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Journey Journal: Days 123-128

Day 123: Friday, May 3, 2013

Today was fun–surprise lunch with my aunt and uncle who are here for various friends’ and family’s graduations. Met up with Bryan at “China” for some beef and broccoli and egg rolls. It was nice to catch up. After work, we headed to a graduation party for our friend Josh who just finished a Masters in English. It was good to catch up with Josh, his girlfriend, other friends and former English professors.

Day 124: Saturday, May 4, 2013

Rainy day…and I mean RAINY! Omelets for breakfast, then a Starbucks and Lowe’s run. We kept lunch light. For dinner, we went over to our friend Carissa’s and made her some curry. It was quite possibly Bryan’s best curry yet! And he broiled some fresh broccoli and steamed some rice on the side. SO yummy! We will definitely have to do that again.

Day 125: Sunday, May 5, 2013

Happy 1st Anniversary to my brother and his wife! We had a good day of services at church and a special Cinco de Mayo dinner with our young adult group (or part of it)–homemade tacos with fresh cilantro and avocados, chips and salsa. I especially enjoyed the testimonies of some of our church family who are headed out on missions trips this summer. The one that particularly caught my attention was from Brooke. In the morning service, there was a baby dedication; during Brooke’s testimony, she talked about how she had been dedicated to the Lord on that very platform over 20 years before, and she talked about how the church had loved her and trained her and equipped her to go out. It was a beautiful testimony of God’s grace in His Body. After the evening service, Bryan and I had leftover tacos, and he taught me how to play a new card game.

Day 126: Monday, May 6, 2013

Hoops and Yoyo apparently know how I feel today–too much Monday, not enough coffee! After work, Bryan and I went for a walk and then went over to Carissa’s house again to hang out with her and her puppy Gideon. I love how the conversation always turns to the Gospel when she’s around! We chatted for an hour or so before heading home.

Day 127: Tuesday, May 7, 2013

After work and Goga, we made grilled salmon with pickled carrots and daikon, fresh cilantro, and homemade tartar sauce on an onion bun for dinner. For dessert, I mixed together some peaches, blackberries, and blueberries with fresh mint, a splash of balsamic vinegar, some agave nectar, and a dollop of coconut milk with cinnamon and nutmeg. Quite refreshing! 100% plant-based! And deliciously nutritious!

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Day 128: Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Work has been especially busy, but good things are happening–it’s exciting to watch God work on the frontlines of Gospel advance…and behind the scenes too! After work and Goga (which is officially changing its name to iVIVA), I cooked up some linguini noodles and melted in some leftover curry sauce, adding some extra spices and a tablespoon of peanut butter to give it a little more of a Thai taste. Then I topped it with some fresh cilantro. The side dish is sautéed green onions, orange pepper, carrots, and daikon root with some turmeric, Thai basil, and lime zest. It turned out pretty good! For dessert, I repeated last night’s fruit and coconut milk treat.

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Journey Journal: Days 61-64

Day 61: Saturday, March 2, 2013

Slept in, which felt great after several late nights last week–been reading a new novel that’s been hard to put down…more on that later. Spent most of the day with my sister and nephews. Then Bryan and I grabbed coffees at Starbucks and went on a drive–one of our favorite dates–driving through the countryside and several small towns for about two hours before dinner. Made a large batch of Curried Vegetable Lentil Soup, which consisted of carrots, leeks, garlic, tri-colored bell peppers, daikon root, spinach, fresh sage, curry powder, vegetable bouillon, and red lentils, and was topped with fresh cilantro. It turned out very flavorful. If desired, a little sriracha sauce or crushed red pepper flakes would add a nice, extra kick to the dish. Serve with hearty bread, if desired.

Day 62: Sunday, March 3, 2013

Day of Worship. Day of Rest. Lunch with Bryan’s folks–it was good to see them again. We started with a small bowl of the Curried Vegetable Lentil Soup and Homemade Bread, then had a London Broil dinner (seen below), and finished with berries, dark chocolate, and walnuts for dessert. Since I had to make the potatoes dairy-free, I decided to add a little beef broth, a pinch of marjoram and garlic, and two tablespoons of mayonnaise (instead of butter and sour cream). They tasted great–even I was surprised! Of course, the gravy is a secret recipe, which makes everything taste amazing.

