I am moved.
I am exhausted!
How did hub and I ever move cross-country?! This cross-town move has worn me out.
Call me lacking in sentimentality, but I don’t keep things. I don’t like clutter in my life! The one thing I do keep is books. I have a LOT of books. I would venture to say that my books comprised the bulk of what we moved.
Thanksgiving day was spent with a U-Haul van. Thanksgiving dinner was raw broc + guac, unpictured, because my camera was in some unlabeled box. You can imagine what it must have looked like.
The kitchen was the first thing I unpacked, of course.
It’s TINIER cozier and, being in an older building, less modern than my old, spacious black and stainless-themed kitchen. I fancy a clean, modern aesthetic, but at least for now I am digging on the comfy, white retro-ish look.
I was hoping to do some belated Thanksgiving cooking this weekend, but I am terrified to light the pilot lights on my old school stove and oven. If the hub doesn’t feel comfortable with it, I’ll wait for the maintenance guy to do it for me.
When you can’t bake a pie, raw cookies are a lovely alternative.
These feature almonds, walnuts, honey dates, and dried cherries. And they are good.
I’m starting to chip away at the Google Reader, and it has been great to vicariously enjoy so many gorgeous Thanksgiving celebrations. In my relatively young life I’ve actually had plenty of lonely Thanksgivings, during my stint in military intelligence (you think I’m kidding!) and as a single girl living a fast life in DC. Last year I prepared a beautifully successful vegan spread for the hub and I, and I was eager to recreate some of that success this year. Alas, things didn’t work out that way! Still, I couldn’t be more thankful for this Thanksgiving’s turn of events. Although our time was occupied by plenty of work, hub and I spent four entire days together. That hasn’t happened since last Christmas!
And I still may recreate that meal. As soon as hub and I can synchronize our schedules again.
Hey friends. I haven’t blogged in a minute, have I?
I still have mad love for the blog world. I just haven’t felt capable of any meaningful contributions lately (not that this post will be!). And I want to be meaningful.
So yeah, I’ve been busy. There’s work, school, husband, existential crises, moving. Yes, hub and I are moving. Alas, not cross-country (I so miss my east coast at this time of year! Only until snow hits; I’ve never missed snow); just cross-town, but it all happened rather suddenly. We had been casually looking for a new place, and then we found a place, and two days after we peeped it we were signing a lease, and the U-Haul is reserved for Thanksgiving day. So much for my plans for recreating last year’s triumphant vegan spread! I think I still will cook the dinner I’ve been planning. It will just be slightly delayed. I’m already thinking about how I will anoint the ridiculously cute retro Wedgewood stove in my our my new kitchen.
I’m also hoping the lighting will be better there.
I hope everyone has been having a wonderful weekend, and is looking forward to the holiday week! I will be back (and better than ever! Ha! Oh dear).
What would you prepare for your first meal in a new kitchen?
Busy, busy, busy! Would love to stay and chat, but for now, how about a good song for your workout mix?
And now I’ve got some raw almond cookies to finish preparing. Hope everyone is having a great week!
Ah. The weekend.
This first week of November was a doozy.
I wonder what the etymology of “doozy” is.
I googled doozy. Definite origins still slightly unclear.
National Fig Week is coming to a close and National Split Pea Soup Week is about to commence! I have a great recipe for split pea soup; haven’t made it since last winter, though…
Today is Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day. That sounds good.
What did I eat on National Nachos Day?
I wish I had remembered to bring my camera to work. Snacks included delicious raw granola and amazing fermented cacao beans. I spent the afternoon on another raw cacao high.
There was a huge production of a movie filming just across the street from our office yesterday (Justin Timberlake starring! Security was tight). As I walked home from the office yesterday evening, the catering people were setting up the dinner service, which nearly stretched from one end of the block to the other. I tried to catch a glimpse of what they were serving, but my desire to push through the craziness and get home won out over my curiosity. It smelled… meaty.
I came home to this dinner service.
Friday evenings I allow myself a little indulgence.
I slept hard last night. Today was a long overdue no-run day. I did an hour of pilates, which felt just right.
I spent about hour walking around, doing errands. The rest of the day is devoted to studying, and playing with some music. Two of my favorite things!
Hub is at the office, of course. Poor hub.
I’m tired today, can you tell? I’m happy to have a quiet day to rest, say some om’s. Usually I’m going a mile a minute on Saturdays, trying to make the most of my time.
Let’s make a list.
