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Stir Fry Soup

Allow me to explain the title.  I decided to give my new electric pressure cooker a try for the first time - ya know, since I got it this passed Christmas, it was about time.  I had chicken, stir fry veggies, and brown rice.  Basically I added too much liquid when I cooked the rice so it went from being regular stiry fry to stiry fry soup.


Those chopsticks were more or less for visual affect because after about two (attempted) bites it just wasn’t happening.  I mean yeah, you use chopsticks when you’re eating at sushi restaurant to impress your friends and to avoid looking like an inept American in front of the the Asian owners. But when you’re at home, sitting on the couch, watching Full House reruns with the dog just go a head and grab that fork.

So maybe I need some more practice with the pressure cooker and the proper amounts of liquid, but overall, the chicken was moist and had great flavor, the vegetables were tender, and it was overall delicious!

Weekend Recap 2/1/2014

Had a busy but fun weekend.  Here’s a few pics:

The weekend started Friday evening with a little Franziskaner at a local German Bar.image

Saturday for a late lunch The Hubs and I hit a local Italian restaurant and they had my favorite meal that I’ve been waiting for them to have as a special for almost a year!  Seafood St. Jacques.  Oh my GOSH!  It’s this creamy cheesy sauce with crab, shrimp, and scallops, with a crumb top.  It’s served with dry toast so you can sop up any left over cheesy goodness.  And I also got a baked potato and green beans as my sides.  I’m not really sure why I didn’t center the dishes to look presentable.  Probably because I was so excited to eat I just took the picture quick.


Sunday was, of course, Superbowl Sunday!  After church I tried to hold on to any last bit of healthiness that I was going to have and made a smoothie.  It had a banana, blueberries and spinach.  It was actually pretty good, I could only taste a hint of spinach.


And let’s bring on the Superbowl food!  Definitely had our share of typical football fare.  This picture doesn’t do it justice, this is only a fraction of what we had.  Taco dip, salsa dip, fruit, veggies, chips, dips, homemade egg rolls, the list goes on.  We also enjoyed carrot cake, grilled venison, venison chili, and home made jalapeno poppers.  They were delicious!  Jalapeno peppers stuffed with cheese and wrapped in prosciutto.  I can’t even remember everything else!


In case you missed last weeks bentos: Bento #18, Bento #19, and Bento #20.

Bento #20

Wow, we’re up to my 20th bento!  I’m using my Rove Laptop Bistro Box.  Forgive me for the less than stellar cell phone pic.  It’s nearing midnight and I just wanted to get the lunch made and get moving with this post.


The left triangle contains an awesome salad that I’m very excited to eat tomorrow!  It might look small but there’s tons of room in that container.  Besides the lettuce I have cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and sliced up string cheese in there.  The right triangle has a smoothie type thing that I just decided to wing.  It has a banana, oatmeal, strawberry Greek yogurt, and a few strawberries & raspberries.  I’m not sure if I should drink it or eat it with a spoon… but since I put it in here I’ll probably eat it with a spoon.  The top square is strawberries and raspberries, and the bottom square is Italian dressing for my salad.

Bento #18

After a nice email conversation with my friend, and the fact that The Hubs made me go grocery shopping, I ended buying some healthy stuff for meals this week.  I have to get this extra weight off me.

Here’s tomorrow’s lunch:

Tier 1:

Raspberries, straberries, and a half of a banana.  I haven’t decided if this is going to be breakfast or dessert for my lunch.  I’m sure I’ll end up eating it for breakfast.

Tier 2:

Tomatoes, baby carrots, cucumber slices, turkey roll ups on a toothpick with a tomato, and a string cheese.

Let’s hope I can keep this up!

Brief Weekend Recap

Friday morning started out with this:


It was an absolutely beautiful sunrise!  The picture really doesn’t do it justice.

Friday night we went to a local bar where my high school music teacher’s band was playing.  Definitely a fun time and I got to see some teachers and students I haven’t seen in years!

Saturday night The Hubs and I went to Monster Jam with some friends and their kids.


On the left is all the trucks lined up, top right is Monster Mutt flipped over, and bottom right is Grave Digger.

It was my first time seeing monster trucks.  It was fun, and I’d definitely do it again.  We bought our tickets a little later than our friends so we ended up being in the next section over.  When we went to find our seats there were people in them.  There were enough empty seats that we ended up going over and sitting in the row in from of our friends which happened to be the front row!  Well technically the 4th row since they had the first few covered in plastic as a safety precaution I guess.  Anyway, I got some great pictures and The Hubs even got some video of the Doughnut Competition.  Grave Digger won!

Here’s this week’s posts in case you missed it:

Bruschetta Alfredo Toast

Bento #17

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