Sweet To Repeat!

March 2, 2008

What a jam-packed day!! Breakfast, workout, brunch, grocery store, study, clean, friends visit, dinner, video, eat, study, blog, bed!

I didn’t photograph our groceries this week – I really needed to get cranking on the studying and it actually takes a while to line them all up for their photo shoot. Plus we had to make 2 stops and I needed to get them in the fridge ASAP. I’ll be sure to get next week’s. But I did get two new teas!

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Afternoon

I spent this afternoon studying, but it wasn’t enough! Yikes!! I had a snack around 3:45 (I was hungrier earlier than usual despite the brunch – maybe because breakfast was small?).

A hot-out-of-the-oven rye bagel (PERFECTLY chewy!!), some grapes, and a Laughing Cow Light cheese wedge. I ate them on our sunny patio while studying my flashcards 8)

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My best friend from high school Becca, her husband Basil, and daughter Zora, stopped in while driving through Charlotte. It was so fun to catch up with them and see how a toddler plays in our house! We’re short on toys, but we did have some green moss balls from the wedding centerpieces that she enjoyed. And she also enjoyed the Kashi crackers I served her, putting 2 in her mouth at once!!!

Dinner

Sweet 2 repeat! You guys might notice that we don’t repeat recipes often, but I’ve been wanting to make the turkey, butternut, and kale soup since I took my last bite 6 weeks ago! Although tonight’s was delicious, I do think this soup gets better with age (the flavors really need to blend) and I can’t wait to have it again on Thursday night!

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With TLC on the side -

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From above -

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Dinner was about 415 kcal, 12 grams fiber, and 19 grams protein.

Dessert

I LOVE ginger snaps and picked these up at the grocery store today. They are SOOO crunchy and delicious and have an all-natural ingredient list -

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And I have to admit – I went back for a 4th one!

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Ok, GOT to get back to studying. I probably can’t get to comments until tomorrow afternoon after lab, but I’ll see you then!

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1 hk March 2, 2008 at 9:37 pm

sounds like a fun dinner with friends! I’ve GOT to make that soup, droool!

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2 Serena March 2, 2008 at 9:42 pm

I want to make that soup too! And I bought a butternut squash today – how convenient! You had my favorite snack today – fruit, cheese and bread. It seems so European! Those bagels look amazing!

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3 Amy March 2, 2008 at 9:55 pm

Good for you going for the 4th cookie! Those ginger snaps are sooo crispy and yummy! Perfect to indulge the sweet tooth!

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4 the husband March 2, 2008 at 9:55 pm

Glad the bagels look good – I swear I’ll do a post on rye bread soon everybody (perhaps next weekend). I needed to do some experimentation first and I think I have it down now.

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5 Emma March 2, 2008 at 10:02 pm

Those bagels look amazing- are they hole-less?

Hey Matt, could you try making a healthy ww biscuit sometime? That might be interesting… with like a cornmeal crusted botttom? Or cornbread for that matter would be amazing too. My mom makes a cornbread with shredded carrots and poppyseeds that is out-of-this-world. Sounds weird but it is amazing!

Kath – I wish you could package up your soup and mail it….to me…to eat… right now.

See you in the morning!

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6 Romina March 2, 2008 at 10:06 pm

Yogi tea is fantastic! I have so many varieties of it. =)

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7 Betsy March 2, 2008 at 10:21 pm

i LOVE the tahitian vanilla hazelnut. it is quite sweet though, naturally, so not for everyone. You must let us know what the sweet thai deligh tastes like. I’ve never seen that one!

your little snack, with the bagel and cheese and bread on the porch…wow. so jealous. that looks just heavenly! and to be able to sit outside…super jealous.

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8 Casey March 2, 2008 at 10:26 pm

A homemade rye bagel sounds incredible!

Are either of those teas naturally sweet?

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9 B_Hlthy March 2, 2008 at 10:27 pm

My future MIL southern cornbread recipe I know by heart… its absolutely fantastic… it is almost always gone within two days! I fear that I can’t divulge the recipe, however, I “B-healthied” it up by using nonfat sour cream and smart balance light… it still has eggs and creamed corn but its much healthier than the original.. I think I will try adding poppyseeds and shredded carrots or broccoli next time! Thanks for the idea Emma!

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10 Laurel March 2, 2008 at 10:41 pm

For those that have the Tahitian Vanilla Hazelnut tea–how long do you steep it? I bought it and was disappointed because I expected it to be naturally sweet. It was bland and boring like a regular tea. Maybe I should have kept the tea bag in longer? (I let it steep for 3-5 minutes, I forget exactly how long).

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11 Heather K March 2, 2008 at 11:08 pm

I just made a serving (1/4 cup dry) of steel cut oats for the morning and am very disappointed with the volume :( I cooked them on the stove with water. Someone please help!!

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12 Brynn March 3, 2008 at 1:06 am

yummm! I’m drooling over that bagel. The grapes and cheese look great too. :) I need to stop reading this late at night because it makes me want to snack.

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13 Susa March 3, 2008 at 8:26 am

~Laurel: I cook it with almond milk for added creaminess…using about 6oz of almond milk, 4 oz h2o, 2 tea bags, 7 minutes steeping.
I do use stevia powder to sweeten it though. It doesn’t need much.

~Heather: have you soaked the oats overnight?

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14 Lindsay March 3, 2008 at 9:14 am

Ooo the hazlenut tea sounds so delish! I love the Yogi Green tea so I’ll have to give that a whirl!

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15 Elina March 3, 2008 at 9:15 am

Heather K, I just made steel cut oats for the first time and they came out really great! I started with just water (4/1 ratio water to oats ratio) and after about 15-20 minutes added skim milk (1/1 ratio) and kept it on low heat until it thickened. It took forever (!!!), ok maybe about an hour, but it was well worth it this morning when my fiance was raving out how good they were:) I added some PB also for the first time and it was sooo good! Good luck!

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16 Bree March 3, 2008 at 9:29 am

Sweet Thai Delight is one of my favorite teas! I usually make it like a “tea latte” & add some warm milk (for a special after dinner treat I like to add some honey).

Midel makes some great cookies, I like the vanilla, lemon, & chocolate snaps too!

Good luck with the studying…

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17 Heather K March 3, 2008 at 9:33 am

well, last night when I made the oats they were nothing, so I ended up adding more water and cooking longer. They got a little better. They sat in the fridge over night then I added 1/2 cup soymilk and cooked that until it thickened, added cut up apple, and they really plumped up!!! Yumm :-) Thank you Susa and Elina!

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18 Kiala March 3, 2008 at 11:34 am

I love the Tahitian Hazelthing too! It’s perfect for after dinner with a cookie. Or five cookies.

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19 Kath March 3, 2008 at 5:59 pm

Emma,
All the bagels aren’t holeless, but that one was!

Betsy,
I haven’t tried the Tahitian Vanilla yet, but the Thai wasn’t really that sweet. I did like it though, but it wasn’t the butterscotch coconut dream that I was expecting at first sip!

HeatherK,
I have the same volume emotions about steel cut – it’s just such a small bowl!! I have found that the longer you cook them (just by adding more water and/or milk) they do plump up more. And a big banana (or apple!) does increase the volume. I try to eat steel cut once a week for variety, but rolled oats are still my favorite :)

Kath

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