- Go Yankees!
- My cranberry cobbler turned out pretty well. The ratio of fruity bottom to biscuit topping was slightly off; that was really my only complaint.
- Speaking of cranberries, experiment #2 is in the oven right now. Does a cranberry cacao muffin sound good? I thought it might be nice. It smells amazing while it’s cooking, at the very least.
- I’ve been experimenting with some pilates as a supplement to my running this week. I’m digging on it, so far.
- Here is today’s small farmers’ market haul.
You will notice that both summer and winter squash are represented here. After my agreeable butternut squash experience last week, I decided to try out a sweet dumpling squash. I washed it and popped it in the oven at 320. After it had softened a little bit, I stabbed some holes in it to allow steam to escape. I baked it for an hour and twenty minutes, changing its position on the baking sheet every twenty minutes or so. Then I stuck it in the fridge for a few minutes, to speed up the cooling so I could cut it. Hunger was rendering me impatient.
I topped it with my usual array of condiments: hot sauce, cayenne, Bragg’s, and a dash of apple cider vinegar. It was good! Very mild flavor; texture was not too mushy or grainy.
- I’m so excited; I’ve got all sorts of new music! Yesterday, my boss- the coolest, most collaborative boss I’ve ever had, I might add- and I did a massive music swap while at work. New music, muffins in the oven, not a bad evening, right?
- Wait, the muffins are out of the oven.
- And, after letting them cool for a bit, I tried one. Ooh, this was a good experiment. Very chocolatey; light in texture but still sort of rich (I find that coconut oil often imparts this quality in baked goods); not really tart or bitter but not overly sweet by any means. I based it on this recipe.
- 1 c almond milk
- little less than 1/4 c coconut oil
- little less that 1/4 c extra virgin olive oil
- 1/3 c palm sugar
- 2 c whole wheat pastry flour
- 1/2 c oats
- 1/4 c raw cacao powder
- 1 t baking powder
- 1/2 t baking soda
- dash or two salt
- 1 c fresh cranberries, pulsed in food pro
- about 1/3 c cacao nibs
Preheat oven to 350. Line muffin tins or spray lightly with oil. Combine first four ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk together following six ingredients in another bowl. Stir in cranberries and nibs. In two batches, add dry mixture to wet. Mix until well combined, but don’t overmix; it can be lumpy. Fill muffin tins; bake for 16-20 minutes (until toothpick test comes out positive).
Now I’m going to make some tea and try to resist grabbing another muffin from the cooling rack. Tomorrow is National Doughnut Day! Do you prefer doughnuts or muffins?
I’m so happy that it’s not even noon yet. Still so much Sunday remains!
Halloween weekend may not typically be a “quiet” weekend, but mine has been. Gloriously quiet! Hub arrived home just after 7 on Friday, with the assurance that he was not returning to the office until Monday, and we enjoyed a quiet evening in, catching up on DVR’ed shows. I ate this.I snacked on some raw cashews too.
I had a decent run on Saturday, but by this point in the week my body was feeling rather tired, so I didn’t push the pace too much. Hub and I ran some errands, he went out to hang with the boys, I took a walk while chatting with my parents and then returned home to clean and do laundry. I got some stuff done, but ended up getting distracted by this craziness. Yes, I got my DJ Hero on.
Hub came home and we discussed various options for Halloween activities, but the option that ultimately won out was staying home and enjoying each other’s company. And rocking out to Beatles Rock Band (one of our errands yesterday morning was to the game store so hub could trade in things and get new things. I’m not very video game literate myself). The Reverse Peepholes are now a Beatles cover band.
My eats yesterday weren’t very exciting.
I eat about one head of raw broccoli a day.
I eat a lot of hot sauce too.
This stuff is too good.
There were plenty of other snacks too. You know it’s a boring food day when the highlights are a bowl of raw broccoli and a steamed sweet potato. Not that either of those things isn’t delicious, of course.
We sipped some wine while we jammed.
No run this morning. I took a brisk walk to the store to grab a few breakfast necessities, so I could make the omni hub’s Sunday biscuits and eggs.
I just pulled my first cranberry experiment out of the oven. I have to say, it looks and smells lovely. I don’t want to post the recipe until I try it, but I will let you have a peek.
Trust me, it does actually look good. I know you wouldn’t think so from my pictures.
It’s cranberry cobbler. Type thing. I still have some cranberries to use, and I’ve got another experiment in mind for them.
