Well unfortunately our derby horse did NOT prevail tonight but I always love to watch long shots win so I was actually pretty excited about Mine the Bird! I mean how could you not be excited about the biggest long shot in Kentucky Derby history?! Crazy stuff. The Preakness should be interesting, that’s for sure.
This afternoon my mom and I got our manicures and it was wonderful. We sat outside at the spa for about an hour beforehand, just relaxing, and the sweet spa girls brought us out a “happy meal” to share—
The little plate included raw almonds, grapes, cheese, raw honeycomb (!!) and toast points. I had one toast point with a smear of honey and a sliver of cheese and it was lovely. Check out the honeycomb they have for you to smear on stuff!
It was yummy.
When we got home from the spa, it was just about derby time but I was pretty hungry so I made a light snack. I had a few pieces of this:
With a bunch of red grapes—
We tried to lighten the mood a little bit by making Pom-tinis (vodka with POM juice) but upon taking a sip of mine, it felt like the liquor was daggers in my tummy so I ditched my drink and stuck to water.
One of our friends was sweet enough to bring dinner over this evening….I swear, the outpouring of love from the community through our tragedy has been nothing short of amazing. I don’t know if my mom will ever have to cook again! Anyways, Mary brought over homemade pork tenderloin, twice baked potatoes, salad, multi-grain bread and divine carrot cake cupcakes. I’m not a big potato girl, so I loaded my plate with salad (which was a mix of romaine, gorganzola, walnuts and strawberries), tender pork tenderloin and a slice of baguette—
I’m honestly not a big meat person AT ALL, as you all probably know by now, but this pork tenderloin was nothing short of amazing. She had marinated it in some sort of zesty marinade and it was extremely lean and tender. I almost got seconds!
And when someone brings homemade cupcakes that are still warm from the oven over to my house, you know what’s comin’…….
OMG is all I can say to this. There were specks of vanilla bean in the cream cheese frosting and the cupcake itself was tender and fluffy. It was worth every single crumb and I might have another tomorrow!!!
After dinner I made raw hummus for the week ahead out of Raw Food Real World. Its a combo of cashews, almonds, tahini, lemon juice and garlic and is pretty tasty…not to toot my own horn or anything. I think it’ll go perfectly with leftover tabbouli.
I also have my first dehydrating adventure going on right now but I’ll have to wait to see tomorrow as to how it’ll turn out. I sort of messed up the recipe because I wasn’t paying attention (halved the nuts but left the rest of the other ingredients as is…oops) so it might be a failure. 🙁
So, I haven’t really told you all yet, but I am in the process of moving in with Ryan. We actually decided to move in together two days before my brother died last week and then things just got crazy…obviously. I wasn’t going to go through with the move anymore after his death because I thought I should be with my parents, but we talked about and they both want me to live my own life and keep my original plan. Ryan has been my rock through all this tragedy and although the move isn’t coming at the best time, sometimes life forces us to go forward and we are both excited to start this new chapter of our life together. And, yes, he is a tad scared of all my kitchen appliances that keep rolling through the door, but I told him he can sometimes use my Vita Mix to make his morning smoothies so he’s happy about that.
I’m falling asleep typing this right now so I’m going to journal for awhile and call it a night. My mom bought me two new journals today from the bookstore and I’m so excited to get back to the pen and paper again. I emphasized in writing poetry in college (I majored in creative writing and had to pick an emphasis…fiction or poetry) and I need to get back to it now. Its a good time.
See you in the morning!