When I was looking at the photos I chose to share with you today, I noticed that the majority of my foods were round and triangular.
Easy stuffed mushrooms
Topped with the tuscan vegetables, balsamic vinegar and olive oil, then grilled for 10 minutes and sprinkled with parmesan cheese. Mmm.
Still on the hunt for a wedding cake, the fiance’ and I spiked our bloodsugar at 9:30 AM yesterday. Again, something round with triangular pieces cut out!
- 5 flavors for tasting
We weren’t 100% sold on this cake, but it’s about half the price of the last one we were considering! Since the cake will only be on display for a short time and most people will be stuffed after dinner, I’m thinking I might go with the more frugal choice. Still deciding!
I worked the 12-8 shift last night and made a quick quesadilla before leaving the house. My lunch was a circle cut into triangles.
- Quick quesadilla
I sautéed 1/2 cup mushrooms, a few handfuls of spinach, and 1/4 cup chopped onion with cooking spray and fajita seasoning. The only shredded cheese I had on hand was cheddar (which I wasn’t feeling), so I tore a low-fat string cheese and let in melt over the tortilla in another skillet while the veggies were cooking. It didn’t get quite as gooey and melty as I had hoped, but the flavor was good and it did the job of holding everything together.
My new peanut butter purchase
(PB & Co Cinnamon Raisin Swirl) has been fantastic. I have to be careful though, my fiance’ is addicted to it too! His favorite method is dipping a frosted miniwheat right into the jar – and I have to tell you, it’s pretty darn good.
My favorite cinnamony application is of course my overnight oats. Last night I did Katie’s voluminous oats trick halfway and added some more liquid. From just 1/3 cup of dry oats I end up with more than a cup of goodness in the morning.
- Addictive oats
My method: I add 1/3 cup oats and 1 cup water to microwave safe dish. I nuked them until all the oats began to cook & get puffy, about 1 – 1 1/2 minutes. At this point I added 1/3 mashed banana, 1/2 Tbsp CRPB, 1/3 scoop protein powder, 1 tsp chia seeds and 1 tsp cinnamon. After combining all the mixins, I added another 1/4 cup of water and let them hang out overnight. Topped with 1/4 cup of Fage 0% and a touch more CRPB, I was in heaven (but I think I’ll be adding some chopped nuts next time!).
I think this method works because it makes the oats permeable to the extra liquid, which helps them soak up more overnight in the fridge. The addition of the chia seeds helps to gel up the extra liquid. Cooking them with water (instead of milk) sounds like skimping out, but they still end up being creamy and the saved calories can be put toward more delicious toppings. My oats this morning came out to be about 250 calories, which doesn’t mess up my budget at all!
I’ve been indulging recently with some amazing dark chocolate covered dried cranberries.
Sweet tooth satisfaction
Antioxidants at their best! They are from Romolo, an amazing chocolate shop near Erie. The store is remarkably beautiful, clean, and simple – complete with a coffee/ice cream parlor, gift shop, and chocolate store (of course). You can actually watch them making all of their treats and they are worth every penny you’ll inevitably spend there. If you live anywhere close, check them out! I might have to quit my career and work/live there.
Thankful Thursday: today I’m thankful for the fact that the Pittsburgh weatherman has been wrong all week – they’ve called for rain over and over but the weather has been warm, humid, and pleasant. We might finally get hit with some storms today so I’m going to take an early lunch break and read outside.
What small things are you thankful for today? Any local specialty shops in your area that you’d recommend? How much do you care about the cake at a wedding?
I find that I’m caring less and less about the little details – I just want to marry this man!