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Happy New Year!!

Holy cow, dudes!

It’s 2014!!

Can you believe it?! 2013 was a pretty awesome year for me, but 2014 is definitely going to be the biggest one yet!! (My belly will be the biggest to date, anyway. 🙂 )

We didn’t get too crazy this year… and I’m totally good with it. Johnny and I just hung out at Melinda and Kyle’s. Check out these party animals. 😀

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This photo was taken at 10:30 last night. Dont worry, though, they woke up just in time to watch the ball drop and go to bed. Hehehe.

After grabbing some food and drink at Troegs, we went back to their place, ate some more, and then literally just sat on the couch from 8:30 to midnight watching New Years Rockin’ Eve. I only dozed off once or twice during some commercial breaks. Did anyone else feel super old watching some of past performances?? Rhianna looked amazing and classy (not something I’m used to seeing these days) performing Umbrella in 2007…7 years ago already. It’s hard to belive that in April, Johnny and I will have been together for 7 years! Sheesh! Time goes by so fast!! Though no matter how much time goes by, I’m not sure Johnny and I will ever be capable of taking a nice picture of the both of us at the same time. Heh. We’re just goofs.

Johnny and I 1Johnny and I 2Obviously, that means we’ll be awesome parents.

Right?

Good, I thought so, too. 😀

That’s actually my New Year’s Resolution this year : I resolve to take care of myself and, in turn, baby (who’s heart is thumping away happily in my belly) to the best of my ability until baby is born and then to be the best Mommy I can be!

What about you? Do you have a New Year’s Resolution this year?

To start the New Year off right, I had to partake in What I Ate Wednesday! Today wasn’t too shabby. (I thought about taking picture of my food yesterday – taylor ham, egg, and cheese on a garlic bagel – root beer – fondue – poutine – pizza – and my weight in buffalo chicken dip. Buuuuuuut the photographic evidence would make me feel shame. Delicious, cheesy, carb laden shame!) It was wonderful to have the day off work. We got to sleep in and I made a super fun breakfast for everyone. Enjoy my day of eats!

Breakfast: I made some chocolate chip pancakes and bacon for everyone. I also enjoyed a clementine, which I can’t get enough of lately, and some 1% milk. I actually wound up having another pancake after I took this picture. It was all delightful.

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Lunch: Johnny and I grabbed a lite lunch at Wegmans today since we had to pick up some groceries. I just had a small cup of their chicken noodle soup, some saltines, and a glass of water.

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Tea Time: I had a lovely cup of decaf Lady Grey when we got home from grocery shopping. I was sad this morning when I thought I had brought my tea with me to Melinda and Kyle’s so I could have some with breakfast and it was nowhere to be found. I actually forgot it on the kitchen counter. *sigh* Pregnancy Brain.ladygrey

Snack Time: I enjoyed a S’more Luna Bar (thank, Susan ;P) while digging into my new copy of “Orange is the New Black; My Year In A Women’s Prison. ” I swear, I always wind up reading anything a show or movie I like is based off of. I loved the Netflix series so much that when I saw this on sale at Target last weekend I had to snag it!

lunabarDinner: Johnny helped me make dinner tonight! It was so much fun!! Definitely a great way to start the year off right! We made meatballs together – he was responsible for meatball construction while I chopped up all of the ingredients to add to them. I made a little spaghetti to go with it, but the meatballs were the star of the show. I also filled my plate halfway with a salad of butter lettuce, cherry tomatoes, red onion, carrots, red bell pepper, black olives, and a tiny bit of Italian dressing.

meatballsandsaladDessert: Johnny got me a box of Lindor truffles for Christmas. He’s so good to me. Hehe. I had a dark chocolate truffle to end my New Year’s Day on a sweet note.
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I hope you all enjoyed your New Year’s celebration as much as I did. I’d love to hear your resolution if you have one!! Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a puppy to snuggle and Top Chef to watch!

Happy 2014!

Smoothies & Scones

Hey folks! I hope you enjoyed your weekend! Did you do anything fun or exciting? I didn’t do much of anything this weekend, and I must admit it was pretty fantastic! With the holidays winding down Johnny and I got to enjoy our first weekend of nothingness in what feels like fooooooreverrrrrrr and I made sure to take advantage!!

How?

