Weekend things and a little bit of food prep

Hi there!

Happy Monday!

Are you gearing up for Thanksgiving? Are you cooking? Have you started cooking already? Are you traveling to where someone else is doing all the cooking? <—-winning

I’ll be doing only a small amount of cooking this year as we’re headed to my folks’ house.

Mom’s having the bulk of the meal catered (this should be interesting – my first catered meal experience) and the rest of us are  responsible for a few side dishes and desserts.

I’m making this. I made it for just us last year and it is the bomb dot com.

Plus, the pecan tree in my back yard is literally vomiting pecans so…..yeah.


My town had its Thanksgiving market on Saturday and my favorite vendor was going to be there so, you know we had to go. 🙂


There were like 65 vendors or something!

Lots of artsy craftsy stuff.


There were lots of puppy dogs.

Seriously, I can’t post pictures of all the dogs – we’d be here all day.


And there were lots of leafy green veggies!


There was a pony that I wanted to ride but I don’t think he was there for people of my size age.


I loaded up on sweet taters (duh!) and apples and the biggest butternut squashes I have ever seen (needed for above recipe!).


I tried to get my sailor to take a picture of me holding the butternut squashes but he said no. Because I don’t have a porn blog.

Seriously, where was HIS brain? Haha

And besides, has he never ever heard of food porn?


So, he took this picture of this goat instead. Her name is Latte. She was hanging out with the goat cheese lady. Mmmm…..goat cheese……


Here’s my haul on fresh beef. Score!


After the market, we took our goodies home and headed out for some lunch and errands.

We went to our favorite Indian place. MMMM…


I had the medium spicy vindaloo and was sweating bullets at the table. lol

For the record, I only ate one little triangle of the naan because it is made with wheat and I’m doing that whole gluten free thing.

I was okay with it (or I just couldn’t tell I wasn’t because I was still breathing fire) but a few hours later, I had an iced skinny vanilla latte from Starbucks and that made my stomach hurt.

Did some research and turns out the skinny vanilla stuff has gluten in it! Blech!

I didn’t finish it. Which sucks. Starbucks ain’t cheap.

So, I’m thinking about heading to the doc to officially get tested for celiac, just to see. Because it really did make me feel bad. :/

Sunday was a pretty low key day.

I did a little food prep but not too much since we’re going to be laden with turkey leftovers, too. 🙂

I made some gluten-free banana bread. Because, it’s banana bread. Duh.


I made us some homemade chicken noodle soup (gluten free rotini pasta) with the last of the chicken from last week and some of the broth that I made.

To make it creamy, I added a tablespoon of grass-fed butter (I buy Kerrygold and if you haven’t tried it yet, you are totally missing out!) and about half a cup of heavy cream.

So delicious!


Then, I made some beef stew in the crockpot using some stew meat that I snagged at the farmer’s market.


I used less than 2 pounds of meat so I used upped the veggies a little. I also subbed Yukon Gold taters for the red taters because that’s what I had and I used regular onion because the recipe didn’t state red onion until down in the directions.

Yes, I broke the cardinal rule of following a recipe – I didn’t read the whole thing before I started.



It worked out okay though. 🙂

I also didn’t add any frozen corn because I didn’t have any. T’was fine. Delicious, in fact.

Talk to me: What’s your favorite thing on the Starbucks menu?

– jennifer

Tasty Tuesday – Banana Oatmeal Bread

Hi there!

It’s Tasty Tuesday!!


Make sure you head over to Lena’s page to check out all the yumminess! She’s featuring a recipe today – Quinoa Stuffed Squash from Welcome to Mommyhood.  Holy decadent deliciousness!! You’re definitely going to want to be putting THAT on your table! Don’t forget to invite me over for dinner. *wink wink nudge nudge*

So, the other day, my sailor mentioned that he had a hankering for some banana bread.

Well, you know what? Me too! Apparently, I just needed the thought to bring out the craving. mmmm…..banana bread……

So I made some!


But, I didn’t want it to be super heavy and laden with butter and oils.

Because, no one likes to feel guilty eating banana bread. It’s supposed to be healthy, right? I mean, it’s made from BANANAS!

I didn’t want it be be boring either.

Nobody likes boring banana bread. It just gets moldy instead of getting eaten.


So, I fiddled around a little with some ingredients and I came up with a winner!

It’s dense without being heavy, pretty much guilt free, and delicious – everything banana bread should be and more.

I made it on Sunday and we’re already down to less than half a loaf.

