Monthly Archives: May 2010

A Day Sandwich

Good evening everyone! How was everyone’s Monday?

My day started off with this:

And ended with this:

And was stuffed full of this:

Waffle with banana, peanut butter, and cinnamon

Salad with leftover Springy Shells and oil and vinegar mixed with Italian seasoning.

A long walk with a stop at the dog park and a stop to admire wild flowers

Some munching on blue corn tortilla chips with layered dip

A Boca burger and hot dog for dinner. (Ironic to eat meat with a meatless burger? Maybe.) All of the burger disappeared, but I only managed two bites from the hot dog.

I capped my evening off with unpictured half of an apple and a peanut butter cookie. Alright fine, two peanut butter cookies. :-D

For those that celebrated Memorial Day, what were some of your eats?

Hangin’ With The Girls

Well, after careful review of my cabinets, I found that I was missing one or two key ingredients for all of the baking recipes that I had in mind. So I decided to go with something simple and make 3 ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies.

I changed the recipe a bit from last time and used my Peanut Butter Co.’s White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter. I also subbed in 3/4 cup of Splenda and 1/4 of regular sugar for the called for 1 cup of regular sugar.

I had two for a mid afternoon snack. :-D They were good, but they had a little more of a cake-y texture, where the last batch were very moist and chewy.

All day long, I’ve been planning on how I wanted to spend my evening. And it involved barbeque pizza and some of my favorite girls.

For the pizza, I spread some barbeque sauce and ranch dressing on a flour tortilla.

Spread a little shredded chicken lovin':

And then finished it off with some mozzarella cheese, grilled onions, and parsley before throwing it under the broiler until the cheese started to melt:

Wow, did this hit the spot! This may have to make a reappearance sometime soon in  my near future.

Oh, and the girls? Just the usual gang!

I figured that I should re-watch the first movie in preparation of seeing the second one sometime soon! A few spoonfuls of chocolate ice cream made its way into my evening as well. ;-)

Enjoy your evenings!

~B

Well Rounded

Good morning buttercups! How is everyone today? This morning I woke up to clear skies! Well, not really clear, blue, skies, but clear, not raining, skies. Hey, this girl will take what she can get!

I wanted to take Prince to the dog park before the rain came, so I wolfed down a quick mug of fiber and iced coffee for breakfast.

All My Spoons were Going Through the Dishwasher, So I Improvised with a Measuring Spoon

The pup had a grand ol’ time at the park and took advantage of getting to stretch his legs.

Exploring The Trails

Of Course He Tested The Water Out

Running In Circles

Prince Looked Like A Deer Leaping Through The Fields

I normally like to take my time with breakfast on the weekends and make something really good since I don’t always have the chance during the week. Since I skipped that this morning, I decided that I wanted brunch and not lunch when I got home.

I sautéed some spinach in a butter and garlic, added shredded chicken, tomatoes, cheese, and then a scrambled egg. I served it with a high fiber english muffin and some mixed fruit.

Well Rounded Meal

I ended up turning my omelet into a sandwich:

An Egg Sandwich

Lately, I’ve been feeling like my meals aren’t so well-rounded and are a bit carb heavy. It felt good to have a meal that covered all the food groups and felt rounded out.

I’m feeling like I might be in the mood to bake today. I’m not sure how well stocked I am on ingredients, but hopefully I can share something yummy with you later on!

~B

Banana Peanut Butter Cups

I’m afraid dinner tonight is quite boring. In attempt to make sure I don’t have to throw out leftovers, I had another helping of my Springy Shells. I added some shredded chicken and mozzarella cheese on top for a little extra protein.

But I do have an exciting snack to share with you all! :-D I’ve seen a couple of variations of chocolate covered banana slices out on the web recently, and decided to give it my own twist.

Banana Peanut Butter Cups

You’ll need one banana, 1/2 cup of your favorite smooth peanut butter (I went with the Peanut Butter Co.’s White Chocolate Wonderful), and about 3/4 cup of chocolate morsels. I first sliced the banana into fairly thick pieces and then dipped then into the peanut butter. I microwaved the peanut butter for about 30 seconds to help thin it out first. I placed my peanut butter banana slices on wax paper and threw them into the freezer for about an hour and a half.

I then set up a double boiler using two small pans (as illustrated below) and threw my chocolate in. Normally the chocolate melts to a nice milky consistency, but I couldn’t get it to thin out today. It was just a little thicker than peanut butter. I’m wondering if the fact that I used organic chocolate made a difference?

The plan was to dunk the frozen peanut butter banana chunks into the chocolate, but since it stayed thick, I ended up taking a knife and spreading a chocolate layer on top of all of my banana rounds. I threw them back into the freezer for a few hours and ended up with this:

Delicious! I think I’m going to keep these in the freezer since they’ll make an excellent treat on a hot day if summer ever decides to show up here! ;-)

After dinner, I spent some quality time with the neglected Kaylie:

Tomorrow, my plan is to get some exercise. I think there will be a break in the weather during the morning, so I hope to get outside. If not, I think I need to pull out a fitness DVD.

