Wacky Wavy Crazy Day

Evening! How are you doing on this fine Thursday? Today has been a strange day and I’ve felt a little out of sorts for most of it! Not in a bad way, just… different.

This morning I woke up bright and early, eyes-a-burnin’, ready to work.  I made a pot of coffee (and drank it black, which is unusual for home-brew… I usually only drink it straight when I’m out) and got breakfast ready.  It was nutty,fruity, and choco-coconutty.

In the bowl:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup water
  • frozen berries
  • leftover un-balled chocolate snowball dust
  • flaxy PB

I worked all morning, got ‘er done, and before I knew it, it was almost time to go to physical therapy.  But what about lunch?! I made a very quick salad, and ate it even faster.

In the mix:

  • baby spinach
  • escarole
  • grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 Gala apple
  • celery
  • Morningstar Farms Pizza Lovers Burger
  • sesame vinaigrette

When I left the house it had started raining, and kept on for the rest of the day.  I got to the subway and they were doing track work on my line again, so I had to call my PT and push the appointment back. Again.  They must hate me! But I was able to get an appointment at 3:30 instead of 2, even though I probably would have made it on time.  I was scheduled to run five miles today; it would have been too dark by the time my appointment was over and I got back home, but I didn’t have enough time to go to the gym first.  Quite a conundrum! So I decided to push the run back until tomorrow, but it’s supposed to rain again so I might just have to tough it out and get wet.  I’m going to have to figure this out soon, though, because it’s getting darker earlier and earlier now (4:30) and I don’t think it’s a good idea to run in the park at night by myself.

While I was weighing each option, I took shelter from the rain in the subway and snacked on a cup of Strawberry Oikos.

My appointment went well; I did a lot of leg work on the pilates machine which I have a feeling I’ll feel tomorrow!  Even though I had recently eaten, my stomach was grumbling the whole time and as soon as I walked out of the office I dug into my purse and found an Apple Pie Larabar.  Never underestimate the importance of the “emergency snack.”

The bar held me over for a while, but when I got home at 5:30, I was already thinking about dinner again.  I think it must be the darkness outside that’s throwing off my internal clock.  I looked in the pantry, the fridge, and the hanging produce basket to see what I could see.

Brandi‘s pasta-stuffed squash inspired me, so I decided to combine two of my favorites: roasted veggies and loaded macaroni and cheese.  I cut an acorn squash in half and rubbed each with olive oil, salt, pepper and cayenne; then I roasted them at 450˚ for about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, I sipped on a glass of Rosemount Sauvignon Blanc.  Sauvignon Blanc is one of my favorite white wines, and from my experience, unless the wine is really cheap (and you remember buying it at the liquor store near your college’s campus), it’s a pretty safe bet.

Rosemount is an Australian-based vineyard. In traditional French Sauvignon Blanc,  Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon grapes are often blended together; Sémillon come from Bordeaux and Southwest France, whereas Sauvignon Blanc can come from Bordeaux, the Loire Valley, southwestern France and Languedoc.(FWFD 19).  “Sauvignon Blanc is the dominant grape variety (60 to 100 percent) in most of Bordeaux’s dry white wines, whereas Sémillon dominates the sweeter white wines…. The Sauvignon Blanc part of the wine offers immediate charm; it’s crisp, lively, herbaceous, light0bodied, and develops early” (FWFD 70). Rosemount’s version is also a Sémillon blend.

When the squash was just about done, I made a bowl of macaroni and cheese mixed with tuna, nutritional yeast and chili flakes.

I packed the mixture into the squash halves and baked them for 2 minutes longer.

These were so good! I loved the sweetness of the squash, the saltiness of the tuna and the cheesiness of the pasta noodles.  I know I’ve been getting a little crazy with my mac ‘n cheese lately, but it’s so much better that way 🙂

I was craving ice cream for dessert, so I started with a Pure Dark Chipotle/ semi-sweet/bittersweet chocolate sauce.  A few drops of water, 30 seconds in the microwave, and a quick stir gives you melty freshness that’s far better than Hershey’s.

