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the buffalo un-wing

FARLEY UPDATE! the little dude had his surgery early this afternoon… the doctor called me right after and said he came through with flying colors!! the doctor said he had to remove “a large amount of debris from the spinal canal”… yikes!!

I’m sure farley boy will be up to his old antics in no time… including keeping all the toys for himself…

SO given that there was a big football game on last night, i was craving “hot wings” but didn’t want to leave the house, didn’t really want chicken, and wanted to be healthy… so what i really wanted was buffalo wing FLAVOR.

thus, the buffalo un-wing was born!

(tofu cooked in buffalo sauce)

i grabbed what seemed like it would make a good sauce…

the frank’s could have been the sauce on its own, but i wanted to add the sriracha to make it spicier, the worchesterrrrshiiiirerer to thin it out a little bit, and the garlic, well… b/c everything is better with some garlic.

but really, i think whatever your favorite hot sauce/bbq sauce will do!

i tried to press as much water out of the tofu as possible b/c i wanted a more dry, less squishy consistency, so i put it in paper towel between two plates with a book on top for about 1/2 hour

then sliced it up, laid it in a baking dish, and smothered both sides of it with my sauce…

then we all chillaxed for an hour… the tofu in the fridge, and the rest of us…

(ok this photo is old, but i thought it was appropriate)

then i shoved the tofu in the oven at 400 for 15 minutes, then flipped them (why is tofu so hard for me to flip without destroying it??) and let it go another 15.
the flavor had permeated the tofu really well… but i wanted it to be crispier, so i tossed it in a pan on the stove, letting each side cook for a few minutes.

this was the clincher! the final sizzle in the pan gave the tofu the crispier/caramelized outside i was looking for!

anne finished up the teen’s steak (every couple months he begs and pleads for A PIECE OF REAL MEAT)

he was just so happyyyyyy

and the un-wings!

served with mashed potatoes (skin on and just some light sour cream added) w/ frank’s on top, and a quick romaine/carrot/cuc salad w/ a light ranch drizzzzzzle

the flavor of the un-wings was really good… just spicy enough to make ya lips burn, and totally satisfied the hot wing craving!

FINALLY… roll on over to one of my most favoritest new friends’ blog, holly, the everythingtarian, and you might could win a blender!!

so does anyone have good tofu tips?? i really like it, and think it can be good a zillion ways, but man oh man i am seriously weak sauce when it comes to handling it!?!!?!?

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keeping ourselves busy

since we got the news about farley boy’s serious back injury, we’ve been trying to keep ourselves busy.

we’ve been entering to win a fun giveaway compliments of the fabulous GC

engaging in home improvement therapy…

(i think carpet is yucky, especially since we have pets, so when we bought this house and pulled up the carpet, for some reason, WHO KNOWS WHY, there is a section of the hardwoods that had been damaged with a paint sprayer!?!? your guess is as good as mine..)

working on our skills for puppy class…

munching on apples…

trying a little eggy twist on the beloved GDW spicy oats

sneaking greens into the teen’s smoothies…


then last night i headed south to spend some time with oregon’s cutest girls!!

i even caught a great little sunset on the way…

(not bad for photos taken with the iphone while i was driving)

i had already planned to spend saturday evening with the ladies of the pea household, and really, there are no better girls to be able to hang with when you’re feeling down!

i mean, who wouldn’t want to have dinner prepared by a maiden and a ballerina??

well, with a little help from mama pea…

and lulu chilled with a skinny cow…

these girls are SO cute, and i adore spending time with them… it was just what i needed last night.
THANKS PEA GIRLIES!!!

after a fun night, my morning continued with my first brunch food gasm!!

the teen was begging for real meat (*insert chest pounding and grunting*), so i promised breakfast sandwiches with meat


(everything is better with Tillamook Cheese)

i had help sampling the canadian bacon…

i love breakfast sandwiches, and this one was SUPA TASTY


the first bite of this sandwich i took, i actually said, outloud, “oh my gosh… YUMMM”
i checked with the boss, G$, and she confirmed… it’s a food gasm!!

so i guess, given the circumstances, it’s been a pretty good weekend.

in fact, it’s about to get even better….

football, blue moon, and a greexican (greek/mexican) snack plate that i hope would make the kick ass Snackface proud!!

