Gah the weather has totally changed from being warm and gorgeous this morning to being windy, raining and COLD! Christie (my best friend whom whose parents I am currently living with) called from New Orleans and said it was snowing outside! Crazy, huh?! She’s coming home on Saturday for Christmas and we are going to the Jake Owen concert (!!!!!) Saturday night! I cannot wait!!! Jake is actually FROM Vero (how crazy is that??!!) and does an annual concert at the local high school here. I’ve never been but Christie and Betty went last year and raved. Apparently we got awesome seats and I don’t have to work on Sunday so I am really stoked!
This morning I had banana pumpkin overnight oats to jump-start my day:
This was a mix of 1/2 cup oats soaked in 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup Oikos, 1/3 cup pumpkin, 1/2 mashed banana, 1 tbsp almond butter, cinnamon and topped with pom seeds and agave. It was SO FILLING for some reason this morning! I almost couldn’t finish it! I sat and ate while checking my email and blogmail for about 15 minutes this morning…the bowl was so full.
Not surprisingly, it kept hunger at bay all morning. I did have my snack around 10 though just because I had been staring at it all morning long and wanted to eat it!
I actually forgot I had these! I love finding almost forgotten goodies in the pantry.
And for lunch of course I had Amy’s. I think I’ll be eating a ton of Amy’s in the next week I’m here. No complaints here though!!!
I actually have been wanting to try the black eyed pea, brown rice and veggie bowl for a long time but never bought it because I didn’t think it would keep me full…it seemed to light! However, it definitely did the trick today! I don’t know if it was because I wasn’t really hungry anyways for lunch (breakfast was SO filling!) or what…but this was awesome and I will definitely buy it in the future! For being beans, brown rice and veggies (typical health food) it was incredibly flavorful….I tasted notes of ginger and tamari and loved it! It also seemed like a ton of food for only 280 calories. I was definitely full after finishing it!
I also had some grapes:
And a homemade ginger cookie made by yours truly 🙂
I was content and full all afternoon at work and then I got home just now made a mess with 1/2 cup whipped cottage cheese, a peach medley applesauce and a sprinkle of H2H:
I had a good day today at work. I was on my own since it was Adam’s day off but I got a lot done, including creating the seed starter for my barm (mother starter), which will then become my sourdough starter. I know its a bunch of bread talk….hahaha
All this is is 1 cup 100% dark rye flour mixed with 3/4th cup water. I am letting it sit for 24 hours then mixing in more water and hi-gluten flour to start making the sponge. I will take a little away and add more water and flour each day for four days and then after that it will become a starter for sourdough! However, its best to refresh (feed) the starter every 3 days for 2 weeks to get the best results so that’s what I’m going to do. I’m hoping to have some great Christmas sourdoughs though!
I also made some aaaaaaaamazing ginger cookies (noted above!). I used the recipe out of one of my favorite cookbooks, The Black Dog Cookbook (from the restaurant in Martha’s Vineyard). I actually have never eaten at the restaurant but have been to the little giftshop and bought the cookbook and a t-shirt back in high school. I used to spend every summer on Martha’s Vineyard as a Christian camp counselor for middle and high school kids. Good times I tell ya!
The cookies were awesome. I made tiny ones (which I ate) and big ones, which I saved for a Christmas function at the club tonight. I’m hoping to make more tomorrow….you need a whole half cup of minced FRESH ginger! Yummy!
Since it was Thursday, I had to plate up 54 desserts for Rotary club. Today was panna cotta with pineapple mango relish:
And I also made tons more pie dough, cheddar wafer dough, oatmeal raisin cookies, rolls and challah. A productive day!
Since it’s absolutely pouring and nasty outside I am going to stay home and do yoga instead of going to the gym. I had the pleasure of receiving a whole year of free yoga classes from yogadownload.com so today I downloaded a new class—a 60 minute advanced power vinyasa flow. I need to get back in shape with it since I’m moving home! I cannot wait to get back with my old instructor! I know I’m technically “in shape” now, but being in shape to do spinning and being in yoga shape are two very different things. It took me about two years of consecutive yoga to be able to get up (and stay up!) in head stand and have the core strength to do some of the advanced postures. I haven’t done it in a few months and every time I get back into it, the next day every single muscle on my body is sore. My first Bikram class back will be a sure awakening!!
***And I am SO PROUD of my caitlin for her amazing website launch. If yall haven’t already check it out, you must do so asap! It rocks!!!!!