Posts Tagged ‘grits’

I’m so happy it’s Friday!!! It doesn’t feel like it to me, but I am wearing jeans and I had a fun breakfast + awesome Honduran coffee so that’s a good way to start the day.

It seems I decided to have veggies for breakfast and fruit with lunch, which is the opposite of what I normally do.

But it was good!


Maybe I’m missing all those beans we had in Honduras?


I made a stacked bowl for breakfast this morning and it was super tasty.

  • grits
  • bean/corn/pepper/onion salad mixed with some of our fresh cooked tomatoes = instant salsa
  • 2 eggs that I cooked too long  😦
  • fresh Miami avocado!

The only bad thing? I totally overcooked my eggs and they weren’t runny at all! It was still a good combination, though.

Plus awesome coffee that I took with me to work


Lunch had to be easy and quick today. I had a follow-up eye appointment, so I ate this lunch in stages.


This morning, I put together a strawberry + almond butter sandwich on some alvarado st. bakery bread.


Some all natural pear crisps – they’re like air! So light and good.


and some broccoli I had at work from earlier this week.


I have a feeling some snacks will be happening this afternoon…my stomach is not satisfied.

Any fun weekend plans?

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Bean-less Breakfast

After almost a full week of having some of the most amazing beans with just about every meal, I had my 2nd breakfast in a row with no beans in sight.

I actually  miss them….just a little 🙂

Nick and I woke up later than normal this morning to catch up on a little sleep, then got to making some breakfast before heading into town.


I made myself some grits and 2 over easy eggs for breakfast.


Runny eggs and oatmeal were 2 things I missed, among other things.

Plus 1 slice of bacon and some plums we picked up last night.


Nick also brewed up some of our Honduran coffee we brought back, so I’m grabbing that and heading out the door.

I’ve got an eye appointment at 9:30 and then I’m heading to work for the afternoon to start weeding through the emails.

Any fun plans for this weekend?

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Goodbye Weekend

Why do the weekends go by so fast?!?

Thank you all for your notes and comments on my earlier post. I know that everyone has a story to tell, and I  needed to do that post more for me than anything else. Everyone will deal with this in some respect in their lives, and it’s so hard to actually put into words how you feel and what you think and how in the world you’re supposed to keep going without certain people in our lives. But that journey is a huge part of how we  grow and learn what we’re made of. Anyways, thank you again. I really do appreciate every one of them.

So I guess I have a whole day to catch up on!

Breakfast was our normal Sunday breakfast – not anything new around here  🙂


2 over easy eggs + grits. I haven’t had grits in a while since I got on my oatbran kick, and I think I like the oatbran under my eggs better! I kind of missed them this morning.


Plus a white peach from the farmer’s market, blackberries, and some new bacon I bought this weekend. It’s actually called “Sunday Bacon” – fitting, I thought.  This peach was good – we have one more market peach to eat before we leave, so we’ll be spittling that one in the next day or two.

Nick also made coffee this morning, so I had a cup of that.

Our lunch plans changed after church today – we have leftover pizza and we were planning on coming back for that, but a friend at church ended up taking us out for lunch today instead. Since I planned on coming home for lunch, I didn’t have my camera with me, but I had a bean/onion/mushroom quesadilla + guacamole salad at the mexican place.It was a fun lunch, and I’m glad we got to spend some time with them. I guess that leaves the pizza for tomorrow! One less thing to do tonight when getting ready for work tomorrow.

We got home and got started on the stuff that needed to get finished today.

Nick went outside to cut the grass, and I put the last load of laundry in to wash.

I got pretty hungry this afternoon while laundering and cleaning, so I had a bowl of cereal.


I had a serving of the Ezekiel 4:9 Original cereal with some milk, a sliced banana, cinnamon and a little drizzle of honey.

Then I got back to my commercial cleaning.

What is commercial cleaning, you ask?

Well….that’s what I call my cleaning when I get sucked into something on tv  🙂

Today, it was Hokie Nation, this documentary some people made about the football team and the fans.

So, in commercial cleaning, I sit and watch while the show is on and then I do as much as possible during each commercial break so I can sit back down for a few minutes when it comes back on. It works pretty well, actually….most of the time.

