Multi Purpose Dough

G’day eaters!

So…I know I said I’d pick the GoodBelly probiotic giveaway winner on Wednesday or Thursday, but that, obviously, didn’t happen. Other things happened and now suddenly it’s Sunday.

So here goes:

Georgiana, you are the winner of a 12 day supply of GoodBelly shots! Email me your mailing address at kara_h_thomas @ yahoo.com.

And another thing that I said I would do, but haven’t yet is to share a recipe I created for my thesis. And since I have my first full draft due in a week or so, my mind is thoroughly saturated with thesis things.

So here goes:

Do you know the crappy pizza buffet restaurant CiCi’s Pizza?

When my brother and I were much younger my mom used to take us there a lot. We all loved pizza. It was cheap. And there was a huge TV that always played cartoons. So understandably, it was the perfect place for my mom to take us kids when she didn’t feel like cooking.

It’s been quite a few years since I’ve been to CiCi’s, but for some reason I remember them having these really great cinnamon rolls on their dessert buffet. They also had some kind of goopy chocolate dessert pizza and maybe something with apples, if I remember. But for some reason the idea of cinnamon rolls really stuck out to me.

More importantly, the idea of cinnamon rolls made out of pizza dough really stuck with me. Because, ya know, I’m positive that if there were cinnamon rolls they were made out of the same dough at the pizzas.

So with that in mind…

One Dough Two Ways

1 packet (2 ½ t) dry active yeast

1 ½ c warm water

2 T honey

2 T oil, plus a little extra

2 t salt

2 ½ c whole wheat pastry flour

1-2 c all purpose flour

Mix the honey into the warm water and then add the yeast, giving it a quick stir to break up any big clumps. Let this mixture proof for 5-10 minutes, or until there is at least an inch of foam at the top.

In a large mixing bowl stir together the whole wheat flour and 1 c of the AP flour with the salt. Once the yeast has proofed add in the oil and then pour all the liquid into the bowl with the flour. Stir the mixture a few times until it starts to form a ball and them use your hands to mix it until it forms a cohesive ball. Add more flour, about ¼ c at a time, as needed.

Once the dough has become a slightly sticky ball, remove it from the bowl and place it on a well-floured surface. Begin kneading the dough, adding flour as needed to keep it from sticking, for 10 minutes.

Line a bowl with a piece of plastic wrap. Drizzle a little oil into the plastic wrap. Place the ball of dough into the bowl and cover with a towel. Leave the dough to proof in a warm spot for 1-2 hours, or until it has about doubled in size.

Pizza

The pizza part, which is made using half of the dough you just made, is pretty self-explanatory. Make it and then bake it at 500^F, on a pizza stone if you have it, for 10-13 minutes.

Cinnamon Rolls

½ batch of dough

¼ c butter, melted

3 – 4 T sugar

1 ½ T cinnamon

Bring the dough to room temperature. Lightly flour a big, open surface and a rolling pin and roll out the dough into a rectangle. Pour the butter onto the dough and, using the back of a spoon, spread it evenly over the rectangle. Sprinkle the sugar and the cinnamon evenly over rectangle.

Then roll the dough by slowly and evenly rolling the long end furthest away towards you. Once the two long ends meet, gently pinch the seam closed. Them using a sharp knife cut the roll into ~2” segments and place an inch or so apart in a buttered cake pan.

Let the pan of rolls proof for an hour in a warm spot, until the rolls are touching.

Bake at 375^F for 7-9 minutes, or until the tops are just barely golden brown and the outsides are firm, but not hard.cinnamon rolls1

I ate a few of these rolls plain, but then Leon suggested they needed a glaze. So I whisked up some powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla, a glaze similar to the one I made for my pumpkin donuts, which is why I didn’t write down any measurements.

But glaze or no glaze, these were really good cinnamon rolls. They become amazingly good when you consider how complicated normal cinnamon rolls are — lots of scalding milk and excess sugar — and how simple these were.cinnamon rolls2

The trick in these rolls really is to not over bake them. A minute or two too long and you’ve got cinnamon-y dinner rolls.

And then eat them within a day or two.

And eat them warm.

