Half a Snow Day

By the time I normally left for work yesterday, the snow was still coming down really lightly, so I ended up going in.  All the schools were closed so the traffic actually wasn’t too bad.

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My SIL went to the Entenmann’s outlet over the weekend.  I bought a package of whole wheat Arnold thins – so I had an egg white, spinach and cheese sammie with delicious honeydew melon on the side.

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But as the morning progressed, the flakes got bigger the winds started picking up.  My one boss worked from home, the other was on vacation and that left me with just one attorney, and he didn’t mind me taking a half day.

Not sure how long it was going to take me to drive home, I had lunch before I went.  Okay people – this panini is a.m.a.z.e.b.a.l.l.s!  My homemade artisan bread, roast beef, horseradish mustard, one slice of mozzarella cheese and pickled asparagus.

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I promise that is only one slice of cheese – it got so melty!

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The pickled asparagus makes this sandwich – the crunchy texture and the tang of vinegar.  This one needs to be on the regular rotation!

It took me about an hour to drive home.  My only exercise was spending the hour snow blowing our drive-way, and I have to tell you, the snow was really wet and heavy and it was quite a workout.  In all I think we got about 8 inches of snow?

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I am dreaming of the day when Tony and I can sit outside and bbq, cold beer in our hands and him smoking a cigar. Open-mouthed smile

I had defrosted a found filet mignon that I found in the freezer over the weekend.  I decided to make a cauliflower gratin.  I’ve made them before, but this one is really easy.  We had a computer virus that Tony had to take care of last night, so I had no computer access – I’ll provide the nutritional stats later.

Cauliflower Gratin

Makes 6 servings:  168 calories, 9 fat, 13 carbs, 3.6 fiber, 9.7 protein and 168 sodium

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour (I literally just spelled flower – ha!)
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 1 cup cheese of choice (I used a Mexican blend)
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/3 cup Italian bread crumbs

Cook the cauliflower whole on “fresh vegetable” setting in your microwave.  Let cool slightly.  It will still be pretty crunchy, but that’s okay.  Cut into bite size pieces.

Melt the butter in a pot.  Add flour, cook for 1 minute.  Slowly add the milk, stirring constantly, until thickened.  Add in cheese, salt, pepper, lemon pepper, mustard and stir until cheese melts.  Add in the chopped cauliflower mixing to coat, then put in a pan sprayed with Pam, top with bread crumbs and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

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Last night I decided to cook our steaks on high heat in our cast iron skillet to give them a nice crust.  For this rare piece of steak, I cooked on high for 3 minutes a side.  I must have been hungry because I only took 2 pictures of dinner, and this one is the best of the two – ha!  I actually ate the mushrooms too!

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I have to give a huge shout out to my Chobani peeps!  They hooked this sista up!

They sent me a selection of their new yogurts called “Flips.”

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Say hello to the newest dymanic duo, Chobani Flip.  Since our fans were already flipping in their own mix-ins, we made it a step easier.  These grab-and-go 5.3 oz cups are made with only natural ingredients and are available in six perfect flavor pairings you’ll get hooked on.”

They range in calories from 150 to 230. 

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And they sent me this cute spoon and a t-shirt!

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Thanks Chobani!  Can’t wait to try it out for breakfast this morning.

I know there are a lot of people who love watching The Bachelor.  Tony and I stumbled across a spoof of that show, and it’s fricken hilarious.  It’s called Burning Love and it’s on E.  Here is the trailer – you need to find it and DVR it, you’ll thank us later.

Alright, time to scrape off the cars and head to work.  Make it a great day!

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36 thoughts on “Half a Snow Day

  1. That Chobani looks delicious – can’t wait to try it!!
    Hope the snow clears up soon – Cleveland was luckily passed up this time. 🙂

  2. Oh my, I can’t wait to try that Chobani. I’m pretty sure I’m a Chobani addict as is—basically every morning for breakfast. Ha! Speaking of, I tried your banana granola pancakes…AMAZING!!!

    • So glad that you thought the pancakes were amazing! And I still can’t tell you how happy I am that you are divorced and happy now! You deserve the best!

  3. I’ll have to look for that Chobani the next time I go food shopping! I always admire people who can drive in the snow – I stink at it! In fact, we’re supposed to get 2-4 inches today and I’m sorta freaking out over it. I’m awful. lol So my granny gave me her panini maker over the weekend – I’ll have to try this one – it looks delicious!

