Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda

I shoulda gotten out of bed when my alarm went off, but I slept for 2 more hours instead.

I woulda gone out to hand out resumes in hopes of landing a part time job, but I slept in.

I coulda done more school work today, and actually gotten ahead of the game, but other things were more interesting.

I guess that’s how it goes sometimes, eh?

I started my sleep in day with something I haven’t had in eons – a smoothie!

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  • frozen raspberries
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp cocoa
  • milk

I also had an Apple Carrot Raisin Oatmeal Muffin with said smoothie delight.

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Even though it was cold and rainy, the smoothie was so very enjoyable. Note to self – do not forget about the smoothie!

I ended up plopped on the couch watching skating this afternoon, and worked on some parts of our group paper. I was trying to foster some discussion, but there wasn’t much input from other group members, so I gave up. I’m just hoping they weren’t near their computers, and not just ignoring the fact that we need to get this done.

I eventually thought about having lunch. I was craving an eclectic salad.

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  • romaine lettuce
  • spinach
  • cucumber
  • carrot
  • hummus/salsa mix
  • sour cream
  • dill pickles
  • tiny bit of leftover roast chicken
  • spelt sticks (inspiration from Mama Pea and her sesame sticks)

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Mom went grocery shopping, and brought back a fresh, doughy load of sourdough bread, so I toasted up a slice and spread on a little butttah.

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‘Twas a delightful lunch.

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But as delicious as the random salad combo was (dill pickles & spelt sticks on salad are a keeper!), my tummy got angry about half way through, so I ended up tossing the last third or so. I didn’t waste any of that bread though – simple carby goodness is one of the few things I want when I’m feeling ill.

My sister was off to her boyfriend’s, and my parents had a dinner to go to, so I was left alone for the evening (yay!). And what was the first thing I did? Get dressed and head out to the grocery store. LOL. I had good reason though – mom went grocery shopping, and only bought plain orange juice. Now, I don’t know what it is about plain orange juice, but I can’t drink it. Especially if there’s pulp. Blech – if I want to chew something, I’ll eat the fruit, thanks. I was on a Happy Planet juice mission!

I picked up not just my favourite Mango Peach Party, but another flavour I haven’t enjoyed in quite some time – Tropical Tango.

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I couldn’t help but to enjoy a glass right when I got home.

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I always forget how awesome the Tropical Tango Flavour is. It has coconut in it, so obviously it has to be good. It’s almost like drinking a Pina Colada…sans rum.

And since I was left to my own devices for dinner, I decided to make a pizza only I would enjoy. We even had a small ball of pizza dough in the freezer, and I managed to spread it out on the pan relatively well. I still have troubles with holes forming in my crust, but I patched those all up.

I brushed a little olive oil on the dough, and sprinkled on some Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and parmesan cheese and pre-baked the crust a bit before topping it. Then I added:

  • spinach
  • marinated artichokes
  • onion
  • rehydrated porcini mushrooms
  • corn
  • mozzarella
  • parmesan

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The above is pre-cheese, and below is post-cheese & post-bake.

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Whenever I use fresh pizza dough, I can never get it to brown – any tips?!

I served myself a couple of slices.

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It was delicious. Especially without the tomato sauce base. We didn’t have any on hand, and I’m not really a tomato sauce person, so the simple olive oil & seasonings were right up my alley. Plus that corn – oh, it get so sweet and delicious on the pizza. If you’ve never had corn on a pizza, I highly recommend you try it out.

I enjoyed my pizza while I watched the hockey game (Canucks win 7 – 3!). It didn’t bother my tummy much, so I grabbed another slice (they were pretty small to begin with).

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That’s a hunk of artichoke hanging off there, not cheese 😉

My mom came home later on with leftover dessert from their dinner party – cherry cheesecake. Obviously, I had to taste test a sliver.

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It got my seal of approval.

Then, despite the rain, we went and soaked out in the hot tub. It’s been quite awhile since I’d gone in (probably because of all the rain), so it was a nice way to relax from my…completely slack day. HA!

And now, it is again much later than I would like it to be, so I shall bid my adieu and hop into bed. Night!

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Categories: Baking, Breakfast, Dessert, Dinner, Grocery, Lunch


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8 Comments on “Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda”

  1. November 29, 2009 at 1:32 am #



  2. November 29, 2009 at 4:53 am #

    Yeah, yeah, MPP!! 😀

  3. November 29, 2009 at 6:09 am #

    Both our teams won – woohoo!! Glad you enjoyed a night in by yourself!

  4. Lizzy
    November 29, 2009 at 6:22 am #

    that pizza looks wonderful! i love making a dinner that only i would like. it makes it more enjoyable sometimes!!!! glad you had a good night!

  5. November 29, 2009 at 6:45 am #

    I wish I liked smoothies, there are so many combinations you can do! Glad you enjoyed one 🙂

    That pizza sounds amazing! Never tried corn on one, but I definitely LOVE artichokes on pizza, so delicious. Have a nice Sunday!

  6. November 29, 2009 at 9:51 am #

    Best way to get a brown crust is to uuse a pizza stone and to crank the heat up to like 425 or 450. It should brown up your crust nicely. Also if you want add a lil bit of sugar to the recipe. Hope it helps.
    Your flavor combo for the pizza sounded delish! Have a great chill Sunday 🙂

  7. November 29, 2009 at 11:28 am #

    Hooray for sleeping in!

    Tip for a crispy, brown crust: Bake it naked first (the pizza, not you!), at 425 degrees for about 5 – 7 minutes, remove from oven, put your toppings on and then put the pizza right on the rack in your oven – this way it gets crispy all the way around.

    Yours looks great though! 😀

  8. November 29, 2009 at 7:15 pm #

    As soon as I saw the coconut on the juice carton I knew it would be the one for you!! 😉

    Pizza looks great. My Mom has always told me to bake my pizza at a very high temp to get the crust browned….

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