WIAW #86

Good Morning Friends! I hope you aren’t stuck in the nasty storms and blizzards. Hoping you are all enjoying seasonable February weather wherever you are at. I had a great weekend back home with family and friends and am stopping by to join the WIAW fun this week with a short photo filled post. I just got back in San Diego this morning and have been racing around doing errands and getting ready to work tomorrow. It was really foggy in Seattle this morning but the views were great above the foggy layer. Here is a photo of snowy Mt St Helen’s. (I have been there numerous times and is definitely a must visit if you are in the Pacific Northwest)
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Great clear photo of Lake Tahoe as well
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I started the travel day off enjoying a tea from Tim Hortons and some oatmeal I brought along in hot water after a long wait at customs
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I grabbed an Uber in San Diego and was home super quickly. Unfortanetly as soon as I got inside my apartment and went to head out for groceries I couldn’t find my phone. After searching aka frantically tearing my purse apart I turned the Find my iPhone app on my iPad and saw I had obviously left it in the Uber car. I rushed to the apartment office and called the driver who was great and drove back with it.
I made the quick trip to the store and stocked up with groceries for the week. I came home and was starving and quickly toasted bread, smashed a tiny avocado, and pealed these TJ oranges (which had super thin skin and were kinda hard to peel).
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I’m currently baking some chicken for dinner but instead of showing you a photo of that for dinner I thought I’d add some photos from the weekend. I stopped by a new gluten free dairy free bakery in my old neighborhood and tried a chocolate chip cookie. I only ate part and had to toss the rest. It had an off taste and really not chocolate filled at all. Oh well
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I snacked on these ripe raspberries on the bus home instead.
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It was raining on an off so I stopped often at Starbucks while out for warm cups of tea
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Sorry about the rushed photo dump filled post but I’m continue packing as next week I make I big move east. My to do list seems endless and while I feel somewhat under control I know I need to stay on top of it as my deadline looms! Hope you all have a great week and enjoy some great food while staying warm!
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Cheers!

Kate

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WIAW #85

Happy first Wednesday and WIAW of February everyone! Hard to believe January is history….it seemed to fly by in my world! I’ve been either working or running around getting pre move and pre job logistics taken care of and arranged. I signed a lease on a rental apartment which looks like it will be in a great area to work and amenities. I was just about to rent a tiny studio and lucked out with a finding a 2 bedroom place. Hoping maybe to entice some friends and family to come to Boston for a visit with the spare room. I did happen to look at the current weather on my phone this week and was impressed about the Boston forecast. Fingers crossed this continues when I arrive. I saw some photos on Instagram from Boston on the weekend where people were in short sleeve shirts. Crazy for this time of year!
TempsOne big item on my to do list was accomplished this week. I needed to renew some visa papers and needed to leave the US so I spent a few hours in Mexico in order to do so. Unfortunately it was n0t the beaches and drinks vision that most have of being in Mexico!
IMG_3300Still enjoying hot oatmeal and mini mandarin oranges for breakfast.
IMG_3298I stopped by Whole Foods for a few things and tried out a couple new oranges. I had a blood orange for lunch with my new fav of avocado toast. The orange was interesting and while not a sweet as a naval orange I enjoyed it
IMG_3309Dinner was a freezer use up my second to last piece of Sizzlefish salmon ( I had my very last piece last night).  Some frozen TJ rice in the bowl along with some tomato and avocado and BBQ sauce.
IMG_3296Ended the day with a Cara Cara orange that I picked up. It was a bit tart tasting and definitely closer to grapefruit than orange I thought. I also had some animal cracker/cookies too :)
IMG_3312I’m really excited about this weekend as I just booked an impromptu trip home. I haven’t been home or seen any of my immediate family in almost 15 months as schedules just haven’t lined up for a visit. Although this visit is short it will be awesome to see friends and family. I can’t wait to share some photos with you next week!

Hope you all have a great week and weekend!

Have you tried any of this other varieties of oranges? Are you a fan?
WHAT-I-ATE-WEDNESDAY-NEW-BUTTON-PEAS-AND-CRAYONSCheers!

Kate

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WIAW #84

Happy WIAW Friends! I hope you survived and stayed safe and warm from the nasty winter storms this past weekend.  After having a few phone interviews last week I ended up accepting an offer for what I hope will be a great job. In just a few weeks I’ll be making the cross country journey to Boston! I am really excited about the potential professional opportunities that this new job offers. I’m also looking forward to visiting and living in Boston! The day I found out the job was confirmed a friend mentioned I would have the chance to watch the Marathon this April. Instead of just watching I decided to fill out a volunteer application for the medical group. Whether I get lucky enough to be picked or not it will be a great event to witness.
Screen ShotI applied for an apartment yesterday and am now waiting to hear that approval comes through.

