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EARTHQUAKE!!

Holy crap… I was just sitting here at work, when everything started to shake. I felt dizzyish, and the windows and shades were rattling. Freaky! It must have lasted about 30 seconds, but felt much longer.

Apparently this was centered in Virginia, and about a 5.8 magnitude.
We *definitely* felt it here in Charlotte.

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Stormy, Stormy Night

Last night I woke up with my heart pounding, around 12:45 a.m. Why? What just woke me up?

Oh. That.

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(via Flickr)

Crikey!

I had only been asleep for a little more than an hour. I remember watching the end of Will Ferrell’s bit on The Daily Show, but turned the TV off right after. Sorry “Moment of Zen”. I was tired. I AM tired.

After jolting awake, and discovering that Tristan was awake, too, I got out of bed to take a look at the raging storm. Holy cow. Watching the pine trees bow and sway in the backyard, as well as the nearly constant lightning strikes, I thought that it might be a good idea to turn on the TV and see what was going on. Of course, true to form, News14Carolina was urging everyone to get up and go the lowest level of your house. So, that we did. Also, I was concerned with how Lilly was dealing with the storm. (No, she doesn’t sleep in our room. Yet. I’m working on it). So, there the three of us were, at 1:00 a.m., hanging out in the living room, until the storm passed.

I saw that down Katie’s way, things were worse… but the worst that I saw here in town was a couple of stoplights that were malfunctioning on the way to work this morning. Thankfully, we don’t have any damage to report, this time around. Just an ever-growing lack of sleep. *yawn*.

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Cooking up and taking down…

Now that I’m amongst the land of the living again, I have been enjoying some pretty flowers…

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… playtime outside with puppies…

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Tug of wubba

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They never stop!

… and being a busy bee in my kitchen…

Granola (of course!)… I make a big batch of this every 3-4 weeks.

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Spiced Vanilla Granola

English muffins… I make several batches of these at a time, split them and freeze them for easy breakfast and snacks. They are so wonderfully delicious! English muffins are something that I’ve really missed since cutting processed food out. I am so happy to be able to make my own whole-grain English muffins with minimal ingredients.

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Whole-grain English Muffins

Coconut Butter! This is so easy, it is ridiculous. Really. And, this 8 oz jar only cost me $2.79, to make.

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Coconut Butter

My favorite Almond Butter!! It was definitely time to make more! We’ll see how long this jar lasts. 🙂

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Heaven in a jar

Simple Broccoli salad with yogurt dressing…

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Fresh broccoli salad with yogurt dressing

Carrot Pumpkin Muffins…

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How could you go wrong with this?

Emily’s Vegetable Masala burgers

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Delicious with avocado on top!

Collards. Lots of collards. (My “fall garden” exploded with them, all of a sudden).

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Sweet & Spicy Collards

Panang Curry

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Panang Tofu Curry

Dolsot Bibimbap and Kimchi

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Dolsot Bibimbap

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Spicy!

And of course… Lilly’s favorite Crunchy Peanut Butter dog treats!

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World's greatest (and healthiest) dog treats!

On the cookbook front, I recently purchased Mark Bittman’s Food Matters, and am in love. (shhh, don’t tell Tristan). I’ve made several recipes out of it already… Brothy Vegetable and Lentil Soup (with some modifications), Skillet Tamales (w/local grass fed beef), Refried Black Beans, Arroz Con Pollo – and then some (with local pastured chicken), and Cauliflower Mac & Cheese.  I have dozens more pages bookmarked to try .

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Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

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Lentil Soup

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Skillet Tamales and Refried Black Beans

As for outside of the kitchen, we’ve had a very rainy and chilly week here… Spring? Not so much. I actually love rainy days as a rule, but I have to say – I much prefer the dry days now with Lilly around. Mud sucks. Mud on paws, sucks even more. And mud on my carpet? Don’t get me started.

Also making me long for sunnier days? The fact that our beautiful gazebo took a cartwheeling tumble about a month ago, and now resembles something a 2 year old would make with Tinker Toys, rather than an attractive and useful addition to our backyard.

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Anyone know what to do with 145 lbs of crumpled steel?

We’ve bitten the bullet and purchased a new one (ooh, it’s even bigger!) and can’t wait to put it up. However, it is far too soggy out there right now.

So I’m uncharacteristically ready for the sun. Spring. Not summer. Do you hear me, universe? NOT. Summer.

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Farmers Market Finds

I adore my local Farmers Market… and try to do as much of my shopping there, as possible. Lately the farmers have been in that in-between season, with not many crops to bring to market. However, I found plenty to buy this past weekend, as you can see!

Quite the bounty!

I purchased… two small eggplants, green beans, 2 large chicken breasts, arugula, kale, apples, white grits and yellow cornmeal, eggs, two green tomatoes, goat cheese and a green pepper.

 This looks like an awful lot of stuff for someone who will only been in town for another week, doesn’t it? Yep. Kinda forgot to factor that into my purchasing choices. Oh well, most of it has been used by now; and what doesn’t get used will get passed along to my Mom when we leave town.  

With some of our Farmers Market goodies, I made us a “Southern Fried Dinner” on Sunday night… inspired by our recent trip to Charleston, SC. I made the BEST fried green tomatoes I’ve ever made! (thanks to that local cornmeal purchased at the market on Saturday), I also made Grits and Roasted Vegetables, along with whole wheat biscuits. Everything was homemade, and as local and fresh as possible. Dee-licious.

 Fall has arrived, in my kitchen, if not outside. Over the weekend I was loving the cooler temps (it was pretty cold at the market!), but now this week it has been in the 80s again. What gives?! (and btw – how can people not believe in global warming?? it boggles my mind). Back when I was a kid, October FELT like fall.

Anyhow, in the hopes that fall comes back to us, we had squash for 3 dinners in a row this week, in one way or another…

There was my Stuffed Acorn Squash, my Butternut Squash soup and the Grits with Roasted Veggies. Yum, yum.

The crops in my fall garden are another story… I have cabbage worms out the wazoo; and no matter what I do, I can’t seem to get rid of them. The only thing they aren’t eating/don’t like in my garden, is my Swiss Chard. All of my Brassicas look like swiss cheese! 😦

Thankfully my lettuces (in containers) are spared as well. True to their name, the little fat green worms just go for the cabbage-like crops. I’m certain they will go to town on my garden while I am gone; but there isn’t much I can do about that. I’ve sprayed, I’ve picked them off and killed them (too many times to count!), etc, etc. Nothing works. What’s a girl to do when all she wants is to grow her own brussel sprouts? Gah. I will definitely have to re-think my fall garden plan for next year.

 Of course this week there has been more drama on the personal front…  if something is going to happen to me (and it does, and often!), it is going to happen at THE most inopportune time. I cracked a tooth on Tuesday evening, eating Trader Joe’s cinnamon almonds! Damn you, TJs! I had it fixed on Wednesday, but I was definitely sweating the situation a bit, with our upcoming holiday. Apparently it was an old, (like 15 years old), filling that cracked and took part of my tooth with it. Delightful. According to the Dentist, it wasn’t that big of a deal. However, to me, it was. Streeeessssss.

On the agenda – packing like a madwoman! We fly off in the morning!!! 🙂

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