Oh Summer Summer

It feels like summer outside!  It was 85 today and super humid.  At least I got to go barefoot outside and my plants have finally made it out on the balcony!


The need a little love and I am hoping that with a little sun light and fresh air they will be happy in no time!  I am also planning my garden and I think I will make things a little more simple this year – tomatoes, peppers, herbs and maybe some lettuce.  Pots are just really hard to manage due to watering.

Summer weather also had me craving burgers!

I opted for Daily Garnish’s vegan black bean burgers in the oven – no grills allowed.IMG_0953

These suckers are so good!  The cinnamon definitely makes them.  Along with my burgers I roasted up some broccoli and sautéed some onions and mushrooms with salsa sauce.IMG_0954

Salsa sauce is just salsa thickened with tomato paste.  I felt it would be good with the spices in the burger.IMG_0952

Time to hangout with Sissy and enjoy the cool breezes!


Try Some Cabbage?

So I have never really been into cabbage.  Well actually I don’t really eat it very much.  It is just not a vegetable that jumps out at me in the produce aisle saying “eat me!”  This past weekend I picked one up to try some bear braised cabbage I saw on KERF.  I didn’t feel like looking up the recipe so I just winged it with some Sam Adams.


Cabbage may not photograph well, but it surely tasted good!  It was slightly spicy raw and picks up flavor well.

In the braising pot:

  • 1 small head of cabbage
  • bbq sauce
  • garlic powder
  • splash of Sam Adams
  • S&P

Along with my cabbage I had some sautéed mushrooms, a fried egg, stewed tomatoes and a slice of homemade whole wheat bread, which I found is 100x better with honey than molasses.



Random assortments for dinner seems to be the norm these days!IMG_0797

Nick and I are going to visit some wedding venues this weekend in PA.  They seem to have more barns available than Maryland does.  If you know of a nice rustic barn for rent in MD, please let me know!


Ever heard of a Thundersnow?  Well we are having one right now!


I know people up north have been having tons of snow this winter but we has out share last year, and now we are getting hit with another storm.  They said we could get up to 8in and I think we are almost there.  Not sure if I will be making it into work tomorrow seeing as it was not safe on the roads this morning and there were only about 5 people in today.


After some gchatting with Ruggs in the land down under I had planned on making an acorn squash and beans for dinner, but I just did not feel like beans again.  I basically just started cooking everything I had in the kitchen and knew I could throw the leftover in the fridge for lunches.

This is what I came up with.


Organic parsnip fries in Indian spices, organic green beans (frozen) and organic quinoa with the remainder of my blue cheese dressing from last night.


These were both good but the best part was definitely my organic baby bella mushrooms on homemade bread toast with cheese!


This reminded me of a mushroom melt and I want to make this for nick with some caramelized onions, yum!

I loved all of the flavors and textures in this meal!  AND I love that it covers my needs from fats to proteins.

Sissy and I are not cuddling on the couch and I am sipping some mandarin orange tea.

How is the weather around you????

Pile It Up

Tonight was a good night for making food.


I am running a little bit low on produce so tonight I had to pull all of my resources together before heading to Mecca aka Whole Foods tomorrow after work.

I gathered the following and sat down to think of a dinner that would be good as lunch leftovers:

  • 1/3 bunch of kale
  • 3 small baby yellow potatoes
  • 1/2 pint of mushrooms
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 3 slices of seitan deli slices (very odd food but I needed a protein) – Use your favorite!
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • pepper
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • fresh parsley from the pots
  • feta

I decided on a layered plate of flavors.


First I cooked the potatoes in the microwave on high for 6 min (yes I know this is a big no-no but I was hungry).  While these were going I started sautéing the 1/2 chopped onion in some olive oil then added the mushrooms and kale – covered.  Once the kale wilted I added the mustard, lemon juice and pepper.  At this time the potatoes were done and I chopped the two smallest ones and placed them on a plate.  I placed the sliced “meat” on the potatoes and then I topped the taters with the kale mix, a huge sprinkle of parsley and feta cheese!


The perfect bite!

I love when my bottom of the produce drawer meals come out well…sometimes they are pretty boring but sometimes I actually can put together something delicious!

Time to go read more of Eating Animals and drink some tea!   I will probably do a review of the book once I am done, but so far it is everything I thought it wouldn’t be and it is beautifully.IMG_0667

Sissy says good night and don’t forget to wear purple tomorrow!  Go Ravens! W.I.N.

Spicy Kale and Potato Stoup

I cannot tell you how amazing my apartment smells right now!  Whole Food got me with a bag of cinnamon pine cones and they smell amazing!


I know they don’t look like much but it smells like the holidays around here!  I hope my allergic to everything roommate does not mind Smile


It may look like nothing but there is no smellivison on the computer!

