some things i’m working on

Hope 2013 is treating you well.   Here are a few things I’m working on:

karma cleanse

A little cleanse for the soul.   I know I won’t be able to get through this list quickly, I try to scratch away at each concept each day.   I definitely felt gratitude yesterday in a way I never have.  Sometimes when I get caught up in my own bullshit I forget how truly lucky I am for everything and everyone I have in my life.   I hope this feeling of gratitude continues with me every day, and I will work really hard to act with love throughout the day, even with slow check writers in a long line at the supermarket…grrr…love.

Did this take over your news feed on Facebook on Friday?

pay it forward facebook

I definitely replied to one of my friend’s status’ and posted this as well.   Looking forward to paying it forward to some friends, and looking forward to paying it forward volunteer wise too.   I really, really, want to volunteer in the 518 this year but I’m not sure who|what|where to go.   Any good volunteering experiences locally?

Finally, I think I’ve perfected my kick ass quesadillas.   Caramelized onions, goat cheese and fresh arugula!  I’d used sauteed spinach before, but arugula is the way to go.

caramelized onion quesadilla

Found the original recipe in Fitness magazine (I don’t always use tomatoes,  but trust me on the fresh arugula.)

christmas crunch

Holiday cheer has hit the Capital Region:

albany capitol building

It’s festive everywhere I turn.

albany mannequin heads

Decorations are everywhere..except my house.   I still had my Thanksgiving stuff out till this past weekend.   Judge away, I’ve been busy.    Right now a wreath and Christmas Crunch will have to tide me over until my decorations go up next week.   Oh, you need to go make Christmas Crunch asap, aka White Trash.

christmas crack

Christmas Crunch

2c Chex cereal

2c Cheerios

2c pretzels (I used the waffle kind)

2c M&M’s

2 bags of white chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients except white chocolate chips together in a large bowl.

Melt white chocolate chips (in microwave slowly or in a double boiler.)

Pour melted chocolate over dry mixture, mix, spread over wax paper lined cookie sheets

Refrigerate for 2 hours.   Serve or store as needed

This recipe gave me 11 ziploc baggies worth of Christmas Crunch, if you’re looking for  a saltier taste, I’m pretty sure the recipe would still work sans M&M’s.

run to the store

I’ve found your dinner for tonight.   Brown Sugar Balsamic Pork Loin.   Heads up, you’ll need a Crock Pot, but it’s ahhhmazing.  I found this on Pinterest via C+C Marriage Factory

Ingredients:
1 (2 pound) boneless pork tenderloin (or regular pork loin)
1 teaspoon ground sage
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 cup water
Glaze
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons soy sauce
Directions:
Combine sage, salt, pepper and garlic. Rub over roast. Place in slow cooker with 1/2 cup water. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. About 1 hour before roast is done, combine ingredients for glaze in small sauce pan. Heat and stir until mixture thickens. Brush roast with glaze 2 or 3 times during the last hour of cooking. Serve with remaining glaze on the side.


I’ll admit, the first time I tried this, I’d never used a Crock Pot (or slow cooker, whatever you call it) before and I was convinced it was a fire hazard, I came back to the house about 3 times to check on it.    It ended up taking a little longer than anticipated because I kept taking the lid off to check on it, but when it finally finished up (about 9 hours) it was outstanding!!!   I paired it with flashed green beans and mashed sweet potatoes.

Great idea for tonight, but if you wanna eat before 8pm you better run out and get started now!

sunday night pasta (herb explosion)

I’m not a big pasta fan (I know, weird) but I fond an easy, light recipe that I’m confident you’ll love, especially if you enjoy herbs.   It’s called Sunday night pasta with balsamic vinegar.  I discovered it when I got stuck in a Julia Child YouTube wormhole.

The recipe itself is in the video below, it’s a quick fun watch (less than 10 minutes) and it’s a very organic recipe.  Sometimes I enjoy some wiggle room.  I’ve outlined the ingredients you’ll need below:

Ingredients

  • Olive Oil (2 tbsp)
  • Tomatoes (fresh or canned) as many you’d like
  • Linguine
  • Fresh Basil
  • Fresh Marjoram
  • Fresh Mint
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Balsamic Vinegar

(I omitted the chives and the cheese mentioned in the recipe)

I think technically this could be viewed as a vegan dish (sans cheese) so I’ll stockpile that away in my vegan recipe book.    Again, I’m not a big pasta fan at all, but this recipe was perfection.   Just enough to satisfy and the blend of herbs is so pleasing.  I honestly might consider trying this without the tomatoes and doubling the herbs.   So easy to make.  Great recipe to keep nearby in a pinch.

Also.   Good news if you’ve been concerned about the potential of the end of the world in December.   Apparently the farmers disagree with the Mayans, this book isn’t blank:

They send these to the radio station each year, I’ll admit I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw it.  🙂