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MMUM not fail!

At least I got this part right! Sheesh!

BUT I finally lost it. I finally said to myself, “Self, nobody wants to see YET ANOTHER picture of  the same cereal in the same bowl and a PB&J sammich with the same grape jelly and crunchy peanut butter. NOBODY!”

So I protested taking pictures of those same things. Again. You kids probably feel like you’re on a broken record by now with this place.

I worked a lot this morning. Shipped out a couple of things. Expected a visit from my darling at around 5:20 or so. (Just a short visit, he’d left something here by accident that he needed to pick up.) When he arrives, I can tell something is very, very wrong. He looked like he was outright miserable. He had a migraine and just wanted to sit, relax, and let it pass. This was more than alright with me. I closed all of the curtains in my living room and just held his hand and talked to him while he rested. The migraine passed relatively quickly. He told me I must be good for him. That I have magical healing powers. He’s so beautiful.

That was my adventure for the day.

Dinner:

Pumpkin, Peas, and Red Peppers in a Cashew, Coriander, and Coconut sauce

I jotted down the ingredients this time so I couldn’t forget. YES! I will get better at doing that! Some of these turn out incredible and I really would like to share!

Onion, diced
Red pepper, chopped
1 clove Garlic, minced
Fresh grated Ginger
1/4 small roasted Pumpkin, cubed
1/4 c Peas
0.5 T Coriander
0.5 t Cayenne pepper
1 t Garam Masala
0.5 t Turmeric
Cashews
Crushed Tomatoes
Olive Oil
Lime Juice
1/8 c Coconut
Sprinkle of Sugar

Cook the onion, garlic, ginger and red pepper in some olive oil until red pepper becomes tender. Add peas and spices. Meanwhile, put a handfull of cashews into a food processor and blend until very fine, if you have the patience, until it becomes a paste. Add coconut and process with cashews until well blended. Add crushed tomatoes (about…1/4 cup) and a dash of lime juice and pulse once or twice. Add mixture to the pan along with the diced, roasted pumpkin and some extra whole cashews. Cook until pumpkin is heated through. Serve on sticky rice.

*Very, very good! Lots of coriander flavor without covering up the flavor of the veggies/pumpkin too much. I liked showcasing the coriander, it is normally sort of an afterthought spice in curry, so it was nice to let it shine! Made it different than I’m used to!

 

I was happy that I didn’t say anything stupid today. I feel as though I get so nervous, as my boyfriend is, very honestly, a lot smarter than I am, that I say really stupid things whilst talking with him. My brain turns to mush and I temporarily forget things that I KNOW I know.  You know? Then I feel as though he’s going to realize I’m actually an ignorant idiot posing as an intelligent young woman.  I ought to just shut up and look pretty so he doesn’t suspect that I’m a complete moron. I did good today though. I just sort of talked at him about my day softly and in a low tone so he could just sort of relax to the sound of my voice. It worked. And I didn’t say one stupid thing. I feel I’ve made up for the REALLY extra dumb comments I’ve made in the past couple of days.

Curing migraines is a great way to show that you’re worth keeping around. Even if sometimes you’re slightly stupid.

 

Project “Ignore” continues!

I didn’t speak to #1 all day again. You know…too busy and all. Just REALLY really busy…

I got my kitchen table today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love it so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The guys at the furniture store who helped me load it were INCREDIBLY impressed that I can back up a car. I swooped right back to the loading dock and jumped out of my car and they said “DAMN! Normally we’re standing here waiting forever while the customer takes their sweet time trying to figure out how to back up a car…” I felt…competent.

I get my table then head to another store to buy some gold paint.

When I get home I unbox the pieces and get to painting!

It’s oil based paint. So it’s taking forever and a half to try. Grrr….it looks beautiful though! I mean, I didn’t do very good, but it’s got that “rustic” look, so it’s just what I wanted.

