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Sunday Summary

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Monday:  I had a short morning job with an economist.  Good times.  Jake had to take the MARTA to the airport.  I’m not too broken up about that.


Tuesday and Wednesday:  I worked all day.  I hate when that happens.

Wednesday is weigh-in day and I’m sorry to report that there was no loss this week.  But never fear.  I am one of those crazies that get on the scale every day; so I know there was some fluctuation down the past couple of days.   I am not ready to trade in Candice Kumai just yet.

Thursday:  My first day off in 12 days.  There’s nothing like drinking a latte on my own couch.  The rest of the day is a blur; it took the whole day to recover from Tuesday and Wednesday.

Friday:  I had a 1:00 downtown at the courthouse.  You know what that means?  That means a latte two days in a row.

I made this Kale and Fennel Caesar from Cook Yourself Sexy.


Yeah.  It was pretty gross.  I’m not a fan of Caesar salads to begin with.  I can tell you right off that that sardine was only on the plate for the picture.  I like to think I’m culinarily adventurous, but I just couldn’t do it.  Maybe I should have chopped it up.

I finally watched The Blind Side.  It only took three years for it to get to the top of my Netflix queue.   I didn’t actually cry, but it was touching for sure.

Saturday:  I went to World Market today.  I feel that I should go to some sort of meeting and confess that I bought some Christmas ornaments.

I also made some Faux Peanut Butter-Banana Ice Cream from — guess where — Cook Yourself Sexy, which I always want to call Crazy Sexy Cool.


This is faux because it’s made with frozen bananas and a little bit of almond milk.  Fine by me.

I also watched My Week with Marilyn.  It was good, but I was more intrigued by the Vivien Leigh portion.

Sunday:  I went on the hunt for dried rose petals today.  Williams-Sonoma?  Nope.  Fresh Market?  Nada.  Whole Foods?  None.  Trader Joe’s?  Negatory.  BUT the guy at the check-out suggested an Asian market.  Uh, maybe like the International Farmers Market right down the street from my house.

Good Deed of the Week:  Be kind to yourself.  Seriously?  When are these deeds going to start to be challenging?  My whole existence is predicated on being kind to myself.  If it makes me sound any better I usually encourage other people to do the same for themselves.

Eat Well and Savor.


Banana Doughnuts

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With Banana Frosting.  And they’re gluten-free.  Well, at least the flour was gluten-free.  I’m no expert in the field, though.


This recipe is actually baked.   I need to use these pans more often.


The instructions say to fill them three-quarters full.  Of course I disobeyed.   Why does the recipe make so much if you don’t need it?


Don’t panic.


I’m sure you can find someone to eat the holes.


One other thing:  I suspect that the fact that these aren’t fried might be negated by the fact that there’s shortening in the frosting.

Eat Well and Savor.

Hazelnut Biscotti

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is that the saddest looking little pile of biscotti you’ve ever seen?


I was actually pretty excited to make this.  Who doesn’t love a little crunch with the afternoon coffee?  And these are from the recipe in Bob Greene’s The Best Life Diet.  That’s right.  They’re only 83 calories each.  Oh, wait a minute.  I should say If you follow the recipe they will be.  The instructions say to cut them into 1/2-inch think slices and they will make 16.  My version only made 8, and they pretty much fell apart because they were too small.  That’s okay, though.  I don’t mind a 166-calorie snack.

I’ll tell you what I do mind:  getting the skin off of hazelnuts.

Eat Well and Savor.

Sunday Summary

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Monday:  Another day in paradise.  I mean another day off from work.  And this time I got out of Phoebe’s dermatologist appointment for under 100 bucks.  That’s a win, for sure.

I made Easy-Street Oven Fried Okra from The Complete Southern Cookbook.  I had some asparagus hanging around; so I threw it in there too.


Tuesday:  I spent the afternoon in Magistrate Court.  I hope you never have to utter that sentence.

The doctor said Phoebe can go back to her homemade diet.  I was a little reticent at first; it’s so much easier to scoop out some kibble.  But since I try to stay away from processed food for myself I suppose that’s the least I can do for her.  So, once again, I am the crazy-lady-that-cooks-for-her-dog.

She can’t have much variety because we’re in the testing phase of her alleged food allergies.  I opted for Beef and Bulgur from the Feed Your Best Friend Better book.


Zuchinni, a can of diced tomato, and half a leftover orange pepper that I probably wouldn’t have used anyway.

Wednesday:  I love my job.  I had to make two trips to Buckhead for two no-shows.  I love my job.

I treated myself to a trip to the Ballard Design store.  Well, I guess the real treat was this new mat.


Let’s call it an early birthday present.

Thursday:  Look what came in the mail today.


My mom sent me her old canning books.  This one is from 1977.


And this one is from 1974.  Notice the $1.00 price tag.


This is the back cover.  This one made me smile.  I guess my mom didn’t follow this.  My parents got divorced in the ’80s.

Friday:  We had Malted Chocolate Milkshakes from Cooking Light’s Crave! for dessert.  When I was growing up we used to have popcorn and milkshakes every Friday night while watching Dukes of Hazzard.  Those were the days.


Saturday:  I didn’t do any work today and we didn’t run any errands.  We did go for a nice long walk along the Chattahoochee.  We saw a warning sign for alligators.  I’m glad we didn’t run in to one.  I don’t think Phoebe would have handled it well.

Drink of the Week:  Strawberry Daiquiri.  Thanks to my hard work with the Strawberry-Watermelon Rum.


