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WIAW #26 – A Cheesy Conundrum

Hey gang!! I’m back this week for my most favorite post of the week – What I Ate Wednesday (brought to you by Jenn at Peas and Crayons)!

Last week I did actually take photos of my Monday eats, as I typically do for my WIAW posts, and they were ready to go, but I was soooo exhausted on Tuesday I was like…I can’t blog…I need sleep. It’s hard to admit it, but I think this whole being less than a month out from delivering a baby thing is starting to catch up with me! I’m still working out regularly, but I’m definitely noticing that I’m getting tired much sooner than I used to. Also, now that we’ve gone from 50 degrees to 80 degrees and humid…I’ve definitely noticed a little puffiness in my hands and feet. Blergh. But we’re at 29 days and counting until my due date!! The nursery is all set (I’ll share pics soon!), my hospital bag is alllllmost totally packed (just need to pop in some snacks and I’m waiting for some nursing tanks to arrive in the mail) and this little munchkin is doing somersaults ALL. DAY. LONG…so I’m pretty sure she’s ready to make her grand entrance soon, too!!

Anywho, enough baby talk, here is my Monday of eats!

Breakfast: It’s been about a month since my banana chocolate chip muffins have made an appearance, or since we’ve let bananas sit for long enough without getting eaten that I could make muffins. So here they are in all of their muffiny glory! And of course some decaf english breakfast tea. 😀
muffins

Snack: I was really in the mood for some cantaloupe this week….soooooooooooo I bought one. Bam. Delicious.
canteloupe

Lunch: For lunch Monday I had a big bowl of my corn and black beans salad that I made on Monther’s Day. It’s probably my favorite salad ever. And I’m just now remembering I promised to send the recipe to my friend Allison and totes forgot. *sigh* Fail.
corn salad

More Snacks: I’m pretty sure I had a string cheese at some point on Monday, and I’ve pretty much stopped taking pics of my string cheese because honestly…how many photos of string cheese can one person have on her phone? Seriously. But I also nommed on some ants on a log because they’re awesome and a few triscuits, too.
ants on a log

triscuits
Dinner: Dinner on Monday was Mac & Cheese. Oh golly. I wish I didn’t love this stuff so, so much. It’s funny – I always go back and forth on the best time to eat Mac & Cheese. I picked Monday this week because we were taking the night off from the gym. Sometimes I think I should make it on a night we DO go to the gym…ya know…so I’m burning it off. But at the same time I really like to make sure that I’m feeding my body appropriately after a workout. I just wouldn’t feel right eating a bowl (okay…two bowls) of Mac & Cheese after doing a million squats or something. You picking up what I’m putting down? If you’re an avid gym goer and also Mac & Cheese lover…what are your thoughts on this conundrum?
mac and cheese

Dessert: Well…after two bowls of Mac & Cheese I thought this ooey gooey brownie leftover from the weekend was the perfect nightcap before I fell into a food coma…and promptly went to sleep at 9:00pm.
brownie

So, what is your favorite thing you’ve eaten this week?
Are you a mac & cheese-aholic? What’s your secret to your favorite mac & cheese?
Would you rather eat something unhealthy on a day where you DO or DON’T workout?

WIAW #25 – Asian Foods and Chocolate Balls

Hump Day?Lolz. I hope you’re all having a nice week so far! I can’t complain about mine, really, but obviously I’m looking forward to the weekend! We’re hanging out with Ashley and Jared (and their new fire pit…with s’mores) on Friday night and Ashley and I are taking a barre class on Saturday and hitting up the farmers market and I can’t wait!!! As for the rest of the weekend, I like to think I’ll be spending an equal portion of it relaxing and simultaneously being productive. Hopefully we’ll get the last little bit of the nursery together so that I can start to decorate and get everything in order.

Eeeeeeeee.

I can’t believe how fast this is all going!! I’m 34 weeks pregnant tomorrow!! I really need to post a bUmPdate sometime soon, too. Perhaps this weekend!! Lol.

Anywho, time for the food party hosted by Jenn at Peas and Crayons. This week let’s take a look at my Monday eats!!

