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Sound the trumpets! We sold our truck! Hallelujah!

We have been trying to sell this truck for over a year, which proved to be much tougher than we thought. I think we’re selling it to a good family, which makes feel better about it since Nick and I got engaged in that truck  🙂

Telework went well again today, but it is hard getting used to a slower connection / loading on my computer at home compared to being in the office. That was the only thing that was frustrating today.

I got hungry this afternoon, so I grabbed a sample packet I bought last week to try.

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Since I ordered the sample packs, one of them came with a little sample of the Kids SuperFood and it sounded pretty good! It has all kinds of stuff in it, not just greens, so I was excited to try it.

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I mixed this packet with a mixture of skim + almond milk and a few ice cubes in the blender. The verdict?

I really liked this one! It tasted kind of like a chocolate malt flavor – not like a super chocolatey cup of milk, but it was tasty. This one does have soy protein in it, though, which is different than their other products.

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I also had a half banana that was leftover from breakfast yesterday with some dark chocolate dreams peanut butter. All in all, it was a good chocolatey snack today.

After my snack, I tried to take my computer outside to finish out the day, but I couldn’t see the screen! So I came back inside and worked until about 5:15 – Mondays are my busiest and the slower loading screen was not helping me today. BUT I got everything done.

While Nick was on his way home, I got the pork marinating for tonight and I’m glad I did that early! He came home and I left with him to meet the family that’s buying the truck. We let them take it and drive it for a while, then they brought it back here and Nick will finalize everything tomorrow. Thank goodness! I’m glad everything went well and that we found someone to buy it, but it did push dinner back a bit.

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We both had a salad tonight since we’re swimming in tomatoes right now. I can’t complain though – every one is delicious. I had some romaine, black olives, and a bunch of  tomatoes.

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I’ll call this my Triple-P Plate: Pattie, Pork, Peaches.

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For the pork, I marinated it in some oil, balsamic, honey, salt, and pepper. Nick grilled those and the peaches, and all I had to do was heat up some of our lentil / brown rice patties from last night!

Grilled fruit is so good. I’m sad we didn’t grill more tonight, but then I knew we wouldn’t have any for the rest of the week 🙂

I’ve already got my lunch packed and I’m ready for pajamas and some fun reading.

Nite!

Have you grilled fruit? what’s your favorite one to grill / cook?

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Reese’s in a Cup

Sounds good, right? I’ll get to that in a minute  🙂

Our weather has turned out better than I expected today! It’s not raining, but it is muggy which is putting a damper on my cookie-baking plans. I want to make my mom’s famous cookies, but they will not set up unless the weather is just right, so I’m hoping some of the mugginess heads outta here in a couple hours.

I had to go pick up a few last things from the store after church – I’m glad I don’t normally get all my groceries on Sunday afternoon. The store was packed today – I like to go when there isn’t anyone else in the store except for the workers. I don’t have to fight with people in the aisles, wait to get around people, or wait in long lines to checkout.

After maneuvering my way out of Kroger, I headed home and put together a quick lunch.

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Nick and I split the last of the “bbq” I made with the pork loin, and I cooked up some fresh corn from the market and some green beans.

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This corn was so good – perfectly sweet and tender. When you have corn this fresh and ripe, there’s no need for anything other than a little salt + pepper. Perfect!

And then….we napped  🙂  I like Sunday afternoon naps. It’s one of my favorite things about the weekend – we take an hour or so to just rest after whatever else we’ve done over the weekend and gives us a break from whatever we’re doing on Sunday, too.

Of course, napping makes me hungry, too. I don’t know what it is! It’s like sleeping burns off my lunch and then I need a snack.

Enter Reese’s In A Cup.

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I made one my best smoothies yet!

  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla pudding powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp PB2
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 5 ice cubes

I’m not a big fan of PB2 mixed up as actual peanut butter to use on bread, etc, but I LOVE it in smoothies and sauces and other recipes.

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Blend it up and top with a little Hershey’s syrup – this tastes like a reese cup with a little hint of banana. I think the vanilla pudding powder was the perfect addition. Since the pudding powder is sweet and the cocoa powder is not, this was just sweet enough.

I’ve still got a bunch of stuff to do, so I guess I better get of my butt and get moving  🙂

See you for a fun dinner! I’m excited – and cross your fingers for good cookie weather!

