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So many movies, so little time

And now . . . here are my meals from yesterday and today. Join the “What I Ate Wednesday” over at Peas and Crayons! And her blog isn’t half bad either. ;)

Yesterday was a great day with my husband, even with my disappointment over getting pancakes instead of waffles. :)

Ever since I saw the list of Oscar nominees for best picture, I have had the urge to see as many of the nominees as possible. That may be because every year I have no idea who to root for since I usually have seen hardly any of the nominees. That’s not surprising since my taste usually falls in the romantic comedy category . . . not exactly Oscar worthy. ;)

Since I have not seen even one of the nominees, I have a lot of catching up to do. So yesterday Corey and I went to see not one, but two movies. We saw 127 hours and Black Swan. They were both pretty good movies. 127 hours made me uncomfortable in certain parts because he was so close to dying. And I had to look away at the infamous arm self-amputation scene. Black Swan was odd and more than a little dark, but still a good movie. I can see why both James Franco and Natalie Portman were nominated. I may be biased because I have had a crush on James Franco ever since he appeared on General Hospital. I told you guys I was a fan of soap operas. :)

In between movies, I went to the mall so I could get a bra fitting at Intimacy. It was kind of a waste of time. I did get an idea of my true size, but the woman didn’t even tell me. I had to look for myself, among all the bras she was bringing into the fitting room. She was mainly just trying to get me to buy something. At $145 a bra, no thank you! I have a budget after all. Even if I did use credit cards (which I don’t), I wouldn’t have put one of those expensive bras on it.

We had lunch at Jason’s Deli. I love that place! It’s one of the precious few sandwich places that I can eat without getting a migraine. No MSG baby! :)

I got a turkey on whole wheat bread with organic greens and roasted pepper hummus. It was pretty good, but I think I like their guacamole better than the hummus. It was such a big sandwich that I saved half to eat for later.

The star of the show though was the tomato basil soup I purchased along with my sandwich. Tomato is my favorite kind of soup, but I don’t usually get it here because I like their Southwestern Chicken Chili so much.

This was hands down the best soup I have ever tasted. It was so creamy and I could taste how fresh the tomatoes were. I was so sad when I was done with my soup.

What is your favorite soup?

The best part of lunch was the free soft serve!

I’m not afraid to say that this one of the reasons why I love this place so much.

Yesterday I actually slept in kind of late and we didn’t eat breakfast until after 10:30. Because of that, our whole eating schedule was thrown off. We had lunch late and then neither of us were in the mood for dinner. I ended up eating a light snack of cheese toast and a piece of chicken sausage around 9:30.

It seemed like the weekend just kind of flew by . . . especially because I worked on Saturday and then had to be back at work today. Argh. And Callie woke up early and started whining so she woke us up earlier than necessary. I don’t know what her issue was but we have a rule that we don’t get up to take her out until the alarm goes off (even if she’s whining). Because of this, she doesn’t whine too early before the alarm because she knows that is the signal to get up. She is such a smart dog!

I started the day with some leftover Gingerbread Walnut Pancakes.

Mmm . . . I love leftovers!

The work day was kind of slow. I had what seemed like a lot of work to do, but no immediate and pressing deadlines for anything. The day passed quickly anyway. For lunch, I had some spinach fettuccine, pasta sauce, and grilled chicken.

I don’t think I will get this pasta again. It tastes just like regular pasta, so the flavor is fine. However, it seems like no matter how long you cook it, it still tastes a little undercooked. Ironically, it seems to be more cooked the next day and it seems to soften a little when you reheat it.

My snacks included a couple of clementines,

a bagel with some Naturally Nutty Butter Toffee Peanut Butter,

bagel half times two

and the second pack of Biscoff cookies that my husband brought me from his trip (or should I say the airplane?).

I can’t believe I held onto these for two whole days before eating them. Talk about self-control!

Today was rainy and much colder than the weekend (which was a very warm 70 degrees). But I wanted to do another round of 10K training when I got home. My husband is going out of town (AGAIN) tomorrow so I wanted to go for a jog with him and Callie. It was drizzling most of the time and I had to walk the whole time (instead of jog) because my legs were shaking or something. But we still walked for around 40 minutes and it was nice to relax with Corey and discuss our day. It was truly the best part of my day. :)

Dinner was a simple baked chicken strips and sweet potato fries (fresh, not frozen).