Breakfast: Breakfast on Monday was my go-to bowl of banana chocolate chip oats with some flax topped with peanut butter. It’s really what I look forward to most on the mornings that I have it lol. I also had some *gasp* caffeinated English Breakfast tea because I was all out of decaf. (FYI – Twinings English Breakfast Tea contains approximately 40 mg of caffeine in an 8 oz cup. According to my doctor and every other thing I’ve read about caffeine consumption during pregnancy – 120 mg/day is considered perfectly safe…so I’m good, man.)
oats

Snack: Snack time on Monday was a hard boiled egg and a string cheese. I didn’t snap a picture of the string cheese, but I’m sure you all know what it looks like. Either way, noms!
egg

Lunch: Lunch was leftover Chinese food!! Leftovers are totally the best part of Chinese food, right? We tried out a new place on Sunday night that just opened by us that actually delivers!! That’s pretty amazing for central PA. I’m still sad our favorite place closed down, but I actually really enjoyed this new one! My personal go-to pretty much anytime I get Chinese (and I’m not with people who like to share) is Chicken and Broccoli with White Rice. I like to add just a litttttttle drizzle of soy sauce to my white rice, too. Johnny was a little sad this place doesn’t have Boneless BBQ Spare Ribs on their menu, but he settled for Sesame Chicken and Fried Rice. He liked the chicken, but the fried rice didn’t win him over. No fried rice will if it doesn’t have egg in it! Either way, I was pleased to have enough left for lunch on Monday. Next time we order from them I need to try their Wonton Soup – that’s the true test of a good Chinese Restaurant!
chicken and broccoli

Snack: My afternoon snack was 1/2 cup of plain, nonfat greek yogurt with about 1 teaspoon of honey in the mix, 1/4 cup of frozen mixed berries, and about 1 tablespoon each of walnuts and chia seeds. Gotta get my omega-3s on for Miss Emma’s lil baby brain development… annnnnnd because they’re delicious. Two birds, amiright?
berries and yogurt

Dinner: Well we got take out on Sunday because I reallllly didn’t feel like going to get groceries, so we HAD to get them on Monday night. We opted for a quick Wegmans dinner so I snagged an Avocado Summer Roll and a Spicy Shrimp Summer Roll. They’re probably two of my favorite things Wegmans has to offer in general food wise. Their sushi bar is soooooo fabulous and I love that I have so many options that aren’t raw (for now…muhuhaha). There was SO MUCH avocado in the avocado one it was perfect!! I also felt like I had eaten a lot of beige throughout the day, and I wanted to get my veggies on.
avocado and shrimp summer rolls

Dessert: I finally decided that Monday was the night I would make my own homemade chocolate chip peanut butter larabars/date balls/energy bites/whatever you wanna call em. I took 12 medjool dates, 3 tablespoons of peanut butter, 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/2 cup of crushed peanuts, 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla, 1 tablespoon of water, and a handful of mini chocolate chips and whizzed them all together in the food processor. It made about a dozen little balls. I rolled the little balls in some more crushed peanuts just for funsies, too. I wound up munching on two of these. I also wound up taking the tablespoon I measure the peanut butter with and I accidentally dropped it into a jar of nutella…so I had to eat it…obviously. I also did not take a photo of the glass of orange juice I had later on in the evening whilst watching Couples Retreat…which I effing love and watch every time it’s on!!
chocolate pb date ball

So folks…
What’s your go-to for Chinese take out??

What is your favorite weekday breakfast??
Have you ever made date balls? What’s your favorite combination?

WIAW – The Baby Shower Edition!!

Hello, friends!! I hope you’re all spectacular!! I’m so thrilled it’s Wednesday!! It’s been a very busy few weeks, and in lieu of a traditional day of my What I Ate Wednesday eats (thanks, as always, to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting) I’m finally sharing some photos from my absolutely AMAZING baby shower!!

balloon

I seriously couldn’t have asked for a better shower or two better ladies to put so much time and effort into making everything perfect!! The “theme” was books and brunch, and though I had a say in that, they took the theme and ran with it, and I know that I couldn’t have done it better myself!! Here I am with the two hostesses and two of my best friends/family on the planet, Susan and Melinda!!
The hostesses and I

I made sure Johnny stayed for a few photos before he and all of the gentleman made their way to Troegs Brewery for an afternoon of beer and boy time. Here we are with both of our Mamas and Melinda!
Me, the hubs, the Grandmas-to-be, and the almost Aunt!

