Posts made in August, 2010

Sticky fingers. (20/40/60 : Day 14)

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Posted on Aug 31, 2010 in Lifestyle, Uncategorized

I’m starting to get 20/40/60 Challenge fatigued. All I wanted to do tonight was go out to dinner. The husband and I were both downtown after work and I really didn’t want to cook dinner. Alas, y’all keep me honest (well, except for that $0.93) and we headed home and did some freezer diving.

First, I needed a pre-dinner, post-work drink. Gin and tonic love.

Pulled out the last true Ace in our freezer and decided to grill up some chicken drumsticks. This is the last of the good stash in the freezer. These next few days are going to be rough. Onto the grill!

Wanted to try out this local BBQ sauce we got in our CSA a few weeks ago.

Look at this awesome ingredient list!

As opposed to this famous-brand grocery store stuff we had in the back of the fridge.

Yuck.

I like to slather the sauce on in the beginning of grilling and put a new coat on each time I flip the chicken. It makes the sauce get all caramelized and sticky and delicious!

Yummmm.

Also found a small bag of green beans in the freezer and combined them with the potatoes from last week’s CSA to make a green bean potato salad.

I love this recipe because it barely has any mayo in it and is really nice and different from classic potato salad, that by this time of year, we are all pretty sick of.

I’m pretty sleepy, so no recipe tonight, but I make this one frequently and I’m sure it’ll be posted soon.

Orange plates are fun.

As are sticky BBQ fingers.

Now is when the 20/40/60 Challenge is going to get interesting. Nearly empty freezer. And oooooh, do I miss feta, greek yogurt and fruit…of any kind. STAY STRONG.


20/40/60 Day 14 Recap

Days Completed: 14
Days Remaining: 6
Money Spent: $40.93
Money Remaining: -$0.93

Leftovers. (20/40/60 : Day 13)

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Posted on Aug 30, 2010 in Lifestyle, Uncategorized

Some people hate leftovers.

I am not one of them.

Double the meal, half the cooking? Sounds like a great plan to me. Especially after a nearly 12 hour work day.

And leftovers also give not-so-great meals a chance to redeem themselves with a little in-the-fridge melding time.

Took some leftover stuffing from last night’s peppers and put it on top of some brown rice.

Topped it with some of the leftover enchilada sauce from a few days ago.

Ohh! This was really good! A great improvement over last night’s peppers. Full of flavor.

Served with a big salad on the side.

Alright, so not really a “side salad” more like a main salad with a side of leftovers.

And then finished it all off with two rectangles of Hershey’s Special Dark. I forgot how sweet this stuff is! It tastes like milk chocolate. Or frosting. Yum!

Thinking I should probably do some sort of activity, but am really enjoying my couch and Tosh.0. Easily offended? Then don’t watch it. Like to laugh at offensive jokes? DON’T WALK, RUN to go turn on Comedy Central and find out when the next Tosh.0 episode is on.

Hope you had a fantastic Monday, friends!


20/40/60 Day 13 Recap

Days Completed: 13
Days Remaining: 7
Money Spent: $40.93
Money Remaining: -$0.93

Fro fo’ sho’. (20/40/60 : Day 12)

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Posted on Aug 29, 2010 in Lifestyle, Uncategorized

Quick post tonight because True Blood starts in 9 minutes and, even though we have a DVR, I desperately desire to watch it live.

We didn’t end up doing much after my last post. Ran a few errands and spent some time cleaning out our craft/sewing/photography/all-purpose room (well the Husband did most of the clearing). Found this gem.

I think it’s a good look.

Dinner was Stuffed Bell Peppers from SimplyRecipes.

These were just okay. The sauce on top was awesome and flavorful, but the meat mixture inside was quite bland. I think next time I might just stuff peppers with my Mama’s meatloaf recipe. Guaranteed flava!

Served with some corn on the cob that I saved from the depths of the freezer. What a sad-looking plate this is. Husband said it was “simple” not sad.

Opening up the flood gates helps.

As does using a shallow depth of field.

Post-digestion, it was Zumba time! I asked Husband to take a picture of me pre-Zumba, and we ended up outside in drought-city.

I didn’t really realize how terrible everything looks until I uploaded this picture. Holy cow we need rain!

Was killed (in a good way) by my Zumba instructor tonight. A ton of jumping. It was great and left me with a serious case of jell-o leg. And there is only one cure for jell-o leg.


