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Coming closer to my 1 year has left me much lazier in updating this. I am spending too much time thinking of a name, the new content I want to write about, what my first entry will be, how I want to approach it, that I’ve become behind again by a couple days on here. I promise you it will be worth it.

Breakfast:

Miss P’s Test Kitchen: Muffin Experiment #5 – Molasses Muffins

I ought to have perfected my base recipe first before deviating so much, but I was interested in working with liquid sweeteners as opposed to granulated sugar. Here were the results:

2.8 oz Flour (I experimented with Whole Wheat)
3.3 oz grated Vegetables/Fruits (here I used a combination of carrots and apple)
1/3 cup Molasses
1/3 cup full fat Milk
Heaping 1/8 cup Oil
1 Egg
1/3 t Baking Soda
2/3 t Baking Powder
1 t Cinnamon
1/2 t Ginger
Fresh grated Nutmeg (about 1/4 t)
Pinch of Salt

These hardly rose at all. I figured it was due to the insane amount of liquid in it. I should have taken some liquid out elsewhere in the recipe when I added all that molasses. The result, though, ended up on a very tender, moist, and fluffy muffin. Odd! Even though the batter rose better yesterday, the flatter muffins have a MUCH better texture. I will try again tomorrow.

Before lunch, I went flea market shopping. I need a coffee table. Something small, low to the floor and unique. I found an old painted army trunk. It was painted black with gold swirls on top. Some of the paint has chipped off because it is old. I love it. I could buy one and paint it myself, but this one LOOKS antique since is IS antique. That’s the look I want! I bargained with the man over the trunk and a very large oval-shaped mirror with a gold, ornate frame. He tried to offer me $28 for both, but his wife became rather cross, yelled at him in Spanish, and the man muttered, “I am sorry, my wife wants at least $30 for them…” The poor man. I took them anyway. to be honest, the mirror alone is worth nearly $100 new, and the trunk worth close to $70 as it was painted and had love and work put into it as an art piece. I tried to hang my mirror in my living room and just hated how it looked every place I put it. Then it hit me. I don’t have to hang it in my living room. I now have it hanging in my kitchen where it reflects the windows in my little nook. It is beautiful.

Lunch:

I ate this and also had an extra muffin before I leaving to go work out. It had been a long morning and I just wanted a little extra pick-me-up before going back for the first time in 4 months!

Going to the gym was WONDERFUL! I was so excited about being back, I couldn’t keep my heart rate down! The music my mp3 player chose to play were FABULOUS! I missed running! I missed spacing out for an hour! I missed relaxing my brain and just letting the workout take me. LOVED IT!

Dinner:

Pasta with Broccoli, Mushrooms, Tomatoes and Parmesan Cheese

Taken from: http://www.creative-culinary.com/2011/04/pasta-con-broccoli/

Ingredients

2-3 cups broccoli florets
12 oz spaghetti noodles (I used angel hair because I prefer it)
2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
1 cup chopped fresh tomato
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
4 Tbsp butter, melted
4 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
More Parmesan to sprinkle on top
ADDED:
Minced Garlic
Fresh chopped Parsley (for garnish)

Preparation

Simmer broccoli in approximately 2 quarts of salted hot water for a few seconds.
Add uncooked spaghetti and cook for 8 minutes. (I prefer thin spaghetti…so adjust accordingly if you do and add to water after a couple of minutes).
Put mushrooms and tomatoes in bottom of serving bowl.
Drain broccoli and spaghetti in colander and put on top of vegetables in bowl and let it sit for a minute.
Add Parmesan, butter, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper; toss together and serve with some additional Parmesan grated on top.

*This recipe was a HUGE surprise to me! HUGE! I just wanted something easy and simple (because I was DYING to start watching “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” with Jeremy Brett, who is positively swoon-worthy) and I randomly found this recipe that used all the ingredients that needed to be eaten before going bad and being wasted. THIS was fantastic. I will be making this many, many more times in the future.

Exercise: 1 hour at the gym

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Pissed *shakes fist at WordPress*

I had a whole bunch of stuff written here, and WordPress didn’t save it. Wow.

I’m mad, so I’ll skip trying to remember it. It was a lot. I will just get meals out of the way for today, then maybe in the next couple of posts I’ll try to sum up what I said.

