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I know I’ve been MIA the last few weeks….hopefully things at home and at work will quiet down after Thanksgiving and I can be back with regular posts! I really do miss posting, I just don’t have time!!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
My mom recently introduced me to Alice. This a great website for purchasing household items like toilet paper, Ziploc bags, diapers, dog/cat supplies, shampoo, and even Kashi cereal!
Basically, you go in and create a shopping list and then you can either order immediately or put in on the shelf to order later. You can also set your account up to get reminders from “Alice” when she thinks it is time for you to reorder something. One of my favorite features is that you can search for products several ways, including by room. This made finding the products that I wanted (and didn’t know I wanted!) very easy!
I decided to place an order for the stuff I hate getting at the grocery store because its so expensive, and usually I just run in a grab a few things at a time while I’m there. I found the site very clean and easy to navigate….and I loved that Alice will find and automatically apply coupons to certain items! The best part is….FREE SHIPPING ALWAYS. Amazing! My mom said she placed her order on Sunday and got it on Tuesday…I hope mine comes just as quickly!
If you would like to try out this site and you use THIS LINK to create an account, you will get a $10 reward after you have spent $50 on the site (this can be $50 spent over several orders, or you can add $50 worth of goods, and then use the $10 immediately).
I will let you know when I get my items. (Is it weird to get excited because I don’t have to go to the store to get toilet paper?) I think this site could be a huge timesaver, and potential money saver for our household. If you try (or have tried) out this service, let me know your feelings!
What a WHIRLWIND of a weekend! I still can’t believe that I flew to the west coast, saw so many great things, spent time with one of my best friends, and then flew back across the country all in 2.5 DAYS! Crazy! We did so much so here is a little pictoral recap…
Hollywood Wax Museum
Cheesecake Factory for dinner (we munched on the bread basket and each got a slice of cheesecake. Baby sister had Oreo, I had Carrot Cake-Cheesecake, and Diana had the 30th Anniversary Chocolate)
“Souvenir” from Tiffany’s (!!)
Trader Joe’s (my first time!!!)
Pinkberry (also a first! I had the coconut froyo with pomegranate arils, kiwi, blackberries, strawberries and pineapple)
Diana’s Wedding and dinner at a Persian restaurant (the whole reason for the trip!)
Lots of time in the car!
I’m so glad that I work in a place that allowed me to take two days off on such short notice, I am also glad that I can afford to go on such short notice. I am grateful to have a friend like Diana who didn’t mind driving us to the airport on her wedding night! I am also so happy that my parents allowed my 17 year old sister to skip school, fly cross-country with me, and hang out in LA for two days! I wish we could have stayed longer but I am so grateful that I even went at all. It was a successful trip (even though we were very unhealthy about our eating)!!
What a great weekend I had in LA (recap coming soon!), but now it’s back to reality. After looking at pictures of myself from this weekend, I think I have gotten the kick in the pants that I need to get back on track with eating and exercise. I have less than 2 months until our family trip to Florida and I don’t want to feel the same way about those pictures! (Although this is one of my favorites from the weekend…)
Soooo….I think I am going to start counting Weight Watchers points again. I gave up my membership, but after being on the plan for three years, I have enough knowledge and resources to do this well. I also need to make exercise a priority. Lately I have been running a little bit “when I have time”. Now, I need to make time! I have also redefined my goals and “rewards” for my weight loss milestones, but I am going to keep those to myself for now. I have written them down in the back of the notebook that I am jotting down my points in, so they are “set in stone”. Instead of “I can do this” I think I need to tell myself “I WILL DO THIS!”
Today’s eats (with WW points)
Breakfast: Pomegranate Chobani with 1/2 cup Pom arils (4)
Snack: Handful of baby carrots (0)
Lunch: Arnold Thin with Morningstar Veggie Burger and salsa (3)
Orange Bell Pepper (0)
Honeycrisp Apple (1)
Trader Joe’s “This Fig Walks into a Bar” (2)
Snack: Banana Tootsie Pop (1)
Dinner: I think we are having homemade chicken nuggets with roasted potatoes….Probably a Fuji apple as well.
