The Music Producer’s Wife

Top o’ the mornin’ to ya! And it is a good morning indeed because I got (count it) 1… 2…3……….12 hours of sleep last night. Aren’t I a lucky little leprechaun. The extended snooze was very much needed as I did not get any sleep all week because my house has turned into a thumping dance club. I guess it’s the occupational hazard of being a music producer’s wife.

Don’t get me wrong, I love love love Kurt’s music but I don’t really feel like fist pumping at 3:00 a.m.  Kurt is a nocturnal music machine and it’s not rare for him to be in the studio until 2, 3, or 4 o’clock in the morning. Normally, I can sleep when he’s working in the studio without a problem but on the rare night I am not that tired or had my last cup of coffee a bit too late the normally faint thuds seem like a jack-hammer and I can barely get in as much as a wink.  Since work followed me home most nights this week (occupational hazard of being a lawyer) there was plenty of late night coffee drinking which in turn meant even later night tossing and turning.

But hey, at least I get to occasionally make a music video appearance:

Didja see me??? Didja see Angelina from Jersey Shore?

Shameless Plug: Another plus, Kurt’s tunes are awesome to workout to. Check it out!

Vile Kings

WAIW- Check out the Mickey Mouse Potato!

Is it Wednesday already? Of course it is. I don’t know about you, but my week is dragging. For those of you late to the party, on Wednesdays FreshMutz joins other bloggers and celebrates “What I Ate Wednesday,” started by Jennifer at Peas and Crayons

Here’s the low down:

So now I present to you what I ate (on Tuesday) on this very lovely Wednesday:

Breakfast was an apple with almond butter.

For work I packed red bell pepper for a mid-morning snack, left over chicken and white bean soup for lunch, and an apple for afternoon snack.

I also had a stick of Extra’s Dessert Delights in Apple Pie, and an Andes Chocolate Mint.  I think I am allergic to something in the the gum. I get a headache every time I have it, but it is so good so I chew anyways. It tastes just like apple pie, and I can’t help but think of the scene in Willy Wonka where Veruca Salt chews the 4-course-meal gum and turns into a blueberry when the gum tastes like a blueberry pie. I have yet to turn into an apple. Sadly, today was my last piece in the pack and, given the headaches, I won’t be buying it again.

I went food shopping after work and saw a Mickey Mouse potato.  Even though I didn’t eat it, I couldn’t resist sharing this gem.

I had some dry roasted chick peas while I cooked dinner. I was pretty ravenous when I got back from the supermarket.  From now on, I need to pack a more substantial afternoon snack since I often don’t eat dinner until 9 p.m. For dinner, Kurt and I shared a Salad (spinach, cherry tomatoes, avocado, and cucumber) and Scallops.  We often eat out of the same salad bowl and off the same plate to cut down on dirty dishes. I think I may have lost my touch with scallops. I was on a roll for awhile, but ever since the scallop incident I’ve been over-cooking these usually marvelous mollusks. We still ate every single one but it was not my finest kitchen performance. Better luck next time.

Questions

1. Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder or Johnny Depp)? Gene Wilder. Hate to say it because I love the guy, but Depp played it too weird. I get the whole Willy-Wonka-Dislikes-Kids-Thing but Wilder conveyed the sentiment better with such a finesse. Plus, Depp completely reminded me of Michael Jackson. I read somewhere that he was actually channeling MJ (r.i.p.)

2. What are your thoughts on gum chewing? Contrary to my adoration of the apple pie gum, I’m generally not a fan.  I prefer mints for breath freshening.

3. How cool is the Mickey Mouse potato? It’s really cool.

Chicken Soup for the Cold

Someone needs to tell my cold that it’s not welcome to stay any longer.  I’m up to a record 8 sneezes in a row now, and my achoos are pretty hearty so that’s saying a lot. Old wives say “feed a cold , starve a fever” but I don’t have much of an appetite. Yesterday, all I wanted was a broth-y soup. I was drawn to this soup from Eating Well because it’s ready in a jiff.  I added an egg in the last minute of cooking and topped with a sprinkle of pecorino romano. It hit the spot.

