Monday Musings

I had so much fun with last week’s Monday Musings post that I’m thinking about making it a regular series for the blog. I feel like it’s a great way to let you all know a bit more about me and my day-to-day (food-centric) life… what do you guys think?

1. It was a good week in the Healthy Food For Living kitchen. I made this. And this.

Then this happened.

Blueberry Brown Rice Pudding topped with sliced almonds and Vanilla Bean Coconut Peanut Butter. If when you make one of these delicious treats, may I suggest making the other one as well? That way you can pair them together for one scrumptious dessert/snack/breakfast.

2. I kicked said jar of Vanilla Bean Coconut Peanut Butter in one week.

As in finished. Devoured. Decimated. Not physically abused. Are the kids still saying “kicked”? As in keg? Never mind.

3. I visited the new Whole Foods in Wellesley 3 times in the past 7 days. Sigh.

My first purchase? Kombucha on tap, of course. This is the Peach Bellini flavor, it is served in a glass jar, and I am in love. It is sweeter and slightly less effervescent than GT’s line of kombucha – and is also ridiculously expensive at $2.49 for an 8 oz jar – but I very much enjoyed it.

4. I can’t remember the last time I ate a piece of cinnamon sugar toast. Well, prior to when I enjoyed this fabulous snack photographed below, that is. It was one of my favorite childhood treats, and I’m bringin’ it back!

Great Harvest Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin bread, toasted until golden and crisp, spread with salted butter, and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar.

Comfort food at its simplest.

5. My Google Reader is often a little out of control, but as of Sunday my unread items exceeded 1,000.

I guess that’s what happens when you subscribe to both Foodgawker & Tastespotting.

6. Name this movie!

Hint #1: A 14 year old boy-crazy high schooler has more of a place watching it than a 28 year old married woman, but I don’t care.

Hint #2: I am shamelessly excited for the fourth installment of the series, which comes out in November.

7. We went to a Kenny Chesney concert on Saturday night… compliments of John’s company. With all due respect, I am NOT a country music fan, but it’s tough to pass up free tickets for poshed-out luxury box seats at Gillette Stadium.

Especially when it is pouring outside and said box seats come with free food served on New England Patriots plates! Mini lobster roll, cornbread, chicken caesar salad wrap, and one each of an unphotographed brownie and chocolate-covered macaroon.

Not your typical stadium food, for sure

I didn’t know a single Kenny Chesney song, but Zac Brown Band – who went on prior to Kenny – was really good! Check out Colder Weather – sorta reminds me of James Taylor.

8. We survived Irene without so much as a scratch!

The same couldn’t be said for our house in Houston post Hurricane Ike in 2008:

Yep, category 2 Ike deposited the top half of a mature pine tree on the top of the house we had owned for only a few months. I had just started a new job, we were brand new home owners two thousand miles away from friends and family, and we were completely naive about the wrath Mother Nature can impose via 145 mph winds and torrential downpours.

We picked up our feet, spent about 5 days ripping up carpet, raking storm debris from our yard, and going through every single towel we owned to soak up the rain water that had flooded our guest room and hallway.

We ended up with a refurbished house (and we’re currently working through a pending sale offer! Yay!!) and definitely thicker skin. What doesn’t kill you absolutely makes you stronger, and I think that trial proved that John and I can get through anything together.

Did Irene hit you hard? Was this the first hurricane you’ve had to deal with?