FINALLY… THANK YOU SO MUCH for your encouraging/supportive words about farley!! we have definitely decided to get him the surgery, no matter what it takes… even if we have to start having blog bake sales and lemonade stands to raise the dough!!!

WARNING: it’s gettin ugly!

well, not many food photos today… but not b/c i didn’t feel like being the geek with the camera at all my meals… but b/c i didn’t eat much today.

as you may know, my son, farley, is a miniature doxie… and is long…

has had a rough go of it lately! he gets a sore back from time to time, but this time has been worse… for more than a week he’s been willingly staying in bed all day and night (NOT normal… he usually is up doing a lot of investigating and tracking around the yard)

this morning when we got up i noticed his back legs looked wobbly… i knew it was bad.

so i went to work and waited for the first chance to call the vet…

i never had breakfast.

my vet told me she was worried about Farley and that i needed to take him to the specialist right away.

after dropping him off at the specialist, and talking with him briefly, i knew no matter the outcome, it was going to be expensive and that my dog was in a lot of pain!

i had a good cry, and on my way back into work nikki stopped me and said she was buying me lunch. wha? food? i hadn’t even thought about it all day…

half a chicken salad and a cup of vegan tomato basil soup…

and nikki insisted i needed chocolate

i only ate about 1/3 of this, and gave the rest to a friend when we got back to work.

i couldn’t do anything the rest of the day… except wait for the doctor to call with the results of Farley’s tests.

well, the news wasn’t good… Farley has a ruptured disc, and needs surgery. dr. recommended he keep him over the weekend rather than risk him getting hurt even worse at home, and that they do the surgery first thing monday morning.

sooooo i came home and made some dinner

TAKE NOTE: THE BEST HUMMUS EVER !!!!!!

so i know he’s “just a DOG”… i can see my father now, rolling his eyes and giving me the “are you kidding me” look!

but it’s also “just money”… right??

i’ve cried as much as i can, and i’ve gotten MAD b/c i’ve been hyper vigilant about his back since the day i got him, and this has happened anyway, and i’ve told myself “he’s just a DOG”…

but the alternative to the surgery is having him put down. i know people do it, but really? i just don’t see myself being able to physically push those words out of my mouth!

he’s only 4… and he’s a lot more to me than “just a dog”…

so i turned to cookie dough for dessert… in liquid form

vanilla vodka and ginger ale

really… it tastes like cookie dough… try it.

i’m drained!!

and even though i know it’s better for him to stay with the dr., i’m so sad i can’t see my little dude right now!

so instead i’ll leave you with a few photos of farley boy in happier times…

with his aunt marti (she’s the reason i fell in love with wiener dogs)

riding in the car…

wind in his hair… or ummm… ears…

chillin with his brother…

gettin his beauty sleep…

and just overall looking handsome!!

ughhh i’m goin back to my “cookie dough”

head of the class!

we just got home from puppy class!!!

but first, a few other items of business!

a) i was away for the weekend, and b/c the reason for a trip to seattle was a sick family member, i really didn’t take many pictures, and we didn’t get much of a chance to enjoy the city =(

i did manage to capture a couple highlights though…

i snagged this snack when we stopped for gas, and paired it with a delicious bottle of water… i hadn’t seen this variety of chex mix before, and when the options were basically this, or…

i easily made the decision to love my arteries!

it was good… spiiiiicy!

2) then one evening we were finishing up dinner at chef liao in seattle (where i had buddhist tofu), when, as i moved toward the door to leave, i nearly scoffed at the bowl of mints sitting there, until… OH MY HECK… could it be!?!?!?

IT IS!!!!!!!!!!!

the chinese good luck candies!!!!

you do not even understand the meaning of these candies!!! i have loved them since i was a wee one… my sister and i used to fight over them when they were included with our fortune cookies at my family’s favorite restaurant growing up!

i actually squealed when i saw them sitting in the bowl, and yes, i took every last one, and do NOT feel bad about it!

then i took the photo and sent it to my sister. her response via text message:

“ARE YOU KIDDING ME? helen never has those anymore”

hahahahhahahahaha i knew she would be jealous!!

