Do I Have A Good Story For You

Oh boy, do I have a good story for you guys this morning! But I’ll get to that in just a second…

So as I mentioned yesterday afternoon, yesterday was a suuuuper busy day. I never wound up taking any photos of breakfast, but I did manage to snag lunch.


On the menu was leftovers from Tuesday night’s dinner: lean vegetable beef soup and cheesy Italian quick bread. Yum and yum.

I finished up lunch with a little something sweet in the form of some orange slices.


Heyyyy, check it out! I finally smartened up and peeled the orange BEFORE work, so I wouldn’t wind up with orange juice and pulp all over my desk and self. I am all about ways to make my work meals more efficient!

Right after work, I had plans to meet up with my friend Nicole, and we decided to check out a new-to-both-of-us place in downtown Troy, Illium Café.


I decided to choose this place because I was immediately intrigued by so many of their menu items…for example, their Crispy Peanut Butter and Jelly Pain Petite? WOW…all I can say is, I will, at some point, try that in my lifetime.

But for last night, seeing as though it was dinner and all and I figured I should probably go for something a bit more healthy, I decided to get their grilled vegetable panini with a side salad.


Luckily, it wasn’t only a healthy choice, but it was a delicious choice at that. The vegetables were cooked and marinated perfectly, and the balsamic dressing that came with the side salad was so simple, yet really, really good. I know I’ll definitely be back, because Jay also wants to try out a few things on the menu.

So while Nicole and I were at dinner, we did a whole lot of talking about health, fitness, and decorating. What? Those three things totally go together, don’t they? Winking smile

Nicole is an interior designer and I’ve been talking to her about how I desperately need some help in organizing our closets and getting some ideas on how to rearrange the rooms in our house to get ready for the babe. I’m so, so excited to have her come over within the next week or two so we can start up on the closets, as they’re in need of the most immediate attention. YAY for friends who are way more organized and clever with decorating and design than I am!

But you guys…get this. While I was out to dinner, my phone started ringing and it was from a number that didn’t really look familiar. For whatever reason, I almost always pick up my phone whether I recognize the number or not, so I decided to answer it. You wanna guess who it was?

It was the jerk of a doctor I told you guys about yesterday. YEAH, not kidding. He said he just wanted to follow up to see how I was feeling after taking a few doses of the meds that he prescribed. He also wanted to apologize for the mix up with not calling in my prescription (yeah, I didn’t mention that yesterday – I had to call the emergency hotline to actually get the prescription called in and raced to my pharmacy to pick it up last night before they closed at 9pm). THEN, he said that he wanted to sincerely apologize for how he treated me/handled things at my appointment. He said he certainly did not mean to get me upset (the receptionist must have obviously told him, or he found out from Jay contacting the head of the office – love my husband, btw) but that he just wanted to get me back to health.

Well, to say I was floored by the phone call would be an understatement. I told him thank you, and that I appreciated him going out of his way to call, which I really did. Granted, I didn’t tell him it was okay, because it wasn’t, and I still will never go back to see him, but I will say that the call helped me feel slightly less bitter towards the man.


By the time I got home, I quickly cleaned up a bit, got my lunch ready for tomorrow, ironed some clothes, and then, grabbed some chocolate.


I was recently sent a pretty great goody box from Brookside chocolates, which included three bags of their dark chocolate, errr, balls? Winking smile

The first (and only) bag we’ve broken into so far is the Dark Chocolate Goji with Raspberry, and Jay and I are both seriously in LOVE with these things. They are sooooooo good.


And don’t be fooled, my friends; that is not nearly what I would call a serving size. That’s more of a “hey, this is what they look like but I’m gonna eat about twenty more” kind of photo, just to give ya a visual. Winking smile

I cannot believe that today is seriously already Thursday. This week has been flyyyyying by for me, and hey, I am not complaining…just means we’re that much closer to the weekend, right?! Right.

Question for the Morning:

Do you have any tips or tricks on making your own meals more quick or efficient? If so, feel free to share! Perhaps we can all snag a few good ideas today!

One of my favorites would probably be the salad dressing on the bottom trick. Works like a charm every single time!


  1. says

    I always make at least double when I cook grains and I’m a big fan of baked oats to make the night before to have ready to grab and go or even just reheat in the morning with your favourite toppings! Great to hear you got an apology, I wonder did he also see the blog post!!!
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  2. Julie @ Sweetly Balanced says

    I think it’s great that the doctor called back to appologize. It definitely says a lot about a person who can do that! I’m horrible at meal prep! I always forget to pack lunches and end up goin out ad buying food, something my wallet does not enjoy!

  3. says

    Your veggie sandwich looks amazing. I am always impressed with a restaurant that offers vegetarian options!

    That is amazing that the doctor called and apologized to you…I would never have seen that one coming!

