Takin’ It Easy In The Kitchen

Wow, it looks like I’m not the only one lovin’ these Food Should Taste Good chips! 😯

If you haven’t entered the giveaway yet, be sure to check it out! You have until tomorrow! I also think I forgot to mention…

You will be able to choose any 6 flavors for your sampler box! How sweet is THAT??

Lunch

I was in more of a grazing mood today, so I didn’t ever really sit down to eat a full meal. Rather, I broke things up throughout the day. I actually don’t mind doing this sometimes, and if that’s what my body is telling me it’s craving, well then gosh darn it that’s what I’m gonna do! 😉

I had a honey flavored Chobani topped with some Bear Naked Fit granola.

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Along with some strawberries + cantaloupe, which were both runnin’ on their last legs.

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Throughout the rest of the afternoon, I snacked on some carrots & celery, another Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookie (yes, only 1 this time! 😉 ), and some honey sesame Kashi crackers + PB.

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Alright, somebody help make me feel like I’m not a total doofus (<—did I really just use that word?) Does anyone else have a ridiculously hard time opening up the bag for these crackers?!? Seriously, it happens to me every time! Even after I remind myself to be careful. Sheesh! 🙄

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Dinner

Jay and I have a softball game tonight, and since we both were originally thinking it was an early game, I hadn’t planned anything for dinner. Since we just found out that the game isn’t until 7:45, I debated on whipping up something quick; but to be perfectly honest, I’m just feeling a little lazy in the kitchen tonight.

I opted for a fresh veggie & provolone cheese sandwich, with lettuce, tomato, cukes, & basil leaves.

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99% of the time, I buy 100% whole wheat bread to have in the house, but this week I noticed some potato bread on sale and decided to grab it. You see, the hubby nicely obliges to eating whole wheat bread every single week, and he is the one that eats probably 90% of the loaf. So since I knew he’d thoroughly enjoy it, I sacrificed ditched my WW bread for the potato this week. Growing up, potato bread used to be my FAVORITE. Surprisingly enough, after comparing the nutrition facts, it’s really not much different from whole wheat. It doesn’t provide as much fiber as my usual WW bread does, but calorie-wise, it’s about the same. Interesting…anybody else have any thoughts on this?

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I enjoyed some ugly carrots & celery, along with some Lime flavored Food Should Taste Good chips. Really, I mean I’ve been reading about them all day long, how could I NOT have some? 😉

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As soon as I brought my food in to eat “TV tray” style, I immediately had a visitor…

“Whatcha got there, Mom? Can I have some?”

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Jay and I have actually been joking that Cody is getting to be a little on the “tubby” side. He constantly wants to eat, and we’ve both been guilty of continuously filling up his bowl. Are we bad parents?? 😳

Well, it’s off to softball – first playoff game of the season! Wish us luck!

Question for the Night:

Have you ever been guilty of over-feeding a pet? How do you reverse it!?! 😯

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Old Navy Love

I achieved a new goal at the gym today!  During BodyPump, I did ALL of my push ups on my TOES!  This is a HUGE accomplishment for me, as I have always been a push-up-on-the-knees kinda gal. 😉  I felt so strong with such a great sense of accomplishment!  Who knows what’s next for me?!? haha

After BodyPump, I showered up (at the gym for the first time – an interesting experience, but I’d do it again if needed) and headed over to the mall on this glorious day.  Seriously, it’s beautiful out today! 8)  I had a feeling I might get a few tummy grumbles shortly after the gym, so I packed up one of my fave Clif Z Bars.  Yep, it was thoroughly enjoyed in the dressing room. 🙂

Old Navy totally rocked today — I had such a hard time choosing what to get.  After making some tough decisions, I ended up with these new goodies:

Purple & White striped dress – *I REALLY want to figure out a way to make some pockets in this dress — does anyone have any idea how I could do it???

Black & Grey striped tank vest (looks a whole lot better on a body than a hanger!)

Pretty tanks in purple & melon (some people are weird about buying more than 1 of the same shirt – I say, if it fits, gimme ’em all!) 😉

And of course, I had to stock up on the flip flops – who doesn’t love a pair of flip flops for $2.50 each?!?

