If they gave out Perfect Attendance Awards to teachers, I would totally win one. Until this past Tuesday, I had not missed a single day of work. EVER. I’ve never called in sick while teaching* nor taken a personal day. I say until this past Tuesday, because on Tuesday, I finally took a day off.
This banana bread I found in the freezer and had set out to thaw the night before provided me with breakfast….and mid-morning (and later morning) snack….and then a side at dinner…and perhaps a bit more before bedtime… The random cuts are what happens when you aren’t sure if it’s freezer-burned so you keep cutting little pieces from random parts of the bread, because when you get a good bite you don’t trust your tastebuds that the whole thing is actually good, and you need to keep checking.
Well. First, I did my taxes.(I know. Exciting. But did you know how easy it is to do online? A life-changer.)
Free Ice Cream Day at Amy’s Ice Creams! What?! How lucky could a girl be? Since I remembered how crazy lines could get when I was in college and Ben & Jerry’s would have Free Cone Day, I headed to the nearest Amy’s to make it right at 3:00. Sad for me, luck was NOT on my side this time, as that location had closed and I didn’t know (clearly, I don’t like to actually BUY ice cream when I can find it elsewhere for free…). Or maybe luck WAS on my side, because the second-closest (is that a word?) was also in perhaps my favorite four-block radius of Austin–the home of Whole Foods.Since I was there, I thought I might as well check for some free samples. Some pineapple, an orange slice or two, a nibble (or three) of the incredible Fourteener Bread (seriously, find that people), and a little cup of oil-free Texas Caviar later… …I was at Amy’s and lined up in what was an unexpectedly short, and fast moving line.[This door art sort of made me want to buy window markers and decorate my car. It could be the Smart Mobile!]
And then, since I was home alone [insert Macauly Caulkin's mouth-open, hands-on-cheeks face here]…I pilfered through a number of boxes and bags of cereal in the pantry (sorry roommates…) and made a delicious mix of crazy:
- Peanut Butter Puffins
- Puffed Wheat
- Multi-Grain Cheerios
- Cap’n Crunch Berries (best move EVER)
- Kashi Golden Goodness [which, P.S., on the website they have labeled "original" which makes me think they will be churning out multiple varieties like the Honey Bunches of Oats they are impersonating]
Also featured? The new Frosted Mini-Wheats that my roommate had bought. [Thanks for the five biscuits, Erin! Hugs!]. Honestly, I didn’t buy them because they have HFCS in them, but they are the closest thing I’ve found to the ones made when I was little filled with raisins. I like them. I don’t want to like them. But I like them. A little blogging later, and I was off to the interest meeting for the new Austin Food Blogger Alliance. Although there has been a loosely arranged facebook group and community, there is a move towards creating a more official platform for blogger education, celebration, and communication (both among ourselves and with local businesses), following a code of standards and ethics.
The informational meeting was at Takoba, and there was a great turnout, including a number of people I hadn’t met before. Lots of cameras, of course. And the “famous” food bloggers of Austin. After some meet-and-greet of new (hopefully soon-to-be) friends, I found Teddy, Cara, Lindsay, and the other usual suspects. Cara offered up a bite of her veggie taco (which includes sweet potatoes and I have been wanting to try it forever), but I declined…a little full from my cereal binge earlier.A sudden rainstorm (OK, not so sudden…it had loomed for the entire day, and thus I was prepared with Mr. Duck) sent us inside… …where I forgot about my full belly at the offer of yet more ice cream. This time, mixed with CAKE! A new company, Sweet ‘n Dirty Treats had come to proffer samples of their product. This Angel’s Lava (white on vanilla) was incredibly delicious…I wanted more. But I-for once-didn’t ask. Then I went home, and you’d think I was ready for a nice, homemade, fully balanced dinner. Instead, I went with 1/4 of my Strawberry Lemonade Pie (although I didn’t eat all of the crust—I’m a sucker for the custard y’all)……and a scoop of my Sweet Salmon Salad on green leaf lettuce (looking something like this, but with additional bell peppers, carrots, and mushrooms as well).And then some more of that banana bread. Just a little bit more. I promise.