Happy May, everybody! Did you all bring it in with a bang? I sure did: I almost overloaded this bowl this morning! Not only that, but I was delighted to find that my immediate reaction upon stepping onto my porch was not “brrr!!! chilly!!” but rather “oooh, it’s almost humid!! Note the almost part of that. Anything is humid compared to Wednesday.

Guess with my new upped portion, this bowl is a wee bit on the smaller side, eh? :\ No matter – the contents are what matter most! I managed to keep my hand out of the coconut bin this morning – nothing like a little May challenge, right? I proved successful, too.

The base:

Topped with:

  • chia-flax-acai icing
  • Mae’s granola
  • slivered almonds
  • PB & Co Cinnamon Raisin PB
  • and a chutney of the rest of the peach, some frozen cranberries; simmered down in some almond milk and a drizzle of sizzurp.

Yum! It’s been ages since I’ve been to the grocery store, guys…I’m jonesin’ not only to get in a grocery store, but to replenish some favs! Cottage cheese, plums, dr. krackers, dates, apricots, nuts…oi vei. Luckily, though – my mom is the mom to end all moms and asked if I needed anything when she went yesterday. I don’t like her having to pay for my food, but asked if she would mind just picking up some fruit that was on sale, maybe some veggies. She brought home some peaches! Now, there’s one way to tackle my peach skin fear. I kinda liked just saying “surprise me with something. I’ll find a way to use it.” I think I should do it more often. Otherwise I tend to buy the same stuff. Do you try to mix it up at the store, or stick to stuff you KNOW you’ll like for the most part? Breaking news: Larabars are on sale 10/$10 this week. I hereby declare my “no more purchasing bars” rule over. Hey, it’s allowed since I’m making the switch to less processed bars such as Larabars anyways, right?! right.

That being said, maybe she’s just bee reading my blog. I have bee talking about getting some fresh peaches to use in oats lately. My stupid “N” key keeps sticking on my board ad it’s driving me nuts.

UH, anyways. It was auction day!! We went going mainly for fun – you sort of learn not to expect any really nice horses at auctions, but since this was said to be a pretty big, nice one – we thought there might be something. They’re always fun to watch whether you’re looking to buy or not. I packed us lunch last night since it was to be an all-day affair, and concessions at things like this tend to be hamburgers and hut-dugs. I wish I would have taken a picture of our sandwiches. I will never learn boundaries for what is able to fit between to slices of bread, I swear!! I believe in veggie overload. My hummus sandwich stacked with eggplant, fried egg, feta, baby spinach, red pepper, tomato, and fresh basil was at least 4 inches high, I kid you not. I should have wrapped it for ease – but after yesterday’s wrap, I have no idea how I went through such a wrap craze. I am all about fresh bread right now. Bread or wrap?? And – what do you use as a main source of protein when you’re not having a sandwich with meat?

I successfully took pictures of the foods we didn’t actually end up consuming, so what follows is a game of “this is not what it looks like.” I sorta just grabbed a whole bunch of stuff since it was two of us and I thought we might get home pretty late, since it was a good drive.

A bunch of bars. Packed as the thought of an afternoon snack. None of these really happened.

Snyder’s Butter Snaps – one of my favorite lunch plate side-items. Didn’t happen. Instead – mini larabars. Lemon for moi, Peanut Butter Cookie for mi madre. I was surprisingly impressed with the lemon bar – I don’t typically love lemon flavors, but this was really good.

This is the only photograph that depicts what actually happened. Who would I be without my [last] quinoa muffin and a banana?

Yeah – I guess my lunch box was overloaded. Do you tend to over prepare or under prepare food-wise? When I’m hungry, I’m hungry – I’m prepared Β to get broken down on the side of the road in the boondocks, I guess.

