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Lunch al fresco

It was another gorgeous day here in southeastern Wisconsin! How great it felt to eat my lunch outside again instead of at my desk!

I made myself a veggie sandwich with hummus, red peppers, spinach, provolone cheese and tomatoes.

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My favorite combo of fresh strawberries and greek yogurt.

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I liked this vanilla bean greek yogurt from TJ’s.

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I read a Family Circle magazine on my break (trying to get my hoarding pile of magazines down) and there was an interesting article about teens and blogging. Of course they warned parents about privacy issues, but the article also said that blogging may help teens “soothe stress and boost self-esteem.” I think the same can be said for adults who blog!

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I had two free coupons for these Starbucks refreshers drinks, so today I tried out the Orange Melon variety. It was delicious!

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It’s not something I would drink that often, especially because it contains 13 grams of sugar.

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I couldn’t find this anywhere on the can, but I found the info on the Starbucks site: “each Refreshers has 40 to 55 milligrams of caffeine — two-thirds the caffeine of a shot of espresso and one-third that of an 8-ounce coffee.”

I had mine around 3:30 p.m. when I took a 15 minute break outside to catch up on some e-mails. I definitely didn’t feel tired tonight because of the afternoon caffeine boost. I just hope I can fall asleep tonight!

I went to the gym for a quick workout which involved mostly strength training and then 10 minutes on the stair stepper. That machine always wears me out! When I got home, I buzzed around the neighborhood on my bike. Nothing makes me happier than being able to ride my bike outside again.

I admired our strawberry plant that survived the winter outside…it’s coming along quite nicely! Can’t wait for fresh little strawberries this summer. :) That reminds me, we’ll need to put our netting up so the birds don’t get them like they did at the beginning of last summer.

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Craig didn’t go to the gym with me because his exercise was cutting the grass.

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And now my husband is going to be embarrassed when he sees a picture of him on the internet in his 80’s jeans shorts that he only wears for cutting the lawn.

Time to go read a book or magazine!

Celiac test

This morning, I tried the new brand of instant oatmeal I purchased at the store on Monday: Better Oats. This was the best instant oatmeal I have had in ages. The cinnamon plum spiced flavor was different and so delicious. The ingredients and nutrition facts are great as well.

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Lunch was another smashed white bean sandwich, some carrots and a chocolate chip cookie for dessert. The highlight of my lunch break was trying this little So Delicious coconut chocolate milk. Craig had it for lunch too and enjoyed it.

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Besides being dairy and soy free, it’s also gluten free. When I saw that on the back of the carton, I couldn’t help but think of the lab test I was having drawn after work today. I had to get the Celiac panel done. Let’s just hope I don’t have to go gluten free. I’ll let you know when I get the results, of course.

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After eating lunch, I ventured outside into the windy, yet warm January temps for a nice walk. I returned this video to the library before I started walking around downtown Milwaukee.

We watched this Jamie Oliver’s Food Escapes show last night and it was fun! I liked seeing the scenery and food that is typically found in Stockholm, Sweden. I don’t like fish, so I am not sure how I would do traveling there. I am willing to try everything once though. :)

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I made myself a homemade pizza for dinner tonight. I was trying to use up some things in the freezer-a whole wheat Boboli crust and some pineapple. So, 1/4 was pineapple and ham, I made some with just cheese and ham for Craig and then veggies on the rest! My favorite flavor of pizza is Hawaiian and I rarely get to have it, so this was the closest I got to it in a while (no Canadian bacon but the ham gave it a nice flavor that was close).

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The evening flew by tonight! After I rested on the couch, we got to the gym where I got an intense 5.21 mile bike ride in and some weights lifted.

Good night!

Fall hike and Berry Me Frozen Yogurt

Our hike last night went much better than the last one we went on at the same location a couple of months ago.