I go on a walk to wait for the pieces to dry. It was my intent to buy supplies. I got as far as my work to refill my water and as I was talking with my 3rd favorite person there, I see PFH#3 over his shoulder purchasing something in the cafe. I get so many butterflies, I have to go…I also realize I forgot to grab a coupon I needed for what I wanted to buy. Shit…I guess I’ll just walk back home.

On my walk back G passes me and waves and whatnot. This makes my day wonderful.

I go to grab the table legs and the pieces are STILL not completely dry. But I can’t wait any longer. I put the thing together (carefully I might add, you try putting together a table without touching the legs really hehe) and stand it up beautifully on my own. I love it so much. It completes my kitchen and is so gorgeous.

I make dinner, but since the legs are still wet on my table, I don’t get to cook on it or eat on it tonight.

Breakfast:

BEST COBBLER IN THE WORLD!!!!

Adapted slightly from: http://www.kitchenlane.com/2012/06/very-berry-fruit-streusel-cobbler-and.html

Generous 3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3 cup red raspberries
1 cup black raspberries or blackberries
1 cup dark sweet or sour pitted cherries
2 1/2 cups pitted and chopped red or black plum, or apricots, or peeled, pitted and chopped peaches (or a combination)
2 to 4 teaspoons lemon juice
Dough
1 2/3 cups unbleached all-purpose white flour
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Ice cream or whipped cream for serving

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly coat a 9-inch by 13-inch flat baking dish with nonstick spray. For filling: Thoroughly stir together granulated sugar and cornstarch in a large bowl. Gently stir in the berries, fruit and lemon juice until well blended. Spread mixture evenly in baking dish.

For dough: Thoroughly stir together the flour, brown and granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Add the melted butter, stirring until incorporated. Add the egg, stirring with a fork until mixture is blended and clumped. Sprinkle the clumps of dough mixture evenly over fruit.

Bake in middle third of oven for 35 to 45 minutes, or until well browned and bubbly. Test the center with a tooth pick; the particles should look dry and crumbly, not wet or gummy. Transfer to wire rack and let cool to barely warm or cooled before serving. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

Makes about 10 servings.

*I used cherries, strawberries and blueberries. And my friend, this was the VERY BEST cobbler I’ve ever made. It was so crazy ridiculous that I ate the entire thing. I didn’t even care. Hehe. DO THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lunch:

Just a PB&J, it was boring so I didn’t take a picture. I like to show you guys exciting food.

Dinner:

Chicken, Rutabaga and Mushrooms in Banana Coconut Sauce

Dear god I’m in love with rutabaga.

I knew it would go well even with this sweet dish since it is a root vegetable and inherently sweet. I reference this recipe that I’ve used before. It was delicious! I know you think it sounds gross. But really, it was SO good. I am a bit weird with food though, nothing is gross to me.

 

When I got online later this night, PFH#1 tried messaging me again. I sort of figured I didn’t want to burn any bridges QUITE yet, so I answered him. Jesus H did THIS open a fucking floodgate. All of a sudden he wants to talk to me. I couldn’t get the guy to shut the hell up. It’s great how ignoring someone really brings out the crazy in them. It was nice to feel appreciated.

He tries telling me yet again that he wants to see me. I tell him pretty bluntly that he’s full of shit. I say “You say that, but your follow-through is crap.” He claims work keeps him from seeing me. I said “Oh no, that’s ok…I’ve got another man willing to make time for me and take me to do all the things that you promise but never do. I’m CERTAIN he doesn’t mind filling in for you.” I do in fact name names. I want him to know who it is that is taking his place. I’m not interested in games. He needs to know that he is losing me and exactly who he is losing me to. He seems upset by this. He tells me he will make it happen. I say “I’m waiting.”

Not for long I’m not.

Movie date and work all night tomorrow with PFH#3. I’m so excited I could just scream.

