… shaking it off… and heading out in search of balance…

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pond scum

it’s that time of year!

it’s been beautiful in portland the last few days

(i’m sure even just mentioning this will cause the skies to darken, the clouds to roll in, and the rain to pour, but i digress)… so yesterday, after breakfast…

a fitnessista inspired egg puff on dave’s killer bread dressed by frank

we decided to uncover the scummy pond that’s been stagnate since winter and crank it up…

we discovered the koi are in fact still alive (minus ralphie, who i believe we lost to a predator of some sort before winter)… after a trip to the pond store, too much money spent on replacement parts, and lots of “help” by porter (interpretation: standing right next to us, chewing on pond parts, and splashing in water), we hooked it all back up…

we still have a lot of yard work to do (i have no idea why the previous owners kept a dirt outer ring of the yard), but i’m already excited with how it’s looking so early in the year!

the backyard is one of the big reasons i bought this house, and i can’t wait to be able to sit on the upper deck and have dinner overlooking the yard.

between our own yard work, swapping out guest room beds, helping nikki cut down five large bushes in front of her yard and digging out the remaining stumps *insert flexing of muscles and girl power here*… we were TIRED, and i needed a green monster

enjoyed on the upper deck with my best friend

(sporting the one ear back look… i wonder if this will become a trend like the one strap of the overalls unhooked???)

in the green monster:
1/2 c. almond milk
couple dollops 0% plain greek yogurt
2 c. organic baby spinach
frozen pineapple
frozen mango

i liked the hint of tangy that the greek yogurt gave the smoothie…

i won’t get sick of these any time soon

speaking of sick, anne is nursing a nasty cold (clearly she needs more green monsters), so i thought i’d make a veggified dinner for all of us.

i started with vegan stuffed mushrooms:

1 lb. large mushrooms
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 7oz. package firm tofu
8 sun-dried tomatoes
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
salt/pepper
2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
2 tbsp. dried breadcrumbs

remove stems from mushrooms and put the caps in a baking dish

preheat oven to 375

toss everything, including the mushroom stems, except the olive oil, parsley, breadcrumbs into food processor and chop/mix it all up


heat oil in skillet, and toss in the mixture for about 5 minutes or until tender, obviously making a big mess on your stove top… then mix in the parsley and breadcrumbs

stuff mushroom caps with mixture and shove into the oven for about 20 minutes or until browned on top

i’ve never made stuffed mushrooms without drenching them in cheese, but these were really good, and the tofu provided smoothness to the mixture. i would definitely make these again, and experiment with other ingredients like italian seasoning, or giving them an asian flare…

speaking of asian flare

no, not that kind

i also made a pretty good stir fry to round out the evening


today i’m hoping to tackle the yard a little more, hit the gym for an overdue elipticizer interval workout, maybe some weights if i’m feelin dangerous, and then get ready for the oscars.

what’s your favorite thing about your house/condo/apartment??
what’s the one thing you would love to have in your dream home??

my favorite parts of my house are the backyard, and the huge window in my living room that takes up one whole wall and looks out onto the upper deck and over the backyard. i always feel like i’m part of the outside.

i’ve always wanted a big home theater. i LOVE movies, and would love a big screen and big comfy couches or chairs to watch lots of movies in…

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we be rollin…

in veggies that is!

i’m excited because today i officially signed up for a CSA (community supported agriculture).

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a way to create a direct connection between people who like to eat fresh, local produce and the farm that grows it. The CSA model is an economically viable way for small scale farmers to produce a wide variety of high quality vegetables in an earth-friendly way. CSA fosters responsible relationships between the grower, the consumer, the food, and the land on which the food is grown.

(source)

you pay the farm up front for your share, then each week the farm fills a box with fruits and veggies of their choosing, and we pick up our box at a location in portland.

our family is going to share a “harvest share” with my friend at work and her family. there are so many farms to choose from in the portland area!! we decided on one whose program goes for 26 weeks, and offers vegetables and fruit.

go here and scroll down for a sample of what a season looks like.

we love the farmers market, but i’m even more excited about having a “share” of a farm b/c we will get a variety of fruits and vegetables each week. i know this means we will constantly be trying new things, eating organic, and supporting a local farm. of course we will still go to the farmers market for extra fruits/veggies, meat, and eggs.

