*deep breath* phew! i am knocking things off of my to-do list like mad! let’s not talk about the fact that none of these are major to-do’s…but i’ve been running all morning/afternoon so i actually feel rather accomplished! *insert big grin here* i’m not much of a gloater, but i have some fun things to share, so let’s hop to it.
to-do #1: sleep in.
check. okay, so not entirely intentional – but for some reason i did not want to go to bed last night. just wasn’t tired, and was having too much fun reading up on horsey and bloggie things. i faced some reprimanding from the four-legged friends for their late breakfast, and then got to work on mine.
since it was 7:30 already, i was sort of regretting not having overnight oats waiting for me, but when all was said and done, i reminded myself that there is no reason i need to be at the barn right at 9:00. teddie doesn’t care. A doesn’t care. the other barn girls don’t care. i have all day. either way, i’ll still be early. so, for the love of pete – just enjoy these delicious waffles as you normally would.
does anyone else ever think “rush, rush, rush!” to get things done, and then stop to realize – there is no need to worry and rush? i think i just fell so into the habit of wanting to get there right early off that i forgot that it’s not like it’s work. i can go whenever i please, really – just as long as i enjoy myself!
not to mention, getting there a bit later than usual helped me cross off a relatively dreaded to-do: riding/working teddie with another horse in the ring at the same time. (this is long, but may be interesting to some) up until now, we’ve worked on some simple ground stuff while another rider is finishing up, or working in the next aisle over…but i’d yet to ride him at the same time another horse was being ridden. i know he gets excitable seeing another horse, but not awful. so, i wasn’t sure what would happen, and at first was debating just calling it a day…but i didn’t. while we were working alone, lunging and ground stuff, he was very quiet and relaxed, but the second another horse was brought in the next aisle all ground manners went out the door and he turned into a bull again. oh, hormones. he started testing the cross-ties though very minorly, so i took him off (i’m all for young horses learning things, but i’m just not at the point where i’m willing to put both of our safety at risk to learn this lesson, horses flipping themselves while tied is just a little too risky for me.) and tacked him up in-hand. he waltzed around as much as he could, wanting to go flirt with girl-pony, but eventually settled down. when girl-pony came in, he was fixed on her, but was surprisingly attentive to me. thank goodness. i finally got on and while he was still pretty fixed on her, i still had his attention and we ended up having a pretty good ride in hindsight. i didn’t ask much of him, figures, walk, whoa, and some trot – and afterwards sort of regretted not giving his pony butt a good workout, but oh well. one hurdle tackled, and he really wasn’t that bad. it was mainly just his ground manners that went out the window before and after the ride. i also made sure to stay on until girl-pony left the ring and then the barn entirely, as i wanted to see if he would flip out with her leaving, but he was good. (see, sometimes i look for trouble, haha. honestly, though – i’m more comfortable dealing with stupidity from the saddle than from the ground.)
after our ride he was still really pushy, but i just turned him out, cleaned up my mess, and then chatted with A a bit before taking him back out to work on some ground manners in unfamiliar territory. he’s really good when he’s relaxed and familiar with the place, but pushy otherwise. he was good, so i let him graze a bit and called it a day. hey, i take the good with the bad – i like a challenge as long as i don’t feel like my safety is in danger 😉
to-do #3 was made to happen as soon as i got home.
before you think i’ve lost it entirely, hear me out. Foodbuzz is asking all featured publishers to generate a post around a theme. the theme being banana splits. at first, i went “meh, maybe.” after reading more, however – i saw the they would be making a donation to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund for every post with the theme. when i saw that, i went “well, why not?” not being a typical banana-split chika (so overdone!), i’m hoping this still counts.
banana split bulgur? okay, sounds crazy. work with me. bulgur tastes similar to steel-cut oats, so why not? not only that – but i honed my inner elvis. i don’t really think i have an inner elvis, but work with me here. his thang was the pbbh, right? peanut-butter, banana, and honey? so why not, except with bulgur for bread?
