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Loved

All of my boys have been making me feel so loved lately. They’re just so fucking amazing. Uhg. My heart just pours out to every single one of them in different ways.

PFH#1 spent the entire day just sending me the most thoughtful messages about how much he thinks about me and how beautiful I am. Which just made me crumble inside. I made sure he knew I would always make time for him. I may get to see him tomorrow. We will see…

PFH#3 made another movie date with me for Sunday where he’s offered to pay and whatnot. I told him he of course did not have to do that and that he is by far the sweetest, coolest person I know, but it’s so far out of his way to come get me and he should save his money for something more substantial than taking me out all the time…he answered with “So is that a ‘yes’?”

I often wonder if people think he is my father when we’re seen together.

In my heels I am taller than him.

On his Facebook he reposted a picture from something that started with “Seniors for…” HOLY CRAP, Jesus H, G, you are NOT that old!

We must be quite a sight.

He’s also been eating better, getting exercise, asking me diet advice…not so sure it’s good to ask a recovering bulimic for dieting advice, but fuck I’ll tell you what…I DO know how to get the job done.

I believe he is trying to impress me as well.

#2 also started working out because I do.

All my boys want to be healthier for me. I mean, really in the end, how cool is that right? All of them want to be better people to impress me.

I feel like the luckiest girl in the world.

Breakfast:

I found a place nearby where I can pick blackberries. YESSSSSSSSSSSSS!

I referenced this recipe. Don’t be fooled by my picture’s beautiful exterior! Inside for some reason this did not cook through at ALL! I left it in the oven for a good extra half an hour and STILL it was a soupy mess on the inside. All in all it still tasted fantastic, so I don’t count this as a complete fail. And it did cook about halfway through…bah. Stupid new oven.

Lunch:

I HAD MY FIRST KIND BAR TODAY!!! I didn’t have my camera as I was at work, but for lunch I had a coconut almond KIND bar and a cup of clam chowder soup!

Missed G again at work.

Dinner:

“Brunch” Stuffed Green Peppers

It’s pretty amazing to me how anyone else would look in my fridge and think it is completely empty and I have nothing to eat. Yet I will turn out an amazing meal such as this out of what I have!

Adapted from: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/brunch-stuffed-peppers-recipe/index.html

Ingredients

  • 4 yellow bell peppers (I used green)
  • 1 cup frozen country style hash browns, thawed (Did not use this)
  • 1/2 (16-ounce) package bacon, cooked and crumbled (Also cut this)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup shredded Cheddar-Monterey Jack cheese blend, plus more for garnish
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup biscuit mix
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ADDED: Frozen corn, chopped tomato and diced carrots
  • Paprika

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Remove the top 1/2-inch of each pepper. Discard the tops and seeds. Arrange the peppers, cut side up, in an 8 by 8-inch glass baking dish. Fill the bottom of each pepper evenly with hash browns and bacon.

In a large bowl, combine the eggs, cheese, milk, baking mix, sour cream, green onion, salt, and pepper. Whisk until combined. Evenly distribute the egg mixture into each pepper. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out dry, about 45 minutes. Remove from the oven, garnish with cheese and serve immediately.

*I didn’t have any baking mix so I just made some. I mixed some flour (both AP and wheat) with some baking powder, salt, sugar and cut in a little butter. Made this with that. Nothing stops me! I am invincible in the kitchen! This was wonderful! You cannot go wrong with veggies and eggs! AND they even baked properly in my oven! FINALLY! I ate all of it. Hehe. I’m not going to be much hungry for breakfast after all that food though.

 

Tomorrow I’m going to do a little shopping, buy some black paint, fix up this entertainment center thing I found in the garage and drag it up to my apartment. I don’t care if I have to do it by myself. I will get that fucker up here. Maybe a date with PFH#1? Maybe…

Exercise: 4 mile walk, 8 hours at retail job, 1/2 hour yoga

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Nicole and Gwendylon play-date day!!!

EXCITING!

I get to have lunch with Nicole and Gwendylon from nicoleandgwendolyn.com!!! SO very happy!

Start the day early! Lots of work to do before I go out! Glad I did one of those “make-ahead” breakfasts that you let sit in the fridge overnight and bake in the morning! Just add the eggs and pop it in the oven! Brilliant!

Then the phone rings at about 9:30. It’s my mom. She has a doctor’s appointment at 10:00 for an inner ear infection, but she’s managed to throw her back out and can’t drive. I have 5 more minutes on my baking and no way to rely on ex-loser to turn off the oven, I’m also not dressed or look presentable in any way. I ask if she can give me just 5 minutes to get ready. She may be a little late. She says that’s ok.

I throw on some clothes, brush my teeth, make sure the cat is fed. Timer beeps. I take my breakfast out of the oven and turn it off. No time to eat. I grab a book for the waiting room and run out the door. On the way there, I nearly hit a dog and have to slam on my brakes. If I wasn’t completely awake before I am now. Then I am stuck behind a semi-truck that is parked in the middle of the road. Each one of us has to wait for cross traffic to clear so we can go around. SERIOUSLY? Uhg!

