Silver & Gold

28 02 2010

In the end, Ryan Miller and the boys just couldn’t make it happen.

BUT a silver medal is nothing to balk at and the guys played their hearts out.  Canada skated unbelievably and it was a great game.  Wish the circumstances could have been different, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

And speaking of cookies, I may or may not have incorporated them into my afternoon snack :wink:

I’m holding them because I’m trying to show you that they’re small, but they look HUGE in this pic!  I swear, they were the two tiniest of the leftovers!  I scarfed them down with some Oikos Greek Strawberry yogurt. 

Are you guys into Greek yogurt yet?  I’m OBSESSED!  So good and so filling because of all that protein.  I was just reading, however, that you should alternate between Greek yogurt (great source of protein) with regular, low-fat or nonfat yogurt (more calcium).  Just figured I’d pass that along!  I’m going to start buying both at the store, I think.

Now let’s get onto the good stuff.  While the US was being awarded their silver medals, Mr. KD and I were getting ready to dig into something rich, creamy and GOLD: Crock Pot Baked Potato Soup!! 

Ohmygodohmygodohmygod!!!!!!!!!  THIS WAS SO GOOD!  I know I’m going to start saying that a lot on here, but I can’t help but get excited over delicious food and this deserves a YUMTASTIC AWARD.  It was OUTSTANDING :mrgreen:   Served with a dollop of light sour cream because that’s the best way to enjoy a soup like this!  Oh, and a small sprinkle of more cheese for garnish.  Obvi!

I was digging away at mine like this…….

And I looked over and saw this…..

Well, then, looks like Mr. KD was a fan.  Woudn’t you say?!?

As I stated earlier, my last trip to the grocery store was an epic fail and I have very little veggies left around the house.  I did, however, peruse my freezer to find some frozen spinach!  I know myself so well that I often buy extra frozen veggies just to save for nights like this!  I sauteed it up with some olive oil, minced garlic, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.  Apparently, I was really into cheese tonight, huh? :wink:  

It was a great compliment to my soup!

I also meant to mention in my previous post that I made adjustments to this recipe.  They are as follows:

  • 2% cheddar cheese
  • 2% evaporated milk
  • center cut bacon

Well, my friends, I’m going to go hang out with Mr. KD and perhaps watch a movie to unwind before the hectic week begins!  Thanks again for reading!! :mrgreen:

Until we eat again…

 





Brrrr

28 02 2010

Hey Guys!  You will not believe what Mr. KD and I woke up to: NO HEAT!!!!!!! Ahhhhhhhhhh :sad:

Think warm thoughts, think warm thoughts :cool:

It’s currently 59 degrees in here and dropping FAST!  We called the oil department and they’re on their way.  Positive thoughts, guys, so that we don’t end up with a huge bill!

Anyway, onto the eats.  As promised, I said I would update you on last night’s (extremely) unhealthy feast.  We had a ton of fun with some good friends and played two games, The Game of Things (love it!) and Trivial Pursuit (all time classic).  We actually had to end up calling it quits on TP because it was past 11 and we were all exhausted.  Talk about a bunch of old hags, huh?

Mr. KD and I got the party started by putting those delish cookies in a fancy dish.  Mmmmmmmmm.

Mr. KD also whipped up some shrimp dip and we served with Fritos.  This dip would also go with crudite if you prefer, but Fritos are just more fun :wink:

We’ll call this Aunt Jo Jo’s shrimp dip because my aunt always makes it for every family get-together.  Mr. KD is OBSESSED with it and begged me to call her from the grocery store for the recipe.  Figured I’d share!

Aunt Jo Jo’s Shrimp Dip:
1 large container sour cream (we used light)
1 tub cream cheese (again, light)
1 can shrimp, drained
Ketchup (~ 1/4 cup)
Horseradish (~ 3 tbsp)
 
Mix all ingredients in a blender or food processor and viola!  The dip is best if made a few hours beforehand, so it can sit in the fridge for the flavors to meld together.
 

This dip is sooooooooo good.  Something you definitely need to try!

We also served some Helluva Good Onion dip with Ruffles (I know, I know).  Such a party staple, isn’t it?

My friend, Colleen, also brought over some sweet treats, including jelly beans.  And not just any jelly beans.  STARBURST JELLY BEANS!!

Now, Superman had his kryptonite and The Ketchup Diaires has…

…Peanut M&M’s!!  All dressed up in their Easter colors.  I know what they’re trying to do.  They’re trying to look all cute in their spring colors so I’ll want to eat more.  I am SO onto them.  But alas, in the KD vs. Peanut M&M’s fight, they knocked me out in one round :sad:   I ate way too many.

We also ordered some pizza and I had 3 slices: one cheese and two pineapple (no crusts).  Want to hear the really sad part?  I actually only started out with two pieces, but I ate SO many peanut M&M’s that I had the sugar-sick belly and needed a little something salty.  This is NOT normal behavior, people!! 

All in all, I ate: 3 slices of pizza, 2 cookies, a tasting of both dips and 35,738,957 M&M’s.  I was FULL by the time I went to bed.

Woke up this morning and was STARVING!  I don’t know if sugar has the same effect on you, but when I eat it before bed, I wake up ravenous.  I’ve learned this lesson and actually try not to snack after my dinner because I wake up feeling worse.  This morning, however, I needed breakfast stat and couldn’t wait to get back to my healthy eating :smile:

I whipped up a simple egg & cheese sandwich on a whole wheat English.  The egg is an Eggland’s Best (LOVE me some Omega 3′s) and the cheese is 2%.  Drizzled, of course, with some HEINZ!  Served with fruit salad that I had leftover from this week.  Look at how those flavors have been melding and the strawberries turned the pineapple a delish pinkish color.  This was delightful!!  But sadly, it’s all gone now :sad:   And as always, a cup of coffee to start the day!

After eating, I started tonight’s dinner :grin:   Considering we have no heat, this was actually the perfect, warm meal: Iowa Girl’s Baked Potato Crock Pot Soup!

Serves 6 – 8
Medium-large sized red potatoes, chopped in 1″ pieces
5 cups chicken broth
1/2 large onion, chopped
Salt & pepper
Garlic powder
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup shredded cheese
2 Tablespoons butter
1 cup corn kernels
6 strips bacon, cooked & chopped
Place potatoes, onion, chicken broth and seasonings into the crock pot.  Cook on “low” for 8 hours.  Mash potatoes in crock pot and add the rest of the ingredients.  Serve garnished with whatever you generally put on your baked potato!  In the KD household, I think we’re going with light sour cream :wink:

In the crock pot simmering on low as we speak:

I don’t know if you can tell from this pic (It’s a bad one, I know), but I had to use a red onion.  I really hope it doesn’t affect the taste too much.  I love red onion and since they’ll be simmering all day, I think it’ll be okay.  This is a direct result of my poor, poor, poor grocery shopping skills.  You guys – I made the MOST detailed list before I went this week and I STILL screwed up ingredients and am low on fruits and veggies (as you’ll probably see in the coming week).  Talk about an EPIC fail :sad:

All right, kids, I’m off to Church for a little bit and will catch y’all at lunch!  Praying we’ll have heat by then!  Have a fantastic morning!!