Maybe with a side of bacon. Or after pizza.

Or just eat them at every meal, like I did for a day or two.cinnamon rolls3

Your turn, eaters:

Do you have an unconventional way of making something?

What’s a meal you remember loving when you were a kid?

Later eaters!

WIAW: Put a Fried Egg On It

Hiya eaters!

I haven’t done a WIAW in a hot minute, so why not, right?

Oh, and I didn’t have anything exciting to blog about because I eat a lot of leftovers that I top with fried eggs. Because really, what doesn’t taste better with a little runny yolk? (I should add that to my food manifesto.)


Breakfast:

Shredded, roasted Brussels sprouts baked with two eggs.

Shredded, roasted Brussels sprouts baked with two eggs.

Speaking of fried eggs…

Seriously, this was a coincidence. I didn’t remember what I ate for breakfast yesterday when I wrote that intro.

On the side I also had a Clementine (because all those Brussels sprouts are only 1 Zone block of carbs, can I get a #HotDamnHoory!).

Work:

Grande whole milk latte and a messy desk.

Grande whole milk latte.

I was out of creamer and forgot to add fat to my breakfast, so this happened. For the first time since before Christmas.

Yes, I am proud of that.

Lunch:

Vinegar baked chicken, spicy peach seitan, and a kale salad.

Vinegar baked chicken, spicy peach seitan, and a kale salad.

Since we all know that grocery shopping on an empty stomach is bad, so I treated myself to the Whole Foods hot bar. For the first time since before Christmas.

As you noticing a pattern? I eat more convenience foods when school is in.

Snack:

WINE GUMS!!!

WINE GUMS!!!

My friend Polly is a freaking angel and brought me a big bag of my FAVORITE gummies from England — wine gums! So I ate a few too many of these.

Dinner:

Homemade pizza with chorizo, peppers, onions, and fresh mozzarella.

Homemade pizza with chorizo, peppers, onions, and fresh mozzarella.

I had a kneading breakthrough last week, so I had to see if extra kneading improved my pizza dough.

It totally dinner. The chorizo helped, too.

And that officially makes this pizza the second tastiest thesis homework yet! (Though I’m baking cinnamon rolls tomorrow, so that might change.)

Your turn, eaters:

Do you eat leftovers as is or you do jazz them up a bit?

What’s your favorite candy?

*Bonus* Would you be interested in me sharing my thesis recipes?

Later eaters!

WIAW: Almost Sick

‘Ello eaters!

Yesterday was a doozy.

There’s usually about one day during the end of each semester when I start feeling sick and my body starts subconsciously pushing me towards curling up in bed in the fetal position, but I can’t so I keep plodding along all the while thinking about my bed and rest and relaxation.

Isn’t the life of a college student so wild and exciting?!

Anyway, yesterday was that day. So I pulled out all the stops to keep myself moving, as happy as possible, and as healthy as possible.


Breakfast #1:

Half an apple with pb.

Oh look, it’s an apple with pb. How surprising!

Crossfit:

I wasn’t feeling too sick yesterday morning, so I got up for the 6:30am session. I figured the endorphins would be good for me. And I always feel really productive after an early morning Crossfit session.

This one was a bit of a doozy. What you don’t see is that the warm up was running a mile (gah!) plus 3 rounds of 10 push ups and 10 toes-to-bar, and then the skill work was 10 rounds of 10 strict overhead presses.

So much pressing in this WOD.

So by the time we got to the WOD, I was a little gassed.

Oh well, I still got a new push press max of 65lbs!

Homework:

I’m doing a project for my Photoshop class that requires me to bake a pie. Not bad, right?

Well it meant that I ran home, got the kitchen photography-quality clean, and started baking by 8am so I wouldn’t lose the good light.

Breakfast #2:

Eggs poached in marinara sauce and topped with cheddar cheese.

While the pie dough was chilling I ate breakfast. I crave weird foods when I’m sick. Proof: I’m eating pie with cream, bacon, and cheddar cheese for breakfast this morning.

So while I really wanted pizza for breakfast, I settled for something a little healthies.

