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Vacation Day 3

Today was a travel day. We got up, ate leftover pizza for breakfast and headed down the road to Montrose to spend Christmas with Dev's mom. 
We always stop in Grand Junction because it's the halfway point.  REI was our first stop (to look at ski racks for the car), then we spent some time in Barnes and Noble. 
We waited to have lunch at Colorado Boy Pizza in Montrose. Their spinach salad is to die for (spinach leaves, walnuts, roasted red pepper and gorganzola tossed in a pesto vinaigrette).
After lunch we went to Devin's mom's house. We sat around and talked til dinner time. She had made BBQ ribs, scalloped potatoes and cranberry salad. It was delicious!  I forgot to take pics. 
That was about it. We all hit the living room and watched TV until we were too sleepy to keep our eyes open. Then we went to bed.

Vacation Day 2

So let's see... Day 2 was not very active. 
I made homemade buttermilk pancakes for breakfast.  They are always a hit. 
Lunch was less spectacular. I made boring tuna fish sandwiches. 
In the late afternoon, we went to Glenwood Springs to see our friend Greg play rec league hockey. Then we headed out for pizza after the game. 
It was still a pretty good day!

Winter Vacation- Day 1

I have set a goal for Winter Break.  While I recognize the need for rest and relaxation, I don't want to sit around like a lump on the couch the whole time.  I want to get out and do something active most of the days we're off.

Today, we were off to a great start!  My alarm went off at 7am (a full hour and a half later than normal), but we stayed in bed for about another 30 minutes.   For breakfast, I decided to make migas.  I had never heard of this dish before I moved to Alamosa, CO.  I'm assuming it has it's beginnings in New Mexico.  I find it's a great way to use up the crumblies left in the bottom of the bag of tortilla chips.

I start by heating some oil (olive or canola) and putting the dredges of the chip bag in the pan.  I let them sizzle around and toast until they are light brown.  Then I throw in some chopped onion and fresh jalapeno.  After the onion softens, I put in diced tomato (this time of year I use canned- in the summer, I use fresh).  After the…

Veggie Udon Noodles with Peanut Sauce

My oven has stopped working!  I had no idea how much I depended on it until I couldn't.  I sat around all day, moping about what to make for dinner without my oven.

Then, I remembered the package of refrigerated udon noodles I picked up at the store this weekend.  I decided I'd whip up a peanut sauce and stir fry the noodles with veggies.

That's how this dish was born.  It was really good.  Like I could eat this once a week and be happy, good.

Here's the recipe for the peanut sauce.  It is really simple and I had all the ingredients on hand.  Oh- and I added about a tablespoon of toasted sesame oil to the list- as well as subbing vegetable broth for the chicken.   I only used the sauce recipe- I didn't follow the rest of it.

While the sauce festered on the stove, I thinly sliced half an onion, about 4 large cremini mushrooms and about a cup of sugar snap peas.  I heated a non-stick skillet to medium high and put a couple of tablespoons of olive in.  When it was pip…

The Holidays are here again...

So today I finished my Christmas shopping and began my Christmas baking.  I'm not doing too much this year, mostly because I get so busy at school, I don't have time.

I concentrated on 3 recipes.  All of them are insanely simple, but have big impact.

The first recipe I did is called "Firecracker Cheez-its."  I found the recipe on one of the many blogs I read.  If you're interested in giving them a try, go here.  But be prepared to become addicted.

The next recipe I chose is an old standard- Oreo Truffles.  The recipe could not be simpler- one- eight ounce block of cream cheese, softened, and one bag of Oreo cookies.  I put the Oreos in my food processor and whiz them around until they look like sand, then cut the cream cheese into smaller pieces and toss it in with the cookies.  Whiz it all around until it becomes a dark, black mass of yumminess.  Form the dough into whatever size balls you want, then you have lots of choices!  I like to roll them in chopped sal…