Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Freezing Rain Day

No no, we didn't get a snow day. We got a freezing rain day. It's really nasty and freezing and icy outside, so school was canceled. The buses couldn't get out on the roads or something. Hehe it gave me an excuse to wear sweats all day!

So what did I do with my day off, you ask? Not much. Mostly just lounged around and did some blog-commenting. I also practiced my cello, played Wii, and put Pegasus on my ceiling. In glow in the dark stars, that is! I found the star stickers the other day when I was cleaning my dresser drawers. The package they came in had a map of all the constellations so I picked Pegasus and stuck him up on my ceiling. It's sort of impossible to get a picture of them all glowing in the dark, but it's cool, trust me. I quite like the idea of this big, noble horse being above my bed. -End nerd-dom now-

Breakfast featured an apple, an egg, a banana muffin, and berries & banana cream oats. I cooked my oats in "berry zinger" tea. Then I stirred in a couple spoons of plain yogurt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and topped it with half a sliced nanner. Yummay.

Around 11 I decided that I wanted dip in my lunch but we had no hummus. We did have lentils though, so I created lentil dip! Yeah, I realize what it looks like, but it was really good!

  1. 1 tbs chili powder
  2. 3/4 c dry lentils, cooked (or 2 cups cooked)
  3. 1 tsp cumin
  4. 1 tsp coriander
  5. Dash of pepper, pinch of salt
  6. 1/2 a plum tomato, chopped
  7. 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  8. 2 tbs olive oil
Put everything in the blender with about 1/2 c of the liquid you used to cook the lentils. Blend until smooth.
Naturally, I had to put it on a sammich and grill it! I put the dip and some thinly sliced tofu on WW potato bread and grilled to golden perfect. With a darlin' clementine, oatmeal bar and Rachel's yogurt.

Dinner had been cooking in the crock pot all day, so I didn't even have to do anything! The recipe is called mushroom & barley soup, and is from Home Cooking by Lundberg Memorial Hospital. It's a collection of favorite recipes from my the tiny town my dad used to live in, in Nebraska. The original recipe has beef in it and is cooked on the stove, but we changed the recipe so I'm totally allowed to post it. This soup is what I think of when I think of winter meals, it's really hearty and filling. And you can throw whatever you want into the crockpot.

  1. 2 tbs olive oil
  2. 2 c chopped onions
  3. 1 c diced carrots
  4. 1 lb. mushrooms, sliced
  5. 1 clove garlic, minced
  6. 1/4 tsp thyme
  7. 4 c vegetable broth
  8. 2 c water
  9. 1/2 c barley
  10. 15 0z. cooked corn
  11. 1 large potato, chopped
Cook the onions and carrots in the oil over medium heat until onions are brown and carrots are soft. Toss everything into the crockpot and cook on low until you're ready to eat. Normally, that's about 7-8 hours but nothing bad happens if you leave it cooking longer.

Ha, I said I wasn't going to do another monster post! Oh well. I'm pretty certain that I will be having school tomorrow so I won't have so many pictures.

I really want to do Lee's Blogger Valentine's Day Exchange but my parents are currently unaware of my blogging identity. They know that I'm "safe" online, so that's not the concern. I'm just afraid that they'll think that this is just another extension of my ED and will make me stop. Do any of you have suggestions on how to tell my parents about my blog?

Love you all, sleep tight!


Sharon said...

My parents know about my blog, and my dad even sometimes helps me snap photographs when I am at home for the school break. Haha, he is so silly though. Do you take photographs of your food in front of your parents, do they ever bring it up? -lol-

Anyways, what a relaxing day filled with great eats!

Jess :) said...

Mmm eats! Great oats esp! Lucky you! Glad you enjoyed your day off :)
<3 jess :)

Anonymous said...

Oh wow, I'm not a fan of banana but your oats sound lovely!

Mmm and I love the lentil dip recipe, I've got to try lentil dip one of these days.

Brooke said...

a snow day! so lucky :)

you eat such well-rounded breakfasts everyday! i really need to take after!

your lentil dip sounds delicious! full of protein and so creative! i must try this.

my parents both know about my blog and my dad reads every post. but they both recognize how the blogging world has affected my ed in so many positive ways. (support, friends, experimenting with new foods, cooking, creativity, expression, etc) maybe try to come up with similar examples? best of luck! i cant wait for the secret valentine exchange :)

nourishing mornings said...

my parents know about my blog,they think its a great support.
great eats!

Anonymous said...

i really need to try this cooking oats in tea! it sounds so delicious.
i'm not really sure how to tell your parents, because it always depends on your individual relationship with them. if you can't just 'bring it up' randomly, how about next time you're photographing your food - think of a way to mention it?
haha idk im so bad with things like this! good luck though. just keep the valentines exchange in mind as a bit of motivation ;) xxx

Burp~! said...

YAY! finally a recipe to your yummy dinner! too bad I don't have a crockpot, but I'm sure I can make adjustments with a stove...
as for your parents, maybe just mention to them this awesome new blogging community you found that has really helped you with challenging ED? present in a positive light first...hee~

aussirish said...

hi hun,
yummy eats!!
i havent told my parents about my blog either for the same reasons as you..i know theyll jus say( or think secretly) its another thing fueled by the ed and obsession with everything food. if u get any tips let me know :)
have a great night

Jemima said...

My parents know about my blog though only my Mum reads it - I find it's quite a good way to communicate things that I can't say directly to her without provoking a row.
She was highly skeptical at first though and thought it was just an extension of me obsessing over food and cooking.. but I think even she can see the progress it's helped me make! What I did was try to explain about it in a 'I have a recovery blog.. it's kind of about my own progress and helping others out too' which tends to go down better than 'I have a food blog'!!
Soup looks delish, how many servings is that recipe? xxx