Success!

I had a very successful evening!  I signed up for TWO BARCS events and I went to the first farmers market of the season!

The first BARCS event is a Preakness Parade to support the initiative between BARCS and the MDSPCA to adopt 500 cats in the month of May.  Adoption fees are waved and the kittens are coming in by the box load.  My second event is at a Whole Food, grilling food for donations.  That sounded right up my alley 🙂

I have been feeling bad about not living up to my volunteering so I am really happy I can do two events this year.

Before my success of an evening I enjoyed my last day as an Maryland Center for Environmental Training employee.  Tomorrow I will become a state employee, furloughs and all.  Pension please!

I also had a lunch I couldn’t wait to dive into!

004 Plain Brown Cow and a salad with leftover zucchini boat stuffing on top of Romaine, hummus, avocado and carrots.005 Totally delicious!

I repeated my snack of banana bar before heading to the farmers market.

006 The market was pretty light on items, which is to be expected.  There were lots of plants and greens.  I picked up the most amazing organic greens mix, asparagus and some pollet eggs.  I will go into the eggs more at breakfast, but they are so cute!  I cannot wait for farm fresh eggs.  After seeing them on Ashley’s blog I knew I need some in my life.

When I got home from the market I did 30min of yoga sculpt in all its up dog glory and then got started on dinner!007 Summer salad!  Greens from the farmers market that included…

008 pea shoots…

009 baby beet greens with baby beets, and spinach, greens and kale.

010 I also added roasted onions, tomatoes, farmers market asparagus, Morning Star black bean burger (Sunshine are better), cucumbers all topped with a red wine rosemary vinaigrette.

I also had some lemon, mint sun tea.

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See the mint leaves?!

After dinner I went on a 20min walk because the weather was so nice I couldn’t resist.

I had a little chocolate upon my return for a sweet little end.012 Best. Chocolate. Ever.

I’m off to watch Glee and snuggle with my six toed, pansy eating BARCS baby 🙂

Have a good night!

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If I Had Known Then What I Know Now

Today while I was running I passed a field of little girls playing lacrosse.  It got me thinking about all of the things I would want to tell a young version of myself.

These are some of the things that came to mind…

  • Being popular is NOT the most important thing in middle school
  • You will be happier if you accept who you are
  • Be nice to everyone!
  • The people you don’t want to talk to because they are not in the ‘A’ group could be the best people you have never met
  • A zit will not kill you
  • Listen to your Mom.  You may hate her choices when they happen, but you will thank her for them in the long run
  • Grades do matter
  • Chill with the white eyeliner – this is directed to 8th grade me

Obviously you can tell where I was as a youth.  In the middle between the ‘geeks’ and the ‘cool’ people.  I never really fit, but I know where I SHOULD have been.

I thank the happy valley land of Kent for slapping me in the face and telling me to wake up!

If you could go back what would you tell yourself?

Now lets get back to the lighter side of life –food!

Lunch was sort of a repeat from Thursday, but it was still good!

003 WW pita stuffed with homemade hummus, spinach, avocado and goat cheese.  Along with plain yogurt, mango and kiwi.

004005 I bet this would be really good with cottage cheese!  I usually don’t like mixing fruit with my cottage cheese, but for some reason I want to try it.

My afternoon got busy in a hurry!

I didn’t get to my snack until I was in the car on the way home.006 Banana bread bar.  I like these better now, but they still need a little work.  I think the banana needs to be processed more.

After work I got new keys for Tour roommate and then I went for my nice little run of about 4miles.  It was a nice easy run.

Then it was time to get busy making my Meatless Monday meal.007 Stuffed zucchini boats and S&V kale chips!

In my boats (I’m on a boat)

  • 1 small onion diced and sautéed in EVOO
  • 1/2 box of chopped onions diced
  • oregano
  • S&P
  • 1 can of petite cut no salt added tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup cooked wheat berries
  • garlic

All thrown in a sauté pan with the zuc innards.  I par baked the boats for 10min then stuffed and topped with BASIL FROM THE GARDEN and parm cheese.  I cooked them for about 15min more til the cheese had melted.

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I am kind of peeved that this picture is blurry 😦 I really like the S&V kale chips.  They don’t need any ketchup!

Alright peeps I am going to get into bed early and watch House!

