Rainy Day Organic Chicken + White Wheat Dumplings

Well, this week has been pretty crazy at work with every day full of 6 hours of conference calls and a big deliverable due tomorrow. Oh and I have to present said deliverable in front of 25 of our project’s stakeholders. Yippee!

Anywho, I’m currently sipping a nice glass of Orvieto white wine, which I picked up on my way home from work at Trader Joe’s. *sip, sip sip* time to blog!


Due to my blogastrophe last night with my publisher deleting my hours worth of posting last night, I woke up running a bit late. Seems to be the norm lately!


I toasted up some Great Harvest Honey Whole Wheat bread in our broiler (still haven’t gotten a new toaster!) and topped it with some Barney Butter. My chia seeds are, unfortunately, packed away soooomewhere, so I couldn’t add them as per normal. I also enjoyed the last of our Dunkin Donuts coffee. I liked it ok, but MUCH prefer my fave – Fresh Market coffees. That Larry’s coffee stuff is pretty good, too!


Early morning snack – Trader Joe’s Chocolate Soy Milk…oh so good!


Lunch: toasted turkey sammie and edamame. SOOO GLAD that I made extra edamame yesterday so I had a veggie to take to work.


Moi sans makeup with an afternoon snack – Raw Organic Food Bar in Chocolate Coconut (won free on Twitter).


These bars are addicting!


I FINALLY took a nice re-stocking trip at Trader Joe’s. I got all kinds of good stuff:

  • frozen edamame, peas, green beans, mixed soybeans/red pepper/corn
  • mozzarella cheese
  • dark chocolate triangles
  • truffle brownie mix
  • rolled oats
  • yogurt
  • Orvieto white wine
  • free range organic chicken broth
  • organic free range boneless skinless chicken
  • maple syrup
  • organic celery
  • organic baby carrots
  • spaghetti squash
  • gluten free marinara sauce
  • organic butter
  • parsley

So glad to have some veggies and food back in the house! I got almost all the ingredients I needed to cook dinner: Rachael Ray’s Chicken & Dumplings – perfect for the icky rainy weather we’ve been having lately.

Trader Joe’s didn’t have any biscuit mix, so I swung by Harris Teeter but I couldn’t find ANY biscuit mix that didn’t have TRANS FATS. wth!

I was going to cave and grab one of the trans-fatty boxes when I decided NO! I will not give in! I will make my OWN biscuits FROM SCRATCH. Take THAT trans fats!

I used this recipe (click) to make from scratch biscuits using the white-wheat flour I had from a previous Trader Joe’s trip.

Pictures from cooking:

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I put my recipe on my phone so I wouldnt have to print it out. Go green!

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While my dumplings simmered away, I got started on dessert…


Trader Joe’s Truffle Brownies!


I made a bit of a mess when the bag of mix EXPLODED all over the counter!

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I placed the brownies in the oven just before sitting down to enjoy dinner.


You likey my new bowls!? I do!



Candle lit dinner


Orvieto – VINO! Yum!


Up close and personal. Just before my first bite. I think this is my favorite photo from the post!




Hubby brought me a brownie while I was catching up on last week’s Flash Forward on my computer. What a DOWNER last week’s episode was! So sad! He didn’t have to do that! (FF watchers, you know what I’m talking about – the Celia episode). This show is really getting good…I think I’m addicted! Oh and that last scene! Wow. I can’t wait to see this week’s episode!


In other randomness, I got an email saying a friend had tagged a photo of me on Facebook. I went to check it out and was pretty shocked by what I saw. It was a photo from when I was in college and I barely recognized myself. This is me back when I still had my Freshman-20…or was it 30? I can’t remember, but here it is:

Then (college):


Now (Flaunting it for Flaunt It Week):


Thank goodness for zumba! So weird to see old pictures of yourself sometimes, no?

Flaunt It Week

Speaking of Flaunt It Week, we had some more most-awesome submissions on Twitter (use #flauntitwk):

  • @serendipity85 Today for #flauntitwk, I taught my girls at work the importence of self-esteem. In a sense, girl power!
  • @FlyinRedMermaid #flauntitwk dark dreary coldwindy day, countered with purple jacket, bitch boots, bright red and blue silk scarf, gold glitter eyeshadow.
  • @JJsVinBlanc @FlyinRedMermaid #flauntitwk dreary day countered by stopping to enjoy the sound of my wind chimes & warm pizza for lunch.
  • @JJsVinBlanc #flauntitwk scheduled apts for myself – yoga, massage, acupuncture, and hair cut next week!
  • @serendipity85 For #flauntitwk, today I wil be working on my criminal justice homework. We need more strong females to kick criminal butt!


(Please, ecto, I beg you…please don’t delete my post tonight!)

6 thoughts on “Rainy Day Organic Chicken + White Wheat Dumplings”

  1. Maybe try Bisquick Heart Smart for no trans fat? Black Friday ads being leaked (unconfirmed) say Target will have a toaster for $3! Maybe you can score one. Happy weekend!


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