WIAW: Eat What I Crave

Happy Wednesday! Halfway through the week…gotta love it!


After taking a couple of weeks off, I’m back on the WIAW bandwagon. I’m highlighting all of Tuesday’s eats, as usual, and although my snacks from yesterday may not have been “sensible” depending on who you ask, they were all tasty nonetheless.

Lately, I’m all about convenience and having whatever I’m craving. Thankfully, my cravings seem to be fairly balanced (although I would still eat soft serve with rainbow sprinkles daily, if I could) so I’m just enjoying a little bit of everything and worrying about nothing.

Let’s take a peek…

Breakfast

A piece of leftover sausage and egg casserole from Father’s Day brunch. The stuff is still just as good as it was the first day.

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Mid-Morning Snack

First I had a small banana (not pictured, obviously) but still needed something else so I grabbed a Clif Z Bar that was hanging out in my desk. Gotta love these things!

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Lunch

I so much enjoyed the lunch that I had on Monday that I decided to make a repeat of it again yesterday.

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Only difference was that there was no crackers (finished them Monday) and no hummus, because I forgot it in the fridge before leaving work for a doctor’s appointment.

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Mid-Afternoon Treat

On the way home from my appointment I found myself eyeballing a Dunkin Donuts and absolutely craaaaaaving a strawberry lemonade Coolatta. So I justified it (who am I kidding, I would have gotten one anyways) by saying I was treating myself for having had to get a shot at the doc.

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Seems like a reasonable excuse, right? Gosh, I love those things…sugar bomb or not. ;)

Random Snack

Shortly after I got home, I ended up snacking on a few bites of leftover potato salad.

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I knew Jay wasn’t going to be home for a couple of hours and I wanted to try to wait for him, so I had this to sort of tide me over. It did the trick.

Dinner

Unfortunately, I don’t think Jay got the message yesterday. ;)

He actually had to work late, so by the time he got home and we chatted for a bit, it was approaching 7:30 and both of us just decided to throw something together for ourselves. Pasta for him…turkey sandwich + chips and salsa for me.

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My turkey sammy was awwwwwwesome…turkey, provolone, spinach, tomato, avocado, mustard, and a little bit of light mayo on whole wheat bread. Couldn’t have asked for anything better…

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Okay, I think that’s pushing it. But it was still quite delicious.

Dessert

A little while later, while Jay and I were catching up on Monday night’s episode of The Voice (**we still haven’t watched last night’s episode…don’t tell me who won!!!) we each snacked on a couple of strawberry frozen fruit bars.

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I’m tellin’ you…I looooove these things lately! I also had a little piece of dark chocolate too because, well, I wanted it.

Creamy Fruit and Snack Dip

Well good morning to you all! Long time no chat, huh?

You’ll have to forgive me…lately, the creative juices for posting just aren’t coming to me as easily as they usually do. Top that with the fact that after I finish working a full day I am pretty much exhausted and don’t feel like doing much more than sitting on the couch…that is, when I can! On Tuesday, we had another prenatal appointment (all is going well!), followed by our final childbirth class. We’re official graduates!

I’m definitely glad that we decided to take the class, and although I have no idea if I’ll even remember anything when I’m actually in the midst of labor, it’s nice to know that at least Jay should! It’s crazy…it all starts to hit home more and more with each passing day, but I think one of the biggest “woah” moments was at our appointment when my doctor said, “well, it’s basically just the waiting game from here on out!” 

Holy crap. I guess it is?!

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So although I didn’t get a chance to post yesterday, I did manage to snap a few photos of some of the goods…starting with lunch.

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All of this wound up getting spaced out a bit throughout the afternoon, but it included a turkey sandwich with Swiss cheese, pickles, spinach, and honey mustard, some leftover couscous salad, baby carrots, and a white peach. Yum, yum, yum, and yum.

