Salmon salad

Good evening lads and ladies! I’ve had a quiet day filled mostly with reading, some for pleasure, some for homework.

I had my usual toast with Smart Balance and coconut oil for breakfast. (The oil mixes with the Smart Balance and creates this completely melt-in-your-mouth texture. I adore it, plus it provides lots of healthy fats!) After my toast I was craving something sweet so I made some peach black tea (loose-leaf, from the Dekalb Internationl Farmer’s Market) and drank it with some orange blossom honey. Yum!

Isn’t our teapot pretty?

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She’s not very big (single serving) but I love how delicate the glass is and the pretty blue handles. Hubs and I got her about a year and a half ago on clearance at Teavana (my one and only trip, sadly). There’s a spiral of metal that hooks into the spout to strain the leaves out. I need to use it more often! It’s just so easy to toss my leaves in the huge strainer from Hubs’ old teapot which fits in the mouth of a mug. I’m not big on dirtying multiple dishes if just one will do. I’m going to make a point of using this teapot more often though.

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Hubs went to Stone Mountain today to see his dad so the pups were left pretty bored. Luckily we still had a Busy Bone left, it kept Ollie (who tends to get into trouble if left un-entertained) occupied for over two hours. Awesome! Gypsy munches through hers in all of three minutes, of course. (Here he is with his last one)

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Since Hubs would be out of town for two meals today, I decided it would only be fair for me to get a meal out as well. After polishing off a box of Wheat Thins and the last of my red pepper hummus for lunch I decided that a balsamic grilled salmon salad from De Palmas Italian Cafe was just what I wanted for dinner: a 4 oz filet over field greens with red onion, sweet red peppers, capers & hard boiled egg. After thinking about it for awhile I realized that I could pretty much make it for myself at home for half the price (it’s a big salad, but still hard for me to justify paying $11 for). I looked up a balsamic marinade online and headed to Earthfare to buy my salmon. When I got there they had raspberry marinated filets ready for sale and that sound just as tasty! 

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I cooked the filet for about 12 minutes at 350* and it came out perfect! The one time I’ve gotten the salad at De Palmas the salmon was overcooked but this came out perfectly tender! I’m not a big fish eater (any time I would try it at the beach as a kid I’d wake up horribly nauseous later that night, but now I’m learning to like it) so I was very pleased that I got this right my first try.

I actually split the filet in half (which came out to about 2.5 oz each) and put the other half away to eat on tomorrow’s salad at lunch. My salmon was served on a bed of butter lettuce (tossed in the balsamic dressing I made last night) with fresh basil, craisins, and a sliced tomato.

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It was a very tasty meal and I’m looking forward to having it again for lunch tomorrow! I’m not feeling totally satisfied though, so I may go back for the last lonely apple in the fridge (since everything else in this house requires cooking). Or maybe some more toast 🙂 Back to my homework!

vino please

It’s Friday! Okay, its Thursday. But I get to sleep in tomorrow, so I’m excited.

Hey look, I did something different with my oatmeal this morning! To keep Hubs and I of getting too sick too quickly of the pumpkin oats, I cut up half a honeycrisp apple and added maple syrup. And I might have added some pumpkin granola… I’m sorry, I’m addicted, I know. And I might be planning on buying more tomorrow. I am going to Atlanta, where there’s a Trader Joes, after all. But back to the oats…

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May I just say that honeycrisp apples and Jiff natural style peanut butter are a match made in heaven? I’ve tried peanut butter on apples before and wasn’t that impressed, but this is seriously amazing. Tomorrow maybe I’ll remember to cook the apple a bit so its nice and soft.

Lunch was the rest of my rice and beans from yesterday and the last of my spinach doused in dressing. Unimpressive, so no picture.

Dinner was impressive though. Hubs decided it was his night to cook, so we stopped and bought salmon steaks at Kroger before coming home from campus. He made macademia nut encrusted salmon steaks with a parsely/lemon/butter sauce, served over rice and I… poured myself some wine.

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The nuts were awesome on this! He followed this recipe, minus the parmesan. I didn’t even miss the cheese. And we have leftovers 🙂

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Alright, I’m going to get a little personal here, feel free to tune out and move on, but I need to ‘tell’ someone.