The cake was enormous and absolute perfection!! Annnnnd was all of my favorite flavors. Carrot cake on the bottom, lemon cake with raspberry filling in the middle, and red velvet cake on top! (The red velvet was a surprise from my super thoughtful, wonderful baker of choice – Wendi – from Sweet Treats Cake Boutique in Mechanicsburg. She did our wedding cake, and our gender reveal cupcakes, and will probably be making any cake I need in the future, forever. Lol.) There was an adorable quote from Charlotte’s Web on the bottom, which was one of my favorite books AND movies growing up. 😀
The glorious cake!

Here I am with my poppa bear and Emma’s (or “Gracie” as my dad has decided to refer to her) future Pappy!
Me & Granpa-to-Be

The ladies set up a onsie station for guests to make a onsie for Emma. I must say, there were some cute ones!! (And Nicole, if you’re reading this, when I showed Johnny the Yankees onsie you made he was like “I’m going to burn that.” What’d I tell ya!!)
Make Emma a Onsie!

I’m super spoiled and I got to pick out all of the tea!! Some of my favorites that I included are a Decaf Ginger Peach and Decaf Chai, Blackberry Sage, Peachy Green, English Breakfast, and Lady Gray! Melinda and Susan also decorated the shower with adorable, framed prints with quotes from some of my favorite books AND I got to keep them all to decorate the nursery with!!
Tea Station!

I wish I snapped a photo of the yogurt bar sooner – but everyone loved it!! Myself included. I, personally, had a huge bowl of yogurt with blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, walnuts, annnnnnnd chocolate chips. I also neglected to snap a picture of the WAFFLE BAR!!! To which I returned more than once to snag a little waffle with some nutella, and peanut butter, and more berries, and whipped cream. It was perfect.
yogurt bar!

I drank chocolate milk out of little pink champagne flutes and couldn’t’ have been happier. I should also note that, unpictured, there were chocolate chip and blueberry mini muffins, banana bread, oat bars (all made by Susan and Melinda) – as well as doughnuts, a huge fruit platter, and a huge veggie and hummus platter. Susan even made a quiche recipe some of you might be familiar with – my bacon, broccoli, cheddar quiche!! There was so much delicious food and I know that everyone loved it!!
Other beverages

After going through the pictures taken while I was opening gifts, I’ve realized just how ridiculous my face is when I’m excited. Haha. I love it. I’m so thankful for all of the gifts we received, but I certainly wasn’t going to bore you all with a million pictures of me opening gifts, so here are a few with some awesome reactions!!

An owl hat, from my momma!
owl hat!

My momma also surprised me with one of my favorite stuffed animals and my baby blanket!! I didn’t even know she still had them!!
MY BLANKET AND PIGGY!!

This ADORABLE outfit came from our friend, Emily!
TOO CUTE!

This one is just of Susan being her gorgeous self.
Susan being gorgeous

Melinda was particularly excited for this gift basket from my Aunt Rickie.
Melinda and a giant gift basket

Here is a photo of ALL of the beautiful, thoughtful, spectacular ladies who made it out to my shower!! I still can’t thank everyone enough for such a perfect day!!
All of the beautiful ladies!

And here’s a bump shot!! My belly is getting SO big and I swear I’ve got a little acrobat on my hands!!
Me!

To all my fellow preggos out there, did you guys have your baby shower yet??
Did it have a super cool theme??

WIAW #23 – A “Cheat” Day

Ello, loves. Welcome to another lovely edition of What I Ate Wednesday – brought to you by Jenn at Peas and Crayons. This week I’m sharing everything I ate yesterday, which ultimately turned into a kind of “cheat” day and proves that I actually eat like a real person sometimes!! Onward!!