By cooking my face off!!!

And I’m pleased to say that the time not spent cooking/eating I was either working out… or… cleaning…or at Target with Melinda and Kyle…orrrrr watching Parks and Rec. Regardless, it was faabuloussssss!

Now I don’t know about you, but without an alarm set my body naturally wakes up after 8 hours of sleep. I’m typically always up before Johnny. Yesterday morning  was no exception. I was up at 8:00 am and I was fiiiiinally able to try out my brand spanking new Bella Rocket Sport Blender!

I love making smoothies for breakfast, but I have a problem you see. I HATE measuring ingredients. That’s why I’ve never been much of a baker. The exactness of everything frustrates me. When I make smoothies in a standard blender, I always tend to overdo it and throw in a little of this and a little of that and I ultimately wind up with enough for two smoothies! My husband doesn’t care for most of the smoothies I make so he doesn’t drink the extra, and I can try to freeze and it drink it later but I wind up forgetting about it. It’s really quite a conundrum. For Christmas, Johnny picked up this single serve blender for me and it’s absolutely perfect! The first smoothie I made in it is one of my standards, as I typically always have everything on hand for it. Here is the recipe!

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Berry Almond Smoothie

serves 1

  • 8 oz vanilla soy milk
  • 1 8 0z container of berry flavored greek yogurt (I used Wegmans Brand Triple Berry, but any berry will do!)
  • 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 baby spinach leaves, packed
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed

Place all of the ingredients in your blender and whiz until combined! (Note: If you’re using the same Bella Rocket Sort Blender, I suggest adding the ingredients in the exact order they appear here. That way, when you flip it upside down to blend it, the spinach is closest to the blades and will incorporate nicely. Putting the milk in before the yogurt will also prevent the yogurt from getting stuck at the top of the blender!)

I enjoyed my smoothie with a piece of whole wheat toast with a little smart balance and a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar! Noms!

cinnamon toast & smoothie

This morning I was up early again (7:45! Yikes! Getting ready for baby, haha!) and  it was suuuuper rainy and gloomy outside. I decided I wanted something warm and cozy for breakfast… and something a little different and fun! No oatmeal for this chick today!

I was all alone in the kitchen, even the puppies were still sleeping. I looked through my pantry and I decided I knew exactly what I wanted to make. Gingerbread Scones!

Now, ya know how I mentioned before that I wasn’t much of a baker? It’s really the truth. Muffins and quick breads are the only thing I’ve ever excelled at and that’s primarily because the recipes are pretty forgiving. Scones…dough that needs to be kneaded and cared for…I grit my teeth and searched for a recipe. I found one that sounded great at joyofbaking.com  and I’m pleased to say I followed it ALLLLLMOST exactly. The result was a perfectly light and flaky scone that tasted like Christmastime. I was thrilled with my results!  Here is the recipe, I’ve noted the few changes I made!

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Gingerbread Scones

adapted from Joy of Baking.com

  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour (I used King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour)
  • 3/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar (I used dark brown sugar)
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • Zest of 1 lemon  (I used the zest of an orange instead! I prefer using orange in my gingerbread recipes!)
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (this was not a part of the original recipe at all, I just love pecans!)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (I used skim milk – it worked fine!)
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons unsulphured molasses
  • 1 teaspoon pure anilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and place rack in middle of oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, sugar, spices, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Cut the butter into small pieces and blend into the flour mixture with a pastry blender or two knives. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs.  Stir in the lemon zest and dried cranberries, if using.  In a separate bowl mix together the milk, molasses and vanilla and then add the milk mixture to the flour mixture.  Mix just until the dough comes together. Do not overmix the dough.

Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead dough gently four or five times and then pat the dough into a circle that is about 7 inches round and about 11/2 inches thick. Cut this circle in half, then cut each half into 3 pie-shaped wedges (triangles).  Place the scones on the baking sheet.  Make an egg wash of one well-beaten egg mixed with 1 tablespoon milk and brush the tops of the scones with this mixture.

