Yogen Fruz : Breakfast of Champions!

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I heart Pinkberry so when I heard about Yogen Fruz coming to The Lassiter at North Hills I was super excited! Today I got to try it for the first time and it is just as I hoped it would be! I got the Chocolate Frozen Yogurt with yogurt chips, shredded coconut, Oreos, and Cap’t Crunch. Yum!

Hey there! It’s been a while!

After the wisdom teeth debacle, it was really hard for me to get back to things. I finally feel, after a few weeks, that life is getting back to normal. I can’t believe I was able to write my last post and that it made sense! I did not feel good and it got to the point where I thought I’d never get better. Of course, I knew that wasn’t true but it sure felt that way for a while.

I did end up making Potato Leek Soup. It turned out very yummy and I cannot wait to make more of it this winter! Again, must find that Irish Soda Bread recipe! Soup isn’t the only thing I’ve been making. Take a look!

First up is Raspberry Preserves, made of mostly Farmers Market raspberries.
Granny Smith apples for the natural pectin.
Raspberries cooking down before the apples are added.

In go the apples to swim with the raspberries. Time for the pectin to kick in.

Cans are all sealed up, ready to sit and be stored for the winter!

About a week after my surgery, I was watching Giada at Home on the Food Network and the episode that was “Cooking School Made Easy”. She made Chocolate and Cheese Danishes that looked amazing and so simple to make. I had never made danishes before so I decided to give it a try. Despite one little setback, they turned out great! Note to self: never use wax paper as a replacement for parchment paper. ๐Ÿ™‚ They didn’t look too pretty but the taste made up for it. Jason was out of town when I made them so I decided to make them again tonight. A much smoother attempt this time, thankfully.

I also threw together a cobbler topping so I could finally make something with my Muscadine and Plum filling I canned last month. It turned out delicious! JZ and I had some while it was still hot with some vanilla ice cream. I’m so glad it turned out the way it did.

I’ll be sending my second jar of that up to my Momma along with a can of preserves and salsa!

I think I have a good start to my desserts. I really want to start making pizza and pie dough, breads, scones, dinner rolls, and other staples a household might need on a regular basis. It’s time to put my ideas into motion!

I believe it’s bedtime for me. Some of my New Years Resolutions need to kick in before the end of this year for them to count! That includes going to bed earlier and waking up earlier, two things I’m very much not fond of. I have, however, been doing well with another resolution that isn’t on my favorites list: the elliptical. I’m hoping to get into a routine with that, and/or heading to yoga or biking, and make it a better habit. If you can’t tell, I have a problem with routines. Well, all except the routine of eating, which needs to be modified as part of yet another resolution! But that might have to be another blog entry.

Goodnight!

More energy but more pain.

I woke up this morning around 11a with a lot of pain on the left side of my mouth. This is the first time all week that the pain has been on that side so I was a little nervous about it. It seems like it’s just from my back tooth moving around a bit. Nothing seems to be wrong with the extraction site so that’s good! I iced it a little this morning, took some medicine, and spent about an hour or so laying around after the medicine kicked in.

I decided I felt a bit better so I got up and made some potato and leek soup. It turned out amazing and I ended up having two bowls! I’m hoping that will help my energy go up since that soup has more substance than most everything else I’ve eaten the past four days. The soup recipe came from another blog I found called Pinch My Salt. It was very easy to make and it’s full of simple ingredients, which is what I was looking for in this recipe since there really shouldn’t be much more than potatoes and leeks! Click here for the recipe. Instead of using Russet potatoes, I used new red potatoes from the Farmers’ Market. Now I have to find a recipe for Irish Soda Bread to have with it!

I have a few things on the agenda for today. It’s getting later in the day but I want to run to Target for a few things. Then I’m supposed to meet a friend for some dessert. I don’t want to push the foods too much so hopefully we can just get ice cream or something soft yet enjoyable ๐Ÿ™‚ A few more things to get done tonight and tomorrow around the house and I will feel better about going to work on Saturday. It’s just a bit frustrating how long this is taking! I thought I’d be fine by now but it seems like everything is happening as it should. Two of my three stitches have fallen out already and there are no issues with those sites so I’m really happy about that. Now for that trouble spot to go away!

Lots of updates!

It has been a few weeks of craziness here! Last week was a whole mess of stuff going on. I had a big test last week that I thought I was going to fail for sure! But, instead, I got in the 90s ๐Ÿ™‚ I had dinner Thursday night in Chapel Hill (about 30 minutes away) with one of my best friends, Kaitlin. DELISH dinner and great company as always! I didn’t end up getting home until late that night so I wasn’t able to get much done around the house.

Friday, I was supposed to go see my favorite author, Nicholas Sparks, to get his latest book Safe Haven signed but wasn’t able to with so much going on. Later that night, JZ and I went with some of his friends to SPARKcon in downtown Raleigh. We caught the tail end of the fashion show, which was amazing, and then walked around and watched the circusSPARK fire dancers. That was pretty crazy. I took these photos of a few street painters. Can’t believe how talented these people are!

