Category Archives: The Freezer Diaries

Beating Monday at its own game.

Mondays are always so special and adventuresome.  Last week, I bit it on Marcus’ driveway, rolling out with a sassy bruise and some scrapes on the entire right side (my right) of my right calf.  Paula almost burned down his house with the toaster oven.  Special.

Today, in the bathroom at work, I discovered that one of my favorite skirts had a rip in it…IN THE BACK.  Sassy.  We’ll classify that one as taking business casual a little TOO far.  But seriously, what are you supposed to do when you’re at work and you have an honest-to-God wardrobe malfunction?  I went Laura Ingalls-Wilder on that mess and sewed that gaping maw right back up.

I refuse to let that define my day.

Last night I downloaded Yoga STRETCH and Yoga RELAX for a whopping $0.99 each from the App store.  That brings my total yoga cost thus far to $3.97.  I was able to snag two yoga mats from my parents (one for my place and one for Marcus’ place…for the record, the one at my place is pink and the one at his place is blue) for free because they briefly dabbled in yoga and decided it wasn’t really their scene.  So why more apps?  More poses and more combos friends.  I’ve gotta have a hot Hawaii bod.

What else is lovely?  Free stuff.  Example A:  I tweeted my referral link last week when I bought a moto-i giftcard that was running $20 for $50.  That’s a deal I say yes to.  But what makes the situation sweeter is that if people use your referral link and buy their first Groupon off of it, then you get a $10 referral credit.  I got $20, which you had SO better believe is going to another Groupon of that ilk.  Example B: I Yelped the horrifying experience that the ladies and I had at Bacio in December.  Which was made doubly horrifying because it is my favorite restaurant.  Bacio’s owner contacted me via Yelp and asked me to e-mail him with my contact information so that they could make it right. Rock.on.

And finally, in the spirit of The Freezer Diaries, I defrosted some tortilla soup to enjoy for lunch this week, and tonight I made egg bake (and mini-meatloaves with the other half-pound of ground turkey).  Which helped me to get rid of the last three slices of a loaf of bread I was saving for a rainy day and the aforementioned ground turkey.



Purging the freezer continues to be a successful endeaveor.  I ate the remaining two mini-turkey meatloaves on my salad for lunch today and in the spirit of defrosting food in advance, I grabbed an enchilada and some Indian potatoes to enjoy for the remainder of the week, supplemented with broccoli, obviously.  I’m usually not one to commit to what food I’m going to eat so far in advance (I definitely prefer to go with the flow), but in the spirit of the project, EVERYTHING MUST GO!

My entire body hurts from Yoga (I am of the belief that pain means its working.), which shows how very far I’ve fallen from my cheerleading days.  And yes, I know it’s totally ridiculous to compare myself to high school.  But I was really strong.  That being said, the Yoga Trainer Lite is SO convincing that I decided to go the whole hog and fork over $1.99 for it and get the “Pro” version AKA the full program.  I know, big spender, right?

The best news of the day is that this lady is Yelp Elite for 2010.  Bring on the swag and delicious eats!

Starting to thaw.

Operation: Pantry/Freezer Purge has begun.

Friends, I promise that I won’t regularly torture you with the mundane details of my everyday-eats.  But in the spirit of The Freezer Diaries, I feel it’s only right to keep you posted on some of my food-adventures for the next two weeks since you know, we’re playing a different game.

The Chocolate Chip Banana Bread I made yesterday?  I think it might be the best loaf I ever made.  Half of it currently resides in Plymouth (because Dad LOVES it) and the other half is sitting, wrapped on top of my microwave.

One container of Baked Potato Soup made its way to Marcus’ fridge to thaw, so it can become a couple of work lunches for me, and I even broke out the frozen berries to enjoy an old friend that I haven’t had in awhile…

I think berry parfaits and I needed a little break from one another after our epic meeting this fall.

And finally,this afternoon I’ll re-incarnate some fajita leftovers by making a quesadilla.  Call me creative, right?

The Freezer Diaries: Round II

My freezer is out of control.

Exhibit A

Exhibit B

So friends, it’s time for Tenaciously Yours, to have another round of The Freezer Diaries.  This time, my pantry-fueled adventure will last two weeks instead of one.  Grocery shopping is allowed to replenish staples and to stock-up on vegetables (necessary).  By the end of this project, my freezer will be feng shui-ed, I’ll have saved some money on groceries and I will have eaten well.

What has two thumbs & the hack?

Yesterday, I walked out from happy hour (no, I was not drinking…I play it smart with the antibiotics) and was struck immediately with some seriously awful back spasms and some most terrible chills. The good news? I don’t have the flu! The bad news? I have the crap (yes, you know what I’m talking about). Today, I didn’t feel like wrapping myself up into a papoose on my bed, but now I’m sporting that sassy cough where you can’t laugh without having a fit (codeine cough syrup enters stage left).

That means this week has been pretty awesome for my freezer project because until tonight I have had zero desire to cook (and I only made oven fries so, it doesn’t really count). I’ve managed to remove one container of squash soup, one container of gnocchi and another of stuffed cabbage in addition to the broccoli that I tackled on Sunday night. Not too shabby, but there’s still a lot of progress to be made. I don’t know if that will debut in the form of another spirit week, but rest assured, it will be easy and tasty.

Sore Throat Surprise!

Last night my throat felt sore. Today I felt like crap but have maintained an existence sans-fever. Currently I am ensconced on the couch in my sweats, a thermal shirt and wrapped in a fleece blanket. At this current point in time, I am learning how to use my heater which seems to be strangely ineffective and am enjoying CBS’ entire prime time lineup. I know, big night.

Note: Halls Honey Lemon Mentholyptus cough drops work wonders. They also serve as an evil and vile appetite suppressant. Because when you finally manage to muster the energy to eat something, they make you feel like you want to die.

That being said, I was quite pleased with the fact that I had put some squash soup in the refrigerator yesterday to thaw. Soup + Grilled Cheese = Delicious. Plus, not only am I one Tupperware container of soup down, I also nicked the bread for the sandwich out of the freezer. Score.

Update: As I continue to coax heat from my registers (apparently it takes several hours), I discovered frozen cookie dough in my freezer, which is precisely what I was craving. Four cookies in the oven now 🙂

Welcome to The Freezer Diaries

Below is an illustration of how out-of-control my freezer has gotten.

So this week, my goal is to only eat things out of my freezer and pantry (eliminating the need for grocery shopping), with the exception of the dinner that Marcus and I made at his place. That being said, we did cook a frozen bag of broccoli that I brought over tonight. Fact: frozen broccoli sucks. It’s all stems and no florets. Its not inedible, but its definitely not incredible either.

Tomorrow will be squash soup and…something. Be ready.