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On Fire

It seems like the best dreams are the ones you’re having when something rudely interrupts your sleep.

There I was, in the middle of some-really-good-dream-that-I-can’t-remember when there was a tap-knock on my window and a “Jessie, open the door I forgot my keys!”

At first I was wondering if it was a trick and there was a creeper at my window (gosh, I have such optimistic faith in mankind! Everyone is out to get me, if you ask me.) but that sentiment didn’t last long and my next thought was “I’ll just pretend I’m sleeping and can’t hear her.”

Of course, immediately after that, my logical and honest mind kicked in.

Karma’s a biscuit, Jess. Open the door.

And so I opened the door for my dear mother. Mumbled a your-welcome. Burrowed back into my cocoon. Tried to remember the dream. Couldn’t. Woke up an hour and a half later anyways.

Fed the animals. And made these really good pancakes. I’ve made so many really good things today (I’m not blunt or anything) that I’d almost forgotten about these until I saw the pictures. Man…I’m on fiyuh today!

See, I’ve had various flours in my cupboard for some time, and yet – usually I just resort to whole wheat or white whole wheat. No, these aren’t white bean flour waffles – though maybe I’ll try that next (speaking of which – I used that in dinner! I surprise even myself some days.) These are coconut flour waffles! I nixed the wheat bran and WW flour in the usual recipe and instead used a heaping tablespoon of coconut flour and also added in some shredded coconut. This itty bitty change made a huge difference!  Texture wise…they were so much lighter and daintier. Whereas the usual waffles I make are pretty dense and…chewy? inside – these were more like your typical waffle.

It makes me want to play with flour every day. Or not. What’s your favorite flour?

This is irrelevant, but I'm throwing it in there for those of you who picture-read...I'm getting a little wordy, aren't I? This is from Sunday, when I hopped on Jiggy for a bit.

Afterwards (well, a while afterwards) I went for – get this – a runwalk. I’m digging them these days. It was sort of a crappy day so it was my way of telling the weather “alright, figure out what you’re going to do today so I can decide when I’m going to see the cutest pony in the world.”

My biggest motivation:

Don’t judge. I have…eclectic tastes. I’m not usually a rap fan unless it’s Jay-Z or rock-type rap stuff. And watching rap videos makes e really angry because I hate all the corny hand gestures. Like, seriously…you’d be a lot cooler if you didn’t try to look cool.

What makes me even more annoyed is driving down the street and seeing kids walking all alone and doing the same hand signs. I know, I know – I should just mind my own business. But they should stop doing weird things with their hands and use them to keep their pants from dropping to their ankles, because for some reason their belt isn’t doing the part.

Hi, my name is Jess and I might as well be your grandma.

On a different note but still a musical note…this is currently my favorite song of all-time.

I am no longer an emo teenager, but sometimes the music I listen to might suggest otherwise. I have no shame, nor should you.

WOW TANGENT ALERT. Back to weather…The weather didn’t really make up its mind so I went to see Teddiekins once I was done and we got rained on so I had to ride inside and holy run-on sentences I was so proud of him. It sounds silly, but since I didn’t want my saddle to get wet I decided it was time to face my “indoor fear.” Last we rode in the indoor it ended on a “You want me to move? Oh, thanks but no thanks.” sort of note before I took him outside. So even though all I did was walk around for ten minutes or so – he was good every. single. second. He was even offering to come round and was so. light. in. the. bridle. I wasn’t going to ask that much of him – but he offered, so I took it. While we were on a roll I threw in some leg yielding and side passing and he was a saint.

I wanted to reward him by taking him for a little canter in the meadow since it stopped raining but halfway there it started nearly downpouring so I just quickly trotted back to the barn.

I am a wimp.

And I like broccoli. And eggs…and cornbread…hummus…mustard. You know the deal.

And then I got to baking. I could have done fun things like business homework reading, but the monotony of baking was just singing my name, you know? 😉 In all honesty, though, so I’m not being a bad influence – I read the whole chapter for my intro to Business class that was assigned while dinner was cooking. Now I’m set for the week! Beat that.