Breakfast:

AB’s Parsnip Muffins

I’ve used this recipe a ton of times, weighing the ingredients really seems to do the trick. I also would like to point out that the bottoms look PERFECT! Not overcooked whatsoever! Just beautifully, lightly browned! This is because I used a lighter muffin pan. The color makes a difference! The darker pans retain and hold more heat for longer than lighter pans. These were baked at 375 for 19 minutes. I topped them with pine nuts instead of almonds because I did not have almonds. They rose very pretty with nice domed tops. They were nice and moist and not too dense due to the oil.

Lunch:

For Jess.

Dinner:

Quick Spaghetti Sauce

I chopped a tomato and threw in all the usual tomato sauce culprits, tomato paste, water, chopped onion, chopped green pepper, sliced mushrooms, fresh parsley, fresh rosemary, dried basil, dash of cinnamon, large pinch of sugar, garlic, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, a splash of lemon juice and a little added Parmesan on top. Simmered all of that for about half an hour. The only thing that could have made it better would be for me to peel the tomatoes next time and blend them. This will make a smoother sauce. Otherwise, it was fantastic.

I was visited today for a short while. We watched some classic Doctor Who, which I am simply ADORING! I knew that I would, though. I have 3 shirts with the 4th Doctor on them even though I never saw one episode with him in it until now.  I tried sending my darling home early so he could write, but I’m fairly certain little to no writing actually occurred. I need to encourage him more.

 

5 minutes

Once again, I made muffins for breakfast in my test kitchen:

Miss P’s Test Kitchen: Experiment #3 – Spiced Buttermilk Muffins

Taken from: http://www.mylifeasamrs.com/2012/01/spiced-buttermilk-muffins.html

The most moist 7 delicious spiced muffins!

Ingredients:

For the Muffins:
1 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
3 eggs
2 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons allspice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon buttermilk

For the Streusel Topping:
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice

Directions:

For the Streusel Topping:
Combine ingredients in a small bowl and set aside until ready to use.

For the Muffins:

Preheat oven to 375°. Prepare muffin tins with muffin papers or parchment paper.

In a medium mixing bowl (or bowl of a stand mixer) cream together the sugar and butter until thoroughly mixed. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat until combined.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, allspice, and cinnamon. Slowly add the flour and the buttermilk to the sugar/butter mixture (alternating wet with dry) and mix at low speed until smooth and combined well.

Fill each of the prepared muffin tins about 3/4 full with the batter. Add a rounded tablespoon of the streusel topping on top of each muffin cup of batter. Bake immediately so the topping doesn’t sink to the bottom of the muffin.

Bake for 20-28 minutes, until golden brown and when a toothpick is inserted into the middle of the muffin it comes out clean. (Oven temps vary, so check the muffins after 20 minutes).

Serve hot!

*I baked these at 350° for 21 minutes. I was disappointed in using butter instead of oil, they simply were not very moist because of this. So from now on, I will use oil. They didn’t burn or brown too much on the outside, but still had an awfully thick “shell” of brownness around them. Hm…perhaps it is the baking pan I am using? I’ve heard that since it is a darker colour that it may not be the optimum tool for the job as they tend to cook the outsides too fast. To test this theory, I will try my ceramic pan tomorrow. Then the next day my lighter-coloured aluminum ones.

I do highly recommend the spices in this recipe, if nothing else. So far, I liked the first combination of ingredients the best as they rose really well, but preferred the second temperature/baking time. I will try again tomorrow!

Lunch:

Usual.

I did give one of these to G. I stopped by work in the evening to say hi and bring him baked goods. He was elated to see me. That made me feel wonderful about myself. He complimented me so much in the 5 minutes I was there, I nearly cried. He treats me so much better than any other man ever has.

It’s crazy when 5 minutes can change your entire outlook on the day. And make you feel like the most beautiful, most amazing woman in the world.

