MPM, maybe

This weekend I cuddled up with my DVR, a cup of burnt coffee sans milk (because it was sour, gross), and my computer. I pinned for quite a while, and came up with an assortment of meals I couldn’t wait to try. I built my meal plan, made a Costco list for the hubs, and went on my merry grading way.

However, after creating my meal plan for the upcoming work week, I stumbled upon the Airfield Estates 5k Vinyard run.

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I quickly texted my mom, to see if she would be interested in being my companion, and decided a trip to Yakima was in order. I haven’t run, at all, since completing the Spokane Indians Pennant 8k in July. My poor IT band is still giving me issues, so I am being really nice to it. Telling it how pretty it is, massaging it with a foam roller, and soaking it in the tub. It hasn’t thanked me for my efforts yet. So I’ll be walking this 5k, but it is better than nothing!

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The hubs is staying in town, and maybe, just maybe, he will decide to give my meal plan a go (freezing any extras, hint hint!), instead of making burgers and  grilling steak.

Meal Plan Monday

Monday, October 3

Zucchini & white bean soup, crusty bread and salad

Tuesday, October 4

Grilled Ahi, rice with veggies, salad

Wednesday, October 5

Warm quinoa, spinach, and chicken & shiitake salad, crusty bread

Thursday, October 6

Buffalo Grilled Cheese Sammies w/tomato soup

Friday, October 7

Mac and Cheese muffins 

Saturday, October 8

Buffalo chicken enchiladas 

Sunday, October 9

Homemade pizza, using this dough, salad

If he doesn’t stick to my meal plan, I’ll forgive him. He picked up a very special treat at Costco this weekend, and I’ll be enjoying non-burnt coffee from here on out.

Have you ever had coffee brewed from a Keurig?

When I visited my friend V last May, I experienced my first Keurig cuppa joe and was hooked! I’ve been not so subtly hinting that I wanted one ever since. Props to the hubs for using the awesome coupon in our Costco booklet!

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why I shouldn’t go to Costco hungry

All day I thought today was Thursday. I was sorely disappointed when I realized tomorrow is not Friday. But since it is, in fact, Wednesday, I can join the linky party Jenn is so gracious to host every week.

These are actually Monday’s eats, but they are eerily similar to today’s eats.

Pre-workout snack (as well as post-work snack, I have a problem, I know.)

Some j-hole was behind me in Costco and snickered as I picked up my Cliff Kid Z Bar box, commenting that “no kid would ever eat that.” Ummm, yes they would. If you don’t stuff them with McDonalds and sugary confections they will actually enjoy food made out of real ingredients. Plus, they aren’t for a kid. They are for me. I am a kid at heart, and I love them. Just sayin’

Breakfast

Creamy buckwheat with pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, raisins, pecans, chia seeds and vanilla almond milk.

Snacks

apple from my parents orchard, celery + hummus

and a pineapple 2% chobani

Dinner

curried split pea soup topped with cilantro and Fage non-fat Greek yogurt

scallion potato bread


Late night snack, aka why you don’t go to Costco while hungry – I walked out with two very large containers of Nutella, woops

Saltines topped with Nutella

Yep, saltines with nutella. No, I’m not pregnant. I love pretzels with nutella, but I didn’t have any of the twisty treats on hand.* However, at Christmas, a family friend gave us some saltine toffee treats that I ate in about 5 seconds. They were amazingly delicious. I thought perhaps saltines with Nutella would be a good substitute. Mmmmm, not so much. But oh well, I still ate a few spoonfuls of the good stuff, so I’m a happy camper.

*Damn, I should have gotten those at Costco.

What have you purchased lately out of hunger impulse?

