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What I Ate Wednesday: 2/20/13

Happy Hump Day everyone!!  Who is ready for a little sunshine and warm weather??  I know I am!!  It was just a ‘blah’ day outside today.  And it was much colder than expected.

This morning, we were in a bit of a hurry to get out the door.  So that meant we didn’t have time for our usual kale shakes.  😦

Instead, there was leftover scrambled eggs with spinach in the fridge.  So I heated it up, placed it atop some fresh spinach; dabbed some red pepper jelly on a Trader Joe’s British muffin, and called it breakfast.  Not too bad.

egg sandwich

Lunch was at my desk:  almonds, yogurt and a hard-boiled egg.

lunch collage

Yes, you read that correctly ….  coffee flavored almonds  !!!!  But wait.

I really had high hopes for them.  I mean, I love coffee. And I love almonds.  I especially love Blue Diamond!  So how could you go wrong?!?  But sadly, I was disappointed.

Read it again.  It’s roasted coffee.  Maybe that was the problem.  I’m not sure.  I think I’ll stick with the other Blue Diamond flavors I love so much (like wasabi, habanero BBQ, honey dijon, lime & chili, etc etc)

By the time I got home, I was exhausted.  Could not stop yawning.

I declared a no-cook night.  Thankfully there was a Newman’s Own pizza in the freezer for the kids.  (I tried a bite of Luke’s and it was pretty good)!

frozen pizza

And I made myself a big salad.  With sriracha, of course!!  No dinner is complete without sriracha!  🙂

big salad

I have to include a photo of the sunset.  You know I’m obsessed with sunsets.

sunset tonight

And finally, I will leave you with a funny story ……

I will occasionally leave notes in my son’s lunchbox or hubby’s lunch bag.  I just like the surprise of finding a little love note later.  So yesterday morning, I was sitting at my desk and I needed something from my purse.  I reached in, only to discover that Luke had left me a love note!!

How sweet, I thought.  Then I read the note …..  I couldn’t stop laughing all day …….

love note

“I hope you get the orange off” ….  he’s referring to the fact that my hands are a little orange after my spray tan.  I had gone after the kids were in bed.  So he didn’t even know I had gotten a spray tan.  The next morning I was fixing his breakfast when he noticed my hands.  Honestly, they aren’t THAT bad.  But I will say – it was my first ever spray tan.  Now I know to put a little more of the barrier cream on the hands and feet next time.  That is, if I go again.  I mean,  I like the look of the tan, but I did not like the experience.  The claustrophobic little capsule and the spraying in the face – it’s enough to traumatize a person.  Ok, maybe I’m being a little dramatic.  All I could think about before walking in was that episode of ‘Friends’ where Ross forgets to turn.  Thankfully, I turned.  🙂

Question of the Day:  Have you done a spray tan before?   And what is your favorite flavor of almonds??

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What I Ate Wednesday: 2/13/13

It’s Wednesday again ….  you know what that means!!  WIAW!  Always love the linkup, courtesy of Jenn at Peas and Crayons.
So this Wednesday started a little differently than normal.  My daughter had a doctor’s appointment at 9am.  So hubby and I took advantage of the delayed start to finally go and get our blood work done.  (My company will put $1,500 into a Health Reimbursement Account if you complete a biometric screening.  It’s part of our Wellness program).  This is a fasting blood draw which means … no coffee til after it’s over.  I didn’t realize just how addicted I actually was til I couldn’t have it.

The whole plan actually worked out perfectly.  The lab was one exit down from her doctor’s office.  The blood draw was quick and easy.  When we were done, we still had 30 minutes to spare before we needed to be back for her appt.  Unfortunately our only close breakfast options were either Subway or McDonalds.  So we chose Subway, of course.  And actually, I’m glad I did.  I was worried about what kind of back-room nasty coffee they would have, but it was Seattles Best Coffee.  It was yummy!