Dinner:

Strawberry Balsamic Chicken on Couscous

Adapted from: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/strawberry-balsamic-chicken/

Ingredients:
4 (8 ounce) containers strawberry
yogurt
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon kosher salt
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice
4 large strawberries
2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
1 teaspoon minced fresh mint leaves
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (optional)
Directions:
1. In a medium bowl, stir together the yogurt, 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar, sugar, pepper, cinnamon and salt. Place chicken breast halves in a shallow baking dish, and pour the sauce over them. Refrigerate for 1 hour, turning chicken over half way through.
2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Scrape the marinade off of the chicken breasts, and place them into the hot oil. Quickly brown the chicken on both sides, then reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and cook until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat, and let rest for 3 minutes.
3. While the chicken is cooking, transfer the marinade to a saucepan. Bring to a low simmer over medium heat. Remove stems from strawberries, and slice thinly so they will fan nicely. Set aside.
4. Slice chicken breasts on the diagonal into 1/2 inch thick slices. Place on serving plates, and sprinkle with lemon juice. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the marinade over each chicken breast, and fan one sliced strawberry over the top. Garnish with a sprinkle of fresh mint and parsley. If you really love balsamic vinegar, finish the dish off with an artful drizzle.

*Okay, I in no way made it like this at all. But I WANT to at some point. I bascially just cooked some chicken breast strips with olive oil, onions, mushrooms and strawberries, added the balsamic, yogurt, sugar, and spices mix and served it on couscous. I will make this properly at some point, but not tonight. I just wanted to get this done fast and don’t have time to let the chicken marinate properly.

Still haven’t been able to get back to the gym yet. I was working from home all day, I did very well and got a lot accomplished! I am still working out a time that I can get there.

Back to work!

It was nice to be “off” for a couple of days, but the time has come to pick up where I left off on Monday with my business! I’ve started a major project and hope to have it done by tomorrow. Next, I’m going to get back on track with my working out. I’ve decided against going to the gym at night. I am now used to getting my exercise during the day and I get sleepy when the sun goes down. So I will work out a time, probably between breakfast and lunch on my days off, that will work best for me to go work out for an hour. Luckily, I now live one block away from my gym. I can’t even wait to get back on the treadmill!

Breakfast:

Miss P’s Test Kitchen: Muffin Experiment #2 – Raspberry Buttermilk Muffins

Taken from: http://www.joyofbaking.com/muffins/ButtermilkBerryMuffins.html

2 1/2 cups (325 grams) all-purpose flour

3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated white sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

Zest of one orange or lemon

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1 cup (240 ml) buttermilk

1/2 cup (120 ml) safflower or canola oil

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 to 2 cups (360-480 ml) fresh or frozen berries (blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Position rack in center of oven. Line with paper liners, or butter or spray, with a non stick cooking spray, 12 – 2 3/4 x 1 1/2 inch muffin cups. In a large measuring cup or bowl whisk together the egg, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla extract. 

In another large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and zest. Gently fold in the berries. With a rubber spatula fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir only until the ingredients are combined. Do not over mix the batter or tough muffins will result. 

Fill each muffin cup almost full with batter, using two spoons or an ice cream scoop. Place in the oven and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 20 – 25 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for about 5 – 10 minutes before removing from pan. 

Makes 12 regular sized muffins.

Note: If using frozen berries you may have to bake the muffins a little longer than the stated time.

*NOTE: I baked these at 375 degrees for 18 minutes. They still seemed like they might be just a little dark, but looked WAY better! I will try a lower temperature tomorrow. Also, I HIGHLY recommend this recipe! The citrusy aromatics of the orange complimented the sweet-tart raspberries wonderfully!

I worked so much today that I forgot to eat lunch. I also had a really late breakfast. I got a lot done though!

Dinner:

Broccoli and Mushroom Stroganoff

I’m not sure what else to call this, but I had sour cream to use up! SO I came up with this:

Broccoli
Mushrooms, cut into large slices
Onion, chopped
1 clove Garlic, minced
Parsley, finely chopped
Dried Thyme (about 1/2 t)
1/3 c Sour Cream
1 T Worcestershire Sauce
1 T Dijon Mustard
1/8 c Beef Stock
1 t Cornstarch

Cook onions, broccoli, and garlic in olive oil for about 5-8 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook for another minute or two. Add spices, sour cream, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, and stock. Allow that to simmer for a few minutes and if the sauce still seems too thin, add a little cornstarch. Serve on egg noodles or penne. (I used whole wheat!)

*This does not need much salt due to the saltiness of the Worcestershire sauce and beef stock! I would suggest not adding much salt until after you serve it, just in case. This was a great idea to use up some ingredients I had! I’ve been getting MUCH better at doing that lately! I refuse to waste any more food!