I will also let him know that the invitation is there to stay any time he’d like. He will not take me up on it. He would feel like he is taking advantage of me. This is OK. It’s not about sex. It’s simply about the invitation and getting those gears turning. Getting him thinking.

Exercise: 4 mile walk

COUCH DAY! (For real this time!)

I finally got my couches!!! YAY!!!!!!

My same friend came back to help me, who is AMAZING and cool and all my friends are cool.

So now I have places for people to sit.

Nothing to do or watch or anything when they get here…but at least there’s something to sit on.

AND I LOVE THEM!!!!

Maybe I’ll take pics for you kids.

Breakfast:

Baked Banana Oatmeal

Adapted from: http://www.katheats.com/favorite-foods/baked-banana-oatmeal

1) Bananas

Slice 2 bananas. You can add these however you like – in with the wet ingredients or arranged in a pattern on the top (and/or bottom!) of the dish. (You’ll need an additional mashed banana for the wet ingredients below)

2) Combine the dry ingredients:

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt

3) Combine the wet ingredients:

  • 1 egg, beat
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1.5 cups skim milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ADDED: Orange zest

4) Pour the wet ingredients into the dry. Mix well.

5) Line an 8″ pan (square or round) with parchment paper (for easy removal and cutting!).

6) Layer some banana slices on the bottom. Pour batter into pan. Top with remaining banana slices.

7) Pop into a 375* oven for about 26 minutes.

After 26 minutes, increase heat to broil, sprinkle oatmeal with 1 heaping tbsp brown sugar and broil for 3-4 minutes.

For the topping, I added walnuts and coconut.

*This would have been fabulous had I not managed to burn the top during the broiling phase. I’m just not used to my oven yet and it was the first time I’d used the broiler. Oops. Well, I just scraped off the burned pieces and ate it anyway, it was still really good! Just not as fantastic as it could have been. Damn…

Lunch:

PB&J + Apple. My usual quick lunch when I have a lot going on.

Dinner:

Sweet Potato Sage Pasta Sauce on Vegetable Linguini

OK Jesus H I’d better remember how I made this because it was SO good…amounts? Not so much…ingredients I can at least list…

Butter
Garlic
Onions
Olive Oil

I made a brown butter base with those ingredients. When the butter browned I added:

Chopped Tomato
Diced Green Pepper
Fresh chopped Sage
A little fresh chopped Lemon Mint
Pureed Sweet Potato (with a little milk)
Shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese
S&P to taste
Water
Brown Sugar

I simmered all that together for a little while, sort of let it reduce down to the consistency I wanted. It was INFUCKINGCREDIBLE. I am amazing. I love sage, and its been a while since I’ve made a good sauce with sage. Well, brown butter and sweet potato go AMAZING with sage, so I figured I’d sort of combine all of them. This did NOT disappoint.

Now I get to wake up at 5 AM to go to work tomorrow. Not a problem…..except a certain Potential Future Husband #1 is keeping me awake online being all sweet to me….

I told you he’s trying damn hard to win me back.

It’s working.

I do have a movie date with Potential Future Husband #3 tomorrow though.

It’s weird being single again.

I’m enjoying it.

What’s great about being poor

You don’t binge because you don’t have the money to.

Every time I finish eating and start saying to myself  “God I could go for another bowl of cereal…” I remember that I am poor and so will have to buy more cereal quicker if I eat it all now. I do not wish to do this. So I stay satisfied with my 1 bowl of cereal.

This is the best “keeping the weight off” program yet.

Anyone else out there have real life “tricks” for eschewing a binge?

Meatless Monday!!!!

