Goodies Lately

I know today would typically be a WIAW post, but since I haven’t really photographed or tracked all of my eats in one day in a while now, today’s post is going to be a bit different. Instead, I figured I’d share some of the things that I’ve been enjoying so far over the past couple of days.

Starting with THIS.

Oh my. Last night, we had our pals Brian & Mal over for dinner and Mal brought another one of her delicious desserts. Seriously…she’s incredible with this stuff. That beauty you see up there was a combination of crushed (mint) Oreos, a creamy minty frosting layer, topped with some creamy, minty chocolate. Oh. Em. Gee. (I don’t know what recipe she used, but I found this one that looked similar)

We all joked afterwards that we felt like we didn’t even need to brush our teeth with the amount of mint that was freshening up our mouths.

Don’t worry…I still brushed my teeth.

For dinner, I whipped up another batch of my Chicken Pot Pie Soup, which was just as tasty as I remembered it being the last time.

It’s so easy too. You really need to try it. Trust me.

For breakfasts, I’ve been back on the peanut butter cookie dough oatmeal kick.

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Thank you, Julie, for fueling this obsession for me.

As for lunches, well they’re always a bit all over the place. But on Monday, I made myself a pretty sweet turkey and provolone sandwich…and as you can see, most definitely did not skimp out on the turkey. Mmmmhmmm.

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Monday night Jay also took care of dinner (god, I love him) and made us a fabulous barbecue chicken pizza.

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So yeah…there’s some of the goods that have been getting consumed over here these days. Needless to say, we haven’t been going hungry. Winking smile

But TODAY you guys? Oh, today. I’ve been waiting for this day for almost a month. This morning, I slept in until 7:00am, fed Lucas and got him ready for the day, and then? He went off with daddy to get dropped off at daycare. Me? I have the entire day to myself.

I felt guilty for about 5 seconds when I decided I still wanted to send Lucas to daycare on my day off, but snapped out of that rather quickly because I just really need today. As a human being. It’s actually the first time since he’s been born that I will be having the whole day to myself (work doesn’t count, that’s not for myself) and while I’ll be more than ready to pick him up later this afternoon, I’m ready for some ME time.

So what am I doing? Well, as soon as I hit publish here, I’m out the door for a morning massage (ohhh, so excited!), and then I’m coming back home where I can do anything I want, as loud as I want. Most likely a workout, taking down the fall decorations, putting up the Christmas ones, maybe doing a little baking…maybe a nap?!? Who knows. The possibilities are endless!

But here I am running late, so it’s about time I say sayonara! Winking smile

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(Lightened Up!) Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Soooo, this soup? Yes, you need to make it.

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Talk about comfort food at its finest. When I was younger, I remember my dad would always be buying those Marie Callendar pot pies, and mannnn were they good. You guys know what ones I’m talking about, right? One look at the nutrition facts though, and yikes. For something that was (or is – I’m sure my dad is still eating them) the size of about four spoonfuls, that Marie really knows how to pack in the calories, fat, and other junk.

Luckily, now I have this soup in my life. No more Marie needed. And not only is it much healthier than the processed variety, but it’s wayyyyy fresher/tastier/not frozen/more flavorful/all that jazz.

If you wanted to lighten the recipe up even more, you could always skip the pie crust topping…

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…but in my opinion, you’d be absolutely nuts to do that. Personally, I think it’s one of the best parts. But then again, that’s just my carb-lovin’ self.

So yes, sorry for – yet again – more subpar iPhone pics of recipes. I’m certainly no food photographer (and I’m a little out of season with those placemats, eh?) but I promise you…this is one soup you most definitely need to make.

