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Rushing the Seasons

Happy October 1st!  Hope you all had a great start to the month.  I still can’t believe we’re in the 10th month already. 

Tonight I went to Lowe’s with my dad and Andrew to pick some stuff up.  As soon as we walked in this is what we were greeted with:

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That’s right Christmas Decorations, 3 rows worth!  How about they give us a chance to celebrate Halloween.  I really love Christmas a lot, the day after Thanksgiving I start decorating, listening to Christmas music, and watching Christmas movies (Elf, anyone?), so it’s not that I”m a grinch or anything, but really it’s just too soon!

Other then the Christmas explosion I witnessed tonight, today was a good day.  I’m thrilled tomorrow is Friday and will be eagerly watching the clock for 5.  We have a pretty calm weekend, just a 50th birthday party Saturday night, other then that it should be relaxing.

Breakfast this morning was juice again.  I got a question if this is all I’m having for breakfast, the answer is yes.  I know it doesn’t seem like much but it really does keep me satisified until lunch time.  If I was hungry I would honor it, and go for something extra.  I’m not saying I’ll only be having juice for breakfast forever, but I feel good so far and don’t see a reason to add anything else.

My juice was the normal, head of romaine, carrot, inch of ginger, lemon, and 2 apples.  I totally forgot to add the spinach, it taste much different but the color was more orange from the carrot then green.

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I have a feeling I’m going to turn orange from all these carrots.

Lunchtime was another salad.  It was simpler then yesterday no avocado, carrots, or celery, I brought a green pepper to throw in but decided to eat that for a snack I really didn’t want it in the salad.

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Around 3 I hate the green pepper.

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For dinner Andrew and I went to the Whole Foods Salad Bar.  I got a huuuuge salad and a container of quinoa.

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Romaine, red cabbage, cucumbers, carrots, red onions, and I think a million other things I can’t remember.

Andrew got everything I love and avoiding this week for my “mini cleanse”

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Chicken parm, meatballs, sausage peppers and onions, baked ziti, and lemon rice!  It smelled amazing, it took a lot for me not to grab that chicken parm right out of his container!

NATIONAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

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October is the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Breast cancer awareness is very important to me, both my grandmother’s were diagnosed with it years ago, one of them unfortunately did not survive the battle.  My other grandmother, luckily,  is still going strong.  I’ve decided that I’m going to help spread awareness by doing different informative posts a few times a week for the month of October.  I’m working on the first post now, so I hope to be posting it by Saturday. 

 

Well I’m going to get into bed, g’nite bloggies!

October 1, 2009 at 8:33 pm 3 comments

Counting Down the Days…

Happy Humpday!  I, for one, can’t wait for this week to be over. 

During a much needed mental break today from work, I figured out that I have just 6 more working days until I have a long weekend.  I took next Friday off to go on our last camping trip of the year. 

After I return from that trip there’s only 33 working days until Thanksgiving, and then after that just 19 working days until my Christmas week off!  This year has definitely flown right by, tomorrow is the first day of October already!.  And although I’m not a fan of cold weather I love this time of year.  It’s going to be a busy 3 months for me, but I’m excited and can’t wait to share some of our fun weekends with you guys.

Let’s get to the food though! 

My breakfast juice was pretty much the same as yesterday, just as delicious!

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And I enjoyed this out on the deck.  It was a little chilly this morning but we know there’s not going to be many more mornings we can spend outside on the deck so we’re taking advantage of it while we can.

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See that mum in the background?  That bloomed way back in August, I’m surprised it’s still so pretty looking. 

My juice once again held me over until lunch time.  I had another big salad but added avocado to it today, and some carrot strings.

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I gave it another try but I still just don’t like avocado.  It’s in the back corner to the right I mixed it up in the salad but just didn’t like it.  I ate the whole bowl but just couldn’t really enjoy it because of the avocado.  Oh well, I guess it’s just not for me.

Once again I snacked on a HoneyCrisp apple for a snack in the afternoon. 

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Once I got home Andrew got busy making some soup for his dinner, while I tried to decide what I was going to have.  I had a million leftovers from last night’s dinner so I did a little leftover spin on it.  I had lots of brown rice (and still do) I added a little water to it and then some taco seasoning and microwaved it for 45 seconds.  The result was tacos, using the rice as the filler and lettuce leaves as the shell.

