Ohmygosh you guys. I slept for almost nine hours last night. Amazing. I believe the last time that happened was last March when Chris and I were in Cuba. For some reason we slept like 10 hours a night when we were there. The rum maybe? I swear I wasn’t drunk last night :P
Aaaanyways, there was only one thing that could follow such a stellar night’s sleep. Fluffernutter oatmeal. On top of my TV (watching CBC’s new televised version of Information Morning).
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 2 1/4 cups water
- 1/2 scoop vanilla whey powder
- peanut butter
- marshmallow fluff
MMmmmm… Fluff is so dreamy when it goes all melty on oats…
I put my tofu spread to work for lunch today, by mixing it with… more tofu!
Crumbled tofu (cooked in the microwave for a couple minutes first) mixed with tofu spread, bell pepper, onion, tomato and mushrooms then crammed into a pita.
By the way, I don’t picture everything I eat at work! Well, I don’t picture everything I eat period. I’m a snacker, so there’s a lot of snacks that happen in between meals that don’t get shown on the blog. It’s especially difficult for me to photograph everything I eat at work as it’s usually consumed while doing something. For example, I had some homemade trail mix this morning while sitting in on a government hearing. Didn’t really want to whip out my camera and take pictures of the plain ole’ nuts I was eating. Especially while listening to a presentation on infanticide with the province’s attorney general, ya know?
But I did have time to photograph the crazy delicious supper I made :D
A hummus frittata:
- 2 whole eggs
- 4 egg whites
- 1/2 a red bell pepper. chopped
- 1/4 red onion, chopped
- 2 large mushrooms, chopped
- 1 small tomato, sliced
- dash paprika and onion powder
- 2 tbsp red pepper hummus
- 1 piece of whole wheat toast
Sautee the veggies in paprika and onion powder. Beat eggs together, pour into pan, and cook on medium-low heat until mostly solid. Stick pan under broiler for a couple minutes until top is slightly browned. Top with hummus and toast pieces.
I thought about putting the bread pieces in the frittata, but I didn’t want it getting lost in there. And what I really wanted was some toast. Hence the random pieces on top – but it was delicious!! And hummus and eggs are a wonderful combo too :)
The Christmas Issue…
Ahhh….yes. The Christmas issue. It’s one of my November Goals to “get into the Christmas spirit” this year. You see, I don’t like Christmas, and I’ve gotten a lot of questions as to why. I figured I might as well get it out of the way as we’re only getting closer to the damn thing.
I actually don’t like talking about why I don’t like Christmas. Most people who know me, know I’ve never been into it. But I doubt even my family knows exactly why it bothers me. Although, the reason shouldn’t be the least bit surprising to them.
That’s because my dislike for the holiday is because of my family. Wait! I lovelovelove my family to pieces! But that’s exactly the issue.
My dad moved out on the second day of grade 7. I was 12 years old. It was rough. I will never, ever, go into the details publicly. I do not share them with even people I know personally, so don’t expect to ever see it on the blog. Those first few months of my parents separation were, to put it bluntly, awful. Everyone in my family could probably attest to that. Many arguments were had, tears shed, and lives changed forever.
That first Christmas, as you can imagine, was just as awful. It’s something I’ll never forget. My “perfect” family was shattered. None of us were “healthy” in several senses of the word. It was just a very depressing and heart wrenching time for us.
Christmas has since improved with every passing year. My family is apart, but we are all now happier because of it. I would never wish for things to be the way they used to be, because I can see how much better they are now. But that doesn’t change the longing I feel during the holiday season. I think of the happy Christmases I had as a child, contrasted with the awful ones that followed. Now, my holidays are spent between two homes, with two “new” families.
Again, I need to reiterate that I love my family the way it is now. The holiday season just conjures up a lot of emotional issues I have surrounding that dark period in my family’s history. Not to mention, it’s kind of awkward to separate a holiday between two parents. I guess the idea of “togetherness” may have to be modified to fit today’s modern family.
