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LOST for the last time

So tonight is going to be sad.  LOST is airing for the last time.  Brandon first introduced me to LOST when we were dating.  We watched all of the seasons together.  Every episode.  So tonight is the end of one of our favorite shows.  Hopefully it leaves me a little less confused.

Let’s rewind to today. Two words:  Carb overload.

This morning I had one of my Mamal’s famous rolls.  My parents brought them down on their way back from Ohio where my grandparents live. 

Here is a picture of my yummy breakfast:

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I only ate one of those rolls BTW. 

This is what dreams are made of…

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Oh yeah.  Found this at Kroger. Holy yum!

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Heated up for 10 seconds then the chocolate heaven was added.  Delish!

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Sidebar: Last night we went to the mall and I got this rug at Kirkland’s for $10!!! Love it! 🙂

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After the mall we ate at Mellow Mushroom.  Hands down the best pizza I have ever had.  I love that place.

I got a small mega veggie (hold the black olives) and the husband got the small hawaiian.

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It has onions, broccoli, tomatoes, spinach, bell peppers, mushrooms, banana peppers, cheese, tofu, and sauce.  Soooooooo good.

After breakfast I lounged around with these guys. 

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I read my “Health” magazine while eating pizza. Don’t judge 😉

We did some laundry and then I went to RPM (spinning class).

Total brain fart! Most of my gym classes start at a 30. As in 3:30, 4:30, 5:30…

Except on Sundays when class starts at 3! D’oh! So I went a half hour early.

I worked out on the elliptical and arc trainer (super tough, but burned way more calories than the elliptical). I did a mile in 12 minutes. Not too shabby for someone who never works out on an elliptical.

I then had my hour spinning class. It was pretty tough.  We had a lot of “climbing the mountain” moments in class today.  What’s awesome of that class is that a 120 pound woman burns at least 600 calories. I weigh more than that so that is some serious calorie burning! 🙂

We went to On the Border tonight for dinner with the in laws. I love mexican food. I got the avocado grilled enchilada.  It was super spicy which is great because I only could eat half of it! Awesome! I now have lunch for tomorrow.  I’m telling you, order spicy stuff.  It makes you eat a lot less.

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Calorie Count for half: 525

Sorry the phone pictures were blurry!

OTB is right near Barnes and Noble so we went there after.  I got a skinny vanilla latte from the cafe.  I saw on the menu that they have a soy strawberries and creme frap.  Oh, I will be getting that next time.

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I got this book on sale.  I was surprised because it just came out.  I wonder if it isn’t good.  We’ll see when I read it this summer.

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I love a good rags to riches story.  I am hoping it is good.

We are watching LOST until really late tonight.  I hope answers some questions.

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Beer and Brownies

Last night was a relaxing night being snowed in.  We made some No Pudge Fudge brownies with half of a marshmallow in them.  I put them in a muffin pan to keep them portion control friendly. 

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Baked at 350 for about 20-25 minutes (just keep checking on them).

And we had a bottle of Trader Jose Light beer with a lime each.  Tasted just like Corona!

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You know how you get the lime in the bottle? Stick your thumb in it and turn it upside down right?  Well, we found out quickly that my thumb was way too small to plug the bottle so the husband had to do it for me!

This morning I woke up and made some chocolate chip pancakes with some recipe I found on Allrecipes.  Be careful,  I think this website gave my computer a virus and we had to run a long virus scan on it this morning.  I had a bunch of trojans! ugh!

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I ate a few with Skippy Super Crunch PB and the husband used Peter Pan creamy.  I hate creamy pb because I feel like a dog trying to scrap pb off of the roof of his mouth!

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And Zoey (unfortunately for her) got a bath this morning!

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Here is another weekly recap of Cooking Light recipes!

Sloppy Joes with Corn

With oven wedge fries from TJ’s.

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Sliced tomatoes with blue cheese crumbles from TJ’s.

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 Pork Chops with Carolina Rub

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Served with broccoli slaw with blue cheese dressing and blue cheese crumbles.   

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Chipotle Chicken Tacos

Slow Cooker Red Beans & Rice

I’m glad I bought the spicy jalapeno sausage from TJs otherwise this recipe would have been just meh. It was ok, but not my favorite.  It smelled awesome while cooking, but I was disappointed.

