Apples and Ice Cream

Living a delicious, happy, healthy life

Lazy Day

Let’s just start off by saying that I did not sleep well last night. Which basically means I felt entirely too lazy today. But what’s life without a lazy day now and again (or as often as you can get it)?

My lovely day started off with my usual lovely breakfast…

Wake up!

… of Greek yogurt, Diet Coke, and a banana. Does anyone want to help me break my (terrible) habit of 2+ Diet Cokes daily? … Bueller?

After that, I headed off to yoga. I was a wimp and didn’t drive there… or back. I was tired and crabby and it had been a week since I last drove. Oops.

There were a lot of people at yoga today. New Year’s resolutions in full force, I expect. And I have to say, my legs were sore afterwards. Really sore. I should probably work out more often…. something I notice every time I work out… ;)

When we got home, I walked up the stairs and collapsed into bed. I was seriously exhausted. When I woke up, my parents and Pippa were taking a walk, and it was time for my lunch!

I was (not surprisingly) craving veggies. Desperately.

Behold…

Big bowl, big flavor, big nutrition!

… the giant weekend salad! In the dish:

  • 2.75 c. baby spinach
  • 1 oz. baby carrots
  • 1 oz. cherry tomatoes
  • 25 g. Baby Bella mushrooms
  • 100 g. chopped cucumbers
  • 2 slices of the Braeburn apple I had on the side
  • 1 T. Kraft Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette

And my full lunch looked something like this:

Happy lunch

I ate a 100% whole wheat Bagel Thin and the rest of that apple on the side! Tasty stuff.

Dad and I went to the grocery store to pick up a few things, and to give me a chance to drive this afternoon. In-town driving is just so much fun. No, it’s actually not that bad at all. Just a lot of construction around here. Like Daddy said, “When you’ve graduated college, gotten married, and had a few kids, all of the construction should be finished.”

Basically, it’ll be a while. :)

When we got home, I was quite hungry. Probably the lack of protein in my lunch. So, I satisfied my hunger with Fiber One cereal and a new flavor of Greek yogurt!

Times 2!

New flavor? Whaaaa?

While we were at Kroger, we decided to pick up a few extra cups of Greek yogurt to hold me over for a few more days. I had my usual vanilla and honey flavors in hand when I noticed this stuff. Cranberry-fig Greek yogurt? Hm, I’ll try that. Oh, look! There’s also black cherry and strawberry-mint… Why not one of each?

And after I finished talking to myself, I picked those up in addition to my standbys.

I didn’t really think the cranberry-fig was too different than strawberry. Maybe I’m a freak. It was a little tangier, and maybe a little more exotic (not that that can be defined/measured), but not too different.

I got sidetracked by hockey and football during my snack. I had intended to start my newspaper layout for February. That didn’t happen. Instead, dinner happened!

In the form of tacos!

Twice as nice :)

I had two Chi-Chi’s taco-size flour tortillas, topped with taco-seasoned ground beef, a few tablespoons of Mexican cheese, a few tablespoons of chopped white onion, some sliced cherry tomatoes, some shredded spinach, and two large spoonfuls of medium Wholly Salsa. Delicioso.

After dinner, I got serious and started my layout. Hmmm I could be in trouble this month. There’s a little too much white space… like, a quarter of a page too much. Ah, this happens every month. It’ll be fine. Right???

Right.

After finishing the one real school thing I have to do this weekend, it was time to catch up on Parenthood. I love this show. It is hilarious and adorable. And my parents like it, so we watch together.

During the shows, I had a mini-feast. Or a big snack. Either way. ;)

So much goodness

On the menu:

  • a Jell-O Chocolate-Vanilla Swirls pudding cup
  • 2 t. unsweetened cocoa powder (to make the pudding taste less sweet)
  • 2 clementines
  • 1 large Braeburn apple
  • 2 T. peanut butter
  • Clif Peanut Butter Pretzel Mojo bar

And it was all delicious. The perfect combinations of creamy, crunchy, sweet, salty, and slightly-tart. Great snack!

