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Saturday, February 1, 2020

Sunday Stealing-Another Food Meme

Another Food Meme

There are things I want to rant about – I’m sure you can guess what they are. However, I am trying to be more positive this year and as such I will not be ranting. Instead I will answer a few questions from Sunday Stealing about a subject close to my heart – food.

Let’s dive in shall we?

1. How do you like your eggs?

Depends on my mood. Could be scrambled, omelette with spinach and feta cheese, or Denver omelette with hot sauce, Eggs Benedict, fried eggs with toast, or a homemade breakfast sandwich. We have a double sandwich maker, make a bunch ahead to freeze and microwave as needed. 

2. How do you take your coffee/tea:

Depends on my mood and what’s in the house. I drink black coffee, or with a teaspoon of flavored creamer, or half and half.

3. Favourite breakfast foods:

Omelette, hash browns, and bacon. Breakfast sandwich with ham or bacon (not really a fan of sausage). Eggs Benedict. Grits with butter and hot sauce. Fruit and cream flavored oatmeal packets, or plain oatmeal with a tablespoon of jam or marmalade. Healthy smoothie with kale, hemp protein powder, and chia seeds hidden in with frozen berries and a little plain yogurt. Any kid’s cereal with marshmallows and milk, if I really want to be bad! If I get up late and have to run to an appointment, I will eat a Nature Valley Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Protein Bar, and grab an orange sparkling water, if the coffee pot is empty.

4. Peanut butter: smooth or crunchy?

I like both. Depends on my mood.

5. What kind of dressing on your salad?

Blue cheese, Greek, Italian, French, 1000 Island, Good Season’s Italian (I just found the crusts at my grocery store about 6 months ago), Cucumber Ranch, Ranch. We eat a lot of salad, so our fridge is stocked with a variety.

6. Coke or Pepsi?

Neither. I drink sparkling water only, and I have a huge variety of flavors to keep myself away from Coke and Pepsi. Spindrift-any flavor, Bubly Orange, Bubly Blackberry, Bubly Cranberry, Bubly Raspberry, Bubly Lime, Kroger’s Fizz Cola and Root Beer and Dr P. (When you haven’t had a real cola, rootbeer, or Dr Pepper in close to a year, these will taste exactly like a real soda.) I love Dasani, especially the grape, but it’s impossible to find. Actually any flavor Dasani is hard to find, shelves are always bare.

7. You feel like cooking. What do you make?

Anything I can cook in my Instant Pot, like Italian Beef, Pulled Pork, Italian Sausage. I love cooking, but due to my back problems I can’t stand over a pan to cook and I need help if something has to go in the oven. My son helps a lot. I make all types of cuisine. Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Indian, just about any cuisine.

8. You’re feeling lazy. What do you make?

If I’m just a little lazy, a sandwich. If I’m super lazy, cold cereal and milk.

9. You’re feeling really lazy. What kind of pizza do you order?

I prefer veggie over meat, but the billion pizza joints near me (really, we don’t need anymore, but they keep popping up) don’t have many veggies on their menu. I used to love Eduardo’s Pizza when I lived in Chicago. They had a great spinach pizza. Since I’m limited to what the pizza joints in my area have...Chicken Taco Pizza, or a combo black olive, mushroom, green pepper, onion. 

10. Is there a food you refuse to eat?

Pickled herring. My Dad had my Mom always buy it for the holidays. 🤢 I think I ate a small jar when I was pregnant, but that was purely the baby’s craving and not mine!

11. Favourite fruit & vegetable:

Favorite fruits would be watermelon with a little salt, or blackberries. Favorite’s hard to pick, I like nearly all of them. One that is just too expensive, but is really tasty in salads...radicchio. Arugula is good in salads too.  Otherwise roasted corn on the cob.

12. Favourite junk food:

Donkey brand tortilla chips (with salt), pico de gallo from the Mexican grocery, and homemade guacamole (or from the Mexican restaurant nearby).

13. Favourite between meal snack:

Honeycrisp apple, or cheese, or carrots and hummus. I love hummus with tabbouleh and carrots and other veggies, but tabbouleh is hard to find outside of Chicago.  My son and I found a Middle Eastern fast food place near my daughter’s job, it was close, but the recipe wasn’t quite what we are used to. We used to eat at several authentic Middle Eastern restaurants in Chicago and the north suburbs. 

