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Early Christmas

by Meghann on December 9, 2008

I am always excited when I check my mail box and there’s a little key inside waiting for me. That little key gives me access to a larger mail box that holds packages too large to fit in my little cubby. So Little Key = Big Package = Excited Meghann! When I saw the key waiting for me last night I was very excited to see not one but two packages in the larger box.


It was as if Christmas morning came early.

Inside the smaller one was a package I have been dying for, my second Twilight book had finally come in.


I started reading immediately and only took a short break to make dinner and watch Gossip Girl last night. (Speaking of Gossip Girl, OMG!) Now I need to start my hunt for the third book. 🙂

In the larger box was a dear gift from VeggieGirl.


I sent her some Mini Larabars last week and in return she sent me some of her scrumptious Pistachio Pear Ginger Blondies (that’s a mouthful!). She is so sweet for sending me some of her famous baked goods, I feel guilty that I did not send her enough mini Larabars to equal this wonderful gift.

I must sat VeggieGirl is a pro at shipping goods. Not only did she put them in cute tins with adorable ribbon, but each Blondie was rapped perfectly in parchment paper to make sure they were kept nice and fresh.


I wanted to try one right when I opened the gift, but I waited until after dinner to enjoy one for dessert.

Before I left the office yesterday afternoon I had a Fruit Leather and some Almonds as my Mid Afternoon snack.

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Dinner was a fun creation I thought of at work. I wanted to do a variation of my Pumpkin Pecan Encrusted Chicken so a couple of ideas went through my head. I thought of Pumpkin Sloppy Joes, Pumpkin Chicken Casserole, etc… Finally the idea of Pumpkin Turkey Meatballs came to mind and I knew I had to try it.


Pumpkin Turkey Meat Balls

  • 1/3 lb Ground Turkey
  • ¼ cup Pumpkin
  • 1 Egg White
  • Pumpkin Spice
  • Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl and form 6 small meatballs. Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 25 minutes. (I meant to add crushed pecans to the mix, but forgot until they were in the oven. If I were to make these again I would try to remember the pecans. 🙂 )


I placed three of the meatballs atop some Spaghetti Squash, Wilted Spinach and Marinara Sauce.


It was a great faux spaghetti and meatballs that was delish! The meatballs actually ended up being more savory then sweet and paired perfectly with the spinach and squash. Yum!


The funny part about this dish is I don’t even like the real version of spaghetti and meatballs, I actually despise it. But, for some odd reason the Spaghetti Squash gives the dish some extra flavor that leaves the original version in the dust.

Of course for dessert I dug into one of VeggieGril’s Blondies. See how moist babies stayed in the parchment wrapping?


They were so good! I especially like the pistachio in them! I need to utilize those more often in my own baking, such a yummy versatile nut. THANK YOU VeggieGirl for your lovely thoughtful treat!

This morning I set out for my early run and was very pleased to find it was not freezing. In fact, the high for today is 80 and for tomorrow it’s 83. Maybe this weekend I can hit up the beach or something. Hehehe…Don’t worry I’ll send warm thoughts your way! I’m not sure if It was the weather, but my run was surprisingly quick. I left the house at 6:03 and returned by 6:45 after a 4.83 mile run. I usually take my time running in the mornings so that’s a quick run for me during on a week day.

When I returned I made a fabulous breakfast.


I used the last of the Pecan Praline Granola Melissa had sent me (Thanks Melissa!) which came to about ½ a cup, a ½ cup of Pumpkin Spice Granola, ½ a container of Oikos Honey Yogurt and some Blueberries and BlackBerries.


It was a great breakfast.

When I got to work this morning I was excited to see my favorite IT guy had successfully managed to move all of the files from my old Laptop to my Mac, Yay!! He also told me my old hard drive is still in great condition and I should look for a case of some sort for it so I can connect to my USB and use it as an external Harddrive on my new comp, which sounds great to me! 🙂 And he said I could sell my old lap top on EBay for parts and probably get $100 for it. I figured that’s worth of a try, but if there’s no bites on that end I promise to go Office Space on it.

1 caitlin December 9, 2008 at 9:42 am

ok – first of all. i have developed a serious obsession with twilight. i have watched like every single you tube clip and i could barely force myself to put down new moon last night!! AHHH maybe tomorrow night we can go hunting for the third book.

secondly, when i spoke to you last nght on the phone, i was in the car with kristien. when i hung up, he was like HOLY F**K you just SCREAMED that entire conversation. i was really excited about my twilight finds so im sorry if i was screaming hysterically. lol.

