Archive for April, 2010

Below is my post from Monday. Monday. It has been sitting in my drafts for four days. Four days.

Sometimes you have to repeat things to get the point across. And italicize. Italicize.

Did I spell italicize right? Because that does not look right. But spell check didn’t catch it. And if spell check doesn’t catch it…it gots to be right. Right?


This past weekend we played host to Lindsey and Joey, our friends and new-parents-to-be. (Lindsey, can I say that? Or is that like blasting it all over Facebook? Oh, no. Tell me!) Lindsey and I virtually grew up together. We’ve been friends since first grade, remained friends during my mean years in Junior High, grew closer during high school when we would have our cherished Snack Time Talk: after-school brown sugar & cinnamon Pop-Tarts with cranberry juice combined with gossip about boys and biyatches, and college, when Lindsey surpassed me as “the runner.” And now, as aging adults, rounding the last curve and entering the home stretch for the great 30. Together. We’re Aquarians.

It was a great weekend: there was fitness (Joey played with our soccer team and scored the winning (tying) goal), there was food (empanadas, pizza, cookies), there was fun (double date night with Date Night at the Alamo Drafthouse. Funny!!).  Memories! On the corner of my mind…….

Without further adieu (sp?), the Monday draft:


Breakfast: A cup of fresh juice (oranges, apple, pineapple, carrots) and a large bowl of oatmeal

Fitness Yesterday:
Ran 55 minutes

Food Yesterday:
It felt good to eat well after a weekend of repeated indulging.
Breakfast: A glass of fresh juice
Lunch: A bad of spinach leaves topped with brown rice and two sunny-side up eggs, drizzled in olive oil
Snack: An apple and a banana
Dinner: Oven baked sweet potatoes and potatoes and a salad of shredded carrots and cabbage

We’re trying to cleanse for a few days: no wheat, no dairy, no sugar. Monday was a success!

This weekend, in photos….

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Happy! My lifelong friend Lindsey and her husband/soulmate Joey are coming in tonight for a weekend visit. It’s going to be a fun weekend!

Breakfast: A big ol’ bowl o’ oats.

I measured out 1/3 cup of these steel cut oats….

…and added them along with 1 cup of water to a medium-sized pot, over low heat.

Then I threw in 2 tbs of rolled oats, 1 tbs of oat bran, and 2 tbs of raisins. (The cinnamon was added at the very end)…..

I let the mixture cook for about 7 minutes. Then I caused some excitement by adding 1/2 cup rice milk….

A few more minutes, then I turned off the heat. I added 1 mashed banana…

…a generous tbs of creamy peanut butter (’cause I’m nice & giving like that)…

…and 4 tbs of Ezekiel Original, for a bit of texture.

Isn’t it beautiful? Makes me so proud. Breaks my heart to have to eat it. Not really.

Happy Friday, to you!

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Check out my interview with the ultra fabulous Ashley, one of the Out of Control Fatroll girls. Click here or on the Interview with a Blogger tab.

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My Daily Juice


Breakfast: Lucas made fresh juice for us this morning. It had carrots, apples, oranges, and lemon. Delicious! There is nothing quite like a fresh juice.

Now if only I felt as fresh as this juice….

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I was rip-roaring to go with this recipe. I bought all of my ingredients last week and had planned to bake away this past Friday night. Only we got locked out of the house. So that changed things, and tonight was the first opportunity I had to bake. I was supposed to post on Sunday; this is definitely past due.

This week’s host was Lorelei of Mermaid Sweets. Hers was the first blog that I stumbled up in the world of food and baking blogs, so naturally she is near and dear to my baking and blogging heart. If you like what you see below, you can find the recipe on Lorelei’s blog. Check it out!

This recipe was a piece of cake, no pun intended. So easy. I wanted to go hard core and use fresh sweet potatoes rather than canned, but I wanted this to be as easy as possible. I skipped the pecans as called for in the recipe, and I used pineapple rum because that’s all that I had available.

The result: moist and pumpkin-like in flavor. The texture and weight of the bread is similar to that of bread pudding. I’m not sure if mine turned out as it was meant to; in looking at other SMS bakers’ blogs, the bread appeared to be more dry. Mine was almost mush-like in the middle. Was that the sweet potatoes? Or was it undercooked? I’m not sure, but I know that I ate it and liked it!

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It’s been a while since juice has made an appearance on BTGH.

So here you have it. Back my popular demand. Or…my demand.

