Hey lovelies! Another week has absolutely flown by. I’m pretty relieved to have fallen into a schedule with Teddie pretty easily. I love being able to work with him in the mornings, and this morning was a bit surprised that I woke up so easily.
For whatever reason, I did not want to fall asleep at a reasonable hour last night. And then of course, I’d start getting worried I wouldn’t fall asleep and get enough rest that it’d just keep me up longer. During this phase, I blamed my unrest on two things: carbs and caffeine.
I tend to just keep the coffee flowing when it’s cold out, and that it was.
And then of course, I pulled a Chelsea and took a big ol’ mouthful of spoiled Greek yogurt as I was deciding I wanted a little somethin’ somethin’ as I was laying there.
Teach me a lesson, tell you what.
- 3 T. steel cut oats – microwaved in as much water first
- 1/4 c. rolled oats
- 1/2 c. almond milk
- trail power (I guess they call it trail mix now, though?)
- 1 T. chia seeds
this morning I stirred in a little more almond milk, Bourbon Vanilla Tera’s Whey and a spoonful of (good) greek yogurt, and topped with
- defrosted sweet cherries (and juice!)
- trail mix
- shredded unsweetened coconut
- Nature Valley Peanut Cluster crumbles
- Naturally Nutty Mocha PB
And, naturally – Green Mountain’s French Vanilla rounded out the brekkie.
Heavenly. Overnight Oats, I take back any mean thing I’ve ever said about you. And I love these organic frozen sweet cherries.
That is all.
Actually – it’s not. Am I the only one who tops their overnight oats differently than hot oats? I think this trail mix with sunflower seeds, dried apples, chocolate chips, and cashew pieces goes way better on overnight than hot…and I love Sunflower Seed butter on overnight oats, but not hot! Anyone else wanna share their qualms?!
I am, sadly, out of bananas – so after barn duty and on my way to work I snacked on some dates and honey roasted almonds. Throughout the course of the day I also munched on an unpictured chocolate peppermint stick Luna Bar – half of it being shortly after getting to work, and the rest being after lunch.
I was hungry today…and ate my gala apple midmorning before my lunch, too.
The Luna Bar was part of my car EBS – or, Emergency Bar Stash – and was greatly appreciated. I don’t think I’d had this flavor before – it was great! I haven’t had a Luna in a while, and I don’t mind having them this infrequently, especially when they are delightfully minty!
I took lunch early because a. I was hungry again, and b. I wanted to get to Connick’s before they sold all their bread. Connick’s is the deli/bakery that I rave about from the farmer’s market, but recently it’s been easier to buy it in-store. Mainly because now I know they exist…
Anyways – they luckily had a bunch of fresh from the oven loaves, and this loaf has sesame seeds instead of the usual flax. I am excited to try it!! I planted the idea of making a Dakota loaf sometime – and the baker said he might try some more breads once they get a commercial mixer.
Her then pointed to what they currently use.
It’s the same Kitchen Aid I have.
That’s not a big mixer.
Can you even imagine the patience this man has? I would be ripping my hair out…the size these loaves are, I don’t even know if he gets a loavseworth of dough in the mixer!
When I got back, I panini’d my sammie of tempeh, locally made cranberry orange nut sauce, goat cheese, and spinach. Yes, I know this panini is old news. I can’t help that it is delicious, and quick and easy to pack in the morning.
I also had the previously pictures honey roasted peanuts, golden raisins, and Snyder’s pretzel snaps. Oh, and the rest of the Luna Bar.
I brought a homemade granola bar for my afternoon snack, and that finally satisfied my hunger for good. These babies pass the test! I wasn’t sure if they would – I’m not sure why, maybe because I don’t know their nutritional stats, so I wasn’t sure if it would be “big” enough? But I was quite surprised.
I got out of work early, too – and stopped at the co-op real quick to see if I could get some sort of puffed grain.
I found some puffed millet cereal – but that was the closest I found. I’ll give it a shot, but I’m not sure it will work. I really wanted to find puffed amaranth, but could only find “normal” amaranth.
Maybe I can “puff” it myself? Anybody know?
It’s been a while since I’d made that funky quinoa-apricot-what have you “salad,” so long in fact that I could hardly remember what I made it with. With vague memories, I decided I’d just prepare a serving of quinoa with a leftover half of a chopped sweet potato and some chopped red pepper.
Once everything was cooked, I stirred in a black bean cutlet (that I’d cubed) chopped dried apricots and some fresh chives.
The dressing I finally ended up stirring in was a mixture of plain greek yogurt, maple dijon, poppyseeds, salt, and curry powder.
Mr. Pony himself was quite well-behaved once again. I probably don’t need to be moving as slow as I am with him – but really, who is it hurting? No one, so that’s okay. The way I see it – it’s been at the very least – 6 months since he’s been ridden consistently, and that’s best case scenario. Given he’s only 5 (…ish) a little extra ground-work and lunging is only beneficial.
I just lunged him with the bridle today and by the end he seemed a little more relaxed with it, so I’m thinking/hoping it’s just his baby-ness that is warranting all the mouthing and annoyance with it.
We took a couple minutes just to get used to it, and afterwards worked on transitions – just walt/trot/whoa. I’m not certain he’s balanced enough to canter yet without careening around. Towards the end of the session he really started to push off nicely from behind, really using himself. Gotta love the power of transitions 😉
No Teddie related photo today – but my mom messed around with Jiggy in the yard while I ate, and I think they just look too darn cute together: