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Scrambling

I am loving reading everyone’s requests for winning the baked goods! Seems like the lemon poppyseed cookies and birdseed bars are in high demand 😉 Keep on piling in those entries!

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I don’t think whatever that sickness I had yesterday had much of a chance…in fact, I think I effectively slept it off. Between dozing all morning yesterday and sleeping until nearly 8:00 this morning, I was good to go today. I woke up still a little “bleh,” but ate something and took 875% of my d.v. of vitamin C and I was feeling better already.

I actually received this sample along with my iHerb order, and I figured there was no day better than today to use it. Yes, that is 525 mg of vitamin C per serving, and yes, that does equate 875% of my daily value of the stuff.

I was a little worried I was going to turn into a clementine or something, but I’m still alive. Even better than alive, dare I say.

Maybe this was the reason why I felt so good all afternoon? It’s probably just coincidence, but oh well 😉

Good enough to go grocery shopping, even!

…unfortunately, I would have been better off at home. Ugh, $60? Really? I am so upset because I didn’t need to spend that much. In fact, I had just cashed a check for $45 an intended to spend no more than that.

I decided to just go to Price Chopper (from here on out to be called “The store which shall not be named,” AKA TSWSNBN) rather than Hannaford (closest thing I have to a Whole Foods around here, though I’m thinking it’s less expensive from what I hear) because of the whole convenience thing. TSWSNBN = 5 mins away, Hannaford = 1 hour away. It’s convenient if I’m in the area because of work/going to see Teddie, but not on a day like today.

Anyways. I get there and start cringing at the produce prices, but shrug it off thinking “I didn’t spend any gas money to get here at least.” and carry on. Note I pretty much just buy produce that’s on sale. If you can call it that.

Not only that, but they were out of just about everything I needed – most imperatively, dates.

I almost started crying when the stock-boy told me they were sold out. My lip started quivering and I had to breathe deep, but luckily I spared him the waterworks. And moved on to wanting to hit him over the head with the chopped dates he suggested I get.

You know you’re a date addict when you move from feelings of despair to ones of extreme anger.

Not only that but all their produce was on its outs, they didn’t have any old fashioned rolled oats unless I wanted to buy them in the tiniest container possible for $4 and I bought a moldy yucca.

So basically, I have to go to Hannafords and/or the co-op sometime soon anyway. And had I known that from the get-go, I just plain wouldn’t have wasted my time and money there today.

UGH! Okay, rant over. Onto happy things.

Like banana scrambles.

Oh hail yes. I feel better just looking at that. Don’t you?

It’s like food therapy.

See, the other option for breakfast the other morning was a banana scramble, but the French toast had the louder scream.

When I saw Jenny suggest a banana scramble on that very post, I knew it was fate. I had to try one, once and for all. I might start cheating on my pancakes for these babies, too.

But oyu know what I haven’t had in a while?

Anything gingerbread. I’m assuming this has been done already, since it is gingerbread and all…but here’s how I did it:

Gingerbread Banana Scramble

adapted from The Edible Perspective’s Cinnamon Banana Scramble

  • 1/3 c. quick oats
  • 1 T. oat bran
  • 1 t. chia seeds
  • 1-2 T. milk
  • 1/2 of a large banana
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 1/8 t. ground clove
  • 1/8 – 1/4 t. ground ginger
  • 1/4 t. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 – 1 t. molasses
  • pinch of maple sugar

Mash the banana with the oats. Mix in all remaining ingredients and then form into a patty with your hands. Place on a pre-heated, greased pan and cook until golden brown on both sides. Top with peanut-ginger sauce.

Peanut-Ginger Sauce

  • scant 1/4 c. peanut flour
  • 1/2 – 1 t. molasses
  • 1/2 t. maple syrup (or to taste)
  • pinch ground ginger
  • heavy pinch ground cinnamon
  • 2-3 T. milk

Whisk together all ingredients, starting with just 1 T. milk and adding more to get to your desired consistency. Check for sweetness, adding more maple syrup as your taste buds call for it 😉

The only thing that would have made this better would have been having it between French toast. Too bad I was out of bread :[

But naturally, when new obsessions are born, they do not die quickly. As a snack post-workout, I decided more were necessary as an almost-lunch-but-not-quite.

