Good morning and happy Wednesday friends! As you know Wednesdays are a chance to link up with Jenn and join the WIAW fun. I am counting down the days until I will be moving to Southern California at the end of the month. Thanks though to mother nature I will now having to take a 2-3hour detour through San Diego as the main interstate between Phoenix and LA is closed due to a bridge washout and collapse. I ended up selling my bed and mattress on Craigslist and am now hoping someone will buy my sofa before I have to slash the price. The money that I did get from my bed has all been spent on these delicious summer treats.
My standards summer fruit is quite high. I will pay for good tasting and high quality non mushy/over ripe fruit as I know the season is short and they are so good. In Phoenix the best cherries in taste and condition has been at Whole Foods. They have had this ‘sale’ on for the past month. Can’t get enough of cherries this week!
Breakfast on Monday was some leftover watermelon I had in the fridge along side my old standby breakfast. I did pick up a new variety of coffee. I prefer light blends and tried out the Allegro Breakfast Blend from Whole Foods. It has been really good.
When I finally got home after running errands all morning I was starving. Luckily I toasted up an english muffin and topped it with Nuttzo. I have almost finished the jar as I didn’t want to have to throw out the pricy nut spread when I move. Numerous sweet cherries were the perfect side dish!
Supper on Monday was a home run. I was catching up on some blog reading that morning and saw Lindsay had posted about rutabega ‘fries‘. I decided to give the method a whirl for supper that night. I tend to not make oven fries as I have never been able to get them crispy and not soggy. I picked up a rutabaga at the supermarket and tried out the recipe. I think cutting them 1/2′ wide made the difference. I did cook them at 450C but for a little longer than Lindsay suggested. They were awesome…especially when dipped in good old ketchup. It was the perfect accompaniment to by frozen chicken burger.
I also had some iceberg lettuce salad on the side. I wanted a break from the usual kale or spinach mixes but still was wanting salad. This has been great. The crunch is definitely something that kale or spring mixes can’t match!
I ended the day by snacking on popcorn while stretching out on the couch and the tv
Hope you all have a great week and are enjoying summer fruit and some tasty eats :)
Are you a fan of home made oven ‘fries’?
Happy Wednesday Everyone! I have been super busy planning and figuring out my move to California. I made a day trip out to finalize an apartment on Monday. I left super early and got to Orange County almost 6 hours later. I only spent an hour or so in the area before getting back in the car and making the drive back. It was a long day on the road but was good to officially have a lease on a place. I’ll be moving at the beginning of August officially…it feels much more real now. Now on the endless list of other moving tasks to do!
Time now though for another weekly look at everyone’s great food thanks to Jenn and the WIAW linkup.
Breakfast was the last of the container of decent cherries with some frozen grapes, Kodiak Cakes, and coffee. The cherries here were awesome for a week but are now over ripe and mushy at the stores. I picked up a watermelon to enjoy this week instead.
Roadtrip snack was my last Bearded Brother bar and a coffee
I went to a small cafe called Mead’s Green Door Cafe near my new place to celebrate the lease approval. I was looking for something quick to eat before the drive home. I picked a veggie sandwich that was really good except I assumed it would have black not green olives so I removed those…just not a green olive fan :) I will definitely be adding it to my list of places to check out again once I settle in.
I stopped for gas in Palm Springs on the way home and felt like a McDonald’s ice cream cone on the hot day. I had a bit of the ice cream but it didn’t taste great so I pitched it. Not sure if it was the ice cream or just wasn’t appealing to me. Bummer :(
Once I got home I had almost no fresh food I thew together some veggies from the fridge that survived my weekend away and cooked a frozen chicken burger. These Costco burgers are made with hormone free chicken and only have chicken and real spices in them. Great quick supper stand by option.
I finished off with popping some popcorn and stretched out and relaxing on the couch after the long day on the road. (please excuse the old photo!)
Hope you all have been having a great week and are staying cool and enjoying some delicious summer eats! Hope you have access to fresh and ripe summer fruit in your area. I can’t wait to visit some of the California farmer’s markets for a great selection of fresh produce.
Thanks again to Jenn and friends for hosting the weekly WIAW linkup!
