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Frightening Phyllo

I will never learn my lesson.

I will never learn to wait for food to cool off when it’s still about 300*, straight from the oven. Instead, I must try it that second.

This afternoon has me playing with phyllo dough after my mom bought a box with no real motive behind it, and after it’s been sitting in the freezer for months – she’s been begging me to do something with it. While waiting for my “real” phyllo dough dessert to cook – I played with a phyllo dough toaster strudel.

Actually, I didn’t realize I was essentially making a toaster strudel until after – I just wanted me some PB & J and since the phyllo dough was there and I wanted to convince myself I like phyllo dough (since, you know – I was making something with it and all) I figured why not?

Of course – anyone who’s had those slivers of chemically flakyness (a.k.a. toaster strudels) knows that fresh out of the toaster, the jam (or, more commonly known as HFCS mania) is really really hot and oozes right onto the tip of your tongue, scalding it and ruining your day.

That was me.

I am still feeling the pain.

To make matters worse, thirty minutes later I discovered my “birthday dinner dessert” was not any sort of dessert I wanted to share after a birthday dinner.

We were having my mom’s dinner tonight rather than last night because I had to work yesterday – and since she had to work all day today, it would be nice for her to come home with dinner all ready to dig in to. She is stubborn and said she didn’t want a cake or anything special. I almost made a peach crisp, but when I saw a recipe for “Apple and Dried Fruit Streudels” in a Moosewoods cookbook, it clicked.

Of course, I soon discovered how much of a pain phyllo dough is to work with. Not five minutes in to the project and I was having major regrets. I think something was wrong with the phyllo dough – or, more likely – I wasn’t working fast enough and it kept drying out, regardless of the olive oil I was rubbing it with.

I ended up stuffing them with a mixture of diced apple, chopped dried figs, and cinnamon. After multiple attempts to roll them up all pretty, I finally got them done, and skeptically awaited the outcome.

The filling is delicious – I mean, it’s just apples and figs – but they look kinda gross, and I don’t like the flakiness of the phyllo dough. However – they are excellent with some vanilla chobani. They won’t be wasted, but I knew I could do better for our birthday girl.

And so I made Moosewood’s Banana Bundt Cake. Recipe can be found here – but you should definitely buy the cookbook 😉 My mom is pretty open to “how” I eat and is starting to enjoy a lot of my dinners.

But she is not a fan of whole wheat-y things like desserts. (Well, she doesn’t think she is. Little does she know that the super charge me cookies, branana muffins, and banana bread she’s been loving are whole wheat. Hmm…maybe she’s coming around?) So I knew for dessert I had to play it safe. My crazy mind wanted to add all sorts of things – nuts and dried fruit, especially – but I backed off. I’ve also really been wanting to bake something with that date sugar.

But today was not the day. I made it as-is. All purpose flour, sifting and everything. And if you’re looking for a basic, simple, yet still impressive cake recipe – give it a try!

And for what it’s worth, she actually really liked the apple-fig strudels and wanted me to bring the whole plate over instead of the little taste I gave her, hah.

Maybe I’ve had bananas on the brain, though – because they showed up this morning in waffle form.

Mix:

  • 1/4 c. oats
  • scant 1 c. puffed rice
  • 1 T. ea: wheat bran, wheat germ, WW flour
  • baking soda

Mix:

  • 1/2 a banana, mashed
  • 1/4 c. vanilla chobani
  • 1 T. milled flax
  • splash almond milk
  • splash peanut oil

Combine.

I added peanut oil to the batter this morning because I’m all out of cooking spray and thought it might help keep them from sticking to the iron. They still wanted to stick to both sides, so I just let it sit a bit longer. I loved how they were really crispy and dark on the outside but still had some soft, chewy, banana-y goodness inside. I’ll have to burn them more often 😛

Iced coffee, I wuv woo.

It was so refreshing to step outside to a beautiful morning. It was sunny (granted – I slept until almost 8 today!) breezy and cool. I dined outside with Miss Kitty – why is it that animals always take the best seats?!

Look at my big hunk! If only Blue (far right) had his head to the side – they’d all look the same!

This is Jewel, Teddie’s girf. He’s her big, muscular boyf. What a cute couple.

