How he peels oranges + what my book club did for dinner

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Hi friends!

It’s the last day of February, which is pretty bonkers! Since moving to the northeast almost 6 years ago (first Boston then Connecticut), I feel like winter usually drags on forever and ever. But this time around it is flyyyying. Maybe it’s because this month has been warmer than usual? Or maybe it’s because I feel behind in preparations for the baby (eek!). In any case, Spring will officially be here in no time. I am excited to see blooms, leaves, woodland creatures, LIFE in the backyard after all the winter bareness.

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What have you guys been up to these last couple days? I am happy to report that we are finally done painting the nursery! Phew! That took forever and it seemed like we put 10 coats of paint on the walls and trim. Now that the painting is done, we can officially move everything that was sitting in the hallway for the past several months back into the room. It wasn’t that much stuff, just a mirror, a rug, and a couple paintings for the walls, but it is nice to have a clear hallway again πŸ™‚

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For about a month there I was perpetually parched, and constantly chugged water like no other. The 24-hour extreme thirst has simmered down but I’m still determined to stay on top of hydration. Remember when I used to drink seltzer water all day every day? I haven’t touched the stuff since getting pregnant. It’s not a big aversion or anything, I just have a preference for plain water. Not sure why, but yes please!

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Do you peel your oranges before or after slicing them up? Growing up I always just sliced the orange into quarters with the peel still attached. I thought that was how everyone ate their oranges. It wasn’t until I met Joel in college that I saw someone remove the peel BEFORE slicing the orange into quarters. It is now my favorite way to eat them πŸ™‚

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I defrosted one of the pork buns we brought back from China Town (woo!). At least I thought it was pork. It turned out to be red bean instead, which was a bit of a surprise, but a pleasant one πŸ™‚ In the past I have defrosted buns in the microwave using the defrost button, but this time around I put it in the fridge for a while to defrost. The microwave is definitely faster but both ways work just fine.

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My poor cane plant has lost quite a few leaves over the past 5 months. I am hoping it will get a second wind and sprout some new ones when Spring rolls around. I suspect it is not loving the dry winter air, which is totally understandable. Hang in there cane! Spring is near!

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Chicken wild rice soup because I did not know what else to have for dinner and did not feel like doing anything complicated. I couldn’t decide what I was in the mood for and ended up going with the path of least resistance. I gotta admit, it wasn’t the most amazing meal I’ve ever had (slightly boring), but it was just fine and got the job done.

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This egg was my saving grace yesterday when I realized I needed some protein. One thing I am looking forward to after pregnancy is not having to think about how much protein I’ve had each day. Some days I just don’t feel like thinking that hard πŸ™‚ Thank goodness for eggs which are yummy, can be prepared a million different ways, and are easy to incorporate into any meal.

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We were doing our weekly grocery shop and these little flan cups looked tasty so we picked up a couple. They make for a pretty delicious snack!

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Grapes are my boo right now. I’m ready to get that grape vine planted in our garden right about now. Speaking of, how do seedless grapes grow and propagate if there are no seeds? Random question but it popped into my head because I recently I heard that most bananas do not have seeds and are clones of each other?

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Joel was away on a business trip earlier in the week and his parting gift to me was this bowl of sliced cantaloupe. He knows the key to my heart πŸ™‚

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Making tapioca for my book club! It was the easiest thing ever to make. I used almond milk instead of regular milk (I could not taste the difference in the final product). After boiling, I put it in a bowl and stuck it in the freezer because I didn’t think the fridge would chill it in time. The freezer worked very well… a little too well in fact, because the tapioca got a little bit frozen. But was still yummy!

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This time around, the book club girls decided to do quesadillas for dinner! It was Kelly’s idea (if you haven’t already, check out her blog HERE!), and we all jumped on board pretty enthusiastically. We each brought a different ingredient which made for one great spread. Three types of tortillas, four types kinds of cheese (including vegan cheese, courtesy of Kelly), peppers & onions, chicken, black beans, mushrooms, and other “fixins”… it was quite a feast!

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Kelly brought over her quesadilla maker, and Ro let us borrow hers too. Having 2 quesadilla makers going made the whole process go super fast, plus they made everything so easy –> I am questioning why I do not own one of them right now.Β This was such a good idea – thanks Kelly πŸ˜‰

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I opted for a multigrain tortilla with the works inside. For seconds, I piled some chicken, mushrooms, and veggies on my plate (sans tortilla) and ate it with a dollop of guac. A deconstructed quesadilla, if you will. πŸ˜‰ It was nice having dinner with the girls and chatting about this month’s book (Middlesex) as well as catching up on life in general. By the way, if you are up for a good (albeit long) read, definitely consider Middlesex! We all enjoyed it and it made for some very interesting discussion about ethics, nature, and nurture.

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Got ideas for”assembly” meals for future book clubs? Do you have a favorite way of cooking eggs? What’s the highlight of your week so far?Β Β 

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7 thoughts on “How he peels oranges + what my book club did for dinner

  1. I use a wing knife to peel my oranges and have since I was a kid. there are a few different styles, but it makes it easier. I have Blake press his quesadillas in our sandwich maker. I love tools that I can multipurpose instead of having one more kitchen tool.

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    1. Good idea using a sandwich maker for quesadillas! Its true, those kitchen appliances can really pile up. I’ll have to look into a wing knife, especially if it makes peeling oranges even easier! πŸ˜€

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  2. You could do a bake potato bar for the future! Have some shredded chicken, normal and sweet potatoes, bacon, broccoli, sour cream, scallions, cheese plus whatever else you can come up with for toppings. It’s such an easy meal to make too.

    I never peel oranges to be honest! I cut them up and just eat them like you would a slice of watermelon. Peeling them is the worst to me and I get to frustrated.

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    1. A baked potato bar is such a good idea! I love it. I haven’t had a baked potato with the works on top in quite a while. I grew up eating oranges the way you do. Its definitely the easiest and fastest way to eat it lol. It never occurred to me that there was any other way to eat them until I met Joel! πŸ˜€

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    1. That’s a good idea to have cuisine that matches the book theme! It was super fun to have dinner together while chatting about the book. 😁

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