Monday, November 13, 2017

San Francisco & Sausilito

Walking across the Golden Gate Bridge.

Cable Car Ride

Lombard Street.

 Fisherman's Wharf.



Time to go home...

See you later this week!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Just Lunch

My breakfast and dinners have been standard fare, often seen in my posts, so I thought I would spare you the oatmeal, baked potatoes and kale, wild rice and kale.

Finishing off the last two servings of African Peanut Stew and Cornbread at the beginning of the week:
 I then went back to Indian recipes for my remaining lunches, and made a yellow curry sauce. It is served over oven roasted sweet potato, carrots, russet potato, and broccoli. My colleague said he was envious of it today, while at the lunch table. Score!
 Bonus photo: these are my two new oils currently being rotated in my diffuser. On Guard has cinnamon in it, so it almost smells seasonal!

This weekend, I'll be making a quick trip out of town for a cousin's wedding. Where am I going?  
Hint #1: I haven't been to this state in so long, it hasn't appeared on the blog.
Hint #2: It's not east of where I live.
Hint #3: Lots of grapes.
Extra Credit: which city?

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Sweet Relief

Friday was our first day off since Labor Day. It was especially beautiful after having worked two twelve hour days (conferences) in a row. I started my day with a yoga class:
 I'm making a concerted effort to read for pleasure, and thus I made time to read my current selection:
 Friday, Saturday, and today I spent time with family and friends - which kept me busy, but was so enjoyable.  I ran a few errands, and picked up a treat for myself:
 And treasures for an unknown girl ages 10-14. I am participating in Operation Christmas Child this year, and I needed to fill my shoebox by today.
 Another treat for me was the TLT from True Food Kitchen, where I met up with some friends for lunch. The leftover sandwich was enjoyed today.
 While at a friend's house for a gathering, she had prepared these from her garden. I don't even know how one grows or makes them! Everyone selected one to bring home.
And sleep. Blessed sleep. I slept in all three days, and I feel so much better.  How did you use your extra hour today? 

I'll see you midweek with eats and...a puzzle.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Last Week

The head cold persisted through last week, and add on top of that exhaustion - I'm a little behind! Here is a photo dump from the previous seven days...

 (African Peanut Stew below. Really delicious, and still have several servings left.)
 It was 84 degrees last Thursday. Crazy!
 Veggie sandwich.
 Sprouted Onion Bagel with Tofutti.
 Per Ttrockwood's recommendation, and she was correct - it's tasty!
 Spent about four hours over the weekend elbow deep in essays. Beowulf for AP English Lit, and The Crucible for American Lit.

I have a super busy week, but Friday off - so I plan to photograph and update at the end of the week!

See you soon...

Sunday, October 22, 2017

It's a First

I am experiencing my first head cold of the school year - what fun it is! But the weekend was also full of "firsts"...

My first pumpkin butter toast of the season.

I attended a baby shower for a colleague - she is expecting her first (a boy!).

Some new grocery items:
(I've tried all of them - so good! Those Pumpkin O's are a dessert item for me.)

A first time experiencing this flavor of Kombucha:
It's so spicy!

Pup in the background...who is first in my heart. ;)

See you mid-week!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Going International

I tend to keep myself locked within the menu of American, Italian, and Mexican food (see exhibit A)
 Exhibit A: Lunch on Monday and Tuesday - Pasta Primavera.
(Squash, zucchini, tomato pan roasted with EVOO, balsamic, spices. Toasted pine nuts. Served over penne pasta.)

The next level usually involves Asian cuisine (see Exhibit B).
 Exhibit B: Pan seared tofu, bell pepper, onion, with sweet and sour sauce over jasmine rice.

Indian is less common, and I really should make it more often (Exhibit C).

Exhibit C: Mixed veggies, homemade curry sauce over jasmine rice.

My last venture, is one into the unknown - and I haven't yet made it this week, but intend to do so over the weekend. African Peanut Stew!  

What are your international meal recommendations?

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Weekend Bliss

I met a friend and her daughter for breakfast at Blue Sky Cafe, where I had the Superfood Bowl of oats (quinoa is also an option).

TJ's finally has their Meatless Meatballs back in stock, but none of the other meatless fare.
 (GoVeggie Vegan Parm on top!)

Autumn colors:

International meals on the menu this week - I'll see you on Wednesday with the highlights!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wednesday Food

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Toasted Everything Bagel with Tofutti.

My first of the season: Pumpkin Latte with almond milk from Steep Tea & Coffee

Cuban Black Beans over brown rice for lunch.

Feeling like a lovely salad, but not like making one: 
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SuperFood Salad from ModMarket.

See you this weekend!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Back in the Kitchen

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.

See you on Wednesday!