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I decided not to go back to sleep after the hubs left for work this morning . . . instead I baked those blueberry muffins again. I’m getting purdy good at it. 🙂 This time I used Trader Joe’s “organic” sugar which I think I’ll use for the streusel topping for now on because the sugar is more “crystallized” and not as fine as the regular sugar. It gave it a nice “crunch” to it . . . after all, the streusel topping is suppose to be the “crown glory” on the muffin. [Jon . . . if you’re reading this, I forgot to use the buttermilk which I purposely bought . . . remember you mentioned using buttermilk in lieu of the regular milk? Well, since I still have some blueberries, I’ll bake more this week . . . this time with the buttermilk! :-]

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Because of my love for food and I mean LOVE for FOOD, all that “good” stuff went passed my lips and unto my hips . . . waist, arms, ici2.jpgface, and every other parts of my body. Did I mention waist? 🙂 It’s so hard to stick to good eating habits for me because I love ice-cream, pastries, cookies, bread (good bread, not your ordinary loaf of bread . . . but bakery/artisan style bread). I was contemplating about starting the “3 Day Diet” after the New Years but I thought I’d try it so that I could get a jump start on my diet. You see, if I notice that I am beginning to loose weight (with the help of the 3-day diet), then maybe that would be an incentive for me to “cut” back and not be soooo piggish. I’d still have my “treats” here and there but I have to remind myself in “moderations” only. For example this afternoon, CE and I went to Ici. Instead of getting a small scoop, I just had to get the large scoop (3 scoops . . . huckleberry, creme fraiche and vanilla with fudge swirl). Although CE loves to eat, I think I tend to eat more “junk” stuff than she. ici3.jpgWhen CE found out that the “truffle” shop where JP works carry Mitchell’s Ice-cream, we went there after Ici’s. CE bought each of us a scoop of the “ube”(purple yam) ice-cream. As soon as JP gave me my scoop, CE was surprised that I was about to eat it because just about 1/2 hour ago we had already indulged at Ici’s. I think I would have ate my ice-cream if CE didn’t make me feel so “piggish” so we asked for the lid and took it home. (BTW . . . the hubs ended up eating the ube ice-cream.) We’ll see how the 3-day diet ici1.jpgworks . . . 😉

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“sinfully good” . . . Ok, that was two words! 😉 CE had gone to the Ferry Building Market Place yesterday so she brought back this chocolate tart. I had gone to her house to drop something off and she handed me this little white box with the “tart.jpgMiette” label. I knew right away that I would love love the dessert that was inside the box. I couldn’t wait to get home. Luckily the hubs and AC aren’t too thrilled about “dark” chocolate so it meant more for JP and I to indulge in! Thanks CE! Hmm . . . maybe I’ll go to the Ferry Building next Friday since we have that day following Thanksgiving off . . . (Rin . . if you’re reading this . . . I may not come up to see you. Just kidding . . .I’ll visit you soon . . . I promise!) 😉

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is to bake this apple crispapplecrisp.jpg using the recipe from Joy of Baking. Someone just brought one over with vanilla ice-cream so immediately after spooning a good chunk of it on my plate, topped with the ice-cream, I inhaled it. Afterwards I quickly went on-line and found the recipe . . . gotta get back to work . . . my afternoon break time is over . . . at least it’s a 3-day weekend!

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I’m talking about the one that KV let me borrow years ago, and I mean years and years ago . . . so far back both KV and I can’t even remember how long I’ve had it. What’s worst is that KV bought the whole entire cookware set for mega bucks and some of her pieces have gone missing. (I remember I did host a Salad Master presentation just to get the free SaladMaster machine.) What skillet you might ask? The one from Salad Master. This week while I was going through my pots and pans, I saw the electric skillet way in the corner inside my cabinet. salad-master.jpgI decided since I had some chicken last Tuesday night, I could use the skillet to “fry” the chicken thighs. KV came over to my house early yesterday afternoon so that the hubs can look at her car. Since I was still at work, KV said she would cook the rice . . . she had brought some fried talapias for us to eat last night. When I got home, I asked her if she recognized the “skillet” that was on the kitchen counter. She assumed it belonged to me and it didn’t even dawn on her that it was hers. She thought she had left some of her Salad Master cookware set at her ex-mom-in-law’s house. I told her that I’ve had it for sooooooo many years. Well, I still had chicken ready to be fried so I gave her a demonstration of “frying” the chicken using HER skillet. She remembered that you don’t have to use any oil whatsoever to “fry” the
chicken. That’s one of the “health” benefits I guess of SaladMaster’s unique cookware system. There is still oil, but it’s oil from the chicken. All I did was sprinkle the chicken with garlic salt and a little bit of the Ruby’s Rub that my bro gave me from Texas (hint . . hint . . if you’re reading this . . I need more. Ha! Ha!). I placed the chicken inside the skillet, waited 15 minutes before turning them over for another 10 minutes, and viola . . .

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I told KV that she can come over for dinner every Wednesday so I can make the chicken using her electric skillet. JP and AC loves the fried chicken. I don’t normally like to “fry” things but since the skillet requires no oil when frying, this doesn’t really count as fried, right? Not only does the chicken come out crispy on the outside, but the chicken is also all so very moist on the inside. So, KV . . . can I borrow it forever? 🙂 Note: The electric skillet pictured above is from the SaladMaster’s website. I didn’t think to take a picture of KV’s skillet . . . Oh . . . when I got home last night . . . dinner was served thanks to KV.

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misc-269.jpgin the morning!  Actually, RS had baked them last night but I forgot to pick them up after my Costco run so this morning RS dropped them off on our doorsteps.  I would have not known that she was on our porch had it not been for Toby barking away like a mad dog at 5:45 a.m.  Of course that woke me up so I immediately went to see why in the hell Toby was barking and sure enough I saw RS driving away . . . and near the door was a bag of these honey bun rolls.  Being a pig that I am, I took 2 out and nuked them in the microwave.  I was too lazy to spread butter and drizzle honey on it so I devoured them as is . . . and boy was it good.  RS still plans to “perfect” it in time for Thanksgiving Day.  Maybe one day I’ll have RS teach me how to make the honey buns but for now I’ll just wait for her to give me some!  🙂  BTW . . . the last time I baked bread from scratch which involved the yeast, the kneading, the waiting for it to rise, then knead again, etc. was back in the 7th grade in Home-Making.  Since it was still fresh in my mind, I remember making it at home.  Again, as with all home baked goods, nothing beats home-made bread from scratch.  Ok . . . gotta get ready for work now . . .

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Salmon Burgers!

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Since the hubs and I stayed home Friday until it was time to bring Toby to the vet in the afternoon, I made salmon burgers for us.  I didn’t have any potatoes or else I would have made French fries, but Lay’s potato chips worked out just fine.  I’ll/we’ll have to go back to Costco because these frozen salmon patties come in handy for days like this . . .

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