These are, I think, my best bars yet. Which sounds silly because I’m always saying that…but I think I’m right this time. I also realize it’s silly because bars are really personal and I’ve come to the conclusion that a. you can throw anything you like in a bowl and bind it together somehow and make a granola bar, and b. people don’t follow granola bar recipes to a T because they adjust it so it works for them.

I’m going to go against everything I just said and share this recipe anyway. This is my take at making my own 9-Bars. I couldn’t be happier with the result – though I will say, for someone who has so many nuts…

In my defense, I'm not hoarding all the marcona almonds. One of those has cashews, but I those containers are wayyy easier to get into than the bulk-bin bags.

…I don’t have anywhere near enough seeds!! These would be (in the words of the fabulous Freya) ace with the addition of some more seeds (namely, pumpkin) which I will keep in mind for next time…but for now, they’re thisclose to being ace.

Birdseed Bars (name courtesy of Mama Exposures)

makes 5-6

Part One:

  • 2 T. sunflower kernels
  • 2 T. Ruth’s Chia Goodness**
  • 2 T. (heaping) chopped walnuts
  • 2 T. sesame seeds
  • 1/2 T. poppy seeds
  • 1/4 c. puffed millet
  • 1/4 c. + 1 T. rolled oats
  • 1 T. The Organic Whey
  • 4-5 large Medjool dates, chopped
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon

**I used Ruth’s Chia Goodness because a. I don’t have much plain chia seed left, and b. I liked that it has pumpkin seeds in it. Seedy is what I was goin’ for, here! You could easily get away with using regular chia seed – but maybe use a leetle less.

Combine all of the Part One ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Move on to part two:

Part Two:

  • 1/4 c. milled flaxseed
  • 1 T. pumpkin butter
  • 2 T. maple syrup
  • 1 T. molasses
  • 1 1/2 T. peanut butter
  • 2 T. almond milk

Combine all Part Two ingreds:

and then mix wet and dry.

Press down into a greased bar pan (teehee) being sure to smooth down firmly. I find using the back of a spoon works great.

And then bake for about 15 minutes in a preheated 350* oven. Admit how much you love me for just telling you now that your oven should be preheated.

numnumnum good! They’d be bomb with figs, too. ‘Cause I like to get figgy with it…you know.

If you don’t have pumpkin butter, don’t fret – either use a little more maple sizzurp or some other jam that would go with the seedy flavor. I love the addition of the molasses…I needed a little more syrupy consistency to have enough liquid, but knew if I added more than 2 T. maple syrup it’d be too sweet. Molasses was just the ticket!

Next I thought I’d make some goodies for work. I have a freezer full of bran muffins, so I didn’t necessarily want to make something for me, and my mom’s got a lot of [store bought] sweets so I didn’t really want more dessert-type stuff here to just go to waste.

I love Anja’s blog, and turn to her for sweets recipes that are decadent but not necessarily the typical sugar overload goodies. Just because I’m making something for somebody else doesn’t mean I need to throw my own healthy eating habits out the window. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with real brownies, but making surprisingly good treats for being healthy is part of my charm, non?! I like to surprise people.

I’m not usually much of a brownie fan – but these date brownies certainly piqued my interest. I followed it to a T, though cut back a hair on the dates. She mentioned it was very sweet with the dates, so I figured it’d be okay.

Lookit how monstrous these are!

Anyways – I even made a hot water bath to melt the chocolate. Now you know it’s serious. I don’t think I’ve ever done that before, except for…watching my mom do it. My carelessness almost ruined it, I think, as I was using a bowl that had water in it. I noticed the dangerous droplet just before the chocolate started melting it, though – and heard my mom’s voice ringing in my head…”never have a dirty bowl when melting your chocolate!”

I don’t know if that’s real or not, but I switched the bowl.

These brownies scare me. They are so dark. I am not much of a brownie person, though…so I don’t really know how good they are. To me, they’re a little “meh.” Next time, I’d add a little bit of oil. I think it might make them more fudgy, and a little less cakey. Although, there probably won’t be a next time. Not because they’re bad, but because I’m not a brownie person.

