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Curiosity!

Incredibly proud of myself! It’s so much easier not to skip meals when I’m at home and HAVE to eat all these fresh fruits and veggies. I hate wasting food so damn much. Also, working makes me hungry.

I was VERY disappointed in myself though for waking up late…my brain didn’t get me up until 7:40!!! Why did it do that?? I went to bed…well…early enough…I mean I was talking with G until 1 AM, but really 5.5 hours of sleep should have been plenty! Sad.

I got my yoga in today. I can’t believe how friggin busy I’ve been lately and how often I’ve been skipping this. It always makes me feel so amazing. My back was just crying to be stretched out. I feel great!

Breakfast:

Strawberries, Peaches, White Nectarines, and Cherries with Greek Yogurt and Granola

GORGEOUS food!!! I’ve missed my beautiful food pictures dearly! So fresh and delicious!

Lunch:

Tomato Salad

2 small Tomatoes, cut into large chunks
1/4 cucumber, cut into large chunks
Fresh Corn, cut off of cob
1 large slice Vadalia Onion, chopped
1 small Carrot, sliced
Fresh chopped Basil
Red Wine and Pomegranate Vinegar
S&P

*With this a also had a small apple. I love my food!!! It’s so pretty!! I’ve missed this so much, it’s good to be back!

Dinner:

Apple Sausage Meatballs with Apple Raisin Wine sauce and Mashed Potatoes

Meatball recipe taken from: http://stolenmomentscooking.com/apple-sausage-balls/

Apple Sausage Balls

3/4 c. flour
1/2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
1 lb. bulk pork sausage (original or maple flavored)
2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
2 T. maple syrup
1 apple, peeled and diced
1/8 t. allspice

1. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the pork sausage, cheese, maple syrup, apple and allspice.
2. Using your hands, combine everything together until all of the ingredients are incorporated. Roll into evenly sized balls, about the size of a golf ball.
3. Place sausage balls on a baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes, until fully cooked.

I made these exactly as instructed!

Sauce:

Loosely based off of: http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1627,156167-245193,00.html

1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground sage (I used fresh)
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
3 tart apples, sliced
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 c. orange juice (I used red wine and apricot preserves for extra sweetness and flavour)
1 tbsp. vinegar
1/2 c. raisins

I sauteed the apples in olive oil for a little while until they started to brown. Then added all the other ingredients and let it reduce.

*I made mashed potatoes with a little cream cheese, milk and S&P. I’m out of butter, so none of that. Which is probably good as I consume far too much butter as it is. As usual, this dish was fantastic! I didn’t want pasta, so I thought the potato was a perfect substitute! Excellent!!! The sage in the apple gravy was the perfect touch!

 

Me being a MASSIVE nerd, I stayed up to watch the rover Curiosity land on Mars. You guys don’t even know. I was freaking out entirely. I wished I had someone to hug. I was so happy it landed safely and nearly cried when it sent the first pictures. I did fall asleep with the computer in my bed, but the second they started streaming the landing on the NASA website and people started talking, it woke me up and I was immediately pumped! I LOVE BEING A NERD!!!

Amazing!!! Fascinating! A rover as big as a car with LASERS is on Mars, people!!!

AND I have a date tomorrow at noon! Shit kids, this is the best night ever!

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3 meals!!!

I had 3 meals today!

Granted, I only took pictures of 2 of them.

And then I actually had a second dinner and second dessert…

4 meals?

We eat so badly.

Breakfast:

Strawberry Cream Cheese Crepes

Crepes:

Taken from: http://www.closetcooking.com/2007/09/crepes.html

Ingredients

1/2 cup flour
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter, melted

Directions

1. Mix everything in a large bowl.
2. Pour 1/4 cup of the mixture into a lightly buttered pan heated at medium.
3. Tilt the pan and turn so that the mixture evenly coats the entire bottom of the pan.
4. Cook the crepe until golden brown on the bottom, about 2 minutes.
5. Flip and cook the other side until golden brown.

Filling:

Taken from: http://www.closetcooking.com/2008/06/strawberry-cheesecake-crepe.html

Ingredients:
1 (4 ounce) package cream cheese (softened)
1/4 cup icing sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 batch crepes
4 tablespoons strawberry jam
2 cups strawberries (sliced)

Directions:
1. Mix the cream cheese, icing sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla in a bowl.
2. Whip the heavy cream and fold it into the cream cheese mixture.
3. Spread 1 table spoon strawberry jam onto a crepe.
4. Add 1/4 cup of the cream cheese mixture and some strawberries in the crepe, roll and serve.