Breakfast:

Banana Waffles with Mango Coconut Compote

I used this basic waffle recipe and substituted some of the liquid for a banana: http://buffaloeats.org/2010/02/08/cookin-with-walt-amazing-restaurant-quality-crispy-waffles/

INGREDIENTS:

  • ½ cup AP FLOUR
  • ¼ cup Traditional WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR
  • ¼ cup CORN STARCH
  • 1 TBSP GROUND FLAX MEAL (optional but good for you)
  • ¼ tsp BAKING SODA
  • ½ tsp BAKING POWDER
  • ½ tsp SALT
  • 2 tsp CANE SUGAR  (use refined sugar if you don’t have cane sugar)
  • 1 cup BUTTERMILK (or buttermilk substitute)
  • 1/3 cup SMART BALANCE OIL (you have to use oil and this is probably the healthiest)
  • 1 EGG (lightly beaten)
  • 1 tsp VANILLA EXTRACT (You can use two if you like)

PREPARATION:

Thoroughly mix all of the dry ingredients.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix thoroughly but don’t over mix.  Let it sit for 15 minutes and give it a couple of stirs.   Let it sit for 15 more minutes

Here is a punch list of techniques to guarantee success:

  • Preheat the iron
  • Do not spray the iron with non stick spray.  Plenty of oil in the recipe
  • Fill the bottom of the iron with the correct amount of batter which will differ based on the model.
  • Close the cover and leave it alone.  Some irons have a light that says it is done.  It is not done.  The waffle will steam a lot.  When the steam slows down to barely steaming the waffle is done.  You can now open it and check.  It should be medium dark golden brown.  It steam turns to smoke you waited too long.
  • Close the iron for a minute between waffles and let it recover.
  • You can heat an oven to 200 and keep your waffles in there for a bit if you are making a lot ahead of time.  Don’t stack them on top of each other and don’t cover them or they will get soft.

Then I made a compote out of chopped mango, equal parts water and sugar and unsweetened coconut.

*Trying to experiment with making crispy waffles and then adding a banana to the batter? Well that isn’t really going to give one the results one is looking for, is it? Ah well. It was still REALLY yummy! If nothing else. Hehe. The mango topping was absolutely superb! Gave a real nice tropical feel along with the banana.

Lunch:

I think I just devoured a quick sammich and an apple before going into work…it was probably nothing exciting so I didn’t bother with a picture.

Dinner:

Since it was Meatless Monday, and the soup had chicken in it, I went with a spinach and artichoke quiche bought from our cafe. I didn’t really have time to make anything at home with all the running around I ended up doing this morning.

 

Work was A-MAZING! I got to work with my 2 favorite guys (G and J respectively) and I was once again not stuck behind a register all night. We were pretty slow so I got to chat with my favorite guys all night. This always makes for a pleasant work environment and a very very happy Miss P. G didn’t want me walking home in the dark, so he took me home. I’d prefer to get the exercise of course, but I’d promised another co-worker that if anyone ever offered me a ride home, I would take it if it was dark outside. (He worries about me too even though I live on a very busy main street.) We had a nice chat and are planning a lunch date next week! I have lunch fairly often with this guy, we’re good friends. I’m quite happy and excited about it.

The other co-working is Potential Future Husband #2 if he’d have me. We adore each other completely. COMPLETELY. It’s always the best day in the world when I get to work with him and our bosses normally make it a point never to schedule us together because nothing will get done. ^_^ But alas, I have certain qualities that he would probably not be able to deal with in the end. I know its me. It’s not him. I could live with him. I’m great at compromising. I don’t give a fuck what you look like, what kind of illnesses you have, or what you do as long as you love me. Not everyone works the same way I do…other people have certain “dealbreakers” and, kids…when it comes to his dealbreakers…I have a BIG one.  He doesn’t even know it yet. But trust me, I have one and he would not be able to deal with it. Ah well! We’ll be happy just being super close friends.

I let the landlord know that I have a leak under my sink. He has informed me (quite quickly actually!) that there will be plumbers here tomorrow to fix everything. YAY! I love my new landlord!!!

 

Exercise: 2 mile walk, 7.5 hours at retail job

Run run run, also Planned Parenthood

I am one of those individuals with no health insurance.

My retail job used to offer it to part-time people. They do not anymore. It was one of the biggest perks of working there so it actually it kind of a blow.