Now, it’s time for some serious sleep. Good night!

Easy Week & Nervous for Nothing

I just got back from a fabulous dinner at Gordon Biersch, where we celebrated my uncle, Kyle’s, 21st birthday… and his first legal drinks…

Let’s quickly scroll through the last two days before that, though!

January 4, 2012

Breakfast should be obvious to you at this point…

Banana + honey Greek

… a large banana, a cup of Greek yogurt, and a Diet Coke! Followed quickly by these lovely friends…

Cereal ♥

…some Fiber One Original Bran cereal.

On this particular morning, I was rushing out of the house and forgot to snap a picture of my lunch. Sorry! However, I had a cup of blackberries, 3 oz. baby carrots, a pack of chunk white tuna, about a quarter of a whole-wheat pita pocket (it was quite stale… oops), and a few Sour Patch Watermelon candies.

This was the “official” start of the second semester (weird that it starts the day after the first day following break), so we had a couple of new members on the school newspaper to introduce. That was fun, since we got to talk about what we do as a staff. I absolutely adore being a part of the paper, so I naturally love talking about it.

When I got home, I had my second dose of Fiber One, and then I worked, worked, worked on homework. Unfortunately, this took me right up until dinner. We planned to have steak, but none of us were really feeling it, and I was feeling crappy. So, cereal-for-dinner happened. Oh, well!

Sweet 'n' crunchy

I had about a 1.5 cups of Honey Bunches of Oats and .75 cups of 1% milk. It had been quite a while since I’d had it, and it so hit the spot.

I know that cereal isn’t an ideal dinner, but I also know that “well-rounded” is a most of the time requirement. Sometimes, that goes out the window, and that’s totally okay. Sometimes, it just feels better!

The rest of my evening was pretty relaxed. Later, for my snacks, I made myself a smoothie-in-a-bowl…

Pretty color :)

… containing:

  • .5 cups Fage plain Greek yogurt
  • .75 cups Blue Diamond unsweetened almond milk
  • 1.5 cups frozen strawberries
  • .5 cups fresh black berries
  • 1 t. xanthan gum
  • Crushed ice

I also had a solid snack…

Classics

… composed of a Planters Heart Healthy Mix NUTrition pack, a large Braeburn apple, and a pack of Oats ‘n’ Dark Chocolate Nature Valley crunchy granola bars.

And off to bed I went!

January 5, 2012

The morning started off like so many do, with…

Typical

my breakfast of champions! I had some Fiber One after that.

I had a pre-calc test that morning (which I did extremely well on, by the way ;) ), but it was an otherwise uneventful day at school. My lunch was…

A departure from the usual

… a handful of cherry tomatoes, a clementine, and a sandwich made with 5 oz. Dietz & Watson Santa Fe Turkey and an Aunt Millie’s Multi-Whole Grain English muffin. It was really quite tasty. Hm, maybe I should do that more often!

I had zero homework/studying to do last night, so I mostly rested and read. I had a couple of pieces of Sour Patch Watermelon candy after school, along with a Twizzler, and a Dove milk chocolate snowflake. These little snacks were followed by my second serving of Fiber One cereal and a 100% whole-wheat Bagel Thin.

Toasty and chewy!

Dinner was what we planned on having the night before – steak!

Good stuff. Good stuff.

We had grilled top sirloin steak with onions sauteed with garlic and Kraft Sun-Dried Tomato vinaigrette and topped with Parmesan cheese. (The recipe is this one, from Kraft: http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/garlic-steak-onions-107312.aspx). We replaced the steamed broccoli with steamed cauliflower topped with a little unsalted butter. It was quite the tasty meal – and it was easy!

After a little more reading, it was time for my snacks. I had an Oats & Chocolate Fiber One bar first…

Chocolate!

… and a Braeburn apple with strawberry Greek yogurt second!

Standby

And it was off to bed with me!

Today – January 6, 2012

I had the same old stuff for breakfast. And Fiber One for my morning snack.

Well, I like it!

