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Hope everyone had an awesome weekend! Mine was pretty nice. And by “nice,” I mean it was awesome.

On Saturday, I actually got off work semi-early for a change. Instead  of running errands and going to Whole Foods, my husband and I spent the rest of the day relaxing together and watching TV. We watched Due Date on demand. I thought that some of the comedy was a little over the top, but mostly it was really funny and a pretty decent movie.

On Saturday night, we also made some homemade peanut butter. I am in love with honey roasted peanuts, so I took about a cup and a half of honey roasted peanuts and threw them in the food processor. It only took ten minutes for it to go from this . . . .

to this!

This is probably the best honey roasted peanut butter I have ever tasted. So delicious and definitely cheaper than buying my own.

Last week I mentioned to my husband that I wanted Sunday to be Internet-free Sunday. So no blogging, no Facebooking, to tweeting, no surfing. I think we both spend way too much time on the computer. I wanted to have a day with no distractions for me and Corey . . . and Callie too, of course. :)

It was a wonderfully productive and yet relaxing day. The day started with Corey making me breakfast. He made me some breakfast potatoes. Then he made me a breakfast bowl that consisted of potatoes, a couple of scrambled eggs, and some chicken sausage. I also added some ketchup. Yummy!

After breakfast, Corey and I relaxed a little longer, took Callie for a little walk and set out to run some errands. It was seriously cold yesterday for the first time in weeks! My ears were freezing. I should have known our Spring-like weather was too good to be true. The errands included a trip to Whole Foods, Kohl’s for a clothing exchange, Pet Smart for some doggy goodies, and my favorite place, Sam’s Club.

At Pet Smart, we bought Callie some dog food and some new treats. They are all natural! If I am going to eat all natural foods, then my dog probably should as well. She deserves the best.

I think she loved her new treats. What’s not to love about bacon and cheese? :)

Does anyone else get full from shopping at Sam’s Club? I kind of love going there on weekends because of all the free samples. It’s the perfect place to eat foods that I wouldn’t normally eat and it’s also the perfect spot to exercise a little portion control. You kind of have to with their small (but tasty) portions.

When we got home from running errands, it was time for lunch. After Sam’s Club, I was not in the mood for lunch. I had filled up from bites of chicken salad and pizza. Instead I did a 40 minute Jackie Warner workout. After the workout, I was in the mood for something cool, light, and nutritious. So I made myself a Gingerbread Smoothie.

Thank goodness we had purchased skim milk. No more whole milk in my smoothies! It was so good and exactly what I needed. With the smoothie, I had half a wheat bagel (bought at the Farmer’s Market and so good) with my homemade honey roasted peanut butter.

The smoothie and bagel were perfect fuel for our next project: cleaning out our refrigerator and freezer. We had way too much in our freezer that we knew we were never going to eat. For instance . . . Lean Cuisines. I had about six of those in our freezer.

I can’t believe that this time last year, I was eating those just about every day for lunch. The only reason I stopped eating them was because I needed to remove a lot of things from my diet to prevent my migraines. Obviously, they have way too many preservatives. There was a time when I couldn’t have imagined my lunches without Lean Cuisines. But I have gotten more creative with my meals (and we make lots of leftovers for my lunch!) and I couldn’t imagine eating those meals again on a day-to-day basis. I see now that they weren’t very nutritious, nor were they very filling. It’s no wonder that I was hungry barely two hours after eating them.

The best part of the day was making homemade tortillas! I haven’t had a tortilla in forever and it’s mainly because they have too many ingredients I can’t eat. I have yet to find a tortilla that I am able to eat. If I had known how easy it was to make them, I would have done it a lot sooner. We used this recipe. The only changes we made were to use half white and half wheat flour and we used olive oil instead of shortening. Really, they were very easy to make. Just mix, knead, roll, and cook.

These tortillas were so delicious! We made some steak fajitas to go with the tortillas. My husband marinated some top round meat in a little olive oil, Cajun seasoning, and red pepper flakes. He also sauteed some peppers and onions.

The meat was the most delicious meat I have tried in a while. What a delicious marinade that my husband made!

In the tortillas that we made, I had some meat with peppers and onions, a little scoop of refried beans, and some salsa.

fajita x's two!

I also had some unpictured chips and salsa. Dare I say that this meal was better than most takeout from Mexican restaurants?

After dinner, my wonderful husband offered to clean the kitchen and do the dishes. Then we relaxed for the rest of the night. We watched another movie, On Demand. We watched Love Happens, starring Jennifer Aniston. It was a really good movie. It was sweet and moving and a little sad at times.

It was a wonderful weekend and I am so glad there we unplugged from the Internet for a day. I told Corey that I wanted to do that every Sunday. So don’t expect any blogs from me on Sundays in the future. ;)

What was the best part of your weekend?

Get your fruit!

