There must have been a spider on my left arm last night because I woke up with 2 bites – one on the front, and one underneath by my armpit. Ewwww. Creepy!!
How is everyone’s week going? I am so excited for this weekend because my sister is coming down to visit on Saturday, and then on Sunday we’re driving down to LA for the Keith Urban concert!! I just downloaded his new CD on Itunes just a few days ago and really need to get on the ball listening to the songs. I know most of his “popular singles”, but I don’t know most of his new CD at all!
Where did I last leave off with you all? Oh that’s right…I was about to embark on a banana dessert making adventure! I threw 1 ½ frozen bananas into my fake “magic bullet”, which didn’t work out too hot. Maybe my bullet wasn’t strong enough or something, but my bananas were not blending! I ended up having to add a bit of milk (I used the coconut milk I recently bought to try out), kept having to scrape the sides, and ended up blending it for such a long time that I could smell my motor starting to burn! Eeek!
I have to say, I was madly disappointed L Maybe it was the fact that I used coconut milk so it added a slight coconut taste, and I’m really not a fan of coconut taste at all (sorry everyone – it seems to be such the hot stuff on the blogs). Or the fact that I used very overripe bananas (and I don’t like overripe bananas, either). Or maybe it was because it was pretty melty after being blended for so long (and I don’t like melty froyo either). Sheesh…do I like anything?! Haha. But don’t let my experience turn you off, because I know everyone seems to think it is absolutely amazing! So I’ll probably try it another time (minus the coconut milk!). I ended up picking off all the chocolate chips and throwing the rest away.
I realized it had been a while since I’d had French toast! Topped with whipped cream cheese, Naturally More PB, syrup, and a sprinkling of Feed cinnamon raisin granola:
For dinner I used up my leftover quinoa, and stir-fryed some veggies with a chopped up Morningstar Chipotle Black Bean patty. I got these patties in a huge box at Costco, and they’re like twice the size of the patties you buy in packs of 4 at the normal grocery store. Mixed some 2% Mexican cheese in and topped it of with a drizzle of BBQ sauce for a finishing touch:
Yes, there’s quinoa under there somewhere! It’s been a while since I’ve made a simple stir-fry! I used to live off of them along with couscous last year!
I was insanely craving froyo later that night. I admit that I’ve had problems overdoing it on ice cream and frozen yogurt for the past few months. And by that I mean eating ridiculous amounts. I finish off one bowl, go back for a second (because it’s so good), then a third, and by that point I’m almost to the end of the container so I might as well finish off that, right? Um….not such a good idea. Anyways, I was definitely craving the cake batter froyo I had in my freezer, so I decided it’s not wise to deny cravings (to a certain extent, of course!). I probably didn’t need to top it off with extra chocolate sauce, a TJ’s peanut butter cup, Oreo cookie, and whipped cream (in addition to the brownies that were already frozen with the yogurt).
It was delicious! But that’s where I overdid it a bit. Whoops!
Early quick gym workout before I headed to physical therapy appointment numero dos.
- 15 minutes stairmaster (level 11)
- 20 minutes treadmill 4.3 mph 15% incline
We focused a lot more on strength during PT than last time. He had me do 5 different strength exercises, one stretch move, and then an ultrasound. I did ask him about incorporating running back in, and he said to hold off. He’s had me warm up by using the stationary bike, and said that next time we’d work up to the elliptical and see how that feels. I told him I’m already doing the stairmaster a lot, and have been doing slight running on a treadmill lately with only slight and little bit of pain. I’m still not as impressed by this place as I was by the one back home I went to for my calf last year. At the other place, they watched me walk and stand to analyze if I overpronated, how my ankles rolled inward, etc. They didn’t do any of that at this place, which may likely play a part in my knee problems. Besides all of that, I definitely got a lower body workout there today!
Had a little extra time between PT and work, so I grabbed some crack an iced Americano.
Blech! This thing tasted almost of pure water!! People, people! Americanos are supposed to taste strong because it’s espresso!
As for lunch, I’m so sick of quick frozen meals (but I have so many in my freezer because of cheap deals & convenience). However today I had no time to make anything else. So I grabbed the last of my cottage cheese, strawberries & blueberries, and bagged up a mix of cereal – TJs high fiber twigs, & Nature’s Path multigrain flakes:
Having a party all mixed together now…
I proceeded to spend most of the day reading my book Nineteen Minutes, which is really, really good. I’m already more than halfway done after having only read it for two days. I gotta say, Jodi Picoult’s books are hit or miss. Some have been ridiculously page-turning (like this one and Change of Heart), while some have been a bit slower, but still excellent reads (like My Sister’s Keeper. I really enjoyed that book, but it took me a while to get into it).
Thursday nights = Farmer’s Market!! Even though I still have apricots left from Costco, I knew I needed to restock on these apricots at got at Farmer’s last week. They are the best ones I’ve had in my life. Hands down. $9 later, I walked back to my car with a 1.5 pounds of apricots, 3 white nectarines, a peach, and a basket of strawberries.
Check out this odd man out!
Extra tasty, I’m sure! 😉
Didn’t get great deals, but summer fruit at Farmer’s is the sweetest thing around. Can’t pass it up! Helped myself to samples while there as well – tons of pita bread & hummus bites (favorite stand ever! They just stuff pita bread & hummus in your face!), handful of candied almonds, and some fruit. I also got these 2 lovelies, which I saved for later:
Was supposed to be Rhubarb pie & ollalieberry crumble. But that’s lookin’ more like apple pie to me, no? Unless that’s what rhubarb pie looks like. Honestly, I’ve never had it!
Ready for my next book review? I know you’ve all been on the edge of your seat waiting for it! 😉 I’ll make it quick since I’m one tired lady!
I recently finished The Queen’s Fool by Philippia Gregory (author of The Other Boleyn Girl). This book follows a young girl, Hannah, who escaped the Inquisition in Spain and is now living in England. She has the “sight” (is able to see the future on occasion) and ends up working as a fool at the court of King Edward (Henry VIII son – you know, the guy who beheaded all those wives?). She gradually gets drawn into working as a spy to try and bring Princess Mary (aka Bloody Mary) to the throne, and eventually works with her sister Elizabeth. Throughout the book, Hannah must also deal with her love towards her master, while also being betrothed to her cousin.
I found it to be a great read! My sister is extremely interested in much of historical London royal stories, and she gave me a brief history lesson on it all when we went to London a couple summers ago. So it’s interesting to read about those historical figures, especially when you’ve visited their actual old stomping grounds! Personally, I liked The Other Boleyn girl a lot more (if you’ve seen the movie – read the book! It’s so much better). This one was good, but I got kind of tired of it about 3/4 of the way through. It was getting slightly repetitive. Recommend it? Yup! But I overall recommend this author.
I hope you all have a wonderful Friday (I’m posting this late late Thursday night, so I know you’re all reading it on a Friday!). Any special plans this weekend? Like I said, mine include work, sister date, roadtrip and concert!!
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