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A big thank you to everyone who sent me support and pep talks after last night’s post.  I had just reached my limit in terms of trying to take in new information.  I needed a break, so I turned off the computer and watched Sunday’s “Desperate Housewives” while comfort eating more ice cream than I needed.  Waking up to so many supportive comments really helped me to take a fresh look at everything.

I got a lot accomplished.  I tidied up my chem. lab report, studied my medical terminology, and spent 5 hours on statistics. And somewhere in there, I vacuumed the apartment!

Lunch was well earned and very yummy!  In a brown rice tortilla, I put Laughing Cow cheese, a scrambled egg, tomato, and lettuce.  Then I put it in the panini maker.  I am getting used to the brown rice tortillas.  They are definitely a different texture, but actually quite good in their own way.

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While I was working hard all afternoon, Jack did this:

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He followed the sun as it moved across the floor.  It’s a rough life he leads!

After four hours of stats practice, I felt confident enough to take this week’s quiz.  While taking my the test,  I was hopping up to the kitchen and back to monitor my vegetables in the oven.  Thankfully, my test didn’t suffer from being slightly distracted…I got a 94%!  I rock!

I had a lot of veggies to cook up, so I made a huge pan of roasted vegetables to use throughout the week.  I also made my version of egg plant parmesan.  Because I am still finding success in abstaining from gluten, I dipped my agg plant slices in egg and then in ground flax seed (instead of bread crumbs).  It was healthier, and I think I liked the crispiness of the flaxseed crust better.  I served my eggplant with shiritaki noodles and marinara sauce mixed with a scoop of the roasted vegetables.

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I stacked the egg plant slices, after they had baked, and sandwiched ricotta cheese in the middle before putting back in the oven for another 5-10 minutes.  It was a yummy addition!

For Dave, my gluten-loving hubby, I roasted some potatoes with salt and pepper (at the same time as the veggies), cooked up some corn from the farmers market, and topped some chicken (that I had cooked the other night) with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese.  There may have been a couple of crescent rolls as well…

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Right now, I am baking another apple.  I think I have it down now.  I’ll take a picture and post it tomorrow.

I have a couple other things I want to make this week.  After reading about Melissa’s stuffed peppers, I know what my remaining pepper is destined for!  I also want to try this again:

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When my brother was visiting, the boys got Chinese food.  So I mad myself some spring rolls.  I was so impressed, I can’t wait to make them again.  I shredded some carrot, summer squash,and zucchini, added some tomato and tuna, and heated it all up with some Asian spices sprinkled in.  Then I stuffed for rice wrappers with the mixture.  Dipped in some gluten-free Tamari soy sauce, they were amazing!

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I love days like this where I actually feel like I got somewhere in chipping away at my to-do list.  It’s a good feeling!  Thank you again to all of you and to my wonderful husband for helping me to make a fresh start today!

What do you do when you need to recharge?  Anything in particular that helps you destress? Exercise is a biggie for me.  Good tv, snuggled with my honey, is also at the top of my list!  (Then there is the excessive consumption of ice cream that occurs from time to time!)

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Did that title get your attention?  Explanation to come.  Let’s start with a recap of the the day…

I realized I ran 23 miles between Thursday and Sunday, so today was an easy, quick workout on the elliptical.  Then I headed to school early to make my 3rd attempt at getting my ID printed.  3 times I have tried and 3 times I either ran out of time trying to find parking or their ID machine was broken.  Today success!  I got my ID and rushed to class.  There were a couple of people already in the room sitting down waiting for class.  Then somebody walked in and announced to the rest of us that there was a sign on the door saying that class was canceled.  Ooops!  I wonder how long I would have sat there?

My entire day revolved around going to the farmer’s market opening at 2:00.  So rather than go home, where I would have had to convince myself to go back out again, I went to the library…like the diligent little student I am!  I was working on chemistry for about 30 minutes when the fire alarm went off!

Everybody out!

Everybody out!

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It still wasn’t time to go to the farmer’s market yet, so I set up a little study picnic for myself.

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After getting a good head start on my chemistry homework, I headed out, stopping first at Whole Foods for some more gluten-free goods.  I got a lot of good things to try!

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-Corn tortillas

-Brown Rice tortillas

-Lots of Lara Bars

-Shiritaki tofu noodles

-Almond Breeze almond milk

-Cellophane rice noodles

-Spring roll rice wrappers

-Mary’s Gone Crackers

-Gluten-free pizza dough mix

-Gluten-free Tamari soy sauce

I feel like I have many choices now.  I am on day 2 gluten-free, and although I am still bloated and feel like I am still retaining water, I did not have a stomachache today!  I hesitate to even write that, but it’s true!

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I was feeling pretty good as I headed off to the farmer’s market.  I ate a Lara Bar on the way.  I love Balance Bars, but they aren’t gluten-free, so I am moving on to Lara Bars.  They are gluten-free, and since they are all the rage in the blog world, I bought several.  I had the peanut butter and jelly one today.  It was great and I’m glad I bought so many of them!  I will be looking forward to trying the other flavors too.  I just wish they weren’t so expensive!

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I was so excited to eat it, I forgot to photograph it until after I was done!

This is my 2nd farmer’s market in 3 days.  I said yesterday that I am visiting farmer’s markets to do research for my statistics project.  I’ve kept you in suspense, huh?!

The assignment is to come up with a question, research it, and then explain the data through statistical analysis.  I am visiting farmer’s markets asking farmers if they are organic farmers.  If they are, are they certified or do they just practice organic farming methods?  I have heard that many small farms do not have the money to become officially certified.  Some do not become certified, but instead fall into a category called “Certified Naturally Grown.”  And then there are other farmers I have found who do spray and use pesticides.  But of these farmers who spray their crops, most so far, use Integrative Pest Management, where they basically only spray if they need to.

I have a lot more research to do on what these terms mean, and I have plenty of time to do it.  However, because the farmer’s markets will close in another month, I need to get the data now.  Plenty of time to analyze it and research it later!

Of course, because I am talking to the farmers and they are taking the time to so kindly answer my questions, I feel like I need to by something from them.  But because I don’t want to end up with ridiculous amounts of produce, I have been buying just an item or 2 from the people who really take time to talk to me.

Today's loot!

Today's loot!

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I know you’ve been patiently reading, waiting for the X-rated part of this post.  Well here you are:

I wanted to try out my new spring roll rice wrappers tonight, but I have no idea how to make a spring roll.  And because it was late and I was already hungry, I wasn’t up to searching out an actual recipe.  Instead, I took out lots of veggies (shredded carrot, sliced cucumber, baby spinach, diced grape tomatoes), leftover canned salmon, left over chickpeas….  And I just started stuffing.  I made 4 and when I was done, Dave started laughing hysterically saying that it looking like I had made veggie-stuffed condoms!

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Two of the four. (The other 2 don't deserve to be photographed!)

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They do look a bit obscene, but boy were they good.  It was like a salad in a wrapper!  Dave couldn’t resist snapping a picture that he thought was a bit vulgar!

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I am actually already a bit hungry again.  It was a lot of food, but mostly vegetables.  I will look forward to making these again, but I will check out some actual recipes and learn how to roll them.  Tonight was very experimental, but it was fun (and funny!)….and my tummy still doesn’t hurt!

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