Daily Archives: November 3, 2009

Lynn – Love & Taxes

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My body hasn’t quite adjusted to daylight savings yet; I’m starting my day around the usual time (7:30-8:00 am) but have found it more and more difficult to physically peel myself outa bed. Since I went to the gym yesterday I agreed with my groggy limbs that an hour-long walk with Julius would be a nice way to get some exercise. We walked by the shoot for “Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2″ with the hopes that Julius would get discovered, but no such luck.

(He took the rejection very well.)

For breakfast, I combined some organic fat-free cottage cheese, 1/2 a banana, some organic frozen wild blueberries (defrosted for 30 seconds in the microwave) and 1 tsp of Cranberry Ginger Chia Goodness.

This was a fantastic combo of flavors though I don’t like how curd-y this particular brand of cottage cheese (from Trader Joe’s) is. I guess prefer a more creamy/small curd consistency.

I also sipped on some Yogi Ginger Tea.

My Tuesday evenings are usually pretty busy because I teach a piano lesson and see my shrinky dink, which leaves me mentally exhausted and starving by the time I get home. Now that the weather is cooling down, I dusted off my trusty crockpot to take care of dinner tonight.

I heart my crockpot. It almost feels futuristic, like having a robotic chef. I love walking through the door and smelling a home-cooked, hearty meal – and there are always a ton of leftovers. Yay, crockpot. I truly love and appreciate you.

My favorite site for crockpot recipes is A Year of Slowcooking, which was one blogger’s challenge to use her crockpot every day in 2008. Now she’s a published cookbook author.

I had a bag of lima beans sitting in the pantry, so I tried Allison’s Lima Bean Casserole Cassoulet, adapting the recipe with what I had in my house and making it vegan:

  • 1 pound lima beans, soaked overnight in water (water dumped today)
  • 1 cup water
  • 28 oz can of organic diced tomatoes
  • 2 Tofurkey sausage links, chopped
  • 1/2 a large yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 large TB crushed garlic
  • The bottom remnants of a yellow mustard jar (mixed with water to get it out), probably about 1-2 tsp worth
  • couple grinds of black pepper

Combine all the ingredients, cover, and set on low – I did this around noon and will be home between 7-7:30pm so we’ll see how it turns out!

Now I’m tackling another thing I haven’t seen since the beginning of 2009 – tax receipts. I vowed I would be better about recording everything but, as usual, I put it off until the end-ish of the year. It’s such a tedious task, but I try to make it fun by listening to old NPR podcasts, like The Splendid Table, which is a great culinary show if you haven’t heard it before. Another story I listened to (and loved) was Jessi Klein’s “Dale”on The Moth Podcast; if you’ve got 20 minutes and need a good laugh I highly recommend it.

Lynn – Walking With Joy

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We headed downtown yesterday for my friend Joy’s birthday. Joy is one of the most fun, interesting people I know. Aside from being a talented actress (we met while filming “White on Rice” – which, by the way, is playing in Honolulu right now…it’s been a while since I gave an update) Joy is also an entrepreneur, teacher, and beekeeper!!!

I tried a sample of her hive’s product, which was unbelievable.

Since she is no ordinary person, Joy chose to celebrate her birthday in an extraordinary fashion – she gathered a bunch of her friends together to go on a private walking tour!

Here we are, walking to meet our tour guide from Los Angeles Conservancy. (Joy is the one in the cute teal dress.)

Once we got to Pershing Square, the two-hour tour started.

We got to know the gorgeous Biltmore Hotel, built in 1923:

Here are some of the highlights – the posh tea room, which you first encounter upon entering….

…the elegant lobby on the second floor…

…the ginormous ballroom (where Abe’s cousins had gotten married!)

I learned so much about the hotel’s architecture and rich history. For example, they used to host the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ Annual Awards of Merit Presentation Dinners (now called the Oscars). Here’s a picture from 1937:

Filled with uber-famous folks. Can you spot Walt Disney?

The tour was a lot of fun and totally worth the $10 price – unfortunately, we couldn’t hang around and eat cupcakes with Joy because we had to get back to our television (for the World Series game).

It had been seven hours since our breakfast sandwiches so we were very hungry. We stopped by Cactus Mexican Food (the second location, since it was on the way) for some take-out.

I got a chicken burrito, which had beans/rice/cilantro – I ordered it without sour cream and cheese, saved half of it for tonight’s dinner, and ate it with their prepared hot salsas and some broccoli/brussels sprouts that I nuked at home.

It was pretty good – there are other take-out places near us that I like more, but this was fast and cheap and just fine.

I munched on an organic apple while reading the Larchmont Chronicle as Abe watched the game.

Around 9pm I got hungry again so I had a small snack. I opened this Pumpkin Raisin Crunch cereal that Nature’s Path had sent.

On top of organic fat-free yogurt, a small organic plum, and some Navitas Naturals Cacao Nibs:

The cereal was good, but where was the pumpkin? I guess I was expecting to chomp into flakes that tasted like pumpkin pie or something, but that wasn’t the case. Looking at the ingredients, it appears that the “pumpkin” refers to the “pumpkin seeds,” which I think is misleading. Still, tasty.