Thursday, July 23, 2009

Dinner in Bed…..Plus What I learned

When I got home tonight, I decided to check on my organic Sweet 100 Cherry Tomatoes that I am growing.  I was SO EXCITED when I saw a little BABY tomato starting to grow!  Since I am a dork like that I immediately went running into the house to show The Husband this single tomato…so cool!  I am proud I’ve kept them alive so far…Yeah!


And there are a TON of little yellow flowers just waiting to grow more baby tomatoes!


For dinner tonight, I decided to grill up some of the Farmer’s Market veggies we have in the fridge so I can restock this weekend.  Do you all remember that purple bell pepper I bought last weekend?  Check it out on the inside – it’s totally yellow/white – who knew?!

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I chopped it up with the summer squash, red onion, green bell pepper and a few carrots.  Then, I seasoned them with 2 cloves minced garlic, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar, Sea Salt and Freshly Ground pepper.


I used my Pampered Chef Grill Basket and cooked them for about 10 minutes, until they are crispy, crunchy and slightly browned/blackened.  While the veggies cooked, I grilled up The Husband his 1 lb steak he was dreaming of ALL day.


I think it’s cool that the Purple Bell Pepper stays purple when cooked unlike the green beans.


For a quick side, I made up Annie’s NEW 5-Grain Elbows & White Cheddar.  I LOVE this new Mac – it might just be my favorite one other than I like Shells better than elbows.  Shells hold the cheese inside :)


Plus some super sweet white corn.


And a scoop of grilled veggies


With a small piece of grilled steak. I wasn’t planning on having any steak since I wasn’t too hungry but The Husband said I couldn’t carb out at dinner and should have some protein :)  I grilled the steak his favorite way with a little garlic salt, pepper and A-1.


All together dinner was totally filling, fast and delicious.


The best part – we ate dinner in bed :D  The Husband told me yesterday he has been missing me with his hours so we had a picnic in bed and watched The Phone Booth until the cable said it would be back in a few minutes….that movie never came back up – what is up with that?  So we moved onto watching CSI  Fun!


* I am completely honored to have made the Top 5 Finalists with my recipe for a site that I have used for years….This will always be a highlight in my life – win, lose or draw.

* I finally signed up for FaceBook! Ok, so I STILL have no clue on how to use it.

* I actually started Tweeting for real…maybe….

* I learned I can seriously become a little OCD wondering – what’s the tally at now?! Who else can I ask to vote? It was a full time job trying to market myself.  LOL 

* Thanks to those who listened to me and encouraged me as the results went up and down.  I think I turned into a little bit of a basket case mid-way through with the highs and lows but you were all there to pick me up and remind me to stay positive.

* I have more friends and supporters than I ever knew.  Words cannot begin describe how I feel or even do it justice.  Whether you know me in life, through my blog or heard about me through a friend, you all went to such lengths to help me get votes….from giving me a shout-out on your blogs/twitter/facebook, hosting giveaways, to telling your friends and families to vote, to borrowing computers of your co-workers and family.   I am totally amazed and FEEL loved by everything you did to help out!

* I WISH I could personally thank each and everyone of you for believing in me and continuing to support me through the process whether I was ahead or behind.  You ALL really ARE amazing!  If there is anything I can ever do to return the favor, please do not hesitate to ask….I’d be glad to pay it forward!

Have a great night everyone ~ I am off to grab a few hours of snuggle time before he has to head into work!  I’ll see you all in the morning….1 day until the weekend is here – Yahoo!  I cannot wait!


  1. i love the BBQ, and i love you! i still think your dessert was the best, for real. 100% serious! xo

  2. Those veggies look amazing!

    I loved your dessert and was happy to spread the link love!

  3. I was going to buy one of those purple peppers at the farmers market last weekend, but I got sidetracked and forgot to go back for one! Hopefully I will get another chance!

  4. Purple pepper?? I have never seen one of those before! You're dinner looks great, so balenced and colorful:)

  5. I LOVE the purple pepper! Could you imagine a plate full of purple peppers, cauliflower, and beans?! That would be fun!

  6. That's my kind of plate. Looks delish.

  7. Next pampered chef party I need to check out the basket...

  8. I put it on my site yesterday :) I love all the recipes that you put up here! Thanks again!

  9. Janetha ~ Thanks for the sweet comment - love ya too!

    Marisa ~ Thanks so much for the shoutout - I totally appreciate it!

    Theangrydieter ~ I LOVE colorful veggies - they are fun to use and make great pictures!

    Ada ~ I find alot of different colored veggies at the Farmer's Markets.

    K ~ I totally thought of you when I bought/used it....would LOVE a purple people eater dinner :)

    Mora ~ It was delish and super easy to make.

    Ponyknit ~ I LOVE my basket and actually a bunch of pampered chef stuff :)

    Chic Runner ~ Thanks Danica!!! You rock....I totally appreciate your help.