*My blog is not a business, but it is a perfect way to give out your contact info when you meet people. :)
Anyways, this week I could feel your telepathic pleas through the blogosphere, begging for me to tell you what I was going, what I was eating, and not just showing you random pictures of nut butter and recipes I made last Saturday.
So, I have decided to give you what you clearly, so desperately desire: Things I Did. Stuff I Ate.
First...Things I Did:*
*which will quickly, without warning, meld with and then transition into Stuff I Ate
Monday: Work. Meeting. Gym. Dinner. Gossip Girl. Sleep.
Tuesday: Work. Meeting. Gym. Literacy Night @ School. Dinner. Glee. Sleep.
Wednesday: Work. Meeting. Gym. Dinner. Half of Top Chef: Just Desserts because I was too tired to finish the whole thing. Sleep.
Providing some excitement into a relatively routine week....meeting Jen and Teddy at Apothecary for "satellite Book Club" on Thursday. A miniature chalkboard on the door is always a good sign.
As is a menu featuring cured meat* (charcuterie if you're being fancy schmancy) and cheese plates....
*you know I'm a sucker for cured meat
...and PEANUT BUTTER & NUTELLA PANINIS!
(Sorry to disappoint you after that excitement...but no, I didn't order one.) We took advantage of Happy Hour prices and ordered this delicious wine to split amongst the three of us...
Teddy ordered Gorgonzola Spinach & Artichoke Dip. (It was a little oily, but tasty over all. I loved the tang that the Gorgonzola added, but I only had a few nibbles....)
Jen went for the Gorgonzola and Peach Crostini. I did not eat that. So we're not officially into the Stuff I Ate category yet. Just in case you are trying to follow the very loose organizational structure of the post.
Other Things I Did include gathering fall Harvest-and-Halloween cooking inspiration from two Food Network-related magazines.... ...going to Sprouts at 8:30 on Wednesday night to try and find another $1.99 watermelon while they were still on sale. (Sadly, there were no more to be found. I should have taken two when they were plentiful last weekend...as seen in the photo above.)
I also drank a large mug of coffee every morning and wished I had another one as soon as it was finished. [This was a re-enacted photo. It's dark when I drive to work.]
(Apparently, another thing I did was also become a scary-gas-mask-wearing robot of the future. Do you see it?)
I almost ate my first Larabar .
We stared at each other for awhile, and then I decided I wasn't actually hungry. So I tucked her away for another day.
Something I did eat? [Cue the Stuff I Ate portion of the post...]
This entire jar of peanut butter. In four days.
Yeah. It's all gone. But it was delicious! I had never had it before, but this "light roasted" and unsalted peanut butter has a really subtle, but perfectly peanutty flavor. Hence, I couldn't stop eating it. Granted, I put a good 3-4 Tablespoons into my newest creation--Peanut Butter & Honey Banana Bread--but still.
Yes, I said Peanut Butter & Honey Banana Bread. I went there. And it was amazing.
Other Stuff I Ate?
Overnight Oats, of course! (But only TWICE this week...I know...crazy...)
peaches, dried apples, goji berries, pecan
peaches, goji berries, pecan, and Crofter's Superfruit Asia preserves
What did I eat the other three breakfasts of the week? Old fashioned CFYs of course!
(So much more exciting when it's mixed in a jar!)
One day it looked like this, instead. :)
I was slightly creative in the beginning of the week...using a LunchDeal for Spicy Pickle to pick up two salads to take in for lunch.
I got the Forest Salad with spinach, toasted hazelnuts, sundried tomatoes, sauteed portobellos, and grilled onions (and added diced apples and roasted red peppers)...
...as well as a Greek Salad to which I added their signature "spicy pickles," sundried tomatoes, and cucumbers. The other days I was much less exciting....standard chopped and seasoned veggies....
Let us please pause to take a moment to recognize that what I prep at home looks just as good---if not more awesome---that what I bought at the restaurant.
...with my typical cottage-cheese-and-hummus. (Although this was Sweet Potato Hummus , so that was extra special.)
There was also generally some sort of whole grain product, although I use that term in a loose sense because one day it was popcorn and the other it was bag of Sun Chips I unearthed from my snack drawer.
At some point, I ate the last of the Watermelon Gazpacho .
I'm not sure when. But it's gone now.
And an excessive amount of black grapes. [GIANT ones.]
black grape season = sweet grape heaven
And some other stuff. (Remember? Whole. Jar. Of. Peanut Butter.)
So that's what you missed when I was publishing pre-fab (and fabulous!) posts. Are you sure you really want the daily recaps? ;)