Lunch time! Hub requested taco salads. What’s your favorite taco topping? I’ll pick beans. Not refried; I prefer discrete beans to bean mush. Black beans and pineapple are a great combo. With fresh jalapenos, and lots of extra spicy salsa!
Oh, it’s been too long.
Hub called Verizon and got our internet back up and running. I was relieved not to have to deal with that myself.
I had a super-productive day home from the office on Wednesday. I ran, yoga-ed, studied, went to the farmers’ market, cleaned, did laundry. I caught up on email, played with some music and then my laptop decided to have a meltdown.
Hub laid hands on it, and I think it’s better now. I gave it some time to rest and it seems to be running better than ever.
I hope I didn’t just jinx it.
I’m currently at work, without my camera and thus have no pictures to share. I will say I am currently high on raw cacao and maca, and I hardly know what to do with myself. I might as well give my poor little blog some attention!
This has been a relatively mellow week at the office, as the big boss decided to pop over to Thailand for the week. Must be nice, right? Shoot, I’d be happy if hub and I could fit in a day trip to San Diego or something…
Hub assures me that he is not going in to his office at all this weekend, so I’m excited to spend some time with him. I feel like I haven’t seen him since Sunday.
I really do plan to resume commence more regular posting. Sadly undocumented highlights of this past week include the following:
- I purchased the smallest butternut squash ever at the farmers’ market. As a kid, I never liked winter squash (it was the only type of vegetable that I didn’t like), and I can’t remember the last time I even tried butternut squash. I decided it was time, and I kinda had a feeling I would like it. I was right! I steamed it, and topped it with hot sauce and fancy salt. You can imagine what that might look like, yes?
- This being the season, and seeing various friends and coworkers sniffling and suffering through colds, I’ve been on an immune-boosting mission. I’m taking my daily probiotics, plus I’ve been using some great organic, dose-reliable elderberry extract lozenges (that happen to taste just like Flintstones vitamins). Elderberries are rich in flavonoids and anthocyanidins, which protect cells from the dangerous effects of free radicals, and enhance immunity by maintaining a healthy microbe balance. I’ve also been using an organic liquid mushroom complex. Mushrooms contain beta glucans that are known to boost immune function. Certain mushrooms also dramatically increase natural killer cell activity.
- For the past week I’ve been savoring some amazing raw fermented coconut cheese. Super tangy, thick, probiotic-y amazingness. I finished it yesterday. Sad!
- There is a bag of gorgeous fresh cranberries in my fridge that are begging for a special recipe. I can’t decide what I want to make though. If you were unexpectedly blessed with a bounty of cranberries, what would you do with them?
I’ll be back, I promise!
I was feeling pretty good about my pretty regular posting last week.
Yesterday the internet was out at home. I didn’t have time to deal with it during the day, and was looking at it as sort of a blessing in disguise anyhow; I enjoyed a nice relaxing evening sans laptop. I also figured the hub could magically make it better when he got home from work, because he can usually do that. Unfortunately, it looks like I am going to have to call Verizon. Last time I had to call Verizon I sat on the floor for two hours surrounded by alien devices (like modems) and wires and demolished a bulk bag of raw cashews. It was a sensitive time.
So, I just wanted to say here I am and I wish I could get a real post up and get commenting but I will. Tomorrow, at least. I hope?
I also wanted to say that I spoke too soon when I said High Country kombucha was not as fizzy and effervescent as GT Dave’s. At that point, I had not yet tried the goji berry kombucha.Ridiculously fizzy, this. In a good way.
I hope everyone is enjoying this last week of October! Good Nutrition/Pomegranate/Georgia Pecan/Peanut Butter Lover’s/Pepper/Raisin Bread/Vegan (!) Month is almost upon us!
Got any good internet service horror stories to share?
It’s been a pretty big weekend for my little household.
- Friday date!
- I beat the hub at a video game!
- Grocery shopping! We have toilet paper for days!
Hub left work around 7 (i.e. several hours earlier than usual) Friday evening, and by 7:30 we were on our way to Salute Wine Bar.
