Transforming the Hunt

June 28, 2009 at 9:36 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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Happy Sunday! Another great day here but boy is it HOT! James had today off from work (yay!) so we got so spend some time together which is always wonderful. We had a nice and slow morning before we got down to business:

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Homemade Egg McMuffin I also had a half cup of coffee, a little bit of grapefruit juice and lots of water.

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Thomas whole wheat English Muffin, Morningstar sausage patty, one scrambled egg, farmers market tomato and nutritional yeast….

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…plus a farmers market peach which was ridiculously good. So juicy and perfectly sweet. I could eat these all day!

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And some catching up on correspondence (snail mail is not dead people!!). I love goldens ❤

And a little view of James’ plate:

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One of sausage egg + cheese and one of just egg + cheese. Those were the last of our Morning Star sausage patties. I don’t see us getting more any time in the near future. Too pricey and too many wacky ingredients. But they were fun to have while they lasted for sure. I love that maple sausage flavor! It reminds me of the Big Breakfast my dad would get me at McDonald’s when we were little. 

All eaten within view of the beautiful flowers we got at the farmer’s market! I had no idea there were so many different  kinds of sunflowers.

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Fresh flowers really do brighten up my day. I love it!

After breakfast we loaded up and went apartment hunting. We need to move someplace closer to my law school. I’m going to have to commute for the first month or so but it’s just too far away for any longer then that. Luckily we live close enough that we can do a little bit of hunting each weekend. Today we looked at 4 places. Next weekend we plan on looking in a different area at 4 or 5 too. The perfect place is out there and we’re determined to find it!

When we got home I got my bake on. I ended up creating a muffin recipe which I’ve never done before! It was fun and kind of freeing. WIth baking I always feel like I need to pretty strictly follow a recipe, which I’m not a fan of. With these, I just kind of winged it until I got the desired consistency. I was happy with how they turned out!

Protein Trail Mix Muffins

  • 2 cups oat bran
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 c. packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbsps flax, ground + 6 tbsp water (to replace 2 eggs)
  • 1/2 c. plain NF yogurt
  • 1 smashed banana
  • 1/2 c. applesauce
  • 1 small chopped apple
  • 2 big handfuls trailmix
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • healthy sprinkle of cinnamon 

Preheat oven to 400. Mix dry together. Add wet ingredients. Add mix ins (vary however much you like). Bake for 15 minutes.

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I sprinkled some oats on the top but I would advise against that. They just fell off. James was surprised by how much he liked these and I was happy with how they came out. They would be great for a mid morning snack or to have with a smoothie for breakfast. And of course they’re even better with peanut butter on them!

I see some bread baking in my future….See you later!

Radio Dish

March 25, 2009 at 12:42 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 13 Comments
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 I love things that are passed down. I love the history behind it, the stories and the feelings that are always attached to it.

I love the ring my mom gave my for my 21st birthday – the first nice piece of jewelry she had ever received.

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I love my red hair that I got from my grandpa

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And I love recipes. I love the recipes that taste like home. The most infamous recipe in our family is radio dish. My great grandmother got this recipe during the depression. It’s called radio dish because, well, she heard it on the radio. It’s made of simple, inexpensive ingredients. It isn’t a glamorous meal, but to me it’s home.

When I e-mailed my mom for the recipe, this is what I got:

“Here’s the radio dish recipe:  Sliced raw potatoes
                                          Sliced onions
                                          Sliced green peppers
                                          l lb. ground beef
                                          Rice
                                         3 cans tomato soup (original recipe said 2 but 3 is better)
                                         1/4 cup water

                                         Repeat layers in 13 inch casserole dish, cover with aluminum foil, and bake for 3 hours at 275-300 degrees.”

Not too specific! Here are the quantities I used: 3 potatoes, 2 green peppers, 1 medium onion, 2 cans of tomato soup, 1 package of soy crumbles and 1,25 cups of brown rice.

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Apparently the Smart Ground was on sale, but any of the frozen crumbles work too!

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Here’s it out of the package. For some reason I thought people might be interested to see what it looks like…

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The soup:

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In the casserole dish, pre soup:

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Post soup and crumbles:

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After being baked for 3 hours:

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I really can’t even tell you how good this tasted. I’m feeling a little under the weather and this was JUST what I needed. It is just what I remembered it tasting like!! It’s just so warm and  full of comfort. I love it.

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My salad had spinach, mushrooms, and yellow squash with balsamic vinegar and peanut sauce on top.

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Thankfully, this makes a LOT of food which makes the 3 hours of waiting all worth it! And also means that I will be happy with leftovers for a long while!

I have a Physical Therapy appointment at 7:30 AM tomorrow. Blech! Can anyone tell me what to expect?? Will I need to shower again after it ? I hope not (have to go to work directly from PT!).  I’m going to get a foam roller from them. They said they will be able to tell me what density I need…plus the rollers there are waaaay less expensive then other places I’ve looked.

What’s a family tradition that always makes you feel the warmth of home??

Love Songs, Candles and Sweets

February 15, 2009 at 1:13 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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When it was almost time for James to come home from work I kept telling him to let me know he was on his way. He told me it would take him 25 minutes to get home so I started setting up my little surprise and he showed up in 15 minutes!!! So I quickly banished him to the bedroom to set everything up!

I had hustled around all day getting the apartment all cleaned up which included folding about a million loads of laundry and putting them away:

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Then I got to work on making the sweet treats for the evening 😉

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Chocolate covered strawberries and bannana pumpkin oatmeal cookies. They were actually supposed to just be banana oatmeal cookies but I realized I only had 2 bananas instead of 3! So I had to improvise with some pumpkin. I actually got the idea to make these when I saw the recipe on my sister’s blog. I had given her the recipe ages ago and forgot about them! (Recipe at the end of the post!)

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Then I worked on the ambience which, of course, involved candles….

 

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Charles Schwas Cabernet Sauvignon from TJ’s….

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and flowers….

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Making the strawberries was so ridiculously easy. I just melted some semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave and spooned it over some cleaned and dried strawberries (on sale buy one get one free at Harris Teeter!!). Then I put them on a plate that I put wax paper over and popped em in the fridge.  

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I also had the pandora station “Love Songs” playing on the laptop which was basically playing a bunch of 90’s-riffic ballads. It was awesome. I definitely serenaded James to some songs including Angel of Mine and the Titanic song by Celine Dion…of course all of this involved interpretative movements and large hand gestures and me proclaiming “I HAD THIS CD!”

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Banana Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

  • 2 c. rolled oats
  • 1/3 c. applesauce
  • 1/3 c. pumpkin
  • 2 mashed bananas
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • dash of salt
  • 1/4 c. chocolate chips (I may have used a few more then this….:) )

Mix all ingredients together. Let sit for 20 minutes. Bake for 15 minutes in a 350* oven. I shaped them into hears with my fingers for fun heehee

Now I am just blogging and waiting for the boys to get out of bed so we can go get amazing breakfast at Brigs. I can’t wait! I still have no idea what I’m going to get.

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On the agenda today:

  • Yoga
  • Breakfast
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Buy a kite
  • play with kite in field
  • workout
  • make sushi!!

Have a good Sunday!!

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