Whoa – this weekend has been jam-packed! And for good reason – it’s the last weekend before classes resume this week at school.
Today started off with an easy english muffin. Slathered with Bonne Maman Grape Jelly – it’s a new flavor so I was anxious to try it out. It’s the first “gourmet” grape jelly & it’s made with Muscat grapes rather than Concord grapes. Muscat grapes are commonly used for wine & I think this is the first time they’ve been used in a jelly! And – I’ll tell you what – you can really taste the difference!
Speaking of Bonne Maman, I’m going to host my very first giveaway this week in which 1 lucky reader will win 2 of Bonne Maman’s flavors: the new grape jelly, and their strawberry preserves. The giveaway will be on Wednesday, so check back then for more info.
After breakfast I was out the door!
I hit up a few stores.
Spent some time here
and a little time here
Saw some people gathered to protest the shootings that took place yesterday here in Tucson while I was on my way to school (horrible tragedy)!
Then came home & tried my hand at making Ice Cream! I opted for a flavor simply called Peanut Butter Ice Cream that I’d found a recipe for online. I had some white chocolate peanut butter on hand and I thought this ice cream with a couple white chocolate chips sprinkled on top would be HEAVEN!
So I mixed the ingredients (cream, PB, sugar, half & half, milk) and heated on the stove-top as directions stated
Then it came out…..
disaster! Something was terribly wrong! We followed the recipe and directions to a T, so maybe the recipe was bad (just got it from a google search, not an “official” cookbook or anything). It tasted yummy – but just NOT AT ALL like ice cream. It was more like a peanut butter mousse. I think it would be an amazing cream filling for a peanut butter pie or something, but I cannot eat it just like ice cream. Didn’t even make a bowl….tasting that white ice cream blade was all I needed to know something was just not right. I couldn’t bring myself to throw it away, so it’s currently in the freezer until I figure out what to do with it.
For lunch I shredded some leftover chicken & threw it in a mini-crock pot with some BBQ sauce
When it was warmed throughout, I ate it on top of a bed of spinach & romaine lettuce, with some cheese & crispy tortilla strips
Like my new bowl?
Then I went to a lovely yoga class at Yoga Oasis. I LOVE the girl, Annie, who does the Sunday afternoon class. Her class is always packed so I guess the word is out that she is the bomb-diggity
When I got home I worked on a little more organization – this time in the storage shed we have at our place. Didn’t get it finished, but got a good way through – now I can actually find the things I need!
Then I decided to try to do an ice cream re-do. I was just so bummed with the way the peanut butter went! This time I’m doing just a plain jane vanilla. Cross your fingers for me! Here it is in step 1 (heat up & dissolve sugar)
Right now it’s cooling down before it can go back in the ice cream maker.
While prepping the ice cream, I made some dinner.
Chicken that had marinated in Italian dressing, seasoned with black pepper & basil
also made some cheese tortellini, and “steamed” spinach. You know a trick to “steam” spinach super quickly? Put your spinach in the bottom of a strainer. Then, when the tortellini is done, pour on top of spinach. The boiling water will wilt the spinach super quick. I tossed it all in a bowl with a little olive oil & balsamic vinegar
And ate it with a dinner roll with butter and strawberry Bonne Maman preserves (I can’t get enough!)
Yum! And now I’m going to check up on that ice cream & then get down and dirty with a little scrapbooking! I’m kind of in denial about classes starting back. Don’t let it happen!!!!! It’s so funny because I love my job – I love teaching, I love being taught – the whole 9 yards. But you know what I DON’T love? The constant go-go-go craziness and all the stress that accompanies it. No bueno.
What are some of your favorite ways to de-stress? Me? I love yoga!