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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MPM: freezer love

When I was growing up, my mom always froze any leftover vegetables at the end of each dinner. Once we had a 4 cup container filled to the brim, my mom would make a big batch of soup. Just like Miss Smart, my mom didn’t like food to go to waste. The soup never tasted the same, and this is probably where my creativity in the kitchen started.

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After graduating from college and starting my first job, I began to make a big pot of soup every Sunday. I followed the same principal of throw in whatever veggie you have, along with a grain and protein of some sort, and I would eat it down all week long. By  Thursday afternoon I was sick of whatever soup I had created, but I was single and broke, so I quickly got over my bored taste buds.

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A few years passed and I finally revisited the idea of freezer cooking. Aside from my staple frozen pizzas, lean cuisines and mom’s frozen vegetable soup, I didn’t have much experience with freezer meals.  But I am so happy my friend Alanna introduced me to freezer cooking. She probably doesn’t even realize she did this, but I thank her nonetheless.  A year and a half I was browsing her blog and ran across her cooking day recap. I was transported to Once a Month Mom* and quickly fell in love with freezer cooking.

*my friend Kelly writes the whole foods menu!

This week’s menu plan is chock full of meals that were either pulled out of the freezer, or will be made in double batches,freezing half for later consumption.

Meal Plan Monday

Monday

Curried Split Pea Soup and scallion bread

Tuesday

Grilled Ahi, Caprese salad, brown rice

Wednesday

Spinach gnocchi with homemade pesto

Thursday

Chicken and Black Bean Burlattas

Friday

Turkey burgers and zucchini sticks

Saturday

Lasagna rolls

Sunday

Zucchini White Bean Soup (subbing yellow squash)

 

Have you eaten any of the meals in this week’s meal plan?

MPM: Second week of school

Today is a full moon, were you aware? If you are a teacher, then you definitely feel the shift a few days prior, and are very aware the day of, even without checking your calendar.

In crazy full moon honor, I jumped back on the pre-work gym bandwagon this morning. I haven’t worked out since July. Yeah…

I’ve been in physical therapy for my strained IT band since mid-July, and was told I needed to lay off the running for a while. I still completed my physical therapy sessions, rocking the planks and monster walks.

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But I neglected to work out otherwise. This morning I forced myself to go. It wasn’t easy, and it wasn’t fun, but I’m glad I did it. It is just one more peg in my routine board that makes my life feel organized and put together.

On the same organized note, here is this week’s meal plan.

Meal Plan Monday: Second Week of School

Monday, September 12

Zucchini melts (if the recipe is blogworthy I’ll post it this week) & salad

Tuesday, September 13

Grilled fish, roasted potatoes with homemade pesto

Wednesday, September 14

Chicken and orzo soup, salad

Thursday, September 15

Tuna zucchini cakes, salad

Friday, September 16

Homemade pizza (using my favorite dough), salad

Saturday, September 17

Date night/very late celebration of our anniversary at The West Wing

Sunday, September 18

Wild card – suggestions?

What is your post-summer work-out schedule like? Are you a morning or evening exerciser?

Just around the corner

Tomorrow is the first day of school. I’m not sure who is more excited, my students or me. I’m also not sure who is more nervous 😉

I found this cute poem online, and had to share:

‘Twas the Night before School
‘Twas the night before school started when all through the town
The parents were cheering
It was a riotous sound
By eight the kids were washed
and tucked into bed
When memories of homework
Filled them with dread
New pencils, new folders, new
notebooks, too
New teachers, new friends-their
anxiety grew
The parents just giggled when they
learned of this fright
And shouted upstairs-
GO TO BED-IT’S A SCHOOL NIGHT!

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I spent the morning prepping meals for the week, including baking egg muffins, rolling out and freezing my favorite pizza dough, and whipping up a batch of homemade salad dressing.

I also prepped everything (I think!) for tomorrow, including my first day of school outfit. Yes, even the teachers need a new outfit for the first day of school. I can’t find a picture online of the dress I purchased, but I did find one of an outfit I definitely did not choose.

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I am all for a deal, and $4.99 isn’t too shabby for a t-shirt. At least music is a subject. I also didn’t pick up this little number.

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I think you can understand why not. Read the Jezebel article for a much more eloquent way of stating how I feel about this shirt and the message it sends.

And in an effort to leave on a positive note, I started meal planning again. It is Monday afterall, which means it is time for another round of Meal Plan Monday. In case you lost count, I think this is only the 3rd or 4th in this pathetic attempt of a series. But now that I’m going to be working ’round the clock,  I need to get back into the work-week routine.