I still go to Planned Parenthood for all of my feminine preventative health needs. Funding however has been dramatically cut to them in the past couple of years. They are now only open for 2 days a week and only do same-day appointments. No calling and trying to schedule ahead of time or anything. So when you call, you get put on hold. If they get to you, you get an appointment. Once they are full for the day, they are full and that is it. You have to try again the next day.

I am out of birth control and they will not issue another prescription without a yearly check-up first. I tried to make an appointment today and did not get in. Maybe I will tomorrow, but if I don’t, then I have to have them “float” me another pack until I can make it in. I understand that they can’t magically make money/appointments appear. And I am incredibly grateful to their services. But damn…they make it really hard to not get pregnant. 😦

Breakfast:

Orange Yogurt Pancakes

Something fast and not overly complicated.

Adaped from: http://foodcomablog.com/2011/05/greek-yogurt-honey-pancakes/

 

Greek Yogurt + Honey Pancakes, makes 4-6 medium/large pancakes

8 tablespoons flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 cup greek yogurt, 1-2 tablespoons honey, 2 eggs and butter or oil for cooking. Added: Orange Juice, orange zest

I only used about half the amount of yogurt and filled in the other half of the liquid with the orange juice. I also only used 1 egg. These turned out not so pretty, but tasted great! The texture with the yogurt was really good! I liked these a lot, I used sugar-free maple syrup on top.

Lunch:

In between all the INSANE amount of running around I had to do today, I was able to stop at home to feed myself and the cat. I quickly made this PB&J sammich and an apple. I ran back out the door to finish my errands.

I stopped at the house to pick up a couple more things and look after the fish. I grabbed the mail as well. I’ve got a letter from ex-idiot.

Lovely.

In it he write about how much he misses me and how much he hates jail and he thinks of me all the time.

I KNEW this was going to happen. I KNEW that he was going to get all this free-time in prison to think about what a complete and utter moron he is. And having no one else that truly gives a flying fuck, he writes to me.

I hope he doesn’t think this changes a damn thing.

Dinner:

Chicken and Cauliflower in Banana Coconut Sauce

Ok kids, pay attention because this was RE-FUCKING-DICULOUS!

Adapted from: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/south-of-the-sea-chicken-and-bananas/

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 6 very firm bananas, halved lengthwise
  • 3 cups cornflakes cereal
  • 6 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 kiwi, peeled and sliced for garnish

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a food processor or blender blend the lemon juice, condensed milk, milk, coconut and cardamom until smooth. Pour into a large bowl. Put cornflakes in a shallow dish for rolling.
  3. Dip bananas in milk mixture, roll in cornflakes and set aside. Dip chicken pieces in remaining milk mixture and roll in the remaining cornflakes. Place the bananas in one 9 x 13 inch dish. Place the chicken pieces in another 9 x 13 inch dish. Drizzle both the bananas and the chicken with 1/2 cup of the melted butter and bake in the preheated oven, uncovered, for 1 hour.
  4. Remove both dishes from the oven and arrange the bananas over the chicken in one dish. Drizzle with the remaining butter and bake for 15 more minutes or until the chicken juices run clear. Garnish with kiwi and pineapple slices if desired, and serve.

*NOTE I did not use the cornflake dredge and I did not bake this. I made a sauce out of the “milk mixture” instead of using it as a dredge. I just cut a skinless chicken breast into strips and cooked them with some olive oil and about 1/2 T of butter along with some cauliflower. I blended the other ingredients in my food processor (including the banana) and added them after the chicken was done cooking. I allowed it to heat through and simmer for just a LITTLE bit, but did not want a repeat of yesterday’s lunch. So I was very careful not to overcook the milk. I served this on top of sticky rice. OH MY GOD! Desert for dinner people, dessert for dinner! It was CRAZY delicious!! I just bought some bananas today and figured I should use them immediately. Little did I realize what an excellent idea this was!

