Surprises

September 25, 2008

I came home to a surprise package sticking out of my mailbox today – from the Peanut Butter Boy!!! I mailed him a jar of EarthFare PB to review a few weeks ago and he thanked me with a jar of a BUTTER TOFFEE PB!!

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Of course I tasted it immediately (luckily I was ready for a snack too ;) )

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Followed by the official snack on some new homemade bread, plus a swig of hemp milk.

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I was really hungry from 4-6 today. While my snack ranked high in taste, it was low in hunger satiety. I really need wet heavy things like yogurt, cereal, fruit for afternoon snack and this was so light in weight (but way more calorie dense than you’d ever think!). I was planning to try my Coconut LaraBar today but totally forgot when I walked in the door!! The suspense is killing me, but since I only have one I want to savor it when it’s a perfect LaraBar occasion.

Surprisingly Delicious Dinner

The husband brought home a surprise 24 oz beer tonight – I had a Hers version :)

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Dinner tonight was a “use of the fridge” experiment that turned out fabulous!!

I cut up our block of TJ’s tofu and marinated it in a BBQ-sauce-like mixture of:

  • Apple cider vinegar (1/4 cup?)
  • 4 dashes Worcestershire
  • Sprinkle garlic powder, red pepper flakes, S+P
  • 2-3 tbsp ketchup

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Baked at 425 for 40 minutes = perfection!

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We served the tofu over a pile of frozen/thawed pineapple polenta I made a while back (mystery recipe anyone!?). The sweet/savory combo was awesome. Plus some sauteed CSA beans and lastly, some chewy feta cheese.

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Disappointing Surprise

I don’t watch many TV shows, but the husband got us hooked on The Office last spring and I think it’s hilarious. Exactly my sense of humor. I thought it was on at 8 tonight and was all excited about watching it until I found out it’s at 9, which will be too late for my early AM cycle class bedtime :cry: Guess I’ll have to watch it tomorrow.

This weekend is Davidson Homecoming. None of our friends are coming this year, but my sister is flying in from Boston tomorrow and I’ll be picking her up at the airport around lunchtime, then we’re heading uptown for a night out tomorrow. Saturday will be spent up at Davidson (tailgate, football, oyster roast @ SAE), and on Sunday my parents are driving down for a lunch with all of us. It’s a big weekend and I wish I’d gotten more studying done today! And I REALLY wish there wasn’t rain in the forecast!!!

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1 Megan September 25, 2008 at 7:44 pm

I saw that PB on PB Boy’s blog and I wanted to reach through the screen and grab it! How delicious!

Great dinner!

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2 VeggieGirl September 25, 2008 at 7:49 pm

HOORAY FOR PB BOY PACKAGES!!! I love that the pb is made with hempseeds!! So fun :-)

HELL YES FOR ‘THE OFFICE’ SEASON PREMIERE TONIGHT!!!! I’m pumped.

My university’s homecoming is this weekend as well – can’t go though, since my dance showcase is this weekend. Ah well!!

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3 Ali September 25, 2008 at 7:58 pm

Your dinner looks amazing! I just picked up some more tofu and wanted to try another flavor – the BBQ looks great!
Also, how was the Toffee PB? You didn’t say whether or not you liked it?!!

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4 Katerina September 25, 2008 at 8:23 pm

You are so disciplined, I couldn’t help myself on Monday and stayed up until eleven to watch heroes. And I still got up and ran early the next morning it seriously can’t be good for you. Have a good class tomorrow.

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5 Nicole September 25, 2008 at 8:28 pm

Thank you for the tofu recipe! I never know what to do with my worcestershire sauce (or how to spell worcestershire..thank you spell check!).

EVERYTHING about toffee peanut butter in a WIN!

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6 Charlie Hills September 25, 2008 at 8:29 pm

Hmmm… methinks I must start sending PBB some samples too.

And what kind of beer…? Did I miss that? I was just looking at some tonight in the store, but didn’t buy any. All my favorite pumpkin / oktober / fall ones are out now, but boy they’re getting more and more expensive each season.

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7 Christy September 25, 2008 at 8:37 pm

Hi Kath,

We are obsessed with The Office! We don’t stay up past 9pm either, so we Tivo all our favorite shows. It really helps to cut down on our tv watching time since we can skip the commercials. An hour show turns into 40 minutes! The only drawback is waiting an extra day to watch them!!

