Goodness gracious, I think my stress pretty much melted away just by reading your responses to my previous post!
Roasted Broccoli and Other Musings
I don’t know why I felt compelled to put that photo there other than the fact that it seems like The Ford Plantation is a pretty low stress environment over there in Gawwwwgia. Ya know?
I got a big kick out of those of you who mentioned the consumption of wine in stressful situations. Can I get a heck yeah?! Unfortunately (fortunately?) I’m out of wine and the boyfriend (bearer of all good wine) is out of town so I shall stick to my decaf herbal tea because that’s how I roll.
As I mentioned before, a HUGE stress release for me is cooking. Especially with my mom and best friend. And especially fried chicken and macaroni and cheese.
Wait, I have brown hair in this photo. Strange. And, oh! I should have remembered to pack that apron…how cute it is with that dress? Hmmmm Anyways!
I felt a lot better after a bike ride. The sweet guys at the local bike shop pumped up my tires and then gave me a kit (with a portable pump) to “borrow” for my ride after I gave them a blank stare when they asked me if I had such necessary tools and if I knew how to change a tire. Obviouslyyyyyy.
Memories of flying over a curb (hard!) when I was seventeen with my dad sitting shotgun and busting my front tire flew back into my head. I’ll never forget sitting on the side of the road teary eyed and embarrassed while he taught me how to change my first flat.
I ended up doing about 25 miles of rolling hills. The “sweet guys” told me about a great 35 mile loop for “beginners” out in Alexander Valley with a spectacular view at the top. Since I’ve been doing the same Dry Creek circle over and over for the past few weeks I thought I would give this new route a whirl.
Plus, (let’s be honest) I’m a sucker for spectacular views.
The first ten miles were breathtaking but then when I realized I was going UPHILL FOR THE NEXT FIFTEEN MILES (duh Jenna, you go UP a mountain to see the spectacular view at the top) I, uhhhhh, circled around and went my own way, which was much flatter. There were still hills but it wasn’t straight uphill….thank goodness. I guess the good thing though about going uphill is that what goes up must come down. I love that part.
Regardless, it was a lovely 25 mile ride and I threw down a serious green monster after.
1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I have been using Designer Whey as of late), 1 cup almond milk, 1/2 frozen banana and a crapload of spinach. So fresh and so green, green!
Dinner was pretty classic. A salmon burger topped with laughing cow and dijon + a huge baked sweet potato and roasted broccoli.
I just discovered tonight the miracle of roasted broccoli. YOU CAN ROAST IT FROZEN STRAIGHT FROM THE BAG!!!!!!!!!! I’m a simple girl, really.
In case you were wondering, I roasted this at 375 for about 10 minutes with some sea salt and hot pepper flakes. I think I might like broccoli now?
I tried one of these bad boys for dessert, along with an apple:
The company sent me a few to sample and I was really impressed! It tasted awesome buuuuuut was pretty teeny tiny. However, I would still buy them again because it tasted like a treat! I loved the crunch from the graham crackers. I haven’t had “runny” yogurt in forever!
I leave you with a brief text message conversation with my mom this afternoon:
Me: tax day sucks. please send more cinnamon gummy bears and my jean skirt. Stat.
Her: Jennifer. Go hug Dexter.