Little does she know he wants every other girl in the barn, too.

“Hi guys!”

Teddie and I just had a quick-ish ride in the meadow today. A little more serious and less play than usual, but still fun. Just worked some more on suppling and collectiong than we have been. It was really, really windy though, which kept blowing these little flowering things all over. I think he kept getting them up his nose!

A broccoli bowl was gobbled up for lunch – broccoli, hummus, carrots, fried egg, toast. While browsing cookbooks to figure out what I was going to make for dessert.

Enter: afternoon phyllo-dough torture, cleaning the whole house head to toe (err…floor to ceiling?), banana cake baking, and horse cleaning.

And then, my mom’s chosen dinner.

Okay, actually – this isn’t my mom’s chosen dinner. I never match my socks (usually they’re white anyways), and at one point I looked down and realized I was going for a winter theme today. A christmas tree and lights on one – penguins and snowflakes for the other.

Hey, it works.

Yeah, dinner. Chickpea-Quinoa Pilaf! Or, “that squiggly stuff,” if you’re my mom. Page 115 in the bible. (a.k.a. Veganomicon)

It starts by sauteeing onions and garlic in olive oil. I added red pepper, too. Then you add in tomato paste, spices like cumin, quinoa, and then your water and chickpeas.

And slowly simmer until they start to look like “little squigglies.”

In the book, it’s considered a side – but honestly, there’s no reason it can’t be a meal. It’s a complete protein!

I topped mine with some feta cheese, and a slice of bread afterwards.

A really, really simple dish – but so good! Make it.

And these pretty ladies haven’t shown their faces in these parts lately:

The one and only George-Porge.

So – we still have a ton of phyllo dough. What’s your fav phyllo dough recipe?

And any plans for the long weekend? My weekend actually isn’t long and I’m working on Monday – but I’m sure you’ll all enjoy it for me! 😛

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Apparently

**WARNING***WARNING**WARNING** The following post follows absolutely no logical order of the events in the past 48 hours.

Apparently, I was not meant to ride today.

A little bit bummed. I kept getting delayed in getting to take Teddie out, and then when I did get to start working with him, A decided it’d be a good idea to mow. Not usually a bad thing, right? Well, the mowing that needed to be done was right along the indoor. This resulted in it sounding like WWIII was taking place outside. Not because it was a loud lawnmower – but because there were tons of rocks and they kept getting spat out next to us. The first time sounded like there was an explosion right outside, and I just about jumped out of my boots.

We worked through it until about the fourth explosion, where I decided maybe I best wait for tomorrow 😉 Teddie handled it surprisingly well (we were just doing some ground work in the indoor at the time) but I could only imagine riding and happening to be in the same spot as boulders were being thrown at from the outside!

Apparently, I can’t get salads off of the brain, and tonight realized how long it’d been since I had a sweet potato in a salad.

In the bowl: local lettuce, red pepper, 1/2 a peach, most of a sweet potato, roasted chickie peas

Apparently, I always need to come up with some sort of homemade dressing of sorts.

Peach-Curry Yogurt Dressing

  • 1/2 a peach, peeled
  • 2 T. plain greek yogurt
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 t. honey
  • ~1/4 t. sweet curry powder
  • ~1/4 t. poppyseeds

Puree or mash the peach…

My processor hates life, so I just mashed with a potato masher.

add in err’thang…

…and viola!!

YUM!

What’s your favorite kind of dressing? Do you usually make them yourself or go for a good-ol’ store-bought dressing?

I haven’t been using store-bought because I actually don’t even have any in the house, save for some Italian. I’ve entertained the idea of picking some up, though. Any suggestions? It’s gotta be really fabulous, though, to keep me enamored for the entire bottle 😉

This dressing went great with the sweet taters and chickie peas. There’s some leftover that I imagine would make a great sandwich spread, too!

Apparently, This salad wasn’t quite enough for my hungry self. After spending an afternoon trying to find an elusive tack sale, we got home late and I went right to playing with Georgie. While my mom and I were out we did all the evening chores and before we knew it, it was 4:15. This means I went snack-free all day today, and I was hangry for dinner. The salad was fantasmic, but I followed it with dinner #2/dessert.