Basic black, white, & grey

The best thing was, Old Navy is having 30% off the entire store through today only, either in store or online.  If ordering online, just enter ONBIG30 at checkout!  All of this only came to about $55.00, and since I had a $25.00 gift card, this girl only spent about $30.00!  Now that’s my kinda shopping! 😉

After my victory buy at Old Navy, I continued to browse around a few other stores, but kept myself from pulling out the wallet – except for one thing…

I treated myself to dessert before lunch with a delicious Caramel Light Frapuccino.  These babies are frozen heaven through a straw!  Knowing I still hadn’t eaten lunch, I kept portion control in mind by ordering a “tall”.  It totally did the trick. 🙂

Unfortunately, I think it may have spoiled a little of my appetite, because by the time I got home, I really wasn’t all that hungry for a big lunch.  But no worries, I’ll break things into 2 mini meals this afternoon:

Mini meal #1 – carrot sticks + grape tomatoes with hommus & some Kashi Honey Sesame crackers with a wedge of The Laughing Cow Light Swiss cheese

I had no idea that my hommus was pretty much GONE – I had to scrape the entire container down just to get this sorry looking blob.  Good thing I’m hittin’ up the grocery store later! 😉

*Here’s another reminder for this week’s Fashion Friday – Readers Edition post!

Question for the Afternoon:

What’s the best achievement that you’ve made (or goal that you’ve reached) with your workouts lately?

2010 Cookbook Award Winners

 

Lunch today might look a little familiar to you all from yesterday! 😉

Smart girl here thought ahead, and I put this together last night while cleaning up from dinner.  It’s pretty much the same dish as yesterday: spaghetti squash, marinara sauce, ricotta cheese, roasted veggies, and a plop ‘o pesto (it’s hiding underneath the veggies).

Things have been a little hectic here today, so I just barely had enough time to finish my “squash bowl”.  I did, however, break into my Honey Sesame Kashi cracker stash I leave here at work for emergencies and had about a serving’s worth.  I could eat these things at every meal, they are that good.  I’m hoping to be able to have a little break shortly so I can dig into the rest of my “orange” lunch stash. 

Besides the vanilla yogurt, I have some orange carrot sticks, orange hummus, and a lovely orange. 😉  My mom used to tell me that if I ate enough orange foods, that my skin would start to turn orange…I always wondered if that was true?!?  I feel like my skin is always tinted an orangey color anyways. 🙂

Earlier today, I stumbled upon an article about the International Association of Culinary Professionals’ (IACP) announcement of its 2010 Cookbook Award Winners.  According to the IACP website:

The Cookbook Awards have been formally presented by IACP since 1986, when the Tastemaker Awards dissolved its program after 19 years.  Under the guidance of cookbook author Bert Greene and the IACP Board of Directors, IACP assumed custody of the awards program that year and has since carried the torch, applauding excellence and setting standards in cookbook publishing now for more than 20 years.

From 1987 to 1990, the awards were presented as the IACP/Seagram Awards, with Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, Inc. sponsoring the program.  In 1991, in an effort to expand visibility, IACP chose to present the Cookbook Awards under its own auspices. Julia Child graciously lent her support by allowing her name be associated with the program through a new category to honor the best First Book: the Julia Child Award.

Each year, the Cookbook Awards Committee carefully reviews the categories, guidelines, and judging procedures to ensure that our program remains relevant for our industry.  For the 2010 awards program, three new categories have been added and now entrants may submit into more than one category if they wish.  

IACP 2010 Cookbook Award Winners

• General
“Stephanie Alexander’s Kitchen Garden Companion”
Author: Stephanie Alexander
Editor: Kathleen Gandy
Publisher: Penguin Group (Australia)

• American
“My New Orleans: The Cookbook”
Author: John Besh
Editor: Dorothy Kalins and Jean Lucas
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC

• Baking: Savory or Sweet
“Rose’s Heavenly Cakes”
Author: Rose Levy Beranbaum
Editor: Pamela Chirls
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

• Single Subject
“Go Fish”
Author: Al Brown
Publisher: Random House (New Zealand)

• Compilations
“Gourmet Today”
Author: Ruth Reichl
Editor: Rux Martin
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing

• Children, Youth and Family
“Williams-Sonoma Family Meals”
Author: Maria Helm Sinskey
Editor: Kim Laidlaw
Publisher: Oxmoor House

• Health and Special Diet
“The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen: Nourishing, Big-Flavor Recipes for Cancer Treatment and Recovery”
Authors: Rebecca Katz and Mat Edelson
Editor: Melissa Moore
Publisher: Celestial Arts, an imprint of Ten Speed Press

