Beans, Beans the Magical Fruit

Hi Friends!

It is finally the weekend!!! Woohoo! In a few hours I will be introduced to Peter Sam:

I have only seen pictures but I finally get to see him in real life! My sister Myra and her husband Tyler are both teachers and are on spring break – they drove all the way from Houston last night!

Last night I made some of The Non-Dairy Queen’s Red Quinoa Burgers:

Sarena once again your recipe didn’t let me down! The only change I made was using all red beans, no mung beans and I left them a little chunky! We had them with some mixed veggies – a lovely dinner! Jason LOVED these — he had quite a few!

Afterward we headed to the mall and to Target. I wanted to pick up a few gifts for some friends – I am blessed to know some very special people and I wanted to show my thanks! They read the blog so I don’t want to share what I got – they know who they are!

I could spend hours in the Yankee Candle store (and I actually worked there for a few months in high school when it was still Wicks N Sticks!). I love smelling all of the jars. Jason and I picked up two for ourselves too. The Macintosh flavor is by far my favorite Yankee candle, but who could resist Vanilla Cupcake?

The boxes are all packed up and ready to ship tomorrow (it feels good to get stuff ready, all I have to do tomorrow is take them to the UPS store and pay an arm and leg ship them!)

 A few weeks ago I showed you the Kombucha I was brewing (thanks to Averie for sending me the starter scoby!) The homemade Kombucha tastes a million times better than the store bought stuff. Here is our stocked up fridge:

Really, there is no comparison in my mind – the taste is unbelievable!

Kombucha is a detoxifying, probiotic drink that is rich in antioxidants. Too bad the bottles in the store cost $3-5 a piece. Homemade tastes better and is way cheap. You can purchase supplies at Happyherbalist.com!

*What is going on this weekend that has you excited? I seriously cannot wait to meet Peter Sam! Oh and I have 11 miles to run today. Should be fun!

Tortilla Casserole

Hi Friends 🙂
 
Just a quick note about the Kombucha: if you are interested in learning more, check out these resources:
 
Averie’s posts about Kombucha
How to make your own Kombucha Tea
Happy Herbalist
 
Here is a current photo of my Kombucha a’brewin. I can’t wait!


 
You can buy Kombucha tea in stores in bottles like this:

But they cost $4-5 per bottle and making it at home is way cheaper.
 
Friday was a ho-hum kind of day – I spent the day at work and spent the evening at home! For dinner I made a recipe I saw on Healthy Tipping Point:
 
 Corn Tortilla Casserole <— click for the recipe


 
I love super easy recipes and I love throwing stuff in a dish and throwing it in the oven for a while. What could be easier? I topped our casserole pieces with some avocado hunks.

Well I’m off to run 9 miles — I’ll take it easy since my knee has been feeling so funny. Later today Jason and I are going to Mall of America. And the new blog/blog name will be up tomorrow – you will still be able to access the blog through the couchpotatoathlete.wordpress.com address. I’m excited to have a self-hosted blog!

See you tomorrow!

What are you doing today?

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Smelly Scallops & Scary Scoby

Hi Friends 🙂

First things first – I have gotten a few emails from readers asking about the food I’ve been posting. I do not post all of the food I eat each day. I also do not photograph my plate of food usually – so please do not assume that is all I ate or that I ate “too much”, etc. Sometimes I just show a side dish, a breakfast, a snack, etc. I eat what is right for me – the blog is a place for me to post some meal ideas or recipes that I have tried. Thank you!

Second, the new blog name will be revealed sometime this weekend – I’m pretty excited for things to change around here!

I am DREAMING of Spring and as I flipped through an older Cooking Light magazine, I was drawn to this:

Seared Scallops with Fennel and Grapefruit Salad.

Ok – I didn’t have Fennel but I thought I could make this work. Look at the picture above and now look at mine:

So they are nothing alike except they share grapefruit  🙂  I did sauté up some scallops but to be honest they kind of grossed me out. Jason liked them – the smell was not something I enjoyed.

By the way, what is a scallop? I know it is some kind of sea animal, but I want to hear your descriptions. Does it live in a shell like a clam?

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Before dinner, I went to the gym and pounded out 3 miles. I say pounded out because that is how my left knee/IT Band felt. It was pretty bad. I need to start foam-rolling more often because it does help ease that pain. I also need to start icing after each of my runs. I’ve been slacking in those areas – so I’m going to start doing those things and if my knee still feels terrible I’ll make an appointment with my doctor.

It feels like my knee is almost filled with fluid and feels very stiff – during my cool down it hurt just to walk.

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I know this post is a random jumble of things – but that is how the day has been!

Let me show you the best part of my Thursday:

Getting a package from Averie which included this beast, a SCOBY:

I’m going to start brewing my own Kombucha! You can read more about it in Averie’s posts – I’ll keep you all updated on its progress. For now, it is fermenting away…

*What are your plans for the weekend?

*Am I the only person on earth who doesn’t know what a scallop is?

*Do you drink Kombucha? What do you think?