New Friends…

Happy Sunday! It’s the start of a brand new week! I have big plans for this week: a giveaway, new recipes, doggy dates…. Like I said, it’s a big week.
This morning, I ate a bowl of Gluten Free Corn Flakes with Raw Almond Milk
and hit the showers… with Dickens that is. That’s right. We gave Dickens his first bath this morning. He was such a good boy. He didn’t squirm or fight during the bath. But, he did run around like a whirling dervish after we let him out of the bathroom! Look at his little puddin’ face!
Since I was already wet from bathing Dickens, I took the opportunity to scrub the shower. Unlike most people, it takes me an entire hour to scrub a shower up to my cleanliness standards. Anal retentive much? It is so shiny! Seriously, a clean shower makes everything better and brighter.
I emerged from my bleach cocoon to discover a message in my inbox from fellow food blogger, Meghann. We have been trying to schedule a meet up for a while now. Luckily, this time we were able to coordinate our schedules. GF Guy and I met Meghann and Anne at a local health food store for a little browsing and a lot of fun conversation. GF Guy claimed to be there for the free food samples!
Meghann just got a new puppy, so we had fun swapping stories. While we chatted, I enjoyed a beverage called Ayala’s Herbal Water.
I chose one infused with lemongrass, mint, thyme, and lavender. It was very light, refreshing, and reminded me of a spa day. (GF Guy thought it tasted like cough medicine, but what does he know anyway!) Before we left, we had to take a picture together. That’s what we bloggies do! Look at the sign in the background.
How funny is that? It was totally unplanned.

Lunch was the typical Sunday fair at Tita’s: White Beans over Rice, Collard Greens, Salad, Tomato Slices, and Avacado (are you happy Gena?)
and Watermelon

GF Guy and I were both anxious to get back home to Dickens. It was the first time we have left him home alone for over 2 hours. Guess what. No accidents! He was a perfect angel!
We had plans to take him on a walk to Publix. I needed to pick up a few things for dinner. But… it was soooo HOT! We didn’t even make it to the front of our complex! Instead, we took a little car ride, which he loved.
Dinner and dessert tonight were both scrumptious. Get your aprons ready because here comes some serious yumminess!

Pan-Roasted Scallops with Sesame Sauce

Ingredients:

– about 1 1/4 pounds Sea Scallops
– 1 sliced Green Onion (white and green sections separated)
– 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
– 2 tablespoons Braggs Liquid Aminos (or low sodium tamari)
– 1 tablespoon Rice Vinegar
– 3 teaspoons Sugar
– 1/2 teaspoon Cornstarch
– 1 tablespoon Toasted Sesame Oil
– 1/8 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper
– 1 teaspoon Canola Oil
– 1/8 teaspoon Black Pepper

Bring scallops to room temperature.
In a small bowl, whisk together white pieces of onion, garlic, Braggs, rice vinegar, sugar, cornstarch, sesame oil, and red pepper. Set aside.
Heat canola oil in a large skillet on over medium heat.
Add scallops and sprinkle with black pepper.
Cook 3 minutes on 1 side, until golden. Turn and cook 2-3 more minutes until done.
Transfer to a plate and tent with foil to keep warm.
Whisk sauce and add to skillet.
Cook just under a minute, until sauce boils and thickens slightly.
Remove pan from heat.
Serve scallops drizzled with sauce and garnished with green onion pieces.

I served our scallops on a bed of Quinoa, Spinach, and Steamed Broccoli. This impressive, restaurant worthy meal takes less than 15 minutes to prepare, beginning to end. Now that is impressive.

For dessert, I prepared GF Guy’s favorite ice cream flavor in our Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet, and Ice Cream Maker using his favorite cookies.

Cookies N’ Dream Ice Cream


Ingredients:

– 2 cans full fat Coconut Milk
– 3/4 cup Sugar
– 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
– 1/4 teaspoon Xanthum Gum
– 16 gluten free and dairy free “Oreo” style cookies, crushed (I used Kinnitoos)

In a blender, combine coconut milk, sugar, vanilla extract, and xanthum gum.
Place blender canister in the freezer for one hour.
Re-blend ice cream mixture about 35 seconds and pour into ice cream maker.
Process about 20 minutes.
Over the last 5 minutes, slowly pour crushed cookies into the machine.
Put ice cream in a freezer safe container and allow to harden at least one hour before serving.

I didn’t actually eat the cookie garnish. It sure looks cute though! Do you ever put little touches on your food just for the photo? 🙂

I have the day off work tomorrow. Such a lady of leisure! I plan on baking a bit, hitting up the library and gym, then, who knows. The world is my oyster! Tune in tomorrow for a giveaway. Trust me. You don’t want to miss this one. My own mother may even enter this one!

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2 thoughts on “New Friends…

  1. It was so great meeting you yesterday! I hope we can find time to meet up again, whether in Tampa or when ever you come to Orlando! :)That ice cream does look great! Yum!

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