Day 2 of Feeling Good

So, it is Sunday, and it is the day we set our clock backs one hour, here in Ohio. And tomorrow, I don’t have to be any where until 10 AM. This is called looking at the bright side of tomorrow, because I have a conference for work in Cincinnati (about an hour and a half from where I live), and I was going to sleep at my bff, Liz’s house tonight and then go to the conference. Liz lives in Cincinnati close to where the conference is located. But, I have to go to my doctor tomorrow, so I am missing the sleepover and half of the conference.
So, as I said in the beginning of this paragraph, looking on the bright side – I don’t have to be any where until 10 AM tomorrow.

Today will be full of reading magazines.

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Catching up on my Feedly feed.

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Doing laundry.
Grading (so much grading!).
Working out (First time in weeks!)
Cleaning.
Paperwork.
Watch DVR. (if I put this on my to do list, it makes it seems like I accomplished something by sitting on my arse watching tv)

This morning my husband made me breakfast. He is so good at making scrambled eggs. They are so fluffy. This picture isn’t pretty, but trust me, it was delicious. They were topped with Monterey Jack cheese, freshly shredded (so much better than pre-shredded).
And the toast has Trader Joe’s Apricot Preserves. I probably should have only had one piece of toast…but I tracked it all on Fitness Pal.

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My mother, brother and I are all using the site now, so that has been cool. And my dad is using another app, Lose it. It is nice when we are all trying to lose weight because we eat together often.

Well, I am off to read feedly and watch DVR for a bit…
I hope everybody is having a great Sunday!!

xoxoox,
beth wa

Eggs and Sausage

So, hello. I’ve missed you guys. : )

Summer break has been so relaxing and not at all busy, so I can’t offer up any excuses for not blogging. HA HA. Although, it is probably not a coincidence that I started blogging when I finally start an exercise routine, and am actually eating in my designated WW Points Plus.
Anyway, what I wanted to write about today is chicken sausage. I love it. Like, REALLY love it. My husband is rather “meh” about the whole thing, but too bad for him – I am usually the one grocery shopping and cooking. Actually, I try not to make it too often because that would just be not nice.

So, I was thrilled to find that they have morning/breakfast chicken sausage links that are maple apple. !!! This worked perfectly with me trying to cut down on the carbs I eat each day. I’ve been having eggs for breakfast, which is a HUGE change for me, and they taste delicious with this maple apple chicken sausage sliced and scrambled with my eggs and cheese. I also use a trick my Gramma Helman taught me to make the best scrambled eggs – use real butter in the pan, and a sprinkle of sugar. Yummmmm.

Here is a picture of the chicken sausage package…

Delicious Sausage

Delicious Sausage

It’s weird that I eat this for breakfast as I spent most of my life hating eggs and sausage.
Well, I am off to have another relaxing day of summer break….got my workout in this morning!! That’s always a good thing.

xoox,
Beth WA

Sunday, Sunday….

Well, here we are, it’s Sunday, and I didn’t do anything productive yesterday, so I am working most of today. Which is totally fine, and I am not complaining, because, I had a really great Saturday.

First: I got to sleep in, woot! woot!,

Second: My husband went grocery shopping for me, double woot! woot!,

Third: I had lunch with two of my oldest, dearest friends. We picked up Panera and ate it at my house. Then, we sat at my dining room table for 3 *quick* hours and chatted and laughed. I say *quick* hours, because the time flew by. It was 1 then it was almost 4 in a snap.

Fourth: I went on a date with my husband. We went to Columbus, the city we used to live in, that is about 45 minutes away from our house. It has much better restaurant choices than the small town we live in. We went to a place called the “Jury Room.” Dinner was AMAZING. I ordered a brisket and macaroni and cheese sandwich with spicy ketchup. The side dish was truffle fries with aioli. We were SOOO full by the time dinner was over, but it was all SOOOO good. Here is a picture of the sandwich…it was so dark in there, and it is a terrible picture, but I am still posting it.

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We had a really nice time, and after dinner we went over to a new brewery. It was so new, they didn’t have their own beer yet, but served only Ohio beers on tap in the mean time. It was an old gas station, so the front is a garage door that is all windows that I imagine they will open in the summer. There was a food truck outside as well. It was really dark inside, and filled with hipsters.

This morning I have been working on the class I am taking at University of Dayton, online. I was having a rough time, but after emailing with the professor, I got it worked out. Phew.

And now I am about to grade for a million hours.