Does anyone else use fitness DVDs/ Tapes/Downloads? What’s your favorite?

Poker Face

Did everyone see this week’s episode of Glee? How excellent were the Lady Gaga songs?! My absolute favorite was Poker Face and you can listen to it here if you want (or replay it fifty times like me). ;-) I’m hoping my walls are thick enough that my neighbors can’t hear me singing along!

Today has been overcast, cold, and rainy. What else is new, right? I don’t know how many more days I can take with being confined indoors. At least it forced me to get a lot of work done inside today.

I started my morning off doing some blog reading and eating this wonderful spread:

Kashi Vanilla Hot Cereal (with cinnamon and peanut butter), mixed fruit, and an iced hazelnut coffee :-D

My only reason for getting out of my apartment today was to renew my lease. Obviously, this required me to actually get dressed.

The purple scarf is from Express and that’s my Walmart jersey blazer (Miley Cyrus line). I love outfits that require no thought process to put together.

I wasn’t real hungry for lunch, but for some reason, I ended up eating quite a bit! I had leftovers from last night’s Springy Shells with a side salad and half of a sandwich thin.

I have a confession. Every time I write the word sandwich, I spell it sandwhich. I also have issues spelling restaurant. I normally spell it restuarant. For a girl who eats lots of sandwiches and used to work in a restaurant, you would think that I would have these words down.

What words give you trouble when it comes to spelling?

~B

Springy Shells

Good evening bloggies! Is everyone ready for their three-day weekend? I’m looking forward to having some extra time to catch up on some work/chores and getting a little extra time to relax. Who knows, maybe I’ll get some reading accomplished?

I was starving by the time I got out of work! I snacked on some more Rainier cherries at my desk, but they didn’t last long with holding off my hunger.

I had something really special planned for my Meatless Friday dinner tonight.  A few months ago I saw The Pioneer Woman’s recipe for Springy Shells and haven’t been able to get the dish out of my head since! I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand, so I had to make a few modifications.

I started off by chopping up zucchini, spinach, broccoli, and red bell pepper.

While I boiled the shell pasta, I added minced garlic to a heated pan with a splash of white wine. Can I say that I love the smell of wine without sounding like an alcoholic? Because I’m gonna say, but I don’t want you to judge me! I then added all of my chopped veggies with salt and pepper.

Warning, at this point, the smell will be so intoxicating that you will want to eat the veggies straight out of the pan. I can’t stop you, but I’ll warn you that the best is yet to come!

While things continued to cook, I mixed together ricotta cheese, one egg, parmesan cheese, and a small handful of mozzarella. After draining the pasta, I layered everything together.

Pasta layered with ricotta mixture and veggies

Hot out of the oven!

Wow was this good! But next time, I think I would use more garlic, more mozzarella, and of course more white wine! ;-)

To cap off the meal, I had a few spoonfuls from a new ice cream I picked up at the store the other day.

I don’t have a problem eating dairy, but I figured I’d give non-dairy a shot. I have to say, I wasn’t missing the dairy during one single one of those bites! :-D

What does everyone have planned for the weekend? What are you most looking forward  to?

I’m planning on spending the weekend getting rejuvenated and catching up on tasks. I think I’m most looking forward to having an easy morning on Monday!

Goodnight! ~B

P.S. I just learned that Seattle was the coldest city in the continental U.S. Summer, why do you hate us? Please come! I’ll share some of my Springy Shells and Rainier cherries with you!

Groupon

This morning I woke up to a very exciting email waiting for me in my inbox. $5 dollars for $10 worth of fro-yo!

For those that aren’t familiar with Groupon, it’s an online service that you sign up for and they will send you daily emails about deals in your area. Groupon negotiates awesome discounts with local businesses and then offers them up to everyone. I’ve seen deals for gift certificates worth $100 to salons for only $40, $25 for trapeze lessons for two, and numerous offers to restaurants. Amazing deals! If Groupon doesn’t service your area yet, I believe that you can submit your email address and zip code and they’ll notify you when they do.

But back to the fro-yo. I’ve seen several “make your own” frozen yogurt shops making appearances on blogs nationwide – except the Seattle area. My mouth salivates every time I read the description of flavors and toppings. When I saw this Groupon coupon for a fro-yo place in Seattle, I immediately jumped on the opportunity. So excited to try it out!

A quick an easy mug of fiber was devoured for breakfast.

I wasn’t in the mood to make anything for lunch, and truthfully, I wasn’t really in the mood for lunch food at all. I ended up throwing a banana, blueberry scone, and a peanut butter & jelly Larabar into my purse.

This was my first time trying a Larabar, and I have to say, I’m quite impressed! The only ingredients in the bar were dates, peanuts, unsweetened cherries, and salt. I guess I was expecting it to look like a normal granola bar, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that the bar was mostly fruit. The nutritional stats on it aren’t bad, but at 210 calories, it’s a little but larger of a snack than what I would normally go for. So incorporating it into lunch today was perfect!

Today is Meatless Friday for me, and I’m planning something really tasty for dinner tonight. I can’t wait!

Question:

What business or service would you like to have a discount for on Groupon?