Sunday, June 28, 2009

To Market, To Market

It's a little late in the season, but I made my first trip to the farmer's market today. I got some of their legendary corn on the cob, two kinds of lettuce and some fresh basil. The basil just smells SO GOOD! Perhaps it's time for another stab at the pesto recipe, no? Now that I have a food processor, I'm invincible! The corn will be perfect with our barbecued ribs and potatoes tonight. Mmm......ribs sound really good to me right now! I'm glad I seem to be interested in something food-wise, it's been a long week!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Hunger is a Black Hole

I must be getting a little better, because I'm hungry all the time. And by "all the time," I mean sick with hunger. The kind of hunger that you might possibly die before the waiter brings over the bread basket. It was so bad yesterday, we were having pizza at my parents for dinner in about an hour and I got a snack at McDonald's because I just couldn't wait that long!

Unfortunately, this also lends to eating out a lot. A snack here, a lazy dinner there. I have found two things that rock at the moment:

1. McDonald's Chicken Snack Wraps. I've had two in as many days. It's a chicken tenderloin, cheese, lettuce and your choice of dressing wrapped up in a flour tortilla. I get the honey mustard. Plus it's cheap.

2. I rarely go out for coffee in the morning, but today was one of those days. I'm starting to appreciate my 200 milligram caffeine allowance a day! Today I also picked up a Cherry Yogurt Parfait. Cherries, fat-free cherry yogurt, and a little granola with almonds and coconut. Delicious!! I should try making something like this at home.

So there you have it, that's what is making this prego very happy right now!

Saturday, June 20, 2009


Due to morning sickness, I haven't been posting much about food. Well, I haven't wanted to even think about food all that much!!

Oh, yes! Will's going to be a big brother in January!!

So lately I've been subsisting on saltines, rice, mashed potatoes yogurt and peanut butter and jelly. Forget veggies (especially my usual favorite, asparagus) anything Mexican-style, fried or sour. I personally find it hilarious that I have a nice garden in the back yard that I currently won't enjoy a single thing from. Hopefully I'll only have a couple of weeks more of this. Some days are better than others.

However, I'm already having bizarre pregnancy dreams, and they involve around food. For instance, I dreamt about fresh pesto today. Maybe it's time to try that again. And pie! And Hostess Cupcakes! Oh, I LOVED those when I was pregnant with Will!!

Ok, Blog Friends: What kinds of pregnancy cravings did you have?

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Produce for Charity

The past couple of weeks have been wet and rainy, so I finally got outside to the garden and MAN! Guess who forgot to thin the zucchini and cucumber plants?! I am going to have a ton this year, because there are not one, not two but FIVE zucchini plants out there! And booooyyyyyy do I need to weed!

I was reading an article in Woman's Day recently about a charity called Backyard Harvest. A woman in Idaho started Backyard Harvest when one year, she decided to plant a garden. She let her kids plant lettuce seeds and they planted the entire pack. At harvest time, they had 200 heads of lettuce!! And, as she put it, "nobody has that many friends that want lettuce from your garden." She contacted a local food pantry and asked if they acepted fresh produce, and they did! They did tell her that they don't get a lot of fresh produce to give out to needy families, though. So she recruited friends and neighbors to grow extra in their gardens and to donate the fruits of their labor to hungry families and a charity was born. It's going so well that the idea has expanded with people opening chapters in both Washington and California.

When I read the article, I immediately thought of my poor zucchini and cucumbers and thought about how many of my friends would want some when the plants explode with wholesome goodness next month. I thought it would be cool if there was a Massachusetts chapter. But for now, I'm happy to freeze some of my produce. Maybe someday there will be something like that here.

cross-posted at Life in the Carpool Lane.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

New Twist on a Chicken Sandwich

We went out to celebrate a co-worker's birthday today (that's what we do at my office, treat the birthday guy/girl to lunch) We went to a place on "Restaurant Row" and I got a chicken sandwich. Not just any chicken sandwich mind you, but a cider chicken sandwich. Chicken breast, bacon, Swiss Cheese and cider and granny-apple spread. Out of this world! I could only eat half, so I brought the rest home.

Will was eyeing it, so I put it in the toaster oven for him. What a waste....he hasn't touched it! :(

Friday, June 5, 2009

Just Like Magic

I love onions, but hate cutting them up. And I really hate the way my hands smell afterwards! It seems that no matter how many times I wash them, I still can smell them. Brian suggested rubbing my hands on the sink while washing them, and though it sounds suspicious it really works! Apparently, there's some sort of chemical reaction between the onion smell and stainless steel that makes the smell go away. Hey, I'll take it!