Posts Tagged ‘leftovers’

Sucked In

Ah! I think the tv has it out for me today.

I got sucked into watching The Notebook this afternoon and now I’m watching National Treasure until Iron Chef comes on. I love these movies! Good thing all the things I needed to do were inside today  🙂  I’ve got the last load of laundry in the dryer and waiting for me, so I’m going to fold those as soon as I’m done with this post.

While working on laundry / watching my sap fest this afternoon, I did have my other slice of cake that Jen and Ross left with us last night.


This cake is so good! The peanut butter in the icing makes it so rich and gives it such a deep flavor.

And yes, I did just eat it right out of the tupperware  🙂  Cake makes for a good snack, especially with a cup of milk.

After that it was more movies + laundry, laundry, laundry….until dinner! We actually ate later than we normally do since I was working on stuff and Nick was stripping / staining some dresser drawers outside. I knew he wouldn’t want to come in and eat until he was done, so I held off getting dinner together until he was close.


I made myself a pasta bowl with some of the leftover rainbow chard / white bean pasta and some roasted broccoli.



I love making pasta bowls. I just put a layer of some veggie (spinach, greens, broccoli, green beans, etc) and then layer on your pasta dish! It’s a great way to get more veggies in your pasta if you don’t want to cook them into the dish OR a good way to use up leftover veggies, too. Once you mix everything up, it just tastes even better!

The sheets are waiting! and I’ve got a few posts to prep for this week  🙂

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Paddle, Jump, Swim, Eat

Wow, what a day  🙂

I got back from getting groceries and everything about 1/2 an hour before our friends, Ross and Jen, arrived, so I put all the food away and heated up a quick lunch.


I heated up the last serving of the enchilada pasta, added the last of my sliced zucchini and a dollop of guacamole. This was a spicy bowl!


The raw zucchini was really good with this because it cooled down the guac + pasta a little bit.

As soon as I was done eating, I changed clothes and helped get snacks and stuff together for the river trip today. Nick had cleaned the house up for me while I was gone getting groceries and running errands – what a guy, huh?  🙂 I am very thankful for him for that because I knew we were going to be eating at our house once we were done on the river.

We got on the river around 2:30 or so and started the 7 mile trip.

We had a small chance of rain and it was drizzling just a little right when we were about to put in, but it stopped! The weather was actually perfect today – warm, but overcast so it never got too hot and it never rained, either.

We paddled for a while and then stopped to swim for a bit. Then Nick and Ross saw a rope swing on the other side of the river, so we hopped back in and went over to that side to play on that for a while.

Fact about me: I am not a daredevil or one to do things like this normally. They were all going off the rope swing into the water and I just watched for a while, but then they finally convinced me to do it once. It was fun, but I kind of “leg flopped” into the water and smacked the back of my thighs on the water when I was going in – that burned! But at least I did it and had fun  🙂  And the water felt great today.After a few cannonball and spinning moves contests between Nick and Ross, we headed back down river.

We floated down the river some more and got out one more time to swim for a while. Nick also got out his fishing rod a few times when the water was calm and moving pretty slowly – he caught 3 fish today! He threw them all back, but it was exciting seeing him reel them in.

We were out on the river for about 3- 3.5 hours, I guess? It was a lot of fun. I’m glad we were able to go today with Ross and Jen! They had just bought a canoe and wanted to take it out, and it was good for us to go because it had been a while since we had the kayak out in the water.

We got back to the house and started prepping dinner. And what a dinner it turned out to be! So much good food.

While we were getting stuff ready, we got out these chips I bought today and some hummus.


I’d seen these Food Should Taste Good chips all over “blogland” but just started seeing them in stores here. I found this bag of multigrain ones on special today and I had a coupon that I had found online so I decided to try them. I hope I can find the rest of the flavors, because I can’t wait to try them now.

Um, I think these are my new favorite chips! They taste like really good tortilla chips with a little more texture – and they were really good dipped in the hummus.

We had so much good food tonight. If I could have this meal all year round, I totally would.


  • ground bison/ground beef combo burgers with local fresh tomatoes + lettuce, 1/2 slice provolone, ketchup mustard
  • corn
  • mini caprese salad with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, olive oil, salt + pepper
  • oven roasted potatoes (from the market) with salt, canola oil, garlic powder, smoked paprika
  • grilled green beans!
  • plus a Yuengling

Some of the veggies were from Jen’s grandfather’s garden – the corn, some of the cherry tomatoes, and the green beans, and the rest was either from their garden or from the farmer’s market. So good!


