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Journey Journal: Days 96-97

Day 96: Saturday, April 6, 2013

Slept in. Breakfast of Ezekiel 4:9 Golden Flax cereal with raspberries, banana slices, and almond milk, and a French Press of coffee. Went to Goga for 20 minutes of workout and 15 minutes of sauna time. Brought a book to read in the sauna (Reckless Abandon by David Sitton, an autobiography of a missionary to PNG). After that, I came home, filled my water bottle, grabbed a granola bar, and went on a 5 mile walk in the neighborhoods surrounding ours. I am so thankful for this sunshine and the new blooms of springtime! After a hot shower, I met Bryan downtown, since he was there studying for his Microbiology test all day. I grabbed some red pepper strips and a mandarin orange on my way out the door and enjoyed them with a Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad from Port City Java. He studied for a bit more, then we checked out the new Anthropology store downtown (very cool, by the way!) before heading to dinner at 21 East. Bryan got a burger with root beer caramelized onions and a side of fries; I wasn’t super hungry (since the salad wasn’t that long ago), so I just got a single cajun crawfish taco (which was delicious! I might just have to get the 3 for $10 next time). It was a relaxing evening! I love date night!

Day 97: Sunday, April 7, 2013

Church this morning. Then 2nd grade Journey Group, where we talked about God being “Unchanging.” Had my cousin, his girlfriend, and another friend over for a lunch of tacos and taco salad (beef with cumin and garlic; and shrimp with curry powder, red pepper flakes, and garlic; plus loads of fresh veggies). Shared a French Press of Columbian coffee with our guests. While Bryan and the gang continued to study, I went for another 5 mile walk…this time with book in hand. I read and walked and enjoyed the fresh air! Bryan grilled burgers for dinner, and I had a side of carrot sticks. Made some lemon corn muffins with a lemon glaze for dessert, which got gobbled up very quickly! (Recipe here; I used about a cup of powdered sugar instead of 1/3 c. white sugar in the glaze, and I used Jiffy cornbread mix instead of the suggested brand.) Will have to remember that! Watched some clips on Food Network, while sipping a vanilla almond iced coffee (leftovers from this afternoon’s brew). Time for a hot, Epsom salt bath before getting ready for bed and grabbing my book one more time for the weekend.

Journey Journal: Days 65-71

Day 65: Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Finally made it to GOGA for the first time this week! Had a quick dinner before Shepherding Group.

Days 66-67: Thursday-Friday, March 7-8, 2013

Long couple of days. Didn’t sleep well. And it’s been windy and gloomy. Hopefully it will warm up for the weekend.

 

Day 68: Saturday, March 9, 2013

Finally! Sunshine! Slept in a bit, ran some errands, went to GOGA, and finished out the day by a few hours of weeding.

Day 69: Sunday, March 10, 2013

Another sunny day. I cannot express how thankful I am for our church family! After a quick lunch, a group of the young adults from church headed to Paris Mountain for a 4.5 mile hike, followed by a dinner of grilled burgers, coleslaw, apples, carrots, celery with peanut butter and raisins, and berry pie!

Day 70: Monday, March 11, 2013

I do not like Daylights Savings Time! That is all.

Day 71: Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Busy day, but very productive! I love days like this. Had a delicious leftover burger for lunch, wrapped in lettuce instead of on a bun. Carrots and peppers with hummus, an apple, and a piece of dark chocolate. Went for a 1.5 mile walk after work. Thankful for sunshine this afternoon again. And had a dinner of BBQ turkey sandwich with slaw and the last slice of berry pie.

Journey Journal: Days 54-56

Day 54: Saturday, February 23, 2013

Slept in till 9 a.m.! Breakfast of scrambled eggs with stir-fry veggies. Went to the gym for about 35 minutes and really broke a good sweat! Came home and had a quick lunch before cleaning the house and finishing the week’s laundry. Able to read a good chunk of my current book, The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton, accompanied by a fine French press of Italian Dark Roast. Then had our friend Collins over for a dinner of steak, mashed potatoes, herbed carrots and steamed broccoli. I added sour cream, butter and cheese to the guys’ potatoes, while mashing mine with coconut oil and nutritional yeast–which was actually quite tasty. Hot tea and more reading concluded my evening.