that’s what i thought.
for the “ice cream” (i even used an ice cream scoop!!) i simply prepared a serving of bulgur – (1/4 c. bulgur to 1/2 c. water and a dash of salt) and then when it cooled i mixed in maybe a teaspoon of ground cinnamon and (guessing) a scant 1/4 c. of greek yogurt. i was debating between adding in peanut butter and adding in real peanuts, and while i certainly could have done both – i ended up just mixing in a handful of honey roasted peanuts. i was afraid the peanut butter flavor would be lost in the bulgur unless i used an ungodly amount. (wait – is there such thing?) and drizzled everything with honey.
this was a really good lunch. i am gloating. sue me.
while i was on that banana split role, i tackled to-do #4: make bars. in the toaster oven, if all went as planned. it did. well, i made edible somethings, but i’m not sure if i made a really healthy cookie or bars. i’ll let you decide.
banana-split bulgur bars
you will need:
- 1/4 c. bulgur [dry measure]
- 1/4 c. milled flax
- 1/3 c. agave/maple syrup/honey [i used xagave]
- 2 T. wheat germ
- 3-4 T. peanut butter
- 1/2 a banana
- 1 t. cinnamon
- 1/4 c. chopped cashews (or other nut)
- 1/2 T. chia seeds
- 1/4 c. trail power
- 2 T. the organic whey
- 1/4 c. oat bran
- 1/4 c. cherries (dried or fresh*)
- 1 T. dark chocolate chips
first, prepare your bulgur by boiling over medium heat in 1/3 c. water until the water is gone.
meanwhile, combine the flax, agave, wheat germ, and peanut butter. slice in the banana, and mush up in the mixture.
once combined (some chunks are okay) add in the cinnamon, cooked bulgur, cashews, chia seeds, trail power, whey powder, oat bran, and cherries.
i really would have liked to have been able to use my “bar pan” (re: mini loaf pan) but i needed something to fit in the toaster oven. durn. so, i just baked them in a casserole dish and cut afterwards. the nalgene gives reference to size. i tried to do the hand thing, but that’s hard when you’re holding a camera with a 50mm manual focus lens. then i thought to do my [socked] foot but realized that would be incredibly weird.
i put them in the toaster oven at 400* and set the timer to 15 minutes while i worked on to-do #5 (i think we’re on five, anyways?) which was ground work with georgie. who the hay is georgie? georgie is what we have dubbed the former pony called “yet-to-be-named.”
so, let’s review. we have teddie:
and we have jiggy and mel:
i played a bit with georgie, just rubbing all over her, leaning all over her, swinging the leadrope all over her legs, back, but, and belly, giving to pressure, and whoa-ing. i did a little bit with maya, too, mainly because she was getting upset that she wasn’t getting played with, too 😉
georgie is my favorite. my mom and i are so biased.
anyways, after god only knows how long, i came back into the kitchen. i set them back in for about five more minutes, cut them, and then baked them another ten or so.
so, my apologies for the sketchy baking time. just work with me. i’d guess maybe 20 minutes at 375 or 400 in a normal oven?
for my first time 100% winging it, these are pretty darn good. usually i have some sort of gameplan or loose “guidelines,” if you will…but this time i honestly had the idea of making bulgur into bars. i really wanted to use sunflower seed butter but i’ve only got about ~1/4 of a jar left, so i didn’t want to almost finish it. (oh, the horrors.) i think they’d be awesome with more nut butter, and even moreso if the nut butter was actually sunflower seed butter. i realize that’s almost an oxymoron.
anyways. i started writing this post after these came out of the “oven,” only to be disurpted multiple times to cross-off more to-do’s: laundry, cleaning out and taking care of the four leggeds, working with them more, and now starting on dinner.
we won’t talk about the fact that my bathroom and room still need to be cleaned, i need to go through old clothes to figure out what to donate and what to try to sell, i wanted to hang up business cards around town, and i need lettuce.
what have you crossed-off your to-do list today?