On a note unrelated to banana scrambles, I think this was when I realized I might be more of a “late morning” workout kinda gal. I’ve never given myself the chance to workout anytime other than mornings, before starting my day. I felt like my mind was so much more in it today, though.

Maybe I was just high on Vitamin C, though.

In keeping with my almost-tradition of making just about everything either gingerbread or carrot cake, though, these ones were carrot cake.

I die.

Carrot Cake Banana Scrambles

adapted from the Edible Perspective’s Apple Scramble

  • 1/4 c. quick oats
  • 2-3 T. applesauce
  • 5 shredded baby carrots (do you find it funny to imagine me shredding poor little baby carrots?)
  • 1 t. chia seeds
  • 1/2 t. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 t. ground nutmeg
  • pinch ground ginger
  • 1/2 T. shredded coconut
  • pinch maple sugar
  • 2-3 T. milk

Combine all ingredients, adding in more milk as you see fit. Carefully form a patty (or two) and place it on a preheated, greased pan. Cook until golden on both sides.  Serve and top with peanut-carrot sauce, coconut, carrot, pecans and molasses.

Peanut-Carrot Sauce

  • scant 1/4 c. peanut flour
  • 1 shredded baby carrot
  • 1/2 t. maple syrup (more or less as desired)
  • 2-3 T. milk

Whisk all ingredients together, adding milk 1 T. at a time until you reach your desired consistency.

I think this one would have been ever better with a banana instead of applesauce, just to add a little bit more sweetness to the carrots. I didn’t really want to go on three bananas today, though. What can I say?

What else happened today? Well, naturally I made more bread. Do I even need to say I love Sarena’s bread anymore? It’s probably engrained in everyone’s brains already.

I made this loaf with 6-grain flour that I’d almost forgotten about, adding in a little Vital Wheat Gluten to make up for the heavier flour.

You know bread is good when you can eat it plain without even toasting it.

I made Chelsey’s granola and burnt all the raisins.

Luckily, I don’t mind the occassional taste of char. You probably think I’m being witty right now but I’m totally serious.

Ironically, I also had to make it with quick oats. The whole reason I wanted to get rolled oats at the store was so I could make granola. My heart was dead-set on making granola though, so I didn’t give up. It worked better than I thought it would!

Aaand lastly – sausage and peppers and a baked sweet potato.

You know what I realized? I don’t think I like green peppers anymore.

And also: Jenn’s method of baking a couple sweet potatoes at a time (in the oven) for grabbing one on the fly, totally works. I baked this one when I baked one for last night, and after reheating in the toaster oven, it was just as good as if it were fresh out of the oven. It’s a great trick if I’m craving a sweet potato for work the next day since it takes an hour in the oven and I now flat-out refuse to microwave-bake my taters.

What are your time-saving techniques?


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Ingenius

Ding, Ding Ding! We have a winner…

Foodzie it was! Through the Foodbuzz Tastemaker’s Program, I was selected to be part of the foodzie.com program. You can only imagine my excitement. I mean – I have a hard time passing up an interesting new find in the aisles of my supermarket…so being sent samples before buying is an ingenious idea, if you ask me.

How perfect does that plan sound?! Add to it the element of surprise, and now you know why I was dancing when I saw the package. I had absolutely no clue what was hidden inside, but I had a pretty good idea that it’s be something amazing.

And “something” turned out to be the understatement of the year…look at all the goodies! And the adorable presentation, too.

Not only did they fill the box with goodies, but I was even introduced to some maple syrup from my home state. And balsamic honey?! I’ve never heard of such a thing, but I have a hunch once I try it, I’ll buy it by the gallon!

I tore into the pistachios first…

Oh so very good. Just enough garlic and onion to give a pleasant flavor – not so much to leave you with offensive breath, though! Ironically, I remember always having those dyed red pistachios as a kid. They would stain my hands and couch something silly, though, so eventually my mom started saying “no!”…and I still hardly ever buy pistachios. They are quite nutrient dense, however – very good for you – so it was wonderful to be reunited with them.

They’ve got a bunch of flavors, though – I’m eyeballing the sea salt and pepper, especially.

