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Everyday Life: Weeks 12 and 13

Here is a little peek at the last couple weeks.

Everyday Life: Weeks 12 and 13:

Homemade Indian food! Palak paneer, paneer makhani, garlic naan, steamed basmati rice and Punjabi spiced cauliflower.

The next night I experimented with leftovers and turned them into calzones, each stuffed with rice and either palak paneer or leftover paneer makhani.

We drove south to California… Forgot to check the weather for the drive… oops. Snow flurries off and on for the first two hours of driving.

Guess who else got to go on our road trip? (Note all the toys behind her.)

Craig, Silas, Silas’s mom and I went to the Bay Area at the start of Spring Break. First off, our first Golden State Warriors game. It was a lot more fun than I’d anticipated!

We stopped by Lake Merritt in Oakland to walk Percy the next morning.

Craig and I also decided to check out an international aquarium shop we drove past while also on a hunt for a good burrito. This fella caught my eye. And tried to attack my face.

Silas and his mom went to Six Flags so Craig and I ventured into San Francisco for a night.

An unplanned trek up to Coit Tower.

We walked past Liguria Bakery and I instantly thought of Tracy Shutterbean. Though I wanted some raisin focaccia, they were closed. All we found were these perma-dogs on the side of the building.

After walking all over North Beach and Chinatown in the wee morning hours, we stopped by Sam Wo near our hotel for 2AM vegetable chow fun.

The next day we met up with Silas and his mom for lunch at Mi Pueblo, which we discovered a few years ago. I ordered 3 sopes (photo is just one of the three)…little did I know they’d be big enough to leave me with two plates of food. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

After lunch, we decided to venture to the Redwoods near San Geronimo.

Silas amidst the redwoods…

You know who also enjoyed the forest and little streams.

Misadventures.

After the redwood adventure we decided to drive on to Tomales Bay. It was rainy, windy and cold when we got there, but c’est la vie. Get me near any body of water and I am happy.

I always enjoy getting back in my own kitchen when we get home. His and Hers dinner sammiches. His: tempeh bacon, tofurky, pepperjack cheese, lettuce, tomato, avocado, garlic basil mayonnaise. Hers/MINE: thick cut roasted chicken, muenster cheese, avocado, tomato, lettuce, curry vegenaise. Both on local made buttermilk bread.

I left the room for – literally 1 minute – came back and guess who’d cuddled up with my shirt? Haha

Still cold enough for soup around here… corn chowder with tempeh bacon.

Totally necessary. Puff pastry morning bun experiment.

Reunited after our road trip. They’d both freak out if they were awake, realizing they were touching each other.

I had been craving crab cakes for weeks. Soooo. I made Dungeness crab cakes, curry aioli, pink lady apple salad and a Vitamix whole fruit frozen margarita.

Surprise daffodils from the husband.

A recipe that was surprisingly good! Brown rice, Quorn chik’n skewers (marinated in a garlic ginger soy sauce), and spicy peanut sauce.

Always a staple meal around here, even when/especially when we have surprise extra kids in the house for dinner. EVERY WEEKEND: “Can I have a sleepover with __________ tonight?” Cheese enchiladas, beans, rice. These chips.

When you’re working in the yard, then realize the dog’s gotten awfully quiet for the last half hour…

Organic strawberries were on sale… so, strawberry shortcake tonight. With sweet biscuits, like how my mom would make it when I was a kid.

You’re welcome. (This is how I feel like I look when I sleep, too.)

Hope you’ve had a lovely couple of weeks!

Everyday Life: Week 2

Here’s a look at what week 2 of 2017 looked like:

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I am working on the art of vegetarian Chicago style deep dish pizza. This one’s 5-cheese with the crust made from whole wheat and hempseed flours.

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Lazy BOY.

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Sometimes your husband wants to eat oatmeal for dinner. So you eat a very simple cheese omelet and some toast for dinner.

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Future smoothies.

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Percy is the best snuggler. She sleeps in our bed nearly every night (in Silas’s when he’s here). In the morning, she tends to get up when my husband’s up (too goddamn early). Then! After an hour or so, she’ll climb back into our bed where I’m still asleep and snuggle up! My favorite.

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My husband used to run an open mic every Wednesday at a restaurant here in town. We’d both get dinner included with the job. My favorite thing to order off the menu? “Kitchen Guys Pasta.” Whatever pasta they had the most of, lots of garlic, parmesan, basil, tomatoes, chicken, andouille or chorizo sausage, prawns, lots of red chili flakes. The restaurant’s been closed for a few years, so I haven’t had my pasta… but! This homemade vegetarian version was the closest in flavor to the original, yet! I’m very excited about it.