I was honestly kind of nervous going to school today, because I received a note yesterday, saying that the principal had requested a meeting with me. Okay. I did nothing wrong. But then some other members of Class Cabinet said they had gotten those notes, too. That made me feel better – until I realized that mine was at a different time. I could only think that maybe there was a separate meeting for the president. Still, though, I had no idea what the meeting was going to be about.

It wasn’t bad at all! All of the cabinets had been summoned, and my meeting was just for the presidents. We were asked to be part of a decision-making process. That was really cool, to be blunt.

I knew when I joined the cabinet that I would be in a leadership group, and I knew that our main goal was making money for our future prom. I didn’t realize we would get to help organize a policy that would be implemented in the school for the future. Granted, we probably don’t have too much say in whether this policy is put into action. We do, however, get a little say in how it works. And that’s kind of awesome.

After the meeting, though, I had a really bad headache. So, I asked my mom to come pick me up. She had intended to go to Chipotle for lunch, and I wasn’t arguing. We just picked it up and came back home so I could rest.

Perfection

My bowl contained Romaine lettuce, chicken, black beans, fresh tomato salsa, and cheese. Great deliciousness, it was.

I did a little work throughout the afternoon, slept a tiny bit, ate some more Fiber One, and then we headed out to dinner. As I said, today was my uncle’s 21st birthday. And Gordon Biersch was in order. My parents and I met up with my grandparents, Kyle, and Kyle’s girlfriend, Anastasia, at the restaurant.

I had a piece of their fresh French bread before my meal, but I was saving up as much room as possible for…

Ohmygoodness

… my Lobster & Crab Cake Sandwich. With GARLIC FRIES. Well, the fries weren’t actually that great. But the sandwich was incredible. I could eat it forever. Probably not, actually, but it was really good. I only ate about half of the fries with a little dab of ketchup. Not a huge ketchup person, but I use a little with fries only.

We also had dessert, which was also pretty amazing. I had about a third of an order of their Triple Chocolate Brownie, which is not only a brownie, but also vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, and hot caramel sauce. Delicious. Sorry about the lack of a picture. Ummm… when dessert rolls around, I tend to dive right in… :D

I am absolutely exhausted, and I plan to go to yoga tomorrow morning. So, I’m going to hit the hay. Good night!

One Day Down!

Goodbye, winter break! Hello, second semester!

I’d say today wasn’t bad at all, as far as going back to school goes. I got the remainder of my exam scores, and I’m happy with ‘em, and it was a pretty easy day. Unfortunately, I’ve been quite nauseous all day today, so the food level has been kinda low. Same as yesterday. Ugh.

Breakfast = usual.

Yummy stuff for the belly

I followed this with a serving of Fiber One cereal, as I tend to do. :)

My lunch was quite easy to throw together!

Don't you love all the bags? Sorry!

I had some thick cucumber slices, 3 oz. of baby carrots, a Braeburn apple, a few tablespoons of Sabra Supremely Spicy hummus, and an Aunt Millie’s multi-whole grain English muffin.

It was a rather uneventful day for me, but not for Pippa. She was alone for the better part of today, with the rest of us going back to work and school. After two weeks of ceaseless attention, that must have been a rude awakening for her. She handled it just fine though. When we arrived home, she was wild-eyed and rambunctious – ready for a walk!

My mom walked her, and I had a bowl of Quaker Apples & Cinnamon oatmeal… that I forgot to photograph. It was just what I needed after the sudden cold and snow that’s swept over the city. Ick. It was around 50 degrees in the last week of December! Unheard of in my world!

I worked on my pre-calc homework and snuggled with my puppy before helping my mom with dinner.

Tonight, a recipe from Picky Palate was on the menu.

We had the BBQ Chicken Pizza Soup and it was delicious! We added a little extra chicken to make it even heartier. My picture is a bit blurry and totally doesn’t do the soup justice.

Good food, bad picture :)

I haven’t mastered the art of photographing soup… tips?

Still feeling pretty nauseous, I had some Fiber One cereal and a smoothie in a bowl for a snack.

Isn't she lovely?