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pretty pond, Wisconsin

The fall colors were beautiful, of course.

orange fall tree

fall tree

pretty fall colors at pond

Our mission was to find a bench with a plaque honoring the memory of Craig’s Uncle Leonard, who died of cancer two years ago.

We found it and honored his love of nature by walking in one of his favorite places, which is also one of our favorite hikes to go on. I liked the quote on it, “The beauty of nature surrounds us and reminds us of your love.”

Leonard's bench

Us at Leonard's bench

With the weather being so beautiful, I didn’t go to the gym all week. It felt good to exercise outside every day instead and I know that once winter hits, I will miss being able to do things outdoors.

This morning, we biked around our neighborhood and whenever we bike, I catch myself smiling from ear to ear. I love biking with Craig and I enjoy doing it in general. So much better than biking at the gym staring at a wall, magazine, or the TV!

We decided to use our groupon for Berry Me Frozen Yogurt on the east side of Milwaukee and head down there this afternoon.

Berry Me Frozen Yogurt Milwaukee

I spontaneously posted that we were going there on my Facebook page and asked if my friend Kim wanted to join us, as she lives pretty close by. Pretty soon, we were on the phone and decided to meet up.

Me and Kim at Berry Me Frozen Yogurt

I hadn’t seen her in months and it was fun to catch up. She’s thinking of starting her own blog too! Kim would be an excellent blogger. :)

I had plain tart and red velvet cake with swedish fish, sprinkles, and cinnamon toast crunch on top. The swedish fish were a stupid idea on my part because they became hard and they are always so chewy to eat. I love them, but not in fro yo.

Berry Me Fro Yo

I hate to compare, but kind of have to…Yo Mama in Tosa has many more healthy toppings (fruit) and just a better selection of toppings and flavors in general. I also like the flavor of Yo Mama better. Sorry Berry Me!

Next, I used up my last internet deal, which seemed to be the theme of my weekend because I used up all three that I had purchased! I had the Living Social Whole Foods deal and we picked up lots of different yogurts (which I’ll review later this week when I try them–excited I found a lactose free one and I am going to finally try Siggi’s), chips, apples, carrots, Mamma Chia drinks, Gardein veggie burgers and alcohol.

I better run and make some spaetzle for dinner. I used to make it every other Sunday for a while and then got sick of it. I love having the leftovers for work lunches.

I’ll leave you with one more picture of my bangs. I think they look better with my hair up and so does Craig. He is so cute as he said yesterday, “I think you were meant to have bangs” or something to that affect. When my hair is up, the bangs are just long enough to break up the roundness of my face and emphasize my high cheekbones.

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Hope the rest of your Sunday is relaxing! I have seen a lot of bloggers comment on being off of work tomorrow for Columbus Day. I wish I was! I think when I worked in California, I had off, but no such luck here. I could use a three day weekend, especially with the weather being perfect lately.

Quinoa Stuffed Zucchini Boats and DailyFeats

Lately, I’ve been coming up with a meal I want to make and get to cooking it right after I meditate. Tonight, I wanted to use up my zucchinis and I had the two types of onions the recipe called for in my fridge. I remembered that Emily at Daily Garnish made Quinoa Stuffed Zucchini Boats during her internship last summer and I wanted to make them a year ago, but never got around to it!

I finally made them for dinner and I also boiled some corn on the cob.

quinoa stuffed zucchini boats

They came out pretty good! I think they needed a bit more spice. I did add a lot more cumin than Emily called for in her recipe.

quinoa stuffed zucchini boats

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After letting my stomach rest a bit, I went to the gym to bike while reading Fitness magazine, do the elliptical for another 15, and I also lifted some weights.

Once home, I recovered with some protein in the form of plain Chobani with raw honey, chia seeds, and sliced almonds.

Chobani, raw honey, almonds, chia seeds

And now I am going to check out a website I saw mentioned in the September 2011 issue of Fitness magazine: DailyFeats

Doesn’t the description below have you intrigued too? :)

daily feats from Fitness magazine

Night!

