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A lonely but productive Sunday

I tried lots of new products today, but have no time tonight to write separate reviews on all of them, so those posts will have to come at a later date.

I tried Hemp Hearts from Manitoba Harvest for breakfast this morning!

Hemp Hearts Manitoba Harvest

Nutritional stats hemp seeds Manitoba Harvest

Thanks to Manitoba Harvest for sending me some to try out. :)

They smell nutty in the packaging, but didn’t taste that way at all. I’ll keep adding these to foods this week and do a full review later.

I put some hemp hearts on top of the fluffy pancakes I made for Craig and I this morning! Not sure why, but the pancakes turned out really good. I did add some soy protein powder and had never done that before.

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Craig left the house to go to his sister’s and finish setting up the alarm system. That left me to take care of the garbage, water the garden, clean up in general, and finally get ready for the gym.

I have to get to the gym early on Sunday mornings, otherwise I’ll never want to go the rest of the day, especially when it’s beautiful out like it was today.

I went on the Cybex Arc trainer for 15 minutes, biked for another 15, and lifted a full circuit of weights. I also did some ab work and then got really hungry, so I knew I would have to head home.

I made a strawberry banana protein smoothie using Sunwarrior vanilla protein powder when I got home.

Tropical Traditions coconut oil, chobani, Sunwarrior Protein Raw Vegan Vanilla

It was my first time trying it and I really liked the flavor/texture. It wasn’t as chalky tasting as my soy protein powder.

protein smoothie

I also added coconut oil to my smoothie for the first time. I had seen that idea on Voracious and wanted to try it out for myself! It added a nice flavor as well.

I didn’t feel like having a proper lunch after filling up on the smoothie. I did feel like a nap though, so I laid down on the couch with Karma for a half hour.

I finally told myself to get up and be productive. I turned on Craig’s computer and got to work on finishing the Kodak photo book! I decided that creating the book was a lot like blogging. It took being picky about the layout, captions, and selecting certain pictures to tell our honeymoon story best. I ordered the book tonight and I can’t wait to get it!

I ate lunch at last and had sesame tempeh in a whole wheat tortilla with red onions, spinach, tomatoes, and some shredded cheese. I topped it with some Sesame Goddess dressing from Whole Foods.

tempeh in whole wheat tortilla wrap

My loneliness ended when Craig finally got home in the late afternoon! Yes, I am pathetic and I miss my husband’s company when he’s gone on a weekend day.

For dinner, Craig cooked us another item I will review in better detail later: Birds Eye’s Voila! Three Cheese Chicken dinner.

cooking Birds Eye meal

three cheese chicken Birds Eye meal

Birds Eye Voila! Three Cheese Chicken

It was tasty! Craig picked out most of the veggies and had only the chicken and noodles. I liked all of the ingredients.

Time to go for a Sunday night walk with my husband. Tomorrow is our 2nd wedding anniversary!

Happy Anniversary two birds

Can’t get enough tempeh!

I actually had a pretty good Monday! I wasn’t too tired either. :)

Susan of The Great Balancing Act had an even better Monday.

I am sure most of you have heard about the awesome fundraiser Janetha at meals & moves put together for Susan. I did bid on a few things, but didn’t win anything and couldn’t keep up with the bids while at work. I was just following the twitter stream on the Great Fundraising Act and saw that they are nearly up to $25,000 raised! That is so wonderful! I am so happy to be a part of this supportive and giving community. Now Susan can hopefully cover the cost of her meds down the road so she can bravely battle cancer.

I just started reading Susan’s blog about a month ago and I have teared up a couple of times reading her posts. She writes so beautifully and honestly.

The rest of this post seems boring compared to the excitement that the Great Fundraising Act created among the blog community today.

Breakfast was Mom’s Best Naturals cereal.

Mom's Best Naturals Sweetened Wheat-Fuls

The ingredients aren’t too bad. I found it at our local grocery store, Pick N’ Save, and had never seen the brand before.

Ingredients cereal

Mom's best sweetened wheat-fuls

I didn’t take a picture of my lunch, but I had a big spinach salad with warmed up tofu, grape tomatoes, green peppers and feta. Yeah, basically what I had yesterday without the mushrooms. I was so full, that all I could eat after that was two Back to Nature peanut butter creme cookies.

My after work snack was Chobani non-fat greek yogurt, berries, and homemade double coconut granola. This tasted divine together. I know what I am having for breakfast tomorrow! :)

yogurt, berries, granola

I also dug into some Food Should Taste Good Toasted Sesame chips (I am picking the giveaway winner tomorrow evening, so get your entries in)!

Food Should Taste Good Toasted Sesame chips

And dinner will look familiar because it’s what I had last night (except for the cooked green beans).

tempeh sandwich, green beans

That’s right, the tempeh spinach tomato sandwich will probably be one that keeps appearing on my blog because it’s so good that I can’t get enough of it.

