Yay for the Freakin’ Weekend!

Happy Friday, y’all!  This has been the slowest week ever, so I’m hoping this weekend goes nice and slow, as well, but we all know it won’t!  It’ll more than like go by super fast and Monday will be flying upon us like those crazy creepy flying baboons from the new Oz movie.  Oh well, it is what it is….happens every week like clockwork!

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If you’re interesting in entering a giveaway for one of my 8×8 “Moonlight Cherry Blossoms” paintings, make sure and head over to Simply Stephanie blog a.s.a.p.!  All you have to do is visit my Etsy shop “The Painted Palette” & take a look and then go and leave a comment on her blog, as to which painting you like.  Easy peasy!  The winner will be announce on Monday, May 6th, so you only have until this Sunday to enter.  Last I checked there were only 4 comments, so you have a pretty good chance, so go enter!

kissimmee

Remember in my last post where I said that all of my posts I’ve written lately were in draft mode over on i.seekissimmee.com?  Well, if you head over there now, my first post has been published, so you’ll have about 10 more that will be published throughout the next week! Some of the posts you’ll see over there this week are for some pretty good places to eat, like Hawkers, Beaches & Cream, & Blue Bird Bake Shop.  You’ll also see my review of the musical dinner show the Hoop Dee Doo Revue, which is pretty spectacular, as well as things like the Boardwalk, Downtown Disney, shopping at The Loop & of course the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival.

Character.Splash

Other than that, not much else going on.  Been doodling a bit in my sketchbook & playing around with my logo character.  Tomorrow is my 1 month weigh in.  I’ve been trying my best to be a good girl and eat more veggies and smaller portion sizes.  My goal for the month was to hopefully be down -10lbs, so fingers crossed I can hit that in the morning.  As of week 3, I was down 7.7, so far, so we’ll see!  Well, until I post again…yak at ya y’all later & have a fabulous freakin’ weekend!!  

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Hello, Spaghetti Squash! Goodbye, Pasta!

Spaghetti squash, in one word…Amazing!  I bet you’ve seen it in your produce section while grocery shopping & wondered…how do you even cook that stuff.  I know I did at first!  Thank goodness for the internet & a quick google search!  I first started cooking spaghetti squash several years ago, but for some reason I haven’t picked any up for a year or so.  Anyways, I was at the grocery store this past weekend & noticed that they had some nice small sized spaghetti squash, which was perfect, since I was only cooking it for myself.  They come in all sizes, so you can pick one up that will suffice for however many people you’re cooking for.

IMG_1590There are several different ways you can cook up your spaghetti sauce, so just go with whatever way is best for you.  I’ve baked it in the oven and used the microwave both and it comes out the same either way you cook it.  So, if you’re going to go the microwave route, like I do, you’ll want to poke it several times with a sharp nice all over!  This is a very important step, otherwise, your squash may explode & nobody wants to clean up the microwave after that mess!

IMG_1591Once you have poked your spaghetti squash all over, so it can vent while cooking, you’ll want to place it on top of two paper towels in your microwave & cook it for 10-12 minutes.  While that’s cooking, you can prepare whatever else you want to have with it.  I had picked up some chicken meatballs & had them baking in the over for 25 minutes, while I was doing everything else.  Next, I put some spaghetti sauce on the stove to heat up.  Then I thought some mushrooms cooked in a little garlic would be a good addition, so I got that started up on the stove.

IMG_1595Once the microwave goes off, you’ll want to get your squash out of the microwave.  Be careful, it’ll be steaming hot!  You can let it set for 5 minutes or so, if you like.  When you’re ready, you’ll want to use a sharp knife and cut it in half length wise.

IMG_1597Next, you’ll want to take a big spoon and scoop out all of the seeds in the middle.  It should only take you a couple of scoops & it comes out super easy.

IMG_1599Once you’re done scooping out the seeds….it’s time for the fun part!  Get yourself a fork and just start scraping from the sides, towards the center and you’ll quickly see why they call it spaghetti squash!  Just scrape until you’ve got it all out of the shell and put it in a bowl!

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IMG_1602See!  It looks just like spaghetti, only this is super healthy & very filling!  Just an FYI for those Weight Watchers people out there…this stuff is ZERO points, so eat up!  So once you’re all bowled up, add whatever toppings you’d like!  I chose chicken meatballs, mushrooms & spaghetti sauce & topped it all off with a little parmesan cheese!

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Yummy Baked Cauliflower!

I was searching for new and interesting veggie recipes and ideas last week, as I was growing bored of just plain old veggies.  Then when I was searching allrecipes.com I came across the most fabulous recipe for baked cauliflower…yes, I said BAKED!

All you have to do is steam a whole head of cauliflower in some chicken broth to infused a good flavor and to cook it up so it’s pretty tender.  I’d say to let it steam in a pot for about 20 minutes.

In the meantime, go ahead and preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.  Then in a medium bowl, mix together 1/2 cup of seasoned bread crumbs, 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese, 1/8 tsp garlic powder, 1/8 tsp salt & whatever other seasoning you’d like to add to the concoction.  In a small microwavable bowl, melt 1/4 cup of butter.

After your cauliflower has steamed for the 20 minutes and it’s tender when you poke it with a fork, you’ll want to move it from the pot to a baking sheet.  I usually put down a piece of parchment paper on the cookie sheet for easy clean up and so nothing sticks to my pan.  Anyways, once you have the head of cauliflower on the cookie sheet, go ahead and take a cooking brush and brush your melted but all over the cauliflower.  When you’ve got that all done, you’ll want to sprinkle or pat on the bread crumb mixture all over the head of cauliflower.  It should stick to the melted butter.  Once covered to your liking…pop that sucker in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.  When all is said and done, you’ll take something that looks like this out of the oven…

Yummy Baked Cauliflower

 

Yes, it was delicious!  So good in fact…that was my dinner for the night!  Can’t wait to make this yummy goodness again!  It’s an awesome way to put a new spin on your plan old cauliflower!  I would have never thought to bake it until I came across this recipe & I’m sure glad I did!  I hope you try it if you haven’t….you’ll love it…pinky swear!

Bon Appetite!

Jenn