Night All!


Positivity Push!

Another week is upon us.  The weather is finally warm and the Orioles swept the Red Sox this weekend after only winning about 3 games all season.

All in all positivity this week is going to rule!

Let’s start with breakfast.

Even though it was raining out I still got some outdoor pictures, but Sissy did not get her daily dose of pansy.  Maybe it won’t be raining  this afternoon, but at least I don’t have to water my plants!

001 You can see my basil blowing in the wind!

I made up some Muesli

  • 1/4 cup muesli
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • handful Uncle Sam
  • handful vanilla almond granola
  • chia seeds
  • banana
  • pb

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Whoa the skies are really dark right now!  I love a good thunderstorm, but not when I am heading to work.

Now where did I put my umbrella?????


Slicked Species

Do you remember this from last week?

oil A huge oil spill off the coast of Louisiana. Source

It is getting closer to land and when I head the NPR story with wildlife experts testimonials’ of the expected destruction I started to cry.  The Gulf is such a delicate ecosystem as it is.  There are already points when the waters become anoxic (no oxygen) and create dead zones in the middle of the ocean.  This oil spill is going to kill a lot of things.  From oysters beds to birds and sea turtles.  What bothers me the most is that it took until today for any federal aid to head to the area.  Now only when humans and the economy are at risk do we care.  I don’t want to get to into it, but why wouldn’t the ecosystem be important enough to save on its own?

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No matter who is helping, it is coming.  This oil spill is going to affect this area for many years to come and some species that are already extinct may not make it out.  If I could I would go to LA and help with the cleanup, but I don’t have the money or time off to go.

Off my personal environmental soap box.

Back to light hearted food topics 🙂007

Lunch was lovely!

005 Romaine and spinach with peppers, tomatoes and avocado with balsamic.

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Plain yogurt with mango, kiwi and granola.  This yogurt parfait was amazing!  Fresh fruit >>>>>> than sugar fruit in most yogurt.

For my afternoon snack I gave the Amazing Grass bars another try.  I just have an issue with the 27g of sugar!  The second ingredient is sugar!  I think I might try and make these on my own with my own Amazing Grass superfood powder.  It will be cheaper at least.008 After work I headed to the trail for a nice bike ride.  I am really trying not to run two days in a row.  It is going to be hard, but today I did a nice 12 miles on the NCR trail.  I am pooped after.  I cannot wait to have my road bike with tires that don’t slow me down.

I was starving when I got home!  I showered quickly and has a slice of Dakota because I seriously felt like I could pass out.

I then had enough time to think though dinner and take the time to enjoy it.

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French lentils on toast with kale chips.

010 Mix of French lentils, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes and avocado.

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I love lentils!  I am a little peeved because Nick threw out my leftovers while he was doing the dishes :(  I was too slow.

I just had some espresso bean dark chocolate and I am heading to bead.  I’m not feeling so hot and I can’t stop thinking about baby birds covered in oil.

Night.


Do You Soy?

Sissy is ready to blog before Biggest Loser.

011 I embossed her to reduce scary animal eyes with flash.

My green monster and bagel held me over really well today.  I also had a ton of work to do so it made the day fly by.  Before I knew it the lunch bell was blowing.

004 Leftover pizza, strawberries and my very last Florida orange.

005 The dough was so chewy and pillowy.  More peas please!

I knew I needed an afternoon snack that would get me through the afternoon better than the fruition bar so I wet with a classic; granola and yogurt mess.

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Lots of tupperware for one day!  4 pieces total.  I am not the only tupperware lover out there but Nick hates cleaning it.  A small sacrifice for the planet.

I was still pleasantly full when arrived home.  I had planned to go to the gym today due to the rain and excessive wind, but I just couldn’t do it.  Instead I did 50min of Dave Farmers podcast.  Looooots of chair.  It was the focus of every position.  I could feel the burn.

After yoga I got started on dinner!

I have cut down on my soy intake after doing a lot of research about how it can mess with me, but I still had a block of tofu to use.  I figure every once in awhile is not going to kill me just READ THE INGREDIENTS OF EVERYTHING!  It is sad that you have to check all of the food you eat. Do you still enjoy soy?

Anywho I marinated my tofu block is honey, EVOO, garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, oregano and S&P.