Eating Well’s Chicken and White Bean Soup

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Makes 6 servings, 1 1/2 cups each

INGREDIENTS

2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 leeks, white and light green parts only, cut into 1/4-inch rounds

1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage, or 1/4 teaspoon dried

2 14-ounce cans reduced-sodium chicken broth

2 cups water

1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed

1 2-pound roasted chicken, skin discarded, meat removed from bones and shredded (4 cups)

PREPARATION

Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add leeks and cook, stirring often, until soft, about 3 minutes. Stir in sage and continue cooking until aromatic, about 30 seconds. Stir in broth and water, increase heat to high, cover and bring to a boil. Add beans and chicken and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until heated through, about 3 minutes. Serve hot.

FAKE VACATION

A few years back, while procrastinating from law school finals studying, I stumbled upon a Facebook friend’s photo album of her patently falsified vacation. I kid you not, the photographs were taken from the Sandals website, and not one single picture was of my friend, I was baffled, amused, and, consequentially, reduced to side-splitting giggles.

In response, and in furtherance of my procrastinatory efforts, I created my own Fake Vacation photo album of “The Greatest Vacation that Never Was,” and for at least a few moments, I was transported to a beachy locale, far away from the frigid New Jersey tundra that was November 2007.

Cut to the present. It is 2:00 a.m. on a Monday morning. Earlier yesterday at 3:00 p.m., I took a 12-hour Sudafed  which has turned into a forever awake-fest. I’ll be honest. A true weekend recap would read: I went to the DMV to renew my registration, nursed a nasty cold, got a haircut, and did countless hours of legal-eagle work. (SNORE FEST) I took no pictures of anything I ate, because, contrary to most healthy living blogger’s sentiments, oatmeal does not photograph well and I am not proud of the mass quantities of Alexia sweet potato fries and Costco brand tortilla chips  I consumed. Delicious as it all was, I would have much rather indulged in mojitos and fancy fruits on an exotic beach.

So I present to you the weekend I wish I had–Fake Vacation Part Deux:

The best book I never read on the beach

Not Snorkeling With My Sweetheart

(Not) My Room

Reserved for me and Kurt (indefinitely)

Drink Half Full?

Most Yummiest Tropical Fruits I Never Tasted

SHAMELESS PROMOTION: If you want to take a Real (Awesome) Vacation call Kurt’s Mom and Dad who just-so-happen to own a (Fabulous) travel agency, Prime Travel (201-818-9000). Tell them FreshMutz sent you, and while you’re at it, take me and Kurt with you!

Question:

1. Where would you go on your fake vacation? Today I had the the Travel Channel on for background noise while doing work and, apparently it was Dubai day. I’ve been to Dubai and did the in-door ski thing, souk thing, and dinner-at-the-burg-al-arab-thing. All were great and I feel so fortunate for having had that experience, but in my opinion, two-days there were enough. My dream fake (wish-it-was-real-right-now) vacation? Hands down. Anywhere with a happy sun, clear-water beach and Kurt. Tokyo would be very cool, too.

Wok N’ Roll

wokka wokka

Without any rhyme or reason, I was most excited to register for a wok. I mean, I like stir fry because it’s easy to make and tasty but I don’t ever recall putting it on the list of my favorite foods, nor do I remember ever experiencing a craving for stir-fry.  I must have ESP because I love this stir-fryed dish that I made for the first time on Sunday night, again last night, and plan on making all the time.

FRESH MUTZ’S CAULIFLOWER “FRIED RICE” WITH GINGER CHICKEN

Ingredients (Makes 4 Servings)

1.25 Lbs. Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs

1 Head of Cauliflower

2 cups frozen peas

1 egg

2 Tbs. Sesame Seed Oil

4 Tbs. Teriyaki Sauce

2 Tbs. Soy Sauce

1 tsp. Ground ginger

4 bulbs cloves garlic, minced

Directions

Chicken Marinade

  1. Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces
  2. In a bowl, marinate the chicken in the teriyaki sauce, ginger, 1 Tbs. of Sesame Oil, and 1 Tbs. Soy Sauce.