I loved the grilled green beans, and I think I could eat caprese salad all day every day.

We also had some amazing chocolate cake that Jen made, and I apparently ate it too fast to take a picture. All I can say is that it had coffee in it and peanut butter in the icing – yum.

and hey! I didn’t even fall out of the kayak today  🙂  Much better than the last time.

What did you do today?

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Back to Blah

Guff….my tummy is all gurgly again. I don’t know if this Honduran stuff kicking in again or something that is just not agreeing with me.

I’m not really feeling as bad as I did the first few days we were back, but I’m not feeling very good. Nick said I’m normally weird when it comes to my stomach, and that’s probably right. But I want to be normally normal! Maybe I need an allergy test or something.

My yogurt snack today was tasty, thanks to 2 things.


Fresh, local raspberries (ridiculously good) and dark chocolate covered dried raspberries (holy yum).


I got these raspberries today from The Chocolate Spike and they are delicious! Why can’t I find dried raspberries more often? They’re so good.

I had a fun snack break with some coworkers, finished up work for today and headed home. I was hoping to get in a run today (finally), but that was a no go. One, I started getting these weird stomach cramp-type things in my side, like in my ribs? but now they’re just everywhere in my poor belly.  Then it started raining when we got home. I’m hoping Nick and I are both feeling up to a run this weekend so we can get back to it. I miss it! but I don’t want to start when I already don’t feel great.

Dinner was good, again! These zucchini from the farmer’s market are just too good. I need more!


We heated up the leftover couscous, mustard chicken and veggies tonight – thank goodness I had something easy in the fridge because I did not feel like cooking tonight.


Lovely local veggies  🙂

Alright guys, I’m off to lay in my pjs, read, and hope that my tummy starts feeling better soon.

What was the best part of your day today?

Mine was eating lunch outside with Nick and buying those awesome chocolates  🙂

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Okay, I made a point to type this out earlier this morning so I wouldn’t forget to post the “recipe” today.

I love this dish and how it came out! Since we had a potluck at church on Sunday, I wanted something that would be easy to take and heat up. I kept thinking of doing veggie enchiladas, but I would have no way to heat up a huge pan of enchiladas once we were there. And I didn’t want to have to roll up tons of enchiladas the night before either.

So Veggie Enchilada Pasta was born!


Sorry I don’t have the actual amounts – I just threw things in the pot until it looked like I had enough for the potluck + some for us this week. Adjust for your servings, but I don’t think anything can go wrong with this recipe.

  • Zucchini, diced
  • Yellow squash, diced
  • Black beans, drained/rinsed
  • Pinto beans, drained/rinsed
  • Fresh or frozen corn
  • Garlic
  • Scallions
  • Big can of enchilada sauce
  • Crushed tomatoes (canned or good fresh ones if you have some)
  • Can of rotel
  • Ancho chili powder
  • Cumin
  • cayenne
  • Whole wheat pasta (shape of your choice)
  • Water
  1. In large pot, sauté zucchini and squash in a little oil, salt and pepper until softened a bit. Take out of pan and set aside.
  2. Add scallions and garlic to pot and let them cook for a few minutes. Add in the beans, tomatoes/rotel, spices and enchilada sauce. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 5-10 minutes to let the flavors mix together.
  3. Add in pasta (I used a whole bag of whole wheat noodles – I guess a pound?) and more water, if needed. Let the pasta cook in the pot.
  4. Once the pasta is cooked, stir in the corn and the zucchini and squash. I waited until the end to add the squash back in so it wouldn’t get too soggy.


This stuff reheats really well. Perfect for easy lunches during the week!

For lunch today, I had another serving of this pasta and more leftover roasted broccoli from dinner the other night.



I can guarantee it tastes better than it looks  🙂  I was honestly just trying to keep my red-stained gladware container out of the shot!

I really like leftovers, if you can’t tell. I also don’t like to waste food, but I never have to worry about that as long as the food is good the first time around!

Who else has stained tupperware/gladware containers?

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Mini Migraine

Uh oh – I feel one coming! Just during lunch a small headache is starting to pop up. That just will not do. Any get rid of headache fast tips?

Breakfast this morning was good, good, good. I missed my eggs.


eggs + oatbran

Plus some of our last cherries + strawberries


Plus some coffee at work.

Work was busy this morning, and I actually got hungry around 11:30, but I didn’t want to ruin my lunch so I chugged some water to hold out until Nick got here right around noon.


I had some of the enchilada pasta I made this weekend – so good! I’ll post the recipe soon, promise!

