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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.

 

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.

 

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.

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

Meatless….Tuesday!

Playing catch-up on my Meatless Tuesday!

Which has actually sucked a lot.

Especially with a machine that I’m not used to using.

BUT I get mine back tomorrow! So life is THAT much better.

I worked all day on a project that gave me guff at every turn. I wish things were just easy. But they never ever are. And you never really ever catch up. You just get a LITTLE bit closer to a point where you’re not tearing your hair out with overwhelment. I am at that point. But I’m sure it won’t be for long.

My good day yesterday is still making me smile today, so I think things will be alright.

I may weigh myself next Monday. I’m not sure that I should. I always weigh the least on the first day of my period, so its the one time a month I feel it is the most accurate. If I don’t do it on this day, it doesn’t get done. I did not weigh myself last month. My waist still measures the same. I don’t generally gain a lot of weight in my waist though, I gain it in my legs and butt. I like having a shapely butt, so I don’t care about that. But I miss my thin legs.

I wish it didn’t take having a disorder to keep them thin.

Breakfast:

Felt I needed a savory breakfast after a string of sweet ones. Here I just made a mushroom and green pepper omelet with garlic, diced onions and Italian seasoning. Shredded some mozzarella on top! Didn’t turn out too pretty, but tasted fantastic.

Lunch:

Chinese 5-spice Light Corn Chowder

I dunno what I did here. Sauteed some green peppers with some onion and frozen corn in some olive oil and butter. Added 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup 2% milk. Added some garlic, Chinese 5-Spice and rosemary. It would have been totally perfect if I didn’t accidentally boil it too hard while it was simmering. That curdled the milk a teeny tiny bit. Otherwise it tasted REALLY really good.

Dinner:

Fried Eggplant and Zucchini with Mushroom Tomato Sauce

I fried slices of eggplant and zucchini that I dredged in an egg/milk mixture and then a panko/cornstarch/flour/Italian seasoning/salt mixture in oil on my stove for about 4 minutes on each side, until brown. I made the sauce out of 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes, 1 T butter, 1/2 cup water, 1/4 of a tomato (diced), sliced mushrooms and onions and maybe more of that green pepper (can’t remember), garlic, olive oil, uh… whatever you’ve got, just throw it in and let it simmer for about half an hour.

The frying worked out AMAZINGLY this time. Everything was crispy on the outside and cooked on the inside. WOW. I mean just wow. And there was SO MUCH FOOD. I only used half of the sauce.

 

I finally FINALLY got back into doing my yoga, which makes me so incredibly happy. I’ve missed it SO very much. I got my Good Eats streaming on the computer and just put it in the windowsill while I stretch out! I can’t always hear it with all the traffic outside, but as long as I know its on, I always have a better yoga experience.

Exercise: 1/2 hour of yoga

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