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No more neckache

I woke up with a serious head and neckache this morning. Pretty common for me, I think I somehow twist myself into a pretzel some nights and wake up looking like I’ve just flown out of a car windshield and landed on the pavement in a crumpled pile.

I started my healing process with a hot cup of green tea…

This is called “gunpowder” tea, it’s rolled tightly into little pellets like gunpowder that expand into whole-leaf tea in hot water.

The caffeine definitely took the edge off.

Next, some light stretching, followed by the husband popping my back a few times. I really need to get back in the chiropractors’ office after the first of the year.

I think I inspired Liam to try some yoga too. Here he is doing “cat pose”, naturally.

Then it was time to fill my body with healthy, healing food. Check out this masterpiece!

Mixed baby lettuces, a red pear, sprouted beans, pecans, bleu cheese, golden raisins, seaweed flake, sesame seeds, and a made-on-the-fly honeyed balsamic vinaigrette!

Let’s see that again, shall we?

I always have a little wedge of pear left over to snack on.

All of this (plus two ibuprofen, of course) seems to have done the trick.

Today we need to get the house super clean because tomorrow we are driving back up to Chickamauga for Christmas Eve celebrations then spending the night to be there for Christmas day. Because of that, I probably won’t be blogging again til after Chrismas, I might be able to get one more in tomorrow morning though.

Thinking about making some fudge today too. If I do, I’ll make sure to share! :)


A date with the hubs

It’s been a good day. I mostly sat around the house, wrapped some presents, did some cleaning, nothing special.

I’ll be really honest, this breakfast was not from this morning. Today I had pancakes, but we all know how photogenic those turn out so here’s a picture of a bowl of yogurt with granola, pecans, buckwheat, pumpkin butter, and apple butter instead…

As long as we’re being honest, this salad was also from yesterday’s lunch…

Aren’t those bean sprouts the wackiest things ever?!? They look like little alien hatchlings stretching squiggly tentacles out of their newly-cracked shells. Ok, that was gross, I don’t want to imagine that the next time I’m eating them. Too late I guess.

On to stuff that actually happened today!

We hit up Java Monkey in downtown Decatur for a coffee date. Here’s my swirly soy latte which was so creamy and delicious!

And Jeff is giving me that snide glare that says “Are you taking a picture of me?”

No honey, never.

After that we revisited Ma Li for a tasty thai dinner. We started with a refreshingly springy seaweed salad dressed in toasted sesame oil.

And had an obligatory sushi appetizer of an Amsterdam Roll and two pieces of inari. Mmmm….fried bean curd and teeny fish eggs, two of my loves.

I got spicy basil tofu which was delicious but face-meltingly spicy.

And Jeff got his favorite red curry duck.

We had a fabulous date together, I always love going to Ma Li.

Now we’re gonna finish the night by cracking open a few beers we picked up at Ale Yeah! and watching some Neflix streaming under a fuzzy blanket.

Ahhh…I’m all warm and toasty just thinking about it!


More munchies

Here’s a few more snippets of the foods I’ve been enjoying lately…

Last night was spicy basil beef. It is absolutely outrageous and tastes great with tofu too.

I’ll share the recipe another time, it is one of my top 5 favorite dishes that I make regularly, so it’s bound to come up again soon.

I did end up making that apple crumble I was threatening to whip up last night…

…and promptly dug into it while it was still piping hot!

Then I followed it up with a donut…

I enjoyed this donut on the couch, my favorite place to nibble chocolate donuts. :)

Breakfast this morning was the last piece of kabocha pecan bread absolutely smothered in maple cinnamon flavored quark.

Holy mother of pearl. I’m gonna have to bake another loaf just so I can have this again! It tasted like dense and rich carrot cake, for breakfast!

And lastly, I am currently munching on this salad creation…

The salad I had the other day was so good that I whipped up something similar using a piece of roasted pepper and changing the dressing a bit.

I made a quick dressing with a bit of whole grain mustard, honey, and olive oil all mixed up together. It was simple and really married the peppers and pears together well.

That’s all for now, time to start figuring out what I’m gonna make for dinner.