Place the baking sheet inside another baking sheet to prevent the bottoms of the scones from over browning.  Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

**I made my own glaze for this recipe, rather than the one provided with the original recipe. (I needed to express my creativity somehow!) All I did was microwave 2 oz of fat free cream cheese with 1 tablespoon of pure maple syrup. I mixed it all up and spread it on top! These scones were perfect!!!**

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Yes, you’ll note that is a mug of milk with my scone. I thought I wanted tea…so I got out a mug. Then I decided that my new big fuzzy blue robe I was lounging in (thanks, Ma!) was actually doing a fine job of keeping me nice and toasty so I decided I didn’t want tea and that I wanted a nice cold glass of milk instead. Buuuuuut and I didn’t want to get out a glass…so I drank my milk from a mug like the classy gal I am!! It was all delicious. 🙂

WIAW #5

I’m going to keep today’s post short and sweet (like me!) because I’d love to squeeze some yoga in before bed tonight…but I couldn’t miss out on ANOTHER What I Ate Wednesday!!!! Jenn, at Peas and Crayons, hosts this awesome linkup every week!! So pop by her blog and tell her I sent ya. 🙂 Anywho – here’s what I ate TODAY!!!

Breakfast: 3/4 cup Plain, Nonfat Chobani Yogurt mixed with 1 tablespoon French Vanilla Designer Whey Protein, 1 tablespoon Homemade Honey Almond Butter, and 1/4 cup Homemade Coconut Almond Granola. Black Tea with Skim Milk and 1 Splenda.
Snack #1: 1/2 Grapefruit.
Lunch: 2 Egg White Omelet with Cherry Tomatoes, Spinach, and Swiss Cheese. 1 Wegman’s brand White Whole Wheat English Muffin with 2 teaspoons Smart Balance Lite. Looooots of water.
Snack #2: Green Tea and 1 Hershey’s Special Dark Square.
Snack #3: 12 Baby Carrots and 2 tablespoons Roasted Red Pepper Hummus.
PreWorkout Snack: Blueberry Muffin Larabar (SO EXCITED I FINALLY FOUND THEM!!)
Dinner: Quick Tilapia Tacos [Tilapia cooked with some chili powder and lime zest, 2 corn tortillas, Wegman’s Southwest Chopped Salad Kit (which, btw, if you haven’t tried it…is AMAZINGGGGGG) mixed with yellow bell peppers, red onion, avocado, and black beans.]

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 Well…Happy What I Ate Wednesday!!!!!!

 

 

Weirded Out & WIAW #4

Good morning! I hope you are swell! I wish I could say that I was, I’m feeling a bit under the weather today. 🙁
I always get kind of sick when the seasons change. Hopefully this won’t be too bad. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

Feeling a little sick didn’t keep me from the gym last night, though, and I got totally creeped on! BLAH! (Has this ever happened to you?!)

The gym was much less crowded than normal last night, which made me very happy. I decided to hang out in the corner of the free weight area so if anyone wanted to use the benches (which were, literally, all empty) I wouldn’t be in their way and I could do my split squats and squat presses without interruption. Then, of course, some fairly (OK – ridiculously!) muscly man decided out of all of the empty benches the one right next to me was the most appealing. He proceeded to stretch, leaning closer and closer towards me, with a great big smile on his face. I had my headphones in and avoided eye contact, trying really hard not to be super rude (even though he was). The he decided while I was doing squat presses that some chest flys were a great idea. Had I not decided then to move on I would have gotten chest flied right in the face.

*sigh*

Gym etiquette people!  Aren’t headphone the international ” I don’t want to be bothered” symbol??

What are your gym peeves?

I also can’t stand when people are talking on their cell phones while walking on the treadmill!


On to What I Ate Wednesday!! Big thanks, as usual, to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for making this fun link-up possible!

Here’s what I ate yesterday! At least my dinner totally stuck with the green theme!!!