CLEARLY the highlight of the trip!!

sooooo coming down off the chinese good luck candies high

d) I’M EXHAUSTED!! the weekend was draining, and all i wanted to do when i got home tonight was hit the couch… BUT instead i put my brain to work and figured out something quick to make for dinner before we had to head to class.

and i have to say… i am pretty impressed with what i was able to whip up in about 20 minutes!

very basic but delish salad…

i jazzed up some romaine, spinach, and cucumber with a few sundried tomatoes

and some new balsamic i snagged at TJ’s…

i apologize that my pacific northwest pale skin is so bright it detracts from the rest of this photo!

then i busted out one of my favorite christmas gifts again, and went to work on some zucchini…

and remembered i hadn’t yet tried to the new sauce i’d bought at costco…

(yes, i had to pull it back out of the recycling to snap the photo… i told you… I’M TIRED)

check out the whole basil leaves and garlic hunks in this sauce!! MOM knows what’s up!!!

i tossed some TJ’s meatless meatballs in the sauce for the teen’s benefit

and poured it over the spiralized zucchini…

and shoved some pre-cubed butternut squash into the oven for a few with just some salt n pepa
(i know it’s probably more expensive, but the pre-cubed butternut squash from costco is SO nice to have around… hey, i’m just sayin!!)

all together now…

quick and delish!!!

then it was off to class… we’ve been a little nervous for class b/c three of porter’s siblings are in his class! you know, don’t want to disappoint the family!

there was play time (shocker the newfs are surrounding the water dish)

lessons…

roundup…

and THEN… porter’s moment to shine was upon us!

so besides the 4 newfies in the class, we also have…

maverick!!

and stewart!!

so b/c porter lives with two small dogs… he got picked to be the first big dog to mingle with the little guys… WE WERE SO PROUD!!

(yes, they’re all the same age)… porter was very good with the smaller pups, and further impressed the professor with his on leash skills!

clearly porter’s at the head of his class!!

oh good grief i’ve got to get to bed… but ONE more item of business…

my go to senorita for all things chocolate has posted a bomb ass giveaway!!!

do you have any idea how bad i want a vita-mix!??!?!

REAL REAL BAD!!!!!!!!!!!

you can win too… by going HERE and showing katie some love…

injury reserve…

we have a doxie on the injury reserve at our house…

farley hurt his back. it happens from time to time (life is hard when you’re a foot and a half long and 2 inches tall)… i was hoping with a bit of rest he would get better, but given that he was in the above position for two days straight and yelped whenever anyone went near him, this morning i decided we’d be making a trip to the vet!

as long as he’s got his monkey…

porter does not have a sore back!


i hauled my cookies to work this morning, even though i didn’t want to, and enjoyed some greek yogurt, pumpkin, and granola…

all stirred up it basically looked like snot (yum) but tasted pretty good!

i only worked a 1/2 day so i could get home and take the patient to the dr., and secretly i was kind of excited about this (not the injured back or vet part), but b/c i could make lunch at home, which meant i could dig into the mound of groceries i stocked up on this weekend…

so much good HEALTHY food! i figured if i was going to resolve to get healthy, i needed to clean out the nast and replace it with the goods!

so for lunch…

bbq sunshine veggie burger, potato/lentil baked chips, pickle, pineapple

the sunshine burgers are the BEST brand of veggie burger, and this one was particularly glorious!

with the veggie burger and sandwich thin (you really should try these sandwich thins by the way)… i added frank’s sweet/hot bbq, lots of spinach, and peppercinis.

after spending considerable time and money at the vet, we got home and got the patient settled. we decided to tackle putting up the molding in the party room downstairs (for anyone who doesn’t know, i recently bought my first house and it’s a work in progress)… so we busted out anne’s new compressor and nail gun, and went to town!

(you know you’re jealous of my sparkly gold vinyl bench!!)

then i decided i’d been craving artichoke hearts long enough… so i made up a quick dip, which actually turned out pretty tasty! most artichoke dip recipes call for mayo, and i happen to think mayo is one of the most disgusting foods ever created!! so i made a mayo free artichoke and sun dried tomato dip!