I was out of milk and had no cream so I used greek yogurt instead. GREAT substitute! These were probably the best crepes I’ve ever made (save for those insane mango ones I made once…but these are better for you.)

Lunch:

I had a PB&J sammich for lunch and an orange.

Dinner:

Sausage and Veggies on Rice

1/4 lb ground Sausage
1/3 c Peas
1 small ear of Corn, cut off cob
Some Onion, diced
1/2 cup Mushrooms, sliced
Shredded Cheddar
Oh crap what did I put in this? Uhhh…OH YEAH
1 T Hoisin sauce
1 T Honey Mustard
A big shake of Cajun Seasoning
S&P to taste

*Yeah I just sorta cooked all that together and put it on some white rice. Once again, very very good! I don’t know how it was, but it was! I mean really good! Go me!!! I also had ice cream for dessert.

I had to walk to work/the post office at some point today. I of course choose to do it during the  convenient time when G will be getting off of work in an hour. I get to work and go to request a day off (date of course), and then go visit him in his department. The crazy bastard hands me his keys so if I want I can wait in his car for him to get off work. I walk a package to the post office, come back to work, throw my bookbag into his car and lay on the pavement listening to music bouncing along to the beat. (It’s such a nice night, I am not waiting in a car…hehe). He calls me “fascinating” as he approaches. I don’t know how…I’m just listening to music outside on a beautiful night…it’s nothing any normal person wouldn’t do, right?

We decide to get coffee at a 24-hour joint.

Coffee turns into us splitting a burger and fries.

2nd dinner turns into us splitting a brownie sundae.

We eat like absolute crap when we’re around each other. And then don’t eat at all when we’re not. Perfect eating disordered couple…

We go back to my place and chat in the car for hours as usual. Eventually we are all over each other and things are fucking amazing.

The end.

Oh he leaves at like, 4:30 AM. Luckily he doesn’t work in the morning. I wouldn’t have visited if I knew he had to get up early though. I’m considerate like that.

Exercise: 2.5 mile walk, 1/2 hour of yoga

Wish there were more hours in the day

Finished a project that I started last night, did yoga, went out to buy more supplies, started and finished another order, went to work out, and I came home with the intention of doing even MORE work, but was just so bushed. I’d never been so tired at 8:30PM before. I wish I were robotic. I wish I didn’t need sleep.

I would be incredibly sad to not need food though.

I love it even more now that it doesn’t control me.

Breakfast:

Creamy Pear Cardamom Oatmeal

I just made oatmeal with milk instead of water. Made sure to use enough milk that it was nice and creamy. Added lemon honey, cardamom and pear slices. Topped it with some sliced almonds. Really. Really tasty.

Lunch:

Smoked Sausage and Kale Soup

I’ve made this before. This time I made it with less oil (hehe), beef sausage instead of turkey and chicken stock instead of beef stock. Find the recipe here.

Dinner:

TODAY I got to have leftover lentils! YES! They totally saved some for me! Life is great! AND I didn’t even eat them all, there’s still another serving left!

 

Potential Future Husband #1 really wants to get back into shape. Which is totally awesome and adorable. He tells me every day how out of shape he is and how he’s going to fix it. He really really wants me to like him, I can tell. Lucky for him, I already do. No matter what weight he is. ~_^And I really mean that. It’s interesting to me how much I actually DO mean that.

But it totally can’t hurt.

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

 

New shoes

I’m pretty sure I mentioned that I got new trainers the other day. $123.00 shoes for $30. CANNOT beat that. And while they are AWESOME shoes, they are also new. New shoes always come with a hidden price…breaking them in. It absolutely blows because I want nothing more than to walk everywhere and go work out and every time I do my 6 mile walk, I get blisters and tear up the back of my feet until they bleed. I threw out my old trainers like an idiot, not thinking that maybe I’d still need them until I could break these new shoes in. Great. So now I’m stuck dealing with really hurty feet for a while.

I just want things to not be so complicated, but that’s always far too much to ask. I understand this.

