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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.

 

Money woes

I keep spending my money on things I shouldn’t be spending my money on.

I have rent due in a week. I simply do not have enough for it. So I am freaking out slightly.

I shouldn’t, because whenever I desperately need money, that seems to be the time I start selling the most stuff. And then everything is okay. But until then, I freak out entirely.

I’ll be okay. I just need to work harder. And eat better to keep my energy up!

Breakfast:

Perfectly Crispy Waffles with Mango Syrup and fresh Diced Mango

Waffles:

Taken from: http://buffaloeats.org/2010/02/08/cookin-with-walt-amazing-restaurant-quality-crispy-waffles/

INGREDIENTS:

  • ½ cup AP FLOUR
  • ¼ cup Traditional WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR
  • ¼ cup CORN STARCH
  • 1 TBSP GROUND FLAX MEAL (optional but good for you)
  • ¼ tsp BAKING SODA
  • ½ tsp BAKING POWDER
  • ½ tsp SALT
  • 2 tsp CANE SUGAR  (use refined sugar if you don’t have cane sugar)
  • 1 cup BUTTERMILK (or buttermilk substitute)
  • 1/3 cup SMART BALANCE OIL (you have to use oil and this is probably the healthiest)
  • 1 EGG (lightly beaten)
  • 1 tsp VANILLA EXTRACT (You can use two if you like)

PREPARATION:

Thoroughly mix all of the dry ingredients.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix thoroughly but don’t over mix.  Let it sit for 15 minutes and give it a couple of stirs.   Let it sit for 15 more minutes

Here is a punch list of techniques to guarantee success:

  • Preheat the iron
  • Do not spray the iron with non stick spray.  Plenty of oil in the recipe
  • Fill the bottom of the iron with the correct amount of batter which will differ based on the model.
  • Close the cover and leave it alone.  Some irons have a light that says it is done.  It is not done.  The waffle will steam a lot.  When the steam slows down to barely steaming the waffle is done.  You can now open it and check.  It should be medium dark golden brown.  It steam turns to smoke you waited too long.
  • Close the iron for a minute between waffles and let it recover.
  • You can heat an oven to 200 and keep your waffles in there for a bit if you are making a lot ahead of time.  Don’t stack them on top of each other and don’t cover them or they will get soft.

DO NOT SKIP ANY PART OF THIS RECIPE! If you need to make buttermilk, the substitution stated in the directions works incredibly well. I used full fat milk instead of skim and was VERY pleasantly surprised with the results! So any milk will work great! LET THE BATTER SIT for the allotted amount of time! If you can, also let your buttermilk substitution sit in the fridge for half an hour to an hour before using to allow it to thicken.

Mango Syrup:

Pureed mango + pineapple juice
Equal part sugar
Water to adjust thickness of syrup

Heat this mixture in a saucepan until sugar is dissolved and syrup is of desired consistency, adding water when necessary.

INCREDIBLE! FANTASTIC! FINALLY a crispy waffle!!! It only took like 10 attempts and different recipes to get it, BUT I GOT IT! I will be saving this and recommend it to absolutely everyone!!!

Lunch:

Pesto, Tomato and Feta Cheese Sandwich

Since I had such an eccentric breakfast, I went for a much more simple lunch! I used some of the leftover pesto from the night before, spread a thick layer onto bread, sliced up some tomato and laid that on the other slice, topped it with a drizzle of olive oil and a little crumbled feta, and PRESTO! One of the best sammiches I’ve ever made!!!

Dinner:

Alton Brown’s Baked Mac & Cheese

Taken from: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/baked-macaroni-and-cheese-recipe/index.html

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound elbow macaroni
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon powdered mustard
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 large egg
  • 12 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh black pepper

Topping:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta to al dente.

While the pasta is cooking, in a separate pot, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and mustard and keep it moving for about five minutes. Make sure it’s free of lumps. Stir in the milk, onion, bay leaf, and paprika. Simmer for ten minutes and remove the bay leaf.

Temper in the egg. Stir in 3/4 of the cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Fold the macaroni into the mix and pour into a 2-quart casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese.

Melt the butter in a saute pan and toss the bread crumbs to coat. Top the macaroni with the bread crumbs. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and rest for five minutes before serving.

Remember to save leftovers for fried Macaroni and Cheese.