In the mix:

  • 1 c. unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 t. xanthan gum
  • 1/2 c. Fage plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 c. blackberries
  • 1 c. frozen raspberries
  • a little crushed ice
  • 1 T. chia seeds

The smoothie wasn’t bad, but it was a little thin and lacked a little flavor. Perhaps less liquid next time?

I am off to bed now. Hopefully, I’ll get some good rest and feel better tomorrow! Have a great night!

So Far Behind

I had a fantastic holiday season. So fantastic, it seems, that I’ve neglected the blog entirely. Oops. And what’s worse is that I’ve taken pictures of my food, just haven’t posted it. Let’s take the new year to start anew. Yes, let’s. But first, I’m going to start with the 30th of December. Because that makes me feel better about myself ;).

December 30, 2011

Breakfast was the same as ever:

Classic :)

Greek yogurt, Diet Coke, and a big banana. Since I got up a little later than usual, I didn’t have a morning snack, but my mom and I headed out around lunch time to do some errands.

Our running-around-town days usually involve lunch at a restaurant – and I’m just about always okay with that! On the 30th, we visited Noodles & Company. I got my usual…

Bread 'n' Noodles!

a small order of Japanese Pan Noodles with sauteed shrimp and half an order of flatbread (the other half went to my mom). There are a few bites missing, because I was hungry and forgot to capture the full meal. It happens, right? (With me, absolutely!)

We finished up our errands, I got a massage, and we needed a little more fuel. Naturally, ice cream was the answer.

Actually, it was frozen yogurt. Menchie’s frozen yogurt. Yum

Cold, creamy, chocolaty

I got mostly French vanilla frozen yogurt, topped with pistachio-flavored fro-yo, strawberry slices, Oreo crumbles, brownie bites, and hot fudge. Oh my yum. It was awesome. The pistachio was incredible. I love that you always get something different at frozen yogurt places. And, it’s never bad. ;)

Though my mom and I had just eaten, Daddy was pretty hungry when we got home. So, we started on dinner.

How very well-rounded you are!

Mustardy fried chicken breasts, steamed broccoli, and a big slice of my grandma’s Swedish spice bread! This is one of my dad’s favorite chicken dishes. As a mustard lover (and a Parmesan cheese lover), I suppose I see why.

I had quite a lazy evening after dinner, just reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. And, you know, eating waffles.

My evening snack was composed of Eggo FiberPlus Chocolate Chip Waffles and Fiber One Original Bran cereal (of course).

Toasty goodness

Times 2!

When I was too tired to read anymore, I headed off to bed.

December 31, 2011

Same ol’ breakfast:

Goodies

I took a yoga class on New Year’s Eve morning, which was when I would typically eat a snack. After yoga, I fueled up with a nice lunch.

Good greens + Unintentional smiley face

The salad included:

  • Baby spinach
  • Mushrooms
  • Baby carrots
  • Cucumber
  • Kraft Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette
  • And a few slices of the Braeburn apple on the side

I also ate the rest of the apple (obviously) and an Aunt Millie’s Multi-Whole Grain English muffin. This lovely lunch was followed by a serving of Fiber One Original Bran cereal.

Then, Miss Pippa wanted to go for a walk, so I ventured outside with her for a little over a half an hour. When we got back, I took a shower and got ready to go to dinner with my parents.

We went to the Columbus Fish Market!

Oh my goodness, was it wonderful! I had this lovely creation:

Fish + Greens

Shanghai-style Chilean sea bass with spinach and sticky rice! The Asian flavors totally came through in this dish. I actually enjoyed most of the rice – and I generally hate rice (I ordered the meal for the fish and spinach and sauce). I easily ate all of the fish, about half of the greens, and maybe two-thirds of the rice, plus three chunks of sourdough bread and bites of my parents’ dishes. It was delicious!

