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Dazed and Confused

My days are so mixed up this week! I keep forgetting that it’s Thursday – it feels like a Tuesday or Wednesday to me, so I keep getting lost on the day / date / what’s on my calendar for today. I am happy tomorrow is Friday though! I’m ready for a weekend.

This morning went by pretty fast since I had some stuff to catch up on at work after being out a lot this week. Nothing too crazy or pressing, thank goodness. It was actually pretty calm at work, so I was plugging away at emails and submissions.

Lunch couldn’t come fast enough! I was so hungry when Nick got over here to eat, so I was happy to dig in. My lunch was a random mix of things, but it turned out pretty good.

I had some leftover tabbouleh and some diced chicken

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Some more of the broccoli salad I made earlier this week

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Plus a cup of tomato soup – strange combo of food, but it worked and filled my hungry belly.

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Nick and I ran a few errands at lunch, mostly to make sure I have everything I need for my baking projects tonight! I’m trying another cookie recipe for the contest I’m going to enter – I think we may have it figured out, but we’ll see once they come out of the oven later tonight.

The weather is absolutely beautiful here today, so I think we’re going to go for a run after work and see how I feel. I don’t really feel sore anymore – it’s mainly the headaches that are still bothering me. But if I’m feeling good when we get home, we’re headed outside to try – it is way too nice to sit indoors.

What’s your favorite outdoor activity?

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Is it Fall?

Our weather has been so strange the past 2 days – it was only in the 60s today with a cool breeze and felt much more like fall than spring. Come back, spring sunshine!

I was just waiting to get hungry again after lunch so I could slice into that carrot cake bread  🙂

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I heated it up in the microwave for 15 seconds and slathered a little cream cheese on it. I loved this. The chunks of walnuts, the chew from the dates, and the sweetness from the bananas  gave this bread such a great flavor and texture. I loved it with the cream cheese, but I think I may need to try it with a little almond or peanut butter – just to see which way I like it better. If you have the stuff to make this bread (even without the actual frosting) – DO IT! You’ll be happy you did  🙂

Since my legs are still kind of stiff today, Nick and I just went for a walk once he got back from work. It was nice to just walk around the neighborhood and talk about our days while stretching my legs. After we got back, Nick headed outside to work on some projects and I started working on dinner/prepping for lunch tomorrow so I’ll have less to do in the morning.

I made some chicken, tabbouleh, and salad for dinner – easy and quick.

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I just baked the chicken at 350 for 25 minutes or so, with some salt, pepper, garlic powder, and oregano. I baked about 2.5 – 3 lbs tonight and will be using this chicken in a few other meals this week and maybe lunches. That means less work to do later!

My tabbouleh is based on a Barefoot Contessa recipe, with a few changes:

  • 1.5 cups bulgur
  • 2 cups water
  • lemon juice
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • handful fresh parsley and fresh mint, chopped
  • salt
  • pepper

Put bulgur in a heat proof bowl and bring water to a boil. Pour water and lemon juice over bulgur and cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let that sit for 40 minutes – 1 hour until the water is absorbed/bulgur is cooked.

Once bulgur is done, add in herbs and tomatoes, season and serve!

Neither Nick or I are big fans of cucumber, so we usually leave that out.

I needed some more green today, so I had a simple salad of romaine, black olives and a little parmesan.

 

I’ve got to finish packing my lunch for tomorrow, then hunker down with a bowl of popcorn, watch HIMYM and get ready for bed. Tomorrow is going to be a long day.

 

Make sure to enter Danielle’s vacation gift giveaway!  🙂  It’s stuff from one of my favorite places.

How was your weekend?

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Shoes Accomplished!

This day is just flying by – I’m hoping the afternoon will, too. It seems like the afternoons usually go by so much slower. I have a big report I’m working on for work, so I’m hoping that will speed up my afternoon a bit.

