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This post will have zero to do with ketchup, I’m just in a weird mood.

Let’s CATCH UP.

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Desserts are all I want to make this time of year.  I need a good [but EASY] fudge recipe that doesn’t involve condensed milk.  Anyone?  Also, why does every brittle recipe require a candy thermometer.  I am not going to do that, but I want brittle.  Dilemmas.

Ok, so real food.

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Ha.  Still not quite the “real” food I was hoping to get to.  But Costco just started carrying these for about half the price they usually are, so yeah, ummm watch out bank account.

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Alright, last splurge / treat food I promise.  Trader Joe’s has these for a hot second and then everyone snatches them up.  I almost missed them.  I freakin’ love popcorn (read: salt), but there’s something even more awesome about the Christmas tins with the multi-flavored variety sections that gets me.  Kyle thinks they are gross and on par with fruitcake but I think he’s way off base.  I plan on sharing none of it with him as punishment for his rude comments about my exceptional foodie taste.  PS: fruitcake is gross.  That we can agree on.

Apparently I have no real meals photographed so here’s a picture of our visit with Santa from last weekend.

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As you can tell from his red eyes, his solo session wasn’t a huge success.  But we did manage to get this awesome family shot.

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And this is my little helper making a car out of our (unloaded) Costco purchases.  If there’s anything he loves more than trucks/cars/all vehicles in motion it is helping mama unload groceries.  And music.  I put on some Christmas tunes and pushed him around the house and he was in heaven with this little trifecta.

Lemon Poppyseed Bundt Cake

When we moved to this house, one of the (many) selling points was the backyard with so much gardening and planting potential.  There were fairly new citrus trees which my mom helped me prune and care for (because there were several diseased parts on them) and now that it’s winter they are bearing so much fruit!  We have lemons galore!

[Side note: we were told there were two lemon trees and one lime tree, but I texted a photo to my mom last month to ask what was wrong with the lime tree (they were turning orange-ish)…and then picked one…and immediately texted her back saying we had an orange tree NOT a lime tree.  Ha!  So we actually have two lemon trees and an orange tree.]

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Sooooo…lots of lemons.

I’ve given tons to friends, but I still have way too many.  I will be making lemon stuff forever I think.  Good thing they last a long time.

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We haven’t tried poppy seeds with P yet, so I didn’t make this cake for him, but he did help me pick the lemons.  He’s a great garden helper.  Especially with raking leaves.  Anyway, when I have a free second (not surrounded by Kyle being out of town or the holidays) I’ll test them on him to see if he reacts or not.  Until then, Kyle is more than happy to take this bad boy down solo.

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He said the lemon poppy seed bundt cake from Starbucks used to be his favorite thing ever, but they stopped making it.  So weird.  I had no idea he’s like something so dessert-y and sweet that didn’t involve chocolate but there you go!  Surprising me still after 10 years together.

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I based this off of this recipe, but tweaked it to make it both lactose and gluten free.  I still used yogurt, but I used less and chose Green Valley organics’ lactose free plain yogurt.  It’s the best baking ingredient for dairy intolerant folks.

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By the way, I bought a Bundt cake pan JUST for this recipe.  So this was my first time baking with one.  Pretty easy for the beautiful dessert it produces!  Definitely a fan.

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Mine didn’t puff up in the middle like her’s did but I am guessing that has to do with the gluten free nature of my version.  Made it easier to flip and plate though, that’s for sure.  No leveling off of anything, just a nice even bottom.

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Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake [gluten free, lactose free, nut free, soy free, vegetarian]

Ingredients:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups gluten free all purpose flour (I used TJs)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 oz lactose free plain yogurt (vanilla would work too)
  • 2 tbsp poppy seeds
  • juice + zest of 1 large lemon
  • juice of 1/2 large lemon
  • 1 tsp melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar

Directions:

In a large mixing bowl, whip coconut oil and sugar together, then add eggs, vanilla and lemon juice (zest it before you juice it) stirring them really well as you go.  Next add the yogurt and then mix it in.  Then add the dry ingreds (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, poppy seeds, and lemon zest).  The final three ingredients are for the glaze (following).

