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Monsters in Love

Happy Humpday!!!  Can you believe how quickly this week has flown by?!?!?!

This week I have been whipping up a vegan storm!  I’ve been trying various recipes from Eat, Drink and Be Vegan by Dreena Burton. 

On Monday, I made her Olive & Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus…  well, sort of.  I didn’t have any olives so I just made the Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus part. 

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This dip is far better than any I’ve ever bought in a store.  I can’t believe how easy it is to make your own hummus

Needless to say, it’s only Wednesday, and this is all the hummus I have left. 

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I am a hummus monster!

And I happen to be married to the cookie monster!!!

No, not this one.

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This one!

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Larry’s claim to fame may be that he can eat an entire batch of cookies in one night.  WITHOUT.GAINING.A.SINGLE.POUND!!!

However, I do not blame him for eating so many last night.  These cookies were irresistible.

Not exactly chocolate chip cookie irresistible. 

But close.

Lemon Poppy Seed Crackle Cookies

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These cookies are made with some unusual cookie ingredients: spelt flour, poppy seeds, fresh lemon juice and lemon zest, brown rice syrup, maple syrup, and canola oil to name just a few. 

Although I have used most of the above listed ingredients in one way or another before last night, Brown Rice Syrup is something I had never used. 

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It was thick and syrupy.  Sweet and gooey.  The perfect sweetener for a perfect cookie 🙂

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We got creative and put a scoop of vanilla Haagen-Dazs ice cream between two cookies to make delectable ice cream sandwiches!

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Kinda ruined the whole vegan aspect of the cookie, but hey, we can’t always be perfect!

Tonight I am going to try Dreena’s Orange Sesame Tofu (scallops for Larry) and Coconut-Lime Basmati Rice. 

Eat, Drink, and Be Vegan is a cookbook that I am definitely going to purchase.  The recipes are easy to follow, healthy and best of all, CLEAN! 

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I’ve also enjoyed reading Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Diet; however, I’m not sure this is one I will buy.  While I love her philosophy, and I am flirting with a vegan diet right now, I don’t think I could be this restrictive.  I believe that life is all about balance.   

I am happy to say that tomorrow is my Friday!!!  Woot woot!!!

I took a personal day on Friday, so I could visit my alma mater with my second to youngest brother and mom.  I can’t wait!!!

Have a lovely evening!

~Jen

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Dining Under Da Sea

Ahhh!  Saturday.  No alarm clock to wake me.  No lessons to teach.  No rushing around to get ready.  Is there any wonder why I love the weekends? 

Last night, Larry and I went to a nearby mall to do a little shopping and to grab some dinner.  We were celebrating!  Larry won a trip to the Homestead Resort for being one of the top 1o sales people in the region for his company!  Needless to say, I need a new dress for the formal dinner 😉

We didn’t end up buying anything, but we did have a very tasty dinner at Tara Thai.

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It felt like we were little fish floating around the bottom of the ocean floor 🙂

I had the Pad Thai Jae. 

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It had lots and lots of veggies in a very light semi-sweet sauce.  I could have gone for a few more pieces of the bean curd, but all in all I think we were both very pleased with our dinners.  We will definitely be visiting this restaurant again :) 

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I am not very familiar with Thai food.  Any suggestions for a great dish I should try next time??

Today I am loading up Lucy and a few Mother’s Day presents into the car and driving to my parents’ house.  Mom and I are planning to plant flowers, and I’m hoping I can convince her to go with me to get a pedicure or manicure before going out to dinner. 

I hope you all enjoy your Saturday!  Don’t forget to do something nice for your mom!  🙂

~Jen

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Proper Way to Eat a Pepper

Good evening!  I hope you have had a lovely Tuesday 🙂

For some reason, Tuesdays have been especially hard for me this month.  I’m rearing and ready to go on Mondays, and then I crash by the time Tuesday rolls around.  Oh, well!  After I type this baby up, it’s off to bed for me!

