change of plans.

by Janetha on March 25, 2012

in dogs,meals,random rambles,recipes

well, this weekend ended up a little different than i initially expected. that doesn’t mean it wasn’t any less fun, though!

i thought we were heading to the jazz game friday night, but marshall was feeling a little off so he said we should watch it at home with some homemade chicken noodle soup. i wasn’t about to complain, because my guts had been hurting all day (for a couple days, in fact) so staying in was fine by me. besides, i didn’t get home until 6:30 PM friday night because i was waiting for marshall’s car to be finished up at the detail shop.

while i was waiting, i snapped a shot of this apostrophe catastrophe.

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honestly? do people not proof read things before printing them and putting them on display?

anyway, i skipped the gym on friday because a) it was late and b) i felt like crap and c) i had to head to the store for a few chicken noodle soup ingredients… including saltines. i stood in the cracker aisle for about ten minutes, reading label after label, only to learn that every. single. brand. of saltines had partially hydrogenated oil. then it dawned on me that i should check the natural foods section. duh, janetha. i knew they had crackers that were similar to triscuits (kashi) or goldfish (annie’s) but i had never noticed saltines. it’s a good thing i decided to check, because i found exactly what i was looking for! leave it to annie’s to make a saltine without funky ingredients.

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i came home and got to work on the soup–i used my turkey noodle soup recipe but subbed in chicken and used better than bouillon paste instead of broth. worked like a charm. by the way, i picked up a jar of that better than bouillon at costco awhile back. it’s low sodium, super cheap, and will last awhile. if you go through a lot of stock/broth in your house, i suggest you pick up a jar!

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the chicken soup didn’t make my guts feel better, but it sure was good. i also happened to pick up this gem at the grocery store friday night..

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like the soup, this also didn’t make my guts feel better, but it sure was good. no, GREAT. tasted exactly like blueberry cheesecake.

most of you guys already know what the majority of my saturday consisted of.. but if you don’t, be sure to read this post. there were a lot of guesses on how long my 3.5 mile walk with penny and randy took. the guesses ranged from 45 minutes up to four hours (nice one, jessiker!) but jennie (the gf-gf) came closest with her hour-and-45-minute guess. it took us an hour and 42 minutes! that’s an average pace of 2 MPH. i don’t think randy will be registering for a marathon any time soon…

after the never-ending walk, i headed to the gym for a shoulder workout. that was fun.. i love the gym on saturdays and sundays because it’s super empty. i came home, cleaned up, and left the house again. this time i was headed to costco to stock up on fitmixer for my mom and sister.  you see, fitmixer BCAAs are sold at costco for $9.97.. but they won’t be there for much longer. the same size container is nearly $30 regularly, so why not stock up?! marshall and i already have a pantry-full, but my mom and sister are hooked on the stuff so they wanted me to grab a supply for them.

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since i was already there, i decided to do my weekly costco shopping. i was on a grocery roll, so i went to the regular grocery store right after to get all my weekly shopping done in one trip. that was actually really nice, it left my sunday open to do things you will read about in a minute. i snagged everything i needed for our standard breakfasts, lunches, and snacks, plus the ingredients needed for this week’s dinner plan:

that’s the plan.. but things will probably change! they usually do. case in point: we were going to see bob sagat live on saturday night, but i looked like i was 8 months pregnant and my gut was hurting like something fierce. ugh, so sick of my funky gut. marshall suggested we stay in and watch a movie, and i quickly agreed to his plan. sometimes a night in wins. okay, let’s be honest, most times. as long as it involves this guy, i am satisfied.

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we grabbed hanna from redbox, made a batch of stovetop parmesan garlic popcorn, grabbed some drinks, and settled in on the couch.

