Thursday, October 11, 2012

Check out The Pittsburgh Hot Spots


Check out my hot spots.
Tongue protruded for emphasis...
Who doesn't love a good Thermal Imaging Camera??

I mean look how thin my arms look!

Please excuse that random person behind me. Ruuu!

Every year Pittsburgh has the RADical days sponsored by RAD (Regional Asset District), which features free entry to various arts related places around the city (i.e. The Mattress Factory, Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History) and special events at non arts related venues (like Whole Foods Market).

My family took in the free day at the Science Center. You know how i adore my Free. He was my first love before Clearance. Clearance and I broke up a little while after I started in my full time volunteer ministry, but we rekindled things when I was in Italy. It's a long story.

Don't judge me!

The only awkward thing was that the Sports Center, a seperate building centered around fitness and sports science, is sponsored by a meat company, so there are pictures of not so healthy sandwiches (not a veggie in site just meat and sauce on white bread) in various spots.

Seriously?
Hey! Did anyone notice it's 10,11,12 today?

Am I the only number nerd totally geeked out by the cuteness?

Anyhoo, Im a touch addicted to the "Enjoy Life: Double Chocolate Crunch: Nut and Gluten Free Granola". I like to pour in some nut milk and microwave it for a minute. It's fairly low in sugar so it makes a lovely breakfast or dessert. I also like to eat it dry tho for snack. The tiny chocolate chips are nice little treat!

The other flavor that is quite delicious is Cranapple Crunch.

If only Big Lots would work harder to avoid running out!



 
Break that fast softly..with chocolate
 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The End of Tomato Season


The impending frosty nights caused everyone to run to their
gardens and harvest the last bits of freshness hanging out there.
For my mum that meant lots of green tomatoes.
She had about 3 baskets full of tomatoes and lots of them
were green.

All those green tomatoes. Oh you are going to be delicious...
I'm a fan of oven roasting pretty much anything.
If I could figure out a way to oven roast chocolate
we would have a serious problem...
Or is that just hot cocoa? Ill figure it out....

Anyhoo, a great way to use up the bounty of your
(or your mother's in my case) garden is oven
roasting whatever you grew.

After you roast it theoretically you can freeze it.
I say theoretically because I cant seem to stop myself
or my family from inhaling what Ive just roasted.


Rub the sliced beauties with Olive Oil


Sprinkle on some "Oregano, Basil , Sun dried Tomato"
(or make your own) and sea salt
 
Bake 30 minutes at 350


Serve with oven roasted squash and Potatoes
I'm Gon Eat You Up! Banjo!
 Other things to do with Tomatoes....

Taco Feast!
So a friend was in town for the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management annual meeting in Pittsburgh at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, Oakland. It was a 3-day all day conference, so she didn't have time to sight see or socialize. So, Saturday night we had a nice little fiesta.

I used a load of tomatoes (not home grown) to make the salsa using her recipe (5-7 tomatoes, 1 purple onion, 2 jalapenos, 1 avocado all chopped and put in a bowl, mix and add a sprinkle of salt and pepper and the juice of 2 limes). It was a-yum-yum ridiculously delicious meal of tacos, rice, corn, smashed black beans, fresh salsa with avocado, tossed salad and tortilla chips..

My mouth is watering....