Know what else was overloaded? The auction! There were tons of people, and as it progressed it got so packed I started feeling claustrophobic, hah. We stayed for probably 3/4s of the tack before heading out – there ended up only being a dozen or so horses. Like I said, we weren’t necessarily expecting to find a horse/pony to bring home, but were expecting more to be there. Although – something quite funny happened as we were about to leave…but I’m not going to say what because I’ afraid I’ll jinx myself πŸ™‚

It ended up getting quite humid as the day progressed, and I’m pretty sure I let myself get dehydrated. I typically drink tons of water throughout the day, but try to cut back when I know I’ll be out and about. Because…well, in the same way that what goes up must come down, what goes in must come out. I definitely felt the reduced water intake in my energy levels – I was beat on the drive home, and glad my mom offered to drive. Sure, we walked pretty much all over a fairgrounds over and over – but I’m pretty certain it had to do with water intake. Recently, I’ve done a lot of thinking about water intake, too. Maybe because I’ve spent a lot of time with my mom, or with people who I notice rarely ever drink. I mentioned that I wanted a camel back for long rides to my mom, and she kind of just went “Hm. I guess I just don’t really think about drinking during the day.” And here I am – one hour in and I’m parched! Do you drink a lot of water? When you don’t – do you notice anything different about yourself?

That said – still being hot, I had no desire to stand over a stove and felt grillin’ to be a necessary.

Luckily, I had one last portobello cap, and sliced up the last of my eggplant and a red pepper, too. Brushed them all with some balsamic and sprinkled with garlic salt and grilled away.

Yep, you guessed it. Overloaded again. There was no room for the eggplant. Look for that tomorrow. I toasted some harvest grain bread spread with smart balance & garlic, and then layered on the roasted reds, portobello, and then a baby spinach & diced tomato mixture before topping with garlic and herb feta.

I also made parsnip fries for us all, also on the grill. So glad that worked – because there ain’t no way the oven’s getting turned on in the dead of summer for beloved fries – be it carrot, sweet potato, or parsnip. Or whatever other fry I conjure up between then and now.

Oop – gotta run, KentuckyΒ derby time!!

Bloggie to-do List:

  • Photography post
  • Almond-Cranberry Bulghur-Quinoa muffin post
  • Figure out a new layout
  • Finally post a guest post I was given eons ago


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22 responses to “Overload

  1. Let’s hear it for (semi) warmer weather in Vermont! πŸ˜€ hahaha.

    Umm, what store are the Lara’s 10 for 10? *Please say a store that in PA*

    As far as grocery shopping, I generally get the same things (the staples), but every once in a while I’ll throw something new in. I find that if I get too many new things at once I don’t know what the heck to do with them…or end up eating them all in one day <—- more common result, haha. So I try to do one new thing at a time.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend, darling! πŸ™‚

  2. wow that roasted veg sandwich in the last pic looks SO amazing! and i lovveee luna bars. i used to get them all the time but stopped. .hmm i should pick some up next time.

    if i dont drink a lot of water or enough.. i turn intro a groggy and irritable monster. dehydration doesnt suit me well hehe. its hard tho to remember to stay hydrated until its too late sometimes.

    xoxo ❀

  3. I always overload too but hey, it always TASTES great and exactly what I wanted…no matter how challenging it is to eat! That sandwich looks fantastic!

  4. Funny thing that happened? C’mon now Jess.. you can’t tease us like that! πŸ˜‰
    Ummm LaraBar sell?! Girl, you better be all over that! I think that LaraBars don’t really qualify as “bars” since they are basically ground up real whole foods so therefore they are excluded from the “don’t buy bars” rule anyway. Love my logic? Oh yes. This is how I have ten million jars of nut butters and hundreds of bars.
    Ohhh I always overpack too! I have like 3 bars in my purse, at all times. Just in case, you know. You never know when you may be lost with no civilization in sight and need to consume bars to stay alive. You know.
    I usually stick to the same ‘ole thing when I shop for groceries but now and again I’ll try something new. Live it up a bit.
    Sounds like you had a nice day though!
    By the way, thank you SO SO much for the tweet last night. I love you Jess!! You’re awesome girl!

  5. I’d choose fresh bread over wraps any day. I’m not a good wrapper!

  6. I always overpack snacks…I love those pretezels…glad you got to go to the auction,I drink ALOT of water but I’m always home so no problem, but when we got out..hate it as soon as we get somewhere and I know I can’t drink alot I start to get thristy, I literally fell like parched..we have two camel backs from hubby when he was in army and we use them all the time..we took them to sea world and wow were they ever lifesavers…love those fries..can’t wait for photo post..