In the bowl: Plain Greek yogurt, carrot quinoa "muffin," sweet potato, cinnamon, quick oats

Apparently, I don’t often enough sing my praise for sweet potatoes. I mean, I always say they’re fantastic and all…but really. A food that can go from a dinner-plate to a dessert plate needs a crown or something

Apparently, plums + banana + cashew is the only way to be when it comes to choosing brekkist toppings…

This morning's waffles.

Apparently, I don’t think this combo lends itself well to peanut butter, and rather, I think of alternatives to include the wonder food…

Like with an icing of greek yog, almond milk, chia seeds, and chunky pb.

And yes, apparently I was thinking of yesterday morning’s overnight oats when I made these waffles this morning.

What's hiding in there??

Although I apparently didn’t feel like a nut or seed butter of some sort was necessary. That’s saying something, folks!

These breakfasts were both very much appreciated after waking up feeling like I’d stacked away a couple hundred hay-bales. No, silly – that was last week! It was a good feeling, though. That’s what some serious yoga sculpt and pilates does to me. Don’t laugh, I’m not as fit as all ya’ll!

Apparently, I should start a weight-loss blog for Teddie after spying him “sharing” Blue’s breakfast. Is anybody willing to help and support him in his endeavors?? (well, it’d probably be more like my endeavors, I don’t think Teddie cares if he has a shapely figure or not.)

Sandwich with tomato sauce, hummus, feta, local lettuce, hardboiled egg. Remaining half of a nanner with p.b. on the side.

Apparently, when no tomatoes are in sight and you don’t feel like opening a can of tomato paste – a good tomato sauce will fit the bill just fine 🙂 After an unplanned long length of time at the barn this morning – I was more than ready for this lunch before hunting for above-mentioned elusive tack sale.

For what it’s worth, we finally found it the “old fashioned” way. We took a friend’s TomTom just for fun…and it led us to a corn-field. Lesson learned: GPS systems are stupid. Either ask for directions or use google. (well, sometimes Google is no use, either. Or maybe it’s just Vermont…)

Luckily, said tack sale just so happened to have a surcingle…and I was just saying earlier that I needed to get one because I wanted to work Teddie in side-reins, and it’d also be useful for the girls (a.k.a. Maya and Georgie)

aaaand, apparently, putting butter on spaghetti isn’t weird after all, and everyone has mean siblings. It’s funny how vividly I can remember being dropped on the cinder block. It was a Monday night (spaghetti night growing up, for your information) and only my dad was home, so he gave me an orange popsicle to numb the pain. My mom came home and we had spaghetti (with butter and sauce, thank you) as per usual. That probably makes her sound like a bad mom for not taking me somewhere, but I was fine by then.

And I probably wanted my spaghetti…

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Newfound Knowledge

Ack – my weekend has flown by! Aren’t I always saying that, though? I hope everyone got the chance to do what they needed and wanted to do.

I once again had a day where I was so busy that as I write this, I hardly remember the thoughts and feelings I had this morning! Well, except for the thought and feeling of “Figgy Oats. End of story.” I also remember that I made a really big blooper (as usual). But first – thanks to everyone who gave me the baking powder lesson! I figured it had something to do with that – but as mentioned, I don’t know much about food science. It is interesting, though! And I wanted to put to use my newfound knowledge, and again waited to add the baking powder last.

Well, they look innocent enough, you must be thinking…so what’s the blooper?

Well, I forgot the flax egg. Good one, Jess. I’m surprised they still worked. Honestly, confusion only set in when I was wondering why the batter seemed so “loose,” and also was a little disappointed that adding the baking soda last didn’t work and make them as cakey as last time.

Strangely, they still worked and tasted amaze. I topped them with some earth balance, a “melted” mashed banana with some more chopped dried figs, walnuts, and unsalted almond butter. I tried a little bit of this almond butter from the co-op…and I am just not a fan of raw, unsalted almond butter plain. It’s not so bad on waffles or in oats or (as you’ll see shortly) muffins – but I think I have more deserving jars to spend money on.

Jump on in, the Rain Forest Nut is great!

