Ode to Root-Beer Floats and musings from G

So, I’ve had a weird craving for Root-Beer Floats lately (what’s so weird about that I guess?) so last night I had one with Edy’s 1/2 the fat ice cream and this awesome root-beer I got at World Market while I was out running errands yesterday. It was DELICOUS. Then while I was eating it, G was making fun of me because I was using a long fondue spoon to get the frothy ice cream goodness out of the bottom of the glass. Jerk.

But root-beer floats remind me of my grandma, who also used to make me peaches and milk & cinnamon french toast. And she always let us eat Soft-Batch cookies and milk right before bed. She said she used to work in a drug store that sold root-beer floats and I remember (as a kid) thinking how silly it was that they sold ice cream floats at a drug store. Now I realize she was talking about those old-timey ice cream shops. Ah memories. Our county fair back home also has root-beer MILKSHAKES. To.Die.For.

So then TODAY I (ironically) came across this recipe for Root-beer Cake in my feed reader. Mmmmmm I may have to try it someday. I put it on the blog for posterity in case I ever decide to try it.

So in other news, I am reading this book: Boys Adrift. I’m reading it to (hopefully) find out how I can deter my youngster from being like the last dozen guys I dated before I found G. Okay- not all of them were that bad, but here’s the summary that’s on the back of the book:

Something Scary is Happening with Boys Today: From kindergarten to college, they’re less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere twenty years ago. In fact, a third of men ages 22–34 are still living at home with their parents—about a 100 percent increase in the past twenty years. Parents, teachers, and mental health professionals are worried about boys. But until now, no one has come up with good reasons for their decline—nor, more important, with workable solutions to reverse this troubling trend. “

The book then goes on to list several theories as to WHY they are acting this way. Some of the theories are: Video Games, over-prescription of ADHD meds/over diagnosing these behavior problems, our education system blows (duh) among some other things.

So all of this is listed on the back of this book. G reads the back of it and says,

“Hey, why are you reading this book about me?”

LOL I couldn’t stop laughing. He automatically thought I had gotten the book because I thought it was about him. Oh, hilarious.

So then a few days later, after I’ve gone to bed for the last week or so by myself because G’s in the basement “getting to level 40 with his Druid” until 1am…I rented the movie He’s Just Not that Into You which I knew wasn’t going to be very good but I loved the book and referred to it often when discussing relationship problems in the past with my friends– so I just wanted to see what the movie was like (the book is freaking hilarious). Anyways, G sees the movie and says, “I don’t want to watch that stupid movie- it’s for girls.” I say something like, “I know, I watch this kind of movie when I know you’re going to be in the basement all night.”

He then says, “You just think I’m a jerk. You think I’m a boy adrift who’s just not that into you. Well maybe I think you’re not that into me!”

LOL he’s a funny jerk though, I’ll give him that.

**This morning G told me he had a dream that the baby was here, and that the baby was smiling and we were playing with him. And then I took the baby and wouldn’t let G hold him, which made him feel bad. Then when G finally got to hold the baby, he said that the baby liked him way more than he liked me.**

Oh, and he hates the fact that I’m not calling him by his full name on this blog So, G’s name is Gabe. He doesn’t like that I was keeping his anonymity in case this blog ever got famous. So he’s Gabe with a capital G, or Trouble with a capital T.

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latest craving

I probably should do a whole posting on the different cravings I’ve had throughout this pregnancy. The most remarkable thing about them is that I want them nonstop and then suddenly they are not appealing anymore. The latest thing I can’t get enough of????

Watermelon. I could (and probably have) eaten an entire watermelon in less than two days. It’s crazy. That being said, I’m thinking about trying out this recipe for Watermelon Lemonade if I could find a strainer thin enough to get the stringy watermelon goo to not go through the cracks. Hmmm..

sidetracked by boob talk yesterday

I forgot to mention some of the other things I did yesterday that I either have NEVER done or don’t normally do:

I got my haircut at a MasterCuts in a mall. They didn’t wash it- they sprayed it with a spray bottle and went to it with scissors. It took about 15 minutes, more importantly it only cost $16.75. I don’t think this is something I can do regularly though-because as much as I think it is a damned CRIME to pay $60+ for a haircut, I have nice hair and I think I deserve to have good haircuts. I don’t buy fancy shoes or clothes, so it’s the one thing I usually splurge on. I like to feel HOT when I walk out of a salon. Usually I do feel hot after a cute new haircut (I also usually feel broke). But nowadays, G would probably strangle me if I spent that much money on my hair. So I got my haircut by Kathy and her spray bottle at Mastercuts. It looks so-so, okay, whatever, it looks fine. $16 Haircuts are exactly that- you get what you pay for.