although the veggies won’t start rolling in until june, NOW is the time to sign up for your share, as many places sell out quick… so if you’re interested, i would highly recommend looking into the CSA offerings in your neck of the woods!

all this food TALK… how bout some photos!?!?

i finally restocked on spinach, and all the green monster talk at caitlin’s “house” left me with a serious craving!! so as soon as i got home from the gym this morning, i went to work!

secret green monster on the left (with cocoa powder so the teen doesn’t know he’s getting spinach)
green monster w/ chocolate protein powder for anne in the middle
and my “sludge” on the right (1 c. unsweetened almond milk, 2 c. spinach, lots of frozen cherries, ice) YUM

while i was swirling around the kitchen, i also managed to pack my lunch, which was actually last night’s leftovers:

salad = more spinach, roasted red pepper, baby carrots, mushrooms, feta, and deliciousness

entree = brown rice cooked in light coconut milk and extra firm tofu “planks” that had been marinated in tj’s “island soyaki” and thrown into a saute situation

i wasn’t full, so a couple hours later i inhaled (thus, there is no photo) a fuji apple and small dollop of PB

while i nursed a headache this evening, anne was kind enough to make a pretty scrumptious dinner and even played photographer!!

tj’s cucumber potsticker things anne wanted to try…. FAIL! they were just… weird!
roasted brussells and asparagus that were so good (we are fans of the skinny asparagus up in here)
boca burger with mozz, roasted red pepper, spinach, and avocado on a sandwich thin.

and that’s that…

but before you go…

i spy…

doxie bootayyyyy!!

hahahaha

given that my foggy/achey head is not getting any better… i think i’ll take a page from this dude’s book…

and pass out!

i’m just so excited about owning a “share” of a local farm… is this something you have done? or would do?
i’m a little nervous about getting veggies that i don’t know what to do with, but i’m guessing in the internet age, i’ll be able to find plenty of recipes for everything they throw at me…???

spanish nights

heyyyyyyyyy!!

i love the “i’m so not impressed” look…

a couple weeks ago our friend JR was hiding out at our place while his wife studied for the bar exam (ughhhh those words still make me cringe!! BAR EXAM = HORRIBLE) anywayyyy… we all got caught up in watching a Throwdown, where Bobby took on the “Paella King of Northern California”

ever since… we have all been talking about getting together to make paella… so last night… we did it up spanish style!

Nikki and JR had been remodeling their kitchen, so i was excited to test it out now that the remodel is complete!

it’s such an amazing transformation, and it’s so THEM (interpretation: JR got a “pot filler” above the stove and nikki got completely organized shelves)

who wouldn’t want to cook in this kitchen!?!?

as soon as we walked in, JR got the sangria flowin…

we wanted to really do the paella fresh and from scratch.

while anne and JR got right to work…

nikki and i ran some errands in preparation for anne’s birthday party in less than TWO weeks! we have some big fun planned… but are keeping the details a secret. trust me though… it’s going to make for a killer post!

by the time we got back to the house, it was clear that anne and JR had been enjoying themselves…

but despite the sangria induced shenanigans… the spanish masterpiece was coming right along!

as they put on the finishing touches…

i tossed together a salad…

the paella was SO flavorful, and while i probably would have taken a shortcut, nikki and JR were so smart to get the fresh seafood!! it was hard work, but fun, yummy, and actually… such a pretty dish!!

it was a successful spanish night!!

do you try to buy fresh seafood or are you ok rolling with the frozen stuff?

and as for some trashy tv… bachelor thoughts? new bachelorette thoughts??

let’s go let’s go let’s GO!!

that’s what farley was saying this evening, when i strapped him into his harness for his FIRST WALK since having back surgery!!

we went for a short walk (although he wanted to cruise the entire city of portland)… i noticed after about a block that he was trying to go too fast, so he would kind of skip and pick up his right back leg b/c it couldn’t keep up. i decided that meant it was time to head back… baby steps little boy… baby steps.

if you look close, you can see the scar down his back… it’s no joke!

but that was this evening…

i really need to start with last night…

which is when some dudes came to deliver my new bed. once they got it set up i was thinking, ummm i’m not sure this is the bed that i ordered, but i second guessed myself, and didn’t say anything. so i went to bed last night, and immediately knew O MAR COD, this is NOT the bed i bought! it was as hard as a rock! i was SO annoyed, didn’t sleep well, and woke up this morning with a totally achey body!

