It’s been really a long time, hasn’t it?

I’ve been eating, working out, studying, living, and overall having fun.  My eats have been great if a bit repetitive…once I like a certain food, I don’t stop eating it until I get sick of it.

I’ve gotten into a workout routine I really like.  I’ve decided that I HATE the treadmill, so I stopped using it full stop.  Pounding the pavement works for me.  Treadmills are so utterly boring, so I choose to only run outside when I can.  Today, I ran outside in the pouring rain just because it seemed like a good idea.  I was freezing and a soaked rat when I returned, but it was still an awesome run!

I’ve also been cooking! A few nights ago I made Ina Garten’s Curried Butternut Squash Soup, as well as a side of Vegan Pumpkin Cornbread (recipe to come!).

Another thing I’ve done? Made a long-overdue trip to Trader Joe’s.  Oh, the choirs of angels were singing for me.  Among my swag:

Pumpkin Cream Cheese.  As good as it sounds.
Pumpkin Butter.  It had to be done.  I’m drowning in pumpkin lately.
Five HUGE Jonagold Apples.  These things are the size of my baby nephew’s head.  I’m pretty sure eating a whole one would keep me full for about three days.
Peanut Flour.  Oh, I am loving this stuff.  Basically this consists of defatted squeezed peanuts, so you get the flavor and none of the oil.  1/4 cup is only 110 calories, and it adds an amazing flavor to yogurt and oatmeal.  Plus, the protein content is ridiculous-16 grams!  I’m adding it to everything lately.  I want to try doing a veggie and noodle stirfry with it!
Laughing Cow Blue Cheese Light wedges.  Now all I gotta do is find the other new flavors!
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups.  The regular sized ones, not the minis.
And two vacuum packed precooked chicken patties.  I enjoyed one today in a quesadilla with the blue cheese wedges and pumpkin butter (don’t knock it until you try it…it’s surprisingly amazing).

So what else have I been eating? Well, a lot of veggies, soups, sandwiches, fruit, and pineapple quince.  Yes, that’s right.  There’s a fruit called a pineapple quince.  It looks like a granny smith apple, but warped.  And when you heat it up, it tastes like warm pineapple cobbler.  It is like nothing I’ve ever had before, and it is seriously one of the best fruits I’ve ever had.  I can’t wait to go buy more!

Your regularly scheduled photos will resume soon, I promise.  For now, thanks for being patient.  I swear, I’ll have stuff of note soon! I’m going to attempt one new recipe a week, if I have time.  Check ya later!


Published by The Curious Ally Cat

I'm a 34 year old adjunct professor and writer in Connecticut. People seem to like me because I am polite and I am rarely late.

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