Monday, January 17, 2011
Great Weekend With Great Eats!
My thought last night was to get up early to work out today. My thought this morning when I woke up before the alarm went off was to stay in bed and move Monday's workout to Saturday. I did not sleep well last night and my upper back feels like I have been sucker punched. I asked the illustrator if he knows anything about this and he said it wasn't him. I will take his word on it, but I am going to have to sleep with one eye open from now on. I think I need a good stretch today. After hiking this weekend and being a little more tired than usual, I think I good stretch day is in order.

Truth is things feel weird around here with the kids only being back in school for 4 days before they were on a 10 snow/ice break and then being off today for MLK Day.  I am not ready for them to go back to school, but I am missing a routine. We talked about going to go on another hike today, but now there is some discussion of going to see True Grit. I am not sure if that will happen, but we will see. I have the itch to do some bread baking today. I have an idea and when that kind of stuff pops into my head, I have to try it or it drives me crazy! I know I am weird that way, but it is how my brain works.


As for the weekend, it was incredible! I don't know why, we did not really do anything out of the norm, but we did all spend some great time together enjoying movies, hiking and eating!


I made my gluten free angel food cake (do you see the piece in the center missing...yeah, someone felt like it needed to be tested before the rest of us got our hands on it)...




this stuff is to me what chocolate and bacon are to others...


with coconut to celebrate all the snow!


Speaking of bacon, the illustrator has found a new way to enjoy all that is brussels sprouts!


This was his creation and he fell in love with it served over mashed yukon gold potatoes.


I enjoyed my oven roasted brussels sprouts over a baked potato smothered with nutrition yeast!


After hiking we enjoyed crockpot lentil stew over steamed cabbage. This was my first time making my lentil stew in the crockpot and I really liked it. I want to play with the flavors a little more, but I am really loving the crockpot lately. 


Well, I guess I need to get moving if I am going to get anything done today. I am off to stretch then time to make some bread!









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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 11:17 AM  
22 Comments:
  • At January 17, 2011 at 11:23 AM, Anonymous Heather (Where's the Beach) said…

    So glad you had a great weekend! Makes Mondays so much harder though doesn't it? I hope you get a chance to get some baking done today. And I need to get the angel cake recipe! Looks fantastic.

     
  • At January 17, 2011 at 11:30 AM, Blogger Stephanie said…

    That angel food cake looks amazing!! Any chance you will share the recipe?
    Enjoy your Monday holiday with your family!

     
  • At January 17, 2011 at 11:40 AM, Anonymous Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said…

    I love weekends like that-- where you don't really do anything spectacular, but you just have a really GREAT weekend.

    Enjoy the holiday with the boys!

     
  • At January 17, 2011 at 11:50 AM, Blogger LifeasKristina said…

    yumm all that food looks so good! I love angel food cake I used to have it every year for my bday!
    It'll def be different having them back at school:( But getting back to a routine is always nice!!!!

     
  • At January 17, 2011 at 11:55 AM, Blogger Heather said…

    Angel food cake is to die for - the texture is amazing!
    Enjoy your day with the boys! Sadly, I'm at work.... :(

     
  • At January 17, 2011 at 12:20 PM, Anonymous Amy B @ Second City Randomness said…

    ah angel food- my g'ma would always have it around when we'd visit. It's my dad's cake of preference for his birthday, too. :) Yum.

    I'm sorry to hear this sleeplessness thing seems to be going around! Maybe we'll be luckier tonight?

     
  • At January 17, 2011 at 12:25 PM, Blogger LizNoVeggieGirl said…

    Please come cook for me? :D

     
  • At January 17, 2011 at 12:25 PM, Anonymous Estela @ Weekly Bite said…

    That angle food cake looks delicious! I've been wanting to make one from scratch for years now. You just inspired me :)

     
  • At January 17, 2011 at 1:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I did shredded brussels sprouts cooked in bacon fat and crumbled with bacon a couple months ago... it was sooooo good! :)

     
  • At January 17, 2011 at 3:07 PM, Anonymous Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table said…

    Haha - the 7 Minute Icing pic looks like it has a face in it!

    I know what you mean a bout the post-snow weirdness - I was in shock when I work up and realized I had to go to work this morning.

     
  • At January 17, 2011 at 3:22 PM, Anonymous Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun said…

    I get stuck on ideas too. Hope you had a good day and that things get back to normal soon.

     
  • At January 17, 2011 at 4:56 PM, Blogger Unknown said…

    I hear ya, I need to follow through on plans too.
    And I've always wanted to make GF angel food cake, THANK YOU for the recipe.
    LC

     
  • At January 17, 2011 at 6:37 PM, Blogger TheRavenousMommy said…

    I have a new love for brussel sprouts, especially with bacon! YUM!

     
  • At January 17, 2011 at 6:37 PM, Blogger Emily said…

    Hey Sarena! I can definitely relate - it feels weird around here too. The holidays, the snow day last week and then the long weekend has me longing for a schedule. So glad that you had a great weekend, though. Angel food cake is one of my favorite desserts. Looks awesome! :)

     
  • At January 17, 2011 at 7:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hope you're feeling better after a day of rest! Sounds like a fun weekend, though - and when it comes to getting ideas in your head? I am very much the same...I need to try it right then, there's no way I can wait more than a couple of hours!! Can't wait to hear about it if you were able to find time :)

     
  • At January 17, 2011 at 8:10 PM, Anonymous Madeline - Greens and Jeans said…

    I have always LOVED angel food cake. I'd always put strawberries and coconut on top with a healthy dollop of cool whip. Oh mannnnnn

     
  • At January 17, 2011 at 10:08 PM, Anonymous Natalia - a side of simple said…

    Wow, this is TOO ironic. I was just telling my mom how I'm on the hunt for a gluten-free angel food cake!!

     
  • At January 17, 2011 at 11:11 PM, Anonymous Pure2raw twins said…

    OMG Love angel food cake. We used to eat it all the time before going vegan...um, maybe we will just have to make it again!!

    I hear ya I missing a routine. I am trying to get back into mine, so far not happening. haha one day at a time...

     
  • At January 18, 2011 at 4:37 AM, Anonymous MelissaNibbles said…

    The cake looks heavenly! I'm sorry to hear about your back pain. Maybe it's from shoveling or lifting?

     
  • At January 18, 2011 at 11:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Wow, he made those brussel sprouts look GOOD! I think I need to try adding some bacon next time I make them. I know Christopher would appreciate it. ;)

     
  • At January 18, 2011 at 11:24 AM, Blogger HEAB said…

    I love love LOVE my crockpot. Never used it for lentil stew though, and I think I need to try that out soon.

    I am so the same way when an idea pops in my head. I think it kind of drives CD crazy. Hehe, he's always making fun of my never ending to-do list.

    We're having friends over this Saturday for dinner, and I want to make your seven minute icing as one of our guests is dairy-free. I think I'll use it to frost some almond flour cupcakes...and perhaps for the main course, will eat some bacon...Illustrator style. ;)

     
  • At January 18, 2011 at 3:18 PM, Blogger Averie @ Averie Cooks said…

    that cake just looks awesome!

    and so glad your weekend was soooo wonderful! :)

     
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