*I of course modified this slightly. I used Monterrey Jack cheese instead of Cheddar and I used cream cheese in the place of some of the milk to make it even cheesier and creamier. CRAZY!!! Luckily I could only eat half of this! I’m getting better with my portions, but I also find myself sort of wanting to automatically eat make 2 servings of meals now since I feel I will have to start getting used to it? If that makes sense. I’m so so so glad to have a man who loves my cooking!!!!!

I walked a lot today. I got a lot of work done as well, 2 projects finished and sent! Long day, but look at all the great food that came out of it! This is what my blog is supposed to be! I’m so happy!

Exercise: 5 mile walk

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!

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)

Paris

G desperately wants to go to France.

He will never go.

I know how normal people work. They say they want to do something. They dream about it. They talk about it. They long for it. But they never do it. They don’t think they can.

I will never understand why people do this to themselves.

Why can’t you?

Why the fuck can’t you?

“I don’t have the money.”

“I don’t have the time.”

“I can’t leave work for that long.”

“-Insert significant other’s name here- doesn’t want to.”

Excuses, excuses, fucking lame ass excuses.

This is the only goddamn life you have people. You don’t get a second chance. Do you really want to look back on your life and regret all the things you COULD HAVE DONE had you JUST DONE THEM?

I am taking G to Paris.

I bought a sewing machine not knowing how to sew with dreams of being self-employed. I learned how. I bought a motorcycle without knowing how to ride, but a strong desire to hit that open road with the wind blowing through my hair. I took classes and DID it. I have traveled all over the US on no money. I have been to London being self-employed, barely able to afford rent half the time. I have met all my heroes. My life is a massive adventure.

G pointed this out to me at the movie the other night.

I told him that it doesn’t just come to me. I have to make the choice to live. YOU have to go to IT, adventures won’t just happen to you. If you really want something, you have to just make the decision to DO it. I haven’t failed yet. I’ve succeeded in everything I’ve tried because I have FAITH in myself and my ability to learn and do.  And I’ve no regrets.

I’ve been looking at flight prices and B&B’s in Paris. It’s not even all that expensive. It’s completely doable. Sure I’ll have to work my ass off and save every penny I can for maybe a year (depending on if I plan on paying for the both of us, which I know he won’t let me), but I CAN DO IT. If he wants to pitch in, he is more than welcome to. But I will be giving him a timeline and very soon possibly an exact date (that depends on the flexibility of the airline prices and if I check every day) and am saying “I am taking you to Paris.”

He will try to protest.

I will explain to him that he’s the luckiest man in the world because he has me. Without me, he won’t go. With me in his life, anything is possible. Because that’s exactly what I believe about myself.

I said something to him the other day that he wants to get engraved so he can see it every day. He’d mentioned how he loves to write, but the industry has gotten him down and he hasn’t submitted any of his writing or even had anyone read it in nearly a decade. I told him he shouldn’t let that stop him from doing what he loves.

“Holding back passion is the first step to unhappiness.”

He told me I am 100% right and that I am an inspiration to him.

It’s nice to be someone’s muse.

I demanded to read his writings. He will be giving me copies soon.

Breakfast:

Traditional French Clafoutis

Quite obviously, I’ve been inspired today with French cooking. I’ve done this before, but not the traditional way with cherries. I happen to have them today.

Taken from: http://www.joyofbaking.com/breakfast/CherryClafoutis.html

Cherry Clafoutis Batter:

1/2 cup (65 grams) all purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 large eggs

2 tablespoosn (25 grams) granulated white sugar

3/4 cup (180 ml) milk (whole (full fat) or reduced fat)

1 tablespoon melted butter

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Cherries:

3/4 pound (350 grams) fresh sweet cherries, pitted

1 tablespoon (13 grams) unsalted butter

1 tablespoon (15 grams) granulated white sugar

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) and place the rack in the center of the oven.  Wash the cherries, remove the stems and pits. 

In your food processor or blender (or you can do it by hand with a wire whisk) place the flour, salt, eggs, sugar, milk, butter, and vanilla extract. Process for about 60 seconds, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Once the batter is completely smooth, let it rest while you prepare the fruit. 

