WIAW: Best Decisions

Hellooooo eaters!

Have I ever told you that in my head when I say that I sound like Oprah? Have I ever told you that whenever I sing along with a song, as long as I don’t sing too loudly, in my head it sounds like I’m harmonizing almost perfectly?

Yeah, neither of those things will ever be true outside my head.

But enough about what’s in my head. Here’s what’s on my plate!


Breakfast:

A breakfast taco with scrambled eggs, cheese, and salsa on a tortilla with blueberries on the side.

A breakfast taco with scrambled eggs, cheese, and salsa on a tortilla with blueberries on the side.

I splurged a little and bought 2 lbs of blueberries this week. It was, by far, my best purchase of the week.

Lunch:

A berry, Greek yogurt, pb, and spinach smoothie with a little something extra.

A berry, Greek yogurt, pb, and spinach smoothie with a little something extra.

Can we talk about this smoothie? Because it was phenomenal for a couple of reasons.

First, it’s just my classic Really Extra Awesome Smoothie with pb instead of avocado and spinach instead of kale. And without the protein powder. But what makes it phenomenal is that I added half a bag of spinach — wheeeee greens! — and for the liquid I added some Zevia Black Cherry soda.

Zevia soda, I really enjoy you.

Zevia soda, I really enjoy you.

Zevia is my new thing and in my head it’s just like flavored club soda (please don’t tell me if it’s not). And adding half a can to my smoothie was the best decision. It added a great flavor and some nice, noticeable fizz.

I like fizz.

And since I skipped the protein powder, I had a couple of slices of Applegate turkey on the side.

Snack:

I shoved a handful of trail mix in my mouth at some point.

Dinner:

Mustard baked chicken drumstick with buttery, cheesy spaghetti squash.

Mustard baked chicken drumstick with buttery, cheesy spaghetti squash.

Leon cooked and I love him for it. Not only does he make such better baked chicken than I do, but he had the bright idea to bake the spaghetti squash with basil, garlic, and butter.

We added more butter and some parmesan after it was scraped.

So delicious. It was the perfect summer comfort meal.

Dessert:

And as I’ve been writing this Leon and I have been spooning big hunks of Ben & Jerry’s chocolate fudge brownie ice cream into our mouths.

Now talk about a good decision.

Your turn, eaters:

What’s a good decision, food or otherwise, that you’ve made lately?

What’s your favorite topping for spaghetti squash?

Later eaters!

WIAW: Good & Bad Habits

‘Ello eaters!

I got some AWESOME new today…that I’m going to share with all of you tomorrow.

I know I’m a tease, but I can’t give it all away at once. A lady makes you work for it.


Since this is the last week of WIAW where the theme is “fall into good habits” I figured it was high time I talked about habits.

If you just look at the pictures here it looks like I have pretty good habits. The food is healthy and has a good balance of carbs, fat, and protein. But for me, eating healthy meals is an easy habit. It’s what happens outside the pictures of the healthy meals that the real habit struggles happen.

Example:

Oatmeal with chia seeds and pomegranate arils, topped with pb, chocolate avocado pudding, and sprinkles, with a side of coffee and bacon.

Sure, this looks like a typical, fun bowl of blogger oats. And it definitely was! But it doesn’t show you that I kept oversleeping until I missed both my chances at Crossfit for the day, which I didn’t intend on doing at all and which I was really bummed about when I saw later that the workout was a front squat bridge and working up to max weight cleans.

Example:

Salad with leftover cranberry chutney, butternut squash and mushroom risotto, and the last of the turkey.

Does this salad mountain look just like something you would pay a lot for at Whole Foods? Aren’t I so healthy for eating salads and so thrifty for making it myself?

Yes to both of those things, but that doesn’t show you the couple of bites of pumpkin pie I ate as a snack only to find mold on it. It also doesn’t show that I took Charlie to the dog park instead of taking him for a long walk and then doing homework (while trying to train him not to climb my chair hoping to get in my lap so I don’t have to make it a habit of going to a coffee shop every time I need to do homework).

Example:

Spaghetti squash stuffed with venison meatballs and marinara and topped with cheese.

Look! I’m eating spaghetti squash to control my carb/gluten intake and yet I’m relaxed enough to put some cheese on top.

All of those things are true. It’s also true that I ate a Balance Bar for a snack, which is an expensive habit I really need to break. Just like it’s true that I got the Biscoff cookies out with the intention of eating one, but I ended up eating four.