1/2 cup 0% plain greek yogurt
1/2 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes (if packed in oil drain or blot off as much oil as possible)
1-1 1/2 cup shredded swiss cheese (i used about a cup of light cheese to keep the cals/fat down a bit)
14 oz can/jar artichoke hearts… drain and chop them
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon frank’s hot sauce (or more if you want it spicy… in retrospect i would have liked it spicier)
a sprinkle more of cheese for the top

**i kept mine basic like this, but i think you could also easily add something like crab or shrimp to this dish**

mix it all together, then spread into a shallow baking dish… bake at 350 for about 20 minutes, or until the cheese on top is melted/browning

a couple action shots…


magic bullet… woop woop!!!


served with mary’s crack!!

after a long walk with the meandering one, and getting the patient his meds and making him comfortable, i decided i needed a cocktail, and not of the “mock” variety!

*vodka
*club soda
*POM
*splash of lime

dinner votes were tallied as i sipped my libation… and breakfast pizza won!

we didn’t have any generic hashbrowns, so i pulled out another christmas gift… zeee spiralizer!!

flatouts, pizza sauce, spiralized yukon gold potato…


then i topped with tempeh bacon, scrambled egg/egg white, plenty of spinach, and a little bit of low fat cheese…

while the pizza was baking at 400, we had a small photo shoot!

speaking of bacon, jack never knows his bacon(aka tongue) is out b/c he has a little overbite! hey, all our pets have a touch of misfit.. we wouldn’t have it any other way!

i wonder if he’ll be larger than many others in his puppy class!?!?!

bruthas from anutha mutha…

(he’s all newfie in this one)

and when the pizza was done… viola!

(oh, i splashed mine with frank’s and it was fAb!)

and i’m out to soak up some awesomely bad dramatic television… THE BACHELOR is on!!!!!

but i leave you with this question… do you like bad tv? b/c i do! i admit it! i mean, i watch the smart stuff too, but sometimes there’s just nothing that beats awesomely bad tv (bachelor, real world, jersey shore, gossip girl ETC)… does it make me less of a person!??!!

not built for speed

some people…

are not built for speed!

yesterday morning porter and i set out for a walk through gabriel park

i’d like to be able to say it was a nice bit of exercise, but with this person on board…

i’d say it’s more of a… meander!?!? it was still a good walk though, and we got home just in time to meet the plumber, who was a jerk and told us we needed all new pipes and good luck asking our home warranty to cover it.
ok then.. nice having you… BYE!

luckily my college friend ash came by shortly after that with her cute Cute CUTE daughter london!

london proceeded, at 18 months old, to operate my iPhone…

i mean, she was actually working the iPhone… london could unlock the phone, then she would open an application. ashlee would say, “close it” and london knew the button to hit to close the application she had open. then ashlee says, “where are the photos” and london scrolls over, and hits the icon for my photos! HILARIOUS!

seeing ash always makes me happy… and london is SO cute!! she pretty much has the blondest hair i’ve ever seen!

after they left anne and i made our way cleeeeeeear to the other side of portland to meet JR and Nikki at a local store to check out some flooring and tile for home projects.

JR was up to his usual antics…

we just looked around, no decisions were made. i do kind of think these bubble tiles would be fun for a backsplash though…


we also had to go to home depot and the grocery store, so we stopped by the house to scoop up fuzzy… home depot is good for socialization for the pup (he’s always a big hit!)

porter was super excited to ride in the car…

we cruised through uwajimaya (if you live in portland and don’t shop here, knock it off! go check it out!)

we decided to throw together an udon dinner

it was simple, but SO good

*udon noodles
*broccoli
*bean sprouts
*celery
*rock shrimp (uwajimaya has such good fresh seafood)
*sauce was really basic… miso paste mixed with a little water, tamari, garlic

we capped off the night with a movie and a little bottle of sparkling sake we also snagged at uwajimaya

if you live around here and haven’t yet discovered sake… knock it off!
make the trip to sake one in forest grove. they are SO nice, knowledgeable, and you’ll be surprised how good sake can be!

i’ll leave you with a little apology… for my craptastic photos as of late. as you may recall, my sister dumped an entire pomtini all over my little camera, and i’m still a little shy when it comes to hauling my bigger but superior camera around with me. after seeing the above display though, i promise to cut it out with the iPhone photos (at least for the most part)!!