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Journal Journey: Days 43-45

Day 43: Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Leftover curry and rice for lunch. Had a really good workout at the gym after work. Dinner of salmon, yellow rice, and salad with an avocado-based Caesar dressing (started experimenting with this tonight–it was pretty good but a little too acidic…maybe a little less lemon juice and anchovy paste next time). Read for a while tonight, with a cup of hot tea.

Day 44: Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Large granny smith apple and a handful of nuts for breakfast with coffee. Chicken noodle soup for lunch. Went to the gym, then I surprised Bryan with dinner from a little Greek restaurant–I had a falafel sandwich with tabouli and got him a beef and mushroom pizza. Then I had a small evening snack of blueberries, almonds, and a  square of dark chocolate with a cup of Vanilla Sleepytime tea. Finished reading my current book, French Women Don’t Get Fat–hope to have a book review post soon.

Day 45: Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine’s Day! Woke up late, so today’s breakfast and lunch were the same as yesterday’s. I’m actually thinking I need to start making a big batch of soup at the beginning of the week to take for lunches…at least till it gets warm outside. Good day at work…called Bryan on my way out to check in before heading home. We typically don’t do anything too fancy for Valentine’s–and try to avoid restaurants–so we decided burgers sounded like a good idea for dinner. I stopped by Publix to grab some buns and picked up a bar of Bryan’s favorite dark chocolate. I came home to a surprise Valentine’s card and my own bar of dark chocolate. So sweet!

I mixed up a fresh batch of guacamole with avocado, onion, garlic, tomato, cilantro, lime juice and salt. Bryan mixed up the hamburger meat with an egg, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin, turmeric, sage, sriracha, and a little lite soy sauce. Bryan topped his burger with cheddar, mixed greens, cilantro, mayo, ketchup and mustard; I topped mine with a tiny bit of mayo, mixed greens, cilantro and the guacamole. Quite possibly the best burger I’ve ever had! Finally, we delved into our chocolate with a few almonds for dessert. Now to pick my next nighttime reading book…

My Funny Valentine, Sweet Comic Valentine…

We don’t go out for Valentine’s Day. And we don’t buy flowers or stuffed animals, or anything like that. But we did decide to celebrate and have a special “us night” in. We started with a special organic stir-fry dinner (recipe below), then went for a nice walk, stopped by Target and picked out Valentine’s Day cards, exchanged them, and promptly stuck them back on the shelves, laughing and smiling. Then we headed home for some organic strawberries and organic chocolate truffles (free from Earthfare this week), while watching a sweet & funny episode of Chuck (one of our favorite TV series). I love hanging out with my man!

He created a fabulous ginger citrus stir-fry tonight, using all kinds or organic goodness! Here’s the ingredients:

  • 2-3 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 bunch of organic baby bok choy, chopped
  • 8 organic baby carrots, chopped
  • 8 organic baby bella mushrooms, quartered
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-2″ fresh organic ginger root, peeled and chopped
  • juice of 1 organic blood orange (and zest, if desired)
  • 1 organic rotisserie chicken, about 3 lbs., shredded (seasoned with butter, fresh garlic, salt, pepper, and garlic powder)

Start with a wok at 250-300F, add butter and melt, then add vegetables and cook for 3-4 minutes, then ginger, garlic and juice and cook for 1-2 more minutes, and finally the chicken, until warmed through.

Serve with the following accompaniment, sauteed over medium low heat:

  • 1 tsp. butter
  • 4 organic scallions, chopped
  • 1/4 organic red pepper, diced
  • 1/4 organic green pepper, diced
  • 1 Tbsp. Kame all-natural sweet chili sauce

Definitely eat with chopsticks and dim the lighting! (Sorry, the dinner pics were taken on Bryan’s iPhone, which didn’t like the dim lighting as much as we did!)

Bon Appetit! And Happy Valentine’s Day!

DIY Valentines – for the Frugal at Heart

These adorable Valentine Stickers are a free printable download from Twig & Thistle. What a great way to tell your spouse or kids you love them by sticking these in their lunch boxes!

Naturally Sweet Valentines from Twig & Thistle

This next DIY Valentine is every bit as sweet as the last, but probably not as good for you. Homemade Lollipops from Crafting a Green World blog.

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Here’s a simple one from Martha Stewart: Valentine Sun Catchers made from recycled crayons.

Click the picture for instructions from Martha!

Or how about these ideas made from felt from Crafting a Green World:

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Now here's some conversation hearts that last and won't rot your teeth!

These hand stitched felt envelopes are adorable!

Or from Going Home to Roost:

Valentine's iPod Case!

Valentine's Banner - Create your own message!

How about these adorable gifts:

Or how about these matchbox valentines filled with your favorite candy! What a great idea for kids to share with their classmates!

Here’s another favorite: Heart Garland from Going Home to Roost:

So cute! You could make this simple or elaborate and hang in the kitchen or on a mirror.

If nothing else, there’s always the handmade card or homemade coupon booklet (coupons for free dinner out, free babysitting, free back massage, or whatever your Valentine loves). Happy Valentine’s Day!