Luckily, though, these pictures also don’t show that I did, in fact, floss yesterday, meaning that I’m slowly making a habit of flossing at least once a week.

So not all my habits are bad, right?

Your turn, eaters:

What are some habits you’re proud of?

Do you know the proper time to floss — before or after brushing?

G’night eaters!

Two Tips Tuesday

G’evening eaters!

I’m fading fast, despite the fact that I really didn’t do anything today. But you’ll hear about all that tomorrow.

I promised you two tips/tricks from my Thanksgiving and here they are. (Oh, and this isn’t going to become a regular thing. I just like alliteration and triplets so I added “Tuesday” to the title.)

1) Everyone loves risotto, right? It’s thick and creamy and unbelievably comforting.

Unfortunately, the way it’s usually made require lots of milk and cream and butter and cheese. Now if you know me at all, you know that I don’t have a problem with any of those things, but they can be the kind of specialty ingredient that go bad after you’ve used the splash or two a recipe calls for. And they’re not super flavorful on their own, so you have to add extra ingredients. And if you’re cooking for a crowd then chances are at least one person is going to be vegan, lactose intolerant, or doesn’t like cow’s milk.

That’s a whole lot of reasons not to make risotto.

Or it could be a whole lot of reasons to make risotto with broth and pureed soup!

Yup, that’s my risotto trick. I forgo the dairy and alternate splashes of broth (chicken or vegetable, depending on the crowd you’re serving) and pureed soup.

For Thanksgiving I used some butternut squash soup and vegetable broth to accommodate my vegan guest. And just for funsies I chopped up a mix of dried wild mushrooms and tossed them in dry. They soaked up the liquid and added a little mushroomy background without adding lots of blah tasting water, like if you soak them before hand.

That mushroom bit is another trick I use often, but that’s not the second trick for tonight. Nope…

2) Does your chocolate ever seize up when you’re trying to melt it? It happens to me about half the time and, honestly, I’ve got no clue why. Here’s what happened on Thanksgiving in case any of you can tell me:

I was melting dark chocolate chips with coconut oil in a crock pot. Everything was melting just fine. I decided to thin out the chocolate a bit with coconut milk. And immediately it seized up into an angry little ball.

Like I said, I’ve got no clue why that happened. Chocolate is a mystery to me.

But now, at least I know that adding a little room temperature brewed coffee helps smooth out seized chocolate. Luckily I had some on hand and after a little stirring the chocolate was almost as good as new. It wasn’t perfect, but it certainly wasn’t an angry little ball of fucked up-ness like it was before.

And that’s all I’ve got for you tonight. I’m sure at least one of these tips will eventually come in handy. Heck, if I was better at this whole internet thing I could make some awesome pinterest-able graphic.

But if I was better at this whole internet thing I probably wouldn’t cuss so much, so I’ll call it a draw.

Your turn, eaters:

Got any good little tips for me?

What’s something you wish you had a magic tip for?

G’night eaters!

Pre-Thanksgiving Feast

Hi eaters.

It’s been a long and slightly painful day, thanks to a visit to the chiropractor.

But Leon bought me pie for dinner dessert and now my dog is lying on top of my leg (yes, just the one leg) so I’m pretty happy.

Now let’s talk Thanksgiving, shall we?!

Dinner was set for 3pm on Saturday, so the cooking started on Thursday. And the bulk of it was done of Friday. But we still had plenty of cooking to do Saturday morning.

I'm in my cooking crevice.

So while Leon and I cooked, Mother set the table.

Light and airy, just like I like it.

As you can see, I kept it all very simple. I fell in love with the idea of butcher paper and crayons, so that’s exactly what we did.

Crayons in reused jars, because they're classier than the crayon box.

And then I went around and wrote everyone’s name above his or her plate. (Fyi, “his or her” is the proper pronoun here, not “their.” #WordNerd)

While everyone was mingling we snacked on a little appetizer plate of cheese and crackers and dips and a bowl of candied almonds that Leon made.

Three cheeses. Three spreads. Two crackers.

Please don’t confuse the three cheeses and three dips as any sort of pairing. The only thing that was even slightly paired was the goat’s milk brie and mixed berry jam.

And finally, after a long morning and one last frantic cooking spree, dinner was served.

The most beautiful bird I've ever seen.