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hanna was a really good movie! and eric bana is cute. two thumbs up!

and that brings us to sunday, which involved more changed plans! i woke up at 10:30 (love sunday sleep ins) and had scrambled parmesan eggs, sourdough toast with jam, and coffee for breakfast. i am still having coffee just once a week in hopes to tame my gut pain, but i have been in a lot of pain this past week so clearly it’s not the coffee that is the problem. can’t wait for my appointment with the motility specialist on friday!

anyway, i headed to the gym for an hour of legs, 25 minutes of the elliptical, and 15 minutes of stretching. i am real proud of myself, i never stretch! i am trying to focus more on stretching this year.. or at least this week.. or at least today. yep.

i came home and was smelly. so were the dogs, thanks to three days in doggy daycare last week. the obvious solution was for all of us to hop in the shower! the best part about bathing the pups is how they act immediately after. it’s a riot. they go bonkers when wet.

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check out that neck skin!

after the shower shenanigans, i whipped up a post-workout protein shake. this one was peanut butter chocolate banana.

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the shake clocked in at 260 calories, 30g protein, 22g carbs, and 7g fat. awesome stats and perfect for refueling the muscles after lifting. the ingredients included 1 cup almond milk, 1 scoop MRM whey chocolate protein powder, 3 TB pasteurized egg whites (for added protein), 1/2 a frozen banana, quite a bit of ice, and 2 TB of PB2.

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i finally restocked my PB2 stash! i actually hadn’t bought any since 2008 and i am happy to have it back in my life. i typically use it in recipes (like baked goods and protein shakes) rather than making it into peanut butter.  it is perfect for adding peanut butter flavor to anything and everything with out the added calories. but to be honest, if i want to have some peanut butter on a piece of toast or in a sandwich, i am going to use actual peanut butter. those are my PB2 thoughts, now you know.

we’d bought tickets to see the hunger games at 4 o’clock today, but it turns out there was a jazz game on at 4. i called the theater and they let me change our tickets to the later showing. this little change of plans led to an earlier dinner around 6 PM. and yes, that is early for us. we usually eat dinner around 9 PM.

i wanted to use the top sirloin i had purchased right away, so we had burgers tonight. i made the ground beef in my food processor and then added garlic and trader joe’s 21 seasoning salute to it before forming patties.  i grilled the patties on my indoor cast iron grill and toasted some ezekiel buns. after chopping some veggies for a side salad, dinner was ready!

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i topped my burger with ketchup, mayo, white cheddar, pickles, tomatoes, avocado, and spinach. fun fact, tomorrow (monday) is national spinach day.

we just finished eating and are biting our nails since the jazz are in TRIPLE overtime. hope we aren’t late to the movie!  and i hope they win! i am excited to see the hunger games.. based on what EVERY PERSON I KNOW has said, it should be a good flick!

wow, this was long. sorry about that! thanks for reading. enjoy your monday.

xo. janetha g.

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Karen March 25, 2012 at 6:55 pm

I love the pictures of your dogs after their bath! I used to have a basset hound and I miss his neck rolls : )

Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries March 25, 2012 at 7:13 pm

haha our dogs are nutzo after a bath too! it’s pretty hilarious.
i gotta agree with you on the PB2… it’s no real peanut butter, but it’s great in smoothies and baked goods.

Coco March 25, 2012 at 7:23 pm

I have never had PB2- but it seems like it would be yummy, maybe i’ll have to bite the bullet… and order some! My dogs do the same thing- and as much as I love clean puppies- I hate having to clean the ENTIRE bathroom afterwards, they just love to shake all that water off and fling hair all over the walls and ceiling! Have a great Monday!

lindsay March 25, 2012 at 8:12 pm

what?!! oh girl.. get thee to some PB2!! it is a must have staple.

Betty March 25, 2012 at 7:35 pm

We have a house of clean dogs, too!!!!

janna March 25, 2012 at 7:39 pm

I choose PB over any of those strange, trendy things!

Noticed you use a straw. I hear drinking through straws can cause gas and stomach pains. Thoughts?

Janetha March 25, 2012 at 9:45 pm

I don’t think PB2 should be classified as one of the strange trendy things.. On the strange front, I have tried lots of those peanut butter replacements by Walden Farms or Better N Peanut butter–they are chemicals and loaded with crap and taste awful! PB2 is simply peanuts with the oil removed.. similar to peanut flour. On the trendy front, it’s been around for years and years (I started using it in 2008) so I don’t think it’s a trend.

