get me outta here!

by Janetha on May 22, 2009

in meals

why is it that on the friday prior to a 3-day-weekend it is so hard to stay focused? i can’t seem to get anything done today.. well, the whole fact that we had a baby shower for about an hour from 11 to noon didnt help my productivity.. but really i am just so anxious to be done with work today! more so than your typical friday.

rewind to yesterday! i think i left off at meal 2. i got off work and i had DOMS in my legs (still!!!) and in my arms.. and since i can’t do cardio yet cause of my throat (yes, STILL hurts.. they say 3 weeks until it feels better.. which is may 26)… i just didnt go to the gym at all. i am a slug :)

instead i went home and did some porch sitting with my dogs and roomie and enjoyed a little after work snack action with a broccoli + 3 flavor hummus plate:

it had garlic, plain, and red pepper hummus.. it was a trio from archer farms. best hummus next to sabra that i have found. although, i have not ever attempted to make my own.. hmmm..

didn’t you love coming how from elementary school and having an after school snack? i did. oh, back in the days of no responsibility.

a little bit later i made some dinner..

meal 3: chicken + cucumber wrapped in flat out+LCL @ 7:30 PM

yes, that is a penelope jane nose gettin all up in my photo trying to get her nose in some of my dinner! i put a little ff mayo and curry powder in my chicken salad. blech why did i use ff mayo?! i didnt have any blended cottage cheese for moisture OR any greek yogurt so it was a last resort, sick. gross. i hate ff mayo. never again. but the curry part made it all taste juuust right!

i won’t bore you with the details of my night, but marshall and i DID finally watch the season finale of the office online. yay for pam & jim! i never watch television.. unless it is the food network, the game show network or animal planet. sitcoms and shows like lost, grey’s, etc bore me. and reality shows like american idol and SYTYCD are just lame.. however, i do have a spot in my heart for the office, but since marshall has kung fu on thursdays we always watch it together online later. it’s our thang.

i must admit i did have a few bites of marshall’s cereal (i am a recovering cerealaholic) and that opened the door to my own bowl of trader joe’s fiber cereal + UVAB. i kept it small, maybe 1/2 cup of cereal and 1/4 cup of almond milk. and i didn’t take a photo. and i shouldn’t have eaten it but i did, so whatever, moving on!

FRIDAY!

hallelujah. friday. what did i eat?

oh yeah, i downed not one but two cups of coffee before attempting to have anything for breakfast. i was just that tired.. and then i made a parfait ala K!

meal 1: double chocolate vitatop + chobani @ 8:00 AM



no mine is not pretty like K’s creations.. but it was so good! i took her advice and mashed it all together before eating.. holy YUM! way better idea! here is a smashed up shot:

yes, i ate at my desk.. despite brittany’s warning about it. i hope i don’t keel over and die!

okay, then it was time for a little work before i decided to stop being productive again.. well.. work-wise at least! i was in charge of picking up lunch for the office! so i headed over to a local market that has killer freshly made deli sandwiches and ordered eleven made to order sandwiches. and not a one for little old janetha b! they have salads there, but they really are just iceberg lettuce and cheddar cheese and chopped lunch meat. i got some of the chopped meat for protein and added it to my…

meal 2: salad! @ 11:30 AM

my salad included:

  • 3 lettuce blend
  • spinach
  • chopped ham & turkey (from the deli)
  • shredded chicken (from the batch i boiled the other day)
  • 1 hard boiled egg
  • cukes
  • carrots
  • cottage cheese
  • tomato wedge
  • black pepper

it was just as delicious as any of their sandwiches i am sure.. although i do love the bread at that market, i don’t love the carbs & calories it packs. sigh. plus i will most likely be eating more than my fair share of food this weekend camping, so i had to keep it in check today!

we were having a baby shower for one of the gals i work with. it was really awesome, she builds in our factory and is about 2 weeks from her due date and has been doing physical labor up until today because she cannot afford to not work.. so my boss went and bought her all sorts of items like a pack & play, a stroller, a car seat, etc etc and the other girls at my office gave her a zillion hand-me-downs.. it made my cute little outfit i bought as a gift look like chopped liver, but it is the thought that counts, right? it was awesome to see her face when she saw all the loot.. she was nearly in tears and i love that we were able to help her out and make it a special day for her!!

confession: i had about ten lay’s bbq chips.. but i DID pass up the glorious tres leches cake that they had for dessert!