Rice

  1. Grate the cauliflower with a cheese grater
  2. In a wok (or large pan) heat 1 Tbs. Sesame Oil
  3. Add the garlic, cauliflower, peas, and 1 Tbs. Soy Sauce, stir fry for a few minutes
  4. Move the vegetables to the side of the wok, and crack one eggs on the empty side scramble until it’s half-cooked and add to the veggies, stir fry for a minute
  5. Remove the “rice” from the work and set aside
  6. Add the chicken to the  wok and stir fry until fully cooked
  7. Serve the Chicken atop the “rice”

Enjoy!

WAIW: Good Intentions

Wednesdays are more than just Hump Day on FreshMutz.com. Here, on Wednesdays we join the other healthy living blogs and participate in WIAW (What I Ate Wednesday) by sharing the prior days’ meals. So technically it is What I Ate (on Tuesday) Wednesday.

Here we go:

Breakfast

Breakfast (8:00 am): Rice Chex, Wild Blueberries, Almond Milk, Whey Protein Powder

Lunch (12:00 pm): The Usual Work Salad (Spinach, Dry Roasted Chick Peas, Cherry Tomatoes, Onion, and Sprouts) with Hummus “Vinaigrette” (equal parts hummus and balsamic vinegar blended together)

Snack (1:30 pm): Cucumber Slices

Coffee break (4:00 pm): ‘Buckets Grande Soy Misto

Oops. How did she sneak in here?

Snack (8:00 pm): Olives (unpictured) and Massive Quantities of Dry Roasted Chick Peas

For dinner I had the very best intentions to make the cauliflower “fried rice”  that I had on Sunday and share the recipe as part of today’s post, but after eating my weight in chick peas when I arrived home from work my appetite (and my will to cook) were like Big Foot, the Lochness Monster, and Mermaids… non-existent. Sorry to burst your bubble. Anyways, I’ve heard that Merpeople are totally half-witted.

I made an omelette instead.

Dinner: 2-egg omelette with jalapeno almond cheese and a squiggle of sriracha just because I am fancy like that.

The truth is that my  meals are by no means exciting, interesting, and/or worthy of sharing but it’s Wednesday and this is how we do it.  I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I have eggs or cereal for dinner some nights but it’s my blog and I’ll eat what I want to.

Weekend Recap: Sofa King Sleepy

One of the best things about being a kid is falling asleep on the couch and waking up in your bed.  It was magic. Unfortunately, in my adult life, I sleep on my couch as much as, if not more than, I sleep in my bed, and that is exactly how my weekend began. A delicious nap on the couch immediately followed Friday night’s, also delicious, dinner of scallops, shrimp, and asparagus. I woke up at one in the a.m. and couldn’t go back to sleep. Kurt was still working in the studio* so I painted  my nails and watched the Wonder Years (the David Schwimmer episode.. yes!). At 4:00 a.m., I attempted to sleep in my bed but I wasn’t tired and my feet were cold, so I tossed and turned for awhile.

Friday Night Scallops and Asparagi

Friday Night Scallops Shrimp and Asparagi

The Great and Powerful Talon of Sparkle

The Great and Powerful Talon of Sparkle

I was groggy and cranky on Saturday morning. Kurt and I promised ourselves that we’d swiftly finish our errands (food shopping and upgrading my mini-trampoline) but I put the kibosh on that promise as soon as we passed the pet store.  Pet stores make me sad, and I usually avoid them like the bubonic plague.  However, on Saturday, there was an extra snoogly golden retriever puppy in the window. I had to hold her, and I did for forty-five minutes. It was stupendous. There was baby talk, nose nuzzles, and belly rubs. I was smitten. I loved her little face and blonde eyelashes. She reminded me of my sweetheart golden I had for 13 special years, and I feel like a jerk leaving without her. I haven’t stopped talking about her since.  Kurt’s not opposed to us getting a dog, but he’s not really on board either. I have now resorted to showing him pictures of puppies at every opportunity. It will happen.

Pup Dream

By the time we finished our errands, it was dark. Why are days that start in “S” faster than all other days? I did a Jillian Michaels DVD (Ripped in 30), while Kurt got started on dinner. Kurt is a wiz in the kitchen, and although I do most of the cooking, he’s the master of the grill and all foods Turkish.  He made us cacik (pronounced “jah-jeek”) which is a cold cucumber and yogurt soup, and because he’s so supportive of this little blog here, he took pictures along the way.

