Happy Tuesday, y’all! I thought I would take a little time this morning to focus on some of those little things that make me smile (and hopefully some of them will make you smile, too!).
No matter how today turns out, I know that at least it started out awesome, because I had this to eat for breakfast:
No, it’s not a jar of sunflower butter- but rather, overnight oats IN a nearly empty sunflower butter jar. I know that this is nothing new, and people all over the blogosphere post photos of overnight oats all the time- but it is a big deal for me. I usually have about 10 jars of open nut butter in my fridge at all times, so it takes forever to get to the bottom of one. I have forced myself not to buy any new jars until I get down to at least 3. Right now I have 4 open jars left, including a jar of Golden Pea Butter (YUM!), Cinnamon Sunflower butter, Better’N peanut butter (which has about one spoonful left in it! Yes!), and some freshly ground almond butter from Whole Foods (my favorite nut butter of all time).
The overnight oats are even better when topped off with a little bit of lemon-blueberry protein muffin (coconut/buckwheat flour, egg whites, lemon extract, vanilla stevia, baking powder, pumpkin puree, frozen blueberries= 60 calories of goodness).
I also noticed as I was taking this photo that my nails are finally at the perfect length! I don’t like them any longer than this (and I certainly don’t like them shorter).
Of course, now that I have pointed that out, they will probably all break. But at least for today- you all can see that I WAS able to grow them out! It was one of February’s goals, but better late than never, right?
And check out that reddish mark on my wrist. That’s a running injury from 3 years ago. I was training for the B’more 1/2 Marathon and face planted running downhill at about 5 in the morning. I have about 4 scars from that fall- and that’s one of them. It’s weird that I rolled my wrists over when I fell…
Rewind to before breakfast, what also made my morning great:
That’s the ungodly hour that I got to the gym to teach spin class this morning- notice how warm it was at 4:58 am! Love it! And the average MPG I’m getting on this tank of gas so far makes me pretty happy too. Have I mentioned before how much I love my car? (and just to add, spin class was awesome this morning, as usual. LOVE my Tuesday group!)
Let’s rewind a little bit more:
I got my REI dividend yesterday! YES! I spent quite a bit at various REI stores throughout the country in 2011 (including stores in Colorado, Washington and Oregon this summer- and in Maryland, too, of course). Greg’s was actually about twice as much as mine- he boughta lot of stuff last year. Being an REI member is great- you only pay a one-time fee (I think it was $25) and you get a dividend back each year based on how much you spend. You can use the dividend as store creditor get it back in cash (but I always choose store credit!).
Ever since I discovered that baking tofu is the way to go (thanks to Laura), I am a tofu-baking machine! I finally tried out an original recipe last night that pretty much knocked my socks off. I wanted to make an Italian seasoned tofu that would go well with pasta and roasted veggies. I pressed the tofu the day before and then marinated it (in the Tofu Xpress, which comes with a handy lid for marinating!).
The marinade consisted of tomato puree, extra virgin olive oil, italian herbs (oregano, basil, thyme, parsley), garlic, pepper, red pepper flake, salt, red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar and nutritional yeast. I can’t tell you specific amounts, because I just kind of threw stuff together.
I let it marinate overnight and then spread the tofu cubes onto a baking sheet
Baked at 400 for about 20 minutes, flipping over halfway through, and voila!
PERFECTLY BAKED TOFU. Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside. And the flavor? Incredible. I placed the baked tofu on top of a bowl of spelt pasta, roasted zuchhini, eggplant, peppers, mushroom and onions, and a little marinara sauce.
Another happy thing about this tofu? I’ve got leftovers for lunch. Oh yeah.
Here’s something else that makes me laugh, always.
Unfortunately I can’t imbed videos onto my blog anymore unless I pay for some upgrade (yet another reason why I need to get my butt in gear and move to self-hosting!!), but if you click on the link, you’ll see a little video of my boys playing last night. They LOVE to play tug, and when you grab the toy out of one of their mouths, their mouth quivers (and sometimes they just chomp the air- which kills me!). You can see a little bit of that in the video. (If you’re not into cute dog videos, you can skip it. But seriously, if you’re not into cute dog videos- what is wrong with you!?)
And just so you know:
This is a shirt that one of my students is wearing today. I had to do a double take. And then I laughed. Ahhh, kids.
Two more things: I want to make granola after work today. Anyone have a great recipe to share?
Have a rockin’ Tuesday!