Sunday, January 21, 2018

Day Trip & More

Saturday, I joined a few friends on a drive to Castle Rock (south of Denver) for a chat session and browse around The Barn.

Some treats from the weekend included this:
 And perhaps my best batch of corn chowder:
 Frozen corn (I used half of it), creamed corn, two small russet potatoes, three carrots, three celery, half of the onion, mild green chiles, and Upton's Bacon Seitan. Not seen above: veggie broth, almond milk, oat flour (to thicken), and lots of black pepper.
The chiles were a new addition, and it added just the right touch of heat. I definitely won't mind eating this six times!

Five inches of snow fell today, so it was enough to make things difficult, but not enough to cancel school tomorrow. Ha ha! Oh well. See you mid-week!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Thursday Thoughts

As we hear these horror stories of elementary aged children and healthy middle-aged adults succumbing to influenza this season and my own conversations with others about how we treat our fragile bodies, it has me thinking... If we are the result of our everyday decisions in the kitchen and where we spend our time, what am I doing to live my healthiest, longest life?

It is an answer I am still processing, and I'm curious to hear what you think.  In the meantime, here is an update on the supplements I've been taking to boost my system:
 Since August, I have faithfully taken Vitamin B-Complex. I think it makes a subtle difference in my everyday energy, but really have no way of knowing.  As an educator, I'll take Airborne on a regular basis during flu season (which means I'm good about taking it in the winter months).  Lastly, I take the magnesium supplement (Natural Calm) when I've had a stressful or emotional day, and need to slow down my nervous system. It's a sleepiness similar to melatonin, but the calm I feel is really key.  Some reviewers of the product take it regularly, but as I've had it less than 10 times in the last six months, I stick to the minimum dose recommended.

Here are today's meals:
 Bran flakes, almond milk, decaf coffee and hazelnut almond creamer. Vegetable soup (carrots, onion, garlic, celery, green beans, cabbage, tomatoes, tomato juice, veggie broth, spices) for lunch.
 Broccoli and baked potato with Tofutti Sour Cream.

 Stay healthy and vibrant, my friends! See you on Sunday!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Three Day Weekend

A photo for each day this weekend: Saturday's TJ run yielded a new purchase.
 Sunday's Roasted Butternut Squash & Shallot Soup: toss squash, shallots, and ginger in olive oil and season with sea salt. Roast in the oven for 50 minutes at 350 degrees. Add 2 and 1/2 cups of Not Chicken Broth to a blender with the roasted items. Yum!
Monday's PB waffle, as the snow falls outside (it won't amount to much, perhaps an inch, but I enjoy spending the day cozy and warm!).
See you on Wednesday with the work week report! Happy MLK day!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

It's Still Wednesday

Even though the calendar says I am a day late with this post - I ate the exact same meals both yesterday and today.

Oat Bran with brown sugar and candied pumpkin seeds. Half decaf/half regular coffee with Almond milk creamer.
 Red Wine Beefless Stew taken for lunch.
 Fajitas: onions, bell peppers, refried beans, avocado, baby kale, Better Than Sour Cream.
I'm full, but there are dark chocolate peanut clusters in the fridge, saying "just one to take away the onion flavor in your mouth". Ha ha! We'll see if I break down or just brush my teeth a little early.

See you this weekend!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

End of Winter Break

We've been very fortunate to have mild-ish weather, which is good news for the midwest and east coast...your sunshine and warmer temperatures are on their way!
 It's time for new lunchbox for work.  I went with a retro Aladdin tin box and containers.
 This weekend I made a batch of Happy Herbivore Mango Sweet Chili Noodles.
 (This was made with frozen mango, instead of fresh. For your reference: fresh > frozen.)

Also made this weekend, but to be taken to work for lunch: Red Wine Beefless Stew from Skinny B*tch.

See you on Wednesday!

Monday, January 1, 2018

It's a New Year

Happy New Year! It's 15 degrees outside, and I have a pan of corn muffins in the oven while the chili finishes in the crock pot.
 (Canned: dark red kidney beans, chopped tomatoes. Fresh: chopped red and green bell pepper, white onion. Frozen: Boca Crumbles. Spices: chili powder, sea salt, garlic powder, black pepper.)

This is my Happy Planner for 2018:

My Christmas gift from my parents was installed today:

Virginia Grandma's Christmas present was staked in the garden (temperature gauge and snow ruler!)

Other new things: I've started the "1 Second Everyday" App, where you film one second of your day every day, for any length of time but I've really wanted to do it for an entire calendar year.  Tomorrow, the Christmas gift to myself will arrive: a new mattress! My current mattress is 16 years old, so I am a little overdue.  Hooray for all of the new! I hope the New Year blesses you and keeps you well.  See you later in the week!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Christmas Trip

It has been since 2011 that I visited my family in Texas for Christmas. I've seen them since then, just during different times of the year, but it has been that long for some (and longer for others) since I caught up with relatives on that side of the family.

28 hours in the car (14 each way). 13 people sleeping in one large house. 24 people for Christmas Eve dinner. 3 days and 4 nights. I won't narrate the photos, as I'll let them speak for themselves.  Just scenery, no food.


One of my relative's neighbors brought homemade gifts over.  
 I can't stop eating the Jalapeno Jelly. On toast. On crackers topped with Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese with jelly on top. It is a perfect spicy sweet flavor.

 I'll be back on New Year's Day with more! Enjoy your celebrations, quiet or loud, as you like!