>Ahoy!

>I’m dressed like a sailor today.

A sailor who likes pink.

And likes to cross one leg over the other.

It’s a [sailor]’s life for me.

>My Mother is Amazing

>Really. She is. She is an amazing artist, the best cook I’ve ever encountered, a great business woman, and a phenomenal horsewoman. She also knows how to knock back a glass of wine like nobody’s business. My stepdad is a very lucky man 😉

Recently, I called my mom in a panic. Well, a panic for me. “Mom, I have a pork loin that I need to cook. Adam’s on his way over. How do I cook? Like now?” Without skipping a beat my mom instructed on how to make the juiciest, flavorful, drool-worthy pork loin ever. And it took 30 minutes. Sorry Charlie Sheen, but this is “winning.”

Just so you know, I’ve made this two times in the past week. It’s that good.

Here are a few pictures…

Rosemary, Garlic, Hungarian Paprika, Salt, Pepper

With a few swigs of olive oil

Bathing….
After 16 minutes on the grill

Thank mom!

>Spring Has Sprung

>At least inside my house it has.

Pardon the dust…
There. Much better.

Go buy some flowers. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face. 

>It Was a Dark and Stormy Day….Part 2

>Just to really get my point across, I decided to take a few pictures of the gloominess outside.

View from my office (Little Italy)

View pt. 2 (This is the San Diego Bay)

I just walked out to the main room, snapped a few pictures, and walked back to my office. My co-workers think I’m crazy.

I guess it’s not soooo gloomy, but it is getting darker by the moment. And the sun is definitely nowhere to be seen. Sighhhhhh.

P.S. I am working, I’m on a conference call that I’m minimally involved in (just have to be present). Thank goodness for bluetooth!

>It Was a Dark and Stormy Day….

>Lest you think I’m joking when I say I like a lot of mustard in my vinaigrettes…

Mustardy

Yesterday’s concoction was a variation on a theme. Instead of using regular dijon mustard, I opted for dijon with horseradish. I also added some sliced green onions. It was “kicky.” I LOVED it.

All mixed up, it went perfectly with my mixed veggie salad. (Still not digging the dark green leafy stuff…so weird) I also had some spaghetti and garlic bread that Adam slaved away making. Yum.

Eat your veggies!

I know I’m not the first to notice this, but how much does cut cauliflower resemble a brain?

Cauliflower braaaaaain

Anyone? Anyone at all? Am I crazy? That’s cool….

And lastly, because I’m trying to “pull myself together” (thanks Dianne), I’ve committed to wearing makeup and wearing semi-nice clothes to work from now on.

Awkward Bathroom Shot

Extreme Close Up!

It’s raining today in San Diego. Not loving that. But I am enjoying the way the water looks so dark gray and choppy. It’s very dramatic. And I love dramatic 😉

It’s supposed to rain through Saturday. I had hoped to make it a beach weekend. We’ll see. Keep your fingers crossed! In the meantime, I’m going to cozy up with my coffee and hunker down and get some work done. Although I really wish I was at home, bundled up on the couch watching girly movies. Oh well…

>Yep. I’m Doing Okay.

>Clean hair. Make up on. Dressed like a ballerina. I am pulled together?

I also had a diet coke for breakfast. Whatever that means.

And despite the yucky overcast weather. I’m feeling good.

Adam made spaghetti last night. That was also good.

I’m rambling today.

>Pull Yourself Together

>That’s what my sister just told me, when I told her 1) I haven’t worn make up to work in about two weeks (the boss is out of town, I’m in my own office by myself…no one sees me!) and 2) I haven’t washed my hair since Saturday (I have used dry shampoo though).

I look like a 12 year old.

At least I’m wearing heels?

I think I’ve been shamed into at least putting some lip gloss on. And maybe some under eye concealer.

Last night was fun. Adam and I went to Cass Street Bar and Grill (one of my faves!) to watch the UConn vs. Butler game with one of his current roommates and a visiting past roommate. I was cheering for Butler. I know UConn beat UofA so I should’ve wanted them to win it all knowing I could say “at least we were beat by the eventual winners.” But I was feeling too bitter. It was a terrible game, by the way.

At least the beer was cold and the Gumbo I ordered was delicious!

Bad iphone photo.

Now excuse me while I try to find some lip gloss…

>Fresh is Best

>So after unpacking my haul from Saturday, I wanted to dive right into some fresh veggies. The radishes that spoke to me at the market and convinced me that I needed them or my week would be ruined, where the inspiration behind my lunch-time salad.

Originally, I was going to do a simple radish salad. But then I thought of the lettuce and broccoli and other veggies I already had in my refrigerator, and turned it into a smorgasbord of crunch.

I also whipped up a quick dijon-based dressing. It was 50% mustard. Just the way I like it 🙂

Chopped veggie salad.

Since I didn’t have any cooked chicken or other protein, I added a hard-boiled egg.

Get Some!

Drizzled (heavily) with the dijon dressing, it was amazing. Crunchy and refreshing.

P.S. Am I the only one who accidentally drops chopped vegetables into my dressing when I’m making it? Just me?

Dressing (said in Homer Simpson “doughnut” voice)

Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

  • Dijon Mustard, 2 heaping TBSP
  • White Wine Vinegar, 4 TBSP
  • Olive Oil, 3 TBSP
  • Honey, 1 TSP
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients except for the Olive Oil into a small mixing bowl with a whisk.
  2. While whisking, slowly add the olive oil in a slow stream and allow to incorporate into the dressing.
  3. Taste and adjust to your own taste preferences.

Yah, this goes totally against the rules – usually it’s a 2:1 olive oil to vinegar ration. Not for me.  I like my dressings on the vinegar-y side. And as I already mentioned, I like a lot of mustard. I could (and do) eat it by the spoonful. That’s not weird. It’s delicious.

Also, these measurements are approximated. I’m sure I never make it the same way twice. Feel free to play around with the proportions. The great thing about dressing is that it’s easily amendable – too oily? Add some more vinegar! Need more flavor? More mustard! Adding pinch of salt is also extremely important – it really brings out the flavors.

>Disappointing

>Oh TJ’s, why you gotta play me so?

Veggie Burger Fail

No amount of ketchup, BBQ sauce, or mustard could make these palatable to me. Stay away!

I think I’ll stick to Boca and Amy’s…

Move over Rachael Ray

$40 a day? Try $40 a week. Thanks to Henry’s (the best) I got all of this for $42.36.

The Loot
There are eggs hiding under there….

A quick rundown of the goods: Lettuce, brussel sprouts, parsnips, radishes, green onions, cilantro, 5 lemons, 4 limes, almond milk, puffed corn cereal, dozen eggs, red onion, full chicken, pork loin, cauliflower, broccoli, spaghetti squash, garlic, green onions, nonfat yogurt.

Yes, it’s very vegetable heavy, but I had a bunch of oranges and apples, as well as other staples like rice, pasta and beans at home.

So please, don’t tell me that eating healthy is more expensive.

Impulse buy. So red and crunchy; couldn’t resist!