Where has the Thursday Things series been? Honeymooning and holidaying. It’s back today, but I am toying with the idea of making it the Friday Five and focus on 5 categories each week. What do you guys think? I’m not a big fan of sweet drinks and I know that a red cocktail is a no-no at a party, but I couldn’t resist how festive this cranberry margarita looked. I want one! A perfect finger food to enjoy while sipping that drink? These Nutty blue cranberry rounds. Cheese and nuts are always a winning combination! The dessert at my grandparent’s Christmas dinner was always ice cream. They would usually have 2-3 flavors and I would always go for the peppermint stick. That memory really makes me want to make this: Every year my mom used to make Christmas candies to take to the teachers at his school. I remember her
I heard on the news yesterday that the average American consumes 4000 calories on Thanksgiving Day. Yikes! As I posted earlier, we made some healthier swaps for our meal to help keep our meal and waistlines I check. We had mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes, turkey breast instead of a whole turkey, a side of Brussels sprouts and only a half batch of stuffing. Oh, and no dessert. Besides eating a little more than normal yesterday, I have been eating more than normal for about the past two weeks due to wedding festivities and being on my honeymoon. On a normal day, I eat more then 5 servings of fruits and vegetables. Well, Iceland doesn’t have the best climate for growing produce, so fruits and vegetables are extremely expensive there and to be honest, the quality isn’t that great. For example, a side salad at a restaurant was about $18
Why the -ish? It also included a very productive Tuesday. I had my final wedding dress fitting Saturday morning. We had a a BBQ chicken and pineapple wrap for lunch. I got up early on Sunday morning and cleaned out my garden plot. The end of season garden is such a sad looking thing. The pulling of plants was fueled by a lot of hot coffee. When I got home from the garden, I picked 55 pears off the tree in our back yard. Then I made myself a large, hot breakfast and more coffee. Ham, egg and cheese on an everything bagel thin with lots of fresh fruit. After that, I got to work using some pears by making cranberry pear bread. I already talked about staying home sick from work on Tuesday. I used it to my advantage by doing meal planning for the rest of the week and
How am I blogging Thursday Things when I haven’t even done a weekend update yet? I’m still going to have to get around to doing an extended update, because I have spent the more time in the kitchen this past week than I have in the past 6 weeks! Kitchen time was long overdue. It also helped to cure my boredom while I was home “sick” on Tuesday. This is going to sound way more dramatic than it is, but I was home from work because I have some sort of under the skin inflammation and swelling on the right side of my chin. It has been swollen and sore for 5 days now and the first round of antibiotics weren’t making a difference so I had to go back to the doctor today and switched antibiotics. With single digits until the wedding, this is not the ideal situation. Fortunately,
Whoa! It’s already Thursday again! I started thinking about this post at the beginning of the week, then Tuesday and Wednesday disappeared and we are already back to Thursday. The day in my book better known as pre-Friday. So let’s get to my favorite things around the web this week: These carrot cake faux Lara bar bites look awesome. I just love carrot cake. I totally plan on making these soon! I love spring rolls. Tofu and avocado spring rolls sound like the perfect appetizer, lunch or party food. Light, healthy and delicious. This mushroom quinoa bake looks like a great Thanksgiving side dish or a weeknight dinner. I absolutely love mushrooms. How drool-worthy is this mushroom, onion and gouda grilled cheese? I told you I loved mushrooms! I’ve been looking for a really good fall inspired salad lately, and this salty fall salad just might be the winner. Looks
On Thursday night(because that was pretty much considered the start of the weekend when I was in college), I made KERF’s baked pumpkin oatmeal bites. They were only alright. I thought they were quite bland and I even added cinnamon. I substituted chopped dates because I couldn’t find my raisins. I’m eating them because they are low-calorie and healthy, but I probably won’t be making them again. Brian isn’t even interested in them. Friday night I went to the gym. My favorite zumba instructor told us in class on Tuesday that there would be an additional class on Friday. I thought it started at 6. Nope, it started at 6:30. I also realized that this class was added because of a special Halloween night they were having at the gym. There were going to be children in costumes Zumba-ing with me. No thank you. That and not wanting to wait
I’m back with the 3rd edition of Thursday Things. It has gotten cold quickly here. Like freezing temperatures and snow cold. I love soup and can eat it all year long, but this weather makes me really want soup. This low-carb version of loaded baked potato soup looks amazing. One of my favorite healthy swaps is making mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes. How did I not think of this??? That soup would be perfect to eat while wearing this Old Navy tweed puffer vest. I love a good puffer vest and this tweed is so cute. I want it in every color! Just add skinny jeans, riding boots and a scarf and you have the perfect fall look! With the holiday season quickly approaching, I’ve started planning our Thanksgiving menu. One of my favorite things is when all the holiday themed cooking magazines come out this time of year.
This is not a sponsored post. I ran across a product today that I loved, so I wanted to share it with you. I also wanted to give you some tips and trick to add more vegetables into your daily diet. I love salads. A lot. I don’t use much dressing and sometimes don’t use any at all, but there are some salad combinations that just need it. I was low on salad dressing at work, so I stopped at the grocery store this morning. I spotted this delightful looking bottle of feta dill yogurt dressing. I tend to like yogurt dressing and love feta and dill. Even better, it was on sale. You get 2 tablespoons for only 50 calories. It almost sounded too good to be true. Well, it wasn’t. This stuff is delicious! So how to I eat vegetables at almost every meal? I had a salad
What have I been cooking up lately? Not much. I have been determined to be super healthy lately. This plan has put a halt to most of my baking which is really hard to do with the colder temps setting in. I love to bake when it gets cold out. However, we have been eating a lot of unremarkable meals. Tuna salad made with mustard not mayo, blackened tilapia, other lean protein and vegetables. I did have the opportunity to bake last week. It was Boss’s Day, so I took some Chai latte with vanilla bean cupcakes to work. It was a great excuse to use my new collapsible cake/cupcake carrier. It’s amazing and I love it. A great gift I got at my bridal shower. We had a cold snap this week that led me to not want to leave the couch, wear only fuzzy socks and drink hot
I’m back for week two of Thursday Things. This past weekend I had by bridal shower and bachelorette party. Man, my friends and family spoiled me! They gave me their whole day to do both events on one day, so that people only had to come in town once. I was treated like a queen for the day, cooked for, given tons of amazing gifts, lots of new underwear and some very funny gag gifts. My kitchen is going to be fully stocked with new tools and spices. I can’t wait to have lots of time to cook again! Unfortunately, that probably means that most of the stuff will really get put to use after the wedding and honeymoon. But for today, I’m going to post about some of my current favorite things on the web: I love huevos rancheros. I love breakfast sandwiches. A huevos rancheros breakfast sandwich? Um, yes!