It’s almost May. To be specific, it is two days from being May 1st. (mayday, mayday!!)
This isn’t a trick photo. That’s snow. That was taken this morning.
In review, This is what I was doing this past weekend.
UHM, hello?! You know how you usually hear weather – or something strange – and think “oh, yeah, riiiiigghtt.”? That’s how I was listening to the weather last night. Suuureee, it’s gonna snow, Mr. Weatherman, sure. Sure, it’ll accumulate. Sure.
No. He didn’t lie. For Once. Kaia and Mouse were also in disbelief, jumping up on my bed, and Mouse perched up on the window, gazing out when he would typically be sleeping beside me. If he could talk, he’d probably be swearing to me.
But, with the morning comes oats. Cranberry-Banana Date Oats, to be precise.
- 1 T. Bob’s Grains & Nuts Hot Cereal, 3 T. Bob’s Creamy Rye Flakes, 1 T. wheat bran
- 1/2 c. water, 1/2 c. almond milk
- 1/2 banana, thinly sliced
- trail power
- 1 T. chia seeds
On the top:
- chia-flax-acai icing
- PB & Co. Cinnamon Raisin PB
- candied pecans & walnuts
- and a compote/chutney (guys, I don’t know what it is, but it makes life easier to say compote or chutney than “fruit mixture that I really like that I simmer/saute on the stove.”) of cranberries and dates, in a bit of almond milk and a drizzle of maple syrup.
And to drank? Green Mountain’s Southern Pecan. Ohh, was this a Christmas-y bowl or what? To review, I love these rye flakes. Sometimes, there’s not much of a differentiation between oats. (not that these are…well…oats.) but with these, there’s definitely a different, more hearty taste to them. I don’t think I’d necessarily consider it very rye-like (it’s not like rye bread, but that’d be cool) but pretty bomb, if I may say. Do you like to play with the breakfast cereal/base you use? I love mixing it up! There are so many different kinds of breakfast cereal, oats hardly skim the surface!!
Oh, and a random hardboiled egg. And a sizeable amount of honey almonds. I was hangry today. I must have been trying to keep warm.
After reviewing yesterday’s eats, I decided I liked my crazy chickpea & conserve sammie so much that I should review it again. Sans almond mozzarella. I didn’t feel like practicing my balancing act again.
Paired with a Dr. Kracker Pumpkinseed & Cheddar flatbread and a fresh, juicy, ripe plum. I snagged the Cinnamon Raisin PB from the cupboard, too. That proved dangerous to have around all day. And you’d be silly to think I didn’t include dessert in the form of one of the cranberry-almond date balls I made yesterday. I also made this batch with some Nutivea Hemp Protein Powder I received as a sample with some chia seeds I orderd eons ago.
In review of my afternoon bar, I grabbed a LARABAR from the bar stash. Nope – not cheating – I’ve got good ones buried in there, too! And I’ve actually been doing so well on bar stash cleanout that it’s almost time to replenish the little basket I’ve got sitting on the countertop with the last of my bag-o-bars in the cupboard. Yes, that’s how serious my problem was.
I was so eager to try this Peanut Butter & Jelly Larabar. It seemed to be a general consensus that it was the best flavor. Now, I can’t really compare and contrast since I’ve only had the cherry pie and coconut cream pie (which, by the way, was killer) – and this bar did not disappoint. Oh, Larabars…I love you. I probably shouldn’t have slipped this bar in the lineup because now I really don’t want to go back to eliminating all the “meh” bars from my collection. Oh well. That’s life. Although…you know what I just realized? I put together an entire bag to donate to the food shelf…why didn’t I throw some bars in there? I feel selfish now. I still haven’t brought it, so I’ll have to do so. I’m not sure if that’s a random thing to donate. But, food is food, right?
Today, in review? meh. That about sums it up. You know when you wake up and you just realize…you’re in a funk? Most of the time I’m happy, cheery, and upbeat. Today, the weather got to me. I was just not happy. Normally with something so petty pulling me down, I’ll just brush it off. Today I just let me be a little bit more quiet than usual. I think that while sometimes – you’ve gotta push past a bad mood, sometimes you’ve just gotta accept that you’re simply not going to be as outgoing, or your usual self, you know? That and, I’m grumpy when I’m cold. I realized today that I think it’s not so much that I’m cold and get grumpy, it’s that I’m cold, and then get picked on for being cold because I don’t have as much…well…insulation as everyone else I work with. So, I pretty much just minded my own. Don’t get me wrong – sometimes I enjoy the banter. But sometimes I’m fine without it, too.
My mood definitely brightened on the drive home as foodie concoctions took over my brain, and it seemed so much sunnier at home, too. Yeah, it’s actually almost blue-skied now. Go figure.
On the agenda? “Stuffed” ‘bello with chickpeas and diced tomatoes over bulghur.
Thank you, mother dearest, for surprising me with pre-made polenta. The second I opened the drawer and saw it, I knew that had to take the place of bulghur.
I ate this, and then wondered if I’d died and gone to heaven. Are you guys sick of me saying that yet, though? I’m sorry, I can’t help it!! I just love food too much.
I take that back. There’s no such thing.
Hope everyone has a great night 🙂 I’m going on a field trip with le madre tomorrow – wonderrr what’s in storeee.