On the menu:

Guinness roasted turkey, sausage and cornbread stuffing, Eureka Paprika split pea soup, mashed potatoes, balsamic roasted Brussels sprouts, wild mushroom and butternut squash risotto, cranberry chutney (a simpler version than the recipe I posted here), a massaged kale salad with roasted acorn squash, 1/3 whole wheat rolls, gravy, and maple butter.

Yes, that is our unused flat sheet used as a tablecloth.

I think that’s it. I’ll be posting recipes for a lot of those dishes this week, so stay tuned.

I piled my plate high and ate every bite. And surprisingly, I didn’t feel grossly full. I think that had a lot to do with the fact that everything save for the turkey, stuffing, and gravy was vegan.

So.Freaking.Good.

Mother’s boyfriend is vegan and I certainly don’t mind vegan food, obviously. And once Leon agreed to make mashed potatoes with Earth Balance and coconut milk we were set.

Anyway, everything turned out really, surprisingly well. The Brussels sprouts were a touch underdone, but that was the only glitch so I was beyond thrilled.

I was so thrilled by how well everything went that all day I was walking around punching the air and yelling “O’Doyles rule!” (Two points if you can tell me what movie that’s from.)

Everyone retired to the RV for a while (Did I mention that Mother and her boyfriend drove up in his giant RV?) to watch the NC State vs Clemson game. I took a little nap first. And then we had dessert.

Dippables.

I know I was talking in my earlier post about bourbon sweet potato casserole and vegan coconut nutmeg pudding. But when I thought about it, I really didn’t need another complicated thing to the list of things to cook. So I went easy. Really easy.

Thanks to this fondue, I've got a really awesome chocolate tip to post about.

And it doesn’t get easier than chocolate fondue in a crockpot, let me tell you.

The only problem with chocolate fondue is that there are no leftovers, hence the pie for dinner tonight.

Possibly the best part of the whole day, though, was that Mother did ALL the dishes. But then, Charlie’s bow tie is a close second.

Isn't he handsome?

What do you think, eaters:

Could you vegan-ize or mostly vegan-ize your Thanksgiving feast? What wouldn’t you compromise on?

What would be the best thing a house guest could give you/do for you?

G’night eaters!

PS — Seriously, get ready for as many Thanksgiving recipes as I can cram in before Thanksgiving.

All Over Sunday

Hellooo eaters!

It’s Sunday and unfortunately I don’t have tomorrow off.

Oh the joys of going to a Quaker school where they believe celebrating holidays is favoring one day over another.

Oh well. I really don’t mind Mondays because I kind of love getting back to my routine. And I also can’t complain about starting a new week when the old one ended like mine did.

As I’ve mentioned before, Sundays are my day. I am guaranteed to have them off (and so is Leon). It’s a lazy day where most places are closed, so I can’t really waste it doing annoying errands. And as of recently, Sundays also include zoning out in front of some Law & Order while clipping coupons.

Yup, it’s a lazy, yet oddly productive, and overall wonderful day.

And this Sunday was no different.

I started the day with a complete balanced breakfast.

Half a Devil's food cake donut with sprinkles and eggs with spinach and Texas Pete.

FYI, I blame Holly for the intense donut craving that set in on Saturday, prompting a nighttime trip to Donut World (on West Market St by Guilford College Rd for all you Greensboro/Triad people), where I can never ever get just one.

(This time I got three. Don’t judge. They have an amazing variety.)

I then proceeded to laze around the house, hanging out with Leon and Charlie, and wasting time on Pinterest.

It’s amazing how much time you can spend looking and pinning and how many ideas for things you can’t possibly do/eat/own/see you’ll find.

Once I had my fill of dreaming, I got to doing. And today that “doing” included buying picture frames from Goodwill for a decorating project, buying fabric and a few other supplies for a pillow project, and going to the gym for the first time since I started Crossfit.

FYI, the gym is super boring.

Once I got home I got down to business. And in no time flat I had two pillow covers sewn and filled.

My plan was to then iron on a black deer head silhouette to make something akin to these pillows. Except for the fact that the couch is new so I remembered the upholstery wrong when I was buying fabric and ended up with pillows that just don’t look right.

These two fabrics just don't work, right?

I can move the pillows to another room in the house and make new ones with new fabric, but I’m bad at picking colors. The living room has the couch, a Kelly green/avocado green vinyl recliner, and a couple of gold accents. The living room is openly connected to the dining room, which has dark blue walls and light pink chairs. There’s also lots of dark stained wood. And I’m locked in with the black deer heads.

