Hey guys! We had such a fast-paced day that ended with a slow-cooked meal
I took your suggestion and rolled up my placemats into a basket (that used to have laundry supplies that have been re-assigned to a shelf)
Works quite well! I just hope they don’t get too rolly in there and not lay flat when I need them.
Around 11 Matt and I went on a 5-mile run. The weather was perfect and I had a good running day [meaning I could keep up with Matt 😉 )
While I showered, he prepared our very first crock pot meal!
I saw Robin Miller make Maple-Orange Chicken with Acorn Squash and Sweet Potatoes on the Food Network a few months ago and knew if I ever got a crock pot, this would be the meal I’d make first. And so it was!
With the exception of the fact that we didn’t have all the ingredients, so we made our own version, of course.
First Matt cut up a squash – only half – and a large sweet potato and filled the pot
Then he butchered an organic whole chicken from Costco into pieces to fit inside
And since we didn’t have orange marmalade like Robin, we used this Fortnum and Mason Game Relish preserves instead. I’ve been wondering what I’d use this with for a long time! I didn’t taste it plain, but it had chunks of cranberries and orange peel – perfecto! We used the whole jar…
For liquids we also realized we HAD NO BROTH!!! So we used about 1/2 a cup of water and a splash of POM! Plus salt + pepper and 2 glugs of Worcestershire sauce. Lastly, we garnished with thyme from the garden, 3 cloves of garlic and about 6 sage leaves.
Set on LOW for 6 hours = done!
After making dinner, we headed to lunch!
Up to Cabo Fish Taco in NoDa
Where I met Kate, Danielle and Jessica!
Cabo is totally "cool"
New friends [if they liked me!]
We were greeted with some delicious crunchy chips. I probably had a serving or so throughout the meal.
I always gravitate to the salad section of the menu and almost got one, but I decided that in a taco restaurant I should get tacos!
I had the blackened mahi-mahi tacos, which were filled with cabbage and tomatoes (I got them without cheese, which gets lost in the mix, and the sour cream sauce on the side).
Unfortunately the tacos themselves were super oily and I only had some of the outsides. I don’t care for vegetable oil flavor! I ate all of my filling though!
The refried beans were awesome! Excellent for some chip dipping. I had about 1/3 and Matt finished ’em off.
Matt’s lemon tuna tacos with jalapeno cheddar mashers – I had a bite of each.
NoDa is a pretty far drive from my house and I knew it was now or never to try out Charlotte’s ONE AND ONLY frozen yogurt joint: Tasty Yo!!!!!
And I was most pleased to hear they are opening a location in South Charlotte by the end of the month!! ‘Bout time!
We noticed info on the nutrition – only 110 calories for a small. Pretty impressive!
Also impressive was the flavor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I liked this the most out of all the tart yogurt samples I’ve tasted.
I’m a chocolate crunch kinda girl, but I went with kiwi, strawberries and granola today. It just seemed appropriate for my first tart yogurt. Loved it! Matt helped me eat – we probably split 60/40.
It was like summer out today!
We said goodbye to the girls and headed out to run a handful of errands.
First stop: Costco.
I think we won the prize for the least amount of purchases. All we got was spinach, bananas and PERSIMMONS!!! Can’t wait to eat one again! Thanks to Chelsea for introducing me 🙂
Next stop: Lowes!
For a wrench, which is the wrong size and we have to return, and lightbulbs. I hated the bulbs that were in our living room lights – they were SO YELLOW – so today we picked up two "bright white" CFLs that emit a much prettier glow. Bright white on the left; yellow on the right:
I also paid a happy visit to my favorite aisle:
Next stop was Bed Bath and Beyond for a new space heater! They didn’t have the one I had planned on getting, but we got this $50 (+ 20% off) Lasko one and so far I am very happy. I wanted a vertical one that blew heat with a remote control and this so far is excellent.
So is the remote, which I can use from my desk 🙂
Last stop: Target!
I got in a mini workout on their big exercise balls!
I have been looking for a replacement Method OMop for WEEKS now with no luck! [My old one’s handle broke and the company sent me a replacement voucher] The same with Noxzema with Moisturizers. I can’t find it anywhere, and I’ve looked in about 10 different stores. They all only have the original (which I ended up buying today but I like the pink one more) I see they have it on Amazon though. What doesn’t Amazon have!? But only 2 left in stock!?
Once home and unpacked and sorted, we checked on the chicken – the whole house was starting to smell good!
It was a’bubblin’ away!
Angela, I found this sticker on my mouse and squealed to Matt "Have you been reading Oh She Glow!?" He didn’t know what I meant and unfortunately he has not been reading but just put it there so I’d know the name of the squash for my post, but I got a kick out of it anyways!
Serve me some chicken, crock pot!
Well I have to say, it was delicioso!!!! The roots were SUPPPPERRRR tender. Melt in your mouth!!
My chicken breast (skinless before we put it in) was as good as chicken breasts get, but Matt’s thigh meat was so succulent (he shared). The breast wasn’t bad at all though. Just not melting.
The Great Harvest sourdough was the perfect dry accompaniment
And my splash of Black Box Sauvignon Blanc turned dinner into Saturday Night.
During dinner we were discussing all the things we could make in the crock pot and I mentioned that some people make baby food. And then this conversation happened:
"You know some people even make baby food purees in a crock pot."
Matt enthusiastically said, "That’s genius!!"
Me: "What’s genius? The crock pot?"
Matt: "No, making your own baby food. I will HAPPILY take on that task when the time comes."
Matt: "Are you crazy? A time-consuming scientific food project sounds fun to me!"
Um, that would be awesome! [But no, we’re not even thinking about having kids yet!"]
Going to listen to more Xmas music and take a bubble bath!!