, but even when I do I ask myself why I’m wasting money on it when I can do it myself and do it better! Granted, they are good to have on hand for when I come home and just want to eat.
Alternatively, what’s your favorite pre-made food to have on hand?
–I admit the veggie burgers would be easy if I was in a rush or the craving hit and I didn’t have time to make my own.