Archive for March, 2009

Tuesday is my Monday

Who’s happy today is almost over?!? I know I can’t be the only one! 

Today was so busy – you know those days when you get one email out of your inbox only to find 2-3 new ones already? I got in this morning to find 42 new submissions that needed to be processed. And that was just this morning! I don’t even know how many other ones came in all during the day today.

I was so ready for lunch today! All that work made me hungry –

I had a salad with romaine, tomato, and black olives



2 slices of my pizza from last night


and some  super juicy cantaloupe


I got a call this afternoon letting me know that group was cancelled tonight – I guess last week was supposed to be the final week for now, but we thought there was one more tonight. I was sad I didn’t get to see everyone, but I was kind of relieved that we were able to come home tonight before 9 pm!

Nick’s been working on an electric fence since we got home, and I went for a run. The weather was perfect, and I’m happy to say that I didn’t get bad side stitches until the very end of the run! According to the Garmin, I ran 3.51 miles in 34 minutes and something, which is good for me. I think my average pace was 9:44 or something like that. I’m pretty happy! It was a good run, overall. After running and doing a little bit of ab work, I was ready for a shower and some food!

I heated up some leftover meat sauce and ww pasta and one of those steamer bags of green beans for dinner


Good, quick dinners are often my favorites!

I have to go work on finishing up this document I’m editing, but make sure to these out!

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I love butterscotch chips in cookies. I think it’s one of my favorite cookie add-ins.

My mom’s best friend Jill makes these awesome oatmeal cookies with only butterscotch chips and they are some of my favorite cookies – ever!

Nick and I wanted some oatmeal chocolate chip cookies a while ago, so I made the Quaker Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookie recipe that’s usually on the lid of the oatmeal canisters but I used 1/2 semi-sweet chips and 1/2 butterscotch chips instead of all chocolate.

Before baking:




Hello Mrs. Butterscotch Chip

The mix of semi-sweet chocolate and the sweet, buttery butterscotch was SO good! It made for a really good balance in the cookies. I don’t know if I can make these without butterscotch chips now!

Here’s a few more shots just for good measure  🙂


Crispy goodness…


If you haven’t tried this recipe, you should! I’ve never tried it with the raisins – I like chocolate and butterscotch too much to do that  🙂

What’s your favorite cookie?

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Back to Basics

and….back to work :\ I’m really glad I feel better today, but I still wish I was staying home – it’s nice to have a day home sometimes.

 Breakfast was back to basics for me – my original oatmeal concoction (aka, the only way I would eat it for a while):



  • 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup water, pinch salt
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 3/4 cup frozen mixed berries
  • lots of cinnamon!

Add on a cup of milk and a hard boiled egg – one of my favorite and most filling breakfasts.



Today is our long day: work, then group. Tuesdays are always good days, but we usually don’t get home until around 9 pm so it makes for a long day. I am excited for lunch and dinner, though!

What’s your favorite non-workout workout? You know…the activity that doesn’t feel like you’re working out because you’re having so much fun or you just don’t think of it as a “workout”?

Mine would be playing basketball with our little neighbors, roller skating (at a rink – haven’t done that in forever!), hiking, and shopping all day long. It’s a lot of walking!  🙂

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Running + Hoops

Happy End to Your Monday! Are you happy it’s over? I am. That means it’s one day closer to the weekend!

I knew Nick and I were planning on running once he got home (since my head was feeling better), so I had a weight watcher’s chocolate smoothie with milk and a few frozen cherries



Plus one of the Praeventia granola bars



I could not get Roxy to come inside and cuddle me at all today! I guess she was liking the weather too  🙂



She was napping like that for a while this afternoon…just laying in the sun, with the little breeze ruffling her hair. She had a good day!

We went running and I used the heart rate monitor this time to try it out. The strap on this one fits well, which is good, since I ordered one for me today. We ran 2.8 miles today (or so it said); we’re going to drive the route we ran to see where the first mile is so we can compare that to the foot pod measurements, just to see how accurate it is. It seems about right, but we’ve never driven it to check for sure.

After we got back from running, our two little neighbors talked us into a game of basketball with them. I was on a team with the 12 year old, and Nick was playing with the 8 year old. Man! My heart rate was just as high playing basketball compared to when we were running! I got a good, long workout in today between the run and the hoops. Playing with them is fun – they’re great kids.

By the time we were finished playing b-ball, it was 7:00, and I was tired and hungry! I decided to forego my earlier dinner plans – mainly because I wanted barley for the meal, and I found out that I didn’t have any. The local pizza place had a pretty good deal, so we each ordered a small pizza and I made some side salads to have with it.


Romaine, tomato, black olives, ff feta, some oregano/garlic powder and a little olive oil.