As for exercise….I went out at lunch and walked 1.68 miles and jogged for .5 mile as well. It’s a gorgeous day here in Michigan (61 and partly sunny!) not your typical November weather so I had to take advantage of it since it will be dark by the time I get home!
Well, I’m headed to LA for a long (although I’m sure it will seem short!) weekend with my little sister and one of my best friends. Since eats haven’t been exciting this week (although I have been loving my oats with brown sugar an pomegranate arils!) and exercise has consisted of treadmill running, I thought I would post my new favorite (EASY!) recipe. I created this one night when I had nothing planned for dinner and it turned out wonderfully. I have even made it a day ahead of time, refrigerated and then baked the next day. Yum!
Easy Cheesey Pasta Bake
8 oz. uncooked cavatappi pasta
12 (or so) pre cooked meatballs, diced into small pieces (or could use mushrooms, fake hamburger, ground beef-turkey-chicken)
2 cups low fat shredded mozzarella cheese
1 jar of your favorite pasta sauce
Cook pasta until just about done. Drain and put in the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish.
Sprinkle 1 cup of cheese over pasta. Heat pasta sauce and meat in a sauce pan. Once heated, spread over cheese and pasta. Cover with remaining cheese.
Cover with foil and bake at 475* for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake until cheese is golden and gooey.
So easy and so good!
Last night I was determined to run when I got home. The weather was beautiful (55* and NO RAIN for the first time in a week!) So, I got home, changed my clothes, threw dinner in the oven, got the dog ready to go with me and off we went. We only went 1.5 miles, but I ran the whole thing and I am right on track with my new training “outline”.
It was a great run. I ran down my dirt road along corn and soybean fields. We scared a pheasant out of the corn, and I’m not sure who was more startled; me, the dog, or the bird! We also saw about a dozen deer muching out in the soybean field. (It is very hard to keep my dog focused on a run when she wants to chase deer! I think I may have gotten a little upper body work-out trying to keep her on track…)
Dinner last night was easy, delicious and filling. Hubby wasn’t home so I roasted some brussel sprouts tossed in EVOO, maple syrup and sea salt in the oven at 400* for 30 minutes (while I ran!). I also made some mac and cheese with light velveeta, noodles, and a splash of skim milk. All served up with a pomegranate muffin. Yum! Can’t wait for lunch leftovers.
I really need to get groceries because I am out of all things fresh now! (There may be a wilted carrot in the back of the produce drawer….) I just haven’t had time to sit down and menu plan, make a list, and actually go to the store. I may make a quick trip for produce and improvise through next week. I don’t want to get a lot before I leave for LA since hubby probably won’t eat at home the entire time I’m gone!
On the agenda tonight….hopefully a nice walk with the puppies, tomato+turkey bacon sandwhiches for dinner, then making ham+fat free cream cheese+pickle roll-ups for our work goody day tomorrow!
It seems that I have ridden the roller coaster of emotions over the last two weeks. A couple of updates:
First of all, my sister got her test results back today. After finding a lump in her breast two weeks ago, going to her regular doctor, and going for an ultra-sound, it was determined that the lump is non-cancerous (thank God!). The bad news is, she has three more in the other breast! She has been diagnosed with Fibroadenoma and is planning on meeting with a surgeon to have all four lumps removed. I cannot believe how well she has handled this! When I was 17, I would have been a wreck going through this (ok, I’m 25 and I am still a wreck and it’s not even my body!)
I am so relieved at this news, you cannot imagine how scary waiting almost two weeks for results was! I’m really unsure about how the procedure will work, the recovery time, etc, so I am anxious to hear what the surgeon has to say!