Medicine:

At this point I was still on the verge of being sick, so I thought I could keep it at bay with some home remedies I read on Brittany’s blog a while back. I drank a few cups of “tea” — 1 ½ T apple cider vinegar, ½ T honey, and hot water — and sucked on a few cloves of garlic.

Half a garlic clove for each cheek.

Oh, and I slammed vitamin C pills by the handful.

All of this stuff was helping, but something popped up and I ended up having to dash out and abandon my efforts.

Lunch:

Once I’d dashed back in, I was starving and had very little time before class. So I ate the slice of pie that I photographed.

A slice of apple cranberry galette.

Because if you see photos of food where one serving is plated, just assume that I ate that serving 5 minutes after taking the picture.

The last couple of bites of an andouille sausage.

But pie doesn’t count as lunch, so I cooked up a sausage.

Dinner:

Pasta carbonara with Brussels sprouts.

This was my attempt at a quickt, somewhat nutritious dinner.

And as you can see, my meals weren’t exactly the most Zone-friendly in the world. I was good up until breakfast #2. And lunch probably wasn’t far off considering there was only 1 c flour and 1 T sugar in the whole pie, and that sausage was huge.

But I’m not too broken up about it. I went to Crossfit and reaaaaally pushed myself. I drank 2.5L of water, which is 0.5L over my goal. And I didn’t eat anything that wasn’t a whole, real food.

So I’ll take it and try to do better today.

Your turn, eaters:

For all you food bloggers, do you eat the food you use as a model as soon as your done or does it go back into the dish for later?

Got any cold remedies you want to pass on?

Later eaters!

A Gloriously Lazy Weekend

Hiya eaters!

This weekend has been beyond ah-maze-ing!

Leon and I realized that we haven’t had a weekend where one or both of us wasn’t working or we didn’t have something to do since September! And it’s not that we don’t love being busy and having fun things to do on the weekends.

But this weekend we did ab-so-lute-ly nothing that we had to do and we didn’t have any semblance of a schedule and it was glorious.

I also didn’t stress about taking lots of pictures, so there are some holes.

Oh well, my pants have holes in them too, so obviously I don’t mind.

On Friday Leon and I got off work and immediately got in of bed. We didn’t leave bed except to eat and pee. It was pretty fabulous. And the venison steak Leon cooked for dinner wasn’t half bad either.

Saturday Leon and I had big plans to get our first Christmas tree!

This is not where we got our tree.

We picked up our Christmas tree from Leon’s work where they were selling trees as a fundraiser, which just happened to be close to the farmers market. So of course, we swung buy.

We picked up half a peck of apples (for a school project that I’ll definitely be sharing with you eaters), a dozen eggs (for only $3!), and a pound of chorizo sausage, among a few other things.

Obviously, this shopping trip made me very happy.

Once we were loaded up on food Leon and I walked over to the other side of the farmers market to eat at the Moose Café, a home style Southern lunch place.

How Southern are we talking?

Biscuits and apple butter Southern, of course.

And to keep the comfort food coming, I went with “Grandma’s Meatloaf” with a side of French cut green beans, roasted butternut squash, and cornbread.

The squash and cornbread weren’t too exciting, but that meatloaf was out of this world.

Is it wrong to love meatloaf? Too bad, because I do. I really really do.

After lunch and a trip to the dog park where Charlie played until he almost didn’t have the energy to walk back to the car, we came home, drank spiked cider, and decorated the tree.

An Instagrammed tree and cinnamon ornaments.

I didn’t get a picture of the tree because our lights were dead and I wanted to wait until it was all a-glow. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll get a pretty picture of the tree because, when I got home from a party later Saturday night, this is what I came home to.

This was roughly half of the ornaments that were on the tree at that point (we still have about a dozen glass ones that we luckily hadn’t put up yet). And unfortunately, I don’t think my attempt to embarrass him worked.

#DogShaming

Oh well, he’s still a puppy, right…?

At least he was extra cute and cuddly when Leon and I were being lazy bums this morning. So we rewarded his cuteness (which might be his only redeeming quality) with plenty of pizza crust from the pizza we picked up for lunch.

Finally around 2pm I got my big butt out of bed and headed downtown to do some Christmas shopping at the Holiday Hand to Hand Market.

