Whew – I almost had a meltdown today.
As in “ee gads my computers dying I’m going to lose all the senior portraits I haven’t backed up yet oh my god how am I going to explain that to these people whatamigonnado.”
You see, it was right in the middle of a great downward dog that my computer decided it hated itself and wanted to die.
*insert trying helplessly to eradicate the virus-trojan-whathaveyou before I needed to leave to shoot another senior portrait*
*insert thinking of all of the worst-case-scenarios: I would be left with no computer, no photoshop, and none of the portraits I’ve already done*
I decided to waste no time and just brought Mr. Laptop straight to the computer doctor. Which sort of gives me the creeps. I mean – what isn’t on people’s computers these days? It makes you wonder if they get a little nosey, you know? I mean…I told him I was afraid to do anything because I had a ton of really important pictures on there.
As I was leaving, I thought to myself “he’s probably going to think I’m talking about all the food pictures and think I’m really weird.” Especially because I have an “I heart Larabar” sticker right on the top of it. True story – scored it from Katie, actually!
To make a long story short, these gingerbread waffles were really good, and he fixed my computer a lot faster than I thought he would. (He said tomorrow, initially.) Since I shot another portrait this morning, as I mentioned, this means I had no time to go through them this afternoon, so this’ll be aquickie from me! That and, I did a lot of reading for my online classes so now I just need to complete online assignments and stuff.
I was not meant to read very many blogs this week, apparently! I promise the insanity will end soon – I don’t think I have any portraits this weekend!
And to add to that – I think this week is a pretty good example of “healthy does not = time consuming.”
Needless to say – with all that pessimism I was displaying, you can surely imagine my excitement when I saw a package waiting for me when I arrived home. Mo, this so brightened my day!
I am already obsessed with date syrup. So good!! I also got a kick out of the fact that the dates listed the entire pack as the serving size. I just imagined myself plopping down with a fork and a knife and going at them! I think this is definitely a reason as good as any other to make date cinnamon rolls 😉
And I have never heard of this…yellow powder…before, but am so interested to try it! Unfortunately, I can’t tell you what it’s called because when I ripped the tape off, I ripped the label off :X Mo…?!
Side note: my mom was a little sketched out by the random yellow container with no label sitting on the spice counter, and even moreso when I said it was sent to me by one of my foodie friends. Maybe she thinks your poisoning me or something.
As a side note, ss it weird that “normal” is still vegan? Bahah…
I used Veganomicon’s “Chewy Chocolate Raspberry Cookies” recipe – which you can find in the book, or here. I added dark chocolate chips for the choco fiends at work 😉 I really wanted to add walnuts but then decided not to use any of my precious walnuts 😉
These were really fun to make…and hopefully to eat, too! I tried one and think their texture is impeccable, and ironically, that’s what my mom said, too. Well, she didn’t say impeccable, just raved that they had great texture. Apparently, I just like to use the term impeccable lately.
I put all that basil to work, too – Veganomicon’s Sweet Basil Pesto Tapenade! Clickie here. I used date syrup rather than maple syrup, though – had to! I reduced the oil a bit, too, and didn’t have any lemon.
And last thing I made was cheater baked beans. (Click)
I hadn’t made them in a while, and forgot how much I love them! They were so perfect inside a little roasted sunshine squash.
I really delved into reading for nutrition, too. This week is on fats! Some very interesting reading on saturated fats/trans/cholesterol/total fats. I was really interested on their input that coconut oil is highly saturated, even moreso than butter…which, you would think would make it worse for you, which really questioned by research about coconut oil being good for you. Basically, fats are essential for energy and wellbeing but it’s still important to not overdue it and make sure you’re taking in the right kind, just like everything in your diet! But, don’t think fish oil pills are the cure-all…in fact, you might want to be careful and do a little research into the maker of your fish oil pills if you do take them. If you get enough omega-3s from your diet, you’ll want to be aware of the fact that too much may suppress immune functions. Additionally – since they’re made from fish skin and livers, they’re most likely to have increased levels of pesticides and heavy metals unless they’re refined to eliminate them, as well as high levels of vitamins A and D, which can potentially be toxic. Like all supplements you choose to take – make sure you do your research first!
Oh and, I learned that molasses only has iron in it because of contaminants from the machinery it goes through.I never knew that. I still love molasses, though. As a kid, I’d always say “mole asses.” I was so well-mannered.
How do you deal with panic-mode? Are you calm, cool, and collected – or do you run around like a chicken with its head cut off?!