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Closer

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

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.

 

Tease

Today kinda sucked.

I didn’t have to be at work till noon which was sort of cool. But I only got to see G for a total of not even 5 minutes before he had to go. That suuuuuuuucked. It sucked.

Such a tease.

I was actually a little depressed afterwards.

Also, I was supposed to get my car fixed this morning by a coworker. He had to reschedule for tomorrow. It’s ok, he’s a busy man. He works 2 jobs and has a family and whatnot. So I don;t mind. He’s incredibly kind to even offer at all. So I can wait!

Bah. Time for food!

Breakfast:

Raisin Bran.

I had Italian Wedding Soup at work. Forgot a picture. 😦

Dinner:

Angel Hair with White Wine Lemon Sauce (attempt #2)

MUCH better this time! So this recipe is worth posting.

I had it all written out and then WordPress decided to be a dick. Here’s the gist.

White Wine
Butter
Lemon Juice
Milk
Chopped Onion
Minced Garlic
Thyme
S&P
Corn Starch

Cook all that together.

Done and done! You win! Seriously though, I can’t remember what amounts I put in of these. Use however much of each that you like until it is of your desired taste and thickness!

Exercise: 4 mile walk

Boring is okay!

I’m learning this. The reason that I started this blog was to keep myself accountable to what I ate, and that INCLUDES boring, not-so-pretty food. So I’ve finally gone back to taking pictures of everything regardless of aesthetics.

Breakfast:

Cereal. BUT! At least I have a picture!

Lunch:

PB&J. But piiiiiictuuuuure…

Dinner:

Spaghetti with Basil Tomato Sauce and Sauteed Mushrooms

Basil Tomato Sauce:

2 Tomatoes, finely chopped
1/4 small Onion, finely chopped
1 clove Garlic, minced
Maybe about 2 T Tomato Paste, but I like my sauces REALLY tomato-y
A lot of fresh Basil, chopped (maybe like…2 T again…I like my stuff super flavourful)
Fresh chopped Thyme, about 1 t
1 T Sugar (I also love sweetness if you’ve somehow forgotten)
S&P to taste
Olive Oil for sauteing
Water as needed

Sautee the onions and garlic in some olive oil. Add the chopped tomato and try to rescue as much of the juice as possible too so you can add that as well!  Add tomato paste. Allow to simmer and cook down, adding water as necessary to bring back to the right consistency. Cook for around 10-15 minutes. Add basil, thyme, sugar, salt and pepper. Cook about another 5 minutes. Sautee some mushroom slices in a little butter, oil and salt. Serve on top of spaghetti with a basil chiffonade for garnish! EXCELLENT quick dish! Really, I cannot sing it’s praises enough! But then again, I adore basil, so I can’t really go wrong with it.

I also made a peach pie this evening. I had a whole ton of peaches to do SOMETHING with, so I made this pie:

…and of course promptly ate like 1/4 of it. Could have been worse! 2 pieces really isn’t all that bad! I did have them with a big dollop of greek yogurt though! Mmmmm!

I cannot remember the sites I got the recipe from. I combined a bunch of them. I DO want to let my future self know that this DID contain almond extract, lemon juice and needed more sugar. I just think everything needs more sugar. Also, the liquid-to-peach ratio for the filling should have been higher (more liquid next time!) so I need to check into that too. OTHERWISE this actually turned out pretty good! The crust was especially good! I was really proud of it this time! I will be making lots more of these in the future, I WILL perfect a pie recipe!

Exercise: 5 mile walk (without stopping at work to visit G…I did not want the bombardment of questions from my co-workers about my neck…they know….I know they all know)

Love letters

I’d had a love letter waiting to surprise G with for about a week. I meant to slip it onto the windshield of his car that day, but as it turned out it was supposed to rain and of course the idea of my very important letter getting rained on was not tolerable.

So I snuck it under his windshield wiper today on my walk. I knew he wouldn’t see it. One of the times we were out there was this NEON green flyer someone stuck there during the time we were away from the car and as I noticed its presence immediately upon walking up to it, it took him getting into the car, turning the car on, and practically backing out of his parking spot to notice that it was there. Clearly he would not see it. So make sure that wiper it holding it down really good…it’ll be on the highway for a little while…

The note simply had a heart drawn on it. After that my initial. It was in a small envelope with a “G” scrawled on the front and sealed with a wax heart.

I wandered back home and worked for the rest of the day. At 4:30 I received a call from him (though I missed it because my phone was still on vibrate from my walk and I didn’t hear it ring…dammit…) but didn’t actually get to speak with him until he got home. He’d finally noticed it was there….while he was on the highway. He pulled off into a city about 20 minutes away to grab it. He called to let me know he’d found it. He wrote me later on Facebook with a “heart” at the end of his musings.

As silly as it sounds, this made me immensely happy.

I didn’t have anything incredibly exciting for breakfast or lunch, but I had a pretty cool dinner:

Chicken with Peach Tomato Sauce on Angel Hair

Taken from: http://www.joanne-eatswellwithothers.com/2011/08/recipe-pasta-with-tomato-peach-sauce.html

Ingredients

  • 4 cups coarsely chopped tomatoes
  • 2 large peaches, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 (15 oz) can chickpeas
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon
  • 3 oz feta cheese, crumbled
  • 8 oz pasta

Instructions

  1. In a lightly oiled 9×13-inch baking dish, stir together the tomatoes, peaches, onions, olive oil, salt, cinnamon, black pepper and chipotle chili powder.  In a 450 degree oven, roast uncovered, stirring at least twice during cooking, until the ingredients have softened and thickened, about 40 minutes.  Stir in chickpeas, tarragon and balsamic vinegar.
  2. When the sauce has been roasting for about 25 minutes, bring salted water to a boil in a large pot.  Stir in pasta and cook until al dente.  Drain well.
  3. Mix the pasta with the sauce.  Divide among four warm bowls and top with feta cheese.
  4. *I added chicken and a big pinch of sugar to this and cut the chickpeas. I would have loved to add those, but didn’t have any. This was really oddly good! You’re never sure if some of the fruit/meat combinations you come up with will work, but this was wonderful! I don’t think there is anything that I would do differently!

    Tomorrow we are seeing a live event being broadcast into theaters. It’s going to be a 5 hour “movie” basically. We’ll be getting some coffee beforehand. Of course it’ll be a good day.

Meatless Monday pressure

Got up at 8AM. 2.5 hours of sleep.

I have no time tomorrow to get this shit done, so I HAVE to do it today…

I promised a customer I would get an item done and sent to her so she could have it by Thursday. IT NEEDS TO BE DONE TODAY.

The library opens at noon. I need to stop there to print stuff. Then I have to walk 2.5 miles to get supplies for this item. Then walk 2.5 miles home. Then make it and send it before 5 PM when the post office closes.

Holy shit.

2 eggs and 2 pieces of toast (no butter) for breakfast because I PROMISED G I would eat breakfast…

Bang. That. Shit. Out.

I did it. I got it ALL done with a slight bit of time to spare even. AND time to chat on the computer with a beautiful, beautiful man.

No lunch. WAY WAY too busy to worry about lunch.

Dinner:

Creamy Tomato Mushroom sauce on Whole Wheat Penne

This was made with mushrooms, diced tomatoes, diced onion, garlic, olive oil, cream cheese, butter, chives, basil, dried oregano, S&P, a little water and cream cheese. Dear lord god please don’t ask me how much of each I put in, I have NO CLUE. This WAS super good though…

 

Tomorrow I have a big date. Out of town trip. We get lost ridiculously easily. So here’s hoping we get there in one piece!

Exercise: 6 mile walk (or so)

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.