In a 9- inch (23 cm) heavy ovenproof skillet (preferably non stick), melt the butter over medium heat making sure the melted butter coats the bottom and sides of the pan. When the butter is bubbling, add the pitted cherries, and cook until the cherries have softened a bit and are coated with butter (about 2 minutes). Then sprinkle the cherries with the sugar and cook until the sugar has dissolved and turns into a syrup (1 – 2 minutes). Pour the batter over the cherries and bake for about 18-20 minutes or until the clafoutis is puffed, set, and golden brown around the edges. Do not open the oven door until the end of the baking time or it may collapse. Serve immediately with a dusting of confectioners sugar and yogurt, creme fraiche or softly whipped cream.

Serves about 4 people as a breakfast/brunch dish

*Fantastic! Easy. RIDICULOUSLY easy. Custardy, sweet (but not “too sweet” for people who are into that hehe), and almost too simple for how good it tastes. I’m hoping one day I can make this for breakfast for G in Paris.

Lunch:

Finished off that turkey. Banana. Yum.

Dinner:

Sweet Potato, Parsnip and Pea Stir Fry

This was something I totally made up. I sauteed sweet potato, parsnips and peas with onion, diced tomato and a lot of garlic in some olive oil. I added milk, soy sauce, tomato paste and a splash of lemon juice and seasoned it with Garam Masala, Turmeric and a little Allspice. Finished with about 1 T of brown sugar and S&P. Absolutely wonderful. I put it on some sticky rice with rice vinegar on it. Really wonderful. Outdid myself once again!

 

I got a project done for my store and as a reward got to stream 2 episodes of Food Network Star. Tomorrow I get to work with G all night. I am incredibly excited about this. I’ve never been so looking forward to going to work before. Even if I don’t get to talk to him most of the night, I will be very content just knowing that he is there.

I hope I amaze the men in my life as much as they amaze me.

Will work for date

Today I took hours for a coworker. I did it because I was so happy about switching around my schedule to go on my date Saturday, that I wanted to make others happy as well and help them when they were in need. Everyone got what they wanted! This week is going to be wonderful! Have to leave a bit early since I will be walking so I’m sure meals won’t be overly-complicated.

Also, I’ve managed to con my brother and sister-in-law into letting me come over later tonight to watch Next Food Network Star. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! (It’s not much of a con if they were going to watch it anyway…which they were…hehe. But you get my drift.)

Breakfast:

I had 2 slices of that strawberry banana bread left that I ate. I don’t have a microwave, so I ate it straight out of the fridge and BY GOD! I had NO IDEA cold banana bread was so great!!! You learn something new every single day.

Lunch:

I had a ham sammich that I made along with an apple.

Dinner:

Hoisin Tofu Stir Fry

So lets see, this had tofu, eggplant, zucchini, chopped onion and parsnips. I just stir fried it all in olive oil and added about 1/4 cup hoisin sauce, a splash of lemon juice, about a T of rice vinegar and some soy sauce. Added some crushed red pepper, salt and pepper to taste. Served it on sticky rice.

 

My brother and sister in law actually stopped over to try and experiment a bit more with my Internet connection. So afterwards we all ended up walking back to their house so I could watch my stories! YAY! I was so happy and so excited! I loved the show! Alton Brown is so fuckin boss and cute. His bowties are a complete turn-on. It doesn’t take a lot to make me incredibly happy.

My day at work was pretty awesome. I did not have to ring on the register all night, which is always a plus. I prefer working the floor, I feel busier, more productive. I like the freedom of running around. ALSO at the end of my shift a co-worker stopped in to give me plants! YES! I HAVE HERBS!!! He gave me chives, 2 different types of mint, raspberries, and will be giving me sage later! I am going to have an herb window box!!! I’m so incredibly excited about this!

Exercise: 2 mile walk to work (co-worker took me home with all those plants hehe), 6.5 hours at retail job

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

Moving

I’m hoping to move into my brother’s within the next week.

The landlord of the apartment had no issues with my self-employment or lack of money at the moment. I explained the situation to him and he’s willing to work with me. I’m going to try and get him a deposit per my dad’s generosity and he’s said he will hold the place for a couple weeks until I’ve got the first month’s rent. All I’d need to do is move my bed, work table and fabric to my brother’s for a little while and work my ass off there until I’ve got the money. The landlord even said he’d prorate the rent for me since I’d only be there for like a week and a half in April. I’m going to do my best to not spend a lot. I will be cutting a lot of costs living over there and I think it will help me a lot.

And of course I need to sell my bike.

That would get rid of 2 of my credit card debts completely. Then I would only have 1.

I’m going to get my bike up on eBay Classifieds as well for a little more exposure. I have to do everything I can to sell this thing.

