A simple Sunday

Nothing too interesting going on in this casa.  Simple weekend fun.

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I woke up at 8 feeling much better than yesterday (thanks for all the well wishes).  It’s funny how every time I mention I’m not feeling well the first question people ask is “are you pregnant?”  In fact, anytime anything remotely baby related comes up in conversation people think it’s appropriate to ask when I’m planning to have kids.  I can’t even say “awww” to a cute little toddler without people assuming it means I’m getting ready for mommy mode.  I don’t really mind because people mean well.  But it is a pretty personal decision and awfully intrusive for strangers to ask (so yeah, ok, it can get a bit annoying).  I mean, I finally got past the “when are you getting married?” question and already it’s on to the next major life thing.  Ugh.  Ok, that rant came out of nowhere.  My bad!

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Kyle had a waffle meeting this morning, so I was left to my own devices.  I made oatmeal with baked apple slices (I add the apples in when I first add the oats).  And then I drizzled the entire thing in melty coconut peanut butter and raisins.  It tasted a lot like cookie dough.  I guess that’s what happens when you mix PB, coconut, and raisins.

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When lunch time rolled around I wasn’t overly hungry.  I decided to make a small (second) breakfast.  I had cantaloupe so ripe that I could smell it’s sweetness from across the room.  Every time I walked within 20 feet of the fruit basket, I was reminded that it was ready for me to ravage.  So cantaloupe it was!  Now what to put in it…

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Lucky for me, Kyle came home from his waffle meeting with extra chia seed pudding.  I don’t know the exact recipe Isaac used, but it tasted almost identical to a recipe I’ve made in the past, so I’m guessing it has chia seeds, soy milk, vanilla, and some kind of sweetener (agave, maple syrup, or stevia). It was really really rich, and thus a great contrast to the fresh melon.

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Never one to neglect my carbs, I decided to add Love Grown Apple Walnut Delight Clusters on top.

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This is the first time I had this flavor and it was way more nutty than the others.

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It was good, but I didn’t get very much of the apple flavor.  Of course that could be because the first serving always has way more bigger clusters, so maybe the dried apple parts were concentrated at the bottom.  If you’re a cluster lover like I am, that’s usually a good thing. Do you ever shake the bag to get the fatty chunks of granola crunch to the top? I do.  My g-ma taught me that.  :)  But since the whole walnuts were the biggest things in the mix, they were dominating the granola ratio.

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I have to say, I’m pretty proud of myself for a few reasons.  (1) This turned out to be very gorgeous meal, what with all the colors and pretty display.  (2) I ate the walnuts, which were basically whole and undisguised (for new readers, I used to hate hate hate nuts and am only recently learning to tolerate certain ones).  (3) The meal was freakin’ delish.

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Sweet melon, crunchy, nutty granola, and an ooey gooey pudding holding each bite together.  Not only were the flavors complementary, but the varying textures made my mouth very happy, and the nutritional stats were superb!  Love me some omegas.

The rest of the day went by in a blur.  I did the Shred (level one) and then went on a quick 2 mile jog.  Post shower, I snacked on an apple, candied ginger, and then Kyle and I went shopping for him.  He got a few pairs of slacks from Banana Republic and then my stomach started growling again.  Since we still had to do grocery shopping it was a WF hot-bar kind of night.

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That’s a LOT of veggie fried rice with seitan.

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Oh.  Yes.

Dessert needs a whole post in and unto itself.

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Raw.  Vegan.  Delish.

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37 thoughts on “A simple Sunday

  1. Yolie @ Practising Wellness

    I completely understand what you mean about the intrusive inappropriate questions thing – the when are you getting married one is SO embarrassing and borderline rude! Especially if the say it in front of both of you, lol! ;-) Umm…shush, this awkward! It makes me so uncomfortable! And the pregnant thing…EVERYONE asks that, don’t they, even if you have a cold. So you feel ill. And are therefore expecting. Just because you are of child-bearing age. And have a boyfriend. Hmmm…giant leap, much?! :-P xyx

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  2. Lenna

    Oh my, that cantaloupe looks like the best lunch ever!! SO pretty! I love cantaloupe, it is nicely sweet, smells amazing and has the most positive colour:)

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  3. Bethany I.