Saturday, I worked early because JZ and I were supposed to go to more SPARKcon stuff that day but he had to work. Earlier that morning, I went to the Midtown Farmers’ Market in North Hills where I work. I picked up some muscadine grapes while I was there so I could make Muscadine and Plum pie and cobbler filling recipe I got out of this great new book I just picked up called Canning for a New Generation. There were no plums available at Midtown’s market so after work, I headed down to the NC State Farmers’s Market to search. I was actually told plums in NC were in season in early spring. Unfortunately, since I really wanted to make this recipe, I picked up some CA plums instead. I had a pretty bad day on Saturday so I decided to pick up some beautiful flowers to brighten my day!

I also got some raspberries to make raspberry preserves and potatoes to make Potato Leek Soup! I did a lot of cleaning and rearranging Saturday. Our desk has been stuck in the extra bedroom with unpacked boxes and yard sale boxes so I decided to move it out into the dining room to get some office stuff unpacked and actually have a place for me to do my school work and JZ to do his work work! I am very excited about it. In fact, that’s where I am sitting right now ๐Ÿ™‚ Saturday night was spent at Walmart picking up a sieve and searching for a kitchen scale that was no where to be found, both for my canning.

Sunday involved football and more work. Later, Sunday night, I started on my muscadine and plum filling. Here’s what ensued:

Monday morning, I had my wisdom teeth out. I slept most of the day until about 7p then got up for some food, more meds, and ice, then back to sleep. Today was much better. JZ left for GA this afternoon for work but I was able to get some stuff done today, dishes, homework, etc. Tomorrow should be better. I’m hoping to actually get out of the house and run a few errands and make the raspberry preserves and Potato and Leek soup! I’m not sure how well I will do though since I have to be on these meds for the rest of the week. I have to work on Saturday but I’m sure I’ll be fine by then.

Goodnight!

New Breakfast Obsession

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About 1/4 cup of Trader Joe’s Steel Cut Oats cooked to perfection, a good tablespoon of Smucker’s Simply Fruit Black Raspberry, and one packet of Splenda. YUM!!!

The Container Store is coming to Raleigh!

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Just thought I would share my excitement about the Grand Opening of The Container Store in Raleigh! During their opening weekend on October 16th and 17th, they are donating 10% of all sales to the Junior League of Raleigh! How great is that?!

Hellcats, Homework, and Homemade Salsa

Let me start off by saying I’m obsessed with good TV, or at least what I think is good. I’m super excited that new seasons of my favorite shows are starting. I watched a new series on The CW called Hellcats. It’s about a girl whose scholarship was denied and has to find a different way to get a scholarship so she can stay in pre-law. She’s a bit of a tough girl but her only “good” option is to try out for the cheerleading squad. There’s drama between a few girls mostly but it isn’t bad so far. I was pretty entertained throughout. That’s always a good sign that the show might be sticking around on my DVR for a while. Last season a few shows started off pretty entertaining, like Melrose Place, but got to be boring after about four or five episodes. One thing that does bother me about the show is that it seems to have a lot of similarities to One Tree Hill. Blonde, curly-haired bad girl, semi-stuck up brunette cheerleader, plus the two main male characters are from OTH. Either way, I’ll be watching the next episode.

Jason left today for Georgia for work. Yesterday, he started working on a homemade salsa recipe for canning that he got from his mom. It takes two days to finish because you let some of the mixed ingredients set overnight. So, when I got home tonight he had finished and some was left over in the fridge. I had to pull myself away from it. It is amazing. I’m excited to have so much left over for storage. This is our first adventure in canning and it’s got me quite motivated to do more, especiallyย  healthy, ready-to-eat foods that are nice to have around all the time. Take a look at the goods! Yummmm!

I guess all this talk about food leads me to my homework, or discussion in my Safety and Sanitation class this morning. I have to learn about foodborne illnesses and the diseases that cause them. As some of you may know, I’m in school to become a pastry chef and want to open my own bakery one day. I’m becoming more and more focused on local foods and food sources and I want to incorporate that into my bakery, among other ideas. This morning’s class helped to reinforce that idea in my head a bit more. A lot of diseases that people get from eating at restaurants or eating a particular type of food at a restaurant comes from very easy to manage places. Buying from reputable suppliers is a big point of this lesson. I understand that large food operations must use suppliers that sell a variety of different foods. When you’re trying to feed thousands of people a day, it’s very hard to buy locally, which is fine for them. But the national standard of how much “bad stuff” can be in our food is not fine. The FDA has something they call the “Defect Levels Handbook”, which lists foods and the potential health hazards of the contaminates each food might contain such as animal excreta, mold, and insect particles. Some of this may be hard to regulate, yes, but how important is it to you to know what’s in your food? To me, it’s important to know but there isn’t much I can do about it on the large scale level. To my future patrons, it may not be as important but my bakery will be one less place to question. I suggest you check out the list here. It really is interesting and eye opening. Oh, FDA, just another reason I’m not sure I can trust you much longer. Don’t even get me started on the standards they have for school lunches. Another time, another post.

With all that said, I’m off to cuddle up in bed with The Help and hopefully get a good night’s rest before working early tomorrow. Yay for an unexpected early day! Maybe tomorrow night I can finally take care of a few major headaches around the house and, of course, get some more studying in.

Goodnight.