Make Like a Bear

…and hibernate.

That’s not so much an order for all of you so much as what I’d like to do at this very moment.  I’m not sure if it’s the weather recently turned frigid or the span of long work weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas (is it just me or do these weeks seem to drag on forever?) that’s to blame, but homegirl wants her sleep.

She also wants some cookies.  I must be channeling Santa because I have been having crazy cookie cravings as of late.  Preferably of the peanut butter variety.

Nope, those aren’t cookies.  They do sort of look like them but they are, in fact, homemade potato chips as seen here minus the jalapenos because I was out of them.  Not cookies, but they’re also pretty awesome.

I sautéed black beans with a sliced chicken sausage and veggies to go with my chips.  Quite balanced, if I do say so myself.

Black beans kind of look like chocolate chips.

Potatoes that sort of look like cookies and beans that kind of look like chocolate chips??  I can just pretend that I had cookies for dinner!

No?  Not so much?

Oh, well, at least it tasted pretty dang good.

I Dream of Eating

Today was a long day.  Tomorrow is going to be even longer.  This week is one of the busiest weeks of the year for me at work and just to take my stress to another level, I’m only in the office for three days!  Cripes!

In order to allay some of my stress, I give you this:

My favorite things to daydream about…

Owning real estate on Cape Cod:

Specifically that cottage.  Ok, so it’s actually owned by a hotel but maybe they’ll let me stay there someday. 🙂

Chocolate cakes made to look like trains with Oreo wheels:

Or really a chocolate cake made to look like any shape.  Or just chocolate cake that looks like chocolate cake.  Let’s be honest, sometimes a spoonful of frosting straight from the can does it for me.  I’m low-maintenance like that.

Summer sports from my childhood:

Yes, in case you were wondering, Slip ‘n Slide does count as a sport.  Unless you’re my 3 year old nephew, Ian, and you lay down on the mat and let your Papa (my dad) push you by the butt.  Then it’s just a sweet set up.

Kettle chips:

I think the reasons here are self evident.

And lastly…

Awesome Thai take-out:

Cucumber salad.  There were HOT peppers in this and it made me happy.

Baby egg rolls, veggies, tofu pad thai.

Peanut curry beef, rice and sesame chicken.

Here’s my petite portion:

I must not have been hungry at all. 🙂

I rarely don’t have the energy or desire to cook dinner from scratch (I’m a freak like that) but tonight was one of those nights.  Thank you, Lemongrass, for giving me something spicy and delicious to daydream about!

What’s your go-to when you’re stressed and don’t want to cook?