We got a footlong and all 3 split it. (Since during the month of Feburary ALL footlongs are $5)  It’s bacon, egg white and cheese on flat bread with spinach and olives and a small squeeze of ranch.  Delish!!

subway

Too bad I had to share….   But isn’t she a cute breakfast date?!?  I don’t mind sharing with that adorable face.

breakfast date

She was overjoyed when she realized that Mickey was on TV at the doctor’s office.  As you can see, she brought her own Mickey with her.  She is absolutely obsessed with Mickey.  I think we need to get this girl to Disney World STAT!

So you can just imagine the fit she pitched when they came for her before the episode was over….  But it was fine.  The appointment went really well.  She was approved for some speech therapy – once a week til her 3rd birthday.  I’m excited for this girl to start talking.  (Of course, I’m sure once she does, we’ll be wishing we hadn’t taught her). lol

watching Mickey

Busy morning.  I was back at work by 10am.

Since I had spent my “lunch hour” at the doctor’s office this morning, I ate lunch at my desk.  I had some carrots, an apple, greek yogurt, and some Trader Joe’s Wasabi Trek Mix.  Yum.

lunch

And all of that fiber filled me up.  I didn’t even have a desire to snack on anything during the afternoon hours, not even the chocolate chip cookies that a carrier rep brought us!!!

Today is my third day of doing the Jillian Michaels Detox Water.  Basically, it’s 60 ounces of water with a tablespoon each of lemon juice and cranberry juice, along with dandelion root tea bag.  It doesn’t taste bad at all.  In fact, it goes down quite smoothly.  I have to split it up between 2 Nalgene bottles (32oz each).

detox water

The first day, I was really tired.  I wondered if that was a side effect of the detox.  But today is Day 3 and I feel great.  In fact, I do think I have a bit more energy.  Of course, it could also have something to do with the 40 oz of coffee I had this morning.  (That second 20-oz-er had an extra “Shot” of caffeine in it too).  lol

I had so much energy, in fact, that I raced home and jumped on the treadmill for an awesome interval workout.

treadmill workout

While I was on the treadmill, hubby was making dinner!!!  Love him!!!

bbq chicken

This is a shredded BBQ chicken sandwich with slaw and homemade sweet potato fries.  The chicken had been in the slow cooker all day.  It was delicious!!!   (Of course I have to top mine with sriracha sauce and jalapenos, cause that’s just how I roll)  🙂

So today is Ash Wednesday and I’m trying to decide what to give up for Lent.  I’m thinking either ice cream or french fries.  I don’t normally eat french fries or potatoes of any kind, but lately I’ve had a little more than my fair share.  I can’t give up coffee.  I won’t.  I’ve tried saying “all sweets” before, but that’s just too hard.  Inevitably, anything I give up, I decide it’s the ONE thing I absolutely have to have.

Question of the Day:  What are you giving up for Lent???

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What I Ate Wednesday – 1/30/13

I totally forgot it was Wednesday this morning. Which is not good, considering we have a Dept meeting every Wednesday morning at 8:30. This week has flown by so fast that I was still on Tuesday. So I drank my shake in the car while i sped on the way to work.

kale shake

We haven’t been making our kale protein shakes lately because it’s so cold outside. But thank goodness for heated seats. Best invention ever, in my opinion!!
And I totally see myself using them during the summer too.

egg wrap 1

For lunch, I made the most incredible wrap!! I started with a Trader Joe’s Habanero tortilla. Two hard-boiled eggs, avocado (which just makes everything better), spinach, and sriracha sauce.
 

egg wrap 2

Yum!!!!!!!
 

egg wrap 3

It rained so hard today that it flooded this little creek next to my building. I’d had plans to run errands at lunch but quickly changed my mind. There was no way I was getting out in that mess. I decided we could stretch our low supply of diapers out one more day.

flooding

There’s still candy left over from Christmas so I couldn’t resist indulging in a little afternoon snack.

afternoon snack

It was left over night at our house. Everyone ate something different. There was one bowl of soup left and one piece of meat loaf left.
 

white chix chili

Which one do you think I had??

meat loaf and mashed taters

monopoly

We’ve had a running monopoly game going all week. Fun family time.

playing bells

 

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What I Ate Wednesday – 1/23/13

It’s Wednesday again.  Do you know what that means???  You get to see what I ate today!!!  🙂

I have to admit, after all the stress I’ve been under this past week, I haven’t been eating very much.For breakfast, I made an omelette.  But I didn’t eat it.  😦   It looks so yummy, but I just didn’t have the appetite for it.

omelette

For a late morning snack, I ate a Granny Smith apple and took some vitamins.

