How have I only been gone a day, and feel like I’ve missed so much?! I’m going to try to keep this short – my Google Reader is overflowing and I’ve got some serious blog reading to do, not to mention the fact I still don’t have cable and am currently leeching 🙂
Wednesday night, we had a serious storm about 10:00. It was like nothing we’d ever seen around here – tornado force winds, house-shaking, lightning flashing, and of course – a tornado warning?! We didn’t have one here, but rumor has it that the lake (I live on a road off of the lake road) saw one – and driving through there, it wouldn’t surprise me. Now they said it wasn’t a tornado, just tornado force winds. Uh, okay. Trees across the road, telephone poles broken in half, trees on houses, and you wouldn’t believe how many trees are just uprooted. Scary! Driving home today it was still a mess. When I got home from work yesterday, we had power back but the internet has been out.
There was one point in time I was pretty sure I was going to get sucked out of bed with the roof, and another point where I thought the deck was struck by lightning and starting on fire. Turns out it was just my mom with a flashlight in the kitchen/dining area. Oops.
That being said – we lost power, which still wasn’t on by morning. Which left me with one mission: open the fridge only once to get stuff, and only once to put stuff back. I’m not going to go through two days worth of eats, but I have to highlight yesterday’s breakfast since it was Mo inspired – have to give shout-outs where they are due! (I’m pretty sure it was you, Mo, that mentioned a grilled peach & PB sandwich? And this is still an awful shout-out because I can’t even link since it’s too slow to have two windows open at once) We have a gas stove so I could have made oats if I wanted to – but I felt that’d be a little dramatic.
And this peach and sunbutter sandwich was quite good. Granted, I kept thinking “this would be so great grilled,” but oh well. It’s kind of eye-opening to realize how reliant we are on power (well, me anyways.) I kept thinking of all these alternatives, and then going “No, stupid – blenders use electricity.” “No, stupid, microwaves use electricity.” and so on. I think what I miss most though, is running water. All I want when I wake up is a nice glass of cold water. Well, maybe that’s not all, but I digress.
I kept on a roll this morning with mixing it up, and made my oats into waffles! Man, I’m gone two days and I’m breaking up with oatmeal?! They’ll be back, I promise. Let me just blab once more and then I’ll just get on to the food: I’m sort of glad I “had” to switch up my routine. Sure, I don’t see anything wrong with having the same thing for brek every morning if that’s what works for me. But, when the pony gets here, I’d like to work him in the mornings rather than after work. This means less time dilly-dallying with google reader in the morning and taking ages to eat, and instead getting my butt out the door by 7am. I’ve been thinking of switching it up lately, but since nothing’s necessarily forced me to, I haven’t bothered. Now that the “streak has been broken,” so to speak – I’m a little more okay with it 😉 In addition, having a “night off” from the computer was pretty nice – another thing I may be forced to do every so often with the busier days ahead of me. I say that now – but I’ll bet I’ll still be posting every day 😛 I really do enjoy it!
Alright, now that I’ve got that out of the way, the food.
- 1/4 c. rolled oats
- 1/4 c. wheat bran
- 1 T. oat bran
- 1 flax egg
- approx 1/4 c. almond milk
- 1 T. (?) greek yogurt
- approx 1/4 c. pumpkin puree
- cinnamon, nutmeg
- dried cranberries, chopped dates
- drizzle maple syrup
These were sodanggood. I’ll remember to keep mixing it up, I think. Easy, too! It’s a lot easier to drag out eating oatmeal than eating pancakes, which will be a good thing.
Lunches have been pretty standard – veggie paninis, greek yog/cottage cheese, fruit.
Tried the Kardea Nutrition lemon-ginger bar – I’m quickly becoming a fan of the texture of these bars, though this one didn’t have enough ginger for me 😦 It did have a nice, mild but pleasant lemon about it.
- sautee garlic, onion, bell peppers
- add 1/2 chopped sweet potato, curry powder, salt, 1/4 c. water, cook until sweet potatoes done
- add 1/2 c. red kidney beans, 1/2 chopped plantain, spinach, combine
- garnish with baked plantains and cashews
It was a lot more like a banana than I thought they were – but I’m not complaining! I really enjoyed this dish…and actually had it again tonight 😛
…and that’s all for now! Hopefully I have “real” internet back soon – now I’m off to either relax & blog-read, or relax & magazine-read. Whichever works in my favor 😉
What’s your favorite use of a plantain?
Any scary storm stories?