That may or may not have something to do with the fact that my sailor and I both have jobs outside of the home… not anywhere near the bread box….


Eat it as is, slather it with peanut butter, eat it straight out the pan with a fork, or whatever floats your boat….

Just don’t burn your fingers.


Banana Oatmeal Bread
makes 12 decent slices

3 bananas, mashed
1/2 avocado, mashed
1/2 cup raw honey
1/3 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1 egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray loaf pan with non-stick spray.

2. In small bowl, whisk together flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.

3. In large mixer bowl fitted with paddle attachment, combine mashed bananas, avocado, honey, greek yogurt, egg, and vanilla until well blended. Slowly incorporate dry ingredients into wet until combined. Do not overbeat.

4. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 60-70 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in pan 10 minutes before turning out onto cooling rack.

Nutritional information (per the Spark People site) per slice:
Calories 172; Fat 2.5g; Carbohydrates 35.4g (fiber 4.1g, sugar 14.8g), Protein 4.5g

– jennifer

Injury update, weekend happenings, and some stuff in my kitchen!


I’d totally say Happy Tuesday but I’m not feeling it today.

A 4am unplanned wake-up call is my reason.

Rain drops.

On my face.

And my bed.

Roof leaked. Water came through ceiling fan. Ceiling fan was on. Water flung errrwhere…..

Mass towel casualties.

In case you wondered, yes, there was a Hellacious rain storm last night!

Lots of flooding in the area. Thankfully, all we dealt with was a little water through the roof. No flooding in our house.

Took me 2 hours to get to work today, though. #goodtimes #notreally

But, that is not what I came to tell you about today!

I interrupt your regularly scheduled Tasty Tuesday to bring you 3 things!

1. An injury update!

2. Some weekend happenings!

3. A short view of what went down in my kitchen on Sunday (since I missed posting it yesterday)!

First up, my foot.


Followed up with the orthopedist yesterday.

It’s definitely a stress fracture and it’s healing! You could see cloudiness (calcium deposits) over the 2nd metatarsal and that’s a good thing!

But, I’m still in the boot. 😦

Okay, I should clarify – she suggested I wear the boot for another week, just to give my foot a little more unhindered healing time.

But, if I take it easy, I don’t have to wear the boot.

Yeah, I’ve never really been one to “take it easy” so…..

But, it’s just a week.

No running or jumping or any type of impact activity for at least 3-4 weeks but I had expected that.

So, one more week in the boot and then, I can wear a pair of shoes! And a pair of pants!!

Seriously, it’s been all skirts and shorts (on the weekends) this whole time.

And the same stinkin’ brown shoe. *sigh*

Annnndddd, moving on….

Weekend things!


I got a hair (or two) cut!!

So simple and easy!


We were lucky enough to be able to attend the christening ceremony of the USS John Warner, SSN-785 on Saturday.

This was, by far, one of the coolest things I’ve ever done.

And the hottest. OMG, it was like 100 degrees on Saturday!!!

And, it was outside (obviously) and not under cover.

But, it was totally worth it and I would do it again in a New York minute! 🙂

Sunday cooking!

I did a small amount of food prep on Sunday.

Hey, it’s football season! It’s hard to food prep when your booty is planted in front of the television. 🙂

Anyway, I made some chocolate chip avocado banana bread.


Om. Nom. Nom.

I loosely followed this recipe – chocolate chip banana bread.

I subbed a whole avocado for the stick of butter (admittedly, probably should have only used half an avocado but I wasn’t paying attention. No matter cuz the bread is amazeballs!), nonfat plain greek yogurt for the sour cream, and chocolate chips for the cinnamon chips.

Holy. Yum.

Then, I threw down some of the best curry I’ve ever had.

You definitely need to head over to Erin’s blog to check out her recipe.


I also made some chili in the crockpot but neglected to take a picture.

Hey, with that curry ready to be gobbled, can you blame me?

Anyway, I used this recipe – Paleo Crockpot Chili – but used a pound of ground pork and a pound of ground turkey instead of the beef.  If you make the recipe as listed, it has terrific flavor but not a lot of spice.  If you want spicy chili, you definitely need to up the ingredients with the heat factor.

That said, you didn’t hear me complaining eating it over a sweet tater and topped with avocado yesterday for lunch.



Talk to me: Do you like your chili spicy or mild? What’s the most annoying thing to ever wake you up? Banana bread – yay or nay?

– jennifer