Saturday, June 5, 2010

Popsicles, Salad, and PUMPKIN!!!

Yesterday was the most difficult day I have had in a very long time. I was hoping to hear about my job, but I didn't. I sat by the phone and my computer all day, literally (because I had nothing else to do.....) and nothing happened. No call, no e-mail. I was told I would hear by today, but it's just not looking good for me. I'm assuming I didn't get the job, so I'm back on the hunt for another :(

Despite my long, torturous day yesterday, one good thing did happen. Check it out! I scored 4 large cans of PUMPKIN!! I met up with someone yesterday who reads my blog and she brought these to me because she had read my sad posts about missing my canned pumpkin (she had some left over from when they actually existed in stores!). Thanks Meloni!! I will be enjoying these for at least the next month, and I couldn't be more excited. I'm planning on making some pumpkin oats right after I hit "Publish".

In more food news,
I've been making a lot of popsicles lately (you may have noticed....). I think I really like these because they are already portioned and ready to be served and consumed. Two nights ago I made my simple vanilla fro yo recipe, and added unsweetened cocoa powder, crushed graham crackers, and chunks of chocolate. Before putting the batch in the freezer to harden, I added some to my popsicle molds.

As you can see I didn't even fill the molds. I thought I would make smaller ones! I had also added frozen blueberries to the bottom (see below).

Final product: DELICIOUS

Here's the fro yo. Check out the chunks of graham cracker and chocolate! All I need to do next is add some marshmallows and make S'more fro yo.

Aside from my serious fro yo addiction (actually our serious fro yo addiction) I've been making a lot of salads lately. I tend to go through a salad faze during this time of the year (soup in winter, salad in spring/summer). I first marinated some salmon in low sodium soy sauce and raspberry vinaigrette. Then I cooked the salmon on a skillet on top of the stove. Next I created my very simple salad; romaine lettuce and slices of kiwi.

I then added the salmon on top and topped the salad with even more raspberry vinaigrette. On top of that I crushed some black pepper (a must on all of my salads). Perfection!

Coming Up
Monday I will post another video blog. This time I will be talking about how to choose a good granola! Hopefully I will also have a job update for you. It may be sad :(

Is anyone going to graduation parties this weekend? We have one tonight. It should take my mind off of this whole job thing for a couple hours. Hopefully.

Have a great weekend everyone!


  1. Sorry to hear about the job, Gina. It's such a tough market out there right now, and I hate how everything is electronic. I think it all depends on connections and networking, which is fine...unless you're trying to apply for a job in a state where you know noone! I hope that they call you on Monday!

    Hooray for canned pumpkin! It's been a while since I've cooked or eaten pumpkin, but I'm sure I'll return to it by this fall. :-)

  2. I've never had canned pumpkin...everytime I go to the store i forget to look for it. I really do want to try it though! So sorry about the job...keep your head up though. I know you will find something great!!

  3. sorr that is taking so long to hear back from your job!! im keeping my fingers crossed for you girl :)

    wow those frozen pops look really good !

  4. Good luck Gina, I really hope that job pulls through for you, or a job that even better suits you! In the meantime, those pops look good too!

  5. Ack, keeping my fingers crossed for you, Gina. Waiting isn't easy...hope you can switch off for the weekend.

    Hooray for pumpkin! I have a few cans left but always keep an eye out for it here- you never know when it will appear/disappear again.

    Smores fro-yo sounds amazing. Yum.

  6. I'm so sorry about the job wait. But don't give up yet. Maybe you'll hear on Monday....

    I am so jealous of your pumpkin! I still can't find any :(

  7. I'm still optimistic for you! Companies just don't hold true to their timelines, so I wouldn't assume it's bad yet :) *fingers crossed*!

    I am so glad you got some pumpkin! That's great!! :) The salad with kiwi looks awesome - I should try that!

  8. Sorry to hear you never heard about your job; that's always annoying, but I'm sure something else will come up that will be a better fit for you!

    I'm like you, eat way more salads through the spring and summer, then in the winter prefer soups and stews over anything else!

  9. Gina, so sorry to hear about yesterday, but not hearing, is a good thing because, something better will come. I firmly believe that. Having come from a place of "no" most of my life, I never took "no" and made every no a "yes, I can,." I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

    The pops looks great and I can't wait to try them. You already know I am a pumplin lover, like you too.

    Keep your chin up because better things are to come for you... I just know it.