I started today off with some Peanut Butter Chocolate Oats.  Hard to start the day off on a bad foot when you have PBO’s for breakfast!

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  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp peanut butter

Mix it all together.  Nuke for 2 minutos.  Eat.  Smile :)  Delish!

 At lunch I ate an unpictured vegetarian beef burrito with a side of Chobani’s Pomegranate Greek yogurt (I know…  kind of a weird combo!)

I have been wanting to try this brand of Greek yogurt for a while after reading that it is all natural and contains twice the amount of protein as regular yogurt.  Martin’s had them on sale last Friday for 10/$10.  Perfect!

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You should definitely check out the Chobani website.  The have tons of recipes (which I cannot wait to try!) coupons, and info about their amazingly beautiful farm in upstate New York. 

It was dinner; however, that takes center stage.

It was an equation of

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I simply took the mixture from vegetarian halupkies, sliced off the caps of 3 large green peppers, scooped out the seeds, and filled them with the veggie-bulgar mixture.  I then sprayed the green pepper shells with EVOO and baked the stuffed peppers for about 15-20 minutes at 450 degrees until I could easily poke a fork through the side.

And viola!  A simple, nutritious, and delicious Tuesday evening dinner.

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Well, simple until it was time to devour.  Larry and I debated the proper way to eat a pepper.

Larry went for the four way cross cut pepper pickin’.

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I opted for the bi-cut smushed down method.

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Do you know the proper way to eat a pepper?

~Jen

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Martin’s Review

I can’t help but sing the theme song from the sitcom “Martin” every time I think of the store! 

You remember??? Note “Marrrrr-tiiiin.”Note

Ha!   What a blast from the past!

Yesterday after work and a small celebratory happy hour for a friend who just found out she gets to keep her teaching job nest year (YAY!), I headed to the new Martin’s grocery store for some much needed groceries. 

For those of you not from the Richmond area, here’s the back story on this.  Ukrop’s was a family owned chain of grocery stores popular to this area that were recently bought by the Giant-Carlisle Division.  Gradually, the old Ukrop’s stores have been closed and converted to the new Martin’s.

I was never a regular Ukrop’s shopper.  The prices were more expensive than other stores, and I’m on a house buying budget.  I tended to only go there in emergencies, or for their fantastically fresh salad bar.  I also had them make my wedding cake, which was phenomenal!

But after hearing several people proclaim that Martin’s was much cheaper, I thought I’d give it a shot!  The store is much closer to my house and it is right next to Target, which I frequent regularly for cleaning products, household goods, and other bounties of cuteness.  It could be the start of a wonderful relationship!  😉

The first thing I noticed when I walked into the store was the bright green employees!  They were swarming everywhere and you could not miss them!  They were this color:

 

Very convenient for finding help 🙂

I also noticed that it was pretty much the same as Ukrop’s.  They had the same salad bar and cafe; the same deli, and sushi bar; and the same bakery.  The only differences I really saw were that the prices were lower, they flip flopped the fish and meat department, added a wall in the produce department, and they added a beer and wine section.  Unlike Ukrop’s, they will be open on Sundays and sell beer and wine….  Oh, and they sell cigarettes behind the customer service desk (yuck!).  It had a fresh coat of paint and new signs, but all in all, pretty much the same.

It is always hard to shop a new grocery store when you are unfamiliar with the aisles and where everything is, so I’m sure I forgot a few items.  But I will definitely go back to Martin’s the next time I need groceries and give it another shot!  Hey!  I might go on a Sunday and buy some wine!

Today, my friend Gen is driving into town and we are going to go for a hike!  I love hiking,  but I don’t get to do it very often.  I’m not very familiar with hiking trails in this area.  We are going to pick a Walking Trail from this website and head out to enjoy the beautiful spring weather! 

Have a wonderful Saturday!!!! 

Do you have a favorite place to hike??? 

~Jen

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