I’m still waiting for Henry to try one to tell me if they’re work-acceptable. There’s nothing worse than trying someone’s homemade goodies and thinking they’re awful, but having to act all nice about it.

I don’t want to be that person.

I asked my mom, but she’s the same as me. I guess that’e where I get it from.

New Developing: He just tried one. They’re good. Now you have it! Oh yeah, and I added walnuts. I think Anja did too, just forgot to say so in the recipe.

What’s your favorite dessert/sweet? What about your favorite treat to make for others?

Anyways. I spent all afternoon afterwards cleaning up the mess the ponies made with their hay. Since it got all rained on and was the last of their round bale, they made a huge mess and took forever to clean up.

Will not complain. Will thank them for giving me guns this summer. Have you bought your tickets yet? cause that wet hay is heaaaavvv-y. (harrrdee harr, harr!!)

Mo’s Pasta Alla Formiana has been screaming my name ever since she posted it. Having time to prepare it, a mom to help eat it, lots of tomatoes to use up and business homework to read while it was baking – tonight was as good as any other.

Rather than using canned tomatoes, I just blended two huuuge ones from our garden with the garlic. I also didn’t use any butter (I had faith, Mo, I did! But I didn’t have any butter). Or any measuring spoons, for that matter. Oh, and black beans for the protein…so I pretty much skipped “part two” and just added black beans to the pasta and tomato mixture. It might sound strange, but it worked. Topped with some mozzzzz.

I became so enamored with y business reading (insert eyeroll here) that I baked it a little too long – but even as so, this was fan. taz. tic. Hellloooo, baked pasta, I will be seeing you again soon. And I don’t mean the leftovers for dinner tomorrow, I mean this is going to be the definition of my winter. Please and thank you.

Go make it. You’re welcome.

And with that, I am out…here is my final sentiment:

I lub yoo all!

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If You Knew Me…

If you knew me in real life, you’d know that for the first time in ages, I hit the “snooze” button on my alarm clock cell phone three times this morning. Getting up and taking Teddie for a light hack was not happening.

If you knew me in real life, you’d know that I actually grunted a little rolling out of bed…man, was I sore/tight from yesterday.

Breakfast: Overnight Oats. My mix usually contains 1/3 c. quick oats, 1/2 c. almond milk, 1 t. chia seeds, trail power, and cinnamon - depending on the flavor I'm going for 😉

If you knew me in real life, you’d know that I always feed the animals before I feed myself.

If you knew me in real life, you probably wouldn’t know that I tend to drool a little when I sleep – but I do.

I was feeling the tropical-esque vibe, so topped them with wheat germ, a peach, half a banana, coconut, and cashews.

If you knew me in real life, you’d know I don’t spend hours choosing what to wear or how to do my hair every day. In fact, I’ve got a streamlined process that involves just ten or so minutes of my time.

I tend to go through phases, as you can see - and once I remember a long lost love, I simply can't get enough of it for a couple of days. Case in point: coconut.

If you knew me in real life, you’d know that I tend to look sort of angry when I am concentrating/working. It’s just the way my face goes! I can’t help it…

If you knew me in real life, you’d know that the only show I watch on TV completely attentively is Two and a Half Men and the nightly news. Everything else is mainly background noise – even cooking shows! Actually – I find Man Vs. Food pretty fascinating sometimes – so three.

I am not a "lemon lover." No lemon squares, cheesecake, cookies, sorbet - nada! So it surprises even myself that the lemon bar Larabar is probably in my top five flavors.

If you knew me in real life, you’d know that I forgive all too easily, and yet dwell all too easily, too. I blame myself to often for things that aren’t entirely my fault, and tend to feel guilt pretty easily.

If you knew me in real life, you’d know that I am always paranoid about other drivers not paying attention. I don’t scare myself behind the wheel as much as the other drivers do.

