Well, I’m glad the majority of us love some coconut action! At the very least in our grooming products, right?! I had some coconut shampoo & conditioner once…I never wanted to stop shampooing my hair. Oh and last summer Victoria’s Secret made a mean coconut body spray. I loved it until it reminded me a little bit too much of sunscreen. But Anyways.
No one likes a hypocrite. I think that may be the one thing that will make me dislike people more than anything – people who don’t practice what they preach. After my ode to coconuts last night, I knew this morning would call for coconut oats!
Because, lets face it – before my fig obsession, all you’d see was coconut something oats! It’s been a while since blueberries were in the mix, and blueberries it was.
- 1 T. wheat bran, 2 T. Bob’s Grains & Nuts, 3 T. Bob’s Creamy Rye Flakes (all gone now! 😦
- 1/2 c. water, 1/2 c. PureAlmond
- 1/2 c. frozen blueberries, 1 T. shredded coconut
- drizzlle maple syrup
- 1 T. chia seeds
- chia-flax icing
- chopped mixed nuts
- Mae’s coconut butter
- and a compote of frozen blueberries, frozen sweet cherries, and shredded coconut simmered in almond milk and maple syrup.
I don’t think I can say enough how much I simply cannot wait to go blueberry picking. I never should have gone last year because now nothing can come close! Regardless, this was a good pick-me-up after last night’s awful critique; I woke up a bit tired! Don’t worry – I didn’t get ripped to shreds or anything, but it. took. forever. And half the time was people trying to get photos to work on their USB even though photos were on the wall that could have been discussed during that time. I guess after how efficient I was yesterday, I couldn’t deal with other people’s inefficiency. I’m not as mean as I sound right now, I promise. But oh well – I’m all done with school, and don’t need to think about how awful my photo class was anymore. I’m moving on (to the next one).
I enjoyed this bowl with a cup of Green Mountain’s Southern Pecan. I’d say this was a good way of laying to rest the last of my Creamy Rye Flakes – seems like they went quick, no?! Can’t wait to try my next Bob’s grain, though. Is it sad that I love being able to open and try a new one?! I’m almost out of my stash after this, though – I can’t wait to see the order I put together next! What’s your favorite Bob’s grain/flour/product?
Gross kitchen story of the morning? I found ants in my almonds! Remember the expensive coconut-maple ones? Yeah. Those. Apparently the ants like them too. Mainly because I was stupid and thought they’d be fine if I took them out of the plastic and just dumped them in the box. Ugh. At least it’s not an infestation, but I don’t know where they came from. Second time this year. I promise we’re not a gross kitchen.
Since the protein shake worked really well as a snack for me on Monday, I went that route again and paired with a banana. Sorry if my snacks are getting boring. Only partially, though – they taste good.
This was a shake of maybe 10 oz. almond milk and half a packet of Tera’s Whey Acai Berry protein powder. Has anyone else tried Tera’s Whey yet?! You must – I haven’t had a single flavor disappoint, and I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again – really great ethics behind the company! This acai berry was really good – tasted a lot like blueberries!! I will say that I have a feeling it would be a bit sweet had I prepared it as directed with 6 oz. milk and the whole packet. I think I’m going to get some unsweetened almond breeze to use for protein shakes, since the Tera’s Whey is already naturally sweetened.
For lunch, I packed a sammie to panini with dakota bread, and smeared on some Cedar’s Garlic Lovers hummus, garlic & herb feta, roasted red peppers, spinach, and seitan. My first seitan panini!
I paired it with a Dr. Kracker 3-seed flatbread and the last of my fig & goat cheese spread. I grabbed a plum, too, but you’ll have to use your imaginations as to what that looks like. I have faith in you, though.
And for an afternoon snack, this S’mores Luna bar jumped out at me. I’ve said before that it may be among my top Luna bars, and that thought was not changed after today. My last one, though – and i can’t say I’ll be buying many more. Lara has my heart.
Work wasn’t so bad most of the day, but early afternoon I started feeling like I hit a brick wall. I was exhausted! I blame it on my discombobulated night. Since I got home so much later than usual, I wasn’t tired until much later which kinda threw me off. I think I started getting grumpy, too. I had to work on a slideshow for a man’s funeral and it kinda put me in a funk, too. We get a lot of projects for stuff like that and it’s never very uplifting.
That being said, I dragged my tired bum home to make some cheesy quinoa. I wanted to change up my usual (yet beloved) quinoa and apricot hot salad and thought of Freya’s cheesy grains she made earlier this week.
I cooked up some quinoa with broccoli and red pepper and when it was about done added in some roasted eggplant and fresh diced tomatoes, and then coated with a mixture of greek yog, nooch, and cedar’s garlic lovers hummus. I paired it with my last two pieces of seitan and obviously topped it with nuts – this time of the spicy cashew variety. It was quite tasty – I’ve been loving bulghur and quinoa lately (make that one-pot bulghur and quinoa. I’m lazy) but I don’t think it was quite up there with quinoa and apricot 😉 It would have been miles better had I burnt the broc first. I’m not a fan of steamed/nukes broccoli
And that’s all for now, folks! I’m perking up a bit finally (although, the second after I said that I see a news story on people killing school children in China. With meat cleavers?! Seriously – the headlines these days make my stomach turn.)
p.s. thank you all for the lovely words on my photos for the critique in the last post – and some of you were wondering if it was me. Nope! I took them, that’s my friend 😉
Lets meet Cheyenne, a mare I worked with for the better part of a year. She never belonged to me, but was my project while I worked at an eventing barn.