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Thankful Thursday and PMB on Valentine’s Day

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For this Thankful Thursday, I want to say that I’m thankful for my grandparents. Yesterday was kind of a tough day for me mentally, and a few things happened that were kind of hard to deal with. Not anything major, but still glitches in what I always hope to be a “perfect” day.

I was feeling pretty down and then what-do-ya-know. I opened up my MIS notebook and this card fell out:

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I stuffed it in their unconsciously when I was packing up on Sunday. It’s was a completely unexpected surprise.

A Valentine’s Day card from my Grandma and Grandpa. I know it’s not as special as receiving one from a boyfriend or husband, but since I don’t have one of those it was pretty great.

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I read over the inside a few times and it greatly lifted my spirits. It was just what I needed yesterday.

Speaking of mental challenges, I guess this is a great segue for PMB.

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Physically- My stomach does pretty well throughout the week, but then on Friday it seems like every week I progress a lot and feel simply awful. Right now I’ve gone back to the start and am slowly reintroducing things again to see what was causing the problem. I think I’ve discovered the source finally, but we’ll see come Friday.

Mentally- Just to repeat, mentally I’m feeling scattered. I’m feeling pretty good with the quality of my school work and other things, but just little lapses in judgement show me that right now my mind is not up to tip-top performance. A little on the fritz, if you will.

Brag- I really hate bragging, so for this I am going to just pick something small. Remember when I talked about working in the concession stand in my last WIAW post? Well, I am pretty good at mental math and was able to whip up all of the people’s money back pretty with not too many mistakes.

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So that’s it for this Thursday. Most of you probably have much more exciting details to share of amazing flowers, candies, candlelight dinners… And I will happily read all of them. But for this girl, tonight I will be sitting on my blue mushroom chair watching a Romantic Comedy on Netflix. Probably something with Matthew McConaughey or Kate Hudson. On second thought, I will actually be watching something much more dark and sinister:

House of Cards.

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This show is fueling by “binge-viewing” problem. (Thank you Diane!)

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What are you thankful for?

Anything to brag about?

Favorite Romantic Comedy?

Do you have a binge-viewing problem?

Ever seen House of Cards?

Oh… And Happy Valentine’s Day guys 🙂

Peas Please! (WIAW)

You guys are fantastic, do you know that? There have been literally so many comments in the past few days that I just haven’t been able to answer them all! Plus, I have “life overload” right now. School work, internship applications, summer job applications (What?! There is still snow on the ground for crying out loud!), and lots of things to do when I’m home on the weekends…

Like going to basketball games. And working in the concession stand during varsity basketball games— Let me tell you: it’s crazy! My weekends also involve a lot of fun food stuff:

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Look for a future post on this gluten-free bread sometime soon! My mom and dad cannot say enough good things about it, so I’ll just take their word that it’s amazing 🙂

This WIAW month however is not about bread. It’s about vegetables!

For starters, let’s talk about how amazing peas are.

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Peas Please!

Just a few fun facts that I found interesting regarding these lovely green seeds (Source): 

  • Peas are relatively high in protein compared to other vegetables (5.4 grams per serving).
  • Two of the most popular types are sugar snap and snow peas.
  • Peas have been around for a very long time. The oldest was found in a cave in Burma dating back 9750 years.

Here are a few of the ways that I have been enjoying this awesome vegetable lately:

Shepherd’s Pie

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Cooked Peas and Beef Pot Roast

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Cauliflower “Rice” Risotto

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I have been eating a lot of other vegetables as well, in the form of Chicken, Carrot and Yellow Squash Soup (with Coconut Oil)

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And Spaghetti!

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I can’t even remember the last time that I had spaghetti. It has probably been almost a year. With wheat allergies and grain sensitives, regular pasta is out. And with an allergy to tomatoes, traditional spaghetti sauce is also not an option. So, I had to get a little creative in the kitchen. It ended up turning out pretty tasty, despite the nontraditional colors!

Tomato and Grain-Free Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

Allergy-free, Tomato-Free, Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free, Egg-Free, Milk-Free, Nut-Free, Low Carb, Paleo, GAPS Diet Friendly

1 serving

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups spaghetti squash (cooked using the oven method)
  • 1 cup grass-fed ground beef (cooked in beef broth)
  • 2 cups broth (I used beef broth)
  • 1 zucchini, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2-2/3 cup squash, raw or cooked (I used butternut squash, but any kind would work)
  • sea salt and other seasonings to taste (black pepper, Italian seasoning, garlic/onion powder, parsley, etc.)

Directions:

  1. Prepare the spaghetti squash and ground beef.
  2. In a medium-sized pan add the broth, zucchini and squash puree. Bring to a boil and cook about 10 minutes or until zucchini is tender (cook longer if the squash is raw as well).
  3. Drain the vegetables and place in a food processor. Blend until well combined and smooth. Mix in the ground beef.
  4. In a serving bowl measure out the cooked spaghetti squash, then top with the meat sauce. Season with sea salt and any other desired seasonings. Enjoy!

Note: After baking the spaghetti squash I like to cook a single serving in more broth to make it tender and more flavorful!

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So far this is as close as I have been able to come in replicating the taste of spaghetti and meat sauce with the restrictions that I have. I’ve heard that carrots can also be a great substitute for tomato in recipes, so I’ll have to try that out next.

I have to say though, that for those without food allergies, this probably seems like a pretty odd recipe. Some may even call it strange.

Yep, that’s right! This spaghetti recipe is going to join the ranks of others in Sprint 2 the Table’s Strange But Good recipe link-up this Friday!

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And now I must say farewell my blogging friends! I’m off to study some MIS vocabulary for an exam tomorrow. Wish me luck!

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Do you ever get a “life overload”?

Have you eaten any peas lately? What fact surprised you the most about them?

What is your favorite Strange But Good combo for the week?