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Heading to Pella


I love notes like these from my husband in the morning:

We haven’t done much today, but we’ve got plans tonight! Breakfast was uninspired, but good.

Lunch will probably leftovers from last night. Can you tell I’m trying to eat up all of the dairy in my fridge?

Tonight, Kayle and I are headed to Pella to meet some family for dinner. Also, we may be making a trip to the library. I need to get a library card and start to enjoy some summer reading! We are very excited for tomorrow – we’ve got some BIG plans!

I’ll have a recap when we return! ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S. I have a BIG announcement. Stay tuned!!!

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Egg Frittata with Asparagus, Mushrooms, and Roasted Red Peppers


Today has been a good day (besides the storms this morning!). I woke up to a very clean house apartment. Micah woke up extra early this morning to clean. I have no idea why – he’s such a great guy! I made breakfast for lunch today for all of us when Micah returned from classes. This is such an easy recipe, and when used with egg whites instead of whole eggs, it’s actually pretty healthy. It was definitely a hit here! ๐Ÿ™‚

Egg White Frittata with Asparagus, Mushrooms, and Roasted Red Peppers

Ingredients:

1-1/4 C. Egg Whites
2 TBSP Milk
1 C. Asparagus, chopped
1 C. Mushrooms, Chopped
1/2 C. Roasted Red Peppers, chopped
1 TBSP Olive Oil

Procedures:

1. In a skillet, saute the vegetables in olive oil.

2. Mix egg whites and milk together. Add s & p if desired. I also added some fresh basil – love that stuff!
3. When vegetables are done, add egg/milk mixture and cover with tight lid.

4. Set timer for 6 minutes – DO NOT remove lid until 6 minutes is up!!!
5. Enjoy!!!

My sister and I have been having lots of fun! So glad she is here! This afternoon, Kayle and I took a little trip to Borders, and it was awesome. I sipped some lovely herbal tea and read up on veganism. And, made this small purchase:


I immediately added the book to my collection:

Oh, and the best part of the purchase was this:

I would really like to purchase Veganomicon, but we shall see about that…

Dinner was something quite similar to this (Kayle’s request!). We are relaxing for the rest of the evening, and who knows about tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ll leave you with this thought from my tea the other night:

Enchiladas


I made these enchiladas last night. They were so fast and easy to make!

Ingredients:
2 cups rice
1 medium red onion
1 medium red pepper
1 can tomatoes
1 can green chilies
1 can enchilada sauce
6 tortillas
Cheese (if desired)

Step 1:
Prepare rice. I used a pre-made rice since I did not have enough time. However, in the ideal situation, I would have made my own. Next time.


Step 2:
Saute red onion and red pepper. When onions are browned, add in tomatoes and green chilies.

Step 3:
Preheat oven to 375. In a 9 x 13 baking dish, pour 1/2 of the enchilada sauce. Then, fill tortillas with rice, tomato mix, and cheese (if desired). Top enchiladas with the remaining enchilada sauce, remaining tomato mixture (if any), and cheese.

Step 4:
Cover with foil and bake in oven for 20 minutes. Top with jalapeรฑos, hot sauce, or any toppings of your choice!


I had some great suggestions on sleep a few days ago! Off I went to the store in hopes of finding something worth trying. Success! Many of you know that I do not drink coffee. Here is just part of the tea stash (I have over 15 tea varieties – most of which come from Tea Forte, and I HIGHLY recommend their teas):

I drank 1 cup of this tea 30 minutes before I headed to bed. And, it really worked! I was asleep within about 10-15 minutes of going to bed. I’m going to continue drinking this each night for now.


Kayle and I had a great time today! We purchased just a few things, and were able to scope out downtown Ames. And now, I have the PERFECT idea for our anniversary! I’ll be sure to let you know what it is when the time comes. Our plans tonight may include a walk around the ISU campus. Kayle is also doing a campus visit early next week at ISU – it’s the only school so far that she’s found where you can double major in Physics AND German (and she’s pretty picky about her college choices). We’ll see!

Have a great night! ๐Ÿ™‚

Veganism


I’m finally back – after what seemed like a week away from Micah! I also headed to St. Louis on Monday to pick up one of my sisters. She is staying here for a week – yay! We have some exciting things planned….stay tuned!

Last night I met up with blogger Lindsey from Candy to Carrots. She lives in Ames and was able to tell me more about the town, places to go, etc. Awesome! We met up at Cafe Diem for some tea and talk. ๐Ÿ™‚ She also made some donut holes for me to take home. You can find her recipe here. These are so yummy, and I am definitely going to try to make these myself. Check these out:


Lindsey is vegan, so I was able to ask her some of my questions regarding veganism. I’ve been considering the option (health reasons), but do have some reservations about it. We shall see what happens. I may try it for a week, then evaluate. #1 thing I would miss: CHEESE!

My sister and I are off to do some thrift shopping (she is the BEST thrift shopper I’ve ever known!). I’ll be back later with a recipe! ๐Ÿ™‚

Do you have any thoughts about veganism? Please share!

Whirlwind!


The past 3 days have been a whirlwind! I have so much to get caught up on….let alone blogging! So, until tonight or tomorrow (morning), I leave you with this. This is a note Micah wrote on Facebook – and I think it’s worth posting on here! He’s the best!

