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minestrone soup

24 Nov

I’m trying this recipe today. I chopped up the ingredients last night and so it was a quick throw into the crock pot this morning. Hopefully our dinner will be tasty and veggie filled.

Minestrone Soup

UPDATE:

Delicious! And colorful. Because that’s important.

Minestrone Soup

Omelet you know…

21 Mar

Omelet…that I made a very ugly and somewhat overcooked, but very tasty breakfast for myself this morning! And because I’m nice and like to share, omelet you see it.

Somebody stop me.

Recipe from Cooking Light
Omelet with turmeric, tomato, and onions

Almost as good as chocolate cake. Almost.

13 Mar

strawberryshortcakeI have no idea what got into me the other morning before work. I got all ambitious and began making a no-bake strawberry shortcake. Of course I didn’t read the recipe all the way through or I would have learned that I had to freeze it for 3-4 hours before finishing the whipped cream and icing it. But I had to go to work, so I left it in the freezer all day and hoped for the best. It was completely fine and kiddo helped me finish it up that evening. Delicious and pretty. As all desserts should be.

Oh, I made meatless sloppy joes in the crock pot that morning as well. Those turned out ok but not my favorite. Hubs seemed to like them pretty well though.

Bon Appétit!

mish mash

15 Feb

Whew, it’s only Saturday afternoon and this weekend has exhausted me already. In all good ways though.

On the job search front…I applied for what looks like an amazing position and got a very positive response the next afternoon. The HR representative said they were interested in talking to me about it and she sent me an official application to fill out and asked for my references. I have the paperwork all ready to scan and email back to her tomorrow. I don’t want to get my hopes up but this looks promising and I am crossing my fingers for an interview with them very soon. In the meantime, I continue to look and apply. Something great is going to happen. I just know it.

Cuban Black Beans and RiceFriday I stayed home and did housework stuff and made a Cuban black beans and rice dish in the lazy cook’s favorite appliance, the ever amazing crock pot. It turned out really yummy and I’ll definitely make it again. I’ll try a new vegetarian crock pot dish next week. This seems to be my new thing.

That evening, Valentine’s Day exploded all over the kitchen. Kiddo had a great day with Valentines 2014school parties and such, and hubs and I had one of our sweetest and best V-Day’s ever, right here at home. Although I think I have made an unfortunate discovery…I am about 75% sure that chocolate is causing me some headaches. I know chocolate is a headache trigger for some people but I had hoped the Universe would never be so evil as to curse me with this particular malady, given that chocolate is one of my main food groups. I assure you that I will continue to test this theory in the name of science and will keep you posted.

That night I tried my best to go to bed early because I had to be up by 5:30 to get downtown to do a 5K with some friends. So of course, knowing that I needed to get rest psyched me out and I didn’t sleep worth a dern. But I still Hot Chocolate 5K Feb2014managed to get up and ready in time to meet mah peeps and get to my designated corral. I think I’ve mentioned a few posts ago that I haven’t ran in months so this race was strictly for the social aspects alone. Oh, and the hot chocolate of course since it was the Hot Chocolate 5K/15K after all. Here are a few pics from the grand event, minus my friend Nat who left early afterwards and another friend who bailed altogether because of the cold. Boo. But y’all it was COLD. So very cold. I walked a bit and jogged a bit more. I was on track to get a better time than expected until the hill from hell rose up in front of me and it was a long one. Hello glutes workout. I was huffing and puffing up that crazy hill and spotted my friend Leland coming to join me. He’d finished already and had come back to pull me to the end. It really did help a lot too and I ran the rest of the way. My time still sucked mind you but I didn’t care. That’s what happens when you don’t train. There was, as the name promised, hot chocolate at the finish line and chocolate fondue even! Yes, I now have a headache but it was worth it. Hot Chocolate 5K Feb2014a

Still on the running and racing topic, every time I do a race I get re-jazzed and want to sign up for another one. If I could just be consistent with training, I know I could kill some finish time goals and get some PRs. Maybe with the warmer weather and spring coming up (if that ever happens) I will be motivated to get out there more.

Happy weekend and here’s to ushering in springtime a little bit faster!

It’s spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.  And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!  ~Mark Twain

 

 

Soup’s on!

1 Feb

soupVegetable soup happened today. I was all systematic and stuff (which is NOT like me) and had my grocery list organized by aisle thanks to our store’s mobile app. I got home and threw all the ingredients in the crock pot and went about my day.

Sidenote: my crock pot was a wedding gift so it is a smidgen less than 15 years old. It works fine but is a bit smaller than I would like. And is as bare bones as it gets. Low and High are your only options. Is it a terrible sign of getting old that I would really like to receive a new crock pot for any random gift giving occasion that you might be struggling with for moi? That is all.

Anywho, it turned out really yummy and was as easy as it gets for this non-cook. I’m posting the recipe I used here because I will lose the link otherwise and never find it again.