I’ve finally got my Netflix working! I get to watch anything I want! Living with my ex-husband was…well, I let him just watch whatever he wanted to watch. It wasn’t worth the whining I got from him. At one point, I could just watch things I wanted to watch while he was gone. But then he lost his job because he’s an idiot. So he was home all the time. I NEVER got to watch ANYTHING I wanted. So having Netflix is a HUGE luxury for me. I mean, massive. And it’s all for me. ^_^

Living alone is pretty great. But I know I won’t be forever.

I am missed

I started chatting with a customer today at work. Turns out he frequents a diner that I walk by every single day. I am somewhat of an inside joke there. I know nobody there, I have never actually been in or eaten at this diner. But they all “know” who I am. I promised him that one of these days, I will shock everyone and walk in. Maybe I will even have breakfast, stay, and chat for a while. I am a landmark on my street.

I cannot disappoint my fans. I will have to continue walking every once in a while.

Breakfast:

Since I had to work, I just did my Cap’n Crunch with Crunchberries without Crunchberries.

Stupid cereal.

I had half a cranberry turkey sandwich and chicken noodle soup at work.

I decided to relax and not work after work today. No second job. Just make dinner and chill.

Dinner:

Broccoli and Mushrooms with Pesto Sauce on Angel Hair

A basic pesto sauce is just basil, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, garlic, S&P, a little lemon juice, and a little water to thin it out. I also added mint. Blend all of that in a food processor. Then I sauteed some broccoli, onions, and mushrooms in some olive oil and threw all of that into a bowl along with angel hair pasta. Pesto is my favourite. My brother gave me the basil. He’s the best brother in the world.

I am a little sad that I am no longer going to be the constant presence that people were so used to seeing. I want the city to know that I am fine. I will have to go on a walk at least once a week to keep up appearances.

 

4:30 AM – Day 1

Working at 7 AM has it’s perks. The earlier mornings lead to longer evenings to do other things. Either fun things, second jobs, or perhaps running errands. They also mean that one has the opportunity to work 2 of those hours customer-free and are left alone to finish work efficiently. Ah, the quiet serenity of early mornings!

Breakfast:

2 hours in the morning before leaving on the half-hour walk to work, for myself, is ideal. A little over 1 hour to wake myself up properly, relax, play around on the internet, make coffee, have breakfast, maybe answer some questions for my customers.  At about 10 till 6:00, I start the water in my shower, pick out something to wear for work and lay it out on my bed, jump into the hot water for around 5-10 minutes, dry my hair, throw on some eyeliner, and get dressed. Normally, a couple of chores are in order, washing the dishes that were used for breakfast that morning, putting away anything that may have been left out from the evening before (I prefer to leave a clean house), and say goodbye to whomever I was chatting with on the computer.

Then I leave for a pitch-black walk. The sun won’t even start rising until 45 minutes after I’m already there.

When I get there, no matter how great I looked when I left, I look like absolute crap. The wind tousles my hair too much and I look awful. Uhg. Every time. Luckily G is not here today.

I had half of a cranberry sandwich and soup for lunch.

After work I had to walk to buy more supplies. Then home. Then start and finish a project. So I pulled double-duty today. I will be doing this for the next couple of days as well.

Dinner:

Butternut Squash and Mushroom Chicken Pot Pie

Taken from: http://nummynumnum.wordpress.com/2011/10/13/butternut-squash-mushroom-chicken-pot-pie/

1 1/2 cups cubed butternut squash
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup chicken broth (preferably homemade)
2 cloves garlic
1 tbsp. smoked paprika
1 tbsp. olive oil
6 slices center-cut bacon
3 portabella mushroom caps, cleaned and diced (about 3 cups)
8 oz. crimini mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
1 cup diced onions
2 lb. chicken breasts and thighs, diced
salt to taste
buttermilk biscuits (make your own if you can, but I can’t bake)

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Place the butternut squash, milk, chicken broth and garlic in a small pot and set over medium-low heat. Simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the squash is tender. Remove from heat and blend with an immersion blender until smooth. Stir in the smoked paprika and set aside.
  2. While the squash cooks, set a large skillet over medium heat. Once it’s hot, add the oil and the bacon and the onions. Saute until the bacon begins to crisp and the onions turn translucent, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the chicken and cook through, about 10 more minutes. Then add the mushrooms and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  4. Grease a casserole dish. Place the contents of the skillet in the baking dish, then ladle the butternut squash puree evenly over the top. Halve the biscuits and place them in an even layer over the top.
  5. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes, or until the biscuits are cooked through and golden. Remove and let stand for 10 minutes before servings.

