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Local Flavor

Nick and I are just too cute   🙂  Both on the couch, sitting with our laptops. Of course, he’s working on his dissertation and I’m blogging, but whatever!

I was hungry this afternoon!

I ate my snack of one of our golden jubliee tomatoes + homemade guac.


That held for me about 30 minutes, so then I broke into this.


yum. A slice of apple pie is always a good afternoon snack.

I had a lot of phone calls today at work, which is a little strange for me. It made for a weird day. Other than that, work was work for a Wednesday.

The family that bought the truck came by to pick it up today after work and one of their little girls totally made my day. I know kids often say things without thinking and I’ve heard some funny stuff before, but when they say something sweet, it just melts ya’! When the family was leaving, one of their little girls (she might have been 4 or 5?) leaned over in the car and told her mom “she’s pretty”, so when the mom turned back around to wave goodbye to us, she said back to her daughter “yeah, she is pretty”.

*blush* Seriously? I needed that today. I’ve been bloaty mccramperson the past couple of days which doesn’t make me feel too hot, so it just made my day. cute little girl.

I was excited for dinner tonight – almost everything was local!



I got the best zucchini at the farmer’s market this weekend. These little ones are so cute! I couldn’t wait to use them.

I sliced up all of these zucchini, 3 tomatoes from our garden, a pepper from our garden , and a small red onion.


I love that everything but the onion was either from our garden or our farmer’s market! Erin would be proud  🙂


I layered the following in a 9×13 pan:

  • chicken breast topped with salt, pepper, garlic powder, dijon + whole grain mustard
  • zucchini
  • tomato
  • red onion
  • pepper
  • more salt, pepper, garlic powder and some thyme

Bake at 400 for 25-30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

While that was in the oven, I cooked some Israeli couscous on the stovetop with some onion, garlic, and parsley. We love Israeli couscous. So doughy and delicious. And whole grain mustard is good on just about anything.


These veggies were so good! Wanna know the best thing? The zucchini actually tasted like zucchini. Not like the zucchini I used to get at the grocery store that really don’t taste like anything. Local produce is the best.

I’ve got a book to start tonight, but I’ve made a HUGE list of all your suggestions to take to the library over the next couple of weeks. I can’t wait! All of the suggestions sound great, so thanks!

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?

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Fun Fiesta

The weekend is here!!!

Ah, I’m so excited that it’s Friday night. I’ve got my feet up on the ottoman, Nick and Roxy next to me, and no work tomorrow!

I got pretty hungry this afternoon, so I pulled out this snack from my purse.


This was my first time trying the peanut butter cookie Larabar, and it sure did taste like peanut butter. I really liked it – with the only ingredients being dates, peanuts, and salt, I thought it would be sweeter than it was but it really tasted like peanut butter!

I still think I like the coconut cream pie one better, but there’s still a lot of flavors I haven’t tried yet so I can’t pick a favorite.

This afternoon was spent finishing up some stuff at work, having a few meetings and trying to make sure everything is set up for next week – why?

My supervisor and I were approved to start doing telework!!! So (as long as it keeps working out), I’ll be working from home every Monday and Thursday. I am SO excited! I honestly didn’t think that we would be approved so quickly and that things would be squared away for us to start our new telework schedules next week, but it happened! Too bad I don’t have a pool….I could lay out and work on my laptop  🙂

Dinner was easy to put together. Since we were still stocked with fresh tomatoes, peppers, and our Miami avocados, it had to be a Fiesta night.


I used a Weight Watcher recipe for Chicken Mole taco filling that we like a lot and made a big salad with all my toppings.

  • romaine
  • corn
  • chicken/bean/mole sauce mixture
  • garden fresh red + orange tomatoes
  • scallions
  • toasted corn tortilla pieces


Mmm…..I love mole sauces! I love the combination of cocoa + cinnamon + chile powder – it has such a great balance!


While I was working on the mole + cutting up the lettuce and tomato, Nick mixed up some fresh salsa + guac for dipping.


The fresh salsa and guacamole were so perfect. It makes such a difference to have super fresh tomatoes and peppers, perfectly ripe avocados, and lots of cilantro  🙂

I also had a Modelo because you HAVE to with Mexican meals. And it’s Friday!!!

You know I’ve got big plans for tonight:

  • reading
  • making a grocery list for tomorrow
  • watching What Not to Wear

Crazy night, huh?  I love it.

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T. G. I. F

times 2!

1. Thank Goodness It’s Friday, right?

I had an eye appointment this morning and it had been 3 years since the last time I went – oops! I got some new contacts ordered AND bought a new pair of frames/lenses. The glasses I have now are a cheap $8 pair of sunglass frames that I popped the lenses out of and had prescription lenses put in and I’ve had them for about 7 years, so it was time. I needed them to have the right prescription anyways and I got a really cute pair. I should be picking them up in the morning  🙂

Today was crazy busy at work. I had so many emails to work through, plus we’re trying to set up working remotely from home to see how that will work, so I was working on a bunch of stuff today. It felt like a full day even though I was only there about 5 hours. I am glad I only had one day of week this week and now the weekend – that will make getting back into the office easier after the trip.

We didn’t eat all the ravioli last night, so I brought that with me for lunch.


I also brought a small salad with the leftover romaine I cut up last night, plus 1/2 of a tomato from our garden.


and a nice, crispy apple.


Hooray for produce  🙂  I wonder how long this excitement will last! I know I’m already psyched about going to the market and grocery store tomorrow.

I got pretty hungry at work this afternoon, but I was working on everything so much that I never stopped to have a snack. Nick and I ended up running around after work checking out vacuums since ours broke, so I had this in between stores.


Yup, I finally found the Coconut Cream Pie LARA bar right before we left for our trip. I’ve been looking for this flavor since I saw it on a blog MONTHS ago!


I realize that I haven’t tried all of their flavors yet, but this one rocked! I loved, loved, loved all the shredded coconut in the bar. It gave it such a great texture. I will definitely buy more of these. I hope they keep them stocked around here now that I finally found them.

In vacuum news, I think we found the one we’re going to get – Nick was looking up reviews while I was getting dinner ready, so we should hopefully have a new one this weekend.

The second TGIF for today is:

2. Thank Goodness I Freeze…


I had no plans for dinner tonight. I was hoping we would have had enough ravioli leftover for dinner tonight, but the package only had a little over 2 servings and we had barely stretched it to 3 servings.

What to do when grocery shopping won’t happen until the next day and you don’t want to eat out?

Look in your freezer.

I found a bag with 2 servings of my Super Bowl Chili Mac, so I heated that up in a pot on the stove and roasted some broccoli in the oven.


I love roasted broccoli. I love that the edges get kind of crispy.


I also love having stuff in the freezer for when I have no plans and no food! At least we still had a homemade meal.

I’ve got one load of laundry going and still have a full hamper. I have a feeling this rainy weekend will be filled with laundry  🙂

Do you like grocery shopping/planning?

I usually do and love my early Saturday morning shopping trips, but there are some weeks that I just don’t feel like planning out meals or making my list.

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