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I’m still here!  I don’t think I’ve taken 2 days off from blogging in a row since I started.  But this has been one intense week.  In fact, right this minute, I am supposed to be enjoying a lovely night out with Melissa, Melissa, and Julie.  But I knew yesterday that there was no way I would be in a place with my school work that I could take an entire evening off.  I was right.   I didn’t finish my test tonight until a half hour later than I would have had to have been out the door.  Bummer!  I feel so lucky to have been able to meet such lovely ladies so close to home, and I feel a little flakey for having to bail out.  Fortunately, when January comes, I will have a lot more time to play! Who wants to play with me????

I am making the best of my night in.  Poor Dave has been a real trooper this week, putting up with a very stressed out Shannon (who has ocassionally collapsed in a puddle of tears over the last several days!).  So its not an entirely bad thing that I am home tonight to give him a little bit of attention.

I made a yummy dinner to celebrate the completion of my last test before finals (tomorrow begins finals preparation!).  I made one of my very favorite things….flax-dipped eggplant parmesan.  It’s so easy, but so good.  I just slice the eggplant, dip it in egg, and then dip it in a mixture of ground flax seed, italian seasoning, and parmesan cheese.  Delish!

I served some gluten-free shirataki noodles on the side.  All topped with Classico’s Tomato Basil marinara sauce.  This is my favorite bottled sauce.  It’s not too sweet, which I find in most other bottled sauces.

I had some leftover eggplant slices after running out of flaxseed, so I dipped the eggplant in the egg and stuck it in the oven. I came out looking like little french toasts!  I’ll let you know how it worked out when I try them.

As yummy as my eggplant dish is, Dave opted for a frozen pizza.  I choose my battles.  He’s really good about trying new, healthy things.  So when he wants a very not-healthy frozen pizza, its okay.  Since he has me, he is guaranteed to be healthy most of the time.  (He doesn’t bat an eyelash when I eat my weight in chocolate, so who am I to judge!)

It’s 7:30, and with the exception of a workout break and a vacuuming break, I have been doing biology and stats since 7am.  I think I am going to call it a night and go spend some quality time with my boys.  Jack is already comfy!

I don’t know how Jack can breath when he does a face plant like this!  But it is his preferred cat-napping position!

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Perhaps you remember this post.  That day, Rudy the Cat ate several crescent rolls right off the counter.  There was also this post, where the little rascal ate his way through a bag of hamburger buns!   Just this past weekend, while Dave and I were away for the holiday, the same suspect knocked a bag of English Muffins from the top of the refrigerator, broke through the plastic bag, and ate 4 muffins.    The shredded bag was on the floor when we returned.  And those were the high fiber English Muffins!!  His little tummy was not happy, and let’s just say, cleaning the litter box was not fun!

But I digress….Rudy just can not be trusted around bread!  Now, I find out that he can’t be trusted around anything!  Last night, I was excited to remake the apple, sweet potato dish that my mom made on Thanksgiving.  I planned to have it for dessert, but I prepped it early and left it on the counter.  Look how pretty it was:

I sliced up one apple and one sweet potato.  Then I sprinkled some oats, some raisins, and some cinnamon on top, with just a little bit of “I can’t Believe it’s Not Butter.”

When I went to put it into the oven, I found several apple slices on the floor, and a very guilty cat racing away from the crime scene.  I managed to salvage most of it, and it came out wonderfully.  But next time, I will make sure to keep it (and anything else that might tempt the little thief!) in the fridge until it’s time to bake.

He looks so innocent…

…. but look at those eyes when he is zeroed in on something he wants!

Despite the missing pieces, my dessert did come out quite well.  I topped it with some cool whip.  Mmmm!

Dessert was so healthy, I could have eaten it for dinner.  But for dinner, I made my flax-encrusted eggplant parmesan.  I dipped my eggplant slices in egg and tomato sauce, and then dipped them into ground flax seed.  After baking, I paired it with some shirataki noodles and marinara sauce.

This is one of my favorite repeat meals!  I have even gotten used to the gluten-free shirataki noodles.  After washing them thoroughly and then heating them, the smell that turns many people away when they first come out of the bag, is gone.

