Well. Creativity is not flowing this week ya’ll. Writers block? Fatigue? Don’t know. All I know is I want a big bowl of warm oats, a few mugs of glorious coffee, a few hours (mm, days) on my couch and absolutely nothing world shattering to come out of my “writing utensils”.
But no time for couch living this week. Busy busy here. So as I day dream about days off and endless mugs of java
and ryan gosling stumbling in through my door, let’s simply enjoy gawking at some yummy food, mmhmm? Plus, it’s been a little heavy around here recently, so I say some simplicity is in order.
Ohhh and I hear through the grapevine it is American Thanksgiving this week, ya? We already celebrated our turkey time up here in “the north,” but I must say I’ve always been jealous of the grander scale of celebration the states seem to have. You get to enjoy it with a more “ho ho ho” spirit approaching. So really, many of you will be busy cooking up a stuffing storm, carving all your turkey gobbles and getting ready for time with family. And I encourage all of this fully.
So let’s get to it!
Thanks to Jenn for hosting the party!
We had our first snow fall last night!! I hate the cold, but the first snow is always a little exciting. Although this day of eats are from Monday (before the snow) I had already started getting into the winter season by craving all sorts of warm and cozy breakfast goodness.
Crock pot pumpkin steel cut oats + stewed apples +
pumpkin zucchini muffin + gobbles of peanut buttaaaa
Pumpkin is still a winter thing, ya? Sure. Yes. Of course it is. It’s American thanksgiving time anyways and there’s got to be more pumpkin involved there!?
I repeat. Gobbles of peanut buttaaaaaa.
But then, this was weird. I also craved a salad. Well, I also had random things in my fridge I needed to use up, and had to pack my lunch to go, so this usually calls for ‘random salad mash time’. I threw together a new little combination and it turned out fabbbbb.
Massaged Kale + edamame + peas + roasted sweet potato + feta +
standard dressing of EVOO/balsamic/maple syrup/dijon/s+p
The last *sniff sniff* of my previously mentioned ammmazing brownies.
Brownie and coffee afternoon pick me up
PS. It is also “free small coffee” time at McDs here, and you better believe I’ve been hitting that up. It’s really just about getting the free stickers that will then get me free lattes and hot chocolates later on. No shame.
I got out of rehearsal early enough to come home for a hot meal. Quite rare. I was zonked, so dishing out leftover tofu scramble and turning on the steamer was absolutely all I could muster. Good thing I love my simple dinners. Its allllll about comfort.
… and kabocha.
Steamed kabocha + scrambled tofu + steamed brussels with buttaaaa
Well, that wasn’t enough. There was not enough carbs in my lunch or dinner. Not enough carbs = evening hunger. These WIAW posts can be helpful for looking back and becoming aware of how my intake was. In this case, it has made me realize I did not have enough to eat today.
I scooped out this bowl of my homemade apple crisp experiment, and then went back for a few squares of (unpictured) dark chocolate. Sadly, I didn’t have ice cream. Apple crisp should allllways be eaten with ice cream. Sigh. I’ll have you yet.
Homemade slow cooker Apple Crisp
Made with buttaaaaaa
……I really just had to see how many times I could say buttaaaaaaa in one post.
SO… I learned that I need to challenge myself with including more carbs in my lunch and dinner.
I learned that I should always have an emergency stash of vanilla ice cream in my freezer, no matter the time of year.
I learned that I will never get sick of pumpkin (mm, already knew that).
And I learned that tomorrow is American Thanksgiving. To all who this concerns, I hope you have a wonderful time with family and friends and think of only the things that make your heart smile. I hope that you may actually unplug yourself from this online world and focus on seeing what’s in front of you. There really is a lot there to be thankful for. And of course, ENJOY all the delicious food. But remember, its not just about the food.
Do you still crave salad in the winter?
Are you more hungry in the evening if you haven’t had ample carbs – or other specific macronutrient – throughout the day?
If you are celebrating Thanksgiving this week, what are you most excited for?