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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.


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 πŸ˜‰

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.


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 πŸ˜‰

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 .


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 πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ˜›

…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 πŸ˜‰

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

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


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Good Ideas, Bad Ideas

breaking news: i slept in today. as in, past 7:00. 7:30, to be exact. i think the heat’s really been doing me in. well, that and i stayed up pretty late researching a bunch of random tidbits, but that’s besides the point.

i was a little glad i was able to sleep past 6:30 since i had stayed up so late. sometimes i can’t. secretly, i was really proud of myself.

so of course by then it was pretty warm out which required an iced coffee. i’ve been digging the green mountain brew over ice k-cups even though i was a bit apprehensive at first. the trick is to just use a lot of ice – it doesn’t water it down but you’ve still got cold coffee right off the bat. good idea.

interesting tid-bit? while i don’t add a lot of almond milk to hot coffee, and never any sweetener – i like my iced coffees with a lot of almond milk and maple syrup to sweeten. actually, i prefer them with cream, but since i have iced coffee more often at work i just leave the cream there.

now that you’re aware of that random business that you probably weren’t too interested in, i think you should be interested in these yummy strawbeezy waffles.

i died.

my mom sliced up berries for shortcake like, a week ago – but i’d just kept slicing them up individually because i assumed she”d added a bunch of sugar to sweeten it, and they’d be too sweet for me. she informed me the other night that she actually used only a packet of truvia, and i’ve been eating them since. whether this was just because she was sick of strawberries and wanted someone to eat them i am unsure, but they were just sweet enough – and of course had a lot of juice! i used 1/4 cup of it in these waffles. good idea.

the last of them topped the waffles.

  • 1/4 c. rolled oats
  • 1/2 c. kashi 7 grain puffed cereal
  • 1 tablespoon wheat bran
  • 1 tablespoon ww flour
  • 1 tablespoon wheat germ
  • baking powder
  • cinnamon
  • chia seeds
  • 1.5 tablespoons greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon applesauce
  • splash vanilla extract
  • 1/4 c. strawberry juice
  • splash almond milk
  • 1 flax egg [1 tablespoon flax + 3 tablespoons water]

i topped each waffle with some earth balance and ginger preserves, and then some teddie peanut butter, honey roasted cashews, and strawbeezies.

this may have been the only meal of the whole day where there was absolutely no bad ideas. what do i mean?

this was lunch. minus the banana.

since i finished breakfast so late, i just wanted to get out and on my way to the barn. my mom couldn’t go out with me today and gertrude had an appointment at the car doctor at 1:00, so i wanted to work teddie before that. since i still had to clean out the horses before i left and fill their water tub and it was already 9:30, i just grabbed this clif bar and a banana. bad idea.

click to read.

this was actually my first clif bar – i’ve got a couple but don’t find them necessary for a normal work-day for me, so something inspired me to grab one to tide me over between the barn and the mechanic’s. i wasn’t too worried – i could eat when i got home if it was necessary. i was only getting a vehicle inspection, nothing major. in and out.

well, it held me over just fine – all afternoon, really – but it’s far from what i would consider a balanced lunch. not a good idea, but i also know there could be far worse! that and, you all know how i feel about bars with this much sugar and soy. aside from that, it was good. sweet – but good. tasted like eating cookie dough, actually!

of course, my body rebelled against the veggie-free lunch, so i roasted some broccoli when i got home, and had some apple bbq sauce for dippage. good idea.

not only that, but my mouth was basically watering as i kept imagining another iced coffee. another good idea. hey, guess my snack wasn’t such a bad idea πŸ˜‰ of course, a copious amount of strawberries also took place throughout the course of the afternoon.

after a bit of random blog-surfing, i thought it would be a good idea to take jiggy for a short hack down the road. uh, yeah – bad idea. we didn’t get but a couple of yards before being absolutely swarmed by massive horseflies. eck. i dismounted at one point to help swat them away due to the fact that he has a typical appaloosa tail and can’t reach them himself.

getting back on was comical considering the fact that he may as well be a sky-scraper all the way up there. okay – minor exaggeration, as he is still pretty short at 15.2hh, considering horses today. but, given that i’ve been riding 14 hh teddie-kins, i may as well have been on a giraffe, as far as i’m concerned. (a hand is 4″ for all scratching their heads.) even funnier is that burly is even taller, though still “small” at 16.2.

burly! fuzzy winter burly. old picture. this is now the indoor.

anyways. i turned around after just a couple minutes, brushed him out, and took care of them before coming in to make dinner.

dinner started out as a really good idea. see, i was thinking about the bsi: raspberries that sarena is hosting, but pushed it aside since i haven’t gotten raspberries yet.

well, the thought kept coming back, so i rolled with it and instead just made it with strawberries. so, you’ve seen it before – but i made a maple-fig-strawberry dressing. good idea!

the bad idea? canned corn.

i dunno – it just looks so innocent sitting there, all by its lonesome, no other canned veggies to keep him company.

the reason why is pretty obvious – i really hate canned veggies. i have no idea what inspired me to get canned corn instead of frozen. probably because it was only 59 cents or something, and that made me forget all about how awful canned corn is.

newsflash: canned corn is awful. it’s just so overpowering! so while i’m sure the combo of corn, black beans, red pepper, and broccoli in the aforementioned dressing could have been a good idea – with the use of canned corn rather than good corn, it was a bad idea. well, i take it back. canned corn is the bad idea, nothing else.

that being said – i ate about half of this and went back for the other slice of bread.

and dessert, d’uh!

pb branana muffin, coconut gelato, sliced strawberries, teddie, coconut

i guess i just subconsciously wanted plenty of room for dessert. the teddie was a bad idea (i just am not a fan of strawberries and pb, i suppose) but overall – i consider this a fantastic idea.


and of course, playing with teddie is always a good idea! he was very good today, though to be honest – he didn’t have much chance to be bad :\ i didn’t ride him very long as i saw someone going to catch their horse, presumably to bring in – so i got off while he was doing good. he isn’t very comfortable working with another horse at the same time yet, and while i have complete intentions to get him adjusted to doing so, i didn’t think we’re ready to do so while i’m riding him. he’s strong enough in-hand, and with how little he knows undersaddle, i could only imagine what he’d do! sure, he could be better – but as soon as i’ve got 100% of his attention working in-hand with another horse is when i’ll ride him with another.

of course, the person didn’t bring the horse in (almost wished they did so he could have the experience) but by then i had dismounted and put his halter back on. we at least got a good sequence of turning and figures, whoas, and walks – oh well.


so – what were some of your good ideas and bad ideas of the day?? hey – with the bad come the good, you know πŸ˜‰


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