I added a little Brown Sugar ice cream, and had a nice lil sundae for myself.

I needed to take the night off from thinking about (un)employment, so I climbed in bed with my dessert and popped Wristcutters: A Love Story into the DVD player.  It was pretty cute, in a twisted sort of way.  I’m going to try to get a quick yoga sesh in and hit the sack.  Bed before 10? You betcha!

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20 responses to “Wacky Wavy Crazy Day

  1. wow! mac and cheese mixed in with tuna, what a great idea!
    jenna

  2. southerngracesblog

    i love mixing annie’s mac and cheese with tuna! and throw a laughing cow in there and some veggies…SO good!
    glad your PT appointment went well!
    have a good night, lovie!

  3. It really is crazy how early it’s getting dark, isn’t it?! 😦

    That movie sounds bizarre… and pretty much right up my alley!!

    ❤ ❤

  4. question: what does nutritional yeast taste like??

    that salad looks so good.. i love the pizza lovers burger! YUM!

  5. love the flaxy PB.
    oh, and the nooch! yum. i want nooch now, and its nearly midnight.

  6. ok i WILL be making that mac and cheese tuna squash creation. your m&c has been seriously inspiring, as of late 🙂

  7. Yum! That looks amazing! I’ve been wanting to make mac and cheese for a while, I might just have to do that this weekend!
    And I can tell you are totally learning and loving wine more by the day, I’m really enjoying reading your posts about it!!!
    Hay, did you ever wear my necklace? Just wondering.

    XO,
    Erin

    P.S. I want to see pictures of you in red lipstick in Paris! That’s one of the most glamorous situations I can think of.

  8. Everyone seems to rave about those pizza burgers. What do you think? Are they your favorite veggie burger?

  9. I have never had unusual flaves of chocolate like chipotle. Am I missing out?

    I love the blackberry concoction, and of course w/ the snowball mix, even better.

    I featured your snowballs in yesterday’s reader tribute post. Thanks sweetie 🙂
    xoxo

  10. I wouldn’t run in a park at night either- anyone you can go with?

    I need to try the baked mac in squash- I am hooked on the Annie’s microwaveable packs (lol) and yesterday had squash on the side…such a good pair. Next time, I’ll stuff it!

  11. This whole getting dark early thing is really a bummer. It makes the days seem so much shorter and really cuts down on my motivation to get outside and exercise. Definitely avoid late night park jogging sessions. Cities can be so different when the sun goes down!

  12. I’d be one crabby Patty if I didn’t have my emergency snack – love that Lara! Thanks for the wine tip, I’ll have to keep that in mind next time I’m out.

    YUM to the dinner!! Seriously, it’s genius! Glad you had a lovely night relaxing 🙂

    HAPPY FRIDAY, LOVEBUG!

  13. yay for pasta stuffed squash! I loved it yesterday 🙂

    glad your appointment went well!

  14. bed before 10 sounds like heaven!

    and that pasta stuffed squash looks delish – i haven’t hit up the mac n’cheese in awhile. this may be a safe bet seeming as next week is a short week. have a wondrous day lady 🙂

  15. yay for pasta stuffed squash! and yay for the workout!

  16. That breakfast is drool worthy! Droooooooooool 🙂

    Maggie

  17. All your food looks fabulous! Love it! Have a great day!

  18. oh man! Crazy busy-ness! I actually kind of enjoy running in the rain- makes me feel totally hard core 😉 What a fun dinner. Hope you enjoyed your reading!

  19. I have acorn squash and microwavable mac and cheese in my pantry right now and I’m SO going to steal your idea!

  20. i should try my nooch again. I have a whole bag and my Dad keeps asking for me to use it up and get it out of the fridge!!

    VINO! yee hawww!!!

    really want to try those pizza burgers too!!

    HOPE YOU ARE HAVING A FUN WEEKEND. No, I didn’t do anything crazy…….but maybe you did for me insteaD?!!!

    HUGS KATIE LOVE!!!!!!!!!!

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