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bad news, bears


Well...I got some bad news at work yesterday that's got me freakin' out quite a bit.  I can't share until I know a little more about what's going on.  Needless to say, I spent the evening talking things through with my hubb, a bottle of malbec and two pints of Ben + Jerry.  (Don't worry, we didn't finish them both, we just passed the two flavors back and forth a few times.  I wasn't THAT depressed...). I'm going to do a quickity quick recap because I'm off to yoga in a few.  I'm defnitely needing some mind-clearing and meditation this morning... Breakfast:  cereal!  Shocking, I know.  I had 1/2 cup of TJ's Pomegranate Blueberry Flakes mixed with 3/4 cup of Nature's Path Pumpkin Flax (finally, the last of it!!!), topped with 1/2 a sliced banana, 1/4 cup frozen mixed berries and 1 cup plain soy milk. [488 cal] 090227-b1 This did not stick with me AT ALL.  I was hungry by 9:30am, at which point I caved to the homemade donut guy who sets up his cart right outside my office on Fridays.  Totally unfair. Mid-Morning Snack:  homemade apple cinnamon donut - DIVINE! Lunch:  out with a friend!  We went to my favorite lunch spot, Bizou, where I had the Salmon Cakes with baby greens and a side of hand-cut fries.  Not the healthiest was definitely one of those days. Sorry for all the missing pictures - you know I don't like taking photos out in public or at my office... Dinner:  red beans and rice!  Also, cornbread.  Continuing the NOLA love... 090227-d1 I was a really bad photo documenter because I was busy freaking out about the work situation with my hubb... 090227-d2 But there was wine, a really tasty Malbec. 090227-d3 This recipe is really easy, its basically the same recipe I use for most of my bean soups.  The spices just get switched up a bit. time to plug in nutritional stats in MFD.  I'll update this afternoon. Red Beans and Rice Ingredients:
  • 1 lb dried red beans, soaked over night (or all day while at work)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 6-8 cups of chicken broth (start with 6 and add if you need to as the beans continue to soak up the water)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme (dried is fine, too)
  • 1 lb sausage (I used sweet italian because its what I had, but I would typically get andouille), chopped
  • salt + pepper
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large soup pot.  Seriously, thats it.  I bring it all to a boil, then reduce to a strong simmer and cover.  It should cook for 1-2 hours, until the beans are soft but not falling apart.
  2. Once soft, ladle out about 2 cups of beans and broth.  I try to avoid getting any sausage.  Place the two cups in a blender and puree, then add back to pot.  This will thicken the soup.
  3. Serve over rice.
090227-d4 090227-d6 Dessert:  my two best friends, Ben + Jerry.  Cookie Dough and Half Baked flavors.  Maybe 1 cup?  Or 1-1/2?  Its hard to tell when you're spooning out of the carton.  Yes, it was necessary.  :) Alright, I'm off for some stretchy meditation.  Have a great Saturday!
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trader joe's request!!


I hope everybody is having a fabulous Sunday!!!  I've been having fun in my kitchen whipping up a few of the BSI entries submitted to me this week!  Don't forget to send me your recipe by 8pm tonight, and even if I didn't get a chance to actually make it you are of course still in the running to win!!! Before I forget, last night I had a little snack while watching Sex + The City reruns... 081206-s1 An unsweetened apple sauce cup with Annie's Honey Bunny Grahams on top.  Not pictured are the two additional handfuls of bunnies I had after this...I had such a sweet tooth yesterday!!! Breakfast:  Bowl of cereal, boring I know but it was just what I wanted. I combined 1/2 cup Kashi H2H, 1/2 cup Nature's Path Flax Plus Pumpkin Raisin Crunch, 1 cup Silk plain soymilk and 1 sliced banana. 081207-b12 Workout:  Vinyasa Yoga at Studio 206.  Mmmmmmmm.  :) Lunch:  Leftover Healthified Enchi-rito and a HUGE pear...yum! 081207-l1 I'll be back later to post the BSI:GINGER results!!! (probably after 10pm est...) IMPORTANT ::: Trader Joe's Request On Tuesday I have to drive to Raleigh for a project meeting.  Because we don't have Trader Joe's in Charlottesville, I am planning on stopping at TJ's in either Raleigh or Richmond on the way home.  This will be my FIRST TJ'S EXPERIENCE EVER!!!  I would love some advice from all of you lucky readers who get to shop at TJ's weekly...What should I get?!?  I want to try out some of your favorite TJ's items, so please tell me the items you buy at TJ's that you can't live without!  Thank you!!!  :)
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monday monday


I’ll apologize now for the relatively short posts I’ll be writing the next few days. I have a big big deadline at work on Thursday and, since blogging took up a lot of my time during my work days last week (opps!), I have some busy busy work days ahead of me! This morning hubby and I slept in a little...somehow sleeping in on Monday morning doesn’t make it seem so bad to be Monday. :) So no workout, which I’m always bummed about once I get up and moving. But I never learn. For breakfast I made a bowl of cereal, surprise surprise, consisting of 1/2 cup Kashi H2H, 1/2 cup Nature’s Path Organic Flax Plus Pumpkin Raisin Crunch (say that one three times in a row!), 1 medium banana, a sprinkling of pom seeds and Silk plain soymilk.  The pumpkin raisin crunch was really tasty!  I’m going to pay attention to how long this breakfast lasts for me, I ate at 7:20am so we’ll see when I’m in need of more fuel. 081110-b1 081110-b2 I enjoyed yesterday’s veggie wrap so much that I packed another one for today! The banana peppers add a nice touch. 081110-l1 On the side I’ll finish my leftover veggie dumplings from Saturday’s dinner. 081110-l21 For snacks I grabbed a Pink Lady (woohoo!) and an Oikos (another woohoo!). 081110-s1 OK, gotta go draw lots of details. I’ll post after dinner tonight, have a FANTASTIC day!!! :)
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