I cooked up some green beans from our garden and made them the way my cooking teacher did in class last week. I boiled the water, threw them in for about three minutes, put some olive oil and sea salt on top and they were perfect! Craig tried one and didn’t even mind that they weren’t as cooked as he likes his.

I took my usual pictures of the cats being funny tonight.

Right before I snapped this picture of Tanzi, he was making an Elvis face that had Craig and I cracking up.

Tanzi the kitty

He looked like he said “thannk you verrrry much” with his lip curled up. Too bad I couldn’t snap a pic fast enough to capture it!

Karma was up to his weird antics sitting on the top of the recliner. It drives Craig nuts (and makes him slouch), but we still think it’s cute. I have seen pictures of other cats doing this, but this is a recent thing for Karma.

Karma and Craig

I’ve been keeping up with reading blogs by using this iPod/phone app called Feeddler.

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feeddller

It’s like Google Reader but better. When I am on a computer, I still enjoy using Google Reader. Reading blogs on my iPod through the Google app just wasn’t cutting it anymore.

feeddller

And to end this lengthy post–my workout today included a 25 minute walk on the treadmill while watching HGTV. I lifted some weights and used the Freemotion machines tonight in addition to the normal machines I usually use. I could really feel the Freemotion working my arm muscles!

When I got back from the gym, Craig and I went on a walk around the neighborhood.

Buonasera tutti!

I <3 Frozen Yogurt!

Can’t believe the weekend is almost over! Where did it go?

Breakfast was non-fat plain Chobani with raspberries and blueberries. It was a little too bland for me, so I added some Bonne Maman jam too. Is it just me or does Chobani seem thicker than it used to be? I was so full after this big bowl!

Chobani, berries, coffee

Lunch was a spinach salad with mushrooms, grape tomatoes, herbed tofu, and feta cheese.

Salad with tofu, mushrooms, feta

Then it was time for us to head out of the house. We took a drive by the house that my sister-in-law bought last week! It was cute and in a nice area. I’m excited to see the inside now.

After that, we went to Mayfair Mall to check out the laptops.

Apple store Mayfair

I’ll definitely be getting one of these very soon. The reason that I didn’t buy it today was because I want to clean some items off of my current iBook a bit more before having the Apple store transfer items to the new computer.

Macbook Pro

iPad with Macbook Pro info

I played with Photobooth for a while. :)

Photo on 7-24-11 at 1.31 PM

Then it was ice cream/frozen yogurt time in Wauwatosa!

Craig and I are signed up to get a free scoop of ice cream from Baskin Robbins for our birthdays. He picked out cherry and it was tasty!

Baskin Robbins cherry ice cream

Right near Baskin Robbins, there is a new frozen yogurt place! It just opened in June of this year. After becoming a bit obsessed with frozen yogurt in Florida, we longed to have a place like Menchie’s or Pinkberry in Wisconsin. We finally have it with Yo Mama!

Yo Mama! Tosa exterior

Yo Mama! Wauwatosa

Here’s how it works:

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Yo Mama Tosa "how to"

Craig always goes for the fruity combinations and I go for chocolate, caramel, etc. Today, I chose Dulce de Leche and Cake Batter swirl. I topped it with heath bar crumble, brownie bites, & cookie dough. Fantastic combination!

Our total for two came to $8.31, which this numbers freak got excited about because my birthday is 8/31 and I love when it pops up unexpectedly at a cash register like that. I know, I am a dork. The yogurts were 45 cents per ounce.

Dulche de Leche/Cake Batter frozen yogurt, brownie bites, choc. chip cookie dough, heath bar crumbles

The interior is cute and reminded us of Menchie’s in Orlando, Florida.

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Love the wood on the exterior.

Exterior of Yo Mama

I’ve come to the conclusion that I could open up my own frozen yogurt place and just eat it all the time that way. :)

We walked down the street and I was reminded that I still need to check out the French Cafe Le Reve and the olive oil place next door sometime.

Wauwatosa

What a great afternoon with Craig!

I needed to burn off some of the frozen yogurt, so after a little cat nap with Karma sprawled out on my lap, I hit the gym. I biked for 25 minutes (my ankle is not in tip top shape again, so biking is mainly what I have been doing lately) and lifted weights. I even went to the “men’s weight” area and used the barbells in there to do some Body Pump moves. I was so proud that I broke through my fear of going in that area. Now I’ll never be scared again (I hope).

This is so wrong, but while I meditated, I started craving a BLT. Well, we didn’t have any bacon, so I was imagining a tempeh BLT sandwich and that’s what I made!

Tempeh Sesame Garlic

Like frozen yogurt, tempeh reminds me of Florida because the first and only other time I tried it was while we were there in February. I had it in my Whole Foods salad bar creation and I liked it then.

I cooked it up on the stove and topped it with spinach, mayo, and roma tomatoes.

Tempeh, Spinach, Tomato sandwich

Time to go watch a movie, since I have been half ignoring it and half paying attention.

How was your weekend?