    Thanks for the salad dressing on the bottom trick. That is the perfect idea!! I always worry about the lettuce and veggies getting soggy, but this would totally prevent that.
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  4. says

    I’m so glad that doctor called you to apologize…that wouldn’t have been easy for him either, and like you said, it doesn’t make what happened okay, but he also didn’t have to call, so it’s a very good thing he realized he was completely unprofessional about everything. Glad it made you feel at least a little better about it!
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  5. Traci says

    i’m glad you got an apology from that doctor- helps you at least see that he (hopefully) regretted saying those things. i think there was a better way he could have gotten his point across, even if he did want to “scare you into action”. also, i’ve tried the brookside pomegranate ones and they are AWESOME!

  6. Nicole says

    That’s great that your husband called the head of the office – definitely something that they needed to know! Regardless though, I’m glad that the doc called and apologized, that was the least he could have done!

    In happier news, those chocolate “balls” are awesome! I’ve never had the raspberry kind, but the blueberry and pomegranate ones are great. They sell them at our Costco and we pick up a bag every time in to the store :) So addicting though!

  7. says

    So glad the dr. called you back…. I found myself in a bummer situation w/ my doctor while I was expecting that threw me for a loop as well. It’s hard! …. I had to force myself to step back and say ‘we all have bad days- maybe that was his. Also, he is a MAN and has exactly ZERO idea what it feels like and the immense pressure we put on ourselves to create a healthy, perfect blessing. This does NOT excuse his actions in the slightest but I’ll take this encounter as a grain of salt.” Trying to look at it as his wrong/ignorance helped me let it go a little bit. …..although his call can’t right the wrong, at least he made an effort. {{hugs}} to you AND baby!

  8. says

    It’s something that I’m still trying to master, but last week, I made Angela’s ( make ahead steel cut oats for most of my breakfasts, and the night before, I also made smoothies for my long commute (I eat small meals about six times a day, starting at 6 AM). As for lunches, they’re usually leftovers from dinner the night before.

    But definitely meal planning and prepping is where it’s at. I’m always more relaxed when I actually do it, and I eat better, too.
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  9. Crystal says

    I wash and chop lettuce, veggies and prep beans and grains for lunch salads every Sunday. It makes it so easy to throw together a healthy lunch all week. Anything left on Friday gets sautéed and thrown in with dinner. To keep lettuce or any green fresh, I lay a paper towel in the bottom of the container and on top. It really helps especially with spinach!

  10. says

    That is really nice the Doctor called and apologized, I hope he realized on his own the way he spoke to you was wrong! Got to love your man for sticking up for you, anytime someone makes me upset my boyfriend is the first to be like do you want me to talk to them!? Ok seriously I need to try these brookside chocolate covered balls, I love dark chocolate covered anything!
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  11. says

    Ahh those chocolates by Brookside are addicting, aren’t they?! I’ve bought them from Costco before, and let’s just say that may have been a bad choice. 😉 I’m glad that jerk of a doctor called. I still wouldn’t go back to him either, but at least you have a little bit less of a bitter taste in your mouth toward him. As for making meals easier… I always make bigger batches for leftovers, I chop a bunch of extra veggies if I’m already chopping some up for a specific recipe, and I leave a smaller jar of peanut butter in my desk drawer at work to eat with apple slices or bananas so I don’t have to figure out how to transport peanut butter back and forth (considering I eat it daily! :)). I still use your salad dressing trick by the way! 😉
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  12. says

    Guess what I am having for lunch today? The same thing you had yesterday!!! I made the soup last night(with ground turkey), along with the bread and it was FAB-U-LOUS!!!

    As for the chocolate covered balls, I am sad that you have some and I do not. I looked for them at Costco last week and couldn’t find any. Sad, sad day. Oh well, maybe the Universe was trying to tell me I didn’t need them!!
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  13. Britt says

    Good for Jay, calling the office like that! You know he’s got your back 😉
    That’s great the dr called you on your cell phone to apologize like that, I know that made you feel a little better.
    That food at the restaurant looks delish!
    Can’t wait to see how you organize the house in preparation for Baby Tooth!!:)

  14. says

    I have had my days messed up all week! Yesterday I thought it was Thursday and then this morning I thought it was Wednesday – my husband was all “today’s your friday” and then I realized, yeah it is! (I only work M-Th in my office) So that was a nice surprise I suppose! Glad the doctor called to apologize and glad he was made aware. It doesn’t change what happened for you but maybe he will be better for the next person, hopefully, right?
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  15. Jenni says

    Am I the only one who wants your mom’s goulash recipe?! It looked delicious!! I’m sure she used here secret awesome sauce but do tell!

    • Courtney says

      I actually don’t have a recipe! Sorry! I don’t think she does either…I’m pretty sure it’s literally just ground beef, pasta, and tomato sauce and some salt and pepper! :)

  16. Kristen says

    Wow, apparently I NEED THOSE BERRIES ASAP! Too bad we don’t have a Costco here. I will creep around the grocery stores & try & spot them!

