Outlaws and Tiny White Cheetahs
Hola Amigas! That’s right I only had a lil college Spanish but, I try…sort of. I know you all probably had some freaky wild weekend nights, but I cannot say the same for myself! Mallard’s aunt, uncle and cousin drove from Illinois to visit. They live in an EVEN SMALLER town than the one I grew up in. I’m talking a gas station and no stoplights! Mallard’s sister, brother in-law, and niece made the 3 hour trip from their homestead to meet up at Mallard’s parents’ house. It’s an hour drive there for us. Snuffy likes to go because she gets to hang out with her homegirl, Audrina (Mallard’s niece).
If you can’t interpret Snuffy Speak, that look means, “Yeah, Mom, I’m climbin’ the stairs. But, we’re at Grandma’s house so watchu gonna do ’bout it?”
The girls don’t see one another very often. But, they always fall back into their old routine.
Time for a little known fact: My daughter has a night job. That’s right, she is the musical entertainment during the cocktail hour.
We just have to keep strong family ties so that Britney Snuffy stays true to her morals!
All in all we had a good visit with the outlaws. But, get this: when they woke up this morning, their car had been stolen! I know!! Mallard’s parents live in a suburb of Dayton and it’s a decent neighborhood. But, there had been other “break ins”. Basically, unlocked cars were the target and Mallard’s cousin had left the keys in his parents’ car. So, the culprits just took it! CRAZY!! They have been on the phone with their insurance company all day. Mallard is golfing with his uncle, dad and cousin today. The Law ( I love calling them that) was there when he arrived. I didn’t realize Dayton suburbs were so rough lol! Mallard’s parents better watch themselves on the real.
Today, Snuff and I went to run our weekly errands since I worked yesterday. This included Starbucks,
Wal-Mart ( they are the only store around that carries naturally more PB! ) We actually went to Kroger before the others. Every week Kroger seems to add more to their natural and organic section! I love it! I can buy all but a few items there now! Now that you know I went to 3 grocery stores, I betcha wanna know what I got….
Organic “toaster pastries” (For Snuff). Not the most nutritionally balanced. But, better than the alternative. This way she can experience the pastry without the preservatives.
Organic American Cheese—-Snuff loves grilled cheese! If all else fails, I know that’s something she will eat.
New Cereal–I saw this and it reminded me of childhood and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. But, I don’t like to put preservative laden food into my body. So, although it’s no Flax Plus, I thought this to be a better option than CTC.
Yogurt–For my yogurt messes! I love love love yogurt messes!!!
Snuffy’s raisins–easy, portable, organic
Tea–yes, not organic, far from perfect. But, a summer staple in our home.
Amy’s Meals–I tried Indian food for the first time with Amy…aw! Like anyone with tastebuds, I love Amy’s everything! I do have to keep it to a minimum due to the higher price. Personally, I think the price IS worth the quality.
Boca Chicken- I really like the taste of these. But, I struggle with the purchase because they ARE processed. They are supposedly “made with natural ingredients” which makes me feel a lil better.
Smart Dogs- These are mostly for Snuffy. Once again, far from perfect but better than the alternative.
Vegetarian Chilli- Yes, I know I could make my own. I bought this on sale once and REALLY liked it. So, when I saw it today, I picked some up. However, the ingredient list was too long to even get a clear picture! So, I doubt I will buy it often. I don’t know why I was drawn to processed vegetarian food today!!
New salad dressing! I was looking for a new dressing and the produce guy a WF suggested this. Not a “light dressing” but only 70 kcals per serving because it is yogurt based! Pretty groovey. I will let you all know how it works out.
Baby Spinach- a must have.
Cucumber- ON SALE FOR 50 CENTS! I will use it for Hugh Jass salads with baby spinach, squash, anything not moving in the fridge…
Plum-I realized that my fruit consists mostly of bananas, apples, pears and (cringe) an occasional Dole fruit cup. (If you aren’t aware the Dole fruit cups in light syrup have added sugar and HFCS. I can’t find mixed fruit with cherries in it’s own juice!)
Gotta keep Snuffy supplied with her yogurt raisins
Kickin’ It Old School with this next one…
After the luncheon last week, I took home the leftover celery sticks. I had forgotten the simple delight of celery with PB! It was awesome with my Naturally More. That’s why I ran out! So, now I’m addicted and I must replenish.
I picked up some kale to make kale chips…
But, it will be going back to Kroger! EWWWWW! No kale chips today…
I did get some radishes though! $1.99! I couldn’t pass ’em up for some Radish Chips!!
I cut off the tops and bottoms (I try not to waste too much though)
Then, I use my grater (madalin side?) to slice ’em up!
I use an olive oil spray to “grease” my cookie sheet. Then, lay the slices of radish in a single layer and drizzle with some EVOO ( I feel so Rachel Ray without the Dunkin’ Donut plug).
I sprinkle with a lil of this
And I bake them at about 425 for 15 to 20 minutes. CAUTION –time may vary. Check them often if you are making these at home. I like mine fairly crispy
If you find they are taking far too long to crisp, you can remove them from the cookie sheet, toss them on a plate and microwave them for 20 seconds.
I also made my famous Tiny White Cheetahs (okay maybe just famous with Snuffy). I start with red potatoes.
Slice them in strips or wedges
Place them on a EVOO’ d baking sheet and sprinkle them with a touch of sea salt. Then, slide them into the oven and bake them at 425 for 7 minutes. Turn them over with a spatula and bake ’em for 7 more minutes.
They come out looking like tiny white versions of snackface cheetahs!
**UPDATE* *The stolen car was found in the middle of a field. The car is badly damaged but drivable. Of course the GPS unit was missing. The theives also took the prescription medication from the glove compartment. The important thing is that everyone is safe! 🙂
BTW: Heather is appropriately giving away some almond butter! Check it out and you could win some antioxident rich AB!!
What Would You Do…
if you bought some produce and realized it was less than edible AFTER you got home?