So, I took a bit of a blogging break since, well, it is my winter vacation. I needed a few personal days, but I’m back now. Blogging is my outlet, I don’t foresee any truly long breaks in the near future – but I may not have access to internet for a bit when I get to Sweden.
Anyway, since I can’t remember most of the fortysevenbillion things I intended to blog about, I compiled a list of the few things that do come to mind:
1. I’m leaving for Stockholm in one week! The reality still has not set in, but I couldn’t be more excited.
2. My 21st birthday is tomorrow! I plan to sleep in, hang with my family, eat lots of good food, and order my first legal drink at dinner!
[okay now some more interesting things]
3. I made Courtney’s stuffed spaghetti squash for dinner the other night!
Really delicious, and pretty much fool-proof. I made a few changes: no mozzarella (didn’t have any), added peas and extra spinach instead of zucchini, left out the bacon and added some parsley, basil, oregano, pepper and salt. Highly recommended! (leave out the cheese or substitute for vegan option)
4. Spending time with this cutie!
(oh hey, running shoes and iPod) Being at home means I get to hang with the doggie. I also tried to take her on my run (4.5mi), but she wasn’t very good at running with me, and slowed me down a bit. Was still fun to have a running buddy! Especially one who doubles as a cuddle-buddy. So soft and cuddly and sweet sometimes. I mean, just look at that face.
She also really loves dirty laundry.
5. My new favorite breakfast – sweet brown rice.
In the bowl: 1c cooked rice, 1/2 sliced banana, a dash of vanilla almond milk, almond butter, chia seeds, cinnamon. I had probably seen this around before, but I first decided to try it when I saw it on Hannah’s blog. So worth it, and for the moment I’m liking it better than regular old oats. The chewy-ness also forces me to eat slower, with I have a hard time with when I’m super hungry.
6. The best way to eat an orange, learned from my Mom!
step 1: cut into slices, against the section fibers. cut a slit in the peel in one spot.
step 2: pull the slice apart at the slit, eat the wedges off the peel! Oranges = one of nature’s candies.
7. Raw & vegan food from Karyn’s.
One day this week I met up with a good friend of mine from high school, and we had lunch at Karyn’s Cooked – vegan comfort food, but without all the fake meat and such. Real, whole food!
Even at the cooked restaurant, I ordered the raw plate. Cabbage and broccoli salads, avocado, nori rolls, almond pâté, and raw hummus. My friend ordered the stuffed eggplant with tofu ricotta, but I didn’t get a chance to snap a picture (it was really delicious!)
Then, for dessert, we shared a raw carob mint cake – so rich, but so good. It was huge and we definitely did not finish it all. For some reason, when eating raw food, it is so much easier for me to tell when I am truly full.
Then, the next day, I had lunch with my grandmother at Karyn’s Raw!
We started with the hummus – made from a cauliflower and red pepper base, served with veggies and flax crackers. So good, we both loved the spices in the hummus. And the crackers.
For lunch, I chose the Portobello Napoleon. Portobello mushrooms stuffed with tomatoes, olives, onions, and cashew blue cheese with asparagus and raw Primavera on top. A little heavy on the olive oil, but still delicious.
She got the house salad, and I shared a few bites (it was massive). A fantastic lunch for both of us – we even saw Karyn herself, and told her in person how much we enjoyed the meal. Again, I love that this type of meal keeps me full and satisfied for hours.
8. If you missed any of my ski trip recaps, here they are again:
9. It’s now my birthday on the East Coast! (probably everywhere, by the time people read this)
Any tips on how to run with your dog?
How do you eat your oranges?
Thoughts on raw vegan food?