Pour batter into a Bundt cake pan that has been greased and floured.

Bake for 40-45 minutes at 350 degrees F until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Let it cool in the pan before inverting on a plate.  Meanwhile make the glaze but mixing melted coconut oil, sugar and lemon juice until combined.

Poke holes with a toothpick on top of the cooled cake then spoon the drizzle on top, so it goes into the holes and down the sides.

 

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Store in the fridge but warm to room temp (or in the microwave) before enjoying because the coconut oil will solidify when chilled.  It gets deliciously soft and spongy when warm.

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It’s tart but not too much thanks to the sugar and works as a breakfast or snack or after dinner treat.  Whatever, whenever.

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Random food things

Kyle was out of town the week before I went to NYC so I ate the same thing for lunch and dinner for four days in a row.  I am a creature of habit and thanks to the leftovers from Thanksgiving at my parents’ house, I had turkey for days.

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P was over the turkey by day two though.

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I took a few pics, but I can assure you there were plentyyyyyy more I didn’t photograph.

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I made a mayo/cranberry sauce chutney of sorts to eat with the turkey since I didn’t have gravy.  That and avocado were all the accompaniments I needed.

I wish we had more roasted veggies leftover though.  I had to ration those.  Brussels sprouts are heavenly, no?

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In an effort to make the stuffing go even further (and because it was starting to get a little dried out and stale) I made it into a eggy strata type dish and baked it til it was golden on top…which meant leftovers for breakfast too!  But only once because…muffins…

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Truthfully, I am finally done with the zucchini muffins.  At least baking them.  My stash of zucchini is gone and I have dozens of muffins and bread in the freezer, so I think it’s safe to say I can retire the obsession.

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Breakfast has been easy though, thanks to the baking binge.

Fast forwarding to after my NYC trip…here are the meals from this week (there are only a few since I got home Tuesday).

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I threw chicken breasts in the crock pot on a bed of roughly chopped onion and olive oil, then added sliced lemon and pepper on top with the juice of a second lemon.  In the last 20 minutes I poured in frozen peas too.

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Served it on a bed of red and white quinoa.  Easy peasy.  P ate the same thing.

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The next day I went grocery shopping so I had some more food to work with.  I made a big pot of soup with tons of veggies (carrots of all colors, celery, onion, potatoes, and chard) and sweet Italian sausage.  I am so glad my favorite blend of greens is back at TJs.  I LOVE the southern greens mix so so much.

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P ate the veggies and sausage part of this meal but not in soup form and no potatoes.  I gave him GF noodles instead for the carb portion of his dinner.

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And finally this tofu green curry dish.  I made it at 10 am because of the “big storm” coming our way, which we were told would bring power outages with the 70 mile an hour winds and such.  We never got any such outages, but I heard some people did so who knows.  The wind was strong in the early early morning but otherwise it was just a typical rainy day.  But at least I had dinner ready just in case.

P helped me chop veggies and ate a significant portion of the bell pepper.  I used Thai Kitchen green curry paste and coconut milk to cook the veggies and tofu and served it over brown rice.

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Aside from the bell peppers, P didn’t eat any of this meal (because it had soy), but I made it knowing I already had extra ground beef leftover for him for dinner anyway.  I haven’t made tofu in forever so this was kinda a treat.

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Actually this was the treat.

Cooooooookies.  :)

Brooklyn weekend

Last weekend was my first ever time away from my little boy.  It had to happen eventually…and if I’m being honest, it wasn’t something I was looking forward to at all.  It’s not that I was concerned about him while I was away (Kyle is a completely hands-on parent and can take over seamlessly), I was concerned about how I would do while I was away.  Yes, I know how ridiculous that sounds.  The thing about being a stay at home mom is that (a) I’m always with my son and (b) we lead a very frugal lifestyle (because we are living on one income) so we don’t have a babysitter or child care with whom we leave Patty-cakes for nights out on the town or vacations or…anything!  So yeah, the time finally came that I had to separate myself from my child for an entire THREE days.  I had anxiety going into it because I am not a good flyer anyway, but it’s different once you have a kid.  Plus I’m a worry about/hyper-analyze every single potential scenario kind of person.  ANYWAY!  I wouldn’t fly across the country for just anyone.  I was super freakin’ excited to see my bestie and her brand new baby girl.  Long time readers will remember Jessica, who is basically my soul mate because we are the same person in so many ways and we have known each other since the beginning of time (exaggerations, but semi true).