I also had problems purchasing the supplies I needed as one of the major components was “defective” and I have to wait another week for the store to get a new one in. Lovely. Luckily, my customers don’t need their items immediately. Otherwise I’d have to drive a half an hour to the next closest store.

I was able to purchase some of what I needed and get one order done. I started on a new one, not for anyone in particular, just some stock for my store. I was invited out by my brother. I had to turn it down to get work done. I was also invited out by 2 of my best friends (who happen to be a couple now, I am Miss Matchmaker as well!) but had to turn them down as well. I was stuck alone working all night.

Breakfast:

If nothing else, I had a fabulous breakfast.


Parsnip Pancakes with Banana Brown Sugar syrup

Pancakes:

1/3 cup AP flour
1 T Sugar
1 Parsnip, grated
Nutmeg
1/4 cup Yogurt (I used Greek)
1/2 t Baking Soda
1 Egg

Mix dry ingredients plus parsnip. Mix wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Add wet to dry. Mix until just combined, lumps are not only okay, but encouraged. I think I dumped them out in 1/4 cups. It made 4.

Banana Brown Sugar syrup

Taken from: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sandra-lee/french-toast-with-brown-sugar-banana-syrup-recipe/index.html

Syrup:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 bananas, cut into 1/2-inch slices

For Syrup:

In a small saucepan, combine butter, pumpkin pie spice, molasses, brown sugar and 1/2 cup of water. Bring to a boil, add bananas then lower heat and let simmer for 3 minutes. Remove syrup from heat, cover and keep warm. Serve over French toast.

*I’ve learned something about syrup. I allowed this to simmer for the time allotted instead of freaking out thinking it’s not thick enough and letting it cook too long. I turned it off and let it sit and it thickened up beautifully on its own. No extra help from me! I burned the pancakes a bit because I was using a new griddle I’d never used before and didn’t know how hot to make it. BUT luckily all the other flavours are so intense, I didn’t even notice! It was wonderful! Like carrot cake pancakes, but with the nuttiness of parsnip instead, which went BEAUTIFULLY with the bananas!

Lunch:

I have no idea what happened, I totally took a picture of my lunch and can’t seem to locate it. Bpttttth. I had a big bowl of cottage cheese and an English muffin again with jelly. I was busy busy busy today. Per usual lately eh?

Dinner:

Cilantro Mustard Sausage over Sauerkraut

I sauteed some onions and green peppers in oil and a little butter. I added the sausage and let it cook for a couple minutes. Added a big splash of red wine vinegar, some fresh chopped cilantro and this awesome jalapeno cilantro  mustard that my sister in law bought for me on clearance. I pushed all that off to the side of the pan and added the sauerkraut on the other, also splashed with a little red wine vinegar, and topped it all with some S&P. Let the sauerkraut cook until it started to brown just a little. Then served it up! YUM! I wanted an excuse to use that mustard, so this was perfect! I wanted to keep dinner flour and pasta-free since I had some for breakfast, so the sauerkraut was perfect!

 

I spent the day once again working my ass off because I want to go to a party tomorrow night. I got one project completely done and another half done. If I can finish the other half in the morning I get to party. It would make me so very happy. I never get to party. I might even get to have a couple drinks! *WHAAA?* That’s right! I won’t have to drive (we live a block away from this guy’s place) and don’t have to feel bad about myself anymore for drinking the “empty calories” for one freakin night. We shall see!

Exercise: 6 mile walk

 

Being girly is fun!

I never pamper myself. Sometimes I come home from the gym and don’t even take a shower because I’m so rushed. I haven’t re-dyed my hair since Valentine’s Day. I never do my nails. I hardly get to dress up nice, half the time when I leave the house I’m walking somewhere so I just wear a tshirt and jeans. You don’t even want to think about how long I’ve gone without shaving my legs.

Tonight I got to be girly with my sister in law. She’s big into nail polish, so I got to paint my nails with her! They are bright sunshine yellow and they make me incredibly happy to look at! I’m hoping I will take the time more often to just give myself a little “me” pampering time. Though I definitely considering cooking pampering my body as well, from the inside out, it would be nice to take a little extra effort on JUST the outside.

I told Future Husband #1 that I was making myself pretty by painting my nails. He of course tells me that I am already pretty, but he is glad that it is making me happy.