On the straw issue–yes I read that along with chewing gum. I rarely drink with a straw, but have eliminated it entirely in the past (along with chewing gum) and still had the issues. I believe it is a motility problem, but won’t know for sure until I get some serious testing done at the end of the month!

Thanks for your concern, every little bit helps!!

Angela March 25, 2012 at 7:40 pm

My parents’ dog goes crazy after a bath too! Mine doesn’t like swimming, but most of my friends’ bigger dogs do and still hate being wet after baths. Kind of interesting. I’ve been meaning to try PB2, will have to pick it up from Amazon one of these days!

Janetha March 25, 2012 at 9:48 pm

haha at first i read that as your parents go crazy, not their dog. it was funny for a minute :)

Katie @ Nutrition in a Peanut Shell March 25, 2012 at 7:40 pm

My dog flips out when he gets wet too! It’s actually really funny, because he tries to eat the towel. And then just eats grass instead.

I buy regular store-brand Weis saltines (because they are like crack to me) and they have no PHO. But now I’ll be on the lookout!

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 25, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Sorry your guts have been feeling off lately. That is no fun! Mine were not feeling well for a couple of weeks, but it seems to have passed. Hunger Games was incredible!! I saw it on Friday!

TheHungeredOne@MovingandMunching March 25, 2012 at 8:06 pm

hey thurr

ok I love your blog first of all… I even love that you don’t capitalize. Totally weird, I know. Your pictures are great and your pups are super cute. Sorry about your gut :( been there done that and its certainly no fun… hope you get your gut problems figured out soon

Hunger Games was terrible. Such a disappointment.

I have never seen PB2 but now I want some! Powdered peanut butter? Awesome.

Janetha March 25, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Sorry you didn’t love Hunger Games! I liked it–I would say the book was ten zillion times better–but that is typically the case with books to movies I suppose!

lindsay March 25, 2012 at 8:08 pm

ugh, no one was feeling good this weekend. But sometimes its just nice to make soup and cuddle. And it looks like that helped. Plus trilogy! yes!!
Love you.

Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon March 25, 2012 at 8:15 pm

And they’re even BETTER than saltines because they come in cute little shapes!
I tried the blueberry graham greek froyo last week and it really is great! Have you tried any other flavors yet? I’m curious to give the banana peanut butter a taste…

Janetha March 25, 2012 at 9:42 pm

I haven’t yet! The next on my list is the strawberry shortcake fo sho

Kaitlyn March 25, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Your dogs are adorable. You might want to read this article about Better than Bouillon. I used to use it all the time too, but I went back to the cubes after reading it.
Hope your tummy feels better!

Janetha March 25, 2012 at 9:41 pm

The one I used doesn’t have the hydrolyzed soy protein… here is the ingredient list.

HOWEVER, I never knew that about HSP and now I am SO grateful you linked this article!!! Thank you!

Kaitlyn March 26, 2012 at 7:32 am

Good to know that there is a brand of BTB without HSP. I will have to look for it. Thanks!

Carly March 25, 2012 at 8:26 pm

I promised my client I would take her to see the Hunger Games on Tuesday….it is killing me to wait that long!

We had your chicken enchiladas tonight and they were delicious as always!

Janetha March 25, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Awesome! I can’t wait to have them this week.. love me some Mexican (the food and my husband.)

momma b. March 25, 2012 at 10:01 pm

You have been so busy! Hope you get some gut relief here and there…..

Glad you liked the hunger games….

I’ve been a sickly slug in my Jammie’s most of the day! See you mañana!!


