December 30, 2010

Day One: Mexico Tastes Good

Mexico is beautiful in every way. Beautiful and delicious.

640pm: fly to LA
11:59pm: fly to Mexico
5:15am: land in Mexico

8:00am: eat mami's eggs + veggies
10:00am: have Christmas
11:00am: walk to market

2:00pm: arrive from 3 hour, 70* walk
2:15pm: sleep like a zombie, in a good way.
4:00pm: eat mami's garbanzo chckn soup
5:00pm: chat about food and health and life
7:00pm: buy some movies, drive a little
9:15pm: go to sleep, like a zombie.

The 8,000 pictures of the future will be posted at the end of the trip, I hope you enjoy these itty-bitty sneak peaks! :)

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Pslam 16:11

December 29, 2010

Flying on Airplanes

This morning I could hardly believe it, but it's true: we're flying to Mexico tonight. Here's what went down before we found ourselves in the seatac airport!


50 minutes!



snooooowww!!!!


snacks for a half day at work :)

salted cashews!

homemade breads, homemade bean burgers

deliiiiiciiiooosooo!


snacks before fliiight


beautiful packing.

See you in Mexico land!

December 28, 2010

Empty Out The Fridge, Honey

Last night, hubby packed for 2 hours, I packed for 1.
Tonight, he packed for 2 more, I packed for 1 more.
Tomorrow? Oh how I hope we are comfortably done!



workout: 4.5 miles treadmill - 50 minutes

Never thought I'd find myself saying this: but I actually have missed the treadmill! Although I still blame it for my knee injury last summer, I'm very happy to say that I can hop on that bad boy almost-confidently and I'm lasting a little longer each time. Hooray for something other than the elliptical!




oats w/wheat germ, flax seed, chia seeds, banana, almond butter, frozen blueberries


2 herbed monkey rolls, tofu stir fry, fruits, veg, homemade granola bar


homemade bread toooasted with pinto beans mashed, topped with raw zucchini, and a side of amazingly cooked asparagus + garbanzos (with a dash o' salt n peppah)


Please try this some day, the textures are unbelievably delightful.

Then I proceeded to empty out our fridge. What was inside it? green onion, tofu, pinto beans + spinach. So what did I do? Food processor mania!

Mixed with rolled oats to hold 'em together, seasoned with paprika, chili powder + red pepper flakes. Wrapped and ready to live in the freezer for convenient on-the-go lunches (and dinners)!

Oh goodness. It's been a whole year since my hubby has been with his entire family, since we've seen my lovely in-laws and loving cousins and uncles and aunts and grandmaaa, since we've indulged in mami's amazing home-cooked Mexican dishes, since we've been in that lovely country that changed my life some 7 years ago. Shoot son, it's almost Mexico time!

Countdown to heaven,
I mean MEXICO: 1 day!


December 27, 2010

Sushi JOY

Gym, work, sushi, friends, and packing.

5 miles elliptical in 51 minutes
10 minutes pure abs, yo.








two of these babies, (tofu veg roll) and 4 cucumber rolls


plus that funny guy, and edamame heaven.


Who knew that a daycare job could give me such extreeemely rad awesome friends? Love you girls!

Countdown to Mexico: 2 days!

December 26, 2010

Countdown to Mexico

Today I was a sleeping head all mornin' I tell ya. I don't know if it was the fact that I decided to stay up 'till 11pm painting last night or if eating 30lbs of brown-sugah-glazed ham threw off my brain's sleep chemicals. Either way, an extra hour of shut-eye woulda done my body good this morning. Ah well, I ate pancakes to make up for sleep. It worked well.

Spoonfuls of Raw Batter:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats + 1 dash muesli
  • 1 cup rice milk + 1 extra splash
  • 1 tbsp: wheat germ, ground flaxseed, chia seeds
  • 1 whole banana, mashed
  • 1 handful frozen blueberries
  • 1 spoonful almond butter
  • cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger
  • olive oil all up in the pan, Stan.




with roasted almonds all diced up and sprinkled on top


tasted like heaven with a little bit o' burnt blueberries up in my kitchen!

Fuel For Post-Church Shopping Spree!

we split 1 banana + 1 frozen granola bar + I ate the 2 herbed monkey rolls, 'cause they garlic flavored and the hubby ain't a fan of that miraculous fella's look, taste, smell, or existence.

After church, the spending of all our gift cards, and a quick trip to the grocery store, it was pizza time, but we had a few more things to get together before hand. So...

We Snacked:

salted, I tell you!


homemade tortilla + a lovely lady's homemade pico de gallo.
I think I ate 4 cups of that stuff: so amazing!

Tomorrow's Dinner:

tofu, broccoli, bell pepper, liquid aminos + brown rice stir fryyyy

Dinner + a Movie:

yay yay yay yay! I am so happy we were finally able to watch that movie (both waited 'till it came out in Blu-Ray then waited 'till hubby's work party to receive it as a giiift!)


asparagus, summer squash, zucchini, pineapple, bell pepper, jalapeno

Rising DOUGH:

thank you, mamita + auntie diane for telling me that burning hot water kills yeast, so that's why my bread hasn't risen in the past 2 weeks! Today, the yeast lived strong


and gave me two beautiful loaves


slicing + dicing for sammies!

So... we are
leaving for Mexico City on Wednesday
,
(to visit my faaaavorite ever in-laws, live in my favorite land of all time, meet more Mexicans, eat my mami-in-law's amazing homecooked meals that don't come out of cans, and and and and buying 9 million Mexican blankets to bring home to my loved ones) and I love how nice it is to look ahead and know we are only going to work just half a week! Man, not only was grocery shopping simple + cheaper than ever, but packing 3 days worth of lunches was fancy smanshy easy beans! And now all I can think of is: by the time I eat my last bean/oat patties on Wednesday, we will be hours from flying down to Mexico, and I just. can't. wait.


beauty.

Mexico Countdown: 3 days.

December 25, 2010

Our Savior is Born!

I love my Savior.
I love my family.
I love this weekend.

I love loud, red shirts:



And how we all had the same idea:


I love my mamita:


I love my Aunt + Uncle:


I love my gma's sister + sister-in-law:


I love the Christmas day treadmill:


I love reading:


I love squash, fruit, oat smoothies:


I love oh Christmas tree:


I love smiles from my mumsy:


I love Vegan:


I love my dad's Kindle JOY:


I love my brother's CD ears:


I love my adorable husband:


I love my brother + his girl:


I love ladybug attacks in the living room (that was #5):


I love apple, pom, spinach greens:


I love my mami's lasanga:


I love a good Costco ham:


I love kitty peace:


I love Toy Story 3:


I love new friends:


I love entertainment + good reads:


I love a rice milk/fruit blend with date brownies:


I love my Lord + God
and the fact that He
sent His only Son to
come to this earth to save
us from our sins!

For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6