Better Late than Never

Well, last week was our national day to celebrate food (and what we are thankful for). I had to work Saturday and Sunday, so I headed to the nations capital to celebrate this food fest with my dad and that part of the family. Ashley and her family were there, and my step brother and my grandparents. A small gathering in the whole scheme of things.

I woke up and went to Bikram. I needed some sweating and stretching of my body before the stretching of my stomach. I then came home and toasted an Ezekiel cinnamon raisin english muffin and topped it with some peanut butter and pumpkin butter. It was yummy.

Then it was off to DC to be with the family for some traditional turkey dinner.

Dad was busy in the kitchen all day…. But he loves it.

H showed off his lost tooth.

Ashley moderated the kid activities. While grandma and granddad looked on.

And Graham ate his Thanksgiving dinner.

The food was great… First the appetizers.
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Then the main course…Turkey, turducken, green beans, sweet potatoes, stuffing, mashed potatoes and greens. It was all there. And a great day.

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Hold the salt

So, I had a busy weekend and didn’t feel like eating. Next comes a walk down the street to the local Mexican place. It started with chips and salsa. But only a few. And the house margarita. Then I had the chicken enchiladas with mole sauce. Not really on the diet. But I ate mostly the rice and beans. It is only 830, but I could go to bed. Night.

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Weekend wrap-up

Well, I have had a busy week. I am finding it tough to find time to post every day, so for the time being, I am going to post when I can. So I will update on some of the things that I have been up to this week.

Monday I decided to try Caitlin’s speedy pumpkin rice pudding. It looked like a great fast breakfast. Unfortunately, my oven is slow and it really never was crispy, but it was a great way to start my week. I topped it with some Trader Joe’s pumpkin butter instead of brown sugar. It was yummy. I also made a latte with my espresso machine. It was good too.

I made it to the gym on Monday night. And my body was still not happy with me from the spin class I went to last week. My legs were like rubber bands, and my hips were so tight. But the weight training I did helped to loosen them a bit.

Tuesday there was a gala for the University where I work. There are no pictures, but stuffy dress and hotel food was not a good combination.

Wednesday night I decided to bake a sweet potato and cook some chicken and green beans. The thing I hate about sweet potatoes are that they take a long time to bake. So I decided to slice them up, drizzled some olive oil and baked them for 18 minutes. Perfection.

Doesn’t that plate look lonely by itself. Such is my life

The rest of the week was not worth writing about. Work kept me very busy this week and I didn’t have much time for much other than that. That is until Friday night. I am a member of the Junior League of Baltimore. Friday night was had an event for a fundraiser that we were doing. I actually finished work early (that never happens on a Friday) and headed to the sip and savor event. The league had a Decor Galore sale this weekend which had loads of home goods for sale to benefit the Junior League. Friday night was the preparty, so to speak. And the first 100 through the door received a swag bag.

Filled with tea, coupons, Baltimore Magazine, Style magazine and Chespeake magazine (the last 2 with a year subscription). It was worth the trip. Dinner left a lot to be desired, only cheese trays and chicken wings. The only veggies were the celery for the wings. But I tried not to eat to much and had only one glass of wine. It was a fun event.

The rest of the weekend was spent helping at the sale. And I had one big home project. This is my home office room.

All these windows have great light in the room – but it actually makes it hot in the summer and cold in the winter. And the sun is a great fader – so all my book spines are a bit paler. So I bought new blinds! And after some trouble with stripping screws with the drill, I successfully hung all five blinds.

I love the way they hang, and hopefully they will provide some privacy and some thermal benefits too. But after all the work I have done, I am one tired cookie tonight.

Saturday I made some pumpkin oats to fuel the hanging. They are oats, pumpkin puree, chia seeds, dried cranberries, and walnuts and some white chocolate wonderful from peanut butter company. Yum.

My latte foam looks like a latte mug on a plate. :)

One other thing, this week I decided to have someone come and cut the ivy in my yard and plant some flowers. Unfortunately I am too short to reach the top of the garage next door, and it had started to look like Medusa. But it now looks nice.

Now to figure out dinner, and run get some cat food. Hope you’ve had a good weekend.

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Butter me up

This is how I spent my day.

In front of my computer, reading for work. Not the way I had intended to spend my day. But when I opened my file to see what I needed to prepare, I realized one of the the things had over 100 pages to read. So I canceled all  my plans and I have been reading and reviewing things all day.

