It’s scarf weather!
I probably shouldn’t deceive you with excitement, seeing as I hate cold weather and being cold. It’s the time of year when once I get cold, there is no warming up!
These last days have been long days- 6 am – 12 am long. And I’m really not complaining- it’s just that time of the semester. 100 different projects and a limited time to get them done. Needless to say, I’ve been utilizing snacks to fuel me through these long days.
Here are my EATS from this past Monday.
I tried a NEW single serving pancake for breakfast on Monday. I used 1/2 of this recipe. I topped it with peanut butter lite, which worked nicely as a “syrup”. I thought the pancake was okay, but oddly a little too sweet. I’m not used to adding sweeteners, but this one called for agave and I went with it.
So tell me, do you think peanut butter is sweet or savory? I’ve been asked if I prefer a sweet or savory breakfast and I don’t know how to answer. When I make pancakes I don’t usually add sugar, but when I have eggs I often have preserves or cream cheese. This is seriously confounding to me… is it sweet or is it savory?
Breakfast also included coffee, a piece of 85% dark chocolate, and bowl of frozen green grapes.
Later in the morning I snacked on cottage cheese and a very soft pear. Cottage cheese is one of those things I will go a while without thinking about, but then always remember how much I love it when I do have it.
Lunch was a fun creation- baked tofu that was marinated in balsamic vinegar & dijon mustard on top of chopped cabbage, carrots, and whole grain rigatoni. I made a dressing for the pasta of dijon mustard, canola oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and little too much garlic.
It was so dang good.
Before class I snacked on a soft & chewy granola bar. This bar was very filling! I’m glad I found a granola recipe that doesn’t just fall apart.
After class we had a funeral to go to for a former pastor of mine, so I knew we wouldn’t be eating dinner until late. I tried to make a smoothie (banana, instant coffee, cocoa powder, & almond milk), but it was so gross I could only drink half. I think the banana had reach the point of no return in ripeness. The fruit flies should have a been a sign…
Now before you think I am breezing over an important part of my day in the sake of food, I want to say how beautiful the funeral was. This man battled cancer for over 5 years. I remember when he came to visit me after I had GI surgery… I was feeling very nauseous, but was trying to be gracious for his visit. Unfortunately, I ended our time together by vomiting right down at his feet, but he was so understanding and kind about it. I also remember how supportive he was to Terry who was getting into ministry at the time. He also played a role in my wedding. He will be dearly missed, but as it was said his membership has been transferred to the heavenly realm.
On the way home from the funeral we stopped for dinner at one of my favorite chain restaurants, Cracker Barrel. I ordered the eggs-in-a-basket with turkey sausage, fruit, and coffee.
For such a simple meal, the taste was INCREDIBLE. I am already thinking of when we can go back! I traded one of my sausages for a piece of Terry’s fried apples.
We got home and late and I was feeling pooped, but still needed to finish some homework. When I got too tired to function, I had a spoonful of pumpkin spice peanut butter to keep me going for another 30 minutes. #gradschoollife
Minus the trainwreck of a smoothie, this was a delicious day! More than anything, I am glad to have spent it with people I love, celebrating the life of a man who lived what he believed.