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Sunshine Stack

I love to cook. I always have. But when it comes to making lunch just for me on my days at home, I often bypass the whole mess and just snack, or heat up some leftovers. There’s really nothing wrong with that, I guess, but today I felt like making myself a real meal. Maybe that’s because it’s rainy outside. We need the rain badly, though, so instead of sunshine outside, I thought I’d incorporate a few rays into my lunch.  

Sadly, I’m down to my last Southwestern Sunshine Burger. :( I found a single box in an out-of-the-way health food store, which I have a feeling I’ll be revisiting soon.

Sometimes, I put my Sunshine Burger on a bun. But the beef I have with buns is that they often seem like nothing more than a vehicle for the real star of the meal, and they contain a lot of empty carbs for something I don’t really enjoy. Don’t get me wrong…I like a good hunk of bread as much as the next guy, but a burger bun just doesn’t excite me too much.

But who needs a bun when you’ve got a fat sweet potato?!

So I rubbed the taters with a mere touch of coconut oil and salt, and set them a bakin’ in the oven (along with a few extras for baby’s dinner later): about 20 minutes at 350º, then another 15 or so at 400º, turning throughout for even browning. I baked the Sunshine Burger along with them until it was nice and crispy.

Hmmm….what jives with the burger’s Southwestern flair? Salsa! 

But I don’t have any salsa. :|

What I do have, and need to use up, is this array of goodies, which I ran through the food processor to create a little somethin’ somethin’ that sort of resembled a salsa.

  • 1/2 cup black beans
  • 1/8 cup fresh onion
  • 1 clove of garlic from our garden
  • 4 yellow pear tomatoes from our garden
  • 1 pinch cumin
  • 1 pinch chili powder
  • several sprigs of cilantro Oops. Cilantro was just a little too far past its prime and is now in the compost.

Directions: Hit “pulse” a few times instead of “on” so as not to scare the baby. 

Once my burger and tater bun were baked to perfection, I simply stacked them up!

  1. sweet potato
  2. 1/2 Sunshine Burger
  3. veg “salsa”
  4. 1/2 Sunshine Burger
  5. more “salsa”
  6. the last of my cheddar cheese curds (insert teary-eyed emoticon here!)
  7. another hot round of sweet potato to top it off

It still could have benefited from a touch of real tomatoey salsa, but all in all this was a pretty fantastic lunch. I’m not sure why I don’t treat myself to a real lunch more often, especially considering this was made entirely of ingredients I had in the house, and it only took a few minutes to put together. From now on, I think making my own healthy lunch a priority is a new goal. 

Because I’m worth it!

And now that I’m feeling all inspired and self-esteemy, I’d like to take Chocolate-Covered Katie up on her challenge to post a no-makeup pic on my blog! OK, so this one is not a full face no-makeup pic, but it’s not exactly flattering. And there’s NO makeup, plus I think it was taken on a no-wash hair day, so it fits the bill.

I took it to document (just for my own use) the crazy hair loss that started about 3 1/2 months after I gave birth. Did you know that some lucky women’s hormones cause them to lose clump after clump of hair after childbirth? I knew this going in, because it happened when I lost my first pregnancy, but I didn’t expect to lose so much. This is during the period of regrowth, and trust me when I tell you this pic doesn’t do it justice! I have full-on bangs now that I never intended, and a full head of short hair underneath my long hair! 

Here it is….with no self-disparaging comment, although I’m tempted. I look at my weird hair as just another reminder of how lucky I am to be a healthy mommy to my healthy boy!

…and for the sake of comparison, the mascara and eyeliner version. 


Do you eat your burger on a bun? If so, do you really want the bun, or do you just eat it because it’s there?


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A little bit of this, a little bit of that…

Wow! This heatwave is killer!

It’s WAY too hot to cook….but it was certainly cool enough in my office today to eat all the freebie samples that popped up around every corner!

A coworker was testing a recipe for our team and asked my opinion. Oh sure, twist my arm... I happily obliged, of course. :)

Gala apples and feta cheese with rosemary, thyme and black pepper, served on a baguette round. 

