Today I woke up to gray skies and cloudy weather.  The temperature also dropped by about 20 degrees and it turned windy and icky.

Just yesterday it was in the low 80s, sunny, and perfect….

…Perfect that is, except for my fall.

Thank you so much for your awesome, supportive, and wishes to heal quickly.  I was feeling a little gray about things and your comments cheered me right up!  Big thank you to everyone.   Seriously, your comments made my day so much better.

I am feeling bruised and beat up.  The scrapes on my hands are stinging, weeping, and painful and I have a welt the size of a tennis ball on my left glute/hip.  I look like a grew a second butt! But time heals all wounds and I know to just give it time and I’ll back to normal in no time.  And in the meantime, the show of life, work, motherhood, errand-running, and housework goes on.

I am sorry that some of you have had your fair share of sports-related injuries, too.  Ugh. Lots of you mentioned you were clutzey and always tripping or falling over something.   Glad I am not alone in the tripping department.

What’s a girl to do on a gray Saturday morning?

Drink coffee, of course.  Loaded up with extra Vanilla Coffee-Mate and half-and-half and it was delicious.

Missed my Dairy post?  There is just something about cream in coffee that is just so good.  And I have always loved Coffee-Mate.  No Shame.

I also made breakfast for Skylar and I.   Mircowave Blueberry Banana Oat Cakes

Easy, fast, no hassle.  That’s the name of the game.

And we nibbled on some grapes.  I much prefer green to gray.

I’d love to make a Caribbean Stir Fry with fresh veggies, cabbage, pineapple, and seasonings because bright colors beat gray

…But I will probably make some Caribbean Coconut Rice with Garbanzo Beans & Mixed Vegetables (and Peanut Butter!) since I have all those ingredients on hand

Dessert always brightens up the day.  Peanut Butter Banana Bread Cake (Vegan, GF) should brighten your day, too.


1. Best thing you’ve eaten or done so far this weekend?

The best thing is that I have a renewed appreciation for my health.  Being sick, injured, or hurt puts life in perspective, quickly.

All of a sudden it doesn’t matter if your apples were organic or not or if your broccoli was fresh or frozen.  It never really did to me, but being in pain and not operating at 100% makes me appreciate the big picture of life and my health, even more.

It’s also a great reminder not to sweat the small stuff or make a bigger deal out of simple choices or the smaller things in life.  If one’s greatest problem of the day is whether or not the bread you ate was sprouted or not, as my dad used to say, “You don’t have problems.  I can show you what problems are.”

2. Do you like Gray anything?

I don’t like: gray weather, gray food (I can’t think of any, but I’m pretty sure I don’t like it), gray moods, or premature gray hair.

I like: gray pants, sweaters, jeans, clothing, or shoes.  And gray purses and luggage are okay, too.  Gray eyeshadow and smoky eyes make me happy, too.  I also like gray sheets and duvet covers.  My bedroom is a gray motif.

3. Do you like Coffee-Mate?

I know it’s “not cool” to admit to “crappy ingredient lists” in the blogosphere but I know for a fact that (off the record) there are some Coffee-Mate fans in the house.

I will happily profess my love.  Even if that makes me uncool. See #1 above.  Don’t sweat the small stuff.  Life is short.  Enjoy it.  In whatever way that means for you.

Have a great weekend!

53 comments on “Gray”

  1. Sadly, CoffeeMate is a Nestle’s product, so I don’t partake.

  2. Apparently I like grey clothes. I’ve noticed recently a lot of my clothing is favoring greyish tones… looks like it’s time to lighten up for springtime!

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  4. Cool or not…I love Coffee Mate!!! :)

    Sorry to hear about that fall! Sounds nasty. I’ve tripped in public before, but I think my ego was more bruised than my body. Ha! Hope the scrapes and bumps are healing quick, Averie!

  5. hi Averie,

    I’m a brand new reader (about 2 wks), and so far I love your blog. I just stole your Caribbean Citrus Veggie Stir-Fry recipe and made it for dinner last night. Of course, I doctored mine a little, because I rarely follow a recipe 100%. It came out delicious! I can’t wait to try more of your recipes, especially the granola bars. Thanks for an awesome blog

  6. I actually LOVE grey weather. I love overcast days. It gives me a good reason to sit in my backyard with a good book and get lost in it. What really really really tops of my day is if it starts to rain! Then I’m in heaven.

  7. “I look like a grew a second butt!” – this made me LOL :-)

    The best thing I ate all weekend was black truffle and mushroom risotto croquettes.

  8. Hey, I wouldn’t feel bad for the CoffeeMate. I’ve been working on a “clean vegan” diet now for sometime but I’ve got to remind myself sometimes and put things into perspective. It’s “ok” if it’s not perfect. Today, I felt incredibly good just to eat a good ol’ soft wonderbread turkey sandwhich with cheese and mayo.

    Not sweating the small stuff is important, and I don’t think your “uncool!”

  9. That is so refreshing to see you “admit” to enjoying CoffeeMate – it seems like it’s so easy to succumb to the blog-world peer pressure or elitism (whatever you want to call it) about only consuming the purest and healthiest things at all times. Sometimes things just TASTE GOOD! :)

  10. Gray is definitely a yucky color. Except for the instances you mentioned. I have quite a few gray clothes.

    I don’t drink coffee so I have never tried coffeemate. But I say we all need our “vices.” In the end, nutrition awards will not be handed out!

  11. hope that knee heals! i love gray clothing but not gray days unless it’s autumn and a brisk wind then it just feels right! best thing i did this wknd was family visit (havent seen my folks since xmas!) and a geek art festival. i honestly don’t like coffee mate, it’s too sweet for me but silk is making this unsweetened almond milk that i am loving! i thought i’d be a tjs or blue diamond girl forever but i’ve switched!

  12. best thing i ate? i had a chestnut mashed potato dish last night that is still blowing my mind

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