  7. Your N key keeps sticking? At least you have one!! Mine flew off sometime last year…it’s a key without a cap now 😦 Foood wise, I AALLWAYS bring too much! I’ll have like, 10 different bars with me, 3 trpes of fruit, sandwiches..then I’ll just eat one of those :p you never know what you’ll want though!
    I used to never drink much til I read that you get cramp when you’re dehydrated (not good for running!) so I try and drink more – but I have a lot of flavoured water sometimes to help me drink πŸ˜›
    That’s a shame about the auction, but I want to hear about the funny thing that happened!! Free horse maybe!?

  8. this muffin looks so adorable.
    and pretzels are a great choice for snack in my opinion. i could live on pretzels πŸ˜€
    sadly, those luna and larabars aren’t available here.
    I’d choose wraps everytime. They’re just delicious.
    Bread is boring somehow.

  9. Mo

    Haha I over-pack by a lot. Always. There has to be at least 50 different snacking options or I’m not satisfied. πŸ˜‰
    Ooh… I wanna know what happened!

    And I notice the water thing, too. I remember my sister and I got two water bottles, and I finished mine in maybe 30 minutes, and then I noticed the next day that she’d taken two sips out of her bottle and then didn’t touch it again. I was like, “HOW?!” I get really thirsty and uncomfortable when I haven’t had anything to drink in at least 10 minutes (I can STAND to not drink for longer but it’s still uncomfortable). But I used to almost never drink water so I guess if you’re used to not drinking, it’s not so bad to go a while without water.

    Uhm, yeah. It was almost 90 degrees here yesterday, and I spent most of it in the kitchen, with the stove and the oven on. Not. Fun. πŸ˜›

  10. Hi there! I just found your blog and your photos are beautiful! I am seriously drooling over all of your fabulous eats especially that amazing sandwich!

    After living in Sweden and being able to experience wonderful homemade whole grain bread, I just can’t go back to anything else now that I’ve moved back to the states. So call me a bread snob… I don’t mind πŸ˜‰ Hope you have a good weekend! xoxo

  11. I tend to always buy the same stuff at the grocery store. I’m one of those creatures of habits who knows what they like and sticks to it! I always want to try out new things… but then I’m scared to attempt to cook with them! Like kale – I want to try it but I have no idea what the heck to do with it. πŸ˜›

    Mmm that sandwich looks so good!

  12. Now that I’ve read your about me tab, I realized I’ve stopped by your blog before.. how did it not end up in my google reader? Hmm.. I must fix that. I really love what you are doing with your blog. Keep up the good work and fantastic photography! xoxo

  13. Ahh want to know where you’re going! I’m an over packer too. I think most ladies are.
    I drink a ton of water as well! I don’t understand how people can go hours without drinking any water. Honestly though I think a lot of it is just habit. I think since I’m used to drinking a lot of water my body seems to tell me I want it. Hmm who knows?

  14. I just came across your blog and I am loving it! Your food looks absolutely amazing!


  15. I’m REALLY looking forward to your photography post πŸ™‚

  16. I find this post really amusing, mainly because I’m trying to imagine someone eating a 4 inch high sandwich. One time, my sandwich was really big–so I resorted to eating it with a knife and fork. I felt really trendy in that burger joint ;] I say both sandwiches and wraps are awesome, but I’d eat more sandwiches.

    Also, I know know about water, but I feel terrible if I don’t eat a piece of fruit in the morning. Annnnd, your foods are all greatly overloaded–that breakfast is intense! I tried to make an intense breakfast like yours, and I really liked how I was just limited to my imagination (and what was in my pantry) because you really can’t go wrong, can you?

  17. Susan

    I always shoot for overprepared when it comes to snacks, great minds think alike! There’s nothing worse than not having a snack when your stomach is yelling at you.

    I drink so much water its crazy, and I also have a bladder the size of a corn kernel. You do the math.

    Have a good Sunday love!

  18. I love finding new things at the grocery store! The only reason I try to stick to the same things is so I don’t go overboard money-wise. If that wasn’t a concern I would probably have bought and tried every kind of almond and peanut butter known to man.

    Also your grilling photos got me SO excited to use our grill at home!

    Enjoy the warm (slash HUMID) weather!

  19. I have been wondering about the oat “icing” you always reference and it sounds so yummy. I just found your recipe for it and have gotta try! What if I don’t have acai powder? What is acai powder and where do I get it?

  20. Dee

    I love the Lemon Larabar! love. Oh, and I didn’t drink as much agua as I usually do this past weekend and could totally tell the difference. I’m so much more energize with H2O in my system!

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