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Spicy Seconds

uh…or thirds  🙂

My muesli held me over pretty well this morning!

I’m always a little afraid of having different things for breakfast – is that crazy? I just don’t want to try something and then be starving an hour later at work and have nothing to get me through until lunch. I know, hunger is not an emergency, but still. I should stock up with other snacks at work, just in case.

Regardless, the muesli did a great job this morning and I look forward to having that a lot more this summer.

Lunch today was more of the shrimp/chicken/veggie stirfry from the other night and it was even spicier today! I don’t know if I’ll be able to handle it tomorrow  – I may see if Nick wants the last serving, or I’ll have to bring some milk to drink with it to cut the heat.

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Plus the last of the edamame edamame

Nick and I took a short lunch break again today so we can leave early enough to pick up the car, but we did get to spend our speedy lunch break outside in the sun. It is beautiful today, and I’m glad we went out there because I think more rain is headed our way later today  😦

I’m about to eat this apple and get back to work!

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Make sure to check out Jenny’s giveaway – you don’t want to miss this one!

And I doubt she’s reading since she hates computers, but Happy Birthday Mammaw!!!

Are your parents / grandparents online or on Facebook or anything?

My parents email me and read the blog most of the time, but neither one of them are on Facebook yet. My grandma hates the computer! She doesn’t need to use it for anything, but it’s still kind of funny how much she doesn’t like them.

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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

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Bowl of fruit

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+ coffee

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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  🙂

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

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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.

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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 –

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  • 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.

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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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Cookie Satisfaction

Well, I am happy to say that the breakfast cookie held me over just as long as my normal bowl of oatmeal does! I was a little skeptical since it didn’t have the same volume, but it was delicious and kept me satisfied until about 30 minutes before lunchtime.

Does anyone else feel like short work weeks go by even slower than normal ones? The day is just dragging! With Monday off and then me taking most of Friday off for our anniversary (yay!), this is going to be the longest-short week of my life.

I packed a snack for mid-morning, but ended up not needing it so I’m saving it for the afternoon, just in case. I started to get hungry around 11:17, but I didn’t want to spoil my lunch and I can wait 30 minutes.

My lunch was good thanks to (more) leftovers – anyone sense a theme in how we eat?  At least it’s not ziti – yet  🙂

I had the last serving of the pork/brown rice/veggie stirfry along with some green and yellow beans

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Plus more of the neverending cantaloupe and pineapple.

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Actually, this is the last of the pineapple, but the cantaloupe is still hanging on. I think I only have one serving left. One more for me to eat and only one more for you to see  – exciting, right?

On another cookie note, I submitted my cookie recipe this morning! I probably won’t hear anything until August or so, but I’m excited that it is finalized and sent in. Now, if August could just get her a little faster…

In grocery news, I am drawing a blank on what meals to make for next week.

Do you have any new ideas you’ve been looking at? Great recipes you can’t wait to try?

Since we’re going away for part of the weekend, I want to get my grocery/meal list done soon so I can get the stuff I need before we leave.

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In other food news, I got this email from Kristina at Stonyfield Farm about a new documentary on the food system – sounds like it’s worth checking out!

You’ll never look at dinner the same way!

You’ll be reading and seeing lots of stories in the coming weeks about FOOD, Inc., a very powerful documentary about our food system. The film opens June 12 nationwide, and includes Stonyfield Farm CE-Yo Gary Hirshberg. It’s produced by the same folks who brought us Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth.”

FOOD, Inc looks at how food is grown, processed and sold, and the people behind the system – the company ‘suits,’ the struggling farmers, the mega-processors, the exploited workers and the confused consumers — some of whom have paid the ultimate price for trusting a food system that’s lost its way.

Gary’s main message in FOOD, Inc is that you have the power to demand that our food system produces food that is safe to eat. You want to know your choices are the right ones for your baby, your family and yourself.

Stonyfield is proud to be part of this film and prouder still that the questions raised in FOOD, Inc. point to organic food as the answer to the issues of food safety, corporate greed, and the oppression that puts many family farmers and others out of business.

We encourage you to learn more about FOOD, Inc. and share that info with your readers — turns out that what they decide to put on their plates truly has an impact on their health and the health and sustainability of our planet.

Check out http://www.stonyfield.com/Food_inc/food_inc_organic.cfm to watch the trailer, an interview with the director, and more — and we’ll be offering a “Food Inc.” lid promotion in June with $30 worth of FREE downloadable coupons from Stonyfield and other partner companies.

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Oops!

Okay, so I guess I lied about the normal blogging schedule returning today  🙂  I thought for sure we would eat breakfast at home and I would blog after – when that didn’t happen, I knew today would just be totally fun and off schedule, and it was.

