I Live With Kings

April 7, 2009

Check out my to-do list for today!

Ba-da-bing! (Well, I did delegate some stuff to tomorrow, but I feel good about what I got done!)


We have a King and Queen chair set from my grandmother’s house and I found this little guy pretending to be a king! I think they are called potato bugs?

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(No, I did not get that close – Matt took the photo!)

Speaking of Matt = King of Sandwiches

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We ran out of energy for tonight’s dinner (and I didn’t really have a plan). The only ingredients we had to use were brussels sprouts and mushrooms. So I roasted a pan of those in some EVOO, maple syrup and salt and pepper for about 35 minutes at 400*.


Lovely browning!


I didn’t finish all the veggies – I was in a weird stomach mood. I saved them to have for tomorrow night’s dinner.

And the other half of dinner was a mish-mosh of CHO + PRO.

Some leftover egg salad on kashis



And the best cheese delivery sandwich of late. A thin slice of sourdough, avocado, mustard, half a ham, and 2 slices Kerrygold cheese. So good!



The view from the dining room was so pretty, but we knew it was freezing cold out there! I think we lost 30-40* overnight last night and are expecting a freeze tonight. (Yes, I realize there are those of you in blizzards right now, but it’s all relative!)

Long day tomorrow, but then I have 3 days that I am taking totally off of school work to spend with my family. My hard work these past 2 weekends has paid off.


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1 zestycook April 7, 2009 at 8:15 pm

Nice work on the to-do-list!!! Great eats as always :)

have a good night.


2 Maureen April 7, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Ew, bugs!!! Love those roasted brussels sprouts though.


3 Heather April 7, 2009 at 8:20 pm

EEEK!!! What a creepy bug! I hope Matt squished it for you too!

I don’t understand how brussel sprouts got such a bad reputation! They are so good when you know how to cook them right!


4 WEEKLY BITE April 7, 2009 at 8:26 pm

Good Job on the to do list!

I love having random things like that for dinner :)


5 Oh She Glows April 7, 2009 at 8:30 pm

Congrats on all your progress! YOu definitely deserve a nice break. :)

Yea, we had a blizzard yesterday. Hopefully it is the last one of the season!!!


6 greenbean April 7, 2009 at 8:34 pm

i think that’s a stink bug! at least thats what my mom calls them. one hopped on in my place this weekend. ugh!


7 Erika April 7, 2009 at 8:45 pm

Glad you will be taking some time to relax!

Dinner looks delicious for being so ‘unplanned’ 😉


8 Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats April 7, 2009 at 8:47 pm

Mmmm I could eat brussel sprouts every single day!! I bought a gigantic bag a couple weeks ago and in a panic I froze some when I couldn’t finish them before they went bad….now I don’t know what to do with them! Have you ever frozen/unfrozen brussel sprouts? Were they mushy??


9 Kori (All Things B.) April 7, 2009 at 8:51 pm

Love the open faced sandwich! I love the snackish kind of meals- it’s nice to break up the routine! Have a great night!


10 Meg April 7, 2009 at 8:53 pm

Yeah for 3 days off!

WOW! That is one serious sandwich!


11 Run Sarah April 7, 2009 at 9:01 pm

That egg salad looks amazing – what a yummy dinner, considering it was made with odds and ends it looks fantastic.


12 VeggieGirl April 7, 2009 at 9:06 pm

EEEEEEK!!!!! Not liking the bug.

Loving the brussels sprouts though :-)


13 Sharon April 7, 2009 at 9:14 pm

MMmmmm sandwich!


14 Nicole April 7, 2009 at 9:17 pm

Ick! That’s a major close up of the bug! Whenever I see photos of bugs (or frogs) I get itchy feeling. That is the craziness inside me!

Beautiful brussel sprouts, though!


15 dippers April 7, 2009 at 9:26 pm

Those brussel sprouts look delicious! When I try roasting anything, they tend to skip the browning part and straight to turning black.

I’m planning on a trip to Charlotte with a friend. Do you have any recommendations for activities or places to check out?


16 Mara @ What's For Dinner? April 7, 2009 at 9:27 pm

That sandwich is ENORMOUS!!! Way to go with the to-do list… I wish I could get into list making.


