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Not-So-Amazing Grace

Happy Friday!  Another week bites the dust.  TGIF!!  We’ve been told that our weather this weekend is suppose (emphasis on suppose) to get up into the mid-to-high 60’s this weekend.  It is long overdue and I really hope it rings true.  I would really love to spend some time out in the fresh air … something I haven’t done enough of lately.  It’s kinda depressing, ya know.

So, last night, my true (clutzy) self came out while I was cleaning a piece of glass for a picture frame.  Well, as you know, the edges of frame glass are normally raw, not polished.  Well, yours truly, aka “Grace”, caught one of her knuckles on this raw edge.  I will stop right there and won’t go into the gory details, but I will say the result was major DNA removal.  We ended up splinting that finger to keep me from bending it, hence, stopping the “flow” of nature.  Leave it to Beaver.  If it can happen, it will happen to me.  Haha.

 

BBQ Chicken Salad

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I ate a really late lunch yesterday, that included a leftover Rachel, so I wasn’t in the mood for the dinner I had planned.  I went ahead and prepared a full modified meal for Dev, but whipped myself up a fabulous salad.  If my creative side wouldn’t give me a swift kick in the bum, I could happily live with eating a salad for every meal … that and pizza, of course!

This fat bowl included:

  • Romaine/spinach base
  • Carrot
  • Celery
  • Red bell pepper
  • Sliced mushrooms
  • Corn
  • Feta crumbles
  • Grape tomatoes
  • BBQ chicken
  • Sliced scallion

So, so good.  All topped off with a BBQ Ranch dressing that I concocted from bottles plus a dash of water to thin it out.

Speaking of dressings, I received a few requests for my version of Thousand Island dressing …

My not-so-specific way to make it includes approximately 3 parts light mayo (I used Smart Beat) to 1 part ketchup, plus about 1 T. finely minced onion, 1/2 T. sweet pickle relish and cracked pepper.  Mix it all up and chill for at least 2 hours.

My best advice would be to start with that base and adjust according to the taste.  Maybe you want more relish?  Maybe you want to add a dash of vinegar?  Celery seed??

**Note:  This is thick, so it probably won’t be a good dressing for salads, but it’s great as a sandwich spread**

 

I hope everyone has a fabulous Friday.  Who’s got big plans for the weekend?  We don’t have too much planned as of now … we were actually talking about waxing the cars if the weather comes through.  Sounds like fun, right?!  Ha. 

Have a good one, beauties.

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2 + 24 + 24 = 4

 That’s right, lades and gents, 2 nights of 24 equal 4 hours of Jack Bauer, which has left me wanting more, more, more!  Ah, such a great show.  Anyone else??

Thank you all for your birthday wishes and fabulous comments you left about my madre.  It’s my only hope that I can be half as good looking as she is when I reach her age.  She’s pretty fantastic.

I want to take a second to highlight the salad I whipped together for lunch today, since it was extra delish …

 

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As I’m sure you can tell, the FRESH strawberries were the real kicker.  They made such a mouth-pleasing bowl of goodness.  The rest of the goodies include spinach, carrots, cucumber, mushrooms and sliced almonds.  I found the strawberries on sale at the grocery.  Each and every one of the juicy, red jems was in absolute perfect condition.  Yum to my tum.

 

Dinner this evening was a recipe borrowed from the YUM-O queen herself, Rachel Ray, scaled down and modified slightly to suit our tasty buds.

 

Sloppy Buffalo Joes

 

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Ingredients:

(In my opinion, this is enough to make about four sandwiches)

  • 1/8 cup chopped onion
  • 1 stalk celery, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup grated carrot
  • EVOO
  • 1/2 lb. extra lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp. agave syrup (recipe calls for brown sugar, but we don’t currently have any)
  • 1/2 tsbp. Worcestershire
  • 2 tbsp. hot sauce (used Frank’s)
  • 1/4 cup canned tomato sauce
  • Whole wheat hamburger buns
  • Blue cheese crumbles

Preparation:

Heat a small amount of EVOO in a skillet, then add onion, celery and carrot; cook for 3-4 minutes.  Push veggies to the side of skillet and add turkey.  Cook until turkey is browned and mix together with vegetables.  In a small bowl, combine vinegar, agave, Worcestershire and hot sauce. Mix well and add to skillet.  Stir well to distribute sauce and allow to simmer for 5 – 10 minutes.  Spoon mixture onto buns, top with blue cheese crumbles and place under broiler until cheese is melty and bun is browned.  Enjoy!