You knew this was coming! Smoked mozzarella, garden plum tomatoes, basil, and balsamic

If you knew me in real life, you’d know that I’ve gone to tonnnns of concerts, mainly back when I was a “hardcore” fan. There were muuullltiple times when I thought I was surely not going to make it home without some sort of maimed body part from the pit, but miraculously – never. On another note – if you knew me in real life, you’d know I’ve never broken any bones (knock on wood!)

If you knew me in real life, you’d know that the only two times I’ve been pulled over by a cop is when I wasn’t even really speeding or being a bad driver – once because I crossed the yellow line (supposedly – I don’t think I did, and i I did – only by inches. But, it was past midnight on a thirsty Thursday – cops were just looking for drunk college kids. He just found college kids.) and once in the same scenario, but instead I was going the speed limit he just didn’t realize it had changed 😛

This wasn't as gross as it looks. Plain Chobani, a white flesh nectarine, honey, and coconut.

If you knew me in real life, you’d know that I’m sort of a wuss. The flying fear is one example – but so is being out in a thunderstorm, boats, swimming in big lakes, and things that go bump in the night.

If you knew me in real life, you’d know that I’m a reeaallly slooooww eater.

Banana and chunks of energy.

If you knew me in real life, you’d know that I am not a kid person. If someone wants me to watch their kid for a second while they run to the bathroom or something, I freak out a little bit inside.

If you knew me in real life, then you probably wouldn’t actually know any of this! I tend to be pretty quiet and reserved, and was always the shy kid in class. I preferred smaller parties/get-togethers and doing things with a few close friends rather than a large group. I am still like that.

The other half of last nights dinner 😉

If you knew me in real life, you would know that I am super-neat and organized and “everything must be perfect” about some things – and really messy about others. For instance…my room? my bathroom? my car? a mess. My food cabinets? My horse stuff? My photos? immaculate. Although when I get to organizing something that is unorganized – I make sure I do it right! Right down to vacuuming every nook and cranny 😉

I forgot to snap a picture until after the dirty work was done 😉

And if you knew me in real life, you’d probably have no idea that I have a food blog – and that it’s changed me for the better.

…if I knew you in real life, I’d know that….?

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Cashew-Carrot Curry Spread

Spread?

Or dip.

Hmm. I suppose this could go either way. I am most likely to use it as a spread, however – but you can eat it by the spoonful if you feel so inclined. So yes, this is that mysterious orange substance I spoke of. Sorry to let down those of you who were thinking sweet-potato something or other. Anything sweet potato is pretty exciting, so hopefully this wasn’t too much of a disappointment!

Cashew-Carrot Curry Spread

yields: a whole lot of carroty goodness

Ingredients:

  • 4 small-medium sized carrots
  • 1/4 c. cashews
  • 1/4 c. plain greek yogurt
  • scant 1 t. dijon mustard
  • heaping 1/2 t. curry powder
  • 1 medium clove garlic
  • 1/2 T. honey
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Destructions:

Chop the carrots into smaller pieces and boil in salted water until easily pierced with a fork or knife.

Drain excess water and allow to cool for a couple minutes.

In a food processor or blender, blend the carrots, garlic, cashews, greek yogurt, and mustard until combined. It doesn’t need to be pureed necessarily.

Stop and add in the remaining ingredients, blending until you get to your desired consistency.

End result!

How to use this concoction?

In sandwiches!

Well, today I discovered it is outstanding with a hardboiled egg. No, that’s not a bunk egg – it just looks funny since it was squished against the bread all night 😉

It would also be lovely dovely paired with homemade crackers! I do not, however – recommend pairing it with a peach. Yes, I have been eating peaches like they’re going out of style.

Brek'ist

I’ll take any fruit that ranges from 69 cents a pound to 99 cents a pound depending on the week, thankyouverymuch. Luckily – I do love peaches even if I still cannot get past their skin.

Base: almost 1/2 c. quick oats, 1/2 c. almond milk, vanilla chobani (mixed in in the am), trail power, cinnamon.