We snacked on this: Frank’s Red Hot and 100 calorie Jolly Time Popcorn while we waited on the Crock Pot. 

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Need to get some more water in?  Add hot sauce!! Frank’s is awesome!

So there is last week’s recap.  I’m going to count the recipes in the book to see how many there are.  I am determined to make every one this year!  Since we are snowed in today, I am going to read more of “The Time Traveler’s Wife",” since I finally finished to “Twilight” series!  Those books were good, but the chapters were never ending!  I might play in the snow today too 😉

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Sickness= days running together

The past few days have been a blur.  I feel like the days went by quickly, but the nights of torturous coughing have been never ending!  I went to the doctor yesterday.  I try to avoid going to the doctor at all costs.  I hate the waiting and expensiveness of it all.  I was diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection.  I was given a prescription of cough syrup that was $50! Yowzas!! And that was the generic.  I was also told to take Claritin D.

So anyway, I have made several recipes in that past couple of days.

Wednesday night consisted of Steak Sandwiches with Worcestershire Mayonnaise.

Here is the link: Yummy Steak Sandwiches! 

SOMEHOW I DELETED THE PICTURES!!! AHHHHHH!!!

They were so yummy too.  Ugh that is so annoying!  Anyway, try them, you will love them.

Thursday night I made Tilapia Tacos with Peach Relish.

Here is the link: Tilapia Tacos with Peach Relish

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These fillets are neat because they are individually wrapped.  So if you only needed two, then you don’t have to worry about wrapping the others up.

Salsa marinating for 30 minutes…

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Tilapia cut into strips before breading…

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Panko breadcrumb mixture for breading…

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Mashing up pinto beans for the side of bean dip I made…

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With my awesome Pampered Chef mix~n~chop!!!

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C’est fini!

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Tonight I made Pineapple and Orange Ambrosia as dessert.*

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It needed to chill in the refrigerator so I made it first.

1 can of pineapple chunks

1 can orange slices

2 tbsp. of powdered sugar

Drain both cans of fruit and mix in sugar

Sprinkle with sweetened shredded coconut and chill for 30 minutes.

*Courtesy of Cooking Light.

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And for dinner…

Huevos Rancheros with Queso Fresco

Here is the link: Huevos Rancheros with Queso Fresco

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And check out my new cookbook holder!

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People come up with the smartest stuff!

I got it at Target.  Here is the link Love it!

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Fresh cilantro

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Pinto beans drained and rinsed

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Enchilada sauce and diced tomatoes

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Eggs= Huevos

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Flour tortilla with mashed pinto beans, sauce, egg and queso fresco goat cheese. I couldn’t find queso fresco cheese, but the cookbook said I could sub goat or feta. 

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Served with the ambrosia.

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And margaritas! Ole!

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Our good friends came over tonight with an open mind about dinner.  It was a good recipe, just different.  I think I liked the margaritas better 😉

Tonight we are watching Twilight since I finished the first two books.  I am still sick and recovering so hopefully I can stay awake for the movie!

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Honey butter

This morning I had this delicious breakfast:
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Almond butter and about a teaspoon of honey mixed in it.  All on a 100 calorie Arnold whole wheat sandwich thin.  They are a new try for me and they get an A+.  So far, they are awesome toasted and the almond butter +honey just made them AMAZINNNNG!

Then I had a long day at work.  Then I came home and made this quick dinner.  I found it on the hungry-girl website Hungry Girl and she made this “Frito Burrito.”  I had the ingredients so I gave it a shot.

Here is how mine went down:
One tortilla (TJ’s whole wheat)

1/3 cup veggie chili (I used Health Valley from Whole Foods-it has less sodium)

2 tablespoons TJ’s light mexican blend cheese

8 TJ’s organic corn chips

Heat tortilla in microwave for 10 seconds, then add chili (I preheated my chili per can directions), cheese and fritos.  Either fold into a wrap or burrito. I didn’t want to crush the fritos so I made a wrap.  After folding, heat in the microwave for 30 seconds.

