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‘Merica

Hi Friends!

Remember when I used to post about food? Instead of running and my bike and Sarah Palin?

Me neither.

Honestly, I’ve been lazy, and haven’t been cooking much. Unless making sad faces at one’s husband until he takes you out for dinner counts as cooking. Then I’m Julia Child.

But I have an hour to spare before we go to a BBQ, and I actually made some food today, so I’m going to share!

Tomorrow is our half (yikes!) and I’m a little paranoid about having food I wanna eat at this BBQ, so here’s what I spent an hour doing this afternoon:

I got some hummus made
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plated up with veggies (I blanched the broccoli. Raw broccoli isn’t my fav. Blanch it? Suddenly I wanna eat a pound)
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Then I made pesto
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(If you adore fresh basil Trader Joe’s has fantastic potted basil plants for like $3. I buy them every summer, and then revel in my ability to eat the most pesto ever for months on end)

Mixed up the pesto with bowties and tomatoes
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And because clearly that isn’t nearly enough to bring, I chopped up some watermelon
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Watermelon is delicious. My husband hates it. I’ve tried, I can’t eat an entire watermelon myself. Well, I can, but it’s a poor choice. So I was excited for an excuse to buy one.

And because I love America, themed foods, and sugar, I made these strawberries.
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Have a fantastic 4th! When you wake up late enjoying your Monday off tomorrow, think of my 6:45 am start time!

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Who am I?

I’ve been working on getting moved all day.

(Plus, a YEAR ago someone stole my idenity and made a phone account-which they used to call someone at the state pen with.  Sexy.  And somehow Qwest enjoys sucking a life and I guess never told the collection agencies that yeah, I don’t have a secret felon of a boyfriend, that wasn’t me.  So I spent some time on that.  Fun.  Only not.)

And a little after noon I realized I hadn’t eaten.  Like, at all.

Who AM I?  I’m not a forgetting to eat type of lady.  So, I walked over to Baker & Spice and picked up a flatbread

DSCN4360Is that a terrible picture?  Sure.  But it was 12:30 and I hadn’t eaten.  It’s amazing there’s any picture at all.

It had cheese and pinenuts pesto and sun dried tomatoes.  Love.

Revived, I made some progress!

Got one of the book shelves over, and started putting away books

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(I thought about showing Jesus how we have bibles so that he’ll know we’re friends before I put them up.  But I think showing books to a picture on your wall might be a sign of crazy)

Starting to sort out my clothes

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And look!  A bed!

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Now, before you’re all “dude, a matress on the floor.  awesome” I gotta point something out.  I’m moving stuff by myself.  I’m using my car (a super hawt mercury sable).  That’s not an air mattress or anything.

Now that bed is pretty awesome, right?

(Ikea mattresses are not super sturdy, so they can kinda fold.  I managed to wrestle it into the car.  Our bed had two mattresses, princess and the pea style, so now we can stay either place)

I also marked the house as ours

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After the feat of strength I had a cookie

DSCN4370Pistachio shortbread from Baker & Spice.  They have a couple flavors (today there was plain, chocolate, or pistachio I think), and they’re not gigantic, and only 50 cents.  I really hate when I want something sweet and all the cookies are ginormous and three dollars.  Cause I’ll still buy one, and then I’ll need to get my three dollars worth, so I’ll eat the whole thing.  All I really need is a baby sized cookie I can buy with the coins rolling around the bottom of my purse.

I think I can handle one more load today (that is what she said, I know), so time for more packing!

MORE produce!

My parents being here means that I have, yet again, a ginormous amount of produce.

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The ziplock in the corner is basil.  My dad asked “you like basil, right”, and then got worried “I should’ve brought more”.  Because a quart sized bag just isn’t enough 🙂

The peppers are tricky for me-I don’t eat them unless I have them, so I’ve gotta figure out some creative things to use them for.  Any ideas?  

This morning I was in the mood for a savory breakfast, so I made this

DSCN2287It’s zucchini, tomato, pesto, and then a little bit milk and some cheese.  Weird for breakfast, but I like non breakfasty foods some days.  (I might eat chicken nuggets as breakfast sometimes too?  Let’s not judge).  

It was super tasty.  Pesto makes everything good.  And it’s actually kept me full, which I was doubtful on…

I did some grocery shopping today too.  I really like grocery shopping.  Like, a lot.  And since we make pretty much all our meals from scratch I end up running to the store a lot-I need flour, or milk, or more broccoli or whatever… Today I went to get peanuts, flour, and sour cream.  I came home with this:

 

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I got 5 lbs of whole wheat flour (Bob’s Red Mill), bulk peanuts, bulk whole wheat pastry flour, bulk spelt flour, bulk wheat berries, an avocado,  a zucchini, cilantro, sour cream, Nancy’s Yogurt, Walla Walla onions, albacore tuna, and butter.  

If you can’t tell, I have problems resisting the bulk bins.  Then I get home and realize I now have 5 types of flour (WW, WW pastry, buckwheat, white, and spelt).  I should maybe stop.  

Nancy’s is my favorite yogurt.  I get the whole milk honey and it’s amazing!  It’s made in Eugene, Oregon and the milk comes from Oregon dairy farmers.  I’ve tried a million types of yogurt, and I just can’t get anything else.  The day that Nancy’s starts making Greek yogurt i will be the happiest girl on earth.  Expect to see me make some granola to go with the yogurt soon!  

And since it’s been rainy all morning, I’ve been doing this 

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Food Prep

Ahhhh working out was good!  The gym was crowded, so I was stuck with a crappy elliptical 😦 but I got an hour in anyways.

I ate the other half of my breakfast bagel with a wedge of laughing cow on the way home.  And I’ve been working on food prep.  I like dinner to be more or less made before I go get the fiance-if it’s done, we can relax together, instead of having to rush around getting things done.

Tonight we’re having jambalaya, okra, brown rice, and black eyed peas.  Depending on how long I nap I might get cornbread made.  I got a giant bag of frozen tomato out of the freezer (from my parent’s garden last year) and put it into my Le Creuset pot.  I love this pot!  My mom has on that was a wedding present-in 1971-that’s still in great shape, so I’m hoping mine will last as long!

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I chopped up some more of the peppers from my parents

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And then added turkey (leftover from last night), turkey polish sausage, onion, and garlic.  It smells so good!  Depending on how the spice level tastes I might add crushed red pepper later.  I got black eyed peas soaking too, but that’s a boring picture.  (Visualize in your head a pot of beans.  That’s what’s sitting on my stove)

I also had a bunch of basil in the fridge that needed to be used up.  And is there any better way to use up basil than making pesto?

Blender full of basil, with some oil and garlic.  Add in nuts

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And cheese

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For lunch I steamed a head of broccoli, and put the leftover whole wheat tortellini on top, with a spoonful of pesto.

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The pesto was fantastic!  I wish we’d done it when we had this pasta the other night too!  The fiance adores pesto so it’ll be making its way into his pitas at lunch and eggs at breakfast.

I got the kitchen cleaned up, and now I’m going to shower, and (fingers crossed) take a nap.  And Costco before I pick up the fiance!