Breakfast: I had my 32 week checkup yesterday morning which meant that we were stopping for bagels before I dropped Johnny off at our friend Nicole’s so she could drive him to work. Typically, I say no to a bagel. Yesterday  was super rainy and dreary, though, so I decided it was time to join in on the fun! I had a garlic bagel toasted with butter!!! Most people I know are everything bagel with cream cheese kind of people. Sure, they’re delicious, too, but for me there’s nothing like a toasty warm garlic bagel dripping with melty butter. Yummmmmm and a half!!
bagelI didn’t have to kill too much time between dropping Johnny off and my appointment, but I still had about 20 minutes before I needed to head to the office, so I stopped at Panera and grabbed a decaf English Breakfast Tea and started perusing my latest issue of Women’s Health!!

tea

Luckily my doctor’s appointment was earlier yesterday and went swiftly! All is well with baby and I, and I discussed “birth plans” with my doctor (and we both agreed they’re just plain silly!). I managed to make it to work at 9:20, but by 10:00 I was ready for a snack, so I grabbed the last few pieces of cantaloupe we had hanging out from my baby shower!!
noms

Lunch: Lunch was simple yesterday, and I tried to keep it a little lighter since I knew I was having a bagel for breakfast. What we have here is some leftover fajita filling (chicken, black beans, peppers, and onions) with a wee bit of cheese and avocado on top. Ugly, but delicious.
lunch

Tea Time: I am such a happy camper because I have sooooooooooooooo much leftover tea from my shower!! This one right here happens to be my favorite!! It’s The Republic of Teas Decaf Ginger Peach. The regular Ginger Peach is delightful, too, but ya know…preggers. With a little drizzle of honey it’s pretty much impossible to be in a bad mood while you drink this stuff. It’s the best!!
more tea

Snack: I had a marathon meeting yesterday afternoon that usually only lasts about 30 minutes but lasted nearly 2 hours! As such, my snack time was a little thrown off. I just nommed a hard boiled egg to hold me over until dinner.
egg

Dinner:Last night, Johnny and I had dinner with Melinda and Kyle before FINALLY going to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier!! There are a few pretty decent mexican places by us, but we frequent El Rodeo this most. We all pretty much always get the same thing every time. Johnny and Kyle both get the Sante Fe Nachos (nachos with beans, cheese, steak, and chicken) – Johnny with no sour cream but with guacamole, and Kyle with sour cream but with no guacamole (but he is kind enough to order it on the side so that I can have it!!), Melinda sometimes gets a veggie quesadilla or the nachos, too. Last night she got a steak quesadilla. Me? I have tried a few things on their menu – but I have gotten to the point where I always order their Carne Asada Tacos. I. Love. Them. So. Much. They’re the perfect portion of steak in three little corn tortillas with loads of tomatoes, onions, and fresh cilantro to devour along with it!! They also come with a side of beans, which I never finish but always smear a bit to my tacos,  and a really spicy homemade hot sauce. All of that, plus some guac. Heaven.
carne asada tacos

tacos
At the Movies: Let’s all be honest, does anyone actually buy their snacks IN the movie theater anymore? They’re so expensive!!! And sure, the popcorn always SMELLS great, but it never tastes as good as it smells. I’ve pretty much stopped bothering with popcorn at the movies all together. Plus, I always wind up with a kernel stuck in my teeth before the movie even starts so then I spend the whole movie sitting there being annoyed by it the whole time. *END MOVIE RANT* Anywho, after dinner we stopped at the grocery store and grabbed a few movie snacks. My husband is a Raisinettes kind of guy. They’re his favorite! I always struggle picking my movie candy. Peanut M&Ms, Goobers, or Reese’s Pieces are usually my chocoaltey go-tos, but I wasn’t feeling chocolaty. So I went with Sour Patch Kids!! Am I the only person who’s favorite are the green ones?! I feel like I am. Captain America was awesome!! And I didn’t eat the WHOLE bag, I promise! 😉
sour patch kids

What’s your favorite movie theater snack?
What’s your favorite dish when you get Mexican food?
What’s your favorite bagel??

WIAW #22 – The South Carolina/Road Trip Edition

Hey dudes!! A very happy Wednesday to you!! This Wednesday is particularly happy for me because I only have 1 work day left this week and tomorrow I get to see Bill, Susan, annnd MY MOMMA!!! Woot!!! I’m so very excited for this weekend!!!!

Imma keep my intro pretty short this week, because, well, the post itself is prettttty lengthy. You’re a real trooper if you actually red the whole thing…but here it goes!! I present to you my road trip and eats from South Carolina. As always, shout out to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting!!!

