Tuesday, December 2, 2008
The store is called the Brews Brothers, and I'm thrilled to have a place to get beer. We Pennsylvanians can't buy six packs in the store like most normal states. And I refuse to wait in line at a bar, getting hosed at $3-$4 per bottle. But at the same time, we don't drink enough beer to buy a case. I like dark beer, he likes a variety of things. As a matter of fact, the Framboise Lambic is for him. I'm a sucker for limited edition flavors, especially at Christmas, which is the reasoning behind the two Christmas ones. But the rest are dark beers recommended by the owner. Lion Stout is from Sri Lanka. I'm most anxious to try the Heresy beer as it came highly recommended. I'll be trying it out Friday evening.
But I do have good reason for being lax on the working out. I have spent much of the day putting up our Christmas tree and taking things down from the attic. It's been quite a chore. I don't have any ornaments up but three that were in other containers. And I set Mickey Mouse up inside because it was just too darn cute to put out and get dirty. I'm debating on what to do with him. If I had a porch, I'd put him there. Unfortunately we don't have that option.
After working up an appetite running around the house, I tried a new Maple Pecan Pro Bar. There was way more calories and fat in this bar than anticipated, but I was hungry. I was really disappointed. My first bite tasted like what mildew smells like. It was a musty, overpriced, calorie-packed bar. Definitely not pleased with it. Maybe it was old, but I won't be buying any more. Sounded good, packaging was nice, but definitely did not live up to my expectations. The dog, on the other hand, was ready to eat it if I didn't want it.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
I improvised for this recipe:
1 container of precut onions from Giant Eagle sauteed in 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil.
3 cloves garlic pressed and added to the onions after they're translucent (about 5 minutes)
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 container of Pacific Natural Foods Chicken Broth (about 4 cups)
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
1 Bay Leaf
1 cup Lentils
Spices: tarragon, paprika, thyme
I really just threw everything together after sauteeing the onions with the garlic and spices and let it simmer for about 45 minutes. It was spicy and good.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Serving Size: 1 cup
Servings Per Container: 4.5
Calories from Fat
Amount Per Serving and/or % Daily Value*
13 g (20%)
7 g (34%)
40 mg (13%)
860 mg (36%)
36 g (12%)
3 g (12%)
I made two batches. The first I made like the recipe suggests; however, I added another cup of chocolate chips after the batter cooled. As they were baking, I made a second batch to take to work. This one I wanted to try some espresso in the brownies. So instead of 2 Tablespoons of water, I dissolved 2 Tablespoons of instant espresso powder in the water. Since I was taking the brownies to work, I didn't want to cut the tray, so I took a little chunk from a corner just to taste. They taste a little over-javafied! I'm thinking a piece of the brownies may end up having the same effect as a red bull considering how they taste. We'll see how they go tomorrow. Unfortunately the first batch that was for home didn't cook the way I wanted, they were gooey and pretty soupy at about 27 minutes. I put them back in for another 5, and they're still not the consistency I wanted. I think it was that extra cup of chips that were added. Instead of being chunks, they seemed to melt in with the rest of them. The only other thing I can think of is whether it was the fact that I baked them in a glass Pyrex dish. At any rate, the first batch was a big thumbs down. We'll see tomorrow how the second batch goes over in the office.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
I'm in love. The 2% with fruit has 130 calories and 2.5 grams of fat. I planned to have half of the peach with my lunch and save the other half for dessert tonight. But after one bite, there was no question that I would eat the entire amount. It was that good. I have to laugh at those Yoplait commercials where the two ladies in bridemaid dresses talk about how good Yoplait yogurt is. OBVIOUSLY they haven't tried Fage.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Nonetheless, the Groceria Italia in Bloomfield makes good gnocchi. It was very satisfying with some vodka sauce on top and a nice salad.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
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Sunday, September 14, 2008
But in order to achieve Coffee Nirvana, the right beans must be brewed in the perfect machine. One of my favorites is Green Mountain Coffee. I was thrilled to see it at Target. It was $7.68 for 10 oz. plus I had a 10% off pass. At $6.91, it was a steal! They carry it in whole beans and ground. I saw Breakfast Blend, Decaf, and French Roast if my memory serves me correctly. I've made it Saturday and Sunday and am thrilled that I can pick this up at Target and avoid the shipping fee. I just hope they don't raise the price after they get everyone hooked on this great coffee.