“So, it’s summer time and you wonder what else you can eat besides greasy burger, correct? Well, Amanda made some awesome chickpea patties for me last week, and I’m not a vegetarian or anything, but I do like snack food, and that’s what it is, snack food. Today she left for Burlington/Ft. Madison, and I was alone with the kitchen to myself… now, anybody that knows me knows that I am not a cook by any means, not even close. I was looking for something to eat and in the pantry sat two lonely cans of chickpeas calling out my name. Couldn’t be hard, right? I was wrong. I drained and boiled the chickpeas and then drained a few more times with cold water to get as many skins off of the peas as I could (just a personal preference, not necessary though). Then I used the food processor to chop them up into fine pieces. Next, I mixed that (in a separate dish) with a blend of two (melted) heaping tbsp of healthy butter (total of 3 tbsp probably), 1/4 tsp of salt, 1 tsp of cumin, a ground clove of fresh garlic, and a few small handfuls of brown sugar to complement the salt. Then, I buttered and browned the insides of a plain hamburger bun. Next, (using the same pan) I coated the pan with olive oil and tried to shape my chickpea patties. The patties shaped, but while in the pan they broke apart really easily. I browned them to my desire, and then using the buns I prepared earlier, I added the chickpea “patties” to each section and basically molded the “patty” with my spatula until I had one “patty” on each half of hamburger bun. Then it was the moment of truth. And while I can’t say my chickpea patties were as good as Amanda’s, they were good in their own way. The flavors and the crisp outer patty and the crisp inner part of the bun were all perfect complements of eachother and tasted scrumptious. So, there you have it. If I can do it, so can you!”

Ok, all together now: Awwwwwwww! ๐Ÿ™‚ See you later – with lots of updates!!!

And, I’m off!


Quick post here! I’m leaving for Burlington for a short trip (am meeting with a bride for a music consultation and the father-in-law is doing some work on a car).

Dinner last night: Veggie burritos with homemade guac & salsa. YUM.

Here is how I made the taco filling:

1/2 red onion, chopped
1/2 red pepper, chopped
1 can diced tomatoes, drained (I like the canned mexican tomatoes – at least for this recipe)
1 can black beans
2 TB homemade taco seasoning

Saute the red onion and red pepper until brown-ish (of course that’s the proper term – ha!). Then, add in the tomatoes, black beans, and taco seasoning.

I also made up some brown rice and then topped the burritos with jalapeรฑos and hot sauce. YUM.

You can find my recipe for guacamole here and my salsa recipe here.

And, I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking:

I’m off to Burlington! Not sure when the next post will be…..stay tuned! ๐Ÿ™‚

A very bad recipe


Good Afternoon! I had a late start to the morning. Confession: Ever since we moved, I have had a REALLY hard time getting to sleep at night. I don’t know what it is. Last night was the worst yet – I didn’t go to sleep until 12:30. I tossed and turned for what seemed like a few hours!!! How frustrating…

I set off on a ride later in the morning, but I didn’t do well. I had great intentions, but I think the lack of sleep played a big role in my ride that was MAJORLY cut short. I only got in 10 miles. Boo. Check out my riding gear!

I would say that was $25 very well spent – the shoes and jersey are in brand new condition! Happy Micah & Happy Amanda! ๐Ÿ˜€

Preride snack:

Postride snack:

Last night I started making a lemon tart with blackberries and blueberries. Very yummy, but not healthy AT ALL. I don’t know why, I just had an itch to bake – crazy, I know (I am totally not a baker, if you know me well). Plus, why would I bake something sweet when I don’t even really have a sweet tooth? No clue. But I’m going to give some to some neighbors we haven’t met yet….or something – because we aren’t keeping it. Here is my recipe. Now, I like to keep things pretty healthy around here. Here is your warning: THIS IS NOT HEALTHY!!!! But Micah and I shared a piece this morning, and it was very good. Also, I do not have a tart pan (like I said, not much of a baker), so I just used a 9” round pan, and it turned out fine.

Lemon Tart with Blackberries & Blueberries

Ingredients:

Lemon curd:
3 large eggs
3 large egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar (I cut this down – I couldn’t put that much sugar in, I just couldn’t do it!)
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 6 pieces

Topping:
2 6-ounce containers fresh blackberries
1 6-ounce container fresh blueberries

Crust:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
1 large egg yolk
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour ( I used a combination of ww and ap flour)
1 large pinch of salt

For lemon curd:
Set fine metal strainer over medium bowl and set aside. Whisk eggs, egg yolks, and sugar in another medium metal bowl to blend. Whisk in lemon juice. Set bowl over large saucepan of gently simmering water (do not allow bottom of bowl to touch water). Whisk constantly until curd thickens and thermometer inserted into curd registers 178ยฐF to 180ยฐF (about 6 minutes). Immediately pour curd through prepared strainer set over bowl. Add butter to warm strained curd; let stand 1 minute, then whisk until blended and smooth. Press plastic wrap directly onto surface of curd, covering completely (this prevents a skin from forming on the top). Refrigerate until cold, about 4 hours. This can be made up to 2 days ahead. Keep chilled.

For crust:
Using electric mixer, beat butter and sugar in medium bowl until well blended, 1 to 2 minutes. Add egg yolk; beat to blend. Add flour and salt and mix on low speed until mixture resembles large peas. Using hands, knead in bowl just until dough comes together.
Transfer dough to 9” tart pan with removable bottom. Break dough into pieces, then press dough evenly up sides and onto bottom of pan. Cover and chill 1 hour. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Keep chilled.
Preheat oven to 350ยฐF. Uncover crust and bake until golden brown, about 35 minutes. Cool completely in pan on rack.

For topping:
Remove sides from tart pan and place crust on plate. Spread lemon curd evenly in baked crust. Arrange blackberries and blueberries on top.

Don’t worry, I’ll be back later with something MUCH healthier! And hopefully that tart will no longer be in my home (because I gave it away – NOT because I ate it). ๐Ÿ˜€

Do you have any suggestions for my sleeping problems? I need help!!!