    I always prep some brown rice, sweet potatoes, steamed veggies (brocolli, brussel sprouts, green beans) whenever I have time during the week. I portion out my protein in smaller tupperware & plastic baggies. Then, during the week, I just grab a scoop of rice, a couple scoops of veggies & a protein & throw it in my bag before I run out the door. I cook the veggies & rice with the spices that I like, but wait to add any other mustards or hot sauce anything until lunch time. There are soooo many different combinations that I dont get bored – Then in the evenings I can take more time to cook some delicious-ness.

    Great tip about the dressing on the bottom!

    Thank goodness the Dr shaped up & called you!


  17. says

    Sooooo glad that jerk called and apologized!!! And I wouldn’t ever go back to him either… def not worth the month to get abused like that. And yay for Jay for calling the office! 😀

    Those chocolates are my Mom’s favorite!!!
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  18. says

    The doctor is still kind of an ass…but at least he took steps to try to make it up a little bit.

    Love Brookside chocolates! My favourites are easily the dark chocolate pomegranate, you’ll like those.

    And I love your salad dressing on the bottom trick! Whenever I cook up rice or quinoa, I make a big pot of it and keep leftovers in the fridge. Makes for easily grab and go! Same with when I’m chopping veggies for salads, I just keep a container in the fridge. When I’m making salads, I just grab a handful, through it on lettuce or spinach and grab some dressing, and I’m good!
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  19. karleen says

    Yay! Glad the jerk doc called you back. I bet the receptionist really handed it to him when you left. What works conveniently for me at lunch is to bring salad items at the beginning of the week: bags of lettuce, cut up veggies and then a protein like chicken breasts and/or fish. So every day, I mix it all together, put a little bit of dressing in and shake it up in my tupperware salad container. I get full cuz I make huge salad and am satisfied after by adding a bunch of whatever cut veggies I have on hand. I also always have almonds at my desk (my coworker replaced her candy with almonds in her candy jar on Jan. 1) so we have something healthy to snack on!

  20. says

    I’m just getting back into eating 4 mini meals while at the office each day. I prep veggies right after buying them & scramble eggs ahead of time so I can just pop them in the microwave for a minute at work. Sometimes I’ll make a batch of mini egg muffins or hard boil eggs for breakfast for the whole week. I need some suggestions for leak-proof, microwave safe, BPA free containers, though!
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  21. Marielle says

    Im glad the doctor called you back to apologize. Even though you won’t go see him again at least you get some closure to the situation and he realized how he approached things was wrong (hopefully). Hope your week keeps getting better!
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  22. says

    Ohhh I’m so glad for you that things got resolved with the doctor! There’s nothing as liberating as asking for forgiveness and forgiving. And I think coming from a professional that was a rather humble move of him!

    I always peel my oranges before going out of the house! Or I just won’t eat it b/c I don’t like it when my fingers are “sticky” lol. Some things I simplify are slicing apples like sandwich pieces and filling them with nut/seed butter, or basically “stuffing” things with ingredients so it doesn’t get messy in the tupperware or bag. Also, I like to make yogurt combos and if I add something like cereal or granola then I put it in a separate baggie so that it will stay crunchy and fresh later on, instead of soggy and chewy. 😀
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  23. Sarah says

    So impressed with how organized everyone is re: food prep! When I’m feeling really organized I make oats (slow cooker or stove-top_ Sunday night for the week and add different toppings in the morning. Or I make my morning smoothy night before and stash it in the fridge. I’m a big fan of making a big batch of quinoa salad for lunches, too.

  24. Dylan Mary says

    I actually just recently ran across your blog and have to say it’s definitely a new favorite of mine! As far as the Brookside chocolates go– just last week I tried them for the first time and I LOVE them! I haven’t had the goji ones yet but I’m interested to try that kind too, I’m sure they’re delicious! :)

  25. says

    I pack my breakfast, lunch and snacks always beforehand. I normally have either a salad or just plain veggies dipped in hummus for lunch every day so I get all of them washed up, cut up and into tuperware containers on Sunday. I make an awesome sandwich of egg, cheese and spinach on a whole grain english muffin for breakfast all week and I can get at least two days of these worth done up and in containers in the fridge. Peel a clementine into a dish for a snack and throw a yogurt and a bag of granola in also….10:00 and 2:00 snack!

  26. says

    You could cook up a batch of something at the start of the week and use it in your meals throughout the week- like chicken to use in soup, sandwiches, salads etc.
    Maybe some savoury muffins too might help bust your work hunger.

    That’s good he apologised, as he should.

    Your dinner looks awesome!
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  27. says

    I actually am pretty good at making my snacks at work efficient! :) I always keep my snacks at work. I have a box of Think Thin bars, and I just order more when I run out. I buy almonds/cashews in bulk and keep a big tub…and I bring 5 apples or pears/whatever fruit I am in the mood for that week on Monday. That way all I need to worry about everyday is grabbing my pre-packed tupperware lunch that I prepared over the weekend… I’m a pro by now – I hate wasting time in the morning and after work prepping food so I try to get it all out of the way so I can come home and relax! ..oh and sleep in! :)
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