And then for my snack at work this morning, I had this pear. I did find being sent a pear a little bizarre at first – but hey, why not?! I do love me some pears. I microwaved it with cinnamon and raisins for a homey, warming snack. It was so juicy and succulent, it about melted in my mouth like butter, I kid you not. When it was raining cats and dogs outside, this hit the spot.

And by raining cats and dogs, I mean raining cats and dogs. It was miserable! We got ten inches of snow on the mountain, too – though that was at 11 this morning. There’s probably far more by now!

And with that – I leave you with this. By far the best gingerbread overnight oats I’ve had yet…I did double the ginger, after all. My tongue was a little tingly, but that is a-ok in my book! I even made a spiced “icing,” to go with it – kefir, ground ginger, ground clove, maple syrup, and chia seeds.

Thought of the day: I wish I was a cat so that I could wrap my tail around my feet when they got cold. Either that, or I wish I had a tail so I could do the same thing. I mean, really – when it’s 38* outside, the window should not be open! Please and thank you.

And as a side-note…I know, I haven’t been posting “daily eats” lately. I’m sort of enjoying the “just whatever” vibe I’ve got going on now, though. Short and sweet, if you will. I’m sure I’ll go back and forth between “blogging styles,” but for now I hope you don’t abandon me! I’ve got some things planned, and have been doing a lot of nutrition homework, too. Maybe I’ll do a post on protein?!

What’s something you enjoyed often as a kid, but haven’t had since?

How do you feel about your protein intake? Do you try to balance it, or think you fall short? Prefer high-protein? I’m just interested in your thoughts, and I learned some new things this week!

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It’s Here, It’s Here!

Ginger.

Bread.

Waffles.

Uhhh, yuhm. Need I say more? Probably not, but you know me, so you probably know that, well, I will.

Before I forget to ask, though – is this text any easier to read? A couple of you commented that when I first changed it, the text was sort of tricky to read. I could see where you were coming from, and even though this text is very similar, I think it’s easier on the eyes. Anybody?

If I can come clean for just a moment, I should disclose how much I’ve been using molasses lately. It’s a little bit ridiculous. Jjust today, I’ve used it in the following ways:

  • in waffles
  • in baked beans
  • in SuperCharge Me Cookies

but you can’t forget about my gingerbread overnight oats obsession, or the pumpkin gingerbread birdseed bars that I adored so much.

Can you even begin to imagine how many variations of gingersnaps, gingerbread cookies, gingerbread pancakes, and gingerbread loaves I’ll be baking when it really is “’tis the season“?!

Apparently, not only do I bathe in maple syrup, but molasses, too. Go figure.

Anyways. Here is my first version of gingerbread waffles. You know there’ll be more. My next version is going to be more flour-based than oat based. Yes, I already have it planned out. I also have gingerbread Super Charge Me cookies planned out, too, in case that was your next question.

The icing and the fruit compote topping is imperative, by the way.

Gingerbread Waffles with Cranberries and Chia-Kefir Icing

one serving

Cranberries:

  • 1/2 c. frozen cranberries
  • 1 dried fig, chopped
  • ~4 T. almond milk
  • 1-2 t. maple syrup (to taste)

Combine everything in a small frying pan, and simmer over low heat while you prepare the waffles, stirring occasionally. You’ll want for most of the cranberries to pop open, but if you see they are dry, add in more milk as it is necessary.

Chia-Kefir Icing

  • 1/4 c. plain kefir
  • 2 t. chia seeds
  • 1 t. maple syrup
  • splash of vanilla extract

Whisk together and set aside to thicken while you prepare the waffles.

Waffles:

  • 1/8 c. quick oats
  • 1/8 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1/8 c. oat bran
  • 3/4 c. puffed millet
  • 1 T. wheat germ
  • 1 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. nutmeg
  • scant 1/2 t. ground clove
  • 1 t. ground ginger
  • 1/4 t. baking powder

Combine all in a bowl. Add in the wet ingredients:

  • 1 flax egg (1 T. milled flaxseed mixed with 3 T. water, and allowed to thicken)
  • generous 2 T. greek yogurt
  • 1/4 c. almond milk
  • 1/2 -1 T. blackstrap molasses

And stir to combine.