After I finished laundry and cleaning and Nick came in from mowing and weedeating, I got started on a pretty easy dinner.

I’m trying to use up the stuff in the fridge, which means it was a perfect night for a one pot dish.


I made a Thai-sauced pasta dish tonight, and it was so good and easy.


I cooked up about 4 servings of whole wheat pasta for the dish, and while that was cooking, I sauteed 1/2 a leftover red pepper, about 1 cup of shredded carrots, and 2 scallions.

I also diced up the leftover cilantro chicken from the other night and got out some leftover broccoli.

Once the veggies were softened up, I added a sauce to the pan:

  • 2 Tbsp or so soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce
  • garlic
  • 1 Tbsp PB2 mixed with water
  • 1 tsp chile garlic pasta (hot!)

I poured the sauce into the veggies, then added 1 Tbsp of cornstarch dissolved in water and let the sauce thicken a bit.

Add the pasta to the veggie/sauce mixture, then stir in the chicken and broccoli to heat them up.

Right before serving, toss in a big handful of cilantro and a couple squeezes of fresh lime juice.


I wish I would have had some peanuts to sprinkle on top, but it was still really good. I think I would actually add more PB2 to the sauce next time.

The good thing is that this made a good amount, so that takes care of dinner tomorrow.

I’ve got to go get the boy some cookies – he got stung by a bunch of yellow jackets while he was mowing and is asking for a treat. Considering he has an ice-pack out for the bites, I think he deserves something.

When do you do all your cleaning, laundry, etc?

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I think that’s right, right? Pretty + Delicious!

I’m so glad you guys enjoyed the french-ed donuts – we sure did  🙂  They were so good. Good thing I don’t have donuts hanging around the house all the time!

I’m so happy today is over – I had a bunch of stuff to do today, but it just seemed to go by so slowly. I’m hoping the rest of the week is a little faster because I have a fun weekend coming up.

Lunch today was great, thanks to some leftovers.

I had a piece of the chicken + some of the saffron/zucchini/ww couscous mixture from the other night


Plus some broccoli


Nick and I went over to TJ Maxx and I found the most beautiful dress!  I took too long looking through the clothes and I didn’t have time to try it on – I have to go back! I’m trying not to get my hopes up in case it doesn’t fit, but I loved it. I also found a really cute pair of sandals but we just had to get back to work. I’m hoping both the dress + sandals are still there whenever I get back!

I brought fruit to go along with my lunch, but by the time we got back, I had to get working on some other things and I just never ate it. I put it in the fridge for tomorrow’s lunch – one less thing for me to pack  🙂

I did end up eating the actual snack I brought with me:


I had one of my homemade bran muffins on some plain oikos. I’m going to be really sad when this yogurt isn’t BIGI free anymore.

Nick had plans to go out on the river by himself in the kayak tonight since I had a chiropractor appointment – it worked out perfectly. My appointment went really well – it seems like my back/neck are doing really well after the accident, and I think everything is just about back to normal.

I came home and started prepping dinner, then just waited until Nick got back to finish it.


I made Barefoot Contessa’s Guacamole Salad, except I used 1/2 a yellow pepper and 1/2 an orange. I used regular tomatoes since we didn’t have grape tomatoes. I also only added about 2 tsp or so of olive oil – you really don’t need 1/4 cup on this salad. I actually think it would just be too oily with that amount.

I love this salad – it has just the perfect amount of spicyness, and I love how colorful it is.


I put mine over a bowl of romaine – no dressing needed on this salad! All the flavor is in the guac salad.

The main part of dinner came out of a recipe in Eating Well for Huevos Rancheros. I forgot to  buy salsa verde, so I just kind of did what I wanted.


For some reason, I just cannot have runny eggs without grits or oatbran! I just want to make sure I have one of those to soak up all that eggy goodness  🙂

I mixed up a can of pinto beans with fresh cilantro, scallion, cumin, ground coriander, and garlic powder, mashed them up a bit and put them on top of my grits.

Then I added my eggs, some red pepper flakes, ancho chile powder, and more fresh cilantro.

Ay caramba, this was bueno! Nick and I both loved it. I made his on actual corn tortillas – 2 on a baking sheet with the beans + some cheese on top until the cheese melted, then his eggs on those. Same toppings as me!