The first one was so good, I ate it twice! 

The same coworker invited me to a sampling event in our cafeteria. Fun! I’m not one to say no to samples, especially when they are samples of specialty produce! I’m happy to work for a company that promotes healthy habits…

Flame raisins on the vine…yommy!

Lychees...I’m not such a fan of these. They feel too much like little eyeballs when they’re peeled…

Papaya? Papayum!

Sweet Kiss melon! Like a cantaloupe, only sweeter and not as cantaloupy. If only I’d had a thin slice of prosciutto. Mmmm…

And the most interesting guest at the party, Black Garlic! It’s fermented for a month, and has a sweeter flavor than regular garlic. They served it on a cracker with cream cheese. Definitely interesting, and a little mushroomy.


Oooooooh, Mommy!

Free food always makes for a fun day. It would have been even more fun if I’d been feeling better (queasy tummy.) Not sure what that’s about, because I’m very rarely sick. Heat, maybe?

I do have good news, though….my signal booster came today and I am TOTALLY hooked up! I wouldn’t say my speed is lightning fast, but it’s skipping along much faster than before. Good grief, you’d think it was 2005 around here! I’m hoping this means better posts going forward…

Stay cool, everyone!


Have you ever had black garlic? How do you use it?

What’s your favorite ‘odd’ fruit or veggie?


Filed under Recipes & Food, The Everyday

4th of July recap, buffet-style

Ok, folks…now that the 4th of July festivities are over, it’s time to bust out your best rain dances. We’re expecting several days of 100º+ weather this week, and the lovely veggies are looking verrrrry wilty.

Despite my pitifully slow new internet service (pics are taking FOREVER to upload), I’m ready to recap the river party! I’m happy to report that once I was around my friends and family, I all but forgot about the body issues that had been creeping up on me (see previous post.) It helped me relax a little knowing many of them had been hitting the keg, so any flaws I felt self-conscious about were probably nicely blurred. Besides, all the attention was on the baby anyway… :)

I knew there would be lots of kids around (not around the aforementioned keg, of course), so I picked up these faux Silly Bandz in an attempt to spread the healthy eating bug. See…it’s a veggie burger, sweet potato fries, whole wheat pizza, an iced decaf green tea with lemon and a banana dog, a la the Healthy Everythingtarian!

They were more interested in this:

Here’s an overview of the day. Sorry about the meager photos…it was a juggling act with baby in one hand, camera in the other.

Jerk chicken, a honey mustard pork loin…this was only the beginning…

There were hundreds of burgers and dogs, but my pic mysteriously disappeared, much like they did…

You can see some of them here, with Chef Extraordinaire, Rich.

The spread just kept keep growing as the day went on…

Doin’ it Central PA-style, with crock pots and lots of stuff made with mayo and eggs…


 I have to give the prize for Best Scary Buffet Item to the CAKE-EATING CAKE MONSTER!

I managed to refrain from digging in to the massive tables of junk food, opting instead for some fresh salsa (funny, no one else touched that…), a few blueberries and a bit of Chef Rich’s Jerk Chicken (BANGin’!)

My husband was SO excited for our boy’s first dip in the river. Me? Nervous? Of course not, why do you ask? ;)

Little man had a blast licking watermelon, eating the guts out of my squished blueberries, and getting attention from everyone. There were lots of other babies to play with (and 2 other breastfeeding moms for me to chat with! Yay!).

Don’t worry….he was slathered in baby sunscreen.

I wish I always had this view while nursing my boy…he drifted off for a nap, and I just sat and looked at the water for about a half an hour. THAT certainly doesn’t happen much lately…

The long, hot day ended with a bang…several of them actually. Big, loud ones that made my poor baby cry and cling to my neck. He shrugged it off quickly, though, and watched the rest of the show with wide eyes and a big “O” shaped mouth. 

Fun stuff. Hope you all had a happy 4th! 


How was your 4th of July celebration?

There’s a picnic buffet, you scan the table: What are you looking for?


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