But this morning, I decided to try out my waffle iron again. The last time I used it, I tried to make buckwheat waffles. I like the buckwheat, cause it provides a bit more fiber and it more filling than a regular waffle. But I thought that it may have contributed to the long cooking time and doughy texture. So today I combined some buttermilk mix with the buckwheat mix.

They looked better and took less time to cook. I topped them with some Trader Joe’s pumpkin butter, some Maranatha Almond Butter and half a banana. Boy was I excited to eat them. And then I took the first bite, and what a disappointment. Doughy consistenty, no crispy edges. I only finished about half of one piece and couldn’t do any more. I ate off the bananas and the butter and tossed the rest of the waffles in the trash. So now I am going to investigate a new waffle iron. I like a thin traditional waffle rather than a belgian type. I have a little research to do.

The rest of the day was filled with nothing other than work. I took one excursion to the pet store. Fiona and Isaac would be rather hungry without it. And stopped at the drug store.

One of the things I struggle with in trying to lead a healthy lifestyle is time. I work long days – I’m usually at work by 7:30 and not home til after 7:00. So it is hard when come home hungry to not just want to throw something in the microwave and have dinner ready in 5 minutes. But today I tried to prep a little for the week. So I made some rice that I can reheat.

And for dinner I decided to make one of my vices from Trader Joe’s Mandarin Orange Chicken. YUMMY! Baked in the oven for 20 minutes and tossed in the sauce, it is cripsy and tangy. I love it. And I had forgotten how much I like it. I added some brown rice and some green beans and it made a perfect dinner. Now, back to the reviews.

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My visit to the Big Apple

So, I have no healthy eating things to post. And no knitting, although I have been knitting some. And I have had a lazy day. But I will update you all on my trip last weekend to NYC. Now see, last Sunday was my birthday. And I decided to spend my day – and the weekend – in the city. I woke up early Saturday morning, hopped on the train and arrived in the Big Apple all before 9am. It was great to be back in the city. It was a crisp, fall day, and I loved it.

I hit one snag – the 1 train was running on the wrong tracks. And I ran up the stairs to what I thought was the uptown train and then went express to 14th street. UGH. So I got on the next available uptown train, made it to 23rd street, and sat for 10 minutes. So I decided I had had enough and hopped of the train and took a cab to 83rd St. to my friends apartment. That was the low point of the weekend, which was good.

I stayed with my college roommate in NYC. She moved to the city about a year ago, and our goal was to see things neither of us had seen before. Saturday, I decided I wanted to see the Cloisters. Although she had been there many times, I had never been and she was happy to oblige.  We had a guest, but he was too fast for me to get his face.

It is a beautiful location. On the top corner of Manhattan, overlooking the Hudson and NJ across. Two weeks ago the colors would have been gorgeous.

We saw some amazing works of medieval art. All of the intricate detail in some of the small pieces.

We then met another friend of mine for dinner at Plein Sud in Tribeca. Great food and great company. And an early birthday celebration.

Sunday, I woke up early and my friend slept late. So I ventured out to explore her neighborhood. I went to Joe’s coffee, with a line out the door for lattes at 9:30 on a Sunday morning. I was able to snag a table and drank my coffee while I read my book. I am currently reading The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. I will review it later. When she woke up, she called and we went to EJ’s for brunch. I had the multigrain pancakes, which were just ok. A little doughy for my liking, but I ate them non-the-less. Our place you’ve never been to on Sunday was to Brooklyn. We decided to go to the art galleries in Williamsburg. We took the wrong train, and therefore had about a half a mile walk to the first gallery. We saw some interesting work. My favorite was a gallery galled Figureworks. In fact, I may call them and buy one of the pieces we saw. The only photos I took on Sunday were these – a voyeurs look into someone else’s life.

That night, we went to Bagatelle for dinner. That was an adventure in and of itself. It turns into a night club, and it didn’t disappoint on Halloween night. And a great birthday treat.

Monday was low key, and I headed back to Baltimore. The rest of my vacation week has been filled with NOTHING! Which is what I needed. But now it is back to the grind. And to trying for some healthy living.

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No pictures

Well, I have been on vacation this week. I spent the first 3 days in New York City. Every time I go there, I realize why I miss it. There is something comforting about being around so many people. And it was great to see my friends.