Fun find at Costco

I promised you more photos from our road trip, but then I started labeling/organizing my classroom library,

(I am in desperate need of more baskets and packaging tape), and time got away from me. I decided to color code my books by genre, and include the DRA level (if available). This website has been a valuable resource tonight. But I didn’t quite grasp the amount of time I would be spending looking up the levels, adding them to the books, and updating my google doc spreadsheet. As much as I would love to spend hours catching up on Friends re-runs as I organize myself, I’ve decided I need to weed out books that might not be appropriate or enjoyed by my fourth graders. These include easy reading books gifted to me from a retired teacher,

and the 3 boxes of Babysitters Club books I purchased a a steal of a deal last summer (approximately 175 books for $6!).

Before the organizing frenzy began, I did manage to score some awesome deals today, including 10 cent composition notebooks (Staples until Wednesday, limit 3 – unless you’re a teacher, then it is 25!), fabulous rug for my reading corner at 55% off (Shopko), and the very last copy of the Peas and Thank You Cookbook at Costco!

p.s. this picture looks eerily similar to Mama Peas…

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Creepy, no? I like to think great minds think alike, and I am thismuchcloser to being as cool as Mama Pea.

Tonight’s meal was not meatless (although I am very excited to tear through my new cookbook and whip up some tasty treats), but it was prepared by the hubs, making my organizing extravaganza much more enjoyable.

And the best part? He cleaned the kitchen afterward.

Husband of the year!

3 Questions for you today:

Are you an organized person?

I am, and I’m not. For work purposes I am very organized. I like things color coded and labeled. I’ve been compared to Monica on Friends multiple times (and yes, I take it as a complement, thankyouverymuch). In my personal life, however, not so much. Case in point: I’ve lost my passport twice. The first time for four years, the second for 9 months. Luckily it resurfaced each time, but I wasn’t able to venture up to Canada while it was MIA, which is a real travesty.

Do you own Mama Pea’s cookbook Peas and Thank You yet?

Are my posts showing randomly highlighted words for advertising purposes?

I’m not sure if I have a virus, (I changed my password just in case), but I noticed a few random advertisements throughout my blog. At first I only saw it on my blog, but now I am seeing it on EVERY website I visit. I’m not sure if it is a my computer/browser thing, or if it is more than that. Annoying!

What do you do, ooo, ooo

with a Costco Chicken*.

*get it? Klondike theme. Anyone, anyone?

Tonight I found myself wandering the aisles of Costco, yet again. Yes bloggettes, that would be 3 Costco trips in 11 days. In my defense, we have a very small fridge, (only 20 cubic feet), and it fills up rather quickly. So I go when we run out of items completely, rather than when said items are getting close to running out.

Unlike the previous two trips, however, this time I was able to purchase one of my favorite items: Costco rotisserie chicken.

Yes, please.

We used to hit Costco on Monday evenings with great frequency. But instead of a healthy rotisserie chicken for a quick weeknight meal, we would grab a large pepperoni pizza. Only to return to home and dip it in Gregg’s ranch dressing.

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My how times have changed. Their pizza is still pretty bombdiggity, but I feel much better eating a little chicken topped salad. So this week’s foodie goal is to see how far I can stretch this bad boy throughout the work week.

My favorite rotisserie chicken leftover dishes include: chicken noodle soup, creamy chicken and rice soup, burlattas, and caesar salad.

I made my meal plan prior to the Costco trip, so this is subject to change….but here is what I have for Menu Plan Monday:

Monday: chicken caesar salad w/whole grain bread

Tuesday: chicken/steak wraps (on the best tortillas EVER)

Wednesday: chicken & wild rice soup (already made – yay for freezer meals!) + salad

Thursday: date night at either Mizuna or Wild Sage

Friday: Insane in the Membrane [turkey] burgers + sweet potato fries (still looking for a no-fail recipe for these…)

Saturday: Carbo-loading for Bloomsday! Roasted red pepper raviolis with butternut squash sauce & salad

Sunday: Crock pot chicken & brown rice & salad

What is your favorite thing to do with leftover rotisserie chicken?

I’ve got spirit

yes I do

I’ve got spirit

how ’bout you!?!

Today I relieved my high school cheerleading career* and cheered on the students in the staff vs. student basketball game.

