Cozy Halloween In

We have thoroughly enjoyed laying low this Halloween.

I did wear a festive orange sweater and did my best at a pumpkin impression.

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It was a good laugh.

Our real pumpkins have been attacked by squirrels!

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And we got a whoppin’ 3 trick-or-treaters at our door.

And we were probably the lamest people on our lame block giving out lame fruit leather. Oh well.

Our evening was spent playing Scrabble and watching The Godfather (finished the first, half way through the second right now!).

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We took a break to make a quick stir-fry.

We used a bunch of mushrooms, 2 carrots, half an onion, 4 cloves of garlic, one bell pepper, and a block of tofu. And I added a cup of frozen peas.

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I seasoned it with 2 Tbls of Red Curry Paste, some red pepper flakes, and a can of Light Coconut Milk.

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I served it over brown rice and topped the dish with sesame seeds. It was just ok. Not nearly as good as my green coconut thai dish I made a month or so ago!

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Dessert:

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More Scrabble time! 😀

(And I may have had a couple swigs of Jodus’ beer, some more FSTG Jalapeno chips, and a hunk of Peppermint bark throughout the afternoon. hehe…)

-L4L-

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Happy Halloween!

Last Night continued…

After dinner, we went to do our grocery shopping and made an impulse decision to stop by a stand that we’ve seen and always been curious about. It’s semi-enclosed. Rather large, decent selection, GREAT prices!

Look at the size of this cabbage!

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(That’s Jodus’ hand.)

Great price for Avocado!

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It’s usually $2-$3 per avocado in the grocery store and ~$1.15 each for a pack of 5 at Costco.

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I’m glad we stopped. We got 2 huge bell peppers, 4 lemons, a jalapeno, and a big bag of grapes for under $5! Who says eating healthy ain’t cheap?!

We also hit up Costco for mushrooms, bananas, fruit leather, tomatoes, asparagus, and maple syrup.

Then we hit QFC for a few more things.

And I splurged on a treat!

Earlier yesterday on Twitter, I inquired if anyone knew a tasty lactose-free eggnog. PCC, my local natural market, replied saying they had Silk Soy Nog. We didn’t make it there last night but I did find Silk Pumpkin Spice Soy milk at QFC!

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I poured myself a tiny glass.

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Initial response: smelled very pumpkin-y.

Taste test: quite good! Not really creamy and thick like nog, definitely more in the milk realm. I quite enjoyed it! I think this little 2.5oz pour was about the perfect size too!

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Jar o’ Oats

The best part of last night’s dinner was the fact that it cleaned out my peanut butter jar!

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Oh yes. That means one thing: Oatmeal.

Typical mix: 1 cup oats, 2 cups vanilla soymilk, 1 banana, for two people.

I’m greedy and obviously took the jar. Boy got stuck with bowl. haha.

I just sprinkled some carob chips on top and called it a day!

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This was so incredibly filling.

Jodus had to help me polish it off.

We finally got on with our day.

Went to get my oil changed and of course they said I needed a transmission flush, power steering flush, some new valve, maybe an air filter. Ugh. Depressing.

Then we went to the gym.

Apparently not enough time had lapsed from our oh-so-filling breakfast. I could not get into it. I managed to wimp out after 20 minutes on the elliptical. Lucky for me, Jodus wasn’t feeling it either so we just called it quits and got some stuff done around the house instead.

Tortilla-less Fajitas

The original plan for lunch today was fish tacos. But alas, we were out of tilapia and are feeling a pinch this pay period so decided to hold off on buying some fish and just making do with what we have. So I thawed a chicken boob instead.

I decided to grill up the veggies and chicken on the George Foreman. I got that underway then realized our tortillas were turning green. Ew.

So we just threw everything into a bowl.

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Jodus and I made some guacamole and had some FSTG Jalapeno chips on the side.

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There is also some Chalula sauce, sour cream, and shredded cheese.

Isn’t it pretty? Jodus is responsible for the presentation!

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He’s just too darn cute!