And, of course, we couldn’t turn down dessert. Their Sharkfin Pie is incredible (and giant – the three of us couldn’t finish it all). We attacked it too fast to take a picture – a serious tragedy. It’s made with an Oreo crust, butter fudge ice cream, honey-roasted peanuts, fudge, and peanut butter. Ohhhhh it was amazzzzzing. Google it. You’ll find one. Actually, here it is: http://www.flickr.com/photos/eatingintranslation/2257842525/. Enjoy! :)

After dinner, we dropped my mom off at the house, and my dad and I went to watch the Columbus Blue Jackets lose terribly to the Washington Capitals. That was my Christmas present to him… whoops. Not my fault!

We came home quite tired. I tried to get a little energy by drinking a glass of cold water and eating a serving of Fiber One. Didn’t work. And then all three of us decided we couldn’t stay up until midnight. We’re pretty lame that way sometimes. Oh, well.

January 1, 2012

New year, same breakfast.

Told you :)

My mom and I had a few more errands to get done at the mall, so we headed out after she dried off after a soaking-wet walk with Pippa. She was calling the both of them drowned rats. Well, I wouldn’t go quite that far……..

We ate at Panera for lunch, and it was absolutely perfect for such a windy, rainy day.

Cheesy bagel + Soup

And, because we’re twins sometimes, we ordered the exact same thing: an Asiago cheese bagel and a bowl of their Chicken-Noodle Soup. Tasty!

Thankfully, we weren’t out for too long, so we both got a lot accomplished yesterday afternoon! For me, the productive part of the day happened after a snack of Fiber One cereal. :)

I dusted, cleaned the bathroom, worked out, practiced my driving skills, studied for an online course I’m finishing, and made dinner.

Well, Daddy did the grilling.

Meat 'n' veggies

We had New York strip steak on a bed of spinach, onion, mushrooms, fresh mint, and fresh parsley, all off a recipe in the January Cuisine at Home magazine (Steak au Poivre salad). Mine was topped with Kraft Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette. As an appetizer, we also had some sourdough bread and Omaha Steaks Shrimp & Crab Parmesan Dip. Sooooo delicious.

After I finished my other chores, I had another serving of Fiber One and…

Chocolate + Apple

… a Braeburn apple, 2 T. of Peanut Butter & Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams, and a Gnu Flavor & Fiber Chocolate Brownie Bar. Yum!

I then crashed into bed. :)

January 2, 2012

Betcha can’t guess what I had for breakfast!

Kidding!

So, I lied. You totally knew that. Again, I slept later today than usual, so I didn’t have a morning snack.

When lunchtime rolled around, Daddy offered to make me an egg sandwich. Like I would refuse!

My attempt at quick & pretty food arranging. My pathetic attempt. ;)

I had it on a 100% Whole-Wheat Bagel Thin with a large Braeburn apple and a clementine.

After lunch, my mom and I decided to go see the new Sherlock Holmes movie. And we liked it. A lot. We’re certainly not movie critics, but it was funny and the action shots were pretty cool. During the movie, I snacked on a few Twizzlers, Sour Patch Watermelon candies, and popcorn.

When we got home, I started (and finished) writing my thank-you notes to people for my Christmas gifts, and we ordered pizza.

Cheesy, chewy goodness

Papa John’s “The Works” pizza with cheese sticks.

Good stuff.

My evening snack was this:

Pretty typical

A Braeburn apple, strawberry Greek yogurt, and Fiber One!

My mom and I started to catch up on our NCIS episodes that we fell behind on over the last month, I started catching up on the blog, and now, I’m off to bed. I go back to school tomorrow!

How was your holiday season?

Not So Productive…

It’s break-from-school syndrome – I can’t accomplish anything. Today, I sat down to write a paper for an online class I’m trying to finish and got, oh, nowhere. No, I do have an outline done! But that’s the easy part. And then I tried to make more progress in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but I’m tired, so I kept zoning out. That’s okay; I’ll go see the movie with my mom next week after the Christmas craziness dies down a little instead of seeing it Wednesday with my mom and my uncle. Not a big deal. Just gotta remember that! :)

Breakfast was the usual – Kroger Honey Greek yogurt, Diet Coke, and a banana.

The lineup!

