WIAW – Summer Staples

Happy hump day!

It’s been a few weeks since my last WIAW post, but I am back and ready for Jenn‘s theme for this month: summer staples. Yesterday was kind of an odd eating day for me; normally I eat three meals and two snacks, so eating four small meals was quite unusual for me.

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Breakfast @ 6:45am

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Once again my mom gave me half a loaf of her homemade wheat bread. A classic peanut butter and jelly has been hitting the spot and has definitely become a staple for me this summer. During the school year, overnight oats are my staple, so it’s good to mix it up.

Lunch #1 @ 11:30am

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After a great three mile run and my favorite kickboxing class, I came home hungry for something cold and refreshing. Brody and I purchased the Ninja blender a few weeks ago (hence the blender for sale on Craigslist) and it makes awesome smoothies. This one included a little ice, half a frozen banana, frozen strawberries, half a scoop of Plant Fusion protein powder, a little milk, and coconut water. It was very thick, almost like soft serve.

Lunch #2 @ 3:00pm

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I had no obligations yesterday and ran a few errands. Shopping makes me hungry. I finished the baked beans from the weekend and cut up a watermelon. There’s really no way to make baked beans look nice in a photo, but I tried. I also had a spoonful of sunflower seed butter.

Dinner @ 6:00pm

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Crockpot lasagna! This is why I was chopping onions yesterday. Although it wasn’t the best day for lasagna (hello 85 degree house), it was easy and delicious. Brody even liked it! I can definitely see myself making this again; however, it only needs four hours on low, so I could never make it on a school day. But on a chilly Sunday, this would be perfect; maybe it’ll become a winter staple.

Dessert @ 8:00pm
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I attended a Mary Kay event with a friend who is a representative and ate some treats after my facial. The dessert plate included a square of red velvet cake, a piece of dark chocolate Dove, a twizzler, and a few apple slices with a dip.

Did I eat any greens today? Nope. Besides the tomatoes in the lasagna, I didn’t do well on the vegetable front. That is kind of the story of my life; I never have problems with fruit but really struggle with vegetables.

As for summer staples, I ate quite a few summer-y foods. Smoothies scream summer to me, as do baked beans and watermelon.

Thanks again to Jenn for hosting!

Questions:
Who you use your Crockpot in the summer? What do you make?
What are your summer staples?

Succeeding and Failing

Hi, friends! I hope you’re having a wonderful Friday.

As a way to share some of the random details from my life today, I decided to label each as either as success or fail. I hope you’ll share a success or fail from your life as well!

Success: Anniversary dinner
Last night, I made chicken teriyaki meatballs to celebrate our fourth wedding anniversary. As always, they turned out fantastic. I cannot take credit for this, though, as it really goes to Real Simple magazine for providing easy, quality recipes. Normally I use Jennie-O ground turkey, but chicken was cheaper and had about the same stats. Dinner success!

Fail: Protein pancake
I woke up early to get a little school work done and realized I had just enough time to make pancakes. To make them a little healthier and more satisfying, I searched for a protein pancake recipe and quickly found one. It called for one and a half scoops of protein powder (she used Sun Warrior, but I have Plant Fusion), so I threw everything together. This may have been why the fail occurred; I didn’t follow the instructions in mixing the ingredients together but did it all at once. Because the batter was dry and clumpy, I added a little more milk. Keeping my fingers crossed, I heated up a pan, coated it with a little butter, and formed a patty with my fork. It was bad. The bottom stuck to the pan and I couldn’t flip it. At this point, I gave up and toasted a TJ’s sprouted wheat bagel. Breakfast pancake fail!

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Success: Three posts in one day
Yesterday, I blogged like it was my job, but it’s not. I teach about metaphors and similes, grade research essays, and help students learn to love reading. Writing almost everyday has helped me become a better writer, and I am more efficient in writing and publishing a posts. In case you missed them, I wrote about tapering, our wedding anniversary, and Foodie Pen Pals. Blogging success!

Fail: Present for Brody
While it is not exactly a failure (although it could be if he doesn’t like it), I did not get Brody’s anniversary gift to him on time. Brody is the best gift-giver ever; he pays attention to what you say you want months in advance, remembers those offhand comments, and then buys it for you. This is how he knew I would love a Volvo. Me…not so smart. I wait until the last minute and stress about it until I finally make a decision. The gift should be arriving early next week – let’s hope he likes it. Gift-giving fail!

Success: Five mile run
My morning run was so fantastic yesterday. I did five miles in about 48 minutes, had no pain, and could easily breath. The temps were cool, around 45 degrees, and a faint drizzle fell on me the whole time. After a handful of craptastic runs, I SO needed this. Running success!

Fail: Summer employment
Back in high school I began babysitting for extra money. I continued watching kids in college during the school year and summer and have managed to find nannying gigs during my summers off. However, I am not having good luck for this summer. I have applied to many positions posted on the UW Job Center website and have not heard back from even one person. Employment fail!

Question:
What is one recent success and one recent fail from your life?