Friday, June 24, 2011

CFC: day 4

 Hello!  I made it over the hump, and now have 3 more days of the CFC.  I'm feeling pretty good.  I wouldn't go so far as to say "sparkly" yet, but I'm feeling clean and healthy and strong.

Breakfast was coffee and oatmeal with blueberries and coconut.
 Skyler juiced up a super delicious batch of juice for us to share.  (Reed was at school finishing up his last full week and Sam was at a swim meet, so it was just us today.)   She juiced one apple, one pear, 8 carrots and 1 lime.  I couldn't believe how sweet and good it was.  I was sure someone had dropped a tablespoon of sugar in there.  Yummmm.
 We worked on some house projects today.  Skyler is truly a fantastic helper.  Not "helper," like with really little kids, but she actually helps me out.  She sorted out all of my tupperware.  She takes out the compost, sweeps and mops the floors, makes her bed, sets the table, and loves to shuck corn.  She's also fun to have around because she is just so darn funny.
 I had company for lunch!

I made a recipe that needs tweaking before I share it, but it has great potential.  It is a shredded potato and eggplant thing.   You shred some potatoes and cube up some eggplant, make a layer of the potatoes in a non-stick skillet, then layer the eggplant, then layer more shredded potatoes, and it makes a sort of cake. Season with salt, pepper, and dill.   You fry it up, invert it onto a plate, and fry up the other side.  Then you cut it into wedges and serve.    It tasted great but I didn't get enough of the water out of the potatoes before cooking, so it was more mushy than I wanted on the inside  Still, the flavor was very nice. 

I also made a big batch of the Quinoua Black Bean Salad that Kelly blogged about... it really is delicious.

Who came for lunch?  Oh, just this plump bundle of adorableness. 
 This is Willow, the 11 week old daughter of my friend Erica.  (You may remember this...)
 She is looking right at me!  (Oh my God, my ovaries!)

I just loved seeing Erica as a mama.  She is full of sunshine, and she's one of those people that you just know is meant to be a mom.  And yes, I held Willow and instantly clicked into that constant state of motion,  the bounce and sway that moms do so well. 

Erica is also a gluten-free and super healthy girl, so she was a perfect CFC lunch companion.

Later in the afternoon, Skyler and Reed painted birdhouses that I got at the craft store.  They were about $6 each and it bought me a full hour to clean the kitchen while they were happily painting away. Money well spent.
 Then, Sandi and Suzanne had me and the kids over for dinner.  They are doing the CFC too, and it was great to compare notes and spend the evening with them.  My kids are soooo happy over there, so it makes for a relaxing dinner together.

First the kids made pizzas, while Suzanne, Sandi and I stared longingly at their dough.  It looked so very.... doughy.

 When it came out of the oven, it looked so very.... cheesy.  I was having serious bread and cheese hankerings, but we also noticed that all of us would have been sampling their pizzas and then wouldn't have been as hungry for our dinner.  I'm still amazed at all the mindless snacking I do when I'm not on  a plan.

The kids went upstairs to play.   And just when did this happen to us?  That there was no one to bounce, burp, change, or hover over?  They just played upstairs, quietly and without incident, for the whole hour we sat around and enjoyed our dinner.

Quinoa Salad, Broccoli with sesame seeds, Lentil Nut Loaf, and a Peanut-based soup with veggies and tempeh. It's good to have friends to CFC with.  It really is. 

And then this:
Please.  Have mercy on us. 

We fed the kids ice cream cones and then, again, sat around and stared at them while they happily licked away.  Then Maya didn't finish hers and tried to hand it off to all three of us.  We can't have that! All three of us are total rule-followers.

So we just set it down on the table, and sat looking at it with our chins in our hands.  That sad little ice cream cone looks so very good to me right now.

For dessert I came home and had a sliced mango.  It was really good, okay? 

CFC Blog Roll:
Kelly in Ohio:  Perched to Fly
Sandi and Suzanne in Maine:  Casa De Carver
Brooke in Arizona:  Action Mama
Joanne in Pennsylvania:  Miller Journey
Kirsten in Wisconsin:  From Inside to Outside
Jen in Maine:  Running With The Girls 
Maria in Maine:  Swarbles
Kristin in Iowa:  Home Sweet York
Willow in New York:  My Own Trail


Carver Fam said...

Laugh out loud funny!!!

Oh that ice cream cone!!

And the sprinkles laying sadly around it!!!

kristin marie said...

I had an ice cream incident too, a shout-off with Lucy over a spoonful she desperately wanted me to share with her. I finally licked it, but she was practically sobbing.

And can Susan share that granola recipe? I'm dying for something other than rice cakes!