And it was followed by the usual Fiber One cereal…

Same old, same old

… and a mini Kit-Kat bar from a giant bag my Secret Santa got me.

Crispy, crunchy, chocolaty goodness

I cranked out the outline of my paper between my snack and lunch. And reorganized my notes. Lunch was good, though, even if my achievement wasn’t great.

Yummy stuff

I had 2 clementines (the slices are piled on top of each other… oops!), about 4 ounces of baby carrots, and an open-faced sandwich with leftover Sloppy Italian filling (ground beef sauteed with onions, ketchup, and Sloppy Joe seasoning), the other half of a whole-wheat Sandwich Thin my mom had the other night, and a handful of shredded mozzarella cheese. It was quite the tasty lunch!

I tried to get back to work after lunch and succeeded only in writing the first paragraph of my essay. Woo-hoo! Then, I had another bowl of Fiber One and a banana before heading off to get a massage.

'Nana

When I got back from the massage, I started making the marinade for the steak we had tonight. Then, I laid down for about an hour to read, while snacking on some animal crackers.

Juvenile? Perhaps. Delicious? Definitely.

I love animal crackers. Correction: I love Barnum’s animal crackers. They are the lightest, the crispiest, the best. After my hour was up, I went to go work out. When I got done showering, dinner was served.

Teriyaki steak, another Six Ingredients or Less recipe, was on the menu – and it was  really good, despite being a little heavy on the soy sauce. We served it alongside steamed broccoli seasoned with a little lemon pepper.

Broccoli + steak

I knew productivity wasn’t in the cards for tonight, so I just relaxed with my family. And snacked.

On my plate tonight:

Mmmmmm

A Braeburn apple and 2 slices of whole wheat toast spread with Parkay. It was odd – I took a bite of cookie dough ice cream and realized that I  wasn’t in the mood for anything too sweet. How strange. So, I went for slightly sweet and slightly salty (and very bread-y). Totally hit the spot.

And now I’m off to bed. Driver’s ed tomorrow – wouldn’t want to fall asleep! ;)

Tasty Dinner & Survivor Blizzard

As I mentioned earlier, my uncle, Kyle, came over this evening. He hung around while my family and I made dinner. Ohhhh was it a good one. This mozzarella-mushroom-chicken dish is soooo simple and soooo delicious. It’s from a Six Ingredients or Less cookbook.

I’ll admit that it’s not very pretty, but my food doesn’t have to look good to taste good. :)

Yum. Yum. Yum.

We saute boneless skinless chicken breasts in about a half a stick of unsalted butter. Once they’re done, they get placed on a broiler pan and we saute a bunch of portabella  mushrooms in the remaining butter. After they’ve soaked up the butter, we arrange them on top of the chicken breasts and cover each piece of chicken with a slice of mozzarella cheese. Then, we just broil them until the cheese has melted, take them out, and serve. Easy-peasy.

We also boiled some green beans, then sauteed them with olive oil, garlic, and slivered almonds. De-lish. We were feeling like we needed some sort of bread or grain to go with this meal, so my dad picked up some Pillsbury Garlic Butter Crescents. Those were good. (I had two :) ). I thought the butter flavor was a little overpowering, but I adore garlic, so it was all good.

What an awesome dinner, I must say.

After we cleaned up, Kyle left, and I played with Pippa for a little while. Then, I started to watch the Blue Jackets-Blues hockey game before the finale of Survivor. (Spoiler coming!)

Before we sat down to watch the show, though, Daddy and I went to Dairy Queen to pick up Reese’s Cup Blizzards. It was great timing on our part, because our local Dairy Queen will be closed from tomorrow through January 3. We’re good.

Chocolate + Peanut Butter + Ice Cream = Happiness

And, this was the perfect Blizzard. It was super peanut buttery and had just the right amount of candy. Awesome.

Then, there was Survivor. Can I just say how glad I am that Sophie won? Every other person on this season annoyed me to no end.

I’m about to finish watching the reunion show and then go to sleep. Good night!

