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While my mandoline gently weeps

11 Jan

Another snow day. Well, ice day. It is absolutely horrible outside and everything is iced over. Initially, we had to go in at 10AM but on the first voicemail, it said to call back at 8A to see if 10A still rang true. When I called back at 8A, I learned our entire office was closed so another day at home.

What’s a girl to do? Clean? Organize? Workout?

No, I choose breakfast, naps and Dr. Phil

Breakfast was rolled oats with canned pumpkin, cinnamon and dried cranberries

A Thanksgiving bowl of oats if you will!

The rest of the morning is self-explanatory–naps and Dr. Phil. I am getting completely sucked into Dr. Phil and this needs to stop asap…..probably tomorrow since it looks like I will go back to work then.

I needed to get out of the house so I walked over to Dilworth Coffee and Harris Teeter. It’s only a few blocks away but it felt like it took me over to get there. I had to watch each step and was slipping every other step. Last thing I need on my plate is to fall on the ice and hurt myself so I strolled on over and got myself a cup of coffee. Surprised they were open but also surprised that I was the only chick in the place. It was sausage fest 2011—woo hoo! I sat around there for awhile, sipped my coffee and read. Very relaxing and nice to me around people as opposed to a needy fur-baby (got nothing but love for you Lincoln but momma needs her space sometimes!)

Tuesdays at Harris Teeter is $2.99 any half sub day, I got turkey on a whole wheat wrap with mustard, lettuce, tomato, banana peppers and black olives. Fresh and delicious!

I decided to break out my mandolin that I got for Christmas. My mom sent my gifts to me this wknd so it’s been sitting around in the box and felt it was time to pop its cherry.

I sliced a potato into thin rounds, brushed extra virgin olive oil on them and then tossed with Spike seasoning.

The main dish was baked chicken stuffed with a Laughing Cow cheese wedge, spinach and mushrooms.

I cooked the frozen spinach and mushrooms on the stovetop with garlic and black pepper until soft.

I took one chicken breast, wrapped in plastic wrap then pounded until flat

Spread the laughing cow cheese  wedge over the chicken

topped with the spinach/mushroom mix

And of course, some extra mozzarella cheese to add to the gooey cheese factor

Fold the chicken breast over and secured with toothpicks

Why buy toothpicks when I can get them for free? Thanks Chipotle!

 Proceed to toothpick the chicken until it looks whole again. Disclaimer: you may curse at the chicken when it’s being difficult with you when toothpicking-such as “I effin hate you, you effin chicken” don’t worry, it can’t hear you and won’t get talk back at you!

When closed up, sprinkle some seasonings on both sides of the chicken. I chose to keep it simple and went with black pepper and garlic.

Cook on the stove top with extra virgin olive until cooked thoroughly

When I’ve made stuffed chicken in the past, I’ve baked in the oven so my only issue with this method was getting the side and ends of the chicken. I wasn’t sure what to do so I would hold it for a minute and let cook!

When the chicken was almost done, I took the potatoes out of the oven

I should have sliced them thicker and used foil (but was out of it b/c I didn’t pick it up in one of the three supermarket visits in the past four days) but they were edible. I also had corn heating up in the micro then topped with pepper and spray butter when done.

The meal?

Gorgy, melted, ooey gooey chicken goodness!

But it didn’t stay pretty for too long

I’ve had some good dinners in the past few weeks but this has been the best-hands down! It was a perfectly balanced meal with meat, carbs and veggies and took less than 30 minutes to make (yeah Rachael Ray, I’m looking at you!) The chicken was succulent and tasty and only took a few seasonings to make it so. The stuffing reminded me of spinach and artichoke dip so I think I will make spinach and artichoke stuffed chicken next time around. When I was lucky, I would get a bite of the stuffed chicken with a potato and all was in the world for a couple of seconds. Way easy to make, I recommend making this tasty chicken!

After seeing Laury’s post, Something in the way she moves, I’ve had “Something” in my head all day. Which is perfectly alright with me since I love the Beatles and to me, their music is timeless.

My Top Five  Favorite Beatles songs

1) While my Guitar Gently Weeps

2) Across the Universe

3) It’s Only Love

4) All You Need is Love

5) A Day in the Life

And you can’t forget when they went solo

John Lennon

1) Oh My Love  (One of my top 10 songs of all time)

2)  Instant Karma

3) Woman (I sing this to Lincoln all the time but instead of woman replace it with “Lincoln”, you need not tell me I’m a nut)

4) Watching the Wheels

5) Whatever Gets You Thru The Night

Paul McCartney (with some Wings thrown in there) This mans energy absolutely amazes me

1) Back in the USSR (I like Paul’s version better than the Beatles)

2) Maybe I’m Amazed

3) Live and Let Die

4) Ebony and Ivory

5) Wonderful Christmas Time

George Harrison-never really got into his solo music but love My Sweet Lord

Ringo Starr-sorry Ringo, I don’t like any of the stuff you’ve done solo.