I’ve been up early the past few mornings arranging details and taking advantage of the time difference in Boston. Walnut oatmeal and oranges as fuel for moving planning.
IMG_3289I saw a photo on Pinterest last week of avocado smashed on bread and thought it looked quite good. I never seem to buy avocados as I’ve always had them be not ripe enough or too ripe. I picked up a bag at Costco that had some in varying stages of ripeness. I’ve been having this for the lunch the past few days it has quickly become my new favorite lunch.
IMG_3283I cooked my last bag of frozen carrots and sweet potato combo for dinner. Costco here doesn’t seem to carry it anymore :( I topped it with a defrosted and baked chicken breast and BBQ sauce. Topped with some more avocado. Perfect freezer use up. Snacked on some cherry tomatoes while the chicken baked. I got stuck on the phone and ended up cooking the chicken later than planned. I was starving!
IMG_3285Last night I cooked a sweet potato and topped it with a fillet of salmon. Whole Foods had a sale on purple sweet potatoes so I picked a few up for the weekend.
IMG_3288TJ animal cookies to end the day while catching up on some tv. (recycled photo).
IMG_3010That’s a wrap and catch up of the news in my life for this week. Hope you have a great week and are able to stay warm from the cold winter weather.

Do you live in Boston or the North East? Any local tips or must see or dos?
Ever been to Boston? Everyone I talk to says it is a great city
Are you an avocado fan?
WHAT-I-ATE-WEDNESDAY-NEW-BUTTON-PEAS-AND-CRAYONSCheers!

Kate

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WIAW #83

Good Morning Friends. Hope you all had a relaxing weekend.

I spent the weekend recovering from a busy work week. I did spend part of Saturday at the hair salon. Please excuse the public selfie with the facial expression :) I have been growing my hair out for the past few months but wanted to get some color done as it grows. The stylist ended up chopping off a bit more than I wanted but she told me it would grow out better by getting trimmed…seemed counter intuitive to me but we shall see.
IMG_3274My stomach was feeling a bit off so I have a day of easy stomach foods for today’s WIAW. I felt okay at breakfast and had the usual oatmeal and oranges.

My mid morning snack consisted of a pumpkin muffin and a spoonful or in this case a forkful of strawberry jam. I made 2 batches of these muffins and realized afterwards that I totally forgot to add in the flax egg…hence the small size I think. At least they tasted ok and it wasn’t a total failure.
IMG_3280I went with a bland lunch of some leftover rice and a couple of oranges. My stomach just felt off and I although I wasn’t overly hungry I wanted something bland to eat
IMG_3279I felt a bit better by dinner but decided to just keep it simple. I heated some more TJ frozen rice and baked a small chicken breast in the oven. I added a few cherry tomatoes on the side.
IMG_3281Snacked on a few frozen strawberries while relaxing on the couch at the end of the day.
IMG_3282I am hopefully going to know where my next job will be by the end of the week. Fingers crossed! Hope you all have a great week.
WHAT-I-ATE-WEDNESDAY-NEW-BUTTON-PEAS-AND-CRAYONSCheers!

Kate

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WIAW #82

Good morning friends! Hope you are all settling into the new year and back to work or school routines. It is finally drying out here in San Diego after a week of insane rain fall and downpour. I seem to be a jinx and everywhere I have been this year has what locals tell is unseasonable weather. It has been much wetter and cooler than normal here. So much for my plan of having a warm west coast winter! Hoping I can head somewhere next month and have seasonable weather for a change! Thanks for stopping by for the weekly WIAW fun!

I had a few days off and started the day with some coffee before breakfast. Having some quiet time to reflect and start the day has been helping reduce my stress over looking for a new job assignment. This was a cup of pumpkin coffee from the Keurig.
IMG_3264I picked up two bags of the smaller oranges from Costco on Saturday and have been eating them constantly. I carefully inspected the bag and found a couple bags that were not overly ripe. Easy way to maintain my Vitamin C levels :)
IMG_3266Lunch was some peanut butter on hole filled bread. The loaf had a few slices with these weird big holes in them.
IMG_3265Afternoon snack of a pumpkin muffin and orange
IMG_3267A few months ago I picked up a container of nutritional yeast and totally forgot about it. I finally opened it this weekend and tried it out. I tasted it on its own and thought it wasn’t bad at all. I don’t know what I was expecting but it wasn’t unappealing. I sprinkled some on this potato for the first time. Might have added a bit too much I think but it tasted ok.
IMG_3259Last night I boiled some carrots and topped it with a smaller serving of the yeast. It was alright. While it isn’t totally cheesy I get how people refer to it as being a substitute. I will definitely keep trying it out. I added maybe a teaspoon and it seemed to go a long way.
IMG_3263Some frozen strawberries to end out my day (and help deplete my freezer stash :) ).

