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Couch day? (Sunday! NOOOO!)

Whoops.

How did I not realize the Salvation Army was not open on Sundays?

Stupid me.

I sorta skipped breakfast to make the other half of my curtain knowing I was going to eat half a pizza in a few hours anyway. I went to pick up a long-time friend of mine from his house at about noon with promises of pizza and beer if he helped me out. He’s an awesome guy and is always more than willing to help in my time of need. We head over to the store and…wha….oh yeah, it’s Sunday. This IS a Christian organization, of COURSE they’re closed on Sundays.

Well hon, want to go get pizza and beer anyway?

So he bought a six pack of Magic Hat (which I LOVE) and we had one beer here in my empty apartment. Then off to the pizza parlor up the street! We had a small pepperoni and mushroom pizza and a pitcher of beer. Then came back here and he played my bass for me while we drank and hung out. I took him home around 5. He was technically my very first guest! We had a wonderful time!

I am getting him at noon tomorrow to pick them up for real this time.

I cannot afford pizza twice though…hehe.

I spent the rest of the evening sort of drunk and heavily flirting with Potential Future Husband #1, where he proceeded to tell me he likes me more than bacon.

You guys don’t know this, but that is QUITE the compliment.

Dinner:

Mushroom and Zucchini Stroganoff on Brown Rice

Adapted slightly from: http://www.iq-student-accommodation.com/blog/student-recipe-mushroom-stroganoff

Ingredients

1/3 small onion, finely chopped
50ml of single cream
8x closed cup mushrooms (25g each), thick sliced
75g of value long grain rice
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
2 tsp tomato puree
1 tbsp vegetable oil
100ml vegetable stock
1 tsp mild chilli powder
1/2 tsp medium curry powder
1 tsp plain white flour

Method

Serves: One
Difficulty: Easy
Cost: £0.71 per serving
Prep. Time: 5 mins
Cooking Time: 25 mins

1. Heat the oil in a saucepan and cook the onion and garlic for 2-3 minutes or until the onion is soft. Add the mushrooms and cook for 2-3 minutes.

2. Add the tomato puree, chilli powder, curry powder and flour and mix thoroughly. Slowly add in the stock until it is absorbed and simmer so that the sauce thickens.

3. Meanwhile, cook the rice according to the packet instructions.

4. Remove the stroganoff from the heat, mix in the single cream and return to the heat until piping hot. Taste the sauce at this stage and season to taste with salt and pepper. To serve, simply spoon the mushroom stroganoff over the cooked rice and ENJOY!

*GREAT way to use up those clearance mushrooms! AND I didn’t have to thaw out any chicken! Also a plus! I didn’t have any stock, so I just used milk instead to make it nice and creamy. I also had a little zucchini left over that I threw in as well. I am lucky that most of my food is still good after not eating for 5 days. As we all know, I hate throwing out food.

Here’s hoping tomorrow’s couch move goes a bit more smoothly!

 

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

Broken

The day started out awesome enough. Simple breakfast so I could get shit started. Jumped right into work and got a little less than halfway done with my project. Made a break for a little lunch, then went back to work. Then the unthinkable happens. My machine breaks.

Shit shit shit shit.

Yeah, I’ve worked on it every day for 3 years and have never had it properly serviced. Sure, it’s broken before and I’ve been able to sort of fix it. No, it doesn’t work completely right, but it WORKS and I’ve never had to PAY someone else to fix it.

This time it was unavoidable.

Fuck fuck fuck fuck.

I take it onto the shop and BEG them not to charge me too much as I won’t be able to pay it if they do. I have a “situation” I call it. It’s not good. And I have no money and I need my machine to live. They promised they would get it in and out and quickly and as cheaply as they could.

They ask if I know of anyone I could possibly…borrow a machine from in the meantime?

Uhg. Husband. Yes, I know someone who I think will let me borrow theirs.

Well he’s in prison so he doesn’t have much of a choice. I am borrowing it. Not like he’s getting any use out of it right now anyway. If I play my cards right he wouldn’t know I had it at all. It doesn’t matter that much, he’d be happy to let me borrow it. But I just don’t like relying on him for anything at all at this point.