My husband was up all night with his best friend again last night. I was up from about 3 AM to 4:30AM tossing and turning while all I can hear are drumbeats of music and sporadic loud laughter and singing. I finally got tired of it and went downstairs to look for my earplugs. (My brother gave them to me a while back when I had to share a room with my mom at a hotel…he knows she snores loudly and thought they might be of use to me.) I did find them. Went to the bathroom to wash them off, making it fully clear that I was awake and not happy. Then went back upstairs and was soon dead to the world in a beautiful silence. I let shithead know I was pissed at him the next day and that he was not to speak to me. He says he’s sorry. He’s not sorry. He said he was sorry last time he did this. So if he really was sorry, he wouldn’t keep doing it. He doesn’t give a shit about me.

I’m just overly ready to move on with my life.

Breakfast:

Coconut Oatmeal with Yogurt and Mango

Made half a cup of oatmeal with half coconut milk and half water, plopped on a ton of greek yogurt and diced half a mango and threw it on top. Tossed a little unsweetened coconut on all of that. Perfect little morning pick-me-up that was quick and easy! This way I could get straight to work and not worry about the fact that there are 2 dipshits in the house that I’d rather avoid.

Lunch:

Quinoa and Tuna Salad

Quinoa with tuna, peas, corn, diced red pepper, tomatoes, celery and a little onion with apple cider vinegar, olive oil and splash of lemon juice. S&P to taste and a big dollop of cottage cheese on top. Brilliant! Light, fresh, GREAT for a pre-workout with tons of protein! I couldn’t have been happier!

Dinner:

Mango Chicken

I’ve made this before, though I liked the second version from the weed website more (without the weed), but it required yogurt and I am out now! So I used this one:

http://thaifood.about.com/od/thairecipes/r/mangochicken.htm

Ingredients:

  • (SERVES 4)
  • 2-3 chicken breasts, cut into 2 inch-long pieces (chicken thigh works too)
  • 1 red bell pepper, OR 1 sweet red pepper
  • 1/4 cup oil for pan-frying
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (or rice flour) mixed with 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup fresh coriander
  • Optional: extra 1/2 to 1 mango, cut into chunks (to finish the dish)
  • Optional: 3-4 Tbsp. coconut milk OR water
  • MANGO SAUCE:
  • 2 fresh ripe mangos, fruit scooped out (or substitute 2 cups frozen or canned mango)
  • 1 red chili, de-seeded and diced, OR 1 tsp. chili sauce OR 1/2 tsp. dried crushed chili
  • 1 Tbsp. rice vinegar (OR white or apple cider)
  • 1+1/2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. fish sauce
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 thumb-size piece galangal OR ginger, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves, snipped into slivers with scissors (discard stem & central vein), OR zest of 1 lime

Preparation:

  1. Place all ‘Mango Sauce’ ingredients in a food processor or blender. Process well, until more or less smooth.
  2. Taste-test the sauce. The goal is to reach a balance of sweet, sour, spicy, and salty. Add more sugar if you find the sauce too sour (this will depend on the sweetness of your mangoes). If not spicy enough, add more chili. If not salty/flavorful enough, add more fish sauce. If too salty or too sweet, add more lime juice. Set aside.
  3. Stir the flour and salt together and place in a mixing-type bowl. Add the chicken pieces and turn or gently stir them to coat.
  4. Heat a wok or frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the oil, then begin frying the chicken pieces. Fry 3-5 minutes per side, or until light golden brown and cooked through. Remove chicken from pan and set on paper towel, or a clean surface.
  5. Wash out the wok/frying pan, or use another (clean) one. Set over medium-high heat and add the mango sauce plus red pepper. Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce to a simmer (medium to low heat). If sauce becomes too thick, add 3-4 Tbsp. water or coconut milk. Simmer 3-4 minutes, or until pepper has softened slightly but still retains some crispness.
  6. Add the fried chicken pieces, gently stirring them in to cover with sauce. If desired, add chunks of mango (fruit of 1/2 to 1 ripe mango) too. Simmer briefly, just until everything is hot.
  7. Do a final taste-test for salt (tasting the sauce together with the chicken). Add a little more fish sauce or chili if desired.
  8. Transfer to a serving dish. Sprinkle with fresh coriander and serve with plenty of Thai jasmine-scented rice. Or, for an extra special treat, with my Easy Coconut Rice.

