Oh, Wine

I didn’t post last night because this happened:

My awesome friend, Jess, came over with a bottle of wine to celebrate a few big things that have happened in my life recently. I don’t want to discuss them on the blog just yet, but I will soon, promise.

Here’s a blurry pic of Jess from last night:

She may kill me for posting it but I think it’s a cute pic. Behind Jess’ head is my calendar that I write absolutely EVERYTHING on. It helped me get through my last school semester with a clear head and it’s helping me stay on target with my internship this summer. Do you write everything on a calendar?

Anyway, I had to be in Saratoga  at 9:00 for my internship yesterday morning, so I woke up and scarfed down a bowl of sickeningly sweet banana oats.

I usually love adding overripe bananas to my oats but yesterday it was too much. I couldn’t finish the bowl.

Even though I didn’t finish breakfast, I was surprisingly full until around 11:30. There are so many great places to eat in Saratoga but I packed lunch and snacks to save money.

  • Leftover Buitoni Four Cheese Ravioli from Monday night.
  • Watermelon
  • Feed Blueberry-Almond Granola
  • Baby carrots with PB

I ate half of the bag of granola for a snack around 11:30. Then, I had the ravioli and one piece of  watermelon for lunch at 2. The ravioli was actually better reheated than it was when we first made it.

My lunch kept me full for the rest of the day. I didn’t even break into my carrots and PB snack.

Jeff and I decided to celebrate some of my recent accomplishments  last night by making tacos. I stopped at the store on the way home to pick up the essentials:

I whipped up some homemade guac while Jeff heated the refried beans

I have to admit, I’m not the biggest fan of refried beans. I don’t like the consistency. I’d rather bite into full cooked beans.

I filled two corn tortillas with refried beans, sauteed onion, salsa, and guac. We were out of cheese, but I didn’t miss it.

I had watermelon, corn, and a couple baked scoops on the side.  Another light and summery dinner!

For dessert, I had a small slice of blueberry cake from Saturday.

And then, of course, wine.

Ten minutes later…

Oh boy…

I’m off to a spin class.

Have you celebrated any major accomplishments lately?

Have a great Wednesday! <3

Confession: I may or may not have inhaled 1/2 of an arnold whole wheat sandwich thin and a couple bites of this chocolately granola bar type thing that Seth brought over for Jess after he got out of work. 🙂

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I <3 Summer Produce

Is anybody else ridiculously happy that it’s summer? Aside from the warm weather and countless outdoor activities, my favorite thing about summer is the seasonal fruits and veggies. Today was full of ’em.

We’ve already discussed my blueberry obsession, so it should come as no surprise that the whole wheat blueberry pancake that I made for myself this morning was more blueberry than it was pancake.

I threw together a bulk mix of the dry ingredients for my go-to pancake batter so I can just whip it out and add eggs and milk whenever Jeff and I want pancakes. (Note: I only use the batter part of this recipe. Not that I don’t think the PB and Coconut Swirl idea is awesome. It is, I’ve tried it! I just like plain pancakes better)

When I broke down the recipe to make one pancake, I realized that it called for 1/4 of an egg. How the heck do I do that? I sort of just guessed and scrambled up the leftovers. The finished product was very tasty so I must have done something right!

I inhaled the pancake after getting back from an upper body and abs class at the gym. I used 6 lb free weights for the majority of the class and felt really strong! Afterward, I hopped on the treadmill and walked on an incline for 30 minutes. Gotta tone the booty. 🙂

Lunch today consisted of a leftover veggie burger from yesterday’s BBQ heated on the George Foreman Grill. I topped my burger with tomato and sauteed red onions. I also roasted zucchini, summer squash, and potatoes in the oven at 400° for ten minutes.

Sorry for the blur

All together with watermelon!

I ate my “burger” on an Arnold Sandwich Thin. It was a very nutritious and summery lunch.

For dinner, Jeff and I decided to try out Buitoni Whole Wheat Four Cheese Ravioli.

I received a coupon for a free package a couple weeks ago from the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program. There are a variety of different kinds of Buitoni pastas and sauces but I had little to choose from at the grocery store I went to, so I ended up with the whole wheat four cheese. I would have loved to try the Wild Mushroom Agnolotti. I don’t even like mushrooms but it sounded interesting. Unfortunately, I had to choose from what was available at my local grocery store.

While the ravioli was cooking, I got the sauce ready.

I love Muir Glen! All of their sauces are so good!

My plate:I had more squash and zucchini with dinner. I also steamed some baby carrots and Jeff made corn on the cob.

Verdict: I did not like the four cheese ravioli. I couldn’t taste the cheese most of the time and I think I would have enjoyed the ravioli more if it had more of a filling. I will not be buying the four cheese kind again. I may try a different variety, though.  The rest of my dinner was fabulous. How could summer veggies not be?

Dinner concluded perfectly with a small piece of blueberry cake leftover from Saturday.

Oh man! So good.

Now, I’m off to stuff my face with popcorn and watch The Hangover with Jeff. Love that movie!

If you could eat one fruit or veggie for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Have a great Tuesday! <3

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