I’ve been trying to convince her to get knocked up since 2011 (when I was preggo with P) and she finally gave in.

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She is pretty much in love with being a mom so we spent 99% of the weekend just staring at her little girl.

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I got mega snuggle time, too.

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We left the apartment twice in those three days, which was a big deal for us since we could basically live in sweatpants and order takeout for life, but we had a pediatrician appt which forced us to brave the 29 degree weather.  I do not miss NY for the record.

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The rest of the time we were tackling this pile of DVDs.  And we did mega damage by the way (unpictured: Magic Mike and Sex and the City).  Her husband was thrilled, obviously.

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Okay, last photo of this little beauty.

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When I came home, it was like nothing had changed.  Except P had a cold and wanted extra mama snuggles.  Twist my arm.  :)

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Back to meal prepping I go!

Thanksgiving (2014) weekend

We had a wonderful weekend long Thanksgiving and I loved every second of it.

Kyle and I went to my parents’ house on Wednesday and stayed through the weekend.  Super long time to visit and hang out with family and friends.  Just the way it should be :)

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As per tradition (going on year two, ha) we feasted on Indian food take-out from Swad the night before.  We had all been prepping in the kitchen so clearly making Wednesday night’s dinner too wasn’t happening.

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On Thursday morning Kyle and I went on a run/walk with P and stopped at Starbucks on the way home.  My mom made a strata for breakfast (along with sausage and fruit) and we all dug in after showers, etc.

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Coloring is patty-cake’s favorite thing ever right now so I brought his crayons and he and “bumpa” colored while I ate (since I fed him first).  He is almost as obsessed with coloring as he is with his “bee-ma” and “bumpa”.  It’s the sweetest thing.

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I don’t have many pics from the afternoon because Kyle and I left our little dude in the care of Auntie Bee while we went to the niners game.

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We left before the food was ready at my parents’ house but not to worry!  We had a full on feast awaiting us in the box seats when we arrived.

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Let me tell you, Levi’s stadium is AMAZING!  And I’m not saying that just because they have solar panels ;)

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We nibbled on apps (cake pops for me) as soon as we arrived but then went to explore the stadium some more before the game started.

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The box had gluten free and alcohol free beer!! I was so impressed.

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Game on.

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The niners were playing pretty horribly to be honest, but the whole experience was so fantastic I didn’t even care.  The brussels slaw and (THREE!) cake pops were good enough to make up for the loss.

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The next day was mellow and this pic of dinner is the only one I have.  We went on a walk with my girlfriend and then to brunch and the rest of the day was playing with P.  UCLA lost so my football weekend was at an all time low, but like I said, all the fun hanging out time kinda made everything okay.

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On Saturday we went to pick out a tree for my parents’ house (ours is already fully decorated).  There was a ladybug so you know, that was a thrill.  IMG_0839

“This one!” <– his second favorite phrase

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Can we just appreciate the ratio of desserts to real food going on here?

Saturday was our “real” Thanksgiving since we were at the 49ers game, and my mom went all out and made ANOTHER turkey and two more pies for us.  The rest was leftover from Thursday, but just as good as ever.  Roasted veggies are my favorite part of the meal.

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Just kidding.  Chocolate pecan pie is my favorite part of the meal.  I think I posted the recipe last year, so refer back for that bliss.

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We left just after P’s nap on Sunday, in time for him to attempt to decorate the tree a bit.  :)

I dropped Kyle off on the way (he was flying out of SFO for a work trip) and then P and I rocked out to Christmas music the whole way home (he wouldn’t let me play the packers v. patriots game because he likes singing).

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I unpacked while P ran to his toy room to get re-acquainted with his long lost buddies.  Ha.  A few days away from them and they were all like new again!  He played quietly on his own for a long time until he realized I was checking in on him….then he wanted me to play (color) with him too.  Happy to do so little man.