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Archive for March, 2012

I don’t care if he never comes home

I’ve LOVED having this house (mostly) to myself for 3 days. I got to sleep downstairs in the big bed last night instead of up in the cold attic. I love waking up to an empty house with no one to be quiet for. I can do my yoga whenever I want without worrying about when HE is getting up and wanting to use the living room. I hope he doesn’t fuck everything up with this girlfriend like he did the last one by…you know…being himself.

Breakfast:

I am sorry, I just had a bowl of cereal this morning. I was too stressed and too busy to really make much of anything else. I DID get my yoga in though! I watched a really super cute episode of Good Eats too while doing it, so that put me in a really good mood. Yoga is amazing for relieving stress. As is Alton Brown.

Lunch:

It took me a minute to remember what I had!! I remembered why I didn’t take a picture of it. I tried to make Straciatella soup, which resulted in a great tasting, but completely fucked up dish. The eggs turned out more scrambled in this rather than nice strands of egg…well you know, I never made this before so oh well. I’ll know how to do it right next time. It WAS completely delicious if thats any consolation to anyone! It’s just basically Itallian egg drop soup, so it’s made with cheese and eggs in a chicken broth. Easy enough ingredients, hard to get just right it seems…

Dinner:

Blackberry Chicken

I have used this recipe many times before. Find it here. I did switch out a couple details. I seared the chicken in olive oil and a little butter for 20 minutes, 10 mins for each side. Then I let it sit covered on my plate while I used the same pan with all the beautiful little brown pieces, juices and butter to cook the onions, broccoli, and then instead of mushrooms I used cubed eggplant. I also had no avocado so that wasn’t in it either. Then I added the sauce ingredients that I whisked together in another bowl (subing the sugar for honey this time around) and let that cook down for a little bit until the sauce thickened up a bit. Then I just dumped it all on top of my chicken hehe. Really good! As usual!

 

Earlier in the day when I was shopping I picked up a box of Jolly Rancher jelly candy. I did pick a box (out of the varieties of candies) that had the least amount of servings in the box with the least amount of calories. Knowing full well I would be eating the whole thing hehe. So I did good. It’s that sweet tooth, it’s been insatiable lately. For dessert after dinner I still had my usual small bowl of ice cream and a few of those mini Tootsie pops as well. (We’ve had them sitting around since Halloween). But man, I hope my sweet tooth dies down just a little. Hehe. I’m doing my very best at not going all bingy on myself whilst still allowing a “normal” amount of sweets so I don’t go completely crazy. We’ll see how I feel tomorrow!

Exercise: 1/2 hour of yoga, 1 hour at the gym

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Worried

I have a customer whom, after working my ass of for her in what turned out to be a complete structural nightmare, wasn’t certain she wanted what I was making for her after all. I finished it as quick as I could and just sent it anyway. Here’s hoping she likes it and doesn’t want her money back as she spent a LOT on this and it took a full extra day of my time to finish. UHG! That would be the biggest waste of time in my whole self-employed career if she decides she can’t use it. And I CANNOT afford to lose out on $100 at this point. ūüė¶ She hasn’t written me to say anything along the lines of “I want my money back” yet, so I’ll keep my chin up and hope all goes well.

Breakfast:

My friend last night gave me these GORGEOUS fresh brown eggs as I’d mentioned I needed to stop at the store to purchase some. She claimed to have 5 dozen of these things and couldn’t possibly work her way through all of them before they went bad, so she gave me a carton. I made scrambled eggs with onions, mushrooms, avocado and tomato and shredded on a bit of pepper jack cheese.

Lunch:

I was running around so much again today that I forgot to eat lunch. I get home from running errands at about 3, decide since my shithead husband is busy in the kitchen making smoked salt…I’d just make a good old PB&J sammich! I also had an orange along with this. I can’t remember the last time I had one of these, comforting, reminds me of being a kid again. It was a good decision!

Dinner:

Orange Chicken with Avocado, Mushrooms and Asparagus

FANTASTIC! Seriously…for as quickly as I had to whip this up before going back out, this was SO good!¬† Just cook the chicken and veggies (minus the avocado…pretty sure there’s diced onions in here too) in a little olive oil and 2 T of butter, then in a separate bowl mix up some orange juice (I used the juice of one small orange), brown sugar, grated ginger, a little lemon juice, berry liqueur and cornstarch.¬† Throw that into the veggies and allow that to thicken for a couple minutes until it is of your desired consistency. Add the avocado and allow it to heat through. I put this on top of some quinoa. Shit son, I could not get over how delicious this was!

