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  1. Tuesday, July 12, 2011

    New Member of the Family! And Cutting Mangoes Like Avocados

    No, I’m still pregnant. But we do have a new member of the family…well, of my cutting board family, which continues to multiply like bunnies. I think I may be addicted to beautiful wood cutting boards. Just maybe. Anyway, I spotted this beauty at the Ferry Building a few weeks ago and knew I had to get it. We needed a small cutting board – the one we had was yucky and cracked. Plus, I knew that every time I would use this, it would make me happy. And I was right. You can’t put a price on that!

    The board is made by Russell James Ooms from Walnut Grove, CA. He is a cabinetmaker/woodworker who saves the cut-offs from commissioned work and combines that with found wood to make these cutting boards. The shop where I found this board was also selling big, beautiful mosaic cutting boards that Ooms makes (you can click here to see a sample). BUT…I didn’t need a big board, so I resisted. See, I do have self-control!

    Doesn’t the board look absolutely stunning paired with mango?

    Which leads us to topic #2. My dear friend Liz commented on Sunday sharing a great technique for cutting mangoes. Nate and I have tried so many different ways of cutting up mango I’m surprised we never thought of this one…especially since this is how I “chop” avocados.

    You cut off the wide sides, cut a grid into the fruit, without cutting through the skin, then scoop the fruit out with a knife. Genius!

    The core portion still has plenty of yummy fruit on it, so I cut the skin off around the edge and then just sort of hacked off the remaining fruit.

    I have to say, the spoon is more blunt than a knife, so the pieces were a little mushier and I feel like I get closer to the skin when I cut slices and then cut the fruit out with a knife. BUT…it really was MUCH faster to cut it this way, which is good when you’re hungry and/or pregnant. 😉 Plus, it felt a little safer and more in control since these slippery little buggers can be downright dangerous when you introduce a sharp knife to the mix!

  2. Sunday, July 10, 2011

    Week 233 Menu

    Nate has been buying mangoes at Costco lately and they have been so tasty, we can’t get enough. I just wish it didn’t take five minutes to cut up one mango! But, I must admit, it is worth the effort.

    I am absolutely loving reading about all of your pregnancy cravings. I knew we’d get some good comments, it’s cracking me up…and making me feel much better about myself! And I can’t believe how many of us have craved McDonald’s cheeseburgers! What in the world?!

    I soooo blew it on last week’s menu. I’m not even entirely sure what we ate. But it would have been yummy if I stuck to it, so I think I need to put a few of those items on for this week. I apologize for the repeats!

    Tuscan Tomato Soup
    – Yummy bread

    Creamy Chicken Enchiladas
    – Guacamole and chips

    – Leftovers (swim lesson night prevents any real cooking time)

    – Real live honest-to-goodness hamburgers…Nate’s sick of me feeding him chickpea burgers. Stinker.
    – Baked beans, watermelon

    – Tacos (Jodie had this on her menu last week, we haven’t done a taco night in years…and it sounds really yummy to me right now!)

    – Eat out

    – Fresh fruit

    Your turn to share your menu for the week! And…it’s not a holiday this weekend, so back to work people! No more slacking off! Get your menus up here! 😉

  3. Thursday, July 7, 2011

    Pregnancy Cravings!

    When I was pregnant with Cate, all I wanted were McDonald’s cheeseburgers. No fries, no drink, just the plain old {not so great} cheeseburger. For this pregnancy the big craving is Froot Loops. I know, I know. SO healthy. Why can’t I crave kale or walnuts? No, it’s Froot Loops.

    My goal with this photo was to make Froot Loops look beautiful and gourmet.

    Needless to say my girls are more than happy when I give into this new craving. And, since I don’t really want them eating Froot Loops all that often, I’ve forced myself to resist buying them…most of the time. As you can see, we all had a bowl of Froot Loops this morning. And, let me tell you, it was delicious!

    P.S. Trix are gross. They were on sale and I tried them thinking it might quench the craving. I couldn’t even finish the bowl. Luckily the girls don’t have such a refined palette as mine, so the Trix didn’t go to waste.

    I am also currently craving red meat. I found out yesterday I’m super anemic (yea for me), so the red meat craving actually makes sense. Still trying to figure out what exactly in Froot Loops my body is needing. I must be low on artificial coloring.