Banana Soft Serve?

Yeah, I dunno. I do know that after coming home from the gym, the Husband requested “that crazy-ass dessert you had last week without me” (he was at work). And I delivered. With some cherry syrup and drizzle of dark chocolate.

Yummmmmm. Now I’m noshing on a little popcorn. And now I’m officially 12 minutes behind the live broadcast of True Blood. Gots to get to gettin’!


20/40/60 Day 12 Recap

Days Completed: 12
Days Remaining: 8
Money Spent: $40.93
Money Remaining: -$0.93

Colorful food. (20/40/60 : Day 11 + 12)

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Posted on Aug 29, 2010 in Food

Good morning, everyone! Before we get into Pancake Sunday, let’s talk a little bit about last night’s dinner, shall we?

Have you noticed the vast amount of grilled veggie sandwiches we eat? It is definitely one of our favorite summer foods. Good bread, sweet, smoky veggies, some cheese and some sauce. Pow! Yum!

Grilled squash, zucchini, bell peppers and onions. Gosh, do I love the colors in this sandwich. We eat with our eyes!

Topped with the cheddar-like cheese we got in our CSA a few weeks back. We normally use feta on this one, but the cheddar was good, too.

Served on grilled focaccia smeared with a garlic, lemon mayo.

Had a big side of okra fries to flesh out dinner.

I’m not a vegetarian, but man, meals like that make me think I’d be happy being meatless for the rest of my life (until I smell bacon).


20/40/60 Day 11 Recap

Days Completed: 11
Days Remaining: 9
Money Spent: $40.93
Money Remaining: -$0.93


Moving onto current times. No massive hiking trip today, so it is back to Pancake Sunday.

Whole wheat (this time 100% whole wheat) Finnish Pancakes.

I was in charge this time, and I can safely say they weren’t nearly as good as when the husband makes them.  I think it has something to do with the fact that I don’t have a drop of Scandinavian blood in my veins. Do Germans have a pancake recipe? That one, I would rock.

But I redeemed myself (and the pancakes) with this cherry syrup.

Cherry Syrup

1/2 c. frozen cherries
2/3 c. water
1/4 c. sugar
2 T. water
1 T. cornstarch

Heat cherries, 2/3 c. water and sugar over medium high in saucepan. In separate bowl, whisk together remaining water and cornstarch. When cherry mixture comes to a boil, add cornstarch mixture and stir until reaches desired consistency. Will thicken slightly as it cools. Use as a pancake or ice cream topping.

That recipe made enough to serve at least 4-6 people. We have a ton leftover. I see vanilla ice cream in our future.

More colorful beauty. Such a nice deep purple. Colorful food makes my heart sing.

Now that breakfast is settled, we’re trying to figure out how to spend this glorious Sunday. I know a trip to the camera store is on the docket, beyond that, we’ll have to see where the wind takes us! Happy Sunday, everyone!

I have a confession to make… (20/40/60 : Day 11)

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Posted on Aug 28, 2010 in Lifestyle, Uncategorized

A rare lunch post, because I desperately need to confess something.

I went over by $0.93.

ACK! I don’t know what happened. I had a calculator with me and had everything added up to be $0.50 under, but somehow, when I got up to the checkout, I was $0.93 over. The husband says I should blame it on our weak CSA this week, but I’m still bummed. The 20/40.93/60 challenge just doesn’t have the same ring to it, eh?

Oh well.

Milk, sugar, spaghetti, lettuce, yogurt, celery, carrots, onions, grapes, honey, raisins, and….

…imitation vanilla. DUN-DUN-DUN. The horror. There was just no way I could afford the real thing, and I absolutely needed some for a recipe for this week. I don’t feel good about this one.

Lunch

Lunch was inspired by McDonald’s.

Yes, you read that right. But it isn’t as bad as it sounds.

When we were driving back from hiking last weekend, I saw a billboard for McDonald’s Angus snack wrap and thought, “Hey! That’s a good idea!”

Dijon mayo, lettuce, tomatoes, feta, black bean burger and onions on a whole wheat tortilla.

Suck on that, McDonalds!

Served with some home-canned (last summer) dill pickles.

And some garlic popcorn. We’ve been eating a ton of popcorn recently, so cheap and so easy to pop. Plus, it is super yummy and satisfies the need for crunchy-crunch.

Yum.