Monthly Archives: September 2011

Oh Balls

I needed a pre-workout kick off so I whipped up some Cherry Chocolate Chunk Dough Balls.  Yep, exactly what I needed after a brutal day at “the office”,  a little sweetie with a bit of chocolate.


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To enter the mystery of timelessness is to enter the sanctuary of the here, where we are given a chance at every moment to begin our lives again.  Not one of us is perfect, and sorrows press upon us all.  But the universe is a merciful one, in which unlimited opportunities for new beginnings are built into the very essence of things. ~~Marianne Williamson 

Taking a moment today to reflect on those who were lost to us in the attacks of 9/11 and the war on terrorism since.  Keeping in mind what a blessing every day is.


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Dining Disappointments

Don’t you hate when you go out for dinner and you look forward to good eats at a restaurant you’ve been to before and then you take a chance on one of their “new” items, knowing that you really love one of the standard menu items but you don’t want to get in a rut and be accused of being “too routine”, and then that new item just doesn’t live up to expectations, and you leave the restaurant full but not satisfied?  Don’t you hate that?  Case in point – – The Factory’s new White Bean Hummus and Veggie Wrap should just be called Veggie Wrap with Essence of White Bean Hummus or Lack of White Bean Hummus and Enormous Amounts of Veggies Wrap, but that’s kind of a long title and probably wouldn’t spark much interest.  The wrap consisted of mostly arugula, a scattering of tomatoes and maybe one thin ring of red onion which I saw but never really tasted.  I’ll stick to the veggie pasta next time!

I’m guessing they were out of the crunchy carrots, and sautéed summer squash and zucchini, as well as that white bean hummus referenced in the item title on the menu.  Maybe they were thinking I wouldn’t notice.

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Before I Melt

Before I melted this afternoon I made a cool grain and bean salad and enjoyed it outside with my fountain making beautiful music in the background.

Quinoa Black Bean Mango Salad

1 mango – peeled, pitted and cubed

1 bell pepper – seeded and diced (I used a red one for color but any would do)

1/2 c green onion – sliced, whites and some of the green tops

1 jalapeno – finely chopped

1 can black beans – drained and rinsed

2 c red quinoa – cooked and cooled.  I toasted it lightly before cooking it in my rice cooker.  3/4 c quinoa to 1 1/2 cups water

2 T olive oil

2 T balsamic vinegar – I used a wonderful fig balsamic that I bought at the farmer’s market

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp pepper – freshly ground of course

1 tsp Italian seasoning

Baby spinach or other greens

Mix fruit, veggies, grains and beans together in a large bowl.  Whisk together remaining ingredients, except spinach and pour over mixture in the bowl.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes or longer to develop the flavors.  Serve over baby spinach.  Eat in the backyard and enjoy the evening breeze from the ocean or pretend you’re there.

And feel free to sneak a piece of mango while you chop it up, don’t think I didn’t.

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When it’s Hot Think Crock Pot

With temperatures reaching the 3 digits around here, it makes working at home with no AC a little less desirable than one would think.  Although you can sit around in your underwear if you so choose and those that attend the same conference calls won’t stare or anything, like in those underwear dreams we all have from time to time.  Just to set things straight, I did not sit around in my chonies today, although it took me awhile to change out of my gym clothes, but who’s looking, right?  Enchilada were on the menu today, but I refused to raise the heat level in my house any more than nature already had so I improvised and made Spicy African Peanut Slow Cooker Soup from Peas and Thank You.  Another thing I love about this cookbook is that I can turn to just about any recipe and I have all the ingredients I need, that is always a bonus for me.  I let the stew simmer on my countertop in the crock-pot all day and took a bowl of it outside to eat when it finally started to cool off and a nice breeze was rolling in off the ocean.  Not too spicy, a little curry, cumin and garam masala, with chick peas, lentils and chunks of sweet potato, lots of good protein.  Another winner with leftovers for lunch tomorrow.  Last weekend of summer my foot!



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Things I Liked Thursday

See a pattern here, a theme of sorts?  Am I going to do this every day of the week, make up a title that starts with the same letter as the day of the week?  No probably not, it just happened that way because today I ran across a couple of things that I liked.  So here goes:

  • Yummy Plants site – Yummy Plants is a community to help people explore a plant-based life.  They have a list of restaurants listed by state; The Yummy Plants Cafe which is a community forum; nutrition information; recipes, along with a bunch of other goodies to read.
  • Fort Collins, CO has the safest drivers in the country – This is contrary to what I had been led to believe about Colorado drivers.
  • People really do find bags of cash – I always have these weird ideas about walking or running along and finding bags of money.  Looks like I’ll have to start checking under my pepper plants too.
  • Homemade Baba Ghanoush – Made from homegrown eggplants,  The best!  I used the recipe from the Chicago Diner cookbook but it was very similar to this one from Tyler Florence.

Granted, not the most photogenic dip in the world, but it sure tastes good!


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