Breakfast on the Road: We’ve road tripped with Johnny’s parents before and it’s pretty safe to say that we are guaranteed to stop at McDonalds several times for coffee/breakfast/etc. Although I’m pretty okay eating a McDonald’s oatmeal or evvvvvvvvven an Egg McMuffin on a rare occasion I decided not to mess around this trip. I planned ahead to make sure Johnny and I had some substantial and nutritous munchies for breakfast and snacks while on this trip!! I will note, however, that I always get a kids chocolate milk at McDonalds. Yes. There is quite a bit of sugar in it. Buuuuuuuuuuut it’s delicious and went to well with what I brought…that is… a huge container of peanut butter (which, I assure you, I took all four days to eat) that I dipped a perfect banana in (because my perfect banana has lots of spots and is super ripe without a speck of green) and a banana chocolate chip protein muffin. Also, McDonalds seems to always oblige when I ask for a coffee cup filled with hot water so I could brew my own decaf green tea in the car. Perfect!!! I also munched on an apple cinnamon rice cake when I was feeling snacky, probably around 11!
road breakfast
morning muffin
sunny ricecake
Lunch: I suggested we stop at Cracker Barrel for lunch on Friday. I knew everyone (that is, Johnny and my in-laws) loves their coffee, plus it was a Friday so we needed to have some meatless options, which I knew they have. Annnnnnnnnd I love looking around the gift shop! I was delighted when I saw their  “Wholesome Fixin’s” menu, which provided calorie counts and lighter options. I was super excited to see their Egg n’ Cheese Sliders – eggs over hard with some shredded colby cheese and tomato slices on lil’ whole wheat sandwich thins (it also comes with mayo, which I cannot for the life of me understand!!) and a wee cup of fresh fruit. We were already in North Carolina at this point in time, having hit the road at 3:00am, so it was getting hot out, too, so this was the peeerrfect lite lunch for me to enjoy!!
cracker barrel
Starbucks:
So, funny story. I’ve mentioned before in a few of my bumpdates that I swear by my Bella Band. I have yet to purchase a pair of maternity pants and the Bella Band helps me keep all of my pants up! Well, I wore it with my work pants on Thursday, went to the gym, and wound up throwing it in the laundry hamper bundled with my black pants instead of packing it. I’m thankful I remembered while we were driving!! Soooo we made a pitstop at the local Target so I could pick up another one (now I have one in black and in white, which is nice because a lot of my shirts are lighter colors and you could see the black right through it). Obviously, since we stopped at target, I had to grab an iced-decaf-tall-nonfat-latte-in-a-grande-cup-with-extra-ice-and-1-splenda. And obviously I had no choice but to take a photo of myself drinking it. Hehe.
me and a latte

So at this point. We arrived!! We said our hellos to the fam!! Lots of baby talk. Lots of baseball talk (as all 5 of Johnny’s cousins are boys…who play baseball). Lots of lounging. I took a nice long shower (I don’t know about you, but after a day of sitting in the warm car I LOVE taking a nice, COOL shower and just standing there until I feel like moving. Johnny thinks I’m nuts. But cool showers rock!) and got settled in and had a nice dinner that included salmon, baked potatoes, corn, and green beans. We hung out on the covered patio for most of the night chatting and catching up before we hit the hay pretty early since we had such a long day!!

Saturday was the Flower Festival. It’s just a big ol’ street fair with lots of vendors and LOTS of people. This year Johnny and I splurged just a wee bit on some fancy schmancy oil and vinegar from a local vendor, The Crescent Olive. We sampled a whole bunch (like Chipotle Oil and Pineapple Vinegar) and they were all fantastic, but we wound up buying a bottle of Tuscan Herb Olive Oil and Fig Balsamic Vinegar. (FIG BALSAMIC IS LIFE CHANGINGGGGGG!) We also wound up snagging a pint of local strawberries that looked soooo tasty I couldn’t say no to them, and an avocado so I could whip up a tasty salad for lunch. Leave it to me to go to a street fair and buy nothing but food…that I can cook when I get home. Lol.