*I did not fry my chicken in flour. I sliced it up and seared it in oil for a few minutes. Removed it. Then stir fried some onions, red pepper and shiitake mushrooms. I blended all the sauce ingredients in a food processor and dumped them in after the onions were translucent. I cooked this down for a little while. Re-added the chicken and added extra mango cubes. I served this on a little sticky rice. One of my favorites! VERY yum!

 

One of my TV loves, Alton Brown, is on another diet. It’s INCREDIBLY fascinating for me to watch. He Twitters his weight every morning (kind of like I used to do on here) and what he’s eating and whatnot. He says he’s “disgusting” at 175 and wants to lose 10 lbs so he can fit into his tux more comfortably. It’s just absolutely fascinating for me to see someone I admire and look up to, a man nonetheless (proving this is not simply an “unrealistic female-standard” problem) whom I think is gorgeous and totally fuckable as-is, with the same damn body issues as I have. It actually makes me feel better about me, to know that we really are all in this together and that things are going to be fine if we can just gain a little self-confidence. I just have to look at ME the way I look at HIM and say “YES! I too am fuckable as-is!”

TMI?

Somehow, I still feel it works.

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

How I felt good about myself today

One of the girls I referenced in an earlier post posted about me the other day on her Facebook.

Now mind you, this is a girl who I took one look at and my immediate reaction was “I wish I was as thin and pretty as her”. But as the day progressed, I looked at a reflection of us walking next to each other I realized how GORGEOUS and lean and skinny (whilst still maintaining perfect curvature!) I am! I mean, she’s thin, but that’s all shes got. She has tiny chicken legs, no butt, no muscle, and feels run down and tired all the time due to her bad eating habits.

She’d written how she’s joined a gym, started eating better and wants to learn some simple yoga…all inspired by me.

SHE wants to look like ME.

A year ago, I would have wanted nothing more than to look like her and would have basically stopped eating entirely to do so.

I’ve learned a lot these past 4 months since starting this blog. That first of all being healthy is FAR more attractive than being unhealthy, regardless of your weight. I also hope she realizes that she IS beautiful the way she is, she doesn’t need to look like me to be beautiful. Sure she’s got skinny legs and no butt, but that doesn’t mean she’s unattractive! It means she’s unique and, honestly, MOST women will still covet her shape! She should embrace her body type and even if she doesn’t eventually have my butt or my legs that she still finds pleasure in making herself healthier and leaner! I hope to keep encouraging her to do so!

Breakfast:

Oatmeal and Cottage Cheese Fruit Bowl

My husband had his friend over again, so I was stuck making myself something easy for breakfast. I just made half a cup of oatmeal (with water) in the microwave, added about 1/3 cup cottage cheese, a big squeeze of honey, then topped it with some cubed apple, pear and dried mango. Then drizzled just a little more honey on top. Quick, filling, sweet, packed full of nutrients. I couldn’t ask for anything better!

Lunch:

Tomato Rice Soup

Lets see…I sauteed some onions in oil and a little margarine…then I added 2 cups of canned tomato halves and let that simmer, break up and reduce for about 10 minutes uncovered. I pureed this until smooth. I put it back into the pan and added half a cup or so of milk, 1/4 cup of Romano cheese, 1 T tomato paste, 1 t dried oregano, 1 t dried basil, lemon pepper, a little lemon juice and salt to taste. Then I threw in 1/3 cup rice, covered it and let it simmer for another 10-15 minutes (I can’t remember, whatever the instructions on the rice said ha!). I think I may have thinned it out with a little more milk when it was done. I LOVE TOMATO RICE SOUP! It’s been forever since I’ve had it being that I try to reduce my pasta/rice/flour intake to just once a day. This was FANTASTIC.

Dinner:

Lentil, Mushroom and Zucchini Italian-style Shepard’s Pie with Parsnip “Potatoes”

Ok this was ridiculously good so I’m going to try really hard to remember this one.

