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Balsamic Portabella and Red Pepper Wrap


This portabella and red pepper wrap is inspired by a wrap that I got at a nearby bar & grill.  The only difference is that they use roasted red peppers, plain goat cheese, and garlic mayo.  My version doesn’t taste exactly like theirs, I’m assuming due to the garlic mayo, but I decided I could do without it.  I’ve made this several times now and it makes for a great lunch at work.

You want to start with a large portabella cap and a small red bell pepper.  In my case, this is the opposite, because it’s what I had to work with.  And make it work I did.

The other star of the show is Trader Joe’s goat cheese with kalamata olives.  Has anyone else tried this yet?  It’s delicious in all of its salty and creamy goodness.

Balsamic Portabella and Red Pepper Wrap

  • balsamic vinegar
  • goat cheese
  • 1 large portabella mushroom cap, cut into strips
  • 1 small red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • spinach
  • 1 large wrap

1.  Pour about 3 Tablespoons of balsamic vinegar in a nonstick pan.  Add the bell pepper and cook for about 5 minutes over medium heat.  I like to cook the bell pepper first because they take longer to cook than the mushrooms.

2.  Add the mushrooms, garlic, and about 3 Tablespoons more of balsamic vinegar.  Cook for about 10 minutes more, or until the vinegar has cooked out of the pan.

3.  Spread as much goat cheese as you like on the wrap, add a handful of spinach, the mushrooms and peppers, and then wrap it up.  The key to wrapping without it falling apart is to use the extra large wraps!

Happy Noms!


A to Z


I think this is my first survey on the blog!  This one originated from the Meals and Moves Blog.

A is for age:  28

B is for breakfast today:   skipped over breakfast and went straight to lunch.  I don’t usually skip breakfast, but I woke up late soooo lunch it was.

West Coast Wraps from Luna's Living Kitchen

C is for currently craving:  Vee’s pumpkin whoopie pie in the fridge that we got from Sunflour Bakery.  We split it.  I’ve already eaten my half.

D is for dinner tonight:  A Windy Hill Farm egg and greens.  Avocado makes everything better.

E is for favorite type of exercise:  running

My top favorite running songs are:

Blink 182 – Dammit

Fall Out Boy – Sugar, We’re Going Down

Trentmoller – Take Me Into Your Skin

F is for an irrational fear:  ummm I check under the bed to make sure no one is hiding under there before go to bed, haha!

G is for gross food:  sweet pickles.  Bleh.  My Mom used to say I was adopted because I’m the only one in the fam that doesn’t like them.  I like dill pickles though.

H is for hometown:  Lumberton, NC

I is for something important:  time for myself

J is for current favorite jam:  The Naked and Famous

K is for kids:  none

L is for current location:  Charlotte, NC

M is for the most recent way you spent money:  I bought a new flat iron for my hair.  I hope it works better than my old one.

N is for something you need:  A vacation, don’t we all?

O is for occupation:  broadcast media specialist

P is for pet peeve:  when people stop in the middle of the aisle to talk and are oblivious to the people trying to get by

Q is for a quote:  Our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.

R is for random fact about you:  I really dislike board games, I am however, liking the Draw Something app.

S is for favorite healthy snack:  banana

T is for favorite treat:  You would think that it would be a cupcake, but actually my favorite treat is a brownie or a gooey chocolate chip cookie.

U is for the most useful appliance in your kitchen:  food processor

V is for favorite vegetable:  sweet potatoes or bell pepper

W is for today’s workout:  45 min. run/walk 4 miles

X is for X-rays you’ve had:  teeth

Y is for yesterday’s highlight:  sleeping in

Z is for your time zone:  Eastern

I should mention that I changed the U from tell me something Unique about yourself.  I know, I’m lame.  Here is the original template from the meals and moves blog if you would like to participate too!


Earlier this week I attended a conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee for my job.  This was very exciting to me for several reasons:  I don’t get to travel much for my job, I had never been to Chattanooga, I got to fly! (I haven’t flown in 12 years) and my friend Sandra lives there now.

Monday night I was able to hang out with my friend Sandra.  She used to live in Charlotte and now she is getting her Masters at the University of Tennessee.  I walked a mile from my hotel to meet her at The Yellow Deli for dinner.


The Yellow Deli opened in the 70’s and they now have a few other restaurants in the states, as well as one in Canada.  This place is so adorable and the food was really fresh.  They serve salads, sandwiches on homemade bread, homemade desserts, a variety of juice, mate, natural sodas, and they even have root beer on tap.

Sandra and I both had the Yellow Submarine.


The spread of the week was addicting.  I’m not sure what it was, but it tasted like hummus blended with pesto.

The inside is really cute too.  It looks like a big tree house.

On the bottom of our ticket, it said “We serve the fruit of the spirit…ask us how.”  According to their website, they serve God.  Sandra says the rumor is that they are a cult, but everyone keeps coming back because the food is good!

