Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Years Eve!

This calls for an extra delicious breakfast...

French toast with peanut butter, grilled banana, and almonds.

Clem on the side obvi.

 Syrup of course. (More of our Vermont gift basket swag!)

Chomp chomp! Anyone have big plans for tonight? We're layin' low with wayyyy too much Chinese food. Can't wait!

Friday, December 30, 2011

A Bowl Full of Porridge

The man-friend spent the day skiing so he returned home to a steaming pile of porridge to warm is bones... it's actually risotto but the dim lighting makes it look like mush...

 ...but it was delicious mush... On the side red chard sauteed with a glove of garlic. Topped with scallions.  It hit the spot! Chard can have weird almost fishy taste but if you season it it's really good.


New pasta bowls from my sister for Christmas.  Thanks Nora! We've been doing some furniture rearranging tonight.  A new office area/blogging station. Post a pic tomorrow! Time for coconut chai tea and the second book in the Hunger Games series.  I'm addicted; to the tea and the book :)

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Beets by Dre

I really like beets but they are such a pain to cook and they dye your hands red.  I resorted to the canned version :) Man-friend always claimed to dislike beets until I convinced him to try a bite, he's eaten them ever since.

As promised a big dinner salad.  Spinach with beets (heated in the oven with olive oil S&P) chick peas, goat cheese and pan fried shallots and almonds.  

Tossed with a maple balsamic dressing I whipped up.

I was in the mood for a cocktail so a had a small dirty gin martini with some spicy olives (part of the Christmas loot). We took our tree down which went much smoother than last year with the help of a tree shaped plastic bag I picked up at Target a few weeks back. (Best $1.95 I ever spent.)  Last year was a disaster, we waited wayyy to long to take it down and I swear every needle fell off the tree on the way out. Enjoy the evening!

Bread Overload

I wanted to finish the focaccia from yesterday while it was still bakery fresh! So it'll be a big salad for dinner after all this bread! But it is just so darn good!

Colby jack, spinach, hummus and avocado for me. 

Turkey man version for him! 

Another clem on the side.

A truffle for dessert a gift from Erin and Dana, from Lake Champlain Chocolates. Thanks friends!

Eggs Vs. Oats

I've been told I've been eating too many oats for breakfast. I say, no such thing! But today I decided on eggs.  Two eggs with some new scallion peppercorn yogurt cheese melted on top.  Avocado, salsa and sriracha! Clem and coffee too. Yumm.

Planning on taking the Christmas tree down today. No fun! Be back later, have a good day!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Lovely Lunch

The man-friend is on vacation and I have the morning off so we did what we do best; grocery shop! We hit Whole Foods to stock up for the week.  Usually, I have some idea of what I want to make for the week but today I didn't do much planning ahead.  So we'll see what I come up with! Shopping at lunch time is hard because you just want to eat everything! When we reached the prepared food section/salad bar, we were face with a choice.  Give in to the tasty goodness or make something at home. If I were alone I probably would have hit the salad bar, but since there were two of us I knew it would add about $20 to our tab.  We opted for a $4 focaccia to make panini's at home with stuff we already had.  Good choice!

Mozz, tomato, onion, spinach and parmesan artichoke & spinach spread from Christmas.  All piled onto rosemary focaccia and panini'd

Too big for this plate!

Chomp chomp, have a good day!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Lazy Rainy Night

The key to eating well is planning ahead! We haven't grocery shopped yet this week so we are running pretty low. Good thing I froze a quart of soup from the Man Cold Minestrone post.  I ran it under warm water until is was able to slip into the pot to be heated. Cover and wait for it to thaw/get nice and hot!

Just as good the second time around! It's so blustery out, sitting down to watch Water for Elephants :) Have a good night!


Christmas morning we had cinnamon buns, opened presents and sipped coffee.

 I got the middle :)

Early afternoon I hit the road. I made it to Christmas dinner through a few flurries. 

Mmmmm brussels were a big hit


Back home I checked out some of my new foodie swag! Truffles and syrup and olive oil oh my! Can't wait to try some of our new goodies and use some new kitchen contraptions!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas Veggie Heads!

A lot of fun things have been happening the past few days! We went skiing, made cookies, did last minute shopping, wrapped like crazy, and ate, ate, ate :)

I think my eyes are shut behind my goggles.
We had Christmas at our house a couple days ago and I got a Kitchen Aid Mixer!!! It's bright green and soooo cute!

I'm also wearing my new apron in this pic! If you look closely you can see the cupcakes on it!

Action shot :)

All wrapped up to leave on a friend's door step!

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On to Christmas Eve!

We arrived to festivities around 6:30 and were famished! Good thing there was warm stuffed bread coming out of the oven just in time!
 Spinach, roasted red peppers, and goat cheese. Yummmmm
Smoke salmon spread

 Fish chowder with a lobster claw creepin' out!

Thanks Hicks family!! I hope everyone has a great day with family and friends! Be back later!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Happy Solstice

Good morning, happy winter solstice! More sunshine from here on out! A late breakfast today because I stayed up late finishing The Hunger Games, it was really good.  I can't wait to start the next book in the series. Maybe today??? Scrambled eggs and spinach for breakfast.  I added two huge handfuls of spinach to my scrambled eggs because I bought the big container or spinach this week and I've been neglecting my salads. Always check your perishables to make sure you don't let them go bad.

Mmmmm coffee

Eggs scrambled with spinach, a little diced onion, and some shredded jack cheese.

Sriracha not ketchup.

What is it about the last bite that tastes so darn good?