 

After this I went to a party where there were snacks and soda and whatnot. I decided to treat myself to 1 soda (I NEVER drink the stuff anymore) and the bean dip was too good to not have seconds…and maybe even thirds hehe…She also had a fruit/caramel dip platter which I nibbled on throughout the night as well (yes, even the caramel!). I was there from about 8 PM to 1 AM. When I got home I still had an itch for sweets and no one was home, so no one to bother with my baking. (The husband has been staying with a new girlfriend as of late.) So I made a small batch of 6 cookies, had a little ice cream with them (about half a cup) and a few mini Tootsie Roll pops. Totally no where near a full-on binge and I was happy. It was really nice to see my co-workers again from my retail job (its been 7 weeks now since I’ve been scheduled there) and had fun regaling them with stories of my idiot husband and our soon-to-be divorce. All in all it was a good night!

Exercise: 4 mile walk

I feel right now I am forever behind…

Finding the time to keep up with this, make as much stuff as I can, have some form of social life, cook 3 meals a day that don’t suck, work out/do my yoga and remembering to do little things like take care of the cat, do my laundry, do the dishes…I can’t right now. It’s all too much. I have to keep up with this blog, but for now if I made something up or can’t remember the recipe I can’t sit here for half an hour trying to remember if I put lemon juice into that sauce or not. I just don’t have the time. :< I’ve also been skimping on my breakfasts lately and must be getting stressed because my sweet tooth is back with a vengeance. I’ve just been going ahead and allowing myself a lot of things because at the moment its just NOT WORTH the extra anxiety. And in the end it really just doesn’t matter.

Breakfast:

Avocado Muffins (Makes 1 dozen)
 

Taken from: http://simplepleasuresinourlives.wordpress.com/2012/01/29/avocado-muffins/

Filling
¬Ĺ cup softened cream cheese
¬Ĺ cup mashed ripe avocado
¬ľ cup sugar
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
 
Batter
¬ĺ cup mashed ripe avocado
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup whole milk
2 cups white whole wheat flour
¬Ĺ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1¬Ĺ teaspoons baking powder
¬Ĺ teaspoon baking soda
¬Ĺ teaspoon salt
 
Topping
¬Ĺ cup chopped walnuts


To make the filling: In a small bowl, whisk all the ingredients until smooth. Set aside until needed.

To make the muffins: In a large mixing bowl, beat the avocado, lemon juice, and sugar until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides of the bowl once or twice. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Once avocado mixture is creamy, add the vanilla and milk, and mix until incorporated. Add the dry ingredients, mixing on low speed just until the batter is smooth. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl once more to make sure everything is evenly combined.

Preheat¬†the oven to 400¬įF. Line muffin tin with paper baking cups, and coat the papers with nonstick spray. Drop 2 heaping tablespoons of batter into each cup. Using the rounded bottom of a teaspoon (dipped in vegetable oil to prevent the batter from sticking), make a shallow¬†well in the center¬†of each cup. Add a heaping tablespoon of filling (I use a level small cookie scoop), cover with enough batter to fill¬†each¬†muffin cup to¬†almost the top, and sprinkle with chopped walnuts. Bake the muffins until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, 20 to 24 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then¬†transfer to a rack to finish cooling.

*These were FANTASTIC! No butter, oil or egg! Came together really fast and were just outstanding. I would DEFINITELY suggest though that you not leave these in the oven for 20 freaking minutes at 400…that’s ridiculous! People’s ovens, I swear, how can they work so differently? Mine would be burned WAY before time was up at that temperature for that amount of time! I did 8 minutes at 375, turned them, then did about 7 more minutes. Done. And they were PERFECT! So really, just do what you know your oven does best.

Lunch:

Just a fruit and yogurt bowl today! Too much to do, too much to do…and had some leftovers to get rid of! It’s strawberry greek yogurt with diced apples, pear and orange and then about half an avocado on the side. Good lunch for energy!

Dinner:

Tonight I went to a friend’s for a little mani-pedi party and dinner! We had vegan quinoa soup where I had a HUGE bowl (YUM!), some veggies and hummus, and whole wheat crust pizza with just sauce and cheese (I had 2 slices). GREAT dinner! I stopped to pick up some ice cream on the way home and had my usual bowl before going to bed. ^_^ I felt I did pretty good today!

 

It was very nice just being with my friends and not stressing too much about work for one night. I miss being carefree. But then I worry I might get bored. Hehe. I am never bored.

 

How I felt good about myself today

One of the girls I referenced in an earlier post posted about me the other day on her Facebook.

