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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. πŸ™‚

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.

Pumpkin Picking Kind of Evening

After running around for the morning and into the afternoon, I headed home quick to make some lunch and then head back out. For lunch, I had been trying to think of something else that I wanted to do with the Slow Cooked Buffalo Chicken. And did I find something to do. I used a pita pocket, 60 calories, and made a yummy! sandwich.

 

Ingredients:

2 Full Pita Pockets, Halved 1/4 Cup Greek Yogurt
1 Tablespoon Buffalo Sauce 1/2 Cup Slow Cooked Buffalo Chicken
2 Slices Muenster Cheese, Halved 2 Handfuls of Lettuce

 

Directions:

1. Mix the greek yogurt and the buffalo sauce. Then put 1 half muenster cheese, lettuce, 1/8 Cup buffalo chicken and 1/4 of the greek buffalo sauce into each half of the pita. FINITO!

 

 

The sauce was really delicious. I’m thinking about how to modify that into a layered dip for some parties πŸ™‚ I think it would be fantastic and a great alternative to a cream cheese based dip.

After gloating about my delicious lunch, I went back onto the road and visited a few more accounts. I finally finished my visits with stopping at a doggie boarding place for this weekend.But I’m not sure this is the place. My usual doggie day care/boarding only has their VIP room available and it would cost about 100 bucks for 1 night. No thanks.

Anyways, there was still an hour or so of day light when I finally got back and Brent and I went PUMPKIN PICKING! I’ve been dying to go. DYING. A church about 2 blocks from my house was having a pumpkin picking deal, and we definitely hit that up. They had such a cute little set up.

 

 

 

 

I can’t even tell you how many pumpkins there were. It really didn’t help my indecisiveness. They had little red wagons to help you bring them to the car.

STORY TIME!

The little red wagon was a staple of my childhood. My brother and I used to play with our little red wagon all the time. But BY FAR, the story that sticks out the most is the time that my brother, 4 years old at the time, ventured next door with his little red wagon in tow and tried to sell his wagon. Hahaha! The neighbor ended up calling my mom and letting her know that he little boy was next door trying to pawn off his wagon. Some day I hope to find out exactly why he was looking to liquidize his wagon. That’s like Brent selling his flat screen! Big life decision!

Back to pumpkin picking πŸ™‚ We ended up walking around for quite a while looking for THE PERFECT PUMPKIN. Parameters…

  • Short and Fat (Perfect for carving)
  • Perfectly round
  • Stem in tact
  • No blemishes

Let me tell you…that PERFECT pumpkin just doesn’t exist. It really doesn’t. You think you found it, then you look at the opposite side and there is a seriously large scar. There is definitely some symbolism/parallelism that you can read into here, but I’ll leave you all to think about searching for the perfect pumpkin.

We did find one! It’s not THE PERFECT pumpkin but it is perfect for what I wanted.

 

My arms were legit BURNING from Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp yesterday morning. I almost threw it on the ground after I was in so much pain. What I think is actually kind of funny…the pumpkin I am holding, is the SAME pumpkin Brent is holding.

 

 

How much bigger does that one look?! Wouldn’t you think it would look smaller in the hands of a guy that’s 6 foot 5? Mind Bending!

 

We had fun picking out our pumpkin and I can’t wait to dig into the sucker this weekend to showcase my expert pumpkin carving skills, and maybe make some pumpkin seeds. I’m not really an expert pumpkin carver.

 

 

He’s my favorite pumpkin πŸ™‚

Off to work for today! I’ve got some BIG plans for November so mark your calendars for the November 1st post! Should be exciting!

What’s your favorite thing about pumpkin picking?? Is it carving it afterwards?? Searching for the perfect pumpkin?? Roasting the seeds?? Making pie?!

I love the act of picking the pumpkin the most. It’s a great reason to be outside, walking around and is always a fun time.

 

 

Slow Cooked Buffalo Chicken and a Breakfast Scramble

I meant to post this yesterday, but I guess today will do as well!

Yesterday I had woken up and ran 7 miles. It actually felt really good. The morning was cool and I just seemed to power through it. After the run, I was looking for something that was high protein, lean and fairly light. I wasn’t much in the mood for a high carb meal. I ended up making, what I like to call, A Breakfast Scramble. In a Breakfast Scramble, there is just about anything that you have lying around. There are no real ingredients, just what you happen to have sitting around. Yesterday, was a Broccoli Cheddar Breakfast Scramble.

Ingredients:

1/4 Cup Steamed Broccoli 2 Eggs, Lightly Scrambled
1 Tablepsoon Shredded Cheddar Cheese Salt and Pepper to Taste

I had some leftover broccoli in the fridge that I steamed in the microwave for two minutes. I topped it off with some cheddar cheese and placed the lightly scrambled eggs on top. Sprinkle some salt and pepper on there and you have got a yummy, high protein breakfast. Perfect.

