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!

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!