Now mind you, this is a girl who I took one look at and my immediate reaction was “I wish I was as thin and pretty as her”. But as the day progressed, I looked at a reflection of us walking next to each other I realized how GORGEOUS and lean and skinny (whilst still maintaining perfect curvature!) I am! I mean, she’s thin, but that’s all shes got. She has tiny chicken legs, no butt, no muscle, and feels run down and tired all the time due to her bad eating habits.

She’d written how she’s joined a gym, started eating better and wants to learn some simple yoga…all inspired by me.

SHE wants to look like ME.

A year ago, I would have wanted nothing more than to look like her and would have basically stopped eating entirely to do so.

I’ve learned a lot these past 4 months since starting this blog. That first of all being healthy is FAR more attractive than being unhealthy, regardless of your weight. I also hope she realizes that she IS beautiful the way she is, she doesn’t need to look like me to be beautiful. Sure she’s got skinny legs and no butt, but that doesn’t mean she’s unattractive!¬†It means she’s unique and, honestly, MOST women will still covet her shape! She should embrace her body type and even if she doesn’t eventually have my butt or my legs that she still finds pleasure in making herself healthier and leaner! I hope to keep encouraging her to do so!

Breakfast:

Oatmeal and Cottage Cheese Fruit Bowl

My husband had his friend over again, so I was stuck making myself something easy for breakfast. I just made half a cup of oatmeal (with water) in the microwave, added about 1/3 cup cottage cheese, a big squeeze of honey, then topped it with some cubed apple, pear and dried mango. Then drizzled just a little more honey on top. Quick, filling, sweet, packed full of nutrients. I couldn’t ask for anything better!

Lunch:

Tomato Rice Soup

Lets see…I sauteed some onions in oil and a little margarine…then I added 2 cups of canned tomato halves and let that simmer, break up and reduce for about 10 minutes uncovered. I pureed this until smooth. I put it back into the pan and added half a cup or so of milk, 1/4 cup of Romano cheese, 1 T tomato paste, 1 t dried oregano, 1 t dried basil, lemon pepper, a little lemon juice and salt to taste. Then I threw in 1/3 cup rice, covered it and let it simmer for another 10-15 minutes (I can’t remember, whatever the instructions on the rice said ha!). I think I may have thinned it out with a little more milk when it was done. I LOVE TOMATO RICE SOUP! It’s been forever since I’ve had it being that I try to reduce my pasta/rice/flour intake to just once a day. This was FANTASTIC.

Dinner:

Lentil, Mushroom and Zucchini Italian-style Shepard’s Pie with Parsnip “Potatoes”

Ok this was ridiculously good so I’m going to try really hard to remember this one.

1/3 cup uncooked Lentils
2 medium Parsnips
1.5 cups Mushrooms, roughly sliced
2 large slices of sweet onion, roughly sliced
1/2 large Zucchini, sliced and cut in half
2 cloves Garlic plus more garlic powder to taste (I wanted these really garlicy)
1/2 T Margarine
1 T Cream Cheese
1/4 cup Ricotta Cheese
1/4 cup Milk
Dash Lemon Juice
Large dash White wine, probably about 1-2 T
Oregano, Parsley, Basil (to taste)
Margarine, milk, Parmesan or Romano grated cheese (for parsnip potatoes)

Boil the lentils for 8 minutes, add sliced parsnips to the water and boil another 8 minutes. While this is cooking, sautee the veggies in some olive oil for a few minutes, add garlic. Add cream cheese and allow to melt with a little margarine, add milk and let simmer for a while, 5 minutes or so. Add riccota and lentils. Thicken with a little cornstarch if desired. Add this mixture to a small loaf pan. Puree cooked parsnips with a little milk, margarine, 1/8 cup grated romano or parmesan and S&P if desired. Add puree to the top of mushroom mixture. Bake at 400 degrees for about 20-30 minutes or until the “potatoes” become golden.

SO SO SO good! Ridiculously flavourful! Just tons of good stuff for you! Vegetarian and gluten-free. LOVED this!!! Just a really neat spin on Shepard’s Pie!

 

Tomorrow I am going to a girl’s night in party! There will be vegan cuisine, games, mani-pedis and fun! I’m excited about it. I need a night off for once! It’s been so hectic. Work work work all the time it feels like…I just need a tiny bit of time to kick back and have fun! I deserve it!

I may have sold my Harley!!!

My cousin, who is one of the most amazing, strongest kids I know, has been trying to help me out for the past week without my knowledge. She’s found 2 people who are interesting in purchasing my motorcycle…including her father!! That’s right, my uncle wants to buy it! I mean, how cool is that?? I could keep it in my family! And he has NO idea how much it would help me…or maybe he does. ~_^ Which is why he wants to buy it. I adore my family!!! Also, in case he can’t afford it or whatnot, she has another friend lined up who is also very interested! My cousin, her and I are gonna be besties, I can tell.