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Meal Plan Monday – Back to School Edition

Monday, September 5

Crock pot Santa Fe chicken atop brown rice spiked with key lime juice and sprinkled with cheddar

Tuesday, September 6

Anniversary dinner! The hubs has been instructed to pick up something, as I am going to be too tired to go out to eat.

Wednesday, September 7

Ravioli, salad and zucchini carpaccio 

Thursday, September 8

Cheesey quinoa and chickpeas

Friday, September 8

Leftovers

Saturday, September 9

Chicken & white bean stuffed peppers

Sunday, September 10

Looking for something to throw in the crock pot. I have ground turkey, ground beef and chicken thighs…suggestions?

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What is your favorite first day of school memory?


Month of May

Feel free to have Arcade Fire provide today’s soundtrack…

Weekend mornings are much more enjoyable than Monday mornings, wouldn’t you agree?

This weekend I whipped up a (ridiculously large) batch of Gingerbread Pancakes.

I dined alfresco with the hubs under some glorious rays of sunshine.

This morning I dined under florescent light, and my oatmeal was heated via the microwave. But there are only 3 Monday’s left in the 2010-2011 school year. And this is the last week in May…where did the year go?

Spokane seems to finally have gotten the drift that Spring is here…

…but I am wondering how long it will take before Summer arrives.

In preparation for some lovely spring inspired meals, last night the hubs grilled up 4 massive chicken breasts. I will be sprinkling them throughout the work week. Bulk grilling, the spring/summer version of freezer meals!

Meal Plan Monday:

Monday

Lemon asparagus pasta salad w/grilled chicken (recipe coming Thursday)

Tuesday

Gourmet Bean mix soup, salad

Wednesday

Baked Potato Soup* (a cross between this recipe and this recipe…I think) OR twice baked potatoes with grilled chicken

*I don’t particularly want soup multiple nights this week, but I came home with a ridiculous amount of free russets today, so I need to figure out a way to work them into my meal plan this week.

Thursday

Leftovers

Friday

Date night at Wild Sage American Bistro

Saturday

Something carbalicious…I do have to get a 9 miler in Sunday morning after all.

Sunday

BBQ and homemade fries

Do you have a no-fail twice-baked potato recipe or potato soup recipe that I absolutely must try?

Spring, spring, come out and play…

Today’s weather has been crazy. When I woke up I was so excited to see the beginnings of daylight. This jump started a good mood as I made my way to the gym, (tack another 4.25 miles on my tally!). The sun was up and shining for my breakfast,

(oats with vanilla almond milk, blueberries, chia seeds & cinnamon)

and my lunch,

(leftover easy black eyed peas, brown rice & mozz/provolone blend)

but by early afternoon this happened:

The weather shifted back and forth between hail, snow and bright sunshine,

(This picture was seriously taken 10 minutes later, ahhh!)

as I snacked on an apple and a peach chobani.

It was 38 degrees when I left work. Where, exactly is spring? Mother Nature is just as moody as I am right now, and she better not mess up my Bloomsday plans! I am really hoping that 60 degree forecast happens on Saturday!

The rain didn’t stop me from getting together with my friend, Lindsay, for dinner though! Lindsay is in town for her spring break to visit her mom, and I met her at my favorite local eatery. Care to guess where that might be?

Did you guess The Flying Goat? If so, gold star for you!

All day long I fantasized about the Cleveland pizza. Mmmm buttery roasted garlic goodness. But then when I arrived I couldn’t decide what I wanted. Decisions, decisions.

Linds and I decided to split the Cleveland,

(Yukon gold potatoes, carmelized onions, rosemary, Fontina & roasted garlic)

and the Providence.

(Chevre goat cheese, roasted red peppers, tomatoes, pine nuts & basil)

Mmmmm, I am looking forward to tomorrow’s lunch very much.

My festivities tonight left the boys to fend for themselves. My Meal Plan Monday stated leftovers, but it smells like fries in here…

On the menu for the rest of the week:

Tuesday (Libb): Roasted red pepper ravioli + salad

Wednesday: Leftover butter-not squash enchiladas

Thursday (Leila): pasta with edamame, green peas and pesto + salad

Friday (the Hubs): grilled fish tacos

Saturday: Date night out

Sunday: Easter dinner with family. Will I eat meat? Who knows! I haven’t been craving it as much as I had at the beginning of Lent. Time will tell, time will tell.

What is your favorite easy weeknight meal?

Clearly this week has a quick & dirty theme. The hubs kindly asked me to clear out the fridge and freezer, rather than making anything “new” (aka weird) this week. So it is back to the basics for us, which means lots of carbs – perfect for my running regimen!