For dinner, I honestly would have been happy just snacking from the cereal box…I was pooped and in the process of trying to clean up all of the new baby stuff in our living room, but I figured I should have something more than dry cereal. Plus, Jay was working hard out on the back deck, and I wanted him to have something good.

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I roasted up a couple of zucchinis that were on their last leg and paired that with some simple chicken sandwiches (made with leftover chicken from our shower) – mine topped with provolone cheese. On the side, I also had a random bowl of mixed greens and balsamic dressing. Yes, only mixed greens…

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The greens actually came from a sample bag of farm fresh veggies at the beginning of the week; I had a meeting with a guy from a veggie delivery service that is going to be coming to our office (different from the other one!) and he brought in a sample bag for me. I know it’s just mixed greens, but they were GOOD.

Shortly after dinner, I followed up with a little sweet snack that I’m super excited to share with you guys.

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I was recently invited to participate in a campaign with Glam Media and Naked juice, highlighting their new Power Garden juices. The Power Garden products come in two flavors – tomato kick and berry veggie – and although they both sound equally intriguing, it was the berry veggie flavor that stood out the most.

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So we were asked to come up with a recipe using one of the Naked juices…immediately, my mind went to “smoothies!” Sure, that would be easiest. But then I thought that was too predictable, so I tried to think outside the box a bit and incorporated it into a creamy, delicious fruit and snack dip.

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Creamy Berry Garden Fruit & Snack Dip

Serves 1

  • 3 oz vanilla or plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 wedge (a little less than 1 oz) cinnamon cream cheese (or regular)
  • 2 tbsp. Berry Veggie Power Garden Naked Juice

Mix everything together and enjoy! Smile

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When I first put everything together, I was initially thinking it would just be good mixed with fruit, but as I was standing at the kitchen counter snacking on it, I quickly discovered that it’s also delicious as a dip for lots of things…pretzels, graham crackers, you name it.

Even still, my favorite way to have it was with lots of berries mixed into it.

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And I will tell you that I actually liked it MORE after it was able to sit for a bit in the fridge, since that gave it time to harden back up a bit. It’s definitely a quick, easy little snack to whip up…give it a try! And if you do, please let me know…because next Monday, be sure to check back for information on how you can enter the Pinterest Sweepstakes contest with Naked Power Garden by voting for my recipe! :)

Alright friends, that was a wordy post this morning…aaaand it’s about that time to do the work thang.

Hope everyone is having a great week so far!

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Power Garden is Naked Juice’s new veggie drink lineup with 1lb. of veggies in every bottle*. With delicious flavors that only Naked could blend, Power Garden offers one of the easiest ways to get your daily servings of veggies and fruits, along with good sources of fiber, vitamins and minerals. Learn more at http://www.nakedjuice.com/veggiedrinks.

*weight of vegetables, prior to juicing

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Naked via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Naked.

What Are the Odds?

I always appreciate having a buddy with me in the kitchen while I’m working…even if he is of the feline variety.

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Cody spent most of his morning along with me in the kitchen today, usually not too far away from my feet. Yep, I’m pretty sure I almost plowed into him at least half a dozen times.

If he wasn’t by my feet, he was laying right in front of the fridge.

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I’m wondering if he was either…

  • a) double checking his reflection,
  • b) waiting for an ice cube to drop from the dispenser (it’s happened before), or
  • c) trying to magically will some of his cat food out of the fridge.

All of them are kind of fun to think about, but I’m gonna go with option A. He is my cat and all. Winking smile

Amongst my morning baking and cooking, I took a bit of a break to make some lunch.

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I filled up a whole wheat Bagel Thin with honey mustard, a few slices of low-sodium deli turkey, lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, avocado, and a slice of turkey bacon.

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That thing was heavenly, let me tell ya.

Shortly after that, I headed out for a much-needed pedicure that I’d been waiting all morning for. Well, I ended up getting a woman who I didn’t really love and she robbed me of my post-pedicure back massage, so I started to get antsy and decided just to leave. I mean, it was a pedicure…what are the odds of me ruining it?

