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Breakfast and dinner

That is seriously what I should change the name of this blog to, ha ha.

For some reason, once again, I managed to just take pictures of breakfast and dinner.

I started this very cold, icy day with a smoothie! Brrr…

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Contains: 1 cup of plain soy milk, 1/2 cup frozen pineapple and 4 frozen strawberries. Yum!

I also had an English muffin with PB&J to go with.

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Oh, wait! I forgot about the morning snack 😉

I ate a HUGE carrot and tried a new hummus: Athenos artichoke and garlic. I loved it. Hummus can do little wrong by me though.

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Lunch was leftover spaghetti. It was good but you’ve seen it. I love leftovers, it really helps stretch my ingredients plus saves money too.

I ate a Larabar after my workout today but it too escaped my lens.

For dinner, I made yet another version of Mama Pea’s roasted chickpeas. Her original recipe was pumpkin spice and I feel like I’ve messed around with it enough to list the ingredients on here.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • A few shakes of curry powder
  • A few shakes of cumin
  • A shake or two of salt
  • 1 tbsp Thai Kitchen sweet red chili sauce

Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Add all the other ingredients with them in a bowl and then stir until the chickpeas are coated. Put in the oven at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, stirring around once during cooking.

Voila!

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I think these were my favorite so far. I like to combine sweet and spicy flavors I’ve noticed. But I love experimenting with different flavors. It keeps roasted chickpeas interesting!

The rest of my plate contained mixed veggies, a pita pocket and Smart Balance Light.

I was supposed to go to yoga tonight but I ended up staying home and getting a lot of work done including homework (taking online classes makes me forgetful sometimes), cleaning, and baking for tomorrow night (you’ll see soon).

I just snacked on half an English muffin with PB and chocolate chips 🙂

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Thank goodness for tea and 9:00 cut off times. I totally could’ve eaten another one of these!

Do you invent recipes or try out ones that others have come up with?

I love following others’ recipes but I can’t wait to make my own someday.

First of many

One of the hilarious things about this time of year is all the Christmas parties we end up going to!

One of my favorite parties to attend every year is the party held annually by my friends Carrie and Kristin (they alternate their homes each year) which gets all us girls together for some food, drinks and FUN!

Isn’t Carrie’s tree beautiful? 🙂

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The theme was “A Tacky, Wacky, Crazy, Kitschy Christmas” so it was our duty to wear something to fit the mood.

Since I don’t own an ugly sweater, behold, Josh’s silly football Santa hat with green ball ornament earrings 🙂

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Court rocked her antlers!

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Before we headed to the party, which is an hour away in Lexington, I snacked on a piece of bread with peanut butter.

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This held me over really well but eventually I got hungry and checked out the spread.

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I started with some pita chips and hummus.

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Carrie steamed some edamame, which was really good and lots of people snacked on it throughout the night 😉

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Over the course of the night, I had several more bites of pita and hummus plus a few drinks!

Some vino blanc…

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I can’t remember the name of this next one but it had champagne in it and tasted a little bit like a cosmopolitan! It started with a P, what was it?

Ah yes, Poinsettia.

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I’m so glad we used the smaller champagne flutes, that definitely helped me keep things in check.

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This was some sort of pomegranate drink that Kristin made. I definitely don’t recall the name of this one. But the Poinsettia was my favorite.

We also did a good deed at the party, which ended up being a very fun activity for me. I wrote out two cards to soldiers at Walter Reed hospital.

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I think all the girls really enjoyed it too!

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Then there was some wastebasket-ball (which I ended up winning).

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Some karaoke 😉

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And a gag gift exchange, where Court and Amy scored their very own Snuggies!

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Beth’s was pretty classic too.

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We stayed way past my bedtime but honestly, it was so much fun I didn’t want it to end. But I proceeded to sleep most of the way back to the Ville and crashed as soon as I got home.

