Saturday, December 20, 2008

Cleaning, Shopping, & Baking

by Meghann on December 20, 2008

Boy what a day! I have been going, going nonstop. So much to do and I’m still not done with it all!

I was admittely still hungry after I finished my breakfast this morning. Around 11:00am I realized lunch was still going to be a couple of hours away so I went after a very filling snack that would hold me over.

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This was my first tasting of the Holiday Clif Bar: Iced GIngerbread. It was pretty tasty and really did remind my of gingerbread cookies.

After spending the whole morning deep cleaning my apartment, I met my family down the road for some lunch. They were in Orlando finishing up their holiday shopping, so I tagged along for the remainder of the day.

We ended up eating lunch at a little asian place.

I started with a piece of the California Roll my Mom ordered.

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For my entree I had the Homestyle Tofu, which was basically Tofu stir fry.

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I also had a bite of my Sister’s Sweet and Sour Chicken.

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And you can’t have chinese food without enjoying a fortune cookie!

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I shopped until I dropped for the rest of the afternoon. I spent more money shopping today, then I have for the last two months. It was insane. I finally made it back to my apartment tired and worn out, but I still had some cleaning and baking to do.

I did find time to make myself a wonderful healthy dinner featuring this week’s BSI: Carrots.

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Savory Carrot Cakes

  • 2 Carrots
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • Mushrooms
  • 1/3 cup Egg White
  • 2 tablespoons Hummus
  • 1/4 cup – 1/2 cup Bread Crumbs
  • S & P

In a medium size bowl grate the carrot, onion and garlic. Add all of the ingredients minus the bread crumbs to the grated mixture. Start adding the bread crumbs until you are able to form two patties. Pan fry the carrot cake patties until they are golden brown

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The Savory Carrot Cakes came out just as I expected, wonderfully. I used crab cakes as my inspiration for this dish, I simply substituted carrot for the crab. I also added the hummus for a touch of protein. I topped them with a little Buffalo Sauce for some kick.

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With my Savory Carrot Cakes I had Mashed Rutabaga and Steamed Asparagus on the side to round out my vegetable filled dinner.

After dinner I got straight to baking!

First I made a batch of Tina’s Pumpkin – Peanut Butter – Chocolate Chip Muffins.

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These never disappoint. So good and gooey right out of the oven. I had to sample one to you know, make sure they’re safe to eat. :)

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I decided to try my hand at homemade granola and did a little research before developing my own recipe.

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Pumpkin Spice Granola

  • 2 cup Rolled Oats
  • 1 cup Pecan Pieces
  • 1/3 cup canned Pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/8 cup Honey
  • 2 tsp Pumpkin Spice
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger

Mix all of the ingredients together and bake in a 350 oven for 15 minutes. Stir granola and bake for 5 minutes more. Stir again and bake for another 5 minutes.

It was wonderfully pumpkiny. A pat on the back if I do say so myself. :)

I still have some more cleaning to do, including vacumming which I’ve been saving for last. I have another non stop day tomorrow, but it should be fun. I won’t be able to post until tomorrow night and then I will give you a full recap on why I have been cleaning and baking. I think you guys are going to love it. ;) You will just wait and see though!

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