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Life with out a power cord

by Meghann on March 2, 2010

Did you miss me?

It was oddly freeing not to have access to my laptop last night. I thought that I would go crazy wondering what was going on in the world, but instead I just kept myself busy in the kitchen and zoned out in front of the tv. It felt nice. ๐Ÿ™‚

Derek was kind enough  to overnight my power cord yesterday and according to FedEx I should have it in my hands in the next couple of hours. *Fingers Crossed* One night was ok without internet, but I think two might be cutting it close.

I was pretty exhausted the rest of the afternoon yesterday. I believe my lack of sleep from the weekend finally caught up to me and I was ready to curl up and take a nap on my desk around 3:00.

Donโ€™t worry โ€“ I resisted. Instead I made a big mug of double caffeinated tea and tried this new-to-me Chocolate Bumble Bar I purchased at Whole Foods over the weekend.

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The bar was very sticky and sweet. The chocolate flavoring was very subtle, yet still evident and the nuts gave the bar a great crunch.

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Overall I liked it and would purchase one again. ๐Ÿ™‚

Weโ€™re going through another cold spell in Florida (Did I mention last month was the second coldest February on record for Central Florida?!?!) and yesterday I was craving a big bowl of homemade soup.

Per usual I tweeted my yearning for a good soup recipe and was ecstatic to see all the suggestions everyone had to offer. After some mental deliberation I decided to go with Mama Peaโ€™s suggestion of her Spicy African Peanut Stew

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It was one of those very easy recipes where you throw everything into a crock pot and lets it sit for hours. Of course I donโ€™t have a crock pot โ€“ or hours โ€“ so I threw everything in a big pot and brought the heat to high for 20 minutes and then to medium for another 40 minutes.

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While the stew was bubbling on top of the stove, I had some cornbread baking baking in the oven.

My go-to cornbread recipe can be found on the back of the bag.

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30 minutes laterโ€ฆ

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I topped my big bowl of stew with some peanuts and had a huge hunk of cornbread on the side.

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The stew was perfect. It was spicy, flavorful, and had an underlying nutty flavor.

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It also made a ton so I have loads of left overs to enjoy in the future.

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For dessert I had the last of my peppermint ice cream with a candy cane joe joe crumbled on top.

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RIP Peppermint Ice Cream! Until we meet again next year!

In the mean time I saw the slow churned Girl Scouts Thin Mint Cookie Ice Cream has recently hit the shelves. I see a purchase of that baby in my near future.  ๐Ÿ˜‰

This morning I decided to take it easy and enjoy a leisurely ride on the stationary bike in my apartmentโ€™s gym. I did 30 minutes at a level 2 pace and didnโ€™t even break a sweat. I just wanted to loosen my legs up before giving them a deep stretch. 

Since I had so much extra time last night, I went ahead and prepared a batch of overnight oats that I refrigerated over  night and pulled out this morning.

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Last nightโ€™s prep included:

  • 1/2 cup Hot Multigrain Cereal
  • Plain Yogurt
  • Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • Strawberry Preserves
  • Cinnamon
  • Cacao Nibs
  • Dried Cherries

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This morning I topped the bowl with fresh strawberries and some granola.

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I have a fun giveaway this afternoon so please come back for a chance to win a boatload of goodies!

Peace!

1 megan March 2, 2010 at 10:33 am

yum, that soup looks good! I have so many soups I want to make before the weather gets too warm. I love making a big pot of soup and eating it for days! so so good

2 jentrinque March 2, 2010 at 10:34 am

Meghann, your will power is legendary! You are the only person on earth who still had Christmas flavored ice cream on the first day of March.

3 Kelly March 2, 2010 at 10:36 am

Thin mint cookie ice cream? Now that might be a flavor I can deal with tummy aches for!

4 Annie (Running with Forks and Spoons) March 2, 2010 at 10:36 am

I have been trying very hard to wean myself off my laptop. I find myself chained to it the majority of the day. I think a missing power cord might be the ticket! By the way, I tried your cereal, yogurt, and fruit breakfast today! Sooo good!

5 poiseinparma March 2, 2010 at 10:40 am

Oh the Thin Mint ice cream is fantastic. My husband and I have already rocked two cartons of it this year!!! Can’t wait for my cookies to get here!

6 Claudia @... and so I ran March 2, 2010 at 10:56 am

I love corn bread or just any kind of bread. I would have eaten that whole corn bread by myself in one sitting!! not kidding.
Bread is my downfall. I could eat bread and butter for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

7 Melissa S. March 2, 2010 at 10:58 am

the soup looks great! and now you have me wanting cornbread. nom.

btw, what brand is that hot cereal? I’ve been wanting to try something different for breakfast other than oats…maybe that would be a good change.

8 Meghann March 2, 2010 at 11:02 am

It’s Bob Red Mills. I prefer the hot cereal combination for overnight oats ๐Ÿ™‚

9 Jayce March 2, 2010 at 10:58 am

That soup looks delicious!
p.s. I saw your name in the Tampa Tribune yesterday – 3 times!

10 Meghann March 2, 2010 at 11:02 am

Yay! Can I get a copy of that? ๐Ÿ˜‰

11 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) March 2, 2010 at 11:06 am

When Ecto wasn’t working for me last week it was sort of nice knowing I couldn’t blog but at the same time–SO frustrating because I couldn’t blog….and I had 9328430948 photos backed up and blah blah blah.

