The problem with being away from home for a month is all the errands and paperwork that await your return. Tried to begin catching up today.
I haven’t been able to see Dawn for ages (though we’re good phone talkers) so it was worth getting out of bed early to take a walk.
The night before I had baked some mini pumpkin buckwheat bakes and I grabbed one for breakfast part 1 on my way out the door.
I take Ashley’s recipe and divide it into 4 small ramekins for a small treat.
Just because everything seems to appear bigger on the blog, some perspective:
Small, but just about 100 calories, so a good breakfast part 1…
I walked with Dawn for about an hour (no hip pain, hooray!) and then dropped her off at work. On my way home I hit a few of my much needed errands.
Including picking up my mail… Blech. A few pay checks and a nice thank you note, but otherwise junk, bills, and music I need to learn.
While sorting mail I ate breakfast part 2. Apple with cinnamon and almond butter.
Lots of annoying phone calls to sort out more insurance issues and suddenly I had to dash into the shower and start cooking. My friend had an afternoon rehearsal near me and offered to meet for lunch. I was eager to see her, but I’m trying my best not to go out for meals this month so I offered to cook.
Salmon topped with a sweet and spicy rub inspired by Jenna’s recipe.
Sweet potato wedges which came out perfectly until I “browned” them in the broiler for a minute too long. Still good though. From Tina’s recipe.
Plus roasted brussels sprouts.
I had some seconds of the potatoes and sprouts and had a lovely visit with my friend.
Off to teach. My first regular day of teaching since my return – I’m out of practice! Need to build up my endurance again.
I did handle the food part well though. I brought over some amazing cantaloupe (I think I could eat this every day…)
I ate about half at 3 right before my first student showed up and the other half at 9:45 when I was done teaching.
During my 15 minute break at 5:45 I heated up a quick dinner. At my summer camp growing up (where I still work) the chef was willing to take requests and one summer camper Rebecca requested “Spicy beans the way my mother makes them.” Of course the chef collected the recipe and then I liked it so much I took a copy as well.
My Dad made the spicy green beans and I brought over some cooked tofu (from my cooking frenzy on Monday.) Mixed together and heated up in the microwave it made for a speedy dinner.
I really liked the flavor, but to be honest, this batch was a little too spicy for me. I might have to doctor the rest of the leftovers to spread out the spiciness a bit.
So all around a full day, but another day of in control, well planned eating. Feeling good to be back on track.