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Yet another good day and good meals!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

We finished the butterfly garden today. I spent a good amount of time on my knees filling in spaces between plants with more plants and then mulching. It looks pretty darn good. I want to wait about a week before I post a pic only to give them time to fill out. We had moved some plants out of the planter originally planned for the garden, so at least had some fairly established plants to transfer. Filled in with Salvia and herbs and... NICE!

Leftover from dinner at Surf Rider, one of the best crabcakes I've ever put in my mouth. I only ordered one, Himself ordered two. We ended up splitting the one and half we brought home. Placed atop a spinach salad with cucumber dressing - oh yeah!

Walked the beach for an hour. Studied until I am cross-eyed, then (my favorite part!) dinner! Picked the first Zucchini from the garden. You'd think I was a kid in the candy store! I also picked the first bell pepper and some Rosemary and Lemon thyme.

Marinated chicken breast with rosemary, orange juice, salt and pepper for two hours. Mashed thyme with olive oil, a touch of lemon juice and sea salt, then brushed on Zucchini, Yellow squash and Vidalia onion skewers. Grilled them both... Fresh corn on the cob and I was set! emoticon

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HICALGAL 6/14/2010 11:20PM

    sounds like a perfect and balanced day topped with tasty and healthy eats! simplicity can be soooo beautiful! emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 6/13/2010 10:41PM

    My mouth is watering and the thought of walking on the beach has me swooning . Planting kohrahbi and celery and redonions was exciting but somehow it doesn't match your day.I did beat True to the first strawberry though , you have to understand the dog and I have a race for the first berry of the year every year , she got the asparagus again this year !

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Garden update pics

Friday, June 11, 2010

So, I'm not, um, obsessed with my garden at all! Really! Just because I take lots of pics. Hey, that's documenting what went right and what I can do better next year, right???

So, if you remember, this is what it looked like in the beginning, dated May 15-20, 2010:

I shot a whole roll (yes, old school film) and the date of the pics doesn't match. So I went back to my blog entries on May 15-16 for clarification!

This is two days ago, June 9, 2010:

I don't know what was in this Amish Mercury Mix compost, but I do know I'm buying it again next year!

While I was doing other garden and yard bits, my SO put in the beginning of our Butterfly and Hummingbird garden. We had it in a large pot, but he dug out a nasty bush near the house and this is what the "finished" product looks like. It'll be no time till this is filled out!

So no food news today... all garden!

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WINE4GIRL 6/12/2010 9:45PM

    My apologies for my confusion. I know I got glasses for some insane reason - oh yeah, to SEE! emoticon

Things grow quickly here, but not quite THAT quickly. Hot steamy days and this Amish wonder mulch makes for a great combination. Tomatoes, anyone?

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CHERIRIDDELL 6/12/2010 2:58AM

    Wow I am impressed that is beautiful.Things don't grow that quickly here ,mind you I do have some impressive rhubarb!!! Of course it has been brr cold here too.Maybe I need to get me some of that Amish wonder mix LOL!

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ICEMONKEY 6/12/2010 2:21AM

    Wow! That garden has come along way... in 2 weeks? That's crazy. You must have an awesome green thumb! The pictures look great. That must feel great to see that it is coming along so well. emoticon

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CAMOTLEY 6/11/2010 10:03PM

  I wish I could talk my hubby into doing a garden for us. I'm not physically able but I remember fondly all the tastes of a fresh garden as well as canning tomatoes, veg soup etc with my mom & granny. I sooooo miss that!! Thanks for a reminder of the past.

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Bundt Chicken

Friday, June 11, 2010

Not a typical post, but since a lot of us "older" gals have bundt pans just hanging around the kitchen, I couldn't resist. This is the link to the recipe posted below - it's awesome...

Bundt Pan Vertical Chicken
serves 4-6

3 to 4 pound chicken
Salt, pepper and spices to season
Potatoes, hard fruits, onions to prop

If using seasonings on the chicken, rub them into the skin. If you have time, let them penetrate for an hour or more in the refrigerator. Otherwise, get right down to business.

Place an oven rack low enough to accommodate the bundt pan plus an extra few inches. For me, this means using the bottom rung. Preheat the oven to 450°F.

Scatter a layer of propping fruits and/or vegetables on the bottom of the pan. Turn the chicken upright (legs on the bottom, wings on the top) and plunge the body onto the bundt pan's central spike. Place the bundt pan on a baking sheet to catch any dripping grease from the inside of the bird.

Roast for 15 minutes, then turn the oven down to 350°F and roast another 40-45 minutes, or until an instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the breast registers 155°F. Turn the oven back up to 450°F and roast another five minutes, or until thermometer registers 160°F.