I also got called into my retail job today! WHAT? That’s right, for the first time in 3 and a half weeks I got to go to work. I enjoy it there, the customer always respond really well to me. I think it’s the hair. So I was excited to go in! It was a good day.

Breakfast:

Cinnamon, Raisin, Cranberry and Walnut Quinoa

1/3 cup uncooked Quinoa
2/3 cup Water
2/3 cup Milk
1 T Lemon Honey (or any honey)
Raisins
Dried Cranberries
Walnuts
Yogurt

Cook the quinoa in water as directed (covered for about 10 minutes). Uncover and add 1/3 cup milk. Simmer until all the liquid is absorbed. Repeat with the second 1/3 cup of milk and toss in the honey, raisins and cranberries (however many you’d like). Let that absorb. Take off the heat and add walnuts. Serve with a big dollop of yogurt on top. Freaking delicious!

Lunch:

I went into work today, so I had a turkey wrap sandwich and a banana for lunch!

Dinner:

Whole Wheat Penne with Mushroom Sausage sauce

I didn’t measure anything. I sauteed some onion and crushed garlic in butter and oil. Added some diced green and yellow pepper and about half a small diced tomato. Then the sausage and finally the mushrooms. I pushed all that to one side of the pan, and on the other melted a chunk of cream cheese. Then added about 1/3 cup of milk and 1/8 cup of chicken stock. Melted about 1/8 cup of grated Romano in that, then mixed the whole pan together. I added some basil and a little cinnamon.  I allowed that to cook down and thicken up for a minute or 2. Then served it on top of some whole wheat penne. Fanfuckingtastic yo. My brother and sister in law went out for dinner since I was gone late, so I was perfectly happy to make myself something quick and easy and awesome. ^_^

The landlord DID finally get back to me letting me know that he was just busy and that he was sorry and when is a good time to call? So I let him know she was working Thursday evening. I’m really really hoping he doesn’t forget. I really can’t stand this whole not knowing whats going on BS. I just want to be completely sure I don’t have to live here at my brothers any longer than I absolutely have to.

Exercise: 1/2 hour of yoga, 6 hours at retail job

Superfast update

No time for blogging, must work…work all the time. Rest is for the weak and mortal.

The “exclusive rights” flirting in between has been incredibly pleasant though. I am now going to be making a pair of yoga pants that I am to eventually be oogled in, of course whilst doing my yoga.

Breakfast:

Smoked Sausage Omelette with sauteed Mushrooms and Onions and Sharp Cheddar

That was it! I think I also used a little garlic powder and S&P of course, but otherwise these were very simply seasoned. I chopped a little green onion on top. I always cook my fillings separately from the actual omelette and fold them in afterwards. I do usually melt the cheese onto the omelette while its still cooking in the pan. Incredible!

Lunch:



Green, Green Pea Soup with Ginger and Cilantro

Taken from: http://family.go.com/food/recipe-890651-green–green-pea-soup-with-ginger-and-cilantro-t/

Ingredients

2 tablespoons butter
1 smallish yellow onion, chopped
1 teaspoon each finely chopped ginger and garlic
kosher salt
3 large sprigs cilantro (plus more for garnish)
1 fist-sized potato, peeled and diced (I did not use potato)
1 quart chicken broth
1 16-ounce bag of frozen petite peas
1 cup coconut milk, shaken (plus more for drizzling)

Directions

Heat the butter in a soup pot over medium-low heat and sauté the onion, ginger, and garlic until the onion is just getting translucent, around 3 minutes. Add the cilantro, potato, and broth, bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, until the potato is tender, around 20 minutes.
Add the peas and cook for another 6 or 7 minutes, until the peas are bright green and tender, then stir in the coconut milk (save a few whole peas for garnish, if you like).
Puree the soup with a stick blender or in batches, very carefully, in a blender (for a silky-smooth texture, you can pass it through a food mill). Taste the soup for salt and serve, garnished with the reserved peas, a few cilantro leaves and a drizzle of coconut milk.

*Even though I cut the potato, this was still VERY delicious. You will be tempted to add lemon juice. Don’t do it. I wanted to and was really glad that I did not. It lets the cilantro shine as the “citrus”-y ingredient. I can see how the potato would make it a little “creamier”, but I didn’t mind that it was a thinner soup. I always make everything creamy, I didn’t have to this time.

