Sorry, yesterday's mention of The Cars just made me want to do it again, but the title really does fit. Today really was just what I needed. Nutritionally, physically, and even spiritually, today was amazing!
Greenspring, the new name for the homeschool co-op that we are a part of started today. Well, it actually started yesterday, but the girls didn't end up taking any classes on Tuesday. So, with them gone all day, I had the house to myself.
My morning pretty much ended up the same as it normally is. Breakfast - after my regular, daily VidaCell - consisted of two free range eggs fried in my cast iron skillet, 1 slice of Ezekiel bread (the sesame variety), and a banana. After breakfast, I did some surfing on the internet.
I recently joined a social network similar to facebook but with a twist. SideTick is really new, so it isn't quite as deep in what it offers when compared to facebook. It does have chat, blogs, picture albums, video links, and other common features. One thing that it does have that facebook doesn't offer is your own, personal, video channel. It will interact with your webcam allowing you to run a personal TV station.
Further, SideTick also rewards you with 'tickbucks' for all of your unique actions each day (up to 1,000 per day). There are other ways to earn more tickbucks, as well, over and above the 1,000 earned for actions. One way is through referring new members. For each new member that joins SideTick through your invitation, you earn 2,000 tickbucks. Here's the kicker... each 2,000 tickbucks earned converts into $1.00. Yup, you can earn money to be social.
If you are interested in checking out SideTick, I invite you to click the banner on the right.
After surfing, I cleaned up from breakfast and took the pepitas out of the dehydrator and replaced them with the almonds. Almonds take longer to dry, so they won't be done until some time tomorrow.
On the last trip to Deerfield Farm, I picked up a package of two veal chops. Deerfield Farm, in addition to offering their own raw milk, cheese, and other products also provides space in their store to two other farms that I am aware of. One of the farms sells free range eggs through the store and the other sells grass fed veal. The veal is neatly packaged, frozen, and marked with the type of cut (cutlet, chop, kidney, etc.) and price.
Well, I decided that I wanted to cook the veal today so I took it out of the freezer to thaw.
Next, it was time to take Ginger for a walk. We headed out the door and began to walk on the glorified sidewalk that runs along West Lake Blvd. Instead of heading toward the bike trail that leads through the woods, I went the other way. She was really anxious about the cars, so after a short walk we turned around. I wasn't ready to go home so I kept on walking past our street and went on to the bike trail after all. Rather than taking the trail all the way to the bridge, however, I decided to veer off into the woods. Years ago, before they paved the trail, we had discovered a foot path that wended its way through the woods, past a swamp, and eventually back to the road. I decided that this would be the route that Ginger and I would take today. After getting out of sight of the paved trail, I let Ginger off-leash. She doesn't get much of a chance to roam free and I wasn't sure how long she was going to be able to handle it. I was a bit concerned that she might decide to chase a squirrel or rabbit and not come back to me.
She handled it so well that we made it off-leash until we started to approach the road again. We got home after about an hour of walking and she immediately claimed a spot on the floor and promptly fell asleep!
At this point the veal was thawed out enough for me to put it into a marinade. Last week, Tatyana and I made another batch of mojo de ajo so I decided to use that as the base of the marinade - a little mojo de ajo, a little balsamic vinegar, some sea salt, and some papaya pepper.
After the walk, my feet were really sore and I was a bit sweaty, so I decided to soak my feet in the tub before taking a shower. Some warm water, epsom salt, and Dr. Bronner's Peppermint soap made for an amazing foot soak.
Next came some reading time. Currently, I am reading Deepak Chopra's Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul. I'd give you a review, but I really haven't gotten all that far into it yet. Reading pretty much filled the time until everyone else came home.
Time to cook dinner. I lit up the grill and got out the food processor. I needed to do something with the eggplant that came home from the library garden before it rotted on me. First, I prepared a baking dish by spreading a little mojo de ajo into the bottom of the dish. I used the food processor to slice the eggplant thinly. I put down a layer of the eggplant in the dish. On top of that I spread some sliced zucchini and some tomato sauce. I then repeated the pattern of eggplant, zucchini, and tomato sauce. Next came some Parmesan cheese followed by a final layer of eggplant and tomato sauce. Into the preheated oven (400 degrees) it went for 15 minutes. The veal went onto the grill shortly after that so that it was ready to turn when the timer went off. At this point, I added some shredded cheese to the top of the eggplant dish and let it finish off for another 5 minutes - just in time to pull the veal chops off the grill.
OH MY GOSH!!! Everything tasted absolutely amazing! ..and I am not even a particularly big fan of eggplant!
A great day that was indeed just what I needed.