Spray thoroughly (top and bottom!) with cooking spray a waffle iron. Spoon half of the batter and close, cooking about 3 minutes on medium, or until your waffle iron tells you it’s ready 😉

Top with the cranberries and icing, and preferably some pecans or walnuts, too!

And if you detest cranberries, don’t cry. Use an apple! I can’t decide which I like better.

If you detest ginger and/or molasses…I don’t really know what to tell you, I guess.

Know what else happened today?

Well, a wonderful ride on Teddie, yes, but something as equally exciting. Something I had to break into the second I came home.

That in turn, made me break out in dance when I saw it.

What could it be?! Well, I’ll tell you tomorrow…but here’s a hint 😉

What’s your favorite “Holiday Cookie”? My mom has this tradition every year where she goes on a baking extravaganza – sugar cookies, spritz cookies, biscottis, dark chocolate almond joy balls, dark chocolate and orange truffles, quick breads, you name it – and I remember loving it when we were a kid. The almond joy balls are a new addition, and easily mine, the families, and work’s favorite! As a kid, though, I loved the reindeer-shaped cookie cutters for the sugar cookies, and “painting” them with pretty colored sugar.

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Haircuts and…Waffles.

For being so cute, this guy sure is a trouble maker!

Actually, it was probably more Mel than him, but I found these two in the wrong paddock. It mad for a fun early-morning-cold-fence-fixing routine, which just made waffles even more appreciated.

Gingerbread waffles are getting closer and closer!

Even though I know the waffles themselves still need more ginger – what I am certain of is how to top them! And the answer is sauteed apples and cranberries with a sprinkle of ground clove and a drizzle of maple. Oh, yum.

The battler is so attractive, isn’t it? Note th sarcasm.

I also use a mapley chia-kefir icing for these rather than peanut butter. Maple + ginger = much better than peanut butter + ginger, I’d think…even though I’ll tak epeanut butter any day of the week 😉

Lately, I’ve been completely perplexed as to how people do tutorial in-motion photos. Like, really?! I’m right-handed. It’s hard enough to drizzle something with my left hand, let alone think about drizzling and snapping the photo at the same time. What gives?!

I cannot wait until Green Mountain releases their Holiday coffee flavors. I will probably bathe in gingerbread coffee! Golden French Toast is also to die for.

Today followed a slightly different routine. I was in desperate need of a haircut. As in “I haven’t cut my hair in over a year, I need to do something.” So, I sacrificed my ride on Teddie, and instead went and got it done. Even though I’m “in town” for work every other day, stopping and getting a hair cut after work is not my idea of fun.

Don’t get me wrong – driving an hour just to get my hair cut isn’t my idea of fun either, especially since an hour there means an hour back. But it just had to get done, so I’ll take you guys with me!

These were taken while driving, so don’t judge the blur and composition problems! I was safe though, I promise. I just put it on Program and shot!

This is that cute little farmstand I mentioned the other day, that has all of the mapley goodness! I don’t know why I haven’t been going here more often.

I drive by this barn everyday, and everyday I love looking at it. Look at how crooked it is!

Oh, look, a horse farm! Oh, wait – that’s Teddie & Co.! Don’t worry, I stopped and said “hi, Teddie!” and brushed him and grazed him on my way back.

Spoiled rotten little pony!

Oh look, we’re finally nearing civilization!

…or not. Yeah, this is our mall. If I want to go clothing shopping, I have the choices of American Eagle and PacSun. And JCPenney. And Old Navy. Uhh, yeah…pretty poopy, if you ask me. I mean, I’d be happy with just an H&M at least! Too much to ask for.

Ironically, we have four hair places. Two walk-in chains and two nice ones. I judge who will trim my hair based on the hairstyles of the employees. I know that’s awful, but I said it. Ironically, the cheapest place always wins?

This was a couple of days ago…

And here I am now…

Haha, jus’ kiddin’, that’s actually me last summer when I put time and effort into my hair styling. I miss it. I actually don’t have an after picture because I came home and ate lunch, did homework, and messed with the ponies rather than playing with my hair.

…but I tricked you, yeah?!