I finally make it to my mom’s. At this point its about 8 till 10:00. She says she’s called her doctors office already and they said they couldn’t take her late. She’s had to reschedule. But her back still hurts so bad she thinks she should go to an urgent care. I figure they can also help her with her ear infection and agree whole-heartedly with this plan. I take her to the urgent care, read my book in the waiting room, they send her off with some prescriptions and ask her if I am old enough to drive. (WOW I mean, I look young, but under 16???? I am FLATTERED as I am 29.9 ~_^.) We get some coffee together before picking up the prescriptions to give the pharmacy a little time to fill them. I then take her home.

Is it 1:30 already?? Holy shit.

I eat only half of my breakfast. Lunch is a mere 2 hours away! I don’t want to fill myself up now!

Breakfast:

Baked Oatmeal with Blackstrap Molasses

6 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups water
1/3 cup kefir, yogurt or whey
1/2 cup vegetable oil or melted butter
1/2 cup applesauce or pumpkin puree (pumpkin is good but will impart a pumpkin flavor)
1/2 cup blackstrap or regular molasses
8-10 large eggs
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup raisins or other dried diced fruit, optional
1/2 cup nuts, optional

12- to 24-hours before you want to bake this, combine oats, water, kefir, oil, applesauce or pumpkin puree and molasses in a large bowl and stir well to mix.  Let sit on the counter, covered with a tea towel, till you’re ready to bake.

Preheat oven to 350ºF. and grease a 9×13-inch pan or two 8-inch square pans.  Break eggs into a bowl and stir in cinnamon, vanilla, salt and baking soda.  Then pour this mixture into the soaking oatmeal.  Stir well to break up oatmeal and combine ingredients, adding dried fruit and nuts as you’re stirring.  Pour into prepared pan(s) and bake for 30- to 35-minutes till a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

*I had no applesauce OR pumpkin puree. So I pureed some canned peaches! I almost wish there were MORE peach flavour in this, next time I will add actual little pieces of peach! I did not add any more sugar or honey to this at all. It was perfect the way it was, just enough sweetness for a quick brunch! Letting the oats soak overnight gave them an almost flour-like cake texture! REALLY cool! I will do that more often!

Then it was shower time, errand-running time, and off to lunch!

Nicole and I both had the Mediterranean Salmon Salad! I tried it per her recommendation. We’d both planned on getting the black bean soup, but alas! They were out! So we went for this instead! REALLY great! We sat outside and chatted about our lives, blogs, ED histories, and future plans. She’s just the most amazing, strong, intelligent woman! I hang on every word she says! She never fails to impress me with her optimistic outlook on life and how much knowledge she’s gained from her good and bad experiences alike.  Her desire to help others is something to be admired. She’s dedicated so much of her life and time to people like me. I hope she realizes just how much it means. She amazes me.

Go work out for an hour. My brother gave me a new MP3 player! He didn’t need his old one anymore since he got a fancy shmancy new phone, so I was excited to hear some of the music he had on it! I had a great time bounding along on the elliptical to some new songs! I love my brother’s taste in music, so I knew keeping all of his albums on there would be a good idea! And it was all excellent workout music!

Go home. Is it REALLY 7:00???? And I got nothing done? Oh man…time to start a project! I actually do nearly finish one! In between, I make myself a semi-quick dinner.

Dinner:

Veggie Pot Pie with Cornbread and Gouda topping

I sort of winged a lot of this, so for the filling I used:

Broccoli
Corn
Carrots, diced
Peas
Onion, chopped
Garlic
Cream of Mushroom condensed soup
Sour Cream
2% Milk
Fresh chopped Rosemary
Fresh chopped Sage
S& Lemon P

I sauteed all the veggies in some olive oil for about 10 minutes. I added the CoM soup, a little sour cream, and some milk and just kept adding all 3 in whatever amounts looked and tasted right until it was the creamy consistency that I wanted. I added the herbs and turned off the heat. Then I made the topping which I did take from an online recipe:

Cornbread Gouda topping

Taken from:  http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2010/11/mushroom_and_lentil_pot_pies_with_gouda_biscuit_topping

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons yellow cornmeal
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, diced
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup (packed) coarsely grated Gouda cheese (about 3 ounces)
  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt in processor; blend 5 seconds. Add butter; pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add buttermilk; pulse until dough forms moist clumps. Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface. Divide into 4 equal pieces; shape each into 2/3-inch-thick disk. Set rounds atop filling; top with cheese.

    Bake pot pies on baking sheet until tester inserted into biscuit topping comes out clean, about 30 minutes

    *I put mine into a small bread pan, topped it with the cornbread mixture and gouda and baked it for the 30 minutes suggested. I ate the whole thing it was so good!! I’m glad I went with the seasonings that I did, it made it different from the norm. Definitely try this with any combination of veggies, meats, or condensed “cream of” soups that you want! It’s so versatile, that’s why I love pot pies!

    So kids, I have a date tomorrow.

    I’m nervous. Should I be nervous? I really want this guy to like me. He’s amazing. He’s always been amazing. He takes really good care of me. Should I be worrying about this right now? Take it slow Mz. P…don’t just jump into the arms of the next guy willing to go out with you…but he’s more than “the next guy”. He’s ALWAYS been “next in line” if you know what I mean. I’ve known him for years and years. I hope we have fun!

    Wish me luck!

    Exercise: Distinct lack of yoga due to parental unit crisis, 1 hour at the gym