Breakfast:

Turkey Sausage, Yellow Pepper and Mushroom Omelet with Pepperjack Cheese

This thing was MASSIVE. I did eat it all, just because I couldn’t stand the thought of wasting anything. I figured if I was really full, I could always just have a light lunch later. And that’s exactly what I did.

I spent the next few hours tearing my hair out over a project that I couldn’t get to do what I wanted. This thing was a structural nightmare. I spent 3 extra hours I would not have had to spend otherwise had everything worked out on the first try. Alas, I’m hardly ever that lucky. I feel like I wasted a LOT of time today. *sigh* It’s no wonder I’ve been freaking out over lack of time.

Lunch:

Fruit Bowl

This was just an orange, half of a huge pear and half of an equally huge apple cubed up and thrown in a bowl with a dollop of yogurt (left over from last night’s dinner) and a few dried cranberries. It’s been a LONG time since I’ve had just a fruit bowl for lunch, I’d forgotten how yummy and filling they are! It was nice and light after that HUGE breakfast, so I was quite happy!

Dinner:

Beef, Yam, Peas and Avocado on Whole Wheat Penne with Yam Sauce

Just trying to keep things simple as I’ve had a considerable lack of time today. I made a sauce out of pureed yam, milk, brown sugar, sherry, sage and nutmeg.¬† I sauteed beef, onion, garlic, peas, cinnamon and a little cumin, then added the sauce along with a couple extra chunks of cooked yam and avocado and let that heat through. I mixed it all together and served it with a few more cubes of avocado on top. SCORE! This was delicious! I knew I’d love it and it was nice and easy!

 

Once again I do apologize for the recent lack of real recipes to type out for you. A lot of this has really been worth sharing too, absolutely delicious, so I feel kinda bad. But really a lot of it just has to do with throwing in what YOU love together and making something amazing out of it!

I’m feeling really great about today! I’m freaking out slightly less about money due to the possibility of selling my bike. I talked to my brother best friend about me taking over his lease and having him move in here as my husband has told me that he was interested in doing this and wanted to move. I should have known better. That it was another fabrication. He has no interest in moving out at all. Of course not. So now I have to look closer at all my other options. But if I sell my bike, I’m going to be ok because I can show I have money in the bank. YES!

Exercise: 4 mile walk (I haven’t been able to do my yoga because my husband keeps waking up early…its starting to make me angry…)

Yet another lack of time day on Meatless Monday

I am incredibly sorry, but if I’ve made a recipe up today I just don’t have the capacity to remember everything, nor the time to dedicate to try and remember everything. It’s been a really long day. I did some apartment hunting and found a couple more really good prospects, so we’ll see how this turns out. I’ll call them and let you know how it goes!

Breakfast:


Cardamom Pear Pancakes

Taken from: http://teaspooncomm.com/teaspoonofspice/2011/11/cardamom-pear-pancakes-holiday-recipe-exchange/

Makes About 8 pancakes

Ingredients

Pears:

    • 4 medium pears, cored and finely chopped (about 2 1/2 cups)
    • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
    • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg

Pancakes:

  • 1 cup all-purpose white flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. For the pears, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large baking dish, mix together pears, brown sugar, butter, caradmom and nutmeg. Roast for 40 minutes or until pears are soft and golden brown, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove from oven, set aside.
  4. For the pancakes, in a large bowl, whisk together flours, sugar, baking powder, soda and salt.
  5. In another bowl, beat together buttermilk, egg, butter and vanilla. Pour into dry ingredients and mix until just combined (do not overmix.)
  6. Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat with cooking spray.
  7. Pour 1/3 cup batter into skillet. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of pears on top of batter.
  8. Cook until little bubbles on edges start to break, flip and cook other side until golden brown.
  9. Serve pancakes with remaining roasted pears and honey or maple syrup.

*I have a thing for cardamom. The pear sauce made out of this was amazing, really light, not a ton of sugar. I added cinnamon and almonds to the pancakes. Super yummy!

Lunch:

Asparagus Lemon Avocado Soup

If anyone desperately wants the recipe to this, I will try hard to remember, but otherwise just rest assured this has no meat or stock in it (I made it with pureed avocado, cilantro, pistachios and water). And it WAS delicious. Hehe.

Dinner:

Dried Mango Yogurt and Veggie Couscous

I made this awesome concoction from pureed dried mango and yogurt with a little lemon zest, brown sugar, soy sauce, tarragon, curry spices, and rice vinegar on some sauteed onions, peppers, peas and mushrooms. I put all that, along with some extra chunks of dried mango, on some couscous. YUM!!!! Yeah I actually wish I could remember the amounts I put in this because it was incredible. Dried mango was on a sale! YAY!

