I love waking up on a Sunday, knowing that I have nothing on the agenda. It means a day of choosing my activities on a whim. The weather today is perfect; a nice ocean breeze, sunny, 70′s, making for a perfect backdrop to the day. We slept in this morning, made eggs in a basket, then took a long walk on the beach. After that, we headed to the grocery store and picked up a treat for dinner tonight (more on that later)!
Workin’ In The Garden:
After the grocery store, I messed around in the garden a bit. It’s recovering well from the storm.
I’ve got a bunch of this buttercrisp lettuce growing. The leaves are so tender and make great additions to my salads. I just trim off the largest leaves and in just a few days there are more healthy leaves growing!
I planted these little collard greens from seeds about two weeks ago. They are growing up nicely.
I planted some cabbage after the storm. They are still pretty small, but growing nicely.
I have three tomato plants growing in my garden. Here is one of them. They all have some nice new growth and a few flowers.
My egg plants lost pretty much all of their leaves in the storm. They all have some nice new growth on them now.
These simple marigolds have such vibrant color!
Playin’ In The Kitchen:
After enjoying the rest of the afternoon I decided to play around a bit in the kitchen. I picked up a box of pumpkin bread mix the other day, so I decided to bake that. I healthed it up a bit by replacing the canola oil, called for on the box, with the equivalent measurement of pumpkin puree. I did some looking around on google and the purpose of oil in these mixes is to keep the bread moist. Well, soooo many healthy ingredients can keep a bread moist, including apple sauce, or really, any pureed fruit or veggie. Sooo, logically, I chose to use pumpkin puree to make pumpkin bread. Don’t worry, I made up for the calories that I cut out by adding a brown sugar glaze:/ I couldn’t resist.
I made the brown sugar drizzle by saturating hot milk with brown sugar, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. The milk needs to be hot enough to dissolve the sugar. Once the sugar is dissolved in the milk, place the mix in the freezer for about 10 minutes to cool it down. When it’s at about room temperature, pour the mix into a ziplock bag. Clip a tiny bit of the corner off of one side of your ziplock bag and then drizzle the glaze over the bread!
Now for our special pre-dinner treat that I mentioned earlier….
Every time Ryan and I go to the grocery store, Ryan looks at the lobster tails at the seafood counter and says that we should cook up some lobster tails one night, kind of like a special treat. We’ll this morning, when we were walking on the beach, Ryan suggested that we actually do it…so we did:) We grabbed three lobster tails at the store and boiled ‘em up. I’ve never cooked lobster before, and honestly haven’t eaten lobster since I was a kid. So, I was excited! They were super easy to cook. I looked it up, and you’re supposed to boil the tails for a minute per ounce. Our tails were about 3 ounces, so I just boiled them for 3 minutes and served them with butter and lemon. Soooo yummy!
I was so excited to try these guys that I forgot to take a “finished” picture. I guess you’ll just have to trust me when I say they were great!
After this I got to cooking our actual dinner. Butternut squash stew. This is one of my favorite recipes and is a variation of a recipe that I found on Mental Chew. Its hearty, very flavorful, and really good for you. With butternut squash, quinoa, and tomatoes, its packed with vitamins, protein, and antioxidants!
- 1 medium butternut squash (chopped)
- olive oil
- 1 cup quinao
- 1 large can of diced tomaotes
- 1 large chopped onion (chopped)
- 4 cups of vegetable broth
- 1 package chicken (Copped into 1 inch chunks)
- 2 tomatos
Chopping squash is quite a feat. I microwaved the whole squash for about 5 minutes, to soften it up, but cutting it up was still a challenge. I’m lucky to have all 10 fingers still intact at this point! If anyone has discovered the secret to cutting up squash, please share!
The Final Product!
Hope you all have had a fabulous Sunday as well!