Oh, one more thing. I have been reading about this French Toast Scramble over at Carrots N Cake for a long time now. When I first read about it, I almost gagged. And every time she would make it I would think, “Eww, gross.” But, then, she kept eating it and RAVING about it, and I was slowly becoming convinced. So, today, I tried it.
And it was DELICIOUS. High in protein, sweet, and FILLING. Three of my top characteristics in a breakfast.
Here is a picture. It isn’t that pretty, but it is good. I swear.
Although, I could see the texture sometimes being something I couldn’t eat (like hummus, oatmeal, and yogurt.)

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What are your favorite breakfasts that are filling and easy to make??

P.S. My brother just sent me this picture of my niece (she dressed herself today), and I could die from the cuteness.

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Well, have a good Sunday everybody!!
xoxoo,
Beth WA

Saturdays rock.

Even though I am in the middle of Christmas break, and I have days off during the week, there is just something about Saturdays.

I made a delicious breakfast this morning thanks to a last minute grocery stop last night on my way home from out of town.
I had driven to Akron to go to a wedding ceremony of a good friend that I used to teach with. It was a beautiful mass, and she looked radiant!! I felt bad that I didn’t stay for the reception as I RSVP’d that I would, but there was bad weather coming this way, and I wanted to beat it home. It was supposed to arrive at 7:00, but it didn’t end up coming until after midnight. So, I could’ve actually stayed for part of the reception. Doh.
Hindsight is 20/20. I am such a nervous driver in bad weather.
Anyway, on the way home from Akron, which is about three hours away from my house, I stopped at Kroger to get us breakfast food for the week. I just started our 2013 budget to help us pay off debt, and not get ridiculous with impulsive purchases, so it helped me stick to my list and I only spent $15. This is unheard of for me to spend that little at the grocery. I think it helped that I didn’t get a cart, so I could only get what was in my hands. Maybe that should be my new grocery strategy. ha ha.
Anyway, I have been craving eggs, and that’s what my husband has every day, so I got eggs, and turkey bacon, and hash brown potatoes for him, and potatoes o’brien for me.
So…that was a long story to show you my breakfast.
But, here it is, Potatoes O’Brien topped with scrambled eggs and egg whites, and a Laughing Cow Swiss Cream Cheese wedge.

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(oh, and of course, I added ketchup to the mix…)

Then a few hours later, I had one of my sister-in-law’s homemade chocolate chip cookie dough truffles.

YUM.

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While my dog just stared and salivated..

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I have no idea why she is looking so jealous. I took her to the vet two days ago because she has been itching like crazy, and the vet thinks she has become allergic to her dog food. (After ruling out hyperthyroidism). So, we had to switch to a salmon-potato blend that is 50% more expensive than her old Iams. I had to put it in the 2013 budget as it’s own line item. We are in the process of doing the switch over, and from what I can gather, she LOVES the new food. We also got her new bowls, because her old food bowl was a tad…seasoned, if you will…or maybe gross is the better word. And her water bowl was a piece of gladware.
Also, because her skin is so dry, and itchy, she also recommended fish oil.
I am going to start that at dinner tonight.
Man, alive. She is expensive. But, as I’ve said before, she’s lucky of one thing!

I love her to pieces and she’s so damn cute.

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I am going out with my girlfriends, tonight, and I can’t wait!

Love,
Beth WA

Egg Sandwich

I have eggs very rarely for breakfast, mostly due to time limits. Also, because I usually have a smoothie, because I can eat it on the go, and I can get lots of fruits and vegetables in it. And, it lasts a long time…which with my job, I have to go a long time between breakfast and lunch.
Also.
I suck at making eggs.

My husband, on the other hand, is very good at making breakfast. In fact when he makes his standard breakfast -eggs in a nest – he flips the “nest” just by a flick of the wrist with the pan in his hand. This kind of thing amazes me.
(I know, it doesn’t take much…)

So, this morning, I took the opportunity to have my husband make me an egg for an egg sandwich that I have seen Julie at Peanut Butter Fingers make often. It always looks delicious. Egg, jelly, and muenster cheese on bread. And it did not disappoint. It was delicious. Really delicious.
Egg sandwiches remind me of when I was a little kid. My mom used to make them for my dad, and wrap them in wax paper so it would sort of steam it, I guess.
I don’t know what it was, but the wax paper made it more delicious.

And in other news…
Jennifer Garner finally had that damn baby.

-Beth WA