The Office, anyone? The title comes from one of my favorite episodes when Michael hits the rabies-infected-Meredith with his car. Anyway…on to the eats.

I started my day with some coffee out of my favorite mug. I also had 2 (really tiny…like the size of my fist) pumpkin pancakes and one slice of Ezekiel toast with…

Maria’s Homemade Microwave Pumpkin Butter

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon clove
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups (15 oz) canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling mix)
  1. Combine everything except pumpkin in microwave-safe bowl. Mix well, and microwave on high for three minutes.
  2. Remove from microwave (Carefully!) and stir really well.
  3. Stir in pumpkin well, and microwave on high 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from microwave (Even more carefully!), stir, and let cool.

The pumpkin butter totally made this breakfast. That and the Dr. Seuss mug.

I snacked on some Fig Newman’s at 10ish, and then…look how boring my lunch was:

Tuna with celery and a pita.

I did get a very nice gift from a mom

I took this to not only show you my amazing free loot, but also to show my fantastically seasonal desktop.

Again, thank you Tona for perking up my less than exciting lunch!!

I also snacked on carrots and peanut butter while grading some math tests after school.

I had to make up for the mediocrity that was my food for the day – so I actually pulled out a cookbook for dinner! It’s been a while…

I heart this cookbook. So many of these recipes only require 5-6 ingredients, and they are healthy to boot. It’s produced by the Mennonite community – and I got it as a birthday gift from this girl last year. What a gal…

I also had some discount pasta that had been in the pantry for far too long.

A low-carb variety. It was really good when thrown into this mix…

I cooked ground beef, onions, and mushrooms – then added water and tomato paste. I cooked the noodles in the mess.

The result:

Topped with walnuts. The whole thing was a winner.

For “dessert” I had cheetahs!!

Eaten out the of the pasta bowl. They got all tomato-y and gooshy. I’m so satisfied.


As the title of this post suggests…there is some bad news. But also some good! I’ll get the bad out of the way.

My Dad called yesterday to tell me that my parents had to put my childhood dog to sleep yesterday. Hannah (aka. Hannie Bannie) was 15 years old – and was my first (and still BEST) running partner. She lived a very full life, and was such a happy and energetic dog. She loved me so much that when I was in Jr. High, she would jump the 6 foot fence in our yard, run to my school, and (somehow!) get inside, and find me in the hallways. I was always SO embarrassed to have to take my DOG to the office and call my mom to pick her up. This happened more than once.

In the summer, she would follow me to the pool, and jump in the deep end and swim around with me. What a loyal creature.

I thought I was finished crying when I went to school this morning, but then someone said something about dogs, and I burst into tears. The good thing about working with 8 year olds is that they are always sympathetic when tears appear, and they unquestioningly understand sadness over a pet.

You will be missed, Hannie Bannie.


And because I don’t want to end on that sad note, and I DID say I had good news…

I finally got my butt in gear and got my Foodbuzz papers faxed in! They had been sitting on my kitchen table for well over a month.

Yes, I am now a proud Foodbuzz Featured Publisher it’s about time.


Edited to add: Join Chocolate Covered Katie’s giveaway! She is also doing some pretty awesome things with Operation Chocolate-Covered Kindness. Aaaand she has a cool name.

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