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Happy Monday morning to you all, hope you had a great weekend! I called off work on Saturday morning to give my ankle some rest (I figured 8 hours of waiting tables would be pushing it), but still managed to have a pretty productive weekend. Still no working out… I might try spin class this evening. I’m still having some pain when I walk, but I just can’t wait any longer.
Friday night I made the fiance’ and I two socca flatbreads. I told him I was making “pizza”, and he thought that was a bit of a stretch. But he’s a champ and ate 3/4 of the Mexican version and I ate 3/4 of the spinach and artichoke one. I had some fantastic onion dip left over that I didn’t want to go to waste.
I read on another blog about how fantastic this coffee was… and I’m a sucker for flavored coffee (no added calories like a flavored coffee “drink”). I drank it with just milk Saturday morning and wasn’t impressed, but with a little added artificial sweetener and made in the coffee press yesterday it was delicious.
I currently live about 20 minutes from Trader Joe’s so I took advantage of my Saturday morning and made the trip right after they opened. Although I didn’t buy too much, I enjoyed having the time to browse instead of rushing in and rushing out. When I was checking their website to figure out how early they opened, I saw that they’ll soon be opening a new location about 5 miles from where the fiance’ and I will be living after the wedding. Score!
The best part of TJ’s is their prices – I got goat cheese and hummus for about 1/3 of what I’d pay at Giant Eagle (sorry GE). It was worth the trip!
It was marked down to $2.99 and I had a $1.00 off coupon, so I figured it was worth a shot. Honestly, the stuff tastes like water, and has 5g fat and 1g protein per serving. I’ll stick with my natural skim milk or chocolate Silk when I purchase a lactose free.
On my way home from the other end of town I drove through Oakland, where the University of Pittsburgh is located and where I lived for my 6 years of college and grad school. It was lunch time by this point so I stopped at one of my favorite spots, Red Oak Cafe’. They use a lot of organic and local ingredients in their foods, and have a ton of wonderful vegetarian options (including the BEST vegetarian chili I’ve ever had). It’s like a Panera (as far as offering sandwiches, soups, and breakfast items), but so much better. I stuck with my favorite hot wrap:
The interesting thing about this sandwich is that the roasted veggies always change – this time it included carrots, which I thought was strange but ended up being delicious. Sorry I didn’t take a second photo, I was too excited to start munching! When I unwrapped my wrap at home, I found a terrible thing:
I absolutely can’t STAND pickles. I hate sweet pickles, dill pickles, baby pickles, pickle spears…. all pickles. I hate when they touch my sandwich. I hate when their juice gets on my potato chips. Luckily, the lovely folks at Red Oak wrapped my to-go lunch properly and it didn’t infiltrate my yummy wrap.
Yesterday my wonderful uncle threw an engagement party/brunch for my fiance’ and I. There were around 40 of our closest family and friends and we had a fabulous time. We decided that we’d “cheat” on our Lenten sacrifice and indulge in some sugar (sorry, no photos) – my aunt made cake pops that were to die for and guests brought fabulous pastries and cakes from local bakeries. I knew I’d be eating poorly for the party so I started my day off right :
Some Catholics say it’s okay to “cheat” on Sundays and I usually don’t, but really enjoyed the party and having some indulgent desserts; however, I felt awful by the end of the day. I ate too much, drank too much, and just knew that my body wasn’t happy. I still need to learn to enjoy things in moderation, and to decide on one sweet or dessert instead of sampling them all!