(I’m loving that new C Spray that came in my Bulu Box).  And I just bought that Ginkgo yesterday and plan to start taking it every day.  I’m hoping it helps sharpen my brain and my memorizing abilities.  (You know, since those babies sucked all my brain cells dry and I’m going to need them for studying)!

apples

For lunch, it was yogurt.  I just LOVE these new Kroger Greek Lites.  It only comes in a few flavors, though.  But at only 90 calories, 16 grams of protein and only 6 grams of sugar, it’s my new favorite snack.  Not too many places where you can find that much protein for so few calories.

lunch

Just ignore the fact that the expiration date was a week ago.  That’s the “sell by” date, not the “eat by” date, right??  Well, it still tasted good and I haven’t keeled over yet so I think we’re all good.  🙂

yogurt

I ate it at my desk becuase I spent my lunch hour at Trader Joe’s.  Post coming soon on my favorite TJ’s products!!  🙂

So when I got home, we snacked on chips and salsa.

chips and salsa

That salsa is very smoky and spicy.  My 2-year old stood there and dipped about 100 chips in the salsa.  At one point her eyes were even watering but she still kept dipping.  Definitely my kid!  🙂

And I wish I’d taken a video of her doing burpees.  Yes, my 2-year old did burpees with me tonight.  It’s so cold outside and I wasn’t in the mood for any workout where I had to think at all.  So I just decided to do 100 burpees.  I didn’t time myself, but I wish I had.  I stopped and rested at a few intervals, though if the clock had been ticking, I might not have.  Maybe I’ll try it again in a few days with a timer.  I’ll post the results.

Anyway, dinner was easy.  I simply heated up leftovers.  Last night I made the pizza meat loaf again.  It’s sooooo yummy.

meat loaf

As a side note, my phone’s camera has started taking some HORRIBLE photos.  Most of them were a green hue til I had to turn the flash off.  But the color still isn’t right.  I think it’s time for a new phone.  😦

After a couple old episodes of The Big Bang Theory with hubby on the couch, I needed a late night snack.

cookie butter.

Oooohhhhh  yeaaaaaaahhhhhhh …..  CRUNCHY Cookie Butter!  I saw it at the TJ’s and couldn’t resist trying the crunchy version.

I still prefer the Biscoff spread over the Cookie Butter if given a choice, but I still love the cookie butter.  YUM.

So that concludes my eats for the day.

Questions for YOU:  Do you take Ginkgo or any other vitamins on a daily basis?  Do you ever eat yogurt past its expiration??  And have you ever done a 100-burpee workout??

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What I Ate Wednesday – 12/12/12

It’s Wednesday and you know what that means …  it’s time for What I Ate Wednesday.  Thanks to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for the link up!

As I mentioned in my previous post, it’s been a SUPER crazy week at work.  I had to do employee meeting’s at a client’s office every morning this week.  Normally, that’s not the problem.  The problem was this client is a manufacturing company so they have employees on all three shifts.  So in order to catch the third shifters before they leave and to catch the first shifters before they start, the meetings were held at 7 o’clock in the morning.  That also wouldn’t have been too terribly bad except that the client was also a 45-minute drive from my house.  I had leave by 5:45 every morning this week.  That’s more than 2 hours earlier than I normally leave.  Ouch.