 

These were really good and had just enough kick to them to make Dev feel like he got his manly-man meal for the week.  And, of course, I paired the sammie’s with a piping hot bowl of leftover soup to make sure he got his daily veggies.  One can never know what he really eats for lunch everyday … my good habits probably only go so far.  Let’s just say, I know he’s not hitting up the burger joint and asking for a soy burger.  Ha.  That’ll be the day.

Alright, it’s 10:30 and I’m hitting the sheets.  Nighty!

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Isn’t that just beauty?!  That was in my line of view as I was driving home this afternoon from lunch with my main squeeze.  No worries … I didn’t snap ‘n drive.  I actually made a pit stop and just so happened to have my lucky camera with me.

So, howdy.  How are all you fabulous people today?  We’ve had the craziest weather here in the Carolinas today.  The wind hooted and hollered at us all last night, shaking the bones of the house, causing it to moan and groan like a little kid with a plateful of Brussel sprouts.  The wind gusted up to 45 mph throughout the day.  Felt like Dorothy, yes, I did.  It would be sunny as a summer day one minute and the next, raining buckets with the the cruelest skies.

 

Warmed granola with pumpkin, 1/2 banana, flax, wheat berries and soy

B: Warmed granola with pumpkin, 1/2 banana, flax, wheat berries, soy and a sprinkle of unsweet coconut

 

As of now, the winds seem to have calmed, but it surely has brought in a batch of cool air that this January has been missing.  No problem though … we’re all snuggly in a blanket on that super comfy couch I mentioned this morning.

Since I had to park the car for a while to get the oil changed, Devin met me and took me to Panera for lunch.  I ordered my favorite seasonal salad, the Fuji Apple Chicken with the balsamic vinaigrette on the side –

 

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It was seriously covered in dried apple chips. Delicious.

 

When Devin got home tonight, we went right to work replacing the ceiling light fixture in the laundry room.  To make a long story short, a florescent fixture was installed when the house was built and the ballast had burned out.  Hence, no light.  Gotta have light to do the laundry, right?  Well, since this part costs more to replace than an entirely new fixture, we decided to just change the fixture.  Let me just tell you … I should sell the next Griswold movie plot to Warner Bros.  It’s like a three-ring circus when the two of us try to get involved with anything electrical.  I’ll just say there was some bad words involved, but after triple amount of time we estimated it would take, we were done.  And successful, I might add. 

 

Salmon with Lentil Pilaf

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We’ve had this before, not too long ago.  The recipe and how-to can be found here.  I made a couple small changes though since the lentils were prepped on Sunday –

  • Used ~1/2 cup reduced sodium chicken broth (not as much needed since lentils were already cooked)
  • Instead of tomato paste, I used ~1/4 cup diced tomatoes with jalapenos that I had leftover in the fridge already

This definitely hit my craving spot for salmon.  Oh, did I ever mention my love for lentils?!  I do, I do.  I need to remember that and eat them more.  Soooo good.

Alrighty, tighty, I’m calling it a night.  I’m really making an effort to spend a little less time on the computer at night when Devin is home.  Some most nights I flip it on right after dinner and I don’t put it away until I go to bed.  Bad wife.  Shame on me.  😳

Sleeps well lovelies!

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Hi everyone!  Happy Sunday night!  You know, I can hear Lindsay hooting and hollering all the way down here … her beloved Eagles beat the Vikings and are one step further in the playoffs.  I wasn’t rooting for either, but being the wife of a football fanatic, of course, the games were on and I had one ear taking it all in. 

 

Toasted muffin with crunchy Maranatha PB and strawberry jelly and sliced banana with vanilla Chob, a sprinkle of Grape Nuts and dried cranberries

B: Toasted muffin with PB+J and sliced banana with vanilla Chob, a sprinkle of Grape Nuts and dried cranberries

 

In honor of the fabulous Miss Eating Bender, I dusted off our P90X Kenpo DVD and worked out with that today.  It felt good to kick my own bum.  Jenn posted about receiving the P90X program for Christmas and how excited she was to get started once she got back to school. 

Both Devin and I have been working out with Tony Horton, the fearless, energetic leader, for the past couple years.  I never followed the program exactly as intended, but rather chose the DVD’s that I enjoyed the most and dabbled around with them.

 

Spinach salad with veggies and fresh chickpeas plus a black bean burger on an Arnold's Thin

L: Spinach salad with veggies and fresh chickpeas plus a Morningstar black bean burger on an Arnold's Thin

 

My top choices are Legs + Back (which I mentioned in my post this AM), Kenpo, Plyometrics, Cardio X, Core Synergistics, plus the P90X Plus workouts, Interval X and Total Body Plus.