Relieve the chicken of its bundt-y intrusion by carefully lifting it off with tongs. Set it on its back to rest on a plate. Check the roasted vegetables for done-ness. They should be tender but not mushy. If under-cooked, return them in the pan to the oven until done.

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CAMOTLEY 6/11/2010 10:13PM

  I always wondered what those pans were good for cuz I never got round to a bundt cake. Good usage of the tools ya already have.

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ICEMONKEY 6/11/2010 6:26PM

    Mmmm... That sounds really good. Quite an unusual way to roast a chicken. And too funny. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 6/11/2010 6:25PM

    I love it !People keep telling me about beercan chicken but I have more bundt pans around (not a beer drinker think of the calories LOL! ) Got to try this out!

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PICKIE98 6/11/2010 3:46PM

    I had to laugh: I make what I call, "Up-yer-butt chicken on the grill. I brush it with Italian salad dressing, put it on the special pan that looks almost like a bundt pan, cover the whole shebang by closing the BBQ grill lid, until done,, been grilling it like that for about 20 years!! Cannot find my Upyerbutt form, will have to haul out one of my BUTT, er, Bundt pans thanks!!!

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TIBURONA 6/11/2010 3:44PM

    Does it taste a good as cake? I went out and got a vertical rack for roasting a chicken...but there is no room for veggies on it. Could have saved some money.

Thanks for the recipe/tip. I'm going to try it, just got a whole roaster on sale.


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Thursday, June 10, 2010

I'm sneaking off to bed early. No bike ride, but I did seriously dance for 15 minutes today (no riding in 90 degree weather!) and I paced up and down the halls during breaks. I also stretched my calves and ankles during breaks.

Beef biscuits are done and drying. My brain is full and has spilled over onto my hips. This class and studying is cutting into my SP time! Night, ya'll!

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KEMGRIA 6/11/2010 6:57AM

    Hope you had a lot of rest and recuperation and are all re-energized and ready to go today!! Have a great one! :)

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CHERIRIDDELL 6/10/2010 10:53PM

    The hip visual is great ! I am just going to send you some more recipes ! Sleep tight !

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SHELLKAYE 6/10/2010 10:41PM

    I hope you have a good night's sleep. Today I didn't get around to my yoga, but for some reason I felt like dancing while I got ready for bed. It was rainy here in Iowa, but nice and breezy tonight. Saturday it's supposed to be in the 90's and humid. We have an outdoor wedding to go to. My poor hubby will be sweating buckets in the tux. Have a great Friday.

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JUST_TRI_IT 6/10/2010 8:50PM

    Lovely visual of the brain! LOL

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Another good day

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Overall, I had a great day. Managed to get myself together and out the door on time. Paid attention in class and made a better grade on today's test.

After being so hungry halfway through class yesterday, I was determined not to have a repeat today. I ate a nice balanced breakfast before leaving. Didn't have any Luna bars left, but the vending machine had Nutrigrain bars. Woo hoo! Worked for me. One thing about having to sit for so long... I drink Plenty of water! Of course, on the hourly breaks, I'm usually first in line for the ladies room! emoticon

Huge Spinach salad for lunch, 2.2 miles on the bike. Study... make the biscuits... (life does go on, doesn't it?!?) Grilled Portabella with Brie and spaghetti squash for dinner. A bit of bread and I was totally full. I'm a little under for Protein for the day and a little over on fat. Guess I need to watch adding bacon, bleu cheese dressing (ONE tbls.) and avocado to a salad at the same time. emoticon

Himself says he's going to buy the tickets to the ball Friday. He has a lot of faith in me!
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ICEMONKEY 6/12/2010 2:24AM

    I hope you had a great time at the ball! Maybe I missed it, but what class are you in? And that reminds me, I've got some responding to do to your ?s on my spark page. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend. emoticon

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SHELLKAYE 6/10/2010 10:48PM

    emoticon on doing better on your class. Your dinner last night sounds delicious. I love salads loaded up, especially a Cobb salad. I haven't had one in a while. Like Kaseycoff said, you had some healthy fats. It's okay. Sometimes I eat too many nuts and I'll be in range on cals and over in fat.

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KASEYCOFF 6/10/2010 6:03PM

    Good day, hon! Keep in mind that while bacon has not-very-good fat, avocadoes have fat that IS good for you, so while you might've been over a bit, at least you had good-cholesterol stuff in your salad. :-D p.s. I love avocadoes, but I usually do a bit of oil-and-balsamic-vinegar dressing on them. Totally YUM!

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CHERIRIDDELL 6/9/2010 10:28PM

    Soon you'll be going "Aar Matey " I am sure you will be in fine form for the Pirate's Ball I have faith in you too! I am glad to hear the course is going well!

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