Can you tell that I love orange vegetables? I have eaten a lot of sweet potatoes lately.

Now I am relaxing with my hubby and catching up on some White Collar and Royal Pains. Love those shows. :)

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Time for rest

So I haven’t posted anything since Thursday and I have a very good reason. I had other things to do. ;)

Don’t get me wrong, I love blogging and I love the blogging community. However, sometimes a girl just needs to unplug. Also, my husband came home from his business trip on Friday. Since he was scheduled to leave again yesterday evening, I wanted to spend as much time as possible with him. So I pretty much avoided the Internet for the entire weekend. I didn’t read any blogs and I didn’t tweet or visit Facebook. Spending time with my husband felt really nice. Now I am trying to keep busy until Corey returns on Saturday.

Since Corey was out of town and it was my day off, today was spent relaxing, cooking, and catching up on some DVR recordings. This morning, I slept in until nearly 9:00 am. I never sleep this late, but alas I did not sleep well last night. I was in the mood for breakfast potatoes. I had never made those before and wanted to try them out.

I came up with an easy recipe. I just sautéed some peppers and onions until soft. While they were cooking, I boiled a couple of baking potatoes until they were firm but soft. Then I sautéed the potatoes in a little olive oil with some salt, pepper, paprika, and a little parsley. Yummy!

I made a very filling breakfast bowl with potatoes, a couple of scrambled eggs with cheese and a chicken sausage link that I bought at Publix. I topped the entire mixture with a little ketchup. It may look weird, but it was delicious! And I have leftovers. No way I could eat all those potatoes by myself. :)

Because I didn’t eat breakfast until kind of late, I didn’t eat lunch until late. I didn’t get hungry until nearly 2:00. When I did get hungry, I wasn’t in the mood for something really heavy. So I made a grilled cheese sandwich with some Muir Glen organic tomato basil soup.

It was comfort food at its finest!

After lunch, I was feeling a little stir crazy so I decided to take Callie and go for one of my 10k training runs. It was seriously gorgeous outside. It was actually 53 degrees today! It felt like fall, which is my favorite season. 45 minutes of walking and jogging intervals left both me and Callie tired and ready for some serious rest.

When I got home, I was in the mood for a little nourishment. And I had a craving for a Green Monster smoothie. I haven’t had a smoothie in so long, maybe because it’s been so cold. Believe it or not, today was the first time I used my new blender. I’ve been using the food processor attachment more than anything.

While I was catching up on a few blogs today, I noticed a recipe on Tina’s blog for a Gingerbread Smoothie. It sounded too good to pass up. I pretty much used her recipe, except for the fact that I used nonfat milk instead of Almond Breeze and I added a couple of handfuls of spinach to get a few more veggies in.

This was, by far, the best Green Smoothie I have ever made. I will definitely be making this again. It tasted like Christmas in a glass. :)

Soon it was time to make dinner and I made a very tasty and easy pasta sauce to enjoy. I hope you guys enjoy this recipe. It was full of flavor and had just the right amount of spice. For my first attempt at a homemade pasta sauce, I didn’t do half bad.

Cajun Pasta (serves 2)

1/2 c. nonfat milk
1/2 tsp. cajun seasoning
2 or 3 jarred roasted red pepper strips
2 links of Jennie-O hot italian turkey sausage (cooked)
Cooked pasta

Mix red pepper strips, milk, and cajun seasoning in food processor and process until smooth. Transfer the sauce to skillet with Italian turkey sausage and cook on medium high heat until heated through. Serve hot over pasta.

This was such a good sauce. It may have been a little thin, but the flavors were still there. I served the sauce over some spinach fettuccine.

Late today, it came to my attention that it was National Peanut Butter Day. I decided to celebrate my making some of Jessica’s Peanut Butter granola bars. I used some of my homemade white chocolate peanut butter. There was only one problem: I was out of honey so I used maple syrup as a sweetener. Unfortunately, it didn’t stick enough. They were really good, but when I cut them after they were baked, they were very crumbly.

