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Journey Journal: Days 4-6

Day 4: Friday, January 4, 2013

Had a small glass of orange juice and a cup of coffee with my multi-grain pancakes before heading to work. Good day at work, though it didn’t feel like Friday with a holiday right in the middle of the week. Lunch was a few leftover pork, brussels sprout, and carrot egg rolls with a half a cup of homemade baked apples. Had a cup of tea and a square of dark chocolate for an afternoon snack, and did some reorganizing in the back office at work, which I counted as my weight training for the day. After work, we walked 1.5 miles. For dinner, I had some barbecued beef on a small pumpernickel roll with a slice of swiss cheese, a salad, green beans, and more baked apples for dessert.

Day 5: Saturday, January 5, 2013

Slept in! Praise God for Saturdays! Bryan made rice and eggs for breakfast, and we had some baked apples again–they’re kind of addicting! Didn’t track my food today–it’s good to have a cheat day about once a week. We still focused on vegetables and lean meat, and we walked a 5K together in the afternoon before heading out on our continued search for an elliptical. We think we found the one we want, thanks to some recommendations from friends. For dinner, we had our friends Jared and Heather over and got to use our shish kebab set for the first time! (It was a Christmas gift from my folks.) We marinated some beef and pork, along with shallots and bell peppers and fired up the grill. Our friends brought baked broccoli, and we had some mushroom garlic risotto as a small side. For dessert, we shared a French Press of coffee with some dark chocolate. We talked much…of life and struggles, of freedom and truth, of sorrows and joys, and much of Christ. So thankful for godly comrades in the faith that share a passion for Jesus. It was a sweet ending to a long week.

Day 6: Sunday, January 6, 2013

More pancakes and coffee for breakfast. Lunch was a smorgasbord of leftovers–cleaning out the fridge before grocery shopping time again. We had pork and rice with mushrooms, onions, and peppers: it hit the spot! My cousin Ryan made it into town, ready for his final semester of college! We had a good conversation with him and one of his fellow students. Then when the guys gathered upstairs to listen to old records, I decided to take a 2.5 mile walk (to finish my weekly 25K goal). It was a beautiful afternoon, and I meditated on the mercy of God (the attribute of God that we reviewed with our second graders this morning). After a quick shower, we headed to church for a “Concert of Prayer” service. It was times of prayer interspersed with various songs reflecting on the different types of prayer: from adoration, to confession, to petition and intercession, and finally, thanksgiving. It was beautiful! We did some prayer times individually, some with a prayer partner, and some in small groups. It was a refreshing time. And afterwards, my cousin and his friend came back to the house for a dinner of cubed steak, salad, and roasted vegetables (parsnips, carrots, cauliflower, red potatoes and onions), more conversation and good music, and a dessert of wontons filled with baked apples–fried, and tossed in cinnamon sugar. And now for bed, as we must rise early for Bryan’s first day back to school for the semester! Not sure where Christmas break went. Good night.

“Compost Pizza”

After a long week, we often try to use our extra fruit and veggies up in creative ways. You’ve seen the Brown Rice Bar (aka Unfried Rice) idea before. Every time we make it, there’s a slightly different combination of ingredients, but it’s always delicious.

This particular week, the ingredients included snow peas, onion, red and green peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, granny smith apples, carrots, cucumbers, zucchini, avocado, yellow squash, fresh garlic, parsley, cilantro, sauteed shrimp, feta cheese, butter, dried apricots, dried dates, raisins, and peanuts, plus the brown rice, of course.

When we were finished, there was no shrimp left, so I combined all the fresh fruits and vegetables together in one container.

The next night was our weekly dinner group and pizza was on the menu. At first, I wished I had stored all the ingredients in separate containers, but we decided to just throw everything on the pizza and see how it worked. We added green and black olives, as well as pepperoni, to the mix. I was a little leery of putting snow peas and Granny Smith apples on a pizza, but it turned out really delicious!

As we were making it, one of our friends (shout out to Nathan Melsom) said it reminded him of everything we would put in our compost bin, and thus coined the phrase “Compost Pizza,” which will live in infamy in our house. Thanks, Nate.

So, before you throw those leftover chopped veggies and fruit in your compost bin, considering making Compost Pizza! It’s more delicious than it sounds.

What to Do with Leftovers…

Well, we had a few things left over from this last week’s produce basket, so here’s what happened: salad with mango salsa and strawberries for me; salad, sliced strawberries, and cheesy cauliflower for Bryan; harvest grains cooked in leftover turkey broth and eggs for both of us. Yum!

Melissa's is on the left - Bryan's is on the right - Yum!