The program has several DVD’s that are focused on upper body strength training.  I don’t care for that degree of workout for my upper body, so I skip on those.  Devin does them regularly and it has been amazing to watch the major changes that have taken place to his body.  Hubba hubba.

If you’re looking for an in-home, butt-kickin’ workout, check this program out.  I highly recommend it since I have also seen major changes in my body since beginning these DVD’s.  When I started training for my triathlon, I focused only on running, swimming and biking.  The DVD’s got pushed to the way-side, with the exception of Legs + Back, but now that it’s on my brain again, I’ve been pulling them out and I’m really enjoying the blood, sweat and tears.

 

Turkey Meatball Heroes

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These guys were pretty basic … turkey meatballstomato saucemushrooms, bell peppers, onions, a sprinkle of Mozzarella on a mutli-grain hoagie.  On the side … kale chips and they were delicious, as always. 

 

I’m signing off for the night.  I’m whooped for some reason … maybe it’s a carb coma from all the bread products I consumed today.  Gotta love them carbs.  Num yummy. 

Enjoy the rest of your evening!

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Boy, have I got one for you this evening.  There are very few times when I actually don’t enjoy being in the kitchen, and tonight was one of those times.  Allow me to start from the beginning …

The day started off great.  I was singing Christmas carols as loud as I could to get a little laugh from the I’m-too-serious-because-the-game’s-on husband, I made a fresh batch of homemade cranberry-orange sauce, straightened up the house, went for a gorgeous 4 1/2 mile run outside and then it came time to plan out the menu for the week.

 

Vanilla Chob with sliced banana, Kashi Go Lean, wheat berries, flax and pumpkin butter

B: Vanilla Chob with sliced banana, Kashi Go Lean, wheat berries, flax and pumpkin butter

 

This is normally one of my favorite things to do on Sunday.  Today it was a different story … I racked my brain all week to come up with a fascinating recipe for this week’s BSI (Blogger Secret Ingredient), which was ginger, chosen by the fabulous Andrea at Bella Eats

Should I make something sweet … a gingerbread cake or gingerbread cookies?  Should I include ginger somehow with our dinner??  I was at a loss. 

 

Romaine salad with TJ's breaded chicken tender, assorted veg, chickpeas and wheat berries

L: Romaine salad with a TJ's breaded chicken tender, assorted veg, chickpeas and wheat berries

 

I think the reason for this is, while I really enjoy the taste of ginger when it’s paired with something sweet – cake, cookies, bread, etc., I’m not a fan of the flavor of ginger with meat or vegetables.  I can take a little smidgen of ginger here and there, but I can get pretty picky.

When I opened up Ellie’s cookbook this afternoon to her recipe for Salmon Cakes with Creamy Ginger-Sesame Sauce, I completely lost all notion that I probably wouldn’t like it and decided it was the one.  The perfect BSI entry.

Boy, was I in la la land.  I printed off my perfectly planned menu and headed out to the grocery.  Once home, I had to hustle to get everything together so I would be able to prepare it, eat it, blog it and get it submitted by the deadline time.  I was cutting it close.

To my horror, after I drained the canned salmon and dumped it in the mixing bowl, I noticed it wasn’t like any Starkist brand salmon I ever had.  This wasn’t Starkist tonight.  Oh no.  It was either buy three packages of Starkist or one large can of “fancy” salmon to meet the recipe requirements.  Now, if by “fancy” they meant “all parts intact”, then they hit the nail on the head.  Ewww.  I threw up in my mouth a little bit … and then I threw the salmon down the disposal.

In panic mode, I rushed to the panty to see if we had any tuna to use as a substitute.  We did.  Thank the lucky leprechans.  Whew.  Dinner saved.

I present to you …

Tuna Cakes with Creamy Ginger-Sesame Sauce

Quinoa with edamame, carrots and scallions

On the side: Quinoa with edamame, carrots and scallions

 

I still didn’t like it and it wasn’t because of the tuna.  It was the ginger sauce.  It was horrible.  I scraped as much as I could off my cake and then doused that baby with hot sauce.  Now I sit here with indigestion and a crappy attitude.

Needless to say, I didn’t think this was an award-winning ensemble and it was not submitted as my BSI entry.  Oh well.  There will be another ingredient, another week.

I’ve learned my lesson … go with what you know AND like.  You can’t go wrong there.

I hope you enjoy the remainder of your weekend!  Nighty night.