I’ve also discovered that the only fruit that can successfully take the important role that a banana plays is the blueberry. Another miracle fruit!

Topped with: wheat germ, peach-ginger jam, skinless almonds, goji granola, and nuked blueberries and chopped peach mixed with maple sizzurp.

This homemade peach-ginger jam cannot be described. So flavorful! Sweet, but not overly so – enough that it’s still got the zing of the ginger.

Some extra bold iced coffee joined me this morning. Lately, I have not been wanting to fall asleep at a reasonable hour. I like to go to bed by 10. This makes waking up at 5:40 ish a non-issue, and as I’ve said – I don’t mind being a grandma. But these past few nights I’ve been not able to fall right asleep and had sort of restless sleep, too. I don’t get tired until later, and even then, my mind keeps running. When my alarm sounded, I said “Oh HAAAAAAIL no.” and snoozed another twenty minutes. 5:40 wasn’t completely necessary today as it was a day-off for Teddie, so it was okay. And appreciated! Hopefully, though, I can kick this issue to the curb!

Chunks of Energy

While I was at the co-op, I saw that we had some of the real Chunks of Energy and was thisclose to getting some to try. But then realized. That’s my problem. And didn’t.

Although, can we just talk for a second about one of my pet peeves? Okay. Rude cashiers. Seriously. If you hate your life, at least try to make the most of it – you’ll be amazed at how not letting your bad mood take over your mind makes your day oodles better. Especially at a co-op! There’s this guy who’s been there the past two times I’ve gone, and you can tell he just has no where near the level of enthusiasm as most of the workers there do. Which I find especially off because it’s a volunteer position – it’s not like he has to do it for money! He kept practically throwing my food down once he punched in the number.

Maybe I’m just weird because I’m one of those people who loves greeting customers with a smile upon my face while working, and being the polite customer when checking out at stores. Maybe because I know how annoying it is to work with difficult, grumpy people, and know that one nice customer makes the whole day better. Or maybe I’m just happy. Yeah, I’m probably just happy, too.

Anybody else wanna share a pet peeve of theirs?

I made some "trail mix" to have at work - with Annie bunny grahams (hehe...every-bunny needs some bunny grahams!), skinless olive oil & sea salt almonds, papaya, and raisins.

Fun fact: when I was much younger, I used to help this woman with a bunch of rabbits. She showed and bred them. I even had one I trained. Did you know they have to be trained to sit pretty an all? And let me tell you – rabbit bites hurt. I had a scar for years. Anyways. We would feed them dried papaya as a treat, and I would always sneak some for myself. So now I feel like a rabbit for eating so much papaya lately. Although it’s kind of ironic because I’m not the hugest fan of it plain (or fresh, for that matter) but love the tropical twist it lends to bars 🙂

Hummus-Feta-Veg mess with 2 scrambled eggs (with almond milk and parm cheese)

Hi, my name’s Jess, and I’m a hummus and veg freak. Yes, I had to do this again. I was almost drooling on the drive home at the thought. I’ve done this with beans, seitan – next up was eggs! Scrambled ultimately won this time. In the bowl:

  • corn (from a leftover cob)
  • roasted broccoli
  • roasted carrots
  • roasted sugar snap peas
  • couple globs of Cedar’s Garlic Lovers Hummus
  • Ragu
  • feta

But!!! That’s not the last from me – I’m saving the best for last!!

I came home to a package from across the pond! I. am. so. excited.

Nikki and I did a bloggie swap – and I am SO excited to dig in to these bars!! It’s really neat to be sent something that I would never be able to get my hands on over here. I will certainly be letting you all know about each as I eat them 🙂

Peace out girlscouts 😉

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One Little Thing

So, there was one little thing I forgot to mention to you guys yesterday.

*clears throat*

I HAVE FOUR CONSECUTIVE DAYS OFF! I DON’T GO TO WORK UNTIL WEDNESDAY!

*ahem* excuse me for that sudden outburst, but it had to be done.