Kurt’s Cacik

 Ingredients

2 cucumbers, peeled and grated

16 oz. cold, plain yogurt

8 oz. water

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoon fresh dill

salt

olive oil

 Directions

1. In a mixing bowl, combine cucumbers, dill, and garlic. Add salt to taste.

2. Mix in yogurt, water, and olive oil. Transfer to serving bowl. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate.

I made baked basa fillets (dipped in egg and olive oil, breaded with GF bread crumbs, pecorino romano, and Italian seasoning, and baked for 15-20 minutes at 350).  The cacik and fish were a perfect pair like peanut butter and jelly, peas and carrots, spaghetti and meatballs, lamb and tuna fish (heh?!?!)

Saturday night we celebrated my friend Beth’s birthday. Beth and I go way back to kindergarten.  In grade school, her and her twin sister Blair’s birthday was always celebrated with their mom’s rice crispy treats which, to date, remain the best I’ve ever had. Now, we celebrate with beer (Long Trail Double Bag that are definitely not gluten free.) I had two. Beth said I had a “Quadruple Bag.” This is why we are still friends. Happiest Birthday Beth (and Blair)!!!! When I got home I ate some leftover cacik and fell asleep… on the couch.

Happy Birthday!

We had Sunday breakfast with Kurt’s parents. I had oatmeal with almond butter, stevia, and chia seeds, grapefruit, and so much tea that I started LMFAO shuffa-lin’ around the kitchen. After, the men went back to Kurt’s and my house to fix the downspout while Kurt’s Mom and I had “Girl Time” and watched back to back episodes of “4 Weddings.” It’s a competition where four brides rank each other’s wedding and the winner gets a honeymoon. The show encourages trash talking about the competition’s wedding, and for that reason it’s not my favorite. If I was on the show, there would be hell to pay if anyone ever poo-poo’ed my dress (she’d be lying btw).

When I returned home, I had lunch: brown rice tortilla with jalapeno almond cheese, hummus, and sprouts. Then, I treated myself to a long overdue pedicure. I was thisclose to picking a light green polish, but I could resist pink. No pictures here. I have horrendous feet. Kurt jokes that he loves all of me, except my feet. I chalk it up to running and, mostly genetics. My nana had the curliest toes and gargantuan big toes.  She knew it. She worked it. You go girl!

When I came home, I played worked-out on my upgraded mini trampoline, did laundry, and made Chicken fried cauliflower “rice” for dinner. It was abso-freaking-lutely delish, and I finally got to use the wok from my wedding registry.

And just as it started, my weekend ended with me sleeping… on the couch.

*Like Melissa Gorga of RHONJ fame, I have a recording studio in my house.

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What I’m Loving Right Now: Polyvore

Joan Rivers would have ripped me a new one at the sight of my high school senior prom get-up. There was a gold lame train, red hair extensions, and top hat borrowed stolen from my date. I designed the whole monstrosity myself and, while that’s cool, it was still a monstrosity. However, I owned it and, if I could go back ten years (holy cannoli time flies), I wouldn’t have changed a thing.

So I guess it suffices to say that I was fashion-challenged. The good news is, considering that my outfits as of late have not received the side-eye, this diagnosis is in remission which is very, very good because I love clothes.

So enter the awesomeness that is Polyvore.com. At this marvelous website, you can drag and drop clothing, accessories, make-up, and basically anything else to create fashiony mood boards. In other words, its fantasy football for us girly girls. I approach the website like this: (1) I coordinate outfits that I can’t afford, (2) Post them on Pinterest, (3) Sit back as others repin the look with comments like “yes, please,” “love,” and “i want it all,” (4) Pat myself on the back for being so stylish without spending a dime.  I must confess that one time I threw together a bunch of pink things, captioned it “love pink” on Pinterest just so that it would it would be repinned a whole bunch. It was. Girls love that ish, myself included. (See Exhibit A, below)

Exhibit A

If you’re not familiar with Pinterest.com, then trust me, my Polyvore/Pinterest system is the bees knees.

Here’s a few other outfits I got in the works:

Questions

1. Do you love Polyvore as much as I do?

2. Do you feel special when your Pinterest pins get repinned?

3. Was your senior prom dress a fashion do or don’t?

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LADY AND THE TRAMP

In Sunday’s post I mentioned that Kurt and I bought a few work out goodies on Saturday afternoon, but kept the fruits of our spree a secret . . . until now.

