5 Months of Wedded Bliss

I woke up pretty early yesterday and spent some time in the blog-o-sphere before making breakfast. Once I was ready to eat, I made a wheat bagel toasted with smart balance and topped with almond butter and frog jam. On the side, I had a nice bowl of watermelon. It was a nice breakfast and fueled me up for the day ahead.

After breakfast, I spent a couple of hours deep cleaning the bathrooms and the kitchen. By the time I finished, the dear husband was back from his long run so the morning timing worked out perfectly. We were heading out to run some errands and my stomach was starting to growl so I ate a banana.

We did a couple of our errands and then stopped for lunch. We ate at Spinnaker’s which is a local family owned place with a nice variety of food. They are famous for their flower pot bread so we started with that.

For lunch, I ordered the grilled chicken panini and fries. The panini had grilled chicken, spinach, mozzarella (!!), red onions and honey dijon mustard. It was so good! I ate most of the panini and a couple of the fries. For some reason, the fries were not appealing to me at all which is probably a good thing.

After lunch, we went to Barnes and Noble to look around and to get a starbucks. I got a soy caramel latte to see how it would compete with my favorite vanilla latte. It was good, but I think I like the vanilla better.

Once we were all buzzed up, we headed home to relax for the rest of the afternoon. Around 5:30, I decided to do my 15 minute clean up before dinner instead of after. I vacuumed the downstairs and decluttered a little bit. This 15 minute thing really is doing so much for our house. I have been thinking of all of the things that I can accomplish in 15 minutes and plan to make a list soon. One of the things that has really been helping me is that I am keeping in mind that I am not trying to achieve perfection just clean and tidy.

We were both feeling uninspired for dinner. I wanted to do something nice since it was our 5 month wedding anniversary and our 25 months since we met anniversary. We had pretty much decided on just going to the italian place just a mile or two away when I read this post on Jenna’s blog. They were headed to the Bonefish Grill and that sounded perfect. We hopped in the car and made it there around 6:45.

For appitizer, we started with the bang bang shrimp. I  had heard awesome things about it and it had been on my mind to try it for a really long time. It greatly exceeded my expectations! I had a light breading and then it was tossed in a creamy spicy sauce that reminded us both of the spicy mayo they use on sushi. We gobbled it down!

Then came the wonderful bread with the lovely olive oil and pesto which I could probably make a meal out of.

And then there was soup, a nice corn crab chowder that I will be trying to duplicate at home come fall.

For dinner, I ordered the pistachio crusted rainbow trout with garlic whipped potatoes and veggies. As you can imagine, by this time, I wasn’t really hungry anymore so I only had a few bites and we boxed up the rest.

When we made it home, we were both really tired so we climbed into bed with our books and called it a night.

QOTD: I have decided that I am going to start the Couch To 5K running program which requires one to run three times per week which I think I can manage. When I ran before, I ran 5 days a week and would love to be back there again. How many days per week do you run?

Frustrating Friday

As per usual, I woke up late but I was still able to cook a nice bowl of oats for breakfast. I used some 7 grain cereal cooked with hemp milk, a dash of sea salt and a mashed banana. Once it was finished cooking, I stirred in a well beaten egg and let it sit for a few minutes. Then I mixed in some ground flax seed and topped it all off with some blueberries. It was a hearty and filling breakfast to start my day off right.

I got to work and it was a nutso house. Everyone seemed to be having problems with their computers and getting those things resolved was not on my original agenda. Unfortunately, Friday is a big deadline day for me so I was really stressed out. When I looked at the clock and realized I had almost missed staff lunch, I was relieved to be able to take a break. I went downstairs to check out the pickings. It was roasted chicken, mashed potatoes and roasted green beans. Comfort food just when I needed it though I had to work and eat and work and eat. It took me about an hour to finish it. TGIF!

About mid afternoon, I was looking for a pick me up and some chocolate was just the ticket. I broke off a few squares of some endangered species dark chocolate with hazelnut toffee. It really hit the spot though I couldn’t really taste the hazelnut flavor at all.

I ended up working late so the dear husband was in charge of dinner. He made us salads with lettuce, tomato, cukes, grapes, sea salt, oil and vinegar along with and Amy’s Organic frozen roasted veggie cheese-less pizza. It was ready as soon as I walked in the door so we ate right away. The pizza is so darn good! If I am happy about eating less dairy for any reason at all, discovering this pizza is it!