Complete with a real middle school cheerleading uniform, say waaaaaa!?! (note the obnoxiously large sequined bow. also note the pasty skin in desperate need of some sun).

Yes, I really am that awesome. I did, however, come to the painful realization that I am no longer as limber as I was at 17, and kicks and jumps were not as high as they once were. I am also in need of an ice pack.

Yes, you want me cheering for your team. Look at my energy! (don’t worry, all individuals pictured are staff, not students)

*my career lasted one year, but it was tons of fun.

At one point there was even a flash mob. All week the staff tirelessly trained to pull together this fun surprise for the students. It was a blast.

While I did rock the middle school cheerleading uniform. I didn’t wear it all day.

And on that note, here is your Fashion Friday update

Monday (holy blur, sorry about that)

Cardi: Banana Republic, Shirt: Tommy Hillfiger, Pants: The Limited (Drew fit), shoes: Jessica Simpson wedges

Tuesday

Scarf: The Rack, top: Ralph Lauren, tank: Lady Hathaway via Costco (can Costco pleeeeease start carrying these again?), pants: Express, shoes: Naturalizer (and I totally forgot my socks in gym bag, grr!)

Wednesday

Sweater: Mossimo at Target, skirt: Express, tights: HUE (my favorite!), boots: Impo at DSW (and they have stretch in them – perfect for fitting over jeans! Or, ya know, large calf muscles.)

Thursday

Sweater: Mossimo at Target, short sleeve blazer thing: JKLA from Ross, Pants: Express, Shoes: Naturalizer

Friday

Cardi: Halogen, polka dot top: The Rack, belt: ?, from The Rack, jeans: 7 for all Mankind, shoes: Sam & Libby (the pic where I was looking at the camera was even more blurry. Woops!)

After the staff vs. student basketball game I was all hyped up and ready to do something fun, like take a nap. But today was both payday and new coupon day at Costco. After a quick trip for the necessities the hubs and I came home to find dinner ready. I think I will make the Monday Meal Plan to designate Libb to make Friday meals from now on!

On tonight’s menu: Black Bean Polenta Casserole

We subbed a can of diced green chiles for the bell pepper, (all we had), and a mixture of pepperjack and cheddar instead of just cheddar.

Mmmm melty cheese + black beans.

This recipe was chalk full of Leila friendly ingredients: cheese, polenta, onions, cumin…however, when we make it again I would mix everything together instead of layering the dish. Libb, of course, wanted to add bacon into the mix.

Earlier eats included a 2% vanilla bean latte from the Service Station, conveniently located inside my gym. My deal with myself is that if I make it to the gym all 5 workdays then I treat myself to Latte Friday. I’m proud to say I made it all 5 this week!

I paired my latte with dark chocolate oats. Yes, you read that correctly. Better Oats makes a dark chocolate mixture called Lavish. I got a little overzealous at the last Rosauers cereal sale and stocked up on these bad boys, only to discover they weren’t as amazing as I had hoped. Luckily, if you add a dollop of peanut butter the oats are reminiscent of a no-bake cookie (a.k.a. elephant poop), and that makes me very happy. The cookie, not the poop.

For lunch I enjoyed another 50% off Amy’s meal!

This pasta was delicious! I really need to figure out the correct spice to tomato ratio for Amy’s sauce. It was, dare I say, perfect. Amy never lets me down. My side of apple slices just couldn’t compete, and were therefore not photographed.

Or, ya know, I forgot my camera when I went to lunch.

Snacks included your standard nanner and another amazing scone.

Seriously, 6 days later and these scones are still just amazing as day one. Yes, I individually wrapped them and froze them, but a lot of the time when I defrost my baked goods they lose their moisture. Not these babies. So, please, do yourself a favor and make these scones.

I’m currently watching a little BBC Life action (insects & bugs), and trying to rest my poor legs. I wonder if I can book a last minute massage for tomorrow morning…

What exercise goal did you accomplish this week?

Did you try a new recipe this week? How did it turn out?