As a result, my meal times were thrown off.  I ate breakfast really early, which meant I was ready for lunch MUCH earlier than usual.  The first two mornings, I just grabbed a Trader Joe’s ‘This Pumpkin Walked into a Bar’ cereal bar, which is yummy.  But it’s full of carbs and didn’t fill me up.

breakfast

So today I made sure I left enough time to make an egg sandwich with spinach on a Trader Joe’s whole wheat British muffin.

sunrise

Since I got up before the chickens, I drove to the client’s office in the dark.  The meeting was over and I was heading back to Knoxville while the sun was still rising.  I pulled over into a cemetery on the hill to take this shot.

snack

Since I ate breakfast at 5:30am, I was hungry for a snack around 10am.  That’s when I got out the carrots and wasabi peas.  I know it’s a strange combination for 10 o’clock in the morning, but I wanted some crunch.

spinach salad

Lunch was a homemade spinach salad with yellow peppers, broccoli, carrots, onions, sunflower seeds and southwest ranch dressing.  YUM!

salad2

And since I am also an Elf4Health, today’s challenge called for us to eat our veggies early in the day, not wait til dinner time.  No problem.  I think I successfully conquered that challenge!!  🙂

nutritionella
Quick shout out to my new Elf buddy, Claire, who lives in the UK and blogs over at Flake and Cake.  She is so sweet and I am having a fun time getting to know her.  She just posted her first WIAW post.  Check it out!
clouds

Aren’t the clouds pretty?

I also managed to get in a quick walk/run at Lakeshore Park after work today.  I wanted to do a clever 12-12-12 WOD but 3 miles was all I had time for.  Plus, I was so exhausted from all the early morning wake-ups, it’s kind of amazing I even worked out at all.

chicken noodle soup

Since I wasn’t feeling 100%, hubby made some homemade chicken noodle soup for me.  Hot, creamy soup – just what the doctor ordered!!  In case you are wondering, that’s sriracha sauce drizzled on the top.  (Love that stuff)!!  The only thing it was missing was a few fresh jalapenos.  Unfortunately we were out.  We’ll make this recipe again very soon and when we do, I’ll take pics and post it for you.

new shoes

And finally, I love my UPS man this time of year!!  Look what was waiting on me when I got home – NEW SHOES!!!  I just ordered them 2 days ago.  Now that is FAST!  I really wanted some of the minimalist shoes as my next running shoe.  But when one of the coupon blogs I follow posted this deal from 6pm.com, I couldn’t resist.  They were $24 shipped!!  I love the gray color too.  Merry Christmas to me.

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What I Ate Wednesday – 12/5/12

Wow is it really Wednesday again so soon??  Which, as I’m sure you may have figured out already, is one of my favorite days.  Not only is it Hump Day, but it’s also What I Ate Wednesday Day.  So I have to give a quick shout out to Jenn at Peas and Crayons and say thanks for the fun linkup.

And I’m loving that new holiday banner!

Confession time:  I have a new favorite.  Move over Kale Protein Shakes, there’s a new breakfast in town.  Egg sandwiches.  And this is coming from a girl who never really cared for egg much the first 30 years of her life.  Now I love them.  Can’t get enough.  And if I ever did eat scrambled eggs before, you better not dare put anything in them.  Now I love omelettes.  Bring on the veggies!!  Crazy, huh?  It’s so strange how your tastes change.

egg sandwich

So that’s an egg with spinach on a whole wheat English muffin (except Trader Joe’s calls it a British muffin – LOL).

breakfast ingredients

But, the piece de resistance (said in my best French accent) is the Red Pepper Jelly.  Yes, I said Red Pepper Jelly.  (By who else, but Trader Joe’s, of course!!)  It was amazing!!!

Outfit of the Day

Outfit of the Day

Here’s my #ootd pic I posted on Instagram with the hash tag “all dressed up and no where to go”.  I didn’t have any meetings scheduled, just sat at my desk and worked all day.  Well, not the whole day – I went for a run at lunchtime!!  🙂

pre-run snack

pre-run snack

Yep – I ran on my lunch hour!!  Go me!  I felt I had to take advantage of this gorgeous weather we’re having in December.

Lakeshore Park

Lakeshore Park

I’m getting pretty good at this running on my lunch hour thing!!  I can change clothes, get over to the park, run for 45 minutes, get changed again and back at my desk in just under 70 minutes.  I’d say that’s pretty good!