Lunch: We were pretty hungry when we got back from the Flower Fest as it was suuuuuuuuuuuuper hot and humid outside. I made an AMAZING salad for lunch though. I took some organic mixed greens, the local strawberries, some avocado, and some of the previous evening’s leftover salmon and drizzled it with a little bit of the herb oil and fig vinegar. My goodness. I loved everything about this salad. Sure…I would have loved a gyro or something like that from the street fair…but this salad was so worth waiting until I got home to eat!!
salmon salad

After lunch, we took a nice long walk around the neighborhood (we really did just spend the majority of our trip walking…or eating). There is a huuuuge treehouse at the end of the block with some swings and such. Swinging is my happy place. Seriously. It just makes me so happy!!
swings!

I was actually pretty pooped after our walk – my hands also blew up like balloons. I thought maybe it was a pregnancy thing until Johnny and his dad said the same thing happens to them in the humidity. Dang it was unpleasant. I wound up taking a nice nap before dinner.

Dinner: We ate dinner at a place called The Icehouse. Johnny’s Aunt Amy and Uncle Kevin are big fans, so all 15 of us trucked on over for dinner. I started off with a “caprese salad”. I use the quotes because, although it was tasty, it was really just a mixed green salad with a few tomatoes and some mozzarella tossed in. But it’s totally okay – because my meal was perfection. Shrimp. And. Grits. Actually – their version of Shrimp and Grits may be my favorite to date!! It’s not that I don’t like super creamy grits, it’s that I don’t typically like the ratio of grits to everything else (too much grits, not enough everything else. spoken like a true northerner, I’m sure!). This was so delicious!! It was a “fried grit cake” so it was a bit crispy on the outside and nice and creamy on the inside, topped with shrimp, andoullie sausage, mushrooms, green onions, and some cheese. I ate every bite. Johnny loved his meal too, and who wouldn’t?? He totes carbed out and got friend chicken with mashed potatoes and mac and cheese. OoOoOo and Johnny’s Aunt Maria got cornbread that came with this spicy honey that I could bathe in. Seriously. The fried chicken IN the spicy honey…oh heavens…ridiculous.
caprese salad
johnny carbs out
shrimp and grits

Dessert: After a dinner like that I didn’t want anything for dessert at the restaurant. Grandma Yoder is a BIG fan of having a nice mexican or irish coffee after dinner, though, so she had a pretty steady supply of Ready Whip at home. At about 9 when we were all just chatting on the patio again I sliced up a few more strawberries and added a healthy does of whipped cream…because I was on vacation…duh…and YUM!
strawberries

Sunday was spent mostly walking around Charleston. There’s a fun market there we went to, we walked along the water front, annnnnnnnnnnd I got Nutella gelato. Weee!!!!
blurry gelato

On the Road Home: It was poooouring rain during the drive home, which ya know, as a passenger isn’t really a big deal,  we all really just wanted to get home. We made a quick pitstop for lunch at Wawa and grabbed it to go. I was surprised to see a Wawa that far south, but whateves…I was good with it. I’m still funny with meat sometimes, lately, especialllllly the processed icky kind that you’ll most likely get at a Wawa or what-have-you…so I opted for a cheese quesadilla with some pico and avocado. I also snagged an almond cocoloco chobani flip because they’re deliciousssssss!!
wawa
cho
Our Last Pitstop: It was about 3:00 on Monday when we made our last pitstop at a Dunkin Donuts for coffee and to pee (which, btw, wasn’t as bad as I anticipated. woot!). It was so dreary out and smelled so coffeelicious in there that I couldn’t not snag a decaf toasted almond coffee with some milk and sugar. Noms!!
rainy coffee
Dinner(After scouring the pantry): I really didn’t feel like getting take out Monday night after all of the food we ate out over the weekend, so I looked around to see what I could whip up. What did I find? A box of pasta,  a can of tomato paste, some bacon in the freezer, half a bag of spinach, and parmesan cheese.I was totally good with this. So cozy and homey after being on the road. We ended our evening snuggling with our little Quincy and watching the Game of Thrones premier!!!!!
home at last
 

Are you a Game of Thrones fan?! Did you read the books, too??

What’s your favorite road trip snack??

What’s your favorite “southern classic” dish??