Happy Wednesday! We’re halfway done with the week!
I have to say, as crazy and hectic as it feels at times (having to worry about books, room locations, syllabi, etc.), I really do like the first week of classes. Everything is at such a nice, slow pace, and it seems as though I have an eternity before that unit plan, essay, or project is due. Yes, I know those nice feelings will go away verrrry soon, especially once I start working, but bear with me for now. 🙂
Plus, I have some pretty cool classes lined up for the semester: Creative Writing, American Lit (1865-present), my teaching methods classes for both English and history, and a Special Education course. This is the first semester in which I am not taking a class that is strictly required/I’m not fully interested in. Can’t complain about that! (At least, I hope I’m not complaining soon about the amount of reading and writing ahead in the next 16 weeks. 😉 )
If you’re just starting back and school or work this week, I hope it’s going just as well as mine, or better!
I will admit, I did not like was leaving home after vacation. Now, I’ll start off by saying that I am so so thankful for this education I am getting, the apartment I live in, the friends I get to see daily, and just this whole university opportunity….but I really do like being at home with my friends and family and favorite creature comforts.
But the worst thing about heading back to school was leaving this little face…
And yes, I say “worst thing” even including leaving my family, because at least with my family I have social media or texting, but my puppy does not know that I will be coming back, and I have no way of communicating with her.
I mean, have you ever tried texting when your thumbs are up on your wrists? Yeah, me either. But it can’t be easy. And she’s afraid of Skype and the phone, so that’s out.
Anyway. I have a problem that you are probably tired of hearing about, so I’ll stop talking about my puppy and get on to the good eats!
I only had one breakfast this past week: Greek yogurt + Special K + raisins. I actually wake up craving this stuff, excited to eat it. Does anyone else get that way about breakfast? 😉
The other day I needed to whip up a quick lunch that wouldn’t leave me too full for dinner. It wasn’t the healthiest idea in the world, but a grilled cheese sandwich sounded so amazing and perfect at that point that I did it.
It had cheddar and Swiss cheese in the middle. Yum!
Another amaaaaaazing lunch that I enjoyed was this spaghetti squash boat. I got the idea from Courtney and decided to quickly whip one up. I microwaved the squash and used a fork to get all of the little strands out. I then combined the “spaghetti” with pasta sauce, mixed veggies, and shredded chicken. I put that back into the squash, topped it off with lots o’ cheese, and broiled it for a few moments.
It was so good. I couldn’t eat the whole thing, so I saved half for leftovers!
Nothing too notable in this area, just an old favorite: a rice cake with sunflower seed butter and jelly. Plus an apple on the side.
For some reason, I really love eating apples chopped up like this. I have no idea why, but I’ve been doing it for years now.
A pork chop, rice + Craisins, and broccoli.
Slow roasted pork tenderloin + Craisins (that combo is seriously amazing!) , parmesan peas (I just sprinkled some cheese on top while they were still hot), and a hasselback potato.
This was my first time trying to make hasselback potatoes, and I have to say, it was fun and I think they turned out well! They were a perfect cross between chips and baked potatoes. I followed this recipe, which made for some very salty, buttery potatoes. Yum!
I finally got to use my new Dutch oven over the weekend! I was so excited. With it, I made French Onion Soup. My absolute favorite French Onion Soup comes from Panera Bread, but I had been wanting to give it a go at home for quite some time. So, with Dutch oven in hand (actually not really, that thing weighs a TON), I set to work.
I didn’t really follow any recipe in particular, so here is a rough one for you:
French Onion Soup (E, N, GF?)
makes four 1 cup servings
– 2 tbsp. olive oil
– 8 cups onions, thinly sliced (I used two sweet onions and two yellow onions)
– 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
– salt and pepper, to taste
– 1/2 cup white wine
– 7 cups broth (I used reduced-sodium beef broth, but vegetable would work)
– 1 tsp. dried thyme
– Worcestershire sauce, a few dashes
– 4 slices of bread (I used ciabatta, but I think sourdough would be super good! Use gluten-free, if needed)
– Margarine, for bread
– Parmesan cheese, for bread, optional
– 4 slices of cheese (I used Swiss, but something sharper would work best)
– Chopped scallions, optional for plating
- Heat olive oil in a large, deep pan over medium-high heat. Saute onions for about 6 minutes, or until they’re turning soft. Salt and pepper to taste.