Post-run lunch

Post-run lunch

Let me first say that I bought this yogurt without even looking at the nutritional information.  I’ve never seen pumpkin-flavored yogurt before, and since it was Trader Joe’s brand, I knew I would love it.  So it’s way high in sugar content.  (But hey – I figured I just ran 4 miles, I kinda deserved it).  It’s also really high in protein (score!!).  And it was deeee-freaking-licious!!!  The only thing missing was a little granola crumbled on top.  Pumpkin flavored granola, at that!!

fancy caramels

We have carrier reps sending us all kinds of crap during the holidays.  This time of year our counters are full of donuts and cookies and you name it, it’s probably there.  Rarely do they ever send the healthy baskets.  Anyway, there were these cute little caramel candies.  I couldn’t resist trying one.  (While you see there a picture of 4 caramels, I promise you – I only had one!  Which one do you think I tried first??  The espresso, of course!!)

For dinner, we originally made plans to go to a local place called the Stir Fry Cafe.  I have one of those Groupon deals I bought where you pay $10 for $20 worth of food.  (Love Groupon)!  Anyway, once we pulled out the printed certificate we realized that there is a restriction – you can’t use the deal on Wednesday nights for Half Price Sushi night.  Bummer.  Well, I already had it in my head that I wanted sushi.  So, by darn I was getting sushi.  Even if I had to pay full price for the half price sushi.  lol

eating a spring roll

I have to apologize … these pictures are horrible.  It’s really dark in the restaurant and the camera on my phone has been acting up lately and not wanting to focus.

I started with an appetizer of 3 Thai spring rolls. The kids loved them!

Here’s a funny story – as soon as we got home from school, my 7-year old ran upstairs to put his jammies on without me realizing.  When he came back down, I told him he needed to change back into his school clothes because we were going out to dinner.  He gives me this big huff and asks “Why?”  My response was “just because”.  (Mostly the answer was because the fridge was bare and the only other option was to go to the grocery store, which I didn’t want to do because I didn’t have my list or my coupons ready – but I didn’t tell him all this).  He asked me who we were meeting at the restaurant.  I said no one, it was just us.  He looks all puzzled and asks, “Then why are we going?”  I guess he didn’t think we could go just the 4 of us.  We rarely go out unless it’s a special occassion and we’re celebrating a birthday or something.  Kids are funny.

fish tacos

The hubs ordered fish tacos, of course.  I think we’ve tried them at almost every restaurant in town.  And Marlin and Rays still wins hands down!!

sushi

The White Diamond and Red Dragon rolls

There’s another local place called Nama, which to me is the standard by which all sushi should be judged.  Nama has the BEST sushi I have ever had.  While these rolls were good, they weren’t Nama-good.  And now that I’ve had mid-grade sushi a few times in the last couple of weeks, I think I’ll be making a trip to Nama soon so I can remember what the gold standard tastes like.  (Get the Soy Joy if you go)!!

So that was what I ate Wednesday!  Now head over to Peas and Crayons to see what everyone else ate on Wednesday.  🙂

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A Terrific Thursday

I did something I never do ….  I worked out on my lunch hour!   I always thought people who exercised during their lunch hour were crazy.  Who wants to get all sweaty and have to put work clothes back on?  Apparently I do.  I loved it.  Well, except for the fact that my face was all red and most of my makeup had been sweated off.  It felt GREAT!

This time of year it’s hard to find the best time to run outside.  In the morning, it’s way too early and cold.  After work, the sun sets way too quickly.  Plus, it’s cold.  So, I think the lunch hour is the optimal time.  As long as I don’t have any client appointments or meetings in the afternoon, I will be doing this more often!!  And there are plenty of greenway options within a few miles of my building so I won’t get bored going to the same spot.

 

Egg, Cheese and Spinach on Whole Wheat English muffin

I had a great breakfast to fuel my workout.  Hubby made egg and cheese on whole wheat english muffins.  I threw some spinach on it for good measure.

My favorite hill 🙂

 

From Endomondo

Anyone else use the Endomondo app?  I just downloaded it a week ago and so far I really like it.  It uses the GPS in your phone to track your mileage.  And I have to say, it’s pretty darn accurate.  Back in the day, I used to use the Nike+ on my iPod and I never thought it was right.  I even used it during a Half Marathon and it said I ran 15 miles.  lol

Yes, you are reading that correctly ….  turkey and stuffing with cranberry cream cheese IN A WRAP!!  Sounds slightly weird.  But I love turkey.  I love dressing.  And I love cream cheese.  So how could Trader Joe’s go wrong??