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La La Leftovers

Those pancakes sure fill me up!

Yesterday and this morning, I looked at those two pancakes on the plate and thought “they’ll never keep me full like a big bowl of oatmeal does” – but they proved me wrong both days!

I love having more breakfast options – my dad even left a comment this morning requesting the pancakes the next time they’re visiting  ☺  Will do!

I’m actually taking a break from my veggie barley stuff today, since I found more leftovers in the fridge that need to be eaten. I forgot how much food we had from this weekend!

I brought some of the leftover “bbq” pork loin I cooked on Saturday + some beans to heat up

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Not the most appetizing picture, but it was tasty!

Plus a salad of romaine + tomato

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Topped with the last of the whole wheat pasta salad

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And more watermelon – only one serving left at home! I’m glad I didn’t get a normal sized one. There’s no way we would be able to finish it before it went bad.

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Have a great summer dessert? Make sure to enter it here! I’ve already sent in a few and can’t wait to see the other submissions.

I’m going to read some of my book until lunch break is over – see you for dinner!

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The Cat’s Meow

I think the funk has passed  🙂  Or maybe it’s just because the workday is over? Either way, I’m feeling much better now. I don’t know why I have those days/times, but I hate just feeling blah for no real reason, you know?

Nick and I had a run planned after work today so I brought a tried and true snack

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1 plain oikos + the last of my TJs fruit and nut medley cereal. I am officially out of everything I bought from Trader Joe’s at Christmas! It’s definitely time for another trip and a huge cooler to bring it all back.

I got to break out my next coffeehouse book while I was waiting for Nick to pick me up! I’m already hooked into this one.

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I’m glad I remembered to start this one because I got the next one from my sister for my birthday – I need to not read these too fast, though, because then I’ll just have to buy the next 2 that I still don’t have…

I was not in the mood to go running, at all. Like, not one bit. But the weather was absolutely gorgeous today and I knew that I would feel better after I went. And I did! Strange how that works, huh? 🙂

We ran about 2.5 miles, a little shorter than our normal route which was fine with me. My legs were pretty tight and Nick was sore from his bike ride yesterday, so we just did one loop around the park instead of the normal two. It was seriously the perfect weather today – blue skies, a few clouds, around 80, and a slightly cool breeze. I wish every day was like today. This weather is making me want fall because fall = college football! I’ve been looking at ESPN every day for the past week, seeing what’s going on in the conference and other teams….I can’t wait.

You probably know this already, but we eat a lot of leftovers. Some of my favorite nights to have them are nights that we run after work. By the time we get home, change, go running, get back, and take showers, I really do not want to cook a dinner. It’s nice to have something waiting for us in the fridge and tonight was no different.

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We heated up the leftover pork, roasted veggies, and barley from last night, and I think the veggies were even better tonight! All the flavors soaked in and they were awesome and so colorful.

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Eating this dinner was easy.

Blogging like this is not so easy.

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She likes her lap time in the evenings, what can I say?

Do you have a pet? Do they run your life/household/everything?  🙂

Our only pet right now is Roxy and she is definitely the Queen of the house. She thinks she owns us, not the other way around….but we let her think it! It’s totally worth it when she’s being sweet and cuddling. And how can you not love 13 lbs of fur?

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Manic Overflowing

I am happy to be sitting down! Today has been a doozy.

Work was super busy this afternoon, just as I expected. I had a bunch of last minute things to get ready, copied, stapled, etc, that need to be mailed out tomorrow, so most of my afternoon was spent finishing those up and getting the rest of the packets ready.

I took a quick break around 4 for a little shot of protein:

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Hard boiled eggs are some of my favorite snacks! They’re easy to carry in my lunch box and the perfect little snack when you’re not super hungry but need a little something.

More work followed and I was working right up until 5 pm.

Nick has his crazy biking/kayaking/running race on Saturday, so he’ll be training some more this week to get ready for that. I know we’ll run 2-3 times, but we were trying to figure out the schedule for the week, which proved to be harder than I thought.

I decided to let him do a bike ride tonight and we’ll run tomorrow – I just had too much to do tonight after being gone all weekend.

I’ve got one load of laundry done (and will be folding that as soon as I’m done blogging my awesome dinner), I made a dish for my lunches this week, made dinner, and packed the rest of my lunch.