    All the best,

  10. Bummer about the job! I hope everything works out for you soon!

    I love the grahams in the fro-yo, I always put graham crackers on top of my ice cream - I love the crunch! The popsicles look like the perfect summer treat too. You're convincing me to get an ice cream maker...

  11. Sorry you didn't hear back from the job! But keep your chin up! Everything will work out fine!

    Love the popsicle creations and the salmon with the soy sauce and raspberry vinaigrette! Those look like some good eats!

    Have fun at the party!

  12. What a thoughtful surprise with the pumpkin! Sorry to hear about the job - I know it's hard, but I really tried to enjoy my time off while looking for a job as much as possible, since it's hard to find days off once you're working full-time. So I hope that you're enjoying relaxing, catching up on your house and garden and everything else even during stressful times!...

  13. oh the job hunt is so tough....hubs has been on one too and the rules have changed-companies don't call-it is sorry gina i know how you feel. just enjoy the time off as much as you can. i am sure something will come up for sure.

  14. I'm sorry that you didn't hear about the fingers (and toes) are crossed =)

  15. Ahh i will definitely be looking out for your next post - i suck at finding good granolas because i usually end up with the cheapest one with lowest calories. hahaha Usually....replaced with a ton of sugar. :P *sigh*

    Yayy so glad you have such great blog followers. PUmpkin is always a welcomed treat in my household too. :P

    No news is not bad news. :) I'm reserving my congratulations talk until later!

  16. Glad you got some pumpkin!

    Love all your popicles! I haven't made any in a long time. Don't even know where the molds are... I'll have to look for them!

    And yes, we just came back from a graduation brunch. It was for one of the teenager's friends; they have been friends since they were toddlers! And yes, the teenager is graduating from high school this week, and we'll have his party next week. I feel old...

  17. Loved the title of this post! I was so excited to find canned pumpkin in the stores a few weeks ago actually. I don't know why I only bought one can?!?! So delicious in oatmeal! Sorry to hear about the job. Another one will come about. Anyone would be crazy not to hire you. You would be such a wonderful and knowledgeable employee!

  18. im so sorry to hear about your tough day with the job & everything- i know that things will work out for you so please stay positive. You are absolutely amazing & soo talented AND you seem so incredibly passionate- someone will see it, i know it :)
    i'm with you on salads in the summer- so incredibly refreshing! yours looks perfect

  19. The Pumpkin FairyJune 6, 2010 at 6:48 AM

    Gina, don't despair. Things will work out and you will get the right job and everything will work out. Any company would be lucky to have you.

    Good things come to good people.

  20. I'm still keeping my fingers crossed about the job. No news is good news.

  21. I'm so sorry to hear about your job, but I know you will find something just right for you. I was just saying to Carter last night that it's interesting how what at first seems unfortunate sometimes turns out to be what's best . . . because another opportunity comes along that turns out to be an even better fit. I think it's really interesting how things seem to work out in the end. Keeping you in my thoughts!

  22. I'm so sorry, Gina...that is even worse than getting rejected, to wait and wait and wait...The job market is tough out there, and I'll bet there are thousands of people who has been in the same horrible situation. :(

    But you're such a smart, passionate, dedicated person, and I have no doubts that something will turn up...just waiting for the perfect moment!

    Prayers and hugs to you!

  23. try not to get too discouraged about it. remember that everything has to work out in the end and it always does.. whatever is meant to be will be.. theres always a way around something. im so sorry though nevertheless <3 HUGSSS

    you hit the pumpkin jackpot! definitely agree with the pumpkin oats, always yum! <3

  24. Hopefully you end up getting it. That must have been agony waiting and not hearing anything.
    I love your salad. I love the idea of adding kiwi. I have been doing strawberries.
    Your fro-yo looks tasty!

  25. I feel bad for you Gina, waiting is the worst thing.I really hope you hear something good tomorrow. Even if it doesn't turn up the way you want, don't be disheartened.

  26. I always crave more salads in the summer! Great idea with the kiwi on your salad. Now you have me craving popsicles too :)

  27. Keep your chin up Gina! Maybe they'll call today. You'll find the right job! I'm BEYOND jealous of your pumpkin! I check every store each time I go in hopes some how they've restocked. I bet there will be a mad blogger rush to the stores when Libby's starts sending their fall shipments out!!

  28. woohoo! Those berries look awesome in that frozen stick. And look that that kiwi in the salad (drool). I need to be more creative like you.

  29. sorry about the job! :(
    Raspberry salmon! Sounds divine!