photo credit: nkzs @ sxc.hu
They say you should have 3 squares a day, right? Ok, I know that what they mean is 3 square meals a day, but (and this makes my Mr just shake his head slowly back and forth like one of them wind up monkey toys with the cymbals) - well, I literally have 1 or 2 or 3 squares of chocolate a day for breakfast. I get it from all sides, everyone telling me that breakfast is the most important meal a day. Well, I am not a breakfast eater. I admit it. I've fallen into a habit of having a bowl of freshly popped popcorn before bed, with hot rosemary butter drizzled over it and I figure that sustains me until lunch the next day. I do have my lunch early - and I eat whatever I want, though mostly what I want is in the line of fruit (living in the Okanagan Valley, rich in produce) how can I resist a crisp home-grown apple a day? Then I enjoy an early dinner, somewhere in the vicinity of 3:30 to 5 daily, and I have whatever I want.
I'm not falling over, I feel better than ever. I work out 5 days a week, running and elliptical, situps, pushups and lots of happy energy and I take my vitamin D every day and ... I've lost 15 lb in the last two months. So, I don't think I'll be changing things anytime soon. And, if we happen to be invited out for breakfast, well I break down and just enjoy it as a rare event. I'm just not into the regular get up on a weekday and make myself eat something breakfast.
Fresh Rosemary Popcorn Butter
1 tsp fresh butter
few sprigs of rosemary - dried or fresh
Put all into a small ceramic cup - melt in micro.
I zap it several times, letting it cool each time it gets hot -
I let it sit for a moment, stir with a spoon so the herb flavor disperses.
And in case you don't remember my speedy Martha Stewart version of popping the corn:
Take a plain paper lunch bag
1/3 cup plain popcorn kernels
Put popcorn in bag
Fold bag twice, loosely 1/2 inch folds at top
POP in micro - same as you would a store bag popcorn
(mine takes about 2 min)
Kids love this, fast, easy, healthy and they can have their "own bag"
PS - need quick packing material for Christmas gifts? This popcorn works great.
photo credit: ziptrivia @ sxc.hu
I also experimented last night with a new squash recipe. I actually used a type of squash similar to the ones pictured here, but they were green and almost a square shape. At any rate, any dense squash which can be peeled with a peeler will work well.
Barb's Squash "Oven Fries"
Peel one dense squash.
Cut vertically in 1/2, scoop out seeds.
Cut squash into slices - french fry size.
Toss with olive oil, lightly salt (or season with spice)
Spread on cookie sheet lined with parchment.
Bake at 425, turn slices over about 10 mins -
Cook till done, mine took about 20 - 25 mins.
Delicious - these are best eaten right away - they go soggy in the fridge.
And once again its Mojo - and I managed to fit that in yesterday which was a miracle!
Obviously I chose the square theme. I used a Studio G stock card from Michaels. I used a word rub-on from my sister. I made my own little caps for the ornaments cutting them from watercolour paper and stamping them with a Fiskars gold paint and added the little bows of golden string. Tiny snowflake stamps are by Kimberley Polson.
Its SNOWING here again :) Hope you are having a wonderful day!