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?

The Good, Bad, Ugly, and Amazing

The Good
Summer break is almost here! I have two more days and then it’s time to decompress. To prevent myself from spending every day at Target, I nanny. Last summer I split my time between three families and one tutoring gig, but this year I am scaling a little back and watching two families a few times a week.

The pistachio cupcakes were a hit. The recipe got me thinking of other pudding and cake mix combinations: white cake and cheesecake pudding or chocolate cake and butterscotch pudding. Before I make any cupcakes, though, I need to use up the two overripe bananas on my counter. Recipe suggestions? Or maybe I could incorporate the cake mix/pudding combo with the bananas. Hmmmm…you may be getting a semi-original recipe from me soon!

The Bad
Yesterday was a big day for Wisconsin politics. As a public worker who went to UW-Madison, it is probably not surprising which direction I swing. This was not a place I intended to talk about politics, so I won’t. But, I will say I ate blueberry pancakes and ate blueberry Greek frozen yogurt for dinner last night and I wore black today.

It is Wednesday and I completely forgot to document my eats from yesterday or today. I took one picture of the wrap I had for lunch today and one of dinner. That’s all you get. #WIAWfail

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The Ugly
Can I not catch a break with marathon weather? The temps in West Bend on Sunday are 67/81, which is warmer than I’d like. Thankfully the humidity looks like it will be pretty normal. With those high temps, I am going to quite the ugly-looking runner.

The Amazing
Brody follows The Chive, basically a photo blog, which recently called its community into action by asking for donations to help Taylor Morris, a Navy EOD tech who sadly lost parts of all four limbs, be able to afford a down payment on his and his girlfriend’s dream house: a log cabin. If you are at all doubting the state of humanity, please go here for the full story. A similar situation happened last year with this lovely family.

Question:
What is a good, bad, ugly, or amazing from your life?

WIAW and Cherry Scone Recipe

Hi, friends!

Happy Wednesday, and of course, WIAW hosted by Jenn over at Peas and Crayons.  A big thanks go to her for throwing this party every week!

Like many other bloggers, I recorded my eats on Tuesday.

Breakfast at 7:00am

Per usual, I prepared overnight oats knowing I’d be running in the morning and be rushed to get out the door on time. My perfect combo: 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup milk (coconut this time), 1/2 cup yogurt (plain nonfat), spoonful of chia seeds, honey, strawberries, shredded unsweetened coconut (new addition), and a spoonful of sunflower seed butter.  Iced coffee with coconut milk accompanied the oats.

Lunch @ 12:45pm

This salad included leftovers from the fridge (roasted curry cauliflower and chicken from the grill) and some fresh veggies (tomatoes, cucumbers, and mushrooms). Topped with TJ’s spicy peanut dressing, this salad was delicious. I also had a dark cherry chocolate granola bar and watermelon. I restrained myself and did not raid my coworker’s chocolate and candy drawer. I would like to cut down on the excessive sugar in my diet and break my habit of eating chocolate after meals will help.

Snack @ 4:30pm

On Monday I made scones (recipe and photos farther down) and I was hungry after school and ate two. The first one I topped with a little sunflower seed butter. I always crave carbs after school – at least these have lots of protein in them.

Dinner @ 7:30pm

*I realize Moose and Frankie are not dinner; while looking for a past picture of naan pizza, which was likely taken on my iPad not on my camera, I came across this photo.  Such funny dogs.

I had prepped chicken and veggies for kabobs, but Brody had a rough first day back and had no energy to man the grill. The kabobs were put on hold (more time to marinate) and we fell back on the pizza we had planned on making another night this week. My personal size pizza included spinach, roasted red peppers, and cheese on naan. I ate half and saved the rest for Wednesday’s lunch. To satisfy my sweet tooth, I had more watermelon.

This was kind of a boring day of food and quite repetitive. Let’s hope for a more interesting display next week!

Scones. Buttery, flaky, not-too-sweet breakfast pastries. I had never made scones, but when I saw Janetha’s recipe for blueberry lemon scones that use Plant Fusion protein powder, I knew I would no longer be a scone-baking virgin.  Instead of stealing her recipes, please just visit her blog for the full deets.

Following Janetha’s instructions, I mixed the wet ingredients together and then the dry together.  I didn’t have blueberries or lemons, so I mixed it up and used dark sweet cherries (frozen, but I thawed them before mixing them in).  Besides the cherries, I made two other substitutes: 1) She used oat bran, and I am lazy…so I made oat bran by grinding up oats.  Is it the same thing?  I think it worked.  I am cheap, what can I say. 2) I do not have agave so I used honey.

After carefully kneading the dough, I used a rolling pin to flatten it and a pizza cutter to make the triangles.

I baked mine for about eleven minutes, but if I were to make these again, which I will be doing, I would leave them in for another minute or two.

I was very happy with how they turned out.  They’re not too sweet and have good flavor – you can definitely taste the protein powder but in a good way.  They were quite cake-like in consistency, and I wonder if baking them longer would’ve firmed them up or if I maybe overworked the dough.  As you can see on Janetha’s post, the stats are great.  I guess they’re not as good when you eat two… :)

Have a great Wednesday!