Happy Monday all! How are you all doing? In the past two days, I have pickled, preserved and jammed to my little hearts content all in preparation for National Can It Forward Day coming up this Saturday. I can’t wait to tell you all about it and to share the cool tips I learned from Ted Allen with you all. I also will be sharing in the fun by giving away some pretty cool stuff too.
Here is a sneak peak of a couple of my favorite things all from ingredients I bought at my local farmer’s market.
Organic 4 Bean Salad ~ I also made homemade bread n butter pickles! The hardest part is waiting for everything to marinate. I cracked up at The Husband telling the jars to “pickle, pickle, pickle” so he could try them. He is such a nut!
Organic Raspberry Jam ~ OK 15 jars of jam ~ I also made strawberry & raspberry mango.
The coolest invention ever thanks to Ball! It makes taking the jars out of so much easier.
The rest of this past week is a blur with work, driving to Lake Berryessa to check out camp sites, celebrating anniversaries, birthdays and antique fairs…yep, all in one week!
The coolest part though ~ I balanced it all out and managed to lose 1.2 lbs. this week ~ success!
Now for a few food highlights and The “Bliss” challenge that tricked my co-workers!
Healthy Egg Rolls ~ The Husband is totally becoming a pro at making them
Team Building Lunch at my favorite place ~ the Napa General Store for lunch.
Starters ~ Champagne Poached Shrimp Spring Rolls
Pretty sure I could eat the entire plate myself but I shared.
I totally love it when my co-workers want to share with me because then I get the chance to try everything I want to try. We split two salads.
Vermicelli Noodle Salad Bowl
“Layers of lettuce, rice noodles, shredded carrot, cucumber, mint, roasted peanuts and a crispy pork roll and grilled prawns” The dressing makes this salad amazing!
Chinese Chicken Salad
“Shredded marinated chicken breast, local cabbage, scallions, toasted almonds, black sesame seeds, crisp won tons & house made Asian dressing”
I was in charge of dessert for everyone ~ little did they know I had it all planned out.
The folks at Weight Watchers asked if I wanted to try out the two brand new bars that will be hitting shelves soon. The one fun factor they included…..a “blind” taste test where I put these boxes out for my co-workers to try, but, didn’t tell them who made them or that they were “low calorie”.
It cracked me up to hear them ask me if it was a new type of candy bar or snickers and can I have both flavors….are there more in that box? I am taking the extras!
After everyone tried the bars and shared their thoughts, I spilled the details that not only were they low calorie treats, but, they were Weight Watchers new bars. Nobody could believe it and even better ~ they still stole all the extras ~ So fun!
My personal favorite ~ the Peanut Butter Brownie Bliss Bar!
Then again, I am sort of impartial to anything made with nut butters ~ 2 points+ a bar.
For chocolate lovers, this bar is for you ~ chocolate on top of chocolate and well, there is some built in portion control as only 6 come in a box (mean you have enough WPA to cover it!)
80 calories, 2 points+ per bar made with real chocolate ganache!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Goodness……
Seriously ~ look how thick that layer of milk chocolate and peanut butter is….it’s the perfect balance of brownie too. They are rich enough that one is enough.
Since I have been a mad woman canning away in the kitchen, The Husband took over dinner. All he asked was for me to make the salad. For some reason I could only think of slices of things (I totally blame the pickles for that!)
Simple Tomato & Lemon Cucumber Salad sprinkled with sea salt & black pepper ~ tadah! Fancy, huh?
He was in charge of the grill ~ Pork Chops with Secret Sauce……
And Corn ~ see, his part was easy too!
Simple, delicious and 100% Simply Filling (1 WPA for the sauce).
This week is busy with a trip to the winery, a trip to Sac and then The Husband’s birthday celebration weekend begins on Friday ~ I still need to shop!
If any of you all have any birthday ideas for him, share away….I need ideas too!