i know, i know, such dramatics! but i am a soft bed girl, and simply cannot stand hard beds!

waking up on the wrong side of the bed on a wooden plank, i knew i needed two things:

SPICY OATS

COFFEE W/ ABE

work was nutso, so by the time i escaped to make the trek to khao man gai, i had no idea where my phone was, and never took a photo… but you can read all about nong and her vietnamese street food crack HERE, and it’s worth it… it was IN-CRED-IBLE, per the usual!!

i’d like to wipe the rest of the day from my memory, sooooo moving right along…

when i left the building today i was so excited to see some color sprouting from the bare wintery trees…

it’s mind bottling how you can see this…

then right next to it…

spring is a comin and there’s nada like spring in PTizzle!

i got home to find the bed fairy had solved our problems, and my SOFT heavenly pillow top bed was in the room and made… i seriously contemplated going to bed at 6 p.m.!

the new bed is significantly higher than the old one, so the side tables look lame, and the new bedding doesn’t really jive with the picture anymore (i know challise, the pictures screams IKEA)… so that needs to disappear too. it’s ok though… i am so excited about my new slumber zone!

farley on the other hand… he and monkey are NOT happy about the new bed height!

anne was one of the lucky ones today, and didn’t have to work, so she was kind enough to make dinner!

while she was doin her thang, my lunch was loooong gone and i was starvin, so i snacked on two sticks of crack

and some new baked chips anne scored today, with surprisingly decent health stats… for chips!

serving size = 20 chips
calories = 120
fat = 3
fiber = 2
protein = 2
(given the flavor is SALT n vinegar, we won’t talk about the sodium content… mmm k?)

i only had a couple chips b/c i wanted to make sure i was sufficiently hungry… anne was makin a bomb ass dinner!

from the new “cooking light“… anne made mine with feta (i don’t dig the blue fuzzy cheeses)

the buffalo “sauce” (anne made it more chunky like a pico/salsa) was SO good… and the brussels went perfectly with it (just cooked on the stove with a tiny bit of olive oil and salt/pepper)

delicioso!!!

well, that’s it! duty calls… i finally finished season 2 of Damages, so now i’m going to get a little closer to caught up by watching the first episode of season 3…

if you do not watch “Damages“… you need to get seasons 1 and 2 PRONTO. it’s genius!! and glenn close RULES!

peace

kraut fondness

Cam: My dream for him is that one day, he’ll be on the Supreme Court.
Mitchell: Why Cam?
Cam: So at parties I can tell people my partner is one of the Supremes.

Does anyone else love Cam from “modern family” as much as i do?!?!?!

wow, that was a random intro…

hi everyone!!

pretty sure i’m on a sauerkraut high… i’m not sure why exactly, but i busted into a jar of sauerkraut a couple days ago, and have not stopped yet!

the other night for dinner i attempted to create a kraut centered dinner. i think i had reuben in my head, but went with homemade russian dressing???

i’m not gonna lie… it tasted about as bland and disturbing as it looks! the dave’s killer bread was KILLER (sidenote: if you haven’t discovered dave, do it!!), but the turkey was dry, the dressing was weird.

FAIL

but there was a silver lining…

YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

i have come to terms with the fact that i love sauerkraut… it took me a while (when i was young i pretended like i hated it b/c everyone else my age thought it was gross) but i am embracing my fondness for kraut!

a couple days after my fail, i was at one of my most favoritest places and saw that allie had properly created a healthy living appropriate reuben at home!!

omg it’s like she was speaking directly to me!!

so for dinner that night…

flat out reuben and salad!!

SO GOOD!

i’m not gonna lie, last night, after porter’s sisters beat up on him in puppy class…

i may have possibly might could likely ate…

oh, does that look familiar??

this morning i was thinking there’s probably a way to have kraut oats???
but i chillaxed and went with something basic, but delightful

i was actually running so far behind this morning, that i didn’t arrive at work with breakfast. so i popped into the newly remodeled little store in our building and figured given my procrastinating prowess, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to keep some oats in my drawer at work…

i took an early lunch so i could scoop up farley boy and take him to the dr. to be de-frankensteined…

we waited for the dr… and in true farley fashion…

he was totally obsessed with the fact that he could hear noises on the other side of the door, but could not get out there and see what was goin down!?!?!

