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What I Baked Wednesday

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Joining a CSA this fall has been such a great experience. I love that we get different veggies each week and it helps me have a starting point for meal planning. I also love that its all local, so its much fresher than produce from the grocery store. This is my last week I will receive my CSA box but they sure did go out with a bang! This week’s box was the best yet! It didn’t have any fruit in it however, so I stopped by the organic market to pick up a couple apples, bananas, grapes, and eggs. Those 4 things cost me almost $16. It was hard to fork up the cash when I just got all this produce the night before for only $20…

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2 butternut squash

2 cucumbers

2 bell peppers

3 large banana peppers

3 jalapeño peppers

4 squash

2 cucumbers

6 sweet potatoes

3 tomatotes,

1 eggplant

1 huge bag of okra

2 huge bags of green beans

a bottle of homebrewed strawberry cider (!)

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I bought a bottle of sparking water and have been making mocktails with the strawberry cider. I drink so much water that every once in a while I want to drink something with some more taste or fizz. We don’t drink soda or juice in our house but this was the perfect treat!

So far today I ate a butternut squash, bag of green beans, and some cider. Honestly, I was too busy snacking on my baking endeavors and my amazing veggies kind of took a backseat. Tomorrow its game on with the veg box!

Cassidy napped today from 1230-415. So I had almost 4 hours to kill. She is now taking only 1 nap a day on days we are busy in the mornings so when we get home she crashes. Although I did notice she was running a little fever when I put her to bed so she may be coming down with something too. I hope its just from the 4 teeth she is currently cutting.

So instead of what I ATE Wednesday, its going to be what I BAKED Wednesday. Although I guess the phrases are interchangeable since I ate some of everything that I baked, even bagel dough. Alyssa helped taste test and stir inbetween coloring and doing her workbooks so we had a nice quiet afternoon.

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So, lets see, we made…

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2 batches of graham cracker cereal

8 cinnamon raisin bagels

1 loaf of whole wheat/oat bread

whipped pumpkin cream cheese

roasted and pureed a pumpkin

roasted pumpkin seeds

roasted butternut squash seeds

My silpats were worn out by the end of the afternoon!

This was some of the best sandwich bread I have made. Although for some reason as I was ooing and ahhing over how much my dough had risen, I decided to pat it. Why? not a dang clue. I then watched as it deflated, and it wouldm’t rise back up. Seriously, what was I thinking? Anyway, it still turned out with a nice fluffy texture and a nice flavor. Definitely saving and posting that recipe soon. I like that’s its made with whole wheat flour and oat flour, gives a lighter texture I think.

I will freeze the extra bagels (after I cook them in the morning. They have to sit in the refrigerator overnight). The cereal will be breakfast some days and Alyssa requested a baggie of it for her preschool snacks this week. The cream cheese has already been eaten on top of bread at dinner and by the fingerfull. And I foresee some egg and cheese, grilled cheese, and chicken salad between that sandwich bread for lunches.

Between making my own “boxed” items like cereal, bread, and bagels and having my CSA box, I have barely been grocery shopping. I just pick up some dairy and meats and I am all set for the week!

Hope everyone has a great Hump Day, this week is dragging on for me for some reason!

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CSA Eating

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I only have 1 week left with my CSA box, I am so disappointed. I wish I could pick one up every week all year long. Fresh, local, organic produce all sitting in a nice box waiting for me every Monday night. And cheap! Have I talked it up enough over the last 6 weeks? I truly am obsessed!

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This week I got 3 tomatoes, 4 apples, 2 acorn squash, 3 banana peppers, 2 bell peppers, green onions, green beans, lima beans, lettuce, and 1/2 dozen eggs. Seriously, for $20, unreal!

And as always, I did some damage on it the first day. I need to learn to ration it out better, but its just too good!

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Breakfast: oatmeal with pumpkin, pumpkin seeds, and peanut butter. Tis the season!

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Lunch: 2 green peppers, 3 celery stalks, hummus, crackers and cheese, bowl of homemade almond bran cereal with skim milk

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Snack: 1.5 cookies from the freezer and too many handfuls of whole grain goldfish to count

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Dinner: 7 oz salmon, sweet potato, lima beans

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Dessert: frozen cake ball, handful of chocolate chips, part of the girls’ baked apples

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The goldfish and cake balls are leftover from Alyssa’s birthday party over the weekend. I froze the leftover cake balls. Problem with that is they are even better frozen! I was thinking I could take one out every now and then but I forsee them all being eaten within the week. Those cookies are also from the weekend, and once again I froze them, but they are even better frozen too! It seriously is a good thing I love vegetables as much as I do dessert or else I’d be in trouble!

WIAW out of my CSA Box 2

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My CSA box this week of course didn’t disappoint. In my box was

green onions

carrots

3 tomatoes

3 eggplant

4 zucchini

4 peppers

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1 watermelon

4 peaches

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I went to town on my box today, as usual. I don’t think I ate a big meal all day long. I just snacked.

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Breakfast: 1.5 banana muffins, 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt, leftover spinach feta strawberry salad…random, I know.

Snack: 3 peppers with hummus

Lunch: 4 eggs with cheese, a peach, grapes

Snack: soy nuts, almonds, and chocolate chips

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Dinner: 2 eggplant, onions, and 1 chicken breast baked with cheese, homemade bread with pumpkin butter

Snack: popcorn, shared an apple with Alyssa, spoonful of peanut butter.

I only sat at the table for dinner tonight. All other “meals” were picked at throughout the day.  I have actually been eating most of the fruits and veggies plain, instead of making meals out of them. They are just so good and fresh, I don’t want to ruin them with seasonings or anything. I am going to be seriously sad when my CSA box stops in a couple weeks!

What I Ate out of my CSA Box

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Monday nights are like Christmas for me with the pickup of my CSA box every week. I  could seriously live off produce (and dessert) alone! This week my box had the standard produce for the season.

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3 eggplant

1 seedless watermelon

6 ears of corn

8 red potatoes

1 carton yellow cherry tomatoes

2 large tomatoes

2 peppers

large bag of okra (eaten before picture was taken, I couldn’t help myself)

I usually use some of the produce right away monday night (which is why the okra was unpictured) and then come Tuesday it’s a free for all and I go nuts.

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Breakfast: 7 greek yogurt pancakes. Eaten in the car without syrup on the way to Alyssa’s first ballet/tap class (SO cute!)

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Lunch: leftover grilled chicken (1 drumstick, 1/2  a breast), 1 cup steamed okra, veggie chips, and a tomato mozzarella sandwich.

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Snack: the entire watermelon (filled a 7 cup container) and a piece of toast with peanut butter.

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Dinner: salmon, roasted potatoes, and corn on the cob

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Dessert: Handful of chocolate covered pretzels and some chocolate pudding with whipped cream on top

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So lets see out of my CSA box came the okra, watermelon, tomato, potatoes, and corn.  Not too shabby. I actually had to refrain myself from making some hummus and using the peppers to scoop it up. I ran on the treadmill last night after I put the girls to bed and even though I had a large snack afterwards before bed, it always leaves me starving the next day.

And who wants to see my sweet ballerina (and her new dance bag I made her over the weekend)?

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