So after calling some of the places, I may have a stab at a couple of them. There’s a nice sounding second-floor 1 bedroom that includes heat for $430 a month. There’s another complex that a close friend of mine lives in thats a 2-bedroom for $450, but includes nothing else. So I’d have to pay gas, electric and I’m told the coin-operated laundry there is expensive. But it would be nice to have 2 bedrooms. I dunno…I think I’ll schedule a time with the less expensive place to go see it. I have to cut costs wherever I can and I think the inclusion of heat/gas is really nice. I will have to ask him how warm he keeps it in the winter. Being a second floor place would be good as heat rises and all, so I probably wouldn’t be as inconsolably freezing as I was when I lived in the basement of a comparable building up the road. But that guy kept the building at like, 64 degrees in the winter. So I will ask what the guy usually keeps the heat at.

Exercise: 1 hour at the gym

Not enough time

There’s just not enough hours in the day for me to be able to ramble about something today. I wish I could, I always feel as though I have SOMETHING to say every day, but today I am desperate to get more work done and am freaking out a little about time being an issue. It’s always an issue but it feels really bad today for some reason…

Breakfast:

Strawberry Pear Clafouti

Taken from: http://blogs.familyeducation.com/blogs/sweet-pea-chef/strawberry-pear-clafouti

1 quart strawberries, rinsed, stems removed and sliced
1 large Bartlett pear, ripe, but still firm, deseeded and diced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3 eggs
1 1/3 cups skim milk
‚ÖĒ cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
¬ľ cup white sugar
¬ľ teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease a deep dish pie pan or a 9×9 glass pan.

Mix the strawberries, pear, lemon juice and brown sugar together in a bowl.

Pour into the bottom of the pie or glass pan.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs.  Add the milk, flour, vanilla, white sugar and salt.  Mix until smooth and pour oven the fruit.

Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

*I baked mine for about 45 minutes since I only made a half recipe and it was smaller than this one. Really yummy and wonderful!! Only uses a little bit of flour and sugar, I didn’t up the sugar at all this time and it was still perfect even by my high sweet-tooth standards!

Lunch:

Corn and Summer Squash Soup

I made this one up entirely, so I will try to remember what I put in it.

Onion
Carrot
Corn
Zucchini
Chicken Stock
Milk/Heavy Cream
Fresh chopped Mint
Fennel seeds
Paprika
Garlic Powder
S&P to taste

I sauteed the onions, carrots and fennel seeds in some olive oil for a while, then added the broth, milk and a little heavy cream. I chopped up a little mint and put that in as well and let it simmer covered about 8 minutes until the carrots were soft. I then blended all of that in a blender till smooth. I added it back into the pot over the heat and put in the corn, zucchini, paprika, garlic powder and S&P and let that simmer uncovered another 4 minutes or so. Until the zucchini was soft. This was excellent! I’m proud of me when I can come up with something so yummy!

Dinner:

Broccoli, Eggplant and Avocado in a Cilantro Lemon sauce

Once again, totally made up, I’ll list what I used but I have little recollection of quantities.

Broccoli
Onion
Eggplant, cubed
Avocado, cubed
Big handful of Cillantro
Coconut Milk
Chicken Stock
Soy Sauce
Garlic, minced
Fresh grated Ginger
Brown Sugar
Rice Vinegar
Fresh squeezed Lemon Juice
Lemon zest
Pine Nuts
Cayenne Powder

I cooked the onion, eggplant and broccoli in some olive oil for a few minutes and whizzed up all the other ingredients (except the avocado and lemon zest) in a food processor for the sauce. I added the sauce to the pan and let it cook down a little while (feel free to thicken with cornstarch if you feel it necessary), then added the avocado and allowed it to heat through without really cooking it. Added some S&P to taste and a little lemon zest on top. This was so good and I was wolfing it down so fast I nearly forgot to take a picture! I adore cilantro and there was a huge bunch of it that smelled so good I simply couldn’t pass it up!

 

I did get a lot of work done today, I also got to go on a walk which I just love to do. Husband has been depressed lately so all he does is sleep right now. I called a couple of apartments, but the rates were a little unreasonable compared to the one I would be getting if I moved into my husband’s best friend’s place and took over his lease. This will most likely be the route I take. I will keep calling places tomorrow. I would also like to get my motorcycle up on Craigslist/Ebay Classifieds tomorrow. I need out so bad its killing me. I also need to pay off a bunch of this debt. I hate having debt.

Exercise: 4 mile walk