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Plagued

You can take one look at my breakfast and know something was up:

Strawberry-Banana So Delicious yogurt with protein powder, banana, chia seeds and a bran muffin.

What’s cool and soothing for a scratchy throat?

Yogurt.

Yep. My condition deteriorated rapidly last night, and I had to resort to crawling in bed, hardly able to breath, at hardly 8:00. This was difficult for me because the Bs were playing the Habs last night – always a good game.

My efforts to fall asleep early were a bit of a joke, however, as I intended to watch the game as I dozed. When you hear things like “Score!” every 30 seconds and then announcers excitedly narrating fights, going to bed early just isn’t a priority anymore.

I suppose combining a bran muffin with strawberry-banana yogurt is a bit odd...but luckily I couldn't taste much anyway.

I just knew I was going to wake up with a scratchy throat and a pounding head, and I did.

I kept telling myself I deserved to get sick for once, after dodging all the illnesses that float around my workplace. Missing out on swine flu is my proudest moment, you know.

Luckily (if you can call it that,) I think it’s more of a pesky sinus-y type thing that I’ve got. I slept just about all morning, and finally started to feel somewhat normal after lunch. I’ve got a little bit of a headache still, but I think I’ll make it ๐Ÿ˜‰

Let us not forget the reds 8000 I chugged this morning.

Extra precautions.

So it seems a lot of people, when they are sick, lose their appetite.

I am the exact opposite.

In fact, all that is appealing to me is just eating more in efforts to make swallowing less painful.

Carrots, hummus and applesauce were all of equal importance today.

Not together, obviously. But I think I ate a whole bag of carrots and a good cup of hummus as well as many bowls of applesauce. What can I say?

And when I began to realize I wasn’t going to die from the plague like I initially thought I was, I realized I was a-okay to get some baking done. I took extra precautions to make sure the baking wasn’t infected, I promise.

Remember my Birdseed bars?

I baked some up for a certain someone, but tweaked the recipe again. This might be my favorite version yet! I love how the “bar pans” (mini loaf pans) allow each bar to get crispy edges, too.

I kept it simple for dinner though, as I was beginning to feel a little lethargic again. It’d been a while since I had a baked sweet potato though, and I decided one was imperative to my well-being.

Luckily, I had just read Mandiee’s mention of the magical numbers: 425* for 45 minutes. Remember that. Don’t ever forget it. It is the key to ooey, gooey sweet potatoes. There will be no more haphazardly throwing sweet potatoes in the oven at a temperature anywhere from 400* to 450* from me.

Paired with a hummus-quinoa casserole idea taken from Vive le Vegan. I just layered cooked quinoa, then a mixture of hummus and tomato sauce and then some roasted veg.

I bet you guys didn’t know that I love frozen peas. I don’t eat them frozen, obviously, but I think they’re the one vegetable I’d rather have from frozen than from fresh. Probably because the fresh ones are so much work and I can be kind of lazy…but whatever.

What’s your favorite “sick food”?

Is there any food you prefer packaged/frozen/what-have-you over fresh?

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Fun Facts

Fun Facts of the Day:

  • Prairie Voles are one of the only mammals that are monogamous
  • Running isn’t so bad when you don’t have an awkward camera/camera bag around your neck and your ears are warm
  • It’s really baffling me that I can’t locate my belt, as there are only two places in this house where I would be taking off such a thing
  • I am currently drinking tea. Tea means fall is upon us.

These waffles this morning were out of this world good. I added loots of cinnamon to the usual recipe, and topped it with fresh banana slices – which was a change from my usual nuked banana slices – dried figs, cashews, and peanut butter sauce. The combination worked so well…especially because my peanut butter sauce was amped up! I mixed some monkey business with organic valley vanilla yogurt, chia seeds, and maple syrup. I wish I could say I love this new peanut butter – but the more I have it, the nastier it is :\ It was fine in this combination, though, and mixed into things in general – just not plain. Too…artificially.

Anyways. Enough about breakfast. I went for another runwalk before it, though! I just…keep getting so inspired to run! I think the weather changing has a lot to do with it, as well as inspiration from everyone I read. I know Sunday’s wasn’t overwhelmingly amazing, but I erased any memory of it and set out. Which is ironic, because this morning was really crappy weather, and usually that puts me in a reclusive mood, not a “rah, rah, run!” mood. It was sprinkling, even!

But I had fun. My revelation: if you wear really dorky headphones, they cover your ears enough that the tips don’t get cold, which is always my biggest complaint. And having a working iPod definitely helps. And no bulky camera at your side.

