Thank you to everyone who entered my first giveaway!! Hopefully I’ll get a chance to do more, and hopefully I’ll have more people enter. I know I have more than 8 readers, so I was a little disappointed, but I guess that’s better odds for those that did enter! And I really enjoyed reading all of your healthy meal ideas, might have to steal a couple.
And now the winner…..
Congrats Lori J.! No need to send me your address, I already have it. I’ll try to get your goodies out this week.
So I have a lot to catch up on. Hubby graciously did the post for me Thursday, so I technically have to catch up from Wednesday morning. I don’t really feel like writing the play-by-play, so here are the pictures I took, and I don’t even remember which ones are from which days. Not like you care, right?
That middle picture is cashew chicken from Chuong Garden. I did not make that myself. Nor did I make my “Vito” sandwich from Jimmy John’s.
On Thursday Tyler was getting a little restless, so we decided to get him out of the house and take him to the Delaware County Fair. Nothing against the Delaware County Fair, but I grew up going to the Clay County Fair, which is pretty much the awesomest (I know that’s not a word) county fair ever. No county fair I’ve been to has ever measured up, but it was still pretty fun to take Tyler and eat a bunch of greasy food.
He liked the big animals, not so much the little ones. I didn’t take pictures of our food choices, but I had a brat burger, cheese curds and some of Hubby’s ice cream cone. He had a roast beef sandwich, a steak sandwich and the cone. We also got a small bag of kettle corn to take home, which was gone in about a day.
Yesterday we had the day off, so again we went to the farmer’s market. This time I remembered to take a picture! Just one, and it was only of half of the market.
I came home with 3 ears of sweet corn, green peppers, jalapeno peppers, red onions and a kohlrabi. I’ll take a picture of that one before I eat it, if some of you have never heard of kohlrabi.
It finally rained Saturday, so this half of the state was pretty joyous. We’re in the middle of a big drought, in case you didn’t know. I loved it because it cooled the temps down a little. We were able to go on a long walk and hit up several of the parks in town.
I also made it to the gym yesterday and along with a simple full body weights workout, I did this treadmill routine courtesy of fitnessista:
It was a good one, and felt good to get on the treadmill again. I have mostly been sticking to the elliptical or spin bike lately since I haven’t ordered new arch supports for my cross trainers.
Tyler loved them. He doesn’t get any syrup on his pancakes though, too messy.
Today the temps shot up again, so it was too hot to take a baby out. We had to get
desperate creative, so Hubby made him a fort. Which he loved climbing on and destroying.
Oh the fun. For supper, I have a recipe! I’ve been eyeballing this one from the latest Cooking Light ever since it came out- Grilled Vegetable and Fontina Pizza.
I made a couple changes of course. I really wanted caramelized onions instead of grilled onions, so I chopped up three onions and got started. Caramelizing onions takes forever, but is soooo worth the wait. I always forget how much they shrink down. My aunt Pat makes the most amazing onion dish for holidays, and it must take her all day, because I think she has to caramelize 12 onions or something ridiculous like that.
Before and After:
Another change I made was with the veggies. I HATE mushrooms, so of course I omitted them. I realize that’s what probably makes the original recipe so awesome, but I don’t care. I browned up some sausage and added that for a meaty taste instead. For veggies, I used one red pepper, one green pepper, half a zucchini and two jalapeno peppers. Here is me cutting them, using rubber gloves so I don’t wipe my eyes afterwards and regret it.
I also changed the cheese. Our little supermarket did not have any fontina cheese, but they did have one kind of Gruyere cheese, which the magazine said I could substitute. I love the flavor, but did not love the cost ($7.50 for a small block) or the wax that surrounded the cheese. It was stuck pretty good, so I had to slice it off. Is there a better way of getting that stuff off??
For the pizza crust, I made up a Wildtree mix I had on hand. We’ve used the Pillsbury stuff from a tube before, and that works fine, just gets a little sticky sometimes.
If you need instructions on how to grill pizza, check out this old post from my previous blog. Don’t be scared of grilling pizza, it’s pretty easy. You just have to have everything ready to go and move fast.
Here’s our final product (another change from the original recipe- I added some pizza sauce and deleted basil):
It was delicious. The crust gets so crispy and grilling the veggies and caramelizing the onions really ups the BOLD flavors, in the words of my husband. Even the different cheese gave it another dimension. Although next time I think we’ll just stick to cheap ol’ mozzarella.
And that, my friends, is it. I’m kind of sad tonight because I’m missing the season premier of one of my favorite shows, Breaking Bad. Dish is dumb and canceled AMC so we don’t get the channel anymore. Sad face. There goes my weekly look into the lives of meth dealers. Guess I’ll go read a book or something.
Hope you had a great weekend, stay cool….