Happy Humpday chikies!
I picked up some more frozen sweet cherries yesterday and could only think of one of my favorite combos ever: Blueberry-Cherry Oats.
- 1 T. Bob’s Kamut Hot Cereal, 3 T. Bob’s Peppy Kernels, 1 T. Wheat Bran
- 1/2 c. Bossa Nova Acai & Blueberry Juice, 1/4 c. water, 1/4 c. Pure Almond
- frozen sweet cherries
- coconut flakes
- trail power
- 1 T. chia seeds
- blueberry chia-acai icing
- Mae’s coconut butter
- homemade cashew “spread”
- and a compote of some frozen sweet cherries and chopped dates, simmered in some almond milk.
And a cup of Green Mountain’s French Vanilla – an old stand-by.
I enjoyed this with Google Reader and The Early Show, who was doing a special on the best and worst of fast-food nd chain restaurants. I was informed that the Cheesecake Factory has one dish that comes in at 2,500 calories and I forget how much saturated fat they said. Holy cow. I mean, I’ve never been to the Cheesecake Factory – maybe it’s worth it – but I think I’d be out of commission for a week after downing that! I think it was a pasta dish?
I tried a new Bob’s Red Mill cereal today since yesterday was – tearfully – the last of my Grains & Nuts Hot Cereal. I think that one may be my favorite hot cereal thus far – it was such a cool combo of grains and nuts, and super for baking, too. Must. Order. Again.
Anyways – today was Kamut flakes! I’ve seen them around the blogosphere but have yet to try any kind of Kamut myself. I really enjoyed it! Texture-wise there was no noticeable difference since it was flake-y like the grains & nuts – but I noticed my nuttiness was gone! (teehee, I kill myself) I’ll have to try a more simple Kamut bowl to get the true “feel” of the flavor, though. Bob explains it as buttery?
And lunch was a hummus and veg sammie. Eaten cold!! You know it’s hot if I don’t try to make a panini out of everything.
Cedar’s Garlic and Chive hummus, tomato paste, garlic & herb feta, local buttercrisp lettuce, red pepper, grilled balsamic eggplant, salt, and peppah. Fun fact? I hate touching cheese. Totally creeps me out. I am grateful for the fact that the feta I have now comes with a “shake top.”
To get my protein on, I again used a [clean] Crofter’s jar. It just so happens to be the perfect size – my other containers are huge or too small! I poured (yes, poured) on the cinnamon and mixed with some pumpkin butter, too. Note: pumpkin butter + cottage cheese + cinnamon = heaven. And a peach. My mom bought them for me…and try as I might, I just cannot get over their fuzzy skin. I think the rest will be for oats.
…and Annie’s bunny grahams! I saw these on Katie’s blog first, and immediately had to find them. Katie, I’ve been stealing everything from you lately, sheesh! 😉 Not lying: back when I actually lived a normal college-kid life, my friend and I would show up at parties with Teddy Grahams and clementines or grapes. I’d totally forgotten about Teddy Grahams until seeing the bunny grahams and you can only imagine my excitement when these happened to catch my eye at the co-op yesterday. I wasn’t even looking and they were on the bottom shelf, so they must have wanted to see me, too. The honey flavor was on sale, which means it was destiny. Honey was my favorite.
I sort of forgot about them while packing lunch, but knew I had to take a couple. They’d go perfect with the cottage cheese, right? Right. And yes. They did. They are amazing. I am an addict. End of story.
I went into pros and cons there, as well – one of the cons being the use of soy protein, and the same holds true for this bar. Not a huge fan, but I’ll deal. I’ll be honest – this bar didn’t knock my socks off. I feel bad saying that since they were sent to me to sample and review, but I’m honest, too. There wasn’t much cranberry flavor to speak of (and I am a total cranberry fan) and the almond was sort of an afterthought. It smelled quite almond-y – but in an almond extract sort of way. It didn’t taste artificial, don’t get me wrong – but even though there were some almonds in the bar, I think the vague almond taste came from flavoring. All that “bad stuff” out of the way – the bar still didn’t taste bad, and I really like their texture and consistency. It’s got a nice chew to it, with chunks of dried fruit and nuts in there too. It just wasn’t quite bursting with flavor.
Oh, yes – I’ve got the salad bug again. What’s your favorite salad mix? In the bowl here is a mix of local spinach and lettuce, showered with cut-off corn from a cob and a half, dark red kidney beans, curried sweet potato rounds, chopped cashews, and red pepper. I made a dressing the same as last night (maple dijon and balsamic vin) but added to it some poppyseeds, curry powder, and salt.
heh…nope, Horsey Humpday has not gotten old yet. Just think…today and next week to go…and then you’ll be bombarded with new pony pics.
For today, however, I had to dig deep and figure out who I had left to shoe you guys!
…And Caesar came to mind. You’ve already seen Corona, who was a resale project – well, so was Caesar. My mom purchased him to be her horse for trails. And he was a great horse…but we think something awful happened to him at some point during his life that made him incredibly sensitive to things touching his left side and butt.
After countless times and many falls while my mom tried getting it to work out – she just lost trust in him and didn’t want such a green, unpredictable horse. The man who sold him to her was…well…not compltely honest. So I “took him in,” introduced him to the eventing world, and found him a great home with a woman who has now successfully been eventing him. I would have kept him myself – but I had Burly at that time, and I think I even had Corona, too. It just wasn’t possible.
He was definitely one of those horses who worked best when he had a bond with his “person.” He wasn’t mean – but he needed to trust you. I was able to get him over some of his fears, trust more, and passed him along to someone who knew his “issues,” and was more than willing to work through them. It broke my heart to sell him, even though I swore I wouldn’t bond with him. We just felt so bad for him, because you could tell someone must have done something terrible to him at some point. Horses like that can be some of the best companions though, because they’ll try their heart out for you. When the woman came to pick him up, he was terrified of her ramp-load trailer, and would not get on with her. He walked right on when I asked if I could try.