Good evening! I’m so sorry about the posting delay; I spent the weekend with older that, while it still works, is just not up to blogging speed. No matter! Today’s will just be Doublemint style; double the pleasure, and most definitely double the fun 🙂
On Friday morning, I made one of the best breakfasts I’ve had in a long time: Butternut Oatmeal Pie. The combination of flavors and textures really did taste like a Fall dessert!
In the bowl:
- 1/2 cup steel-cut oats, soaked overnight
- butternut squash purée
- Greek yogurt
I spent a lot of time puttering around, catching up on e-mails and cleaning. I ended up leaving the house pretty late, so my time at the gym was minimal! I did manage to get a total-body workout in, though: 10 minutes on the stairs, arms/lazy abs (one ab machine), and 10 minutes on the bike. It’s very efficient, if you only have half an hour. On the way in, I gobbled down a Trader Joe’s Mixed Berry Fiberful bar.
I’m a creature of habit, and always order the Light Fare: small salad, soup & bread. I was very excited when I heard they were serving butternut squash soup… but, of course, it was made with chicken stock. Instead I ordered the lentil soup, which bummed me out a teensy bit because a) it seems like always have lentil soup, and b) I still have a big vat of leftover lentil sitting in the fridge! But it was still good, and their bread was amazing as usual.
The warm pear + endive salad with carmelized onions and roquefort cheese was, as always, very good…
I think I’m just a little burned out on the Tea Cup. Never thought that day would come? Neither did I. After lunch, Caitlin and I wandered around, hit up some sample sales, and wandered around trying to figure out what kind of tasty treat we were craving. Turned out to be… nothing! We couldn’t make up our minds, which I think was because we were actually pretty full from lunch. On my walk home, however, I stopped and bought an apple from a vendor on the street (and scored last month’s issue of SELF for $1!). Hit the spot!
A little while later I met up with Greg for dinner, and we stopped at our favorite Middle Eastern hole-in-the-wall for take-out falafel. The restaurant has undergone some ownership changes and is now lit with bright flourescents and features a Maoz-style logo. Strange. I ordered the falafel/hummus plate, which came with pita and about a pound of yummus. I ate all of the falafel (which was a little cold by the time we ate it, but still good) and a piece of pita, and saved the rest of the bread and hum for later.
We then went back out for drinks and chat…
… which led to this.
I don’t even really like Ben & Jerry’s, but Peanut Butter Cookie Dough? Half-Baked Frozen Yogurt? I couldn’t say no. I felt a little sick afterwards, to say the least… oops.
When I woke up the next morning, my mama was ready to RUN! We fueled up with coffee, and headed out for a leisurely 2 mile walk-run. When we got back, I dug into my hummus and pita leftovers, topping them with a microwaved egg, salt & pepper.
This was a delicious combination, and I’ll have to re-create it soon.
I also had 0% Fage, an apple and cinnamon.
Finally, my mom and I headed out to take on the day and run some errands. On our walk downtown, we got distracted by the delicious smells coming out of Georgia’s Bake Shop and stopped inside. I munched on a chocolate almond croissant to better fuel my shopping tasks. Scrumptiously decadent 🙂
We crossed everything off our our lists in record time, and did a stellar job shopping the sales. On the walk home, we munched on Gala apples.
I also introduced her to chunks of energy… she was a fan!
Since I never ate a formal “lunch”, I snacked pretty much throughout the entire day… when I was little, I followed the “six small meals” plan completely unknowingly! I like to sample, what can I say.
Whenever we have company, everyone gravitates towards the kitchen!
My mom set out dried apricots, walnuts, and rosemary-baked bread sticks.
Dinner was superb. We started with avocado halves dressed with fresh lemon juice, olive oil, balsamic, salt & pepper.
And for the main event: mango/onion/green pepper salad with chili-infused dressing, shrimp stir-fry with homemade Italian egg noodles, and steamed asparagus.
For dessert, we had fresh figs dressed in lavender honey served with Haagen-Dazs’ Vanilla Swiss Almond ice cream.
It took a couple tries to get the ice cream right, though…notice anything funny?
The carton on the left was missing the chocolate-covered almonds, and they’re the best part! I’ll be calling the company tomorrow. Once, I bought a box of Oreos that were missing the cream filling! What’s the goofiest product blunder you’ve ever come across?
Regular posting will resume tomorrow. I hope you had a great weekend!