It was sort of another gloomy morning so I almost passed on going to the barn to see Teddie today, but after going grocery shopping and it still only being shortly after 9:00, my mom and I decided we had nothing better to do. The weather looked like it was getting better, and I really did want to get in a good work with him after yesterday.

While shopping, I noticed how much more inexpensive it is to not eat meat. My mom spent $20 on some bread, meat, eggs, fruit anda couple veggies. I spent the same on a boatload of fruit and veg, refrigerated aisle goods, and a couple of grain & beans. We still share everything, just a neat comparison. And not to mention a can of beans at less than $1 is way more inexpensive. And dried beans even moreso! What can I say, I prefer convenience and BPA.

We left shortly afterwards for the barn, and once we got home checked how our garden is doing.

I’ve got some plum tomatoes starting, and the spaghetti squash seeds that I planted are actually growing like crazy! I wasn’t sure they would, since they were just seeds from a squash I ate. Not sure why they wouldn’t, I guess. Other things from seeds (spinach, corn, lettuce, zucchini) are also growing pretty well. We even picked some buttercrisp lettuce leaves for use in lunch.

My mom had hardboiled some eggs when we were just killing a bit of time before going to see Mr. Pony, and offered one up to me. I passed initially, but when I saw her making egg salad my indecision as to what to have for lunch went away, and I followed suit. I mashed together:

  • 1 hardboiled egg
  • spoonful of greek yogurt
  • dijonnaise
  • chopped sundried tomatoes
  • fresh garden chives
  • garlic salt
  • pepper

and put it atop some of the garden lettuce and a slice of tomato, of course between a slice of toasted whole grain bread. (The new loaf with sesame seeds! Yum!)

And a lil’ bit of plain greek yog with strawberry-banana flax oil, agave, banana chips, and walnuts.

And then the baking extravaganza set in!

I made banana-fig sun/almond butter bran muffins first. I love having muffins after dinner or for a night-time snack. They are so handy to bake and then freeze for anytime use!

I loosely followed a recipe I made up a while back (the almond butter & jam bran muffins) but changed it way up. It’s interesting to see how I would have made something like this a while back, and what I would do now. I was skeptical of these hot out of the oven, but when I tried one cooled with some fig jam, they really impressed me! Next time I’d add a bit more nut butter and maple syrup, though. Will have to do up a recipe post then!

And yes, I utilized my newfound knowledge and added the baking powder last.

Butter bean cutlets were next on the list, to use up the last of my butter beans. And who am I kidding – they’re delicious and so easy and convenient to have ready-made!

And last up were more granola bars! My mom and I already finished the last ones. Well, almost – there’s one left. But still – goes to show how hot they were, right?! I think I perfected the date-maple ratio and timing – these turned out perfectly moist, although I don’t think I pressed these ones down quite as firmly, since they seem a little more fragile. I also used apricots instead of figs, macadamia nuts rather than walnuts, and added a little more wheat germ, some chia seeds, and used the puffed millet I picked up the other night.

Another round of winners! If you haven’t yet, give Mae’s original recipe a peek! I think I’ll probably have to try it as-is soon, I just love using dates in granola bars 🙂

After cleaning up the last of my baking messes, reading some blogs, and playing with the horses a bit, it was time for dinner, where I finally put the wheat berries I picked up a while ago to use.

The verdict? Love! They’re so chewy and fun! Brandi is always inspiring me with her wheat berry salads, but I went a bit astray and took inspiration from a Whole Foods recipe for a Wheat Berry Waldorf salad.

Simply  prepped the wheatberries, and then added in half a chopped gala, golden raisins, cinnamon, dried parsely, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, spoonful of greek yogurt, drizzle of honey, and cracked black pepper. I chose to serve it over some romaine with some chopped walnuts with some pan-fried BBQ seitan. Dee-rish! And I’m glad I had the sturdy romaine leaves to wrap it up in – it posed to be relatively tricky to eat, otherwise!

The apple-BBQ sauce that I have and brushed the seitan with ended up being a great match, too. And I think this may be my best seitan yet 😉

On an unrelated note, why is everyone googling healthy exposures + ___________? I hope it’s all the same person, how else would someone know the name “healthy exposures”??!