I’m looking forward to tomorrow, but I’m also terrified. I’m moving on up in the world of birth control to an IUD. I was expecting a painful procedure, but the Husband was going to be there to hold my hand and help me through it. I didn’t realize what a comfort that knowledge was until he decided he didn’t have time to go because he also has a test tomorrow. It didn’t help that my coworker, who went through the same thing soon after giving birth said that I’ll get to experience a brief moment of labor. I don’t do well with pain. I’ve already told the doctor’s nurse and she’s reassured me that they’ll be ready for me with a cool exam room and antinausea meds if needed, but I don’t want to go through it.

A copay of $15 for 5 years of childless bliss is worth a day or two of pain though, if the alternative is $1500 for monthly birth control. We know we won’t be ready for kids for at least two years, probably four so it’s definitely worth it. I know its just two days, but it’s scary to go through it alone. Alex is being awesome and driving me there and back and maybe we’ll have time to watch an episode of Gossip Girl afterward. I definitely plan on continuing my bonding with the heating pad.

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But if we move onto happier thoughts I’m going to start planning on recreating last night’s dessert…

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Yogi bedtime tea (weaning myself off the two tablespoons of honey I used to drink it with, it’s plenty sweet on its own!) with a Trader Joes maple cookie. These are amazing, even if my strongest association with the flavor is McDonald’s syrup… Love them. And sweet enough that just one cookie is satisfying. Oh this heating pad is making me sleepy 🙂

Scatterbrained!

When Dan is around, there are bound to be some of these:

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The football game was cold and rainy Saturday night so when the gang got home, after running for a change of clothes, something to warm them was demanded. No whisky for hot toddys, so Dan lit things on fire instead. Last time he did this they tasted so gross he actually spit his onto me. I passed this time. Pretty cool looking though.

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Sunday we went to Atlanta to take advantage of our parents having free items we needed (desk chairs, computer monitors) and I completely forgot my camera! Which is a shame since we went to one of our favorite restaurants for lunch (George’s Bar and Grill) and were taken out for a nice anniversary dinner where we had some awesome food. We went to Bonefish and everyone was very impressed.

Monday… well… there’s no good excuse for Monday.

And before I start on today’s eats I’d like to say that I haven’t been to the grocery store in over a week so I’m very limited in my available food…

Breakfast Hubs decided we could splurge on breakfast so we stopped by Chickfila on our way to drop me off at work (he had to have the car to drop Rose off to finally have surgery on her mouth). I wanted just an egg and cheese bagel but we both got flustered and confused when going through the drivethru so it came with the chicken too. I was going to take the chicken off, but they put the cheese on top of it instead of under the egg, so I just ate it all. The bagel itself was pretty disappointing, but I think that might be because I had to let it sit for half an hour before I could eat so it was a bit soggy. Overall it was pretty tasty and actually has less sodium than the usual chicken biscuit and only 50 more calories.

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Lunch Hubs has collected Subway scrabble pieces and gave me a couple for free six inch subs. Since I have no jelly and peanut butter between two pieces of bread is a little dull (though probably what I’ll have again tomorrow) I decided to use one today. May I present a veggie sub on 9 grain wheat bread:

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Let’s see, this had:

  • lettuce
  • red onion
  • olive
  • tomato
  • banana pepper
  • green pepper
  • pickles
  • cucumber
  • white American cheese
  • oil and vinegar
  • oregano

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I also splurged and paid for chips and a drink. Soda was sounding good so I had one. And I saved the (unpictured) chips for a rather needed snack later in the day.

Dinner I had leftover mac’n’cheese from last night (the blue box kind) so I warmed that up. Thawed stirfry veggies. Potato salad someone bought on Saturday.

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And salmon that our guests didn’t eat. I only had a small piece of Hubby’s. (Guess what mom, second time eating salmon in three days). I’m pretty sure he used this recipe (minus the dill that we don’t have). It was pretty good.

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My poor Rosita is pouty because her mouth is sore again and I’m sure she’s noticed by now that something seems to be missing (she no longer has front teeth on top). She’s back on pain medicine though so she’ll be okay in a day or so. Unfortunately the vet noticed that her spleen is enlarged. We’re hoping it’s just because it has been making more red blood cells having to replace all those lost. The other option seems to be a tumor 😦 Where’s the pet insurance when you need it?

I’m off to work on finishing The Thrive Diet. Only 40 pages left of content before getting to the meal plan and recipes. I think I can finish by Thursday. If anyone’s feeling generous I’d love a copy of this book though so that I can have the recipes! Or I think I do. I haven’t really read them yet. 🙂