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8 lexi September 25, 2008 at 8:51 pm

HI KATH!
this is really kind of random, but i know you love salads. i found the most amazing combination i wanted to share with you…. its a bannana cashew salad.

lettuce
bell pepper
tomato
cucumber
advocado
1/2 bananna
5 or so whole cashews crumbled
topped with annies light honey mustard (or whatever dressing you like)
optional: rosemary white beans

just thought i would put it out there!

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9 Laura September 25, 2008 at 8:57 pm

Yes, how was the Toffee PB? It looks heavenly!

I love The Office too!

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10 Biz319 September 25, 2008 at 9:12 pm

That peanut butter sounds amazing!

After my daughter and I had fried tofu, I think baking it will be our next try.

Hoping for clear skies!

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11 SmA033 September 25, 2008 at 9:37 pm

ok– definitely got lost on a blog surfing adventure! i clicked on a blog you have on the KERF homepage, which led me to another, and then another, and then ANOTHER….and now it’s almost an hour later!
i want that PB!! i’ll have to find some to send to PB Boy….

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12 bobbi September 26, 2008 at 12:05 am

yum yum, got to get some of that PB!

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13 madison (follow my weigh) September 26, 2008 at 12:06 am

must be fun receiving surprises like htat!! i was dissapointed i had to miss the office tonight too – excited to catch up on it!!

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14 Nick September 26, 2008 at 12:52 am

Enjoy that peanut butter while it lasts! It’s about 1oz smaller than most peanut butter jars, but while that’s not much, you’ll see how quickly the jar seems to empty!

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15 Twinks September 26, 2008 at 1:53 am

no PB review???

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16 Kelly September 26, 2008 at 7:18 am

WOW! They make that pb in the city i live in, there are several other flavors too!! :) Yummy!

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17 Kath September 26, 2008 at 7:25 am

Charlie Hills,
I did even see the beer label, but it was REALLY flowery and bitter – I wasn’t a huge fan, but the hub. loved it.

lexi ,
Banana on salad!!! That sounds awesome. I never eat bananas at other meals because I usually have one for breakfast, but I will just have to have 2 one day and try it out.

K

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18 AlliJag September 26, 2008 at 8:18 am

You will love the Office premiere – it was hysterical!

Do you do the “book” trick with your tofu? Where you press it under something heavy for a half hour? I just bough my first block and I’m afraid the texture is going to freak me out! I’ve heard the book trick helps. Thoughts? :)

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19 Kath September 26, 2008 at 8:25 am

AlliJag ,
If I have time I press it in some paper towels for 10-15 minutes all in one block under a bit pot (I’m too lazy to cut it up and make a mess with heavy books and all). Don’t worry about the texture – it’s nice and chewy when baked!

Kath

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20 Meghann September 26, 2008 at 8:54 am

That’s why I love the power of DVR. I wasn’t able to watch the new Office either, but it’s in the precious box waiting for me to come tonight. :)

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21 Vy September 26, 2008 at 9:05 am

Hi Kath, been reading your blog for a while now, but I just got so excited today after seeing that you (or your husband, rather) had a Bulldog pint glass! Which means one of you must have been down here in New Orleans for one of the Wednesday free pint glass nights! Anyway, love the blog, and I think what you’re doing is wonderful.

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22 Kath September 26, 2008 at 9:10 am

Vy ,
Actually the Bulldog glass was a gift from the husband’s brother, who is a senior at Tulane this fall. We’re coming down in May for his graduation!

Kath

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23 Vy September 26, 2008 at 9:24 am

My boyfriend is also graduating from Tulane this May, but from the law school instead of undergrad. Maybe I’ll spot you in the graduation crowd! Have you been to New Orleans? You’d love running around Audubon Park (and also the Whole Foods that’s walking distance from it).

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24 eatwellbewell September 26, 2008 at 10:08 am

Hi Kath! I’m also a senior at Tulane, but will be graduating early this December to pursue two more years of school at UCONN for Dietetics! Love all of your dedication to the blog–it inspires me everyday. keep it up and hope you enjoy your time in New Orleans when you come to visit!

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25 runjess September 26, 2008 at 10:08 am

Our weekends sound similar: tonight is dinner followed by recorded Office premiere. Tomorrow is tailgate and football. We, however, have 90* sunny weather in the forecast.

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26 Kath September 26, 2008 at 10:20 am

Vy ,
I’ve been to NO once, but am looking forward to another visit.

eatwellbewell ,
Good luck with dietetics!

Kath

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27 adrianna September 26, 2008 at 7:23 pm

I REALLY hope you catch the office, asap. what a comeback!

btw, toffee PB looks fantastic. *drool on computer keys*

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