Bring On The Rain

I don’t know what the deal is today, but I am fried. Let’s just go ahead and blame Chloe. She started scratching and scratching early this morning, so I moved to the couch. Sometimes I think we need a bigger bed (or to kick the pug out ASAP… but she’s just so cuddly).

Breakfast was a green monster, pre-babysitting:

smoothie

  • 1/2 c Vanilla Almond Breeze
  • 1 Frozen Banana
  • 1/2 C Frozen Berries
  • 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
  • Lots of Baby Spinach
  • Ice

‘Twas delicious, but surprisingly not filling. A couple of hours later I was starving and ended up munching on some ww toast with PB.

It POURED rain pretty much all day today, which was fabulous- though the kids were going a little stir-crazy by this afternoon. By noon they had already built a fort, played charades, read their summer reading, and watched Spongebob. I got done around 2:30 and headed home to figure out something for lunch:

chard

Morningstar Farms Chick Patty on an Oroweat Sandwich Thin with mayo, Gulden’s and spinach. Along with last week’s leftover swiss chard with chickpeas and couscous. Not bad for taking about 5 minutes to throw together.

Brian’s always harassing me about not creating enough “baking” recipes for the blog, his argument being that the title includes the word BAKES and therefore I am deceiving you by not, um, baking stuff. I think he just wants cake. Anyway, I’ve been craving banana cupcakes lately and decided to give it a shot. I haven’t typed up the recipe yet (look for it tomorrow afternoon), but here’s a hint: It includes three of my absolute favorite flavors- banana, chocolate and peanut butter.

bancupcake1

Oh yeah. I’ve been going at the leftover ganache with a spoon. See the divot?

ganache

Dinner was easy. Last week my friend Caryn gave me this pizza crust to try:

crust

And she also tipped me off to these Davina Roasted Marinated Tomatoes from the bulk bar at Central Market:

tomato

They’re DELICIOUS. The only ingredients are tomatoes, olive oil, vinegar and herbs. I topped my half of our pizza with marinara, cheese, a chopped herb chicken breast (from CM prepared foods case), mushrooms, the roasted tomatoes and some dried oregano. Brian’s half had all of that- minus the chicken and plus Italian sausage.

Pre-baked:

prepizza

Time to eat…

postpizza

I have to say, this was probably the best pizza we’ve ever made. I’m officially addicted to these tomatoes. Next I want to try them on pasta.

Brian’s still putting the desk together and I’m about 5 seconds from passing out. Time for a little bedtime snack (CUPCAKE!) then hitting the hay.

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the cupcake recipe! You won’t regret it!

-SURVEY-

What’s your favorite way to spend a rainy day?

It’s supposed to rain through Thursday! I see lots of baking in my future.

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0 Responses to Bring On The Rain

  1. runeatrepeat says:

    I’ve been wanting to make homemade pizza, but have convinced myself a piece of Costco pizza for 1.99 is cheaper and easier…

  2. Tammy says:

    That pizza looks amazing! and so do those cupcakes!!!! yum!!

    Favorite way to spend a rainy day is baking cookies and reading a good book (while eating said cookies).

  3. klemons says:

    I like to be on the couch watching a movie curled up with a blanket and the dog…and Chad too but only if he agrees to the movie I am watching and doesn’t bug me to change it to Die Harder Part X.

  4. Evan Thomas says:

    On a rainy day I just want to bake and watch a movie

    And that cupcake recipe sounds like a list of my favorite things!

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