14. Do you have any weird food habits:

Yes – I tend to eat all of an item before eating something else, and I always save my favorite for last.

15. You’re on a diet. What food(s) do you fill up on?

Veggies, salad.

16. How spicy do you order Indian/Thai?

Depends on my mood. Usually somewhere in the middle, but I have eaten some spicier dishes. There is an Indian Buffet near the laundromat I have to frequent (because my washer and dryer were killed in a flood). They have a spicy fish dish, that is spicier than you’d think, but it’s delicious if you just have a few cubes.

17. The perfect nightcap?

I don’t have one often, but JD on the rocks or any other whiskey or bourbon.

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Sunday, January 26, 2020

Sunday Stealing-Winter Questions


    How do you get past the gray skies during winter? It’s definitely depressing. It’s been terribly dark and dreary here for several days.

    Do you like snow? Why or why not?  I love the way it coats the trees and makes my yard look like a winter wonderland. I love how it got me out of a trip to Wheaton Thursday. I do not love the childish fights between my 25 and 26 year old about shoveling and how my spouse or I have to keep sending them back out to shovel properly. I’ve got a new car. Pretty darn near new, and I don’t want chunks of snow left on the driveway that turn into ice chunks, which makes it hard to navigate in and out of the driveway. Also, I don’t need that situation on the porch and path to said car. The last thing I need is a fall. And really, why did I need to explain for 20 minutes why you MUST remove the snow from the porch handrails? Really? How do I steady myself with my cane and holding onto a handrail with 2+ inches of snow with my bare hands? How hard is it to clear it off? I mean, really?

    What are your favorite activities to do during the winter?  Bundle up and watch a movie, binge watch something on one of the streaming services. Tonight I’ll be finishing season 2 of “Shrill” with Aidy Bryant (SNL). Also, making a healthy, hearty soup.

    What does a perfect winter day look like to you?  
Snow is coming down steady. No plows have come through yet, so we can’t even think about leaving the house. Snuggled up under some warm blankets, a nice warm cup of coffee, or homemade soup.

    What are your favorite meals/food you enjoy eating during the winter?  
Chili, split pea soup, skinny soup.

    What is your favorite winter holiday and why?  Christmas.  

    What is your favorite pizza flavor and toppings.  I like chicken taco pizza, or a veggie pizza with spinach, broccoli, artichoke hearts, black olives, peppers, a little red onion. Just load it up with veggies. And if you really want to be decadent, add some spoonfuls of ricotta cheese here and there.

    What are some items in your daily bag/ backpack. 
I rarely carry a bag. I’m a pocket person, that’s why I practically live in cargo permitting. If I must carry a bag, it’s my Bellini Cross Body Messenger bag. I can fit my iPhone, iPad Mini, wallet, and a pack of CHoward’s Violet Mints. The mints because my Mom always had a pack of them in her purse and it smelled heavenly, and I have to have my bag smell like that. I ran out and went in search of them yesterday. Had to go to the other location of an old timey candy store because the store where I live was out. 

    Your favorite snacks. 
Popcorn, dark chocolate. Those Brookside Dark Chocolate covered fruits. Blueberries, cherries. 

    Some foreign countries that you would like to visit  Ireland, Italy, Australia. Shoot, I’d be happy with a trip to Vegas. I don’t need anything far away and expensive.

    What things that remind you of home  
My family, my kitties, something delicious cooking in the kitchen.

    If you have one, some items from your Amazon Wishlist  I have a crap ton of stuff on my Amazon Wishlists. Craft stuff, DIY tools, stuff for projects, books, curtains, gift ideas for my family, pet food (darn, finicky spouse’s cat, really hard to find the ONE wet cat food flavor she will eat).

    What was your favorite Christmas gift?  
When I was a kid, a Spirograph set. I’ve wanted the deluxe set for years. I’ve been dropping hints, I even said flat out I want one, but alas, I continue to wait for one. I loved it when I was a kid. Now that I’m an adult I think it would be good to use along with my CRICUT.

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