Happy Halloween, all!

-L4L-

Sweet Potato Peanut Bisque

Dinner’s recipe was taken from Eating Well Magazine.

I was intrigued when I saw it.

And then I kept reading.

Green Chiles?

Ginger?

Tomato Juice?

I became even more intrigued. I had to make this bisque!

Sweet Potato Peanut Bisque

Ingredients
  • 2 large sweet potatoes (10-12 ounces each) plus one small
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 small 1/2 a large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 3 cups reduced-sodium tomato-vegetable juice blend or tomato juice Clamato Cocktail Mix
  • 1 4-ounce can diced green chiles, preferably hot, drained
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 15-ounce can vegetable chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup smooth natural peanut butter
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh cilantro leaves for garnish
Preparation
  1. Prick sweet potatoes in several places with a fork. Microwave on High until just cooked through, 7 to 10 minutes. Set aside to cool. (12 minutes!)
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until it just begins to brown, 2 to 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute more. Stir in juice, green chiles, ginger and allspice. Adjust the heat so the mixture boils gently; cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, peel the sweet potatoes and chop into bite-size pieces. Add half to the pot. Place the other half in a food processor or blender along with broth and peanut butter. Puree until completely smooth. Add the puree to the pot and stir well to combine. Thin the bisque with water, if desired. Season with pepper. Heat until hot. Garnish with cilantro, if desired. I am a lazy cook and omitted the pureeing! I just mushed up the potatoes really well with my wooden spoon.
Tips & Notes
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Thin with water before reheating, if desired.
Nutrition

Per serving: 291 calories; 16 g fat (3 g sat, 8 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 30 g carbohydrates; 10 g protein; 6 g fiber; 474 mg sodium; 1011 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (300% daily value), Vitamin C (100% dv), Potassium (29% dv), Magnesium (15% dv).

1 1/2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 1/2 high fat meat, 1/2 fat

It looked like baby poo.

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Sorry, but it’s true.

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It was surprisingly good.

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The first bite was odd.

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The second bite was better.

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And by the end, I wanted to lick my bowl!

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Do you like my hat? One of the women in Jodus’ vanpool knitted it for me and he gave it to me as soon as he walked in the door!

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I love it! I am a huge fan of hats, gloves, scarves. I love bundling up!

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(I’m still wearing it!)

Question! Do you guys like it when I give you photos of the meal I am preparing as I go or do you just end up skipping past and getting to the final presentation? I am torn. I like it… sometimes. But it is really up to what you guys prefer! Thoughts?

Also, do you like it when I show you the loot from grocery store trips?

-L4L-

Jammin’ Good Time

I’d like to start off by saying that I feel much better today and much more optimistic.

Thank you all for your support. Totally love you guys! *hug*

I’ve stayed pretty busy (for once) at work this morning! I’ve made at least 4 calls to customer service and processed a few orders, and done some problem solving. That’s usually about how much work I do in a week so to do that much in a single morning is a nice change of pace! Don’t worry, I still had plenty of time to daydream about opening a cafe with Susan and Brie‘s help. 😉

Sporatically throughout the morning, I munched on some pumpkin seeds.

And I ate a quick lunch consisting of the other half of my salmon filet from last night’s dinner AND the last of the leftover noodles from last Saturday‘s Chicken Parm meal! We are officially cleaned out of any and all leftovers, true to Friday form! Jodus was a champ with getting stuck eating a turkey sandwich for lunch. 😉

I just put a little butter, parmesan, and garlic powder on the noodles. It was an interesting combo with the Screamin’ Strawberry jam! The Habaneros in the jam give it such a kick, I just can’t live without! I may need to hunt down the jam lady and have her ship me some more when we run out! I’ve been good at pacing ourselves. We bought the jar over Fourth Of July Weekend this past summer and I think it is about half gone now!

Have you ever tried non-traditional jams? Do you like them? What is your favorite?

My mother swears by one that I think is like garlic and rosemary jelly? I  might have to give that a shot next time.