• International
“Mastering the Art of Chinese Cooking”
Author: Eileen Yin-Fei Lo
Editor: Bill LeBlond
Publisher: Chronicle Books

• Wine, Beer and Spirits
“World Whiskey”
Authors: Charles Maclean
Editor: Shannon Beatty
Publisher: DK Publishing

• Culinary History
“Of Sugar and Snow: A History of Ice Cream Making”
Author: Jeri Quinzio
Editor: Sheila Levine
Publisher: University of California Press

• Literary Food Writing
“Waste”
Author: Tristram Stuart
Editor: Robert Weil
Publisher: W.W. Norton

• Food Photography and Styling
“Williams-Sonoma Cooking for Friends”
Authors: Alison Attenborough and Jamie Kimm
Photographer: Petrina Tinslay
Stylists: Alison Attenborough and Jamie Kimm
Editor: Amy Marr Publisher: Oxmoor House

• Food and Beverage Reference/Technical
“The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Pastry Arts”
Author: The French
Culinary Institute
Editor: Luisa Weiss Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.

• Professional Kitchens
“Baking and Pastry: Mastering the Art and Craft 2nd Ed.”
Authors: The Culinary Institute of America
Editor: Pamela Chirls
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

• Chefs and Restaurants
“Ad Hoc at Home”
Authors: Thomas Keller and Dave Cruz
Editor: Ann Bramson
Publisher: Artisan Books

• Design Award
“Thai Street Food”
Author: David Thompson
Editor: Alison Cowan
Publisher: Penguin Group (Australia)

• Design Award
“Snowflakes and Schnapps”
Author: Jane Lawson
Editor: Jacqui Smith
Publisher: Murdoch Books

• First Book: The Julia Child Award
“The New Portuguese Table: Exciting Flavors from Europe’s Western Coast”
Author: David Leite
Editor: Rica Allannic
Publisher: Clarkson Potter

• People’s Choice Award
“The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen: Nourishing, Big-Flavor Recipes for Cancer Treatment and Recovery”
Authors: Rebecca Katz and Mat Edelson
Editor: Melissa Moore
Publisher: Celestial Arts, an imprint of Ten Speed Press

• Cookbook of the Year
“Rose’s Heavenly Cakes”
Author: Rose Levy Beranbaum
Editor: Pamela Chirls
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 

I thought my stockpile of cookbooks was pretty decent, but I have to say – I have not seen any of these except for the Williams-Sonoma Cooking with Friends!  I definitely see a couple that I would love to get my hands on though…“A History of Ice Cream Making”?  HELLOOOO ice cream!  Mention that food, and I’m all set! 😀

Do you own any of the cookbooks mentioned above?  What are your favorite cookbooks?

I have a Cooking Light cookbook that has some great dinner recipes, a Martha Stewart Cookie’s cookbook that is nothing short of AMAZING, and my 2 Hungry Girl cookbooks also have some really fun, interesting recipes too! 🙂

Haven’t I Seen This Before?

So lunch today was thrown together in about 2 minutes because I was SUPER late to get to work and didn’t think to make it last night.  Actually, I did think about making it last night, but couldn’t decide what I was in the mood for.  Nothing was sounding good…perhaps because of the massive amounts of frosting I ate?  Oops! 😉

Looks a little familiar, right?  Well, the veggies were startin’ to get a little “old” looking, so I wanted to finish those up quick.  Then yogurt was quick to grab out of the fridge, so I went with it.  Today’s flavor is plain Chobani, but mixed in with a little sugar-free strawberry preserves!

The preserves added the perfect amount of sweetness that I was craving, along with some fresh strawberries on top!

I plan on eating the Kashi crackers and orange a little later this afternoon. 🙂

Don’t forget to check out my Peanut Butter Giveaway from this morning!!

Psychic??

I mentioned this morning that I was going to be trying a NEW place for lunch today, and boy am I excited about it!!  The surprise location is Salad Creations!  I’ve passed by it numerous times when shopping at the mall, but never made it in until today.  In addition to some featured salads, wraps, and paninis, my choice was the “Create Your Own Salad”.

You can pick from their “full creation” or a “jr. creation”, but with the full size, you get to pick as many of their 40+ “throw-in” choices that you want!  Look at all these veggies & toppings!  I was SOLD! 😀

For an extra amount, you can add a protein, such as turkey, roast beef, tuna, or a variety of chicken choices.  Normally, I would add chicken, but after everything else that I “threw-in” I figured I had plenty.

