Heart Shaped Wontons

Wayyy back in the day when I first started this blog and had nothing but time and next to no obligations to fill it, I was very creative in the kitchen. I had lots of ideas, some of which never made it to the blog because they were disastrous and some of which never made it to the blog because I was either unsatisfied with the photos or lazy or a combination of both. One of such recipes was a wonton recipe, which I have re-created several times but never actually posted. The idea was quite simple. Basically, I got wonton wrappers, filled them with a mixture of habanero jelly and cream cheese, fried them, and blew the Taste Tester’s mind with their deliciousness. It was a super simple, super impressive, and super delicious recipe. And, I have been keeping it from you for YEARS.

Annd that doesn’t change today. Instead, today, I have taken that recipe and turned it into these cherry, Nutella, adorably heart shaped wontons. I will be honest though, once you have mastered this recipe you can change the filling to pretty much anything and it will taste phenomenal. Read more

Meal Plan for January 16-22

So, I’ll get to the meal plan in a bit, but let me just brag on myself for one whole week of no alarm snoozing! I didn’t think it was possible, but I have made it through. I feel like I have made it through the hardest part and it will only get easier going forward. I keep reminding myself that if I stick with it, eventually the sun will be out when I wake up!!

Let me interrupt this bragging session with a little truth: I totally got out of bed when my alarm went off 5/5 days last week. BUTTTT, on Friday, I hopped out of bed, got dressed, took my dogs outside, THEN decided I was way too tired to work out and went to crawl back in bed for an hour. So, not perfect, but technically I didn’t hit the snooze alarm.

I am doing so much better with working out and I am feeling better because of it. Working out in the morning is crucial during this busy season. There have been many days that I have intended to do a second workout in the evening but completely run out of time. Having those workouts finished in the morning makes me feel not so guilty about this.

I have also been eating way better and mostly stuck with the meal plan last week. I ate dinner twice at work, both times opting to order out instead of packing a dinner. Right now, my dinner-at-work nights are spontaneous and sporadic, so I haven’t been able to plan ahead. I have been able to keep things pretty healthy by mostly ordering soups and salads. As the season wears on, I may have to revise my approach.

Last week, I did have time to try out one of my new recipes, this salmon recipe from Cooking Light magazine. Both TT and I actually liked the fish, which is new for us as we are not big fish eaters. I was not impressed with the potatoes, which may have been due to me adding wayyyy too much oil. Either fry the potatoes or don’t, but don’t go half way like I did. You will end up consuming all the grease, with none of the delicious crispiness. The horseradish sauce was also delicious, even TT, who does not like horseradish, enjoyed it. I replaced the fresh dill with dried as that’s what I had on hand.

Yesterday, TT and I attended the brunch buffet which did not disappoint. I was able to control myself around the shrimp cocktail this year, opting to eat breakfast first and save the cheese and shrimp for the lunch portion of the meal. Topped off with an ice cream sundae, it was a great meal as usual. But, after a big, unhealthy meal on Sunday, I really have to watch my “treats” this week, especially at work.

Here’s the meal plan for the week:

Breakfast

Bulletproof coffee or smoothies/protein shakes, keeping it simple and healthy.

Lunch

Leftover Mediterranean food from the weekend, supplemented with sliced cucumbers and salad. I am limiting myself to two yogurts per week. This week, Siggis was on sale so I stocked up. I am so pumped to try the peach flavor!

Dinner

On Sunday, I made chili and cornbread to keep as leftovers for the week, as I will likely have to eat at work a few times. Hopefully TT does not get tired of eating the same thing 3-4 times this week.

Monday: This week’s Recipe Club recipe, which can be found here and on my Facebook page.

Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday: Combination of me eating at work, leftovers from Sunday and Monday, and one night, a very modified version of this recipe (TT doesn’t like soy sauce or black pepper) that I read about on Frugal by Choice, Cheap by Necessity, which I mentioned in last week’s post.

Apologies for the lack of a plan! 3 more weeks!

Lightened Up Manicotti

Manicotti

The other day, the Taste Tester came home from work asking about manicotti, and, more specifically, why he had neither had it nor heard of it. After his inquiry I realized I have never made it, so I decided to check it out. We aren’t big pasta eaters in the Foodiocentric household, but Taste Tester was convinced this could be good because of the low pasta to toppings/fillings ratio. And, I have to agree, one of the best things about this recipe is that between the fillings and the toppings, you do consume a relatively small amount of actual pasta. The bad news is you consume a relatively large amount of cheese mixed with other types of cheese. Read more

Foodiocentric’s Christmas Decorating Tips (It’s not too late!)

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I can hear you through the internet, you’re saying, “it’s too late for decorating ideas and tips” and “my decorations are already up, how can you possibly help now.” Well, I assure you, this post is timely. Because it might be a little late to change your decorating style this year, but right now is the perfect time to plan for next year. Why? I will tell you: Read more

Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn

Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn

Well folks the day has come. My FIRST DAY OF WORK has come and gone. I have known it was approaching, looming there around the corner, but in May when school got out October just seemed so far away. As much as I tried to prepare, nothing can quite fully smooth the transition from being a full-time stay at home dog mom to being a full time, 8:30-5:30, forty-five minute each way commuting, adult working person.

