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Mood:
Tired with a side of relaxed

Food:
Lunch: I came home on my lunch break! I can get used to this…..Lucas had a glass of fresh juice waiting for me. The juice had carrots, apple, orange, lemon, celery.

Dinner: I used my first Groupon! $15 for $30 worth of dinner at Galaxy Cafe. My PSA for the day: if you live in or near one of the (participating) major US city, sign up for Groupon! It’s free, costs you nothing, no obligations–you decide when you want to take advantage of the great deals that they offer. I pick and choose very carefully. It’s easy to want to buy all of the deals, but I try to purchase only the things I would normally use. Check out their website for a better idea of how Groupon works.

Galaxy Cafe. For the decor, think the Jetsons…..

Upscale fast food that takes a little longer. Choose a menu, order at the cashier, find a seat, and a super friendly staff member brings you your meal.

I had the Brie and Smoked Turkey Sandwich: smoked turkey and creamy french brie with mixed greens, tomato & chipotle apricot jam on a grilled baguette. I chose Sweet Potato Fries as my side. I just can’t get enough, I just can’t get enough.

Dear, delicious sweet potato fries…

And in the street……..What exactly defines a “Hard Core American”? Hmmmm…..

Might the owner of the above Jeep be related to the owner of this truck (snapped on a street in Corsicana)?

“Heritage, not hate.” Um, really?

Speaking of Corsicana, this past weekend I was there and went to Two Doors Down, an AWESOME coffee shop that I wish was there when I lived in C-town. Photos to come…loved that place and the people–so friendly! Only in Texas!

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Fitness:
-Ran 30 minutes in my neighborhood hills. Saw a gorgeous sunset and some cute deer.
-My Netflix workout (40 minutes boxing moves & abs)

Food:
Afternoon snack: 2 teensy-weensy pieces of dark chocolate…and…. 4 Medjool dates. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. They taste like PASTRIES!
Pre-dinner: A large apple
Dinner: I made chicken tacos; I had two. Ezekiel tortillas topped with lemon-pepper chicken, spinach leaves, and sauteed onions. Fabuloso!
Dessert: Peppermint tea and a thick slice of banana bread

Weekend Recap:
Where did we leave off?….Here’s a nice little summary for you.

-Saturday:
Fitness: Day off
Afternoon snack: Lucas and I shared an oatmeal raisin cookie and large coffee with half & half at JP’s Java.
Dinner: Spaghetti with meat sauce
Dessert: Strawberry gelato sweetend with agave nectar—made in our juicer! That juicer can do anything. Ate my gelatto while watching “Amadeus.”  I forgot how long that movie was–but it’s so good! So is the song from the 80s. We were singing it all weekend thanks to the movie!

-Sunday:
Fitness: 10k at Town Lake
Brunch: Whole Foods: A breakfast taco (spelt tortilla with vegan chorizo, black beans, cheese) and later Lucas and I split a humongous Carmelita bar. Ooooohhhh my goodness. The best. Hands down. Ammmmazing. I love WF Carmelita bars.
Pre-dinner: Salad greens with Happy Rice.
Dinner: I made oven-roasted vegetables (potatoes, Japanese yam, onions, carrots) and Kale Chips.

Kale Chips!! Don’t be fooled by their healthy, green appearance. Kale chips = potato chips without the guilt.

Kale Chips!! Finally I know what all of those food bloggers have been fussing about.

Kale Chips are nothing short of a miracle. Basically, it’s kale (a leafy green) tossed in salt and olive oil, topped with some Parmesan cheese, and baked in the oven. After baking, they become potato chips. Basically. If you blindfolded me, I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the two. Honestly. Try it. Do yourself a favor. You will be amazed. Really!

Before the oven….

After….

Light, crispy, melt-in-your-mouth salty goodness. Unbelievably tasty.

This is a recipe I got from Kath’s blog:

  • Preheat oven to about 375*
  • Use about 1 OXO salad spinner’s worth of kale (which was a stuffed grocery store veggie bag). Tear the leaves off the thick stems into bite size pieces. Spread out on cookie sheets.
  • Drizzle with about 2 tsp of olive oil
  • Sprinkle with Parmesan, Asiago or your seasonings of choice. Plus a sprinkle of kosher salt.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes, until edges are brown and kale is crispy when moved in pan.

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Food:
Mid-morning snack: More tea and banana bread.
Lunch: Leftover baked veggies (Japanese yams, potatoes, carrots, onions) on a bed of salad greens

At work I like to have either New Age (Sky FM) or Classical (KMFA 89.5) playing on my computer….New Age makes for great background music, but well, sometimes, it’s very kooky, and I have to smile. The one song that just finished playing had dogs barking and owls hooting. Hahahaha!

Green heart:
Today I finished a second draft for a student pre-departure handbook, and I printed it out on paper that had already been printed on one side before.

Tonight I will post some of the meals from the weekend—and the recipe for Kale Chips, which I have just discovered and will try desperately to get you to make them, because they are just that amazing!

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Food:
Mid-morning snack: banana
Lunch: Salad greens with 1 sliced carrot, 1 sliced hard-boiled egg, topped with sweet potato fries. This batch of fries was way better than the first one that we ate last night. It might be because I forgot to set the timer and they cooked better? Or because most things are tastier the next day?… Who knows, but I’m liking it.

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Where did the day go? I did some writing, I made dinner, ate dinner while watching a documentary (Austinites, this is a must see: The Unforseen). All of a sudden, it’s 10:30! What the cuss? I still have papers to file and an apartment to clean. Wah!! Will it be a long night, or an early morning? We shall see.

Dinner was tasty, but there were a lot of mixes of foods going on (hot, cold, protein, carb) and it’s not sitting so well with me now. Ouch. I’m going to have some peppermint tea.

Speaking of tea, let me just say, I can be such a space cadet. I put water on to boil. And then I forgot about it. I remembered just now. Where is the kettle? Oh, look, there are the tea cups with the tea already steeping. Lucas. Thank you, dear husband.

Yeah, well, Lucas isn’t perfect either. Tonight he got a fire going in the fireplace…and forgot to open the flue! Luckily that was  short-lived, but still. We had to open all of the windows and turn on the fans to get the smokiness out. We had to freeze to get warm. Ironic.

I’m quite the rambler this evening. Shall we?

Food:
Pre-dinner: Apple slices sprinkled with cinnamon
Dinner: Salad greens with a chopped hard-boiled egg and a finely shredded carrot, tossed in a honey-mustard dressing. On the side, sweet potato “fries” and oven-roasted onions.

One of my new goals is to focus on portion-control. Most days, I eat the same amount as my husband. Which I suppose would be fine if I was actually hungry enough. But usually I give myself a big serving, when I should start out small, or I go back for seconds, when I should wait a while to see if I really want more. Kate gave me a good portion tip today: eat what you can find into the palms of your cupped hands. I need to actually give it a try!

I’m kind of thinking it’s going to be a late night rather than an early morning….I’m way too full to go to bed now.

Buenas noches!

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