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So just ignore all that and go ahead and get makin’ this stuff stat. And then come back and tell me if you love it as much as I do. Winking smile

(Lightened Up!) Chicken Pot Pie Soup

(recipe slightly adapted from the cookbook “Eat More of What You Love”)

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: ~30 minutes
  • Servings: 5-6

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1/2 small white onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 large baking potato, peeled and cubed in 1/2 inch chunks
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 bag frozen mixed vegetables
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (12oz) can fat-free evaporated milk
  • 1/3 cup Wondra flour (regular flour will work but will be more lumpy)
  • 2-1/2 – 3 cups cooked chicken, diced
  • 1 refrigerated pie crust

Directions:

  1. Heat oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add onions and celery and saute for 4-5 minutes. Add potatoes and cook an additional 2 minutes. Crush and sprinkle thyme and sprinkle garlic powder over vegetables, stir, and cook another minute.
  2. Add the frozen vegetables, chicken broth, salt, and pepper; bring to a simmer, cover, and cook for 15-18 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together milk and flour, working out as many lumps as possible. Add to the pot along with the chicken. Simmer on low for about 5 minutes or until ready to eat, stirring until soup is thickened.
  4. To make the pie crust tops: Lay a single layer of refrigerated pie crust on a flat surface and cut out 5-6 rounds (I used a small bowl). Place dough rounds on a baking sheet lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray. Prick them lightly with a fork around the edges, brush with milk for extra browning (optional), and bake at 425 degrees for 12-14 minutes. Place a round on top of each bowl of soup just before serving. Enjoy!

WIAW: Ugly Food, Wrong Orders, Amazing Dinner and Dessert

So much good food in this post. Seriously. And after spending over five minutes trying to figure out a post title, that’s what I came up with. A little wordy…sorry ‘bout that.

 

But first, hello hello! I hope everyone is having a fantastic week so far! We’re already to Wednesday, so that’s always a good thing, right? The week is actually going by pretty quickly, as are my work days which is awesome.

So far, work is going really, really well. I miss Lucas with every single ounce of my being and honestly, 3:30 can’t come soon enough. But at the same time, I’m feeling a lot better about being back to work than I thought I would (this early in the game). One thing that helps? Getting daily updates and pictures from Erika.

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Working + being a new mom is totally exhausting – getting everything together everyday and every night for both myself and for him, trying to fit everything in, and prioritizing what’s important – but we’re all working through it and hopefully we’ll be able to nail down a bit better of a routine in the next couple of weeks.

I’m sure I’ll wind up having things to talk about eventually in a post or two, so if there’s anything you’re curious about, feel free to ask!

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Sooo switching gears a bit…let’s get to the bulk of today’s post. It’s What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday!

Breakfast

One of my batches of overnight oats (with extra almond milk added) + a 2-pump pumpkin coffee with skim from DD’s.

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There’s no way around it…those oats look totally disgusting. But they taste amazing, so hey, whatev. Winking smile (fun fact…Jay hates when abbreviate whatever with “whatev” – drives him crazy…mwahaha)

Mid-Morning Snacks

I started off with a quite delicious and juicy Macintosh apple.

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Then a little while later (while I was taking one of my pumping breaks…if you’re wondering what the random tubes are) I had half of a sandwich thin with lots of PB.

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Lunch

Mmmm…veggies! My second pre-made salad, filled with lots of veggies, roasted chicken, avocado, and honey balsamic dressing.

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Mid-Afternoon Snacks

A couple hours later, I snacked on the other half of my sandwich thin with more PB.

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And then one of my co-workers was heading to Starbucks and offered to get me something, so I ordered an iced, skinny caramel macchiato. Unfortunately, if you can tell from the photo, I don’t think I got what I ordered…

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It tasted super mocha-ish and way sweet, so I only managed a few sips before tossing it (if something is too sweet for me, you know it’s really sweet) Total bummer.

Dinner

Dinner, however, was anything BUT a total bummer. More like a total winner, which just so happened to come in the form of homemade chicken pot pie soup.

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Yep, you read that right. It’s not difficult to make at ALL, and on top of that, it’s not even that bad for ya either. Winking smile

I’m really gonna have to get the recipe up to share with you guys because it was soooo, sooo good. We had my in-laws over for dinner, and everyone really seemed to enjoy it. So much so that there’s only one small bowl left.

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Dessert

My in-laws brought over some apple strudels and ice cream for dessert, so I happily enjoyed half of a strudel with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel.

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Warm apple desserts + vanilla ice cream + caramel = amazingly delicious. Always.

And as a side note, I now cannot say strudel without thinking of that stupid toaster strudel commercial. Tell me you guys know what I’m talking about…?

Well, now that I’m looking back at everything, yesterday just so happened to be quite a yummy day of eats. Love when that happens!

Hopefully today is just as good…for all of us. Winking smile