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I put a little taco sauce on each one (all natural ingredients) and then used a little salsa as well.  This salsa is awesome, it doesn’t taste like any jarred salsa I’ve ever had, it tastes so fresh!

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While I was eating this I roasted up some more potatoes like last night and had those as well.

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Minus a couple that Andrew popped into his mouth while I was taking pictures:

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That plate is a dessert sized plate by the way, I don’t think anyone could eat a whole dinner sized plate of those things, no matter how good they are.

Morning Routine Makeover

I don’t know if I’ve talked about this on the blog before but I’m not an early morning person.  It just seems like my body hates getting up before 7:30.  I shower at night just so that I’m more likely to get to work on time.  I’m a big time snooze abuser.  I typically get up 20 minutes before I need to leave, get ready and run out the door.  I hate always being in a rush in the mornings, so I decided I need to change my habits.

Tuesday morning I set an alarm I have to get out of bed to turn off, (instead of the alarm on my cellphone which is right on my night stand) 15 minutes earlier, and then today another 15 minutes earlier then that.  It gives me time to prepare my juice and clean the juicer, and have a little bit more time to get ready and make sure I’m ready for the day.  In turn my drive to work is more pleasant, and I’m having a much easier time in the morning.  Tomorrow I’m going to go another 15 minutes early and then Friday 15  more, that will ensure I have plenty of time in the mornings. 

Let’s just hope this works next week as well.

Are you a morning person?  Any other tips on how to stop hitting the snooze each morning?

September 30, 2009 at 7:11 pm 7 comments

Feels Like Home

It feels so nice to spend my evening blogging!  I can’t tell you how at home I feel sitting in front of my computer recapping my day.  I’ve definitely missed this.   In my large recap I forgot to mention something I bought last week.

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Anybody love a good bargain story?  I went to an outlet with my family and Andrew last week.  It was mostly Waterford Crystal but they also had a huge selection of Dr. Weil kitchen products.  I bought this brand new juice extractor and am so happy with my purchase.  The exact one I got is The Dr. Weil 9806 The Healthy Kitchen Stainless-Steel 2-Speed Pro Juice Extractor.   If you look on Amazon the MSRP is $375 and they have it on sale for $243.   I did even better then that, much better!  I got this juicer for only 70 bucks!  And so far it has worked perfectly.  I’ve never had another juicer to compare it to, and I’m not sure if it’s better then some of the top brands, but it is good.  The pulp seems really very dry and I’ve had no issues with it. Of course it’s only been a week but so far so good.Picture 042

My kitchen essentials!

I’ve loved experimenting with the juicer, and of course I went right to the blogger who I felt could help me the most with my new juicer and help me come up with a plan for a “mini cleanse”.  I sent Gena of Choosing Raw an email and she got back to me immediately with some great tips.  Thanks so much for all your help Gena.

I started today with my favorite juice so far.  It has all my favorite flavors and I really enjoy the fresh taste, I looked at many recipes and came up with one that tastes great.

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  • 1 carrot ( I will increase this I think tomorrow to 2 or 3)
  • 2 apples
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 inch piece of ginger
  • 1 romaine heart
  • Large handful of spinach
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The flavor is out of this world! 

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I wasn’t sure if I could handle just juice until lunch time, but this combo kept me satisfied until lunch time.  It’s not the same as being full after a bowl of oatmeal, but the hunger stayed away until about 11:30 and I broke for lunch at noon.

My lunch today was a big salad, the pictures don’t really do it justice it really is very big.

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Very green!  I had another whole head of lettuce, a cucumber, and 3 stalks of celery, with balsamic vinaigrette.  Gena suggested having an avocado with my salad but there not something I ever have on hand, I’m not sure I like them to be honest, but I’m definitely going to buy one tomorrow and mix it in with my salads soon.

Around 4 I got hungry and I snacked on my first honeycrisp apple of the year!  I was so excited to see these at the store, but why do they have to be so expensive!?

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And yeah I wore jeans to work on a Tuesday, I’m a rebel.  This apple was just a delicious as I remembered.

For dinner it was kind of a “whatever sounded good to me at the time meal”

I had brown rice:

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Roasted potatoes with a small amount of EVOO (using the Misto) and sea salt:

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Greenbeans and broccoli steamed:

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All together:

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Although these pictures are outside, it was gray and cold, so I took this plate back inside and happily gobbled down every last bite.

Now I’m just waiting for Andrew to come home so I can spend some much needed quality time with him.  I also have a little bit of kitchen cleanup to take care of from dinner. 

