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My Opossum Encounter October 22, 2008

Filed under: Animals,Nature — 8:00 am

We have been having the prettiest days this Fall so far.  The prayer gardens at Oral Roberts University are just beautiful.  To get a little quiet time, I went out to the prayer gardens recently to sit and relax.  I heard something behind me, so I turned around and there was a little animal walking around behind me.  At first, I thought it was a rat because of its long tail.  After closer observation, I decided it must be a baby opossum.

Do you see it??  My i-phone doesn’t zoom, so this is the best picture I could get…   :(  I sure wish my i-phone had a zoom.  On the other hand, this is a great picture considereing it was snapped from a phone.

Doesn’t it have a long tail??

 
 

D’Novo Lean Gourmet – New Tulsa Treat October 21, 2008

Filed under: Food,Health,Nature,Tulsa Food Blog — 10:00 am

My husband and I went to a new restaurant in Tulsa called D’Novo Lean Gourmet.  The whole point of the restaurant is to provide gourmet food without the calories.  Each meal is supposed to be under 500 calories, which isn’t too bad considering some of the smoothies sold at Jamba Juice have over 1,000 calories.

The restaurant is located at 61st and Yale where The Market used to be.  It is a nice shopping center, and D’Novo seemed to have an excellent image.  To get inside the restaurant one has to walk through the outside eating area, which is beautiful.  Check it out below…

Now that I look back at them, my pictures don’t really do it justice.  You all can just use these and then imagine.  :)

In the entrance to the restaurant is a waterfall on the left which is very pretty.  The whole restaurant is white it seems.  The booths are white; the walls are white, like I said everything is white.  I don’t know how they are going to maintain the white booths or the white walls.  It seems like they would get dirty so fast.  Well, that is their problem to worry about.  On to the food.

I ordered chicken with ratatouille pasta.  The chicken was wonderful.  I thought it would be too dry, but to my amazement it wasn’t.  It was great.  It was served with whole wheat pasta which definitely needed some more vegetables added it to it for the price tag.

My husband ordered a sirloin burger which was served as a wrap.  His meal came with a salad.

Next time we go, I will have the Sirloin Burger as well.  It was very very good.

Overall, I was pleased with the atmosphere and food at D’Nono.  The man who took our order wasn’t the most friendly crayon in the box, but he seemed efficient enough.  I was surprised at how quickly our food was delivered to our table.  My husband and I will definitely go back to D’Nono and I would recommend it.

The restaurant is filled with chandeliers.  My phone didn’t do a good job at capturing their brilliance, but you get the idea.


 
 

My sister October 20, 2008

Filed under: Family,Nature,Travel — 9:00 am

Last weekend I went to a high-school football game to watch my sister cheer.  It was the most beautiful night.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera so I could zoom in on my sister.  This picture was the best I could do with my trusty i-phone.

 
 

Pumpkin Bread October 19, 2008

Filed under: Food,Holiday,Jazzercise — 9:00 am

Last year I found the best Pumpkin bread recipe.  It was supposed to taste just like the Pumpkin loaf sold at Starbucks, and it did.  It is wonderful.  I made it last year and again this year.  You can find the recipe here.

I took several pieces to Jazzercise this morning to give away and it was a big hit.

 
 

Amaranth October 5, 2008

Filed under: Food,Health — 8:06 pm

A new food for you to try:  Amaranth.  It is a grain that is extremely high in fiber and protein.  One of my friends eats it every morning for breakfast in class and it always smells so good, so I asked her how to make it.  First off, I had to go to Whole Foods and buy 1 cup of Amaranth grain.  It wasn’t expensive at all.  To cook Amaranth.  Boil 1 cup of Amaranth with 2.5 cups of water and several shakes of cinnamon for 18 mins and then let sit in the pan.  The Amaranth will absorb all of the water, so you will end up with more than three cups of Amaranth.  Usually I let the Amaranth cool, then I put it into a large container to use throughout the week.  To warm up for breakfast:  I scoop out three large spoonfuls, add one large spoonful of Organic Almond Butter, and one cut up banana.  Oh my goodness, it is so good.  It has 14grams of Fiber, 15 grams of protein, and no sugar except for the natural sugar of the banana.  My husband eats this up.  We both really like it.