Yesterday on what many consider a day of rest, Jensen and I laid wood floor in our guest room. We spent all afternoon in the bare room with one window and an echo due to removal of carpet laying board after board. Again, as with most home improvement projects, my use of the word “we” is a bit misleading. I was there and I did help, but he did most of the work (including the carpet removal and preparing the floor that he did several days ago while I was not home at all). There was a lot of saw use going on, which my clumsy self stayed far away from (I have an affection for all my fingers), and he did all the hammering and knocking into place as well. I pretty much held the boards in position so that they wouldn’t shift when he hammered. Like I said, I was there, moral support and all, but I managed to simultaneously read Health. Clearly there was no major effort on my part.
We (there it is again) managed to get over halfway finished and all the hard parts (corners and tight closet spaces) done before calling it quits. The final touches will come this next weekend and I’ll be sure to post the results.
Another of my contributions to the work was running out to grab my hungry workin man some lunch. I went a little overboard and got him 6 chicken strips instead of his usual 3 since he was working so hard and his hunger had him devouring the entire meal. I had a more modest lunch of Morning Star California Turk’y burger on Western Bagel Alternative onion bagel with a side of berries and raw veggies. I wasn’t working near as hard, but still once we got to dinnertime I was much more hungry than he was due to the mid-day meal difference. The solution was on-our-own dinner so he could eat a little later when more hungry. On-our-own dinner is my chance for foods he would never touch. Number one on the list…tofu.
I had a new recipe for Teriyaki tofu and decided to give it a try. I didn’t follow the recipe exactly but used the ingredients as inspiration.
1T plus 1t low-sodium soy sauce
2t rice vinegar
1 clove minced garlic
some grated fresh ginger to taste
Mix all the ingredients together. Place 4-6oz tofu (cut into cubes) in a oven-safe dish and pour sauce over tossing to coat. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes (I did 30 minutes at 450 since I was starving) stirring halfway through to recoat.
I tossed the cooked tofu on top of a mix of shredded cabbage and shredded carrot mixed with about a tablespoon of Newman’s Own Low Fat Sesame Ginger dressing.
I accidentally erased the picture before I posted it (DOH!). Sorry! But I assure you it was pretty and more importantly pretty yummy 🙂