As I was putting my food together before work yesterday morning, when I opened the pantry I saw that there was one lone everything bagel left.  I know Jacob and Hannah usually eat them, but I said “snooze you lose!” and brought it to make a breakfast bagel.

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Later on I put that on Instagram to let Hannah and Jacob know that I took the last one and that I was #sorrynotsorry – Jacob quickly replied – “I knew it!”   I didn’t end up pulling any of the bread out, because that’s a Thomas everything bagel and it is 280 calories – not too bad – that sammie was just over 400 calories and kept me full for hours.

When it was time to go on my walk I checked the temps and it said 40 degrees.  No problem!  Well, when I was walking in one direction it wasn’t a problem because the wind was at my back, but when I turned around to come back the wind was right in my face.  But that North Face jacket Hannah let me have is amazingly warm – I finally checked out the tag and it’s stuffed with goose feathers – no wonder!  Almost all the leaves are off the trees now and ice is everywhere – I liked how this picture turned out.

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And Roz, since you’ve started your Random Heart Facebook Page I’ve been seeing hearts too!

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I had more leftover chicken from the chicken I roasted on Sunday.  On the way back from my walk I stopped at Jimmy John’s and got a loaf of their day old bread to make a panini sandwich – perfect way to use up stale bread. 

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I set it in my panini maker and walked away – I nearly burned it!   But it was so good. 

If Hannah could have one type of cuisine, it would be hands down Asian food.  But, just like with most of her pickiness, it has to be the RIGHT kind of Asian food.  The sauce can’t be too sweet, she can’t handle a lot of spice, and it has to have lots of garlic.  So I came up with this quick stir fry sauce and sure as shit she loved it!  I did this for one serving – and obviously you could double, triple it, etc.

Jacob and I had shrimp in our stir fry dish, but Hannah realized she doesn’t like shrimp anymore.  Sigh.  So I made her fried tofu.  All I did was put a block of extra firm tofu between towels and put a heavy skillet on top for about 15 minutes to get a lot of the moisture out.  In a bowl I put 1/3 cup corn startch, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper.  Then tossed the tofu into the corn starch mixture and deep fried it for about 3-4 minutes.  The result?  A crunchy outside, but nice and creamy on the inside.  I put a few of the tofu pieces on my plate too – yum!

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Hannah admitted that it was a tad too spicy for her, but she licked her bowl clean.  So next time I may just reduce the sriracha to 1/2 teaspoon or maybe omit it all together for her dish.  I still don’t know how I spit out a kid that doesn’t like spicy shit!

I am so excited because I am going to Chicago tomorrow!  I know, it’s in my back yard, but when you live 55 miles northwest of the city, somehow weeks and months can go by without heading downtown.  I am going to Tasting Table 2015!  The tickets were free, but you just pay for what you eat, drink buy, etc.  I am hoping to find some unusual gifts for my out of town family gift baskets.  I think I am going to just take the train so that I don’t have to worry about parking, and I’ve haven’t been to the Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza for years and years, so I think I’ll do that too.  Lots of walking!  It’s supposed to be in the high 40s tomorrow, so that will be perfect.

Happy Friday all – we made it through another week!  Have a wonderful weekend Open-mouthed smile