Flounder and Veggie Foil Packets

There are two times during the year when I resolve to eat better. One of course is in January and the second is back to school time. This upcoming fall I have signed up for 4 races (8k,10k, and two 5ks).  After some liberties I have taken this summer with workouts and with eating I need to get into training mode.  With all that  said, I have started to make healthier dinners. I made the following last week and it was a hit with everyone!

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Ingredients (serves 2 adults 2 kids): 1 1/2-2lbs of a flaky white fish (we chose flounder), Any desired veggies you want to add in packet. I picked the following from the farmers market that day. 1 fresh corn cob (kernels off the cob),  1/4 of onion sliced, 2 tomatoes diced, 1 jalapeno cut in rings (for adults only), and 1/2 a small red pepper diced, olive oil, desired seasoning (we used Old Bay Lemon Herb), juice of 2 lemons and one lemon sliced in rings,  salt and pepper, non stick foils.

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Preheat oven at 400 degrees. Place a piece of flounder on foil (rectangle), rub fish with some olive oil. Season fish with seasoning and some lemon juice and put lemon slice top of fish and follow with veggies (season with salt and pepper and any other seasoning you wish). Seal foil and place in oven for 20-25 min. Once it is done open up foil packets with caution. Enjoy!

 

“Yeah, REALLY SCARY!”….

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I had been intrigued by The Conjuring since I read an article about the movie and Lorraine Warren in Entertainment Weekly. In the article, Lorraine stresses that of all the cases she and her husband Ed investigated, this is one of the most terrifying for her. To me, that means a lot. She and her husband have seen thousands of cases over the years. If you do not know about Lorraine and Ed Warren, they are a paranormal investigators. Ed was a demonologist (he passed away in 2006 ) and Lorraine is a clairvoyant. If you had a haunting, they were the people to have come and investigate (I would call a priest first, but you know that is just me). They also have a famous occult museum. They have kept many items from their investigations and they figure the items are best under their care then out in the world.  Click here to take a tour of the museum.

The Conjuring is based on a true story. The Perron family moves into an idyllic farm-house in Rhode Island. Little did they know is that there was a very dark history that came along with their dream home. You all can figure out the rest.  The trailer freaked me out from the beginning and when I heard from people who said the scariest parts were not even in the trailer I for sure had to go and check it out. I love a good genuine scare.

So this past Tuesday I gathered two brave souls (thanks for coming with me Meagan and Jen) and we went to the 7:40 pm showing. I asked the teenager selling concession if he had seen it. He was like, “Yeah it’s really scary.” I was like, “Really? “He said, “Yeah REALLY SCARY!” So now I was scared. The three of us walked to the theater, which was relatively empty, but thankfully it filled up by show time. We were nervously eating our popcorn, and once the movie started we were all huddled up in little balls. I can say I watched half the movie through my fingers and I screamed about 5 times (I wasn’t the only one screaming). At one point I had Jen’s knee in a death grip. The movie moves at a fast pace. The acting is good and the writing and direction is great. It’s not just one scare, it is  like five at once, and then you move on to the next scare and get 5 more! It’s a roller coaster of scary. There is no gore. This movie is scary because it conjures up things that we are all scared of. It messes with our feelings and our senses.  I could go more in detail, but I don’t want to give anything away. I will say one thing: being a mother I can see how Lorraine Warren (who was a mom herself at the point of this haunting) believes this is one of the more disturbing case they investigated.

Bottom line, if you like a good scare, go see this movie (It is up there now  in my top 5 scariest movies). It’s just a straight up terrifying ghost story. This story will stick with you, so be ready to sleep with your rosary and/or Bible and the lights on. Also, if you wake up in the middle of the night, don’t check the time!