She’s Baaaaa-ack

After a week of finals, I’m done with school for two weeks. Which means……

… I’m back to blogging! Ah, well, it’s a happy thought for me. :)

And, in true me style, I had my favorite breakfast in the entire world.

Oldie, but goodie (not the picture, I must say...)

I planned to be incredibly productive this morning. And when I woke up (later than I expected), that was still the plan. And then breakfast and relaxation happened. So, I’ve basically done nothing. That feels really good after my week, but it also feels bad. I have things to do, and I want to be a vegetable. Hmmmm. Maybe for one more day?

This week, I did have finals, including a paper, an in-class paper, three exams, and a scrapbook. But I also hosted a surprise 16th birthday party for one of my friends and a Secret Santa gift exchange after the last exams of the week. That was so much fun and she was truly surprised. After a few hours at my house, we shipped all of her presents home with her in her sister’s trunk, which we successfully filled. Every single one of us needed that day after all of the stress that has taken over the last four months. I adore my friends.

And most of my food hasn’t been too exciting (and I’ve rushed through a lot of it), so my week off blogging wasn’t the week I tried ten different incredible dishes. However, if you ever get a chance, Velvet’s Max & Erma’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream = AMAZING. I love cookie dough. Cookie dough ice cream is good, but i like a lot of other ice creams better. THIS was awesome.  :) Try it!

Between breakfast and lunch I had Fiber One and a Hershey’s Mini Special Dark Chocolate Bar.

Fiber One for me!

And chocolate :D

Lunch today came pretty late, because my stomach has been seriously upset lately. But it did come, and it was delicious, if quite light.

Breakfast-y lunch

I munched on Kroger Honey Greek yogurt with a 100% Whole Wheat Bagel Thin and a Braeburn apple for lunch. It was followed by another bowl of Fiber One while I helped my dad unpack groceries.

My uncle’s coming over for dinner tonight and it’s the Survivor season finale. Most people on this season really annoy me, so I’m not sure I actually want a specific person to win, but it’s always fun to see how it shakes out.

Now I’m off to do some reading. I’m trying to get through The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo before Wednesday/Thursday, so I can see the movie with my mom and uncle.

Great Day, Great Food, Great Life

^^^^^^ Optimistic title much? Yes, please. Today was really an awesome day. I got a bunch of grades back in about 4 classes, and they were all really good. Is it sad that that can make my day? Maybe. But it definitely can.

Before I got to school, though, I had….

Typically lovely

… a large banana, a Diet Coke, and a cup of vanilla Greek yogurt. Yum. And then I had Fiber One. Of course.

Duh.

While I was packing lunch, I stole a Rolo from the 5 lb. bag of candy that I bought a month ago for a party – and am still nibbling away at. <– Bad sentence. Oh, well.

Start the day off right! (With a chocolate-caramel delight)

Speaking of lunch (about five minutes ago), I had a peanut butter bagelwich and 2 clementines. Good stuff. (You can’t go wrong, I promise.)

Take a bite :)

I can’t make any sort of sandwich/toast without first tearing off a little bite of bread. I like carbs (how can you not?). The sandwich didn’t travel to school like that, but you couldn’t see the peanut butter with it being fully assembled, and I just couldn’t have that, now could I?

During school, I had 2 squares of Hershey Bliss chocolate and a small handful of my friend’s Skittles. I ♥ candy, if you couldn’t tell.

My mom and I made a quick detour to the mall right after school to pick up a few things from Macy’s and, since we knew we would be on our own for dinner (my daddy had plans), we headed straight to Max & Erma’s afterward.

It was pretty dark there, so it wasn’t a prime picture-taking place. And, let’s be honest, I was talking a mile a minute to my mother about 15 different things, so pictures weren’t the first thing on my mind. Again, still trying to make this a habit. :)

I had a cup of their delicious, cheesy, slightly spicy Tortilla Soup, most of an order of fries with a little ketchup, and one of their gooey, buttery, incredible chocolate chip cookies. And a few bites of my mom’s Horseradish Sliders (topped with onion rings!). Great. It had been far too long since I had been to Max & Erma’s and I enjoyed every bite of it.