I drive all the way to his house on the other side of town and grab it. Take it home. Realize I forgot a very important attachment. Godfuckingdammitalltohell. I waste MORE gas and MORE time driving back again. The gas light comes on. It can wait. I drive home and get everything proper set up. I fuck around with it until its working the way I want it to. It is now 7:00PM and I am tired. And done.

What a complete and utter waste of a day.

I am sad and pissed.

Breakfast:

Simple cereal. Changing it up a bit now with Frosted Shredded Wheat yo!!

Lunch:

Turkey, cheese, light mayo and honey mustard on an onion bun stolen from husband’s house. (He asked me to take any perishables) and an apple.

Dinner:

Goat’s Cheese Marinara Sauce with Zucchini, Mushrooms and Eggplant on Whole Wheat Linguini

You can tell for once I had an early dinner as it is still daylight out. I didn’t measure anything. And I also realized that I don’t have dried basil or oregano (those were his). So I used a basic “chicken seasoning” that smells like it had both. Then I also added sage. Goats cheese and sage work well together. I made this out of crushed tomatoes, olive oil, Pepper Jack and Goat’s cheese, water…uh…I dunno. Whatever I felt like throwing in. It was good! Just throw in what you like and make a sauce out of it haha! That’s what I always do!

 

So I’m hoping tomorrow won’t be the heaping pile of unproductive shit that it was today. At least I got some good meals in there if nothing else. Once again, spent the entire day romping around so no gym time or anything. I want to try for that walk again tomorrow. I’ll be overly excited if I get it in.

 

Made an apartment appointment!

I’m going to see a place on Tuesday that is in the perfect area for the perfect price. It’s not big, it’s not terribly classy, but I will make it so! I’ll New York that shit like nobody’s business!! You’d think when you walked in that I lived in a $5,000 flat in Manhattan! Pictures will be taken. Make it work kids, make it work!

I need to get my bike sold though really badly for me to be able to afford this. My uncle cannot afford it, so I’m putting it up on Craigslist. I’ve got all my pictures adjusted and looking pretty. It’s definitely prime riding season right now so anyone who doesn’t have a bike who wants one is going to be getting the itch! I should know, I got it at one point too.

My brother and sister-in-law have invited me to go see The Hunger Games with them today! I just finished reading the book not long ago, so it’s very sweet that they waited until I was finished to go see it. My sister-in-law says its no fun going to see a movie where you’re the only one in the group who’s read the book, hehe. So she was happy to wait.

Breakfast:

Yep. Just some plain Cheerios. I dunno, I think my stomach has finally had enough junk for a couple of days *whew!*. So this was all I was in the mood for. And because of the movie (which is at 3:30 and I’m walking to my brothers and want to be there by 3:00 so I need to leave by 2:00 to be certain) I needed to start my day early. Which means no cooking. :<

Lunch:

Ok ok so I didn’t really have lunch. I worked right up till 1:30 when I had to shower, print postage for some items, get myself organized and get the hell out. The movie itself was 2.5 hours long, which I totally didn’t care because it was outstanding. VERY true to the book (not that that’s something I really care about…I’m not one of those annoying nerds who flips out when they change something) and very emotional. I also adore Woody Harrelson and didn’t even realize he was in this! So that was a massive added bonus for me. The movie ended at about 6. I was home by around I dunno, 6:20. I had an orange. There, that was my lunch. By that time it was sort of dinnertimeish and didn’t need a whole huge lunch. I worked up until husband asked me if I wanted to go grocery shopping (just for ourselves) at around 8. Then when we got back I made this:

Dinner:

Tomato Sauce with Turkey Sausage, Zucchini and Peppers on Vegetable Fettuccine

I made a sauce with canned tomatoes, 1 diced fresh tomato, about 1 heaping T of tomato paste (I like my tomato sauces really tomato-y), 2 T grated Romano, about a T of margerine (I used some to cook the veggies and meat and added a little more to the sauce later), a splash of red wine vinegar, a splash of lemon juice, a generous amount of dried basil, oregano and parsley, grated in a bunch of garlic (1 large clove), crushed red pepper and finally (my secret ingredient of the evening) a pinch of cinnamon and sugar. And of course S&P to taste. I sauteed some diced onions, diced yellow and green pepper and sliced zucchini and turkey sausage in the pan with some olive oil and margarine for about 8 minutes. Then added all the sauce ingredients and allowed it to thicken and cook down probably a good 20 minutes. I served it all on top of some “Garden Delight” Fettuccine and sprinkled some grated mozzarella on top of all of it. It was seriously FANTASTIC, I don’t know how I got the idea to add the cinnamon at the last minute but it went SO beautifully with the sausage. Definitely do this!