So there ya go. I just totally spilled my guts, and to be honest, feel really vulnerable about it! At the same time, you can understand why it’s important that I learn to overcome these emotions and really learn how to embrace the Christmas season. Everything happened so long ago, and yet sometimes it feels like the wounds are still very raw. This year, I’m going to help heal them a little :)
So to help my efforts in learning to love Christmas, I ask you: What is your favourite thing about the holiday season?
And with that, I’m off to y-y-yoga. Juuuust what the doctor ordered :)
Oooh, exciting things in store my friends! It’s all at the end though. I won’t be hurt if you scroll through, but just know you are missing out on a lot of muffin and apple pictures if you do :P
Apparently, my camera uses a lot of battery power while not being used, because the batteries were randomly dead this morning. Thus, no office eats! You’re not missing much. I dropped a raw egg on the break room floor while trying to make lunch. I almost cried. I never thought I could be so attached to one egg.
I made up for it when I got home though :)
Usual frozen deep chocolate vitamuffin with a smear of PB. But what’s that white stuff you ask?
Oh yes. I did.
I was actually on a mission for mini marshmallows, as I thought they’d make a great addition to my candy bowls of oats. But then this jar caught my eye, and I was sold.
I mean for something that’s essentially sugar, the ingredients aren’t that bad. I’m pretty sure the M&Ms I’ve been eating are worse…
I can blame an ex-boyfriend for introducing me to this dreamy product, and the fluffernutter sandwich. This was the kind of stuff that was never allowed in my house growing up.
Some people do ice cream. I do fluff :P
The muffins didn’t stop there though. I finally attacked the bag of macoun apples I bought at the market last weekend.
The only changes I made were that I omitted the raisins and walnuts for more apple-y goodness, and substituted a 1/2 cup of flour for 1/2 cup rolled oats.
I of course had one immediately out of the oven, with some Earth Balance spread (the only way to eat baked goods straight from the oven in my opinion).
While all that muffin business was going down, I was also working on some of Brie’s applesauce. Three ingredients: apples, water, cinnamon. Doesn’t get much easier than that! Well, actually, it was quite labour intensive to peel and chop a dozen apples. May have helped if I didn’t break my apple corer last year trying to get it through a gigantic honeycrisp…
Yay flash photography!
Okay, to be honest, I really wanted to add a shot of whiskey to this process. Doesn’t whiskey apple sauce sound awesome? I held back though. That will be for my special “after lunch” batch ;)
The end product was amaaaaazing.I kept dipping a spoon in here to lick it up :)
Afterwards, it looked like an apple orchard exploded in my kitchen. So once the clean-up was finished, I wanted a simple dinner.
- mixed greens
- shredded carrot
- spanish onion
- red pepper
- lemon juice
- Gardein mustard “chicken breast”
Eaten while tweeting and msn-ing.
Today was my first day using tweetdeck, I like it!
Oh, and another apple oatmeal muffin for dessert…
With peanut butter. Yes that is my third muffin today! It could have been worse, I could have put Fluff on this one too! :P
Okay. Congrats, you’ve made it to the end.
Oh wait! it’s in a video!
(turn you speakers WAY up for this one)
So in case you couldn’t hear, I’m giving away a free jar of almond hazelnut butter!
This stuff is seriously, seriously good. The two nuts blend together perfectly to create a rich and versatile nut butter.
I’m kinda jealous that I’m giving this away, because I think it would taste really good on my mocha oats!
So how do you win??
1. Leave a comment telling me what your favourite nut butter + food combination is. For example, some of my favourite combos are cashew butter + dates, peanut butter + bananas, or sunflower seed butter in hummus!
2. Tweeeeeet a link to this post. Just include @balancesusan so I know ya did.
3. Link back to this post on your blog.
4. Add me to your blogroll and leave an extra comment saying you did (or that I’m on your blogroll already).
So there ya go! It’s open to anyone and everyone no matter where you live. I’ll be taking entries until Tuesday, October 27 at 5pm Eastern time. I’ll announce the winner in Tuesday night’s post.
Now I’m off to go do some more food experimenting. That’s what weekends are for! :)