Revelations

If you’ve got sandwich meat from WalMart don’t eat it!! you might die. roast beef and something. this is probably irrelevant since a lot of you probably don’t eat sandwich deli meat from Wally World anyways. But seriously – what’s up with all the food recalls lately?! I guess it’s not surprising, but still scary. Glad I’m careful about what makes it to my tummy.

Anyways. Today, I (and Teddie) had a revelation.

Teddie doesn’t wanna be a dressage horse. At least, not now. So, since I just want to do what makes both of us happy, we will be having play-days.

Play-days will consist of minimal suppling work, and mostly riding around aimlessly and carelessly in the big fields.

coming out of his grump.

I should have listened to him a week ago…and should have listened to my gut that was telling me to just give him a play-day today…but of course I wimped out because it was really windy and a bit chilly so I thought for sure he’d be feelin’ it. So we started in the indoor so I could get a feel for him, and all was well for ten minutes and then he pulled his “ehhhh, not so much I’ll just stop kthanks.” move. I’m not sure which is worse. A horse that bolts or gets really hot when it’s being stubborn, or one that just doesn’t move/gives mini bucks/shuffles sideways.

Not a very flattering picture of us - but I still love this. Note the birds πŸ˜‰

So, I just went for plan A, what I should have done all along. oh, well. After today, I’m fairly certain his “game” is just boredom. He wants change. And reasonably so – indoors get boring. Of course, he always pulls his game when there’s more people around than there ever are. Two of my friends back from college came, and there were a bunch of kids helping A paint jumps, and of course it was while their parents were still there.

Thanks, Teddie.

Anyway, long story short, that was while we were in the indoor. I walked him around a full length without stopping and just called it a day and went out to play!

But you know what? That’s okay. I mean – I knew he wasn’t going to be some second level dressage horse. I wasn’t even thinking I wanted to show anyways. I wanted to do some dressage but mostly for fun.

And you know what? I think we both had more fun today than we have yet.

I mean – I think I’m smiling in every single picture. And Teddie is too! (well, except for that one grumpy one – and that wasn’t even a grumpy face, really.) I think he had a revelation that hey – this can be fun!

So, the lesson? The moral of the story?

Don’t lose sight of why you’re doing something. Sometimes we get into things and take it too serious. We realize we’re doing something we love – but not really letting ourselves love it. If you’re doing something because you want to have fun – make sure you are! It’s easy to lose sight and push ourselves too much, and take things too seriously. When really – you’ve got plenty of time. And yet – at the same time – life is too short to waste it πŸ˜‰

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Another revelation? I lub carrot cake waffles.

I also lub this Organic Valley Vanilla Yogurt (still). It makes the best peanut butter icing! The PB I buy isn’t all drizzle – and gobs don’t really work for waffles or overnight oats. Solution? Nuke it for a few seconds and mix it with this stuff and some chia seeds, and you’ve got yourselves a winnah.

Revelation: I would definitely be okay with having this for breakfast every day. Maybe the toppings could change up a bit just for a little bit of zazz – but even figs every day would receive no complaint from yours truly.

for me: figs & pb, nut stuffed dates. for teddie (and me): a tydeman apple.

Revelation: I wonder how much smarter I would be if I remembered everything I am taught, and recalled everything I think. And I’d probably be less hungry if I remembered everything I packed.

Yeah – packed this five seconds before I left, and of course I walk out the door without any of it. I remembered my camera though!

is this a snapping turtle?

I saw this big guy crossing the road when I drove home from the barn. I think it was a snapping turtle, though, so I definitely stayed a good distance away.

Those things scare the poo outta me.

green monstarrrr

packed with tons of goodies!

topped with some of the dates i’d forgotten, wheat germ, and sunbutter icing (mixed with OV yogurt)

3/4s of a sweet potato, beanballs, BBQ sauce

Revelation: life will still go on even if you have no bread for lunch.

But that doesn’t mean you should make another loaf! I tackled Daniel’s recipe for 100% WW Sandwich Bread. It popped out just in time for “dessert”!

Revelation: best. bread. yet. See – I’m so picky that most of the time…I don’t like a slice of fresh, hot bread. I like my bread toasted. And yet, IΒ always still slice myself a piece hot out of the breadmaker. And I always think I’ve failed once again – until the next day, when I have some toasted for my sandwich. Β This bread didn’t need toasting . ding, ding, ding – we have a winner!

I did make a few changes to the recipe:

-used almond milk rather than skim

-used olive oil rather than vegetable

-for the “3 cups White WW Flour,” I used: 1 cup White WW Flour, 1 1/2 cups Whole Wheat Flour, 1/4 c + 1/8 c. quick oats, and 1/8 c. bulgur wheat.

-bread machine yeast, not active dry – though those may very well be the same thing. I have no idea.

Another revelation: my breadmaker is meant for loaves this size, not the size I’d been making! Which, I’d actually realized last time, but was afraid to make them bigger incase I didn’t like the recipe.

So! Go investigate the recipe. And make it.

Too bad I ruined this by making dork-face.

