Sunday, November 29, 2015

A Thankful Holiday

In August, my grandmother in Kansas announced that we would all be going there for Thanksgiving, as she wanted to be surrounded by family on the anniversary of grandpa's passing.  Life happened, and 8 people were waylaid by injury or ice storm but we had 13 adults, 1 baby, 5 dogs, and 3 cats at the farm for the holiday.  No arguing, no crying (we talked only once of grandpa), just lots of catching up, and love.  It was a great Thanksgiving!  We started the caravan of cars driving east on Wednesday morning, and I brought provisions:
My aunt who lives on the farm also had black bean burgers, and set aside mashed potatoes and brussel sprouts without dairy.  So nice! Otherwise I snacked on nuts, crackers, veggies, hummus, and sweets.  I didn't take many pictures, but here are the board games enjoyed Thursday and Friday night (yes, some were watching football and not playing!).

We returned yesterday, late afternoon. Tired, but with happy hearts. (Remy had a great time as well, and has been sleeping off and on since out return! Terra came, too, and received lots of love.)
I am planning on having a spectacular holiday season this year: cookie and craft gatherings, colleague festivities, choral concert, Nutcracker tickets... Just no decorations, as they were ruined and thrown out due to the flood (storage unit flooded and grew black mold). I'm trying to convince my father to lend me some of his Charles Dickens Village, since they never put it out, so maybe I'll have something. What are your holiday hopes for this year?  

See you soon!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Recent Consumption

Looking back, last week went really quickly! I'm grateful for that, and for the week ahead of family and time off from work.  Last Sunday, I prepped most of my lunches for the week:
Final result:

I tried all of Vega One flavors, and I think I still like French Vanilla the best.  Here it is, blended with a frozen banana and vanilla almond milk. Such a vibrant green!
Mocha with frozen strawberries and water:
Definitely my least favorite.  I like the coconut almond a little bit, and the vanilla chai is fine, too. I can definitely feel the difference in my day when I start with 6 servings of greens, vitamins, and protein! It was less appetizing on the cold mornings, but I'll be sticking to it.

A couple of dinners from the week:
Baked potato, steamed kale topped with Happy Herbivore Miso Gravy and Roasted Pepitas.

Fettuccine noodles with marinara and TJ's Meatless Meatballs.

I can't believe December is around the corner! I hope you enjoy this week with those you love, as we enter the holiday season!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Just a Few

I was remiss in my week, and did not take but a couple of photos. So, let's get started: inspired by Sarah's love for Bento boxes, I finally found some heavy grade plastic ones to use.  I made Smashed Chickpea sandwiches, olives, and an apple as my lunch last week.

I ended up in front of a Caribou Coffee when in my parents neighborhood. I tried their Ginger Chai Latte (delicious!) with soy milk.

Over a month ago, I ran out of Vega.  I thought I could live happily without it every morning. I was wrong. I might have overdone it, but I'm happy. ;)

Last week before our Thanskgiving Break. Woo Hoo! I'm loving November; this month has been such a wonderful change from October!  See you soon...

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Sweet Weekend

Only a few photos from the weekend, but I did enjoy lots of time wi friends and family. So much so hat I am unprepared for the week ahead. Oh well! Ha ha!

My cousin's daughter celebrated her first birthday. 

My brother was the first to adorn a party hat.

They also had this beautiful bouquet for the celebration.

Lastly, the cooler weather has me pulling out the waffle iron. Here's one from today, outfitted with pb and maple syrup.

I guess we'll see what the week brings! Hope you've had a lovely weekend!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Eats from the Week

Lunch for three out of the four day work week in phase one (above), and phase two (below).

Final result included the addition of kalamata olives.
 Breakfast has usually looked like this:
 Dinner has twice looked like this:
See you this weekend!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Back to Normal

I am already grateful in this month of gratitude. October was so busy with work.  I hardly snapped pictures the last two weeks, but here are a few:
Whole Foods Hot Bar oatmeal, maple praline and fruit compote.

Frankie came to visit, and I snapped him snuggled on my legs.

Happy Halloween to myself.
A professional chalk artist visited my classroom, and made me this picture! (It's on a paper sized piece of chalkboard, which I will forever keep on my desk!)

Speaking of Remy....
The month was tough on him, too.  He's much happier to have me around (my neighbor -a.k.a. Frankie's mommy, visited him on my longest days, but he was still unhappy with the lack of attention from an exhausted me).

I'm in the middle of a three day weekend (I'm off tomorrow!), and fully plan to post again this week!  

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Another Long Week

I am so blissfully happy in this moment, this weekend.  Yoga, massage, time with friends, naps, groceries... And I have tomorrow off (compensation day)!  Last week was another dreadfully long, painful week - about 46 hours of work (and recall that I had only one day off last weekend).  I hardly remember it, but I did take a few pictures:
 I made a spinach, mushroom, tofu ricotta, and Daiya Mozzarella lasagna for my lunches last week. It was good, but watery on the bottom (probably from the frozen spinach not being fully drained or the mushrooms).

Dinner three nights was the same: kale salad with Maple Balsamic Dressing (Happy Herbivore recipe), and sweet potato roasted in maple syrup and cayenne pepper.
Remy did not love this week. Here he is, mad at me, on the window sill. (He has since forgiven me for having to work long hours.  Frankie and his mommy came over for visits when I was gone.)
 Friday afternoon, I embraced my freedom by running a few errands including a trip to Whole Foods, where they carry my new obsession:
 A trip to TJ's included an impulse buy:
Plus my frozen favorites, like the Mandarin Orange Morsels.  Which I served over kale salad, while still warm.
 The gnome's tree stump in the backyard is looking very autumnal.
This afternoon I prepped Tuesday-Friday's lunches.  I used the Goan Coconut Curry Sauce, simmered with tofu and spinach, served over potatoes and peas.
What fun do I have planned for tomorrow, you ask? Yoga class and a small group personal training class, a few more errands, and... absolutely nothing else.  Remy. On my lap. Doing nothing. Yay!

See you soon!