All that being said, Dave was happy that he can have gluten!  I made him regular pasta with Trader Joe’s turkey meat balls and, of course… crescent rolls!

Jack thought Dave’s meal looked really good!  Unlike his brother, who steals food in secret, Jack is very upfront about his theivery!

Before tonight’s dinner can be stolen off of the counter, I had better go attend to it!

Good night all!

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A big thank you to everyone who sent me support and pep talks after last night’s post.  I had just reached my limit in terms of trying to take in new information.  I needed a break, so I turned off the computer and watched Sunday’s “Desperate Housewives” while comfort eating more ice cream than I needed.  Waking up to so many supportive comments really helped me to take a fresh look at everything.

I got a lot accomplished.  I tidied up my chem. lab report, studied my medical terminology, and spent 5 hours on statistics. And somewhere in there, I vacuumed the apartment!

Lunch was well earned and very yummy!  In a brown rice tortilla, I put Laughing Cow cheese, a scrambled egg, tomato, and lettuce.  Then I put it in the panini maker.  I am getting used to the brown rice tortillas.  They are definitely a different texture, but actually quite good in their own way.

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While I was working hard all afternoon, Jack did this:

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He followed the sun as it moved across the floor.  It’s a rough life he leads!

After four hours of stats practice, I felt confident enough to take this week’s quiz.  While taking my the test,  I was hopping up to the kitchen and back to monitor my vegetables in the oven.  Thankfully, my test didn’t suffer from being slightly distracted…I got a 94%!  I rock!

I had a lot of veggies to cook up, so I made a huge pan of roasted vegetables to use throughout the week.  I also made my version of egg plant parmesan.  Because I am still finding success in abstaining from gluten, I dipped my agg plant slices in egg and then in ground flax seed (instead of bread crumbs).  It was healthier, and I think I liked the crispiness of the flaxseed crust better.  I served my eggplant with shiritaki noodles and marinara sauce mixed with a scoop of the roasted vegetables.

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I stacked the egg plant slices, after they had baked, and sandwiched ricotta cheese in the middle before putting back in the oven for another 5-10 minutes.  It was a yummy addition!

For Dave, my gluten-loving hubby, I roasted some potatoes with salt and pepper (at the same time as the veggies), cooked up some corn from the farmers market, and topped some chicken (that I had cooked the other night) with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese.  There may have been a couple of crescent rolls as well…

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Right now, I am baking another apple.  I think I have it down now.  I’ll take a picture and post it tomorrow.

I have a couple other things I want to make this week.  After reading about Melissa’s stuffed peppers, I know what my remaining pepper is destined for!  I also want to try this again:

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When my brother was visiting, the boys got Chinese food.  So I mad myself some spring rolls.  I was so impressed, I can’t wait to make them again.  I shredded some carrot, summer squash,and zucchini, added some tomato and tuna, and heated it all up with some Asian spices sprinkled in.  Then I stuffed for rice wrappers with the mixture.  Dipped in some gluten-free Tamari soy sauce, they were amazing!

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I love days like this where I actually feel like I got somewhere in chipping away at my to-do list.  It’s a good feeling!  Thank you again to all of you and to my wonderful husband for helping me to make a fresh start today!

What do you do when you need to recharge?  Anything in particular that helps you destress? Exercise is a biggie for me.  Good tv, snuggled with my honey, is also at the top of my list!  (Then there is the excessive consumption of ice cream that occurs from time to time!)

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Today was a momentous day.  Since college, I have had the same dining table.  My mom and I bought it for my first apartment, and for a college kid, it was a fine table.  But it was definitely time to say goodbye!  There were only 2 chairs, for one.  This made entertaining next to impossible!  On the infrequent occasions when we had someone over to dinner, we would drag the desk chair into the dining room so that our guest wouldn’t have to sit on the floor!  In our new apartment, the table was almost comical…much to small for the space.

Back in July, before we moved, we ordered a new dining set.  They were out of stock until the end of August. The end of August became the first week of September, and the first week of September, became September 22!  But today was the day.  Our new dining table (with 6 chairs!!!) arrived.  We feel like grownups now!  Check out the difference:
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It has 2 leaves, so we can open it up for all 6 chairs and lots of guests!  Anyone want to come to dinner?