Plus two slices of my pizza, which had ham and pineapple  🙂



This place has pretty good pizza – not the best we’ve ever had, but it’s better than Pizza Hut and that’s the only other option near us.

I’m off to edit a document and catch up on blogs.

What are your favorite pizza toppings?

I love ham/pineapple, but I also love a veggie-ful pizza and tomato/basil/mozzarella! I guess I just love pizza – I think I’d eat just about anything on it. One really good one we had not too long ago had pepperoni, black olives, fresh basil, and roasted red peppers – it was a great combination!

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Sunlit Lunch

It is absolutely beautiful today! I am loving the spring sunlight pouring in through the windows.  My head is feeling a lot better – I think the combo of good food and Aleve works well for me  🙂  It’s not completely gone, but I am feeling much better than when I woke up this morning.

At least I’ve been getting stuff done! I washed the sheets today and did a little cleaning up around the house this morning – just so I could feel like I contributed something while being at home today! I also ordered a heart rate monitor for me today! We found one that was a really good price on Amazon and ordered one last week to see if we liked it – well, we both love it so I went ahead and ordered another one so we wouldn’t have to fight over it   🙂   This one does not have GPS, but it comes with this little food pod you clip on your shoes so you still know how far you went – and it came with the USB port, too. I couldn’t believe we found it for so cheap. I’m excited for mine to get here!!!

Lunch today was so colorful and bright!

I had some of my free veggies from yesterday, plus a grilled chicken/cheese quesadilla.



Melty cheesy goodness.



I know I’ll be having a snack soon because I’m already feeling a little hungry and we’re going to try to go for a run once Nick’s get home so I’ll need some fuel in my belly!

What’s the best movie you’ve seen lately?

One of the best ones we’ve seen in the past couple of months was Defiance with Daniel Craig (aka, the new 007). It’s this amazing true story about brothers that help save 1200 Jews by living in the woods during WWII. It was probably one of the best movies I’ve ever seen, actually.

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Morning Migraine

Gah…not my favorite way to wake up. I’ve had a headache since I woke up this morning, so needless to say, I stayed home. I just didn’t think I could go stare at my work computer for 8 hours with this headache.

I was having a hard time deciding on what I wanted for breakfast, but Nick’s breakfast plans helped solve that problem. He made some bacon, so I decided on some eggs and grits – no surprise there, huh?



Some cantaloupe and 1/2 piece of bacon



Plus some coffee



What’s your favorite “feel good” meal – that meal that always makes you feel better, no matter what?

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That was the best / most thought-provoking sentence used in my WW meeting today. We had a great meeting – it’s always good to see my other “coworkers” that work all over the state and just spend some time together. The post title definitely has me thinking about things, though. I’m sure I’ll have more to say about that in the near future  🙂


I ate /drank all my food that I took with me, and I’m glad I packed my wrap and trail mix! They usually have some snacks, too, but I never have time to eat a full lunch before we leave, so I need more than just veggies over a 3-4 hour period!

I did take a full plate of veggies with about a tsp of some dip, plus this cheese stick.



I had this plate as my “appetizer” before digging into my green smoothie and almond butter/banana wrap.  I ate my trail mix about halfway through the meeting and had a bottle of water. The good thing is that they usually have pretty healthy snacks at these meetings – at least it’s not all cookies and brownies!

I felt a little like Sarah leaving the meeting – why, you ask? 



Because I got to bring home the rest of this huge veggie tray! Now I know why you love free food!  🙂 I was so excited when they told me I could take the rest of it if I wanted. It’s already washed and cut, so it will make nice additions to lunches/snacks/and maybe dinners this week. I hope I made you proud!

Before I left for the meeting earlier today, I put a meat sauce in the crockpot to simmer away while I was gone – I actually cooked the meat yesterday, so I just had to dump that in with some crushed tomatoes and spices and let it go.

I’m so glad I thought to do that! All I had to do when I got home at 6 was cook some pasta, toast some bread, and put together some salads with the rest of the toppings from our salads last night.

I had a salad with romaine, black olives, ff feta, sundried tomatoes, red onion, and some olive oil/spices.



I made some whole wheat angel hair to have with my meat sauce – I had about a cup of pasta with some sauce. Plus 2 slices of that sourdough bread, toasted, and brushed with a little olive oil/spices.



Of course, eating this jump started my hunger again! I was fine until I ate this  🙂  My “lunch” today was definitely not as filling as usual, so I made sure to have dessert tonight to make up for it!

I bought these interesting looking cookies at the grocery store Friday night and wanted to try them. I love the specialty and International isles in the grocery store! I get stuck there all the time. I saw this awesome muesli that I’ll have to buy soon, too.


