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Wordless Wednesday: Camouflage


Portobello Mushrooms with Summer Squash

We're back to almost vegetarian in my household and Sunday nights are either gourmet or leftovers. We're out of leftovers.

Tonight's dinner is Portobello mushrooms with a side of summer squash and baked potatoes. It took about 20 minutes - less if your grill doesn't run out of gas!

Portobello Mushrooms with Summer Squash
Recipe by Annette Holland Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
4portobello mushrooms1/2 cupFresh & Easy Classic Balsamic Vinaigrette1/2 cupFresh & Easy Burgundy Wine Simmer Sauce1 packagesummer squash4Yukon Gold potatoes Cooking Directions
Grilled portobello mushrooms are delicious, but our grill was out of gas and it was too hot to broil. I made due with the griddle.
Lightly oil with olive oil, then spoon either the balsamic vinaigrette or burgundy wine simmer sauce over the mushrooms until soft, turning at least once. If grilling, marinate the mushrooms for a few minutes…

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes

I've been playing around with the recipe for a few weeks now and I think we have a winner. The Hunk called last week's batch the best ever, so I'm going to try to duplicate it this week and document it.
Ingredients :
2 cups whole wheat flour (I use Gold Medal)
1 cup Coach's Oats
1tsp baking soda
2tsp baking powder
1/2tsp salt
1/4 sugar in the raw (honey can be substituted)
2 eggs (flaxseed can be substituted)
2tsp vanilla
1.5 cups milk (coconut or almond milk can be substituted)
1 cup water
Pecans, dried or frozen berries
Combine dry ingredients. Mix liquid ingredients in a separate bowl, then add to dry. Mix well. Let sit while you heat your griddle. Batter will appear watery, but any thicker and you will have *really * thick pancakes.
Pour out batter in 1/4 cup increments. Cook until both sides are golden brown.
*posted using the blogger app, sorry about the formatting

Photo Friday: Curvature


You Are Invited to Join Google Plus

If you are still wanting a invitation to Google+, you have come to the right place.I have plenty. Before you jump on the latest social network bandwagon, make sure it's the right place for you. Yes, I love all things Google, but I wouldn't want you to leave that other network if G+ is not right for you. Use the right tool for the job. Know what I mean?

Check out the demo. See if you want to hangout. Make sure that Skype is not in use. I had issues with my first hangout because Skype had control of my mic and speakers, though oddly enough not my webcam. Pants are optional.

Still need work, but I find blog posts and articles that I wouldn't otherwise come across on the topics that I am interested in. Especially Android and recipes. Bonus, I don't have to clutter up my already overloaded Google Reader with more blogs.

Are the new Group.Me or Beluga -- if you have the app (also available for i-devices).
Texting is great, but not when you’re trying to get six …

Wordless Wednesday: Soccer Practice


This is the way we walk to school

Moments like this are when I miss being a stay-at-home mom. Ideally, I would have a work from home job for that elusive, mythical "work life balance". In the meantime, I'll enjoy the small moments that I do get. Tomorrow I rejoin the ranks of the working class.

Mamavation Monday: 187

Well, I lost a pound this week. I guess the spin classes are paying off especially since it's *that* week and I probably gained 5lbs just in water weight. Also despite recovering from road food and a family reunion last weekend while the rest of you were at Blogher (mild jealousy).
Overall, I'm not too upset. Being an overachiever I want to see that 2lb/week loss, but I know that is unrealistic. I'm still being careful of my back and not overdoing anything, which sometimes means not pushing myself as hard as I could. I've noticed that in spin class after a certain level of exertion my body thinks I'm having an anxiety attack, but I just slow down and concentrate on breathing until I try again. Getting through the mental barriers is so much harder than the physical ones.
The Hunk and I are spinning 3x/week and light weights in between. I'm exhausted most days. My muscles are definitely confused, as in "What the hell!?! You haven't used me in 10 years …

UI Debit Cards for California

It's about damn time the state of California finally joined the 21st Century when it comes to paying out benefits. And if you read the whole press release, we get telephone and web access too! I can't believe I was able to do all this in Oregon years ago and now California is finally getting a clue.
Starting July 8, EDD will begin distributing 10,000 cards a day to unemployment claimants, a phasing-in transition from check to card that will take a couple of months to complete. Last year at the height of the recession, EDD issued approximately 41.2 million unemployment checks, a record number.
Benefits of the EDD Debit Cards include:
No check cashing fees for customers without a personal bank account. Transfer options for customers who do have their own bank accounts. No fees with careful use of the card. Stability in the event of a disaster, avoiding mail disruptions that can occur with checks.

So, if you are currently unemployed in CA, and haven't used up your 99 …

Pina Colada Oatmeal

Good morning everyone!
I've noticed I tend to practically pass out at the end of spin class if I only have a light breakfast or a protein bar. This morning I plan on going on a fairly full stomach.
I like to mix things up a bit with breakfast. Including oatmeal. Food should be fun, even when you're trying to lose weight.

Pina Colada Oatmeal
Recipe by Annette Holland Prep time: 1 minute
Cook time: 4 minutes
Total time: 5 minutes
Yield: 1
1/3 cup Coach's Oats1 cupwater1/4 cup shredded coconut1/2 cup pineapple chunks1/2 tsp. rum extract Cooking Directions
Cook oatmeal according to directions. Add coconut, pineapple, rum extract and nuke for 30 seconds or until pineapple is no longer frozen. Enjoy!

Wordless Wednesday: Doggy Style

Back scratching that is.