Day 55: Sunday, February 24, 2013

Split a piece of homemade bread with Bryan as we rushed out the door. Had a great morning worshipping Christ at church this morning. Danny spoke from Psalm 23 and our Shepherd Jesus! Journey Group centered around God being our Righteousness–what a blessed thought! Had my cousin and some friends over for a lunch of whole wheat pancakes with blueberry compote, bacon, and scrambled eggs (I made my pancakes with soy milk and they turned out pretty good). Went on a 3.1 mile walk/run because the weather was so gorgeous! This time of year, I take the opportunity to be outside and catch some sun every chance I can get–especially when the sun is accompanied by temperatures above 60°F! Then we had a Journey Group leaders’ meeting at church in the evening and broke up by age groups to discuss concepts and share ideas. It was sweet to hear Bryan share how much he enjoys discipling the youth of our local Body. Then my cousin and his friends came back over to finish laundry…and for a dinner of curry burgers topped with spinach, avocado, tomato, etc.; baby carrots; and apple slices. It was a relaxing and rejuvenating Sunday!

Day 56: Monday, February 25, 2013

Happy birthday to my bro! Breakfast of homemade toast with strawberry jam with Bryan before heading to work this morning. Handful of nuts for a mid-morning snack, then a veggie stir-fry for lunch. Encouraged by certain evidences of God’s grace and direction in our lives. Did my weekly grocery shopping after work today, which took longer than normally, as I’m reading labels and comparing prices for the new non-dairy thing.  Quick dinner of whole wheat pancakes with blueberry compote and a vanilla coconut yogurt (tasted really good, but will likely only by as a special dessert–more sugar than I realized). Then headed to our Ladies’ Group tonight, which included more evidences of grace and encouragement by some of my dear friends. God is so good!

Journal Journey: Days 43-45

Day 43: Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Leftover curry and rice for lunch. Had a really good workout at the gym after work. Dinner of salmon, yellow rice, and salad with an avocado-based Caesar dressing (started experimenting with this tonight–it was pretty good but a little too acidic…maybe a little less lemon juice and anchovy paste next time). Read for a while tonight, with a cup of hot tea.

Day 44: Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Large granny smith apple and a handful of nuts for breakfast with coffee. Chicken noodle soup for lunch. Went to the gym, then I surprised Bryan with dinner from a little Greek restaurant–I had a falafel sandwich with tabouli and got him a beef and mushroom pizza. Then I had a small evening snack of blueberries, almonds, and a  square of dark chocolate with a cup of Vanilla Sleepytime tea. Finished reading my current book, French Women Don’t Get Fat–hope to have a book review post soon.

Day 45: Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine’s Day! Woke up late, so today’s breakfast and lunch were the same as yesterday’s. I’m actually thinking I need to start making a big batch of soup at the beginning of the week to take for lunches…at least till it gets warm outside. Good day at work…called Bryan on my way out to check in before heading home. We typically don’t do anything too fancy for Valentine’s–and try to avoid restaurants–so we decided burgers sounded like a good idea for dinner. I stopped by Publix to grab some buns and picked up a bar of Bryan’s favorite dark chocolate. I came home to a surprise Valentine’s card and my own bar of dark chocolate. So sweet!

I mixed up a fresh batch of guacamole with avocado, onion, garlic, tomato, cilantro, lime juice and salt. Bryan mixed up the hamburger meat with an egg, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin, turmeric, sage, sriracha, and a little lite soy sauce. Bryan topped his burger with cheddar, mixed greens, cilantro, mayo, ketchup and mustard; I topped mine with a tiny bit of mayo, mixed greens, cilantro and the guacamole. Quite possibly the best burger I’ve ever had! Finally, we delved into our chocolate with a few almonds for dessert. Now to pick my next nighttime reading book…

Dinner is Served: Quinoa Patties and Brussels Sprouts Slaw

I’ve been pinning delicious-looking recipes on Pinterest for months now, and finally took the time to actually try a couple of them!

Quinoa Patties with Asian Brussels Sprouts Slaw and Peanut Sauce

First, was the “Quinoa Burger” by Eating Well Living Thin. I prefer to call it a patty instead of a burger, but whatever you call them, I couldn’t stop eating them! Yum! Very good. I didn’t have cottage cheese, so I substituted greek yogurt, and it still worked well. I’m definitely making these again. They kind of had a falafel vibe. Yum! (Note: Make sure your oil is good and hot before you start cooking up the patties, or it’ll just soak in and stick to the bottom instead of acting as a barrier between the patty and the pan. Also, they cook better smaller than larger. Yea, the first batch didn’t turn out quite as well as the second.) 🙂

Then for our side, I made the “Crunchy Cabbage Salad with Peanut Dressing” by Tina Jeffers on the Bliss blog. I used Brussels Sprouts instead of Cabbage. It was a nice topper on the Quinoa Patty or as a side dish. Caution: don’t use too much of the sauce – it’s delicious, but potent. Also, I used chopped raw peanuts instead of cashews, because I had them on hand. By the way, if you’re looking for raw peanuts, check your local Asian Market. They almost always have the best price.

The Plated Piece: Bon Appetit!