Bloggers are taking over the bookstore!

I’m off to my in-laws’ house today for a family party, so I thought I would recap Saturday before the busy day begins. I still have to get in my workout, shower, and then we need to be at my in-laws’ house by about 12.

For lunch yesterday, I had a 6 inch Subway ham and cheese sandwich and a Godiva Iced Vanilla Bean coffee. I received the Godiva coffee from the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program and I’ll do another separate post on the coffee soon.

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We headed out of the house to get Craig’s free birthday drink at Starbucks. Since he doesn’t like coffee, we got a Venti Strawberries N’ Creme.

Starbucks Strawberries N' Creme Frappucino

Craig and Strawberries N' Creme frapp

Weird look on my face captured by Craig. I was sporting the cute starfish necklace I had received in the mail yesterday from a giveaway I won over at Stop and Smell the Wildflowers. Thanks again Amber! Love the necklace! :)

me with strawberries n' creme frappucino

Next, we were off to Barnes and Noble to look around.

That is when I decided that bloggers are taking over the bookstore! Yay!

peas and thank you on Barnes and Noble table

peas and thank you book

Carrots N' Cake by Haupert at Barnes and Noble

While at Bed Bath and Beyond, I was beginning to think that we’d never find a toaster that had good reviews or wasn’t cheaply made.

This one seemed cheap.

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I liked the look and durability of this one, but Craig scanned in the barcode on his phone and found it didn’t have great reviews on Amazon.

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Anything is better than the toaster we currently have which turns itself on! I hate having to remember to unplug it every time we use it. If only we had enough counter space for the toaster oven we own.

Enough ranting about toasters. We didn’t buy one and may just have to go with the Kitchen Aid one that is rated best on Amazon.

After a short nap on the couch, I got to the gym for a pretty good workout. I biked while reading Self magazine, pushed myself on the Cybex Arc Trainer, lifted weights, did abs with the ball, and tortured myself with various planks.

The rest of the night, I just relaxed, made a very late and random dinner, then did dishes and put laundry away since I knew I wouldn’t have much time for it today.

Dinner was a poached egg, provolone cheese, mushrooms, jalapenos, Frank’s Red Hot sauce, tomatoes, and I put Nutritional Yeast on top of the egg and tomatoes. I really couldn’t taste the yeast.

poached egg, mushrooms, tomatoes, nutritional yeast, jalapenos, cheese

Dessert was nice and healthy–strawberries from our garden & blueberries, topped with some raw sugar.

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I’ll be back tonight with a post about weird things and strangely named things families eat. One of the things we are having at the party today is not weird, but has a strange name that I had never heard of until I met my husband. Hearing the name cracks me up every time! Does your family eat anything particularly odd at parties or call certain recipes weird names?

Food conversations at Target

Boy, what a busy Monday it was for me at work. I was running around non-stop. Just when the fax machine would go off (I get most of the faxes), the phone would ring, or a new e-mail would come in.

Luckily, meditating really has seemed to help me control my stress levels at work and also helps me think more clearly. I am sure it has helped in many other ways too!

I started off my Monday with Stonyfield French Vanilla yogurt, berries, and chia seeds. This filled me up!

yogurt, berries, chia seeds, coffee

I snacked on an iced coffee and a string cheese at work mid-morning.

I had a big salad with spinach, feta, and red peppers, topped with Italian dressing for lunch. I also had some baby carrots and a vanilla activia.

salad, carrots, string cheese, vanilla activia

After eating and reading some blogs, I started The Hunger Games. Craig has been reading it on his kindle, but he’s a slower reader than me and I couldn’t wait to read it!

The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins

So, I picked it up from the library just in time for our upcoming trip up north, where we will be doing lots of reading. I wanted to get a head start on it so I can get into a bit before we are at the cottage. Hope it’s a good read! I like it so far.