12 rollerkoesterrun March 2, 2010 at 11:08 am

Awww, bye-bye peppermint ice cream ๐Ÿ™ It made me sad to read to, JUST LOVE THAT STUFF!!! Haven’t tried the Girl Scouts stuff, but saw it too. It can’t be anything but amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

~Christie (http://rollerkoesterrun.wordpress.com/)

13 NYCRunnerGirl March 2, 2010 at 11:17 am

Good for you for staying unplugged for the evening (even if it wasn’t by choice)! I feel like I can’t live without my computer.

14 Katie @ Health for the Whole Self March 2, 2010 at 11:20 am

I’m extremely impressed by how long you made that peppermint ice cream last!!! Don’t know if that would have happened in my household! ๐Ÿ˜‰

15 Beth March 2, 2010 at 11:22 am

Wow that sweet potato stew looks awesome, I’ll have to give it a try!

16 britchickruns March 2, 2010 at 11:22 am

I admire your attitude minus a workig laptop – I go MAD if I can’t use mine, I feel so lost without it!!
Love the sound of that soup, it looks delicious! I made a soup just now too – squash and sheep’s milk cheese – SO AMAZING! Soup is so comforting ๐Ÿ™‚

17 Matt March 2, 2010 at 11:22 am

That cornbread looks great!

18 Sarah March 2, 2010 at 11:29 am

Inspired by you from previous posts I made overnight oatmeal last night as well. I used grated apple, pom yogurt and raspberries. I topped it with almond butter and it was delish! Thanks for the great idea! ‘Twas yummy.

19 Crissy March 2, 2010 at 11:34 am

dear cold spell in FL… please go away before I arrive on Friday… CT has been far too cold and I would love a tan….

ps. your soup looks YUM!

20 DiningAndDishing March 2, 2010 at 11:36 am

Ohh that Bumble Bar looks so good! I will have to add that to my list of new Whole Foods products to try :). Cannot get sick of that place!

– Beth @ http://www.DiningAndDishing.com

21 Sara @ ActiveGal March 2, 2010 at 11:36 am

Now you have made me in the mood for some cornbread! It looks yummy!

22 Heather (Heather's Dish) March 2, 2010 at 11:39 am

i could go for a boatload of goodies today! ๐Ÿ™‚ i know what you mean about feeling free without the computer…sometimes i like to just leave the house and then catch up later ๐Ÿ™‚

23 Anna March 2, 2010 at 11:55 am

I’m obsessed with the Girl Scouts ice cream! Samoa is my favorite!! ๐Ÿ™‚

That stew looks really good!

24 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 2, 2010 at 3:00 pm

where do you get girl scout ice cream from?

25 Melissa S. March 2, 2010 at 8:38 pm

they’ve been selling them at regular grocery stores, as far as i know!

26 Jessica March 2, 2010 at 11:58 am

Mama Peas stew looks fantastic! Since I don’t meal plan, we may be having that later this week!

27 meyergirl March 2, 2010 at 12:05 pm

You should definitely get a slow cooker!! I threw a whole chicken in this morning with a few potatoes and voila! Done!!

28 dailygoods March 2, 2010 at 12:41 pm

i love that you make cornbread. i swear i could eat cornbread every dayyyyyyyyyyyy! and yours always looks so tasty ๐Ÿ™‚

29 eaternotarunner March 2, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Sometimes a break from the internet is SO nice!

30 Kara (@ Kara's Marathon) March 2, 2010 at 1:13 pm

We were internet-less for a few hours last night — we got a new modem and had to set it up — and it was surprisingly nice to disconnect for a while! I really enjoyed my dinner instead of eating it in front of my laptop ๐Ÿ™‚

31 Evan Thomas March 2, 2010 at 1:20 pm

The peanut stew sounds like a great choice! I’ll have to try making that one myself

32 theprocessofhealing March 2, 2010 at 1:49 pm

I still have egg nog and pumpkin ice cream!! haha. Now I want some thin mint..yum!
That bar looks really great, i’ve picked that one up and put it back several times. I may have to give in and try it!!!!
Soup… yum!! I love peanuts on things like soups and stir frys.

Excited about the giveaway!

33 Tiffany March 2, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Yikes I don’t know if I could live without a laptop/the internet! I guess that just goes to show how addicted I am haha. I just bought the Thin Mint ice cream last week, and it’s ah-may-zing. It’s like cookies and cream, but minty and oh so good. go get it! ๐Ÿ˜€

34 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write March 2, 2010 at 3:46 pm

That soup looks awesome. I so rarely make soup. I might have to borrow that idea. Yum!

35 Catherine March 2, 2010 at 3:59 pm

That soup looks so good and comforting. I feel like I have so many soup recipes that I love, but I think this one needs to make an appearance ๐Ÿ™‚

36 Beth S. March 2, 2010 at 5:56 pm

A cold spell! Oh nooo. I’m running the Disney princess 1/2 this Sunday! Being from Michigan I was hoping for a toasty race.

37 Rachel March 2, 2010 at 9:34 pm

That cornbread looks and sounds amazing! You now have me craving a big, warm piece of it ๐Ÿ™‚

38 Emily March 2, 2010 at 10:22 pm

I would LOVE to try the agave nectar and raw choco chips!! So excited!!

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