That’s a wrap this week. Hope you all have a great week and weekend.
Are you a fan of nutritional yeast? Any favorite ways to use it or advice on how much to add to dishes.
WHAT-I-ATE-WEDNESDAY-NEW-BUTTON-PEAS-AND-CRAYONSCheers!

Kate

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WIAW #81

Happy New Year! Hope you all had a nice NYE and holiday weekend. I had a low key weekend at home. I basically relaxed at home on the couch, did some crafting, and binged on some Netflix. I watched the whole season of Making of a Murderer. It was interesting to watch and if you are a Serial/Law & Order fan I would recommend. I had heard a lot about Fargo but never watched it. I decided to check it out and was immediately hooked. Time for the first WIAW of 2016.

Oatmeal with some coconut sugar and walnuts along side some larger mandarins or clementines from Costco. These oranges were bigger than the Halo ones they had last week but despite being a bit more work to peel they tasted good
IMG_3256I baked some muffins but was low on oat flour and googled about grinding my own. I added 2 cups of oats to the Vitamix and it grinded it to a flour consistency in a few seconds. Google said 1 cup oats equaled 1 cup of flour but I’m thinking the measurements may have been a bit off as the muffins were inconsistent. They tasted ok but some were super small and others were more normal size.
IMG_3258Lunch was a few of the tiny muffins, a couple of oranges, and a piece of peanut butter toast. I picked up a jar of Nuttzo at Costco the other day but when I went to open it the seal was missing. I returned it and then totally forgot to pick up another jar as I went back through the store.

In my attempt to start using up my freezer supply of food in preparation for the move next month I cooked up a few dinners with some salmon. Last night was some frozen jasmine rice from Trader Joe’s. I am not a huge rice eater but this rice is delicious and in 3 minutes it is perfectly cooked. There are 2 portions in each bag which is great to not be stuck with a ton of leftovers.
IMG_3254Tonight though I baked the lone purple sweet potato and topped it with a pepper seasoned fillet of Sizzlefish salmon. I am off to work today to make some money and pay for my purple sweet potato craving. $2.99/lb but worth it right ;) Unpictured raw veggies on the side.
IMG_3253Hope you all have a great first week of the new year. It is a stormy rainy day here today. Hope you are having some snow free storm free weather where you are.

Do you grind your own flour? Do you measure after grinding? Any tips would be great.
Any Netflix or Amazon Prime shows you recommend?

WHAT-I-ATE-WEDNESDAY-NEW-BUTTON-PEAS-AND-CRAYONSCheers!

Kate

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WIAW #80

Good Morning on this last Wednesday and WIAW of 2015! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed the holidays. It is still unseasonably cool here in California. Can’t believe how warm it has been in the North East this year.

Hot bowl of my stand by fav of late oatmeal, ground flaxseed, and oranges. I tried to pick up some pecans at Trader Joe’s the other day but they were out. I have been wanting them since I had them in NYC. I stopped by yesterday and they were back in stock. Chopped pecans on top of today’s oatmeal. Yum!
IMG_3249Morning snack of fresh baked pumpkin muffin with some Earth Balance spread and an orange.
IMG_3243I spotted this Almond Nog at Whole Foods the other day and decided to give it a try. I don’t really care for egg nog by itself but have always likes a little bit with hot tea. This tastes like the real deal. I’ve been enjoying hot tea in the afternoon this past weekend.
IMG_3245I also managed to find a small 9lb bird at Whole Foods on Christmas Eve and after pulling out the neck and bag of giblets….I popped it in the oven
IMG_3242Well I don’t know what happened. After a few hours the breast was totally cooked but the thighs were registering a lower temp. The skin was all dry and hard. I assumed it must have been done. After letting it rest I started to carve it. The breasts were really well done. I then went to cut the legs and found them totally raw! I still can’t understand how it cooked unevenly. I didn’t know how to cook it further without cooking the breasts further. I hate wasting food but in the trash it went. I am clearly not capable of cooking a bird. Need to figure out another way to get my turkey fix. While I was cleaning up I ended up throwing a piece of salmon in the oven and ate that with my purple potato. I have been all about meals in a bowl lately.
IMG_3246I am off work this coming weekend and the start of the new year will mean my search for a new job location soon starts. I will be moving away from southern California in a short time and need to start looking at locations and job needs. Exciting for a new place but stressful and nervous at the same time.

Tonight though for those interested PBS is showing the Michael Pollen film In Defense of Food. I have read all of his books and have heard great things about this documentary. I have it set for the DVR.

Any New Year’s Eve Plans? I’ll probably just pick up something special for dinner and have a quiet night at home. Quieter night than being in Times Square a few weeks ago!
IMG_3158Happy New Year!

WHAT-I-ATE-WEDNESDAY-NEW-BUTTON-PEAS-AND-CRAYONSCheers!

Kate

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