I realize you’re all probably rolling your eyes right now – I mean how hard do I work, really? I am lucky to only be working three days a week this summer. Well, lucky and poor, but pretty damn happy, pardon my French. So, even though I’m usually plenty rested from a full weekend to go back to work on Monday, since we’re closed I don’t need to…and there’s just something special about some extra days in a row off, no?

To make a long story short…days off – especially so many – equate to lots of waffles and lots of pony  boot camp.

So, now that that mini celebration is over – where was I?

Oh, yes – Happy Fourth of July, everybody! Anyone doing/did/planning anything exciting?

I woke up bright and early and celebrated with a near carbon copy of yesterday’s peachy-fig waffles. The only difference is that today’s were topped with Teddie instead of sunflower seed butter, and honey roasted peanuts instead of cashews. And I never mentioned that yesterday’s were also topped with earth balance and ginger preserves!

A cup of Southern Pecan accompanied the deal – but I didn’t feel like making two trips just to take a picture of my breakfast 😉

I realized this morning that the last time I bought oats, I bought quick oats instead of old fashioned! Ugh, really? I am always so careful – and the whole reason I passed on the Price Chopper brand was because they didn’t have one of old fashioned that was big. My excuse is going to be that the quick oats I grabbed were right next to the old fashioned ones that I was looking at 😉

They worked fine, of course – but will my overnight oats still be good with quick instead of old fashioned?! This could potentially be a serious dilemma! heh.

Anyways. My sister, mom, and I all headed in to the barn early to beat the heat. We won’t discuss the fact that the heat didn’t actually really set in until much later in the afternoon, even though the weathermen were all saying it would be early afternoon/late morning. They’re never right, anyways.

After almost joining a parade we made it home for lunch. I started with just a sandwich – but a lovely one at that. We’ll call it a “last of” sandwich. The last of some roasted broccoli, the last of some tomato paste, the last of a roasted red pepper, the last of my seitan (not the new one I made yesterday – no worries) in addition to some feta cheese and garlic lover’s hummus.

Yes, you’ve seen this before.

No, it won’t grow old.

And dessert ensued a short while after. I love eating lunch at home so I can break it up and not eat everything at once. I had a hunk of a banana-quinoa granola bar with some Teddie and a really deliciously fantastic plum.

I love plums.

Enjoyed while observing an empty bag of Kettle chips on the table. I’ve made my mom obsessed with these ever since I had them the first time a couple of months ago. I don’t have chips a whole lot, but this brand is really good, and obviously very much mother and family approved! I don’t think she’s gone more than a week without them 😉

Anyone else get a family member hooked on a food? Would love to hear the “somewhat healthier substitutions” you guys have slipped in 😉 I think next I’ll buy some Newman O’s or Fig Newmans to replace the Oreos and Fig Newtons on the counter. That and I’ve been really curious to try those Fig Newmans, but I alone wouldn’t be able to eat a whole package.

I can’t really remember what I spent the majority of my afternoon doing, but I do remember a couple of iced coffees, trips to the dried apricot container, and peanut butter and jelly.

Teddie and almond pear jelly, actually. I’m not kidding – I have been a peanut butter and jelly fiend ever since the one I had on Thursday which helped me get backed into. Why is peanut butter and jelly so good?! Especially on toasted delicious bread?

Other goings-on included staying cool in the air conditioning and going through pictures from the barn, lounging on a neat little hammock thing my sister brought down, and playing with my furry four-legged friends.

Oh, and roasting some chickpeas and throwing together a dressing. This salad may take the cake as best of the week. Er – it’s only Sunday, so I guess it’s also the only one I’ve had this week, huh?

For the roasted chickpeas, I coated them with apricot preserves, salt, pepper, and curry powder before baking for about 45 minutes at 450*. For the dressing, I combined apricot preserves, greek yogurt, curry powder, chives, salt, pepper, and a dollop of honey and then stirred in a splash of almond milk to thin it out.

In the Bowl:

  • farmer’s market lettuce
  • farmer’s market snap peas
  • red pepper
  • radish
  • two hardboiled eggs
  • cashews
  • dried apricot
  • and the roasted chickpeas

Oh so good! I also had the last bulgur flatbread with some locally made pepper chevre.