Say hello to my little friend:

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Tramps need lovin’ too, and yes, it was love at first sight. When I saw Stella (that’s her name) at Sports Authority, Mr. Gaye crooned and angels cried a little (from happiness, of course).  I imagined the two of us sharing a steak dinner (or maybe surf and turf), then a romantic movie, followed by some fro yo. Wild!  Since I moved to the new place and up until last week, my work out routine involved work out DVDs. However, I like to move to the beat of my own drum and figured that I could hop on the trampoline for twenty or thirty minutes for a quickie cardio work out.

When I got home, I had to learn everything about the benefits of trampoline jumping to justify my desire to bounce around like a five year old. First, I learned that the proper term for the mini-tramp hoppity hop is “rebounding,” then I was absolutely elated to discover the plethora of benefits associated with rebounding:

Trampolining is one of the most efficient and effective type of exercise for the entire body that is widely unknown. It has all of the benefits of cardiovascular exercise and strength training (improved circulation, increased strength, develops balance and coordination, etc.) with many added benefits due to its effect on every cell of the body: 
 

  • It increases the lymphatic system’s circulation (the body’s waste removal system), ultimately improving the efficiency of the immune system.
  • It increases bone density because it actually strengthens the skeleton. which makes it a great exercise for preventing osteoporosis.
  • Because of the increase in lymphatic system circulation, it also works to tone and tighten the skin – like giving yourself a facial.

How it works

There are three natural forces: gravity, acceleration, and deceleration. The purpose of rebounding is to line up acceleration and deceleration with gravity. The G Force factor is what gives you all the benefits of rebounding. Your body weight is equal to 1 G Force.  

When you start bouncing up and down, your body is subjected to the forces of acceleration and deceleration plus gravity. This combination of forces creates an increase in G Force – each and every cell feels this increase which is the equivalent of doubling your weight. In response to being placed in this environment, the cells adjust by getting stronger, individually. Each and every cell gets stronger – not just muscle cells (like when you pump up in the gym).  

Rebounding also cleanses cells because the lymphatic system is activated by this type of activity; the cells are constantly being flushed of metabolic waste and saturated with oxygen, nutrients, enzymes etc. The rate of diffusion of water through cell membranes is increased because rebounding activates one way valves in the veins of the lymphatic system. When pressure is below the valves, the valves open (during acceleration, or as you are rising upward on the bounce). When pressure is above the valves, they stay closed (deceleration). 

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In addition to these benefits, bouncing around is a ton of fun and doesn’t get in the way of me and my beloved Reality TV. When I’m finished, I feel perfectly out of breath and fatigued. Sadly though I will be replacing Stella with an even bouncier, higher quality apparatus… serves her right for being a cheap tramp!

Now for some awesome pictures:

Fresh Mutz in 50 Years

Lady and the Tramp

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My First WIAW

WIAW (What I Ate Wednesday) is the brain child of Jennifer at Peas and Crayons and is wildly popular within the healthy living blog community.

In a nut shell:

So as Mean Girls wear pink on Wednesdays, bloggers are instructed to photograph their meals. Although I am still a neophyte blogger, I decided to join in on the fun. So without further ado…

Breakfast

Breakfast (8:00 a.m.)- Goat’s Milk Kefir, Strawberries, and Rice Chex

Lunch & Snack

Lunch (12:00 p.m.)- Salad (spinach, cherry tomatoes, onions, and dry roasted chickpeas); Balsamic “vinaigrette” (balsamic vinegar blended with hummus.)

Snack 1 (2:00 p.m.)- Strawberries

Snack 2

Snack 2 (4:00 p.m.)-  Handful of Almonds

Dinner

Dinner (8:00 p.m.)- Nana’s Soup with dry roasted chickpeas for crunch. I snacked on some cherry tomatoes and dry roasted chickpeas while the soup was heating up.

Wine Time

Wine Time (10:30 p.m.)

Beverages: 2 cups of coffee with almond milk, 2 cups of green tea, and lots of water

… and there you have it: My First WIAW post.

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