Monday, November 30, 2009

First Feast of the Season

I was having this really weird dream through the night that I was having back surgery that I was AWAKE for and when I woke up my back was killing me. How strange is that?? Sheesh! 100_7399
-1 cup water
-1/3 cup Windy Hill flax seed porridge
-chopped hazelnuts 100_7398
I’m so glad I brought bananas back into my life. I’m hoping to have a bit of time to bake with them this week, too.

I took one look at our schedule for the evenings this week and knew right away that the gym was out for today. I really need to get my ass into gear and get some Christmas shopping done so I hoofed it up to the mall. Along the way I ate a vegan energy bar to give me some strength to endure the crowd. 100_7400
And boy was it busy for a Monday at noon! I ended up having to abandon my place in line at one store so that I could make it back to work on time. I didn’t even get a chance to grab a treat at Starbuck’s! The horror! :D Let me tell you though how easily a person can drop $250.00 in less than a half hour! Yikes!

Lunch was easy peasy today. I made some broccoli soup in the Magic Bullet this morning. Into the cup went 2 cups leftover steamed broccoli, 1 cup chicken stock, a LC cheese wedge, cumin, chili powder, salt & pepper. It blended up beautifully! 100_7401
On the side were a few Triscuit crackers; 100_7402
And lunch dessert was this pint of blueberries! 100_7403
They were on sale 3/$5 on the weekend so I took advantage.

The afternoon dragged on a bit but that was just because I was super excited for my dinner plans! It was our annual Christmas dinner at my supervisor’s house and she is one fantastic cook! Last year’s dinner had an Asian flair to it. You can see what we ate right here. Tonight’s menu was fabulous! We started out with some raspberry walnut brie and crackers; 100_7404

Then we had a fantastic spinach & shrimp salad; 100_7408

The main course was Cornish hens, rice, stir fried veggies and a great orange infused gravy; 100_7409 100_7410

Dessert was a rich, creamy Lindt cheesecake with a tart cherry sauce! 100_7411

I was definitely full after this meal! D lives about 45 minutes away and this is the first in 4 years that we’ve made the drive in good weather. Usually it’s freezing and snowing. One year it was so bad that she brought all the food to work and we had a luncheon at the office instead! I heard on the news today that the last time we had no snow in November was 1937. WOW!

Anyways, it’s quite late now so I must sign off and get my booty to bed! It’s December tomorrow!

Bye for now!!


  1. That's crazy!!! I hope your back feels better. Mmmmm I can taste that brie in my favorite is baked brie. I had a sample from Costco the other day and it has sent my cravings through the roof!

  2. what a great feast!!!

    and awesome deal for the blueberries...wish i had some!

  3. dreams are weird, I just had a hilarious one- blog "inspired".
    your soup looks great, I like the combo of broccoli and LC.
    fabulous dinner! I can't believe christmas is soooo close!

  4. I cannot believe it is December- seriously! When did this happen? The malls are crazy already? I have a few more gifts to get and I hope to knock them out this week. What a feast! Love that brie. I want to try making a baked brie or brie with fruit just like that. I bet it tastes just incredible. Happy Dec 1!

  5. Lindt cheesecake?!?! Yes, please! Your party looks delicious. Way to go with knocking out some Christmas shopping during lunch! The soup you whipped up looks so creamy - yum :)

  6. hello :) I enjoyed the buttercup but I think plain acorn is still my fav !!

  7. What a weird dream!

    The dinner looks delicious!

  8. I always think that the shopping is good the gym, right?! :-) And that dinner looks divine! YUMM

  9. What a wonderful dinner! That brie looks so incredibly fantastic!

    Last night it snowed here for the first time this season! Mike was mad (because he has to shovel, lol!), but I like it because it feels so Christmasy!

  10. FABULOUS looking feast!!

    i certainly don't take advantage of my magic bullet in creative ways like your brocolli soup!! such a great idea though!

  11. I have been cooking with tart cherries for the past six months. They are a great addition to any of the recipes I have used them. They add a good zing to the taste. I recently discovered a free tart cherry book (with tart cherry recipes). It is a good book and best of all it is free. It is called Tart Cherry Health Report. You can get it from Traverse Bay Farms

  12. mmmm that meal looks so good. especially dessert!


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