the dr. removed all of farley’s staples (bye bye frankenstein) and was so impressed with how quickly he’s recovered (his pimp walk / limp is almost completely gone)… that he doesn’t have to go back for any followup appointments!

with the good news we jetted back home. i had to make something pretty quick for lunch, and anne was sending me incredibly subtle hints like, “you have time to make me one of those flat out reubens, right??”

so… welll…..

hey, i didn’t have the salad with it, so it was like a totally different meal!!

and the best part…

the jar is not empty yet!!

dinner was royalty… BAMBOO SUSHI… nikki and jr had a gift card AND a coupon.

things started like this…

and b/c nikki and jr were still stuck in traffic, i did this…

(it’s how they pour sake… they overflow it into the little box below… something about signifying abundance… ok ok whatever, just drink it!!)

then the rest of the dinner was pretty much like THIS

i came home to catch up on modern family since i missed it last night

and b/c i was really good and did not have dessert at the restaurant, i whipped up some impromptu magic bullet ice cream deliciousness

– almond milk
– POM juice
– banana
– splash of vanilla extract
– lots of ice

magic bulleted to perfection

then thrown into…

my almost empty sauerkraut jar… HA! kidding.

we’re not there… yet!

so tell the truth… do you like sauerkraut!?!? are there any foods you always liked, but were afraid to admit it b/c you knew people would think you were weird/gross… ????

p.s. speaking of foods i love… anne is giving away some new chobani for kids… cruise over… you too could be a CHAMPION!

ch ch changes…

look who is home!!!!!!

(sleeping with monkey, in the chair, next to me… just like things should be!)

SO in the new year, i resolved to become the healthy person i’m dying to be

i figured it was time i checked in with myself on that front.

well, for the most part, things have been going pretty well. i have recommitted to going to the gym, and to seeing jillian again (although admittedly not as often as i should be)…

given the rollercoaster of extreme diets, weight loss, weight gain, self loathing, success and failure i’ve been on, my initial approach to this pursuit of finding a balanced healthy way of… well, getting healthy… was to resist COUNTING CALORIES.

i thought this was a good idea b/c i know how to be healthy, i just don’t always do it, and i didn’t want to count calories b/c i didn’t want to be obsessed.

however, while i have definitely improved with my eats, i know i can be better!

SO… ok ok OK… i’m going to count calories! i believe this will help me stay more accountable, AND it will keep me from excusing a snack here or there that i know creep up in calories, but when i don’t count, i can act like it’s not as big of a deal.

second, i am going to focus on eating 5 or so small meals per day, rather than 3 larger meals. for an interesting discussion on this topic surf on over to my new pal holly’s abode (love her!!), the reason for this is it will keep me from getting TOO HUNGRY b/c when that happens…

a) i’m less likely to go to the gym after work b/c all i can think about is how hungry i am

2) i’m more likely to overeat, which is what happens when i let myself get too hungry between meals, and

d) i’m more likely to be sluggish after a meal b/c i’ve eaten too much b/c i’ve let myself get too hungry

wow, is that a vicious cycle or what!?!?

i figure part of this journey is figuring out what works and what doesn’t!

that being said, here are some of today’s eats… not all of them, and not quality photos b/c all i had was my phone (i was a little off today with the anticipation of going to get my son!!)

breakfast and snack…

odwalla, un-pictured banana, apple, pb, and the KING of string cheese (TJ’s light)

i was SO proud of my lunch when i left the house this morning, but then…

ummm makeshift veggie pizza? basically?

i had these great pitas and figured i’d stuff half of one with TJ’s jalapeno/cilantro hummus, spinach, carrots, and sunshine veggie burger of the breakfast variety, with sliced pickle on the side. but at work i discovered the pita didn’t open… so instead i piled it all on top and wrestled with it for a while until i got it all down.

it tasted good, but the unanticipated wrestling match sort of ruined it for me!

i figured i could read “esquire” while i enjoyed my lunch, but after 10 minutes of the guys in the room drooling and howling like puppy dogs at blake lively on the front, i scooted it across the table and bugged out!

i left work early to pick up my doxie boy!! the dr. showed me his xrays (where the disc matter in his back was actually invading and pushing on nerves and his spinal cord)… and said he just adored farley and was really impressed with how quickly he’s recovering! i then signed in blood from the tip of my finger to give the surgeon my first born to satisfy the surgery debt, and we headed home!