- Add in garlic and stir.
- Lower heat to medium-low, and cook the onions and garlic for about 10 minutes, or until they’re turning golden and soft.
- Raise the heat back up to medium-high and saute the onions for 5 more minutes.
- Add the white wine and stir to deglaze the pan.
- Add the broth, Worcestershire sauce, and thyme. Lower heat and allow the soup to simmer for about 1 1/2 hours, or until the liquid has cooked down a bit and onions are soft.
- Slice bread into desired size and spread with margarine. Sprinkle on parmesan, if using. Pop under the broiler for a few minutes until bread is toasted.
- Ladle soup into bowls (I heated mine in the microwave for about 40 seconds before serving – it was perfect!), top with the bread, and place a slice of cheese over everything. Sprinkle with scallions, if using.
While I thought the soup was pretty good, I discovered it would make for a very good side dish or “half-meal”. That is to say, I should have eaten it with a sandwich or salad – it was just not filling enough on it’s own. Lesson learned!
Well, you probably already know what one of the desserts was:
Sea Salted Dark Chocolate Bars. Soooooo good.
Another delicious dessert that I made were these homemade Mounds bars. The recipe will be up pretty soon, but basically it was a soft coconut filling covered in dark chocolate. Let’s be real: how bad can that be? 🙂
Workouts Jan 6-12
Sunday: 45 minutes elliptical trainer
Tuesday: 2 mile jog + 1 mile walk on treadmill
Wednesday: P90X yoga
Friday: 2 mile jog + 1 mile walk on treadmill
In other news, before I forget, I just wanted to apologize to those of you who got a random email of my homemade fudge recipe. I had gone back and slightly edited the page, and for some reason, it sent it out again. So, if you were wondering why I was talking about St. Patrick’s Day in January, that was why. 😛
And to wrap it all up (not that this has anything to do with anything mentioned above), I finally saw Les Miserables on Thursday! Ohhhhhh my gosh it was so good. I would gladly go see that movie another time in theatres, and I will definitely be buying it when it comes out!
The only thing I will say, though, is that one really has to be into, or at least ok with, stage musicals. In stage musicals, they are singing almost constantly, but movie adaptations usually have dialogue punctuated with songs. The director stayed true to the musical, and I think there were probably only two or three lines of talking in the whole movie. At first, it was kind of annoying, but I quickly got over that and was wholly very impressed with it. It takes a lot of courage to do a movie like that (with live singing, too!), so I really appreciated the fact that they were really taking a risk. Even then, during the times the singing started bothering me, I just decided to focus on the cinematography (which was beautiful – I love that director), the acting, the sets/background, or the costumes. If a movie has that many aspects to focus on, it’s definitely worth seeing, in my book. So if you haven’t yet, and you’re very much a fan of musicals, go out and see it!
Anywho…other than all of that, I really don’t have much else to talk about, so I will end awkwardly and wish you all a good day! 🙂
I totally get obsessed with breakfasts and wake up every morning craving them. I still on an overnight oatmeal kick, where no matter how many times I’ve had it, that’s all my stomach wants in the morning. 🙂 Glad you liked Les Mis! I wasn’t a huge fan, but I think you’re right, you need to be into stage musicals to really enjoy it.
I’m the same way – I feel like I should branch out and away from Greek yogurt, but why try if it’s all I want when I wake up? 😉 I remember you saying that a few weeks ago…hopefully you’ve found another movie that made up for it!
holy crud you totally make some delicious looking food. drooling over it all! i really want to try stuffing a spaghetti squash like that
Hahaha thank you! It was sooo delicious!