Salute was nice (don’t you hate the word nice? I feel like it’s always kind of patronizing). The space was nice; the atmosphere was pretty mellow; it wasn’t too crowded. We opted to try out their “cutting edge wine dispensing system” and sampled two ounce pours of some different wines. Hub started with a white, and I tried the Montgras Quatro, which was a blend of cabernet sauvignon, malbec, carmenere, and syrah. I tried it because I’m a sucker for Chilean wine, and it wasn’t bad by any means, but it wasn’t my favorite. I usually stay away from blended-type wines, for no other reason than I just don’t like the idea of them (just like I never liked fruit punch as a kid; I just want one fruit in my juice/grape in my wine!). Next, I tried the Layer Cake Primitivo Zinfandel. I based this pick on aesthetics of the label alone (this is often how I pick wine; I have refined taste, no?). Surprisingly, I enjoyed it quite a bit. It tasted very fruity and smooth; juicy or creamy, even. It definitely had characteristics that I don’t usually go for in wine. Finally I tried a pinot noir that the husband poured, and I can’t remember what it was exactly. It didn’t totally impress me anyhow, but that may have had something to do with the big fat zinfandel still coating my palate.
Salute has a menu of Italian small plates. We ordered some olives, which weirdly weren’t that great; I absolutely love olives, but these were mysteriously bland. I still ate plenty of them, though. Hub enjoyed some fritto misto. I ordered the tomato, basil and garlic bruschetta, which was disappointing. It featured two large but very thin slices of bread topped with a ridiculous amount of chopped, fresh tomato and a barely-there sprinkling of fresh basil. I couldn’t taste any garlic. The bread was a soggy mess; I feel like bruschetta shouldn’t require a knife and fork to eat, but this definitley did. Hub ordered the truffle ravioli. It was tossed in a walnut pesto and topped with a thick blanket of cheese. Hub wasn’t thrilled with it. “I still don’t know what truffles taste like,” he announced with some dejection.
I win at video games
Hub was at the office all day yesterday. I ran some errands, did some schoolwork, worked on cleaning up my laptop, played with some music, and did some shopping. I had to get some new leggings and tights, and I splurged and got myself a new dress too. I spent the rest of the day internally justifying my purchases.
I snacked through the day yesterday. I had some more NanoGreens and subsequently wondered why I had more NanoGreens.
There was a steamed sweet potato, a lovely bowl of seaweed on seaweed, raw cashews, some popcorn, broccoli, dried fruit. Here’s a little snack photo montage.
When hub got home, we had a drink (I just had a little splash; drinking two nights is not a common occurence) and played a couple of games of Fifa Soccer 10. This game is actually pretty fun (I’m not big into video games, but I live with boy who kinda is, so). It’s got a good soundtrack too. And I won my first game ever! I won’t describe how I won because I have no idea how it happened. Some fortuitous button-mashing, no doubt.
I did my “short” loop (5 mi-ish) this morning. It was a lovely, quiet morning for a run.
Hub and I hit up the grocery store, and then enjoyed some breakfast. I made the hub’s Sunday morning special: eggs, bacon, and cheese on homemade biscuits.
There is comfort in knowing you are well-stocked with toilet paper, toothpaste, hand soap, dryer sheets, and broccoli. And bacon and ketchup, the husband would have me add.
I had some oats and fruit.
And there was coffee. We’re on our second pot right now.
What was the highlight of your weekend?
- Lovely run this morning. I followed it with some Long and Lean Yoga. I liked this the first time I tried it, and I liked it again today.
- Lots of fruit. Yes, I ate lots of fruit, over the course of the day today. Two of these.
And two of these.
I just really wanted fruit today.
- Getting my greens. I tried a new greens product this morning (yes, this one has “grasses” in it; I’m still figuring out what I think about that whole thing).
I wasn’t expecting to like this- the name and the packaging turned me off- and sure enough, it was pretty funky.
The flavor bizarrely made me think of freeze-dried banana even though I have never before eaten freeze-dried banana. It was very sweet and tasted like a chemical approximation of an overripe banana, which is not a flavor that appeals to me in the slightest. There’s no banana listed in the ingredients, fyi.
- What’s even better than kombucha?
I love this stuff. It’s so expensive though! We had some in the fridge at work, and the expiration date just happened to be today. I saved one from certain unseemly demise. It was only right.
- Beautiful local, organic heirloom tomatoes.
They are perfect simply sprinkled with this amazing salt.
Or tossed with kelp noodles, zucchini, hemp seeds, nooch, hot sauce, Bragg’s, and a splash of cider vinegar.
Ugh, my day off actually stresses me out! There is always so much that I want/need to do, and I just have this anxious energy all day. I did get a lot accomplished. It was a good day. But now I am the pooped.
Hub just got home from work!
How was your day?