Breakfast of Champions

Same picture different day. Are you sick of seeing these yet?

I sure hope not because I don’t think I will ever be sick of drinking them or getting the little energy rush that comes with them!! Todays was made with spinach, cucumber, strawberries, peanut butter, milk and OJ. Mmmm Mmmm good!

Along with it I had a couple of boiled eggs with the yellow pulled out. I don’t know why I love a boiled egg white but just can’t do the yellow.

Now I’m off for my walk and then Day 2 of looking at wedding venues. Wish me luck!

Tuesday

I’ve decided that I prefer my Green Monster with a bit of flair.  So I broke out the stemware again this morning.

After I had this I put in my time on the elliptical. Some days I hate every second and other days it’s down right enjoyable. Today was the latter. I’ll take it!

The search for the perfect wedding venue started again today with a new date in mind. That really takes it out of you! By the time I got home it was 2pm and I was famished! I had piece of the CBF’s pizza from last night. Cold. The only way to eat left over pizza.

Along with this it hit the spot!

I wish I could say the same for dinner. It was bleh… at best! In fact it was so bleh that I couldn’t be bothered to take a picture. If you had seen it you would thank me. I promise!

Pizza! Pizza!

Coming to you live from 1776…don’t I wish! 3 episodes in to the 5 part series. I do love me some Founding Fathers!!

Last week my favorite blogger Jenna posted about making a white pizza with shredded zucchini and Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat Pizza Crust. Pizza and Trader Joe’s? I’m on board! I set off today to pick up my crusts and zucchini and pepperoni – knowing the CBF wasn’t going to be into the zucchini. I’m wracking my brain and I honestly think this is the first time I’ve ever made homemade pizza. How is that true? There is definite room for improvement but I am undeterred!

Before:

And after:

You can find Jenna’s recipe that I used for the Zucchini Pizza here. For the CBF’s Pepperoni Pizza I used:

  • 1 Traders Joe’s Regular Pizza Crust Dough
  • 2 C Mozzarella Cheese
  • Pepperoni
  • 1/2 C Trader Joe’s Garlic Marinara Sauce

Roll the dough out to a 12 inch circle or sort of a rectangle with rounded edges like I did. Add sauce then cheese then pepperoni then red pepper flakes to taste.  Bake at 500 for about 20 minutes.

As you can see Jenna’s turned out much prettier than mine did. What I would do differently next time is that I would use only 1 zucchini and either roll the dough out to a larger size or only use half. All in all it was pretty good and I definitely feel better than I would have if we’d ordered delivery.

See you in the morning!

The Coup de Gras

I’m having an I love my life moment right now. Not due to any big thing just because.  I have dinner planned and it’s one I’m excited to make.  A cup of hot peppermint tea beside me. Waiting on the love of my life to come home and fill me in on his day. Updating my blog while sitting on my sofa watching the John Adams mini series.  Am I the only one that finds anything related to Colonial American history comforting? Reading about it, watching it or touring it just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. I guess that’s why I’m having my own private love affair with the city of Philadelphia.

Moving right along! Lunch was fabulous. I dined al fresco on our patio and loved it. As much as I hate to admit it, the less meat a meal has the more my stomach loves it. I say I hate to admit it because I love meat! Beef, poultry, pork, all of it! I just love it.  I will never give it up but unfortunately there is no denying I notice a definite change in how I feel after I  eat it. I blame it on having my gall bladder taken out. All food was my friend all of the time up until that fateful day exactly one year ago. The past year has been like living in a strangers body. Milk was the first to go, alcohol is kind of iffy and now meat. What’s next chocolate? I shudder at the thought!

I made this mega salad that was scrumptious! It had quite a bit going on:

Mixed greens, cucumbers, celery, mini heirloom tomatoes (from Trader Joes and out of this world!), sweet orange pepper, carrots, hummus, multi grain chips and the coup de gras steamed blue crab claws.

I know I said yesterday that my last meal would be my mom’s spaghetti. It still would be. But if I was ever given TWO last meals the second would be steamed crab claws! OMG! How I do love those!! We bought a dozen live blue crabs at the Shi Shi Poo Poo Farmer’s Market yesterday and boiled them with Old Bay. So good!!!! These 5 claws were all that were left. I think I see another trip next door in my near future.

Green Monster with Flair

Thank you all so much for your tips and thoughts from yesterdays post. I really appreciate them all! I feel much better about the whole situation now. Still no place or date set in stone but hopefully in the next couple of weeks we’ll have it figured out. If not, city hall here I come 🙂

Yesterday we went downtown for brunch to a restaurant I’ve been wanting to try, Farmicia. I’m already dying to go back. It was the best atmosphere, great service and everything was FRESH! I had a goat cheese panini with artichoke pesto and mesclun salad that was out of this world.