Ohhhhhh my. That squash boat is seriously calling my name. It. looks. so. good.
Also I totally feel ya on leaving the pup! that little faacee 😦
It’s definitely going to be a go-to recipe from now on!
Yeah, she’s sometimes too cute, I think!
I don’t blame you for not wanting to leave that adorable face…..what a cutie! All of your eats look so delicious….I’m jealous! I will be making those dark chocolate sea salted bars for sure and I love the substitution of honey.
Thanks! I hope you like them! 🙂
Oh my gosh, your puppy is absolutely precious!!
Aw, thanks! 🙂
Your puppy is so so cute. I would not want to leave that face either.
All your food looks gorgeous. This post has left me rather hungry 🙂
Haha thank you. I always get hungry because of WIAW! 😉
Grilled cheese looks amazinggg, seriously so delicious. It’s making me hungry! And leaving the adorable puppy at home is so hard, our dog is SO happy whenever we come home, it’s like he really thinks we left him for good!
Haha mine does the same thing! I guess that’s the only good thing about leaving – coming back home to a happy puppy! 🙂
Those dark chocolate bars are calling my name right about now!! Yum!
Haha I so know what you mean! 🙂
I so agree with you about the whole leaving animal thing. When I left Australia for the UK 7 weeks ago the hardest thing was leaving my dog, because I knew she wouldn’t understand where I’d gone! Luckily I’ll be reunited with here in 2 weeks, although I’m scared she would have forgotten me!
I need that salt dark chocolate in my life, I’m book marking that page!
Aw, I’m sure she’ll be so happy to see you! It’ll be a fun reunion. 🙂
I hope you try and like the chocolate!
your dog is incredibly cute!! and all your eats look fantastic
omg your food looks divine! I agree about bfast, I always wake up craving my pancakes 🙂
Very cool – I’m yet to see Les Mis but hoping can soon!
Your puppy is so cute!!!! 😀
I hope you enjoy it! And thanks. 🙂
Happy WIAW! Your doggie is so cute. 🙂 I will have to try the hasselback potato recipe, looks good. Looking forward to your homemade Mounds bar recipe.
Thanks! 🙂 And I’ll have the recipe up ASAP!
OH MY GOODNESS. Stop me before I start fangirling over Les Mis – it was amazingskdaksdj kdsjfoieroiweroisdoidjf.
And that puppy is so cuuuuuuuteeeeeeeee!
Haha I was the same way!
And thank you!
The grilled cheese looks sooo good!
It was – hit the spot! Can’t beat that classic. 🙂
Holy moly, Live! The pictures of your food are mesmerizing! They belong to a magazine! How do you take them? What camera do you use!
You make me crave everything!!!
Haha really? Thanks! I use my brother’s camera…it’s a Canon of some sort. I’ll have to get back to you when I’m sure!
Awe, I don’t think I would EVER be able to leave that face without shedding a few tears of two! Too adorable.
Your breakfast looks delicious.. and yes, I wake up craving a good breakfast every.single.day. I’m not sure how people could skip such a wonderful meal!
I agree – it’s probably my favorite meal of the day! 🙂
Your classes sound wonderful! I miss university. I took classes I didn’t like in my first couple of years there, and then I thought, why am I bothering? So I took all English and Art History after that. Your food looks yummy…much better than what I ate when I was in school. 🙂
I had quite a few classes that I loathed my first couple of years, too. Guess it’s all part of the experience. 😉 English and Art History sound amazing!
That French Onion Soup looks great. Love soup 🙂
And you did a great job with those hasselback potatoes. They look professional!
I feel you on having to leave your pets. My mom actually put the phone up to one of my cats and had me call out her name. I felt quite ridiculous, but Scout actually came up and peered into the phone like she knew it was me. Made my night ten times better. That’s for sure!
Aw, that’s so cute! I wish Ella would do that, but like I said, she’s afraid of the phone. What a weirdo. 😉
Oh wow, I want to make those chocolate bars!
There’s a link to the recipe – I hope you try and like them!