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My Favourite Things

Good evening my lovelies 🙂

Firstly, thank you to every single one of you who commented on my last post – you are all so kind and wonderful and lovely and understanding! I swear, the people who read my blog are the best readers our there :p you guys kick ass!! I don’t really want to write what’s bothering me at the moment, although i will just say that, for once (!) it has nothing to do with food, weight, eating disorders or anything to like that – which in itself is a blessing in disguise I suppose!

Secondly, this is a slightly weird post – I didn’t feel like writing a proper post today, cos…well, I just didn’t 🙂 So instead, I shall show y’all my favourite things today, and over the past few days, cos they make me happy 😀

1) This little ponyface:

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If you’re not horsey, it’s hard to put across the feeling they give you..but I know a number of my readers are, so I’m sure they’ll understand how much just hanging out with a horse helps a mood 🙂 Last night, I remembered I hadn’t put Chika’s rug on yet (it was too warm when they went out), so at 10.30pm I put the floodlights on and went to the field. It was so peaceful – the light was shining through the trees, creating beautiful shadows, and all I could see was mist and Chika and her breath in the cold night. It was beautiful! She somewhat spoilt the moment however when I took her onto the driveway – she spotted her rug and assumed it was that pesky lion from the other day, ready to pounce, and in a split second she’d pinged away from me and was back at the fence…VERY nearly taking my finger with her!!! I didn’t actually lose my finger (believe me, that happens <- my mum’s friend had her finger ripped off when it got caught in the rope and the horse pulled back), but I broke 2 nails and it sure did hurt. Hurrumph. Still love her though :p After 5.5years together, there’s little she can do to stop the love!!!! *Le Sigh*

2) All my kitties together as one:

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Do you know what momentous occasion brought them together? Dog meat.
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Note: They have never, ever all eaten together. EVER.

3) Native American music!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ug2TrGD7INY

It’s so full of emotion, I love it!

4) Dressage to music – I’m a big, biiig dressage fan anyway (that was what Chika and I did) but after watching the World Equestrian Games, my passion has been briefly reignited! – Ulla Salazgeber and Rusty:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41bqwX8JExs

Edward Gal and Gribaldi:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rl2KxcSgobI

Even if you’re not horsey, you must watch! These 2 examples are far from the best – but I adore the music and I love love love the riders.

5) Shopping with my mamma. Exactly what I shall be doing all day tomorrow!

6) Delicious food!

cereal messes….
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Quinoa mixed with garlic and kale, a sea cake tofu thing…
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Cocoa-beet-tomato sauce with rosemary and garlic seasoning, sprouts, broccoli, kabocha…
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Spiced veggie burgers…
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A lot of cereal blended with pressed coconut milk and blackberries and cinnamon and cocoa powder, topped with date syrup
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The spiced veggie burger with aubergine, leek, kabocha and parsnip…
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Too much yummy food! (this isn’t all I had today, FYI. A cappuccino with my gran and some So Crispy Bites, amongst other things, went unphotographed..).

What are some of your favourite things at the moment?

(PS – gah – 14miles on Sunday…in the POURING RAIN! That’s what the weatherman is predicting – eek!)

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Happy Thursday guys! ‘m afraid this will probably just be a brief post from me – thee’s some stuff that I’m really really struggling with at the moment, and it kinda feels like it’s taken me over somewhat 😦 But i’ll put on my blog-happy face now 😀

Ooh! Dinner last night was one of my favourites….

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Tofu, peanut butter, soy sauce, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and pepper, nooch – all blended together and mixed with kamut tagliatelle, aubergine and parsnip, and a side of kabocha – all enjoyed whilst watching the World Equestrian Games dressage on Tv :D:

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(note the nasty colours due to the poor night time lighting..is there a setting on a camera to overcome this!?)

I’ve got into the habit of having kabocha by itself on the side – it’s so squishy and delicate when it’s been roasted, and if it gets mixed with all the other junk on the plate, it gets squashed and disappears 😥 not what we want…anyway, the mild carbo load (does chocolate count as carbs? I had 2 squares later on too :p) was for the purpose of a 9mile run today!

Bah, it was a toughie. I had a Power Bar and 2 tsps wheat germ before I left, but – and I don’t know if it’s cos of my general mood, the hills, or the fact I didn’t have any extra fuel during the run – I totally wasn’t feeling it today. I felt like I was dragging my own corpse along the road!!! Seriously, it was really really hard work 😦 I finished in 1hr22 (I think..I forget now), which was a 9.12 min/mile pace. My slowest in a long while, not counting Sunday’s 18miler. Oh well…maybe tomorrow will be better.

When I got in, I had a scrummy breakfast waiting for me:

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Overnight oats!

  • 1/2 c. oats
  • 1/2 c. coconut milk
  • 1/2 c. soya yogurt
  • 1 heaping tbsp Vega chocolate smoothie mix
  • add ins – an extremely ripe banana (literally, so ripe it was mush in the skin!), cocoa powder, and a Veganomicon baked banana muffin:

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DEEEElightful! Especially the muffin! I can’t believe I waited 2 days before I tried one of those bad boys – they are some of the best muffins I’ve ever baked! In fact, 2 out of my top 3 muffins I’ve ever baked have been from either Veganomicon, or Vegan with a Vengeance <- both books by the same lady. She’s a genius!

Late morning, I was feeling super inspired to give Chika a good schooling session; Team GB just won 2 silver medals in dressage at the World Equestrian Games, so I was feeling inspired 🙂 Sadly, Chika was not. Actually, that’s harsh, and a lie; she was a very good girl! She just didn’t want to supple to the left very easily…but other than that, she tried her heart out for me, as always, so I was pleased 😀

Lunch came late, but was sooo worth the wait! I saw a post on Never(Home) Maker yesterday, which had a sauce recipe that caught my eye – Cocoa-tomato-beet sauce! It sounds weird, but it was amazingly delicious 🙂 I stuck to the recipe exactly, apart from omitting the parmesan cheese (a) I had none, b) it’s not vegan anyway), and using whole beets, which I blended:

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Who would’ve thought – cocoa powder, tomatoes, beets, mixed herbs, cinnamon, agave, salt..it works so well! (This would be a the marriage my title refers to..beets and chocolate = bocolate 😀 I’m a genius right? :p)

I served it mixed with roasted chickpeas, roasted parsnip/broccoli/butternut, with a side of cereal:

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Wow wow wow wow. One of the most delicious meals I’ve had in a long long time!! It was actually, properly SUPERB! If you like cocoa flavours, tomatoes, beets, red food, or pink food, or food in general, I recommend you make this sauce. Quick, easy and delicious 😀 Win!

Not a huge amount happened after lunch..I picked a proper big haul of blackberries (711g of blackberries, to be precise :p):

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And caught up with various boring bills/letters/rap-that-has-to-be-sorted, and had a milky coffee:

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(blackberry stained nails, not dirt, FYI!!)

And that’s about it 🙂

Question – when you find yourself really, really struggling – emotionally, mentally and so on – or feeling plagued by negativeness, how do you overcome it?

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