The Hand to Hand Market is a craft fair that happens about twice a year in Greensboro. Today’s was the biggest one yet and there were a ton of great vendors.

My goal this year is to give mostly local/DIY Christmas gifts, so I was happy that I was able to pick up a few gifts.

I was also happy to get some ideas for craft projects that I can do myself.

Is it bad form to take pictures of crafts with the intention of making them later? Probably, but sometimes I’m just not willing to pay $18 for a wine bag (especially when I have a ton of craft store coupons).

With the help of a few tomatoes from the farmers market, Leon made a huge pot of salsa to get rid of the dozens of hot peppers we had leftover from our CSA. So we cooked up some of the chorizo, baked some corn tortillas into chips, and plopped it all atop big beds of CSA greens and called it dinner.

This spinach was so delicious.

This totally makes up for peppermint vodka, almond M&Ms, sour cream & onion chips, and being an extraordinarily lazy bum all weekend, right?

No? Well then I better go drink some water. Because if salad doesn’t erase bad habits, water sure does!

Your turn, eaters:

Your weekend — busy or lazy?

Do you have ANY advice at all about how to keep Charlie from chewing things when we’re not home?

G’night eaters!

WIAW: And Then The World

Howdy eaters!

I’m home alone and I’ve lost count of how many episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent I’ve watched. My guess is that it’s more than four. In a row.

I’ve also been walking into rooms all day and taunting my dog with “You a puppy. You’re just a little puppy.”

Please don’t ask me why I’m doing any of this. Clearly I don’t know how to handle alone time anymore.

(Episode five is starting now.)

Anyway, let’s talk about yesterday.


Breakfast #1:

Do I even need to tell you about the apple and pb?

Crossfit:

Class yesterday day was fun, but it could have been more fun. It was fun because the WOD included double down wall ball shots, which is squat-throw-squat-catch instead of traditional wall ball shots of squat-throw-catch.

It could have been better, though, if I wasn’t still sporting a gnarly bruise down my spine from where the chiropractor worked on my scar tissue, which prevented me from doing wall ball sit ups (it’s exactly like it sounds), but are tons of fun.

Yes, I kind of love wall ball things.

Well, except running with wall balls. That still sucks.

Breakfast #2:

A hardboiled egg.

I was half running around to get to the dog park on time and half dilly dallying on the computer, so I ate a half assed breakfast of a hard boiled egg, a carrot, a hunk of cold turkey, and a few bites of pie.

Dog park:

Using a French press makes me feel sophisticated.

With the colder weather the dog park has become a really great way to spend a morning. I fill up a hot mug of coffee and Charlie runs and wrestles his big butt off.

But then he gets to sleep all day.

Lunch:

A fried egg on top of sausage and cornbread stuffing.

Lunch was a little earlier than normal and definitely a little rushed, but still extra delicious. Under that fried egg is the last of the stuffing, which I have decided is definitely not going to be a Thanksgiving-only food in my house.

Snack:

I ate a Balance bar while working on a group project. I really need to break my bar habit, but they’re tasty and convenient and on sale for less than a dollar each right now.

Dinner:

A Firecracker pizza with ground beef instead of anchovies from Sticks and Stones pizza.

Nothing says, “Let’s celebrate the fact that our days weren’t stressful at all” like ordering take out. Too bad this pizza was a little on the soggy side.

Dessert:

Whole Food's apple pie.

And nothing says, “Diabetes who?” like pie.

Good habit:

Since we’re all supposed to be “falling into good habits” on WIAW, I thought I’d finally start a good habit. So every Tuesday I’m going to floss my teeth. I know I should do it more (and if my father, who flosses once or twice a day, is reading this he’s probably running for the bathroom), but I wouldn’t want to get too crazy. So for now I’ll floss once a week. And maybe eventually I’ll floss twice a week.

And then, Pinky…the world!

Your turn, eaters:

Do you know what TV show that line is from?

What’s a habit you should break or start?

G’night eaters!

WIAW: No Planning

Hellooooo eaters!

I skipped out on you last night, but I have a totally legit reason why: I got home late and while I could have quickly scratched out a post, the recipe I have to share with you is too good to do it the injustice of being accompanied by a subpar post.

