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Movie date

Brad and i spent Sunday afternoon at the mall, looking for various things we needed and exchanging a few things I did not need.  I could have spent at least another hour at the mall, but we really wanted to see Inception at a 3:40 pm showtime.

During the movie I steered clear of the candy and popcorn and happily munched on this Lara Bar.  Yum!  I could totally make this version.  The ingredients are so simple.

Guys, Inception was really good and really thought provoking.  Brad and I always try to figure out the movie plots before they really let you in on them.  So we kept whispering to each other throughout the movie, guessing what was going to happen next.  For the most part, we were correct.  We like to think we’re smart, but maybe you guys figured it out too.

It was nice to go on a little movie date in the middle of the afternoon.  I don’t know what it is about movies, but I always think of going to the movies with Brad as a “date”, probably because when I was in high school, there was nothing else to do on dates but go to the movies or hang out with other people.

After our movie date, Brad and I stopped by TJ’s to grab some things we needed and probably some things we did not.  I have GOT to curb my grocery shopping 1- because it’s expensive and I don’t know why I’m so spoiled about having an over-stocked kitchen at my finger tips, and 2- because we’re going on a honeymoon in a few weeks and if I keep this up we’re going to have  a lot of wasted food.  We organized the cabinets this morning to make room for our new dishes and serving ware.  While doing this I noticed that my “baking” cabinet (where I keep all my flours, sugars, and such) is out of control.  I should start making bread with three different flours just to use up the ridiculous amount of ingredients I have in my kitchen.

For dinner Brad made chicken soft tacos with corn tortillas; chicken sauteed in McCormick’s taco seasoning; salsa from TJ’s; Greek yogurt; sauteed corn, peppers, and onions; a little bit of New Zealand grass-fed cheddar; and avocado.  If this taco looks difficult to close, it totally was.  I attempted to bring the sides together, but ended up eating half of the filling with a fork and making a big mess.

Dinner was light, but don’t let me fool you.  I sampled cheese and pasta salad at TJ’s, had a bit more cheese while Brad was throwing dinner together, and then ate most of the icing off a cupcake.  Brad likes cake and I like icing…he’s my perfect match. 😉

I couldn’t say no to the tiramisu I brought home last night.  I put about half in a tiny little ramekin and Brad had the rest.  Now I’m off to finish packing the rest of my lunch and getting ready for the start of the work week.

Updated: Brad and I may have finished off our second cupcake right before bed with milk meaning he had most of the cake and I had most of the icing.  Too much sugar before bed perhaps?  Tomorrow might be “Nothin’ but Natural Sugar Monday”.  Tuesday too.  I need a sugar detox.

Weekend, I’m so sad to see you go!


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Try try again

I tried them once and though, “Meh, that was okay”.  But I’ve tried them again and have completely changed my tune.  What’s that you ask?

Overnight Oats!

It’s been soooo hot here in NC lately and I’ve been neglecting my oatmeal because I just didn’t have a taste for steaming oats.  I decided to give overnight oats another try after noticing that some other bloggers add milk to their version.

The first time I tried overnight oats, I used yogurt and oats only because that’s what I had observed in other blogs.  I think the almond milk I added totally changed the texture from pasty to creamy.

In reality these were actually 30 minute in the fridge oats, not overnight oats because I didn’t have that much forethought the night before.

I couldn’t remember the exact ratios I have observed of oats to yogurt to milk so I just winged it.

In my bowl:

1/3 cup gluten free oats (I’m not going gluten free – just thought I would try them out)

1/3 cup Chobani 2% Greek yogurt

1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk

Refrigerated for 30 minutes at minimum, then added:

1/2 sliced banana

1 Tbsp. almond butter

small sprinkled (~1 1/2 Tbsp.) homemade granola

Confession: This is an old photo – today was my actual third try with overnight oats.  I never used this photo and thought it would be prettier than my plastic ware I use for car eating.

This really hit the spot and was the perfect ratio to avoid an unpleasant texture.  I loved the crunch the granola added.  I haven’t shared my homemade granola recipe because it is still in the works.  I now  know why oil is in almost every recipe; it burns pretty quickly without it.  My granola turned out just okay.  It’s crunchy and serves its purpose.  I just made homemade applesauce the other day so I definitely want to use it to make the next batch of granola.

I never make it past 11:30 for lunch.  Today’s feature on my messy desk that only gets messier as the week goes on: salad mess courtesy of all the veggies I chopped up last weekend.  Yes, they’re still fresh.  It had:

Romaine lettuce

Sliced tomato

Hearts of palm



Red bell pepper

1 oz. goat cheese

Green onion

Earth Fare almond grain patty

Topped with a little bit of honey, lemon juice, and Bragg’s Aminos as a dressing and a peach on the side.

