Happy Groundhog’s Day

I’m so thankful that Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow today because it was a freezing cold winter day and it was hard to bear, so I am ready for the early spring weather.  Do you ever feel like you are living much like the movie Groundhog’s Day?

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I often feel like my days are consumed with the same old stuff!  Wake up, eat, get ready for work, drive the long drive to work, teach, tutor, drive home, cook, eat, sleep, repeat.  Thank goodness for the weekend to break up the monotonous work days.

Actually breakfast was slightly out of the ordinary—grits topped with a fried egg.

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Today’s lunch involved comfort in a bowl—lentil, sweet potato, bacon soup minus the crumbled bacon or yogurt dollop.  I had a banana for some sweetness and since I missed it in the form of my usual breakfast oatmeal or pb and banana sammie.

After work and tutoring I headed home to snack on some pita chips and hummus with the husband.  And then began on dinner—smothered green beans and baked pork chops.

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Smothered Green Beans

1 tbsp. olive oil

1/2 chopped onion

1 lb. fresh green beans (stems removed)

1 can diced tomatoes with celery, green pepper, and onion

Salt, pepper, garlic powder (to taste)

Directions:

1. Heat oil in large saucepan. Add onion and sauté over medium low until tender.

2. Add green beans, canned tomatoes, and seasonings.

3. Add 1/2 can water to pot.  Stir well.

4. Simmer on low for 30 minutes stirring occasionally until beans are tender.

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The pork chops were seasoned with salt, pepper, and Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning and baked at 350* for 40 minutes.

Exercise has been MIA since Saturday.  (Sidenote:  I guess no one is interested in playing Mr. Tim’s Scolf game since no one commented.  By the way, if you search Scolf on Facebook, there is a page dedicated to it.)  Monday and today were late days at work for tutoring and yesterday the weather was stormy and I just wanted to get home and not end up in flooded waters stuck somewhere.  Tomorrow it shall resume; work out clothes will be brought to work.  After all, they are already packed in my gym bag.

How do you overcome that Groundhog’s Day feeling?  Do you do extra-curricular activities during the middle of the week or take it easy and stick with basic everyday activities?

Less Wordy Wednesday

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Lunch included some leftover spinach and artichoke pasta from Monday night’s dinner and an apple. DSC00164 DSC00166

Dinner from the Cherry Blossom was shared with the husband—eastbank roll, philly roll, and snowcrab roll + lots of edamame!

Indecisiveness

I was indecisive about breakfast…

I couldn’t decide between an egg sandwich or peanut butter.

So I ate exceptionally late (more like lunch) and went with both.

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I was indecisive about gift buying…

So I went to three stores for one person and in the end made some purchases.  But I’m still unsure about the gifts.

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I was indecisive about eating lunch since I ate such a late breakfast…

So I ate a Cherry Pie Larabar and a banana instead.

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I was indecisive about what toppings to put on my pizza…

So I put them all.

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Spinach, bell pepper, onion, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, olives, mozzarella—which resulted in tasty but soggy pizza. 😦

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I went back for a second slice.

I was indecisive about going to the gym…

So I wore my work out clothes all day and ultimately decided not to go.  Instead I rented a movie.

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While snacking on a treat from a coworker called White Trash

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You might know it as Puppy Chow or Muddy Buddies.  Basically it is Chex cereal coated in a mixture of peanut butter, butter, and melted chocolate; then dusted with powdered sugar.  It is very sweet for those with a sweet tooth.

Have you been indecisive about anything lately?

Not in the Mood

Last week I was just in a bit of a funky mood and did not feel like blogging.  Monday started off badly with a rainy drive to work (which I really did not want to be there) and the rest of my week seemed to follow in the same footsteps, which may have been partly because of the monthly joy of womanhood leaving me an emotional nutcase. ;)  I did not work out as much as I hoped to having to stay late at work two days this week; nor did I eat as healthily as I wanted to—both left me feeling down on myself.  

I ended up working out over an hour after work on Friday and did not have a snack and was beyond hungry when I got home.  Poor planning led to poor dinner choices.  So Friday night I ate way too much fried fish and shrimp along with fries, hush puppies, french bread, and gumbo.  The meal came with cole slaw, but I didn’t bother eating the little veg that was included.  I succumbed to eating for pleasure not for hunger because I was completely stuffed at the halfway point, but I continued until nothing was left.  The point being I still have weak moments and I cannot let that get me down.  I just have to pick back up and move on.

