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Two Left Feet

I don’t know if this is just me, but whenever I go shoe shopping and find those perfect pair that I’m really excited about. I bring those darlings to the check out counter and the clerk usually take them out of the box, checks the sizes, checks the feet and puts them back in the box to ring them up. At that moment when they are fishing through the box of shoes, I usually get slightly annoyed thinking, “What you think I stashed something in there??” or “You really think I tried them on and have two left feet??” or “I’m trying to mess with your inventory and get two different sizes out the door here?? WELL. I will no longer get annoyed at that moment.

I went shopping on one of my trips to New Orleans, and picked up a great pair of shoes on sale. I went to slip those babies on yesterday when I realized, I travelled 1200 miles with two left feet.

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What…am I going to do with these…

Soooo…if anyone has two of the opposite foot in a size 8, in this shoe…I’ll trade you!!

So unfortunate.

Yesterday also started my, let’s get serious about this easting healthy for your wedding deal. I started my day off with some Raisin Spice oatmeal topped off with sliced banana.

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After munching down breakfast, my day took me to the Fall River area, where FUN FACT: Emeril Lagasse is from. I stopped into a few client’s offices and swung back to my favorite bakery in the area, The New Boston Bakery.

It’s a cute little bakery that has everything from sandwiches, to soup and salad, to yummy bakery items. I picked up some treats for my next meeting and ordered one of the best salads I’ve ever had. This salad made me glad there wasn’t any bread around to ruin it.

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It was so good that I didn’t even put the poppy seed dressing on it. The salad was filled with fresh mango slices, strawberries, onion, goat cheese, and pecans. I asked that it be topped with some tuna salad for some protein. Yummy.

 

After meeting up with a coworker, I headed home and took the rugrats out on a 2 mile run. I hadn’t run outside in a while, and with the weather begin so nice, it was time. Bacon is great for some longer runs, but I wasn’t sure about Oreo. I was wrong. She out ran me. The wind was blowing leaves down the street at us, and Oreo looked like she was playing a video game running side to side down the street pinning every leaf to the ground. HILARIOUS.

Dogs and I, were exhausted.

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Have you ever done something that makes you regret getting annoyed??

 

 

Too Much Thinking Time

On the way out the door, I headed to the kitchen to throw something together really quickly for lunch. I had bought some pears earlier this week and they are starting to get to the point or “Eat me or else.” So lunch was made around these pears.

I grabbed a large handful of spinach, chopped up a green pepper, and the pear and put it all in a To-Go box. Sprinkled some sunflower seeds and feta cheese on top. Grabbed my salad dressing container and called it lunch! It was actually really satisfying and the flavors went together really nicely.

 

As soon as I got to the office, there wasn’t a moment for me to sit and relax at all.

Oh my way home, I started to think about everything that had to get done before I headed out for the weekend. Between the dogs, cleaning, packing, work, my 11 mile run and a long list of little things, I’m not exactly sure how it’s going to be managed. The long ride really just gives me time to start freaking out about what I’m not doing while I’m driving. It’s slightly miserable.

I ended up stopping off at the post office to drop the Thanksgiving letters in the mail. As I was addressing them this afternoon, I was realizing how many different places these letters were actually going. It was NUTS. So out of the 10 letters that I sent out, I reached 7 different states. Not kidding.

  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • Indiana
  • Illinois
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Virginia

Crazy right?! It just made me think about how spread out we have all gotten and yet I still talk to them on a regular basis. 🙂

Needless to say, as soon as I got home, I was starving and prepared to make nothing that took longer than 5 minutes. I just didn’t have the time. I had picked up some Cranberry English Muffins that I have been dying to try. So one of those went into the toaster while I mixed up the insides.

1 Can of Tuna 1/4 Green Pepper, Chopped
1/4 Teaspoon Onion Powder 1 Tablespoon Yellow Mustard
A Dab of Smart Balance Mayo

I topped it with a slice of american cheese and Dinner was served!

 

 

It was PACKED with green peppers and I loved it. The pop of cranberry from the english muffin added a lot of flavor to it. I would plan on putting some dried cranberries into the next batch of tuna that I make. It really added something different to it.

Tonight I’ve got a lot on the agenda, so I’m off to crackin!

 

Does driving give you a time to relax?? Or does it make you think about everything you haven’t done resulting in a mini freak out??

 

Absolutely, freak out.

I Did Something GREAT for Dinner

WELL…that lovely thought of high school got me to thinking about marching bands in movies, then cafeterias in movies and then the crazy lunch ladies in those movies and THEN the sloppy joes. WHY in almost all of the high school cafeterias were the lunch ladies ALWAYS serving sloppy joes?! Mine never did?! Not once did a sloppy joe show up on that menu?! Is it just to make high school food look terrible?? I remember having a plain bagel that I just ripped into tiny little pieces and dipped into my little cream cheese tub. Nothing like Sloppy Joes.

All this thinking about Sloppy Joes led me to…Sloppy Joes! DINNER!

 

Ingredients:

 

2 Cups of Frozen Crumbles (or 1/2 lb of Ground Beef)
5 Ounces Condensed Tomato Soup 1/2 Cup Medium Salsa
1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar 2 Hamburger Buns

Directions: 

1. In a small saucepan, start to heat up the crumbles over medium heat. After they are mostly defrosted, add in the condensed tomato soup, sugar, and salsa. If you are using ground beef, you are going to want to defrost it, cook it all the way through and then drain it. Then, you will add in the sugar, condensed tomato soup and salsa. Both of them should simmer, covered for 5 minutes.

