So I'm taking a break from work...I have a few hours before my board meeting and I want to fill you in on the second half of my amazing weekend.
Sundays are my favorite days...are you aware of that yet? Some Sundays I wake up early to go for a run, but since the Mud Run was on Saturday, I was able to sleep in and it felt so good! We went to church early for our African Breakfast. Members of our church are in Mwandi, Zambia for a missions trip and to celebrate their departure and encourage more donations we had a breakfast. Of course I couldn't eat anything there, but I was not sad, I had those wonderful Vegan Overnight Oats for breakfast!
Our pastor is taking us through the book of Romans this year in church and while Sunday wasn't the most powerful message for me, I am quite enjoying Romans. About two years ago I read Romans for the first time, quickly. Right after reading Romans my then Fellowship group began studying it on Sunday evenings. Then I started a ladies Bible study with some of my friends on Thursday nights. We ordered books for Hebrews, but Romans came in the mail instead. At this point, I realized God had a message for me in Romans. So it was only comical when our pastor returned from Sabbatical announcing he would be preaching ALL YEAR from Romans. And even funnier still was when I began reading James MacDonald's book, I really want to change...so help me God and realized the key passage in the book was taken from Romans. Gee, I'm not sure how much clearer God can be!
Well, this week if you asked me what message God had for me in Romans it would certainly be all about change. Today I read another chapter in my "change" book and this passage taken from Romans 7:15-18 made me laugh outloud:
"I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who does it, but it is sin living in me. I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out."
Isn't that the truth...what I know I should do and what I want to do- I just can't seem to carry it out, because what I don't want to do...I just keep doing- arrggh! The message here is that we can't do it alone. Now that we have died with Christ, we must learn to live with Christ. And so let him reign in our bodies and let the Holy Spirit work in us each day. I am happy to report, that since my revelation last week, I am seeing brighter days and noticing a difference. I can only equate that to God working in me. Because I am not strong enough to do anything on my own!
So, I digress. Back to my busy and fun Sunday. I must preface this next part with my new commitment to cook and eat at home versus going out to eat. I have decided to not eat out this month. And not because of my disordered eating as much as to cut back on cost and to train myself to eat at home. With all of our visitors and travels in July, I am afraid I am in the habit of eating out way too much. I spend so much time reading recipes and cookbooks...it is time I put it to use. Naturally, I did what anyone would do after making this commitment...I went shopping!
Here are the goodies I picked up at the Farmer's Market in Winston-Salem:
Lots of goodies!
Full fruit basket!
Herbs and spices from my mother-in-law's herb garden and the jalopenos are from my friend Jill's garden.
A well stocked fridge!
After our farmer's market trip, Mr. Kummerow and I went to the Whole Foods in W-S for a few more items. They were doing a Vita-mix demonstration and I got to try the "Hail to Kale" smoothie. It was delicious and I could see first hand why the Vita-mix is raved about so frequently in the vegan blog world. Remember the blog I referenced in my last entry...Oh She Glows...well she pretty much started the "Green Monster" craze and just got her very own Vita-mix. I let Mr. K know that it would be the best Christmas gift ever.
So as part of our plan to eat in, Mr. Kummerow and I created a meal schedule. We try to do this every week, but have gotten out of the habit. Each week this month I will share with you our meal schedule, and post recipes and photos as we cook it all. Here is Week 1:
Monday- leftover pasta (I have meetings all night)
Tuesday- Tempeh Enchiladas
Wednesday- Maple Chili Tofu with blackberry-peach salsa and sweet potatoes
Thursday- Bowties with broccoli pesto
Friday- Pita Quesadilla with polenta
Saturday- Grilled Portabellas and Corn (you might have noticed the 12 ears of corn we got for $3 at the farmer's market-we will probably be eating corn every night this week!)
Setting out a menu like this can sometimes make me uneasy because of the amount of ingredients needed. But after you have stocked your kitchen with the basics, your shopping list won't seem too overwhelming. And I try to use recipes that call for some of the same ingredients. Here was my shopping list from Sunday:
Chickpeas, Red Bell Pepper, Broccoli,
Lemons, Cauliflower, Celery,
Ezekiel Bread, Cereal (for Mr. K, I will be sticking to my VOO),
Raisins, Tempeh, Tofu, Seitan, Tortillas, Portabellas, Pitas,
Bow tie pasta, Pine nuts
We got home from shopping, photographed the food, went for a cool two mile run, and then flopped on the couch to relax. I made my Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Vegan Overnight Oats before going to bed. They were delicious this morning! (Sorry my camera battery was dead...no after photos) This was just the fuel I needed after my 3.5 mile run!
This weekend I also got my new issue of Vegetarian Times in the mail and began thumbing through the pages. This was my birthday gift from Mr. Kummerow this year. I have to say it is a huge leap from where I was 4 years ago...the very first Christmas gift he gave to me was a magazine subscription to US Weekly. VT is definitely more wholesome!