After dinner, I caught up on my google reader which collected 29 posts since this morning and then I settled in with my book. I decided to skip the 15 minute clean up because I am doing deep cleaning today and the house is really tidy looking already. Around 7:30, we decided to rent a movie on demand and we ende up watching “The Other Bolyn Girl”. It was pretty interesting with lots of plot twists and the costumes were beautiful. By movies end, my stomach was growling and for some reason it was telling me almond butter and jam. So, I made an almond butter and cherry jam on whole wheat sandwich. After the sandwich, it was bed time for sure.

QOTD: How do you deal with stress while you are at work and can’t get away? Lately, I seem to be hitting the chocolate :-/

A Rainy Thursday

I started yesterday in a rush again, so it was cold cereal for breakfast. I mixed some clifford crunch with the last of the dorset cereal. I topped it with some almonds, a banana and vanilla hemp milk. It was a nice combo but most importantly, it was fast!

breakfast

breakfast

Things were busy already when I got to work, it was every ones first day back from the aerification so everyone was geared up. The bad news was that we were having torrential down pours so the superintendent closed the course. I thought it was ironic that it had been closed for 10 days and the day we were supposed to re-open the skies opened up instead. It rained and poured most of the day, I guess hurricane Fay finally made her way to VA which is good because we really need the rain.

Around 11:30 I was hungry and the staff lunch wasn’t to my liking so I rummaged my little “pantry” and the mini fridge and came up with a nice little lunch. I had some white chocolate dreams PB and a little honey on a whole wheat wrap along side some edamame and a juicy peach. I only finished about half of the edamame you see because I was getting filled up and I really wanted to eat the peach!

lunch

lunch

I stayed very busy during the afternoon and it flew by. Before I knew it, I was rushing out of the door to make it to my hair appointment on time. While I was in the car, I realized my stomach was growling so I ate a cherry pie larabar that was in my purse. I saved the wrapper and took the pic once I was parked at the hair salon 😉

snack

snack

After my hair cut, I headed home and made a quick dinner. I had already taken out some turkey pasta sauce from the freezer so all there was to do was cook the whole wheat pasta and heat up the sauce. And as usual, the dear husband made a small salad with lettuce, tomato and cukes topped with oil and vinegar. Once we started dinner, I realized that I wasn’t actually that hungry so I ate very little but the dear husband polished it off for me with no problem.

dinner

dinner

For my 15 clean-up, I worked on cleaning out the freezer. After all of that, I was really tired and ready to rest. I settled in with my book and called it a night.

QOTD: How do you unwind after a long busy day?

Back to Work

Getting out of bed to go back to work really sucks 🙂 I ended up sleeping late and was running behind, as per usual for a work day. For breakfast, I had a bowl of clifford crunch cereal mixed with cinnamon start cereal topped a banana, some almonds and vanilla hemp milk. I am really starting to like the hemp milk, I still like the hazelnut milk better but since the hemp is more readily available, I think it will be my new go to milk.

fast breakfast

fast breakfast

I arrived at work to find an overflowing inbox, both email and desktop, and a blinking voicemail light. And to my dismay, within a half hour of driving through the gate into the land of grass, my head was blaring. I called my doc and told him everything I had done both holistically and medically and he wants me to take zyrtec d which I will start tomorrow. I had hoped that I could cure myself without medication but at this point it seems like it is meds or my job. What is a girl to do?

Around 11, I decided to have a snack because I had no idea when lunch would be. I ate a hand full of baked tofu triangles and a small bowl of watermelon. I must thank the lovely Gliding Calm because I always see here eating baked tofu as a snack which I had never thought of. After today, I am sure this will be a go to snack from here on out. I just baked it with a little sea salt but plan to experiment with different glazes and marinades.

snack

snack

Around 12:30, The Pro arrived with lunch. Since the club was still closed, he went to Red Robin and picked up salads. I got a cobb salad with honey poppyseed dressing; it was pretty tasty and very filling. And on a side note, I did eat the blue cheese because at this point, I think I have decided that cutting dairy isn’t the solution I was hoping for.

cobb salad

cobb salad

The afternoon buzzed by with lots to do and I was able to leave on time. Once I made it home, I made one of our old favorites for dinner, BBQ Tofu Pizza which is an idea I got from Monica many many moons ago. For the crust I used whole wheat pita and then topped it with BBQ sauce, onions sauteed in earth balance and balsamic vinegar, baked tofu triangles and vegan “cheese”. I was a little nervous about the “cheese” but it turned out great. On the side, the dear husband made salads with lettuce, tomato, cukes, oil and vinegar. It was a nice dinner and I am looking forward to making it again soon.

bbq tofu pizza

bbq tofu pizza

After dinner, I did my 15 minute clean up and then relaxed with my book. Though I prefer to be on vacation, it was nice to be back to normal again.