Saturday and Sunday were slightly better.  Actually Saturday was a lazy day aside from getting out of the house with Chris to go see 127 hours, based on the true story about the man who went hiking alone and had to end up cutting his arm off to free himself from the boulder.  Chris thought it was slow, but I enjoyed seeing him overcome his fears and survive. 

Oh yeah, I did bake some muffins on Saturday morning.  I am not going to share the recipe though because although they are muffins and edible and flavorful, I was not fully satisfied.

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Here are the ingredients I used including dates, pecans, dark chocolate chips, and oatmeal.

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On Sunday I started with breakfast including sandwich thin, fried egg, turkey sausage, and coffee.

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Behind the scenes, the part you don’t see.

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…a broken sandwich thin.

Shortly after breakfast I ate a muffin for my pre-workout snack.

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I headed to the gym for some cardio.  I started with 20 minutes on the stair stepper, 20 minutes on the bicycle, and 20 minutes on the elliptical.  I ended with some stretching.

I then stopped at the grocery store on a hungry stomach so I spent more than intended.  When I got home I made some kale chips and a tuna melt.

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The kale leaves were tossed in olive oil, sea salt, and pepper.  They were then roasted at 375* for 18 minutes until crispy.

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For my sandwich made from fresh baked country wheat bread (quite difficult to cut) I mixed a can of tuna with chopped celery, a tbsp mayo, a tbsp greek yogurt, and a little mustard.  I topped it with sharp cheddar and tomato to be heated on the panini press.  Twas delicious!!

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I finished up lunch by munching on the other half of my starburst pummelo from last night’s snack after the movie; it’s much like a grapefruit, but less acidic according to the sticker.  It seemed to have a much thicker rind as well.

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Now I am debating whether or not I want to make this easy chicken and sausage gumbo recipe a coworker gave me.  It is definitely cold enough outside to have gumbo due to the weather having changed drastically early this a.m. and I did not want to go outside all day.  Here’s to a better week!

Wednesday Recap

I was way too tired to blog last night.  When my husband got home from work at 9:00 I was passed out sleeping on the couch.  So here are yesterday’s eats.

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Chai Tea + Overnight Oats in a Jar

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In the mixture:

1/4 cup greek yogurt

1/4 cup oats

1/4 cup lowfat milk

1/4 cup canned pumpkin

1 tsp. macadamia nut honey

remnants of peanut butter

small handful of granola

Lunch was at Boudreaux’s restaurant.  I had the fried popcorn shrimp salad with full fat ranch dressing.  I wanted seafood at the fair Sunday, but they were no longer selling it so I got my fix during lunch break at my math workshop.

After stopping at a coworkers house to meet her new baby, I headed to the gym just after stopping at TJ Max.  I wanted to get some Larabars, but they were out so I purchased a box of Kind Bars.  And ate one immediately.  It was quite tasty with large chunks of nuts.  Plus I got some coffee, and seedless black raspberry preserves only because a lady next to me was raving about how good it is.  And she didn’t lie.

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Right after cardio and weights I headed home to try it out on half of a whole wheat english muffin.

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Then it was on to dinner.  I roasted potatoes and mushrooms at 400* after coating with olive oil, salt and pepper, rosemary, and savory.

I plated the potatoes over spinach with a fried egg.  It was de-licious!

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Yolky Goodness, Mmmmm!

And I just had to have the other half of my English Muffin with more jam because it is that good.

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Seedless Black Raspberry–have a berry nice day! 😉

Ladybugs for Lunch

Today has been quite an off day!  My work schedule was changed from 12:00 to 7:oo for Parent Conference and Record’s Day.  So I woke up later than my usual 5:15 a.m. time.  After waking up, I was undecided as to whether I wanted a savory breakfast versus a sweet breakfast.  I thought, “Why not have both?”  Accordingly, I made an egg to put on one half of my sandwich thin and topped the other half with a smear of natural peanut butter and half of a sliced pear.

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I also had a cup of hot black tea.

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Savory Egg Over Medium

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Sweet Pear and Peanut Butter

Lunch was off as well!  At work today, myself and the other 4th grade teachers threw a baby shower for one of our coworkers.  Her theme for the baby’s room is “ladybugs” so we kept the shower in the same theme.

