Wordless Wednesday: Camouflage

August 24, 2011

Portobello Mushrooms with Summer Squash

August 22, 2011

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
  • 4 portobello mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup Fresh & Easy Classic Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • 1/2 cup Fresh & Easy Burgundy Wine Simmer Sauce
  • 1 package summer squash
  • 4 Yukon 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.
  1. 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.
  2. Saute the summer squash to desired tenderness.
  3. Serve with a baked potato.
The Intrepid Princess still prefers steak to mushrooms, but The Teen and The Hunk both loved it.

Summer Squash

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes

August 21, 2011
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

August 20, 2011

You Are Invited to Join Google Plus

August 18, 2011
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 different people to decide on a movie. Huddle turns all those different conversations into one simple group chat, so everyone gets on the same page all at once. Your thumbs will thank you.

And the best part of G+ is Circles. I'm still sorting mine out but it's really nice to post to only certain people instead of the whole wide web.

I am offering them to you, my loyal readers. Just leave a comment with your email address (for example dananner @ dananner dot com) and I will send you one.

Wordless Wednesday: Soccer Practice

August 17, 2011

This is the way we walk to school

August 16, 2011

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 and now you want me to work?!??" type of confused.
I finally earned my gym rat Foursquare badge :-). I've been able to be consistent because I've been unemployed and my daughter was with her dad. This week I go back to work, school started, and so did soccer practice. I'm hoping I can keep it up. Taking care of myself is the first thing to go when our school -year schedule starts getting full.

UI Debit Cards for California

August 12, 2011
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 weeks, have you gotten the debit card yet? Is it as easy as the video claims?

I'm still waiting for my next check ... the cupboards are looking pretty bare.

Pina Colada Oatmeal

August 11, 2011
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 Oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 tsp. rum extract
Cooking Directions
  1. Cook oatmeal according to directions. Add coconut, pineapple, rum extract and nuke for 30 seconds or until pineapple is no longer frozen.

Wordless Wednesday: Doggy Style

August 4, 2011

Back scratching that is.

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