A pet peeve of mine is when you go to a restaurant and order a salad and the vegetables either all taste the same or don’t have any flavor at all. The green pepper and carrots in this salad were like a taste explosion in my mouth. So good!!! I’m not sure what the vinaigrette was but I wanted to lick it off of the plate.

Afterwards we took a stroll around the city. A view of Philadelphia from the marina at Penn’s Landing:

A view from the same spot across the river to Camden, NJ:

To keep with the Philadelphia theme we rented the first season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia last night. Hilarious! A lot like Curb Your Enthusiasm in that it’s so un-PC that it is almost uncomfortable. We loved it!

This morning I decided I needed a little flair with my Green Monster.

If even possible it made it taste even better!

Have a great Monday!

What to do? What to do?

WARNING! I’m in a really grumpy mood. It’s bad when it’s barely 7am on a Sunday morning and you’re already in a bad mood. The cause? Two words: wedding date. No, not the mediocre movie with Grace Adler. My actual wedding date. We can’t figure it out and it’s driving me crazy. As a girl who has waited patiently, for many, many years to be married I feel like I have earned the right to have a couple of irrational desires. I really only have one. I want the wedding to be on New Years Eve. There is no reason it’s just what I want. I couldn’t tell you why my heart is set on this date it just is. I keep telling myself that the date is not important. My brain knows this and my heart knows this but I still want a New Year’s Eve wedding!!!!! Please go back and reread that sentence in the whiny-3-year old voice I am using in my head.  So what’s the problem? Glad you asked. We can’t find the right place to have it. I REALLY want to have it here or here but both are booked and no where else is giving me the vibe. Also, it’s been said that a lot of people won’t want to travel that weekend. I couldn’t disagree more.  I think everyone wants something fun to do on New Year’s Eve and what could be more fun than a wedding??? Please give me your thoughts. Have you been to a NYE wedding? Would you travel for one? Thoughts???

Since I’m in a way I thought I would write about my biggest comfort food. Nothing makes me feel any better than this. Unfortunately it’s now a 3 hour plane ride followed by a 2 hour car ride away 😦 When people ask that proverbial question, what would your last meal be? My answer is ALWAYS the same. My mom’s spaghetti! So when I was visiting last month I broke out the camera while she made it.

The ingredients you will need are:

  • Ground Beef (although I think ground buffalo is GREAT in it as well)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • green and or sweet red pepper chopped
  • sliced mushrooms
  • Ragu Traditional Style (yes Ragu, don’t ask just use it!)
  • Basil
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Garlic
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Chili Powder
  • Bay Leaves
  • Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Parmesan Cheese

Optional Ingredient

  • So stinking cute little boy to stir:

The first step is saute together the beef, onion and green pepper like so:

While that is cooking, add the Ragu, mushrooms and dried spices to the crock pot:

As far as measurements go on the spices it really seems to be a more of an art form than an exact science. It truly is a little of this a little of that until you get it exactly the way you want it. The secret ingredient is said to be the chili powder so definitely do not leave that out!

Drain and rinse the ground beef mixture and add to the crock pot.

Cook on low for 8 hour and then you will have this:

Per my usual I was in too much of a hurry to eat it to actually stop and take a picture of my plate. Trust me, it was as perfect as always!

Hope you have a great Sunday. The first person to call The Union League of Philadelphia and cancel whatever event is currently being held there on December 31st wins an awesome prize!!!!!!!!

Right Church Wrong Pew

I thought that I had the perfect plan for lunch yesterday. Actually it was, it’s just funny how one ingredient can throw off the whole dish! It had been ages since I had fixed Salsa Chicken and being that I have a Price Club Costco sized vat of salsa in my fridge:

it seemed like the obvious choice.

This recipe could not be any easier.  Preheat the oven to 400. Cover a chicken breast with any salsa that you like. The more you like the salsa the more you will like this dish:

Wrap it up in Reynolds Wrap:

Bake for 45 minutes. Add shredded cheese and continue to bake for an additional 15 minutes. The final product:

The greatest part of this recipe is that you can use a FROZEN chicken breast and get the exact same result. No thawing necessary. It is a fail proof recipe. It cannot be messed up! You could also make it in the crock pot. Serve with avocado and or sour cream and viola!

Now, the caveat to all of this is, you must use a salsa that you like. I for one am not a huge mango person. I like it on its own with cottage cheese and that’s it. Knowing this I have no idea what possessed me to make this dish using a mango peach salsa. It was incredibly sweet and just down right not good! I ended up scraping off all of the salsa and just eating the chicken and avocado which was good but defeated the purpose. So, right recipe wrong ingredient or as my dad would say, right church wrong pew!