Thanks for the warm welcome back, I’ve missed chatting with you girls!

September 29, 2009 at 8:09 pm 8 comments

89 Degrees

Not outside, the outside temperature at 3PM today was 97 degrees.  The 89 degrees refers to the temperature it was in my apartment when I got home.  Luckily it’s a small apartment and cools down really quickly.  But it’s definitely not fun to come home to.  This humidity is making me feel sluggish and making my sinuses hurt horribly.  I’m waiting to take some medicine until just before bed time because it’s a night time/sleep aide/decongestant, and I want to make sure I’m able to take it and sleep through the night.  Otherwise the second it wears off I’m wide awake.

The weather seemed perfect when I left for work this morning, no humidity, a nice breeze, probably only 78 or 80, it was a pleasent ride in to work with the windows down.  I can’t tell you how excited I was for today’s breakfast.  Look what I was finally able to fine in a local store!

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Pomegranate Chobani! I knew I was a dork when I was food shopping yesterday and announced to Andrew it was the best day in my life while loading up the cart with the new flavored Chobani. 

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You can’t see any in this shot but there were quite a few pom seeds floating around in that yogurt.

I mixed it with some Kashi Island Vanilla.

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I have to say this might be my new favorite flavor!

Lunch today was a delicious pb & j on a whole wheat wrap.

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Love!

On the side I had a new kind of organic applesauce I found at the store yesterday.

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Can you see the ingredients?

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Just organic apples and I guess some added vitamin C.  Unsweetened applesauce is so delicious!  Definitely a delicious side.

I also brought a plum but wound up not eating that until around 3:30 when I got snacky.

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Beautiful and juicy.

So once I got home I let the house cool down while I made a refreshing salad.  With only the BIGGEST cucumber I’ve ever seen!

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Bigger then my cutting board!

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When standing on the counter it rested a good 4 inches above the bottom of my cabinets.  I got this cuc from a co-worker, fresh from her garden.  Expect to see a lot of cucumber in the coming days!

I barely made a dent in it and had some over romaine lettuce.

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Perfect for a hot muggy day.

While perusing blogs today I saw some cheesy garlic bread (I forget on which blog) but it looked amazing and I decided to recreate some at home.

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I used a hot dog roll, a small amount of (REAL) butter, garlic powder, and a 2% milk string cheese, with some cheddar also sprinkled on.  It was absolutely perfect, and tasted a lot like cheesey bread you’d get at a restaurant, and it was definitely healthier because it wasn’t greasy at all.

I’m really bad at blogging over the weekends, but I can’t wait to share some pictures with you all of a baseball game I went to on Friday, unfortunately I forgot my camera so I have to get them from my friend Jess tomorrow or hopefully soon.

Well I don’t have the A/C on in the office so I’m getting really hot sitting here, hope you all have a great night and stay cool!

August 10, 2009 at 7:58 pm 14 comments

By The Sea

This feels so comfortable, sitting at my desk, blogging about my day’s food.  I didn’t realize how much I missed this! 

I have to say today was an excellent day, work just flew right by with no stress or anything.  After I got out Andrew and I went out to dinner, and then we spent some time with his family.  Can’t get a much better Thursday then that!

Since I wasn’t able to blog last week, I didn’t get to tell you I’m back to working Fridays now.  Last week was my first full week back since March! The weeks definitely feel a whole lot longer, but I’m happy my paychecks are back to normal. 

Breakfast today was a blueberry Chobani.  I meant to bring some things to mix-in but forgot.  I decided to check out the vending machines for some options.  I found a granola bar I used to eat when I was younger and decided to crush that up and mix it in.

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And a much needed close up.

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This was such a fun combination, it really reminded me of when I was younger.

Lunch was simple.  I was going to have a pb & j sandwich but decided to just have pb open faced on a sandwich thin.

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So yummy!

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Surprisingly I didn’t even have to dip into any snacks later on.  I had a nice normal appetite today, not a bottomless pit, or a lack of appetite.  Just Right.

For dinner Andrew and I had plans to cook but we had some errands to run, and want to spend some time with his family before they leave for vacation this weekend so we decided to just hit up the small restaurant on the bay by our apartment.  The weather was absolutely perfect for eating out on the patio.  It’s been so humid here, but the rain this morning balanced everything out.

You can’t beat a view like this while eating dinner.