-L4L-

Quiche Me, I’m Irish!

I am actually rather liking having leftovers for breakfast! Doesn’t mean I have to rack my brain to figure out what to make! But then again, I do rather miss the creativity aspect.

This morning, we finished off the last of the quiche.

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And I used last night’s leftover mashed potatoes to make mashed potato pancakes!

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These were mega simple, just mashed potatoes, squished together, left to sizzle on the griddle.

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Variations include adding sausage, bacon, onion, etc.

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I like putting sour cream on them.

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So that’s what I did.

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Thank you for the kind comments about my job situation. It’s more of the not-knowing that bothers me than the actual unemployment aspect… and the finances.

Hopefully something will pan out so that none of this is an issue!

-L4L-

Breaking It Down

Sorry for not posting after lunch.

I kind of had a little mini breakdown.

I had a pretty tough conversation with one of the ladies in my office about my job and it shook me up pretty bad.

At this point, it is looking more and more like I may not even have a job through the end of the year. Unfortunately, this is not by choice, like it has been for other blogger bee’s out there going through significant life changes this past year.

I don’t really want to get into the details at the moment. This is kind of hard for me to deal with since I am not at all (financially) prepared to be unemployed (again).

But I know I have the love and support of Jodus, my family, and my friends so everything will be just dandy.

Because I got myself all worked up into a funk this afternoon, I could not drag myself into the gym. I just couldn’t.

Instead, I called my dad and chatted with him on the drive home then proceeded to sit my ass down on the couch with a piece of peppermint bark. Yes, this was emotional eating. Yes, this is not good. Sue me.

I did manage to muster up some motivation to do a little yoga. I started off with Dave Farmar’s 90 min Power Vinyasa class from Yoga Download and only  made it about 25 shaky minutes through. Gross, I know, but I was having a hard time breathing with snot running down my throat and I kept burping up lunch.

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I’m glad to be done with the chili leftovers. They were good, don’t get me wrong. But I met my limit with 4 servings in 1 week. Mental note: next time, freeze some of it.

ANYWAY, after I gave up on Yoga, I had a quick convo with Jodus then applied to like 5 jobs to make me feel a tiny bit better. And it actually worked.

Dinner was easy.

I baked up two salmon filets topped with a mixture of Screamin’ Strawberry Jam + Vinegar + Salt + Pepper.

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I made mashed potatoes out of red skin potatoes, diced and boiled and drained, mashed with roasted garlic, half and half, butter, salt, and pepper.

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And some frozen green beans.

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There is no such thing as portion control when it comes to veggies. 😉

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I also had a splash of wine.

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It was yum.

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So ready for bed. It’s been a long day.

-L4L-

Apple Oats

 

Classy Lady

Last night, I had my soup around 4:30 and slowly munched/slurped on it.

Around 7 or so, I ate the Revive Glo Bar. It was so chewy and delicious! Angela is a godsend! I must admit, it didn’t taste overtly chocolaty or peanut buttery, mostly just sweet, but that’s fine by me! Maybe my palate isn’t as refined?

AND we got a bunch of work back in class last night and we got to see our grades to date. I’m currently rocking a 94% which I am beyond happy about. Now I just have to keep it up for 2 more months! 😀

We actually got out about an hour early yesterday because the class tag teamed our Alka Seltzer lab so after I got home, dinked around, and changed into my PJ’s, I did some free flow yoga for the first time! I did some sun salutations, crescent lunges, triangle poses and threw in a couple of my physical therapy stretches in there too.

Pie For Breakfast?

Yes, you heard that right. I had pie for breakfast!

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I cooked up a batch of plain oats using vanilla soymilk and topped my half with a chopped up piece of leftover apple pie, sans the thick gross failure of a crust.

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Honestly, this pie was a little too sweet for my taste. I think it was the crumble top vs a standard pie crust top that made the difference?

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If this had been a good piece of pie, this would have been really good oatmeal.

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And a cup of coffee + agave + soymilk.

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It’s 6 o’clock! Time to rock!

-L4L-