Fresh Flowers Made My Morning

January 15, 2009 at 4:43 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Good morning!

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I’m a big fan of nice easy mornings. Sometimes it’s worth it to push my run until later in order to have a relaxing, slow breakfast.

I’m also a big proponent of having fresh flowers. They just really brighten up my day and help with the winter blues. Here are some tips for buying flowers and also on how to make them last longer:

The key to buying flowers :

  • Count the number of buds. Typically a bouquet has about 8 buds…this one had 11!!!
  • Granted when I bought them none were open but look at them now! So beautiful! And I think it’s fun to watch them slowly open. Going to bed with them semi-open and waking up to this is a gift. 
  • This bouquet was about $4 from Lowes food. I’ve had them for about 6 days now and there are still 5 unopened buds! TOTALLY worth it!!

How to keep flowers fresh longer:

  1. When you first get them, immediately cut about an inch of the ends with the scissors at a slight angle
  2. Fill a vase with warm water (NOT hot)
  3. Empty half of the powder package that comes with the flowers into the vase (save the other half)
  4. After a few days (or sooner if necessary) cut the flowers another inch at an angle, put clean warm water into the vase and empty the other half of the powder packet into the vase
  5. Continue to cut and replace water every few days to keep them lasting longer and remove any wilty flowers from the bouquet

I was lucky enough to have James make a lovely breakfast this morning. He’s the egg master in the casa. I’ve asked him to do a video on how to cook the perfect so stay tuned! I know one of his secrets is using this flexible spatula thing (very technical I know)

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On the side: leftover tofu from a stir-fry we made a couple nights ago (I’ll post about that soon!) and also a bean +corn salad I made last night which I will also make a post about! Ya like that little teaser thrown in??

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(Excuse the rolled up place mat..It did not agree with going into the dryer..woops)

Also some Pillsbury biscuits. I had a coupon for them which was then doubled so they were practically free. They do have 1.5g of transfats in every 100 cal biscuit. Sigh. Can’t everyone just ex-nay on all the bad stuff in food? Please?

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Having a candle with meals just makes things a little more special. Candles can be reeeally expensive though…and there’s no way I’m spending 20 bucks on perfumed wax. We found these little glass candles that smell pretty good for 99 cents at Walgreens. We also keep our eye out for sales on candles (especially seasonal candles).

Any suggestions for some good trans fat free biscuits? James is a HUGE biscuit fan…particularly biscuits and gravy. Living in West Asheville, he went to this place called Tastee Diner (we loooove diners) practically every morning for biscuits and gravy. The women who worked there knew exactly what he wanted the second he walked in!

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Savory Pancakes

January 15, 2009 at 3:51 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I grew up loving potato pancakes and would look forward to the holiday season so we could break out the frozen latkes and apple sauce. Now that I am more conscious of health and what I’m putting in my body, I’ve discovered alternatives to the oily white starch that I can happily eat all year long. (Of course I still enjoyed some latkes last month during Hanukah 😉 )

Tonight, I made a healthier but equally delicious version of the potato pancake. I knew that I wanted to make these when I saw that zucchini was on sale at Harris Teeter. Nothing like letting sales inspire you!

Zucchini Pancakes (based on this recipe from Green Lite Bites)

  • 2 cups shredded zucchini (you can also do a mixture of zucchini and squash)
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 egg (or equivalent egg substitute)
  • 1/2 onion chopped small
  • salt & pepper to taste

Pat the shredded zucchini dry with either a paper towel or kitchen towel to get some of the moisture out. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until blended.

 

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The mixture will seem pretty moist. Heat a pan up to medium high heat and spray with cooking spray. Make the pancakes as big or as small as you want. I used a 1/4 cup measuring cup to make my pancakes. Spoon the mixture onto the pan and press with bottom of measuring cup to flatten it out into a pancake.

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I think I left them on the stove for only about 2 minutes before I flipped em.

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Serve with ketchup and enjoy! This yielded about 10 pancakes.

The onion in here really makes it in my opinion. You could probably add more seasonings if you wanted a different taste. Adding some fresh garlic to this would probably be great.

These were really great and filling. We enjoyed them while we watched some episodes of West Wing we got from Netflix today. Love that show!!

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