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Monday, February 19, 2018

This Week's Breakfasts, Lunches, and Snacks

For breakfast (surprise, surprise), I'm having greek yogurt, cottage cheese, and blueberries. Lunch is herb crusted wood-grilled salmon, a dark greens and spinach side salad with two boiled eggs and roasted garlic avocado oil dressing (which is good enough to drink!). Snacks are a chocolate and/or cinnamon roll protein bar, a banana, and tangerines.

It's a light on veggies, but that will be made up with the red/green smoothie and sauteed veggies for dinner. If I'm still hungry, I'll have a protein smoothie. It tastes amazing ... like a vanilla milkshake.

This is more than enough to fuel my day and any exercise I choose. Aside from grilling the salmon, it took no time at all to assemble. I won't have to worry about what to fix/eat/pack for breakfast and lunch all week. I eat much healthier when it's all prepared and ready to go. Luckily, I don't get tired of eating the same thing every day ... evidenced by the fact that I have eaten the same breakfast every day for as long as I can remember!

I thank myself multiple times a day when I take the time to prep my meals. Having healthy food and snacks at my fingertips keeps me from visiting the vending machine for chocolate or picking up fast food ... so my heart, my pants, and my wallet thank me, too!

Herb crusted wood-grilled salmon. It is SOOOOO good!
What I'll pack each day.
Breakfast is loaded with protein It's very filling and extremely tasty!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

My Window to the (Morning) World

The view out my bathroom window is the first glimpse I have of the outside world each morning. I am treated to spectacular sunrises, ice or snow covered branches, thunderstorms, brilliant sunshine, and the occasional foggy landscape.

Once I catch a glimpse of outside, I always have to investigate further, getting right up on the window to admire the beauty. I am blessed to have woods surrounding two sides of my home, and it's not uncommon for me to see a deer (or two) lounging outside my bedroom window. As long as I don't spook them, they will stay there for hours ... munching on foliage or just taking a rest. One of my postings, in July of 2016, showcased a pair of deer (you can see the photo's here).

I've also had woodpeckers close enough to touch (you can see those photo's here). I even saw a red fox once (read about that here). That was cool! It is always a treat to see birds and animals so close to my house, but looking at weather phenomenon is just as wonderful.

This morning, I woke up to a world of fog. Once I saw the fog out my bathroom window, I had to take a picture out my bedroom window and of the woods in back. My woods have given me countless hours of pleasure ... from working in it, to enjoying the birds and animals, to photographing its beauty in various weather conditions. Buying this house was the best decision I ever made.

My back yard.
The view from my bedroom window.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

He Had No Idea

As he intently worked on his grandson's toy, Mr. Anti-Cat had no idea that Shiloh was hiding in the plant behind him, silently watching his every move ...

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Dream Job

Cadbury has four openings for one “Chocolate & Cocoa Beverage Taster” and three “Chocolate Tasters”. That's right ... they will pay you to eat/drink chocolate! The downside is that it is in the UK, which would make for a rather long commute for me. Still, it's tempting ... free chocolate and benefits might just be worth jumping across the pond!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Cars 3 Was a Hit

My youngest grandson spent the day with me one day snowy last week. He came on a brutally cold morning ... in a muscle shirt! (That's what happens when my daughter lets her husband pick out the babies clothes.) My kids looked the Ralphie's little brother (in A Christmas Story) when I took them anywhere in the winter. Men don't get cold like women, so it never occurred to him the little guy need a warmer shirt! In his defense, his car seat has a very warm, fluffy liner/cover that would keep him toasty from head to toe in Siberia even if he were naked. So it wasn't a tragedy ... just unusual.

My son-in-law is a BIG car guy. He lives and breathes cars. They are his true passion. Lucky for me, he will work on my vehicle at the asking. There is no telling how much money he has saved me. I am so grateful for him. 

I turned on Cars 3 for my little grandson yesterday. It turns out cars aren't just the passion of his daddy... this little guy was mesmerized! I told my son-in-law that he was definitely his son!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Fireplace at my old Alma Mater

When I was in high school, this room was the Concert Choir room. It's now the "Community Room". If I had a choice, I'd remove the carpet and expose the original hardwood flooring underneath. But even with the ugly carpet, this is a beautiful room.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

My To-Do List Just Got Longer

Projects 1, hanging the ceiling fan in my bedroom, and Project 2, stripping, staining and varnishing the wooden chairs for my grandbabies has been on my list for months ... but Project 3, an outdoor shed, and Project 4, a swingset for the babies, just arrived this week.

I can tackle Project 1 anytime, but Projects 2, 3, and 4 will have to wait until the weather warms up ... and Projects 3 and 4 will require help. I also will need help creating a play area with landscape timbers and truckloads of mulch. Any guesses on who I'm going to recruit?!

Before I make the play area, however, I've got to remove the stumps from all of the tress I cut down last year. I don't want to hire a stump grinder because that's expensive and most of the stumps are relatively small ... some are likely too small to use a stump grinder on anyway! But, I've done some researching and know how I can do it myself.

Luckily, I don't mind having a long to-do list. In fact, I prefer it. Every time I finish a big project, I'm thrilled and happy and proud ... but worried if I don't have another big project lined up. I need to have something to do. I have a hard time just sitting and watching tv. Even when I do, I'll have my ipad reading the news, I'll be tweaking my to-do list, and/or making a grocery list. I need to be doing something .... even something as mundane as cleaning out closets and drawers, mopping and sweeping, or making lists. Rather than filling me with dread, big projects excite me!

Until it warms up, I can't start the really big projects ... I'll just have to continue standing at my kitchen window, looking out into my backyard mournfully with anxious anticipation ... chomping at the bit for the weather to turn pretty enough to allow me the opportunity to get to work.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Breakfast, Lunch, and Snacks for the Week

I almost always bring my lunch during the winter because I'd rather starve than go out in the cold, and I almost always fix them the night before. This week, however, I decided to tackle it in one day. It's nice to have that chore out of the way!

This week I'm having greek yogurt with cottage cheese and a cup of blueberries for breakfast. I only prepared four because I left one in the fridge at work Friday (because that's also what I've eaten for breakfast almost every day for years!). Lunch is a southwestern salad of dark greens, spinach, black beans, cherry tomatoes, green onions, and ginger/turmeric chicken ... topped with a homemade avocado dressing. I made an extra one and had it for lunch yesterday, and it was delicious!

For snacks, I made delicious, super-moist, very healthy pumpkin muffins. To round things off, I'll throw in a oranges, bananas, lemon fiber brownies, a protein bars, and oatmeal-raisin granola bars (because I've only got one protien bar on hand). I'll eat the snacks throughout the day, saving some for before and after I hit the gym. A green and red smoothie (that looks disgusting but tastes amazing) and a protein shake (that tastes like a decadent milk shake), my beloved lemon/ginger/honey tea (instead of coffee), and a packet of Emergen-C Vitamin C Immune Booster (added to water at work) round out the daily offerings.


If I get bored eating the same thing everyday, I'll just suffer through and shake it up some next week. I can't imagine being hungry for dinner if I eat all of this food each day, so I didn't bother prepping dinner for the week. If I find myself hungry after work, I'll whip up a quick omelet, and I'll plan accordingly in the future.