Today was a full day. A wedding prep extravaganza kind of a day.
Items now crossed off the to-do list:
- meeting with our pastor (for pre-marriage classes)
- invitation finalizing & printing
- (more) ring shopping (we finally got our wedding bands!)
- hair appointment-ing (no clue what I’m going to do with the mop I am rocking right now, but hopefully she’s got some ideas)
- closing my solo bank account (joint bank accounts, what, WHAT!)
- gym time
- re-packing for yet another trip (back to New York this time!)
That was thrilling for you to read about, I’m sure.
It all started with the good stuff. Berries and greek yog. I’m going through pounds and pounds of fresh fruit this summa, and I lurrrve it.
I snappled (snack + apple) my way ‘til noon.
For lunch I had a salad beast.
Red was the theme, as you can see by the kidney beans, tomatoes, and dried cranz. Also buried beneath the carrots was home grown lettuce. Yup, home grown. Have you met my mom’s garden yet?
I know I showed some of her goods a while ago when I was posting on her composting, but since the fruit of her labor (pun intended) is now real, here’s a quick peek.
Zucchini, oregano, lemon thyme, tomatoes, chives, mint, parsley, romaine lettuce, mixed lettuce, strawberries, and SO much more. I can’t wait until the day when I can test my green thumb…until then, my mom’s garden is like my personal CSA.
Romaine. Spring greens. Strawberries. [They’ve already grown to double the size seen here since taking this photo]
You know you’re living the good life when you are picking your lunch straight from the vine.
After my fiber baby was birthed (ew?), it was time for dessert.
Kyle and I shared a Wow Baking Co. cookie for dessert (I use the word “shared” very loosely since Kyle had 99% of the cookie).
He is a peanut butter fiend, though, so it was only appropriate that the master be the official taste-tester of the peanut butter cookie.
Goodness peanut buttery gracious. One bite was all I needed to feel like I was indulging. Kyle gave it 5 stars (though his rating system is unknown even to me, I think this is a good mark).
After lunch we got down to business. My exercise has been infrequent and unmotivated to say the least, and I’ve been using our traveling schedule as an excuse. However, now that we are back in the Bay Area for a few days, there is no reason why work outs should be skipped. Given my waning fitness status, who do you think I turned to? The one and only, Jillian Michaels.
I was sweating like a Mexican soccer fan (World Cup reference anyone?). No worries, they made it to the next round. Barely.
I was brought back to life thanks to a Guava Goddess Kombucha, and then it was time to get crackin’ on dinner.
Chop chop chop.
Boil boil boil.
Squash + zucch + bell pepps + brocc + sesame oil =
Sizzle sizzle sizzle.
All together now…
So simple, and yet, so tasty. Summer veggies at their finest if I do say so myself.
But let’s not forget about the side dishes…
I don’t know if it’s possible to have a meal without bread. Last night’s loaf was gone before the sunset, so this time we wised up and got a fatty loaf.
Obviously I did my fair share of damage on this one as well. Hummus may run through my veins, but it’s the carbs that I live for.
In addition to the veg/pasta and bread duo, I decided to make a little somethin’ somethin’ extra on the side. You see, my family had a Caesar salad, and since I don’t do dairy (and didn’t want to be behind in the number of courses), I sliced some tomatoes for my own side salad.
I topped the tomatoes with the above sample I received from Bragg’s. Since all our belongings (including kitchen staples) are in storage until we move into our new apartment, I’ve been S.O.L. in terms of having my usual cooking goodies on hand.
Good thing my girl K hooked it up and told me about these free samples. Patricia Bragg has no idea how much of a hold her liquid aminos have over me. I’m a lifetime user for sure. And for all of you who want to know what Bragg’s liquid aminos taste like…you MUST try it. It’s hard to describe since it’s similar to soy sauce, but not really. Basically, it tastes like liquid aminos. Sorry for the ridiculously unhelpful description. But it’s good, trust me. I also have Bragg’s apple cider vinegar and it’s another winner.
I went back for seconds, and by the time I was done, the zucchini and squash must have expanded to ten times their original size because I felt like I was about to birth twins. Sexy, huh.
My blogging may be spotty for the next few days as I am in NYC for a friend’s wedding. Lots of reuniting with friends, restaurants, and bars on the agenda.