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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:)

the week in food pics and happy Easter

2 Apr

Hi!  If you didn’t catch my earlier post, check it out to see who is the winner of the chia seed giveaway!

As mentioned (ahem) yesterday, I’ve been a bit behind on blogging my meals.  And I figure what’s a food blog without pictures of food?!  So, here’s a little catch up…

Two different days this week lunch was Amy’s low sodium lentil vegetable soup.  I love to have Amy’s soups on hand for busy weeks like this one.  I think this is my favorite one!

The stats:

Not bad, eh?  The ingredient list is stellar as well.  I also had a nice, juicy pear on the side.

This is my “plan b” for mornings when I don’t have a green monster: an ezekiel english muffin, 1 tbsp nut butter and half a sliced banana.  Heaven.

A quick and easy dinner – Joseph’s whole wheat and flax lavash wrap, hummus, mushroom, cucumber, zucchini, squash, onion, spinach and hot sauce! With pear slices and a kiwi.

I love to take salads for lunch – they’re so refreshing!  They’ve got to be loaded with goods if they’re gonna make the cut, though;)  This one was fixed up with chopped cucumber, zucchini and squash, corn, chick peas, chia seeds and balsamic.

I hope everyone has a fantastic, family filled Easter!  It’s one of the greatest weekends of the year because we get to specifically celebrate Christ’s Resurrection and the fact that we serve a living God.  I love that!  I honestly don’t know how I would live without Jesus by my side giving me comfort, guidance, love, grace and acceptance.

Aside from praising and thanking Him, we’ll be spending lots of time in the beautiful weather doing this…

with the wind in our hair:)…

See you all later!