Friday, November 30, 2012

Festive Friday

To end the work week, I started off with the only healthy item I had all day:
Followed by a recognition that I've had a little too much coffee this week.  So I made it a tall Soy Latte. Ha!
We went out to lunch, and went in with a battle plan:
Nachos with lettuce and guacamole subbed for the beans (which I know have lard) and cheese - but kept the jalapenos.  I ate pretty well, but left the rest as leftover soggy chips would be gross.  I love it when the waitress looks so confused when I order like this at Mexican restaurants.  "No beans? No cheese? Do you want meat? No?  Really?"

For dinner:

And for dessert:

Two parts nog to one part spiced rum.  Okay, sometimes it's more like 1:1.  I add a little ice, too.
This weekend I will return to actually preparing my own food.  ;)  Happy Weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Working Wednesday

Heated discussion and the puzzle that is scheduling had me eating and working at the same time.  All day.


Lunch: a colleague was kind enough to join me on a quick trip to Parsley.  We brought it back, and worked.
Soup of the day: Vegan Black Bean and a Carrot Apple Ginger juice.

At the end of the day, we finished our conversation at Chipotle.
Usual burrito bowl.

My brain is exhausted.  I may treat it to a little Soy Nog and spiced rum in a bit.  Or now. Yes, right now.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Meetings Monday

Day one of the "work week" is in the books.  I was in meetings all day, and luckily, we were very productive.

The day started with Grande Soy Latte
Followed by pistachios (no picture).

Vegan Wild Rice with Green Onion and Currants (courtesy of Whole Foods) and cinnamon dusted butternut squash (courtesy of my oven).

All pre-made salads from Whole Foods: Cranberry Quinoa, Broccoli Slaw, Asian Cabbage.

I still have leftovers from Thanksgiving, but today was a nice break from all of that.
Wishing you a lovely evening!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Let's Try This. . .

I've put together a plan of action, and since I've decided not to move for the time being - I'm going to try Google+ followed by Flickr - and if that doesn't work, I'll pay for now.

As a test post, I'm going to put up pictures from Friday's day trip to Colorado Springs (2 hours south of Denver), specifically to The Broadmoor.

Outside the hotel. . .

If it works, and you can see this post (I tried to post the pictures on Friday, and it wouldn't allow me), let me know!  If it does, I'll be back with a proper post tomorrow.  Thank you everyone for all of your guidance!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Technical Difficulties

It would seem the issue of technical malfunctions has now visited me.  I'm having trouble posting, and it would seem that I've reached my maximum photo storage.  I'm contemplating shelling out $30 a year if it means that I can continue to interact, and enjoy this little hobby of mine.

If you have any experiences and / or suggestions - do share! I'll make my decision (option 1: pay it  or option 2: move to wordpress) within the next 24 hours.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Terrific Tuesday

Homemade breakfast burrito, looks bigger than it actually was - that's a side plate under the medium sized tortilla.
 Tofu, medium salsa, garlic powder, spinach, Better Than Cream Cheese and Cholula.
Lunch was a serving of the Asian Cabbage Salad I picked up yesterday from Whole Foods, and
 I tried to make Sarah's Cheesy Cauliflower Patties, but they ended up being more of a hash.  Ha! Still really good, I just don't have the talent to form them into patties.  Also, I added green onion just because I had some that needed to be used.
I didn't have a stand alone dinner, seeing as I had two peanut butter cookies (from yesterday) and a lot of kale chips throughout the afternoon.  Speaking of kale chips, here's how I made them. . .
 Wash, dry, and tear a large bunch of kale.  Prepare the cashew cheese sauce.  I use this recipe, and double the amount of cashews I soak so I can make more kale chips another day, without having the forethought to soak nuts overnight.  Or I use the extra sauce on pasta.

Pour the sauce and toss.
 This is a little painstaking, in terms of attention to detail, as each piece of kale needs to be laid out separately.
But four to five hours later, you have these:

Remy and I also did our two mile loop, which we frequented over the summer.  Having me home really puts a kink is his napping patterns.
It looks like he's missing his front paws, but he has them tucked under, T-Rex style.

Have a lovely evening!