Revelation: Jiggy made me really appreciate Teddie when we were out on a leisurely trail ride and he randomly breaks into bronc-mode. He’s usually pretty laid back so I was just following my mom along, thinking about life, and he roaches his back and pounces in the air a couple times before I snap back to reality and growl at him. I think he knew he was being naughty and felt bad because that was all it took to make him stop, baha.

"Caprese" Bulgur!

Revelation: I cannot get enough bulgur wheat lately! I think it’s made an appearance for the past…3 dinners? four? Anyways – tonight wasn’t much different from last night. Last leftover fritter (although friger/frigger seems to be preferred πŸ˜› don’t say that to your five year old children, though)

For the bulgur, I simply prepared one serving in water and maybe 2 T. balsamic vinegar. Added in a diced tomato, garlic salt, fresh basil, and fresh oregano and let to boil. When it was done I stirred in smoked mozzarella cubes and it got all melty and deericious. The balsamic became sort of like a reduction with the heat πŸ˜€

And I am so sorry I haven’t but up the branana recipe yet. I was having too much fun going through photos from today πŸ˜› Maybe later tonight. If not, definitely tomorrow!

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30 responses to “Revelations

  1. LOVE play days!! CoCo and I had one this afternoon, too. πŸ™‚ They really help to break away from the everyday and refresh both the horse and rider. Like you said, it’s about not forgetting why you do what you love. And losing sight of why you love riding’s very easy to do when it’s all work and no play. Glad you two had a great time! πŸ˜€

  2. I am so happy that you had such an amazing ride with Teddie. I honestly NEEDED to read this post, because I’ve been stressing waaaaay to much about Rayne lately. So I guess.. thank you? πŸ˜€

    Now that’s what I’m talking about! Now I have two bulgur recipes from you to try out πŸ™‚ It looks fabulous.. and I’m craving the nutty flavor once again. I’m so glad I tried it!

    ❀ Tat

  3. I don’t know what to comment on first – i loved everything about this post!!!
    First off – the pictures are AMAZING – looks like you and Teddie really enjoyed being outdoors enjoying the open fields 0 great pictures – i especially like the one with the birds in the background !!!
    I love the advice you gave on really thinking about why you do something that you love and how too often we can forget why we do the things we do – its true life goes by too quickly not to enjoy what we truly love!!
    Baking my own bread is always something i have wanted to but feel so intimidated by many of the recipes – this looks delicious and i too love toasted crisp bread – i just have to get myself a bread machine!!!
    Dinner again looks fabulous – definately have to give the bulgar recipe a try .
    Looking forward to you posting the banana bread recipe!!!
    Have a great Wednesday – and thanks for the comment on my post – ill have to send you some fresh figs – let me know!!
    xo aimee

  4. Seriously, I don’t know if it’s because I watch more news or because there are way more recalls- I feel like it’s out of control!

  5. Dee

    Amazing photos! And wow. Can you come and cook me some carrot cake waffles? LMAO! Sorry, I think this might be my second time propositioning you to cook for me. πŸ˜‰

  6. I’m extremely happy that the loaf turned out well for you even with the alterations! But I believe you deserve all of the praise – I made your cashew-carrot-curry spread today and oh my goodness I love it. I might make a version with raw carrots because I was expecting a bit more crunch, but it’s really good! I lowered the honey to 1 tsp and it’s still a bit too sweet for me, but I really liked it.

    And speaking of awesome recipes- your carrot cake waffles… they call for 1 cup puffed millet. First off, is that (or does that get) crushed when you put it in the waffle maker? And second, is there anything I can substitute it with? I don’t really want to buy a bag of puffed millet/rice before I head back to the dorm but I want to make waffles before I have to go back.

    That picture with you and Teddie and the birds in the back is really awesome by the way, I love it!

  7. Mo

    The picture with the birds is amazing! So pretty. For some reason pictures of things with clouds in the background always look fantastic to me. XD
    The bread looks delicious; I shall have to try it. πŸ˜€

    PS: I love your current layout! It’s very simply but pretty. πŸ™‚

  8. Wow, such stunning photos, your horse teddy is so beautiful, as are you on him! πŸ˜‰
    and i am so intrigued by your carrot cake waffles, i had carrot cake oats this morning and your breakfast just put my oats to shame πŸ˜‰ lol! i am so gonna try to make this! Although I’ll probably resort to using vans frozen waffles lol, becasue i have no baking skills and patience! ;P Yet i think those will do?
    That bread you made looks like perfection, there is nothing like freshly baked bread, my dad bakes bread and it is so delicious!

    xx
    eliza

  9. Lovely pictures!! All of them are so adorable!!
    Talking about food recalls,,,, I saw the sign at Trader Joes basically said “Trash out Sunshine large eggs. Or you will get poisoned..” I saw the other recall like a year ago there’s something in Granola bars from TJs caused cancers. Seriously what’s going on with this world……. : (

  10. You and Teddie are gorgeous! You sure do live in the prettiest little area I ever did see! And thanks for the how-to on the nutty butter, I’ve always wondered how you and Amanda do the beautiful drizzle on oats n waffles and now I feel full of knowledge: milk a microwave.

    Congrats on the fantastic bread! And so true about lunches without bread not being the end of the world. I experienced that today and was happy to snack on a slice after work πŸ™‚

    Have a happy day girl!

