This What I Ate Wednesday series is one of my favorite features on my blog. And, judging from the traffic, it’s one of your favorites too!
But looking back through my most recent WIAW posts, I realized that they’ve become less reflective of my normal, actual life. Which was a conscious decision that I made, now that I think about it, because a few months back I felt like they were getting a little monotonous. So I started saving “picture days” for when something special was going on. And that was nice, because it gave me an opportunity to share some of the exciting bits and pieces of my life with all of you. But it’s also not painting the entire picture – and we all know how I feel about that.
Waits and I still co-sleep, and he let me snooze until 8:35 am. 8:35!!! That is totally and completely unheard of, and very worth being late for. Mmmm, extra sleep.
We finally rolled out of bed and I fixed his breakfast. Oatmeal with cinnamon and flax meal, and a side sippy cup full of almond milk + 1/2 a probiotic capsule added, then shaken up.
My “breakfast” . . .
Two tablespoons of flax + pumpkin seeds, freshly ground, because I’m back on seed cycling again. Also, a giant mug of Earl Grey – double bagged – with the best best best and ONLY stevia worth using, and almond milk.
Now, about those sugar cookies . . .
On the day before, on Sunday, Waits and I had baked sugar cookies for no particular reason. Well, I guess the reason is that my honey had come across a huge sale of Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free flours and mixes, and knowing that a) I am tragically gluten-free and b) I am broke as a joke and that stuff is expensive, he snagged a bunch for me. They were quite the steal, and I was super stoked, and also – so sweet right?!
So on Sunday I busted out the this gluten-free sugar cookie mix and WOW they were delicious, especially once I’d covered them with lemon icing and rainbow crystals. Much better than I’d anticipated. Which led directly to this desperate text exchange with Waits’s preschool teacher:
And so, as I was packing up lunch and prepping us to get out the door, I also put together a plate of cookies.
I drove Waits to school, dropped him off (very late, oh goodness very late), and headed back home to get to work. Monday is a big day for me – the day I use to research and sketch out all my freelance articles for the week. Plus all the catch-up from the weekend.
I worked until around 12:30, and by then my tummy’s rumblings wouldn’t allow me to go on any longer.
I know that some people say they’re boring, or they’re “diet food” (not the way I make them, ha!) or that there’s such a vegan stigma around them, but man! I really, really love a good salad.
I make mine big (in a serving bowl all to myself), with a solid portion of protein (legumes or quinoa) and plenty of healthy fats. I almost always dress them the same – a combination of vinegar (red, rice, or cider), fresh-pressed garlic, liberal amounts of nutritional yeast, and usually a splash of the kalamata olive brine. Is that weird? It’s so good!
While I ate I worked on blog maintenance, and then after lunch it was back to researching and sketching articles. But with the help of caffeine, yes please.
I worked all afternoon and had a wildly productive day, which always feels great. In the evening I picked up the kid, and we stopped by TJ’s for broccoli on the way home. And a lollipop, apparently.
Home by 6 pm, I quickly set about making a simple dinner. Waits was playing outside until he heard the Vitamix come out. He loves this thing and always wants to help!
By 630p dinner was on the table. For baby:
And for mama:
We were going to go for a dog walk/tricycle ride around the block before bath time, but just weren’t able to get to it. But that’s okay.
And what’s the recipe for one really happy mama?
Then came bath time, book time, and baby bed time. I stayed up and worked until a little after 11p, then talked on the phone with my sweetheart for an hour or so, before falling into bed exhausted around 12:30 am. A very long, totally average, totally awesome day!