QOTD: What are you favorite pizza toppings? My all time favorite is pepperoni and cheese but I also like goat cheese with tomatoes and basil and the pizza we made last night.

Last Day of Vacation

I woke up around 7:30 and started my last day of vacation with a bowl of 7 grain cereal. I cooked it in vanilla hemp milk, a mashed banana, some sea salt and just before turning off the stove, I mixed in a well beaten egg. I topped it with some “on their last leg” blueberries and a spoonfull of almond butter. This bowl of hot cereal was excellent. It was rich and creamy and really filled me up and kept me going for most of the morning.

After breakfast, I started on my quest for a clean house. Something that hasn’t really happened since I moved into a much larger house with my dear husband. As I have mentioned before, I am a perfectionist and this has led to me never starting any thing when it comes to house work. So, slowly but surely, I have been getting the house in order as a starting point for my new plan of action. I plan to do the nitty gritty cleaning on Saturday while the dear husband does his marathon training and then also commit to 15 minutes per day of de-cluttering. Yesterday, I was able to achieve a nice starting point.

I took a break around 1 and made lunch. I used some leftover roasted chicken to make a sandwich on whole wheat bread with lettuce, tomato and honey mustard. On the side I had more of the watermelon from Monday. The sandwich wasn’t spectacular by any stretch of the imagination but it did the trick and fueled me for the rest of my cleaning.

A little after lunch, I decided to have some of the cherry almond chocolate bar that I had on my mind for a couple of days. I ate about a 1/3 of the bar and had to really stop myself from eating the rest. It was so so good right up there with the cranberry chocolate bar from a couple days ago. Luckily, this cherry almond bar is more readily available so I can have it whenever I want!

After the cleaning was done, I made some dinner just in time for the dear husband arrival from work. I had planned to make tofu stir fry and in the midst of baking the tofu, I decided to just use up the rest of the roasted chicken and save the tofu for snacking and a meal later in the week. I loaded the stir fry with lots of mixed veggies and made a sauce with some general tsao’s sauce, chili sauce and honey. I served the stir fry on top of some brown rice I heated up from the freezer. Once we started to eat it, it seemed a little bland so I gave it a good glug of soy sauce and that was just what it needed.

After dinner, I spent 15 minutes cleaning and organizing my bedrooms drawers and then settled in with my book. It had been a nice and productive last day of vacation, I am counting the days until the next one!

QOTD: Are you a clean freak or a messy slob? I seem to be both, I can’t seem to find any middle ground which is what I am really trying to work on.

Home Sweet Home

I woke up around 7 yesterday and got to work right away on getting us home. I first made pretty  much the same breakfast that we ate the whole time we were there. A bowl of 7 grain cereal made with soymilk, mashed banana, vanilla bean paste and a dash of salt. Then once it was cooked, I topped it with some homemade trail mix. We ate our breakfast out on the deck but didn’t linger too long as we had lots to do and it was pretty muggy.

again with the trail mix

again with the trail mix

After breakfast, we got all of our things packed into the car and headed out. On our way out of town, we stopped into the local coffee shop for lattes. I got a soy toffee coffee latte and the dear husband got a soy snickerdoodle. Both were delicious and really got us ready for the long ride home.

toffee coffee latte

toffee coffee latte

A few bathroom breaks later, we were finally in Chesterfield and stopped for lunch. The name of the place was Vinny’s Italian Grill and we think we have eaten there before during past travels. I ordered a bowl of italian wedding soup to start. It came with garlic bread and even though it had butter on it, I did indulge. I had been tossing around in my mind for a couple of days that if cutting dairy isn’t really helping my allergy symptoms after almost two weeks, then maybe I don’t have to be so stringent about it. Don’t get me wrong, I still plan to avoid it for now but not completely. But I digress.