Yeah…did the whole “my paper is late because I have so much to say” excuse ever work for you in school?

Ehh, oh well.

At least you’ll get to see below what the recipe is for.


Crossfit:

Skill:

1 mile

WOD:

5 rounds of 1 minute max rep and 1 minute rest for each

ring rows

push ups

My mile time was 10:52, which is kind of embarrassing. But at the same time, running is by far my weakest skill.

I managed a total of 124 ring rows and 100 pushups.

Breakfast:

Scrambled eggs with spinach and Dubliner cheddar (the BEST!), with half a plum and sunflower seed butter.

I did eat my usual fruit n’ fat before Crossfit, but I was running way late and only had time to eat half a plum, so I finished the second half with breakfast.

Waste not, want not, right?

Snack #1:

Licking the beaters totally counts as a snack, right?

Snack #2#

The last of the on sale+coupon string cheese.

My morning got pretty hectic and over packed after breakfast, so this was eaten after 1pm and in a desperate attempt to keep myself from passing out into a vat of hot fryer oil. Speaking of which…

Snack #3:

A fresh from the fryer, homemade buttermilk donut.

Why yes, eaters, that is a homemade buttermilk donut I’m eating. And yes, you will get the recipe tomorrow.

You’re so smart, eaters. That’s why we’re friends.

Lunch:

Fage Greek yogurt with (Maranatha) sunflower seed butter, a peach, and sprinkles.

This was one of those “I need to eat, but an tired, not hungry, and don’t really have time” meals.

Dinner:

Hot damn hooray, Leon ordered pizza. And it was just sitting on the table when I got home from a “happy hour”-type birthday party, begging to be eaten. So I did.

Pepperoni pizza from Spring Garden Pizza

And that wraps up a super weird, poorly planned day of eating. I’ve been having too many of those lately. Which brings me to…

Your turn, eaters:

I need to buy a lunchbox — Do you have a recommendation? Do you have things I should definitely look for in a lunch box?

What’s the best excuse you ever used to get out of an assignment or not get in trouble for turning it in late?

Later eaters!

WIAW: Not Balanced At All

G’day eaters!

So I’m going to be honest — this whole Leon being out of town thing isn’t super awesome.

Sure, I am enjoying the independence and productivity (I never realized how much time I spent hanging out with Leon that could have been spent on thinking about but deciding not to clean), but I would like him to come home.

Does that make me a pansy?

Because Charlie definitely misses Leon, and he may squat when he pees, but he’s no pansy.

Anyway, enough personal talk.


Breakfast:

Scrambled eggs with mushrooms, spinach, and salsa, and a peach with sunflower seed butter and nutmeg.

I had every intention of waking up for the 6am Crossfit, but I went out for laundry drinks on Monday night, so Crossfit got canceled for me. And instead, I made a delicious breakfast.

Exercise:

I decided to kill two birds with one stone by taking Charlie to the woods trail on campus with m’friend Peach. We walked and sniffed for 2 slow, hilly miles. And now I really need to find more ways to incorporate exercise and socializing.

Lunch #1:

Reduced sodium Spam, a carrot, a spoonful of pb.

I needed a little something before my haircut, especially since I had big plans to spend some time at the coffee shop across the street trying to make a dent in my summer reading.

Lunch #2:

Snicker cheesecake with extra chocolate and caramel sauce and a small coffee.

Oh yeah, I went there. But I kind of justified it by saying that cheesecake had more fat and protein and fewer carbs than regular cake. So it was almost healthy, right?

Don’t tell me if that logic is wrong. I don’t want to know. (And in my head I said that in a Liz Lemon voice.)

Dinner:

Shock Top's WIPA.

Leon may be gone, but that doesn’t mean I have to take a break from pizza and beer.

Mehh pizza.

Unfortunately, the flax-almond crust wasn’t too great. It had the same texture (and even kind of the same taste) as when my mother used to accidentally burn banana bread.

Blehhh.

Dessert:

An unpictured spoon of pb.