Biscuits AB style

From: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/southern-biscuits-recipe/index.html

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 cup buttermilk, chilled

Directions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

 

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Using your fingertips, rub butter and shortening into dry ingredients until mixture looks like crumbs. (The faster the better, you don’t want the fats to melt.) Make a well in the center and pour in the chilled buttermilk. Stir just until the dough comes together. The dough will be very sticky.

 

Turn dough onto floured surface, dust top with flour and gently fold dough over on itself 5 or 6 times. Press into a 1-inch thick round. Cut out biscuits with a 2-inch cutter, being sure to push straight down through the dough. Place biscuits on baking sheet so that they just touch. Reform scrap dough, working it as little as possible and continue cutting. (Biscuits from the second pass will not be quite as light as those from the first, but hey, that’s life.)

 

Bake until biscuits are tall and light gold on top, 15 to 20 minutes.

*Delicious!!! I couldn’t eat all of it, I made way too much. So I just threw the rest out. Leftovers are just not practical for someone like me. I just don’t ever, ever eat them.

Friends walking in on you naked

Well, I sort of invite that sort of thing. Being that I leave my doors unlocked and all.

It started off normally enough with breakfast:

Pineapple and Yogurt on Cardamom Oatmeal

I made oatmeal with milk and pineapple juice instead of water, then I added brown sugar, a pinch of salt and a large pinch of cardamom. I topped it with some pineapple chunks and a big dollop of greek yogurt. Indulgent!!!

Lunch:

Boring PB&J. But always yummy!

Dinner:

While it doesn’t look like it, this is one of my go-to easy recipes with BBQ sauce and honey mustard!

BBQ and Honey Mustard Stir Fry

Adapted from: http://www.frenchs.com/recipe/honey-mustard-bbq-chicken-stir-fry-RE0476

Ingredients:

1 box (10 ounces) couscous pasta

1 pound boneless skinless chicken, cut into strips (No chicken, so I used mushrooms and peas!)

1 medium red bell pepper, cut into thin strips

1 medium onion, sliced

1/3 cup FRENCH’S® Honey Dijon Mustard or FRENCH’S® Honey Mustard

1/3 cup CATTLEMEN’S® Award Winning Classic Barbecue Sauce

Directions:

Prepare couscous according to package directions. Keep warm.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Stir-fry chicken in batches 5 to 10 minutes until or until browned. Transfer to bowl. Drain fat.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in same skillet until hot. Stir-fry vegetables 3 minutes until crisp-tender. Return chicken to skillet. Stir in 2/3 cup water, mustard and barbecue sauce. Heat to boiling, stirring often. Serve over couscous.

*This is a good comfort food for me for some reason. I just love BBQ sauce! I also wanted to be sure to EAT something just in case G came over after work and we’d end up going out “just for coffee” but would end up ordering food as well…if I go when I’m not hungry hopefully I’ll hold off on the food ordering!

I took a shower after dinner (once again, just in case) and had music up somewhat loud. While I was in my room trying to find something to wear, a close friend of mine walks into my apartment. I don’t hear her at all as my music is too loud, so she has to yell at me to get my attention! I decide I might as well thrown on a towel (even though with this friend it TOTALLY doesn’t even matter) and we sit at my kitchen table and talk for a few minutes. She decides she wants to go crash my work and steal G since he’ll be getting out of there in about an hour. We go and he is absolutely delighted to see us! It always makes me so happy to be around him! He tells me how much he’s missed me and how he was hoping I would visit or put a note on his car. I like very much that we can share these things with each other now! We ask him if he’d like to get coffee with us after he gets out of work. He accepts and meets us later at the restaurant. He and my friend get along wonderfully! We have a fabulous time and chat late into the night.

My friend eventually has to leave and asks G if it is ok for him to take me home. (Of course it is.) So he and I hang out for a while longer talking and talking and talking. You can’t get us to shut the hell up. The only 2 things that have consistently worked to get us to stop talking is good food or making out. And even that second part is a bit inconsistent on the conversational part…sometimes we talk while we’re doing that too…

He leaves around 5. He of course won’t stay. I of course don’t understand why.