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What is it about apple and peanut butter (or almond butter) that completely satisfies me? It’s the perfect mix of sweet and salty. I usually top off each slice with a few raisins, and lately I’ve been mixing nut butter with cream cheese. Soooo delicious! And simple. But I loooovvvveee anything with peanut butter, and could (and yes, I admit, I often do) each spoonful after spoonful straight from the jar.

I love love love it!

Anyways, in other news, I am able to bend my knee at 126 degrees now. It’s getting to the point where my leg is making progress bending on its own, which is pretty awesome:) I went for a walk today to enjoy the beautiful sun. It’s so amazing to have something other than rain here, and I had to take advantage of it. Too bad I walk so slowly, but I guess it’s a start.

Yesterday marked my reintroduction to the world.  I drove the Jetta up to Portland for the day to catch up with some friends. I hadn’t seen any of them since the accident (over a couple months ago) so I was ready to get out of the house and back into society. My knee was a kinda sore from the drive but I made it up there. I met a friend for coffee and although it rained a little bit, was actually pretty dry for Portland.

I couldn’t stay off of the swings.

Later we had some delicious food at Pok Pok. Their portions are a little small and you have to buy your own rice, but the five of us went family style and with four entrees (one was a whole fish), I left stuffed.

Check it….

  

Poor fish……. But we enjoyed it in our bellies:)

Followed by a visit to a Kava bar that recently opened up in Portland. I’d never had Kava before. The taste was “earthy” and not necessarily good, but apparently Pacific Islanders drink it for its effects. According to the all knowing Wikipedia, “Kava is sedating and is primarily consumed to relax without disrupting mental clarity.” Hmmm… I didn’t have enough to be able to feel the effects, but my fellow diners told me this description appeared to be correct. I wonder if this is the next phenonemon?

And just for randomness… a photo I took of my knee at the bar while we waited for a table at Pok Pok. Can you tell which knee is bigger?

Before my injury, I used to love to cook. I’d spend a few hours on Sunday cooking a big batch of chili, stew, or some kind of entre that would last me through the school week. I cooked my first meal in two months on Saturday as a thank you to my parents for hauling me to Portland and back (an hour and half drive one way) everyday for two weeks so I could complete my student teaching. What was in store for them was my favorite chili recipe ever, Big Easy Chili. I absolutely love spicyness, so I made it a little spicier than the recipe called for. Mmmmmm…. Check it out here: http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/2006/10/big-easy-soup.html. I served it with homemade cornbread. I could eat chili forever, seriously!

But what I really wanted to write about was last night’s cooking experience. I made another of my favorite recipes from Eat, Drink, and Be Vegan. I am not a vegan, but this cookbook has some pretty amazing recipes. I didn’t have green beans, so I chopped up some carrots instead. I also added chicken and used dried Indian chickpeas,  wish I cooked for hours and hours in the crockpot (for some reason it takes them forever to cook).

Chickpea and Zucchini Curry
Recipe source: Adapted from  Eat, Drink, and Be Vegan
Serves 4

Ingredients:
olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 cups sweet potatoes, sliced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp sea salt
2 tsp fresh ginger, grated
2 tbsp curry powder
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp ground cloves
2 cups zucchini, diced
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
2 cups Indian chickpeas
1/2 tsp brown sugar
1/2 cup sliced carrots
3 chicken breasts (Trader Joe’s frozen)
 
 
Directions:
Heat a large pot over medium heat and add olive oil. Add onion, potatoes, garlic, salt, ginger, curry powder, coriander, cumin, turmeric, and cloves. Stir to fully combine. Add 1/2 cup of water, cover, and cook for 7 – 8 minutes. Add the zucchini and cook for 2 -3 more minutes. Add tomato sauce, chickpeas, and brown sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer and cook for 20 or 25 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. I served this meal with quinoa, but you could also use rice.
 
It’s really easy to make something like this and it’s super healthy. It just involves a lot of choppin and spices.

Good news!

My part time student teaching ended last week, and to be honest, I’ve been a little restless since then. I’m feeling like I’m getting to the point in my recovery where I need to be filling my days with productiveness. I’m finishing up my work sample that goes along with my student teaching, and let me tell you, it’s both overwhelming and mind numbing at the same time. I also have made it my mission to do some volunteering in the schools sometime between now and when I do my full time student teaching in the fall. It sounds like there may be a couple possibilities, which I’m excited about. It sounds like I’m going to helping some high school juniors with their writing, which is right up my alley.

Also, I’ve been diligent about trying to increase movement in my knee. It’s been tedious and painful, but I think it’s paying off. My physical therapist said my knee is at the point where it doesn’t need as much pushing from him to make gains. Also, I’ve been incorporating the strengthening exercises he recommended into my day. The swelling is still there but it’s gone down quite a bit. I’ll post pictures soon. They may be gross, but it looks a lot better than it did! In other news I get to start driving. A trip to Portland is in the works for sure!

Welcome!

Hello and welcome to my little blog! Allow me to tell you a little about myself. I’m 28 years old, and I’m recovering from a debilitating knee injury. I love running, yoga, and pretty much anything that keeps me active. I also love cooking healthy food (and eating it!) along side of decadent desserts, reading (which I’ve doing a lot of lately), and knitting (I’m knitting some legwarmers right now!) I’ve been forced to focus on my more sedentary hobbies as of late, but I’m working to get full recovery in my knee.