YUM!!!!!

This wrap was AMAZING!!!  The ony thing that would have made it better would have been some fresh cranberries and maybe a little mustard.  So yummy.  I practically inhaled it when I got back from my run.

Finished it off with a little dark chocolate promise.

Now that is what I call a Terrific Thursday!!!!

 

Questions of the Day: 

What is your favorite time of day to workout?  

Have you ever done a workout on your lunch break??

Which app do you use to track your mileage?

 

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What I Ate Wednesday – 11/15/12

As always, I want to give a shout out to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for the fun linkup every week.

(By the way, if you’ve never checked out her site, you MUST!  Her recipes are mouth-watering and her photos are fabulous.  And she’s funny too)!

I can’t start the day without my coffee.  It’s actually my favorite thing about waking up.

Despite the freezing temps, I wanted my kale shake for breakfast.

Snack time ….  Wasabi peas!!  These crunchy little nuggets of joy can be found at Trader Joe’s.  Love them!!

I knew exactly what to do with my left over salmon from yesterday.

Mixed greens, chopped yellow bell peppers, chopped onions, cherry tomatoes, shredded mozzarella cheese, a few jalapenos and sunflower seeds. YUM!!!

After work, we had a carrier rep treat us all to pedicures at the Nail Bar.   Aaaahhhhh….  just what I needed!

Love the Nail Bar – they give you wine while you’re having a pedicure!!!

My piggies were in serious need of pampering!!

Under the cool drying ultraviolet light

When I came home from the pedicure, Hubby had a homemade pizza in the oven!!  Isn’t he the best?!?

Made with Trader Joe’s whole wheat crust.  This stuff is awesome.  It’s already made for you, and the bag is only $1.00!

get you some!

Have I told you lately how much I love Trader Joe’s??

Toppings: spinach, mushroom and yellow peppers. YUM!

The pizza was deeeeee-licious!!!

Made for each other!!

After I put the kids to bed, I had a sweet craving come over me.  On our new Wellness Challenge at work, points are deducted for sweets with more than 5 grams of sugar.  So…  I discovered that a 1/2 of one sheet of graham crackers plus a small smear of Biscoff = less than 5 grams of sugar!!

Satisfying!

Perfect.  It was just enough to satisfy my need for a dessert.

And there you have it.  What I Ate on Wednesday.

What did YOU eat on Wednesday???

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A Taste Test

Ok, so maybe I have a thing for spreads.  I cleaned out the pantry and realized how many different kinds I had!
taste test nut butters

Peanut butters, nut butters, sunflower butter, cookie butters – doesn’t matter to me.  I love the spreads.

So I decided to do a little taste test.

peanut butter comparison

JIF Natural vs Smart Balance vs Earth Fare Peanut Butter
JIF wins hands down. No contest. The smooth creaminess is unbeatable. Earth Fare’s is too oily, too runny. The Smart Balance was also in the oily category til I put it in the fridge for a few days to harden it up. But who likes hard peanut butter??

hazelnut spread

JIF Hazelnut Spread vs Kroger Hazelnut spread
The main ingredient in both is sugar.  Are you surprised?  Come on – hazelnuts don’t taste THAT good!  And JIF wins again.  So thick and creamy.  The Kroger brand was too thin, almost runny.

biscoff spread

Biscoff Spread vs Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookie Butter

After Trader Joes opened in my town, all I heard people talking about was this Speculoos Cookie Butter.  I thought for sure it was just like the Biscoff so I had to try it.  Now, I will say this – if I’d never had Biscoff and didn’t know any better, I would say the Cookie Butter is good.  BUT, have you tried Biscoff yet??  Mmmm….  Biscoff!  I recently discovered the Biscoff when my first Foodie Pen pal sent it to me.  It is amazing!  It is a win in every category!  You must try some today!!

So there you have it.  My very informal taste test.

Question of the Day:  What is your favorite spread??