Thanks Carrie for hosting such an amazing party. I really enjoyed myself and I can’t wait to do it again next year!

Do you attend Christmas parties? What do you enjoy the most about them?

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For me, it was a combo of the belly laughs I shared with friends and writing the cards for the soldiers. I hope it blesses whoever gets them 🙂

Sonny & Joe’s, part 2

Last night, my friends and I sampled the next flavor of my Sonny & Joe’s stashHot Enough Hummus!

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I chose this flavor because the meal of the night was taco soup and we also had chips & queso, so it just sort of fit the “theme” if you will. Before leaving my house, I let the hummus sit out for almost an hour in order to enjoy the full flavor and hummus experience!

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This container had some info about the Brooklyn Firehouse (haha, fire, makes sense) on the back of the lid, educational!

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Time to dig in! I stirred it up really good to get all the peppers mixed in and enjoy the full hotness.

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I had originally packed the Ryvita crackers to eat with it, but once I got to Courtney’s and saw the On the Border tortilla chips, I couldn’t resist 🙂

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Heavens to Betsy! I have found a replacement for all other things to possibly dip tortilla chips in! This hummus was creamy, spicy and just like a flavor explosion. I had hoped to get some other “professional” opinions from my friends but all I have to report are lots of: “Wow”, “Yum”, “Mmmm” and “Oh my god!”s, haha.

Let’s just say it was thoroughly enjoyed. Check out the container before we had even gotten to the soup yet!

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Thanks again to Sonny & Joe’s for being so generous and allowing me to sample their hummus. I have many more flavors to come, so stay tuned!

 

Sonny & Joe’s hummus, pt. 1

The very sweet and kind Elissa from Sonny and Joe’s (from Brooklyn, NY) contacted me to ask if I would be interested in reviewing their hummus for my blog readers and I of course said yes! I am a big fan of hummus but I have yet to try very many brands, so I was ecstatic.

Then I came home to this and got even more excited:

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I have tried a total of maybe 4 different flavors of hummus in my time as a hummus-lover, so here I am presented with seven entirely new blends for my taste buds to tango with!

The first one I tried was “Just Hummus” which is just the basic chickpea spread. Start with the basics, right?

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Each container lid has some little known facts printed in it…so you learn something new as well! My lid had some historical info about Coney Island, which I can say I honestly knew nothing about.

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Check out this beauty:

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Doesn’t it look just like a dish of hummus you would order at a fancy Greek restaurant?

I decided to eat the Just Hummus with some Just Carrots, which I dipped into the container I brought to work.

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I was immediately impressed by the texture and creaminess of this hummus. Most of the ones I eat get so thick from being in the fridge (like the Athenos brand) that you have to practically scrape it out of the container. There was no such problem here. It also tasted so fresh, not like it came out of a package at all.

I also followed Elissa’s genius advice and ate the hummus at room temperature. I just got my little container out and let it sit out for about 30 minutes before I dipped in. She was so right, this made a HUGE difference. I noticed flavors I never noticed in hummus before because it was too cold. Of course you would want it room temperature, some restaurants even serve it warm! I’m such a newbie.

When I ran out of carrot, I went on to spoon.

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Wow! So much more tastiness when not using a carrot! While I think carrots and hummus are one of the best snacks ever, I can see why with this kind I would want to use something more bland like pita or crackers (or a spoon!)  in order to let the hummus shine on its own. I could seriously eat this by itself; I will have to make a wrap out of it too!

Since I was blessed with so many containers of hummus and I’m the only one in my house who will eat it, I’ve decided to have a “hummus tasting” on Wednesday night with my girlfriends and I told them to be prepared to provide their expert opinions as well. So stay tuned for part 2 coming tomorrow! I’m planning on taking a new flavor tonight!

I was just in Brooklyn this past March, so when I go back I will definitely have to stop by their store to give my praises. They make other dips and pickles too which would greatly interest the husband 🙂