My afternoon snack was a fail.  Why does my coworker’s microwave pop a bag of popcorn perfectly one day and burn the same size bag the next?  Oh well, I ate it anyway because I don’t mind burned popcorn all that much and the snack machine was not an option.  I mixed in dried cranberries and soy nuts to make it more interesting.

I left work a bit early to meet with my wedding director.  I can’t believe I’m getting married in 28 days!  Still so much to do!

I just got home and grabbed a quick snack to fuel a workout.

Spelt Blueberry Muffins with a bit of sesame seed butter and blackberry jam both condiments courtesy of Trader Joe’s.  I better get at it or I’m going to lose all motivation.

Happy Monday being over!


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Ho hum day

Today’s breakfast was…was…so long ago I can’t quite remember.  Let’s look at the photo.

Banana PB OatsIt looks like it was banana oats with PB and peanuts.  Yum!  That was great.  I ate most of it before I even made it to the interstate.

This is what my lunch looked like last night when I packed it.

Lunch/Snacks on the go

From left to right, here is what I ate at work today:

  • I nuked the raspberries and added them to the Greek yogurt with half of a pumpkin flax Kashi granola bar (afternoon snack)
  • Humus with cherry tomatoes and one carrot was my morning snack.
  • Lunch was leftover acorn squash with garbanzo beans on top.

To tell the truth, lunch was a little bland.  It needed more salt or maybe a sauce like bbq sauce.

Sometimes my lunchbox will not close because it is filled to the brim with Tupperware.

Too full

Today was a bit dull because my one meeting was canceled and I sat at my desk all day long.  I’m just not cut out for little to no interaction with people all day.  I’m definitely an extrovert and have read that extroverts get energy from being around other people.  So when my day is filled with sitting at a computer, I feel pretty drained.

On the way home I swung by my grandparents’ house.  They weren’t home but I knew there was something inside waiting for me.

baby cast iron

My trusty little cast iron frying pan from college, all refurbished and shiny new!  It had been the victim of a roommate who unfortunately was unaware that you do not soak cast iron in soapy water.  The results were rusting and flaking, which my grandfather fixed right up. 🙂

Later on at home, Brad worked on dinner…

Brad cooking shrimpWe are all about shrimp right now because we bought 14 pounds of shrimp from the NC coast (where Brad is from) and it is sitting in our freezer waiting to be eaten.  Actually, we probably only have about 1/2 that much at this point.  So far, we have made a lot of shrimp and grits (my favorite) and shrimp tacos, which was on the menu tonight.

While Brad was working on the shrimp, I was making not one, but two pies.  Don’t let me fool you, the recipe is really simple.  I will be sure to post it later. I signed up to bring one pie to the Halloween luncheon at work on Friday.  Since Brad really loves this pie, I made him one to take to work with him.

When Brad finished the shrimp, I dressed up the soft corn tacos.

Shrimp tacos

I added salsa, avocado, and FF sour cream. Not too different from my black bean tacos from the other night.  But the shrimp made it so much better.  The beer was also a nice compliment.

The gingerbread in the fridge was calling my name.

gingerbead + yogurt blend

I just can’t pass up sweets when they’re in the house.  I think I’m going to try to skip dessert all next week during the weekdays and maybe have a cup of tea instead.  And in case you were wondering…yes, my thumbs do look like toes.  In my family we call them toe thumbs.  My aunt tried to hide hers all through school, but I have always shown mine off proudly.  I don’t mind being a bit weird.  Brad says I’m the weirdest girl he knows. 🙂




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Pumpkin Gingerbread

Last Friday night, Brad and I were in Trader Joe’s when he says “I don’t remember who told me this, but you can add canned pumpkin to mixes instead of fat and eggs.”  That someone was me, which I reminded him.  I actually got the idea from Monica (Run Eat Repeat) in the entry “Easiest Pumpkin Cupcakes”.  We didn’t make cupcakes, but we did add canned pumpkin to TJ’s gingerbread mix.

TJ's gingerbread mix & organic canned pumpkin

The results were pretty good.  We basically just mixed the two together and the only addition was 3/4 cups of water as the box said to add.  The inside of the bread was extremely bread-like.  I thought maybe the center wasn’t done at first, but it is just kind of custard-y because of the pumpkin addition.  It was excellent served with a dollop of Edy’s Vanilla Yogurt Blend.

Gingerbread and icecreamMine is the smaller serving on the right.  It was just the right amount to take care of my sweet tooth.

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