Sure, not a ton of hits – but random and sudden, nonetheless. Usually my google hits are random things about smelling like celery and burnt butter.

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The Teddie Chronicles – week one complete!

I’m so glad I ended up going out today because Mr. Pony was wonderful! I’m also glad my mom came along – she sort of gives me the push I need to just do something. Case in point – I wasn’t planning on riding, but her response was “Yes ya are.” heh. It’s a good thing. Teddie was in a much better mood, and I could tell right off the bat. Came running up to me, and stood quietly for being tacked and lunged perfectly. It’s nice to have a horse that is a gentleman on the lunge and doesn’t pull or run around like crazy. Actually, and I quote “We are not out for a leisurely stroll in the park, trot on, please!” followed by asking my mom to deliver the lunge whip. That was all the motivation he needed.

It’s amazing how horses only need to know you have a whip or crop to be that much more willing to oblige! (don’t worry, whips/crops aren’t meant for beating a horse into submission, anyways. At least  not anywhere I go.)

I hopped on and just walked around for a few minutes before hopping off. Still taking it slow, I know, I know! Oh well. He was good and I was happy, so he’s earned tomorrow off from work. This is probably more work than he’s done in the past 6 months total, I don’t want to sour him.

Something funny my mom said to him while she was holding him: “Stop! You’re like a two year old child throwing a tantrum because I took away your binkie!”

He loves having something to mouth/chew on – which we’re obviously trying to get him out of the habit of. He’s much better when he’s working in hand than the beginning of the week, but just standing for grooming and tacking he’s still got a lot of lip action.

Oh, ponies.

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Why Not BOTH?

Good evening, lovelies! I hope everyone was able to enjoy their Saturday – maybe it’s only blustery and cold again in Vermont, and you’re all being graced with sunshine?

plum oats

Like I’d mentioned yesterday, I had to work today 😦 I shouldn’t complain, really – I’ve been pretty lucky that I haven’t been asked to work Saturdays since Christmas time! I love having a full two days in a row off. Otherwise, it messes with my whole schedule. Yes – I realize I don’t do much of anything important on the weekends anyways – but I enjoy “me time.” Two days of being able to do whatever I please always makes me ready for another week of craziness.

Luckily, however, Saturdays are generally always really laid back. This is both good and bad: good in that we tend to just generally be even more relaxed than we are already, and bad in that it’s really easy to get bored and antsy. At least this time of year, anyways. I almost view working on Saturdays as just “hanging out,” not workin’ to pay tha billss.

This means – I can show up whenever I want, too!

I typically never take advantage of this, but today I got a little caught up in going through photos before leaving, so I decided I’d just meander it around 9:30 versus the usual 9:00. I took my time preparing and savoring this never-fail oat combo of plum and coconut. Yum! These plums are the perfect ripeness. So juicy and sweet! And I decided to use half barley and half oat bran for the base – it was so “fluffy” – I loved it! Granted, I’ve done this combo before, but I love the rolled barley flakes. Have you tried them yet?

Classifieds

For the plum topping I sauteed some chopped plum, almonds, dates and shredded coconut in some almondmilk. And the co-stars were White Choco Coconut PB and Artisana Coconut Butter! I was torn between the two, and then realized; why not a lil’ bit-a both?! It was a good call.

My meandering continued as I leisurely prepared a lunch.

I figured since I had to get more almondmilk on the way home last night – why not replace my fermented hummus while I was there?! I prefer Garlic and Chive – but Tomato and Basil is another wise choice. Each time I go to the store I went to last night (which isn’t the one I usually go to) I am astounded by the ridiculous array of hummus. Both the amount of brands, and the amount of flavors! It’s gotten so crazy! I remember when the options were pretty much garlic, sundried tomato & basil, original, and roasted red pepper. Now there’s everything to please even the strangest of cravings!

What’s your favorite hummus flavor? What’s the weirdest you’ve had?

My sincerest apologies if you hate burnt eggs. It’s the only way I’ll eat them. I want golden, crispy edges! Though – in my defense, this one looks so strange because that’s parmesan cheese on top 😉

WW wrap with hummus, spinach, red pepper, roma tomatoes, fresh basil, and two fried egg whites – that were fried in red onion, fresh basil, sundried tomato, and parm. I couldn’t decide – sundried tomatoes or fresh roma tomatoes? And decided – hey – why not both?!