Oh yeah, lunch. Lunch was all planned in my head and I even picked up some yummy local goat cheese while I was out to complete it. So my world came crashing down when I discovered I bought really old goat cheese. It smelled a little funky, but you know me, and you know I didn’t just throw it out.

If I have a set plan, I’m sticking to it, come Hell or stank goat cheese!

So,  my sandwich “do this” of the day?!

Oven-toast a slice of bread.

Sautee sliced red onion in a pan with a bit of olive oil.

Add in black beans, and mash about half of them.

Spread a layer of goat cheese on toasted bread, followed  by sweet basil-pesto tapenade.

Top with the beans.

So good!

And, speaking of ponies. They’re still alive, I promise!! And look at how good they’re looking!

Georgie is the one looking at us, taken tonight…

And here she was when she came. Okay, so she’s a little fat now, but I wouldn’t say out of the standards of a typical Haflinger and since we’re going in to winter we’re not too worried about it. When she came, you can see how sunken-in she was: in her flanks and her topline especially along her back. I wish I had a better picture of her when she came!

And here’s Maya tonight… (sorry for the awful pic – I had crazy shadows and George was right behind her, making her look like she had an even larger belly, a pair of legs coming out of her stomach, and a pair of ears coming out her neck!)

And Maya when she came. She was potbellied and sunken-in, too – so while they were far from grossly under-weight, they weren’t healthy looking, either. She’s gone from being pot-bellied and chubby to, over the past couple weeks especially, really toning up. I don’t consider her fat anymore, but normal! For a while she just seemed like she had such a huge belly on her but I’ve been saying to my mom how good she looks lately, not just plain fat.

And now for the real cliff-hanger: I made somthing involving this for dinner tonight and it was fan. tas. tic.

Stick around and I’ll show you tomorrow 😉

Do you spend more of your time in the country or the city? Which do you prefer?

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10 Things for 10/10/10

Happy 10/10/10!! I feel like for this occasion, I ought to present to you ten things. I haven’t really planned this and the idea just barely struck me, so I’m not sure how I’ll do, but lets see!

1. Apparently I’m not alone in not knowing much about tech-y things. I appreciate both the suggestion comments and the comments telling me I’m not alone, though, so I’ll still tell you what that dough blob was.

Yep – we have a winner! Handmade bread! As in, I was the breadmaker. Not the machine. There she is pre-bake…

…and here she is post-bake. Don’t be fooled, though. This mission did not go off without a hitch. For one, I put the oats on top way too late in the game, and they fell right off.

See? Oh, well. I’ll know for next time. And now I’ll share with you my “what was I thinking?!” moment. So, I’m following this recipe on the back of a Bob’s Red Mill vital wheat gluten package for honey oatmeal bread. I follow the destructions easily enough (or so I thought,) put it in the oven for the first rise, and go out and take care of the horses. While I’m out there shoveling poo, I start thinking to myself how odd it is that they still call it “oatmeal bread,” when steel-cut oats were used, and aren’t quite traditional oatmeal.

And then it hit me.

The recipe called for Scottish oats, not steel-cut oats. For whatever reason, I was going about it thinking that Scottish oats were steel-cut oats. I don’t know why. I’ll blame it on the fact that they both started with”S.”

I don’t know why I think about food while shoveling horse poop, but I just do, okay? And that kinda burst my bubble right then and there, because I was feelin’ good about this bread.

Anyways, long story short, it still worked, but I think had I used rolled oats instead of steel cut, it would have rose more the second time. As it is, it makes a perfect size for banana, cashew butter, and maple cream sandwiches.

See?

2. Maple cream. Nothing more needs to be said about it.

I was planning on going to this event called “Art in the Park” yesterday, with a bunch of Made-In-Vermont stuff – art, food, crafts, etc. But I spent so much time with Teddie that I didn’t leave there until 1, and by then just wanted to get home. I had work to do, and my mom had to work so I was in charge of the horses.

As a “happy medium,” I stopped at a little farm stand that I all too often forget about and found a bunch of fun things…but only a couple for me 😉

It’s so good spread on toast! And super super sweet, so a little goes a loooong way. But, you know us Vermonters.

We do bathe in maple syrup, after all.

