Last night, I hit a wall at 8:30. This morning, I found myself pulling my eyelids apart at…7:54?!
Ah, yes – now I think I’m good and caught up! It’s amazing what 11 hours can do for you 😉
While at first I had a mini freak-out because the world was surely going to end when I didn’t leave at 8:30 for the barn (insert eye-roll here) I realized it wasn’t a big deal, and was glad to feel so refreshed.
Carrot Cake Waffles
- 1/4 c. oats – quick or rolled
- 1 T. wheat bran
- 1 T. wheat germ
- 1 T. (heaping) WW flour
- 1 c. puffed millet
- 3/4s of a large carrot, grated
- baking powder
- 1/2 t. cinnamon
- 1/4 t. nutmeg
- 1/8 t. ginger
[combine in bowl, and add:]
- 1 T. milled flax (mixed with 3 T. water and set aside to thicken)
- 1/3 c. almond milk
- 1/8 c. vanilla chobani
I topped them with the majority of a banana, the rest of the grated carrot, and some raisins that I nuked with some maple syrup for a few seconds. Poured over some Organic Valley Vanilla Yogurt and sprinkled on some pecans and chia seeds for good measure 🙂
The yogurt was a little too runny – but I didn’t feel like letting it sit with the chia seeds this morning. But – it would be perfect after that, and easier than mixing greek yogurt, milk, and chia seeds for my “icing” 😉
These dates are easily the best I’ve ever had. I’ve been getting organic ones from the co-op, and they are so much bigger, softer, chewier, and not as sweet as the ones from Hannafords. You know how dates can be too sweet? These ones have a wonderful mellow sweetness to them, if you will.
Not only that, but they are such. good. snacks. I had some (stuffed with almonds) while working with Teddie, and even though I didn’t get home until 12:30 (I would normally be hungry by noon – of course, breakfast was later!) I wasn’t hungry in the least.
Speaking of the devil – Teddie was lovely today. We’ve moved from being a bronc pony to being a freight-train. We’re working on it, but since he’s been very agreeable and otherwise really, really good lately, I’m not too worried about not being able to stop him sometimes. heh. Of course, probably wasn’t the brightest idea I’ve ever had to take him to the outdoor (after some indoor bendy/collection/transition/hello I’m up here work) under these circumstances. Call me brave, crazy, or stupid. I’m still not sure which – but he did try to save us from the pony-and-rider eating roundbales that were down there. I am thankful that he a.) has a good pully rein and b.) when he’s scared out of his pants he just launches forward and spins rather than bolting and saying “see ya later, you’re on your own.”
So anyways, I decided to do some cooking/baking until I got hungry for lunch once I was home. I made part of dinner – which you will soon see, and another loaf of bread.
Uhh, apparently substituting oatmeal for 1/2 c. of bread flour is a cardinal sin, and this is what I wound up with:
I went with the triple wheat bread with the aforementioned substitution. Luckily, it doesn’t taste bad at all, but…it’s going to be a PITA to make a sandwich with, that’s for sure!
Speaking of being a PITA to make sandwiches with – I had a deconstructed sandwich with the last two slices of the honey oat bread I made.
Naturally, a green monster was the perfect companion.
Confession: Up until now, I’ve never bothered with ice or frozen fruit, since my blender can’t do ice and I don’t usually have frozen fruit. I didn’t have many options today other than to use the last of a bag of frozen berry mix, and I just loved the chill factor!
And I had fun pouring a design into it, of course – next time I’ll have to actually get creative 😉
The afternoon was spent cleaning out the horses and ponies, and working with the ponies when my mom got home. And a visit from UPS! My second of the day – the first was when I was finishing up with Teddie…I had to sign for the package, too, and the man was too afraid of him to get close enough! I admit that horses aren’t a silly fear to have – I mean, it’s logical enough! But I’m just usually around horse lovers, and everyone sees Teddie and about melts at his cuteness…so when this big, muscular man was afraid to take another step so I could sign, I found it sort of endearing. I’m not saying I immediately hatched a crush and want to marry the dude, but it was just this cute little “I…I’m afraid.” after I said Teddie wouldn’t do anything. Sort of sad…here I am, a girl much smaller with a small [and adorable] pony, and he didn’t want to pet him 😦
I can’t say too much – I’m a wuss, too.
Kuzi over at Kroeger Herb contacted me recently, wondering if I would be interested in trying some of their products as well as hosting a giveaway! (so – stay tuned!) I got lost on their web page browsing all the herbal health supplements, concentrates, oils, etc. There is so much information!
I don’t often rely on supplements and try to get what I need through food, but find the herbal ones quite interesting! In fact, I’ve even got Teddie on raspberry leaves! They’re supposed to…uh…help with his thinking that he is “more of a man” than he really is 😉 I was sent Healthy Gut, Garlic, and Kava Kava.
Healthy Gut is “a strategic combination of herbs that works in conjunction with the body’s systems and intestines to promote a healthy, strong and balanced digestive system and a proper pH. Provides soothing action for a hot gut, helps maintain proper absorption and supports the natural detoxification process.”
Garlic is said to be good for the heart and immune system, and Kava Kava is a calming/muscular supplement. I think one of the interesting things about herbal stuff is that some people might swear by it, and others may say it’s a bunch of bologna – that the effects are imaginary. And of course, as with everything, there are potential side effects. Do your research 😉 Based on mine- the main thing garlic pills are good for is with helping to control cholesterol. And Kava Kava? Well, I certainly found some interesting info, but it tends to be used to lessen anxiety and insomnia.
Entirely unrelated (sort of…it’s still about garlic, though!!) – did you know that some people react to garlic with pain?! My boss always said garlic didn’t sit well with him – and I always felt bad because I love the stuff. But, the same pain-sensing nerves that our bodies use to react to chili-peppers and hot foods like wasabi is what senses garlic, too. The reason some people may sense the “pain” but not others is because the nerves that respond to the garlic are only a portion of the ones that respond to hot peppers.
Do you or have you taken any herbal remedies or supplements?
Yes, yes – onto dinner. and a great one it was! One of my mom’s co-workers brought in a huuuuge spaghetti squash for us. It made the tiny teeny ones we’re growing look even more pathetic 😦 This big bowl was just 1/4 of it!!
I made beanballs to go with it (and did something wrong once again while cooking – I don’t think I added enough VWG? They taste lovely, but they are much mushier) as well as had a slice of bread. For the squash, though, I sauteed a clove of garlic, a tomato, spinach, fresh basil and snap peas in a bit of sesame dressing (sesame oil, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar) and once it was heated through mixed in some smoked mozzarella chunks.
And unpictured ear of corn was also consumed, but I wasn’t sure how many more corn-on-the-cob pictures you guys could take. Just so you know, there will be more tomorrow 😉