Kiwi or orange? Well – you see where that went. And of course, popchips. New obsession. Their bags are way too small, though. I can’t say for certain- but I think I’ve only got a couple servings worth left already! Not good. I hope I don’t have to write them a letter like I had to write Silk. (p.s. thanks everyone for your support in my dreams of becoming the Silk ad-campaign girl. Maybe we should all write them and encourage it. We’ll all be famous! …i kid.)

Trail mix or Z-Bar?

This was almost a “why not both?” moment – but I ended up not eating the last of the trail mix. I brought it in case I needed a little something extra – I wanted to clean my office after work, so Idon’t need to go into town tomorrow.

So – after enjoying a delicious lunch and snackage – I was on my own at work. Yep – I had to work today so that my bosses could attend their nieces birthday party – which involved leaving me all by my lonesome for the last hour we were open, and closing up shop. I won’t lie. I was nervous! The good thing about Saturdays, though? We close at 4, not 5:30. So luckily, I would be able to clean the office and get home not too late. I almost thought I was going to be stuck there until 5, though! Why do customers always choose to come in at the last possible minute? Oh, well. I actually still got out of there by 4:30 – I was worried for a little bit, though.

I dreamt of this all day.

I confess. I have this thing. This thing involves me dreaming up dinner ideas by the time noon rolls around. Anybody else share this thing with me? I hope so. It will make me feel a little more normal. *cough*I won’t admit that often the ideas start rolling after breakfast*cough*

Tonight’s thing? Balsamic-Mango Glazed Salmon.

Remember Balsamic-Honey Glazed Salmon, one of my favorite salmon recipes? Well, it’s such a delicious recipe, yet also easily adjustable – so I decided why not play with it to replace the honey with a mango puree mixture? Ohhh, okay, if you insist.

I also crusted it with poppyseeds. I can’t remember where I saw this a little bit ago and had to try it – I love poppyseeds, why not? Newsflash: I love poppyseeds, but I don’t need them lovin’ on my salmon. I scraped them off. It didn’t taste bad, I just got weirded out by the amount of poppyseeds. Ah well. At least the rest of the recipe was a success: the mango-balsamic mixture was divine! Not to mention, it went great with the sauteed kale.

To make the sauce, I simply pureed half a mango in the food processor with a spoonful of greek yogurt, zest of half a lime, a dash of crushed red pepper, and a dash of lemon pepper. Meanwhile, a salmon filet that had been sprinkled with smoked salt and pepper (and poppyseeds – but don’t do that!) was browning in a pan drizzled with evoo. I don’t think browning is the correct term, but hopefully you’re pickin’ up what I’m puttin’ down.

lime or mango? Um, hello, both!

Once your mango puree is ready, combine it with 1/4 c. balsamic vinegar and 1 t. honey. I also added a half a packet of sun crystals. Just taste it as you go – if you like it  more lime & vinegar-y, you probably won’t need to add additional sweetness. You could also add a bit more honey in place of that, though. Or cut back on the vinegar – I had a lot of the sauce leftover. No complaints, though – I sauteed some red pepper and kale in it, which was, to put it simply fan-freaking-tastic.

Try this. But don’t try and coat your salmon in poppyseeds. Lesson noted. Is there anything you’ve tried that you thought you would adore, but ended up not caring for?

To prove that I do still love poppyseeds, however:

English muffin, or Kashi?

A lil’ bit-a both! The last cupcake, too 🙂 I haven’t bothered with my crazy cereal bowls lately because I’m sure you can only take seeing so much soggy Kashi concoctions. But this one was too good: mango, Kashi, cupcake, crystallized ginger, and chai spice blend. Yes, please.

Plans for the night? I still have so many photos to go through! I am hoping to make some lee-way tonight and tomorrow, though 🙂 Listening to the wind whip outside, in my nice cozy down-comforter clad bed. With a vanilla latter. ohhh, if you insist.  And, Hopefully, I will get that mango-coconut cupcake recipe up tomorrow!

