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What’s in the Box? #80

What's in the Box?

I think it’s safe to say, we are officially “OC” residents.  We have a library card (and have visited 3 times already!), spent an entire morning in line at the DMV in an attempt to get a new driver’s license (lost mine during our travels this summer) and Harper is enrolled in preschool.  Phew…it’s been quite a week, but everything is starting to fall into place.

Here is my little muffin on her first day at her new school… (in her chucks of course!)

Harper's First Day of Pre-School

(for the record, little miss came up with this pose all on her own.  I merely asked her to stand by the tree…)

And all the while, we have been enjoying our delicious and nutritious treats from our new CSA.  I have also been enjoying perusing over your CSA eats from last week.  We had 10 link ups and apparently it was all about the green.  Green beans, pesto, and green tomato bacon jam.  The perfect veggie color :)

Thanks to everyone who linked up and shared their awesome ideas with us.  Keep ’em coming!

As for me, this is what I will be working with this week…

What's in the Box? #80And before we go any further, I have to mention the 3 garlic cloves that I forgot to place in the box before the picture.  Didn’t realize it until all the produce was put away…darn.

I am most excited about the figs!  I have never received figs in my box before, nor have I ever even tried one.  Not sure why, I have just never come across them before.  Looking forward to whipping up a savory dish with them that the whole family will enjoy.  Which means the garlic will come in handy for that recipe as well.  And Freddie and Harper can’t wait for a side of my famous mashed potatoes.

Next, 3 cheers for Thai basil!  It has been a while since I have gotten some in my box and I am looking forward to cooking with it.  It has such a lovely aroma and the flavor bursts in your mouth.

The taco salad last week was a big hit so I plan on duplicating that again.  I will chop up some of the tomatoes to throw on top in addition to some of those sweet peppers.

I am happy to see another bundle of grapes.  Our last batch went pretty quickly so I am hoping to experiment some more with recipes this week.

For the carrots, I have a great chicken recipe that calls for roasted carrots.  It’s a recipe I have been dying to share with you, so hopefully this will stand as a reminder for me to post it ASAP.

Speaking of roasting…love me some roasted cauliflower.  I roasted some last week for Harper to throw in with her broccoli and she LOVED it!

Your turn: What are some of your favorite ways to incorporate your CSA fruits into simple and delicious meals? Looking forward to drooling over your ideas.

Linking up for the first time? Click here for more info…and Welcome!

PS: Don’t forget to tell your readers about the party by linking back to this post and grabbing the official “What’s in the Box?” button at the bottom of my blog. Thanks!

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Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

If you are anything like me, you are eagerly counting down the days until Thanksgiving.  It is my all time favorite holiday.  And as soon as I flip my calendar over from October to November (yes, I still have an old school calendar hanging on my wall in the kitchen…), I can automatically smell the aroma of a Thanksgiving feast.  Turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, green beans, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, hot rolls, mashed potatoes…and that’s just the main course.  Don’t forget about dessert!  Pecan pie, apple pie, and of course pumpkin pie.

But Thanksgiving is still 20 days away, and well, I have never been much of a patient person.  So I am starting my feast today!  First up?  Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal :)


1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree (unseasoned)

2 cups water

2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

2 cups rolled oats

1/4 cup toasted pecans, chopped

Maple syrup, for serving


In large saucepan over high heat, combine the pumpkin puree, water, milk, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. Bring to a boil.  Add the oatmeal.  Turn the heat down and cook according to your oatmeal instructions; mine usually takes about 15 minutes. Stir often.  Once the oatmeal is cooked, serve with maple syrup and a handful of pecans.

Recipe slightly adapted from Aarti Sequeira via Food Network

If you are looking for the perfect way to start off your autumn mornings, this recipe is definitely it!  It is hearty, festive and will warm your soul.  The maple syrup offers just the right amount of sweetness to the dish and the nuts give it a nice salty crunch.

This breakfast will remain on repeat until Thanksgiving day.  Because for some reason, I have this idea that any and all pumpkin related food must retire after that fourth Thursday.  Kind of like white pants after labor day.  Although, I am trying to talk myself into letting it stay on as a regular staple.  I’ll let you know how that goes…

Your turn:  What is your favorite food to kick off a chilly autumn morning?  Do you eat pumpkin after Thanksgiving?  Looking forward to reading your responses :)

PS:  Thank you to everyone who participated in the Little Duck Organics Giveaway!  A winner was chosen at random and the giveaway goes to…Tiffany T!  Please email me at inherchucks [at] gmail [dot] com as soon as possible with your mailing address and choice of flavor :)  Congratulations!!!