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Leftover And Lovin’ It

I can’t believe it’s Thursday already!  This week has gone so super fast.  Well, at least for me it has … traveling Monday felt like a Sunday and then Tuesday I had a travel hangover, walking around the house in a stupor before I was finally able to accomplish anything.  So glad that tomorrow is Friday!

Anyways, I wanted to jump right in to my to-do list for the day, so I skipped my AM post.  Sorry!  Please don’t hate! 😉

Here is the bowl that I devoured for breakfast –

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I still can’t taste the pumpkin that I added to my regular granola mix.  That’s a bummer. 😦   If I give it a shot again, I will need to increase the amount of pumpkin to see if the flavor comes out. 

I finally cooked up a new batch of wheat berries this morning, so a few were sprinkled in my bowl.  Yum – love the chew!  (I think I say that each and every time I eat these babies!  Ha!)

I worked with weights shortly after breakfast, showered up and headed out the door.  I knew lunch would be late, so I grabbed one of these guys to munch on when the hunger pains struck –

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These remind me so much of a soft chocolate chip cookie.  My stash of them is gone (Devin discovered them) so I will have to restock soon.  It’s amazing that TJ’s sells them for 69 cents each!  What a BARGAIN!

When I finally made it back to the house, I was famished and so ready to dig into the hotdish leftovers from last night.  Hotdish is ALWAYS better the next day!  Who’s with me?!

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Along with the reheated hotdish, I had a romaine salad with broc slaw, carrots, celery and avocado. 

For my fruit fix, I opted for a perfect pear (saved 1/2 for later) with cottage cheese and cinnamon –

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I can remember hating the cottage cheese/fruit combo as a kid.  My grandma would eat it this way often and I was always grossed out.  Not any more!  That’s some good eatin’ there!

I’m off to get myself ready for GOTR – I’m solo again today!  Hopefully those crazy girls will behave themselves!!

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Halloween Happenings

Happy Halloween!  Happy Birthday, Dad!

I am really enjoying my time in Oklahoma!  It’s been so nice to sit back and relax, all while spending time with two of my favorite people … my parents! 🙂

 

We did a lot of running around this morning … nothing too exciting, just putzing.  It was what Dad wanted to do though, so that was just fine with me.

I will quickly catch you up on all of our great eats …

Last night I made a fantastic Veggie Pizza

The toppings included diced tomatoes/tomato sauce base, onion, green pepper, mushrooms, zucchini, broccoli, cheddar and Parmesan cheeses … it wasn’t completely veggie since I also added Canadian bacon slices.  I LOVE PIZZA!  Could eat it all the time!

We also had a spinach and veggie salad on the side –

 

My mom and I ended the evening with a great soak in their hot tub, star-gazing.  They live just outside of the town of Edmond – just far enough out to enjoy the rural pleasures (i.e. dark, clear skies), but still close enough to all the conveniences of city life.  To them, it’s perfect!  To me, well, it’s nice and peaceful, but I can’t imagine living without high-speed internet!  Ha!  How life can differ?!

Our eats for the day were all very fall-themed.  We started out with Pumpkin Oats for breakfast –

Topped with Grape Nuts for a little crunch and raisins.

That held us over for most of the day, so we decided on a spinach salad for lunch –

Topped with shredded chicken, broccoli, carrots, celery, chopped apple, raisins and sunflower seeds.  Mmm good!  I LOVE SALAD!  (We ate lunch out by the pool … ahh!  Did I mention that it was 80 degrees here today?!!)

To celebrate the holiday and a birthday, I made Stuffed Acorn Squash for dinner –

I will post the recipe one day next week when I get back home.  For now, here is everything that went inside:

  • Chopped onion, celery, green pepper and mushrooms
  • Quinoa
  • Shredded chicken
  • Mashed squash
  • Chopped walnuts
  • Sprinkle of Parmesan cheese

It was quite tasty and VERY filling!  I forgot about the quinoa cooking, so it was a little overdone and lost it’s trademark crunch that I love, but it was still very good … and healthy!  Gotta love that! 🙂

 

Now, don’t laugh at this next picture!  I had roughly one hour to put this beauty together while my dad was out running errands this afternoon –

Don’t you love the walnut letters?!  The flavor of the cake was pumpkin spice with cinnamon cream cheese frosting.  I used one box of reduced sugar vanilla cake mix, one can of pumpkin, one egg white, 2 tbsp. water, plus 1 tsp. each of cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.  No oil at all and super moist!

I hope everyone is having fun at Halloween parties tonight!  I can’t wait to catch up on everyone’s posts and pictures.  See ya!

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