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P2 Blahs = Recipe Reading & Kitchen Shopping

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It may sound a little strange, but... I get so, so much enjoyment out of grocery shopping and spending time in the kitchen cooking up new, fun things.

Once I get into P2 (like now, 12 days in), I'm so bored in the kitchen I could just croak. It really kills me. Yes, I can still cook, but there are only so many ways to cook X amount of foods. I don't switch it up a lot because I know what works for me in P2 and I actually prefer things a little more plain during this phase (plus it's easier to pack and carry when I'm trudging around campus all day long).

But man, I get so blah when I have no reason to be in the kitchen. When I'm not in P2, I cook healthy things - lean meats, healthy fats, lots of produce. I just love it. And yes, I do make the occasional treat and a I bake up a storm especially around the holidays. There's just no need for it right now, and it's such a bummer.

So I spend my spare time perusing recipes I can't make for what feels like forever. And I go shopping. Or I go walking around, anyway. Today was TJ Maxx, Target, and Bed Bath & Beyond. Would've hit Costco too, but they were closed. Brought home cute serving plates for when I post pictures of my food, mini buckets that will definitely be used for serving something awesome, a silicone spoon holder and spatula, a couple flavored coffees, colored kitchen towels, some tea, parchment paper, steamer bags, and I FINALLY FOUND A MUFFIN TOP PAN! The muffin top pan is something I've wanted for a while - perfect for making uniform oopsie rolls and non-grain "breads" (as well as some fun eggy creations) - I was dying for one during my last P3 and P4. So excited to have found one, just wish I could use it now.

I even find myself just walking up and down aisles, looking at food. Not really wistful for anything in particular - the limitations in P2 is what makes it so easy, and I've never cheated - but just to get inspiration. It's fun to look for new products and try to mentally create a recipe using them. Plus I always check on new additions to dairy and meat sections, just to see if I might find a new hidden treasure if P3 ever comes.

*groaning* only 28 more days....

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  1. 2014nycme's Avatar
    Oh man... I looked forever for a muffin top pan! I would love to find one for the non P2 days! Was it BB&B were you find yours???
  2. AimMee's Avatar
    No! I can't even TELL you how many times I've looked at BB&B for one, and I've never found one. My fabulous discovery today came at TJ Maxx. AND IT WAS ON CLEARANCE! Eight bucks! Can't shake a stick at that. I'm super excited.

    This is the one I got: http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-AMB-...muffin+top+pan

    Quote Originally Posted by 2014nycme
    Oh man... I looked forever for a muffin top pan! I would love to find one for the non P2 days! Was it BB&B were you find yours???
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  4. mraven99's Avatar
    Good job I feel u. I am nota whiz in the kitchen but I miss the feeling of just being full. I miss cheese and broccoli. I have 31 long! Days left. I guess we will suffer together and jump or joy with our results.
  5. SebastianGardener's Avatar
    Cooking and grocery shopping are actually very enjoyable activities, and they provide a lot of fulfillment for both you and your family but also students can hire college essay writers to finish the academic work. This is because cooking involves taking ingredients that are already pre-packaged and combining them into something new and exciting, while grocery shopping allows you to explore all the different types of food out there.