Lunch was more of my chicken curry bulgur dish and broccoli

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Plus some cantaloupe and pineapple

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Lunch was really good, and I’m happy to say my big breakfast stuck with me really well! I didn’t really start getting hungry for lunch until about ten minutes to 12, which is awesome.

15 MMC Update:
I totally forgot to post this yesterday! I didn’t get as much done as I wanted during the day, but I did walk downstairs to wash out my mug instead of staying upstairs (where our offices are). Plus, Nick and I ate outside and walked over to the gazebo area to eat and then I walked around Target for at least 15 minutes  – does that count?

Today I’ve gone downstairs a few times to use the bathroom instead of the one around the corner and am hoping to get outside for a bit again at lunch. We’ll see if anything else happens this afternoon. I would love to read over my info for my report while walking outside, but I’m not sure I can swing that.

In blogland news:
– Are you a super planner? Make sure to check out Tina’s plan-tastic giveaway!
– The Fitnessista is not only giving away a cookbook, but also something else that is totally worth checking out

I’ve got a busy afternoon and evening tonight-

  • Monthly weigh in for WW tonight since I’ll be gone just about every weekend this month
  • Run!
  • Eat dinner
  • Enjoy my special treat tonight – I’m looking forward to it

In Shoe News, I found a pair at TJMaxx at lunch!

I got these, I think, or they’re close to it, anyways.

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Only $25, too! Sweet!

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Happy end to your Monday! I am so glad today is over  🙂  I think we have some plans for this weekend, and I’m excited about them. It should be a good rest of the week.

Nick and I ate lunch outside today since it was beautiful, in the 80s, and a little breezy.

I had some of my lunch dish for this week: Curry Chicken Bulgur Salad (recipe coming later)

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Some broccoli – look how much prettier it is in fresh sunlight! Too bad I can’t bottle this light and take it with me everywhere!

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Plus some pineapple and cantaloupe

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We ran over to Target to get out of the office for a while, so by the time I got back, I didn’t have time to blog at lunch. I get so sidetracked  by everything at Target! I go in thinking “I’m going to look at this and this”, but then I end up in like 5 other sections somehow. I did restrain from buying anything today – I found some cute sandals, but couldn’t really decide if I wanted them or not, so I put them back. If they’re meant to be, they’ll be there the next time I’m there. Plus, if I’m going to buy shoes, I really need to get a pair of cute tennis shoes (the ones that don’t really look like tennis shoes) for Honduras. Any suggestions?  I think I have to wear skirts everyday, so I want a pair of comfy shoes I can wear with everything – maybe some that don’t have to be laced up?

I figured we would be running once we got home, so I packed a snack to have around 3 pm today – and it was good.

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I packed about 1/2 -3/4 cup fat free plain yogurt, the last 8 raspberries, and one of my oatmeal bars that I baked this weekend. Don’t worry – I’ll post the revised recipe soon  😉 It only had one difference, but they turned out great!

Obviously, I saved the most chocolatey bites for last.

It was perfect running weather today – honestly, if there wasn’t a breeze, it would have just been hot! But we had just enough of a breeze to make it really nice. We ran about 3.25 miles in a little over 30 minutes. That’s about normal for me, but I looked and my pace on the 3rd mile was 9:11! I think that’s the fastest I’ve ever run so far! I think it’s the kelly green running gear  🙂  Maybe just because it’s my favorite color?

Dinner tonight was a tried and true recipe, with one change.

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I made Ellie Kreiger’s Fettuccine with Creamy Red Pepper-Feta Sauce, but used about 1 Tbsp fat free feta and .5 oz of the cheese curds we got at the farmer’s markets last week. It turned out great! I also added some roasted garlic chicken sausages to the pasta for some protein and a bag of steamed green beans on the side.

Easy and good! I like Ellie Kreiger’s recipes – every one I’ve tried has turned out really good.

I’m off to catch up on blog before the How I Met Your Mother comes on.

