Monday, July 20, 2009

Burning Questions Answered

...Maybe not but that just sounded good.

Whats up? I am so happy right now to be typing on the lap top. It has been out of order for a few months now and the man finally fixed it (thanks babe, its about time). So the plan is to go over a few of my eats and activities from today and then answer a few questions that I have been getting from you lovely ladies. Capesh?

After hittin up my man "Gym" this morning I was really missin an old fav so I brought back the blended grains spinach style...
...and topped with pb of course :).

Snack was a shake and then it was off to story time at the local Barnes and Noble so the little one could be entertained while I suck in as much information from all the books I have been wanting to read but am to cheap to buy.

After story time we headed to the fountains for some fun....
We went with a friend I made through my blog :) and her two little angels. I feel very lucky and fortunate to have made friends through my bloggie!! I would have to say that is my favorite part of having a blog.

We came home and had lunch. I made what I was hankering for....
Spicy butternut squash fries. I also made a quick stir-fry served over spinach...

  • chicken
  • onion
  • broccoli
  • yellow pepper
  • fresh ginger
  • soy sauce
  • tomatoes for color :)
Before karate I had the left over spicy butternut fries dipped in pb...
Carrot sticks and apples with two jars for dipping...
Came home and made spaghetti and garlic bread for the gang. I served mine over zucchini noodles with a side salad...
Now on to a few questions I have received lately. A lot of you have been wondering how I make my Dark Chocolate Oat Bran...
Nothing better than dessert for breakfast without having to feel guilty right? Here's the breakdown..
Mix together until evenly dispersed and most lumps are gone. I then add water and I always eyeball it. Nuke for 2 minutes. Add 30 sec. if its too watery. Next, I add several drops of Dark Chocolate Now Stevia. I also usually add a small hunk of banana before cooking and sometimes I add chia seeds. The possibilities are really endless.

Another question I have been getting is how I cook my butternut squash fries so they are crispy and not soggy. I always start by trying to...
  1. Cut them all about the same size that way they all cook in the same amount of time
  2. I then place them on a plate and season them to my liking. I do many combos of the following
  • chili powder
  • salt
  • pepper
  • cinnamon
  • paprika
3. I then find a pan at least an inch deep and place a wire oven safe rack on top as seen here.
4. This is an important step: Make sure to space out the fries with at least an inch apart. If you place them to close together it will cause the squash to hold in the moisture.
5. Finally I bake it on the center rack at 425 for about 25 minutes

The result is perfect crispy fries :).

I am signing off and will be back tomorrow to answer more questions. Keep em coming :)

CONFESSION OF THE DAY: I love shopping at used designer clothing stores. I recently found a new one here in Nashville and picked up a pair of Habitual Jeans that go for $220 for a measly 20 bucks!!! What a deal, huh?


  1. Oh thanks so much for posting the recipe for the dark chocolate oat bran....can't wait to try it. I'm gonna order some of that dark chocolate stevia too.

    Great deal on those jeans! I just love a bargain!

    Looking forward to reading more of your questions and answers tomorrow. Have a wonderful night :D

  2. I agree that the best part of blogging is to make new friends and interacting with other girls who have the same interests as I do!

    Fabulous deal! I just found a pair of Jbrand jeans for $40 and was super happy with that, but your deal is even better :)

    Thanks for those 2 how-to's! I'm going to make some fries tomorrow :D

  3. I love fancy jeans but how have I never heard of Habitual? I am checking them out after I type this comment! Sounds like an amazing deal!

  4. Thanks for the squash fries recipe! Can't wait to try it when I get my new set of knives :)

    Great deal on the jeans!

  5. OMG... Okay - I am a shopping nut but definitely on a budget...maybe we can make a day to go shop and you can show me where to get good stuff for cheap??? :) (this is me begging, btw... hee hee)

    YES... I was going to ask you how you make your chocolate oats! I don't know if I have seen the hershey's dark chocolate powder... I need to be on the hunt! They always look so great!

  6. Yahoo for a fixed laptop!! That must be nice!

    Every single thing looks delicious! I started to list all of the yums but then I realized this was going to be novel status!!

    The cooling rack is the secret for crispy fries!! That's how I make my SP fries :)

  7. Justine,
    You must take me shopping. You know CD loves the bargains!

    Thanks for sharing your dark chocolate oat bran recipe - your pictures always look so good!

    Love the double nut butter jar dipping action. Oh, and I totally should have given you my spiralizer while we're away. Gosh, I miss that thing!

    Miss you my little detoxer. :)

    P.S. Love the PB swirl action on your spinach oats.

  8. That is a deal! YAY!

    Thanks so much for the recipe! I'll have to try that!!
    <3 jess

  9. Had to stop by and say that after I posted I couldn't find the dark chocolate powder... I found it at Wal-Mart today! I never go there because Wally World makes me nutso... but went there today looking for some Mighty Maple Peanut Butter and found that, too! :)

    If you have time to stop by my page... check out Maddie's new video :) It made me think of the video your little one had up singing... so had to tell you in case you had a free minute! :)

  10. Oh, thanks! The first time I made butternut squash fries they were all soggy, and I DID put them too close to each other. I love used clothing stores too! There are such amazing finds hiding in them.


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