 

I am sorry my recipes have been somewhat sporadic lately. Some I can remember ingredients, others I can’t…my format has been funky. My life has been sort of funky as of late, so it’s the best I can do while keeping up with this. I promise it will get better when I am moved out and get everything in some form of order. Through all of this I’m trying to remember to take care of myself and put my body’s needs first. If my body doesn’t work, then I can’t function properly.

Hugs and kisses to you all!

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!

Not enough time

There’s just not enough hours in the day for me to be able to ramble about something today. I wish I could, I always feel as though I have SOMETHING to say every day, but today I am desperate to get more work done and am freaking out a little about time being an issue. It’s always an issue but it feels really bad today for some reason…

Breakfast:

Strawberry Pear Clafouti

Taken from: http://blogs.familyeducation.com/blogs/sweet-pea-chef/strawberry-pear-clafouti

1 quart strawberries, rinsed, stems removed and sliced
1 large Bartlett pear, ripe, but still firm, deseeded and diced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3 eggs
1 1/3 cups skim milk
⅔ cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
¼ cup white sugar
¼ teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease a deep dish pie pan or a 9×9 glass pan.

Mix the strawberries, pear, lemon juice and brown sugar together in a bowl.

Pour into the bottom of the pie or glass pan.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs.  Add the milk, flour, vanilla, white sugar and salt.  Mix until smooth and pour oven the fruit.

Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

*I baked mine for about 45 minutes since I only made a half recipe and it was smaller than this one. Really yummy and wonderful!! Only uses a little bit of flour and sugar, I didn’t up the sugar at all this time and it was still perfect even by my high sweet-tooth standards!

Lunch:

Corn and Summer Squash Soup

I made this one up entirely, so I will try to remember what I put in it.

Onion
Carrot
Corn
Zucchini
Chicken Stock
Milk/Heavy Cream
Fresh chopped Mint
Fennel seeds
Paprika
Garlic Powder
S&P to taste

I sauteed the onions, carrots and fennel seeds in some olive oil for a while, then added the broth, milk and a little heavy cream. I chopped up a little mint and put that in as well and let it simmer covered about 8 minutes until the carrots were soft. I then blended all of that in a blender till smooth. I added it back into the pot over the heat and put in the corn, zucchini, paprika, garlic powder and S&P and let that simmer uncovered another 4 minutes or so. Until the zucchini was soft. This was excellent! I’m proud of me when I can come up with something so yummy!

Dinner:

Broccoli, Eggplant and Avocado in a Cilantro Lemon sauce

Once again, totally made up, I’ll list what I used but I have little recollection of quantities.

Broccoli
Onion
Eggplant, cubed
Avocado, cubed
Big handful of Cillantro
Coconut Milk
Chicken Stock
Soy Sauce
Garlic, minced
Fresh grated Ginger
Brown Sugar
Rice Vinegar
Fresh squeezed Lemon Juice
Lemon zest
Pine Nuts
Cayenne Powder

I cooked the onion, eggplant and broccoli in some olive oil for a few minutes and whizzed up all the other ingredients (except the avocado and lemon zest) in a food processor for the sauce. I added the sauce to the pan and let it cook down a little while (feel free to thicken with cornstarch if you feel it necessary), then added the avocado and allowed it to heat through without really cooking it. Added some S&P to taste and a little lemon zest on top. This was so good and I was wolfing it down so fast I nearly forgot to take a picture! I adore cilantro and there was a huge bunch of it that smelled so good I simply couldn’t pass it up!

 

I did get a lot of work done today, I also got to go on a walk which I just love to do. Husband has been depressed lately so all he does is sleep right now. I called a couple of apartments, but the rates were a little unreasonable compared to the one I would be getting if I moved into my husband’s best friend’s place and took over his lease. This will most likely be the route I take. I will keep calling places tomorrow. I would also like to get my motorcycle up on Craigslist/Ebay Classifieds tomorrow. I need out so bad its killing me. I also need to pay off a bunch of this debt. I hate having debt.

Exercise: 4 mile walk