i did manage to get a little work done today.. insert that here.. but then i needed a little somethin’ somethin’ so i whipped up

meal 3: veggie plate + dippers @ 3:00 PM

i know, not your standard BFL style meal.. but i was not wanting to have much and needed some veggies in my life so i fixed up a plate of cauliflower, broccoli, celery + carrrots…

with some LCL + sabra red pepper hummus for dippin’ action!

i used to hate cauliflower as a kid. can’t get enough of it now though.. isn’t it crazy how our palettes mature over the years? i wonder if i will ever decide to like raisins and hot dogs? haha.. doubt it. what foods do you love now that you never thought you would?

well that brings us to the here and now! i am crunchin on my veggie plate as i type. i have a few items of business to go over!

the simple life challenge update! dang, i havent updated these points in forever! but i have to send my total into bobbi today so i better do a tally!

  • i was @ 75 last time i tallied
  • 17 points for meals made/eaten at home all week
  • 6 points for using reusable bags through out the week
  • 2 points for making 2 bday gifts
  • 1 point for hoofing it instead of driving
  • 1 point for hang drying the clothes
  • 1 point for coupon usage
  • 1 point for hand washing the dirty dishness

brings my total toooooo….(drumroll) 104! yayer!

new foods challenge has also been moving right along! i have tried a whole slew of food i would never have thought of. instead of recapping what i have tried, i will go over what i am looking forward to finding/trying!

  • chia seeds
  • steel cut oats
  • tepary beans
  • larabars
  • non dairy protein powders
  • pumpkin butter
  • sunflower seed butter
  • poyple cauliflower! (never seen it!)

any other bright ideas?

in other news!!~~~

  • mara & her dad have crafted the most FABULOUS charms ever! check them out here, there is also a chance to win one on mara’s blog, jenn’s blog AND kath’s blog! wow! even if you don’t win.. they are so ultra rad that you should buy one, i know i will :)
  • do you love old navy flip flops? i do.. i have them in every color! you can snag them for just $1 tomorrow, all day long!
  • danica is giving away a signed copy of HG’s 200 under 200! this is an awesome cookbook! go check it out!!
  • sunday is national escargot day! um, no thanks!!!!

that’s all i got for now.. BUT i have a turbo busy agenda so i may be scarce here the next few days, if i find time to post at all (which i am sure i will because, like em, i am addicted to the bloggingness).. but here is what i have on my plate! er.. my social plate, not my food plate.. you already saw that.

  • go buy tickets to see the sounds (the sounds is basically the hottest swedish band around!) i am bummed b/c the sounds are actually OPENING for paramore and no doubt.. i would much rather the sounds be the headliner but i will take what i can get to see maja (the lead singer of the sounds)
  • go grocery shopping for my camping trip in moab that i leave for tomorrow
  • pack for moab
  • hang out sesh tonight with kristen my friend who goes to school in the AZ is home for the weekend! yesss <3 her!
  • penelope’s school in the morning
  • leave for moab and camp saturday – monday
  • monday night see the sounds, paramore & no doubt

lots of fun these next four days!

question!! since i am going camping….and will be eating in the wilderness….

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD TO TAKE CAMPING?

i need some ideas!! i can do some baking before i bail, so gimme some suggestions!

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Heather Eats Almond Butter May 22, 2009 at 3:32 pm

Janetha,
I am so jealous you’re going to Moab. My husband and I are in the process of moving to Colorado, and once we get there, out first weekend trip WILL be to Moab. Can’t wait to hear your recap. As far as camping food goes, I love bringing Larabars as well as boxes of Near East couscous. So easy and quick to make in a little camping pot. I usually bring a little Ziploc bag or raisins and almonds to add to the couscous. Quick and easy dinner!

I’m dying over your B’fast parfait. Almost makes me want to buy some Greek yogurt…almost, but not quite. :)

Yes, please try the Tepary beans, and I hope you find some purple cauliflower soon. Taste just like the white kind, but I love the color it add to the plate.

As far as foods that I now love, if you would have told me ten years ago that I would crave steamed broccoli and roasted kale, I would have thought you were crazy.

Have a wonderful camping trip!
P.S. – Love the triple hummus action. :)

Anne K. May 22, 2009 at 4:48 pm

Yum, that chobani and vitatop combo looks delicious! I used to hate brussels sprouts, but now I love them (as long as they’re roasted and not boiled). I also used to not like greek yogurt (GASP!) when I first tried it, but now I love it!

