Busy Busy Bees

Yesterday, I woke up kinda late, around 7:15, and spent way too much time online. I had planned to make pancakes and by the time I got to it, it was 9:00 and I was starving. I had already planned to make a multi grain pancake recipe from this book  , so once I got going, it didn’t take long. I’m not sure if I measured something wrong or what but the batter was like soup. I let it sit for about 10 minutes and it was still really thin. I added a bit more whole wheat flour and went with it. While cooking the pancakes, I started to make some scrambled eggs/egg white and proceded to dump the entire salt shaker into the eggs. Yikes!

This wasn’t going very well. Dear husband pulled some canadian bacon from the freezer at the last minute so we ended up with paper thin pancakes and canadian bacon. I put some real maple syrup on all of it, made a glass of milk and called it breakfast.  Despite being so thin, the pancakes tasted awesome. I’m going to give them another try and will post the recipe if they work out.

milk

milk

multi grain pancakes

multi grain pancakes

 

After breakfast we headed out for some errand running. We stopped by Starbucks and I got another tall vanilla latte. Boy, it made running around the entire earth much easier!

latte

latte

In the midst of shopping and getting things done, we decided to try a Mexican place we had never been to before. I knew this was going to be a challenge in the eating slower and stopping at “not hungry”. We don’t go to Mexican very often because I always overeat. I start with the chips and don’t stop until I need a wheel barrow to get me out. But, my friends, yesterday was different. I had about 8 or 10 chips with salsa and then I stopped and waited for my food to come.

chips and salsa

chips and salsa

I ordered the lunch portion of shrimp fajitas. Though it was a lunch portion it was still too much. I ate one fajita, ate two bites of the beans and then made another fajita. I took two bites of the second one and I was full. Now, I was trying to eat until not hungry instead but eating to just full at mexican is a major accomplishment for me. I was able to walk out not feeling miserable. It felt good!

fajitas!

fajitas!

After lunch, we finished up our shopping and errands and headed home to our massive laundry pile. We did some laundry and by 5:30, I felt wiped out. I decided instead of making a big ellaborate dinner that I wanted to make some morning star farms “chicken” sandwiches. I made them with a slice of provolone, a big slice of tomato and some pesto mayo. We had a small spinach and tomato salad with oil and vinegar on the side. I really liked the combo, I normally do lettuce, tomato, ketchup, mayo and cheese but this was really nice. I think we will make them again this way for sure.

mmmm..."chicken"

mmmm..."chicken"

After dinner, I wanted a little ice cream so I made a small portion of low fat vanilla ice cream with some chocolate chips and white chocolate PB. It was exactly what I wanted and made my food day complete.

ice cream

ice cream

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In Memory of Paul

Yesterday started out pretty good. I slept in a little, I woke up around 7. It took me forever to decide what I wanted for breakfast and I finally settle on pancakes. I did a little twist of my oat and flax pancakes and made nutty oatmeal pancakes. I  topped them with a fruit puree I made out of Sarah’s homemade cherry jam, a ripe banana and a very ripe nectarine and then I had a little pure maple syrup on the side. I served them with scrambled eggs made from 1 egg and 2 egg whites. This was a hearty and satisfying meal.

nutty oatmeal pancakes

nutty oatmeal pancakes

Shortly after breakfast, I received some tragic news. The Pro informed me that Paul, our golf staff intern, lost his life in a car accident on Saturday. Paul was 22 years old. I only knew him for a short time but his death struck me so deeply. I lost my brother at the age of 25 to a terrible car accident and this really hit home for me. I feel such deep sympathy for his family and hope that they can come to a place of peace with their tragic loss. It has been almost four years since I lost my brother and losing Paul brought all of those feelings to the surface. All day long I thought of Paul on a golf cart meanwhile thinking of my own brother and his goofy faces. I guess it hit home for me yesterday that the grief doesn’t end, it just changes. I know what Paul’s family is going through and I hope they will find some comfort.

After the news of Paul’s death, I needed something to take my mind away from all of it. Dear husband and I decided to go for a really long walk. We walked just over six miles between our neighborhood and the one across the street. The walk felt long and somber. When we got home, I made lunch. Dear husband wanted pigs in a blanket so I made them with reduced fat crescent rolls and low fat turkey kielbasa. I ended up eating way more than I should have. I ate four of them along with a small salad with seasoned rice vinegar.

salad

salad

pigs in a blanket

pigs in a blanket

 

Lunch was followed my housework and cooking. While preparing some meals to pack into the freezer, I gave one of them a taste. It is called beef and bulgur casserole and it is really really good. It kind of took me back to childhood as it tastes like a cross between rice a roni and chili mac. But in a healthy way.

make ahead meals

make ahead meals

For dinner, I made a lentil loaf from vegetarian times. It took almost 2 hours to prepare from start to finish so this was definitely a Sunday dinner kind of thing.

Veg Times lentil loaf

Veg Times lentil loaf

According to the recipe, you should serve it with garlic and herb mayo but I couldn’t get to my basil plants because it was pouring rain and hailing outside.

holy storm

holy storm

So, I made a pesto mayo instead. I just mixed some already prepared pesto with some olive oil mayo. I served the lentil loaf with the mayo, garlic mashed potatoes and peas. It was all pretty good though, I don’t know that the taste value was worth the effort value. I actually think the pesto mayo is what made it.

Sunday Dinner

Sunday Dinner

Shortly after dinner, we decided to have some ice cream. I had a small bowl of lemon pie ice cream from the local ice cream shop. They make all of the ice cream on site, it is the richest most divine ice cream I have ever had.

lemon pie ice cream

lemon pie ice cream

A couple tv shows later and I was off to bed. I was really not looking forward to going back to Golf World, I knew it would be a sad place to be. Rest in Peace, Paul.