 

What are your most comfortable pair of shoes?

my running shoes are pretty comfy, but I have this one pair of brown snake print flats from payless that are SO comfy! I don’t know why they’re so comfortable, but I could wear them everyday.

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Savory Oats, Bland Lunch

Yay!  I have a few minutes left of my lunch break to blog today!!!

Breakfast today wasn’t what I planned, but it turned out well.  I’ve been seeing people make savory oats for a while, but I hadn’t tried it yet. I wanted eggs and grits –  but somehow I only had about 1 spoonful of dry grits left!

So, instead of making sweet oatmeal as usual, I tried my hand at Savory Oatmeal.

Before breaking my poached eggs (poaching courtesy of Nick this morning – and they were perfect!):

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and after breaking.

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Mmmm….I love the runny yolks.

For my savory oats, I used:

*1/3 cup multigrain hot cereal

* 2/3 cup water

* pinch salt

* 2 poached eggs

* ff swiss cheese stirred into cereal

Of course, the obligatory fruit

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and a cup of milk.

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If you’re wondering, yes I usually use the same cups in the morning. Usually always one of our Hokie cups – for some reason, I don’t like using our glasses very often. I don’t know why? I just always use these plastic Hokie cups from the football games.

Plus an unpictured cup of coffee at work – it looked the same as yesterday!  Same mug and everything.

Lunch today wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t great. I’m trying to use up leftovers – it was just a little bland, but I guess I wasn’t thinking very clearly when I woke up this morning and packed my lunch. I should have added some more seasonings or something.

Some leftover roasted chicken over bulgur:

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peas, for a green

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And, of course….clementines. Which I won’t put up today since they’re pictured every day!

Gotta get back to work, but I’m planning on this snack this afternoon to fuel me through running after work:

Dried Hawaiian snack mix of raisins, banana chips, papaya, coconut, dates!, and 1 Tbsp raw cashews.

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Check out that big hunk o’ coconut!

See you at dinner!  I’m excited for it  🙂

Don’t forget to send in your submissions for the Blogger Secret Ingredient contest this week! Check out Sarah’s blog for more info!

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Two Meals, Two Countries

Today was fun!  We met Nick’s parents at Abuelo’s Mexican Embassy for lunch. We had never been before, so this was a treat.

 

It was a really neat place, but the best part was the dessert.   🙂

 

 

We shared some chips and a dip sampler, which included: guacamole, queso, and a chili queso dip. We also had medium and hot salsa.

 

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For my meal, I got the Tilapia Veracruz: Tilapia topped with scallops, shrimp, poblano peppers, tomatoes, and olives. Yum!

 

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It came with steamed broccoli and some *meh* rice. Not bad, but not great. I only eat Mexican rice if it’s great – I hate when it’s just there to complete the plate.

 

But the fish and broccoli were great!

 

 

Now, for dessert. They had really, really good sopapillas dusted with cinnamon sugar and served with honey – my favorite!  I can’t always find these, so I was so excited that they had them!

 

The best ones are little pillows of dough – you rip the corner off, fill it with honey and enjoy  🙂

 

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Check out that honey in the middle    🙂

 

We tried to get an action shot of the honey…but I was too excited to get a great shot, I guess!

 

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We shopped around for a bit and then they headed back home.  It was a short visit, but fun!

 

 

After running by Kroger for the last stuff on my grocery list and the health food store, we headed home for dinner.

 

For dinner, I used the last 2 teriyaki chicken thighs. I cut them up into bite sized pieces and heated them through with a bag of frozen stir fry veggies, soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, chili paste, garlic, and ginger. Then I added in about a cup of cooked bulgur – this was the perfect amount for the two of us!

 

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I love those baby corn  🙂

 

I also cooked one of those steamer bags of edamame on the side.

 

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I just finished making a treat for us – here’ s a preview!  You’ll see them tomorrow  🙂

 

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Can you guess what they are? 

 

 

also – a big shout out and thanks for my friend, Mara, for making my new header!  I love it   🙂

Have a good night!

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