sometimes you just have days when you want to eat everything in the house. then you go to the grocery store. hungry. looking for dinner.
you walk out of the store with...
lime tortilla chips
asian salad mix
mini rice cakes (cheddar + kettle corn)
peach frozen fruit bars
it could have been worse. (we passed up the blueberry cheesecake goop from the deli case, the instant mashed potatoes, the ice cream, the...
i blame it all on roommate ryan. he moved in with us about two weeks ago (after the teenagers went home). he eats spaghetti o's - and chips - and chips ahoy cookies, and ben and jerry's ...and...and... he starts most his meals with ice cream - tonight he bought a box of doughnuts. my summer activity level cannot sustain these treats... all this processed goodness (tongue in cheek) that hasn't seen the inside of my shopping cart since college (if that as i grocery shopped so often) -- except for an occasion here and there...jon and i couldn't take it any longer. between ryan and watching "arthur" the other night -- we had-to-have our own can of spaghetti o's (sorry no saucy o's jon...) -- so we did. tonight. for dinner. along with our chips+salsa, salad, and lemonade - with an occasional pringle + rice cake...and jon might have finished off the pint of ben and jerry's cake batter, with a little help from me of course.
it's on now.
might as well go all out -- mom - we'll be over tomorrow night for velveeta shells and cheese...
disclaimer - ryan does eat vegetables too. and fruit. and i might have fed him a few home cooked meals in the last week that included many vegetables - particularly zucchini...
as much as i love the nostalgia of a "brown bag lunch" - which i will never fully give up -
the rise of the reusable container - in the form of something cute, chic, functional, and bpa free - makes me oh so very happy...
for the past year or two i have packed my lunch in various bpa free, reusable plastic containers or empty pint and cup sized canning jars. the jars are generally my preference for any item that needs to be reheated as i try my best to avoid microwaving most plastic. my lunch bag is a cute little reusable bag i bought at whole foods for $2 this fall or something similar.
once upon a time (this spring) i went to the hospital cafeteria for a take-out sabbath lunch
it was delicious. i loved it. i eventually ate every bite. i was by myself. i didn't have to do the dishes.
taking my own lunch
--a short(ish) history--
i think my mom packed my lunches up until 4th grade - it was then that i discovered i only wanted to eat hot lunch - specifically haystack, burger, and pizza days - or any other day that involved ranch dressing (my love affair began young)
i ate lunch at home (homeschool perk) until high school. after some quality time eating at the boarding school cafeteria (mostly buttered toast with brewer's yeast + pb, jelly, and applesauce on toast -- the bread was homemade) i was back at day school where the next two years consisted of -- not packing a lunch (i just realized that not once did i eat in that high school's cafe) and a lot of taco bell runs...though there was those two short months my junior year when i was obsessed with jack-in-the-box (oh. my. word. help.)
college - lunch? what's that -- between a full load and two-four jobs -- lunch?
6 months of teaching school - hello t.v. dinners - i had a serious stash in my fridge - i tried all the vegetarian ones ever made at that time - school cafeteria - sometimes - on desperate days.
2 years ago. began consistently packing a lunch on a daily basis. the kind with salad and vegetables.
this last year - i can't live without my packed lunch. i bring my own dinner to staff meeting. i have created a brown bag monster (joking joking -- i still order out sometimes --)
summer - i make jon a lunch most mornings - as it has to withstand the heat - we are still working on adding creativity--- it usually consists of : pb+j, granola and protein bars, apple, carrots, any other random fruit we have around, juice boxes (he. is. obsessed. no joke.) - extra shake bottles of lemonade or gatorade mix and sometimes chips...
p.s. - every morning when i make jon's sandwich, i instantly want to eat one too -- i heart pb+j
now that your head is filled with our lunch history...
let's brown bag it and you can tell me...
there has been a lot of chatter about lunches lately
-- they live on a farm
-- they renovated their farmhouse into a lovely home that i would like to live in too
-- emerson designs, styles, models -- everything -- the clothing line and her husband, ryan, does all the photography
-- they are funny
-- they include their animals in many of their pictures - which i love to see - especially the chickens
-- they sell beautiful clothes (made in the USA - which is quite important to me) that i would love to own -- this skirt is on my wish list:
did i tell you the story of how many squash plants i planted this year?
ready for it?
yes, you saw that correctly.
however, i incorrectly assumed that some (a lot) of them would die
but they didn't.
this picture was taken a few weeks ago:
the plants are now much larger - but i don't want to go out and take a picture right now - use your imagination...
then they started to get a lot of these:
now i have a lot of zucchini - and soon a lot of yellow squash too - probably about 8 tomorrow when i go out and pick them...and more zucchini too.
we have been eating a lot of zucchini. i love it. i've grilled it, roasted it, sautéed it, put it on salad and ate it plain. it's good. it means summer. i like it.
but -- i have a lot of it -- so i took some to the librarians -- and tomorrow i'm going to take some more --
and i'm going to make some zucchini bread - but i have to find the right recipe...soon
which brings me to the question of -- do you zucchini too?
this summer i have made a lot of recipes from the Martha Stewart website (seriously has been my go-to site this season) - i love their little collections - especially the ones that are vegetarian, or like the one i am sharing - produce specific.
here is one for: zucchini - click it, explore it, and go try something new to eat!
well, i looked at the calendar this morning and it told me two things:
1. i have taken 18 days of "blogging vacation"
2. i have exactly 3 weeks until i pack up the car and head back home
usually, i would be packing up tonight and heading back tomorrow - but this year i'm staying with the husband, in montana, for longer...
the past few weeks we haven't been up to much - i made a dent in the projects that i need to get done and this next week am hoping to get most of them accomplished...trying to get things done ahead of time rather than procrastinating... i don't really know if it's as much fun and old habits die hard.
where we left off:
we try to celebrate everyone's birthday -- our worker, travis, had a birthday and we were more than happy to put together an impromptu bbq and a quick batch of cupcakes --- anyone else having a birthday?