I went on a trail ride with my mom (well, and Jiggy and Mel, of course) a short while afterwards, too. We got absolutely mobbed by the horse and deer flies, though. They are ridiculous this year. It’s just about impossible to go on a pleasant trail ride lately, which is quite a bummer 😦

Aaannd…can anyone reccommend a good food proccesor for around $50? I won this awesome lady’s CSN giveaway, and just in the knick of time! My processor is just about dead 😦 Didn’t last long – but I definitely used and abused it! I’m not expecting a miracle blender in that price range, but good enough to process dates is all I ask 🙂

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The Teddie Chronicles

Teddie and I had the paparazzi after us today! He definitely hammed it up.

But before I got on him, I made sure to inform him that this didn’t mean he could give our onlookers a real show and turn our workday into a pony rodeo 😉

Of course he was just a doll, and our ride was even better than yesterday. I’m only going to share a couple pictures – since we don’t get anyone to take them very often, I’ve got to make them last us a couple days! 😛

I’m glad we’ve got some, though – otherwise I wouldn’t have realized I’m riding with jockey stirrups. I swear, they feel normal! I’ll be dropping them a couple of holes tomorrow. I think since he’s smaller I like them on the short side, anyways, so I can keep my heel on his barrel. I haven’t been worrying about where his head is yet, obviously – and am just trying to keep light contact as his figured the bit out. He’s pretty comfortable walking with it now, but still likes to fuss with it at the trot. Still, I should be bending my arms more, and put my gosh darn heels down! I can’t wait to start riding him in my dressage saddle, though.

And I am sort of embarrased, actually – to be posting these photos where I look so…scruffy. Poor turnout is sort of a peeve of mine – but I’ve busted the zipper on my half chaps and my tall boots are too big, so I’m sort of stuck with jeans and paddock boots for the time being. And my hair is a mess. Yikes!

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Overload

Happy May, everybody! Did you all bring it in with a bang? I sure did: I almost overloaded this bowl this morning! Not only that, but I was delighted to find that my immediate reaction upon stepping onto my porch was not “brrr!!! chilly!!” but rather “oooh, it’s almost humid!! Note the almost part of that. Anything is humid compared to Wednesday.

Guess with my new upped portion, this bowl is a wee bit on the smaller side, eh? :\ No matter – the contents are what matter most! I managed to keep my hand out of the coconut bin this morning – nothing like a little May challenge, right? I proved successful, too.

The base:

Topped with:

  • chia-flax-acai icing
  • Mae’s granola
  • slivered almonds
  • PB & Co Cinnamon Raisin PB
  • and a chutney of the rest of the peach, some frozen cranberries; simmered down in some almond milk and a drizzle of sizzurp.

Yum! It’s been ages since I’ve been to the grocery store, guys…I’m jonesin’ not only to get in a grocery store, but to replenish some favs! Cottage cheese, plums, dr. krackers, dates, apricots, nuts…oi vei. Luckily, though – my mom is the mom to end all moms and asked if I needed anything when she went yesterday. I don’t like her having to pay for my food, but asked if she would mind just picking up some fruit that was on sale, maybe some veggies. She brought home some peaches! Now, there’s one way to tackle my peach skin fear. I kinda liked just saying “surprise me with something. I’ll find a way to use it.” I think I should do it more often. Otherwise I tend to buy the same stuff. Do you try to mix it up at the store, or stick to stuff you KNOW you’ll like for the most part? Breaking news: Larabars are on sale 10/$10 this week. I hereby declare my “no more purchasing bars” rule over. Hey, it’s allowed since I’m making the switch to less processed bars such as Larabars anyways, right?! right.

That being said, maybe she’s just bee reading my blog. I have bee talking about getting some fresh peaches to use in oats lately. My stupid “N” key keeps sticking on my board ad it’s driving me nuts.