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Here are a couple of the fishing boats that run each day.

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Such a fun night out!

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I got a water to drink.

And for dinner I can’t stay away from breakfast at this place.  They do such a great job!  I got a  pepper, onion, and egg sandwich on whole wheat toast.

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With a small side of home fries.

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I wasn’t planning on eating all the home fries, but they are so darn good I definitely did.

Now I’m off to play some Wii Sports Resort with Andrew,  has anyone else played this new game yet?  It’s so much fun!

Oh before I go, did anyone else see Nigella Lawson’s new fridge?  I usually don’t swoon after an appliance but it’s actually really beautiful.  I found this on This Kitchn.

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And here’s a shot of it open.

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This fridge looks bigger then my entire kitchen, but I would love to have something like this one day.  I can dream can’t I?

 

Well I better go before Andrew beats all my high scores!

August 6, 2009 at 7:57 pm 13 comments

A Rushed Post

Good Morning!  Sorry I didn’t post last night I had a terrible sinus head ache and went right to sleep as soon as I got home from work!  I have to run out so this post is going to be a quick one.

For breakfast yesterday I had another Peach Chobani but remembered some Kashi Island Vanilla cereal to mix in.

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I love the vanilla cereal in the peach yogurt, so good!

Between breakfast and lunch I snacked on some Cherry Semolina Dr. Krackers.  10 of them to be exact.

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Lunch was Harborside leftovers.

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And I even snuck a roll out from the restaurant in my to go bag.

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So like I said I came home yesterday with a horrible sinus headache, it’s been so long since I’ve had one it hit me out of nowhere!  I came home got right into bed, and slept until 8, when I woke up my headache was still there so I jumped in a hot shower hoping the steam would help.  No such luck.  Finally I took some nighttime cold and cough medicine and that knocked the headache out and I was finally feeling well enough to eat at around 10.  I just had a sandwich thin with pb.

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Well I have to run now, I’ll be back tonight!

July 10, 2009 at 9:21 am 16 comments

An Al Fresco Dinner

What a day!  I woke up thinking it was Thursday and thought that until I was on my way to work.  Since we don’t work Fridays anymore Thursday is our dress down day so I went to work wearing jeans and everything.  It was obvious to everyone at work I had mixed up what day I thought it was.  Ugh.  But oh well I was comfortable all day at least.

I started out the day with something I haven’t had in so long, unfortunately in my hurry this morning I forgot my camera but I do have some pretty bad blackberry photos to share.

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Peach Chobani!  In addition to forgetting my camera I also forgot some cereal for mixing into the yogurt.  But it was still amazingly delicious, it’s been to long Peach Chobani!

Without the cereal though this didn’t do a great job of holding me over for lunch.  I wound up getting hungry around 10 and snacked on some Dr. Kracker’s Cherry Semolina crisps.  These are absolutely delicious!

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The serving size is 8 but I probably had about 12, they are so delicious.

Lunch today was an old favorite, rice pilaf, green beans, and broccoli all mixed together.

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What a horrible picture of one of my favorite flavor combos.  I can’t get enough of it I crave this at least once a week. 

After work Andrew and I decided to go out to eat.  It’s been a while since we went out just the 2 of us for dinner so we went to our favorite local restaurant, Harborside Bar and Grill.  It was a beautiful day so we got to enjoy being outside on the patio.  To start I had a house salad with balsamic dressing on the side.

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I used about a 1/4 of the dressing with my fork dips before almost every bite.  It’s amazing but before I would have easily used 1/2 of it or more, dipping the fork in is just as flavorful and definitely a calorie saver.

Then our waitress brought out some fabulous rolls.  I of course had one.

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Warm and doughy, it was perfect.

For dinner I had the Rigatoni Pomadora, a fresh tomato basil sauce, with rigatoni and fresh mozzarella balls throughout.

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This sauce is the freshest tasting sauce ever, I don’t think I could make it even 1/2 as good as they do.  I would love to be able to buy a jar of this sauce.  I have about 1/2 of this left for tomorrows lunch.

After dinner we stopped by to visit my sister and parents since she’s been bugging me for the past 3 days to come over.  It was a nice night hanging out on their patio enjoying the weather.  After it rained for almost all of May and June, it’s definitely made me appreciate the past 2 weeks, we’ve had the most beautiful sunny, warm days lately, and I’m definitely grateful for them!

July 8, 2009 at 8:53 pm 11 comments

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