Thoughts?

While mulling over new fabric colors and discussion options for what to do with Charlie while Leon and I are at a wedding in Vermont in a few weeks (we don’t want to board him for fear of him having Vietnam flashbacks of being in the shelter), we ate an easy stir fry.

Sunday night always used to be “brown rice and vegetables” night growing up — a scoop of brown rice and a scoop of stir fried vegetables and chicken in some brown sauce while we watched “60 Minutes.” As I got older the two scoops were allowed to touch and eventually the stir fry was served on top of the rice.

That’s a sign of maturity, right?

Anyway, this post has been all over the place tonight, but it’s kind of been a segmented, all over the place day. I hope you don’t mind.

What do you think, eaters:

 PleasepleasePLEASE tell me what color fabric I should choose. I don’t know if you can tell, but the couch is grey with threads of brown running through.

Did you/do you have any set meals based on days of the week?

G’night eaters!

Peanut Butter Puppy!

‘Ello eates!

Yesterday I thought I was on such a roll with blogging and work and Crossfit and socializing since posting my Serenity Mantra. But then I had a glass of wine with dinner, fell asleep as soon as I laid down in bed to watch TV, and woke up sometime after 1am to Leon hitting me in his sleep because he was dreaming about protecting us in a post-Apocalyptic city. Thus, I didn’t blog.

But I have found serenity and am moving beyond it.

Breakfast #1:

I forgot to take a picture, but you know what a carrot dipped in pb and half a liter of water look like.

Crossfit:

We did Angie on Monday, so I was expecting something more towards heavy lifting yesterday. Nope, we got Fran.

My first Fran.

I did the thrusters with 50 lbs (RX for women is 65 lbs), and did a pull up that was half jumping, half kipping.

Time: 9:52.

I’ll take it!

Breakfast #2:

My Really Extra Awesome smoothie with spinach instead of kale and pb instead of avocado.

We were in need of groceries in a painful way, so I slurped this down while finalizing my meal plan. It actually held me off longer than the Original. And of course, I let Charlie, the pb-loving puppy, lick the dirty spoon.

Lunch:

Have I mentioned that I love leftovers? Yup, I do.

Leftover beef pho.

(Side note — We don’t have a microwave, which is something I never thought I would have been able to live without. For those of you that are maybe thinking of ditching your microwave, would you be interested in a how-to post?)

Snack:

String cheese and a pluot.

It’s so nice to have food in the house. It’s especially nice when that food was super cheap thanks to sales and coupons.

(The string cheese was originally $4.99 each, but were on sale 2/$7 and then I had a coupon for $3 off 2, so I got 2/$4, which was less than the price of one. Booyah!)

Dinner:

Despite freezing a bunch of squash and zucchini in various forms, we still have a good bit of fresh left to eat through. So I made a small pot of Bolognese sauce and covered some zucchini noodles in it. I would have taken pictures, but spaghetti and sauce isn’t terribly appealing looking.

Thank goodness Leon likes them.

Your turn, eaters:

Do you use coupons?

How often do you use your microwave?

Later eaters!

Angry Zucchini Cookies

Hi eaters!

I’m exhausted to no end.

Over the last two days I’ve gone from living it up like a single lady on summer vacation to trying to balance classes, homework, work, being a girlfriend, working out, all my awesomeness, and the normal things that are necessary to sustain life.

I got 5 hours of sleep last night and have been up for 18 hours without a break.

Can “stressed” even begin to cover it?

Yeah…

So today when I came home for what should have been a three hour break full of a Zone-balanced lunch and baking some Beyond Bitchtastic Brownies only to find that we didn’t have ANY protein or cocoa powder, I threw a bit of a tantrum.

I yelled and slammed cabinets and didn’t cry. (Luckily, no one was there to witness this lovely display of adult-ness.)

Once I was done acting like a spoiled toddler (which was ironic behavior for the first day of my senior year of college), I decided to get proactive.

I hand grated my anger away.

I dirtied a lot of dishes without regards to the fact that I would have to wash them.

This wasn't even all of them.

I ate cookie dough while watching “Workaholics.”

Two spoons means I was double-fisting cookie dough.

I realized that I over worked the flour and forgot the vanilla.

Vanilla is for bitches.

I decided that I really didn’t give a damn anymore.

