Okay, prefacing this post with a ohmygodsittinghasneverfeltsogood.
Other than that, though – I had no idea that referring to yard sales/garage sales/lawn sales as “tag” sales was practically unheard of to most of you! To those of you wondering what a tag sale was, it’s the same thing as a lawn/yard/garage/barn/what-have-you sale. If you think about it, it makes sense. I mean, people aren’t selling their lawns, for Pete’s sake! If you still are scratching your heads as to what any of those sales are – well, it’s basically a Craigslist in real life. You know the saying one person’s trash is another person’s treasure? You can find all sorts of stuff – usually pretty useless (*cough*unless you had come to our rockin tag sale*cough*) and some random gems. Diamonds in the rough.
We tend to have…well, and accumulation of “extra stuff.” Clothes, appliances, furniture, gadgets, etc. So, why not put it on the front lawn and tag it with a price?!
I’ve always found dialect to be pretty interesting. In Vermont, soft serve ice creams are commonly called cremees. Tell a friend from out of state that you want a cremee and I’ll bet $5 they’re thinking you’re being inappropriate. I think it’s more of a New England thing that a carbonated beverage = soda. Not pop. A sub, not a hoagie. My mom and other older adults always says “idear” rather than idea, too.
Actually, I just got the hugest kick out of this map. I guess if I wanted everyone to understand me I should have said garage sale, huh? I won’t mention the fact that we don’t have a garage.
I think I just found my entertainment for the night. I wish I could say I’m kidding, but I seriously keep getting distracted by this.
On a similar note, though, thanks to Natalie for telling me the difference between a pluot and a plumcot! I was ruminating (the “musing” definition, not the “chewing of the cud” definition) as to whether or not there was a difference and she shed some light on the subject. A plumcot is 75% plum and 25% apricot (a cross between a pluot and a plum) whereas a pluot was a 50-50 mix. I wasn’t sure if pluot vs. plumcot was another dialect thing😛
However, we were not holding the tag sale again today. Well, we left some stuff out, but we had stuff to do. Better ways to enjoy the glorious whether, ya know? It’s actually pretty ironic that the beginning of last week I was almost complaining about Fall being upon us. Yesterday, today, and all of this week, however? Back to summer. Today was hot!!
My mom came with me to see Mr. Teddiekins, and I was glad because no-one was there so I didn’t feel so bad riding around in the meadows. I think he really loves it – he gets all cute and perky waiting to see what’s over the next hill, even if we’ve already discovered it😛 We sort of just ride around all over with no real motive or even grace, really, but he’s having fun. And when Teddie has fun it’s hard for me to not have fun.
Actually, I take that back. He’d probably find being naughty fun, which I don’t.
Anyways. I told my mom she has to ride him soon, or at least borrow one of A’s horses so we can go on more of a real trail ride. I’ve even been bouncing around the idea of Teddie and Georgie switching places for a little bit or permanently. I’ll see how it goes, though that doesn’t mean he’d be less of a favorite. Moreso, just more able to do what he likes rather than what he doesn’t🙂
We stopped at the grocery real quick as my mom was in a crisis situation of having run out of creamer, so of course I picked up a few things, too. When we got home, we had a super quick lunch before running out once again, this time for a trail ride with Jigs and Mel.
And lunch was the last chance I had to sit down. Well, okay – I sat in the truck on the way to the barn this morning, and I sat on some horses – but the sitting on horses doesn’t really count. After that, the afternoon was spent engrossed in yard and horse work. And by engrossed, I mean that I got really gross. I had to hose down before dinner, I was so covered in sweat, grime, dirt, and…smell. Gosh, I’m so attractive sometimes.
I jest, I jest.
But dang did all of that work up an appetite! I mean, I snacked between as necessary, of course (including about ten apples. no idea why i was craving apples so badly. maybe the horses were sending me subliminal messages. and by ten i mean two or three) but I couldn’t wait for dinner.
