Last week was a transition week, where I limited my cooking to a minimum and survived the end of the roof replacement nonsense. My house is still waiting for gutters, which is scheduled for Monday... but it is supposed to snow tomorrow (3 inches expected, 50 degrees on Tuesday will melt it all). Thus, I would guess that I'll be waiting another day.
It's time for baked oatmeal. The kind made with cocoa powder.
Tri-color pasta without sauce, and instead cherry tomatoes and kalamata olives sauteed in olive oil.
I made Cuban Black Beans to enjoy over brown rice for lunch this week. (I don't use a specific recipe, but I forgot to pose oregano, sea salt, and black pepper for the photo as well.)
Still on the baked potato train: I cook double the veggies and save half of the potato for a second meal, so as to cut down on time.
(Roasted broccoli & broccoli with Herbs de Provence)
While out on my shopping run, I saw these little gems on sale:
And I tried my luck at City Bakery to see if they could do a proper veggie sandwich:
They did. Roasted red pepper hummus, cucumbers, red onion, tomato, lettuce, avocado.
I didn't mean to miss the last two weeks of posts - so we'll start with what should have gone up a 10 days ago:
I captured this while on my walk with Remy. It was Day 1 of construction on my block (all neighbors and myself are getting a new roof - there was a major hail storm in April, and it was finally our turn. Thank you, insurance company!). Remy was tolerating all of the banging, but as it gradually grew closer - I made a decision to move to my parents house on the upcoming weekend.
Which brings me to the photos that should have gone up last Sunday:
But the post never went up. I started grading essays just before 2pm, and finished after 8pm. Whereby I was cranky, it was raining, and I still needed to pack up the pooch and my stuff, and drive over to my folks.
Everyday I checked in to see if they'd made it to my roof. It was moving slowly, but I was willing to make the burdensome move to the 'burbs if it meant my dog wasn't traumatized by the demo and rebuild of all of my neighbors and our house. I brought provisions and ate the same thing every day all week:
Lunches above, breakfasts below.
I thought I could come home Wednesday. Then Thursday. On Friday, I gave up and moved back to my house just as they were on top of my roof. Remy and I survived Saturday with all of the banging and saws and staple guns by being away from the house as much as possible. They will be here finishing up gutters and edges tomorrow, but the noise shouldn't be as ridiculous.
And now you are all caught up! Whew! See you on Wednesday. I promise.
Only five more days until it is Pumpkin Spice Everything, sweaters, and cool, crisp evenings.
Ha! Just kidding - Colorado doesn't care what season it is. But I do think we'll finally leave the mid-80s during the day time. In the meanwhile, I am getting excited excited for all that fall will bring!
On Friday evening, I babysat my cousin's almost three year old - so she bought me dinner! Superfood Salad (no cheese, vinaigrette) with Sesame Crusted Tofu from ModMarket.
I have had an influx of butterflies visiting the zinnias. Notice both the upper right one, and the foreground left! Every time I open my door, at least a dozen fly out. Incredible!
On sale, so I couldn't resist.
Yeah, buddy! Delicious.
Saying farewell to summer produce with the last of my corn on the cob.
Almost finished with the oat flour (and oat bran!), thanks to preparing these Banana Oat Bran Muffins.
Salad prep for the week is complete. Version A: bed of spinach, with quinoa, pineapple, red bell pepper, peas. Garnish with roasted, unsalted peanuts and Thai Peanut sauce.
Version B: kale, couscous, black beans, red bell pepper, mango, and lemon vinaigrette.