Wednesday, January 16, 2013

lightening the load v3

Day 3
up early to throw together sausage, peppers, onions and potatoes for a luncheon at the husbands office.  the smell had my nose hairs dancing while I poured his coffee & bundled up to head out to clear away some falling snow.  while I was out there I was thinking about why it is I do the morning routine?  do I enjoy getting up early and preparing my mans lunch & coffee because it makes me happy to make him happy or because I need to do it to tighten some loose screw in my head, if I do it then I know the creamer will be in the "right" place in the fridge when I open it, or the cabinet doors won't be left open, or a dirty knife won't be left on the counter instead of in it's place in the sink. waking up to a scene like that would rattle my morning...as silly as that sounds.
the snow was light. I'd planned to just clear off the stairs and breathe in some fresh snowy air, but it was so light I decided not to wait until it stops later to use the snow blower, but to instead shovel his side of the driveway... it drives me nutso when there are packed snow tire tracks that ice up...as silly as it sounds.
it was so quiet out there, just me and my ground scraping shovel.   Smile.
ran inside to pull the pan of food out of the oven and pack it up to go & back out I went..after throwing together breakfast for Lyla..why not finish my side of the driveway, who cares if I have to do it all over again when the snow stops dropping.  after coming in I began with my wednesday routine, I work tonight & if I don't iron my clothes first thing in the morning it bothers me, it nags my brain until it's done...as silly as it sounds.  I have so many of these little things that I keep order, I suppose I do it to help balance the things I can't control, for instance the color wonder mess free disney princess pack with glitter I just opened for Lyla.  the markers are mess free...the glitter, not so much.  it shall now be a sparkly day & given the amount of time I've already spent in my head it will probably, also be a day I spend venturing into my mind asking Why I do the things I do, The Way I do them hoping to uncover something new within my quirks.

I didn't get a chance to upload and post some photos last night of a pretty tasty meal.
Turkey Salisbury Steaks with a White Bean Mash   ...sure mashed potatoes would have knocked this up a few notches, but would have increased the calories & I'm trying to win a weight loss challenge, remember?!

I made a baked sweet potato for the husband because I knew he'd snub the white bean mash.  The onion soup mix, as you can imagine, is high in sodium.  I think the next time I make the turkey burgers I'd mince or chop a real onion.  It's definitely a meal we'll have again.
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I also made a chick pea dip to snack on with crackers or pita chips the rest of the week. Delicious! I'm not sure how long I've had the recipe or what issue it was in, but it's from a Martha Stewart Living Magazine.

I couldn't find the recipe through the online search engine to post a link directly to it, so here it goes....

2 Cans (15 ounces each) unsalted chickpeas, drained and rinsed.
(reserve 1/3 cup liquid)
2 Tablespoons EVOO
  Coarse Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
1/2 Cup fresh basil, coarsely chopped
8 Radishes, chopped
1 Small garlic clove, finely grated
1/4 Cup fresh lemon juice (from 2 or 3 lemons)

Lightly mash chickpeas, oil 1 teaspoon salt, and 3/4 teaspoon pepper in a bowl until creamy but still chunky.  Stir in basil, radishes, garlic and lemon juice.  Stir in reserved chickpea liquid, 1 tablespoon at a time, until dip holds together.  Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.



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