Plus some leftover roasted broccoli from last night.


I’m hoping this food, water, and caffeine from the coffee will kick in and get rid of this headache, but we’ll see.

I think everything is going ahead with the truck! The guy is picking it up tonight, so just a few last things to do.

I also finished Animal, Vegetable, Miracle last night – LOVED it. I want a farm. But now I need new books  🙂  I already have a list going, but I wanted to see what some of you are reading or have read lately.

Good book suggestions? I like just about anything. I’m itching to get into another book already – I missed reading on the way to work!

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Taste The Rainbow

It’s only Tuesday? Seriously? My week is so off already.

Breakfast was good and filling and held me over until lunch when I had a rainbow in a bowl.



  • romaine
  • spinach
  • yellow garden tomato
  • orange garden tomato
  • red garden tomato
  • corn
  • pinto beans
  • avocado

Good, colorful, and filling. I also think that guacamole is getting spicier – it had a kick today! Nick and I ran a few errands at lunch and got some local bagels to have this week. I got some whole wheat everything (yum) and Nick found some chocolate chip ones one sale. I can’t wait!

Work was work – we did take a fun break today to talk football and I brought in some of the leftover cookie-topped-brownies to share. I had one while gabbing with coworkers  🙂

Finished work on a good note and headed home, which included reading the entire way in the car. I’m hooked on reading again! I seem to get in these phases where I read tons of books and can’t get enough…and then I burn out and don’t read anything for a few months again. I’m happy to say that I’m in the hooked stage. I have a list of books I want from the library and am hoping to go this week.

Dinner was super easy tonight. Leftovers really are my best friend some days.


I roasted some broccoli in the oven, then heated up the leftover pork from last night and a few more lentil/rice cakes.


Yup, still good  🙂

I’ve got a big night ahead of reading – yay!

did you eat your rainbow today?

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T. G. I. F

times 2!

1. Thank Goodness It’s Friday, right?

I had an eye appointment this morning and it had been 3 years since the last time I went – oops! I got some new contacts ordered AND bought a new pair of frames/lenses. The glasses I have now are a cheap $8 pair of sunglass frames that I popped the lenses out of and had prescription lenses put in and I’ve had them for about 7 years, so it was time. I needed them to have the right prescription anyways and I got a really cute pair. I should be picking them up in the morning  🙂

Today was crazy busy at work. I had so many emails to work through, plus we’re trying to set up working remotely from home to see how that will work, so I was working on a bunch of stuff today. It felt like a full day even though I was only there about 5 hours. I am glad I only had one day of week this week and now the weekend – that will make getting back into the office easier after the trip.

We didn’t eat all the ravioli last night, so I brought that with me for lunch.


I also brought a small salad with the leftover romaine I cut up last night, plus 1/2 of a tomato from our garden.


and a nice, crispy apple.


Hooray for produce  🙂  I wonder how long this excitement will last! I know I’m already psyched about going to the market and grocery store tomorrow.

I got pretty hungry at work this afternoon, but I was working on everything so much that I never stopped to have a snack. Nick and I ended up running around after work checking out vacuums since ours broke, so I had this in between stores.


Yup, I finally found the Coconut Cream Pie LARA bar right before we left for our trip. I’ve been looking for this flavor since I saw it on a blog MONTHS ago!


I realize that I haven’t tried all of their flavors yet, but this one rocked! I loved, loved, loved all the shredded coconut in the bar. It gave it such a great texture. I will definitely buy more of these. I hope they keep them stocked around here now that I finally found them.

In vacuum news, I think we found the one we’re going to get – Nick was looking up reviews while I was getting dinner ready, so we should hopefully have a new one this weekend.

The second TGIF for today is:

2. Thank Goodness I Freeze…


I had no plans for dinner tonight. I was hoping we would have had enough ravioli leftover for dinner tonight, but the package only had a little over 2 servings and we had barely stretched it to 3 servings.

What to do when grocery shopping won’t happen until the next day and you don’t want to eat out?

Look in your freezer.

I found a bag with 2 servings of my Super Bowl Chili Mac, so I heated that up in a pot on the stove and roasted some broccoli in the oven.


I love roasted broccoli. I love that the edges get kind of crispy.


I also love having stuff in the freezer for when I have no plans and no food! At least we still had a homemade meal.

I’ve got one load of laundry going and still have a full hamper. I have a feeling this rainy weekend will be filled with laundry  🙂

Do you like grocery shopping/planning?