London Broil, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, and Sauteed Onion, Pepper, Mushroom Medley

London Broil, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, and a Sautéed Onion, Pepper, Mushroom Medley

Day 63: Monday, March 4, 2013

Down another 2 pounds last week! Very excited! Had a slice of homemade bread for breakfast and leftover London Broil with sides for lunch. It was a long day, and I wasn’t feeling the greatest, so after work, I ended up having soup for dinner with fresh bread, sweet tea, and a good book (or at least, it’s good so far–I withhold full judgment until I’ve completed the reading).

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Dinner and a book…

Day 64: Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Hearty oatmeal breakfast with berries, almonds, and a touch of maple syrup, accompanied by two turkey sausage links and coffee. Lunch of curried vegetable lentil soup with my friend Shannah (the last of this batch of soup), and a “vegetable salad” she made that had cabbage, carrots, onions, red peppers, and a sweet celery seed vinaigrette dressing. After work, came home to burgers with guacamole for dinner with a side of sweet potato fries. Thank you, Bryan! Now, to finish that book…or at least come close… Good night.

Journey Journal: Days 35-40

Day 35: Monday, February 4, 2013

Happy Birthday, Dad! Today was a good day. Had curry for lunch with my friend Adrianne. Went to the gym after work and had a nice evening at home.

Day 36: Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Went shopping on my lunch break at Old Navy, and between a gift card, coupon, and rewards, ended up with 5 pairs of pants, a pair of shorts, and sunglasses for only $16 out of pocket! And the jeans are a size down from the last time I bought there, so something must be working! Most of the clothes were for Bryan–he needed new khakis for school. Went to the gym again after work, and made sure to get my 15 minutes in the sauna there tonight as well, followed by a relaxing Epsom salt bath at home afterwards.

Day 37: Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Good day. Worked out after work and was able to run my errands between work and Shepherding Group. Had a good time sharing and praying with our small group and enjoyed some delicious Tchibo Sana coffee–from Germany!

Day 38: Thursday, February 7, 2013

I know I went to the gym today, but I can’t remember any of my food choices. All I remember is that, today, I became an aunt again! My brother and his wife had their first child, Sophia! Can’t wait to meet her! Her pictures are precious! I just wish we lived closer. So happy for them!

Day 39: Friday, February 8, 2013

Woke up this morning and weighed in–down 7.6 lbs. since New Years! And into the next “deca-range” on the scale! Goal is 17.6 lbs. more, which seems reasonable now. Had an apple and coffee for breakfast and some spicy lentils wrapped in whole wheat flax tortillas for lunch. Got off work around 6 and headed to the gym, only to find it closes at 6 on Fridays. Bummer. So, I picked up a bag of egg noodles from the store and came home to make Bryan some fresh chicken noodle soup for dinner. It hit the spot after a week of cooler temperatures.

Day 40: Saturday, February 9, 2013

Today’s schedule included nothing except resting, reading, and a quick workout at the gym, plus copious amounts of French Press coffee and water. Got up around 8:30 and Bryan cooked rice ‘n’ eggs for us (it’s kind of like a breakfast stir-fry of sorts, that includes lightly fried rice, scrambled eggs, olive oil, garlic, and marjoram or basil). I tossed together a fruit salad of fresh apples, banana slices, and strawberries and put on a kettle of water for my French Press coffee. We watched some soccer (live from Great Britain), and then I caught up on some TV and reading before heading to the gym at 11am. Had a simple smoothie for lunch (recipe from the book I’m reading, French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano) and read some more. Tonight, I think we’ll make curry again and hopefully make it to bed early.

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup by Melissa McKinnon

Ingredients:
1 butternut squash
spray oil
1/2 tsp. Lawry’s seasoned salt
2 Tbsp. butter
1 leek, white and light green part only, cut into 1″ pieces
4 tsp. vegetable bouillon and 4 c. water (or 4 c. vegetable broth)
1 medium potato, peeled, cubed in 1″ pieces
1/2 tsp. curry powder
1/4 c. heavy whipping cream

Directions:
Cut butternut squash into chunks, scoop out and discard seeds. Spray squash with oil and sprinkle with salt. Roast squash at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 to 1.5 hrs. Scoop out and reserve flesh. Discard skin.

Melt butter over medium low heat. Saute leek in butter for 5-10 minutes, till golden brown. Add water, bouillon, and potato, bring to boil, turn down to simmer for 10-15 minutes, until potato is cooked. Add roasted butternut squash, curry powder, and cream.

Remove soup from heat and let cool slightly. Blend in batches until smooth and creamy. Serve warm. (Reheat over Medium Low if necessary.)

Bon Appetit!