Nick and I woke up around 7:30, layed around and watched a little Today Show to see the weather, then took showers and drove to Blacksburg for breakfast. We really wanted to go to this great greasy diner place for breakfast but they were closed! So, we walked around the corner went to Gillie’s, which is this great vegetarian place, since they also have awesome breakfasts.

I went away from my normal choice and ordered their Spanish Frittata, which was eggs topped with tomatoes, black olives, artichokes, spinach, potatoes, feta and a little cheddar with some balsamic vinaigrette on the side.

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This was so good and light and very different than the frittatas I’ve made and had before – nothing was actually in the eggs-  it was just a thin layer of eggs on the bottom and all the veggies/cheese completely on top of the eggs. I loved all the veggies and flavors going on in this dish.

Colorful plate + 2 cups of coffee is a good way to start your day.

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After breakfast, we went over to the mall for a little while for Nick to look for some dress shoes – and this is the bad thing about living in a kind of small town. There aren’t many stores here and really not many choices for nice dressy shoes for him. I think we found a few possible options, but we’re just not sure yet.

We were trying to decide whether to go hiking today or not since it was really cloudy and overcast today. It just looked like it was about to pour all day here. After we got home, and while we were deciding, we ate some leftovers to clear some room in the fridge.

I had a serving of the pork/veggie/rice stirfy from the other night, plus the last of the grilled zucchini/squash from our cookout on Friday.

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It looked a little better outside once we ate, so we changed clothes and headed out to hike. That is one thing I love about where we live – we have a bunch of places within 10-15 minutes of our house to hike, and I love being that close to so many amazing views.

There were tons of people at the falls today! We got to the parking lot at the end of the trail and couldn’t even find a spot – we debated going back home, but we really wanted to be able to do something outside today and enjoy our day off so we parked along the road and started up the trail.

It still amazes me that this is 10 minutes from my house (not including hiking time)  🙂

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trail

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We also saw this crazy mushroom growing out of a tree trunk – it was pretty neat.

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After 2 hours of hiking and watching the waterfalls, we got home and started on dinner. Of course, as soon as we got home, it started raining – BUT, it stopped long enough for Nick to be able to grill our burgers.

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Nick grilled us some lean burgers and the romaine for salads. Add on some whole wheat buns and “baked” beans, and that’s a great cookout meal. For the baked beans, I just took a can of vegetarian baked beans and added:

  • 1 can northern beans, drained/rinsed
  • garlic salt
  • onions, chopped
  • mustard
  • apple cider vinegar
  • Worchestershire sauce
  • pepper

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Just Bust a Move

I ran today, I ran today!!! Can you tell how excited I am?

Oh, it was glorious! I was feeling pretty good today – no real aches and pains (other than the headaches coming and going), so I planned on having an afternoon snack just in case we got to go.

I ate some cantaloupe and pineapple this afternoon at work – I really like cantaloupe, but I only really like eating it with other sweeter/more tart fruits like berries or pineapple. I like the combination. That’s my nice way of saying you’ll see this a lot  🙂

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So….work was finally over and I was feeling good when we got home. I didn’t really have a headache and the weather was just perfect today. So we went. I was pretty slow at first and my legs were pretty tight from not doing much the past week, but it felt so good to be outside, to get my heart rate up, and to just go. Nick ran with me until we hit mile 2, then he went ahead (since he’s much faster than me) and I finished about 3 miles in a little over 30 minutes. Ah….I feel so much better from being able to move and stretch and breathe and enjoy being outside.

whew! My knee didn’t hurt at all! I was wondering if it would after being smacked into the dashboard in my accident Saturday, but nothin’! It hurts if I touch the bruise but it doesn’t hurt to move/bend my knee, thank goodness.

Since we went running and I had a special baking project planned for tonight, dinner needed to be quick!

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I had some pork loin slices  in the freezer that we grilled a few weeks ago, so I thawed those while we were running. When we got back + showered, I started on this stirfry? Fried rice without the egg? I’m not sure what to call it except GOOD!

  • 1 lb. bag frozen mixed veggies
  • leftover protein of your choice, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 1″ piece fresh ginger, chopped
  • splash soy and teryaki sauce
  • hot chile garlic paste
  • brown rice, cooked

For tonight, I cooked 1.5 cups instant brown rice in 1.5 cups water for 5-10 minutes until cooked.

While the rice is cooking, heat a pan with a little canola and a few drops of sesame oil and add the bag of frozen veggies. Once those are thawed/heated through, add the ginger and scallions. Cook until fragrant. Add in pork (or other protein), rice, soy, teryaki and hot chile garlic paste. Stir and cook until heated through. Serve!

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I can’t unveil my baking project yet since it’s the second try at my cookie contest recipe, but I can tell you that Nick said “These are it! Send them in”. 🙂  I’m happy they turned out well! I’ve got to clean up my baking mess.

