Presidential elections are always extra fun since they are rare occasions every 4 years – kind of like leap year! I went to bed early knowing I’d probably hear the results at the 3am feeding, but Matt woke me up with the news at 11:30!
I heated this up for 30 seconds in the microwave to take the chill out and it was the perfect room temp.
Served with hot, hot decaf. It’s so funny how in the morning I’m all “I gotta get my coffee!!” and there’s no caffeine. It’s total ritual!
Hipster baby in his cords and a cloth diaper!
My mom, a librarian, sends Maze a new book almost every week. When she got word that he loves his bouncy seat birds, she figured he needed to learn more about birdies. This arrived today!
Maze and I went for a walk with our friend Gina, who is expecting a baby near Christmas. So fun to talk about pregnancy and motherhood! And so fun that Maze took a nice stroller nap.
Then we ate lunch before heading out to vote.
Salad made with baby kale greens, Woodstock dressing (Annie’s brand), trail mix, and grapes.
Plus leftover bean soup
And a thick slice of Woodstock bread from our bakery with some Wild Squirrel on top. #addictedtonutbutter
I was prepared to wait a couple of hours in line to vote but I was thrilled to find the entire process took only FIVE MINUTES. Yay for Cville voting for being organized and for me for picking a good time of day (2:30pm). I can’t imagine those who waited for hours – especially with a baby or other complications. Good for them for making the effort.
Matt was busy today, but I encouraged him to bike up and vote while we were there just so he wouldn’t run out of time.
Afterwards, we walked up and down the mall and got coffees!! I always see people with coffees on TV and the movies and they look so cool and cosmopolitan. I rarely get coffee drinks in the afternoon, so I tried to be cool with one, tossing my cup around while deep in conversation.
This was actually a pumpkin spice latte – but not your typical Starbucks variety. It was from Java Java and I was told it was made with real pumpkin puree, spices, a little condensed milk and a little sugar. I wasn’t going to order it when I heard the ingredients for fear it would be too sweet (as much as I love buttercream frosting, I don’t like sweet coffee drinks) but they let me taste a sample and it was GREAT!! Not much sugar at all. Even so, I asked for half of the amount of pumpkin milk and diluted it with regular milk to make a delicious beverage.
Later on in the afternoon, snack of dry cereal from the jar and a date ball.
Matt and I had a candlelit dinner with a lovely combination of foods –
Wild Alaskan Salmon, coated in blackening spices and pan-fried in some safflower oil and finished in a 400* oven. Just sear the first side, flip and put in oven until cooked through. Yum! The blackening spices were a mix that the Alaskan Seafood Marketing Group sent me a while ago with some fish. I just got around to using it, and the combo of cinnamon, cumin, cayenne, sugar and salt was great!
On the side – oven roasted potatoes coated in olive oil, herbs, garlic and salt/pepper and roasted for about an hour at 400* on our cooling rack
Canned green beans! Not only tasty, but soooo easy to prepare with no washing/prepping needed!
A small glass of vino on the side
And I ended the night with a taste of pistachio chocolate!
I want to share a few of the thoughtful auctions, fundraisers and aid going around the blog world to support Hurricane Sandy survivors.
Anne organized an auction on Fannetastic Food to benefit the Red Cross with workout gear and more. The auction goes through Thursday.
Ashley has set up a Target registry for fellow running and health blogger Jen whose family lost everything in Hurricane Sandy. You can purchase items for her family to have when they find a new place to rent while they rebuild their lives. Here is the registry. In addition, spread the news by sharing and liking this article on Good Morning America regarding the registry!
Here is a wishlist for a reader’s town’s school that was destroyed in Monmouth Beach, NJ
OpenSky donated all profits to the Red Cross on Halloween (KERF shop participated!)
Props to Oh She Glows with an auction that
ended yesterday [ <– still going!!!] raising over $8,000!
If you have a Sandy cause to share, please do in the comments!