I love easy meals, and this one had so many flavors and colors. I love having healthy meals that are delicious and beautiful to eat. It makes me feel good that I’m taking care of myself and eating a balanced meal.

Well, I’m off to maybe paint my toenails? and get ready for Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives – if I can make it that long!

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River Rats

We had such a fun day! This is going to be a doozy, so I’ll try to mostly just post pictures  🙂

My little sister and her husband stayed with us last night on their way to Memphis for a summer school class, so I had other breakfast buddies this morning.

I had my usual eggs + grits


Bowl of fruit


+ coffee


I left my sis and her husband and went to church. Nick and I ended up going out to eat for lunch with some people from church, and we had a really good time.

I got a cobb salad for lunch – yup, more avocado  🙂


We headed home around 2:30 and immediately changed into our bathing suits so we could try out the kayak!


The river is a little muddy because of all the rain we’ve been getting, but the weather today was just beautiful. We paddled up river for a while and then just let ourselves float back to the ramp.


I promise I’m not naked, floating down the river! My bathing suit can be worn strapless, so I didn’t have the strap up – but the picture does look funny! The kayak is awesome – it will be so much fun just go out on the river whenever we want.

After being on the river for about 2 hours, we loaded up the kayak and went back home. I took a quick shower and headed to the grocery store for a few last things.

3 loads of laundry, bathroom cleaning and dusting, and making a special birthday dessert for Nick tomorrow filled up the rest of the afternoon evening. Nick cut the grass and helped clean the house while I was making dinner. We didn’t end up eating until 9! We didn’t get back from the river until around 5, so everything was a bit later than normal.

I made a chicken/shrimp stir fry for dinner –


  • 1 bag coleslaw mix
  • 1 bag frozen mixed veggies
  • 1/2 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined (I used frozen that I thawed while doing laundry/cleaning up)
  • 1/2 cup or so leftover chicken, cooked and cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp teryaki sauce
  • 2 – 3 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp pb2
  • 1 tsp hot chile garlic paste
  • garlic powder
  • powdered ginger
  • scallions

I just heated up the sesame oil and added the bag of coleslaw. Once that had wilted down a bit, I added the bag of frozen veggies and let those cook together until the frozen veggies had thawed/heated through.

Then I added the soy sauce, teryaki sauce mixed with pb2, and seasonings. Mix all the veggies/seasonings together.

Scoot veggies to one side of the pan and add in the shrimp. Let shrimp cook on one side, flip over and also add chicken to heat through.

Sprinkle in scallions and serve once shrimp is cooked through.


We had ours over some brown rice and some edamame.

I am worn out after this weekend! We had a lot of fun, a lot of sun, and I am ready for a good night’s sleep to start the week off right.

I hope you had a great weekend! See you for breakfast!

The dessert Nick requested for his birthday looks and smells amazing – I can’t wait to slice into it tomorrow  🙂

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Born To Be Late

Gah! I turned my alarm off again! I’m not going to be late for work, but I hate being rushed in the morning.

This post is going to be quick – I gotta eat and go.

I loved my eggs yesterday and decided I needed them again, so eggs + grits


and fruit! I need colors to wake me up!



What are your tricks/strategies to getting up on time? I obviously need help  🙂

I have no trouble getting up on weekends or when I have something fun to do – it’s just the normal work days that I have such a hard time getting up and out of bed.

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Finally On Time

First the first time in a week and a half, I actually got up on time! It helped that Roxy was laying on the end of our bed, attacking my feet through the covers anytime I moved, but whatever. At least I wasn’t rushing around this morning!

So, after all the talk about cold breakfasts yesterday and the great suggestions, what do I have this morning? A hot breakfast  🙂 


Last night while we were running, I kept thinking about having eggs for dinner last night. I eventually talked myself out of it because I knew I wanted them for breakfast today, too, and I didn’t want the same meal in a row.


Yum. I made 2 over easy eggs with some pepper and chile garlic sea salt and had them over some grits.

Plus 1/2 a huge orange Nick and I split this morning, plus a bite of banana before adding the rest of my half to my smoothie.