anne made dinner b/c i wasn’t going to do anything except chill in the chair with farley…

it was GDW inspired… Alli, don’t be disappointed in me… it doesn’t do your example justice, but we worked with what we had, and it actually tasted pretty good!

brown rice, edamame, egg, and spicy jalapeno chicken sausage from TJ’s (which are awesome, in case anyone was wondering)

it’s SO good to have our farley boy home… he’s pretty wobbly in his back right leg b/c that’s the side of the spine the dr. had to remove the most yucky stuff from… (enjoy our retro kitchen floor)

but it should get better and better as he gains more strength…

for the next couple weeks he’ll be doing lots of this

(hobbling, but tail wagging!!)

and after two weeks he can start going on short walks
then in two months… he should be as good as new… which is a good thing b/c i have a feeling those squirrels in our backyard are going to be getting pretty cocky by that time!! 😉

PEACE

you saved my marriage!!

a lot of people don’t know that i moonlight as a superhero to marriages on the brink of disaster! last night, duty called!! my good friends nikki and jr have what i lovingly refer to as a “shit show” going on in their lives right now! jr just took on major responsibility at work, nikki is taking an incredibly stressful class, AND they are remodeling their kitchen!
no, i mean a SERIOUS remodel…

yesterday after talking to both parties about the fact that they had to put cabinets together so the contractor could install them, but they had just brought the cabinets home the night before, and if they aren’t done the contractor will fall behind schedule, and then, basically, the world ends… i realized that the bottom line is, they are both too stressed out to think rationally!

SO i told jr if he took me to see farley after work we would help him construct the cabinets.

i got to see my son for the first time since friday! he was doing pretty well, but i’m not gonna lie, the 12 staples down his back were a little hard to see.

(just a small photo… didn’t want to gross anyone out!)

and we went to work on the cabinets… apparently when you’re 6’10″… you work better lying down???

and a sample of the finished product…

this morning i was greeted at work by a beaming and more relaxed nikki, and a “thank you haiku” in which she expressed her gratitude, complimented my cabinet constructing skills AND informed me we saved her marriage. pretty good for one little haiku!

tonight there was less drama, and fewer heroics. however, we did have a pretty bomb ass dinner, so i figured i would share it with you!

we are french dip fans at this house… but i am less and less interested in any kind of red meat
so i haven’t had french dip for a while, but i have been craving it… DILEMMA!!

then it came to me… turkey dips??

so at the grocery store over the weekend anne helped me pick out an uncooked turkey breast (i wanted nothing to do with already cooked turkey, and especially not turkey “lunch meat”), but the only turkey breasts available were big hunks of skin on turkey breast.

ok, i realize i’m 29 and should be over it, but i’m not gonna lie, any skin on meat immediately activates my gag reflex upon me laying a hand on it, so a compromise was in order! as we’re standing over the turkey section in the grocery store i said, “OK, you skin it, i’ll do the rest”

right! DRAMA!

she agreed… so this morning before work, anne removed all the skin from the turkey breast, then we put that in the crock pot with the following additional ingredients:

– 1 jar peperoncini rings (peppercinis, banana peppers, whatev!!!)
– 1 packet dry italian dressing
– 2 packets dry au jus (we use lawry’s)
– we eyeball the water but basically until it comes about halfway up the slab of meat… less water obviously means stronger au jus, more water, weaker au jus… very scientific!!

we set the cock pot on low and headed out the door

on our way home form work the teen called and said the delicious smell coming from the crock pot was making it impossible for him to study for his finals. i have NO idea where he gets his dramatic side….???? wha? don’t look at me!!

when we walked in the door and lifted the lid…

the whole house smelled like french dip… it was intoxicating to some of us.

anne sliced up the turkey breast and put the slices back into the crock pot with the au jus and banana peppers.

jack tried to get someone to explain to him why we gave him a home haircut that resulted in a mullet…

while i made some salads

we toasted some whole wheat rolls, put a little horseradish on them, and served it with the salad and a toddler size serving of straight mashed potatoes

these little dippers are SO FREAKING GOOD!! i loved having the banana pepper rings in there so i can eat them on top of the sandwich.

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OH pardon me… i was wiping my drool off the keyboard!!

sometimes i forget how easy the crock pot can make my life… toss the goods into the crock in the morning, and when you get home… dinner is ready!?!?

do you use the crock pot? what’s your favorite crock pot recipe??