we're back! and a challenge

12 Jun

Well, we made it back from vacation safe and sound a couple of days ago, and aside from me being deathly ill the day after everything is going just great.  I am loving not having to commute to work everyday!  I feel more at ease and less overwhelmed than I have in I don’t know how long.  I finally feel back to myself, and I’m soaking it up.

Sadly, I had to basically drop off the face of the blog world for the rest of vacation because our Paris hotel did not have free wifi.  Actually, there was a “mac station” in the lobby which you could use for twenty minutes.  That’s right, twenty whole minutes!  I’m pretty certain I wouldn’t even have been able to get my photos uploaded in that amount of time.  Plus, the keyboard was not an American keyboard so the letters were all in crazy places, so typing even a one line email took an eternity.  Needless to say, I was out of touch.

I still will be posting a recap of each day – I’m planning on putting up one post each day this week, in addition to my daily posts.  So, don’t be confused…I am officially back on American soil:)

Today has been a blissful day.  From sleeping in this morning to finishing my current read, “American Wife,” to working in the yard, shopping at the health food store, cleaning the house and just spending glorious time with my sweet J, it couldn’t have been a better Saturday.  I’ve also enjoyed some delicious food.

For lunch I decided to pull together a variation of the meal in this post by Caitlin.  I added frozen peas, corn and rinsed/drained black beans to a skillet and sauteed until thawed.  Next I added two heaping spoonfuls of hummus plus a sprinkle of ground red pepper and mixed it up.

In the meantime I smeared a tad bit of hummus on a whole wheat tortilla and added some broccoli slaw and alfalfa sprouts.

All together now!

Delicious – with a side of cherries.

For dessert, Jon and I each had a little something that he created for my raging sweet tooth a couple of weeks ago:)  A brown rice cake slathered with Maranatha dark chocolate almond butter, aka perfection.

I also snacked on some blue corn chips and salsa this afternoon.  Do they have a support group for people who have a serious addiction to chips and salsa?  I need help!

I’m off to work on cleaning out our office.  I’m still trying to decide on what’s for dinner.  There is nothing more fun than getting back from vacation and getting the fridge stocked with great food.  The only problem now – there are too many awesome choices I can’t decide what to make!!

One other thing I need to mention.  Jon and I have decided to take on a challenge.  This is serious people.  You see, we have developed a seemingly uncontrollable love for eating out.  For the past month (or maybe more:), we have eaten out SO much!  Generally we eat at healthy places, but our bank account sees little difference between pizza and veggies.

So, we are challenging ourselves to go a full week without eating out.  Starting tomorrow (Sunday) and going through next Sunday, we will be eating at home.  And this means no Starbucks as well (eek!).  We figure it will be a good way to rediscover how much we love eating at home and how much money we can save in the process.  I’ll be posting all of my meals for the next week, so you guys have to help keep us accountable!  Do you think we can do it?

How much do you/your family eat out?

Do you prefer eating out or making food at home?

It’s so good to be back:)


7 Responses to “we're back! and a challenge”

  1. Heather (Where's the Beach) June 12, 2010 at 4:57 pm #

    So glad you made it back safely. Sorry to hear you were sick though. Ick. That wrap looks so good! We only eat out maybe once a week sometimes not even that. I totally prefer to cook in. Take care!

  2. Sarah June 13, 2010 at 1:28 am #

    Tom and I have been eating out LOADS too. Luckily we’ve had a bit of a break (i.e. 7 days) but that’s not including coffee shops 🙂

    Can’t wait to see the rest of your holiday photos.

    I have one month left til i’m on hols, woo woo! Hope you’re having a great weekend. And sorry to hear you were sick when you got back from hols. x

  3. Ely June 13, 2010 at 9:03 am #

    Ryan and I eat out maybe once a week on a normal week. I’m a little worse at lunchtime because i’m not good at packing my lunch….so 3 times a week maybe??

    I prefer eating out if I have to cook 🙂 But Ryan is a great cook, so I like it when we eat in.

  4. cristen June 14, 2010 at 8:05 pm #

    dining out can sometimes be sooo nice, but nothing ever compares to a good home-cooked meal! speaking of salsa, that six dollar bottle i bought from Central Market was worth every penny. so good! one meal im going to fix this wk which is super simple and boring is a green salad with a black bean burger patty crumbled in. ps. its amazing how much sprouts make a diff in a salad! what are your fave “add-ons” to spruce up salads?


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