I feel like I’ve been so absent from blog-land lately! It seems I can just never get Google Reader to not be overflowing lately. I could not stare at the computer screen last night and hit the hay early.
Apparently, though, it wasn’t enough sleep at 6am, because I made a silly mistake with my waffles this morning.
You know when you’re making something/doing something that’s practically habit – and yet one day you just forget something? And you keep feeling like you’re forgetting something, but just can’t put your finger on it?
That something was not crucial, luckily – but definitely added an extra something to my beloved waffle recipe. That something was the puffed cereal. Whoopsies. I could not figure out why there was much less batter than usual, or why it was a bit more moist.
Note to self: Granny Smith’s are much more delicious cold, crispy and fresh than microwaved 😉
I wanted to get to the barn bright and early this morning, as the (not so) lovely humid, hot weather is once again gracing us with its’ presence. Oh joy. Of course, even at 8:30 I didn’t beat the heat by much – but still much less oppressing than it grew to be as the day progressed.
And well worth it – Teddie and I had a great ride today! He was very agreeable (save for his Haflinger personality of being stubborn when it comes to being led away from his beloved grass) and we even got a decent leg yield to the right! I didn’t really expect him to know what I was asking of him, but with all the ground work we’ve been doing figured he might have a clue. And no stopping! *knock on wood* He tested me once at the walk, but not even enough to warrant a flick of the whip.
And, for kicks, since I haven’t had any fun recent riding pictures…can you guys believe this is Teddie?
After the barn I stopped in to Price Chopper to get some goods in all of my grimy glory. I’m probably becoming known as the stinky horse girl there – the past 5 times I’ve gone I’ve been dressed in breeches, boots, and mussed up, gross hair. I don’t think I smell though. Well, today I think I smelt like liniment, but good smelling liniment.
Maybe I’m just fooling myself.
Anyways. I almost pampered myself to some xanthan gum but just couldn’t shovel out the $12 for the little bag for smoothies that might just be another one of my come-and-go obsessions.
So tell me, did Xanthan gum change your life? Had I done more research I may have been able to justify it…but $12 is 2 and a half jars of sunflower butter.
$12 is a whole lot of produce.
$12 is a lot happier in my pocket. (…aka Teddie fund)
Although I wasn’t disappointed that I passed when I was able to produce a thicker Green Monster than I had the past two times today, simply by using less almond milk. In the SIAB today:
- 1/2 c. greek yogurt
- loooots of spinach
- loooots of blueberries
- 1 banana
- 2 dates
- drizzle of honey
- splash of almond milk
- flax meal
- small spoonful of PB
and I topped it with some more chunky peanut butter, dates, blueberries, wheat germ, orange honey cream, and marcona almonds. Replacing the quick oats today was a slice of seeded multigrain, toasted and spread with some orange honey cream.
Surprisingly, this was enough fuel to soon after sweat my body weight whilst cleaning out both sets of horses/ponies and then working with the ponies when my mom got home. By then, the sun had gone away and it was a little bit better.
I think they’re enjoying being played with – Maya especially! We tacked her up today, and I *knock on wood* think either my mom or I could have easily hopped on her, too. Georgie might be a bit trickier…we’ll see 😉
This something required going shopping again.
I made a lentil salad from Bob’s Red Mill. I don’t think I’m a huge fan of lentils, so relied on Bob to tell me what to do.
The dressing was lemon juice, italian seasoning, 1/2 a clove of garlic, and a pinch of salt. I combined that with cooked red lentils, 1 chopped tomato, celery, and chives and let it chill while the horses were fed and I showered to get out of my greasy-griminess. Yeah, I cooked while being gross. I’m not ashamed. Nor am I ashamed to admit that this is my all-time favorite snack:
For dinner, I had the lentil salad over some garden lettuce with feta cheese and chopped sea salt and olive oil almonds.
Still don’t think I’m a lentil fan. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t dislike them – but there’s too many other beans out there that I far prefer to have red lentils, I think. But I’m still not sure – anyone is welcome to direct me to a recipe that is sure to change my mind 😉
Now – I’ve got catching up on blogs on my agenda…and good thing – all my body wants to do right now is sink into this bed! Ahhhhh…..