I hope everyone has a great night 🙂 Laterr gaterrrs.

oh yeah – sweet dreams ! (hehe…sorry.  I couldn’t help but laugh the entire time I heard this. You know – the whole “I want to change this, but I just can’t.” scenario.)

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andifeelfine

…anybody? …anybody?

I hope everyone else’s day has been as splendid as mine. I just can’t get over this beautiful weather! I have been in a nonstop amazing mood since this morning.

I thought I woke up wicked late – it was so light out and I had that groggy “slept-in” feeling – but it was really only 6:30! I caught up on some blogs before strolling out to the kitchen and makin’ up a repeat of the other day. Sorry!

carrot-cake oats

Because I am having an affair with carrot-cake oats, and they will never grow old.

In the mix was oat bran, rolled barley flakes, and wheat bran, brewed coffee & almondmilk, goji berries, 3/4 carrot – grated, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground clove, ginger, vanilla, and a couple slices of ripe nanner.

On the top was chia-acai icing, dates, crystallized ginger, ground flax, Justin’s Maple Almond Butter, drizzle coconut butter, strawberry-pom jam, and the rest of the carrot, sauteed with raisins, maple syrup, and coconut.

I almost threw in the kitchen sink, but couldn’t quite get it loose. Oh well, maybe next time 😉 I’ve been thinking it’s rather comical that I load up my breakfasts so much that you can’t even see the oatbran and whatever other grain I’m using! Haha…it’s under there. Somewhere 🙂

I flipped through some magazines while enjoying this beaut, and then cleaned up, spiffed myself up, did a mini photo shoot because I was really bubbly and haven’t held my baby in a while

and then set sail for tax-free shopping. Woo-hoo! I decided I’d take you guys with me today, too! You’ll probably be sick of my face by the end of this post. I apologize. But I’d been thinking about how it probably seems like I’m not even a real person behind this computer because I never show my face. This is primarily because it’s tricky to take a picture of yourself when you’re using a camera with a fixed, manual focus lens. And you’re too lazy to switch it, like moi.  But I love seeing all of your beautiful faces, so hopefully you don’t think I’m a robot anymore 🙂

Wild Mtn. Blueberry & Vanilla latte. Copco spokesperson.

You’ll probably be sick of my bony, dry, old lady hands by the end of this, too. Oh well. I tend to wait until it’s too late to fix those sorts of things.

AB&J muffin with Justin's Maple AB

Yeah, I’ve still got these muffins and scones, haha. I freeze them right away, and tend to forget. That and I have a large variety of carbs to choose from daily, and unfortuately, out of sight out of mind tends to have a strong affect on me. Sometimes it’s good – sometime’s it’s depressing. Like when there’s a freezerful of these and these.

I stopped at the discount foods store first, and there may or may not be any more boxes of Sugar Cookie tea left in the state of Vermont. I may or may not know who should be held accountable for this. Jus’ sayinnn.’

When I’d reached my final desired location, it was time for a refuel before a shopping spree.

I'm supposed to look sad because of the ugly nanner... I'm not sure I was successful.

The rest of my nanner from breakfast, and the plaza in the background. Okay, you only see Dicks. Pretend that’s BB&B and Hannaford.

I was strangely conservative in BB&B, but I am not complaining. I think it’s just because I wanted everything – so I just stuck to what I went there with the intentions of getting – which you’ll see soon enough! They do have so many cool gadgets, and I really wanted to get a bunch of kitchen organizational stuff, but refrained. It’s a lot more expensive there, I could probs go to wally world or something.

Afterwards, I hit up Hannafords for a couple goodies and ran into some old friends. This was weird because I never run into people and I thought they were out west somewhere. So it was a pleasant surprise!

As a side note, I love shopping when you’re in a really good mood – I like being the pleasant customer. Is that weird? I know when I wait on people at work, I love when a happy cheery person comes in. I’m not annoyingly happy, I’m just polite. I think. I hope. You all must think I’ve been sneaking some sort of happy pills lately. aha. Yeah – it’s called sun and spring air!

