the peanut butter solution

Yesterday, I got back the two midterms I took last week.

I got an A on one of them.

…… crickets ……

I got an A on one of them!

If you are currently choosing to believe that means that I got an A on BOTH of them, I’m not going to stop you. You should review your deductive reasoning skills, maybe, but I still won’t stop you.

How would one start such a banner day, you ask?

With peanut butter oatmeal, of course. (Not familiar? Make oatmeal. Stir in peanut butter while it’s still hot. Eat.) ¬†While I was making my peanut butter oatmeal, I also put together my lunch, to take to campus.

Clockwise: a Gala apple (I bought five pounds – there are a lot of apples in my life right now), Earthbound Farm Baby Herb Salad, low-fat Marie’s Bleu Cheese dressing, the bbq chicken I made Thursday, and the caramel corn I made last weekend. The caramel corn was based on Brave Tart’s recipe, available here, and is storing like a dream.

This didn’t actually turn out to be enough food, because between classes I hit up The Fitness Lab.

Yeah, that’s what we call the gym at a very nerdy engineering school


I love the gym. There is always at least one open treadmill, and there is a juice and coffee bar downstair. I’ve never actually visited the coffee bar, but I like that it’s there. Ya know?

I did two miles, which is the first run I’ve taken since I started feeling icky on Monday. It was, in a word, hard. Then I did an upper body workout, because it makes me feel macho. Sure, I don’t make creepy sex noises while I lift like the dude who always asks me about my tattoos, but I’m one tough cookie. Really.

Because my super strenous workout left me starving, I stopped at Sbux after my second class and had only my second pumpkin spice latte of the season.

I really need to learn to make these at home. I’m thinking I’ll start here, with the canned pumpkin option.


Birthday party time! My darling girlfriend Kelley wanted to go out for a night on the town, so she and her husband Chris and our friends Eden and Jay lined up babysitters, and out we went. (Crockett and I don’t need a babysitter – we basically need 10 minutes notice to find pants and we’re ready for a night out. It’s nice not having kids sometimes.)

Did I say pants? I meant shorts.

We went to a place in Boulder called Cantina Laredo, that was pretty tasty. The birthday girl dived right in with a pomegranate margarita, and then we ordered away.

A chile relleno and the Laredo platter, on my left (Eden) and my right (Crockett). Weirdly, the relleno could be stuffed with cheese or with beef and raisins. Raisins, y’all. Shockingly, Eden did not order the raisin rellenos.

A honey shrimp salad with honey vinaigrette and …. something. Something else. Something …. green? With slaw? Chris ate all of it, so the green stuff must have been tasty.

Helpful, aren’t I.

This is my dinner. Mango chicken salad with the same honey vinaigrette, mango margarita – before and after.

Drink service was slow. Like, half an hour from order time to sip time slow.

That’s why everyone is vertical in this photo.

Aren’t they gorgeous? (If you’re thinking no, please blame the poorly lit entryway, not my darling friends. They’re wicked hot, I swear.)

The birthday girl and her entourage went home to check on their babysitters, and Crockett and I went to see The Town.

I didn’t stop talking about it until like 2:30 in the morning, long past when Crockett had stopped listening, so clearly I liked it. Go, watch, love.

Happy Saturday, loves!

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3 Responses to the peanut butter solution

  1. BD says:

    I’ve seen (and eaten) your yummy food creations, BUT….. You’ve GOT to get a better light source for your food photos. The oatmeal, which sounds really good, looks like BRAINS! Can’t move it over to the window? Or white balance your camera?

    Sidebar here: Have you ever seen how many people it takes to photograph those foods you see in all the gourmet magazines? It may be just one lonely little brussel sprout but it’s surrounded by a half dozen people doing everything they can to make it look YUMMY.


  2. Bravetart says:

    I’m so glad you made the caramel corn from my site! That’s awesome, it’s fun to see someone gave it a try.
    :) I’d love it if you’d stop by our facebook page and upload your picture, I want to showcase anyone’s photos of recipes they try out. Cheers!