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I used to be a person who stayed home all day dreaming of recipes, playing with my dogs, and occasionally dabbling in the kitchen. Now I am a person who talks about fascinating topics weather, traffic, the effect of weather on traffic, and Excel on a daily basis.

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And let me tell you, it’s kind of a struggle. I LOVE cooking and even don’t want to cook when I get home. It must be so hard if you don’t really like being in the kitchen to begin with. I promise as soon as I figure it out I will be back with lots of tips! For now though, all I have is a treat. Make it this weekend and take it in your lunch all week!

Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn
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Serves: 8 servings
 
Ingredients
  • Coconut oil (or non-stick cooking spray)
  • Roughly 8 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 cups brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup water
Instructions
  1. Grease two large mixing bowls, two large spatulas, and two large baking sheets with coconut oil or non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Toss popcorn and pecans in two bowls (one really large bowl will also work, but leave yourself some room).
  3. In a small bowl, mix pumpkin pie spice with baking soda.
  4. In a small saucepan, combine sugar, butter, salt, and water. Cook on high heat for 10-14 minutes, WITHOUT STIRRING. I know this seems scary and you will want to stir, but it really takes that long. Just leave it alone. Mine took the full 14 minutes. It will eventually turn to a golden caramel. When it does, remove from heat and add pumpkin pie spice/baking soda mixture. Be careful because it will bubble.
  5. Pour caramel over popcorn and immediately toss using prepared spatulas. Try not to make a mess. Fail. Resolve to never make caramel corn again.
  6. Pour popcorn on to baking sheets and separate into small pieces. Cool.
  7. Taste caramel corn. Decide mess was worth it. Repeat weekly until tired of pumpkin spice.
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DIY Pumpkin Topiary

Since we moved into our new home, I have been DYING to decorate it! I want to buy ALL THE THINGS to make each room look like it belongs in a magazine. Not only am I pining to buy “permanent” decor items, but the new space makes me excited to invest in seasonal decorations as well. Unfortunately buying lots of things costs lots of money and since we started with no bed, no couch, and no television, seasonal decorations are pretty low on the priority list. Read more

DoggioCentric: Because Right Now My Life Revolves Around Dogs

If you came to this site, it’s probably because you are looking for a recipe or something else food-related. I mean FOOD is right there in the name! BUT I did warn you in the About page that just because life revolves around food doesn’t mean food is all there is.

And this summer, my life has not been revolving around food. It has been revolving around the Bar Exam (which is over now-thank God!) and THIS little angel/devil of a puppy that the Taste Tester and I adopted back in May.

Although we already have one dog, Lilly, this is my first time with a little baby dog. And I have to tell you, adopting a puppy is A LOT different than adopting a grown-up dog. I will tell you more about that later. That’s why I started this little sub-section of the blog known as DoggioCentric, where I will tell you about all things puppy/dog. Or at least all the things I know. Which, it turns out, isn’t that many things.

But I am learning. Read more

Losing Weight with Fitbit: Is 10,000 Steps Enough?

If you have a Fitbit (or know anyone who has a Fitbit), you are undoubtedly familiar with the recommended goal of 10,000 steps. 10,000 steps, it seems, has become the metric for measuring fitness and activity among users. The exact wording alludes me now, but I recall that when I first set-up my Fitbit Force, it suggested that 10,000 steps was a realistic goal for a moderately active person.

I absolutely LOVE my Fitbit Activity Tracker (I have the original Force)! I have used it for nearly two years now and it has definitely encouraged me to be more active and work toward achieving my 10,000 steps every day. Recently, in an attempt to lose weight, I started paying more attention to the “calories burned” metric instead of just looking at the step counter.

Here’s what I learned: Read more

Grilled Pizza: Your New Summer BBQ Staple

I have kind of been a little absent around here lately and I would apologize but I have a really really good excuse. I am studying for a little thing called the Bar Exam. While only a small fraction of you have probably ever taken said exam, I am sure everyone reading this has had a friend/relative/enemy/acquaintance complain about it at one time or another.

I heard all the complaints, the warnings about how difficult it would be. Foolishly, I thought to myself, it can’t be that hard, I am going to have so much free time once school is out. I found through my law school experience that people tend to over exaggerate the difficulty of the process and I thought studying for the Bar Exam would be similar. I seriously thought that studying for the Bar would take maybe four hours per day and I would have the rest of my days free to do whatever I wanted. And I was seriously wrong. Read more

Cheap Eats: My Mom’s Red Beans & Rice

Mother’s Day was this week and if I hadn’t been completely swamped I would have posted this post before. But, as they say, better late than never. (Side note-I am never late, I pride myself on being on time. And honestly, in college and law school, I would rather not go to class than walk into a room filled with 80 people after the class had started. Can you think of anything more mortifying? So, in my case, it was better never than late, but that doesn’t have the same ring to it, and, since this is my blog and I am on my schedule, I will relax the rules just this once.) Read more