Afterwards, I hit up the co-op! Again, I was surprisingly well-behaved. I think I have this “go big or go home” slogan. I knew what I went in for, so I tried to stay just to those aisles, haha. I just wanted to get some more almondmilk, and see what they had already packaged for dried fruits and nuts. I was successful 🙂

But all that shopping made me work up an appetite!

Sick of me yet? That's okay - this is the last one 🙂

And all I wanted was a big, crispy, juicy, apple! I still had to stop and clean the office on my way home, though, and wasn’t sure it’d tide me but wanted it anyways. For some reason, apples make me really full at first, and then really hungry. I guess it makes sense in a weird way – the fiber making you feel full initially, but then your body realizes it wasn’t that much food? maybe? Anyways, after my cleaning expedition decided it was time for another snack. I planned to stop some places to take some funky photos on the way home, too. Can’t do that hungry, you know 🙂

Other than the mis-spelling of "sesame," can you really argue with those ingredients?

Okay, maybe you’ll argue with the butter – but hey, at least it’s a real food. No complaints over hurr!

Yum. They’re really dense, so I had a little less than half, since I was going to be home in an hour or so for lunch anyways. But I had forgotten how good these are! I can’t wait for one of you luckies to win some – I hope you find them as good as I do! I may be doing another giveaway with them soon, too.

I stopped some fun places on the way home to snap some photos, but haven’t finished sorting through them all yet. Sneak peek? Oh, okay.

After unpacking everything and gettin’ in my cozy pants, all I wanted for lunch was a fried egg sandwich on a chewy english muffin with hummus. Weird lunchtime craving for me, but I followed it.

I must have really wanted some sodium and carbs, because I wasn’t even into the carrots…and I’m always into raw, crunchy, yummy carrots! So, fried egg and english muffin it was. With some hummus, spinach, parmesan, sundried tomatoes, half a dill pickle, and some dijonnaise. Hit. The. Spot. I’m usually all about fresh veggies and letting them sing with minimal bread-age, but I just loved crunching into the english muffin and the crispy & salty fried egg, complimented by the oozy cheese and creamy hummus. Yum!

But of course dessert was in order, too.

You’ll be seeing this often. Puffins, granola, honey apple buttah, almond milk, and the star of this one was some sliced dried turkish fig! The figs keep getting forgotten about in the back of my fridge. A shame, because I love figs as much as I love dates – and you all know how much I love dates 🙂

overstock (dot com, that is!)

Apparently, my mom had the same thoughts I did while she was out. I may or may not have had one or two throughout the course of the day.

is that...is that...a FOOD PROCESSOR?!

oh, yes. It’s actually a Ninja processor. Apparently, it’s been seen on TV, which makes me unsure it’ll last all too long, but hey. It fits the bill for what I need. And it’s a blender, too! The blender I had was pretty awful, so I killed two birds with one stone on this one. Which is a shame because I like birds.

But what in the hay am I makin'?

Ohh, just a lil’ comethin’ somethin’ that required chickpea flour. I had no chickpea flour. I did have chickpeas. I made a quasi-flour. I do what I do.

The girl's gone mad!

oh yeah, baby! Wafflin’ it up. Should we take bets on how long it is until I use both of these appliances next, now that I’ve made my longed for fawaffle? Hopefully not just a phase.

I pretty much  just threw everything even vaguely reminiscent of falafel into this and prayed to the waffle gods. Surprisingly, it worked! I thought for sure it’d be a relative fail. Unfortunately, however, I wasn’t really in the mood for falafel – but of course, I had it in my mind, had chickpeas I needed to use, and have been eyeballing fawaffle for months. So, I still had it. I can’t wait to make it when I’m craving falafel! haha.

Although that pickle may have killed my taste buds.

Dessert of puffins, scone, currants, maple AB and granola. Although, in the time it’s taken me to write this post, I’ve already consumed a kiwi-yogurt-and granola parfait. It’s been a couple hours, what can I say?

What is everyone’s favorite kitchen gadget?

and I’ll be picking (randomizing?) a giveaway winner tomorrow – so make sure you’ve taken advantage of the chance to enter up to three times! I’ll probably do it around the time of my usual posting – so early evening-ish 🙂

Hope everyone has a great night!

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