  4. I want those flips! I can’t find them! The key lime- oh my gah! Need! That snow…brrrrr. Makes me cold just looking at it. Yayy for a melty sandwich. Delicious. And cauliflower gratin? Tony lives a good life with you cooking!!

    • Sadly, Tony only likes about 25% of the stuff I make – that’s probably why I cook for my SIL and so many people at work who appreciate 100% of the food I make. Although he did like the gratin! 😀

  5. I do not miss the snow at all.

    I am in love with Chobani. I’ve only been eating the plain, but that coco loco looks gooood.

  6. I’ve been wanting to try the almond coco flavor – yum!

  7. kimslittlelife

    I haven’t seen the flips yet, but the Key Lime is calling my name! And 8 inches?! Holy crap! (and why do I want to add a ‘that’s what she said’ in there? lol)

  8. That is a cute little spoon for the yogurt! Let me know how the coconut almond tastes – I’m intrigued!

  9. A few things:

    1. I watched Burning Love for the first time last night and almost died from laughing.

    2. With my husband out of town and my neighbor boy not responding, it was up to me to shovel yesterday – I did so with my 20 lbs baby strapped to me. Oh my goodness talk about a workout! At one point I saw spots.

    3. And YES – I am that Courtney, small world right? As soon as I saw you post a picture of yourself I put it all together. I felt weird saying something that – like a creepy internet stalker 🙂

    Have a good day!

    • 1. OMG, now I have someone to talk to about that show – I pee in my pants from laughing!
      2. Um, you won having a 20 pound kid strapped to you.
      3. Yep, it is a small world!

  10. Man! Everyone has a snow day but me!!!

    That sandwich looks epic.

  11. That is some serious snow!!!!
    I like those flips a lot! The key lime pie was seriously delicious!

  12. I’m having the same dream (well, wine or a marg for me, but my husband’s all over the beer) . . . sitting on our patio, grilling . . . ahhhhh. Bob’s already excited to the 40 degree temps in our near future!!

  13. Weighting For 50

    Mother Nature needs to cut your area some slack and give you a thaw!!! And needs to send me a roast beef panini! Stay warm and take care Vat.

  14. I kid you not, my mouth started to water up when I saw the photos of your panini! you always have yummy things lol. Jealous haha

    We are still waiting for the snow to hit us…hopefully I have a snow day, tomorrow ha

  15. We had a few flakes up here in WI, not much to shout about. Oh yum can hardly wait to try those “flips” from Chobani, I might like that “almond coco loco” though…….still my favorite is the chocolate chip, but doesn’t seem to come in the smaller containers for some reason.

    Paninni and sammies look delicious, you take great pictures!!!

  16. First you must check this out: http://budgetbytes.blogspot.com/2013/03/sriracha-caramel-corn-083-recipe.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BudgetBytes+%28Budget+Bytes%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

    CAN NOT WAIT TO TRY!!!!

    Also I’d love to know how you getting hooked up!?!?! I love me some Chobani; have you tried their bites yet? I’ve got the raspberry and coffee one @ home. The raspberry isn’t as strong as i thought it would be. I plan on freezing one though as soon as it’s a bit warmer and hoping it’s like frozen yogurt!

  17. Dang, that’s a lot of snow! The storm barely missed us here in Michigan, my kids were very disappointed!!
    I picked up the almond coco loco chobani over the weekend, but I have yet to try it. I keep forgetting!

  18. I think if you guys get snow days, we should get ‘it is too damn hot’ days 🙂 Glad you got home safely though. Just remember that if March comes in like a lion it goes out like a lamb.

  19. Sooo much snow!

    Enjoy the Chobani!

    I love Burning Love; it’s so funny!

  20. I don’t miss snowy winters at all! How nice to have a half work day! That sandwich does look amazing and I love pickled asparagus and green beans.

  21. thehealthyjunky

    Wow, look at all of your snow! I’m so ready for summer as well!

  22. I fell for the chobani bites…love them all (still have not tried the coffee one though)…looking forward to trying some of the flips.

    I have to add pickled asparagus to my shopping list.

    BTW I thought of you yesterday. I went into a store downtown…Fire and Spice…loads of hot sauces, bbq sauces, mustards. I left with buying only a white balsamic vinegar…I have been trying to find again for my cucumber salads in the summer.

    Have a great Thursday…be safe in all that snow..

  23. This sandwich looks soooo good! gotta try it 😀 😀 thx!

  24. Must. Find. Pickled. Asparagus.

    Still on a major vinegar kick, obviously. 🙂

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