Friday, February 27, 2009
Are you the new 90210 cast member? Because I'm concerned that you haven't eaten since Monday. Blog post please.
Well I've eaten. I've also cooked, taken pictures, attempted to upload them this morning when I realized that i LEFT my camera in yesterday's purse. Then I wondered how much energy I could save a day If I didn't switch purses so often. And then I thought as much as I love being lazy, I truly dislike mismatching/clashing (not to mention i kind of live to accessorize). And then I chastised myself for being so out of shape that I was considering trying to save energy by matching less. Get off the couch already lauren, Sheesh.... even J.Lo ran a marathon.. after twins.
Where was I? oh, right. [soon-to-be-but-not-pictured-at-the-moment] This week I made this risotto thing that didn't include the right kind of rice, wine, stirring, or parm. Do I love short cuts or what? I also made butternut squash soup, which was seriously a lot like baby food. I pureed and added spices and things, but minus adding a wheel of cheese or something unhealthy and/or with 'wham' factor.... total baby food. Well, I guess it's been 25 plus years since I've probably eaten baby food, so what do I know. However, it did make me think I should have been eating it with a rubber spoon. food for thought.
What else is new? I'm glad that you asked. I'm going VEGETARIAN for lent this year. What's so novel about that you say? Well although I've done it for several years now, I've always done the 'catholic' thing and eaten fish. So basically it means I get to eat a lot more sushi. Everyone wins, right? This year I'm being a little more hard core. That also means no fish and no hungover hamburgers on my birthday. No really (friends, please hold me to this, don't let me be all 'don't tell god' while I pick the day after st. pat's green confetti out of my hair).
I'm actually paying lots of attention to my protein intake daily and trying to be as healthy as possible (instead of ... oh... say eating cheese pizzas every day for several weeks, not that that has happened in the past. okay yes it has). So stay tuned for healthy things, which may or may not be impossible in my 1.5 weeks traveling for work.
This weekend will be SO MUCH FUN. I am headed to Iowa again for a girls weekend of art, theater and excessive amounts of estrogen. What could be better?
Monday, February 23, 2009
See, my damie, Pootie Tang don't wa-da-tah to the shama cow... 'cause thats a cama cama leepa-chaiii, dig?
Awesome. The marathon do-nothing session was fueled by celebrating the big wins with all three college basketball games that we attended on Saturday. Two for my Alma Matter and one for his team. woohoo! His sister announced her engagement that day too, so what else would we do but head to the dive bowling alley for frosty coors light pitchers and creeping out middle schoolers? (or maybe they were the ones creeping us out, they were in twilight/vampire shirts... is that what the kids are up to these days?) These kids, in the lane next to ours, called john 'Sir' and didn't laugh at my jokes (what is WRONG with them????) ... we then proceeded to make a lot of jokes about W-2's and being grown ups.
I then proceeded to have only strikes and gutter balls. Heavy on the gutter balls. I am the most uneven bowler ever.
- chicken broth
- bay leaf
SO easy. In fact I came home over lunch and threw the ingredients in. My slow cooker is kind of small (which is oh-so-nice for cooking for one) and doesn't have high/low designations so I had no idea if after 5 hours my meal would be over/under cooked.
So my refrigerator has been smelling weird for a little while (after tossing stuff, cleaning it, and loading it up with baking soda it STILL smells like a too-old forgotten bean dish of last month) and consequently I've been trying to use up what's in there as opposed to whipping up new fabulous things. Easier... but not so great for the look-what-i-just-made blog o mine. Don't hate. I'll check in soon :) Hope you had an AMAZING weekend! :)
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
- Big kisses to my cyber-savvy sweetie on Valentine's Day.
- Your blog I check religiously, to see what you've got to say.
- So what if you occasionally backslide?
- Your clever writing, that's my special pride.
- So go ahead and treat yourself to a heart-shaped, sugar-filled parfait.
Aren't I a lucky daughter? :)
So cold weather = soups, right? I found the above recipe at the Mayoclinic.com which actually has a lot of healthy recipes (minus pictures, boo for that). I also had it with Kath's Kale chips. Flippin Good, and easy too. They kind of taste like baked lays (okay that might be a bit of a stretch) but a crispy salty snack all the same.