Brent was actually on his way over to drop Bacon off before work and I had made some buffalo chicken for him this weekend in the slow cooker. Even though I am vegetarian, I told him that if he bought the chicken, I would prepare it for him. Buffalo chicken is by far his favorite, so that’s what ended up happening.

For lunch, I made him a buffalo chicken sandwich.

Ingredients:

1.75 Pounds Chicken Breast 1 Cup Buffalo Wing Sauce
1 Hamburger Bun 1/4 Cup Lettuce

Directions:

1. In a crock pot, place your three chicken breasts and cover them with a cup of buffalo sauce. Cook on low heat for 7-8 hours.

2. After 7-8 hours, drain all of the sauce. Using a fork, break apart the chicken into shreds.

I ended up just putting it into the fridge afterwards because it finished up at 830 on Sunday. I plan on using this chicken throughout the week in as many recipes as possible. On the sandwich, I stirred in 1 Tablespoon of buffalo sauce into the single portion and put it on the hamburger bun.

Brent HATES blue cheese, so if that had not been the case, there would be some blue cheese on there. Or maybe some Muenster cheese?! He LOVED the sandwich though. Some of my other plans would be a salad and a flatbread. So stay tuned!

Today, is another day in Melbourne. I just finished up Jillian Michaels Yoga DVD, jumped in the shower and am now starving. I swear, there aren’t enough hours in the day.

What’s your favorite Buffalo Chicken dish?? Sandwich? PIzza??

Pesto and Egg Sandwich and Lee and Rick’s Oyster House

This morning I ran around to a few offices before heading home to finish up some paperwork and make some lunch. For lunch, I wanted to come up with something original. But I ended up just making a version of my Pesto, Egg Breakfast. But, it was delicious.

Ingredients:

2 Slices Marble Rye Bread 1 Hard Boiled Egg, Sliced
1 Teaspoon Pesto 1/4 Cup Cherry Tomatoes, Halved
1 Tablespoon Chives 1 Slice American Cheese

There’s really no need for directions to this one. I toasted the bread pretty good and melted the cheese on top. I would recommend lightly toasting the bread because the texture would work a bit better with the sandwich.

It was delicious.

The rest of the afternoon I spent cleaning and finishing up some projects.

When dinner rolled around, Brent and I met up with his parents to head to our favorite resturant in Orlando. Lee and Rick’s Oyster Bar. I have brought everyone that comes to visit Florida to this place and they have all loved it.

It is an Oyster Bar, obviously, and you order the oysters by the bucket, raw or steamed. I usually get them steamed. You waitor pulls out the bucket and just starts shucking them in front of you. She places them on the bar for you to slurp down. YUMM.

 

The oysters are really the best I have ever had. They don’t have sand or that sour taste that you can get every once in a while that just ruins the whole experience. A bucket is about 3 dozen and it’s only 15 bucks! Can’t beat that!

 

They are so good. You have the option of topping it with lemon juice, hot sauce, cocktail sauce or some horse radish. I’m sure if there is something else you like on these slimy guys, they would help you out. If you have a problem with the texture, try it with a saltine.

For an appetizer, we got the calamari…this time.

 

They have a bunch of other options as well. Crab legs, crawfish, calamari, clams, mussels and a ton more. They also have a solid selection of beer. I do have to say, it is a unique place to eat. Just don’t wear your best clothes. Chances are you will walk out with a bit of a fish smell tagging along πŸ™‚

It’s so much fun and just a little dive bar. If you are in town, I would say this is a local spot that tourists wouldn’t really have to opportunity to swing by.

 

Give it a go! You won’t be disappointed! It’s right up the street from Universal!!

What’s your favorite resturant?? Is is a dive bar or a large chain?? What makes it your favorite spot??

I love this oyster bar because it is a dive bar. The food is fantastic and it really is an experience when you walk in. I am a happy little clam when I walk out of there πŸ™‚

 

 

Egg and Chive Salad Wrap and Running Fuel and Tips

This morning was another runner. I took the puppies for a walk, grabbed a protein bar and ran out the door, coffee in hand. At some point, it would be awesome to think that sleep would be less attractive than actually giving myself a solid amount of time in the morning. But, who knows if that will ever happen.

I did give myself enough time to make an egg salad sandwich for lunch. Working in an office environment again has made me realize how easy it is to eat terribly. There is always junk food lying around, begging for the taking. The candy drawer doesn’t help much either. We were having lunch brought to us today but I figured if I prepared something myself I would end up eating a bit more healthy than whatever showed up at the office.

