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July Shenanigans & Recipes…

This summer has been one of the best.

Bobby and I have been cooking up a storm…

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^^A moscow mule (a drink my dad introduced me to).^^

This was mine, but I gave it to Bobby – after one sip I didn’t want anymore! It’s delicious but I wasn’t in a drinking mood. {HERE} is the recipe I posted 5 years ago when my dad first told me about it. It’s a mix of ginger beer, vodka, lime, and mint. Sometimes we do half seltzer / half ginger beer. Gingerale also works.

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^^Sweet and Savory Tempeh with Onions^^

I started off following Gwyneth Paltrow’s recipe for Tempe Manis (Sweet Tempeh) but changed it… a lot. As you guys know, I’m not really into sweets that much, so I cut out just about all the sugar, and instead caramelized some onions to give it sweetness. I will hopefully remember what I did so I can post my version of the recipe later. So delicious.

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^^Kale & Seaweed Salad with Avocado – Except with Mustard Greens because I mistakenly grabbed the wrong bunch of greens!^^

Another Gwyneth Paltrow recipe. Which she actually got from Cafe Gratitude (in LA I think?). {HERE} is her recipe. I changed it a bit – I only used one avocado, I didn’t add the cucumbers (all of a sudden I am hating cucumbers, weird!), and I accidentally bought mustard greens instead of kale. I’ve remade it with kale and I actually prefer it with mustard greens. They don’t come out bitter.

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^^Random plate^^

This plate has a veggie stir-fry that was *amazing* – it has fake chicken from Trader Joe’s, but aside from that I don’t know what’s in it because Bobby (a budding cook, apparently) made it. I’ve also been *loving* white rice. Having it almost daily, in large amounts. My appetite has been interesting the last month or so. In this pic there is also kabocha (simply steamed, though I have another kabocha recipe I’ve been meaning to share), Rachel Ray’s sesame green beans, a cucumber salad (before I started hating cucumbers), and roasted mushrooms – I think these were oyster mushrooms.


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This is a fermented soybean product that is eaten a lot in Japan. It has an interesting (funky) smell and it’s slimy/stringy like okra (only more so). It’s definitely an acquired taste, but I have learned to love it. In fact, Bobby made a batch of homemade natto this week, which is aging in the fridge right now. It should be ready this weekend.

Aside from lots of good eats, other wonderful things have happened recently.

I got to meet my close friend’s baby:

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She is so sweet. So cuddly and adorable.

And Bo the cat is a weirdo icon wink July Shenanigans & Recipes...

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I can’t believe I caught that picture! I was reorganizing the area next to my washer/dryer and was taking these shelves downstairs, but Bo decided to hang out in the shelf and I got him mid-yawn.

What have you been up to the past couple of weeks?

A Day in the Life {Blog Every Day in May}

Day 15, Wednesday: A Day in the life (include photos from throughout your typical day).

Sometime between 7:30 – 8:15am – Wake up.

Make and drink coffee, read, do some cleaning. Sometimes I blog in the morning (like today).

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This coffee has ground cardamom in it, Columbian-style. I went to Juan Valdez cafe a couple weeks ago and discovered this delicious trick.

If I have time, maybe I make lunch or do some food prepping. This morning I was up around 6:30, which is earlier than normal. I was able to make 2 different soups based on recipes in the Vegan with a Vengeance cookbook (carrot soup and butternut squash soup).

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^^ Roasted Butternut Squash Soup – had it for breakfast! ^^

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^^ Blending the carrot soup ^^

(Recipes for both to come.)

9:00am – Wake up Bobby and give him his coffee (in bed! spoiled).

9:15am – Do makeup, straighten hair, and get dressed for work.

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9:25 – 9:40am – Leave for work. I walk to the subway (~10 mins) and take the train. It’s not a bad commute – on a good day it’s about 20 minutes and on a slow day it’s around 30. Sometimes I like to pick up a Kombucha on the way! (Need to get these in bulk; can’t keep spending $4 on each one.)

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9:50 – 10:10am – Arrive at work.

Check emails, make a to-do list for the day. I usually eat breakfast at my desk but sometimes I have time to eat at home before I go (though I am not usually hungry until after 10am). Start real work – code.

On MWF, I’ve been leading training sessions for our team in India, so at 11am and 3pm today, I will have hour-long training sessions.

Coding, check in on reporting, check in on dev team requests.

Sometime between 12:45 and 2pm – Grab lunch if I didn’t bring it. If I did bring it, I try to go outside for a short walk anyway.

Code more, do another training (3pm if it’s MWF), a few days a week sync up with coworkers to make sure deliverables for the day can be completed.

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^^ I look at stuff like this most of the day, only not the language shown (that’s CSS). I code in PHP and MySQL mostly. Coda is my favorite text editor. ^^

After 5pm I am very focused on whatever project it is that I’m trying to complete that day. I think this is my most productive time of the day.

Sometime between 6:30 – 8:00pm I leave the office.

I get to a yoga class after work about 2-3 times a week (I go to Pure Yoga on the UES). Today is Wednesday and I want to get to Tanya’s 7:30pm class. Bobby goes with me if he can get out of work in time.

Sometime between 8 – 9:45pm – Eat dinner (if I have time, I make dinner).

After dinner I read, futz around on the computer, clean, hang out with Bobby and the cats, maybe I blog. I usually shower or have a bath at night too. I’ve been meaning to play piano more but have not actually done it icon smile A Day in the Life {Blog Every Day in May}

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Sometime between 11:30 – 12:30 – go to sleep!

What does your typical day look like?

This post is part of {Blog Every Day in May}.

10 Things That Make Me Happy {Blog Every Day in May}

Day 14, Tuesday: Ten things that make you really happy.

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1 . Walking barefoot on the beach in cutoff jean shorts.

2. Stargazing in the summer and seeing bats flit around the sky.

3. Hugging my cats.

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4. Hugging my husband!

5. Going out to lunch with a friend and then looking at my watch to realize that an hour and a half has gone by in a flash.

6. Going to a really hard yoga class. Or a relaxing yoga class. Or an easy class. Or any yoga class, really.

7. Checking things off of my to-do list.

8. Eating a really delicious, fresh salad.

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(hijiki salad)

9. Curling up a with a good book and a mug of hot coffee. Decaf if it’s after noon.

10. Spending time with my family.

What are things that make you happy?

(Blog Every Day in May)

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