    Okay, I want to hear your crazy pregnancy food cravings. If you’ve been pregnant, fess up with your hankerings! If you haven’t been pregnant, I’m sure you’ve known pregnant people with cravings. Please share them! If all the cravings end up being super healthy foods, I may be forced to delete your comments. 😉

  4. Tuesday, July 5, 2011

    Fun in the City

    Last week Nate and I had the chance to go on a little date in San Francisco. SHN kindly provided us with press passses to see the Broadway production of Billy Elliott at the Orpheum Theater. With my sister visiting we had free babysitting (thanks, Anne!) and jumped at the chance.

    We went into the city early (one of the great benefits of free babysitting) to grab dinner at Citizen’s Band.

    It’s like a diner, only California style. You know, artsy ambience, seasonal menu, locally-sourced ingredients…but they serve classic comfort food. It was a great combo and we enjoyed everything we ate.

    First off, you need to make sure to request the bread while you wait for your food. In fact, request it more than once. SO good. But be warned…a homeless person just might walk into the restaurant and ask you for a slice. For real.

    To make sure we got some veggies in, we ordered a simple mixed greens salad. It was just that – simple and light and I was glad we ordered it.

    Nate’s dinner was essentially breakfast…an over-the-top protein-packed mountain man breakfast. I believe they called it “Shake ‘n’ Bake.” See? The names of the food are as cute as the counter stools. Anyway, the dish came with breaded slow-cooked pork, some fancy sausage, hash browns, asparagus and a fried egg, because why not throw an egg on there? Needless to say Nate was full for about 3 days, but he said the combo of everything together was really great.

    We had heard that their hamburger was awesome, but the fried chicken was calling my name. When the waiter said they were more known for the chicken, my decision was made. The chicken was yummy. The breading was salty but in a really good way. Oh, goodness, in a very good way. The gravy was fabulous, and the greens and mashed potatoes were the perfect complement.

    Of course we had to get dessert.

    Nate ordered the sour cream cheesecake, topped with fancy dancy almonds and blueberry sauce. The cheesecake was YUMMY with a great, thick crust. I had to get the chocolate mousse cake because I’m pretty much unable to order anything else if chocolate mousse is on the menu. The cake layers were great, the mousse was awesome, and the chocolate ganache had this thin salty layer on the outside that was heavenly. (Yes, in addition to chocolate mousse, I’m also kind of in love with salt.)

    Dinner was great. I’m so glad we went.

    You may be wondering, “How was Billy Elliot?” Well…it was fun. The movie is loads better. I mean, that movie is just so good. It made sense that the play was turned into a musical since the story is about dancing, but it totally changed the whole mood and feel of the story. Nate and I thought it just couldn’t compete with how powerful the movie was. BUT…it was a fun show with some pretty great tap routines incorporated. All in all, an enjoyable evening!

    If only we could get into the city for dinner and a show every week!

  5. Sunday, July 3, 2011

    Week 332 Menu

    Grapes are pretty.

    Is it really time to plan another menu? Before I know it this summer is going to be over!

    – Happy Fourth of July! Pretty sure we’ll be grilling something up, preferably poolside! I think I’ll just hit the grocery store, see what I see and go from there. I’m excited to see what you all have on your Fourth of July menus!

    Creamy Chicken Enchiladas…suddenly I’m craving them!
    – Guacamole and chips

    Tuscan Tomato Soup
    – Sauteed fresh veggies and bread

    – Leftovers

    – Pasta tossed with fresh garlic, parmesan cheese, olive oil, tomatoes and fresh basil…and salt & pepper, of course!
    – Bread

    – Eat out

    – Breakfast for dinner…I’m thinking a frittata, it’s been a while since we’ve made one!

    I know it’s a holiday weekend, so most of you are probably out enjoying the summer sunshine! Remember, it doesn’t matter what day of the week you share your menu…just get it up here! 😉

  6. Friday, July 1, 2011

    Ahhhh, the Ferry Building

    Is there a better way to spend a summer morning than at the San Francisco Ferry Building?

    The place is simply bursting at the seams with beautiful things to see and delicious food to eat.

    My sister has been visiting and today is her last day in town. We dropped the girls off at their summer camps this morning and headed straight to the city.

    How about a little Ciao Bella gelato for breakfast? Don’t mind if I do.

    And some Cowgirl Creamery mozzarella and burrata for lunch? Bring it on.

    Don’t forget to grab some Cowgirl chocolate milk, made with super duper fancy chocolate and deliciously-fresh milk. Even if it does cause you to make funny faces in public.

    I could live at the Ferry Building. I’d be broke. But I would be well-fed. That’s all that matters in the end, right?