Wow it looks like you’re gonna be super busy– but it sounds like tons of fun! My favorite food to take camping? Homemade trail mix, or homemade granola bars. Have a great time :D

Julie May 22, 2009 at 5:36 pm

mmmm I love your K inspired cup!! I’m thinking one that looks like that might be good for me tomorrow :) Haha you should watch How I Met Your Mother! There’s a Marshall in that show :)

Danica May 22, 2009 at 6:09 pm

Yum to your breakfast parfait – I need to try that. You should definitely check out HG’s Double Trouble Chocolate Truffle – it’s like this and you could totally make substitutes to make it healthier/cleaner.

Fabulous lunch time salads – seriously!

Favorite camping foods – nuts, fruit/vegies, Vitatops, popcorn, Bunnies, cheesesticks, hummus, trailmix, cereal mixes.

I think I got tired just reading all you have to do – but so fun! Good luck and have a great long weekend.

Thanks for the HG contest shout out.

ksgoodeats May 22, 2009 at 6:40 pm

After school snack just in elementary school? I still have them after class :D I’m such a big girl! I love the doggie nose creeping in on your meal – too cute!

YEAH!!! Mashing it up is my secret to the delish parfaits! I’m glad you liked it!!

Surprisingly when I was little I hated mushrooms! I KNOW!! I eat them every day now! May have something to do with the fact that I smoother them in hummus after I take their pictures ;) Have a great weekend!!

jenngirl May 22, 2009 at 8:30 pm

I definitely know what you mean about Fridays dragging..technically doesn’t apply to me right now (it’s summer) but when I’m in school, I totally get it. :)

I agree that mashing up that yogurt and Vitatop is probably the BEST way to enjoy it, yum! And I love your triple hummus plate! I’ll have to look for that Archer Farms brand, Sabra can be sometimes hard to find here.

Honestly, I have not been camping enough to recommend food, although I do know that hot dogs and smores are staples…too bad you don’t like hot dogs, oh well, I’m sure you’ll get some good suggestions!

Megan May 22, 2009 at 9:19 pm

Mmm your parfait looks SO yummy!! :) :) I don’t go camping much but if I were to go, it would probably be trail mix or granola bars.. they seem very nature-y to me!

Jessica (jesslikesithot) May 23, 2009 at 12:58 am

I COMPLETELY miss my after-school snacks….I obviously still have an afternoon snack, but it’s just not the same as it was when I’d get home from school, watch cartoons, then go to tennis practice! My fave was graham crackers dipped in milk, and i’m bringin’ it back!! :)

I really gotta try the vitatops, and especially all crumbled up in yogurt! That looks and sounds sooo good.

PS I have nooo clue what kind of cat I have, it may be the type you mentioned! Perfect camping snacks would include a jar of peanut butter, bread, bananas? That would be an easy meal! Bring lots of bars too….And canned beans to cook over a camp fire could also work?? I haven’t been camping in ages, so I can’t think of too many helpful meals!
I hoe you have a good weekend!

Stef @ moretolifethanlettuce May 23, 2009 at 1:33 am

You’ve got a great concert ahead of you! And a fun camping trip!! Lol my dog def sticks his nose into my food pics all the time…must seem cruel and tempting for us to plate up some yummy food and then let them stare at it while we snap pics ;)

Have a great trip!

Susan May 23, 2009 at 4:25 am

I am lovin’ the trifecta of hummus flavours. I definitely support the idea of making your own!! I swear it’s really easy, and I don’t use that term loosely :P

My after school snack used to consist of two cheese mini-pizzas. Oh, how I miss my 11-year-old metabolism. One food I never used to eat but now love is mushrooms. Their texture always grossed me out, but I started liking them when I realized their meaty taste/texture is awesome in vegetarian dishes.

My favourite thing to bring camping is beer. But I assume that’s not what you’re getting at. Homemade muffins, granola bars, fruit, cheese, nuts, nut butter, hummus, snackable veggies. Do you eat jerky? That’s a pretty good portable protein source…

We must have similar taste in music… I love The Sounds!!!

Em May 23, 2009 at 5:51 am

WHHAATTT??!! You get to go see the sounds?! Oh my gosh I am so so so jealous. They have totally been on my “list of bands to see before I die” for forever. I just love them, if they are on tour maybe they will be playing somewhere close to me. Im checking now.

I had so much more to comment on from this post, but that last little bit of info about the show totally threw me off. You lucky lucky girl!

Hope you have a blast this weekend love <3

CurlyTop May 23, 2009 at 12:33 pm

Janetha,

You won my Newman’s Organic giveaway! Amazing organic pretzels are on there way as soon as you send me your address. Congrats darlin!

With Love,

Emily

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