They had them in a few different flavors, but I saw the cherry first so those are the ones I bought.

I crumbled up 2 of the cookies over some of my forbidden food (coconut milk ice cream).



These cookies were so strange, yet so good! They are such a different texture than any other cookie I’ve had, but I really enjoyed them. It’s a layer of spongecake on the bottom, a filling of this cherry-gummy-like stuff, then covered with a thin, crispy shell of chocolate. The chocolate/cherry/spongecake went great with the subtle coconut flavor in the ice cream. Betsy – I think you would love these cookies! The middle really reminded me of a really soft gummy.

Well…I’m watching Iron Chef and am going to try my best to catch up on blogs from today!



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Lunch on the Go!

Drive by posting!  🙂


I’m on my way out the door for my Weight Watcher’s staff meeting. They usually have snacks for us, but I never know what they’ll be, so I’m packing an easy lunch + a snack, just in case 🙂


Almond butter/banana wrap



Green monster: banana, milk, frozen cherries, kale.



Tj’s nuts about raspberries trail mix



and i’m gone! see ya for dinner  🙂

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Cupcakes Help Me Sleep

Good morning!

Sorry for the lack of post last night – we didn’t get back from our friends’ house until around 11 pm and I was just sleepy. I ended up not taking pictures there – they had another family over for dinner that we had never met before, so I just didn’t want to have to explain everything last night.

Anywho – on to breakfast! We did not get as much rain yesterday as we though we would – it looks pretty gloomy right now, but it’s supposed to get nicer as the day goes on. Too bad I’ll be inside all afternoon!

I needed a little ray of sunshine on this cloudy morning



About a cup of cantaloupe



and a cup of coffee in one of my favorite mugs



Although I don’t have pictures from dinner, it was a great meal! I brough a salad with romaine, ff feta, sundried tomatoes, black olives, and red onion. They grilled some local london broil and veggies, and we had this potato side dish that their neighbor brought over. Add some grapes/strawberries and some devil’s food cupcakes with cream cheese frosting? Great Saturday night meal  🙂 

I did take a picture of my afternoon snack from yesterday, and I need to share it – this was totally Heather inspired:



A slice of the cinnamon bread, toasted, and topped with almond butter. Oh man. Why didn’t I try it like this sooner?  It was so good, and the perfect little snack.

I’m off to church, then back to change and get ready for my WW staff meeting today.


Are there people/groups that you still feel weird taking pictures in front of for your blog (if you have one)?

My family knows all about it, but I haven’t told some people that I don’t see very often. It’s actually been easier for me in places where I don’t know anyone to whip out the camera since I don’t have to explain it. I’m guessing it will get easier – I’ve only had the blog for about 2.5 months.

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Run, Brandi, Run!

and that is what I did.

After breakfast, I ran to the store to pick up some lettuce for tonight, and we decided to go running before lunch so we could finish before it started raining. Thank goodness it held off! It just now started raining, so we were able to get in a 3 mile run.

The exciting part? We finally ordered a heart rate monitor earlier this week and it came yesterday, so Nick tried it out today on our run. It’s awesome! We ordered the Garmin Forerunner 50 that came with the foot pod to measure the distance.  Most of the run was good – I ended up having some pretty bad side stitches/cramps in the last 1/3 of the run, but I finished and I didn’t stop running! I’m going to try the HRM on the next run to see if the strap on this one fits me well. If it does, I think we’ll just order another one because we got it for a really good price.

After showering, I was ready for lunch! And carbs  🙂

I cooked up two chicken breasts (one for each of us), 2 servings of whole wheat macaroni noodles, and 1/2 a bag of these new Green Giant frozen mixed veggies with cheese sauce. I had a coupon for the veggies, so I got them to try this week. It came out really well!



I cut up the chicken into bite sized pieces and browned it up in the pan with some salt, pepper, and garlic powder. While that was cooking, I boiled the pasta. After the chicken was done, I took it out of the pan and added the frozen veggies to the pan the chicken was in. Cover it and let cook until the veggies were cooked and the sauce thawed. Then I added the chicken back in, added the macaroni, and some of the pasta water to make the cheese sauce cover more of the dish.

I only meant for this to be 2 servings, but we ended up getting 3 out of it, so I have some leftovers for later  🙂 I love accidental leftovers!

And just because I wanted some chocolate, I just had a small bag of raisinets.



What? It’s a fruit serving!

I’m working on laundry right now and am going to prep a few things for tomorrow/this week before we head to our friends’ house. We are going over to their house for dinner tonight – I’ll take my camera with me, but I don’t know who all is going to be there, so we’ll see if I whip it out or not  🙂


I hope you’re having a great Saturday!!!

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