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.
- 2 T. Bob’s Grains & Nuts Hot Cereal, 3 T. Bob’s Creamy Rye Flakes, 1 T. Wheat Bran
- 1/2 c + splash water, 1/2 c. almond milk
- trail power
- 1/4 of a banana, thinly sliced
- 1/2 peach, diced
- drizzle of maple syrup, cinnamon
- 1 T. chia seeds
- 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.
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.
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 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 🙂
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.
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, Kentucky 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