Melancholy

This morning all I wanted was another fresh baked roll.  So that’s what I had!

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It’s a happy coincidence that the butter looks like a face Smile

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I can’t get over how long these hold me over!  I was full for hours!

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I had a coupon for a free sample of Philadelphia’s new cooking crème and while I was a little unsure about this I was willing to try it and grabbed the “Santa Fe” variety. 

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As soon as I brought it home I knew I wanted to make chicken salad with it. 

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I sautéed some chicken until fully cooked and stirred the cream cheese in.

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Which I then layered on a bed of spinach and romaine (I’m not a fan of spinach’s texture but it’s so nutritious I figured I could mix it with romaine for some crunch).

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And I topped it with a few chipotle cashews for some extra texture.

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It was good, but not something I couldn’t have made myself with fewer calories.  It really just tasted like cream cheese mixed with salsa.  I guess it’d be great for people who are too busy to cook, but it’s probably not something I would have paid for.

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However,  that didn’t stop me from turning it into pasta sauce a few hours later.

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Now this was something special, albeit ugly.  The flavors blended together so well, it was wonderful!

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I’m feeling a little melancholy today.  I’m ready for the next few months to be over and to be done with this distance thing.  I’m ready to know he’s safe.  Just a few more weeks and he’ll be home.  I’m trying to stay positive.

– Me

Carb Overload

This morning all I wanted was some fresh bread with butter. 

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I saw light butter at the grocery store and thought it’d be worth trying.  I’m always open to trying “healthier” products if it means I’ll be cutting back on calories and other not so good for you items.  Truthfully I didn’t really notice much of a difference having it this way,  I hope it’s as good in other applications.

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I like to cut the bread in random places and let the butter melt into it.  It was wonderful!  (Btw:  This is a tiny plate.  My roll wasn’t THAT big Smile)

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I spent the rest of the morning in bed sipping coffee and listening to John Mayer.  Lazy Saturdays are the best!

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My bread held me over for a long time.  I was just getting hungry around 2:30 when my mom called and asked me to run an errand for her.  It took a little bit longer than expected so I was definitely ready for a quick lunch when I got back home at 3:30!

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Same basic sandwich as always (I like consistency).

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But with as hungry as I was it rivaled my best meals. 

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While I was out running my errand I stopped at the bulk grocery store and picked up some millet.  It sounded perfect for dinner!

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I love making it at a 4:1 ratio because it gets super creamy!  I stirred in some peppers and cheddar cheese. 

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This definitely made up for my mac and cheese flub yesterday!

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It was a pretty good day even if I didn’t get to talk to the boy Sad smile  hopefully tomorrow.

See you tomorrow!

– Me

Doughy Goodness

Lunch was AWESOME, ugly, but super yummy.

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I took some ABin5 dough, rolled it out, spread some marinara on it and topped it with two slices provolone and a few chopped jalapenos!

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I didn’t want another incident like yesterday’s sauce explosion, so I left the seams up. 

Look at this craptastic picture of the insides!

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It was wonderfully cheesy and had just the right amount of spice 🙂

Later Alligator!

– Me flower

Minus the Purple Vomit

I was camping out with my space heater and had a candle that the wick was completely burned up so i decided to improvise!  It made the whole house smell like cinnamon!

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This, is an excellent way to utilize your ABin5 dough.

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I took chicken, bell pepper, and green onion and sautéed them until the chicken was fully cooked.  While this was going on I rolled out a ball of dough (using LOTS of extra flour, it’s sticky!) and topped it with a slice of provolone and some buffalo sauce.  I added the chicken and wrapped it up and popped it in the oven at 400* for 20 minutes.

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Somehow all the sauce ran out onto the Silpat, but it was still excellent.

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I just finished Glee!  How awesome was that episode?  I was a little concerned at first, but it ended amazingly.  I liked it.  Minus the purple vomit.  Eww.

Now, I’m curled up in bed with my hot pack (it literally never leaves my side!) and a cup of chai tea.

Big things are going to happen tomorrow, I know it!

– Me flower

Love Love Love

I love love love crisp salads in the summertime.  I guess it isn’t summertime yet (there’s a prediction for snow on Thursday.  Boo!), but I really wanted a salad for lunch!

I kept it really basic, with a few romaine leaves, Italian dressing, parmesan, and a bell pepper ring.

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On the side I had some fresh abin5 (artisan bread in five) bread.  I first read about this bread here and am hooked!  I love having the capability to keep bread dough in the fridge and the way it makes my house smell sooo good!

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I mixed wheat flour this time instead of all purpose and it’s so much more flavorful!

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Awesome simple lunch.

– Me flower