(Yeah, I’d crossed over the threshold from thinking I could still make the day wonderful and productive to just wanting to make it till the end.)

I ate a bunch of cookies* without regard to Zone blocks or imperfections.

Thank-you, Mama Pea.

These cookies didn’t make the day sunny and wonderful, nor did they magically give me an extra couple of hours of sleep, and they also didn’t get me off work early or out of homework, but Leon did wash the dishes and for once I wasn’t eating the chocolate chips straight out of the bag. So really, things were looking up.

Not to mention that they used an entire zucchini, which is good considering that Leon came home with what looks like a lifetimes supply of zucchini and summer squash.

Get ready for an endless stream of zucchini recipes. (And hopefully far fewer of these “I’m stressed and cranky and bitter” posts.)

Your turn, eaters:

How do you handle stress? I’d love some tips.

What’s a funny 22-minute sitcom on Netflix that I can watch next? I’m done with 30 Rock, the Office, Workaholics, and Scrubs.

G’night eaters!

*FIY — I made these with whole wheat pastry flour, a chia egg (1 T chia seeds + 2 T water), 1/4 c Earth Balance and 1/4 c coconut oil, and ~3 T sugar. And they are AWESOME.

WIAW: Like A Whore In Church

G’morning eaters!

I feel so refreshed and ready to tackle the day.

I also wish I was drinking this cup of delicious French press coffee sitting on a stool in my kitchen watching Kathy Lee and Hoda get drunk on the Today Show.

A girl can dream, can’t she?

Oh well. Let’s get down to business.

Breakfast #1:

A peach and sunflower seed butter.

The whole produce and nut butter thing is really working for my pre-Crossfit snack, so I’m sticking with it. And since I went shopping Monday we actually have fruit in the house, which has been missing for about a week. That’s a real travesty, especially during the summer when the fruit is so good and so plentiful.

Crossfit:

GNC egg protein in my NEW blender bottle.

Yesterday we worked a ton on cleans. I have a love-hate relationship with them. when I nail that nearly perfect one, I absolutely love them. I also absolutely love them when I can feel myself making progress on them. but I hate them every other time.

Breakfast #2:

Two fried eggs over spaghetti squash with marinara sauce and half a pear with sunflower seed butter.

Weird? Yes. Healthy, satiating, and only 2 Zone blocks? You betcha!

Lunch:

365 brand plain low fat yogurt with a bit of GNC chocolate egg protein mixed in and topped with half a peach, a few raw oats, and sunflower seed butter.

I forgot to press my tofu this morning so it would be ready for lunch and I’d already eaten eggs, so I went with the last easily available protein source in the house — yogurt and (GNC chocolate egg) protein powder.

Then when Leon came home from work a few minutes later I ate a slice of Spam.

A slice of Spam, pre-frying.

Yup, don’t ask questions. Just accept it.

Snack:

S'more Balance Gold bar.

I was somewhere between hungry and bored snacky, so I housed this bar in no time flat. I really need to move my bars to work so they remain purely a work snack.

Dinner:

Hawaiian kabobs with miso quinoa.

Kabobs (which I pronounce “ke-bah-bs”) are such an awesomely easy and balanced dinner, and perfect for summer because they take no time on the grill. And this combination was pretty dang good, so I’ll post the recipe tomorrow (or next week).

Dessert:

A graham cracker with sunflower seed butter in the middle.

I’ve been craving sweets like a whore in church lately.

Except that metaphor doesn’t work. Or maybe it does if you think of a whore in church as inexplicable and unwelcome. Then it makes sense.

So that brings my total fruit count for the day up for almost 2 peaches and half a pear. And my total sunflower seed butter consumption up to four separate sittings.

Don’t pretend you’re not impressed.

Your turn, eaters:

What’s your favorite fruit?

Do you have any tips on how to avoid boredom snacking? I’d love to hear them.

Later eaters!

WIAW: Ya Know

G’morning eaters!

Today I’m putting my money where my mouth is by going to the 6am Crossfit class and working from 9-5. Ya know, without a nap like a normal adult.

It’s going to be an interesting day.

But first, let’s talk about my interesting day yesterday.

Ya know, where I researched and wrote a 9 page paper in less than four hours without any study drugs, not like a normal college student.

Breakfast:

Scrambled eggs with kale and avocado, and a few slices of bread.

This wasn’t exactly Zone-tastic, but when there’s half a loaf of Leon’s homemade Italian bread chock full’o rosemary and oregano, the Zone can be damned.