2 Erica December 9, 2008 at 10:04 am

Glad the IT stuff worked out well!! Love the package from Veggie girl- she is such an awesome Santa!

3 ksgoodeats December 9, 2008 at 10:12 am

That VeggieGirl is like Santa!! Gotta love her 🙂

I prefer spaghetti sqaush over regular spaghetti any day! I don’t know why I just like it so much more! Have fun reading your book!!

4 Rachel Ann December 9, 2008 at 10:14 am

I used to love finding a little key in my mailbox! Those 10 seconds of anticipation are the best.

5 Bridget P December 9, 2008 at 10:14 am

I agree spag squash has so much extra flavor!

So far I have resisted Twilight, but with all this hype, I might give in…after finals are over!

6 Sharon December 9, 2008 at 10:18 am

Holly wow! Yah for Veggiegirl’s bakery delights!

7 claire December 9, 2008 at 10:25 am

Great fast run!

8 carolinebee December 9, 2008 at 10:29 am

OMG pumpkin meatballs is such an amazing idea- could you taste the pumpkin-ness?? AH i need to try that! Good luck with the comp

9 eatingbender December 9, 2008 at 10:36 am

Wow, you scored so seriously awesome loot 🙂 I can’t wait to hear what you think of the 2nd book (and 3rd and 4th…)!! And yes, Gossip Girl was AMAZING!!

VeggieGirl is such a sweetheart – those blondies look so delicious! And your pumpkin turkey meatball creation is genius! But I would expect nothing less from you!

10 Allie December 9, 2008 at 10:57 am

Your dinner looks amazing! You come up with such great ideas!

The weather sounds awesome. Here in Central Illinois, it is too cold and dark for me to run in the mornings or even after work outside! Treadmill it is all winter, boo!!!

11 Rose December 9, 2008 at 10:59 am

How sweet is Veggiegirl! Very nice of her!

12 Megan December 9, 2008 at 11:00 am

Love your meatballs! YUM! Luck you! I love to get packages in the mail!!! Fun gifts you got!

13 caitlin December 9, 2008 at 11:06 am

those balls look delicious….


14 Ryan December 9, 2008 at 11:36 am

Oh my GOSH your dinner looks so good! You know how much I love that chicken dish so I might have to try the meatballs with the spaghetti squash. Yum!!!

And what a great idea from your IT guy. Make sure you use Time Machine to back up your computer…it’s AHMAZING.

15 biz319 December 9, 2008 at 11:41 am

Your spaghetti and meatballs look delish! I need to buy more spaghetti squash!

Glad your new computer is working out!

16 VeggieGirl December 9, 2008 at 11:56 am

Sooo glad that you like the blondies, and that they arrived in one piece!! Hooray!! 😀

And hooray for the REST of your delicious eats and goodies – holy yum, as always 😉

Happy Tuesday, Meghann!!

17 Marissa December 9, 2008 at 12:01 pm

Twilight = AMAZING!

18 Angela December 9, 2008 at 12:06 pm

Oh wow your gifts are so exciting!! 🙂 Dont you just love packages in the mail??

Have a great day!


19 Kath December 9, 2008 at 1:20 pm

Those meatballs look awesome!!

20 Tina December 9, 2008 at 1:32 pm

That is so nice of VeggieGirl! What a gift!

21 adrianna December 9, 2008 at 2:14 pm

ummm…gossip girl?! soooo ridiculous! i dont know how i’m gonna make it until jan 5! love that you love this show, bc its my FAVE. dont know why, but i love chuck. ADORE HIM, even tho he’s a total prick, but he nearly had me in tears last night. and a baby?! wtf??? aaahhh so good.

that dessert looks dope too 🙂

22 Erin December 9, 2008 at 8:18 pm

Those brownies do look really moist! 🙂 What a sweetie. I really love seeing your creativity in the kitch.

23 Erin December 9, 2008 at 8:18 pm

I mean blondies. Oops.

24 Hangry Pants December 9, 2008 at 9:01 pm

I think it’s your next post, but wanted to say that free lunch looks great!

Veggie Girl’s blondies look v. good. Pistaccios are also v. good in biscotti.

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