Oh, those ears...my favorite part of him ๐Ÿ˜‰

After breakfast, though, I went to see loverboy. We had such a good ride! I don’t think his little legs had ever moved so fast before our little gallop up the hill ๐Ÿ˜‰ We did some work in the outdoor despite the less-than-stellar weather and then moved onto messing around in the meadows before haulin’ butt home. Not the best thing to teach him to run home, but we’ve gotta live a little, you know!

I feel much less stressed about him lately – I was sort of freaking out about whether he would “work out” where he is now, especially when winter sets in and we do indoor work. But you know…whatever happens, happens. I don’t think I’ve ever had a horse that I’ve been so content to just do whatever with…but I am with him. Even if all I do is brush him and give him his belly rubs…he’s just so much fun to be around.

Buuuut then the party was over and I got home to get some school work done. Enter: prairie voles.

Backtrack.

First, I called my mom and requested onions and peanut butter while she was at the store. How bizarre of a request is that? Onions…and peanut butter. Hmm.

and lunch was definitely not anything to be skipping over, either. Holy wow are these wraps good!

especially when you nuke them, smear them with garlic hummus, feta cheese, and roasted red pepper and then nuke a bit longer.

It was oozy, creamy, nommerful deliciousness.

With some vanilla chobani, pineapple, and energy chunk crumbles for some more protein-age and deliciousness, too.

And I just had to make something today, of course! Since I was going to still be a good student, I kept it short and sweet with homemade crackers…

mix of: 1/4 c each: sunflower seeds, chia seeds, milled flax, cashews, plus some sesame seeds and BBQ rub. Numnum.

Not really necessary, but I knew I wasn’t going to be able to keep studying diligently if I didn’t just make some banana soft serve to get it off my mind. Pure creamy, heavenly deliciousness in a bowl. I blended frozen banana, frozen raspberries, and some almond milk for pure bliss.

Enter: online classes. I’m lucky it was a dreary day, because otherwise I never would have been so diligent about reading all about prairie voles and their monogamous preferences.

Oh yeah, and cleaning out the ponies. I feel sort of bad that we haven’t done much with the lately except brushing and ground work…but at the same time, I guess it’s okay because when winter sets in we won’t be able to ride them much anyways. So hey…if they hangout and just get doted on and look cute ย ’til spring it’s not the end of the world.

And to wrap this up (man, why am I so boring lately?) dinner was fabby, too:

I had a cashew-pineapple-quinoa stir fry from veganomicon, though switched up a hair just based on what I had. Initially, as I was making it…I was concerned there were too many flavors and that it would never work. But it was a-ok and was even mother approved.

Cook as instructed some quinoa.

Saute diced onion and garlic in peanut oil. Add in a pinch of ground ginger. Keep stir frying, and then add in sliced carrot, diced bell pepper, and frozen peas. Season with salt and pepper, stir frying, then add in fresh mint and fresh basil. Stir, Stir, Stir! Then add in sliced pineapple and your cooked quinoa. I chose to add some black beans for a bit more oomph, too.

Top with chopped cashews!

I’m off to go find my belt and read about the variation in color in ladybugs. I bet your night won’t be this crazy!

What’s your favorite stir fry meal? I’ve never made a real stir fry, I don’t think…but I don’t know why not!! So I want to hear all your crazy concoctions. I know there’s a few of you that enjoy them quite often ๐Ÿ˜‰

Give me your most bizarre factoid!! Or self quirks. I can write a whole blog post no problem, but when I’m done and need to add tags and categories, I get so lazy and it just seems like so.much. work.

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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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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-figย strudelsย 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 ๐Ÿ˜›

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! ๐Ÿ˜›

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Hungry Monster

Just a speedy post from me tonight!

I have had a hungry monster with a raging sweet tooth residing in me all afternoon. I must have sensed this would happen last night, when I made this quinoa salad last night for a future lunch or dinner.

Maple-Basil Quinoa Salad

  • 1/4 c. dry-measure of quinoa – cooked as instructed
  • 1/2 c. garbanzo beans
  • 1/4 of a small yellow pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 Turkish fig, chopped
  • 2-3 small fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 T. pure maple syrup
  • 2 T. chopped pecans
  • salt, to taste
  • maple pepper, to taste

Very delish – especially when enjoyed over a balsamic and maple pepper seasoned portabella.

Don't ask me what I was thinking, plating something black on black!

I also had some roasted broccoli seasoned with garlic salt and then drizzle with maple sizzurp.

I loved the salty-sweet mixture of everything! Especially the salad.

