Mondays co-pilot, she’s been especially friendly lately and I’m not sure why. She’s watching me fumble as I attempt to answer some work emails. My typing has gotten so bad I am beginning to think I spend more time correcting then typing. What is it? Are my fingers just not firing as fast or accurately? I bought a new keyboard, I thought that would help but no. I’m also a look-down-as-I-type kinda girl which seems to trip me up. Bottom line I am beginning to feel old. Ok, old-er. Think about poor Weebs she’s getting up there in cat years, next month she’ll be twelve! I call her Grandma because she stretches a lot as she gets up. She sure looks good for 65. (see cat calculator)
I stopped by Sur La Table to check out the SALE … scored me a new Le Creuset lasagna pan in eggplant (that’s purple to you and me) I’m so thrilled. Have I mentioned that they will give photographers a professional discount? Props anyone? I also came away with no less than 3 new bread mixes… (pics and reviews see Week 42.)
And we are just going to continue on with the food theme. I took my camera on a little tour of my pantry. Here are my new favorites: SOME but not all are Gluten Free, which is something I am striving for, I’m not even 75% there but I’m close.
Dole Banana Dippers IN BULK (Costco)
It’s all about the size. When you only get 4 slices in a pack that can be $$$. I literally have to shove them in the back or bottom of the freezer because the teen will wipe me out clean. Here’s my favorite shake: DreamBlend Nut Milk + RAW RESERVE Greens & Proteins chocolate + 1 pack Dole Dippers. BOOM! Delish.
TaDah! Falafel Wrap (Whole Foods)
Many nights I am not in the mood for meat, I am about 90% vegetarian now. So when its meat on the menu I stick in one of these Falafel Wraps in the oven and I am HAPPY. Mix a little plain yogurt and fresh dill & mint WAY HAPPPPPY!
Trader Joe’s GF Chocolate Chip Cookies
Oh Lord these are good. So thin and crispy. They have the perfect amount of sweet and salty, they stick to my teeth and I love it.
KIND HEALTHY GRAINS GF (Sprouts)
Is it me or do these taste like cookie dough? Again, I have to hide from the teenager. Maple Pumpkin Seed is my favorite. I blame my coworkers on this new obsession.
Trader Joe’s gluten free Granola
warning *** addictive ***. I discovered this in Colorado last month, I have to say Tara did warn me. Now I can’t eat my Muselix without a handful, or my yogurt, or my oatmeal. Sometimes I just stand right there and graze. I have also bought the family size made by Bakery on Main at Sprouts 22 oz. for 8.99, its not cheap but Trader Joes price for 12 oz. is 3.99. My GF office isn’t going to know what hit them when I bring them a bag in the morning.
I like to add this to plain oatmeal to cut the sweetness otherwise you’re better off eating a pastry. Note there may such a thing as too much pumpkin.
Trader Joes Dark Chocolate Almonds GF
Danger Danger. Dark Chocolate with a side of salt lick. Num.
New to the neighborhood, Pieology. Super A and I have been known to stop in for a ‘snack.’ Basil only. (they have GF crust)
I’ve discovered Bob’s Red Mill’s Mueslix. Even though its not printed on the package according to the webiste they use NON GMO seeds (http://www.bobsredmill.com/faqs.html) I made the chocolate chip cookies on the back, with a few tweaks, I added 1/2 stick of Kerrygold butter and reduced the applesauce by half. My kids LOVED them (again … so good must place on higher shelf or hide.) Best right out of the oven, they get more cake like and lose their crisp with age.
Cooking this week made my favorite gravy with Italian Chicken Sausage and roasted cauliflower. No one knew what the roasted white stuff was until after – then they protested!!! HA! I got em to eat cauliflower.
Mom 1 Dad & kids 0.
Toss chopped cauliflower with a couple tablespoons of Olive Oil, season with salt & pepper and throw it on a pan at 400 for 20-25 minutes.
I add sauted mushrooms to help deepen the flavor of the sauce. Deglaze that crusty pan with Brandy – be very careful with alcohol and an open flame it can ignite. You’ve seen me do that on video right? (No? Oh good Lord watch here for a laugh.)
My mom’s trick, add a little bit of refined sugar to cut the acid.
Bought a new cookbook, Secrets of Longevity while I waited for my acupuncturist appointment. I like what Dr. Mao has put together, recipes and panty lists for foods that are restorative and actually help with healing process. I will make and share my thoughts on some of the recipes here this month.
This is the most beautiful light in the office building I work in, yes I have brought a camera or two into this tiny two stall room. The pink tile is so pretty, I love that one reglued tile that is totally off.
Sunday we went to a local country fair back in the hills which ended up to be a smoker and a handful of locals in costume, for some reason the whole thing made Super A really uneasy and we bailed and headed to Tanaka Farms, it’s an organic farm that’s been here since 1940 (its also our local CSA.) I love that its family owned and operated. If you have kids in school here in Orange County, chances are they have been here on a field trip to pick your own strawberries (Spring) or pumpkins in the fall. They also do a corn maze and a pumpkin canon that launches pumpkins into the hillside obliterating them.
Some of my favorite fall pictures have come from this 30 acre farm. Sadly, I can not get Super B to go to a pumpkin patch anymore. That window is gone.
Tanaka Farms 2007 (11 and 18 mos) – sigh.
Here’s a little glimpse into what Super A was like as a baby, she talked this babble stuff with such seriousness all the time. We are on our way to the pumpkin farm with a neighbor friend and the kids.
My string bean picking string beans.
I shot a few rolls of film here to see what I get in this type of hazy filter light. Its been quite a learning process for me but I am loving it. I will add the film scans here when the come in next week.
(ok I just got them back to day, here’s a peak)
Ektar 100 | Mamiya AFD | TheFindLab
Almost caught up, week 42 is up next on my to do list. And shoot it’s almost Halloweeeeeeeeeen! I have to go put together a costume, wish me luck (thank gawd for Amazon Prime.)
Have a great weekend everyone.