3. Buttercup squash.

Some squashies were among the other things I found, and I couldn’t resist the still-covered-in-dirt buttercup and butternut squash. They had some other kinds I’d never seen nor heard about before, too…and was so tempted, but only had so much cash on me, and they couldn’t run a card. Ironically, that’s exactly how much I ended up spending! I lucked out. I sort of have this paranoia that I’ll not have enough money when checking out or something.

Random.

I stuffed one like so, and my mom had (half of) the other (huge) half. She’s a new buttercup fan, too.

4. really adorable spatulas.

I was making some Birdseed Bars, and found this absolutely adorable [random] mini spatula in our drawer. I’ve never seen it before, and have no idea where it came from…but is it not adorable?

5. gingerbread waffles .

I have been working towards perfecting my gingerbread waffles. I wish I could say I have perfected them and could share it with you – but I haven’t.

I’m pretty picky about my ginger-stuff. I want wham! ginger flavor. Ginger bread, ginger snaps, ginger cookies, ginger bars…whatever. Not necessarily “ow, I burnt my tongue!” type ginger…but…I don’t know where I’m going with this.

But what I do know is that while these are pretty fab (and am not minding taste-testing!) they’re not “wham!” ginger enough. I know I can do better, and sometimes ya just gotta keep pushing yourself 😉

I did discover that they’re way better with chopped, sauteed apples over mashed banana, though. But they’d be even better with apples and cranberries, which leads me toooo…

6. fresh cranberries .

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I’ve been waiting for them to once again make their appearance in my grocery aisles, and they finally have! Hot cranberry oats were a huge phase of mine, and while I’m still goin’ the overnight route, it should be fun to see how they are in overnighters 😉

7. Teddie.

We had so much fun yesterday, going all over the fields, down little random trails, just having fun! He’s like – the pony I never had as a kid. Naughty, but safe.

…and today was spent dedicated to him. Well, this afternoon, anyway. My mom and I went to a really nice tack auction, and he now has a new rain sheet to rip to shreds and roll in poop in, some saddle pads, and a new bridle to chew up. Because that’s kind of how he rolls.

8. baking tempeh.

I have no excuse for this, but I usually just…don’t do much with tempeh. I throw it in a sandwich, quickly pan-fry it, and that’s about it. Rarely will I marinate and bake it. Well, I’m changing that!

I rubbed this tempeh with pesto (we’ll get to that next!) and then baked it with the broccoli. Such a texture and flavor change!

9. pesto.

I love the sweet basil pesto tapenade I made from Veganomicon (by the way – does anyone know how long stuff like that will stay in the fridge for?) but was feeling like I should make a more “normal” flavored pesto. I found one of interest in Moosewood’s Low Fat Favorites cookbook, but switched it up a bit. Namely, added oil 😛

…with the help of Bella Sun Luci, that is! I used some of the sundried tomato halves they sent me. Even if you hate sundried tomatoes, you should by these at least to smell every day. It is heavenly, really.

Ugly Pesto

  • 1 c. packed fresh basil
  • 1/4 c. sundried tomatoes – the kind packed in oil
  • 3 medium roma tomatoes
  • 2 T. sunflower kernels
  • 1/2 t. salt

Combine all in a blender, blend until smooth!

Don’t look at me like that. I told you it was ugly. But good! I enjoy it mixed with greek yogurt, too, for a creamy pesto. If you’ve ever had pesto mayo, you know where I’m coming from 😉

10. livin, enjoying this beautiful weather, and feeling grateful for life!

What are ten things you did/thought/felt/realized/discovered this weekend?! I know ten is a lot…but believe you me, I do enjoy reading everything you guys write 😉

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Squash Banana

I’ve discovered my purpose in life.

To make (and eat) gingerbread overnight oats. Hey – I’ve made gingerbread waffles, gingerbread hot oats, gingerbread birdseed bars…you must have seen it coming! I’m a little bit of a gingerbread fiend – I love it even more than pumpkin, although I think gingerbread is more Christmas-y than Thanksgiving-y, and jumping ahead to December is admittedly quite frightening.

