Honesty is the best policy, and I’ve got to admit that there’s about a 70% chance that my eyes will close and this post will go up tomorrow morning instead. Daylight Savings + changing time zones must be catching up with me!
Today was an absolutely lovely day. I woke up earlyish and met my grandparents downstairs in the breakfast nook.
I had an English muffin with peanut butter, cinnamon and 1/2 banana and a bowl of plain yogurt with fresh raspberries and blueberries.
As I was assembling my breakfast, my grandfather remarked that there were no redeeming qualities to peanut butter. Of course, I loved having the opportunity to launch into my spiel about protein, healthy fats, folic, and plain ole great taste!
After breakfast, I gave myself a little time to digest before hopping on the treadmill and pounding out 2 miles. Luckily, Saved By The Bell was on and I didn’t get bored…
Nothing like a little Zach Morris to keep your heart rate up! (Although, he’s clearly underage in this photo, and that makes me feel a little weird. A little.)
On our way out the door to run some errands, my Granny fed me a carrot and told me about her new method for fast-cooking veggies: steam them in the microwave! Make a pouch out of waxed paper, moisten with a few drops of water, fill with veggies, and nuke for 3 minutes or until cooked.
Is this the end of rebel carrots? Maybe, as long as the wax doesn’t break down and seep into the vegetables.
Everyone seemed to still be full from last night’s dinner, so lunch was kind of informal. I grabbed a Pink Lady apple on the way out the door…
… and got a Grande Skim Mocha at Starbucks. Mocha?! Who am I and what have I done with LVP?
I must have been really thrown off my my choice, because I immediately spilled it all over my purse. I’m a bit of a klutz!
An hour or so later, I had my first Nature’s Path product. I’ve seen these Optimum bars all over the blogs, so I grabbed this when I spotted it on sale.
It was good… the taste and texture reminded me a little of a Luna Cookie.
This is my second lunch in a row that’s been supplemented by energy bars. I’m not proud of this, but it happens when you travel.
Granny and I took a special trip to the grocery store to look for Celestial Seasonings’ Sugar Cookie Sleighride tea that y’all seem to love… we searched in vein, but I did find this Sweet Coconut Thai Chai tea that will hopefully taste like the coconut chai tea I love.
I also convinced my grandmother that she needs some POM in her life.
We had an early dinner at Spoonriver, one of my favorite restaurants in Minneapolis. I was really happy when our waitress asked for my ID when I ordered a Moroccan Mojito (mint, lime, rum, cardamom and rose water). I haven’t been carded in a few months, but this must mean my wrinkle is getting smaller! It’s funny… two years ago I would not have enjoyed being IDed at all.
I had a slice of whole wheat potato bread…
… and my grandmother and I both ordered the Broiled Salmon Okisuki in a savory Japanese Ginger Broth with Fresh Udon Noodles. I think Grandpa was jealous… I am definitely going to recreate this at home.
For dessert, we all split a slice of butternut squash-carrot cake with pumpkin-cream cheese frosting. Oh, mama!
When we got home, I took a deep breath of fresh air for Averie on the way up to bed.
If it weren’t so late, I’d ask Granny to tuck me into bed. I used to visit them every summer when I was younger, and until I was 11 or 12 or so, my grandmother would put me to bed with this nursery rhyme. I have such nice memories of sleeping in this room (when I first started visiting on my own, the floor was covered in a thick pink shag carpet) and being here. Although I went to college in Minnesota as well and visited a lot, my memories from that time are sort of separated from the time I spent here as a kid. Do you have any memories of nighttime rituals? If you‘re a parent, how do you put your kids to bed?
Around the blogs: Starting Monday, I am going to do my best to follow Angharad and Holly‘s lead and practice yoga thrice a week. I am also going to take meal-prepping more seriously, so I don’t stand in front of the fridge with the door open for minutes on end, willing the empty produce drawer to magically refill itself.
Wish Jungwha a happy blogiversary and win big!
Have a great night!