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Ladybug Red Hot Favors

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Meet Jamie!  Her baby girl is due in November; I’m looking forward to meeting Isabella Grace!  What a pretty name!!Jamie's Shower 020

We decided not to have any snack foods other than the cake because we figured most ate before coming in at 12:00 and teachers would probably want to get work done in their rooms while they had some spare time without children.  Nonetheless, the shower was a joyful event—even though the surprise did not go quite as planned. 😉

Since I didn’t eat lunch at home (though I did bring some, just didn’t eat it) I ate some cake.

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And more cake!  This was my first piece, but I did get another slice about the same size.  It was so moist and delicious I just couldn’t resist!  So I had the ladybug cake and called it my lunch.  Someone actually made a comment saying, “I bet you didn’t eat any.”  “Oh yes I did; I ate two slices!”  My rice and veggies from last night’s dinner will be consumed at tomorrow’s lunch.

I did eat the snack I packed in my lunch at my 3:00 break.

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Other half of pear from breakfast + Mixed Nut Remnants + Several Diet Cokes from Shower

I didn’t get home from work until nearly 8:00, so I wanted a quick fix for dinner.  I ate some baked potato fries with olive oil, sea salt, and red wine vinegar that were roasted for 25 minutes at 400*.  I also had a Boca Veggie Burger on a sandwich thin with lettuce, pickles, mustard, and ketchup.  No picture was snapped because my camera had an off day as well!  The battery life  was 3/4 full, but it went dead every time I tried to take the picture. 

Now my computer is about to shut off, so I gotta go!  Plus my Saint’s are playing! 🙂

We’re Going Downtown

On Saturday, I started my day with a delicious breakfast of an egg, 2 slices turkey bacon, and laughing cow light cheese wedge on a sandwich thin.  On the  side I enjoyed a luscious plum.

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Yesterday afternoon Mom and I had plans to have lunch and to  take a ride downtown.  All I knew is that we were headed to a jewelry store, and I was not told why.  Because it was a SURPRISE from her and her boyfriend!

For lunch, we dined at one of our usual places near Mom’s work—La Madeleine.  I had a small spinach salad, a french onion soup with cheese, and two slices fresh wheat bread with butter and jam.  I also ate a couple bites of Mom’s pasta salad.

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I was a bit disappointed with my salad.  If you’ve never been to La Madeleine, you walk in and pick up a tray for your eats.  If you want a salad, you tell the salad chef right at the beginning of the counter and she makes it right before you in a large wooden bowl to  be plated and passed over the counter to be put on your tray just before placing any hot orders,  soup orders, and checking out at the cashier.   Well, as she began making my salad, two other women walked up and requested the same spinach salad.  So to my salad bowl, the cook added two more servings to mix the salad with the balsamic vinaigrette.  I received mine and headed to eat.

As I began eating I noticed I was only given one small slice of mushroom and one small slice of red bell pepper; obviously the other two women received all of my veggies that were supposed to be included in my salad.  I ate it, nonetheless, but I felt that I got gypped!

After lunch, Mom and I headed to downtown New Orleans.

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Once downtown Mom led me to Jack Sutton’s Jewelry Store.  When we walked in, Mom pulled out a box and told the jeweler that we were there to get some watches sized.  To my surprise, I was given a very NICE (and expensive) watch with a mother of pearl dial and diamond bezel on a white gold band.  This watch is a timeless classic that I will have forever.  Unfortunately I won’t get it until Wednesday or Thursday because the watch was not functioning properly.  Once it is set it is supposed to be powered while being worn, but for some reason it would not work.  I am so thankful for my gift and it is something I would never have been able to purchase on my own.

To end our day together, Mom took me to Tutti Frutti for some dessert.  We bypassed the mini-lemon tarts earlier at La Madeleine and both agreed froyo would be worth the wait.

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My froyo flavors of choice were cake batter, coconut, and cafe au lait.  I added mochi, cheesecake, coconut, a few cookie dough pieces, mango, pineapple, and kiwi.  Honestly, I could have done without the cafe au lait; it didn’t go very well with my toppings.  But I did stick to three flavors this time—that’s a good thing.

Later on at home I heated up some black beans with a tad of water, cumin, chili powder, garlic salt, and onion powder.  I topped a whole wheat tortilla with the mashed beans, half avocado, salsa, and a dollop of sour cream.

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After this I still had the munchies, so I ate a bowl of granola with skim milk.

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This satisfied my hunger for the night.

Question of the night:  When you’ve already eaten dinner and you are still hungry, what is your go-to food?