I usually do and love my early Saturday morning shopping trips, but there are some weeks that I just don’t feel like planning out meals or making my list.

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On The Road

Okay, so we’re still at home  🙂  BUT we’re all packed and ready to get on the road. I think I have everyting?

  • bathroom stuff: deodorant, shampoo, razor, face wash, toothpaste/brush, comb, brush
  • contacts/glasses
  • hair clips, ponytail holders, headbands
  • 1 pair of jeans
  • pants for worksite
  • skirts + dress for church on Sunday, plus tops
  • 1 pair flip flops, tennis shoes for workdays
  • pajamas
  • raincoat
  • hat
  • socks, sports bras, etc
  • travel hair dryer
  • dirty clothes bag
  • Plus everything else downstairs: sunscreen, bug spray, camelpaks, water bottles, food

That sounds like enough, right? 🙂  I know I’ll probably forget something – I just hope it’s nothing major.

We cleaned out the fridge today for lunch. Nick ate his last 2 slices of pizza and a salad, and I ate the last of the leftovers.


I had the last of the thai-sauced pasta dish, a boatload of broccoli, and some golden jubilee + mr. stripey tomato slices from our garden.


I think I’m good on product for today – this was like 2.5 cups of so of broccoli, but that’s good.

The one thing I’m not sure of on this trip is how many vegetables I’ll be able to get in. Since I’m used to having a good amount each day, that will be the biggest difference. I wish I would have thought to order some of the single serving packs of amazing grass to take with me! Too late now, but it’ll be okay.

I’m about to have this small glass of chocolate milk to finish off my milk, and then I think we’re hitting the road! All that’s left is to get everything into the car and say a sad goodbye to Roxy.


We hate leaving her for a week, but our neighbors are watching her and she’s outside most of the time anyways. She’s always happy when we get home AND usually 5 lbs heavier  🙂  But we do miss her a lot.

What’s your favorite traveling music?

I don’t know what it is, but I always want to listen to our Hot, Hot Heat cd on trips. Such good travel music. And Incubus, Limbeck, Ben Harper, G. Love….feel good music.

See you for dinner!

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Rushin’ Around

Ah!!! Today has been just going and going, non stop.

I got everything done at work, finished all the lists I was working on, AND thankfully remembered to call and have a new EpiPen sent to my pharmacy. My other one was expired, and I will definitely need that if I get stung by a bee.

I packed a snack for this afternoon and never even took it out of the fridge. I was hungry alright…I was just so busy this afternoon that I didn’t stop for a minute to actually get it out. Oh well – at least I got everything done!

Dinner was super quick and easy, thanks to the leftovers from last night.


I had a serving of the leftover pasta along with some extra broccoli and a Mr. Stripey tomato from our garden!


I love having fresh tomatoes – I hope we don’t miss too many while we’re gone!


Extra cilantro is always a good thing.

I’ve had a lot of broccoli and tomatoes today! Good thing I like them, I guess.

We ran more errands after work to get me some leather gloves and a cheap/smaller wallet for the trip. I think that’s it – for now  🙂 If we have to buy anything more, we won’t have any more room!

I’ve been working on laying out my clothes and all our supplies so we can pack everything up in the morning and get on our way. And now I’m ready for pajamas and a little popcorn snack.

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Are you allergic to anything?

I’m allergic to bee stings and Zest soap. Other than that, I don’t think I’m allergic to anything else.

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Okay, well now I am just getting excited for our trip. It seems like the weekend was pretty calm in Honduras, which makes me feel a bit better. I know that going into a place that’s already in a bit of unrest is risky and scary, but it’ll be worth it.

I’ve got so much stuff running through my head today…I have about 10 different lists going right now:

  • things to pack
  • things to still buy
  • all the random things I need to get done today at work and at home
  • a possible grocery list for the week we get back so I won’t have to think too hard to come up with meals
  • etc…

Thanks to our unplanned lunch out yesterday, we both had leftover pizza for lunch!

I had 2 slices of my whole wheat veggie pizza



Some leftover broccoli


And sliced tomato – one of which is from our garden. So good.


We ended up running a few errands at lunch today, trying to get the last things done before heading out of town tomorrow. Just a few more this afternoon and I think we’re ready! Or I hope so.

It’s back to work for me – I have a full afternoon of finishing things before going home.

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What’s your favorite thing about Mondays? Least favorite?

Favorite thing: lately, it’s been watching HIMYM on Monday nights  🙂 Plus, starting a fresh, new week.

Least favorite: The early alarm clock again and a long day at work after 2 days of NON-work.

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