Averie @ Averie Cooks March 25, 2012 at 10:08 pm

I havent had or ordered PB2 since about 2008 either! I was living in Phoenix at the time, so that’s exactly right. I forgot what it even tastes like…Lol

Ashley March 25, 2012 at 10:55 pm

As a fellow friend whose gut tries to blow them up from the inside out, I wanted to see if you’ve noticed any worse pain when you eat corn (popcorn, whole corn, corn flour, etc). I used to eat popcorn EVERYDAY and corn on the cob whenever I could, also tortillas, etc. but I started noticing that I felt so much worse after I ate it- often times having the feeling of little needles trying to make their way throughout my innards (eek!). SO, as sad as I was to abstain, I tried laying off of all corn products and the feeling hasn’t returned (it’s been about 7 months)-also, my overall gut-pain-o’meter decreased significantly. So, keep track of how you feel after eating corn and try going a week without it to see how you feel. ;)
Feeling like shat is not the shat!!!

Janetha March 25, 2012 at 11:06 pm

I definitely know that feeling you are describing! Yowch. I don’t eat a lot of corn products, actually now that I look back at my food journal I rarely eat corn or corn products. I am glad you figured out what was causing you pain!!

Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl March 25, 2012 at 11:35 pm

Saturday night we had no kids and all I felt like doing was being a homebody. So we had 1 beer at the bar, came home and watched a movie… don’t even remember the movie. but it was nice kicking with the hubs.

And I love chicken soup. But I make a chicken rice soup. throw in some zucchini, corn, garlic, bullion, cracked pepper, tomatoes… whatever else sounds good. ;)

Hope you feel better fast.

Erica March 26, 2012 at 12:13 am

Great weekend! Hope both you and the man are feeling much much better! I cant wait to try the frozen greek yogurt! Tcby is going to have their own version soon too!! I think sundays din din looks best! After reading this post, i want popcorn!

Sarah @ The Healthy Diva March 26, 2012 at 3:15 am

Hope you enjoy the flick and that jazz won as well!!! I can’t wait to see the hunger games either…looks like a winner. And hopefully the gut improves this week…mine has been pretty good lately. Not sure if it’s the hypnotherapy but I’m happy nonetheless. I’m waiting til the 5 weeks are up to give my final verdict. Happy Monday :)

Lauren March 26, 2012 at 4:52 am

Sorry to hear your stomach has been off! Sometimes we make plans on Friday nights but all I ever want to do is stay at home and eat fro-yo! Speaking of, I really need to find this! I’ve been so intrigued these past few weeks with B&J’s new Greek flavors. Have a great Monday hun and feel better. xoxo

Catherine @ Rabbit Food For My Bunny Teeth March 26, 2012 at 4:58 am

I love Annie’s Homegrown! Especially because of the cute bunny shapes. I actually just used some of their organic bunny crackers for a photoshoot for my blog haha

PB2 is sooo awesome, Have you ever mixed the Choc PB2 with some hazelnut extract? It’s like diet Nutella! Yummmm

sue March 26, 2012 at 5:01 am

Its–Bouillion not Bullion.

Janetha March 26, 2012 at 5:54 am

Actually it’s not either of those, it’s bouillon. :)

Kelly @ No Sugar Sweet Life March 26, 2012 at 6:30 am

Love those doggie pics!! Ours go crazy too. We took our 2 Beagles to a huge dog park that has a lake yesterday, they were covered from head to toe in mud… and hubby forgot to bring a towel in the car. Oops! We got the doggie baths taken care of, and subsequent rolling around on the carpet and running to and fro, but now WE need a car detailing too!!

My first purchase of PB2 just came in the mail this weekend. I put some in a batch of Overnight Oats, but I think a good ol’ smoothie is next.

Have a great Monday!! Hope you feel better.

katie March 26, 2012 at 6:33 am

Just wanted to say…….I freaking love you! <3

Jessica March 26, 2012 at 6:46 am

OMGGGG that freaking frozen greek yogurt!! WHY DID YOU TELL ME ABOUT IT?? Seriously though. Wow. And I hope you liked the Hunger Games, I loved it and kind of want to go back and see it again like nowish. Also I totally agree about the better than bouillon paste, it’s the bomb. Also we gave Mac a bath yesterday too and he was a hot mess. His fur gets so fluffy he looks like a lion and it cracks me up. Oh puppies <3

Heather (Heather's Dish) March 26, 2012 at 6:50 am

I’m sorry your guy is still hurting, but I have to say Randy’s neck skin kind of made my day :)

Sierra March 26, 2012 at 7:12 am

My husband has been having a sore stomach off and off and I suggesting cutting coffee after reading one of your posts. He now has one of those little probiotic smoothies, which seems to help a little. He is also checking all the water filters in our house since he thinks it may be the water (joys of living in a 3rd world country).