Breakfast: 1 cup Kashi Heart to Heart Warm Cinnamon Oat with 12 walnut halves, 1/2 cup mixed berries, and 1 cup skim milk. Yogi skin detox tea.
Snack: 1 slice Wegmans 98% fat free deli turkey and 1 part-skim string cheese.
Lunch: Leftover chicken parm with spaghetti squash mixed with smart balance, parm, and (maybe too much) garlic.
Snack: 1 square Wegmans dark chocolate with almonds, coffee with skim milk and 1/2 of a splenda packet (the coffee was an attempt to get rid of my garlic breath! it actually kinda worked…though gum would have been best!).
Pre-Workout Snack: 3/4 cup nonfat greek yogurt with 1 tablespoon peanut butter.
Dinner: Turkey Taco Salad! 1 1/2 cups spinach/arugula blend, 1/2 orange bell pepper, 1/2 roma tomato, 1/4 of an avocado, 2 tablespoons diced white onion, 2 tablespoons shredded taco cheese, 1/4 cup ground turkey taco meat, 1/4 cup Wegmans garlic & lime salsa, 1 1/2 crumbled hard taco shells.
Tea Time: Celestial Seasonings Peppermint Tea – my favorite before bed time. I also curled up with my Sookie Stackhouse book. The newest one comes out in May I think?? I am obsessed with True Blood and I LOVE these books!! Anyone else out there read them??

 

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Happy Spring & WIAW #3

Hey ya’ll!

Happy First Day of Spring!!

Does it feel spring timey where you are? It’s a bit chilly here if I do say so myself. I can’t wait for it to warm up a bit.  Then Johnny and I can resume our lunchtime walks! I haaaaaaaaaate sitting all day, and once the nice weather resumes I won’t have to (as much, *sigh*)!

Sheesh, I’ve been so busy this week I haven’t posted since last Wednesday! I promise I’ll have some new recipes for you soon!

How do Black Bean Mango Stacks, Balsamic Chicken and White Bean Pasta, and Morning Glory Muffins sound to you?

Good?! Good!!

Because that’s what you’ll be getting from me soon! 🙂

Anywho, did you enjoy your St. Patty’s Day?

I had a great time in NJ over the weekend with some awesomeeeeeeee family and friends. I even had my first ever green beer this year!! I didn’t’ really start drinking beer until fairly recently so I was excited to finally partake! Check out this awful picture of it! (It was a tiny guy – the way I like my beer – In small, adorably packaged quantities!)

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Me and the hubs. Aren’t we just the cutest?

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Here’s me and my girl Susan at Dave & Busters. Me with a vodka tonic (extra lime of course) and Susie with her ‘Bu and Coke (Malibu that is). Did you know they have four person air hockey?! I didn’t until this weekend!!! SO FUN (and terrifying)!

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I indulged at bit over the weekend, though it definitely could have been worse. Only one stop at a diner isn’t all that bad all things considered! Haha. More specifically, I indulged in what I can safely call my favorite breakfast sandwich of all time … taylor ham, egg, and cheese!!! (Anyone out there with me on this?! Jersey!!) Oh gosh. It’s so glorious. I’m happy I don’t live in NJ anymore so I don’t down one of these babies every day.

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After such an awesome and indulgent weekend, how about we move on to some healthy eats?! This WIAW, hosted by Jenn at Peas and Crayons, is actually what I ate yesterday. I’ve stuck pretty much to the same routine all week so far, just changing up my dinner. Hope you enjoy!!


 

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Breakfast: Homemade whole wheat morning glory muffin with plain 0% Greek yogurt mixed with lime zest, mango, and toasted unsweetened coconut
Snack: String cheese!!!
Lunch: Half a pouch of Campbell s Go Soup Spicy Chorizo & Pulled Chicken with Black Beans (with a little extra frozen corn and shredded chicken I had on hand mixed in). It’s got a tiny kick to it, and it’s super tasty. These soups are becoming a new staple for me when I don’t have time to make my lunch!
Snack: A baby handful of YumNuts Chocolate Cashews. I can’t get enough of these guys!
ANOTHER Snack: Hey look! Finally some green (packaging). I usually don’t be pre cut fruits or veggies but a pack of 8 of these little apple pouches was less than $2. I effing love Wegmans.
Dinner: I threw together dinner super fast last night so that I could get to my yoga class on time. I had some pasta I cooked over the weekend in the fridge ready and waiting for me so I just sauteed some chicken thighs in garlic and olive oil, tossed in some bell peppers, spinach, and lemon zest, and added the pasta. Fin!
After Dinner (Not Photographed): I always love to have a cup of tea at night. Last night was decaf English Breakfast Tea with some skim milke and half of a splenda.  I also had a mini morning glory muffin (because I made big guys and mini guys) while Johnny and I watched the latest (HILARIOUS) New Girl.

Ah!!! I love it!!!!
Big thanks to Vulture for making this/my day!!