Uh, okay. I lied. I’m actually not going to reveal what that mysterious orange substance is. I just need to get that off my chest. So if you came here in wonder, hoping to discover what else I made last night – you’ll just have to settle for my endearing charm and sarcastic wit. Sorry kids.
Now that I’ve come clean on that situation, I can get on with my regular posting. And first day of August. Holy cow. August. I celebrated the new month in the same way I celebrate every other day: waffles. I surprised the pants off of you all, now, didn’t I?
It was actually a chilly start to the month – but unfortunately, my morning weather man informed me that this gorgeous weather would not last for long, and heat and humidity is in store this week. I am just plain overjoyed.
I am really enjoying the Vanilla Chobani that I begrudgingly (at the time) ended up with. While I’m a little bummed that I can’t add it to savory things, I am definitely enjoying it while I have it! It’s very subtly sweet and when I first opened it I sort of wanted to bathe in it, it smells that dreamy.
Yes, that was weird. No, I don’t take it back.
After the fab start to my day, I went to see the little Turkey.
We crossed yet another accomplishment off of our list today! I’ve been sort of putting off taking him out of the indoor, but it was certainly time. Indoors get boring, and I’m sure part of his initial rebelling lately has been boredom. I just tend to be a bit of a pansy sometimes, and the idea of taking a green, young horse outdoors with no barriers around me was a little nerve racking. But, he worked hard yesterday, and I don’t know why I’m so afraid because if he dumps me, the meadow is a lot softer than the arena dirtsand.
hardy har harr.
The little guy had quite a fun time, though, and was well behaved. We have to work on our stopping out in the open, apparently, but heck – who needs brakes, anyways? I kept it short since he was quite well behaved, but it had more to do with the fact that there was absolutely nobody around so had he gotten a little uppity and something happened, he’d probably stop and eat the meadow before anyone saw a loose horse with tack and no rider while I’m lying in a hay field.
Just so everyone knows, I don’t actually ever plan on falling off, I just make sure to take precautionary measures while I am alone. Never know when a boogieman is going to jump out at your flight-instinctive 1,000 pound animal.
Okay, maybe not exactly, but at least saddling up. When I got on her the other day it was just sitting on her without a saddle, my mom on the ground, that sort of scenario. Today I tacked her up with no bad reaction and hopped on!
I kept my mom close-by just in case (typing that sounds funny because really, there’s nothing she could have done had anything gone South) but Georgie was a trooper. Already better than when we saw her “ridden” 😛
Whoops – I’m definitely rambling with the horsey business today, aren’t I?
Apologies, apologies. Continuing on!
Okay, okay – not soup. I guess I just enjoy my green monsters in soup cups, eh? Not quite a buddha bowl, but it’ll do 😉
This GM was a fruit extravaganza!! I loved it. And this was the first time I made a GM while everyone was home. My sister was the only one in the room and I was prepared for the worst when she asked what was making it so green – but when I simply said “spinach.” she compared it to the Green Machine smoothies!
Well that was easy.
After reading the comments (mainly this article) on Amanda’s recent post – I was a little hesitant to keep using raw oats. But I just love them so much, and it seems like one of those “things” where some people will say it’s totally okay, and others say otherwise. I feel like when it comes to situations pertaining to “good for you vs. bad for you” we almost have to pick our battles. It seems everything has two stories. And not only that, but scientists are constantly discovering new things that they are declaring bad, with limited backup data. I acknowledge that coffee may not be the best thing for me, but I think being happy physically is as important as being happy mentally. Deprivation does not bring mental happiness, thank you.
So, I will continue to enjoy my raw oats. Sure, maybe I’ll be a little more mindful – but lets be honest.
There could be far worse things to consume.
What’s one thing you’ve heard good and bad about, but enjoy too much to let it really affect your decision? A daily thing, I’m not talking “oh, I love an occasional Big Mac.”
I spent a bit of the afternoon putting up some fencing and of course cleaning out the horses – but also found sometime to just chill. It was quite nice. It was starting to get really hot out, anyways – and when the weather is as gorgeous as it had been the past couple of days I can’t bear to be inside! But, I needed to work on mucking up some rough ideas for business cards for A. I shot some more photos of the barn, pastures, and horses to use so that was an afternoon project for today!
I honestly hadn’t even thought about dinner all day, either. The most food planning I did for the week was baked up some eggplant and carrots in Ragu. Otherwise, I was perfectly content just veggin’. Literally and figuratively. Har!
So, naturally – a sweet potato came to the rescue. As much as I love being able to microwave a sweet potato in five minutes for an after-work dinner, nothing beats being able to take the time to bake one in the oven. Such a difference.
For the beans, I just mixed black beans with a dollop of dijon mustard and apple BBQ. I mixed in some chopped carrots and raisins and it resulted in quick and easy “baked beans”! The raisins were certainly a fun addition, and after I was halfway done I thought pecans would have been a lovely addition, but oh well. Additionally, I am apparently on a parmesan kick lately. Anybody ever had a fresh ear of corn with just a dollop of butter, enough salt for an army, and parmesan? Try it. You’ll thank me later. (Of course, I’m assuming everyone won’t use as much salt as I 😛 )