My “Salad Creation” was LOADED with goodies!

-Spring mix lettuce

-Carrots

-Chickpeas

-Cukes

-Dried Cranberries

-Feta Cheese (just a sprinkle!) 😉

-Green Bell Peppers

-1 Hard-Boiled Egg (I picked out some of the yolk…not my favorite)

-Red Onions

-Roasted Red Peppers

-Sliced Almonds

-Tomatoes

Now that’s what I call a SALAD!  I ordered my salad “chopped” which really combined the flavors of everything wonderfully.  I also ordered my dressing on the side, which was their Low Fat Caribbean Mango.  It was pretty good!  I only needed one of the containers though because everything mixed together tasted great without the extra “juice”. 😉  Part of the reason I had ordered the full size, was to try to save some of it either for dinner tonight or lunch tomorrow.  Ummmm, yeahh….that didn’t work out so well.  I ate almost the ENTIRE thing!  Just sitting, chatting, and eating, and before I knew it…DONE-ZO!

Needless to say, I’m sure I will DEFINITELY be visiting here again…they even have a Frequent Diner Card! WOOO HOOO! 😀

After chatting at lunch, we moseyed on over to a nearby cafe to grab a cup of coffee and get to work.  Right down the “sidewalk” was ANOTHER new place I’ve never been, MochaLisa’s Caffe.  It was super cute inside…I wish I had gotten more pictures!  But if you check out their link, there’s some good shots.  You can’t really read the menu here, but trust me, they have quite an extensive one!

They also had a whole separate menu for all of these yummy sounding teas, but I was feeling a little chilly and needed something to warm me up.

I couldn’t decide on what flavor to get (hellloooo indecisiveness!), so the kind woman working recommended a combination of two flavors that is apparently very popular amongst the staff there.  So I like to call my cup-o-joe “Hazel-Doodle”! 🙂  It was a combination of hazelnut and Snickerdoodle flavored coffees.  The verdict?  DEEELISHH! 😀

I was hoping it would last me a little longer through our meeting, but it was so good, I downed it in a matter of minutes.  Oops! :”>  Our meeting went very well, and we got A LOT accomplished, so we both left feeling quite good about things!

After our meeting, it was time for the gym.  I was going to do a BodyPump class, but got their earlier than normal and didn’t feel like waiting around.  So instead, I did my 3 mile interval run on the treadmill (check out the Workout Log for details), followed by an easy 25 minutes of intervals on the elliptical (I needed to catch up on some mags!) 😉  After the cardio, I wanted to add in some strength training to make up for the missed BodyPump class, so I did about 25 minutes of some upper body strengthening, and some glutes.

“Geez Courtney, you must have been tired!  You went home after all that, right?”……

Oh no, I did not!  I still had to make it to softball practice…yikes!  Luckily, my gigantic lunch salad held me over quite well, but I wanted something quick before practice, so I snacked on this sweet thang on the car ride there.

Practice lasted for about an hour and a half, and luckily it was not 40 degrees out like it was on Sunday, so things went MUCH better tonight.  When I got home for dinner, I was hungry, but feeling SUPER lazy.  I was on my own, since the hubby is out of town again today for work ( 😦 ) and really wasn’t in the mood to make anything difficult.  So I scrounged through the kitchen and ended up with this plate.

Ham & provolone cheese with lettuce, pickles (LOVE pickles!), and honey mustard on a La Tortilla Factory wrap.

On the side, some carrot sticks with hummus and Kashi’s…

These babies are so addicting. I may have had a few more right out of the box while getting things ready… 😉

It wasn’t the most exciting dinner, but it left me satisfied.  After finishing, I still needed to satisfy the Sweet Tooth, so I dug into this bad boy that we got on Easter from Jay’s parents.

There’s nothin’ like chocolate and gooey caramel, right?? 😛

So today at lunch, my mentor and I ended up having a really long and elaborate discussion on psychics.  She has been to one, along with many of my other colleagues, and she said it was out-of-this-world amazing.  She said that the woman she went to told her things that nobody else would have known, and gave her clues into a handful of things that were going to happen later on in life (some of which already have!).  So I got to thinking, maybe I want to go visit the psychic!  It’s always fascinated me, but at the same time, makes me a little nervous, ya know?

So I’m looking for some input tonight, and need you guys to help me out!

Have you ever been to a psychic?   Would you go?  Or would you rather keep the “unknown” where it is?