When I arrived to house sit, the next door neighbor had a tree full of apricots. Literally hundreds. When you looked up, it seemed there was more orange than there was green from the leaves. There were so many apricots that the squirrels had plenty of them to mock me with, but that is no longer the case. The squirrels have decimated the fruit in less than a week and the tree now stands fruitless:
I'm not sure if this is a good or a bad thing — on the one hand, I get a reprieve from the squirrels spitting out their half eaten leftovers at me, but on the other hand it means that I no longer have apricots to easily scavenge — and now will have to find alternative fruit if I want to continue making my morning smoothies…
I did manage to find some cherry plum trees at a local school and was able to gather some cherry plums off the lower branches. They are really ripe so I'm not sure how much longer I will will be able to continue to gather them, but now with the apricots gone, I will have to get by with what I can find.
I did take an afternoon walk to the nearby Walgreens to pick up another 4 of the free Ritz crackers meaning that I now have 8 bags to snack on if I choose (I think that I will end up donating these):
Apricot Banana Smoothie
It looks like this will be my last one of these unless I can find another apricot tree that hasn't been ravaged by squirrels (doubtful). I'm finding that the blender here where I am house sitting makes the smoothies much thicker than the blender I had been using. I haven't really alternated the recipe (fruit, banana and ice) so I am not sure why this is happening…
Cherry Plum Oatmeal
I used the cherry plums I found to make myself some oatmeal which was pretty good. I added a touch of cinnamon and brown sugar because the previous cherry plums I found had been a bit tart, but adding those wasn't necessary (although they would make the oatmeal much better if I do run out of fruit at some point) since these were quite sweet:
Chicken, Broccoli and Egg Pasta
I decided to make some pasta and added chicken, broccoli, tomato and an egg. The chicken was a left over piece I had already cooked, the broccoli had already been steamed so it was a quick, easy and filling meal — just the type of meal that I like. I put Italian dressing on it and it made an quick and tasty little meal. In fact, there was plenty left over that I can use as another meal in the future:
Chicken Spinach Broccoli Omelet
I decided to try and make an omelet now that I had a bit of cheese. I cut up more of the leftover chicken I had, took out some of the broccoli, sliced up some spinach, cut up tomato and took out a small handful of cheese:
All was looking good as I had it cooking in the pan:
But the flip didn't work and the omelet fell apart:
So when it all ended up on my plate, it didn't look much like an omelet, but it still tasted wonderful:
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