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Then I got this awesome package in the mail today!  The kind people at Food Should Taste Good sent me samples (okay, full size bags) of natural tortilla chips.  I received Lime, Chocolate, Yellow Corn, and Potato and Chive.  Can’t wait to review these!

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And then this happened:

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Zoey needs to be a part of everything 🙂

And this also happened: POM Blueberry Sparkling Wine

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Off to catch up on The Office and read in bed!  I need some R&R after such a long day at work!

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Happy Halloween everyone!   With today being  Halloween and my love for everything pumpkin, I decided to make a pumpkin smoothie.

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The recipe:

1 1/4 cup unsweetened TJ’s soymilk

1/4 cup organic canned pumpkin (do not use pumpkin pie filling)

1 container (6oz) of Stonyfield Pumpkin Pie yogurt

 (I had one left and I figured it would taste better mixed with other things)

1 tablespoon agave nectar

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

a splash (maybe a tablespoon?) of fat free vanilla coffee creamer

4-5 icecubes

It is very very pumpkin-y.  Which I love.  The husband wasn’t a fan, but that is just because  he is jealous of pumpkin and I’s relationship 😉

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Check out the other pumpkin finds in my house:

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And this little one is excited about our first trick or treaters at our home!

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Hope you have a safe and fun Halloween!

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POM Wonderful

I put in a request to try out some of POM Wonderful’s products and got this in return

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A case of POM Wonderful and some great health/product information from Kristen at POM Wonderful! Yay!

So I tried it and it is awesome.  Here are a few highlights from the information that was sent to me:

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“All natural and contains no added sugars, preservatives, colors or other cheap filler juices.”

“We grow our own fruit, pick it by hand, squeeze it with our own proprietary presses and even manufacture our own bottles!”

Pom Wonderful has wonderful health benefits such as “cardivascular health, prostate health, erectile function, and antioxident potency.”

Under the antioxident blurb this was stated “Hundreds of scientific tests also show POM to be a superior source of antioxidents, with more and better antioxidents than red wine, grape juice, blueberry juice, cranberry juice, green tea, vitamin C and vitamin E.”

If you want a healthier juice, that is backed by science, I highly recommend this product!

Also check out this awesome drink I made:

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Albero Sparkling White Wine from Trader Joes and POM Wonderful. About one part juice to three parts wine.

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The juice mixed with the sparkling wine was just a great combination!  I see me mixing it with sparking water in the future!

I am going to go enjoy my juice.  I can’t wait to try more of their products!  There is an iced coffee I’d love to review as well 😉 (Feel free to send me anything you like Kristen). 

For more information about their health benefits and products visit www. pomwonderful.com

I am so glad that I have recieved such an awesome/health conscious product.  If you drink juice or want to try something that’s better for you, get some POM Wonderful products!

PRODUCT GIVEAWAY: Post a comment and get put in for a drawing for a POM Wonderful prize!

 

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What a tangled web…

Tonight it was this yummy pizza idea.  Spinach and margarita pizza from TJ’s.  Wednesday’s are our usually easy day of eating.  It is hump day and we are both exhausted. I, thankfully, do not have to be into work until 10 tomorrow. 

I will probably pricing brake pads.  My front driver’s side is squeaking every time I break.  ugh!  I hate car trouble.  There is no getting out of car trouble when you need a car everyday to drive to and from work.  Brakes are just one of those things that you cannot live without! 

While I was waiting for the pizza to cook, I skimmed through the newest issue of Cooking Light.

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Then it was pizza time!

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We also had a little organic creamy ranch on the side.

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And of course, with pizza, comes beer!  It was pumpkin beer!  There is a special place in my heart for anything PUMPKIN!

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It was from Trader Joe’s and was so yummy.  I am partial to light beers, but this was really good. 

Then we saw the worst creatures outside.  SPIDERS!  SO GROSS!

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There were two with huge webs by our front door. Yuck!

Luckily, the husband came to the rescue!

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He knocked them down with our outdoor broom. Thank goodness.  We usually go out the garage door, otherwise we would have noticed sooner.

Tonight we are watching Glee and doing laundry (boring).  Then I am going to read some more of Lovely Bones and go to sleep.  I didn’t sleep very well last night.  It was one of those nights were I saw the clock every 30 minutes. Can’t  wait to catch up on sleep!

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