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5 July 2010

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Mediterranean Feast

5 July 2010

A few weeks ago Brandi made pitas.  They looked so good and so easy; I knew I had to try them. I used a combination of recipes. I used all the ingredients from, what has become my breadmaker bible, The Breadmachine Cookbook by Donna Rathmell German and the process from The Fresh Loaf.

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I guess I wanted to feel closer to my Middle Eastern sisters because it is hot today. Cranking my oven up to 500 degrees won’t be at the top of my list of things to do again for awhile. But temperature is really what makes these babies pop. The hotter I got the oven the rounder they got.

The pitas turned out awesome. I know a lot of people love making bread by hand and I think one day I might too, but in my one countertop kitchen, I find it more frustrating that enjoyable. For now, the breadmaker is for me. We’re still getting fresh bread where I control the ingredients, so I’m happy.

In addition to these awesome pitas, I made homemade hummus, falafel and Giada’s Herbed Quinoa.

IMG_3132 Mint, Basil, Cilantro, and Chives from the garden.  I added feta and tomatoes to Giada’s recipe and used the herbs I had on hand.


The herbed quinoa was really good. I can’t wait to eat the leftovers. I baked the falafel, from a mix. It was just ok and not done at the beginning of the meal.


This meal was so filling.  The only thing I finished all of were my carrots.

In keeping with No More Grocery Store, everything but the tomatoes was on hand or in the garden. I didn’t know I had the quinoa until today.

It’s time for me to kick back and watch The Secret Life of an American Teenager (oneof my faves). I’ll probably sit on a pillow though, my first spin class in months has left my rump sore.

No More Grocery Store

5 July 2010

This week I’ve decided we need to seriously eat through whatever is in the fridge and pantry before we go grocery shopping again. I bought a few vegetables because we seriously eat green pepper and red onion with almost every single meal: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Overall, we do a pretty good job of buying what we need and sticking to a menu. There are little things that pile up though. For example, right now there is an appalling amount of butter in the fridge. I was supposed to bake a cake for a party but then I was told not to bake the cake. Baking cakes and making frosting from scratch calls for a lot of butter. Then when my friend moved, she gave me all of her butter. I need to bake something for someone else.  Luckily, butter keeps for awhile.


Of course I will not be using all of that up. Meal plan for the weak.

Monday Falafel, Homemade Hummus, Homemade Pita
Tuesday Chicken Caesar Salad Pitas
Wednesday Tortilla Pizzas at Jeremy’s Request
Thursday Black Bean Burgers
Friday Deep Dish Polenta Pizza

Sometimes I feel guilty that with very little trouble I can  put together  not one but five meals without even going grocery shopping. I am very blessed to have a job that supports my family and to live in a country where this is the case for most people.

I’ve never made pitas before, so you can look forward to what will either be an epic win or an epic fail.

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Happy Independence Day!

4 July 2010

Jeremy and I have just been hanging out today. We watched the Yankees game; love those uniforms boys. Yankees took the win.

We grilled some hot dogs, and soon we’ll light some sparklers.  No crowded fireworks for us this year.


It is WARM in New Hampshire, but I’m glad it’s summer. Enjoy the night.

Reading, Chipotle, & Eclipse

3 July 2010

Ahh. . . These are the days for which summer was designed.  Jeremy started his day golfing at 7:30, which meant I got the whole bed to myself. This never happens because I almost always get up before he does. I took full advantage and stayed in bed snoozing and reading. It was a great way to begin the day. Once I got up at 10ish, I ate a big bowl of cereal. Cereal is not something I have time for in the morning during the school year because I usually eat breakfast on the road. It was so good. I think I prefer Sunrich soy milk now to Lactaid. Organic soy milk, at least for cereal, tastes so much better than conventional.

Jeremy and I watched some soccer (GO SPAIN!), before heading out to eat a late lunch at Chipotle. I love Chipotle’s freshness and “food with integrity commitment.” What I don’t love is the number of calories in the food. Even though I usually get a vegetarian burrito, I went with a burrito bowl this time.  I saved 400 calories by skipping on the actual tortilla and sour cream. I didn’t miss the sour cream at all, but I do love their flour tortillas.


After Chipotle, we went to see Twilight:Eclipse. Having read all of the books and seeing all of the movies, this was definitely the best adaptation. This movie highlighted Bella’s internal struggle of choosing between a life that would be easy and a life that would be more difficult but make her happier. Of course there was also a lot of good looking boys (I just love Robert Pattinson’s hair), sappy romance, and vampire/werewolf fighting.  During the movie I enjoyed my favorite candy bar, a Carmelo, and the rest of my grapefruit Izze that I smuggled into the theater. Izze is a great little company, and I love their simple drinks.

After we got home, Jeremy and I went for a walk. This walk, like many others, lately was ended by yet another skunk sighting. They are everywhere.

*** My new site is up and ready to go. I’ll dual post for awhile. It’s not perfect, but I think it’s moving in the right direction. Look for a giveaway coming soon.

Goodbyes Suck

1 July 2010

Today I had to say goodbye to one of my best friends in New England; it was a sad day. When we met four years ago, we were both friendless, jobless, and new to New Hampshire.  Those first weeks in New Hampshire we really difficult. I was incessantly looking for job, and no one would even interview me. Jeremy and I had just left college, where we had been surrounded by people and places we’d known for years. New Hampshire was so different from Arkansas (where we were living). I may have been a tad bit depressed. Then Elizabeth and I met through our husbands, who were both getting Math PhD’s at UNH. Eventually, we both got jobs and settled into living free the New Hampshire way.

We have had so much fun over the last four years: beach days, shopping, coffee dates and lots of shared meals . One of of our favorite places has always been The Green Bean.  While everything I’ve tried at The Green Bean has been good, my favorite thing to get is the bean burrito. This is yet another excellent Exeter, NH eatery.

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Today we met to say our last goodbye (or see you later) because Elizabeth moved away today to North Carolina.


Best of luck friend.

In other news, I’ve been diligently working on a self hosted site. It’s been a bit more difficult than I thought it would be, but I’ll be moving soon. 🙂

Back on Track

1 July 2010

Wow June was a whirlwind month for me. I got a new job and quit my old one. I helped good friends pack up and move away. Somehow I managed to go to lots of celebrations and parties but not a lot of work outs. This month I need to get back on track. Not only is the way I’ve been living lately ridiculous and unhealthy, but I’ve also packed on a few unwanted and unneeded pounds. At 5’3 even a little extra weight looks like a lot of extra weight.

At the end of this month, Jeremy and I are flying to MO to see his siblings and to celebrate his grandpa’s 90th birthday. It’s going to be such a great time, but I need to shape up before we get there.

Goals for the month:

  1. Get back into running some. Since the last 5K I haven’t run at all. I’d like to get back to running 2 – 3 miles a few times a week.
  2. SPIN! I plan to take advantage of the classes I couldn’t really get to during the school year.
  3. Hanging out with Jeremy more, which leads to things like walking, hiking, tennis playing. 102_0311
  4. Eat better. This one will be the easier one now that there are less parties going on and salads/fresh fruit are cheap and in abundance.

I need to go from Point A to Point B. 

Happy July!