Good Morning! I can’t believe it is July 1st. Is it just me or did June fly by? Happy Canada Day to my friends back in Canada today! I am starting to search for my next travel nurse job as I only have another month left at my current one. I am eyeing Southern California right now but am browsing tempting locations nationwide. Seeing as it is Wednesday it is time for another WIAW thanks to Jenn and friends.
I am switching things up on the breakfast front here this week. The other day I was in Sprouts and spotted these purple corn tortillas. I usually don’t buy them as I find they are too large in size but these ones were small and the color was intriguing. I microwaved some egg and topped it with salsa which was good but resulted in a bit juicier wrap/fold than I had wanted. Oh well it still tasted good. I enjoyed some great cherries and coffee along side as well.
Mid morning I had a couple of rice cakes with Nuttzo and raisins. I remember making ‘ants on a log’ as a kid (celery, with peanut butter, and raisins) and upon seeing the bag in the pantry decided to throw some on the cake. It was a great decision.
Lunch was a cold veggies that I had in the fridge. I had some leftover veggies from dinner and put them in a container with some orange vinaigrette and pepper to marinate them. It could have used a tad more vinegar to enhance the flavor but was a good use up. I got the idea after seeing this recent recipe from the Whole Foods weekly email. I also toasted up an english muffin and topped it with Nuttzo.
Mid afternoon repeat snack of my rice cake combo but added a can of La Croix. Love that bubbly drink.
Dinner was a home run today. With an upcoming move happening I need to start to use up some of the items in my freezer I cooked my first piece of cod from the Sizzlefish order that I placed a few weeks ago. I thawed the fish and cooked it in the oven after seasoning it with a chipotle blend. I then added it to a couple more of those tortillas. I was going to add some lettuce to them but the tortilla was so small that I thought it would burst. Instead I enjoyed a salad on the side. I also enjoyed a cold beer because tacos and beer seem like the perfect combo to me.
I some air popped popcorn which I added some siriacha sauce and mixed it through to give a bit of bite to the snack. Snacking on it while on the computer, and on a white couch though was a not a good idea. Moments after taking this photo the cushion covers were in the wash. Oops :)
Hope you all have a safe and happy 4th! I’ll be working but hope you all enjoy some great time with family and friends….and some great food too!
I recently bought a jar of nutritional yeast. Any must try recipes that I should try?
Any favorite summer dishes you have been enjoying lately?
Any plans for the holiday weekend?
When I wrote the header for the post and realized it is week #52 of me joining in with Jenn for the WIAW linkup I guess it is also marking one year since I started this blog. I have learned so much and really have enjoyed connecting with so many and making many new friends. Thanks to everyone who has read or stopped by and read my posts. Yesterday I finally posted the coleslaw recipe I was talking about the past few weeks.
Now a look at some of the meals from last week.
I am switching it up and showing my hotel breakfast on the mornings I work. Since I am working 12 hour shifts at this new job it is 6-8 hours before I get a chance to eat or drink anything. I have been making Kodiak Cake pancake batter mini muffins before I leave to drive to Tucson on Fridays. I then eat the mini pancake muffins and have a small yogurt before grabbing a coffee on the way to the hospital. I haven’t had yogurt in a while but have been trying to find some protein dense foods to add to breakfast.
7 hours later I downed 32oz of cold water and ate lunch. For work lunches I have been having another serving of Kodiak Cake pancakes, yogurt, and a Bearded Brother bar. It seems to be holding me over the rest of the day (approx 6-7 hours) until I get off and can eat and drink. This orange and ginger flavor is my favorite so far.
I spent Monday running errands and grocery shopping. Costco had boxes of Life cereal on sale for $4.40 so I pick up another box and have been snacking on it mid morning and mid afternoon. (Yum!
Dinner tonight was a cut up chicken sausage mixed into some frozen bell pepper and onion veggies from TJ. I added riced cauliflower and sauce and seasonings. So quick, easy, and flavorful oven free meal. Cold beer and carrots on the side to enjoy on this hot day too :)
Ended the day with these juicy strawberries, some more life cereal,
and some dark mint M&Ms while catching up on my DVR
Hope you all have a great week and weekend ahead and enjoy some delicious meals.
I’ve been thinking of trying out Thredup. Anyone have any good or bad experiences with it? Or suggestions for alternative sites?