Slow Cooker Hearty Vegetable and Bean Soup
http://skinnyms.com/slow-cooker-hearty-vegetable-and-bean-soup/

Servings: 6 | Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups | Previous Points: 3 | Points Plus: 3 | Calories: 183 |Total Fat: 4 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Trans Fat: 0 |Cholesterol: 47 mg | Sodium: 253 mg | Carbohydrates: 17 g | Dietary Fiber: 4 g | Sugars: 5 g | Protein: 6 g

Ingredients
1 sweet onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced (I used about 4 because yum, and vampires)
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1” cubes (optional, white or red potato) – (I used red)
2 carrots, peeled and sliced into 1” pieces
2 stalks celery, diced
1 cup whole kernel corn (optional) – (yup, did the corn)
Kosher or sea salt to taste
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon paprika
1 bay leaf (didn’t use because my grocery store didn’t have any)
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, more or less to taste (can be substituted with cayenne pepper)
2 cups frozen or fresh green beans
4 cups vegetable broth, low sodium (chicken broth can be substituted)
¼ cup freshly chopped parsley
1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes
2 cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed (navy, black, pinto or chick peas can be substituted) – (I used one can of black and one can of cannellini)

Directions
Add all the above ingredients to the slow cooker, stir to combine, cover and cook on low 8-10 hours or until carrots are tender.

Note: To make this a meat dish, simply add 1 pound chicken fillets (cut into 1″ cubes) to slow cooker along with the other ingredients.

Tip: If you prefer a thicker soup, near the end of cooking time, remove 1/2 cup of soup (liquid and veggies) and combine with 1-2 tablespoons flour or corn starch, puree and return to the slow cooker. A fork works well to mash the ingredients along with the flour or cornstarch. Be careful not to allow the hot mixture to spin out. Continue cooking until soup thickens, about 15 minutes. Minimum Slow Cooker Size: 4 quarts

what is up

3 Aug

Wow, it’s Monday. And I’m at work. Boooooo. Usually Monday’s are my day off but I decided to be generous and offer to take Friday off instead since there is mass amounts of extremely important, world-changing, crime fighting, disease curing work to be done at The Man’s. Or maybe just some lame spreadsheets. But it’s lunchtime and I’m, er, well, typing this post. So there ya go.

Next month is VACATION!!! I am so excited I could just spit!!! We are heading south to the Gulf for a week mid-September. It will be Sam’s first ocean experience and I wonder what she’ll do…probably point and scream or something. I mean, that’s what I do. Heh. So the countdown to beachtime is on y’all! Six more weeks!

The Accountant has started calling Sam “Samantha Pants” for some reason. And I happen to think that this is the most adorable thing evah. It’s much more endearing than my nickname for her…”Stinky Butt”.

Oooooo, here’s something I don’t do very often…cook. Hubs and I (mostly hubs) cooked a veggie dinner for our friend, Danielle. I meant to take pics of the event but it’s about all I can handle to microwave a Lean Quisine so I’m afraid there is no official documentation of the evening. The only major snafu was when hubs asked me to please keep an eye on the garlic heating in the pan and not to let it burn…but I, of course, got distracted with meticulously slicing tomatoes and you guessed it, let the dang garlic burn to a smelly crisp. But no harm done, garlic powder worked just as well. Shhhhh. It was a lovely evening spent with a lovely meal and a lovely friend!

I am also super excited about this weekend for various reasons. 1. I will attempt not to die on a run with Ms. Brown. It’s been a week or so since I was chased by skunks in the neighborhood so this should be interesting. 2. I’ll gather at zee Cafe Ameno for another round of stimulating conversation about our latest book club selection. Eek, that reminds me that I need to finish it! 3. We have scored a babysitter for Saturday (a million thanks to you-know-who-you-are!) and are heading to see a DiamondJaxx game with my bro and Scout, and whoever else happens to tag along. So woohoo for a great weekend coming up!

Oh, I’m getting dirty looks from outside my window so I guess that’s my cue that my lunchtime is over. Till next time…

one turkey and various side-dishes later….

28 Nov

I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving and from the blogs and Tweets I’ve read, most of you did.  Thanksgiving in the Finn household was no exception.  We had a small gathering of family over.  My father-in-law, brother-in-law, BIL’s girlfriend who is part of the family, and The Accountant’s grandparents.  It was a food and football filled day.  Yay Titans!

I must brag on The Accountant and his cooking prowess. 

We all know that I am missing the cooking gene, so hubs took it upon himself to cook the entire Thanksgiving meal, by himself.  I was NO help whatsoever.  All I did was bake a cake (from a mix of course) the night before and frost it. 

He did all the grocery shopping, looked up recipes, thawed the turkey, chopped the celery, peeled the taters, etc etc.  He has always been a better cook than me, and seems to enjoy it more than I do as well.  My position is that there is nothing that I can make that will taste any better than something I can purchase at a restaurant or grocery.  And buying it is much less messy and less time consuming for me.  Rachel Ray, I am not nor do I wish to be.

But back to The Accountant. He got up at 4:00 or 5:00, I don’t even know because I was still in bed.  He fed Sam and then got to cookin’ and kept at it until 11:30 when the family arrived and we got to eatin’ the fruits of his hard work.  It was delicious!  Everything tasted wonderful, especially the dressing.  It was the best I’ve ever tasted, no lie. 

Next year, I might make the deviled eggs and bake another cake.  We’ll see.

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