The highlight of my hungry monster’s day? Hands-down, this Bounce protein hit. I mean, c’mon. A hit of protein? How cool does that sound?

This ball/bar is probably the one that “spoke” to me right off the bat upon receiving Nikki’s package. I think I’d be lying if I said it had nothing to do with the fun graphic design.

What can I say? I shop with my eyes.

The other thing that immediately jumped out at me? It uses whey protein, not soy!! Joy ๐Ÿ™‚

This was definitely a lifesaver this afternoon, because the handfuls of almonds, crackers, and iced coffee certainly wasn’t doing it for me.

Basically, I need to get a boatload of these shipped to the U.S, stat. Sort of funny, because the ingredients don’t even sound that appetizing (not to say it’s a bunch of sketchy stuff in there – just not stuff you have in your cupboard, or the fruits and nuts you’re used to seeing) but this was killer. Just subtly sweet, with a wonderful almond and vanilla flavor. And the texture!! Oh, the texture. So chewy and crunchy. So perfect. Sort of reminds me of a Kardea bar texture-wise!

I’m sort of proud of myself for not hoarding this one and saving it for last, since it was the one I thought I would enjoy most. Now I’m sad I don’t have it waiting patiently for me. Eh, well. Life resumes.

Other partners to ward off the hunger monster was a big “bowl” of vanilla chobani with wheat germ, blueberries, and a peach. I spy blueberry stems. That was probably eaten. I am officially the worst blueberry picker ever – I picked so many stems when I went! :X And I was glad to welcome plums back into my fruit line-up.

Does this look familiar?

Sorry for being so repetitive – but it’s that good, and that carrot-cashew curry spread really made that much. I still have a lot left, actually. And crackers.

And unpictured “trail mix” that I packed earlier in the week – almonds, papaya, and raisins. And fruit leather. And iced coffee with cream and a bit of sugar. I feel like there was something else, too, but I can’t put my finger on it.

I think this hunger may or may not have had to do with a breakfast lacking in peanut butter. Hmmm. I mean – the banana’s there and everything!

"Oatmeal-Raisin Cookie" Oats

I can’t say I hate it, though. I mean, I’ve already had some banana bread and once I hit publish am thinking up a mean bowl of quick oats. And lets not forget my nightly cereal, too.

But, luckily – my sweet tooth wasn’t craving a McDonald’s smoothie. Remember how I was wondering whether they were really as “real” as they claim? Well, not quite. A large has 70 grams of sugar – most of it added sugar! Bummer. I mean, I wasn’t going to go spend my money on one just because I can make myself a smoothie at home – but I was hoping maybe McDonald’s would be comin’ around. I am at least optimistic, I suppose?

In Teddie news, I started my morning off in no better fashion – a lovely quasi-hack down to the outdoor. Our first time! He felt his “get up and go” more than his “whoa,” but no harm done. I can’t wait until the fields are mowed/hayed so we can galavant through them ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Weekend, everybody!! I am a workin’ girl tomorrow – oi!

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Scattered

Lets have a scattered post day, shall we?

Kitchen Experiements

I am all out of muffins, and have been for a couple of days now. This is sad to me. I love having one of my muffins for dessert. And I especially loved the PB Branana Muffins I made recently. It’s also been way too hot to turn on the oven.

I was going to make them again, but then remembered the BSI this week is applesauce. And so I changed my plans a little. Yet still failed to come up with something suitable to enter.

Why?

Well, these muffins taste good. But, there were some glitches in the experimenting. Take, for instance, trying to bake a big loaf (instead of the intentional muffin) in a small toaster oven.

Yes. I went there. But!! I’m still going to post the recipe because I am 99% sure if you are just able to bake them as muffins you would have a much greater success rate.

Quinoa Carrot Muffins

  • 1/2 c. almond milk
  • 3/4 c. applesauce (unsweetened, all-natural)
  • 1 T. milled flaxseed
  • 1/3 c. Xagave
  • 1/2 c. white whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 c. whole wheat flour
  • 2 T. coconut flour
  • 1 1/2 t. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/2 t. nutmeg
  • 1/4 t. ginger
  • 1 1/4 c. cooked quinoa
  • 1 c. shredded carrots
  • 1/2 c. chopped pecans
  • 2 chopped Turkish figs
  • crystallized ginger (optional, for the top)

Whisk together the milk, applesauce, and flax. Allow to sit one minute, and then whisk in agave.


In separate bowl, whisk together dry ingredients.
Add wet to dry, and combine. Do not overmix.
Fold in quinoa, carrots, figs and pecans.


