monday morning madness

I don’t care that it’s Monday.

I don’t care that it’s rainy and dark.

I don’t care that the electricity went out last night.  Or that I was out of bed by the ungodly—and completely unnecessary—hour of 5:00am (since I had no way of knowing what time it was until seeing the kitchen clock.)  Do.  Not. Care.

I don’t care.  I refuse to be grumpy.  Refuse

I didn’t say I couldn’t be tired though, now did I?  Because I was.  In fact, I was almost too tired to function.  I figured if anything was going to spice up my morning—making me feel energetic and ready for the new day—it would be a bagel.

I’m hooked on Thomas’ whole wheat bagels.  I covered it with almond butter and honey roasted peanut butter this morning, just because I can never make up my mind about such things (almond butter? honey butter? why not both?)  And bananas.  Sweet, marshmallow styled bananas.

Plus a big ol’ mug of coffee with soy.  Totally necessary. 😉

I like to pack my lunches the night before I actually need them.  I’ll sometimes wait for the morning of, but it never turns out quite the same.  For starters, I hate feeling rushed—especially in the morning.  And the end result is usually a less than stellar lunch.  Nothing is worse then opening up a lunch pack and seeing that I didn’t really put any thought into creating my midday meal.  What a downer.

Today I was prepared.  Last night I had a salad for dinner, so I just doubled up on all the chopping duties and created my lunch for today.  Easy Peazy! 😀

  • mixed romaine greens
  • carrot
  • cucumber
  • tomato
  • black olives
  • black beans
  • EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
  • sea salt

I’m really into bread lately.  This Organic Multigrain Boule is fantastic.  It makes that crusty noise when you slice into it, but the inside is all doughy with specks of seeds and nuts. 

I smeared artichoke hummus all over a big hunk of bread for that perfect, carby counterpart.

+ a peach!

Packed and ready to roll!

So thankful that I brought along 3 snacks for the morning and afternoon.  My appetite was through the roof today, so they came in handy. 😀

My Moosewood Cookbook has been making a reappearance in the kitchen lately.  And I kind of like it.  A lot. 

Tell me this: what is more comforting than a bowl of soup and a grilled cheese quesadilla, on a cold, rainy evening?  Nothing.  I can’t think of one single thing. 

White Bean and Black Olive Soup and a grilled whole wheat tortilla filled with melty, stretchy, sharp cheddar cheese.  I grilled this baby up on a high heat to make the tortilla all crispy and flaky, while letting the cheese do its thing.  😀

My “tiredness” lasted the day.  Until—oddly enough—after dinner, when I went out for a 3 mile walk.  It’s true that exercise releases feel good endorphins, and I definitely felt that effect tonight. 😉 

I am so (so, so, SO) happy that I have tomorrow off from having to drive anywhere.  Wednesday and Thursday are going to be jam packed busy, so I’ll take all of the “relaxing” time that I can possibly get. 😉  Orientation for working in the high school for my food service rotation is this Thursday!  Already!!(?!?!)

Question: What is one thing about yourself that people might be surprised to know?  Okra is the only vegetable that I can honestly say I don’t like.