It’s sad that only two of the Beatles are still alive, John and George were such wonderful musicians. If any of you like classic rock, I suggest Wonderful Tonight by Patti Boyd. Married to both George Harrison, then Eric Clapton, she was the inspiration for The Beatles “Something” and Claptons “Beautiful Tonight. If you don’t know the story of Boyd, here’s the short story of it but I definitely recommend “Wonderful Tonight”

Are you a Beatles fan?

Playing with aubergine

11 Jan

 The rest of snow day turned out to be a nice, relaxing day-just what I needed! My manager called me around noon to let me know the entire office may be shut down today since we have more snow and freezing rain coming our way so I had to call in today to see if I would have to go in or not.

The verdict?

We are on a delay but supposed to go in at 10AM but that may change.

I have to stay up (since there’s no way I am going back to bed now) and call back at 8AM to see if that still holds true. I am watching the news and they are saying how the Department of Transportation is recommending everyone stay off the road but I guess the bank wants us to risk our lives and go in. Yay.

Blah.

As for yesterday–I was starting to get a little cabin fever around lunch time. I’ve stayed in the house for that long before it’s just when I feel confined that I start to go crazy and what to do something. What better to do than a strength training session to get some blood pumping?

Kettlebell-20 lbs

Upright Deltoid Rows (13 reps, 3 sets)

Shrugs (13 reps, 3 sets)

Bentover Row (13 reps, 3 sets)

Lateral Bench Press (13 reps, 3 sets)

One Armed Swings (12 reps, 3 sets)

Swings (13 reps, 4 sets)

Around the worlds (25 reps, 3 sets)

Dumbbell-15 lbs

Front Lateral Raise (13 reps, 3 sets)

Reverse Fly (13 reps, 3 sets)

Curls (13 reps, 3 sets)

Shoulder Press (13 reps, 3 sets)

Misc.

Push Ups (15 reps, 2 sets)

I haven’t used my heart rate monitor in awhile since it was acting funky on me this summer. But since I am started to track my calories again, I put it on and turns out I had a fabulous workout!

I refueled with leftover pad thai afterwards.

I could seriously eat pad thai every single day. And what is it about pad thai that makes it even better leftover?

The official plate cleaner was on hand to assist with little scraps that I didn’t get to.

Target was so kind as to send me this lovely gift card in the mail. I thought the Postal Service would’ve been shut down but they really hold up to their neither rain nor sleet nor snow creedo.

You’re so sweet Target. Even though I am in your demographic of people who should be having kids, the only way one’s popping out of me is if it’s an immaculate conception. If anyone is preggers or is planning on it in the near future -let me know, I’ll send this over to you. The mailman also brought me over the latest issue of Food Network to redeem themselves for the baby registry gift card

Then,  I baked. As many of you know, I am not a baker but felt the urge to bake with it being cold and snowy out. It just seemed right. I have a surplus of coconut on hand and went to Allrecipes.com to look up recipes. I love that they have a page that allows you to put in items you want or don’t want in your recipe and generates recipes for you! I came upon this recipe for Chewy Coconut Cookies and figured it seemed quick and easy and got to baking!

I halved the measurements since I only wanted a few cookies so I made six then froze the rest (thanks Mo for the tip!). I am sure they were supposed to look prettier but let’s be honest, I really don’t care what a cookie looks like–I only care about how they taste. These were soft, chewy and full of coconut. The only thing that would have made it better was if it was dipped in chocolate. Hooray for cookie success!

For dinner, I wanted to get my eggplant on.

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When I get an eggplant, I usually make lasagne, mix in with pasta, use as a topping on pizza or eggplant parmesan but I wanted to try something different. I remembered a recipe for stuffed eggplant one of my former co-workers told me about some time ago. I didn’t write it down but made my own little creation of stuffed eggplant with mushrooms, onions, pepper and quinoa.

I gutted out the eggplant then chopped the inner into pieces

Then chopped 1/4 onion, one cup mushrooms and orange pepper, sprinkled Spike seasoning on the veggies then cooked with extra virgin olive oil until soft (had 1/2 cup quinoa cooking at the same time)

Once both were done, I mixed together then scooped into the eggplant pieces.

 I thought it looked a little lonely so I sprinkled  shredded mozzarella on top

Then placed in a casserole dish coated with extra virgin olive oil and bake for 30 minutes at 400 degrees

Up close and personal baby

Chowed that sucker down! A nice veggie alternative for another round of meatless Monday.

Hope everyone has a great Tuesday. At least I got yesterday after work, you can’t beat two four-day work weeks in ar ow! Any time I can not be off at work is a good time!

Ps–I  added a new page for Frugal Friday! Please check it out if you have missed my Frugal Friday posts in the past, it offers some tips and finds that I have found in the past month.