Our dogs are also too cute when they get bathed. I put a towel on the ground and the little yorkie does a ritualistic dance and scoot.

Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning March 26, 2012 at 7:57 am

I can’t believe you put your dogs in the shower!! Well, I guess that would be easier with smaller dogs, I’m just thinking about my guys….
I’m sorry that you guys didn’t feel good and didn’t get to go do all of your fun stuff- but it looks like you made the best of it anyway. :)
I can’t believe you eat so late- I’m in bed by that time!! Do you go to bed at like midnight?! (I’m an old fart!)
And your pb banana shake has me fighting off major cravings right now- especially since I have every single one of those ingredients at home.

Janetha March 26, 2012 at 8:48 am

Oh our shower is one of those big ones, we don’t even have a bathtub! Well, we do, in the other bathroom.. but don’t use it. It’s so easy to close the pups in the big shower and spray them off!

Michelle March 26, 2012 at 8:02 am

I love the fact that there is a waterfall of water on the wall behind Randy….that is so funny!!

the delicate place March 26, 2012 at 8:05 am

i hope you feel better! part of the appeal of bob sagat is for me is how friggin raunchy he is after being on full house. i just laugh thinking about that! i had a really bad stomach issue on sat night too. i think it was the sparkly kimchi i ate but my who torso was distended?! i put a hot water bottle on and drank some peppermint tea and all was right again sunday morning. carbonated stuff kills my stomach that’s why i stopped drinking booch even though i love the taste!

Jillian @ Sprinkle Massacre March 26, 2012 at 8:56 am

Between the 2 hr 45 min walk, and neck skin picture, I’m dying over here. Your dogs crack me up…

Denise March 26, 2012 at 8:57 am

Have you ever ground chicken in your food processor? I think I want to try a ground chicken burger, what do you think?

Janetha March 26, 2012 at 9:00 am

All the time! I never buy ground chicken.

Calee (@chimes) March 26, 2012 at 9:45 am

Ha. I love when I find typos, errors, and bad grammar in public. The best. There was a restaurant down the street from us that offered “smooties” for the longest time.

Your kombucha reminded me that I once made us later than usual for a movie because I had just discovered a new flavor and was obsessed. I had to get it. We were already late (as usual) and the only place in town with kombucha was on the other side of town. Oops.

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail March 26, 2012 at 10:46 am

LOVe Eric Bana. Sigh. Your pups are too funny but that’s exactly what cooper does too–they have to shake it out, right?!

You are so creative in the kitchen!

Melissa March 26, 2012 at 11:29 am

the burger is making my mouth water!

Amy March 26, 2012 at 11:53 am

i just bought pb2 for the first time and definitely like it in smoothies!! i h have a ton of actual peanut butter so i havent tried making the pb2 into pb… that ben and jerry’s greek frozen yogurt sounds awesome! ill have to look for it!

meggi March 26, 2012 at 12:51 pm

eventful weekend! Sometimes nights in are the best :) I went to see Hunger Games yesterday! I liked the movie WAY better than the book. :)

emily March 26, 2012 at 1:02 pm

I definitely want to try that frozen greek yogurt! YES PLEASE!

I’ve been reading your blog for a while, and your gut issues sound pretty miserable :( Especially if it keeps you home when you had fun plans! I know you are doing a lot to get it figured out, too. So I’m sure I’m the millionth person to suggest this, but I can’t help myself…

Have you tried cutting out grains, primal/paleo-style? I never thought I could do it, and frankly, I didn’t think I needed to. I pretty much love baked goods more than anything else and didn’t think I could give that up. I grew up baking with my mom and baking = love. But, my hubby convinced me to give it a 30-day try, and I’m so glad I did.