It was also my birthday, and I had a great dinner with my friends at Bagatelle. This place is a restaurant that basically turns into a night club as the meals are being served. We danced until after midnight. And had our dinner paid for my the Italian men at the table next to us. We didn’t head to their “private” after party. We didn’t ask for their generosity and felt we owed them nothing.

So I decided to have a staycation for the rest of the week. And I decided to kick start myself into physical activity. For the last 2 years and a few months I have religiously worked out twice a week – once with a trainer and once doing pilates. But I have lately been feeling overweight, and like my whole body is is tight and wound up. So this week I decided to jump start my cardio and get back to Bikram yoga.

When I was in St. Louis, I went to Bikram at least 3 days a week. I love the regimen, and the heat. I never thought I would enjoy so much heat. But when I moved to NYC, I never found the time for Bikram. There is a study here that has recently opened and I still haven’t found the time to fit it into my schedule. So I am going to try and commit to more.

And tonight, I went to my first ever spin class. I sweat my butt off, and my quads are killing me. But I enjoyed it.

I have been trying to eat better. I am going to start posting more food pics, but I haven’t taken any today. One of my changes is going to be committing to doing this – blogging – more often. Thanks to all who are still reading.

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Lazy Saturday

Woke up this morning and decided it was such a great day, that I would wait for my exercise til this afternoon. So I lounged around and decided to make breakfast at about 10:00. I gathered some things together, and this is what I came up with.

Can you guess what it is? Here are the steps.

MMM! Butter.

But darn butter. It burned on the bottom. Not too bad and breakfast was yummy. 2 eggs, some red bell pepper, heirloom tomato and goat cheese. And a slice of grains galore toast from the Breadery.

I spent most of the day here.

See my Kindle and my computer. Although it was nice, i had some work to do. But at least I could be outside. For lunch I decided to cut up this melon (Only about 7 inches diameter, perfect for just me).

I have never had a yellow watermelon. It was good – not too sweet but yummy. Doesn’t it look like it’s smiling at you.

Now I’m off to Bikram. And then to my dad’s for dinner. Enjoy the rest of your saturday.

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Buy a $10 waffle iron….

….and get a 10 minute waffle.  I have been wanting a waffle iron but haven’t wanted to spend a lot of money on it. I found one at Target that was $9.99. So I said – I can get that one.

So this morning I decided to make Buckwheat waffles. I have some Arrowhead Buckwheat pancake and waffle mix. I mixed it up. I love the way that the buckwheat tastes. I figured I would mix up enough for 4, that is what the recipe says it will make.

So the first ones looked like this – after 10 minutes of cooking.

Not really worth eating and not cooked all the way through. I thought maybe I hadn’t filled the plates with enough. The next batch was a bit better, but took just as long. I decided to eat those while I cooked the last. Covered them with some fig preserves, half a banana, and some slivered almonds. It was yummy.

The last bit made the best waffle of them all. But I ate my whole breakfast and cleaned up the plate before it was finished. (And it wasn’t that I ate it that fast.)

Lesson learned – it may be worth a few extra bucks to get a better iron.

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Crazy day

Today was a typical Tuesday, out of the house by 7am, and home at 6:30 pm. Makes it tough to do anything healthy for yourself, let alone fix healthy meals. That is one thing I need to work on, but when I am home after 11 hours at work, it is hard to think about cooking. So I should plan better.

Breakfast this morning was strawberry yogurt, with some local home made granola (sorry no pictures). And lunch was a salad with some chicken strips. Nothing exciting. Despite my lack of energy for making dinner, I did put together a dinner that wasn’t too bad. A portabella gardenburger with a salad made from fixins from the farmer’s market (heirloom tomato and spring mix) in addition to half an avocado. With some Annie’s naturals red pepper vinaigrette. It was yummy. Will take more pictures later.

If anyone has any other quick suggestions for meals, please let me know.

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Monday, Monday

Well, I forgot to turn my alarm on last night. Oops. Meant for a jolt awake this morning when I realized it was past time to wake up.

This morning I’m blogging from my iPhone. Going to start the day with some oatmeal. I didn’t feel like making the real stuff, and had some Kashi heart to heart golden brown sugar in the pantry. It is a little too sweet, but topped it with some raisins and slivered almonds. Not too bad.

I also decided to use the espresso machine. Made a nice latte. I love this machine. It was a gift from Dad for my new apartment in NYC, and I guess finishing fellowship. It makes good coffee. Well, I’m running late.


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