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Monday, Monday

Posted Sep 24 2012 11:49am

“Monday, monday (ba-da ba-da-da-da)
So good to me (ba-daba-da-da-da)
Monday mornin, it was all I hoped it would be…”

Since I’m up early this morning, the song, “Monday, Monday” by The Mamas and The Papas, popped into my head. I’m not sure why I thought of this, but I think it’s appropriate for today. My husband had to get up early and be out of the house by 6:00 a.m. today to head to San Francisco. He is taking an exam to be able to move up in rank and pay in his job. Since he was anxious and a little nervous about today, we both didn’t sleep well last night (even though we went to bed early). So, instead of lying in bed and trying to fall back to sleep, I decided to get up with him and write my post (at least try to write it before Keenan wakes up). It is actually kind of nice writing this while drinking my latte when everything is quiet. I might have to do this more often…

My morning latte in my favorite mug!

Anyhow, before I forget, I have to tell you about the peach cobbler that I made Saturday night. It was really good! My husband really liked it, so that is a HUGE plus! The texture was slightly grainy, due to the almond flour, but the flavor was great! The Xylitol worked very well, in fact, it was the perfect sweetness (not overly sweet). I will definitely make this again and use other fruit when peaches are not in season. But, I would like to try making it with whole wheat flour next time, to see the difference in texture. Also, it was SUPER easy to make, since you pretty much mix everything together, put your fruit on top and bake!

Yummy peach cobbler! Sorry for the poor quality picture; I took it with my phone.

Almost Paleo Peach (or any fruit) Cobbler:
Adapted from my grandma

Ingredients:

- 1/2 cup butter (melted)

- 1/2 cup Xylitol *You can use plain sugar or another sugar alternative

- 1 cup almond flour

- 2 tsp baking powder

- 1/2 tsp salt

- 1/2 cup milk *You can use any kind of milk, i.e. almond, coconut, etc.

- 7 medium peaches (sliced)

Directions:

1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Mix all ingredients, except for fruit, to form the batter.

3. Spread the batter in the bottom of an 8X8″ pan or glass dish.

4. Microwave sliced peaches in a microwavable-safe dish for 5-6 minutes, until bubbly and there is a lot of juice.

5. Place fruit (with all of the juice) over batter.

6. Bake for 45 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve with a dollop of ice cream or eat plain!

Before the cobbler went into the oven.

Yesterday, we enjoyed a lazy, but productive day at home. For breakfast, we ate some leftover peach cobbler with eggs scrambled with spinach and of course, my husband and I had lattes. After breakfast, I made my cheesy pasta bake for a mom in my MOMs Club, who recently had a baby. I also made one for us that we are going to have for dinner tonight. While I cooked, Keenan played in his sandbox and my husband studied for his exam. After cooking and cleaning-up, I was able to get our laundry done (folded and put away) and all of our bedding changed (ours, Keenan’s and the guest bed). While Keenan napped, I paid bills, got caught-up on a few things that have been on my to-do list for a while and managed to do a little online shopping! I ordered some TOMs and a pair of the Reebox Nano 2.0! I’m so excited for my new shoes! I have been wanting TOMs for a while now and finally was able to get them, since they were on sale! Since I attended the CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Course last weekend , I received a discount to use at the CrossFit/Reebok store, so I was able to save some money on the Nano 2.0! I just love shopping when things are on sale or extremely discounted!!

Oh, and I made a delicious chocolate peanut butter milkshake (minus the milk) for a late lunch/snack yesterday. I’m definitely making this again! Sorry, once again, I forgot to snap a picture.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Milkshake (minus the milk):
Adapted from Megan from Detoxinista

- 1 frozen banana

- 1/4 cup chunky peanut butter

- 1/2 cup non-fat milk

- 2 tsp maple syrup

- 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

- 1 tsp vanilla

- pinch of salt

- handful crushed ice

Directions:

1. Place all ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!

Note: To add more nutrition, I might add chia and flaxseeds next time!

For dinner last night, I made roasted broccoli with a red onion, some tomatoes and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, along with quinoa mixed with Italian sausage, sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, Kalamata olives and feta cheese. It was delish! Sorry, I completely forgot to take a picture (once again)!

This morning, we are headed to Keenan’s music class, and on the way, we are delivering the cheesy pasta bake. We have a few errands to run after his class, then home for lunch and Keenan’s nap. I have a lot of things that I need to get done while he sleeps, so I hope he takes a long nap today! Yesterday, he slept for 2 and a half hours, so hopefully, he is getting back into his normal sleeping habits! This afternoon, we are going to CrossFit and then home for dinner to enjoy our cheesy pasta bake and a salad (look for my cheesy pasta bake recipe tomorrow!). Have a great Monday!

My little Fire Fighter eating his breakfast this morning with his monkey cup!

Question: How do you like to start your week? I love having a nice warm latte, checking some emails, listening to the news and looking at my calendar to plan for the week ahead.


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