Two meals and some Mardi Gras masks

March 8, 2013 at 3:30 pm

I wimped out on walking to school yet again this morning. I know that my northern friends probably think it’s ridiculous, but 50° here seems frigid. I just couldn’t make myself do it. Of course I passed a girl running as I was driving Mack to school and then I felt bad. Oh well. So I drove Mack to school, drove Cal to the bus stop, then made breakfast.

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My Annie’s Organics box included a container of alfalfa/clover sprouts this time. I like sprouts, but when I was on my girls’ weekend trip to Folly Beach with my high school friends we somehow got into a discussion about sprouts. One of my friends is a chef and often deals with food safety issues. She was telling us how sprouts and scallions are huge culprits of food poisoning because they are difficult to clean and harbor bacteria. So ever since then I have been leery of sprouts and scallions.

But we were mostly talking about salad bars where the same veggies just keep getting put back out again and again if they are not eaten. In fact, I think that’s how the conversation started. After checking with my chef friend (thanks Allison!) about whether I should eat these farm fresh organic sprouts, she said, “Yes, of course! You crack me up!” So I’m enjoying them.

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After breakfast I ran some errands. First up was Target.

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Next I went by our storage unit to drop off the rest of the Christmas decoration boxes.

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It’s only 2 1/2 months past Christmas. I’m pretty proud of myself for not procrastinating on this.

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I also picked up the Easter/Spring decorations box and a couple of items out of the Halloween box.

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Tonight is the Brookwood Carnival and I’m going a little crazy with my outfit and the Mardi Gras theme.

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Chad and I got those masks about 15 years ago when we went on a cruise and one of the ports of call was New Orleans. I’m going to wear the peacock feathers mask…stay tuned to see my matching outfit. It’s going to be a really fun evening benefitting a great cause (Brookwood Florida, a residential group home for teen girls). Tickets will still be available at the door if you would like to join me!

After I got home from running errands I made lunch with some more of my Annie’s Organics goodies, the lacinato kale (also called dinosaur kale).

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I have made variations on this salad before and it is so delicious. It’s raw kale, toasted almonds, feta, hard-boiled egg, a tiny bit of shaved onion, and balsamic vinaigrette. I’ve also made it with walnuts and just oil and vinegar. I had forgotten how good this is.

The rest of the day has been spent doing laundry, cleaning house (just a little), and who knows what else. After I picked Mack up from school I dropped him off at a friends house to play. Now I need to grab a shower then go pick Cal up. I’m so excited for my girls’ night out! So many of my favorite ladies are going to be there.