 

Just put that sloppy mess on a bun and call it  a Sloppy Joe!

 

I obviously made it with the crumbles and I’ll be honest…I think I like sloppy joes with the crumbles better. It absorbs the flavor a bit better and you don’t have the grease to deal with. They also cook faster…because you don’t have to cook them…just warm them up. But these sloppy joes were some of the best I have ever had. Sorry Mama C.  🙂

As a side dish, not that it really needed it, I made a broccoli salad. Also, very simple and easy to whip up.

 

Ingredients:

1 Head of Broccoli. Chopped 1/2 Cup Cherry Tomatoes, Halved
1/2 Cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Diced 1/4 Cup Red Onion, Diced
1/4 Cup Sunflower Seeds 1/2 Cup Plain Non Fat Greek Yogurt
1 Tablespoon White Vinegar 1 Tablespoon Sugar
Salt and Peppr To Taste

Directions:

1. In a medium sized bowl, add the broccoli, tomatoes, onion and cheddar cheese.

 

2. In a small bowl, Mix the yogurt, vinegar and sugar.

 

3. Lastly, Pour the sauce on top of the veggies. Mix them up. Top with the sunflower seeds and BOOM! Broccoli Salad!

No one ever said that broccoli salad was difficult, but with the sloppy joes and the broccoli salad you have a great well rounded meal for 3 people.

I am so happy with how both of these came out. BUT, now, I am really full. And I feel like a little Rollie Pollie. YUP. So I’m going to roll myself over to the couch, put on a goodie and probably do some more work…MER,

 

What was your cafeteria food like?? Veggies?? Sloppy Joes?? Bagels and Cream Cheese?? Unmentionables?!

 

Bagels and cream cheese it was for me. But the most memorable thing about the lunch room in high school was the cookies. We had these chocolate chip cookies that were legit to die for. They sat in the corner, with one lunch lady guarding a whole stack of trays of cookies. I always joked about buying the whole rack and rolling it over to my seat, sitting down and just doing some damage.

The farthest I ever got was a tray…but no worries, I shared them…well…some of them…:-)

Shipyard Brewery and A Whole Lot of Veggies

Yesterday was a bit of, MER. I got up and went for a run with Brent. It was a nice little jog but the air was really humid making it quite sticky. As soon as we got back, I had a conference call to jump onto so I sat down in front of the computer. I was chugging water like crazy when BREAKFAST ARRIVED. A cool Chocolately Protein Shake. Brent wouldn’t tell me what was in it, but I’m assuming that it was a take on my previous chocolate protein shake, but with some blueberries in it 🙂

 

It was yum. After the conference call, I jumped in the shower and headed off to Melbourne for work. For lunch, I threw together a salad really quickly. It actually came out really well. On it, I put Feta cheese, fresh raspberries, sliced almonds and croutons. For the dressing I used Catalina Dressing and put it in a small container on the side.

 

 

Just before getting to work, I stopped at publix to pick up a few snacks for the afternoon. Whenever I am starving and don’t want to swing by a fast food joint, I end up at the grocery store. They have a deli that you can order sandwiches from, but the supermarket also has some good options for snacks that are truly healthy. I grabbed a bowl of fruit and a veggie platter….for myself. I either really wanted some veggies, or was still dehydrated from the run this morning.

 

 

 

I had both trays sitting out on my desk at the office, and when a few people came in to meet with me, I could see their eyes darting towards the tray thinking it was a little strange. Nooow, for dinner Brent and I went to the Shipyard Brewery in Winter Park, just north of Orlando. We had never been and drive by it all the time.

Shipyard makes some fantastic beers and we just had to give a few more of them a try. As soon as the word pumpkin beer came out of the waitresses mouth, we both jumped right on it. I have a HUGE fan of pumpkin beers. I am so glad it is back in season. They have two different kinds of pumpkin beer. The Smashed Pumpkin and the Pumpkinhead Ale. The ale was described as a much lighter beer, and the Smashed Pumpkin a much heavier beer. I am not a huge fan of those really heavy beers, so she definitely scared me away from the Smashed Pumpkin.

Brent ordered the smashed pumpkin and I got the Ale, with a pumpkin cinnamon sugar around the rim….of course.

 

 

The ale was a bit too light for me. The Smashed pumpkin really gives you the pumpkin flavor. It was absolutely unbelievable. For dinner, I got a white flatbread because they really didn’t have many options for vegetarians. The flatbread was really cheesy and delicious.

 

Brent ordered a meatball sub, which looked really really good. We both ended up taking home half of our meals, because that really was enough to fill us up. Well, that and the chocolate cake that we split!

 

I would say that the food here is good, but it’s definitely not the reason that you come to the Brewery, clearly. While we were there, we were talking about how we don’t have that regular watering hole, if you will, like we used to in college. When you just needed a beer after work, to relax and hang out with some friends, we all used to head to Nichols in Hamilton, NY. You were always guaranteed to have a great time but most of all you just got to relax. Leave everything at the door.

I could see Shipyard being just that. It has so many great choices of beer that there is no getting bored. The pumpkin beers were obviously amazing, but there are so many other options that just need to be tried.

 

We may just turn into regulars at this place. Who knows?! We could one day be a part of their mug club!

 

 

Overall, a great way to end a night! Now, enough talk about beer this early in the morning!

 

Do you have a favorite bar to just unwind?