Making today even better….No stomachache!  A little bloated still, but no pain!  I am trying not to get too excited, but this is very encouraging.

I have lots of foods to try out in the next few days.  Today, I tried my new corn tortillas, with eggbeaters and salsa.  I was going to use refried beans, but “yeast extract” and “natural flavor” were in the ingredient list, and I wasn’t sure if that might mean there was hidden gluten.  The picture is far from exciting, but they were good.

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Gobbled up while studying for Biology.  I had lots of little meals and snacks to break up my studying!

For dinner, I tried out the Shiritaki tofu noodles.

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I had heard that they smell horrible and that they have to be rinsed.  Boy, oh, boy…do they ever!  But amazingly, after rinsing them and heating them in the microwave, the were really quite good.  I didn’t have them plain, so perhaps I wouldn’t have liked them as much if they were “undressed,” but prepared with sauce and veggies, I liked them.

With my noodles, I made a version of eggplant parmesan.  I dipped sliced eggplant in eggbeaters and then rolled the slices in a mixture of flax seed, parmesan cheese, and Italian seasoning.  I baked them at 400 for  about 40 minutes, and at the same time, roasted some peppers, squash, zucchini , and cubed eggplant.  I added the roasted veggies to some marinara sauce and put it all over my noodles.  So good!  But pretty low in calories….I am going to be hungry again soon.

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Dave had regular wheat pasta with meatballs and my veggie sauce (plus 2 crescent rolls, of course!).  But when I went to take a picture of his meal, I realized that our new table has us sitting much further apart!

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Check out the steam rising from my plate!

It will take some getting used to, but I love our table!  And as it turns out, someone else loves our new dining set too…

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You can just see what Jack is thinking: “Wow!  Thanks so much for getting me 6 new beds to choose from!”

On the agenda tonight is last night’s DVR’ed Gossip Girl!  I’m so excited to watch it…I hope this post isn’t full of typos!

I have so appreciated everyone who has reached out to me.  Keep sending those feel good vibes!  I think it’s working!

Was there an event or a purchase that made you feel like an adult? Getting married, buying furniture, and researching houses to buy have all made me feel more grown up…good thing, since I’m 31 now!

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I found myself humming that song today, as the rain blew out of here and today became a beautiful summer day.

I’ve told you how much my dear husband dislikes vegetables…Given that, I take it as a true sign of love that he planned a surprise trip for me today to a farm….specifically to buy fresh veggies! We went to Verill Farm in Concord, MA. What a great place! I’ve never seen so many kinds of tomatoes!

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We left with a bag full of fresh corn, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, and eggplant. I resisted the baked goods and fudge, but it sure did look good! I came home and took my new lettuce, cucumber and tomato and made this for lunch:

Tomato stuffed with salmon.  Yum!!

Tomato stuffed with salmon. Yum!!

It was such a nice day, we couldn’t stay inside, so we headed out to scout out a new running spot. It’s fun to be new to an area. You are constantly discovering new restaurants, stores, walking trails…

We went to Lexington, MA, less than 10 minutes from where we live.

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We found the Minuteman Bikeway and walked and talked for over an hour. Very peaceful. I love that we live so close to Boston , but are also close to lovely walking trails, bike paths, and even Walden Pond. My legs are feeling better today after daily use of the foam roller, so I may return here tomorrow to run. 🙂

When we came home it was time to start dinner. I pulled out some more local produce and made my own version of eggplant parmesan. So easy! I just sliced, dipped in egg, then dipped in a dish of bread crumbs, Italian Seasoning, and parmesan cheese. It baked up with the perfect amount of crispiness!

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Covered in sauce and paired with pasta…

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Note the addition of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls and chicken to Dave's plate!

This is one of my favorite dinners. Dave is a good sport …he ate all of the eggplant I gave him. (The chicken and crescent rolls on the side made the dish more palatable for him. :))

Lastly, just to reiterate the severity of Jack’s food addition:

Cats don't even eat tomato sauce!

Cats don't even eat tomato sauce!

What a relaxing day! This is my last week before classes start, so lots of odds and ends to do before then. We are off to the Cape for Labor Day weekend, so I have until Friday to get myself ready to go!

See you tomorrow!

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