A Target trip was in order after work. I got out my “All Out Of” list and coupons and was ready to conquer my list! I was on a mission to get some essentials, a few food items, and to use up some coupons! Love my coupons! I actually never bought a coupon organizer from etsy in the end. I just use this cute and cheery Clinique cosmetic bag and filled it with labeled envelopes full of coupons. It works perfectly!

All Out Of and coupons

While at Target, I heard one interesting food related conversation and participated in one. I overheard a young mom say to her two boys that she wasn’t buying them scooby fruit snacks because those particular fruit snacks had artificial ingredients in them. She told them, “you wouldn’t understand, but I buy things that are natural and I read the labels to make sure certain packaged foods are good choices.” They kind of whined and then she said, “you’ll understand someday.” I smiled at her as she said this and thought to myself, what a good mom!

The food conversation I participated in was at the checkout. My cashier saw that I was buying cheap balsamic vinegar. Even though it is from Italy, I am sure it’s nothing special. I just needed some to make salad dressing with and to drizzle on my quinoa. She recommended Oro di Oliva in Wauwatosa. She was so excited to share the details of how you can taste conventional olive oil and vinegar vs. Oro di Oliva’s and really taste the difference! I’ll have to check it out soon.

When I got home from Target, I found this lovely package on our back door step! I kind of squealed with joy upon seeing it! I am sampling five different flavors of Food Should Taste Good chips. The company was also generous enough to give five bags to a lucky reader. I’ll post that giveaway a week from today on the 18th, so check back then if you love these chips as much as I do!

Food Should Taste Good box

We’ll definitely be sampling those up north too! Craig is a major chip eater, while I tend to only care for these more healthy ones and pita chips. :) I told him he can’t scarf down all of these bags, I must sample them for the blog!

Dinner tonight was boring frozen pizza. I had a larabar at work before leaving, so I wasn’t too hungry. I needed to eat something quickly before heading to the gym.

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At the gym, I biked for a half hour while reading an old issue of Health magazine. They showed a drawing of the Bulgarian Split Squat and I decided to try it out when I was done biking.

If you haven’t seen this move before, here is what it looks like:

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I enjoyed doing this exercise and will definitely incorporate it into my gym routine more often.

It’s almost bedtime, so time for me to sign off. Hope you had a good Monday.

A cookout and happy 4th!

Yesterday afternoon, we went to Craig’s Aunt’s house for a cookout.

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I should have brought a veggie burger along because I didn’t get much protein from my meal. I had corn on the cob, sauerkraut, tomatoes, onions, potato salad, cherries, and then this yummy dessert plate.

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I love the no bake dessert with berries that Craig’s Aunt Susie makes every year. I remembered it from last year. Am I a foodie or what?

I also enjoyed a Mike’s Fruit Punch Hard Lemonade (wish I had this raspberry one pictured instead though).

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Our afternoon entertainment was watching Lucky and MacGyver learning about the birds and the bees. Yes, they are both boys. As Craig’s 8 year old second cousin said, “why is that one doing the butt dance?”

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I felt pretty full from the cookout, so I napped for a bit when we got home and then I burned some cookout calories at the gym. It was nearly empty again, which was fantastic! I biked while reading a magazine, lifted a full circuit of weights, and I lifted some free weights.

We slept in this 4th of July and I decided not to go to the outlets with my mom. I have to buy an expensive new Mac laptop soon, so clothes shopping shouldn’t really be my priority right now.

We started our morning out with a bike ride to a local park.

Craig and bike

No scary nature stories today, phew!

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This duck was more innocent than the mean goose from Saturday.

duck at park

After cleaning, doing laundry and dishes, I felt like making something. I put together some pesto because our basil plant is growing really quickly now and I need to use basil up!

I used Mark Bittman’s Basic Pesto recipe from How to Cook Everything.