Breakfast: Fresh juice (oranges, carrots, grapefruit, ginger, apple)
Mid-morning snacks: 3 Turkish figs and a large apple
Lunch: Oven-baked sweet potatoes and potatoes, finely shredded carrots and spinach leaves, beet salad
Snack: A bag of potato chips and a few sips of Diet Coke….horrible…blech
Dinner: Finely shredded carrots and beet salad, 1/2 piece of naan, two pieces of vegetable quiche

Time to call it a night….

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Breakfast: Oats-to-go. Today’s oats had:
-1/3 cup steel cut oats
-1 cup water
-1/2 cup soy milk
-2 tbs rolled oats
-2 tbs Ezekiel Original
-2 tbs raisins
-1 tbs oat bran
-1 large banana, sliced
-1 tsp creamy peanut butter

Lunch: Leftover veggie pita and a carrot stick, and later a couple of Turkish figs.

Nothing to fancy planned for today. I’d like to go for a 4 mile run after work.

Green heart:
I almost took the car to work today, but when I admitted I had no good reason, I footed it over to the bus stop.

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Into the wild

Isn’t Monday a holiday? No? Well….why not?

Lucas and I went camping this weekend at Perdenales Falls. It’s so good to get away and in touch with nature!…

…And thanks to Lucas, one does not have to resort to eating rough while roughin’ it.

Breakfast: Two slices of whole grain toast topped with peanut butter and honey

Whole wheat pasta with fresh tomato sauce and parmesan cheese

Yesterday recap:
Lunch: Leftover lentil and garbanzo bean salads and brown rice

Dinner: Bulgur with chopped tomatoes, celery, cucumber and walnuts

Tonight’s food:

(back to “civilization”…)
Pre-dinner: Fruit salad
Dinner: Naan (non-organic) slathered with red pepper hummus (non-organic) and topped with alfalfa sprouts and fresh spinach leaves. I also chomped on a big ol’ carrot, some pita chips, and finished off Brittaney’s Korean leftovers. Yum!
Dessert: 1/2 dark swiss chocolate bar (1 serving)

Good night!

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Happy to be home.

We locked ourselves out of our house last night.

Ring, ring.

“Hiiii Ellen.”

“Hi, Bill. I am so, so sorry to be calling so late.”

“That’s ok. I’m downtown.”

To myself: Really? That’s odd. (My landlord is a family man with two little kids). “Um, we locked ourselves out of the house. Do you have a spare key?”



“A spare key?”

Um, yes, a spare key.“Yes, uh-huh.”

Then it hit me. I had called Soccer Friend Bill, not Landlord Bill. Whoops.

An embarrassed apology, a rushed good-bye, and another phone call that resulted in a key ring with at least 20 keys on it (it was 11:30 at night, so we went over to his house to pick up the keys). After multiple tries with each key on each door and various failed attempts to burglarize our own home by finding and entering an open window, we called it quits and went over to Liz’s house to spend the night. Thanks, Liz!

I suppose this little story is getting a bit long…ok, to wrap it up: we called our landlord this morning, told him we weren’t able to get in, he went looking for another key that he remembered on the floor of his truck, came over, tried the key, and opened the door. We were in. Yes.

Breakfast: A big bowl of oatmeal. As I was placing the bowl on the front windowsill to take the food photos, I spotted two Jehovah’s witnesses walking towards our front door. They didn’t see me see them. But did they see me before I saw them?

“Hide! Hide!” I whispered to Lucas, as I tiptoed towards the corner of the dining room.


Hide! They’re coming to the front door!


Shhh! Jehovah’s witnesses!

There was a knock on the door. We flattened ourselves against the wall. We could see their reflection in the t.v. Could they see ours. I was so embarrassed. Surely they had seen me and knew someone was home.

I placed my finger to my lips, and slid my back down the wall to crouch position on the floor. We froze.

Knock, knock, knock.

These poor ladies. I’m certain we are not the only ones that blatantly ignored them. But really. I didn’t want to be cornered into talking about religion, plus we had just gotten home but had somewhere to be.

They knocked again. There was a long pause, and then we heard a faint knocking on our neighbors’ door. We were in the clear. Whew.

I was going to post a recap of yesterday, but we’ve got to get going and I’ve got to get cleaned up. I still have make-up on from last night, I stink, and I want to brush my teeth with my own toothbrush. I was so desperate this morning that at Liz’s I used an abandoned toothbrush that was in her bathroom. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

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Mostly sunny, with a 20% chance of Zombie

Breakfast: Oats-to-go. Today’s oats had:
-1/3 cup steel cut oats
-1 cup water
-1/3 cup soy milk
-1 tbs rolled outs
-2 tbs raisins
-1 tbs oat bran
-3 tbs Ezekiel Original
-1/2 banana, sliced
-1 tbs agave nectar


….to go…

Hope your day is Fridaylicious.

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