i think june is my very favorite month.
it just so happens to be birthday month. does anyone else get as excited for their birthday as they did when they were 13 years old? i think birthdays should include things like singing, and chocolate cake for breakfast, and hugs + laughter + lots of time with family, and ice cream cake, and any dinner you want. [we always got to pick our birthday dinner. and one year, when my mama was sick, i was allowed to pick the topping on the pizza. haha.]
so far for birthday month [because last year, i succeeded in spreading out the festivities for an entire month], one of my coworkers surprised me with bagels. they were the chewiest and most delicious bagels ever. i went for the sesame.
then i splurged and drove out to my favorite italian place, and just ordered a double house salad. their gorgonzola balsamic vinaigrette makes me swoon.
i also treated myself to a trip to whole foods. i can walk around in that store for hours. it’s slightly intimidating [especially when i can’t find things like “lettuce,” and have to ask]. but it was really fun. melissa kept me company, so we really did walk around for hours. a few things i’m excited to try: veggie smoked sausage…
coconut milk – the beverage, not the thick delicious stuff in a can…
zevia [mama pea uses this sometimes. and i really want an ice cream soda soon, but wanted to try it with something new]…
little tiny mozzarella balls [entirely an impulse buy]…
and some of the most delicious chocolate i’ve ever tasted, taza stone-ground mexican chocolate. i like the vanilla. it’s basically just ground with sugar, so it’s very crispy [you can still feel the sugar]. it’s dark, but a lot sweet. i like it.
this morning [or noon… hey, it’s birthday weekend], i put lots of new purchases to work.
cherry chia seed yogurt
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 cup coconut milk [the beverage, not the canned]
- 1/3 cup 2% plain greek yogurt [heavenly]
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
i let this sit in the fridge for about 2 hours, then i added:
- 1/2 cup halved & pitted cherries
- 1 tbsp honey [another surprise purchase, when i found honey and grade b maple syrup in the bulk aisle in steel drums!]
happy june! and happy birthday to the geminis. ;-)