Monday, November 19, 2012

It's History

One of the projects I focused on today was taking stock, and organizing, my great-grandfather's photos from his time in France and Germany during WWI.
If this isn't your thing, skip the next four photos to see the food.
Written on the back:
"American airoplane brought down in no man's land near Haumont".  There are a few more pictures of "No Man's Land", lots of the villages, trenches, and a few of the soldiers.  Also, some postcards:
 On the back:
"Birds eye view of Kyllburg.  I've been up and down that (town? ravine?) several times.  The 89th Gen. Hq. are located here, note the large hills."

These pictures are from 1918 and 1919 - making them 93 or 94 years old!

I spent about an hour combing through his regiment's campaign, and will match up sections of the reading with the pictures tomorrow and Wednesday.  My goal is to be able to give it to my grandfather (these are his father's pictures) on Thanksgiving.

On to the food:  breakfast scramble
 I went a little fancy on it. Tofu, garlic powder, cumin, black pepper, Cholula, spinach, Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, and four thin slices of polenta - broken into pieces.

A friend of mine, who is also off this week, called me with a last minute invite to WaterCourse Foods for lunch.  I happily accepted, and ordered my usual:
Dona Lee Wrap with double greens and balsamic vinaigrette (quite possibly the best dressing in the world).

Dinner was based on an intense craving for the light and crunchy Asian Cabbage Salad from Whole Foods.  I also picked up the Autumn Kale Salad, which I actually ate for dinner yesterday.  It has red beets, pomegranate seeds, sweet potato, red onion and a poppyseed dressing.  Really good, as was the cabbage salad.
Also made today: Peanut Butter Cookies.
It has been a delicious and productive day! I hope to be the same tomorrow. . .

Saturday, November 17, 2012

The Good Stuff

No need to make you wait - the "good stuff" I mentioned  on Thursday is an entire week off for Thanksgiving, followed by one teacher work week (meetings, planning, etc), followed by a five week vacation.  Roughly, I am finished teaching until January 8th.

What about the students?  They are participating in a series of internships in Art & Culture (everything from Picasso to tattoos), Business & Finance (create a business plan of your own desire), and Robotics (they will actually build a robot).  Field trips, portfolios, and attending lectures at local Universities.

What will I do?  Sleep, exercise, eat hot food from my kitchen, finish some of the projects I meant to do over the summer, play with Remy.

Yes, that is some good stuff.  ;)

Healthy. Happy. Life.'s Cinnamon Pumpkin Muffins
 A quick trip to Sprouts.
Baby red potatoes, spinach, kale, cauliflower
brussel sprouts, bananas, rolled oats, shallot
 Apparently, Sprouts is not friendly with Field Roast as they only had Tofurky.  I remember liking it last year,  so will have it again.  Fear not, I will find a Field Roast version during my free time.
 I caught up with a friend, and instead of our usual coffee spot, we met at Parsley.  Today I tried the Chai Tea Blueberry Smoothie.
We ended up going for a walk in the sunshine after enjoying our smoothies.

Late lunch of Carrot Ginger Soup with whole wheat sunflower bread.
Hour long massage.  My thanks to Groupon for making it affordable.

Dinner: avocado, Daiya shreds, shredded lettuce, and Cholula inside of white corn hard shells.

Wishing you a splendid evening, and a restorative Sunday!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Half Off

I ran out of the house before capturing a picture of breakfast.  And then I stopped by Starbucks for a Soy Latte, and didn't take a picture of that either. I had more luck the rest of the day.

Lunch: enchilada casserole.
It was based on a Happy Herbivore recipe using what I had on hand. Bottom to top: enchilada sauce, corn tortilla, black beans, green chiles, mushrooms, potatoes, (repeat all for second layer), top with corn tortillas, and the rest of the sauce.  I recommend topping it with a little shredded Daiya mozzarella before heating.

Dinner: avocado, Daiya shreds, Cholula, and shredded lettuce in hard shell tacos.
Whew! What a week.  One more day, and then the good stuff happens.  I'll explain more soon. ;)

Monday, November 12, 2012

Day Three of Three

Today could also be titled, "if it comes in a bowl" or "someone else's recipe" as both are true.

Chocolate Covered Katie's Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal:
 Angela's Creamy Avocado Pasta (with angel hair pasta)
From Healthy.Happy.Life. : Vegan Carrot Ginger Soup with sunflower whole wheat bread for dipping.
There will be more vegetables other than carrots tomorrow.  And less bowls.

It was a lovely three day weekend, sad to see it end!