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What I Ate Wednesday #8

It’s fun to be spontaneous.  But I will be the first to admit, I am not always willing to drop everything and change my plans.  But for some reason today I was open trying something new.  As Harper and I were getting ready for music class, she walked over to her stroller and asked to go for a ride.  I was surprised at her request since Harper has never really been a fan of her stroller and wanted to give her some positive reinforcement.  We didn’t really have time for a leisurely stroll since we were on our way out the door for music.  But after looking at the clock and mapping the walking directions to our class, I realized we could kill two birds with one stone and walk to class.  So I loaded Harper up in her seat, gave her a handful of snacks (cheese, apples and peas), stuffed my instruments into the cargo space, threw my guitar on my back and started out on our 1.4 mile trek.  It was a beautiful day for a walk.  And the best part?  Harper road in her stroller the whole way!  This is a huge feat considering most of the time you can find me carrying her while pushing the stroller up and down the street.  And she even sat in her stroller on the way back too!  Made mommy (and my back) very happy.  I hope this will become a new habit for us to “fall” into because it felt really good to work up a sweat and breathe in the fresh air.

And after a nice little work out, I was glad to have packed my body with some good fuel.  Here is a look at today’s eats…

Breakfast:1 Wheat Alternative Bagel with Nuttzo

1 plum

Thanks to Jenn’s WIAW link up, I have come across some great new products that are quickly becoming some of my favorite foods.  Take this meal for example.  These Alternative Bagel’s are awesome!  They are small, made with whole grains and are the perfect blank canvas for this Nuttzo spread (another WIAW find!).  I love to top them with sliced banana but the bananas I bought at the store the other day are still a bit too green for me.  So I paired it with a delicious plum from my box which added just the right amount of sweetness to help kick-start my day :)

Snack #1:Nonfat Pumpkin Greek Yogurt topped with Homemade Granola

Nothing says fall like pumpkin and Trader Joe’s Nonfat Pumpkin Greek Yogurt is a delicious new way to celebrate the season.  Throwing a handful of my homemade granola to the mix gave this snack the crunch I was looking for.  (PS: I went to Trader Joe’s last night to pick up a few cartons of this stuff and they were sold out!  Good thing I stocked up…)

Lunch:Homemade Pizza (Trader Joe’s whole wheat dough, pesto, goat cheese, parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, marinated artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts)

Salad from Gelson’s Salad Bar (kale, spinach, baby greens, celery, steamed broccoli, roasted beets, hard-boiled egg, shredded carrots, jicama, peas, kidney beans, garbanzo beans)

After reading my sister-in-law’s post about her homemade pizza, I couldn’t resist whipping one up for myself.  I would normally settle for a Whole Wheat Boboli Crust but decided to pick up a package of Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat Dough after hearing such rave reviews.  The result was delicious!  I paired it with a salad I made at Gelson’s salad bar.  I can’t walk into that store without walking out with a container stuffed full of veggies.


Pho Tai Nam (Rare steak with rice noodle soup, bean sprouts, onion, green onion and cilantro)

Tonight we celebrated a good friend’s birthday at a local Vietnamese restaurant.  We ordered tons of delicious dishes but I forgot to take any pictures.  Luckily, I had a bowl of leftover pho I snagged for lunch tomorrow so I snapped a pic before throwing it in the fridge.  Yum!

Late Night Snack:

Veggies with Trader Joe’s Tomato Basil Hummus

In the midst of writing this post I got the munchies for something crunchy.  These Trader Joe’s veggies and dip hit the spot.  Now my tummy is full and happy :)

So how am I doing with “falling into good habits?”.  I was pretty proud of myself today for laying off the sweets.  I have been struggling with that lately.  And I suspect it is only going to get worse with my birthday coming up this weekend.  I had a bit more processed grains than I would normally eat, but they were all whole grain so I guess it’s not that bad.  I just find that I feel my best when I limit my bread intake.  But that pizza was worth every bite :)

I am excited for the rest of the week.  My 30th birthday is in a few days and I am looking forward to celebrating with my family.  Harper has the Happy Birthday song down pat and she can’t wait to help me blow out my candles.

Happy WIAW!

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