I did all of my baking yesterday so tonight I made something more than my usual grilled cheese for my pre-Nick meal.   It is the easiest to recreate when we get home from the bus stop so I like to make it for him.


  • 1 tbs EVOO
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 bunch kale
  • 4 small white potatoes
  • 3/4 box white mushrooms sliced
  • 1 box low sodium veggie broth
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro
  • dash turmeric, coriander and paprika
  • 1 tsp salt


Satue the oil and onion until clear.  Add garlic, kale and 1/2 cup broth.  Cook down kale and throw in potatoes, mushrooms, spices and rest of the broth.  Add the cilantro right before serving.  Season more as needed.


I served and farm egg over the kale for a little protein.


Yummy yoke in every bite!  Seasonal and delicious!

Time to pick up Nick!

Sanibel Day One

Hello from Sanibel Florida!  I just realized I didn’t get a picture of the beach, but I will surely fix that tomorrow.

Our flight was on time but it was not an easy one.  I am STILL congested and the pressure on my ears was crazy out of control.  I also had two allergy attacks throughout the flight.  If that wasn’t bad enough I also felt like I was going to barf while we were landing due to turbulence.

When we were finally on the ground we got our rental  car and it the road for Sanibel and Gramma Dot’s.

011 This place was recommended, but it left me wanting more.  I started with the Key West larger for a little local flavor.

012 I then ordered the misquette grouper sandwich, which was supposed come with a side of fruit and homemade potato chips.

013 The flavoring of the sandwich was really nice, but I don’t think one strawberry and a small piece of cantaloupe count as a side of fruit.

After lunch Mom and I went for a nice walk along the beach and checked into our condo.

We watched some basketball which snacking on chips, salsa and wine, and my bracket hopes were dashed with Kansas’ loss.014 Ugh I was so close!  Those are our few shells we have collected so far!  After a little nap we set to making dinner.  Due to my illness and chips I wasn’t very hungry.  Thankfully we had planned a light dinner of shrimp and salad.


I sautéed some mushrooms and shrimp in out olive oil and vinegar dressing plus half of a lemon (there is no S&P in the condo! (So odd to me).

016 Mom made a simple salad of Romain, carrots and fennel.017 Yummy scrimp!

We have big plans for a farmers market and shelling in the morning.  People are really, serious about shells around here.  I think I am also going to attempt to do a little barefoot running on the beach tomorrow!  The sand is really soft around here.  Just something easy like 20min.  Bikes ARE the only real form of transportation on this island and there are miles of paths.  I am so exited!

Stuffed Like A Turkey on Thanksgiving!

Wow I am pooped!  Today wasn’t even that crazy.  I think it may have to do with my allergies and how stuffed I feel after dinner!  I would climb into bed right now, but Biggest Loser is on and Nick is watching The Wire on the bedroom TV.

So because of my poopy state I am going to make this sort of a quick one.

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Morning Snacks.  1/4 giant honeycrisp apple and almonds.

005 Lunch was a huge delicious salad and pita with hummus for dipping.

006 In the salad:  mixed lettuce, spinach, carrots, cucs, celery, leftover greens and tomatoes, snap peas and balsamic with mustard dressing.

007 Sweet end!  So glad to have these back in my life!

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008 I bet you can’t guess what that is?  Clif Mojo  PB pretzel maybe???? Oh yeah!

009 The worst part of snack time…the last bite 😦


I had planned on doing another 8 mile run on sidewalks only.  Around mile 3 my quad told me otherwise.  It wasn’t hurting, but not feel the best.  I decided to listen to my body and cut down my run to 6.5.  It was not the best run even, but my last 1.5 miles felt really good.  I tried to push myself a little extra while I was feeling good.  With my extra time I did some core work and pushup before throwing dinner in the oven and hitting the showers.


Good old loin de pork was on the menu.  Marinated in red wine and grill Mrs. Dash grill seasonings.  I like using Mrs. Dash because A) it is one of my only memories of my grandfather and b) there is no salt added.

010 I wasn’t feeling a ton of meat tonight so I made up some tofu he same way as the pork and had one small piece of meat with 3 pieces of tofu.  I also had 1/2 of a sweet potato (yes that is 1/2!!!!) and onions, mushrooms and spinach sautéed in veggie broth and herbs.  I think my sleepiness is due to my potato…

011 No need for dessert tonight!  Sicily is already dipping out.

012 I am going to try and get Nick to turn off The Wire and let me watch Biggest Loser in bed…where is Dina’s family???  She has 2 people greet her???  And Shay only has her husband and 2 step sons????  Very odd to me.

Have a great night!!!!!