Workout:

I’m an idiot and got sucked into chores and ended up missing my chance at Crossfit for the day so I went to my school gym and did a quick warm up (3 rounds of 20 mountain climbers, 10 g’mornings, 10 push-ups) and then worked on clean & jerks and back squats.

A couple of the other guys in the weight room were giving me weird looks, but they were lifting big dumbbells a few inches off the stands and then shrugging their shoulders, so I don’t really think I qualify as the weird one.

Oddly calm heart attack:

Leaving the gym I ran into a friend who’s taking a similar class as mine, taught by the same professor, but held on Monday and Wednesday (mine’s Tuesday and Thursday). She asked how I did on my final paper.

We chatted and she mentioned that her paper was due yesterday even though there’s still a class session left. I started wondering if my paper was due yesterday or Thursday, the last day of class.

I got to my car and decided that I should probably postpone my errands to go home and check the syllabus. Just in case.

And so that’s how at 1pm I found out that my 8-10 page research paper was due yesterday, not Thursday, which gave me 5 hours.

So for the next 4 hours I frantically read, wrote, and cited 9 ½ pages of hopefully not pure dribble.

5pm:

A hardboiled egg with mustard, miscellaneous tofu and veg, a slice of carrot cake.

I finished my paper by pure magic. And then, despite the fact that I felt stupid hyped up and nauseous, I ate some food.

I also grabbed some coffee on the ay to class because I knew that my slight mania would wear off quickly and then I’d be dead tired.

Dinner:

Grilled porkchop topped with cherry-fig jam-thing, and grilled squash.

I loved everything about this.

Dessert:

S'mores made with Trader Joe's cocoa almond spread instead of chocolate.

And I’d be lying if I said that one of my favorite parts of grilling wasn’t that there are usually coals hot enough to make dessert.

And then I went to bed early. Ya know, like your grandma.

What do you think, eaters:

How do you work under pressure?

What food will you ditch any diet or restriction for?

Later eaters!

I Heart Grilling

Hiya eaters!

So, it’s July.

This probably should have hit me a week ago, but I only really realized this fact a couple of days ago. And when I did, it was a little unnerving.

Where has half my summer gone? What have I been doing with my time? Why was I so behind on schoolwork and picture hanging?

And why haven’t Leon and I grilled more?

Yes eaters, grilling food is by far one of my favorite summer pastimes.

We set up the grill in the yard and bring the dog out. We sit on the steps and drink good beer while the coals heat up. Sometimes we sneak in a bit of reading. Sometimes we just people watch and wonder what the heck our neighbors do in their house all day.

When the coals are ready we throw something that’s probably been marinating all day on the grill and drink a bit more. By the time I’m done with my beer the food is usually about ready. I go inside and stir something on the stove or chop up a salad. Leon slices the meat. We open more beers and dinner is served.

It doesn’t get much better than that to me. And while there are few things in the world better than a well grilled piece of chicken, all summer Leon and I have been talking about playing with vegetables and tofu and marinades.

So the other night we did just that.

I sliced a zucchini into planks and marinated it in 1 t oil, 1 T apple cider vinegar, 1 t smoked paprika, 1 ½ t chili powder, salt, and pepper.

I pressed the heck out of a block of (black soybean) tofu and cut it into planks. I added a few splashes of soy sauce, a drizzle of oil, salt and pepper. I then baked them in a 375F oven for 5 minutes, to insure they didn’t fall apart on the grill.

Like a burst of freshness.

I chopped off two quarters from a head of romaine lettuce. I brushed it with a bit of oil and cracked pepper.

Then everything hit the grill.

The tofu for ~ 5minutes/side. The zucchini for ~3minutes/side. The romaine for ~2minutes.

The tofu got finished off with a schmear of Trader Joe’s Roasted Red Pepper Sauce (with eggplant and garlic) and the romaine got a drizzle of Annie’s balsamic vinaigrette.

And to drink we cracked open a bottle of Rogue Chipotle Ale (which was lacking almost any hint of spice and was thus severely disappointing).

So promising, but so disappointing.

It was a pretty perfect meal and a pretty perfect night. Made only more perfect by the after dinner s’mores we made on the barely hot coals.

Can you tell why I like grilling so much?

Your turn, eaters:

What’s your favorite thing to grill?

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever grilled?

G’night eaters!