Happy March!!

1 03 2010

Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!  February is OVAH, people!!  I hate to wish my life away, but winters in Massachusetts are just TOO long and at this time every year, I am itching for spring to start.  So let’s give a huge welcome to MARCH!! 

The ironic thing about that first paragraph is that while I sound excited to see March, I actually think it’s the worst month of the year.  I know, I know.  Life is too short to be so negative, but March is a loooooooong month around here, which generally still involves snow, cloudy skies and chilly temps.  Let’s look on the bright side though.  March 20th is the first day of Spring, so let’s hope the month goes out like this:

Just the thought of waking up in the morning and hearing birds chirping has me smiling from ear to ear!

I don’t have much to report this morning.  Just another start to another busy week of work and fun times on the weekend.  Mr. KD and I are hosting a party on Saturday night and I’m already excited for it!  More about that later on in the week.

More importantly, we have today’s eats!

I made a staple in the KD household: Overnight Banana Oats!  So delicious, so easy and the perfect breakfast to look forward to on a Monday morning!

In the mix:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetend vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • pinch salt
  • dash of vanilla
  • cinnamon

Toppings:

  • Spoonful of Naturally Nutty Chocolate Butter Toffee

For lunch, we have a ham and cheese sandwich on a deli thin.  Accompanying the sandwich is a delish Fuji and a less than stellar looking salad.  Thank goodness for those dried cranberries, eh? 

BUT HAVE NO FEAR!  My work has a salad bar and I plan to add veggies to this at lunch.  The only problem is, I work in an industry where I cannot use a camera phone in the office, so you’ll just have to trust me when I tell you I plan to add:

  •  Red Onion
  • Mushrooms
  • Green Peppers
  • Shredded Carrots
  • Balsamic Vinegar

For some 3 pm snackage, we have two superstars:

I looooooove cottage cheese and it literally serves as a treat for me at work when I pack it for a snack.  Yum, yum, yum.  The applesauce is actually a new product that I tried last week and I am very pleasently surprised by it.  It’s blueberry flavored applesauce and it’s only flavored with blueberry and apple juice.  It’s all natural and tastes FANTASTIC.  I promise you!  There’s also a strawerry flavor that I may have to buy after I’m through with these Bad Larry’s.

All right…work is calling, folks!  Can’t wait to chat with ya later and share dinner!

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!!