Dinner:

AGAIN forgot to take a picture. AGAIN! This is terrible and unacceptable. I am very sorry. I will do everything I can to remember tomorrow night! We had grilled brats with sauerkraut and grilled butternut squash with a little butter and brown sugar. Mmmmmm! SUPER yummy! Pretty too, of course no picture…I suck.

 

I finished off my Candy Corn and Cadbury Eggs. So now the only thing I have left is about 3/4 of a bag of Starburst Jelly Beans. After I am done with it I am done with candy for a while.

OH OH this is really cute! Last night “Future Husband #1” was telling me about how he wants to get back into working out and get healthy and all that. We had quite a lengthy conversation about it.  It’s so cute because I know he’s doing it to try and win me over, be more attractive to me, etc…since of course being fit and healthy are very important to me.

And it will work.

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

FISH!!! (WARNING: Gutting pictures included!)

I do apologize ahead of time as I realize a lot of people who follow me on here are vegetarian or vegan due to moral reasons and will not want to see fish-gutting pictures. So here is a fair warning that they are included in this post as I am proud of my weird accomplishment.

I totally never get to eat fish. Shitbag bought a fishing license the other day and brought me one because he knew I really really wanted to learn to gut and clean my own fish. I don’t know why. It’s just all part of the cooking experience for me I guess. And I love camping, so it would be an awesome life-skill to have. ALSO if he goes fishing, I can pay him a couple bucks for a couple fish and it would save me a TON of money knowing how to prepare it myself. AND I’LL GET TO EAT FISH ON A REGULAR BASIS!!!

At least shithead likes me sometimes.

Breakfast:

Scrambled Eggs with Kale

Ok this turned out WAY better than I thought it would. I sauteed the kale with a little onion and diced tomato in olive oil until it was wilted. I scrambled the eggs separately, 2 of them, with a little milk, garam masala and a pinch of cardamom. S&P to taste of course. And then mixed them together and threw some dried cranberries on top. Um yeah what the hell was it about this? It was REALLY really good!!! Less is more!

Lunch:

Kale and Smoked Turkey Sausage Soup

This was so good I’d BETTER remember what I put in it.

1.5 cups Beef Stock
About 1/2 cup Water
Probably a bit too much Olive Oil (I’ll explain that)
Small pat of Butter (maybe 1 t)
1 medium Carrot, cubed
1/2 Turkey Sausage link (you know, a bratwurst-sized link)
Big handful of Kale
A little diced Onion
1 t Garlic Powder
1.5 T Lime Juice
1 Bay Leaf
S&P (not too much salt though, there’s plenty already in there)

I started to pour the olive oil in and the top pourer thing fell off. So I accidentally poured a TON of oil into the pan…I tried to take as much as I could back out, but the bottom was pretty coated. I added a little butter anyway…Mmmmm…hehe…and sauteed the onions, carrot and sausage in it for a little while. I added the stock, water, lime juice, bay leaf and seasonings along with the kale. I covered it and let it cook for about 10-15 minutes…whenever the kale is wilted and carrots are cooked. Take out the bay leaf and serve!

Dinner:

FISH TIME with Mz. P!!!!

My fishy friend!!! He’s a rainbow trout! He doesn’t talk much.

I think he officially ceases to be my friend anymore at this point.

Gutless. My fishy friend has been emptied!

Skin pulls off with the head. All in one swipe!

I then splashed on some olive oil, lemon juice, salt, lemon pepper and dill, wrapped it in foil and cooked it over a campfire my shithead husband had started in the backyard. It was……FANTASTIC! Fan fucking tastic. I’ve never had fish this fresh before in my life. Oh. My. God. You haven’t lived until you’ve eaten fish this fresh.

I also had about a cup of mixed corn and peas as a side dish. With a little salt and margarine.

 

I hope you at least sort of enjoyed my adventures in fishy-gutting land! I was really super proud of me. I know a lot of you won’t be…don’t be mad! He went to a good home in my tummy! I didn’t waste him at all! I just really like learning really weird little skills…it will benefit my diet in the end as I will be able to incorporate more fish in it! YAY!!!

Exercise: 1/2 hour of yoga, 1/2 hour on the stair stepper, gutting and cooking fish