I also made a green smoothie to take with me to work – I am loving this almond milk!


  • 1 cup Almond Breeze
  • 1/2 banana, minus a bite  🙂
  • 2-3 cups spinach
  • 1/2 Tbsp flaxmeal


Have you tried almond milk? Do you use other types of nondairy milk?

I love the flavor of this almond milk, but I have never tried soy milk. It scares me a little bit although I’m not sure why  🙂  I also don’t want to eat/drink too much soy since I know too much is not necessarily a good thing, and I would rather have my soy intake come from black bean burgers and those tomato basil pizza burgers!

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Solo Road Trip

Well, Nick and I just had a lazy morning instead of running  🙂  I love weekends with him –  most Saturdays, I’m usually up and gone to get groceries before the stores get crazy, but it’s nice to just lay around sometimes and be lazy and just enjoy the morning. Not having an alarm clock go off was nice today. We slept in til about 7 (we’re old, I know – we just can’t sleep in late anymore), took showers and made breakfast so I could finish packing and get on the road soon.

Nick made some awesome coffee – I think this is one of our coffees from Mill Mountain? It’s a local coffee shop here that roasts their own beans.


I had some over easy eggs and grits


and half an orange plus some lean sausage that I apparently didn’t take a picture of?


I’ve got to go finish drying my hair and packing my bag and then I’m off! I usually take road trips, no matter how short, with Nick so this one might be a little lonely   😦  We don’t have a cd player in the truck so I hope I find some good radio stations!

I may not “see” you guys again today so if I don’t – I hope you all have a great Saturday!!!

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Loopy + Lazy

Well, I guess I didn’t stay away as long as I thought I would  🙂

I am sooooore today – the worst is actually my chest/collarbone/neck area from the impact of the seatbelt across my neck. Although my knee doesn’t hurt as much as it did yesterday, my arms, legs, and neck are just really stiff today. Honestly – the hardest part / most painful part of today was first, getting out of bed, and second, tilting my head back to wash my hair in the shower – my neck was hurting really bad trying to wash my hair this morning. I feel like a 90 year old crickety woman stuck in my body – it’s such a strange feeling.

I have a call in to my chiropractor to see if I can get in to see her this week once my neck is not so stiff.

I’ve gotten some stuff done today – just much slower than normal  🙂  I slooooowly made myself some breakfast this morning, which was my Sunday usual.

Eggs and grits


a big bowl of fruit


and a cup of coffee I made myself. Uh…so apparently, Nick’s coffee is WAY better than mine. This wasn’t horrible, but I really missed his coffee this morning  🙂


After doing the world’s 2 slowest loads of laundry, I slowly made my way around the house to dust then cleaned the bathroom at a snails pace.

Nick got back from church and we went to our favorite little local place, mainly for some onion rings.

I got a side salad to start


Plus some blackened flounder and my beloved onion rings.


I was going to get my normal buffalo burger/onion ring combo, but I figured I should try to get at least one veggie that wasn’t fried with lunch! It was good, and just what I needed for these stiff, creaky bones of mine.

We went to pick up my drugs from the pharmacy and went back to the wrecked car to get our cd’s out of the cd player – I’m glad we remembered!

Nick is outside cutting the grass and I’m inside blogging, slowly doing another load of laundry (only one more to go!) and baking. The baking is being done because it’s an easy recipe I’ve been waiting to do and I knew I could do this one without any help from Nick.

I did take a lortab for the pain and it seems to be making me a little loopy so my post tonight may end up hilarious – I guess we’ll see.


The baking project smells amazing! This one isn’t an original recipe of mine, but we are planning on trying one out once Nick is done.


See you for dinner and an update/pictures of some of my slow-motion baking adventures.

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Just a heads up: I’m heading out after breakfast, and will be at my in-laws this weekend. I will have my computer and camera, but I don’t know how much I’ll actually blog. We have a lot of work (and shopping!) to do  🙂 


Breakfast needed to be something easy and something that would hold me for a few hours.


Eggs it is!





A big bowl of fruit: banana, strawberries, and the last of the blueberries and raspberries for this week.





and milk!





Make sure to check in later!  There’s a surprise happening this afternoon and I’m SO excited!!!


Thanks for all the luck!

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