I think I may chop it up and just use it as regular granola. The recipe still came out really well except for that. Next time I will remember to use honey. :)

Now I am relaxing and enjoying my last few hours of my day off. I’m watching Shrek Forever After.

Hope everyone had an excellent weekend. Do you ever unplug? If so, for how long?

Playing Catch-Up

I had thought briefly of dragging myself out of bed at the crack of dawn this morning to do some strength training mixed with cardio. But somehow I knew I would not be able to do it. Despite the fact that 3.6 miles isn’t that new to me, my legs are feeling somewhat sore today. I attribute that to the fact that we were on a trail where I was constantly having to work my legs muscles to keep my balance, not to mention all the hills that were present.

So I decided to sleep in a little (tough decision that it was) and save the strength training for tomorrow. Perhaps today will be one of my days off?

Since today was my early day at work (hence my desire to sleep as much as I could), I wanted something quick and easy for breakfast. I’m not usually hungry until around 8:00 or 9:00, so on Tuesdays I end up taking a breakfast with me to eat when I get to work. Today I made a cottage cheese parfait with cottage cheese, Back to Nature Sunflower Seed granola, and some fresh peaches. It was sooo yummy that I’m not even sure why I hadn’t done this before. I used to make these kinds of things a lot with canned peaches, but I had never done it with fresh peaches. As I’ve stated before, fresh peaches are so much better than canned and I will never go back.

the highlight of breakfast!

This breakfast really hit the spot. It was very filling, so much in fact that I couldn’t even finish it! The best part was that I let go of my guilt for not cleaning my plate. Hallelujah! I think the only thing this breakfast needed was a touch of cinnamon or something just to give it a bit more kick. I did love that it kept me full right up until lunchtime.

boring cottage cheese and granola

see how the peaches liven things up!

protein + fiber + lots of nutrients = very filling breakfast

Lunch was also quite tasty. I made myself a grilled cheese out of pita bread and also brought some 365 Organic Tomato Basil Soup. It was like sick food . . . only I wasn’t sick! :) This is the only packaged soup that I love eating, even when I’m feeling at the top of my game. It is sooo good.

Does anyone else ever feel like licking the bowl when they are done? I totally felt like doing that. But alas, I did not even though no one was watching me. ;)

had to keep myself from licking the bowl

Snack was a delicious red apple.

For some reason, there are times when I have to literally force myself to eat the fruits and veggies that I brought with me for snack. It’s not because I don’t like them. It’s because my mind wants something else, like maybe another item in my lunch box that isn’t fruit or veggie related. I am trying to eat the “good stuff” first because otherwise I fill up on the other stuff and then I don’t have any appetite for the apples or grapes that I have with me. But even though I had to force myself to pick the apple as a choice for a snack, I still wholeheartedly enjoyed it once I started eating it. My body enjoyed it, even though it took my mind a few minutes to catch up. Sometimes I feel like my mind is always playing catch-up.

Snack #2 was my favorite: hummus with some whole wheat pita breads. Mmm . . . yummy. Excuse me if you can smell my garlic breath from the computer. :)

Dinner tonight was one of my favorite, go-to simple meals. It was whole wheat pasta with tomato sauce and chicken as well. The only thing that this dish needed to add some extra nutrients was maybe some broccoli so I could mix it in with the pasta or something. But typically, my husband and I take about 6-7 oz. worth of chicken (2 servings worth), season it with some paprika and red pepper and bake it in the oven for 20 minutes. In the meantime, we cook the pasta and some tomato sauce as well. I always add some extra seasonings to our tomato sauce to spice it up a bit. I usually add some oregano, garlic powder, and red pepper (can you tell we like things spicy?). Then when everything is done, we just mix it together. Corey usually put in an extra serving of sauce so that I can have leftovers. So basically this makes about 3 servings. I know what I will be having for lunch tomorrow! It is very tasty and very filling (much more filling than just noodles and sauce).

I was so hungry that I cleaned my plate AND my husband's!

Now I must relax and watch some TV. I think I will take a little time off from exercise tonight. If I work out tonight, I know that I won’t feel like doing anything tomorrow. And I have GOT to do some strength training! I never do enough of it and I want to be nice and prepared for tomorrow’s session.