May. 11th, 2014

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Today was the kind of day that felt lazy but wasn't.

I slept in til 8:00, lazed around the house til 10:00, and then went for a run. After recovering from that, I went outside a second time around noon, to pick up quarters (walked to the bank) and then went thrifting -- I came away with two picture frames, a dish-drying pad, and a fancy sweater that I can't wear until this fall. Then home (stopped at the nursery to check out the plants; I need to get a container garden going on the back deck railing.

I'm thinking basil, parsley, cilantro, mint, and maybe thyme if I'm brave? Not the sage that smells like gum, though. No really, it's sage. that smells like gum..)

Today I got the living room straightened, and all my laundry washed and put away. And I talked to my mom for about an hour (she texted me first, which, nooo mom don't do that I wanted to look good because I actually remembered mother's day this year), and then ... lazed around on the sofa watching Psych for a while. The dishes aren't done but there isn't many of them, and today is definitely a two-shower day, but overall ... not bad, not bad.

Salmon season hit NorCal, so the parents have volunteered to help finance my trip home this November. Which I'm no turning down, oh hell no.


Last night I made crockpot dal (does NOT require turning on a stove or oven):

Makes more than you think it will. (Two days in and I still have ~6 cups? )

chuck into the crock pot:
1 onion, chopped
1-2 tsp chopped garlic (I bought a jar of it because I don't go through cloves fast enough)
1/2" grated fresh ginger
15 oz stock
15 oz whole fat coconut milk
2 cups red lentils
1 tbsp curry powder (or to taste)
1 tsp garam masala (or to taste)

reserve
1-2 c frozen peas

Cook on low until the lentils have mostly dissolved and the onion is soft and translucent. Put in a container and mix in 1-2 c peas, which will cook in the residual heat from the lentils. Super tasty, almost no effort, and doesn't heat up the kitchen

Salt individual servings to taste.

This recipe is: Vegan, gluten free, summer-friendly, dorm-friendly, cheap (I THINK it comes out to about ~70 cents a serving/~$5 total?)

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