Gingerbread Overnight Oats

  • 1/3 c. quick oats
  • 1/2 of a ripe banana
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • generous pinch of ginger and nutmeg
  • 1 t. chia seeds
  • 1/2 T. blackstrap molasses
  • 1/2  c. + 2 T. almond milk

Combine all the ingredients but the almond milk in a bowl, mashing the banana into the oats and other ingredients. When it’s pretty much combined, stir in the almond milk. Cover and refrigerate!

I tasted it before stirring in some vanilla chobani, and it was just right. After the vanilla chobani, though, the gingerbread flavor got a little more muted. Next time I’ll definitely nix the greek yogs!

I was really lazy photographing foods this morning. I just figured…you guys know what some fruit and birdseed bars look like by now!

I did, however – enjoy another fantastic sandwich, though. I’ve been on a roll this week! It was sweet basil pesto tapenade, red onion, sliced apple, and tempeh. The tempeh I grill on the panini maker at work, and then panini the whole sandwich once the tempeh is done. I love that pesto tapenade!

I couldn’t resist playing with the cookies before bringing them in, though. These were a major hit! I think maybe I’ll make it a mission to bake more cookies out of Veganomicon. These were fun to make and I enjoy making things that are genuinely enjoyed, too.

Which makes me think…how great would it feel to run an entire restaurant? cafe? deli? I think I’d fall asleep smiling every night. Food really brings people together…I mean, look in any deli’s dining room, and you’re bound to see smiling faces and stories being told. And not just friends getting lunch at a random place – but the relationship between the deli and the diner. You know, “becoming a regular.” My boss went to get lunch at the place I used to buy bread religiously at (remember?!) and the man came up with a new creation. He gave some to my boss to try, and gave him a piece to bring me, too.

Isn’t that sweet?! I used to go in there every other week…and the bread is really good! I’ve just been having so much fun trying to make my own. I am bound and determined to make a loaf that doesn’t fall! That said, this wasn’t the first time I was sort of tempted to just go buy a loaf just for the sake of buying a loaf.

Do you develop “bonds” with anywhere? A place you frequent, and most recognize you right off?

Anyways. The bread was really good…he’s so creative! The new loaf is made with apple cider instead of water, and has dried and fresh apples in it. The only thing I didn’t like was that it had a strangely chewy texture…but I’m not sure if that’s because it’d gotten a little warm inside the plastic wrap he put it in? Regardless – I toasted it and spread it with some peanut butter and cinnamon. Lovely snack 🙂

Did anyone else adore The Lion King as a kid? I think that’s probably my favorite movie ever. Even still. How adorable is it?! The first Lion King, mind you. Anyways, this isn’t as irrelevant as it seems…because both last night and tonight, when I see this sunshine squash filled with beans and rice, I think of Rafiki’s little gourd thing with paint.

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What was your favorite childhood movie? Maybe I just liked Rafiki because he says (rough translation) “thank you very much squash banana, you’re a baboon and I’m not.” I mean…how cool is he?!

And…other than that, today’s been full of “I have burdocks in my clothes!” Namely, the butt of my pants, but that wasn’t anything I wanted to share with the guys at work. My little monster decides it’s fun to find the practically nonexistant burdock bushes and stick his whole head in them. As in, A and I have no idea where this lone burdock bush is, and neither do any of the other horses, but Teddie sure does. Ugh! This is the worst time of year for them, too – because they’re so dry and you just get a bunch of random tiny little burs down your sleeves and other places that they shouldn’t be, nor does it make sense how they get there – but they are.

I hope everyone enjoys their weekend and has as great of weather as we are predicted to have!!

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Meltdown

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.”

...but at least there were gingerbread waffles to kickstart the day!

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 panic*

*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*

But, hey! None of that happened and I’m here now. Safely blogging from my usual computer. With all of my pictures. And photoshop.

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.

This green monster was just like banana soft serve – couldn’t even taste the spinach, and had the same texture as the banana soft serve!

And I did some baking to calm my nerves. I couldn’t think of anything I wanted to bake for myself – so I turned to baking for work!

I ended up getting a good arm workout out of the ordeal, too! It was nice making something “normal” (in mom terms – to me normal is the stuff I usually bake!). Normal is always pretty, isn’t it?!

I mean, look at those crackles! You don’t get those pretty cracks with just anything.

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?!

 

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