17 Victoria April 7, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Ick. Bugs of any kind freak me out. Matt’s sandwiches always make me chuckle. They’re just so big! I can’t imagine trying to get your mouth around it.


18 Bec April 7, 2009 at 9:29 pm

Matt’s sandwich is ginormous!


19 Adi (oatonomy.com - repaired!) April 7, 2009 at 9:38 pm

My sister and I always called those bugs Stink bugs. Not sure why, but it seemed to stick!
I’ll have to try the maple syrup on the brussel sprouts idea… I’ve always just stuck with olive oil and sea salt. Looks good though, Kath.
And that’s a nice looking to-do list, too! 😀


20 Sarah (lovINmytummy) April 7, 2009 at 9:43 pm

That’s not a potato bug…I’m not sure what it is but potato bugs are much cuter and curl up in little balls. Heh heh….little balls…

I’m not going to comment on the size of Matt’s sandwich.


21 Shannon (The Daily Balance) April 7, 2009 at 9:46 pm

Love your impromptu dinners. LOVE Matt’s sandwich! too funny!

have a great night 😉


22 Erin April 7, 2009 at 9:59 pm

Your TO DO list makes me tired!

That sam looks so good. I am such a sucker for Irish cheese.


23 Maggie April 7, 2009 at 10:05 pm

Ohh I hate those bugs!!! I always used to find them in my room when I lived with my parents! YUCK.


24 Kara April 7, 2009 at 10:21 pm

That’s not a potato bug. They’re cuter. I think that’s a stink bug or something gross. Ick.


25 Jane B. April 7, 2009 at 10:25 pm

I have those bugs all around my apartment!! I never knew what they were called. Thanks for the info. They gross me out big time.


26 sue April 7, 2009 at 10:33 pm

yumm melty cheese!


27 Runeatrepeat April 7, 2009 at 11:09 pm

It is all relative with weather, because I would be freezing where you are!


28 Cara April 7, 2009 at 11:14 pm

I am officially craving egg salad now. Mmmm.


29 Angie April 8, 2009 at 5:26 am

Great close up on the bug! I love the idea of using up what’s in the pantry/fridge and still creating a great dinner!


30 Leanne April 8, 2009 at 5:58 am

Good for you, you deserve some time off!!!

Question: How difficult would you say biochem is in comparison to general chem?


31 beckysue27 April 8, 2009 at 6:09 am

Eww! We call them stink bugs here in Maryland too. Apparently if you crush them they let out some terrible smell. So I shut my eyes and pick them up in a tissue na dthrow them outside, or scream for the husband!! They come in every spring!! good luck!


32 Kath April 8, 2009 at 7:17 am

Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats,
No, I haven’t ever frozen them. Better to go ahead and cook them all and then have easy leftovers to put on salads or in soups.

dippers ,
Hmmm…Charlotte isn’t the most touristy city. I’d say be sure to check out East Blvd. in Dilworth where a lot of shops and restaurants are, plus a park. There’s the Nat’l White Water Center about 30 minutes away that’s becoming a tourist spot. I have an email with some restaurant recommendations if you want to email me I’ll send it to you.

Sarah (lovINmytummy),
I’m giggling over here…

Leanne ,
I think biochem – at least my class – is EASIER than gen chem. GC is just painful. It’s easier than organic for sure. It’s simpler stuff and makes more sense.



33 Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday April 8, 2009 at 7:36 am

Those brussels sprouts looks so good!!! I love when they get dark brown and caramalized. Yum!


34 Michelle Hisae April 8, 2009 at 7:45 am

Great job with the to-dos. :) I love that accomplished feeling. Hope you had a fun, low-key night!


35 Amanda @ Cakes and Ale April 8, 2009 at 9:15 am

I love roasted brussel sprouts! When I hear someone say they don’t like brussel sprouts, I always tell them to try roasting them – they’re like a completely different veg! (Although, I admit to loving them steamed as well…)

I bet those will be even better second day…


36 Kerri April 8, 2009 at 4:28 pm

Wow, Matt’s sandwich is huge!! How does he get his mouth around that? I love mish mash dinners.


37 Meaghen April 8, 2009 at 5:20 pm

I love that melty cheese!!!

Yay for weekend of familyness!!! I too am spending the entire weekend and am so excited!!!


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