I am EXHAUSTED after my insane day of running from here to there and back. I got to go work off some aggression over that damn letter at the gym. I love him. I will always love him. But I cannot be with him. He’s not going to last long when he figures this out. He is not allowed to take his depression meds in jail, so his brain is working overtime telling him what a fuck-up he is. I hope when he gets back on his meds on Friday he will be ok. I do care about him even though he doesn’t deserve it. I hope he doesn’t kill himself.

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

Getting thinner?

Whoops.

Somehow I’m losing inches.

Not weight…I actually, last I checked, still weigh the same. About 143 lbs. Granted, I only check once a month now to keep myself sane. But I could tell when I put my hands on my hips that I felt smaller. So I measured myself today. My waist is back down to 26.5 inches.

What the hell?

I’m guessing it’s my working out that’s doing it. I know I’m gaining muscle as I definitely look leaner. But I’m worried about looking too thin. It’s not my intention to do so. I’m also assuming though that if I look leaner and muscular, I won’t look too thin?

I’m a bit confused. My cousin that keeps me accountable says I’m ok. I eat well and am conscious enough about keeping healthy that I’m clearly taking care of myself. So I shouldn’t worry. What do all of you think? You see what I eat and how much I work out every day. Which really, I go to the gym LESS now than I did in the winter since I do more walking, only about 2-3 days a week, and walk the rest of the time. So what do you think? Since I still weigh the same am I doing ok?

Breakfast:

Mango Breakfast Pizza

Adapted from: http://boutthere.com/2011/05/24/pizza-for-breakfast/

  • 2 cups spelt flour (I used half whole wheat, half AP)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup organic butter
  • 2 tbs brown sugar
  • 2 tbs white sugar
  • 1/2 cup soy milk (I used 2% milk)
  • 1/4 cup jam (I used strawberry jam)
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1 mango, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • As much peanut butter as it takes to float your boat (I made a coconut cream syrup topping)

Preheat oven to 400. Oil a full-size spring form pan (9in I believe). Mix together the (1st three) dry ingredients in a large bowl with the sugars. Pour in milk and softened butter. Mix together to form a dough. I used my hands, it was fun. Use your hands again and press dough evenly into the bottom of the spring form. Mix together jam and cream cheese and spread over crust, I reserved some because I wanted an exposed crust. Arrange your mango sliced over top and sprinkle with coconut.  Throw that baby in the oven for about 25 minutes.  When she’s done and cool, drizzle peanut butter across the top (or pipe with a piping bag if you suffer from some sort of neuroses like I do).

Coconut Cream Syrup topping:

Coconut Milk
About 1 T Cream Cheese
2 T Honey
A little water to thin it out

Melt the cream cheese in a saucepan. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer until thickened. Add a little more of whatever you’d like to make it to your tastes! Pipe this on top instead of peanut butter if that sounds as weirdly gross to you as it did to me.

*This was ridiculous. Yup. Especially the coconut honey cream on top. Best idea I ever had. TRY IT!!!! Everything else I did just like the recipe. God. Damn. I would make this again in a heartbeat.

Lunch:

Kale, Shiitake Mushroom and Mozzarella Sandwich

A big bag of kale was on clearance at Kroger. YES! I adore kale. It’s been a while since I got a bag! I try not to buy anything thats not on sale anymore. Anyway, I sauteed a little chopped onion, in olive oil, wilted some kale, added the mushrooms, lemon juice, some cilantro, and some garlic salt and pepper. I put this on some Italian bread with cheese and grilled it to melt the mozzerella in a little butter. DAMN! I was really really impressed with how incredibly yummy this came out! I LOVE KALE!

Dinner:

Bratwurst with Apples & Onions

Taken from: http://www.schallerweber.com/recipes/bratwurst-with-apples-onions/

One of the most popular types of sausage in Germany is this delicately seasoned pork sausage. It’s perfect as an appetizer, ideal for breakfast or an entree at a casual weekend brunch.