How To Cook Everything by Bittman

Basic Pesto recipe

pesto

Craig had it for lunch and it turned out ok. I think I toasted the nuts a little too long.

pesto with pasta

toasting nuts

I’m saving some for a dinner this week.

I was not hungry today and I forced myself to eat lunch around 2 p.m. I think I am having some digestion issues from not taking one of my meds. I need to go buy it this week!

Lunch was spinach with a Morningstar Black Bean burger, red peppers, tomatoes, and olive oil/balsamic dressing and a berry smoothie with Bonne Maman wild blueberry drizzled on top.

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I needed to force myself to relax in the afternoon and still had to watch The September Issue, so I popped it in the DVD player and enjoyed some coffee ice cream too.

coffee ice cream, The September Issue

I really enjoyed the movie! Definitely an interesting insight into Vogue and into Anna Wintour’s style of leadership. I liked this movie so much more than the others I have seen lately. :)

After the movie was over, I ended my relaxation by organizing files and part of a kitchen cabinet that has been bugging me for a while.

For dinner, we continued our salsa Sunday tradition!

salsa, chips

And now I need to go meditate and then get ready for the week by making lunch for tomorrow and reading a bit.

I am sad that this three day weekend is over, but I felt like I got to relax and also got what I wanted to done. I wish every weekend was a three day one, especially in the summer.

Hope you had a good 4th of July!

7.68 more miles on the Oak Leaf Trail

Happy Sunday–what’s left of it at least!

I made french toast for us this morning. Mine was topped with nutella, raspberries, and powdered sugar. Yummy!

french toast, nutella, raspberries, coffee

Since the weather has been gorgeous here this weekend, Craig and I finally went on our first bike ride together of the summer.

I tried the Gatorade G Series Fit series today. I will get it free via rebate from Walgreens, so I figured it was worth trying and reviewing for the blog.

G Series Fit

First, I started with one prime bar since I knew we were not going too far on our ride. It was tasty.

G fit prime

G Fit prime

We loaded the bikes onto Craig’s car and went to Silver Spring Drive to leave off where we ended our ride last summer on the Oak Leaf trail. Craig wants to ride the entire trail slowly over the years, which is fine with me because it also forces us to bike in areas we might not necessarily choose to, like today’s ride. It was nice, don’t get me wrong, it just wasn’t the most scenic (except if you count the bridge with the train above it).

Oak Leaf trail trains and bridge

The only snag we hit today was some water on the trail and we had to go around it by getting on some city sidewalks. Right before I took this photo, there was a mama duck with her babies in the water and they were so cute! I am sad I didn’t get them on camera.

Oak Leaf trail water

We took a break at mile 4 and I tried some of the Melon Pear gatorade drink. Both Craig and I really liked this flavor.

However, this is kind of gross-my honest opinion: drinking gatorade in general brings to mind the awful colonoscopies I have had to have for the last three years. Psychologically, I hate the prep part of the colonoscopy and drinking gatorade or powerade is crucial to keep electrolytes in my body, I know this. You just get to a point where your stomach is so full and you can’t drink any more of the stuff. Drinking it today still conjured up those bad memories.

G Series Fit gatorade melon pear drink, bike

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I also munched on a few almonds.

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Craig (unintentionally) looking pretty serious as he ate a cherry pie larabar for some fuel.

Craig and larabar

We biked 7.68 miles in the end. Not bad!

Sigma bike computer 7.68 miles

Once home, I tried the Mixed Berry recover drink and it was my least favorite of the Gatorade G series fit products. The flavor was just off. I couldn’t even drink any more because it was so gross.

After having pizza for lunch, I was tired so I laid on the couch for an hour and crashed. Then I just read a book and magazine outside, made salsa, and did some housework.

Making salsa seems to be our new Sunday night tradition! This batch turned out better thanks to lime juice and fresh garlic. I added some lime to my woodchuck cider and it hit the spot. A nice summery treat!

salsa, chips, Woodchuck hard cider

salsa, chips

Time to prep for the week ahead! I am hoping to get more sleep this week in general. Must get to bed earlier from now on.