We had Chicken Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce for dinner.  Again, thanks to my hard work with the Basil-Pecan Freezer Pesto from Southern Living’s Little Jars, Big Flavors.


Sunday:  Do you know what today is?  It’s my birthday!

We went to brunch at Canoe.  I had the Fried Green Eggs Benedict.  Delish.  I took a picture for you, but for some reason I can’t get it off of my phone at the moment.

I made Double Chocolate-Oatmeal Bars from Woman’s Day, circa September 2003.


My mom used to make M&M cookies for me to take to school for my birthday; so this seemed like a good choice.

This was a low-key year for me.  At the moment we are watching Gone With the Wind.  It’s always been a favorite of mine.  I read the book for the first time last year and bought the DVD too.

If it weren’t for the new patio install I would be in Ireland right now.  My cousin tried to make me feel better by saying that the patio will last longer than the vacation memories.  Of course she’s right, but of course I had to mention this year’s excessive rainfall.  Next year:  Hawaii.

Good Deed of the Week:  Add money to an expired meter.  I’m just a few weeks out and I’ve had my first fail.  In my defense, there aren’t a lot of meters in Atlanta, at least not where I park.

Eat Well and Savor.



Apricot Oatmeal Breakfast Scones

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I made these twelve days ago and then ate them for seven days straight.


They were fabulous with my morning latte.  But at the moment my memory is taxed and I really don’t know what to say about them.  Isn’t aging great?


I am also currently very distracted by an old episode of Gossip Girl.

Cleary one is topped with an apricot glaze and the other with turbinado sugar.    I use the term glaze loosely.  I think you’ll get the same effect with a little bit of jam.


There’s a lot going on inside too:  cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger.


I almost forgot to mention the golden raisins and the oatmeal.   Another recipe well done by Lisa Yockelson and Baking by Flavor.

Eat Well and Savor.



Sunday Summary

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Monday:  I hope y’all had a Happy Labor Day.   It started out dark and stormy around here, but the sun came out just in time for Phoebe’s walk.

Zinnias from my back yard:


Tuesday:  I was off today, but I vigilantly waited by the phone for The Call and it never came.

I ran a few errands and as a result I’m here with an official statement:  Enough with the pumpkins already.  People, it’s September, not October.  What about the humble apple?  Ever heard of Johnny Appleseed?  Why is everyone in such a rush for fall?  Sure, I love fall as much as the next person.  I mean, hello, it’s the beginning of holiday decorations and all.  But here I am thinking that I just got cheated out of a good summer because of excessive rainfall, so please keep your pumpkins to yourself.

Wednesday:  No work today.  All caught up; so no editing.  Here’s the question:  why haven’t I been in the kitchen?  I’m really not sure where my time has been going.  Unless you count the two hours I wasted today trying to figure out why my water wasn’t working.  Thank you, Useless HOA, for letting me know an inept crew was going to test the fire hydrants today.  Oh, and thanks to My Immortal Beloved for drinking all of the bottled water while I was in Nashville.

Thursday:  Here’s something you don’t want to hear while enjoying your morning latte with Kelly and Michael:  your tenant just moved out with no notice.   I guess it’s a good thing I had to work today.

Friday:  I finished reading Girl With a Pearl Earring and of course I had to watch the movie because Marnie and I are going to see the exhibit at the High Museum on Sunday.  As usual, the book was way better.  But no complaints about Colin Firth.

Saturday:   A while back Marnie told me that I would like Smitten Kitchen.  For some unknown reason I didn’t listen.  Recently I stumbled onto the site and discovered these Butterscotch Pudding Popsicles, and now I’m hooked.


Um, yes, I took a couple of bites out of one.  So good.

Sunday:  I made Hungry Girl’s Caramel White Chocolate Brownies.


Cake mix and a can of pumpkin = genius.

Marnie and I went to brunch at Another Broken Egg.  It was my first time there, but I’m obviously going to have to take Jake there some day.  It’s too cute and too close by.  And there are biscuits and gravy.

After that we headed down to Midtown and then turned around and came back.  There was some sort of something that caused the street to be closed down.  We would have had to walk two blocks to get to the High.  Perish the thought.  Let’s just say we didn’t have proper footwear.  The Girl With a Pearl Earring isn’t going anywhere for a few weeks.

Good Deed of the Week:  Become an organ donor.  Done.  I have been for a while now.  I’m not sure when I first signed up.  You would think something like that might be memorable.  For all I know it was because BJ gave her heart to Maxie on General Hospital.  And they say soaps don’t educate.  I’m mostly kidding, but I do tear up every year when they celebrate BJ’s birthday.

Eat Well and Savor.

Tres Leches Boston Cream Cake

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If you think it looks gooey then you’re right.


Yeah, there are a few lumps in the chocolate.  So what.


Tres leches means three milks.  This is actually a cake mix that’s prepared with buttermilk; so if you ask me it’s four milks.  In my opinion, the sweetened condensed milk is the best milk.  Think about it.  Have you ever made anything with a can of that stuff that wasn’t freaking amazing.  Lately I’ve been putting it in my coffee.  Spread the word.


The chocolate on top is just a bag of semi-sweet chips that’s melted with half-and-half.

This recipe calls for an 18.25 ounce white cake mix.  I don’t buy a lot of cake mixes; so can someone please tell me when they got downsized to 15 or 16 ounces.  My guess is that it was sometime after I pulled this out of Coastal Living back in 2009.

Eat Well and Savor.