You read it right. Today, we speak of makeovers.
I hadn’t shown my face without a helmet or horse in a while – I wanted to let you guys know I’m still stayin’ fly with my zocks and past-due for a trim bed-hair. Lately, my laundry contains more polo shirts, zocks, and breeches than it does “work clothes.” Yes, I also realize it’s a bit silly that I’m more concerned about wearing a tucked-in polo shirt to the barn than I am to work.
But that’s all besides the point. Teddie’s surprise that I mentioned yesterday may or may not have to do with my hair, too, desperately needs.
Yes, a hair cut. Teddie’s totally rockin’ a new-do. He’s more stylish than I am. It’s not done yet, we’ll be going shorter – but these things take time 😉
Dun’ his new locks look lovely? Haflinger enthusiasts worldwide are surely shunning me, and since a long mane is pretty traditional for his breed, I just love the look of a short, tidy, pulled mane. It makes any horse’s neck look better than it is – and Teddie already has a nice neck, so why not enhance it more?! Not to mention – he’s probably a lot cooler. It’s been miserable the past two days. I think I rode for about 15-20 minutes before calling it a ride – he more than behaved himself, but I could tell he was getting cranky.
I don’t blame him.
To gear up for a hot day at the barn, I had a waffle makeover, first.
- 1/4 c. oats – quick or rolled
- 1 c. puffed millet (or any puffed grain cereal. alternatively, you could probably just use another 1/4 c. oats)
- 1 T. wheat bran
- 1 T. wheat germ
- 1 T. WW Flour
- 1 T. shredded coconut (I used sweetened)
- baking powder (I just sprinkle it in…)
- 1 flax egg (before starting, mix 1 T. milled flax with 3 T. water – by the time you combine the dry ingreds you should be set)
- 2 T. vanilla chobani
- 1/4 c. coconut water
- 1/4 t. almond extract
- optional: maple syrup/honey/agave/brown sugar – I have not been adding any lately because I top them with enough fruit/jam/etc that none is needed in the waffles themselves. If you’re eating them plain you might want some, though.)
I topped mine with a peach and some blueberries, nuked for a couple seconds, more coconut, peach-ginger jam, and marcona almonds.
Which begs the question: Is it possible to make a coconut jam? Or does it only produce coconut butter? If just coconut butter – why is this, when it is a fruit? So many questions.
The weather had a makeover while I was driving home. Oh, joy – rather than being stupid humid, it was then stupid humid and raining. You know how sometimes rain is refreshing in the heat? No, not when it’s this hot. Then you just feel gross.
What’s a good thing to pick you up from gross?
In the blender:
- 1 banana
- 1 peach
- coconut water
- almond milk
- 1 scoop The Organic Whey
In the process, my photography took a makeover. I went for the “out of focus” style, yea?
Topped with chunky PB, blueberries, dates, oats, coconut, blackberry honey creme, and marcona almonds.
Why the sudden marcona almond obsession? Well, for one because I saw them on clearance, and for two, due to this I discovered they are far superior to any other almonds in taste. But why are they different? From The Kitchn:
Marcona almonds are a special product of Spain… They’ve been imported to the US for years, but have only recently gained a wider audience thanks to a growing interest in Spanish cuisine among chefs, food writers, and other foodies.
These almonds are more rounded and plump than the California varieties we’re used to. They also seem to have a softer and somewhat “wet” texture, similar to macadamia nuts. The marcona almonds we’ve tried have a sweeter, more delicate taste closer to the flavor we associate with almond extract.
And I would certainly agree. I just love them! I’ve seen marcona almond butter at my co-op, and wonder what that’s like, too. I’m not a fan of raw almond butter, but maybe raw marcona almond butter is worth a try? Have you ever tried them?
I randomly gave my room a makeover by getting around to cleaning it. What can I say – at first I was looking forward to the rain being an excuse to just do nothing all afternoon. Turns out, I can only stand “doing nothing” for so long. I’m glad I have a job.
And then of course, came the paddock makeover which rendered my shower an hour earlier completely useless. Yeah, don’t ask why I bothered. I usually don’t.
Let me clarify: I always bother with showering, I never both showering in between doing chores.
I had no idea what kind of grain I wanted for dinner. First I was thinking spaghetti. Then I moved to bulgur. Then my mom asked about quinoa. Hey, actually…quinoa sounds pretty good! Okay, so I went for a faux grain. Since I’m apparently into quoting today, this is what Whole Foods says:
Most commonly considered a grain, quinoa is actually a relative of leafy green vegetables like spinach and Swiss chard. It is a recently rediscovered ancient “grain” once considered “the gold of the Incas.”
Maybe I live in the dark, but I did not know that.
- 1/4 c quinoa (rinsed and prepared as instructed)
- 1/2 c. chickpeas
- 1 medium garden tomato, chopped
- 3 medium basil leaves
- 1/2 of a small yellow pepper, finely chopped
- 1-2 T. mediterranean herb feta cheese
- 2 large rounds of baked eggplant (I baked an eggplant in a bunch of Ragu earlier in the week)
I just made up the last of my quinoa, and so half went for another salad – very different from this, but also very good. I’ll probably have it tomorrow and post.
In the bowl:
- lettuce from the garden that was almost rotten (yum)
- farmer’s market lettuce
- mkt. sugar snap peas
- garden tomato
- mkt. baked eggplant
- most of the salad
- dressing: Cedar’s garlic hummus mixed with Ragu.
I love that dressing combo. Cedar’s is hands-down the best hummus ever. No lie.
And yes, as you may have noticed, I did a blog makeover during my rainy afternoon, too. I don’t think I will ever be totally happy with my layout, though. And know nothing about CSS. Does anyone know of a good designer I can hire?
aaaand, now that I’ve eaten earlier than your grandma, I’m hoping the heat has taken a makeover so I can go play with the George-porge. And give Maya the same makeover Teddie had.