Disappointing Canned Soup

June 4, 2009 at 5:25 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Toby and I went for a little walk this morning down to the leasing office to pay rent. That’s the longest I’ve walked in a week and a half!! I am definitely sore from my arm/ab workout yesterday though and my legs feel a little sore from it all too (I guess from all the planks/push ups/extended leg crunches?). I don’t want to overdo it today so  I may do some light yoga later but that’s it. Definitely learning to listen to my body better through all of this.

I had one of my fave snacks/desserts/pieces of delicious ever around 11 today:


Mashed banana mixed with PB one some kind of carby hand to mouth transportation. Oh yes. Looks disgusting, tastes delicious.

One the lunch menu was some black bean soup. I pretty much never buy canned soup because I figure I can make it myself but this looked pretty good and ya know it’s nice to sometimes have something to throw together a quick meal.




It was okay..not great. I added some Texas Pete and a dollop of Greek Yogurt which helped but I won’t get this again. It was super oniony ..I think that was the problem. I couldn’t taste any of the other ingredients really..it was just ONION. And I like onion and all..but I wasn’t getting onion soup here…I wanted some beany goodness! Ah well.


I served myself up about half of the can and on the side had a mini pita (80 cals) with paprika hummus in it (this stuff is awesome..seriously. My new fave flavor), and some spinach with balsamic vin for green.


This half of my lunch did not disappoint. I love vinegar!! mmm…And now I’m going to go take a shot of apple cider vinegar.  It’s great when something you love is also good for you

And, ya know a few fig newmans for dessert :) 

Alright. Nothing big on the agenda for today! Sometimes that’s nice but I still feel a little guilty like I SHOULD be doing something. We’ll see how the day goes!

What’s your fave hummus flavor??

It’s hard to be a Toby…

June 4, 2009 at 2:04 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Good morning!

James and I are geeking out right now and watching a documentary we got from Netflix. It’s a series from the history channel about all the presidents! I know we’re super cool.  We were both poli sci majors so we can understand each other’s love for all things political 😉

While learning about how the first President’s rocked (and how Thomas Jefferson used to answer the door to the white house in his slippers!!) I made myself a delish bowl of oat bran. I made it on the stove top this morning which definitely gives it a creamier and less dense texture.


I topped it with an egg over easy, some Texas Pete and salsa. Mmm…

We all got out of bed this morning…well almost everyone…


It’s so hard to be a Toby….


Toby’s morning routine includes getting up with me around 7, getting fed, then going back to bed with James until he gets up around 9.  He usually stays in bed a little longer than James too..just to make sure he’s not coming back. What a life!

Now that I know I have a job to go to on Monday, I can sit back and relax this week! I’m making another trip to Whole Foods later to get some ingredients for a recipe I want to try and buy some shampoo and conditioner for James.

See ya for lunch!

Quinoa Salad with Shrimp and Asparagus

June 4, 2009 at 1:41 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Want to know something AWESOME? I got a JOB! ALREADY! One day of being unemployed and I get another job! woot! Mind you the jobs I’m having right now are TEMP jobs that involve DATA ENTRY. AKA not interesting at all. But whatevs because I’m going to law school in the fall so it’s not like this is my life. AND this one pays way more then my last one so woohoo for that!

While I was out and about today I stopped at Whole Foods for stuff I didn’t need necessities. I spend probably 15 minutes trying to pick out the vitamins I wanted to get and ended up with these:


My mom told me that I should get a multi-vitamin with minerals and I compared the 365 brand with another brand that blatantly said on the front “Multi-Vitamin with Minerals” and they had the same stuff in em so I said hey I’m going to save 10 dollars and went with the 365 brand. I also got some Calcium Citrate. Apparently you’re supposed to stay away from calcium carbonate (again, got this from my mumsy..she goes to a natural medicines doctor so I basically just benefit from all the info she gets. score)

I also got more of this body wash because it was on sale and we LOVE it! It has that invigorating minty smell plus it’s free of parabens and other weird things.


I really want to phase out the chemicals I use on a daily basis. Next up is deodorant and tooth paste!

I also got some quinoa to make this awesome salad I found a recipe for earlier. We had two huge bunches of asparagus in our fridge that needed to be eaten up and I wanted to make something light and summery. This recipe fit the bill!


I used different measurements of some things. I used more asparagus (about 3/4 of a bunch), half a green pepper, half of a large white onion (what we had leftover in the fridge – I bet red onion would be fantastic), 1 clove of garlic (GINORMIC clove!), some sliced up mushrooms..not sure of the measurement, one knob of fresh ginger (minced – we don’t have a grater- gasp!).


I always get my sundried tomatoes from the olive bar at Harris Teeter. I got more then enough for this recipe for 80 cents. Yeehaw!


This was seriously EXACTLY what I was looking for. The citrusy taste of the lemon and the fresh ginger went together so much better than I thought it would. I was really questioning about the ginger but I’m really glad I decided to use some.

This was a great option for the summer too. I made it around 5 and then put it in the fridge so when James got home around 8 it was cold and the lemon + ginger really melded together. This could definitely be eaten cold or hot! Gotta love that versatility.

And then I had some of something magical….


Your eyes are not deceiving you. That is Green&Black’s organic chocolate ice cream.  We also got this at Amazing Savings.  2 bucks for this pint. And man is it good. Especially sprinkled with some unsweetened coconut. Mmmm… I’m surprised it’s lasting as long as it is.

An Edible History

I heard a really interesting story on NPR with an interview with the man who wrote the book “An Edible History”. The story was called Food As Agent of Change.

Here’s a little blurb about it from the NPR website:

Author Tom Standage doesn’t think food is history’s central motivating force. Rather, as he writes in his book An Edible History of Humanity, Standage thinks of food as more of "an invisible fork" prodding humanity along.

"After all," he continues, "everything that every person has ever done, throughout history, has literally been fueled by food." (npr.org)

Cool! I love when food related stuff comes on NPR 🙂

Okay I’m not paying NEARLY enough attention to sytycd (so you think you can dance…duh) so I’m getting back to that. Night!

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