After dinner, we grabbed a cupcake from Chattanooga Cupcakes.


Sandra had the red velvet and I had the cinnamon.  Check out the load of icing on these babies!!


That was seriously enough icing for four cupcakes at least.  The cupcakes were tasty, but needless to say, we did not eat all of the icing.

After those sugar bombs, we walked around downtown towards the Tennessee River.


Sandra showed me a glass bridge, which I planned to walk across, but then chickened out.  Despite being excited to fly on a plane, I could not do the bridge….I think because the sides were open.  I realize that sounds crazy.


While walking around downtown, I saw a Moon Pie store and suddenly the random Moon Pie I received in my conference bag earlier made sense.


According to moonpie.com, The Moon Pie was born in 1917 by the Chattanooga Bakery.  Their goal was to make a filling snack for coal miners.  They asked how big and one of the miners held his hand up to the moon and said “about that big”.  And so the moon pie was born.

Honestly, I’ve never been a big fan of the Moon Pie, but I ate the one in my bag.

Are you a Moon Pie fan?

P.S.  All photos were from my iphone.

Wise Up


This is a sample of what I’ve been eating lately:

Baby food, yogurt, soup, mashed potatoes….thanks to having all of my wisdom teeth taken out last week.  One thing I am enjoying and taking fully advantage of, is frozen yogurt and shakes.

I’m already plotting what I hope to eat sooner than later….A way-bigger-than-my-mouth FAT juicy burger from the local neighborhood grill, a SPICY chicken sandwich from Chik-Fil-A (even though it gives me heart burn) and some sweet, sticky, CHEWY-licious chocolate covered caramels from Trader Joe’s (eat some for me Becca!) and some HARD @$* nuts….just because.



Thanksgiving Recap


Hmmm….where should I start?  Well, I am very thankful to be able to spend time with my family and thankful that everyone is in good health.  Vee, unfortunately had to work and we all missed him very very much.

First up, a meal with my Mom and Granny.

Mom and me.


Sweet Potato Casserole, Chicken Casserole, and Pastry

Lemon Cake and Pecan Tassies

I was on dessert duty.  Lemon Cake and Pecan Tassies are two desserts that my Granny always made, no matter what occasion.  The Lemon Cake recipe has been in the family for a while and this was my first time making it.  I think it was a hit!  Unfortunately, the Pecan Tassies (aka mini pecan pies) didn’t make it to everyone [hehehe!] due to my someone’s big mouth.  Lucky for you, the recipe is below.

Pecan Tassies

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 3-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup coarsely chopped pecans

1.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  For pastry, beat the 1/2 cup butter and cream cheese in a mixing bowl until well combined.  Stir in flour (this will take some elbow grease).  Press a teaspoon of pastry evenly into the bottom and up the sides of 24 ungreased 1 3/4-inch muffin cups.

2.  For pecan filling, beat egg, brown sugar, and 1 tablespoon melted butter in a mixing bowl until combined.  Stir in pecans.  Spoon about a teaspoon of filling into each pastry muffin.

3.  Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

After Carb Fest, I decided I needed something green.

Big Salad

More Thanksgiving recaps to come!


Sushi to the Rescue


Let me tell you about my day.  I was in Boris FX training (video editing mumbo jumbo) today from 9-5.  I had a Red Eye this afternoon which leaves me alert and sometimes jittery, which it did make me jittery today and is especially worse if I don’t have a snack – which I didn’t have a snack.  Following me?  Okay, so I save the Red Eyes for special occasions when desperately needed (aka the 2pm slump).  On a side note:  I think our instructor has a caffeine problem.  He had at least four tall cups of coffee yesterday and today he had three coffees and two espressos and all the while saying the coffee hadn’t kicked in yet!!!  Good instructor though.  Alright, getting back on track.  I left work around 5:30 and fought my way through horrendous stop and go traffic down I-85 to pick up my CSA from Barbee Farms.  I got home close to seven starving and despite having a fresh bountiful share of cucumbers, corn, bell pepper, peaches, and a watermelon, I was craaaaaaving sushi – specifically Koishi Sushi.  You see, my friend mentioned that she ate there earlier this week and today she posted pics on Facebook of the delicious treasures and well, that just sent me over the edge.  I gobbled down a delicious peach and justified that cooking would take just as long as it would to drive to get sushi.

Rain, U-turns, $18.00, and forty-five minutes later, happiness ensued.

Cherry Blossom -tempura shrimp, spicy tuna, avocado in soy paper, special sauce

This is a Cherry Blossom.  I tried to recreate the plate like they do in the restaurant!  This has got to be my favorite of all time!!  Unlike the typical sushi roll, this one is served slightly warm and wrapped in soy paper.  It has a slight crunch and then melts in your mouth!  It is the perfect fusion of flavors.  I LOVE Koishi.  I also had a Philly Roll.

Philly Roll


All is well with the world and my belly. 🙂