  11. teenagehealthfreak

    thanks so much for this post. it’s helping me a lot right now. especially..the whole are you really having fun with something your ”having fun” with doing. yeah….totally helps…100%. thanks girl! love all those pictures…so pretty! πŸ™‚

  12. Michelle

    Omigosh those are absolutely stunning photographs! You and teddie are just gorgeous.

    And I am so not a fan of those turtles. Yipes!

  13. A. I love the birds in that picture. I noticed them immediately, and seeing them was loving them πŸ˜‰

    B: I love you life lesson of the day. I needed this advice at the start of the summer when I was taking a pottery refresher course!

    C: Thanks for the lovely compliments. I think you will always be the sweetest blogger I know. I can’t believe you come to my blog and tell me how nice my pictures are when yours are a hundred times better!

  14. So I’m all over that bread recipe…I want to try it tomorrow, but alas I have class. I loved how you began your post. It reminded me to step back, take a deep breath and enjoy life. To get outside and play! Thank you for bringing a healthy perspective to my day. I hope you have a great day tomorrow love!

  15. ooooh, Teddy looks soo happy and relaxed! A changed pony! πŸ™‚

  16. Nic

    AWWW!!! I’m sooooo in love with those pictures!!! Breath taking!!
    And I actually like the one you don’t like the most!! πŸ™‚ The 4th one!! But it’s close with the first one!! You two are such a dream team!!
    I told my mom yesterday about you two!! And that you got me thinking about taking up riding again… So… Thx!! πŸ™‚

  17. Dorkface MAKES the picture! seriously, its better than a ‘perfectly poised pose-face’ anyday :-p

    I love this post, cos your right, its so easy to lose sight of why we do things… they become chores and lose that original sparkle that made you want to do them in the first place!! i have found this abit recently with my dogwalking. i do it cos i genuinely love being outside and playing with my poochums and seeing how much she appreciates it, but lately i have become a powerwalking stresshead, and not enjoying it. i think its hard when your in recovery to find a balance between exercise for fitness and pleasure. i know i need to cut back and find that happy place again, so this post has reminded me of that πŸ™‚
    Glad teddie enjoyed his playtime! x

  18. Play days are the best!! 90% of my rides at the moment seem to be them, and i think chika’s the happiest she’s ever been! plus they’re good for photo time – you got some lovely ones!
    awesome food too – i love how you put bulghar in everything (even bread!! genius :p). i wish i had the same love for it πŸ˜₯
    oh, and your revelation about actually enjoying something – soo good. that hit home!
    have a good day lovely πŸ™‚

  19. Ah! I want to try that bread recipe! Since my wheatberry bread was not very tasty I’ve been wanting to make a different recipe. That’s not on my agenda for this week!
    Love the photos of you and Teddie! Gorgeous!

  20. I think working with horses is like working with people! You definitely have to step back and realize what works and what doesn’t. You two (Teddie) look so good together! Love that photo with the birds. I will go check out the bread recipe. I hope you have a great Wednesday!

  21. i loved your little ditty on letting yourself GO and LOVE something.

    we’re so afraid to just let our guards down and be passionate – and WHY!?!? who cares if people think we’re insane or it’s not “normal.” i have this one life, and i’m gonna rock it!

    ps – you and your pony are too cute, even if they do scare the crap outta me!

  22. Yupppp, that’s a snapping turtle. We have a big pond in our back yard, and my brother used to catch those things and then chase me around the yard holding them. According to him, they go straight for the eyes. They still petrify me.

    It’s so true that we get too caught up in things and forget that we love them. It’s happened for me with both running and blogging, and I’ve found that a little hiatus always helps me come back to the right place πŸ™‚

    Happy hump day love!!

  23. I love the new lay out! How do you do this yourself? Seriously, the pictures in this post are even more gorgeous than usual. You need to be offering your photography and cooking/baking services to others.

  24. Those are great photos of you and Teddie. You two look like you are having fun! πŸ™‚ It’s so true that it’s easy to get caught up in something we love. Taking things too seriously really sucks the fun out of it!

  25. You and your horse are so pretty, he’s such a great looking horse. I love your waffle sauce I wanna give that a try.

  26. Riding out in the fields is so much fun! A million times better than riding in a ring πŸ™‚ The photos are beautiful! I think they are my favorites so far, something about the blue skies and the insanely happy looks on both your faces πŸ˜‰

  27. You amaze me with your skills in the kitch. I really think you need your own food network show or something so you can show me step by step how to make these breads and stuff.

    Ah girl, I try to remind myself of that every day! It takes constant practice to remind myself why I am doing what I’m doing. It’s a workout for my brain fosho, but I think it brings me inner peace!

  28. I LOVE all those photos of you and Teddie — looking so gorgeous. How I wish I’ll someday have a horse to take out on a play-day!

  29. I’m glad you & Teddie had fun and just rode because you love to! I think that’s the best feeling ever! You’re so right about not losing sight of why you’re doing something. That was just the inspiration I needed πŸ™‚ & I loved seeing these gorgeous photos of you & Teddie.

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