It’s sort of evident because I became a little more photo-happy with my dinner than usual. It was just so pretty!
I completely forgot that I still had a quarter of a spaghetti squash in the fridge, but it caught my eye (buried behind other veg and goods) this morning and new it had to be used. Spaghetti squash is a ton of fun and quite delicious if you don’t compare it to spaghetti. Seriously – it’s nothing like it. Sure, it can be treated like it, but if you’re in for the same taste as that delicious carb, you will be in for a startling and sad surprise.
I also picked up some silken tofu recently thinking it’d be fun to use in smoothies, but still haven’t used it. I decided to use it in a sauce for my spaghetti squash, but I am definitely encouraging you all to tell me what you like to do with silken tofu because, I confess, it sort of scares me. I’ve also been wondering if tofu falls into the “okay soy” category? I know the fermented, non-GMO is okay…but I don’t think the soybeans in tofu are fermented? Someone enlighten me?
Creamy Tomato-Pesto Sauce
- 1/3 c. Silken Tofu (I guess that’s sort of a guess…but I think I used about 1/3 of a package that, according to the label, has 5 “servings”)
- 2 t. Bella Sun Luci Sundried Tomato Pesto Sauce
- 1 T. nutritional yeast
- 1/2 of a large-medium tomato
- 1/2 T. balsamic vinegar
- 3 small basil leaves
- 1 T. roasted garlic hummus
- crushed red pepper flakes (optional, I just felt like I needed a little heat!)
- garlic salt (I think I added almost the whole thing, no lie. Okay, lie.)
Blend it all until smooth and creamy and voila! Deerish. I think it’s safe to say that I love this pesto! And hey, look at this!
Tomatoes contain Lycopene, a phytochemical and proven antioxidant that fights free radicals in the body, and ounce per ounce sun dried tomatoes have 12 times the amount of Lycopene than a raw tomato!
Recent studies show that a tomato rich diet is associated with a reduced risk of certain conditions:
- Prostate Cancer
- Digestive Disorders
- Breast, Lung and Cervical Cancers
- Heart Disease
For the spaghetti squash, I microwaved as per usual and while that was goin’ on, sauteed a clove of garlic, a chopped tomato, and tempeh in a little bit of olive oil, and combined it all when the squash was done. Some sauce-age (hah! sausage!) over top and a beautifully grilled portabella to boot. And corn on the cob is back, too😉
My dessert tonight was a bit different (and more fun!) than usual, and I just had to photograph it since I wasn’t all comfy yet, anyways. It was intended to be banana soft serve, but my blender couldn’t handle it so I just turned it into a banana smoothie with a frozen banana, vanilla chobani, strawberry-banana flax oil, and almond milk. I layered it with a chopped peach, wheat germ, and peanut butter.
On an unrelated note, I have been craving plain ol’ yellow mustard lately like nobody’s business. The way things are looking (and I’m just warning you) I’ll be eating a yellow mustard and tempeh sammie tomorrow. I wish I could say I was kidding, but I’m about to go make lunch and that’s the only thing that sounds remotely appealing. I know a lot of times our cravings are what our body needs – but what on earth does yellow mustard have or resemble that my body could want? Luckily (or not) for you guys, I can Google like the best of ’em:
Mustard is rich in vitamin B6- which is part of the B complex of vitamins.
Vitamin B6 is an essential component of the digestive process as it is required for the production of hydrochloric acid in your stomach and for the production of magnesium in our bodies( magnesium will also raise the levels of HCI (hydrochloric acid) in your stomach and aid in digestion.)
Without vitamin B6, B12 can never be functionalized properly and nor can iron since they work in conjunction with each other.
Eat more foods rich in vitamin B6 these items may include~ fish, brewer’s yeast, wheat bran, wheat germ, liver, cantaloupe, rice, eggs, oats, peanuts and walnuts.
There you have it!
I’m gonna go eat me some liver and rice now, I’ll catch you kids on the flip side. (or in a couple days when I’m over being sick from the liver.)