We got home and talked to my dad for a little bit before he left for his dinner + card game, and then got to work. Or I tried to get to work. Pippa wanted to stop me.

My dog didn't eat my homework. She did sit on it.

I was trying to cut out my articles from the school newspaper for the scrapbook that is our midterm. Pippa had other plans for my papers. :) Love her!

While I waited for her to get tired of that spot, I had another bowl of Fiber One.

Eventually, she did move, so I cut out the articles and layouts from the November and December issues. I took a break after that. So. Exhausting. Kidding! During said break, I had…

An old standby

… a Braeburn apple and a cup of honey Greek yogurt. It sure satisfied. Or not. Because I soon followed it with…

Choooocolate!

… A mini Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate bar and a few Peanut M&Ms. Those are addictive. More will be happening tonight, even if they don’t make an appearance here first. And. That. Is. A. Promise. <– That was from Matilda, the movie version. I watched it way too many times as a little kid.

Now, I’m off to cut out the October issue and maybe start on a few scrapbook pages. I have quite the busy weekend! More on that – tomorrow!

Good night!

 

Food & Family

Chipotle is awesome. If there was a god of it, I might worship said god. Maybe.

My bowl:

Yum.

I’m not a huge fan of rice in general, so I get my Burrito Bowls as salads, which are basically the same thing without rice. I had lettuce, black beans, chicken, fajita vegetables, fresh tomato salsa, and cheese (Chipotle has great cheese). This was perfectly meaty, salty, and cheese. Perfection – and it totally satisfied a craving. For a few days, perhaps. :D

I love my family. We had such entertaining conversations at dinner, covering everything from guns to medical marijuana to the perfect tortilla. Yep, we’re strange ones.

When we arrived back home, I started on some Spanish homework that I’d been neglecting. It’s done now.  Procrastination = over!

While watching some Blue Jackets hockey (they gave up 2 goals in about 2 minutes at the end to lose it – classic Jackets), I fixed myself a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch covered with 1% milk. It had been a long time since I had it, and it was tasty.

Crazy squares :)

I was still hungry after this (what a shock), so I had a more typical snack.

Crunchy + creamy

I mixed a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder into vanilla pudding to cut the sweetness and add the chocolate. I’m loving this stuff. It tastes so creamy, rich, and chocolaty – like a super-thick mousse. LOVE. Braeburn apples are my absolute favorite and this one certainly didn’t disappoint.

I followed this snack with a piece of Hershey’s Special Dark chocolate.

Mmmmm

And now I am off to bed. I’m exhausted and I have a presentation and a speaking test in Spanish tomorrow. Then, it’s time for the weekend. Which will be full of studying for exams. But then there’s winter break. And I can always look forward to that. Good night!

Early Morning Meeting

This morning, I woke up at an even ungodlier hour than usual. Class Cabinet meetings are before school, see, and I’m the president. I ate my usual quick breakfast.

Quick and easy, it is!

Since it’s almost the holidays, our adviser “surprised” us (I knew ;) ) with Panera bagels. That’s a great reason to get up extra early.

Asiago cheeeeeeese

Panera’s bagels are absolutely the best if you get them first thing in the morning. They’re just about always delicious, but these are even softer and doughier and, in this case, cheesier. More divine. (I’m easy to please when it comes to carbs.)

Then, because I’m a bottomless pit, while I had a free 1st period at school, I snacked on…

You guessed it!

Fiber One.

I had my pre-calc test shortly after that (pretty easy, I think) and the rest of the day basically flew by. Lunch was simple.

PB & A

It included an Aunt Millie’s 100% Whole Wheat English muffin topped with Jif Creamy peanut butter and a Braeburn apple. Classic.

I had Book Club (Page Turners – clever name, right?) after school and then I stopped by a pizza place to collect money for ads for the school newspaper.

When I got home, I had more Fiber One.

My grandma and uncle are here right now and we’re about to head to Chipotle! I’ll be back later. Have a fabulous evening!

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