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Nick’s parents gave us a pork loin to bring home, so I took half of that, made a spice rub and roasted it in the oven.

For the spice rub, I used:

  • 1 Tbsp of jerk seasoning
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder

I rubbed it all over the pork, then popped it in a 425 degree oven for about an hour or until the internal temperature is 155-160.

While the pork was cooking,  I cut up a ton of veggies I needed to use and got started on my lunch dish + laundry.

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I did one sheet pan with red onions, rutabaga, and orange and yellow peppers.

The other sheet pan had asparagus, 2 yellow squash (for lunches) and cremini mushrooms. We also had just some simple quick cooking barley on the side, topped with a little cilantro to bring out the flavor of the coriander on the pork.

I love roasted veggies!  This was also my first time trying rutabaga – and Nick’s! We both loved it. It’s kind of sweet, but not as sweet as a sweet potato – hard to describe, but I really liked it!

I was hoping to do this meal on the grill, but it just didn’t work out for tonight since Nick needed to do his bike ride. It was still very tasty – I don’t have roasted veggies much in the summer since we do grill so much, so it was a nice reminder of what fall is bringing in a few months  🙂

What’s your favorite veggie to roast?

I think mine are a tie between asparagus, broccoli, and butternut squash. Yum. I could make a meal out of just that!

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F-f-f-Friday!

Who’s happy it’s Friday?!? 

I’m so glad it’s the weekend – dinner was great tonight and easy! I love getting all kinds of stuff to grill – that means there’s less for me to do in the kitchen  🙂

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Nick grilled a pork loin with his own special marinade – I have no clue what’s in it, so don’t ask – but it’s good. We also grilled some zucchini and yellow squash, and I put together a salad of romaine, strawberries, red onion, feta, and a dressing of olive oil/raspberry vinegar/dijon mustard.

Since I’m leaving him for most of the weekend, I also made a special *not healthy at all* dessert for him to have this weekend and it’s one of his favorites.

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I’ve seen about 10 different names for these, but we call them 7 layer bars.

  • 1.5 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 14 oz. can fat free sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup nuts of your choice (we usually use pecans or walnuts)

Mix melted butter and graham cracker crumbs and press into greased 9×13 pan. Pour condensed milk over crust. Sprinkle toppings all over and bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.

So buttery and gooey  🙂 

We’ll see what the blogging will be like after breakfast tomorrow since I’ll be traveling and staying in a cabin overnight – I’m not sure if I’ll have internet until I get back, but it will be fun and I am SO excited to see my girlfriends – we have tons to catch up on.

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Thank goodness it’s already lunch time – I have some things to do this afternoon at work that should keep me busy until 5 pm, so I’m hoping the afternoon flies by.

Nick’s dad was in town for a committee meeting this morning, so Nick and I left work for about an hour to have a coffee break with him – it was fun. Seeing family whenever possible is important to us, so I’m glad we got to spend some time talking before he headed back home. I was really in the mood for a latte and this place has really great coffee, so I ordered a fat free latte with sugar free peppermint and chocolate in it.

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Well, I didn’t drink it sideways ,but the picture won’t flip for me. Maybe it’s showing how I felt before I had my coffee?  🙂

For some reason, the sugar free coffee syrups don’t seem to bother my stomach at all, but other sugar free/no sugar added stuff really bothers me sometimes – have you noticed this with anything? I’m glad it didn’t make me feel bad, but I wonder why these don’t bother me and some other sugar free stuff does. I’ve been trying to just stay away from it period, but I do like it in my coffee every now and then.

After getting back to work for a few hours, Nick and I ate lunch in my office while deciding what to do for our 5 year wedding anniversary at the end of the month! I can’t believe it’s so close. I think we’ve figured out what we’re doing, but I have to call about some details to make sure. So exciting!

I used up the leftovers of the Peppery Pineapple Pork and couscous in the fridge – otherwise it would get forgotten.

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It was still really good today – the pineapple was super sweet.

I also had some steamed broccoli and cauliflower and an apple to round out my meal.

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The rain seems to be holding off right now – I hope it stays that way because I want to run and Nick wants to actually be able to cut the grass today. It’s been raining so much that he hasn’t been able to and the grass is going crazy!

What’s your favorite sweetener?

Make sure to check out Kelly’s giveaway if you like or love to hate Jillian  🙂

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