I really, really, really tried to follow today’s nutrition tip. And I did . . . sort of. Just not to my liking. I’m a perfectionist. :)

Today’s nutrition tip is to get 2-4 servings of fruit a day. Most of the time (like today), I probably get the minimum (at least). Fruit is easier to eat for me than veggies, but I still don’t get as many servings as I should. Since today is Thursday, my fruit and veggies supply were not near what they were last Friday (grocery day). We follow a strict grocery budget. So for the sake of our bank accounts (and to avoid any waste), I buy only as many fruits and veggies as I will need for the week. So by Thursday and Friday, I am struggling to get my quota.

I started the day by thinking that I would make a Gingerbread Smoothie. It is a tasty, nutritious way to get some fruits and veggies in my body. However, I ran into a problem: we were also running out of nonfat milk. I needed a cup of milk for my smoothie. We had about a quarter cup of nonfat milk and (very surprisingly) we had about three quarters cup of whole milk. I figured that I could just use both of them in my smoothie and the taste of the pear, vanilla protein powder, cinnamon and nutmeg would cover the taste of the whole milk.

Umm . . . not so much. I didn’t really mind the extra calories of whole milk, but I did mind the taste. The smoothie had a horrible taste that I couldn’t place at first and then I realized that it was from the whole milk. I guess I am just used to the taste of skim. Unfortunately, that was a waste of fresh fruit because I couldn’t drink any of it. It was that bad.

I did carry some fresh pineapple to work for a snack. 1/2 cup of fruit is a serving, so I would guess that I had two servings of fruit with this pineapple.

Pineapple is probably my favorite fruit. I love warm weather primarily because it means lots of pineapple! The only place I like to get pineapple is the local indoor Farmer’s Market. You get to pick out a fresh pineapple and then they will peel and core it for you. The machine that does it is so cool and it’s worth it to get the pineapple just to check that out.

With my pineapple, I ate some Trader Joe’s peanut butter filled pretzels (love those!). I meant to eat an apple as an afternoon snack, but somehow I never got hungry enough for that. So I had two servings of fruit today. Not bad, but not great. Maybe I should have eaten some of my Stuffed Blueberry and White Chocolate French Toast. That would have counted as a serving of fruit, right? ;)

So how do you manage to get your required servings of fruit?

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?

Adventures in Alabama

Well my trip to Alabama was as unhealthy and as greasy as I imagined. Seriously . . . I know what you’re thinking. Choose healthy options. To that I say, what healthy options? On Sunday, when Corey and I woke up in Alabama there were two options for breakfast: Hardee’s and Subway. Unfortunately, Subway opened an hour after we were actually going to be having breakfast, so what was the only option? Hardee’s. And there was nothing to be had at the house.

cheese and egg biscuit . . . lowest calorie option available and still so greasy

Corey and I spent the day playing with Callie outside (yay for lots of space for her to roam in). She was so happy.

a tired dog is a happy dog

And the day was quickly cut short when Callie hurt herself playing. :( She scraped her leg on some metal and cut her leg pretty badly. Needless to say, we had to run to the nearest emergency vet (which was 45 minutes away) to get her stitched up. Poor thing. She had to be put to sleep and everything.

passed out after her visit to the vet

Luckily, she is all better now and she doesn’t even notice the bandage on her leg. That visit pretty much carried us over lunch and we didn’t really have time to eat (not good). By the time we were done, it was almost time for dinner so we just wanted to get something small. The smallest thing I could think of was a cheeseburger at McDonald’s. I can’t even remember the last time I had McDonald’s, but oh well.

And that night was the barbecue that Corey’s dad prepared. Seriously . . . I love his family, but I don’t think they know what vegetables are. There were four different types of meat and two side dishes available. And the sides were potato salad and coleslaw. Really . . . those were my options??

rib, chicken, potato salad, cole slaw, and some sauce

I actually didn’t eat all of what was on my plate because I wasn’t hungry enough. So I guess I didn’t do too bad.

Honestly though, I wasn’t really concerned about gaining weight from eating the food on Saturday. I was more concerned with how I felt. By the end of the day, I was not feeling well at all physically. I felt lethargic, grumpy, sick to my stomach, and I had some major heartburn. All in all, I was dying to get back to my regular routine of eating healthy again. Not because of what the scale would say. But because I knew my body desperately needed it.

Monday was better. On the trip home, we had Subway for breakfast (which I have never tried before).

yummy egg white sandwich

And for lunch, we stopped at Jason’s Deli where I got 1/2 a chicken wrap . . .

along with some Southwestern Chicken Chili

yay for veggies and protein!

And dinner was a yummy turkey sausage meatloaf. I must share this recipe with you guys soon. It’s super easy and I love the flavor that the turkey sausage gives. Kind of a nice spicy kick if you use the hot kind!

This morning, I started off the day right with a very nice smoothie of frozen strawberries, two whole peaches, ice, and a couple teaspoons of honey. Yummy! So after yesterday and today, my body is thanking me profusely for the nutrients and I feel like I am starting to recover from my weekend of debauchery. ;)

lots of nutrients!

And seriously, it took no less than 20 minutes for my blender to produce this . . . .

frothy goodness

Don’t get me wrong. It tasted awesome. But my blender is crap. Does anyone have any tips on a good blender?? I think I will need to invest in one soon.