UH, anyways. It was auction day!! We went going mainly for fun – you sort of learn not to expect any really nice horses at auctions, but since this was said to be a pretty big, nice one – we thought there might be something. They’re always fun to watch whether you’re looking to buy or not. I packed us lunch last night since it was to be an all-day affair, and concessions at things like this tend to be hamburgers and hut-dugs. I wish I would have taken a picture of our sandwiches. I will never learn boundaries for what is able to fit between to slices of bread, I swear!! I believe in veggie overload. My hummus sandwich stacked with eggplant, fried egg, feta, baby spinach, red pepper, tomato, and fresh basil was at least 4 inches high, I kid you not. I should have wrapped it for ease – but after yesterday’s wrap, I have no idea how I went through such a wrap craze. I am all about fresh bread right now. Bread or wrap?? And – what do you use as a main source of protein when you’re not having a sandwich with meat?

I successfully took pictures of the foods we didn’t actually end up consuming, so what follows is a game of “this is not what it looks like.” I sorta just grabbed a whole bunch of stuff since it was two of us and I thought we might get home pretty late, since it was a good drive.

A bunch of bars. Packed as the thought of an afternoon snack. None of these really happened.

Snyder’s Butter Snaps – one of my favorite lunch plate side-items. Didn’t happen. Instead – mini larabars. Lemon for moi, Peanut Butter Cookie for mi madre. I was surprisingly impressed with the lemon bar – I don’t typically love lemon flavors, but this was really good.

This is the only photograph that depicts what actually happened. Who would I be without my [last] quinoa muffin and a banana?

Yeah – I guess my lunch box was overloaded. Do you tend to over prepare or under prepare food-wise? When I’m hungry, I’m hungry – I’m prepared  to get broken down on the side of the road in the boondocks, I guess.

Know what else was overloaded? The auction! There were tons of people, and as it progressed it got so packed I started feeling claustrophobic, hah. We stayed for probably 3/4s of the tack before heading out – there ended up only being a dozen or so horses. Like I said, we weren’t necessarily expecting to find a horse/pony to bring home, but were expecting more to be there. Although – something quite funny happened as we were about to leave…but I’m not going to say what because I’ afraid I’ll jinx myself 🙂

It ended up getting quite humid as the day progressed, and I’m pretty sure I let myself get dehydrated. I typically drink tons of water throughout the day, but try to cut back when I know I’ll be out and about. Because…well, in the same way that what goes up must come down, what goes in must come out. I definitely felt the reduced water intake in my energy levels – I was beat on the drive home, and glad my mom offered to drive. Sure, we walked pretty much all over a fairgrounds over and over – but I’m pretty certain it had to do with water intake. Recently, I’ve done a lot of thinking about water intake, too. Maybe because I’ve spent a lot of time with my mom, or with people who I notice rarely ever drink. I mentioned that I wanted a camel back for long rides to my mom, and she kind of just went “Hm. I guess I just don’t really think about drinking during the day.” And here I am – one hour in and I’m parched! Do you drink a lot of water? When you don’t – do you notice anything different about yourself?

That said – still being hot, I had no desire to stand over a stove and felt grillin’ to be a necessary.

Luckily, I had one last portobello cap, and sliced up the last of my eggplant and a red pepper, too. Brushed them all with some balsamic and sprinkled with garlic salt and grilled away.

Yep, you guessed it. Overloaded again. There was no room for the eggplant. Look for that tomorrow. I toasted some harvest grain bread spread with smart balance & garlic, and then layered on the roasted reds, portobello, and then a baby spinach & diced tomato mixture before topping with garlic and herb feta.

I also made parsnip fries for us all, also on the grill. So glad that worked – because there ain’t no way the oven’s getting turned on in the dead of summer for beloved fries – be it carrot, sweet potato, or parsnip. Or whatever other fry I conjure up between then and now.

Oop – gotta run, Kentucky derby time!!

Bloggie to-do List:

  • Photography post
  • Almond-Cranberry Bulghur-Quinoa muffin post
  • Figure out a new layout
  • Finally post a guest post I was given eons ago

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