I ate butter

I ate butter

For lunch, I ordered a chicken wrap on wheat with bacon, lettuce, tomato and honey mustard. It came with homemade chips which were so delicious. I ended up eating very little of the wrap and too many of the chips. Which I paid for later with low blood sugar symptoms from all the carbs, lesson learned.

mmmm...potatoes

mmmm...potatoes

Once our stomachs were full, we finished our drive home which was only about another 30 minutes. When we got home, we unpacked the car and I made my way to blogland. Oh, it was so nice to have my high speed internet back. While we were away, we were using dial up and it took me so long to blog each day. I also found out the google reader really isn’t made for using with dial up, it kept timing out as did many blogs I tried to comment on. Needless to say, I had almost 200 posts in my reader to catch up on yesterday afternoon.

Once I was all caught up with blogging, we went to the grocery store to stock up for the week. When we got home, we both kind piddled around the house and got a few things done. Around 6, we started up the grill to make some burgers. We put the burgers on ezekial buns and topped them with lettuce, tomato, pickles, ketchup and mustard. On the side, we had some watermelon that one of our lake neighbors was kind enough to give up on her way out! It was so good and was the first watermelon I had had all summer. I know, that is a mortal sin but it is true. I don’t like buying them unless there are plenty of people around to share otherwise, they go bad. So, I will be eating lots of watermelon these next couple of day!

After dinner, the dear husband settled into some paperwork and I settled into a book. We had a great time on our vacation but it was nice to be home.

QOTD: What is your favorite summertime fruit? I think mine has to be peaches and berries. I’m so sad all of that is coming to an end. 😦

Our Last Full Day

Yesterday, I slept until a whopping 7:30! If only I could have a few more days of vacation, maybe I could sleep until 8. I started our day with a bowl of 7 grain cereal made with soymilk, vanilla bean paste and a mashed banana. Once it was cooked, I once again topped it with homemade trail mix. This combo is so delicious and so filling, Ican see why so many in blogland eat their oats this way.
the best way to eat oats

the best way to eat oats

After breakfast, we hit the pool for a couple of hours. once we started to think about lunch, we made our way back to the condo and got ready to head out. While we were getting ready, I had a small handful of wasabi peas to tide me over. I love how crunchy and spicy they are:

wasabi peas

wasabi peas

For lunch, we went to lunch at Chopsticks, a local chinese/sushi bar/hibachi place right on the water. We ordered sushi, of course, and a bowl of miso along with a ginger dressing salad.

miso soup and ginger salad

miso soup and ginger salad

When the sushi came, I thought it was the most beautiful presentation of sushi I had ever seen. There was a duck carved out of some sort of veggie or fruit in the middle of our rolls. We had a volcano roll, a shrimp tempura roll, a smoked salmon roll and a boston roll. The rolls were much larger than we are used to and with with my bottomless pit dear husband, we did not finish it all. My favorite was the shrimp tempura roll though I like the volcano roll quite a bit as well. We finished off our lunch with a fortune cookie.

duck and sushi

duck and sushi

Lunch led us to the only winery on Smith Mountain lake, Hickory Hill Winery. We first did a tour and then I did a tasting. I tasted a total of nine wines and liked three of them. I ended up buying a bottle of the Smith Mountain Misto, Cabernet Franc and Redbud.

redbud

redbud

After the winery, we headed to the grocery store for dinner fixens and then back to the condo. Once there, we read for a couple of hours and then started on dinner. I made a salad with lettuce, tomato, baby cukes, orange peppers, shredded roasted chicken, sea salt, oil and vinegar. I served the salad along with a tuscan garlic loaf of bread topped with some smart balance. This meal was just what I needed, my lack of veggies was really catching up with me so it was just what I was craving.

roasted chicken on salad

roasted chicken on salad

brean n fake buttah

brean n fake buttah

For dessert, we had some peach sorbet that pleasantly surprised me. I had never had sorbet before and it really did the trick on my ice cream craving.

peach sorbet

peach sorbet

After dinner and dessert, we settled in for some tv and finally went to bed. We had really enjoyed our time and we didn’t want it to end. Can’t wait until next summer!

QOTD: Are you a wine drinker? What is your favorite?