Ingredients

6 Bratwurst, precooked (I used smoked turkey sausage)
1 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 apple, thinly sliced
2 Tbsp. flour
11/2 Cups chicken broth
1 Tbsp. vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar)
1 Tbsp. honey

Directions

To Cook: Place in a pan of water and bring to boil. Turn heat to low. Simmer for 10 minutes. Both precooked and fresh bratwurst may be heated in this manner. Grill or saute until lightly browned. In a frying pan heat butter and vegetable oil, add bratwurst and brown. Take out and set aside. Add onion and apple, saut6 until lightly browned; add flour. Combine well; add chicken broth, vinegar and honey; stir until it comes to a boil. Simmer five minutes. Return bratwurst to pan and continue simmering for five minutes.

*Uh…YUM! So simple, yet so very very delicious. Less is more! I added a little side of sauerkraut and I only used half an apple and half a turkey sausage because for some reason I wasn’t all that hungry and it was really late. Like, 10 at night. I would absolutely make this again though, especially since it was so quick and easy.

 

Remember, I also have a small bowl of ice cream like every night. And if I ever have a little extra snack or candy I do mention it, but I normally don’t snack throughout the day. It’s just not something I think about or do. I don’t know why.

I’ve got to be the only female on the planet freaking out slightly over LOSING inches.

Exercise: 1/2 hour of yoga, 4 mile walk

Moving

I’m hoping to move into my brother’s within the next week.

The landlord of the apartment had no issues with my self-employment or lack of money at the moment. I explained the situation to him and he’s willing to work with me. I’m going to try and get him a deposit per my dad’s generosity and he’s said he will hold the place for a couple weeks until I’ve got the first month’s rent. All I’d need to do is move my bed, work table and fabric to my brother’s for a little while and work my ass off there until I’ve got the money. The landlord even said he’d prorate the rent for me since I’d only be there for like a week and a half in April. I’m going to do my best to not spend a lot. I will be cutting a lot of costs living over there and I think it will help me a lot.

And of course I need to sell my bike.

That would get rid of 2 of my credit card debts completely. Then I would only have 1.

I’m going to get my bike up on eBay Classifieds as well for a little more exposure. I have to do everything I can to sell this thing.

My husband was up all night with his best friend again last night. I was up from about 3 AM to 4:30AM tossing and turning while all I can hear are drumbeats of music and sporadic loud laughter and singing. I finally got tired of it and went downstairs to look for my earplugs. (My brother gave them to me a while back when I had to share a room with my mom at a hotel…he knows she snores loudly and thought they might be of use to me.) I did find them. Went to the bathroom to wash them off, making it fully clear that I was awake and not happy. Then went back upstairs and was soon dead to the world in a beautiful silence. I let shithead know I was pissed at him the next day and that he was not to speak to me. He says he’s sorry. He’s not sorry. He said he was sorry last time he did this. So if he really was sorry, he wouldn’t keep doing it. He doesn’t give a shit about me.

I’m just overly ready to move on with my life.

Breakfast:

Coconut Oatmeal with Yogurt and Mango

Made half a cup of oatmeal with half coconut milk and half water, plopped on a ton of greek yogurt and diced half a mango and threw it on top. Tossed a little unsweetened coconut on all of that. Perfect little morning pick-me-up that was quick and easy! This way I could get straight to work and not worry about the fact that there are 2 dipshits in the house that I’d rather avoid.

Lunch:

Quinoa and Tuna Salad

Quinoa with tuna, peas, corn, diced red pepper, tomatoes, celery and a little onion with apple cider vinegar, olive oil and splash of lemon juice. S&P to taste and a big dollop of cottage cheese on top. Brilliant! Light, fresh, GREAT for a pre-workout with tons of protein! I couldn’t have been happier!