1/3 cup uncooked Lentils
2 medium Parsnips
1.5 cups Mushrooms, roughly sliced
2 large slices of sweet onion, roughly sliced
1/2 large Zucchini, sliced and cut in half
2 cloves Garlic plus more garlic powder to taste (I wanted these really garlicy)
1/2 T Margarine
1 T Cream Cheese
1/4 cup Ricotta Cheese
1/4 cup Milk
Dash Lemon Juice
Large dash White wine, probably about 1-2 T
Oregano, Parsley, Basil (to taste)
Margarine, milk, Parmesan or Romano grated cheese (for parsnip potatoes)

Boil the lentils for 8 minutes, add sliced parsnips to the water and boil another 8 minutes. While this is cooking, sautee the veggies in some olive oil for a few minutes, add garlic. Add cream cheese and allow to melt with a little margarine, add milk and let simmer for a while, 5 minutes or so. Add riccota and lentils. Thicken with a little cornstarch if desired. Add this mixture to a small loaf pan. Puree cooked parsnips with a little milk, margarine, 1/8 cup grated romano or parmesan and S&P if desired. Add puree to the top of mushroom mixture. Bake at 400 degrees for about 20-30 minutes or until the “potatoes” become golden.

SO SO SO good! Ridiculously flavourful! Just tons of good stuff for you! Vegetarian and gluten-free. LOVED this!!! Just a really neat spin on Shepard’s Pie!

 

Tomorrow I am going to a girl’s night in party! There will be vegan cuisine, games, mani-pedis and fun! I’m excited about it. I need a night off for once! It’s been so hectic. Work work work all the time it feels like…I just need a tiny bit of time to kick back and have fun! I deserve it!

Yet another lack of time day on Meatless Monday

I am incredibly sorry, but if I’ve made a recipe up today I just don’t have the capacity to remember everything, nor the time to dedicate to try and remember everything. It’s been a really long day. I did some apartment hunting and found a couple more really good prospects, so we’ll see how this turns out. I’ll call them and let you know how it goes!

Breakfast:


Cardamom Pear Pancakes

Taken from: http://teaspooncomm.com/teaspoonofspice/2011/11/cardamom-pear-pancakes-holiday-recipe-exchange/

Makes About 8 pancakes

Ingredients

Pears:

    • 4 medium pears, cored and finely chopped (about 2 1/2 cups)
    • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
    • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg

Pancakes:

  • 1 cup all-purpose white flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. For the pears, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large baking dish, mix together pears, brown sugar, butter, caradmom and nutmeg. Roast for 40 minutes or until pears are soft and golden brown, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove from oven, set aside.
  4. For the pancakes, in a large bowl, whisk together flours, sugar, baking powder, soda and salt.
  5. In another bowl, beat together buttermilk, egg, butter and vanilla. Pour into dry ingredients and mix until just combined (do not overmix.)
  6. Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat with cooking spray.
  7. Pour 1/3 cup batter into skillet. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of pears on top of batter.
  8. Cook until little bubbles on edges start to break, flip and cook other side until golden brown.
  9. Serve pancakes with remaining roasted pears and honey or maple syrup.

*I have a thing for cardamom. The pear sauce made out of this was amazing, really light, not a ton of sugar. I added cinnamon and almonds to the pancakes. Super yummy!

Lunch:

Asparagus Lemon Avocado Soup

If anyone desperately wants the recipe to this, I will try hard to remember, but otherwise just rest assured this has no meat or stock in it (I made it with pureed avocado, cilantro, pistachios and water). And it WAS delicious. Hehe.

Dinner:

Dried Mango Yogurt and Veggie Couscous

I made this awesome concoction from pureed dried mango and yogurt with a little lemon zest, brown sugar, soy sauce, tarragon, curry spices, and rice vinegar on some sauteed onions, peppers, peas and mushrooms. I put all that, along with some extra chunks of dried mango, on some couscous. YUM!!!! Yeah I actually wish I could remember the amounts I put in this because it was incredible. Dried mango was on a sale! YAY!

So after calling some of the places, I may have a stab at a couple of them. There’s a nice sounding second-floor 1 bedroom that includes heat for $430 a month. There’s another complex that a close friend of mine lives in thats a 2-bedroom for $450, but includes nothing else. So I’d have to pay gas, electric and I’m told the coin-operated laundry there is expensive. But it would be nice to have 2 bedrooms. I dunno…I think I’ll schedule a time with the less expensive place to go see it. I have to cut costs wherever I can and I think the inclusion of heat/gas is really nice. I will have to ask him how warm he keeps it in the winter. Being a second floor place would be good as heat rises and all, so I probably wouldn’t be as inconsolably freezing as I was when I lived in the basement of a comparable building up the road. But that guy kept the building at like, 64 degrees in the winter. So I will ask what the guy usually keeps the heat at.

Exercise: 1 hour at the gym