I made a delicious zuchini bread- and ate half of it. I’m not kidding. I don’t feel THAT bad about eating it though because it’s mostly healthy…it was from Cooking Light magazine. And it was my first zuchini bread, and it was from scratch AND it made my house smell delicious.

Cooking Light’s “Garden Harvest Cake” or Zuchini Bread 

Yields: 9 servings (serving size: 1 slice) –YEA RIGHT. Or, two servings, half the loaf for prego lady and half for the baby daddy.

Ingredients: (I didn’t use walnuts because G has an aversion to nuts in his food- likes to eat them separately.)

  • 4.5  ounces  all-purpose flour (1 cup)
  • 3/4  cup  sugar
  • 2  teaspoons  ground cinnamon
  • 1  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  cup  grated peeled Granny Smith apple (about 1 medium)
  • 1/2  cup  grated carrot (about 1 medium)
  • 1/2  cup  shredded zucchini
  • 1/4  cup  chopped walnuts, toasted 
  • 1/4  cup  canola oil
  • 1/4  cup  nonfat buttermilk
  • 2  large eggs
  • Cooking spray

Preparation
1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour and the next 4 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add grated apple, grated carrot, shredded zucchini, and walnuts to flour mixture; toss well. Combine canola oil, buttermilk, and eggs in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add egg mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until combined. Spoon batter into an 8 x 4–inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 50 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack; remove cake from pan. Cool completely on wire rack before slicing.

Nutritional Information
Calories:223
Fat:9.7g (sat 1g,mono 4.4g,poly 3.6g)
Protein:3.8g
Carbohydrate:31.4g
Fiber:1.3g
Cholesterol:47mg
Iron:1.2mg
Sodium:233mg
Calcium:30mg

More on food.

Last night I FINALLY made the Turkey Taco Meatloaf I’d been meaning to make for three days. It was easy, delicious and nutritious. I checked out this book at the library: Hungry Girl: Recipes and Survival Strategies for Guilt-free Eating in the Real World. In it, I found several recipes I’m going to try, including frying chicken with Fiber cereal instead of bread crumbs, several healthier recipes for desserts that I normally devour like: “Dirt Cake” and “Banana Pudding/Vanilla Wafer deliciousness” (not the real name of the dessert). But the Turkey Taco Meatloaf was delicious and I highly recommend it. G had several helpings. We paired it with some spicy Spanish rice, G’s famous (delicious) beans and chiles, and I made steamed broccoli. Mmmmmm.

Turkey Taco Meatloaf

  • 1 pound of lean ground turkey
  • 1 can of corn (the tiny can)
  • ¼ cup of green bell pepper (chopped)
  • ¼ cup of onion (chopped)
  • 1 pkg of taco seasoning
  • ½ cup of shredded low-fat cheddar cheese
  • 2 slices of low fat cheddar cheese
  • ½ a cup of salsa
  1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Sautee onion and green pepper for 3-4 minutes with non-fat cooking spray (I added a tiny bit of olive oil so they wouldn’t stick)
  3. Add can of corn (drained), onion & pepper, taco seasoning to turkey. Mix well in a big bowl.
  4. Lay half of this mixture down into loaf pan.
  5. Put two slices of cheddar cheese in the middle (think layering like lasagna) and try to make sure you don’t have the cheese touching the edge of the loaf pan.
  6. Put the remaining meat mixture on top.
  7. Drizzle salsa on top of that. (I didn’t put all of it on there, just some)
  8. Cook for 30 minutes.
  9. Pull out of oven, put remaining salsa on top. (I drained some of the juices out at 30 minutes because the turkey tends to shrink up a bit.)
  10. Cook for another 15 minutes.
  11. Pull out of oven and sprinkle shredded cheese on top. Let sit for a few minutes so it melts while the meatloaf cools.
  12. Try not to eat it all in one sitting so you have leftovers.