Dinner:

Mango Chicken

I’ve made this before, though I liked the second version from the weed website more (without the weed), but it required yogurt and I am out now! So I used this one:

http://thaifood.about.com/od/thairecipes/r/mangochicken.htm

Ingredients:

  • (SERVES 4)
  • 2-3 chicken breasts, cut into 2 inch-long pieces (chicken thigh works too)
  • 1 red bell pepper, OR 1 sweet red pepper
  • 1/4 cup oil for pan-frying
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (or rice flour) mixed with 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup fresh coriander
  • Optional: extra 1/2 to 1 mango, cut into chunks (to finish the dish)
  • Optional: 3-4 Tbsp. coconut milk OR water
  • MANGO SAUCE:
  • 2 fresh ripe mangos, fruit scooped out (or substitute 2 cups frozen or canned mango)
  • 1 red chili, de-seeded and diced, OR 1 tsp. chili sauce OR 1/2 tsp. dried crushed chili
  • 1 Tbsp. rice vinegar (OR white or apple cider)
  • 1+1/2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. fish sauce
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 thumb-size piece galangal OR ginger, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves, snipped into slivers with scissors (discard stem & central vein), OR zest of 1 lime

Preparation:

  1. Place all ‘Mango Sauce’ ingredients in a food processor or blender. Process well, until more or less smooth.
  2. Taste-test the sauce. The goal is to reach a balance of sweet, sour, spicy, and salty. Add more sugar if you find the sauce too sour (this will depend on the sweetness of your mangoes). If not spicy enough, add more chili. If not salty/flavorful enough, add more fish sauce. If too salty or too sweet, add more lime juice. Set aside.
  3. Stir the flour and salt together and place in a mixing-type bowl. Add the chicken pieces and turn or gently stir them to coat.
  4. Heat a wok or frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the oil, then begin frying the chicken pieces. Fry 3-5 minutes per side, or until light golden brown and cooked through. Remove chicken from pan and set on paper towel, or a clean surface.
  5. Wash out the wok/frying pan, or use another (clean) one. Set over medium-high heat and add the mango sauce plus red pepper. Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce to a simmer (medium to low heat). If sauce becomes too thick, add 3-4 Tbsp. water or coconut milk. Simmer 3-4 minutes, or until pepper has softened slightly but still retains some crispness.
  6. Add the fried chicken pieces, gently stirring them in to cover with sauce. If desired, add chunks of mango (fruit of 1/2 to 1 ripe mango) too. Simmer briefly, just until everything is hot.
  7. Do a final taste-test for salt (tasting the sauce together with the chicken). Add a little more fish sauce or chili if desired.
  8. Transfer to a serving dish. Sprinkle with fresh coriander and serve with plenty of Thai jasmine-scented rice. Or, for an extra special treat, with my Easy Coconut Rice.

*I did not fry my chicken in flour. I sliced it up and seared it in oil for a few minutes. Removed it. Then stir fried some onions, red pepper and shiitake mushrooms. I blended all the sauce ingredients in a food processor and dumped them in after the onions were translucent. I cooked this down for a little while. Re-added the chicken and added extra mango cubes. I served this on a little sticky rice. One of my favorites! VERY yum!

 

One of my TV loves, Alton Brown, is on another diet. It’s INCREDIBLY fascinating for me to watch. He Twitters his weight every morning (kind of like I used to do on here) and what he’s eating and whatnot. He says he’s “disgusting” at 175 and wants to lose 10 lbs so he can fit into his tux more comfortably. It’s just absolutely fascinating for me to see someone I admire and look up to, a man nonetheless (proving this is not simply an “unrealistic female-standard” problem) whom I think is gorgeous and totally fuckable as-is, with the same damn body issues as I have. It actually makes me feel better about me, to know that we really are all in this together and that things are going to be fine if we can just gain a little self-confidence. I just have to look at ME the way I look at HIM and say “YES! I too am fuckable as-is!”

TMI?

Somehow, I still feel it works.

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