008 Baked at 375 for 40min.  Nice and crispy!

I put four slices of my tofu on spinach, cilantro, corn, salsa and a big dollop of guacamole.

007 I also had a bunch of broken chips dipped in leftover guac.

009 Multiply that by 2!  I cannot help myself around chips and guac, but at least Nick was here to take it a way from me.

I had two delicious cookies for dessert!014 This is a recycled picture to take a second look at how funny my hand looks in this picture.  Weird!

Biggest Loser is really odd tonight and I am not sure I like it.  Where are Bob and Jillian? Challenges?  Trainer Tips?  Come on people stop crying and get back to it!


Biggest Loser Burgers

It is Biggest Loser night!  Quote of the night so far from Jillian, “You didn’t come on the Biggest Loser to go the Four Seasons, you have to loose 200lbs off your ass!”  Looooooove it!  I also love that Curtis Stone is on and this week is finally about food!

My day went by pretty quickly due to the fact that I was kept pretty busy.  Deadlines before vacation will do that to you!

I worked until about 12:30pm and I was ready for lunch.

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Plain Stonyfield yogurt, clem (that tasted like butt) and a green wrap that was a little early for St. Patrick’s Day.

005 In my wrap I had celery, arugula, avocado, LC wedge and cucumbers.

I continued to work through the afternoon and was finally on my way home and eating my snickie snack.006 Baby organic gala and 1/2 of a strawberry pomegranate Odwala bar.  I really enjoy these bars but rarely buy them.  I need to change that.

My knee was telling me to not go running this afternoon even thought it was 62 and gorgeous!  I opened up all of the windows and rolled out the yoga mat.  I did 50min of a Dave Farmer power flow podcast, and my arms are still shaking!

I got to cook dinner by natural light!  It was great.

007 I made up some turkey burgers with garlic powder, S&P, Worcestershire sauce and hot peppers.

I topped these little suckers with sauteed mushrooms onions and elephant garlic.  I also had some hot dog relish, it was time to bring it back out.

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I also had some sweet potato fries and swiss chard (!!!) topped with white balsamic vinegar.

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It was so nice to find organic swiss chard at my regular Giant this week.

Now if you will excuse me Sissy and I need to get back to Biggest Loser and filling out our NCAA brackets!

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Don’t forget to wear green tomorrow!

Night!


New Breakie!

Goooood Morning!  Welcome to Thursday!  It is looking like a Murray, Federer finals at the Aussie open this year…at least that is what is predicted and Murray seems to have the match in the bag this morning.

This morning also brought a new to me breakfast!

Toasted Quinoa!

I sort of followed HTP’s recipe but I used pumpkin butter instead of maple syrup as my sweetener/ glue.

  • 1/3 cup rinsed quinoa
  • 1 tbs pumpkin butter
  • 2 tbs unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tbs flax

mixed and baked at 475 for 12 min – it was starting to burn!

I put my toasty mixture a top a bowl of pumpkin yogurt

  • 1/3 cup pumpkin
  • couple shakes pumpkin pie spice
  • 2/3 cup plain Stonyfield yogurt

001 Breakfast is not breakfast without almond butter!

002 I ate every last spoonful of this!  So crunchy and good!

003 This really needs to get added into my normal oat bran routine.  It will be interesting to see how well it holds me this morning.  There sure is a lot of protein in there!

I got to catch Michael Pollan on Oprah last night.  I love the way that man speaks!  They also had Alicia Silverstone on talking about vegans and she broke a rule in Pollan’s book when she showed us what was in her grocery cart, but we aren’t there yet 😉

Today’s Food Rule by Michael Pollan is Rule #10 Avoid Food Products claiming to be something they are not.  ie margarine claiming to be “butter”.  Oh wow we are on the rule I above referred too, must be fate!  This is one that has actually made me thing a lot about my meatless meat balls “To make something like nonfat cream cheese that contains neither cream nor cheese requires an extreme degree of processing; such should be labeled imitations and avoided (law does not allow this).  The same rule applies to soy-based mock meats, artificial sweeteners and fake fats and starches”.  Read the back of a tofurky box…there is some really weird stuff in there.  Why not just eat turkey or tofu?

Time to get a move on!

Enjoy your Thursday!