Yup, that about wraps up a day of weird, not very balanced, sporadic eating. It certainly could have been better. And it probably would have been better had I exercised or had some semblance of structure to my day.

But I’m okay with that.

Your turn, eaters:

How does your eating change when your day is structure-less?

Cheesecake/tortes or regular cake?

Later eaters!

WIAW: Scattered, Sporadic

‘Ello eaters!

All this Olympic talk I’ve been hearing has got me really missing England.

Oh, I want to go back so bad.

But that’s neither here nor there. (Actually, it is there.)

Breakfast 1:

Homemade cherry muffin with a schmear of sunflower butter.

Leon made cherry muffins the other day. With AP flour. I forgot how tender and soft things baked with not whole wheat flour can be. Maybe not the best pre-Crossfit fuel, but it was early and I wasn’t thinking clearly. Oh, and it was tasty,

Protein!

I also drank my usual pre-Crossfit (GNC chocolate egg) protein out of my ghetto blender bottle. My last blender bottle had to be thrown out after I accidentally left it dirty for a couple of days and the smell from opening it nearly killed me.

Does anyone know how to keep those things from absolutely reeking?

Crossfit:

We did “Diane”: 21-15-9, deadlifts and handstand pushups. Instead of handstand push-ups I did dumbbell presses with 20# weights.

Breakfast 2:

A slice of leftover pepper and onion pizza topped with two fried eggs and hot sauce.

The way I see it this is like the fried eggs-toast-salsa breakfast I used to eat, but more fun.

Work:

I only worked 5 hours yesterday, which felt like a dream. During work I ate a Vanilla Almond Pure Protein bar because that’s one of the only Zone-friendly bars I’ve found.

Do you know of any other Zone-friendly bars that taste good and don’t cost $2 each?

Lunch:

Does this count as lunch if I ate it at 4:30pm? The bar held me off through the rest of work, a little shopping, and a quick “it’s about to rain” walk with the pup, so I wasn’t ravenous.

Leftover tempeh curry made using Trader Joe's Thai Green Curry simmer sauce.

And in case you’re wondering, eating leftovers out of the container they’re stored in is the most dish-economical way to do it.

Dinner:

After finding a recipe for homemade chorizo in a magazine, Leon and I were all set to have our own Taco Tuesday.

"Chorizo" tacos.

Unfortunately, the recipe was nearly flavorless. How something with a ton of smoked paprika, plenty of hot Mexican chilis, and as much garlic as I put in could be that flavorless is beyond me.

Luckily, margaritas made with fresh lime juice (made with my juicer) saved the meal.

Tequilaaaaa!

And that’s it. My meals were all over the place, but I’m a busy girl. I don’t see either of those things changing anytime soon.

Your turn, eaters:

Do you have set meal times or do you eat when you can?

What’s your go to margarita recipe?

Oh, and please do hit me with those blender bottle cleaning tips and Zone-friendly bar recommendations.

G’night eaters!

Mini Milestones

Hiya eaters!

As you can tell, I took the day off from blogging yesterday. It was a holiday night. My friends were having a BBQ. We took Charlie to the party, making it not only his first social engagement, but also the first time he was around a lot of other people out of his home. He handled it well. I was nervous the whole time that he was unhappy or scared.

It was still a great night.

And all in all, this weekend has been one of mini milestones.

On Friday morning I went grocery shopping (at Earth Fare, of course!) and came back with the most ah-maze-ing haul.

Loot:

Organic spinach x2, organic red leaf lettuce, organic bell pepper, organic zucchini, cucumber, organic gala apples, organic carrots, bacon, GT’s original kombucha, ground turkey, organic button mushrooms, Stonyfield plain low fat yogurt, frozen okra, organic millet, organic dried chickpeas, organic parsley, organic yellow onion.

This is the kind of grocery shopping I want to do more — bags absolutely packed with beautiful, organic, fresh (and frozen) produce, some bulk buys, and very little else.

LOVE plants!

And in this trip there were two mini milestones.

First, I broke out of my bulk bin rut.

I’ve been stuck in a quinoa-black bean bulk rut for way too long. This is my attempt to break free.

Second, I bought what will hopefully be my last store-bought kombucha ever!