    Mmm Whole Foods Hot Bar!!! Since my parents are out of town my sister and I went to Trader Joes in search of Macaroons, which we devoured, but I also was able to convince her to stop in Whole Foods for some Soy yogurt and of course I got my dinner at the hot bar! I had this Mexican Seitan thing before and I was so happy to see it again that I doubled up on the portion (and price) because last time I was really wishing I had more when I finished.
    I’m so glad your feeling better!

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  4. Marissa

    I love cutting cantaloupes in half and eating them with a spoon, especially if they’re perfectly ripe and soft! They’re a very underrated summer fruit; one of my favorites that doesn’t get the attention it deserves!

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  5. hipveganchic

    ive tried forever to find a homeamade recipe for coconut peanut butter online because im rather thrifty and dont want to order any from TT online right now. any chance you have any proportion ideas or wanna play around and figure out a recipe to enlighten us all?

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  6. Abby

    I couldn’t agree more about the kids topic. One night I was out to dinner with my boyfriend and his mom. We were talking about our bucket lists and she said that one of her things is to be a grandmother and that my boyfriend and I are her only hope for that. :| Yikes-we aren’t even married. lol. I went on to order a drink at that time.

    There isn’t a package of granola that enters my house without being shaken! It is absolutely necessary! ;)

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  7. PB&Jenny

    ha! I’ve already been getting bombarded with the “when are you getting married”s and I’m not even graduated from college yet. Whatever happened to female empowerment and independent women!?

    p.s. when did this whole blog makeover thing happen?! Jenny lovey!

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    1. Elise Post author

      thanks girly! its only a week old. im glad you like.
      oh my gosh, those marriage questions got a million times worse once we graduated college…living together in nyc only exacerbated the sitch.

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  8. Hanna

    Hi Elise! I just stumbled upon your blog and I am already in love! I just wanted to say that I am already a devoted reader and plan to check in daily. Keep up the fantastic work. You have a knack to create beautiful photos and stories through your writing…

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    1. Elise Post author

      you are so sweet! this has got to be the kindest comment ever. thanks for the support…i write for people like you, so im glad you are enjoying it. you definitely made my day :)

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  9. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    Girl I totally understand. I am asked by strangers who read my blog (never comment though) and will email me about everything from my cycle to my family planning in the future and how many kids we’re having to my chest size to what exactly Scott does for a living and why dont i post pics of him…like where does he work exactly..I mean, it just.amazes.me.

    I get the pregnancy questions too. Just b/c you’ve had 1 kid, you’re still not safe from prying minds.

    Both in real life and on blog.

    :)

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  10. Christine (The Raw Project)

    Lol, agreed on the baby questions! I think we stalled so long on getting married just to avoid the baby questions! :-) I love it when parents of newborns tell me it’s so easy and wonderful and I should just do it! :-P

    Yum, I need to try chia seed pudding in melon, that looks wonderful!

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    1. Elise Post author

      well ive never heard THAT one. easy? hmmm…im thinking the mom who told you that was speaking in very far away hindsight. ha ha. eventually the time will come, but its not now.

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  11. Adara

    Those melons make the perfect bowls for just about anything… I bet a tofu scramble might be tasty served in one…
    Though I know kind of what you mean about the illness thing, as I have had chronic gastritis caused by Helicobacter Pylori bacteria (huge mouthful, I know) on top of a ultra high metabolism. So when my stomach is bothering me and I can’t eat enough… Well, you can probably guess what I have to deal with. Still, have to remember that people generally do mean well, even if they are a bit of a pain in the rump some times ;)

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    1. Elise Post author

      youre right, its all good intentions which is why its never anything id get truly angry about. its just funny that as a female of child bearing age, any stomach woe immediately means pregnancy. you probably have quite the time explaining the h. pylori…

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  12. julie

    wowzas um i TOTALLY missed the boat on your new blog design. it’s freaking fantabulous and you look absolutely GORGEOUS in your solo shot! who birthed this to you i must know!

    also tell isaac tha tyour friend julie wouldn’t mind being his east coast taste tester

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  13. Courtney

    I am proud of you for eating the walnuts, lol! I wish I could get past my nut aversion like you have…you need to give me lessons :-)

    Courtney

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