I still miss grains sometimes, but every time I “cheat,” I can tell. I feel bloated, gassy, and just generally crap-tastic. I realize now that I used to feel like that ALL the time, and just didn’t know any better. It’s pretty awesome to NEVER have gas. I thought it was a totally normal and natural thing (if a little embarrassing…) but, seriously, I never have gas unless I eat grains now. Especially if I eat oatmeal. Bummer, I loved oatmeal. But it’s not worth it anymore. The few times I tried to add oatmeal back in, I’d be a giant ball of gas, and I’d spend my entire 75-min evening yoga class trying not to explode. Umm, how humiliating!

It sounds like your issues are worse than mine were (unfortunately) and I know that no 2 bodies are the same. So I feel weird offering my advice. But it made such a difference for me, I just felt like I should say it.

Whatever the solution is for you, I hope you find it soon!

Janetha March 26, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Don’t feel weird! I appreciate your input. I haven’t tried elimination diets yet–well, not officially. I have eliminated some things, but haven’t gone on a full-fledged elimination diet. I plan to experiment with my diet once I have seen the motility specialist and had the testing done to see if it is a motility issue (which I really think it is) but if that is NOT the solution, then I will be doing elimination.. including a grain free one and a dairy free one. Weeee!

Klh March 26, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Sorry y’all haven’t been feeling well. The pup pictures are great! Pb2 is fantastic and Eric Bana is a cutie for sure :)


Justine Duppong @ Life With Cheeseburgers March 26, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Mmm that frozen greek yogurt has me thinking about some recipes I want to try…

And speaking of tummy troubles, that must be an epidemic–it’s been going around my family too!

natasha March 26, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Ha, ha…I loved the typos in that ad. As soon as I see ads like that I immediately vow to never use their services since I think it reflects on their service and quality.

So to be an annoying blog commenter I came along a teensy one by you “sometimes a night it wins.” Sorry if that’s a jerky faux pas but actually it made me smile (:

Oh and about your gut…I just saw this article about a GI SmartPill that you swallow and the doc can track what happens as it progresses through the digestive tract. Creepy but probably really informative.

Hope you feel better soon and I loved reading this random post not to mention the pup pics!

Janetha March 26, 2012 at 2:36 pm

don’t be sorry! i appreciate it. i don’t read through my posts 90% of the time because i am a lazy bum.. so thank you!

Janetha March 26, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Oh and also, I have had that test!

Life's a Bowl March 26, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Haha, I totally have the same feeling about food lately- it tasted good but it definitely didn’t help my digestive problems… The things we’ll do for good food ;P

Katy Brooks March 27, 2012 at 7:47 am

I know we don’t go to the same Costco, but I looked for this over the weekend and couldn’t find it. What area/isle is it at? I looked in the vitamin section!

Janetha March 27, 2012 at 9:34 am

Oh it’s in Utah only–so sorry! They are a local company.

Nescett @ bananaoats March 29, 2012 at 4:25 pm

I have a jar of PB2 in my cabinet I really need to bust open. I think using in oatmeal and smoothies is going to be the best bet, because like you said, I want real peanut butter on my crackers.

elise April 1, 2012 at 10:25 am

i will NEVER understand things that have been printed or published (so in theory going through mega editing and proofing) and still have typos. menus…screened print on clothing…etc. so odd.
i also get really annoyed when i read incorrect english and grammar mistakes by people (ie teachers) who should know better and are supposed to be instructing others on the proper ins and outs of our language. its a snobby thing but it irritates me SO much. ha. im such a loser.
what camera setting do you use to get those snaps of the dogs! they are hilarious. i ask because i can only photograph food…and my nieces and nephew are WAY too fast to get non blurring pics.

Janetha April 1, 2012 at 10:27 am

Just auto with the flash!

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