I’m trying my hand at home-brewing this tangy fermented tea because now that Leon likes it (he calls it “weird hangover juice” because it does wonders for a hangover), it was getting way too expensive to support two people’s habits.

I’ll keep you posted on the brewing.

Later that day we also broke out of our pizza rut. We have a usual — sausage, green peppers, and onions — that we get EVERYWHERE. Unfortunately, our usual wasn’t so great from Spring Garden Pizzeria, right across the street. So rather than drive across town to our favorite pizza place (Pie Works), we tried a different kind of pizza.

Lucky #7.

This was a tad meatier than I generally like my pizza (I’m not a meat lovers girl anymore), but dang was it good.

Another milestone came when I FINALLY decided to satisfy my craving for a Dunkin Donuts chocolate glazed donut.

I’ve had this craving sporadically for weeks now, but whenever I was near a DD I wasn’t craving it and whenever I was craving it I wasn’t near a DD.

Oh so good.

It’s been a vicious cycle.

Luckily, though, we live about a mile from a DD so when Leon and I had a free bit of time and Charlie was in need of a walk, we decided to kill three birds with one stone — get me a donut, walk Charlie, and get Charlie less scared of walking on sidewalks near busy (not neighborhood) streets.

Mmmmmmdonut.

It was a big success all around.

A couple other milestones of the weekend included me doing my second Pinterest-inspired DIY project and my first attempt at trying to make Charlie into my running partner.

But both of those things deserve their own post, so that’ll come soon.

Your turn, eaters:

Did you have any mini (or BIG) milestones this weekend? Recently?

What’s your usual pizza?

Later eaters!

WIAW: Grilled

Hiya eaters!

Today has been full of more house-y stuff with a bit of school work and job hunting thrown in.

That will be my life until further notice.

Breakfast:

Leftover broccoli and green bean frittata, strawberries, and a peach with nutmeg.

I wish I could eat like this everyday. And I have decided without a shadow of a doubt that summer produce is the best.

Too much coffee.

Oh, and French press coffee isn’t so bad. I’m warming up to it. I’m not warming up to the bit of grounds that are ALWAYS at the bottom of my cup.

Lunch:

Leftover sausage, green pepper, and onion pizza, strawberries, and a carrot.

More leftovers were in order because I have a weird tick about having leftover food in the fridge after I go grocery shopping. Or rather, leftover cooked food. Because I have about two heads of broccoli and half a package of bacon leftover, but somehow that didn’t make it onto my plate.

Activity:

An awesome 70s dresser in need of a little TLC.

I finally got to try my hand at furniture painting! Yes eaters, after tirelessly pinterest-ing cool furniture and craigslist upcycle ideas for months, it was finally time to put paint brush to unappealing wood.

If you’re interested, I’ll post a picture of the final project. Let me know.

Snack:

Does anyone know where I can get these in the States?

While the first coat was drying, I snacked on (too many) self-imported wine gums and did computer work.

Then I went to class.

Dinner:

Sam Adams Noble Pils.

As soon as I got home Leon told me to have a beer because I was completely done with work.

Then we ate a delicious grilled dinner on the new grill Leon bought.

Soy-ginger GRILLED salmon, GRILLED zucchini, and quinoa with an Eye of the Hawk Ale.

I love grilled food so much.

Dessert:

To be revealed dessert. Hint: It contains juicer pulp!

I rarely eat dessert after dinner (it’s usually more of a lunch dessert/afternoon snack-type thing), but I took a bite while photographing this recipe yesterday afternoon, so I had a hankering.

Don’t worry, the recipe is going up tomorrow. Trust me, you’ll want to check back for it.

Things you didn’t see:

A handful of free samples while I was grocery shopping (Earth Fare ALWAYS has ah-maze-ing cheese samples) and 2.5 liters of water.

And that’s it.

Looking back on it, I’m really quite happy with how I ate yesterday. Sure, I should have been more mindful while eating the wine gums and I didn’t need to eat cheese samples, but that doesn’t bother me. That’s my fun wiggle room and I’m not willing to give that up.

Your turn, eaters:

What could you have improved about your eating today?

What things about your diet don’t you care to improve?

Later eaters!