Another update…I think I am headed to LA for sure….and a lot sooner than expected! My good friend Dian is getting married on NOVEMBER 7th! I am still in shock over this one….she has known her soon-to-be-hubby for about 4 years via the internet, but didn’t meet him in person until about 2 months ago. He proposed six weeks after them “met”, it’s been two weeks since he propoesed, and now its two weeks until the wedding! CRAZY!!! THey decided to get married right away due to some immigration thing (he’s from Sweden).
I’ve been checking on flights and hubby gave me the OK to fly out for the weekend if I could find cheap flights and get someone to go with me…Well, I think I found a flight out of Detroit for about $200 and my baby sister wants to go and is “willing” to miss school. It’s going to be a crazy quick trip, but I really feel that I need to be there for Diana.
In addition to a TON of craziness at work, can you see why I have been an emotional rollercoaster?!?! I am so looking forward to a relaxing weekend!
At the request of Kristin, here is my homemade cinnamon apples recipe.
Homemade Cinnamon Apples
- 1/2 peck Gala apples (or about 12-15)
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
Peel and dice up the apples and throw them into the crock-pot. Add cinnamon, brown sugar and lemon juice. Mix everything together. Cook on high for about 2-3 hours, stirring every 45 minutes or so to prevent scorching. This will result in chunky apples, if you would like more of an applesauce consistency, keep cooking and stirring until the apples break down.
This is great as an oatmeal topping, on ice-cream (especially the pumpkin kind!), or just straight up (warm or cold)! They also freeze very well. I love to make a huge batch and freeze it into smaller portions to enjoy after apple season has ended.
First off, a quick congratulations to my friend Diana who’s getting married! I just found out this morning and don’t know the details yet, but a trip to LA might be in my future!
What a great weekend! I got a nice 1 mile run in last night (not much I know, but I have reconfigured my running schedule to start slow and build up my base…I was adding too much distance before and got burnt out!). I figured out that if I run laps around our driveways (we have 3 of them coming into our house!) that each lap is a tenth of a mile. I don’t want to run laps all the time, but in a pinch (like last night when it was already dark out…) it will work great!
Packing up my eats for the day, I realized I have a very apple heavy day!
Breakfast- 1/2 cup plain oats with homemade cinnamon apples
and a cup of sugar free hot apple cider
Snack- None! My oats+apples kept me full!
Lunch- Huge salad left over from the “salad bar” we had for dinner at mom+dad’s house last night.
Let’s see if I can remember everthing that was in it…
- Romaine lettuce
- Green peppers
- Feta cheese
- 1/2 of a hard boiled egg
- Garbanzo beans
- Almond Slivers
- Fat free French dressing
Pineapple on the side
Snack- Honeycrisp apple
Dinner- Going to have a veggie burger with a side of German Tomato Soup and applesauce.
See….lots of apples today!
I adapted this from Iowa Girl’s recipe.
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 cup onion, cut into chunks
- Salt and pepper
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 3 large carrots, finely sliced
- 3 large celery stalks, finely sliced
- 2 cooked chicken breasts, cut into chunks
- 40 oz. chicken broth
- Homemade noodles (see below)
Sautee onions in olive oil, salt and pepper until softened. Add garlic and stir/cook for another minute. Add carrots and celery, cook for 5 minutes. Add a splash of broth, cover pot and let veggies softene for 2-3 minutes. Add chicken and remaining broth, turn heat to high and bring to a boil. Add noodles and let simmer for 15-20 minutes.
If you don’t plan on eating until the next day, you will need to make sure you have more broth on hand to add when you reheat!
Homemade Egg Noodles
- 2 cups flour
- 2 eggs
- Pinch of salt
- Water, as needed
Mix flour and salt together. Add eggs and mix. Little by little, add water to make a very thick dough. Roll out thinly on a lightly floured surface. Cut into strips and immediately drop them into boiling soup. These will fatten up considerably, so don’t make the dough strips to big!!