Whew! What a week! Such a productive week at work. Friday. I love you.





1. Watching the kiddo play little league baseball. It's really become a favorite past time of mine.






























2. My new flat iron. Seriously, I'm a flat-iron-a-holic and when my faithful FHI died last Saturday I thought my life was over. Until I found my CHI.



























3. Gardens. Who knew I really like trying to grow stuff. It was really cool seeing my Cilantro & Basil pop this week. Oops sorry, no pix of my little cute greeneries yet.


4. Lola. Really, how couldn't she just make your week awesome?





5. Warm Weather. I could live in this weather year round. I know I'm going to be complaining about the mosquitoes this summer because of mild winter but I don't even care right now as long as it stays in the 80's for a while longer.





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As much as I love food, I promise it's not ALL I'm thankful for, but this week it's really seemed to dominate.

Chia Seeds
My friend Maria first blogged about her love of Chia Seeds and now not only has she got me hooked on them, but I keep saying "Cha Cha Cha Chia!" whenever I talk about them too!


Oatmeal.... with Chia Seeds (and blueberries)


And more oatmeal.... with Chia Seeds (and raspberries)
 

Ok really, I love my oatmeal and all but seriously you can only eat so much of it before it all tastes the same. But now my oatmeal has been super enhanced by the  awesome power of chia seeds!! Yes! They are like freakin' super heroes. Adding blueberries or raspberries has become my new norm. But I'm totally thankful for these ideas because my breakfast was really getting bland and this has totally razzed up my morning.

Hey sometimes it's just the little things we're thankful for!




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the coming rain
I'm not one to normally cheer on the rain, I'm much more of a sunshine kind of all but I'm so thankful for the rain that will be here in just an hour or so. I'm ready for it to wash off some of this crazy pollen that has been driving everyone crazy!


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Strawberry Banana Smoothies have made my morning.


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'Salem's Lot'Salem's Lot by Stephen King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Yes, I think I am the only Stephen King fan who had not yet read Salem's Lot.

I found myself wanting to read this because 1)it's about vampires and frankly anything had to be better than Twilight and 2)everyone kept saying how great it was and how they couldn't believe I have read so many King books but yet had not read this one.

So I read it. And I liked it. A lot.

But I have to say I didn't get that whole "this is the scariest book I've ever read" feeling that so many others have said in their reviews. It was thrilling, mysterious and it's definitely got the creepy factor going on. But I was a little disappointed in the lack of character interaction directly with Straker and Barlow. The parts I thought would be really climatic weren't so much.

But, it kept me turning the pages and I was thoroughly entertained and the outcome was nothing that I initially predicted it to be. So, I'm glad I've finally gotten this book under my belt, now my other King-Fan-Friends can stop making fun of me :-)

Now, I'm hoping there's another book written specifically about Father Callahan. I know he came into many of The Dark Tower series books but I'm hoping there's more on him in another.

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I'm thankful for working with people who totally get my humor.


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While looking for a tasty treat I ran across a recipe for Garlic Parmesan Edamame from 28 Cooks and decided to give it a try. It was incredibly simple to do and it turned out to be.... a totally tasty treat! So, I had to share with you, of course!

See how yummie they look?


Here's how you make it!



1 (16 oz) pkg frozen edamame in shell
1/2 c extra-virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 c Italian-seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 c freshly grated Parmesan cheese
salt to taste
Steam edamame in microwave until slightly warm and not frozen. (You can do this one of 2 ways - I have a microwave steamer that I use, or even easier is throwing the edamame in a ziploc bag with about a tbsp of water, sealing it, leaving a small opening for steam, and heating it on high for 2 minutes) Drain and set aside.
In a small food processor, combine olive oil and garlic. Process until well-combined. Heat a wok over medium high heat. Add edamame and toss for a few seconds. Add garlic oil and saute for a minute or two, stirring constantly. Add breadcrumbs, Parmesan, and salt and toss until well coated. Serve immediately.

Just FYI, I used my pampered chef rice cooker/steamer to steam the edamame and it worked great! I also used parmesan reggiano instead of just parmesan (only because that's all I had) and I think I like the little stouter cheese on it.

This is going into my "Favorites"! Hope you enjoy it too!

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