Anyone wanna let me in on what happened to the week? Last I checked it was Tuesday – what’s this Friday business all about? And cold! Not looking forward to this ucky weather weekend.
I admit it: breakfast this morning was ugly. What else I admit to is how awesome it tasted. I certainly got a little carried away slicing strawberries this morning, no?! There was another spoonful of topping that ended up in my mouth. And I should probably stop making this icing so soupy that you can’t even see my oats underneath there, eh? 😉 Although – I’m not sure if this was a bowl of oats or a bowl of strawberries. Strawberries with a side of oats?
- 2 T. Bob’s grains & Nuts, 3 T. Bob’s Creamy Rye Flakes, 1 T. Wheat Bran
- 1/2 c. coffee, 1/2 c. almond breeze
- trail power
- a boatload of sliced fresh strawberries
- 1/2 chopped date
- drizzle maple syrup
- 1 T. Ruth’s Chia Goodness
And the toppings:
- flax-chia-acai icing
- chopped cashews
- Mae’s Toasted Coconut Butter
- and a compote of sliced fresh strawberries, half a chopped date; simmered in some almond milk and a drizzle of maple syrup.
I almost went the fig route again, but I didn’t want anybody strangling me. And hey, I’ve got to ration my figs here. I’ve been going through them like a golfer goes through balls. I almost made a Tiger Woods reference, but I don’t want to get too inappropriate here. Gotta watch out for the children.
I enjoyed this lovely bowl with a cup of Green Mountain’s French Vanilla coffee, and the growing dread of a rainy weekend. Gosh, I’m a whiner. Lets have a whinefest: tell me your whine and then lets have some cheese because after that I’m done whining!
That out of the way, today turned out to be a beautiful day. I was glad I had something to mail so I oculd take a nice little stroll down to the post office during my lunch.
Uh, yeah – so when I ran into the co-op yesterday after my larabar excursion to see if they sold Vital Wheat Gluten in the bulk bins (they do) these lil’ babies caught my eye. At first, I saw the maple roasted ones. No coconut. I put them in my basket, then put them back. No splurges, I told myself. I was on a mission. I kept browsing, and another kind caught my eye. I can’t remember what that one was, but the same thing happened. And when I saw them for a third time, this time being this maple-coconut flavor – I couldn’t say no any longer, and in my basket they went. C’mon – you can’t say you’d pass these puppies up, right? Rebekah is right – I’ll spend $5 on nuts or some sort of food item – but not a nice cooler that will last much longer. Mreh. Do you have any “spending habits” like this – you’re splurgy about some things but really stingy about others? Make me feel a little more normal, I guess is waht I’m saying.
Anyways – luckily (or, not so luckily, if you’re my wallet) these were worth it – even if there wasn’t much of a maple flavor to speak of – a little disappointed. Luckily (or, not so luckily, if you’re the company) I could also probably do this myself, much like I did with the maple-coconut glazed pecans I did for my oatmeal one morning last week. Score! At least they’re a localish company, though – so I don’t feel so bad for supporting every so often, right?!
For lunch I packed a veggie sammie to panini at work: between some dakota bread was a roasted red pepper, eggplant, feta, spinach and garlic lovers hummus.
I snagged a vanilla Oikos to pair with it, as well as a lovely ripe plum. This was my first time having a flavored Greek yogurt other than caramel! Typically, I’ll just buy plain and add whatever they hay I want. But, I figured – with a free coupon that Oikos sent me, why not live on the edge? Unfortunately, I was not that impressed. I mean – it was good, don’t get me wrong – but not as vanilla-y as I was expecting. Basically, I’m just as well off buying plain Oikos and doing my own thing, I guess.
I picked a Tropical Tart Larabar that I won in Katie’s giveaway for my afternoon snack, and once again – was pretty much waiting away the afternoon until I got to try it…but the hunger never came! Wha?!?! I’m not gonna lie – all of a sudden it was 4:00 and I didn’t even feel the least bit hungry. I toyed with the idea of eating it just because – but put it off. I started getting a little hungry as I was leaving to go home – and decided to just have a Blueberry Z-Bar from the glove box stash to tide me over. I wanted to stop and clean the lawyer’s office so I wouldn’t have to worry about it this weekend, and didn’t want to rush through it because I had dinner on the brain.
Of course, if you know me even a little bit, you know I still had dinner on the brain. I had nothing planned – so I had to get thinking! All I knew was that I should use some of the black beans I opened last night.
So, I had a little Caitlin inspiration and did a sweet potato with…uh…baked beans? Okay – maybe not – but I just nuked the sweet potato (lazy woman’s cooking) and then nuked some black beans with barbeque sauce, maple dijon mustard, and chopped dried apricots and paired them together. So good. Not sure if throwing some dried apricots in there weirds anybody out, but don’t bash it ’til ya try it! I thought it might go well with the ‘tater and mesquite BBQ sauce that was in the fridge and it definitely did.
The ironic part of this is that I actually bought canned baked beans for the sole purpose of having a baked sweet potato with baked beans. Mreh, well – guess it’ll have to happen again soon, right?!