Last night while I was making the pasta, I boiled another pot on the side and made some hard boiled eggs. There are so many things that you can do with a hard boiled egg, and they are such a great source of protein that I believe it’s something that you should have on hand always. Whelp, a delicious Egg and Chive Salad Sandwich!

 

Ingredients:

3 Hard Boiled Eggs, Chopped 1 Tablespoon Yellow Mustard
1 Tablespoon Greek Yogurt 1/2 Tablespoon Chives
Salt to Taste Pepper to Taste

Just mix all of the ingredients up in a bowl and put it into your wrap. You can also just put this on regular wheat bread as well. It was really light but filling at the same time. To bring it to work I packed it in a Tupperware that allows a freezer pack to be placed on the top of it. Keeping it chilled for the hour and a half drive.

 

Best purchase ever. Well, Tupperware purchase I guess.

Tonight, on the Half Marathon Training Schedule is a 4 mile run. Whoooooooo. But with that said, I wanted to share some little tips that I had gotten about a week ago at Track Shack. Track Shack is a running store located here in Orlando. They have run a few races that we have been in and actually will be the group for the Half Marathon as well. But, they are absolutely fantastic for another reason.

When you walk in to get a new pair of sneaks, the guys there will actually watch you run to determine the best type of shoe for your running style. Then, they bring out a couple of different options for you that Β vary in the amount of support and cushion just so you can get the PERFECT sneaker for you. Serious stuff.

Brent and I had stopped by looking for some new training shoes and I made my own little scene in the store while I was talking to the guy fitting my shoes. He measured my foot and told me that I was a size 9…like it was no big deal. I corrected him and told him I was most definitely an 8. I don’t have a shoe in my closet that isn’t an 8. He just laughed at me and told me to look at the measuring stick, which CLEARLY said I was a 9. I might have raised my voice a little in surprise and objection because I AM NOT A 9. THAT THING IS WRONG. He actually grabbed another measuring tool, and sure enough….it said 9 too.

Brent and the other guy were now laughing hysterically at me because I was fitting this guy over my shoe size. He ended up bringing out a few pairs in a 9…I tried them on…they seemed to fit great. WRONG, the guy said…well actually, you might need a 9 1/2. Nope. Negative. Not happening. I am not a 9. He’s laughing at me, the whole store is actually laughing at me. It’s fine.

I ended up getting…a 9…But I LOVE them! I did end up trying on the 9.5 and he agreed they were too big. Whew.

 

Beauts right?!

I love ’em. In between causing a scene in the sneaker store, I was just chatting with him for a bit and found out that he is an avid runner…surprise surprise…he works in a running store. Well, he is training for his first ULTRA. An Ultra is a race anything longer than a marathon. I didn’t even know anything like that existed. He has a mile run in about a month and a HUNDRED mile run in February. He’s thinking about signing up for a second HUNDRED mile run in March. Yes. HUNDRED.

Apparently he bought a really energetic dog that just chewed everything up so he started taking it out for runs. He couldn’t seem to tire him out and just kept running farther and farther until whoops, he’s running 30 miles 3 times a week. Crazy man. So no excuses…there is a guy in Orlando that gets up at 5 every morning and runs 30 miles.

In my chat, I picked up a few SNEAKER SHOPPING TIPS:

  1. You should have at least half a thumb nail distance from the end of your shoe to the tip of your big toe.
  2. Too big of shoes is always better than too small. If you go too small, you are at risk for much bigger issues like your feet going numb while running or loosing a toe nail…woof.
  3. When putting your running shoes on, always tap your foot back into the heel as far as possible, then tie the laces. Tying the laces will lock your foot far back in the shoe and prevent injuries associated with too small of sneakers.
  4. Your running shoes should be replaced every 300-700 miles of running. The heavier you are the lower the milage would be because you will be pounding down on the soles a bit harder.

Another thing that I talked to him about were energy gels. As I’m climbing up in the miles, I was told that energy gels actually help you get through the runs. I picked up 3 different kinds and have only tried one so far. I really didn’t care for it much…

 

The one I have tried, was the far left, Power Bar Energy. I took it just before my run and it did not go down smoothly. I had to force it down because the taste was just awful. I didn’t end up finishing the shot and just threw the rest away. I had been warned that they could mess with your stomach, and this one definitely did. My stomach was NOT happy for the rest of the day. I don’t think I’m going to give that one a go again.

But I will let you know how the other two end up. These are really great energy sources for those runs that are 45 minutes plus. That would be the only time I dip into this little stash.

 

What is the farthest that you have ever run?? Would you ever consider a half marathon?? A marathon?? Or and ULTRA?! What is too far??

I am working on my first official marathon in december and could honestly see myself going for a full marathon at some point. At the moment…anything more just seems nuts. But who knows?!