Sunday, November 13, 2011

Gotta love Sundays

by Meghann on November 13, 2011

Today was a perfect mix of running errands, relaxing, and just plain being lazy. Gotta love Sundays. ๐Ÿ™‚

The morning was spent taking care of our weekly haul at Publix. Followed by a delicious lunch of leftovers.

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Well, almost all delicious. The leftover cauliflower pizza from Anthony’s was amazing.

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Not-so-amazing were the Frozen Green Giant Snap Peas I heated up on the side.

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Blah. Not good.

The Green Giant boxed frozen vegetables were buy one, get one at Publix today (plus I had a coupon), but I had a hard time selecting any veggies that weren’t ‘lightly sauced.’ The sugar snap peas sounded safe, but as soon as I heated them up, I realized they tasted off. They were sweet. Too sweet.

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I guess I should have checked the ingredient list first. See that below? Sugar is the third listed ingredient. The snap peas tasted like they were cooked in sugar water. They were so bad, I couldn’t even finish my serving.

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Live and learn, right?

My afternoon was where the relaxing and just plain laziness of the day kicked in. I know it’s a little early for Christmas movies, but I couldn’t help but record a few that were showing on the Hallmark Channel last night. They were cheesy, they were lame, and my time probably would have been better spent doing laundry or cleaning the bathroom, but boy did it feel good to just zone out on the couch for a couple of hours. ๐Ÿ™‚

I snacked on a rice cake with almond butter and dark chocolate chips at one point.

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And did manage to do at least one productive task when I started dinner before my movie marathon.

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I love soup. Especially soup you can just set it and forget it. Split pea is the perfect example of that.

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I started with a finely chopped sweet potato and red onion that I sauteed in a big pot. After 5-10 minutes, I added a bag of split peas, a box of chicken broth, and two cups of water. I brought it all to a heavy boil for 30 minutes, seasoned it with salt and pepper, and brought it back to a low heat to simmer for 4 hours. Done.

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I like a nice thick, chunky texture when it comes to split pea soup and tonight’s soup was spot on.

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On the side I had a piece of my (never ending) stash of pumpkin beer bread.

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For dessert I had a serving of Publix Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream.

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Check out what I found at Whole Foods today!!!

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(minus the Chamomile Mint)

I couldn’t believe it when I found the seasonal Bigelow Teas in Tampa! I can’t tell you how many years I’ve spent drooling over these teas from afar because I hadn’t been able to locate them in Florida. When I saw them in Whole Foods I started to jump up and down, then proceeded to buy every flavor. ๐Ÿ™‚

I tried the Ginger Snappish tea for the first time after dinner.

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The Genger Snappish reminded me of my homemade ginger brew I liked to make when I’m sick of hot water, fresh ginger, honey, and lemon. It was a tad spicy and great for my sore throat. I can’t wait to try the other flavors. ๐Ÿ™‚

Three things that are making me happy on tv right now:

  • The Simpsons as food bloggers on FOX
  • The Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Cake Challenge on the Food Network
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol

That is all.

Good Night. ๐Ÿ™‚

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