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Shopping adventure

Yesterday I explored the area of Canton.

1. Bed bath Beyond ( cannot go wrong in this store, plus I have a ton of 20% off coupons) = new guest bedroom sheets, and a shower caddy.

2. Target (love this store period) = card for father’s day and stickers for the garage sale, plus lots of browsing.

3. Lowes (favorite for building and home repair)= shopping for Roy’s B-day, and I like their garden center.

4. Home Goods (this is a new one for me, like a TJ-max but full of home decorations/items for a discounted price) = pillows, flower pots. I will be visiting this store a lot, a new favorite.

5. Ikea (plan on visiting but ran out of time) = plan is for some book selves, and possibly a media stand?

All of these stores are on the same road (Ford Road), which is very convenient, but tends to get very busy. I will be living off of this one road basically, it has everything! Here is a link to a directory if you are ever in the Canton area http://www.shopcanton.org/1/Canton_MI/shop_canton_directory_yellow.asp

Last evening Roy had a craving for chinese food, so we tried a new restaurant called Sze-chuan’s Canton Restaurant, which i picked up on my way home from my shopping adventure.

Roy had the Chili Pepper Trio, which was a combination of beef, chicken, shrimp, onions, mushrooms, baby corn, snow peas, water chestnuts and sweet peppers in chili pepper sauce. You can choose how hot you would like the sauce, I choose the moderately hot for Roy. I generally do not like spicy food, but this was not overly hot, and had a nice flavor.

I had the Cashew Chicken, chicken with green peas and cashews in brown sauce. The chicken pieces are lightly breaded, and the sauce was delicious.

This will be a regular for us, we both really enjoyed our selections, and plan on ordering again.

I woke up early this morning to get in a run before it got scorching hot again. It was about 7:30 when I started, and ran for about 1 mile, then did some lunges along a stretch of  road inside the condo complex. Some stretching and sit-ups inside to cool down. Hopefully we will be getting a gym membership in the near future since I enjoy the group classes.

Breakfast after my run included Oikos greek honey yogurt with some Kashi Go Lean sprinkled on top and my cup of coffee. It will be snack time soon.

Today I will be preparing for the garage sale on Saturday!!

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June 8, 2011 at 1:19 pm Leave a comment

The big move!

It is good to be back! We are done moving, and I am up and running again. Literally I just got done with my run outside, if there was not a breeze I would have died. Roy and I now live in a condo in Canton, MI and people are moving into our house mid-June. I am planning a birthday/condo warming party for Roy on June 25th. So I will be busy putting the condo together and planning a menu over the next couple of weeks. Plus garage sale-ing it up on Saturday.

Yesterdays dinner was quick and healthy, plus I got a lot of the items I needed at the grocery store on sale. Like these nice big red peppers.

Stuffed Peppers with Brown Rice, Italian Sausage, and Parmesan

(Servings 4)

1 C  brown rice cooked
4 large bell peppers, bottom trimmed, cap end cut off and diced, and seeds removed ( I used red since on sale)
1 medium onion, diced
2 tsp. + 1 tsp. olive oil
2 links turkey Sweet Italian Sausage (or other sausage of your choice, I used Jennie O-sweet sausage links)
1/2 tsp. ground fennel
1/2 tsp. dried italian seasoning or oregano
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
1/4 cup grated mozzarella cheese

Cook rice according to package directions.

Preheat oven to 375F/190C. Trim bottom of bell peppers so they have a flat surface to stand on. Cut off  the stem end of peppers, then remove seeds. Place hollowed-out peppers in a baking dish that you’ve sprayed with non-stick spray or olive oil.

Dice pepper caps and the onion into fairly small pieces. Heat 2 tsp. olive oil in a large skillet, then saute diced pepper and onion for 3-4 minutes, until they are starting to soften but aren’t browned. Remove pepper-onion mixture to a bowl, add 1 tsp. more olive oil, then squeeze sausage out of the casing and cook until it’s lightly browned.

Put the onion-pepper mixture back into the pan with the sausage, add the dried spices, and saute 2-3 minutes to blend the flavors. Then add cooked rice and Parmesan cheese, season the mixture with salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste, and cook just long enough to warm, about 1-2 minutes.

Stuff the filling mixture into the hollowed-out peppers, using a spoon to press the mixture down so it’s tightly packed into the pepper shell. Bake peppers for 30 minutes, then remove from oven and put a generous pinch of grated mozzarella on top of each pepper. Put peppers back into the oven and bake about 10-15 minutes more, until cheese is melted and lightly browned. Serve hot.

 

Lunch was very fast since I have some shopping planned for this afternoon.

Turkey on whole wheat sandwich thins, topped with spinach and hummus. Snap peas on the side, gotta get the veggies in.

Please comment below if you have any good recipe ideas for a BBQ/birthday/house warming party. We will be grilling outside and need additional ideas for  entrees, sides, desserts etc…..

Off to do some shopping and looking for Roy’s birthday present : )

 

 

June 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm Leave a comment


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