Later!

Energetic Friday

It’s amazing what a good night of sleep can do for you! I probably got about 10 hours of sleep and my body didn’t hurt when I woke up for the first time all week. I felt achy and stressed all week with lots going on at work.

Anyway, I purposely got that much sleep because I have to stay up until midnight this evening for work.

I started my morning with Chobani strawberry yogurt topped with strawberries and blueberries.

greek yogurt with berries, Starbucks caramel coffee

While at Target last week, I picked up the Starbucks caramel flavored coffee. It is really good! I honestly have a love/hate relationship with flavored coffee and this flavor impressed me. It reminds me most of a caramel frappucino (without all of the calories associated with said drink). Caramel frappucinos used to be my go to drink at Starbucks, so anything that is similar to it without the fat and calories is ok by me.

Starbucks caramel coffee

After watching the morning shows for a bit including a story on how a proper night of sleep at 8 hours plus helped a bunch of women lose weight (how timely), I finally got ready for the gym.

I was in a really cheery and energetic mood this morning, so I went with my new yellow Danskin Active top and my sassy sweaty bands headband. I even dared to take the picture below without makeup on. 20 something year old me would have never done that, but now that I am nearly 31, I don’t care what people think of my makeup less face anymore.

yellow Danskin active shirt, sweaty bands headband

At the gym, I was in an even better mood when I found that someone left behind an old issue of Whole Living magazine, which is becoming one of my favs. I read that while biking for 18 minutes, I lifted a full circuit of weights, did some free weights, abs and the elliptical for 16 minutes. I love great workouts like the one I had today.

I’m cooking up some tofu topped with Penzey’s mural of flavor spice (which is my favorite of Penzey’s spices), so I better run and check to make sure my tofu doesn’t burn. I want to bring a healthy dinner to work so I feel good for my event tonight. That should ensure I stay in a good mood as well. :)

Hope you have a wonderful Friday and a great start to your weekend!

Biking, bugs, and bungalows

Yesterday afternoon, I went on a 40 minute bike ride on the city streets to the Oak Leaf trail.

me and my Trek bike

Oak Leaf Trail, Greenfield area

I got as far as Root River parkway and turned around. I probably rode around 6 miles roundtrip, maybe more.

Trek bike handels, trail

My helmet is a Nutcase one that I received from my brother and sister-in-law for my b-day last year. They got me a different print in a size too big, so I exchanged it at REI for this cute one. It protects my head better than my old bike helmet and it’s super comfy to wear. It also allows me to wear my normal sunglasses with the helmet, where my old one didn’t do that.

biking, nutcase helmet

During times like these, I wish I had a garmin to wear or a bike computer. My husband has a bike computer, so I usually just rely on him to tell me how far we’ve gone. Anyway, it was a nice ride on such a beautiful day! I am glad I took advantage of it.

My heart was racing when I got home and plopped in an outdoor chair to drink water and read magazines in the sun. I didn’t stay out long because I fear getting burned. It felt good to soak up the sun for a bit.

One of the magazines I paged through was the April 2011 edition of Rachel Ray’s Everyday and I found this recipe, which sounds delicious. I hope to make it soon and report back on how it is!

Quinoa and Bean Salad Rachel Ray

Quinoa and Bean Salad

I kind of snacked my way through dinner–a bowl of raspberries, some Food Should Taste Good cheddar chips, some pieces of french baguette, a tofutti cutie. Later on, I enjoyed a Woodchuck Cider and a blueberry chobani while watching Food Revolution.

Craig and I went on a 35 minute walk around a different neighborhood not far from our house. We kept noticing strange things around this particular area, like a lit up flamingo in the window! A couple of blocks away from our house, I managed to have a typical Lisa moment. A bug flew in my eye, stuck to my contact lense (Craig could see it and was telling me he could, which almost made it worse), and I had to take out my lense. I carried it home like it was an injured bird, cupping it in my hand. Gross. Why do those strange things always seem to happen to me!?