Well apparently, better than I thought.

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Damnit. As I was getting out of my car back at home, I somehow ended up swiping the whole top of my foot/big toe along my door opening.

Seriously, who does that? (well, besides Chelsey – I immediately thought of you!)

Alright, time to get back to work…sorry guys, I feel a bit boring today. I think I’m gonna go ahead and take the rest of the evening off from the ‘ol blog-a-roo. Winking smile

What are YOU going to do for yourself this evening??

We’re Cool Like That

I am SO GLAD that you guys are finding Christina’s work to be as amazing as I do! If you haven’t already done so, make sure to check out this afternoon’s post for a chance to win your own Customized Signature Tree.

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After spending the majority of the afternoon out running errands, I came home to catch up on emails and some blog-related tasks. Well, wouldn’t you know, for the third time in the past four months, I gave my computer a nasty virus.

Remember my love/hate relationship with Wednesday Workouts? Well, I also have a love/hate relationship with technology. Sometimes, computers drive me bonkers!

Thank goodness I have an amazingly computer-savvy hubby, who came home just in the nick of time to to fix my mistakes. Ughhh…thank you, Jay. You’re awesome.

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Dinner

Neither Jay or I were in the mood for much of an extravagant dinner tonight. You’d think that when we finally have a free night with no softball and no other plans that we’d actually want to cook? Nope…not us. We’re cool like that. Smile

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So instead, I made us some killer turkey sandwiches with ears of corn on the cob and cucumber sticks.

I really think that I could eat corn on the cob everyday during the summer. I need to start buying it more…it’s soooo delicious (on the cob OR off!)

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My sandwich was made up of turkey, provolone, lettuce, tomato, bread and butter pickles, and honey mustard. Oh how I just love me a fresh turkey sandwich sometimes!

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As for tonight’s dessert, I already have a little something up my sleeve…

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Check these babies out! About a month ago, I signed up for and was selected to be a part of the Lindt Excellence Influencers Club, and just recently received these two chocolate bars to sample and review.

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I’m super intrigued by these two bars; usually, I’m a little skeptical about “intense” dark chocolate, but the 70% Cocoa Nut Crunch and the 70% Almond Brittle flavors have totally grabbed my attention. I can’t wait to dig in…YUM! Smile

On a side note, I was told today that I am the Featured User over on Celebrations.com. Feel free to head on over and check it out!

Questions for the Evening:

What’s your favorite kind of chocolate (white/milk/dark/super dark…)?

Do you consider yourself “computer-savvy?”

Cody Loves The Spotlight

Before dinner tonight, I had a little fun playing with my favorite fur ball. :) Turns out, he was enjoying the spotlight.

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Until dinner was ready, that is…then the only thing he wanted anything to do with was getting to my plate.

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I can’t blame him, though. It may have been a pretty simple dinner, but it tasted incredible!

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Hubby got to choose the bread selection in the house this week, so he went with potato bread. Potato bread is actually one of my favorites, but I always feel the need to buy whole wheat. Either way, it’s a welcomed change!

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I made a turkey & provolone sandwich, complete with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and honey mustard. Mmmm Mmmm GOOD!

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On the side I finished up the remaining tomato, along with about a serving’s worth of TJ’s Tortilla Chips with an Identity Crisis.

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For my dessert, I’m planning on having two of my chocolates: milk chocolate caramel & dark chocolate truffle. Mmmm. :-P

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Now Jay and I are about to play a new game that we bought ourselves for Christmas! I’ll give you a hint: it’s one of our favorite summertime games, only smaller…

Mini Flippin’ Cornhole!

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How fun is this, right?? We found it while out shopping for the other people on our list, but we seriously could not pass it up. The guy at the store told us that he actually goes to pick these up from an Amish man who makes various things from wood. Super neat! :-D

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Hey! Get outta there mister!

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Hopefully we can get in a couple games before Cody totally hijacks the whole thing. ;)

Have a good night everyone!! :-D