What’s your favorite fruit?

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Did you get your taxes done? We mailed ours today at lunch – time just got away from us with getting them done! But we made it. Now we’re just waiting for our check  🙂

I’m so happy today is Wednesday – I feel like the weeks go by so slowly, but it seems once Wednesday is over, it speeds up a little.

Wednesday is also BodyPump day for us, so I made sure to pack a good snack for this afternoon.

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I had my last Oikos – a plain one – with some TJ’s nuts over raspberries trail mix. After trying the plain, vanilla, and blueberry Oikos, I think I would put them in this order:

1. Plain

2. Blueberry

3. vanilla – again, just because I don’t like the mix of vanilla and tart – I want it sweet, and I can’t get my head to get around that!

Overall, I really liked the Oikos yogurts! I hope I can find them more often here, because they are cheaper than Fage and I can’t always find those, either. Thanks again for the coupons, Kristina!

 

BodyPump wasn’t packed tonight, which was nice. I at least felt like I had room to move around a bit. Everything was pretty normal, but the ab track tonight was awesome (aka, painful). Sometimes I feel like I don’t really get a good ab workout in that class compared to how the other tracks are (arms, squats, etc) but tonight’s was great! I was hurting pretty bad by the end, but in a good way.

We got home, showered, and heated up some stir fry leftovers from last night with some more edamame

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I love having good leftovers in the fridge to heat up on busy nights. It makes it so much easier to go work out after work and get home later than normal – just knowing we already have dinner waiting helps keep me from making excuses.

Now, I’m just sitting in my pajamas waiting on my baking project for tomorrow and waiting until LOST comes on!

I’ll give you some hints for the new project. It includes both of these items:

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Any guesses? 

See you in the morning for the big reveal  🙂

 

Make sure to check out Meghann’s Honestly Awesome Giveaway!

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Day of Operations

Well, the rain let off for a little while on our way home from work, but it’s been pouring ever since. I know we still need the rain here, but I am getting really excited about the beautiful weekend we’re supposed to have!

Operation Tea seems to have just invaded my day – it’s unstoppable!

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I got a fat free steamed milk while we were out at lunch so I could make my own “tea latte” in my office. I just added this Chai tea bag and let it sit for a few minutes before enjoying. It was really nice on this cold and drab afternoon. I LOVE tea steeped in milk, so I’m hoping I can remember to start doing this on my own more instead of paying so much for a cup of steamed milk  🙂

With my “latte”, I finally broke into this bar I got in my Secret Blogger V-Day package!

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I know, it took me forever. I guess I was just saving it for the perfect day.

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I had about 1/4 of the bar and it was the perfect little accompaniment to my tea – this chocolate is very dark, which I love. I can’t wait to have more!

Dinner tonight was based on a recipe from Eating Well for Beef & Cabbage Stir Fry with Peanut Sauce, but I made a few changes.

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  • I used chicken instead of beef
  • I only used 2 Tbsp pb, 1 tsp sugar, and added 1 tsp hot chile garlic paste to the sauce
  • We put ours on brown rice and had edamame on the side

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I love the spicy kick from the chile paste with the peanut butter – I think I would actually add more next time! The sauce was really good, and it would work well with any protein in this dish (beef, shrimp, tofu, etc).

 

Why the Day of Operations you ask?

– Operation Tea instead of Crappy Coffee started today and has been going great! I may even need to buy more tea at some point – that will take a while, though. I have a lot to get through  🙂

– Operation Lawnmower was successful! Nick went this morning once he dropped me off at work and we are now the proud owners of a brand new lawnmower! Exciting, huh?

– Today is actually a very special day. Nick’s Dad (of Bob’s Breakfast fame) is having his 2 year heart-iversary today. He had emergency open heart surgery 2 years ago today, and I am so happy he is here to tell the tale of that crazy day and week. You can read more about what happened here. I just wanted to say that we love you and are proud of you and can’t wait to see what comes next!

 

So….that baking project I was going to tell you about? Eh. Not so much. It just didn’t turn out well. I may try that recipe again with some tweaks, but it wasn’t good enough to share. Oh well. The good news? I just took out another baking project, and I have a feeling this one will be great. I’ll wait until Nick and I try them to make sure they’re good enough to post, but they smell pretty darn good right now.

 

What’s your Biggest Cooking/Baking Flop?

This last baking project wasn’t horrible, but the flavor just was not at ALL what I imagined. The texture was good, but nothing else really. I hate to throw stuff away, but I knew we wouldn’t eat these and I didn’t want to give them to anyone else, either. I also tried making this lemon pasta dish one time that just did not turn out at all. Even if we don’t really care for something, we usually eat it that first night, but neither one of would eat the lemon pasta dish. I’m not sure if the recipe just wasn’t a good one or if it was me….but ick.

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