Pour into muffin tins and bake at (I’m guessing here) 350* for 20 minutes. Don’t take my word for it, though. I sprinkled chopped crystallized ginger on top, too.

They are moist and delicious, but my batch is ugly. I figured that would happen. I baked it for about half an hour…took it out…flipped it over in the pan…baked about 20 more minutes…thought it was done…cut into it…was sorta gooey. Cut it into chunks about the size of a muffin, put on the baking sheet that came with the oven, and baked longer. Then they were done ๐Ÿ™‚ ย So, they will certainly be making an appearance again. Except in real muffin form.

The Morning

Everyone was sleeping still when I woke up! And I even slept until 7. Looks like these guys were out late partying.

Maya and ???

Apologies for the poor photography. I didn’t feel like putting shoes on, so shot from the deck ๐Ÿ˜›

Jiggy. He's alive, I promise.

Kaia was up, though I don’t know how she felt about it:

Really, mom?

And SaBaay always wants to say hello, too:

She looks so mean. She's not.

For a cat, she's doing a pretty good "cow."

I had to take advantage of the pretty fog we had this morning – sorry! Moving on. I was obviously too lazy to change my lens. Work with me here.

The Eats:

Really good waffles. I'd missed them.

Peaches were on sale for $0.68/lb yesterday. Score. Obviously, they will be much loved this week.

Waffles! Except, I’ve been buying the honey flavored Kashi puffed cereal. Very good, as well. For some reason, these waffles were better than usual, maybe for that reason. Or maybe because it’s been a couple of days and I missed them more than I’d realized.

The Toppings:

And yes, I do still let my waffles get soggy before eating them. The juices from the fruit combined with the agave melting into the waffle is just too perfect for words.

Lunch was amaaaaze today.

A tomato sandwich, but not being a mayo person, I made it with a ranch dressing – greek yogurt, garlic salt, pepper, dill, and chives – and pepper goat cheese.

Why yes, yes that is a boatload of smoked sea salt that my snap peas are swimming in. And yes, yes that is fresh lettuce from our garden. Minor gloat.

Fun Fact: I’ve probabbly eaten my body weight x ten in sweet cherries today. I feel like a farmer spitting out chew when I spit the seeds out, because I’m not classy enough to cut them or de-pit them first.

Best snack ever. If I'm home, anyway.

Kashi, oats, trail power, honey roasted peanuts, sunflower seed butter, cherries, almond milk.

I found a kidney bean in my chickpeas when I was making dinner. Random.

I had leftover quinoa, so naturally that had to star in dinner. I made a quick cold quinoa salad with:

  • quinoa
  • chickpeas
  • sliced cherries
  • fresh basil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • balsamic vinegar

And let it chill for a while in the fridge. When it was time for dinner, I served it over a bed of lettuce from the garden, snap peas, and red pepper and made a quicky yogurt-dressing by mixing greek yogurt, cranberry-orange jam, dijon mustard, and fresh basil. I thinned it with a splash of almond milk. This was a great combo of flavors, if I may say so myself ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Ponies

My mom tried her hand at momography while I rode Teddie this morning. Teddie was a superstar once again. Mom was a superstar at momography. Which, as you may know, means a work in progress at photography. I’m just grateful to have someone with me though, so I won’t complain! It’s actually difficult to find someone to take good riding pictures because there’s a certain point in the stride that you need to press that button. Otherwise, it’s just not a pretty picture.

And that’s the “pretty point” in the trot. Although I’m mildlyย embarrassedย at how popped my collar is. He’s stepping up nicely, though. And honestly, I’m just glad he’s quieter with the bit at the trot, so I’m still not asking for much.

Showing off for my mom. He’s a ham.

This isn’t flattering for either party involved, but he has the cutest face, doe she not? Proud mom here, bear with me.

Practicing our centerline!

As for Maya and yet-to-be-named, they are the sweetest things ever. Especially Maya! Yet-to-be-named is sweet, but sometimes plays “hard to get,” in that she’ll walk away at first but after a minute or two of just letting her think it out she comes over and ends up loving the attention! We took them both out for a little walk down the road in-hand and they did very well, even when Mel and Jiggy charged the fence ๐Ÿ˜‰ My mom took Maya and I yet-to-be-named. We have our favorites I think ๐Ÿ˜‰ Yet-to-be-named reminds me of a female Teddie!

I’m off to find my cell phone, finish a massive load of laundry (when did I become so awful about putting off laundry?!) and if tonight is anything like last night, do a little bit of yoga, too ๐Ÿ™‚

So, I’ve blabbed long enough – what was the highlight of your weekend?!

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