After our walk, it was Jamie Oliver time! Turns out his TV show will be canceled probably after the next episode airs. Yes, folks. That means no more Food Revolution, for now at least. I hope he continues onto another city and tries to make an impact there. Jamie, come to Milwaukee! We need your help and I would love to meet you! :)

Here are my Food Revolution takeaways for the week:
-Jamie visited a high school in Santa Barbara. They changed their food program from junk to healthy foods successfully and it was clear that many whole foods were prevalent in their school kitchen! It also helped that they receive some of their produce from the school garden. One of the girls on the show said that she appreciated learning how her food was grown through the school garden.
-Jamie visited the family that he met with last week–the one who ate all of the fast food before meeting Jamie. Turns out that the dad lost 16 lbs. already, he cooks a lot more, and the older kid in the family said he feels better in general. They also started growing a small garden, which impressed Jamie.

And onto today…we slept in a bit, I meditated and then hopped on Craig’s mac mini to get my e-mail and google reader under control!

I ate this while reading blogs. Chobani with raspberries and blueberries.

Chobani, berries, coffee

Around lunch time, we headed out to have the buffet at Royal India restaurant. I didn’t take a pic, but the meal was the standard one I usually have when I go there–paneer tikka masala, naan, veggies (cooked and fresh), mango ice cream, and today we got to enjoy tea as well. I had some kind of dessert that was new to me–carrots cooked with butter, cinnamon and something else I can’t remember. It was really good and you could not even tell it was carrots!

My food baby needed a good walk, so we headed over to the Best Food store on 13th and Holt to check it out. This is the grocery store my Indian class cooking teacher recommended for a good selection and great prices. She was right. I came with my recipes in hand, but didn’t feel like buying anything and searching for ingredients. My stomach was so full that I just felt icky.

Next door was Bombay Sweets, but we didn’t go in. They have a Vegetarian restaurant and my teacher said they had snacks (which are called chaat I believe) in Bombay Sweets.

Best Food and Bombay Sweets

Then it was time to go to Craig’s grandma’s house, which has a pending offer on it. It’s on the southside of Milwaukee in a typical Milwaukee bungalow neighborhood. Craig’s dad had rented it for the last 5 years, but now the renters are out and he has had a lot of cleaning/fixing up to do. The renters really trashed the place. So, if you are a renter, take care of your place for the sake of landlords like my father-in-law who had to take care of the place because his mom had a stroke and was put in a nursing home.

Milwaukee bungalow-Craig's grandma's house

Seeing the inside brought back memories of the bungalow I grew up in for half of my life in Wauwatosa.

interior of Milwaukee bungalow

I always loved the built-in cabinets, fireplaces, and larger closets in the house I grew up in.

On the way home, we picked up a free photo collage at Walgreens. Ok, it was supposed to be a “Father’s Day” deal, but I always take advantage of these free collages when I can, which is usually during random Hallmark holidays. I made one of our trip to Florida. If you live near a Walgreens, get their photo e-mail updates and you’ll know when these freebies are available.

Walgreens collage Florida 2011

And finally, I got myself to the gym this evening. I went during dinner time because my food baby was still very big. The gym was dead, which was great.

I planned out what I was going to do ahead of time in terms of free weights. I used this book I checked out from the library.

The Women's Health Big Book of Exercises

I looked up some tricep exercises, some of which I do already. This book lays out the moves in such a nice way and as a visual learner, I appreciate being able to picture the correct form in my head while at the gym.

dumbell kickback

Triceps

I also biked while reading Health, did some squats on the BOSU, did some balance work and lifted a few weights in the circuit.

Ok, it’s getting late, so I’m going to end this super long post. How’s your weekend going?