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The creeks and rivers have been so full and so fast after the snow and rain we’ve had. LOVE it.

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On our afternoon walk, checking out the duck pond that’s currently frozen over!

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A snack of cinnamon raisin english muffin with a bit of macadamia nut butter. So good!

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On this day, Jumpy decided he really liked hanging out in the empty laundry basket…

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It soon led up to this apparent game I happened to find going on.

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Unplanned dinner date out with the husband.

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One of this week’s best Vitamix combos: frozen mangoes, frozen strawberries, frozen bananas and vanilla Siggi’s kefir. Simple and delicious!

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Percy likes to find the biggest stick possible and then carry it for the entirety of our walks… Haha.

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Silas had a sleepover the other night with one of his buddies and that buddy’s little brother. It made me realize that as I’m getting older, I increasingly think about what it must’ve been like for my mom to raise 4 kids (3 of us, barely a year apart). Sleepovers happened almost every weekend (usually my sister’s friends), which my mom handled very gracefully. I welcomed this weekend’s sleepover with lots of silent F-bombs and a couple tequila shots. Luckily, they’re good, well-behaving kids…so even if I wanted to pull out all my hair at the sound of “bruhhhh!” dropping every 2 minutes, or the sound of bottles flipping over and over and over again… I didn’t really mind the whole sleepover thing…

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10 months old this week and this is the attitude she gives about “Percy, it’s time to get up!”

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This was delicious. Quorn ‘naked cutlets’ baked with avocado oil, turmeric, black pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic, sea salt and a bit of oregano. Slapped in a sammich with spinach/baby greens, tomato, avocado, mild cheddar, vegenaise and some spicy brown mustard on locally made whole wheat sourdough. Easy dinner!


Silas’s basketball season started this weekend… Here’s one of numerous baskets for the day!

I hope you had a good week! : )

A Post-Workout Smoothie

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Once upon a time I hated working out.  My husband had a gym membership and encouraged me to go with him after we’d been dating for a while, saying I would surprise myself with how much I enjoyed it. Being the stubborn lady I am, of course I dissuaded the offer as long as possible. When I finally agreed to check things out, I got on the elliptical machine and nearly died after a whopping 7 minutes. The treadmill was even quicker in its attempts at killing me. I hadn’t run in years… the last time prior, possibly being when I was a freshman in college, running away from the security at the Best Western with some girlfriends after we snuck into the hotel pool and hot tub on various evenings.

Six years later, my body craves gym time. It’s one of the few places where I can tune out the persistent nagging in my brain to be doing something – be it laundry, dishes, vacuuming, picking up dirty socks or toys that have been left in uncanny places around the house, cooking up new recipes, editing photos from the previous afternoon, etc., etc. For an hour or so I can jump on a spin bike, or treadmill, or elliptical machine, turn the music (or latest Joy the Baker Podcast) in my ear buds up loud and forget everything else.

Then when I’ve sweated, burned an excess of calories off, showered and begun to think about what to cook for the remaining day, I find myself HUNGRY. Lately that time post-workout leaves me craving fresh juice, slightly carbonated kombucha, or smoothies. The food choices that happen post-exercise can make a huge difference between getting stronger and getting tired. There are foods that help the body to recover after a strenuous workout.

This particular smoothie features a number of things. Drinking fat-free milk post-workout promotes muscle gain and fat loss, and but I prefer a low-fat almond milk in my smoothies, rather than dairy milk. This smoothie also contains a number of fruits, which are generally high in antioxidants. As well, the coconut water in here is both low in calories and high in potassium — an electrolyte lost in sweat. This smoothie is great within 20-30 minutes of working out for replenishing your body and boosting recovery. It’s also filling and a great mid-day meal or snack.

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A Post-Workout Smoothie

Yields 9 cups – enough for 4 large smoothies.

Ingredients:

2 1/2 frozen bananas
10 oz. frozen strawberries
6 oz. frozen mangoes
4 oz. frozen blueberries
1 cup fresh spinach, packed
one 17.6 oz. can coconut water
1 cup raw vanilla almond milk
1 1/2 tablespoons brazil nut protein powder

Directions:

In a high-power blender, blend all the ingredients until smooth. I like to add the ingredients to the blender as follows:  the coconut water, followed by the spinach, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, mangoes, protein powder, almond milk, then blend. If the smoothie is too thick for your liking, add more almond milk or coconut water until you reach your desired consistency.

Pour into glasses and drink immediately.

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