Potato Soup with Apples and Brie Cheese
- granny smith apples
- chicken broth
- bay leaf / salt / thyme
- evaporated milk
- small potatoes
- brie cheese
Too bad I was halving the recipe but forgot to halve the brie amount which sent this soup into the out of control rich category. I felt like I was eating dollar bills (ha! i kill me). But seriously folks, I don't know when I'll learn to use the correct ingredients, but I hope it is soon. Even despite my accidental ruin of the intended taste, it was still good. A keeper, for sure.
Thai Chicken and Coconut Noodle Soup (<-- linked to msn's delish.com)
- coriander / ginger / pepper / cayenne / salt
- chicken broth
- coconut milk
- fish sauce
- lime juice / zest
Okay so delish lets you set the intended serving amounts and will adjust the quantities of ingredients accordingly..... or so they say. In this case I think it must have kept the amount of broth because I had TONS! granted I generally cut back on the meat in recipes in favor of more veggies (which weren't really in the recipe at all) which could have been the case but either way I threw out half the broth, had a bowl, and patted myself on the back. In that order.
Monday, February 16, 2009
for dessert............FONDUE! John gave me a cuisinart fondue pot/set several years ago and I've only used it a few times (much to his chagrin) it seemed very appropriate to be using it for our holiday together. I made a dark chocolate fondue (dark chocolate chunks and heavy cream) and dipped in strawberries, blackberries, bananas, and fat free marshmallows. We each had 4-5 bites each and then wondered what the heck we were going to do with an entire pot full of chocolate and tray of dippers (not to mention an entire bag full of marshmallows). Seriously, fondue pot = feeding a crowd. I think for two we'll use the mini crock pot next time.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Thoughts of my strange onion blurry-eye fest at lunch got my mind wandering here: http://www.theonion.com/ which actually has nothing to do with onions, crying, or my lack of emotion. There are ridiculous satirical stories which literally make me LOL at my desk (which I sincerely try to avoid because everyone knows laughing is NOT a work related activity). Seriously there's probably not a day that goes by that my brother, father, or BFF/neighbor extraordinaire Emily doesn't send me a link about something ridiculous and amazing (last week's funniest was: Tina Turner burns own legs down for insurance money). If you aren't familiar with the site, I recommend visiting for some hilariousness. It's a gem. Below is a highlight from the week: Cheney Dunk Tank Raises $800 Billion For Nation
For lunch I made Heidi Swanson's Lemon Scented Quinoa Salad.
- lemon (juice/zest)
- red onions
I ate it with black grapes (don't they look like olives in the picture?) anyway the salad was good. It tasted different, as most of her recipes do, but in a good/wholesome kind of way. I will be making this again... probably with less dressing (what with my halving the recipe and eyeballing it.. sheesh)
Happy Tuesday! I laughed, I cried... it's been a good day. Further good-mood-ifying me: I have no class today, it's nearly 70 degrees AND i got to use my lemon zester today for the first time (it was everything i hoped it would be and put my grater to shame).
Monday, February 9, 2009
I did okay over the weekend, with highs and lows in the health food and junk food departments. Getting home Saturday and raiding Emily's poor fridge after dancing and running around all night long was a cheesy processed food slip.. although it was SO worth it at the time! I did make it to yoga, and I did have the following amazing grocery store trip... do you see my treasures below? (john: 'no you just didn't take a pictures of your groceries after you un-bagged them') My never-tried-before purchases include: Kale, leeks, black grapes, and yeast (it's time to learn to bake.. for serious)
Thursday, February 5, 2009
- sweet potato
- red bell pepper
- lemon juice
- goat cheese
It called for angel hair which would've been lovely, however I used a combo of WW and white spaghetti noodles because its what i had on hand. DELICIOUS. no seriously, I loved it. I've been noticing some of my veggie meals lack protein, so this wasn't SO filling as there wasn't a dedicated protein source (meat, fake meat, beans, lentils, etc.).. which theoretically could've been added relatively easy. I can't wait to eat it again.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
- Peppers: green/red/yellow
- Can stewed tomatoes
- tomato juice
- Crab meat
- Creole Seasoning
- Hot sauce
- brown rice
I had most of the ingredients on hand but made John pick up the Okra at the last minute. He now knows what okra is.
Also the recipe called for spicy tomato juice which i omitted and subbed some hot sauce for. WHOAH. Did I forget I don't like spicy foods? Duh.
Monday, February 2, 2009
What a fun day. I was out like trout. I didn't even stay awake for SNL. It worked out okay though because the shower the next day was fabulous of course. They had special M&M's made with their names and the wedding date. How cute!