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What I Ate Wednesday – 9-26-12

Peas and Crayons

Once again, thanks to Jenn at Peas & Crayons for the fun linkup.  I look forward to this every week!!  This is the last Wednesday in September.  Gasp!  Can you believe October will be here next week?!?  ….And then it will be Thanksgiving before we know it ….. and then Christmas shortly after that…. and then a brand new year!!!  Oh my!!  Let the 4th quarter panic attacks begin.

Deep Breath.

It will be okay.

Baby Steps.

How about I just show you What I Ate today!  🙂

Of course, I started out with my usual cup of coffee.  I love coffee.

kale protein shake

Yeah, I’m predictable …  I had the usual kale shake for breakfast.  But oh wait, it wasn’t kale today – it was Spinach!  Ah, see – I’m shaking things up!  🙂

And notice the University of Tennessee cup ….  GO VOLS!!!  🙂

morning snack

Morning snack.  I love raw veggies.

For lunch, I headed out for a few errands and ran by Trader Joe’s to grab some produce.  I love Trader Joe’s.  (Apparently there is a ‘love’ theme here).

sushi

before

They have a tiny little deli section where there are all kinds of different salads, wraps and other things that were all very reasonably priced.  And also very fast.  I’ll have to remember that for another day.  The buffalo chicken wrap looked awesome.  But I’ve been craving sushi for a while now.  In fact, I told my hubby I wanted sushi on my birthday weekend, but we just couldn’t fit it into all the other fun.

sushi

after

I couldn’t eat too much.  It really filled me up.  And that tiny little white packet full of wasabi was awesome.  It was exactly the right amount of heat, which for me is a lot!  If my nose doesn’t hurt while I’m eating sushi and wasabi, then somebody didn’t make it right!  The hotter the better!

About 3:30pm, my sweet tooth wanted a treat:

It says it’s infused with spicy red chili.  Hmm.  Well, if it is, I can’t taste it.  Although it could be that my taste buds were burned off with that wasabi earlier.  (kidding)

After work, I had to give blood for cancer research!  No, really!  How cool is that?!?

I am proud to participate in a 20-year cancer research study by the American Cancer Society.  The study is still open all across the country.  I heard they were looking for a total of 300,000 to participate.  If you want to know more about how you can help, click this link.

After taking my measurements and giving blood, I headed over to the Duck Duck Goose consignment sale to pick up my check and my unsold stuff.

From looking at the load I put back in my car, you would have thought I didn’t sell a thing.  The pile looked the same as what I took in there.  My husband was not too thrilled about carting all that unsold stuff back down into the basement.  BUT, I actually sold $202!  (Then you take out their 30% cut and my $15 participation fee), and my check was for $126.  That’s cool.  I’ll take it.  I only spent $84 at the sale, so I call that a WIN!

By the time I got home, it was 7pm and I was STARVING!!!

But guess what?!?  Hubby had dinner waiting on me!!! How sweet is that?!?

fajitas

Homemade fajitas.  Chicken, onions, peppers, cheese, broccoli slaw, avocado and hot sauce!  YUM!!!  He did such a good job.

After dinner, we took the kids for a walk around the neighborhood, just to get everyone’s wiggles out.  My son didn’t have a very good day at school yesterday.  So we used the time to talk about his actions.

When the kids went to bed, the hubs and I plopped down on the couch and watched the latest episode of ‘Parenthood’.  Do you watch this show?  I used to love it, but my goodness, it’s gotten deep.  Every episode is a tear jerker.  The writers need to bring a little joy and happiness to this family or they are going to lose me.

I needed a little sweet fix.

I saw this flavor at the grocery store and couldn’t resist buying it.  I was hoping it would be as good as Blue Bell’s Red Velvet Cake.  (Read my review HERE)  It was NOT!  In fact, it couldn’t hold a candle to Blue Bell.  Sadly though, you can’t find Blue Bell’s Red Velvet Cake right now.  (One can only hope they will bring it back for the holidays).

I guess it’s a good thing that I didn’t like it very much.  It meant that I didn’t eat very much.

So there you have it.  That’s What I Ate Wednesday!  🙂

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